Monday, February 29, 2016

Big, Fast Baby Romeo

Big Baby Romeo finally realized that those long ass legs can actually cover some ground. Unfortunately, I was still in some pretty serious pain from my Thursday workout. I tried to half halt; I really did, but jello thighs don't quite get the job done.

Coach S was out so Coach P stepped in to teach us for the evening. It started with an intense warm-up. Posting trot, sitting trot, posting without stirrups, sitting without stirrups, two point with one stirrup, and canter. Honestly, when she told us to drop our inside stirrup, I gave her some kinda look cause I ain't never heard that in my life.


Romeo was like half there when we cantered. He did the three warm-up fences really nice, but once we put the course together, he was zooming. On the bright side, we didn't refuse anything or have any fall outs (minus that really long distance to the sunshine jump). It was a decent ride.

Saturday, February 27, 2016

I'm hurting

As per the suggestion of many, the eq team started a workout group to get us all more fit for riding. Thursday was our first workout, and, two days later, I am still in quite a bit of pain. We only ride once a week, so it's nice to supplement the lost time with something. Plus, I want my arms back. Not working on a farm has left me desperately out of condition.

And I really do mean desperately. I haven't done a legit workout in nearly a decade. In my defense, I have exercise induced asthma, but 10 years with maybe two runs for fitness is kind of not good.

Post work-out, Pre dinner
Full workout schedule:

    - 1 mile jog
    - 20 lunges, 20 side lunges, some heel lift thing, 20 squats, 20 jumps squats
    - 50 crunches, 50 bicycle crunches, 20 partner crunches, 50 crunches again, 50 bicycle crunches
    again
    - Alternating bicep curls, tricep stretch, and bench (10lbs + bar)
    - 15 squats with bar, 5 half dead lifts

Yeah, physically not there anymore, plus I did a 15min jog yesterday morning. Bless Brit for being encouraging otherwise I would've quit so early on. And, yes, I still had my lesson yesterday, but that was another painful experience.

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Fashion Thursday: Feel That Breeze

So because no one else really rides at Music's barn except maybe like two or three other people at this point, I've come to the conclusion that, in order to avoid the pangs associated with the heat and humidity of shore summers, I will ride in crop tops. It's the only way.

Feel That Breeze

1. Lonna Lilly Glass Stone Earrings
    macys.com
2. Hermes Equinox belt
    usa.hermes.com
3. Wilker's Hunter/Jumper Baby Pad
    shop.wilkers.com
4. GPA Speed Air Evolution Helmet
    doversaddlery.com
5. Tredstep Denim Knee Patch Breech
    smartpakequine.com
6. Unigalaxy Croptop
    customizedgirl.com/theambitiousequestrian
7. Tekna CLUB Saddle
    equestriancollections.com
8. Horze Elisa Tallboot
    horze.com

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

THEY'RE BACK

OH MY SWEET SPARKLY BEAUTIES ARE BACK!

Horze Crescendo Glendale Chaps
THANK YOU HORZE. THANK YOU UNIVERSE. *side eyes* thanks, Obama.

I'm actually really happy that Horze ended up making another sparkly half chap. Mine are still going strong after two years and have a lot of time left, but . . . ya know . . . sparkles. Now that I'm actually sorta kinda a Dressage queen and not drowning in the Earth tones of the h/j world, I can dress it up a bit more.


Changes to the design:

    - the obvious new placement of the sparkles
    - real leather (boooo)
    - embossed Spanish top
    - elastic upper tab (yes!)

I'm just hoping these are still available when mine quit. I've grown attached to my sparkly chaps. They're like my calling card at this point.

Monday, February 22, 2016

Shedrows

I typically like to make large barns, like 10+ stalls. That's what I enjoy. It's my comfort zone; however, I recognize that it's important for me to make the best of small spaces. Shedrows aren't inherently small, but they certainly save space. Plus, most of the ones I've seen in real life are max 5 stalls, so they have a condensed connotation in my mind.


