Month: December 2014

TOABH: I’m a loser, baby

TOABH: I’m a loser, baby

Beka wants to know about your horse’s biggest fail.  What did Thunderhooves do that embarrassed you, scared you, shocked you or just annoyed the hell out of you? You know, I wasn’t planning on participating in this particular topic, because I couldn’t really think of […]

Weekend in numbers

Weekend in numbers

10: Number of King’s Hawaiian sweet rolls I ate. (Who’s ready for New Year’s resolutions…) 9: Number of trips it’s going to take to the recycling center to clear out all the Christmas boxes and wrapping paper currently in the garage. We saved all our presents for […]

Mnemonics

Mnemonics

It seems like there are dozens of mnemonic devices in the equestrian world. For example, as a kid, I had trouble learning my posting diagonal until someone told me to “rise and fall with the leg on the wall”. Suddenly, I had no problems remembering which was the correct way to post. In eventing, jumps are always flagged with red and white flags to indicate which direction they should be jumped- I was told early on to jump “red on right”, an alliterative that I’ve never forgotten.
The letters of a dressage arena are ripe for mnemonics- I’ve heard at least three different ones for letters in a small arena, including:
  • All King Edward’s Horses Carry Many Bloody Fools
  • All King Edward’s Horses Can Make Big Fences
  • All King Edward’s Horses Can Make Bay Foals
Down the centerline in a standard sized arena, I remember the letters as “Gee, I Love Dressage” (from C toward A). 
I’m curious- what, if any, mnemonic devices do you employ? 
What Santa brought

What Santa brought

I received my Secret Santa gifts in the mail on Christmas Eve; I was super excited!  My package came from Erin at Sweet Fresno– her blog is new to me (as mine was to her), which is another perk of this gift exchange. Finding new equestrian […]

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas, friends! After eating my favorite breakfast of country ham and cheese grits, I’m heading to the barn to ride ponies. I hope y’all have a great holiday!