I am a little late to this game as Amanda has already shared hella deals and pretty much everything from my drafted post and more but I wanted to point out some specific items that you can get from some of the retailers that you might not have already seen…
The Herbal Horse: Small Business Saturday there will be a 20% off code WOOHOO and free gift with all purchases over $50. Cyber Monday there will be other surprise sales so check out her Instagram, Facebook, and twitter accounts.
Tack Of The Day: Nothing has been posted and won’t be until Friday but almost every year TOTD has a Back On Track sale and hopefully this year will be no exception. You have to check it out at 12 EST to know about the deal of the day.
Riding Warehouse: Incase you didn’t think that RW already offered the best deals around they are offering 20% off site wide (with some exclusions due to manufacturers). This includes some Rambo Horseware items too 😉
Smartpak: 15% off with some exclusions using the code – giftme15. I may have gotten a Christmas present of an Asmar All Weather Coat from the in-laws courtesy of this sale!
Divoza: 25% off using the code – ws15dh25. All of you people that have been contemplating purchasing Dubarry Galways should check them out here… You can get them for like $290 in some sizes when you apply the code! And that is AFTER international shipping. I would be buying a replacement pair if I hadn’t used the code on some very special stirrups… Thanks Amanda!
Farm House Tack: I love FHT and always stop in when I am in their area. Luckily they also send their amazing mobile shop to a lot of shows at the KHP which is how I ended up buying my new helmet from them. I am not sure on the specifics but I am pretty sure the you can take advantage of their in store deal over the phone with a sales associate drawing a slip up to 35% out of a jar and applying it to your order. Some items are not included (Tailored Sportsman and Ogilvy for sure will not be included).
Higher Standards Leather Care: On the HSLC etsy store you can get 15% off using the code SHOPSMALL15. I assume this is valid Saturday only but you could try earlier! I reached out to a few other companies in hopes of getting details ahead of time on any sales they might be having but without much luck in getting any responses. Oh well. Happy Shopping!!!
Now… I always said that I would not be the person that spent such a ridiculous amount of money for a pair of boots that you don’t even ride in but I am so glad that I have these boots. Thankfully because with a hefty price tag of approx $480 if I didn’t like them that would be some serious buyers remorse! Or gift choosing remorse in my case because these were an awesome graduation gift from my wonderful parents.
Some of the key features of the Dubarry Galway Boots are that they are versatile, waterproof, and even trendy. I would say that these boots do tend to keep your feet fairly warm so while I did wear them through the summer I think they are the best Fall, Winter, and Spring.
Pros: Number 1 is hands down that they are waterproof! I love this feature. Who doesn’t love the ability to wander around in a giant puddle? My feet have stayed dry even while standing in water up to my shins! Another thing that I love about these boots is how classy they look. I get all sorts of compliments on these from horse and non horse people alike. I guess that the ability to wear them while cleaning stalls to going about your daily business is definitely a plus. The waterproof feature also makes it very easy to keep these boots clean as a whistle. They do require some care in terms of making sure to clean them with the appropriate soap, conditioner, and even protectant spray but I guess that I take appropriate care of all of my leather goods so why would I change that for these boots?
Cons: Keep your feet almost too warm in the summer. Not really made for walking – perfectly fine for day long use but I would not advise wearing this if you are planning to go for long walks – or if you are… maybe wear thicker socks than I chose to. If I could fit them in mine would probably have some insoles in them – or would have initially. Now that they are broken in they are much more comfortable – as with any shoes!
Care: I mentioned the usual care on the pros but I guess that some could see this as a con. It is not any different than any other product of its design but of course Dubarry does recommend that you use their care products. I happen to really like their line of leather care for these boots so I will continue to use that indefinitely. Not only is it effective but it also seems like it will last a really long time.
Bottom Line: If you have been thinking about buying a pair I encourage you to do so. I have only had mine for about 6 months but they seem like they will last forever and they clean up like new with some conditioner! If I assume that these boots will hopefully last me at least 5 years (I am hoping for much longer) then I would only be spending about $95 a year to keep my feet dry while still staying stylish… even if they only lasted 3 years that would still only make it about $13 a month! (Update to add that I have had them 2.5 years now and they are going strong and clean up great) Yes yes I do have a problem… I can’t help it that I have been trained to think about things in the way of their depreciation and how much they cost per year of use! This is how I justify almost all of my purchases 😉
If you find yourself with time you should definitely check out the other drool worthy items that Dubarry makes… Seriously some classy outfits to be had.
