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.
Soft Shell Show Coat in Hunter Green
Ever since they came back into style, I’ve lusted after the hunter green show coats. I love how the green color helps the rider stand out, since it’s still not a super popular color, but it’s still very traditional and subdued. It doesn’t hurt that I look good in green and I think it’s a smashing combination with a chestnut. It’s tough for me to find plus-size soft shell jackets to begin with, so finding one in green is pretty slim pickings… but I did find the RJ Classics Monterey Xtreme Soft Shell Show Coat. At $525, I just can’t justify the cost. Although RJ Classics does make a cheaper coat also in green (for a much more reasonable $230): RJ Classics Xtreme Collection Grey Label Soft Shell Hunt Coat.
Essex Classics Talent Yarn Shirt
I bought my first Essex Classics Talent Yarn Show Shirt last year because it was on sale… and I fell in love. They are so comfortable and much cooler than any traditional shirt. Plus, no buttons over my boobs… which is much appreciated since that’s about the worst place ever for buttons on well-endowed women. Seriously, WHY DID I NOT GET ONE SOONER?! The only problem is that now I only own one… and I show two days… which means I need more. Preferably with a cute contrast pattern like wine glasses or ice cream. Because on the inside, I’m a 5 year old.
All the EquiFuse Products
I’m vain. Let’s just get that out of the way. I want my horse to be beautiful, and I want everyone to comment on how pretty he is, all the time, mmkay? (See previous comment about my inner 5-year-old). Unfortunately I bought the worst horse ever for this neurosis, because Miles has terrible coat genetics. TERRIBLE. So naturally whenever I hear of a new product for my horse’s skin, I want to try it, and the EquiFuse product line is no exception. I’m most interested in the CitraCreme Deep Conditioner and Rehydrinse 1-Step Coat Protector, but I wouldn’t say no to their CitraFoam Shampoo or Shine Perfect Spray. It’s just tough for me to pull the trigger on the big bottles, when I’m not sure how I’ll like them. Perhaps I should treat myself to their Body Pack Sample…
Did I mention I like pretty, well-groomed ponies? Because I do. I really, really do. And Aimee’s review of the Leistner Brushes from Teddy’s Tack Trunk got me thinking. Maybe I need a set of fancy, expensive brushes for my thin-skinned, opinionated unicorn with terrible skin. I haven’t bought new brushes in ages (because brushes never really go bad, am I right?) so maybe it’s time to upgrade? I’m upgraded just about everything else, so why not?
Tack Room Organization
This is one of those more practical wishlist items, that actually will probably happen. We have a small group of us that typically go to horse shows, and we’re all cheap, so we only ever get one tack stall… which houses hay, grain, tack and clothes. For everyone. Once you stick 8 bales of hay, grain, and 4 saddle racks in a 10 x 10 temporary stall, there’s not much room to move around. So the BFF and I got to thinking… and we decided we need to be more organized this year. On our list is a whiteboard to organize the schedule, a plastic shelf, a 5-tier saddle rack, and milk crates (for storing/organizing grain). We already own a hanging blanket rack, utility hanger and swivel hook and a muck bucket cart. Does anyone else have any suggestions for organizing a show tack room?