Month: May 2013

This Is What Peace Feels Like.

There are certain things in this world that make people feel utterly at peace. Whether it’s something small, like taking a bubble bath or listening to a really good song, or something big, like finally getting a promotion you’ve been working for, or getting married, there are just those things that make us feel like

Read More

Take That, USEF Equitation Test #11!

So, as you know from my previous post, there are 19 USEF Equitations tests, one of which (#11) is mounting from the ground. As you can imagine, when you have a horse that stands 6′ tall at the withers when you are 5’6″, this might seem like an impossible test. Well, I have now proven

Read More

Big Baby Steps

Wow, time has really been flying. It’s hard to believe that I’ve owned Gus for over two weeks already. It’s pretty clear we have a lot of work to do, and my hope for showing him in June is seeming completely unrealistic at this point.  While we still have some work to do before he

Read More

USEF Equitation Tests 1-19

So now that I actually have an equitation horse (YAY!), I suppose it might be useful to know exactly what I’m going to have to do with said equitation horse. Here is a list of the 19 tests that equitation judges are allowed to ask you to do: Halt (4 to 6 seconds) and/or back

Read More

One Week Down, 26 to Go

Today marked the end of our first week together and, I must say, Big Red has claimed a big chunk of my heart.  It has been an interesting week, to say the least. Our first couple of rides were simple, and I just focused on trying to get used to him. He is a big

Read More

What Is Equitation?

Equitation classes are, in a way, a hunter/jumper hybrid. They are subjectively judged on the rider’s style and effectiveness over more technical, jumper-like courses. While the horse’s are not judged, they can have a great impact on the judge’s impression of the rider and the horse is important to completing the “picture.” Equitation classes were started in

Read More

Behind Door #4: Part 2

Wednesday, May 1, 2013: As of yet, we are still waiting for the blood work to come back, which was supposed to be back on April 22. While I doubt it is anything but clean, we still can’t move forward without getting the results. Needless to say, I’m frustrated. At this point, it really is

Read More