Great riding breeches

Ola ola,

If there is one thing I hate trying, then its new riding breeches. I once went to Divoza and tried almost every single breech in the store and none of them fitted me unless they costed way to many dollars. Generally when I find one that I like I end up buying every colour, just so I don’t need to buy any for a long time.

There is a few things that I need when it comes to breeches. They need to have stretch, so they don’t feel too tight when I ride. They need to have a high waist as unfortunately I do not have the smallest one. +  I want them to be as cheap as possible. With that list in mind, quite a lot of breeches already fall off already.

A while ago a stable friend tipped me about the riding breeches from Horze. I must admit I was a bit hesitant as I generally like to try on the breeches before I buy them, but since Horze had such a great black Friday deal on, I took the plunge. Today I received them and they are so nice! The silicon seems really nice and the fit is great. So I wanted to bring the tip on to you. If you are looking for the same type of breeches as me I can really recommend the ones below (they are currently on sale for 49.95 euro!):

They have them in several different colours.

You can buy them HERE.

x.M

The best equestrian black friday deals

Ola ola ,

I never used to care about sales before I moved to the Netherlands. For those that doesn’t know, there is this running joke that the Dutch are greedy, and I guess I’m becoming one.

Luckily there is this one day a year that literally makes people like me scream hurrah. Sounding very materialistic now? Oh well, means more money to buy my next horse. Or so I tell myself at least.

So what am I talking about? Black Friday sales of course. The sales where you get to buy what you have been wanting for so long. Maybe a new rug? That cap or those boots? Here you go, the best deals I’ve come across (these all ship internationally):

Epplejeck

Looking for a new rug og maybe a Kinglands saddle pad? Epplejeck got your covered. They have up  to 50% on a lot of items online. Their sales will start at midnight tonight, but I’ve seen a sneak peak and its definitely worth checking out HERE. If you are in the neighbourhood, they will have items with up to 75% sales in store.

Horze

Horze has up to 70% on over 9000 different items. They literally have everything you can imagine. I’ve heard their riding breeches are really nice, so I am going to buy one of those. You can find their sales HERE.

Divoza

Divoza has 25% off an item of choice, plus 25% of the entire autumn collection. You can check our their sales item HERE.

PS of SWEDEN

Gosh, I love so many of the PS of SWEDEN items. Like have you seen their emerald green saddle pad? It is so insanely pretty. Let’s not even discuss their bridles. If I ever get to start riding higher competitions I would definitely buy one of theirs. You can shop their 20% of everything HERE.

HOOKS 

Hooks has some of the best deals in the world when it comes to equestrian product, and now it got even better with several different deals all week. You can find them HERE.

HYPOSTORE

Hypoestore decided to smash it out with either 25% or 30% on absolutely everything. If you are a earlybird you will get 30% off , while if you wait it becomes 25%. You can use use the code Earlybird ONLINE .I know where I will buy my stirrups now!

 

HV Polo correction pro top

Ola Ola,

It’s innovation time again. This time it’s coming from HV Polo with their correction pro top.

This top is meant to remind you to keep your shoulders back and your back straight with putting a slight pressure on it.

Interesting.

I’ll be the first to admit that I could use something like that. Whether or not it works I don’t dare to say, but my favorite breeches are from the HV polo pro range, so I know the top will definitely be of good quality. It comes in a breathable material and is figure slimming for those of us with a few extra pounds.

Can be bought at Epplejeck for 70 euro. There is a normal version as well as a show version.

Have you tried it? Does it work?

X.m

What to buy on sale

January is known for being the huge sales month in many countries. In the Netherlands several of the largest equestrian sites have their winter sales on at the moment. 

I personally love sales(why wouldn’t you want to buy something for less money. Haha), but I do know there are people that find them to messy or don’t want to buy “outdated” product. However there are certain things that are really smart to buy on the big sales: 

Saddle pads 

I can’t remember the last time I bought a saddle pad at full price. I personally prefer the euro star pads, but at 70 euro I find them too expensive. So I buy a couple of them when the sales is on instead. Like this one for example: 


Kingsland victor saddle pad. Normally 80,- now 40,- at Divoza

Show shirts

I don’t why, but seems that someone decided that showshirts should be redicolous expensive eventough their full of polyester(my favorite fabric -not). Show shirts change little season by season, so you can save quite a lot on buying them at the large sales in winter and summer. For example the ones at Kingsland haven’t changed all year. So why not buy them a bit cheaper?


Kingsland classic show shirt. Normally 45,- now 35,- at De Kroo.

Rugs 

Winter rugs/ turnout rugs are definitely one of the most expensive things we can buy for our horses. Generally the rugs don’t change much from year to year. So if you know that you need a new one next year it can be smart to buy them on the winter sales instead of at the beginning of autumn. At the moment you can even get Bucas rugs up to 30% off which doesn’t happen a lot. 


