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Horse Trial Successes

1.  Sadie, Roxy, The Kid, and I all got to the show grounds safely and with all the necessary equipment, arriving exactly at the same time as GrammiSue:                   2.  We schooled cross-country on Friday and despite the heat (mid-high 90′s), a few wacky leaps and hard [...]

Jump Poles!!

I’ve been a bit obsessed with poles here lately.  It’s because we have the horse trial coming up.  It’s amazing how a goal motivates me to do all kinds of things (although sadly, it hasn’t gotten my tack cleaned yet). I’m not sure how many years (yes, years) I’ve been wanting “real” jump poles.  Last [...]

First Poles

Yesterday Lindy walked and trotted over poles for the first time under saddle.  I was a little worried that she might forget to pick up her feet and just trip over them, especially since last week she tripped and stumbled just trotting the slight down slope in our arena.  Added to the fact that my [...]

Gearing UP

My grandma told me that writing a goal down makes you more likely to reach that goal.  So here we go.  I just sent the novel off to the editor (wheee!  here’s hoping it’s really done this time!) and now I feel free to think about my horse goals…  and I’m making plans to go [...]

Horse Math

I will admit it: I do not enjoy math. I do not use much math in my daily life, and when I do, I try to use a calculator or a spreadsheet to do the sums for me. The day I learned that for some people (the person in question being Robert, the stereotypical “nerd” [...]

If I Had Known

I wish I had known as a kid that it was OK to be scared and nervous. That these feelings were valid. But I was a know-it-all kid and that meant I couldn’t admit weakness. As an adult, I have been known to say “I’m scared” or “this feels too fast!” in the middle of [...]

Jump for Joy

Yesterday the oak-studded hills that surround our arena were vibrant with spring grass, orange California poppies, and the almost-florescent green of just-unfurled oak leaves.  There was sun.  There was a cool breeze.  I had baby-watchers at the ready.  How could I not ride?  And when I got up to the arena and there were two [...]

Horse Videos Worth Watching

I’m amazed by the things horses do for their riders.  I love it even more when it’s obvious the horse is enjoying her job.  Here’s an example, a dressage freestyle: And then there’s this (which is probably the closest I’ll ever get to riding over the cross-country course at Rolex Kentucky): (you can learn more [...]

We’ve Got Ribbons!

My Pretty Show Pony (AKA Sadie) has won 3 ribbons in 2 outings this show season! First and Third place at her first “real” dressage show… Seventh place at her second “real” horse trial… I’m so proud! And maybe that’s why I haven’t written anything lately. I’ve been too busy getting ready and stressing out [...]


I’ve been taking riding lessons lately, trying to improve my riding ability and hopefully get myself (and my adorable horse Sadie) a bit more competitive at the shows and maybe even move up a level… Taking lessons is cool. I learn new things and I happen to think that learning new things is very cool. [...]