The title of this blog post should probably say “weekends” plural because ever since I got my hands on this beautiful bag, it hasn’t left my side! The Tucker Tweed Tryon Travel bag was the perfect size for my long weekend at the horse show and what a bonus that the nylon material wiped clean because… you know… horse show. It also didn’t let me down at girls’ beach trip weekend when it let me overpack with three times as many outfits as I truly needed. It was a perfect chic carry-on companion on my week-long excursion to Italy, where it fit in nicely in the overhead compartment of the airplane as well as on the streets of fashionable Rome. If you have any doubts about whether to purchase the newest bag in the Tucker Tweed lineup (or add it to your holiday wish list), than this blog is for you!
THINGS I PROMISE YOU WILL LOVE:
The size. It matters. When I started packing for my beach weekend I was really surprised how much I fit in there. I wayyy overpacked for the 3 day trip, but every single unnecessary item I wanted to bring made it into that bag without a problem. Sidenote: it made me really appreciate the zipper on the bag too. It was sturdy, all leather and substantial. Sounds like a silly thing to comment on until you find yourself with a cheap or broken zipper which happened to me in Las Vegas once and it was horrible! Anyway, back to the size. It truly is the perfect size for a 3 day weekend, which means it would make a stylish horse show companion! The exact dimensions per the website are 24 x 8” x 12”.
The material. Like I mentioned above, it is made of padded/heavy duty 900D Nylon with smooth grain leather accents. It is durable and water-resistant. I love that it can wipe clean easily. I am sure many of you will be using this for horse shows because it is the perfect size for it, but it also is really convenient because with a damp cloth you can easily remove any dusty handprints or smudges you get on the bag. We all know it is nearly impossible to be around a horse for more than ten minutes without being covered in dust, dirt, and hair! Also, it is worth mentioning that the material is not shiny. Other bags of similar material sometimes look shiny and cheap. You do not have to worry about that with this bag.
The design. The design is sharp and simple, fitting in seamlessly with the rest of the Tucker Tweed fleet. Like with other styles, you are able to choose between your riding discipline or the brand signature logo. I had a hard time deciding between the all black and the black/chestnut, but I chose the black/chesnut because there is something so chic about it. I am sucker for those rich colors – maybe because it reminds me of a bay horse, right Chloe? 🙂 Inside you will find ample pockets. One is a large zippered area that is approximately 11″ by 7″, which I put my kindle, vanity kit and passport in on my trip to Italy. The other side has 1 large open pocket, perfect for things like a cell phone and small wallet. Also, on the bottom of the bag to protect it from the ground or whatever surface you are sitting it on, are 5 tiny metal feet. I actually always forgot these were there until I had to sit it down on the hotel lobby or airport terminal. I was thankful they were there each time, because eww. It really is the little things, right?!
The adjustable, detachable strap. I love that Tucker Tweed did not skimp on the strap. It is well made with solid brass end snaps that detach easily. When I wasn’t using the strap I folded it up and stuck it inside the bag. The strap has a largely padded shoulder area that I really appreciated in Italy when Zach made me walk from the train terminal to the hotel. It also is adjustable (can drop 30 inches) so when I made Zach carry it back days later (on the reverse walk from the hotel to the train terminal – fool me twice…) he was able to quickly adjust it for his height and comfort.
Price. I still cannot believe this bag is currently priced at $215. I KNOW! What a steal! Seriously, what are you waiting for. You are welcome 🙂
As promised on my live unboxing video, here is my review of the new NF.Edit subscription box by Noelle Floyd. Unlike any other equestrian subscription box, this one is geared solely with the rider in mind. Take that Chloe! Each of the boxes are stamped with the message, “You spend your time taking care of your horse, so we’re taking care of you”. The items are geared towards rider indulgence, rider recovery, and rider performance. With the classy and fashionable lifestyle brand of Noelle Floyd behind the boxes, you are guaranteed to receive the best of the best products. They search extensively for what they call “rider realities” and they are taking the advice of some of the top riders in every discipline when they fill the boxes.
Each box is $59 and promises over $100 worth of goodies related to health, beauty and fashion. The boxes come every 3 months, just like most other subscription box services. The contents of each box are a total surprise, which is definitely fun for the surprise factor, but also means that you cannot customize your boxes. Typically I would lean towards the customization factor of other boxes, but because I trust the NF.Edit team completely in their tastes, I am totally down for the surprise! It is sort of like opening up a birthday gift from your most fashionable and bestest friend. You just know it is going to be amazing and … it was! So what was in my September box, which happened to be the first EVER NF.Edit box? Hint: The retail value totals over $140! Let’s dive in:
Scentuals seems to be tuned into my current riding mood lately. Actually, my current life mood. The NF.Edit box contained two roll-on essential oils by Scentuals. One was De-Stress, which obviously promises to calm you down, and the other was for Emotional Balance. Two things that you need before you sit on a horse, any horse. I am so excited to use these. I mentioned in my live video that I am a mess before I show (I mean total mess), but recently I am starting to get anxiety before my lessons, which is so silly. I really look forward to using these essential oils from Scentuals. I bet Chloe will appreciate it too! Note that the retail value is a total of $25.
Essential Helmet Spray from Equestrian Wellness was such a pleasant surprise as my helmet had mold in it recently. Yes, MOLD!! The spray helps to break down and remove any bacteria from your helmet, so I will be sure to douse mine with my new spray before and after I ride. You can also use the spray on other things too, like your boots, gloves, and even hair (it is non-toxic and all natural). It retails for $14.
Another item from Scentuals was the quick absorbing Grapefruit and Turmeric Hand Cream. This could easily go under the rider indulgence category, but I am putting it under rider recovery for me. My hands are always so dry and rough from the harsh barn atmosphere and washing them 100 times a day. They totally need this cream in order to recover from this Summer. Retail value is $8.
I was shocked to see a belt from Ruespari in the box. This belt alone retails for more than the cost of the subscription box. The color is called “black caviar” and the look and style is so classic it will go with every riding or non-riding outfit. My clasp was silver. I also liked that it is able to fit within all of my belt loops so far! Some of my current belts are too wide, which can be frustrating when you have a certain look in mind. Retail value is $75.
