“Reasonably Prepared”

We’re now officially about a month out from the big move and it’s totally fine. No one is panicking. Definitely not me. Things are about to start ramping up hot and heavy in preparation for All The Things that have to be done (it is a lot. A. Lot. I have anxiety dreams on a nightly basis and constantly think of more things I need to do – the list of Notes in my phone is getting fairly grotesque) and I’m in this weird stage where I’m trying to mass purge unnecessary shit because I don’t want to move it, but also I need to gather things I’ll need when I get there. Which, some things I can get after I get there yes, but other stuff I’d like to already have on hand so I’m not trying to go hunt things down for the horses while also ironing out my own living and work situation at the same time. Reasonably prepared is what I’m aiming for. Remains to be seen if that will be attained.

This has involved getting (among other things) fly sheets, although I still need one more. I nabbed a couple zebra ones on super sale from Epplejeck, and I think they’ll be fine for Gemma and Presto, but if Henry stands any chance of wearing a fly sheet without absolutely roasting to death, he needs the lightest weight, finest mesh fly sheet ever created. Which I have not quite found yet. Fly sheets are a bit of a new concept to me, the extreme heat and sun here means they aren’t really a thing, but they are definitely a thing and a desired item in Florida. Suggestions on one that might work for our favorite pal, Mr. MightDieofHeatStrokeAnytimeItsOver75Degrees?

I also went ahead and replaced my barn boots, because hell if I was going to drag holey, destroyed boots 1000 miles with me to the land of frequent rain. Girl no. I snagged some new ones on sale last week and the old ones are currently residing in the trash can. One less thing to deal with and I won’t be mad about moving them. Granted I’m not really sure how I feel about these new boots, they’re a different brand, but… they’ll do for now. Mostly I needed something that didn’t have giant holes in it so my feet wouldn’t be wet all the time, and they do meet that criteria at least.

I have a whole bin of stuff packed up and ready to go to consignment, and have already started some mental Tetris in my head to figure out how and where to pack everything else. I’ve never in my life been so glad to own fairly little stuff. Or I’m glad I got rid of most of it when I moved into the t!ny h0use anyway. Stuff = stress. Moving all the horses’ stuff will be bigger objective in all this and I’m way ok with that.

Other than moving stuff, I’ve also started thinking about prep for LRK3DE. We are going this year and I have some commitments with EN, particularly with creating a breeding guide. I’ll also provide detailed breeding data to the event, although whether or not it gets used on the live stream commentary depends a lot on who’s commentating. There’s one big name person in particular who has already expressed zero interest in having or using that data, which is frustrating, but… they’ll get copies of it nonetheless. In prep for that I made a few pieces of BRC swag for Kentucky for Hillary and me.

Getting that whole “business” off the ground will really be more of a summer project, but I wanted to start getting the branding in place before Kentucky so we had it for our paperwork and for ourselves to rep, so we can look perhaps a little more legit for some meetings. Bless the Cricut for it’s services to this endeavor. I actually think the stuff came out looking pretty good, considering the logo was something I just threw together on my own. It’ll work.

Hopefully I’ll have some Presto news for you soon. For now he’s still just living his normal day to day life out in Midland, although he did have a complete meltdown about the new baby last week and had to be moved further away from them. I’m pretty sure he thought it was his own personal toy and it certainly is not. He still, knock on wood, has yet to take a lame step since he’s been out there. Sure is luxuriating in all his MagnaWave and bodywork and knee deep piles of hay though. Rotten little $hit.

Speaking of little shits, Henry’s food baby is due any day now.

colt or filly?

He really exploded when the spring grass came in, but honestly with all the upheaval and changes that are about to be happening I’m fine with him carrying a little bit more weight right now. He always loses some when he travels, and he is not particularly good at handling big life changes. And when I say not particularly good I mean atrocious. He’s atrocious at it. So I have a feeling some of that weight will come off on it’s own anyway soon… he can keep the food baby for now.

Which reminds me… I need to start stocking up on Ulcergard…

15 thoughts on ““Reasonably Prepared”

  1. Remus had that zebra sheet and it was reasonably cool and also DID help with the horrid horse flies here at home. And it cracked me up to see a zebra in the field. I found the same sheet in mini sizes and am toying with getting them each one. How funny would that be to have mini zebras? As to cooler sheets for Prince Henry, I found the Amigo ones to be the coolest, do not get the Weatherbeeta ones. Remus had the Amigo Evolution one and it is still going even though he doesn’t wear it now.
    Even though the Weatherbeeta they are very nice they made Remus sweat constantly. I do think there is one on Schneider’s that swears to be the coolest. Good luck!! (AND eeks so soon to move!) But hurry up and get down there so we can come visit!

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  2. I guess being a baby creep must be a genetic trait, although it sounds like Sadie’s desires are more maternal and Presto’s are uh…more chew toy? play thing?

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  3. Ugh, moving is the worst, but it’s going to be so worth it!
    I think Schneiders has fly sheets that are very light weight, and they may even have one that’s supposed to be cooling. They’re stuff is usually pretty durable too.

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  4. The smartpak Ultimate mesh fly sheet is the only sheet I’ll buy for my Maryland field boarded horses. It’s the coolest sheet I’ve found and really holds up. My bay horse is really susceptible to heat, and he can wear it 24/7 in high summer here without overheating. And my chestnut says it’s a lifesaver when it comes to protecting from bugs. (plus they do hold up really well, but smartpak is also awesome about replacing when they’re too trashed to keep going.)

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  5. In swampy coastal SC I’ve found the Fly Turtle fly sheet by Turtleneck to be the coolest and most breathable. The stiffer mesh makes it sit farther from the body which seems to help with airflow and the white color keeps some of my darker horses cooler

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  6. I’m a big fan of the Horseware fly sheets. The Rambo sheets hold up a bit better since they’re a bit stronger material, but the Amigo bug buster is pretty lightweight as well. I also had a mid range Weatherbeeta fly sheet and it was pretty light as well. It didn’t stay centered on my horse though which drove me a bit nuts.

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  7. Schneider’s says their Ripstop Nylon has the best airflow, but the Mosquito Mesh (I have one) is pretty stiff and seems to stand off the body a bit, which makes it seem like it gets decent airflow… La Princesa doesn’t generally wear hers very often, and she lives alone, so I can’t really speak to it’s durability.

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  8. I think The Horse published something about fly sheets that indicated that the thinner mesh actually run hotter than the ones like Kensingtons, etc. ‘Course, finding that article is beyond me at the moment. I do like my Rambo Bug, it seem to balance the softness of the mesh sheets but with bigger holes.

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