We love horses. We love our horses. If we didn’t, we wouldn’t be engulfed in this crazy sport to begin with! For many of us, riding is a hobby and our horses are our pets. At the same time though, our horses are working pets — they do indeed have a job, whether it’s a trail ride once a week or to perform at an AA show every weekend. So what happens when our horses can no longer do the job required of them? As owners, where do our responsibilities lie?
One of my favorite equestrian topics is tack. I love hearing about new designs, new trends and learning about pieces of equipment I’ve never heard of before. Maybe it’s because as a hunter princess, I don’t get to try any of the fun stuff, so I’m deprived? I don’t know what it is, but I can’t get enough of it. So Hand Gallop’s Blog Hop is perfect for me! Here’s my typical tack setup for Miles, from nose to tail:
Today’s a two-fer! I finally was able to set up a GoFundMe campaign for collecting donations to do something for Lauren as a community. I’ve responded to everyone via email, so hopefully you’ve already seen this, but if not, here you go: http://www.gofundme.com/xux444.
I’ve mentioned this ad nauseam on the blog, but pace is really, freaking hard. Finding the right pace and maintaining it is absolutely critical to success over fences (at least in the hunter ring)… and it sounds so easy. But let me tell you, for this weenie adult amateur, it is not. It’s like the holy grail or a unicorn; you want so badly to find it… but it seems always just out of reach.
Just a quick housekeeping note, since I’m not really in the mood to blog today. I’m sure most of you have heard about the tragic loss of Lauren’s husband (She Moved to Texas). I’ve had a few of you reach out to me, wanting to get together as a community and show our love and support. I’m working with a few others, including Kristen from If The Saddle Fits, to get something put together. If you’d be interested in contributing, please send me an email to my personal address: tracyjbeavers(at)gmail(dot)com. Please don’t feel obligated, or anything of the sort, but I figured if people wanted to do something together, I’d be happy to coordinate.