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Adult Ammy, Back in the Saddle, Over the Hill Ammy -

My lovely time with Sol had come to an end, and I needed to find something to ride. Tino was, by far, not my first choice. However, I was thankful to have something to ride. I leased him for a few months. And let me tell you, after the first month, I was ready to hang up my spurs. Although incredibly honest, I found him physically taxing to ride. He came into the barn with little conditioning, and it took all I had to keep him going.    At some point, I felt like I didn't want to toss away...

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Adult Ammy, Horse Show, Over the Hill Ammy -

Wow, nothing like getting back in the game at an AA-rated show. My eyes might have been bigger than my stomach. Thank goodness for Sol; he really took great care of me. The equestrian stages of life are quite interesting. As a kid, you feel invincible. Then as you get older, fear kicks in. Then you get even older, and you start to put your fears aside because it's now or never. Maybe this is what they refer to as a "mid-life crisis." None the less I was so proud that I got back out there and showed again. It...

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Adult Ammy, Over the Hill Ammy, Tall Equestrian Boots -

From the equestrian era of basically two tall boot choices, Vogels or Dehners, I now don't see them in the realm at all. When I decided to get back in the irons, I pulled out my old (very old) Vogels from oh, 1984, I believe, and needless to say, they no longer fit. Pulling these babies on would have taken more than a dash of baby powder. Riding in the 1980s, we schooled a lot in full chaps, and let me tell you how much I love the security of full chaps. The comfort and grip of leather all the...

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Adult Ammy, Equestrian Helment -

Okay, so this past month, there has been a lot of shopping going on in my world—lots of trial and error. Let's start above the shoulders. Long past is the days of stylized, genuinely traditional hunt caps. You know the ones you see in that old hunt print hanging on the wall.  I reflect back to what I believe was the latter part of 1984; in fact, I think it was the Santa Barbara Turkey Show that we would now have to wear an "approved helmet" while on the show grounds whenever mounted. We were devastated. The thought of a...

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Adult Ammy, Back in the Saddle, Over the Hill Ammy -

So at age 47, I decided to get back in the irons again. It has been thirty-some years since I have been in the Hunter/Jumper arena, and I am discovering how much this traditional sport has changed. I also realize how my body has changed and become stiff and rigid in my old age.  Realizing that I was eager to make a change, I joined a CrossFit gym. It has been six months, and I am very thankful for the changes I have seen in my body and my physical endurance. I am also grateful to be involved with a...

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