Monday, October 29, 2012

RIP Dublin Boots and a PSA message

In honor of my beloved Dublin River boots giving up the fight after 2 years of near-constant abuse, I felt that I should write about riding boots. RIP, London boots!

On the subject of riding boots, yes, you need them. Riding boots have the right grip and tread to be safe in the stirrups and usually have a hardened or steel toe to protect your feet from naught pony feet stomping. There are, however, a dizzying amount of kinds, colors and ranges.


I used to wear tall boots when ever I rode, and still prefer them for riding dressage for reasons I'll discuss later. Yard boots are great for chores, getting horses in from muddy pastures and generally bumming around. I go for ultra comfy so it's absolute bliss when I finally get to take my show boots off and slide into my yardies.

Most riders go for the traditional wellie. While the target cute color ones are fun, I go for the L. L. Bean brand (pricier...) because they hold up really well if you treat them right and have stayed really water tight. Taller is better, and make sure your calves don't squish them down, as that will stress the rubber and cause them to crack much faster. Nothing is worse than stepping into a puddle and feeling that cold squish of unexpected leaking boot! I also make an effort to keep mine inside during the winter, as the cold has a similar effect.

Another option, that is really more of an all-purpose boot, is a British style country boot, like my beloved Dublin river or pinnacle boots, or Dubarry boots (the classic!). These boots are pretty darn waterproof, intensely stylish at eventing shows, and generally are pretty darn comfy. Some people ride in them, too.

(12/2/14 update: I talk more about my Dublins here as well.)

Riding boots can be anything from a sturdy pair of tall boots to simple cheap-o paddocks and half chaps. If you haven't ridden with half chaps (I missed that memo for most of my younger life) they're amazing for adding grip, and come in many materials and colors.

I like my plain zip up Ariat paddocks and half chaps that are pretty boring in comparison to some- calf skin and lots of elastic for a nice fit - the only racy thing is that they go in the washer! Love it!

Below is a simple half-chap and paddock combo - and the Mountain Horse Sportive boot - a good example of a tough wearing tall boot that can hold up to every day wear and tear.


Sadly, in my experience, unless you're at a nice, fancy barn where you can stay out of the elements, I've found tall boots just can't stay nice looking as a regular riding boot. I've thus transitioned from wearing tall boots full time to wearing paddocks and half chaps, so I don't wear out the fine zippers on my very expensive tall boots.

There are two types of tall boots - Dress and Field. Dress boots are popular in dressage, but are also acceptable in all other disciplines. Field boots are more traditional fox hunting, jumping and eventing boots, though you will often see higher level eventers ride dressage in dress or dressage boots, as they create a neater line and often dressage specific boots will be stiffer, or boned, to facilitate that amazing quiet dressage leg. Below are three examples, all from Mountain Horse ( I like continuity, and their boots, don't say I didn't mention bias ;) ) from left to right: the MH Firenze Dress Boot, the MH Victoria Dressage boot and the MH Richmond Rider Field Boot. Dressage boots, the center, are sometimes called "stovepipes" because of their stiffness. The Firenze and Richmond Rider show a high spanish top, a current fashion designed to make your leg look longer. I think they look great!


Just for fun, the Richmond Riders on a human being you may recognize:

My singular issue with the Richmonds is the lack of spur rest, but grips help prevent sliding and I like that I can cheat my spurs up or down without the rest being in the way. But still, think about that before you buy, if it's important!


Ok, enough fun. Winter boots are amazing. Again, I have Mountain horses (seriously, I guess I need to get new paddocks and half chaps... I'm pathetic!) but there are many good brands. Many of them are synthetic and are tough to break in, so I would suggest trying until you find something comfortable from the get go that doesn't bruise the back of your leg when you're riding, so test out several leg positions. There are some leather ones out there, but for most snow tramping purposes, I'm going to vote the heavier synthetic types that can take your from bringing in to turning out with a ride in between.

The warmest of the warm, MH Rimfrost Riders (I have the Ice rider) and the Ariat Bromont

**Extremely Biased story ahead**

Its time for it, folks. I was dragged wearing my tall winter boots. The foot is much larger than your slim summer boots, and you don't realize that you are in potential danger until it happens. It got wedged in the stirrup when I came off, and Foxie decided I was dead and headed for the barn, with me sliding along between her back legs. I was extremely lucky to have my father there to catch my horse, and to have a horse who cares about me enough to not step on me. Please, please, please, please consider investing in a pair of these:

They may be dorky, or only "for little kids" but safety stirrups could save your life. I have them on both of my saddles, year round. I have learned to really like the weight for picking my stirrups up when I lose them, and even though I trust my horse with my life, being dragged sucks and it could happen to anyone, at any time.  Please be safe. 

