Ramping Up

I’m now in week two of the official “Get More Better At Riding Again” unofficial bootcamp, and I’m loving it!! I had gotten kinda used to my 1-2x a week schedule for the last year+ and I don’t think I realized just how much my barn time makes everything better. Getting to log off the computer and immediately head to the barn is an amazing feeling, especially since my barn commute is 100x better from our new place than it was from my office.

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In fact everything about our new place is a vast improvement, including the sunsets and our happy lil front porch. We’re out there almost every evening. In the gap between the houses you see here you can actually see the horse farm across the road, and we often hear them talkin to each other.

Frankie is on his way down to Lexington for the show with his leaser, which means it is the Meeko show for the week. We had our second hack together last night and I definitely feel like I’m getting to know him better; where he wants more support from me, where I need to dictate a bit, and where he needs me to back off and let him do his thing. He’s very similar to Frankie in that he likes a lot of support from the leg, but his gaits feel so different and he’s more responsive off my aids. It’s really fun getting to know him, he’s safe and fun and I’m so grateful I get to hop on!

I’m also pushing the intensity of my rides more this week. Last week was dedicated solely to making it around the ring a couple times to start building up my sorely-lacking stamina. This week I’m trying to actually, you know, ride like I’m doing something. Tons of transitions and playing with some lateral work has my core VERY sore so I feel like I must be doing something semi-right. It’s making me super eager to get back into lessons when my trainer gets back from the show.

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Unrelated I just wanted to show you that Maggie is a big weirdo. This isn’t a screenshot, she likes to fall asleep like this.

I’m also looking ahead to our (hopeful) next show in September. It’s about 30 minutes away and we’ll be shipping in and out, and traditionally it’s not a super crowded show, so I’m feeling pretty comfortable that we can do it in a safe way. I’ll be hopping on at our trailer after only touching my own tack, and I won’t have to touch anything again until they hand me my big blue ribbons – putting that out into the universe now just in case. I already have a decent selection of masks that I wear when I leave the house (which is extremely rare other than going to the barn), but after seeing some posts here in blogland and on social media about the gaiters people were using, I went ahead and got myself one of those for showing:

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Bordered in navy, because obviously

I also may have bought myself a little graduation present because you know what, I was tired and stressed and wanted something nice. It’s a new show coat!! I managed to find this Equiline in my size for an absolute STEAL since it’s used, but it’s in perfect shape. Black with satin pockets and burgundy suede collar. At least I’ve stopped compulsively buying new breeches? That counts for something, right?

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The black is blacker and the collar is a deeper burgundy in person and it’s SO PRETTY I LOVE IT

Anyway, I’m trying to get back in the rhythm of capturing the journey more often as I get back into the swing of things. Excited to share more with you as we start to figure things out again!

9 thoughts on “Ramping Up

  1. carey 08/05/2020 / 10:36 am

    ‘Tis the season for porch wine. Nice snag on the jacket!! I’ve been sewing like mad (to fill the void of barn time) and I made a bunch of gaiters in cute-but-classy prints if you’re looking to add any more to your mix.

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    • Nadia 08/05/2020 / 10:39 am

      Oohhh Carey- I’d hit you up for a gaiter! You can contact me on Instagram?

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  2. Nadia 08/05/2020 / 10:40 am

    I love that you’re getting back into the swing of things. It’s tough at first but I bet it all comes back really quickly

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  3. Stacie Seidman 08/06/2020 / 2:44 pm

    Finding jackets like that for a steal is my favorite past time! Can’t wait to see it on Frankie!

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