Questions and Contests

I’m considering upping the ante on O’s supplements. With all this talk about pre-arthritic changes and the wear and tear that young racehorses get from training and the track, I think I’d like to add a bit to her very simple current plan.
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Currently O gets only Farriers Formula to help keep her tootsies in working order. I also love that it gives her an extra nice sheen to her coat!

I’ve looked into Smartpak, and got way overexcited about all the options. First response…buy EVERYTHING. Okay, so on second thought not a good plan (for O or my budget).

So I wanted to throw it out to the universe…what supplements (if any) do you use for your horse that you really think helps them? Favorite brands?

I’m considering some joint supplements, and perhaps adding a bit more hoof care options down the line. So let me hear it people!
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Also, on a similar note, saw this giveaway at The Owls Approve and would love to try some of Elite Equine Evolution’s antifungal shampoo! O get’s the worst fungus on her legs, and I’d love to see if this can do a better job than my past attempts. Check out the shampoo here or any of their other great products!

The Winter Nasty Arrives

It’s raining.

A lot.

Cold rain=no fun

Cold rain=no fun

Brrrrrrrrr.

Hence it is not fun at all to be outside. There is probably around 1 foot of mud surrounding the stable, and my horse lies within. Hm. Sounds like she might get today off. I’m sure she is positively devastated by this change in plans!! (NOT)

In other news, go check out Sprinklerbandit’s sweet contest for a chance to win aset of really cute jumping boots.

Sunshine Award

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I was really flattered to be nominated by She Moved to Texas for the Sunshine Award.

The Sunshine Award is for people who “positively and creatively inspire others in the blogosphere.” The nominee must do the following: thank the person who nominated her, nominate ten bloggers of her own, answer the ten questions given to her, and post them and the Sunshine Award button to her blog.

Here are the questions:

Mares or Geldings? Either really. I’ve had great relationships with both. I don’t judge a horse based on gender.
English or Western? English please! I started out western and really enjoyed it….until the day I first jumped something. SOLD. My parents were horrified. I do have a western saddle and O is actually pretty cute in it. It’s typically saved for trail riding with my husbands family and when the husband wants to ride O.
Do you prefer “younger” or “older” horses? I personally do not have the budget to buy a “complete package” at this point in my life. Also, I have found that working with the younger, greener horses not only bonds you to them in a wonderful way, but teaches you so much about horses overall.
Have you trained a horse from ground zero? Not from ground zero. I have ridden some really, really green ones in my time, but nothing from the very beginning. I think it’d be really rewarding if I ever have the chance.
Do you prefer riding or groundwork? I prefer to ride. However, I hold groundwork in very high esteem. It is the base for everything!
Do you board your horse or keep it at home? Board.
Do you do all natural things or just commercial stuff?(in sense of products) I really rely on a lot of “tried and true” favorites, but I’m open to whatever gets the job done!
All tacked up or bareback? Depends on the mood! There is nothing more relaxing than taking a stroll with a favorite pony bareback. No TB’s though. That’s just torture. I’ll take my fatty appendix please. 🙂
Equestrian role model? I honestly take a lot of inspiration from my current trainers, but who doesn’t love Beezie Madden or McLain Ward!?
What’s your one, main goal, while being in the horses world? At the moment I am really focused on rehabbing O, and giving her every opportunity to heal properly from her recent issues.
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Now here are my eight (I know it is usually 10, but I’m a little late in the game and many people may have already received this) nominees for the Sunshine Award are:
Dandyism
Stampy and the Brain
My Equine OdyessyAlchemy Eventing<a
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Chasing the DreamFrom the Horses Mouth
Fly on Over
Eventing Down Under
Staying Centered

Thankful

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https://www.chronofhorse.com/article/phoenix-cooke
I have read this article three times now. It’s the story of a cute little appendix mare (I have a soft spot) and her young rider who come together through hard times and have found great successes together. But the part that I love the most is the quote from Phoenix Cooke.

“It’s pretty amazing that I’m privileged enough to have a horse,” she said. “I don’t have a $100,000 horse, but she’s a lovely horse. There are a lot of people out there who don’t even have a home, and I have a horse. To be privileged enough to have a horse and be able to do this sport is truly a blessing.”

Even during all these hard times with O, the indecision about how to treat her mystery injury, and what the next step of the journey will be; I am reminded how lucky I am to even have her in my life. As a little girl I dreamed of the day I would have my own horse. As a young adult, I made it happen. True, it isn’t easy…AT ALL. But I make it work. Because I want to. A love for this sport starts with true love for your horse.

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More Trotting

Not good at standing for pictures.

Not good at standing for pictures.


Currently, as much as I love her, O is not being very exciting. We walk, we trot…I frantically try to assess how lame she is, if she is better, is she trying to tell me anything? You know, the usual oh-my-gosh-why-is-she-still-lame OCD crap.

I think this is going to give me grey hair. 22 more rides before O’s future is more clear.

22 is my lucky number. Not sure if that matters…but I’m wiling to try anything at this point!

Trail Mix and Tights

Stunning views!

Stunning views!


Today was “The Trail Ride”. It is practically a holiday for my in-laws. A big group of clients, friends, family, and hell even the family doctor all get together for a trail ride across my in-laws land. It is GORGEOUS this time of year and I made sure take lots of pictures!
Scenery

Scenery

Shasta – My husbands fiery red mare who he bought and broke himself. She’s amazing and I’m a bit addicted.

Such a diva.

Such a diva.

Hubs and his mare, two peas in a pod.

Hubs and his mare, two peas in a pod.

Hubs on the hill.

Hubs on the hill.

Gippy – Yes, she actually is a quarter horse, and has strong racing blood on both sides. This was my first full length ride on her, and she blew me away. So sensitive and aware of her rider. She had some behavioral issues when she was younger, and not the type you can ride the buckle with. But we only had a few discussions over the course of the ride, and seemed to really get along. Plus how cute is she?!

A new pair of bay ears for the ride.

A new pair of bay ears for the ride.

Cold and very sunny out!

Cold and very sunny out!

Such a fun little mare.

Such a fun little mare.

At the end of the ride there is a huge chili dinner around the fire, and everyone chats about life. It’s a great time! As usual, I was incredibly sore the next day (seriously it’s like 5 hours of riding), but can’t wait until next year!