Tack box necessities

Unfortunately I  had to clean out my tack box (horse locker) last night , but I didn’t realize how much stuff I actually had. My box had enough tack for at least three horses, so I wanted to share my favorite items.

Roma Softie Reversible Saddle Pad

I have one in blue/ green and another in black/ white.

I have one in blue/ green and another in black/ white (Dover).

This is my favorite saddle pad. I love the fact it comes in a square and wither relief. They are only thirty dollars at Dover’s and they are worth their weight in gold. They only bad thing is that they are bulky and aren’t easy to monogram.

Roeckl® Chester Riding Gloves

These gloves are light and breathable.

These gloves are light and breathable (Dover).

I always wear gloves when I ride and my hands are abnormally pale, but I don’t have ridiculous blisters. These gloves are expensive and I have to buy about four pairs a year because I use them so much. Unlike other black gloves they don’t dye your hands black. I honestly can’t live without these gloves, but at almost fifty dollars they are pricey.

Cowboy Magic™ Green Spot Remover

It's a bath in a bottle.

It’s a bath in a bottle (Dover).

This is magic in a bottle. It is perfect for emergency touch ups on light colored horses and for days when it is to cold to give a bath. Cowboy Magic has very nice products that are not harsh one the horse’s skin, but they get stains out. It also works on clothes. White breeches and white show shirts are just begging for trouble and Cowboy Magic saves the day! At only ten dollars a bottle it is perfect!

Slick ‘N Easy™ fiberglass grooming block

These are so handy.

These are so handy(Dover).

This is probably one of my favorite tools to groom with. It is easy, effective, and time efficient. They are good for horses that are shedding, or that are caked in dried mud. I didn’t realize that you could clean them until recently by grinding off one of the edges on a wall. They are also good for removing annoying pills from sweaters, coolers, and especially North Faces.

Eskadron Climatex Polo Wraps

These are the best wraps that I have ever used.

These are the best wraps that I have ever used (Dover).

I wrap everything when I ride… call me crazy, but I would rather be safe than sorry. These are the greatest polo wraps ever. They are thinner than fleece wraps, but I feel like they give more support and are more flexible. They are super expensive compared to the ten dollar Dover wraps, but I have had mine for well over two years and I only hand wash them, so they are well worth the seventy dollars.

Pharmaka Sporty Sit-Tite Spray

I couldn't live without this spray.

I couldn’t live without this spray.

Oh lord, this is my favorite product. I honestly could not live without it. I have never had any problems with it corroding leather. I spray it on my reigns, chaps, half- chaps, saddle, and tall boots. The aresol spray goes on evenly and lasts for about three rides. The spray is also good to put on the bottom of slippery shoes, like Toms. I love this spray, but you can not leave it in your tack box in the winter because it will freeze and get weird. I highly recommend keeping a bottle in your tack box for emergencies. I was showing at the Horse Park and it was raining and my reigns were slick, so I went to a vender to get another bottle and it was twenty two dollars. It is almost eighteen dollars at my local tack store, but you can order it from Dover’s for sixteen dollars… so order two.

Irish Knit Anti-Sweat Sheet

This blanket is really good for showing indoors.

This blanket is really good for showing indoors.

I have had my knit sheet forever and I love it. The color has faded after a few years, but it is perfect for clipped horses in the winter. You can catch them on sale at Dover’s for around fifty five dollars in the off season, but they run about sixty to seventy at local tack stores. The sheets keep the horses dry and warm. Plus they are lighter and more manageable than rectangle wool sheets. The knit sheet I have is navy blue and is monogrammed, but with washing and excessive use the monogram looks a little skewed. These sheets get caught on spurs and anything sharp very easily, but they are totally worth the investment.

Nunn Finer No-Slip Contour Ultra Pad

I never ride without my no slip pad.

I never ride without my no slip pad.

I have a thing for horses with huge withers, so I have tried every no-slip pad out there, but this one is the best so far. It has a very nice outer seam that prevents tearing and rubbing, but it is soft and supple, so I can keep it hidden under a show pad. They do, however, leave a huge sweat mark and they get really grimy. I clean mine with dish soap and then spray in with rubbing alcohol to prevent fungus form spreading. They are around thirty five dollars, but I caught mine on sale at a local tack shop when they first came out for eighteen dollars.

2013’s new kids on the block

The 2013 breeding shed must be opening soon. The cheesy Kay diamond commercials are on, I finally received my Blood-Horse’s 2013 stallion register, and my Hanoverian mare would lose her mind if she didn’t get her Depo.

Since this is my first year really getting to know more about the thoroughbred industry I’ve spent about a week combing the pages and looking at all of the gorgeous horse’s, but the boys from the 2012 race season really caught my interest.

Bodemeister ’09: Empire Maker – Untouched Talent, by Storm Cat

Bodemeister at the Arkansas Derby in 2012 (Blood-Horse).

Bodemeister at the Arkansas Derby in 2012 (Blood-Horse).

