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Thank you! and proof that I’m fueled 100% by spite

Just wanted to send a sincere thank you to Nadia at 3day Adventures with Horses, my Secret Santa! She gave me a C4 belt with a nice foxhunting scene!

The scene is a little more gruesome than your average hunt though, which I find pretty amusing.

There’s a funny story behind this whole blogger gift exchange for me this year. I signed up at The Printable Pony blog in November, but I didn’t see my name on the final list of participants, and I didn’t get any info about my Secret Santa via email. The rational side of me said, “Oh well. Must have been a technical glitch.” But the rest of me said, “SCREW THEM! If they don’t want me in their stupid little blogger club, I’ll make my own!”

Hence, the Equestrian Pen Pal program I’ve started. No joke. Of course I had the idea kicking around before then, but good old fashioned spite and resentment was what truly motivated me to get the thing set up.

Anyway, last week I received the C4 belt and a lovely Christmas card in the mail from Nadia. Uh oh. I frantically emailed The Printable Pony. Was someone expecting a gift from me? Then checked my Spam folder…yep. There was my Secret Santa assignment, and I was just seeing it the week before Christmas.

So I baked some last minute Toll House cookies for the East Coast Equestrian and some oat, carrot and applesauce cookies for her horse Donner and mailed them Priority the next day. Hopefully they enjoy my frugal gift!

And maybe I should learn a lesson about being less quick to jump to the worst possible scenario and take vengeful action…but it ended all good in the end, so why bother?

Thanks also to The Printable Pony for organizing the blogger gift exchange. It is no small feat.

Merry Christmas, bah humbug, etc.

5th Annual Equestrian Blogger Gift Exchange Participants

3dayadventureswithhorses Fraidy Cat Eventing Stampy and the Brain
A Enter Spooking Go Big or Go Home The $900 Facebook Pony
A Soft Spot for Stars Grain Before Groceries The East Coast Equestrian
All In Gray Flannel Horses The Equestrian Stop
Amateur At Large Hand Gallop The Frugal Foxhunter
An Optimist, A Pony, and a Pug Hellomylivia The Horse is Not Black
Because Pony House on a Hill The Midwestern Eventer
Bel Joeor Marescara The Printable Pony
Breeches and Boat Shoes May as Well Event The Roaming Rider
Clover Ledge Farm Me Jump Pretty The Thrifty Equestrian
Cob Jockey One Bud Wiser Thoroughbred Adventures
Ctrl+hAlt+Del OTTBs and Oxers Three Chestnuts
DIY Horse Ownership Paperchases & Petticoats Two and a Half Horses
Draft Mare Pony Reboot Two Points, Tacos, & Tiaras
Equestrian at Hart Poor Woman Showing Viva Carlos
EquiNovice Quantum Chrome/The Scientist Mom Wilbur, Ellie, and Emily
Equinpilot Rocking E Cowgirl Zen Baby Horse
Eventing Saddlebred Style Saddle Seeks Horse
Feeding My Heart to the Hawk SprinklerBandits
Miscellaneous Shenanigans

Equestrian Blogger Secret Santa!

We take a break from your regularly scheduled silence for…Christmas!!!

This year I decided to not be a Scrooge and participate in Fly on Over’s Equestrian Blogger Secret Santa. True to my blog theme, I gave an EXTREMELY frugal gift that I hope the person enjoys. I enjoyed making it anyway. It sort of centers around an inside joke that I tried to explain and I hope it comes off as intended! If not, I made cookies too.

My Secret Santa was Alli from Ponytude. She knows how to make a foxhunter smile!

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My kitty Manchego was intrigued.

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Hand and foot warmers: How I survive the winter, whether I’m hunting or not.

Carhartt socks: Essential for the days I forget the toe warmers.

Chapstick: I was seriously impressed by this one! Perfect for a windy day of hunting.

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And the fun stuff: I am especially excited to try a concoction with the Absolut Mandarin. I would have never thought of it myself since I tend to go with port or Apple Jack, but I think that will inspire some really tasty flask fillers.

I had a real “small world” moment when I realized who my Secret Santa was. Back when I was freelancing for Horse Nation, I came upon a story idea from a podcast she posted on her blog with equestrian sport psychologist Dr. Jenny Susser. I had actually completely forgotten I even wrote it and it was fun to go back.
Confidence-Building Tips from an Equestrian Sports Psychologist
Thank you Alli for the gift and for re-introducing me to your blog! I see you’ve been bitten by the foxhunting bug and I hope our paths cross in the hunt field or at hunt races sometime!

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