Horse, Wash Your Face.

Introducing Equi-Clean Grooming Wipes

You will find face wipes in my bathroom, baby wipes in my car, and now, horse grooming wipes in my tack trunk. Baby wipes have always been part of my horse grooming routine, but NOW that Equi-Clean makes pre-moistened wipes in horse size, I only have to use one, instead of three regular-sized wipes per horse ear! It’s also nice to now know that I am using wipes on Chloe’s sensitive areas that are specifically designed with horses in mind and contain anti-fungal/anti-bacterial properties to help prevent fungus on the face, legs and body. No harsh chemicals here. In fact, they are made with the following natural herbs:  Aloe Vera, Chamomile, Comfrey, Lavender and Thyme. Of course Chloe’s wipes sound better than my own face wipes! Typical!

These wipes are not just for your horse’s eyes, ears and mouth, however. You can use them anywhere on your horse’s body that you want to remove dander, condition and create shine. Hence, cutting your grooming time down quite noticeably. In addition, the wipes are safe to use on your tack and riding boots (I didn’t hesitate to use them on my own Parlanti Boots). Because of this time and space saver, I took the package ring-side with me to our last horse show at Tyron International. As one of the show grooms, I was thankful that I did not have to lug around a stiff brush, wet towel and Show Sheen. Instead, I replaced the aforementioned items with my Equi-Clean wipes.

At the horse show, I used the wipes when a horse was on deck. The wipes easily took care of any sweat marks, sandy legs, bit slobber, etc. The pre-moistened feature was a godsend for the rider’s tall boots, horse boots (if jumpers/eq) and sweaty reins/dirty bridles. It is also worth mentioning that one wipe not only could be used for multiple horses, but it also was so large that it stayed moistened for hours (note that I had the wipe in my tote, out of the direct sun).

This brings me to my next comment. When I first heard about Equi-Clean wipes, my first thought was “I wonder what makes this different than the generic baby wipes I am already using”. Besides being formulated for horses, the answer is the size! These wipes unfold to be about 10 times the size of a baby wipe, which makes sense since Chloe is 10 times the size of a toddler! And for those with dogs (and cats, if you have a death wish), these wipes can be used on all of our 4 legged friends, so you can toss your shampoos!

To scoop your very own horse-sized grooming wipes, you can click here. Priced currently at $24.95, each package contains 25 extra large wipes (23.5″ x 16″) that will last you multiple uses per wipe.

CODE: For 15% off these wipes and FREE shipping, use code: HORSEGLAM15 at checkout! Must order 2+ to get discount.

Pro-Tip: Place the wipes in a fridge or cooler and have a refreshing cleansing experience for your horse or you! Treat yo ‘self!

Not Your Basic Invites

My custom stationery created at Basic Invite.
PC: Shannen Smyth Photography

We live in a world of texting, Facebook and FaceTime, but nothing beats receiving a letter in the mail. I know I am excited when I open the mailbox and see a handwritten personal envelope, addressed to me, buried in the mass of bills and junk mail. Oftentimes, when I receive products to review from equestrian brands, a handwritten note is in the package. I always enjoy that. It feels more special knowing someone took the time to draft the note. In the past, I have looked for stationery for Horse Glam to use primarily as thank you cards to send back to the brands. Basic Invite has two of the requirements on my stationery list: custom options (so that I can upload my logo) and gold foil. I LOVE gold anything! Furthermore, not only can I add my logo to the stationery, but with over 180 colors to select from, I can perfectly match my Horse Glam color scheme.

Chat box on far right!

There were tons of samples of stationery to choose from (and even MORE wedding related paper products, if you are in the market for that), but I found one (called “painted wash”) pretty quickly that complimented the subtle watercolor design scheme of one of my Horse Glam logo sub-marks. The “Painted Wash” also was the same ballet color pink as my logo. Naturally the design I liked was not one of the ones that you could upload your logo to, as I wanted to remove the “Hello” text and just put my logo in its place. However, within seconds of me browsing the site, a chat box had popped open asking if I needed help. I decided it couldn’t hurt to ask the question: “Could they add my logo for me, even though the product I wanted to add my logo to was pre-designed?” The online rep answered momentarily and led me through the process to do it. After two rounds of instantaneous previews, I was ready to see my sample product. Actually, it was better than that…I was ready to hold my sample product.

Basic Invite is one of the only websites that I have encountered that lets you order a printed sample of the actual invitation so you can see exactly how it will print (as well as the paper quality). This surely beats having 150 invites delivered to your house only to then discover that maybe you don’t like that hot pink font after all. My sample arrived within 10 days and it looked exactly like the online preview: it was perfect! I opted for just the plain white envelope but when I place my actual order I am going to take advantage of the over 40 colors of envelopes they have available.

I look forward to ordering my custom Horse Glam stationery from Basic Invite, especially now that I know it will turn out exactly how I wanted. If only ordering my wedding invites (12 years ago) was this easy!

Collection of pretty paper from Basic Invite

wedding photo coasters favors 

wedding rsvp websites

Behind the scenes at TKEQ.

Kaelyn Kennedy, 19, and founder of TKEQ the shop

Meet Kaelyn Kennedy! She is the 19 year old founder and creative director of TKEQ the shop. Kaelyn started to ride when she was nine years old and within less than two years, she shared three horses with her mom and was attending horse shows regularly! Today, she has two retired horses, but is looking into getting into the Adult Amateur Hunters very soon. If Kaelyn is not working on her business or at the barn, she is most likely doing schoolwork in pursuit of her Bachelor of Commerce Degree at Athabasca University (AU).

HG: Kaelyn, you first launched TKEQ the shop in 2016, at the impressive age of 16. I think everyone in our equestrian community would agree that TKEQ has been very successful. Looking back, was there a time that you felt like your (young) age was a hindrance? In what ways was it an asset?

TKEQ: The main hindrance I faced was being second guessed. I have had my trades, who have been around the sun a few more times than me, change my design because they thought I “wasn’t thinking straight”, was “making a mistake” or my personal favourite, “we changed it because your generation wouldn’t like it”. In the long run it was a blessing because I feel very comfortable standing up for my vision which has gained me a lot of respect. 

My age has definitely been an asset in the sense that I know/am my target market. Since the beginning of TKEQ I have really tried to make pieces I would wear at prices I would pay. I am constantly looking at all of our pieces from a now nineteen year old’s perspective making sure its appealing in all aspects. 

HG: TKEQ Athletics is your new baby and focuses on the athliesure trend. I love the catch phrase of “from the gym to girls night in & everywhere in-between”. What inspired you to start this new line when most people would have their hands full with just one business?

TKEQ: TKEQ Athletics has been a long time in the making, even the name was different when I first came up with it! I have been very passionate about this project for the last year and seeing it all come to life has really been amazing. Being a rider means being athletic, from the moment you get to the barn until you leave there is really not a minute that goes by that you are pushing or pulling or lifting; We are incredible athletes! I created TKEQ Athletics to be activewear specifically designed for equestrians. 

HG: I would imagine there have been many days where you feel overwhelmed with school, riding, running two businesses and making time for your friends and family. Do you have any advice on how to keep moving forward and balance it all?

