I’m a Finalist!

I found out this past week that I was chosen as one of the finalists for Horse Junkies United’s fabulous blogging contest!  You can see the original post here, and the finalist post here.  I’m so, so honored to be a part of this group!  Not to mention how great the prizes are.

So here’s the kicker — there’s a voting system.  It will help with 25% of the final scores for all finalists.  Please, please vote for me!

Again, here’s link to vote!

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I hope everyone has a lovely weekend!!

Noble Outfitters: Review and Giveaway!

When Noble Outfitters first contacted me about reviewing their products I was over 9 months pregnant and wasn’t doing a lot of riding at the moment.  That said, Noble was fabulous and sent two products to try out anyway, offering to let me review them when I was back in the saddle.

I received the Balance Riding Tights in navy and the Ringside Pack.

First up is the Balance Riding Tights.  

The past four weeks I’ve been small enough to fit into them, and fit enough to go for some rides.  And let me tell you…I LOVE THEM.  Reasons I love them?

  1. They fit me really well.  I like the mid-rise, that is great for tucking shirts into, without making me feel like I’m 100 years old.  The soft sock bottom hits my leg well.  My inseam is about 36inches long, so for more petite riders, this may cause some issues.  For me though, it is great.
  2. They feel like really wonderful sweatpants.  They are quite stretchy, and feel good to wear in and out of the saddle.  After riding I actually lounged around in my house in them because of how comfortable they felt.

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    So comfortable.

  3. The color is really pretty.  I love the navy blue and grey combo I have, and appreciate that it is true to what it looks like online.  That said, I’m not sure I’d call it navy, which I typically think of as a much darker shade.  I was able to wear them a few different days before feeling like they were dirty enough to wash.
  4. Extras.  These tights have a belt loop, and look nice with a belt.  I’m also loving the side pocket that is  on the left thigh.  My iPhone 6 fits perfectly in it, and it’s so nice to not have to scramble, or do the stand-in-the-saddle-and-rummage move when I need to get something out of my pockets.  Hell, my other tights didn’t even have pockets.  Another perk because equestrians need all the pockets.
  5. Price point.  At $89.95 I love them.  I’m not someone to spend lightly, so the fact that these are roughly the same price as Smartpak Pipers, I feel like they are a really quality option.
  6. Husband proof?  I love my husband, and he was helping with laundry a few days ago.  He washed those poor tights in with our t-shirts, and then dried them on high heat.  Results?  Nada.  They look exactly like they did before, plus the fit is the same too.  I probably won’t subject them to too many more drying episodes, but it’s nice to know they stand up well to abuse.

Now for the Ringside Backpack.

I had this around when I was preggers, and immediately stuffed it full of my various gloves, some riding clothes, drinks, snacks, and my helmet…and still felt like I could’ve put a ton more things in it.  There is so much room and plenty of organization put into this bag.

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Ready to roll out to the barn!

Now that I’m back in lessons, I go straight from work to the barn and the backpack is a wonderful time-saver.  I pack everything in the a.m. and all my riding stuff is easy to grab and throw on my back.  Plus there is several different compartments, so I have a separate ‘clean’ zipper space where I can put my dress clothes after I change from work.  While it’s more pricy than many backpacks you could pick up at Target or something, the $99.95 I honestly understand. This item is a portable tack trunk, and I think the value it brings is worth it.  I’m loving it and can’t wait to have it at shows.

Final word:

I would definitely recommend both of these items!  Pay close attention to the size chart for the tights.  Usually I am a size 30, and fit easily into the size large that the chart dictated I was.  I have a feeling I could squeeze into the mediums, but prefer not to quite yet after baby.

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Tights in action.

Noble Outfitters offered up one of their fabulous Ringside backpacks for a giveaway too!  Enter by simply commenting below, and sharing the contest on your blog or Facebook.  Please don’t forget to let me know you shared, I don’t want to miss anyone!  I’ll close the giveaway on March 1st at midnight.

