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Moments of perfecting hunting (ha!), baking, horsemanship, and life

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February 2016

Little White Lines

To a person you see a white line you think nothing, but for a horse it’s a big ugly monster ready to jump out at them.

Every home football game our school has the equestrian team run the American flag before every game. My horse Magic and I have worked together for three years, and we know the ins and outs of each other. We have ridden over and past white lines millions of times for gaming events, previous flag running, and trail courses. No biggie, right?

Another football game came, and we were ready. Magic was bathed, glistened white hairs, muzzle, ears, and bridle path clipped; red and blue ribbon streamed into his white mane and tail while sporting blue polo wraps and blue saddle pad. I was dressed up in black wrangler jeans, white long sleeved shirt, and my black cowboy hat fastened with a couple dozen bobby pins-don’t want that thing flying off!

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We were warmed up and ready to run the flag. Not exactly sure what thought came through his head, but he had it in his mind that it was time to give everyone a new show. We galloped along the straight stretch and all a sudden Magic eyed that out of bounce white line, jumped, and bucked a couple of times. For anyone who has been on a bucking horse before knows that it’s not always easy to stay on. For me I had a bucking horse and flag in my right hand, what’s a rider to do? Laugh of course. I knew Magic wasn’t the type to go off into a bucking spree, so I knew it was short lived.

After the couple of bucks, both Magic and I kept loping along like nothing happened. We finished the ceremony and started to walk off the field. The other rider came up to me to ask me what had happened. I told her that Magic felt good and wanted everyone else to see.

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The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly

For any horse owner we all know the pros and cons of horse ownership, but for those who think “You just sit there; the horse does all the work” or it’s easy owning a horse. Well, think again. There’s a lot more to owning a horse than just riding it.

Lets start out with the good. A horse is an expensive therapy session, but the good thing is that they don’t talk back or talk out of turn. You literally have a friend for life, almost like a dog, but usually more stubborn. You get to ride it, give it treats like carrots or like my gelding’s preference red licorice, and pet it. Yeah, there’s lots of perks of owning a horse.

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The bad…hmm, well there’s a lot of ‘bad’. For one thing, a horse shits a lot, what goes in must come out. If you have kids, you know. Horses are expensive, a person has to pay a farrier every 6-8 weeks, a vet for the out of no where lameness, grass hay, grain if needed, supplements, deworming products, plus if you don’t have your own acreage than board on top of everything else. In some cases that out of no where lameness costs you 4 months of soaking, cutting out edges, and wrapping the hoof/foot. Which means the bad got really bad…which also means there’s no good of riding. A lot of the time you spend cleaning up the horse be able to ride. If I broke it down about ¾ of time you’re out at the barn is spending mucking stalls, feeding and watering, turning horses out, and cleaning them up after a lovely afternoon out in the sun.

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The ugly, is really ugly. Some people don’t understand the whole concept that a horse is a 1,000+ pound animal that doesn’t care if your foot was there first or not. A horse has a mind of it’s own and in some circumstances will do what it pleases even if it means hurting you.

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In the picture that was a young horse decided he didn’t want to be left alone and reared up. I got the saddle horn into the V of my ribs, I was told by my doctor that I was lucky to be alive. A horse is exactly what Ian Fleming says,

“A horse is dangerous at both ends and slippery in the middle.”

Okay, I made horse ownership sound horrible, but if you’re the type of person that likes to get dirty, don’t mind finding hay down your bra, like to spend money on horse related stuff rather than go shopping with the girlfriends, and likes to work hard than horse ownership might be for you. If you are really serious into getting a horse, do your research. Start by going to a local horse riding stables, get lessons, learn as much as you can, but the most important thing is to have fun.

Another year older!

So now that I am into baking and frosting everyone asks me to make them a cake for their birthdays. So today is just another birthday cake for my SIL, Alli.

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It’s a gluten free chocolate cake with a raspberry cream cheese frosting. I used a box cake (got home late from work and really didn’t want to make it from scratch), but I always tweak my box cakes.

I found this, http://pin.it/D2UDq-l on Pinterest and used it ever since! You add an extra egg, use milk instead of water, and use melted butter instead of oil and double. The cakes come out a lot more rich and denser!

For the frosting I used:
1 stick butter
1.5 packages cream cheese (we like our frosting more cream cheese flavor)
1 tsp vanilla extract
2.5 cups powdered sugar (the normal recipe calls for 4 cups but like I said we like the cream cheese flavor more)
3 tbsp milk or heavy cream (heavy cream makes it more creamy)
1 cup raspberries folded in

Let’s just say it was a hit with everyone!

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