TKEQ: All the time! Sometimes I don’t even know how I actually get it all done. I have found the best way to keep it all under control is to plan, plan, plan. My iPhone Calendar and Notes are always full plus my day timer as well as my social media planners are never far away. I am constantly writing things down or checking things off a todo list just to keep all my balls rolling! Definitely my saving grace has been the ability to give myself an hour or two of time to be away from my phone, day timer & various papers. Just being able to disconnect has helped a lot! I highly recommend.

HG: What is the most influential piece of business advice you have been given or have read?

TKEQ: It’s OKAY to make mistakes, you learn more from mistakes than you do getting things perfect every time. The idea of a mistake or failure is really scary to me! I have always been that way and it flared up a lot when I started TKEQ. I would be so afraid of failure, I would push product launches back and procrastinate. I really had to learn it is perfectly okay to not be perfect! Not every launch is going to be “confetti and champagne”, sometimes it is going to be crickets but that is OKAY. Just keep learning, grinding away because that experience will bring you to a whole new level.

HG: When you were designing the first pieces for TKEQ Athletics, what sources did you use for inspiration?

TKEQ: Most of my inspiration came from my experiences buying and using athletic wear as a rider. I know many girls who ride in Lulu or Under Armour tops, which are fantastic but are usually designed for yoga or dry-land training not the constant wear & tear we go through. All of TKEQ Athletics’ items have four-way stretch, UV protection plus special features like extra length in the arms & just the right body length to stay tucked in without extra material.

HG: I love the flirty, feminine and soft colors used in the TKEQ Athletics. How did you select those?

TKEQ: Thank you so much! I love monochromatic colour palettes (you can probably tell from the five different greys incorporated into TKEQ the shop)  so keeping that theme throughout Athletics is really important to me. I believe the best part of activewear is the fun colours so I experimented with releasing Bittersweet, a soft peachy-pink, and Reign, a heather purple. They have both been so positively received. I really feel we nailed the perfect combination of fun and soft colours!

Reign, a heather purple that is a must-have.

HG: How does it feel when you see the TKEQ clothing being worn at a show or elsewhere out in public? 

TKEQ: It is truly an indescribable feeling. I recently saw a girl at Spruce Meadows wearing an amazing outfit – I literally had to do a double take before noticing she was in our ‘EZ’ vest! At the beginning I would see my friends/ mutual friends wearing TKEQ and now I see people wearing it that I’ve never met before. Definitely cool to see how much the brand has expanded over the last year.

HG: What is next in the pipeline for both brands? How soon are you developing what is next?

TKEQ: TKEQ Athletics is just getting started – seriously! The Collection for Fall 2019 is 100% ready and is going to be a game changer. Extended colour ranges, additional sizes, new styles and maybe a few merino wool sweaters… you didn’t hear it from me though! I am so excited to also announce we are released The ’Taylor’ Seamless SHORT SLEEVE in Reign, Bittersweet and Nickel this month – everything you love about the ‘Taylor’ just short and sweet. 

As Pony Finals is approaching – our annual Pony Finals Collection is being released. Plus a customizable Sweatshirt for Pony Kids (just like #HORSEGIRL). TKEQ the shop will continue to release graphics throughout the year as well as extended colour ranges!

HG: Describe your perfect outfit for a girls night in.

TKEQ: My favourite three words – Girls Night In! My go to look is Leggings with an oversized Tee, usually tucked in at the front or tied (I size up in our Boyfriend Tee to achieve this look) add a Pullover if its chilly. Finish the look with a mini-backpack and some sneakers for any snack runs!

HG: Do you have any professional goals for 2019?

TKEQ: I am super excited to be attending AETA for the second time. I feel like its been a decade since I first showed up with my graphic tees and now I am showing the TKEQ Athletics Collection that has created a new category for equestrian apparel. I have also started to expand TKEQ the shop to include more lifestyle pieces designed to take you from the street to stable, with lots of layering elements for the modern fashionistas of the equestrian world.

HG: If you could have any celebrity or rider wearing your brand, who would you love to see pictured?

TKEQ: Karen Polle – for sure! She is such a lovely, positive, beautiful person. Seeing her in TKEQ Athletics would be amazing (plus I think Wings would love Bittersweet).

Thank you so much Kaelyn! We are all looking forward to seeing what is next. Use code HORSEGLAM for FREE SHIPPING! Shop HERE!

Answer to TKEQ riddle? TKEQ stands for TEAM KENNEDY EQUINE!

Manhattan Saddlery House Label

Manhattan Saddlery House Label

If I could visit any tack store in the country it would definitely be Manhattan Saddlery. The only tack store located in New York City, Manhattan Saddlery has been New York’s destination for all things horse and rider since 1912. Located on 24th street in a historic, split level space, Manhattan Saddlery displays equipment, goods and apparel ranging from Jackie-O traditional and classic, to the very latest in equestrian trends.

Recently launched is the Manhattan Saddlery House Label, which features a line of items designed in-house by an experienced team of lifelong equestrians. The Claremont Belt is one of the first items released by the House Label and is named after the last riding stable in New York City. You cannot beat the look of this classic spur buckle. It instantly adds a look of equestrian sophistication to your outfit. The Claremont Belt comes in black or havana leather, with silver (nickel plated) or gold (brass) buckles, respectively. The bridle leather is top quality, deriving from a 150 year old tannery.

I love wearing equestrian pieces in the mainstream world, especially when they are subtle nods to our sport like the Claremont Belt. This belt is as easy to pair with jeans as it is with riding breeches. At 1 1/2 inches wide, I have had no problem with it fitting any of my pants, breeches or mainstream. The belt pictured is a size 30. Note that most of my belts are a size 32, but I thought sizing down would give the belt a cleaner look (I am on the last hole in this pictures). A quick way to determine your size is to measure your favorite belt from the hole most use to the start of the buckle.

The Claremont Belt is currently priced at $109, but use my code ANDREA20 for 20% off your House Label purchases at Manhattan Saddlery!

Silk Scarves: The Perfect Summer Accessory

If your outfit is missing something, but you can’t determine just what that something is, do not hesitate to grab a silk scarf. This simple, yet often overlooked fashion accessory, can immediately take your look from casual to chic. In the first picture, I was wearing a white t-shirt (you can’t get more casual than this) and riding jeans, but as soon as I tied the Belmont Scarf from Apacceli around my neck, my outfit took on a completely different vibe. Then, the same scarf, tied differently, completely dressed up my black wide-legged jumpsuit. By loosely draping it around my shoulders, my beachy jumpsuit transitioned from coffeeshop casual to cocktails with friends.

As much as I love black and white and the beautiful designs intertwined in the Belmont Scarf, I was very drawn to the cool colors in the Apacceli Preakness Scarf. This silk scarf depicts four jockeys and galloping horses, with alternating stripes in calming hues of pastel green, lilac and ivory. It is guaranteed to put a smile on your face.

Giving a nod to the equestrian theme, I paired the Preakness Scarf with black riding breeches with tan knee patches from LeFash. I thought the black really made the cool colors of the silk pop. Tying the scarf as a bandana gave my equestrian attire a polish and it also helped to keep those sun rays off my neck and chest. I really loved this look.

Like many people, I have always appreciated the look of a silk scarf, however I was really intimidated by them. I thought I had no idea how to tie or incorporate a scarf into my look. The goods news is twofold: 1. There are endless options for how to use and tie a silk scarf. 2. There is no wrong way to use or tie a silk scarf! Once I got over my phobia of “doing it wrong,” I recognized the positive addition they made to my wardrobe. I now look forward to the instant glam factor that a beautiful silk scarf can provide!

