A lesson on Fox!

I was away from Monday till late Wednesday so no riding happened then 😦 but I did get a lesson on Thursday! I have been really missing jumping (I didn’t jump at all for the last year +, but now that I got to do just a little bit before Tanta went on stall rest… I miss it!😫) so I asked if I could ride one of my coaches horses. She said I could try Foxy! She is a super super sweet and friendly OTTB. My coach did say to free lunge her before I rode. So I did! She seemed very reluctant to get going… then when I made her go she slowly loped around the ring a couple times. I was thinking this free lunging seemed pretty unnecessary… after a few more minutes I caught her and went to saddle up.

My coach came out and was like “did Fox have a good gallop with lots of bucking?”😊

“no…”

then she says “hmm it’s still in there then!”

me:😳

so then she proceeded to teach me an emergency stop! Hahaha…

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Me and Fox practising our ‘emergency stop’ (at the walk😉)

and then coach grabs out a dressage whip with a plastic bag on the end! And she says “time to try out the emergency stop”😈

Hmmm at this point I was wondering how this would go… I’m on a somewhat green horse who I’ve never ridden before and is apparently full of gallop/bucking energy, and now we are going to purposely test out the emergency stop?😟 lol.

But Fox is very level headed and wasn’t really that phased by the bag. She was nervous and clearly wanted to get away from the bag, but it wasn’t like she bolted or anything. So I needn’t have worried, it really wasn’t that eventful. And my coach would never do that if she thought it would be unsafe or anything… but it was a good chance to try out the emergency stop on a spooking horse who was not out of control.

Then it started raining so we moved to the indoor to jump some little things. Fox is super fun to jump!! We only trotted a few tiny jumps, but it was SO fun!!!

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And she did play a few times, but nothing terrible… and I had such a blast!! I will have to see if I can have another lesson on her soon.

The 12 questions bookish tag!

Hello!! Ok. I know I’ve not been on top of my posting… but I’m back now!! (For how long nobody knows🙁) but I hope to work out some sort of at least semi-consistent schedule for posting!!

Anyways; Today I’m doing the 12 questions bookish tag which Maren@poniesandpotter tagged me for!! Thanks Maren!

Now onto the tag;

 

1. How do you feel about audiobooks?

hmmm I have actually only ever listened to one audiobook. Like, ever. And I only listened to a few chapters… it was the raven king! And I just couldn’t get into it the same way as a book… but I can’t really say if it’s all audiobooks, or just this particular one that I disliked🤔 the person reading did have a super weird voice for Calla, so that sure didn’t help😂

 

2. Bookshelves: rainbow or arranged by series/favourite books?

well my bookshelf (ha. It’s not really a bookshelf… my books are just lined up on top of my dresser🙃I’m so fancy;) was arranged by colour! I loved it! And I can’t actually take credit for the lovely rainbow that was my bookshelf, as my friend did that while over at my house!!(yup. That’s what me and my friends do while at each others houses… organize books!! 😂) sadly the rainbow has disappeared as I’m not good about keeping my books organized😞

 

3. Favourite book cover?

I can’t answer this one. I don’t even know😫 too many pretty books🙂

 

4. favourite book quote?

argh I don’t know!!! I love so many I just.. um.. can’t remember any right now😐 it’s so frustrating! I’ll be reading along, and think “oh this is such a good quote!” But do I ever remember them? Nooooo. Not even what they are about, who said them…😢🤷🏼‍♀️

 

5. Longest book you’ve read?

I think Harry Potter and the order of the Phoenix… I’m not entirely sure though, as I don’t really keep track🤔

 

6. Shortest book you’ve read?

well, I’v honestly got no idea… I mean…. I used to love those pony pal books when I was little?? They never took very long to read… There was a TON of them😝

 

7. Favourite character from a book?

Ummmm… this is so so so hard!!!! Why!!?? But I guess… all the Harry Potter characters (well not all of them) + the blackthorns? 🤣 but honestly, it really depends on what book I’m currently reading… but I love those ones so much😍

 

8. Least favourite character from a book?

 

Dolores Umbridge. (Well that was easy.)

