I saw a meme yesterday that said "the weather just went from 90 to 55 like it saw a state trooper." Apt. If the new normal is messed up weather, then we are living it. Today feels more like January here; just yesterday I was outside, sweating, fighting off mosquitoes in 90F. And now it's … Continue reading The Weekend Before Winter Slapped Texas
About six weeks after placing an order for a Charles Owen SP8, it arrived yesterday! I ordered from the UK because 1) COs are a lot less expensive there, even with the shipping included and 2) SPARKLY. I hadn't found the sparkly ones at any of the domestic and Canadian tack shops I browse online … Continue reading Chapeau
We actually had a few days of intermittent sunshine around here, although it has since started raining again. During one of those days, Eli and I schooled over fences. He still has some embellishments in between the fences, but he is gradually getting easier to get back under control. He is also gaining back some … Continue reading Sunny Skies
I have been wearing a GPA First Lady to ride in for about 4 years. I have liked the fit and style, and of course the incredible ventilation. But the current recommendation is to replace helmets every 3-5 years, considering especially whether the helmet has been exposed to extreme temperatures. I suspect we have extreme … Continue reading Trauma Void Helmet Review
Somehow, I have yet to review a sun shirt on the pages of this blog. I wear them frequently because I live in Texas. I have gravitated toward both EIS and Kastel, and think they are both excellent options. And then I bought a Tailored Sportsman sun shirt. (I know some people have serious reservations … Continue reading Tailored Sportsman IceFil Zip Top Review
Let me just stop any of you who don't care about clothes right here: don't bother reading this post. Okay, now that we've weeded out the party-poopers, let's all of us fashion hounds talk about choosing what to wear for a lesson. When I feel well-dressed, it really influences how much confidence I have, in … Continue reading Choosing a Lesson Outfit
My schedule was a little unusual over the weekend, such that I knew I wouldn't be at the barn Saturday morning. So I checked in with my trainer about schooling on Friday instead and that worked out great. Considering Eli had done very little work throughout September, we kept things simple. Organization was the day's … Continue reading Finally a Jump School!
Eli's been a bit stiff through his right hind ... I got a text from a working student on Sunday that Eli played hard, "had a ton of fun." He does that sometimes and it usually isn't text-worthy, so I was prepared to find a sandy, mud-covered gimp once I finally made it to the … Continue reading Gimpy or Not?
Central Texas has had an unusual amount of rain, especially for September. And now September is almost over, and I have been able to ride only a few times this month. And while I might have been able to ride yesterday evening, it was drizzling by the time I got to the barn so the … Continue reading Slow News Day
Most equestrians like to keep their phones on them while riding, and there are a lot of ways to do that, some more desirable that others. I pretty much stuffed my phone in my breeches' pocket, a super not secure place for it. Sitting trot? Bye, phone. Half the time I'd stop and stick my … Continue reading The Asmar Crocodile Belt Purse: Unexpected Benefit