... meaning Eli's current turnout blanket. We've gotten four years out of it. It has been cleaned and repaired at least that many times, with a few things that are beyond repair. This thing is close to shredded. Yet, it is not shredded. All the straps and buckles are still in good working order, and … Continue reading How Long Can It Last?
I rode at sunset last night -- still light in the sky after 6pm! And the sunset was gorgeous ... what a prelude to a lunar eclipse! Of course, Eli was a goof troop and I put him on the longe line again, although that did not go so well as last time. We have … Continue reading The Days ARE Getting Longer
When I have been able to ride Eli, he has been tense and reactive. Although to be honest, it's mostly from not being able to ride him very much due to, you guessed it, weather and work. This is typical Winter Eli. Yesterday evening, Winter Eli was in full force. The drizzle wasn't helping. Started … Continue reading Winter Eli and Work Pants
When Eli is really fresh (which is a lot lately), it's easier just to let him canter around both ways a few times until I feel him accepting my leg and listening. It makes trotting slightly less bonkers. I basically turn into a human longe line. He never tries to go anywhere when I'm on … Continue reading More Cantering
Things have finally dried out enough around here that I was able to ride my horse TWO WHOLE DAYS IN A ROW. Eli was slightly fresh both days, but not too unmanageable. Last night, especially, the left lead canter showed up as a flashing neon WEAKNESS. Ugh. Sorry, Eli. So we have that to get … Continue reading A Break in the Weather
When given the opportunity to try the Best In Blue Equestrian Hickstead belt, I jumped on it because here was a very popular style of belt at a very affordable price point. I was especially curious about the quality. Once I got the belt in hand, I wore it almost immediately -- at least, as … Continue reading Best In Blue Equestrian Hickstead Belt Review
I think Eli's RH has had enough rest and treatment that I am not so worried about it anymore. The swelling gradually went down to almost nothing. And of course once the swelling went down, I was able to find a tiny nick in the area from where the swelling seemed to originate. Seems normal … Continue reading Christmas Review II & Leg Update
Not so strangely enough, I am an avid reader. However, I do SO MUCH reading at work that pleasure reading has been winnowed down to reading half a page in bed before passing out and losing my place. But then I had SEVEN days off in a row! Don't worry, I still haven't finished anything … Continue reading Holiday Reading List
Hillary's GIF name game turns out to be pretty fun and spooky accurate. And I think maybe Amanda invented it? I don't know, but it's funny. Eli's a bit of a grump generally... That expression is his factory default setting unless you are showering him with treats. Eli has his barn/show name AND his JC … Continue reading That GIF Name Game (Is This Now A Blog Hop?)
A new day, and new ding on Eli. I have no idea how he did it. He jogged sound on it, so he's just getting a reprieve from hard work. I'll be icing, poulticing, and wrapping this holiday. And walking a lot under saddle. Up until this new ding, I had actually got in some … Continue reading Merry Christmas!