The StripHair

I recently purchased a StripHair grooming tool. I’ve known about this product since it came out, and always considered purchasing it, and also reviewing it next to more traditional products. It’s more on the expensive side for my taste, but thanks to an Amazon gift card for my birthday, I made the purchase. It came in the cutest packaging, and the most adorable box ever. Kudos to the company for cute packaging. My dad, of course, made stripper jokes the entire time I opened it.

When I brought it to the barn, I tried it out on Mr. Bently. Now he hasn’t really been shedding a lot, which I wonder if it’s due to the fact that he’s from upstate New York or if he just never grew a lot of hair for the winter. He was more interested in the smell if anything.

Can I eat it?????

After almost two weeks of use, I will be completely honest, I think it does a lot better than the other shedding tools I’ve tried. More dirt is coming out off of his coat, and he doesn’t seem to wiggle as much with it. I also don’t have to worry about hitting some of the bonnier parts of him with a blade, which he told me very quickly early on that was not his favorite part of our grooming routine. I’ve also gotten a lot of hair off of him in the time that I’ve been using it. The diamond sides on the StripHair have proved incredibly useful for getting rid of mud as mud season descends on us, as well as helping curry out sweat marks. I love that the smaller diamonds are useable on the legs and face, which work well in Bently’s habit of coming in with mud covered legs.

I’ve also done a few test runs on Logan, Trainer S’s very fluffy draft, who didn’t seem to care very much for it other than that it did not taste good. The diamonds helped a lot with all the mud he often comes in with, and I was covered in all the hair I pulled off of him. It definitely took a lot of hair off of him, he has a trace clip so there isn’t a ton of horse to de-shed but boy 90% of that hair is just off his butt and that’s after the first sweep through.

Logan’s Yak Hair on the floor

In my two weeks of having it, I really like the StripHair. It doubles as a quick curry comb too with the diamonds which I love using. I also tested it’s de-shedding abilities on my saddle pad last night and I got so much hair off the saddle pad it was ridiculous. I could have made a second mini horse out of the hair that came off of it.

I have yet to test out the bathing features of the StripHair, as its just starting to hit the 40s and 50s in the afternoons now. It’s already looking like it will make a good bathing tool because of how well it takes dirt off it, and I’ve used it as a sweat scraper already so I’m excited for the first bath of the season now.

 

Tack Trunk Frenzy

Part of any equestrians journey, one encounters a lot of different pieces of equipment, supplies, suppliers, and brands. One of the biggest difficulties in my journey is finding the perfect item that might solve my problem and its reviews don’t go beyond, “Oh it’s great, my horse loves it!”, “It fits great!”, or “It sucked don’t buy it”. It’s very frustrating. So I’ve decided that I will incorporate reviews of products I try on horses and myself to help some people out.

I did a lot of research on this trunk and found very little reviews or information on. This is one of the better more expensive purchases I made. I will be honest, it was something me and my parents decided that we would split the price on, and I found the cheapest distributor to buy it from. Before that, I scoured Facebook Marketplace before we made the official purchase. Of course, after we made the purchase, like 7 popped up.

Here she is off the official website

“The “Saddle Trunk” has large 10″ wheels that make the Saddle Trunk easy to transport. The lockable lid flips up for access to a divided storage compartment that’s perfect for bandages, braiding supplies, or personal items. It has a dry erase board and pen, mirror, and a removable towel bar available to hang pads or towels. The lockable trunk houses two saddles, two bridle racks and three hooks for strap goods. A third saddle rack attaches to the front of the trunk for cleaning or tacking up. Compartments inside the door keep bottles, brushes or bandages corralled. Handsome and rugged, the “Saddle Trunk” is designed and built for years of faithful service.”- Burlingham Sports Website

Their website marks it for a price of $975, however, I managed to find it on a remote Virginia tack shop website for $700. Smartpak and Dover have the same price, or around that on their website. The nice thing about this deal was shipping was free as it gets drop shipped from the manufacturer.

Some of you might be thinking I’m crazy buying this thing. It looks like a trash can on wheels. A lot of people told me I could save money just buying a Husky storage tote and a saddle rack. The whole reason I wanted a vertical storage trunk, vs a horizontal one was that at the time of purchase, I was planning on having two saddles in a lockable container Two saddles, especially a jump and dressage saddle, would not fit in one of those horizontal ones along with my equine supply and saddle pad hoarding problem. Also, I did not have the money for what my dream is to have, which is one of those double door storage boxes on wheels made of aluminum like Charlotte Dujardin’s.

