The Equestrian Stylebook: September- Sponsored by Grand Champion Tack & Saddlery

This month, I partnered with my local tack shop, Grand Champion Tack & Saddlery, to bring my preps the September edition of The Equestrian Stylebook! All of these products* are available at Grand Champion so make sure to check them out online here.

Finding the perfect riding outfit is one of the hardest things in the world. With so many different brands and styles to choose from, there are so many great options. And, as much as I would like to be, none of us are made of money, so pricing is something that most of us have to be very cautious of. I have compiled a stylebook with 3 great and budget friendly outfits that every equestrian can rock!

Falling In Love with Burgundy:

This burgundy look is probably my top pick of this stylebook. The combination of the über comfortable GhoDho breeches and the soft, flexible Le Fash New York Button Down make this outfit perfect for fall. This ensemble is a bit of a splurge on the budget but is 100% worth it.

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  • GhoDho Victoria Breech in Burgandy- $150.00
  • Le Fash New York Zeus Plaid Sport Shirt- $215.00
  • Mountain Horse Fiorentina Dress Boot- $299.99
  • Sperry Top-Sider Angelfish Boat Shoe- $79.99
  • Tory Leather Spur Belt- $42.00
  • My 4 legged Best Friend Pinky- Priceless 🙂

This outfit is best for fall weather but layering a scarf and jacket over the top, would allow for winter wear as well.

Clean Green:

This classic look is a great style for any occasion. With the pattern quatrefoil pattern on the shirt and the classic design of the tan breeches, it is simple and clean.

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  • Ariat International Lowell 1/4 Zip- $54.99
  • Noble Outfitters Balance Riding Tight- $89.95
  • Sperry Top-Sider Saltwater Duck Boot- $120.00
  • Tory Leather Spur Belt- $42.00

This outfit is best for the transition into fall and winter riding. With a nice base layer underneath or a jacket over the top, you would be super cozy but still breathable.

Breeches, Boots, Whips, & Spurs:

Yep, the burgundy GhoDho breeches are back. I paired them with my favorite Phyllis Stein Equestrian tee to achieve the comfortable and simple fall look.

 

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Food is her #1 motivator
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This Combo Includes:

 

  • GhoDho Victoria Breech in Burgandy- $150.00
  • Phyllis Stein “Breeches & Boots & Whips & Spurs” Tee- $42.99
  • Tory Leather Spur Belt- $42.00
  • Sperry Top-Sider Angelfish Boat Shoe- $79.99

This outfit can be for fall, summer, winter, and spring. It being so versatile, is one of the things I love most about this pairing. For winter, I recommend putting a cardigan and jacket over the top of it.

I hope that this stylebook helps my fellow preps with your styling. More to come with next months Equestrian Stylebook!

Until next time Preps,

Sydney

 

*Sperry Top-Sider is NOT carried by Grand Champion Tack & Saddlery Inc.

Four Exercises To Help You Bond With Your Horse

Here’s a exercises and tips that can help you bond and understand your horse more.

Exercise 1: Lunging

Lunging your horse is a great way to build trust and get some energy out. When I first got Phippen I lunged him for a month before I got on. to  I wanted build up trust and see how he moved from the ground. Free lunging is a great trust exercise as well because once you’re finished you can see if your horse joins up and follows you around. If your horse doesn’t follow you then send him/her back out to be lunged and try again.  

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Exercise 2: Grooming

Horses love o be groomed and loved on, I know grooming is a great way to build trust because that’s what helped Phippen get comfortable with me petting him and putting his saddle on. Here’s a photo of him standing there for me so I can take his braids out.

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Exercise 3: Watch How Your Horse Responds to things

It’s great to feel around your horse or to watch him/her play in the pasture so you can see what your horse likes or doesn’t like. For instance if you’re touching his face and he pins his ears back he probably doesn’t like that. I think this is great for when you first get your horse because you’re trying to learn its ticks.        

