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NEJA Winter Schooling Jumper Show - April 25, 2021

Our final NEJA show in their winter series was at the end of April. On a whim, I decided to kick it old school and wear my rust breeches and navy coat. I definitely got a few "looks" from some of the HJ crowd, but it was worth being the weirdo eventer girl haha. It was a gorgeous spring day and our rounds were all excellent. Rejoice really seems to enjoy her newfound jumper pony status and powered around like she knew what she was doing haha.  My goals for the day were to win the ground poles speed class by taking a sneaky route someone's trainer would not approve of again haha like I did at the March show and to remember my jump off round like I did NOT do at the March show! Though there wasn't a super sneaky route to take in the ground poles class, I made sure to set her up for tight turns and rollbacks. We did win the class out of nine riders! Whoot! Our speed cross rails was also a good class, with Rejoice willing to listen to half halts, turn on a dime, and also

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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