• What's Up with West?

    March 13 Stable View Show

    West and I showed at the Stable View dressage show last Wednesday. Our best show yet! Granted, we’ve only done three dressage shows so far – but still! Incredible! I was stressing because by the time I got there, I only had thirty minutes before my ride time. That meant thirty minutes to go get my number, tack up, school, and be ready by the ring. I usually like to school for about 25 minutes before I go in – and that didn’t happen. The warm up was crazy, as usual. If you’ve never been to Stable View – the warm ups are usually in the large covered arena. It’s…

  • What's Up with West?

    My first time using draw reins!

    Okay, not *actually* my first time. Maybe my third ish time. My first legit time though! I’ve always been very weary of draw reins. My preferred aid of choice has always been the neck stretcher. Honestly, it’s because .. I’ve never been taught how to properly use draw reins. I’ve seen the irreversible damage they can cause when in the hands of those uneducated and/or rough. The decision to give the forbidden training aid a go actually came after West’s body work session a few weeks ago. His neck and poll are all kinds of messed up. All kinds. My bodyworker (Stellar Equine Performance Therapy) recommended lots of stretched out…

  • What's Up with West?

    What’s wrong with my horse? Stellar Equine Performance Therapy finds out!

    West has been long overdue for some serious bodywork for quite some time now. The chiropractor I’ve used for years is inconveniently located over two hours from me, so she rarely finds time to come all the way to Aiken, and when she does she has to charge a fortune for gas. I’ve tried a few of the vets in town for bodywork, and just really haven’t been pleased. Don’t get me wrong, my vets are fantastic – but West is quirky, and most vets either don’t have the patience for it, or don’t have all day to gain his trust before working on him. I was thrilled to be…

  • What's Up with West?

    Get to know Emily and West: Q&A

    Hi friends! For this post, I asked you to leave me some general questions on my Instagram for a Q&A post. You never disappoint! Hopefully these help you to get to know us a bit better! Q: How old are you and where are you from? A: I am 21, almost 22 – and I am from Chapin, South Carolina! A small town about 20 minutes outside of the state capitol. Q: How did you get into riding? A: I’ve been riding since I could remember. I believe my first official lesson was at age four, and by age five I was a horse owner. Q: Does anyone else in…