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Q-Horse Consumers November 22, 2005 4:08 PM

With the recent posts about the expense of owning horses, I thought perhaps we should start our own "Consumers' Corner". 

Anyone have a favorite brand of riding apparel or tack that you'd like to recommend? Know a mail order place that's the bomb? 

Better yet, have you ever tried a brand of riding apparel or tack that you wouldn't recommend?  Know a mail order place that you'd like to bomb? 

Here's your chance to let others know! C'mon, now. We're combining two great topics,- horses & shopping! Let's have some opinions!  

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Boulet November 22, 2005 4:16 PM

Ya know, it seems like I've just about lived in Ariat or Justin boots. Lately, though, my legs are usually killing me after a show day, either as a judge or an exhibitor. I know what the cause is. A few years ago, a colt came over on me & I still have the hardware [plate & screws] in my leg. Still, even when you can rationalize the problem, it still hurts!

I'd noticed judges in their 70s standing out in the pen all day & they looked more comfortable than me. Huh? Well, a couple of them told me all the difference was in their boots, they were crepe soled. Good enough for me!

After doing some research, I decided to buy a pair of Boulet boots. It's a Canadian brand &, while I'd never worn a pair before, I liked what I'd read about them. Plus, the price was reasonable. [I have horses... price is important! ]    

Well, I ordered them online [of course! ] & they finally arrived. Whoa! What can I say? My feet are happy!   Seriously, if anyone has been considering a pair of Boulet boots, I'd definitely say...


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anonymous  November 22, 2005 4:35 PM

I've used American Livestock for my Inoculations for years. They are quick and reasonable. I've used Libertyville Saddle for a lot of my bits because of the quality and prices!  [report anonymous abuse]
 November 23, 2005 6:00 AM

Jeffers!  Take your pick; Equine, Pet (Cat/Dog), Livestock (Cattle, Pigs, Sheep, goats and even Ratites)

I use them for almost everything I use with the horses.  Love their nylon web halters (3ply, triple stitched) and under $10 (Jeffers brand).   Great supply of barn equipment, all different brands - all very reasonable in costs.

Vaccines and Supplements as well . . . gotta love one-stop shopping.

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 November 23, 2005 11:21 AM

Yup! Jeffers [1-800-JEFFERS] always has low prices. For an example, they're de-wormer is a "draw" [to get costumers through the proverbial door] & is priced at just 1% above cost. [I've some good friends who work there. ]  [ send green star]
 November 23, 2005 1:21 PM

You can also go to to purchase supplies. I buy a lot of work jeans for a good price at Wranglers, dickie etc. when you catch the free shipping, it makes it worth it.  [ send green star]
 November 24, 2005 6:56 AM

I'm a big fan of valley vet:

Haven't tried Jefferes yet, but keep meaning to!

I also like Smith Brothers--they have some Big D look alike sheets for great prices and depending on what you spend you can get some additional great deals.

I think it is Country Supply that carries some neoprene type saddle pads that I like a lot which comes in very handy. you can just hang and hose off then leave to dry. They also have some less expensive winter blankets I think--took a chance on one last year for Copper and like it a lot--also Big D style--think it was under $70.

Course I don't have one yet, but love the Bob's reining and cow horse saddles. Had a lot of rides in the Silver Mesa reiners and didn't love them and don't think I'd recommend them to anyone. I prefer the dropped D rigging though and that was one thing about the Silver Mesa saddles I did like.

Bits--I have more favorite types than brands, but do really like a Les Vogt bit I bought not too long ago.

Thats all I can think of for now LOL


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 November 24, 2005 9:22 AM

Thanks, Toni! I'll have to try out some of those blankets.

I've bought some of the Jeffers brand winter blankets. The price & look is good [California style] but they don't seem to hold up well to washing.

Anyone know where I can get cheap slinkies? Our horses go through them like kleenex! I've had some luck getting good deals on eBay but you can't depend on that.

Speaking of eBay....    

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lycra hoods & blankets November 24, 2005 10:44 AM

Welcome Barb! I've not had any problems with the cheaper blankets holding up after washing--so far so good!

I was going to mention the lycra hoods in my last post and forgot, so thanks for the reminder.

Don't know if you have bought any from Schniders, but I like their brand much better--come with a zipper and without. They hold up 110% better than the sleezies. I haven't tried some of the other brands, but I know they hold up better than the sleezie sleepware hoods! Was going through those like kleenex as well and they aren't cheap! The Schniders hoods are cheaper and tougher.


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 November 24, 2005 3:00 PM

Thanks Toni!

For those of you who don't know what "slinkies" & "sleezies" are, check out "Sleezy Barb's Horseware". Nope, the name is just a coincidence, there's no connection! The purpose is to keep the mane down on [one side of] the neck, polish the coat & keep the horse clean.

They're a show horse must have!

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 December 23, 2005 9:28 PM

Jeffers "updated" their winter blankets so I ordered a couple.  The UPS guy dropped them off yesterday & I'm inpressed. They've really improved the design/materials & the blankets are super nice! [I'll let you know how they do in the washing machine. ]  

After they arrived, I looked through the new Jeffers catalog. [It comes out quarterly.] They have canvas, water repellent turn out rugs for $34.95!!! [No shipping charge.] I ordered six, tonight.  Yeah, I know but it's cold & at that price...   Well,  the pasture horses will be happy.     

