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Michelle | 21 | New Zealand.
Follow my story of creating a successful competition horse out of a race track reject. Meet Sydney, A 16.2 hh off the track thoroughbred.
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exracehorse:

Cute snap of Sydney at the Christchurch Ridden Show

exracehorse:

Cute snap of Sydney at the Christchurch Ridden Show

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I was tagged by the awesome Gobblegobbles !! go check her out.

You can tell a lot about someone by the type of music they listen to. Hit shuffle on your iPod, phone, iTunes, media player, etc. and write down the first 10 songs, then pass this on to 10 people. One rule: no skipping.

Sorry - I only have my iPhone with a little bit of music on it at work!

Chris Brown - Don’t judge me

Ed Sheeran - All of the Stars

Ed Sheeran - Drunk

Birdy - Skinny Love

One Direction - You and I

Christ Brown - All Back

Bastille - Pompeii

Tracey Chapman - Fast Car

Lorde - Ribs

Six60 - Rise Up

I Tag Joe-Bellamy - And that it cause I should actually be doing work haha

it was a jumping photo with merging so I think it was, I might have to like your page if I haven't yet. And no :/ Having a few hiccups in the whole pony and competing area, the lady who's sort of half owner may compete her instead and she's entered in a green horse show on the 28th in either Amberley or Rangiora but I want to jump her. So I'm going to go look at a horse for me soon but then I have to start from scratch which is alright

Ahh yep that’s the one! I was playing around on Photoshop last night - Its quite fun when  I find time around work and horses :D  Oh damn. definitely get a horse that you can solely own and do what you want with :) Maybe you could something experienced too that way you wouldn’t have to start from scratch :)

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7,9,14 :)

Thanks!

Scariest thing that has happened at your barn? Eeek out at our grazing a couple of times now we have had scary looking men wander around - luckily not while I’ve been there, but twice now when another girl has! It’s a scary thought. Dont know what they want :/

What is your opinion on the accuracy of critiquing riders online? I don’t think you can judge how a person rides from one photo at all. Jumping position critique is fine, but a whole persons riding ability, no way. :)

Would you say you’re a more nervous rider or a confident rider? I’d say I’m definitely more a confident rider, but I don’t really like riding in front of people. Also, I get a little worried about pushing Sydney too far or riding him wrong and wrecking him :( - I worry about that a lot actually. I often think because he’s such a good horse he would probably be better in someone else’s hands who know more than me

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I just saw something on facebook on a photography page and completely recognised Sydney and you :) I thought the horse looked familiar and the way he jumps then had to look on your blog. You two are looking amazing!

Oh thanks! It must have been my page - I posted a picture last night :D It’s a weird thought thinking a few hundred people recognise Sydney on the internet! He has quite a following! Will you be competing at Spring into Action this weekend?

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I made a photoshop thing!

I made a photoshop thing!

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scaredykittens:

exracehorse:

daily-riding-journal:

exracehorse:

Followers - I need you help.
Which option do you think is softer/ less leverage
Option 1. Cheekpiece on checkpiece ring. Reins on curb ring 1.
Option 2. Cheekpiece on checkpiece ring. Roundings from snaffle ring to curb ring 2. and reins on roundings… 

Well, option one would have more leverage, while option two would just be harder on the mouth in terms of pulling. Have you tried it with a curb chain? My mare is heavy on the hands, but goes really softly in this bit with a chain and the reins on the last ring. Or do you think he’d just get fussy?

I think he would get fussy :/ Ive had him in a pelham once at home (with double reins) and he hated it, especially the chain it seemed! Although he did go really nicely in it once he accepted it. but i think its a bit too harsh to use all the time

Pelhams are much harsher/have more leverage effect than gags

Yep for sure - But i rode him in it with two reins so it was fairly soft for him, not not my bit of choice though really :)

scaredykittens:

exracehorse:

daily-riding-journal:

exracehorse:

Followers - I need you help.

Which option do you think is softer/ less leverage

Option 1. Cheekpiece on checkpiece ring. Reins on curb ring 1.

Option 2. Cheekpiece on checkpiece ring. Roundings from snaffle ring to curb ring 2. and reins on roundings… 

Well, option one would have more leverage, while option two would just be harder on the mouth in terms of pulling. Have you tried it with a curb chain? My mare is heavy on the hands, but goes really softly in this bit with a chain and the reins on the last ring. Or do you think he’d just get fussy?

