crash and burn...literally

Crash and Burn…Literally

So this past weekend Reef and I headed up to Holly Hill for our first ever recognized beginner novice event. Reef and I have done 2 local shows before, but nothing to the caliber of Holly Hill with about 350 horses and riders, constant commotion, and lots of vendors. So I was definitely excited to see how he would react to all of this. Continue reading “Crash and Burn…Literally”

It's Down to the Wire...

It’s Down to the Wire…

It’s here. It’s happening. Our very first recognized BN horse trial. It’s taken us a long time to finally get here due to scheduling conflicts, lack of horse shows in Louisiana, money, and injuries, but we’re here now! Reef is already on his way and I’ll be meeting him up there tomorrow (stupid grad school with your stupid night classes). But yesterday I used my Horse Show Checklist, packed the trailer, and added the final grooming touches on my horse! Continue reading “It’s Down to the Wire…”

a ride down memory lane

The Horse Show Routine: An Attempt at Kicking Those Pesky Show Nerves

So it’s the week of Reef and I’s first recognized BN show. We’ve had one recognized starter show and one schooling BN show under our belt, but it’s time to put some “big girl” pants on and head up to Shreveport. Our lessons lately have been great, but it’s taken a lot of diligence to try and get him out of his “I don’t like this distance so I’m gonna stop” phase (though I’ll admit my poor riding was the biggest reason he was doing it). Continue reading “The Horse Show Routine: An Attempt at Kicking Those Pesky Show Nerves”

Alright fellow equestrians, it’s time to fess up. We’re freaks, we’re gross, but we gotta own it. I guarantee you’ve done at least one of the following things on this list. I’d bet my life savings on it (a whole $10 thanks to horse ownership!). So here it is, 6 weird things equestrians do that normal people wouldn’t understand

6 Weird Things Equestrians Do That Normal People Wouldn’t Understand

Alright fellow equestrians, it’s time to fess up. We’re freaks, we’re gross, but we gotta own it. I guarantee you’ve done at least one of the following things on this list. I’d bet my life savings on it (a whole $10 thanks to horse ownership!). So here it is, 6 weird things equestrians do that normal people wouldn’t understand: Continue reading “6 Weird Things Equestrians Do That Normal People Wouldn’t Understand”

Living With a Horse Girl: An Open Letter to my College Roommates

Living With a Horse Girl: An Open Letter to my College Roommates

It’s a known fact that horse people are a different breed. I’ve mentioned it in other posts such as “To Love A Horse Girl” and “Helmets On Our Heads and Hearts on Our Sleeves”, but it’s just plain true. It’s also one thing to be our friend, significant other, or coworker, but it’s a whole other world when you’re a horse girl’s roommate. This is a shout out to my two college roommates who put up with me for 3 straight years… Continue reading “Living With a Horse Girl: An Open Letter to my College Roommates”

The Time I Was Called a 17 Year Old Girl...But Was A Senior In College

The Time I Was Called a 17 Year Old Girl…But Was A Senior In College

I haven’t been in the eventing game for long. I started it up about 4 years ago as a sophomore in college and I fell in love. I also never got to show outside of “in barn” schooling shows back in my high school hunter/jumper days, so it’s safe to say that my first “away from home” eventing show was a big deal. It was also a big deal to be competing on my very own horse! With all of this excitement, I’ve gathered many embarrassing tales, one of which I’ll share with you today… Continue reading “The Time I Was Called a 17 Year Old Girl…But Was A Senior In College”

There's Always Room for Improvement

There’s Always Room for Improvement

So yesterday was probably one of the best lessons Reef and I have had in quite some time. Between me crawling up his neck and him not being so tolerant for “imperfect” distances anymore, we’ve had a lot of stops lately. And falls. No bueno. We’ve been working on it a lot and we seemed to be getting better little by little, but then this past weekend I found out he pulled a dirty stop and yard darted his rider over the jump *face palm*…So embarrassing as a horse mom! Back to the drawing board we go… Continue reading “There’s Always Room for Improvement”