Sunday Shots & Final Thoughts

I really enjoyed being able to get out on the trail twice this weekend. It really helped clear my head and put me in such a happy place. I’ve always been a very independent person, and being an Aries as well, I very much value my time alone. It got me thinking about the hardship of this relationship I just came out of.

I thought the man I started dating would end up becoming my husband someday. He seemed to be the missing puzzle piece that fit my edges perfectly. However, we moved really fast and thing didn’t end up working out. Even though we meshed perfectly with our interests, our views on what a relationship should be were almost exact opposite. I didn’t like the feeling that I had to make sure it was okay to go ride and double check with him if we had already made plans. I felt like my rides and barn chores had to be rushed. My thoughts were that I needed time to be with my horse and pursue my career and interests, while he felt my time needed to be spent with him.

I began wondering on my trail ride if maybe I’m not ready for a serious relationship with anyone right now but myself. I am only 25, and even though everyone around me is getting married and having babies I guess I’m really not ready. Right now, I am eager to hit the trail and ride every opportunity I have now that the days are getting longer. I want to spend at least one weekend a month at a competitive ride. It’s not even just riding, but I plan to start my Masters soon as well. How am I going to have time for anyone other than myself right now? I used to view my independent lifestyle as lonely and sad, but now I’m seeing it as an opportunity for freedom before I commit to someone. I have a feeling I will meet someone now when I am not wanting anything haha! I’m really enjoying where I’m at and what I’m doing right now. I gave myself one day to be angry and upset, but after that it’s time to put on my big girl pants and move on, so I did.

Here are some photos of my ride today. We did 5.17 miles in 1 hour and 17 minutes. We did a total ascent to 940′. The ride I did is mostly terrain so I’d say about 3/4’s of the ride I’m walking up or down a hill.

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Saturday Solo Ride

It’s been a very rough month for me. My truck was involved in a hit and run while being parked in a parking lot, the trailer came unhitched while my training partner was using my trailer with her truck, I broke up with my boyfriend, a student passed away at my school, we just finished up our basketball and soccer tournaments which requires me to work overtime, and I was out for an entire week earlier this month from strep throat and the flu. I’m just ready for February to be over with. Anytime I am stressed or upset all I want to do is ride and escape for an hour.

Earlier this week, I got my truck cleared by a collision center that my frame is still safe for hauling. I just need to have the bumper replaced and some scratches fixed. I spent yesterday afternoon (after working a tournament in the morning) making sure my trailer was safe again. I replaced the emergency brake wire and put a new battery in. I was super eager all day over getting out and in the saddle. I get to use my new bridle, reins, and breast collar (which are hot pink), new helmet and my new saddle cantle bag. I feel like the tack and equipment list I made several months ago is finally becoming complete and makes me more eager to ride the more prepared I am.

It was late in the afternoon, I didn’t arrive at the barn until about 5:15pm, so I knew it would be a quick ride but still worth it. I took her to our usual training place, Skyline Regional Park in Buckeye, AZ which is 10 minutes from the barn, but this time I would be all by myself as my training partner is doing her first 100 mile ride in California. I couldn’t figure out how to get the rear cantle bag on (I’ll have to YouTube it), but my new helmet felt no different than wearing a ball cap it was so lightweight. Annabel looked cute and ready to go in her hot pink gear. A little girl’s eyes lit up when she got out of her dad’s SUV to see Annabel so I allowed her to pet her. Annabel likes all the attention she gets on the trails.

We only did about 3 miles as I was fighting the remaining day light. I forgot to push start on Endomondo. We did our usual trotting up the hill and walking down the other side of the hill. I got some great pictures and a video. I love life outside an arena, both myself and Annabel are really enjoying it and I am so fortunate to be able to live and train in beautiful Arizona.

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Happy Friday!

I guess this is my first official post documenting my adventure into my first season in Endurance. Since October, I have been slowly getting my feet wet in training and conditioning, gathering the right tack and equipment, and doing a 12 mile fun ride a few months ago. I am getting closer to my first 25 mile ride on March 13th.

I made an order to Riding Warehouse two days ago and I already got my new helmet, cantle bag, and a safety ring for tying Annabel up to the trailer.

I’ve been wearing this Charles Owen SP8 helmet for the last couple of years. It seems practical for endurance with the oversized visor but Charles Owen although a wonderful helmet, doesn’t have a lot of ventilation and are a tad heavy. The last couple of rides I’ve done I went without a helmet and just wore a ball cap. So I was super excited that this came in the mail already. I wasn’t hesitant at all to order it because $79 is nothing for a helmet compared to show jumping. My sister’s GPA First Lady is almost $700. The pic on the top left is myself in my CO from last summer and what I was using for a while. The Tipperary feels really lightweight and has a neat look to it. I got lucky with the fit. I didn’t even measure my head. I tried on my training partner’s and she wore a small, it fit just a tad tight so I assumed a medium would fit and luckily it did.

Tipperary Sportage 8500 $79.95 @ Riding Warehouse

I also got the Easycare Stowaway Western Cantle Saddle bag which is a bestseller on Riding Warehouse. I plan on using a Camelbak for my ride on March 13th, but I’ve heard from a lot of other riders they use the water bottles to pour on their horse’s necks and I can also fill one with Gatorade (which I like for activities where I’m in the sun most of the day).

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EasyCare StowAway Western Cantle Bag $56.95 @ Riding Warehouse

It also was necessary to buy this little thing before Annabel’s first overnight camping trip. My mare has spent well over a decade staying in stalls at horse shows. She’s pretty good standing at the trailer once she’s settled. I will be sleeping in the backseat of my truck for Old Pioneer. Even though I tie Annabel in a quick release method, it sometimes gets loose over time after being tugged on.

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$24.95 @ Riding Warehouse

I got all of these products within two days and paid $0.00 for shipping! This is my second order from Riding Warehouse and I’ve been very pleased. The cantle bag was even backordered so I was surprised to see it in the box when I opened it.