As you may have guessed from my last post, this month has been a bit difficult (for several reasons). So I’ve done a little bit of retail therapy in the last few days, and I have to admit, I’m kind of excited for my (slightly excessive and totally unnecessary) purchases.
I have a strong affinity for high-end Italian leather. I love my Prestige Meredith saddle, and Vespucci is my all-time favorite brand of bridles… evidenced by the fact that I own not one, but TWO of them. I’m also a picky hunter princess and I like to be matchy-matchy when it comes to my tack. When I first figured out my show bridle was Vespucci, I went on the hut for a matching martingale and got a steal of a deal on a used one via Facebook. Then not to long after that, I found a brand new bridle on super discount and couldn’t leave it. So now my horse has a fancy stitch Vespucci for shows and a plain raised Vespucci for schooling.
Of course, I’ve wanted a matching martingale to school in too. But I never found a great deal on a used one, so I kept putting it off because those suckers are expensive. But last week I was feeling down, and I got a bonus from work. So I said fuck it and spent $200 on a brand, new Vespucci martingale. Excessive? Absolutely. Do I regret it? Not even a little bit. It arrived late last week and it’s absolutely beautiful.
I also ordered my first C4 belt, after reading so many bloggers rave about them. I only own one belt, and it’s a very plain brown — great for horse shows, but not so much fun for schooling. So I went wild and ordered Navy Bits N Pieces, with a silver chrome buckle. Navy and grey is my jam, so I’m pretty stoked for it to get here. Sometimes, the pleasure of new stuff is just what you need.