Tuesday, July 22, 2014

hairy girls

Likely my fav pic of the girls, ever. From this spring.
hah!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Still Alive!

wow, I've been neglecting this blog, sorry bloggy.

Just busy with life.

Ponehs are doing well, starting Baby under saddle and working on Joy's dressage skills and jumping fitness. I wish we had the finances for lots of lessons and shows but I am planning on getting out a little this fall *knock wood*

Finally got the saddle issue sorted, combo of new saddle, cord girth and ecogold pad seems to be magic. No more saddle on her neck, yay! everyone is happier.

I had a turning point with Joy, she was giving me stupid shit over something stupid. So I got mad and said to myself  " hay is five fricken dollars a bale, she can get over it" and you know what, she got over it. Likely because now she knows I could swap her for a 17+ hh, dark bay TB gelding named Nebuchadnezzar at any time.  Or maybe I put on my big girl panties and got brave.

Anyway, mainly trail riding (but with grace and style)

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Joy's birthday giveaway has ended, late, as usual.

The randomly* selected winner is: Mona Sterling

Congrats! I sent you an email. Joy says thanks for playing everyone!


* Full disclosure, I was going to use a widget thingy to select a winner but because I am so super technologically challenged I couldn't get it to work. So I though what is more random than a toddler? Nothing! So Smooshy drew it out of a hat.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Boring update

We are still deep in the throes of winter, big high of ten degrees today!

I haven't been riding much, we have loads of ice and it hasn't been safe. How I long for an indoor arena!

Monday, February 10, 2014

tack confessions and Higher Standards *Review and giveaway!*

I'll confess, I love cleaning tack but I wasn't always this way...

As a kid I used to lie about liking to clean tack so my riding instructor wouldn't make me clean all her filthy tack, the tack that got used daily but only cleaned twice a year by whiny and resentful 8 year olds wielding sponges, when all they wanted to do was pet ponies, ah pony camp, good times....

Anyway a couple months ago I came across this soap on the Chronicle of the Horse forum, the reviews were really favorable and I was almost out of soap and I thought it was neat to buy a handmade product.

The soap truly is excellent and has replaced all my other tack cleaning products. After Joe saw how great my saddle looked he begged me to clean his nasty work boots, that'll learn me, I shouldn't have shown off my fabulously clean tack. It smells really nice, like the way you would want bath soap to smell, not at all overpowering or chemically. Not only does it smell good but it cleans and conditions better than any other product I have tried. The balm is also fantastic, great for dry and abused leather.

So in honor of Joy's tenth(!) birthday I am doing a giveaway this month,  Simply leave a comment on this post about which soap you would like to try. On 3/10/2014 one randomly selected lucky person will win a thingy of soap (or conditioning Balm if you prefer, I'm cool like that)

http://www.etsy.com/shop/HigherStandardsFarm

http://www.higherstandardsleathercare.com/

I'm sure a "like" wouldn't go amiss here https://www.facebook.com/HIgherStandardsFarm

The review section

My usual tack is actually pretty clean right now (having effective and easy to use products does that) so for pictures I dug out a nasty old girth and some boots I forgot to clean at the end of Autumn.These products are simple and quick to use, the soap even dissolves those little dirt "jockeys" without a ton of scrubbing, which is remarkable and way cuts down on the time you have to spend cleaning tack. It's perfect for lazy people such as myself.

I used the Fox's Vanilla Lavender soap and just lightly moistened the sponge, wipe on soap, rub the leather a bit and wipe off with a clean slightly damp sponge. That is it! You can clean all the things! I like to melt the conditioning Balm in my hands and rub it in, it smells like cookies, makes my leather stuff look and feel gorgeous and I don't instantly want to wash my hands after.

Before



cleaning water, not coffee!

one boot cleaned, one to go

after cleaning
much nicer

 The only drawback to these products is my toddler likes the smell and tries to eat them, so tack cleaning has to be done after he goes to bed.


Wednesday, February 05, 2014

psssssst...

If you wanna go to the farm blog (http://dangerbunnyfarm.blogspot.com/) there are some super cute baby bunny pictures.
Like this.
I know, not horse related.

Stay tuned

It's Joy's birth month (and mine, hah) so I'm going to be a giveaway, as soon as I finish the review. So stay tuned.

Also I am completely sick of winter, snow and cold.

Friday, January 10, 2014

Frozen

Hi world!

It's been a cold couple of days what with the "Polar Vortex" and all. I'm used to snow and cold but -45 with windchill seems excessive to me. Of course that was the night the horses ran away from their cozy shelter (complete with roundbale) and went marauding the neighborhood at midnight.

Anywho I finally got Joy a better saddle, after months (literally) of stalking ebay.co.uk, I found a wide Lovatt and Ricketts, within my tiny budget, with a seller who would ship to the US. It's an APD (All Purpose Dressage) saddle so I can use it for jumping for now. Happy Yule to me!


The fit is pretty good, still a little forward slippage but not bad.



 I'm still looking at anatomical girths like this one from Cotswoldsport. Of course if money was no object I would get a pad like this one from EcoGold and a cool girth like the Fairfax ones. Of course if money was no object I could have gotten a custom saddle, lol. Of course when you get one horsey thing that is awesome you want to get all the other cool things to go with it, why are we horsey girls never satisfied?

She looks so impressed to be riding in a snowstorm!
Hope everyone is staying warm!