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Bel Joeor Sale and Giveaway!

Amanda from Bel Joeor is hosting a big sale on her Etsy site and a giveaway on her blog!  She makes beautiful saddle covers and bags.  I highly recommend checking out her shop and entering her contest.  


Day 6 - Your favorite tack and riding clothes you have (brand/color/other details)

I tend to like tack and riding clothes based on how they look first of all, as well durability and price point.  You do often get what you pay for, but at the same time, some items are overpriced and not worth the money.

I tend to buy the best tack I can and use it until it falls apart haha.  I never really felt super loyal to any brand until I bought a used Stubben dressage saddle seven years ago (after a ridiculously extensive search) and decided to go with Stubben leathers.  Then I found a super deal on a Stubben bridle when at WEG a few months later.  So suddenly, I found myself using a lot of Stubben products, even eventually buying another Stubben (this time a jump saddle).  Then I ended up with a Stubben girth for the jump saddle (it was barely used and I got a huge deal), then a Stubben breastplate (overpriced but well made and I saved for MONTHS!), and even a French link bit that Dreamy loved (yet Ellie hates, so go figure!).

So I would have to say that Stubben tack is my favorite, because while it is pricey, it does seem to be well made and last forever.  


Dreamy in her Stubben tack, during a lesson with Denny Emerson at Tamarack Hill Farm
This is the Stubben bit she loved and we used for dressage (she jumped the best in a French linkwonder bit, which you can see above).


And Snappy showing off the Stubben dressage tack!

As far as riding clothes and such, I tend to go with what I think looks cute LOL but also take into account what will fit/work.  I don't have a favorite brand, but I have figured out over the years what fits my horses and my body.  As much as I might love a certain adorable saddle pad, my horses get dwarfed by most dressage pads nowadays that seem to be cut for 17+ hand giant warmbloods.  I stick to what works most of the time unless it is something so cute I am dying to own it regardless.  So while these are not necessarily my favorite brands, certain items work better than others, such as PRI saddle pads (even though the colors are limited in the pony size), Schneiders VTEK cut blankets and turnouts, Tuffrider full seat breeches (not totally in love with them at all but they are the ONLY breeches that actually fit my body well though I do like my Pipers and Pikeurs and would adore them even more if they fit me better!).

My favorite color is Tiffany blue, so I am always on the look out for cute things in that color for schooling at home.  And for showing, I use my farm colors hunter and white.  This is mostly because it is SO HARD to find things horsey in Tiffany blue, so being matchy matchy for showing is much easier when just doing boring old green (and with my husband coming up with the name Clover Ledge, green seemed like a good fit).  I like plaids, chevrons, quatrefoil and such in classic colors, like the Baker plaids and the Horseware stripes.  I like tweed and monograms.  Anything with a fox is bound to become mine eventually even though I am not a huge fan of orange LOL!  I like to matchy match things.  I like to find small business owners and purchase things from them, so not only am I getting a one-of-a-kind, exactly what I want item, but I am also supporting a real horse person!


XC colors

No lie, this was a quick screenshot of one of my Pinterest boards.  

Totally love these breeches from Annie's despite the fact they don't fit my body type that well.  Look at the COLOR though LOL!!!



Comments

I love Stubben as well. I grew up in their saddles and while I have diverged from them of late it's not because I don't love them, I just found other quality tack on sale, lol
Martidoll said…
well as the recipient of a brand new Stubben box on my living room floor LOL I am glad you like Stubben so much:) I also grew up riding in Stubbens. I am also of the buying sale tack mindset too :) I love the Tiffany blue color too but you are right it is hard to match you cant go wrong with green either. :)
TheFoxRider said…
Stubben bought out Courbette, who I adore, so I am slowly eyeballing Stubbens for my next saddle... whenever that happens. I love your matchy attire! I run xc in red and green, so I ended up going custom with certain things but it sure is hard when you find things close, but not quite! I also love all of the fox things, too :)
TeresaA said…
Stubben is quality and lasts forever. I love your colour choices.
emma said…
ha yep, definitely easy to tell you have a color!
Exactly, I love Stubben but I don't always want to pay their prices for tack I know I can get at a better price point and still high quality!
You will love your Stubben! And yes, the inability to match buckets, coolers, lead ropes (the basics that cannot be handmade!) with Tiffany blue made me realize long ago it wasn't going to be my farm color. If I liked navy blue better than I do, I probably would have done navy with Tiffany blue accents haha! ;-)
I highly recommend trying a Stubben when the time comes! And yes, all things fox are a must have!! :-D
I agree! And thank you! :-)
Hahaha ya think?!?!?! ;-D