Oh yeah, I made it 2 days in a row! Welcome back to day number 2 in my 5 day writing challenge! 2 down, 3 to go. And it may not seem like a huge accomplishment to some, but for me, after not posting for a month, writing 2 days in a row IS a major accomplishment!

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So how about we get to it?

Favorite Equestrian Book and Movie

At first I didn’t think this would be easy for me. Because, well, I love books especially when they are anything horse related. And movies, well, any movie with a horse in it is my favorite. But there are two (one book and one movie) that are my ultimate favorites.

Favorite Equestrian Book

Light Horsekeeping is my most favorite horse book ever. This book dates from the early 1970s in the northeastern United States. Although it shows its age, when comparing it to today’s equestrian standards, the book provides an Erma Bombeck-like humorous view of a girl’s passion for horses and the bemused parents who indulge the passion. The horses are not fancy, and the backyard facilities are makeshift. But the girls have a lot of fun and learn a lot of responsibility. I discovered Light Horsekeeping at the Public Library when I was in the fifth grade. I was horse-crazy and desperate to ride ‘English Style’.  The photographs and text made the girls’ lives seem so effortless, especially when compared to my suburban neighborhood life in Colorado. I envied the girls having a peer group, even though I didn’t know to call it that.

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This book inspired me to do everything I could to be around horses and to badger my parents to get me one. I bought my very own English hunt seat saddle, too, eventually. I loved this book so much that when I found it available to buy online some 40 years after reading it for the first time, I had to buy it. And it’s still a treasure I have re-visited through the years.

Sometimes you can find it on Amazon, or even eBay. It is definitely worth searching for, and picking up if you find it!

Favorite Horse Movie

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This one was more of a challenge to pick my absolute favorite. And it was almost a tie between Sylvester, and Wild Hearts Can’t Be Broken. But the second movie won. Because I could watch this movie every day. Ok, maybe not every day, but if it was on, I would definitely watch it.

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Most common riding misconception

Most people that I work with know that I have horses. This is probably because when they ask what I did over the weekend, I bust out pictures of my horses, or my latest horse related project. And I think the biggest misconception is that they all think I ride in rodeo’s or something.

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They will assume that I ride western, and ask if I take my horses to the rodeo’s. Then I have to try and explain that I ride in English tack. I’ll show them pictures and they ask how can I stay on when there is no saddle horn on my saddle? So the biggest misconception is that I am a rodeo gal, even though I’m not.

Two Riding Strengths and One Weakness

Hmmm….this is a hard one for me. If I was asked to list my weaknesses, I could come up with a lot more. But riding strengths, this is a hard one.

I think I have a good seat. And thanks to my new saddle, I feel that I am learning how to use my seat more effectively because I can feel better. Does that make sense?

And another strength I have is my heels. I can get my heels down, like really down. Keeping them down is not a problem for me either. This is partially because I have loose ligaments, meaning I am really stretchy. I think this helps with keeping my heels down. So I have two good things going for me, my seat and me heels. Now, to choose only one weakness.

If I had to choose just one weakness, I think it is always looking down when I ride. Yes, there are others, but I think the looking down effects my riding the most. I noticed this last week when I was riding Plezant, and after watching Rich Fellers Equestrian Masterclass where he kept repeating “eyes….eyes….eyes….” I really started concentrating on keeping my head, and my eyes up. And you know what, it worked.

You know how I keep talking about Plezant refusing to move forward? Well last week during a frustrating ride of standing still, I realized I was looking down. The moment I looked up, and then asked him to move forward, he did it. It was kind of a lightbulb moment actually. So by me continually looking down at him, it must be effecting my overall position, and he won’t move forward. But the second I raise my gaze, and look up, he walked.

Now I just need to remember this when he stalls out and refuses to move forward.

Least Favorite Thing About Horses and/or Riding

When it comes to horses, I think I pretty much love everything about them. I love riding. But I also love grooming and caring for my horses too. But if I had to pick a few things I like least about horses, it’s flies. I HATE flies! They are so annoying. And no matter how clean I keep their stalls, or how many supplements I give them to keep the fly population low, there are still flies. They are disgusting and they make my horses miserable.

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If there was one thing I could get rid of completely, it would be flies. Typically it seems like most things have a purpose, but what the heck purpose do flies serve? Other than annoying my horses? They carry disease, and they are just nasty. I see no good purpose for flies at all.

What do you feed your horses

Well this is an intricate one. It seems as my experience has grown, so has the way I go about feeding my horses. And when Plezant came to me, he has some dental issues that make it challenging for him to get the nutrition he needs in order to stay looking great.

