New England seems to have skipped fall this year. We went from sunny to pitch black and from 70° to 40° in 24 hours, and it has hardly gotten warmer since—goodbye, summer; hello, winter; where did fall go? Because of the lack of my favorite season, most of my favorites this month aren’t very fall-related or even horsey. Maybe winter will be more promising?
Summer isn’t technically over yet, but it sure as heck is feeling chillier in New England. This summer was a strange one for me, being that it was less horsey and more worky, but it was still as exciting and exhausting as a season spent showing. Because of that, and the fact that I haven’t done much shopping for fun, new stuff, I ended up with quite a few favorite things that are repeats.
My first grooming bag post was in 2015, so it is safe to say that a lot has changed since then—except the fact that I have way too much stuff. Yes, I would still be a member of “Hoarders: Grooming Bag Edition” if there was such a thing. I love to see the different tools and products people use on their beloved ponies, so here we go!
One of my favorite seasons has come and gone for another year—everything is green again, Ax is over his spring sillies, and we are ready for summer. Though the weather was all over the place and my riding time dwindled at the end of the season, I still came away with some springtime favorites.
The closer we get to show season, the harder Ax and I have been working to get ready. As expected, with longer, tougher rides comes muscle soreness, so Ax gets a bit of pampering to keep him comfortable. (Especially since he spends most of the time putting up with my inability to ride.) These four techniques seem to be the magical formula to keeping Ax happy leading up to show season and throughout the summer, so we can keep working for those ribbons. Continue reading “Pre-Show Pampering Must-Haves”