New barn, new discipline – and a new blog


As my title – and my cover photo – indicates, I don’t take things too seriously. And neither does my horse. We’re a former hunter pair trying out eventing as a new discipline and for several reasons:

1.) I am a weenie who needs to get the @&%O! over myself.

2.) Ollie likes to make up insubordination games when he is bored, and I do believe he’s bored of “inside-outside-inside-outside” jumping lines. If we even got that far on most days of schooling (ahem, see above).

This is us riding poorly. AKA, A typical day. This particular model of failure was due to him trying to pull me hard left INTO the left standard, without any thought of self-preservation. This is one of Oliver's favorite games.
This is us riding poorly. AKA, A typical day. This particular model of failure was due to him trying to pull me hard left INTO the left standard, without any thought of self-preservation. This is one of Oliver’s favorite games.

3.) Well why the hell not?

4.) Eventers seem to have less horse-ism than hunter people overall (“Oh, you have a draft cross? That’s….nice.”)

draft horse

5.) Eventers seem to have less stuff-ism (“Oh you don’t have breeches custom-made to fit your ass? Please step away from my horse before he catches your insufficiency, please.”)

Yeah, and we do totally normal things like joust with float noodles. At the walk. Just because.
Yeah, and we do totally normal things like joust with float noodles. At the walk. Just because.

Seriously, though, I have nothing against hunters – I was in the discipline myself – but at this point in my training and my horse’s, I have to resign myself to the fact that I need to push myself to be less of a weenie, and I need to just get out and try something new. I hope it sticks, as the eventing world seems like great fun, filled with great people.