But please, C4, quit introducing so many delicious patterns so frequently!
Don't I wish! There are a few scores that I can happily report that I've never received, but it goes both ways. While I've never earned a 1, I've also never seen a 10. A show report is coming soon, but until then, here's a 10 I hope to actually see sooner rather than later.
While it hasn't been ordered yet, this lovely thing will soon be hanging in my closet. It will be my tenth C4 Belt. I've decided that I am going to quit being embarrassed by my addiction to these plastic straps. They're a relatively cheap and harmless obsession and they make me smile.
But please, C4, quit introducing so many delicious patterns so frequently!
It's official: I now wear Noble Outfitters Over the Calf Peddies exclusively. I know it sounds super choosy, but I am tired of my toes popping through the ends of every other brand of sock.
My toenails are kept short for those of you doubting my foot hygiene. I even get regular pedicures. If my toenails need to be trimmed, I am down at my local salon the very next day. No, it is not my toenails ruining my socks.
I have given every major sock brand a thorough try, but none of them stand up to the durability of the Noble Outfitters brand. I hated the Ovation Zocks as soon as I slipped them on. They're as thin as pantyhose; my boots aren't that snug. Why even bother wearing them?
The Horseware socks also left me feeling meh. They're cute, but I started seeing holes appear after just a few outings. The same thing happened with the Ariats. They're too short for starters, and they don't hold their shape. I was certain the Under Armour socks would be The One. They have a nice compression band around the arch of the foot, but the calf was so snug that it sort of hurt to put them on.
My Peddies however, why they just keep on wearing. I still have my very first pair, and guess what? They don't have holes in the toes! The calves don't hurt, they're tall, and they come in cute colors. In fact, I am having a hard time wearing them out.
My very first pair, the solid purple ones tucked in the back, have started to sag, but only in my mucks boots and never in my tall boots. And when they do sag, it's only to the top of my boot, and it never includes the foot. That part stays put. None of the other older pairs sag though, so I am hoping that pair was just different.
For me, the Peddies check off all of my boxes: they have a cushy foot, a tall, thin calf, and they come in nice colors. Best of all, my toes don't poke through the end. I now have seven pairs, enough to ride in all week long.
So now, anytime I place an order and need to meet the shipping threshold, I toss in a bottle of fly spray AND a pair of Peddies. You just can't have too many pairs of socks!
I got turned on to Roeckl riding gloves a few years ago when a friend gifted me a pair that didn't fit her. I know they're pricey, but they are so worth it. Since that first pair, I haven't even considered riding in anything else.
I started with a plain black pair, but when those wore out, I bought a cute black pair with brown detailing. In the meantime, I also bought a white pair for showing. When the black and brown pair wore out, I moved on to the navy with white piping. Those have been my favorite, hands down.
My navy Roeckls have been showing some serious wear though, and I am even starting to get some thin holes on the palm side. It's been time for a new pair for a while. The problem with Roeckls is that while they are AMAZING, they also cost the same as a month's supply of LMF feed. Or what it costs to trim Speedy's feet. Or half the cost of a local show entry.
Yeah. They're aren't something I like to buy frequently. A second problem was that Riding Warehouse (the cheapest place for everything) doesn't carry them in the color I want - navy with white piping. Until now! Yep, that's right. I sent the lovely ladies over at RW an email and asked if they might pretty please think about adding some new colors to their Roeckl line up. I can't say I was surprised when I got a follow up email saying they would work on it. That's just how they are.
Over the weekend, the two-tone navy blue gloves and the cute black with red piping ($49.95) were added to Riding Warehouse's Roeckl collection. Guess what's now on its way to Bakersfield?
I know I've talked about the Horze Trista Short Sleeved Top about 9 billion times already (here and here), but I wanted to do one last follow up. The last time I wrote about this shirt, which I still love, it was to share some cool colors available directly from the Horze website.
Recently, I discovered that Riding Warehouse still carries the shirt in seasonal colors, but now, they're also carrying the shirt in standard colors (vapor gray, dark blue, and grape) that will be available long term. That means no more sold out colors.
