Boo-ya! Day 3 in my 5 day writing challenge is here! And with a new day means I have 5 new questions to answer. So here we go!
Critique Your Horse’s Conformation
Since I have two horses, I have to critique both of my boy’s confirmation. Let’s look at Frisby first.
Frisby is a senior citizen. So his confirmation is starting to deteriorate a bit. He has a bit of a sway back. And from rough and tumble events he has had with other horses, he has a few battle scars. But that being said, I love him so much, faults and all.
I’m not riding him at all now. He is happily in his golden years of retirement. But he still get’s groomed, a lot. And of course lots of hugs.
And with some of the faults his confirmation has due to age, he does have some good characteristics too. One is his legs. He has some super strong legs, which I think still look beautiful.
And his feet. This horse has strong feet. I haven’t had shoes on him, ever. And his feet are awesome.
Now Plezant’s confirmation is pretty good. He has a very nice shoulder, strong back and nice slop to his hindquarter.
It’s got to be his breeding.
But although he has good confirmation, he has had some bumps and bruises throughout his life. The worst was probably a trailer accident he was in many years ago. I don’t know exactly when it happened, but he has scars on his face, and a dish to his head which are reminders of what he has gone through in his past.
But even with all of his scars, he is still a gorgeous horse, and I am so grateful I have him.
Horse’s Favorite Riding Exercise
If Plezant had to pick his favorite exercise, it would probably be eating. He loves to eat. But for the ‘real’ exercises, his favorite is hand walking. I know, not what most riders would like to hear, But Plezant really looks forward to going for walks out in the neighborhood.
He loves looking around and checking everything out.
I use this to my advantage and we always end our working sessions with a walk. It gives him something to look forward to while he also cools out. So to always end our trainings on a good note, we will go for a walk when we are all done.
Favorite Spa Day Products
Now this is something I love to talk about – products that work great for pampering my ponies. I care for my horses like most people ride, with a lot of passion. I spend more time grooming, and pampering them than I do riding them, and I’m ok with that.
When I am brushing them, I have a few favorite brushes. The first is the Haas Diamond Gloss soft horse hair brush. This thing really works to bring out a deep shine to the coat. It removes the fine dust and dandruff from the coat. And the shine it gives is simply incredible.
My other favorite brush is from SP Rhodes. It is ringside shine polishing brush. This brush is SO soft! It brings out a nice shine.
And I also have the super soft face brush, but my horses really like this brush on their faces. I also like the fact that I was able to customize the brushes. That was a really nice ‘extra’ that SP Rhodes provided.
And if I had to pick a favorite grooming product, it would have to be the Stubben Rose and Green Tea Coat Shine And Mane/Tail Detangler. Sorry my photo shows the bottles just about empty. But I love it so much, this is how they look most of the time! This is the Rose and Green Tea, and also the Cherry Blossom scent. They work the same, but the green tea one is my favorite.
I have never found a product that delivers like this detangler/shine product. I use it on their tails to keep them tangle free for days. And it smells soooooo good! This is one product I hate going without, especially when it comes time to brush tails.
Three Best Things About Your Horse
Ok, this is hard for me because, well honestly, I love so many things about both my horses. But if I had to pick 3 things they would be they are both easy to catch, they are both very forgiving, and that they both always try their hearts out to do what I ask of them.
I think this is because they trust me. Over the years I have developed my own system of working with horses. And because of this, they trust me. I go slow with everything I do, and I pay attention to the cues they give me. I work with them, and I understand it’s a partnership.
I feel this is really important because when scary situations come up, like the farrier, or the vet (gasp!) my horses trust me, and look to me as their leader. If I am there with them, and overseeing whatever it is that is going on, they are good boys. I would like to believe how I care for them, and work with them on a daily basis has a lot to do with this.
Favorite picture of your horse
Oh where to begin. I have taken so many photos of my horses. I don’t think I can chose just one, so here are a few of my favorite photos.
Ok, just a couple of photos. But honestly, any of the photos I upload here on my blog are my favorites. That’s why they make it onto my blog. Or my Instagram feed too. My Instagram feed is where I put LOTS of my favorite pictures of my horses.
5 Day Writing Challenge – Day Three
Ok, well that about wraps it up for day number 3. I don’t know if this is fun for you, but it’s fun for me! And it’s a good habit to get me into posting more regularly on my blog. Sometimes I let life get in the way of posting, and I think that’s ok. But with all of the yuck that is going on in our world today, I also think its a good idea to put something positive out in the world. And that is what I am hoping to do with these posts. Keeping a positive look in an otherwise crappy time in our history.
So until tomorrow, stay happy, stay positive, and make it a great day.
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