|December 11, 2009||Posted by Melinda under Uncategorized|
We schooled in the arena today and picked up both canter leads very nicely. Have we passed over the hump in regards to cantering?
The rump rug performed wonderfully today. I put it down for our warm up – walk, trot, and canter – and it stayed absolutely put. No shifting to the side. After the warm up I was able to pull it up, one handed in gloves, at a walk.
I started rinsing beet pulp today. Number one reason I know it had a lot of sugar in it – Farley no longer likes her beet pulp mashes……The rinse water was QUITE dark. It looks like rinsing/soaking 3x is the key for this particular batch. I rinsed and soaked for ~1-2 hours today, until the water was clear. Tonight, I put a batch to soak for tomorrow. I changed the water out until it ran clear, so I’ll see whether it stays clear by tomorrow. If it does, I will conclude that soaking 1-2 hours is as good as soaking overnight to get rid of the molasses. To rinse the molasses, I bought a wire waste basket from Walmart. It was a bit pricey (~$9), but it is the PERFECT size to fit in a 5 gallon bucket, with a lip that pokes above for easy grabbing. The lip is flush with the top of the bucket, which means the lid for the 5 gallon bucket fits on top of the soaking beetpulp. I’ll pay a bit more for perfection….
I finally bought a slicker brush (from the pet store) to clean my woolback pad. I’ve been getting away with occasionally spraying it down and scrubbing with a plastic brush. The slicker brush does and EXCELLENT job of getting the hair out and fluffing the pad.
And lastly….I confirmed with Action Rider Tack that I need a new Haf pad 🙁 Mine is worn out. Good for short rides, but probably shouldn’t do a 100 in it….And I finally figured out what to ask Matt for, for Christmas. A snap on bridle that will snap to my rope halter, with side pieces short enough to put clips on, so I can clip the gazzillion different bits/hackamore I have for endurance on it, depending on Farley’s mood. He is to chose the color if he decides to get one for me.