If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.

Does anybody else see ghost-Pacman in that eye? Is that what I’m supposed to be seeing? I’m so confused.


If you change the way you look at things,
the things you look at change.

Does anybody else see ghost-Pacman in that eye? Is that what I’m supposed to be seeing? I’m so confused.

Had a good meeting with the New Boss yesterday. Established that I should be getting more riding, hopefully a little bit of a raise (!), and even spoke honestly about a couple little issues with the workmates which they totally understood and were supportive about. Not to mention some discussion about where I’m headed in the future. ^_^

Look at me, practically adulting! ;)

Or, or, or, a skinny-necked unclipped $16,000 horse, also with dangly knees (to the point I don’t think the forearm is horizontal in any of the many pictures included in the ad).

Really, guys? Really?

When it’s an ad for a $30,000 8yo and you include a photo of it jumping from a deep spot with terribly uneven, dangly knees and an XC photo of it cantering through water, I actually want to punch you in the face.

Instead I just laugh and think that maybe I should become a horse marketing advisor (there’d be hella business in Australia).




Remember when Never Have I Ever games used to be like “never have I ever had sex *giggle*”

Now it’s like “never have I ever had a six person orgy in a broom closet” and people are all like “crap, I’m out.”


I seriously think my boss bought out the liquor store’s stock of Guinness.

Way to be?!

A message from Anonymous
How are your two horses bred? :)
A reply from weareescapingvelocity

Hmmm let’s see, Riley is Storm Cat up top out of some Northern Dancer mare. Arrow is Unbridled/ Unbridled’s Song up top out of an In Excess Irish mare.

We had about three Northern Dancers at the place I used to work and all of them were super talented! I’ve heard some stuff about Storm Cats being tricky personality wise but they’re supposed to be super too if you can ‘unlock’ them. From a breeding point of view that’s awesome, heaps of potential! ^_^

A message from topersevere
What are you most looking forward to about college? Least looking forward to? Do you have a solid plan about whether horses will be involved in some way, or are you just taking it as it comes? :)
A reply from theriderdiaries

Hello deary!

I’m looking forward to the big change, I suppose. To taking classes that interest me and challenge me to think differently about the world around me, and to be involved in my community as an individual and not as a child, or someone’s daughter. I’m least looking forward to being responsible for everything, including money and things…and being so far from my family at a time like this. 

My sciatica prevalence has made me cautious about getting back into riding immediately. If I could find some way to afford the monstrous program fees for my uni’s riding team, then I’d love to be apart of that. Otherwise, riding during J-term for an internship or during the summer would be my options. 

The problem is is that I’m having a hard time defining where to go from here, honestly. Do I want to pursue becoming a pro rider someday? Do I want to quit competing and serious training for good? Do I want to be a working student again? It’s a little foggy right now what the right path for me is. It’s not helping that I have other, unrelated opportunities arising in my path for me to take advantage of, and in a somber way, I feel the world pulling me away from my life as a rider. 

The only thing keeping me sane is hoping that this is a temporary inertia, and not a permanent disconnect. 

Awesome that you’re mostly looking forward to it! Moving away from the family can be hard but it really is awesome to strike out on your own and discover who you are away from all that. :)

Horses are a hard one, especially if you have other opportunities arising. Can I ask what they are? And I’m sure I’ve asked before, but what are you studying at uni? Where would that ideally take you in a career?