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Copper Hill Stables Tack Sale! February 06 2017, 0 Comments

Please join ISellTack.com at the beautiful, HEATED Copper Hill Stables this Sunday from 2:00PM-5:00PM.

We are planning on bringing several French saddles from makers such as: CWD, Devoucoux, Antarès Custom Saddles, PJSaddles, Voltaire Design, Bruno Delgrange and Butet. We are also planning on bringing some demo/gently used high-end accessories (if we can find everything in time). Brands like: Back on Track USA, Royal Rider, Jin Stirrup, Baker Blanket, EquineLUX, Draper Therapies and Majyk Equipe. Again, hoping to have time to put everything together! We are really looking forward to seeing everyone! <3

There will be WINE, food and several vendors/people set up with things to sell! Did we mention WINE?!

  

(Located at Stillwell Stables) 

Our first tack sale!

BYOT, bring your own table, if you want to sell items and it's $10 for a spot.

We are going to have food, WINE, and lots of great tack! 

Don't worry about the cold, we will have the HEAT on in our indoor. :) 

Contact Lauren at 732-239-4846 to reserve a spot!

Here is a link to the event: https://www.facebook.com/events/726728570827750/permalink/728357050664902/?notif_t=event_mall_reply&notif_id=1486403031912507 



My New, Old Bridle November 01 2016, 0 Comments

For as long as I can remember I have always loved the smell of leather. I used to frequent tack stores despite not being able to afford to buy anything just to inhale the aroma and window shop. I have been known to occasionally and affectionately pet my saddles and I admit that I hugged my full buffalo Devoucoux Biarritz good-bye when I sold it last summer. I have, on more than one occasion, brought my saddle into a restaurant because I was afraid to leave it in my car. The first French saddle I ever bought stayed on a saddle rack in my bedroom so that I knew exactly where it was at all times. When I condition my leather, I have rituals and certain drying times. I wear gloves when I condition our saddles for sale so that I don't get fingerprints on the leather. Yes, I am OCD with my leather goods and the bottom line is I that I appreciate fine leather. I started ISellTack.com because I love French saddles SO much and wanted to help others find them at reasonable prices. Obviously I love fine, soft, luscious, grippy, buttery, supple leather.

Last weekend I visited a local tack store and stumbled upon an old, light colored, oversized, Edgewood hunter bridle with reins on clearance for $50. That is not a misprint. It was $50. I really have been good about not being a tack hoarder and did I mention I did not need another bridle. The bridle still had its tags on for $500! The tags were dusty and so was the bridle. I imagine it was sitting in inventory for many years. Would-be buyers probably overlooked it because it is an ugly, light color that no one wants anymore and it had a traditional, non-padded mono-crown. Even my daughter remarked how ugly it was. She said, "Really? You are going to put that ugly thing on Tiny?" Little did she know! Here's a pic of it prior to its first coat of oil. Even without anything, it is already beautiful IMHO.

By the time I could afford an Edgewood bridle, I started carrying some nice bridles and also purchased a CWD figure-8 bridle. When I first started carrying PJ bridles, I specifically asked for the 'old' ones laying around because the craftsmanship and leather quality from years ago simply seem to be lacking these days. I wonder if Pierre thought I was nuts. I feel that a lot of bridles $500 and under hanging in tack stores today feel 'plasticky'. Am I alone?? I will say I love the bridles I have .. I love my CWD jumping bridle. The leather is incredible on it. Seriously incredible. I have a Devoucoux girth that deserves it's own hook in the tack room!

That said, I was SO excited when I found this bridle. I wonder if the people who overlooked this high-end, high-quality bridle knew that Edgewood bridles were all light so you can see the imperfections in the leather? I wonder if they knew that a few coats of oil and the leather turns a wonderful, rich, chocolate mahogany color? I wonder if they even felt this bridle? Even not oiled and likely YEARS old, the leather was already so incredible soft and supple. This bridle has quality workmanship written all over it! Here are more 'before' pics:

Prior to oiling  

I am so excited that I found such an incredible deal on an incredible bridle. I'm so happy that I saved a TON of money and found 'old' quality! Now, if I can find a matching martingale .... I will update this blog in a few months after my horse has used it and I have oiled/conditioned it more!

Pic after its first oiling!



