Life Update #2

Well spring has definitely sprung…

Being a first time horse owner and a complete beginner has definitely been a struggle but i think i may have kicked spring in the butt!

Realising that the grass is so much greener and making Amy crazy if done my research and with a little bit of help from my friends this is how I’ve stopped springs nasty affects on my horses behaviour..

First up i want to give a big shout out to Julie Duffy who has been sending me some tips and little riding plans so i can get Amy back into work.

Following this blog post i will be doing a post about what i feed Amy and why (also including how I’ve kicked springs affects in the butt) and then i will have a short and sweet post about an amazing experience/session we had with a beautiful lady called Emma who helps you connect and speak with your animal.

Amy and myself have definitely grown together in the last few weeks with all our groundwork and riding together. Ive seen a big leap in my confidence and also seen so much improvement with Amy’s riding and she is certainly getting more of a personality! Apart from working my butt off, saving money and looking after my grandparents dog while they are away on a cruise i have also been sewing a few things for Amy one in which i posted on the facebook page earlier this week.

It’s also Amy’s birthday on the 22nd of October and i want to do something fun for her any ideas??

Ive also heard back from the organisers of equitana and i have finally got my draft roster so if you are going make sure you let me know and if you see me there be sure to come over and say hi! Ill be out in the crowd helping horses, vehicles and you guys cross areas safely. My shifts are in the morning 8am-1pm so I’d love to catch up or meet any of you in anyone is heading there.

A little update on Amy’s foot..

Her foot has healed amazingly and i am so happy with how it is looking not that looks are important but I didn’t expect it to look this great! She has had no signs of pain while riding and no heat either so thats a really big plus!

I hope you are all enjoying this crazy October weather (In victoria that is) and i cant wait to hear your thoughts and opinions on my blog post to follow this one!

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Sixteen Hands Candle Co

Boy oh boy are these candles amazing!

Before you read any further yes this is semi sponsored… I mean this in the way that I reached out to this company and they sent me 3 candles and one sample I paid shipping costs (from California) and in return I would do a blog post BUT I may have fallen in love. I love candles but usually forget to burn them lol but these amazing candles have given me motivation 😂

The sample I received was “heels down” after smelling this bad boy I went back on to their shop and purchased a load of melts and one other candle hence the use of ‘semi sponsored’ and I hadn’t even burned any of the original ones yet!

I marched off to Kmart and got myself a $3 wax burner and went right back home to start burning my heels down scent it filled my room and the scent has lingered overnight. The reason I reached out to this company is because of how they are made, the packaging let’s be real it’s bloody cute!

 

But also where the money goes.. we all know competing is expensive and all the things that go with it so the money you use to purchase theses amazing candles with goes towards the young creators entry fees and such so she can go to events and compete! Now that’s smart and she is doing something she loves to fund something else she loves!

Win Win..

Now the prices are in USD and unfortunately the shipping is uber expensive but if you are interested in purchasing one of these delicious candles I may be able to organise a bulk order if enough people are interested

If you do happen to go through her reviews please kindly ignore the one about the candle filling a lady’s house with soot and leaving her surfaces covered in a black layer of soot because it’s totally not true at all!!

I also want to point out that the sent “wash rack” smells way better once it’s burning it’s very strong but once you are burning it the scent is ever so delightful!!

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Life Update

Well I’m not going to lie the blog has definitely been put on the back burner or a while now, but now its time to get the shit together and continue what I started.

This year has been a complete and utter whirlwind. The whole reason i started this blog was so that i could not only share my journey in the ‘equestrian’ world but to also show others its okay to feel like you are asking a silly question i mean i thought there was something wrong with my horses leg and yet she just had it fully extended… unfortunately not all of the equestrian community make you feel like you can ask those types of questions (no offence intended) i want this to be a safe place for you to laugh with me or at me.

