Category Archives: DIY

The Weekend!

This past weekend, I finally go Tango in the show pen. We showed in halter, two showmanship classes, two English pleasure classes, and one western pleasure class. We placed 2nd in showmanship and 4th in everything else the rest of the day. Considering I didn’t ride her in the arena until our first class, she was great. The bleachers, flag pole with a waving flag, and plenty of people didn’t seem to bother her one bit! How’s that for an inexperienced show horse? Our patterns and rides were nowhere near perfect but they were fun. It feels great getting back into the show pen!

A few days before the show, I came up with an idea to make a stall sign for her. Without any real plan in my brain about how to make one, I was able to put together a pretty cool little sign for less than $5.00 and it lasted through the heat of the weekend. I think I’m going to make a couple more for the other horses and see what improvements I can make. Once I have, I’ll post a tutorial!What do you think? Pretty cute…huh? I think the 2nd and 3rd line could have been bigger; maybe next time. I liked the fact I could make it completely custom to me. I don’t think there is any limit to what could be added to this type of stall sign. Plus with the low cost, you could make a new one whenever you want. I also think it would be a fun project to do for a 4-H club!


New Saddle Woes

I don’t think I’ve owned a brand new saddle…ever. My current saddle had not been ridden when I got and took a while to break in, but I love it now! A friend bought her daughter a new saddle this spring. It’s been quite a pain (literally) for her to break in. The biggest challenge has been the stirrups. So, I thought I’d post a link which has a few tutorials about how to turn stirrups out making them much more comfy and easier to keep on your feet. I’m still searching for a better tutorial or a really good video of how to do it! Feel free to share a link if you know of one!

  • From How to Turn Your Stirrups.  I like the three different ways to turn stirrups given here; however, the last method, which is probably the best, is very confusing.

Effol Passes the Test

This post was supposed to go out Saturday morning…some how everything but the tags and title was deleted. I protested by ignoring WordPress for the weekend, even though I’m pretty sure it was my own fault.

What I wanted to tell you is that the Effol “Ocean Star Spray Shampoo,” I bought a while back, is awesome. This past week has finally been hot enough for me to start giving the horses bathes. I only used the sample bottle that came with the bigger one. So far, the sample bottle has washed three horses and still has some more to go! I love it! It smells good and suds-up really well without needing a lot. I’m pretty sure it would be easy to make my own spray shampoo but for now, I’m going to enjoy this stuff. I highly recommend it!

Did you watch the Derby? I did, of course! My top 5 did…well…I had Bodemeister and Dullahan in the middle of my top 5 so that was ok. My top two, Take Charge Indy and Union Rags didn’t do anything, and El Padrino at the bottom of my list didn’t do anything either. It was a crowded field to say the least. I was really impressed with Bodemeister though, and Dullahan was making a bid for it at the end. I look forward to seeing those two race more.

It was a bit shocking to hear about the murder at Churchill Downs after the race. I can’t help but think of Dick Francis though. It’s like one of his books in real life!

In other news…I passed, not passed, dominated (haha!) my Senior Seminar class and earned an A+ for my final grade. I have never felt such relief! I haven’t celebrated it yet, but I will for sure!

I also got to spend a wonderful day at the barn yesterday and rode both Milo and Tango. Mom even had a good ride on Ozzy. I’m starting to get back in the groove of riding and actually having time to now!

Enjoy the cool photo below! (I just happened to see it when I looked up the murder story)

In a photo taken with a fisheye lens, jockeys and their horses make their way past the grand stand at the Churchill Downs before the 10th race at 138th Kentucky Derby horse race Saturday, May 5, 2012, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

DIY Boot Dyeing

I was recently browsing around on Pinterest (of course…because I’m obsessed) and saw that a horse-show fan pinned a tutorial on dyeing leather shoes. I followed the ling and was impressed by the post! So, if you’re thinking of dyeing some boots this year, either for a revival or a new color, check out this post by Crochet Clouds for some tips.

The guide is for a pair of leather shoes, but don't worry, it's a good guide for leather boots too! Just be sure to tape of the soles!