We didn’t get out to see Bob today, either. Sigh. Kim’s back is starting to feel better, but I didn’t feel that great today—just kind of achy and general malaise. So, at Kim’s suggestion, I used the day as a gear shopping day.
I continued trying to decipher the mysteries of horse blankets. The difference between stable blankets and turnout blankets is starting to make more sense. I just wish the various manufacturers explained things a bit better—like defining what “Lite” weight means. I spent some time poking through the blankets at the feed store and was able to connect some of my research online with what I was seeing, so that was good.
Still no blanket purchase yet, as I am not 100% convinced that Bob actually needs blanketing—especially as he continues to gain weight. I think maybe I will do some experimenting this week….
I did some shopping for the various bits and pieces we need for Kim’s saddle. I priced them out to buy them from Specialized, and then compared that with what I would pay locally. Specialized was competitive, and we’ll get the added bonus of knowing that stuff will fit Kim’s saddle correctly.
I bought Kim a riding helmet today. It’s a twin to mine (except for the size): a Troxel Sierra western-style helmet. It’s not a shiny plastic helmet, but is instead covered in fabric and leather in shades of brown. Comfortable, too.
I also picked up a new book, How To Think Like A Horse by Cherry Hill. As someone who is coming to horses as an adult, this is a very helpful book. Unlike so much information in the horse world, the author has taken pains to vet her information against well-researched data. It’s rather refreshing.