Blogger Weekend: Retail Therapy

Lauren did an amazing job writing up exactly what we got in our swag bags, so I won't rehash that, but for SEO's sake I would like to thank the following manufacturers for their donations.  It was so cool to actually get a swag bag!

- The Horse of Course
- Riding Warehouse
- Noble Outfitters
- One Horse
- Dover Saddlery
- Horze

More retail therapy was to be had on Saturday when we visited two tack shops.  I'm 1.5 and 2 hours from the two closest tack shops respectively, so that was amazing.  I managed to keep my hands buried in my pockets at Charlotte's, which is a really cool store with a lot going for it:


But at Dover, I made a couple of purchases: white waxed thread for Connor braids, a $0.99 seam ripper to replace the one I broke last season (oops...), and a rubber brush for removing dog and horse hair from textiles.  Big spender!

I tried really hard to buy a Dressage pad...to go with the Dressage saddle I unexpectedly came home with (going to keep you in suspense on that one for now)...but sadly after 20 minutes of three of us trying to find a pad that didn't look enormous on a 16.5" saddle, we failed.

It was a lot of fun to go actual shopping in an actual tack store with actual horse friends!

28 comments:

  1. NOOOO tell us all about the saddle, suspense is no fun. *pouting*

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  2. I highly recommend the Horze pony sized Dressage saddle pads for small dressage saddles! They are reasonably priced and come in all kinds of fun colors plus they don't look ginormous!

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    1. Maybe I will just have to look into getting one with the gift certificate we got last weekend!

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  3. Saddle!!! Ecogold pads are on the small size :)

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    1. Oooh, bad Tori for enabling! Haha.

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  4. I shopped for my pony all weekend too!

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    1. Love it! It's the best kind of shopping.

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  5. You can sometimes use a straighter-cut ap pad. I have one that might work. I'll send you measurements and if it's right, it's yours for the cost of shipping.

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    1. I actually did end up with one thanks to Jen, it's too small for Paddy, but thank you for the offer!

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  6. You were SUCH a big spender, i cannot believe it. ;)

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    1. I do this all the time. I get all big eyed at Rolex and tack stores and end up buying braiding supplies. It's a problem.

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  7. So sad about the saddle pad debacle!

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    1. I know, but it was so much fun shopping with you guys anyway. Like a scavenger hunt, just without the whole finding the thing at the end. Haha.

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  8. I got some from smart pak that fit my 17 inch saddle and don't look like a bedsheet on Harley.

    Dressage saddle? Do tell.

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    1. I'll have to look into that, now that C is on a Smartpak, they are cheaper. That's a whole other blog post.

      Tomorrow for the Dressage saddle!

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  9. Ooh fun shopping (esp bc I get unreasonably giddy about the little "boring" everyday stuff lol). Can't wait to hear about the saddle!

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    1. The boring stuff is fun too! Saddle is coming tomorrow!

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  10. Yay saddle!! I have a 17" dressage saddle and the only pads that ever fit really well are the Toklat Classics pads.

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    1. Oh, that is good to know. I love Toklat AP pads, and I say that having never owned one myself, just borrowed ones off the pile at the barn. They are practically indestructible and always lay so nicely. Thanks for the tip!

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  11. Skipping straight to next post for saddle newses ☺☺☺
    Still, had to comment to sat weekend sounds fab! Would love a chance to go to a blogger meet up sometime!

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  12. Big spendah indeed! The Stubben saddle pads run tiny for some reason, but I've only had their AP pads not dressage.

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