Thursday, July 11, 2013

Liebster Blog Award!

Thank you Briana at Equestrian Diaries & Ruffles at Just a Girl and her Horse for nominating me for the Liebster Blog Award! 

 HOW TO ACCEPT THE 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.

11 Random Facts about me: 

1. I love to read
2. I've been homeschooled since 2nd grade
3. I love colored pens
4. I absolutely love ice cream
5. I started riding when I was 12 years old
6. I really want to get into English riding more
7. I love the color turquoise
8. I love watching Duck Dynasty, Heartland, & Blue Bloods
9. I have my drivers license
10. One of my favorite pairs of shoes other than my boots are my Sperrys! 
11. I live in a small town

11 questions from Briana:
  1. When and why did you start riding? I started riding when I was 12 because I was horse crazy.  I went to 2 horse camps that summer and then started lessons after that.  I got Bida that November.
  2. Have you ever taken any time away from riding? Why? No, I can't say that I have.  
  3. If you couldn't ride, what would you do with your horse/with horses? That's a hard would depend I guess.  If I could do ground work with them & just not ride I would keep them, if not I guess I would find an awesome home for them and visit them a lot.
  4. Where have you lived during your life? I have lived in LouisianaFlorida, Texas, & Oklahoma. 
  5. If you could travel to any place in the universe, where would you go? Italy 
  6. What horse (real or fictitious) has had a big influence on your horsey career? My mare, Bida. She has really helped me grow in my riding. 
  7. What is one big thing on your "bucket list"? To compete at the AQHA world show or a big horse show. 
  8. What are two goals you would like to achieve with your horse? Be able to ride her anywhere and have fun! 
  9. If you have a horse, what is his/her favorite thing to do with you? (If not, pick a lesson horse or a horse you used to have). Ride anywhere but the arena! :) 
  10. Do you play a musical instrument? If not, what is one you'd like to play? No, I don't.  I would want to play the piano or the guitar
  11. What is the most spur-of-the-moment thing you've ever done?  I can't really think of a "spur-of-the-moment" thing I have ever done. 

11 Questions from Ruffles: 

1. What is your favorite song? Gone, Gone, Gone by: Phillip Phillips  
2. If you are outside, what are you most likely doing? Riding or playing with the horses 
3. What is your horses favorite treat? Food! lol Probably just about anything
4. Do you have a color for your horse? Yes, her colors are turquoise & hot pink 
5. What is your obsession? Horses
6. What is your favorite equestrian discipline? Jumping, bareback, and cow work 
7. Least favorite? Bronc riding 
8. Why did you start blogging? My sister talked me into it. I'm glad she did!
9. Do you drink coffee? No
10. What other pets do you have besides horses? I have 2 cats
11. What are 3 things you can't live without? My horse, family, and a car. lol 

11 Questions for You: 

1. What is your favorite color?
2. What are some of your hobbies? 
3. How many horses do you have? 
4. How did you get into riding?  
5. What is your favorite movie? 
6. What are you obsessed with? 
7. Do you live in the city or the country? 
8. Is it a small or big town? 
9. What type of car do you drive? 
10. What is one thing on your bucket list? 
11. What is one big thing you want to accomplish with your horse? 

The 11 Blogs I'm Nominating: 

1. Caitlin at Savvy Journey  
4. ReNeigh at Gert-A-Licious 
5. Ann at Horse Country Chic 
7. Lindsey at It Will All Work Out 
8. Melissa at My Life, Naturally!
9. Ranch Girl at Ranch Girl Diaries

Friday, May 24, 2013

35 Equestrian Qs & As

I found this questionnaire from L. Williams at Viva Carlos, that I thought I'd answer. :)  

1: A time you've been scared for your life on horseback.
That's a hard one....I can't remember when I was actually scared for my life on horseback, but when I was on the ground definitely

2: There's a huge party at your friends house or you could have a lesson on the same night, which do you go to?
I would rather have a lesson and show up late to the party. 

3: Favorite markings a horse can have.
Socks, stockings, & any face markings :) 

4: Would you rather deal with bolting, rearing or bucking?

5: Agree or disagree; To have good eq means to be a good rider?
Disagree, just because you have good eq doesn't make you a good rider. I will quote L's answer: "You can have good eq and not be effective, you can be effective and not have good eq, and you can be blessed and have both."

6: If you could try any discipline on any horse for 1 day, what discipline and what horse?
Jumping or cutting :) 

7: 3 horses you'd want to ride/meet the most?
          1. Secretariat 
          2. Cylana (Reed's horse)
          3.  Magic   (Pat's horse)

8: On a scale of 1-10 how good would you say your seat is?

