It’s been a little dull around here lately on the Cool New Stuff front, since I’ve been on a spending freeze after the Devoucoux purchase (still love her to bits, no regrets, sorry money). But I’ve gotten a few cool things to play with, and play with them I have. Sometimes much to Henry’s chagrin, but honestly, he’s gotta be used to it by now.
Leistner Mane and Tail brushes
My latest Teddy’s Tack Trunk acquisition has lived up to the typical Leistner standard that I’ve come to expect. I wasn’t too sure about the tail brush in particular (I’ve been using the same cheapo plastic paddle brush for a million years) but that thing really did a great job and with very few hairs left in the brush when I was done (2, to be exact, and I was not particularly gentle). The metal bristle side was great for quick detangling, and the horse hair bristle side served to help separate the hairs and “fluff” them a bit, giving his tail a fuller look. The mane brush is kinda like the design of a curry comb meets the functionality of a hair brush, which made it super easy to use. I’m in the middle of trying to fix Henry’s mess of a mane (oops, my bad) so I’ve been brushing it over after every bath, and this thing makes it really quick and easy.
Lund Saddlery tack
If you guys aren’t following this new tack company (officially debuting soon!) on facebook, you should be. They have monthly giveaways, will be posting reviews (some by yours truly), info about their products, new items in development, etc. They’ve spent 3 years developing the line, testing it, tweaking it, and trying to get everything just right… pretty cool! I’ve had fun playing with some Lund pieces and am really looking forward to seeing what else they come out with. This is a solid brand, and in a price range that will put it within just about anyone’s budget. Stay tuned, you’ll be hearing a lot more about them.
Gray & Co hand-dyed lead rope
Ok here’s what happened with this one: I’d had a headache for two days straight, did not get enough sleep the night before, was having a particularly annoying day at work, feeling super hangry, and when I popped open Instagram I saw a delightfully rainbow lead rope yelling “BUY ME YOU’LL FEEL BETTER”. So I did. And I do. I really can’t explain why I find this thing so damn entertaining, but I smile every time I see it. Unicorn level: Pro. They have other colors too, including some really pretty ombre, if you’re more normal than I am. Maybe a rainbow lead rope is a silly little mini-splurge, but it made me happy so whatever. Judge me.
Majyk Equipe Color Elite boots
Bobby’s got some badass red Majyk Equipe Color Elite XC boots that he’ll be reviewing here soon, but I also got some in Sapphire Blue. I’ve been using my old black Gen 1 XC boots pretty much every day, plus I have the white XC boots that are reserved for showing, and our fancy leather stadium boots, but now we’ve got some badass blue ones for schooling and gallops. Honestly they’re so pretty I’m almost questioning my devout loyalty to the white. Too bad they can’t wear two sets of boots at once. These things are ridiculously freaking gorgeous… the colored part has kind of a metallic-looking sheen to it. I’m a little obsessed. Again: judge me.
It’s finally time… Henry got his first set of drilled and tapped shoes this week. We got away with running him Training in Arizona without studs since it was essentially just a sand course, but headed into the fall season in Area V, I was feeling like we might need studs at some point. Especially if it’s at all rainy (which it has been a lot this year), and considering Henry is not exactly the most sure-footed creature I’ve ever met. And of course I sold my old stud kit like… 14 years ago… so I had to start over. Luckily I took advantage of BoB’s Labor Day sale to stock up on studs and stud accessories. It’s been so long since I’ve used these, we’ll definitely be playing with them a bit over the next month or so until I get re-acquainted.