I recall being tortured with frequent regularity as a junior when my trainer would tell us to drop our irons. Maybe one of us barn rats was particularly annoying the preceding week and she would make good on threats of a no stirrup lesson. Perhaps even escalating to a no stirrup two point lesson. Although we would groan and moan about it, I recall enjoying the challenge between members of my 'squad'. Who can hold 2 point the longest, who can do the most laps of posting trot, who could get their heels down the deepest, who had the nicest position through the gymnastic exercise.
We were a competitive bunch, even if we didn't get to show that often. Once real life starts and adulting kicks in, the barn becomes a place of solace. Where we can let all the frustrations of the day go and enjoy some quality time with your favorite furry beasties. I probably drop my irons once a week for maybe 5 minutes, and that's being generous. While warming up or cooling out mostly, I might canter a lap or do some 2 point if I'm feeling ambitious but mostly walking around. The thought of spending 45 minutes without irons doing actual work becomes incredibly intimidating. But I think we can all agree, no stirrups are a necessary evil.
This year, I'm going to set some goals for No Stirrup November, realistic adult level goals. I'm going to start small and work my way up to harder things by the end of the month. Maybe my goals will inspire you to join me on my quest. :)
For Immediate ReleaseLandrum, SC, USA – September 3, 2018 – Noreen Cothran, Celine Lehner and the entire staff of the Farm House tack shop are pleased to invite the general public and news organizations to a casual Meet & Greet opportunity featuring World Equestrian Games competitors at the Landrum Depot meeting space, Friday, September 7, [...]
This summer we are going to do a weekly-'ish' series titled Women Behind The Scenes Of Our Favorite Equestrian Brands. We'd like to highlight these hard working equestrians who started with an idea and grew it into a top selling brand. I recently had a chance to visit with Cathy Sacher of Essex Classics, THE name [...]
We've been hearing about them for months, ever since the grand debut at the Capital Challenge horse show in October. Ariat has been teasing us with tweets and posts about these beautiful new boots. - So what's the big deal you ask? It's just another high end Ariat tall boot right? -- Read on & [...]
Okay so if you're one of those who waits until the last possible second to order your favorite equestrian what their heart truly desires, this blog post is for you! No, we don't have a special connection with the custom vendors like Ogilvy, Integrity Linens or Oakcroft Trunks (We wish!). Custom goods are always going to [...]
This morning Tryon International Equestrian Center announced the start of early ticket sales for North and South Carolina Residents. A limited amount of ticket packages are on sale, with individual session tickets coming out in November. North and South Carolina residents wishing to purchase tickets can use code "wegncsc" at check out to secure tickets. [...]
As Hurricane our friends in Texas are cleaning up from Hurricane Harvey's aftermath, Hurricane Irma is setting her sights on the South Eastern coastline, we have organized equine evacuation resources for everyone. Please, PLEASE plan ahead, this storm is shaping up to be bigger and more damaging than last years. Print and Fill Out Our Evacuation [...]
We all know helmets are a necessary evil. Safety first of course. That also means we are all stuck with trying to make amends with our locks after cramming them unceremoniously into hairnets, hair ties & helmets. We've come up with some life hacks to help you and your tresses look your best after your post [...]
*UPDATE 8/25/17 This afternoon the Polk county Department of Health announced that a second horse from the same farm has been euthanized and determined to have contracted rabies. At this time it is still unknown how the animals have come in contact with the disease. The rest of the herd was given rabies boosters after the [...]
Finals season is nearly upon us, just a few more weeks left to the season to get those points, get qualified or just meet your goals. After a full season of showing expenses, trying to keep your show clothes fresh can be tough. We've got 5 ways to freshen up without draining your bank account! 1) [...]