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  • Outfit my project horse: $100 or less per item

    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 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

    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?
    .

  • #2
    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!

    That said... here are my recommendations:

    1. I've heard great things about the SmartPak Harwich bridle. If you don't want fancy stitch then maybe this one?

    3. I love the Dover Pro Sport boots as schooling boots. They aren't going to get you around the upper levels but I used the neoprene ones 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 works best for getting bugs off while on a hack. I never go on an evening hack without one.
    "We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals" Immanuel Kant

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    • #3
      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_...h_p/803938.htm
      Closeout: http://www.vtosaddlery.com/Merchant2...t_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
      “They were not sitting backwards on their horses,” he said with a sly smile. “But they had no dressage preparation..." - Bert de Nemethy

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      • #4
        Some bridle selections

        Boots

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        • #5
          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!

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          • #6
            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/plymou...x?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/croche...x?cm_vc=Search

            A nice but cheap dressage whip
            http://www.smartpakequine.com/fleck-...x?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 )
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            • #7
              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/harwic...x?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/mercha...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


              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
              http://kaboomeventing.com/
              http://kaboomeventing.blogspot.com/
              Horses are amazing athletes and make no mistake -- they are the stars of the show!

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              • #8
                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

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                • Original Poster

                  #9
                  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.
                  .

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                  • #10
                    browbands

                    the best browbands- and they do custom!

                    http://www.flyingchangedesigns.com/
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                    Skip- 3.3.91 APHA, i miss you buddy

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                    • #11
                      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.
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                      • #12
                        My favorite browbands: http://www.crownjewelsdesign.com/
                        OTTBs rule, but spots are good too!

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                        • #13
                          For fly whisps go to http://hobbyhillfarm.com/index.php?m...8b64378bedb2eb

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

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                          • #14
                            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.

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                            • #15
                              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.
                              Full-time bargain hunter.

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                              • #16
                                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/
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                                but put me in summer and I'll be a... happy snowman!!!"

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                                • #17
                                  My favorite browbands:

                                  http://www.txwarmbloods.com/store%20frset.htm
                                  5, 4, 3, 2, 1, GO - you're on course!

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                                  • #18
                                    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.

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                                    • #19
                                      Originally posted by smm20 View Post
                                      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
                                      “They were not sitting backwards on their horses,” he said with a sly smile. “But they had no dressage preparation..." - Bert de Nemethy

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                                      • #20
                                        Originally posted by vanraf View Post
                                        I just hose/wipe off mine as necessary
                                        That is exactly the answer I was looking for. Thanks!

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