Thursday, November 28, 2019
Helmet: One K
Sweater: Tipsy Elves
Breeches: SmarkPak Piper
Boots: De Niro
So that's what I rode in for Thursday's Threads, and here's what I wore to Thanksgiving dinner:
Sweater: Kenneth Cole
Long sleeve: Haley and the Hound
Pants: Kut from the Kloth
Boots: Made in Italy
It was nice having my boys sort of with me today. I really missed them this morning. But other than that Thanksgiving was lovely and spent with family. I ate enough for several grown men. So I'd call that a successful dinner.
I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving! I'm thankful for all of you!
Wednesday, November 27, 2019
|incredible artistry from www.byandbyart.com
And so now... on to the past week!
As you already know from Thursday's Threads last week, I had half of a lesson on Shiny on Wednesday. We were getting toward the end of the flat portion when she stumbled and wiped out. Neither of us were very hurt, though she had a bit of a stiff neck for a few days after, and I still have a sore ankle and knee. Oddly enough, on different legs. I have no idea what parts of me hit the ground, or if she maybe landed on me someplace. I completely lost track of where she was when it happened which was kind of scary. When I finally stopped falling I thought my back was against her, and my neck was on the ground, but it turned out that my back was on the ground, and I have no idea what my neck was touching. Very weird. I was riding with the assistant trainer that evening, and though she and I have asked, head trainer has been too busy to pull up the video from the security camera.
Once the initial sting of all that subsided, I climbed back on and we just did a little walk/trot to finish our ride. We were both a little shaken! I gave Eros a very light hack that evening too, and then hobbled around the indoor with Pammon. I swear he was more sound than I. He thought so, and decided to walk me instead:
(On a separate note, I keep seeing that essay in the plaid horse being shared everywhere about not being a PIA boarder, and I KINDA want to write a response about not being an entitled barn owner... but not so sure how that would be received. Also, maybe my offense to that means I AM a PIA boarder?) I think I may switch weekday lessons to ride with AT. I'm not sure how long I can smile sweetly before I say something to get me kicked out... Like sorry I have to work for a living during the day?
I wish I had some lesson media to share with you guys. I need to get one of the kids to video next time. I always forget. But anyway, despite being an inconvenience to the trainer, it was a good lesson.
I gave Shiny a light hack that evening, and she felt quite good surprisingly. She seemed acutely aware of where her feet were, and never stumbled at all. She's generally a pretty lazy pony, and it's not uncommon for her to stumble once or twice during a ride. But that evening she was like nope, not falling today! I was relieved she felt sound.
Friday was the day the vet was out. We already talked about how that went for Pammon. (Ugh.) But I had Doc look at Shiny also, just to be on the safe side. He had me ride her for him, and then did some flexions. He said she was tight on the left side in her neck which wasn't surprising after the tumble. Otherwise he thought she looked great. So that was good news. We did pull some blood to check for lyme and EPM exposure. Just in case. Given my history... Fingers crossed she just has a case of the lazies. Farrier is coming out this Friday and said he would check her feet and roll her toes over a bit which should help too.
I had to go back to work after vet stuff for a couple of hours, and then was back to the barn to ride Eros and give Pammon his walk. I figured the short ride for the vet was enough for Shiny. She could get back to real work over the weekend.
Saturday was just a flatting day for Shiny and Eros and they were both good kids. Pammon had his walk and was also a good kid. But the MANE event (you'll see what I did there...) was getting Shiny and Eros' manes back under control. They had both gotten a bit feral.
Sunday I got to have another lesson with Eros which also went great. I struggle a little with fitness in my lessons. The instructor there likes to warm us up usually on a figure 8 over two jumps, but she likes you to just keep going and going. It's tough for me with Eros because he takes both a lot of leg, and also a lot of arm and core strength. Homeboy is pretty perfect in most ways, but he is a workout! So I usually run out of strength and oxygen after the third figure eight. It's definitely challenging, and I know I just need to keep doing it to get more fit. Despite my exhaustion, it was a good ride. Eros is really listening well and helping me out when I need it. I really enjoy him! Some of the fences even got up to 2'9" so you know, things are getting pretty serious... Ha. Baby steps my friends.
I gave Shiny a bit more of a real ride on Sunday, asking her to come onto the bit and up from behind. She felt great and gave me some really nice work. And Pammon had his walk of course!
Mondays the barn is closed, and I have to be honest.... it's kind of nice having one early night during the week. I got my errands run right after work, and was home with the puggers by 7:30! So nice!
Which leads us to last night and one more rant from me... (Sorry, I think I'm starting to get annoying. I'll try to bring more sunshine and glitter to the blog next week.)
I got to the barn normal time Tuesday, but would have an early night because my stepmom is home for Thanksgiving and she is riding Eros for a couple days. So I got on Shiny straight away and had a nice ride with her. Once she was tucked back in, I got Pammon out for a grooming and his walk. Trainer decided to drag the ring after her lesson was done though and turn her three dogs loose in the ring, so that's obviously not ideal conditions for handwalking a stall resting horse. I figured she wouldn't be too long (the ring isn't all that big) so I took my time grooming him, and then started walking in the aisle while I waited. When she came back in the barn, I asked if she was done with the drag, she said yes, so I asked if it was okay to walk in there. She said, "I guess... but the lights have to go out sometime at night." Um? What? It was 7:30 you guys. 7:30! I'm usually still riding then! So I just continued to walk in the aisle. I'm not going to lie. I was PISSED. Really pissed. Like if I was my mother (who speaks before thinking on the regular) I probably would have been asked to leave. How am I supposed to give my horse the best care I can, when she's imposing a 7:30 lights out? Does my board not cover lighting the arena for the times I'm there? I swear, I'm a good boarder. I turn everything off at night when I leave. I always sweep up after myself. I do everything they require and always ask if I'm not sure about anything at all. And I say thank you EVERYDAY to the staff and trainers. I'm not sure what more is expected of me, but boy do I feel unwelcome. So glad this is just for the winter, and I'll have my kids back home in a few months.
