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New Equipment: Intro Cart

Driving Thursday

Milton’s first cart. Our second [Driving Miss M]. It’s a fixer-upper, with price to match. Deliberately. We are still finding out if Milton wants to be a driving horse. If he declines with prejudice, we don’t want to destroy anything fancier.

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Katherine Walcott

Shopping Spree

Saddle Seat & Driving – Mostly Driving – Wednesday

Black cargo pants for the stylin’ navigator, ADS rule book, back-up gloves for the driver

Driving apron

Glasses straps for marathon: his, hers, & unisex replacement

Eventing watch for timing on marathon. Pink to match my gloves.

Combined Driving -> Saddle Seat Driving
I was so happy with my pink gloves [New Equipment] that I bought a pair in black for saddle seat. Amazing grip on the nylon work reins.

Saddle Seat Driving -> Combined Driving
Shopping for carriage whips on the combined driving web sites left me with sticker shock. I don’t know which division these are used for, but the tack trailer at a saddle seat show had them for $12.50. I bought two.

Selfie taken to get long-distance approval before buying.

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Katherine Walcott

With Great Bit Comes Great Responsibility

Driving Thursday

Coach Courtney wanted more whoa, so we borrowed Lyricc’s driving bit from Coach Kate. After an initial protest, Milton was fine with it. Turns out Milton doesn’t care what hardware he has in his mouth. He cares about total volume. Loud bit? Your hands better be quiet. Soft bit? Yak away.

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Katherine Walcott

Kate’s Carriage

Driving Thursday

Coach Kate’s lovely new marathon carriage.

The navigator’s seat. Used for cones. Removed for marathon.

I see one of these in my future.

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Katherine Walcott

New Equipment: Stirrups Up

U is for Up. If you are joining me from Blogging A To Z, welcome! Since the blog is already daily, with topics for each day [About: Schedule], there is no specific A To Z theme. I may even skip a few letters. Gasp. Clutch the pearls. The goal for this year is less crazy, more visiting. [Ze State of Ze Blog 2014]

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Jumping Stirrups!

I raised my stirrups!

Wintec saddles [Equipment] come with their own style of stirrup leathers. Therefore, I had to buy a shorter ones rather than adjusting the ones I had.

I haven’t had that much of my lower leg on a horse since Previous Horse. (I pass quickly over the handful of jumps I did with Roscoe, Rodney’s initial name [Square One].) Saddle seat is all about the thigh and the knee. Occasionally, I have to use my calf when a horse needs extra motivation *cough*Sam*cough*, but the ideal saddle seat equitation position is one’s lower legs out to the side like pontoons on a seaplane.

We inch inexorably forward.

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Katherine Walcott

The Downside of Driving

Driving Thursday

That’s a lot of tack to clean.

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Katherine Walcott

New Equipment: Britches & Boots

My first new britches – in contrast to jods – in a decade.

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My philosophy for schooling is to get as close to show attire as I can afford. Then, I don’t have any rude surprises in the show ring. Since Rodney has no shows on his horizon, I can go for as much comfort &/or bling as I fancy.

What’s wrong my old/other clothes? I have traditional britches, but they are less comfortable and more depressing. My tall black boots have to be reheeled. The last person to work on them left nails sticking up into the soles. Need to send them off. Someday. My black half chaps have gone walk-about.

My black Ariats [Before & After] are for SSF. I maintain separate shoes, brushes, etc. to minimize cross-contamination.

I picked the pants, because flashy. Brown boots, for contrast so I know which ones to wear where. Smooth leather half chaps instead of suede because I like how they look and I hate when suede gets worn & shiny. Since the half chaps are snug, I tossed in a two pairs of zippy, thin sox, so I can keep my thin show socks with my show gear.

Bottom line? Because I wanted to.

Ariat Boots & Half Chaps
Kerrits Pants
Noble Outfitters Socks
All bought from Carousel Tack Shoppe.

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Katherine Walcott