I love this time of the year, when the sun sets so late that it almost feel like you have a full day to enjoy after you get out of work/school/wherever you are trapped during normal hours. The evenings have been cooler, full of light, and generally unavoidably gorgeous….so long as it isn’t raining so hard that you spend the evening bailing out your basement. The rain keeps the ground good though, so I can’t complain too much, although I’d certainly prefer if it kept nocturnal hours.
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Your Wednesday News & Notes
For any pairs who dragged their feet and thought they missed their chance, Surefire will be accepting post entries through Monday, June 18.
From Theodore O’Connor to Our Nobby, smaller models have a way of making history. H&H has compiled a list of notable eventing stars who have made their way to the top of the sport despite diminutive stature. Horses like Forrest Nymph, Our Solo, and the latest teacup sensation Lakevale Toyman, who just contested his first CCI1* in Melbourne despite only 13.2h of stature. [Small Event Horses]
Is Michael Jackson a genius or a fool for riding around Bramham with a rein attached to a cheekpiece? As it turns out, he’s neither. While his normal get-up of a second set of reins attached the the metal ring of a kineton is unusual, the tack malfunctioned this weekend, with the rein slipping through to the leather cheekpiece. [The Bizarre Bramham Bridle]
Congo Brazzaville C has breathed life back into Mara DePuy’s upper level career. Before Congo came along, Mara had thought her career at the top was winding down, full already of accomplishments like representing the US on the world stage. But Mara, who is notoriously popular as a trainer for the flatwork, has found herself looking towards Kentucky again. [One to Watch]
Attwood Wednesday Words of Wisdom:
There are many compelling reasons why Attwood only uses premium raw materials in its footing formulas. If you love to cook or bake, this will all make perfect sense to you. But if you are kind of hack in the kitchen, just follow along.
All of our raw materials are accompanied with a SDS (Safety Data Sheet). This important information provides the makeup of material components, safe use, and safety of handling and storage for a particular material or product. So we know exactly what we are working with.
Knowing that our ingredients are consistent means we can produce consistent footing every time. By comparison, if you were baking bread, you wouldn’t throw in any old flour from the back of the cupboard into the mix and expect a great result? Of course not.
But what of recycled products such as carpet scraps and ground up tennis shoes? The real concern with adding recycled products into your footing is that you have no idea what’s really in there. And there is the concern of chemicals leaching out into paddocks and waterways. As for rubber, not only does it have a terrible odor, it breaks down easily creating a dusty and unhealthy environment for all.
It’s difficult to know the long-term effects recycled additives will have on your horse, you and the environment… while an Attwood footing will be safe and consistent ride after ride.
Good footing is an investment in the health and well being of your horse. Have a question? Shoot us an email at [email protected] or call 888-461-7788.