How I Travel For Riding

If you know me or follow me on social media, you know that I travel quite a bit to ride. Wellington is my most frequent destination but I also travel around my region to show. From over-packing to underpacking to buying too much stuff that it barely fits in my bag to go home. I have compiled a highlight reel of my how-tos on traveling for riding.

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The number one thing is the size of your bag.  If you don’t pick the right size bag, you could be in for a world of hurt. I tend to go a bit bigger, especially when I am flying. It allows room for extra stuff if/when I buy stuff to spoil my pony. When you are driving to your destination, there is more leniency on space. My bag of choice for flying is the North Face Longhaul 26″ Rolling Duffle. It is only offered in black now but I have one that is a couple of years old and bright orange. With a price tag of $239, you may think it isn’t worth it but trust me, that thing can last an apocalypse. You can find it here. For shorter or driving trips, I choose my Samsonite Leverage LTE 20″ Spinner in purple. You can find it here for $169.99. It’s light, flexible, and easy to maneuver. The size is just right for everything I would need on a daily basis. When driving, I don’t worry about extra space in my suitcase for any goodies I would pick up for my pony since those can just stay in their bag/box and sit in the trunk.

When I travel for riding, I also find that it is best to make a list of exactly what I want to pack. By writing everything out, it allows me to make sure I get all the outfits I want and also not forget important things. Planning outfits are one of my favorite things leading up to any of my trips. Start with the essentials and then add extras such as jewelry, hats, etc. If you are constrained by space in your bag, try delegating a certain amount of space to certain things. The best way I’ve found is by using packing cubes! I use Amazon brand that you can here, but anything of the sort should do. By only giving yourself a particular amount of room, it keeps you from overpacking and not having enough space for other things that you need.

Being at the busy airport and juggling everything, stuff tends to get dropped or lost. Having a small wristlet or wallet is super beneficial. My favorite is the Tucker Tweed Equestrian Wallet in dark chocolate! It’s compact but still has the perfect amount of room some money, cash or cards, a boarding pass, and your passport. By putting all of those things in one place, losing any or all of them is much harder. Tucker Tweed offers this wallet in 7 different colors for $110 on their website here.

 

I hope y’all enjoyed this post over how I travel for riding! If you have any tips that I didn’t mention or want me to explore, feel free to DM me on Instagram @equestrian.syd !

Until Next Time Preps,

Sydney & The Ponies

My Essentials For Black Background Photoshoots

If you follow my Instagram you know that I love to black background photoshoots of my own horses, as well as for friends of mine too. But these photoshoots take quite a bit of work that goes on behind the scenes to make everything run smoothly. After almost 3 years of doing these shoots, I finally perfected what to bring. What better to do than share this list with you!

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Obviously, my number one needed item is my trusty camera! The combo that I love most is the Sony Alpha A700 with my Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 Di LD lens. This combination makes for very detailed and sharp shots of our favorite 4-legged best friends. My camera body, the A700, is sadly no longer made but Sony, and other companies to, I’m sure, offer many more camera bodies that offer the same quality image.

Another majorly important item I always need to have a noise making device to get their ears up. Most of the time, a Ziploc bag with some mint wrappers works. But, for horses that like to make the effort to walk towards whatever noise sounds like food, a blender bottle with the shaker ball in it works really well. In a pinch, some grain in a bucket or a jumping person behind the camera works too.

Of course, you also need to have treats. No pony or horse should ever have to stand so perfectly without any reward! The best type of treats to use is ones that is small enough to chew up quickly and a treat that won’t cause that dreaded mouth foam. My preferred treat is Enjoy Yums! They are small enough to conceal in a hand, don’t cause any salivation, and are super healthy. You can purchase a tub of your own here. Say I sent you for a discount!

I also love to have a large reflector on hand for eliminating odd shadows if they do occur. Just make sure to acclimate the horse to the reflector because it can be awfully scary at first (but Playboy says it’s no problem!).

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I hope y’all enjoyed this article! While I can’t give away any of my editing secrets, I am always open to answering your questions! My Instagram DMs are always open and you can send me one here.

 

Until Next Time Preps,

Sydney & The Ponies

Tips & Tricks On Keeping Your Horse Cool in the Heat

During the summer in both Florida and Indiana, it can get pretty warm. With temperatures averaging between the high 70s and high 90s, keeping our horses cool during work is super important. When it becomes too hot, it is best to just spend the day by hand grazing and a nice cool bath.

Just like humans, when horses get super sweaty, they become dehydrated. Dehydration occurs where there is excessive water loss from the horse’s body. Most times, dehydration symptoms are overlooked and can include but are not limited to dry skin, depression, thick and sticky saliva, dullness in the eyes, etc. If your horse does exhibit any of these symptoms, administering fluids and electrolyte solutions are extremely important to stabilize them. But, like with any medical needs, it is always best to consult with your vet. Over-administration of fluids can lead to what is called water intoxication. Some horses don’t suffer such severe complications, but it is vital to be informed on how to handle the situation if it arises.

 

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Photo Courtesy of Snap Crackle Click Photography

 

Baths are vital to helping your horse cool off after a hot ride. It helps to lower the horse’s internal body temperature and cooling them off. Plus, it feels really good for them (and more often than not, you too because the hose almost always ends up spraying your face or body). It also provides the opportunity to white-n-brite your pony if they are grey or have any white markings.

My favorite way to cool my sweaty beast, Carina, is a cool bath with cold soaking on her legs. Cold soaking helps to reduce heat and inflammation in the legs. I find it to be vital for Carina and keeping his tendons and muscles healthy so he can perform at his best. If you don’t have the time to stand there and soak 4 legs, there are tons of great alternatives. Ice boots are what I use in Florida and all the ponies adore them! Soaking boots are also an option if you have a horse that isn’t wiggly and can stand still with them on.

 

These are the just some of my tips and tricks to keep your horse cool during the summer heat! If you have any tips that I didn’t mention, feel free to DM me on Instagram @equestrian.syd !

Until Next Time Preps,

Sydney & The Ponies