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Liebster Blog Award

Liebster Blog Award

I promise a show update tomorrow, as soon as I get pictures! But today I am excited to share that Viva Carlos gave Fly On Over the Liebster Blog Award! Thanks so much L!

HOW TO ACCEPT THE AWARD: The Liebster Blog Award is a way to recognize blogs who have less than 200 followers. Liebster is a German word that means beloved and valued. Here are the rules for accepting the award:

  • Thank the person who nominated you and include a link back to their blog.
  • List 11 random facts about yourself.
  • Answer the 11 questions given to you.
  • Create 11 questions for the bloggers you nominate.
  • Choose 11 bloggers with 200 or fewer followers to nominate and include links to their blogs.
  • Go to each blogger’s page and let them know you have nominated them.

Palomino AQHA Halter Horse

11 Random Facts

  1. I used to work for the world’s largest single-breed horse show [Bonus points for anyone who knows which show that is!]
  2. My favorite TV show is Burn Notice
  3. I hate going to the grocery store
  4. I don’t like to wear heels
  5. My family names all of our cars
  6. My favorite cookie is white chocolate chip macadamia nut
  7. I’ve only lived in two cities my entire life and only one state
  8. I’m a Negative Nancy by nature
  9. I hate making phone calls
  10. Dream Dinners are amazing
  11. I can’t keep anything alive that can’t tell me when it’s hungry

white chocolate chip macademia nut cookie

L’s Questions

  1. Favorite type of Jump
    Themed Grand Prix or Cross Country Jumps. Like this frog jump at Rolex or this Budweiser jump.
  2. Favorite Professional Rider/Horse Team
    Honestly, I don’t really follow top professional riding that much, so I’m not sure if she counts, but I really like Reed Kessler. I think her story is cool and I love the photos she posts on Instagram.
  3. Favorite Riding Exercise
    Any type of gymnastic. They really help to fine-tune my position and give me a lot of jumps to get it right.
  4. Lease favorite Riding exercise 
    Adjustability with ground poles — such as two poles set at 6 strides and then going back forth to 5 strides or 7 strides. It’s really helpful, but incredibly hard (at least for me!)
  5. Where do you see yourself next years (horse/career/life)
    Horse-wise I hope to purchase my next horse and move up to 2’6″. Career-wise, I’m a bit fuzzy on; mostly I just want to keep learning and improving my writing skills, as well as project management. Life in general? I’ll just wait and see what it throws at me!
  6. Advice you would give yourself 5 years ago
    Stop f*cking around and remember what is most important to you — you never know how important things are until they’re gone.
  7. If you could change your name, what would you change it to?
    I actually like my name. It’s fairly unique without being unheard of… so I guess I wouldn’t change it.
  8. If you could train with anyone who would it be and why?
    Again, maybe I’m a bump on a log, but I’m really happy with my current trainer. I feel like I wouldn’t get much out of training with someone that’s really well-known because I’m not an advanced rider.
  9. I’m giving you $5k what would you buy?
    A horse. 🙂
  10. Give me the recipe for your favorite dish you can make White Chicken Enchiladas with Green Chile Sour Cream Sauce
  11. Dream vacation destination?
    Fiji for sure!

show jumping

My Questions

  1. What horse show would you love to show at, if money was no object?
  2. Name one attribute that would be a deal-breaker for a horse you would like to purchase?
  3. Name one piece of tack you covet.
  4. Favorite equine website?
  5. Describe your dream trailer.
  6. Cats or Dogs?
  7. Favorite 90’s TV Show?
  8. East coast or West coast?
  9. Are you a girly-girl or a guys’ girl?
  10. Name one fear.
  11. What’s your favorite thing about yourself?

11 Blogs with Under 200 Followers

Ariat Heritage Field Boot Review

Product Review: Ariat Heritage Field Boots

The older I get, the more set in my ways I become; I like what I like and that’s that. I’ve noticed more recently that I am applying this new sense of stubbornness to my horse-related purchases as well. I don’t want to try something that won’t work or won’t fit. So, I thought it would be interesting to chronicle some of the products I buy and see if others have different or similar experiences. I figured I’d start with something fairly simple, but pretty important: tall boots.

Product Details

Ariat Heritage Select Tall Boots (Now Heritage Contour Boots)
Size: 8.5, Medium Height, Wide Calf
Retail Price: $265.95
What I Paid: $165
Purchased: May 2011

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Moshello

It’s Party Time!

I can’t believe how quickly this summer is flying by already! Not much to report, things have mostly been business as usual. We did, however, have a barn party at my trainer’s house to celebrate her mare’s 29th birthday on Sunday!

