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August 26, 2016

Amateurs Like Us: Is This Worth It? (Or An Ode To My Long-Suffering Husband)

“Let’s just go home.”

I spoke those words in frustration to my husband after dressage at a horse trials this spring. It was pouring rain, and it had been since we arrived the night before. Between walking the course and riding my horse, I’d gotten wet down to my underwear through three layers. I had to turn the heat on full blast in our hotel room in order to dry my helmet and gloves so that I could soak them again the following day.

August 26, 2016

Amateurs Like Us: Is This Worth It? (Or An Ode To My Long-Suffering Husband)

“Let’s just go home.”

I spoke those words in frustration to my husband after dressage at a horse trials this spring. It was pouring rain, and it had been since we arrived the night before. Between walking the course and riding my horse, I’d gotten wet down to my underwear through three layers. I had to turn the heat on full blast in our hotel room in order to dry my helmet and gloves so that I could soak them again the following day.

May 18, 2016

Amateurs Like Us: Being A Horse Mom Is Good Preparation For The Real Thing

While pregnant, I spent far too many hours worrying about labor and delivery, but surprisingly few stressing out about caring for my new baby. Sure, I wasn’t looking forward to sleepless nights and diaper blowouts, but I felt confident that, given my experiences with horses and other animals, I’d be able to manage.

May 18, 2016

Amateurs Like Us: Being A Horse Mom Is Good Preparation For The Real Thing

While pregnant, I spent far too many hours worrying about labor and delivery, but surprisingly few stressing out about caring for my new baby. Sure, I wasn’t looking forward to sleepless nights and diaper blowouts, but I felt confident that, given my experiences with horses and other animals, I’d be able to manage.

April 6, 2016

Amateurs Like Us: Still Me After The Baby?

While cleaning out my purse recently, I came upon a note I’d written to myself on New Year’s Eve 2014. It contained intentions for the new year. Be brave. Be confident. Be joyful. Say, “Yes and…” Lean into discomfort.

I began 2015 determined to challenge myself. I had goals to accomplish and boundaries to push. This was going to be the year when Joshua and I successfully moved up to intermediate!

April 6, 2016

Amateurs Like Us: Still Me After The Baby?

While cleaning out my purse recently, I came upon a note I’d written to myself on New Year’s Eve 2014. It contained intentions for the new year. Be brave. Be confident. Be joyful. Say, “Yes and…” Lean into discomfort.

I began 2015 determined to challenge myself. I had goals to accomplish and boundaries to push. This was going to be the year when Joshua and I successfully moved up to intermediate!

September 23, 2015

Amateurs Like Us: Baby Gear 101

Ask me a tack or horse equipment-related question. Go ahead. Try it. I own everything necessary for eventing, and yet I’m always perusing catalogs and websites to see if there’s anything new or different I might need for my horses. I own more breeches than pairs of pants, more horse blankets than jackets.

Another example of my obsession? When I got married, my bridal shower was actually a bridle shower, and I asked my friends to buy me horse stuff instead of the normal housewares. Because seriously, what was I going to do with domestic stuff for my house?

September 23, 2015

Amateurs Like Us: Baby Gear 101

Ask me a tack or horse equipment-related question. Go ahead. Try it. I own everything necessary for eventing, and yet I’m always perusing catalogs and websites to see if there’s anything new or different I might need for my horses. I own more breeches than pairs of pants, more horse blankets than jackets.

Another example of my obsession? When I got married, my bridal shower was actually a bridle shower, and I asked my friends to buy me horse stuff instead of the normal housewares. Because seriously, what was I going to do with domestic stuff for my house?

September 16, 2015

Amateurs Like Us: Time To Stop Riding

The day of my final ride while pregnant has come and gone. For the last several rides I tried to deny it, but it turns out that everyone who told me I’d know when it was time to quit was right. My body informed me in pretty adamant terms that riding is no longer an option.

September 16, 2015

Amateurs Like Us: Time To Stop Riding

The day of my final ride while pregnant has come and gone. For the last several rides I tried to deny it, but it turns out that everyone who told me I’d know when it was time to quit was right. My body informed me in pretty adamant terms that riding is no longer an option.