Yesterday I finally got to go hunting again, as every time I try to schedule a day to take my giant red dinosaur out, it rains/ices/gets cancelled for weather related reasons. This has proved very frustrating. So, I went despite the ankle deep mud, and for a horse who was absolutely petrified of mud a few years ago, he did honorably. After that, I went and bought duck legs from the local butcher to make duck confit for some friends tonight, and then proceeded to ride and bathe all of my other horses, as they had rolled every body part in the mud during a 60 degree day. Now everyone is clean! Until they roll again today.
News From Around the Globe:
The USEA Intercollegiate Eventing Program was created in 2014, and has since taken off with over forty schools affiliated and more than 100 members registered as collegiate riders. One of the biggest milestones of the program was the introduction of the Intercollegiate Leaderboard in 2016. This let college riders earn points at competitions around the country which reflected in their year-end status on the leaderboard. At the convention this fall, they finally introduced the leaders at Preliminary through Beginner Novice. [Meet Inaugural Intercollegiate Winners]
Uh oh, the gauntlet has been thrown down. Time to take the ultimate Eventing 2016 quiz and see how much of an eventing nerd you really are. [Ultimate Eventing Quiz]
Horse & Hound knows how to celebrate the end of 2016, by giving us a top ten list of the most heart warming and popular articles published during the year. [H&H Top Ten]
Also celebrating the holiday seasons are the twelve ponies of Christmas, featuring twelve ponies that were neglected or abused and then brought back to life with help from the World Horse Welfare Organization. Angharad is a yearling pony filly who has now been handled and gentled, and is looking for a home for a year or two before she can return to WHW for potential backing and training. [12 Ponies of Christmas]
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After years of making my own crazy winter hair concoctions, I finally broke down and bought some legit stuff. This Healthy HairCare Hair Moisturizer is the bomb dot com, and I’m not exaggerating. It conditions the hair and makes it silky soft, but not slippery like show sheen. It also smells amazing, and makes your muddy pony look a lot cleaner than he/she might actually be. Diluted with water, it’s one of my new favorite grooming hacks. [SmartPak Product of the Day]
Wednesday Video: Why do top professionals choose footing from Attwood Equestrian Surfaces?