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Vinnie and I

The Waiting Game

Overall, I don’t really have much to report. Miles has been resting for the last week, enjoying doing absolutely nothing except eating his weight in grass every night. We have had a few blog-worthy moments though, including:

• Miles pulling half of his left hind shoe off
• A faux-abscess
• Scratches in new areas every day
• Miles objecting to being groomed by kicking me in the kneecap

Fun times, I tell you. Luckily everyone is doing okay, and aside from being severely chastised, no one has been worse for the wear during our downtime. Although, I’m not sure that my friends are faring quite the same fate, as I constantly drag anyone who will listen into our saga of new daily ailments. I’ve talked ad nauseam to my husband, emailed my Trainer to death, complained to my BFF constantly, and texted my fellow bloggers with exaggerated emojis. I should probably start working on apology cards now!

I have been very fortunate though: I’ve been able to reunite with my old flame Vinnie, and take him for a few hacks this week. He’s been great, and I feel so much better that I’ve been able to be in the saddle at least a little bit. I’m hoping to take a lesson on him later in the week and maybe pop over a few small jumps. Right now, I’m trying to remind myself just how very lucky I am to have a horse to ride at all while I figure out exactly what’s going on with Miles.

Vinnie July 2014

Friday Five Equestrian Belts

Friday Five: Equestrian Belts

Last week we talked bracelets for equestrian aficionados. This week, I want to hear all about your favorite equestrian belts. I wear belts all the time: with dress pants to work, with jeans to the movies and with breeches to the barn, I’ve always got one on. Right now, my entire arsenal of belts includes three options (1) plain brown belt (2) brown spur clasp belt and (3) plain black belt [and I bet you can guess exactly when I wear each one]. What I’m saying is, I need more belts because all of mine are woefully functional and absolutely no fun at all. And what’s the point in accessorizing if I’m not having any fun?! So without further ado, here are my top equestrian belts for all occasions.

#1 Figure 8 Leather Equestrian Belt

$85 from CleverWithLeather.com

I cannot express to you the absolute joy I experienced when I first saw this belt [or maybe I can because you’re probably having similar thoughts right now]. This gem of a belt is so ingenious, I fell in love immediately. It’s different, yet still classy and so uniquely equestrian; I’ve never seen anything like it. It comes in a few different color combinations, but of course I like the plain brown ones.

#2 Fence Gate Equestrian Belt

$195 from OughtonLimited.com

Even though this belt isn’t on the cheap side, I just had to include it. Simple, classy and elegant this brown buffalo leather belt promises to be butter soft from the moment you first put it on, and would be perfect to dress up your jeans for a night out, or even for helping out around the horse show.

#3 Snaffle Bit Graphic Equestrian Belt

$18 from Etsy.com

This super affordable cotton/poly equestrian belt comes in a plethora of colors and designs from Mango Bay on Etsy.com. This grey/navy snaffle design happens to be my personal favorite, but honestly you can’t go wrong with any of the options available. Plus, at $18 each, you can afford multiples to match all of your schooling and show outfits!

#4 Jump Equestrian Belt

$248 from Deux Chevaux

I know, I know I broke the bank with this one. But I had to have one belt on here that was splurge-worthy, and this one totally is. With either 14 karat gold satin or silver rhodium available for the buckle, this belt has the added bonus of being reversible… with five different leather color choices! Additional sayings include “Pony”, “Luck” and “Ride”.

#5 Horse Hair Inlay Equestrian Belt

$195 from PonyLocks.com

As I’ve said before, I’m not the biggest horse hair jewelry fan. But I do have a tail I’d like to do something with, and I absolutely love these belts. The horse hair is laid into the belt itself, and you can opt for not only various leather color combinations, but you can also add nameplates too. I saw these belts in person at Rolex this year, and they are nice. The materials were high-quality, and the owner was very nice and offered to do any type of custom order I could think of.