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So here is what I feed my horses on a daily basis:

AM Feeding

  • 4 flakes Timothy Hay, 1 Flake Alfalfa Hay (in a hay net)
  • 1 feed scoop full orchard grass pellets (dissolved in about 3 gallons of water)
  • 1 ½ quarts Triple Crown Complete Horse Feed
  • 1 cups beet pulp
  • 1 scoop Cool Calories
  • ½ scoop Apple a Day Electrolytes
  • 1 scoop Daily Vitamins
  • 1 scoop MSM
  • 1 scoop Simplifly (in the summer months)
  • 0.5 mL CBD oil on a horse treat (For Frisby)

PM Feeding

  • 4 Flakes Timothy Hay, 1 Flake Alfalfa Hay (in a hay net)
  • 1 feed scoop full orchard grass pellets (dissolved in about 3 gallons of water)
  • 1 ½ quarts Triple Crown Complete Horse Feed
  • 1 cup beet pulp
  • 1 scoop Strongid Daily Wormer
  • 1 scoop Muscle Builder (For Plezant)
  • ½ cup cooked Linseed
  • ½ scoop Apple A Day Electrolytes
  • 1 scoop (15 mL) Pressed and Dehydrated Garlic
  • 0.5mL CBD oil on a horse treat (For Frisby)

Yeah, it looks a little complicated. But it is working for my boys. When Plezant came to me, he was getting Timothy hay, and 1 scoop of orchard grass pellets turned into a mush twice a day, and that was it. He was VERY thin when he came to me. His body condition score was thin. I could see his hip bones, ribs, and his bones were visible on his chest. It broke my heart to see him so thin. All I could think about was putting weight on him.

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So making sure he gets what he needs, food wise is very important to me. It took a couple of months to get some meat on his bones, but I did it.

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I am happy with his weight now. And where once he had bones protruding out, he know has some nice round curves. I like curvy horses! This photo was taken this past weekend. So he is getting a little bit of a winter coat, but not much.

And because of Plezant, the way I feed Frisby has evolved too. And this has been a good thing! I think the pellets in the water has been the key. Frisby coliced a couple of years ago when the temperature dropped like 40 degrees in 24 hours. I hate colic. Colic is scary. But the vet educated me that it happens a lot when there are such huge temperature swings. And like it our not, that happens every year in Colorado. And to help keep things moving, I have found that by adding all of the supplements into a big feed bucket, and adding about 3 gallons of water, this helps to ensure my horses are getting at least 6 gallons of water each and every day.

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And recently, Frisby had a bout with lameness. It was mainly on his front feet, and I freaked out and got the vet out right away. She confirmed something that I had been thinking about Frisby. He didn’t shed out completely this summer, and the mild laminitis that he had made her think he might have Cushings Disease. I was wondering that myself after doing lots of internet research when trying to find out what was going on.

She drew some blood, and now we wait for the results. In the meantime he is getting some bute which really has helped with the inflammation in his feet. He is walking around better, and even back to his grumpy self when it comes to being fed first. But I will share more on his diagnosis later.

The Science of Feeding Horses

My theory of horse feeding science was put to the test a couple of weeks ago. On Monday, we had record high temperatures over 90 degrees. 24 hours later, the temperature was 29 degrees. Over a 60 degree temperature swing in 24 hours. Talk about stressed. I was so worried that Frisby would colic again. But thankfully, he took it in stride. He ate all of his food, which was soaked in water, and got his electrolytes. He didn’t have any issues.

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So yes, my horse feeding routine is more complicated than throwing them some hay and giving them some grain, but to me, they are worth it.

And while I’m on the subject of hay (sort of) I really like feeding them with hay nets. For me it works. The waste is almost zero, and having the hay in a net keeps them eating longer, especially since I use the shires slow feed hay nets. They are my favorite for sure. I like them the best because they have little metal rings at the top making it easier to open for filling.

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A hay net will last them practically all day. They can pick at it, and then leave, and then come back when they are hungry again in 10 minutes. I know a lot of people don’t like hay nets because the horse isn’t eating in a natural grazing position. But for me, the benefits outweigh the negatives. And it’s a lot easier to be precise with how much hay they are getting with a hay net. It’s also easier to keep their stalls and paddocks clean because they aren’t trampling all over their dinner! And they are eating the hay that I am feeding them, so I don’t have to feed extra to make up for what they waste. So in the end, feeding with hay nets is more cost effective too.

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All right, that is it for day 2. What do you think? Were you surprised by any of my answers? If you’re liking this style, you have 3 more days of it! So come back tomorrow for 5 more questions that I will be answering for you. See you then!

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Lisa
Lisa

I am horse crazy and love DIY projects, and finding great deals on everything horse related. When I have a new idea, or find a great deal I love sharing this information with you........AND just to have FULL Disclosure:Affiliate Disclaimer: Some of the blog posts on my site will allow you to purchase different products and services online provided by other merchants, and not myself. Some of the links that I post on my site are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I may receive an affiliate commission.* I am a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for me to earn a commission by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites. *Disclosed in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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