Friday, August 18, 2017

Tack Review: Le Mieux Pro Sport Dressage Pad



I got this pad with free shipping and a 20% off coupon - so it was about $50 (gulp, which is a lot for a plain pad). Tesla has outgrown one of her pads and the orangey one is borderline at this point...


First off, this pad was made for withers and curvy backs:

Huggin curves in all the right places!



The grey was the perfect shade (not too blue/purple) and matches the footing in the dressage arena exactly (coincidence? I think not LOL)

The suede-y fabric had a nice weight to it (but probably not ideal for full summer heat). I love the cordura reinforcement at the girth, that's always the first place to look ratty..



Thumbs up for the fairly innocuous branding.

And it stayed PUT - even after our round-pen session (and even tho' the stirrups didn't ;)


No unsigtly lumps, bumps, or wrinkles....


Initial impression, 5 out of 5 stars.

Will definitely be saving up for another.... oh the colour choices!





Thursday, August 17, 2017

Slo-Mo


Tesla is still a bit wonky from her vaccinations, but was willing to show up to play a bit/roll in the round pen. We worked on the command "switch" to change directions - she picked it up pretty fast (having never-ending sugar cubes in your pocketses for the win!)






We took a stroll around the property in slo-mo, said hello to all her friends, and called it a day!

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Vaccinations got us like....


BLEH.

So someone got a low key evening full of all her favourite things, including this:



Monday, August 14, 2017

Backing over poles


When I read about Nicole's adventures in teaching Murray to back up over a pole, I definitely wanted to try it with Tesla. She doesn't have great body awareness - and I thought that this exercise might help her think about where her feet are.....



or not...LOL

Elegance is hard.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Tack Review: Levi's Commuter Jeans


I picked these jeans up for 15 bucks on super clearance. I figured that jeans for riding bicycles would also be good for riding horses - and I personally like jean material in the saddle (the grip is juuuust right...hard to shake those old polo habits ;) 


love the reflective ...even tho' you can't see it under my half-chaps


All the features that work well for cycling: stretchy (but more substance than tights), articulated knees, anti-microbial material, and reflective details all translate well to equine sports!)




They got some scathing reviews online, mostly about shrinkage (even with cold water washing/line drying) - I haven't noticed that so much with mine (they are a big snug after washing, but loosen out like most jeans)

If you are more of a boy-cut kind of gal you will like these jeans, which are cut straight through the waist and hip. 


4.5 stars - would definitely buy again (maybe even full price ;)



Friday, August 11, 2017

Red Light, Green Light


I've been feeling more secure in the saddle, so I dropped my stirrups 2 half holes (so an inch) and I could feel that I was sitting deeper in the saddle....
Didn't know you could get bling on your leathers too....


So did Tess, apparently. She is super great about responding to seat weight = stop, so my deeper seat meant "We just stand here Ok thx".  But then, the next time I brought her out, we were coasting with no brakes, cause I had taught her that seat weight does not = Stop.

So, we spent a whole session playing red light, green light with this new balance, first I explained it to her with words ("whoa" and "walk on") and eventually just with aids - by the end she was a champ. (we'll see how well it sticks ;)

Amazing what a difference an inch of stirrup leather can make!!!





Thursday, August 10, 2017

I am my horses' manicurist


It has been a few weeks now since I took over Tesla's hoof trims. And I have started to see her feet change right before my eyes: I suspect her heels were a bit contracted, which is why the thrush had such a foothold there (pun totally intended) and probably why the various treatments I tried just weren't 100% effective in the long run. I've been using mastitis cream as well as Coppertox in rotation with iodine (I put these in a $1 plastic ketchup dispenser & you can control it as good as a paintbrush :) I'm not strong enough to do all 4 feet at once - and sometimes I have to soak 'em to get them soft enough that I can be effective - but Tesla is lovely about her feet (and boy, does it help to have a willing participant!)

The goal


I trimmed down all the overgrowth, and am rounding away at the proper mustang roll. I make sure she is comfortable and even between sessions - and am alternating between fronts and hinds: so far, so good! From all my online reading, less is more, and the feet will really heal themselves if given the chance (and barring any conformational corrections)


More Mustang Roll needed ;) everything should be rolled to facilitate break-over


I'm informing myself with several online sources as well as Pete Ramey's book (I'll do a formal review of it as well).

Here's to a new adventure!