Monday, June 27, 2016

Look Who Got Fancy

Ok WOW being unemployed is a lot of work*. I have a lot of interesting post ideas and more pictures than I know what to do with, but actually finding the time to sit in front of a computer and organize my thoughts is difficult.

Regardless, you've probably seen some of the amazingly gorgeous photos Alyssa snagged of us recently and I wanted to talk about them a little.
 Part of the reason these pictures are amazing was that I had a lot of free time and so I braided my horse for giggles. Let's all take a moment to appreciate how kickass he looks braided.
But more important than our super-excellent (Jane Austen-approved descriptor for you nerds out there) outfit was our super excellent ride.

I've gone on and on about going slow with Courage and only ever moving at his speed and so on. I get some kickback from people who think I need to just MAKE HIM UNDERSTAND (which like. wtf. people?) but moments like these remind me of why I do it.
where have you been all my life?
 I've been slowly asking Courage for more lately. More connection, more sit, more power, more forward, more suppleness. Not all at once--we pick a topic or two a day and address them as well as he is able. And this day, Courage offered to put it all together for me. It's still new for us, and there are certainly moments of flail to go with our moments of brilliance (video here if you're interested).
 It's days like this that remind me why I believe in this little guy and why we work so damn hard all the time. He's a puzzle and he's not easy, but when he gets something, there's just no feeling in the world like it.
 I hate to say it, but I'm actually glad we're not showing right now. When we are, I'm very proactive about managing his training schedule--hard rides need to be 2-3 days out from any show days, lessons can rarely be scheduled within 7 days of a show in case something goes wrong, and we rarely push the envelope or try new things because I don't need to fry him right before a competition.

But now?

I have all the time in the world.**
When we get through this, I'm going to be riding a whole different version of my horse. :-) Just you watch.

*My version of unemployment is to work 3+ part time jobs and say yes to every paying odd job that isn't literally whoring. YMMV.

**Well I mean I have barely any time, but there's no deadline or horseshow on the horizon.


  1. I started laughing at the make him do it...
    I love all the pictures. Courage has gotten so drool worthy.

  2. You have the best media of all the blogs I follow -- I LOVE it 😀 you guys look awesome!

  3. That walk picture his so uphill! Looking so lovely, and the braids do make him even more fabulous.

  4. That walk picture is my favorite TBH. I have loved seeing his transformation.

    Lol at internet trolls

  5. Those last three photos made me drool on my desk.

    * That's how I handle unemployment. My husband called me "literally the busiest unemployed person in the history of unemployment." I barely posted at all when I was unemployed, because no time.

    1. I don't know how to do nothing. It scares me. So instead I do EVERYTHING.

  6. Courage looks SO FANCY. I just absolutely adore that bridle on him.

  7. I almost don't even recognize him in these pictures, you guys look so fantastic!!

  8. No deadlines are best deadlines :D

  9. He looks awesome!! Love your positive outlook and plan!

  10. You both look fantastic. I think that your plan is a good one.

  11. He really looks like the horse we all see in magazines, so props and obviously things are going right. Being 'unemployed' at the moment I too find myself busy as can be. What's up with that?


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