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Making Progress

I realized when I sat down to write this blog that I’ve had way more rides than I realized, so there’s lots to talk about. Sorry for holding out on you! So let’s see… Thursday night I hacked Vinnie. There was a big group of us, which is always fun, and we rode outside for the […]

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Strive for Progress Not Perfection

Double Ride

Yesterday was my regularly scheduled Monday evening lesson on Vinnie, but since Diamond is starting to feel better and come back into work, Trainer said I could flat her before our lesson. So I hustled out of work, slammed down half a sandwich from Subway and bolted for the barn. It was an absolutely gorgeous day: […]

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Showing Vinnie

Back on Vinnie

After talking it over with my trainer, we decided to move ahead with the duo-horse option. I will plan to begin the show season riding Vinnie, while still taking lessons on Diamond. While I don’t love the idea of being back to showing in the same division as last over, over little baby 2′ fences, […]

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Life Makes More Sense in the Saddle

One Ride at a Time

While most people hate Mondays, I have grown to enjoy them for the sole reason that every Monday night I have a riding lesson. It’s honestly the highlight of my week. Tonight it was just my BFF N and I, which was a nice change from the bigger group lessons we’ve been having lately. She […]

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Flowers from Sam

Keeping Promises

After Visa died, I made a promise to myself that every year on the anniversary of his death [April 17], that no matter what, I would go to the barn. So when that date fell on a Wednesday this year, I did what any responsible adult working full-time would do: I took vacation. Sorry, I’m […]

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Vinnie Grazing

A Good Ride

After my busy day on Saturday, I woke up Sunday morning and was a bit lazy. I enjoyed my breakfast, watched a little bit of TV and enjoyed my coffee. I did a few chores [luckily I got most of them done on Saturday!] and then got ready to go to the barn for my […]

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spring daisies

It’s Finally Spring!

It’s finally spring here, but of course I didn’t get to enjoy the wonderful weather at all over the weekend. I was stuck working–inside–all day on both Saturday and Sunday. Luckily the warmer weather and sunshine held for my lesson last night and I was able to ride in just a t-shirt [no Under Armour, huzzah!]. […]

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Diamond and Vinnie May 13 2013

Just Be Grateful

Sometimes in life I find myself really struggling with the feeling of gratitude. I know I’m very lucky and have a lot to be thankful for, but I often [all too often] find myself fixating on what I don’t have. This weekend, I really wanted to focus on being happy for the opportunities that are […]

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Be Led By Your Dreams Quote

Time to Move Forward

I have a confession to make: I have been waffling. I began this year (in January) riding a different horse, Diamond, with the goal of showing her at 2’6″. In April, I realized it wasn’t going to happen for various reasons, and decided to show Vinnie again in the same division as last year. We’ve had […]

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Grooming Vinnie

All Bay Night

Last night I had my weekly lesson on Vinnie. It ended up being a group, with all four of us on bay horses — thus “All-Bay Night,” heh. Vinnie managed to stay semi-clean from his marathon grooming on Sunday, so I was able to groom and tack up in fairly short order. I went into […]

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