So I have 4 items that don't make up a post on their own, but together they do!
1. A great trail ride with Hawk and Fiction!
Hawk showed me around the hay fields and up on the ridge on Easter. We had a great ride on a very beautiful day. When we came back, I hopped Penn over an 18" crossrail in the arena since I was in my jump tack. He completely overjumped it the first time, and then hopped over the second. That was enough for me, haha! Quit before I fall off from the combined effect of 1) not jumping seriously in several years, and 2) jumping a horse than has jumped less than 20 fences in his life. A side note, someone had set my cavalettis up on the highest setting to put up a tiny vertical last week and we jumped that a couple times! Wahoo, we're getting a little crazy, haha.
2. Penn has a lot of white ticking coming in.
|Attempting to fit Penn, Fiction and the beautiful scenery all in one shot. Nope, haha.|
I noticed some white hairs in Penn's coat last fall, but there weren't too many. I gave him a vetrolin bath Sunday and took him out to hand graze and brushed him while he dried. As I brushed, I noticed a ton of white hairs near his flanks and then more and more white hairs over his rump and on his barrel. He has some white hairs in his tail (not anywhere near enough for a skunk tail), and I know Alla Czar passes on rabicano/sabino coloring to his offspring. Anyone know if rabicano white hair ticking gets bolder with age? Either way, it looks like it's manifesting stronger with this year's summer coat.
3. I'm shopping for a new white saddle pad.
|It doesn't show up far away, but there's a lot of white hairs in this bay coat!|
I love my Classic Equine pad, but it's got a couple funny spots that I can't get washed out, they don't make that saddle pad anymore, and the drop isn't enough for Penn's saddle anyway. Saddle pad requirements: white, prefer no trim colors (I use bleach), square corner, no bigger than a 22" spine with a 21" drop (I like close fitting pads and these are the measurements of the BOT dressage pad that I do like the fit of). Also up for consideration: one with the half pad attached (and I will forgo the bleach).
I've had some excellent recommendations, and I did more hunting on my own. I'm torn between the Warendorf Dressage Saddle Pad
and Equine Comfort Grip Tech Dressage Pad
from Dover (plus some others sprinkled in the mix). Please vote for something.
|Warendorf Pad- I love the black trim too (it would match Penn's fancy boots), and at $29.99 each, I could buy both!|
A little concerned about the lack of curve in the spine.
|Equine Comfort Grip Tech Dressage Pad- I like the puffy nature of the pad and I wouldn't use my half pad under it.|
Possibly affordable at $114.99. The drop isn't quite long enough though.
|ECOGOLD CoolFit Dressage Pad - A more expensive version of the above? At $194.99, it's out. Plus I can't tell if it's puffy, and I'd want to use this in place of a regular pad and half pad.|
|Circuit Sheepskin Square Saddle Pad - Combines the pad and half pad. Not terribly excited about it (I wish it had a square corner), but I feel like $129.99 is a good price for something like this.|
4. I'm shopping for turnout boots.
|Total Saddle Fit Six Point Pad - I love love love this one, and I've wanted it for forever. Mikey was going to get one for the wither freedom, but I'm not so sure Penn needs it, and at $189 + shipping - possible return customer discount, this is expensive, and more than I want to spend.|
BO will put turnout boots on horses (yay! but I still have to check with her to make sure), and Penn is starting to interfere behind even more when he's out on his own (mid cannon height on the inside of the leg), and I'm terrified that he's going to hurt himself (he nicked himself this weekend and his leg had some slight fill). I'm mostly just looking for hind boots- he's good about the fronts. I was going to put Mikey's old DSBs on him, except I'm concerned that in the summer they'll hold in too much heat and then get waterlogged when it rains or gets too muddy. I'd like to stay away from fleece and neoprene simply because of the heat build up- he's going to be wearing these for at least 12 hours at a time. I really like the Equilibrium Tri-Zone® Airlite Allsports II Boots
, but they're so expensive! I'd use them for trail rides too so they get more use than just turnout (also Penn hated the Roma ankle boots I put on him for our Easter trail ride), but it's still tough for me to justify that much money for turnout boots when plain splint boots would probably do the job. Also, the cost prohibits me from getting another set for his front legs. Any favorite turnout boots?
|Possible solution to protect Penn's legs?|
I have a total saddle fit half pad and I like it, but I don't know if I full price like it. It doesn't do anything magical but it is a nice half pad.ReplyDelete
As far as turnout boots go, I tried using SMBs but Stinker never kept them on so I gave up. I never had a problem with heat, but he was also pulling them off quite rapidly... So not much help there.
Yea, I don't think the TSF pad would be magical, I just like it! I threw it in the running since it does have the half pad built in.Delete
I have a pair of SMBs, but I want to stay away from those- I haven't heard good things about using them as turnout boots (legs getting a reaction from the extended contact with them and heat build up), and I'm VERY particular about how they're put on because I rarely see them put on correctly. Seeing them put on wrong on other people's horses makes my eyes bleed, so I'd never ask someone to put them on my own horse (especially when they're in a hurry to get the horses out).
I have not heard great things about the longevity of that top non-slip material on the ECP pad. Kind of a bummer, because they are the "cheap" version of the Ecogold, but not if they fall apart quickly. Otherwise the only ones I have personal experience with are the TSF (friend had it, it would not EVER stay in place during a ride) and the Ecogold (tons of eventers have these, haven't heard anything bad about them yet except you have to be diligent about keeping it clean or it'll stain pretty fast). I'm a huge fan of my Ogilvy square pads (the high wither cut is AWESOME) but they don't exactly fit your size requirement.ReplyDelete
I wonder if the longevity of the ECP pad would be better for me since I won't be using it all the time? As for the Ecogold, I'm generally very diligent about keeping white items white, but an almost $200 pad that stains easily scares me! I've seen them on the eventers, and I really like them too. I'll check out the Ogilvy pad anyway! Thanks!Delete
My show pad is the Ogilvy pad. You can take a look at it if you want. I'm not a fan.Delete
Definitely! I'll take a look at it this weekend.Delete
another mention on ECP: i have their shimmable half pad and the shim material has compressed to literally nothing in a very few short months, so it ultimately probably wouldn't be a good substitute for a half padDelete
Hmm, so I don't want that. So I'm looking at the expensive EcoGold pad then, haha. I'll have to go to the local Dover store and poke and prod at saddle pads. I'm not crazy about the circuit pad, but I'm really thinking I want the half pad built in and I don't think I want to spend almost $200. Not yet anyway.Delete
My mother's mare is 13 (also out of LOTS of grey horses, she was supposed to grey out but never did) and is a bay, she's got a ton of grey hairs this summer too. Super weird!ReplyDelete
Interesting! Penn won't gray out- I know that. He's got some sabino/rabicano characteristics already (creeping socks, white hairs up at the top of his tail, white flecking throughout his coat), and from what I've read, rabicano clusters at the flanks and branches out. He definitely has more white hairs at his flanks, and more than he did last year!Delete
+1 for the circuit pad. We have several and love them - I'm using the black one to show Taran. If you get them on sale at Dover I think they're $99.ReplyDelete
Oh. Well then! It just moved up a little in my book because the more I sit and think about it, the more I really would like the half pad and saddle pad to be an all-in-one deal! I'm going to make a trip to the local Dover store either Friday evening or next week because most of these are at Dover anyway!Delete