Thursday, July 20


Good for him! Way to break the mold!

Monday, July 17

tree killer

sorry for the photoless posts lately, promise my next will have lots!

I dont know about others, but i get an excess of catalogs. I seem to get a dover saddlery magazine weekly! Every other month theres the big book, which is always the same, with no new proudct updates even if they are from opposite ends of a year. Then i get the sale catalog in between these hugeass encyclopedias that are basically always the same with a few seasonal items added, depending. The only improvement I cant think of is that these days, I get one copy of my preferred discipling (eventing) and sometimes my secondary (dressage) catalogs along with about three copies of the big encyclopedia, normal version, usually with some H/J rider on the front. Oh well, I guess its progress.

Sunday, July 16

this has only a little to do with my blog, but...

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Friday, July 14

Intelligent, Indeed

Recently, MDC Intelligent Stirrups has added some do-dahs to its already quite popular stirrups. Im usually opposed to anything made in this "bling" phase. I do remember a time where I drooled over the Otto Shumacher cabaret bridle, in baby blue, of course, and a Swarvoski-studded helmet stripe. But let me tell you, that was years ago. But now it has definitely gotten out of hand. Bling has turned from crystals to anything shiny and small... take the Centaur Bling Pad... No, its not covered in crystals, there are little pieces of metal in a strip on the bottom left side of the pad! It's $35 for a flimsy $5 pad with metal bits glued on.

Okay, recovering from my tangent, I actually like these new stirrups from MDC. Adding to their quite practical stirrups, they have embellished three different styles of MDC Intelligents... Black Ultimates, Stainless Ultimates, and Stainless Silver Comforts. Get them with a sterling plate and your choice of colored crystals: red, white, blue, pink. Range from $230-$270.

While your at it, why not add some of the new MDC Designer Spurs, which come in 5 different embellishment patterns, ranging from no crystals to blanketed in them: priced from $130-$190.

Wednesday, July 12

A New Kind of Designer Boots

For eventing, most people (including myself) go all out in color-coordinated gear for the xc phase. This can sometimes be pretty expensive, with a loooot of custom gear. But now, one thing that has become easier to get your hands on (and usually can find in your colors) are brushing boots. Many different companies have stepped up to the plate and designed some fun colorful boots in all different (actually all pretty well-priced, but theres a little difference in costs) price ranges. Some companies include Woof, N.E.W., and Nunn Finer.

Definitely the cheapest (and from what I've seen, most popular) choice for colorful boots is the Woof Club Boot, $30. They have been around for a little over a year or so now and, and, especially at the lower levels, where, frankly, most horses dont even need boots, these are seen...CONSTANTLY. They come in black with basically every color stripes and even have an option of a colored base with a black strike pad and straps. I like these because they are cheap, pretty, and get the job done. However, they really dont fit the legs that well (they are basically just a slab of neoprene, a strike pad, and some straps to hold them on.) They arent molded to fit the legs but will definitely protect! I have had a few pairs of these and know a bunch of people who also have them and theres nothing too good or bad to say about them!

A little more expensive but much more protective boot from Woof is the Woof Brushing Boot, $58. I absolutely LOVE these boots, although I have them in the double lock kind, which currently only come in solid black and white. Woof Brushing Boots stay on, fit well, and most of all, protect. I always see these boots on event horses, all the way up the levels.

Just this year, Nunn Finer added some colorful straps to their aleady popular Nunn Finer Brushing Boots, $47. They are very obviously competition of the Woof Brushing Boots, and at $10 cheaper, may just be a better choice. I have encountered these first hand and have to say they are pretty darn nice, but I have never had the oppurtunity to use them.