9. Dust jacket? On or off?

Off! For the most part. I actually prefer paperback books… lighter and easier to read (and pack!) but if I’m reading a hard cover I basically always take the dust jacket off. It’s so annoying with a flappy thing flying and slipping about while your trying to read…

10. Magnetic book marks? Yes or no?

Nope! I’ve had a traumatic experience…😖 but actually sometimes yes! I made my own with cheap-y magnetic sticky stuff from the dollar store, and it’s not strong enough to rip my page, just strong enough to stay put😉 (also shaped like cute cats🐈👍🏻)

 

11. If someone offered to give you a prophecy what would you say?

no thanks? I don’t know. I’ve never really thought about it… I guess I’ve never wished to have a prophecy told to me, and I think (depending on what it was about) it could make me really paranoid…🧐

 

12. Who do you tag?

Welllllll…. this is so hard… I don’t know a lot of blogs as I’m still pretty new to the whole thing… so I’ll say whoever would like to do this, please do! I’d love to hear your answers!! 😄

Thanks for reading!

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Haha😂 Tanta looks unimpressed. “Why is Raven chewing my saddle?”

the cutest baby horses😍 + mild panicking😬

Hi!! So the super duper excited news!!! Tanta and Velvet has two healthy and adorable foals!!

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This is Tanta and her super cute filly Raven💙 she is two days old and such a sweet horsie already!!😊

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And… Velvet and her adorable colt Valentino!!😍 he is six days old now!!

They are are both so lovely💕 it is so amazing to have them next door😊

 

now… the panicking… has nothing to do with the foals.

im going to a horse show in (ack!) under a week😬 and I’ll be doing my freestyle dressage test which is always a struggle for me to get all done and rehearsed in time… I think I’ve got this one somewhat good(ish). Maybe. 

my coaches riding ring (where I do my riding for the most part😄) is not 60 meters long… it’s hard to time the music correctly with a ring that is shorter than the one that’ll be used in competition!! But we were able to trailer to someone else’s ring where they kindly let me practice my freestyle with music!😊 and it actually rode pretty well! (Well the first one was a bit all over the place… but I feel we had improved by the third time through so I think it was a success!) it was so nice to be able to ride it a few times and be more prepared for where my transitions where going to come up!😆

also I really need to get Merlin re-shod before the show… he might be ok as he isn’t due for a little while longer, but he does grow his feet pretty fast… and has gone a bit off before if left too long (well he wasn’t even due yet that time so that’s why I’m trying to get him done so early this time!!) but he also sometimes gets a bit sore from holding up his legs for so long to be shod… so he needs to be shod as soon as possible to allow as much time as we can before the show. Unfortunately our farrier got kicked in the arm☹️ (he was OK, just really sore!!) So I’m not really sure what to do about that… which is where a lot of the panic is coming from! I realllllly don’t want a lame Metlin right before our show! (Or ever of course. That timing would just be extra stinky😣)

 

so yeah!! I’ve been super busy so I’m sorry for such in-frequent posting! I will try and do better but I honestly can’t see myself posting much until after the show…

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The BEST chocolate milkshake (in my opinion anyway)

Photorealistic illustration of chocolate milkshakehi! This is my new favourite chocolate milkshake!! It’s so easy and absolutely delicious😋 I LOVE milkshakes…they are one of my favourite treats in the summer (although I’ll never say no to ice cream, even when it’s freezing out!) I’ve always just made up my milkshakes as I go… they normally turn out good, but this milkshake was so delicious I’ve been making it whenever I feel like a milkshake (I totally don’t eat this for breakfast… ever…)

so here’s the recipe! (It makes one large cup full) I tried to do one of those pics of all the things you’ll need… then realized I’d forgotten the ice cream scoop… then measuring spoons… and also a spatula… haha! I’d already moved everything and started on the shake by the time I realized… oops!! So I won’t put it in… all you need is:

