Friday Five

I feel like it’s been the coldest week ever, y’all. It sounds like everyone is freezing, no matter where you live! Between worrying if my partially clipped ponies are staying snuggly warm and trying to motivate myself to get out of bed and pull on my long underwear under my breeches, the week has flown by.

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

ONE Horse Blanketing Flowchart

It’s so easy to project your feelings about the weather onto your horse! I’ve always been a blanketing minimalist, because my horses have been furry and fat. This year, both horses are partially clipped and are still trying to gain weight. This flowchart is a good reminder that sometimes, your horse doesn’t need a blanket, even if precious baby looks cold. 
I think we can all agree that quarter sheets look pretty- but do I really need one? This article outlines different types of sheets, why you’d use one, and what the differences between different types of fabrics are. Gina tends to warm up slowly in the winter (she is 17, after all), so I’ve been curious about if a quarter sheet would help. Have any of y’all used one? 
A couple of years ago, I received a pair of Patagonia Capilene bottoms as a gift; they’re so comfortable and are thin enough to fit under my breeches without adding a lot of bulk. They’re great for reducing that feeling of wind shearing through your clothes! I’m currently eyeing this pair of Merino midweight bottoms- they’re heavier than the Capilene, but I’m willing to trade a little bulk for warmth!
My favorite pastime lately is dreaming about producing a lovely sporthorse foal out of Gina. She’s a fancy-moving, well put together mare with good legs, good gaits, and a nice jump. The CotH Forums are a vertiable fount of information: stallions, bloodlines, how-tos, etc. Will I ever breed Gina? Probably not, but it’s fun to think about.
FIVE Open2Study
This has nothing to do with horses, but surely everyone can find something here they’re interested in! Thanks to the power of technology, massive open online courses are available for anyone to learn about nearly anything. I particularly like Open2Study’s easy-to-use interface. I’ve completed a couple of courses there, and am currently enrolled in a couple more. Learning is fun!
What have y’all been checking out this week?

Author: Stephanie

Equestrian, amateur cook, people person.

5 thoughts on “Friday Five”

  1. Point 2 – I'm a big quarter sheet fan, especially on a clipped horse. However I will not use anything fleece (ever), I'm a wool only kind of girl. And it's gotta be easy to put on/take off.

    Point 4 – Obviously I'm a big breeding nut and have been for a long time. It's fun to dream!

  2. I have one. It's fleece/wicking on the inside and waterproof on the outside. I use it to warm up/cool down on a clipped horse in cold weather. It's heavy enough it doesn't blow around, which I like.

  3. I have that exact quarter sheet pictured (well, okay, in a different color), and I love it. Pig lives in it in the winter time. You're supposed to take it off after the horse warms up, but because it's cooler fleece I leave it on. It pulls off any sweat he accumulates (often having little crystals of frozen sweat hanging off the outside after a hard ride), and keeps him from chilling during walk breaks. I only use it when he is clipped and it is 30 degrees or below.

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