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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 …

Two-in-One Tack Review: Jin Stirrups and Essentially Eryn Stirrup Covers

In an effort to be matchy-matchy, because clearly that is what I do best, I purchased these Jin stirrups for my jumping saddle for the XC phase.  They are made of aluminum and feel super lightweight; I believe I read somewhere that each stirrup is less than a pound each.  I specifically chose these because of the color, but I also did NOT want to buy a pair of Lorenzini stirrups because all I have read about is their poor durability.  For the price, I did not want to see chips all over my fancy stirrups.  Also, I wanted a wide stirrup pad and I like the 4 degree slight angle.  



So far, I have ridden in them several times on the flat and I love them!  The wide pad is stable and I like how my creaky old knees feel with the slight angle.  I have tried jointed stirrups but wasn't crazy about them, but these stirrups definitely are comfortable.  

I had placed the order in early August, hoping I could use them at Area I Schooling HT Champs, but alas, since they shipped from Canada (and therefore cost a lot less!), they arrived about a week later. 😔  Therefore, I have not yet jumped in them, but riding out the bucks of a sassy pants five year old is pretty much the same thing (right?!).  Hahaha Ellie has had a few "exciting" moments and these felt super comfortable and sturdy while I was trying to stay in the saddle haha!  


Of course, as I waited for them to arrive, I got worried they would scratch my saddle itself.  While I only really planned to use them to jump XC, I figured it wouldn't hurt to have nifty stirrup covers to protect my saddle.  Because honestly, I really like the stirrups enough to keep them on my saddle other than just when I am showing.  

So, I reached out again to Eryn of Essentially Eryn, where I bought my nifty matchy saddle covers.  And they work great!  I love the entire setup and I really hope these stirrups stay looking as nice as they do with no chipping!!  



Comments

  1. Those stirrups are so pretty. I want a pair now.

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    1. They are awesome! You really need a pair, of course! ;-)

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  2. Those are interesting stirrups. I love the idea of the stirrup covers. Hmm...

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    1. You can't go wrong with Eryn if you want stirrup covers (or any of her products, really!)

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  3. Heart eyes emojis. I love love love the green!

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