Blog Hop: Dealbreakers

Thank you for the great writing idea Amanda.  This is a topic that I’ve been stewing over since O left in 2016, and honestly will probably continue to change and evolve even more before I do any serious horse acquisition.  But I want to keep it pretty concise today.


Because she’s adorable.

General thoughts:

I’m not the worst rider on the planet, so I don’t mind a ride that requires some thought, or that keeps you on your toes.  Since my roots are firmly in hunterland, I will avoid something that jumps in dangerous form, or isn’t neat with it’s legs.  I’m good at hurting myself without any help from my 4-legged partner, so it has to help me out a little in this area.  In my selfish ways, I just don’t think I can do greys – because I do not have time to manage that.  I like things to be pretty…or at least brown so I don’t know how dirty they are.


So dirty and gross – but you can’t tell (except the socks)!


I hope this is fairly self explanatory, but I am done with the days of riding anything that something hands me the reins to.  I want to ride something that I feel like I can handle and not fear for my life the whole time.  That is not enjoyable.  So that’s a hard nope to anything that makes me question my safety.

Poor Work Ethic:

I cannot have another horse with who does not like it’s job.  It is my above all else dealbreaker.  I had a horse, who I loved, which had a bad work ethic and didn’t really enjoy her work.  Summary – it didn’t turn out well, and it totally broke my heart after months of trying and trying to convince her to enjoy the work.  I will not do that again.  Whatever horse I have next will show up for me, and be interested in it’s work.  Obviously no horse wakes up and says “golly, I’d like to work on lengthening”, but they have to play the game.  In return they will be loved, rewarded and ridden with as much skill as I can muster.

Why can’t horse sale sites have a box to search for that quality?

Should I find myself with another horse who decides it does not like it’s job, I will find it a job it does enjoy; whether it’s with me, or with another owner.  It’s not fair to do anything otherwise.

If the horse has to live inside.

Even in the Midwestern ice storms, and the summer sun, I know that to get my husband to even entertain the idea of another horse in the family that is must live the majority of it’s life outside.  I’m not interested in a great debate, he is passionate about this aspect, so I am adding it to my list.  If horse has to live inside 24/7, that is a dealbreaker.


Doesn’t like kids.

I have one, and she’s pretty important.  I realize that she probably won’t be in the saddle as much as I am (duh), but it’s a dealbreaker if the horse is not friendly on the ground, or is difficult to manage.  I want to be able to share my riding and horses with my daughter, and I can’t do that if I am stressing the entire time horse and child are near each other.

Share your dealbreakers and join the hop!

Rocking E Blog Hop: 10 Questions

Thank you to Allie for the fun content!

  1. What is your earliest, clearest horse memory? My little pony everything?  Or that box of horse figurines with all the breeds!  (anyone remember that!?)  That was a gift from my great grandmother when was I was 5.  I carried them everywhere.  I can’t seem to find them for sale anywhere now, but they were similar to the pic below. First living horse memory would have to be a friends little grey Arabian who we used to torture with bareback rides and kisses.can delete
  2. Describe the perfect summer day.  It wouldn’t be “too” hot, so I could go out, ride my hunter mare who I leased in high school, who would miraculously be 9 again and we could bound over some fences (and she would squeal/buck).  Then I would take the baby and the husband to a pool with a lazy river, where we could float and drink frozen cocktails (baby would not partake).  Eventually we would be served Chipotle and cold stone ice cream for dessert (birthday cake remix).  Open a nice bottle of white wine to end the night.
  3. Are you reading anything right now? Tell me about it! I don’t have anything exciting to read right now, last really good one I read was Girl on a Train.  I like mystery novels.
  4. Do you follow a celebrity (horsey or non) that you’re embarrassed to say fascinates you? Tell me. NOW. I don’t follow much in celebrity news except for whatever I see on social media or something?  I think Beezie Madden is super fascinating person but not sure I necessarily follow her?
  5. What is your single most biggest horsey dream or goal? Uhh…buy my next horse.  Not exciting, but right now it’s where I’m at.
  6. If you were at Starbucks right now, what would you order? Hot vanilla creme – I do not do coffee.
  7. What is your biggest equine pet peeve? Biggest?  Dang, that’s hard.  Probably just not being taken seriously as an adult rider.
  8. With everything going on politically and in the media, tell me, do you follow it religiously? Tune it out? Or something in between? I went to college thinking I wanted to become a journalist. Now I’m terrified of who is actually saying the right thing versus the true things?  I mostly tune it out so I don’t get ulcers.
  9. If you had to show your horse to a song, what would you choose? Alone by Heart….because I’m horseless.
  10. What are you most looking forward to this summer? Spending more time at the lake with family, floating on the boat, and drinking all the margaritas.

