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    #21
    I just took my green dressage prospect to an after-work barrel race to learn about horse shows. It was chaotic and free. Best training deal Ev-ah. My dressage/war horse is going to be really, really broke.
    The armchair saddler
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      #22
      Originally posted by RedmondDressage View Post
      That sucks Was it a big purchase? The only thing I can think is that there is a threshold over which you owe duty? None of my orders have been for more than a few hundred dollars so maybe I was under?
      No threshold, it is apparently just random luck of the draw (according to Divoza), but I suspect it has more to do with using FedEx versus Postal Service. It was a relatively large purchase, but I did some research, and there is NO threshold. It is not like bringing stuff in with you when traveling (where the threshold is $800/family) - when you purchase and have it shipped, any purchase is subject to customs. Technically all shipments should be declared, but it sounds like USPS doesn't declare items and FedEx does.

      So my advice - if you buy overseas, request they use Postal Service and beg them to avoid FedEx. I bought boots several years ago overseas and had no issues using Postal Service. This time, it was a jacket and breeches, and I got screwed! Talked to a friend, and she had the same thing happen with a jacket, also coming in through FedEx.

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        #23
        Regarding shoe string budgets - do watch eBay. I've found some great deals there. If you are willing to buy used (not everyone is), you can really get killer deals. And of course, shop your local tack store sales - you never know what you'll find on clearance.

        I like high end stuff - so I'm not sure you'd consider me a real shoe string diva. But I seldom pay full US retail. I just scored on a pair of Equissentials (full seat, purple, my favorite color) that had a bit of discoloration on part of the full seat - $35! Brand new, tags still attached. On EBay. And I take care of my stuff so it lasts forever.

        When in Europe, I bought a couple of pairs of breeches that were about $280 here in the US - about $150 each (Pikeurs and Easy Riders).

        I sign up with Horse.com and they send me coupons all the time - I get my fly spray and supplements through them on a 15 or 20% off deal. Their regular prices are still WAY less then the local feedstore, and their customer service is better (my local feedstore is expensive and they just don't see to CARE).

        Having said all that - we have a very small ranch supply store nearby (not the local big feedstore) and they have great service, so I do try to buy things from them because, well... if we don't support local businesses, they won't be around when they need them. So do remember that and support the local businesses in at least some of your purchases.

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          #24
          I am a shopping addict when it comes to horse stuff and I have expensive tastes, sigh. The only way I can "justify" those purchases is if I get a great deal

          For custom boots I really like the DeNiros I get through Cavallo Couture. Tiffany is great to work with and can help you design exactly what you want. So far, I've gotten chocolate brown clinic boots, a pair of black dress boots with cognac croc tops, and a pair of navy brushed dress boots and all of them are to die for. And I reallyreallyreally want a pair of grey suede over the knee boots too, but those aren't for riding of course.

          For breeches, I am really fond of the HKM Cavallino Marino for bling, and I stalk Ebay for Pikeurs. I also got a super pretty Asmar shadbelly in a technical fabric with 4 interchangeable points for $300, but sadly it's too big for me now <sob.>

          I've also found some really awesome deals at our local consignment place, called the Snooty Fox. Did I mention I love to shop??
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            #25
            Originally posted by West End Girl View Post
            My latest and greatest find is Noble Horse gloves. My wedding rings are hard on gloves (not huge stones, just a pokey-outie engagement ring setting & a not totally smooth eternity ring), and that area tends to wear/tear first. I love Roeckl gloves, but even though they're pretty durable, it's just getting too expensive for schooling gloves. Other gloves fit poorly or aren't very durable (or are too thick or some other thing.) My Noble Horse gloves were $20, seem sturdier than the Roeckls, aren't any thicker or clunkier, and they fit well. I'd honestly like them at any price!

            I also love the Noble Horse grooming tote I got recently on the recommendation of a friend. All the dirt and hair falls through the bottom - self cleaning!
            re: gloves
            I buy mine at home depot! They sell gloves in all sizes which I swear are riding gloves with tool manufacturer branding. They're cheap, tough, flexible and padded in all the right places and last a long time, but also can be hot in the summer. That's the only drawback.

            EDIT: I just realized being excited about home depot gloves probably makes me the opposite of a diva.

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              #26
              I don't know about diva, but shoestring yes!

              I ride a zero dollar horse, do barn work in exchange for training (on top of my full time day job), and have gotten nearly all of my equipment on clearance sales (thank you Calevo, Smartpak upstairs bargain area, and bizarre Amazon pricing algorithms!). My folks had no money when I was a kid and one thing my dad taught me was that it's false economy to buy cheap tools. The same applies to tack and essential equestrian gear, IMO. So like Mystic Oak Ranch I am willing to work hard to have nice things, and then I take good care of them. That said, I go through gloves quickly enough that as much as I like Roeckls I'm probably going to check out these Home Depot gloves that bauhaus speaks of!

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                #27
                Originally posted by Lucassb View Post

                For custom boots I really like the DeNiros I get through Cavallo Couture. Tiffany is great to work with and can help you design exactly what you want. So far, I've gotten chocolate brown clinic boots, a pair of black dress boots with cognac croc tops, and a pair of navy brushed dress boots and all of them are to die for. And I reallyreallyreally want a pair of grey suede over the knee boots too, but those aren't for riding of course.

                It's not even remotely fair to not provide pictures. I am hardcore craving chocolate boots right now. Are the brushed boots more of a matte finish?

                I also love Snooty Fox. Most of my breeches come from there and I've picked up a few beautiful wool coolers as well.