9: One of your goals for the next year, horse-wise.
To show, start jumping more, & riding more. 

10: Would you rather teach lessons or train horses?

Train horses

11: Have you ever given a lesson for money?

12: If you were a trainer, would you want to train little kids, pre-teens, teens or adults?
Pre-teens, teens, & adults 

13: Have you ever ridden someone's horse for money?

14: If given the opportunity, would you exercise track horses?

15: On a scale of 1-10 what is your confidence like in the saddle?
Maybe a 4-5, I hope to improve on that this year. :) 

16: 3 things you need to work on, riding-wise?
Don't make "scary" things a big deal, confidence, & realizing that Bida is capable of more things than I realize. 

17: 3 things your horse needs to work on.
Maintaining gait, listening to me & not worrying about whats going on around her, and staying calm. 

18. Top 3 favorite riders? 
Reed Kessler, Pat Parelli, & Ron Turcotte

19: Is there anyone you'd say is a bad rider? (don't give names)

20: Are you better on the flat or over fences?
Flat right now, I haven't jumped a whole lot. 

21: How high do you think you've jumped?
A foot & a half, maybe 2 feet. 

22: How high do you think your horse would be capable of jumping?
2 1/2-3ish feet? 

23: Opinion on tackless riding.
I love to ride tackless when I get the chance. 

24: Have you ever lied or over-dramatized anything about your riding?

I don't think I have, but if I did it was probably something negative.

25: Do you think you're a good rider?
Yes, but I think I could definitely improve too. 

26: Ever had barn drama?
YES!  I think every barn has drama. 

27: Favorite things about the barn you're at?
Quite roads to ride on, trails, round pen, private pasture, arena, & nice boarders. 

28: Will you show next year? If so in what?
I hope to show in a few small shows next year. Halter class, western stuff, & maybe english too.

29: Plans for your horse over the next year?
Show in a few shows, go on some trail rides, do something with cows, & have fun!!!

30: Would you share your tack with people?
No, I probably wouldn't....unless I absolutely had too. 

31: Has a horse ever shattered your confidence?
Yes, believe it or not Bida has. But we are both learning and my confidence has grown a lot over the past year. 

32: Ever been scared to get on a horse?
Yes, when I first got Bida.  She spooked and reared up one day; after that I was pretty scared to get back on, but I did with the help of my trainer. :)

33: Do you get nervous before shows?
Doesn't everyone? Yes, I did at the shows I've attended. 

34: Hunters or Jumpers?

35: Last time you fell off? What happened? Were you hurt?
Last & only time so far was when: I was riding bareback in the pasture, Bida spooked and bucked me off.  I landed in a fire ant pile and my backside was bruised for a couple of weeks. 

 ~All Around Cowgirl~

Monday, May 20, 2013

Pray for Oklahoma

Please keep Oklahoma & the town of Moore in your thoughts and prayers.  

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Second Lesson of the Season!!!!!

Emma Chase
Emma with Bida,
Progress Entry: Sat 11 May 2013

Online Level 2
15 minutes

FreeStyle Level 2
45 minutes
So I had a rough start this evening with Bida. I decided to hop on her bareback & ride her to the barn, I didn't want to walk through all the mud puddles and thought it would be a great experience for Bida to walk through the water. Well, she had other ideas I was on her about a minute and she started the second she landed back on the ground I hopped off and got her under control & walked her up to the barn instead of riding. I went to the car to get her saddled and ready for our lesson, which was a great one!!!! We rode on the rode for about 45 minutes, just her... no other horses. She did amazing!!!! After that my trainer showed me how to help her learn how to pick up her back feet and to teach her how she is supposed to do it & not kick. She did awesome!!!! I hopefully have another lesson next Friday permitting!! Can't wait! :)

Friday, May 10, 2013

Horse Quote of the Week

found on Pinterest 

I have another lesson tonight, so stay tuned for an update on Bida tomorrow! :)
~All Around Cowgirl~

Friday, April 19, 2013

First Lesson of the Season!!!

