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

TOABH: What would O and I Change?

Two in one blog hop today!
First up:

We’ve talked about what your horse doesn’t like to do, and I don’t want to confuse this with that.  I’m not talking about personality quirks or training foibles.  Tell me:  if you could change something (or things) about your horse, what would you?

This was a hard one for me, as right now we are trying to keep up with her constantly changing personality quirks, but physically I’d change at least two things.
1. Those feet.  They’ve come light-years from where they were when I got her, thanks to my amazing farrier.  However, I will always need to keep a watch on her flat front feet.
2. I wish she was about 2-3 inches taller.  She takes up my leg very well,, as she’s built like a tank, but I’m 5’10” and have a ridiculously long leg.  Sometimes, just occasionally, I feel a bit big on her.  I feel like those extra inches would eliminate that.  That said, she is 16hh on the dot, so it’s not like she’s short by any means.
Built like tank.

Built like tank.

My legs are like 36" give you an idea of how much leg her 16hh takes up.

My inseam is 36″ long….to give you an idea of how much leg her 16hh takes up.

In retrospect-if those inches were to give her an even longer stride?  No thanks, I’ll keep the 16hh, I can barely deal with her stride as it is now.
What would your horse change about you?
I think that if O could change anything about me it’d be a tie between being a more low-key rider and being more adventurous.  I can get pretty wrapped up and goals and ambitions and sometimes forget to do things that are mentally beneficial for both of us.  Those things include trail rides, bareback rides, or trying new things.  O is really pretty great to work with, and I feel like sometimes I take advantage and push her.  That’s why a big part of my Q2 goals include trying to mix it up a bit.  With the increase and complexity being put on us in lessons, it’s only fair that she gets a day or so a week to have fun.  I need it too, I’m sure.
Like more western rides.  Because why not?

Like more western rides. Because why not?



Defining the Relationship
Snookum-ukums, where do you see this going?  
Let’s be realistic.  What’s the plan with your pony?  Is it a five-year investment with a return, is it until you move up beyond the Kin’s abilities, or is it forever*?
O was not a planned purchase, but rather me stumbling onto her while she was at my barn for someone else to try.  I lessoned on her for a few weeks, not really in love yet, but I could see there was a nice hunter potential in her. I picked her up 4 months before my wedding, assuring my poor now-husband that we’d figure out if we wanted to keep her long term later.
It was only last summer when someone asked me what I was going to do with her, and without thinking I said,
“I’m not selling this one, she’s staying with me.”
She is not easy, but most horses aren’t.  She has so much personality and heart.  To sell her would mean massive amounts of regret, and that I don’t plan on dealing with.  So she’s staying.  Hopefully until her cute face is grey and she’s fat as a little pig in a field somewhere.
Before that she’s get’s to be my adventure, to see how far we can go together!  As far as athletism goes, I think she will be able to do more than I’d ever want to do.  So that area is covered.  Maybe in her older years she can teach my kids to ride.  Wouldn’t that be the cutest?
 I know things happen, perspectives can change, but I feel in my heart that this is what I want.