Medical Armbands and Dressage Bridles

Because eventers do it better (but every discipline deserves respect). College student. Physics major aiming for vet school. I've been riding for 17 years and I own a 10 year old TB gelding called the Cabbage. My aim is to be an equine vet eventing at (hopefully) the international level. Ask me anything. My personal blog: http://earlymorningrun.tumblr.com/

Mar 26

Then the conversation tends to shift to the voice in the back of your head that says “What if?” What if I don’t reach my potential, what if I miss an opportunity because I run out of time or didn’t recognize the opportunity, what if I don’t reach my goal or worst yet, what if I’m too scared to say that goal out loud because I don’t want to fail?

And then the worst “what if” creeps in—what if I don’t belong here? What if I am not good enough? All of this is what goes on in my head. If you can’t relate to any these thoughts, then lucky you.

Sinead Halpin (x)

Sinead is my wcw

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Jan 15

QOD: What’s your guaranteed trick to memorize your course at shows?

equinefeather:

Tears and vodka

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Jan 9

Dec 24

How Many Horses Does it Take to Change a Lightbulb?

  • Thoroughbred: I changed it an hour ago. C’mon you guys – catch up!
  • Arabian: Who ME?? Do WHAT? I’m scared of light bulbs! I’m outta here!
  • Quarter Horse: Put all the bulbs in a pen and tell me which one you want.
  • Standardbred: Oh for Pete’s Sake, give me the darn bulb and let’s be done with it.
  • Shetland: Give it to me. I’ll kill it and we won’t have to worry about it anymore.
  • Friesian: I would, but I can’t see where I’m going from behind all this mane.
  • Belgian: Put the Shetland on my back, maybe he can reach it then.
  • Warmblood: Is the 2nd Level Instruction Packet in English? Doesn’t anyone realize that I was sold for $75K as a yearling, but only because my hocks are bad, otherwise I would be worth $100K? I am NOT changing light bulbs. Make the TB get back here and do it.
  • Morgan: Me! Me! Me! Pleeease let me! I wanna do it! I’m gonna do it! I know how, really I do! Just watch! I’ll rewire the barn after, too.
  • Appaloosa: Ya’ll are a bunch of losers. We don’t need to change the light bulb; I ain’t scared of the dark. And someone make that darn Morgan stop jumping up and down before I double barrel him.
  • Haflinger: That thing I ate was a light bulb?
  • Mustang: Light bulb? Let’s go on a trail ride, instead. And camp. Out in the open like REAL horses.
  • Lipizzaner: Hah, amateurs. I will change the light bulb. Not only that, but I will do it while standing on my hind legs and balancing it on my nose, after which I will perform seven flying lead changes in a row and a capriole. Can you do that? Huh? Huh? Didn’t think so.
  • Miniature: I bet you think I can’t do it just cause I’m small. You know what that is? It’s sizeism!
  • Akhal Te ke: I will only change it if it’s my owner’s light bulb and no one else has ever touched it.
  • Andalusian: I will delegate the changing of the light bulb to my personal groom after he finishes shampooing my mane and cleaning my saddle, but only on the condition that it is changed for a soft blue or pink bulb, which reflects better off my coat while I exhibit my astonishing gaits.
  • Cleveland Bay: I’m busy. Make the whipper-in and the hounds do it.
  • Saddlebred: My ears are up already, please, please get the /~..# light bulb away from me! I’m ready to show, really, I promise I’ll win!
  • Paint: Put all the light bulbs in a pen, tell me which one you want, and my owner will bet you twenty bucks I can get it before the quarter horse.
  • POA: I’m not changing it. I’m the one who kicked the old one and broke it in the first place, remember? Now, excuse me, I have a grain room to break into.
  • Grade Horse: Guys? Um, guys? I hope you don’t mind, but I went ahead and changed it while you were all arguing.

invisiblepole:

ponies are awesomex

invisiblepole:

ponies are awesome
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Oct 23

spookyeventer:

the-eventer:

readysetevent:

As many are aware, at the larger competitions I often wear a helmet camera. I did so at Fair Hill, but in addition I wore a GPS watch that logged time, speed data along with my heart rate. Before heading out on course, I was very interested to see my speeds in different areas of the course.

I fully expected the heart rate data to be unremarkable. I would have bet a lot of money that my rate wouldn’t have exceeded 75-80 percent of maximum. I couldn’t have been more wrong!

Amazingly, after 1:20 minutes into the track I was bouncing between 92-98 percent of maximum, averaging 95 percent over the 10-plus minutes. Being that my maximum rate is 193 beats per minute, it oscillated from 180-190, peaking at the key complexes and dropping during the longer gallops

Doug Payne decided to track his heart rate and speed throughout the CCI*** cross country course at Fair Hill this past weekend. He got some interesting results that only confirm what many people have been saying for quite a while; you MUST be fit to ride at the upper levels. We expect our horses to be in top form, it only makes sense that we, as riders, be in top form as well!

[SOURCE]

I love this, a great way to show just how physically taxing riding and competing really is, not just to other riders but to people who don’t understand the sport. No wonder we feel drained at the end of a big event!!

I love Doug Payne for this reason he does such cool things to showcase the sport.

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Sorry i’ve been MIA lately.  Craziness after craziness.  The beast is doing fabulously right now.  His flat work is damn near flawless.  My riding is getting back to where it used to be, finally.  


Sep 1

Michael Jung go home.  Nobody wants you.  It’s no fun when you show your face and we all know who the winner will be.  


Aug 28
He was sleeping in his stall at the show.  He was like really you can’t let me sleep?
I’ve been getting really frustrated this past week since I returned from my cross country road trip.  I usually end up just getting off so I don’t do anything dumb.  One day I actually yanked on his mouth.  So I’m backing off majorly, and taking things slow and several steps back.  I took yesterday off and classes started today so I’m just dying for a ride later.  Headed straight to the barn once I’m done.  I miss my boy.
I’m also thinking about joining the equestrian team again now I’ve transfered.  IDK.  Options.  

He was sleeping in his stall at the show.  He was like really you can’t let me sleep?

I’ve been getting really frustrated this past week since I returned from my cross country road trip.  I usually end up just getting off so I don’t do anything dumb.  One day I actually yanked on his mouth.  So I’m backing off majorly, and taking things slow and several steps back.  I took yesterday off and classes started today so I’m just dying for a ride later.  Headed straight to the barn once I’m done.  I miss my boy.

I’m also thinking about joining the equestrian team again now I’ve transfered.  IDK.  Options.  


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