Thursday, June 30, 2022

Thursday's Threads

Outfit Day! This week I modified Leah's request for the unicorn outfit. Instead of the shiny Celeris boots, I went with a pair you all haven't seen in ages! I know because I can't remember the last time I wore these... So we'll start with my outfit so you don't have to wait any longer for the reveal.

That's the face one makes when a car pulls in the driveway as I'm taking a photo of myself... Not awkward at all...

Helmet: Samshield
I have some strong opinions about Samshield and their refusal to add MIPS to their overpriced helmets... But this thing is gorgeous. #sorrynotsorry

Shirt: Stacie Original
I will love this shirt always and forever. Hope that doesn't come off too conceited since i made it... Lol! But my logo with a unicorn horn is one of my favorite things. Plus it's all shiny and stuff.

Belt: Standard Issue Equestrian

I don't own any of Standard Issue's horse wear, but I had to have the holo belt for obvious reasons. Looks perfect with the unicorn shirt, don't you think?!

Breeches: Ovation Aqua-X
I've had these awhile now, and would love to replace them with a size down, but they are very sadly discontinued. Boo. Why do they stop making everything that's decent?

Boots: Imperial Riding
These are probably the most ridiculous boots I own. And that's saying something since we're talking about me here. The only thing that might make them even more insane is if they were holo instead of just silver. But I love them as they are. They're actually very comfortable too. I think the footbed is memory foam. I hope someday they'll make some other ridiculous boots. 

So that's what I wore this week! Eros is our model this week, and here's his outfit:

He sure does take his modeling career seriously, doesn't he? Look at him! So cute. I can't handle him.

Bridle: Royal
Browband: EvoEquine
Bit: Punk Ponies rings and Sweet Billy's mouth
Reins: Pink Noses Studio (Etsy)
I have to thank my noisy neighbor for this adorable photo of Eros giving his best blue steel. He wasn't into the closeup shot at all, until my neighbor made a huge commotion. 

Saddle: Butet
Saddle Pad: Lettia with some Cricut embellishment
Half Pad: Le Mieux
This half pad has shims in it so I don't have to ride up hill anymore. Definitely has made a good difference! I got him this black half pad for now, but also ordered him a shimmable one from Mattes in our colors. That one will be awhile though.

Boots: Punk Ponies
Holo boots complete the look, don't you think? Eros thinks so. And he's rarely wrong. 

So that's what we're wearing today! Any favorites? 

Wednesday, June 29, 2022

What's Up Wednesday


It sure does get busy once summer hits doesn't it? All good things though! My old trainer is back from Florida for the summer which I think I mentioned already. She's home for two weeks at a time and away showing when she's not here. So we're trying to fit in as many lessons when she's home as we can. Which works out to two lessons a week because I don't like to jump more than that. 

Lessons are going great! (Pivo was being a bit challenging though, so light on media. I think I have it working again now though!) Our first lesson was an easy one for trainer to get to know Al. It was lots of fun and didn't fill me with anxiety so that's a bonus too! The second lesson the jumps went up a little and the turns got harder. And it was even more fun, and not at all scary. I like when things aren't scary! None of this means I didn't make tons of mistakes, but every time I messed something up, I was able to come back and fix it the next time. And Al never got mad at me. No matter how stupid I got. Worth his weight in gold, this horse! 

And then I changed the course for the most recent lesson. As mentioned yesterday, I hate what I set, but it's good to work on the things that are hard. And so we did. Oddly enough, I didn't mess up that line where I thought I would. Instead I messed it up the easy direction. Ha! Come on, we all knew I would at some point. But still, Al just laughs of my idiocy and tries again. We worked on some crazy hard turns, but broke them down to the point they really weren't that hard. And we also practiced doing the add stride, then the correct stride, then back again in the line. Al is really good at that game which is nice, because I'm not sure I'm always so good at it. The harder the courses get, the better Al is for them. I think he enjoys a challenge and it makes him pay attention. We really only run into trouble in two instances. The first being when I take out of the corner which is my favorite mistake to make. The second is when Al get distracted by something other than what we're doing. Both are easy enough to work on though. Just lots of practice. Trainer really likes him though, and thinks it's a perfect match. I agree wholeheartedly! 

