Saturday, August 29, 2015

Conundrums

Welp, I'm officially a college student. I moved in on Thursday, and I'm living in a triple with two awesome roommates.
The Desk; plain, but it works
The meeting for the equestrian team is on the 6th, and I’m super excited, and I’m ready to do this, but . . . dues. I told my dad a while ago that I wasn’t going to be able to pay the dues because hey, poor college student. After letting him know the cost, he said that he’d pay for it no problem, but he’s been known to back out of things (not even kidding, he let me believe that I was getting a horse and then pulled a 360 once I had all the information he asked me to get, but that horse is still for adoption so . . .). My mom says to hold him to his word, but, at the same time, I just feel like it’s a lot to ask.

Bed with gross riding bag visible
The equestrian club is my other option. I knew that I was only going to do the team for a year or so due to both time and possible changes in my amateur/pro status (not entirely sure what I want to do yet). The club rides at the campus barn, and the dues are much lower, plus I can work part of them off. My dad really didn’t want me to do the club, just the team because that sounds more prestigious. The quality of instruction with the club is a shot in the dark because club members are trainers, BUT, if I wanted to abandon that oh so sacred amateur status, I could be a trainer with the ability to ride twice a week plus a monthly lesson with an actual professional versus just once a week lessons as a regular member.

Alas, it gets even more complicated. My end goal is to be a trainer with my own barn. Teaching is my dream, and while I feel like this would be a good opportunity for me to test the waters, I don’t want to push myself and let others’ riding suffer because of my incompetence. The third option regarding the team is to be an assistant trainer, but this flyer says that they receive “guided training rides” instead of lessons, so I’m sitting here like ????. If this “guided training ride” is pretty much a lesson with a fancy name, then sure I’ll do that. In addition to the GTR you have one shadow a week, and that works out perfectly. Hopefully they’re just being wordy here.

Whatever happens, I’m guaranteed to be a very smelly architect :)

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Fashion Thursday: Unique

Now that my computer is finally connecting to the internet . . .
Unique

1. Wilker's Hunter/Jumper Half Pad
    shop.wilkers.com
2. De Niro Salentino Snakeskin Boots
    equiport.co.uk
3. Hogan Leather Belt
    yoox.com
4. Fixdesign Alcantara Breech
    fixdesignhorses.it
5. Tekna CLUB Saddle
    equestriancollections.com
6. SSG Schooler Gloves
    doversaddlery.com
7. Hunter/Jumper "Winning Colors" Saddle Pad
    shop.wilkers.com
8. GPA Speed Air Evolution Helmet
    unavailable
9. Alia Equestrian Shirt
    instagram.com/alia_equestrian

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Pardon the dry spell

Haven't been riding a lot recently due to schedule conflicts. Miss El and Fifi are out this week at HITS, so I might get in a lesson next week, but then I go to school on Thursday.


I actually remembered that I wanted to reset my goals for the year. We've got four months left, therefore four new goals. I would like to take a minute to note the goals I did already accomplish this year.

✔Keep working to get Baby moving more correctly
It really just got better and better. I think the biggest change was with the halter. When I first tried it out oh so many months ago, she hung on me a lot. My general stiffness and saddle issues didn't make for a very pretty picture. But, after changing the saddle up and continuing to be soft, we achieved what was, for us, absolute perfection.


✔Get 50 entries on a giveaway
I did end up having an impromptu giveaway on tumblr because of a popular selfie in which my shirt was the funniest thing ever. I gave away that shirt plus a bag, and there are more items to come (but remember, no outfit is complete without a stylish bridle charm ;) ). I don't know the exact count, but I know I wrote down more than 50 URLs.


So, four goals for the rest of the year. I'm stealing one from the last list:
  • Not panic at my first IHSA show
  • Re-establish the sitting trot/canter
  • Soften and sit up to fences
  • Have more confidence on strong horses

Saturday, August 15, 2015

You need to calm that down

I hate saying it, but Music was being an absolute mare on Thursday, and of course that attitude didn't show up until after we had 30 minutes or so of awesome, forward, soft flatwork. Too bad she was only forward because she wanted a friend in the arena with her. She got pretty speedy at the canter, which I was fine with to the left, but then Miss El had me really real her in the right, which was easy enough with a half halt, then she maintained it. We tried some sitting trot . . . and tried is about as far as we got. It's been a while.

