Thursday, July 19, 2018

Thursday's Threads

It's a beautiful day for outfit day! I think the high is maybe 80, and there's only 50% humidity. Feels like spring! I was hoping to have a fun outfit today, but we have our new boss coming for a visit, so I had to dress somewhat like an adult.
I said somewhat. I didn't say fancy. Nor professional. Ha.

Top: Banana Republic
I picked this tee up years ago when I was in Vermont for the horse show. (That's how I know it was years ago...) It's been much more useful than I ever imagined. Also, it used to be much looser. Still fits though!

Belt: Mane Jane
Gotta be a LITTLE horsey, amiright? Love me some Mane Jane.

Pants: Vineyard Vines
I also got these up in VT awhile back. I like them because they look like work pants, but they're really just fancy jeans.

Shoes: Sperry Topsider
These didn't photograph that well, but they're actually a metallic silver. I'm on the hunt for a pair of white leather Sperry's. I thought I got a pair on ebay, but they were actually canvas and not really white. Bummer.

Arm Party!
Lefty is wearing this super cute blue and white bracelet from Hamton Ivy. Love the horse!

Righty is wearing a ribbon and gold bead bracelet from Ettika along with a vintage leather and bamboo bracelet from Vita Fede.

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!

Comfy and casual... Socks are sox trot from KJ's Creations!

Top: Spiced Equestrian
I had to buy this when I saw it. This has been my little "About me" tag line on FB for years now.

Belt: Rebecca Ray
This bad boy was a limited edition back around the holidays a few years ago. I'm a sucker for anything metallic.

Breeches: Romfh
These really didn't want to photograph the right color. The actual color is best represented in the belt photo above. I love the navy stitching for a little contrast. Also, these are stupid comfy. SO MUCH better than Pipers.

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

What's Up Wednesday

This past week was kind of busy around here! Wednesday night I had a braiding job, just for one horse, so that was nice and easy. I got to take care of my boys before I had to leave, so they got their walks in.

I was home at a reasonable hour which was also nice!
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.
How cute is that little nugget? She's a large pony. She was a bit of a moving target to get braided, but hey, it got done. For some reason they look like they're lifting up in this photo, but they weren't. I think they're just throwing little shadows.
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!

He also was a bit of a nudge this time to braid. But he came out just lovely, so that helps. I was all done by 6:15 am, and figured I could get a lot done that morning! Only problem was, not much is open at that hour on a Saturday. So I did what any basic white chick would do...
Went to Starbucks. Ha. I sat down and drank my giant coffee until things started opening up. Of course then I had to pee... So I stopped at McDonalds to use their restroom and bought another beverage. Hydration is important my friends. I then picked up my glasses that were having their lenses replaced, and got my car in for it's oil change. Next I picked up dog food, and then headed back to the farm. It was only 11 am, so i still had some time before I was scheduled to go ride my neighbor's horse. Enough to change, hang with the pooches for a bit, and feed the big kids their lunch.
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!
I went back home after my ride, and got the boys out for groomies and their walks. Pretty uneventful.
For the evening, I met up with my mom and we went to the carnival in her town.
 It's a pretty small one, but we had fun playing games and eating fair type good. (Loaded baked potatoes for dinner and fried dough for dessert!) I won a pug!
I think it cost me $40. Whatever, look how cute! Plus proceeds benefit the fire department. The same FD that put out the fire at my barn back when I was a teen. So I don't mind throwing my money away for them! (And you know... for the stuffy.)
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.
I'm wondering if the sunlight is bothering his eyes or something? It just was so odd that he could go from a nutjob to a leadline pony in about 5 minutes flat. I'll discuss with the vet when I see him next, just in case it's something brewing.
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 got them back inside just in time for the skies to open up. I hung out until it was time to feed, and then meandered my way over to the lake. It had stopped raining by then, but there was a threat of some thunder and lightning so the band was canceled. I got my lobster roll anyway. Don't need music to eat a good meal!
I took the pugs out to play in the yard for a bit since it was finally cooler out. They had a good time!
And the next thing I knew it was Monday. Monday I had a client lunch, so I took a half day. We went to a vineyard for lunch which is actually right by my house. I figured I wouldn't want to go back to work after. I figured right. I had some time to take care of the ponies, and then we had our book club meeting in the evening.
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

Truthful Tuesday: the one about Badger

I get asked a lot about Badger. What he's doing. Why I don't have him at home. Why I don't show him. Etc, etc. I'm not going to answer all of those questions just yet. But I'll talk about our plan.
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.
I know. Watching that video, I want him too!
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

Thursday's Threads: Pineapple edition

Happy outfit day everyone! It's a perfect summer day here. Highs in the low 80's and it's not even that humid out, only 50%! I still dressed like I'm on a beach vacation though. #employeeoftheyear
I really don't know what I would do if I had to dress like an actual grown up on the regular. Let's hope I don't get fired any time soon.

