The Etsy-tastic Equestrian

On multiple occasions I've needed a blank card.

I am not a fan of cards that are sold in the grocery store, just because I never like what is written inside, or I find the whole thing impersonal.

Only on special cases will I send grocery store cards. (Like when I send my friend Ally ones with pictures of hamsters or guinea pigs despite what the inside of the card says. I think I might have sent her a fair few Happy Birthday Grandson, Good Luck at your New Job, and Congratulations on your 25th Anniversary cards at this point).

The other day I needed a Thank You card to give to someone who gave me a belated birthday present, and I realized I was out of blank note cards. Therefore this weeks Etsy-tastic is devoted to equestrian themed cards.

Equestrian Horse Personalized Note Cards

Horse of a Different Color (I've actually purchased a set of these before to send out to people who gave me graduation gifts).

Wild Horse Personalized Foloded Note Card

Equestrian Jumper Fine Art Note Cards

Horse Herd Note Set

Victorian Cards and Envelopes Skeletons (I absolutely love skulls and skeletons).


The Modern Equestrian Goes Shopping

Today the weather in LA cleared up and it was a perfect day for some retail therapy.

Usually my Hunter Rain Boots are my go to boot for the barn. Stylish and able to take on the elements, I practically live in these boots during the winter months. Since it looks like Los Angeles is heading towards warmer weather, it's time to pull off my muddy Hunter boots and slip into something more appropriate for spring.

To my surprise, while out doing a little shopping today, I replaced one Hunter shoe with another.

I picked up a pair of Hunter "Dominica" Ballet Flats.

Insanely comfortable, and incredibly cute, this was an easy transition to make. Now I can be a Hunter girl year round!


The Modern Photographer

If you saw the movie The Social Network, you may or may not have noticed the type of lens that was used during the rowing sequence. What they used was called a tilt-shift lens, which simulates a miniture scene. "'Tilt-shift' actually encompasses two different types of movements: rotation of the lens plane relative to the image plane, called tilt, and movement of the lens parallel to the image plane, called shift."

So for fun, here are some photographs of horses that were taken with a tilt-shift lens or were given the tilt-shift effect in photoshop.

Images were found:


Purchase a tilt-shift lens HERE (They are pricey)

The Modern Equestrian

February 27, 1932 – March 23, 2011


The Silver Screen Equestrian

I've decided I want to start a new collection of posts entitled "Horseback Riding on the Silver Screen." Whenever I'm watching a movie that has a scene where a character is horseback riding, I usually have to look away with embarrassment. Most of the time the audio is off, the actor looks like they are in fear of their life, or the equipment is inaccurate. It's generally not a pretty picture.
However, these posts will not be all bad. I intend to switch back and forth between films that do it right, and films that provide an opportune time to use the restroom and get a snack (a.k.a movies that depict horseback riding terribly terribly wrong).
Since I'm in a more critiquing mood tonight, I chose a scene from The Crush (1993) with Alicia Silverstone.

The short list of things that are wrong with this scene.
1. Alicia Silverstone's character (Adrienne) puts the saddle on from the right side.
2. Adrienne sabotages the other Cheyenne's ride by.....loosening the stirrup leathers? Then why does the saddle fall off. This shot is very unclear.
3. In between jumps Adrienne posts but when it cuts back to the jump she is mid canter.
4. When Cheyenne falls off, everyone rushes to get her up. You should never move a fallen rider until they are ready.
5. When Adrienne turns her horse to walk away from the accident, the sound affects sound like the noise a curb chain would make or some other metal item, yet I don't know where that would come from. (Yes this is kind of an anal one, but I would say poor sound effects contribute a large percentage of what is wrong with horseback riding scenes).
Did you spot something I didn't?

The Modern Obsession

After writing my last post about equestrian inspired bracelets and cuffs, I began thinking about how much I enjoyed simple equestrian details. I don't need my clothing and jewelry to be horses head to toe, just a simple nod to my favorite sport and animal is fine.

This week's Etsy Obsession does just that.

A simple heathered T-shirt with an equestrian touch.

The Equestrian Tee


The Modern Equestrian Accessorizes

The downside about cold weather, is that your jewelry is usually covered up by layer upon layer of clothing. The good thing about spring and summer is you get to shred those layers and reveal the beautiful accessorizes that have been hidden by those bulky winter outfits.

When my jackets have been put away, and my rain boots have been pushed to the back of my closet, the first thing I want to break out is my equestrian themed bracelets.

Here's a few I found that I would love to accessorize with.

Horse Cuff - Black

Stirrup Bangle Bracelet Horse Sterling Silver

Equestrian Ornament Stitch Leather Bracelet

Leather Stirrup Wrap Bracelet

House of Harlow 1960 Leather and Suede Buckle Cuff

Last but not least...

This killer cuff was given to me as a Christmas gift and is made from recycled saddle parts. The leather is incredibly soft and it's light and comfortable to wear. It was purchased at Unique LA from a vendor called "The Brigg Leather Company," but I've been unable to find a website or any contact info for them.