For other color options and designs, be sure to check out the rest of the silk scarf collection from Apacceli. There is even one for horseshow dog lovers! Reasonably priced at $89.

My Weekend At TIEC

Part 2: My Experience with Hamster

If you missed Part 1 of My Weekend at TIEC, where I describe in detail the facility of Tryon International Equestrian Center, please take a few minutes to read it HERE. If you are not familiar with TIEC, or as I like to refer to it as, “my horse show paradise”, it is A MUST READ. 

I arrived at TIEC on Friday morning. It is a quick and easy drive from Charlotte, so I got there just in time to help almost everyone who was showing that day. Having arrived on the trailer the day before, Hamster was already there to greet me. His dappled gray head was hanging out of his stall door, attempting to fraternize with every nearby person or animal as if were on a social call and not there to work. I couldn’t blame him though. I felt the same way. 

After a quick stall cleaning, I took Hamster for a hand-walk so he could stretch his legs. We first took a left, walking by the jumper ring and two hunter rings. For the most part, the majority of the show rings are near the stables, coming in handy when a rider inevitably forgets a crop or for keeping an eye on how things are progressing in certain divisions. I was trying to look at the horses schooling in each of the smaller areas that precede the individual show rings, while Hamster was more focused on saying “hello” to every butt within range or dragging me into every landscaped area we passed. We stayed on the separate walkway reserved for horse traffic only which consists of footing like that in the rings. Chloe has been barefoot for 8 years so I really appreciate that at TIEC the horses are always walking on soft, rock-free surfaces.

The rest of the day went by pretty quickly and I stayed busy helping clean stalls, tack and horses. My trainer (and Hamster’s owner) took Hamster for a quick jump school and he was a really good boy. That evening we went to Legends Grille for dinner as a barn, which is located on the other side of the show grounds. One of my favorite parts of TIEC is that you really never have to leave the center all weekend. Numerous restaurants and even a mini grocery store are right on the show ground. Even though we spend so much time together, we rarely dine together as a barn group so it is always nice when we have the time to do so. Afterwards, we walked over to the stable and checked on the horses before making the 1 minute drive to our cabin. Perhaps the best aspect about TIEC is that you can stay on site in these super cute cabins. We had a 1 bedroom, but it had 3 sleeping areas. It really makes checking on the horses convenient, and more importantly, means you get to push back that dreaded wake-up call.

Hamster is 4 years old so we didn’t plan on showing him this first time, but instead just wanted him to tag along for the experience. On Saturday morning, my trainer wanted me to school Hamster in one of the open rings. I assumed that I would just hack him around and warm him up for her to jump. When she came into the ring without her helmet I knew she had different plans. I was instantly nervous and coming up with different excuses I could use. However, Hamster hacked around like such a pro that it was impossible not to have confidence in him. I whined when she told me to canter the first single, but I did it anyway. En route to the jump, Hamster hesitated slightly, asking me if it was okay to jump. The gentlest pressure with my leg is all he wanted and he carried us up and over like he had jumped it 100 times. Next thing I knew, we were doing a course together. It was the first time I have jumped more than 3 jumps in a row since a year ago so inside I was freaking out! Despite the jumps being set super low, Hamster made the cutest effort over each jump and I could see his little knees in my line of vision. It was hard not to have the biggest smile on my face afterwards. 

The show ran smoothly the rest of the day and we were actually done early, around 4pm. We hung out with a neighboring barn, enjoying the perfect NC mountain weather. Then we went across the center to have sushi at Blue Ginger Sushi & Noodles. Yes, sushi at the horse show. And it is really good! Afterwards, we relaxed back at the cabin and had an early night. Typically we would go to Saturday Night Lights, but it had not started yet for the season. 

When we had some down time on Sunday, I hacked Hamster in an empty ring to continue giving him the total show horse experience. There was a lot going on outside with traffic and construction equipment, and on top of that he was the only horse in the arena, but he was totally chill. I couldn’t keep from thinking how 19 yr old Chloe would have been high strung in this situation. I definitely would not have needed the spurs and crop I had! After a bit, we cooled out by walking the perimeter of the facility, along the horse bridle path. We walked by all the stables, the show rings, and even down past the hammock section.  We continued walking towards the large grand prix stadium but Hamster’s attention was on the grass derby field, emphasis on the grass. I think our walk was a highlight for us both. Hamster loves seeing what everyone is up to, whether he knows them or not. I joke that he has a serious case of FOMO (fear of missing out). He likes to be where all the action is. I must admit I love that too. And perhaps that is my favorite part of TIEC (for real this time). No matter what you are doing, whether it be cleaning a stall, riding a horse, going to a restaurant, a yoga class, shopping at Dover or a boutique vendor, eating ice cream or running back to your cabin for a shower, you are still just seconds away from where all the action is. That is the beauty of TIEC. You really never have to leave. 

My Weekend At TIEC

PART 1: First Impressions

Tyron International Equestrian Center, also known as TIEC for short, is any horse show competitor’s dream. Actually, I revise that to be “any horse show competitor’s, trainer’s, parent’s, cheering squad’s, or groom’s dream”. When my younger brother visited me there, he was walking around with his mouth wide open. He is quite familiar with the horse show scene, having tagged along with me and my mother to bi-weekly shows for years when I was a child pony rider. He was not prepared, however, for the splendor of TIEC. Then again, neither was I. 

Nestled in the foothills of the rolling Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, sits an equestrian complex that seemingly pops up like an equestrian mirage in the middle of miles of highway. Freshly painted black wood fencing engulfs the center and outlines the many show rings, the grand stadium, the derby field, schooling rings and the separate footpaths for horses and riders. The permanent stables have large matted stalls, complete with optional windows for the horses to hang their heads out (or make feeding easier), built in halter and bucket hangers, and already mounted fans. Who else hates hanging fans at horse shows? The concrete aisles are wide enough for tack trunks, multiple wheel barrels and grooming cross ties. The tack rooms have secure keypads, which means I was never taking expensive tack to my car each night. The front of each stable aisle has picnic tables with umbrellas, perfect for some down time spent with your barn squad. And let’s talk about the bathrooms located within 100 feet from each barn aisle. Each bathroom area has 3 clean toilet stalls, two sinks with soap, a mirror and air conditioning. I also like to mention that there are faux hardwood floors. I know I sound obsessed with the bathroom, but most of our shows in the area have porta potties. You try pulling up sweaty riding breeches in July in 90 degree heat. Actually try just breathing in a porta potty in July.

Between each ring are stairs that lead to ample shade and wooden chairs for spectator seating. The wide walkways connect the stables to the other side of the center, providing you with front row views of jumping rounds on each side while you make the walk. The rings are extra large, with beautifully decorated jumps and inviting footing. Once on the other side, you will find a line of retail shops that house everything from flavored lattes to ice cream, riding breeches to straw hats, and equine paintings to jewelry. If you have time, there are plenty of stand-alone restaurants to choose from. For lunch, I usually chose between Roger’s Diner, or a taco salad from Siesta Cantina. For dinner, you have your pick of the following restaurants: Sushi, Italian, Mexican and a traditional steakhouse/grille. If I am in a hurry, I will run to the General Store and grab a made-to-order salad or sandwich. The General Store is basically a mini grocery store with a deli and mini-bakery. At the General Store you can buy groceries and alcohol, which is perfect if you are staying at TIEC in a trailer with living quarters or in one of the many on-site cabins (chose between 1 bedroom, 3 bedroom or 5 bedrooms). The General Store also has a variety of TIEC gifts, and a collection of Breyer horses that I had to try really hard to resist for my daughter, Logan. 