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Exercise 4: Discipline 

When you own a horse you don’t want to baby it, sometimes it can make the horse feel scared or try to get away with things. When they spook instead of taking them away from it bring them back to what they spooked at until they’re okay with the object. If they bite you say no or tap their muzzle. I wouldn’t never hit any horse in the face but I do tap if they’re biting. 


I hope y’all enjoyed this article and it helped you with your horse.


Here’s my Instagram @Hannah_equestrian and my business is @TheOilyStable.  



Six Fun Things To Do At The Barn If It’s Raining

IMG_6539.JPG If it’s too rainy to ride here’s a few fun things you can do with horse or around the barn. 

1. Give your horse a nice warm bath.IMG_6726.JPGUse this day to pamper the stink out of your horse’s coat, mane and tail. Don’t forget to give him a few treats. 😉

 2. Have a silly photo shoot in your horses stall and give he/she lots of pats and kisses.IMG_6309.jpg All of Phippen and I selfies turn out like this. 😂 

3. Clean your tack and organize your saddle pads, or tack trunk.IMG_5477.JPGThe best days are the days with a clean saddle and organized tack trunk. Personally I love cleaning tack and organizing!

4. Try a new braid on your horse’s mane or tail. IMG_6765.JPG I love to braid Phippen’s mane or tail, plus I’m trying to get his mane all on one side.

5.  Muck your horses stall or see what your coach needs help with.IMG_5316.JPGSometimes it’s fun to do chores, especially on a boring rainy day. Ps. I love mucking stalls and cleaning anyway. ❤️

6.  Play in the rain!IMG_0004.jpg If it isn’t storming go outside and jump in puddles, sometimes it’s fun to let go and dance in the rain. There’s always something positive in something you see as boring or negative.

Thank you so much for reading! 

I hope y’all have a great rest of the weekend!

My Instagram is Hannah_Equestrian and TheOilyStable! 

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Perfect Riding Shirts For Fall & Winter

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Everybody wants to stay warm while they ride in the Fall or Winter so here’s a few cute shirts that get the job done!!!

Tailored Sportsman Ice Fill Shirt


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I’m in love with my new hunter green colored shirt, it’s comfy, soft and breathable. This shirt is great for temperatures around the 50’s to 80’s and also super stylish for shows, pictures and riding. I give this shirt an 8 1/2 out of 10 stars.

If it’s super chilly and you’d like to accessorize you could buy a vest to match your shirt! I got this cute vest from Old Navy knowing that I’d be getting it dirty. Here’s a look at how it complements and adds to color!

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Ariat Ultimo Sweater

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This is such a pretty sweater from Ariat that’s perfect for layering. I recommend this shirt for winter because of its thickness. I’d say this shirt is great for weather around the 30’s to 50’s and I vote it a 9 out of 10 stars for sure! 

Polo Short Sleeve Sweater

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This is a super cool polo that’s warm, comfy, cool for riding and hanging around the barn. I think this is awesome for temperatures around 60’s to 70’s due to it being short-sleeved and I give it a 7 1/2 out of 10. 

Here’s the  list websites that sell the shirts:

Dover Saddlery

Smart Pak

Polo Ralph Lauren

Ariat

Old Navy

Thank you so much for reading!

 If you’d like to see more from me check out my Instagram @Hannah_Equestrian and @TheOilyStable.

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R.J Classics Xtreme Product Review!

R.J Classic Xtreme Show Coats (grey label collection) are the best. Their standards are comfort, stretch, washable, and soft-shell.

Comfort is important because during the long days at the show with the sun constantly on you, the last thing you want is to be uncomfortable. These coats are flexible, breathable, and fashion forward.

The next standard is stretch. These coats are easy to move in and are never tight around your shoulders or elbows. This helps with two point so that you don’t get choked up in your arms, making your equitation go downhill.

Washable. I wash this coat after every time I ride in it. With my luck, you would need to!  You can also put these coats in the dryer. I love that you don’t need to pay extra to have them dry- cleaned! There is no specific detergent you need either. Sure these coats might cost more, but you will save money in the end!

