Micklem Bridle Review!

My first day using the Micklem bridle was a huge success. I went from your average bridle with a full cheek snaffle to a french link bit and a Micklem bridle. It was a fantastic transition. There’s quite a lot I like about the Micklem, so let’s look at some photos and get started.

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The french link snaffle was a hit, for starters, but I think she found it to be even more pleasant when paired with a steadier contact. The thick, rubber reins (which I honestly have always thought were a little awkward looking) worked wonders to keep my hand in place and keep the contact steady. The clips on the bit also do a great job of stabilizing the bit from the opposite end.

The fit is great. As you’ve probably already read on other blogs and websites, the cheek piece does need to be snug, as does the “flash” strap. The top of the bridle is very soft and thick, making is as comfortable for the horse as possible. Brass buckles and fittings add a nice touch to this already beautifully crafted bridle.

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I invested in the Micklem multibridle, which has an additional lunging cavesson on the nose. This doesn’t bother me one bit. I am all about schooling. If I make it to shows, that’s great, but it isn’t my main focus. I am all about practicality and this is a great way for me to lunge, tie, and ride my pony all with the same piece of equipment. The cavesson is a little stiff, but it’s not so much that it would rub, and it’s breaking in nicely. The whole bridle feels really sturdy, which is a great feeling to have. Most importantly, Comfort responded so well to me putting it on and her wearing it. Once she got used to it, her whole demeanor relaxed, which was a huge gift. Relaxation is key with Comfort.

All in all, I really like this bridle. I know it will require more use before I can give a wholly comprehensive review, but, so far, it’s absolutely an improvement for my pony, and I can feel secure knowing that she isn’t receiving any unnecessary pressure on the sensitive nerves of her face.

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Really such a clean and beautiful design. This bridle is incredibly simple and uncomplicated, which I love. It only has two buckles that you use to put on and take off the bridle, and you can immediately tie your horse after a ride by using the ring on the nose, which can really come in handy! It’s a little bulky hanging in the tack room, but it’s also one of the most beautiful pieces of equipment I own, so I really don’t mind it standing out! I am glad I invested in the Micklem Multibridle!

It’s Autumn!

I love autumn weather for being a horsewoman! The autumn season is all about brisk days cantering past colorful trees, hearing the crunch of leaves as you land after a jump, layering adorable outfits to ride in… oh that quilted vest with gold accents you’ve waited all year to wear… Even when you’re not at the barn, everyone totally accepts you incorporating equestrian elements into your outfits in the fall. Tweed, foxes, riding boots, and lovely equestrian accessories feel the change in weather and leap onto the pages of magazines and into the hearts of fashionistas! Yes, I’d have to say, autumn is our season.

Another perk is that your pony starts to get fuzzy but instead of looking all awkward and hairy, her coat is dark and rich…

But for me, autumn flies by. In my line of work, it’s travel season and Comfort goes to the dark side, spiraling into full blown margarita drinking/ Jimmy Buffet/kid cudi pursuit of happiness mode. I am only around on the weekends, where I guiltily request short rides and watch my 3/4 of a year of training start to go down the tubes. Winter hits, and I pathetically try to kick the training up a notch. This ends in bad weather and all that follows in its terrible, icy wake- failed attempts at trick training, sliding in mud, not wearing cute vests anymore, and wishing I had bought a bit warmer while it was still on sale in the summer. Oh and freezing to death because I’m a Texan and this Virginia weather feels inhumane and unnatural. Imagine me flinging saddle pads out of my tack box desperately thinking – WHERE ARE THE HAND WARMERS?! That’s me all winter. One of the worst parts is how dark it is all season.

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Comfort in the stall she’s fed in at her new barn!

This year, however…. oh yes, this year will be different. I moved Comfort to a new bar, last weekend, and, although it lacks an indoor arena, it does have a well maintained sand arena, will be getting lights in November, and so much more! It has a wonderful woman who will regularly handle my pony for feeding every day, it has other boarders whom I may ride with (+miles of trails!), and it has LESSONS! Yep, riding lessons are definitely the missing link in my equestrian life, and I am SO SO SO excited to have someone with experience to help me stay on track with a game plan and I’m in mo way embarrassed to say that I need and adore having riding lessons! I really think this will help me overcome my  lingering cantering anxiety on Comfort, get me back on track with jumping, and help my confidence to be where it needs to be to create the awesome team I’ve always wanted to be with my pony. Furthermore, I’ll progress as a rider and be able to take my skills to the next level. I am VERY excited.

Without further ado, here are Comfort’s opinions on the matter:

Things Comfort looks forward to:

More food

more grass

more friends

more space

super cool forests

a pond

more little children to fall in love with her

fewer four wheelers

pretty, new tack things (an ongoing benefit of being my pony)

Things Comfort definitely does not look forward to:

trailering practice

having to start all over with climbing the social ladder – right now she is in a paddock by herself and seems very interested in making friends so hopefully it will go well!!

Mom’s notoriously awkward learning curve in riding lessons

leaving her best friend

mom’s annoying photo shoots

Comfort staring at the herd with her grandmommy (my mom!)

