A couple of weeks ago, Johnny asked me if there was anything I needed to buy before Willow Draw. I told him no- I mean, I have all the essentials covered. I have a pair of brand new white breeches, a snazzy show coat, a show shirt, a stock tie, and a pair of boots. I have a safety vest and a helmet and a cross country shirt. I have saddles, saddle pads, girths, and boots for the horse. Moe has his very own cross country bridle and can fit into Gina’s dressage bridle.
But y’all, you can’t go to work in a tack store every single day and not start thinking about all the things you and your horse
need want. So while Moe and I don’t need anything major, we could use a few accessories…
Since I’ll be wearing a green coat, colorful browbands are sadly out. That doesn’t mean I can’t add a little pizzazz to my dressage bridle with a new browband! Top left is Ovation Regency Bling Browband, top right is the Horze Crescendo Tabor Browband, and bottom is the Waldhausen Fancy Browband. I can’t decide if gold would look ugly on a chestnut or if the double row of curved crystals would overwhelm Moe’s delicate face. Regardless, the browband can be used for both horses, which totally justifies this purchase.
I own zero fly bonnets, so I definitely need one. Right? Right? My cross country colors have somehow ended up as royal blue and black. I figure it’s too late to change because I already own a saddle pad and a shirt in those colors; I might as well embrace them with a fly bonnet, which is like the ultimate accessory. (Moe and Gina have no reason to wear these silly little hats other than aesthetics.) From left to right, the Horze Supreme Maya Ear Net, the ear-Z Polar Night bonnet (which is $159, but shimmer ears, y’all), and the Walhausen Elastic Fly Veil.
I don’t have a saddle pad problem. Or at least that’s what I tell myself any time I think about buying one. My white dressage pad is beginning to look a little grubby, so why not take this opportunity to replace it? Top left is HKM’s Arctic Shine saddle pad (I could mesmerize the judge with its shininess), bottom left is the USG White & Silver Baroness pad, and right is the Schockemohle Selezione Philea pad (go look at the other colors of this thing. I’ll wait).
I have a perfectly acceptable white hunting stock that I can use for dressage. But come on! Style Stock’s Cream Foliage Silk Brocade stock tie is gorgeous! And I could wear it hunting. If I felt confident in my ability to operate my sewing machine, I would make myself a pretty stock tie. I suppose my wedding dress isn’t doing anything useful and there’s plenty of fabric to practice with…
What about y’all? Thoughts on accessories? Anything you’ve got your eye on?