Well it seems like lately there has not been much to write about. My life has been pretty boring, but sometimes that can be a good thing. Right now my life is pretty routine. Get up, work, give lessons, come home, dinner, give Jacob a bath, playtime, watch cartoons with Jacob, do paperwork, go to bed, get up and do it all again. I am getting really worn out right now though, I think this is the worst shape I have ever been in. I am trying to start working out some during the day. While I feed horses I do jumping jacks or sprint the length of the pasture until they are finished eating. I am hoping to get some more energy. I am also just telling myself: Make it to summer. Then you can move your lessons around and you will have a few evenings off. Then maybe I will not be so tired, but I know as summer is approaching I will get more calls about lessons, take in more training horses, and go to more shows. That just means that my evenings off will have something else to do. It will not really mean time off.
On top of being busy with business and family life I am trying to figure out what I want to do for my husband’s 40th Birthday party. He will be 40 June 12. That is only a month and a half away! Time flys! He is from Oklahoma and I would love to do a party out there for him, but his sister and parents now live here so that means I would have to do 2 parties. I am also thinking if I do a party in Oklahoma I can take the truck and trailer and pick up a few horses while I am out there!
How has your life been going lately? Do you feel like you ever just fall into a routine? Do you like routine? How do you switch things up?
Today is Thursday and that means it is time for another Thursday tip. This tip is a little different from most of the tips I give. It is not really horse related. This one is people related. It is about your skin. Take care of it!!! You only have 1 body and you need to take care of it. I’m not sure about where you are, but the weather here in South Carolina has been beautiful the last 2 weeks. I have even worn shorts and tank tops already. Most of my students are young girls and they love to be out wearing tops and working on their tans. I have a great tan because I am outside all day every day. I do not lay in tanning beds and I do wear sun screen. I try to take care of my skin. I try to tell all my girls to wear sun screen for their lessons. They do not want to be 40 years old and have their skin look like saddle leather. I use lotion ALL the time. My favorite lotion to date is by Ulta. It is called Beauty Smoothie Dragonfruit Frappe Body Creme. It is amazing. It keeps my skin soft no matter what kind of weather I deal with during the day. It smells good too. So while you are out working horses this summer, use some lotion, and take care of your skin!
The deadlines for summer internships is Friday April 26! That is this Friday! If you are interested in working at Wishing Winds Ranch this summer please get your application and video in by Friday. The video should show you catching, grooming, saddling, walking, and trotting a horse. This is a horse training internship and you will have daily contact with horses. Some days we may trail ride or go to shows and barrel races. Other days we will be giving lessons while other days we are just working horses here at the farm. This is an internship that gives real world experience, you will not be wasting time cleaning stalls, you will be working with horses and see how things really work day to day at a horse training operation. Please feel free to ask any questions you may have. Videos can be submitted via YouTube, email, or mailed on DVDs.
I have been trying to get back into making some custom tack. I did quite a bit while I was pregnant and on bed rest. Since I had Jacob, I have not really had the time to make as much as I used to or would like to. I have been trying to sit down and start working on some tack at least once a week. I am beginning to build a small inventory. I am going to try to keep them listed on the Tack Shop page. If I do not have what you are looking for, I can custom make what you want. Just send me an email for prices and information.
Well it has been a while since I did a Thursday tip. It is spring, which means riding weather. I am slammed with horses to ride and lessons to give right now. Don’t get me wrong, I love my life and I would not be any happier doing anything else. I am just really really busy right now. But anyway…Here is my tip to you this week. Do not be afraid of changes. I know, this sounds like a life tip, and in a way it is. Embrace change!
Actually this tip came up in one of my lessons this week. I have a newer student. This was her third lesson and I have watched her run at a few rodeos. She has been training her horse herself for the last few years and is just now starting to compete. Well for a high school student that has never really trained a horse and horse that has never had any previous barrel experience, they are not bad. But there are a few things I have worked on with her that have helped her out some. After watching her last rodeo run on at home on my TV what seems like 1000 times I decided I wanted to try a new bit on her horse. He was hesitant and fight her some behind the barrels. When I told her I wanted to try a new bit, she was VERY resistant. “This is the only bit he has ever had in his mouth, I tried one like that once and it was awful.” I got several excuses, but told her to please just trust me and try it. The first bit we tried was better, but I still was not quite satisfied so we switched again. And now TA-DA that horse is working better than he has ever worked and I even got a thank you message from the mom because the daughter was so excited that her horse was working so much better.
The point I am getting at is, when you are working with a trainer, trust them a little and take their advice. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t. At least take the chance. It could pay off in the long run!
We are proud to announce that the first clinic of 2013 will be held at the Wishing Winds Ranch facility in Woodruff SC May 3-5! It will be a barrel racing clinic. Spots are limited so please look take a look at the flyer and get in touch with me ASAP if you are interested! If you do not own a horse, but are interested in attending we do have a few horses that will be available to be rented for the weekend. This clinic will be tailored to fit every rider’s individual needs. Beginners to advanced riders are welcome!
I know that my usual Thursday tip is more of a training tip or riding tip. Today we are going to change things up a bit. Today I am going to tell you about an AMAZING product that I have heard quite a bit about but I just recently started using.
The product is called ToMorrow. It is a dry cow product. For those of you who don’t know, a dry cow is a cow that is not lactating. Yes, that right this is a cattle product. Let me tell you if it works as good for mastitis as is does for thrush no wonder it is a best seller!
It has been really rainy and wet lately and some of the horses that do not get used as much just stand out in the pasture. I pulled them all in the other day for trimming and worming. One of my older pretty much retired geldings had a touch of thrush. I tried ToMorrow and after 3 days I could not see any sign of the thrush. I was amazed.
Yesterday, I went to a client’s farm to work a few horses for them since they are out of town for Spring Break. I brought all the horses in and quite a few were starting to show signs of thrush so I gave everyone a quick application of ToMorrow and then wrote them instructions on how to use it when they got back. Hopefully they will have the good results I have had with it.
I am not a vet or farrier, I am just sharing my opinion on a product I used and loved. Have you ever used ToMorrow for thrush? If so, how did it work for you? Also, if you have any questions about thrush, or how to use ToMorrow please feel free to ask!