Friday, January 30, 2009

*sigh* Taking pictures......not my forte!

I love taking pictures! And it's especially cool when your blogging to have lot's of picture to illustrate what your talking about. I love certain blogs for the great photos that are included in them, such as Pony Girl Rides Again. I aspire to take such great pictures myself, but always seem to fall short of those aspirations! The funny thing is I've taken some darn good photos of my past horses using of all things, a disposable camera! But since making the leap to digital I usually end of with blurry images about half the time. I'm really hoping that I can at least partially blame the camera :) but since I've only ever owned the one and don't know heck of a lot about them, I don't know if that will fly. I would also like to partly blame Lily, she has not mastered the "freeze and don't move a muscle for at least 30 seconds so I can take a lovely picture of you noble profile" command. We really need to work on that. So what I often end up with is the photo above.......noble profile cut in half, but at least it's not blurry! Yeah I know the dirty halter isn't so noble, but you know... I was going for one of those nitty gritty no frills kinda pictures (yeah right!) If anyone out there has any tips, PLEASE, tip away. Any camera suggestions too! My current model is a Konica Minolta Dimage E 500 if that means anything to anyone? Feel free to tell me how it's the worst digital ever made and that your surprised I was able to take any decent pictures with it at all (j/k) For those of you that are taking those fabulous pictures keep them coming so I can keep aspiring to do better!

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Super Saddle Search

I need a new saddle! Actually I need a saddle period as I have been borrowing the one I've been using on Lily for the past few months! I've been looking (and drooling) at several, most out of my price range at the moment *sigh* I really like the one at right, it's a Tex Tan trail saddle and about $1100 not exactly chump change for me! I've looked around my area for a used saddle but I haven't found anything worth while so far. I'd rather buy new and buy what I want, it's definitely an investment, but worth it when your considering something that will fit your horse and you and if you take care of it will last many,many years. It's frustrating because I would just save up until I could get what I want if I knew I could count on borrowing for at least another six months (but I don't know that I can) and I hate to spend $500 on a synthetic (althoughI know they can be good saddles) when that's $500 that could have gone towards my dream saddle! I guess it might be time to compromise and get a cheaper synthetic that I can use whenever I need to and take a while longer to save for the "dream" saddle. Maybe I could even hold out for the Tucker trail saddle I've had my eye on!

Friday, January 2, 2009

Row,Row,Row your boat............

right on down the road! The new year rolled into the Pacific Northwest along with a whole lot of wetness! We're know as the land of many waters around here and let me tell you all those many creeks and rivers have or are about to overflow! Lily had her own overflow problems not even related to the weather out side when her auto waterer broke (again) Poor soggy filly! She's got a nice dry stall again now and fortunately it didn't happen when it was so darn cold!
Lily and I conferred about our resolutions for 2009 today. She is completely commited to an increase in carrot consumption and I am commited to getting her to the trainer so we can get this show on the road and down the trail! I also need to get myself in better shape so that I don't hinder my horse once she's ready to go! All in all I think '09 is going to be a busy year, but busy it good! I wish everyone the best in the coming year.....Happiness,health and horses!