    Tube is good fun too.

Viva Carlos Blog Hop: Naivete

L from Viva Carlos asks: What horse related or equestrian related piece of knowledge did you believe was true for an extended period of time that turned out to not be true?

Teenage me: Wow that horse gets injections?  That means it must be either a big time Grand Prix horse or it’s super broken.

Teenage me: Giving a horse a “cocktail” before their classes wasn’t weird or wrong.  (Obviously I was never the giver of any of these drugs, but saw it happen among the shows in our area).

Teenage me: Riders who didn’t stay in a regular program were not as devoted.

Teenage me: Jumping without a trainer present was punishable by death.

Obviously not super devoted to training here lol

Teenage me: Galloping was something only done between jumps in the medal class. Ha!

Teenage me: Your trainer is always right.

Young adult me: Buying a young prospect will alleviate my fears of health issues versus buying an older horse.

(Joke is on me)

I could go on and on about this.  It’s weird to think back about the things you used to believe.  Some of these seem stupid or crazy, but at the time I could reason with all of them.  Great topic L!  Thanks for be fun content idea!

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!


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.


About 6 months pregnant, still riding this lovely warmblood.


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


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

Cheers to many more moments like these!

TRM Blog Hop: 25 Questions

Thank you Cathryn for the content idea while I am still figuring life with baby out!

1. Mares or Geldings? Why?  I love a little mare power in my life.

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Our first blue.  Mare power.

2. Green-broke or Fully Broke? In the hunter/jumper world I will probably never have the cash to toss down for a packer type.  Or if I did, I probably couldn’t stomach it.  I’d rather put in a bit of my own work and save.   So put me down for green broke.

3. Would you own a “hotter” breed (ie. Arabian, Trakhener, etc).  Sure, why not!

4. What was your ‘dream horse’ growing up?  Black and white pinto coloring.
5. What kind of bit(s) do you use and why? O goes in a plain snaffle for hacking, and a mullen mouth pelham for jumping.
6. Helmets or no helmets? Helmets.


Helmets on people!

7. Favorite Horse color?  I’m a sucker for bays with dapples, or a really nice liver chestnut.

8. Least favorite horse color?  I probably wouldn’t want the maintenance of a grey horse who lives outside, so we’ll go with grey.

9. Dressage or Jumping? Jumping.

10. How many years have you been riding?  15?  Dear god.

11. Spurs/whip or no spurs/whip?  Spurs.  I see a lot of value in whips, but honestly feel more useful with spurs for some reason.

12. Your First Fall?  Oh gosh, this actually took me a bit to remember.  I think I was 12?  I totally failed at cantering and pretty much ran my school horse into a wall.  So he stopped…I didn’t.  Crash mode.

13. When was the last time you rode and what did you do?  I rode a friends horse, and we had an awesome lesson working on lateral work, and pace.

14. Most expensive piece of tack you own? My saddle.  That sucker was pricy.

15. How old were you when you started riding? 11.

16. Leather or Nylon halters?  Both?  I love the sharp look of leather, but nylon is way more day-to-day usable.

17. Leather or Synthetic Saddle? Leather please!

18. What ‘grip’ of reins do you like?  Laced reins.

19. English or Western? English, although I do love my western saddle.

20. How many horses do you currently own/lease?  The one is plenty enough for me.


Cute, but can be expensive.

