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Last Day of the Coat Defense Giveaway!

Tonight is the night! Click on the original post and add a comment or send me an email at to enter.

Aaaand if you were refraining because you didn’t want me to pay for shipping (how sweet of you), fret no more! Sandy, the founder and president¬†of Coat Defense will be shipping the winner the samples herself! See note in original post about customer service ūüôā Seriously, it’s a thing with these guys. Plus the products aren’t so bad ūüėČ




Review + Giveaway: Coat Defense

One thing that’s always (pleasantly)¬†surprised me about P is his lack of contracting skin funk. We live in the Charlotte, NC area and it gets so insanely hot and humid, it’s a constant sweatfest. Add in the fact that P can’t go a day without rolling in the mud, and it’s surprising he has any hair left.


Besides a quick bout with scratches on one foot last year, P has remained fungus free. So when P’s ears started looking funky, probably due to sweating in his fly bonnets,¬†I dug through my limited skin care supplies to try to clear it up. Unfortunately, all I had was a medicated shampoo and while P is fine with me clipping that area, he’s apparently not so much a fan of me washing shampoo off of his ears.

At the same time I had been trying to treat P’s ears with medicated shampoo (don’t be like me, just don’t) P came in from the pasture with a mark on his hindquarters that looked like a scrape. NBD, and I didn’t give a second thought to it. But then maybe 2 days later, there were a bunch of little marks in the same area. It was…weird. The Barn Trainer (BT) said she had noticed it when she was turning him out, but had no idea what it was either.

So after trying the shampoo for a couple days and seeing no results, and P becoming increasingly agitated with me, I looked around for something else.


When I was at Rolex this past year, I was in the Top Rail tack booth and a rep was talking to me about the products. At that time I had no need (or room in my suitcase!) but I took their cards to add to my collection and went on my way. Then I saw another boarder using their powder on her horse, so I asked if she liked it. She said yes, so I went on their website and ordered both products: their Powder & Dry Shampoo and the Trouble Spot Drying Paste.

I ordered it Tuesday, August 22nd; they shipped it that day and my package arrived Thursday afternoon. They must have revamped their packaging because what I unwrapped looked way different than what the other boarder has.



Turquoise! They did it just for me ūüôā


And a sweet handwritten note on my invoice. With free samples!


Little things like this go a long way

I ordered the Pro size because, to be honest, having descriptions like “24 oz” mean nothing to me. Let me tell you, these suckers are BIG. Both will last a super long time.

They also included some cards for the different ways to use the products.



That Friday (August 25th)¬†I went out to go slather the stuff on my pony. I used the paste on all the now-hairless areas on P’s hindquarters and on both his ears.



I liked the consistency (and it smells fantastic!) and how easily it went on. When it dried it turned white, and I was happy to see it dried pretty quickly. I turned P out and walked away, then turned around before getting in my truck and watched helplessly as he rolled, sure that he was going to rub it right off.


But the next afternoon when I got to the barn, I was surprised to see that everything was still covered, which was nothing short of a miracle. I wasn’t sure if I needed to wash it off and reapply, or if I could just add a coat, so I sent a message off to Coat Defense via their Facebook page and got a response within half an hour…on a Saturday.



So I added some more just to be on the safe side, waited a few minutes for it to dry again, then let him loose again. Rinse and repeat until Wednesday (August 30th), when I finally washed it off.

And….holy miracles.


Before, August 25th (left); after, August 30th (right)


The fungus on his ears is completely gone, and the areas on his hindquarters were just about cleared up. There’s no raw skin, the hair was growing back over it and no more spots have popped up since.

So Coat Defense Trouble Spot Drying Paste:


I had also ordered the Powder & Dry Shampoo, but then kind of didn’t know what to do with it. P doesn’t have any rain rot or anything else besides those spots that the paste took care of that would need this, and he doesn’t chafe or have rubs from his boots or saddle pads or anything.


Then on Tuesday I pulled P out of his stall and stuck him on the trailer to go to Trainer B’s, thinking he was clean (the barn is a little dark). I usually tack P up in the crossties outside under Trainer B’s barn’s overhang and when I stood back to look at him, I saw a bright yellow pony.


But I had the Coat Defense stuff with me and that’s when it clicked that the bottle said dry shampoo also. Durrrr.

So I put some on my medium brush and swept it over the yellow spots. It looks and feels like baby powder, but smells MUCH better, and it immediately took away the worst of the yellow spots when I went over it with a rag. Slightly majikal, and he looked a bit more presentable to the world.

I didn’t get any pictures from that day, but luckily my pony is constantly gross, so here are some from Sunday. I only used it on the saddle area. This is after brushing it with my regular medium brush.





Honestly, I probably won’t use it as a dry shampoo very often. My horse is so gross that I’d fly through bottles upon bottles¬†if that were the case. I can see it being useful if your horse wears fly gear in the summer and you’re concerned about him sweating underneath. I’ll definitely use it in the winter when he gets clipped and blanketed.

