Moving Along

A special someone (whose name might be the oddest in the alphabet) is becoming so enjoyable to hack.

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The Q-test face. Yes, I’ll see myself out.

Anytime I sit on a horse, I generally am happy. Certain horses make the happiness easier to achieve.

A lot of this is personal preference. I have the opposite of an electric seat, perhaps we call it a slumber seat. I cause horses to sleep while cantering, a not at all useful skill. What’s even funnier is that I somehow think we are going SO FAST all the time.

Thus, a leg ride has never been my MO, not to say I don’t enjoy it, it’s just not “as” fun. I like spicy, fiery, and barely broke.

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I’ll take the one on the right, please. (Photo: Andy Barron/RGJ file)

When I started riding Q, he did not have shoes and was a bit over being in “school horse mode”. He certainly took advantage of riders who were earlier in their riding careers, never in a dangerous way, just to avoid work.

Thus he was a bit meh off the leg, clunky to bend, and in general duller to aids. I was also unfit even more so than my average state of being, so my riding was about as helpful as listening Google Maps in a foreign language. Communication be muddled.

His physical comfort has increased tremendously since adding shoes, and *surprise, surprise* so has his willingness! It is a remarkable difference, to which I attribute none to my riding, entirely placing this acclaim on good care.

Between myself and the other girl who rides him, we have been so in awe of his short transition. Truly, it’s amazing what a couple of seemingly insignificant changes can make. Hacking him feels less like dragging an angsty teenager from bed and more like working with an over-eager intern.

Remember folks, no feet, no horse!

Smile Worthy – Fall Weather

Something I’ve admittedly missed is getting to ride in fall weather! I dislike winter (I like the feeling of my fingers, thank you very much) but fall offers literally the perfect riding weather.

AND the leaves look a brilliant fiery explosion. It’s like nature is celebrating as well. Horses are less sweaty, people are less sweaty, you can still kind of ride outside.

I’m waiting for any negatives here.

Since being in California, I miss out a bit on the magic colors and this awesome season. However, I do get to ride outside year round… So I am sort of torn on that one.

What is your favorite riding season?

Old fall riding shots ruined by the uninvited guest: overactive shoulders. Shoulders need to CTFO, man. 😛

5 Items to Lust Over

As long as there have been horses, there has been shit to buy for yourself and your horses.

It’s an excellent business to be in, because horse people are certifiably crazy, and make questionable financial decisions. Add a bunch of not necessary but cool accessories to the mix, and there is no retirement plan in sight.

I kid but only a little bit.

I say all of this lovingly, as I am very much part of the problem. I love things, I cannot afford things, but that does not keep me from scrolling longingly through pages of SmartPak, Riding Warehouse, Dover, etc.

To fulfill the addiction hobby of online browsing, I have a list of “if I stumble upon a significant sum of money” completely frivolous buys.

Some of them are not even expensive, but I know I do not need them.

Without futher ado, here they are (Santa, you listening?) –

1. Brown Half Chaps and Paddock Boots

A pair of Tredsteps will do. Of course, I have had my current Paddock boots for 10 years now, so I am sure someone will have to rip the Ariats from my cold, dead hands.

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2. Trauma Void EQ3 MIPS Safety Helmet

One of those things you care more about as you age is the safety of your noggin. I would love one in Brown please.

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3. Leather Halter

For a horse I don’t have, but JUST IN CASE.11624_havana_left.jpg

4. Quilted TS Clarino Belt

I pretty much always need a belt (Is this a me-thing? Am I just an oddball size of tremendous butt and small waist?). More important than my caboose is this belt, because it’s on sale.

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5. One of those glove-curries

I look at this product, and I think – why the heck haven’t we, as a community, thought of this sooner? I mean it’s so obvious, but also so much better than using an actual curry. Genius.

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I think my million dollar idea is to market a left-hand for all of us out there trying to strengthen our non-dominant side (she sheepishly suggests).

Okay, these are all in the ballpark of reasonable. So what are you all lusting for, realistic or not? Most un-afforable wins!

 

“Home”

I don’t think I would consider myself officially moved until now. I have lived here 1/3 of a year already.

It was not when I found an apartment, started my job, or bought a couch. None of that really gave me true peace like finding a barn does.

I had forgotten how magical barn nights are when it’s warm enough to be in a T-Shirt.

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Pure Happiness

Truly I forget how much these animals do for me and my mental health. I wrote earlier about my must-haves.

I am so lucky, this place check all 5 boxes. Horses are tremendously happy; people are present and kind, and the facility is great.

For the first time ever, I have a regular view of the mountains while riding and gosh, it is awe-inspiring to watch the sun set over them while riding.

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The cutest face. He puts up with me.

If I could bottle this feeling and sell it, I am pretty sure there would be world peace.

By the way, that chestnut face is Q, and he’s our newest friend.

 

Smile Worthy – Seeing your Horse Braided for the First Time

One thing I missed when I switched to jumperland is getting my horse braided. No, not the cost (because lord knows I cannot actually do a good braiding job myself).

But getting to see your horse fancied up is pretty giddy-inducing. Especially if it’s a new horse/lease combination.

(Also, I forgot smile-worthy last week, and for that I detract 100 points).

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It’s been so long since I had a horse braided, I have no media on my computer. SO here is the opposite of a braided horse, but still super cute.

Oh, you…. Buying “Maty-Kate’s Equestrian Boots”

So I read US Magazine every once in a while (hush, I know it rots my brain). In between the divorce, hookups, and ball gowns, a headline caught my eye.

We Found Equestrian Boots Like Mary-Kate Olsen’s That Have Over 3,000 Reviews

It has this accompanying photo –

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Matt Agudo/INSTARimages.com (as per US Magazine article)

This article is hilarious for a number of reasons.

  1. Even if you aren’t a horse person, the photo of Mary Kate is not exactly the best shot of her tall boots. Like, head on? This will become important later.
  2. “Equestrian boots”. I get it, because you think tennis shoes or hiking boots is a normal phrase. But Equestrian boots feels like how my boss might try to describe “that weird sport I do” while introducing me to a new employee.
  3. The article quotes, “With A-listers like Mary-Kate Olsen flaunting the look, it’s only right we follow suit.” When did Mary-Kate Olsen become the embodiment for all behavior? I love Full House as much as the next person, but I don’t know about this new world order here.
  4. The actual boots that they suggest you buy in this article look nothing like her tall boots.

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Okay, fine, to the untrained eye (and with reference to the top photo’s non-ideal framing) they are similar shape.

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But this is clearly not the same fit.

I know, this is nit-picking, and I have certainly witnessed more egregious cases of “equestrian-inspired” fashion.

But I had to share. In case you want to read the article yourself…