Blog Hop: Equestrian’s 12 Days of Christmas

Forget all the birds and party-goers, who wants pipers piping when you can have ponies? Thanks to That Red Mare for coming up with this holiday-themed hop.

On the twelfth day of Christmas my true love and my credit card gave to me…

Screen Shot 2015-12-23 at 3.01.04 PM…twelve monogrammed saddle pads…

…eleven pairs of Tailoreds…

Screen Shot 2015-12-23 at 3.07.53 PM…ten hours of sleep…

391…nine buckets of horse treats..

Screen Shot 2015-12-23 at 3.03.19 PM.png…eight cups of coffee…


Screen Shot 2015-12-23 at 3.17.39 PM.png…seven rides of amazingness…

…six months of paid board…

Screen Shot 2015-12-23 at 3.10.22 PM.png…fiiiiiiive neeeeeeew briiiiiiidlesssss…

Screen Shot 2015-12-23 at 3.12.52 PM.png…four new boriums…

Screen Shot 2015-12-23 at 3.14.51 PM.png…three custom saddles…

…two pairs of Mountain Horse Sovereign boots… (brown and black, duh!)

Screen Shot 2015-12-23 at 3.19.40 PM.png…and one buffalo thats just right for me!



Blog Hop: 25 Questions

I find that Blog Hops are fun but act more as fillers when life is busy. So here is a little filler as I procrastinate my deadlines. Thanks to That Red Mare for the hop and Everyday Equestrian for sharing hers so I saw it.

1. Mares or Geldings? Why?
Both. I love the sassy mare attitude thanks to my Angel-pony, but I also love the dopey lifestyle of a gelding.

2. Green-broke or Fully Broke?
Again, I’ve had both. Angel was a green bean when we first bought her and Ax was a veteran that needed some touch-ups. So I guess I like the middle ground.

3. Would you own a “hotter” breed (ie. Arabian, Trakhener, etc).
I do. Morgans will always have a soft spot in my heart.

4. What was your “dream horse” growing up?
When I was really little I wanted an appaloosa mare, I have no clue why I was so specific. Then I grew up a tiny bit and wanted a big dapple grey hunter.

5. What kind of bit(s) do you use and why?
I use two different types of D-Rings; a waterford and a Happy Mouth french link. Ax’s mouth is extremely soft and sensitive, so I try to keep him happy. Ultimately he loves when I ride in the bitless.

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6. Helmets or no helmets?
MIND YOUR MELON. It took me a long time to realize this and I am 100% guilty of riding without a helmet for a couple years once I turned 18. I’ve now learned (thankfully, not the hard way) that my helmet is my crown. Every now and then I’ll hop on for a photoshoot or spontaneous ride sans-helmet, but never more than that.

7. Favorite horse color?
Grey or blood bay. I love bathing my horse anyways so grey doesn’t bother me.

8. Least favorite horse color?

9. Dressage or Jumping?
A balance of both. Dressage and flatwork are your basis for jumping and I don’t have a preference.

10. How many years have you been riding?
Fourteen years.

11. Spurs/whip or no spurs/whip?
Spurs and no whip. I think that when correctly used, spurs can be a valuable tool to a rider. I’ll use a short crop if needed, but I prefer none.

12. Your first fall?
I think my first fall was off the old schoolie I always rode, JB. I was going over a cross rail and he cantered away and my 8-year-old bum plopped to the ground.  Needless to say, I thought I was dying.

13. When was the last time you rode and what did you do?
Yesterday. I worked on bending and transitions in test format.

14. Most expensive piece of tack you own?
This is tough because I refuse to pay full price for most things. I am a bargain shopper and will stand in line outside of tack sales for an hour before I’ll go in on any day and pay the retail price. My most expensive piece of tack that I own if I had purchased it full price would be my bridles or my half pad.

15. How old were you when you started riding?

16. Leather or Nylon halters?
Leather. If I have to use it Nylon it better be cute and have a leather breakaway.

17. Leather or Synthetic saddles?

18. What “grip” of reins do you like?
Laced. I despise rubber reins.

19. English or Western?
English but I don’t not like Western.

20. How many horses do you currently own/lease?
Two. Yes, I consider Angel mine. Technically Ax is the only horse in my name that I pay completely for but Angel was “mine” for so long that I still think of her as mine.

