Introducing The AnnieMobile

This probably won’t be a big surprise given that we just bought a truck right before our wedding but a few days ago I became the proud owner of my very own horse trailer.

The AnnieMobile/PonyMobile is a 2H Adams Julite. I ended up getting extra space in the dressing room as well as NO CARPET. Best decision ever. I probably wouldn’t have pursued Adams if they hadn’t agreed to make the trailer without a carpeted dressing room. 

Aside from minimal roadblocks regarding trying to get my truck unhitched from the trailer, with the raise hitch, getting her home went smoothly. The jack wouldn’t raise the trailer high enough which lead to short term complications. Note to self: go buy some wood blocks.

I had just about everything besides extra wood blocks at my disposal. Whoops.

  
  

Totally love the way the butt bar pins work! We are getting a weight distributing hitch installed next week and hopefully they will be able to figure out why the interior lights won’t work. The dealership tested them in front of me and it’s definitely our truck and not the trailer. They tried to look at the fuse box but that was futile. Fingers crossed. Otherwise she hauled great! WOOHOO!

It is seriously a big stress reliever to know that not only can I haul Annie to Nashville myself I can also be independent. Where we live now I have quite a few resources should I need someone to haul in an emergency but moving to a new place it makes me feel much better to know I can handle that aspect myself.

Do any of you all have any tips or tricks for new trailer owners? From organizing, cleaning, and actual  hauling I would love to hear it! I am pretty new to the BP thing having always pulled GN but I definitely learned one lesson – always have spare wood around! 🙂

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Rider Review: Kastel Christine Soft Shell Jacket

Pulling this bad boy out from the archives… Living in the midwest (ish) we have weather that is all over the place. It can be 70 degrees one day in the fall and 29 the next. You never know what you are getting until that day. That said dressing for the barn can be a little tricky in the colder months. I don’t like to wear a super bulky coat when I am riding because then I feel roly poly. Enter the Kastel Christine Soft Shell Jacket.

from the Kastel website

Price: $99

Review: I originally contacted Kastel Denmark to see if they would be creating an unvented version of their amazing Kastel Sun Shirt for those of us that love the material but need a warmer layering option. Yes – the Sun Shirts feel so good I asked about something they didn’t sell yet because I want to wear them every ride. I hope that something like this does hit the market because I would be unable to prevent myself from buying one… errr all of the colors.

I mentioned that I was hesitant to buy their new Christine Soft Shell Jacket as I was concerned it would be too light to get much use with our weather and they offered to send me one to try out and review. I chose the Grey color with a pink trim/ details but you can also choose from Navy/Red, Black/Pink, and Royal/White color combos. Check out all of the options here.

Upon opening the the box I was really happy with the weight of the jacket. While it seemed durable and waterproof it wasn’t bulky and unlike many “soft shell” materials it wasn’t crinkly or scratchy. Additionally I don’t like to ride in jackets with hoods so that was a major selling point for me. Now that I have more rides in it I can say that I really like this coat and I see it has an awesome outer layer for the early fall and later spring as well as a great layering option for later in the winter. The coat has bigger sleeves which initially I wasn’t sure about but this feature makes it effortless to slip the coat on over the sleeves of a sweater. Additionally while fitted the coat doesn’t restrict my movement.

It is a great wind breaker and keeps you much warmer than you would expect with the weight of the fabric. I actually had to take the coat off when I was riding a few weeks ago because it was too warm (maybe 50 degrees). I was really happy to have it once I hopped off though because it kept me from getting a chill.

Sizing wise I wear a small in their sun shirts (as with many brands shirts) and chose a small in the jacket as well. This provided a sleeve that is maybe a hair long (though nice for riding as it covers my glove), a great drop (not too long or too short), and a soft fit that allows great movement and comfort.

Bottom Line: I would buy this coat for myself or a friend. At this price point with its great usability I think it is a super buy. You won’t find many jackets of the same quality priced so fairly. I have gotten this coat filthy and it washed up great which I was initially concerned about when choosing such a light color. This coat has quickly become a barn staple and my only complaint is that I wish there were more color options. Being a plain jane kinda gal I would love some solid options that didn’t have bright accent colors but that is a small complaint and I would still buy this coat for myself and recommend it to a friend.

When doing a quick search for soft shell coats on Dicks Sporting Goods you can see that this coat would be priced at the bottom end of the $99-$200 price range of their Women’s Soft Shell coats.  Considering that “equestrian” brands usually fall well above the prices of non equestrian branded items I found this surprising. I don’t think you would be disappointed if you treated yourself to this coat! And if you life somewhere with milder winters you could get even more use out of this coat.

If you are in need of a jacket to add to your Winter Wardrobe Arsenal you should definitely consider the Kastel Denmark Christine Soft Shell.

