Thursday, October 27, 2016
Hoodie: Skidmore College
I also wore my regal boots, but you've seen those enough to not need ANOTHER photo of them. The boys had to wear an extra layer last night too. No one wants to be naked when it's 33 degrees out!
Ok, on to today's outfit:
Sweater: Michael Kors
Jeans: Rue 21
Well that's what I'm wearing today! What do you have on? How's the weather in your neck of the woods?
|First Question: Which is the real Rio?|
1. What do you consider jumping high for yourself?
Um, current self or former self? I think jumping high for me is anything 4' or above (roughly 1.2M or higher). That said, I can barely jump around 3' right now so there's that...
|Former Self with Rio the wonderhorse.|
Ride a horse that doesn't have a limp! But seriously, I'm hoping to find a way to keep riding this winter, even if it's not on one of my own horses. I don't want to have to start all over come spring like I have the past many years.
|Less of this please.|
Long term, I REALLY want to get back in the show ring with a real partner. I want to find a horse that I trust to not only get back to showing in rated divisions, but to be competitive there. I don't really have a preference over whether it's in the A/O hunter ring or high AA jumper ring. I just want to find a horse I can really bond with. (No offense Jampy.)
|Heart horse #1|
3 trainer barns, 4 if you count my own back yard barn. I rode at the same barn for my entire junior career, then moved on to my college barn. After leaving the college barn, I actually moved back to my first barn before building my own. I count my current trainer's barn even though I don't really ride there that much.
|home sweet home|
This number is kind of high. The barn I rode at growing up had a bit of a revolving door, and trainers came and went. College saw some changeover as well. Let's see... I'd say 7 at first barn and 3 at college barn, and then I've had a few different trainers help me at shows once I moved home, so we'll go with 4 after college. That's what 14? That's an awful lot considering I've not moved horses around much!
|Current trainer in natural habitat|
6. Ever worked at a barn? What did you do?
Yep! After graduating from a ridiculously expensive college with a psych degree, I got hired as the stable manager at my college barn. I wanted to keep my amateur status, so my duties did not include riding or teaching. I was in charge of making sure the horses all got out every day, were properly groomed and blanketed, they're health care, etc. I also oversaw the working students. It was a really fun job, but a ton of work. We had 45 school horses and about 15 boarders.
|Tom and Cajun: best walk trot horses you'll ever encounter. EVER.|
Ugh. You have no idea. You guys. My barn where I boarded when I was 14 BURNED TO THE GROUND. It was horrifying. All of the lesson horses died, including my project pony Abbey. I wrote my college essay on that experience and though it sounds dramatic, that fire had a big impact on who I am today.
8. Have you ever given a lesson? What level was the rider?
I have! Not since aging out of the junior ranks of course since I'm an amateur. But when I was in high school one summer I had a couple students of my own. They were a brother and sister visiting the area on vacation for two weeks. They had never ridden, but were athletic kids. She was a figure skater and he was a hockey player. The girl struggled a bit, but I think she did canter by the end of her stay. The boy was some kind of phenom and had started JUMPING by the end of the two weeks. I wonder what ever happened to them...
|occasionally I drag tiny family members around the yard too|
Pffft. Not accurate. Most of the time online critiques are of a photo. I'll tell you what. I take a decent photo if it's caught at the right moment. But that does not mean I'm a good rider. Feel free to critique this though:
|this is how you do it, right?|
10. What is the ideal height of horse for you?
Probably between 15.3 and 16.2. Romey is a bit short, and Jamp and Rio are both around 16.3. Since they're slab sided it works though. I'm short but have normal length legs, so I can kind of fake it on most sizes. Even Venti worked for me this summer, though he was kind of huge. Definitely taller than 17 hands. That said, I do think riding a short horse makes the fences look bigger, so I don't like anything too tiny.
And there you have it! Ten questions for October!
Last Thursday, I left work around 3:30 to meet the chiropractor at the barn. I haven't done body work like that on my current herd, but trainer uses this chiro on Badger and he seems to really benefit. I figured with all the limping in my barn, it probably wouldn't hurt our situation. Rio did not get worked on. I didn't think it would be a great idea, and the chiro agreed. She says unless they're having a real problem it's best not to manipulate neurologically unsound horses. Glad we agreed! (Also, I have no media to share from out appointment. Sorry!)
We started with Romey figuring he would be the most challenging... Both in his need for manipulation and his poor attitude. Turns out, totally right on both accounts. Romey's withers were pretty bad but apparently that's common in ex-race horses. Unfortunately, the middle of his back, right about where the seat of my saddle sits, was also really out. Chiro is concerned he may have kissing spine, but isn't jumping to that conclusion just yet. Current plan is to treat with Robaxin for about a week and report back. I haven't been able to do a ton of riding thanks to the weather, but what we have done hasn't shown any improvement. And his attitude is worsening too. Which leads me to think he's hurting. Pretty sure I see lots more diagnostics in our future... I really need to stop "rescuing" horses. This never seems to go very well for my wallet or psyche.
