Monthly Archives: October 2011

Winter Riding Boots

Soon wet, snowy, yucky, winter weather will be arriving. This year, I don’t want to deal with 4 pairs of socks, freezing toes, and leaky boots (I love my usual boots but they have a few weak spots!) Here are some of the best choices for winter riding boots I’ve been able to find. There are a few tall boots and a few shorter boots. My biggest concerns when looking for winter boots: warmth, waterproofing, traction without bulkiness, and the ability to ride with spurs…oh yeah and price.

Equestrian Gift: Mint Julep Body Set

equestrian gifts Mint Julep Body Set Kentucky Derby by otradausa.

I saw this on Etsy and though it would be a really cute gift horsey people! I wonder how good it smells? Speaking of Mint Julep body products, does anybody remember the lip balm made be Bath & Body Works? I enjoyed it, until Hadji decided to chew up the tube. Anyway, enjoy the link and buy it for friend if you like it! (or I guess, you could buy it for yourself too!)

 

 

Look for Less: Scarves

I don’t usually wear a scarf when I ride, but you know, sometimes it’s cold out and some extra warmth would be nice. Not long ago, I was looking for winter riding clothes and found a really nice scarf made by Goode Rider. It’s a nice, wool blend scarf with ruffles but it runs for about $70.00. Wow. Who has that kind of money to spend on a scarf? I found a similar style at Forever 21 for just $10.80. It’s not wool but it should add warmth and style (if that’s what you’re after). It also comes in three color choices. Since I don’t know many people who ride in scarves, this is more of style idea, but if that’s what you’re going for in the barn or winter horse events, then here’s some savings for you!

New Things!

It’s been another crazy week! First of all, meeting with many new people and looking at new barns was fun, stressful, and time-consuming. I met a lot of wonderful new people and we finally found the right barn for us. This Sunday,  Mom and I will be moving our horses to GG Ranch. We are both very excited about the move and can’t wait for our horses to settle into their new home.

Milo will get to be a pasture horse for the first time. I admit, I am extremely nervous about throwing him out so late in the year since he’s never been outside. I am also really excited because I’ve wanted to find pasture for him for years. He deserves to get to be a just a horse and have freedom from the stall. It’s also going to save me quite a bit of money, which is a blessing. I will now only be paying a bit more than now.

In other news…I survived midterms and managed to  get some pretty awesome  grades! 89, 91, 95, 98.75. Pretty awesome. On another school related note, I registered for my final semester of college! YIPPEEEEE! (in the words of my dad). I’m both excited about this and nervous. I will be done but looking for a job too! Anybody know of any awesome horse-related, museum related, 4-H related jobs opening?

I will also have to consider if I should change the College Horseman title…any suggestions on what to call it when I graduate? I’ll still be broke and still be ‘adventuring’ in showing and money-saving!


Moving On…

It’s been a nutty week. Midweek, I received a note that the barn I currently keep my horses at is closing. It was shocking to say the least, considering I had no clue it was coming and also because friends mine had just made arrangements to move their pony there for the winter.

Given the time of year  and approaching winter, a new barn hunt needed to start immediately. I’ve been searching the internet and talking to a lot of people hunting down a new place for my horses.

I also had to make a list of what’s important to me in making my decision. These four things are most important to me

  1. Price. I am a college student already stretched to my limit with money, of course it’s a factor.
  2. Proximity. If I’m going to pay more, I want it close to home. Actually, I just want it close to home anyway!
  3. Facilities. I require, and indoor, big clean stalls, and place to turn them out! Added bonus if there’s a pasture board for Milo.
  4. Feeling. You know you gotta have a good feeling about the people who are going to be taking care of your animals. I look for people who are knowledgeable, dedicated, laid back, and with good communication skills!

So, we’ve been meeting potential folks and enjoying every moment! I really love meeting other horse people and making new contacts! The search is going well and I should have my absolute final decision by this afternoon. I will share with you when we decide my new barn!

and maybe, I’ll get to a “Sunday Steal” post.

Catching Up…

Well, I enjoyed a nice fall break! (if two days off school counts) My friend Kim came out to visit this weekend so we got to spend a lot of time together. It was really great to have somebody come visit! Unfortunately, it’s back to school and work for me now. I am thankful Midterms are over but the weather has been pretty crummy the last few days.

I’ve been doing a lot of looking around for the best winter riding gear and so far most of what I’ve found is more on the English side. Why can’t I find any regular western boots with a bit more tread (not a ton) a good spur ridge, some waterproofing, and a fleece or insulated lining??? It’s frustrating, I tell you! But I’ve found a number of other things to stay warm and will be putting a list together ASAP! I think the cooler weather really is getting close now!

I have plans to go to Congress this weekend (it’s going to be a last-minute decision based on funds) Will any of you be there? Anything good I need to check out?

Have a great week everyone!

VIDEO! 2011 AQHA Congress Freesytle Reining Winner, Stacy Westfall

If you haven’t heard, Stacy Westfall won this year’s Freestyle Reining at AQHA Congress. Here is the Equine Chronicle article about her win, plus the first, and only, video I was able to find of the performance!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ASJ16poB1wE

photo from Equine Chronicle