Thursday, July 19, 2018
Top: Banana Republic
Belt: Mane Jane
Pants: Vineyard Vines
Shoes: Sperry Topsider
And.... I have half a riding outfit to share. I've already talked about riding my neighbor's horse this weekend, and I remembered to get some photos, but not of my helmet or boots. That's ok though because I just wore the black One K snakeskin and my trusty old regal boots. You've seen them many times by now! Here's the rest!
Top: Spiced Equestrian
Belt: Rebecca Ray
So that's it for today! Any favorites? Have you tried Romfh breeches? Thoughts on them? I really like these. I wish I could remember which ones they are. I want to say Sarafina, but I'm not sure that's true.
Wednesday, July 18, 2018
Thursday was just a day. Work, ponies, bed. The usual. Friday got a little weird. Originally I was supposed to have two horses to braid: 1 mane, 1 mane and tail. But they asked if I could do the mane and tail horse in the morning instead because he was a terrible rubber. I agreed. So I did just the one horse Friday evening.
I got home around 10:30 and pretty much just went right to bed. I had to be up at 4:00 am to braid the other horse!
I had SO MUCH FUN riding my neighbor's new horse! He's an adorable chestnut, about 16.2, I think he's 7 or 8. And I forget what kind of warmblood he is. (I'm so good at details...) He did dressage for a long while and now he's learning how to be a hunter horse. He's SUPER laid back (ok, maybe a bit lazy) and a lot of fun to ride. Not much seems to faze him. Neighbor had me do some work trotting a cross rail with takeoff and landing rails. A couple of times he got confused and pretty much demolished that X... but he never got flustered by it. He was like oops... let's try again! And he'd come back and be fantastic. No overjumping, or being nervous. Nothing like that. I wish I could have done more with him, but my asthma was really acting up and I had to keep taking walk breaks. Hopefully next time I'll be more useful!
For the evening, I met up with my mom and we went to the carnival in her town.
Sunday I was pretty lazy. I got up late (much needed) and then headed to the farmer's market. Followed that up with a little straightening in the house. Of course, then the clouds started rolling in, so I very quickly pulled the boys out for their walks. Jamp was so weird though, maybe some of you have some ideas about this... When I first took him out it was cloudy and I was rushing, so I just grabbed the lead on his door (no chain) and didn't bother stuffing his ears. He's been so lazy on our walks, I wasn't worried about any of that. (I haven't had to give him any ace for several weeks.) Well. Bad plan. He was a nut job! I reeled in my Jamp kite and brought him inside to calm down. Brushed him off until he was more relaxed, then stuffed his ears and got the chain lead. When we got back outside the sun was back out, and he could barely keep his eyes open.
He's also dropped some more weight, so doc and I have him building up his diet some. We've increased the amount of chopped hay he gets (that's for his meal, in place of grain) and have also added alfalfa. He LOVES that alfalfa!
Rio of course was a gentleman and enjoyed his walks and grazing.
|Photo actually from another day, hence the blue skies|
I took the pugs out to play in the yard for a bit since it was finally cooler out. They had a good time!
Last night we had a TON of much needed the rain, so the boys stayed in and just had some nice groomies. They seemed happy with that.
I don't have any rides on the schedule for this weekend yet, but I'm hoping someone will offer one up! I may go visit Badger too. We'll see.
How was your week and weekend? Do anything fun? Get much riding in or any horse shows?
Tuesday, July 17, 2018
Badger, as I type this, is on a trailer heading up to CT from Florida. He's enjoying a nice box stall since it's so hot. I've been getting updates from every stop along the way, with some adorable photos.
He's not coming home to my barn though. Instead he's heading to the barn of a trainer I know. She does a lot of horse sales (no, she's not a "dealer") and has her own successful boarding and training business as well.