Did I miss anything?

Sunday, October 28, 2012

So you bought a horse - now what?! #2

Vet and farrier care are givens for those of us who have been doing this for a while, but it's not always intuitive to those who have been taking lessons, but haven't had the experience of leasing or owning before. While I'm sure there are horse owners out there who are able to do the absolute minimum in horse care, I am a firm believer in proper horse care. As a competitive athlete, how can I expect my horse to perform at her best when she isn't at her best?

First of all, de-worming regularly is a important factor to your horse's health. If he hasn't been de-wormed in a while, or you don't know his history, start with something gentle like ivermectin or pyrantel paomate (ask your vet!). Wormer is dispensed by weight - unless your horse has been on a scale lately (Foxie goes on every time we go for lameness checks, but most horses aren't seen in-clinic),I would suggest using a weight tape to determine the proper dosage.

Again, if you are unsure of your horse's worming past, be a little conservative, as it shocks the system to remove the worms all at once. Thus, we use gentler products that work on one type at a time, and give them a few weeks between doses, and don't give them too much.

What many new horse owners don't know if they do know how and why we worm, is the rotation schedule. I like to use the three way, as it's most effective on a wide variety. Fecal tests can be done by your vet, and they can advise you as to the best worming schedule for your area. My vet suggested the three way schedule from Smartpak, and I managed to have a copy of it when they stopped having it online.

This is my schedule, copied from Smartpak Equine (who no longer has this posted, Sad!)
Two Way

Ivermectin or Ivermectin and Praziquantel
Equimax, Zimectrin gold, Rotectin 1.87%, Ivercare



Pyrantel Paomatat
Strongid paste, Rotectin P, Strongyle Care



Three Way

Safe-guard, Panacur, Anthelcide EQ


Ivermectin/Iv. Praziquantel mix
Equimax, Zimecterin Gold, Rotectin 1.87%, Ivercare



Pyrantel Paomate

Strongid paste, Rotectin P, Strongyle Care


From, a wonderful resource for all things horse care:
"Based on our studies at Texas Tech, we recommend a 4-way rotation for many farms and ranches. Some conditions may warrant a six way rotation only if needed. The quarterly rotation includes dewormers targeting adult parasites, larval parasites, tapeworms and bots. We believe it is important to consider the range of parasites including ascarids, and not be based only on small strongyle control. Several very recent studies have documented resistance of equine ascarids to the ivermectin class of parasites. This is very alarming due to the serious consequences ascarids can pose to foals. In high numbers, blockage of the gut can occur with fatal results.
Because there is no new class of dewormer on the horizon, we believe it is very important to preserve all of the current classes of dewormers, which have different applications in parasite control in the horse. [...]
The bottom line is that many types of deworming regimens are being proposed. There need to be further research studies on the effectiveness of these programs throughout the US as well as around the globe. In addition, remember that each farm needs to be considered individually and decisions need to be made based on testing and management information."
Moral of the story? Worming is important to your horse's health, and should be a part of your horse's routine.

Regular vet care, like regular doctor's visits for you, are a necessary evil for your horse. Make sure your horse is up to date on all vaccinations, including West Nile and Strangles. Why risk losing your beloved horse to a horrible disease when you can easily prevent it? on West Nile: "horses of all ages have succumbed to the disease [unlike humans, who are rarely effected]. Symptoms of WNV are similar to other neurological conditions including rear limb buckling, knuckling over and ataxia. As of the first part of this month 33 states had reported 186 equine cases of WNV. Horses doing poorly rarely recover--the fatality rate for horses with WNV is about 33%--but fortunately there are steps that we can take that can help reduce our risk and the risk of our horses for exposure."

Make sure the vet checks your horse's teeth, as horses need floats almost every year, sometimes more. Horses don't graze constantly like they are meant to in the wild, and thus we need to help them keep their teeth (that grow constantly) in check. If you don't keep your horse floated, they can have extreme discomfort wearing a bit or bridle and can struggle to eat properly, and endanger their own health.

