Even though Miles is only my second horse, I’ve been an equestrian for more than 10 years. I’ve seen and dealt with my fair share of lameness, wounds and general equine issues. However, it never ceases to amaze me that no matter how much you think you know, there’s always something new you can learn about horses. Currently, Miles is teaching me all about rain rot… and I have to admit, it really sucks. I’ve definitely gone through a variety of emotions [from worry, to terror, to anxiety and even depression] but I’m starting feeling a bit better since this nasty fungus is finally starting to clear up. Anyways, I thought I’d share with you all a bit about the lovely stuff I’ve been dealing with… cause I know rain rot is extremely intriguing [heh].
You’ve seen my favorite bracelets, and my favorite belts; so let’s talk equestrian-style rings today. I wear three rings every day of my life: my wedding ring, a plain silver snaffle bit ring and a sparkly belt buckle ring that I got the first year I worked at Quarter Horse Congress. I’ve worn them all for so long that I can’t take them off because I feel naked without them… and because I have ridiculously horrible tan lines. Obviously I’m not going to be changing up my wedding ring with every outfit I wear, but I would like some more variety for my other fingers [isn’t that the theme of this entire series anyways?]. So I picked out my favorite equestrian-inspired jewelry for my digits:
#1 Infinite Luck Equestrian Ring
I’m hitting it hard right out of the gate with my splurge item this week. While it’s super pricey for a bit of metal on my finger, I have to admit that I absolutely adore the design of this ring! It comes in 925 sterling silver, but can be ordered in 10k or 14k Gold, Rose Gold or White Gold. While I usually am more of a silver metal girl, I actually really like this ring in gold — so classy an elegant I just had to have it on my list.
#2 Snaffle Bit Equestrian Ring
A twist on the classic snaffle bit ring, I loved the modern take on this staple piece of equestrian jewelry. I already have a more traditional snaffle bit ring, but for this price I wouldn’t mind having two! This ring also comes in either silver or gold, so of course that got a big thumbs up from this girl. Variety is the spice of life!
#3 Offset Horseshoe Equestrian Ring
I used to have a horseshoe ring that I wore religiously, but it was cheap and stained my fingers green [gross]. I’d love to replace it with something a bit more grown-up and classy. I think this particular piece fits the bill spectacularly! Designed by Kelly Herd, this ring is more interesting than just a horseshoe attached to ring, and really speaks to the designer in me. It’s a little bit expensive for just a ring, but if I’m going for a more high-class look, it’s probably going to come with a more high-class price tag too… and this time I’m okay with it.
#4 Rose Gold Fox Equestrian Ring
Okay, so this one isn’t really equestrian-inspired specifically, but it does have a “fox hunting” theme that I think is cool; like an ode to hunter/jumpers in the old days. Plus, you have to admit it is pretty cute and you can’t beat the price! So I apologize to all of you who ride anything other than hunter/jumper, because this ring probably doesn’t appeal to you whatsoever… but I just couldn’t help myself!
#5 Horseshoe Nail Heart Equestrian Ring
During my searches for equestrian-themed rings, I came across a lot of designs that were all very similar including horseshoe nails. At first, I was like “okay, these are kind of ugly.” I didn’t see a single one I liked, until I came across this one. In case your sensing a reoccurring motif of “modern twist on a classic idea” you’re really spot on, and so is this ring! A very feminine heart, with a few of a girl’s best friends [diamonds] all wrapped up in a horseshoe nail. Beautiful!
Do you wear rings everyday?
Last week we talked bracelets for equestrian aficionados. This week, I want to hear all about your favorite equestrian belts. I wear belts all the time: with dress pants to work, with jeans to the movies and with breeches to the barn, I’ve always got one on. Right now, my entire arsenal of belts includes three options (1) plain brown belt (2) brown spur clasp belt and (3) plain black belt [and I bet you can guess exactly when I wear each one]. What I’m saying is, I need more belts because all of mine are woefully functional and absolutely no fun at all. And what’s the point in accessorizing if I’m not having any fun?! So without further ado, here are my top equestrian belts for all occasions.
