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Tack Hoarders: It Begins (+ PPE)

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If there is one thing I have learned over the past week, it is that I should never be unleashed upon Facebook pages where users are selling used tack.

Boots! Size large– too big for the horse you haven’t yet purchased. But look how pretty! And he could grow into them!

At least I logicked my way out of that one. But I did invest a significant chunk of time, and a significant chunk of my first paycheck, to tack. A figure 8 bridle (Hervé Godignon) was the largest purchase of the bunch but it arrived today and I couldn’t be more thrilled with it. It’s in amazing condition, padded, minus the sheepskin fluffies over the nose, with fancy stitching details. Even better, I tried it on C today and it fit like a glass slipper on Cinderella’s foot. Except a bridle. On his face.

Bridle, ft. Febreeze

Bridle, ft. Febreeze

Fancy stitchin's, oo

Fancy stitchin’s, oo

Other investments (and I use that term loosely) include a set of gloriously pink open front & ankle boots, XC boots (Dalmar at a discount!), and a few selections from Dover’s closeouts. Everything should arrive by Wednesday which is just in time for……

My birthday! Wooooo! I’m just going to call C a birthday gift to myself. A very large, expensive, time-sucking birthday gift that I will have absolutely no regrets about.

And on the topic of C– he was an absolute angel during the PPE today and only wiggled once during flexions. He tested negative on every single one (gold star for pony) and is, to all appearances, a healthy, sound, happy horse, if still a little track-thin– which I plan on fixing first thing. I did end up xraying his hocks and front feet, which cost me a hefty amount, but I figure on an investment like him, better safe than sorry! As expected, xrays were clean. As a reward for his patience, he had his blood drawn. Lucky boy.

Screw logic! Screw finances! Look at his face!

Screw logic! Screw finances! Look at his face!

So, tomorrow I hand over some money and his papers and the contract are handed over to me and voila! I have myself a very cute, super sweet pony. And then I can stuff him full of hay and grain and make him super fat and dress him in pink all the time and spend all my funds on tack he totally needs (nervous laughter).

All humor aside– he’ll be my first horse, and honestly, there are no words to describe how excited I am for tomorrow. Some things didn’t go according to plan. I hadn’t intended to buy until I graduated and had a job, 3 or 4 months from now. I hadn’t intended to fall for a green 3-year-old, albeit probably the most levelheaded one I’ve ever met. But I feel, quite strongly, that sometimes the best things in life are unplanned, and despite his age he’s everything I wanted in a horse (though we’ll see how those ‘teen’ years treat me).

I’ll have a recap of a couple rides in the next post along with the first ride on my horse!

Crazy how things work out, isn’t it?

— M


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