Friday afternoon the last of our things were loaded onto the truck and we spent our last night as KY residents.
Saturday morning we headed out to the barn to grab Annie for the big move. This was the first time I have hauled her in my own trailer and I was obsessing about everything. Luckily Kyle knew not to rush me and was along for the ride.
Not only is pulling a bumper pull not quite as smooth as a gooseneck there are also a lot more steps to the hook up process (when you add a weight distribution system and friction sway control).
Once we got hitched up and Annie was wrapped she loaded like a champ. The drive was incredibly uneventful minus some traffic as we entered Nashville.
Once we got to the farm Annie was a bit up… She was having a hard time taking everything in but immediately got to go outside and stretch her legs which she seemed to enjoy.
Unfortunately I had to be back in KY today to close on our house so I was only able to check on Annie really briefly before hitting the road again.
Thankfully the little ginger has already made a friend and BO reported that she seemed very content. I can’t wait to get back to riding the red head again. Until then boxes on boxes on boxes. Oh the joys of moving!
I haven’t shown in over 2 years now so I can’t really say too much but when I was showing my essentials were:
MyStanley Trunk is definitely on s Amanda also said this thing is the best! It is light enough that even when it is packed I can usually lift it into the bed of a truck. It is large enough to hold almost everything I need at a show except my medical kit – which is handily stored in another Stanley. My only complaint is that the lock that is built in fell out and the buckles have gotten beat up. I can still lock it though so no big. It isn’t going to win any beauty pageants but I still love it!
Higher Standards Leather Saddle Soap will always be found with me at a show. I love that it somewhat conditions as you clean. There is also nothing like the pleasant scents. I always know my things will be in great shape when I have this stuff in my trunk.
Next is my Braiding Beltwhich at this point I have largely improved on. I purchased dull metal needles at a craft store, hair clips, and sharper scissors which leave me armed to battle even the gnarliest of manes! With this thing everything I need is on hand and easy to get to!
Snacks requires little to no elaboration. Water, granola bars, candy, cookies, sandwiches – everything to keep you happy morning to sunset is vital. I am not a good rider when I am hangry!
Last but not least are my Dubarry Galway boots. Rain or shine these guys are my go to. I used to wear Danskos when I was not in my riding boots but now I wear my DG to the barn literally everyday. 3 years strong and they still clean up great and are just as effective and useful as day one making them worth every penny!
Sorry for the radio silence. Moving is hard! We got a call on Tuesday at 5pm that the people buying our house wanted to close on Monday… Yeah they didn’t even give us 5 business days notice. I was not happy. We were able to compromise and will be moving out this coming week and closing the 16th. It is all going to work out but there was a decent amount of panic and wine consumed. In Annie’s eyes the grass is definitely greener on the other side. On Friday I went out to meet the vet for our very delayed vaccinations (thank you hives for delaying everything) as well as to get a health certificate for our move. Because it was so warm Annie also got a bath and now she won’t look like a gross dust magnet… Or not like as much of one when we land at the new barn. I am hoping to start riding more and posting again once we get settled so bear with me for the next couple of weeks. The new barn looks incredible and I cannot wait to all be in the same place again.
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Earlier this past week my friend mentioned that Saturday was opening day and that she might be able to find an extra horse so that I could go. I was so excited. I have always wanted to get out in the hunt field and as a total newbie I was nerding out at the prospect.
I was able to find my coat and stock tie and only had momentary panic that I had never worn my black field boots. No time like the present to break boots in.
Stephanie at Hand-Gallop posted about how to prepare for opening hunt and I can add a few items to the list:
Don’t ride for the month leading up to it – crippled at 25yo the day after is worth it
Realize you haven’t washed your coat since who knows when – no time now so you smell
Don’t break in or even wear black field boots prior to wearing them for 3+ hours
Forget both saddle and helmet at farm the night before
Lay awake like the kids in disney commercials
My friend D’s daughter was out of town this weekend so I was able to catch a ride on him. This was only possible because the stars aligned and D was able to use one of her friends young horses.
I just have to say that this was one of the most fun rides I have been on and I can’t wait to go again. I am already trying to research local Nashville hunt clubs. I have literally no idea what joining would cost (any experienced people willing to share their knowledge?) but I am super interested! So grateful and happy that I was able to participate in such a fun adventure! I would encourage anyone interested to try it out!