Hey Y’all! Summer is officially flying by. It’s been one of those periods in my life where I feel very busy, but not much stuff is actually happening. Know what I mean? We’re just busy with everyday tasks and living our life. It’s currently hay season in Oklahoma, which inevitably takes up time in our evenings when it’s cooler. We’ve had such a horrible drought we weren’t sure if we would even have a hay crop in the Stillwater area, but thankfully after a few good rains we’ll at least get one good cutting. Our “hay guy” as we call him (who by the way, has become more like a long time family friend) starts by cutting Bermuda then he’ll cut and bale his prairie hay meadows. Which brings me to a quick rant, if you’re moving to the Stillwater area from out of state, make sure you know your new hay options and how they affect your horse! Hays differ greatly across the country, so don’t expect every town to have your favorite hay. Sorry, just a little side note that I run into from time to time.
The weather has finally evened out to a hotter-than-firecrackers temperature, which is completely normal and expected for this area. It means keeping sunscreen in your horse trailer, using fly masks, lots and lots of mowing, and moving your riding time to cooler times. The barn is silent in the afternoons in summertime. Crickets-chirping-silent. Boarders either ride in the morning or evening when the sun isn’t out. I choose mornings since I have a family. I’ve been getting my morning feedings done a little earlier so I can hop on one of my horses and ride while my family sleeps in. I love it. It’s super quiet, very peaceful. This is a picture of my babe and Max in our pasture. So pretty!
With all this sweating, my horse boots were starting to get really grungy. I have just hosed them down in the past, but this time they were a little past the point of that. They needed a good sudsy soaking. So, I brought them inside and washed them BY THEMSELVES in the washing machine. I have washed things with Velcro mixed with other dirty barn clothes and I always regret it. Something always ends up getting ripped or torn by the Velcro. I just used a small amount of laundry detergent and put it on a hot wash cycle. I think it worked! Happy Summer!!