I have not actually fallen over and died in the manure pile. I just forgot about my blog.

I really need to be more on top of blogging, but I haven’t had much to post about? I haven’t been doing anything unusual, or new, etc etc… I’ve Gone on a couple trail rides! (IT HAS BEEN SUNNY.) and that is nice. I had a lesson,  which was also nice. And that’s kinda it.

One part of the trail goes right behind the golf course…. it is pure TORTURE. (Yes, Ollie wants to go gallop on it too.)

the one exciting thing, I have a schooling show coming up! It’s just one of the local ones, so I can trail ride over. (Trail ride PAST THE GOLF COURSE 😩) It is always nice to not have to trailer! It’s a “Clear Rounds” day, so you just go and jump around a bit. There is no Judge, and not a “set” course. (although, there is normally a course posted, but you can make up your own if you like.) you can school over all the scary* stuff though.

*scary “ish”. I’ve jumped it all multiple times, and they hardly ever repaint/get new jumps… so it’s nothing new for Ollie or me. Unless they DID get new jumps over the winter????? That would be awesome.

Jumps don’t look scary in this picture at all… probably bc I was still doing Hunters at that point 🤣(not that Hunters are less scary normally… but they are at my local shows.)

currently the list of “scary” jumps is this:

fake (plastic) brick wall.

white hunter gate. (used in Jumper to though.)

brown hunter gate. (Also used in Jumpers.)

Plank painted with Bricks/tunnel thing.

large red (plastic) plank.

small green (plastic) plank. (Used in both Hunters and Jumpers.)

large flower boxes. (VERY scary.)

and lots of little flowers for jump Fill.

that’s about it. But it’s nice being able to just school. And get you and your horse out for the first time of the year😂 the bad part, is that because it is the first outing of the year, everyone’s horses are crazy and out of control. And the warmup arena is quite small. So it’s a bit like a game of bumper horses.



That video is pretty old, (1 year? 2 years?) but it gives you the general idea! I tried to find the video of Ollie and I doing the Jumpers, as they didn’t put any fill out at that show. (For the Hunters anyway) and I wanted to get a picture of that Brick wall! But no luck so far!

Almost a year old, and Ollie’s head looks bigger then it actually is, but still a cute pic!

Snow day!

It snowed quite heavily here last night and this morning. everything got covered in snow. even the horses? when I first got out to the barn, all the horses who had run outs had snow ALL over them… looked like they had stood outside all night… you have nice dry stalls for a reason horses! but it was pretty cute.

her blanket is COVERED in snow.
not as much snow as the little pony…but still…
the white forelock…


is that not the cutest face or what??


the snow that was everywhere, was, also, clearly including the paddock… while me and my sister were feeding the horses I took a short break to make a snowman😉 soooo… I made it right on top of my horses sand pile. and used a carrot for a nose. an apple as a hat. and horse cookies for eyes/buttons. Ollie was watching me the whole time while I was making it, he knew exactly what was going on…

pretty cute huh?


He’s so cute. he only got half the carrot, and Brianna stuck the left over half back in there in hopes of getting a pic of him eating it…

it did not quite work out… after he finished the carrot he tried to eat the horse cookie “eyes” but could not find out how?

Oliver! I spent a long time on that snowman… but he did get the cookies? so? I guess it worked?

you can find more cute pics of our animals on my Sister Brianna’s blog…

have fun in the snow everyone!!


Lucky number 17

I’ve drafted sooo many posts then never got around to finishing them. And then it’s too late to post them. So this is draft number 17. And I’m hoping I will actually get around to publishing it…?

I haven’t been doing much lately. I’m starting to get our mini horse back in shape so that she can pull her buggy again. She was pulling it a couple years ago but then pulled her suspensory ligament… so she was on stall rest/rehab for while there. but she’s doing better and I’ve been ground driving her😁



As you can see she’s adorable! and very well behaved too!! Besides from ground driving the pony, I haven’t been doing much. I read a couple books… and I’m making an effort to ride more. I really did not ride much over the holidays and its showing in my “super crazy” horse who refuses to bend. 😒 since I have a jump show coming up mid February I REALLY need to work on my jumping. I’ve probably jumped three times since christmas. and nothing over the 2’3” mark… since I’m planning on starting at 2’6” courses I need to work on it. desperately. I’m not sure if I’m going up to 2’9”… or 3′. but regardless I need more practice.



actually… that jump might have been 2’6”?

sorry this picture is really bad quality

all this free time has left me with too much time to window shop. and spend money I DO NOT have. (also big question, new stirrup leathers or books??)

This is just going to be a really short post… but I’m working on 16 others! (haha lol) Maybe one of them will survive the chopping block.

this pic is almost a year old… buuuttttttt Ollie is so cute.