Eros wound up just having one jump day last week. I forget why exactly... I think it was mostly weather related. He was a good boy though the day we did jump. He's feeling pretty good with his maintenance done, definitely jumping a lot harder! Which makes me giggle because we're only jumping 2'3" and yet I'm getting tossed out of the saddle a little. Glad he's feeling good! 

I popped him over a few jumps today and he was a wee bit spicy! Watching the video back, it doesn't look as difficult as it felt, so I guess that part is good. I didn't even attempt any related distances though. I know Torpedo Eros would have made an appearance, and I wasn't here for that today. Despite his excitement, we got a couple of cute photos at least!

Could he be any cuter?! I don't think so. 

In a shocking turn of events, my vet had a cancellation on Friday and was able to come out to recheck Pammon and do Shiny's treatments. It wasn't the best of news for either of them, but nothing too terrible. 

Pammon's injury looks fantastic (the good news!) but he was quite back sore again when the vet was there. I had noticed it some that week as well. I honestly think it was from getting off the ace. That was his first full week completely sober, and I think it was caused mostly by tension than anything else. Pammon is a worrier. He startles easily and is always kind of ready for anything. When he was having some ace mid day, I think that tension went away and his back stayed relaxed. I've been working really hard this week to get him working stronger. More through his back and really making him lift his belly. And he already feels better. He's also been more relaxed in general even in the barn. So I think he just needed to detox a little. Hopefully this hypothesis is correct. Because of the soreness in his back, doc suggested it might be best for him to consider a lower level dressage job rather than a low level hunter job. The thought being that a low level dressage rider will be focused on having him travel correctly through his back with his belly up. A low level hunter rider will not be able to do that. So for the sake of his longevity and comfort dressage might be the better job for him. I don't have a ton of connections in that world, but I do have a few so I'll need to start reaching out. He's ready for that job now, but would definitely need some training to fully convert of course. I can flat pretty well, but I'm not trained in dressage so I'm sure there are differences in how he should be going. My vet's tech did all the young rider dressage stuff as a junior, so I let her hop on and see what she thought about him. She thinks he can absolutely go through second level and possibly even third. I think there's probably someone out there who would love him for that job. Hopefully. It was nice to see him go! I don't think I've watched any one ride him... ever actually. My trainer went and tried him for me initially before I bought him, so when I went to try him myself she didn't get on first. I don't think I've ever seen him ridden other than a couple of jumping videos from his sales ad. 

Earlier last week I let Shiny pop over a couple of these little raised cavalletti. They were the first "jumps" she has seen since last fall! She was really excited and took me right to them, so I think it's time we start jumping again. We'll go slow and keep the fences small. 
As for her vet appointment, it was interesting. We already did her evaluation last time doc was out, so we just planned to do the injections we talked about. We did the alpha-2 in her hocks and did use steroid for her SI. SI went smoothly, but the hocks were where we got the less than stellar news. Her hocks were very painful to inject and the joints were pretty dry. Meaning her hocks are in terrible shape. It's hard to tell with her, because her flexions are always perfect. Doc says this is pretty common with quarter horses. They just don't tell you when they need help. So we did the Alpha-2 this time, but next time we need to switch to steroid. Which ugh. Ponies and steroids gives me anxiety. I asked if there was anything I could do to help her and also if I should or shouldn't allow her to jump anymore. Doc said jumping is fine, the hocks are what they are and we don't jump very high with her. Plus, Shiny isn't shy about telling me she can't do something. So I just have to listen to her. As for helping her... He just said pray. So... not the best news. But since Shiny doesn't really have a job or goals, it's fine. I'll make sure she's happy and as comfortable as possible. And if she has to stop jumping at some point, we will. And if someday all she can do is plod around bareback, I'll still enjoy her for that job. She's the most level headed of the bunch, so her real job is to keep the peace here at the farm. She can certainly do that even with bad hocks. 