Not exactly like this but close

Another reason was the first barn I was ever at, we had huge lockers. And as a leaser, I got a locker so I was used to that locker type feel of storing my stuff. Then we moved to another barn where all the tack was shoved into two small (think mini horse sized) stalls where I had no place to bring or put any of my own stuff. Trainer S’s stuff barely fit in the already crowded space. And when we moved to our current location, Trainer C couldn’t guarantee me a space in the tack room as boarders had first dibs. And if I ever had to bring my stuff home, it would be contained and my parents wouldn’t have to yell at me for all my hoarding issues all over the mudroom. Which has happened before.

My current configuration

Anyways, onto the trunk itself. Now it boasts an interior space of 37″ x 23″ x 23″, with a top storage compartment of about 4-5 inches deep. It fits my two 17.5 saddles okay. I’ll be honest when it came in the mail, I thought it was too big. Now I think I needed the bigger one. The issue with having a dressage saddle and jump saddle is that the dressage saddle is too long to go on the bottom and on the top, it blocks the bridle racks so bridles can’t hang free. Everything gets squished to the back when you put two saddles in there. When it was just my jump, it was okay. There are 2 horseshoe shaped metal bridle hooks on the left and 3 regular hooks on the right, as well as a third hook on the door. The horseshoe-shaped hooks were oddly facing up when I got them, so the bridles hung weirdly till I unscrewed them and flipped them the correct way. This tack trunk is still pretty spacious, as it holds my two saddles, a bridle, my brush box, helmet, all my liquid supplies, bits, lunge line, my personal things, etc. Oh and WD40.

Door Storage
Top Compartment Storage with the extra saddle rack on the right

Unfortunately, I still have to keep a plastic tote as the rest of my saddle pad collection, and some other large storage items like coolers, unused bridles, martingales, surcingles, long lines, spare supplies etc. If I wanted to, I think I could make it all fit but I still do want to function out of this trunk so I keep the spare tote.

Moving wise, it was a bit of a hassle to get from my house to the barn, it barely fit in Barn Mom’s car. But the wheels come in handy, so it was easy to move it from its previous location to its current in the barn. I have seen someone else with one just like mine at shows, and hers fit perfectly in her trailer so I know using it as a traveling tack room works like a charm too. It has an area in the back that can work to secure it to a wall or a pole so you don’t have to worry if someone wants to walk off with it. And it can lock in two places so double security!

Overall, if you can find them used, or have the money to invest in one, I’d say go for it. I can’t say if they’re better then a custom wooden one on wheels, I’d assume the wooden ones would be heavier but they’re getting super complicated with some of these tack trunks and boxes these days. I like the plastic one as it can get dinged up and dusty and scratched all over and I still wouldn’t care so much.

Hopefully this was helpful in some way. Let me know what else you might want me to review!

Socks, Socks and More Socks!

Okay so I love love love love fun socks. I collect fun socks, and the more elaborate the pattern the better. I own narwhal socks, sassy horse socks and so many more that have been lost to the pits of my laundry. Rest in peace brave ones, I will find you someday. That’s the other downside of my relationship with socks, I always lose the matching pair, so I live in mismatched socks.

Tall boot socks were a struggle to find fun patterns. They weren’t as outrageous or as fun as my normal socks. It was always just flowers, little plain designs or nothing so ramped up like I wanted. Then, I stumbled on Dreamers and Schemers. And let me tell you, they are the freakin best.

Dreamers and Schemers makes socks. And not just any riding socks, amazing fun socks. My first order consisted of a pair with “Buck Off” printed all over them, a pair with sharks, and a pair with little bombs with F’s in the middle. F Bombs, get it?

F-Bomb Socks

That’s what made me love their brand so much and made their socks worth every penny. Besides the fact that they have the best prints ever for their socks, their socks boast a comfy foot that cushions your toes and ankles from annoying boot rubs, they’re thin enough but still warm enough to function year-round, and they have some kick-ass designs.

Coffee Coma, very relatable

Besides making their own designs, they have an option for custom socks, and the company is fantastic with any order and helps out in every way they can. I honestly recommend these to everyone. They even support different organizations, like their Boob Socks, of which $5 dollars of the profit goes to breast cancer research.

They’re fun socks, and as a dressage rider, I always try to sneak fun under all the posh and poise dressage shows require. And who doesn’t want to look down and see little-flying pigs or dino dudes when they take their boots off?? I honestly strongly recommend this brand of socks as well as their company, they do amazing work.

A$$ Hat- my new favorite design