Friday Five Equestrian Belts

 

Hunter Jumper Lesson on Miles

On Again, Off Again

After a full week off of mostly stall rest, I finally rode Miles over the weekend. Unfortunately, he still wasn’t 100 percent, but did seem to work out of whatever weirdness was going on. So I scheduled a short private flat lesson last night, figuring we would be well on the road to recovery, and at least able to work on flatwork. But I was wrong. Miles didn’t start off feeling great, and even though he felt better after a long, loose canter, he was still off. We only felt it when trotting to the left, on the incorrect diagonal [which stresses the left front leg, and right hind leg]. Trainer saw lameness in the right hind, but we’re not really sure if it’s actually a problem there, or if Miles has just been compensating for something else. Of course the entire chain of events led to a lengthy discussion with Trainer, and eventually a new plan of attack: three days of bute to reduce any inflammation that might be going on, with light hacks for the rest of the week. We decided against stall rest because we don’t know whats wrong, and he’s definitely not too uncomfortable to walk around in his pasture [plus moving around is good for circulation].

Hunter Jumper Lesson on Miles

We also discussed the farrier, and this is where I felt like a complete dumbass. Apparently horse’s hooves grow faster in the summer because of the lush grass, and the increased amount of work on sand also means they need to be shod more frequently. So that six-week schedule that worked for Miles in the winter is not going to cut it in the summertime. *Head Desk* I honestly had no idea that horses changed farrier schedules throughout the year; it’s not ever something I thought about. But now that I know that, I feel pretty freaking stupid. What if Miles’s feet hurt because he needs to be shod and his idiot owner isn’t scheduling farrier appointments soon enough?

I could just crawl in a hole and die.

So this week I hope to make a farrier appointment ASAP, continue treating Miles’s thrush and rain rot and basically dote on my pony with lots of TLC and cookies. I’m going to try hard not to beat myself up, and just move forward with what I’ve learned. After all, that’s pretty much all I can do anyways.

Hunter Jumper Lesson on Miles
Miles mugging the camera 🙂

Pony Express Blog Hop: Hauling

While I don’t currently own a truck or a trailer, it’s been a fairly frequent topic of conversation in my household. I’d really like to have my own rig one day, for several reasons: (1) ability to go more places (2) come and go as I please and most importantly (3) be more mobile, especially in the case of an emergency. I’ve never wished for a trailer more than when I needed to get a horse to the vet; I hate relying on other people in those situations. Plus, the additional storage wouldn’t be unwelcome either. So when Pony Express wanted to hear about dream trucks and trailer, I just knew I had to jump on the bandwagon. I haven’t done a ton of research on the subject, since it’s not really a viable option for me yet financially, but we all know that I’m an expert “pie in the sky” shopper.

My Dream Truck

Brand new Ford F-350 Crew Cab with a V8 Diesel Engine… and all the bells and whistles of course. Throw in the best towing/hauling package, a rockin’ sound system, touch-screen navigation and those heavy-duty vinyl seats and I’m pretty much never going to go into my house again. Then again, its hefty price tag probably means we’re living out of the car anyways. Oops. All I really know is I want a huge ass truck so that I can not only haul forward, but stop the trailer without worrying about skidding off the side of the road. Plus, we all know how much ‘stuff’ goes along with my horse, so I better opt for more towing power, just to be safe.

My Dream Trailer

So I’m probably never, ever going to own this trailer because it’s crazy expensive… but I do love to dream big! This 4 Star Trailer is everything a girl could want: four-horse head-to-head gooseneck with a massive tack room seriously makes me swoon. Of course I’d need the 28′ x 7′ size [if not larger] for all those big, fancy warmbloods I must be shoving into the back. I also really want a camera [or two] back there so I can check in on my babies during our road trip. Why in the world I’d need a four-horse trailer, I don’t know… but they are pretty awesome.

In reality, I’ll probably get the best used truck I can find, and a solid two-horse trailer… at least at first. Maybe I can work up to my dream rig?

Dream Trailer