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A Hard Day To Recount – FEBRUARY 11, 2011 that is.
It’s been a little over 2 years now. I stopped writing much in Ziba’s Healing Journal as everytime I tried to write about this event, I just couldn’t bring myself to do so, however I felt it should be told as it was a critical, albeit unfortunate, event that took place in Z’s “healing” journey that I have been documenting. So please forgive this late share, there may be value in its telling..
Webb Ranch at upper fields, enjoying the view in 2010.
In retrospect I have one huge misgiving and can only recommend to other horse owners what many know and probably many such as myself had not addressed but simply put up with. Read full post..
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Fluid yet momentary balance..
reminds me of, well…
riding a Horse.
Ziba was on high today.
Shannon, my neighbor at the ranch, calls me saying my horse is really antsy and running up and down her (long) paddock. A few minutes later I arrive to find her walking circles and stopping to nose the gate repeatedly. Food isn’t the problem, she has that. We are of like minds – I came with a quick ride in mind. Saddling up takes only a few minutes, but she is still digging a hole in the ground. COME ON KAREN – LET’S GO!!!
So I hop on and we take the perimeter trail with the sun setting on an expansive view of golden rolling hills dotted by crooked oak trees & scrub. At the beginning there is a nice long easy downhill slope later followed by a short steep uphill climb. You can see the reservoir which is pretty dry right now and has a sandy bathtub ring. Huge old Eucalyptus hide little animals making crackling noises while they settle in for the evening. A few jack rabbits scoot off in different directions. As we walk the trail, she and I are happier by the minute. The shadows have grown long and we spend a little time in the upper sand ring which is cooler now. By the time we get back, she is all smiles. Has those soft smiley eyes. She tells me she loves to go sight-seeing!
Leia & I hear a nicker as we leave. See you tomorrow my friend!
I am grateful for the time we are able to share together and Ziba’s enthusiasm to do more – it really is a gift that I can ride her at all. Will tell you about it sometime soon..
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And to the relief and enthusiasm of many Le Tixerant fans – they can be ordered at Just Equus! The quality is back to its original level, and for the dressage style – the color of the elasticated part is now black like the leather ends. Here is some information about the Le Tixerant Girth for those who are not familiar with it yet:
“In cooperation with a major medical textile company in France, The Le Tixerant Comfort Girth was developed to allow freedom of movement for the horse, while keeping the saddle in place. A special patented material sewn into the middle of the girth expands, giving comfort to the horse, easier breathing and movement for the chest area. Scientific studies have proven that a tightened girth inhibits optimum performance of a horse. Specifically, a rigid girthing affects the respiratory function and compresses the muscles, thereby reducing the blood flow and supply of oxygen. This can result in contractures, spasms, impaired action, reduced power, uneven gaits, defense reactions and refusals. The solution is a girth designed to move with the horse. The Tixerant Comfort Girth is radical in its simplicity, incorporating a wide centre section of a technical material made by Gibaud (a medical textile company) the girth offers a high capacity for elongation, allowing your horses’ ribs to expand and contract without any restriction. This unique elastic panel also covers a much larger area of your horses belly than usual to reduce pressure and virtually eliminate the risk of pinching. Yet, despite the elasticity, it keeps the saddle in place more effectively than a standard girth, due to an integrated non-slip pad on the inside, positioned over the sternum to keep the saddle centralized and fully secure.”
For most horses – the Le Tixerant provides welcome relief while allowing for a very stabilized saddle without overtightening of the girth. We do not recommend it for extremely forward girth grooves, or ponies as it is a wider design.
I research the products we sell at Just Equus and my collection of girths has grown over the years. My horse is a perfect test subject as she has an opinion about everything and expresses herself well. My horse made it clear that the Le Tixerant was her girth of choice. On switching back to a traditional leather girth or a couple other test girths I have tried on her, she has turned to stare at me and then the girth as if to say “uhmmm, this is the wrong girth, please use the right one.”.. Then she takes this big breath as if to say – look I can’t breathe like I can in MY girth. It is true, the Le Tixerant allows for more expansion of the rib cage without sacrificing stability. I do believe there are other wonderful girths that will be appropriate for different horses’ needs, but the Le Tixerant is clearly my horse’s favorite.
Order yours at Just Equus.
Le Tixerant Comfort Dressage Girth - now comes in all Black
Le Tixerant Comfort Jumping Girth comes in Dark Brown or Light Brown Leather.