Thursday, August 21, 2014

Look Alike!

A few ladies have sent me this picure thinking it was me..

..and each time I get it , I count it as a big compliment!!  After all, she is beautiful, her horse is beautiful with the same high head carriage I love and some motion in the legs, a roached mane with little adorable ears!!.. but sadly No - this is not me.  I do not know who it is either, but Wow - what a beautiful sidesaddle rep she is for us all!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Sucker Punched!

.. Not sure anyone reads this blog anymore.  You see, I have laid aside showing both aside and astride while we build our dream house, a project a long time coming!!  If you want to see more on that, go to where we are charting the progress on that project...

Anyway - we do have an assortment of adorable horses here at the farm that I still pleasure ride.  It has been a while since I have ridden sidesaddle though - and feeling guilty about that, I asked my  husband Don if he would watch over me as I rode my daughters horse, Southern Revival sidesaddle last Sunday.  He agreed.  Rev, as we call him can be as amped up as any American Saddlebred... but on the other hand, he can be a gentle as a lamb and he is my #1 pick for my Grandaughter to ride.  Yes - he is that level headed!!..and to think he was a stallion for 11 years.

Lots of my sidesaddle riding muscles are in pretty poor shape, so I was not asking much out of Rev.  He was not sure about the first direction canter since I could not give  him the leg queue, but out of 3 tries, he got in twice!  we trotted too, but not for long - my fault not his..

Back in the stall, I was starting to untack him.  I noticed some flies as I removed his bridle and started to put his halter back on and then..WHAM!!!!  All I remember was the sound of the back of my head hitting the stall wall and feeling wet.  My brain was screaming at me to MOVE!!  Don was above me helping me to get up and asking me what happened.  I honestly had to think about what had happened before I could answer him!

As I raised my hands to put Rev's halter back on, he shook his head to get the flies off and that was it.  His massive facial bone hit my cheek - hit me so hard it threw me across the stall.  I hit the wall and slid down to end up sitting in his water bowl!  The flight response set in and my brain was trying to get me out of that stall...Don heard my head hit the wall and said he thought he heard a kick, which sent him rushing over.

Poor Rev really did nothing wrong and was just standing there as still as could be - probably trying to figure out what had happened as well.  For over 30 years I have owned and worked with horses.  I am not stranger to their strength, but I have to say that I never imagined the strength of just a toss of the head to shoe away a fly would have sent me flying through the air!!

I am fine... my face is a slight color of green and there is swelling.  Funny thing is that I feel the swelling more on the inside of my mouth than the outside.  A bit lower and I would surely have lost a few teeth.  A bit higher and I would be in the hospital dealing with an orbital fracture.  As it is, I have a good strong cheek bone and a real life expereince to know what it must be like to be a prize fighter!!

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Lillian Chaudhary

It is a sad day for me as I just found out this wonderful lady passed away today.  Lillian restored every sidesaddle I owned that needed work and we became friends during the many conversations we had.

Lillian Chaudhary at Heritage Tack & Saddlery has been working with both astride saddles and sidesaddles for over 30 years.  Her expertise in the field of saddle design and construction is recognized globally.  In addition to her work with the saddles themselves, she has also given many lectures and conducted clinics in which she shares her knowledge with those seeking to build a strong foundation in the elegant art of riding aside.You can read more about her here:

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Taking a Break From Showing ..

.. this year so I can pay close attention to the construction of our house.   We recently broke ground.  If you are interested in watching the progress, I am posting it on