Friday, January 11, 2013

Whore Party.

Tack whores that is!

Haha, you guys thought I was lude and crude and a lil bit rude.

Actually I might be. There was a bachelorette party thrown at my house tonight that I was not affiliated with, but somehoe still ended up with margaritas. So I apologize for spelling errors on my page and others. I may or may not have commented on a few blogposts posts or five.

Some of ya'll may know due to Facebook, and or longtime-ish online friendships (yay!) that my birthday is on tuesday. I will be a lackluster and ancient 22. Does anyone notice a trend? I have a warped sense of time. But thats besides the point.

The tack fairy came today and I almost peed my pants.

My mommy got me horsey stuff this year for the b-day, which I was not expecting, because 22 is rather old to get gifties. Nevertheless, I was giddy.

But before that, please, gaze upon the mud monster of shame...

 Don't worry, his other side looks just like that. His owner is going to have lots of fun cleaning that off before her lesson tomorrow.

Luckily? the temps are supposed to drop from 65 to 17 in less than a day and we are supposed to get snow. 2 inches of it. So there's that.

Anyways.

When I left the barn to go home for my lunchbreak (to eat ramen, by the way. Delicious, nutritious and the first choice of poor bitches!) I arrived to find a box!

ERMAHGHERD a box!

You all know what that means! Its like, a sign from god your day is about to be made!

It was full of goodies,



I don't know why its upside down, but it makes me a sad panda. BUT. Can we please look at it by turning our laptops upside down? Why yes, that IS a eurofit pad and kerrits breeches.

Ever since I saw Katherine ride in one I was OMG NEED DIS.

In addition, mum bought these suckers for me and they are on their way from Dover right meow

How fuckng sexual are those?! I'm a sucker for plaid and I've been in love with these since forever. I literally never buy new things though. Even when I HAD money. My current shipping boots are these ratty, sunbleached, disgusting, mice chewed nasties. Like, no exaggeration. And they're covered in mud too.Got them from Ebay for like $3. They need to be retired immediately.

I'm just envisioning my shiny steed stepping off the trailer at a show looking hot in these bad boys.

If we ever get to show.

Anyways.

I rode in the new breeches and pad today-we jumped (pics for the next post), and it was awesome.



I'm pretty sure these are the most flattering pics of Yankee ever taken. So you're welcome.

In addition, the boy might be getting me the meyler combination bit, with new reins (the whore inside me is literally exploding right now) for my birthday, since I've only dropped the hint a million times.



I tried the bit out in June and it was perrrrfect. Literally. the mystery of the illusive magical wonder bit has been solved! I just don't want to spend $155 on one :(

Apologies to those who might think I'm sounding liek a spoiled bitch, but really I'm just excited. I never, repeat, NEVER, get new things and I didn't have to pay for any of this! I have nice stuff, but that is because I worked my ass off, saved up and bought it myself years ago. And then took really good care of it. I'm just excited :D

Jumping pics and post tomorrow!





Thursday, January 10, 2013

Death to Mud


Ahhh. Winter.

Full of snow, blowing winds, freezing rain, ice and unseasonably warm days that create abhorrent amounts of mud. Its literally everywhere. I can handle the ice, but the mud just sticks to everything and makes life especially complicated.  I'm getting really tired of scraping mud off beasts, picking chunks out of manes, hosing legs and reducing turnout because the fields are torn to shit, which the ponies loathe. And its only going to get worse. I have mud everywhere. Car. House. Boots. Clothes. Hair?

Wahhhhh.

Miss Isis, Jackie's mare
Mr. Pronto
Lovebirds Fancy and Yanks

I've had horses for over 11 years and not matter what we do, nothing stops the mud monster. Rock, limit turnout, drainage...nothing works. And OF COURSE the retards always stand by the gates and make it worse. You would think they'd use their brains, considering they are all princesses and hate their feet being nasty. Luckily I'm a good horse mommy/babysitter and I hose them off every night when I bring them in :) But it doesn't mean I enjoy it.

What I DO enjoy though is being at the barn every single day. I truly don't know what I would do without my barn time-even if I don't ride. I love making stalls fluffy and raking aisles. Rolling polos. Cleaning tack. Sweeping mats. And my favorite thing in the whole world is hearing happy horses munching hay when I turn out the lights and close the door. I think I would go crazy if I didn't get to hear that every night.

 On a different note, I've had some very good rides lately.

Ayla and I went for a hack earlier this week when it was still freezing outside, but the ponies were happy to get out on the trail and stretch their leggies. Mr. grumpy nose lived up to his name and was exceptionally mehhh about the whole thing but we still put some good work in.

Been lunging when I don't have time to ride. Working on long and low as well as voice transitions. He's nailing it like a boss. I wish I had pictures. He absolutely loves stretching out and trotting with his nose near the ground! I also lunged him over a 3' vertical the other day and he was perfect. I'm REALLY glad I took the time to teach him voice commands as a baby.

I rode Miss Isis yesterday in addition to Yankee and it was awesome! Only the second time I've hopped on her, and we actually tacked up this time. I'm not sure what Jackie had in mind for me to do, but I worked on getting her to soften her neck and not fight the bit. She was fantastic and accepted the exercise very quickly. That mare's trot is to die for and I see some solid 9's in her future. Since she's still gaining muscle back after her injury we only trotted and didn't ride long. Hopefully I can keep riding her :)

Yesterday Ayla and I were going to jump because it was 55 deg., but got lazy and decided dragging standards out was WAY too much work. Luckily the horses did phenomenal with our flat school and we got some pics for once on the flat. Been forever!! I worked with Yankee long and low, keeping his back relaxed and as well as moving forward through contact. 


Made me realize how HORRID my dressage position has slipped, yet again. 

I've always had issues with my inside aides as well as crouching, only exacerbated with Yankee's constant need of half halts (inside hand, inside leg through outside aides). I REALLY need to get back into riding shape and strengthen that core!

Ayla had Fancy pants working nicely as well!
They were not amused with our picture whoring.

 Tomorrow I plan on doing more flat work. Maybe later this week I will jump, but since the ground is either mud, soaked or frozen, in addition to freezing temps ( I HATE you people in the south who are all like merp merp merp jump errday no probs), jumping really is not fun or conducive.

 Gettin me some OTTB love


PS. I have decided Blogger is just bipolar with the whole picture thing. I had literally zero issue today.
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