These coats are labeled as soft- shell for a few reasons. One of them is that the texture is not rough, but almost thin and that the material is, again, so breathable.

You can buy the R.J Classics Xtreme Show Coat online at http://www.rjclassics.com/c/ladies_show-coats or you can usually buy them at your local tack shop. They come in blue, black, green, and much more!

I would rate these coats a 10/10!

(Cost for the grey label collection: $230.00)

My 5 Small But Mighty Horse Show Necessities

Our fall competition season is in full swing, and once again, I am immersed in the excitement of show life. Over my ten plus years of competing, I’ve sifted through various items in my tack box, finding what works, what I certainly don’t need to be hauling around, and what I simply can’t function without. Which brings me here, sharing with you my 5 small but mighty horse show necessities that I always keep within my horse show arsenal.

1. Seam Ripper

In my opinion, a seam ripper is the BEST tool for un-braiding manes, especially if your horse’s braids are sewn in using yarn. The smaller the tool, the better, because it is easy to accidentally take chunks of hair out when using something bigger, such as scissors. I may or may not be speaking from experience… I’ve used my seam ripper for years now, and you can pick one up at your local drug/grocery store for under $3.00. It makes life much easier, especially on the final day of competition when we’re all usually quite tired.

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Bless you, Tack Up Grip Spray.

2. Nunn Finer Tack Up Grip Spray 

Tack Up Grip Spray is a highly under utilized product. However, I actually don’t use it to spray the seat of my saddle, much to the contrary. Instead, I spray my reins and my hands once I have put my gloves on, right before heading over to the warm-up arena. Humidity in South Texas is a serious issue, which inevitably makes my leather reins sweat, especially if I have cleaned or conditioned them the night before. Sweaty reins mean ultimate slippage through my fingers, regardless of how securely I’m holding onto them. The Tack Up Grip Spray has been a solution to this dreaded issue, and I won’t be traveling to competitions without it.

3. Extra Test Book

If there is one thing I’ve learned, it is that you can never have too many test books laying around your tack stall. Whether you’re using the book to study or you need a caller for your ride, always keep one handy in the times of commotion. You never want to show up late to the ring because you couldn’t find what you’re looking for at the stalls. The United States Dressage Federation’s “Member Guide” lives in my show box, because the booklet actually contains the national and FEI tests. And, well, the booklet is free if you’re a member of USDF, so you won’t have to spend extra dollars on a specific test book. Three cheers!

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I don’t travel to competitions without my USDF Member Guide! Oh, and I also don’t travel to competitions without a folder containing mine and Leah’s USDF/USEF Membership Proof, a copy of Leah’s coggins, her proof of flu vaccination, and a copy of her breed registry papers… Just in case!

4. Towels & Rags

Okay, this is a pretty generic item, but you never know how badly you need an extra rag until you’re crunched for time and need to wipe out your horse’s nostrils. I actually have a tote bag specifically dedicated to rags, towels, and old socks (yes, old socks make the perfect tack cleaning cloth), that travels to all the horse shows with me. Just think of all the things we actually use rags for! From last minute boot shining, to whisking away sweat, dirt, or grime, to putting the finishing touches on your saddle cleaning procedure, rags are a serious necessity.

5. Apples

Surprisingly enough, apples serve more purpose than just a reward for your equine partner after a solid test or two. We always travel with apples because they can be an important aid that encourages your horse to drink water. Just like us humans can be picky about what we like to drink, horses can easily turn their noses up at water that tastes differently than what they are used to at home. For example, just last weekend, one of our horses at the show began to slow down on water intake. His rider chopped up a few apples, popped them into his buckets, and sure enough, he began to suckle down water, while simultaneously trying to eat the sweet treat. As we look ahead to the longer competitions, such as Regional Championships next month, it’s important to remember this tip because few things are more important than making sure your horse is properly hydrated.

My horse show necessities extend more than just these five, but as I mentioned before, they are all mighty in their own way. Perhaps you’ll feel so inclined to acquire a few of the items I have mentioned, and if you do, then hopefully you’ll feel the same way!

Happy showing, everyone!