This plan was originally just a rendering that I did last year in CADD. It looked nice, but stupid me fell asleep on the bus on my last day, and upon jolting awake at my stop, I left pretty much everything on the bus except my body, including the CD that had all my senior year projects on it.

It's simple (and it was pretty in the rendering). Some things I've learned from doing this one:

    1. Don't ever try to draw European stall fronts by hand
    2. That was the only thing. It's painful. Don't do it.
    3. I'm being serious. I regret it entirely #manyragrets
    4. Having to calculate your own dimensions while taking wall thickness into account sucks.

Sunday, February 21, 2016

So I heard you like unicorns



You can put this "Unigalaxy" design on any item available through Customized Girl. Just click the "Start Customizing This Design Now" button on the upper left side of the item page.

Crop Top // Sweater // iPhone Case

Saturday, February 20, 2016

A Very Brave Pixel

Three rides into the semester, and I've been blessed enough to be on my two chestnut boys. Plus, Dia brought her hot friend along. Score.

It was another fantastic ride, with its ups and downs of course but still fantastic. Pixel was his usual self, slow and low. He only got a bit hype when we passed one of the arena doors but otherwise just meh. We had a lot of good moments where he was right there in my hands instead of his usual trying to pull me down cause apparently stretchy trot is life. He was especially soft at the canter. To the left, he even held a small inside bend fairly well, but my issues with the right hinder any sort of correct work in that direction. In my defense, yesterday my left hip started hurting instead of the right. I'll take that as progress.

Pixel wondering why my right side can finally give cues
Coach had us do some no stirrup work as well and also trot/canter transitions. I made the mistake of wearing my slippery breeches (yeah, that's all they are to me now) thinking that she couldn't possibly make us do that much no stirrup work. My judgement is trash, friends. I toughed it out, but I was dying. Fortunately, it does help with the collapse because I can't brace on my stirrups, so sitting off center means that I'll fall off.

Jumping was an adventure. Half the time I was there 100% and the other half I didn't know what a release was. Pixel was having a look at everything, and we had one wobbly line with a refusal, but we got over everything in the end. The second to last combo, he decided that, while a vertical with trees on the side and a flower box underneath is nothing to balk at, the completely plain cross rail was actually going to kill him. We were coming up to a nice distance when he threw his head down and slid to a chip because cross rails are uber scary. We had no issues with our last go through.

"IT WAS VERY SCARY" lmao okay calm down

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Fashion Thursday: Elephun

$8 shirts, friends. That's what I'm talking about.

Elephun

1. Pink Wind Batwing Graphic Tee
    amazon.com
2. Samshield Shadow Matt Helmet
    smartpakequine.com
3. Annie's Equestrienne Concord Knee Patch Breeches
    anniesusa.com
4. Horze Cilla Belt
    no longer available
5. Horze Elisa Tallboot
    horze.com

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Might have noticed a slight change

If you (for some odd reason) pay special attention to my sidebar (no seriously that would be odd), you would notice the addition of the Intrepid International logo. Well, over winter break, I joined their team of bloggers, and I now write articles for Intrepid and their subordinate brands.

Feel free to check out my first couple of articles!

New Style Notification: The End of the Velcro Era
A look into the integrated calf trend and how it has slowly caused brands to phase out velcro leg closings.

Breeches on a Date? Absolutely.
Is the title not enough for you?

DIY: Equestrian Giftbox from Repurposed Cookie Tin
I have amassed a good number of ribbons over the years, and after being the only one to finish a whole box of cookies at my mom's office, I realized that I could combine the two into something cool.


"20 Minute Ride": How I Got My Confidence Back
Yet another reflection of my time with Baby and how my short workouts served a real purpose.

Monday, February 15, 2016

Treat Yo Self

If you're like me and didn't have a sweet someone who doted on you this past Valentine's Day, no need to worry! You can dote on yourself, and the best part is you don't just have to do it today. You can do it everyday, every hour of everyday because you are worth it.

