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She's Not a Baby Anymore!

Early spring saw some immediate changes in how Ellie carried herself and our dressage work started to truly improve.  There had been times last year where flat work felt like a fight and I wondered to myself if she was ever going to just relax and listen to me haha.

Thankfully, as the title suggests, Ellie has suddenly grown up in front of my eyes.  We have had some really stellar lessons lately, where I feel like I am suddenly able to make things click.  We also had an incredibly frustrating dressage lesson a few weeks ago where Ellie was in rip-roaring peeing heat (not normal for her) and we worked through 45 minutes of her refusing to bend right.  So, ya know, as much as she is improving, she is still an opinionated redheaded mare!  ;-)

But, I have to give her credit because she is really working her little butt off for me!  Sadly, I had not been able to schedule in a jump lesson before our first three-phase, which led to me riding her ridiculously backward at a slow trot the entire …

What's in YOUR tack room? Grooming tote edition

While we are waiting for ALL the media to arrive from Championships from both the pro photographer and groom extraordinaire Rachel, I figured it was time for another "What's in YOUR tack room?"  This one is the grooming tote edition, which was what I was planning to review next anyway but also I felt inspired by Terisé over at Breeches and Boatshoes after she did her own post on the subject.

 I have used various grooming totes over the years, ranging from my first ever tote, the tried and true Fortiflex grooming tote (it was blue with yellow horsey bumper stickers all over it LOL!), to this grooming stool box thingy (kinda wish I still had it), to a handmade (but SUPER heavy) wooden box made by my father, to various fabric totes that eventually fell apart (two I know were won as prizes at horse shows) and I have no idea what brand.  Right now I am using a cute little Kensington plaid tote, one in hunter green for Snappy and the tan/black "blackwatch" for Dreamy.


I like these totes because they are durable and not overly huge.  I only use my grooming totes to hold brushes, as they are stored next to the crossties in a small trunk in my aisle (along with my riding boots and helmet), with my first aid kit right above and bug spray hanging right there.  So I don't need a larger tote to hold anything but brushes.

I use a generic hoof pick and prefer the ones with the little brush opposite the pick.  Though I have no idea why I have a regular pick in Snappy's tote haha. (I have lots of hoof picks kicking around!)  Both mares have a shedding blade and a simple black rubber curry that I love for the shape and the fact the thick rubber knobs are perfect for shedding season.  Once they are shed out, Snappy has a soft rubber round curry that she prefers and Dreamy loves the Epona Shed Flower. Snappy is prone to skin crud so I also have a rubber grooming mitt for her face and legs as needed.

Both of them have a generic hard brush, though I do prefer the type with a handle (I don't know why).  I also cannot find them online anywhere and have no idea where I got them, hence the reason why they are old and I have not replaced them.  I don't like super hard brushes and these are perfect to use after currying.  Snappy has a Winner's Circle Beastie Brush that is a great stiffness for cleaning dried mud off legs.  For soft brushes, I prefer horsehair bristled brushes like this one.  

There is also a Roma body brush that I bought for Reva (her colors were pink!) and Snappy inherited it.  Mostly I bought it because it is cute!  I also have a Furminator that I bought for Sparky years ago and does work well for shedding; Dreamy and Snappy do not grow coats like Sparky used to, so this doesn't get as much use.  For manes and tails, I just use a human hair brush like this.  

Snappy's brushes - Top: hoof pick, hard brush, mud brush, Roma brush, soft brush, mane/tail brush, shedding blade.  Bottom: shedding curry, regular curry, grooming mitt, Furminator
Dreamy's brushes - Top: hoof pick, hard brush, soft brush, mane/tail brush, shedding blade. Bottom: shedding curry and flower curry
My brushes are fairly boring and utilitarian though I have lusted many times over the fancy personalized painted brushes I see online!  I am fairly picky about my brushes though, so I would hate to spend the money on a set and then not love them (other than the cute artwork) when they arrive.  I have a separate set of brushes for showing that stay right in the trailer inside my show trunk, but they are basically the same types of brushes, so I didn't even bother taking them out for pics!  ;-)

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  1. This looks so tidy and neat. My grooming box(es) look like six horses exploded in them. I collect *stuff* for my two retired horses LOL

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