Thursday, June 27, 2024

Thursday's Threads


Outfit Day!!! We've had some fun outfits the last few weeks, so this time I toned it down a little and went back to a variation on my barn colors. But since it's summertime, I still kept it light in color. Eros hasn't had a chance to model in a few weeks, so it was his turn today. Here's what he wore:

Tan! We wore tan. Summery, but barny. Win-win.

Bridle: Pinnacle
Brow Band: Boy O'Boy Bridleworks

These bridles have broken in so nicely. I'm really impressed with the quality for the price. The Joseph Sterling bridles are still better quality, but if you're looking for a more budget friendly option, I recommend this model.

Saddle: Butet
Half Pad: Mattes
Baby Pad: Ogilvy
This is my favorite set up, so you've see similar variations often. These tan pads wash up really nicely which is good because it's easy to stain a light color like this.

Polos: Eskadron

These are the climatex polo wraps from Eskadron. So instead of the liners with the elastic wraps over, these are all on piece, but half the wrap is climatex material and the other half is elastic. They've been around a long time, I have a black pair that's so old I don't fully remember which horse I bought them for. But I think it was Cosmo. And I had him last in 2003. They might not be that old though. Who can remember. This pair is much more recent. 

So that's what Eros wore today, and here's what I had on:

More tan! Haha! I had wanted to wear different boots this week, but then I realized they didn't work today's breeches so I had to switch my plan. Maybe you'll see the other ones next week. 

Helmet: One K Avance CCS MIPS
I've been wearing this helmet the most lately. It matches most of my stuff set up this way and the wide brim is lovely on sunny days.

Top: CRZ Yoga
I got this shirt from Amazon earlier this season, and I really love it. Wish this particular style had more color options. It's SUPER thin but doesn't cling to my belly. Dries quickly which is nice because I'm a disgusting sweat monster in the summer. It's also available in a coral color and a light blue if you're looking for something like that.

Belt: Zazzle
You all know how much I love these belts. I've abused the buckle a little too much on this one and it's pretty scratched up. But it's still very functional, and the rest of the belt looks great still. 

Breeches: Tailored Sportsman
These are the Dark Teal color, and I actually paid full price for them a couple years ago. I NEVER pay retail unless it's some kind of emergency... Most of my TS breeches were second hand or closeouts or whatever. But I was obsessed with this color and I splurged.

Boots: Horka
I wore these a few weeks back. They're really comfortable boots. I'm not sure how well they would survive every day use, but they're holding up well so far. And it's amazing to me how I can get them very wet in the wash stall, and once they dry, they return to this perfect distressed look. It's like magic!

That's it for today! Any favorites?

Wednesday, June 26, 2024

What's Up Wednesday


Okay, I gotta start right away with Al. Like IMMEDIATELY. 

Maybe he wants to be a hunter with those pointy toes

Guys. We're not quite two weeks out from when we started the Misoprostol for his gut. And I have to tell you. I've been cautious with my optimism because sometimes Al is a good non spooky boy. Rarely. But it happens. But we've consistently had spook free rides now for a week. A WEEK. With no spooks. He looks at stuff. He is who he is. But he's not reacting. He no longer feels like he has an electrical current running through him. I've been able to get on and actually ride him. Like ask for stuff. And get a response other than angst. I am hoping SO HARD that this really is the fix. And honestly, I've never ridden him quite like this. Like ever. So he's probably had hind gut ulcers since I imported him. 

Hopefully fixed the tummy, but have not fixed the ears... lol!

I popped him over a handful of small jumps today, 2'3" and smaller. And he was taking me to them. He even rooted a few times, which is rude and not okay, but I was so excited that he was that excited. And honestly, he was probably right because I was more likely than not, pulling on him for no reason. (We all have flaws, okay??) He just genuinely seemed happy to be doing fun things. When I put my leg on, he moved off it. Like OFF it! I made a lot of mistakes because I have to relearn how to ride listening Al. I've never really ridden him before. But I'm so excited to figure this new version out. Praying to the gods of horse stomachs that this really is the answer and we can get back to enjoying each other and our work together.

I know he looks mad, but he's just thinking. 
That's his thinking face.

