Monday, September 25, 2023
Monday, September 11, 2023
|We took serious photos|
|We took some silly photos|
|Lots of laughter|
|And even more goofing off|
|So much silliness|
(T and Lurch were not injured in the taking of this photo, promise, haha)
|Naturally the horses and dogs wanted to be involved|
|Very involved. Peep my buddy Tripp the tiny yak and his adorable ears!|
|The photographer asked us to tell her our funniest moment as friends and it had literally happened that morning 🤣|
|This was the sneak peek she posted a few days after the shoot and we were IMMEDIATELY OBSESSED|
|Without any coordination on our part, we all wore Free Ride Equestrian breeches 🤣 they should sponsor us lolol. Or any of the country boot makers lol.|
|I cannot overstate how beautiful Renate's place is! She has this lovely mural on the side of her barn which made for a stunning backdrop|
|Of all the weird things I've found on the internet, these ladies are some of my favorite ♥️|
All photos by Wispy Wings Photography - https://www.wispywings.ca/
Monday, August 28, 2023
|Penny photo because I can|
|Also broke down and replaced this helmet which was.... Probably 6 years old 🙈|
Thursday, July 27, 2023
|One of the few "safe for the internet" shots|
|My husband kept telling me my face was swollen. After like the 8th time he said it I was no longer amused.|
|These cost THREE HUNDRED DOLLARS |
I already had an appointment set with my primary care doctor next month, so I'm supposed to talk it over with her and get a more permanent script for the EpiPen, but any time I use it I still have to go to the ER so this allergy is going to be very expensive 🥴
Wednesday, July 5, 2023
It's been tricky to get in for lessons lately - my trainer has clients at shows/hosts clinics that are outside my tax bracket (lol) on a LOT of weekends, so I went to some lengths I maybe wouldn't normally go through to lesson because I haven't been there in like a month. Including dealing with a midday lesson when it was like 97 degrees 🥵
I took Emmy, and she was A ROCK STAR. I had been having a little trouble with the canter at home, and my farrier had tweaked her front shoes a bit at her last appointment, because she had some compensation spots in the hoof he wanted to address. Starting to think it's my footing at home that she objects to, but that's a continued experiment.
We've found that the quality of the trot is much better if we walk warmup and then go straight to canter before we come back to work on the trot, so that's what we started with. I had significantly less trouble keeping her cantering in my trainers footing vs mine, which goes in the data point column. But the theme of today's lesson was emphatically DO LESS THINGS. Emmy is perfectly content to let me work and work and work keeping her doing things, but she is also more than capable of lovely canter on her own if I can just... Stop doing so damn much. This is not news, I've had variations of this lesson before, but hot damn riding Emmy makes it even more crystal clear when I stop doing things and get out of her way how lovely things can be.
|Why is one arm high and one arm low? No idea 🤣|
I also need to stop trying to make the lateral work happen and just ride forward towards the short end and just casually think move over vs trying to physically pick her up and move her myself 🤣🤣 she can pretzel herself in half if I tell her to and she just sort of shrugs and is like okay if that's what you want, whatever, but she is also absolutely capable of doing things in a correct and lovely way if I just... Ask correctly and stay out of her way. TrainerB wryly commented that I could ask for things wrong 20x and Emmy would just sort of bop along and half-ass do the thing but the minute I asked correctly she's like "yes ma'am sure here's the correct and beautiful thing!". She is quite impressed with Miss Em, I think ♥️ she also commented on how much more relaxed Emmy seemed, and that she was looking very comfortable and better in her musculature. I'm quite pleased, because when Emmy showed up she had some interesting shoes on (to handle the AZ desert rock she came from), was on daily Equioxx, and had required some not insignificant maintenance to remain comfortable in work. In conjunction with my farrier and vets, we decided to take her back to basics and just start fresh and see how she felt - so now she's barefoot in back and in simple plates up front, no Equioxx, and so far (knock on wood) no injections or anything more special than lots of long slow hill work. She has always felt good to me but it definitely helped ease my mind that TrainerB thought she looked comfortable and even and free in her gaits - any crookedness is me, pretzeling myself like a fool up there lol. If we get to a point where Emmy needs anything, she will absolutely get it, but for now, I'm glad she's so happy and comfortable on a pretty simple routine!
It's still wild to me that one day, she's this fancy AF dressage horses, 24 hours after schlepping DH around on a 5 mile trail ride ♥️ how I got so lucky to have TWO mares like this, I will never know, but I am eternally grateful to have them both in my life.
Tuesday, June 6, 2023
Y'all. I can't even. It has been a goal for ACTUAL YEARS to try to get a schoolmaster on lease, even if only for a summer, to lesson and learn on. With the exception of a pretty well schooled NSH rescue (who by the way just celebrated his 30th birthday and 11 years with his perfect family 🥳), I've owned pretty much exclusively young/project horses. I can count on one hand the number of times I've been able to ride something that knows more than me - living in a perpetual cycle of green horses has been rough. Like don't get me wrong, it's taught me an incredibly valuable school set, and Ruby and I are creeping along at a glacial pace, but I KNEW learning from a horse more educated than me would be so valuable. And somehow, that situation fell into my lap.
|She is the best.|
|Ran through basically all of 2nd level at home on my own minus the medium trot - struggling to find different gears in the trot so that's homework.|