​To The Horses Who Aren't Mine But I Get To Ride Anyway

​To The Horses Who Aren't Mine But I Get To Ride Anyway

You accept us where we're at even without knowing a single thing about our riding ability or who we are.
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To The Horses Who Aren't Mine But I Get To Ride Anyway,

There has been a lot of content produced that is directed at the horses we own. But what about the horses we don't own? What about the horses we ride that give their all for us that we rarely, if ever, acknowledge?

Thank you for being the unsung heroes of the equestrian world.

Thank you for trying your hardest even when we get on your back for the very first time and simultaneously make about 1,000 errors while we try to adjust to a different ride.

You guys are the real MVPs of the horse world for never putting up a fight when yet another person rides you for the first time. Whether you're a lesson horse teaching up and coming riders the ropes or a sale horse being ridden by various riders at the barn, you guys are truly underappreciated.

You guys are the true test of whether or not we can take what we learn day in and day out and apply it no matter what kind of a ride we have that day. Whether it's a long and low hunter or a hot and fast jumper, you guys test us and truly reveal what we do or do not do well in the ring.

It also makes finding the perfect jump that much more rewarding. You do wonders for our confidence when we realize that we can ride all of these different horses.

You challenge us to learn how to adapt to anything and truly learn how to not just become good on our own horse or the horse we lease but how to truly become a great equestrian and rider who is capable of getting on any horse and putting together a solid course.

You accept us where we're at even without knowing a single thing about our riding ability or who we are.

To the horses I've ridden who aren't actually mine, thank you.

Thank you for continuing to expand my riding skills and helping me improve.

Thank you for helping me through the tough times.

Thank you for being the best "extras" a girl could ask for.

Thank you for pushing me to have higher endurance when I get on your back after what may have already been a tiring lesson beforehand.

Finally, thank you for making my life that much better because a life with a lot of horses is a life well lived.

Love,

That Girl Who Rides You Once A Week

Cover Image Credit: Bri Cicero

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20 Signs You Were A High School Cheerleader

You got really tired of hearing, "Point your toes."
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Cheerleading is something you'll never forget. It takes hard work, dedication, and comes with its ups and downs. Here are some statements that every cheerleader, past and present, know to be true.

1. You always had bobby pins with you.

2. Fear shot through you if you couldn't find your spankees right away and thought you left them at home.

3. You accumulated about 90 new pairs of tennis shoes...

4. ...and about 90 new bows, bags, socks, and warm ups.

5. When you hear certain songs from old cheer dance mixes it either ruins your day or brings back happy memories.

6. And chances are, you still remember every move to those dances.

7. Sometimes you catch yourself standing with your hands on your hips.

8. You know the phrase, "One more time, ladies" all too well.

9. The hospitality rooms were always one of the biggest perks of going to tournaments (at least for me).

10. You got really tired of hearing, "Point your toes."

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11. If you left the gym at half-time to go get something, you better be back by the time the boys run back out.

12. You knew how awkward it could be on the bus rides home after the boys lost.

13. But you also knew how fun it could be if they won.

14. Figuring out line-up was extremely important – especially if one of your members was gone.

15. New uniforms were so exciting; minus the fact that they cost a fortune.

16. You know there was nothing worse than when you called out an offense cheer but halfway through, you had to switch to the defense version because someone turned over the ball.

17. You still know the school fight song by heart and every move that goes with it.

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18. UCA Cheer Camp cheers and chants still haunt you to this day.

19. You know the difference between a clasp and a clap. Yes, they're different.

20. There's always a part of you that will miss cheering and it will always have a place in your heart.

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Being A Packers Fan Is Harder Than People Think

It's not all cheese curds and snowy Instagrams.

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Many people think that being a Packers fan is the best and easiest thing in the world. Since we go to the playoffs almost every year, we are supposed to be considered "grateful." Let me just say this, being a Packers fan is the hardest. We may go to the playoffs a lot, but we never make it to the Super Bowl, and we always fall short every season. We have two of the greatest quarterbacks in NFL history, with only two championships to show. Every season seems to be a constant disappointment, There is no other team that can be compared to the Packers. You could make a case for the Washington Capitals, but they just won the Stanley Cup.

Believe me, it's hard being a Packers fan.

To start, we need to talk about what the problem is. The problem is our team can never finish. Aaron Rodgers has carried the team for over a decade. We have only reached the Super Bowl once in that time. Every year in the playoffs, the defense seems to stink the big one and lose us the game. The 2009 playoffs against the Cardinals saw both teams score 45+ with us losing. In the 2011 playoffs, the Packers lost to the Giants 37-20 and we went 15-1 that season. In 2012 and 2013, we lost to the 49ers in the playoffs because Colin Kaepernick shredded our defense. I don't even want to bring up the 2015 playoffs against the Seahawks where we should have won but lost because of a dumb player on our team. And it just seems like we can never win in the playoffs. Aaron Rodgers can't do it himself.

I have had my heart broken the past eight seasons and it doesn't get easier.

Then we can talk about the absolute fucking roller coaster the regular season brings us. Aaron Rodgers seems to get injured a lot, and that scares the shit out of every fan. When he is healthy, we have seen games come down to the last play. Either there was a hail mary, a field goal, or some magic shit that we could never have imagined. I'll never forget the miracle in Mowtown, or the last second field goal against the Cowboys in the playoffs two years ago. Let's not forget Randall Cobb's heroics against the Bears in 2013 and last week.

My heart has been through so many roller coaster games, it's hard to not feel anxious every minute.

Then we can talk about how the Packers are run. The mentality of the team is to grow your players. While this may sound good, we rarely sign free agents. Take for example Khalil Mack. The Packers could have easily signed Mack this off-season. We have two first-round draft picks, and a bunch of cap space. We needed to sign him. But because our fucking team refuses to make moves, we lost him to the Bears. This dude is a beast and we just lost him. When we grow players, we take the chance that they may not be good. We drafted two corners a few years ago and gave them multiple opportunities to be great. They absolutely sucked and we lost. We traded them and here we are again with the same problem. We need to sign players, and we just don't. This kills us as fans because it just seems like the organization is lazy. We need good players, so go sign good players.

The Green Bay Packers are a great franchise and I love being their fan. But people need to realize it isn't the best thing in the world because we go through serious troubles. It must suck seeing your team be horrible, but would you rather see your team underachieve every season?

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