I did try it as a helmet deodorizer, because¬†that thing is so gross that even my husband won’t touch it now.¬†I have a Charles Owen AYR8 that does NOT have removable liner (never again), and after this summer, the CO helmet deodorizer spray doesn’t put a damper on the grossness anymore. This totally worked after a couple applications of shaking some onto a rag and grinding it into my helmet liner.

So….all in all, I’m a big fan¬†of this stuff. I’m glad I got the big versions because I can see it lasting a really long time-unless I keep finding new uses for it, of course.¬†It smells great, totally works, the packaging is gorgeous (obviously important), and the customer service is phenomenal. I’m a fan of supporting small businesses when possible, and this ticks all the boxes.


So, with that said, I’m doing a giveaway for the free samples they included in my order!¬† They’re smaller versions of both the Trouble Spot Paste and the Powder & Dry Shampoo. I’ll pay for shipping ūüôā

To enter, just comment below or email me at I’ll put each name into a random generator and choose one¬†from there.

Entries will close Sunday, September 17th at midnight! I’ll post the winner on Monday, September 18th.

Happy Monday!


New Swag

Tis the season, right? Of course, there are 365 days that are primed for buying horse gear, BUT it’s easier to convince my husband of the purchases around the holiday season (I probably shouldn’t receive gifts until the year 2060 at this rate).

My shirt from OTTB Designs arrived and it’s PERFECT. I saw their FB ad for last call to order their eventer shirts before Christmas, and jumped on that real fast.

It’s pretty lightweight, so best for spring and fall. I wore it yesterday for the first time (50 degrees) to ride with a vest over it and was perfectly comfortable. There are a ton of options, and you can pick what you want down the right sleeve- tattoo, barn name, JC name, etc. I got P’s JC/show name “Forever Gallant”, after double checking with them to make sure it would fit. I also got the vertical logo, where it runs down the left sleeve instead of the standard logo that is at the top of the sleeve. FYI, their customer service is awesome.



The length for both the shirt and the sleeves is perfect. I’m 5’10”, 165 lb and got a large. It’s long enough to tuck into breeches, but not so long that it makes the butt look wrinkly. Sleeve length is spot on- I have spider arms and HATE when sleeves come up short.

Here are their color options:



They also have different options for lettering:


I paid $49.95 for it total and received it within 3 weeks. Super happy with the purchase and will totally go back for another one. They’ve closed their online store until January 2017, so bookmark it for shopping later!

P also got a new hat! I ordered a custom bonnet from If the Bonnet Fits exactly a year ago and LOVE it. It seriously goes on P every ride whether it’s a trail ride¬†or a horse trial, to everything in between. I machine wash it on delicate when it gets crusty and gross (maybe 2x/month) and let it air dry, and it still looks the same as the day it arrived. For real. No loose stitching, the embroidery is perfect and it’s held it’s shape. Sierra uses super high quality materials and is mega talented. When I first contacted her about making one, she didn’t have what I envisioned for the turquoise part…so she went out and got a bunch of samples and sent them to me to pick out. Even if she didn’t have the amazing customer service she does, I would still continue to buy from her.

We loves it

She just sent me my finished second one (this one will be mostly for dressage and then our regular backup), and I can’t wait to get it!


P also got a new stall nameplate. The one that my husband had made for me earlier this year is now up on my library wall, along with our ribbons and Jester’s nameplate.


A friend purchased a nameplate from Open Door Press¬†and I contacted the owner (now a friend) ¬†10 minutes within seeing hers. Here’s her Etsy site also- mine was completely custom (she had mostly jumper and dressage designs and I wanted XC). She didn’t have anything existing for an eventer, so I sent her some design pictures and she worked her magic- and added turquoise! I’m in LOVE with it.



She just put out some monogrammed brushes and helmet/bucket/etc monograms….and oh, the temptation is real.


I’m fairly certain that’s all I’ve bought recently. I think I deserve a pat on the back for that one (and maybe a reward from SmartPak!).






1st Blog Hop! Top 5 Horse Show Essentials

I’ve never participated in one of these before (duh, this entire blog is brand new), but it looked like fun and I’m low on new media. I wish my ride tonight could’ve been caught on tape…P would be going around super nice and then BAM! Rodeo pony…sort of. P still isn’t sure how to actually buck. He’ll yank his head down, but his hind end doesn’t go up, so he’ll give up and just throw his head up and scoot forward, bouncing up and down. It’s not fun to ride, and he repeated the behavior four different times- the trainer was giving a lesson and had to tell one of the younger girls not to go near P because her pony was already acting up. Bad pony P! 

P and I have been showing since February, but only started eventing in September. When I evented pre-injury, I was a poor college/working student so basically had zero disposable income. Now my husband will argue that I’ve purchased half of SmartPak, Dover and Riding Warehouse. Making up for lost time there, buddy. Sorry. 

