This week I did the responsible, yet slightly depressing thing by calculating an expected budget for show season. It wasn’t exactly fun… although daydreaming about horse shows was entertaining until the reality of a really big final number sunk in. With that in mind, I’m redoubling my efforts to make some extra cash and rein in my superfluous spending. Of course as soon as I tell myself I can’t have something, that’s all I can think about.
I’ve been struggling to find tall boots for quite some time. I can’t seem to find the magical balance between fit and durability — either the boots fit and they break quickly, or they don’t fit but last forever. I talked about my hatred of tall boots late last summer, and since then my feelings haven’t changed. But now I’m finally in a position to do something about it (huzzah!).
One of my goals this year has been to spread my money around, to accomplish some goals outside of horses. Blasphemy, I know! But since we purchased our first home, I’ve been focusing more of my resources there (which has been totally worth it). Despite this effort to be fiscally responsible, I’m still window shopping. It’s only bad if I click “add to cart,” right?! Of course with show season around the corner, I’m wistfully dreaming of a few new things I’d love to add to my collection.
Spring has sprung, and in addition to warmer temperatures and blooming flowers, equestrian brands are releasing their 2016 spring collections. I like peruse some of the bigger brands (Ariat, RJ Classics, etc.) just to see what’s new and fashionable, but I usually don’t buy anything I don’t need. This year, SmartPak substantially expanded their Piper Breech collection, and in addition to new fit and new colors, I got a 5% discount code (PIPERC16), plus a $15 gift card for my anniversary of putting Miles on autoship SmartPaks. So I bought a few new pairs, and thought I’d share some of the new SmartPak Piper Breeches options with everyone.
Does anyone remember the SmartPak Bradley Breeches? I ordered a pair the first week they came out and was horribly disappointed by the fit. It was awful… nothing about those breeches worked on me. So I completely understand why many equestrian’s were hesitant about trying SmartPak’s second attempt with the Piper Breech. I know plenty of equestrians who did try again, and just didn’t love the Pipers: they sagged in the crotch and the material pilled at the inner thighs. But I’m here to tell you that third times the charm. Here’s 5 reasons you really do need to give SmartPak Pipers just one more chance: