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1) She plays with Breyer horses.
2) She indulges herself by watching a lot of video from EquestrianCoach.com. I had a "moment" while watching Archie Cox's flat training segement where he has his student move the horse out a foot at the canter and then in a foot at the canter, and talks about how important this is when choosing a distance. He says, "It allows you to give the horse a little more room to create a greater distance if you're getting little close to the fence." From now on, to be able to do this - to see a distance and manipulate my horse's line at will to create a better one- is my Quest, my Holy Grail.
3) She watches even more video, this time on FEITV. She endlessly counts 1-2-1-2-1-2 as the horses and riders navigate the various World Cup courses, hoping to absorb a better sense of rhythm and pace. (My husband walked by, heard me doing this, and in his best Rain Man impersonation, said, "Uh oh, fifteen minutes to Judge Wapner."
4) She watches the movie Secretariat. For the 18th time. And still gets tense during every race. My husband had something to say about this as well, as I leaned forward, gripping the armrests during the Triple Crown scenes. "You do know he wins, right? Every time you watch the movie, he's gonna win."
5) She researches the tatoo number of the OTTB her kids are now riding. He's probably much happier being called James, as his registered name is awful. I won't even mention it, as it sounds like a skin disease. James was completely undistinguished on the track - unplaced in 3 starts, with winnings of just over $4000. However, his pedigree is interesting as it has several notable names in it- Man O' War, Northern Dancer, Nasrullah, Nearco and Native Dancer, to name a few. My Babu is also mentioned twice, which is interesting, as his descendants include Anky Van Grunsven's Olympic gold medal winning Bonfire, Bruce Davidson's JJ Babu, also an Olympic gold medallist, and Anthony D'Ambrosio's Grand Prix show jumper and puissance standout Sympatico.
6) She badgers her husband into taking pics of the horses and texting them to her whenever he takes the kids to the barn.
And she drinks a boat-load of tea, downs a trough of chicken soup, and gobbles a ton of Vitamin C so she can get back to the barn as soon as possible, because she misses her ponies.