When I decided to make an Instagram for Donny, I didn't have any set goal in mind. I had no plans to start a blog or a YouTube channel. It was just a place for me to post all things horsey & not annoy my non-equestrian friends.
I am an organized, slightly OCD person by nature. Sometimes that requires me to shove a bunch of miscellaneous items into a closet to be sorted through at a later date, which yes, does sound quite the opposite of organized, but I assure you I’ll always get to it. I guess I love order and things that are both useful AND aesthetically pleasing.
It may seem a little aggressive to start talking about Christmas (or however you celebrate during the holidays!) when it’s only October, but if you’re looking to get something truly special for your equine-lover, that means going custom. And like any custom order, they take time! I’ve rounded up a few of my favorite brands that create some of the most beautiful custom products you can get your hands on.
In this crazy equestrian world we all live in, we meet many different types of people. Some are in it to win it, others observers from afar, but then there are those that pursue their passion and make it fit into their life no matter what it takes.
I'm an easy going gal. Lots of makeup brushes and color palates = anxiety. Check out my latest vlog for what my go-to/can't-mess-up products are and how I use them to get ready when I'm short on time after my ride! All brands referenced in the vlog are listed and linked below!
Coola SPF 30 Unscented Matte Tint (I use it like a primer.)
Bobbi Brown Foundation Stick (Go into the store and get matched, there are way too many different colors to take a gamble on that.)
NARS Blush in Orgasm
NARS Bronzer in Casino (I would lighten up and choose Laguna for the Fall)
Bare Minerals Stroke of Light Eye Brightener
Urban Decay All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray
Bobbi Brown Eye Palate in Warm Glow (Shadows Used: Flesh & Rosé)
YSL Mascara -The Shock in Asphalt Black
YSL Mascara - Babydoll (the one I mentioned loving.)
Laura Mercier Kohl Eye Pencil in Copper
Fresh Sugar Cream Lip Treatment in Blush
Not Your Mother's Dry Shampoo
Bath time is something that a lot of horses dislike, but Donny happens to love it! When I first got him he was very wary of having his face or ears touched, but as you can see he's way past that! It just took time and letting him develop his trust in me, and never rushing him or getting frustrated. I still use a sponge to clean and rinse his face, because he hates the hose (I don't blame him! I wouldn't want to be sprayed in the face, ever!)
Products I Use Regularly:
I love this shampoo so much I've thought about using it myself! I dilute it in warm water and wash his entire body with a sponge and pour it straight into my hands to work into his mane and tail. It smells great and leaves him soft and shiny.
You can use this on just about anything - cuts, bug bites, rashes... and it helps so much! D had a bad bug bite on his hind end so I finished up our grooming session by applying this to the spot.
After I'm done washing him and I've squeegee'd and towel-dried him, I'll spray his coat, mane and tail with SHE coat spray. If he has any gunky spots or rubs, I'll use the Fungus spray on those spots as well. The fly spray is great to use whenever, but it's always my finishing touch before taking him out to graze in the sun to let him air dry.
I love this conditioning hoof oil from SHE. It's not runny, goes on nicely and really conditions his hooves.
Check out our express sped-up grooming vlog on YouTube for an inside look at bath time with D! As you can see I got pretty soaked, but my For Horses breeches actually surprised me and dried SO quickly! I left my rain boots at home from the horse show last weekend, otherwise I 100% would have been wearing those as opposed to my schooling boots.
I've been lucky enough to attend some big shows since I started riding again, which is coming up on about a year ago this Fall. Maybe it's being a 'grown-up', now re-entering a world I used to frequent quite regularly, that has made some things stick out to me that I'd like to voice. In no way am I trying to come off as 'holier than thou' but I think a friendly reminder to be aware of your surroundings no matter where you are is never a bad thing.
It's here it's here! The Equestrian Loop Giveaway!
We’re so excited to announce that we are participating in the #EquestrianLoopGiveaway with a ton of awesome brands! If you complete the loop, you’ll have a chance to win ALL of these epic goodies worth over a combined $1000 value!
Ellany Equestrian AP logo saddle pad & elastic stable belt
Shop Hunt Club derby belt
City Girl Equestrian logo saddle pad
Hunt Seat Paper Co. UNRELEASED paper goodies
The Herbal Horse Heal Quick 4oz. salve and signature shampoo
Sport Horse Essentials fly, coat & fungus sprays set
Phyllis Stein I Am The Fox pullover and pins
Wild Child Equestrian logo hat
Horse Treatery snow cone & pony crown treat packs
Boy-o-Boy Bridleworks signature trigger snap keychain
The East Coast Equestrian logo tee voucher and tote
Pony Glam hoof hi-lites
Shadow Creek NY logo tote
ECE Equestrian signature snap show shirt voucher
Equestrian Prep Collection logo hat
Southern Equestrian logo tumbler and hat
K Marie Equestrian zipper pouch voucher
Dreamers n Schemers boot socks (two pairs!)
1. Like the photo on Instagram & comment below tagging three friends.
2. Follow all of the accounts in the loop. Tap the photo to see where to go next.
3. Remember you must follow ALL Instagram accounts in order for your entry to be valid. (We’ll be checking too!)
4. Once you get back here, you’ve completed the loop!
5. Repost this photo on your account (must be public) with #EquestrianLoopGiveaway and an explanation of what winning would mean to you for an extra chance to win!
6. Winners will be announced on 8/22/17
Full (boring) Rules: Legal
As promised, I've put together an unfortunately long new vlog of the show clothes I'm bringing to the Vermont Summer Festival along with a few favorite casual items AND some of my tips & tricks to save time and prevent stress. I've also designed a Show Planner Checklist that I want to share with all of you! Hopefully it helps you plan & organize for your next upcoming show. The link to download the PDF is right underneath the photo below.
About The Author
Not a professional writer or rider, just an East Coaster trying to live the horsey dream.