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Best and Worst Tack/Clothing Purchases

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    Second the equivisor. And I don't know if this counts, but prescription sunglasses.


      Brown field boots!

      I finally sprung for a pair of the Mountain Horse Sovereign boots (in the havana, not that flashy two tone brown situation), and I get compliments literally every time I go to the barn, plus they are my favorite boots I've ever worn. Super comfy with zero break in time! Now for the question of...will they work with a helmet with black leather accents because I'm in loooooove with the tipperary windsor croco top...thoughts?

      Honorable mentions go to:

      aztec diamond saddle pads - they have a real forward flap shape so they don't wriggle out from under my saddle and the mesh underside wicks moisture really well, plus they look SO sharp with the matching ear bonnet (those are pretty great too)

      devoucoux comfort stirrup leathers - all the benefits of millbrooks/pravins but they don't annihilate the leather on my saddle

      old school flat hermes saddle - uncomfortable as all get out but puts me in the nicest most athletic position. I'm still in the market for something comfier and a bit more secure but I won't ever sell this bad boy so I can haul it out when I sense I'm getting sloppy.'s just SO pretty.

      cute little saddle tag I bought on Etsy that says "help, rider down!" and has my phone number. Ellie Mae is a bolter and I know it's only a matter of time before she gets her knickers in a twist over a bird and leaves me twiddling my thumbs under a tree.

      As for the worst:

      I am fully OVER my Ogilvy half pad. While it works wonders for my back, all that memory foam overheats the hell out of my horse and it really screws with saddle fit. I'll admit it's pretty great for throwing under a too-big saddle though.

      HR Farm breeches - I want to love these. They are flattering, inexpensive, come in nice colors, and sticky. Unfortunately they are so sticky that they stick to my saddle better than they stick to my butt. Just to clarify, my butt is prominent enough that I should not be worrying about sliding breeches. Plus, anything without a thigh pocket for my phone is out since I'll need it when I'm sitting under that tree.

      Ariat boots - this is a love/hate thing. They are SO comfortable, the comfiest in the world, but I cannot for the life of me get a pair to last more than 6 months without looking super duper ratty and beat up. The exception to this are the little dark green discontinuted rubber chelsea boots, which I will buy on the spot if anybody has a pair lying around in an 8.5
      Last edited by postgradmess; Jun. 24, 2020, 01:50 AM.


        Originally posted by SarahandSam View Post

        I second that... I have the fleece-lined Kerrits tights and they are ridiculously comfy. Now and then when they're actually clean, I wear them around the house and as leggings. And sometimes to run in.
        i just wish the flow rise had side pockets :/


          Originally posted by Fellbutbackup

          How do you get your glasses to not slide down when riding?
          It definitely depends on how they fit your nose and how they wrap around the back of your ears. If you can bend the ends of the ear tip part it definitely helps on some. I've had some that fall down and some that don't. These are ray-ban aviators and they stay up nicely.

          Also, hint, they slide down if you're looking at your hands/horse's ears. This may not be an issue for you but it did get me to realize I was doing it.


            I always use straps on my dark glasses when riding to keep them in place. I got my last ones at REI. Such as:


              Originally posted by Fellbutbackup

              How do you get your glasses to not slide down when riding?
              Ear grips:

              I keep them on both my normal glasses and sunglasses 24/7. Truly a game changer for me.


                Good buys,

                A pair of parlantis. I bought from Tailored Equestrian in 2012. I use to ride 5+ horses in those things daily, muck out stalls and at one point I was walking close to 14 miles everyday. I still have them. The look great minus a busted zipper.

                Hadley riding tights. I bought some riding tights last year when I was super pregnant and riding. The tights are now my goto.

                Those little bucket strap things.. they make hanging water buckets at shows a breeze.

                Gelite half pad. I love it! Paid 40 bucks for it at a consignment store.

                Kastel shirts, my goto. I bought a bunch when they were 30 a piece on zulily probably 5+ years ago. They’ve held up to everyday wear.


                Piper breeches, they just wouldn’t work with my body and they material was weird.

                Ogivly half pad... fits my saddles in all the wrong places.. I’ve bought and sold 2x. Don’t ask why.




                  Haas Diamond Gloss Brush. It like absorbs the dust and instantly shines the horse. It’s a great finishing brush too.

                  Equivisor! I have the jute one. Might be the best purchase hands down for summer riding. Not sure why I waited so long to get it.

                  Roeckl Suntan gloves for summer and Roeckl insulated winter riding gloves. Actually any of the Roeckl gloves because they’re so comfortable and seamless (I HATE any kind of seam of bulky wrist on a glove, it just drives me nuts.)

