Thursday, January 30, 2020
Helmet: one K
Top: New England Equitation Championships
Belt: Tory Burch
Breeches: Harry's Horse
Boots: Celeris UK
I almost wore cow print to work today too, but at the last minute I switched to leopard.
And that's it for today! Any favorites? I mean, probably the boots... Thoughts on animal prints? I think they're having a moment right now personally. Or maybe it's just me.
Wednesday, January 29, 2020
Things have been fairly quiet around here still. I somehow caught another cold, which I think is finally going away. So annoying.
|Basically how I spend my free time these days.
|I stole this photo from Farmhouse Tack's website
So for my lesson on Saturday I put him in the bit I hate. The leather segunda. He goes really well in it. But like... it's a segunda. Ugh. Why does this horse like this bit? It's kind of awful if you ask me. But he does. So odd. I mean, he's terrible to flat in it. But he's wonderful over fences. And I still hate it. Horses are weird.
Sunday after we finished our work, my friend and I took our horses for a walk outside. The property is pretty amazing at the boarding barn. There are two large ponds, a beach, and lots of trails right there. Since Eros hasn't been ridden outdoors in months, we opted just for a short walk out to the beach and back. He started to get a little fresh toward the end, but he was pretty perfect otherwise.
Shiny is doing well with her foot. Everything seems to have hardened up at this point, so today she is having turnout in a quarter sized med paddock for the first time in over a month. I'm sure she'll be very happy to have some freedom outdoors! We walked outside on Sunday, and she was a good girl out there. I'm really impressed with her attitude honestly. She's been stuck in a stall with just hand walking and she's really been fine with the whole thing. I haven't had to give her any sedatives to walk, even outdoors. I've walked her by herself in the indoor. I imagine if there were horses working that outcome might not have been the same. But still. She's been a very good patient.
With one exception... And this is HILARIOUS! So last week, Eros had his training ride at 7 am so I could come watch before work. So we're out in the indoor doing that, and I hear assistant trainer yelling heads up! I look up at the door and in gallops Shiny. Or rather, in trots Shiny really... She was having her stall cleaned, and pushed the door open and walked out. She is SUCH a typical pony, it kills me! Anyway, she trotted around the ring once (looking fantastically sound) and then went up to Eros, who stood like a statue while we caught her. Assistant Trainer was super apologetic about the whole thing, but honestly, I thought it was pretty funny. I know how Shiny is. Nobody got hurt. Alls well that ends well. I'm glad it was just Eros in the ring though! He's so chill. I'm planning to get back on her this weekend. Fingers crossed the tripping problem is a thing of the past and we can get back to work!
Pammon has no updates. I think he's doing fine though, and I am happy with the care at the vet clinic. I do miss my boy though! I haven't been to visit him. It's a few hours away, and I know he's in good hands. Plus I've been sick like every weekend. I feel a little guilty for not going up there though. I mean, when Rio was at Cornell, I was up there every weekend. And it was a four and a half hour drive! But also, I wasn't completely sure Rio was going to come home from there. I know Pammon will. When though? I have no idea. I'm guessing maybe March sometime.
Not much else to report other than my ridiculously expensive bareback pad arrived. I haven't used it yet, but it's gorgeous!
Did you all have a good week? Do anything fun? Get anything new?
Tuesday, January 28, 2020
I needed to find some bits in my bit trunk this weekend. My bit box has "feet" on the bottom that are basically just small boards that run the length of the short sides of the trunk. So one on each side. The one on the left is not attached anymore, but it's wide enough that it stays upright when the trunk sits on it anyway. Can you see where this is going?
So while my horses are away, I have my helper doing a real deep cleaning of the barn. He's been scrubbing all the walls and washing the floors. Even moving the trunks out out of the tack room to really clean the floor. But when he put them back, he put the bit box too close to the wall. I needed to pull it away a little to unzip the cover and open it up. Now. I KNOW that one foot isn't attached. And I KNOW that pulling it sideways would make it tip over. But I did it anyway. Because sometimes I make poor life choices. The trunk wound up tipping over into the box next to it and squishing my finger in between the two. And of course the side that tipped was the side with ALL the bits in it. So it was HEAVY. It really hurt! I shook it off though and went about my day. It was the kind of hurt that was bad initially and then was mostly fine. I didn't really look at it again until the evening when I discovered my finger is a total drama queen.
|(Please excuse the fact that I'm still hanging on to those bits of my new years manicure....)
So do you ever do stupid things like that? Basically, I was too lazy to trouble shoot how to move it over without crushing my hand, so I just let it happen anyway. Genius.
In other news, I can't save this till tomorrow... I got my cow boots from Celeris on Friday!!!
Alright, that's enough confessing for one day. Anything you need to get off your back? Share in the comments!
Thursday, January 23, 2020
Helmet: One K
Top: Herd of Zebras
So that's what I rode in last night!
And here's what I have on at work today:
Sweater: Max Studio
Belt: Not sure on brand
Jeans: AG Jeans
Boots: Lara & Lillian
So that's it for today! Any favorites? Is it arctic where you are too? Favorite winter riding apparel?
