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Gift Exchange Reminder

Don’t forget to send out our gifts for the Equestrian Blogger Gift Exchange this week! I know a few of you have already done so, and I can’t wait to read about all the gifts everyone receives. I bought mine today, so hopefully it will arrive sometime this week!!

Anyways, here in fly over country the weather has sucked. Majorly. With high temps in the low 20s, I honestly haven’t gotten in much riding. In fact, I rode last Monday in a lesson, and then not again until Saturday… in another lesson. Bad horse mom!

I left my house extra early, and thank goodness I did! Even though the temp was a balmy 32 degrees and it was pouring down rain, somehow the horses all got turned out. Poor Miles was soaking wet, but luckily that new SmartPak blanket I bought kept him mostly dry, except for his head and neck. He wasn’t shivering, and I was able to get him mostly dry with some towels.

Our lesson was pretty much a continuation of the last few lessons: we focused on pace and Miles was very, very well behaved… especially considering his lack of riding time. We started out with an ajustability exercise. Trainer set out two ground poles and we cantered them at our medium pace, counted the strides (I got 6) and then came around and did the poles again, this time adding another side (7 strides for me).

We struggled a bit, mostly because I haven’t been practicing that and I felt like I was focused too much on getting the right distance to the poles, like I would for a jump. I also felt like I was looking down at the ground poles throughout the exercise, which is something I’ve been trying hard not to do. So that was kind of frustrating.

But as soon as we moved on to jumping, things were much better. We only jumped singles, but one was an oxer and I’m happy to say that our work over these wider jumps is starting to pay off. The only time I was nervous about the oxer was the first time it was set at 2’3″, but I just raised my eye, looked beyond the jump and of course Miles sailed right over.

Sunday I played jump crew for my friend N and her horse, Romeo. She’s going into surgery today for her hip, and she’ll be on crutches for about six weeks. No riding (especially jumping) for quite some time, so I’ve “adopted” Romeo for a while and you’ll get double the chestnut gelding photos! If you have some jingles and good vibes to send her way today, I’d sure appreciate it!

N and Romeo doing what they do best! 
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Three Days Left to Join Gift Exchange

Happy Hump Day! We have 28 participants for the Equestrian Blogger Gift Exchange — can we get up to 30? There are still three days left to enter!

In case you missed the first announcement, here’s the jist:

Interested bloggers can email me the below info by Friday, Dec. 6 and I’ll randomly assign you someone to shop for! Send your gift out by Dec. 16 and post about your awesome surprise gift and how amazing the organizer is (okay, that second part isn’t mandatory!)

STEP 1: Send an email to tbidwell614(at)gmail(dot)com with your:

  • Name
  • Shipping address
  • Two gift ideas for yourself under $20 (to help your shopper)
  • Blog URL and
  • Whether you’d be willing to ship TO Canada or not

STEP 2: Check your email on Monday, December 9 to find out who you’ll be shopping for!

STEP 3: Send your gift out on the week of Dec. 16

STEP 4: Receive your gift and thank your fellow blogger

Thank you, Horse Nation.

 

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Blogger Gift Exchange

This past year I started Fly On Over, a personal blog dedicated to my equestrian pursuits. My goal was to chronicle my thoughts and feelings as I worked my way through the first horseless period in my life since I was 16.

What Fly On Over has become is a journey in and of itself, in which I not only document some of the most important events in my life, but also learn and grow through an entire community spread out across the country and Canada. This blog has allowed me to tap into a network of knowledgeable, generous and supportive group of horsewomen who have celebrated my success and commiserated in my shortcomings. I’ve truly made friends, something that I never expected to find from simply writing a blog.

So thank you. To each and every one of you who have read my entries, commented on my pictures and included me in your blogging circle — it really means a lot.

During this time of the year, when I am reminded to be more thankful and more generous, I celebrate all of us, together. So I’ve decided to host a little Equestrian Blogger Gift Exchange. Here’s how it will work:

I will compile a list of all interested bloggers and randomly assign you another blogger to shop for! The gift limit will be $20, so nothing too expensive. Once you receive your gift, please put up a post about what you got, and thank your fellow blogger.

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Interested?

STEP 1: Send an email to tbidwell614(at)gmail(dot)com with your:
• Name
• Shipping address
• Two gift ideas under $20
• Blog URL and
• Whether you’d be willing to ship TO Canada or not
all by Friday, December 6.

STEP 2: Check your email on Monday, December 9 to find out who you’ll be shopping for!

STEP 3: Send your gift out on the week of Dec. 16 (or before if you’re on the ball)

STEP 4: Receive your gift and thank your fellow blogger!

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Sunshine Award

Thanks to Karley at All In for nominating me for the Sunshine Award!

The Sunshine Award is for people who “positively and creatively inspire others in the blogosphere.” The nominee must do the following: thank the person who nominated her, nominate ten bloggers of her own, answer the ten questions given to her, and post them and the Sunshine Award button to her blog.

Questions

Mares or Geldings? Definitely geldings; I’ve only successfully ridden one mare in my life, and I have it on good authority that she is the least mareish mare to ever walk the Earth.

English or Western? English, although I really enjoyed my 30 minute ride on a reining horse!

Do you prefer “younger” or “older” horses? I think each has their place, but when I was horse shopping I was really hoping for a younger horse.

Have you trained a horse from ground zero? No. I’ve never ridden a horse that didn’t have a decent amount of training already on it. That said, I did train Visa to jump.

Do you prefer riding or groundwork? Riding, mostly because I’ve never done “groundwork” in the traditional sense. Unless Showmanship counts?

Do you board your horse or keep it at home? I’ve always boarded and really have a tough time seeing ever having horses at home.

Do you do all natural things or just commercial stuff? I’m cognizant of what products have in them, but I don’t use many home remedies for various cuts, scrapes, etc. I tend to stick to tried and true brands people I know use.

All tacked up or bareback? I honestly could not tell you the last time I was on a horse bareback! Maybe I should make that a goal for next year…

Equestrian model? Hmm, this is a tough one. I’d have to say Reed Kessler is the most famous rider I look up to, but honestly the people around me are often those I look up to the most: my trainer and many of my close friends I met through horses.

What’s your one, main goal, while being in the horses world? Right now I really want to focus on improving my riding, especially over fences, so that I can move up to 2’6″. Plus I’m always striving to be the best horsewoman I can and learning anything and everything related to that!

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