Try as I may to avoid it, I always end up popping into Dover Saddlery while I am on the retail side of TIEC.  A full size Dover is right on the premises, which is so convenient when you want to change bits, buy new support boots or new show clothes. 

There is also much to amuse and entertain the whole family, making it even more unique from most other horse show venues. For the moms, there is boutique shopping and a spa, complete with nail salon and yoga classes (opening Summer 2019). For the younger siblings, there is a carousal, mini-jump course and face painting. For the dads, there is the Silo Bar, golfing, gun club and a shaded hammock area. Okay, that hammock area is actually good for everyone. Horse shows can wipe you out! Then, of course, TIEC has Saturday Night Lights. The competitive grand prix event is the focus in the large stadium under the bright lights, but the live music, additional food vendors and kid-friendly entertainment (magicians, acrobats, fire-twirlers, etc.) are a blast for all. I love how well attended Saturday Night Lights is. The local community really turns out to support the event and it is a great reminder how lucky we are to be a part of this sport.

This facility is so amazing. I could go on and on about it. You can see pictures and videos from my weekend there on my Horse Glam (@horse_glam) Instagram account under the “TIEC” story highlights. Stay tuned for Part 2 of My Weekend at TIEC where I talk about my experience while at the TIEC show with Hamster!!!

Let’s Hear It For The Boys

As published on June 11, 2019 in my guest blog for Your Horse Farm….

To me, Father’s Day is a time when you can thank your dad for being supportive of you and your many endeavors. Chances are he could have purchased a sail boat if it weren’t for your pony, … then that other bigger pony, … and then that dream horse. So here’s to all those dads that support us crazy horse girls in our equestrian pursuits, whether that support is financial, mental or emotional, we cherish it all the same. 

If your dad is a cool dad, or maybe you want him to be a cooler dad, this first item is for you. H.K. Lyons has designed the most rugged, handsome courier bag (can bags be handsome?) you can find. Made for any function: work, meetings, hiking, traveling…this bag can do it all in style. This is pricey at $268, but you only have one dad. And remember that last vet bill you forwarded? 🙂

You can’t beat the gift that keeps on giving! This equestrian print mini silk scarf from Donna Bernstein fits perfectly as a pocket square for your dad’s suit jacket. It also can be used as a neck tie or handbag accessory, just saying! Priced at $65.

This next gift option will make the idea of a long horse show more enticing for your dad. The Yeti Rambler (with Lid) easily fits in the hand and will keep your dad’s coffee piping hot or his adult beverage icy cold, depending on what time a day your division is. Perfect for all those times where you have to “hurry up…and wait”. Priced at under $20, which means you should scoop one for yourself too!

Looking for a more sentimental gift for your dad? How about this Minted personal photo calendar for his office, complete with 12 monthly pictures featuring you and your horse. Maybe pop a few pictures of you and your dad in there too, just to even things out.

Want to upgrade your dad’s kicks? These classic, equestrian inspired slip on boots from Ariat are just the ticket. These boots can easily be dressed up or down. They come in 3 different colors. Priced at $278, with free shipping.

This Custom Leather Catchall from Etsy is great for a jewelry, watch, and wallet. It also means your dad won’t misplace those things every other day! The leather and monogramming gives it an equestrian touch. Priced at $51.

It’s Epic

Epic Animal Superfood Treats
PC: Shannen Smyth Photography

Epic Horse Treats first contacted me about Chloe trying their handmade “superfood” animal treats. They are called “superfood” because the treats are made without any corn, wheat, soy, sugar, dyes, fillers or preservatives. Packed with vitamins, Omega 3-6-9, plant proteins and (healthy) plant fats, these treats are recommended for support of healthy joints, connective tissues, heart and brain function. Not only did Chloe’s eyes pop out of her head for these treats on the daily, but I felt good about her eating them. Sure, I think the decorative treats are so creative and they make fabulous gifts, but they aren’t treats I feel comfortable giving after every ride. Now if I could only do something about Chloe’s potato chip habit…

Soon my whole barn was consuming boxes of these superfood treats, each horse hooked just as much as the next. My mom’s dog was also into them, as was the barn farrier’s corgi who consumed half a box when I wasn’t paying attention. Epic’s treats are for almost all animals: donkeys, dogs, pigs and even chickens! They really are a treat for the whole barn. It wasn’t long before Epic expanded their treat line to carrying CBD infused treats, providing additional noticeable benefits, such as calming and anti-inflammation. Since they contain no THC, they meet all horse show regulations. These are great additions to your snack bin, perfect for nervous horses or anxious 4 legged car travelers.

The treats were my first experience with CBD products. I live in conservative North Carolina, and CBD shops are just now popping up in my area. When Epic branched out further from treats, into CBD salve and tonic sprays, I really did not know what to expect. Truthfully, I have never been so pleasantly surprised.

Organic Healing Salve: consistency of shea butter. SALE!

The organic healing salve can be used on horses. A quick smudge on the nostrils can help calm their anxiety. The smell is pretty strong, so don’t be surprised if you get a few lip curls. If your horse has shaved ears, you may want to apply it there. Honestly, I have used this product mostly in my own human household. One of my friends who also purchased the product said it best when she referred to the salve as “duct tape”. You really can use it on EVERY ache, pain or area of discomfort. It took me 15 minutes to be a believer in this product. Things it noticeably relieved: PMS cramps that woke me up in the middle of the night (sorry if TMI), pulled shoulder muscle from working out for the first time in months, my husband’s chronic knee ache, my family’s sinus pain and drainage issues from NC allergies, my neighbor’s back pain and head cold, and the list goes on. Duct tape, people, duct tape! It is pricy, I won’t disagree, but the jar is pretty big and the consistency is closer to shea butter, so a little goes a long way. It really is a fantastic product! UPDATE: SALE on SALVE going on NOW!

Believe it or not, I saved the best for last. This is my favorite item in my everyday routine HANDS DOWN. I love Epic’s Face and Body Tonic spray. It moisturizes, tightens, tones, brightens, plumps, highlights, and improves the texture of my skin. You can tell a slight difference in a matter of days, but give it a month and you will really notice a change. I am at two months and I swear it has made my skin look years younger. It also makes me happy, which is an actual side effect of the spray that I didn’t realize until another friend (and Face Tonic user) pointed it out to me. Every morning and every night, I spray this on my clean face and let it air dry. I then put my moisturizer or sunscreen, as applicable, right over it. I cannot imagine it not being part of my skincare routine and I am starting to have anxiety about it running out. I brought it with me to the horse shows and I am even bringing it to Mexico this coming week. I linked the 2 month supply because I really think it just keeps getting better and better each day, but there is also a cheaper 1 month supply option. If you are looking for a change in your beauty regimen or even something nice to do for yourself, I highly suggest this product. You won’t be dissapointed! Reminder: there is no THC in CBD products.

