Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Truthful Tuesday: Romey Edition

Today's confession is that I've given up on Romey. Sometimes you have to know when you've spent all you can spend. Not just monetarily but emotionally too.
Romey hasn't been sound since he came to me. I've given him lots of time, lots of rehab, and lots of vet and body work visits. Only to finally discover he had an old fracture way up high on the right hind. My vet can't fix that. We tried injecting the SI to see if that could help him compensate better. Which it did. For about three weeks. I had the vet back out when Romey decided he was no longer interested in trotting for me. (Let alone canter!) Romey also has kissing spine. And while Doc didn't think that was causing Romey's refusal to work, I can't help but wonder if it's contributing. Add in his not so delightful personality and I finally had to admit this just isn't going to work.

So then what? I love my little farm, but it's far from perfect. My turnout is barely adequate for my working horses, let alone one who isn't going to be ridden. So keeping him at my place would be unfair. Not an option. Romey may not have been a good match for me, but he was a war horse on the track. He's more than earned a decent place to live his life. So I started researching retirement farms. I had no idea the scope of what was out there! They can range anywhere from $150 per month to over $1000. But I didn't really want for him to go somewhere that would pull his shoes, throw him in a field and forget about him. So we're talking in the $450 to -$650 range per month. Not horribly unreasonable, but with Badger in training, it would definitely strain my ability to buy groceries and put gas in my car. (And I'd have to quit shopping cold turkey. Can you imagine?!) The other factor? Romey is eight years old. Other than having a creaky skeleton, he's quite healthy. And he's a little aggressive. All those things mean that his horse will happy and comfortably live in retirement for at minimum 15 years. You guys. That's approximately $90,000.
I like to think of myself as a responsible horse owner. I do the best I am able for my tall kids (the short ones too actually), and if I can't keep them, I find the best home I can for them (not the short kids, they always stay. ALWAYS). But financially, I wasn't sure I could swing this for Romey.

At this point, I was basically thinking I should just give up riding and nurse these animals I have through old age as best I can at my farm. But finally, I decided to reach out to his last owner. As they have a no slaughter cause in their contracts, I figured they must know of affordable, decent places to retire these horses. Luckily, this was a great decision. In talking with his last human, she asked what my vet had thought about him having a light work job. My vet very much thinks he can have a job, and that he doesn't necessarily need to retire fully. But he does need some more vet work and will require some maintenance. Previous human has many people come to her for light work horses and/or walking trail horses. Either of these jobs could be great for him. So she agreed to take him back (I pay shipping and a small processing fee). She will give him the winter off, consult with the vets at the University of Kentucky, and then find an appropriate home for him.
I'm relieved that this is all working out, and I hope things go to plan. While he didn't work out for me, I still have a spot in my cold little heart for him. I'm sad that he's leaving, but I'm hopeful he'll find a home that he's happier in. He's such a handsome guy, and while kind of a bitey jerk, I really do think he's more playful than mean. He'll be leaving next week sometime. Oddly enough, I'm really going to miss him.

Safe travels Romes. I'll miss you buddy.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Thursday's Threads

Happy Outfit day everyone! It's a perfect summer day here today, not too humid, highs in the lower 80's. I wish it could stay like this forever! I don't have a running outfit today because despite it being perfect running weather, I was too lazy to get out of bed and go. I don't even feel all that guilty. Anyway, let's start with last night's riding outfit:
Blurry action shot of said outfit. And Jamp's attempt at stretchy trot.
It was a nice evening last night so I was able to wear a t-shirt again. It's been a little chilly here at night and I've been riding in long sleeves. Brrr.

Helmet: One-K Snakeskin Defender
This helmet is really comfy, it's been getting worn a lot lately. I did order a smaller liner to see if I want a little snugger fit. It does stay put though, so I'm not sure I need it. We'll see when it gets here!

Tee: Exquisite Equine Apparel
I thought this was funny when I saw it and decided it was a must have. No regrets. Though Jamp wiped his face on it and stained it forever already.

Belt: Vineyard Vines
Gotta wear a whale buckle with whale breeches. Obviously.

Breeches: Equine Couture
I still think these are super fun. I don't wear them a ton because they're really snug which I don't love. But I do love the grippy knees, the seersucker, and the embroidered (not printed!) whales! Maybe I'll scour the internet for the next size up.

Boots: La Mundial
These are the orphan boots I got in Florida last year. I haven't worn them a ton because they seem to get overshadowed by some of the others. But after last night, I think they're earning their place in the rotation. They're starting to feel broken in, and I love that they're actually the right height for me. The top part is navy blue patent leather with kind of a crinkle effect on it. Subtle, but still really fun.

Spurs: Evo Equine
Straps: Stacie Originals
I figured my oil slick spurs would liven these boots up some. So fun!

