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Recapping 2019

I had many great horsey experiences in 2019!  I am really pleased with how the year went overall; nothing is ever perfect, but both horses are sound, happy, and healthy, which is really what matters to me.

Some of my 2019 goals were met easily or with lots of hard work, and a few of them were utter fails haha.  C'est la vie! Let's recap!

Happy, health, sound
Both mares are doing well in this regard!  Dreamy will be 29 this year, and while she definitely shows signs of her age at times, she overall looks and acts much younger than she really is!  Ellie has really matured this year, filling out as well as mentally becoming more comfortable in her own skin.  As she will be eight this year, I feel like we have moved through the baby phase.

Continue lessons with Beth and Babette
This goal was met and then some!  I took almost weekly dressage lessons with Beth and monthly jump lessons with Babette. Thanks to the Morgan Dressage Association scholarship, I was also able to attend two clini…

International Helmet Awareness Day

I am definitely an "every ride, every time" helmet wearer.  I try not to be judgey towards those who choose not to wear a helmet, but to me, it seems like a no brainer to just wear a helmet in order to save my life (or prevent a major catastrophe).  Are they sweaty and kinda gross?  Sure.  But I would rather deal with a sweaty head and helmet hair any day over losing my life.


Helmet selfie - This may be the first selfie I have ever taken of myself LOL!
While I have a nice IRH Intec XR9 helmet for showing, I found the Ovation Deluxe Schooler Helmet years ago to use at home and I love it!  It has vents and is pretty lightweight, so it is super comfortable even on the hottest of summer days.  Plus, at a really decent price point, I don't worry about it getting banged up or yucky.  However, it has definitely been getting a funky smell lately (gag) and it is just looking super sad.  It hasn't been in a fall, but I knew it was getting older.

So, in August, I almost bought a new one, but I remembered International Helmet Awareness Day was coming and I figured I would wait for the deals!  LOL always a bargain shopper!

Leading up to the weekend of September 16-17, I received a ton of emails from various tack stores touting their sales.  I did a fair amount of searching around on Saturday, trying to save the most money on an already cheap helmet haha.  Lo and behold, Dover Saddlery had the best deal, with the helmet at only $41 with free shipping!!  Dover with free shipping?!?!  It was a Christmas IHAD miracle!  It arrived just a few days later and I have to say, it makes my old helmet look even grosser than I thought LOL!  I don't know how the old helmet got so shiny, but I realized just how gunky it was once I saw the new one!


Pretty (l) and gross (r)
I happened to check the date on my old helmet before I unceremoniously dropped it into the trash, and I realized it was eight years old, so definitely time for a replacement.  I felt kinda bad throwing it out, but I don't think it could have been recycled?!

Anyone else find a good deal on IHAD?  Have a favorite helmet?  I am now lusting over Lainey Ashker's grey outfit I saw the other day on Instagram, so I want a grey helmet!!


I need that grey helmet, jacket, and bonnet!  (The horse is damn sexy, too!) 😍


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  1. I love my Ovation schooler for every day riding, but yeahhh...mine is really starting to get The Smell, too.

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    1. There is definitely a time when the smell is just too far past the point of no return!

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  2. I happened to fall off on Sunday and was able to order a replacement helmet that night on sale because of IHAD. Winning?

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