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>Pretty Pictures

May 23, 2011 4 comments

>Had a lovely day with Tucker yesterday (we cantered for the first time in two months!), not much time to blog this morning but wanted to share some pretty pictures with you:

All this rain has made the grass shoot up… it’s like horse heaven out there
Munch munch munch
Hi?

Mom?

MOM!

The girls trotted over to say hi when I pulled in and I thought they looked adorable
(that’s Tucker’s girlfriend in the middle, and the lovely mare that tolerated my dressage lesson on the right)
Categories: BCEC, photos, Tucker, turnout

>Afternoon Delight

May 13, 2011 4 comments

>I was just commenting recently on someone’s blog (and I can’t for the life of me remember whose it was — so if you remember, please help out a brain that is clearly aging before its time) that some of my favorite pictures of Tucker have been sent to me while I am at work.  There is something so wonderful about seeing your horse enjoying his day while you are stuck behind a desk earning the big bucks to keep him in the lifestyle to which he has become accustomed.

Here is one such photo, which I just received, of my horse enjoying a little afternoon snooze under the trees with his new turnout buddy:

It’s just too cute for words.  He is so adorable.  I heart him. 

I can’t wait to dote on him this weekend… it’s been a long week and I need a little Tucker time!

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p.s. – Hey blogger, if you don’t want to find my last couple of posts, we can just keep them between us and forget I was ever being so childish and whiney.  Now that I think of it, maybe I am responsible for the Great Blogger Meltdown of 2011?  Was I really being so bratty that I crashed blogger?  It’s totally possible.  I can be really obnoxious when I want to be.  Just ask any of my ex-boyfriends.  They’ll be happy to tell you all about it.

Categories: photos, Tucker, turnout

>Product Review: Smartpak Deluxe Turnout Blanket – Lite

April 7, 2011 2 comments

>Tonight I discovered a new activity you can do with your stall rested horse — model! 

As a thank you for my review of SmartGut (as well as all my other blog posts about Smartpak), Smartpak offered me a couple of their blankets at a very generous discount.  When I got the news, I was beaming with glee, and didn’t waste any time placing my order.  I ordered the Smartpak Deluxe Turnout Blanket – Lite, and the Smartpak Deluxe High Neck Turnout Blanket – Heavy.  Both Tucker’s turnout sheet and his heavy turnout had seen better days… in fact, the heavy turnout was sporting some emergency duct tape repairs (charming).  So we were sorely in need of replacements and I have to say I am very happy with our new purchases!  Overall, they are quality blankets, with features that tell you they were designed by horse people.

This first review will be a design and style review, and I’ll have to report back on the durability/practicality later, once Tucker is released into the wilds of his field.  As I explained to the Smartpak rep, if these blankets make it through a winter of Tucker’s ridiculous antics, they are virtually indestructable. 

As for style, this is a very attractive blanket.  The color is a rich navy with white piping and hunter green trim(the pics below of the surcingle and the fleece wither are the most true-to-life, camera phone can only do so much).  The material is sturdy and strong, and the stitching looks perfect everywhere.  The buckles feel heavy and durable, not like they are going to snap off during the first roll.  The shoulders have a nice nylon lining to prevent rubs, and there is a mesh lining along the back, for breathability.  There are D-Rings around the neckline to attach the Smartpak Deluxe Neck Rug.

And without further ado, our lovely model:

Easily adjustable, sturdy front buckles, placed so there’s no gap in the front of the blanket once closed

Good neck countour, no gaps, no tight spots

Generous amount of fleece at the wither,
 and high enough cut that the blanket rests just in front of the wither, preventing rubs

Excellent shoulder-gusset placement

I’m pretty confident these will prevent rubs, because they extend so high up the shoulder
Nice drape overall, no seams at the top (for waterproofness),
and doesn’t come down too low, so your horse won’t appear to be wearing a dress

Adjustable belly straps, and surcingles have rubber stops, so they won’t come undone in turnout
 (which is one of my biggest complaints about Tucker’s current turnout sheet)

Optional customization, so there’s no confusion about which blankets are yours

Good tail flap coverage — no one likes a draft!

Elastic leg straps, placed high to avoid getting legs caught when rolling
Many thanks to our beautiful model:
All dressed up, and no place to go….
Categories: blankets, photos, Smartpak, Tucker

>The Things We Do for Love

April 6, 2011 6 comments

>There is nothing like treating a horse’s injuries to remind us of how much we love them.  So much, in fact, that we are willing to completely and utterly humiliate ourselves in CVS.

I plan to get some elasticon on Thursday, when the tack shop is open later, which I’ll use to make an extra large “band aid” over top of my regular gauze (not all the way around the hock, so as not to constrict the joint).  So, I just needed some supplies until then. 

So I found these at CVS (hoofpick included to give you a sense of scale):

These actually fit pretty well over the injured area.  I don’t think they are sticky enough to stay on without a standing wrap over top, but hopefully they’ll stay in place beneath the wrap better than just a plain piece of gauze (which didn’t stay).

