Pressed for time

Dressage Mom Archive on October 15, 2009, 3:20 pm

I spent Tuesday afternoon at the barn as usual. My neck has been feeling somewhat better so I decided that I'd ride two horses. I hadn't ridden Albert since Nationals I chose him and Kaswyn to ride and Fire to lunge.The plan I've been rolling around in my head would be to go to the barn four days a week and rotate so that I'm only riding two horses every day and lunging one. That way they will all get four days of work but only three days of riding and one light day. Riding three at night is just
read more »

The Sister Chronicles - Ahoy! Part 3

Dressage Mom Archive on October 13, 2009, 5:03 pm

Part 1 Part 2I stood there on the dock, hands on hips, and watched my sister drift slowly away from the pier. Had she been in the rowboat this wouldn't have been as much of an issue, since she could have paddled her way back to the dock or the shore. But she was in the motor boat, the boat she insisted on being in, and she didn't have the keys. Not that she knew how to drive the thing anyway.At first she didn't seem that upset. But once she reliazed that she was too far away from the dock to jump
read more »

Work is a pain in the neck.

Dressage Mom Archive on October 13, 2009, 2:32 am

Literally.Today I spent eleven hours at work. The last few hours were dedicated to working on a special project. This project involves putting samples on microscope slides and prepping them. To do this I use my right hand and have to hold my arm up at kind of a funny angle. My neck injury does not like this.My poor husband was greeted by a late, grumpy, aching wife. Thankfully he had the girl situation under control, dinner had been fed, and kids were playing nicely together. Luckily for me Craig
read more »

Kaswyn's workout

Dressage Mom Archive on October 12, 2009, 2:52 am

There is a new post up (written by me!) on Equestrian Collections. is the video that goes with that post, since I can't figure out how to post it there.Check out Equestrian Collections on Facebook to get the whole story.
read more »

Eh. Just eh.

Dressage Mom Archive on October 10, 2009, 2:24 am

I finally rode my horse today. It's been almost two weeks since I have ridden any horse. My neck and arm has been so bad that my chiro and my family doc thought it was a bad idea to ride, so I didn't. Then I started to feel better. Unfortunately I had a special project at work that I had to do on Wednesday and Thursday and that totally trashed my neck and arm again.When I don't ride for awhile I get super crabby, and I was feeling that was Thursday night. So I decided that I'd ride just one horse
read more »

Email me

Dressage Mom Archive on October 7, 2009, 3:22 pm

I'm finally posting an email address on this here blog.dressagemomblog@yahoo.comI had posted an old one some time ago but I was bad about checking it (whoops). I'll check this one though, so if you have questions or something that you don't want to use the comments for just shoot me an email.
read more »

An exciting development

Dressage Mom Archive on October 7, 2009, 2:22 am

Equestrian Collections has asked me to be a Facebook Team member! Their Facebook page is public, and you don't need a Facebook account to view it. However if you are on Facebook you can become a fan of theirs and get their updates. will be writing some new blog posts over there. Don't worry, I'll still be posting here, but my plan is to write separate posts for them. So if you don't want to miss anything, be sure to check them out. I already have one
read more »

SHN - Saturday Videos

Dressage Mom Archive on October 5, 2009, 1:20 am

Here are the two videos from Saturday's rides at Sport Horse Nationals. The first one is my trainer riding Skyy in Training Level Open. It's a lovely ride!This next one is my ride on Albert in First Level Amateur to Ride.Both tests got us Top Ten awards.After the awards ceremonies were over we asked the photographer (Bob Tarr, who is fantastic! - to get some pictures of my trainer and I riding next to each other in the show ring. Here is the video.You can see that their legs matched
read more »

Stories, easily accessible

Dressage Mom Archive on October 4, 2009, 12:58 am

I thought I'd provide easy links to the stories that I've written on this blog so you won't have to dig through the archives to find them. So if you check out the box under my profile on the right over there you'll find all my stories with brief descriptions included.Enjoy.
read more »

Painful, but not broken

Dressage Mom Archive on October 2, 2009, 9:08 pm

Today was my day off, because I work this weekend. So it started with getting everyone up and helping Craig get the girls to school. Then I paid bills and ran to my chiro to have another cervical decompression treatment. It really felt good during the treatment, and I was pain free for about 15 minutes after the treatment. But then the pain crept back into my neck and down my arm. Joy. I had about 2 hours before my appointment with my family doc, so I ran to the barn to lunge horses. I started with
read more »


Dressage Mom Archive on October 1, 2009, 1:56 pm

All is not happy in Dressage Mom Land.Since Friday night of the show I've been having pain in my right arm and neck. It's not surprising considering I came off of a horse on Wednesday. (A little aside here - the footing in that arena is new and is felt footing on top of rubber mats. I didn't even get a bruise where I landed! Awesome!) But Sunday was pretty bad too, and Monday was worse. So Monday I went to the doctor (a guy I don't like but my regular doc was booked), and he said nothing was broken
read more »