Who doesn’t like cozy socks, especially if they are by Dreamers&Schemers? Unlike their typical bootsocks, these are much thicker. I personally wouldn’t be able to get them under my custom half chaps because they are so tight, but that is okay because they will go perfectly under my jeans, or under some mainstream fashion boots. They will also be great for when I am bingeing on Netflix, which feels like it is every weekend. I am not sure of the retail value of this because it is a total custom thing for NF.Edit, but I would guess it is more than the typical bootsock of $18.
So, not too bad for only $59, right?! I think NF.Edit delivered on their promise to deliver an equestrian lifestyle subscription box that focuses on health, fashion and beauty. What do you think? Let me know!
I have owned Pony Glam for a few years now, so I feel like I have a good grasp on the struggles (and joys) of owning a small equestrian business. One of the main reasons I wanted to launch Horse Glam was to help spread the word about small brands like Pony Glam. I had met so many wonderful entrepreneurs that deserved to have their products seen in good lighting and given descriptive reviews, and I wanted to help them.
A few months ago I was approached by Equivont, a new(ish) equestrian marketing company, about including Pony Glam in their online shopping marketplace. The marketplace was to focus on small, unique equestrian brands that the modern equestrian would want to learn more about and inevitably purchase. It is categorized in three sections “Style”, “Wellness” and “Tack”, with each section further broken down into “Horse” and “Rider”. These categories not only make obvious sense but they are easy to navigate. I set up a phone consultation and I really hit it off talking to Equivont cofounder, Jacyln Dunt. Our conversation went all over the place (like it typically does when I really like someone), from horses to life experiences to favorite tv shows to bachelorette parties, etc. I soon realized that Jaclyn, Equivont and I shared the same goal: being a big champion of small businesses.
Equivont is more than an online marketplace. It also has a business directory where you can look up pretty much anything you may need for yourself, your horse or your farm…and even things you don’t know you need. For example, you can find trainers, tack shops, breeders, equestrian businesses services, barn facilities, chiropractors, vets, hauling companies, and tack reps listed, just to name a few. There is even a section where you can view horses for sale or lease from trusted brokers and sales barns worldwide. Many of these listings post which event or show the horses will be at next for easy trial or viewing.
As you can probably guess, Equivont is making a big push to be your one stop equestrian website stop, for both consumers and businesses. With some familiar brand names already listed (and some fellow Horse Glam friends: Bibimbap Skincare, The Fit Equestrian, Myst Equine and Mare Goods), I think they are well on their way. This makes my next sentence even more exciting (although the pictures are giving me away)! As part of the new “Blogger Referral Program”, Equivont and Horse Glam are teaming up to provide YOU with more blog posts and honest reviews of the products seen on the Equivont website. Let me and Chloe test all your horsey products before you part with your hard earned money! If you are a brand and you want to apply for these complimentary reviews, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Actually, even if you don’t want to participate in this referral program but you are a brand that wants help with your marketing and brand awareness, you should still email Equivont. They have effective and affordable marketing packages that can help you launch your brand to the next level. You deserve it!
Second skin is the perfect way to describe these moisture wicking leggings from LD Equestrian. Made of soft, four-way stretch and non-shrinking fabric, these leggings are both durable and very comfortable. The leggings have “zoned compression” around your glutes for extra support and optimum shaping, which I really appreciated when taking close-up pictures! These technical leggings also have two side pockets, each large enough for a cellphone, and a small, hidden pocket inside the waistband. The smaller pocket can fit a house-key, which is handy if you use them for running, like I did. Small rhinestones on the back of the leggings add an extra embellishment.
I loved the fit of these leggings. They are a bit tight going on, but once I managed to pull them up they fit me perfectly. As mentioned, there is zoned compression around your bottom, but honestly, I felt like this compression was everywhere (in a good way). The material is thin and cool for moisture wicking purposes, but when the leggings are on, they feel more substantial than you first think and you can’t help but feel confident in them. I really think this confidence comes across in my pictures.
PC: Shannen Smyth Photography
PC: Shannen Smyth Photography
The website says you can ride in them, and there are many pictures and testimonials where people love riding in these leggings, however, please note that they do not have knee patches. For some riders this may not matter, but for me, I prefer to ride in breeches or tights/leggings that have traditional knee patches. I loved the fabric and fit of these leggings so much, that I was really happy to see that they have breeches (with knee patch grips) made of the same or similar fabric.
I am wearing a size 2. These are black. They come in navy too.
I have gotten tons of compliments on this top. It is a fantastic combination of sporty and sexy! It is blousy in the front and ties in the back, perfectly giving you a peek at the rhinestones on the leggings. The top comes in 5 colors!
You really cannot beat the prices either. These ship from England but you can always catch big deals on their social media or website! In fact, both the leggings and the top are on a MAJOR sale right now! Let me know what you think!
It is always nice to be appreciated and recognized for the unicorn that you are. Bit N’ Bridle Boutique totally gets it. They get me. They sent me two charms that they felt had my name all over them. The cool thing about charms is that you can put them anywhere. I am going to put one on my C&C Signature leather halter. The other is going to go on my schooling bridle. If I wanted to be generous, I could share one with Andrea. She could put it on her key chain, a bookbag, a handbag or even on a bracelet. I am not feeling generous though.
Bit N’ Bridle Boutique took a brief break last year from selling charms, but as of this August they are back and ready to customize charms for you! Charms cost on average $8 and are an affordable way to add some personality to your conservative equestrian items. They are easy to remove, if needed, and store so easily in your tack trunk that you can collect as many as you want. Let’s face it, some days you are feeling like a pink sparkly unicorn and other days you are more of a silver shimmery mermaid, so it is nice to have options. I also think they would make fun gifts to your riding pals and at only $8 you don’t need to wait for a special reason to give them out.
Bit N’ Bridle Boutique posts their different charms on their Instagram page. You can order via their PayPal link on the Instagram page and just drop a note regarding which charm you want. I have the white Unicorn Tear Charm and the pink Mermaid Charm for reference. If you want a custom order, just shoot them a direct message. They have great customer service and will respond timely. Also, if you didn’t catch my Live video, you should also know that they have very cute packaging and even more importantly, they are giving all my followers 15% off their order with the coupon code CHLOE15. Happy shopping!
