Sasha: The Rescue Dog Who Rescued Me

I thought I’d switch things up a little today friends.  Where this is mainly a blog concerning all things horses, I’m a boxer lover and occasionally, they have to make an appearance!  If you follow me on social media, you know that I have a rescued boxer girl named Sasha.  She’s a funny little dog that we rescued almost one year ago and who inadvertently rescued me as well….but then again, don’t all rescue dogs actually rescue the human?

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My First Horseback Riding Lesson with Tara LaFave from Double Dutch Farm

Hi guys!  I hope you’ve had a good week so far.  Thanksgiving is literally right around the corner and I’m seriously looking forward to some time off from work, spending time with family making memories and eating some pumpkin pie slathered in whipped cream!  Don’t give me a hard time.  That’s the only way you should be eating your pumpkin pie….. 🙂  Tonight,  we’ll be having our annual Friendsgiving meal with some sweet friends and playing some games.  Check out my Instagram for pictures and videos on my story! Continue reading “My First Horseback Riding Lesson with Tara LaFave from Double Dutch Farm”

The Keys to Success: Creating a Strong Equestrian Support System

For those of you who do not know, I’m a Respiratory Therapist/Registered Sleep Technician.  Basically, I watch people stop breathing in their sleep, and then correct it so they can live a happy, heart attack and stroke free life.  🙂  When you hold a board certified medical credential, you have to maintain that credential by obtaining something called CEU/CEC’s or Continuing Education Credits.  If you don’t get so many of these credits within a certain amount of time every two years/five years, you lose your credential and have to sit for another board exam.  What in the world does this have to do with horses you ask?  Plenty!  Keep reading…… Continue reading “The Keys to Success: Creating a Strong Equestrian Support System”

Blogtober Day 31 – What I’ve Learned During the Blogtober Challenge

Happy Halloween!!!!!!  If you’re reading this, please send me pictures of your costumes as I’ll be at work and won’t be able to see all of the creative costumes that the neighborhood kids come up with!

I can’t believe that I blogged every day for pretty much a month (minus the three days before I found out about Blogtober)!  This challenge has pretty much just shown me how much more I love writing about horses.  I thought that it would be really hard, and having an idea about what to write about everyday certainly helped, but it wasn’t nearly as bad as I thought it would be.

I learned more and more that planning ahead is imperative! Having some of the posts written ahead of time saved my bacon on more than one occasion!  I also learned that I need to take some computer/photography classes big time…….

All in all, this was fun and challenging, but I’m glad it’s over!  I could do two blog posts a week consistently, but every day is hard!!!  With that being said, I’ll probably be taking a break from my normal Friday post this week, so come back next Friday for a fresh perspective on all things horse related.  I hope you guys enjoyed blogtober and got to know me a little better along the way! 🙂

Blogtober Day 30 – A Memory

I loved this day.  This is a picture that my mother-in-love took of me when we went on a trail ride in Brown County, Indiana.  This was several years ago.  I wasn’t even married to my hubby yet and we’ll be celebrating our 8th anniversary in a couple weeks.  She took this picture and I don’t think she meant for it to come out this blurry, but I thought it looked neat and artistic.

In the picture, I’m riding Fortune.  She’s a bay mare that my in-laws bought at an auction and she’s been the epitome of the perfect horse.  All of the grandkids and myself have learned how to ride on her.  She’s the sweetest and fuzziest horse ever.  I call her the wooly mammoth.  Back in those days, I didn’t have Schatzi….she would have probably not even been born at that point.  Fortune always took care of me, every ride.  She’s still around, but nearing 30 years old and only the youngest grandkid can be trusted to get on her as  she’s having some issues with one of her feet that just won’t go away and stay away.  I had my last ride on her early this year.

Blogtober Day 29 – A Discipline That I’d Love to Try

Honestly, the Eventing people freak me out in a good way! They are the hard core riders of the equestrian world.  I would absolutely love to be able to do that, but I’m a softie and I can barely stay on my horse right now, so jumping is currently out of the question.

Watching people jump their horses blows my mind.  I’m over here like, “I can barely canter and stay on!”  If there is ever a day that I went over a jump and actually enjoyed it, I’d say I’ve arrived as a rider! 🙂


Blogtober Day 27 – Things You Might Not Know About Me

I have to say, this little Blogtober experiment has been interesting to say the least.  And hopefully it’s given you all a chance to learn a little more about me and my super awesome red-headed personality! (Insert dazzling cheesy smile here….)

1. I’m a total band nerd.  I played flute and piccolo in highschool and was also in our Winter Drumline for my Junior and Senior year.  After I graduated and started going to church, I taught myself how to play guitar and piano.  My hubby bought me a mandolin a few years ago, and I can play a few chords, but I haven’t gotten much farther than that.  That may change soon though if I can find a few minutes to practice everyday!

2. I read Pride and Prejudice at least once a year.  I’m a Jane Austen snob……

3. I’m the youngest (and most awesome) of six children and I was born at home!  Youch!!

4. I’m an old soul…..I crochet, I’ve had my hip replaced and I pressure can green beans like they’re going out of style every summer….and my memory is the worst!

5. I literally watch people sleep for a living.  There’s way more to it than that, like brain wave activity and no breathing, but I am a credentialed medical professional that watches you sleep all night…..and not in a creepy way.

6.  I live in a 100+ year old Victorian house that I’ve named Claire.  She is also an old soul and deserved a name, so I gave her one!

7. I love, love, love airplanes!  If there is one in the air, I’m bound to be looking up in the sky until I can’t see it anymore.

8.  I have piloted an airplane twice in my life once it was up in the air and would love to get my pilots license!  I’ve even taxied onto a runway.  Fun and difficult!

9. I’m pretty good at dancing the running man.

10. I make mosaics out of twigs and I love to paint.  I’m not super at it, but it’s a fun hobby!

There you go!  Ten things you may not have known about me. 🙂 I hope you all have gotten to know me a little better, not just from today, but from this whole past month!

My big sis and I being absolute goofs, which is our mission in life to always be….