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RABT Summer Cross Country Derby - July 12, 2020

At the beginning of July, Ellie and I tackled our first ever BN level XC course at a competition! We take jumping lessons with Babette at RABT Farm (Rest & Be Thankful Farm), so having Babette there that day to coach me was perfect.  We did have some bobbles on my part, like not riding to each fence and not enough leg (NEVER ENOUGH LEG) so we had one stop on course, but I was super pumped to have a chance to jump around a course at a place we are totally comfortable but it was a crazy chaotic day with 50 horse/rider pairs and a ton more activity than our Wednesday lesson days!  ready to go I paid for a second unjudged round after our division of nine riders jumped and we went clean. It was a beautiful summer day and such a fun opportunity. All COVID protocols were in place and people were super respectful of them.  Due to our stop, we ended up in 8th place with a 3rd place team finish! I paired up with two of my Epona PC teammates for the team competition and they both won their di

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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