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Sunday, March 28, 2010

Mazzy wins her first blue!

Yesterday started out a little rough with Mazzy not wanting to get on the trailer. I've trailered her a bunch of times before with no problems, but never in the dark. Luckily the grooms showed up to help me, but I ended up getting to the show later than I had planned. Luckily, it all ended up working out in the end. Mazzy won her very first class, Pre Green Under Saddle. Yeah! That made my day! It was very windy with 40 mile an hour wind gusts, so things were blowing around, jumps were blowing down and a garbage can blew over and rolled into the ring during her class and she didn't even spook at it. I also brought Kylie and showed her in the Equitation division and ended up Champion. Overall she behaved well for not showing in a while. Her stride was big so the lines rode easy, and her jump was solid. Today my face is pretty chapped from all that wind. I always give the horses time off after a horse show, so today I cleaned out the trailer, cleaned all my tack and put everything away. I was way too tired to do anything but put the horses away last night. I did ride Mazzy around bareback today so she could stretch her legs. Kylie just got a turnout so she could enjoy the sunshine and roll around in the dirt. Since I am back to work I will only be seeing the horses in the evenings now :-(. Bummer.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

What would you do if you had more free time?



I don't know about you, but my schedule is usually jam-packed with things to do. However, right now I am between projects at work and I have been spending so much time with my horses. It is heaven. It is so nice to not feel so rushed with them. Today I was thinking as Kylie was grazing, how nice it was to just be with her and enjoy her presence . Of course, there are plenty of things I should be doing around the house, but when I walk down the barn aisle and Kylie and Mazzy greet me with a nicker, the question of where I want to be has been answered. Lately, I've been getting to the barn at around 9am and don't make it home until after 3. Where does all the time go?!?

Let a horse whisper in your ear and breathe on your heart. You will never regret it. -Author Unknown


I have been working on my jewelry too, but I guess I should get to repainting the bedroom, organizing the wood floor guy to come and planning the backyard landscaping. Those things just don't seem as much fun.

Yesterday I let Mazzy run around one of the arenas since the turnouts aren't big enough for them to run around in. She was having a good time and then next thing I knew she jumped out! I've let her run around in there before, but she hasn't jumped out before. Now that she knows she can, I'm not sure what to do. THEN, I turned Kylie out to run around and she jumped out too! I got that one on tape. It is very short. I would think it would be nice to have some freedom to run, but they go right back to thier stalls.


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Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Happy St Patrick's Day!

Few people know the history, but many celebrate it!

St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, was born in Wales somewhere around AD 385. His real name was Maewyn. Until he was 16, he considered himself to be a pagan and was sold into slavery by a group of Irish marauders that raided his village and during his time in captivity he became closer to God.

Six years later he escaped from slavery and went to a monastery in Gaul where he studied under St. Germain for twelve years. It was during this training that he realised that it was his calling to convert the Irish pagans to Christianity and his wishes were to return to Ireland.

However, his superiors appointed St. Palladius who transferred to Scotland two years later. Patrick was then appointed as second bishop to Ireland. He was quite successful at converting many pagans, which upset the Celtic Druids and he was arrested several times but manged to escape each time.

He travelled across Ireland, establishing schools, churches and monasteries across the country which would help him in converting the Irish to Christianity. His mission lasted some thirty years, after which he retired to County Down.

He died on 17th March in AD 461 and this day has since been commemorated as St. Patrick’s Day.

There is a great deal of Irish folklore surrounding St.Patrick’s Day including the belief that he raised people from the dead and also gave a sermon from a hilltop to drive all snakes out of Ireland, although there were no native species.

Shamrock aka TrefoilThe shamrock is a traditional icon of St.Patrick’s Day because it tells how Patrick used the three-leaved shamrock to explain how the Trinity of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit could exist as separate parts of the same being. His followers took to wearing a shamrock in celebration.

The St. Patrick’s Day custom came to America in 1737. That was the first year St. Patrick’s Day was publicly celebrated in Boston.

Today, St.Patrick’s Day is celebrated with large parades, the wearing of the green and drinking beer.

Go raibh tú daibhir i mí-áidh
Agus saibhir i mbeannachtaí
Go mall ag déanamh namhaid, go luath a déanamh carad,
Ach saibhir nó daibhir, go mall nó go luath,
Nach raibh ach áthas agat
Ón lá seo amach.

Translated:
May you be poor in misfortune,
Rich in blessings,
Slow to make enemies,
quick to make friends,
But rich or poor, quick or slow,
May you know nothing but happiness
From this day forward.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Kylie & Mazzy enjoying the sun

The last couple of days have been BEAUTIFUL! Sunny, clear...short sleeve weather!


