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Five years

Five years ago today, I signed the check that started a new era. I can’t put into words the many ways in which owning this horse has changed my life. We’ve made and lost friends, switched disciplines, been at 5 different … Continue reading

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Some track thoughts

Sometimes, I get comments from people* that make me feel like I should get my Horse Person Card revoked for not being anti racing. *people = largely on the internet Let me be clear– there are things I don’t like … Continue reading

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Wrap Up

Pearl returns back to Not So Broken Pony Land this Friday, so I guess it’s time for an update/wrap-up on how our winter of Real Work went. Spoiler alert: we’re not magically ready to hit the show ring at Second … Continue reading

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Believe it or not, I do things besides rides horses. Sometimes I…. take pictures of horses. My awesome trainer Christy is branching into web design, so she offered to make me a website for my photography stuffs. If you know anyone … Continue reading

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support CANTER Chicago!

Originally posted on Blinkers Off:
As many of you know from things I have posted here or on Twitter, I have been volunteering for CANTER since October.  It has been amazing. I have met so many horsepeople, volunteers, and horses…

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The perfect dressage saddle for Thoroughbreds

Originally posted on Collecting Thoroughbreds:
This used 18″ Bates Isabell is in excellent condition and is for sale at Saddler’s Row in Palatine IL. It took me a while to find the perfect saddle for my OTTBs, and here it…

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Shameless Plug

In my spare time (haha I have so much of that), I moonlight as a volunteer for CANTER. For those of you unfamiliar with the organization, the acronym stands for Communication Alliance to Network Thoroughbred Ex Racehorses. CANTER Chicago has … Continue reading

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Confession Whine: I miss jumping my horse. Don’t get me wrong, I’m happy we found dressage and it’s working well for us. But when we found Christy, back when I thought Pearl had “just an injury” that was going to … Continue reading

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State of the Lameness Address

Pearl has been “back in work” (defined as walk/trot/usually canter 4-5 days a week) for about a month now, since we moved to our winter farm. Here is where I always feel like I have to get disclaimer-y. No, the horse … Continue reading

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Breaking news

On Wednesday, January 27 2016, I rode my own horse in a lesson for the first time in 2+ years. I can tell you the exact date (November 4 2013) of our lesson, because the next time she came out … Continue reading

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