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My Dream Barn

One of the things I like to do in my spare time is look at pictures of massive, eye-poppingly gorgeous barns. You know the ones I’m talking about: perfect white fences, lush green grass and so clean on the inside you’d eat off the floor. I find it fascinating to compare different styles of stall fronts, and I love analyzing tack room layouts. Maybe I’m a freak… or maybe you enjoy taking a peek into how the other half lives too.

First things first: the outside. If I’m talking dream barn, I want massive, impressive and drop-dead gorgeous. I don’t want a run-of-the-mill stable that looks just like every other equestrian facility… I want unique. I think this one fits the bill quite nicely:

Who wouldn’t want to drive up to that everyday?! 

Of course, acres upon acres of rolling pastures are a forgone conclusion. And they’d probably look like the ones above: perfectly manicured and mowed, with big water troughs and run-in shelters for those pesky summer pop-up storms. I could go either way on the fence color, but they’d of course be in perfect repair. There’s nothing worse than broken boards and peeling paint on a fence line.

While we’re still outside, let’s talk arenas. ‘Cause my dream barn has arenas all over the damn place. I want a big ass outdoor sand ring (with that super cool footing they have at the Kentucky Horse Park), a grass arena, a jumping field and whole bunch of connected trails. With hills.

And of course a few indoor arenas wouldn’t hurt either — a bigger one for jumping and a smaller one for flatwork (and winter turnout) would do just fine. Bonus points for sweet architecture and really high ceilings. And I’ll take more of the KHP footing in those rings too.


Since we’ve moved inside, let’s discuss stalls. Now this is where things get tricky for me. I’ve seen so many pretty stall fronts, I don’t know how I’d ever choose just one style. So I guess as long as the stalls are big and airy, I’m happy. My architect can decide on the design — I mean, that is what I’m paying him for, right?

Automatic waterers (heated in the winter), fly spray system and fans in the summer would all be there too… cause ponykins needs to be comfortable! I’d also really like runs off the back with awnings, I think. Miles hates to be cooped up, so maybe some mini-paddock time would help him out. And since the biggest pain about runs is keeping them neat and tidy, with all of my wonderful staff I wouldn’t have a thing to worry about.

Finally… the tack room. There are so many options for greatness here, I’d really have to spend some quality time with the architect again. Although, something like this would do quite nicely:

What do you dream of in your barn? 

Perils of In-Store Shopping

I hate shopping. Well, at least I hate shopping for normal items like work shoes, jewelry and jeans. I’ve worn the same $8 black flats three times a week for the last year and half. They have holes in the heels, but I refuse to spend $60 on a new pair. And makeup? Forget that. I buy my liquid eyeliner and mascara from CVS. I don’t even think I’ve ever stepped foot into Sephora.

But when it comes to show outfits, or buying tack… that’s a whole ‘nother ballgame. I love to window shop online during my lunch-hour for pretty new show jackets and fancy open front boots I have absolutely no use for. I imagine the feeling of longing I get when I look at a picture of a full-calf 17.5″ CWD 2G is akin to what most girls feel looking at Manolo Blahniks. And online shopping is the best for those of us with not enough cash to purchase, because we can ooh and ahh and look at all the pretty things without filing for bankruptcy.

Plus it’s a lot easier to simply not click the “add to cart” button than it is to physically walk away from a brand new bridle on consignment at the tack store. So generally, my philosophy is to shop online. But every once in a while the devil inside me rears her ugly little shopaholic head and I find myself sitting in front of the tack store.

This is probably where a 12-Step program would come in handy for us Tack Ho’s. Because then I could call my sponsor and they could talk me out of actually walking into the store. Alas, that program hasn’t been set up yet. So when I found myself sitting outside Equus Now yesterday, I walked right in.

I went in with a plan of window shopping for new tall boots and picking up a few essentials. I knew my plan wasn’t going well when I found myself somehow standing in the back of the store in the middle of consignment… oops. Unfortunately nothing there sparked my interest, so I moved on to the bell boots I needed (of course Sir Miles only fits in Beval *face palm*).

But then shit really hit the fan when I was caught by a sales clerk ogling the tall boots. See, mine are starting to get pretty thin on the inside of the calves, and I’m terrified I’m going to rip a hole in them right before a horse show. (I think justification is somewhere on the list of “signs of an addict”…..)

Anyways, Hubby has approved a new pair of SHOW-ONLY tall boots, most likely just to shut me up. But the pair of Tredstep Donatellos I ordered from SmartPak just weren’t quite right. I was waiting on a pair of Ariat Heritage boots on back-order… but of course the clerk convinced me to try the Ariat Challenge boots they had in stock. Of course they’re more expensive than the Heritage line. Of course they are!

Looks even better on!

And of course as soon as I tried them on, I fell in love. The size 9, full calf, regular height were so damn sexy. I looked tall and thin (well, my legs did at least) and I just HAD TO HAVE THEM. And the brand new square toe… omggeeerrdd was it lovely.

And that’s how I accidentally spent more than $500 at the tack store. Moral of the story: SHOP ONLINE if you want to keep some money in the bank.

Walking down the aisle

When Real Life Gets in the Way

After an absolutely stellar weekend, which included (OMG!) getting married, ridiculously gorgeous weather and amazing food, I was rudely and abruptly thrown back into real life on Monday. Sam and I are waiting to enjoy our honeymoon so he can study for the bar exam, so I was back to work at 8:30 a.m.

And let me tell you, it was a doozy. Not only was I playing catch-up after taking nearly a week off, but we’re smack-dab in the middle of launching a new website… which is now behind schedule. And the worst part? I found out about a huge lay-off of employees, including all of IT and 2/3 of Finance. While I am extremely grateful to still have my job, I feel horrible for those who weren’t as lucky. Needless to say, work is not a happy place right now.

stitch crying in the rain

Unfortunately my not-so-great news doesn’t end there. Sam and I currently rent an apartment, and our lease is up at the end of August. Last night we got our renewal offer… which includes a $130 PER MONTH increase. #FML So I guess now we’re shopping for a new place to call home. Here’s hoping we find something we like quickly, and it’s not too expensive.

Luckily, the barn has been my saving grace this week. I’ve had two great hacks on Meatloaf (aka Miles) so far, and I’m hoping to get out this evening as well. When I went out to see him on Monday, he was snuggly and lovely… I think Grumpy missed me a little bit! He didn’t even object too much to being brushed… a sure sign that he felt a little neglected while I was enjoying my wedding.

Miles and I walking in the warm-up ring

I’m keeping my chin up and looking forward to my lesson on Thursday and my very first trail ride on Sunday!