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Big_Grey_hunter
Jun. 21, 2011, 11:41 PM
Sooooo... My ride-until-actual-horse-is-sound project "needs" a tack upgrade. I recently moved to an eventing barn and am going to pretend to be an eventer for a bit :lol: Help me spend money! I don't want super nice things for him, as I want him sold ASAP after my horse decides to get sound, remain sound, and get back into work. But, nice enough that I can use the project horse's left over tack as schooling for real horse :) I am willing to spend at MOST $100 per item, less is better. Help point me in the right direction so I can pretend to fit in

I'm looking for:
1) Event bridle: Brown (may consider black), full size, reins included, FLASH, padded browband and nose, no FS, padded crown would be nice but not needed
2) Girth: 50-52", elastic both ends, preferably no fleece. Leather or synthetic. Appropriate for mildly sensitive horse (not too big of a deal, he's not awful). Not too tacky please
3) Boots: All four legs, if possible for the price. Not open front, the other kind. Neither horse is a leg hitter, but hunter princess here doesn't like the idea of hitting a solid fence w/ unprotected legs. Horses have fairly short, thin TB cannon bones

One a related, cheaper note, I need the following for real horse. Cheap good, under $45 at MOST, preferably under $30
4) Ear net thing to protect from bugs while handwalking
5) Solid, heavy black crop for maintaining manners
6) Medium length dressage whip for wiping off bugs while mounted

And last of all, no price limit until I get a feel for it.
7) Fancy browband (brown, padded) custom or not, just tell me your favorites and I'll shop around until Christmas and ask for one as a gift then :D

Thank you! Any help you can give is appreciated, even just a single recommendation! My tastes are still very hunter, I need you eventers to bring my tastes to the dark side. You can satisfy your shopping desires through me! I'm helping, right?

VicariousRider
Jun. 22, 2011, 12:30 AM
It's nice to hear that you are treating your project horse to some gear but don't let him know he's not your "real" horse. It sounds like you are both getting a lot out of working together. You may still fall in love with him yet! :winkgrin:

That said... here are my recommendations:

1. I've heard great things about the SmartPak Harwich bridle (http://www.smartpakequine.com/harwich-padded-fancy-stitch-bridle-by-smartpak-7215p.aspx?cm_vc=Search). If you don't want fancy stitch then maybe this one (http://www.smartpakequine.com/plymouth-plain-raised-bridle-by-smartpak-7209p.aspx?cm_vc=Search)?

3. I love the Dover Pro Sport boots (http://www.doversaddlery.com/dover-pro-sport-horse-boots-with-fleece-lining/p/X1-04239/cn/117/) as schooling boots. They aren't going to get you around the upper levels but I used the neoprene ones (http://www.doversaddlery.com/product.asp?pn=X1-04240&zmam=1460880&zmas=1&zmac=66&zmap=X1-04240&re=viewbuyrec) on a horse going BN and they were sufficient but I like the fleece ones more for ring work. They are really easy to clean and hold up well, IME.

6. A fly whisk (http://www.doversaddlery.com/product.asp?pn=X1-1421&ids=125530233)works best for getting bugs off while on a hack. I never go on an evening hack without one.

vanraf
Jun. 22, 2011, 02:23 AM
For the girth, I really like my Soft Touch girth made by Classic Equine... I have the older non-shaped version and am not normally a fan of neoprene/synthetic girths. New version runs approx. $50, you can find the old version (which is perfectly fine IMO) for $20 on closeout!
http://www.bitofbritain.com/Classic_Equine_Contoured_Soft_Touch_Girth_p/803938.htm
Closeout: http://www.vtosaddlery.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Product_Code=CESTSJG

as for boots, I still really like my Woof boots (approx $60/pair, though) - prefer the single strap version rather than the club version (approx $30/pair I think), but I'm sure you'll get plenty of recommendations on other boots :)

alto
Jun. 22, 2011, 04:07 AM
Some bridle selections (http://www.classicsaddlery.com/closeouts/bridlework.htm)

Boots (http://www.classicsaddlery.com/bootshorse/exercise.htm)

DiablosHalo
Jun. 22, 2011, 09:13 AM
Dover saddlery has a very nice bridle w/padding and flash for around $100. I think it's the crown model?

They also have the Dover pro boots. Fleece lined. Around $40/pair

Girth - I just bought two from Dover for around $60 each. And a fly whisk as mentioned above. They also have fly net and whips.

Dover is a one-stop shop. I'm close to a retail store - so that is where I get most of my things. They have coupon flyers that have great sale prices.

Can't help with the browband - as I'm looking for one as well!

tarheelmd07
Jun. 22, 2011, 10:03 AM
I like the classic equine girths as well - just picked up a new one for my baby on sale at VTO (and you really can't beat a $20 girth!) the other one I've had for going on 2 years and it's still in great shape.

