No Shortcuts

January has gotten off to a slow start and I have not worked with Eli as much as I would have liked. I have effectively been sick for two weeks, although only two days have been bad enough that I can’t do much. The weather has also thwarted a lot of riding plans. But at the same time, it’s January, so missing a few days of riding is not that big of a deal and we don’t have a show any time soon.

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The few times I have ridden Eli, we have worked on really just getting exercise. He has been pretty workmanlike every ride except Thursday night. Thursday night we had a difference of opinion about me sitting the canter, but in all fairness I am heavily medicated right now and sitting on my horse like a potato with my leg braced just in front of the girth absolutely warranted a little reactiveness and anxiety from Eli. He was never disobedient, just more like non-compliant and worried. I managed to get a few steps of relaxation at the canter while in a half-seat so I ended on that.

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And now it’s raining. Maybe I can ride in the fields on Saturday, and will go back to getting relaxation first before anything (duh). Horses don’t have buttons, even though we like to say that about the well-schooled ones. It’s up to me to keep Eli calm and confident under saddle by riding correctly. I cannot take for granted his newer, more easy-going demeanor because he is still a bit of a hot and spooky horse, one that I KNOW how to ride and one that constantly asks that I ride him better. There are no shortcuts.

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On a lighter note … I’ve got a question for y’all, and weirdly I think it might be one some people feel very strongly about. I do not have especially strong feelings about it, other than to think a few people need to get their panties unknotted. Do any of you wear jewelry when you ride? Which jewelry are you okay with wearing, and which jewelry would you not wear while mounted?

36 thoughts on “No Shortcuts

  1. Getting the relaxation is one of my favorite things because odds are I’m already anxious for no reason at all. When the horse breathes out, it’s easy to follow. On jewelry, I’ve ridden with all sorts of bracelets and earrings, and I used to wear a particular necklace when I showed. Haven’t tried rings yet, although I was tempted to try riding with a septum ring (but one of the ugly ones so if it falls out I don’t feel bad).

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    • I pretty much ride with bracelets on all the time and sometimes rings. I have definitely ridden horses that I would not want to wear rings on, but with Eli it’s fine. I wear short, delicate necklaces, too sometimes.

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  2. Ugh, I hear you. Finding it hard to get motivated despite a show looming and needing to work on all the things. Sigh.

    RE jewelry, I wear my wedding band and my handfasting band when I ride, and that’s it. However, I’m not a big jewelry person in general (don’t wear earrings, I’m allergic to everything) – bracelets and watches annoy me, and if I wear a necklace to work I almost always take it off right when I get home. I used to pull my rings for XC because they would sometimes cut my fingers, but since I just do dressage nowadays I don’t bother. Plus I ALWAYS wear gloves, so it’s not really an issue.

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  3. I hate wearing earrings with a hairnet and 9 out of 10 times I put my hair up so I never wear earrings. I always wear my horse name bracelets and my wedding ring. My husband got me a wedding ring that is perfect for having horses because nothing sticks out to get caught on manes etc. Hopefully I didn’t just jinx myself and my diamond doesn’t go MIA this weekend……..

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  4. I feel you on the weather. I hope we get lucky this weekend. I can not be there all weekend, so I have to play my cards right. I hope they are right about the lesser rain chance from earlier forecasts. I wear jewelry most of the time. I like bracelets (except this charm bracelet I have because it gets caught on EVERYTHING. I will never wear it while riding.). I do not typically wear rings in general. I used to and would ride most horses with them. I stopped wearing any rings because I had an international classmate that would tell people I was married because I wore a ring. They were nothing like an engagement or wedding ring. I am an earring person and usually just wear studs for safety. I always have at least a necklace on that I never take off, however I think about how it is not all that safe…

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    • Yeah, see, a long time ago I got the “don’t ride in jewelry because it’s not safe lecture” (not from anyone in h/j land) and I didn’t get why. Like I can see how a long necklace or dangling earrings could be kind of awkward but otherwise I don’t take jewelry off to ride.