And here's what I'm wearing at work today:

Cacti! Which you probably can't really see in this photo, so we'll have to look closer.

Top: Mine
Cacti are totally in right now. Who decides this stuff? And I thought this print was cute. I love the very subtle green and pink hues to the plants.

Belt: No brand
This is just an el cheapo generic leather belt strap from Ebay with my H buckle on it.

Pants: Rue 21
My local Rue 21 store closed up shop a few weeks ago, and I found these on the sale rack for like $5. I've been loving the frayed hems that are all around this season.

Shoes: Soludos
Cacti shoes! I've gone a little over board on collecting these loafer type shoes with ridiculous things embroidered on them. This pair is so cute! If you are interested in Soludos shoes though, do note, they run pretty small. You can size up between a half and a full size be just fine. This pair is a full size bigger than I normally wear (they were out of the half size so I took a chance) and they are only a hair loose.

There's a fairly good chance this entire outfit happened because I found this adorable necklace and needed a reason to own it.

Lefty is donning some vintage Gucci bracelets in similar (though brighter) shades as the cacti on my top.

Righty is wearing a stretchy stone bracelet from Ettika and this GORGEOUS hemp and stone bracelet that Nicole from Nicole's Creations made just for me this month. It arrived yesterday and I couldn't wait to wear it for Thursday's Threads!

That's what I'm wearing today! What do you have on? Any favorites from today?

What's Up Wednesday

Things have been pretty status quo around here, so there's not a whole lot up this Wednesday. We did some pampering on Friday since it was pouring buckets outside.

Rio got his mane done too, but somehow I didn't get a photo. Saturday morning was still rainy, but that was fine because I had to bring my car in. Again. Ugh. This one's gonna be expensive. But hopefully she'll be patched up and running great for the next ten years! Haha. Sure. Anyway...
Sunday I had some crazy burst of motivation. I got up and ran 3 miles. I know! Crazy. Running is the worst, but I had some nice scenery at least. There must have been a classic car show near by as a ton of gorgeous classic cars drove by me.
I also saw an enormous deer and lots of bugs. Post run, I hopped in the shower and headed downtown for the farmers market. Also got myself a well deserved egg sandwich. I enjoyed at the barn before riding everyone.
After fueling up, I dragged the ring which was long overdue. LONG. OVER. DUE. I think next spring I need to get someone to come in and re-grade the whole thing. But it was much improved after dragging. Which was great, because Sunday was the day I put the jumps up a little for Jampy. They ranged from 2'3" to 3'3" cause I don't like to get off too many times to adjust fances! #lazy
He was great, and the increase in height was no issue for him.

Rio probably wasn't that happy with me Sunday though. I made him wear a bit because steering has been non existent with the side pull lately. Be looks so handsome in a real bridle.
Though maybe not from that angle... This is his skinny face side. You can see where there's nothing but skin and bones on his cheek. He doesn't usually let me take photos of that side. I think he's handsome with or without face muscles.
Romey and I have agreed that riding is just walking these days. More about him next week.
After all the ponying, I took the puggers for a walk cause I promised. They love walks, and I'm really not such a good mom in that department.
They aren't super fit though, so immediately after our walk they looked like this:

So tired. Need naps. I figured I'd let them cool off in the A/C while I stopped by the lake for my weekly lobster roll. The band this week was a jazz band made up of five adorable elderly men. They only played for an hour so were pretty much done by the time I got there. Technically the bands are supposed to play 6-8, so that was a pretty short concert. After lobster rolling, I got really crazy and stopped at Ben & Jerry's for some Tonight Dough.
Such a good call.
Monday was raining again, so the ponies had themselves another day off. So spoiled. But we've been back at it Tuesday and today. Jampy jumped a few more jumps tonight. I didn't flat him long enough though. As a result, I had a crappy canter, and wound up doing a lot of pulling to the tight spot. Except for this one time when we had one of these:

Sometimes he runs away with me. It always comes out of nowhere and he anticipates my grabbing him in the face so after the initial scoot (when I always get left behind and do in fact grab him in the face) he throws his head up really high, then bounces away. So predictable that Jamp. It used to scare me, but now it's really just kind of funny. Unless we're showing. Then it's not funny at all. Well. Maybe a little. We finished up trotting through the combination a few times. He jumped pretty cute. No idea what I'm doing up there.
And that's about it from here.
What's up with you this Wednesday? Do anything exciting this past week/weekend?

