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Course Brook Farm Horse Trials - July 28, 2019

After a successful first-ever horse trial with Ellie in the spring, I decided to try a new-to-me venue for our July horse trial.  I also felt we were definitely ready to move up a level, from Introductory 18" to Elementary 2'.  Honestly, could we jump higher and do a more difficult dressage test?  Yes.  But I am a firm believer in setting my horse up for success by not over facing her, and knowing this would be a true cross country course through the woods, I didn't want anything to seem hard or scary to her.  I wanted us both to feel confident by having a positive experience.
Ellie and I traveled down to Course Brook Farm in Massachusetts on July 28, and while it was a long trip there, Ellie unloaded and settled in easily. Traffic had been heavier than I anticipated, so while we were not running late, I definitely had no extra time once we arrived. I did not realize this venue was actually A LOT bigger than I imagined, with 160 (!!!!) horses competing that day.  Ellie had…

Day 28 - Helmet or no helmet?

Always a helmet.  Yes, I have ridden without one before (the few times I showed saddleseat), but even I know that was a stupid thing to do (on a young horse, no less).  I don't mind wearing a helmet, I don't have any vanity about helmet hair, and they honestly really don't bother me.

I am not a helmet nazi, going around on social media calling people out over not wearing one, because I keep my comments/thoughts to myself.  But I do admit my heart drops when I see someone without a helmet and I was SUPER thrilled when USEF passed their new helmet rules.  

Riding is a sport full of risks and I think it is smart to minimize the risks when possible!


Definitely the only selfie I have ever taken of myself and not immediately deleted hahaha!

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  1. ha if i dont have helmet hair i have baseball cap hair so doesnt matter to me either :) and love the selfie!! and yes i cringe when i see someone not wearing a helmet but shut my trap and continue on :) HEY WE ONLY have 2 more days of NABLOPOMO YAY!

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    1. Yeah, my hair does what it wants and I just do me, so I never understood the "I don't want helmet hair" argument for not wearing a helmet. It's like, your hair actually looks nice enough at the barn that you care LOL!

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  2. I am definitely a helmet nerd. I have had a few concussions already in my life so it just makes sense to be careful. I am slightly tempted to do some helmet-less photos with the horses in xmas wreaths but have so far talked myself out of it.

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    1. Yeah, I have always thought it is not "if" we get hurt with horses, it is just a matter of "when". I'd always rather give myself every opportunity to be save (and stay alive!) around these guys! :-)

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