My Myst Review by Chloe

My Myst Review by Chloe

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?

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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.

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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.

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All Chloe pictures taking by Shannen Smyth Photography.

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Reasons To Own A Child Rider, by Chloe

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I originally posted “6 Reasons to Own a Child Rider” a few years ago on Pony Glam, but I’ve matured since then and now have even more reasons to continue to proclaim that everyone should own a child rider at least once in their lifetime. The facts still remain that your mouth may become quite dull and calloused, you will be forced against your will to enter a costume class and you may spend countless hours in zebra-colored polos (bonus: wrapped incorrectly), but one thing I can assure you is that they will always have your back.

1. Treats. They always give you treats. They give you treats before they even get you out of the stall. They give you treats if they fall off. They give you treats even when the mean boss-mare trainer says not to. And they don’t just give you boring apples, they will give you anything that is remotely edible, including half of their packed barn lunches on the weekends. Who said horses don’t like goldfish?

2. Easy work load. If left to their own devices, these child riders would opt for bareback gossip fests in the arena with their other pony friends every time. Practicing their sitting trots or doing “no-stirrup November” is thankfully lost on the child rider. The best part is that when the trainer asks, “did you practice your transitions today?”, the little child rider nods her head “yes” when in reality the only thing practiced was seeing who could stand up on their pony’s bare back the longest… at the trot.

3. They give undivided attention. Child riders are known for giving you their undivided and sincere attention. When they are grooming your itchy spots, they aren’t thinking about homework or talking on the cellphone. When you are bored in your stall because you have already inhaled your hay, they aren’t gossiping about Susie’s new ex-GP horse, they are singing songs in your stall and feeding you goldfish (see #1 above).

4. They are always up for anything. Child riders will do anything their trainer tells them to do in a lesson. They are not scared of anything and are always up for new challenges. Finally! No more boring and predictable courses. How many times can you practice the same bending line anyway? YAWN. Jump the Roll Top one stride, to the Log Jump Skinny…with no hands and your eyes closed…”DONE and can we raise the height” says the child rider!

5. Light as a feather. I have yet to meet an adult rider that has a self-proclaimed “good eye”, even though they always appear to have two working ones. Every horse has experienced the feeling of their rider getting left behind at the jump (imagine an elephant doing a cannon ball on your back) or their rider eating mane at the chip fence (yea, sure I can jump with your entire body weight on my ears). And yes, a child rider may not have the best judgment on where to leave the ground, but at least they rarely interfere with your ability to judge the distance for yourself. And if they do get left behind or end up around your ears, at least you barely know they are there.

6. Showtimes are early. 8:00am showtimes! Need I say more? No one wants to stand around all day waiting for their class, especially if it may mean multiple baths, longes, schooling rides, tacking and untacking, etc! With a child rider, you wake up, eat your grain, trot around the show ring a few times, take a few pictures with your ribbons on your reins and then you are back in your stall in time to watch an entire season of Vampire Diaries on Netflix. Winning!

7. They understand that grazing is an art form. With a child rider, they understand that if anyone knows where the best section of grazing grass is, it is YOU, the horse. They don’t try to lead you to the clovers. They let you lead them and if that means you pull them all over the show ground or the barn facility, they are fine with it. They don’t question you when you want to eat weeds, lick dirt or smell poop. There is no judgment with a child rider.

8. Child riders let you get to know your neighbors. A child rider isn’t afraid of a few high pitched squeals or sudden front leg thrusts. They understand that it is only friendly to want to say hello to a new face so they let you sniff a nose or a new butt without pulling you away. Adult riders really have no social skills.

9. Height advantage is in your favor. Child riders are typically shorter than their adult counterparts. This means they can’t easily get the halter on you, or the bridle, or the saddle for that matter. They also can’t reach 50% of your body area during bathtime, which cuts down on the entire shower process and results in you going back to eating grass sooner than later.

10. Summer breaks. The child rider has summers off from school which means your day is over earlier too. No more getting yanked out off your stall just as you were preparing to settle down for your evening grain. No more having your blankets ripped off so that you can trot around a semi-lit ring in the cold darkness. Child riders understand the value of your time, so in the summer they are there in the morning, leaving promptly just in time for lunch and your afternoon snooze fest.

