Month: April 2015

Bad habits die hard

Bad habits die hard

Last week, I left work early to run some wedding errands; I finished those with plenty of daylight, so I headed to the barn with the intention of jumping Moe. There’s only so many rides in a row I can dressage. I brought Moe some […]

An equestrian’s guide to Tulsa

An equestrian’s guide to Tulsa

When you think of equestrian meccas, Lexington, Aiken, Ocala, and Wellington come to mind. Tulsa, Oklahoma wouldn’t even make your top ten. But Tulsa’s got a surprisingly robust equine scene. Shows There are a number of local organizations that regularly hold shows in Tulsa, but […]

Friday Five

Friday Five

Happy Friday, y’all! This week has been full of wedding meetings and endless emails; I’ll be glad when this is over! 

Here’s what’s on my radar.

ONE Intentional Living

Johnny and I had a short pre-martial counseling session this week with our officiant so we could get our marriage license for $5 instead of $50. It was a great experience; one of the things that came up throughout the session was the concept of living with intention. The idea of doing things with a purpose and consciouslly making decisions really struck a chord with me. For example, when I snooze my alarm and wake up too late to go ride before work, is that something I’m choosing to do, or something I’m letting happen to me? I’m excited to work harder to make intentional choices.

TWO Live streaming of Rolex Kentucky Three Day Event on USEF Network

Competing at Rolex is one of my life goals, and I love watching it. I’m so happy USEF Network is streaming it- I’m hoping my internet connection on the mobile unit tomorrow is good enough to watch cross country!

THREE Horze Kiana full seat breeches

In my quest to be the tackiest person at schooling dressage shows, I’m always looking for a wild pair of full seat breeches in my size and price range. Horze has some good options. New colors for their Kiana breech include this green/navy combo and a white/brown option. I’m considering the green/navy combination, as I have a navy dressage pad, but I’m a litte concerned about just how large this pattern might make my already large thighs look.
Poor, neglected Moe Moe needs a new bridle- his cob-sized cheapie from SmartPak has finally stretched out to the point that I can’t punch any more holes in it. Moe has almost always gone in a plain cavesson for all work; he goes in a figure-8 when he’s feeling very rambunctious for cross country or other jump work. I’ve been curious about how he would do in a drop noseband in dressage. This article from Sustainable Dressage is an interesting, in-depth look at different types of nosebands and their effects.
Although I’m not a hunter, equitation or jumper rider, I found this look into what’s appropriate for those rings from Equestrian Coach fascinating. I liked how the emphasis was on looking neat, polished, and professional. Dressage and cross country attire are also addressed, but not nearly as thoroughly as hunter/jumper kit is.
Is semi-retirement right for Moe?

Is semi-retirement right for Moe?

For the last few months, I’ve been focusing solely on riding Gina. Moe has been relegated to semi-retirement, toting around (and occasionally bucking off) his lesson kids, letting more advanced riders get cheap thrills jumping him over stuff, and wandering around his pasture with his […]

Wedding Wednesday: Offensive things

Wedding Wednesday: Offensive things

After last week’s post seeking advice about the bachelorette party, I started thinking over all the things that have offended various people connected to the wedding. The list is full of hilariously trivial things, so I thought I’d share them with y’all. My aunt was […]