  • 4 large scoops of vanilla ice cream
  • 3/4 cup of almond milk
  • 2 tbsp of your favourite hot chocolate mix
  • a little hot water

**UPDATE** I just recently made this shake again…. I’m not sure what I was doing saying 4 scoops?? I mean, I wrote this post while making the milkshake and I used 4 big scoops… (and it turned out a great consistency) they must have been HUGE scoops!!! When I made this yesterday I actually needed to use 12 scoops to get it thick enough to be a milkshake!! That did serve 2 but I used the same amount of other ingredients?? So I’d say just keep adding ice cream until you reach the desired thicness, or if you want only enough for one person (but really who minds having extra big milkshake portions??) is just add a little less milk… sorry!!! Apparently I’m a very confused milkshake maker…

 

I’m sure you could substitute almond milk for normal milk or another type of milk if you prefer. I do really like the flavour the almond milk gives it though, Which is very odd as I don’t normally like almond milk¯\_(ツ)_/¯ we were out of normal milk when I first make this, so I had to use it and liked it so much I’ve only made it with almond milk!

as for the hot chocolate mix, my all time fave is this stuff⬇️

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It’s so delicious!! But really whenever you have on hand should work just fine😊

Now for actually making the milkshake all you do is dissolve the hot choc mix in a little bit of hot water (you don’t need much, it can be thick) then throw that, the almond milk and the ice cream and blend it up!! Done!

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Now… I meant to get a better picture of the finished shake…(while hoping nobody actually noticed me photographing my milkshake…😝) but by the time I was done cleaning up the kitchen… I’d… umm… drank most of it…😬 so there was a little bit still left but I thought that looked sorta cheesy sooooooo no good pic😞 (Hence the clip art milkshake😂)

thanks for reading and if you try out this shake, I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!!😄

 

 

 

Beach puppies!

Hiiiiii!

Sorry about not posting in so long😕 been busy😔 but now I’m posting a short photo filled post! Today I took my puppy Finn to visit his sister puppy named Lexi, who one of my best friends adopted!! Her house is right on the beach and Finn and Lexi had so much fun playing!

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They got so sandy and seaweedy that we had to clean them off before they came in the house😬 luckily they have a super handy outdoor shower which is great for quick puppy baths!

Finn is so tired now he is sleeping on me as I write this post😂

so yeah, that’s it. Sorry! I’ll try my best to post more consistently! 🙂

The 20 Questions book tag! 😁

Hello!!

I was tagged for the 20 questions book tag by Iris, on her lovely blog, Hoard of books! Thanks Iris!!

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Question #1:

how many books are too many in a book series?

hmm… It really depends  on lots of different things for me (how much I like the books* if they are easy to read etc.) but I’d say generally I really like 3 or 4 books…  I do love some longer series such as the mortal instruments (6 books) and Harry Potter! (7 books) also lots of others, those are just some of the longest series I’ve read that I can think of right now…

*obviously!

 

Question #2

How do you feel about cliffhangers?

Well… sometimes I love them… other times it’s just plain torture!! Like, they can be interesting if the series is oldish (that way you can probably get your hands on the next book) BUT if the next book isn’t out until months or sometimes years!!!* 😩😩😩

*queen of air and darkness!! Also muse of nightmares, I need now!!!!😫

 

Question #3

hardbacks or paperbacks?

This is one thing I honestly don’t have much of an opinion on… I like paper backs as they are lighter and cheaper… hardbacks do look nice, but Then again, I like the way paperbacks look too ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ So if the book is out in paperback I’d most likely get that because 🤑 The only exception would be if the hardback has something really pretty that the paperback didn’t… such as GLITTER!!!!*

*I haven’t read song of the current… but omg that cover!! (Hardback anyway, I haven’t seen the paperback cover yet…) I almost bought it a little while ago, just for that cover!!

