Friday, February 25, 2011

Breed to Beautiful!

Meet Salute the Truth!

This stallion has some serious cred, even running at the most advanced levels of eventing! But, what his most qualifying trait is how much he looks like Guinness. Seriously, check this out!

I mean? Seriously? I would DIE to own this stallion ... or an up and comer by him. His foals are fabulous and he certainly is everything I would look for in a thoroughbred.

So, looking to breed to a TB? Try Salute the Truth.

- all photos from Dodon Farm's website.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Contest!

Hey guys! It's starting to be a big thing in blogs for people to give away items to readers for answering a few questions. Now, I know my following isn't big, but I like to make sure I'm not out of the loop. So .... without further ado I am pleased to announce:

The first Guinness on Tap Giveaway!

On the line: A grab-bag type piece of mysterious horse-related tack or supplies. (Basically, I haven't figured out what you get yet, but it's probably worth about $10-$30).

To win: Simply respond to this post or my personal Facebook page and identify as many pieces of tack and equipment adorning my lovely TB model. The first person with the most complete and detailed response gets the prize. Yes, you can win by saying the brand as well as the type of tack - if you know it!

Rules: Play fair. No calling me with questions. No breaking into my barn to see logos (Cause seriously ... how freaking creepy is that?!). All the info you need to win is in the photo below. No purchase necessary.

Make sure you include your name and a way to contact you with your entry. You wouldn't want your random piece of horse stuff lost in the mail!

Enjoy and best of luck!

P.S. Yes. This is the best I can come up with while doing road hacks. Deal.

Friday, February 18, 2011

A Beautiful Day!

The sun is out, the wind is tamed, and the temperature is utterly perfect for equine activity. Who can resist spending the morning at the barn, throwing all the doors open, currying out some loose winter fur, and cleaning stalls? Yes, even cleaning stalls.

Yesterday, while much windier and cooler than today, Guinness got himself a bath. To put it mildly, he was not pleased. In fact, his face looked very little like this:

Instead he looked quite a bit more evil, and snake-like. Imagine pinned back ears, wrinkled nostrils, bared teeth, and a certain "crazed" look in the eye and you'll have a smidge of an idea of what I had to deal with. Once properly clean, we headed out to dry in the sun and epic winds. Unfortunately, these scared the crap out of my GP, and he spent most of the time quivering at the end of the leadrope and scanning the horizon for wind-demons.

Finally, our road hacking has been going fabulously - if you don't count the trash-truck, the wind-powered trash can, the ominous whistling pine trees and the mailman of doom. BUT! Below find evidence of the motor-foot himself working hard on the streets!

And video of the champ!!
YouTube Video
Seriously, we were totally following the speed limit!




Thursday, February 17, 2011

The Pig Has No Shoes ... Again

Monday was a big day for us. Guinness had his shoes pulled, and my farrier didn't make me feel guilty. Wahoo!

Look at those beautiful toes!

After telling my farrier that I didn't feel that shoes and pads were doing anything but bandaiding my problem, he agreed. He told me that if I could keep Guinness comfortable and avoid bruising, we would have just as much luck barefoot as in shoes - then, he pulled them, did a little evening up and we called it a day.
Luckily, my farrier will be at the farm for the next 2 weeks. That way, if I have any problems he is on hand to help me out. I can't get better than that, plus the soft ground is helping too!

Yesterday I ordered a new set of Cavallo Sport Boots to replace the worn out pair of original Old Macs of the barn's that I have been using. I'd stick with free, but GP thinks that they are a little too clunky to walk or canter normally in (though trotting appears to be fine?), plus one is completely busted at the buckle. In addition, the Cavallo boots are awesome, in that they are all velcro and super fast to put on. How much better can you get for something I'd be putting on and taking off about 3 times a day. Jeesh! I can't wait the 2-5 days for delivery!

Since Tuesday, Guinness and I have been following advice from internet friends and my farrier and going for long walks on the asphalt of the surrounding neighborhoods. I think being barefoot is making GP more comfortable out there, as there has been much less bit chomping and nervousness. Instead I have a horse who has been all business. He pretty much just marches onward, ears pricked and looking all directions. He's relaxed and happy, and that's awesome!

Now for some gratuitous hoof photos. Sorry about the photo qualities, balancing an iphone in the rain is difficult, okay!





On a lighter note, my horse is a trouble maker in turnout. He's a mouthy little thoroughbred if I've ever met one. Two weeks ago he ripped apart a cone and ate a book of dressage tests left in the ring. This week, he's setting up trot poles. Raven and Joe are helping ...


I actually got worried that GP had this pole stuck in his mouth. He held it for over 5 minutes without shifting. Meanwhile, Raven licked his neck and made faces. When I walked out there, I found that silly pony was just playing ...
I think my favorite part is how they scare themselves! Anyone else have a horse who is a riot in turnout?

Monday, February 14, 2011

Oops Moment!





Found: Abandoned in indoor arena. Appears to have been well cared for and trained. I'm sure owner will be looking for it.

Damn. There goes our hope of showing at the Majestic Farms schooling show. This sucks because Guinness and I had really worked out quite a but during our conditioning ride, and I think he was completely ready for Training tests 2&3.

Now, here I am waiting for the farrier. I'm torn between having the other shoe just pulled off and going 100% to bare with boots, or keeping on pads for another cycle. Ugh! Horse! Why you so difficult?!

I have been taking steps to change diet. Starting with soaking hay. GP likes more that way anyway. Especially when I soak it in hot water, cause baby it's been cold outside.

For now, I'm sitting here bracing for a fight with my farrier and dreaming of tonight's delicious valentine's day meal. I hope it's as wonderful as I have planned, especially since the man in question certainly deserves it!

Hope you all are having a good valentine's day and eating lots of good chocolate! Try this cake on for size, you won't be disappointed! Chocolate cake!!
Location:The barn