New Product Review: Draper Therapies Quick Wraps September 23 2015, 0 Comments

Recently I had the chance to test out the all new Draper Therapies quick wraps. Basically they are standing wraps, but with mesh attached for easy and fast on and off. Coupled with Celliant's wonderful healing properties (like all Draper Therapies products have), they're a must have for any horse person.

I tested out the wraps in two very different scenarios so far. First, I took them with me camping up in the Adirondacks where my young 5yo Morgan/QH rescue got to spend a lot of time on trail. It was a newer experience for him, because while he's done trails at home, the rough, steep, and rocky terrain of the Adirondacks is far more challenging than anything he had ever seen before. We covered miles of trails all week long, and he handled it like a champ. But after the long rides, in order to make sure he was ready to go again, I wanted to offer his legs some support and speed up the recovery time after long hard trail rides. 

Logan after a long day on trail, sporting his Draper Therapies quick wraps. The best part about them was that not only are they easy to use and fast to put on, but they fit all of my horses and come in a variety of sizes as well! (Note Logan's Draper Therapies saddle pad in the background also.)

The Draper Therapies quick wraps were perfect! Easy to put on and off, even my young, often cranky after a long trail ride, not wanting to stand still horse was happy to stand and have his legs wrapped. I'd often wrap him after we cooled out after our ride, and then returned him to his small paddock. At dinner time, I'd unwrap him and his legs were tight and cool with no signs of the hard work they'd done all day. 

The second time I tested out the wraps, they came with me still on the trailer from the camping trip, to an away show about 3h north of my farm. I brought several horses, including my antsy, high strung OTTB mare who tends to stock up if she doesn't move around enough, and my seasoned Selle Francais show gelding who is recovering from Lyme disease.

The mare, Opal, gets stocky if she's not turned out regularly - she lives outside 24/7 at home - standing in a stall except for a handful of classes over the course of 2 nights and 2 full days was definitely a challenge. We're working on getting her settled and more focused in the show ring outside of jumpers (she loves jumpers), so she was doing a handful of hunter and equitation classes spaced out between both days.

The gelding, Tyler, is recovering from long term, low grade Lyme disease, and after hard work tends to be overall achy and sore. He doesn't stock up, but he does show some signs of arthritis coupled with the added complications of Lyme, and keeping him comfortable without turnout to keep his joints moving was also incredibly important. 

We shipping in Friday evening with the focus of getting both horses (and my other horse that my student was showing) settled in their stalls and get ourselves settled in for the night. This meant coming straight off a 3h trailer ride to no turnout and just some hand-walking and a light longe before they were stalled for the night. Since the mare was fine (so far), I opted to wrap the gelding since I know trailering can cause him some soreness. I also used his Draper Therapies sheet so that he would be comfortable all night long.

The next morning, Tyler was calm and whinnying for breakfast, and when I took him for a walk to get him moving, he showed none of the signs of stiffness that I had expected! Opal was still okay since it was just one night in, and once I was done with Tyler, I made sure to get her out and longed before getting ready for the show for the day.

Tyler was quite proud of himself after winning several of his classes in his debut back in the show ring!

All weekend long was a lot of hustle and bustle with no time to re-roll standing bandages and wraps, and re-wrap horses. Having 3 horses and just 2 people at a show kept our hands full as it was, and managing Opal and Tyler's special needs added another layer of challenge. The second night, Tyler had moved around more and was feeling good, but Opal was getting antsy from spending so much time in the stall, so she got to use the quick wraps. The next morning, fully expecting her to be somewhat stocked up from going on day 2 without turnout and just minimal exercise, I unwrapped her to find her legs cool and solid. Yay!

Sunday was more of the same, with both horses doing better than expected, thanks in part to Draper's great products. We ended the weekend all tired and a bit sore from all of the work, and loaded up to get ready to head home. Tyler got to wear the wraps to ship home, since he showed more and was more sensitive to the trailer ride than Opal, and when we got home again he was moving better than expected. 

For all three horses, the Draper wraps proved to be quicker and easier to use than traditional standing wraps, and I really loved how the mesh applied even pressure across the entire wrap rather than just using elastic bands to hold the wrap in place. The horses all loved them, and of course with Celliant, they all benefitted from increased circulation and faster recovery time from their various workouts they completed, and I was a happy owner. The only thing I didn't like was that I didn't have two or more sets, especially when showing with three horses! They really are that great and easy to use, and there will definitely be several more pairs on my trailer before I haul out to my next adventure. 