Emma Chase
Emma with Bida,
Progress Entry: Fri 19 Apr 2013
Online Level 2
15 minutes
FreeStyle Level 2
75 minutes
We had an awesome first lesson of the season!!! We decided that it was time for both Bida and me for a change of scenery. We went into the front yard of the barn by the road and did circles, circles & more circles at a walk and trot. Bida did amazing!!! We then went by the goat pen and did more circles (Bida was scared of goats, but not anymore! lol) and then we went by the hay bale storage area and did more circles. She did awesome! After all those circles and new scenery we went into the arena and walked, trotted, & loped laps. It was the first time I've loped Bida in forever and she actually obeyed and did everything she was supposed to do!!! We had an amazing lesson! :) For our next lesson I think we will be riding on the country roads!! I can't wait!!! :)

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Quote of the Week

Found on Pinterest

I have a lesson with Bida coming up on Tuesday!! Can't Wait! :) 

Sunday, March 31, 2013

An Awesome Easter Ride :)

Emma Chase
Emma with Bida,
Progress Entry: Sun 31 Mar 2013
Online Level 2
15 minutes
Liberty Level 2
30 minutes
FreeStyle Level 2
75 minutes
I had an awesome day with Bida! I played with her online w/ the circling game and she did great, then I took the lead off and played the circling game in the round pen to work out some extra energy she had and she was bucking, farting, snorting, etc. it was so funny, she had a TON of energy & fun! lol We then went into one of the 30 acre pastures and rode around and Bida did very very good! I think sometimes I underestimate her, she would rather walk the fence-line then ride in the middle of the pasture. I had one of the best rides on her in a long time!!! I also got to use my new Classic Equine Legacy orange& black tiger stripe boots on her and they looked awesome! :)


found on Pinterest

~All Around Cowgirl

Friday, March 29, 2013

........ Driving

Its been awhile since I posted, but I'll catch you up on whats been happening in my life. :) 

I went to take my drivers test yesterday and..........I passed!!!  YAY!!!  After we went to get my DL at the tag agency, we went to Cherry Berry for some frozen yogurt.  Last night was work night at the church and my parents let me drive me, my brother & sister there and back (don't worry we got there and back home safely).  We washed all the church vans inside and out, that was a lot of fun.  :)  Tomorrow I'm driving myself to work and back by myself!  Bida and Firecracker have lost most of their winter coats, so stay tuned for some spring riding/horse posts!   

~All Around Cowgirl  

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Spring is in the Air!

Spring is in the air or should I say hair? lol Its flying everywhere! Spring is finally here, today it was a whopping 79* degrees F.  We went out to work with and ride the horses.  Bida was acting like a mare, I guess its that time of year again to put her back on Smartpak's Mare Harmony. I played with her on-line & at liberty, we played the circling game at liberty and she was bucking and carrying on like a mad woman, she was hyper! lol  A bunch of the horses out at the barn were running and playing with each other, loving the nice, no Oklahoma wind day. Its supposed to be nice all weekend and next week!  Hopefully we will get to ride and play with the horses again this weekend & over Spring Break.  :)  I hope everyone has a great & awesome weekend!

~All Around Cowgirl :)

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Daylight Savings Time!!!!

Daylight savings time is in 1 week and 2 days!!!  It starts Sunday March 10th!!! 

I can't wait!!!!

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

When it Snows....... SNOWS!!!!  We got about 10-12 inches of snow Monday night/Tuesday morning, the power went out for our whole town & the surrounding towns for 2 days, it started going out Monday night. School was cancelled for the week!!!  That's 1 plus & the other plus is all the moisture we got, we've been in a drought for the past 2 years! We just got our power back on this afternoon!!! YAY!!!!!!!  Here are some pictures of all the snow & the horses.  Well, tonight the new Duck Dynasty season starts and we have power to watch it!!!!

ice on the electric fence wire 

horse  gate

road to the barn

road along side the horses pasture 

road to the horses gate

Now we can thaw out for the rest of the week and maybe ride next week. 

Friday, February 15, 2013

My New 5 Star Saddle Pad

I bought a 5 Star Equine saddle pad a couple of weeks ago and I finally was able to get pictures of it on Bida.  More info about 5 Star  I have never seen a saddle pad so soft like this one and they are made in the United Stated (another plus)  I hope every has a great weekend!

up close of the patch

Miss Bida 

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Laying Down, Riding, & Fun! :)

Emma Chase
Emma Chase with Bida,
Progress Entry: Sun 03 Feb 2013
Online Level 2
15 minutes
FreeStyle Level 2
45 minutes
We rode the horses today!!! Bida was laying down when we went to catch them, so I haltered her, gave her a carrot, & got on! She was licking my boot & then she got up with me on her! That's the second that she has done that since I've owned her! I also saddled Bida & rode in the arena. Bida did great!! We had a great time!!! :)