Wordless Wednesday: Grem So Hard

Kind of wordless… But please feast your eyes on some pictures of our pet gremlin… Err bulldog I mean! 

These are just some of the many pics that I have taken in the past year with the little creature that strikes fear into the hearts of many bigger dogs… Well that might be an exaggeration but seriously most dogs are kinda skeptical of her – I don’t think they recognize her as another dog.

   
    
    
    
    
    
    
   

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Turnout Cards

I think that for most of us (sorry, probably not most of you west coasters) it seems like the horses go out on a regular basis if not daily. For many that means that during the summer months the horses go out at night – typically that’s before I can get out to the barn after work.

Stall Card

I am guessing that as most of us are adult working amateurs this is probably a similar story for most of you. My question is does your barn have a system for asking that your horse be left in the time between general turnout and when you typically arrive to the barn? If so what is it? If not do you just catch him/her yourself?

I am genuinely intrigued. At the smaller farms I have boarded at it has been easy to just ask the BO or trainer if my horse can be left in… at bigger operations it would be really easy for the caregivers to get bogged down with texts trying to keep everyones various schedules in line.

Thanks in advance for sharing any cool methods that you have seen. Some interesting ones that I have seen are:

  • white boards on the horses stalls
  • laminated cards that say “in” or “out” that slip into sleeves taped on the stall door

Some things that I have brainstormed (for the made up land where I have a barn of my own):

  • tags that can be placed on a hook on the horses stall or halter
  • schedule on stall cards for those of us that have pretty regular schedules

Excited to hear the different ideas out in all of your guys barns!

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VCBH: My Cubicle

 Viva Carlos started a fun blog hop and I decided to join in.

Most of us work for a living (wishing I didn’t have to), some of us in way swankier places than others (right now thinking of all my friends who work at places like Google and Salesforce.. le jealous! all dem snacks!) Anyways I am curious for a pictorial tour of your office or cubicle.

I work in a cube farm… There are no windows on the floor except in offices so those of us in the cubes just hope that the office dwellers leave their doors open. My picture above is a panoramic fail… My cube is not shaped in any unique way as this picture depicts but I thought it was funny so I decided to run with it.

On the left you can see that I have a cork board of pictures. Otherwise I live in a sea of post-its to remind me of my deadlines. Once a week I get to work at home and that “office space” is much more appealing! I have two awesome sidekicks in Sonny and Stella and it makes getting out the barn after work so much easier! Definitely my favorite office space 🙂

  

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Wordless Wednesday: Drunk Pups

Sonny and Stella had big days at the vet yesterday. Sonny had to have an oral growth removed and Stella just needed her gremlin teeth cleaned. They were both kinda looney yesterday because of being sedated. I’m looking forward to having our normal characters back today!

   
   

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Rider Review: Kastel Denmark SunShirt

I posted this review last year but given all of the reviews popping up on sum shirts again and that I wanted to republish it this now seems like the perfect time. 

I am a long sleeves are only for the winter kind of girl. I am typically very heat sensitive and the thought of wearing a long sleeve shirt outside during the summer has always appalled me. I have looked at/ felt many different brands of sun shirts trying to convince myself that I should get one to avoid any more sun damage or potential skin cancer… Since you know some discomfort is better than the discomfort of skin cancer… But I never bit the bullet until I felt these shirts at a horse show. All of the other sun shirts that I touched seemed to have very thick fabric, scratchy mesh, or just looked unattractive. Yes, I am a bit vain… (some of the other brands include Tailored Sportsman – $65EIS – $85Bette & Court – $75 ).

I also have grey with a purple accent

A from 900 Dollar Facebook Pony wrote a great review which helped encourage me to try out the shirts and when I saw them in the Willow Tree Equestrian trailer I knew I had to try one on. It amazes me that more people haven’t tried these shirts out and shared them with the rest of us!

The fabric is probably most comparable to the Bette & Court sunshirts. It is light, smooth, and the shirt features a very soft mesh panel under your arm. I only planned to get ONE shirt but there were so many great colors that I almost bought three… Before I knew it I was walking out with 2 shirts (see I can compromise) and a hat in my hot little hands… Self control and moderation have never been one of my strong suits. Onto the details!

side note: don’t know if it was Kastel or the individual retailer offering free hats but props to you! I LOVE FREE THINGS. And I wear hats all the time – free marketing!

Price: $75

Review: I was so excited about this shirt that even though I wasn’t riding I wore it the next day at the horse show. I will admit that the idea of wearing a long sleeve shirt in the sun/ heat did not settle with me right away. I was fidgeting with my sleeves and overall just trying to determine how I felt about the shirt. That said when I did sweat or get the shirt wet it felt amazing. The shirt also wicked the moisture so despite having sleeves I didn’t feel muggy and disgusting. Something else to figure is that I really didn’t feel as hot because with sleeves the sun wasn’t burning my skin and I didn’t have to constantly reapply sunblock (which I hate).

Another serious benefit to these shirts is that they wash up very well. It is no secret that barns aren’t always the cleanest places. Being around horses can get messy. At the show I somehow managed to get a fairly substantial smear of blood on my sleeve (don’t ask how because I couldn’t tell you)… It was very much dried by the time I was home and could wash the shirt. I ran it under some water in the sink and the stain came right out. After I washed it you couldn’t even tell it had been worn let alone smeared with blood.

The real test was riding in this shirt. I was very skeptical as I am pretty picky and do NOT like to be uncomfortable – no one does but I was prepared to stop and change if I didn’t like the shirt. I was pleasantly surprised. I didn’t give these bad boys enough credit. The cuffed sleeve helps keep the shirt in place while out of the way of gloves, the half zipper allows you to decide how modest or not modest you want to be while allowing some air, and the fabric in general (the shirt and the mesh) is a perfect combo. The fabric almost has tiny little vents all over it – unfortunately not easily photographed. I am not sure I own a softer shirt.

