Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Make your own fall break

Life was good and grand and wonderful and happy. Then it was fall break where I did school and school and school and then it was back to school and then I wanted to die. Or crawl in a hole and sleep and cry and emotional eat. So instead, I went to Auburn.

And we tailgated and cheered and sang and danced and won and all was good again. Minus the 8 hour drive home, but you know, win some, lose some.

Perfect weekend away and now I'm knee-deep in school again. As in, I could work for 8 hours straight and still have work left. Ugh.

Two weeks, three days and an unspeakable number of projects stands between me and Thanksgiving.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Theme: I like 'L' horses

I'm not much of a link-up person (minus budgeting bloggers, because someone has to keep my accountable for the reason I keep running out of hangers), but when I saw this one, it was too much fun. I love hearing where horse's names came from.

Lucy's registered name is Global News. Her sire is Hot News (by Mr. Norfleet) and her dam is Jody's King Rose. All of her siblings are 'News' horses - Fashion News, Prime Time News, Pretty Cool News, Spread The News, among others. If you follow APHA at all, Fashion News is the dam of Real Groovy, one of the standout hunt seat horses of the mid 2000s. 

It has been confusing on more than one occasion, due to the fact that I also have a best friend named Lucy and another good friend who has a dog named Lucy. It's not uncommon to hear reference to as 'horse-Lucy', 'friend-Lucy' or 'dog-Lucy'.  All my other friends know Lucy is just off limits for children at this point, because I can't handle it. Of course, as horses are prone to do, she also gets a number of other names, including Lucia (another best friend's name) and Lucille.

I actually don't know Macaroni or Lady's registered names, since I'm not showing or really even leasing them. They're just sort of my... projects. Whatever, I'll take it. They're horses, I'm horseless.

Lane's registered name is... Lane Stormer. Super exciting stuff there. I have a thing for 'L' horses I guess? He was also known as the 'Kindergarden Pony' all summer while he learned to be a regular horse. I miss having him around, he was so much fun and I wish I could horse-nap him and bring him to me.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Rain, rain go away...

The barn has been a bust since last Friday and it's killing me. Will it please just *insert sassy clap emoji* stop *clap* raining? Mac and Lady both live outside and the arena isn't covered, meaning when it rains for five days straight, riding ends up being a no-go. It's killing me, mainly because I really want to put some topline and muscle back on Mac and not riding is not helping that. Granted, I found plenty to keep me busy, but still.

Last Friday, I did finally buy new tall boots (more on that later) and they are beautiful... And currently only being broken-in around my house due to aforementioned weather. I'm about 83 seconds from wearing them to class because hello, I want to wear shiny new things, okay?! The ponies also got new Equifit boots, although they may end up only fitting Mac.

I rode both horses Friday. Macaroni was about as angelic as he could be, considering the 666 tattooed across his lip (...I kid mostly) including popping himself adorably over some of the baby jumps set in the arena. I'm still on a bit hunt for him before I feel totally comfortable with raising anything. He went decently well in a kimberwick sitting in the barn last week, but ugh, kimberwicks. He's just so strong and his freight train tendencies make my arms feel like they're about to come off. Just did a quick school on Lady. Her child was coming to take a lesson on her later that day (and canter for the first time off the lungeline!) so my entire ride consisted of my stirrups at 8 year old length. Hilarious, but fun, and I suddenly have so much more appreciation for my trainer who spent countless years getting on my youth horses to make them actually go already for baby legs.

The rest of the weekend was full of football (NO, I DON'T WANT TO TALK ABOUT IT) and studying, because let's be real, that's all I do. Ride horses and go to grad school. School killed me this week, although that probably has more to do with the non-stop rain draining my motivation to do anything but stay in bed. The good news is today starts my fall break where I plan on riding, reading and decorating. Hallelujah.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Want all the things.

Fingers crossed and knock on wood - supposing everything goes well and works out, my western show saddle will hopefully sell soon. It didn't make sense for it to be sitting in the tack room (well, my house) when the last time I was in it was 2009. I don't foresee myself showing western anytime soon, and by that time, if it even happens, I don't even know if it would still be in style. It's a gorgeous saddle, but it doesn't make sense for it to sit while I don't have a hunt seat saddle I enjoy riding. So - it's for sale and hopefully I'll be saddle shopping in the near future. I've been in a Devoucoux and County in the last month and loved both of those, but my price range may not allow those to be options. Suggestions for a 17.5" medium tree for a short person? Accepting all!

Shopping for saddles has me shopping for all the horse things, despite the fact that I don't even own a horse right now (well, I do, but she's 1700 miles away). I also may be packing a suitcase of things from my tack room at home when I go home for Christmas... Among others, the list looks like something like:

• New saddle pads: preferably with monograms... what?
• New half-pad: I'm so trendy, so I obviously want an Ogilvy
• Boots: that would be horse open-fronts, not tall, but on second thought...
• Jointed irons: this will be happening sooner rather than later, seeing as my knee has been pitching a fit every time I ride
• New helmet: Is there anything wrong with mine? Absolutely not. Do I want a Samshield or One K? Please see trendy comment above. I'm shameless.
• All the breeches: duh.

I'm trying really hard to hold onto all my dollars this month in hopes of being able to actually buy a few things before the holidays. I tried on tall boots last weekend and those should be happening this week, so hopefully we'll be one down, 908939 to go.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

2pointober and Weekend Rides

I love that this is what my drive to the barn looks like

I had a few rides this weekend, all of which were great. Mac and I have finally started to click and I feel comfortable that he's not going to truly attempt to kill me, which is highly comforting. He's just a little high-strung and coming from dead head Quarter Horses, it's been an adjustment. Realizing he's more sensitive to my aids (and my emotions) has let us settle into a nice little routine. It means there's no room for me to waffle around on him though - I have to be confident and the Leader with the capital L, whether I believe it or not. I do a fair amount of fake it until you make it for the first 10 minutes I'm on before I actually can feel it all come together.

The faces that greeted me Friday afternoon... Food and hugs plz?

Lady is finally on the happy sound horse train (thank goodness) and we had a great ride on Friday. I'm definitely going to have to focus on forward and impulsion with her because she loves nothing more than to putter around at a negative pace. It doesn't help that the other girl who rides her is a tiny little thing who doesn't exactly make her do it, now. We even popped over the World's Smallest Crossrail and she was wholly unimpressed.

I'm doing 2pointober this month and did my baseline right on Friday while I was on Lady. Which was an embarrassing 3 minutes and 31 seconds, but considering how out of shape I am and the fact that I had to ride through a spook in the middle of it, I'll take it. It'll be interesting to see how the combination of riding both horses and taking Pure Barre classes this month changes things!
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