Bucas 300 gram smartex winter turnout rug – normally 255,- now 178, euro- at Dochorses

Halters 

You always need halters and saving some dollars here and there on them is never bad. Their certainly not expensive, but buying them at 50% off feels better then buying them at full price no?


Schockemöhl Tennessee. Normally 17,95, now 8,98,- at Epplejeck

Boots 

You need boots all year around, but generally they don’t go on sale as much the rest of the year as they do now. So why not buy some at 30-50% as a delayed Christmas gift for yourself? 


Petrie Melbourne – normally 299,- now 199,- at Ooteman

Here you got a list of the sales going on at the moment or coming up: 
Divoza – up to 50% off 

Ooteman – special sale starts 15 January, for now 30% off

Dochorses – up to 30% off on rugs from Rambo, Amigo, Bucas 

Schockemöhl – 50% off certain items 

Epplejeck – winter sale with up to 50% starts Sunday 8 January

X.M

How to make horseriding more affordable 

The other day my instructor (Mijn ruiter wereld) tipped me about THIS article on how to make horse riding more affordable.
Some really good tips in there, but here are my own:  

  • Private lessons – Taking a lot of private lessons can really become an expensive experience. However, they become cheaper if you do it with a friend or two. Ok, it won’t be you alone with an instructor anymore, but being two people is definitely better then being 11 as in a group lesson. And it gives you time to breath between the punches as well 😉

  • PreventionI truly believe in prevention rather then having to pay for after care. Take good care of your tack and rugs by cleaning them regularly. Buying a new saddle is a hell lot more expensive than buying a pot of leather conditioner.

  • SalesI love sales. I hardly buy anything for full price anymore as there is a sale around every corner. If it’s not autumn sale it’s Halloween sale or Black Friday sale, there is always some kinda sale on. I always wait till the end of the season and then I buy that Euro-Star saddle pad for 50% off. For example in the Netherlands, Divoza and Epplejeck have 25% off an item at least once a month. 25% becomes quite a lot if you have to buy a new rug or cap.
  • Stable equipment – For some dumb reason someone a long time ago decided that horse riding was going to be expensive so the stores could charge 10 euro more for a regular bucket then a normal store could. Never buy stable accessories at a horse store. Go to ikea or your normal home appliance store and you can buy it there for so much cheaper. Like buckets, brushes, cleaning cloths, towels, soap, baby wipes, hooks, plastic containers and so forth. 

  • Save or splurgejust like they tell you, you shouldn’t splurge on bodylotion as the expensive ones are the same as the cheap ones, certain things in the horse riding world is the same. Don’t splurge on halters, brushes, lunge ropes and fleece rugs as they will get dirty and nasty not matter how much money you spend on them(excluding leather halters).
  • Horse carrier – of course I would love to drive Mr. Grumpy around in one of those fancy horsecars(what’s the word for them?), but let’s face it. If you don’t have to take your horse somewhere more then a couple times a year, borrowing a horse carrier is a lot cheaper than owning one.


Hopefully these will make your horse life a bit more affordable to. If you got more tips, let me know. 
X.M

Steal of the week

I wish I would be horse riding right now, but instead I’m laying on the sofa like a half dead whale. Unfortunately the cold plague that is ruling the Netherlands at the moment found its next victim. 
But hey, the good thing about colds is that they generally go away and hopefully I’m then done for the year(crossing fingers and toes.haha) 
Anyway, enough about the cold and on to something more fun. In the Divoza package I received yesterday there were also a box with a pair of jodhpurs in it. I’ve been drooling over the ones from Petrie for a while, but never found my size so when I saw these for that price I decided to get them again. My last pair is the exact same model and they are really nice. They are made of real leather and the quality is good. For 37 euros one can’t really complain. You only have to go up one size as they run small. 

You can buy them at Divoza for 37.40,-. And if you’re like me and wear this type of boot as a fashion item, then just cut of the two “tags” and they can be worn with jeans and so forth as well. Saves quite a lot of money as the same model in real leather will cost you over 100 euro,-.
X.M

Therapy Rug 

You know that feeling when you’ve wanted something for a while and you finally got it? That’s the feeling I had today. 
I felt like a kid in a candy shop when I came home and saw that the therapy rug from Bucas that I’ve been drooling after for a while had arrived. I originally found it to expensive, but I’ve read so many good reviews about it that I finally decided to take the plunge. 

So the meaning behind the rug is that the top half of it warms up the back and ass of the horse so that it will be warmed up before you go riding. I will do a thorough review of it once I’ve tried it properly, but so far I’m positive. He walked really well in the lesson even tough I only had it on for 15 minutes, but it might be it was just all in my head, so will have to try it on a couple of more days. 

Always so happy as you can see. 
X.M

Same Same, but different / Glitter cap

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Same same, but different will be a new line of posts where I find two products that look similar, but come at two completely different price points.

