Tuesday, October 29, 2013

YYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Oh my god, oh my god, oh my god; I had my lesson last night and Baby was p-e-r-f-e-c-t. Oh my god, I can't even, I am just physically unable to even . . .

-PLEASE EXCUSE ME WHILE I CALM DOWN-

Okay, so, now that I am sane, I had an amazing lesson on Baby yesterday evening. We had two perfect lead changes in a row, and I jumped 2'3". I can't believe how good she was, for the most part at least.
The start of the lesson was rough. She was being "passive aggressive"; she didn't want to move forward, and, when she finally started going, it was a slow go and I was not having that, no. So I finally get her going at a good pace and then we go to canter and she just freaks out. Picks it up nicely and then just starts booking it. I had to circle her so many times both ways.
Then, we go to jump, and now she is really revved up. We were doing trot overs and all she could think was, "CANTER! CANTER! CANTER!" Circles, again, and I was doing my best to keep my leg off of her and stay relaxed, but every time we did the circle she was slow down for the circle, and, once we started going straight again, she'd book it into a canter. I just kept circling her; I called my little corner of the arena Baby's "sassy circle" because she was being quite sassy.
At some point she settled, we did our trot over, and then we moved on to the red line (officially my favorite set of jumps). Trot in, canter out, try to land on the correct lead. Easy enough. We did it, but the lead change wasn't very pretty. Miss S put the guide pole down, and we did canter in, canter out, and oh my goodness. The strides were right, she was listening, and then we landed, and we got to the guide pole, and I just asked her, and oh my god, oh my god, oh my god . . .

-PLEASE EXCUSE ME WHILE I CALM DOWN . . . AGAIN-

She switched leads like a pro. She's so easy. It's just open the inside rein and ask with the outside leg, no fuss, she just does it. She did it one of two more times after the first. It's more difficult without the pole, but it works as a guide for us both. She's so big in her lead changes too. If you can't feel Baby do a flying change then you must have full body paralysis. She's obvious about her lead changes; she's fancy.
I think this was a great ride to get in before No Stirrup November. Please, pray for me the entire month. At least I get to finish a month of pain with my birthday. Yup, born on the absolute last day of the month, around noon, right after everyone left for Thanksgiving. Talk about a convenient baby. Pictures are ahead, but I will warn you, my lower leg was trying to run away the entire time (my patella got in an argument with my femur, and now it wants to take the tibia and fibula with it to Canada).

Eww.
Double eww.
The gang is all here :)

2'3"!
If this is wrong, then I don't wanna be right


Thursday, October 17, 2013

And then they said, "Put crystals on it!"


Oh. My. God. You have got to be kidding me. Horze, you make me sad; you make me so very sad. Backstory: I was just browsing my Pinterest the other day, ya know, pinning stuff for 12 hours straight. I go to my feed and lo and behold, a pair of half chaps shows up, but they weren't just any half chaps. Chicks Saddlery had pinned a pair of black, Horze, 100% leather half chaps with, wait for it, CRYSTAL ACCENTS! For the love of all that is holy and financially gifted, why Chicks? Why???? They're only $65 at Chicks and $75 directly from Horze. I want them, I want them so bad, but I just don't have $65 plus shipping to spend, and I'd have to get a pair of paddock boots to wear with the chaps. Humph, this isn't fair. Maybe I should sell rocks for money. People like rocks, don't they?

Look at them. They're fabulous!

Anyway, the point of this post is that, after finding those half chaps, I decided to finally start putting together outfits for equestrians (because somebody has to dress the little ones). I got started on Polyvore, put some items that I've liked from various sites into my items, and then I just started making some outfits. I've got three done so far, but I plan on making more tonight.

 
  

Perhaps I should start to update my own equestrian wardrobe. Miss S was cracking down on us last lesson (and this is one of the reasons as to why we can't send her to bigger competitions). Soon enough she's going to make me throw away my grey "breeches" from J. Crew.

If you like these outfits and want to see more, you can either view them on my Polyvore profile or you can view them on my Pinterest board "Riding In Style".

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Rest in peace, Lacey Jamieson

The equestrian world was devastated this past weekend with the passing of Lacey Jamieson, a 16 year old avid horse girl with a true passion and a knack for knowing how to deal with the hot ones. She was famous all over Instagram, and it seems that her death has hit many people hard.

If I'm being entirely honest, I was not inspired by her. I had no emotional connection to her, and, frankly, I think her riding needed some work, but she was a good kid, no doubt. You could just look at her, watch her, and you knew that there was someone special right in front of you. She didn't have to be a millionaire or invent some awesome product to have an impact. She is forever in the hearts of tens of thousands of horse people around the world, and I literally mean around the world.
I am of the impression that she didn't miss out. Even for someone who passed so young, it was obvious that she lived her life the way that life is meant to be lived. She went through the ups, and she went through the downs, but every time she came out humble and confident. That's just who she was, and Miss Jamieson, if you wouldn't mind, I would like to know your secret of staying so positive.

Let this be a reminder to all not to take the air you breathe for granted. You can literally be dead within the next second. Take what life gives you and make the best of it. You can complain all you want about how you are so unfortunate, and you're allowed to do that, but, at the end if the day, you've just gotta suck it up and keep living. Just live.

Ride on, Lacey, you will forever be remembered.
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