The Horse Show Curse

I think everyone has, at one point or another, witnessed or been victimized by the the horse show plan curse.  You send money, time, and effort getting ready for horse shows, planning…then bam….horse throws her shoe, or goes lame, or stops jumping jumps, or you get the flu.  Whatever.  But I swear it is a real thing.

This Ugly Sweater/Holiday horse show curse, is a teeny bit different. (At least for now)

It went from 50 degrees last weekend/Monday….to 16 degrees today.  It is painful to be outside for very long, and even the powder puff highland pony wannabe Dee, is not so sold on the temperatures.  We’ve still managed in a lesson (while it was a toasty 22 degrees), but I think I’m ditching all my Christmas cheer-gear I was going to don for the Ugly Christmas Sweater Themed show.  It’s far too cold to be funny.  I can barely think straight in those temperatures, let alone succeed at things.  And taking off my coat, to show off my ugly sweater does not seem worth it.


Also, sleet.  It’s supposed to sleet the day of the show.  Hello winter…and why do you suck so much?

It seems like everyone is getting their dose of the craptastic weather that December can bring, so stay warm people!  If you need me tomorrow, I’ll be feeling like an IDIOT, dressed in 50 layers, attempting to horse show.  Wish us luck!

 

Holiday Extravaganza: Get Your Buy On

Well folks, it’s officially holiday season and a few weeks ago I had the idea to put together a short list of popular companies who were willing to give a discount out to the readers of A Gift horse.  So here we are!  Each of these companies is someone I have enjoyed worked with personally or who received glowing recommendations from the blog world, and in many cases-both.

Two Socks Design: This company is the maker of my favorite saddle pad of all time, the pink chevron.

Modeled here by O

Modeled here by O

The saddle pad is lovely, and the embroidery work is wonderful.  Check out Two Socks Designs website here, or go straight to their etsy page and use the discount code AGIFTHORSE for 15% off until Nov. 15th.

SCequine: Stephanie provides truly gorgeous horsehair bracelets and jewelry to her clients.  She’s offering 15% off for A Gift Horse readers using discount code AGiftHorse at checkout from her etsy shop.

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Moxie Designs: Tiffany at Moxie Designs produces some of the more creative and beautiful personalized works I’ve seen!  I personally have a face brush that I love so much it doesn’t get left at the barn (rides in the car).  Check out her past works here on Facebook and then put in an order using the code AGIFTHORSE for a 15% discount!  Please note that she is currently booked up on holiday arriving items, but her gift certificates make a fabulous gift for any fellow equine lovers.  Or heck, order something for yourself to arrive after the holidays.

Charleigh’s Cookies: Who can forget O’s favorite treat!  Charleigh’s Cookies has generously allowing all A Gift Horse readers a 15% discount on their next cookie purchase using the code AGiftHorse from Nov. 4th-Dec. 21.  Make sure to try out their new Cover-Up Cookies!

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Perfect size and crunch factor.

Perfect size and crunch factor.

Bridle Bling: Their motto says, “Every horse needs a little bling!” and I agree!  Check out all the great bridle charms, spur straps and other accessories at Bridle Bling here, or on Facebook.  Discount code is AHB15 for 15% your purchase!

A big welcome to Higher Standards Leather Care, who is offering 10% discount to all readers using the code AGIFTHORSE at their etsy account!  Go and grab yourself some of this fabulous smelling tack care product.   This one is on my Christmas list.

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And finally, the wonderful people from The Bionic Glove Store are giving away two more free pairs of the Bionic AquaGrip Gloves!  I reveiwed the classic bionic glove here from earlier this year.  To enter, comment below on which company you would be most interested in purchasing something from, or if you did purchase something!

Women's New  AquaGrip Equine Glove Synthetic Black

If you have any problems please let me know through email at heartofhope10@gmail.com.  Thanks all!

Holiday Perks

During on of our hill walking sessions.  Bright, early and COLD.

During on of our hill walking sessions. Bright, early and COLD.


I’m sure all of the full-time working riders out there feel the same. The best perk about the holidays is having all the extra time off to go spoil or ride your horse.

O has seen so much of me this week she is probably confused, but I love it.

We’ve lunged, ridden, taken walks in hand, trotted hills (in hand), and groomed like crazy. It’s been awesome. Here are some pictures from this week.

Hilly success.

Hilly success.

I’m very lucky to have a horse that will walk/trot in a near perfect circle around me most of the time. However, this week when we were free lunging O must’ve been either really bored, or feeling adventuresome because she took herself over a little vertical a few times without my guidance. It cracked me up, and I just stood there in the middle taking photos while she did it. I even tried to make the vertical more unappealing by added a funky pole. No luck, she trotted straight to it, slowed to a walk, stepped over and continued her trot circle after. I took it down completely, and she continued to trot over the poles. Someone misses her job! Or at least that’s what I’m going to call it.

Deciding she wanted to jump a bit.

Deciding she wanted to jump a bit.


Ignoring my attempt to make it less appealing.

Ignoring my attempt to make it less appealing.


After I dismantled her jump, she resorted to pole work.

After I dismantled her jump, she resorted to pole work.

The other really exciting news was that after my trainer (who hasn’t seen her in 3 weeks) saw her go this morning was THRILLED and said she looked 100% sound. I’ve been cleared to start canter work with her! Just one lap for the first few rides, and slowly adding more. I’m very excited, and a bit anxious. Hopefully she will continue to get stronger and show us how sound she can stay. Woot!

More things to be thankful for!