Seriously, Another Late-Night…Tack Shopping?

horse practicing being in a stall
Valiosa, loves getting some stall time since she lives out.

To some, tack shopping is a sort of “recovery” from a muggy-feeling sort of riding day.

I’m talking to you, Glossy-Tack-Magazine-Page-Flipper, and Late-Night-Pilé-Fleece-Lined-Boots-Internet-Shopper.

When things don’t go as planned – some riders just want to confirm their efforts anyway with…  Something.  Like tack shopping.  (Seriously?)

To prove that there’s still progress, still something happening.  Still effort.  At least from their end.

How plain.


I got the halter.

grey fleece halter on grey horse

no rub halter with grey fleece

14 thoughts on “Seriously, Another Late-Night…Tack Shopping?

  1. Hilarious! I was just thinking glumly, “what can I buy for my mare? I don’t need anything…surely there MUST be something she needs (or could use, whether or not she needs it).” Now I know why – yesterday was an iffy kind of ride, not able to get where I wanted, frustrated, thinking about it in the middle of the night, determined to do better today. So of course I start thinking about horse accessories, and now I know WHY. Love Valiosa’s new halter, the color is exquisite on her!

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  2. Unwished-for tack purchase, courtesy of Ms Sassypants…last Thursday after our lesson she decided that she wasn’t going to wait around to be let out to the pasture. I had the bridle off her head, but the reins still around her neck, and was planning on installing the halter hanging on my free hand. Saddle still in place. She whirled away from me and bounded out the barn door with the bridle hanging from her neck and flopping along on the ground. Gates to the pasture were closed, and I hoped she would stop there, but she remembered the lane out to the woods and took off that-a-way. Still kicking at the hanging bridle. About half way to the woods I saw her slow down (it’s about a quarter mile total distance to the woods) and do some kicking and frustrated hopping around, then she continued at a T-bred’s pace (she’s actually a Hanoverian) toward the trees. I knew she wouldn’t actually venture into the woods because her main interest was grass and the geldings in the bordering pasture. So I didn’t rush to catch up with her. As I passed a T-post in the fenceline I saw something black wrapped and twisted grotesquely around it. Yep, the bridle, with its fabulous custom rhinestoned browband…and recently purchased from England drop noseband…It took me about five minutes to untangle and unwrap it from the post. Amazingly, the only damage, beside a couple of nicks on the headstall and a stretched bit hanger, was a broken rein. Being the particular person that I am, a few days later I set out to replace the broken set of reins with exactly what I wanted and needed. Extra long (60″), black, hook stud ends, no hand stops, 5/8″ wide. Not to be found anywhere. The reins that came with the bridle had hand stops and I had removed them. I didn’t even care about the needle holes left in the leather. NO HAND STOPS!!! End result, custom order from Jerry’s Harness Shop in Greenwood, Missouri. Getting exactly what I want in high quality English bridle leather which hopefully will be indistinguishable from the lovely quality Albion Competition bridle reins that are now in the waste basket…will let you know if I”m happy with the purchase and if so will highly recommend Jerry’s. They are completing the order in a little over a week versus Passier’s estimated 6-8 weeks for a custom order.

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    1. Oh my….! I’m so sorry for laughing at this… Just the visual of her cantering off… Don’t know about you, but I would have been yelling. Then helplessly staring on… Well, glad you could salvage the bridle!! Amazing that it held up through all that.
      And… Seriously. You DESERVED some all night back-and-forth-clicking-never-gonna-stop-until-I-find-the-best-piece-of-leather-ever type of tack shopping! This was completely validated! 🙂

      Let me know how it comes out!

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        1. It was a youtube moment…
          And a lot more fun than having them step on the rein and break the side piece of the bridle. Which I’ve had happen twice now. With different horses, but still!


          1. That’s why I always kept the reins over the neck when removing the bridle. But it backfired with Sassypants. In the past, if she started to wander around I would just hold her with the reins tight around her neck until I got the halter on. She never tried to bolt away before. This time, if I had removed the bridle all of a piece I would have been home scot-free when she took off. Now I keep a lead rope attached to the halter and tied to a sturdy post and fasten the halter around her neck before I put the bridle on and before I take it off. Fortunately at this point she still respects the halter, even if it’s around her neck instead of properly on her head…she stands like a rock. Thank you, Ms Mare…

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          2. Sassypants – her perfect nickname. And a true mare, though and through 😉

            We have a draft at the barn that used to play this game, using her plain strength to just bully through at take off somewhere she wanted to graze.
            She fooled me only once. Now she stands really nice for me in the cross ties to bridle.
            Outside, near the grass. Not quite as well 🙂

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