L at Viva Carlos did this blog hop recently and I like it so I’m hopping on the train!
What is your favorite equestrian-specific product that you use when you’re at the barn?
I’m in love with my hand painted brush box and its corresponding brushes that I got earlier this year. You can never go wrong when you combine function and beauty! This is actually the brush box out of my Smartpak tack box which I sent away to Relatively Stable for a face lift!
What is your favorite non equestrian-specific product to use when you’re at the barn?
I’m going to mention a few things here actually.
- Plain aloe – Great for putting on dry skin and areas where new hair growth is needed. Dries fast so you don’t end up with junk stuck to it.
- Baby wipes – I use them to spot clean the ponies, although usually Stampede. I will wipe around his eyes, under his tail, and use it to clean off dirty goo I’ve put on his leg crusts the night before.
- Country vet automatic flying insect control kit – This is marketed for use on all kinds of big animals but I have these mounted in the boy’s stalls in the summer since the barn doesn’t have a system. Works well for keeping the boys comfortable.
What is your horse’s favorite equestrian-specific product to wear or use?
Well I would hope the boys’ favorite things to wear would be their CWD saddles since they were an expensive investment!
Otherwise, I love Rambo horse clothing. The boys have Rambo cotton sheets, turnout sheets, turnout blankets, and Stampede has a Rambo cooler. Their products just last. I recently sold a turnout sheet that Stampede “outgrew” to a friend and it was over 7 years old and still in good working condition. Really awesome.
What was the best equestrian-related gift you were ever given, and why does it mean so much to you?
Well I was given my first horse, Zipper, as a Christmas gift back in 1994 so that one is hard to beat! Pretty obvious why it meant so much. Zipper was a great first horse regardless of the fact that he was 3 when I met him. That Quarter Horse brain came in handy!
Otherwise, I would say the drawing my husband had done of Stampede several years ago means a lot to me. The fact that my husband understands how much the horses mean to me just makes me love him more. I still need a Phoenix one but we didn’t have P back when this was done!
If you had the ability to create any product or anything to make your time at the barn better, – no matter how ridiculous or against-the-laws-of-physics it might be – what would that be?
I would really like a synthetic anatomic girth to exist. I think the closest thing out there is the Mattes girths currently. I would settle for a leather anatomic girth that has a velcro on liner, which currently exists but not in Stampede size!
On a more ridiculous front some kind of robotic horse grazer that could take the boys to the best grass-eating locations on the barn property that aren’t fenced in.