Beyond the two biggest reasons for vet visits, my vet also checks the horse's condition (I love having the fittest, healthiest horse in the barn! I work hard!), temperature, does a fecal test for worming (see above) and in the winter (January, for us) pulls a coggins for the coming year. Coggins tests are important, as they are what allows us to travel off site. All of the places I have taken Foxie have required you to have a negative coggins test to prove that your horse is disease free and won't infect the large group of horses at the show or event. Vets can also furnish  you with proper health certificates if you are planning on trailering out of state - make sure to check if you need a health certificate before you travel or the state patrol can send you back home and give you a fine.

Remember the ugly foot from my last post? That foot needs some love! A good farrier is intensely important to your horse's comfort and soundness. By a "good" farrier I mean, in my experience, a CF or JF - certified, or journeyman farrier, who has gone to farrier school rather than learned the trade from another farrier (trained or untrained). These farriers are able to focus on the horse's anatomical structure and cut their feet to  help the horse move in the most comfortable way possible - or work to correct problems of conformation or bad trimmings in the past to help the hoof grow in the best way.

Is your horse tender on the rocks, or feels like he's going "hot sand, hot sand!" when you ride? He may need horse shoes, or a few days off. Your farrier should be able to tell you if your horse needs shoes all the time, some of the time, or not at all. This is factored in by the horse's genetics, how much and what you do when you ride, the surfaces you ride on and environmental factors.

For example:
Foxie is a pasture puff. While she is tender on the large rocks, she is comfortable with out shoes, and the farrier is able to put a "bare foot" style rolled trim on her feet to prevent cracking and breaking. Thus, even though she sometimes experiences discomfort, she is barefoot. When she was eventing, she wore shoes with clips and often was hot shod, as keeping her shod was very important. My farrier laughed at me because I could wear through a pair of aluminum eventers in 6 weeks. Apparently he didn't get that I was BUSY!

Talk with your farrier about shoe options, or alternatives like hoof boots. Shoes come in all shapes and sizes, as well as materials, and a trained farrier can advise the best option for your specific needs. A good farrier is worth his or her weight in gold; I was happy to spend 140$ on shoes every 7 weeks knowing that my girl was making amazing changes to her troubled and generally written off feet.

The things we do for our horses, right?

Friday, October 26, 2012

So you bought a horse - now what?!

If you're a new horse owner, first of all, congrats! Second? Time to get to know your new partner. A great way to maintain your shiny new horse's overall health and soundness, here's a good routine to help you head off problems and build a great basis of knowledge about your new partner.

When you arrive at the barn, you probably run to your horse's paddock/stall and retrieve them. As you walk up, take a minute to look: are they standing "normally"? Is Pookie bright eyed, pricked-eared? It takes some time to establish normal habits (does he rest his back leg? which one?) but turn your perceptiveness up to 11 and familiarize yourself with what is normal and what is not.

Most people bring your horse in and groom. If he's wearing a blanket, or a halter during turn out, check for rubs or damage to either item, especially if he's out with new horses, or unused to wearing them. Leg straps or the polls or hardware of a halter can rub, and it's good to catch those things NOW, and not when you find a big angry sore underneath them.

Normal! What a nice shiny coat! 

As you brush, check for abnormal amounts of dandruff, or non-seasonal hair loss. Brush your way down the legs and notice tendon "normal" (think about it in levels of contrast - if the leg is puffy, the tendons are less defined) down the lower leg, the way the knee feels, feel below the fetlock, and familiarize yourself with the temperatures of all leg apparatuses as well as the hoof. As you pick out the foot, check out the shape of the foot, the frog's firmness, shape etc.
NOT normal! 

Also make sure you are removing all of the mud you can from your horse come fall and spring - mud can hide injuries, create a breeding ground for all sorts of skin ailments and even cause cellulitus. Nobody wants to come to the barn to find a fat legged horse!

Knowing your horse's normals is very important, and can help you narrow down the problem when a mystery injury occurs. For example: My horse tends to stock up in her stall, but this goes down with exercise or turnout. Thus, when someone calls me and freaks out about her "legs looking puffy" after she's been in her stall, I don't get too concerned.

I'll cover some of the common horse maladies in another post, but being aware of all things "pony" means that you notice sooner when something goes awry. Your peace of mind, and your vet will thank you!

Ashley & Foxie


Today I wanted to talk about clipping. I only started clipping horses around two years ago, as I got more and more frustrated with sweaty pony making me late getting back to school because she took hours to dry off. Foxie is prone to the winter skin funks (remember dark damp warm?) and works hard under saddle, and I am not too fond of the pony steam facial. Ick!

