Whether you want to admit it or not, everybody has a “type.” For some, it’s tall, dark, and handsome. For others, it’s a steely fellow with a soft brown eye. And then, there are the redheads….as long as they have plenty of chrome.
If you go weak at the knees over a flashy chestnut, we’ve got the horse for you. “Stitch” is a 5-year-old mare off the track who is looking for someone who’s just her type. While racing wasn’t her thing, Stitch (known on the track as Stich’s PublicPick) is ready for a new life of pleasure or trail riding, or possibly even some light jumping. Like some of us, Stitch is a bit of a sensitive soul—she needs someone who’s quiet and gentle in the saddle and on the ground, and in return she is happy to give affection and tries hard to please.
Stitch ran her last race at Indiana Downs in September and is currently part of New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program. New Vocations retrains, rehabilitates, and rehomes Thoroughbred and Standardbred racehorses off the track. The program, which is based out of Ohio, has placed nearly 5,000 horses in qualified homes since 1992.
One of Stitch’s current career interests is becoming a model—here she’s seen modeling a western bridle with bling made of beta biothane from Two Horse Tack. This bridle is fully adjustable and comes in a range of colors and bling options. Best of all, it will hold up to even the dustiest of trail rides without cracking or fading, and can be rinsed under the hose to be good as new. Whoever adopts Stitch will receive a free $50 gift certificate Two Horse Tack to keep her looking good in her next career.
To learn even more about Stitch or to inquire about adoption, Click here for more information
On the fb page I have been running “What would you say if you were Snarky?”, “Stud or Dud?”, and “America’s next top trainer?” (OK, that one will be new) every weekend. I highlight several really bad ads, and some not so bad ads, and let you make the Snarky comments. Most of the readers like it, some don’t. Without fail there is at least one person that says “this isn’t funny”, “why do you need to be so sarcastic?”, You are being mean” (What part of S N A R K Y is hard to understand?), and “Why don’t you do something?” I am doing something! While we do make fun of the ads, currently over 100,000 people see the fb posts each week, and the views continue to grow.
What is the likelihood those animals would have gotten that much exposure in their local market, with the seller’s poorly written prose? Do people that see the ads through my page adopt these animals? I have no idea if they succeed. I know some try, because people send me messages telling me that they called, emailed, and pursued getting the animal. I’d say that’s doing something. Hopefully people will start sending me before and after pictures.
As far as what else am I doing, I am in the process of trying to win a $100 GC that if I win it, I will donate to a rescue of your choice. Click here to read the details
I am starting a fundraiser through Booster.com, featuring a Loaf tee-shirt. You will also get to decide where that money goes. I have several other projects that will be announced in the future. So are this blog and the fb page SNARKY? Damn right they are! ~IDG
Two-horse tack is doing giveaway!! I love free stuff, maybe I will win!
November Free Tack Giveaway – MEDIEVAL BRIDLES
Deadline – Saturday November 30th
Winner will be announced Monday December 2nd
Just in time for the holiday season! Enter to win one of our newly released Medieval Bridle!
Does your horse have a flair for drama? Is he prepping for a parade? Our baroque bridle is the perfect compliment to any costume or fun outing.
Your choice of any of our 4 stylish designs. Complete with Matching Reins!
If you win let us know!
Hey, I’m all for cross-dressing when I ride I often wear denim full seat breeches, lace up knee high brown boots (yes, they lace all the way up), purple gloves, and a zebra striped helmet when I am working horses. It makes me smile. But this woman is over the top. I don’t know where to look, from the ill fitting bridle, with a shanked bit (I think it’s a shanked bit, the camera person is so focused on the boots and how sweaty the horse is it’s hard to get a good look at the bit) and a training fork, to the AP saddle with the folded rug under it, to the stripper boots with the big ol’ honking spurs, that she has NO idea how to use. This video is a mess! If you want to see a close-up of the boots and spurs skip to the last 4 minutes of the video. Apparently these boots have some sort of celebrity status that warrants the extended close-up. I slogged through the comments trying to get an idea of the purpose of the video (I need a translator for the google translations), and I haven’t a clue. I wouldn’t let this woman shovel shit, (well maybe, if she does it in those boots!) let alone ride a horse.