Happy Birthday O!

Today O turns nine!  Plans so far including stuffing her with treats, going for a hack and making her take cute pictures.  I’m pretty excited!

For the second year in a row, I’m doing a birthday giveaway!!  (this was last years)

So get excited….because you all will have a chance to win…

A gift package from Emily’s Equine Creations!

EEC Giveaway Items

The package will include a snaffle bit bracelet, earrings, a bridle charm and adorable stirrup covers.  Emily was even gracious enough to allow the winner to choose the colors they would like from her amazing Etsy store options.  So celebrate O’s birthday and get to shopping and entering!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

I purchased some charms from Emily this past holiday for gifts and they were a huge hit.  Plus with great prices, and Emily’s customer service, I highly recommend this company.  Check her out on Facebook and Instagram as well.

Bionic Gloves Holiday Giveaway Results

Thank you to all who entered in the bionic glove giveaway earlier this month!  We have two winners thanks to my excel’s random number generator.

Drumroll please…

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Draftmare at Draftmare

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Peonyckw at Now, That’s the Spot

Congrats to you ladies!  Please send me a quick email at heartofhope10 (at) gmail.com when you have a second and we can figure out sizing/shipping.

My pair of bionic gloves which are now almost 8 months old and still feel fantastic.

My pair of bionic gloves which are now almost 8 months old and still feel fantastic.

Thanks to all for your participation!

Holiday Extravaganza: Get Your Buy On

Well folks, it’s officially holiday season and a few weeks ago I had the idea to put together a short list of popular companies who were willing to give a discount out to the readers of A Gift horse.  So here we are!  Each of these companies is someone I have enjoyed worked with personally or who received glowing recommendations from the blog world, and in many cases-both.

Two Socks Design: This company is the maker of my favorite saddle pad of all time, the pink chevron.

Modeled here by O

Modeled here by O

The saddle pad is lovely, and the embroidery work is wonderful.  Check out Two Socks Designs website here, or go straight to their etsy page and use the discount code AGIFTHORSE for 15% off until Nov. 15th.

SCequine: Stephanie provides truly gorgeous horsehair bracelets and jewelry to her clients.  She’s offering 15% off for A Gift Horse readers using discount code AGiftHorse at checkout from her etsy shop.

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Moxie Designs: Tiffany at Moxie Designs produces some of the more creative and beautiful personalized works I’ve seen!  I personally have a face brush that I love so much it doesn’t get left at the barn (rides in the car).  Check out her past works here on Facebook and then put in an order using the code AGIFTHORSE for a 15% discount!  Please note that she is currently booked up on holiday arriving items, but her gift certificates make a fabulous gift for any fellow equine lovers.  Or heck, order something for yourself to arrive after the holidays.

Charleigh’s Cookies: Who can forget O’s favorite treat!  Charleigh’s Cookies has generously allowing all A Gift Horse readers a 15% discount on their next cookie purchase using the code AGiftHorse from Nov. 4th-Dec. 21.  Make sure to try out their new Cover-Up Cookies!

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Perfect size and crunch factor.

Perfect size and crunch factor.

Bridle Bling: Their motto says, “Every horse needs a little bling!” and I agree!  Check out all the great bridle charms, spur straps and other accessories at Bridle Bling here, or on Facebook.  Discount code is AHB15 for 15% your purchase!

A big welcome to Higher Standards Leather Care, who is offering 10% discount to all readers using the code AGIFTHORSE at their etsy account!  Go and grab yourself some of this fabulous smelling tack care product.   This one is on my Christmas list.

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And finally, the wonderful people from The Bionic Glove Store are giving away two more free pairs of the Bionic AquaGrip Gloves!  I reveiwed the classic bionic glove here from earlier this year.  To enter, comment below on which company you would be most interested in purchasing something from, or if you did purchase something!

Women's New  AquaGrip Equine Glove Synthetic Black

If you have any problems please let me know through email at heartofhope10@gmail.com.  Thanks all!