Blog Hop: Our Commercial Moment

  This is the first blog hop I have ever done so forgive me if I have done this wrong. I was reading Viva Carlos' post and figured this would be a fun one to do for this week's post.

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  This blog hop is all about your horse shopping list. As L said, "What are you buying next? Not your "Wish I could" list but your actual practical pony shopping list. And if its a high ticket item you are saving for what is it and when do you expect to order/get it?" 

  So here is my list...

  Since I haven't been riding for a while, as many of the regular Pure Horse Sense readers probably know, I need to buy quite a few of the basics to get me back in the saddle again.

  First off, both my tall boots and my paddock boots still fit me fine, but my half chaps are a little tight. They are leather so I have a feeling that they shrank because I wasn't using them for a while. I don't know if it's worth stretching them or buying a new pair. I'm worried that if I stretch them I'll just destroy them so if anyone has any suggestions on how to go about it, let me know.

  I'll also need some new riding pants. They don't need to be fancy, just ones that fit me so I can get ready for competition and then I'll get some good ones. The two pairs I have currently are well used and are too short for me now so a few new pairs are a must.

  If you've read about my most recent fall experience, then you'll know that getting a new helmet is going to be a priority for me. I've read somewhere that you should replace your helmet after every fall. I can't see everyone doing this because that could get quite expensive depending on your experience and the horse you are riding. I do agree, however, on replacing your helmet after every bad fall. I don't want to take my chances on riding with my helmet, falling again and it not protecting me like it should because it was cracked from the last fall and I wasn't aware. So, a new helmet is on the list. I'd like to get a Charles Owen or an IRH one.

  Those are my top shopping list items. After that, I'll probably buy little things like some new gloves. Because I don't lease or own a horse, I don't need to worry about tack and other horse supplies. Once I do get going again, I know that things like buying a saddle and bridle will be added onto the list. But for right now, the things I have listed are my priority.

  So, what's on your horse shopping list? If you're a horse blogger and you're new to the blog hop world like me, I encourage you to try it. It's a lot of fun. If this is your first time visiting Pure Horse Sense, welcome! If you'd like to subscribe to stay up to date on future posts, you can learn about all the ways to do so by clicking on the How to Stay Connected with Pure Horse Sense link on the left side of your screen.

  Also, check out the other bloggers who have participated in this blog hop by clicking the links below:

  I wish you all a wonderful weekend and thank you for reading Pure Horse Sense.

  Until next time, happy riding!

Contact with the Rein

  Another week has come and gone and it's time for another blog post. I'll be honest with you and say that I had a case of writer's block today, but I didn't want to leave you without a post for the week. So, I decided to search the internet for inspiration. I looked through local tack shop websites, read some posts on blogs that I follow and caught up on EventionTv videos. I was kind of getting discouraged until I found myself on Ariat's website.

  I have always been a fan of their products so I decided I would find out what new things they had available. It was only when I got to the accessories that it got me thinking. I have always worn gloves when I ride, but some people don't.

  For some, riding with gloves is a preference while others feel like it's a necessity. Some people will wear gloves if their horse pulls a lot or they are longeing. Other people that I have met don't like wearing gloves at all and would rather have sore hands.

  There are advantages and disadvantages to either choice. Gloves can give you better grip, keep your hands warmer in the winter time and prevent you from getting rope burns from a longe line. They will, however, give you a lovely tan line in the summer and can become a pain to take on and off when adjusting your tack.

  For myself, I seem to be more prone to putting holes through my gloves than most. I'm pretty sure it has to do with my fingernails being a little bit longer than most riders. That part of using gloves is a pain, but I couldn't see myself riding without them. They give me better contact and prevent me from getting the residue from the reins between my fingers like some riders get.

  Gloves can then become another accessory for you. Do you like black, brown, white, coloured or patterned ones? I like a simple black pair personally, but I do know people who want their gloves to match their polos or saddle pad. 

  Whether you ride with gloves all the time, for competitions or you would rather ride without them, wearing them can give you a bit of a different riding experience. You'll have better contact with the reins so that you can give clear direction while making it difficult for your horse to pull the reins out of your hands.

  So I hope you all had a great week and I wish you all a wonderful weekend. Thank you for reading and following the Pure Horse Sense blog.

  Until next time, happy riding!

This post was not sponsored by Ariat in any way. Their products simply inspired the topic of this post.