I think he would get fussy :/ Ive had him in a pelham once at home (with double reins) and he hated it, especially the chain it seemed! Although he did go really nicely in it once he accepted it. but i think its a bit too harsh to use all the time

Pelhams are much harsher/have more leverage effect than gags

Yep for sure - But i rode him in it with two reins so it was fairly soft for him, not not my bit of choice though really :)

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More equestrian questions 1. What do you consider "jumping high" for yourself?
2. What are your short term goals for riding? Do you think you'll reach them?
3. Long term goals for riding? Do you think you'll reach them?
4. How many barns have you been at in your riding career?
5. How many different trainers have you been with in your riding career?
6. Ever worked at a barn? What did you do?
7. Scariest thing that has happened at your barn?
8. Have you ever given a lesson? What level was the rider?
9. What is your opinion on the accuracy of critiquing riders online?
10.What is the ideal height of a horse for you?
11. How old is the youngest/greenest horse you've ridden?
12. How old is the oldest horse you've ridden?
13. Were you scared of horses when you first started riding?
14. Would you say you're a more nervous rider or a confident rider?
15. Biggest pet peeve about non-horse people around horses?
16. A time you've been scared for your life? (horse related)
17. Have you ever fallen off at show? What happened?
18. What's a breed of horse you've never ridden but would like to ride?
19. Describe the worst behaved horse you've ridden?
20. The most frustrating ride you've ever had?
21. Does your horse need shoes?
22. What do you think of the barefoot vs shoes debate?
23. Favourite season for riding?
24. How many shows do you think you've gone to?
25 . Do you consider yourself a good rider?
26. How experienced do you think someone needs to be to own a horse?
Credits to bridle-less on tumblr
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Hey just wanted to say that I'm also bluroan, and I follow you with this blog :)

Followed both blogs! :)

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daily-riding-journal:

exracehorse:

Followers - I need you help.
Which option do you think is softer/ less leverage
Option 1. Cheekpiece on checkpiece ring. Reins on curb ring 1.
Option 2. Cheekpiece on checkpiece ring. Roundings from snaffle ring to curb ring 2. and reins on roundings… 

Well, option one would have more leverage, while option two would just be harder on the mouth in terms of pulling. Have you tried it with a curb chain? My mare is heavy on the hands, but goes really softly in this bit with a chain and the reins on the last ring. Or do you think he’d just get fussy?

I think he would get fussy :/ Ive had him in a pelham once at home (with double reins) and he hated it, especially the chain it seemed! Although he did go really nicely in it once he accepted it. but i think its a bit too harsh to use all the time

daily-riding-journal:

exracehorse:

Followers - I need you help.

Which option do you think is softer/ less leverage

Option 1. Cheekpiece on checkpiece ring. Reins on curb ring 1.

Option 2. Cheekpiece on checkpiece ring. Roundings from snaffle ring to curb ring 2. and reins on roundings… 

Well, option one would have more leverage, while option two would just be harder on the mouth in terms of pulling. Have you tried it with a curb chain? My mare is heavy on the hands, but goes really softly in this bit with a chain and the reins on the last ring. Or do you think he’d just get fussy?

I think he would get fussy :/ Ive had him in a pelham once at home (with double reins) and he hated it, especially the chain it seemed! Although he did go really nicely in it once he accepted it. but i think its a bit too harsh to use all the time

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I got tagged by the awesome Joe-Bellamy
1. I dont have a nickname :( Just Michelle for me
2. blue eyes :D
3. light brown - at the moment
4. I’ve flunked two degrees :/
5. Favourite colour is Purple or blue
6, Favourite place - anywhere nice and hot
7. Favourite celeb is probably Shailene Woodley, or Miley or Ed Sheeran
8. Horse
9. Hmmm anything my Ed Sheeran
10. Probably something my Matthew Reilly or John Green
I tag
Scaredykittens, 
Tait101
Thompyyythethompyyy
Equinecrazy
Pawijaeventing

I got tagged by the awesome Joe-Bellamy

1. I dont have a nickname :( Just Michelle for me

2. blue eyes :D

3. light brown - at the moment

4. I’ve flunked two degrees :/

5. Favourite colour is Purple or blue

6, Favourite place - anywhere nice and hot

7. Favourite celeb is probably Shailene Woodley, or Miley or Ed Sheeran

8. Horse

9. Hmmm anything my Ed Sheeran

10. Probably something my Matthew Reilly or John Green

I tag

Scaredykittens, 

Tait101

Thompyyythethompyyy

Equinecrazy

Pawijaeventing

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scaredykittens:

exracehorse:

scaredykittens:

exracehorse:

Followers - I need you help.
Which option do you think is softer/ less leverage
Option 1. Cheekpiece on checkpiece ring. Reins on curb ring 1.
Option 2. Cheekpiece on checkpiece ring. Roundings from snaffle ring to curb ring 2. and reins on roundings… 

Option one, option two means the distance between the cheekpiece and rein is longer = more leverage.I use this bit on cross county and recommend it before using other “harsher” bits.

