Last year I took up horse-back riding again after a long time away-20 years, in fact! I had so much fun and enjoyed it so much, I ended up getting my very own horse, a Morgan mare named Molly. But even before I got Molly, while I was taking lessons and getting back into the whole "horse" thing, I wanted a way to keep track of my riding, times at the barn, etc. There is more to riding than people think, and I was extremely rusty and wanted to record my progress as I improved as a rider. I also really like journaling, and tried to journal every time I went riding. It's really a great way to see how you have improved, what you need to work on, etc. Also, if you have a bad day (for example, the other day Molly spooked and I fell off!) you can look back to other good days and remind yourself that it's not a big deal.
So, enough blabbing, I'm going to just get to the pictures!
For my horsey journal I chose the A5 Finsbury in Rasberry. I had initially gotten a Dakota, because I wanted to get the cheapest real leather Filofax I could, just to see if I liked the size, format, etc. The Dakota is not a nice Filofax. It is the cheapest looking/feeling one I have ever seen-the Domino, which is not even leather, is MUCH nicer! Plus, the tab closure on the Dakota started to come apart! So, I called Filofax told them about the problem. I sent the Dakota back, and upgraded to the Finsbury, which I should have just gotten in the first place. Though I usually gravitate towards black organisers, Molly and I have a bit of a pink theme in our apparel, tack, etc, so the Finsbury has been great.
Here you can see the pen, and its little black clip, I just slide the clip behind the pocket, and it's in! This particular Cross pen is my favourite type-it is actually plastic, is very sturdy, and comes in a bunch of colours. I splurged on the pink to go with my Finsbury. The top also SCREWS on, which is not the case with all Cross Fountain pens. This makes it perfect for everyday use, and for putting in a my Filo! My main reason for loving Cross fountain pens is the way they write, which is heavenly, so I don't need fancy ones with elaborate casings that cost hundreds of dollars. Those like my pink one are available for under $50.00 on e-bay and are SOOO worth it!
Above you can see the pen clipped in beside the regular pen slot. These Cross fountain pens are way too fat to fit into a Filofax pen loop. I wish the Finsbury pen loops had an elasticised back-in fact, I wish ALL the Filofaxes has an elasticised pen loop!
Above are a couple of pictures to show how well it fits-the pen just snugs in between the other two pens and the paper-for those of you not familiar with the A5 size, the paper and refills are quite a bit smaller than the actual binder.
In my "Monthly" section I keep track of when I ride and go to the barn. I put a "horsey" sticker on the days I do things with Molly, so I can keep a visual record of how often I get to the barn. I board Molly at a barn nearby.
In my weekly diary I set goals and make plans for the week, I decide things I want to work on or do with Molly that week. Then I check them off when I have done them. As you can see, I blinged out my "today" ruler with horsey stickers!
This is a sample of one of my "journal" pages. After much trial and error I decided on the plain Filofax pages. Oddly enough, these pages are compatible with fountain pen ink, whereas the lined, coloured Filofax paper isn't! The lined paper seems to have a sort of "slippery" quality, and the fountain pen ink sort of beads up, instead of sinking in. I can also use my fountain pen on the monthly calendar and the daily diary pages. Maybe it has something to do with the process in making the coloured sheets... As you can see, I just took a paper remnant and made my own "journal" page marker.
These are some images of decorative pages and dividers. In the middle picture is an article that pertains to something I'm working on with Molly. I cut it out of a magazine and attached it to a piece of sturdy scrapbooking paper. Now I can just go to that spot and read the article, instead of trying to find it in one of my many horse magazines! I have it in the goals section, because it's something I want to improve on.
In the image above, you can see how nicely my fountain pen fits in between the pages of the Filofax, and the existing pen loop.
I got a Filofax CD case for my favourite riding DVD-it came with a book but I use the DVD more than the book, so I wanted to keep it in the Filofax. That way, it's always where I can get it quickly.