I was lucky enough to get Cavali Club’s inaugural subscription box. The Fall box order deadline has passed but you can still sign up for the Winter Box! Here are the facts you need to know:
What is it going to cost me? Boxes ship out every 3 months (one for each season) and cost $55 for a one time subscription (that automatically renews) or $199 for the yearly subscription, which saves you $20 (which automatically renews yearly). In addition to the the $20 savings with the yearly subscription, you also get box customization options. This will make more sense when you keep reading below. Signing up is very easy. Just hit the “subscribe” button on this page. NOTE: Remember, each box has an approximate value of $150, approximately three times what you are paying!
What is in these boxes? Full size products are in these boxes. Did you hear me? FULL SIZE! Every other subscription box I have seen has been sample size products, which honestly limits what brands and types of products can be represented. Here are the items that were included in my Fall Cavali Club box:
Polo wraps made from fleece by Snowy Mountain Horse Shop, based in snowy Montana. These quality wraps are hand crafted and come in autumn colors with a Navajo print. There are a few different patterns you could receive, but they all are in the same western vibe and color scheme.
Bit bracelet from Love the Links. Dainty and simplistic, this bracelet looks great alone or stacked with other arm candy. Your box could contain a bracelet in either gold, rose gold or silver. If you are a yearly subscription member, I believe this is an example of where you could customize your bracelet, as mentioned above.
Lip Treatment from Bibimbap Skincare. This is a chapstick on steroids. It soothes, protects and heals your delicate lips from all the harsh elements. This is great coming out of Summer and going into the chilly, dry months ahead.
Bootsocks from Dreamers & Schemers. These socks need little introduction, as I doubt there is an equestrian that is unfamiliar with them. High quality and hilarious designs. It was really exciting to see what design was in the box! Every box contains 1 of 6 possible designs and none will disappoint! Again, another example of the customization option for yearly subscription members.
Cable knitted headband with fleece lining from Equestrian Stockholm. This cozy headband will be perfect for keeping my ears toasty when I am not riding. I love the dark navy color because I can even wear it with black. Looking forward to keeping this in my tack trunk in a few weeks when the temperatures dip here in North Carolina.
Hair and Tail Mask by Pampered Skin. Perfect for coming out of the harsh Summer weeks (sun damage, chlorine damage), this hair mask can be used to hydrate and nourish damaged, dry hair. Bonus, it can be used on your horse’s tail too!! You know I am definitely using this on Chloe! She gets all my good things (and all my money).
What makes this box different?: Cavali is different than other subscription boxes I have used because it is geared to both horse and rider (not just the horse). Also, as previously mentioned, you get full sizes of the products. It was admittedly fun to receive a headband for myself, for example, in the Cavali Club box and not a sample size of thrush ointment for Chloe. Not to hate on thrush medicine, but I have like 3 little bottles of it that I have never opened, all samples from other boxes!
So, join the fun at Cavali Club and get your first box this Winter!! It will be like Christmas!!
IT. IS. OFFICIAL. The god’s have spoken! Summer is over! Starbucks is advertising their Fall drink lineup (hello, pumpkin spice!) and Target’s $1 dollar bin contains Halloween items. Okay, so it still feels like Summer…especially with the 85℉weather we have been having here in Charlotte, NC. That does not mean, however, that now isn’t a fabulous time to update your Fall equestrian wardrobe. For me, Fall is all about layers. When you first get to the barn, you may be chilly, but after grooming or hacking around, those top layers start to shed. Here are a few pieces to get you started!
Konia Equestrian is my newest horse outerwear OBSESSION. Konia Equestrian is based in Canada, so you know they totally get outwear. The outerwear line comes in 3 weights, similar to horse blankets: Lightweights (good down to 14℉); Midweights (good down to -4℉) and Heavyweights (good down til -40℉). Seriously though, if it is -40℉ and you are not home in bed with a coffee thermos and re-watching all the seasons of GIRLS on Netflix, I don’t even know what to say. Since I live in the Southeastern United States, I find myself gravitating towards the Mika Lightweight vest and the Lenox Lightweight jacket because my Winters are pretty mild. Both the vest and jacket are made of a premium blend of goose and duck down that has gone through a sanitization process 16 times. I love how tailored the fit looks. Both options are very form fitting and ooze equestrian chic vibes. The material is soft, breathable and easy to pack or fold up, which, means it fits easily into your show weekend bag, your tack trunk or the back seat of your car. There are zippered side pockets and zippered interior pockets, with suede accents giving the jacket a super sophisticated look. At the barn, extra pockets are so handy for your keys, cell phone, treats, etc! I cannot ever have enough. I do not have an equestrian vest so I think the Mika might be my best option, but I am having a hard time selecting a color! The color choices are all gorgeous: onyx, nautical blue, plum, hunter green, jaguar green and charcoal. I am between the plum and onyx, but leading towards the onyx because I think it will match more outfits!
Another Canadian brand, TKEQ has a great performance long sleeve shirt at a very reasonable price point ($30 USD). I personally have the grey and love its relaxed comfort fit. I have been using it solo, but can totally see myself wearing it under a vest/jacket or under a sweater/sweatshirt. It easily tucks in, but is not skin tight. It is made of jersey knit, contains UVPF50 protection, is moisture wicking and has anit-odor properties. Comes in a variety of conservative colors. I have size S; the company runs small.
Breeches are a way to be adventurous in the color department. Fall always makes me think of jewel tones and my first thought was these beautiful emerald colored Struck Apparel schooling breeches. These breeches have knee patches that are made of GripTech, inspired by the gripping ability of geckos. Whhhattt? The tighter you grip the saddle, the stronger the knee patches hold. Hmm, sounds like something I need as we go into the colder months. Winter Chloe is a handful!!! The fabric is lightweight and breathable, but promises to keep its shape after each ride. There are many Fall inspired colors to chose from, but the emerald would look great with the Konia onyx colored vest I mentioned above. The breeches are made of Colourfast fabric, which ensures that the rich color will not fade with sun exposure or washes. I can’t wait to put these on my wishlist!
I love hearing about YOUR Fall equestrian fashion finds! Comment below and let me know what is on your wish list!
There’s not many things better than grazing in the field and feeling the morning sun hit your coat, spreading warmth throughout your body. Basking in the sun doesn’t just improve your mood, it actually optimizes your health. Sunshine can increase blood circulation, reduce pain, ease joint stiffness, decrease inflammation, and boost cell repair and strength. Sunshine can also be harmful, though. The ultraviolet radiation from the sun can cause cancer, skin damage and premature aging, especially in our white blazed friends. Now what if I told you that there is a product that scientifically mimics these invisible, healing rays of the sun (while leaving the harmful UV-rays behind), so that your body could feel the beneficial properties of sunlight whenever it needed?
