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Alive (But Barely)

It seems like the universe is trying to keep me from the upcoming horse show. First we had this:

Which put Miles on the DL for two days (Saturday and Sunday). We had a good hack on Monday, right before this showed up:

rain
Rain. Lots and lots of rain.

And then Tuesday I went on the DL:

sick kitty meme

So I stayed home on Tuesday, was sent home yesterday morning and then I didn’t sleep last night because I couldn’t breathe. All of this leaves me feeling a bit like this:

Mad panda gif
I’m going to the horse show, goddamnit!
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Blog Sale

I have way too much stuff and I need to get rid of some it. Here’s a preliminary list of things I have for sale. In the interest of being up front and honest, not everything is in great condition or high quality. If you have any questions at all, or want more pictures, please don’t hesitate to ask!

Email me at buckeyequine(at)gmail.com


HALF CHAPS/FIELD BOOTS

  • Tredstep Pro Gaiter Half Chaps – Size 9, Calf 16, Height: 16 – $50
    In excellent condition, only used a handful of times.
  • Equi-Star Synthetic Field Boots (Ladies) – Size 9, Wide Calf – $30
    In good condition, except for a small tear on one boot near zipper. Wide fits more like a generous regular.
Tredstep Half Chaps

 

Equi-Star Field Boots

 

BLANKETS
  • Weatherbeeta Airflow Detach-A-Neck Fly Sheet – Size 84 Grey with Navy/Silver Trim – $45
    In excellent condition, only a few small runs in the fabric on one side.
Weatherbeeta Fly Sheet

HORSE BOOTS

  • Professional’s Choice SMBII 100 Boots (Front) – Size Medium, Dark Red – $30
    In fair condition, could use a good cleaning.
  • Black Rubber Double Velcro Bell Boots – Size Small – $5
SMBII Boots

 

Velcro Bell Boots

 

BITS

  • 5.5″ Full Cheek Snaffle – $10
  • 5″ Metlab Full Cheek Waterford – $15
  • Copper Roller Double Jointed Uxeter – $15
Full Cheek Snaffle

 

Full Cheek Waterford

 

Copper Roller Uxeter

 

BRIDLES & MARTINGALES

  • English Bridle #1 with Laced Reins – Full Size, Havana – $10
    In good condition, could use oil/conditioning.
  • English Bridle #2 with Laced Reins – Full Size, Havana – $10
    In fair condition, could use oil/conditioning.
  • English Bridle #3 – Full Size, Havana – $10
    In fair condition, could use oil/conditioning.
  • Camelot Flat Running Martingale – $10
    In good condition, could use oil/conditioning.
Bridle #1

 

Bridle #2

 

Bridle #3

 

Running Martingale

 

GIRTHS

  • 48″ English Girth – $15In good condition.
  • 50″ English Double Elastic Girth – $15In fair condition, could use some cleaning.
48″

 

50″

 

ACCESSORIES

  • Fillis Irons – Come with white rubber inserts and black super comfort/grip pads – $15
    In great condition.
  • 14′ Nylon Draw Reins – Black – $10
    In fair condition, some rust spots on the buckles.
  • Dura-Tech Helmet Bag – Red – $10
  • Oster Curry Comb – Blue – $5
Fillis Irons
Draw Reins
Helmet Bag

 

Curry Comb

 

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Blog Hop: Why Do You Love Showing?

She Moved To Texas’ Hunter Princess Blog Hop: Why Do You Love Showing?

I’ve always loved to show. I rode for maybe six months before my first horse show, and after I won everything, I was hooked. Granted, it was just a farm show and there were probably three kids in each of my classes, so it’s not like I won Devon, but man was it exhilarating! As I’ve grown older, my passion for showing hasn’t faded; my goals have changed slightly (aka reality set in) but I love it now just as much as I did then: 

Showing feeds my competitive nature

I am a competitive person; I am so competitive I can’t play team sports because I get mad when my teammates don’t try as hard as I do. I attempted to play softball in high school, but I lost all my friends because I yelled at them during practice and sulked during games. Horse shows allow me to be very competitive, but with myself. If I don’t win, 99% of the time, it’s my own damn fault. So I get pretty ribbons (sometimes) and I get to keep my friends. That’s a win, win in my book!