When I started clipping I was using my cordless Wahl Cordless Pro with a 10 blade:
Shockingly, for a show prep clipper, it worked really well, and was light and well shaped for my hand. I had to clip with the cord plugged in, but it was still a nice multi purpose clipper. I decided that the blades were a bit dull and purchased some new ones for my second (last year) of clipping, and I think the motor had finally had it (they are 5+ years old!). They were quickly replaced with these:

The Wahl Show Pro. Again, I resisted buying a mega body clipping clipper (those things cost hundreds!) and bought something that cost 35$. We also purchased some combs and use it to clip our Australian Shepherds. Its a solid clipper with only two flaws- the handle on the left side tends to move, but a proactive person can use tape (or just keep an eye on it) to make sure that you don't shift from a ten to a 30 blade when clipping (MAJOR difference in length left behind). The other flaw is serious #whitegirlproblems - the cord is a little short, and thus you need an extension cord. Biiiiig deaaaaalll. But worth noting. Its a little more vibrate-ey, but not nearly as bad as a giant body clipper, and stayed relatively cool when I was using it.

Clipping supplies:
Clippers - 10 or 15 blade for most clips - a  30 blade is too close
Extension Cord
Well lit area, preferably with cross ties
Clipper brush, oil, blade wash/cooler if you feel fancy
A dry, clean (preferably freshly bathed) horse
Tape or chalk if you are worried about getting lines correct
Approximately two hours of free time

I like to give a bath the day before and make sure the horse is nice and clean, and dry. A wet horse dulls your clipper blades - and so does a dirty one. I usually spray the horse liberally down with a shine spray before hand to make the hair optimally easy for clipping. I find that using body markers works best and ends up looking nice and symmetrical- meaning that I measure distances using horse's body marks. This works especially well for doing necks and throat areas.

The clips I do are either a modified irish, or bib clip that goes up higher than this picture:

But doesn't clip the shoulder, which I like to leave hairy for blanket rub reasons.

Last year I ended up doing a somewhat whimsical interpretation of the below, low trace clip. It got kind of out of hand... 

The hips got a little high, and I squared off the front, but I think it was kind of cute! It was definitely nice to be able to pull my saddle off and have a horse that was exactly as sweaty as she was in this picture. Not bad, huh?

When clipping, always go with the grain of the hair. Hips and whorls are hard, because the hair goes in all directions, and I think that's why my hip clips got a little crazy. Go slow, give yourself plenty of time, and remember, you can always leave a job partially done - you could even be nice and make sure the blanket covers the undone spots so your horse's friends don't laugh at him. I always try to wear something slick that hair will slide off of, and good light really helps to keep you from getting too close and inhaling your horse's hair. Velcro, or wearing a polar fleece jacket is a bad idea if you ever want it to be clean again...

Also, remember that you are taking your horse's natural blanket away from him when you clip (even if it does make him more comfortable!) and have a selection of blankets on hand to keep him warm in all conditions. Foxie didn't get clipped until November, and I try to resist touching up in January or February. She went on a coat supplement (Smartpak's Smartshine) in the late winter as a shedding helper, and I have never had her shed out funny, or felt that it messed with her coat. If your horse starts coating up in early October, I'd give him a few weeks to get the coat started, then clip, and let the rest of the coat grow in, so you don't take too much off, but still get the relief of clipping.

See, not too scary, huh?

Ashley & Fox

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Coolers and Dealing with MN Winters

Coolers are a man's best friend in MN. I use them in combination with quarter sheets to help keep my horse warm before and after exercise. I don't think they were meant to be used like this:

Why buy a high neck cooler when I can improvise and embarrass 
my horse more than a mom waving from a mini van? Yes, this did get posted on facebook! 

No, I do have a plan to the madness. I have two coolers, as I mentioned in the last post; net mesh and fleece. I like to have two for those late fall baths when I don't feel good leaving her uncovered, and if it's a bath, she's wet enough to need a swap as she dries. The net works well for when I want something between the horse and the elements - I want to keep muscles warm, keep bugs off, etc. The fleece I use to give the moisture somewhere to go, and to keep the horse from cooling down too quickly and shivering. I don't like to put horses away wet. Perhaps it's my traditional training, but I can't bring myself to do it. Even though I was good and didn't, my mare still got the most impossible case of rain rot from wearing a wet blanket for too long - moisture, plus heat, plus dark equals IMPOSSIBLE to get rid of the critters once they get started.

So let's not let them get started.

