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Month: November 2014

Product Review – Horze Reflective Boots

Product Review – Horze Reflective Boots

Once upon a time I lived and rode my horse in places where people would hunt often.  It always wigged me out, and I would opt to not ride in certain areas during hunting season because I didn’t have any bright orange gear to identify myself as “not a deer.”  I know I’m not the only one who has faced this problem before! Enter the good people from Horze.  They have an entire line of reflective horse products to keep you…

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Equestrian Gift Showcase – Higher Standards

Equestrian Gift Showcase – Higher Standards

Many of you have heard of the amazing leather cleaning products from Higher Standards by now, but just in case you haven’t let me share the delight with you! The skinny?  It’s fabulous tack cleaner that works as a cleaner and conditioner, and smells amazing.  I personally use the Fox Vanilla Lavender on all of my tack and prefer Higher Standards hands down to any other tack soap I’ve ever used. At $14.95 for a full size, this soap is comparable price wise with…

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Thankful

Thankful

When I was a kid, Thanksgiving was pretty much my favorite holiday.  It was the start of the Christmas season, very predictable as far as food, family and fun.  As I got older, Thanksgiving was a lot more up in the air until Tim and I started our own tradition of doing whatever the f we felt like.  Sometimes we Thanksgiving by ourselves, sometimes with friends, sometimes with family… and sometimes we boycott it entirely by going on vacation. So…

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2014 CTHJA Year End – Sunday

2014 CTHJA Year End – Sunday

First off, thanks everyone for their encouraging comments yesterday.  I didn’t get a chance to reply individually to all of them (crazy trying to get ready for vacation and work and life!), but I really appreciate all the support.  I am feeling much better about all this!  Now, back to day two of the show. Sunday morning rolled in, and I wasn’t exactly feeling bright eyed and bushy tailed.  My throat hurt, my head hurt, I was nauseous from worry and…

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2014 CTHJA Year End – Saturday

2014 CTHJA Year End – Saturday

I have both a ton to say about this show, and nothing at all.  Luckily (or not so luckily) for you, I’ll write out the ton I have to say in two parts.  For those of you who want the cliff notes, I have both a pessimistic and an optimistic version. Pessimistic:  I spent a decent amount of money to go to my year end show, and kinda sucked. Optimistic:  I had one of those ‘learning experience’ horse shows that…

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OTTB Spotlight – Bacon

OTTB Spotlight – Bacon

I know you’re probably expecting a show report… because the show did happen.  However, I’m a) still processing things and b) sick.  So hopefully tonight I’ll get a chance to get my thoughts together and write everything down, but until then here is a fabulous start to the return of the OTTB Spotlight! Today’s OTTB showcase has one of the most unique names I’ve heard for a mare… Bacon!  I secretly want her to get a barn mate called Pancake.  😉…

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Equestrian Gift Showcase – Swanky Saddle

Equestrian Gift Showcase – Swanky Saddle

I believe it was Ainsley Carter who first brought the phrase, “Monogram is a lifestyle” to my attention – and I certainly love it!  There are lots of great vinyl monogram companies out there for the equestrian world (sneak peek – we may be visiting one later this holiday season), but Swanky Saddle first caught my attention on instagram with an entirely different kind of monogram. Check out this saddle plate folks.  Have you ever seen a saddle plate as cool…

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Elvis Comes Full Circle

Elvis Comes Full Circle

Elvis was my best friend for seven years, and made a lot of my dreams come true.  Sometimes I regret selling him, and other times I realize it was a good decision for both of us. When I see pictures of him on Facebook like the one below, I think it was a good decision. This is an acquaintance’s daughter who’s learning to ride on Elvis.  She’s 4.5 and he’s 21.  Her mom reports that Elvis just follows her around…

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Equestrian Gift Showcase – Two Socks Designs

Equestrian Gift Showcase – Two Socks Designs

This holiday (and as of right now, pre-holiday!) season I’ve rounded up something that I’m really excited about.  Christmas shopping is one of my all time favorite things, and to show that spirit with y’all I present the Equestrian Gift Showcase!  Throughout the rest of November and December, I will be featuring equestrian small businesses that I love and admire. Each feature will pick out some great gifts they offer for the horse lover on your list this holiday season.  Also,…

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What It’s Like Being an Anxious Horse Owner

What It’s Like Being an Anxious Horse Owner

One of my favorite blog titles ever is Diary of an Overanxious Horse Owner, because I can sooooooo relate to that title.  Really,I’m jealous that I didn’t think of it first! Anxiety hasn’t always been present in my life.  Through school, I was pretty care free.  Sure, stuff would come up but I always just kind of assumed that everything would be okay and things would work out for the better overall.  I’m not exactly sure when or why it…

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An Anti-Tack Ho Dispersal

An Anti-Tack Ho Dispersal

I have jokingly used the ‘Tack ho’ label around here, because I love tack.  Love looking at it, shopping for it, and using it.  What I don’t love is collecting unnecessary things and hoarding.  Really, the only thing I have a surplus of is saddle pads (even my collection of breeches is oh so small), and as SprinklerBandit pointed out last week… that does not make a tack ho. So here’s the thing – I have a lot of random stuff sitting…

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A Taste of Texas Races

A Taste of Texas Races

When my mom was visiting most recently, we headed out for a day of wine tasting and shopping in Texas hill country.  While we played the “let’s see which white is the least sweet on this tasting menu,” a glorious idea happened.  It’s the fall Thoroughbred season at Retama Park!  My mom had never been to a horse race before, and going to the races in Texas was on my 30 under 30 list… so we headed out to the…

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