Thursday, September 12, 2019

Blog Hop: 10 Questions for September

L over at Viva Carlos had some fun questions on her blog today, and I'm playing along!

1. Favorite quirk your horse (or a horse you’ve spent time with) has? 
-Rio is delightfully extra quirky ever since his EPM diagnosis. I think my favorite quirk is the giant wads of hay he likes to spit at me. But sometimes it's loose grass too... (see above photo)
-Pammon likes to put his hay in a bucket to eat. I thought at first that he was just a dunker, but I've noticed he'll also use his feed tub. So I'm not sure he cares that the hay gets wet.
-Shiny likes to get poop in her mane. (So gross.)
-Eros... well he's pretty normal really.
-Fefe hates other horses. Like HATES them. All the time.

shown here pre-epm quirks

2. Three adjectives that perfectly describe your horse?
-Rio: Perfect, sweet, stoic
-Pammon: Patient, snuggly, mischievous
-Shiny: Fun, sassy, marish
-Eros: Kind, smart, hungry
-Fefe: Careful, proud, marish

Seriously, he's always hungry.

3. Plan your next ride. What will you do/work on?
-Pammon: we're on the light hack route until the vet comes Monday
-Shiny: hoping for another jump school this weekend! But our next ride will just be a flat in the dark probably.
-Eros: can't wait to test out the newly oiled joints! We'll do some flatwork for our next ride, and then maybe some cavalletti work this weekend. (No lessons this weekend, boo.)

 4. Have you ever trained an OTTB? If yes, what was the biggest challenge?
I have, quite a few in the past! The most recent was Romey, but we didn't really get very far. Turns out he once broke his leg, and had a permanent hitch in his git-along... So that was his biggest challenge for sure. Generally though, I think it's just getting their brain to slow down. Once they start thinking more slowly, the rest falls into place.
He was so pretty. I really wish he'd have been sound.

5. Have you ever groomed or worked for a professional rider?
I was a groom the summer after college, and the school year after college I was a stable manager at a farm with 65 horses.

6. Favorite horse and rider combination?
I'm going to throw this one way back to Ian Millar and Big Ben. They were such an amazing team, and won just about everywhere.

7. Have you ever ridden a horse at the beach?
I have not, but would love to one day! There are a few beaches around here you can ride at in the off season. I feel like Shiny would be my safest choice to take.
Love her!

8. If you could experience the equestrian community (i.e. ride and compete) in another country, what country would you choose and why?
I have horse shopped in a few countries in Europe, and got to go to a handful of small horse shows. So um... one of those countries... I'm going to say the Czech republic I think. Everything is quite a bit cheaper there, but the horses are all bred very similarly as the German horses.
That time I jumped the standards in Europe. (Yes, small standards.. but still!)

9. In your opinion, what is an item of tack that is given unnecessary hype?
CWD saddles. Sorry. I hate them.

10. What was the first horse you rode called? Are they still alive?      
I'm going to exclude the pony rides I took at the fair since I have no idea what they were named. But the first horse I lessoned on was Daisy. She was a quarter horse, around 15 hands, and EVERYONE started on her at my old barn. She very sadly died in the barn fire in 1994. It was devastating. She didn't deserve such a horrific end.
Me and Daisy at our first lesson horse show. 1989.

Thursday's Threads

Outfit Day! It's a dreary one here today. Rain off and on all day. And highs in the 60's. Gross. I miss summer already. Anyway... I still have cute outfits to share! Let's start with my riding outfit. This was from Tuesday.
As evidenced by the header of this post, I believe teal and purple are meant to be together. And this outfit supports that theory.

Helmet: One K Glamour
I really like this gray/silver helmet. It's super fun with all the sparkle in the middle. Also... this helmet comes in black and rose gold now, and I kinda want it... (ok, I really want it.)

Shirt: Black Horse Clothing
This one is 100% Amanda's fault. I kind of wish I sized up though. The fabric is kind of clingy and from any other angle you see my rolls... Not so bad with these high waist breeches, but I wore the shirt to work with jeans, and I was like oh hello muffin top.

Belt: Mane Jane
I chose my darker gray strap and gunmetal buckle for this outfit. Keeping it somewhat neutral with the other pops of color.

Breeches: Just Toggs
These are a British brand. They are SUPER comfy! I'm not sure the most flattering necessarily... but comfort over flattery any day. Plus the purple is pretty fab.

Boots: Celeris UK
Spurs: Color Tack
I just love them. The Celeris boots take longer to break in than say, the DeNiro's because the leather is thicker. But I think they're going to last a long time. I'm still in the breaking in process, but honestly, it's not terrible. And LOOK HOW PRETTY THEY ARE!!!!!!!
The spurs I actually already had prior to ordering these boots, but I'm so pleased with how perfectly they match!

That's what I wore to ride the other day. The horses didn't dress up this time, sorry! But I have a fun work outfit to share too.

I went with an astronaut/space theme today. Space is dark, and the sky is dark today so it all makes sense together. Ha!

