Rider Review: Gun Dog Supply Leash & Collar

Recently I ordered our dogs new leashes and collars from Gun Dog Supply online. I ordered Sonny a 16″ Mendota Collar and a flat Mendota Leash. Stella got the same collar but in the 3/4″ style and a rolled Mendota leash.

Price: $29.95 Collar & $24.95 Leash (Sonny’s leash and collar). This price point was honestly the best that I could find for the quality. Between the great feedback I had heard about the website and then a friend putting in a good word I felt very confident placing the order.

Pros: The leashes and collars that we received are much nicer than I expected for the cost. The leather is strong and supple at the same time. The plates are well made and securely attached. Additionally the safety ring is the perfect place to attach the leash so that you don’t have to battle with the tail of the collar to use the main hook.

The sizing of the collars is exactly as the website suggests and they even provide a nice walkthrough for how to measure your dogs neck. I was a bit skeptical when Sonny needed a 16″ collar and Stella needed a 14″ collar but turns out that Stella is just a little beefcake. 

Cons: The only cons that I can come up with are the fact that the collars are a little stiff when you get them. That is the case with most leather products though so it’s nothing that I hold against the quality of the products.

Bottom Line: If you are looking for a nice quality leash and collar at an affordable price that is sure to last I would definitely recommend checking out the offerings of Gun Dog Supply. The customer service is fantastic and they ship things very fast.

Happy Shopping!

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Lesson Recap: Balance

This weekend I had my first Tennessee lesson and it was awesome!

I rode a spicy little jumper mare and while the lesson was very frustrating it was also incredible and fun. I think that this new trainer is going to be great for me.

I have gotten in the bad habit of over riding with my upper body. This is extremely apparent when I am jumping and makes me resemble this:

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Then I proceeded to get a few well deserved refusals and I was more like this:

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To break it down (more for me than for you all) I was getting nervous as we approached the fence and instead of remaining still approaching the fence I was throwing my upper body into more of a fetal type position.

Fetal Position

Obviously that is not the desired position over fences but I guess my general nerves about jumping combined with a new horse and trainer was the perfect combination for out of shape/practice me to make a fool of myself. The mare I was riding was not super into me totally changing my ride and balance as we approached the fence and wasn’t about to tell lies for me. No leg plus a floppy body makes for an unpleasant sight. She wasn’t dirty at all and honestly I probably wouldn’t have been on her back on the opposite side of the fence so I am not holding it against her.

I was much more upset about the events that occurred than new trainer (who is totally fabulous btw). As it became evident that my body wasn’t going to listen to my brain trainer had me hop off so that he could pop the mare over a few fences because I had gotten her a bit frazzled riding like a drunk monkey. Then I hopped back on and we were good to go.

Trainer talked me through it step my step as I got more comfortable and while there is a lot of room for improvement I can’t wait for more lessons. He is just what I need. Tells it like it is while still being kind. No sugar coating but just the right amount of assistance. He was still getting to know me too but I am sure that with more lessons he will whip me back into shape in no time.

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I am hoping to have 2 more lessons this weekend!!! This week can’t go by fast enough.

 

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Rider Review: Dubarry Galway Boots

Dubarry Galway Boots 

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.

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Weekend Wrap Up: Moved

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!

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$900 FB Pony Blog Hop: Top 5 Horse Show Essentials

Amanda from The $900 Facebook Pony started a new hop and asked what are your top 5 horse show essentials?

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:

  1. My Stanley 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!eef5ad13-66f8-47e8-b887-4985ffeaf335_300
  2. 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.1402972942_large
  3. Next is my Braiding Belt which 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! TSLT771015_90761
  4. 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!galway-leather-country-boots-walnut_1
  5. 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!

What are yours? Join the hop!

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Fall Sale 2015

In getting the house organized and ready for moving I have been finding some things that I could downsize and get rid of. It isn’t much so far but it’ll probably grow over the next few weeks.

  • Charles Owen AYR8 Leather Look Black/Silver Size 7 3/8: worn 1 time, no falls, stored inside, purchased Fall 2014 from SmartPak. Retail: $420 Asking: $350 OBO          
  • Back On Track Polos 11′ pair and 9′ pair: used 2 times, washed according to instruction NEVER dried. Retail: $43/pair Asking: $50/set or $30/pair            
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Stretch

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.

Posts to come:

  • Reviews
    • Saddle Lockers
    • Herbal Horse – various products
    • GunDogSupply – collars/leashes
  • SALE
  • New Barn
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2015 2PTOBER Results

Congratulations to the Winner’s and First Runner’s Up!

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Longest Time:

Figure – Topaz Dreams

0:01:00 – 0:40:38

Figure has hit the record for Longest Time overall in all the years of 2ptober! That’s amazing! You get your choice of 4oz Herbal Horse Tin and Lip Balm , Nerd Horse Coloring Pages, and EquiFuse Body Brilliance Collection.

Most Improved:

Erin – The Story So Far

0:01:00 – 0:14:310:13:31 – 1350%

You have won EquiFuse  Mane and Tail Performance Pack, 4oz Herbal Horse Tin and Lip Balm , Nerd Horse Coloring Pages, and The Relatively Stable Equi8 shirt.

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Longest Time:

Alli – Pony’Tude

0:12:56 – 0:23:01

Alli is amazingly consistent garnering the Runner-up prize for Longest Time 3 years in a row!

Most Improved:

Three Chestnuts

0:01:31 – 0:10:060:08:35 – 565%

Both of you get these awesome goodies: A The Herbal Horse Shampoo or Lotion and Choice of Custom 2016 Horse Binder or 4 Graphic Art Prints from The Printable Pony

To collect your prizes please email Me (EquestrianatHart at gmail dot com) or L (Lnwillia at gmail dot com)  your Name, Email and Address so our prizes can get shipped out.

And for everyone else, seriously Thank you for participating, This contest is only fun because of all the great people involved. 2 of our sponsors are still offering coupon codes through to the end of November. (Formula for those wondering about Improvement is Final Time – Baseline divided by Baseline multiplied by 100.)

EquiFuse: The coupon code for 10% off is 2ptober10. We have limited it to one use per customer and it is valid October 1 – November 30, 2015.

The Printable Pony: Coupon Code 2Pointober 25% off any item to the end of November!

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