Last year when I introduced Annie I shared a little bit about her bloodlines. Now that Emma has started a pseudo blog hop of TB bloodline digging I finally sat down and searched for more information.
Annie is by a pretty unknown Pulpit son named Rock Pulpit who was out of a Storm Cat mare. Rock Pulpit had little to no success on the track or in the breeding shed – lucky for me I guess because Annie. Annie’s dam was by Devil’s Bag and out of a mare by Sharpen Up.
I looked vaguely into the bigger names when I was looking for horses. It isn’t surprising that Annie can be sensitive with the Storm Cat on the top and Halo on the bottom.
To dig deeper I am going to start with Annie’s top line breeding and then move onto her dam lines.
Top Line: Rock Pulpit x Storm Cat
As mentioned Rock Pulpit didn’t do much and didn’t have many offspring that have gone on to do anything that I can see. There are a ton of A.P. Indy lined horses that have gone into sport horse careers though which brings me to my first closer up find which is a localish gelding that is by Pulpit – The Bright Side (no idea if this is his JC name). He is actually for sale and is a total rock star (though admittedly on the smaller side).
Bottom Line: Devil’s Bag x Sharpen Up
Annie’s dam line includes famous names line Hail to Reason and the less known Sharpen Up. Hail to reason sired the great Halo who is the sire of Annie’s dam sire – Devil’s Bag. It looks like according to HorseTelex Halo did sire a jumper stallion that competed to 1.45m.
It is kind of crazy how small the while also huge the thoroughbred world is. Years ago a gelding that we owned was by a son of Devil’s Bag. He was a very athletic horse though a bit too quirky for my at the time timid and inexperienced self.
Moving onto Annie’s damsire you find Sharpen Up. I didn’t find a lot about him but I did think that it was interesting that a son of Sharpen Up is an approved BWP and SF stallion.
In summary unfortunately there wasn’t a lot to be found on Annie’s sire and her dam never raced for me to be able to find pictures. I have really enjoyed reading about the breeding of all of the blog land TBs and I hope that others with join in and share! 🙂
Today I want to talk about Thrush. At one point or another I think most horse people have dealt with thrush. Thrush is a gross beast that when left untreated or unnoticed can get very gross very fast and end up very deep in the frog.
Houston got a gross case when he was on stall rest a few years back and Thrush Buster and other remedies just weren’t touching it. If you have ever used Thrush Buster than you know that it isn’t a pleasant experience. Blue/purple stuff gets all over everything. Luckily at the time I had a trainer that had all sorts of tips and she recommended this stuff called Tomorrow that is used on cows.Luna had her feet done a few weeks ago and when the farrier was trimming her she noticed that she had some pretty deep thrush. I feel relatively certain that my horses are trying to make me feel like a cruddy mom lately. In my defense this thrush wasn’t developed in the short time I had her until that point. Nonetheless I am glad that the farrier reminded me about this awesome secretish weapon as slowly but surely her thrush is going away. Naturally it’s gotten super wet and gross just as I am starting to keep it at bay.
I purchased Annie in July of last year. She was a gangly barely 3 year old (May bday) but I had a good feeling about her. I am really glad that I brought her home because she has made eventing fun for me again! The difference in her muscling from Jul-15 to Feb-16 wasn’t that extreme IMO. Excuse her derp pose. When you look at Feb-16 compared to Nov-16 though I think there is a pretty big difference in how she has filled out and developed. In just over a year we have gone from very very green broke to a horse that is a lean mean eventing/ jumper machine. I never expected to be doing this much with Annie this year but here we are! We started out in the 2′ hunter ring and finished the year by running Novice at our last horse trial.I know that we have a lot to work and improve on but overall Annie is much more than I ever hoped for. She might be opinionated at times but she is mine and I am very grateful for that!
I think that anyone that knows or loves an equestrian has issue each year deciding what to get them for gifts. Unless you are okay with asking that person for a list. Below is a list of fun stores that have great gifts for all budgets! There are many many more but these are a few of my top faves when gift shopping for a riding buddy.
First up are Mango Bay T Shirts. I have a couple of these shirts that I picked up at Rolex and I LOVE them. As a warning they do run small so keep that in mind when ordering.
Next up are the ever popular If The Bonnet Fits custom bonnets. Admit it. You want one for yourself and a friend! Mercerized wool and custom options are where it’s at. C4 Belts – easy to clean, easy to size, and they support good causes! Kastel Sunshirts – super comfortable and you can get good deals on eBay!
After that you could go small or big with varying options from Teddy’s Tack Trunk. Who doesn’t love quality grooming products!
Next up is a water bottle. Now I know that this sounds really lame but I LOVE my HydroFlasks. My water can literally stay cold and ice not melted for days. It’s perfect for horse shows and I take mine with me all over now!
Last but not least is one of my favorite options. A custom ornament from Hamer & Clay is a sentiment that most will appreciate. She also offers not as holiday themed options like magnets for those that don’t celebrate or just want something cute for daily decoration.
Happy shopping! I am trying to knock out as much of my Christmas shopping as possible while all of the sales are going on! How about you guys? What are your go to gifts?
When I look back on this year it is pretty incredible to quantify the adventures that Annie and I have been on. I made this infographic to show our adventures.
