Sunday, April 13, 2014

Why Horse Shows are Bad (For Me)

So Friday and Saturday I hung out at the jumper show that was in town.  All. Day. Both. Days.

Everything from 1.15m to FEI classes, whee!

So I got up at 3:30am to braid one of the barn horses so he and his teenager could go to the show and do the Local Day class...

They went and had a great time in the first Local Day class at this big show, so I'm very happy for them both!  I went home and napped, something about being up until 11:30pm and getting only four hours of sleep.  I feel old.  I took the day off work and rolled to the show about 10:30am to watch some of the Low Jr/Am stuff and enjoyed the company of an awesome barnmate.  We did lunch, came back and decided to go "look around."  Which doesn't mean window shopping, it means actually shopping.  Or as I like to call it, surrendering my self control.

Attending horse shows always makes me feel like I have to get back into competing RIGHT. NOW.  Like, run out and buy Animo jackets and matching ear bonnets and more open fronts to go along with my existing four pairs of open fronts. 

I have been legitimately looking for a new set of open fronts/ankle boots for Soon since the old Weatherbeetas could fit better, and would like to retire.  I was going to buy some Equifits, but then I saw some of the Boyd Martin Majyk open front sets and decided to have a look.  And by look, I mean I straight up bought them.  But look now nice they are!

I'd heard about their memory foam liners and vented options to keep the tendons cooler.  The tendon guards and strike plates, combined with the snap closures sealed the deal (and they're less expensive than the new Equifits!).  My reaction was that of a mature, cool consumer who knew exactly what she needed...

So having just dropped cash on some boots that will be useful, but probably were not entirely necessary given my current collection, I strolled over to the next tack booth and did exactly what any responsible horse adult at a horse show would do.  I dropped more money on something I didn't need.

This is going to look AWESOME when I'm riding by myself!
I finally got control of myself after those purchases and cut myself off.  I like to think of it in terms of stuff I could have bought that I didn't:
  • New Antares saddle pads and matching ear bonnets
  • Custom Dehner boots
  • Five Star Tack breastplate
  • Animo soft shell coat
  • Veredus boots
  • All the breeches

All in all, I consider this a successful horse show.  When I look at the above list, I feel pretty damn fantastic.


  1. LOVE THOSE BOOTS. I really think you can justify all your purchases because you didn't buy the Animo coat.

  2. I agree! I think this opens up a whole new world of possibilities. ;)