Breeder: Audley Farm

Owner: Zavat Stables

Trainer: Bob Baffert

Bodemeister won the 2012 Arkansas Derby and came in second in the 2012 Kentucky Derby and the 2012 Preakness Stakes. He had six starts as a three-year-old with two wins and three second places. Bodemeister was retired to stud at Winstar Farm in Versailles, Kentucky for the 2013 breeding season due to an injury in his left shoulder after earning $1,304,800. His stud fee for 2013 is $30,000.

Personally, I loved watching Bodemeister run and I though it was sweet how he was named after Bode Baffert. I also got to see Bodemeister sell at the Keeneland September sales for $260,000 as a yearling.

Hansen ’09: tapit – Stormy Sunday, by Sir Cat

Hansen at the 2011 Kentucky Cup Juvenile (Blood- Horse).

Hansen at the 2011 Kentucky Cup Juvenile (Blood- Horse).

Breeder: Kendall E. Hansen

Owner: Kendall E. Hansen, Sky Chai Stables

Trainer: Michael J. Maker

How could you forget “The Great White Hope”. In his two-year-old season, Hansen was raced lightley. He had two wins at Turfway Park. He then went to Churchill Downs and won the Breeder’s Cup Juvenile  by a nose over Union Rags. He also won the Iowa Derby by ten lengths. Hansen’s nine starts, five wins, and two seconds earned him a total of $1,810,805. Hansen will stand at Ashford Stud in Versailles, kentucky with a 2013 stud fee of $12,500.

I think Hansen is well known from his owner’s stunt at the 2012 Blue Grass Stakes where his owner dyed the horse’s white tail blue. Track stewards seized the bottle of dye and his trainer washed the blue out of his tail. After all that hype Hansen placed second in the race behind Dullhan.

I’ll Have Another ’09: Flower Alley – Arch’s Gal Edith, by Arch

I'll Have Another winning the Kentucky Derby (Churchill Downs).

I’ll Have Another winning the Kentucky Derby (Churchill Downs).

Breeder: Harvey Clarke

Owner: J. Paul Reddam

Trainer: Douglas F. O’Neill

I’ll Have Another is a very impressive horse with $2,693,600 in career earnings. He won four graded events, including the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes. Unfortunately, a few days before the Belmont Stakes, Doug O’Neill announced that I’ll Have Another was officially out of the race due to a tendon injury. Due to the risk of a bowed tendon, O’Neill and Reddam announced that I’ll Have Another was going to be retired. He was the is the third horse, behind Bold Venture ’36 and Burgoo King ’32,  to be scratched from the Belmont Stakes after winning the first two legs of the Triple Crown.

I’ll Have Another was sold at the Keeneland Saled for $11,000 by Victor M. Davila. The exercise rider broke and trained the future Derby winner before selling him as a two-year-old to Reddam for $35,000 at the Ocala Breeder’s sale. After his very successful career he was sold to the Big Red Farm, located in Hokkaido, Japan, for the 2013 breeding season for $10 million. His 2013 stud fee is $34,504.96 or 3,200,000 JPY.

Shackleford ’08: Forestry – Oatsee, by Unbridled

Jesus Castanon aboard Shackleford. (Churchill Downs / Reed Palmer)  Photography

Jesus Castanon aboard Shackleford. (Churchill Downs / Reed Palmer) Photography

Breeder: Micheal Lauffer and
W.D. Cubbedge

Owner: Michael Lauffer and
W.D. Cubbedge

Trainer: Dale Romans

Shackleford had two starts as a two- year- old, winning the won a $59,000 maiden special weight race at Churchill Downs on dirt. His three- year- old season had ten starts, two wins, and four second places. His second place in the Florida Derby earned him enough to get into the 2011 Kentucky Derby. He also won the Preakness at the age of three and defeated Animal Kingdom.

His four- year- old season ended with a victory in the Grade 1, $500,000 Clark Handicap at Churchill Downs. He defeated Take Charge Indy and his career earnings totaled $2,824,047. Shackleford will stand at Darby Dan Farm with a 2013 stud fee of $20,000.

Union Rags ’09: Dixie Union – Tempo, by Gone West

Breeder: Phyllis Mills Wyeth

Owner: Chadds Ford Stable

Union Rags at Gulfstream Park (Blood-Horse).

Union Rags at Gulfstream Park (Blood-Horse).

Trainer: Micheal R.  Matz

Union Rags had eight starts, five wins, one second and third. He won the Belmont Stakes as a three- year- old. He came in second to Hansen at the Breeder’s Cup Juvenile in 2012. Union Rags did not run in the 2012 Preakness Stakes, but he did run in the Belmont Stakes and beat Paynter in the final strides of the race.

I thought Union Rags had Triple Crown potential and I loved the story about his breeder and her dream about owning Union Rags after she sold him the first time.

I think these new boys have big shoes to fill after the loss of Dynaformer, but they all have promising blood lines and should be pretty busy with their first breeding seasons.