Speaking of which, it was looking a bit better today, although I’m not so sure that I want his hock to permanently have its mouth open like this.  While he is not a conformation hunter, I would rather this look a little prettier.  Still, it’s better than yesterday. No bleeding today.

Where was I?  Oh yes, CVS.  So, I get up to the counter with my three huge pieces of self-adhesive non-stick gauze, and hand them over.  The guy behind the counter looks at them, looks at me, and asks “Are you okay?”

“Oh, they’re not for me,” I explain, “they’re for my horse.”  He eyes me quizzically. “Well they do say ‘All-Purpose,'” I say, smiling.  He doesn’t get the joke.

“What’s wrong with it?” he asks.  He still hasn’t started ringing me up.  Apparently, he is concerned that he may have to call the Humane Society or something.  I can see his wheels turning.

“He cut himself,” I tell him, hoping that the inquisition is going to end and I’m going to get to leave soon, and actually make use of the self-adhesive non-stick gauze I am trying to purchase. 

“So, shouldn’t you like, call a vet or something?”  Suddenly, he is an expert in equine veterinary care.

“She’s seen him,” I sigh, slightly exasperated by having to defend myself to the CVS cashier.  “He had stitches, and then after we took them out, the wound split open again, so we’re just keeping it bandaged while it heals.”  Why am I now feeling the need to explain the entire situation to him?  Do I really think this kid is going to call the Humane Society?

At this point, he literally raised his eyebrows at me and sort of shook his head, and proceeded to ring up my order.  By the time I was back in my truck, I was already laughing and thinking about how I couldn’t wait to tell this story on the blog.  Judgy McJudgerson at the CVS probably isn’t a follower, but just in case: lighten up dude. 

I tried to get some cute pictures of Tucker tonight, but they were mostly fails:

The infamous headless horse
But this is my really cute face…
doesn’t this deserve another mint?
I hear the train a comin’
It’s rollin’ ’round the bend,
And I ain’t seen the sunshine,
Since, I don’t know when…

>Day One

April 5, 2011 4 comments

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This is going to be my own little blogging challenge of sorts… how to keep you all entertained when my week consists of grooming my horse, in his stall.  Then again, I am the proud mother of one of the goofiest horses in the world.  We can probably still keep you amused.
Tucker was actually in very good spirits when I got to the barn today.  He was very happy to see me and really enjoyed his extra long grooming session.  A guy can still look good, even if he’s on stall rest, right?  He has finally decided to shed as of last week, so I got to work currying away his clipped winter coat, and I can already feel a soft, smooth spring coat working its way out.  Can’t wait until our mousey brown/gray color is gone until next winter! 

So first, the cute pics.

Let’s see… Pretty sure there are mints in here somewhere….
Ha! Mom’s jacket!  Definitely mints in here!
(My jacket was flung through the air moments after this photo was taken)

“Somewhere out there….”
[cue Disney music]

mmmmm… salty….
The first casualty of the week. 
There were no holes in these bell boots 24 hours ago.
(These have since been removed.  I think rubber is likely harmful if swallowed.)

And now, the gross pic:
Not supposed to look like this!
And all bundled up for the night.
The End.
Categories: injury, photos, stall rest, Tucker

>Happy St. Patrick’s Day

March 17, 2011 2 comments

>The Literary Horse is doing something fun this week… Reader questionnaires. Go check it out, today’s question is “What is your first memory of a horse?”  I posted mine in the comments, a very special memory of a big anonymous horse that I met at a park.  I was probably around 4 years old, but I remember that moment clear as a bell.  Talk about a life-changing experience!  Can you imagine?  If I hadn’t approached that horse, who knows if I’d even be telling you all these stories about the Wunderkind?  Maybe I would have developed an affection for bunnies, or hampsters, or iguanas? 

Haha, doubtful.  I think there is some kind of recessive horse gene that I’m carrying.  None of my family members have any particular interest in equines, though they do politely inquire about “Taylor?  Tyler?  That’s right, Tucker,” as he is affectionately called by most of them.  I did apparently have a grandfather on the Irish side of my lineage who rode horses, though I never met him.  Perhaps that’s where all this came from.

So, in honor of my half-Irish heritage, I’m sharing my favorite Irish blessing.  I’ve always thought this was particularly fitting for horse people, and often imagined that someday when I have a beautiful barn to call my own, I will have this inscribed somewhere.

“May the road rise up to meet you,

May the wind be ever at your back.

May the sun shine warm upon your face,

And the rain fall softly on your fields.

And until we meet again,

May God hold you in the hollow of His hand.”

Hope you all have a happy and safe St. Patrick’s day.  Don’t overdo it with the green beer now!  It’s a school night, after all….

>Meet Cocoa!

March 15, 2011 7 comments

>For this (almost) wordless Wednesday post, please feel free to oooh and aaah over Alicia’s new puppy.  You’ll note that Bean isn’t sure if he likes her yet.  But I love her!

Don’t you just love puppies?

Categories: Bean, Cocoa, dogs, photos