Jacket: Modcloth
Yeah. It's jacket weather. Gross.

Sweater: Modcloth
This sweater is perfect for this time of year. It has 3/4 sleeves which are stupid when it's actually cold out, but perfect for these 60 degree days.

Belt: C4
Got some creepy astronauts on my belt...

Jeans: Free People
I felt like lighter color jeans make this outfit less dark and depressing.

Shoes: Katy Perry
Not much cooler than hightops with planets on them. Trust me. They're awesome.

Purse: Bioworld
I'm a geek. What can I say?

Arm Party!
Ok, so I don't have enough bracelets for this theme to outfit two arms... so Lefty went with the old standby. My favorite D bit bracelet and my apple watch.

Righty went all in though! There's an astronaut bangle first, then my fitbit has a celestial house this week. And the last one actually lights up. I had to charge it this morning so it would work... I know. I told you. I'm a geek. Pretty comfortable in my geekdom though!

So that's it for today! Any favorites? Are you a geek too? What are you wearing?

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

What's Up Wednesday: The one with media!

Good news friends! I think I've figured out the Soloshot. And while it took SEVERAL HOURS I think I figured out how to bypass downloading to my computer to get to the cloud. Sadly the card reader for my phone/ipad was unsuccessful. It recognizes that there are files on the card, but won't let me upload. Whatever though, things are working! Unfortunately, my lesson I recorded with my phone because trainer was in a hurry, so only Shiny has the good footage. Still though, MEDIA! Of both ponies! Woohoo! But you'll have to wait for that. First some rambling...

When we last left off, Eros was a bit off, and I was waiting for the vet to come out. I thought it was his front ankle again. My vet came on Friday, and good news was it wasn't up front! He was just in need of a little maintenance for the hind end, so we took care of that. He got the weekend off (we hand walked and hand grazed instead of riding) and is back to work this week. It's supposed to rain here tomorrow, so I'll probably go see him after work and see how he's feeling.
Originally, my last lesson of the season with trainer was also scheduled for Friday, but I switched it to Saturday so I could meet the vet with Eros. Plus it poured buckets.
Pammon had a little fill right front, but it was non-reactive and he looked perfectly sound, so we decided to go ahead with the lesson, but keep the fences small and the courses easy. Trainer had me do one crazy bending line to boost my confidence, but otherwise it was mostly straight lines and wide turns.

 Backing up to that crazy bending line though... I chickened out like seven times. And then FINALLY got it done. Seriously, I don't know how trainer nor Pammon put up with me some days... Here we are, getting it done:
It doesn't look nearly as hairy as it seemed. I guess that's nice, right? We made it look easy? Lol. It was not.
Pammon felt we should be jumping higher...
 We finished over a very short course where I managed to keep my leg on and not pull too much. Amazing what a difference keeping your leg makes... who knew?
After having such a great lesson on Saturday, I wanted to keep the good stuff coming and do a jump school with Shiny. It's been awhile since she's jumped. Not for any reason really, except that it's dark out during the week when I ride her now. I have lights, but they're not bright enough for jumping. You guys, Shiny was fantastic!

Clearly, she could use a bigger jump. And now that we had a great school, I'm feeling brave enough to maybe put some fences up the next time. She was jumping around 2'3" courses before I got her, but we just haven't had a chance to really do that yet. She's super brave to the jumps though, and this ride she was even adjustable. In the past I wasn't able to collect her when the distance was getting tight, so it was always a chip or a flier in those cases. But yesterday she let me shorten or move up as needed. MAYBE it was because I kept my leg on? But probably it's just because she's a genius. We trotted a lot of fences, mostly because we need to work on canter transitions... Either way, it was ridiculously fun.

Rio of course got plenty of grazing time in this weekend. It was relatively nice out, though the cooler fall weather isn't my favorite. Bring back the 80's please!

He had a rough weekend. We switched him to regular shoes a few weeks ago (he had been wearing flip flops) and while his feet LOOK fantastic, the pressure was really bothering him. Fortunately, my farrier was able to stop by Saturday (just after my lesson ended, what timing!) and pulled the shoe. He wants to let it be barefoot for a few days before we decide what to do next. Rio seemed to feel better once the shoe was off. So currently he's wearing just a right front shoe. We would have pulled both, but he really didn't want to put full weight on that left front. He would have had to in order to pull the right one, and we didn't want to make him. Will touch base with farrier in a day or two and maybe just try him barefoot? Or maybe he'll get different shoes or pads or something. Not sure yet, but I'm confident we'll find what's most comfortable for him.

Sunday I finally found time to get the puggers out for a stroll! We don't go much in the summertime because the asphalt is way too hot for their little feetsies. But it was a lovely evening. We even stopped to visit with a couple of our horsey neighbors. It's so nice living where I do. It's like every third house has horses.