USE this code for 15% off on all Epic products: Horseglam

Face Tonic. THE BEST THING EVER! See, I really did take it to Mexico!!

Apacceli: Luxury with an Equestrian Twist

Apacceli launched last Fall promising luxury clothing, with an equestrian twist, made for the athletic woman. I received two of their current pieces, both of which fulfilled Apacceli’s promise.

The Studded Sweater is dark gray, with gunmetal studs placed in flattering patterns. The neckline is wide with a more conservative front cut, but surprises in the back where it dips into a lower, feminine V. I wore mine with Botori riding breeches to play on the equestrian feel, but the Studded Sweater would stun in a pair of black jeans and booties. It could easily transition from casual Friday at work to dinner that night with your girlfriends. It is cut shorter than I anticipated, but I thought the length (hitting right at my belt loop area) gave it a modern, younger feel.

Inspired by the famous cave paintings in France (I drew a blank so I had to Google too, don’t worry!), the Lascaux Bull Sweater uses faceted studs and maroon colored brush strokes to create the outline of a bull. I originally was going to wear black cut-up jeans with the sweater to balance out the fancy stud detail, but at the last minute decided to embrace the glamour. I used faux leather leggings and loved the final look.

As you can see from the pictures, Apacceli delivered on luxury. The pieces are luxe and well made. They also are not cheap, each around $200. The equestrian influence is also apparent but subtle. The studs were a nice touch that did not distract from the overall picture. The sizing is based off an athletic build so you should size down if you are in between sizes. Both of my sweaters are a size XS.

I previously mentioned that both sweaters would look great with black jeans. Conveniently, Apacceli sells black jeans with gunmetal studs, similar to those on the Studded Sweater. These are currently sold out, but definitely something to think about when they are re-stocked. If you are in the market for cocktail attire or a formal dress, be sure to check out Apacceli’s Velvet Cape dress. Off-the shoulder and hitting mid-thigh, this would be a showstopper.

I look forward to seeing the upcoming collections from Apacceli. Be sure to follow them on Instagram to see what is next!

Velvet Cape Dress; Picture from Apacceli

The Infused Equestrian: For Horse and Rider (by Chloe)

As a horse, I usually don’t pay much attention to what I am eating or wearing, but today it is trendy to be ingredient and label savvy. Never one to be socially aloof (unless you are trying to catch me in my field), I have been taking more of an interest in what Andrea has been soaking my legs in or spraying my beautiful mane with. I might be just a measly horse (with a Tier One law degree), but I don’t think most humans can pronounce all of the ingredients they are putting on their supposed “best friends”. For instance, when looking at the liniment gel in Andrea’s trunk, the first five ingredients are: Acrylates/C10-30, Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Chloroxylenol, Cyclomethicone. Umm, okay. Let’s check the fly spray that Andrea immerses me in ALL Spring, Summer and Fall. Again, another long list of seven syllable words. Then it clicked. Andrea has been trying to poison me. I knew it! She’s always been jealous of my popularity.

Lucky for me, I have become friends with the owners of The Infused Equestrian. They make ALL their products naturally, with 100% infused therapeutic oils. Say goodbye to harsh toxins that you don’t recognize. With The Infused Equestrian, you can get the results you want, with the added comfort of knowing exactly what you are putting on your horse. And to top it off, the products work and they smell fantastic.

I am about to have my 19th birthday, so it is understandable that I have some extra aches and pains. Particularly after Andrea is done riding me, as she sits off to one side and causes my back to hurt. My minions have been rubbing my back and legs with Comfort, the cooling and relaxing liniment gel from The Infused Equestrian. Comfort soothes my muscles and aids in their recovery. And compared to the previous liniment, I actually know these pure ingredients: Aloe Vera Gel, Spearmint, Peppermint, Ginger and Tea Tree essential oils. Sounds almost like something I could eat!

Nothing looks better than a shiny, healthy mane and tail. The Infused Equestrian can hook you up with just this, but without any toxins. Shiny nourishes, strengthens and conditions your flowing locks with pure essential oils like Coconut Oil, Rosemary, Cedarwood and Clove (not limited to). Shiny comes in a spray bottle for easy and effective use.

I personally enjoy fly spray. Andrea, on the other hand, tries to avoid the blowback from the spray hitting her exposed skin at all costs. After reading the label, now I know why! The Infused Equestrian makes their own pure and natural version of fly spray called “Swat. A Fly Spray”. Now, Andrea does not have to do Matrix-like back bends to avoid the spray particles from landing on her face. Due to the timing of this review, I was not able to test it on any flies, but I will be sure to post an update later this year.

The Infused Equestrian has four different essential oil roll-on blends for the Rider. Andrea received two that were quite fitting, called Hello Monday and O.M.G. The other two roller blends are titled, “The In Gate” and “Recovery”, for focus and injury repair, respectively. Each roll-on is a convenient 10ml glass bottle with stainless steel rolling ball, easy to slip in your pocket or store in your trunk. To use, just gently roll the blends around your stomach area in a circle.

O.M.G, or Oh My Girth, is perfect for Andrea on the weekends. She eats like a horse. Now she can continue to stuff her face with grilled cheeses at the horse show and rely on a blend of essential oils to help with her digestive pains. Hello Monday helps to combat Andrea’s moodiness and rejuvenate her mind and body. I wish she would use this on the daily.

Major thanks to The Infused Equestrian for spending time and money researching the healthiest and best ways to make your products. Your 4 legged best friends appreciate it! xo Chloe


Leader of The Herd: Interview with Forest Franzoi

Forest Franzoi, 32, is the creator/owner behind Herd of Zebras, a new lifestyle equestrian brand that focuses on individual empowerment and group solidarity. Forest began riding at just 5 yrs old and continued to ride through college and graduate school, where she got her Masters in Digital Marketing. Today, she owns 4 horses, including Sparky, a large pony she owned when she was 8 years old, and the inspiration behind her logo.

Forest Franzoni and Sparky, the inspiration behind the HofZ logo.
PC: Copper Arrow Photography

HG: Your website mentions that you suffer from chronic pain. It also talks about your decision to shift your attention from this pain to something more positive. Can you expand on this?

HofZ: I am not a person who likes to sulk in feeling bad for themselves. I have a rule that I will give myself one day to cry and be upset when something major happens in my life that I can’t control. In this case, it was endometriosis taking over and needing to have a hysterectomy at such a young age (before I was able to have children of my own). This was a really hard time for me. I was tired of feeling bad for myself and wanted to turn that energy around into something positive. I wanted to help other people who felt that they were alone in their struggles. This is not just about endometriosis, but for anyone who has gone through their own personal hell, and has the courage to get up and change their narrative. 

HG: I imagine that living with chronic pain, as well as the emotional pain you described above, can be at times mentally and physically debilitating. How did you stay on course and not get sucked back in to feelings of negativity?

HofZ: It is exhausting in ways people don’t understand. Endometriosis is an autoimmune disease which not many people know. I am in pain every day and tired a lot.  It really wears on someone’s mental health when you don’t feel well the majority of the time. What has helped me was finding doctors who specialize in this condition and are empathetic of what I am going through and are making an effort to help me feel better. I also have been in therapy which has helped a great deal. I was so reluctant to go but it was one of the best things I have ever done for myself.  

HG: I love the idea of starting fresh and positive. Most people will never be able to relate to your trials, but of course everyone has something in their life that has the ability to bring them down. I do believe that it is our job to choose to be happy each day. Do you have any tips for how to accomplish this?

