Things to Do with your Horse: Early Summer

I’ve been subscribing to the subscription service A Horse Box for a little over two years now. I love it because it gives me new ideas to change up my grooming, cleaning, and feeding routines. Here’s a “To-Do” list based off the items I received.

 

  • USE Endure Roll-On by Farnam ($8.95 @ Smartpak) before rides under eyes, on ears, and nose to keep flies away.
  • FEED  1 scoop Equi-Dex Apple Electrolyte Powder the day before and after a ride ($12.50 @ Riding Warehouse).
  • GIVE Omega Nibblers as treats after a ride ($24.95 for a 3.5lb bag @ Smartpak).
  • USE Santa Fe Coat Conditioner & Sunscreen by spraying it on a soft brush and brushing onto your horse’s body before a ride or after a rinse.
Advertisements

Mt. Carmel Ride

I did the long-awaited Mt. Carmel ride last Saturday and had an amazing trip! I am just now writing about it because I was trying to get through this final week of school/work where I can enjoy my two months off.

Friday.

I had a later than planned start on Friday morning  but was on the road around 9am. I thought it was quicker to go towards Vegas to Utah but I ended up probably doing an extra two hours and took the “scenic route” through Zion National Park (pretty but not ideal with a truck camper and trailer). I finally arrived close to 7pm.

IMG_0726

Driving through Zion National Park. 

IMG_0729.JPG

Both Annabel & I were happy campers. She now has a Hi-Tie and loves it! I love watching her on it too.

Saturday.
The ride was absolutely beautiful, scenic, and featured a lot of different terrain. We started out going up a woodsy hill with soft red dirt, to carefully climbing down loose rock, slate, and sand, to bobbing back in and out of trees, to open flat grass land. Our ride started out with a scare when within our first five minutes of the ride this horse in front of us reared up and fell backwards on it’s rider. We ended up finding the horse a few minutes later and returned it close to camp. For the most part, my ankles and knees were pretty pain free but I am trying to figure out how to be pain-free in my crotch area (I know, embarrassing). I currently ride commando with baby powder and that still didn’t help out. I was really sad to see my friend Katherine have to return to the vet check (at mile 16, I think) because her horse looked lame. I wish I had stayed with her and it would have made me feel better about finishing the ride. The night before at the ride meeting, the ride manager mentioned about climbing down the steep hill and pointed to this big hill and I thought it was an exaggeration. He wasn’t kidding! I could not believe I was leading my Thoroughbred down this steep, winding, hill with loose rocks and big chunks of slate. I probably should have tried to stay on her as I was huffing and puffing going down the hill. Not only that but she managed to step on my right foot, and literally a half second later I tripped on a rock with my left foot so I was on my knees staring down the hill. We did complete our second LD though which is exciting! I wobbled into camp and passed out in my camper as soon as I got Annabel settled. I was so tired!

IMG_0734.JPG

What I woke up to.

13227126_10201744483450853_2600461553418626679_n

My posse crossing some water. 

IMG_0771

The only time I was able to snap a picture of beautiful Utah.

Sunday.
I slept in a little bit despite waking up early to feed and un-blanket. For some reason, I get the best night’s sleep when I’m camping. It’s the peacefulness and hearing the horses, I don’t know but I sleep like a rock and love hearing horses outside. I made chorizo and eggs and took my time getting ready and enjoyed the morning. Annabel spent a couple hours just staring and whinnying down the trail because she didn’t understand why they all left and she was still there. She probably was ready to do another 25 again. The drive home wasn’t too bad except it was a bit windy. However, it was just as scenic coming home as it was going to Utah. This time I just went south from Utah into Arizona.

IMG_0744

Annabel looked sadly down the trail as all the other horses went for a ride without her. 

IMG_0763

Going over the Colorado River on a bridge. It was quite a sight!

Next ride: Descanso in San Diego, CA.

18 Miles/39 Miles

Annabel and I did an 18 mile ride today at the Sonoran Preserve. I swapped out the western fenders on my Tucker saddle for some english leathers with sheepskin. I could not believe the difference it made. My knees and ankles had so much more flexibility, I was practically pain-free today. When I did my first LD in March my ankles were killing me towards the end of the loops. Although we did 18 miles, and 6 yesterday, Annabel decided to eat up the terrain and haul ass. She is going to be a wicked fast LD horse, and thats all her, I let her pick the pace and I just go with her. I can’t believe my Thoroughbred has this much energy to power through the way she does. The Sonoran Preserve makes for the perfect training ride. It has long climbing, winding hills, and downhill most sections are trot-able. I didn’t have to walk for more than 5 minutes at a time. We also looped through and walked and trotted through a wash. The weather was amazing as we are having storms rolling through it kept the air cool for an April ride.

13006526_10204656835580823_7015102830740185596_n

Taking a walk break to view the storm that had gone past us. 13100905_10204656835540822_1129059716932043564_n13076553_10204656835340817_7237617497517058440_n

We spent some time walking and trotting through this wash.

13062298_10204656835220814_6250315936037584841_n

I started my Endomondo a little late, I had forgotten. We actually ended up doing 18 miles.

I did not hit my goal of 49 miles this month. We got close though and did 39 miles for the month of April. Its baseball and softball season at my school so my Tuesday and Thursday afternoons are reserved for attending games, I also had the stomach flu for a couple days earlier in the month and had to cancel a ride because I was about to get a respiratory infection; I caught it just in time though and took antibiotics right away.

My goal for the month of may is to do 43 miles which includes an LD at Mt. Carmel in Utah! My boss said it was okay that I took that Friday off for traveling!