Then we tried to jump and good Lord that was an effort, but the time between good flatwork and okay jumping was spent doing circles trying to get her to slow down because the minute I tried to get back into the trot after our walk break, she was go go go. That was another 10-15 minutes of running around then slowing down then running around again. Of course when we did actually do the first fence, she had four beautiful halts. We went through the same fiasco for the second fence, but it didn't take as long, and we had a ground pole in front. She's basically the new Corbinator.

We did put together some lines, and we finished off with a great course. I've learned that, with a good pace, she'll be one to take out a stride in lines, so that's something to remember. Also, if anyone knows of a person who can come and scream "SOFTEN!" at me while I jump, that would be greatly appreciated.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Fashion Thursday: Bowed Ties > Bowed Tendons

I have found my next obsession: bow ties.

Bowed Ties > Bowed Tendons
1. J Crew Petite Keeper Chambray Shirt
    jcrew.com
2. Mondoni Kendal Riding Boot
    divoza.com
3. Dsquared2 belt
    yoox.com
4. One K™ Defender Matte Helmet
    doversaddlery.com
5. Yellow and White Chevron Saddle Pad
    luckypony.com
6. Horse home decor
    epshop.us
7. Horze Grand Prix Self Patch Breeches, Women’s
    horze.com
8. Stubben Portos Elite
    stubbennorthamerica.com
9. HKM Sports Equipment
    jazdeckepotreby-elthoro.com
10. Zag Yellow Bow Tie
    brinkoties.com

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Well she was a fox hunter

Which is very different from a show hunter. And not only that, she was the front of the pack. Half halts are going to be very important as time goes on.

Today was a jumping day/get that marching walk down day. While I understand that Music needs to move forward more at the walk, I never know how much to ask for. Miss El made sure to let me know today exactly how much to ask for, and it's a lot, but you'd be amazed how easy the trot came after the walk had some energy to it.

The canter didn't come as easily, but that's a same old-same old thing, a work in progress.

We did basic trot poles first, then added a single vertical in a bending line, then eventually put the outside line with it. Second course was the single vertical to the diagonal vertical, trot poles, then outside line. That course went so well. I almost cried when we finished. Third course was outside line, diagonal line, then the diagonal vertical. I felt myself torque on the second fence of the diagonal line (because that's what I do when I hit a long spot, have pity), but I managed to not get yelled at for it because my downward transition afterwards was both timely and soft.

For the most part, it felt easier than our first jumping attempt. The biggest issue is keeping Music soft to the fence. She rushes because that's what she's used to, no matter how big the obstacle is. My job is to stay calm and not pull. We'll get there eventually.

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Product Review: Ovation Sync Helmet

In light of International Helmet Awareness Day, I'd like to share a review of my absolute favorite helmet thus far. It's not too late to take advantage of the sales. Your melon needs minding!

For the most part, I like to keep my show gear and my everyday riding gear separate. My helmets are one of those items that I have a show and schooling category for. I also took into consideration that my show helmet was a gift, and I needed it to last, so began the search for a helmet that was both inexpensive and attractive. Ovation has always had my back on this.

from Dover Saddlery
Ovations are a step up from Troxels in price, but they're a leap in quality. I dealt with the Troxel; my time with it is the very reason that I asked for my IRH, but, honestly, neither of them quite compare to my Ovation.

The helmet itself comes in S, M, L sizes rather than your typical inches, but the dial makes this thing fit perfectly. The summers around here get fairly humid, and I sweat a lot, but my style comes with a Coolmax liner. It keeps me from perspiring too much while also being a super soft liner. The ventilation is great to have, even in the winter.

Style wise, the Sync Helmet is on point. The white stripes down the sides have just that little bit of bling that I love. Plus, it makes for great selfies.
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I purchased my helmet from Dover, but it is also available at Victory Canter, Equestrian Collections, and many other fine retailers.

www.OvationRiding.com
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