We have been to 8 different states, driven a total of 7.5K miles, and travelled approximately 125 hours. At the start of the year we went on a fun field trip to the world equestrian center. After that I went to Lexington for Rolex and opted to bring Annie with rather than leave her at home.
A couple weekends later our bags were packed again to head south to Savannah. This was an amazing trip and actually knocked off 3 of the states this year! After that almost all of our states visited were due to a horse show or clinic. I was able to get to 5 horse trials this year. We were not able to complete our first due to greenness but I would say that an 80% completion rate is pretty good for a baby horses first year showing! If we include our trip to Tryon then it is actually more like 83% to get technical!
I went into this year with really low expectations for Annie. I was just hoping to get her out and about but we are finishing the year farther along than I ever could have hoped for. I can’t wait for even more adventures next year with the pretty red head mare!
What kinds of adventures have you all been on this year with your horses?
I did a lot of hauling this past year. We went to countless shows, clinics, trail rides, and just fun vacations. I am working on a post about just how many miles the adventures Annie and I went on accumulated to. Throughout the year I have been adding things here and there to my trailer essentials. Something that I have been giving a lot of thought lately is a camera system for the trailer.
I think there are probably a lot of benefits to having a camera but I know it isn’t a necessity. As it is I plan my stops to check on Annie, let her have a break, offer water, etc. It would be really nice to be able to check on her without having to actually stop though.
Do any of you all have experience with camera systems for horse trailers? Do you recommend wired or wireless?
Goal setting is an interesting game. I feel like overall my year has been a great one but when stacked up against my initial goals I am not sure that is the case.
Same as last goal review the things that we have succeeded at or at least worked on are bolded. Those things that we failed at or been unable to attempt are striked out…
Hopefully next year I will be more on top of my goals and keeping track of progress in a timely manner.
Take lessons 2x a week ideally (at least 1x/week or 4x/month)
Learn how to do hunter braids
Jump around 3’6 course confidently
Show over 3′ (if a lease is available)Moved up to novice so that counts for something!
Quieter seat and upper body
Be more positive about progress
Workout 2x a week (outside of the saddle) 100% fail
Eat out less /do better at meal planning total fail – starting Nutrisystem 😐
Lose 20lbs throughout the year (weekly weigh ins – #goalbreeches) Ground zero here…
Read at least 1 book a month Do audiobooks count?
Camp at remaining events – I did this but need to get a better sleeping bag for cold weather
Record XC walks in CourseWalk – when the app didn’t crash I did
Improve her leg yields/ shoulder fore
Practice controlled lead changes
Jump 2′ courses
Go to at least 2 schooling shows
Go trail riding off property at least 1x
Self load/unload on trailer
Tie to trailer
Improve Ground Manners
Increase patience with farrier
Keep things fun!
Score below a 40 on a dressage test – this will definitely be a carry over for next year
Continue to run double clear at remaining events (3 or so this year)
Ride in dressage saddle 1x a week to hopefully start showing in it by end of year
Annie has made more progress than I can put into words this year. I will try to get on the bandwagon for the TRM then and now blog hop. She is still my baby ginger but I have come to realize that she is really maturing into a nice horse. I do not have any concerns when taking her to a new place and within reason know that she has a solid head on her. She might be fiery and have opinions but she is definitely the best I could have hoped for when buying a horse pretty much unseen over the internet/ phone. We will finish out the year with relaxing rides and into the new year we will start back in lessons as I figure out what our goals will be.
How have things been going for all of you? Making progress against goals?
How old was the youngest/ greenest horse that you have ridden? Probably 3 years old as I have gotten on quite a few greenies at this point. I have been helping to start a friends pony and was the first one on his back which was kind of cool!
How old was the oldest horse you’ve ridden? I want to say 28? There were some oldies but goodies when I was growing up that would teach like one lesson every few days and the beginners tended to get those rides.
Were you afraid of horses when you first started riding? No, I don’t remember a time where I have been truly afraid or scared of horses in general – maybe a specific horse but not all.
Would you say you’re a more nervous or confident rider? I think that I am a combination. I used to be very nervous and that has improved but I still tend to be a bit more nervous than confident I think.
Biggest pet peeve about non-horse people around horses? When people don’t listen to instructions re where they should stand or things they shouldn’t do to stay safe when around horses. I also HATE when people try to say that riding isn’t a sport and that the horse does everything.
A time when you’ve been scared for your life (horse related)? I have dealt with some fairly rank horses and I would say that handling one in particular on the ground always made me very uncomfortable. A horse that is malicious in the stall is not one that I ever want to be around again.
Have you ever fallen off at a show? What happened? Yes, the first time was earlier this year. I was riding a sale horse and he decided he didn’t want to play and I became a lawn dart. Not something I would like to repeat.
What is a breed of horse you’ve never ridden but would like to? This is tough. Probably a Lipizzaner if for no other reason than that I was obsessed with them as a kid.
Describe the worst behaved horse you’ve ridden? Not really sure how to answer this as there isn’t one horse in particular that stands out to me. Any horse that is constantly trying to scrape you off or dump you?
The most frustrating ride you’ve ever had? Any ride where I can’t seem to accomplish anything. I don’t do the best at keeping my emotions parked outside the ring and really beat myself up when I can’t get my body to cooperate with things that I fundamentally understand.