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Recapping 2019

I had many great horsey experiences in 2019!  I am really pleased with how the year went overall; nothing is ever perfect, but both horses are sound, happy, and healthy, which is really what matters to me.

Some of my 2019 goals were met easily or with lots of hard work, and a few of them were utter fails haha.  C'est la vie! Let's recap!

Happy, health, sound
Both mares are doing well in this regard!  Dreamy will be 29 this year, and while she definitely shows signs of her age at times, she overall looks and acts much younger than she really is!  Ellie has really matured this year, filling out as well as mentally becoming more comfortable in her own skin.  As she will be eight this year, I feel like we have moved through the baby phase.

Continue lessons with Beth and Babette
This goal was met and then some!  I took almost weekly dressage lessons with Beth and monthly jump lessons with Babette. Thanks to the Morgan Dressage Association scholarship, I was also able to attend two clini…

Day 18 - Your grooming routine

My grooming routine tends to fall within the "hurry-up-I-wanna-ride" style and the "it-is-only-a-proper-grooming-if-it-takes-a-full-thirty-minutes".  I enjoy grooming my horses, but there are definitely times I am more focused on getting out to ride.  Ahh, the life of a busy, working mom.  ;-)  Obviously, I am sure the horse is clean before I ride, no matter how long I take to brush them!

I keep my grooming tools and routine simple, and I wrote about everything I use here in another blog post.  I like an old fashioned black rubber curry, plastic bristled hard brush (not too stiff and preferably with a handle made of webbing - which I cannot seem to find anymore which is a bummer because the hard brushes need replacing!), and a horsehair soft brush.  

I use a human hair brush for manes and tails, and while I generally dislike silicone based products, I do use a spritz of Showsheen every few days on tails to make them brush out more easily.  I prefer a hoof pick with a brush, but I have a bunch of picks kicking around and as long as the hoof is cleaned out, I will use whatever.  I use Effol hoof oil for hooves, but I don't apply it every single day, just depending on what the ground moisture is like and if hooves look dry.  Nowadays I like the look of an oiled hoof for showing rather than use hoof black (though I have used many bottles of hoof black in my years, too!).   I like the Effol because it goes on easily, doesn't smell terrible, and it isn't "goopy" so things immediately stick to it.  I use shedding blades and a Furminator in the spring to get rid of winter woolies!


Simple Kensington grooming totes
 This is what is inside Ellie's tote (she inherited Snappy's brushes after a thorough cleaning):
Top: hoof pick, hard brush, mud brush, Roma brush that I barely use but bought because it is cute, soft brush, mane/tail brush, shedding blade.  Bottom: shedding curry, regular curry, grooming mitt (which Snappy used to love and I prefer for legs and faces), Furminator  
 This is what is inside Dreamy's tote:
Top: hoof pick, hard brush, soft brush, mane/tail brush, shedding blade. Bottom: shedding curry and flower curry (Dreamy loves the flower curry!)



Comments

  1. ahh hoof black. LOL I always had that on me once i was done. :) HA memories ;)

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    1. OMG that stuff is nasty and it ALWAYS gets all over you, no matter how careful you are! When my husband was in 4-H, he was about to compete at the Big E, the biggest regional competition, with his working steers. He had a white shirt on and somehow got hoof black ALL OVER HIMSELF. I guess it was quite the fiasco LOL and his former 4-H leader loves to tell me that story.

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    2. my fingernails were perm stained with that crap all thru my teenage years of showing MOrgans LOL!

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    3. Hahaha agreed. It just stood out a little more than the normal dirt. ;-P

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  2. aw that's nice that your horses have their own totes and brushes! i get weirdly attached to my favorite brushes and want to use them and only them, no matter the horse lol.

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    1. LOL I feel you! I have a thing about everyone having their own stuff. Sometimes I think it is just so I can buy all the things multiple times LOL!

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