Goodbye 2014, Hello 2015!

I am recording my goals for 2015 here to hold myself accountable, and to head into 2015 with some clear goals that I can work toward.

1. Keep strengthening Mabou’s flatwork-  continue to gain muscle in his top line and work on more lateral movements.  Start working on shoulder-in and haunches-in.

2. Get Mabou’s changes more confirmed- This kind of goes hand in hand with goal #1

3. Work on the straightness of my shoulders– get back right shoulder damnit (this is so hard for me!)

4. Compete in the equitation with Mabou

5. Win a cooler (dream big or don’t dream at all right?!)

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What are your big goals for 2015?

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Shopping Alert: Leather Boots Edition

Just got these babies in the mail today!  Mondega open front and back ankle leather boots!

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Check out that pile of soft leather lusciousness!  I wasn’t really actively looking for a set but these were for such a great price on Ebay I couldn’t pass them up.  They are brand new, and super soft with leather lining.

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LOVE them!  Cannot wait to try them on my boy, and actually use them so I can give a real review.

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They have subtle navy blue elastic detail, which I really like, it gives them some flair that is different than your average equitation boots.

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At least I was able to check something else off of my wish list- Happy shopping!

No Stirrup November: So it begins!

No riding yesterday due to super crap weather, so today was my first ride in November.

I felt very motivated after watching the Maclay Finals on USEF Network this morning, so I decided I was going to do a no stirrup ride.

Since it was very windy today (literally up to 50 mph winds!), my ride was stuck in the indoor arena, which gave me the perfect opportunity to just focus on my no stirrup work.  I am very proud of Mabou, a lot of horses were up and spooky because of the noise of the wind against the arena walls, but he was a perfect gentleman.

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I rode for about 20 minutes with no stirrups, and my legs were on fire.  I did a mix of trot and canter, with a lot of walk breaks (for me not for Mabou).  Hoping I am sore tomorrow so I know that I really pushed myself.  Since riding all month with no stirrups is really not realistic for me, due to all the hunter paces, hunts and trail riding, my goal for November is to do one day of no stirrup work a week.  Let’s hope I can stick to it!

Lesson Recap

Although I don’t have a single photo or video, believe me when I say my lesson was FABULOUS!  It was the kind of lesson that leaves you grinning and on cloud nine for the rest of the day because your horse was so amazing!  We worked on really being straight on the long sides and bending through the corners in our flatwork warm up, then did some big serpentines with flying changes in the center (pony was excellent).  As for jumping, we did a bunch of single fences with big rollbacks to really make me sit up, rock him back and collect him and bend through the turns.  He felt like BUTTER, bending and collecting felt effortless.  What a good boy, he worked so hard today.

Real Men Wear Florals
Real Men Wear Florals

It is finally cold enough to break out the sheets.  As you see above, his sheet is very manly indeed.  The mares love it! And… check out this matchy matchy fun

matching puppy!
matching puppy!

I just love it… Can’t wait to get a photo of the two of them together!

Give me treats I was a good boy
Give me treats I was a good boy