HofZ: I could not agree with this more. “Everyone has their stuff.” That is something I say a lot and remind myself of daily. We all have things that make our lives more difficult and challenge us every day. But it is our choice as to how we react to these challenges. We can’t control everything, but we can control how to respond to these situations.  My family is also a massive part of my life and keep me smiling every day. I am very lucky to have my sister-in-law as my partner in this crazy adventure. My animals also help me daily to see how lucky I am. My horses and my two goldendoodles are a constant reminder of the joy in life. They are so goofy and loving. Whenever I am sad, they show me unconditional love and constantly make me laugh. 

Forest and Bindi

HG: No two zebras are alike. Zebras have unique stripes that they proudly and strongly display on their own, yet they survive in the wild through their ability to bond together as a herd. What does this mean to you – especially as it regards the equestrian sport?

HofZ: The bond that is shared among equestrians is so similar to that of a herd. We are stronger together than we are alone. It has never mattered your age, social status at school or work, or your background at the barn. It has always been my safe haven and I know many equestrians feel the same way. 

HG: The reception surrounding your new brand as been very welcoming. What has surprised you as being the easiest, and the hardest, part of launching?

HofZ: Honestly, I have been so shocked at how kind people have been when I have reached out to them for help starting my business. The small businesses that I interact with on social media have been amazing. It is so nice to see other women owned businesses reaching out and helping to support one another. It is a lot different from the corporate job I had in the past where everyone was in constant competition with each other. This has been a very refreshing experience and I am so grateful for the amazing people I have met in the process!

HG: What is next for Herd of Zebras? Can you update us on any Summer ’19 plans?

HofZ: We have some exciting partnerships coming up with some brands that we really admire! We will also be launching an awesome Spring/ Summer line that my partner and HofZ designer/ sister-in-law, Liz, have been working really hard on. They are going to be our strongest items yet!

HG: If you could have one equestrian rider or celebrity wearing Herd of Zebras who would it be?

HofZ: Kaley Cuoco! I adore her. Not only is she a great rider (and entertainer) but she actively supports animal rescues. If anyone knows her, send her my way! A girl can dream, right?!

Thank you so much, Forest! You are such an inspiration and I am so excited to see where the Herd takes you!

Botori “G2” – An Update to My 2018 Review.

Botori “G2” Riding Pant; PC Shannen Smyth Photography

Nearly one year ago I wrote this review (click here) on Botori and their first riding pant, the Gina. I liked the pants back then, but I really love them now. This Winter, Botori updated the fit of the Gina, calling the new version the “G2”. Don’t fret, Botori kept all the original parts that made the Gina a must-have: the brushed warm fleece, the ribbed ankle cuffs, the streamlined mesh pockets (perfect for your cell phone while riding), shape retention fabric and opaque material (no see through moments).

The G2 improves upon the waistband fit. It is still ribbed, which makes it comfortable and flexible. It is also still high waisted, which I still very much appreciate. However, the waist area compression has been greatly improved. You may recall from my review last year that I did have some problems with the pants slipping down. This year, I tested the G2 over an 8 hour day and paid careful attention to how often I readjusted the waist area. I had gotten this question from my Instagram followers so often after the release of the G2 that I took this quest really seriously and even made notes. I wore the G2 from 8:30am to 3:30pm, using them to ride Chloe, then to scrub her legs afterwards (pesky scratches) and then for 5 hours worth of errands and toddler things. During that nearly 8 hr period I only had to readjust twice. Once was after I was done washing, scrubbing and drying Chloe’s legs. The second was after Logan (2 yr old) was throwing a fit about me carrying her on my hip throughout Target, as opposed to riding in the cart. Needless to say, I was very pleased with the results.

Botori is a young company, but they really understand the needs and wants of a modern rider and woman on the constant go. If you have a chance to buy one new item this Winter/Spring, I really suggest the G2 or even the Taylor pant. At only $85- $110, you won’t regret it. I have lived in the G2 this Winter, refusing to sacrifice comfort and versatility for a traditional waistband and belt! Use my code HORSEGLAM10 for 10% off your order!

GALentine’s Day Giveaway

To celebrate women supporting women, and to show how much we value all of our friendships made here on Instagram, we are hosting a GALentine’s Day Giveaway featuring some of our favorite friends! Swipe to the second photo for the complete list of Giveaway items!
RULES:
•Tag two friends in the comments. (On any of the participants posts.)
•Follow EVERYONE below. (You may want to take a screen shot to double check.)
•Repost the main photo with #GALentinesEQ to double your chances of winning.
FOLLOW: 
@horse_glam
@theecequestrian
@mpmsporthorses
@huntseatpaperco
@coasttocoastequestrian
@charlottetowne_stable
@shannensmythphotography
@kasia_bukowska_art
@noellefloyd
@ohandaugust
@botori.life
@epicanimaltreats
@amateurhour_podcast
@dreamersnschemerssocks
@ellanyequestrian
@emilijaeq
@huntsmen_and_hounds
@blanketsafe
@mystequineproducts
@ponyglam
@eyeonequine
@mpmcharms
@saddleseekshorse
@huntforthecure
@herd.of.zebras
@shoptheposhpony
@graycodesigns
@dreamersnschemerssocks
@view.halloo
@ridersupplyco
@theherbalhorse
@gbhorseco
@ace_equestrian_

A winner will be chosen 2/13 (Galentine’s Day) and announced 2/14 on participating host’s Stories.

For full prize descriptions and FAQs please see below:

A winner will be randomly drawn on the 13th and announced on our IG stories Feb 14th. The winner will be sent a direct message announcing they have won and will have 24 hours to respond & accept. In the event the winner does not respond after 24 hours, another winner will be randomly selected and announced on our IG stories Feb 15th.

How do I enter?

To enter for a chance to win, you must:

  1. Follow all participants listed in the rules on the giveaway post
  2. Tag two friends in the comments
  3. Re-post the giveaway creative with #GAlentinesEq for an extra entry

NOTE: IF YOU DO NOT HAVE A PUBLIC INSTAGRAM ACCOUNT WE WILL NOT BE ABLE TO SEE & COUNT YOUR EXTRA ENTRY. SPAM AND GIVEAWAY ACCOUNTS WILL NOT COUNT AS A VALID EXTRA ENTRY.

When will the winner be announced?

A winner will be randomly drawn on the 13th and announced on our IG stories Feb 14th.

What countries is the giveaway open to?

The giveaway is International, but if the winner is outside of CAN and USA, winner will be asked to pay shipping due to costs. CAN and US winner does not have to pay shipping.

Do I have to tag two friends on every participant post or just one particular post?

You can tag two friends in the comments on ANY of the participants posts.

If I repost the giveaway photo for an extra entry, do I have to tag all of the participants?

No, you do not need to tag all of the participants. As long as you repost with #GALentinesEq and have a public account we will see and count your extra entry.

GOOD LUCK!!!!!!

New Year, New Skin…thanks to Medica Labs

When it comes to anti-aging products, the ingredient retinol plays a major role. Sadly, I had such bad experiences with retinol products that I had given up using it. Even the smallest amounts would have my skin irritated and peeling for WEEKS! Being in the sun makes it even worse, and honestly as an equestrian and a mom of 2 little ones, avoiding the sun is pretty much impossible.

