Leo + Emily

Stories, mistakes, tips and tricks for equestrians navigating the unbridled world of horse ownership.

In Honor of Leo - The Oh No There's Flowers Equestrian BlogHi, I’m Emily! Contrary to my site’s tagline, I am not irrationally afraid of flowers. It was my horse’s show name…and a little bit of Hunter/Jumper humor. But more about his some other time.

I’d like to officially welcome to the Oh No There’s Flower’s Equestrian Life Blog. Throughout the site you’ll find free worksheets, printables, my favorite products, photos, challenges, information and truly so much more! I created this blog as a way to tell my stories and provide a resource for horses and their owners. It is my hope that through this blog you can learn something new, meet a friend, share your story, and above all have a laugh!

Who are Leo + Emily?

I, that is Emily,  started riding in 2000, when my grandfather bought me my first lesson. It was a gift that spiraled horribly out of control. Over the next 16 years I worked as a groom, camp counselor, lesson helper, trainer, and educator. I rode in the IHSA, participated in horsemanship competitions, leased horses, cleaned stalls, fell off a ton, ate too much candy at shows, arranged too many flower boxes, and came home with far more green ribbons than blue ones.

I never considered being a horse owner until a 15.2 hand, broken down Thoroughbred came into my life. Leo arrived in winter at a farm I was working at. He was food aggressive, underweight, cranky, green, and had a massive open and fleshy wound on his hind leg. Fast forward 8 months and I was signing sale papers and bringing him home.

After a whirlwind first year as a horse owner, I packed up and moved Leo and me 3,000 miles to the West Coast. Then, in August of 2017 I received that gut wrenching call no horse owner ever wants to get. Leo was laid to rest in his favorite grazing spot on a beautiful summer’s day.

This blog was created to share our stories, mistakes, tips, and tricks as we navigate the unbridled world of horse ownership. And even after his death I write in honor of the little Thoroughbred who gave me so much. Please! Jump in and share, comment, and enjoy each post.

Get in touch! I am always available at emily@ontfequestrian.com for questions, comments, or just to say hey! Don’t forget to also follow the blog on Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram @ontfequestrian.

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Happy Trails!