Friday, November 17, 2017

Birthday/Christmas Equestrian Wish List

I am a December baby, so this time of year is when I get all of the presents at once. Since I am the only equestrian in my family, I get the feeling that they never know quite what to buy me and so I usually get a request to make a wish list. While it seems a bit silly to publicly post such a list, I actually really like reading other people's wish lists, and so figured I'd join in. So without further ado, these are the things that I am coveting this holiday season.

C4 Belt

Ok, I want on this bandwagon. These belts look awesome. I love all of the equestrian patterns and think it is so cool that they are adjustable to fit you. I've seen them in person, but haven't yet committed to buying one, partly because I do think that the price point is a bit high for a plastic belt. I love many of the patterns, but these are some of my favorites:
C4 Belt - Horse Heads Classic
C4 Belt - Grey Bits & Pieces

C4 Belt  - Eq Jump

Fleece Exercise Rug

Now that Casey is clipped, I feel that it would be appropriate to have an exercise rug to keep her a bit warmed during the warm-up part of our ride. It's getting cold, so this would be the time to do it. I really like this one from Dover, because it has nice colors, is simple enough, and is affordable. I don't need an expensive or fancy exercise rug, so this would meet all of our needs.
Rider's by Dover Saddlery Fleece Exercise Rug

Custom Browband from Dark Horse Designs

I stumbled upon this Etsy shop a while back and I'm so in love with her products. The bead selection is expansive, the patterns are beautiful, and I love that it is fully custom, it could be anything I wanted. The other really cool thing is that the bead strands are interchangeable, and in one order you actually get two bead strands. I'd love to have a bead strand with silver/grey colors and another with blue colors, so that way I would be able to match with everything else that I already own. Seriously, I could look at her bead patterns all day, but I like these ones in particular:
Dark Horse Designs Browband - Navy blue with metallic crystals

Dark Horse Designs Browband - Silver crystal and pearl

Dark Horse Designs Browband - Navy blue with pearls

Winter Barn Boots

Long story short, when I lived in South Korea I was new to this whole real winter thing and so jumped into a pile a slush, not realizing that slush meant it was liquid beneath the snow layer. Pretty sure I had mild frostbite in my toes as a result, because I had to the walk around with wet, frozen feet for the next few hours. Ever since my feet have been extremely reactive to the cold and they literally hurt when I have to be outside for extended amounts of time. My barn boots are usually just my Hunter tall rain boots, because I live in wet Oregon, but rain boots don't really cut it in the dead of winter. I think it's high time that I own some actual winter boots. It would also be ideal if they are waterproof, because again, rainy Oregon. There are a few pairs that I really like. Dover has two styles that are their in-house brand, Middleburg. My black field boots are Middleburg and I love them, so I'd give these a chance. I also really love the look of the Ariat boots. They are gorgeous. Of course their beauty makes me question if I would actually use these as barn boots or if I'd be tempted to preserve them and only casually wear them.
Middleburg Fleece-Lined Tall Winter Boots

Middleburg H2O Country Boot

Ariat Creswell H2O Boot

Total Saddle Fit Shoulder Relief Girth

I already own a girth, but it's not the fanciest thing in the world. I'd really like a leather girth that is a bit fancier and I'm really a fan of girths that offer shoulder relief. I've read reviews about this girth and people (and their horses) really seem to love it. So while a girth isn't the most exciting thing in the world, it's on my wish list.
Total Saddle Fit Shoulder Relief Girth

I already bought myself a birthday present, which is my Ogilvy pad. I had been wanting one for a while and my job sent me to a training that I got paid extra for, so that's what I spent that money on. I'm pretty excited about it and will post a review once it's here and I've gotten to test it out for a bit.

There are some other things that I would like, such as a show coat (in navy), a crop of my own (because I literally do not own one), and a half pad cover for my Ogilvy pad (which is getting here on Wednesday!). I'd also really like a Fitbit Blaze, because I've heard from other equestrians that it is the best fitness tracker for our sport, but that's on the pricey end of the list and so I'm not really expecting anybody to buy that.

There are also some things that I did not put on my wish list, because I'll probably buy them for myself depending on the holiday sales this year. I'd like some new all-purpose saddle pads and maybe some more riding clothes. At some point I'm going to have to replace Casey's turnout blanket, since last year she ripped a hole in it. I think I might have saved myself some time on that though, because I repaired it over the summer and think it should hold up just fine for at least another winter. I'll just kind of see what the deals are and if there's a great deal I'll buy some more stuff.

What are you wishing for this holiday season?

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