Etsy Gift Guide

Etsy has added "Equestrian Prep" as one of their gift guides. It's 6 pages of wonderful equestrian inspired clothing and items, that are great suggestions or ideas for the equestrian enthusiast in your life. Or maybe yourself ;)


Hellllloooo Procraft

Procraft products are "Beautifully handcrafted and made of durable "eco-friendly" Rubberwood - a true hardwood."

Their line of eco-friendly products includes:

Pro-Craft Saddle Rack Cart

Pro-Craft Grooming Box

Pro-Craft Folding Step Stool

Pro-Craft Folding Saddle Rack

Pro-Craft Bridle Rack



Wonderful RECYCLED/UPCYCLED items, from a wonderful website.

Equestrian Tiered Chain Necklace

Wild Horses Sundress

Horse Wall Clock Made from Recycled Record Album

Green and White Forest Silhouette Frame Clutch

Equestrian Upcycled Stationery Set

Shirt-and-Tie Wallet


The Modern Bookshelf

In previous posts I have mentioned trainer Alix Lawson, who works with children and beginning riders in Moorpark, CA. Her trainer is Jane Armour, A "British Horse Society certified trainer, [who] came to the U.S. in 1997 on an Extraordinary Ability Visa as a 'trainer of trainers'" (venturacountystar.com). Recently, Lawson gave me a copy of Armour's book Horseoneship about the fundamentals of introducing and encouraging children in the horse world.

I would recommend this book to both parents and older riders as a guide to the psycological and practical elements that are apart of the everyday riding world.


Mysterious Green Feed

I've seen magazine advertisements for "Green Feed" the "environmentally friendly equine feed recently made available in the United States.
Every bit of Green Feed, from the packaging to its formulation, is designed to be more environmentally friendly. Green feed includes a variety of proven, natural technologies to ensure digestive health, boost immune function, and provide optimal mineral balances. Packaged in a bag made from recyclable materials and printed with soy-based ink, this new product was designed to leave a small carbon footprint and minimize energy waste of transportation" (thehorse.com)

The strange thing is, the website for the company that makes Green Feed is relatively vague about the product, and I can't find a single picture (outside the manufacturer's brief glimpse in a slide show on their home page) or place that sells Green Feed online. Can someone clarify the mystery?


The Holistic Equestrian

Equilite's "herbal horse liniments, holistic herbal supplement blends and botanical flower essences are non-irritating and safe for horses, horse owners and the environment. They contain no sugars, no fillers and no chemicals and are proudly made with human grade ingredients in the USA. Equilite is an environmentally conscious company."

Products include:

Sore No More ® Horse Liniment

Fly Away Garlic



Etsy Handpicked

Today, the front page of the Etsy website, where they feature their "Handpicked Items," happens to be "inspired by fall equestrian style."


The Recycling Equestrian

What do you do with a barn filled with unusable or no longer fitting tack? Here are some of your options.

1. Cash For Clunkers at Dover Saddlery only avialable for a limited time, September 1 - 15, 2009

2. Dover Saddlery and Horseware Ireland are offering customers the opportunity to upgrade their old Rambo® turnouts for new blankets, while also helping local equine charities.

3. Read this article "on how to find bargains and deals, how to care for your equine belongings to get your money’s worth out of them, and how to recycle, resell, and make things yourself."

4. Visit Bits and Bridles Equestrian Equipment Forum and read up on Non-profit organizations where you can donate your tack and receive possible tax write-offs.

5. Discover the magic of Craigslist. If you don't want it there's a chance someone out there will. Maybe they don't want your old stirrup leathers for a saddle but for an art project. It never hurts to post.

Heavenly Ponies

In high school I had the pleasure of working and riding with the talented Alix Lawson of Moorpark Ca. Click here to read a fabulous article on her and what I the feel is the ideal way to teach children about horses and riding.

Love you Alix ;)