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Best Baby Horse

Best Baby Horse

I was busy working at a dressage show this weekend but managed to fit in some time with Madigan anyway. He’s the quietest, most agreeable creature I’ve ever met. On Friday evening, I took him over to my neighbor’s indoor arena to hang out. Things […]

Welcome, Madigan!

Welcome, Madigan!

I picked up the newest addition to my herd from his breeder yesterday! Meet Madigan von Benestar, a 2018 Westfalen gelding. Last week, a friend tagged me in his sale ad on Facebook. I’d seen him pop up in various local sales groups over the […]

Friday Five

Friday Five

Thanks for all your kind words on my last post about Marrakesh. The love and support from the equestrian blogging community continues to amaze and hearten me.

Here’s what’s been on my radar this week:

ONE Emergency Preparedness: Being Preparing During Times of Disaster

While I was unaffected by the recent flooding in Oklahoma, many people nearby were not. My neighbor went on several rescue missionsĀ by boat to get horses out of flooded areas. It’s unlikely my property would flood enough to warrant rescue, but other natural disasters are definitely possible. This AAEP article outlines steps horse owners can take to make a disaster plan.

TWO THIS CAT IS C H O N K Y

Who wouldn’t want to see adorable cats like Marvin when they scroll Facebook?

I haven’t quit Facebook yet because I manage my employer’s page. I also like seeing what my friends are up to! But as we all know, Facebook is largely a cesspool of garbage content. I joined this cat-centric group like two months ago, and Facebook is 100% better. My timeline is almost exclusively horses and cats, and I’m now living my best life.

THREE USEF Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Policies

USEF’s new Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Policies went into effect on June 1. They’re designed to be proactive policies to prevent the abuse of minors, and wow, does the internet have some opinions on them! (Check The Chronicle of the Horse thread on it and break out the popcorn.) It seems like the biggest problem people have with the new policies is the requirement that all electronic communications (e.g. texts, emails, social media messages) have another adult copied on them. I’m curious to hear what other think about the new policies!

FOURĀ Why I’m Quitting Retail for Wholesale (from John Nunn)

Back in April, John Nunn announced he’d closed his retail store, Bit of Britain, and sold both it and Tack of the Day. I wasn’t surprised, but I was weirdly sad and nostalgic. For years, Bit of Britain was my go-to shop for eventing supplies. I bought my first safety vest through the store, saved up birthday and Christmas gift certificates to buy an Optimum Time watch, and pored over the catalog every time it arrived.

As someone in equestrian retail, I was interested in reading Nunn’s interview in Equestrian Trade News. (It’s near the end of the newsletter.) He discusses some challenges that retail stores face in the e-commerce landscape- shipping costs eating into profit margins, online advertising costs, high return rates. Nunn doesn’t offer any solutions; he’s chosen to focus on his wholesale brand, Nunn Finer instead of continuing to compete in the crowded e-commerce space.

FIVE Horses in the Morning Podcast

I was on a podcast, y’all! A couple of months ago, Tara Tibbets contacted me to see if I’d be interested in talking about earning my colors with Harvard Fox Hounds on a hunting podcast! I did, and you can give it a listen at the link. (It was published in April, but I didn’t realize it was up until I checked like, a week ago.) It was super fun!

Onto the weekend! It rained on Wednesday and Thursday, so my plans to take Candy to a show are out. The additional rain means trail riding is out, too. I really need to give my barn a thorough cleaning, so that’s now on my agenda for the weekend.

One Year Since Marrakesh

One Year Since Marrakesh

One year ago today, Marrakesh was born. I was so excited for his arrival- after all, I waited over a year for Gina to foal! He was cute and curious, but he struggled from the get-go. He was thin, weak, and small. Once helped to […]

Floods, fires, and flies

Floods, fires, and flies

My plan for riding all the horses all the time was derailed by some exciting weather over the last few weeks. Springtime in Oklahoma is usually filled with tornadoes, but things got extra wild this year. The eastern part of the state saw 41 tornadoes […]