* I really need to take care of Rev's mane. I haven't pulled it or done anything but brush it since September, and she's starting to look like a range pony. I need to trim her bridle path down again first. Then I will probably just cut her mane a little longer than I want it, because it's way too long to pull alone, then pull it down to the right length and thickness. I really hate the way horses look with cut manes, but ... in this case, I think pulling it after cutting it will take care of it. At some point, I probably need to ask TW for a braiding lesson, because I haven't braided a horse in something like 20 years. I never did master braiding forelocks in the first place, either. So some instruction, followed by
* I can't wait for dry, warmer weather. Seriously, I am so tired of Epic Mud, and it's so vain, but I love my horse's white socks. Allow me to indulge my inner horse-crazy eight-year-old girl: I get squeepy when she's clean, all tacked up in nice white boots and clean white saddle pad, clean tack, and looking like A Professional Horse! I know, I know -- I shouldn't be cute about my horse, there's much more to riding than looks, allowing myself to get sentimental doesn't help the working relationship, et cetera ... but ... I'm an ex-little-girl, to paraphrase 'The Transporter.' I can't wait to get her all shed out (the process of same is astounding) and give her her first bath of the year.
* I'm working on the list of things I need, since I'll be getting some money back from taxes -- not as much as I'd like, but still. The list of things I can't do without and must replace is quite short: one helmet, one set of half-chaps or boots. I've crashed my helmet twice and bounced my head a little in it twice more, so the helmet replacement is well overdue.
Where this gets slightly more complicated is ... which helmet? Boots or half-chaps? Once I decide that, what kind of boot/half-chap? If I go with half-chaps, I'll definitely go with the Tredstep Elite half-chaps. Boots, though ... that might be nice. I have to admit that I love the feel of half-chaps; they feel so much more flexible than boots do. Then again, the tall boots I have (one of which has a broken zipper) aren't great -- I have really enjoyed my Dublin paddock boots, but I haaaaaate the tall boots. They weren't expensive, but ... ugh. I'd really like to get a set of pull-on boots, without a zipper, honestly. To make it even MORE difficult, I look a little ridiculous in Spanish tops. So -- ideal boot criteria:
* No zipper
* Fits wide calf and short shank
* Not more than $150-$200 max
* Not field boots
* Regular top or lowish Spanish top
This might be an option, but they might be a bit too tall: Ovation Finalist dress boots
A good suggestion -- these are workable, though they have a zipper; they're available in short-round sizes. A bit expensive, though: Mountain Horse High Rider II
I wonder how different men's boots are from women's and whether I might do better looking at men's sizes.
Gah, boot shopping is terrible!
Fortunately, I know which helmet I want -- I've been riding in a Tipperary, and I like the fact that it protects the back of my head, but it is definitely an odd shape. I kind of like this one better: IRH Elite Then again, after reading the reviews, maybe I ought to look into something else. I don't much care for the Troxel helmets, and I'd prefer not to have a velvet or microfiber cover, just because of dust and the way they end up looking shabby. Maybe I should go with my first instinct after all and go with a Charles Owen skull cap and a cover? I'd have to have a snazzy cover for cross-country, of course. :)
Which brings me to the next thing I would prefer to replace: Rev's brushing boots. I've used a set of Dover's generic, white, fleece-lined, PVC-outer boots on her for two years now, and they're rather the worse for wear. Not because they're white, as you might expect -- because they're made of PVC. The PVC cracks and splits easily, and I'm not terribly happy about the elastic bands. They're not bad, but ... I'd prefer to at least have something else for show. Something not made of PVC, something white.
These are an option, if I want to stick with brushing boots (better price on Legacy, but the stuff's the same): Woof Wear brushing boots in white/white
I'd almost prefer to go with splint boots, though -- there are a couple of options. These seem really high-tech, but ... I wonder. They seem like they might crack or split on the shiny parts: Davis splint boots
The other splint boots out there with the design I like don't come in white. Bah, I say! I think this is a topic I've covered already, but ... I guess I'd put her in navy blue if I had to, but I'd rather go with white on her feet.
Anyway, that's my list and pondering for now. :)