I've found that this shirt is even more versatile than I first thought. During the last few weeks of school, I discovered that it looked great at work with a pair of white capris or even jeans. Since I teach PE almost daily, a shirt that can come back inside dry and holding its shape is totally worth $29.95.
The next time Riding Warehouse has any kind of a sale, that grape shirt is coming home with me. The bonus is that I don't even have to change my shirt after work to go ride. My top half is ready to go!
One last thought: at Horse Expo this weekend, I managed to pour Thai sauce down the front of one of my long sleeved Kastels, and then later, I dripped the juice from a Starbuck's chicken wrap all over my short sleeved Kastel. Sheesh! You can't take me anywhere. Both shirts laundered just fine, but I obviously need that grape colored shirt!
I think I am up to nine C4 belts. How could I possibly need another? I am not sure what my fascination is with these pieces of plastic strapping, but it is deeply rooted. It doesn't help that they add new designs just about daily.
To my credit, I have been wanting the black sugar skulls since it was introduced last October. When I went to order it, it was sold out. Earlier this month, they brought it back with added background colors. I couldn't stand it; I had to have it.
As luck would have it, C4 offered a buy one get one free deal, so I tossed in that cute snaffle bit belt to go along with it. Since that one was free, I don't feel bad about it.
Hopefully, I can resist C4's next promotion or newest design. I just saw that they added some new equestrian styles though ... somebody help me!
A few weeks ago, I reviewed the Horze Trista shirt. I bought mine at Riding Warehouse, but when I went back to order another one, the color I wanted was out of stock. Imagine my surprise when I got an email directly from Horze telling me about their current summer sale. And guess which item was being featured in the email?
I've never ordered from Horze directly, but I am in need of some retail therapy - boring story. If you buy the shirt directly from Horze, there are some new and interesting color choices. While I had my my eye on that Cobblestone Grey one, my size has already sold out. Snooze you lose, right? Instead, I ordered the lighter gray with the black collar.
The shirt was $29.99, four cents more than what Riding Warehouse carries it for. Of course, with Riding Warehouse I use a discount code so it would come out even cheaper, but it was close enough in price. Shipping was a wee bit more than with Riding Warehouse, but only by a couple of bucks
The truth is, so many of the riding shirts I've bought lately are nice enough to actually wear to work, so the purchases have been serving double duty. Of course, after a few months of wear, they do start to look a bit less sharp, shall we say, but that's reason to just buy a new one.
Have a great weekend!
Hi. My name is Karen, and I am addicted to buying belts. It started with regular belts, but my obsession is now firmly fixed on C4 Belts.
Since I ordered that first orange belt directly from C4, many tack stores have started carrying them. Even Riding Warehouse has jumped on board.
If you're new to C4 Belts, it works like this: you pick your width - skinny belts (3/4") or classic (1 1/4"). The belt straps come in one length; you just cut it to the length you want. Finally, pick your buckle. The buckles are interchangeable and come off just by flipping open "the grabber."
When you buy your belt and buckle directly from C4, you have about 1,000 options, but you'll pay more. Solid colored belts run $29.99 while prints will cost $34.99, although C4 runs tons of specials (I just took advantage of a BOGO deal). Buckles are $8.00 for the regular plastic and $12.00 for the plastic "chrome" version.
Riding Warehouse has the solid belts for $17.95 and a small selection of prints for $22.95. Buckles are $6.95 or $9.95. I have the Fox Hunt belt in my cart right now (why not?), and with my usual discount, it's listed at $19.51. With a buckle added, my total is $25.42, well below the $42.99 that C4 would sell it to me for.
One small piece of advice: when you cut your belt to size, do it carefully. I may not have realized that some of my jeans and breeches are low rise while others sit higher on my waist. If you also plan on putting on a few winter pounds, that belt that was cut for a higher waisted breech might not fit your low rise pants any more.
