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Saddle Box review

I was contacted last week by Saddle Box's owner, Phil, who asked if I would review the product on my blog.  I am happy to do so!  All my opinions are my own and I am in no way sponsored by or affiliated with Saddle Box.   
Saddle Box is a monthly subscription box full of equine related goodies for both rider and horse!  It can contain items such as treats, grooming tools, books, and small tack.  It seems there are a lot of these surprise monthly subscription boxes in a variety of styles these days, and it was only a matter of time until one was made especially for horse folks!

The first box has a 15% off coupon, so it costs $29.71 the first month and $34.95 each month thereafter which includes shipping.  They do ship to Canada for an extra $10 shipping. You can buy a Saddle Box for yourself or give it as a gift.  Once you sign up, it will automatically renew (and charge your credit card) every month unless you indicate for no box that month. There are no returns unless you receive a…

Downeast Congress PHOTOS!

STANDARDBRED 3-GAIT CLASSES

DRESSAGE TESTS (Training 2 and 4)

EASY DOES IT HUNTER CLASSES.....as you can see, she overjumped everything like a crazy woman!
ROADSTER UNDER SADDLE!  **Can anyone guess what the significance of my silks are...???**

Downeast Horse Congress - June 18-20, 2010

This past weekend was one of the best horse shows here in Maine!  It is the 31st annual Downeast Horse Congress, put on by the Maine Horse Association (MHA).  DEC is one of the largest "A" rated shows here in Maine and it is held at the Skowhegan Fairgrounds.  This year we had three rings running.....hunters, pleasure, and dressage!  The manager called it "Maine's only three ring circus!"  LOL!!!!
Last year, Dreamy was the champion 2-gait Standardbred of the weekend.  YAY!  I played a large role in reinstating the Standardbred division as well as soliciting division sponsors at DEC in 2009, and we had four classes.  This year we were able to have seven classes: STB In-Hand, STB 2-gait Pleasure, STB 2-gait Equitation, STB 2-gait Championship,  STB 3-gait Pleasure, STB 3-gait Equitation, and STB 3-gait Championship! 
And this year......drum roll....Dreamy was the champion 3-gait Standardbred!  YAY!!!!!  :D
We had so much fun!  I love this show because there is so mu…

Deworming is such a lovely chore....

The other day all three of the mares were dewormed.....with a double dose of Strongid (pyrantel pamoate)!  YUM!  LOL!  At least they are all very good about it.  They make faces at me, but stand nicely with their heads down and accept it.  One tube for each side of the mouth!  It is funny, in a sadistic kind of way, how they smack their lips like they are eating peanut butter.  But of course, dewormer cannot taste good.  :P
Each of them dug into their dinners with a small spot of light green smudge on the side of their mouths.  :D  Good mares.

Reva becomes a Big Girl - aka Chris Lombard Clinic

My biggest goal with Reva this year is to get her out and about, off the farm, having good positive experiences.  I planned to do some clinics, perhaps do a "schooling on the grounds" entry at the local dressage show, and bring her to my instructor's farm for a lesson or two.
On June 13, I brought Reva to her first ever off the farm experience.  We attended a clinic with local horseman Chris Lombard.  He is not a "natural horsemanship" person like Parelli (gag), but just a well grounded cowboy who teaches good horsemanship.  (Fun side note: Chris went to high school with my husband.....small world!!  LOL)  I wanted to get Chris' opinion of Reva and just see what she could do.  It was a 90 minute session, with the beginning on the ground and then riding at the end if I wanted to.  The farm where the clinic was held is a pretty low key boarding barn in New Gloucester, White Birch Farm, about 50 minutes from my farm.  I was excited and to be honest had high exp…