the power of thank you

Thank you is something that is often missed, especially in this industry. It is one of the most important things at the end of the day next to always hugging your pony.

There is so much power behind a thank you & so many people who should be included in the thank you. Thank you gets lost in translation in this generation & feels like a lost art. Everyone’s list of thank you’s is different depending on your situation, professional rider versus amateur rider versus junior rider. I wanted to take a moment to make a gentle reminder to always thank everyone on your list as championships gear up for the end of the year. These thank you lists should be an always & you should always be grateful regardless your situation. It can all be gone in an instant.

Professional thank you’s
Owners, groom(s), parents, sponsors, clients, students, working students, barn manager, show sponsors, show organizers (championships especially),volunteers, any one who has helped you to get where you are, trainers you who have helped you along the way.

Amateur thank you’s
Groom(s), parents, trainer, barn manager, volunteers, anyone who takes care of your horse, & anyone who has helped you get to where you are.

Junior thank you’s
Groom(s), owners, show sponsors, show organizers (championships especially), trainer, barn manager, parents, clinicians, volunteers, program directors & anyone who has helped you along the way.

A lot of these go hand in hand. Thank you’s are a big deal. Just a small reminder to be grateful along your journey & remember to say thank you this time of year.

 

 

eco-friendly.

Hey there friends! So I want to introduce you to one of my favorite brands, who lucky for me, is a sponsor of mine! Ecolicious Equestrian. I have so many reasons that I love this brand & the ladies behind it. I want to share some of my favorite products from them with you today, since we are in the middle of show season & summer!

CaptureFirst off, let me say that EcoLicious has a brand new, stunning website that you should checkout! Their products are 100% free of nasty chemicals, parabens & silicone. All of their products are made with natural & organic, GMO free ingredients. Let me tell you, when I first came across this brand I was sold on this alone, because I am picky about it myself with my hair, so I knew that my horses would LOVE their products.

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So these are a few of the things that I regularly keep in my barn from EcoLicious. They are my staple as far as bathing & grooming go. There are a couple not pictured here that I will include for you as well that I love. Everything smells AMAZING.

First off, the Squeaky Green & Clean is a MUST. It smells heavenly & my horses have never been softer after using it. At the last horse show, my young horse needed a bath the morning of & we had an 8:00 ride. We bathed her with the Squeaky Green & Clean , threw some Glossy in her tail & let her dry. I didn’t even have time to brush her & I had so many compliments about how shiny & soft she looked. I ran out of time to use the Silky but if you use that after the Squeaky Green & Clean you are golden.

Many of you know that my Grand Prix horse is a gray…. well for all of you out there that have a horse with white or a gray, the Blinded By The White is for you. I HATE the purple shampoos. I don’t like my hands being that color or the fact that sometimes it tints the horses. This is by far the best as the product is white. I use it in combination with the Squeaky Green & Clean & there you have a VERY clean & bright horse.

Let me tell you about Glossy. I used to be a Show Sheen fanatic…until I found  this. It is way better than Show Sheen any day & not to mention way better for my horses. One thing that I use all the time is the Squeaky Green & Clean waterless shampoo spray. If I have a horse that has spots the morning of the show or if it is winter & I can’t bathe, then this is the handiest tool of them all! Something else that they have that is amazing is the De-stress. It is an amazing detangler for manes & tails. This product helps to keep my horses manes & tails from getting dry.

They also have some amazing people products as well. I will tell you that at horse shows I have been known to use the horse products in my hair… they make it incredibly soft. All of their products are AMAZING. If you love organic & things that smell great, then this is the brand for you & your horses.

Be sure to check them out! Even Fritz approves!

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what’s in my box & what are my favorites?

Hey guys! It’s Kristin here! I get this question all of the time. This also goes hand in hand with the “What do you use every day?” question. This question also leads to the “What do you take to the ring?” but that is for a post that will be coming soon on another day.

So the question at hand… What’s in my box? Well there are a ton of things in my tack box that could be used on any given day with a number of horses. I say this because I have all kinds of different horses in my barn at any given time, none of them are the same & they all require different things on a given day.

Things that are always in my tack box… GumBits, sugar, peppermints, spur box, spur guards, bit box, cat treats, helmet, gloves, tack cleaner, boot polish, boot brush, horse brushes, horse boots, polos, bell boots, sit-tite spray, chin pads, fleece pieces, bonnets, & a few other random things that live in there.

For summer, what is in my box is essentially the same. I just add some sunscreen & a bottle of water all the time. I am very fair skinned so if I am not riding in a sun shirt I usually have on a thin long sleeve shirt.

All of my horses are different that I ride, like I said earlier… This is what happens when you have a training barn. I have a an OTTB that takes no spurs, doesn’t like sugar & would rather eat peppermints, & requires polos. I have Lily, which is the 5 year old KWPN mare, who likes sugar, requires boots, only spurs no whip, needs a chin pad & the occasional fleece pad on her bridle. My grand prix mare is a whole different story as to what she needs.

Keeping versatility in your box is always important. Your horses needs can change any day. I have had some decide on any given day that they don’t like something anymore & decide that they need something different.

So with this goes, well what are some of your favorite brands of things? I figured with both of these posts I should probably make a list of sorts. Some of the items in this list are things that are in my box & some are things I get asked about on a frequent basis.

  • My helmets at the moment consist of Charles Owen helmets (2) & a One K. I love them all. They are incredibly comfortable.
  • My horse boots are Dressage Sport Boots. I love them because they are incredibly supportive & hold up the best as far as fleece boots go. For polos, I have all different brands of polos. I have a couple of horses that can’t wear boots & have to have polos.
  • My riding boots. I get this question quite a bit. I have had some terrible luck with riding boots. I am short, 5’1, & I have large calves & a 7.5 size foot. This has presented a problem with 2 custom boot companies. My everyday riding boots at the moment have been Mountain Horse for about 6 years now. I also used to use them for show boots, until, I fell in love with a pair of Cavallos at a horse show in May of 2015 that fit like a glove & were semi-custom for someone else.
  • My saddle. This is a frequent question as well. My saddle fits every single horse that I have ever ridden since I was 13. I have had the same saddle since I was 13. Yep, you heard that correctly. I have a training barn, so keep in mind I have to have something to fit everything. I have a Kieffer. I have had several people want my saddle & I won’t give it up. I am starting to search for a second saddle as I do need a second at this point.
  • Grooming products. Ecolicious all the way friends. Incredibly amazing. One morning of the horse show a couple weeks ago, Lily had a bath, I ran out of time to brush her afterwards & got so many compliments on how shiny she was… wash & wear. Shiny, smells amazing & ecofriendly. Doesn’t get any better than that.
  • Saddle pads. I am an Ecogold rider. I made the switch from a competitor brand this year. I love how the Ecogold pads sit with my horses & how breathable they are. They are super wicking & my horses seem much more comfortable.

These are a few of my favorite things… Obviously I have a ton more & will add to this list in the next post. If you guys have any questions for me or about any of the products I use, please feel free to send me a DM on Instagram! Believe it or not, I love DM’s because I love to interact with you! Find me on Insta @kristin.posner