It’s halfway through February, and while I typically like to set goals much earlier in the year, I struggled with a list of what I wanted to accomplish this year. In part, I think it’s because last year was such a roller coaster both in terms of my equestrian life and the rest of my life. The other issue I faced was putting into words what I really wanted this year to look like. Ever since I bought Miles, I’ve had big goals I wanted to cross off my list. But now I find myself in the (wonderfully!) unique position of having accomplished them all. So where do I go from here?
Guest Post by Mary Beth Rohaly, Founder of Braid Secrets and the Frugal Equestrian Blog
Did you know that judges form their first impression of a horse in just seven seconds? What message will your horse’s turnout send to the judges this year? Passionate equestrians create turnout that reflects all of the hard work they put into riding and caring for their horse. One of the ways they achieve this is by transforming their horse’s mane into perfect braids.
The key to creating perfect hunter braids on your horse is knowledge. I too struggled with braiding — but I was fortunate to find professional mentors who taught me their secrets and I worked hard to perfect my skills. I already knew how to braid when I met them, but what I didn’t know was what details to focus on each step of the way, and their braiding secrets. That’s what I’m sharing with you. So, let’s get started improving your horse’s turnout with some tips on mane evaluation and preparation, and how to braid down the mane like a pro.So what’s holding you back from achieving top-notch turnout of your horse? Are your mediocre braids detracting from an otherwise pleasing picture? You can change that starting right now!
I say this all the time, but one of the best things about being an equestrian blogger is the amazing community. I’ve made a lot of friends from all around the country (and the world!) through blogging, and I’ve had the distinct pleasure of meeting a few in person too. Every time I meet a new blogger, it’s like we’ve been friends forever — the conversation never lags, time flies by and I find myself thinking oh my gosh, how is time to go already?!
Last weekend I had the distinct pleasure of meeting Siobhan from Autonomous Dressage! It was such a fortuitous series of events — see, I was randomly matched to be her secret santa from my own blogger gift exchange, so to meet her face to face just a few months later was pretty cool. We had a great weekend, filled with pony things and great conversation.