Still Alive But I’m Barely Breathing

Mandy Funny Face 2

I’m too overwhelmed to come up with a non-terrible title. Apologies. I’m also too overwhelmed to write in nice paragraph form at the moment so please accept these bullet points summarizing my life at the mome

Mandy Funny Face 3

1. I’m desperately trying to motivate myself to get in shape and be healthy. It ended with me eating ice cream. To be fair, I ran a mile and did 90 squats and 60 sit ups today. And ate a huge burger… If you want to lose weight with me I’ll help you with your chem homework and we can complain about high school together and it will be a blast so comment or something and we can be BFFs.

Mandy 2'3 oxer

2. The mare is fab and the lease will be official in a few days! I had a great lesson on her, and I’ll have videos on YouTube once I take some stuff off my computer to take space. We have a show in a tiny bit more than 2 weeks and we’ve only jumped 3 times so far, but she’s easier to handle than I expected and she knows what she’s doing way more than I do so it shouldn’t be an issue.

Mandy 2' oxer

3. School is slaughtering me. I’ve had hours of homework each night, and I’ve only had three days so far! I just need to stay on top of it and hopefully I’ll survive this year. I’m determined to pull off a 4.0, but something tells me that isn’t very realistic.

Mandy 2' Vertical

4. I signed up for the USEF varsity program and I’m actually staying on top of it so far! Anyone else have any experience with this?

Anyway, this blog post is a symbol of my procrastination so I should probably log off and either sleep or finish my bio homework. I’ll post again after my ride on Tuesday, or possibly before if I actually get off my ass and do something exciting.

Lola

P.S. I think it might be necessary to point out that Mandy and I both have fantastic facial expressions

Still Alive But I’m Barely Breathing

Mandy Funny Face 2

 

I’m too overwhelmed to come up with a non-terrible title. Apologies. I’m also too overwhelmed to write in nice paragraph form at the moment so please accept these bullet points summarizing my life at the mome

Mandy Funny Face 3

1. I’m desperately trying to motivate myself to get in shape and be healthy. It ended with me eating ice cream. To be fair, I ran a mile and did 90 squats and 60 sit ups today. And ate a huge burger… If you want to lose weight with me I’ll help you with your chem homework and we can complain about high school together and it will be a blast so comment or something and we can be BFFs.

Mandy 2'3 oxer

2. The mare is fab and the lease will be official in a few days! I had a great lesson on her, and I’ll have videos on YouTube once I take some stuff off my computer to take space. We have a show in a tiny bit more than 2 weeks and we’ve only jumped 3 times so far, but she’s easier to handle than I expected and she knows what she’s doing way more than I do so it shouldn’t be an issue.

Mandy 2' oxer

3. School is slaughtering me. I’ve had hours of homework each night, and I’ve only had three days so far! I just need to stay on top of it and hopefully I’ll survive this year. I’m determined to pull off a 4.0, but something tells me that isn’t very realistic.

Mandy 2' Vertical

4. I signed up for the USEF varsity program and I’m actually staying on top of it so far! Anyone else have any experience with this?

 

Anyway, this blog post is a symbol of my procrastination so I should probably log off and either sleep or finish my bio homework. I’ll post again after my ride on Tuesday, or possibly before if I actually get off my ass and do something exciting.

Lola

P.S. I think it might be necessary that Mandy and I both have fantastic facial expressions

I Grid You Not

Like “I Kid You Not”… Get it?

 

And there was my daily attempt at being funny after 10 pm. So far, I have had zero successes. But it’s ok because I had an amazing lesson yesterday! I got videos (which I will eventually put on YouTube) and took some screenshots to show you. 

 

Mandy Trot Poles

 

We started with elevated trot poles and it went fantastically, though Mandy could’ve been a tiny bit more careful. Then we went through a grid which started as all crossrails, and moved up to a crossrail (bounce) to a small maybe 2′ vertical and then one stride to an oxer which was somewhere near 2’6. She was amazing for her third time jumping recently, and I think my eq was a bit better than usual as well. The shortened stirrups plus her nice saddle might’ve contributed to that more than my squats yesterday though.