EyeOn Equine Care capitalizes on this naturally occurring infrared ray concept to help prevent equine injuries and to treat existing injuries by accelerating the body’s own healing process. EyeOn Equine Care was nice enough to send me their high-tech breathable support and compression wraps to test out. The wraps are designed to alleviate common issues in our high impact sport, like inflammation, swelling, soreness, wounds/abrasions, cellulitis and even the dreaded “L” word… lameness. The wraps heal by increasing oxygen and blood circulation, slightly increasing the body’s temperature, thus accelerating lymph flow and the natural healing process. The wraps are made with non-slip, medical grade and highly breathable foam embedded with an infrared natural compound called EyeOn. EyeOn absorbs “heat waves and transforms them into far infrared waves that penetrate deeply into the joints and tissues to warm the leg up before, during and after workouts”. Unlike other similar wraps made of ceramics that trap the heat and can result in cell damage and loss, these wraps are foam based and breathable, permitting the natural thermoregulation of heat. The wraps can also be used while you are being ridden or lunged.
Since receiving the wraps, I haven’t had any injuries or soreness issues that would require my immediate need of the wraps (knock-knock on my stall wall), but I wanted to test them out in some capacity for purposes of this review. I am widely known for my long dancer’s legs, so it may surprise you to hear that I am friends with Amora, an 11 year-old mare that suffers from Oedema. Both her back legs stock up, but a previous traumatic injury to her right hind causes it to become even larger. It is quite unsightly and looks very uncomfortable! Despite this I am still friends with her, so I let her borrow my new wraps to see if they would help. I know, I know, I am a really good friend. The barn owner and trainer was so pleased with the results after just 7 hours that she put them back on the next day while Amora was in her stall. She said that after only two uses, “Amora’s leg has never looked better”. The before and after pictures below do not lie.
Before: Odema in both hind legs
Before: Odema is worse in right hid due to previous injury
After: Hind legs after 2 wrap uses
After: Right Hind after 2 wrap uses
Also worth noting is that your person can use the wraps on their own human injuries. Andrea used them on her scrawny bicep/triceps after a particularly strenuous workout at her gym (I heard she is up to 10 lb dumbbells now). I overheard her and her friend discussing the temperature differences in her arms after using my wrap on just her right arm. The right arm (after taking the wrap off) was noticeably warmer after just 25 minutes of wearing the wrap and she had better range of motion and less pain after using it. I will have to remember to try to poop on my wrapped leg so that she doesn’t feel inclined to take my wraps home with her. 🙂
I will continue to provide any updates on the wraps on the Horse Glam social media. In the meantime, I look forward to using my wraps during Andrea’s lessons to prevent injuries caused by rider error.
If you have any questions that you cannot find answers to on the EyeOn Equine Care website, I highly suggest you email them. I found their customer service to be one of the friendliest in the business. xo Chloe
A scarf just might be the best fashion accessory you don’t realize you are missing. A pretty silk scarf can add instant sophistication to any look. Make it the star of the show by using it with an all black outfit or a conservative suit, both easy ways to add a pop of color or show your personality.
For this reason, I was really excited to receive a set of luxurious silk scarves from Donna Bernstein, the owner of the Donna B Brand. Donna Bernstein is a NY based artist that mixes mediums and materials in unconventional ways to create equine images that are simultaneously powerful and peaceful. Her artwork is breathtaking. My (current) favorite piece of her art is called “Gold Lightning“. The metallic gold gets me every time! As much as I would love to hang her pieces in my home entryway, it is not currently in the budget and I want to stay married! Luckily, Donna Bernstein has transferred some of her drawings to silk scarves so that we can wrap ourselves in her artwork instead.
The “Checkmate Pink & Black” scarf is 100% pure silk charmeuse (15″ x 60″) and is a reflection of the “Checkmate” painting. I love the boldness of the pink/black/white together. I chose to really put the scarf on display by wearing an all black riding outfit, as you can see from the two pictures above. Simply adding the scarf took these Botori breeches and plain black pocket t-shirt to the next level. It also is an easy, yet fashionable, way to protect your neck from the intense summer sun.
I used the Run for The Roses scarf, also 100% pure silk charmeuse (15″ x 60″), as a belt to again show how you can easily transform an average look. I love white t-shirts and have quite a few that I wear with jeans or linen shorts, like here pictured. In the 5 seconds it took me to loop the scarf through the belt loops, I had a casual yet chic look. The Run for The Roses scarf was inspired by the blanket of roses draped over horses in the winner’s circle. The green, red, and yellow colors are very soft and work well with neutral colors. I took the same scarf and tied it onto my LV handbag, instantly mixing up my daily look.
I highly suggest adding a scarf like these to your wardrobe. At the very least, take a few minutes to be inspired by Donna B. You won’t regret it!
I have been wanting to test out Bimbimbap since the company first popped up on social media. The owner, Lynn, is a lifelong equestrian, so she totally gets how we equestrians abuse our skin. Due to the nature of the sport, our skin takes a harsh beating from the sun, the cold, the wind and the dust/dirt. The constant long hours in the outdoors is a easy recipe for sunburns, wrinkles and early age spots. It’s actually kind of hard to believe that there aren’t more skincare lines out there for, and by, equestrians. Bibimbap is definitely on to something!
Lynn was nice enough to send me the entire Bibimbap skincare line and I have spent the last 4 weeks using the majority of the products every day. I wanted to give myself (and my skin) some time with the products before I gave an opinion. The skincare line currently consists of a face cleanser, serum, face moisturizer, healing salve and a lip treatment.
The face cleanser is probably my favorite of the line. The first time I used it was a Sunday night after a horse show and I was so excited to lather my entire face and neck with the product. It is a gel to foam, which I love, because I like seeing and feeling the suds. It rinses off easily and does not leave your skin feeling dry or tight. In fact, the cleaner contains glycerin, which helps to hydrate your skin. Also important, even though the cleanser is labeled as “mild” in strength, it is strong enough to remove full makeup. I used the cleanser with a washcloth after a photoshoot and was able to easily remove my eye makeup.
