My company's profit sharing plan is finally going to have a payout this year. 2018 was the first year in 5 years where we made enough money to trigger a bonus. It won't be life-changing money but I am excited for a little extra cash in the near future and of course I am already plotting horse related things to do with it. I absolutely cannot buy or do all the things so I will have to make some tough decisions, but for fun, here are some of the things I am dreaming of:
The Micklem is no longer working for us and my only other bridle is a hand me down that really doesn't fit Kachina well so this is high on the list. Of course bridles have a huge price range so do I get something cheaper but serviceable so I still have money for other fun things or do I get a bridle to rule all bridles? Bridle shopping will likely have a whole separate post
This doesn't satisfy my grabby hands or give me instant gratification the way a purchase would, but I have avoided gold rated dressage shows in the past for financial reasons and I could put this money towards a larger show fund for 2019. Part of me thinks this would be a great use of the money as it would give me a great goal to work towards in my riding. However, on the other hand, a show is only one weekend (which may go badly), but a saddle pad is forever ;-)
Saddle Pads/Matchy Matchy Stuff
I have a saddle pad addiction and this would be a purely indulgent purchase. Btw, I discovered the group Saddle Pads Anonymous on FB and it is amazing! Some contenders:
Back on Track navy saddle pad
- A nice navy pad (which would match my existing fly hood) plus potential cold back relief in one!
Equestrian Stockholm Ice Blue
- a brand I discovered on FB page, this saddle pad
plus this jacket
plus this ear net
plus these polos
. (update, since first starting this post they are already sold out of this shade but I have some feelers out for used ones)
PS of Sweden Emerald
- This pad
plus matching accessories, I have always been partial to a nice deep green
Ogilvy Baby Blue
BR Event Dressage Pad
You may notice a trend of pale blue here, that is because I think it will go amazing with Kachina's eyes.
These are some of the top possibilities but I actually have a bunch of browser tabs open at the moment showing so many different pretty pads and I am still far from making up my mind.
Matching riding shirts - I don't normally ride with boots or polos on Kachina so matching shirt to saddle pad is key!
Horse Fitness Tracker - Equisense, Equestic or equivalent. I like the design of the Equestic, but I'm not great at always wearing my human fitness tracker so I have to ask myself if I would really use the horse one enough to benefit from it.
Pixio or Soloshot Camera
I currently have 5 pairs of breeches that fit: 1 pair are my show whites, 1 black riding tights, 1 green winter breeches, 1 fun fox head full seats, and 1 brown knee patch breeches. This is workable but since some of them are specialized I would really benefit from one more pair of multi-purpose (everyday plus clinic) breeches in a conservative colour. Bonus if breeches match saddle pads etc. I also could use a second pair of show breeches especially since I mostly compete in two-day shows. I don't want to buy too many breeches though because I do hope to lose weight eventually.
My brown breeches are Horze Grand Prix and those are by far my favourite pair so this is likely the style I would go with.
Horseware Blanket Liners - I appreciate some other blogger reviews and I think adding a liner would make my blanket collection more flexible and versatile especially now that I'm clipping.
I already devote a fairly large budget to becoming a better rider, but some extras I could buy would be
Mane Event clinic with Jaimey Irwin
Mary Wanless Books or DVDs
Other educational books or videos
What would you get if you were me?