Question #4

favorite book?

aaarrrgghhh!!!! This is such a hard question!! I honestly don’t think I have a single favourite book… so you’ll have to settle for a long short list! (Not In any particular order)

Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling!!!!

all Cassandra Clare’s shadowhunter books!!!!

the land of stories by Chris Colfer!!!!

the mysterious benadict society series by Trenton Lee Stewart!!!

the penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall!!!*

the raven cycle by Maggie stiefvater!!

Warcross by Marie Lu!!!

since you’ve been gone by Morgan Matson!!!

strange the dreamer by Laini Taylor!!!

The illuminae files by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff!!**

so that’s just some of them… but I love them all so much!!!

* it turns out there’s a new penderwick book out now!!!  I always knew there was going to be one more… but I’ve been looking for info on it for literally years and have been finding nothing…. (just proves how great my googling skills are😬) then my sister got it for her birthday!! So yay now I can read it!!! So excited😁 (although the Penderwicks in spring was a bit of a disappointment… it was still good… just not as good as the first ones!!!! So hopeing this ones more like those!!)
**I’v actually only read illuminae at this point… but I’m sure I’ll love Gemina and obsidio too!!!

 

Question #5

Least favourite book?

this is really hard… I (luckily!) haven’t read a book that I really disliked in awhile!! BUT a reallllllly long time ago I read the goose girl… I absolutely hated it then.. so did my friend, but she reread it a bit more recently and said that she actually didn’t think it was all that bad now… so I’m not sure… but I haven’t been brave enough to reread it yet.

 

Question #6

love triangles, yes or no?

Definitely a no… I find them mega annoying! But I have read some books I loved despite the love triangles.. but I’ve never read about a love triangle that I liked or thought added much to the story…

 

Question #7

The most recent book you just couldn’t finish?

well… now that I’m thinking about it, the most recent book I have not finished is actually my lady jane!! 😱 I was really enjoying it too!! I believe I had some library books due so paused to read them then forgot about my lady jane!!! That’s on the top my TBR pile now!

 

Question #8

I book your currently reading?

I’m currently reading six of crows (almost finished!) and Blue Lily Lily Blue. I loooooooooove both of them!!😍😍 oh and apparently I’m also reading my lady jane!!

 

Question #9

Last book you recommended to someone?

hmmm..🤔 I think the last books I recommended to someone were the raven cycle… to my Sister 😁

 

Question #10

Oldest book you’ve read? (Publication date)

welllllllllllll I read Ballet shoes a few years ago… I think that was published in 1963? I’ve read part of little women (1869 I think??) 🙃 but I really don’t pay much attention to release date so I can’t be completely sure…

 

Question #11

Newest book you’ve read (release date)

yikes! I’m not very good about reading new books… if the library doesn’t have it yet I tend to wait to look at some reviews before I buy it… unless it’s an author I love… but I think the newest was warcross?!?!😟 I know I know!! That’s hardly new anymore!! But I did read it a month ago… so a bit better??😝

 

Question #12

Favourite author?

I don’t have a favourite… I’ve got lots… all of the authors Of my favourite books (which I lister earlier in this post⬆️…) plus a ton more 😜

 

Question #13

Buying books or borrowing books?

both are great!! I do really like to have my own copy of the book if I really love it, but I have great friends who let me borrow their books…* There’s also the library of course:)

*just to be clear, they are great for other reasons as well, not just because they lend me books!! But they do so that’s very nice!!