The first out is the “glitter” cap from Charles Owen YR8 and the Harry’s Horses Galaxy cap. I’ve seen both cap’s up close and must say they are both beautiful and well crafted. The first time I saw the one from Harry’s Horses I totally mistaken it for the one from Charles Owen.

The Harry’s Horse Galaxy can be bought here and the Charles Owen here.

Which one do you like the best?

X.M

Winter stable rugs guide 2016/2017

Even tough I would like summer to last forever, it unfortunately doesn’t and winter is upon us. The weather man even told me that it will be as cold as 4c during the night next week. This means its time to look at winter rugs.

One can become dizzy when you look at all the rugs at the marked at the moment. There is so many different ones, depending on what you need. In this post I have chosen to look at winter stable rugs in different prices and grams. It will start at 50 gram and move upwards.

Here you can see a small temperature guide which can give you  an indication on when to put on which rugs.

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Please note that some of the rugs below have the option to be combinated with a liner, but I have chosen not to include this info and only focus on that specific rug. However if you are interested in these, then you should check out the websites of Bucas and Horseware as these are the two brands offering this at the moment. I personally do not like it as I’ve found that the liners end up sliding and not laying well.

I’ve chosen not to say which ones are best as everyone has a different preference, though Bucas and Horseware is known for being the best in the business, but it depends how nice your horse is to his/her rug and what type of style and needs you have. I personally use mostly Horseware Amigo as these fit well on Mr.Grumpy and price/duration is good. Of course there are plenty more brands and rugs out there then the rugs below, but these are the most common ones at the moment. By the way, surprises me that neither Eskadron or BR rugs are easy to find, they are available, but I’ve looked at 10 different sites and none of these were selling rugs from these two brands. Get your game on guys.

I will by the way do turnout rug guide for those horses living outside or being outside a lot in another post.

So lets get into it. What winter stable rugs can you get at the moment:(PS.link to where you can buy it in the name of the rug) :

50 gram 

Bucas Irish stable – 85 euro
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100 gram 

Epplejeck Cameron – 57 euro
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Bucas Celtic Stable rug light – 140 euro
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150 gram 

Kerbl Rugbe Indoor – 40 euro
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Horse ware Amigo Mio – 65 euro
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Bucas Freedom stable rug – 76 euro – This one also comes in 300 gram – 85 euro
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200 gram 

PAGONY DELUXE II – 30 euro
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Premiere stable rug – 50 euro
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Harry’s Horse Highliner 200 gram – 65 euro
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Amigo Insulator Medium – 112 euro (also available without neck for 65 euro)
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Rambo Rhino Medium stable – 140 euro
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250 gram 

Amigo Stable Vari-Layer Plus Medium – 125 euro
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B Vertigo Corey – 189 euro
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300/350 gram

Vantaggio Jive – 50 euro
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Pagony Pro Stable – 90 euro
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Anky Stable – 150 euro
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Harry’s Horse Highliner
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Horse Avalanche 350 gram – 90 euro
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Amigo Insulator Heavy with neck(350 gram) – 120 euro(I am buying this for Grumpy this winter)
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Bucas Freedom 300 gram – 94 euro
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Bucas Irish 300 gram – 98 euro
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400/450 gram 

Rambo stable cosy (400 gram)- 160 euro
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Rambo Stable Plus (450 gram) – 182 euro
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500 gram 

Harry’s horse Highliner – 80 euro
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Don’t forget that overtime you properly clean your rug about 50grams goes off it. Several stores currently have 20-25% off, so if you need a new rug now is the time to get one.
Hope you enjoyed the guide!
X.M

Luxury VS budget steals Helmets

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Since we are in the spirits of helmets today I figured I would put together a selection of the helmets currently on the market. As not all of us can afford to pay the top dollar for a helmet I put together a budget versus luxury selection. I used to have a Harry’s Horse for a long time, and though they are perfect for the price they cost I must say my Samshield Shadowmatt is a lot more comfortable. Another difference between the Harry’s Horse and the Samshield is that if you end up falling, Samshield will renew the shield for free as many times as you need. Normally helmets doesn’t come on sale, but Epplejeck and Divoza often have 25 % off on an item of choice, which means on a shadowmatt for 299 euro, you end up saving 80 euro. Always good to save some money 😉

LUXURY HELMETS

helmets luxury

  1. Charles Owen AYR8 329.95,-
  2. KEP Smart – 279,-
  3. Uvex Suxxeed – 299,-
  4. Charles Owen Wellington 274.95 ,-
  5. Kask Dogma Light – 495,-
  6. Samshields Shadowmatt Classic – 299,-

BUDGET HELMETS

helmets budget

  1. Horze Triton – 69.95,-
  2. BR Zenith Crystal – 129.95,-
  3. Premiere Aspire II – 89.95,-
  4. BR Viper – 139.95,-
  5. Fouganza – 24.99,-
  6. Imperial Classic – 54.95,-

X.M