Top: H&M
I saw this cute t-shirt in the window at H&M last year, and had to grab one. It's just so shiny and cute!

Belt: C4
Obviously I had to wear the pineapple C4 belt! I have the matching boot socks, but alas, no need for them today. (But I am riding a new horse on Saturday!!! Woooohooo!)

Jeans: Seven
These are probably more like a jegging/jean hybrid. They're fairly heavy like jeans, but so soft and stretchy! Definitely on the favorite list.

Shoes: Lilly Pulitzer for Target
I tried to include as little of my toes as possible. Ew. Still need that pedicure I've been talking about since winter... Anyway, do you guys remember the insanity that was the Lilly Pulitzer/Target collaboration? That was ridiculous. I got to Target the day of the release 10 minutes after they opened and everything was gone. Literally everything. They had even started taking down the displays. I wound up buying these flip flops from some stranger on Instagram. Worth it though, they're so cute!

Arm Party!
Lefty is wearing this super dainty pineapple bracelet that I found on ebay along with my apple watch.

Righty is donning this green leather wrap bracelet that I made along with a gold Juicy Couture bracelet. I was lacking in the pineapple themed bracelets, but I thought a crown reminded me of the top of a pineapple... kind of? Ok that's a stretch. Fear not though, I DO have a pineapple bracelet coming soon!

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

What's Up Wednesday

It was a fun weekend over here! Thursday and Friday were fairly uneventful. I had a few horses to braid Friday evening, so that was productive at least. The bottom guy you've seen a few times, but the other two were new manes to me. They were lovely horses. Very polite with great manes!

I slept in a little on Saturday (till 9!) because I didn't get home until well after 1 am. But then it was a pretty busy day! I had a bunch of errands I had to run in the morning. Once those were completed, I got to ride Bradley!
You guys. He was SO GOOD! We just flatted, but we really took our time. I let him warm up however he wanted. Head in the air, short stride, long clumsy stride, whatever. And then I went back to walk and started asking him to pay attention to his body. A little shoulder in, a little haunches in, then both out, etc. Once he was on all my aids at the walk we moved on to trot. Normally as soon as you go to an upward transition he wants to disconnect, get above the bit, and lock up through his whole topline. But this time he stayed right between my aids. It was lovely! I had a little less success at the canter, but we had some nice moments there too. Good boy Bradley!

We got to see some lovely sky writing while we were riding too. Of course it was just an ad... but still kinda fun!
The whole thing said Summer Fun at Mohegan Sun. It's pretty cool how they do this now. Back in the day it was just one plane. But now it's 5 planes and it's like the old dot matrix printers. Seems kind of like a waste to me... but still I was entertained watching it.
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:
Seen here with a similarly appropriately clad neighbor. Why yes, my shoes, bag and dress are all lobster themed! (And my arm party and phone case of course.) This dress even has pockets. Total win.
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:
Do you know what it is? Here's a hint...
Fireworks! I don't know how she even thought of it, but my stepmom hired a company to put on a fireworks show for my dad. It was an awesome surprise, and he had no idea. My brother made a really neat video from drone footage of the show. He got permission to fly his drone into the fireworks. Don't try this at home, and especially not at a public display! But it is pretty amazing. Check it out here if you have time:

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.

I finished the horse laundry. I had so many dirty wraps it took me 45 minutes to roll them all. Such a slacker.
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.
The rest of Sunday was spent doing human laundry and attempting to straighten up my disgusting house. This week is fairly quiet. Hand walks for the boys, and I have a few nights of braiding ahead too. No riding on the schedule just yet, but hopefully soon.
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.

 (all photos used with purchase and credited to Shawn McMillen Photography)

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?