Tuesday, November 22, 2011

It really is a 'horse' life.

I'm not a shy woman.
I can talk to most anyone about anything. And if I don't know about the subject, I am a good listener, which makes people think I'm a good conversationalist. And if I'm 'feel'n froggy' sometimes I will make stuff up to see if anyone else notices.
And sometimes, I just don't talk at all. I've found that saying nothing is sometimes the best option
But the one subject that I will talk about for hours,sometimes to the exclusion of all else, is of course, horses.
I'll bet a few of you are the same.

It doesn't take much for me to hear the word 'horse', or be asked a simple question about horses and I am off and running. It is my favorite thing to talk about.
Keeping horses is the only reason I work. It is the reason I get up in the morning and the reason I lay down at night. I read,write,draw,photograph, breathe and exhale horses.
So when I see an article that reminds me that I am not alone in this weird way, I want to share it. And when I want to share- I want to share with all of you!
Horse.com puts out this newsletter and it is full of great stuff.
I particularly enjoyed this article. I hope you like it too.
And if you want to talk about horses- I know a gal....


Sunday, November 13, 2011

Check out the new blog I found!

If you look at my Blog Remuda you will see a few of the Blogs that I like and follow. I found a new one via the photo editing site Picnic. It is called Zooborn.
Check it out!  

Saturday, November 12, 2011


Once again my job has really let me down!
I am so frustrated!
Evidently working hard, showing up on time and giving it your all just isn't good enough any more.
Heritage has decided that they don't need me.
To them I say HA!
Ha! Ha!
You will need me!
And I won't be there!
So now I have to regroup and punt ( as Snoopy used to say).
Job Hunting again...sigh***

So in the meantime, I'm selling beautiful and interesting things on Etsy. See the link at the top left of this blog.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Disaster Averted

Trying to take advantage of the late spring weather and my only day off, I rushed out to the barn and saddled up to ride.  As I put Desi's bridle on I noticed a 'funny' looking loose strap. I almost didn't take the time to really look at it, I just wanted to get on the horse. 

But something, intuition or instinct, made me drop the bit and look again. 
Boy, I'm glad I did. I had lost a Chicago screw! As a matter of fact- I had lost two.  
I could so easily have not gone back to look at that 'funny' looking loose strap...and the outcome of that would have been a dropped bridle at a most inopportune time. 
I'll bet most of you don't check your gear daily either. 
Oh we SAY we do. 
We mean to...
but there is always one more ride and then....
Today was a good lesson for me. 
There are other places that I DO check regularly 
the slobber straps, 

...and the off side billet. (That one I buy new every year. It's just my own weird little quirk..)

And of course I check the rigging plate on the near side, and the latigo.  You can see that my saddle needs a few new stitches! ( But the copper brads are in good shape.)
The most overlooked places to check are the ones you don't readily see- 
Under a buckle you will want to check for missing screws or ties.  Under the fender you will want to check the blevins buckles and hobble straps. 
On your bridles you will want to check all of the straps for wear,cracking or rotting. 

In some places it has already begun raining or even snowing, so now is a good time to really go over ALL of your gear and check it for wear. 
And if you find something that needs repairing or replacing- do it right away. Your riding is probably on hold due to the weather anyway. A few hours out of the saddle won't matter but a missing Chicago screw or a few thin stitches will. 

It is just too important to put off!