Call me vain and superficial if you want to, but I take pride in how my horse looks both at home and at horse shows. My preferences go beyond just a shiny coat… I want to see a well-turned out horse from head to toe. Sometimes it’s the little things that drive me crazy, and those tend to be what I notice the most. There are a lot of little places that can easily get neglected when you’re feeling a little bit lazy or you’ve been particularly busy, but here are my top five easy to miss grooming spots:
Spring came a little bit late this year to fly over country, but I think it’s finally here to stay. What does that mean for equestrians? We’re knee deep in mud, our horses are shedding like crazy and show season is right around the corner [if it hasn’t started already]! To get ready for summer, which is the best part of the year in my opinion, I’ve got some equestrian spring cleaning tips for you:
Every equestrian loves to have clean saddle pads, but we all hate to wash them. Unless you’re lucky enough to board at a facility that has its own washer and dryer… then you probably don’t mind. But for the rest of us, we’ve got to figure out a way to get white pads white and all that horse hair off our brand new polo wraps from the comfort of our own homes. I’ve run the gamut of cleaning options, from sending things out to professionals to getting kicked out of laundromats. What I’ve learned is that you can wash a majority of your horse laundry right here at home — and here’s how.
It can be difficult to find time to ride during the winter, when the temperatures drop and the roads aren’t great. Even those of us who enjoy a hectic show season during the summer sometimes lack motivation in the winter to work, work, work. Instead of constantly battling with myself, I try to embrace these feelings by going back to basics and slowing down during the winter. I don’t stop riding, but I focus more on groundwork and flatwork, both of which are key to success in the saddle and over fences.
I have a very important question to pose to readers today: do you change the length of your stirrups to jump? I know it’s a very small thing, and I’m sure everyone does it differently, but this question seems to pop up in my riding at least once every few months. So naturally I’m curious as to everyone’s thoughts on the subject. But let me back up, and give you some insight on my personal dilemma.