The Modern Equestrian Bundles Up

The first day of Spring is certainly off to a rainy start, and since it's considered cold in Los Angeles if the temperature drops below 60 degrees, it's time to bundle up.

Accessorize up your warm weather wares with equestrian flare.

Yumi Grey Horse Scarf

Two Way Horse Scarf

Ponies Wool Scarf

The Modern Equestrian

After listing my top 5 favorite horse movies to watch on a rainy day, I started thinking; What if I had the opportunity to ride a horse I had seen in a movie and which horse would I choose?

Since I couldn't decide on just one, here are some movie horses I wouldn't wait for a mounting block to jump on:

The Pie from National Velvet
There is no coincidence that my favorite rainy day film features my top choice of horses to ride. "King Charles starred as The Pie in the 1944 film National Velvet starring Elizabeth Taylor and Mickey Rooney. King Charles was a seven year old thoroughbred, a red sorrel with a white stripe on his face and white socks on all four feet...This horse was owned by a society woman and trained as a show hunter and jumper (he could jump over automobiles)...King Charles was purchased for $800 for the movie."

Get me to Liverpool, England so I can jump Beechers Brook!

Merrylegs from Black Beauty
I was unable to find any information on the horse that played Merrylegs, but I was able to find THIS youtube video of the scene where Merrylegs runs loose around the barn. (Start at 3:30) Who could resist a small sassy pony?

The Phantom from Misty Of Chincoteague

Again, I was unable to find information on the horse that played The Phantom, but I was able to find THIS youtube video of Misty of Chincoteague that displays this pony's comfy looking gallop. (Start 6:15)

Sylvester from Sylvester
The horse that portrayed Sylvester was the skilled 3-day eventer The Grey Goose. Watch The Grey Goose in action in the film HERE (start 2:44) and on the cross country course at KHP HERE. I have a big soft spot for greys.

The Modern Equestrian's Rainy Day

It is absolutely pouring in Los Angeles. The streets are covered in palm fronds, signs are blown over, and The Modern Equestrian is in bed with a large bowl of popcorn and a warm laptop.

The best idea for a day like this: horse movies!

My top 5.

1. National Velvet (1944)

2. Wild Hearts Can't Be Broken (1991)

3. Seabiscuit (2003)

4. The Black Stallion (1979)

5. Misty of Chincoteague (1961)


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The Eco-Friendly Equestrian

One thing I always have a weakness for in tack shops is socks. I love them in all colors and all patterns and if you follow The Modern Equestrian you know I've posted before about how Sock Crazy I am.

JOJOSOX (who happened to sponsor last night's Judge My Ride trivia) is "Made in the USA with CoolMax EcoMade Fibers."

From their website
"In August of 2009, frustrated by socks slipping down, not staying put, and forming holes, Joanna Godwin, known around her "horsey" friends as "JoJo," set out to design the perfect riding sock. Using materials from RECYCLED water bottles, she began working with a manufacturer right here in the USA to create size-specific, performance socks designed specifically for riding boots."

Very Cool.


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The Eco-Friendly Equestrian.

Reducing my carbon "hoofprint" is something very important to me. However, I often found myself leaving my "green" habits at home instead of taking them with me to the barn. It didn't take long for me to realize how easy it was to transform my everyday barn habits into more eco-friendly ones. The simplest way was bringing a stainless steal water bottle. Since a lot of barns don't have a recycling bin, I was constantly seeing water bottles mixed in with the trash. Most trainers tend to have a water cooler anyways and in desperate times I'm never adversed to drinking from the hose.

I recommend a Klean Kanteen Stainless Steel Water Bottle. It comes as large as 40oz and you can get a sport cap for easy drinking.

Speaking of a lack of recycling containers, it's important to know that they are incredibly cheap. If you could organize with other barn folk a way to alternate taking it to the recycling center, you may even get back enough money to buy a large bag of carrots or something else fun that everyone could share.

Rubbermaid Brute 44 gal. Recycling Container, Blue

Maybe it's show season and it's time to wash those stinky, sweaty saddle pads and get them show ready. Most likely you're using bleach or another chemical that is just as harmful to you as it is to your horse and the environment.

Instead try products that are safe for all, like:

Method Laundry Detergent
"A 35% smaller carbon footprint than conventional detergent, this lightweight pump is designed for easy, one-handed use. made from 50% recycled plastic, it's a lean, mean, stain-fighting machine."

Ecological Laundry Non Chlorine Bleach Liquid" [ECOVER] is made from plant derived ingredients and Hydrogen Peroxde and is completely biodegradable and non-toxic to the home or the environment."

Green Wash Ball Laundry Ball
"This green ball contains ceramic pellets which change the Ph balance of the water and washes your clothes without detergent! Does 1,000 loads! "

Here are some websites that offer eco-friendly tips for around the barn:

Ecolicious Equestrian

Holistic Horse

My Horse

Also, you can click HERE for a list of eco-friendly products put together by the EPA.

What are ways you try to reduce your carbon hoofprint?