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Things That Make You Question Your Life Choices

Having to take a shower BEFORE you exercise.

Seriously. First thing I do in the morning is feed. It’s possible that manure is involved. I don’t notice anymore. Therefore, I try to tone down the barn odor as much as possible before spending an hour in a closed room with muggles.

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Katherine Walcott

Foto Friday: Piece of the Past

Amazing what percolates up out of the dirt.

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Katherine Walcott

What Makes You, You? A Blog Hop.

Saddle Seat Wednesday

Thoughtful Equestrian posed the question What makes someone at the barn (or your trainer) think of you immediately? Since I have no one to ask around here, I turned to Coach Courtney at SSF.

“Whenever I see blue duct tape, I think of you.”
I bring my own halter, brushes, etc. Every item is marked.


(The stool is for bodywork and to keep my brush box above the reach of marking dogs. I decorated it with names of the SSF horses I have ridden.)

“Whenever I open my email, I think of you.”
I send her a lot of email. Sadly, this does not even include the ones I write and delete.
[This Is Not News]

“When ever we win cool stuff, I think of you.”
I love me some useful loot.

Duffel bag.

[Show Photos: UPHA Chapter 8, Cleveland, TN] 2013


[Sportin’ the Bling] 2014

Coatbag & backpack

[Banquet Photos] 2015

Technical Shirt

[ASHAG Awards 2015] 2016


[Loving The Loot] 2016

Wooden Grooming Box

[ASHAA Banquet 2017]

I tell you, saddle seat is awesome about awards!

I would have expected:
Noise. Even Saddlebred people think I am loud. However, Reagan [Barnshine] says she can hear me when she’s in the ring. That’s good enough for me. People can turn around and stare at me all they want. I’ll keep cheering for my team.

A Pony-Club level of obsession with stable management.


So, what makes you, you?

Update: Another entry. Ambitious: Thoughtful Equestrian Blog Hop: What makes you, you? Color, photography, & sounds.

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Katherine Walcott

Foto Friday: Painted Tool Boxes

My blacksmith team painted their toolboxes. Festive!



Previous Blacksmith Posts
Milton’s Hoof
Repost, BTE 4 of 9: New Horse Blues photo
On the Fourth Day Of Christmas: 4 Custom Shoes
Foto Friday: Sparks

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Katherine Walcott

Between The Rear-View Mirrors

My version of a between-the-ears photo.

First Drive

First Drive

What We Need A Truck For
Buying hay. Although Greg can fit an astounding number of bales in and on a VW Jetta.

Second vehicle. Jetta is going back to VW. Greg gets Fiat. I drive truck.

Dump. It’s per load, so better to have big loads. Also, keeps trash out of passenger car.

Gravel. Fencing posts. Sheets of plywood. All those miscellaneous truck tasks that spring up when you have the space.

Evacuating. Which I fervently hope never to require.

and, drumroll …

Shipping. Milton to SSF for cowboy remediation. Milton to SSF for first hitch. Milton to driving lessons, clinics, shows. Rodney to the AEC? Someday? Maybe?

Previous Truck-Related Posts
[Creative Hay Stacking]
[A Lovely Sight]
[Weekend Plans]
[Truck Shopping Report]
[I’m Baaaaaack … With Camera]
[Hay Delivery]
[When I Grow Up I Want To Be A Pickup Truck]
[ISO Truck]
[Truck Update]
[Looking Forward, Milton]
[Milton’s Chariot]

Note: There several “truck” posts that refer to horse shopping.

This has been the plan all along: one fancy show horse for me & a husband horse that could double as my second horse, not as talented but fun. A sports car & a truck if you will. [Truck Shopping] 2012

Starting mileage

Starting mileage

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Katherine Walcott


We were hangin’ at the barn. Coach Courtney was talking to me and one of the kids, age approximately 15. Coach C said something along the lines of, “X is great at shows.” Then looked at kid. “You are good too.” The specifics are not important. The idea is two individuals described by value-laden words of different weight.

Kid said, in a joking tone that indicates underlying seriousness, “Oh, I see. X is great, but I’m good.” I took her response to be insecurity and a concern for status. I had noticed the word choice on the way by. Had the comment been aimed at me, I would have thought exactly the same thing, for the reasons indicated.


I would not have said it. The one thing I have learned in the intervening years is the wisdom – when I can remember – of keeping my mouth shut. To my mind, true maturity would be not having such thoughts in the first place. Looks like the best I can hope for is to be petty, spiteful, and jealous … inside.

Update, per comment below: I may not have explained the situation sufficiently. It was more about being around that person at the shows than riding ability. Taking it personally was not out of the question. Over-sensitive and not intended, but not outside the realm of interpretation.

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Katherine Walcott

Barn Rule, Halters and Leadropes

Each horse shall have a dedicated halter & lead, untangled, on its own hook, ready to be grabbed in haste.

What are your barn rules?

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Katherine Walcott