My First Aid Kit (Seven Months Later)

My First Aid Kit (Seven Months Later)

Bless the gods, for my horse has been mostly healthy and whole since I made my first aid kit in April.

MAYBE A LITTLE BIT TOO HEALTHY FOR HIS OWN GOOD

Of course, the other day he got into a fight with the metal hay cart. He didn’t mess himself up too badly, but he did end up with a cut on the inside of his left hind canon. I cleaned it off, gooped it up with Corona, and then took him over to TrainerK, who put the leg in a standing wrap to help with swelling.

My first aid education isn’t very expansive. I grew up riding in rundown, backyard farmsI’d never even heard of standing wraps, let alone put them on before. TrainerK recommended that I start reading some of the Pony Club handbooks to learn more about first aid and general horsemanship! I’d love to explore the possibility of joining a club through the Horsemasters program at some point.

In the mean time, I set aside some time to sort back through my first aid kit.

The first thing I did was reduce how much clutter is in the kit. I went from twelve rolls of vet tape to four, squashed the human first aid kit into a smaller bag, and generally cut the amount of items in the box in half without eliminating anything entirely. All the extras got tucked away in storage at home. I’ve got less materials, but everything is also much easier to find now!

Human first aid kit (sunscreen, ibuprofen, Tums, chapstick, cough drops, band aids, triple antibiotic ointment, moleskin, etc.) narrowed down into one pouch.

Since I already had everything out of the kit (is it possible to get organized without taking the entire thing apart? I think not), I also moved some items around. I folded all of the clean towns and put them in an easy to reach spot. I moved hand/feet warmers up into the top tray where I could find them. I took the Corona ointment and a pair of scissors out and put them in my grooming tote, since I use them so frequently.

I think it’s really important to organize your kit in a way that makes things more efficient for daily use!

Top tray in the first aid kit has vet wrap, wound pads, antiseptic wipes, hand warmers, clippers, fly spray, a Cliff bar, and scissors.

Last of all, I cleaned out a spot underneath the tray for a set of pillow/standing wraps. I ordered two pairs of Cotton Pillow Leg Wraps Bandages (14″ for the front legs, 16″ for the back) and a set of Vac’s Flannel Stable Bandage Standing Wraps. I think they’ll be a great addition to my kit.

They’ll go right in that big empty spot on the right, underneath the top tray!

Consider this your reminder to go through your first aid kit! Rearrange, reorganize, restock, and consider adding a few additional supplies as needed. Or, if you don’t have one already, maybe it’s time to start one!

The Prestige X-Contact

The Prestige X-Contact

Last Monday I drove down south to pick up the trial saddle that I was promised during the whole Prestige debacle. The shop didn’t have the model of saddle that I ordered in stock, so I ended up taking home a 17″ Prestige X-Contact with a forward flapnothing like my saddle, but the other options weren’t any better.

There’s no doubt that the X-Contact is a handsome saddle. It’s got a lot of small details that I really liked, aesthetically. I loved the inclusion of the Prestige logos and the strip of leather that accents the bottom of the flap. Plus the back of the saddle, in particular, was very cute. What a great spot for a nameplate!

There are definitely some things about the X-Contact that I thought were tacky, though. The billets, for example, are terrible. They’re thick, short, and feel like they’re made out of cardboard. I had trouble tightening up my girth because of how chunky they are. The X-Contact also has removable blocks (the shop owner took the back block off for me before I left the store, my short legs hate back blocks). The velcro under the blocks is a horrible pale tan color that reminds me of those old saddles with tan suede knee pads (blegh). The stirrup leather keepers also look unfinished compared to the rest of the saddle.

So on the outside I thought the saddle was very attractive, but once I looked closer I wasn’t really impressed with itespecially since this model retails for $1,000 more than the model I ordered.

Of course, the real test came when I tacked Raglan up and went to ride in it. The result? I absolutely hated it. I couldn’t use my girth with it because the short billets wouldn’t reach, which also meant that I couldn’t use my breastplate either (since my plate needs the girth to have a ring on it). The saddle didn’t fit Raglan (it slipped sideways when I went to get on and gradually slid back as I rode) and it tipped me so far forward that I felt like I was a few milliseconds away from face planting into Raglan’s neck.

I’d be lying if I said that this experience didn’t make me a little bit nervous about whether or not I’m going to love love LOVE the Prestige saddle that I ordered. I would never consider spending $4,000+ on the Prestige X-Contact. But I remember really loving the Prestige Passion K when I rode in it, so hopefully everything will turn out okay. Until then, I’m definitely not riding in the X-Contact.

Final Takeaways from the Mane Event

Final Takeaways from the Mane Event

My biggest takeaway from my weekend at the Mane Event is that Raglan is a spoiled brat LOL 😂

a beautiful, incredibly handsome spoiled brat

In all seriousness, after watching how professional the horses participating in the George Morris clinic were, I realized how much work there is left to be done. Raglan’s come a long way in the past year, but there’s a lot of improvements to makebetter ground manners, stronger lateral work/lead changes, more confidence over fences, gentler response to rider feedback, exposure to crowds/strange jumps, etc.

and if he could stop doing THIS that would be just excellent

First and foremost, I need to do more groundwork. Raglan’s naturally a butthead, but I also can’t remember the last time we worked in the round pen or practiced our showmanship. It’s hard for him to learn manners if I’m not putting in the effort to teach him to be polite. I think if I can whoop his ass on the ground a couple of times he’ll be a much better citizenand I’ll feel more confident around him.

Equipment wise, there are a couple of changes that I need to make. I need to start lengthening my stirrup leathers for flatwork. I also need to put my spurs back on my boots and start carrying a whip.

From a riding perspective, there’s also a lot for me to work on. My stupid hands need to HOLD STILL (UGH) and I need to focus more on that central concept of inside leg to outside rein. No matter what I’m doing, all of my control should come from my inside leg and outside rein. And apparently we also need to do a lot more shoulder in and counter canter. More purposeful flatwork, #jumpingdressage!

But the biggest realization that I had over my Canadian weekend is that I need help. Dealing with Raglan has been a struggle for the past few weeks. I’m not properly equipped to continue his education over fences. It’s time for me to step aside and let a professional teach him to be the horse I want him to be.

Proud of how far I’ve brought him, but it’s time for him to get some REAL jump schools!

So Raglan officially goes into training at the start of November! I’m very excited to give him this opportunity to grow and improve under TrainerK’s guidance.

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