So when Medica Labs reached out to me about reviewing Emu Medica, their new anti-aging face cream that contains over the counter strength retinol, I was very hesitant. I explained that I worried “my face would fall off” and how if that happened, the review would have to reflect it. When the product arrived, it came with a personal note from Medica Lab’s marketing director promising me “my face would stay on”. So, on January 3rd, after washing my face, I used the most microscopic amount (gently applying in upward strokes per the instructions) and waited. I woke up the next day, and as promised, my face was still there. And it wasn’t red. And it wasn’t flakey.

Since then, I have gradually applied more with each use, about once per day (I might have skipped some days when I didn’t shower…don’t judge). I am also careful to use sunscreen. Luckily I have had ZERO sensitivity issues and no peeling. This is because Emu Medica uses a patented, next generation form of retinol that delivers the highest power of non-prescription retinol possible (1% retinol; 2.5% non-active retinol) but in a way that is tolerated by the most sensitive skin. They call this magic “the next generation retinol” or “not your mother’s retinol”. Cute.

Power Point: Despite containing retinol, this will not irritate your face!

​As I have mentioned in previous blogs, my face is always dry and I never travel without a face lotion. Typically any sort of anti-aging creams leave my face dry and tight, especially in my cheeks. After applying Emu Medica at night, I only felt the need to double up with my own moisturizing cream a few times. Emu Medica uses ultra-pure Emu Oil (ELA 1004) to hydrate the skin. It also contains the moisture binding ingredient, Hyaluronic Acid, which essentially doubles the hydration of the Emu Oil, and is most likely why my face didn’t feel uncomfortably tight. Besides feeling smooth and supple, well hydrated/moisturized skin is crucial in terms of anti-aging as it is essentially what keeps our skin plump, elastic and young-looking. 

Power Point: Ingredients Emu Oil + Hyaluronic Acid keep your face Hydrated… and Radiant.

Let’s talk some more about Emu Oil. For centuries in Australia, it has been used by the indigenous people as an all purpose beauty/health fix, specifically for the skin. Not only can it be used to treat fine lines, sun damage, increase elasticity, decrease sagging and hydrate, but it also can be used as a vehicle for trans-dermal penetration. Retinol is great, but if it can’t penetrate to the deep skin layers that it needs to, it doesn’t do any good. Emu Oil is a natural oil that most closely resembles our human sebum, and because of this it most easily allows for the active ingredients of Emu Medica to penetrate to the deepest levels of the dermis, going through 4 more layers of skin than most creams.* (*Note: This information was found on Medica Lab’s website)

Power Point: Deeper dermal penetration than most creams

After approximately 30 days of use, I can report the following: my face did not fall off and was not irritated or chapped. Fine lines around my eyes and forehead were diminished. However, the deeper lines around my mouth and forehead did not appear to change – but I will keep using and report back! My face felt smoother overall and more taut (in a good way). I did think I regained some “plumpness” for lack of a better word in my cheek areas, but of course that could be psychological…or my collagen could have truly been regenerated. In summary, I do feel like my face looks more fresh, especially in the mornings. I feel like it looks more healthy too. I am definitely going to continue to use Emu Medica as part of my everyday skin care regime. This new year has been about becoming a better and healthier version of me and I am thankful that Medica Labs could help me kick it off with more radiant skin!

To buy directly on Amazon (yay free Prime Member shipping), click HERE.


Giddy-Up Goodies: Not Just Another Equestrian Subscription Box

I know you are probably thinking, “another subscription box review?” But have I yet mentioned this is my favorite box so far? Seriously, it is the first box where I have used all of the products fairly quickly instead of having them collect dust in my trunk. In other words, each product was useful! It is also the first box that has full sized items instead of sample sizes. I had zero expectations but was very pleasantly surprised when I opened the Giddy-Up Goodie Box. Let’s open it together!

The first thing you notice is the handy flyer pasted to the inside of the box. This colored sheet clearly details all of the items in the box, with a little description of each one. I actually really appreciated this and liked that it was the first thing that I saw. Now, on to the goodies!

  1. Equine Edibles Candy Cane Mash. I was SOOO pumped to see this. The bag made a medium sized bucket full of minty-fresh mash. It was easy to mix – you actually poured the water directly into the bag, kneading it with your hands. With the chunks of peppermints and cinnamon flavors, it smelled delicious and I was momentarily jealous of Chloe. It made for a wonderful Christmas surprise for her – she licked the bucket clean!
  2. Stirrup Covers from MantraLove. Not only do these covers protect your saddle from being scratched by your stirrups, but they look adorable and quickly slip on without any fuss. A year ago I had grey stirrups that would rub off on my saddle, leaving me with pasty looking residue. It was the worst! These would have been great for that. You can also use the covers to wipe off your stirrups before you slip them inside!
  3. Bit Wash from Bit Butter. Wash and disinfect your bits with this convenient spray bottle from Bit Butter. Large enough to last you for at least a year, but small enough to fit easily into your trunk. It also is flavored with peppermint so your horse will thank you!
  4. Quic Silver Shampoo. A full-size bottle of the infamous shampoo that intensifies and whitens your horse’s coat. I used to go through bottles of this stuff when I had a grey pony. This shampoo could get any stain out and have her coat gleaming. Chloe only has a small white spot so I gave the bottle to a barn friend that has a white gelding. Needless to say, she was very grateful!
  5. Holiday Treats from Enjoy Yums. You can never ever have enough treats on hand at the barn and Enjoy Yums hooks you up with a large, super cute and handy gift bag full of tasty treats made of simple oats and rice bran.
  6. Multiple purpose brush from HAAS. This waterproof, shatter resistant (yes, Chloe has stepped on my brushes before) brush from HAAS has dense silver bristles strong enough for use on mane/tails and legs/coats. Truthfully my brushes are looking a little ratchet so I really welcomed the opportunity to replace one in my grooming kit. It is really pretty as far as brushes go, so would make an excellent show kit brush too.

As you can see, the contents of the box are all relevant, immediately useable, non-discipline specific and thoughtful. Usually with other box services there is at least one (usually more) item that I never open or use, but I was excited about each of these products.

So, let’s talk about price. I did the math and the total cost of each of these above items would be around $62 (note this does not necessarily include shipping) if you were purchasing on your own. The cost of the monthly subscription service is anywhere between $45 (12 month sign up) and $60 (a one time gig). No shipping fees on subscriptions. (There is also a $19 Mystery Box option which intrigues me, but let’s stay on topic here). Therefore, it is noticeably cheaper to go through Giddy-Up, but not quite as extreme as the NF.Edit Box. That being said, I personally would rather love and use everything in the box!

One big difference between Giddy-Up and the other boxes, is that Giddy-Up comes monthly instead of quarterly. I think this is pretty fun. I always love receiving any subscription box because it is like receiving a gift. I never know exactly what is going to be in there and how often do you get surprises like that anymore? Thanks Giddy-Up Goodies for a great Christmas surprise!

blanketsafe (by Chloe)

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I am surrounded by filthy animals.  Did you know that my pasture-mate actually rolls in mud? M.U.D. And she is a mare! I won’t even tell you what the geldings are doing, but I am sure you can picture what their blankets look like. How can those boys wear a blanket every day that is encrusted with dirt, mud and even poop? And usually not even their own poop!

