Blog Hop: F*%K Yeah!

I love seeing this fantastic blog hop going around, and wanted to share even if I’m a bit late to the gate!  From Beckz of I Will Jump Sweet Jumps…”there have definitely been times when you were like omg I am such a gangster at this. And I wanna see those pictures. The ones were you looked at them and went f%*k yea I am a bad ass horse rider.”

Showing up the day after the worst show ever, and riding my ass off. F*%k yeah!

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Riding on the ranch with the hubs with my favorite spotty boy.

Learning to turn and burn with the best bay boy in high school.

 

Because we were so cute together and survived her first show away from home.

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About 6 months pregnant, still riding this lovely warmblood.

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Back in the saddle 2-3months post-baby. Didn’t die=f*%k yeah!

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Oh and another from the olden days…holding on for dear life.Erv training

Cheers to many more moments like these!

Floofness; lesson 2

His royal cuteness, the drafty Floof, gave me another great lesson last week, and while we did almost melt, it was totally worth it.

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Hi.  I iz the floof.

We warmed up trotting into a vertical, and focused on really sitting quiet, pressing into the mane and letting the horses jump up (versus just shooting across the jump).  Floof-pony caught on, and I was really excited to feel how much more educated he’s getting.  He is starting to figure out how to use his body correctly.

We moved onto a small winding course, with lead changes, and a tight 3 stride line.  Emphasis on half halts, balancing, and leg.  Oh and these jumps were legit, like had fill and everything.  I felt like a real rider again!  (whoop whoop)

This horse has a giant stride, so I had to be sure to jump into the line, and really sitIMG_3847[1] back to balance him.  A few weeks ago a half halt to him was quite a lot of pressure and holding with your legs.  This time, we hopped into the 3 stride, I sat back and half halted firmly….and the horse practically stalled mid-air. He’s got the half halt figured out.

And God love him, even after practically halting a stride in, I booted him forward and the dude just cantered up and popped over the 2nd jump anyway.  He gives no rats.

Next time I came into the line, and got to just hold for just a second after the jump, and he cantered out in a lovely 3 strides.  Such a good boy.

Since it was one degree from molten outside, we let him be done after another course or two.  He’s become such a nice, light ride in the past few weeks.  I can’t wait to see what he does in the jumper ring!

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Finally found one that I don’t look huge on.  #beefcake

July 10 Questions

1. Do you actually always pick the horse’s feet? Always? Really?

Yes, I actually do because I’m riding other people’s horses.  How would it look if something happened to their precious when I was just being lazy.  No more free rides for me.

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2. What is the biggest obstacle/reason preventing you from becoming a professional or competing full time with ease?

Willingness to abandon my comforts.  I like being able to go home after I show.  I like knowing someone (not me) is watching over my horse.  I like spending some days laying across my sofa like a sloth.

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We like days off.

3. Do you think it will ever not be about the money?

Yeah not really.  Horses are risk.  Risk is handled by money and therefore will never go away.
4. Was there ever a horse that you loved and really wanted to have a connection with, but it just never panned out?

This question is a bit confusing.  Perhaps because I’m someone who easily falls for a horse?  So I often feel a connection when perhaps there isn’t that much of one?
5. What is one weakness in your riding that even your trainer doesn’t pick up on, only you?

While I love to jump, I love hard new concepts, I love bigger fences; I can actually be a huge weenie.  However, I work very, very hard to not let people see that.  Fake it-until you make it.  I never want to miss out on something wonderful because of a moment of insecurity.

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Old picture for funsies.

6. What is the biggest doubt/insecurity you ask or tell yourself in your head?

Pre-baby= Did I fail my horse?

Post-baby=Am I jiggling? What in the Sam Hill is that?

Always=Are my wrists broken again?  (answer: YES, ALWAYS YES)

7. There is a barn fire. You are the first person to discover it and see that the roof is collapsing in slowly, and you can tell it’s going to come down any time. Do you call people first or head straight in to save the horses?

I have a lot of self-preservation, and would be the person to who calls first and then assess the situation.

8. What is one event in your riding career/horse/anything that you’re still not over, even tho you might tell others you are?

Too many things.  I’m choosing to not answer and go down this road.  Forward, always forward people!

