My husband has started taking reining riding lessons and not only is he new to the sport of reining he is also a novice rider. He grew up around horses and even worked in an equine vet clinic in high school. He played my loyal and faithful groom and trained 2 yearling longe-line horses (winning 3rd at the APHA World Show in Non-Pro Yearling Longe Line) but has spent little time in the saddle. So, thanks to his new found love of reining and many hours in the saddle he has some very sore muscles.
As fellow equestrians, I am sure you can all relate to sore muscles so I thought I would share with you an amazing remedy that helps ease the pain. There is nothing like a long soak in a hot tub to ease your aching muscles but if you add the following recipe (courtesy of an expert in Chinese medicine by way of www.goop.com) to your hot water you will be back in the saddle in no time.
Mix Together and Pour In A Hot Bath.
1 cup bath sea salt
1 tbsp almond oil or 2 tbsp whole milk
3 drops sweet orange essential oil
3 drops lavender essential oil
1-2 drops ginger essential oil
The sea salt will give your body much needed minerals. The sweet orange and lavender calms the nervous system and releases tension. The ginger warms the muscles and relieves pain. The almond oil or milk helps blend all the oils together.
Here is a picture of my husband on Iceman (the sorrel horse in the middle) waiting his turn during a reining riding lesson.
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Much like Christmas my Valentine’s Day present from my husband had a horse theme. He bought me a Fleeceworks english saddle pad from Charlotte’s Saddlery that I first drooled over at their booth at The AQHA World Championship Show. After riding in this pad a few times I can honestly say I am hooked and if my horse could talk he would say he loves it!
Fleeceworks only makes saddle pads and so they put all their energies into creating the perfect saddle pads to maximize your contact while also maximizing your horse’s comfort. All fleeceworks pads are made from super soft, extra dense Australian Merino sheepskin. Sheepskin is known to prevent pressure points as well as maintain thermal balance. Studies have shown that in order for muscles to perform at their peak condition they must constantly cool themselves and sheepskin can hold up to 30% of its weight in water before it feels wet thus being able to remove excess heat away from the muscles.
I got the Field Hunter/Eventer pad with Perfect Balance Inserts. It has a front roll that prevents saddle slipping and it also features the Perfect Balance System’s internal pockets that can hold Visco-Elastic foam inserts to address fit or conformation issues. It is super soft and decadent! Available online at www.charlottes-saddlery.com and www.fleeceworks.com.
Woody wearing his new Fleeceworks saddle pad.
I saw this video on Equine Ink’s blog and it was too crazy not to share. I feel so sorry for the horse for putting up with this rider and still doing his job of jumping the fences. I am not sure I have ever seen so bad of a rider take on jumping a full course like this. It is very sad yet quite funny to watch. Enjoy!
I have a bit of a fetish when it comes to saddle pads, I collect them like many people collect dishes or movie paraphernalia. When it comes to western show saddle pads I am addicted to Golden West Saddle Pads, they are expertly made and tightly woven, not to mention beyond gorgeous.
However, when I am riding at home or warming up before a class I always use a Professional Choice SMx Air Ride saddle pad. These pads have a 100% merino wool lining to wick away moisture and the standard SMx core is shock absorbent and highly breathable. It allows even circulation in every direction, resulting in accelerated heat dispersion and moisture evaporation. The horse feels less heat and cools off faster, increasing overall performance. It also evenly distributes weight from the saddle and rider thus preventing pressure points from forming allowing a more comfortable ride. This pad, while providing so much “cushy” support, is still very lightweight and flexible.
I knew this pad was amazing after riding in it, but it was truly affirmed when I went up to the barn one day and saw my dad using it on one of his cutting horses even though it has purple stripes. Normally if anything has girly colors he flat out refuses to use it, so I guess he decided it was worth willing to overlook the feminine color. Needless to say, I bought him his own pad so I could have mine back.
Professional Choice SMx Air Ride Western Saddle Pad available at www.profchoice.com.
From The Saddle Ranking: 4 out of 4 horseshoes