This one is courtesy of The $900 Facebook Pony and I thought it was a great way to do a brief, photographic summary of the year while I work on my more detailed year-in-review post.
Only rules on this one are there has to be accompanying media (photo, video, gif, etc) for each category.
Show Ride Picture
The ultimate Cougar Rock picture, of course. The photo makes it look so much more dramatic than I felt it was in reality, but that’s the beauty of a good photo…captures more of the moment than what you might have otherwise even realized.
Also, this is just such an iconic photo that is so representative of what endurance is to me. It reminds me of what I’ve worked for over the years, but also that the journey is not a finite point — this is but one goal along the way, with so many more still to come.
Show Ride Picture
That’s hard, because so much of my media is taken at rides, so I have virtually nothing of me riding here at home. But I love how this one came out, and it reminds me of probably one of the best “around the barn” rides I’ve had on Mimi.
Favorite Thing You Bought
My equine-related purchases were actually pretty light this year, so I would have to say spending the $ to attend the first step towards my Masterson Method massage certification would probably qualify. Just learning the basics was really valuable, no matter what, and since this is going towards one of my big life goals, I’d consider it a pretty big deal.
Favorite Moment on Horseback
Climbing on Flash for the first time. Mounting a horse I’ve never ridden before for the first time is probably one of the scariest moments for me. Between ones that have bronc’d me, or tried to, or the ones you just have to “get in the saddle and go” because they’re a bundle of nerves or energy, I’m always somewhat apprehensive of what I’ll be getting into, and there are only a handful of horses I’ve been able to mount up and feel instantly relaxed. This was one of those times. I was expecting a high-energy, fire-breathing dragon, especially in the face of 40mph wind gusts…and what I got was calm, settled, polite, and the instant feeling of safety and security.
Favorite Moment Out of the Saddle
Hanging out in camp at the Strawberry ride. Yummy food, good friends, a beautiful setting.
Favorite “Between the Ears” Picture
This was a hard pick, because I’ve got half a dozen amazing ears photos from this year. But looking out at the Grand Canyon is a hard one to beat.
Favorite Horse Book or Article
This has been a fun thing for me to dabble with through the year, especially with Mimi. It gives us something “different” to do without being physically taxing for her.
Favorite Horse Ridden (or Groomed/Cared For) Aside From your Own
Flash. Because that one wasn’t obvious at all.
Favorite Funny Picture of Your Horse
Perfecting the Epic Opinionated Mare Face.
Favorite Fence That You Jumped or Movement That You Successfully Conquered
(Endurance Alternate: Successful Ride Moment)
First time showing for Best Condition, and getting High Vet Score.
Favorite Horse Meme or Funny Picture
Ahem, Mimi. 25 years old and still trying to zoom down the trail.
5 thoughts on “Bloghop: Favorites of 2018”
I’m so glad to hear you say that the Cougar Rock photos are more impressive than how it feels! I have always felt like that was the case from seeing other images but never heard a rider confirm! lol
And I lol’d at that meme and your comment about Mimi. She’s gonna zoom zoom zoom until her dying day! What a character. <3
It’s really interesting to see it in person. From photos you expect this monstrous obstacle, and I think the biggest thing that surprised me was “oh, that’s rather steep” — but from the photos, it looks like it just goes on and on…but the photo is really it. The height of the jump/step is pretty much the end of it, and it levels out immediately after that.
Zoom pony! I stopped at the barn yesterday to do a Christmas cookie delivery, and when I walked out to the pasture to say hi to her, one of the other mares started heading towards me first…she picked her head up and *ran* up to me, like “nope, your my mommy, no one else is getting to you first.”
You had a great year with some amazing trails and ears to experience them through
It really was. I’m working on my year in review, and probably been one of my best years to date when it comes to endurance.
I love seeing this one go around! That book looks fascinating… I’ll have to add it to my list!