The serum is my second favorite. With a pea size amount of liquid, you can cover your entire face and neck with the serum, which means the 30ml bottle will last you quite a while. Many people are unfamiliar with serums, but they pack a powerful punch for needing such a small dose. Bibimbap’s serum delivers antioxidants to your skin, which help to fight against damaging free radicals that prematurely ages skin. The serum not only helps to fight premature aging and wrinkles, but it also brightens the skin, which gives you a youthful and fresh glow. I have used my serum on my face and neck almost every day, right after I wash and dry my face. I like how easily it spreads on. This is something that you can use at night and in the morning, underneath your lotion/makeup.
The moisturizer has a clean scent to it and spreads on very easily. It is not greasy or heavy, and absorbs very fast. Fresh basil, raspberry, and rosehip oils help to give the skin a refreshed look, which is something I can appreciate as a mother of two little ones! I really wanted to love this one, but there were days that I had to use too much of it for my face not to feel dry. I have very dry skin and it is hard for me to find face moisturizers that leave me feeling dewy. My friend tried the moisturizer for 3 days and she loved it, so like I said, it probably is best for people that do not have super dry skin, like me. I know, I need to drink more water!! I did appreciate that this lotion did not contain SPF because I use my face lotions at night too, so I typically stay away from lotions with SPF, opting instead to put sunscreen over top during the day.
The Healing Salve helped me out at the beach when my family got annoying bug bites. Instead of using cortisone (which I actually didn’t have), I used Bibimbap’s Healing Salve instead. The soothing cream helped to decrease the inflammation and redness quickly, as well as combat the itchiness. I also used it once on a cooking burn on my finger, which I am not sure if this was an appropriate use of the product, but the cooling action felt so good! Luckily these were the only times I had to use the salve, but the salve can be used to fight all kinds of dermatological issues, like eczema, rashes, hives and dermatitis, so it is great to have on hand.
The lip treatment is a “protective emollient balm that hydrates, smooths, and protects delicate lips”. I wish Bibimbap would sell these suckers in packs of 3 or 5! I have been keeping mine in my breeches so I can reapply multiple times at the barn. I am going to a horse show this weekend so my lip treatment will definitely be coming with me! The only way to improve on this product is if it had SPF in it.
Overall I was really happy with this new equestrian skincare line and liked how my skin felt and looked after 4 weeks of use. I am really excited to see what Lynn has in store for us in the future. For a 40% discount on your bimbimbap skincare use code : GETGLAM40.
The Hunt is one of my favorite equestrian lifestyle websites and, Karina, the voice behind the account, is the most down-to-earth influencer I know. I totally suggest you follow her on Insta if you do not already. I was so excited to be able to send her my quickfire questions and learn more about her and her effortless style. Hope you enjoy her answers below!
HG: First person that pops into your head when I say “Fashion Inspiration”?
Karina: Honestly, I don’t really have a person. I like to look to all different styles, people, eras, etc, and incorporate the things I like from each into my wardrobe. In high school, Gossip Girl was totally my fashion inspiration. As I’ve grown up, I’ve learned that I can mix up my style and have a completely different look from one day to the next – that’s my favorite part!
HG: Biggest pet peeve when it comes to styling?
Karina: My biggest styling pet peeve is probably when things just don’t fit right, like tall boots that are too short, hunt coats that are baggy/too tight, etc. The one thing that makes me tick though is when you can see someones hair net coming out from under their helmet, like above their eyebrows.
HG: What’s something expensive that you have purchased but was so worth it? For example, I think of my Burberry coat…
Karina: Probably my Cavalleria Toscana polo with the perforated top – it was way too much to pay for a shirt but it’s one of my all-time favorite items of clothing. Another is my Katharine Page sandals – I love those and have worn them enough to make it worth the high price tag. I do have a Hermes belt that I adore, but I was lucky enough to get that as a wedding gift so I don’t think that counts.
HG: What is one of your equestrian wishlist items?
Karina: The rose’ wristlet from Tucker Tweed. That color is to die for.
HG: Do you have any 2018 riding goal?
Karina: I’m hoping to go for some year-end goals at the meter height, and move up to the 1.10m.
HG: Can you share something no one knows about you?
Karina: I don’t think there is anything to be honest haha – I’m a pretty open person. Anything you want to know, I’ll tell you!
HG: What is your favorite thing about your horses?
Karina: My favorite thing about my mare is how much heart and personality she has. She’s the biggest challenge I’ve ever taken on but in turn, the most rewarding experience. My favorite thing about my gelding is how sweet he is. He is literally a puppy in horse form.
HG: Hardest part about being an equestrian blogger?
Karina: Continually putting out good content. There is a lot of preparation and planning involved!
HG: You introduced to me to The Tried Equestrian. What is your favorite item you have purchased from them?
Karina: Oh man. That’s a tough one, but probably my Tucci boots because I could never afford those new. There are so many things I want to buy every day haha. Luckily Taylor, the owner, is really good about being like, “do you really need it?” She’s great about reminding me not to be wasteful.
HG: What would you say is your signature style?
Karina: Classic, but never boring.
You are definitely never boring, Karina! Thank you for playing!
Everyone makes fun of me at the barn for my helmet visor(s) (or my “sombrero” as they like to call it). That’s fine. I like to think that all that laughing will just add to the wrinkles they are going to have from all their sun damage! But seriously, we all know that the skin of an equestrian takes a brutal beating from the weather. We are outside a lot: in the sun, in the wind, in the cold…usually without much shelter and for hours upon hours at any one time. I typically always have a baseball hat on when I am going to the barn or horse show, but sometimes you have to be wearing your helmet. The helmet visor fits onto your helmet so you can continue to protect your face from the sun.
Karina from The Hunt Eq knew I was searching for a new visor (mine was over 5 yrs old and had lost its velcro abilities) and she suggested the Soless Visor. This visor provides shade for the front and sides of your face/neck and is transparent, providing the rider with an unobstructed view. My last visor was straw and my view was way more limited. The transparent material also blocks 92% of UV rays, protecting much more of your skin than a typical straw or fabric visor.
The Soless is lightweight – about half the weight of my last visor. It has the same velcro design that I am used to and wraps around your helmet snuggly. However, the Soless comes with a little S- shaped clip that clips onto your helmet. This is definitely something my last visor was missing. I had to google a YouTube video demonstrating how use the clip because the first time I used it at my lesson, the visor flew off as soon as I started jumping! After watching the video and reattaching my helmet, it hasn’t flown off my head again. Ps: The clip is supposed to work with any brand of helmet (mine is Charles Owen).
