Favorite products blog hop

Breeches & Boat Shoes adapted SmartPak’s vlog hop and it’s been so fun to read about everyone’s favorite products! I love any chance to talk about my shamefully large collection of horse stuff, so this is a perfect topic for me.

What is your favorite equestrian-specific product that you use when you’re at the barn?

This is super tough, because I have an obscene number of equestrian-specific products. I’d probably have to go with my Schockemoehle Champion dressage pad. It’s cushy, moisture-wicking, and very stylish. I use it for every day schooling, clinics, and schooling shows and always get a lot of compliments on it. I’m also a big fan of Lucky Braids whitener/dry wash spray. This stuff is a lifesaver for Gina’s white socks. Spray it on, wait a few minutes, then wipe it off- it’s simple and effective!

What is your favorite non equestrian-specific product to use when you’re at the barn?

Listerine! You can’t beat it for removing dandruff from your horse’s mane and tail. I like to spray it into the base of the mane and tail, leave it for a few minutes, and rinse. You can also use it to remove dirt and dander from your horse’s body.

What is your horse’s favorite equestrian-specific product to wear or use?

Do treats count as something my horses use? If so, Moe and Gina are big fans of Paddock Cakes. If not, both horses enjoy the soothing smells of The Herbal Horse’s Be Calm salve. (Moe especially enjoys licking it straight out of the tin…)

What was the best equestrian-related gift you were ever given, and why does it mean so much to you?

Both of my saddles were gifts! My mom bought me the Ainsley Cross Country Pro National as a birthday gift. Johnny bought me the King’s Sandringham dressage saddle as an engagement present. I was thrilled to receive both gifts because both givers understood that I’d appreciate something practical and horsey.

If you had the ability to create any product or anything to make your time at the barn better, what would that be?

I’d create some kind of auto-hitching trailer! I hate getting the truck backed up and it’s just off enough that the trailer won’t pop onto the ball. I always end up in this 10 minute long back-up-get-out-of-truck-to-check-pull-forward-back-up loop that’s no fun at 5:30 AM.

Author: Stephanie

Equestrian, amateur cook, people person.

13 thoughts on “Favorite products blog hop”

  1. Great idea! A trailer that fully maneuvers itself would be excellent. I’ve never actually driven a trailer but the thought of backing one of those things gives me anxiety.

  2. Auto-hitching would be awesome. I would prefer the auto-backing thing that ford has come out with. But it’s only in the new F150s. Although it won’t auto-hitch for you, a back up camera will help so much. We had one installed and it is now way way easier to get the truck aligned. You still have to do the hitching, but the truck will be in the perfect spot. You can get them added after-market. Our camera is built into a license plate holder.

    1. My F350 has a camera, but I have a goose neck trailer so it doesn’t help at all. The camera is in the tailgate, so if I’m hooking up, it’s pointing at the ground. Such a fail!

    2. Oh, having a camera on the license plate holder is a GREAT idea! I’ve been thinking of buying a backup camera but wasn’t sure how well it would actually work.

  3. Saddles are great gifts! When I was a little kid, my dad surprised me with a new saddle, and it was completely unexpected! And sooooo appreciated. I had been riding in a great saddle, but it was VERY old and completely flat with no knee pads or rolls or anything.

    1. It’s definitely a big ticket item, but as you said, SO appreciated! I told Johnny up front that I didn’t want a piece of jewelry because I would never wear it at the barn, would likely lose it, and would much rather have a beautiful and practical saddle. (If only my beloved borrowed Sommer had been in the store last summer!)

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