Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Blog Hop: Location

Courtesy of ASSFS!

As most of you know, I live in Hell, aka the Deep South- eastern Alabama.

While it's definitely not Horse Mecca, I am impressed by the variety I've found here- everything from therapeutic riding to trails riding to A circuit H/J and all the disciplines in between.

Average Costs (for English):

  • Board
    • Pasture- ~$300- $400
    • Stall Board- $500-$700
    • Training board isn't really a thing here, but then again, I am not one to actively seek out training board.
  • Farrier
    • Barefoot- $35
    • Front Shoes- $110
    • All Four Shoes- $170
  • Hay Bales- the price has really increased with the drought
    • Coastal/Bermuda- $5/bale, $35/round bale
    • Timothy- $12/bale
Weather? Do you like moisture? 

Temperatures are mild (mid-40s at the lowest during the day) in the winter, but the humidity makes the cold really sink into your bones. Spring/summer/fall usually hot and moist. It likes to rain in the afternoons or for days straight. Or recently, not rain for 4 months, then rain for 4 days straight.

Riding demographic? I think it's definitely a lot of trail/Western riders, with a smattering of English riders.

Other notes? We are super close to Pensacola, FL and Marietta, GA, as well as reasonably close to Brownland, which is lovely. We also have a vet school with a pretty darn stellar equine department.

Frustrating things in the area? Lack of "special" horse care- it was super hard to find chiropractic work until earlier this year. There are basically 2 farriers in the area consistently. Lack of big(ger) name clinicians (or any clinicians, really, except Doug Payne last year). And I understand all those standpoints- it's not as though this is a high dollar horse area, and most people do Western or leisure. Having lived in Lexington, KY for all of my riding career, my view of the horse world is very warped and very privileged. 

- K & C & L

Thursday, December 1, 2016

My Christmas List

Dear Santa:

I've only got a few things on my Christmas list... They're nothing *too* crazy.

1. Thinline Ultra Sheepskin Half Pad or Thinline Shims

In my never-ending quest to get my saddle to fit Lexie- the Ogilvy is too puffy and pinches her withers. It's this or new shims for my cotton one to try to lift my saddle *just* enough for some wither relief. 

2. Back on Track Mesh Sheet

Lexie has been a little tight through her back, and with her 15th birthday on the horizon, she needs some love.

3. Asmar Shirt in Merlot

I have been in love with this forever, and it comes in burgundy- one of my favorite colors!

4. Grooming Tote

My plastic grooming tote is a nuisance to fit in my trunk, so I'd love something mildly smooshable.

5. New sneakers- with internships on the horizon, I've got my eye on a new pair of comfy sneakers for clinics. Maybe a pair of New Balances or Nike Theas?

6. AN INTERNSHIP- I really just want a plan for next yet, let's be real.

7. New joints for Candy

Two new hocks would be fantastic, Santa. Candy is tired of Lexie having all the fun.

But really, all jokes aside- what is on your Christmas list?

- K & C & L