Fall is coming in fast in Colorado, finally! With the weather cooling off it's been so great being able to pull out my sweaters. Who else adores fall time?
On Saturday, I had the best experience getting DaVinci fitted with a new saddle. I previously had a Trilogy Verago that I purchased used when I first got him as a 4 year old. It was something that fit him pretty good and gave him some room to grow. It was a little big in the seat for me but fit my leg just fine so I was able to make it work.
Now that DaVinci is 5 1/2 years old, has put on a lot more muscle along his back, and hasn't had big growth spurts recently; I decided it was time to invest in my final saddle for him.
This is where Bev at The Tack Collection comes in to save the day with her expertise and thoroughness!
The process started two weeks prior when I went to her shop to sit in a bunch of saddles to figure out which ones fit me and were comfortable. We had about 6 of my top choices that she also felt would fit him as well.
Saturday was DaVinci's turn to try out some saddles! First, she took measurements of his back so that we could have a baseline and keep track of his back shape (she will come out every 6 months to do a follow up).
She placed each one on his back to check the fit and we had our top 4 that I would actually ride in.
It became very clear pretty quickly after I sat in the Prestige Helena, that it was the winner. It was the 3rd saddle and the obvious choice. I felt so secure in it and DaVinci moved so beautifully with it as well. I still tried out the 4th saddle to be sure but the Helena blew the others out of the water!
Anyone in the Colorado area should definitely contact Bev at the Tack Collection for all their saddle fitting needs.
Two weeks ago, I had the pleasure of trying out my new AA Motionlite show coat. Not only did DaVinci perform super well but this jacket was absolutely stunning! The deep purple color looked amazing and the mesh coat kept me nice and cool in the summer heat.
It comes with nice buttons, and the ability to easily switch them out! I bought some beautiful pearl ones that I was able to easily slip on using the little rings.
I decided to use a white long sleeve show sun-shirt underneath just so there wouldn't be any way to see through the sleeves in the sunlight. It worked out perfectly and I was still nice a cool.
The fit is amazingly flattering! It's the most comfortable jacket due to the flexible material. I could literally do a yoga class in this. Because it's so stretchy I could see it being flattering on a lot of different body types.
Overall, I am super happy with this purchase! It's so worth it to find something unique and highly functional.
I don't know about everyone else but I personally dread bath time. I avoid it for as long as I can but eventually it's needed! In preparation of this, I made it a goal to research and put together a strategy to make bathing as easy and quick as possible. I have to say I may have out done myself with this, because when I tested it out, it was so painless I could do this once a month!
Here are some of the products that made my life super easy:
1. Hands On Grooming gloves: I have mentioned these before, as I use them as part of my daily grooming routine, but they are waterproof and great for baths! You can wear them and still be able to grab things as you go. They also work in the shampoo really well!
As you can see they make washing legs and feathers super easy! Click below to buy!
2. Effol Spray Shampoo: Guys, this is a miracle product! No more buckets and sponges! You just spray a little bit as you go and work in the coat with the gloves. It lathers great and you really don't need a whole lot! It rinses really well too and left the coat nice and shiny. This impressed me so much!
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3. EcoLicious Silky Rinse Out Coat, Mane & Tail Conditioner: This works great as a conditioning treatment for mane and tails! All natural ingredients and it rinses out great. The grooming gloves are nice to work this in because they de-tangle as they go!
For all of us ladies (and men!) that like a little bling, I introduce the Roeckl Lara riding gloves (see more about them here). CLICK HERE TO BUY I've always been a huge fan of all of the Roeckl gloves and you can see my review of the Madison winter gloves (here).
These gloves are lightweight, breathable (perfect for summer!), and are touchscreen compatible. I am so impressed with how well they mold to your hand which makes them incredibly comfortable. I have never had such a weightless and flexible glove! The grip is great as with all of the Roeckl gloves.
The bling from the Swarovski crystal fabric and the patent-like finishes are such a beautiful touch to this glove. They are the highest quality and are functional as well as sporty. I love how stylish they look overall.
I'm honestly in love with these gloves! Happy Riding!