& The Tale of Milton: Horses, Life, A Touch of Geek

My Ridiculous Anxiety

Last week, I had a mammogram. (Ladies, have you gone?) I have the dubious distinction of getting my films read on the day. I donned the robe of office, assumed positions natural to a Chinese acrobat, got scanned, and then waited. And waited. And waited. Finally the nice lady came out to tell me I was free to go. The doctor did not need to speak with me. Yay! The paperwork said no change since 2014. More yay! I speed walked out of the office.

While I waited the subjective eternity for the films to be read, I was nervous. This is understandable. What is NOT understandable is that my anxiety was no different than what I face before a horse show or an interview.

This is ludicrous.

Per Robert Fulghum:

One of life’s best coping mechanisms is to know the difference between an inconvenience and a problem. If you break your neck, if you have nothing to eat, if your house is on fire – then you’ve got a problem. Everything else is an inconvenience. Life is inconvenient. Life is lumpy. A lump in the oatmeal, a lump in the throat and a lump in the breast are not the same kind of lump. One needs to learn the difference.

Quote taken from Goodreads
Beautifully – an appropriately in this case – illustrated by Zen Pencils

(I have a small quibble in that this only concerns the material plane: health, food, shelter. One can have one’s physical needs met and still be emotionally impoverished. Or vice versa. As the song says,

Love will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no love.

Girls Next Door

But I digress. In the main, Mr. Fulghum’s point is well taken.)

A horse show or an interview do not rank as inconveniences, much less problems. I know this. Knowing does nothing to stop the screaming, poop-flinging monkeys in my head.

No over-arching point here. Simply a moment in the kaleidescope that is my mind.

Thank you for reading,
Katherine Walcott

Nose Kisses

When Rodney arrived, he was intermittently head shy. Hands and towels were okay. Brushes were not. To address this, we went out of our way to fuss with his head: patting, touching, fiddling with his upper his lip, and so on. [Head Games, Progress]

Initially, I would hold his chin and give raspberries on the end of his nose. This seemed rude. Plus, he would spook at the noise and vibration. So, I switched to giving him kisses on the end of his nose. It was a way to have him tolerate attention to his face. It has become a thing.

Before Milton eats he must stand still to have his nosed kissed. Affection as a form of obedience. No doubt psychologically traumatizing to human beings. For horses, simply something they have learned to stand still for. When I feed in the morning, Milton is usually waiting for me at the stall door. He suffers the ritual nose kiss. I drop food in his bucket. [Milton’s Moods]

One day recently, I opened the door and Milton was in a corner of the stall. He stood there, curling his front foot, pinning his ears, and doing his impression of Wild Stallion is Hungry. I stood in the doorway. He fussed. I waited. Eventually, he shuffled up next to me. He grudgingly presented his nose.

He thinks he’s so tough.

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Katherine Walcott



The root xeric in xeriscape come from the Greek prefix xer-, which means “dry.” There aren’t many English words that use the xer- prefix. Xeroderma is dry skin, xerography is a type of dry printing, xerophagy is eating dry food.

Grammar Girl: Zeroscape Versus Xeriscape

Note on methodology: Instead of using a pre-existing X, as I usually do, I drew the negative spaces using the GIMP path tool. New skill.
2016 Alphabet

W is for Whip
V is for Vest, Again
U is for Ulcer Meds
T is for Training Level
S is for Swim
R is for Reins
Q is for Quote
P is for Polo Wraps
O is for Opinion
N is for Nature
M is for My Missing Motivation
L is for Leadline
K is for Knabstrupper
J is for Jenny’s Jodhpurs
I is for I Love You
H is for Halter
G is for Ghost Gallery
F is for Fence
E is for Eventing
D is for Do
C is for Carrot
B is for Brush
A is for Apple

2015 Alphabet

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Katherine Walcott

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Czech Republic

Czech Republic



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Katherine Walcott


Alabama Charity Championship Horse Show
October 15, 2016
Celebration Arena
Priceville AL, USA

Katherine & Alvin Ailey

Katherine & Alvin Ailey

Greg & Callaway's Sweet Daddy

Greg & Callaway’s Sweet Daddy

Katherine & Callaway's Sweet Daddy

Katherine & Callaway’s Sweet Daddy

Alternative title for last photo: Resting Zombie Face.

Web images purchased from Terry Young Photography.

