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Winter photoshoot
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Riding in a T-Shirt in November? Thank you Mother Nature!

Today was pleasantly unseasonably warm, reaching a high of almost 70 degrees!  (keep in mind it has gone down to the 30’s at night here and low 40’s during the day already) I just HAD to ride on this beautiful day so I worked my conference and meeting schedule to allow for a nice long ride in the middle of the day.  SCORE!

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I went out on a long trail ride, with some nice long gallops thrown in.  I felt so absolutely lucky to be able to get out on my horse today, and not be stuck inside the office.  Sometimes I am thankful I normally work during the day, because it makes the days that I am able to ride during the day that much more special.

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My ride couldn’t have been better!  His gallop felt so effortless and he melted like butter into my hand when I asked him to slow back down.  I also rode a new trail I haven’t ridden in a while and happily discovered that there were 5 or 6 fallen trees right in the path… yay for new jumping trail!  One of the jumps was three small trees fallen rather closely together so it created a natural gymnastic, good for pony’s brain to have to think and figure it out!

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Because it was so warm, Mabou got really sweaty so I gave him his (possibly) last bath of 2014.  Crazy to think that might be true!  Even with his trace clip, it still took a while of grazing for him to dry, good thing I had the time!

Fall trees look so beautiful
Fall trees look so beautiful

I also debuted a pair of my newly monogramed TS- the little extra special touch makes me happy.

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Lastly,  doesn’t this dog have THE LIFE?!  This is how he sleeps (in my bed) every night.

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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!

TAKE THAT Daylight Savings!

So I finally discovered how I can defeat daylight savings and the riding in the dark doldrums: Ride in the morning before work!

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I had previously not thought this was possible, as usually the barn is a black hole of time for me- but I gave it a test run today.

CONCLUSION: totally do-able 

I can make this work if I go in to the office an hour to an hour and a half late.  Which is totally ok by me, because I will just stay a little later in the evening.  Really no motivation to run out of the office when it is pitch black out.

This is definitely a cold-weather only plan though, as I had to change at the barn and go straight to work!  Who cares, I will definitely take the possibility of smelling like a horse in exchange for riding during daylight hours.  Anyway, isn’t that what they invented body spray for!?

So this is what daylight looks like
So this is what daylight looks like

I now have a newfound enthusiasm for my fall/winter riding.  I thought that I was fated to be a vampire and only ride in the dark or in the indoor.

early morning rides eh?
early morning rides eh?

Woohoo!!  Daylight savings: 0 – me: 1

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!

Let’s Discuss: Liniment

In the past, I have used So No More liniment on Mabou aka Mr. Princess and the Pea with no adverse effects.  However, over the weekend after the pace I tried to use Absorbine Veterinary Liniment, thinking it would feel nice after the pounding of all the rather hard carriage roads and rocky trails.  After I applied a tiny bit my sensitive horse nearly fell down he was so crazed trying to stomp both his front legs at the same time.  I guess he hates the tingly feeling?  All of the other horses like it.  I have the liniment gel but now I am afraid to try it.

They look so innocent…..

Has anyone else had this problem?  Is my horse just weird?!