Wednesday, January 22, 2020
The vet was out Friday to recheck Shiny pants, and he was really pleased with how she's healing. It had been two week since he discovered that giant splinter in her hoof, and everything is healing up nicely. There's just one little spot that is still a little soft, but once that hardens up she can go back to her regular life. She is all too ready. Poor thing hasn't had a turnout in just over a month. But she will soon. Yay!
I also got a glowing report on Pammon. Doc ultrasounded him about a week prior to Shiny's recheck, and showed me how much healing has taken place. The ligament was a complete mess when he went to the clinic, with huge disruptions to the fibers pretty much throughout. It was bad. And now there's a lot of filling in going on. Doc is really confident he'll be back to jumping and at the heights I had bought him for. So that's fantastic news. There's no time line yet, which is fine with me. I'm not rushing this. I need him to get fully healed. Only then will we worry about getting back to business. And though I'm smart enough not to count any chickens before they hatch, I am feeling cautiously optimistic.
But then there's Eros... My perfect boy Eros has decided he no longer needs to, you know... travel correctly. He has concluded that he is perfectly content to trot and canter (and walk, I guess...) with his head up, back hollow, and completely locked up from poll to tail. So that's been fun. I'm going to get him on the list for doc to look at him, but since he was JUST here, I'm not sure yet when he's back next. Eros does not feel at all unsound, so I don't think we have something major going on. But never hurts to check anyway. He is doing all kinds of lateral work to evade doing what I'm actually asking for, which kind of suggests to me something is bugging him that he's trying to avoid. I still think getting a body worker out would do wonders for him, but for whatever reason, barn owner is dragging her feet on finding someone. We had briefly discussed injecting his SI the last time he had a lameness exam and we decided to wait. So it's entirely possible the time has come. I'm guessing the very cold weather (it was 18 degrees last night when I left the barn) probably isn't helping to loosen him.Other than being kind of inside out though, he's still his perfect self.
So we had some snow on Saturday night, which meant Sunday there was snowing coming off the indoor roof. The trainers opted to give the young horses the day off so no one would die (probably a good choice) but I figured I'd take my chances, and stuff the ears just in case. Now, I'm pretty confident I had stuffed Eros' ears more than a few times last year. If you recall, he was on light work and no turn out around this time last year for that sore foot of his. And he was quite spooky, and I'm really sure I used ear plugs more than a few times. But you guys... when I put them in on Sunday, this was the face I got:
We had a butt kicking flat lesson last night. I'm definitely sore, though he's probably not since I was certainly working harder than he was. I finished that ride up with some really nice canter work, but the trot never really came together. We will have a lighter flat tonight and tomorrow he's getting a training ride. Trainer didn't think my timing was bad, and wants to see if she can feel what's causing this sudden resistance. And/or if I'm just doing something to piss him off. Not impossible! I really think some vet and/or body work is the answer but in the meantime, it doesn't hurt to have a different human get a feel.
That's about all that's happening with the horses. But I have a few other interesting odds and ends to mention. First, I bought a pair of boots off Ebay before the holidays. Not riding boots, just regular ones. Anyway, I pulled one out and tried it on when they arrived, but was in a rush and didn't check both boots. One was good, so you would assume they both were fine right? Never assume my friends.
Next, I had a little tack-cident over the weekend when I saw the Motion Lite coat I've been drooling at was on sale. So I ordered it. I now own almost all of the colors. Which wouldn't be SO bad except that I don't even show right now... But I WILL show this summer. It will happen. It has to. Eros even has a show bridle now. So things are getting real. Anyway, this is the jacket:
But then Amanda of 900 Facebook Pony fame made my buy a new bareback pad.
Ok, that's really it from here this week. I shall leave you with this confusing photo of Pia staring at me through the door to my living room.
Did you all have a good week? Did Amanda make you buy anything?
Tuesday, January 21, 2020
|Belt from Pony Locks
|same belt, different angle
|bracelets from Horse Hair Creations, Pony Locks, and the Sugar Lady
|Same bracelets, different angle
These arrived first from Horse Hair Creations:
But the belt was the most tricky. Pony Locks has a few different but very similar designs. I asked if I could get one done in green leather, but she wasn't able. So I went on Etsy and talked to my leather working friend at The Sugar Lady, and we came up with something really fun. Based on a belt she made once before, we did some tweaking, added a nameplate and green leather, and we have a design we think will be really pretty.
|Top is what she has made before, bottom two are options for mine. We're going to go with the top green one I think. Also the green will be a deep forest/hunter color, not this bright.
Plus these that you all did for me:
But I still had one more thing I needed to figure out. And that was what to do with the beautiful wooden urns that hold my boys' ashes. Currently, they are still sitting on the bench in my barn. But that's really not the ideal spot. I finally decided to have a shelf made for them above the bench, and for the wall between that shelf and the bench I had some art created. These beauties will hang there holding the boys' leather show halters:
Anyway, today's confession is that I spent a LOT of money memorializing these two guys. And I think it was worth every penny.