So you might be wondering why I'll keep Shiny no matter what but not Pammon. And the thing is, I just can't keep them all.  I'm happy to lease Pammon out and get him back when he's done. Or sell him to a wonderful home if someone wants him enough with all of his baggage. But he's kind of the disruptor of the group. The breaker of the peace if you will... Plus. he's broken my heart so many times in the few years I've had him. I will make absolutely sure that he goes someplace he's well cared for, and will do my best to take him back if that home is no longer appropriate for him. But I think he'd like to have a real job with someone who loves him so why should I deprive him of that? Ideally, a lease would be perfect. I could get a little money for the lease that I can put toward his retirement so he'll at least help pay his way some. We'll just have to see what happens. Chances are he'll still be here awhile. I'm terrible at moving horses. In the meantime, we'll keep plugging along! And probably start popping over those little cavalletti that Shiny's doing. 

Now that you're all caught up with the horses... I spent Monday this week catching up on some crafts I've been wanting to get done. It took way longer than I expected, so I still have a few to do. The most important (and already very late) one was my dad's Father's Day gift. I had planned to have it done in time, but some of my supplies arrived late. It happens these days, what can you do?! I made him a belt out of beta biothane and used the Cricut to put his boat image and name on it. I also put the image on a polo shirt for him. They came out great!

(Yes, my dad's boat is ridiculous. But he earned every inch of that 
boat all on his own. He's the son of immigrants and worked ridiculously 
hard to build his successful business. PPE! It's lucrative.)

I also had a couple coffee cups waiting for decals, but only was able to do one. The other one I need to try again. Another day. The one is cute though!

I also made myself a fake nameplate belt with biothane and the Cricut. It's hard to take photos of because it doesn't lay flat nicely, but it's cute once on. I'll wear it soon for Thursday's Threads so you can see. 

That's mostly it from here. I have a few more crafts to do for a future Thursday's Threads outfit and some braiding jobs coming up. All kinds of things on the calendar! ALSO, trainer and I talked about finding some one day shows to attend when she's back from Vermont. So things are happening! 

Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Truthful Tuesday


So the other day while I was washing Pammon off after our ride I did something or thought something or... well... something happened? I dunno. But there was something that I was like OH! That's a good Truthful Tuesday topic. But alas. I didn't write it down and all I can remember is having that thought. Seriously guys, the senility is hitting hard lately. But I DO have a confession today anyway. Even if it's not the one I apparently wanted to share. Hopefully that will come back to me. Anyway...

For reference, the white jump there on the left is the first of a diagonal line.
The out is another white jump kind of behind that purple one.

Today's confession is about the course in my ring. I set a new course Sunday after I finished riding and it's not my best work. I didn't really make a plan and it's just sort of meh. But it's fine. It will do for this week's lessons and I can change it up again after that. But that's not my confession. The confession is that I set one of the hardest things I could set for me and Al. And I didn't mean to! You'd think since I design my own courses that I wouldn't torture myself. But alas... So what's so hard you ask? I set a four stride line on the diagonal. Which isn't hard in and of itself. But what's hard is that it's off the right lead. If I come through from the far end toward the barn, that's easy enough (hopefully...) but it's if I jump it the other way that's stupid hard. Let me explain.

Al and I still have some flat struggles that we're working on. (I mean, there's always struggles amiright?!) One of them is tracking right at the canter. For whatever reason, I have the hardest time just cantering through the second turn on the short side of the ring closest to the in gate. It doesn't happen at the far end. And it's not unique to my ring. We had the same struggle in both the indoor and outdoor at the boarding barn too. It's nothing major. It's not like he stops cantering or anything dramatic. He just really wants to bulge through the turn and hug the fence. Like to the point where sometimes I hit it with my leg. When I attempt to correct he overdoes it and starts falling in. And in all my efforts to straighten him out, I wind up slowing him down so we lose some of our impulsion and all of our nice rhythm. So setting a line off a short turn out of this corner is pretty challenging. But I think it's a good challenge! If only that was the only hard part. The other hard part? The out is aiming at the corner he likes to spook at. So long story short, I imagine there will be an added stride at some point in my lesson tomorrow. Ha. Maybe not! But likely. I'll report back.

Thursday, June 23, 2022

Thursday's Threads


Outfit Day! I'm still working on something ridiculous for you guys, just waiting on some hardware so I can finish making some things for it. In the meantime, I have another green outfit to share. I'm trying to keep mixing things up but this is admittedly a bit of a repeat. Sorry. It happens! It's not fully identical... but pretty close. It happens. Listen, I have to wear my clothes more than once! Shiny was our model this week, and here's what she had on:

She looks so cute in green! I just love her.