Want to try the Draper Therapies quick wraps for yourself? Let us know and ISellTack.com can order them for you! Have questions? Drop us a line and we'll be happy to get you more information on this great new product. We love the Draper Therapies quick wraps and give them two very enthusiastic thumbs up!

 



Summer Show Must-Haves June 11 2015, 0 Comments

We're in full swing for show season around most of the country, and while it was a long, cold, horrible winter where I live, it's already starting to feel like summer here in the Northeast, with days in the mid 80s and humid. And we all know it's only going to get hotter from here.

If you're like me, you love to show, but hate the heat, and so do your horses. So I've pulled together a list of must-haves that get me and my horses through the day when we're at a show.

  • Equiflexsleeves. Can't live without them. They take the guesswork and human error out of standing and shipping wraps, and offer consistent support that is cool and breathable compared to bulkier wraps. Easy on and off, and you can use them under shipping boots for added support. I've ditched my standing wraps and keep these on the trailer instead, and they go right on my horses after their jumping classes to keep their legs supported.
  • Draper Therapies Anti-Sweat Sheet. Love it to keep my horse cool and dust-free ringside, and I can even mist it or dampen it to keep them cool while we're waiting to show. Better than a basic scrim, it has therapeutic properties to keep my horse loose and relaxed between classes, and it's washer and dryer safe, so if it gets dusty while we wait for our classes, no worries! Just toss it in the washer and dryer and it's ready for the next show!
  • Samshield helmet. Love this so much, I bought a second one to school in. I get headaches easily from the heat, and I sweat a lot thanks to a mild thyroid issue that pretty much makes wearing a helmet feel like I'm riding around with one of those big bowl hairdryers from the salon on top of my head. But not with my Samshield. Actual airflow and a removable liner, along with their new premium liner that removes all pressure points from the front of my forehead, and I can finally show safely and happily, all while looking dashingly stylish of course!
  • Boyd Martin Show Jumping Boots by Majyk Equipe. Cool, lightweight, with incredible protection. You just can't ask for a better jumping boot. These open front boots are hands down in my opinion the best on the market. The air strike pad offers superior protection, and the ventilated shell ensures your horse's legs don't overheat in the jumper ring. For schooling, I love their Series 2 boots also!
  • Equi Cool Down everything! Yup, I'm obsessed. I recently tried their products at a show, and it was hot (mid 80s) and humid, and like I said earlier I know it's only going to get hotter. My big black horse is high strung, and sweats easily and profusely and he was schooling midday which meant I had to keep him cool tied to the trailer, while getting my hunter ready for his classes, and keep him cool while I showed my other horse until we had a break. Everything - and I do mean EVERYTHING in their product line is amazing. The leg wraps were key as my black horse is recovering from hind suspensory damage, so cooling his legs after a workout is very important. The body and neck wrap kept him cool, and the head cap was great under my ballcap between rounds (it also fits under a helmet!). And even after being on him for over an hour, the neck wrap was still so cool that me and my friends were passing it around and using it on us. If you haven't used their products, definitely check them out. Far easier and longer lasting than cold hosing, and the fact that they have products for humans too just makes it even better! Check out Sky sporting his Equi Cool Down outfit looking happy as can be at the trailer.

equi cool down cooling products for horses

    So there you have it, my summer show must-haves! Do you have anything to add? What are your favorite products to keep cool in the heat of summer? Share your stories in the comments below!

     



    And the winners of our Baker halter contest are ... March 17 2015, 0 Comments

    We recently held a contest where the winners could win a new, Baker halter.

    Two, lucky ISellTack.com fans were randomly selected to win. 

    Here are our lucky winners!

    Wendy Malecki Jones 

    Sarah Alexander

    Please email us: rachel@iselltack.com with your address. Congrats!



    Real Customer Review: CWD SE03 March 09 2015, 0 Comments

    Our client, Sally T. from Canada had such nice things to say about the CWD SE03, that we had to create a blog post just from her testimonial! We have to agree. The SE03 is one of our favorite CWD models!

    "I tried 3 models of CWD. The SE01, SE02 and SE03. Each one was wonderful. The SE03 was the last one I tried and I really felt like Goldilocks! Third one is the just right!