Additionally, something I didn’t even know until I started to write this blog post, is that the visor can be worn directly on your head. I gave it a try and it was sort of big and flimsy, so I wouldn’t recommend using it without the helmet, but of course if it were your only option you could make it work (and protect your face). Or maybe my head is just very small!
I purchased the $45 version, but there is a more expensive version (that only works on your helmet) at $75. I actually didn’t know about the latter when I bought mine, but so far I am happy with mine. I will be sure to do an update!
Summer is my favorite time of year, but it also means the flies are out with a vengeance. The horses at our barn are show horses, but they are lucky enough to have access to large paddocks where they can go out in groups of two for 12 hours a day. This also means I go through a ton of fly spray. Sometimes I think it does nothing because Chloe is still stomping and swatting. She wears a fly mask (tip: don’t buy black – I learned that those get hot and she would take them off for that reason) but I have never purchased her a fly sheet mainly because I always felt that if I were a horse, I would hate to wear it. Especially since we just got over blanket season not too long ago! So, I have avoided the fly sheets…but now I wonder if I need one.
I did a little research and from what I found, the Amigo Bug Buster “Vamoose” by Horseware Ireland is the way to go. The fabric is soft, reflects sunlight and contains the active ingredient, Permethrin, which is an odorless and invisible film protecting against mosquitos, ants, ticks, flies and midges. This repellant lasts up to 35 washes. I also liked that the belly was protected, as that is typically the area Chloe is kicking at, and I liked that the neck detaches. There is also shoulder and mane lining to protect against rubs.
If I decide to take the pluge, I will do a full review for you all! If anyone has any other suggestions or comments about this Amigo let me know!!
If there is a tack store, two things are for certain: 1. I am going to go; and 2. I will end up in the consignment section. The latter part is amusing because the consignment section typically disappoints me, rarely having anything I want or need. For the most part, the clothes are horribly outdated and out of style. Often times they are stained and missing a button or something comparable. The horse gear is even worse. I am all for wanting to sell my used goods and make some money back, but I would never take a grimy white fleece saddle pad or dirty polo wraps (with even more dirt caked in the velcro) to consignment,… and I see both of these examples each and every time I shop consignment.
So needless to say, when I heard about The Tried Equestrian, I wasn’t expecting much. Then I found a pair of LeFash, barely worn, breeches and matching show shirt, each for 50% off, and I couldn’t click-through all the apparel, accessories, tack and other horse gear fast enough! My absolute favorite part about The Tried Equestrian is that they generally will not take any clothing that is over 3 years old, unless it is still fashionable.This is a consignment store that is committed to providing equestrians with current brands and products (i.e., clothes we actually want to wear) at prices that are affordable. They also are picky about what types of horse products they will take, opting not to sell things like the aforementioned saddle pads and polo wraps.
And all this amazingness is just from the consumer perspective! For the seller, The Tried Equestrian does all the hard stuff. They market for you, uploading your items on their sales website, taking your goods to pop up shows and posting pictures and doing shoutouts to their large social media following (18K on Insta!) for FREE. They also ship the package to the buyer for you, which is awesome because no one likes going to the post office. Their cut is 40% of the sales price, which is on par with most other tack consignment stores. Seems like a good deal considering The Tried Equestrian doesn’t just stick your item in the back room where it will collect dust.
Using clothes from The Tried Equestrian, I put an outfit together consisting of brands I haven’t tried because of their high cost. This look stars Callidae breeches (Stone; size 28R). The breeches actually still have the tags on them and are $150, compared to $395 on the Callidae website! Did you hear me, the breeches are brand new and still have their tags!! The Sakkara Equestrian polo (navy/white; size small) is also a steal at $66, compared to $110 on the Sakkara website. I hope someone gets to grab this outfit while it lasts! I know that the next time I want to buy something new, I will definitely first check to see what The Tried Equestrian has in stock!
Look at these unicorn inspired bows!!! This isn’t fair! I remember the days that I did Short Stirrup and I swear my braids were in a single strand of navy or hunger green ribbon! I can’t wait for Logan to actually have hair that can support a real bow! For all you pony mommas out there, you have to visit Gray & Co. Designs for the most unique and colorful bows!
At my comeback show, I was a bundle of nerves. To make matters worse, my right foot kept slipping out of the stirrup – something that had never really happened before. I kept picturing this occurring in the middle of my course and it was freaking me out. The rain and mud were not helping things, caking into the irons and making my boot soles and stirrup pads more slippery than normal. Luckily, after schooling at the show (where my foot again slipped out, causing Chloe to spook and fart simultaneously, LOL), I was texting with a friend and she told me about the Super Comfort Stirrup Pad by Millenium Equine Products. All the Eventing riders at her barn swore by them. I figured if it was good enough for riders galloping through jump combinations in 12 inches of water, then it was good enough for me!
Thanks to another friend (I have the best friends!), I was able to get these pads hours before I showed. I knew immediately by the looks of them that they were going to work. The textured, rubber surface of the pads encase the entire iron, gripping your foot securely into place. I popped my old pads out of my irons and easily attached these by using the 6 provided zip ties. I had a friend help me and it took less than 5 minutes – only required regular scissors (to cut the zip ties).
My foot hasn’t slipped since using these new pads. It was such a relief to be able to show Chloe knowing that my heels were securely in the irons!
Also worth mentioning is that the pads are supposed to decrease joint pain by reducing impact. I can’t really comment on this – it isn’t an issue I struggle with and I solely purchased the pads for their superior grip.
Sizing can be tricky. We measured my current irons and then went 1/2 size down because my stirrups are jointed. You can buy them HERE!
I see the bucket. I don’t need my nose dipped in, thank you. We all have been here. Whether it is at a horse show, recovering from an illness, going through a change in weather, at a rest stop while traveling, during a new barn or change in atmosphere, our owners will try to force a bucket of water on us.
You may know that Andrea and I were back in the show ring together after a 4 year hiatus. We went to a show in Camden, SC where it was nearly 90 degrees and muggy. This time, however, instead of trying to dunk my nose in the water like it was the first time I had ever seen someone fill a bucket, Andrea mixed Horse Quencher in my water. After a taste, I actually hoped she would dunk my head in like old times. I drank 3/4 of the bucket in a matter of minutes.