1. My trailer’s awning

Seriously, this thing is awesome. We’ve owned the trailer for 4 years and only just pulled this thing out in Aiken because it was super windy and we wanted somewhere for the kids to hang out. It will now come out at ALL THE SHOWS. Even Pilgrim wanted to be under it and kept inching himself underneath. We set up chairs, a little table and had the cooler there with drinks- it was a nice place to relax between phases.

2. Mango Bay Belt in teal

I wear this belt in all 3 phases. It’s just a little bit of color for dressage and then matches our jumper/xc gear perfectly. These belts are amazing (I only have 2, but will be adding) because they lay flat and don’t budge. And you can’t beat the price! There are a ton of colors and designs and I want every single one of them. 

3. Stanley Rolling Workshop

This is always packed with show stuff because I’m notorious for forgetting small stuff if I keep it in my regular tack trunk. It’s filled with braiding tools, my medical arm band & pinny, P’s fly bonnet, my show gloves, my xc watch, travel bottles of tack cleaner, show sheen, etc, band-aids, hand sanitizer, safety pins, small clippers, duct tape and lots of d-rings and double ended snaps. It’s easy to maneuver around (like a rolling suitcase), doesn’t take up a lot of room and tall enough to use while braiding. 

4. Roeckl Chester Gloves

I’m one of those rare people that hates riding in gloves, even in the winter. I don’t know why, I’ve always been like that. But when I started showing in dressage with P early this year, I had to suck it up.  These gloves are awesome. I have them in both in black and white, but I haven’t used the white yet. They’re lightweight and have awesome grip. And are touch screen compatible! I still don’t wear gloves for every day riding, so I can’t speak to how well they last, but these will always travel with me to shows. 
Plus they make P look like the cutest moose ever. 

5. SmartPak Small Hole Haynet

Pilgrim resembles a Hoover when there’s any sort of food in front of him, especially hay. Due to the terrible weather, he’s been cooped up inside and he would suck up his hay within an hour. The barn I’m at gives tons of hay, but he just downs it too quickly and then goes without eating for longer periods of time. When I took him to Tryon a few weeks ago, same thing, so I quickly brought out the hay net that was in my trailer and viola! His hay lasts a lot longer. So this will go with me to shows as well as stay in his stall to keep that gut working as much as possible. It’s been about 3 weeks and the barn staff have said he has hay in front of him a lot longer and there’s a lot less wasted. Everyone wins!


Product reviews of my Christmas goodies!

I’ve hinted towards it in both my posts thus far- my husband is the best. From going to leading a very non-horsey life to getting thrown headfirst into it, he’s taken it like a champ. He doesn’t bother with going to jewelry stores or buying flowers and chocolates- he heads straight to the local tack store or to (my always updated) SmartPak wishlist for all sorts of occasions- anniversaries, V-Day, birthdays, Christmas, and lots of other days in between.

For Christmas this year, I was gifted new Premier Equine XC boots (fronts and hinds!), Roeckl Chester gloves and Super Comfort Iron Pads for my dressage saddle. So I’m going to do a little blurb on each.

Pilgrim has worn the XC boots 3x now and I love them. He’s 16.1 and wears the medium fronts and small back. Based on a lot of the reviews, it seems the hinds are made much larger so go for a smaller size than what the sizing chart tells you. It’s been rain central here so we headed over to some large puddles and these puppies have stayed on with no problems. They also haven’t given him rubs and he’s worn them for an hour and through nasty wet arena sand and grass. Super easy to clean also- just hose them off and they look great. I almost wish I had requested the white ones because they’re so easy to clean. Pilgrim looks so grown up in them.

Ignore the tags, had to try them on first!

Ignore the tags, had to try them on first!

Deep puddle

Deep puddle










I’m excited to give them a proper test run on a real course, but that definitely won’t happen until this ground dries up quite a bit more.

Next, husbers gave me Roeckl Chester gloves in black. I typically HATE wearing riding gloves because I feel like I lose a lot of feeling in the reins. I would wear them in shows and as soon as my class was over, the gloves would come off. Apparently I’m wearing the wrong gloves because I rode in these today and they felt great. No slipping but they didn’t stick either, which is important when you’re riding a sensitive 4 year old!






Last but not least, are the Super Comfort Iron Pads. I’ve had a pair of these for the last 6 months, but it was getting really annoying moving my stirrup irons back and forth in between my jump and dressage saddles so I’m really excited to be able to put these on my dressage irons and not have to do anymore switching. I can definitely tell a difference when I use these stirrup pads. I had the plain rubber ones on my dressage irons and my feet were always slipping. When I ride in these, my foot magically stays in place. I know part of that is my heel coming up, but I’m not perfect and these make me feel more secure on my sometimes squirrely baby TB. The one downside is that they can scuff your saddle or leathers if you’re not careful. But I’ve had these on my jump saddle for 6 months and on and off my dressage saddle and so far so good!

Super comfort





Ahhh, love my husband!