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  • GraceLikeRain
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    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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  • x-halt-salute
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    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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  • bauhaus
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    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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  • Lucassb
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    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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  • MysticOakRanch
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    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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  • MysticOakRanch
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    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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  • mvp
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    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.

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  • JLR1
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    I have to admit I love the challenge of finding a deal. Only suckers pay full retail has always been my philosophy. European tack shops are my favorite place for good deals on quality merchandise. I got a gorgeous Animo show coat from a retailer in Poland for half of what it would have cost me to buy in the States. Ebay is also great.

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  • RedmondDressage
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    Originally posted by MysticOakRanch View Post
    I'm feeling RIPPED OFF! FedEx has promised me a duty bill on a Divoza purchase - seriously, dealing with it this week
    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?

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  • LesleyW
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    My entire lifestyle revolves around "junking". I am the de facto queen of 2nd hand treasures. :-)
    My best find is a gorgeous Borso d'Este show jacket, with the tags still on. $50.
    A nearly new pair of tall show boots from the local Value Village: $35.
    Once scored a pile of stuff from a rather well-off young rider who'd gone off to college, and parents were sick of the stuff in their rec room. $75 got me (mostly new with tags) a pair of white show breeches, Ariat half chaps, ariat paddock boots, two saddle pads and a brush caddy filled with grooming supplies that had never been used.

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  • sascha
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    I wear 10yo shirts and my horse wears 20yo blankets that have been mended many times and cut down and re-fitted for her so that she can have a giant bit collection (I will be eating my words about "every horse should be able to go in a plain, lr, double jointed bit" for the rest of my life) and All The Ulcer Medications.

    Her beautiful rhinestone browband was given to her by a kind acquaintance. She wears it proudly on her bridle which is worth, oh, less than half of the browband's worth. lol

    My big cost savings hint? Buy flyspray in big jugs. That's it. That's all I've got. lol Also, I find it helps to keep her happy if I tell her that her plain keg shoes are actually Jimmy Choos.

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  • Button
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    I wouldn't say I'm a "diva" per se (I spent too long in foxhunter land to ever own anything with rhinestones on it ) but I'm definitely a fan of the shoestring bargain hunting lifestyle.

    In addition to the EU sites others have mentioned (because I do looooove me some Pikeur full seats) I also do some DIY. Last year I decided to teach myself to sew (thanks internet!), and I've just ordered softshell fabric to do a new show coat. When I consider the fact that I can have a made to measure 100% custom coat in whatever fabric, color, and trim I want for under $75 (or under $125 if I want to use the exact same Schoeller technical stretch fabric that Pikeur use in theirs) it's awfully hard to justify buying one off the rack.

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  • MysticOakRanch
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    I'm feeling RIPPED OFF! FedEx has promised me a duty bill on a Divoza purchase - seriously, dealing with it this week

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  • Mirakel
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    Originally posted by RedmondDressage View Post
    Weird, I have never paid duty on my European orders.
    Me neither and I've ordered from Calevo quite a bit.

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  • RedmondDressage
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    Weird, I have never paid duty on my European orders.

    I'm also a Calevo, Divosa, Ooteman addict. OMG I got the COOLEST rhinestone brushing boots for my young horse for like $25. Just started seeing them here and they were around $85. I got my rolled dressage bridle from Divosa for about $75.

    I'm also an eBay addict. I picked up a navy Grand Prix shad for $160, barely used. It's a $1000 coat. I also got some almost new Konig's for $150.

    And my latest purchase - my navy rhinestone helmet by BR. Ordered it from a tack shop in Canada so it was around $125 USD... Every bit as stunning as the super spendy Samshield, IMO.

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  • Mondo
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    I got a perfectly fitting, tags still on, show short coat for $10!! off ebay. I found a Troxel helmet, still in box, never used and in my size in a thrift store for $3! I just received and love a used Rembrandt saddle for under $500 on ebay. I love a bargain! For that matter, my horse is a rescue and cost me $500. He's in a show barn full of very fancy wb's (he's an OTTB) and he not only fits in, he stands out as quite fancy in that company! Diamonds in the rough for everyone! <3

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  • MissAriel
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    I love a good deal! Tack of the Day has some great deals, although you have to be lucky to be the right size, etc. to get the best deals there because of limited inventory.

    Our local tack store has an annual tent sale - it is a great time to stock up on supplements, fly spray, ointments and replace lead ropes, buckets, etc.

    I got a pair of FITS deerskin breeches for $5 at a charity tack sale last year - I will definitely go back again this year!

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  • MysticOakRanch
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    Originally posted by soloudinhere View Post
    I've been bringing items into the U.S. From various countries for six years now (and in large volumes, sometimes) and I have paid duty exactly four times. Three of those were saddles.

    I don't know about Canada but here, if it comes in through the USPS and is under about $400, you generally will not pay duty on it:
    USPS is much (MUCH) better to deal with then FedEx, that is for sure. I just had that argument with FedEx over a shipment, and they said it is the law. So apparently our Federal Government (USPS) ignores that law. If you can get the vendor to use Postal Service, do it. Some of them will not.

    Legally, any shipment in is subject to customs. I'm all for avoiding it if you can, but my experience hasn't been quite so positive You've been lucky! And saddles have a much lower customs fee then clothing!

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  • Tiger Horse
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    My very favorite breeches are black full seat Pikeurs - found at a thrift store for $1!

    Picked up a lovely dressage coat (reg retail in the $200-300 range), with red piping on the collar and pockets, for free - it was a BOGO - buy one for $25, get another free. The other coat I bought I sold to a friend.

    Found some Stretch and Flex training wraps for $25/pair.

    I'm always on the lookout for a good bargain!

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  • soloudinhere
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    Originally posted by MysticOakRanch View Post
    I love the bargains from Europe too - but remember, you will pay customs on top of those sales prices - and for clothing items, that is about 28% Sometimes you get the bill a month afterwards! Surprise!
    I've been bringing items into the U.S. From various countries for six years now (and in large volumes, sometimes) and I have paid duty exactly four times. Three of those were saddles.

    I don't know about Canada but here, if it comes in through the USPS and is under about $400, you generally will not pay duty on it:

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