Friday Five

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Tomorrow’s show moved venues to a facility with drier parking and an all-weather warm up arena, so Gina and I are making our First Level debut bright and early at 8 AM! (We’re the first to go.) I’m looking forward to it!

Anyway, here’s what’s on my radar this week.

ONE Kentucky Brazil City breeches in papaya

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We just got these in, and I promptly made a teenager from the barn model them because they’re absolutely gorgeous.

TWO Neko Atsume

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I discovered this little mobile game about a week ago and have been hooked on it since. It lets me live out my crazy cat lady fantasies without adding any more real, live cats to our household. Basically, you buy stuff to attract new cats to your yard. The cats pay you in fish (or gold fish), which you use to buy more stuff to attract more cats. That’s pretty much the whole game. Super low-key and adorable, which is how I like my mobile games. You can find it on Google Play or iTunes. (The whole thing is in Japanese, by the way.)

THREE eTRAK from USDF

I think for many of us, joining an organization dedicated to our chosen equestrian pursuit involves sending in a check, going to competitions and earning points or qualifying scores, and winning prizes. But our organizations have lots to offer their members! I just discovered USDF’s eTRAK online learning repository. There are in-depth articles and videos, podcasts, and an “Ask the Experts” column. It’s included with your USDF membership, even if you’re just part of a Group Member Organization (GMO). I pay $40 for membership to my GMO, and I’d say it’s well worth the price.

FOUR The Bitless Bridle Debate

This article from Dressage Today is a thoughtful look at the drive to allow bitless bridles in dressage. As someone who has never used bitless bridles, or given much thought to if they are or are not allowed in dressage, I found it fascinating. On one hand, dressage has some requirements to prove horse and rider have been well trained: mandatory double bridles and spurs at the FEI levels, for example. Why should the use of a snaffle be any different? On the other hand, dressage is essentially about training- if you have a horse who goes better and is more comfortable in a bitless bridle, why not allow it, at least at the levels where a snaffle is permitted? I’d love to hear what people who are more educated about dressage and/or bitless bridles have to say.

FIVE Kiwi vs. Muck Bucket

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Kiwi the mini horse achieved internet fame a few months ago, when he bravely battled a tablecloth. Currently, this video of the unbearably cute Kiwi playing with a muck bucket is making the rounds, and watching it is the perfect way to kill some time on a Friday.

Have a great weekend, y’all!

Author: Stephanie

Equestrian, amateur cook, people person.

3 thoughts on “Friday Five”

  1. That is awesome you get to go first (I hate the waiting parts of shows the most…I become a frazzled bundle of nerves). You two will rock it 🙂

    I enjoyed that bitless article as well. I do ride bitless ocassionally.

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