11. Better moods. Let’s face it. The only thing on the child rider’s mind is sleeping, eating, and you. They live and breathe us horses. They never bring the drama or the stress that the adults bring to the barn and are generally in great moods most of the time. They are just happy being with you, which means you can get away with so much more, even if they are looking.

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Winter Woods (Limited Ed.)

Hey friends! There is a sale at Mrs. Conns going on right NOW on their limited edition Winter Woods bath sponge. If you have been living in your stall for years and you don’t know what a Mrs. Conns bath day sponge is, it is a shampoo infused palm sized sponge that not only is packed with special ingredients that leave you clean, sparkling, and soft, BUT THEY SMELL GREAT TOO!! Each sponge smells unique and addresses a different equine coat/skin condition.  This sale sponge smells like “fresh winter woods” and contains an extra gentle whitening component. I hope I get one of these in my Christmas stocking because there is nothing worse than a bay with a dirty sock or two, in my opinion. The sale sponge is currently $8. Andrea has gotten about 4-5 uses from one sponge, so it is a pretty good deal. Like previously mentioned, there are multiple other sponges and smells to choose from, so you might as well buy some for your barn-mates too! All sponges are made without harsh soaps, detergents or parabens. Hurry before they are gone!

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Splish Splash Vetericyn Bath

My minion, Andrea, has used the new FoamCare Shampoo from Vetericyn a few times now after receiving it as a surprise in the August subscription of A Horse Box. I have been known to use the Vetericyn Wound and Skincare line when I have pesky scratches (I know, gross, but these are mainly due from owner care error) but this was the first time I had heard of the shampoo. I don’t know about you, but I really enjoy spa days and baths, but I don’t trust Andrea with the hose. How would you like it if someone else determined your optimal shower temperature?? The FoamSpray shampoo means less hose action and less water dripping under my belly, so a total win for me. The shampoo sprays directly onto the coat with no mess. Andrea sprayed my entire left side first and then took a curry comb and scrubbed the foam into my coat. She then repeated the same thing on the other side, but this time used less shampoo than she did the first time. A little goes a longer way than you think, although she did seem like she was having fun squirting me with what appeared to look like white silly string. Rinsing was easy and less painful for us both, however, I will say that Andrea ended the whole process drier than I usually like to get her.

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The FoamCare Shampoo comes in a generous 32 ounce spray bottle which will probably last me all show season. They also make a medicated version for a few dollars more which treats a ton of different skin conditions, like scratches, rain rot, dry skin, etc.

BUY REGULAR VERSION HERE; FREE SHIPPING

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What’s in your Pony’s Pantry?

What’s in your Pony’s Pantry?

Meet 14 year old, equestrian entrepreneur, Gabbi Sousa. She rides ponies by day, and cooks up organic horse treats by night. Just 3 months ago, she launched Pony Pantry, a natural Horse Treat company based in Matthews, North Carolina. Pony Pantry’s inaugural treats are called OatNuts, which are donut-shaped treats made with yummy goodness, and they come in 3 flavors: Carrot, Apple and Peppermint. For those of you technical people out there that don’t trust my palate, Oatnuts are made of rolled and steel cut oats, molasses, whole grain rye flour and other secret, but healthy, ingredients.

Chloe:  So Gabbi, do you need any professional taste testers? I am pretty busy but I can clear my schedule for a longtime friend.
GS: That would be great! We would love to have a horse with your incredible palate try our treats!

Chloe: Offer accepted! I know you have been making horse treats for yourself and your barn friends for a few years. When did you decide to take your treat making to the next level and start Pony Pantry?
GS: I began making horse treats in the local Young Riders 4-H club as a project. I had always loved making horse treats because Bella, my first pony, loves treats. I always gave her some of my home made treats after a ride, and now I do the same with my current pony, Jackson! I wanted to begin my own business to create my very own treats so that Jackson could have an unlimited supply and so I could share with others!

Chloe: Sounds like music to my ears! What has been the hardest part of starting Pony Pantry?

IMG_4167GS: Learning that making treats and actually selling them requires a lot of approvals, legal things, laboratory analysis and other things that my dad was responsible for!

Chloe: Yeah, you should definitely make your dad do all the boring stuff! Tell me more about the monthly subscription service. Could I just slip you this credit card I found in Andrea’s bag and you add my name to the service?
GS: Absolutely! The Monthly Treats Club allows you to receive two tubes of treats each and every month for 1 year. You can cancel at any time!