As for bridles, check out the Plymouth padded flash from Smartpak - $65 and it's actually a decent bridle:
http://www.smartpakequine.com/plymouth-padded-flash-bridle-by-smartpak-9023p.aspx?cm_vc=Search
Bought one for my baby when we started him and he's wearing it for schooling and at shows.

As for boots, any of the woof models would work fine - my rather average sized TB has the brushing/club boots (~$35 per pair) and is a M up front and a L behind.

Here's a basic ear net for $8.95
http://www.smartpakequine.com/crochet-ear-nets-7004p.aspx?cm_vc=Search

A nice but cheap dressage whip
http://www.smartpakequine.com/fleck-schooling-whip-9735p.aspx?cm_vc=Search

and I find crops and bats to be a rather personal thing...so no good suggestions there (as i'm firmly in the jockey whip camp :))

purplnurpl
Jun. 22, 2011, 10:08 AM
I'm looking for:

1) Event bridle: Brown (may consider black), full size, reins included, FLASH, padded browband and nose, no FS, padded crown would be nice but not needed

I just bought this one (and 3 fancy stitch). they are brilliant.
http://www.smartpakequine.com/harwich-padded-crank-noseband-dressage-bridle-by-smartpak-7222p.aspx?cm_vc=Search

I saw a brown one in the actual catalog with a regular flash and not the crank. But I like the padding of the crank best.

2) Girth: 50-52", elastic both ends, preferably no fleece. Leather or synthetic. Appropriate for mildly sensitive horse (not too big of a deal, he's not awful). Not too tacky please


these are super amazing. I use them now because the big name hunter barn I went to used them on ALL of their horses. They are super soft. nonslip, and easy to clean. All the horses seem to be so happy with them.
http://www.vtosaddlery.com/product/CO/CESTSJG.htm

3) Boots: All four legs, if possible for the price. Not open front, the other kind. Neither horse is a leg hitter, but hunter princess here doesn't like the idea of hitting a solid fence w/ unprotected legs. Horses have fairly short, thin TB cannon bones

here are the cheapest boots you'll find. Personally, I only buy the little white open fronts you see--too bad you don't like those! The boot pack with open front would be super...sure you don't want to convert?
you'll get free shipping if you buy some for both horses. And use my coupon code: KABOOM2 for another 5 bucks off.
http://www.legacytack.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?Screen=CTGY&Store_Code=LT&Offset=16&SortBy=&Category_Code=BRUSHBOOT

--boots do very little. It sounds like you don't need any. The only thing that helps horses with hits are the hard shell boots--like the open fronts.
Plus, if they hit fences, the need to feel the sting. And the open fronts are the easiest to put on and then hose off. I converted several years ago from using only polos.


One a related, cheaper note, I need the following for real horse. Cheap good, under $45 at MOST, preferably under $30
4) Ear net thing to protect from bugs while handwalking
5) Solid, heavy black crop for maintaining manners
6) Medium length dressage whip for wiping off bugs while mounted

these things you can find anywhere for the price. Legacy tack has them I'm sure...

And last of all, no price limit until I get a feel for it.
7) Fancy browband (brown, padded) custom or not, just tell me your favorites and I'll shop around until Christmas and ask for one as a gift then :D

the one shown in the link is my fav. Though it doesn't seem to be listed they do still carry it.
I like the first row of brow bands.
http://www.legacytack.com/c/BROW/Browbands.html

sportinghorsepolo
Jun. 22, 2011, 10:09 AM
All 6 of my mares go in their Classic Equine Soft touch girth, and I love them. They don't rub (not even the two chestnut super thin skinned babies), hold up over years of use, and all you do is sponge it off after a ride and voila, clean tack. Highly recommend!

http://www.vtosaddlery.com/product/CO/CESTSJG.htm

Big_Grey_hunter
Jun. 23, 2011, 12:01 PM
Thanks everyone! I'm going with the classic equine soft touch girth and the plymouth smartpak one.

Which boots run short? Project horse has the shortest little cannon bones! I think his shipping wraps are like 10 inch in front, and a touch long.

skip916
Jun. 23, 2011, 12:17 PM
the best browbands- and they do custom!

http://www.flyingchangedesigns.com/

Cameraine
Jun. 23, 2011, 12:25 PM
I am eventer on a budget as well and while I will invest in certain things and not look at the price some things it just isn't worth the money since I'm nowhere near advanced levels and eventers are alot less about how much you paid for your tack and more about how well you perform.

Bridles/Crown Bridles: I have had two of these brand for years and they are soft, supple, hold up well and around 100$ or less.