Yesterday he walked around completely on the buckle and I never felt impending doom. Not once. Like I felt safe on him. Which.... I've never fully felt that way on him. He's kind of an awkward shape so I don't feel like I can hold on to him as well as some of the others with my stubby legs. So with the electric feeling he's had the last many months, I never truly felt like I wasn't at least a little in danger. But the past several days we've both felt pretty zen out in the arena. And it's a lovely feeling. I can't tell you how much I'm hoping this lasts. For both of us. 

Eros is feeling pretty good too! He's still a little reluctant to bend right, but it's getting better. Some days are softer than others. He feels solid though. And yesterday I had some really lovely moments in canter. I wasn't able to recreate it today, but it was hot and humid today, and Eros with his dad bod has a little bit of a harder time in the heat. Nothing alarming, and he sweats well, but I can feel him fatigue a little quicker than the others. So I shortened our ride some, and didn't press super hard for things that are tough for him. We're getting some crazy storms here right now which should cool things off for tomorrow anyway. I'm getting really itchy to start him over some little jumps, but I've waited this long, and obviously will not jump him before it's time in his rehab schedule. We're close though! SO CLOSE! 

Shiny's feeling great too! I think she may have actually lost a little bit of weight. A little. Not enough as I'm very impatient with these things. But I'll take something. She's been jumping great, and is probably ready to jump a little bigger. Maybe Friday we'll make a couple bigger. I'm still having a little trouble getting the engine revved, but it's funny, once I give her harder things to do, she kind of perks up and rises to the occasion. She really seems to like making tighter turns, she gets very excited for that! Perhaps she wants to be a jumper! Which would be good since she still lacks a lead change. 

Despite being a little under powered, she feels really supple. It's so much easier for her to bend her body and lift her core these days. Not sure if that's from the EPM meds, or the weight loss (which is minimal, truly, so I don't think it's that...) but whatever it's from, I'm enjoying it!

So things are going well with the horses! In other (still horsey) news I actually had a braiding job this week which was lovely! The horse was showing Sunday, leaving for the show at 6:30. He lives in a stall with a dutch door, and the trainer didn't want the door closed, so I was reluctant to do him the night before. Dutch doors are braid killers. Trust me. I know this. I had really wanted to start chores at home early so I could make it to my town's farmer's market before everything sold out. So I decided to do the mane early in the morning. I could get more sleep that way, and he would have less time to rub. I'll tell you though, I'm getting pretty old for the 3 am wake up! 

The horse was mostly a good boy, but the bugs were biting. Not just him. So he was a little busy. Took me a little longer than it needed to, but I was done in plenty of time so all good! I made it home well before 6 and just go to work in the barn. Got the chores done by 10:30 which was perfect to scoot over to the market. Which... I can spend some serious money on local cheese and bread. #worthit. Good thing I braided that mane. Haha! Anyway, after the market, I had brunch with Rita before heading back out to the barn to ride. I was pretty useless come Monday though. That Sunday wiped me right out. It was a lovely day, just a long one. 

That's about it from here. How was your week? How are things with your horses? 

Tuesday, June 25, 2024

Truthful Tuesday


Sorry that graphic is wonky this week. Blogger is awful, and it's the best I can get it to do. That's not my confession though. (IT SHOULD BE BLOGGER'S CONFESSION THOUGH!) No, my confession today is that I'm really shit at cleaning at my house. Like, in the barn, I'm a nutcase. I'll pick up pieces of hay by hand off the floor. Total crazy lady. But inside? Bare minimum at the cleaning. I'll run the vacuum around, scrub the bathroom and kitchen fairly well... but dusting? Ugh. Not until it's SO bad. Clean the woodwork?! Ha! Nope. 
But the problem is, once I realize how bad all those things I've been ignoring are, then I want to do them all. But like I don't really WANT to. Ya know? Because it's going to be a very many hours project. I really do miss having someone clean for me. I'm gonna need to get a job just so I don't have to clean my house anymore! 
Anyone else? Or are you all domestic goddesses with spotless homes? 

Thursday, June 20, 2024

Thursday's Threads: Moooo edition


Outfit Day!!! By the title I imagine you can guess what we wore today... Al is our model because he's the only one with the complete outfit. Also, my drink ware for the day matched our outfit. I know. I'm super weird. I love being in my forties because I'm comfortable being a total weirdo.

