Thursday, June 4, 2009

Dog park intervention

Here's a fact that I've been trying not to think about--this is my kids' last full week of school. Summers tend to be fairly unproductive here at Braymere Custom Saddlery. I always have the best intentions, but it's hard to concentrate on itty bitty straps and buckles when the kids are around.

Knowing this, I have spent the past four days working like a fiend. Except for taking my kids to and from school, I haven't left the house. All I've done is sit at my worktable and make tack. Don't get me wrong--I like making tack--but this has been excessive. I woke up this morning feeling tired and cross eyed and in need of an intervention. Happily for me, that's exactly what I got!
My friends Carol and Cara came by this morning and kidnapped my girls and me. Destination--the dog park!It's impossible to be tired and grumpy at the dog park. I don't think I will ever tire of watching my dogs run and jump and wallow in the water. It's the perfect place to relax and unwind!
Abbie was showing her age this morning. She didn't get in the water at all, but she still had a good time.
Of course, Cara and I always have to go visit the horses.
I really like the cat tracks on this tobiano pinto. He also has a blue eye.
We spotted this miniature horse baby all the way across the field and walked along the fence line for a better look.Unfortunately, we didn't get very far before someone came and shooed us away. He said our dogs were not allowed near the horses, which seemed sort of weird seeing how the stable borders an off leash dog park. Still, there was no point in arguing that fact, so I snapped a couple hasty pictures and we headed out. Now that I'm looking at the pictures, I'm wondering if the camera was more of an issue than the dogs. If my pony's feet looked this bad, I wouldn't want anyone taking pictures either.
Oy! That's just terrible! She was obviously footsore, of course. Now I'm going to be worrying about her every time I drive by. I really hope she's a new rescue or something. There's just no excuse to let any horse's feet get in that condition. The stable she lives at is not a top of the line facility, but I am still shocked to see something like this. The other horses seem basically to be in generally good condition. Ugh, that poor little pony! I can't stop thinking about her...Here's a couple quick shots of what I've been working on. I finished the saddle yesterday and the girth and breastplate today. If you look closely, you can see that the shoulder straps on the breastplate are raised and stitch marked.
Tomorrow I will make the bridle and pad, and then I'll have one less thing to do once summer vacation starts on Tuesday!


  1. Those little stitch marked straps are amazing! I need to find out how to get the stitching lines straight. And that poor pony! Lets keep an eye on her.

  2. You and the girls are welcome to join us at the park anytime.

  3. Unfortunately that ponies feet look like a typical case of laminitis... Poor girl! And the fact she was in foal too by the looks of it...

    Lovely work on the saddle Jennifer! I must send you some new pics of the jumper bridle you made me. :D Still winning here in Australia!

    - Elise

  4. Hi Elise! I don't think I explained myself very well in the original post (I've since gone back and edited it), but I did know that she was foundered. Actually, I suspected as much from seeing her walk because it was obvious that both front feet hurt *a lot*. The pictures are deceptive. I was shooting with a really long lens and she was WAY across the field from me. It wasn't until I got home and edited the pictures that I could see how messed up her feet are. Even though I was halfway expecting it, I was still shocked. Her back feet don't curl up, but they're really long too. I expect it's been a long, long time since she's seen a farrier... Sigh.

    On a happier note--I'd love to see new pictures of the bridle. The pictures you took of your EJ are still some of my very favorite customer pictures ever!

  5. Ooo, pretty saddle! Is that one for me too? :-D

  6. Yes indeedy, Erin. That's the saddle for your Lone Star :)