Month: November 2014

Friday Five

Friday Five

Work is gearing up for the holidays pretty aggressively: not only do we have Black Friday and Small Business Saturday specials going, we’ve also planned a Cyber Monday sale, a 12 Days of Christmas campaign, and special in-store holiday shopping events. Guess who gets to […]

Happy Thanksgiving, y’all!

Happy Thanksgiving, y’all!

Happy Thanksgiving, friends! Johnny and I are headed into Tulsa to spend the day with that branch of his family (who we rarely see) with an apple pie, bourbon chocolate pecan pie, and green bean casserole in tow.  Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. […]

A horse is a horse, of course, of course

A horse is a horse, of course, of course

Except when it’s possibly a bizzaro-Barbie doll. I need some advice, y’all.

Johnny and I selected a kid from the local Salvation Army Angel Tree. If you’re unfamiliar with it, the program provides necessities and Christmas gifts for disadvantaged children from infants to age 12 and for seniors citizens who are 60 years and older. ‘Necessities’ are clothing items and shoes, and gift requests range from basketball (12 year old boy) to Crock-Pot (senior citizen).

The child we selected is a 7 year old girl whose toy requests are “dolls of My Little Pony, jewelry making kit, and CD player”. Jewelry making kit and CD player are easy enough, and so were the My Little Pony Dolls- or so I thought.

I had a few hand-me-down MLPs from an older cousin. This is the kind of ‘doll’ I was thinking of:

I knew the ponies had undergone a re-vamp in the last couple of years, so I was totally down with buying this girl a super-cool Rainbow Dash or Twilight Sparkle. 
Then I ran across this while browsing for toys:
Twilight Sparkle, what are you doing?

At some point, the ponies took human form and went to Canterlot High School. I had no idea.

So here’s my question, internet: what does a 7 year old girl mean by “dolls of My Little Pony”? Should I get the ponies? Should I get the humans? ADVISE ME, I DON’T WANT TO MESS UP A LITTLE KID’S CHRISTMAS!
Working a horse show

Working a horse show

My employer, The Horse of Course, has a lot going on: there’s a brick-and-mortar store, an ever-expanding web store, and two mobile units. One is pretty much permanently out of town: THoC’s owners travel with it up and down the East Coast dressage circuit. (So […]

My alma mater axes equestrian

My alma mater axes equestrian

Earlier today, my alma mater, the University of Tennessee-Martin, announced they were discontinuing the equestrian team after the 2015-2016 season. I’ve previously addressed my experience as an athlete, as well as the impending implosion of the sport as an NCAA endeavor.  However, I’m still saddened […]