Well guys, not to jinx myself, but I think we are about 1 week away from not needing to wrap the left hind anymore!!! In fact, I would have stopped wrapping it by now if it wasn’t in an area that is at such a high risk of being hit (by his right hind hoof). I want the skin to be firmly healed over before I stop wrapping it, at which point he will be turned out and ridden in a ThinLine bell boot for added protection, for probably the rest of his life. Anyway- check out the amazing progress he has made!
First off- I know that my last review was also a show shirt. So sorry. Really I am, I have other things in my queue to be reviewed, but I was really excited to wear this shirt, and happened to have help at the barn to take pics, and it happened to be a beautiful day so…2 show shirt reviews in a row it is!
So I first ‘discovered’ this shirt when I went to watch my friend S show this past spring and she had it, which isn’t surprising because she has great taste. I instantly coveted it, and really wanted one, but my budget was firmly saying no at the time. During Rio’s latest recovery, money was tight for awhile, but I eventually got the check from his insurance (they covered 100% of his surgery, no joke), so I decided to splurge on this shirt. It came from In the Irons- a small but adorable boutique in Boerne, TX. SmartPak also sells them.
“The Ariat™ Marquis Show Top is classically styled to be the ideal shirt to compete in. With its clean lines and crisp look, you’ll feel sharp in the show ring. Made from a Micro Tek knit fabric, the shirt places emphasis on comfort and practicality.”
Sun protection fabric
Moisture Movement Technology (for quick drying)
Magnetic collar closure
Lace pattern vented sleeves
Snap closures at wrists
Icefil technology to keep you cool
I am a small in most show shirts, 32/34 in Essex signature shirts, S/M in Kastel, and 28 breeches in TS. Street size 4/6. I got a small in this shirt and it fits great. ONLY tiny drawback on the fit for me is the sleeves I am a 6 ft tall giant with crazy long legs and arms and the sleeves could be a touch longer for me, but I am sure they would fit basically everyone else just fine.
SO SOFT AND STRETCHY. Seriously, it feels very luxurious. Definitely feels like I could wear it during Texas summers and be just fine. Love the magnetic collar, and the lace underarms are super cute but also appear to be very durable. Cas also green-slimed my sleeve in a few places and it washed out perfectly. The white is super bright and seems like that kind of fabric that will stay really white and not get dingy.
The slightly short sleeves is a small con for me, but I struggle with this issue in basically every brand. Definitely didn’t deter me from purchasing the shirt. The other con is price. MSRP is $99 which IMO is a little pricey for a shirt. I LOVE this shirt though- so it definitely fell into the splurge category and I don’t regret it one iota. If you can find it on sale, I would 100% say go for it. If you want to give a fellow equestrian a lovely gift in the $100 price range, this shirt would definitely fit the bill. You can use this shirt for everyday, clinics, or shows, so it’s super versatile.
Wide noseband Edgewood Bridle from Quail Hollow Tack and owned by MM
Ovation navy belt
Tailored Sportsman breeches
***HUGE thank you to MM and Reagan for helping with the impromptu photoshoot, and Reagan for letting me use Cas! (Rio was super dirty and not photoshoot ready)**
I am so so excited to be taking lessons again. Like real lessons, where we really work on stuff. You guys are probably sick of hearing “how excited” I am about every little thing- but I can’t help it. #sorrynotsorry
Things are really coming together guys (knock on wood!). Rio’s left hind continues to noticeably improve, and we have gone from “sorta, kinda canter/stumble/hand gallop-on-the-forehand a few steps” to “you are a grown horse and know how to canter while carrying your own step” for at least a circle at a time. Major progress. My amazing barn friends are all so supportive and super happy for me that Rio is back to work. Every time someone asks, “How does it feel to be riding him again?” I want to respond this way:
Hey guys! I am finally posting another vet update on Rio. I know it’s been a little while since I did one, but I really wanted to give the leg a little more time to do something interesting (aka HEAL) so you could actually see some progress. So… here you go!
Remember to check out my last update first to see pics of where we left off.
When I started blogging, I never realized how much work some of the “back end” stuff can be. I assumed it would be all about writing the posts, and never had a second thought for the technical aspects of creating a blog. I was so silly back then! Although I have learned a lot, I still have tons more to learn to make this blog the best it can be.
Rio has been doing excellent! He has now had 3 light rides, and every one has been better then the last. I think it’s pretty obvious that he is happy to have a job again. I am SO LUCKY to have such a GOOD boy, I have missed riding him so so much.
It was a LONG 3 day weekend- but everyone survived! I have honestly been trying really hard to figure out the best way to do a clinic recap- do I do a day by day summary of what was taught? A quick overview hitting the high parts? Direct quotes from George only? My honest, unfiltered opinion on what went on, the rider and their horses? That probably wouldn’t make me too popular with some, to say the least! Since I didn’t actually ride in it, I don’t feel that an in-depth, super long, 3 post summary is really necessary, so I plan to keep this all to one post, and do a combination of the above- so stay with me here!