Previous Posts

Show Report, Alabama Charity Championship 2016, Driving
Show Report, Alabama Charity Championship 2016, Riding

Thank you for reading,
Katherine Walcott


Alabama Charity Championship Horse Show
October 15, 2016
Celebration Arena
Priceville AL, USA

96. Academy Driving
Katherine & Alvin Ailey, 1st of 2
Greg & Callaway’s Sweet Daddy, 2nd of 2.

Thank you to the Wamble family and Courtney Huguley for their divine driving horses. (Alvin went on to win both 9-10 WT classes and the 10 & Under WT championship with his junior rider. What a star!)

What is it like to compete against one’s spouse?

One of the SSF entries was an adorable white pony named Miss Sugar Plum Fairy, barn name Sugar (Terry Young Photography, ACCHS, #53 & #91.) In warm-up, she made eyes at a fine looking pinto who was also waiting for the class.

Sugar, ridden by Reagan Upton, flirts with Fat Albert, ridden by Brett Neale. Photo by Courtney Huguley.

Sugar, ridden by Reagan Upton, flirts with Fat Albert, ridden by Brett Neale. Photo by Courtney Huguley.

She gave him the full treatment: ears up, eyes wide, neck arched. In the ring, she trotted as if butter wouldn’t melt in her mouth. Then, passing her erstwhile suitor, Sugar expressed her extreme displeasure at his existence. She gave him the full treatment: disappeared ears, mare glare, teeth bared.

It’s like that.

In warm-up, I offered what tips I had for driving saddle seat style. When the class was called, I was all lined up to storm in first. I had to stop for a tack adjustment. Once his tack was adjusted, Alvin was ready to GO. As a result, I ended up right behind Greg and Iggy. On the downside, it is silly to have a traffic jam with only two in the ring. On the upside, it gave me a target. When the extended trot came, I made sure to go fast enough that I passed Greg. Both ways. You want extended? I’ll give you extended. Alvin, being the consummate showman, was all in. Greg said he & Iggy felt hunted. Good. That was the plan.

Like I said, angry mare face.

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Katherine Walcott


Alabama Charity Championship Horse Show
October 15, 2016
Celebration Arena
Priceville AL, USA

With Callaway’s Sweet Daddy
100. Academy Showmanship WTC – Adult, 3rd of 5
101. Academy Equitation WTC – Adult, 1st of 5
104. Academy WTC Championship, 4th of 10. Highest placed of 3 adults
Thank you to Courtney Huguley for the incredible Iggy.

In warm up, I was all over the place after zooming around in the driving class (more tomorrow). Wheee! Go horsie! Deep breath. Sit back. Contain self. Contain horse.

First class. Held too much, or too tight, or too something, resulting in a crooked horse, resulting in whacking my stirrup into the side of the arena, resulting in an almighty clang.

Second class. Less clang, more ribbon.

Third class. To stand out in the bigger class, I focused on overall attitude rather than specific technique (i.e. my shoulders). However, I stayed in the same place relative to the adults who showed back, so who knows if it was an improvement or not. I do know that I need to work on traffic management. I’m getting marginally better at riding and equitating at the same time, although I can still forget where I am and look down when thinking about the horse. Riding and equitating AND steering overloads the circuits. There were a few bumper car moments.

I think I know what is needful to improve. Unfortunately, I have run out of practice shows. Nationals here we come.

Terry Young Photography > enter email > 2016 Proofs > U.) Oct. 12-15 Alabama Charity – Decatur, AL. > Saturday, Academy Session > Class #100.) – Academy Showmanship WTC Adult, & Class #101.) – Academy Equitation WTC Adult, & Class #104.) – Academy WTC CHAMPIONSHIP. [Photo rant]

Helmet watch
I had the only one in my adult class. A few more in the kid WTC class. Spotted two, or the same one twice, on a suit rider. It was a kid/kids, rather than an adult. When helmets come to saddle seat (or western) they will come first on kids, as they did in hunters. I’ve never understood why adult skulls are deemed less likely to go splat. But I digress. I’ll take any progress on offer.

Reign of the Swan Princess
Show Report: Alabama Charity Championship, Decatur AL

Show Today: Alabama Charity Championship
Show Report: Alabama Charity 2014
Show Tweets: Alabama Charity 2014

Show Today: Alabama Charity Championship 2015
Show Report: Alabama Charity Championship 2015
Show Tweets: Alabama Charity Championship 2015

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Katherine Walcott