Friday Five

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Is it just me, or did this week fly by? I managed to get out and ride The G three times, make plans for a couple of shows, and get a whole, whole bunch of stuff done at work (which is always a good feeling). I even Swiffered my kitchen, which is like, a huge accomplishment.

Here’s what’s on my radar this week!

ONE 3 Secrets to Thinking Like a Champion

While this isn’t a horse-centric article, I thought the tips given were definitely applicable to equestrian pursuits! I’m especially guilty of not celebrating small victories, so this was a great reminder for me!

TWO 9 Over-the-Top Horse Decorations You Didn’t Know You Needed

I’m a sucker for horse decor; I’m eternally grateful that Johnny tolerates horse statues, horse linens, horse artwork, horse photographs, and various other horse accouterments throughout the house. Some of the things on this list are ridiculous, but I totally need that taxidermy horse head for a cool $30K.

THREE Centaur Fox A/P Pad

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JUST LOOK AT THOSE ADORABLE FOXES. I’m having a really hard time not buying this pad at work, even though I have 5 perfectly serviceable A/P pads.

FOUR Saying Thank You

I thought this article from Dressage Today was spot-on and addressed an issue that many riders don’t consider: prizes and sponsorship. My workplace sponsors a lot of awards and classes and provides prizes, both at local shows and major events (like Lendon Gray’s Youth Dressage Festival that’s mentioned in this article!). We sometimes get thank you letters from the show’s organizers, but it’s very rare for us to receive a thank you from a prize winner. Occasionally, we can persuade the winner of a saddle pad or cooler to pose with their loot for a photo, but that’s the exception, not the rule. We enjoy supporting equestrian sports, and we’re not necessarily donating and sponsoring events for the boost in sales (which is pretty much non-existent); gestures of appreciation make it seem a little less we’re throwing money into the void. (So support the businesses that support your shows, even if it’s just sending them a Facebook message that says “Thanks!”)

FIVE President Taft’s Secret Pony Brigade

“I hate you so much, Ponita!” is pretty much my go-to when Gina is being a brat.

23 Replies to “Friday Five”

  1. I saw those pads recently with owls and nearly bought one! LOVE!

    1. They’re unbearably cute!!

  2. I am so confused yet entertained by the pony brigade video

    1. It makes me laugh every time I watch it. “SHUT UP PONITA, THIS DOESN’T CONCERN YOU!”

  3. I feel like I need that saddle pad. It’s amazing.

    1. I know! the navy one is super sharp!

  4. I need one of those saddle pads. I love #4. And OMG #5. I’m dying!

    1. Secret Pony Brigade is where it’s at, right?!

  5. Secret Pony Brigade is what’s been missing in my life.

    1. It’s what’s been missing in everyone’s life.

  6. the video completely made my day! thanks for that! How does one even encounter such a video?! lol

    1. I just spend a lot of time on the internet lolz

  7. Do they make those adorable pads in dressage version? SOSO cute<3

    1. They don’t, but they fit under dressage saddles okay! (My barn has several of the Centaur APs they use under dressage saddles, since the dressage pads aren’t quite as fun.)

  8. I have about a dozen perfectly serviceable AP pads, but I NEED the fox pad!! So cute!

    1. The struggle is real.

  9. love the saddle pad!!!!

    1. It’s the cutest of their new pads!!

  10. The over the top decorations are my favorite!

    1. I know!! So silly, yet so necessary!

  11. I must have that saddlepad!!!

  12. Do those foxes exist in a baby pad?! My wallet hopes you say no. But my ponies hope you say yes….

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