Anyway, here's what Al had on today:

Note the lack of draw reins. We're weaning off of them. But still using a loose martingale just in case.

Bridle: Joseph Sterling
Brow Band: Homemade
Not the best angle to showcase our cow print brow band. but look at his cute face! How could I NOT use this photo??

Boots: Celeris UK
Al and I have matching boots. And they're both amazing!

Saddle: Butet
Saddle Pad: Hopeful Equestrian
Half Pad: Mattes
I like these baby pads a lot. They're shaped well so they stay put, which is always an area of concern with baby pads. Not as much on Al who doesn't use himself that well, but on Eros, many pads bunch up. These do not. Unfortunately, Hopeful Equestrian has closed up shop so I can't get more.

That's what Al wore this week, and here's what I had on:

All the cow print! ALL OF IT! I really can't explain it, but I've always loved cow print. I had some cow print things in college that I gave away later in my twenties thinking I'd never wear them again. And I miss them. Embrace what you love my friends, and hang on to it! Otherwise you'll end up rebuying it later. 

Helmet: One K MIPS
I covered the plain black pieces this helmet came with using some vinyl. I didn't do a very good job... It's pretty wrinkly. But it serves the purpose. I paired those pieces with the hunter green rails to match my boots.

Shirt: No brand
I stumbled upon this top on Amazon, and it just said generic, no brand. So I assume it was made in China. But I couldn't find anything similar here in the good old USA so I got this one. It's actually a lovely shirt for summer. Very light weight, nice and stretchy. Big fan!

Belt: Rebecca Ray
I snagged this guy on sale quite a few years ago. And quite a few pounds ago. Add to that, the rise on our pants was lower back then too and I had to punch holes in it to wear today. Al thought it smelled weird. He's probably not wrong. I didn't sniff it to see. Regardless, it's a really nice belt. Rebecca Ray makes the nicest things.

Breeches: RJ Classics Harper
The Harper's are my favorite of the RJ pants, and you've all seen these a million times. Clearly a fan of these! Plus the shade of green is fab.

Boots: Celeris UK
Sometimes I feel a little sad that these are a little big for me these days, but honestly, what difference does it make? They don't rub or anything, and they still look amazing. I think these are my favorite boots. They're SO SOFT and ridiculously fun. 

That's it for today! Any favorites? Are you waiting to see a particular theme for Thursday's Threads? Let me know in the comments!

Wednesday, June 19, 2024

What's Up Wednesday

It was a bit of a quieter week for the horses this past week, but just due to being busy in other parts of life. You all know how that goes! I got to see friends and family so many times though! Or at least, so many times for me who rarely leaves the property. Haha! 

Dinner in my friend's rose garden Friday night!

Last week we didn't get much jumping done at all. You may recall, I had to abort mission last Wednesday when Shiny wouldn't come forward and then Al was pretty spooky. The way things worked out, I just didn't find a good day for jumpies again after that last week. It happens. I don't think any of them are any worse for the wear having a mostly just flatting week though. Some weeks are just like that. 

Eros having a good map while Doc works his magic.

Doc had a cancellation and was able to come out to finish up Eros' maintenance on Friday, and then I had dinner plans, so I was mad rushing to get them finished that day. And then they ended up having Sunday off because it was Father's Day and by the time I finished chores, I had just enough time to shower and head off to the boat for lunch and a tender ride. Twas a lovely day! But ran out of daylight for horsing. I went back and forth on whether to ride Monday which is usually their day off, but had a few appointments scheduled so finally just gave them that day off too. The farrier came, so it was a good day for an extra vacation day at least. 

I was going to use a cute photo of Al napping 
in front of the fan, but let's be real. Most of
the time he's pawing.

While doc was out for Eros, I talked to him about Al again, because that's a forever ongoing conversation... Ha. We revisited a couple of treatments we'd talked about, namely getting him on something for hind gut ulcers and also restarting some EPM meds for him. We did both of those things, and I'm not sure if it's the fact that it is now pretty hot and humid, or the meds, but I seem to have a significantly more willing horse on my hands this week. I wasn't sure what I would have Tuesday after he had a couple days off, but I was able to hop on without a lunge, and while he did produce some dragon breaths, he didn't once spook. We're working a little easy this week since our first dose of heat and humidity this summer, and he was still pretty behind my leg, but I'll take that for the moment. 