2018 Eventing recap.



I went to a couple events with my horse Oliver this year (ahh! Sorry,) LAST year, which was really enjoyable! Some history; In 2017 I took him to one Event, and… let’s just say it didn’t go as planned. It was his first event ever, and my second. (Actually, third if you count the one where I rode my sisters horse Rasty and fell off basically into the water…) plus, it was only about my third time doing XC with him😬 we went Pre-Entry and I think At the time I was not quite sure about that… and then Ollie realized that I was not sure and it all summersaulted from there. We didn’t actually get eliminated. But we had the max number of refusals on XC and FOR REASONS UNKNOWN TO ME I spent forever trying to get him into the water instead of just going over the alternate jump after we decided he didn’t want to get his feet wet?? So we had mega HUGE time penalties as well. I also got heat stroke just as I was finishing my XC and pulled out of the rest of the event. ☹️🤷🏽‍♀️😑  It was around 37 degrees out though! And galloping around in 37 degree heat in long pants, long sleeve shirt, hard vest, air vest, pinny, helmet, Gloves, and tall leather boots is not the best way to stay cool. Just saying.


Anyways! That got off topic fast😂 back to the events I went to in 2018. The first one was easier, jump wise. it’s a great event to move up a level, or, in my case, to be able to go And have fun/get XC confidence back! I was really happy with Oliver, we went double clear on both XC and Stadium. And while our dressage needed work, it was mostly me just panicking and forgetting how to get Ollie on the bit. We didn’t place, but I’m fine with that because I had a blast and I’m still pretty happy about going double clear☺️

As for the next event we went to! while the first one we went to in 2018 is known to be easy, this one was known for the exact opposite. The Pre-Entry course looked like how to the Entry course did at my previous event! So of course I was panicking a little bit. It was also at the exact same time my coach was away on vacation! We’d arranged for a different instructor to coach me, which worked out… but was still slightly difficult. We got though Dressage in the normal fashion; we had a fantastic warm up, only to have me turn into a rubber chicken the moment we enter the dressage ring. The problem with finishing your Dressage test is that you know the next thing you have to do is go out on the XC field. So.. yeah.

XC day rolled around bright and sunny. We’d set up camp with some friends, and Breakfast was interesting. Basically it was my Mom, Dad, and my sister Brianna (the ones not riding) sitting there munching away and laughing while the rest of us (the ones riding) stared at our untouched plates, and tried to breathe. But of course we all wanted to watch the Prelim Horses go, as well as some of the other people who we knew at this event. the preliminaries got to ride first (Lucky them.) so we all went up to the top of the hill to watch… unfortunately about a gazillion people fell off!!! Which did absolutely nothing to soothe our nerves. Quite the opposite actually.

We were, at this point, obviously panicking. I actually had to sit down. So after we had seen everyone who we knew go (in the time that we had) we headed back down to the trailers to change and tack up. After all that was done, it was mostly just remembering to breathe.  you’d be surprised how easy it is to forget how to do that! AND THEN while I was warming up, yet another person fell off!! (I believe they were fine though!) so that definitely didn’t help my nerves and was really unfortunate for them as well obviously!😢 Then I was on deck… I FINALLY got to walk around the start box, although I had to ask them. normally they let me know when I can walk in it. And then It was trying to breathe, not faint or have a panic attack, (I failed on the first one (breathing btw) again. Then 10, 9, 8… etc. And then go!! and the rest is pretty blurred, I remember realizing that I had no breaks just after jump 5, and taking in my first breath after jump number 9, (a good 3-4 minutes into my course, turns out someone can not breathe for awhile?) and then crossing the finish line after jump 15. It would be an understatement to say that I was happy. I was so pleased with both myself and Oliver, who had really given it his all. Also I would like to say that my sister is the best!* She was ready at the finish line of XC with Gatorade for me and made sure ollie was cooled/sponged down. And Stadium passed by with a second double clear blur, earning us our first ribbon in eventing. We got 7th, I nice pretty purple ribbon, and loads of fun! I’m excited to event with Oliver this coming show season! I am hoping to move up to Entry level. Anyway, thanks for reading this, a lot of time and effort goes into just getting to the event and surviving the course of the weekend.  Huge thanks to my sister, (who is the best human ever.)  for being Ollie’s amazing groom, (and waking up WAAYYYY to early🙈)  and thanks to my mom and dad for bringing me there and always having millions of water and Gatorade bottles on hand. And thank you to my amazing horse, who truly is one in a Million.💚


*sorry about that! My sister ran in and edited my post right before I published it… and added all that stuff in😑 all the stuff I crossed out was her, so Please don’t pay attention to it!

pics from the HT
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Jumps number 11 and 12 had a really hard approach, you gallop around a corner and see this; the distance between the two bushes on either side is very narrow. I got temporary blinded because my head smacked in the one on the left. also there was only about 1-2 strides to recover from the bushes before the jump… then it was a big 4 stride to jump 12

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last fence
and… we were done!