Thursday, September 25, 2014

Throwback Thursday

I'm starting to gather photos to make a photo book of Emi's first year. I couldn't help but share a few!

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Just Jump It

If Emi had a slogan, I'm pretty sure "just jump it" would be it. Today we went on a baby outing with Tarra & Alyssa. I loaded Emi up at home and headed to pick Tarra and Mylo up. Once Mylo was loaded we made our way to Alyssa's house. Alyssa has a big trailer so we were able to load all the horses in her trailer for the trip to Perrydale Trails.

All three kids came off of the trailer well and we got right to work, walking over bridges, logs, through a pool noodle obstacle and more. Emi is super brave and it's fun to do stuff like this with her. One of the first little wood "bridges" I took her on she stepped on and then launched across it. Next I took her through a bunch of various sized logs that were set up as sort of walk poles. She walked over the first 5 or so and then leapt out over the last 3. When we encountered a small natural type ditch she walked right up to it before jumping over. It seems to be her go to move, which is okay with me. I definitely think she will be an excellent jumping horse.

She's getting very comfortable navigating up and down stuff. In the last obstacle area they had a large raised gravel box that you could jump on and then back down. She went towards it eagerly and seemed to really understand the question. 

This was her first real bridge and she walked over it easily. Another unusual thing we encountered was a mattress you could walk them over. Emi didn't mind that at all. The only thing she did not like was the water obstacles. Neither were super inviting and although I got her through both she wasn't thrilled. This is where her jumping does not come in handy. If you remember this photo from her first cross country outing in May, you will see a similar launch. Unfortunately she scares herself when she jumps in like that. I'm sure she thinks I'm trying to drown her!

So...more water torture, I mean practice, for this little rascal, but otherwise she's a champ. She loaded well all 4 times today and I was really pleased with that.  Hopefully she will be going to a fun obstacle/trail course in November but for now she gets some down time. 

Thursday, September 11, 2014

New Favorite - Hay Nets

With in the last year I've become a hay net user. I used to own one with big holes and rarely (if ever) used it. Last year as we were heading towards Spring, Emi and Roz were wasting a lot of hay. Of course once you spread it all around, walk on it, and poop on it, you can't eat it anymore! Not only was I not thrilled with them wasting it, I didn't like them standing around with out anything to eat. I decided to purchase one small hole hay net to give it a try. I purchased this one in trailer size. I started using it and found that Roz and Emi seemed to prefer it over hay on the ground.

 I was a bit worried that one of them would find a way to get hung up in it...but that hasn't happened yet. The holes are small enough that a hoof couldn't get through, and that was my biggest fear. Next I ordered a small hole net from smartpak.  I then purchased another hay net like the first, but in the larger size. The two larger nets are what I'm still using, but the smaller trailer sized one is perfect for a day at a horse show. Both open wide and are relatively easy to load. I love that the hay nets reduce waste, and keep the horses eating longer.  I also love knowing that they have something to snack on all day long. you love hay nets or hate them? How many of you use them?

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Color Surprise

Last week I was grooming Emi as the sun set. As I was working on her I noticed a patch of white hairs on her right side. The light was fading quickly I called my dad over to see if he saw them too. Yep, it's not just me! I'm not sure what this means in terms of her color. She does not have white hair coming in on her left side. It's hard to see in pictures although I think you will be able to see it here. 

Color people- what do you think she's doing? I've heard of rabicano and so I decided to check her tail. She does have some white hair coming in on both sides...Of course I had to double check all of this against Roz, who has a few grey hairs, but nothing else. 

Sunday, September 7, 2014

An Apple A Day

We've all heard the saying "an apple a day keeps the doctor away." However, I don't recommend too many apples per day.  Emi had loose stool and been gassy for the past week or two. This is the second  time that's happened and I was racking my brain for what may be going on. I had pretty much decided she had a sensitive digestive system, unlike Roz. Saturday night I purchased probios for her, to aid her digestive system in getting back on the right track (this is a product we used to use on our 4-H steers).

I was talking to my dad about it as we were doing chores last night and mentioned that I thought the apples could be the problem.  He agreed and asked how many apples are generally under the tree in their field in the morning. I really wasn't sure, but I didn't think there was that many! Whatever does fall overnight she shares with Roz too so I didn't think it was a big issue. I decided I would check it out this morning, and I'm glad I did. There were a lot of apples under that tree! They are very small, almost bite sized. She's a like little vacuum cleaner with them and I think they are what's causing the problem.  On workdays I'm usually outside around 5:45am, and it's getting to the point where it's still dark at that time. Apparently I'm going to start getting up 5 minutes earlier so that I can pick up apples before she gets so many.
The baby girl loves apples...and she's looking less and less like a baby!

Monday, September 1, 2014

DIY - Ribbons

For years I have had Roz's ribbons hanging up on my wall....

Although I have enjoyed displaying them that way I have been on the look out for another idea for storing (and displaying) them. I had seen a jar idea various places on the internet and finally decided to give it a try.

I bought the jar at TJ Maxx for 12.99 and that was my only expense (although I'd hate to add up what it cost to win the ribbons). I made sure to get a jar with a lid to keep the dust out. It was super easy to do and was a quick project. Since I mainly did combined tests and events with Roz, where you only got 1 ribbon for 2 or 3 rides, he didn't really have that many ribbons. If he had more I think I would have probably picked out only the blues or maybe just the ones that meant a lot to me. As it was, they were all able to go in my jar. A week later they have "settled" a bit. I think I may add some tissue paper to the center of the jar to keep the ribbons closer to the edge.  Overall I'm really happy with how it turned out. 

What is your favorite way to keep your ribbons?