Month: December 2017

Holiday gift exchange

Holiday gift exchange

When Tracy of Printable Pony posted that she was hosting the equestrian blogger holiday gift exchange again, I was excited! I love participating in the the gift exchange and have received some really great things over the years; I also like having the opportunity to […]

2017 equine expenditures

2017 equine expenditures

One of my goals for 2017 was to track the amount of money I spent on the horses. I did so religiously through July. Then I fell off the wagon for a couple of months. I’d stuff feed store receipts into my wallet, ask the […]

Twenty-five hours

Twenty-five hours

I added two hours to Candy’s Thoroughbred Recreational Riding Incentive Program log after Opening Hunt, which meant that we’d officially reached the first award level TRRIP offers! I mailed in my reporting form last week and am eagerly awaiting my patch.

Leading the way!

Candy and I have explored many of Oklahoma’s trails this year!

This year, Candy and I have been out to Mohler Ranch, Keystone Lake, Oologah Lake, Flint Creek Farm, Lake Carl Blackwell and the Gilcrease Expressway easements. Flint Creek Farm (where we foxhunt) is the farthest away at just over 90 miles east of where we live. The easements along the Gilcrease Expressway are the closest- they’re only about ten miles south of us.

I’m glad to live in an area with many public lands available for equestrian use. Most places don’t charge a fee for use and almost all have excellent amenities like big parking areas and water spigots. The trails at most parks are well-maintained and safe- perfect for getting a green horse out and about!

Bay horse club at Keystone Lake! Pictured are (from L to R) Holly on pregnant Gina, me on Candy, and Richal on Zeke.

The next award level is at 100 hours, and I’m already thinking of where we should ride for the next 75 hours. Turkey Mountain Urban Wilderness Area in Tulsa is definitely on my list (although I’ll have to take a brave friend with me, as this is a popular spot for mountain biking). I’d love to go back to Lake Carl Blackwell and meet up with Allie of Rocking E Cowgirl for another trail ride.  And of course we’ll spend more hours at Flint Creek Farm foxhunting. I’m glad the Thoroughbred Incentive Program offers such a neat awards program for recreational riding!

Tack for the foxhunting horse

Tack for the foxhunting horse

I’ve talked about what you ought to wear hunting, but there’s another important component of hunting dress: what your horse should wear! Fortunately, there aren’t as many traditions and rules for horse apparel as there are for human! As with apparel, hunting tack is safe, […]

Candy goes to Opening Hunt

Candy goes to Opening Hunt

Another Opening Hunt has come and gone, and I’m still alive! Saturday dawned sunny and crisp, and I felt optimistic as I headed out to the barn with a perfectly tied stock tie and shiny new tall boots. For once, I was ahead of schedule. […]