I love shopping, Christmas present shopping is great as I don’t even have to feel guilty because I am buying things for others and not myself. So, given that I’ve spent all my money, let me help you spend yours!
These are a few of my favourite equestrian shops and things
I had been hearing a lot of good things about Decathlon recently. I had never been to any of the stores myself but a friend needed some water proof jodhpurs and recommended their Kipwarm ones to me. My old water proofs have given up the ghost and a new pair would be approx. €80 compared to the Kipwarm ones on sale for £26.99.
I ordered from the UK site and used Parcel Motel (www.parcelmotel.com) as my delivery address to get the UK sale price. I ordered a pair of the brown Kipwarm jodhpurs. I wasn’t sure of sizing so used the guide on the website. The order was despatched really fast and I had the product within three days!
The common problems I have with jods / breeches are – too long in the leg, too wide in the waist, uncomfortable stitching or patches on the knee, uncomfortable material, too thin for Winter, stitching going due to very wide horse. With these, I am delighted to say I had none of these problems. They are lined with a fleece type material and have a waterproof outer. The knee patches are really comfortable. The ends are a silky material – no buttons, no Velcro, no uncomfortable folding or bulk around the ankle.
After seeing how good the brown were I then bought a black pair at full price(http://www.fouganza.co.uk/kipwarm-warm-jodhpurs-black-id_8317560.html) and also picked up a couple of pairs of socks and a lightweight top. I have worn these riding, teaching, lunging and doing yard work and I love them. They jodhpurs are waterproof – I found this out when I accidentally sprayed my entire leg with a hose!
However – one point to note – these do look like leather. I have had a few people asking me why I am wearing leather trousers riding horses and I do feel a bit like an extra from the matrix in them but for the price and the comfort I really don’t mind. I also have purchased a pair of the denim style lighter jods and they are really lovely.
Another friend swears by the company for all sports equipment and loaned me a pair of the half chaps to try – these are really close contact, lightweight and best of all can be washed in the washing machine. Hers are almost two years old and are still looking good – not bad for £14.99 (http://www.fouganza.co.uk/black-pu-300-half-chaps-id_8011221.html)
Decathlon are definitely going into the deal category for me.
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I love shopping so I am in my element this time of year as buying gifts is so guilt free compared to self-gifting! On looking through my Facebook newsfeed I was reminded of how many talented people I know that are selling Christmas gifts that would be perfect for anyone equestrian. A round up of my favourites is below:
I went to the RDS Dublin Horse Show last week which can only mean one thing, well two things. 1. Cups of strawberries covered in chocolate (which ends up with me covered in chocolate) and 2. Shopping. Last week in an attempt to control myself I set myself a very specific short list of things I am permitted to purchase. The list included calmers that I have run out of (for the horse not me) and a new pair of jodhpur boots because my own ones have been worn to the point of almost falling apart.
It really only dawned on me the other day. I’d been told the horse had been shod and had just nodded my head in acknowledgemnt that it had to be paid for (for the sake of not giving the non-horsey readers a heart attack I won’t say how much horse shoes cost but lets just say if you paid this much for your own shoes and had to throw them away after 6-8 weeks of wear – you would be p*ssed). Yet here I was in Penneys almost doing cartwheels at finding a pair of flats for €9 that would stay within budget and might make me look like an expensive lady for all of five minutes. If the horses loses a shoe – it is replaced and paid for no questions asked. If I lose a shoe – well actually thanks to the government practically taxing breathing the tragedy is I can no longer afford to go out and get drunk enough to lose a shoe anywhere. It has dawned on me – if this was Downton Abbey the horse would be the lady of the manor and I would be the upper class British equivalent of Cinderella.