21. Do you board your horse? Self-care/full board? Home board?
All three of our horses are in full board.

22. Have you ever had to put down a horse that you loved?
Thankfully, no. *knocks on wood* That is the last thing I want to think about.

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23. How many saddlepads do you have?
Too many. Way too many. In my defense, Ax is a swampdog so if one gets wet then it takes a bit to dry and I’ll need another the next day. Plus I let them pile up until I wash them. I know that I have about fifteen at the barn and more at home so…

24. Slant-load trailer or straight haul?
My family has a straight load but none of our horses care which one.

25. Why do you ride?
Because if I didn’t I would go insane. And it makes me happy.


SmartPak Favorite Products Blog Hop

Who says tags are only for Youtube? SmartPak recently released a video called “My Favorite Products Equestrian Tag” with their staff answering the questions. Because I am a blogger and far from a vlogger, I decided to make their tag into a blog hop for the equestrian blogging world.

What is your favorite equestrian-specific product that you use when you’re at the barn?

  • My set of Equifit boots are my favorite. Ax hits his hind legs together while riding and Equifit has the only fetlock boots I have used that don’t spin mid-ride. Plus I love the soft liners for his legs.

What is your favorite non equestrian-specific product to use when you’re at the barn?

  • Baby wipes and rags are my best friends. I use them for just about everything at the barn: cleaning nose and eye boogies, cleaning under the tail, a last minute wipe down at shows, wiping off my hands, quick-cleaning my helmet and boots, and on and on. Ax uses more baby wipes than a newborn.

What is your horse’s favorite equestrian-specific product to wear or use?

  • Ax’s favorite product to wear is his ECOGOLD Flip Half Pad. I have tried riding without it and it is pretty clear that he is yelling that he hates me. It helps to keep his back protected, cushioned, and ventilated during riding. He is also telling me that he wants the ECOGOLD Calmatech pad and Hunter Half Pad.


What was the best equestrian-related gift you were ever given, and why does it mean so much to you?

  • This one is easy, my pony. Angel was a gift to me from my parents for my birthday, Christmas, and any other holiday for that year and the next few years after that. She will forever be the best gift I have ever received and she means the world to me.


If you had the ability to create any product or anything to make your time at the barn better, – no matter how ridiculous or against-the-laws-of-physics it might be – what would that be?

  • Invisible bubble wrap. Ax is super accident-prone and a bunny could probably hurt him, so I would want a product that would keep him protected. Some magical thing that would keep him safe from cuts, injuries, or any other ways he can find to hurt himself.

I tag all my readers to participate and remember that this is not my blog hop, it is Smartpak’s. 🙂


September #HeelsDownChallenge: Balance

New month, new challenge! Heels Down Magazine introduced the #HeelsDownChallenge to go along with the monthly digital magazine. The challenge consists of a new topic each month that readers can write or make a video about, post on social media with the hashtag “#heelsdownchallenge”, and tag their friends to do the same.

This month’s issue focuses on going back to school. (P.S. Check out my article on the fourteenth “page”!) So the September Heels Down Magazine Challenge asks: “What’s your top tip for managing time between barn, school/work, and life?”

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I wrote a whole post about this last year called It’s a Balancing Act and it is still one of my favorite blogs I’ve written so far. I am stealing my top TWO tips from that blog post and using them for my September #HeelsDownChallenge.

  1. BUY AN AGENDA – This sounds so simple, and it is. When you have so many different things to keep track of, an agenda is your best friend. I purchase a new daily planner each year and I try to find one with a fun pattern on it so I am more likely to use it (I love the Lilly Pulitzer ones for their different patterns and sizes). I like to plan and write down EVERYTHING that I am committed to inside my agenda. This helps prevent me from forgetting about something I need to do and makes it much easier to figure out what task I need to complete first.
  2. NEVER QUIT – No matter how full your plate feels or how heavy the world is on your shoulders, quitting isn’t an option. And if you feel like it may all come tumbling down, find someone to lean on. Whether it be a friend, a significant other, or a family member, there is always someone there to help. When there is no option to quit, the only choice is to keep fighting. Hannah Brencher said, “Maybe no one ever told you that but that’s the sweet spot– the moment you want to give up but nothing in the air around you is willing to accept you walking out the door as a quitter today.” I don’t think that sentence could be more true. Whenever I feel like giving up, I find the sweet spot, grab it, and run with it.