Friday Five


I received my ride times for Sunday: dressage is at 9:18 AM, which means I’ll need get up around 4:00 AM. Ah, life in Oklahoma, where everything is two hours away from where I live! I’m trying to not be grumpy about it. At least there’s a show to go to at all! Right?

Anyway, here’s what’s on my radar this week.

ONE Cultivating Discipline When Motivation Runs Out

I love this post from one of my favorite cooking blogs, Can You Stay For Dinner. Maintaining motivation is hard, especially when you aren’t seeing results as quickly as you’d hoped. There are times I become incredibly frustrated with riding; I feel like I’m not improving or like my horses aren’t improving. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve become frustrated at myself for not losing weight after weeks of diligent exercise and healthy eating. Or how I sometimes totally lose motivation to do anything but sit on the sofa and read. Discipline is what keeps us going, and this post is a gentle reminder to stay disciplined even when you aren’t motivated.

TWO Runner’s World profile of “fat runner” Mirna Valerio

“Valerio [is] a 39-year-old, 5-foot-7, 250-pound African-American dressed in a ball cap, fitness top, knee-length running tights, and training shoes.” I found this article absolutely fascinating and extremely inspiring. Here is a woman who runs an average of 25 miles a week and competes in marathons and trail ultramarathons. And she is obese. What an awesome example of someone who’s doing something good for her body because she loves herself. Of her body, Mirna is quoted as saying “Sometimes I get disappointed or angry with it, but like any long-term, committed relationship, it usually comes right back to love and respect.” What a wonderful attitude.

THREE Kerrits Convertible Turnout Winter Riding Jacket

I am obsessed with this jacket and were it not for my self-imposed spending moratorium, I would go downstairs and snatch one up right now. The flint check pattern is subtle and stylish, and the lines of this coat are beautiful on everyone. It doesn’t look like it belongs at a barn! (But I’d wear it there anyway.)

FOUR Dy’on Difference dressage bridle

Work recently ordered some of these for the dressage trailer and I can’t decide how I feel about them. Anatomic bridles are all the rage, but this thing…What is that crownpiece (headpiece?)? Is that crossed throatlatch comfortable? Who designed this thing?? Luckily, I’ll never have to found out- at $499.95, it’s way out of my price range!

FIVE Two Pointober!


Get your two point on this month, y’all! L. Williams of Viva Carlos and Hillary of Equestrian at Hart are hosting- sign up, track yourself, and possibly win a prize! I sign up every year, forget to track myself, and spend most of October in shame. Not this year, though! I have an notebook and everything. I’ll post my times here on the blog when I record them (which will be after this weekend’s show) and I’d encourage all of you to do the same!

Author: Stephanie

Equestrian, amateur cook, people person.

13 thoughts on “Friday Five”

  1. That bridle seems like it’s moved the pole pressure to a weird spot. And that throat latch doesn’t look like it’s going to do it’s job very well. Don’t think I’m a fan. That jacket though, is beautiful.

  2. Can’t agree more, discipline and habit keep me going in so many things, thesis, working out, riding. Sometimes you are just too in the nitty gritty before the breakthroughs happen!

    Also We just need baseline’s and final times 🙂 tracking is just a fun metric 😀

  3. I thought oh pretty bridle… and then I saw the crown piece- eh kinda weird- reminds me of the stubben freedom bridle- just a little to out there for my taste!

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