Month: March 2016

How I can become a better rider

How I can become a better rider

Like many of you, I’m a fan of the outspoken and straight shooting Denny Emerson. A couple of years ago, I received his book How Good Riders Get Good for Christmas. I read it by New Year’s. The book was both incredibly motivating and utterly depressing. He […]

Closing hunt recap

Closing hunt recap

Despite feeling like death warmed over, I dragged myself out of bed Saturday morning for closing hunt. I briefly considered filling my flask with cough syrup, but opted to leave the flask at home and take two Nalgene bottles of water instead. I arrived at […]

Friday Five

Friday Five

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In the last day, I’ve developed some kind of cold/allergy/flu thing, which certainly bodes well for closing hunt tomorrow. To make matters worse, I think I accidentally took the nighttime Theraflu this morning. Keep your fingers crossed it wears off before I braid Gina this afternoon….Anyway, here’s what was on my radar before I started coughing and sneezing nonstop:

ONE Why the British Tell Better Children’s Stories

This was a pretty interesting article; it makes the argument that British children’s stories are better and more appealing because the culture is rooted in mythology and folklore. American literature tends to be defined by its moral lessons, leaving less opportunity for imaginative thinking on the part of the reader.  I don’t think it’s a completely accurate assessment, but it’s an interesting point of view.

TWO Exercises to Develop Your Horse’s Straightness and Collection

Gina has beautiful auto-changes. If you’re cantering and you even think about changing directions, she switches leads. This is fun to play with and probably great for the hunter ring, but it’s terrible for our dressage tests. First Level has the canter to trot transitions on a diagonal, which Gina interprets as flying change time. (Simple changes are for less majestical horses.) First-3 also includes a shallow loop at the canter, which also equals flying change in Gina’s brain. Lately, I’ve been working on reassuring her that the counter canter is not the source of all evil; it’s slow going, but these exercises from Dressage Today are helping.

THREE Sport of Kings Challenge series

The Sport of Kings Challenge is an annual event held in Oklahoma City for OTTBs that benefits Thoroughbred Athletes, a local racehorse re-homing organization. This year, they’ve expanded to a three show series. I’m entertaining the idea of competing Moe in their jumper division at a couple shows; he is a good jumper and the classes are only $20! I haven’t been to a jumper show since, uh, 2006 or so, so you’ll all have to help me remember how they work.

Relive the glory days, Moe Moe!!
Relive the glory days, Moe Moe!!

FOUR Woodford Reserve’s 2016 Kentucky Derby bottle

While I’m not totally certain I’ll be hosting my own Derby party this year (because I might be working at a show), I probably ought to pick up one of these bottles anyway!

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FIVE SprinklerBandit’s #Fail Contest results

If this isn’t the best way to start the weekend, I don’t know what is!

Happy Friday, y’all!

Wild breech Wednesday

Wild breech Wednesday

Breeches have come a long way in the last couple of decades. Fabric has been upgraded to be more dirt and water repellent, more breathable, and more comfortable. Velcro closures at the ankles have been almost universally replaced by smooth elasticized fabric. There are a […]

Volunteer rewards

Volunteer rewards

One of the things many horse organizations seem to struggle with is recruiting volunteers to work at events. Whether those events are large multi-day horse trials or small unrecognized shows, groups always need someone to jump judge, reset rails, or run dressage tests from the […]