jumps and bumps
be brave .
I finally actually RODE today!

Rode my friend’s warmblood. He was quite wired when I brought him in (and filthy, since he’d rolled), but he worked super well. I was a bit sore because of my back and he has much bigger movement. I was pretty pleased with how I rode though. I need to shorten my stirrups a hole before my lesson tomorrow. 

We did some walk work, then did some posting trot. I just spent a few minutes getting used to him, and figuring out how responsive he was to the leg and seat and stuff. We then did some bending exercises, counter-bending and over-bending both directions. He was pretty good with that although he tried to throw his shoulder out. Did a little bit of leg yield which he was EXCELLENT for. Did some shoulder-in both directions and threw in some 20m and 10m circles. I did a few transitions, but he’s very abrupt. I haven’t quite figured out how to ask him to come up through them yet. 

Then we cantered and it was GORGEOUS. Did some tempo changes there and he responded beautifully. Even did a lead change! It was marvellous. Then we went back to trot work and did some tempo changes there, and then I called it a day. I cooled him out and then loosed him with Ringo.

They went NUTS. Ringo was so happy! He played and galloped and bucked! He looked pretty sound, even sans a shoe, so I might hop on him tomorrow. Brushed them both and gave them a treat, and that was my barn adventures for the day!

Travis, a Paso Fino gelding, at sunset.

Snowy morning greeting
via Jerre Neel  on Pinterest
Anonymous: Stop trying to be someone you're not. We all know that you're a psychotic, lying, manipulative bitch that just takes advantage of her friends. You try to appear as this nice person who is a great friend but in reality all you do is make your friends feel like shit about themselves. That's why you don't have any friends.


Got me. I’m just a shit person, aren’t I. Just absolutely worthless. Is that what you want to hear?

Considering I’m Lily’s best friend, I’m going to say something here. 

First off, Lily, my darling, you should really just keep anon off 100% of the time. It’s not worth it.

Second, Lily has never ever made me feel like shit about myself. In fact she’s done the complete opposite. She has made me feel worthwhile when no one else could. She has listened to my whining and problems and given me great advice. She is the one who made me view my relationship with the boy completely differently and more positively.

It is literally impossible for her to take advantage of me. She has never asked for anything in return. She has never made me feel bad about myself or anything I like. She’s been nothing but supportive, funny, and wonderful. 

If you see this anon, I want to say that I feel very badly for you that you feel the need to behave in such a way. You are a bully, plain and simple. I hope you have the strength to mature and become a better person, because if not, I promise that you will be very unhappy. There’s a reason you’re on anon, and I hope your conscience is bothering you a bit, because if it isn’t, you have serious problems. 

I love you Lily. Thanks for listening to me rant and whine about absolutely everything. Thank you for introducing me to Alana and the boys. Thank you for our silly late night talks. Thank you for being the beautiful individual you are. <3

Sorry about the non-horse stuff guys, back to our regular scheduled programming! 


First impressions on this horse? (despite the poor angle)
More info coming - I just want like first opinions when it comes to this kind of thing.

Sweet, kind looking. 
From this angle looks like the hind end is nice and round without too short a croup. His back is nice and wide, looks built uphill. Looks a little bit toed out in the front, and his joints are pretty small considering his bulk. Neck looks decently tied in. Might be a bit sickle-hocked in the hind end &#8212; super hard to tell from this angle, and it might just be the stance he has. 
Ringo frolicking in the snow. 
Photo by eyeswideshuttered

Forgot my boots like the genius I am, so I couldn’t ride. My back is also bothering my like crazy, but I spent almost an hour stretching it out today, so hopefully that helps. 

I’m riding tomorrow, lessoning on my friend’s horse Thursday, and hopefully Ringo can get his shoe on at some point in the near future. Of course the one he pulled is his injured foot. But he didn’t have any heat today. 

I’m also going to spend five hours grooming tomorrow because MUD.

Lily/dressagexstrong’s anons collectively make me laugh and rage at once. 




Tatiana, a resident in the village of Szack, Ukraine, and her horse

I’m not sure why I like this picture so much