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2019 Equestrian Blogger Gift Exchange

For the fourth year in a row, I participated in the Equestrian Blogger Gift Exchange, which Tracy so kindly hosts (and has for seven years)!  I love choosing gifts for a fellow blogger, trying to find just the right thing to match their likes and interests.  And it is definitely fun to come home from work to a surprise package of horsey things for me!


This year, I received my gift quite early!  Thank you so much Eventing Saddlebred Style for the two surprises this past week!  She must have been checking out my Pinterest board I indicated I have, as these are both from my "want" category haha.

Plus, this is a new-to-me blog, so as soon as I finish this entry, I plan to tag along as a follower.  I like adding to my reading list, even though I have been terrible at commenting lately.


The cute little fox mug just makes me laugh.  I definitely cannot bring it to the middle school where I teach hahahaha, but I have already used it here at home a few times!

And the teal lead rope is aw…

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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