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Goals, priorities and you know, adulting

For me, setting riding goals is easy; there’s a logical progression I have in my mind that makes sense. We started in the hunters so we could brush the rust off and get comfortable showing. Then we moved onto the jumpers, and I secretly/not-so-secretly want to place champion or reserve in the year-end standings of my division (2’6″ Itty Bitty… Read more →

Horse show recap + Sabra’s birthday

Before I recap this past weekend’s horse show, I have to wish Sabra a happy 8th birthday! Though Thoroughbreds all turn a year older on January 1 for racing purposes, today’s her actual birthday. 🙂 Anyway, the weather was perfect for horse showing, and we’ve been making good progress in our lessons lately, so it was shaping up to be… Read more →

Rockin’ the jumper ring

It was a cold, wet and dreary weekend, but we still had a blast at the second show of the season. I bathed and scrubbed Sabra clean after my lesson Wednesday, and then crossed my fingers that she stayed clean through the weekend. When I got there Friday night, she was still super white, yay! The show as huge — my… Read more →

Point and shoot

Our last few lessons have really come together, as I’m learning that I can do less and less. Yes, I still have to ride every stride, of course, but for the most part, Sabra is pretty much point and shoot. In fact, the more I just sit there quietly, wait and support, the better and happier she is. She balances… Read more →

More saddle woes

Here we are again — my saddle has fallen in the front, making me feel like I’m riding downhill (on my uphill horse, mind you). For the past three weeks, I’ve corrected the issue by riding with a front lift pad, which fixes it for now, but is not a permanent solution. It’s frustrating because: I paid too much money for… Read more →

Researching Sabra’s history

Sabra’s history is pretty hazy, but I’m slowly trying to fill in the gaps. Last year, I found her breeders and emailed with them back and forth a few times. A little deep Internet sleuthing also revealed some interesting information. As I find out more, I’ll go back and add to this entry, but here’s what I know so far: Sabra’s… Read more →

Commitment issues

We headed back to Great Southwest Equestrian Center for the first show of the season, New Show/New Beginnings. It was cold, and I was excited that I got to use Sabra’s Christmas present, her navy fleece cooler. 🙂 GHHJA | 2’6″ Itty Bitty Jumpers | GSWEC Goals: Make tight turns and be competitive! Well, the show overall did not go… Read more →

Standing around can be fun, too

It’s hard being an adult amateur rider. It’s hard juggling and balancing a work schedule with riding, much less everything else — spending time with family, friends and the boyfriend, and doing boring grownup tasks, such as laundry, grocery shopping, etc.   So when I get to the barn, most days it’s at night, after work, after dark — and I want… Read more →

To jumper land we go!

Last weekend, we went to our last show of the year, Fall Harvest/Fall Finale, at the Great Southwest Equestrian Center. It was Sabra’s first time in the jumpers, second time at GSWEC and third GHHJA show. We’d been practicing jumpers for a little less than a month, mostly on turns and adjustability with main trainer and new assistant trainer, P… Read more →