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A Week Of Autumn: BioMane and Ecolicious

Happy Monday! It is just short of one year since Autumn came into my life and turn it right-side-up. Friday, I will tell you about our “origin story” but, for now, all this week will be filled with products that I know my baby girl loves! First two up are BioMane and Ecolicious, two brands that help her shine inside and out. I am a strong believer in spoiling your horse with grooming. If your horse feels good about the way they feel, they are going to be far more pleasant to be around and more willing to work with you. BioMane came into our lives just about nine months ago. Shortly after I purchased Autumn, the big rains from last winter rolled in. Knowing absolutely nothing about her, I quickly learned that she HATES rain. Apparently, it makes her itchy beyond belief, causing her to scratch like a wild child. One of those rainy nights, I came to the barn to find her mane matted and her forelock a third of its original length. …

Company Week: Socks That Talk

  There is no hiding it. But, then again why would you want to? Dreamers and Schemers is the talk of the equine scene! Seems as though you can’t find a single rider without a pair of these fantastical and slightly magical socks. Expression and creativity in an otherwise uniform sport, its now been done! I went in depth with owner, Kristy Lake, to see how D&S managed to captivate buyers with such a unique equine concept. After owning Dapple Gray, a small equine Boutique in Ontario, Canada, Kristy quickly realized that she had a slightly unhealthy obsession with adding fun socks into her shop’s stock. Once she started attending shows with her set up, her non-horsey, outside sourced foot wear became best sellers. Without much serious competition, slowly but surely, she began to create her own fabulous designs. Thus, giving birth to Dreamers and Schemers. In April of 2016, D&S hit the scene running and hasn’t slowed since. Custom, wholesale, and designs of sheer creative genius have kept the brilliant company on the rise. But, that is of …

Company Week: Be RIATA. Be YOU!

You may have noticed over the past few looks that I have been featuring a beautiful custom hat that was made in collaboration with RIATA Designs. These sun hats are becoming more and more popular on the equine scene, with only one woman running the show, Jill Slater. This segment is about the seamless process of making your own RIATA and the business you support by purchasing one! After getting in contact with Jill through her contact form and setting up her review, we quickly began a fierce dialogue of creative ebb and flow! Known for her flower arrangements and garden designs, the frequent HGTV guest star has made a name for herself through helping others express themselves in creative outlets. Her hat designs are no different. Jill takes the time to get to know her clients, as a horse lover and human, in order to craft the most perfect headwear. The more insight given to Jill, the easier her creative mind gets going. After chatting with her for a bit, she digs through the …

#FashionHappens

  Taking the barn with me everywhere. This look brings together all of my favorite brands (minus tack and breeches, of course). From top to bottom, step fashion forward for every casual occasion. Top: I recently won this #ChipsHappen top from TKEQ and I absolutely love it. This soft and salty shirt is just the splash of equine sass that every horseman needs. Retailing for 39.99, make this jersey tee your next go to, wether in the saddle or in the sidelines! Jacket: From my personal collection of casual wear, this Loft sweatshirt cardigan is fabulous for any brisk night. Not to mention, it’s uber cozy and oversized, two of my favorite things. Belt: Like always, my go to ManeJane Black and Tan belt matches all and signals everyone to the belt buckle. Yes. I ride horses. You’re right, my belt IS cute. Jeans: Paige Premium Denium is a company that I used to model for when I was a kid. Hands down, Paige makes the best fitting pants for all shapes, sizes, genders, and ages. …

Special Editorial: Falling Into Transitions

Feeling the ferocity of fall early this year? Not to worry! Transitions are easy with the right tools, making fummer the next best season for fashion. Alas, the hints of summer fading have begun. Thankfully, the sweet autumn air is ready to sweep you up and take you away on rides far away! Dress for the crisp, misty mornings and mild to sweltering afternoons with versatility and functionality. Making the transition into fall doesn’t have to be a tough step forward. During this awkward “fummer” time, make sure you are suiting up with creative looks. Start off with layers, as they are always the most ideal transitional pieces to a summer into fall wardrobe. For last year’s fall/winter collection, Cavalleria Toscana fashioned this handy, stylish all-purpose jacket that has easily become the staple in my wardrobe for the last year. From rain to bright sunshine, today’s look is bound to ease your summertime blues. Dewy mornings of mucking and grooming call for a complete jacket, hood and all, to maintain your coffee manifested warmth. While being cozied up, the insulated …

Pest Patrol

Summer is dry, hot, and the perfect breeding ground for nasty bugs that drive us all completely mental. Now that I have three horses living with me, I refuse to let the barn or the horses become overrun by flies. However, that concept is easier said than done. This segment is about how I have slowly chipped away at the amount of flies in the barn. Below you will find the materials I use, a description of the horses, and a breakdown of the day! Feed: I feed four times a day. For convenience, the horses get fed half their hay in the morning with smaller meals throughout the day. I chose to do this in order to prevent large amounts of hay sitting for too long. Flies love to play in the feed tubs and in the hay itself. Smaller meals help to ensure a clean stall. Barn maintenance: Picking up poop as frequently as possible cuts down the flies significantly. No poop, no flies in my book. It’s a lot of work but, …

Beauties and Bristles

We often think about what goes in but, do you ever stop to think about what goes on your horse? Brushes are easy to come by. Not all are the same. My rule of thumb: natural is best. Teddy’s Tack Trunk sent over three Leistner Natural Brushes brushes a few months back for a review. First on the list, the “Sweepy” Dandy Brush. Retailing for $18.00, this dandy brush does more than just sweep away hair and debris. The stiff, natural fiber brush absorbs sweat and removes deep down dander and dirt. During the winter, the sweepy brush was able to clean clumps of mud out of a fluffy coat, with ease. Just scrub up the coat with a curry comb and sweep up the mess. Follow it up with brush number two: the “Grand Gilbert”. Retailing for $26.95, this body brush is just waiting to add a splash of sheen to your horse’s freshly cleaned coat. Crafted from 100% horse hair and a durable beach wood body with a beautiful leather strap, this brush is thick, …