haiku clarifiction & three bridle family

I posted some haikus last week, and mentioned that I’d turn it into a little blog hop and have some prizes at the end.  Why prizes?  Because I felt like it.

So hwpid-wp-1447656738259.pngere’s the deal (and I’ve clarified in the original post also).  Write some haikus.  Write one.  Write many.  Write them good, bad, happy, or sad.  At the end of November (this month has thirty days, right?) I’ll make sure I’ve read everyone’s haikus, I will draw random entries for the winners.  Two things are up for grabs: a chevron-and-white quarter sheet (fit to your pony), and a reversible saddle cover.  Now, write away!






Oh hey look!  This was from back when I still had my good lead rope, and Murray wore a chain full time.

In more important news, the ineffable SprinklerBandit basically made all my dreams come true and allowed me to purchase my dream PS of Sweden bridle for a fraction of its MSRP.  In an interesting quirk of social media fate, I got a notification on my phone that one of my Facebook friends had posted in English Tack Trader.  I’m actually really sick of this particular feature, so was about to turn it off, when I decided to peruse what SB had posted.



I have lusted after this bridle for basically ever, but since I live on my grad student budget, I’m not about to be buying a $300 bridle from Europe.  BUT NOW I HAS IT AND IT IS MAGNIFICENT.  And it looks damn good on Murray to boot.

Now I need to buy another of these magical cheapo French link bits that Murray seems to like, because right now I only have the one and I’ve been swapping it back and forth between my dressage bridles.  And that annoys me.

So now I am a three bridle family!! I have my PS, a hacking/schooling/pony bridle (figure 8), and my dressage bridle, and my bridle family is complete!!

equestrian haikus

The other day Aimee posted something in the comments that was almost a haiku, and it cracked me up.  And then I thought, holy shit equestrian haikus that is such a good idea.  Plus, I’m sick in bed and mostly consuming hot chocolate as sustenance, so why NOT write a bunch of haikus?

IMG_9297This mane smell so good
Chicken wingin’, leg swingin’
Make George Morris proud

What do you mean I
Need to sit tall to fences?
Oh I get it now.

Stretch tall but sit down,
Inside leg to outside rein
Maybe it will work

Neck braced, back so stiff,
I shall not relax, no way.
Dressage is torture

Gangsta leans are great
For ghost-riding or rappers.
Not so for riding.

New jumps, rustling leaves,
Flowers, cars, lawn chairs, shavings:
Shit my horse spooks at

16019201964_b78d562d0c_kWind in our hair
Flying over hill and dale
Oh what a feeling

Anyone else want to join in?  I figure we can make a whole thing of it… you know… one of those things.

blog hop

For fun, and since I always sew a bit more during the holidays, there will be some fun sewn prizes up for grabs as well.  Probably a saddle cover and a quarter sheet.  But I’m not quite sure yet.

Edit: Okay, so here’s the deal.  We are going to haiku until the end of November.  You have time because I am not one to rush poetry out of anyone.  At the end of November I will decide on two haikus for give-away.  At first inclination, I want to do this based on awesomeness, but I’ve already seen some really funny and hilarious haikus.  So I think it’s going to be random again.  There will be two items up for grabs.

quarter1. A quarter sheet made in teal/white chevrons.  Like below, but imagine it fits your horse better, because this was my first horsey sewing project and I got impatient with the measuring.

wpid-wp-1447656738259.png2. A custom reversible saddle cover.  You pick fabrics, give me approximate sizing, and I sew.  Boom.  Done.

Now, show me your haikus!

HJU MacRider saddle giveaway!!

Hello readers, all twelve of you.

If you didn’t know already, Horse Junkies United is giving away a MacRider dressage saddle.

The competition is 10 days long and has some rules, but here’s the cliff notes:

1. You must answer the questions on all 10 days of giveaway posts to be eligible. However, you don’t have to do this day by day! You can go and answer questions 1-5 today, and then 4-6 on the 23d as long as they are all answered by 11:59 EST on the 23rd of December.

2. You must like the MacRider page on Facebook.

3. You must be actively sharing the contest on social media (be that Twitter, FB, your blog, or elsewhere).

Since I basically want Charlie of The Dressage Connection to be my in-house saddle fitter and to talk to him about saddles forever, I’m not having a problem at all hearing about how luscious this MacRider Evolution is.

Even if you hate dressage and aren’t interested in a new saddle (or don’t want a 17.5 or think a MW won’t fit you), with a saddle valued at over $4000, you’re bound to be able to sell it and recoup your “losses” and buy yourself something that fits!  So go over there and enter!!