Saturday, May 27, 2017

May's 10 Questions

Please thank Rhiannon for content because I am currently not with horses and have no ideas.

What are your summer goals?
Compete at 2'6". Go to my first Dressage show. Then there's all that assorted stuff on my 2017 goals list that pertains to fitness and such.

Do you have any tips or tricks for fly control?
Buy frog to sit on your shoulder while you ride. No, jk. I actually don't have many tips outside of picking a really good fly spray. I tend to just suffer.


How often do you bathe your horse?
I always hose down after a ride on hot days, but then there was also that particularly hot day last summer where I hosed Max for his own sake. There will probably be plenty of those this summer. Other than that, they only get full baths before shows.

Do you have any upcoming travel plans? Equine related or otherwise?
I'm actually on vacation right now, and I'm hoping to take a weekend trip to New York with a friend at the end of the summer.



What is your favorite way to beat the heat?
Stay inside, lol. I actually like hot, humid weather, but if it's ever too much, I just wait to go outside until the evening. The weather always tends to be doable after 5pm.

Do you do anything to prevent your horse from sunbleaching?
Nighttime turnout, but, frankly, I've never cared about coat bleaching. It only bothers me when the tail bleaches and the hairs begin to break.


How hot is too hot for you to ride?
I'm uncomfortable when it's in the 80s, but I can deal if it's overcast or if I have an indoor arena to ride in. Of course, ponies will be thoroughly hosed after.

How important is sun protection for you riding or just in general?
The perks of having melanin mean that I don't need extra sun protection . . . well, I probably need it, but ol' soleil hasn't killed me yet. For the horses, white noses get sun screen/protection as needed, but I've never had to deal with sun burn past burnt noses.


Have you ever gone swimming with your horse?
NO AND I WANT TO SO BAD BUT EVERYONE GOES SWIMMING WHEN I'M NOT THERE.

And because shopping is always on my mind, what’s on your summer wish list?
At this point, to avoid prolonged frustration and the need to plan things ridiculously far in advance, a horse of my own would be real nice.


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