Good, bad or indifferent, each ride perfectly pairs with an adult beverage -- or two!
Read more about my recommended ride-drink pairings.
When you jump a new fence height, ride new test movements, or get your best time on course then it’s time to C-E-L-E-B-R-A-T-E! And the best way to do that is to pop that champagne! I mean what better sound than when that cork pops off the bottle!? Plus, all your adult ammy barn friends will celebrate with you!
Also – champs is great for horse showing. Add some orange juice and you’ve got a great morning drink. You rode well (as in you didn’t die or fall off) or maybe you won the classic – either way, GO YOU! – time for some champs!
For those rides that didn’t suck, but you know you can do better. Things weren’t awful, but things weren’t 100 percent clicking between you and your mount. As you cool down you think, “ugh, this was terrible.” Then, as you dismount, your horse looks at you (cause they want treats) and immediately your memories of your so-so, blah ride wash away cause I mean…just look at that cute face!
White wine is the equivalent of the adult ammy sippy cup. One glass and we feel better.
For those ‘early’ 10 a.m. Saturday ‘brunch’ adult lessons. I say early because who knows, maybe you went out with your significant other Friday night. No one is judging. We all do it, and it’s ok, cause we’re adults. Rosé is the perfect après brunch lesson drink.
Rosé is also a very popular horse show drink. The adult divisions usually go later in the day but we think to ourselves, “I’m totally horse showing later today, but I need a few day drinks…”
Vodka, Whisky or other Hard Liquor
Does it seem like nothing you did was right? As far from right as it could go?
Your horse was too heavy in your hands. Maybe you missed. Every. Distance. Lead changes? More like impromptu counter cantering. Did you get another punch in your ‘dirty britches’ club card?
This is a job for the big guns. After your ride and taking care of your wanna-be-but-maybe-not-quite-100% unicorn, go home and take a shower to rinse off all the bad. Then make yourself a stiff drink. It’s ok. We’ve all been there.
For those days when it’s too hot to lesson in the ring, but you still want to go enjoy a ride with your horse and friends.
Pack that cooler full of your favorite frosty beverage, find a great trail, and start wandering.
Find somewhere fun. Pop that top, use your favorite koozie, and enjoy the sunshine and the wilderness.
For those 'therapy session' rides. You had all the good intentions. Maybe you even planned out specific things you wanted to work on. But then....life happens. Maybe it was a terrible, no good, very bad day at work. Maybe the kid(s) just wouldn't listen. Maybe your in-laws dropped a bomb that they are coming over...tonight. I mean I love my in-laws, but puh-lease give me more than a few hours notice...sheesh!
So instead of working on extensions and collections, or cavaletti work, or lateral work, you tack up, get on, and walk around on your big, expensive therapy couch. Just being at the barn brings a zen-like feeling. Then after you untack and drive home, open that nice bottle of red, have a glass or two. You got this!
*Please drink responsibly.*