Monday morning got you feeling down? These GIFs from Eventing Nation are sure to put a smile on your face.
Watch them at 10 GIFS of Horses Having a Bad Day.
This looks like a lot of fun!
There’s been so much interest in my horse wreaths posts that it inspired me to to make my own horse-related decorations. I had intended to make a horseshoe wreath but it was difficult to find shoes that were matching in size (my farrier made a donation to my crafting efforts) and the sheer weight of that many horseshoes was daunting.
I decided to go small scale and decorate individual shoes. First my husband helped me by removing the clips, then I scrubbed them up and sprayed them with gold paint. After that, I let my imagination run wild.
These first ones are for a silent auction fundraiser for my hunt club, but I had so much fun that I’m planning to make a few more for friends (and one for myself, of course!)
What do you think?
Lovely video from Rebecca Manley. I think it sums it up neatly for all of us horse-aholics. Without a horse in your life, there’s definitely something missing.
Reading the dust patterns on your saddle pad is the equestrian version of reading tea leaves. You study the marks that are left after riding and they help you evaluate the pressure points under your saddle and if it’s a good fit for your horse. Of course, it can also tell you that your horse is dirty!
In general, wherever you see dirt, there is contact. Where there’s no dirt? No contact. Analyzing the dirt patterns can help you see if you are crooked in the saddle (more dirt on one side than the other), whether the saddle bridges (no dirt where you would expect to see contact)
According to master saddler Jochen Schleese:
The dirt should accumulate in the areas of the saddle pad that experience the most movement: at the front of the saddle (where the shoulder moves up and back) and at the back (where horse’s back swings). No dirt should show in the areas where the saddle doesn’t come in contact with the horse’s back, such as the gullet or at the transition between sweat flap and panel.
Just remember to start with a clean, white pad and a clean horse. If your horse isn’t pretty clean, excessive dirty on parts of its back can skew the results. Also, if your pad slips at all during your ride, it will impact the patterns.
Finally, your horse gets the final say in fit. I had a saddle a few years ago that created dirt patterns that, to me, indicated saddle fit problems. My horse apparently hadn’t read the manual because he loved that saddle. So sometimes the tea leaves don’t tell the whole story.
When I first read this story, back in the 80s, I had no idea that I would one day take this advice to heart. All I knew was that Cooky McClung was my hero: a woman who could hunt, have a family and still get Thanksgiving dinner on the table. Reading her column in the Chronicle of the Horse was one of the highlights of my week and was always the first part of the magazine that I read. As a kid growing up in New York City, her life was so far from what I could imagine that it was like good fiction.
Who knew that someday I’d be juggling Thanksgiving dinner with a Thanksgiving hunt. This year I didn’t hunt — in fact, our hunt was cancelled due to the heavy rains yesterday — but the past two years I’ve taken her advice to heart.
For those of you not familiar with Cooky’s writing, I urge you to seek out her books “Horse Folk are Different” and “Horse Folk are Still Different” which are guaranteed to make me laugh no matter what my mood.