Catching Up: XC Schooling

Life has been a bit insane. Before I knew it I was 2 weeks overdue on my post about my trip to Auburn to go schooling. Spoiler alert it was awesome. This was my first big maiden voyage with the new trailer and I have to say it hauls like a dream. Annie was a bit skeptical about the side ramp and had to get her snort on. She settled in great once we arrived and I am so grateful for how well she travels and takes in new places. When we got to Chatt on Saturday she hacked around like a champ. Once she realized why we were there she got pretty hot though and was a little rocket. Honestly XC schooling is always more difficult than actually running for us. Once we got rolling though she was on fire. Half the battle is convincing myself not to fight her and just let her go. After that it was just beast mode until the end. It was really just what we needed. On top of getting our groove back I loved getting to spend a low key weekend with K since we don’t get to see each other that often anymore. I have plenty more to update on but I am beat. 

Have you guys gotten to go out and have fun for a mental reset?

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December 10 Questions

Once again courtesy of L at Viva Carlos we have this months 10 questions!

img_0614Does your horse need shoes? Annie definitely does. Her feet can’t hold up between stomping flies in the summer and arena work.

What do you think of the barefoot vs shoes debate? Debaters will debate. You ask 3 different horse people something and you will probably get 6 different opinions.

img_0287.jpgFavorite season for riding? I love to ride in the spring and fall. I like when it is just cool enough that I can wear long sleeves and maybe a vest comfortably but not so cold that my fingers feel like they will break off.

How many shows do you think you’ve gone to? Too many to count? This year alone I went to 8 or so. 5 of those being events. This was probably my heaviest show year ever – so much fun!

Do you consider yourself a good rider? I am not sure how to answer this. I think I am relatively competent in most situations.

How experienced do you think someone needs to be to own a horse? I don’t think there is a black and white answer for this. You either need to be experienced yourself or under the supervision of someone qualified to help you make the right decisions.

Have you ever gotten into a fight with your trainer? Over the years yes I know there have been discussions with various trainers. Most prominent in my mind is an instance where a trainer from the past wanted me to ace Houston at one of his first clinics. I was uncomfortable doing so and there was a bit of a scene that ensued.

Eliza Wallace Clinic-6Describe your dream horse? I love chrome so color wise anything with a lot of chrome will steal my heart. Honestly I have the best of both worlds right now. I have an incredibly athletic and kind mare that has taken me on more adventures in the short time that I have owned her than probably all of my horses combined. I also am fortunate to have purchased a really nice warmblood filly that I think will be able to help me accomplish my dreams in jumper land.

Does anyone in your family ride? Currently – no. In the past my mom and both of my sisters rode though. I think that my sisters will pick it back up when the timing is right for them.

If you could ride any horse in the world, which one would it be and why? This is a tough one. I honestly think that right now it would be Big Star. I am obviously pretty obsessed right now since he is Luna’s sire. Even just meeting him in person would be pretty incredible.

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2015 2PTOBER Results

Congratulations to the Winner’s and First Runner’s Up!

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Longest Time:

Figure – Topaz Dreams

0:01:00 – 0:40:38

Figure has hit the record for Longest Time overall in all the years of 2ptober! That’s amazing! You get your choice of 4oz Herbal Horse Tin and Lip Balm , Nerd Horse Coloring Pages, and EquiFuse Body Brilliance Collection.

Most Improved:

Erin – The Story So Far

0:01:00 – 0:14:310:13:31 – 1350%

You have won EquiFuse  Mane and Tail Performance Pack, 4oz Herbal Horse Tin and Lip Balm , Nerd Horse Coloring Pages, and The Relatively Stable Equi8 shirt.

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Longest Time:

Alli – Pony’Tude

0:12:56 – 0:23:01

Alli is amazingly consistent garnering the Runner-up prize for Longest Time 3 years in a row!

Most Improved:

Three Chestnuts

0:01:31 – 0:10:060:08:35 – 565%

Both of you get these awesome goodies: A The Herbal Horse Shampoo or Lotion and Choice of Custom 2016 Horse Binder or 4 Graphic Art Prints from The Printable Pony

To collect your prizes please email Me (EquestrianatHart at gmail dot com) or L (Lnwillia at gmail dot com)  your Name, Email and Address so our prizes can get shipped out.

And for everyone else, seriously Thank you for participating, This contest is only fun because of all the great people involved. 2 of our sponsors are still offering coupon codes through to the end of November. (Formula for those wondering about Improvement is Final Time – Baseline divided by Baseline multiplied by 100.)

EquiFuse: The coupon code for 10% off is 2ptober10. We have limited it to one use per customer and it is valid October 1 – November 30, 2015.

The Printable Pony: Coupon Code 2Pointober 25% off any item to the end of November!

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