I'm at a point where I really need a horse to ride. I love grooming and hanging with Rio and Jampy, but this not riding most of the summer thing is killing me slowly. Kind of literally because lazy over here hasn't been running either. Anyway, I need to sell Badger to get a new horse. So sending him to trainer B is the best option right now. He's not even up here, and she has four very respectable, good horseman already lined up to see him.
So why am I selling the fanciest horse I've probably ever had (also will ever have)? There are a few reasons. But the main one is that I don't ride him very well. Could I learn to? Sure, in time, I'm sure we could get to know each other. But Badger is an athletic, slightly opinionated horse, and I don't think that's the smartest ride for me to have when I ride by myself at my house.
Sometimes it's hard to step back and realize that what you WANT and what you NEED are two different things. And that's really the main issue here. Do I WANT a really fancy derby horse that's buckskin? OMG YES. SO MUCH. Can I ride that? Not really. Not right now. So what do I need?
I need a steady eddy. Does he need to be a dead head? No. I'm a decent rider. I can handle some shenanigans here and there. But I need one that will give me some warning if shenanigans are about to ensue. And I need one that I can toss on a lunge line if those shenanigans are going to be particularly rowdy. At the end of the day, this just wasn't the right match for me right now. Could it be down the road? Maybe. But I'm not in a position to wait until I get down that road to make this relationship work. And so, Badger is on the hunt for HIS perfect human. I'm pretty confident he'll find her (or him). He's really going well right now, and he's just so darn cute.
Here's a video they sent up to me from Florida a couple weeks ago.
So. Do I worry about what might happen to him? Sure, a little. But he's nice enough, he's going to end up in some good hands. Trainer B works with reputable professionals. And that horse is smart enough to keep himself safe. Do I feel like a terrible person for not keeping this horse forever and ever? Nope. I know some people think that you should keep every horse that ever falls into your ownership. But I don't think that's reasonable for most people. It's certainly not for me. I'll do my best to make sure that he ends up in a good place. And I'll try and keep track of him if he changes hands again. I will, to the best of my ability, make sure he has a soft landing down the road should he need one. But for now, we both need to move on.
Thursday, July 12, 2018
Shoes: Lilly Pulitzer for Target
Sadly, that's it for today. I'm hoping to have a riding outfit for you guys next week though since I'm riding Saturday. Have any favorites from today?
Wednesday, July 11, 2018
We got to see some lovely sky writing while we were riding too. Of course it was just an ad... but still kinda fun!
After Bradley, it was back home to get my boys out and grab a quick shower before Lobster Fest! I'm sure it comes as no surprise that I had a theme appropriate outfit to wear:
As mentioned yesterday, we had plenty of lobster for all, as well as steaks for the non shellfish eaters. And other salads and things for sides and/or anyone who doesn't eat the main dishes. While we do Lobster Fest every year, this year we made it kind of a duel purpose party by including a little retirement party flair for my dad to celebrate with his friends. That came in the form of dessert:
But there was also a little surprise lurking behind this island:
So yeah, Saturday was a lot of fun. And Sunday? Well that was possibly one of my laziest days ever. It happens!
I got up and got the horse laundry started, then headed down to the lake for some breakfast. (Yes! They don't JUST do lobster rolls... haha.) I took it to go though, and sat at the end of the barn listening to some music while I ate it. Next the boys had good groomies and their walks. Rio got to have some grass.
The short kids didn't do too much. It's been pretty hot which isn't great for Pugs. The asphalt is WAY too hot to walk them on. But we've played in the yard some at least.
Oh and I almost forgot! I wound up getting some photos after all from the Alumni Division at the Skidmore show! Look how cute Sochi is! I think he's a LITTLE annoyed with my general floundering... but he's adorable nonetheless.
I love the candid of us talking with the judge. (They always have a q&a portion during the flat class. Years past have been a bit raunchy, but everyone's a little afraid to push any boundaries these days, so the questions were pretty tame.)
Well, that's what's up this Wednesday! What's up with you? Do anything fun this weekend? Horse show? Lesson? Something non-horsey?