Sunday, 5 March 2017

New Things

Although I spent maybe just a little too much money this weekend, I'd like to think it was all necessary things and I was wise with my $. The new dressage saddle seems like it's going to work for Bridget. I don't love it for myself, but I think I can get used to it. Since we're keeping it, and I haven't had a dressage saddle in a very long time, I needed to shop for all the dressage queen fittings one would expect to be necessary in our pursuit of 20×60 perfection.
Spoiler alert: we're happy with our purchases. Also, either Bridget has grown or I have shrunk. A 14.1hh pony should not look so much taller than me.

Such shopping necessitated a trip across Howe Sound to Vancouver, continuing on to Langley, horsey capital of the Lower Mainland.  There are 5 tack stores I'm aware of that are all within 10 minutes of each other. We went to 4 before I just couldn't handle spending any more money. Number 5 will have to wait for another day.

First stop was The Tack Addict, which is a consignment store that carries pretty much only quality, high end stuff. Highly recommend if you're in the area, the owner was super helpful and friendly and the store was really nice. I picked up a Schockemohle piaffe girth for Bridget's new saddle. It was still new and the original tag showed $179. We paid $70 and I was very happy. It's a simple, but really nice girth and a big step above what I was expecting to find in my budget.  For the lovely Q mare and owner, we found an almost new blanket liner for $20. Bonus points for a fun story: it used to belong to one of the Cavalia horses. I guess they trade in for brand new things the moment they look even slightly worn...gotta look all perfect for the VIP tours :)

New girth looks like so

Right next door, there is an Equestrian Factory Outlet. Again, a lot of high end stuff at a discount. Sadly, as much as I covet $800 show jackets and $400 breeches, even at half off that's still beyond my comfort zone. So, I walked away sad and empty handed.

Next stop, Greenhawk, which pretty much every Canadian horse person is familiar with. Purchases were slightly boring: new midgrade dressage leathers, new composite stirrups, a grazing muzzle for B, some Belvoir leather conditioner, and a dressage pad. Responsible me would have bought black or white so it could work for schooling and showing, but there was a pretty greenish blue color that spoke to me, so now my one and only dressage pad is not show appropriate.  Too bad, I still think the blue is nicer.

Finally, Bates Tack Shop, home to all things Asmar and BR. So many pretty things, and still a ton of 50% off sale items left from their fall and winter stock. Here, I found the best surprise of all: a dressage bridle for a cob, with a plain noseband and no bling. We ended up with a Bobby's double bridle that was missing the bradoon hanger.  So, obviously it had to be marked down to half price :), and makes a perfect snaffle bridle for B. We're going simple and old school bridle wise, which is actually what I wanted. I'm undecided on the wide patent nosebands on small cobby faces, ditto the blingy swoopy browbands - Im not sure if theyre Bridgets style . I'll likely go for some bling eventually, but I'm going to have to think on it. I resisted the call of all the gorgeous clothing and finished the shopping there while I still hadn't strayed from my list of neccessities.
Like so. Old school buckles and all. I love it on B.


Today, we tried on all the things with much success. Everything works, except the dressage leathers, which are about an inch too long for a shorty like me. I bought 58" ones, but probably should have looked for jump leathers in black instead. Oh well, the hole punch is my friend!
No clue what I'm doing besides being super sore and slouchy, but check out the adorable pony and pretty saddle pad :)

Lesson night tomorrow!  I finally got back in the tack today. It hurt, but it was time.




18 comments:

  1. I love the bridle (no flash! buckles!) and also don't like browband bling. Also your girth! I'd want it if it has elastic on both ends and two d rings in the middle and the option of a wool cover...did you know Schokemoehle is also a shipping agency here? Their semis have his horse head logo.

    Being in a barn has made me into a consumer. Everyone seems to have such nice things!

    I wanna see Bridget in a white dressage pad now. Also, um, a white bridle....(even though Ginger would be even better in white).

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    1. The girth is indeed elastic on both ends, sadly no D ring, which I didn't think of until you mentioned it. Will have to get one put on, since I do ride with a breastplate on the trails normally.

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  2. Wow- you really scored on the deals! Love everything.

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    1. I hate spending money (and shopping, actually), but 2 weeks of bareback riding convinced me that perhaps purchasing new tack would be a good thing. The deals did make it less painful.

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  3. honestly stocking up on the basics and everyday use fundamentals is kinda my favorite type of shopping - sounds like you got a lot of great stuff!! also that saddle pad color looks fantastic on B :D

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    1. I wish I had thought to really research all the things, since the plan is for this stuff to last forever ;) I sort of just grabbed whatever was on sale that looked to be good quality!

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  4. I love your brown boots! Also, I think I have a dressage pad that would work for you. It's too short for the flaps on my saddle. If you email me your address I will dig through my hoard and send it to you.

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    1. Oh goodness, you're the best. I can trade you if you like, I have multiple jump pads that currrently have no jobs.

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  5. Dressage Queen transition complete!

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    1. I just gotta believe and assume the identity now :)

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  6. spending money on pony is my favorite! also...THAT BRIDLE <3 no flash. Going to have to go look online

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    1. The no flash thing seemed important to me because I'm OCD or something lol. Most come with that attachment tab you can cut off. I just know that no matter how neatly I did it, it would bug me and I'd be looking for the tiny imperfection every time.

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  7. Sounds like a great shopping trip and congrats on finding a dressage saddle!! It sounds like it was both of our week for trips to the tack shop!

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    1. Your tack shop looked AMAZING. I meant to comment that shirt looked really nice on you!

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  8. You guys look amazing! LOVE your boots!!

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    1. B is looking so grown up these days! The boots...sadly they are just the cheaper Ariat field boots and I can't recommend them, I had trouble with the zippers from day 1 and they're pretty much worn through in the calf with maybe a years worth of riding 5X a week. But, they do look pretty from a distance :)

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  9. Loooove the new tack additions! Very fancy :D

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  10. Consignment stores are dream lands! Glad you have a saddle that works!

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