Reminded to be Grateful

On Sunday night, a huge storm rolled through Austin. Even where I live in North Austin, we had winds up to almost 40 mph and Lily, who is normally quite fine about storms, asked to sleep with us and snuggled down under the covers, shaking until she fell asleep. Continue reading

Let’s Discuss: Cross-training

I think it’s safe to say that we can all agree that additional exercise outside of riding can only help our time in the saddle. But what that cross-training actually looks like for everyone varies. Some people don’t do any exercise outside of riding at all, and there are people on the other side of the spectrum Continue reading

Happy Val-entine’s Day!

One year ago today, I made the crazy decision to buy Val. It wasn’t a new partnership by any means, but things definitely changed a lot for us, and they were absolutely for the better, as long as you don’t check my bank statement. We’ve had a lot of adventures and excitement in the last year, and there have been a lot of learning experiences as well. Continue reading

Balance and Compromise

A lot of riding, in my experience at least, is about striking a balance and finding a compromise that works for you and your horse. Some days the horse comes out to play and it’s easy, but other days, your horse is ready to pick a fight, or just isn’t as present and willing to cooperate as they may have been the day before. Continue reading

Cheap Stuff That Lasts (Part 1)

For some things, like a saddle, or a pair of good show breeches, I’ll splurge a little. And I absolutely recognize the value of many of the innovate horsey items out there. But sometimes, you have to compromise with cheap in order to also go to a show, or put a little money in savings, or buy groceries, or whatever. (Hey, I’m not judging–we’ve definitely had the Continue reading