Long Time-No Post

Yep, I’m still using this blog. I still haven’t completed my new one. What have I been doing these last few months? Um…I got engaged! Woot! I accepted a full-time position in the lab (for now). I think that actually is it. I’ve been riding more and helping Mom nurse Ozzy and his E. Coli infection, which has officially cleared. Um. Um. I lead a relatively boring life.

School is back in session on campus and I will admit, on occasion I miss History classes but for the most part, I don’t miss school at all. My student loans are going in to repayment one-by-one which is really terrifying. I constantly worry about how I will pay for them and keep up my horsey lifestyle.  Yuck to being a grown-up.

I won’t be getting Congress this year, unfortunately. Ozzy’s vet bills just ate up any of the money that Mom and I would have spent going. Oh well, I’ve been watching some of it online.

Now, the real reason I posted is because I switched my banner to the “Halloween Edition.” What can I say?

I am still working on my new site including a bunch of merchandise to be sold…if I’d only take some damn pictures of it all! There will be a bit of a variety for horsey-folks that want more than just the run-of-the-mill products. Right now all have pictures of are the cosmetic bags I’m making. You can check out a couple of the bags I’ve sold and a few that are still available by clicking on the photo below which links to my Facebook page. I have quite a few more already made just no pictures yet! So if you see something you like or have an idea, let me know :)

After a Long Break…

It’s been almost two months since my last post. A lot of “life” has taken place during that time. Highlights: becoming an aunt, graduating college, showing (a little), insane heatwaves, and well…I don’t know just stuff.

I’ve mentioned wanting to move on to a new blog, “The Homemade Horseman” which I still plan on starting up sometime this year. I want to make sure I have enough to write about, make, and sell; yes, sell, before I actually put get into it.

I’ve been reading a lot of Dick Francis lately, attempting to see the olympic Equestrian events on T.V., working, and being creative in general. I’ve also really enjoyed being a complete bum too. Until I get my post-college life in some sort of order and my new site up, this blog will just have to serve as the “Just Graduated College Horseman” blog.

I have to admit, I’ve been in a weird sort of depression since finishing school. I’ve been a student almost all of my life, and a college student for a very long time. It has really defined who I am and now it’s over. Thankfully, but a bit awkwardly as well! On to the real world, I guess. And YIKES!

Todd, Tango, and I at an open show in May.

2012 Pinto World Live!

Today kicks off the Pinto World Championship Show in Tulsa, Oklahoma. One of the great things about the show it the free webcast for all the arenas! Cheer on friends and family from afar (in my case from the lab)!

Pinto World Live

This Week!

I haven’t posted in a bit…sorry. Friday, I became an auntie! My sister, Sara, and her husband, Kevin, welcomed Elsa Rose into the world Friday morning. She is perfect and I can’t wait to meet her!

I’ve also been spending some time working on a midterm…OK I waited to do until this morning. I knew it would be done in time for class tonight. I’ve been sewing a lot! Making cute little cosmetic bags out of an old dress sheet the horses put too many holes in. I’ll get a pic up asap.

I don’t really know what else has been happening. I’ve been busy but I don’t know with what. Hmmm. I have another show this weekend, a best friend driving through, and Belmont to watch…and then just two more weeks of school! woot. It can not be over soon enough!

She’s really cute, isn’t she!?

The Weekend!

This past weekend, I finally go Tango in the show pen. We showed in halter, two showmanship classes, two English pleasure classes, and one western pleasure class. We placed 2nd in showmanship and 4th in everything else the rest of the day. Considering I didn’t ride her in the arena until our first class, she was great. The bleachers, flag pole with a waving flag, and plenty of people didn’t seem to bother her one bit! How’s that for an inexperienced show horse? Our patterns and rides were nowhere near perfect but they were fun. It feels great getting back into the show pen!

A few days before the show, I came up with an idea to make a stall sign for her. Without any real plan in my brain about how to make one, I was able to put together a pretty cool little sign for less than $5.00 and it lasted through the heat of the weekend. I think I’m going to make a couple more for the other horses and see what improvements I can make. Once I have, I’ll post a tutorial!What do you think? Pretty cute…huh? I think the 2nd and 3rd line could have been bigger; maybe next time. I liked the fact I could make it completely custom to me. I don’t think there is any limit to what could be added to this type of stall sign. Plus with the low cost, you could make a new one whenever you want. I also think it would be a fun project to do for a 4-H club!