So yeah ... I have four belts that I am now using on the very last hole and only with certain pairs of breeches. Cut wisely people, and stay out of the fridge!
Last Friday, I reviewed the Horze Women's Trista UV Sun Functional Shirt. I like that shirt a lot, especially for the price. At $29.95, it's a good, all around summer staple, and I want at least one more.
Unfortunately for me, I also got a Kastel Denmark Charlotte Signature UV Short Sleeve Top in turquoise. I tried out the Horze shirt first because I didn't want to like the more expensive Kastel. I'll admit it, I am cheap and not influenced by name brands. If I can get the same quality in a lesser known brand, I am all over it.
As soon as I slipped it on though, I knew I was in trouble. Kastel just has the most amazing fabrics, and this one seems even more luxurious than my other three. The short sleeved Kastel boasts all of the same features that I admired in the Horze Trista: it's lightweight, dries quickly, has ventilated underarms, and provides up to 30 UV protection.
I don't know how, but the Kastel does it all better. It's lighter, never felt damp, and it wore effortlessly. Not that the Horze bunched up or twisted either, but the Kastel felt ... invisible. Once I got to the barn, I completely forgot about it. It actually felt like I was in the thinnest tank top. I could not feel the fabric on my skin; it was virtually weightless.
The only negative to this shirt is the price, but it is worth it. I will definitely be asking for more of these as birthday and Christmas gifts, but at $55.00, I don't think I'll be tossing them into my cart for the free shipping.
As I dressed for the barn that day, I had to stop and laugh as I realized I was decked out in Riding Warehouse gear from top to bottom!
I think Riding Warehouse gets more of my paycheck than I realized!
Just about the time I think I have everything possible there is to own, I prove myself wrong. I recently came across a few things from the Riding Warehouse that I simply had to have.
Did you happen to notice the shirt I was wearing during my recent lesson? If not, you can see it in the photo above. Nice, huh?! It's the Horze Women's Trista UV Sun Functional Top/Shirt. I bought it in navy, but It comes in four other colors: blue, pink, white, and yellow.
I'll be totally honest. I bought it because it was cheapish. At $29.95 (cheaper since I used a Riding Warehouse discount), I was just hoping it was at least comfortable if not particularly high tech. At that price point, I didn't expect anything too technical. Boy was I wrong!
This thing is amazing! It is exceptionally lightweight without feeling flimsy, and as advertised, it is quick drying. It definitely feels like sportswear, rather than just being cute, so I didn't feel bad sweating in it. The fit is dead on without being boxy or too clingy. It feels ladylike while still covering up some of the (ahem) chunky.
With summer just around the corner, this is an awesome addition to my hot weather attire. I like that it has UV 30+ protection. I love my long sleeved sun shirts, but on the hottest days, even those are too hot to wear.
Now I just need to order it in another color ... or two or three!
I school in a super comfy but rather plain pair of Tuffriders. The longer I ride in them, the more I like them. I am hard on my boots though so I keep a clean pair of Ariat Maestros stored in my trailer for shows.
I like the Maestros a lot as well. They're actual dressage boots, not dress boots. They've also been remarkably sturdy and long wearing. Except. The one thing that I don't like about these boots is the zipper.
Compared to the other three pairs of tall boots I've owned, the pull tab is remarkably tiny which makes getting a good grip on it difficult. Sorry, no photo. That in itself would be okay except that the zipper is also very sticky. It just doesn't slide up and done smoothly.
I keep the boots in my horse trailer, but it's reasonably well insulated and quite dry inside. They're stored in the coat closet of the living quarters which is weather proof. I don't think the zippers are getting damp out there, but I am open to suggestions.
Some time ago, I bought a large wax block used by divers. For what they use it I am not sure, but I bought it to coat the teeth of the zipper hoping it would allow them to slide more easily. It did help the zipper to slide marginally easier, but I am wondering if there is a better product out there.
Do I just need to rub more of the wax on the zipper? Do I need to heat it first? If you have a solution for sticky zippers, please share!