Tax day is Wednesday, April 15 and if you haven’t already filed your taxes, get on it! I’ve already filed mine, because I get all excited about how much money I’m going to get back. Is it just a little bit or is it a lot?! But the best part of doing my taxes is deciding what to do with my unexpected windfall of money. For equestrians, there’s always something we need or want, so here’s my list of ideas for ways to spend your tax refund in 2015.
Equus Now is one of a few local tack stores, but they’re the only ones who specialize in English tack, equipment and attire. As such, I’ve been there more times than I can count and I’ve always found their products to be high quality and received good customer service. This week, however, Equus Now went above and beyond for me.
Every equestrian loves to have clean saddle pads, but we all hate to wash them. Unless you’re lucky enough to board at a facility that has its own washer and dryer… then you probably don’t mind. But for the rest of us, we’ve got to figure out a way to get white pads white and all that horse hair off our brand new polo wraps from the comfort of our own homes. I’ve run the gamut of cleaning options, from sending things out to professionals to getting kicked out of laundromats. What I’ve learned is that you can wash a majority of your horse laundry right here at home — and here’s how.
My typical riding outfit is almost always the same, day in and day out: helmet (with hair up in a hair net!), t-shirt tucked into breeches, belt, boot socks and tall boots. Sometimes I’ll have a fat day and wear a sweatshirt to hack in, but I always try to dress nicely for lessons. And I never ride in jeans or half chaps; I don’t care if others do, it’s just not my thing. I like to ride in the same attire that I’m going to show in… so that means breeches and tall boots.
From fashion trends to equipment advances, fads are apparent in many aspects of the equestrian world. It’s easy to get swept up by great marketing and the peer pressure generated by ultra-hip brands like Personally Preppy, My Barn Child and Ogilvy Equestrian. Sure, rust breeches are making a comeback, but will sparkly bridle charms still be in style in 5 years? That I can’t answer, but I can tell you that there’s one new brand that I’ve fallen head over heels in love with and it’s not just because they have a kickass Instagram account.