I'm really struggling to remember what happened last Friday, but based on the photos in my camera roll it appears it was hot AF and I did not ride, lol. Saturday we had to spend the better part of the day picking up shavings. Our bulk supplier was unexpectedly out when we went to get some last month, and sourcing another bulk provider that didn't have any that didn't have walnut (bad) or pieces of nails and garbage (also bad) has been exhausting. We ended up having to drive out to Versailles (locals pronounce it ver-sales, which makes me twitch), which is very solidly Amish country! We passed some really cool stores I desperately wanted to stop at haha. The shavings we picked up were actually pretty nice, all things considered, and way cheaper than our usual place. Although of course the 3 hours round trip drive and additional diesel means overall the cost probably comes out in the wash, lol.
|My reward for unloading 4 yards of shavings by hand 🤤
|Is this real life? It is.
Sunday we had plans to take the boat out in the afternoon, so I made sure I was up early to get both horses ridden. Ruby was her usual rockstar self. We have gradually worked up to wearing the equibands through most of our dressage schools, although I'm mindful of how much trot/canter work she does wearing them.
|Perfect bay ears.
|Too lazy to take her fly boots off lol.
Cinna is still only wearing them for half rides, because she's getting ridden less than Ruby. I'm trying to be better about making sure I write notes about my rides in the equisense, because it really does help me identify trends and adjust accordingly. Adding photos from each ride helps too, because then I can remember exactly what tack they were in (which is actually how I identified that cinna hated my schleese, I finally realized all the "bad" rides were in it and the "good" rides were in my other saddle lol). It's nice to have easy ways to help my scatterbrained self keep track of things!
|Mixing it up on the bridle front. It was an unsuccessful experiment, back to the eponia/nathe next ride.
|Dead people corner. Forever and ever. Sigh.
|Got a lot of reading done and a little suntan haha.