As most of you know, Ypke and Jethro went to the week long county fair last week. Ponytail Products kindly sent me their Show Pony Shine (a high gloss serum for manes and tails) to glitz Ypke and Jethro up for the special occasion. I really like clean, shiny things so I was interested to see how spiffed up I could get these two.
The packaging is just quite simply slick and elegant. The scent of this is absolutely lovely as well - definitely a relaxing aroma. To up the ante, they also use human grade ingredients. In fact, after reading the ingredients list you don't have to go searching up words on Google!
Ypke's coat itself is always super shiny, but her tail and forelock tend to be rather frizzy and dull. I figured that she would be an excellent horse to put this product to the test. I poured the serum onto my hands and began to rub it into her tail, and was pleasantly surprised. You know how sometimes when you get conditioner/shine stuff on your hands and they begin to feel super sticky and disgusting? This was definitely not the case! It easily soaked into her tail and I hardly had any left on my hands after I rubbed it all into her hair. Plus, my palms felt super duper soft afterwards - this stuff is practically lotion as well!
I did notice that her mane and tail were a lot less tangled and frizzy, and they had a bit more shine to them.
I decided to test the product out on myself as well. After a long day of showing at the fair, I had to give a public presentation and my hair was an absolute disaster. It was tangled, sweaty, and smelly - just great! I used a small amount of the serum and massaged it into my hair. The tangles literally disappeared and my hair was shinier and softer than usual. Don't confuse shiny with greasy - it did not make my hair greasy/stringy in the slightest bit. I got the highest score possible for physical appearance/neatness, so the product must have done something right :)
Furthermore, I also decided to test it out on my mom's horse. Top is before and bottom is after.
**Disclosure: Ponytail Products sent me the Show Pony Shine free of charge for review purposes. While I did receive this product at no expense, all thoughts expressed in this review are based off of my own experiences. Despite my experience being positive, I cannot guarantee their products.**
August 24, 2014
|Well that happened!|
Haul in - Two hours for Ypke, 2 seconds for Jethro.
Jethro's Green horse showmanship - The little man did AWESOME! He was on his very best behavior and did everything great, but I forgot the pattern and screwed up a bit. Despite that, we walked away with a grand champion rosette and red flat! Even though we were the only pair in the class, I do think that I deserved the red flat and he deserved the grand champion. He is an awesome little dude.
|What a dandy|
Ypke's showmanship - Let's just say that I was "that person." It was awful. She was prancing around every which way, neighing, and was not listening to me at all. I was very confused about the pattern and freestyled that thang! I knew we didn't stand a chance at all, so I was just like, "Screw it, this is how it is going to be," and went this way and that during our pattern. Unfortunately, the judge just couldn't follow the greatness of it all and we came in ninth out of eleven. I don't know how people managed to place below us, but whatever.
Once in the ring Ypke was a little superstar, and everything went smoothly with no issues. The judge docked me down for "inappropriate apparel" (missing ratcatcher/collar) and picking up the wrong diagonal once. She also said my legs were rather far behind me. We pulled away with a grand champion rosette and red flat.
Pretty much my equitation was bad, my apparel was a mess, and Ypke did great.
Ypke's walk/jog Western equitation - This time I was against numerous other people. I rode Ypke in her snaffle with two hands and thus was marked down some points right from the start. When we were asked to trot our horses, Ypke stopped and urinated. What a great way to start a ride in the ring! Luckily we did great after that and nailed everything. Ypke did a great slow western jog and completed the pattern flawlessly. We won a blue flat and grand champion. To make it sweeter, I wasn't nervous at all during this ride.
Dressage - They ran this way ahead of time and I had all of 5 minutes to tack up, get dressed, and head to the ring for our Intro B test. I rode her in a French link snaffle that I had only ever ridden her in once (and it went AWFUL that one time). I didn't get to warm up at all and pretty much mounted up and went into the ring immediately. Much to my surprise, I wasn't nervous at all.
Ypke really wanted to just go, but she was listening well. The judge said we had soft transitions, quiet cues, nice impulsion, and were overall very straight (also- my leg was not back behind me nearly as much!) However, we do need to work on adding more bend in our corners and circles - something I have never really thought about or focused on. We received a blue flat and grand champion.
Photography - I won reserve grand, the special award, and the fair theme award. All of my other photos received blue flats.
Public presentation - I did this on therapeutic donkeys and received a blue flat and grand champion.
|Gosh, I love this horse|
August 12, 2014
There was also a shocking twist at the end.
She loaded in under 1 minute!! She just hopped right up into the trailer and didn't throw a tantrum when it was time to leave. I was seriously in disbelief. Usually it is at least a 1.5 hour struggle, but Thursday was a whole different story.
It was almost as if I had a different Fjord.
Jethro's Instagram - @jethrothedonkey
Ypke's Instagram - @themoodymare