I love learning about new blogs! Rhiannon from The Horse is Not Black is new to me and I’m happy to share her blog hop! Join in if you blog, too
1. What are your summer goals?
I haven’t posted my official summer goals list yet, but it’s on my radar very soon! In my mind, summer begins when school is let out, so I have a few more days to wrap up my spring goals and start my summer goals. A couple spring goals will carry over into summer, such as my plans to learn to rope. I need to start carrying a rope with me when I ride and desensitizing my horses. I have big summer goals for the barn too. I’d like to explore putting in lighting on my outdoor, and adding sand to my footing if I can afford it.
2. Do you have any tips or tricks for fly control?
I’m not sure that I have any “tricks” for fly control, but I do try to keep my stalls super clean and that seems to make a difference. My partial care boarders are required to clean their stalls and runs, and I give them an, uhhh, friendly reminder to do so if they haven’t. 🙂 I also make my own fly spray since I use so much in the summer. I spray my full care horses and outside horses every meal time. You can see my recipe here.
3. How often do you bathe your horse?
If my horses get super sweaty and it’s hot, then I quickly rinse them off after riding. But as for a full-on bath? Rarely. Some people at my barns love to spend their time lathering up their horses, ultimately spending an insane amount of time and water trying to get them sparky clean. I watch it all the time and it drives me bonkers, because as soon as the boarder drives away, their horse rolls in the Oklahoma red dirt and the whole bath was wasted. If I ever do use soap, I either use a shampoo concentrate that quickly sprays on and off, or I just focus on the white spots.
4. Do you have any upcoming travel plans? Equine related or otherwise?
Travel plans? What are those? (says the small business owner)
5. What is your favorite way to beat the heat?
I take my kids to the pool and the splash pad a lot during the summer months. Or sometimes we just break out the garden hose. I also switch my rides to early morning. It gets HOT in Oklahoma!
6. Do you do anything to prevent your horse from sun-bleaching?
Not a single thing. I actually really like how my horses change colors throughout the seasons! A couple of my boarders who show frequently do worry about that, however. For them, we switch their turnout to night time and they wear a fly sheet that protects from UV rays.
7. How hot is too hot for you to ride?
It depends on the humidity. Oklahoma humidity fluctuates dramatically and can really affect a horse and rider. Even if it’s hot and humid, I still might ride, but I’ll make it a short, easy ride.
8. How important is sun protection for you riding or just in general?
Sun protection is important to me, and I’m trying really hard to get better at taking care of my skin–especially my face. I’ve started using Senegnece products for this reason! The Lipsense protects my lips from the sun better than anything I’ve ever used. I used to deal with dry, cracked lips from working outside. I even kept chapstick at the barns and in my trailer, and I’d have to reapply constantly. I don’t’ have to do that now! The makeup works the same way. Once it’s on, its on for the WHOLE DAY and protects your skin from the sun. Senegence products work like a physical shield to protect your skin (instead of an SPF product), as if I’m wearing a layer of clothes over my face!
9. Have you ever gone swimming with your horse?
I have not ever had the opportunity, but I’d love to try! I have no idea what they would think about it?! I can just imagine them saying, “You want ME to go in THERE? Pass.”
10. And because shopping is always on my mind, what’s on your summer wish list?
I really want to try a pair of Kimes Ranch jeans!