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COTH Staff Blog - Sara Lieser

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.

August 19, 2015

Amateurs Like Us: Why I Wish My Doctor Was More Like My Vet

Back when this baby-to-be was a bit smaller, I found myself in the doctor’s office discussing options for early screening and diagnostic tests. As a “woman of advanced maternal age,” (I’m 35), there are some increased risks. So my regular ob/gyn packed me off to a specialist to have a routine but slightly scary conversation about what I did and did not want to find out about my baby.

July 8, 2015

Amateurs Like Us: Nesting Horsewoman Style

If “nesting” means I suddenly have the energy to clean all the things, organize like a madwoman, and tackle projects that have been on the “to do” list for years, then it very well may be one of the best parts of pregnancy so far.

I’ve heard other women talk about how the nesting instinct took over, and they began baking casseroles or painting the baby’s bedroom. Nurseries can wait as far as this horsewoman is concerned! I’ve got loads of farm prep to do, since I know that once baby arrives, the horses will move down the priority list for a spell.

June 24, 2015

Amateurs Like Us: Making Healthy Choices

Before becoming pregnant, I like, many horse people, could be accused of making some questionable health choices. How long has that yogurt been sitting out in the hot truck? I’m sure it’s still fine, and I’m starving! Can’t feel my arm after a fall? Just take ibuprofen. It will get better.

However, now that my health decisions are impacting someone far more fragile than me, I am at least trying to be more cautious.

June 10, 2015

Amateurs Like Us: Babies And Horses And Fears, Oh My!

People decide to have or not to have children for 10 million reasons, but for every horsewoman I’ve spoken to, that decision has an extra complication. There’s no getting around the fact that you’ll have to take some time off from riding in order to birth a child.

Also, like many horsewomen I know, I’m not someone who always wanted a baby. I know exactly what to do with a poop-stained tail or a colicky horse. Try handing me a toddler with a tummy ache and a dirty diaper, and I’ll probably just laugh at you.

March 18, 2014

Getting Carried Away

My first morning in Ocala did a lot to ease my fears and doubts about the usefulness of this trip.

As I walked to the barn at 6:45, warm air tickled my face. I quickly shed my jacket and gloves. After spending the last several months adding layer after layer before facing the cold, I felt renewed, reborn in the gentle, humid air.

March 14, 2014

Setting Off On An Ocala Adventure

When my trainer and friend Sara Kozumplik Murphy first suggested I come to Ocala, Fla., in 2014, I thanked her but figured it was just one of those things people say to be conversational.

“Oh, when are you going south this winter? Where are you going and how long are you staying?” I’d gotten used to letting them know that I’d be braving the cold in Virginia. I mean, I’m from Maine. I’ve got winter riding gear. I’ll manage, and I’m not trying to get to the Olympics anyway.

March 20, 2013

The Perfect Birthday Present

On the night of my 33rd birthday I tucked Eli away into his stall with a feeling of pride. He’d just come home from an overnight stay at the veterinarian, and my little ex-racer cryptorchid was now a gelding.

My pride had nothing to do with the surgery. It was the fact that I had a stall in which to house my project pony during his recovery.

February 14, 2013

First Ride Foibles

Common sense has never been my strong suit, and that sometimes makes for some entertaining times on the farm. Let’s just say that my first ride on Eli/Sweet Roll, my new off-the-track Thoroughbred, didn’t go quite as smoothly as I might have hoped.

I did start with a sensible plan. I picked a warm weekend day for our first ride. I talked my husband into being my ground person and videographer. But I began to veer off course as soon as I brought Eli in from the field.

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