Monday Moans

Well, the new bit isn’t working out. Wrapping it in Sealtex was a great idea in theory,  but after our lesson this morning I noticed part of it was chewed through by Rio so I cut it off intending to replace it.

YUCK. This brownish red goo game out when I unwrapped it. The bit underneath was destroyed.


It’s supposed to look like this:


From the Shire’s website:


Shire Blue Allow Hunter Dee with Mullen Mouth

The medium port of the Shires Blue Alloy Hunter Dee with Mullen Mouth allows more room for the tongue and helps to relieve pressure and is very stable in the horses mouth. The blue alloy oxidizes easily to create a warm and sweet taste. The blue color will fade with use.


Well…. after 5 uses it now looks like this:



So unclear.

I guess that’s what I get for buying a cheap bit?!


I had already decided I wasn’t LOVING it anyway. Rio was starting to lean on it a bit and getting a little locked in the mouth. I discussed it with trainer Julie and we are going to try my Bomber again. It’s a similar shape ( but made with much higher quality materials) and I haven’t tried it in about a year. He may be ready for it now that he is further along in his training. Plus, I already own it so it can’t hurt to see how it works!


In other news we are 5 days into the Equiwinner patches and so far no sweat. What are the patches exactly? Honestly, I don’t really know. The website has a bunch of pseudo science. Mostly my eyes locked on “money back guarantee”. I looked up some reviews and found some stuff on the COTH forums. They seem to have worked miracles for some people, and someone else said they easily got their money back. I figured it was worth a shot, nothing to lose after all. It will be $140 well spent if they work.

But, they aren’t working yet. Most of the reviews I read said they worked almost right away (2-3 days). 5 days in and nothing. I’m disappointed but still holding out some hope they will start working. It’s a 10 day treatment so… send good vibes that they kick in!



In other news, this is the forecast for Dalls/Ft. Worth this week.


Yah…. I may die y’all. I already told trainer I wasn’t going to come hack this week (I can only come after work, which will be way too hot). Rio may be getting a mini vacay this week due to the extreme heat. Thankfully he is on all night turnout, and he’ll spend the days in his stall with fans!

Anyone else have a crazy heat wave coming their way this week?

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  1. Ewwww Sorry the sealtex didn’t work! Bits are such a funny mix of art & science.

    As for the weather, I do not envy you! We are finally getting a break in the heat/humidity with mid-80 highs and humidity dropping below 60% for most of the week.

  2. Fingers crossed the bomber bit works! And the patches! I am not sure how much riding I am even willing to do this week …

  3. Sorry the bit experiment ended that way 🙁 I wonder if the Sealtex somehow reacted with the blue? Hopefully the Bombers bit will work! We had a heat wave two weeks ago – 6 days above 90 with about 70% humidity. It was awful and now we are back to the high 80s with matching humidity. High 80s doesn’t sound like much compared to you guys but the humidity is a game changer in a bad way. The show yesterday was actual torture.

  4. I’m in North Texas, so I get the same dreamy forecast that you get. 😉 I ordered Coco a plain metal mullen with Dee rings in an effort to not get another HS Duo. My Duo is too wide for her petite mouth, so if we stay in the Duo I have to get a smaller one. At least the resale market for them in Facebook groups is good!

  5. What a bummer about the bit, the patches, and the heatwave! 🙁 Hope you and Rio find a way to stay cool! We’ve thankfully been spared extreme weather so far.

  6. We’ve had a minor heat wave recently for San Diego, still nothing like the 100+ I grew up with, but enough that a lot of people were uncomfortable. I hope the patches start working soon!

  7. We’ve had a couple hottish days this week, but low 90’s. The humidity was super high though, so it felt hotter. Got a ton of rain this evening though, and it lightened the air up. Hope you take it easy through that heat wave down there! That’s no joke!
    Bummer about the bit. Hope the one you have will work for you guys! I think I already mentioned it, but Guiness really helped Jamp to sweat.

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