I think we're almost ready to start jumping a lil bigger!

Today was more of the same. Hopped right on, did a very short warm up, had a little walk break, and then we popped over the little jumps in the ring. It was a huge non event. Was he too slow and behind my leg? Yes. Yes he was. But he didn't try to break like he had been. And he didn't spook! Not once the entire ride. That's two days in a row if anyone is keeping track. I like to be a little extra careful with him in the heat as he's not the greatest sweater and he's a dark horse. So we did very little. But he was getting better and better as we went along, starting to come more forward. What I liked most is that I finished up wanting to do more. It's been a long while since I've had that feeling. Normally I'm pretty relieved when our ride is over. Which I realize is not what you want for a horse you own... But I still think it's worth working through. And hopefully we're on the right path these days. Boy am I grateful for modern medicine and a vet that listens to me. I'm not sure if we've found the magic answer, and likely we'll still have good and bad days. But I'm starting to see more good ones than bad ones. And the bad ones are significantly less bad than they used to be. 

Look at him! All round and stepping up under himself.

Things are going pretty great with Eros. I've been trying to time his rides so they happen while the heat index not orange so he can get his full rehab rides in. I just want to keep progressing with that! So Friday he had the rest of his maintenance addressed which meant that he had several days off. (Friday through Monday which was an extra day more than is called for, but no harm done.) I was both excited and mildly nervous about getting on him Tuesday. Excited to hopefully feel lots of improvements after his maintenance and nervous that he might be a lil wild after four days off. Which was silly. He was not wild. He feels great though! More willing to come forward, though I'm not letting him do any extension work yet. I feel like the canter needs some work still, but I think that will come as we get to doing more of it. We're up to about 7 minutes total of canter, but I have it split it up right now, so it's not really enough minutes to really influence it yet. We do three laps each way right when we start and that's just a loose canter to let him stretch and get warmed up. Then we do three laps each way later in the ride. I'm starting to use those laps to ask him to come together and use his body better, but it's a work in progress. He just doesn't have the strength yet. All in good time though! Once we get to ten minutes of canter, that's normally when we can start introducing some raised cavalletti and little bitty jumps so I'm hopeful that will be the case this time around too. I'll check in with Doc when I get to that point. Anyway, I'm really pleased with him these days! 

Shiny is doing pretty well too. I think last week she was feeling that EPM med she's on and also was feeling a certain sort of way about her new diet. But this week she's coming around. Getting her feet trimmed has also helped immensely. They all grew a TON of foot this cycle and could have been trimmed after four weeks but my farrier was at Spruce Meadows so we had to wait. She's much less trippy this week mostly due to the feet, and maybe partially the EPM meds. We hopped over a few jumps today and once I convinced her to carry her own body, she was fantastic. As with Al, we kept it very short due to weather. I was wanting to keep going, I was having so much fun with her! But I didn't because she's fat, and fat horses need to be careful in hot weather when they aren't used to it. I do think she's dropped a few pounds finally though! Looking forward very much to the day when she's a healthy weight and we can stop soaking hay... It's not a hard thing to do, but it's definitely a pain in the bum. 

I suppose I should discourage this behavior. 
But it really makes me giggle every time.
Also, it's functional. Once she does this
she's like a whole new willing pony.

I have to say, her buck of annoyance when I insist on more forward when she doesn't want to has gotten a lot more power behind it. I still don't feel like I'd come off or anything, but she is getting me to come forward a bit when she does it now. Guess I gotta work on my core now that her hind end is working better... haha. I love this pony so much!

That's about it from here this week. Hope you all are staying cool and enjoying the summer with your horses!

