Last week I got to ride almost every day after work. I took Thursday off because the horses had their spring shots and teeth done. They were sedated for their teeth, and though they were waking up at 5, I didn't want to ride them so fresh off the sedation. (Though maybe I should have, they would have been nice and quiet!) Instead of riding, I hot oiled Romey and GTO's new bridles.
Romey's is from Toklat. I've never bought leather goods from that brand, but I liked the stitching on it, so figured I'd give it a try. It's nice for everyday, but I don't love the quality on the leather.
GTO's bridle is the same as Jamp's and Ducky's. It's from Schneider's Saddlery and the brand is Joseph Sterling.
I believe I've bragged about these bridles on here before. But just in case I haven't, they are my absolute favorite bridles. The leather is amazing. AMAZING. It's butter soft with just one oiling (especially if you warm the oil). They fit really well. I like that the strap that goes over the head for the noseband sits on the outside of the crown piece so it doesn't press into their poll. And the quality is fantastic. I've had the one Rio used to show in for years now (obviously since he hasn't shown in years). Jampy used it for awhile too so it's not like it's just been sitting around. If you need one, (trust me you do) you can find them here. Most of them are 139.99 WITH reins! I like them better than Hadfields and Beval. Ok, I'm done selling you bridles. (No, I don't get a commission, but I totally should!)
Friday I was able to ride after work, and it was a gorgeous night! I decided to just ride Jamp and start Romey back over the weekend in the daylight. So I got on Jampy and he was having a tiny brain day. He kept spinning around and refusing to walk away from the barn side of the ring. Not because he was being obstinate, but because he was THAT spooky. So I got off and lunged him. Then I got back on. Then he spun faster and harder. So I lunged him again. Then I got back on. So much for my quick ride after work! He finally ended up being ok. Not great, but rideable at least. He's such a spookasaurus!
My weekend helper had some family business to attend to this weekend, so I was on my own for chores. I actually love doing the chores except for the whole being up and dressed at 7 part. And the part where I want them to stay out as long as they want and then I end up spending 12 hours in the barn both days. Not that there's anything wrong with that, but I also have to do my chores and errands! Whatever totally worth it. I love spending time with my ponies, especially when it's in the 60's and sunny in March! Plus look how good doing barn chores and riding is for you:
Here are the kids enjoying turnout this weekend:
The boys were pretty good to ride this weekend. I even tried some canter on Romey. His transitions up and down to and from canter need a LOT of work. I have to run him into it. But I think the more we practice the better it will be. Sunday he was a freshy pants and there was some bucking... but nothing too bad. I really think he's going to be a nice horse. I can't wait for my trainer to get back from Florida to help me with him.
Jampy was pretty good on Saturday, but on Sunday he was fantastic. I set out some trotting poles and worked him through those quite a bit.
By the end of our ride, I had the softest, most supple canter I think we've ever had together. I hope I can find that again!
Rio took a big step this weekend too! Saturday he lunged with a saddle on!
|Does this saddle make me look fat?|
All of that time outside playing with ponies didn't leave me much time for playing with pugs though. We did manage to fit some snuggles in of course!
That's what's up this Wednesday! What's up with you?