                  Aztec Diamond technical base layer shirt, it’s like a compression shirt which I LOVE for winter. I feel like it even helps with my upper body and arm position too, it’s nice. It has zippers on the sleeves which is a cool accent too!

                  White ‘n Brite was amazing shampoo when I owned a grey.

                  Rambo Ultimo turnout blanket and Amigo Varilayer stable blanket are my horse’s staples for extreme cold. I ask love the Smartpak Ultimate turnouts just as much.

                  Smartpak Winter riding breeches, fleece lined with silicone grip. I’m really into this silicone grip! I hope more companies start using it on knee patches, it’s phenomenal when your horse is bouncy or a spooker.


                  The Smartpak “non-slip” pad SUCKS. It provides literally no grip (in fact I feel like the saddle slips more when I use it) and makes the horse sweat profusely and drips super gross down the sides of the horse. Then the pad itself never dries and it’s just gross.

                  Dover Crown Bridle - it’s so cheap looking, leather feels like styrofoam and does not take up oil whatsoever. The reins are also so light it’s so hard to maintain contact because they’re practically blowing in the wind like paper reins or something.

                  Tredstep Medici field boots- they never ever broke in and killeddd to walk more than a few steps in. Horrible purchase, even with gel ankle protectors they just chewed up my skin and didn’t flex.

                  Smartpak Hadley breeches, the fitting is SO inconsistent and the zippers on every single pair constantly falls down. I have 3 pairs that I spent over $120 each on that I had to spend $25 each to have new zippers put in. I’d be walking around and not even realize the fly was down, or as soon as I start my lesson I can feel the fly just completely open which is SO embarrassing and distracting. If I’m going to spend $120 plus $25 more for a zipper I’m going to just avoid the annoyance and buy Tailored Sportsmans. I reached out to Smartpak and they were no help “Oh this is the first time we’ve heard of this problem”.. which is funny because 2 other people at the barn have the same exact issue with their Hadleys. Kind of put me off SP for a bit because I spend a ton of money with them. Hmphf. (I WILL say however that I like their Pipers for winter schooling! They really warm and grippy for my saddle. And the price is nice and they have a nice color selection now- I love my rusts!
                  Last edited by Fiona_785; Jun. 27, 2020, 01:17 AM. Reason: Thought of more things


                    Originally posted by Fellbutbackup

                    How do you get your glasses to not slide down when riding?
                    I ride in glasses that are not sunglasses but darken to protect you from the sun when in UV light.

                    The only time they slid down was when they got accidentally knocked. I bent them a little bit and they stayed put.
                    It is better to ride 5 minutes a day than it is to ride 35 minutes on a Sunday.


                      I LOVE this thread!!

                      Here are a few of mine:

                      - Greenhawk's Elation Platinum Brooklyn breeches - they're super comfy, flattering, and cute with their contrasting stitching.
                      - PS of Sweden pad: I swore I wouldn't spend that much on a pad, but fell in love with the colour, pattern, and attention to detail, and now I'm hooked. Ugh.
                      - Waldhausen rose gold halter: oh my gosh, I love this thing. The leather is super nice, the hardware adds the bit of rose gold detail, and it looks amazing on my gelding.
                      - Butet platinum saddle: seriously the nicest thing my butt has ever touched - for its minimalist style it promoted a correct position, didn't lock me in, and allowed me to move where I needed to go. I died a little inside when I had to sell it... my new gelding is my forever horse and will never ever fit it.


                      - Ariat Heritage Contour boots: I have a love/hate relationship with these... they're SUPER comfortable, but they got holes in them within 6 months (riding 5 days/week) and they seem to attract dust and cling on to it for dear life.
                      - Prestige bridle: it looks super nice on my gelding, but the leather quality is "meh" for the price, and one of the cheekpiece keepers is loose and always slides down.
                      - Ogilvy half pads: I love the look, the craftsmanship is amazing, and I love Ogilvy for their regular pads, but the half pads have always seemed way too bulky for my liking..

                      - TS breeches... they don't fit me well and the metal clasp at the front always pinches my skin. Sigh. I want to be a TS girl, I really do, but I can't.
                      - DK Malibu saddle: I have a DK Liberty (monoflap) and LOVE it (it's been converted to wool) - and wanted a traditional dual flap for the hunter ring, so went with the Malibu - I hated it, I felt like I was a million miles off my horse's back, and the FLAIR panels were odd. I listed it for sale very quickly and never looked back.. but I still love my Liberty.