Sigh. End rant. Thanks for listening guys!
To lighten the mood, my socks from Dreamers and Schemers came the other day and they are AMAZING!
So how was your week? Did you get some lessons in? Do anything exciting? Anything you're eyeing for black Friday? Thoughts on my boarding situation?
Tuesday, November 26, 2019
This is going to sound SUPER WHINY but I am so tired of nursing and rehabbing horses. I feel like it's been nonstop for the last five years. I guess we'll see what Shiny wants to do with her life, and she'll just have to be my focus. Who would have thought my showing dreams would land on the back of a large pony as an almost 40 year old? Ha! Good thing I like ponies.
Thursday, November 21, 2019
Vest: Old Navy
Belt: Mane Jane
Breeches: Smartpak Pipers
Boots: De Niro
So that's what I wore to
I feel like I may have worn this sweater recently for Thursday's threads... if I did, sorry! But it's cold out and the sweater is warm, so here we are!
Belt: Mane Jane
Jeans: Lucky Brand
My Rio tail stuff from Celia's Horse Hair Creations arrived on Monday, and I couldn't wait to share them with you guys! I wanted them to be a little different than what I got for Jampy so I could tell them apart (they both had black tails!). So the cuff is basically the same (it has horse shoes on the tips like Jampy's, but instead of a gold horse shoe in the center, I got his named engraved on a gold plate. Celia helped me design the wraparound cuff, so it's a little different than what she had on her site. I had the end caps done in silver with gold horse shoes to match both Rio's and Jampy's cuff bracelets. And then we did a ring to match too! I absolutely love how they came out! I'm still waiting on Rio's belt and leather bracelets. They're coming from the Sugar Lady on Etsy.
And that's it for today! Any favorites? What are you all wearing today?
Wednesday, November 20, 2019
Friday I had taken a half day from work so I could have plenty of time to ride and get packed for TX. We also thought the vet was coming, but turns out, that will be this Friday. So I'll have to see if I can be there for that. The nice thing about boarding though, is it's not the end of the world if I can't be. Plus this will just be an ultrasound I'm assuming, so it's not like Pammon will need to be ridden. Just held. I do hope to be there though, I much prefer getting my time with the vet face to face. In case you're wondering, the leg still looks horrifying. Ugh. Maybe it's one of those things that looks worse than it is? One can only hope. He continues to walk soundly on it. Horses are so weird.
Anyway, back to the recap! So Friday I flatted Shiny and Eros, and hand walked Pammon. Then went home to get packed. Such a chore packing! I always bring too much. Except this time! I wore everything I brought! (Pats self on back.)
We left at 8:30 Saturday morning, so no pony time that day unfortunately. Arrival in Cleburne, TX was around 2:30 I think.... I can't remember, but there's an hour difference which I had forgotten about and was really quite confused.
|Pit stop in Portland, TN. I don't know what time it is. No idea.
The person getting married (my reason for the trip) was my second cousin. His mom is my dad's niece. Up until MY nieces were born, she and I were the only girl cousins in the family. So we are like long lost sisters really. I haven't seen her in FOREVER, nor her brothers, so it was lots of fun to catch up. They're all hilarious. All of them. Being that we had the girls with us, we didn't stay too late, and I was in my bed by 9:45. I really know how to vacation you guys. #iamold
The wedding wasn't until 4 pm on Sunday, so we had some free time for the first half of the day. My one niece seems to be getting her molars in, so she was grumpy and they all stayed at the hotel. The older one enjoyed the pool with her mom, while the cranky one stayed in the room with my (generally also cranky) brother. That left me, dad, and stepmom. We did what any good tourists would do in TX. Went looking for tack stores. Tough thing was most places are closed Sunday morning for church. We finally found a place that sold western wear and boots, so we settled on that.
|Cousin photo! Missing was the bride and groom... details.
We had breakfast in the morning, and then flew home. It was a Monday, so instead of immediately going to check on my ponies (which took some restraint, believe me...) I instead headed home to unpack and straighten up the mess I left in my packing wake. Then picked up the pups and that was that. Last night I flatted Eros and Shiny and hand walked Pammon.
|Pretty sure this will be how I go. Strangulation via equine.
So that's it for me for the past week. What have all of you been up to? Any lessons or shows? Do any shopping? Let's catch up in the comments!
Tuesday, November 19, 2019
So that's it for today. Nothing too exciting. What about you? Anything you need to confess today?
Thursday, November 14, 2019
Cardigan: Twelfth Love
Tee shirt: Back On Track
I layered it over a plain white Back on Track tee. They are my favorite.
Belt: Mane Jane
Pants: Joe's Jeans
Shoes: Joe's Jeans
So that's what I wore to work today, and here's what I am going to wear at the barn tonight:
Helmet: One K
Outerwear: Eddie Bauer
Belt: Mane Jane
Breeches: Ovation Aqua X
So that's it for today! Sorry for the flat Stacie riding outfit. Hopefully next week I'll be better prepared!