Thursday, April 27, 2017
Polo shirt: Joules
Belt: Rebecca Ray
Socks: Dreamers and Schemers
That's what I wore today! What do you have on? Any favorites from today?
Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Thursday evening we had our monthly
Anyway, back to ponies.
Saturday was a long day. I had a first birthday to attend at 11, after running a few errands first.
|More pony bracelets!|
Ah but Sunday.... Sunday was BEAUTIFUL! Maybe a touch cool in the low 60's, but the sun was shining and the ring was dry. All good things, my friends.
I started Sunday riding Jamp. I climbed right on and started our walk around the ring. He seemed to be in a great frame of mind, and even willingly walked to the scary end with no drama. But then, on the way back toward the barn he saw IT. It was the bush next to the barn that had bloomed overnight. Apparently flowers are terrifying. You know, if you're Jamp. He paused mid step and had no idea how to proceed. He really wanted to whirl around and run the other way, but he also didn't want to run back to the scary end of the ring. So he just stood there like a deer in headlights, trembling. He is a special sort that Jampy. I decided to get off, walk him over to the flowers, and then toss him on a lunge line for minute. Definitely the right call. He was CRAZY! He actually bucked amidst his running around in circles. Finally he gave it up, and I was able to climb on and have a nice ride. We even "jumped" a few things!
|totally ready for show season right?|
I decorated his stall and got him a delicious carrot cake:
|Though clearly, not moving in this photo.|
After pony time, I promised the short kids a walk. They were more interested in sniffing and peeing on everything than they were walking, but we got about a mile in.
Tuesday I started my morning off dropping the short kids at Grandma's.
Then it was time to finish up getting the boys ready for the week without me, and myself to the airport. Ugh, I got to the airport and there was no parking. They actually had to open up a special lot allllllll the way on the other side of the airport for people to park. I'm almost 100% sure my car will be stolen or broken into while I'm away. If I had to choose, I hope for stolen, it has a lot of miles on it. Anyway, finally I got to the airport, and got checked in. The flight was uneventful other than the guy behind me eating something that may or may not have died six weeks ago.
This morning I got up bright and early to see Badger!
I also got to take Hermie out for her first ride since getting a new seat and billets. She feels amazing, and looks like a brand new saddle!
What's up with you this Wednesday?
Tuesday, April 25, 2017
So I keep my contact lenses on my bathroom counter. I have the two boxes side by side, left on the left and right on the right. Makes sense, yes? Here's a visual:
|alternative confession: That wallpaper!|
A couple years ago, I finally splurged and started having my house cleaned professionally every other week. Between working full time, my longer commute, and three horses, (and no husband!) my housekeeping was really suffering. Money definitely well spent! Anyway, normally on cleaning day, I put the contact boxes in a drawer so they're not in the way. But last week I forgot to do that. They were as I left them though, so I didn't think much of it. Here they are, looking as they normally do:
Confession: I wore my contacts in the wrong eyes for a full week and had no idea. I though I was suffering from terrible dry eye and that's why my vision was a bit cloudy. Um, no moron. Your contacts were in the wrong eyes. Sheesh.
The only reason I even discovered the mix up was because I needed to pack contacts for my trip. When I grabbed the boxes to do that, I saw that they were reversed. Total facepalm.
Have you ever done anything this ridiculous? Please share your tales in the comments!
Thursday, April 20, 2017
Sweater: Olive and Oak
Lefty is sporting this awesome enamel bracelet from C-Wonder. It reminds me of those very fancy Hermes bracelets, but this one was $20.
I have a riding outfit to share too, sort of. By the time I got home from work and got changed, it had started pouring. I will ride in the rain, but I kind of draw the line when it's only 45 degrees. So I put on breeches for nothing. Hey, at least I can share them on the blog!
Breeches: Just Togs
And that's it! I also wore my Tuffrider boots and hunter green helmet (which didn't match, but the other was in the house). You've seen them before so I didn't bother with photos of them today.
How's the weather where you are? What are you wearing? Any favorites from today?
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
I rode Jampy almost every day last week, and I alternated days with Rio and Romey, though Rio was just lunging not riding.
Jampy has been pretty good! He seems to be on a pretty consistent schedule of really good one day and leaving his brain in the stall the next. But even when he's having a bad brain day, he's still making an effort. And I can't fault that. Saturday we even started jumping a little!
I'm trying really hard to keep my elbow loose to the jumps. I have this really terrible habit of locking up my elbows and opening my fingers to fake softness. And you know what? That's not soft and your horse knows it. You know what else? When you've ridden your horse that way for a solid seven years, he doesn't really know how to handle it when you don't. So the first time I came to the cross rail, and I didn't lock up and grab his face, he actually stopped at it because he had no idea what I wanted. Oops. I let him sniff it, though I knew he wasn't afraid, more to let him know I did mean for him to go over that thing in front of him, and we came around and tried again. He was perfect. We kind of figure eighted over the two little jumps a few times and called it a day.
He's still carrying that little bit of shortness on the turns that we've had since last year, but also not any worse for the wear. I'm excited for our vet appointment next month to see if we can make some progress with that. I'd love to do some shows with him this year if we can get him a little more even.
Romey is walk trotting along okay. I'm only doing him every other day so I don't hurt him. He's had some trouble with his one foot that has a low heel (farrier is working on that) and too much work seems to make him sore. And when Romey is sore, he's not a very nice guy. He also acts a lot like Ducky and throws a tantrum if I ask for trot. How do I keep getting these horses?!
And of course Rio... Rio's perfect. He's been lunging like the champ that he is and seems really happy.
I think switching his anti-inflammatory and giving him that steroid shot really did wonders for him. So much so that this happened on Saturday:
As for running, I haven't been doing it. I'd been feeling really tired, and caught a bit of a stomach bug Friday night. I had planned to get back to it on Saturday, but being up half the night Friday kind of killed that plan. Hopefully this weekend I'll get back out there. I just registered for a 5K on May 6th, and it would be nice to not walk the entire thing... I do have a little bit of pride. Just a little. Hopefully I'll actually go!
The puggers have been
I spent Easter Sunday with my dad, step mom, and my little brother's grandma. (Mom of my deceased step mom, not the current one. It's tough to follow.) While my dad (and my actual mom) and I are Jewish, my step mom and step grandma are both Catholic. So it was nice to share their holiday. Especially on such a beautiful summery day. I won't lie, I was wishing I was home riding for a lot of the time, but you gotta do those family things too. Occasionally.
Monday I went to yoga class which totally kicked my bum after missing last week for Passover. It felt great to get some good stretches in, but ugh, I'm still feeling it today! Note to self: even if you miss class, do the stuff! I drove home as fast as I could to squeeze a ride in on Jampy. The other boys got a second day off, but were back at it for Tuesday.
And that's all that's up this Wednesday. What's up with you? Anything exciting happening? Shows coming up? tell me all about it in the comments!
I'll try and get some media this weekend so you can see more of the ponies. In the meantime, I shall leave you with an adorable photo of the baby Badger getting curried in sunny Florida: