Viva Carlos Magical Blog Hop: Do Overs

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If you could have 1 do-over in your horse life, what would it be? (or you can list a handful of do-overs because I totally did).

This was a really hard one for me. Yes, I have a list of things I wish I hadn’t done, but not many that I wish I could do over. I try to go with the mentality that the mistakes you make simply because a part of who you are now.

My biggest do over, would be the way that I handled my move to college and riding. At the end of my senior year, I got caught up in some barn drama and unfortunately feel that it left a bad taste in both my trainers’ mouths about me. Although they have since forgiven me (from what I can tell) I can’t get over the fact that after many awesome years there, I left in the midst of this nasty drama. I feel like that definitely affects how I handle things now. Also that I prefer to leave the drama to people who thrive on it…I do not. Just thinking about this ‘do over’ makes me stomach turn.

That said, it was this weirdness that caused me to search for a new stable after college, and ended up finding my amazing trainer and barn family now. So I guess it works.

On an O note:
Pony was quite unsound yesterday, enough to make my trainer nervous. We are both hoping abscess, but are giving her another day or so to see if she sorts herself out. If not, vet comes Friday. I’m going out today to check on her, pray for soundness, handwalk, and stuff her with treats.
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A Bad Day

Yesterday I had a really bad day.

Work was a struggle. I was waiting allllll day to just go out and ride my pony. That’s all I wanted!

Grabbed pony from field, tacked her up in a slightly altered get up. We were rocking a borrowed figure eight with the pelham. Note in the picture I was still trying to get it adjusted to her face! Took my ‘jumper’ pony into the ring to lunge a bit.

Apparently while I was at Rolex she refused to be caught, and instead got her workouts from frolicking around the poor people who were trying to ride her.
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Anyway, she moves off on the lunge and immediately she is lame. First just a bobble, but by the 3-4 time around me, it was pretty significant. Called trainer, she watched and agreed that something was definitely wrong up front.

So instead of my lesson I spent some quality time with these items, O, and a not so helpful barn kitty.

Kitty says "SHINY"

Kitty says “SHINY”


After getting in trouble for not standing.

After getting in trouble for not standing.


Buted, wrapped, loved on, tossed in a stall. We’ll reevaluate tonight.
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Not saying the L word yet.

Rolex: XC 2014

Pretty pictures from Rolex! The day went by way faster than I expected and I could’ve watched much more!

Some fabulous phone photos! Such a fun/busy day!

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Notes-I’d really like to end up in the derby ring…but it will never compare to anything these people jump. Some of these combinations are ridiculous!

White Flag?

It’s been a weird few weeks between mare and me. I’ve been switching things up, trying different ways to help her grow and learn. She’s been impersonating a freight train.

A very cute freight train.

O says "choo choo"

O says “choo choo”


Last night we finally decided to take a bigger step. Enter the new bridle set up for O. Hellllllo Pelham!
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And excuse the short noseband, it was previously on a much smaller horse.

Yes, it’s a step up, and I was a bit nervous. Once I was on and starting my lesson, O immediately started pulling, throwing her head, evading contact. All I did was pick up my reins, and lightly half halt. Out came O’s white flag. She was quiet, on the bit, and oh-so-soft at the trot and canter while we warmed up. I actually was able to follow her, soften my hands, and let her move. It was amazing. The few times she got sassy or tried to tuck and run, I was able to just sit up and she came right back.

Since O is currently very forward, and builds even more at jumps, we gave this a whirl-plan was to ride her to the base of the jump, make her wait, then give a big release, and sit quietly on the backside. After running through my hands, and the jump once, O quickly realized that 1. I wasn’t going away 2. Jumping over the jump would probably be easier. Once again, out came the white truce flag, and she would canter (more) quietly to the base before actually hopping over the jumps. Even better, she came back to me after the jump for a nice little 5 stride to a pole bounce. Forcing both her and I to use ourselves correctly, and not get long and strewn out. It was NOT pretty, but hot damn it was successful. And each time we did it she was less inclined to run amuck with me.

After a bit, I was able to use my seat to settle her, and my hands could follow. It felt amazing. We ended the lesson with lots of pats for O.

Note, she’s standing down a small hill, but look how great she’s looking! Also working some interesting hair looks right now (especially on her belly).
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Especially if you compare to a few weeks ago!

March 2014

March 2014

April Show Videos

The good, the bad, and the ugly.

Ha! Anyway, it was a wonderful learning show!

Here’s the video clips of our two over fences classes…I’m not pleased at all with how rounded my shoulders are, and I really need to put my hands down. Conclusion-I look defensive and ready to grab her face. Not awesome.

Class 1 is actually my 6th place finish, although I find it to be a lot more chaotic than my second class.

Note there is a flying change ON VIDEO (so I have proof) in the first class off the single diagonal. I know they are in there O!

We had a few weird spots the whole day, but at this point, I’m just trying to get her over all the jumps. And yes, I get super angry in class 2 after the single on the diagonal when she bulges out and cuts in at that corner. U-G-L-Y.

Next show is in about a month, lots more to do and figure out before pony goes off-site, but it’s going to be great!

Go check out Hillary’s contest at Equestrian at Hart! But then don’t enter…so I can win 🙂

Blog Hop: Appreciating What You Have

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Let’s take a moment to appreciate the Pros of our current ponies, whether you own them or just ride them in lessons.

Courtesy of L of Viva Carlos!

O is amazing for the farrier and vet. She will stand for hours.
O is great (also adorable) with small kids.
O can go Western or English
O is an easy keeper
O loves to be groomed and loved on
O has a super cute diamond on her nose, and in her show name!
I personally think she’s quite pretty
O has fabulous ground manners
O’s stride is long and is easy to get distances on
O tries really, really hard to do what I ask
O has no bubble, and cuddles with everyone and everything
O has lots of potential

I’m very lucky to get to ride this mare!
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