Moshello is a 1984 Appendix Quarter Horse Mare, bred, raised and trained by my trainer. She’s done a little bit of everything, including Dressage and Hunters, as well as Trail Horse Extraordinaire. She’s still absolutely beautiful and the only way you’d ever guess her age is the grey on her face.

Trainer also has some precious mini donkeys (which are famous in their own right, but that’s another story),  so we also celebrated their birthdays:

Donkeys JoJo and Jose
JoJo and Jose <3

And that was the moment I fell in love. I have never been around donkeys before, but these two were so cute. Very affectionate with big personalities — JoJo is the gentleman and Jose is… well… not afraid to let you know what he wants. Every time we walked away from his stall, he would stick his nose through the bars, snort loudly and paw, and generally make a fuss. So naughty, but it’s hard to be mad at a face like that!

Jose
My new best friend!

Photo Dump

I got some photos back from the last horse show and had to share! Saved the best for last, so make sure to scroll all the way down. 🙂

Walking to the Ring
Trying to slow down
Kinda cute!
This great facial expression brought to you by: PURE CONCENTRATION
Vinnie says “I’M FUCKING AWESOME!”
Thanks for the photobomb, N!
My favorite! See — I CAN follow over a fence!
Sam, Vinnie and I looking absolutely Olympic.
Diamond and I on June 3 2013 Portrait

A Weekend Full of Riding

I had a weekend full of riding, which is (in my opinion) the best type of weekend to have! I’m going to start out a little bit before the weekend, since I’ve missed chronicling a few rides.

Thursday Lesson

My lessons have been moved to Thursday evening for the summer, so that my trainer can occasionally ride her own horse (what a ludicrous notion!). So I trekked out to the barn and tacked up Vinnie after work. I lessoned with two other regulars, and we had a really nice time! Vinnie is still strong, but now that I know what to expect, I’m getting better about correcting him before things get out of hand.

We were able to put some courses together, and overall I was happy with our lesson. We had some really good moments, and some “Good job!” comments from the trainer. What I’m currently trying to focus on:

  1. Following Over Fences – Fences are just an obstacle in the way of a canter stride and I should treat them as such. In other words, don’t forget to continue to think on the landing!
  2. Give and Take – Use both reins (don’t forget that the outside rein is the brake!), but don’t just hold them; It has to be a give and take, even if it is a huge take. Every action has to have a reaction in my body and I need to remember to not get stiff when Vinnie is being a goober.
  3. Sit Lightly – I am continuing to work on my leg strength and even weight distribution in both legs, but I am now adding another element. I need to not only keep my weight in my legs, but also off my seat. I can sit, but I need to sit lightly and not rest my weight on Vinnie’s back.

Diamond and I on June 3 2013

Saturday Flat Ride

With everything going on at home and work (and our crazy show schedule), I decided to change from two lessons a week to one for the summer, but I really didn’t want to go back to riding only twice a week; I already think three times really isn’t enough! Fortunately, my trainer is amazing and is letting me flat twice and lesson once – perfect!

So I set out on Saturday, which was a gorgeous day, and rode Diamond Girl. We had to ride inside due to the overnight typhoon rain and she was pretty lazy. It worked out well though, because I was really able to concentrate on myself and get a great workout in. I practiced distances and adjusting over ground poles and the red mare was perfect. Finished up with one lap (pathetic, I know!) of posting with no stirrups and seriously thought I was going to die. Good to know that I can (sort of) still do it, but it’s obviously something I need to keep working on.

I also tried some new stirrups. I started noticing some numbness in my feet after lessons this winter and chalked it up to wearing more layers and thus making my boots tighter. But now it’s summer and I’m not wearing any layers, and it’s still happening in my left foot. Not as bad as it was over the winter, but still. I know I keep my foot at the outside edge of my stirrups and that my stirrups aren’t very wide (not the footbed, but the entire stirrup itself). So I tried some wider Herm Springers. Overall, they seemed to help, but I think it really might have been the rubber sides, and not so much the width. But I’m honestly undecided about their famous “dual lateral flexibility.” I liked the feeling in my right leg, but it felt like my left leg was bouncing all over the place. Does anyone else have any experience with Herm Sprenger Stirrups? Did you like them or not like them? 

Sunday Flat Ride

I went out early on Sunday to ride Vinnie, which also went well. He stayed mostly calm and relaxed until the end. We did some pole work and I added in some (admittedly hunter-y) rollbacks to test my even weight distribution and to keep him thinking and listening. Those went very well!

I also tried to keep my seat light at both the trot and canter the entire ride… and was mildly successful. I just need to be stronger. After I finished, I did my last trot (trainer always wants us to finish with a trot), and Vinnie wasn’t super cooperative. Mostly just strong and only half-listening, going around with his head up. So that part is still a work in progress, I guess.