Chloe: Is there anything you want readers to know about Pony Pantry? Why should they choose your treats over the other options?
GS: Our treats are a simple, nutritious snack with all natural ingredients.  After speaking with many equine veterinarians, they were concerned about the amount of refined sugars people were feeding to horses and ponies. So because of this, we do notdecorate them with sugar or fondant.

Our biggest seller is our Pony Pantry Trainer Treats. These are peppermint-flavored small treats that can be used as part of training for groundwork and bonding exercises, and simple rewards. Also, and why trainers love them, they are a great replacement for that piece of peppermint candy given ringside. Our feeling is that instead of giving them a lump of straight sugar, you can give them something that tastes good and is healthier for them! Finally, another cool thing is that our tubes can fit easily in your grooming box or in side pocket of your ringside backpack or riding backpack!

Thank you so much Gabbi, and dad, Rick, for hanging out and telling everyone more about Pony Pantry! For more information and to purchase your Pony Pantry treats, visit www.ponypantry.com.

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Is That Horse Hair On You?

Nothing says “I love you” like hitting Andrea with a perfectly timed tail swat in the eye. Now she can carry a piece of my tail with her always in the form of horse hair jewelry from Tara’s Equine Designs. My favorite option is the custom sterling silver jeweled rings. Each ring style has a “jewel” in the center of it, but the catch is that the aforementioned jewel is actually your horse’s hair encased in resin. I have no idea what that even means, but below is a picture worth a thousand words. Bonus: These rings can be made with just ONE strand of hair!! I know you guys remember my tail struggles from the Kiss My Horse post, so this is perfect for me. The rings can also be made with hair from loved ones, or lesser animals, like cats, dogs and ponies. 🙂

xo, Chloe

Price: $200-$250; Direct Link: HERE!
Note: expect up to 4 weeks turnaround, longer around holidays.

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The East Coast Equestrian

The East Coast Equestrian

Taylor Stevens isn’t trying to live the horsey dream, as the profile on her popular blog The East Coast Equestrian says. She is living the horsey dream. Over 9,000 followers tune in daily to see how the training with her young, gorgeous and gray, Donovan (aka Donny), is going. Together, they compete in the 3 foot Green Hunters and 18-35 Adult Hunters and have their sights set on 3’6″ Amateur Owners for 2018. Fellow riders and warmblood ooglers love witnessing her trials and tribulations and appreciate her candid posts. Taylor never tries to be someone she is not, and she is quick to find the good in any situation. Her positivity is infectious in a sport where sometimes it seems like your “meh” days can overshadow your “yay” days.

I look forward to chatting with Taylor myself down the road, but for now (okay, after Chloe saw a few drool-worthy Donny pictures) Chloe is taking the lead and interviewing Donny. I wonder if Chloe preps for all of her interviews by printing out Instagram pictures and hanging them in her stall? Hmm… 🙂

Chloe: Hi Donny. I couldn’t help but notice that TECE Instagram account is covered in your pictures. Have you thought about getting just compensation for that?
D: Hey Chloe – yeah, Taylor can be super annoying, she takes my photo nonstop. But she does give me tons of treats afterwards, so I guess that counts for something, right?

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Chloe: Yes, treats are LIFE! So, Taylor has mentioned that you were imported from France in 2016.  What is the hardest part about adjusting to American life?
D: Well I was born in the Netherlands, then moved to France as a stud as a 4 year old, and then to the US as a 6 1/2 year old. Trying to keep up with these humans and all of their languages was driving me crazy! I also used to jump really high and really fast. Now Taylor is making me learn how to go straight and keep one pace. It’s kind of boring sometimes, so I like to keep things interesting every now and then if you know what I mean. 😉

Chloe: Followers of TECE can see that you just returned from the Vermont show and will be attending CHJA Finals this weekend. Do you have a pre-show ritual that you enjoy?
D: Good luck bananas, lots of stretching with Taylor and one peppermint before entering the ring. I’ll look for it every time so they better not forget anytime in the near future!

Chloe: Nice! Wait, why don’t I get a pre-entrance peppermint?! Typical!  Is there anything you wish Taylor would work on harder? For example, I wish Andrea would learn to stay out of my way. In fact, she should just start staying home on her lesson days!
D: Sometimes Taylor gets in my way too! All I want to do is GO and she says WOAH – but lately we’re finding a pretty good rhythm. On Tuesdays she takes me out to the fields and lets me chase geese and galloparound so it’s all good I guess.

