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Ellie's Big Adventure - Equine Affaire 2019

On the last day of September, I received an email from the Vermont Morgan Horse Association asking if I would be interested in bringing Ellie to Equine Affaire in Massachusetts from November 7-10.  I became a member of VMHA this year when I decided to compete at Vermont Heritage Days; so even though I live in Maine and not Vermont haha, I made a snap decision to say yes!  
Honestly, it was 21 minutes after the email came in that I responded yes!  Then I had to figure out how to actually make it all happen hahahahaha.  Typical.
I attended Equine Affaire as a spectator a few times way back when and then for many years I ran the breed booth for the Standardbreds, including a four-day stint in C Barn with Dreamy back in 2013.  It is fun and exhausting to travel 4+ hours one way from home to talk with thousands of people, walk thousands of miles around the venue (ok, not that far but close), and ride in demos on a horse that has never seen such a huge venue (though in her defense, Ellie was …

Farm Logo Swag

Last year, I had a graphic artist friend design a logo for our little farm.  I adore it but hadn't made anything with it yet, save a few stickers that I put on our buckets and one of my show trunks.  I had a local embroidery shop do a green jacket for me, but he was sort of weird about doing any (brand new, so clean!) saddle pads that I brought it.  That is fine, since he is not a horse guy, but I kinda gave up and forgot about it.

Of course, now I have had a LOOOONG winter to consider ALL THE THINGS I need want with our logo.  I made an order through Cafe Press but wasn't super impressed and things were printed crookedly despite the fact on the designer it looked correct.  My husband's hooded sweatshirt and the baby's onesies were the only things that looked correct.  The shirts were a wash, but I will say, Cafe Press refunded my money for me at least!

Deciding that I needed an actual human with design experience (imagine that!), I found a great little company on Etsy c…

Lund Saddlery Review

Back at the end of October 2016, I pulled the trigger on ordering a new five point breastplate because I just wasn't thrilled with the way my current breastplate fit Snappy.  It is a Stubben that I bought about six years ago, and while it is overpriced IMHO haha, I saved all that summer to purchase it, because STUBBEN.  

I figured a five point would fit her better, yet I wasn't crazy about the HDR or Nunn Finer versions and Stubben doesn't make a five point.  I had seen Lund Saddlery around Facebook and read a few reviews from other bloggers.  It seemed like well made tack for a decent price point, so I ordered it.  

Oddly, enough, though I knew I would have a wait a bit it to arrive...it never did!  I waited...and I waited...and I waited.  Finally in December, I sent an email to Lund and the owner was super apologetic.  Somehow my order had been lost in the shuffle, so he arranged for another one to be shipped.  I finally received it on January 9!  It was worth waiting for …