21. Do you board your horse? Self-care/full board? Home board? I board O, and she lives outside 24/7 which works great for her.

22. Have you ever had to put down a horse that you loved? No.

23. How many saddlepads do you have? Umm, maybe 5 or so?  I tend to lose them and/or leave them places so they kind of rotate back to me over time.

24. Slant-load trailer or straight haul? Sorry I don’t have a trailer, and I’m actually really okay with that for now.

25. Why do you ride?  At this point in my life, it’s as much a part of my identity as anything else in my world. The love for the animals and the sport is something I never see going away!  It’s a passion.

Blog Hop: It’s Ok to be Weird

Kaitlyn from Something to Talk About has a really fun photo blog hop going on, and since I’m getting exactly zero saddle time…I hope you enjoy!

Show me some silly moments of you and your horse! (disclaimer, mostly these are of O, I’m always the one behind the camera – enjoy anyway!)

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Tongue curl!

Tongue curl!

Mare is unsure about hubs.

Mare is clearly unsure about hubs.

Getting swept off her feet, literally. This is why bucking on the lunge is not smart horse.

Getting swept off her feet, literally. This is why bucking on the lunge is not smart horse.

Totes meant to do that.

Totes meant to do that.

Horse shimmy.

Horse shimmy.

Special girl.

Special girl.

Clearly bored.

Clearly bored.

Conformation shot fail.

Conformation shot fail.

No kisses for me.

AHH!  No kisses for me.

Workaholic here.

Just loose in the ring, checking out the grid.

She gets into everything.

She gets into everything.

Evil mare look.

Evil mare look.

Licking the unsuspecting bench.

Licking the unsuspecting bench.

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HG Blog Hop: Every Day Tack Set Up

Stephanie at Hand Gallop asks:

It’s fun to try new stuff and experiment with the latest goodies, but I’m curious to know what your every day tack setup is like.

Maybe it’s because I mainly focus on hunters, and by nature they are pretty boring…but I am the epitome of boring in almost every way.  (it’s kind of sad.)  On my plain bay mare with limited white, we rock:

Bay pony.

Bay pony.

My tried and true Devoucoux saddle.

Loves it.  It's the 14th birthday/christmas gift that keeps giving!

Love this saddle. It’s the 14th birthday/Christmas gift that keeps giving!

It fits O really well, and I’ve loved it for years.  Sadly, there are some concerns about my knee flaps being forward enough (legs=too long with shorter stirrups), but it probably won’t be an issue until we move up more.  Or at least I hope so.

O goes in a super simple, cheapy white foam bump pad.  I tried a few wither pads, including the beval pad I loved for years.  Sadly she goes best in Mr. Boring Foam Pad.  Jealous?  Buy your own here!

Can you see the foam pad?

Can you see the foam pad?

And on her cute face, we have one of two options available.

The favorite child: Bobby’s English Tack Raised Fancy Stitched Snaffle Bridle, find it here.  Bobby’s has a great rep around my stable, and I can see why!  Since I’ve used mine mainly for show or the occasional lesson it hasn’t gotten a ton of use, but the leather was soft upon purchase and I love the look and feel.  Oh and the reins, something about the reins I love.

Can you see them?  Urgh, most of the close up's of this one also involve her stopping...

Can you see it? Urgh, most of the close up’s of this bridle also involve her stopping…so this is all you get.

The worker bee (aka schooling bridle): Picked up an HDR fancy stitched bridle on the cheap last year and we’ve been hacking and riding in it every since.  It is a great buy for a basic, working bridle, and I actually really like the way it fits on her larger face.

HDR in action

HDR in action.  Also, look at her lashes in this one.  Daww.

There’s a variety of saddle pads that get rotated through, and a cheapy girth that I picked up in college when I was at the eating ramen every day stage of broke.  Like I said, we are thrilling over here in Hunterland!

Next post is lots of photos and updates from O’s time at the ranch!  Sneaky preview….

Coy and Olive June 3