30 Day Blogging Challenge: Day 6- Fantasy Horse-Item Wishlist

Day 6- Make a wish-list of the top 10 tack/riding clothes/horsey items you would buy if you were given an unlimited budget.

After 20+ years with horses, I feel like I have nearly everything I could need. That said, there are always things to want, right?!

  1. Passier Optimum Dressage Saddle: Anne owns a Passier (not this particular Passier; hers is maybe 15 years old) and I love it. It’s comfortable, fits all of the horses I’ve tried it on, and puts me in a great position for effective dressage work. At $3249.95, it will take a while before I’m able to afford one of my own. Fortunately, my awesome trainer is happy to let me borrow hers whenever I need it.
  2. Featherlite Horse Trailer: I am the proud (?) owner of a custom built 2000 model horse trailer. It’s a 3-horse slant load gooseneck affair, with a tack room in the back and dressing room in the front. It’s solidly constructed and in relatively good shape other than some cosmetic rust damage along a front panel. It’s also heavy! I’d like to sell it and purchase a lighter, smaller trailer. This Featherlite is a two horse gooseneck, which I think would be just the right size. (I am a dedicated gooseneck fan, as I find them easier to pull and maneuver.)
  3. Jump Set: If I had a spare $10,000, I’d happily purchase this set of eight jumps (and pay through the nose for shipping, I’m sure.) I’ve made my own jumps before, which is tedious and time-consuming, especially when I’m trying to put them together in my garage. If I had the extra money, I’d just as soon buy the stupid things and not worry about it.
  4. Der-Dau Custom Riding Boots: Let’s talk boots for a minute. I have a pair of Ariat field boots that I’ve owned since I was about 13 years old. Over the years, they’ve gotten enough wear and tear that I decided to replace them. (They are still functional, but have scratch marks on the toes from my cats being bored when I lived in Wichita.) Do y’all know how hard it is to find a pair of boots when you have an wide calf?! I’m 5’9 and typically wear a size 9.5 boot. My calf is around 17.75″ around, which is like…next to impossible to find boots for. I ended up settling for a pair of boots that are 18″ wide, which is really a little too large. I’ve had them just over a year and they’re already at a cobblers’, have their zippers replaced. Ugh. Next time, I’m springing for a custom pair of riding boots.
  5. Kentucky Horsewear Solimbra D30 Eventing Boots: Tendon protection, waterproofing, breatheability? Sign me up! 
  6. Ariat Olympia Full Seat Breeches: There’s nothing like a crisp, sharp-looking pair of white breeches for dressage. I love full seat breeches for dressage, because they help me stick in the saddle during those sitting trot moments. (And any time Colt canters…because it’s like riding a wave.)
  7. Alexus Knee Patch Breeches: I love the styling and color of these breeches. I’d get them in the titanium, because when you have an unlimited budget, you buy a $200 pair of schooling breeches. 
  8. Herm Sprenger KK Ultra Aurigan Loose Ring: Poor old Colter needs a bit that fits a little better his currently does. It’s hard to find a very large bit for a reasonable price, which is why this $126 Sprenger is on the fantasy list. I love that it’s a loose ring, and that it has a french link. It’s my very favorite kind of bit!
  9. Deluxe Wood Tack Trunk: Most of my tack and accouterments are scattered between the barn, my home, and my horse trailer. I’d love to be able to consolidate lots of the small items in a beautiful tack trunk. (As opposed to my 15-year old hunter green trunk that’s covered in bumper stickers.)
  10. Colter. I’d buy Colter in a minute if I had unlimited funds! 

Author: Stephanie

Equestrian, amateur cook, people person.

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