Horse Quencher is a mix of all natural grains and flavorings that taste amazing when added to water. The all natural ingredients are found in most all horse feeds, so it is competition safe. All the horses at my show barn use this at shows daily to make sure that they get enough water to avoid dehydration and aid in recovery of muscles. Horse Quencher is also safe to use in conjunction with electrolytes, and in fact, it is highly recommended.
Horse Quencher boasts a 99% success rate in terms of getting horses to drink their water, so if you are up for a challenge, tell your owner to give it a try HERE. Single dose servings are also available if you want to test it out first. For a sample, click HERE.
For answers to commonly asked questions, CLICK HERE.
Since I am 65% unicorn, it made complete sense that I would review Myst Equine Products. I am pretty sure they used my exact unicorn horn on their fancy product labels anyway. Speaking of which, if I hear Andrea say one more time how perfect their product packaging is, I might colic. I mean, you’ve seen one rainbow hologram, you’ve seen them all, you know?
You may already know that I dislike being groomed. Some humans find this odd. They just assume that it should “feel good”. Well, it doesn’t. Let me curry your butt as hard as I can and see how you like it. Myst Equine’s Dry Shampoo understands this common horse misconception, and it not only gives you super shiny results, but it CUTS YOUR GROOMING TIME IN HALF!! This means that Andrea can go back to Instagramming (a whole other story) and I can be back in front of my hay, faster. A win-win for all! Even more fantastic is that NO WATER IS INVOLVED. As much as I love dancing around the wash stall and soaking Andrea in my bathing process, I love not having a full bath even more. The Dry Shampoo can be rubbed in with a hand towel, gently removing stains, dust, dander and unsightly bridle sweat marks. The results are a clean coat, with extra shine and luster, all without turning on the hose. The dry shampoo is gentle enough to be used every day and has become a staple in my grooming process.
North Carolina skipped the season of Spring and is in full-blown Summer, with temperatures in the mid-90s already. After my lessons, I have been pretty sweaty (mainly because we have to repeat simple combinations because Andrea cannot count) and I have been fully rinsed down afterwards. I don’t so much mind this (compared to full-blown bathtime) because the cool water feels good and sweat is itchy. About twice a week Andrea has been adding Myst Coat Elixir to my rinse off. She just adds a very small amount to a gallon of water and sponges it on me. There is no need to further rinse it off. The results are a beautiful coat with added shine. If it was an especially long jumping lesson (see aforementioned counting problem) she will even add my Vetrolin Liniment to the bucket to help sooth my muscles/prevent stiffness – this does not affect the coat elixir’s results at all. Like the Dry Shampoo, the Coat Elixir is gentle enough for every day use, but I have been hoarding mine. At the time of writing this, I have used nearly all of the 32 ounce container, but before these pictures I used 7 “doses” and saw obvious results after only 2.
Also worth mentioning is that all Myst products contains Anti-Itch Herbal Infusion to help prevent fungus and skin irritations. This is particularly nice in the spring/summer when the morning dew has been known to cause me a few irritating scratches, especially on my white ankle.
If you are looking for an affordable and time efficient way to “up” your grooming game, then I highly suggest giving Myst Equine a try. Tell them Chloe sent you! In fact, if you put CHLOESQUAD in the coupon code at checkout you get 10% off!! This offer lasts only 30 days, so hurry up fellow unicorns!
Reminder: Before using either product, be sure to SHAKE the containers. The first time I used the Coat Elixir I forgot to do this (pesky hooves) and I was very shiny, but it felt like I had a product on (it wasn’t sticky). After shaking the product thoroughly before each use, this never happened again.
All Chloe pictures taking by Shannen Smyth Photography.
I have been a fan of Tara Kiwi t-shirts for many years now. The brand has a modern Californian feel with a strong nod to classic equestrian images, two descriptions that do not typically get said in the same sentence. Tara Kiwi seamlessly, and quite effortlessly, pulls of the style combination. The color palettes are soft and cheerful, easily pared with jeans, gym shorts or breeches. I also really appreciate that Tara Kiwi has a large kids selection. Now that I have a 2 year old daughter I am always on the lookout for cute kid-sized equestrian clothing. Surprisingly, it is harder to find than I thought it would be and it is even harder to find kids clothes that are not obnoxious or cheesy. Tara Kiwi is neither.
The “Helmet and Boot Wreath” is one of my favorites – I actually have this same print in adult size for myself (navy). The helmet/boot image is as traditional english as you can get but the hot pink t-shirt gives it a playfulness that is perfect for ages 2-14. I should add that the t-shirt is more of muted hot pink, as you can see from the pictures. Claudia is wearing a size 8. This t-shirt also comes in grey.
The “Roman Horse” is inspired by vintage stock pins and equestrian jewelry. I swear I had a ratcatcher pin exactly like this when I did Walk-Trot as a kid! The horse head is pictured over a riding whip. Jenna is wearing a size 10 in Cancun Blue. T-shirt also comes in grey.
Why have just one horse when you can have 16 horses? “Gaits of a Horse” is one of the best selling designs and depicts all 4 gaits of the horse. This was the first design collaboration with talented artist Danielle Demers (who you may know from Dapplebay, Inc.) and Tara Leu, the owner of Tara Kiwi. This shirt also comes in hot pink and cancun blue.
One thing I really appreciate about the t-shirts is they are long enough to easily tuck in, with no worries about them coming untucked over the lonnnng spot fence or when your pony is dragging you over to the clovers! All shirts are pre-shrunk and made from 100% cotton (or organic cotton). Each design is made and screen printed in California.
I have seen a few different horsehair bracelets over the last decade and I can 100% tell you that the bracelet I received from deTails Horsehair Jewelry is the NICEST one I have ever seen. The horse hair is interwoven so tightly and securely that I can’t ever imagine seeing a stray strand sticking out. The hand braiding is top notch. The sterling silver mini heart charm is a subtle and small detail that compliments the braiding pattern without distracting from it. I went with the square bracelet but there are other styles to choose from, as well as other charm options.
Don’t be worried about the amount of tail that you need to snip off your horse. I know this is something that gives people anxiety, but for the bracelet the amount you need is quite minimal. You need 12 inches of tail length but only a pinkie width of tail diameter. I usually see that much of Chloe’s tail hanging on her water bucket, after a late night scratch, LOL, so it really is an inconsequential amount.
