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Recapping 2019

I had many great horsey experiences in 2019!  I am really pleased with how the year went overall; nothing is ever perfect, but both horses are sound, happy, and healthy, which is really what matters to me.

Some of my 2019 goals were met easily or with lots of hard work, and a few of them were utter fails haha.  C'est la vie! Let's recap!

Happy, health, sound
Both mares are doing well in this regard!  Dreamy will be 29 this year, and while she definitely shows signs of her age at times, she overall looks and acts much younger than she really is!  Ellie has really matured this year, filling out as well as mentally becoming more comfortable in her own skin.  As she will be eight this year, I feel like we have moved through the baby phase.

Continue lessons with Beth and Babette
This goal was met and then some!  I took almost weekly dressage lessons with Beth and monthly jump lessons with Babette. Thanks to the Morgan Dressage Association scholarship, I was also able to attend two clini…

PRODUCT REVIEW: SSG All Weather Riding Gloves

I completely adore the SSG All Weather gloves.  I use them for both schooling and showing.  They are inexpensive enough that you don't feel bad when they wear out, but at the same time they are well made and certainly nice enough for the show ring.  I have worn them at rated USDF shows, "A" rated hunter shows, and "AA" rated Morgan breed shows.

Now, I think leather gloves are best for showing, because I am a purist.  :)  But I actually HATE the feeling of leather gloves.  They drive me nuts.  And I have very small hands....I am only 5 feet tall and my hands are broad but short.  Most glove fingers are too long and I cannot wear them.  


But I have found the SSG All Weather gloves to fit me quite well for whatever reason.  I have the leopard print for schooling (LOL), and three pairs for showing: white (dressage), black (hunter), and brown (driving).  Actually I have two pairs of black gloves...as I found a pair on sale once and could not pass them up.

I love the Aquasuede palm, which is soft and easy on the hands.  They are not sticky but when they get wet they are not slippery either.  The back (top) is sort of a stretchy fabric that does not seem to fade that I can see.  The wrists are secured with Velcro, which make them easy to get on and off.  

The SSG website says:  "Wears like iron! Washes like a rag!"  This is probably the best feature of this glove, as they are completely machine washable.  I hang them to dry and they look brand new.

My current schooling gloves have holes underneath my ring fingers (wedding rings on the left, moonstone ring on the right) but other than that look great.  I have had them for over 10 years.  I almost wish they would wear out because I think I want the pink leopard print next!  LOL!!!  I cannot imagine riding without these gloves.  I love them!

Comments

  1. I'm a big fan of these gloves too - they eventually wear out, usually between the fingers, but they're pretty hard wearing and the ability to wash them is a big plus.

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  2. I am in LOVE with the pink leopard print, but I'm the barn fashionista (well, not just at the barn but everywhere else as well) and I would like for them to match everything, and sadly pink leopard would only match things few and far between. It would drive me nuts! I like black. It's simple, it matches everything. And white horse hair and dirt show up WONDERFULLY on it ;)

    I have the SSG Technical gloves and I have had them since January, and they have a lovely hole on the right thumb (for some reason the way my hands are built my thumb ends up really pushing on the seam at the end, like it's too long or something) so I'm investing in the SSG Hybrid gloves because they have leather parts and Aquasuede palm and hopefully won't wear out as quickly (plus they look snazzy). If these still don't work, then I'll hit up those all-weather gloves, because they look like they would be the perfect investment. And I could get them in pretty colors :)

    But agreed that anything with Aquasuede is AMAZING! Best material ever.

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  3. I adore these gloves too! They are incrdeibly
    tough and are my glove if choice for all my endurance rides, except those in the rain.

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