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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Lots of love and kisses,

Mariah and Amy xox

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Week Three, Four & Five -Amy’s Injury-

I’m going to cut straight to the chase as it has taken me forever just to get this post up hence why there are three weeks in the one update..

Week Three

Amy was doing fantastic no swelling and she finished all her antibiotics, our vet came out on the Saturday (14/07/18) and took out her stitches and re wrapped her foot, leaving it all up to me now. He made me re trot her up and told me she is sound and should be rideable. she has now been sentenced to another 2 months in her little area and is allowed 30 minute walks daily to be able to graze.

Below are the pictures of her foot after the stitches were taken out.

Week Four

Amy still doing great and healing well, with the vet overseas i decided to change her bandage/dressing as it was getting wet and yucky upon changing it i found this (picture below) on the back where the duck tape was rubbing, she wasn’t in any pain but it made me worry as it was soft and squishy.

Charlotte helped me to re dress it and i put a steri pad on the new wound and the original wound and wrapped it like the vet usually would.

After further discussion with many other people most were saying to uncover it and let it harden as the hoof could collapse if it gets too soft, therefore creating more problems for amy and myself I decided to take it all off and wrap is as pictured below.


Week Five

After letting my mind run wild I decided to get another vet out to check her wound and after all that he just wrapped it and said it would be fine until our normal vet is back out again. Amy has been so fantastic over the course of this last month and so i have been treating her to a bit of free grazing… just don’t tell my vet that.. when i am letting her free graze i am allowing her to wounded around in the larger part of the holding pen area and she is doing wonderful, every now and then she decides to have a little kick around and such but she is very gentle and cautious of her foot when doing so and when she is done she just returns to her little cell.


Today (28/07/2018) I changed her dressing again and her new wound is starting to look a little better and a tad less squishy. The green in the photos below is just the gel/cream stuff that helps with the wound.



Week Two -Amy’s Injury-


Can you believe it has been 2 weeks?!

Day eight, nine and ten

Amy continued to get injections morning and night from Jenny until our giant pincushion decided she no longer wanted to play nice and decided to pin her ears back and Jenny and try to bite her so Jenny and i made the call to stop with the injections (she only had around 1 day worth left) after asking the vet if this was okay we stopped the injections and i continued with the 5ml of bute in the mornings going one day without antibiotics (day ten).

Day eleven

I started Amy on her powdered antibiotics and continued with her 5ml of bute. The antibiotics (sulprim) is morning and night 2.5 large scoops into damp chaff, i was actually worried that she wouldn’t eat her feed because of the different taste but there was no fussing from our little fighter!

Day twelve and thirteen

Amy’s still go no lameness and is putting all her weight on her foot! I don’t know how but she still isn’t bored of that little space although she does smell like wee because she has been laying down on the sand which she also uses as a toilet.. i mean it is tight quarters in there!

Some exciting news… this is something not most horse owners get too excited about but certainly owners of horses who are off the track would understand, AMY NOW EATS CARROTS!!! This is thanks to Charlotte who just brought her very own horse who is now in the paddock next to the girls and he didn’t want to eat his carrot so Charlotte gave it to Amy who she said dropped it out of her mouth, this is typical of Amy who hates them but as i walked over to her she was munching on it so i raced off to the shed to get another carrot and sure enough she now loves carrots.


Day fourteen

Okay so 2 weeks since the injury and we had the vet out again for her check up and bandage change and here’s the latest…

For starters still no proud flesh pushing out on the stitches and all the stitches are still in, there was however still liquid coming from somewhere and he was hoping there would be none by this stage but in saying that he wasn’t to concerned. He also asked me to walk her so he could see her movement and then he asked me to trot her up… you read right he asked me to trot her up and after doing so he said the words “SHE LOOKS SOUND” i mean OMG… this made me so happy BUT I don’t want to get to excited yet because anything can happen and I don’t want to set myself up for any disappointment.


The vet has decided to keep the stitches in for another week and see how they go and also the bandages, he did say at this point he would like to be changing them every second day but would rather see how she goes for another week, this also being because Amy is a bit of a kicker so having to sedate her each time isn’t fair on her or the budget which we are yet to find out… we have also been given the okay to do daily hand walking for 10-15 minutes so she can eat some grass but if she begins to get pushy she goes back into her little area as we don’t want her injuring herself any further or slowing down her recovery.


What colour can you see?

I don’t know how it came about but I wondered the other day if horses see in colour or black and white.

Here’s what I discovered…

Horses do see in colour but not the vibrant colours that we see. Horses for one cannot see the colour red, however their eyes pick up the blue and green hues of all other colours this is called dichromatic vision, most mammals including horses, dogs and cats are dichromats, and yes you read right dogs do see colour!