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2ptober 2015 Competition Line Up

Hopefully by now you all have been feeling the burn while getting your 2ptober baseline times! Below is the list of all of the official competitors of the 2015 2pointober (in no particular order)! We have also linked to everyones blog (where applicable), click through and read some new blogs. Share the blog love!

2ptober FAQs:

  • You can compete at any gait, you just need to maintain your 2 point
  • Touching the neck means your 2 point is done. It’s all about continuous 2point.
  • You can do it in any saddle you want.
  • Report to L (Viva Carlos) or I with your highest 2 point time of the week.
  • This is the only time until the finish that L and I will be posting numbers!

Happy 2ptober – may the odds ever be in your favor!

Take advantage of all of the discounts available!

EquiFuse: The coupon code for 10% off is 2ptober10. We have limited it to one use per customer and it is valid October 1 – November 30, 2015.

The Herbal Horse: Coupon code is 2pointober (20% on purchases over $20 through November 1, 2015.)

Relatively Stable: Coupon code is 2POINTOBER (15% off orders of $15 or more for the entire month of October).

The Printable Pony: Coupon Code 2Pointober 25% off any item to the end of November!

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Weekend Wrap Up: Hives 2.0

It would seem that Annie is allergic to life. As I mentioned a few weeks ago she had a random outbreak of hives that seemed to go away with a course of Dex. The delicate redhead stayed inside Saturday night and Sunday morning she had puffy legs a hives all over.

We are back to the drawing board on what might be causing this… I wish horses could talk sometimes! If anyone has thoughts or suggestions please let me know!

  
  

We will have a line up of competitors on Thursday for the 2015 line up!

Take advantage of all of the great discounts offered by our sponsors!

EquiFuse: The coupon code for 10% off is 2ptober10. We have limited it to one use per customer and it is valid October 1 – November 30, 2015.

The Herbal Horse: Coupon code is 2pointober (20% on purchases over $20 through November 1, 2015.)

Relatively Stable: Coupon code is 2POINTOBER (15% off orders of $15 or more for the entire month of October).

The Printable Pony: Coupon Code 2Pointober 25% off any item to the end of November!

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2ptober Sign Up Extended

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Given the weather that has been going on L (Viva Carlos) and I decided to extend the sign up deadline to 12am Wednesday (as in Tuesday night is the very last night that you could ride and get your time to us). We are looking forward to seeing how the competition stacks up this year!

Don’t forget to use all of the fun coupon codes!

EquiFuse: The coupon code for 10% off is 2ptober10. We have limited it to one use per customer and it is valid October 1 – November 30, 2015.

The Herbal Horse: Coupon code is 2pointober (20% on purchases over $20 through November 1, 2015.)

Relatively Stable: Coupon code is 2POINTOBER (15% off orders of $15 or more for the entire month of October).

The Printable Pony: Coupon Code 2Pointober 25% off any item to the end of November!

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TGIF: House Work

Happy Friday! Things have been a little crazy around here lately. We met our realtor on Tuesday and got all of the details for listing our house. For now we are planning to clean up and declutter this weekend (yay…), pictures will be taken Mon/Tues, house will be listed on Friday. Lets all do some house dances (like rain dances) that someone comes to see the house and falls in love right away.

   

 With all of the house stuff I didn’t get to do much will Annie this week. Kinda disappointing but its not like we are on a deadline. I did get to ride her last night and she was pretty good.

It is pretty incredible the things that I forgot I went through or struggled with with Houston. Nope that creature didn’t just magically know how to perform 2nd level movements… All of those hard days with plenty of sweat, tears… I know that it will be worth it in the end and with time I will forget as I did with Houston but baby horses aren’t a short road.

Two Pointober should be fun this year… I don’t really look forward to hovering over a spicy ginger when the temps drop! She actually isn’t bad haha but it will be interesting and probably more work! Since were on the topic I have a couple of quick announcements about 2ptober.

We got some last minute additions for more awesome prizes.

The Printable Pony has generously offered up an additional prize to runner ups: have their pick of either custom 2016 horse binder (super cool I have one) or 4 graphic art prints. She’s also has a coupon code 25% off anything until the end of November: 2pointober! This contest is seriously wide open since $900fb pony dropped out, she seriously dominated last year and slayed us with her 2pointage. Spread the word, Join the fun, Win neat prizes! Read new blogs!

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2ptober 2015

It is once again time for 2pointober! L (Viva Carlos) and I will be co-hosting the event again, 3 years running!

This year we hope to get even more participation than previous years – and we have a lot of fun sponsors for prizes!

Never done 2pointober before? The point is to track your progress systematically. Last year my participation and improvement was pretty dismal but game on this year!