Boots: Sometimes you can find a four pack deal for those Pro Sports Medicine boots. (I only put the fronts on my TB mare she doesn't like rear boots) But I used the Dover Pro neoprenes on my previous AQHA and they worked fine XC.

Girths: I like the synthetic girths made by Ovation and Wintec. Easy to clean, you can get them in elastic at both ends and they hold up well.

As for everything else best guess try SmartPak and Dover. They have just about everything most is quality stuff.

scubed
Jun. 23, 2011, 01:03 PM
My favorite browbands: http://www.crownjewelsdesign.com/

dressagerose
Jun. 23, 2011, 01:24 PM
For fly whisps go to http://hobbyhillfarm.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=164&products_id=949&zenid=a70f171f107d8bde2f8b64378bedb2eb

They aren't any more expensive than the ones in Dover and are gorgeous.

archieflies
Jun. 23, 2011, 01:59 PM
I used to use the Roma molded galloping boots and I think they ran a little short. They worked great. My mare has longer legs and I ended up switching to some "strapless" brushing boots made by Shires, which are a little taller. My pony uses Woof club boots. (Hey, my horses are 'permanent' and they gets boots under $100 too.)

I also get all my bridles used on ebay, and I've gotten the last few girths that way too. :)

onelanerode
Jun. 23, 2011, 02:08 PM
I love Fleck whips/bats. Dover carries them, but you may want to see if you can find them elsewhere since you'll forfeit your firstborn child just to get the thing shipped to you.

I would recommend the HDR Pro event bridle if you can find it on sale. I had one for several years, cleaned it occasionally and wiped it down after each use and it looked new when I sold it a few years later. :yes:

CatPS
Jun. 23, 2011, 07:38 PM
The SmartPak bridles are fantastic. I bought the super-cheapo $50 one for the horse I'm leasing, and it is unbelievably nice for what it cost.

Also a fan of Fleck whips... best balanced whips I've ever used.

For cool custom browbands (reasonably priced, too!): http://www.highbrowequine.com/

HER
Jun. 23, 2011, 10:04 PM
My favorite browbands:

http://www.txwarmbloods.com/store%20frset.htm

smm20
Jun. 23, 2011, 11:18 PM
Can someone tell me more about the Soft Touch girth? How do you clean it? I currently have a fleece girth that I throw in the wash, but I need to replace it soon.

Edited to add that I own a Plymouth bridle and it is quite nice, as well as a Crown martingale. I think the leather on the martingale is ever so slightly nicer than the leather on the raised parts of the Plymouth bridle, but I like both and would buy both again.

vanraf
Jun. 24, 2011, 02:33 AM
Can someone tell me more about the Soft Touch girth? How do you clean it? I currently have a fleece girth that I throw in the wash, but I need to replace it soon.
...


I just hose/wipe off mine as necessary :)

smm20
Jun. 24, 2011, 03:08 AM
I just hose/wipe off mine as necessary :)

That is exactly the answer I was looking for. Thanks!

JWB
Jun. 24, 2011, 09:27 AM
This bridle is black, not brown - but I used it for EVERYTHING on my mare for her first 3 years under saddle and it held up BEAUTIFULLY. I even sold it for $50 at at tack swap 3 years later.

http://www.sstack.com/English_Bridles_Dressage-Show-Hack/Pinnacle-Comfort-Plus-Dressage-Bridle-with-Crank/

For an inexpensive yet decent quality boot, you can't beat weatherbeetas (for the price). Only thing is the velcro is long. You'll probably need to trim on anything with less bone than a draft horse....
http://www.bitofbritain.com/Weatherbeeta_Molded_Galloping_Boots_p/0717-0718.htm

As for girths, I LOVE my awful fleecy nylon things. I have two (they were only like $40 each) and I just toss them in the washer along with my woof boots and saddle pad after I ride. They're the girth I show in... They clean up great and the fleece doesn't show from the outside. Can't remember where I got them.

I have one of the soft touch girths in rotation too and I'm happy with it. I just generally grab for the fleece girths first. Can't think of a good reason why. For $20, I'm going to snag a few.

rhymeswithfizz
Jun. 24, 2011, 12:51 PM
Another big fan of the Smartpak Harwich bridles!!

JWB
Jun. 24, 2011, 05:47 PM
Don't have any personal experience but TOTD's bonus item today is the Courbette Magic Bridle. They've got a brown flash bridle for $89.00

Fancy That
Jun. 25, 2011, 02:20 AM
I second the SSTACK Bridles....those are AWESOME for the money. SmartPaks' are great too.

