Since the rain ruined my plans to ride I decided to make a wish list... because I'm seriously in a want, want, want kind of mood lol. I also take hints and suggestions because I'm about as indecisive as they come!!!!
I really need a warm winter jacket. All of my stuff is cheap and NOT WARM lol. My boss told me about LL Bean (which I've heard of, but never looked at) because of the really low temp ratings. I looked through one of her catalogs and found this one that I love.
The fake fur is removable if it gets annoying. This is rated down to -25F. It rarely gets below zero here so that should be sufficient for my wimpiness lol. I have no idea what it would be like for riding in and it's really expensive, but I'm determined to save up for a really nice coat. My boss said her stuff from there lasts for years and years.
I definitely need help with a new helmet. Mine is over ten years old so it needs replaced in a bad way. The problem is the one I have is the only helmet I've ever owned and it was a gift so I have no idea how to shop for one lol. I need one that is cool for summer riding and I'd prefer to not have a glue on visor because those get gross!! I found this one, a Tipperary Sportage 8500, that seems like a really reasonable price and it's a pretty blue color (because that's so important haha), but how do I know if it's a safe, quality helmet? Has anyone used one of these? Personal feedback would be awesome.
I also wonder about the whole dressage thing... I don't ever plan on competing regularly, but if I did decide to compete once or twice would I be totally laughed out of the ring for having a blue helmet??
I NEED boots! I ride in sneakers because the paddock boots (Ariat) I bought over ten years ago are too small. I was on a time crunch so I needed something in store and the only thing they had was too small, but I got it anyway and it got me through my dressage lessons, but they are so not comfortable for everyday wear. I will keep them for emergency backup, but if I walk more than forty yards in them I'm in so much pain!! My problem is that I wear a size twelve in women's shoes (I'm 5'10" tall). I also wear a wide... I have flat feet and I hate for my toes to touch the sides or front of a shoe... I'm so picky! I don't even have any ideas for this because I have searched and searched and searched and I can't find anything online (there is nowhere near me to buy in person) that even goes up that high in size in women's. Do I need to buy men's?? Are there alternatives to paddock boots that have a heel and look nice in case I did decide to enter a schooling dressage show? Help!
Also do they go by your normal shoe size? I found some Ariats that go up to size 11... maybe if I get over my toe touching shoe issue they would work? I wish I could remember what size mine are...
Oh they do have a tag!!!! The ones I have are a US10B (whatever that means) and they are too small width wise and length wise. Any ideas??
I found these on the Dover website.. they go up to an 11 1/2. I don't know anything about that brand though and I've never had lace up boots before... so yeah I could definitely use some help in this category (can you tell I hate shopping for clothes?).
At the risk of sounding like a total noob who knows nothing about horses or riding apparel I need help here too. My half chaps were a gift as well that are too large around the calf, but great length... but they are green... I would like traditional black. I don't know how to size for these. Where do I measure on my legs? Also what is the best material to get? I tend to like synthetic stuff because I'm lazy about leather care (tack hos please don't throw rotten tomatoes at me for admitting that!!). So any suggestions? Keep in mind I'm tall with slender calves.
I kind of like the looks of these Saxon Equileather Half Chaps. I think I heard somewhere that equileather is nice stuff, but I don't remember where I read that. I like that the zipper doesn't show on these. I'd want it in black though. I also have no idea how to figure out the size on these.
Now if we are really dreaming here are some other things I would love to have.
I don't know a lot about brands or sizing (tall, thin, big boobs) here either, but check this one out! Blue!
I will need a dressage saddle at some point, but I'll be saving for a while. The only dressage saddle I've ridden in are Wintecs because that's what my trainer used. I feel like I would need a changeable gullet since Chrome is young and not fit, so he'll be changing over time. I've heard bad things about the CAIR panels... but I don't know if I could find a saddle fitter for reflocking. My trainers barn has one out maybe once a year (or every other year) so I might be able to find out who that person is. So what do you guys with young horses who live out in the boonies without a lot of options for saddle fitters use?
I also need a wool/felt Skito pad for my treeless saddle that I haven't been able to use because I don't have the right kind of pad. It doesn't have a gullet so I have to have one of the special treeless pads that protects the spine before I can ride in it. They are super expensive though so I'll have to save up for it too. If you want to see my treeless saddle here is a post where I tried it out on Chrome. LINK
Well that's all the imaginary tack and clothing shopping I can do for one night. My brain hurts! If I had all of this stuff I would be so set for years and years lol. If anyone has any experience with buying any of these things I happily accepts all tips I can get. :) Thanks guys!
Edited to add this post to the Pony Express blog hop!
P.S. Check out the giveaway on A Filly's Best Friend blog. They are trying to raise the funds to go to the Midsouth Three Day Challenge in Kentucky next year. Visit their GoFund page here to donate and also check out their awesome silent auction on Facebook here.