Once again, my inner shop-a-holic won over this Valentine’s weekend and I found myself at the SmartPak Dot Sale. I went for my first time last year and hadn’t had a chance to catch any of their sales since, so I was itching to get my hands on some deals. Armed with an early Valentine’s Day gift from my boyfriend and a short list of things I needed, we were off.
This was a giant WANT on my list for a long time, but I was struggling with the thought of paying full price. I had seen a few in the attic for 25% off the past few times but still couldn’t commit, thankfully the dot changed moved them down to 50% off and I bit the bullet. While Ax has little wear and tear on him, he isn’t a spring chicken and I am to stay on the preventative side of things. A little ceramic therapy to help his muscles before and after rides is only going to help.
It is no secret that TS are my favorite and basically the only breeches that I wear, but I don’t love the price tag. These were 50% off, making them a little easier on my wounded wallet and much prettier in my closet.
This was a last minute find and I am so glad I found it. The new barn that I am at has a rule that the horses must have halters on during turnout (in place by the land owner, it has something to do that they have a stallion on property). I bought Ax a leather halter at this sale last year and had been using that, but because he plays some intense “halter tag” during turnout and I didn’t want his only nice halter to get destroyed, I put it aside and threw his nylon breakaway halter back on. I wasn’t really looking for another halter but I found a decent one and grabbed it just in case. Right before I went to check out, I went back to the attic to put back a pair of breeches and found this beauty back on the rack for a huge 75% off. Back went the other halter and this one came home with me.
When I wrote the post about my hated jointed stirrups, I received many suggestions to try wide tread stirrups instead. I’d been keeping my eye out for a pair, but hadn’t found a decent pair for a good price until the sale where I found these for 75% off.
I have a few blankets that are half fabric underneath and they stick to Ax’s coat, causing rubs and pressure on his withers. I usually use a shoulder guard, but that still doesn’t stop the blanket from getting stuck in one spot. I picked this up in hopes of adding a slippery layer under those blankets and relieving some of the rubs.
Technically I didn’t buy this—my mom did—but I found it for her. She has my old brown jumper half pad and had made comments about wanting a white dressage one since she does ride dressage and not hunter/jumper. I spotted this one for 50% off, snagged it, and called her immediately to see if she wanted it. What a good daughter I am. (PS – I have a blue jumper half pad for sale.)
While I didn’t get as many amazing deals as last year, I saved $658 which is a huge 60.53%! Another successful sale in the books.