Sunday, May 28, 2017

Blog Hop: May 10 Questions

I figured I'd hop on the blog-hopping wagon before the month is over - a huge thanks to The Horse is Not Black for the content! Some of the questions were ones I didn't even consider before, but maybe it is because I live where it rains 340 days of the year?

This is what Spring looks like.
1. What are your summer goals?
Aside from all my animals staying healthy, I'd love to take Annie to a show or two, a few clinics, and have her become a more reliable partner by the end of the year. My tentative goal is Training Level, but depending on how she reacts in a show atmosphere, we may stick to Walk/Trot. My goals with her are flexible, mostly because I want her to turn into a solid equine Citizen.

Goals for Spud are to show him in the BVX this year again and a CDE near the end of the year - lack of funds prevented me from hitting some CDEs this Summer, which sucks but it is what it is.

Goals for Suzie this Summer is to be as comfortable as she can be. She is starting to have some bad days, which is really solidifying the decision I made just a short week ago. For right now, we will continue to plug along and enjoy eachother, but the reality of the situation is becoming more pressing, which is really sad.

2. Do you have any tips or tricks for fly control?
Not really. I mostly just fly-spray my horses and that's about it. I may have to throw a fly-mask on a few weeks out of the year but our bugs aren't too malicious or terrible.

3. How often do you bathe your horse?
 Not often. I usually give them a post-Winter bath in the Spring and then again when Summer or a show hits. They get hosed off at the end of very hot or sweaty rides, tho.

 4. Do you have any upcoming travel plans? Equine related or not?
Non-equine related, the BF and I are heading to Nanaimo to visit my parents for a week! We haven't been on a vacation in 2.5 years so we are quite overdue for one! We will be taking the Ferry down, which I am partly excited for and partly nervous for.

 Equine-related travel plans are subject to change pending clinics and events, but we will be going to the BVX at the end of August with Spud and Annie. It isn't any kind of extensive haul tho - about 3 hours.

5. What is your favorite way to beat the heat?
 Standing in front of a fan, lol.
Also, cold showers.

6. Do you do anything to prevent your horse from sun bleaching?
 Nope. We rarely see the sun anyways ;)

Au Natural for Suzie

 7. How hot is too hot for you to ride?
 It dépends if it will be a schooling ride or just a trail ride. Schooling rides suck in the heat but sometimes trail rides are fun. When the temperature creeps up to 28-30C (83F+), I'm good with staying home!

8. How important is sun protection for you riding or just in general?
 I'm actually really terrible about protecting myself from the sun. I will say that I am pretty vain and like to be tan, especially since my Portuguese skin just soaks up the rays. I do not own any sun-shirts or anything, but will apply sunscreen.

9. Have you ever gone swimming with your horse?
 With Suzie and Spud, yes. With Annie, no.

I hope to take her maybe one day, but it is something that makes me nervous, especially after Suzie and I encountered a sink hole.

I was surprised I didn't goof and drop my phone.
10. What's on your summer wish list?
 A few things, lol.
  • A set of clippers for Spud
  • Smaller girth for my jump saddle
  • Racing-style breastplate
  • Tredstep Tall Boots 
  • Kerrits Show Jacket in Grey
  • Bates Isabell Dressage saddle (18'' please and thank you very much).
Unfortunately, most of them will remain wishes for a while, haha!


  1. It's always so interesting to me to read about other climates and how people deal with weather. We start hitting 80F+ in may and don't leave it until September usually, haha. I'm jealous of your short bug season, but clearly there are trade offs! 😀

  2. I can't imagine having rain that often!

  3. Ummmm a sink hole?! Maybe I need to rethink the whole swimming thing...