In all honesty, I kinda needed an excuse to share some good deals with y'all, and today seemed like a good day.

Aéropostale Polos ║ aeropostale.com
These are literally always inexpensive (all of them $20>) and come in a number of varieties. I don't get my polo shirts from anywhere else at this point. These are comfortable, durable, and they look amazing. Plus, so many pretty colors!


Tiffany's Braided Tack Sidepull Noseband ║ etsy.com/TiffanysBraidedTack
It may be sitting under a pile of saddle pads in my closet at home, but I absolutely loved my sidepull from Tiffany's Braided Tack. It's $20 and attaches right to your regular bridle. I was hesitant at first with the paracord because I didn't want something that was going to cause pain (hence why I ran away from the rope noseband sidepulls), but it's quite gentle, and you can always throw a fleece cover over it if you need to. These also come in a slew of cool colors.


It's Show Time Boutique Monogram Belt ║ etsy.com/ItsShowTimeBoutique
I wear belts 99% of the time, whether I'm riding, going out, going to class, yadda yadda yadda. Booty too big, pants fall down easily, don't enjoy the breeze. It's a common struggle. It's Show Time has monogrammed belts for just $10.50. No, you did not read that wrong, and with a 4.5/5 star review, it's 100% worth it. There is also a 1.5" variety for $15.

Darcy White Designs Spiral Notebook ║ redbubble.com/e-q-u-i-t-a-t-e
Um, yeah, this thing is cute as heck. I'm planning on getting one for myself so I can begin bullet journaling with Music this summer. I will also happily share the process with you guys, but for right now, we can all obsess over this cute, $12 journal.


Horse Quencher Single Serving Packet ║ horsequencher.com
Consider this: You ride an old, angry mare who, like yourself, pretty much only drinks enough water to survive but should probably be drinking more. Yeah, that's pretty much Music (and myself but whatever water is gross, chai for the win). When I do eventually get to showing Music, her drinking habits will become unsettling, so I'll be bringing along a couple of these single serving packets to encourage her to drink more. The single serving packets are $2.50 each and work well for a just at shows situation, but there are larger quantities available for everyday use.

I would like to reiterate that these are everyday deals. Treat yo self today. Treat yo self tomorrow. Treat yo self next year. Treat yo friends. You can do it any time.

Sunday, February 14, 2016

My issue with myself

Despite going to numerous winter shows and freezing my buns off, I still found it necessary to not once but twice join teams that only show (for the most part) in the winter.Why can't I be rich and at WEF?

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So yeah, as I said earlier, it's been a cold week, and yesterday was both the end of the week and the coldest day yet. A quite large and strong winter wind had been brewing, and of course it just had to make it's appearance on a show day. Yippee. New rule: if the "Feels Like" temperature is 4x less than the actual temperature, don't go outside. Defrosting myself was a long process.


Since I wasn't chosen to show, I was chosen to school. Murry was first up, and I was a bit worried cause he was somewhat hype in his stall, but my suspicions were proven wrong. He was laidback in the ring, even with all the people in there. I did have a close call with someone else, and our legs nicked each others pretty hard, but the horses were fine. Murry did a fine w/t/c with great transitions, then it was on to Penny who schooled just as well. I've never ridden her before, but she was a simple, straightforward ride.

The rest of the day was spent holding horses, getting riders on, taking riders off, tacking, untacking, and, finally, turning out. My three holds for the day ended up being Vick, then Lionel, then Kodi, who was arguably the best because he didn't get angry at everything.


And, you better believe I broke out those rust breeches because 'tis the season and also cause I can.

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Awesome Sauce

My second favorite sauce. It's pretty good, but not as good as chimichurri.