As of late due to Amy’s injury I haven’t been as focused on the blog and uploading content clearly…

At the moment Amy is doing wonderful, no lameness and no proud flesh appeared which was fantastic news for us! Amy is very active and hasn’t let this injury stop her. Amy now has no dressings on (made the call myself) and is enjoying daily free grazing and the ability to enjoy a bigger space as i have opened up the large part of the holding yard for her to use.

Amy also received a well earned massage and some acupuncture from the amazing Jill Steptoe!

If you are following us on facebook (link will be below) you will know that i was also looking for a home for princess pip, pip is an amazing horse and was an amazing companion to Amy but after Amy’s injury it wasn’t fair on her or financially reasonable to keep pip. The search for a new home for pip was hard and took up a lot of my time but as of Thursday 16/08/2018 pip is finally getting the love and attention she really deserves! I do miss having her come up to the gate each morning and her little bit of attitude but i am getting daily updates from her new forever home and she is being treated to hard feed morning and night and also 24/7 access to hay she has 3 other horses to play with and also a mini Shetland and 5 orphan sheep and not to mention the amazing views of the bay she has right at her gate. I will continue to post and update everyone of pip and how she is doing as after all she was apart of our little family and brought lots of smiles and laughter into our homes.

Durning the search for pips new home i also was looking for something new and exciting that being a full time job! I had a few interviews and finally got offered a position which is located close to home, i am now working as a full time stable hand and also still working my equestrian centre job and disability support job on the side which is another reason the blog has been lacking posts but once i am completely settled in, organised and rested there will be more content, On that note if you haven’t already definitely check out our Instagram where i have been posting on my story daily and also have started doing some live videos! (Link down below)

So with all that said and done here are some pictures of the last month and a bit to catch you all up!

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HAPPY MONDAY!!

Lots of love and kisses,

Mariah and Amy xox

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Barefoot And Beautiful..

Story/rant time..

Have you ever left your horses feet a little to long? Have you ever put of picking them out because they can be fussy and down right disrespectful? Well lets not lie we all have.

Unfortunately there was a few weeks where i really struggled to pick out Amy’s feet she is so strong and i lost a lot of confidence when she would snatch it back and push me around. I should have kept it up but I didn’t. Then i had our farrier continue to cancel on me over 6 times within a few weeks, i searched around for other farriers but the one i was using was fantastic, well priced and happy to come out early in the morning to fit in with my working hours. Finally locked him down to then get a message the night before saying that he actually wont be coming out as he thought it was two horses feet to be done not just the one… originally i had told him that i would like both Pip and Amy’s feet doing but Pip actually looks after her own feet some how she chips them away and leaves them looking perfect but due to her past she is also hard to get near even i struggle some days so i let him know from the first message that i would let him know how she is doing to day before to see if we could get her feet done as I didn’t want to stress her out for no reason, so when i messaged him that night i just let him know that she was a little hard to catch that night and wasn’t worth the stress and that’s when he decided it wasn’t worth doing just one horse… Talk about only being in it for the money.

The next morning rolled around and he showed up 15 minutes late, and had the nerve to say and i quote “well you left them a little to long this time round didn’t you”… well that was it i wanted Amy to kick him one! The whole reason she had super long feet was because he kept cancelling me and I couldn’t get ahold of anyone else. But karma came around and as i was leaving the paddock i found $2 on the top of the mud and then another $1 near the gate! Take that buddy ahahaha i think its safe to say that next time i will be finding someone else to do Amy’s feet.

After the tiny guilt trip the farrier and my brain gave me i decided no long would she pull this stupid snatching business i googled everything possible to try and see how i could ‘trick’ her into letting me do her feet.. Then we had success! And I’m happy to say after so many tears, frustration and sore arms i have picked out Amy’s feet 2 days running with snatching only on her front feet but i have picked them out and i am so proud of myself and her but mainly myself!

If anyone has trouble picking out their horses feet let me know, I’d love to do a little ‘how to’ post or different strategies to help you and your horse to hoof picking success.

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