The bling 

When I came into the whole equestrian industry I couldn’t understand why everyone was so into the bling. It was bling here and there and everywhere. 

Lately I’ve been to a lot of competitions and watched them on tv and if you got two people competing the absolute same way, I’ve noticed that most of the time the decked out one will win. Obviously totally not how it should be, but the equestrian industry is full of “shouldn’t be’s”. 

Someone must have talked into my ear while I was sleeping tough, cause now I’m warming up to the idea myself. I still wouldn’t go for the snakeskin, bling bling and overly extravagant look, but I do think a little subtle bling is nice. 

Yesterday I had to buy a gift for my horse loving cousin and while doing that I came across this jacket : Samshield Victorine 


The jacket is very technical, nice and soft fabric and good looking. The fabric is really stretchy and I think it looks classy. It only has a little bit of bling on the end of the arms. After working in the apparel industry for so long I think I just appreciate when brands finally come out with something innovative. Let’s face it, the equestrian industry must be the most slow going industry ever. 


Anyway, this jacket will enter my goal list. At the moment it wouldn’t look good on me and with the hefty price tag of 419 euro I can’t afford it either. Once I get a bit better and I’ve done some more competitions I’ll entertain the idea again.

X.m

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Stupidly expensive horse products 

Yesterday I had to drop by the horse tack shop to buy a dressage competition book. And as per usual when you do such a thing you come home with way more than you bargained for. 

Walking trough the isles my eye fell on this thing from NAF – braid it up.


It looked fancy and smelled nice. And I thought to myself “it’s the second time that I will braid, of course I need such a thing”. 

Ehm. 

Way to go Maria. You just bought a 15 euro bottle of hairspray. I don’t even spend that much money on hairspray for myself.

Mind you I do love NAF’s product overall. Their vitamins are really great, but this is just a marketing product meant for dumb people like me. The spray is also way to hard and thin, so when I tried it out Grumpy hit his head in the ceiling. 

Best 15 euro I’ve ever spent… 


X.m

Dear Santa

It’s officially less then a month till christmas. Which means thats its less then a month till Santa comes around. There is a few things that I hope will lay under my christmas tree. Even if I need to buy it myself 😉

  1. Equiline Helm and boots bag

Since I hopefully will be starting competitions in January this bag would be perfect. They actually don’t sell it in the Netherlands as far as I could find, but you can find it online here.

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2. Eskadron Platinum Sweat rug 

I’ve been wanting this rug since I first laid my eyes on the collection, but considering Mr.Grumpy has enough rugs from here to Tokyo I haven’t managed to find an excuse yet that would justify me buying it. Can be found here.

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3. Eskadron Fetlock boots

I have the front leg versions of these ones, but not the backlegs hence why their on the list. Can be bought here.

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4. Clincher browband

I don’t know how long I’ve looked for the right clincher browband and yet I haven’t found the perfect one that I want except for one that doesn’t get made anymore. But this one comes pretty close. Can be bought here(I didn’t come up with the price, I know its outrageous).

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5. Schockemohle Colerado Stirrup leather

When I bought my saddle it came with new stirrups and stirrup leather. The only issue is that the leather is so useless, its really difficult to change the length if you are already sitting on the horse, so I am looking for some new ones. These ones from Schockemohle are pretty nice. Can be bought here.

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6. Amerigo x Mattes dressage girth

In all honesty I should have just bought this one instead of the BR one, so now its on the christmas list(probably forever as I just realised the leather girth alone is 250 euro…). Love that it comes in black. The only thing is that you will have to buy the girth as well as the fur. Girth can be bought here and fur here.

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So, that was my christmas list. Considering my family doesn’t have anything to do with horses, nor do they read this blog I will probably have to purchase it all by myself. haha.

X.M

Same Same, but different – Jodhpurs

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So its time for another round of Same Same, but different. This time I’ve found two pairs of jodhpurs who are basically identical to each other, except for the price and brand of course.

The Harry’s horse smart airsystem can be bought HERE.

 

The Ariat heritage lace paddock 4lr can be bought HERE.

Both jodhpurs come in cow leather, shock absorbing, airy and waterproof(as far as leather boots are waterproof that is).  But as you can see the price is pretty different at 90,- versus 160,- euro. In this round I actually think the version from Harry’s Horses win, I think it looks just a tad bit sleeker in a way. Which would you choose?

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Hoofies stickers 

When I came to the stable today someone showed me this new trend that I had never heard of. Hoofies stickers. 

It all lays in the name, it’s stickers that you put on the hoofs of your horse and they come in all kind of colors and prints. I must honestly say it’s not totally my thing, but I can imagine kids would love it. Specially if you have one you can draw on, perfect for kids parties. 


Would you do it? 

For those in the Netherlands, you can buy them at Epplejeck.

X.M

10 riding breeches without bling bling

You can call me boring, but riding breeches full of bling bling just aint for me. I’ve tried it, but I just can’t handle it. If you saw my clothing closet you would see a sea of grey,white and black. The few coloured items must have been bought while being asleep as I don’t wear them.

So below you got 10 breeches without bling bling,  5 with leather grip and 5 silicon grip. As per usual, if you click on the name you are directed to where you can buy them.

Leather grip

  1. HV Polo Pro Odeon Leather – 130 euro

2. Montar Highwaist leather – 129. 95 euro

3. Easy Rider Abby – 89.95 euro

4. Eurostar Clair Leather – 170 euro

5. Easy Rider Abby – 89.95 euro

I’m considering buying the Easy Rider Abby one, it looks really comfy and the price is alright. I just wonder how the fabric is, I’m not so into the ones that feel like jogging pantsish. I’ve tried the ones from Montar, they have some kind of bamboo fabric, which feels kinda nice and soft on the skin, but is not for everyone.

