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

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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…

The Right Thing Comes Along – New Horse

Horseback riding has offered me continual trickles of heartbreak. The sport of the wealthy teaches you to gather what you have and repeat, This is enough. I have enough. Even if what you have does not include an 8 year old dark bay with grand prix jumper potential or a tack room full of French saddles. Humility and gratitude, forcing me to cherish every moment with these magical animals, contribute to a better mind and spirit.

Thus, when stars align and the universe smiles down, sometimes I think I have to shake myself to wake up from a dream.

It’s happening though, I have a horse to ride in my new city! Better yet, I will not be out of house and home.

Over my 16 years, I have been blessed to ride many types, and can safely sit on most. Not talking Olympic level talent, but I can keep my wit and humor on the spooky and green.

As expected, this guy may be a bit of the latter (not as much of the former).

This is big news for me. I cannot wait to share more details.