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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Foolproof Eyeliner by Katherine Cosmetics

Foolproof Eyeliner by Katherine Cosmetics

I promise you that I have never applied my eyeliner so easily. It just glides right on. And it stays there. No weird corner marks or raccoon eyes. I use the angled smudge brush that is on the other end of the pencil when I want to attempt cat eyes for something more dramatic at night. I also appreciate that a sharpener is not needed, you just twist the pencil if you are running low. Comes in black and brown (I have brown, although I am thinking about purchasing black for night-time looks). Price is $26 and the pencil is a good size. I have been using it for all my photo shoots and I don’t see changing this any time soon. It seriously has made me want to test out the rest of the line so stay tuned for my review on some other Katherine goodies. Bonus: products NOT tested on animals, AND ships very fast! Packaging gorgeous. 

Direct Link: EVERYDAY EYELINER HERE

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Spice Things Up

I try not to leave home without my sunglasses or hat, especially if I am going somewhere horse-y. Equestrians are in the sun SO much, and we misplace or break things that are in our hands (like sunglasses and cell phones) easily because we are always doing multiple things at the same time, that the “Vintage Rider” sunglass case from Spiced Equestrian is very handy to have nearby. I am thinking about purchasing one to just keep in my tack trunk for when I am at the barn or show!

I LOVE this design and the look of this pouch. Lately, I have been continuously gravitating to anything vintage looking or inspired. I also enjoy its subtle neutral color palette.  However, for those that want to “spice” it up even further with pops of color, make sure to view the more colorful option. I have pasted the links below.

Price $18.99

Buy my vintage pick HERE.
Chloe’s colorful pick HERE.

You Smell Like A Horse

You Smell Like A Horse

My husband always says to me, “You smell like a horse.” To which I obviously reply, “Thank you.” Thanks to Grey Horse Candle Company, my entire house can now smell like a barn! Each candle is made from 100% all natural soy wax from American grown soy beans and premium essential and fragrance oils. The soy wax burns 50% longer, cleans up easier if spilled and releases no known carcinogens in the air.

There are fifteen different wonderful horse-related scents to choose from (or you can buy them ALL for $235). To name a few: Fresh Cut Hay, Cedar Shavings, Early Morning Trail Ride, Show Day, High End Saddle, and so on!

This would make the perfect house or barn warming gift! I am going to order one soon for a friend so I will update this post afterwards!

Price: $17.00; 12 ounce canning jar. Buy: HERE!

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Note: All candles are handmade by the owner, which means it can take 3-7 days before shipping. I only mention that because I noticed customers “complained” about that on reviews – which is unfortunate because 3-7 days is nothing, especially when you are supporting a small business. Good things come to those who wait. 😉

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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Dreaming & Scheming with Kristy Lake: the Marketing Ninja of Social Media.

Dreaming & Scheming with Kristy Lake: the Marketing Ninja of Social Media.

Kristy first popped up on my radar when she owned the Canadian store, Dapple Gray, the cutest horse + hound + home boutique in all the world.  Why was I, a mere North Carolinian, following a tack store in Canada so closely? Because Kristy is a marketing ninja and her well-staged pictures and witty posts on Facebook told me to. Her savvy use of social media single-handedly transformed the equestrian retail scene and introduced a lot of us to unfamiliar, smaller brands that are well-known, favorites today.  Phyliss Stein, My Barn Child, Black Knight and SpicedEq to name just a few.

Kristy no longer owns Dapple Gray, but that doesn’t mean you aren’t seeing her social media posting. She owns Hold Your Horses Media, a company that runs social media accounts for 15 top equestrian companies. It is pretty hush-hush who her clients are, but to help put it in perspective, it is no secret that she was the genius behind the Ogilvy half-pad social marketing campaign.  You might recall that Ogilvy’s social media account seemingly came out of nowhere a few years ago and immediately people were rushing to purchase a pad in their favorite color.

In April 2016, she created her own brand of boot socks and launched Dreamers & Schemers Boot Socks. Yep, boot socks. And guess what? Within weeks, everyone wanted them. And by everyone, I mean EVERYONE. Myself included! D&S quickly had a cult following on Instagram, and today, only a year later, they have over 17,000 dedicated, sock-obsessed followers. Through my ownership of Pony Glam, I occasionally get to electronically “bump” into Kristy, and I try to soak it all in and hope that some sort of digital osmosis occurs. Recently, she was gracious enough to take some questions and send me some socks. I took it!

Andrea: Let’s get the important one out-of-the-way. Ninja stars or nunchucks?
KL: Hmmm…Nunchucks. I feel like when you asked it, I had a little bit of an immediate pull towards nunchucks.

Andrea: Why socks? Of all things, how did you sense that we equestrians secretly needed cooler socks?
KL: At Dapple Gray, I had a small mobile trailer that I would take with me to the horse shows. I saw that a lot of my sales were smaller items. It seemed like kids were coming to the mobile trailer with $20-$40 and buying items that were in that price range. My background is in action sports, and because of that I have had a lot of exposure to different brands. I started noticing all of these really fun socks outside of the equestrian industry, like Sock It To Me. In fact, I was the first tack shop that I knew of to carry that line and started selling them by the 100’s out of my trailer.  I sold so many that it almost became a sock-mobile! Perhaps it is because socks are really one of the few places you can express yourself at a horse show, especially in the Hunters. So I guess I just really paid attention to my mobile trailer’s demographic and their purchasing habits. Plus, I just love socks…I am a serial sock shopper!

Andrea: Unicorns and donuts on a sock does sound great in my mind, but I am not necessarily sure I would say that out loud. But you did. And you put it on a sock. And the socks sold out. Again, how did you know that others out there shared your quirky sense of humor?
KL:  I am 100% aware that not everyone is going to like you, no matter what you do. It is better to be authentic and be yourself than try to be something you are not. Life is too short. And you know, you are going to eventually find your tribe, people who will embrace you for who you are. Luckily, with D&S, I had a tone and message that people resonated with. So for the most part, I throw it out there and see what works, because if something doesn’t work, it doesn’t crush me, I just pivot and try something else that does.

Andrea: I know this is like asking someone to pick a favorite child or parent, but which pair of socks is your go-to, your favorite?
KL: Every new pair I make is my absolute favorite pair for a hot minute. And then I make a newer pair, and that one is the best. So I suppose I don’t really have a true favorite. I have some that are not my favorite on the website, and occasionally those turn out to be my big sellers. Sometimes I get surprised by what people like!

Andrea: On a serious note (I can be serious sometimes), what is the best piece of advice anyone has ever given you?
KL: I haven’t exactly had a mentor, yet. I have kinda been flying by the seat of my pants, and as I have been going I have luckily collected a really amazing support network and an amazing group of entrepreneur friends that really question me and highlight the pro/cons of my ideas.

Andrea: Okay back to not being serious (shocker), what are the chances that Chloe can be your future sock inspiration? She’d really like a sock named after her. She (thinks) she deserves it…
KL: Uhh, yes! That can totally happen. Chloe should start putting a mood board together and we can make something happen for her.

Thanks so much Kristy for sharing your time and being a good sport. Until our next electronic bump…or Chloe’s new sock line! 🙂 xoxo

Check out the sock photo shoot BELOW! Pictures shot by SHANNEN SMYTH PHOTOGRAPGHY at Charlottetowne Stable.

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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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