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Showing posts from February, 2015

Custom Saddle Dreams

I mentioned in a previous post that I'm going to be ordering a custom saddle. Don't worry, it seems crazy to me too and in most situations I wouldn't even be entertaining the idea. In this case though after an extensive search I've decided it just makes the most sense. Plus it's not just any custom saddle, it's from Herritage Custom Saddlery!

English made saddles, available completely custom, with excellent reviews but most importantly they are in my price range! The saddle I'm looking at will be about $1800 for the fully custom option. I've already received an answer back from the maker that what I am looking for, short panel and short flaps with the options I want and that Katai needs, is possible so I've got the green light.
My goal is to order by the end of May. I've set that date for a couple of reasons, one is so that I can save up the money and the other is so that Katai has time to muscle up again after the past couple of quiet months. The…

Book Review: Nature, Nurture and Horses

Time for my first book review!
This book starts out by explaining the concept which is that they are going follow four different horses, of Spanish breeding, through their training journey with the goal of all four horses becoming proficient in Dressage. I bought this book about a year ago when Katai was still quite green. I thought it would be an interesting way of looking at different horse learning styles and would give me ideas for how to adapt my training to fit Katai’s learning style. What was most interesting to me is that with the ability to write about these four different horses, all of the same age and very similar breeding, with the same handlers meant that there were very few external influences. It was extremely interesting to see how each horse reacted to each stage of the training. Each section of the book was broken down into four parts, named after each of the horses and each of these parts followed the horses through different stages in their training beginning with t…

Sunday Snaps

I'll get the most depressing picture ever done first and then it's all about my adorable snuggly pony.


These may not be exciting to anyone other than me but I am pretty thrilled and want to share.First of all, I believe I mentioned that my friend H had moved to my previous barn, with J as a coach, last summer. I was so excited to have her there but then as things started to go downhill I felt guilty. When I left I didn’t want to put any pressure on her to leave as well since she was in a very different place with J based on her own riding but mostly on her pony since J didn’t think he was “completely worthless”. I talked to her, of course, and explained why I was leaving and she witnessed some of J’s behavior to me but I didn’t want to feel like I was dragging her away with me so I mostly kept my feelings to myself. H's Adorable Pony Fast forward to last week when I met up with H for lunch. We started talking about lessons and how things were going and I could tell she wasn’t happy. She was mostly positive and trying to explain how things were going in the best possible light but she…

Moving Barns

So unfortunatly I've moved barns a few times. I thought it would be interesting to share the basics of each set up, the main reason I moved each time and what I am doing to get ready for my next, and final!, move.
Barn One:

In my backyard! The woman I was renting a room from at the time actually allowed me to keep Katai there for free. It was nice to have her out there but there was no safe place to ride, it was kind of junky, and I bought my own hay which added stress every winter as we tried to keep track of who had bought what.
When I moved into a new apartment I needed to move her since the woman I had been renting from wasn't interested in boarding so then I moved to...
Barn Two:

This place was really nice! The guy fed supplements twice per day, that I provided, fly sprayed them twice per day and as you can possibly see in the back of the photo above there was even a fan when it got hot. There was also a stall available if I had wanted to stall her. This was for the price of $…

This is How I Instagram

I went out to the barn tonight and had a great time. I was in an odd mood because I had just dealt with a serious employee issue at work and if the weather wasn't getting so cold later this week I would have just stayed home and watched Friends while de-stressing.
I'm glad I went though and so was Katai. She was SOOOOOOO itchy because she is shedding like a wild thing.

I probably shouldn't have worn black but this is after I brushed most of it off. I scratched all her itchiest places and then had a great, if speedy, ride. She is really starting to be able to carry herself nicely going her weaker direction. Hopefully photos of me riding the cute pony will follow at some point but for now I'll leave you with a photo of my most recent project.

I love these bell boots and they're the only ones I can find that come close to fitting. However, they were rubbing her when she was wearing them all the time. I finally decided that I could probably figure out a way to line the to…

TOABH: Names

A rose by any other name would smell as sweet. Every horse seems to have at least three names:  the "real" one, the barn one, and that special one.  What are some of your pony's names?
Name: Katai
Nicknames: Pony Lady - all of my female horses end up being called lady at some point Brat Attack Munchie - no idea really Princess Pony Baby Waby Brat Attack Fuzzy Chubby Speedy

Ahead of Schedule

Sometimes it's been easy for me to feel discouraged lately. I so miss taking lessons and the consistent progress that you can make with feedback like that. I've also been lacking consistency this winter for a few reasons and of course that means a lack of progress as well. 
But sometimes it is so clear that we have come so far and tonight was one of those times.

Squeeeeee! Look at her :) 
(Not at my messy lines)
She was soooo good! From last fall when I couldn't get near her with a running clipper to tonight with her standing stock still, even falling asleep sometimes, while I got both sides clipped. Tomorrow I'm going to bring it the rest of the way back in more of a trace clip but this was a great place to end while she was still being good. It's a little higher in the front than it should be but for my first time clipping a horse I'll take it!

Look at her little clipped spots!! She is just the most adorable little thing in the world.
Before this we had a great, if…


I posted this photo on Facebook saying that I really needed a blue ribbon with purple strips for Katai. Then my friend H commented that she needed the one with red pokadots for her gelding. It's so true...

Slow Progress

Unfortunately I had car issues this week so I was unable to make it out to the barn until today. In this span of cold weather in the single digits and lower teens my car window decided to fail and I just couldn't make myself drive 40 minutes out to the barn with the frigid wind whipping in my window only to work out in the cold. Luckily I had dressed Katai up in her nice warm blanket so I wasn't concerned about her. It's times like this when I especially love full board :-)

I finally got my car fixed and got to see my pony tonight. I had decided that based on the recent lack of consistent work and the chance that her feet might still be a little tender it would be a good idea to lunge instead of riding. I ended up being happy that I had! She, for the first time since I've got her, threw out a HUGE buck. I'm not sure that she would have bucked with me riding but it certainly showed that she was feeling better. She seemed stiff but not nearly as tender and was moving …

#I'dratherbewatchingrolex - January Analysis

So many exciting things have happened so where to start!
After some soul searching I realized that the reason I've made most of the decisions in my life is ultimately because of my desire to have horses in my life. It has been and will continue to be one of the most important things in my life so that made my decision(s) easier. Once I broke it down to that point I realized that as awesome as it would be to do more traveling what I needed to move to a new place, or stay here, would be the promise of a great barn, fun place to ride, great trails and most importantly a wonderful instructor that I could respect and trust. Of course all of this would have to be in my budget or within the budget over the next couple of years. 
Unfortunately the more I looked into it the more I realized that without being a member of the local horse community and without being able to visit the area a few times to tour barns and sit in on lessons, which just isn't in my current budget, I just don'…