#1 Figure 8 Leather Equestrian Belt
I cannot express to you the absolute joy I experienced when I first saw this belt [or maybe I can because you’re probably having similar thoughts right now]. This gem of a belt is so ingenious, I fell in love immediately. It’s different, yet still classy and so uniquely equestrian; I’ve never seen anything like it. It comes in a few different color combinations, but of course I like the plain brown ones.
#2 Fence Gate Equestrian Belt
Even though this belt isn’t on the cheap side, I just had to include it. Simple, classy and elegant this brown buffalo leather belt promises to be butter soft from the moment you first put it on, and would be perfect to dress up your jeans for a night out, or even for helping out around the horse show.
#3 Snaffle Bit Graphic Equestrian Belt
This super affordable cotton/poly equestrian belt comes in a plethora of colors and designs from Mango Bay on Etsy.com. This grey/navy snaffle design happens to be my personal favorite, but honestly you can’t go wrong with any of the options available. Plus, at $18 each, you can afford multiples to match all of your schooling and show outfits!
#4 Jump Equestrian Belt
I know, I know I broke the bank with this one. But I had to have one belt on here that was splurge-worthy, and this one totally is. With either 14 karat gold satin or silver rhodium available for the buckle, this belt has the added bonus of being reversible… with five different leather color choices! Additional sayings include “Pony”, “Luck” and “Ride”.
#5 Horse Hair Inlay Equestrian Belt
As I’ve said before, I’m not the biggest horse hair jewelry fan. But I do have a tail I’d like to do something with, and I absolutely love these belts. The horse hair is laid into the belt itself, and you can opt for not only various leather color combinations, but you can also add nameplates too. I saw these belts in person at Rolex this year, and they are nice. The materials were high-quality, and the owner was very nice and offered to do any type of custom order I could think of.
While I don’t currently own a truck or a trailer, it’s been a fairly frequent topic of conversation in my household. I’d really like to have my own rig one day, for several reasons: (1) ability to go more places (2) come and go as I please and most importantly (3) be more mobile, especially in the case of an emergency. I’ve never wished for a trailer more than when I needed to get a horse to the vet; I hate relying on other people in those situations. Plus, the additional storage wouldn’t be unwelcome either. So when Pony Express wanted to hear about dream trucks and trailer, I just knew I had to jump on the bandwagon. I haven’t done a ton of research on the subject, since it’s not really a viable option for me yet financially, but we all know that I’m an expert “pie in the sky” shopper.
My Dream Truck
Brand new Ford F-350 Crew Cab with a V8 Diesel Engine… and all the bells and whistles of course. Throw in the best towing/hauling package, a rockin’ sound system, touch-screen navigation and those heavy-duty vinyl seats and I’m pretty much never going to go into my house again. Then again, its hefty price tag probably means we’re living out of the car anyways. Oops. All I really know is I want a huge ass truck so that I can not only haul forward, but stop the trailer without worrying about skidding off the side of the road. Plus, we all know how much ‘stuff’ goes along with my horse, so I better opt for more towing power, just to be safe.
My Dream Trailer
So I’m probably never, ever going to own this trailer because it’s crazy expensive… but I do love to dream big! This 4 Star Trailer is everything a girl could want: four-horse head-to-head gooseneck with a massive tack room seriously makes me swoon. Of course I’d need the 28′ x 7′ size [if not larger] for all those big, fancy warmbloods I must be shoving into the back. I also really want a camera [or two] back there so I can check in on my babies during our road trip. Why in the world I’d need a four-horse trailer, I don’t know… but they are pretty awesome.
In reality, I’ll probably get the best used truck I can find, and a solid two-horse trailer… at least at first. Maybe I can work up to my dream rig?