If you ever see something in a photo of my pony and I in competition and wonder "What is that?"
"What kind do they use?"
or better yet,
"Where can I get one like it?"
You will find it here on this page. I am not paid to endorse anything here (although it would be nice... lol) and if a website is available, I will provide a 'clicky link' to make life easy for everyone.
Protective boots- Roma open front jumping boots from Just for Ponies. I have used a lot of different brands and types of boots in the past. I just bought these before the first Darby and I am impressed. I ordered them on Friday and Just for Ponies had them in my hand on Monday. Priority mail shipping was awesome! I would have loved to buy the purple boots, but White seems to compliment him and his movement.
My Roma boots finally gave up the ghost. They fought the good fight and after having been trimmed down to fit like they should, having the straps replaced twice and seeing a Lot of use, they split up the back.
Fortunately I had found Shetland size boots by HorZe on Amazon for about $30 shipped. I got them today and they got really well. Yay!
Bell boots are about $5 on sale from Big Dee's also. I buy the size medium and trim them down, besides cutting them and sewing on Velcro.
The Harness- I bought the Presidential harness from Amber Hillside, formerly known as Ron's Horse Harness. I have wanted one since I found their website years ago... Looking at the comparison photos, it is easy to see the difference in their harness and others on the market. I am glad I waited, because when it arrived, it IS everything I expected and fits him really well too.
The bits- I am currently using the simple pony size, loose ring snaffle, reasonably priced at $4 from Jeffer Equine.
-My half cheek snaffle came from Big Dee's discount tack. Listed under the standardbred racing tack and driving bits, they are available in several sizes from 4", 4.25", 4.5", 4.75" & 5" to suit your horsees needs. Reasonably priced at $14.
-Our butterfly bit with the loose cheeks and mullen mouth came from Ideal Harness priced at $40.
The Cart- I bought it used off of Craigslist and they are not made anymore. When I had first found the website for EZ-Ryder horse carts, I knew what I wanted. They are easy entry style carts, come standard with shocks under the seat and are built really well. They are naturally balanced and a few years later when I first seen one up close, I was in love...They came powder coated in a choice of 4 colors, upholstered in a choice of 4 colors to match or compliment and mine turned out to be the combination of black cart with hunter green upholstery- my first and second color choices had I ordered it myself.
Our Helmets- We all know my ex-husband wears a Troxel Sport helmet from Big Dee's that was on sale for $22.50. Shipping and all it was about $30. Not bad for protecting your head. My purple helmet came from Horse Tack International and was on clearance for around $30 at the time. HTI has some awesome deals from time to time.
So there it is. If anyone would like to add anything or comment, post their opinions, offer suggestions- I will open that up to you guys. If you have any questions, feel free to ask them or email me...