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post #11 of 22 Old 06-06-2013, 07:45 PM
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I'm in between stages, I guess—just got my first horse, and I'm both tired of and entertained by "stuff shopping." I color-match, but only on stuff that will be seen, and when it makes no difference in what I actually get. I HAVE been buying a lot of books lately, because it feeds two addictions in one. Still, it could be worse—I tease my friend about her saddle addiction all the time.
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post #12 of 22 Old 06-06-2013, 08:10 PM
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I'm actually backwards... haha

I was given some grooming stuff and when I bought my own, I only bought one item that was good quality. For that reason, everything was mismatched. Now I'm buying matching polos for his saddle pad and blankets to match the fly sheet, etc.

But I always go for high quality. I rather buy something one at a time if it'll work best with my horse and last a long time. I'm not a cheapy.

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post #13 of 22 Old 06-06-2013, 08:23 PM
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I always buy cheap. As long as it fits my horse, ill use it. I grew up like that. My parents were very well off and I had a horse, but I had to make due with what I already had in my closet for show clothes and I didn't own a saddle until about a year or two after I got my horse.

We had money, but clothing the horse (saddle, saddle pad, etc.) and show clothes weren't as important as the horse itself. To this day, I can't stand bling on my saddle or fancy clothes for showing. I get by with "look alike" show clothes from the thrift store. Not because I can't afford it, I just can't see spending my money on something expensive when I can look the same for less.
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post #14 of 22 Old 06-06-2013, 10:57 PM
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I buy stuff that's on sale, but I still love buying stuff for my pony. In regards to the curry comb going missing, I know how you feel. One of the other people in my tack stall keeps using my brushes and putting them in with THEIR stuff. It's quite obvious that they are my brushes so I don't know why they keep getting used.
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post #15 of 22 Old 06-06-2013, 11:19 PM
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I'm not sure if I'm ever going to get over my matching tack and colors assigned to each horse and over protective mother with the vet on speed dial stage.
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post #16 of 22 Old 06-07-2013, 12:00 AM
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Thanks for this thread. My farrier called me today to tell me about a new tack shop and this reminded me I have a need. Now I have an excuse to go.

Brushes, combs, halters and what have you I don't really care, but I ride in a black western saddle and I don't have a black headstall that will fit one of my horses. Drives me crazy riding with black saddle/brown headstall. LOL Oh, and I've had horses a long time so it isn't a "this is all new to me" thing.
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post #17 of 22 Old 06-07-2013, 02:41 AM
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I have three horses and have owned them for a couple years. Me and my mom still like to color match everything, we use an amazing horse shampoo (I have no clue whether it's expensive or some fancy brand, but it works great and is enviromentally friendly ;)), and our horses have a whole bag of treats, supplements, salt blocks, electrolytes...LOL, will I ever slow down?
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post #18 of 22 Old 06-07-2013, 03:03 AM
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I'm a cheap mom. I don't color coordinate anything. However, my addiction is halters. We recently got a new feed store in our town and I automatically go to the horse isle and stare at the halters and lead ropes. Lakota is a palomino, so I'm always looking for pretty halters that will look good on him. Currently he is wearing his lime green halter, but I just recently bought him a deep blue and white halter..Simple because he's never had a blue one, and I think he would just look "soooooo handsome" in one. Lakota is the only horse that I work with on a daily basis, yet all of his essentials completely fill up the tack room with 5 halters hanging up (there's probably even more than that in the barn). lol

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post #19 of 22 Old 06-07-2013, 08:30 AM
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to many times i see, parents dress their kids up in nice cool brand clothes because to them it makes them look like "good caring parents" same goes with animals..everyone in this days of living everything has to look nice on the outside.

heck i was going to buy miover $80 splint boots and i said hang on he doesnt jump, he doesnt do hard work, he doesnt do dressage..why the heck does he need $80 splint boots to walk in a paddock,or walk in circles in a pen,

i brought him $50 weatherbeata fly repelent boots, he destroyed them within 5 mins of putting him back in paddock

i ask myself is it a NEED or a WANT

i could buy him a nice weatherbeata winter rug, but why when he has a winter rug,
i would be spending $500 on a rug thats just gunna make him "look good" makes no sense. miover doesnt give a hoot on what he wears LOL it is me that cares.

there could be a horse in another paddock with a patched up ugly looking rug, doesnt mean he is loved any less, just means owners are very good at bugeting LOL

which i do the same i patch up holes, since i wont buy him a coat each week because of a hole.

i wonder how any horse owners buy stuff for there horses that just sit in tack shed because there is no need for that item LOL
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post #20 of 22 Old 06-07-2013, 02:57 PM Thread Starter
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It's great to see how different everyone is when it comes to their horses. And in the end everyone has a happy horse! I have to admit, the one thing I'm into shopping for is bronc halters. I would love one for Comic but I haven't found one I like yet. I don't like a lot of bling or "zebra" so it's making it a little hard. Every time we're in a tack or feed store I have to take a quick look to see if they have any. Oh and hoof boots. I need a pair for Comic's fronts (decided to transition to barefoot) but I'm debating which to get so I just keep looking at them online. And the initial investment is scaring me off.

What would be your one big splurge item if you could?

Mine would be a fully custom saddle fit to Comic and I.

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