Now Hack It Out (now hack it out)

You’re welcome for getting that song stuck in your head.

Just a brief update today on our show prep!

One of the lovely ammies at the barn suggested a trail ride this weekend, and I eagerly jumped up and down with my hand in the air and yelled PICK ME PICK ME. Turns out it wasn’t a contest, just an open invitation. But I got to go on the trail ride so who’s the real winner here?


We were out for a solid hour on trails by the barn that I had NO idea existed. Like zero clue. Big hills, through the woods, across hay fields, it was stunningly gorgeous. I would’ve taken some more pictures, but I am a trail riding weenie and don’t like letting go of the reins when I don’t have walls holding me in.

But in all seriousness, Francis was his usual lovely self- he poked around on the buckle the whole time with his usual sweet curiosity. He thought the deer leaping out were super cool, he dolphin-leapt up some bigass hills and then came right back to me, and loped around a hay field with his buddy Moose. We were both sweaty and tired by the end of our ride and I think it was EXACTLY what we needed. A good workout that was a great mental refresher!

Frankie LOVES his best buddy Moose. They’re turnout buddies and inseparable. They also had matching hats. I am also scared of the sun and will cover up from head to toe in 90 degree weather.

He got some TLC afterwards and lots of grazing time. My saddle came back and he seems SUPER happy with it- he offered up some great engagement over his back with very little urging from me (I basically picked up a light contact and he rounded and stepped under). I’m hoping this means he’s happy with the saddle fit, but we have the rep coming out before the show to watch us go and confirm.

Mister Piggy wanted to eat 5ever

I spent time polishing up my boots and prepping some gear, and then today will be the final preparations: all tack will get deep cleaned, I’ll pack up and lock my trunk so it’s ready to be loaded on the trailer, and Francis will get his own deep cleaning. He’ll probably roll in the mud tonight, but I at least have to say I tried.

Because your boots aren’t REALLY polished until you’ve tried to set them on fire.

More updates as events warrant!

17 thoughts on “Now Hack It Out (now hack it out)

  1. L. Williams 06/13/2016 / 8:54 am

    I don’t think I know the song you are referencing because nothing came to mind :/


  2. Tracy - Fly On Over 06/13/2016 / 9:41 am

    Trail rides are so much fun… and you get less nervous the more you do, hah ❤


    • hellomylivia 06/13/2016 / 10:06 am

      For sure! I’m trying to push myself to go out more because I always end up having such a great time 🙂


  3. Heather 06/13/2016 / 11:40 am

    Are those the Mountain Horse boots you were talking about? I know your brown ones are MH but the black boots are gorgeous! I’m so excited to hear how the show goes! I think my baby horse might be at Upperville this weekend too for the Hunter Breeding classes.


    • hellomylivia 06/13/2016 / 12:15 pm

      Yes these are MH too! Everyone loves the brown ones, but honestly the black version makes my heart go pitter patter- they’re my favorite boots I’ve ever owned. Yay baby horse! I’m excited to watch some of those classes, I’ve never been able to see


    • hellomylivia 06/13/2016 / 12:16 pm

      Thanks! I’m excited to give a full report later in the week 🙂


  4. Olivia @ DIY Horse Ownership 06/13/2016 / 2:03 pm

    Umm, wait, what? Why are you burning your boots? I didn’t even own fancy show boots until a year ago, so I was not instructed in cleaning them and was not aware of a step involving lighters?


    • hellomylivia 06/13/2016 / 2:34 pm

      Haha polishing my boots is an hour long process that leaves my arms sore and splotches of polish all over my body. The lighter is to help the waxy polish melt into the boot- I may have to put together a blog post on the whole process!

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      • CallyJumps 06/13/2016 / 4:22 pm

        Does that work with something already melty like Urad polish? I’m very curious, I’d love to read about your process! (Says the terrible person who doesn’t even polish her dress boots for sidesaddle but just cleans them with saddle soap since you only see one toe.)


      • hellomylivia 06/14/2016 / 8:04 am

        I use Kiwi polish- it’s cheap, it hold shape well, and globs on pretty evenly. Posting my tutorial now 😉


  5. Kelsey 06/14/2016 / 12:12 am

    I thought I was the only one who burned my boots to polish them!!! Thank you for helping me feel normal! Hahaha.


  6. Liz 06/25/2016 / 2:34 pm

    Yay for good trail pony! Love him mugging on his buddy ❤


    • hellomylivia 06/27/2016 / 8:44 am

      Such a steady Eddie! He loved playing outside with his friend.


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