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Lessons on Candy

Lessons on Candy

Some time shortly before the new year, I was texting with a foxhunting friend. (Longtime readers will know her from the Q & A about foxhunting she did on this blog!) Our conversation centered around getting ourselves and our horses fit for a combined test […]

Miscellaneous updates

Miscellaneous updates

I haven’t been blogging regularly (for months, really) because I feel like my life is currently very boring. After Marrakesh died, I lost motivation to do much with the horses at all. The things I did do felt very mundane, especially compared to the excitement […]

Equestrian blogger gift exchange

Equestrian blogger gift exchange

Printable Pony’s annual equestrian blogger gift exchange is one of my favorite things in the blogging community. It gives me a chance to find new blogs I wasn’t familiar with and allows me ruthlessly abuse my tack store discount in pursuit of the perfect present! This year, I was The Frugal Foxhunter‘s secret santa and Eventing Saddlebred Style was mine.

Teresa’s package arrived yesterday evening! It was stuffed full of goodies- let’s take a moment to appreciate the truly impressive amount of candy that’s in this box. There’s at least a dozen Reese’s peanut butter trees and what seems like a hundred peanut butter cups. Reese’s peanut butter candies are Johnny’s favorite, so I promptly hid them in my closet lest he eat them all. (That’s a real threat; the man ate a two-pound bag of peanut butter treesĀ in one day last month.)

Under all the candy were two pairs of Sock It To Me socks, one which featured llamas and the other with foxes! Like every horse person on the planet, I am perpetually in need of socks. I’m excited to wear these- they look comfy and I love the designs! Teresa also included a very funny coloring book of farting animals and a brand new set of colored pencils.

Thank you, Teresa, for all the great gifts! And a huge thanks to Tracy at The Printable Pony for organizing this gift exchange every year. If you’ve never participated before, you should absolutely do so in 2019. You won’t regret it!

The evolution of goals

The evolution of goals

I’ve always struggled with goal-setting. It wasn’t something I practiced much when I was young. I never sat down with a trainer or coach or teacher and discussed what I wanted to achieve or how I would do so. Usually, I’d decide I wanted to […]

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year, everyone! I spent some time yesterday thinking about what I wanted to accomplish in 2019. I didn’t come up with anything life-changing, ambitious, or particularly interesting. I’ve never been an especially goal-driven person; setting goals and planning out how to achieve them […]