Humans have what is called trichromatic vision allowing us to see in full colour we share this with several primates such as chimpanzees, gorillas and orangutans but most fish also are trichromats.

Monochromatic vision is black, white and grey. As most of us know bulls are one animal that can only see in black and white but there are many other animals that share this vision including seals, sea lions, dolphins, whales, hamsters, raccoons and bats.

To Rug Or Not To Rug? -winter addition-

People rug their horses for all kinds of reasons BUT the most common mistake is rugging our horses because WE are feeling cold and well lets admit it, they are out babies and we don’t want them to feel even the lightest chill but we have to remember that they grow winter coats for this reason WINTER!

Types Of Rugs -winter addition-

  1. stable sheet (no fill and only worn inside)
  2. stable rug (has fill but not waterproof)
  3. turnout sheet (waterproof with no fill)
  4. turnout rug (waterproof with fill for warmth)
  5. Canvas wool lined (waterproof and wool for warmth)
  6. Canvas un lined (essentially a rain sheet but not synthetic material)


Why Rug?

  1. If your horse is stabled for most of the day or even night it is recommended to rug your horse even with just a stable rug (used for well you guessed it.. the stable) this is because when your horse is stabled they are unable to move around enough to warm themselves up that’s where the rug comes in handy.
  2. If your horse is underweight, old or sick it important to rug your horse to make sure they can keep as much of their energy for what you could call backups just incase there is a lot of rain and their rug gets really wet they can use that energy to keep warm.
  3. This one being fairly obvious but if your horse is clipped you should be rugging it.
  4. Rugging can also assist your horse in not growing out a large amount of it full and thick winter coat this is usually done by riders who are going to be participating in events during the colder months but do not wish to clip their horses.

Australian Temperature Guide 

Horses with a full winter coat can keep themselves warm in temperatures’ well below zero. Unlike humans who begin to feel the cold at temps as low as 12 degrees, horses critical temperature level (in which they can no longer exert energy to keep warm) is -7 degrees. below I will insert a table showing the recommended rugging for horses please remember this is only a guide and also directed towards horses in Australia. As a horse owner you should or should consider finding out how your horses is during our colder months finding out if your horse runs hot or not is vital in the rugging process. If you are not sure always remember it is better to UNDER rug than to OVER rug your horses and it is recommended to use a cotton sheet under your horses winter rugs not only because it makes it easier to keep the rug clean and free of horse hairs but it also helps to absorb your horses sweat if they are a horse that runs hot. This doesn’t mean that you should rug your hot running horse with a cotton sheet and a heavy winter rug but gives you piece of mind during the process of working out what types of rugs work best for your horse that you are helping to avoid them overheating in that process.

rule of thumb is if your horse is sweating under their winter rug is probably way to heavy for them. unlike us when we want to keep warm we usually go for a nice heavy blanket or coat but a horse will actually consume hay to help keep their body warm and also run around enough to keep itself nice and warm. If your horse is clearly shivering and its ears are cold than this is a sign that they are in fact cold and do need rugging but again each horse is different.

You will also need to consider the weather conditions.

For example (the following again is my own opinion and what I do with MY horses)

On a sunny day with no breeze and no forecasted rain I let the girls run naked.. this being 15 degrees and above.

On a slightly sunny/cloudy day with a light breeze and forecasted rain I will rug both girls with a no fill rain sheet (turnout rug) the weather being 15 degrees or above (it gets fairly windy where we are and the girls have no protection unless they are willing to walk into the wind to get to their shelter..)

On days lower than 12 degrees I will rug PIP in a winter rug (220gram fill) with a cotton sheet under as pip seems to be fine and doesn’t run hot unlike Amy who I will keep in a rain sheet unless we have heavy rain then I will put her in a winter rug which is also 220gram fill which is way to warm for her but at the moment its all I have and I really only use it if it has been raining for most of the day and I feel she needs a little something over night.

For a horse like pip (19 rising ) overnight I like to put her winter rug on but Amy will continue to wear her rain sheet again unless it is pouring with rain and then I will have her winter rug on if it is wet and under 6 degrees.

An added note in which I hear recently is that if you go onto your phones weather app and read the temperature it will usually say for example:

outside temp is 10.3 degrees

feels like 5.5 degrees..

if the feels like temperature is any more than 2 degrees lower than the actual temperature it is best to go by the feels like temp.

Apparently we are in for a warmer winter than usual so fingers crossed there will be more riding on the agenda for myself and Amy.

On a high note its day 2 of winter and it hasn’t been that bad I’m loving the sunshine and so are the girls! it was definitely a no rug kind of day here..

*All information was sourced via google, blogs saddleries and books mashed into my own words… none of this is 100% accurate and purely my own opinion and understanding going by my horses and my own knowledge*