This giant white bird (egret?) is a resident at the barn. The horses don't particularly like him, especially as he glides around with his six foot wing span. I'm not sure if he is looking for a mate, but lately he has been alot closer then normal. Usually he stays around the outskirts, but yesterday he was in the middle of the ring while I was been riding, and a few days ago he was walking in between the turnouts while horses we out. There was lots of snorting.

Both girls got baths.


Mazzy playing
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Friday, March 12, 2010

Leather CPR Shoe & Boot Polish Review

I had the opportunity to review Leather CPR Shoe & Boot Polish. It restores shine to leather shoes and boots. I tried it out today on my riding boots...

As you can see they were terribly dirty. Yikes!

Instructions
Apply polish sparingly using a clean, soft sponge, which by the way is included in the jar. Do not wipe off.

Wow! It did an awesome job! What a huge difference in just a couple of minutes. I really love this product and have been looking for something quick and easy to clean off my boots with. It smells good and is super easy to use.


Features and Benefits

  • Shines and renews leather shoes and boots
  • Polish dries in seconds for instant results
  • No buffing required
  • Available in neutral and black
  • Permanent dye in black polish restores appearance of damaged black leather
  • Leaves no greasy residue
  • 100% satisfaction money back guarantee
Suggested Retail Prices
The manufacturer suggested retail price for neutral and black Leather CPR Shoe & Boot Polish is $8.95 for a 4-ounce jar.

Availability
Leather CPR Shoe & Boot Polish in neutral and black is available nationwide at Ace Hardware, Bed Bath & Beyond, Do-it-Best, Smart & Final, True Value Hardware, Walgreen's and fine tack and farm supply stores or online at http://www.leathercpr.com.

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Quantities of full-size product samples are limited.

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Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Mazzy jumps a crossrail

Mazzy's training is coming along well. Some days are diamonds, some days are stones. She had several really good days in a row and my trainer popped her over a crossrail, she was completely unfazed. I almost wish she was a little more impressed with the jump, but I am happy she is so calm.

Every horse has one side that is better than the other, just like humans. For a horse, a preference for one side means that he can bend in that direction more easily, his balance is better when turning in that direction, he finds it easier to pick up that lead in canter, and he is just generally better at everything on his preferred side. Mazzy's is definitely the left, so I am constantly working on softening up her right side, and trying to build her strength so she can hold herself up that way.

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Monday, March 1, 2010

March Birthstones: Aquamarine and Bloodstone

Ocean Drive Bracelet and Earring Set


The gemstone Aquamarine is the modern March birthstone as adopted by the American National Association of Jewelers in 1912. It is also the birth stone for the Zodiac sign of Scorpio.

Shimmering Tide Bracelet

Folklore, Legend, and Healing Properties:
Since early times, aquamarine has been believed to endow the wearer with foresight, courage, and happiness. It is said to increase intelligence and make one youthful. As a healing stone, it is said to be effective as a treatment for anxiety and in the Middle Ages it was thought that aquamarine would reduce the effect of poisons.

A gift of Aquamarine symbolizes both safety and security, especially within long standing relationships. Some people even say that the Aquamarine reawakens love in a tired marriage, so if you want to bring back that spark in your partner's eyes, you might consider this gem as an anniversary gift!
Social Circle Necklace - Aquamarine with sterling silver circle & wire wrapped charms (chalcedony & jade)


An alternate birthstone for March is Bloodstone, a dark green opaque quartz flecked with red spots. The name Bloodstone derives from the legendary belief that the red coloration resulted from the blood of Christ spilling onto green jasper during the crucifixion. For this reason, too, the stone has been called "martyr's stone." Bloodstone is mined in India, Brazil, Uruguay, Australia, and the United States. Ideal for carving into cameos and beads, this stone symbolizes courage.



Bloodstone & Sterling Bracelet with 9ct Fine Madagascar Malachite & Sterling Toggle Clasp

Favorite Scents

Isn't it amazing how certain smells transport you to another time or place? Nothing is more memorable than smell.


I love the smell of rosemary. I can't pass my rosemary plant without rubbing it and getting that wonderful woody smell on my hands. Same with Lavender plants.
Ocean air. The scent of salt water at the beach.
The forest. Mmmmm nature...
Both Spiced Pumpkin and Christmas Cookie by Yankee Candle
baking bread is heavenly
the smell of an approaching or just finishing summer rain
Fresh coffee
Puppy breath
Horses (a clean barn full of them) I can't say if its the leather, the fresh shavings, or the hay or the mixture of it all. When I think of the smell I think of barns I've been to back east. Unfortunately, the barn where I keep my horses likes to spread around the manure. It stinks!

Fresh Laundry (clean sheets especially)

What's your favorite scent?

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