SHN 2009 - Saturday

Dressage Mom Archive on September 27, 2009, 11:09 pm

Saturday at the horse show was going to be interesting. Albert was supposed to do First Level Amateur to ride at 10:22 and my trainer was supposed to ride Skyy in Training Level Open at 11:38. That meant that she would have to school me and then get right on Skyy to get him ready for his class. It would be close but I'd be able to ride Albert and then get back in time to watch her ride. It would hopefully all work out.So we got Bert ready and headed down to the warm-up. I checked in with the gate
read more »

SHN 2009 - Friday

Dressage Mom Archive on September 26, 2009, 2:12 am

Today wasn't that great of a day. Well I didn't get bucked off or anything, so it was better than it could have been! I rode Albert in his First level Open class. I was pleased with most of the trot work but wasn't happy with the canter work. I sort of froze up and was unable to refocus Albert when he got distracted by some trucks at the end of the arena. I just sort of steered him around like a bus. And this rattled me so much that I forgot what I was supposed to do in my test. Luckily I went the
read more »

SHN 2009 - Thursday evening

Dressage Mom Archive on September 25, 2009, 3:02 am

Today I went to the barn, cleaned stalls, lunged horses, then took the day off from the barn to go and have lunch with a friend and tour a bourbon distillery (I'll post pictures of that later!). Then back to clean stalls and feed and walk horses, then back with my friends for a weekly open house dinner get together. I really needed the day off and now I'm about to head to bed.I must say that I'm touched and overwhelmed by all the positive comments from everyone. Thanks you all so much for being
read more »

SHN 2009 - Thursday morning

Dressage Mom Archive on September 24, 2009, 11:12 am

Thank you for all of your support and kind words. I'm very, very sore this morning but it doesn't look like anything is out of place or swollen. I let myself finally cry this morning in the shower, and now I'm hovering on the edge of tears all the time.Skyy hurt my feelings. I know that sounds dumb, but I have been nothing but fair and kind to him. I put my all into him, and what I got yesterday was a big "F You!". That on top of the fact that I feel foolish that I could think that I was competent
read more »

SHN 2009 - Wednesday

Dressage Mom Archive on September 23, 2009, 10:50 pm

Today I decided to work Skyy in the warm-up arena first thing in the morning, then give him some time to relax before his class at 11:36. He was fantastic for his morning workout so I was pretty confident that he would be ready for his test.We got to the warm up in plenty of time, and he worked nicely. Then we were called up to the arena, where we waited for a few minutes. The gal in front of me finished her test and we made our way up to the show arena.I'll let the video explain what happened next.
read more »

SHN 2009 - Tuesday

Dressage Mom Archive on September 23, 2009, 1:59 am

Today Albert had his Training Level Amateur to Ride class. He didn't go until 3:36, so I had time to ride Skyy in the morning. I lunged him first, and that in itself was interesting.You see, it's been raining like crazy here. They have fantastic footing and drainage at the Kentucky Horse Park, but there is only so much rain that some of the footing can handle. So they had to juggle competition arenas around, and ended up running three dressage show rings and only one warm-up. Plus that warm-up had
read more »

SHN 2009 - First night

Dressage Mom Archive on September 22, 2009, 12:45 am

We got down to the Horse Park in record time. We unloaded the horses and all the assorted horse show stuff. Then I rode both horses.Skyy was very scared, poor boy. He had a lot of anxiety but he was a bit more relaxed after he lunged for a bit. Then we went up to work in the area where the dressage rings were. Things were going okay - he was being obedient but he was very tense. I was just waiting for him to take a deep breath and relax just a touch. However it started to rain.I don't think he's
read more »

SHN 2009 - Early Morning

Dressage Mom Archive on September 21, 2009, 9:29 am

It's 5:30 AM and I'm about to walk out the door. I've been up since 2:30. That's when Macey wandered into our room crying, saying she was going to miss me. I let the little dear into our bed and couldn't go back to sleep. Hauling down to Lexington, KY, unloading, setting up, riding two horses, giving baths, and all the other fun horse show stuff will be difficult on three and a half hours of sleep. It's going to be a long day.
read more »

Sad day

Dressage Mom Archive on September 19, 2009, 9:02 pm

A friend of mine is putting her horse down today. I felt like I should go over there, but I have things to do here to get ready for the trip. I don't know if she wants a lot of people over there anyway. I feel like I should be helping, or doing something, but there is nothing that I can do. It's so sad.Cherish those ponies of yours. Give them kisses and hugs today and every day. Their time with us here is too short.
read more »