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At one time or another many of us (at least the female of us) have tried to trim our own bangs
. Chances are without good instruction, we ended up with a jagged, uneven fringe. A banged horse tail is one that is cut off horizontally, so the tail hair ends just below the hocks. I like the look of a banged horse tail. But just like trimming your own bangs it's easy to make a mess of a banged tail too, if you're not careful. The easiest mistake to make is cutting off too much of the tail hair. I wish I could bang Trillium's tail, but it's far too skimpy and would end up too short. But if your horse's tail is long and you want it too look very polished, you may want to try banging it. How to Bang Your Horse's Tail
describes how to put this finishing touch on your horse's tail.
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I recently shortened and pulled Trillium's mane. I think it looks nicer that way and doesn't get in the way when I ride. Some people dislike pulled manes and prefer their horse's manes be left natural. The downside of a pulled mane is that the horse is left with a little less fly and weather protection. The downside of a natural mane is the time it takes to groom a mane and tail and of course the mess it can become if your horse finds a patch of burrs. Which do you like; natural or pulled manes?
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Friday May 3, 2013
I know exactly what's on my horse's bucket list: carrots, sweetfeed and more carrots. My bucket list is a bit different, and although there may be salt top caramel brownies on it, there are quite a few non-food items as well. My bucket list includes a long list of horse related activities. A hunter pace
and Le TREC competition
are things I'd like to try out. Western Equitation
looks quite challenging, as does team penning
. I wonder if Trillium has an cattle smarts? There are lots of different horse sports to try, on the trail and in the show ring. Does your bucket list include any horse sports? Leave your comments below.
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Thursday May 2, 2013
With show season fast approaching, many competitors will be designing costumes for costume classes. Costume classes are a lot of fun and a lot of creativity goes into the designs.
2006 Sandra F.
Costumes should be safe to ride in too. We know how important it is to wear a helmet, but sadly, helmets seem to go out the window when costumes are worn. It is possible to wear a helmet with a costume and make it part of the attire. I've put together some ideas to help you Wear Your Riding Helmet With a Costume
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Wednesday May 1, 2013
I've been the very lucky recipient of two items lately. One is a beautiful dressage saddle my mother gave me, that I'm so excited about. The other is an awesome saddle pad, sent to me by the folks at EquineLUX to review. When I wrote my review, I was still riding in my all-purpose saddle. When EquineLUX contacted me about the possibility of doing a review, they asked how I rode. I responded that I trail rode and did a little dressage.
So, they sent me a dressage pad and it fit Trillium perfectly, but the billet straps on the saddle didn't work with the strap on pad itself. I was a bit disappointed with this. Then of course, I got the dressage saddle and the saddle and pad work perfectly together. There are a lot of things I really like about this pad, and I think as the warmer weather hits, I'm going to like it even better as one of the main features is its breathabilty. This pad has received a lot of notice from the other people at the barn and all comment on its great fit, and smart looks. Read my review of the EquineLUX Saddle Pad
and find out what else I really liked about it.
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Tuesday April 30, 2013
If you own a gelding, you may wonder why he is rubbing his tail or makes that funny squawking noise when he trots. And when he drops, you might want to avert your eyes, because things look pretty messy. It's time for sheath cleaning. While it may not be the most pleasant job, you may find it necessary. Here's how to clean your gelding's sheath
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Saturday April 20, 2013
Most of the female horse owners I know would rather spend time cleaning their barns than their houses. Maybe because the occupants of the barn appreciate it more? A good Spring Stable Cleaning
is the time to make some repairs, prevent problems next winter and provides a good excuse to stay away from house cleaning.
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