Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Punxsutawney Phil predicts an early spring!

Granted a groundhog in Pennsylvania might not be your idea of a shining beacon of wisdom, or an infallible oracle of weather to come... (nor might it be particularly relevant to your geographical location)... But we can hope, right?

at least i'm choosing to hope over various other alternatives lol
(screenshot shamelessly stolen from Bill Murray's 1993 movie Groundhog Day)

Sunday, March 20, 2016 officially marks this year's spring equinox, theoretically the turning point in the season. Just over six weeks to go!

By the equinox last year, we were still shipping out to local indoors on the regular to school (boo), but conditions were finally improving enough for serious riding at home too. And considering this year has (so far) been so much milder, even including the recent snowstorm, perhaps conditions will improve even earlier this year?!?


So since I've spent the last few days whining about having nowhere to ride and my horse being miserably cooped up in tiny arenas, I'm going in the exact opposite direction today haha.

These is the things I'm most looking forward to doing as soon as the ground might reasonably be considered safe enough:

Cross Country Schooling!!

Because obviously.


nom nom nom carrot!!!!

Lessons with Dan

Hopefully will start in March!


Jumping big (for us) jumps again!

I had reeeeeeally hoped to do a little 3' coursework before moving inside for the season. We haven't jumped anything that height since before I broke my leg and my confidence needs a refresher...


Trail Riding

Because who doesn't need a break from the sand box on occasion?


Buying a new saddle!

Budget allowing.... ugh....

'does this saddle make my butt look big?' - emma
'no comment' - isabel

Just doing Random Shit outside with my mare ;)


yes i am actually looking forward to fly mask weather
'wat r dis stick?!?' - isabel


Building more jumps?


i want this jump in our own arena. badly.

And finally, Horse Showing!!!!!



ribbons optional. good friends a must tho.

What are you most looking forward to doing when the weather clears?

44 comments:

  1. I know what I'm not looking forward to...sweltering in the heat and humidity. I hope the snow clears out quickly and you guys can start riding at your home barn soon!

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    1. yea sweltering is not exactly my favorite either... tho actually last summer was mild-ish for us too...

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  2. I'm looking forward to not having a slip and slide of mud on my barn path. Also riding and such.
    That rodent better be right!

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    1. ugh slip n slides are the worst... c'mon Phil, don't let us down!

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  3. COME ON, PHIL! Your pictures are making me long desperately for summertime! I just can't wait to be able to school regularly (dressage, jumping, xc, all of it!) and not feel like an out-of-shape, useless blob! Can't wait for shedding season and slick, shiny ponies!

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    1. ooooh shiny slick ponies ftw!!!! also yea i pretty much chose all of those pics bc omg soooo greeeeeeeeeeeeen!

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  4. I'd be down with just being able to give my pee encrusted horse a real bath at this point.

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    1. ha i was thisclose to adding 'giving isabel a real bath' to the list but then remembered, oh wait, hell no, that bitch hates baths and they are miserable for everyone involved....

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  5. I second Carly on the giving my horse a real bath! We have a hot and cold wash stall, but I don't want Riley to freeze while drying off! His face is covered in a weird scab-y, fungus from being out in the elements and I want so badly to soak his whole body in something soothing! But yes to XC schooling and starting my schedule of proper lessons! Fingers crossed all the snow disappears today!

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    1. fingers crossed!!!! it's looking promising temp/precip-wise, tho i kinda wish the sun was also simultaneously out haha (probably asking too much tho)....

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  6. I WANT TO GIVE BATHS

    So tired of mud.

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    1. yea the mud is kinda driving me batty too, tho it's looking like the mud is here to stay for a while. that's fine tho - i prefer that to the snow!

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  7. In Oklahoma we could predict the weather with an armadillo!

    I am looking forward to going trail riding at the lake and swimming with Moe! And, of course, breeding Gina. :D

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    1. lol armadillos.... my mother had this intense fascination with them (for whatever reason) and finally finally FINALLY encountered one as roadkill... womp womp. it clearly stayed with her since she STILL tells that story lol...

      but annnnnyways, i'm looking forward to the whole mini-me Gina saga too!!!! :D

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  8. I am semi new to your blog and have never seen those pics....gawd so cool, and PRETTY! Spring is so close I can taste it

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    1. ha i'm starting to get excited about spring fever toooooo!!!! and glad you like the pics - i love reliving the memories through photos lol.....

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  9. Sadly for me there will be NO warm, sunny February schooling trips this year... there is far too much rain and the footing is horrible. We will have to wait until March.

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    1. ugh booo rain... (except i guess cali kinda needs it, but still!). we'll probably be all mud through february too, but hopefully march will come fast!

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  10. At this point all I want is to be warm again. Anything else is a bonus. LOL!

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    1. the sickest joke of all is that it *IS* warm(ish) here - the weather has been pretty damn mild since the snow storm... but we can't enjoy it bc of said snow lol. oh well. hopefully you get some warm spring breezes soon too!

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  11. Spring for me is signified by the end of my busy season. At that point I look forward to two lessons a weekend again! Because otherwise, I will just become a dressage rider. One lesson a week = only flatwork.

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    1. getting back into jumping again is definitely something to look forward to!!!!

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  12. I just want it to warm up enough so I can bathe and shave the damned mule. Every time I look at her I just shudder with loathing. She's so disgusting.

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    1. ha i'm gonna tell her you said that ;)

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  13. All of the above!!! Plus washing my mare's legs!!! Ugh SO GROSS.

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    1. ughhhh icky legs are the WORST lol

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  14. Can't wait for spring and summer! Mostly because I get my horse back then, but also because of the weather, we're getting a break from the rain but it has been really cold.

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    1. i can't wait for you to get your horse back too!!!!!

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  15. Omg your 2nd gif!!! HAHAHAHA! And holy spring show season batman! I'm both excited and nervous bc we're hoping to venture out to new venues and I have no idea how Chimi will react to new sights and smells!!!

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    1. lolz but who doesn't love gifs of bill murray as a groundhog ?!? hahaha..... but seriously tho i'm sure Chimi is just as eager to get out there as we are!!!! at least i am about 99% positive that's how izzy feels ;)

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  16. Can I just step in to say that I still can't get over your gorgeous blue dressage coat?? *has already planned an entirely new show outfit for self and pony - including tack - inspired by the blue coat*

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    1. ha thanks! that blue jacket is pretty much my favorite ever and i will hopefully have an exciting matching addition to the show garb arsenal to post sometime soon!!!

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  17. I'm certainly looking forward to the warm weather and evening rides!!!

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    1. omg yesssssss to evening rides!!!! those definitely belong on the list too!!!!

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  18. Weirdly I can't wait until I can get out and condition in the hills.I think with the winter we are having it will be a while.. but I still can't wait!

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    1. ugh when will winter ever leave? conditioning in the hills sounds perfect right about now :)

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  19. Truly epic photos here.

    I am excited to have more daylight in the evenings to do a myriad of things. Hope to do more trailering out to places this year.

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    1. ooooh yay for more adventures!!! and the daylight in the evenings is happening, slowly but surely!

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  20. I am 100% ready for spring! We had a quick taste of if at the start of the week, and now we are back to snow and cold.

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    1. ugh those brief little tastes are both wonderful and such awful teases! it's gonna get colder again overnight here too... but i'm still optimistic (maybe) lol

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  21. Izzy is so awesome when she jumps! Its like she has springs on her hooves. We love hanging with you guys! Good friends are definitely a must.

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    1. yesssss!!!! can't wait for this damned winter to go away so we can get back out there again!!!!!

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