It's been fairly cold here this week, and Friday was no exception. Big Baby Romeo was doubled up in blankets because he is clipped & nakey, and we can't let the baby get cold. He was much more forward and not in a bad way. He was working fairly well into the bridle. His mouth was a lot softer than last week, and his canter was a lot more together. I still can't do much of anything when I go to the right (even while I'm typing this, I can feel that stupid collapse), but w/e, he was trying his best.

He jumped pretty well, too. For the most part, I was focusing on him and not myself because his forward carried over from the flatwork, and he took a few of those long spots, which are too grown up for Lil' Baby Roro. Our first attempt at cantering two consecutive fences was a struggle because of too long a distance to the first fence, then I barely got it together for the second fence. He ended up breaking and then I jumped way too far ahead, but that was our only real "disaster" of the day. He went through the 5 stride line twice perfectly. The second time through, I focused on my equitation, and I can now confirm that if I focus enough I can look the part. Now to figure out that whole practical application thing . . .

I swear he loves my nicknames

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Eventing & such . . .

Yes, we're revisiting this. It seems like every time I think about it, I'm 50% down for eventing, then right after meeting with one of the team members, I'm 100%, then in the days following it trickles to me just daydreaming about running around a cross country course. I'm conflicted, to say the least.


The Eventing Team had a meeting on Thursday, which I attended because what the heck, why not? While I can't afford the dues for this semester, I offered to make them a flier and manage a website for them . . . and take pictures at events . . . and possibly offer my fundraising assistance. I consider this to be just dipping my toes.

My main reason for hesitation is because I am an officer on the Equitation Team, and I believe the position lasts through the end of next semester. It'd mainly be a scheduling issue. Eh, I'll figure it out when I need to.

Friday, February 5, 2016

In the swing of things

First lesson of the semester! Yay! And I got my favorite large animal, Romeo. I actually took time to look at him today and realized that he is somewhere over 17hh, but he's lanky, so that's why it works for us.


Well, it works more or less. We didn't really have any acceptance of the bit today and were lacking in forward motion, except when it came to cantering because apparently Romeo doesn't wanna canter in a group with a bunch of normal sized horses. He's a big baby. Despite being backed off and doing his best Totilas impression, we were decent today. Transitions weren't timely, but they were smooth.

Judgmental Big Baby
For the most part, I was focusing on me because I'm continuing my battle with the right collapse. It's becoming increasingly more difficult to do anything while going to the right, and the shorter stirrup required for jumping doesn't help much. I'm tempted to ask Coach S to just let me do a bunch of no stirrup work because the ability to brace against the stirrup and catch myself on the left side only aids in the weakness of the right. Plus, riding sans-stirrups actually gives me some control of the right side of the horse so I can actually, ya know, bend and yield and cue. Small circles to the left are their own special kind of hell because I barely have the ability to put weight in my right seat and support my own left side, let alone the horse's.

Photogenic Big Baby
So yeah, that's the struggle. On the plus side, the jumping is coming along better. My distances are getting more and more consistent, and I'm doing better about not coming up too soon. My biggest fault right now is my approaches which could be a little more put together because I've been a lazy butt. Perhaps if the fence was that of a Dressage ring, I'd have more success ;)

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Fashion Thursday: All The Time Denim

Because these literally look like jeans, seriously.

All The Time Denim

1. Crazy Horse Long Sleeve Jumper
    stylemoi.nu
2. House of Harlow 1960 Mini Sunburst Earrings
    zappos.com
3. Dose of Colors Liquid Matte Lipstick (Brick)
    amazon.com
4. Samshield Lezard helmet
    divoza.com
5. Equestrian Home Accessories Fleur Saddle Pad
    equestrianhomeaccessories.com
6. Fixdesign Denim Breeches
    no longer available
7. Stübben Portos Elite
    stubbennorthamerican.com
8. DeNiro Boot S 3802

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

And the winner is . . .

This winner of the January Giveaway Stephanie A.! Congratulations!

We had a ton of entries, so I just want to say thank you to all who entered. I love doing giveaways, and I look forward to more in the future!

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