Needless to say, you can imagine how happy I was to receive professional grade horse blanket wash/deodorizer and blanket water-repellant from Blanket Safe. Blanket Safe’s wash is completely detergent free, meaning that there are no chemicals used and no oily residues left behind to irritate my skin. This is fantastic news when you want to keep your coat from looking sun bleached. Blanket Safe wash is also low-sudsing which allows for easy rinsing and further protects even the most sensitive skinned horse.

Bonus for all you geldings out there (as well as my uncivilized pasture-mate): Blanket Safe is also antibacterial. Truthfully, a blanket doesn’t have to look disgusting to need antibacterial help. Pet odors start at the microscopic level! Yes, that big poop stain isn’t helping anything, but most odors are from mildew and mold and so even the cleanest looking blanket needs a wash. Blanket Safe’s antibacterial component helps destroy all this bacteria and resulting stinky odor. Additionally, for an extra kick, there is a deodorizer component with a light fresh lavender scent to it. It is VERY lightly scented, which I am grateful for because as a horse, my sense of smell is way stronger than a measly humans.

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As you can see from the BEFORE pictures, someone must have borrowed my blankets and rolled in mud. I would never! My minions, Andrea and Jackie, took my 3 blankets, as well as around 12 other blankets from the barn, to the local laundromat to test out Blanket Safe. Let’s just say that when they went to the laundromat they had the blankets in the truck bed (away from their noses), but when they came back, all of the blankets were in the back seat. Andrea said there were no noticeable smells and she was amazed at how clean everything looked. This is important because I know they were overfilling some of the washers, meaning that Blanket Safe had to work extra hard to get some of those gelding blankets cleaned! Seriously, she should have taken a before picture of the other blankets because they were caked in mud.

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They dried the blankets for only 10 minutes (delicate setting) so that they were damp when they took them back to the barn and hung them along the fence line. Then, they sprayed the blankets with the Blanket Safe water repellant spray. After shaking the bottle, you simply spray the repellant all over the outside of the blankets. Please note that it does not affect the breathability of the blanket. You may wonder why you need to add water repellant if the wash is detergent/chemical free. Almost all the major blanket companies recommend waterproofing your blanket at least every 2 years because environmental factors can ruin the waterproofability (is that a word?). Things like urine, poop, mud and even improper care, for instance, can ruin a blanket. After spraying the blankets, you let them air dry and that is it! Clean, water-repellant and ready for use! Thanks Blanket Safe for keeping a girl’s winter coats looking and smelling fresh!

Friends: Use the coupon code “Chloe15” for 15% off! Buy HERE.

 

ProTips: Always wash your blankets in COLD water. Never use regular detergent! Use water-repellant on your freshly cleaned blankets at least every second year of use!

 

 

 

QuickDerm QuickFix (By Chloe)

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PC: Shannen Smyth Photography

When your skin is already flawless it is quite difficult to review equine skincare products, but alas I am only a horse, and there is the occasional issue that pops up here and there. In fact, for purposes of this review, Andrea would use the QuickDerm Wound Technology on me whenever anything remotely looked like it could be a skin issue.

I didn’t receive QuickDerm until end of summer and so I couldn’t fully test it on my pesky scratches that strike my legs every spring, but I look forward to keeping a bottle handy in 2019 for that purpose. There were a few times early fall I was able to use it for some early signs of the reappearance of the scratches on my back legs, particularly after heavy rains, and the QuickDerm seemed to head off anything more serious from forming. Andrea would clean my legs with soap, towel dry them and then spray the scabs with the QuickDerm bottle spray.

There was also a time when there was a 2 inch cut on my right cannon bone. I like to tell others it was from a barn fight but really I just nicked myself stomping at a fly. After cleaning the cut, Andrea applied the QuickDerm (this time from the tube for easier application) and some AluShield Aerosol to help keep the flies away from the area. After the 3rd application (over 3 different days) the wound was pretty much healed and eventually the hair grew back just fine. Phew! Modeling crisis avoided.

There also was a time Andrea used the QuickDerm tube on the area under my front underarms. Andrea thought it was rain rot but since I would never be seen in public with rain rot, we decided that it was just Andrea’s failure to properly clean me after a sweaty lesson. After two rounds of the QuickDerm and better rinsing after riding on Andrea’s part, the two infected spots near that tender area were gone.

QuickDerm is strong enough to use just once per day. As mentioned, it comes in two different applicators: a tube (which has 200 applications) and a spray bottle (which has 300 applications). It has a bit more thickness to it than other similar skin and wound ointments, which was nice because you do not end up wasting a bunch of product due to it coming out too quickly. I appreciated having both the tube and the spray bottle. When Chloe does get scratches, they pop up all over her legs overnight. The spray makes it easier to soak the entire area. The tube applicator let me get smaller areas, like Chloe’s cut, with more precision. It also fits great in the tack trunk for shows and other traveling.

There are no steroids or antibiotics in QuickDerm, so there is no worry with competition testing. The active ingredients in QuickDerm are the naturally occurring ions Potassium, Rubidium, Calcium and Zinc. These natural occurring ions have been shown to regulate protease imbalance and stimulate the body’s natural healing defense. To see a list of other ingredients please click here. Typical uses of QuickDerm are: Proud Flesh, Scratches, Rain Rot, Burns, Cuts, Lacerations, Cracked Heels, Quarter Cracks, Sarcoids, Wire Cuts and so forth. Barn Bonus: QuickDerm can also be used on your barn cats and dogs on all of their skincare and wound needs!

Thanks QuickDerm for keeping a girl’s coat and skin looking good!

 

 

Horse Glam Holiday Gift Guide

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56

7

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1010

 

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Live links:

KONIA Equestrian ;

Gray & Co Designs  (use code horseglam for 15% off);

Botori (use code HGFreeRide for free shipping);

LeFashNy ;

Ronner Design;

Two Bits Equestrian;

Ariat;

Atelier CG;

Tucker Tweed Equestrian;

ASHA;

Bibimbap Skincare (use code GetGlam40 for 40% off);

Society Wit;

Equestrian Essentials;

The Herbal Horse;

Myst Equine (use code chloesquad for 10% off);

Pony Glam (use code GIFT for 20% off);

Boy-O-Boy Bridleworks;

Pony Pantry;

Snax by Junie and Jax;

Shop Jessica Shasha;

The Horse’s Glass;

Stylish Equestrian;

Samshield;

Barn Door Boutique Shop;

Visor with Back Bow;

View Halloo;

Stocking Stuffers: Stylish Equestrian; Sterling Essentials; Dreamers&Schemers(use code Andrea for 5% off); Epona Shed Flower Comb; deTailsHorsehairJewelry; The Fit Equestrian; ManeJane;

 

My Weekend With Tucker Tweed

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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”.

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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?!

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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 🙂

All pictures by Shannen Smyth Photography. 🙂

NF.Edit

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PC: Shannen Smyth Photography

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:

Rider Performance:

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Scentuals De-Stress

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.

Rider Recovery.

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.

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PC: Equestrian Wellness

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.

 

Rider Indulgence

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.

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Ruespari Belt

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!

Sign up for the next Winter box right HERE!

HG + Equivont

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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.

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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 hello@equivont.com. 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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Introducing LD Equestrian

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PC: Shannen Smyth Photography

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.

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!