9. If you could tell off one person you just don’t like, what would you say?
Oh lordy.  I’ll try to keep this short.
Do not take me less seriously because I currently don’t have a horse, or my horse didn’t cost the equivilent of a brand new SUV.  What you are riding, or how high you are jumping does not dictate someone’s past or future abilities.
10. Have you ever seen questionable riding or training practices, but let it go/ignored it? How do you feel about it in hindsight?
I was too young, and not in a good situation to call out what I was seeing.  So in hindsight I know I couldn’t have fixed things.  But I took it as a mental note, and changed both how I ride/handle horses, and the people I surround myself with.

The Wonderful Cluster That is eBay

To start this off, I will admit that I love eBay.  When I was a kid, my Dad and I would haunt it, looking for whatever gadget or random item that we thought was worth purchasing and watching the time tick down.  I doubt we won half the time, but that wasn’t the point.

When I hit college, and started having to pay for my own items, including some horse supplies, I discovered the wide variety of equestrian things eBay had to offer.  Bonus points for mostly being affordable, and I still loved bidding on my future purchases.

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This little rescue mare 🙂

I’m pretty sure my little rescue case was outfitted in 90% eBay purchases.  No shame.  I didn’t have to eat ramen for a month straight, and my little horse had clothes.  Winning all around.

And I’ve never stopped shopping eBay.  While I can afford to splurge on some items nowadays, I love to shop around and compare.  Ebay checks all those boxes.

Most recently I have snagged a nice brand new schooling bridle for less than half it’s usual cost, a super fancy show shirt (brand new) for cheap, my first Kastel sun shirt, and am currently perusing some new breeches to celebrate fitting into normal people clothes again.

But.

Things can also go horribly wrong.  And I find myself saying, “ugh-only on eBay”.  Examples below. Ha!

I mean-who doesn’t need those chaps?

Who else out there is an eBayer?  Find anything great?

Riding Lately: July 2016

When we left of I was just getting done with my all-american tour for work, and was glad to settle back into normal life.  Which is right about when the Midwest decided to boil over.  HOT.  HUMID.  GROSS.  So basically everyone with horses was maybe very light work, and meant that I mainly lounged around my house or bribed my way into friend’s pools.

During the cooler days I did manage to squeeze in some time on the fabulous DeeDee. And had a lesson on a new dude (to me), who I’m pretty sure someone needs to buy before I come up with a plan to take him home with me to live in my backyard.  This guy is a percheron/tb cross, and is such a floof.  Gorgeous tail, sweet face, and standing a mere 16.2 (at least) he’s about a broad as a table.  Getting in his tack I felt incredibly secure right off the bat.  He’s a solid guy, and has a really great brain.  Also-he’s a grey horse-get this-who keeps himself clean.  Insanity.  Basically a unicorn here.

He’s not sure what he’s done to trade natural, solid fences for teeny canter step crossrails.

He came here from the Foxhunting world, where he was a Master’s horse.  I’m pretty sure a could’ve set off fireworks while riding him and he would’ve given no rats.  Also heart melt, he kept poking his face at my daughter, and didn’t even flinch when she squealed with joy at the new object, or when she gently (ish) smacked patted him on the nose.  He was there to do a job, and apparently being fawned over by tiny babies comes with the territory.  Maybe my next H/J pony should be a fox hunter like Olivia?

 

Perch man on a mission.  For a big dude he’s got nice abs.

Perch cross job description: Go over poles.  Humor me over small cross rails (giant pony is still getting fit).  And he was damn proud of himself after doing so!  He has established flying changes and a very comfortable gait.  I had a total crush on him by lesson’s end.  Ahhhhdorable.

Me: Jump it like it’s 4ft.  Perch: You’re an idiot.

This guy is getting fit for his new job as a jumper, and I loved the opportunity to take him for a spin.  We worked on super basic, but also very important aspects in our ride.  Pace and consistency.  I’m learning when to stop nagging, and support.  We used poles, set like a fan on our circle, to really warm up with a consistent trot, before moving on to maintaining his pace through courses.  He’s a smart boy, and as long as I didn’t get handsy  (which I can do), he got the concept pretty quickly.  If anyone is looking for a solid, handsome guy, who doesn’t know the word spook, email or Facebook me!  He needs to find his person.  Besides the fantastic Brego, I rarely get to ride a drafty one.  I can see why they are so popular!  

Until then, I’m gonna try to sneak in as many rides on him as possible, and maybe consider unbreaking my wrists at some point.  You know, equitation and such.