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      • Ya. I have this horse shoe necklace that used to get caught on this straight wire fence. Granted that what when I was filling water troughs etc. It happened twice and I thought this could be a bad thing in a freak accident. Same thing with the charm bracelet. I was checking horses in the trailer…like standing on the wheel hub/fender thing and looking in and petting. It got caught on the trailer as I was getting down and again, I thought to myself, yikes that could have been bad if I was in the trailer and a horse freaked out or something. Both of those things I do not wear while riding. It is part of the whole look good, feel good, ride good (pardon the grammar!).

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  5. I don’t wear jewelry in general, except my wedding ring, but I ALWAYS wear a watch. I have nice metal one that I wear most of the time and then a fabric digital one that I wear when I ride. I keep my wedding ring on under my gloves, it’s low profile so it doesn’t bother me most of the time.

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    • I kind of want to add a watch or two to my fashion repertoire, but I can never settle on the ones I like. I have a black G-shock with a rose gold digital face, but I have no idea how to set it or work its features or anything.

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      • I have an old fossil watch that I got in high school, it goes with everything (plus the face is teal! so it really does go with most of my clothes). I have replaced the batteries a couple times. I like simple watches, just tell me the time please. Unless it’s digital, then I like to also time things like how long I have been running or rising.

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        • I used to have a fossil watch but idk what happened to it (I went through a “time is a bullshit social construct” phase in my early 20s). I will have to look at fossil again because I really liked that watch.

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  6. I have an industrial bar in one ear that I never take out. It’s a nonissue unless I try to put a hairnet on – it can get caught and cause snags – but it’s a Huge Deal to take the bar out so I just leave it. I also keep my lip rings in and my nose ring when I had one – only issue I had there was once I wiped at my nose and the ring got hooked into my glove and I ripped it halfway out – that was the worst horse-and-jewelry-related incident that I’ve ever had. Other than that, I don’t really wear jewelry. (although for xc I would dig a watch up to wear)

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  7. I almost never wear jewelry besides my wedding band! I used to take it off (I know a lady who lost a finger when a rope got wrapped around a ring) but I’m so afraid to lose it that I’ve been leaving in on lately! I love your bracelets!! 😀

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  8. Yikes, does not sound like a fun sickness! Glad you’re on the mend.
    I don’t wear rings in general because my fingers fluctuate a full size depending on weather/water/what I’m doing, so that’s a non-issue. I have a small David Yurman bracelet and my watch that basically never come off though – pretty much to shower or if I’m in a pool. I get a great watch tan line in the summers… I won’t ride in an necklace because I don’t have any I’d wear to the barn, but also I think as a holdover from riding western days, I heard some horror wives tale probably about someone’s getting caught on a horn and cutting them, I think? I don’t have any issue with non-dangly earrings either. When I showed western, we had matching earrings for all our show outfits actually.

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  9. The jewellery…I wear whatever I wore to work since I go straight to the barn. Engagement ring, wedding band (they are on separate hands) and usually earrings.
    I do have one bracelet that has my mares name on it that I will take off bc I’m terrified if I were to fall off with it on that it would cut my hand off 😂

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  10. I wear the necklace that I were everyday, and my everyday earrings. I feel weird when I wear my rings under my gloves, and I’m too nervous to wear my good watch at the barn.

    But I am always thinking to myself, “Maybe I should just wear it to get that arm candy shot.” LOL

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  11. I don’t like riding in rings ever since I heard a horror story from one of the ladies at the barn where I used to ride. The gist of it was a nasty injury. So I take off my rings. I don’t wear a lot of necklaces but when I do they tend to be long and dangly so they come off before I ride, too. And I wear stud earrings almost every day but I usually take them off because I don’t like them to get dirty. 🙂

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  12. I used to never wear jewelry (but to be fair I’m not much of a jewelry person anyway). Now that I am married I do wear my wedding band under my gloves. Necklaces seem like they would be annoying. I specifically don’t wear earrings because I feel like they’re just going to get caught in helmet and/or hairnet and it freaks me out (admittedly more than it should). I know western folks would never show without earrings.

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  13. All this weird weather has made riding regularly tough. If I can get three rides in a week, Val stays pretty manageable, but even that’s been tricky sometimes.

    Re jewelry, I don’t really care one way or another. Personally I don’t wear a lot of jewelry, and I do tend to try to tuck in any necklaces just because I’ve broken them before when my crop got caught up over a fence (quack quack I know) but otherwise that’s about the only thing I try to keep in mind.

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