fancy bay hunter

Showing makes lifelong friends

Almost all of my best friends show. I’ve made so many great friends at the barn, and when we spend an entire weekend at a show together, it just brings us closer. I mean, how can you not bond with the people that you share blood, sweat and tears with on a frequent basis? My horse family has been there through some of the toughest times in my life, as well as celebrated some of my greatest successes. And now, I look forward to spending a while weekend with my friends almost as much as I look forward to actually showing my horse.

horse show stall fronts

Showing helps me quantify my goals

Riding is so subjective: it can be very difficult to measure goals… which sucks if you’re goal-oriented like I am. Showing helps me quantify how far I’ve come in my riding, and helps me break down the massive “I want to ride better” goal. Showing, especially with all the different divisions, help me create smaller goals that I can achieve: like getting the correct number of strides in each line, or moving up to a higher jump height, as I make my way up to showing in the 3′ or 3’6″ divisions… which may or may not take the next 30 years.

A Goal Without a Plan Quote

Quarterly Review of Goals – 2013 Q3

October 1 marks the end of the third quarter of 2013. So far, this year has been jam packed for me, with so many things going on. When I think back to January, it’s hard to believe those moments were all still part of just this year. To me, it seems like every time I stop moving, I’m surprised by how much has happened.
Anyways, I’m sticking to my plan of reviewing my year-long goals each quarter. I started a bit late, so the first installment of this series was my Q2 Review, in which I came to terms with how great of a rider I wasn’t, but I was able to cross a few things off as completed! So let’s see if I’ve accomplished any more since then:

Riding and Showing Goals

  • Attend 5 – 6 shows June-October
  • Attend a show in October
    I accomplished the first goal before my Q2 Review, and the second portion of this goal is in the works! Our plan is to attend a show in mid-October, as my debut with Miles.
  • Improve at each show
    I’m going to go ahead and cross this one off the list as accomplished. I showed Vinnie throughout the year, and we did improve at each show, stretching ourselves by competing in a Handy Hunter class and Equitation. I feel like I’m starting over a little bit with Miles, and I want our first show together to be about figuring each other out, not me riding better than I rode a different horse.
  • Win a chair 
  • Show Diamond
  • Lesson Diamond at 2’6″
    As I said in my Q2 Review, these goals ended up out of my reach this year. But I’m really hoping to rework a few and add them to the list for 2014!
  • Improve my foundation, with equal weight in my legs at all times
  • Consistently keep my core tight
    I’ve definitely improved upon these goals throughout the year, but I haven’t worked as much on my leg strength since I bought Miles. Luckily the 2 Point Challenge just started, so that will be a big help on the leg strength front (see below for my embarrassing baseline!)
galloping chestnut hooves

Personal Goals

  • Stay on budget
    So far, so good! My showing budget looks good, my purchase of Miles was in budget and I’m feeling really good about my ability to maintain this through the end of the year. Of course, my budgets are increasing since now I have to pay for things like board and farrier, but I knew that going into the horse shopping process.
  • Lose 10 lbs
  • Find a diet that works for me
  • Create and stick to a workout plan
    Well, I’ve not lost any weight, but since I last checked in I’ve been working harder on my diet and while I’ve improved, I’m still not quite where I’d like to be. Some weeks late-night snacking gets the better of me, so that part is still a struggle. As for the third goal in this section, for seven weeks I’ve almost entirely stuck to a workout plan, which is much easier when I count then number of times a week I ride. But unfortunately riding isn’t enough, so I purchased an equestrian exercises book and I’m hoping that gives me some extra motivation to hit the gym on days Miles gets off.
  • Visit Atlanta
    Well, again, this has not come to fruition. I’m disappointed in myself that I didn’t take advantage of the summer when Sam had time off and we had less financial obligations. Now with the wedding next year, a trip to Atlanta (unless it’s for our honeymoon) will have to be put off for a while. Le sigh.
  • Work on my communication via email
  • Finish Visa’s corner
    I finally finished it! Yay for crossing off a second Personal Goal. And, I might add, that the corner looks fabulous and I’m so glad I did it. In case you missed it, you can see Visa’s Corner in all its glory here.

In other news, I took my 2 Point Challenge baseline last night, and it’s seriously embarrassing:

two point challenge baseline time