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 May 08, 2006 6:46 PM

I love Country Supply as well. I ALWAYS order horse and dog supplies from them. They're my favorite catalog to order from.

I refuse to wear anything except Roper brand boots. I LOVE them!

I absolutly LOVE the Justin brand saddle pad. It's black and has leather wear strips on it and the memory foam in the middle. Actually, Country Supply sells them for around $80-$90.

I LOVE Circle Y barrel saddles, but only the older ones. The newer ones are OK, but the older ones are the handmade, VERY comfy saddles. My favorite are the Martha Josey Ultimate saddles.

I adore anything by Cowboy Magic. No barn should be w/o it.

I also adore Classic Equine brand saddle pads (ESP Pad) and legacy sport boots.

I have A LOT more, but I'm done for now

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 May 08, 2006 6:47 PM

I HATE HATE HATE Tex Tan Barrel saddles and I HATE HATE HATE Billy Cook barrel saddles that are made in TX.  [ send green star]
 May 08, 2006 6:59 PM

Hey all!I own a Big Horn  barrel saddle.I just love it!Iuse it for trail riding it's one of the most comfortable saddles I have ever owned.I also have an old Buena Vista Plantation saddle;it also has many trail miles on it.I'm partial to the Big Horn saddles though.

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 May 08, 2006 7:08 PM

Working as a trail guide I got to experience many different saddles,blankets,etc.Its real important to the horses' health and well being to use the best equipment possible.I don't mind spending extra on a product that is going to keep my horse sound.Down time on my guide horse (Lakota)  because of a bad piece of equipment means I've lost my "right arm".   [ send green star]
anonymous  July 12, 2006 12:43 PM

Circle Y saddles.

OK, so I've only owned one and maybe thats not a good basis, but the saddle originally belonged to my mom and has spent almost 30 years a'horseback and it is still structurely sound, comfortable and gorgeous. The only thing we've had to do it take the old under padding off and replace it because when it was in storage it got moldy and was kinda gross.  [report anonymous abuse]
Underpadding Care July 12, 2006 6:01 PM

Interesting observation, Reyn.  Are there particular things you can do to care for underpadding to give it longer life?  You can't really wash it effectively - does brushing help it?

Mine's in pretty good shape right now, but I'm sure the day will come when I'll have to think about replacing it...

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Bridles September 29, 2006 5:44 AM

This is kinda different, but I have switched two of my horses to the bitless bridle. I do not show my horses though.  I have a gelding (LittleMan) who is somewhat high strung and shakes his head a lot.  Someone from another group recommended the "Bitless Bridle" I did some research, then one ordered one to test it out. It has worked wonders! No more head slinging, and he has calmed down on his feet as well.  It was like ordering a new horse.  Added bonus, no bit for him to stand there and chew on (the noise it makes when he grinds his teeth crawls up my spine) I was impressed so I ordered another for my stallion. He did not have problems with a bit, but I like things to match. He took to the bridle very well, and I did not loose any control. I have a two year old mustang that I'm hoping to start in the bitless. Will let everyone know how training with the bitless goes in about 3 or 4 months.

To get a bitless or just to research just go to


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 November 18, 2010 6:03 PM

Also a fan
Also a Bitless bridle fan- I ride a 6 y.o. OTTB mare in it- no I'm not crazy
Products I'd reccomend= Stable mix from Elk Grove Milling in Elk Grove, CA

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 November 18, 2010 9:02 PM

Well, I guess you don't have to worry about her grabbing the bit on you...


Seriously, I can see how that doesn't "trigger" the running into the bridle. Interesting... How does she move out in that? How long did it take to get her to adjust?


Welcome to Q-Horse, Julianna, we're glad to have you with us!    

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 November 18, 2010 9:18 PM

She is actually more relaxed, she jogs nice and slow in it on a loose rein. Still has a tendency to want to go fast (worse in bits) but has a MONSTER stop in a bitless bridle- its amazing. I can GALLOP her out and still get a really nice whoa IMMEDIATELY- I'm not talking about breaking down into a trot- I'm talking about being totally stopped within 3 strides. Adjusting period was basically none- I put it on, "tested the brakes" and went out for a ride. She responded faster to each aid, without the mareish protest, no fuss, just a willing partner. She has bolted with bitted bridles on, and became a rearer with hackamores, this is the ONLY peice of equipement I use on my horse-

no bit
no saddle
no shoes

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 November 18, 2010 10:05 PM

I love it... Is that the horse in your profile pic?

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 November 19, 2010 9:27 AM

yep that's my girl! She is frisking me for bananas in that photo!

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 November 19, 2010 1:06 PM

Bananas??? Well, my old blue heeler loves bananas!


Is that her neck strap - Media Luna?

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wow August 10, 2011 11:19 AM

I never shopped at any of these places, will look them up on line, maybe becuase I live on the east coast???? thanks

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