Monthly Archives: October 2015
Sidney Rain isn’t pulling a sulkey anymore, but that doesn’t mean his racing days are over. The 15-year-old Standardbred has transitioned to a new career with his human Jen.
Jen adopted Sidney four years ago from the American Standardbred Adoption Program and describes him as “my big love.” The pair are in the midst of their second full season of endurance riding and the ex-racehorse loves his new gig.
“He loves just being at ride camp and going new places,” Jen told us. “Zooming through the woods is one of our favorite things to do, whether training or at a competition.”
Jen and Sidney’s second competition season got a little easier when they became the winners of September’s exclusive tack giveaway that we offered in partnership with Green Bean Endurance. They have won a custom Australian style bridle from Two Horse Tack. Endurance riders love our beta biothane pieces because they don’t stiffen or fade with sweat, and they are super light and soft on horses’ skin.
Jealous of Jen’s new swag? We’re giving away another Australian bridle this month, thanks to popular demand. You’ll even get a $5 coupon if you enter. Just fill out a short form on our website and you’re in.
Today’s bit of equine inspiration comes from Lisa and her horse, Torrent, who were the winners of our September tack giveaway!
We always ask the humans who win our tack giveaways to tell us a little about themselves and their horses, and we found Torrent’s story especially touching.
Lisa and her sister had long harbored a love for horses since they were girls and several years ago, the two decided to start taking riding lessons together. Unfortunately, Lisa’s sister’s breast cancer returned just after they began and within six months she lost her battle. Lisa gave herself some time to heal but ultimately found herself looking for a horse of her own.
“When I saw Torrent’s picture, I had a feeling he might be the right horse for me. He was gorgeous, with a very kind eye,” she told us. “He was the only horse who stopped eating and came over, he looked at Denise—the breeder/owner, Roxanne—my friend, and then me—before coming up to me and placing his head on my chest. Denise said, ‘This is only the second time I’ve seen one of my horse’s pick his person like that.’
“That was it!! I know my sister was there in spirit that day, also giving her approval. Torrent is a sensitive, kind, funny, amazing horse. I feel so privileged to be his ‘person.'”
Torrent’s full name is Feathered Gold Blue Torrent, and he is a 5-year-old Gypsy Vanner gelding. For Lisa, age 56, the takeaway from her journey with torrent is that it’s “never too late to follow your dreams.”
Torrent and Lisa will get a free Australian/barcoo-style bridle of their very own, which should allow Torrent’s bold facial features to shine through. Jealous of the rugged-yet-durable style of our fully adjustable Australian bridle? You’ve got a shot at getting your own in this month’s giveaway! Enter here.
We were psyched to get this email from Kayla, who recently ordered a turnout halter from us in turquoise, which is one of two new colors we added this year (the other one, also super-popular, is light blue).
“I’m just send an email about a halter I ordered. Came in the mail super quick! The turquoise color is absolutely PERFECT!! I have been searching for that shade of turquoise since I bought my horse. Was beyond happy when I saw the color….I have tried to capture it’s true color but the camera doesn’t do it justice. I will be returning as I have a few headstalls planned. Thank you so much! -Kayla”
We can relate to the problem of trying to match just the right shade to a favorite saddle pad, or get just the right color that will complement your horse’s coat. With something as variable as turquoise, teal, light blue, or pink, there are a lot of options out there and the subtleties positively scream when you have several different brands of equipment on the same horse.
We get a lot of questions about those colors, and one thing we like to suggest to customers is ordering a free sample kit off our website. Not only will you get a look at the colors we have available without having to order a product, you can also get a sense of how beta biothane feels, which is important if you aren’t familiar with the material. Most people who try it end up loving it! So, what’re you waiting for? Order your free kit today.