I’m sorry to have to say this, but I’m going to officially put the weekly blog roundup on hiatus for the foreseeable future. I just don’t have time to work on it through the week in the way that’s necessary for it to be any good. I’m definitely still reading blog posts, and I often think “ooh, this would be good for the roundup” but the time and brain cells necessary to flag it and then collect everything later are just not there.
Hopefully after my current major work project wraps up I’ll be back!
Short and sweet this week; I’ve been working insane hours at the day job.
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Arlo HD Security Camera Review from The Exquisite Equine
Useful information on a nifty product.
Monday Question: Bedding from The Feral Red Horse
Any advice on bedding, the different types thereof?
Head, Heart, Soul from In Omnia Paratus
❤ ❤ ❤
Not allowed to change from Incidents of Guidance
Really good & interesting clinic review.
THE RANGE BOOK from Go Big or Go Home
I love this format for tracking rides.
Quilted Ponies from DIY Horse Ownership
So cute. SO CUTE.
PRIX CAPRILLI CHAMPION OF THE WORLD from 3 Day Adventures with Horses
I’ve always wanted to try Prix Caprilli!
WTF is Whiskey? from The Owls Approve
Whiskey is one of my very favorite internet horses, and this is a very cool contest!
calming supplements & the placebo effect from Zen and the Art of Baby Horse Management
An interesting long thinky post about how we mitigate horse behavior.
winter’s got me #triggered from ‘Fraidy Cat Eventing
I laughed pretty hard but yeah, there’s truth here.
An Antifragile Connection from Incidents of Guidance
This was articulate and thoughtful.
WE Lesson from Thee Ashke
The WE in question is working equitation, one of my favorite specific horse sports to watch.
Revamping the Med Kit from The $900 Facebook Pony
I do this on a semi-regular basis. It’s astonishing how quickly first aid kits get out of control.
How to make a wither tracing from Hand Gallop
This is crucially important if you need to fit a saddle fitting done remotely.
PONYTAIL PRODUCTS: HAIR CARE FOR YOU AND YOUR HORSE from Saddle Seeks Horse
I’ve been eyeing these for a while, so it’s good to get a review!
Welcome to the first blog roundup of 2018!
I would be remiss if I did not start by saying that I’ve added a number of new things to my Etsy shop, and will be adding even more in the next few days such as the lovely bag below.
Thoughts on Art2Ride from The Exquisite Equine
I had never heard of this system, which sounds interesting.
Nashville from The Roaming Rider
PONY FOR CHRISTMAS
2017 Equine Expenditures from Hand Gallop
Useful information & good analysis.
Bobby’s #BestNine2017 from Poor Woman Showing
Living with Horses in the City from Horses and Heels
This post broke my brain.
Teaching “flying” lead changes from Wyvern Oaks
Thinky and practical.
Keeping My Day Job from A Enter Spooking
Congratulations to an awesome blogger and please check this out & consider her if you’re looking for a clinic!
That Time Stan Joined the Army from In Omnia Paratus
This was officially the coolest thing on the horse internet this week.
Paging my blogger friends from Contact
This is an absolutely lovely idea; please go give her feedback. (Creating a regional scholarship.)
Waiting To Ride? A Lesson for A Plus Sized Equestrian from If the Saddle Fits
don’t believe the hype: too cold to ride? from ‘Fraidy Cat Eventing
One POV on the evergreen debate about winter riding.
Dr. Yates on “How Cold is Too Cold to Ride?” from Cob Jockey
And another POV! Both valuable, both sensible, and not opposed to each other – just different facets of the conversation.
Short and sweet this week, which has not been the easiest of my life.
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Training Progression Of Bast: Part 2, The Early Rides from Guinness on Tap
Pictures! Commentary! Loads to think about!
Quarantine Nightmare! An Excerpt From ‘World-Class Grooming for Horses’ from Eventing Nation
EEEEEEEEEEP. Reading about this is one of those prime opportunities to consider what you would do. I’d like to think I would have been as resourceful and firm.
Power Trimming and Learning to Slow Down (and Reaping Rewards) from In Omnia Paratus
Liz gets double links this week because she knocked it out of the park with two posts that I devoured from top to bottom in happy fascination.
Honoring and Grieving the Past from Clover Ledge Farm
❤ ❤ ❤
HORSE INSURANCE: BUYING from Go Big or Go Home
Suuuuuuuper important and useful.
usea convention notes: level creep from Zen and the Art of Baby Horse Management
This is something I’ve thought about for some time and it’s good to see it in the spotlight at the USEA convention.
Here’s this week’s product feature from my Etsy shop. If you want a gift by Christmas, you should order by Monday if you don’t want to pay rush shipping!
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Adults on Ponies/Honies from The $900 Facebook Pony
Tristan is 15 hands, so I have a vested interest in this conversation!
LOVE, LOSS AND A BAKER BLANKET from Saddle Seeks Horse
I cried really hard while reading this. Just as a warning. But it’s a lovely story. The fires in California are just so gut-wrenching.
LET’S TALK PRE-PURCHASE EXAMS from The Printable Pony
Really crucial part of the horse-buying process that I…totally did not do when getting Tristan. Next horse, I promise!
Candy goes to Opening Hunt from Hand Gallo
Please just assume that every time I read a post about fox hunting, my jealousy meter advances another notch. Siiiiiiiigh.
Product Review: Mango Bay belts from Clover Ledge Farm
These are SO CUTE and I haven’t yet been able to bring myself to buy one because something else always comes first. But this is a great review with some feedback after consistent, long-term usage.
A Profile of the Leading Horses Chasing the 2018 Pegasus World Cup from The Plaid Horse
I always wish I knew more about horse racing; this is a good primer!
Farm Talk: Hay Feeders from The Feral Red Horse
A perennially useful topic of conversation.
Deja Poo from Project Gingersnap
This is both a) an awesome post title and b) a really useful conversation about the things that keep haunting us.
Ariat Two24 Serena Boots from Horses & Heels
These boots look SO CUTE.
I added a bunch of new bags to the Etsy store this week, so go check them out! Here’s this week’s featured product.
Adventures in Riding Racehorses from A Collection of Madcap Escapades
This was a) awesome and b) informative, with lots of background about position and training while galloping racehorses. No way do I have the guts for this but man, it looks like fun.
Product Review: SmartWool Women’s Merino Midweight Pattern 1/4 Zip Top from Cob Jockey
I am ALL ABOUT the merino quarter zips this winter, and already had this on my Christmas list. Now I’m twice as excited for it.
DIY How to Make an Equestrian Surcingle Belt from DIY Horse Ownership
I might try this soon, that came out super cute!
Day 2 of a Forward Pony from Pony Express
JINGLE BELL CHALLENGE PLEASE CAN WE MAKE THIS A THING PLEASE?
What to wear foxhunting from Hand Gallop
Foxhunting is where the show ring got a lot of its specific rules, so it makes sense that there are careful rules about what to wear when!
Viva Carlos Book Review: On Horsemanship from Viva Carlos
I love this book, and this is a great review.
Mind your Manners from Poor Woman Showing
Good manners in young horses is exceptionally important.
The Most Wonderful Time of Year from Clover Ledge Farm
I do have a soft spot for barn Christmas decorations.
On Rejection and Moving Pig from Guinness on Tap
I’m struck by how thoughtful and honest this post is about the process of retiring a horse.
Feed Review: Crypto Aero Wholefood Horse Feed from Journey to 100 Miles
My barn is feeding this now to some horses, and while it’s not an option for Tristan (he of the Cushings diet) I was interested to read this.