Sunday, June 26, 2011

Hackamore Tryout, ICP Clinic and The Mystery Bump

I am SO SO SO Happy with the hackamore I bought for Yanks! He is normally extremely heavy in my hands and unresponsive to the bit and sorta runs through it (during stadium), so I thought a bit of "nice bite" would make a difference!

It looks smashing eh? For $21.95 on ebay, yes it sure F-ing does!

How cute is he :)

Putting up with me taking pictures. Slowly gaining the weight back he lost from being uber dehydrated for two days...yeah,  my bad :/

As you can see, it keeps him very light in the forehand and super responsive to my aids! I think I like this MUCH better than a bit for stadium jumping.

It took me ages to adjust it perfectly for him, but it fits like a glove and I LOVE it :) I recommend it for ya'll who have horses that are naturally light, but get more downhill as the course goes on, it is worth it and you can find on ebay for cheap!

He seems to be happy with it when jumping in an arena, but I tried it on XC and he was great coming towards the jumps (lighter than usual) but flung his head every stride when galloping. He is used to leaning on my hands and I think it pissed him off that he couldn't. For XC, I am going to try a waterford.

I think the waterford will let him have something in his mouth he can chomp on, but not let him grab hold of it and lean on me so he stays light. I can't wait to try it out!

It was SO hot and muggy today....

"But mom, its sooo hot...and humid. I can't breathe!" Yeah I couldn't either. We stopped after about 12 minutes and 2 jumps throughs....we were drenched.

So, the mystery swelling...

Yeah WHAT is that (see it in the middle of his cannon, on the front)?? He isn't lame, his leg isn't hot and its his back leg. He gets these on his front legs from stomping the flies but never the back.

With the other leg for comparison (excuse the cow hocked-ness).


AAAAAND... the ICP (Instructor Certification Program) With Brian Sabo  at New Spring Farm (where I work and board)  begins on Thursday and I am in it FOR FREE! The clinic goes on for 4 days and covers dressage, flatwork for jumping, stadium and XC. Thursday-Sunday...I. AM. STOKED!!!!!

Benefits of working for/knowing Cheryl Holekamp I guess :) Full coverage WILL be given!!


  1. Wow congrats on the clinic! That's going to be totally awesome.

    I don't know what the swelling is . . . I hope someone else can give you some advice.

  2. Are you becoming a certified instructor or are you a test rider dummy?

  3. I am a test rider/auditor/student for brian and those who are trying to get their certification :)

  4. Ooh have fun! I've gotten to ride with Brian a few times in California, he's awesome =)

  5. Amber forgot what the bit means completely when we were jumping. Lawl. She was like "Jump! Mom! Jump! Let's dooooo it!" *Thundering hooves* *Whhoooooshhh (Overjumps by about 2')* *Mom momentarily leaves the saddle at the unexpected height over the tiny 18" jump and lands awkwardly on the excited mare's neck without her stirrups*

    The story of our lives. Meh, she wasn't that bad actually. She's the worse over Xrails. Not that bad over verticals.

  6. I thought you were done with ebay for 30 days. Going to buy the waterford at an actual store?

  7. no...Im waiting till AFTER my 30 day ban and trying out Emily's waterford. I'm tricky.

  8. Looks like a shin splint. I'd recommend icing and getting a vet out to make sure. No lameness is a good sign.

    The hackamore is simply dashing.


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