|Kentucky Horse Park, our first recognized event
at Novice level.
I’m all about the social media- I use it to keep up with friends, brands and companies I’m interested in, and of course, bloggers I like! Tracy of Fly on Over had a great idea with this link-up.
If you’re interested in following me on various social media channels, here they are:
Google +: +stejpeck
Email: stejpeck (at) gmail (dot) com
I’m not terribly active on Google +, YouTube, or Bloglovin’, but you can typically find me on all the other listed channels. I’m aware email isn’t social media and Goodreads is kind of a niche thing, but if you ever want to contact me, or see which books with horses on the cover I’m reading, feel free!
Now that Gina’s a legitimate jumping horse, I guess she deserves her own bridle. She has a lovely black dressage bridle to call her own, but my jumping saddle is brown and some inner part of me cringes at the thought of mixing black and brown tack together. Gina’s been borrowing one of Moe’s bridles, but it isn’t really working out.
|Bumming Moe’s bridle, bit and all.|
For starters, Moe’s head is tiny. He wears a cob-sized bridle. Gina’s head is much larger; the bridle is on the very last hole on almost every strap. I prefer to have some room to adjust if necessary. The other problem is that it’s a figure-8. Gina doesn’t need the figure-8 or a flash noseband. She goes very well in a regular cavesson. I suppose it doesn’t hurt to have one, but the less leather I need to clean, the better.
- Nunn Finer Event Bridle: I like the buckle ends, I like the plain, workmanlike style, I like that I can get it through work at a discount.
- PS of Sweden Flat Out Revolution Bridle: Thanks to $900 Facebook Pony, I’m now intrigued by these bridles. I like the simple styling of this bridle and I like that the flash attachment is fully detachable.
- Harwich Plain Raised Bridle: This bridle looks clean and classic. The price isn’t overwhelming, either.
- Red Barn Kingston Bridle: Another plain hunter bridle, this is slightly darker and wider than the Harwich. It’s available through work at a discount, too.
- A new helmet: Falls happen to the best of riders- make sure your trainer’s helmet will protect her if she’s putting in a training ride on someone’s ‘prospect’. Nice helmets are expensive, so consider getting a group of her clients together to but it!
- Horse treats: Chances are your trainer goes through treats like there’s no tomorrow. A big bucket of them will be appreciated (especially if you’ve been known to occasionally grab one or two for your own horse…not that I ever do this…).
- Subscription to a favorite magazine: Trainers like to unwind like the rest of us- buy a single issue of her favorite magazine, pair it with a bottle of wine, and include a note about the subscription!
- Gloves: We all know you can never have enough pairs of schooling gloves. Your trainer probably has a favorite brand and style- think about gifting a pair in a new, fun color.
- Membership to sport organization: Paying dues for equestrian organizations can get expensive! Help your trainer out by paying her dues for her annual membership, whether it’s USDF, USHJA, USEF, or USEA!
- Personalized grooming tote: Having a place to stash brushes and braiding supplies is always good. Personalize it with a name or monogram to make it easy to keep track of what belongs to who!
- Gift certificate to a favorite tack store: Your local store, Dover, Smartpak- every equestrian can find something they need at a tack store!
- My personal favorite response: “What can my clients get me for Christmas? They can pay their bills on time! I don’t want to tell you how much it cost to get the indoor arena lights fixed.”