I've been watching Pammon's leg like a hawk since the weekend. And unfortunately, it keeps filling. I'm not liking it at all.
although honestly, it looks a lot worse in this picture than it does in real life.
So we've been icing and wrapping, but still flatting lightly. I don't think he's the type to do well totally out of work. If he ends up needing that, we will certainly need some chemical assistance.
Pammon is appalled I would suggest such a thing.
I have our regular vet coming out for shots and things on Friday, but I have my lameness vet scheduled for Monday. So we will continue with our light flats until then. You guys, please cross your fingers that this isn't bad. I'm not sure my little brain can handle having to start over again, and Perfect Pammonypony doesn't deserve to be stuck on vacation with a sore leg.
This guy though with the snuggles...
That's about it from here. I have a bunch of photos that didn't really fit into my text so enjoy them below!

This sunset was incredible. Real life was even better.

Looks quite sound here...

My pony is cuter than yours.

Pats for a good girly
How was your past week? Do any showing or lessons? Tell me about it in the comments!

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Truthful Tuesday

You ever just accept that you're a total weirdo? I mean, we all know I'm quirky what with the silly outfits and all. But this weekend I finally was like, "yeah, I'm definitely weird." What prompted the acceptance you ask?
I was cleaning up the feed room, distributing the new supplements to the appropriate drawers, breaking down the boxes they came in. That sort of thing. When I found a bucket I had forgotten about filling...
 After I lost Jampy, and just a little before Shiny and Pammon joined the herd, I was putting away Jampy's things and getting rid of stuff I wouldn't need that had been his. I'm very much the type to file things away. (Possibly my feelings too...Whatever.) When I lost my Bud-Bud in college, the first thing I did was take all of his blankets down off his stall wall. I just have this need to clean up after something like that I guess. But filing things away doesn't mean disposing of them. And that is what leads to the bucket.
I had filled this bucket with Jampy's grooming stuff and his ear stuffies. I'm not sure why I couldn't toss what wouldn't be useful in the future or that I didn't need. But for whatever reason, I needed to pack them away. When I found the bucket, I still kind of felt that way. And so I kept it. It's found a spot along the wall so it's out of the way. But I guess I'm just not ready to let go of this stuff yet.
Does that make me a hoarder? (Maybe not, but the pile of crap in my dining room suggests otherwise.)
Anyway, there ya have it. I'm a brush hoarding weirdo. But I'm pretty okay with that.

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Thursday's Threads

Outfit Day!!! I went and rode sat on Eros last night since we were having some pretty serious downpours at my house. I figured it wouldn't hurt to see how he was feeling, and I'd get a little saddle time in as well. He felt about the same as the weekend, so hopefully the vet can get him patched up tomorrow. We shall see! Anyway, let's start with my riding outfit:
I'm not sure what was happening with my face yesterday... I took a few photos. They all looked like that.

Helmet: Charles Owen AYR8
Eros was so grumpy last night, I had to take my helmet photo with his angry face.

Shirt: Kastel
I think a lot of us wound up owning this shirt or the one with the purple collar. It was a great deal they had on them!

Belt: Boy O Boy Bridleworks
I love my custom Boy O Boy belt! It's hard to see, but my logo is embroidered on it.

Breeches: Tailored Sportsman
I really wish it weren't so, but TS breeches are the most comfortable for me. Sad truth my friends.

Socks: Dreamers and Schemers
You guys see the theme yet? Over at Dreamers and Schemers, when you make custom socks there is a quantity discount. And it applies even if you make different designs! These are the second design that I did. They're super fun. And I love having my logo on everything.

Boots: Fama-4-All
I love these boots. They aren't the most comfortable for walking around, but they are really comfy to ride in. And they have my logo on them. So that's awesome.

So that's what I wore to ride, but I also have a fall feeling work outfit to share.

I'm not sure why I associate bandana print with fall, but I do. Maybe it's just the bold color?

Sweatshirt: Ralph Lauren
Tee shirt: Back On Track
I could pretty happily live in BOT tee shirts all day everyday. They had the white ones on sale on the BOT website this weekend for $15. I grabbed a few. I also snagged this sweatshirt this weekend at the outlet. It was originally some stupid price over $100 but I got it for peanuts. Yay for sales!

Belt: Lucky Brand
I love this belt. It's the softest leather, and I like that I can wear it with both this red bandana print OR my blue ones!

Jeans: Judy Blue
Love these distressed jeans with the bandana backing! I hate ripped jeans for work, but I feel like you add a little bit of class if the holes have fabric behind them...

Shoes: Ariat Cruisers
Yeah... shut up. I got them in red and blue. They were on sale! Cruisers are SUPER comfy. If you don't have a pair yet, consider it! But get them on Ebay where they're a lot less expensive.

Arm Party:
So awhile back I hunted down a bunch of these Hermes bracelets on Ebay and Poshmark. I wound up with two silver clasps and two gold toned ones. What's fun about having two is I can link the bands together to make wrap bracelets, which is what I did here. Red and white to match the bandana print.

I liked it so much I did it twice... Ha. I paired this black wrap bracelet with the full cheek snaffle and my fitbit.

So that's it for today! Thoughts on bandana print? Does it feel like an autumn print to you? What about logos? Logo everything, or do I need to calm down?