It sounds like you already went for the Soft Touch Girth (which are fantastic) but if want NICE LEATHER GIRTHS, you can get really nice ones on clearance at Classic Saddlery ($59, normally $199)

It's at the bottom of this page. Anatomical Girths, too! I just got one (M. Toulouse) and it's amazing!
http://www.classicsaddlery.com/closeouts/toulouseparini.htm

CBudFrggy
Jun. 25, 2011, 09:52 AM
Girths: I order Whinny Widget's girths, double-elastic, brown or black, approx. $65. They are wool felt, very soft, durable (my first one lasted 4 years and I still felt guilty moving on) and you can hose them clean.

http://www.whinnywidgets.com/allpurposegirth-01andamp2elasticends.aspx

justkidding1989
Jul. 2, 2011, 01:04 AM
Thanks everyone! I'm going with the classic equine soft touch girth and the plymouth smartpak one.

Which boots run short? Project horse has the shortest little cannon bones! I think his shipping wraps are like 10 inch in front, and a touch long.

WOOF wear

romeo543
Jul. 7, 2011, 04:47 PM
I bought the Smartpak Harwich dressage bridle about 6 months ago and I was very impressed with the bridle for the money.

For the browband I thought i'd let you know that I make hand-sewn beaded "bling" browbands. Here is my Etsy website; http://www.etsy.com/shop/browbandsbyhaley
let me know if your interested. I can do custom browbands, or you can check out the ones I already have made.

Good luck with your project horse and I hope your other one gets better very soon!

Big_Grey_hunter
Jul. 7, 2011, 07:15 PM
I bought the Smartpak Harwich dressage bridle about 6 months ago and I was very impressed with the bridle for the money.

For the browband I thought i'd let you know that I make hand-sewn beaded "bling" browbands. Here is my Etsy website; http://www.etsy.com/shop/browbandsbyhaley
let me know if your interested. I can do custom browbands, or you can check out the ones I already have made.

Good luck with your project horse and I hope your other one gets better very soon!

Ooooh! Those browbands are lovely :D

Koniucha
Jul. 7, 2011, 09:55 PM
My saddle is more of a dark chestnuty color and I am curious about those smartpak bridles. The pictures seem like a dark chestnuty color.

kiesnerslonestarcowboy
Jul. 9, 2011, 02:44 PM
1) Event bridle: Brown (may consider black), full size, reins included, FLASH, padded browband and nose, no FS, padded crown would be nice but not needed

**Jeffers Equine Figure 8 (better for eventing than a flash; flash can interfere with breathing in some cases)

http://www.jeffersequine.com/figure-8-noseband-bridle/camid/EQU/cp/J0-HT/cn/240/

2) Girth: 50-52", elastic both ends, preferably no fleece. Leather or synthetic. Appropriate for mildly sensitive horse (not too big of a deal, he's not awful). Not too tacky please

**Wintecs are good but the are hard to get tight enough. They do not rub though.

http://www.jeffersequine.com/wintec-elastic-girth-54-caramel/camid/EQU/cp/KO-D5/cn/2404/

http://www.jeffersequine.com/wintec-chafeless-elastic-girth/camid/EQU/cp/KO-WB/cn/2404/

**Professional's Choice Neoprene Girth, super quality, never rubs

http://www.jeffersequine.com/smx-english-girth/camid/EQU/cp/0026241/cn/2404/

**This is a cheaper version of the Professional's Choice neoprene girth. I have never used this one but I have used the Pro's Choice girth and I love it.

http://www.jeffersequine.com/jeffers-english-neoprene-girth/camid/EQU/cp/A8-PQ/cn/2404/

**This is an Ovation Brand "Chafeless" Girth. I have never used it but it looks similar to the Wintec.

http://www.jeffersequine.com/ovation-airform-chafeless-style-girth/camid/EQU/cp/5Y-EG/cn/2404/

3) Boots: All four legs, if possible for the price. Not open front, the other kind. Neither horse is a leg hitter, but hunter princess here doesn't like the idea of hitting a solid fence w/ unprotected legs. Horses have fairly short, thin TB cannon bones

**Dover's Neoprene Pro Sport Boots are super!! Wouldn't recommend white because it is hard to clean, but good quality! Around $25 per pair.

**Woof Wear Boots are also extremely durable, I have had one pair for 5 years and I have one pair that came with a horse that I bought 7 years ago and they were old then. Cheap too, $30 per pair. Can be bought from Dover/SmartPak

One a related, cheaper note, I need the following for real horse. Cheap good, under $45 at MOST, preferably under $30
4) Ear net thing to protect from bugs while handwalking

**I have a great earnet by Centaur in Navy that is super, but for handwalking, I would probably advise a flymask with ears. Earnets are better for riding.

5) Solid, heavy black crop for maintaining manners

6) Medium length dressage whip for wiping off bugs while mounted

http://www.jeffersequine.com/crops-whips/camid/EQU/cc/2412/c2c/sc/

Jeffers has a great selection of cheap crops and whips!!