What I’ve been playing with lately

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.

Stud kit

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.

35 thoughts on “What I’ve been playing with lately

  1. That lead rope is lovely! I didn’t even know I wanted (needed??) an ombre lead rope until looking at their website. Thanks! πŸ˜›


  2. I got an ombrΓ© GCD lead rope at the tack store sale the other day. I love it! Also, Lund Saddlery is awesome and I can’t wait to try my new bridle, hopefully arriving sometime next week. πŸ™‚


  3. oi i shouldve done the same with the studs. did you know if you leave a stud in stud suds on accident for like, a year, the stud suds will just eat them.

    i feel like such a tool, ive run novice with studs. but my old mare is like a hippo in a china shop.



    1. A lot of people have their horses drilled and tapped at all levels, so you’re not the only one. I just try not to add the extra expense until I feel like I have to. #poor


  4. That lead rope is SO pretty! If I didn’t have more than enough, I would buy one. Those brushes have been on my wish list forever, and I can’t WAIT to read your review on the tack! Not that I need tack. But I’m intrigued!


  5. I tie dye my own lead ropes! There’s a tack store near us that sells white lead ropes for 5 bucks each so I always buy some of those and tiedye them whatever colors I want! I also have tie dyed a few baby pads! Let’s just say I’m a big fan of tie dye… It’s a super fun DIY project!


  6. Stuff I have bought because of you: Leistner brushes, Aztec Diamond Breeches, RJ Classic Gulf, PS of Sweden Bridle & two clippy brow bands. Bought the darn ombre lead rope for the kids (am saving until christmas). NOw I need the sparkly ME boots. So, I kinda hate you.

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    1. you have no clue how much she has made me buy (2 saddles…ahem??) PS Sweden bridle, PS Sweden breastplate…stirrups, boots, and on and on it goes…SO DON’T FEEL BAD LOL!


  7. Now that I show on grass pretty much never I haven’t used studs in a really long time. Occasionally for certain rings, but haven’t been in those for ages either… And yet I get the horse drilled and tapped all summer long…. #throwingmymoneyaway
    The lead rope is cute, sometimes just a little retail therapy is what the dr ordered.


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