On a more positive note, there wasn't much wrong with Jampy. He got a small adjustment to his SI which wasn't at all shocking given what my vet and I discussed at his last appointment. His only acupuncture points that "lit up" were his SI and stifles. Pretty much exactly what I expected on him. I can't say he feels much different under saddle as far as being more even. But he has been less reactive to all the voices in his head. I'm not sure if that makes sense if you don't know him... Generally he hears something and immediately scoots forward and/or sideways. It happens like ten million times each ride, but since his adjustment, he's down to 3 or 4 scoots per ride. That's a pretty big improvement! Oddly enough though, he's also twice as dead to my leg as he usually is. Not sure what's that about. I think he's ready for his winter vacation.
And lastly, Badger. You guys, remember how Badger was the only horse I own that's actually sound? Yeah. That was cool. Somehow the naughty child managed to pull a muscle in his back. So that's 4. Four limping horses. Obviously he'll be fine with some time off. Unfortunately, that meant my last weekend to ride him before he heads south didn't happen. He leaves Friday for Florida. Wah. Seriously, how are they ALL lame? All of them? My SEVENTEEN year old is the most sound horse I own. Oy.
Obviously the best way to deal with a pity party of the lame horse persuasion is retail therapy. One of my favorite tack stores is closing. The owners are retiring, so it's really not a sad ending, though I'll definitely miss shopping there. The bright side is the progressive "Grand Closing" sale they're holding. This week the entire store is 30% off. Eventually as it gets closer to their Dec 31st closing date, everything will go to 75% off. I was thinking it would be pretty exciting to find some TS show breeches for 30% off and since I'm the same size as half the horse riding world, I needed to shop early. Saturday was a rainy mess, so it was the perfect day to head up there. I found a pair of TS show breeches in my size, an RJ Classic jacket that's GORGEOUS, for something crazy like $75.00 (original price of $360), a pair of black schooling breeches, and these pretties for the ponies:
|Brown Baby Pads! (And I got a green one too)|
|Green combo wraps!!!|
The only bonus to all the rain we suddenly have been getting is that I've had a chance to socialize with humans. That's pretty rare! Friday night my sister-in-law had a Cabi party which is kind of like Pampered Chef but for clothes. Our mutual friend from high school is a hostess for the company, so it was a fun evening. Also fun was seeing the news fan in their driveway. My brother is the tech expert for one of our local news stations. I really don't get used to seeing the news fan around though. So weird. If your'e ever in the market for anything tech related, you should check out his youtube channel. He reviews anything and everything you could imagine on there.
|That's my bother on TV being famous|
As you know from Truthful Tuesday, I even got to go to Book Club despite my not finishing the book. Thankfully it would seem I was in the majority there. We really should just call it what it is: Wine Club.
Let's see...what else? It's super cold out. So that's awful. I couldn't turn my heat on because when I did it smelled like maybe my house was going to burn down. And the furnace man kept putting off my service. But I whined a little today, and I am now sitting in a nice warm house! Finally! The Pugs were super annoyed this morning when it was 52 degrees in the house. Also, tonight when I "rode" the horses (I use that term super loosely) it was 35 degrees. I swear it felt like -10 though. Worst. I hope you're all prepared for my whining about winter, cause 'tis the season!
And that's what's up with me this Wednesday. What's up with you?
Tuesday, October 25, 2016
Have you ever failed to complete an assignment? Or shown up to book club without having read the book?
Thursday, October 20, 2016
Top: Forever 21
Breeches: Crescendo by Horze
Ok, on to today's work outfit. Are you ready for more flannel?!
Top: US Polo Assn.
Jeans: Earl Jeans
Shoes: Rock & Candy
That's what I'm wearing today! What do you have on? Opinions on neon?
Last week was full of dark chilly rides until the weekend when it was light out and chilly. You know what those things bring about? Wild ponies. SO MANY WILD PONIES. I no longer have any idea what it's like to ride a horse that listens to me instead of the wind and crunching leaves. No idea what-so-ever. If anyone knows, please tell me all about it.
|Jamp, "OMG. DID YOU HEAR THAT?!"|
Me, "No Jamp. No I didn't."
On the bright side, Rio is doing so well with his fancy flip-flop shoes that we're back to tack walking! Yaaaayyy!!! There's LITERALLY nothing better than getting to sit on your heart horse. Nothing. Even if all you do is walk (and occasionally spook just a little).
|Rio enjoys romantic moonlit walks.|
|Ear pinning story is lies. Don't believe my mom.|
|Mom! You hear that right?! Yes Jamp, this time you're right.|
|Well, this photo is pretty cliche New England|
|I'm not going out there. Stop telling me what to do all the time.|
That's what's up this