So that’s pretty much it! I think, for the most part, Comfort will absolutely love it! Let’s just hope she stays out of trouble!! This weekend I’ll go for a trial ride, but not sure if I’ll ride comfort because her feet are a little out of whack and the farrier doesn’t come till the 28th- dying!!!!

 

 

 

Post Surgery!

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In a cast, havin’ a blast! (Mostly because I was on massive pain pills).

One surgery and three months of physical therapy later and I’m back to blogging! My friends in Blacksburg have been … Oh, what’s the word…. Incredible beyond all comprehension, I guess, but that is kind of an understatement.

My friends being amazing, riding Comfort, letting me borrow tack.

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Riding comfort was going well until two days ago when she spooked and I went right off her back. I hate it when that happens. Something about the abruptness mixed with sudden sideways action followed by running makes me come off every time. But trotting is going WAY better, and I’ve figured out a magic formula for keeping her calm and ensuring a solid ride. I just want to canter so badly, but it will come in time.

I asked her to walk over a one foot jump, and I’ve decided that my jump standard is simply not solid enough for horse use. I’m scared the whole thing will fall over if she decides to be lazy with her feet and knock the poles with her little toes! The great news, however, is that ******Comofort is moving to a farm with real jumps, real lessons, and a real big pasture,  and I think she is going to be in hog heaven! *********

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Yep, we added a martingale

I have to say, my first barn experience wasn’t a good fit, it was too far away and comfort and I never could quite relax there. My second barn, however, has been an absolute haven and a dream come true. With my move to the new farm coming up in October, I’ve begun to realize how hard it will be to say goodbye to such great people.

I’ve identified that I want and need someone who can critique my riding and give me pointers. It’s really hard to ride independently all the time, and I’m honestly proud of myself for the sheer amount of independent riding I’ve done on my first green horse. I’ve gotten to the point, though, where I am so desperate to make progress and get feedback, and I really just ache for someone to watch me ride.  While the ball is rolling, progress wise, a few pushes would make all the difference in the world. So needless to say I’m super excited!

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Bye!

Hello from Sick Bay!

Well, as soon as Comfort hurt her leg, Paisley hurt her leg. Once Comfort healed I turned around and broke my arm! My parents are driving up from Texas to help me post-surgery and should arrive today! Frantically trying to clean and I can’t fold laundry with one hand and paisley keeps trying to eat everything! But she’s finally settled down to sleep a deep sleep in her little hut (crate).

It was of course a riding accident and trainer bestie was awesome and offered to visit me on Saturday and help. I’m so excited for her visit!

Im going to veer off course and mention that I’m really saddened by the shooting in Orlando, and I’d like to just send my love to those families and everyone in the universe because there’s a shortage of love in the world right now.

NEW DOG!

I got a gorgeous and awesome new dog named  Paisley! I am so excited to have adopted my first dog with my sweet boyfriend – pictured below!! Here is a really cheesy celebration of my new pup, Paisley!!!!

She is:

Precious

Athletic

Instigative

Snuggly

Lawless

Eager

Young

YAY! So I know I have been so so so quiet, but this is why!! Now I don’t have enough time to write a lot, but I hope you enjoy these photos. I am pretty convinced people enjoy my photos more than my writing anyway! 🙂

Pony update – injured leg, but I did ride a big horse, this week, and I forgot how different ponies and horses feel, sometimes!!!!!! Anyone else ever had this experience? The difference is kind of extreme!

How to feel instant regret

Argh, I meant to publish this two days ago! I am the worst! So sorry to my, like, possibly three readers, if those even exist!

The recipe for instant regret is to drop your stirrups after your ride, like I did last night. I couldn’t believe how much tension was in my seat. I felt instant regret in not having begun my ride without stirrups. It’s funny how using muscles takes so much energy, and yet I use so many muscles without realizing it.

I would like to get a bareback pad (and a dressage saddle and riding lessons and a Hawaiian themed brow band and more cute saddle pads and well…a lot of things).

I’ve done a lot of research on this and have decided that the thicker suede ones look like the best. I’d like it to give me more stick, because riding up any type of incline leaves me sitting on the other end of the pony! I also think it would help me better distribute my weight as I get used to bareback riding, but, I’m not gonna lie, it will take me a long time to feel confident at all the gates bareback on Comfort. Maybe master the sitting trot in my saddle first.

Excited to continue my research! I like the one Parelli makes, but I really don’t care for the Parelli price…. So onward we march!

Walk, Trot, Canter, Jump, WINNNN!!!!

Super pumped that I actually walked, trotted, cantered, and jumped today, all in the arena I keep convincing myself is too tiny to canter in!! It’s hard to explain what’s challenging about Comfort. Maybe because I mostly just do independent riding on her, maybe because she feels very very…

…very very tiny.

Underneath you. and can drift sideways weirdly and leave you hanging in the air. And also thinks she knows what’s up, when actually I am the one who knows what’s up.

I think one reason she was so laid back was because there was another human there with us. Comfort and I both seem to relax better when there’s someone there. But anyway!! I am so grateful for my little pony who totally put up with my bad (but effective enough) 8 steps of cantering! We even did sitting trot successfully, and she gave me the most relaxed walk I have ever experienced on her! So proud of my sweet girl! 🙂 🙂

Also, our downward transitions were THE BOMB! I am super pumped about that!!!!

YAY!

SO EXCITED!