 

Question #14

A book you disliked that everyone else seems to love?

this would have to be divergent…  I didn’t hate it, I just couldn’t care about any of the characters… I only read half of the first book though so maybe if I’d read more I’d like it better?? 🧐

 

Question #15

Bookmarks or dog-ears?

definatly bookmarks, well more accurately recites!! I can never find bookmarks, I think because I take the bookmark out to read the book, put it down, then most likely move somewhere with my book and not the bookmark 🙁 but for some reason I find recites much simpler to keep track of… my sister got two Super cool bookmarks for her birthday! they clip on the front (or back I suppose) cover of your book (strong enough to not fall off, but not strong enough to rip your cover!!*) they have a ribbon attached to it so you can place that wherever you want it to hold your page!! Unfortunately she won’t give me one even though she has 2…😒

*that has happened to me and I don’t think I’ll ever fully recover.😖

 

Question #16

A book you can always re-read?

I’m not really much of a re-reader… BUT I will always re-read all of the books mentioned earlier in this post (faves!) as well as some others too… depends on my mood, really:)

 

Question #17

Can you read while hearing music?

for the most part-nope. once in awhile I can… if it’s really boring dull music, otherwise I get too distracted 😝

 

Question #18

multiple POV’s or one POV?  (POV’s = point of views)

definitely multiple POV’s! I find books so much more interesting and entertaining with all the different perspectives!!  

 

Question #19

Do you read a book in one sitting or over multiple days?

normally multiple days… I could finish a book in one day if I had all day (which I don’t normally) but if I’m on vacation etc. Then I can read a book in one sitting😊

 

Question #20

who do you tag?

well I’m still pretty new to blogging… and I don’t know a lot of blogs but I love both of these blogs:

Rhea@bookchanted

FillieFanatic@tinyhorsetalk

And of course Anyone else who is reading this and would like to do this tag!!!

and umm that’s it… sorry I couldn’t think of any more!! No pressure to do this tag, of course! But I’d love to hear your answers!!

If you read all the way to the end of this long winded post-thank you!! 7275D67B-7A68-4941-8454-5E50B21836E016D1E91E-BB00-4724-A069-9BEFB86A7E4E

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Horse trials + Tantara + schooling Ollie + Rasty update + my puppy Finn!😍

Hellooooooooo! Finally! Sorry I was absent for so long, I didn’t plan to be… it’s just been busy :/

last weekend was a horse trials which my sister was riding in (not me though😢) it was fun…. ish…. well, I do enjoy going along and hanging out, helping out, watching, taking pictures etc. BUT the weather could have been better, it wasn’t terrible just not great. The first day was meh then the second day I got burnt (even though it wasn’t hot out) then the third day was pouring rain! So cross county was a bit slippery, But no bad slips that I saw/heard about, so that’s good!

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It looked like so much fun though!! And I wished I was riding so bad!!! Next year, once Tanta has had her baby (anytime now!!) we’ll be out there!! (Hopefully!)

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Tanta💜

I haven’t talked much about rasty on here in awhile, but he is looking much better!! Not 100% yet, but getting there, I think😁 he’s gotten an Osphos injection as well as a reverse shoe on his right front that seems to be making him a lot better!EF4D6D97-E425-45CE-87FE-879A45154E80.jpeg

(The ground has been so dry… time to start soaking in the pond!)

I’ve ridden my sister’s (very cute!) Eventer a few times trying to school him a little on his dressage (if I do a dressage ride she lets me do a jump ride on him!!!) we’ve made a little progress in the canter mostly, he’s pretty good in the trot but gets very above the bit in the canter transition…😜FB28ADCA-83DB-443A-A313-246682F7FC577D3D83D4-AA49-40A8-8A06-860554AE1286

and I’m so excited, my puppy gets to come home tomorrow!!! His name is Finn 😍 he is sooooooooooo cute I can’t even! He’s come for a couple home visits (one today and another yesterday) it’s very nice that he lives only two minutes up the road😄 our golden retriever Daisy loves him and he loves her!! I didn’t think she would do anything to Finn, I just also didn’t think she would be so so good with him!!cant wait to get him home tomorrow! 😍

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