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.
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
Check out this article on fly control. It breaks down what types of ingredients that are used and how they are used. It’s getting to bet that time of year!
Horse fly control.
Thank you to everybody who has supported this blog! I close this month with more views than any other month in the blog’s history, and more views in one month than entire first year! Thanks again! And I can’t wait to post more and continue to gain readers!
Hobby Horse Fashion Forecast
Check out Hobby Horse’s 2012 Fashion Forecast. I’m anticipating the release of their 2012 collection. So far, I’ve seen a really lovely turquoise and silver shirt, the “Gemma.” I can’t wait to see the price and more options. And, I’m still loving the turquoise chaps they added last year!
So, in writing this blog and looking for ways to keep it filled, I’ve come to realize a few things: 1. There are a lot of horse people 2. There aren’t a lot of horse-people friendly establishments. 3. Small town tack stores are getting harder to find. 4. I live way too far from the awesome tack stores I’d love to visit.
When I say, “there aren’t a lot of horse-people friendly establishments,” I’m not talking about barns, tackshops, or feed stores. I’m talking about places to grab a cup of coffee in your barn clothes with your barn friends, for committee meetings, to sit down and read some damn horse books, and of course, the big one, to do horse laundry.
So, I dream of a place…
In a cool old building with compfy chairs, coffee, pastries…and of course horse stuff! This is my dream place what my dream place is for:
- A library with all the horse books you can imagine, to read, check out and examine
- A library full of training dvds, past horse shows, and great movies, and a place to view them
- A great scanner, a few computers, a good printer…where you can update your website, scan registration papers, or make copies for a sale
- a big comfy conference room just for committee meetings or 4-H sub-club meetings, or paper signing. and in this room, a projector to hook up live-web casts.
- an Equine Laundry service (drop off dirty, pick up clean!)
- a bar with coffee, tea, and pastries or treats.
- A giant chalk board with the best hay, grain, and shavings prices around!
- a cafe setting with chairs and tables to meet friends and look through the newest catalogs and horse journals
- There would be a lovely organized display of consignment tack/show clothes (not old crap just stuffed onto a crowded clothes rack)
- Maybe a display of a couple of really great show outfits?
- a trophy case where local horsemen can show off awards for a while
- where local artisans could bring the horse products and art to sell!
All this plus a million other things! This is a place I dream about. I wish it could exist because I would be there 24/7 chatting with people, buying stuff, and relaxing in my boots and jeans with a good cup of joe.
When I’m not riding, I still want to be surrounded by horse things and people. I honestly think horse stuff is the only thing I’ve never gotten tire of.