Some of you have noticed on fb that I have been promoting a new social media site that is dedicated to equestrians. This site has been started by some friends of mine, and it is in the beginning stages. One of the concepts on the site is that you earn points for everything you do on the site, whether it is starting a new group, commenting in a forum or just posting an update. There are areas to post events, classified ads, fundraising and much more! It is also set up with different levels. The first level is Newbie, and once you earn 100 points you become an Intermediate, which is where I am at right now.
The founders of the site are offering a $100 Gift Certificate to the first member to reach the next level of Advanced which requires 500 points. I am half-way there! If I reach Advanced first, I will donate the Gift Certificate to a rescue or hay-bank that, you, the fans will vote on. I get points for every invite that is accepted, and every friend request that is accepted, so send me your email and I will send you an invite! Send it to SnarkyRiderBlog@gmail.com, contact me through this site, or message me on fb. You can also try to win the $100, by being active on the site and acquiring points, but it would be better if I win! lol!
It is a brand new site, and they are looking for input. You can go to the support forum to ask questions and to post comments or suggestions. I think this is a great idea, and I hope that they are able to make it a site that you all love!
Seriously people, if you can’t handle your horse without resorting to these types of tools, you shouldn’t be handling horses. If you can’t do it yourself, work with a professional (a real professional, not one of those yahoos on CL), this is what they do.
This tool has two pulleys, with a downward pull on the rope, increasing the pressure applied with less force being used. I am not going to explain the details, because it makes my head hurt, but here is a link that explains pulleys in an understandable way.
Basically, this guy took the concept of a war bridle, applied some pulleys to make it more aggressive, and is marketing it as a training device. This is NOT training! This is taking a shortcut. In the long run, it will come back to bite you in the ass, because the basics were skipped. BASICS people! BASICS! Handle the horses, teach them to be respectful of space, teach them to give to pressure, DO NOT TAKE SHORTCUTS!
*Edit It appears that my first video link has been removed from youtube. I am assuming it is because of public outrage. I have posted another link at the top of this post, but just in case that one also disappears here is a picture of the devise.
Horze is letting me give away one of their products. It’s a great opportunity for all of you! It is getting to be that time of year when many of us are working with fuzzy horses that work up a sweat, and a cooler is the perfect way to wick the moisture away quickly. This cooler is a great choice!
Horze products are well made and priced right. I don’t know about you, but I can always use another cooler
This cooler comes in 4 beautiful, rich colors; Chocolate Brown, Dark Blue (more navy than royal), Dark Green, and Red all with pale gold accents. This is the no-surcingle style so it is great for throwing over a wet horse while you are cooling them out, or you can use it to layer with.
Luxuriously soft, anti-pill fleece
Lightweight to keep your horse cozy
Adjustable front buckle
Rear darts contour shape
Striking gold braided cord defines the tapered bottom
Signature Z logo dazzles in gold on the bottom front corner
Wicks away moisture keeping your horse dry and warm
Active Fit is close to the body (not tight) and allows for easy movement.
Exceptionally comfortable as well as attractive and durable
One lucky reader can win this Horze Show Fleece Show Rug, all you have to do is:
Get 5000 likes for the facebook page, send me a video of you and your horse telling the world how fabulous Snarky Rider is, and send me a bottle of your favorite wine… Just kidding!! Here’s what you really have to do:
Eazy Peazy! This give-away ends at midnight (EST) on November 14th. That gives you whole week to get your entries in and share with all of your friends for more entries! The more the snarkier! Open to US shipping only.
Ok, I will start with what is right. I know, it’s weird. I’m trying to be positive, the holidays are near, and I am hoping Santa brings me lots of presents
The horse is sane…check
The child is wearing boots…check
The child is wearing a helmet…check.
Of course it isn’t a riding helmet, it’s a bicycle helmet, which are rated completely differently,
so let’s say… 1/2 check
The child is wearing long pants…nope
The child is in a saddle that fits the horse and the rider…nope
The mom is in control of the horse and can help if the child gets in trouble…nope, not really.
Could I find more? You betcha. But then what would you comment on?
One of my pet peeves, and you all know I have many, is people cantering before they know the basics at the walk and the trot. This child is not strong enough nor experienced enough to be riding at the lope/trope, let alone doing it off line. I read through a bunch of the comments on the video and people repeatedly said that the mom wouldn’t allow this if it wasn’t safe. Really? Because I see a whole lot of unsafe going on!