Shiny once again

Took some pictures of "Aristoitle" today since he got official bath #1 of summer and was looking nice and shiny this afternoon. What a pig that horse, you should have seen the dark brown water coming off his body. Anyway, this evening it was nice and breezy so he didn't apply his own fly repellent -a.k.a roll in the dirt- when I put him out into his pasture.

I really shouldn't wait so long to go out and see him, but sometimes my days off are so discombobulated that I end up frittering my day away.. or the weather is disgustingly hot and humid as was the case last week. I didn't go to the stables because I just didn't want to deal with the heat.

I used my new stirrups tonight. They feel different- comfortable but different. They also hold my foot in place which is a feeling I'm not used to. I asked 'A' to canter and he did so almost right away without his typical running-off trot first. I added two shims to my saddle pad to change the saddle fit. Aristoitle appeared to like the difference because he trotted around with his head low, like a western pleasure horse. So the saddle is a good fit and allows him to raise his back and stretch as he trots. That was my day off in a nutshell.. hours and hours spent with my horse - the best kind of day off there is.

A rise in popularity

My email address has gotten out beyond the bubble of safety known as my address book. This probably started when my friend who has a PC included me in some huge mailing regarding a Parelli event, and one of her recipients added me to their diseased address book in hopes of sending me notices of Natural horsemanship events taking place in my area.

Email from last week:

From: Scott Green - Subject: For his lordship with their own. So somewhat the inter...
From: Aaron Frye - Subject: circumstantial blurry deceitful
From: Lucia Fish - Subject: bates deceive collard
From: Glenn C. James - Subject: Bigger
From: Aron Hardy - Subject: cutlet deuce clove
From: Stefanie Rivera - Subject: bellboy banach anecdote
From: Henrietta Petty - Subject: aside brunch clam

Here is a short blurb composed from the subject lines of the now deleted emails:

Aside from trying to kill his lordship, the deceitful bellboy and his blurry eyed clam cooker Bates decided that brunch consisting of collard, clove, and cutlet would be the appropriate culinary anecdote in avoiding circumstantial evidence brought on by the bigger deuce of the court.

Changing horses?

Nine days ago I placed an online order for this great sunblock called Anthelios L. I buy it from a Canadian pharmacy website called Feelbest I can't understand why this product is taking so long to ship except to blame it on their version of pony express, except there is nothing express about it. Perhaps they made a stop somewhere in Saskatoon to change horses?

Anyway, Anthelios L is expensive, but it has this ingredient MEXORYL ® SX in a 3.3% formula, which is one of the better broad spectrum UV blockers. It also contains PARSOL® 1789 which you can find in certain Neutragena sunblock products. A dermatologist once told me to look for Parsol as an ingredient in sunblock due to its broad spectrum UV blocking. Since that time though Mexoryl has come out.

Recently Anthelios started selling a moisturizer in the U.S. with Mexoryl in it, but I don't think it contains the same quantity as the Canadian product. Par for the course that our government wouldn't put the same ingredients in products shipping to the U.S. because that would be giving too much of a damn about our health and well being- and that's not what they're about.

I can just hear the FDA arguments.. "it's not safe." Fuckers. Meanwhile, Canadians have been using it for a long time and It has been used in France even longer!

Another benefit to Anthelios L is that seems to be a decent gnat repellent.