Hmm this is one theory I’ve heard too, but - With the roundings attached, means half the rein weight in purely on the snaffle ring making it softer. rather than all the weight being only on one leverage point, like option one…

Is true, are you using roundings? I’d still recommend snaffle/option one to begin with :)
also, would help if I read your op, lol

Ive tried both! not a lot of difference though :)

scaredykittens:

exracehorse:

scaredykittens:

exracehorse:

Followers - I need you help.

Which option do you think is softer/ less leverage

Option 1. Cheekpiece on checkpiece ring. Reins on curb ring 1.

Option 2. Cheekpiece on checkpiece ring. Roundings from snaffle ring to curb ring 2. and reins on roundings… 

Option one, option two means the distance between the cheekpiece and rein is longer = more leverage.
I use this bit on cross county and recommend it before using other “harsher” bits.

Hmm this is one theory I’ve heard too, but - With the roundings attached, means half the rein weight in purely on the snaffle ring making it softer. rather than all the weight being only on one leverage point, like option one…

Is true, are you using roundings? I’d still recommend snaffle/option one to begin with :)

also, would help if I read your op, lol

Ive tried both! not a lot of difference though :)

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scaredykittens:

exracehorse:

Followers - I need you help.
Which option do you think is softer/ less leverage
Option 1. Cheekpiece on checkpiece ring. Reins on curb ring 1.
Option 2. Cheekpiece on checkpiece ring. Roundings from snaffle ring to curb ring 2. and reins on roundings… 

Option one, option two means the distance between the cheekpiece and rein is longer = more leverage.I use this bit on cross county and recommend it before using other “harsher” bits.

Hmm this is one theory I’ve heard too, but - With the roundings attached, means half the rein weight in purely on the snaffle ring making it softer. rather than all the weight being only on one leverage point, like option one…

scaredykittens:

exracehorse:

Followers - I need you help.

Which option do you think is softer/ less leverage

Option 1. Cheekpiece on checkpiece ring. Reins on curb ring 1.

Option 2. Cheekpiece on checkpiece ring. Roundings from snaffle ring to curb ring 2. and reins on roundings… 

Option one, option two means the distance between the cheekpiece and rein is longer = more leverage.
I use this bit on cross county and recommend it before using other “harsher” bits.

Hmm this is one theory I’ve heard too, but - With the roundings attached, means half the rein weight in purely on the snaffle ring making it softer. rather than all the weight being only on one leverage point, like option one…

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Followers - I need you help.
Which option do you think is softer/ less leverage
Option 1. Cheekpiece on checkpiece ring. Reins on curb ring 1.
Option 2. Cheekpiece on checkpiece ring. Roundings from snaffle ring to curb ring 2. and reins on roundings… 

Followers - I need you help.

Which option do you think is softer/ less leverage

Option 1. Cheekpiece on checkpiece ring. Reins on curb ring 1.

Option 2. Cheekpiece on checkpiece ring. Roundings from snaffle ring to curb ring 2. and reins on roundings… 

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So over the money vs talent debate in this sport (x)

Exracehorse

scaredykittens:

exracehorse:

piaffepassage:

exracehorse:

piaffepassage:

Just concentrate on what you’re doing and forget everything else. You’ll have a much better time and you might notice you actually ride and perform better for it too. Just sayin

But it can also be really frustrating not being able to afford to compete as often as you would like, or train with top trainers, or afford the gear and tack you need etc. An average rider would probably get ALOT further with  copious amounts of money (Or rich parents in some cases!) rather than a talented rider with no financial support… 

Of course it can- I am one of those riders who doesn’t have copious amounts of money, I know exactly how it feels but that’s life and the sooner people learn to deal with it the happier they will be with their own achievements. There will always be someone with more this and that, that’s life

Yeah but I could definitely sympathise with someone who could potentially go out show jumping and clean up in every class but unfortunately doesn’t have the transport to get there. But also, some people are happy with just low level shows (or not competing at all) which is fine, but others are itching to get out there and really make it in the horse world - and you can’t get there on talent alone. Equestrian is definitely a rich persons sport. 

I hate hate hate that I am currently unable to compete
It is the most frustrating thing, because i feel it is the only thing holding me back. That, and it would be fantastic if I could just ask my parents to help me out with costs, but unfortunately that isn’t a possibility…

I hear ya! I fund myself 100% and its pretty hard at times! but I pour all my money into horses! I’m finally getting somewhere though, hard work does pay off. But often I think it would be nice to have rich parents who didn’t mind throwing money at me! But they live in the North Island and don’t even know how seriously I take show jumping