Sorry if this is super boring but it is what is on my mind and well that is why I blog is to but my thoughts and experience on paper. It's not really paper but you get the idea. These things are on my shopping list. I have this "fantastic" new job and now it is time to start spending some of that hard earned money on the things I want/need. So here is the list.
First on my list is going in the mail today. My Indiana Eventing Association membership along with my Hoosier Horse Park cross country schooling armband!
Second I can thank Team Flying Solo for this one. A good show helmet.
mmm...I love this vest. It not only is the exact color of my truck but it represents, to me, become a real life eventer. It also means I have to cross country school any chance I get to make it worth my while!
I would like some input on my saddle choice. My trainer has a black adjustable tree Fletcher Henri De Rivel coming in March in 17 1/2 which will probably fit me. She can also get good pricing on any passoa's. That price is where I am leaving my budget. If I cannot find a nice saddle for $1200 that will fit both me and my horse I may as well just give up eventing now cause that is just silly. I decided I am more comfortable going new than used. My thinking may be off on this but all I keep thinking is leather and padding are both things that stretch and form to horse and rider. So if I go and buy a used saddle I am just buying a saddle that is perfectly formed for someone but not me or my horse. So I would rather buy a lower end new saddle than a high end used. That way it can conform to ME and MY horse! Also I am going with a jumping saddle because I can do dressage in a jumping saddle but I cannot jump in a dressage. And I cannot afford both right now. My goal will be to get a dressage saddle next year. Since the highest we will go this year is BN anyways. I am leaning toward the Fletcher because I love the idea of the black jumping saddle and just think I will only need one show bridle! Well and I am kinda drawn toward black in everything in my life. Maybe there is a goth side to me I don't know about. So what do you think is the best buy for my budget as far as a good jumping saddle?
Then that will mean I need a new bridle, reins and bit but I will be doing more research on that when the saddle decision is final. But bridle suggestions are welcome. I don't know much about them I have pretty much mostly ever ridden in a regular old english bridle with braided reins and a broken snaffle bit. Beyond that I am pretty clueless. If any of you want to share your bridle wisdom or have a post about bridles and the like I would love for you to jump start my education on them.
I am on the look out for a saddle pad the same color as my XC vest. And also jump boots for Steady in that color. Then we will be bonafide eventers.
I also need a white pad for dressage but that that is pretty basic and not going to be hard to get my hands on.
Also need help on breeches. I HATE high waisted breeches! I am much better built for low rise pants. So I do hate the idea of buying online when it comes to breeches or any clothing really because I want to try it on. I am headed to a tack store this weekend to window shop maybe I will find one I like and can then find a good deal on them on the web. But what do you think about black breeches? Like I said before I am pulled to black but should I go with black for showing? I could do a dark taupe too. Either one. I will also be on the hunt for a good white breech. I like full seat but not a must for me but I would like to find budget friendly but it looks like I will be spending a good $90 for each pair. I may also be on the look out for a good inexpensive schooling breech.
Then there are shirts. I want a cute sporty looking eventing polo. I like the moisture-wicking ones but do you have a favorite shirt you like to show in for cross country. I also need a good show shirt and collar for dressage. Then I will be set for my first show of the season in April!
That is all we need and this will be exactly what we look like out there.....