Winter Blues

It’s been some time since my last entry. This fall was a frenzy of new jobs, old jobs, regional championships and an unwanted winter break from riding!

In thinking of the work that lies ahead for Renatus and I, I have been going over in my mind the tools I may need when getting him back to work. I’m hoping to put those thoughts to paper (or screen as the case may be) and see if that doesn’t help organize a plan of action to prepare us for the upcoming season. 

Onwards and Upwards!

 

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Shoo Fly! Fly Sheets on the Way

Fly season has arrived! Since my young horses are now outside 24/7 we decided it was time to get them fly sheets. I have two of the Weatherbeeta Airflow Fly Sheets for two of my other horses. Live and learn, I did not get the neck covers with them and unfortunately Weatherbeeta does not sell them separately anymore. I really like these sheets though, so I ordered two of the Weatherbeeta Airflow Fly Sheets with the Detach-A-Neck from Equus Now!

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Wetherbeeta Airflow Fly Sheet

Love that these are white and they offer UV protection. Also, my horses do not get hot in them! The sheets are really soft and they have a belly band which I noticed a lot of other brands aren’t using.

Has anyone else used these sheets? What is your take on them?

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Rolex 2015 – XC Recap

Two words…wet and cold! But totally worth it! This was my 2nd trip to Rolex and XC day. Completely awed by the horses and their huge hearts. There has been plenty of coverage of the event, but I just wanted to share some pics. Enjoy! 
   

 Buck Davidson and The Apprentice
   

 Phillip Dutton and Furnhill Fugitive 

  

 Jessica Phoenix and A Little Romance 

  Michael Jung and Fischerrocana FST – hold on course

  Michael Jung and Fischerrocana FST

  
Michael Jung and Fischerrocana FST
  

Michael Jung and Fischerrocana FST
  

 William Fox-Pitt and Bay My Hero

  
William Fox-Pitt and Bay My Hero

  Phillip Dutton and Mighty Nice

  
Phillip Dutton and Mighty Nice

  Boyd Martin and Master Frisky   

  
Boyd Martin and Master Frisky

Full Cheek Snaffle for Dressage Work: Yes or No?

I’m sure you all know by now, that the clinic I attended last month with Dolly Hannon was a huge learning experience for me. Today, while I was thinking about bits, I remembered Dolly talking about full cheek snaffles. Her take, is that the cheek piece of the full cheek prohibit the bit from moving freely in the horses mouth which keeps the horse from chewing and excepting contact. I had not really thought of this before as I have never ridden a horse in a full cheek.

What are your thoughts on using a full cheek snaffle in dressage work?
What are your thoughts on using a full cheek snaffle in dressage work?

I Googled the full cheek snaffle and what I found was that the bit is indeed constructed to keep the bit from moving through the mouth and is an excellent choice for those horses that need extra assistance in turning and is a popular choice of hunter riders. In order to assist in turning the horse, the bit works by applying indirect pressure to the opposite side of the mouth when a direct rein aid is given.

What do you think? I am interested to hear everyone’s take on this. Does the bit work for you and your horse?