This weekend, September 17th and 18th, marks the eighth annual International Helmet Awareness Day (IHAD) coordinated by Riders4Helmets. In celebration of this important message to equestrians, I am re-sharing my story in hopes that we all remember to mind our melons. "You're not a real rider until you've fallen off" is a phrase I've heard … Continue reading IHAD
I'm at the point in my riding where I will take any victories that I can get—no matter how big or small. The days where my confidence is at a high are few and far between lately, so when I am feeling like I can conquer the jumps in the ring, I try to take … Continue reading Small Victories
I didn't have the typical horse shopping experience when I bought Ax. I wasn't even horse shopping at all—I wasn't looking for a horse, I was just looking to survive finals of my sophomore year of college. No pre-purchase exam, no assessment of his conformation, nothing. Just a short lease and a signed check. Four … Continue reading Owniversary 4.0
WARNING—This post has photos that some might consider graphic or just plain gross. If you don't like blood or cuts in horse's mouths, don't continue. As horses do, Ax finally blessed me with an unexpected vet bill. After a few days off post-hunter pace and visits mostly to groom and wrap his legs, I got to the barn … Continue reading Horses, Man.
May 2013 was the beginning of my three-month lease on a big bay gelding that didn't know where to put his feet and that I didn't know how to ride. Now, August 2017 will mark four years of owning that clumsy gelding. As this is my fourth year with Ax, this is his fourth transformation … Continue reading Transformation: 2016-2017