Thursday, January 19, 2017

Fashion Thursday: 24k

Believe it or not, I made this set long before Bruno Mars released his song.


1. Markus Lupfer Wool Sweater
    no longer available
2. Vince Camuto Gold Oversized Pyramid Stud Earrings
    no longer available (similar item)
3. Tory Burch Gold Logo Belt
4. HDR Pro Lexus Dressage Saddle
5. EHA Piaffe Chenille Baroque Dressage Pad
6. HKM Combi Bandages
7. Success Equestrian Dressage No-Slip Half Pad
8. Gold Over Silver Snaffle Bridle Charm
9. Equine Couture Super Star Knee Patch Breeches
10. Samshield Custom Helmet
11. De Niro Custom Ottaviano Dress Boot

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Monday, January 16, 2017

Vlog #8: What's In My Barn Bag?

There are two things I want out of 2017:

1) My camera to focus on my face (that's the important thing here, like it or not)
2) Someone who looks at me the way I look at my Bakugan

Filmed 1/15/17

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Highkey, lowkey

Gotta say I'm pretty impressed with Ol' Silvie this week. It was fairly windy and warm on Friday, which I don't mind. Decent riding weather in the big scheme of things. I hopped on Silver while Miss El was tacking up another horse, and we walked around the field, no stirrups, reins dropped, not caring at all. Wonderful idea to ride like that when it's windy, you're on a sensitive horse, and there are cars passing at 40+ mph. I think his owner is out of town for the time being, meaning that the only rides he's had this week are the two lessons I took on him. Concepts are starting to stick, and things don't take as long to achieve. Also means that trainer is being harder on me now that I know things™.

Still, I like being productive. Our focuses were softening, changing direction, and body positioning.

On softening, he's still doing it. We don't fight as much, and he's holding himself properly for longer periods of time. This ride was more consistent in softness, rhythm, and forward movement. I think letting him walk out around the field helped to get the idea of forward into his head. He still gets sucked back when I shorten my reins and take up contact, so that'll be something to work on. One of the big things I wanted to work on was his downward transitions, and they were so so good for this ride. It's much easier to get when I use the letters, plus it helps me remember the letters, too.

Do not underestimate him.
On changing direction, more with the body and less with the hand. It's coming along, I just lose focus sometimes. After some canter work (also, another ride w/ 0 leads lost), we went back to doing serpentines at the trot, and not only was he a lot softer, but he remained consistent in the direction changes, and they were more fluid/less braced overall.

On body positioning . . . shoulders back, stop leaning to the inside, close your fingers. The usual.

After that awesome ride, I hopped on Roman bareback which was an adventure. First, he was laying down when I went to catch him and kinda refused to get up at first.

How about no?
Second, it took two tries to get on him. Our mounting block has mysteriously disappeared (I am not kidding, it literally just up and left), and the temporary replacement is somewhat small in comparison to Roro. Yeesh, anyways, third, I asked him to trot and he started trying to pirouette. Buddy, you are 6 years old and have been trained maybe through first level. Settle yourself.

*pirouettes into my personal space*

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Finally made a New Year's Resolution

As I got older, I realized that I don't like the concept of New Year's Resolutions. If something in your life needs to change, just change it, fam. Time is a concept. New Year's isn't real. As much as I don't like it, I made a (low key) life choice recently, and since it's still January, I might as well peg it as a resolution.

the motto
Guys, I'm going to do more push-ups this year. I hated the PE tests in grade school because 1) sit-ups suck, 2) my asthma was so bad back then I could never go as far as I wanted on the pacer, and 3) I could do, at max, five push-ups. 1 & 2 have been resolved. Now it's time for 3.

The inspiration for this actually came from a workout set that I found on The Sun's Secret:
  • 50 jumping jacks
  • 20 squats
  • 50 jumping jacks
  • 20 push ups
  • 10 jumping jacks
  • 20 sit ups
Squats and sit ups are nothing to me (except I do crunches, fight me). Still, I can only do five regular push ups before putting my knees down, and even after that I'm still suffering. I did this Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday in conjunction with my regular ab set. I lost a lot of tone this semester. I want my definition back.

I want ominously large hamstrings again

Friday, January 13, 2017

Forward past the bridle

When I first rode Silver, his owner remarked that I would need a whip because "you won't get anywhere without one."

ha haha ahah ahahha

Post ride, pre treats
Silver is honestly one of the most responsive horses I've met. He doesn't always respond in the way you want him to, but he responds. Case in point, Sanibel has been on stall rest for a little while, and my trainer took her out while she was teaching me on Wednesday. Since Sanibel has gone stir crazy in the stall, Miss El joked that I would have to be the one to call 911. About 90 seconds later, I mounted up, and Silver took an unexpected bolt forward. No, my trainer didn't want to trade.

Anyways, small horse shenanigans aside, it ended up being a really good lesson. We got caught in super nice weather, so nice that I had to shed layers while grooming because it was too hot. I opted to ride in Dressage tack since I hadn't done it yet on Silver. He walked fairly well, forward and relatively soft. Trot had too much forward, and trainer reminded me to just regulate him.

Post roll, pre contemplating life
We worked on the rail at first, changing directions, adding circles and all that jazz. Then we moved onto a figure 8, putting a couple laps on each circle before switching directions. We continued with softening and moving into the outside aids. In the direction change, trainer reminded me to make the change with my hips and shoulders instead of the reins. Our right to left change is nice, but the left to right needs work as he tends to fall on the left leg, and I forget to support.

His canter was a dream to ride. The first transition was without relaxation, but the next couple were great in both directions. He didn't swap off at all to the right, and he was softer than usual. I don't think my trainer has ever praised me more during a lesson. Small horse makes me look good.

Rubbing off the hard work

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Fashion Thursday: Men's Winter Collection

Might have been a good idea to do this at the start of the season, but I didn't, so here we are.

Men's Winter Collection

1. Bugatti Aerolithe Chronograph Watch
2. Harry Rosen Current/Elliott Flannel Shirt
3. Harry Rosen Hartford Flannel Shirt
4. L. L. Bean Signature D Ring Webbed Belt
5. Tom Ford 3cm Brown Leather Belt
6. Trouva Corkcicle Thermos
7. GPA Speed Air 2X Helmet
8. Horze Grand Prix Extend Men's Full Seat
9. Easy Rider Phil Knee Grip Men's Riding Breech
10. Ariat Extreme Men's Zip Paddock Boot
11. Irideon Wind Pro Riding Breeches
12. Horze Supreme Dorian Men's Long-Sleeved Functional Polo Shirt
13. Horze Darrel Jumping Bat
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