Almost WW: Long Manes and Updates

Derp derp horse missing a bell boot.

Derp derp horse missing a bell boot.

As you may have guessed, O is still doing great at the ranch.  She’s gotten better at dealing with cattle, and has been a good girl for all her rides.  Mentally I feel like she’s better too.  I can’t wait to get her home and see if we can continue on this really great streak with her. The countdown is on people!

Also, her mane is super long.

Also, her mane is super long. She’s going to hate me puling that!

SmartPak Favorite Products Blog Hop

Kudos to Breeches and Boat Shoes for converting this into a written Blog Hop, it’s a subject I can actually get into right now,  Plus I can’t wait to spoil the pony when she gets back!

What is your favorite equestrian-specific product that you use when you’re at the barn?
  • I was really using and loving Sore No More earlier this spring before O left for the ranch.  I love that she chomps/chews when I put it on her.  Plus it smells great!
What is your favorite non equestrian-specific product to use when you’re at the barn?
  • Dawn antibacterial soap for funky stuff on white legs.
  • Desitin- I legitimately put it on my baby registry and thought “Oh!  I could use this on O or the baby!”  I love it because she lives outside and that stuff keeps on keeping on.  It’s a bugger to get off if you need to (ie horse show or something), but it really helps dry fungus up.
  • Do peppermints count?
What is your horse’s favorite equestrian-specific product to wear or use?
  • Her Rambo/Rhino blanket set up!  I’m guessing of course, but she’s one that will stand completely still and wait for me to buckle her in, whereever, whenever I need to.  Oh and she’s totally pitiful when cold/wet and unblanketed.
Pitiful soggy horse.

Pitiful soggy, dirty horse.

What was the best equestrian-related gift you were ever given, and why does it mean so much to you?

  • My devoucoux saddle.  My mom bought it for me without telling my Dad.  When he found out it became my Birthday/Christmas/Valentines Day-never-ask-for-another-gift-item.  Totally worth it.

If you had the ability to create any product or anything to make your time at the barn better, – no matter how ridiculous or against-the-laws-of-physics it might be – what would that be?

  • I would love a magical zipline or horse catcher, that would find my dark bay mare in the dark winter evenings, and bring her in to me in our toasty warm stable. For whatever reason, I think she knows that the back corner of the dark field is the best place to hang out during the cold season.  It ends up taking me 10-15 minutes to find her half the time, then we have to walk back too.
  • On a similar note, maybe I need to get some lights on her blankets that I can ‘flash’ in the dark.  Like when you can’t find your car in a parking lot?  That would help too.

It’s a date! (I think)

It sounds like we have a return date for my pretty mare!

That's the one.

That’s the one.

The week of Nov. 9th will begin her voyage back into full-time work as a hunter/jumper.  I wish it could be me in the irons, but I’m hoping on being able to get out and see her when I can.  My due date, of course, is roughly a week later, so that will cut it close.

The other big date that is floating around in my universe is May 1st.  That’s the date I told my husband, and my trainer agreed on as a cutoff point.  If she’s not the horse I’m looking for by that time, I need to reevaluate.  I am feeling really good about all of this, and know that I do better with a true timeline in place.

Now…because I’m obsessive:

The total number of days between Monday, November 9th, 2015 and Sunday, May 1st, 2016 is 174 days.

This is equal to 5 months and 22 days.

If you’re counting workdays or weekends, there are 125 weekdays and 49 weekend days.

174 days is equal to 24 weeks and 6 days.

The total time span from 2015-11-09 to 2016-05-01 is 4,176 hours.  (This is equivalent to 250,560 minutes or 15,033,600 seconds)

The Pregnant Version of Me

When I was younger I had no idea how being pregnant affects your habits.  Yes, the stereotypical pickles and ice cream is assumed, but it is much more than that.  Here’s a short list of some of the quirks or changes I’ve noticed over the past 30 odd weeks.

Weird obsessions Nesting:

One day I felt like our refrigerator was dirty.  So I proceeded to remove everything from it, including the actual shelves and such, and scrubbed it from top to bottom.  Then I organized everything from condiments to water bottles by food type (Asian, lunch prep, etc.).  My husband came into the room during this spree, and was a wise man to simply take a snack and go hide in the basement.

Eating:

I’ve always liked strawberries.  That doesn’t even partially cover what I have going now.  Right now in my house I have the following strawberry flavored items–

Strawberry soda

Strawberry jam

Strawberry hard candy

Strawberry bread (homemade–thanks Mom!)

Strawberry fruit snacks

Strawberry poptarts

Strawberry purée so I can make non-strawberry drinks strawberry

Repeat offender- craving/meal?

Chicken nuggets.  Or ramen noodles.  No idea why they sound good, but they always sound good.  I’d put the hurt on some chicken nuggets right now.

Aversions:

Potatoes.  Unless deep fried, salted and called French fries.

Worst symptom:

Tie between the swelling in my hands and feet which makes me feel really awkward, and the ridiculous middle of the night heartburn I’ve picked up lately.  It suckksss.  I’d like to see my ankle bone again someday.  If anything to stuff it in my finally broken in tall boots.  Right now those suckers wouldn’t even come close to fitting.

Best symptom:

For the most part right now, I’m super chill about…well…pretty much everything.  Usually I (and can admit this) can be a bit high strung about certain things.  Not sure if I don’t have the energy, or my hormones are just busy doing other things, but I like my new mellow outlook on life.

Also, people are super nice to you when you are pregnant.

Random pony pic to break up text wall.

Random pony pic to break up text wall.

Hitting 34 weeks was a big deal to me, and with less than two months until Baby gets here I’m starting to get so excited to be un-pregnant again.  Plus starting to think realistically about riding again gets me pumped up!  It’s going to be a lot of change, but I’m feeling pretty good about figuring it all out.  For now, bring on the strawberry poptarts!