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Perfectionism

I am a perfectionist. Sure, my house is filthy. And yes, my truck is full of dirty bandages and 17 pairs of shoes. But, perfectionists aren’t always obsessed with cleanliness. Instead, I’m obsessed with doing a good job. I hate criticism and I despise being told I messed up. And this carries into so many aspects of my life, and makes me turn into … Read More Perfectionism

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Happy Birthday, JJ.

I met this young girl a few years ago.  I had seen her at shows previously, but never knew who she was. She was always the one on the rail with a camera strapped around her neck or blocking her face. She was always in breeches although I rarely saw her on a horse. And she was always wearing the same hat…every time. I … Read More Happy Birthday, JJ.

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Escaping My Escape

I started having anxiety attacks just a couple of summers ago. I would drive to the barn after a good day at work, and swing on my first horse. Shoulder in, canter half pass, rein back, or a caveletti or two, my ride would go well. I would untack, hose off, sweatscrape him, and place him back in his cool stall. I would undo … Read More Escaping My Escape

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Troubleshoot 

I am an equine scientist.  I know, I know, many of you are currently sitting behind your monitor or laptop and thinking “yes Carleigh, we knew this,” but few of you probably understand what this means. I spend most of my morning on a research facility. A horse farm that serves as a location where we can house “research animals.” Only instead of lab … Read More Troubleshoot 

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Five Things To Think Of When Selling Your Horse

We have all been there.  You get a horse going well, whether it be intentionally to market, or just because of a change in lifes plans, make an ad, set a price, and think, “Yes, in just a few days a stall will be open, and my bank account full!” And then you wait. And wait some more.  And begin to panic, and then … Read More Five Things To Think Of When Selling Your Horse

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Growing Pains

I text messaged my fiancé as I drove out of the Kentucky Horse Park, knowing he would want an update. “Just finished with Nixon, heading home.” And his response was a standard: “Everyone do ok?” And I didn’t really know how to respond. They were both GOOD, but both had had stops. Both had had some issues. But both had finished the day better … Read More Growing Pains

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Matchmaker

I’ve sold a lot of horses. Always with the intention to sell, and always with a profit in mind. Because for the last 5 years, I was a broke graduate student. And finding, retraining, and selling thoroughbreds helped me pay the bills for my own horses.  Maybe more importantly, was the fact that I loved it. I enjoyed the selection process; assessing the pros … Read More Matchmaker

Redemption Ride

Two years ago, I walked off of the cross country course with my shoulders sagging and my head hung low. I had dropped my reins, determined not to take a single ounce of the disappointment out on the horse underneath me, while flashbacks to my childhood whirled through my mind.  It was 2016, and I was on the most talented horse I have ever … Read More Redemption Ride

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Redemption Ride 

Two years ago today, I sat on my couch and began thinking. About what I wanted from my riding career. About the improvements I had made in the last year. About the two horses in my stable, and which I could afford. I had just gotten home from the first show of the season, and realized I had some hard decisions to make.  My … Read More Redemption Ride 

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It’s not how, it’s why

I hear it all the time. “How do you do it?”  “How do you make time for it?” “How do you juggle it all?” And every time, I laugh. Because to me, it isn’t a question of how, but why.  Three inches of snow fell today in Lexington, Kentucky, and was still coming down at 4pm when I left the lab-having started my day … Read More It’s not how, it’s why

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Shattering the glass ceiling 

A week ago, I was invited to speak to aspiring equine industry members on the topic of communications. Scientist, I am. Farm manager, I am. OTTB retrainer, I am. Communications person, I am not. Yes, I am a blogger. And yes, I got a dual degree from my alma mater-one in both biology and creative English writing, but I felt as though I was … Read More Shattering the glass ceiling 

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Hindsight

A little over a year ago, I received a Facebook message from a girl named Caroline. She started by saying that we had been introduced via her boyfriend, whom I had known for years, and then quickly began her line of questions. She wondered if I taught lessons, and if I had lesson horses available to take those lessons on. She explained that she … Read More Hindsight