Foxie did well clipped at the last barn, because it was heated, and sometimes her blankets, to be turn out appropriate, were too warm for the barn. With her belly and neck base clipped, she wasn't nearly as sweaty under the blankets, and not nearly so sweaty when I got off after a ride. I don't clip too short - just enough to be a little shorter than a summer coat, since the winter coat is bushier. Most rides, as long as I took a few laps walking with my girth loosened, I would end up with a mostly dry horse. A little bit of toweling and back and forth combing later, I had a dry horse to re-blanket and throw outside. 


The cooler wicks the sweat away allowing the horse to dry more quickly, but keeps them warm so they don't get chilled.

The quarter sheet works much the same way, allowing the haunches and back to be kept warm during a flat ride. Foxie is a cold backed horse, meaning that she is always a little hot to trot when you get on due to some back discomfort, usually due to her refusal to work in a frame and grow a topline. Once she did begin to build her topline, the quarter sheet was a great tool for warming up and cooling out, as it keeps the chill down, and keeps the muscles from cooling too quickly or being too stiff warming up. I usually do my grooming, throw the quarter sheet over the haunches, saddle up, pull the sheet forward and tuck it up (mine is square and I can't ride with spurs unless I tuck the ends under the saddle flaps, unlike above).  This tactic of pre-warming and cooling out makes so much sense when I began to do it on myself - seat heater before a winter dressage lesson meant I was less stiff in the saddle, and was able to stay warm and ride more effectively, because my back wasn't tight. Magic! 


Coolers and, to a point, quarter sheets, are super useful tools. 

I wouldn't use one as a blanket liner, because Foxie got the static crazies and tried to tear her liner off - it ended up wrapped around her legs and trailing out from under her blanket, doing more harm than the layer would do good. 

Think about getting off of a work out or out of the shower and walking around a cool room, or outside, without a layer on to keep you from getting too cold, or something to dry you off. Not pleasant, eh? Horses run warmer than us, and they appreciate being warm! 

As always, make sure to give your horse EXTRA warm up time in the winter - stretching before you mount will help avoid a bucking, sore-backed horse, along with several walking laps, with an emphasis on stretching down to help avoid muscle stiffness or injury. Add several walking laps on a loose rein at the end of your ride, too! This will relax you both, let you cool down from your ride- and helps you work on that free walk that you've been getting counted down on in dressage :)

Straight from the Fox's mouth,

To Come

In my plans, soon are articles on:

Coolers and wet horse management in winter


Stable blankets vs. Turnout blankets (and blanket fit)

Blanketing 101

An Experience in Blanketing:

I am a firm believer in blankets. As a Minnesotan, I feel they are a necessary evil for the sport horse owner. A quarter horse that looks like a yak in winter? Probably doesn’t need more than an 600d cheap-o sheet for when it’s pouring. My thoroughbred who doesn’t grow a actual hair coat, sweats profusely in workouts and is very affected by weather? She needs a wardrobe.

I think the anchor of any blanket collection is the waterproof sheet. This is the most flexible piece for me – I can wash it at home, because it doesn’t have fill and fits in my home washing machine. I like a European cut blanket, or one with a “half neck” for those persistent rainy days, and as high a denier as you’re willing to go. My experience with 600d blankets has been less than stellar, and I feel that instead of nixwax-ing them with every washing (and I am fastidious about washing, since Fox gets rainrot at the drop of a hat) I have good feelings about my more expensive investment with the Weatherbeeta Orican 1200D High Neck sheet. It’s mesh lined for breathablility, has a fantastic tail flap for windy days and fits nice and deep to keep clipped bellies warm and mud-free.

From there, I feel there are two options. Having separate blankets has worked out for the mudball, but I feel that you can also have a smaller collection with the use of stable blankets and non-fleece liners if you are willing to do fast turn around washing or have a cleaner horse than I currently do.

Example: Foxie has a sheet, a light weight 80 gram, a medium 220, a medium 220 with a hood and a 320 with a hood.
Layering, you could have: 1-2 sheets of good quality, such as one with a removable neck cover and one without - add to that two or three stable blankets, say a 180 and a 220, and a 330 gram weights, you get the same flexibility and probably spend half as much. The thing with stable blankets, though, is that you need a system that doesn't cause friction between the layers, and remember, stable blankets  aren't made for turn out - they will shred, absorb water and be a horrible mess without that over layer...