Bridle: Pinnacle
Browband: Boy O'Boy Bridleworks
These bridles are quite nice for what they cost, especially when you can find them on sale. But I haven't done the best job of breaking them in. This one could use another coat of oil to soften it up a bit more. It looks nice though! I like this color on her.

Boots: Horze
These are the pony size boots that no matter how hard I tried, I couldn't get Equinavia (US) nor Horze (EU) to sell them to me! I dunno why they think the US doesn't need pony size boots... Thankfully I found these on eBay from a seller in the UK. The straps are a bit long for her, but they do fit otherwise. 

Saddle: Custom Saddlery
Saddle Pad: The Hangry Mare
I love this pad from the Hangry Mare. They quality is top notch. I hope to get some others from her eventually. 

That's what Shiny had on, and here's what I wore:

Right. I'm sure it looks familiar. But the boots and belt are different!

Helmet: One K CCS MIPS
This one has the rose gold rails installed with it. I hope they'll make some more color options for the changeable pieces. I've love yellow gold rails as an option. Also, I need to dust this helmet.

Shirt: It's a Haggerty's
I have three of these shirts in different color arrangements, so I'm pretty disappointed in myself for wearing the exact same one as a few weeks ago. Sorry friends. It's hard to keep track sometimes! It's a nice shirt at least. It's not all stained in real life, I think that's a weird shadow from my phone. 

Belt: Ponylocks
I haven't worn Jampy's belt in awhile, so today felt like a good day to bust it out! Ponylocks really does a beautiful job with these. 

Breeches: RJ Classics
I think I really like the RJ breeches these days. They're pretty comfortable and I like the fabric. Maybe a little heavy for those really hot summer days, but since it's been cool here they were perfect. 

Boots: Mountain Horse
Heh, it seems I wore croc boots two weeks in a row! Last week were the black Caldene pair and VERY SADLY the soles have come halfway detached on both feet. Just when I was saying how much I love them. Sigh. Hopefully I can get them fixed. Anyway, this week I wore these Mountain Horse boots. I like them about equally with the pair from last week. LOVE this chocolate brown color. 

And that's it for today! Any favorites? Anything you're waiting to see? 

Wednesday, June 22, 2022

What's Up Wednesday


It's been a busy week around here again, but not so much horsey busy. Mostly everything else busy. As mentioned yesterday, the pups both had vet appointments last week. All went well for them (other than my forgetting to do everything... lol). But we did one fun horsey thing last week! Al got his glamour shots taken on Friday morning! I cannot wait to get the photos back and share them with you guys. And get Al on my wall! 

We only had one jump school last week due to weather mostly. Eros didn't jump at all since he had his hocks and SI done on Tuesday. But the one jump school Al did have was pretty fun! I'm sticking to 3' jumps alone for now, and they are really easy for him which is such a nice feeling. Especially when I make a mistake!

Why does 3' look so much bigger than I remember it being?

We hopefully are having a lesson tomorrow, weather permitting, so I'm excited/nervous for that! Can't wait for my trainer to meet Al! Hope she loves him as much as I do, though that's probably impossible. 

I called to get an appointment for Shiny's injections on Monday, and was left frustrated once more by my vets office. Unless I want to ship her someplace they don't think he can come out until August. Obviously this isn't going to work anymore. What if one of my horses gets hurt? I'll have to wait 2 months for treatment? Unacceptable. So the hunt is on for a new vet. As much as I don't want that. After 19 years and so many things we've been through, it's tough to move on. But I have to do what's best for my horses not my emotions. Wish me luck finding a good one!

Otherwise, the horses are all doing just fine! Pammon is drug free so I'm hoping to pop him over some raised cavalletti in the next day or two. Very exciting! Shiny too! Due to the insane wind this past weekend, only Shiny got to enjoy Sunday Funday, but everyone enjoyed the good grass after their rides so it wasn't a total buzzkill of a day. 