Bottom Line: I want to buy all of the colors. If you are worried about sun damage, don’t like the feeling of sun on your skin, or just in general are looking for some good summer gear you should give these shirts a try. I really like that I could probably comfortably wear this shirt into the fall and during the spring as well. I sometimes find the temperatures during those times of year to be just warm enough that a normal long sleeve athletic shirt can be uncomfortable so I feel like this would be a great compromise. I will have to check back in with that review though in a few months.

Like A I felt that actual AC with one of these shirts on when you were still damp with perspiration was actually kinda chilly! I have now gotten to test the shirt out on ridiculously hot days and while I sweat profusely (I would have done that regardless of the shirt) I stayed pretty comfortable. I wouldn’t hesitate to wear this shirt out to the barn on one of the hotter days when they happen. I feel like this is a shirt that will be working for you in many ways. First they protect you from the sun, second they cool you down and wick away sweat, and third THERE ARE SO MANY COLORS! I want them all. At $75 this is the most expensive shirt that I have worn to ride in besides a show shirt but I think it was worth every penny. I hope to be able to buy more colors soon!

If you have been considering a sun shirt I would definitely recommend trying Kastel Denmark’s Sunshirt first. 🙂

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Frequency

I have been thinking a lot about how all of us horse people live in varying parts of the country (or world) and all have different horses and plans. With our different lives we all have different schedules…

Attendance Award

This led me into thinking about how often everyone goes out to the barn. I know some people that ride almost every day… Others ride 3-4 days a week and seem just has successful.

When I was in school I was going to the barn almost everyday. As I moved into the land of adult working ammie I learned that it’s not always feasible to get out to the barn daily. It literally blows my mind how some of you manage to get out to the barn and ride everyday while still getting all of the things done. I guess my time management skills just aren’t as well honed!

How do you decide how often you ride? How often do you go out just go out to go out/ check on your horse? I’m really interested to see how this varies and if its related to commute, discipline etc. 🙂 Any tips for your fellow adult ammies?

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Joy of Home Ownership: Plumbing

Unfortunately I do not have anything exciting to talk about. This past weekend our house decided to break on us and kinda kill Kyle’s birthday weekend. 

Last week was kind of killer for both of us at work and I decided to take a bath on Friday evening. You’re probably wondering why I am telling you about my bath time but it’s important to the story… Afterwords I went into the basement and there was water all over the floor. Pouring out of our basement sink which was filling from the drain… Cue panic. The water didn’t smell bad and I couldn’t figure out what happened… Until I realized it was warm water that smelled just like my lovely bath bomb from LUSH cosmetics…   

After some cleaning and a visit from a plumber we have running water again but it is going to be a rather spendy process to resolve the issues permanently. I hate trees now and want to kill every tree within 50-100 feet of our house. Note to home owners… Do not plant trees near your plumbing! 

The joys of home ownership! 

I like to stress bake which led to a lot of Pinteresting and the creation of the masterpiece below (cookie/Oreo/brownie bars)

  
    
 I will probably be in a sugar coma by the time anyone reads this. Must eat all the things!

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Rider Review: Mango Bay Belts

Once again reaching into the archives and posting a previously posted review.

A few weeks before my birthday I received a very special package from a very awesome lady. L from Viva Carlos sent me my very first Mango Bay Belt. The wonderful owner of Mango Bay even included a nice little handwritten note. Talk about service.

On my actual birthday I found out that I won 900 Facebook Pony’s Mango Bay Belt giveaway. My birthday was a really hard day for me but this was a fun surprise. Imagine my shock when I opened the package from Mango Bay a little later and there was not one but TWO belts. I don’t know if the owner is just amazing and decided to send two on a whim or if she saw on my instagram/blog that I needed a pick me up. I have no clue but I was very surprised and so pleased. You can just call me a Mango Bay Poster Girl 😉

Denim & Grey Chevron

Back to review land…

Price: $18-19

Review: Mango Bay Design offers the chicest patterned belts out there for some of the best prices around. These belts come in countless fun patterns on colored webbing. They feature ring closures that truly do lay flat when being worn. The end of the belts are also protected with a metal cover which prevents fraying and finishes a very clean crisp look.

I personally wear a size 26/28 in most breeches and all of my Mango Bay Design belts are a size small. This does not leave a large tail hanging which I prefer when riding. In addition to looking great these belts stay put and don’t move when you are being active. The fabric of all 3 of my belts measures exactly 37″ so I would say they are true to size in terms of being accurately described.

The only thing that I don’t love about these belts is that on the belts that have a pattern that has to be worn a certain way (for instance it has a horse jumping on it) I don’t like that with my side zip Tailored Sportsman the tail of my belt ends up pointing forwards instead of back (if that makes any sense). A very small qualm and all this will do is probably push me towards the more flexible patterns that I can flip upside down so that the tail points in the direction that I want it to. Picky rider will be picky! – ETA: the owner of mango bay has said she can change the direction of the buckle if requested for patterns that have a “right side up”.

Bottom Line: Now that I have had the belts for over a year I can say that they seem to hold up nicely. They also wash up great. I find myself stalking her website for the release of a 2″ model of her belts that will fit perfectly in my Tailored Sportsman Trophy Hunter Belt Loops. I WANT THEM ALL. I hope that any of you looking for fun belts to mix up your riding outfits – or attire in general will consider looking at Mango Bay Design. These belts are really well made and come in so many awesome patterns.

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