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Calm, Forward, Straight

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Drum roll please - and the Liebster goes to...

[Quick clarifications about the last post:

That big 'ol branch did not land on us - I used that phrase in the title to acknowledge Val's version of events. His speedy violent avoidance of the branch surely saved us him from the imminent danger.

I hopped on and rode right after the fall so Val wouldn't get the idea that ditching me leads to easy street. It was the last thing I wanted to do, though I was hoping it might keep things circulating, or from stiffening up. Or something. Wrong - it probably just made things worse.

It's been three weeks since the incident. Things are just now healed up enough in the area in question that I would even consider riding.]


Awards season has rolled around blogland again. I dig awards (and prizes). Pretty sure Val does too. We've been chosen for the Liebster award.

The Liebster Blog Award is a way to recognize blogs who have less than 200 followers.  Liebster is a German word that means beloved and valued.  Here are the rules for accepting the award:
  1. Thank the person who nominated you and include a link back to their blog.
  2. List 11 random facts about yourself.
  3. Answer the 11 questions given to you.
  4. Create 11 questions for the bloggers you nominate.
  5. Choose 11 bloggers with 200 or fewer followers to nominate and include links to their blogs.
  6. Go to each blogger's page and let them know you have nominated them. 
Artwork courtesy of honeysuckle faire
DIsclaimer!! Because I'm a little late to this party, I may modify the conditions somewhat. If you get nominated and don't feel like fooling with it - more power to you. Awards should be fun, not stress inducing. ;D

 1. Thanks ever so to Mona from Panic and the Pony. I relate to the honest posts about struggling to learn dressage with her partner Tessa. Very inspiring. Also thanks to Allison over at Adventures with Shyloh. First of all, who doesn't love a darling, smart-alecky, haflinger pony mare? Seriously, the pictures alone are enough, but Allison's dry sense of humor keeps me coming back. 

2. 11 random facts:
  • I can tell what time it is from the angle of the sun - within a few minutes, every time. Ask my Dad. (not useful on cloudy days)
  • There was a ten year period where I had no car or television. By choice. The no t.v. part made me smarter, but was probably canceled out by a number of head injuries due to bike wrecks.
  • I have skinny dipped in the ocean at night when there were phosphorescent critters in the water... super beautiful but also scary.
  • In another life I could see myself as a veterinarian... (think of the savings!)
  • There's a bit of an issue with procrastination.
  • I have champagne tastes and a PBR budget. *sniff* I can do a lot with a little, but hopefully things will be different one day. I likes me some County saddles...
  • Fifteen years ago I moved from Brooklyn to the far hinterlands. I ♥ BKLN, but the middle of nowhere has it's good points.
  • I was in a little band while living in Texas, called Fertile Crescent. I suppose we were hippies. Not that there's anything wrong with that.
  • My love of gardening came from many summers of child labor on my grandmother's farm. I fondly remember the delicious smell of tobacco hanging in the curing barns. And sweating my a$$ off weeding endless vegetable rows.
  • I've only ever driven standard transmissions. Now that I tow trailers regularly, I understand the virtues of an automatic.
  • I have found over a hundred four leaf clovers.. maybe closer to two hundred. I don't search for them. They just stick out to my eyes. I'm saving them pressed for a future project. Hoping the luck part is true.

3. Answer the eleven questions given to you (picking from both lists)

How did I get into horses / were there horses in my childhood?
My grandma had a rank pony stallion that I braved barbed wire to get next to. I was smitten. My grandma tanned my hide. I read every horse book known to man and begged for lessons until my parents broke down.

What's the weirdest lesson / clinic you've ever done on horseback?
The clinic was with Erik Herbermann. It took place two days after I bought Val, was a week long and seven hours away. I'd ridden him two or three times, never trailered a horse before, and was absolutely petrified. A great experience nonetheless.

Do you board or keep your horse at home?
I can see Val out of my bedroom window first thing in every morning. That's the best.

What nicknames do you have for your horse?
Mr. Man, Mr. Manteo, dude-man, buddy... (slightly embarrassed now)

What scares you most about riding / horses?
Not being able to work if I get hurt. Trying to perfect my hitting the dirt technique ;D

Describe your horse in three words...
my ♥ horse

Barefoot, boots or shoes?
Barefoot baby! 

What is your best skill round horses?
Wish I could say riding, but probably horse-keeping. My guy is very healthy and very happy.

What is the weirdest thing you've ever tried to feed your horse? Did he like it?
I was surprised that he liked iced (unsweetened) blackberry pomegranate green tea. The only thing he outright rejects is bute from a tube.

What other animals do you have?
Q the jack russell terrorist + three cats - Seven (possesses twenty four toes), Lucky Barnett (grumpy hunter extraordinaire and boss of the farm) and Alex (named after the hurricane he arrived with and was just about as welcome as).

What is your dream pony vacation? 
Either the Spanish Riding school in Vienna, or an Andalusian farm in Spain. Or both.

4. I'm passing along the same questions I answered above... call me a cheater.

5. This award is making the rounds so I've just picked a couple of blogs that hopefully haven't gotten multiple nominations yet... in no particular order:


  1. Thanks for the award! One of these evenings when I'm not too exhausted from work, I'm going to attempt to answer the questions. And, I'm SOOOO glad you found a way to comment on my blog. I hope others will do the same! I'm hoping to ride Winston this coming weekend when I'm back home -- it takes forever to recover from falls now. I remember when I was a kid and just popped right back up. Not anymore.

  2. I was nominated twice, too (WooHoo!)
    I like your idea of picking questions from both nominators, I will cheat and copy that.

  3. These things are fun - love the random facts! I have no TV - haven't for over 10 years - and I'm with you on the procrastination thing . . .

  4. Thank you so much for the award. Absolutely fabulous to learn more about you!!! Brooklyn, four-leaf clovers, Fertile Crescent - all very cool!

  5. Very cool - love the random facts! We haven't had TV since about 2000. And I do that same 4-leaf clover thing - I just look down and there it is. I haven't saved them though!!

  6. Congratulations on your award. It was fun getting to know more about you.

    Everybody I know is from Brooklyn (almost). My son is still considering moving back.

    I was also in a forced child labor camp at the grandparents, picking weeds and whatnot. No horses though.

  7. p.s. how did you figure out to leave a comment for Annette without leaving your name? I prefer to remain anonymous.

  8. Fertile Crescent! It sounds so familiar--but is that because of Egypt in art history books? Or did you have a CD???? YOU GO GIRRRL!! Thanks for my award. I am sincerely honored. I cannot wait to do a blog post of my own all about it!

  9. GHM -

    Try using an initial for your last name. I'm very annoyed by google +...

  10. I do no cable but I don't think we could handle no television :)

  11. I missed the fall post - ouch! Glad you're okay, sorry you're sore.
    Very cool learning more about you through the award.

  12. Look for Barefoot Bubbly Brut Cuvee. It's a "champagne" that sells for less than $10 a bottle and is pretty darn tasty! I like to make Mimosas out of it on weekends. It makes me feel fancy ;)

  13. Yes! I looked it up and you are bang, right on the money. St. Johns Wort it is. Thank you so much!


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