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Chloe: Eww, but what if you step in geese poop?! Do you have a favorite snack? Mine is potato chips. NOM.
D: I tried those for the first time this past weekend! Super crunchy and salty – what’s not to like? I like bananas and the occasional sour patch kid when some of the juniors around the barn sneak them to me.

Chloe: Do you have any pet peeves or things that frighten you? I used to be afraid of cows.
D: I don’t understand ponies. Taylor tries to make me be nice but they really confuse me so sometimes I’m rude. I’m ‘working on it.’ I also don’t like when other horses come at me, mainly when we’re both cantering. I’ll take them on almost every single time if I feel threatened, because who wouldn’t?! Taylor says I’m being dramatic but I’m just showing them who’s boss.

Chloe: What is one product you think every horse should have in his/her grooming tote, even the dreaded ponies?
D: Well… Taylor is always complaining about keeping me looking good, but I’m just all, ‘you gotta let me roll!’ She’s always carrying around a rag and coat spray to keep me shining. I also tried some hoof polish that made me feel pretty baller. 😉

Chloe: I bet you looked really dapper in that hoof dressing! Umm, do you want a girlfriend?
D: Are you on Tinder?

Thank you, Donny, for chatting with me. I knew we would bond over a love for chips and going fast! I really enjoy the videos/pictures of you bucking and hopping in the air, so please keep those coming!

Follow Donny’s journey HERE.

 

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What’s In a Name?

What’s In a Name?

I recently broke my nameplate for my stall door. (Don’t ask any questions – it happens to the best of us.) Barn management has let it go for far too long without replacing it. I suppose they realize everyone already knows who I am, as they should. That being said, I really enjoy seeing my name, so when I heard that DECO PONY sold customizable nameplates, in your barn colors, to match your tack trunk or just your mood, I was pretty excited. When Andrea heard it wouldn’t cost her more than $30, she was pretty excited too. I am crossing my hooves that I get one soon.

Want your own custom nameplate? Click HERE.

Price is only $29, BUT use Horse Glam readers special checkout code for 15%: 15OFF

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Follow My Lead

A Christmas or two ago, I bought my minions at the barn ombre’ lead-ropes from Gray&Co. I was able to ask Corinn to dye them in the Charlottetowne Stable barn colors: black/grey/white. They were a big hit with the girls. And bonus: under $30 each! There are soooo many different color options to chose from which is great nowadays when everyone is “customizing their ride”.

We love supporting small businesses like Gray&Co. Did you know that Gray& Co cuts the rope, hand dyes it and attaches all their own hardware? Pretty awesome!
Click HERE to chose your next lead-rope or scoop a great present for a bestie!

Price: $29.00; but use our code for 15% off!! Code is : HORSEGLAM

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Pony Up – Unicornies (Hair Ties)

I want my tail braided with ONLY these hair ties for now on. Four pretty colors, each with the gold unicorn detail. Your only problem will be deciding which to use first. Trust me, your rider needs these.

Best news is they are only $5.00 at ManeJane. Better news:  Horse Glam readers only can get 15% off with COUPON CODE: GLAM.

Click HERE to scoop.  xx Chloe

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Kiss My (Horse)

It is true that my tail has always been lacking in the thickness department. Of course, my constant swatting of Andrea’s face isn’t helping the breakage, but I am not giving that up anytime soon.  Some negative people (Morgan) like to also point out that my tail is sun-bleached, but I like the whole ombre’ effect. It is very low maintenance.

I’ve been using Kiss my Horse Detangler and Shine Spray for about a year now. I swear that even those pesky negative people (Morgan) have commented about my tail appearing to be thicker and “so much better”.  As previously mentioned, I do a lot of tail swishing and swatting, and so not only does my tail break easily, it is also quite tangled. The spray helps with both problems. Not to mention it smells amazing and truthfully is probably the main reason Andrea uses it, so she can smell it. Lord knows she never cared about my poor tail before! The product also doubles as a shine spray and you can see it does make my tail shiny! xx Chloe

Priced at $21, but use code “Horseglam10” at checkout for 10% off.

For more info on my favorite tail product, click HERE.

 

 

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