And they all had pedicures on Monday. So now we're somewhat caught up on vet work, all been body worked, and have attended to feet. We should be good to go for a bit (other than Shiny)! 

Al and Eros are shod, the other two just get trims

In non horse news, my little brother came down from VT to celebrate Father's Day with our dad. It was great to see him! We haven't seen each other since the fall. Normally he comes home for the holidays, but since Dad and stepmom didn't come back from FL for them this year, little bro didn't come down either. We all enjoyed some delicious chef cooked meals together, and I'm still full from eating too much at Father's Day brunch.

And that brings us up to date! How was your week? Were you in the midst of a heat wave where you are? Or were you getting blown off your horses like I was? Man this weather is crazy all the time!

Tuesday, June 21, 2022

Truthful Tuesday


I swear, it's a miracle I successfully get anything done ever... Last week both my pups had vet appointments, a day apart. Sometime after I had made the appointments I got a reminder notice that P is due for some shots. Rita's appointment was the first one, so while I was there I asked if P could get get her shots during her recheck appointment the next day. They said as long as everything was looking good in her ear, that shouldn't be a problem. Always nice to get two things accomplished in one visit ya know? 

So P's appointment was bright and early Thursday morning. There was a bit of a commotion with another dog who was VERY EXCITED to be at the vet, so they ushered that one into a room right away. My vet apologized (unnecessary, clearly, P was perfectly under control in the waiting room unlike the other larger dog!) and asked if it was okay if they just brought P back to check her ears. I said sure, not a problem. You know what I didn't say? I didn't remember to ask about the shots! Can you believe it? Doc didn't remember either. I didn't realize it until the weekend when I was cleaning up my email inbox. So I had to call for another appointment. Sheesh. Is this early onset senility? Or was it just that my coffee hadn't kicked in yet? I'm hoping the second one...

Thursday, June 16, 2022

Thursday's Threads


Outfit Day! In my quest to bring you new boots each week, I am bringing back a pair you all haven't seen in AGES! That's because they didn't fit for awhile there. But they do now! And I'm excited to have them back in rotation. Al is our model today, and here's what we wore:

It was a black croc and pink kinda day. We'll start with Al's outfit.

Bridle: Joseph Sterling
Browband: Dark Jewel Designs
I do still have the black and Rose gold bridles, but I don't love them, so I decided to just use this one today. I think it looks so pretty on him!

Saddle: Butet
Saddle Pad: Benz Equestrian
Half Pad: Ippico
I got these pads years ago in black and brown. But I think despite my ordering the grand prix version, they sent me dressage? It's an oddly shaped pad. I'm probably going to sell these soon. I really haven't used them and the shape probably won't work when my saddle arrives with the more forward flap. This is still the loaner saddle. What's cute though, is that trim is croc embossed. Very cute!

Boots: Benz Equestrian
I'll keep these boots though! They fit nicely, and are really cute. Hard to see in the photo, but they are also croc embossed. 

That's what Al was wearing! And here's what I had on:
We'll start from the bottom since I know you want to see the boots better. Or at least, I want to show them better...

Boots: Caldene
These were VERY inexpensive boots I found on Ebay from the UK several years ago. For awhile there I couldn't get into them, but I can now, and I'm so excited to have them back in rotation! I just think they're really pretty and bonus they are also really comfy. I love a croc accent on my boots too. 

Breeches: Tailored Sportsman
I try not to support people who aren't kind and good... so I've been determined to only buy my TS breeches second hand. It took awhile to find these in my size, and honestly I never truly did. These are kids. But they fit pretty well anyway! Admittedly, light pink is a stupid color to wear in the barn, but I love them and think they're adorable. 

Belt: Mane Jane
I went with a black strap and rose gold buckle for today's outfit. I think it's perfect!

Shirt: SanSoleil
I think the SanSoleil shirts are more appropriate for early spring and fall, as the fabric is a little heavier than what you'd want in a sunshirt. But it was on the cooler side here for this ride, so it worked nicely anyway. I love that the little wine glasses are metallic on this one!

Helmet: One K CCS Mips
This helmet matched the top PERFECTLY! Love me some rose gold. 

And that's it for this week! Do you like rose gold? Any favorites from today? Which boots are you hoping to see next?