My two things, er make that three things, can’t wait until Tuesday.
My horsey ponderings of late:
- Bridle paths grow really fast in the summer. The reason I know? My biggest grooming pet-peeve is a bridle path about half an inch grown out, and in desperate need of clipping. I’m a clipaholic–if left alone with a powered set of clippers, a quiet horse, and an extra hour, I will clip the horse clean. Man I love a freshly-shaved horse. Unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on how you look at it), horses competing in ranch riding classes, per the AQHA rulebook, are not supposed to be excessively clipped. Their ears, muzzle, throatlatch, and fetlocks are supposed to stay as natural as possible. I didn’t read anything in there about bridle paths, though! Yippee!! So, my horses get weekly bridle path clippings. Do you clip? What about bridle paths? Are you a half-an-inch kind of gal? Or do you go crazy and clip a super long bridle path?
- I recently sold a giant pile of old horse boots I had accumulating in my trailer, with the intention to buy one good set. I ending up buying a black set of Professional Choice SMBs. They’re hard-working and I know they fit my guys. I decided to use the new black boots on Kona, because they’ll look rad with his black points, but I need to find a set of white boots for Hot Rod. Dare I mix it up and get a set of polos? Gasp. Lately, on the ole Instagram, I’ve been spotting so many different types of boots from people I follow. I see polos, bell boots, splint boots, standing wraps, and weird extra long polo thingies. I didn’t know it was a thing to ride in standing wraps? I thought they were for, you know, standing… And I’ve seen these crazy long, fluffy polos that go over the heel bulb. Are those a special order? I guess if you’re a pro European dressage rider you can do what you want, ammiright? So, what will it be? White polos? Or another combination like my Instagram buddies? What do you think?
- I’m happy to announce that Kona is completely void of any coughing or nasal discharge! Yay! Wait, what’s that you say? You didn’t know Kona was coughing and had an icky nose? Well, that’s because I didn’t tell you. It’s always a little frightening to hear your horse start coughing and then notice globs of snot hanging out of his nose. It’s also a little embarrassing. I made a call to my vet to give them a heads-up that he was a little under-the-weather. He said to wait and watch for swollen lymph nodes, fever, lethargy, etc. None of those things ever happened, so we pegged it on allergies. Whatever it was, I’m glad it’s gone and no one else got it!
Happy Thursday, horsey friends!