Foxie has two medium weights, one with a removable neck hood and the other a nice deep European cut. I like the hoods to keep necks from getting stiff, and because I like to clip throats to keep them mostly sweat free. I think for a stabling situation where blanket removal is a free option, or at home with a snug-but-unheated barn, underclothes are a great option, but should be low static and fitted with appropriate straps. Well fitting, of course, is always the key, and sometimes it takes a few brand tries to get a good fit. My mare has a wide, muscular shoulder and a high wither – she does well in Weatherbeetas because she has whither padding and a cupped shoulder shape. Her European cut blankets tend to give her whither sores or rub because the shoulder dart is placed too far back to make motion easier, but creates friction across the shoulder.

Check out the nice high neck to keep out drafts, the deep fit that covers the belly and the broad tail flap - happy Fox! This blanket also has a velcro on neck cover, which, as opposed to those attached by elastic and nylon surcingles, doesn't leave a 5-inch gap when she grazes or puts her head down. Because of this, this blanket tends to be a little warmer (and by warmer, I mean the horse feels warmer when I stick my hands under the blanket) than a medium without a neck cover, like below (notice the lack of booty coverage and tail flap): 

I also have a heavy weight blanket that I try not to use, but always seem to need for at least a week. It’s reserved for the coldest of winters, and Minnesota has more than it’s fair share. It has a hood that is removable and is a great piece to have on those frozen days – just maybe too warm for inside!

I try to follow the below format when choosing blankets. This year, Foxie has worn a sheet up to 60 degrees, as night temperatures are low enough into the morning that she shivers without, and I am unable to get out to change it mid day – plus it seems silly to take it off when it will just go back on – that’s why you buy breathable, folks!

Clipped or not, Foxie falls into the “Short Coat/Clipped” Category – she sucks at hair production!
Guide for Maintaining Current Coat Condition
Warmth of Blanket
Short Coat/Clipped
Medium/Full Coat

Extra Heavyweight
Subzero – 15o F
15 o F – 30 o F
Subzero – 15 oF
30 o F – 50 o F
15 o F – 30 o F
50 o F +
30 o F +

As for accessories, I like quarter sheets (just be cautious of our loving friend, static!) and fleece coolers. I don't believe that fleece should EVER, EVER, be a liner to a turn out situation. Fleece makes static. Fleece will drive your horse nuts, and make him rip what ever you put on him to shreds (at least in my experience!). If you need a liner, consider the swishy-fabric liners - much more appropriate, and static free! (check out those holes for the leg straps - no need to double up!

 I also have a hood for shows and keeping braids neat, and a shoulder slinky or two to keep shoulder rubs at bay. As Foxie's muscle has atrophied, her blankets don't fit quite the same, so these are now more of a use than ever. Just watch your velcro front blankets so you don't destroy your investment!

A final note on deniers: its all about durability. 600 is like those off-brand shoes you buy and they last you maybe one year, but leak/absorb water and tear easily. 1200+ denier, in my experience, is not that much more for a longer lasting, more waterproof product. The numbers equal thread count - the more threads, the harder it will be for your horse's favorite bully to tear your investment to shreds. If you have a persistent blanket shredder, try a textilene fly sheet, like a Kensington, over the top of your blankets (they even make a line of their own that does just that!). Rip stop is always a good feature to the fabric, as is a tefflon coating - also, remember, your horse will lay down, and roll, and get filthy. Please don't buy a white/light colored blanket and expect it to be pristine. As always, wash with caution (check with manufacturers so you don't ruin the waterproofing with detergent or high heat) and make sure to remove your leg straps so they don't rip your blanket if caught in the washer and tie up your straps to ensure they don't snag your beloved blanket!

And don't tell the laundromat people I told you about the rug size washer that can take two blankets at once.

Questions are welcome!

- Ashley and Foxie

Keep Calm and Listen Hard

This is one person's space where she intends to record all of the fantastic knowledge in her head. This is just one perspective among many, but hopefully one more to bring you their experience, share it with acknowledgement of their own biases and maybe even help you to a conclusion. Read on!

I am:

  • A College Student
  • A Minnesotan
  • Low budget with expensive taste
  • A thoroughbred owner and lover
  • honored to have 13 years (and going) of horse experience, and nearly 7 (and going) years of being owned by owning my opinionated and wonderful mare, Foxie. 
About Foxie:

Foxie is a 16 year old OTTB. She is currently a victim of Degenerative Suspensory Ligament Disease, and is a total pasture puff (on pain drugs) while her suspensories drop, with hopes of her healing and becoming the coolest trail horse ever. Before her injury and resulting disease, Foxie was a lower level event horse in Area IV. She takes a medium wide tree, a cob sized bridle, and has as many quirks as her owner. 

Please enjoy our perspective!