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Blinged Bridle & a Long Overdue Thank You

Back in like August, I posted about needing a new bridle for June, as Georgie’s didn’t fit her very well. Turns out June has a horse head needing a cob browband.  I ultimately purchased a Passier Blue bridle which I love, and you can read about it in my post June’s New Bridle. But as I hemmed and hawed about what to get, Amanda from The $900 FB Pony reached out and offered to give me her used, but in great condition, Lund Saddlery Eventer Series Flash Bridle . The bridle arrived and I immediately started using it. The only problem was, it didn’t have a browband, so I attached one of my old browbands to it and went ahead and ordered two new browbands from Dark Jewel Designs.

New browbands arrived, I attached it to the bridle and womp womp, it was way too big. I hemmed and hawed AGAIN about what to do. But, it looked just funny enough, that I asked Amelia if I could send them back and have them redone to a Cob browband.

In the meantime I had purchased my Passier bridle, but wanted to save that as my ‘show” bridle, at least for SJ, and so I put my mismatched browband on the Lund bridle and just called it good until new browbands arrived. Once they did, I figured I’d write a post thanking Amanda AND showing off the new browbands.

Well, the time has finally arrived.

So, let’s start here. THANK YOU Amanda for graciously giving me your bridle. For those of you not in possession of a Lund bridle, or unfamiliar with the brand, I really recommend them! This bridle was used, but kept in good condition and when I clean it up, it looks basically new. It has great ergonomic features and is at a really good price point. While I use this bridle for everyday use, I’m also thinking it will become my xc show bridle.

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And then there are the browbands. I am so incredibly in love with them. They’re purple, but I would put them more in the purple-ish category, which is exactly what I wanted. Plus, because the order was done over the incredibly busy holiday season, and because maybe I pretended to be patient, and waited longer than the average customer would ever have to, Amelia made me a BEAUTIFUL stock pin in addition to the browbands.

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She even put a 4 leaf clover on the stock pin to match the browband!

The attention to detail, and quality of product in Amelia’s designs, can’t be beat. She lets me try to be creative, and design my own, but really, you can look through all the one’s she’s already designed, and in the past I have picked one of those and they were equally as fun and gorgeous. The browbands are interchangeable and you can even purchase a snap on browband which can make switching them from one bridle to the next even easier!

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The two I designed. I chose the brown curved browband. I added a 4 leaf clover to one, as I need all the luck I can get

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So pretty close up!

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So, I now have a  bridle I am super excited about, and can’t wait to be the envy of my barn!img_0623

 

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Black Friday on Wednesday

I’ll be honest. I LOVE Thanksgiving and hate that it gets overshadowed by Black Friday sometimes. I mean, isn’t the entire point of Thanksgiving to be thankful for what you have and who you are surrounded by?

But the other part of me, the frugal part who loves a deal, can’t turn a blind eye to Black Friday. And I secretly love Amanda C’s Black Friday post, even though some years I come away without a single purchase.

This year though, there were a couple of things I had my eye on. And, because I just wanted to get the shopping done, I started shopping on Wednesday, hoping I could get it all done before prepping for and thoroughly enjoying, Thanksgiving.

And, well, I got it all done before Black Friday, thanks to Riding Warehouse.

In my opinion, RW did a couple VERY smart things. For one, giving 25% off all purchases is a huge selling point. I ended up purchasing a new black show coat from them, something I really, really, needed. Going into the purchase I had a couple of requirements. I wanted a moderately feminine design with a hidden zipper. I wasn’t sold on one brand, although I  loved my Horseware coat that I previously had. Upon some perusing I found an Equine Couture coat that was on clearance. It met my criteria and while I’m not entirely convinced it’s not a bit too Michael Jackson looking, a 50% off pricetag caught my eye and had me taking the plunge.

I’m hopeful I love it and June and I will be moonwalking to many amazing dressage tests. Or something.

So, I purchased the coat and was like DONE!

But then, a few hours later I was like “Sh*T! I need winter riding gloves!!”

And this is where RW did the second incredibly smart thing. The gloves didn’t meet the $50 minimum for free shipping, so I was hoping I could add them to my existing order. I contacted Customer Service via online chat and was told that my order was already packaged (holy quick processing!) and therefore the gloves couldn’t be added.

But they would be happy to waive the shipping costs if I would still like to purchase the gloves.

They made it so easy. I used the same payment method, and before I knew it, I had another email confirming the purchase of my new Heritage Spectrum Winter Competition Show Riding Gloves

Also, 25% off and no shipping costs!

So, with Thanksgiving and all the joys of family, friends and food behind you, if you haven’t already, get shopping. And may I recommend Riding Warehouse? I am so impressed with their customer service, ease of use and obviously their amazing products.

I already have my eye on this saddle pad. Let’s see if I can get through today without purchasing it….

 

 

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