Saturday, November 26, 2011

Lazy days ...

Today was a good day:)  Tiki man hung out all week long since it was Thanksgiving week and I've been going nuts making all kinds of preparations.  This morning, my alarm went off at 6 am, so I went ahead and hooked up the trailer and took the muffin man to Patchwork.  He is a hairy beast, let me tell ya!!  Can't WAIT to clip him!  After Christmas, after Christmas...

He was weirdly in his stall when I got there.  I guess Joyce was worried about rain or something.  I didn't mind; made it easy to throw him on the trailer!  I've recently been trailering him naked-legged.  I always go back and forth as to whether I want to wrap or not wrap.  What do YOU do?  Do you wrap?  Why?  If you use standing wraps, do you do all 4 legs?  Do you use bell boots?

Began the morning with a trail ride.  He hadn't done the full trail at PW in about a year, and it was on the buckle the entire time.  I took 2 other kidlets, and I enjoyed riding my boy.  We had one sticky minute going down a steep wash out area to a creek crossing, but I convinced him it was ok to go first.

After the successful trail ride, I taught 2 of my IEA team kids on him.  He was very good; I have NO complaints.  The girls rode him very well, and I enjoyed watching him.  Took him back home, hosed off his nasty self and sponged him with some apple cider vinegar.

Not sure what the week holds.  I will for sure ride him before our IEA show on Sunday; probably in the dressage saddle.  Haven't done that in awhile.  I'll be glad when I get some more FREE TIME!:)


  1. I wrap with standing wraps almost all of the time. The only time I didn't, it was about a ten minute ride, so I didn't feel like he really needed it. I don't know about shipping with bell boots. A lady at the barn does with her mare, but I feel like it might be "too much" if you know what I mean. To each his own I guess...

  2. The best view in the world.

    I don't wrap or boot unless it's an accident prone horse. I've seen horses get hurt by pulling a wrap loose and getting tangled in it. Provided your trailer is safe, it should be a non-issue. In the event of an accident, wraps won't make much of a difference. I've shipped 23 hours without wraps and had no issue.

  3. I generally do use bell boots in case there's any scrambling, but don't boot or wrap because it's generally summertime when we're hauling and I don't want all the heat build up.