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TBT: APHA End of Year Awards 2012

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Happy Girl!
Happy Girl!

EVOLUTION

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As my birthday approaches and I am getting closer and closer to becoming seventeen, I can’t help but consider my future. College is a scary and exciting thought that has been racking my brain ever Changesince I entered high school. As a freshmen I was just starting to show Bingo at the Arizona Paint Horse Club horse shows. It was immediately evident that Bingo and I were not as skilled as our competition. I threw myself into working Bingo everyday trying so hard to perfect our lope. Previously trainers had brought to my attention that Bingo was just not built to have a perfect lope but I was in denial. Bingo had carried me through my open showing years with grace and we had been named champion multiple times. It did not make sense that my perfect horse had limitations. When collegiate equestrian teams were brought to my attention the pressure on Bingo and I built. I could not imagine having to go through years of college without the creatures that keep me sane. Horseback riding is a stress reliever and showing my passion. By realizing that I want nothing more than to be able to continue my passion throughout college is what eventually led me to realize Bingo has limitations. This is where Belle came in. The search for Belle was a long and extensive one, but it was a worthy one. In the beginning, I was too picky. I wanted a jaw-dropping spotted beauty like Bingo. I wanted spots galore. I wanted a gelding because that is what I had grown used to. I wanted a minimum of 16 hands that excelled in western events. I was shooting for the stars. Eventually after being shown multiple horses and many vet checks falling through I was once again pointed in the direction of Belle. Though she was a brown mare, Lisa continued to point me in her direction. As they say, your trainer knows best. I am so happy that Belle has been added to our family. Everyday I see improvement and she learns so quickly. Belle loves her job and Bingo loves his new one. I could not stand to see Bingo’s talents go to waste and decided that he too needed to move forward. Now he is teaching a new little girl how this crazy world works. She is learning that a lazy horse is the most tiring and rewarding thing out there. She is learning that hard work pays off and I can only hope that she grows to love the equestrian world as much as I have. As for me, I am striving toward a world champion title (hopefully more than one) and a spot on a collegiate equestrian team.

Briar

Clever Tricks and Tips

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Here are some clever tricks and tips that save time, money and possibly make life a bit easier. These hacks just might make life around the barn, horse shows or traveling a little quicker! These hacks have been pasted around several of the barns I have been at and they are just to cool to not share.

Baby Wipes: Great for wiping down saddles, boots and tack that get dusty while waiting to enter the show ring. They can be used for quick grooming, clean horse’s face, wipe out nose/ears and sweat stains. I prefer the natural chemical free baby wipes. Example: Earth’s Best wipes

Kitty Litter Scoop: Great for breaking up Ice in buckets, skimming off bugs and removing small particles from your horses’ water quickly. We don’t break up much ice in Arizona, but we fish out a lot of bugs!
C clampC-Clamps: I picked this up at the APHA world show, watching the guys deliver and pick up mats. It was amazing watching how quick they could move them with just a clamp. Use them for moving heavy stall mats. They work as handles and make the job so much easier!

Large Dust pan: This is so Cool! Take a large dust pan with a hollow handle. Place it in a sink with the handle facing out and over the sink. Put your large bucket under the handle, turn on the water and watch the water flow through the handle and into your bucket. No lifting or trying to get an angle because the bucket is too large for the sink! Dust pan Metal

Emery Boards: Remove stains from suede and can file off small snags in materials.

Head Lamps: Makes any night time task easier by freeing up your hands. Great for late night horse show prep like washing in a deem area or breading manes.

Fanny Packs: Stylish I Know, Not! But they work great for holding combs, bands, clips for braiding. Keeps your supplies close and your hands free.

Go Pro & Helmet Mount: See your adventures like your horse. This tool is so cool and it really makes your ride come to life on a different level.

What hacks have you seen around the barn or at horse shows? Share your tips and ideas that make life in the equine world easier 🙂

horse pro