Tuesday, June 18, 2024

Truthful Tuesday


Heh... This post is going to be chock full of silly confessions. First is that I never thought to check that the horses' fans were all working until today when we had our first fan weather of the season. And of course Eros' fan was not working. This is not shocking because he abuses the hell out of that fan when it's not on. Spins it around. Bites it. He's really terribly behaved with that fan. Thankfully, all the others were functioning. I was getting ready to order a new one from Amazon when I remembered that I had a spare. The fans came in packs of two, and I had bought four for the barn, and three to keep in the trailer, meaning there was a spare someplace. I found it pretty quickly, and then had to figure out the best way to install the replacement. In an effort to minimize the number of holes in the stall wall, we bolted Shiny's fan and Eros' fan together with the wall in between. Which seemed brilliant until I had to swap one out. So I started fighting with the bolts, only to realize I didn't need to remove the bracket. (That's confession two, I was delayed on the critical thinking there...) The fans were the exact same, so I could remove the new bracket, and just use that old one on the wall already for the new fan. 

This is the old fan once I realized it was 
easier to remove the fan than the bracket.

But then the screws on the fan fell inside it while I was trying to mount the damn thing. So next I needed to open the fan to get to the screws. I couldn't open it all the way, because there was a teeny tiny screw holding it on in place that I didn't have a small enough screw driver for. But it swiveled enough to access what I needed. Of course, then with it swiveled like that, it's super top heavy so I did manage to drop the whole thing on my head... twice. Good thing I already had my helmet on! Anyway, eventually I got the new fan installed and now everyone has lovely air flow in their stalls. 

Tada! New fan all up and running!

My last confession is that when the horses are home, stuff like this happens all the time, and I end up with the worst time management skills. Due to this little unplanned project, I wound up being in the barn for like nine and a half hours. I only have three horses to ride... Lol! Where does the time go?

Thursday, June 13, 2024

Thursday's Threads


Outfit Day!!! We're continuing with pastels because it's summer and it's appropriate. And it's fun. Shiny looks best in this color scheme so she's our model today. And this is what we wore:

Doesn't she look cute in lavender?? The boys' pads have baby pink trim so my outfit matched a little better with them. But it still works with Shiny's too. 

Can't say I see a difference in her weight yet, but she's only been on the diet a week. I have the same ridiculous expectations when I try to diet too. Haha!

Bridle: Nunn Finer
Brow band: Dark Jewel Designs
Bit: cheeks are Punk Ponies and mouth is sweet billy's

I really don't love this bridle, but I can't justify replacing it when we don't really use it all that much. It looks fine, just the leather is cheap feeling. And I hate how thick the throat latch piece is. 

Boots: Eskadron
I'm a big fan of the Eskadron boots. We have many iterations of them. 

Saddle: Custom Saddlery
Saddle Pad: Lettia
Sheepskin liner: Eskadron
I've had this tie dye pad for a very long time. It used to be Rio's in fact. I've nearly put it in the saddle pile a few times, but it works nicely with my boots so I decided to keep it. 

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

Lavender and rose gold (ish)! And gray. Also some gray. I love pastels!

Helmet: One K
Horseloverz had this gray mips helmet on sale last summer and I had been wanting to replace the old gray one I had with a not expired MIPS model. The price was right so I did! And then I had to have the lavender inserts for it. Of course, they didn't have this color here in the US, but Fundis got me hooked up. You can't really see in this photo (sorry) but I have the rose gold rails in there too.

Top: Luyaa
I know, I know. I wear the same shirt nearly every day in different colors. When you like something, you get it in all the colors, okay?

Belt: Zazzle
I wear these belts a lot too. Same reason. Plus they're so cute! This one features me jumping all of the horses, but run through an app that makes them look like pencil drawings. And yes, I waste a lot of time playing with photos and apps. 

Breeches: Tailored Sportsman
I snagged these from consignment I think last year? Yearh before maybe? And I was SHOCKED that they had no stains. I'm not sure they were ever worn before I had them. I can assure you, they know have lots of stains. But I love the color!

Boots: Celeris UK
These aren't leaching color as badly as the mint ones anymore. I even wore them on all the horses and my saddles came away just fine! Of my custom boots, only three of them are my current measurements, and this pair is one of them. It's nice to wear boots that actually fit me now and then! But they aren't fully broken in just yet, so my ankles were a little bothered by them. I need to wear them more. 

And that's it for today! I sometimes think the pastels look a little weird on horses, but then I decide I don't care because they are pretty. Haha! I'm not sure I'd ever be brave enough to wear them out riding in public though. Neons too. Some things are meant for at home.