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Truthful Tuesday

You guys. Some things just aren't meant to be tamed. Like James Dean. Or Zebras. Or Deer.
You know what else refuses to be tamed? Jamp's mane.
Since he hasn't shown in forever, I will confess to being a little lazy in the mane control department. But this is getting out of hand. So on Friday when the sky was falling outside, I decided to take my free night and get these manes back in order.
But then, this was my view on Saturday:
One night! That's all I got out of half those training braids! So I braided it all back over again. And this was the next day:
In conclusion, certain things aren't meant to be tamed. Like Zebras, James Dean, Deer, and Jamp's mane.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Thursday's Threads

Outfit DAY! I have three outfits to share today, even though I didn't actually get to ride last night. I was super confident I would beat the storms, at least for one horse. So I got changed really fast. But not fast enough. Bummer! Let's start there with my non-riding riding outfit:

It's too bad I didn't ride because the horses had matching outfits set to go too. Maybe another week!

Shirt: Ralph Lauren for Beval
Real talk: This shirt is too small for me. I thought I grabbed a different one when I was organizing my riding stuff. THIS is why it's important to clean out your closets on the regular. It's unfortunate that I don't actually fit into this anymore though because I like this one. It's a nice shade of chocolate, and the Beval on the sleeve is kind of cute. You know, if you're into branding.

Belt: Ralph Lauren
I found this one on Ebay. It's interesting in that the ribbon part with the horse heads is only on a small section of the belt. The rest is plain brown strap. But I like it. The horse shoe next to the buckle is a nice touch too.

Breeches: Tailored Sportsman
These aren't stained I swear. That was from the rain when I was closing up the barn doors. I'm too cheap to really buy many pairs of TS, but they're still my favorites. I will admit though, it may be time to size up... Or maybe I should cut back on the potato chips. Probably not happening though. (More real talk.)

Boots: Horka
I really should wear these more often. I like them a lot. They're soft and comfy, but not so soft that they fall down or bunch up. And I love that they're really tall.

I'm just going to keep going in the order that I actually wore stuff. So next up is my running outfit from this morning. I got 3 miles in with my friend/neighbor, and we were even a bit faster than last week. Just a bit. We're still slow like turtles. Anyway, here's what I wore:
Do you like my semi open dresser in the background? I moved it awhile back and it's totally not balanced where it is now. I'm seriously the worst when it comes to making my house nice.

Tank: Kyodan
I really like this brand. It has a decent amount of stretch without making you feel like you're stuffed in a sausage casing. But not so much stretch that it doesn't hold it's shape. Good stuff!

Tights: Kyodan
Obviously, the tank goes with the tights. These horizontal stripes do nothing to flatter, but I do love the colors!

Sneakers: Mizuno Wave Sayonara

My favorites! Zulily has these on their site every so often, and I almost always grab a pair if they're $60 or less. Cause they're seriously the best running shoes for my feet.

So after my slow as molasses 3 miles this morning, it was time to get ready for work. It's supposed to be pretty warm and muggy again here, so I needed something not too warm, but also something warm enough for my freezing cold office. I went with this:

Simple, yet summery. Plus I could easily (and have already) throw a fleece jacket over while at my desk.

Top: The Loft
This cute little tee is MANY years old. It still fits since it's flowy, and I really like that it's plain so I can pair it with many of my crazy pants.

Belt: Tory Burch
I picked this one up at the Tory Burch outlet in Florida a couple of years ago. They have a really incredible sale right after Christmas, and this was a great deal!

Crazy pants: Cabi
You've seen me mention Cabi before. Cabi sells through independent sellers just like Pampered Chef's selling model. So you can host a party, invite all your friends, and a representative will come to your home to show you the items. It's fun,  you get together with the girls, try on clothes, drink wine. Good times! BUT, the clothes are stupid expensive. I have a friend that sells Cabi, so every so often I'll splurge to support her. I was really surprised to see Cabi featured on Zulily recently. And the prices were more in my normal (cheapskate) range. And that's how I got these pants. They're cropped and have this fun leaf pattern on them. Definitely a great find!

Shoes: Vince Camuto
Ew, seriously, I need to something about these feet. Sorry guys. Fortunately, these sandals are SO CUTE they almost distract from my poor, hideous, non-pedicured feet. Almost.

Arm Party!
Lest you fear that I had NOTHING horsey on today, Lefty is here to soothe your concerns. First up is a horse shoe nail bracelet from Swanky Saddle. I stacked it with a couple mantra bracelets that are tough to read in the photo. The first is #backyardbarn from KJ's Creations and the second is Hakuna Matata that I got from Zulily.

Righty is pretending we're fancy today. First up is my Hermes leather wrap bracelet that my dad and step mom got for me. I love that thing. So soft. So pretty. And the other is less authentic... But it's an H bracelet in the exact same shade as my leather wrap. I love them together.

And that's what I'm wearing today! What about you? Any favorites from today? What are your favorite breeches and/or tall boots?