Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Truthful Tuesday

Um. I've been shopping again. NO I  DID NOT BUY MORE BOOTS! But the ones I bought awhile back arrived... (One pair anyway... there may or may not be one other pair in production. Shut up.)
I seriously can't wait to wear these together. Someone please buy Badger so I can get back in the saddle!
This Sunday, I stopped at the farmer's market to get some veggies and what not (Doc says I need to eat better...) and there was this adorable little boy selling drawings. He was probably around 10, and his drawings are not what you'd expect. They were fashion drawings! Like, legit models wearing clothing that he was designing himself. A ten year old! BOY! I loved this kid. He also had some shoes he was working on. So obviously, I had to support the kid. I got myself a shoe.
I hope this kid goes somewhere. In all honesty, I fall for the cute kids selling their crafts almost every time. Such a sucker.
Moving on... something else I bought recently arrived this weekend, and I was STUPID excited about it! If you follow my insta, you already saw it probably, but pretend like you didn't and keep reading. I got a soft shell jacket with my barn logo on it and a line drawing of Rio on the back from KJ's Creations. It came out better than I expected, and I think it's super fun.
It came in this awesome unicorn mailer too...
That's my logo! In GLITTER!

Front view

yeah... I stuck my hashtag on the sleeve #dork

Back view, that's me and Rio!

This jacket was so reasonably priced and I'm completely in love with it. I've been dying to get some gear with my logo/farm name on it, and this was a great place to start.

So what about you guys? Have you been shopping? Thoughts on logo gear? What about kids at the farmer's market? Do you buy their stuff? Or do you have anything you need to confess today? Let's chat in the comments!

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Thursday's Threads: Shark Week Edition

Happy Outfit Day! I'll admit I'm kind of a fraud with this whole Shark Week theme. I haven't actually watched a second of it on TV. But I'm always in favor of a good theme, so let's just roll with that shall we?
If you've been around awhile, you may realize that this outfit is a repeat. But I do have a new accessory, so all is not lost.
Hee hee...

Dress: Peach Love
 I seriously love this dress. I will wear it for every shark week until I can't fit into it anymore or it falls apart. So... expect repeats. That up there is still my horse necklace, but expect something more sharky next year.

Shoes: T.U.K.
It would be silly to wear a shark dress without shark shoes, don't you think? I nearly got a new pair of shark shoes this year, but decided these were way cuter. And how many pairs of shark shoes does one need? (This logic does not apply to lobster nor unicorn shoes however.)

Purse: Sleepyville Critters
I think the bloody hand fob really makes this purse... It's not attached to the purse itself, just is on a little key chain hanger. I think it's pretty hilarious. A little much maybe... but hilarious.

Arm Party!
I don't have any shark bracelets currently (stay tuned for next year though!) so I went with an ocean theme for the arm party. This one here is a cute wrap bracelet with an anchor clasp from Pura Vida.

Righty is wearing this ADORABLE anchor bracelet from Nicole's Creations. She makes them all herself, and this one is definitely one of my favorites from her. It's perfect with the shark theme too.

Unfortunately, that's it for today. I really need to get back on a horse soon, partially for my own sanity, but also so I have a riding outfit to share! Speaking of riding outfits, my pink helmet and pink glitter topped boots have both arrived from Europe and I can't wait to get to wear them! It will probably be awhile, since I don't really think I should break in boots when I haven't ridding in weeks... but be prepared to see those hopefully soon! There is so much sparkle. And it's amazing.

Any favorites from today? Do you watch Shark Week? Anything else you want to talk about?

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

What's Up Wednesday

It's been pretty rainy around here awhile. But we've been able to dodge the raindrops and get our handwalks in. I think the horses are starting to think walks are silly. They both like to stand around and not walk more than they want to actually walk. #lazy.

I got after Jamp a little a few days ago about his refusing to walk, and I guess that's all he needed because he's been much more polite and willing to stroll after that. I guess sometimes you need to tune up your horse for hand walking? Horses are weird.
Jampy wanted to freak me out a little yesterday. He was pretty stocked up behind, but no heat or anything. It went down after walking though, so that was promising. I threw some ice boots on him for a couple hours and then wrapped him overnight. They looked better this morning. I think maybe he has a little bit of scratches? But I don't really see much. There was one tiny little scabby I felt, but that was it. I washed him up and threw some Krudzapper on it, so hopefully he'll be a-ok in a day or two. I touched base with the vet too, just in case it becomes a thing. I don't know what I'd do if he got cellulitis... He can't have dex anymore. Hopefully that's not something I'll have to worry about.
Ice all the legs!
I didn't get to do any riding in the past week (it's been awhile!) but I did get to go to a pool float parade! My friend lives near a big lake, and decided that's what she wanted to do for her birthday. Have a pool float parade! Lol. Who comes up with that?! I had to head over after feeding the horses, so I actually missed out on being in the parade, but I got to see if float by on their way back to shore (and to the party) so that was fun too!

Sunday was supposed to be a washout, but thankfully it was ok for much of the day. Unfortunately, the skies opened up just before the weekly concert was going to start at the lake so it was canceled. I planned ahead though, and got my lobster roll early, JUST IN CASE!
I mean, worst case scenario, I get two in one day right?
In Badger news, he's been WONDERFUL for the trainer he's with up here. He was at her barn last week, and even was tried (already!) on Sunday. He was fantastic for the trainer, but got a little lit up with the kid. (He does that with me too...) They liked him though, and are trying him again this week.
He is up at Hits Saugerties this week, not showing, just doing the warm ups and hopefully getting tried some more. He has two people planning to see him tomorrow, and one more later in the week. So that's all promising! I got a video of him doing the warm up and then Trainer B sent me this photo asking if we can talk about my horse jumping a 10+.
I was like sure... but he jumps even better than that when the jumps are bigger! It's really kind of heart breaking. He's exactly the horse I dreamed of owning for the past many years, but we just aren't suited to each other. These things happen. Hopefully he'll be someone's unicorn though, and I'm sure my own is out there somewhere waiting for me to find him.
That's about all that's up this Wednesday. I don't have any rides scheduled, but I'm hoping to find one soon. Getting antsy on the ground!
What's up with you guys? Do any showing this weekend? Or have something coming up?

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Truthful Tuesday

Today's confession: I wore a show shirt to work yesterday. On purpose!

I've been drooling over the products from Ronner Designs for awhile now, but their price tag is not in my range. So when I saw that Mary's Tack and Feed had some of their shirts on sale... well you better believe I tossed one of those in my cart immediately.
But here's the thing... I chose a show shirt. I haven't really shown in three years. (Other than that Alumni class a few weeks back!) And when I do show, I wear plain white 98% of the time. The shirt I chose has horses on it. So I wasn't completely sure I'd want to show in it. I WAS however, completely sure I didn't want to wait until forever to wear it.
The shirt arrived Saturday, and I LOVED it! But (there's always a but), the collar is really big on it. Like it looks kind of ridiculous on my skinny giraffe neck big. But the shirt itself? GORGEOUS. I love the fabric. It's a bit heavy so wouldn't be a great summer show shirt, but it is an active type material. The cuffs and collar have a gorgeous striped pattern on them. It's seriously SO nice! I paid around $80 for it, which isn't cheap by any means, but reasonable for a show shirt anyway. Maybe a little too high for a work shirt... but I'm in love with it. Anyway, I've decided it won't be a show shirt, but I do plan to wear it as a regular shirt lots. Without further ado... Here it is:

Do you have anything from Ronner? Have you worn a show shirt for non-show purposes?

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?