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                  #28
                  Originally posted by GraceLikeRain View Post
                  It's not even remotely fair to not provide pictures. I am hardcore craving chocolate boots right now. Are the brushed boots more of a matte finish?

                  I also love Snooty Fox. Most of my breeches come from there and I've picked up a few beautiful wool coolers as well.
                  OK, fair enough. I will try to remember to grab some pics when I go to the barn tonight.

                  The brushed boots aren't matte... they are a bit shiny. Not patent-shiny, but a bit glossier than the usual polished calf.
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                    The clinic boots look reddish in that photo but it's just the flash on the camera, I think. Here is another shot that shows the color a bit better:
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                      #30
                      I was just in the Divoza tack store on Friday and bought a nice jacket (not riding jacket, just a good jacket to wear in the rain for Aachen) for 1/2 off, a pair of ORANGE Roeckl gloves, and an blingy orange saddle pad (also on sale). All for about 105 euros. I was THRILLED!

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                        #31
                        English Tack Trader on FB - is my best friend!!

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                          #32
                          Originally posted by Mirakel View Post
                          Me neither and I've ordered from Calevo quite a bit.
                          I have paid with Calevo every time. But, I am in Canada so they ship with DHL. This past order was huge (20+kg box) so they handed it over to Canada Post as soon as it hit Canada, but I still got customs. Only about $100CDN on a ~$2000CDN order.

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                            #33
                            Ebay ebay ebay. I have found so many good deals just by being patient and snagging great deals even if you don't need the product. Like when I found a rad deal on Back on Track Boots - I purchased them for back-ups to my horse's current pair rather than paying full price for when I actually need a replacement. I also am really good about selling stuff I don't use or doesn't fit anymore.

                            Buying stuff off-season and taking advantage of free shipping from Smartpak helps too. For instance, I save $6 by buying my fly spray from Smartpak (and waiting the 7 days it takes) rather than waiting until I run out and picking it up at our local feed place.

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                              #34
                              Originally posted by Lucassb View Post
                              I am a shopping addict when it comes to horse stuff and I have expensive tastes, sigh. The only way I can "justify" those purchases is if I get a great deal

                              For custom boots I really like the DeNiros I get through Cavallo Couture. Tiffany is great to work with and can help you design exactly what you want. So far, I've gotten chocolate brown clinic boots, a pair of black dress boots with cognac croc tops, and a pair of navy brushed dress boots and all of them are to die for. And I reallyreallyreally want a pair of grey suede over the knee boots too, but those aren't for riding of course.

                              For breeches, I am really fond of the HKM Cavallino Marino for bling, and I stalk Ebay for Pikeurs. I also got a super pretty Asmar shadbelly in a technical fabric with 4 interchangeable points for $300, but sadly it's too big for me now <sob.>

                              I've also found some really awesome deals at our local consignment place, called the Snooty Fox. Did I mention I love to shop??
                              how much are the deniros from there?

                              i too avoid retail (US). i stalk ebay. my most recent find was a brand new mattes girth (~$300 new) for 80$. animo/pikeur/etc breeches on ebay. i buy from euro sites too.

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                                #35
                                Originally posted by Denzel View Post
                                I have paid with Calevo every time. But, I am in Canada so they ship with DHL. This past order was huge (20+kg box) so they handed it over to Canada Post as soon as it hit Canada, but I still got customs. Only about $100CDN on a ~$2000CDN order.
                                I sell on eBay and the costs Canadians pay is really high! I wonder if that is why you pay with Calevo? They use DHL to ship to the US, too.

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                                  #36
                                  Ebay, FB tacksale groups, etc. I try to buy the best I can for the best price I can and then make it last as LONG as I can.

                                  I bought a Neidersuss off of Ebay, used it a year and realized it was 1/2 seat size too big for me and the panels were just a hair too long for my boy's back. I sold it on a FB tack group within a month or so for a bit more than I paid for it! (my cost was the saddle + shipping from ebay.....the person bought it for that total PLUS shipping).

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                                    #37
                                    Originally posted by Lucassb View Post
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                                    The clinic boots look reddish in that photo but it's just the flash on the camera, I think. Here is another shot that shows the color a bit better:
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                                    Swoon!! Those are gorg! Do you mind giving me a price estimate? PM works too. Ive been lusting after some brown boots.

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                                      #38
                                      Teach me your eBay ways, wise ones! Whenever I look, they all seem to be the same price as buying from Dressageextensions or elsewhere. Or the used ones are WAY beat up for not enough mark up.

                                      Are there settings, or search terms I should be using?

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                                        #39
                                        Originally posted by gymangel812 View Post
                                        how much are the deniros from there?

                                        i too avoid retail (US). i stalk ebay. my most recent find was a brand new mattes girth (~$300 new) for 80$. animo/pikeur/etc breeches on ebay. i buy from euro sites too.

                                        Originally posted by KLCarp View Post
                                        Swoon!! Those are gorg! Do you mind giving me a price estimate? PM works too. Ive been lusting after some brown boots.
                                        Thanks! They are all different prices, depending on whether you buy from her existing stock (as I did for the first pair of boots above) or get something custom (like the clinic boots.) In every case, though, they were WAY less than getting comparable boots elsewhere! In fact, both the boots above were quite a bit less than half what I paid for my Tucci's.
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                                          #40
                                          Lucassb, are those first ones cordovan?

                                          Now that-- and also a newmarket blond that will take oil-- those are the browns worth having.
                                          The armchair saddler
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