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post #11 of 18 Old 02-15-2010, 01:01 PM
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Well maybe that's where we're different; I don't show anymore so have no use for the show apparel.

That old adage has many exceptions to the rule, BTW. My latest horse cost me not one penny to buy, but he's by far the nicest animal I've owned in the last 20 years.

I didn't say the places I shopped weren't expensive normally but they do have kicker sales sometimes, which is when I buy. If you don't need something right away you can wait and get a good deal.

I bought myself a pair of fullseat breeks on sale. I'd been lusting after a pair for several years, but couldn't justify the price. Caught them on sale, and got them for less than what I normally pay for regular breeks.

I might shop at Goodwill for my regular outwear, but there's no way I'd buy used breeks. Don't know why. It just seems oogy to me.

Plus, ebay isn't what it used to be. Now many sellers are just on-line merchandisers with new stuff, and the same guarantees you can find anywhere else on-line. I'd rather buy from Amazon than ebay any day.

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post #12 of 18 Old 02-15-2010, 01:30 PM
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That old adage has many exceptions to the rule, BTW. My latest horse cost me not one penny to buy, but he's by far the nicest animal I've owned in the last 20 years.
Yea but I consider that Smart/Bargain shopping, like when I buy $200 breeches for $18 and they look like they've never been worn, or a $500 show jacket for $160. Because the brand is still quality, but the price is to die for. Same thing can be said about horses, especially in this market. You could pick up a 100% broke horse, no major comformation flaws, decent age, and a lot of times even papered at Auction for less then $500. In the 90's you couldn't even dream of that lol.

I got my AO Hunter/Big Eq horse for $1. Of course he couldn't do that stuff right when I got him but he's exponentially increased his "value" over the years.

But when it comes to things like gloves for example. IME I used to buy the cheap gloves, but I'd go through like 2-3 pairs a year. Then I decided to buy a pair of slightly more expensive gloves and they lasted me 2-3 years. Huge difference. Same thing with breeches, I could go buy a pair of "schoolies" off the rack at a local tack store for $10-$15 bucks. But they'd last me like a year. Whereas the $200 show breeches I got 10 years ago are still going strong. I could show in them tomorrow and no one would be the wiser. (Though in that respect I am very very fortunate that I was able to stay the same exact size for 10 years. )

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post #13 of 18 Old 02-15-2010, 01:44 PM
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Originally Posted by Speed Racer View Post
Wow, y'all must have a lot of money to burn.

I rarely buy from Dover or State Line because they're far too expensive, and I've never bought from SmartPak.

I also won't buy tack/riding apparel off ebay, because you never know what the quality of an item is until you actually get it.

Here are some of the websites I frequent:

Horse Tack, Horse Blankets, Horse Bits, Breyer Horses, Riding Breeches, Horse Grooming Supplies

Equestrian Collections Riding Apparel

Schneider Saddlery

Equine Supplies, Horse Supplies, Horse Supply

Horse Supplies, Cattle Supplies, Pet Supplies - American Livestock and Pet Supply, Inc.

Pet Supplies, Dog Supplies, Horse Supplies, Horse Tack, Farm Supplies - Valley Vet Supply

Not all of them have riding apparel, but the first three are great for getting things on sale, and the last three are good for supplies, saddles, supplements, etc.
Dover has AWESOME sales and close-outs on very high quality stuff (I'm not talking just about cloth, but also bridles, pads,... I got some stuff 60-70% off, I couldn't beat the price anywhere on internet). I buy from valleyvet and jeffersequine too all the time (blankets, supplements, dewormers, boots, etc.), but just not what I put on my butt or my tack. I always want to see/feel the quality before I throw money in. With Dover I can go and try 10 breeches or touch 10 pads and decide which one I like.
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post #15 of 18 Old 02-17-2010, 10:56 AM
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Horse Products | Stal Amani Shop

I get most of my stuff from Stal Amani, they have a wide selection of very reasonably priced products and shipping is cheap.
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post #16 of 18 Old 02-17-2010, 11:48 AM
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Dover Saddlery, State Line Tack, Jeffers Equine, eBay, and My Draft Horse Super Store.
I find some better deals on Jeffers Equine for things like grooming, but they have a relatively small selection of saddle pads and bits. But the also have draft tack etc. eBay is great for show clothes and saddles. Dover is usually my go-to site becuase it has a lot of stuff and great sales and clearance , but I like State Line Tack because they have some draft halters. My Draft Horse Super Store because they carry shipping boots, winter and summer blankets and fly masks.

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post #17 of 18 Old 02-17-2010, 12:25 PM
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Ebay, dover, smartpak, stateline, 123tack, legacy tack... I usually run a google search for the product I'm looking for and check out the "shopping results" to find the cheapest prices.

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post #18 of 18 Old 05-28-2012, 09:46 PM
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I buy my riding pants at batters up , a baseball uniform shop. Really nice for $30
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