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Product Review – Horze Novara Bridle

Product Review – Horze Novara Bridle

Some of you may have noticed last week that I was schooling Simon in a dressage bridle. No, we’re not moving to the dark side… but we were reviewing a dressage bridle from Horze!  I’ve actually never bought, borrowed or used a black bridle with a flash attachment, so this was a first for both me and my horse. While I do think he looks quite handsome in the bridle, I had mixed feelings on the Horze Novara Bridle.  Instead of…

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Product Review – Horze Nylon Halter & Lead

Product Review – Horze Nylon Halter & Lead

I think a staple in every horse owner’s tack trunk is a good nylon halter.  They’re durable, easy to clean and a good one will last forever.  As nylon halters go, I look for something that fits well, is durable and can adjust to my horse’s face.  This padded Nylon halter from Horze does all of these things! Let’s be honest – this is a nylon halter.  It’s not reinventing the wheel or changing the course the universe – it’s…

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Product Review – Horze Reflex Stirrups

Product Review – Horze Reflex Stirrups

Before I review today’s stirrups, let me give you a little stirrup history (I know you are dying to hear it). In the early 2000’s, I got a pair of Herm Sprenger flex stirrups.  I rode in them until 2012, swore by them even, and then decided that my leg felt more secure in regular irons.  I switched to $30 irons, and said death to gadgets!  Gadgets bad!  Special stirrups bad!  Blah blah tradition fox hunting George Morris blah blah…

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Product Review – Horze No Turn Bell Boots

Product Review – Horze No Turn Bell Boots

I love horse boots of all kinds, and that definitely includes bell boots.  Though Simon isn’t terrible about holding shoes, he will occasionally reach too far and step out of his front shoe.  When we’re in sporty sport horse mode, bell boots are a constant part of our tack routine.  So you can imagine I was excited to try these No Turn Bell Boots from Horze! Though I’m no stranger to bell boots, these were new to me in a…

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Product Review – Horze Lyon Synthetic Leather Gloves

Product Review – Horze Lyon Synthetic Leather Gloves

Horze recently asked me to review some products, which made me super happy because I’m still on a indefinite spending freeze and there have been no new shiny things to play with.  Thanks Horze!  That being said, these are all still my opinions on the products – first up, riding gloves! Traditionally, I’m not a glove person.  Give me the option and I will go gloveless for schooling and show.  I traditionally hate how bulky gloves make my hands feel, but…

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Columbia Omni-Freeze Sun Shirt Review

Columbia Omni-Freeze Sun Shirt Review

Just like everyone else, I’ve been lusting after all the pretty show shirts that are becoming super popular.  Being really light skinned (I’m essentially Norweigan) and living in the land of 300 days of sunshine, I feel like a sun shirt is a fair purchase.  That being said, I’m also broke.  I have a $50 cap for how much I’m willing to spend on a riding shirt for schooling purposes only. That knocks out all the major brands that everyone…

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Product Review – Leather Honey Conditioner

Product Review – Leather Honey Conditioner

A while ago, I was contacted by the nice folks at Leather Honey to see if I could review their leather cleaner and conditioner.  It took me a while due to lack of barn time and general moping about the condition of my horse. Over the three day weekend I put on my big girl pants and stopped pouting, so I have part of the Leather Honey review for you!  I received both Leather Honey Conditioner and Leather Honey Cleaner…

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Products I Can’t Live Without – EcoGold Hunter Pad

Products I Can’t Live Without – EcoGold Hunter Pad

While I have been through a lot of schooling saddle pad options with some good results, for the longest time I had a really hard time finding a decent hunter fitted show pad. First I had a Thinline Sheepskin fitted pad, but it was incredibly hard to clean and stayed an off-white yellow color.  Sheepskin is expensive, hard to clean… and super expensive!  After seeing so many hunter horses at WEF with fleece fitted pads, I said bye bye to sheepskin…

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Noble Outfitters Socks Review

Noble Outfitters Socks Review

Let’s talk about socks!  I was never one of those kids who was like “aw, socks?!?” when holidays came around, because I heart socks.  I have springer spaniel socks, socks for holidays, socks with ponies, socks with ice skating penguins and of course… lots of boot socks.  I especially heart boot socks. So when Noble Outfitters contacted me and asked if I’d like to review something, I said… socks! They sent two pairs which I will both review today, first…

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The Saddle Saga Concludes

The Saddle Saga Concludes

I’ve spent about 48 hours ruminating over my new saddle, and I’ve officially decided to keep it.  Now that I’ve made that decision I’m going to slather it in conditioner and get that baby broken in as soon as possible… but I also figure I should blog about it. For those of you just checking in, I settled on the Prestige Roma Jump because it was in my price range, has a higher channel for wither clearance, and a flattish…

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A Plethora of Half Pads

A Plethora of Half Pads

I became obsessed with half pads around 2007 when they were all the rage for hunter shows.  Everyone who was anyone was showing with just a half pad, and it was different!  I liked different. Even though I show in a fitted pad these days, I’m still very pro half pad. I’ve owned quite a few of them, and now I’m going to tell you my 2 cents about each.  Get excited. Cheapy no-name foam half pad I found at…

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Ariat Breeches Review

Ariat Breeches Review

I recently received some Ariat breeches to review, which is pretty much as exciting as it sounds.  Breeches!  In the mail!  It’s like Christmas! My childlike enthusiasm aside, I was genuinely curious about these because traditionally I have not been an Ariat breeches wearer.  Nothing against  the brand (love many other Ariat products), but I have hips and a butt and have had fit issues in the past with their breeches. One quick aside, I would usually post photos of…

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