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Luxury Saddle Shopping

Luxury Saddle Shopping

When I first decided to treat myself to a new saddle, I was pretty excited. What a blessing it is to be in a place where I can afford to buy what I want and peruse a selection of high end saddles. How lucky was I? Apparently, not as lucky as I thought. Call me crazy, but I feel like if I’m prepared to spend thousands of dollars on an item for my hobby, the shopping experience should be nothing short of…

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Product Review – Dy’on Anatomic Bridle

Product Review – Dy’on Anatomic Bridle

It should be no secret to anyone reading this blog in the past week or so that I’m pretty head over heels with my new bridle. Still, I thought it merited its own review post so anyone who wanted more information about a slightly less common bridle. My original search for this bridle started at Dover, where I saw one for sale and thought it had a beautiful shape. I wanted a jumper looking bridle that was modern, but not…

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I Retail Therapied

I Retail Therapied

First off, thank you to everyone who commented on my post yesterday.  I took each and every confidence building suggestion seriously and feel a lot better knowing I’m not alone with these feelings!  Going to try and kick ass at my lesson tonight.  Will report back 😉 Now those who know me well know that I typically try not to buy things for my horse unless he needs them.  It’s pretty rare for me to throw about large amounts of…

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Bonnet on Fleek

Bonnet on Fleek

I have a co-worker who is much cooler than I am, and subsequently teaches me all kinds of slang the cool kids are saying these days. I find this hilarious, because the slang is so stupid. An example of this is “On Fleek” which means on point / ready to go / cool / I’m not sure I’m too old for this stuff. I think originally it had something to do with eyebrows, but since it’s stupid and hilarious to…

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The Tale of the French Blue Breeches

The Tale of the French Blue Breeches

Once upon a time, I made very questionable fashion choices when it came to the equestrian world. This is partially due to funds.  In college, I had money for board + farrier + a few lesson and a few small shows.  That was a huge luxury and only possible with the help of my parents and several part time jobs.  There just wasn’t anything left over for fancy schooling clothes, and I was fine with that. But I still wanted fancy schooling…

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How I Put My Spending In a Box and Close It

How I Put My Spending In a Box and Close It

Last week, I expressed my budgeting failures to y’all.  No dramatic updates there… I didn’t become Dave Ramsey overnight but I’m working on it.  I do however, want to tell you something I’m really good at. I am really good at not spending money on “extras” for my equestrian life. Of course, that depends on your definition of extra.  Showing?  Of course.  Chiropractor?  Of course.  Multiple show shirts?  Yes!  But I do have my limits damnit, and I’d like to walk…

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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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A Note to Equine Marketers

A Note to Equine Marketers

Hello equestrian companies of the world!  For many of you, I am your target audience. I am (basically) in my early 30’s, married with no children.  My household income is most likely within the average of your customers.  I have one horse, and I show locally.  I spend a substantial part of my income on said horse, and I desire to look as good as I can and ride to the best of my ability. I also work in marketing…

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Sprucing Old Items

Sprucing Old Items

My debut in the jumper ring with Simon is just a few days away!  Squeeeeeeeeee!  Naturally, part of the reason I’m excited is because I get to wear all the fun tack.  That is a reason for celebration… not stressing about late leads, super bonus! That being said, I really try to live by the philosophy that I should only use things I need on my horse.  Though jumper tack is super fun, I don’t currently need a flash or figure 8.  I…

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WEF – Boots in the Equitation Ring

WEF – Boots in the Equitation Ring

If you’re like me, you grew up thinking there was one kind of boot that belonged in the equitation (and often jumper) ring.  You know what I’m talking about… the “boots with the fur” otherwise known as leather sheepskin line open front boots.  Bonus points for a matching fetlock set. I still like those boots, I really do!  They have their downsides though – they are hard to maintain, super expensive, and they tend to warp and not always fit…

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WEF – Scrim a dim dim

WEF – Scrim a dim dim

Maybe this is the case at all the big horse shows… it probably is.  Remember, I show locally and my A/AA experience is just as a bystander at mostly regional A shows.  Before I visited WEF, the biggest show I’d ever watched was the Duke Children’s Classic in my hometown of Raleigh, NC. At Duke there were lots of amazing horses, but I don’t remember scrim sheets.  WEF has tons of amazing fashion and beautiful horses, but I swear the…

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