To join:

Please sign up in the comments of this posts or L’s post. We will be compiling all submissions and tracking progress using the same formula’s as we did last year (woot excel)!

Hop on your horse and start your stopwatch/phone/timer/look at a clock and stay in two point as long as you possibly can – this will be your baseline. (even better get a friend or trainer to help!)

Tell us your baseline in a comment! Simply posting on your blog does not count. L and I cannot keep track of potentially 60+ people’s blogs daily so we really appreciate you commenting on one of our blogs to share baseline and progress reports!

Make your own plan and track your progress. We only want to take a weekly progress report from each of you so give us your end of week numbers (Friday or Saturday).

Spread the word! The more the merrier! (This will not increase your chances of winning – only sweat and tears can do that!)

You have until midnight (aka early early in the morning) Wednesday October 7th to sign up! This is also the day you need to get me or L your baseline (you have the whole weekend to go get it so go do it!)

There are two categories! Most Improved and Longest Time. You can only win 1 category. If someone is both most improved and most time, we will choose the second person to win one of the categories. There will be Runner-ups in both categories. As like last year this year we have some fun options and sponsored prizes. I am honestly pretty jealous that, as hosts, L and I are out of the running for the rad prizes!

 Winners Prizes:

  • A 4oz Herbal Horse Tin (Heal Quick, Be Calm, etc of your choosing) and lip balm each (of your choosing!) – For both
  • Relatively Stable item Equi8 shirt (limited sizing available, substitution up to discretion of Sponsor) – For Most Improved Only
  • EquiFuse is sponsoring a Body Brilliance Collection (Longest Time) and Mane and Tail Performance Pack (Most Improved – no link but it includes: Citrafoam Shampoo, Citacreme Conditioner, and Gleam Moisturizer)
  • NerdHorse set of coloring pages – For both

Runner Up Prizes:

Last year we had almost 60 participants! Amanda was the winner of the longest time! Blowing everyone away with her 24 min baseline and improving her time to 25mins! LoveLaughRide was able to improve her baseline by 891% winning the most improved category. Runner ups included Alli for Longest time and Dragon in most improved (251%).

If you can’t wait for the competition we also have some great coupon codes offered as well!

EquiFuse: The coupon code for 10% off is 2ptober10. We have limited it to one use per customer and it is valid October 1 – November 30, 2015.

The Herbal Horse: Coupon code is 2pointober (20% on purchases over $20 through November 1, 2015.)

Relatively Stable: Coupon code is 2POINTOBER (15% off orders of $15 or more for the entire month of October).

The Printable Pony: Coupon Code 2Pointober 25% off any item to the end of November!

This is a great chance to meet new bloggers and improve your muscles! Start your timers!

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Big Moves

Now that the news has been shared with all of the right people in person or more privately I get to share it with all of you… 

 We’re moving to Tenessee! Kyle got an incredible opportunity and it’s going to be quite the adventure!

Goodbye Bluegrass State… Hello “Volunteer State” or “Big Bend State”. Definitely less catchy state nicknames for TN that is for sure!

There is a lot to figure out still but I am very excited. The only not so awesome part of this big change is that we have to sell our house that we just finally started to settle into. 
 We are still trying to iron out all of the logistics but the plan for now is that I will keep my job and work remotely from home. We will be renting for awhile hopefully downtown and then once we figure out how long term it is we will start the process of searching for a house. 
I am really excited about the fact that I will be slightly closer to an awesome trainer that I have gotten the chance to ride with once so far. I’ll have to haul out to her but I think between getting a lesson on a schoolmaster and help with Annie it’ll be well worth the drive. 

For those of you that recently moved with horses and dogs in tow do you have any tips? If you had to sell your home before moving how did you deal with when to give barns notice during that limbo? (My BO knows already but still) Or how early do you find a new barn? Also for any other bloggers in Nashville or that have lived there in the past any good tips for me? Feel free to email if you think that’s easier. Any and all insights are appreciated! 😊

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Leg Yielding A Greenie

On Thursday I finally was able to get on Annie again. First ride in almost 2 weeks and she was great. I did throw her on the lunge like for about 6-7min just to get her sillies out.

 She was pretty darn good. I am always impressed with her brain. During this ride she really seemed to get leg yields. Obviously I’m not asking for anything intense but I do want to get her to move off my leg well. Mission accomplished! 

Her green started to shine as she lost her cool, calm, and collected self as the gerbils fell off the wheel in her brain when I asked her to canter. She was not bad at all. She just got a little bit squirrelly. I laughed about it and kept trucking on. All of our rides are short and sweet and I make sure we always end on a concept that is easy for her. Given how infrequently I have gotten to ride lately the only goal for my rides is happy and calm. We don’t drill and most of the concepts she picks up very quickly. Always surprising me!

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