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I don’t love Kozy like I loved Red. 
Red saved me more than I saved him. He could have gone to any family and made anyone’s life a better life. But he came to me. I was ready to give up and to accept that maybe dreams weren’t worth pursuing. All I’d wanted from the time I was a tiny child was to own a horse of my own and it never happened, until my family happened to stumble upon Red. 

He gave me confidence, hope, and a big warm body to cry on. He was the most reliable thing in my life - the horse who I knew would always be there for me, would always listen to me, and would never be bothered by something I said. 

I don’t know if anyone can understand how sweet and gentle he was. Anyone could ride him, anyone could work with him, and anyone could have been successful with him. But he was mine. 

I hope it gets easier to deal with his death as time goes on. 

I don’t love Kozy like I loved Red. 

Red saved me more than I saved him. He could have gone to any family and made anyone’s life a better life. But he came to me. I was ready to give up and to accept that maybe dreams weren’t worth pursuing. All I’d wanted from the time I was a tiny child was to own a horse of my own and it never happened, until my family happened to stumble upon Red. 

He gave me confidence, hope, and a big warm body to cry on. He was the most reliable thing in my life - the horse who I knew would always be there for me, would always listen to me, and would never be bothered by something I said. 

I don’t know if anyone can understand how sweet and gentle he was. Anyone could ride him, anyone could work with him, and anyone could have been successful with him. But he was mine. 

I hope it gets easier to deal with his death as time goes on. 

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Friends…

into-the-constellations:

I am applying to ride in a dressage clinic with David Marcus, of the Canadian Olympic team. He is originally from my home town and is giving a clinic just 45 short minutes away from where I keep Kozy now. 

I am a bundle of nerves in applying. Part of me thinks “Why would they accept a no body, low level rider with a green rescue horse to partake in a clinic of this caliber?”. But the other pat of me thinks “Why not apply? Why not!?! Take the chance…”

I’m going to go for it and apply and just hope for the best. I’m writing a short letter to the committee assigned to picking the riders for the clinic explaining why this clinic would mean a lot to me. 

However.

My biggest worry is that I will get into the clinic and will not be able to afford the $500+ fee for the clinic. 

If I apply for this, would my friends and followers help? If I started a GoFundMe to take me to an Olympic clinic, would anyone be willing or able to help? 

I’ve given money to 3 different people on Tumblr in their times of equine lust that they could not afford… isn’t it time that I get a little something too? I’m lucky enough to have my one-in-a-million rescue horse… but could I get this one-in-a-million clinic too?

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into-the-constellations:

"On The Rail"
Horse Show Season is in full swing, and I’m the team photographer!
7.25.14

into-the-constellations:

"On The Rail"

Horse Show Season is in full swing, and I’m the team photographer!

7.25.14

(via kozykaleidoscope)

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It’s been one month since this boy left me. And I can’t even put into words how much I miss him. But I also have to remember how incredibly grateful I am for my family, my barn family, my boyfriend, and of course, Kozy. Without all of the aforementioned, I don’t know how I would have gotten through all of this. Kozy does funny little things that remind me of him, and without Red I would have never had the confidence to go out and adopt a green-broke warmblood from a horse rescue. Thank you, Memorial Red, for all you’ve given me in your life and after your passing.This is the first photo of Red and I together, or as my parents call it, the “love at first sight” photo. 

It’s been one month since this boy left me. And I can’t even put into words how much I miss him. 
But I also have to remember how incredibly grateful I am for my family, my barn family, my boyfriend, and of course, Kozy. Without all of the aforementioned, I don’t know how I would have gotten through all of this. Kozy does funny little things that remind me of him, and without Red I would have never had the confidence to go out and adopt a green-broke warmblood from a horse rescue. Thank you, Memorial Red, for all you’ve given me in your life and after your passing.

This is the first photo of Red and I together, or as my parents call it, the “love at first sight” photo. 

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I always miss my handsome old boy. 
It’s weird to think he’s gone. 
I don’t know what to write on this blog anymore. 

I always miss my handsome old boy. 

It’s weird to think he’s gone. 

I don’t know what to write on this blog anymore. 

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Austria Anon-

Please message me off anon so we can talk about the saddle! I’m desperate to sell it!

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Anonymous said: Hey, saw the saddle for sale- where would i be shipped from? I am moving to school abroad- in Austria, and would need something like this shipped there. Are you located in europe?

This saddle is being shipped from Nebraska, USA! 

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FOR SALE:

Older Crosby Dressage Saddle Kit 

Included is

1) One 18” narrow tree, long flap dressage saddle. I purchased this used from a fellow dressage rider who took amazing care of it. It’s been kept clean and conditioned through my use of it. Has a suede seat. Only selling because my narrow-tree-needing horse passed away and my Warmblood is the opposite of narrow. 

2) Two 5 inch stirrups - basic stirrups

3) Two 1/2 inch dark oak stirrup leathers

4) One 30” dressage girth.

This entire package is only $500 - perfect for anyone starting out in dressage and searching for a good starter kit. 

I’d prefer to sell this as one big ol’ kit! However, I will sell everything separately if no one is interested in the kit. Please PM me if interested. 

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I know he’s free from pain and suffering. 
But I’m not. 

Guys, I miss him so much. 

I know he’s free from pain and suffering. 

But I’m not. 

Guys, I miss him so much. 

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brookeali said: I am so so sorry for your loss. Red lived a wonderful and fulfilling life and you guys were a great team.

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ginabean said: I'm so sorry to hear about Red <3 losing him is probably so hard for you. Let me know if you ever need to talk. I'll keep you in my thoughts

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palominoheart said: I am so, so sorry to hear about Red. You two were one of my favorite pairs on this site and he was truly a very talented horse. Again, I am so sorry for your loss :(

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Today is the day I dreaded

My Red, my sweet old champion, passed away this morning.

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Questions for Riders - Someone, please?

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  • 3. The horse that taught you the most?
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  • 11. Thoroughbreds or warmbloods?
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  • 13. Best riding advice you've ever gotten?
  • 14. What does everyone need to know about horses?
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  • 16. Favourite part of the equestrian community?
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  • 22. What is the best part of riding right now?
  • 23. What do you want to change about the way you ride?
  • 24. Favourite famous horse?
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  • 26. Do you listen to music when you ride? What songs?
  • 27. Favourite place to show at? Post a picture?
  • 28. Are you a nervous rider?
  • 29. Ever been on a horse- themed holiday?
  • 30. If you knew you could, what would you change about the horse world?
  • 31. What are the goals behind the way you ride and train your horses?
  • 32. Describe your perfect horse.
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  • 37. Most recent fall?
  • 38. Favourite riding outfit?
  • 39. Riding idol?
  • 40. Are you going to have a career with horses?
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  • 42. Are there any styles/ trends/ etc that you don't like in the horse world?
  • 43. Any training methods that you completely disagree with?
  • 44. What is your grooming routine?
  • 45. Thoughts on riding without a helmet?
  • 46. Small or big horses?
  • 47. Funniest show name you've ever heard?
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  • 51. Describe your horse, if you have one!
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  • 55. Have you ever catch ridden?
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  • 57. Thoughts on liberty?
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I am seeking out a new retirement home for Red

I love my boy too much to see him at the rescue. It makes me think of him as a rescue. And while the director of the rescue is a good lady, she doesn’t listen to me at ALL when it comes to Red’s care, and I just can’t have that. I want him somewhere easier to access where there isn’t a load of responsibility or work requirements to go see him.