Timing was extremely reasonable, taking just under 2 weeks to arrive after mailing. And be sure to take their advice and measure the length of your favorite bracelet to ensure that you get a custom fit. The last thing you want is for the bracelet not to fit you and then cutting a piece of your horse’s tail would have been for nothing!
deTails Horsehair Jewelry also has horsehair necklaces, earrings, tree ornaments and keychains. I thought the horsehair keychains were pretty unique, I have never seen those before and they are almost half the cost of the bracelets. Whichever product you chose, details Horsehair Jewelry provides you with some great ways to keep a forever memento of your horse BFF.
To buy your own click HERE. Photographer: Shannen Smyth.
Special thanks to Morgan Lieske and her horse Belle for modeling!
I was sooooo excited to interview Melina. Most people know her as MPMSporthorses and follow her daily journey with her main 4 legged squeeze, Zini (short for Caraszini). I love her account because it is honest, brave and it motivates me to just do better. Melina treats Zini like a teammate and I love that.
Melina’s love for horses started at the age of 4. She rode her entire childhood in Arizona at Crossroads Farm, until in 2011 at the age of 16, she underwent reconstructive hip surgery for an injury unrelated to horses. The recovery time took months and her doctors advised finding a new hobby. Melina did fully recover, but school and work forced her to put showing on hold.
Today, at 23, Melina is married and residing in Tampa, FL. With her husband’s support and encouragement, Melina was able to fully return to riding and fully commit to pursuing her equestrian dreams. By the end of 2016, Melina had purchased a new show partner, Caraszini.
Caraszini, aka Zini, is an 8yr old KWPN Dutch Warmblood out of Carambole. His grandfather is the great Cassini, hence his name. Melina currently trains with Haley Robinson out of Salt Creek Stables.
HG: Can you describe your riding style in 3 words? Melina: Effective, Conservative, and Committed.
HG: Biggest equestrian wishlist item? Melina: If we are allowed to shoot for the stars, my own barn is number one on my wishlist.
HG: If you could ride another INSTA friend’s horse, who would be the lucky horse? Melina: I would love to ride Lillie Keenan’s jumper, Super Sox.
HG: If you could change one thing about the equestrian sport, what would it be? Melina: I wish there was a way to crack down on “professionals” in this world that jeopardize the horses well-being for the sake of performance / winning. It breaks my heart hearing about some of the methods people will use to train these top-level horses. These animals deserve so much better.
HG: What do you remember about your first pony/horse? Melina: The first horse I owned was Missy, and I still own her to this day. My parents bought her for me on my 10th birthday, and I have owned her for 13 years now. She is, and always will be, my heart horse, which is why I have promised her the best retirement possible. She is one of the kindest, most gentle horses I have ever come across. I have always told everyone that she has a heart of gold to match her beautiful golden Palomino coat.
HG: What is the most important thing Zini has taught you about yourself? Melina: Zini has taught me that I am more capable of doing things than I give myself credit for.
HG: What is your horsie goal for this 2018? Melina: My goal was to move up to the 1.20m / 1.25m Low JR/AO classes and I am proud to say that we did so at this last horse show.
HG: Tell us the secret to the Zini shine! Melina: I credit the shine to the endless hours of currying. I am obsessive with my grooming routine, and always start there first. I limit his baths with shampoos/soaps, and try my best to use only waters, damp rags and brushes during our grooming. On top of that I am very particular about my horses feed/supplements. I have also recently started using equine sunscreen as well as UV protection fly sheets, which have worked wonders for protecting his skin. I noticed last year the sun really took a beating on his skin and it resulted in a much duller summer coat.
HG: Do you have any pre-show rituals or superstitions? Melina: Before heading to the show ring I always have to wear my “lucky bracelets” and place my “lucky lady bug” in my jacket pocket.
HG: What are you thinking about 1 stride before your last jump on course? Melina: How excited / proud I am going to be making it through the end timers.
HG: What is your biggest (current) riding struggle? Melina: I struggle with severe anxiety. At times it can be crippling, especially with the horse show nerves. When I let it have a hold of me, it almost always negatively affects my riding. I am working on staying calm, remembering the plan, trusting myself and not panicking on course if this does happen.
HG: Tell us what is packed in your show ring tote! Melina: My helmet, hairnet, gloves, spurs, lucky bracelets, sunscreen, water, PEScience Amino IV ( electrolyte /hydration product) and always some sort of cookies for Z!
HG: We know you love black/grey for your show colors…but if you had to add one pop of color what would it be?! Melina: I recently incorporated “baby blue” in my newest show set with black/grey. But if I had to pick a different color I would probably go with a bright red!
HG: What are you bingeing on Netflix right now? Melina: Currently binge watching Billions and Greys Anatomy.
HG: Approximately how many pounds of treats do you think Zini consumes per week? Do you think it is more than Donny from The ECE? 🙂
Melina: I think he eats more than his weight in cookies per week (haha). He always has peppermints, flax cookies, Pony Pastries and fresh carrots stocked in my trunk/fridge. I would say Donny & Z are at least tied on the cookie consumption. 😉
Thank you so much Melina and Z!! You two are the cutest!
Out with the old and in with the Nora. The “Nora” softshell jacket, by R.J. Classics, presents a modern fitted, performance enhanced show coat, without sacrificing the traditional hunt look. Gone are the days of the heavy wool-blends. Show coats now are all about performance, fit and convenience.
PERFORMANCE. The half-lined mesh interior is less restrictive when you are riding, promotes better ventilation and helps to streamline the overall shape of the jacket. No more extra bulk wearing you down, preventing full range of motion or making you over-heated.
FIT. The Nora has a hidden interior zipper (I had no clue until I borrowed one for a picture before purchasing my own!) that provides a tailored look and prevents any unsightly gapping. There are 3 exterior buttons, maintaining the traditional hunter/jumper look.
CONVENIENCE. The jacket can be machine washed (be sure to read care instructions first!), which is so much more convenient than going to the dry cleaner (and cheaper!). The fabric also has antimicrobial properties that help tp prevent odors and it easily wipes off, so you have a better chance of getting more than 1 day out of it at the show. According to the website, the the softshell is moisture wicking and has UPF 50 protection.
I would say the fit is true to the size chart. Also comes in Black, Green and Grey. Navy is pictured. Click HERE to buy.