SaddleBox Subscription Box Review

When SaddleBox reached out to see if I’d like to try and review the Saddlebox for June, I happily accepted!  The pretty blue package arrived very quickly and was stuffed full of good things!


List of items from June:

  • Epona bath sponge
  • Pretty horse molded soap (currently living in my spare bathroom)
  • Bridle Bites Horse Treats (a SaddleBox original product-already devoured)
  • Epona love curry brush
  • Herbsmith SoundHorse herbal liniment
  • The Horse Lover’s Guide to Massage
  • Peppermints (already devoured)
  • Spurrs Big Fix – Filly Cream Moisturizer

So far the only thing that I haven’t really been sold on is the LOVE curry brush.  I don’t know what to do with it.  It says it tackles tangles and provides massage, but is a curry brush?  The horses I tried it out on last week were not a huge fan of it on their bodies, but it works fine as a tail brush.  I do love the moisturizer, even if not sold on the name; and all things edible were immediately gobbled up by my friends horses.

The Horse Lover’s guide to massage is sitting on my coffee table, and I hope to actually try out some things before I judge one way or the other.  It’s really interesting stuff though, everyone always wants to keep their horses more comfortable.

Some SaddleBox Info:

Overall I think it was a really fun mix of products for horse and owner, with the added bonus that it is affordable and you subscribe on a monthly basis.

You can check out SaddleBox on instragram too, where they sometimes show off upcoming products for their boxes!

 

 

 

Still Here, Just Busy

The months of June and July ended being some of the craziest I’ve ever set up.  I’ll be in 7 different cites in 61 days doing my day job.  Add that to my trainers travel, and pretty much I’m in a non-riding holding pattern until things calm down. 

Getting business done.

Airport sign wins!


I’m squeezing lessons in when I can, but full disclaimer, I continue to struggle.  It’s been a long time since I cried during lessons twice in a row.  Or maybe I’m at 3 in a row now?  Anyway…

Chestnut boys!


Essentially riding hasn’t been fun lately.  I’m not giving up, but it’s been nice to get away, see somewhere new.  Hopefully when I get back in the saddle next I’ll be in a better spot mentally and ready to deal with the hard lessons.  

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.

Aloof No More

Over the past 5 months of O living at the ranch I’ve tried my hardest to be an unbiased, focused on the end goal type of owner.  She needed a mental break, physically I wasn’t 100%.  This made sense.  This was the right thing.  If anything I feel like I’ve been very aloof with the while thing.

Today my in-laws surprised me by asking if O could come back today versus next weekend.  Of course I agreed, set up the details and hopped off the phone.  And promptly made it 5 minutes before I started texting everyone that my horse was coming back!  I was literally shaking, bouncing around the house with excitement.  As soon as I got those confirmation messages that her spot was waiting for her, and that it was really happening…it felt exactly like Christmas.  And then of course, I started crying.  Because as much as I want to be aloof, as much as I want to be unbiased, more than anything I really, really just want my horse back.  I need her, I missed her.  

  
I hope this is our shot, and that everything goes smoothly over the next 6 months.  Because I just adore her.  I cannot wait to have her here!  

SmartPak Favorite Products Blog Hop

Kudos to Breeches and Boat Shoes for converting this into a written Blog Hop, it’s a subject I can actually get into right now,  Plus I can’t wait to spoil the pony when she gets back!

What is your favorite equestrian-specific product that you use when you’re at the barn?
  • I was really using and loving Sore No More earlier this spring before O left for the ranch.  I love that she chomps/chews when I put it on her.  Plus it smells great!
What is your favorite non equestrian-specific product to use when you’re at the barn?
  • Dawn antibacterial soap for funky stuff on white legs.
  • Desitin- I legitimately put it on my baby registry and thought “Oh!  I could use this on O or the baby!”  I love it because she lives outside and that stuff keeps on keeping on.  It’s a bugger to get off if you need to (ie horse show or something), but it really helps dry fungus up.
  • Do peppermints count?
What is your horse’s favorite equestrian-specific product to wear or use?
  • Her Rambo/Rhino blanket set up!  I’m guessing of course, but she’s one that will stand completely still and wait for me to buckle her in, whereever, whenever I need to.  Oh and she’s totally pitiful when cold/wet and unblanketed.
Pitiful soggy horse.

Pitiful soggy, dirty horse.

What was the best equestrian-related gift you were ever given, and why does it mean so much to you?

  • My devoucoux saddle.  My mom bought it for me without telling my Dad.  When he found out it became my Birthday/Christmas/Valentines Day-never-ask-for-another-gift-item.  Totally worth it.

If you had the ability to create any product or anything to make your time at the barn better, – no matter how ridiculous or against-the-laws-of-physics it might be – what would that be?

  • I would love a magical zipline or horse catcher, that would find my dark bay mare in the dark winter evenings, and bring her in to me in our toasty warm stable. For whatever reason, I think she knows that the back corner of the dark field is the best place to hang out during the cold season.  It ends up taking me 10-15 minutes to find her half the time, then we have to walk back too.
  • On a similar note, maybe I need to get some lights on her blankets that I can ‘flash’ in the dark.  Like when you can’t find your car in a parking lot?  That would help too.

O @ the Ranch: 10 Weeks In

This weekend was awesome, full of friends, family, sporting events, and finally, a whole morning to hang out with my favorite bay mare.

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While she is pretty sunbleached, everything else about her screams healthy, happy pony.  Especially since they’ve broken down the herd a bit and she now only goes out with her favorite little grey pony and her slightly smaller bay mare buddy.  Same one I rode in the family’s big trail ride.

Anyway, I have to admit that having her pay attention to me, and come over for cuddles pretty much made my week.  I mean, look how cute she was!  Excuse the grey pony photobomb–they are besties.

This mare makes me so happy!

This mare makes me so happy!

We had to get our selfie on.

We had to get our selfie on.

While the family says she’s been a great visitor, I am so, so excited to get her back.  I know that it’s going to be a lot juggling, and probably plenty of stress with an infant, and a mare coming back into work.  But I guess for the time being I’m going with the ‘jump into the deep end’ part of things.  November is going to be a wild month!

Kisses goodbye.

Kisses goodbye.

Her version of kisses goodbye.

Her version of kisses goodbye.

Horse meets bump!

Horse meets bump!