Can We Try This Again

Y’all, I’ve been riding my horse more often and for longer times lately and IT FEELS AMAZING. He’s giving me lovely work, he’s jumping out of his skin and firing off the ground beautifully, and he’s straight up happy. I’ve told you so many times that the big dude thrives in a fuller training regimen and the proof is so clear – his already playful and curious nature is absolutely next level these days.

I need to remember how to hold my position more tightly when the jumps go back up a bit, but the Frankfurter is simply excellent at his job


We’ve been incorporating more conditioning rides and as it turns out – Francis is totally faking being a chunk. I mean, physically he’s obviously rockin’ that Dad Bod. But endurance-wise? Barely sweating, not even puffing. Jokes on him, that just means we’re making these sets longer and more difficult. Seriously Francis, now I don’t believe you when you say you’re exhausted after trotting two laps.

Couldn’t quite seem to keep all my body parts coordinated through this grid, but I’m confident it’ll all come back in time. 

Making the point to ride more frequently and with more focus is also straight up making me a better person in all areas of my life. I know it was the right call to take a small step back from riding for the wedding and for school, but now that I have a better handle on things I definitely prefer getting back into my previous 5-6x a week schedule. It forces me to be more disciplined and productive with my time and I’m simply a better student, employee, wife, daughter, friend, etc. when I’m getting my full horse fix. I suspect a lot of you know the feeling.

We’re both much happier when we get extra time to goof off together.

As you may have seen in pictures, I also got myself a new helmet during the IHAD weekend sales! And this whole thing is actually where the title of this post comes in. As you may or may not remember, I got a new helmet about a year ago – I went to Dover, tried on a bunch, and was informed that nothing really fit my head except the CO that I ultimately ended up buying. I was super bummed because I had really liked a Samshield I had tried on previously, but we all know that helmet fit is paramount and that was basically the only thing they had in stock that truly fit my head. The rep there sadly informed me that the Samshields just didn’t fit my head as well.

You know what I wish she had said instead, that would’ve been more accurate? “The Samshields THAT WE CURRENTLY HAVE IN STOCK don’t fit you as well.” That sentence would have been accurate.

Because back in June, I stopped by one of my favorite show vendors to peruse their ever-lovely merchandise. I admired the Samshields yet again but informed the rep there that sadly my head was not destined for such breathability. She then proceeded to spend the next 20 minutes pulling out not only different SIZES of liner, but different SHAPES. Because newsflash guys, Samshield makes liners for both round and oval heads. And it turns out that yes, Samshield does have an option that fits me perfectly and safely and is extremely comfortable (and yes, I have basically a child-sized head). I didn’t pull the trigger and buy it on the spot because I was in the midst of paying for the show – but with truly amazing service, the rep wrote down all the info I needed to be able to order it myself when I was ready.

After a VERY intense week of lessons/pro rides/conditioning rides, we did have a much-needed toodling day to stretch our muscles and recover. I love my mobile couch so much.

So fast forward to now, I went ahead and ordered it from their site. They put in the customer service and effort so they 100% deserved that sale. And I now have a helmet that fits perfectly, helps with the sweaty head, makes me feel super fancy, AND I can swap out different sized liners so I can actually safely wear my hair either up or down. This is LIFE CHANGING to no longer get a blinding headache when I need to wear my hair up in the eq ring.

Francisco approves of it and that’s clearly the most important thing

So the moral of the story is that when working with a salesperson, it would be good if that salesperson is not only knowledgeable in what you’re talking about, but is willing to, I don’t know, PULL OUT ANOTHER SIZE WHEN ONE DOESN’T FIT.

And in a quick mishmash of other updates: Frankie’s leg wound is healing great with no complications, we’re psyched for our show this upcoming weekend, and I finally bought brunette hairnets (I haven’t been blonde in many years). All good stuff.

12 thoughts on “Can We Try This Again

  1. Amanda C 09/23/2019 / 9:34 am

    Thats frustrating that the first person didn’t know/care about the different liner options. Thats like… a very basic thing that anyone selling or fitting samshield knows! They only fit me with the premium liner.


    • hellomylivia 09/23/2019 / 9:39 am

      Yeah looking back I’m annoyed that they didn’t think a little more outside the box to fit me – I don’t even need the premium liner, I just need a comically small size for my teeny head.


  2. Nadia 09/23/2019 / 9:46 am

    Aww, glad both you and the pony approve of the helmet!

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  3. Emily 09/23/2019 / 11:50 am

    I have to say, after going helmet shopping at a Dover store, they really DON’T have all the styles and size options that they would like you to believe. They really just carry the most popular options, so if you are an “off size” in any way from a brand’s top seller, you are unlikely to find your fit at Dover.

    Next time I go helmet shopping, I will probably find a retailer that carries more options. Glad you found a samshield that works! I had one previously and LOVED it.


    • hellomylivia 09/23/2019 / 2:22 pm

      I think if my head was a normal size it would’ve been totally fine, it just never occurred to them that the reason it didn’t fit was not because the brand didn’t work but because they didn’t carry my size! I could order my size from them online, but there was no way I could’ve found out my size without going somewhere else to get fitted – at which point, that other place deserves my business.

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      • Emily 09/23/2019 / 2:23 pm

        agreed! I am also in the “weird head shape” club and might make the trip to another retailer when I am in need of a new helmet again.

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  4. eventerinprogress 09/24/2019 / 7:50 pm

    It looks great. I am so intrigued because I have always found that the Samshields didn’t fit the shape of my head either and now I am wondering…

    However I have my heart set on the EQ3 Lynx because of MIPS and also because I cannot afford to land on my head if I bought a KEP or Samshield haha


    • hellomylivia 09/26/2019 / 2:11 pm

      I really like the EQ3! I was told those don’t fit my head either, but now I’m wondering if that was wrong too…

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      • eventerinprogress 09/27/2019 / 6:29 am

        I’m having the worst time finding one to try on, and it’s not helped by the fact I’ve seen some with the dial on the back and some that come in regular sizes.

        I managed to try one on and it felt/looked ok but they only had the medium and It was so very on the edge. I would have liked to try a large but couldn’t. 🤷🏼‍♀️ tough!


  5. Stacie Seidman 09/26/2019 / 11:23 am

    I have a child sized head too. My One k’s are all sporting extra small liners. I have a Samshield too (I save it for shows) and while I bought the premium model, I had to get the other liner to make it fit properly. Thankfully, the store I bought it from had a very well trained helmet fitter! I think that’s the difference between privately owned tack stores and the Dovers of the world. Privately owned seem to take a step further in understand their product lines. I’m glad you were able to get the helmet you really wanted!


    • hellomylivia 09/26/2019 / 2:10 pm

      It really was a wonderful difference in their ability to take the time to try to find something that worked for me, I’m still riding the high of my fancy new helmet! That vendor is always dangerous for my wallet haha


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