So if I'm gonna criticize shavings in tails of horses ridden by 13yr olds, then I gotta take a good hard look at my own horses turn-out as well, right? Of course right!
It started with a lengthy session in the round pen (in which Tesla suddenly had no brakes and didn't wanna do down transitions. What is the answer to non-listening? MORE WORK! So I made her switch directions until she realized that slowing down was a whole lot easier than rollbacks. (It was lovely and warm out today - so I can't really blame her for having the zoomies)
She was a hot sweaty mess - so I hosed and scraped her, then brought her into the barn, where she proceeded to give everyone the most pitiful looks:
"I'm so exhausted - look what a slave-driver she is!"
The barn folks just laughed.
She needed time to dry out, so I went ahead and soaked her feet in CleanTrax.
Which also gave me a chance to break her bridle down and deep clean and condition it, and put a Myler bit on it (more to come on that later!) as well as take a curry to her to help her shed her winter coat.
Both girls love this Deckers one from Teddy's Tack Trunk - it is more flexible and soft than others I've tried (and they hated!) - the webbing is super comfortable for me too!
I curried her till she was dry and shiny and my arms felt like they were gonna fall off.
Legit no substitute for elbow grease.
a barn mate had some of this clay for thrush and let me try some (she's the best!)
you can get it from Riding Warehouse ;)
and I gotta say, it was easy to apply, and packed nicely into Tesla's feet....I'll let you know how it works!!