Something about sitting down before a show and scrubbing my life away until I can see my reflection in my tall boots just for me to step in manure with them the next day is not appealing. All morning of the show I end up tiptoeing around, trying to keep my boots clean, and inevitably looking down to see them covered in dust. Rags would never get it completely off or out of the folds and I usually found myself using them for Ax anyway.
After years of wiping down my boots with dirty rags, I heard of Fluff Monkeys— a puff of fabric that can be used to clean and polish boots among other things—from a friend. Soon, my lime green and purple Fluff Monkey arrived in the mail alongside a little banana-shaped stress ball. Continue reading “Product Review: Fluff Monkey®”
Riding in the warmer months is sweaty enough. Add in the fact that your horse is actually a sweaty beast and you’ve got directions to the perspiration station (yum). Typically on hot days, I will skip a square pad and ride in just a half pad to take a layer off, but unfortunately, that isn’t an option when it comes to showing. You ride in a shaped hunter pad—or else—and unless you are the lucky owner of a plethora of show pads, this can be a problem when your horse sweats through it on day one and you still have a few days to go.
We all know that I am already an ECOGOLD advocate. After falling in love with my half pad so much, I did some looking into their CoolFit line of pads since Ax is such a Sweaty Betty but couldn’t justify the price for anything just yet. Luckily, my mom spotted an ECOGOLD CoolFit Hunter Pad at a tent sale (“Isn’t this that brand you like?”) and gave it to me as a gift before the first show of the year (thanks mom!). Continue reading “Product Review: ECOGOLD Coolfit Hunter Pad”
Every time I go to the tack shop I tell myself that I need to get new brushes. I’ll stop in front of them all hung up on the wall or overflowing out of buckets and ponder which ones I want after feeling them all for softness. Then I’ll tell myself that I don’t really need new brushes and promptly walk away.
This is great for saving money, but not so great for my horse who was being groomed with dirty tools. Unfortunately, the majority of my brushes were past the point of no return and ready to be tossed (except my very favorite soft brush) because I stink at cleaning them. Then I researched custom brushes and because I monogram everything, I had to have them. Continue reading “Product Review: Emily’s Equine Creations Custom Brushes”
“NO, Charles Owen all the way!”
“Ew, Samshield or nothing.”
Everyone has a personal preference for helmets and some people don’t even fit to certain brands. I’m lucky enough to have a head that fits most riding helmet brands and have had the opportunity to wear quite a few styles and brands. So, I give you my ultimate helmet review. Continue reading “Helmet Showdown”
Tucker Tweed hit every equestrian fashionista’s radar a few years ago and I can’t lie—I was lusting over them for quite a while. The designs, the leather, the colors, OH MY! I finally ceased my drooling and ogling in December when a friend of mine who owns The Vineyard Equestrian had an amazing post-black friday sale and I purchased the Tucker Tweed Camden Crossbody in chestnut with the foxhunting embossing. Continue reading “Product Review: Tucker Tweed Camden Crossbody”