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Buy My Stuff Yo!

Buy My Stuff Yo!

I’m doing some major downsizing, and need to get rid of a lot of horse stuff that is in decent shape but not something I use on a regular basis. If you’re interested in anything specifically, I’ll be happy to snag pictures. I’ll say that everything here is in working order, but isn’t necessarily a top brand. It’s the kind of stuff that I would have happily scooped up at a used tack sale when I was in school, if…

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Window Shopping

Window Shopping

One of the coping mechanisms I have not been doing is any retail therapy. For two reasons: I already met my retail therapy limit for 2015 I’m going to Europe in a month and am in an aggressive ‘no spending’ zone Neither of these bullet points stops me from wanting pretty things though! Instead of blowing my entire vacation budget on tack and clothing, I decided to do some window shopping. For me, it’s mostly about breeches. I’m down to two…

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Product Review – Dark Jewel Designs Browbands

Product Review – Dark Jewel Designs Browbands

When I was super sad and down on top of on a 100% spending freeze, I was oh so excited to win Sprinkler Bandit’s blog contest for a custom beaded browband from Dark Jewel Designs.  Beaded browbands aren’t super popular in the hunter/jumper rings, and I’d figured I would get two “fun” bead strings and one pretty conservative one. Let me say that when I got the browband and beads in the mail the quality far exceeded my expectations!  Pictures…

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Big Girl Helmet

Big Girl Helmet

I’ve been wanting a new helmet for a long time.  Of course, this want happened during my “don’t spend any money and pay off your credit card” budget time this summer, so I missed all the Helmet Awareness day sales.  I decided that my current helmet was two years old with no falls, so I didn’t really need a new one. At the show on Saturday, I complained about my helmet all day.  See, I can only perfect hunter hair…

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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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The Wishlist Game

The Wishlist Game

I hit a wall Friday afternoon at work, and may or may not have spent time building out a SmartPak wishlist.  Typically, I’m not a online window shopper, but with my massive lack of shopping I was really having the itch to “purchase” some things. My rules for adding things to the list were as follows: Only things I really needed/wanted (aka not a dressage saddle or a halter for every single occasion possible) Things I realistically planned to buy/acquire…

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A Bit Confusing

A Bit Confusing

I’ve never been a person to have a lot of extra stuff.  I find something I like, and then use it until it dies, hence my one bridle.  Even my bit collection is pretty small, with about 5 bits total. Two of those are for my old horse, and are too small for Simon.  One is western, and one is for my DraftX… so that leaves Simon with his one and only bit. I use a 5″ Myler Comfort (Level…

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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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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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