Sunday, December 4, 2016

Mostly Silent Sunday

Lesson on Saturday, hack on Sunday.  I love my pony, who is game for just about anything.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

What I Do v Who I Am

Like many others in blogger land, I work in an industry completely unrelated to horses.  Honestly, I'm not even totally sure how I chose the profession I chose outside of the sad fact that since I was young I've compulsively made what I call "money lists".  That's right... I'm an Accountant.  Even a CPA.  

It's um... heart-wrenchingly boring most of the time.  I used to be a tax accountant and really enjoyed the work, but the hours were just UGGHHHHHH, so now I'm an industry accountant, which is a lot less fun (I know, you're thinking 'Something can be less fun than tax accountant?  Impossible.' But seriously, it's true).

Anyways - this post isn't meant to be a huge bitch fest about my career.  It's more about reconciling what I do with who I am (accountants love a good reconciliation).  This is something I struggle with almost daily.  I basically go between "do what you love" (aka work with animals or people more closely) and "you have to pay bills to keep what you love" (horses and home). 

My thoughts exactly, you adorable man

I'm currently of the mindset that I have this analytical/numbers skillset, and I'm good at what I do, so I need to work that angle.  BUT - I hate a lot of things about office life, mostly the clothes, the inability to do whatever I want to my appearance, the frowning upon swearing heavily, etc.  It's just suffocating how stuffy office life can be, especially in any finance related field.

One thing I am working on is buying clothes that I can wear to work, but would also wear in my everyday life (horses, going out to eat with handsome beau, reading some awesome blogs).  I know this sounds like a pathetic reach, but I do think being able to dress more 'myself' at work will help me stay happy in that work.  Anyways - I've been looking a lot at Asmar Equestrian and Ariat, but again, I'm left a bit stumped - do people actually wear this stuff to ride in, or even be around horses in?  Can you actually get away with wearing breeches to work?

Does anyone else do this?  Any brands I should look into?  Or ideas?  Or job offers outside of the soul crushing work of finance?  ;)

Until then...

Friday, October 7, 2016

Thou Shalt

I've been working on coming up with my equestrian code.  Just something to help guide me in daily decision making and behavior at the barn.  The reason I chose to do this was because I tend to be very hard on myself to the point where I don't enjoy things, pretty demanding of Gav when I may just not be "explaining" a concept to him quite right, and sometimes I just feel downright lost in my equine pursuits. 

Relaxing after our first cross country outing

So far, I've come up with three commandments that I believe can hold true to me on any horse day of the week.  I think the Olde English helped ;)

1) Thou shalt enjoy thine sport (for thou doth not have enough time or money to rain dolla billz on a hobby thou doth not enjoy)

2) Thou shalt focus on thineself and thine position before nagging the mount (thine legs and core must be stable, solid, and engaged before you can expect the same from thine equine brethren)

3) Thou must shower thine mount with praise and affection for he art a living beings who thrives on such things.

First trip to the cross country course

Does anyone have any rules they live by with horses?  :)

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Friday, September 16, 2016

25 Things About Me - The Worst Blogger in the WORLD!

I realize it's a little bit odd that I'm blogging again from my old blog. Especially since I've taken a reallllly long hiatus from writing (though not at all from reading).  I'm turning Warrior Pony into an actual business venture, but was sad to not have a blog anymore, so I'm re-appropriating this one!  :)  I loved reading Emma's 25 things about her, so I figured I'd follow suit (though I'm too lazy to go mine for the most bad ass gifs available)

I'm happiest when.... I have goals I'm working towards.  Horses are great for this.

... Especially if .... the goals are at least mildly attainable

I've always wanted to.... to sail down the Nile.  Not sure why.  It just sounds so exotic.

My family and I....  are a bunch of oversharers

I was a terrible.... girlfriend in my teens... (wandering eye and what not)

My first job was....  Gourmet PIZZA girl!  I worked pizza for many years and loved it!

I could probably eat..... a whole Snickers bar right at this very moment, but I won't... because I don't have one available to me... and I'm too lazy to leave this couch, let alone my house

I stole.... a pen from a coworker one time.  She had the same kind of pen as me and mine went missing.  I actually stalked her desk, realized she didn't use the pen, and took it.  I  believe this to be one of the crappiest things I've done as an adult.  It haunts me.

I was born on the same day as.... my ex-boyfriend's ex-girlfriend, his sister, his cousin, and his nephew.  Creepy?  A little.

My all time favorite movie is....  Oh shit... I don't know.  Moonstruck?  Spaceballs? 

I do a pretty mean.... impression of Bane from Batman.

I'm still mad.... at nothing.  I just can't stay angry.

I always knew I wanted a.... pretty pretty pony

I'm not afraid to.... swear in front of my own mother.  She hears the f-bomb on the regular.

I make the best.... financial decisions! (laaaaame)  As an accountant by profession, I think this is important and suits me!

I have almost no....
filter when it comes to sharing details about my life, BUT I have a pretty serious filter when it comes to saying things that would hurt others. 

I always cry when.... I listen to Les Mis.  I grew up listening to it, and now it just breaks my heart.  Damn you Fontine, damn you Eponine.  Why do your stories have to be so brutal and pure?

I'm (now) an.... owner of a three year old helmet. But I think.... I might splurge and buy a new one tomorrow during the sales

I spent 8 years.... thinking wrong about forward, contact, hands, etc.  I blame modern dressage.  Retraining myself is turning out to be a pretty serious bitch.

I wish my folks.... lived closer to me.  My mom and stepdad live about 4 hours away, and it's just too far for me (a total momma's girl!)

At 5 I was deeply in love with.... animals.  This continues to be true.

I believe if everyone.... in America could just give me a dollar, JUST ONE DOLLAR - I'd be able to retire early!  How 'bout it internet?

I can't stand....  headaches, which I get chronically and am currently in the process of developing.