Silicon Grip

1. Pikeur Candela FG209.95 euro

2. Pikeur Ophira – 157 euro

3. Eurostar Dafne fg – 130 euro

4. Eurostar Carina GF – 150 euro

5. Montar Highwaist FG – 134.95 euro

 

Not written in cooperation with Epplejeck, I was being lazy and it is the only webshop with proper photos.

Hope you find one you like, let me know which one!

x.M

Same Same, but different / Glitter cap

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Same same, but different will be a new line of posts where I find two products that look similar, but come at two completely different price points.

The first out is the “glitter” cap from Charles Owen YR8 and the Harry’s Horses Galaxy cap. I’ve seen both cap’s up close and must say they are both beautiful and well crafted. The first time I saw the one from Harry’s Horses I totally mistaken it for the one from Charles Owen.

The Harry’s Horse Galaxy can be bought here and the Charles Owen here.

Which one do you like the best?

X.M

Winter stable rugs guide 2016/2017

Even tough I would like summer to last forever, it unfortunately doesn’t and winter is upon us. The weather man even told me that it will be as cold as 4c during the night next week. This means its time to look at winter rugs.

One can become dizzy when you look at all the rugs at the marked at the moment. There is so many different ones, depending on what you need. In this post I have chosen to look at winter stable rugs in different prices and grams. It will start at 50 gram and move upwards.

Here you can see a small temperature guide which can give you  an indication on when to put on which rugs.

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Please note that some of the rugs below have the option to be combinated with a liner, but I have chosen not to include this info and only focus on that specific rug. However if you are interested in these, then you should check out the websites of Bucas and Horseware as these are the two brands offering this at the moment. I personally do not like it as I’ve found that the liners end up sliding and not laying well.

I’ve chosen not to say which ones are best as everyone has a different preference, though Bucas and Horseware is known for being the best in the business, but it depends how nice your horse is to his/her rug and what type of style and needs you have. I personally use mostly Horseware Amigo as these fit well on Mr.Grumpy and price/duration is good. Of course there are plenty more brands and rugs out there then the rugs below, but these are the most common ones at the moment. By the way, surprises me that neither Eskadron or BR rugs are easy to find, they are available, but I’ve looked at 10 different sites and none of these were selling rugs from these two brands. Get your game on guys.

I will by the way do turnout rug guide for those horses living outside or being outside a lot in another post.

So lets get into it. What winter stable rugs can you get at the moment:(PS.link to where you can buy it in the name of the rug) :

50 gram 

Bucas Irish stable – 85 euro

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100 gram 

Epplejeck Cameron – 57 euro

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Bucas Celtic Stable rug light – 140 euro

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150 gram 

Kerbl Rugbe Indoor – 40 euro

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Horse ware Amigo Mio – 65 euro

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Bucas Freedom stable rug – 76 euro – This one also comes in 300 gram – 85 euro

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200 gram 

PAGONY DELUXE II – 30 euro

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Premiere stable rug – 50 euro

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Harry’s Horse Highliner 200 gram – 65 euro

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Amigo Insulator Medium – 112 euro (also available without neck for 65 euro)

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Rambo Rhino Medium stable – 140 euro

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250 gram 

Amigo Stable Vari-Layer Plus Medium – 125 euro

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B Vertigo Corey – 189 euro

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300/350 gram

Vantaggio Jive – 50 euro

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Pagony Pro Stable – 90 euro

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Anky Stable – 150 euro

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Harry’s Horse Highliner

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Horse Avalanche 350 gram – 90 euro

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Amigo Insulator Heavy with neck(350 gram) – 120 euro(I am buying this for Grumpy this winter)

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Bucas Freedom 300 gram – 94 euro

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Bucas Irish 300 gram – 98 euro

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400/450 gram 

Rambo stable cosy (400 gram)- 160 euro

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Rambo Stable Plus (450 gram) – 182 euro

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500 gram 

Harry’s horse Highliner – 80 euro

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Don’t forget that overtime you properly clean your rug about 50grams goes off it. Several stores currently have 20-25% off, so if you need a new rug now is the time to get one.

Hope you enjoyed the guide!

X.M

The rain coat test 

I do fully understand if you want to declear me as crazy for doing this, but at the end of the day, the crazy got it good they say. Haha 


Today it was time to test the new rain coat on Mr.Grumpy. And I must say that for 11 euro’s I was quite impressed with the quality. It’s pretty thick plastic that would definitely keep the rain out. 

It’s literally a big plastic sheet with a loop at the back for the tail and in the front it has four closures. At first I thought Mr.Grumpy would react to the sound and the way it looked as it makes quite a lot of that plastic noise like a plastic bag that you crush together, but he was surprisingly calm and didn’t seem to care much. 

It wasn’t raining when I put him in the walker, but I just wanted to check if the sides would fly up or if he would react, but again he was cool as a cucumber and just went on a little stroll. 


I quickly noticed an issue though. Because there is no closure underneath the stomach, the sheet will slide down on one side and probably eventually fall off. So I will have to get creative and put in an elastic closure myself to stop it from sliding.


Overall it was totally worth the money, I will just have to fix the little problem with it sliding off. And no, this is not his normal turnout rug, this is only for when it’s raining and he needs to warm up in the walker before saddling up. If you want the same one it costs 11 euro at Agradi and the brand is Pro rider. 

X.M