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    01-12-2010, 07:08 PM
Was not sure about posting... photos of me and Hylke.

I am incredible self conscious because I'm a beached whale in human clothing. These photos prove it too, but alas...

I'm joining a gym tomorrow after work and I quit soda December 31st.

Anyone want to donate to my lap band fund? After seeing these I am actually considering quitting horseback riding all together.


So anyhow. My boyfriend who hates horses stood in the cold and snow to snap photos of Hylke and I riding in the snow. I make Hylke look so small. He's really not. He's very thick and has a lot of presence packed into his 15.2 height.

Also? Some how John manages to only snap photos of me making horrible faces along with my eyes closed. I had my camera on some settings so all he'd have to do is follow the horse and it should focus with the button half pressed. It was also on burst so he could just snap and follow and the camera would adjust. Somehow, some way my eyes are closed in every single of the 132 photos John took.

My stirrups are also too long. I need to make new holes in the leathers. I can't ride worth **** on Friesians. I'm so used to smooth gaits so I'm re-learning everything.

We started a nice cross over at a trot here. Can't really tell it in the photos but I've been wearing dressage spurs and he has been responding to them really well. I don't think I have enough "leg" without them right now.

I also should have just kept my hair tied up. Stupid hair.

It's like seeing photos of the Kentucky Horse Park meets Sea World. I know!

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    01-12-2010, 07:09 PM

Ignore me. Hylke looks so good here. Nice and collected.

This high knee collected trot he does is not an easy ride, lol. I think shorter stirrups will help me a lot.

The only one I kind of like?
    01-12-2010, 07:10 PM
As a side note. I've ordered Hylke a new bridle. Ha, I know I spend all kinds of money I don't have on a horse I don't own but I think it'll look pretty!

It's trimmed in silver. I really like how it's trimmed in silver around the nose pad too. It'll look spiffy on him.

Then Eric can have his bridle back. I have to adjust it four holes on the bit straps and two on the nose band in order to go from horse to horse. Hylke has a big head.
    01-12-2010, 08:03 PM
First thing. DON'T QUIT WHAT YOU LOVE..... You'll regret it forever.
Second thing. I am SO jealous that you get to work with a freisan, and you are doing some beatiful things with him (I am a western trail rider, who has a lot of respect for other and all disciplines, and adore friesans but will probably never be able to afford one, unless I sold one of my kidneys or something...lol).
And you're a hardcore rider - riding in the winter.
    01-12-2010, 08:16 PM
I agree, He is beautiful! I am so jealous ...I have been too much of a wimp to ride in this cold PA winter. You look like you are really enjoying yourself with all the smiling going on in the last couple of those pics! Ride on!
    01-12-2010, 08:26 PM
Green Broke
Rissa, you are way too critical of yourself! Very stunning picture you and Hylke make! Your face absolutely lights up when you smile, with your long flowing hair and his, WOW!

Do not give up what you love. And stop being so very hard on yourself (take this from a fellow self criticizer!).
    01-12-2010, 08:35 PM
Green Broke
He's so beautiful and you look really good up there : )
    01-12-2010, 08:42 PM
Originally Posted by Rissa    

I LOVE these photos!! You look ecstatic to be on him, I love your smile!!
Ok, want to know my honest-to-goodness initial reaction after your description? I see a woman who is well-mounted on a horse that suits her. I think it is fantastic that you're putting forth new goals for yourself, but only in the sense that I would encourage anyone to aspire to try and eat and exercise to do the best they can for their bodies. For your body type, Hylke is a great match for you. Don't you DARE give up riding - you look SO happy to be on that lovely horse of 'yours!'
    01-13-2010, 11:07 AM
Absolutely gorgeous pics! You definitely don't make Hyke look small at all!! I looked at the pics first, then was surprised when I read the description I would have though he was more like 16.2!
    01-13-2010, 11:54 AM
Wow! Gorgeous photos! I'm so jealous! Your riding a stunning horse!! I've love to try to ride one...one day. And omgosh! I'm so jealous of your long flowing hair! You two fit perfect together!!! Beautiful!

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