 

Mandy Oxer 1

 

Also, I’m signing lease papers for September first! So extremely happy this all worked out.

 

Mandy Oxer 2

 

Happy riding!

Lola

 

P.S. School started today and I hate it already

Secret Life of The Horse-Obsessed Teenager

I just started watching The Secret Life of the American Teenager and I can’t decide if it is wonderful or horrible… Might as well watch the whole thing on Netflix.

 

Im slightly more exciting news, I FINALLY got photos of me riding Mandy. I managed to look horrifying or blurry in almost every riding photo, but here are all of my favorites:

 

Mandy Canter No Stirrups Profile 2 Mandy Canter No Stirrups Profile Mandy Canter No Stirrups Mandy Funny Face Mandy Hug Mandy Opening Gate

 

Ignore the awkward filthy breeches and disturbingly uneven heels. Isn’t Mandy cute? We are jumping Tuesday, and possibly again on Friday. We have a show on September 14th (watch out 2′ jumpers, here comes Lola) and we will have coursed about a total of 5 times before our class. Wish us luck, we will need it!

Even More Starstrukk

I jumped the mare today, and managed to both stay alive AND look decent. It’s a bit of a miracle. Anyway she was fantastic and I will be jumping her again next week! When her owner gets back on Friday, hopefully we will make the lease official. Until then, I’m going to try to clean all of her tack because it is gorgeous and I’m terrified that I’m going to ruin it. 

 

I have no clue how to put a video her without paying for a video upgrade (which I am not willing to do), but if you would like to see a lovely, terrible quality, short video from today’s lesson, click here

 

Hopefully I’ll have something a bit more interesting for you on friday!

 

Stay classy San Diego,

Lola

So Starstrukk

I have a mare on trial, and it looks like it’s finally going to work! I’ve flatted her quite a few times now and we get along pretty well, so if jumping goes ok hopefully I can make the lease official. Besides one jump school last week, she hasn’t jumped since February and she is VERY excited about starting again. I’m jumping her in a lesson tomorrow, and let’s hope that her excitement doesn’t turn into hopping up and down and imitating an irritated giraffe. 

Mandy in Crossties (edited)

 

Isn’t she cute? She’s a 16.1hh 18 year old OTTB. But don’t let her age fool you, she’s quite the jumping machine! Plus, her show name is Starstrukk which I think might be the cutest thing ever. And her tack is absolutely fab.

 

Mandy's Saddle (edited)

 

I’ll make sure to post how it goes tomorrow!

 

Lola

 

P.S. If you want to see more frequent updates, follow @bewareofhorse on twitter

Pancakes with a Side of I-Might-Have-A-Horse

I got up off my ass (after an hour of lying in bed and not running) and actually made breakfast. I ate 10 meals worth of pancakes, but I now I feel accomplished and actually managed not to get batter on the walls this time which is huge. I don’t usually love pancakes, so I decided to try a new recipe, which I loved!

pancakes

I used this recipe, which actually was quite delicious. Especially with strawberries and powdered sugar! Though not the healthiest breakfast, I felt ok about it because it had oats and anything with oats is probably a little bit healthier than if it didn’t have oats. But my breeches are getting quite a bit too tight so if anyone wants to volunteer to be my weight loss buddy, I will be quite ecstatic.

On a side (a more exciting and much better side) note, I love the horse I’ve been trying and I’m riding her again on Friday, and then taking her on a week-long trial. I didn’t get photos today, but I’m starting to figure her out a bit more and her canter was only 87% giraffe versus the 94% giraffe canter of yesterday. So that’s pretty much a huge success, right? Hopefully I’ll get to jump her in the next few weeks and if it goes well, I can start leasing her in September! Her owner said she would give me a price in the next few days and I’m praying it works with my budget.

I may or may not get photos on Friday, but I will hopefully have something mildly interesting to say in the next few days so expect to hear from me soon.

Lola