I was contacted by a company called Equestrian Co. back in the spring and asked if I would be interested in reviewing a product from their site, and after having a look at their website we agreed to do a collaboration once I'd moved back to the UK 🇬🇧 Since having moved to the countryside in the most beautiful part of Wiltshire, I have totally fallen in love with country clothing, but with being busy with the horses and trying to get the house and stables sorted out, to find an online store that sells everything I could want in this style is such a bonus!
I ended up choosing the Walker & Hawkes ladies pink stripe tweed shooting coat simply because from the moment I saw it it on the website, it looked like it was "mine". 💞 The Walker and Hawkes coat is £69.95 from Equestrian Co. and no surprise, it is one of their best sellers. I can’t believe I had never thought about investing in a thick winter coat that you can wear both at the yard and going out, because this coat is very practical but also stylish at the same time. I know I will be very warm now in winter when that bitterly cold wind, rain and maybe even snow returns!! Being made from from a combination of the best quality wool (60%) polyester (25%) and acrylic (11%), there's a reason why this coat is SO WARM. When I tried the coat when it arrived during the middle of the day when it was +25C and thought I was going to melt - which guarantees that when we are facing winter temperatures again, I will be nice and toasty! I've been wearing it this autumn, and can highly recommend that if you often cold, then this is the coat for you!
With it's heavy-duty brass zipper together with the woollen cuffs inside the jacket this coat will keep you warm even in the worst possible weather, like today when the wind is bitterly cold, I was incredibly warm. So, if you're looking for a thin transition coat from summer to autumn then this coat will simply be too warm for you. But, if you're looking for the perfect autumn and winter coat then thisis it! 🙌🏻 I am genuinely looking forward to going on long walks and spending time outside in winter for the first time in many many years thanks to this coat. One the best features of this coat is the fact that there are FIVE pockets - two hand warmer pockets (best thing ever!!) , two front pockets (treats for the dogs 🐶) and an extra inside pocket where you can keep your phone dry and your keys safe!
(It is recommended to size up if you want to be able to layer up in winter. I ordered a size bigger than I normally do and there is definitely room for a long sleeve shirt and a thick jumper or hoodie.)
When you have a look at their website you can see that Equestrian Co. stock everything that you could possibly need for a country lifestyle, from the most hard wearing but so well designed and thought out clothing to the latest equipment that you could need for the stables. Their business has been built from their own love for the outdoors and they offer exceptional quality and service. The free delivery is just a massive added bonus - especially near Christmas time!! 📦
I was sent the jacket for the purpose of this review but all opinions are my own. A huge thank you to Equestrian Co for teaming up with me and providing the product for this review 💓
I mean if you're anything like me, your horse's wardrobe is more extensive than your own! For days 10 and 11 in #Blogtober, here are mine and my horses' autumn wardrobes during these cooler months ⤵️
Although our horses have what feels like a thousand rugs, with two or more for every occasion in fact (we have rugs for every eventuality), I do try keep my horses without rugs as much as possible, especially now that they're inside the barn. Luckily we have a thermostat in the barn so I know the approximate temperature inside, and if it doesn't drop below +13C, I don't use rugs - especially now that they are very hairy and haven't been clipped yet! When the temperature has dropped below that, the four rugs I have been rotating between already this autumn are the 0g rain sheet, light weight or fleece lined turn out rug (either high neck or full neck), the light weight 100g Mio rugs with no neck and fleece rugs.
I don't need more rugs but wouldn't this be cute on Basse?
I think when deciding on what rugs to use this autumn, remember that each horse is an individual. Some might be run hot whilst others can be prone to a chill. Vallu is a chilly horse whilst Erik runs hot, but currently Basse has the fluffiest coat ever so I've been using different rugs for each one, especially when turning out horses, who will move about in their paddocks to generate warmth if they are feeling chilly, which is why I would rather 'under rug' for turn out.
Despite the strangely warm temperatures that we've been experiencing over here in Wiltshire, it won’t be long before the cold mornings are back again (and the rain! ☔️) Once the temperatures on the yard start to become a bit nippy, especially in the evening when doing the evening yard jobs after riding, here are just a few key items that make up my wardrobe this autumn
Pikeur thin coat, Spooks gillet, Horze waterproof coat, euro-star sweater and my favourite headband knitted by my grandmother!
Also, the moment it starts to feel even a tiny bit colder you will find me always wearing a handband and most likely even a scarf on the colder days. I have SO many to chose from - thank you Grandma! - as well as the ones I have bought (Pikeur and Spooks are the best) and with the new autumn/winter ranges coming think I need to add some more to my collection!