Clipping Horses and a Spider on my Shoulder.

Last night, I clipped Tango for the show this weekend. It was interesting. First of all, I forgot how long it takes to A. clip with my mom’s evil corn-row happy clippers, B. clip a horse with all white legs, and C. to do the first clip of the year. I had figured I would ride afterward but it was just too late when I finished.

Plus, I was stiff and sore from all the cool ways I had to set myself while doing the clipping. Normally, I  sit on a little stool so I can relax and get out of the way if I have to. I didn’t have that stool though, and didn’t want to get too comfy on the ground inches from my increasingly bored and antsy horse. By the time I was done, my knees and back were killing me. I felt like I had done a million different Yoga positions. If you feel like you need some yoga time…clip a horse with all white legs.

It takes two people to clip my mare’s ears; somebody to hold her down and somebody to do the clipping. She’s not scared of it. No. She just flat-out doesn’t want it done. I’ve tried twitching her, but that resulted in me almost getting knocked out and then having to beat the crap out of her. It’s just easier and less painful with two people. So, I’m stronger and twisted one of her ears while holding on tightly to the chain wrapped over top gums. (This does the trick…and the chain doesn’t need to be held too tight, I think it’s more just here knowing it’s there.)

Like I said, I was standing there, my hands full…when I glanced over because I thought there was hay on my shoulder. It wasn’t hay. It was a spider. OK…it was a Daddy-Long-Legs but a big, thick one that was a weird color. I very calmly alerted my mom (who was doing the ear clipping) to GET IT OFF ME! She made a funny scared sound and swiped it off my shoulder.  Heebie-Jeebies. This was my third run in with a spider in the last couple weeks. They have not been good experiences.

But when all is said and done, I have clipped up horse ready for a show this weekend.  And I am alive.  I had one more spider incident today at lunch. It was crawling on me. I don’t know why they have it out for me right now!

Horses, Horse Showing, and Boyfriends

Me, Milo, and Todd last year on Milo’s birthday!

Todd won me over when he actually came out to the barn to ride with me, unlike guys before. Oh sure they say they’re interested and of course they want to come out and ride! If a guy doesn’t keep that promise, I have no time for him.

So like I said, Todd won me over by following through.

He had no idea what he was getting himself into.

His first barn experience was pretty hilarious. I forgot to mention the mounting block is a bit wobbly. He bit the dust before he ever got on the back of Ozzy. Later, I learned he thought he’d ruined his chances with me. I personally, thought it was HILARIOUS and was just happy he still got on and rode around.

That was a few years ago now. Todd has been pretty lucky when it comes to the horses and horse shows. I haven’t been doing much the last couple of years. School and, yes, Todd have been major distractions. Not to mention lack of money to show and get my horse and myself properly trained. This weekend, I plan on debuting Tango in western pleasure and english pleasure. Plus, showmanship and halter of course which she’s been in. It’s not going to be pretty but oh well, I just want to get in the show pen again!

Todd will actually have the weekend off for once and has promised to be there for the show. This is where it gets good. Today, he asked, “What time does the show start?” I said, “eight or nine.” He replied, “Oh. Ok. Well if I get back in time from that tour, I’ll come watch you show.” I laughed because he will be back from the tour by 10 am. I said, “Todd, horse shows go on longer than a couple of hours. They last all day.”  He was sort of confuse, having never been to a horse show for the whole time. He asked a few other silly (to me) questions about it but still promised he’d be there.

Minus catching the tail end of a few random open shows, he doesn’t have much experience. He was also bewildered by the prep time the day before a show. I’ve told him many times but this is the first time it directly impacts his plans.

Do you think he has any idea that he will be carting around my bottle of water, fly spray, grooming rag, and a brush all day? Or that it’s supposed to be 90 degrees and I expect him to suffer the heat right alongside me? When we first started dating, I told him the horses are non-negotiable. period. forever. He was ok with it. He’s offered to be there for the shows, the stall cleaning and everything. I’m not sure he really knows what he’s gotten into yet, but he’s about to find out.

Horse people are a special breed. We go to bizarre lengths or for blue ribbons, points, and belt buckles. Unless you’re a showman, we are a mystery. I think I will enjoy making fun of him when he whines about the heat or boredom, or being tired after the day. He will finally…begin…to understand horse showing.