    Everything about this saddle is fantastic. But first, I must say, this is my first CC saddle I have ever had that has blocks. I usually use a very flat saddle with no blocks at all. However, once I sat in this saddle I couldn't tell there were blocks. Nothing inhibited my feel. I could feel every muscle in my horse moving under me. I had to look down quite a few times to have a look at this saddle because it looks like a lot of saddle but it's incredibly sensitive like its a super thin French leather saddle. But my SE03 is buffalo I'm 99% sure.

    CWDs have rubber ends on the trees so the horses shoulders aren't hurt by ill fitting trees. These 3 trees all fit most horses. My horse has a low wither with a linebacker's shoulder. This SE03 and the other 2 CWDs I tried, all fit her beautifully and all 3 had slightly different trees.

    The twist in this saddle is wonderful. I am truly an 80% leg/20% hand rider so the twist is super important to me. It makes or breaks the saddle for me. I can't ride in Tad Coffin saddles for instance, the twist is too low for me. All the CWDs had great twist. I felt like I could ride without a bridle on my horse and just steer with my legs.

    I can't say enough good about this saddle. It rocks! I recommend the SE03 if you are looking for a perfect feel."

    Looking for your local CWD rep? Click here. Have a product testimonial that you want featured? Email us at info@iselltack.com with "testimonial" in the subject line.

    Cheers!



    Getting Back On by Emily Maher February 12 2015, 0 Comments

    Getting Back On… As an Adult

     I can’t remember exactly the first time it happened. All I can remember is this unexplainable feeling that something was missing. It was something important… a safety thing. I had my helmet on. I was just walking around the ring, so it wasn’t my protective vest. Then it hit me, the realization of what I was forgetting… my seatbelt. This recognition was followed one heartbeat later with the question, “When did I become the type of rider that felt like I needed a seatbelt?”

    I will admit; I was never the bravest kid. I also was never the most athletic kid (there are many pictures documenting my failed attempts at riding like Beezie Madden and Karen O’Connor), but I have very fond memories of galloping through the woods and jumping solid stone walls on hunter paces. I lived in a world of bombs away. There was no room for fear, just “kick on.” In fact, even the scariest of falls have been reduced to blurry images in my memory, outshined by the light of the good experiences.

    In college, I still rode, but on breaks and holidays. Therefore, my riding stagnated. I didn’t get better, and I was ok with it. I still came home and would hop on and jump around a course. There was no thought to my fitness, balance or strength. There were horses to ride and jumps to jump. Plus, when you’re riding four horses, six days a week, the above issues disappear in a matter of a week or two.

    Then it finally happened. I graduated college. I got a full time job. I could afford to support my own riding habit. After a few months, I decided I was ready. I would take this riding thing seriously. I would buy myself a horse, and I did: A fairly uneducated, out of work, but very handsome (and relatively cheap) 9yo Quarter Horse. See below, he knows he’s handsome, but still enjoys his quirk and his crooked noseband.

    Unfortunately, I was not the rider I had been. I was now reduced to riding one horse, maybe three times a week. My general fitness level declined, and I gained weight from working a desk job. The money was there, so I “invested” in my riding. I bought stuff. Lots of stuff. Lots of very pretty stuff that I absolutely adore, including a Voltaire (You know… Like Beezie) that immediately made me feel more secure. And herm sprenger stirrups… and a shiny new GPA helmet… and fancy Ariat boots… You get the idea.

    Unfortunately, riding is more of a relationship than a hobby. It takes time and commitment. So, after almost two years of working an overwhelming job in NYC, I found a job near home in NJ. However, the hour and a half drive to my barn from there was still too hard to commit too. I kept making changes, and I found a new barn for me and my best friend. It was difficult, it was heartbreaking, but this sport is a commitment that requires more than a passing fling to achieve success. I am still not perfect, but heaven knows I am trying.

    Every time I swing a leg over my very sweet and (relatively) steady horse, I am vividly aware of the fact that I am making the decision to risk my life. Every lesson, I have to swallow the lump in my throat and trust my trainer. Every horse show, I have to sit quiet and keep my leg closed, while still trying not to puke all over my grey horse. (Seriously, I do not want to know how much quicksilver is involved in that kind of thing) Every ride I snap in my mental seatbelt, I hold onto the joy riding gives me, and I try my hardest. That is my mantra as an adult amateur.

     - Emily Maher