From Endurance to Dressage
... and a new dressage pad. Okay, we know he didn't really need a new pad, but for $14.36, how could I say no? Besides, the pad earned me free shipping. In case you didn't know, Riding Warehouse is having a Labor Day sale through Tuesday - 20% off site-wide!
Last week, I shared photos of the many things he has recently destroyed, one of which was my beloved Micklem Rubber Reins. He has also since eaten one of the new bell boots I JUST BOUGHT, so a new pair of those was also added to the cart. He's currently walking around in a very mismatched pair, but he'll wear them until he destroys one of them, and even then, I have yet another single that he can wear before he gets the new pair.
Back to the rubber reins ...To my surprise, the Micklem Rubber Reins are pretty cheap at Adams Horse and Pet Supplies - $40. (Many thanks to jenj at Wyvern Oaks for the referral). I love my Micklem reins and was delighted to hear that I could get them so cheaply - until I saw the shipping charge.
Um ... no. I simply can't justify paying that much to ship such a small item no matter how much I like them. So, I looked around for another option. My first choice always is to buy from the Riding Warehouse, but they don't carry the Micklem reins. They do have a pair of Bobby's Tack Rubber Reins for $52.95 though.
I don't have any experience with Bobby's Tack; it's probably crap. As it turns out, they are more expensive than the Micklem Rubber reins, and I loved those, so maybe I won't hate them. A friend of mine was fond of saying, compra barato, compra cada rato. Buy it cheap, buy it often.
I am going to be pretty irritated if I have to go back and buy the Micklem Reins after all.
With the 20% discount, the reins came out to $42.36, pretty close to the price of the Micklem reins. But to get free shipping, I needed to spend a few more dollars. The bell boots alone would have done it, but I've had my eye on a new Union Hill Dressage Pad for a while. I tried to get the pad when I was in the store last month, but it was out of stock. This seemed like the perfect opportunity to finally get one. With the 20% off sale, the pad is under $15.00! It's not in stock, but I can wait.
It's nearly impossible for me to pass up a good deal. Do you need anything from our friends at the Riding Warehouse? The sale lasts through tomorrow, so please share what you order.
About the Writer and Rider
I am a lifelong rider.
I began endurance riding in 1996 where I ultimately completed five, one-day 100 mile races, the 200-mile Death Valley Encounter, and numerous other 50, 65, and 75 mile races. I began showing dressage in 2010.
Welcome to my dressage journey.
About Speedy G
Speedy went from endurance horse to dressage horse. After helping me earn a USDF Bronze medal in the summer of 2020, he is now semi-retired. Speedy is a 2004, 15'1 hand, purebred Arabian gelding. His Arabian Horse Registry name is G Ima Starr FA.
Izzy was started as a four-year old and then spent the next 18 months in pasture growing up. I bought him as a six-year old, and together, we are showing at Second Level. He is a 2008, 16'3 hand warmblood gelding. His Rheinland Pfalz-saar International (RPSI) name is Imperioso.
CDS Sapphire Rider Award
Third Level: 63.514%
Third Level: 62.105%
2021 Show Season
(r) Ride-a-Test Clinic
(Q) Must Qualify
2021 Pending …
11/7-11/8 SB (***)
2021 Completed …
10/24-25 SCEC (***)
2021 Qualifying Scores
Regional Adult Amateur Competition (RAAC)
2nd Level Qualifying
3 Scores/2 Judges/60%:
Score 1: 60.610% Bhathal
2nd Level Qualifying
5 Scores/4 Judges/61%:
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