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November 26, 2012

Holiday Gifts For Horse Professionals

Before I start with this blog, I want to make clear that the greatest gift you can give a horse professional is your ongoing business. But this is the time of year where the questions start popping up on the Forums and Facebook: What should I get my trainer/farrier/vet/barn staff for Christmas? Something that they'll use and appreciate, with a bit of a horsey twist. If you're thinking of holiday gifts for the folks who care for your four-legged friend, here's a handful of suggestions, in lots of different price ranges.

November 23, 2012

The Real Reason For The Season

Sometimes I have an idea for a blog, and I start it, and it just isn't going very well, so I table it and come back to it. A few days ago I started a blog on holiday gift recommendations for horse professionals, and I tabled it, because I couldn't get the opening paragraph right.

November 20, 2012

Pretty Is As Pretty Does: A Day At The L Program

The L Program is the first level of the judges' education program. It covers training through second level, and for the first couple of sessions, it's a mix of classroom discussion and riding demonstration. We need new judges to replace the retiring ones, and so when Kathy Rowse sent out an email looking for demo riders for the central Virginia dressage club's L program, I wanted to help.

November 13, 2012

How Do You Pick A Trainer?

How do you find a trainer? Word of mouth, advertising, a recommendation from a friend or a vet or a tack shop owner or, or, or. But once you've found some candidates, how do you pick which one is the right fit? (Or how do you know that your current trainer is the WRONG fit?)

When picking a trainer, you'll first need to eliminate anyone who doesn't fit your essential criteria: a location you're willing to travel to, a cost structure you can afford, a schedule that suits yours. Then, consider a few of these questions:

November 8, 2012

New Wheels!

It's here, it's here, it's here! My long-awaited new trailer is here. It's a 2+1 Jamco, and it is the MOST GORGEOUS THING EVER. (Except for Fender.)

Below is my first attempt at a video blog, but here are some of the things I love about this particular trailer.

- Jamcos are built like tanks. Actually, what they're really built like is houses: They're tongue-and-groove aluminum boards instead of aluminum sheets wrapped around a frame, and that makes them strong as all get-out without being heavy.

November 6, 2012

Tidbits From A Windy Week

Sunday, Oct. 28, Mid-morning: Hurricane? What hurricane? is what I'm thinking as I answer two different phone calls from people asking, "Are you still holding your Michael Barisone clinic?" Since it is a) not raining, b) not windy, and c) not that cold, and even if none of those things were true the clinic is d) indoors, I reassure them that yes, the show will indeed go on.

Monday, Oct. 29, 2 p.m.: I'M SORRY, I'M SORRY, I'M SORRY. Sandy, I misjudged you, and I'll never be cavalier about a hurricane again.

November 4, 2012

The Horse Shopping Process

I don't do a ton of sales, but when a client is in need of a new horse, I help them sell their own horse, if necessary, and then help them find their next. Lots of trainers offer a service like this for their students, and everyone does it a little differently, but at the end of the day, we offer our expertise to our students to ensure they come home with the right horse.

Here's my process:

October 29, 2012

Michael Storms In, Day Two

I've only felt a "runner's high" a few times before today, and never twice in one day. It's when the world disappears, your vision goes a little fuzzy around the edge, pain disappears, and it's just you and your feet hitting the pavement. I felt it today running 4 miles at a blistering 9:09/mile, thankyouverymuch, for which I'm sure I will pay tomorrow. But I also felt something like it while riding Fender. And it was amazing.

October 28, 2012

Michael Storms In, Day One

The perfect storm approaches: a hurricane from the South. A pressure system from the North. Rain from the West. And Michael Barisone from New Jersey.

C'mon, a little hurricane humor.

In all seriousness, Michael is here for a quick clinic before the apocalyptic weather event. The "calm before the storm" thing seems to be true: We're being treated to mild temperatures and reasonably clear skies. And while Monday may be another story, the horses all have been great all week leading up to the clinic.

October 24, 2012

Shopping For Beginners

With the chaos of summer and the show season behind me, I'm back on the fitness bandwagon, getting my P90X going again, getting back to running more than once a week, and getting serious about attempting my first baby weenie triathalon when I return home from Florida in the spring. That means I need to start planning my training now, and that means I need a new bike.

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