As you can imagine, working at SmartPak for 10 years has resulted in quite the collection of things. I don’t have one trunk,—I have three, and they’re all full of goodies, some of which I use all the time and some of which are collecting dust. What are those things that Drago and I absolutely can’t live without?
Everyone in the barn says that Drago smells like he has had a day at the spa when I finish with him. This is one of our little “spa” secrets. I use this magical stuff on everything. Drago is Mr. Sensitivity and gets all kinds of rubs—spur rubs, blanket rugs, bridle rubs. I use this on his rubs and have also used it on tick bites.
I use these every single time I ride to clean my bit when I’m finished. I also cheat a little in the colder winter months and use it to wipe down my tack rather than dealing with cold water.
Another spa day secret. I use this liberally after I ride before I put Drago to bed for the night.
I’ve ridden with Mattes pads for about 10 years now. An ounce of prevention right? Neither Drago nor my previous horses had any back issues, but I like to provide extra protection where I can. I use this pad with baby pads or other square schooling pads and feel like I’m making Drago’s job just a little more comfortable.
If you horse show but do not own this amazing little boot shiner, you’re missing out. This thing is an absolute game changer. It cuts polish time in half (at least) and works as a good shine up between full on polishes. My boots have never looked so good despite the fact that I’m spending way less time cleaning and polishing them.
The older I get, the more I appreciate ease of use and convenience. This polish works great, and more importantly it’ss in a really easy-to-use squeeze tube with a built in applicator. Twist off the top and apply. Doesn’t get easier than that.
I use this every single time I school or lesson—so that means it gets a lot of action. I’ve also used it at local shows on days when the weather wasn’t great and I wanted to preserve the life of my leather girth. This girth lasts forever and is easy to clean (machine wash and dry). The elastic holds up well unlike many similar girths where the elastic essentially unravels after time. Can’t go wrong with having one of these in your trunk.
Another spa day secret. It’s a lovely smelling detangler that isn’t gooey and doesn’t make his tail overly slippery. Drago likes to break dance in his stall at night, so his tail is always full of shavings. Because I use Cowboy Magic after each time after I ride, the shaving comb out easily.
After a hard lesson or horse show, this is my go to for soothing tired muscles.
I’m not exactly sure how I ever survived without these gel bands. Wait, I remember: blisters, moleskin, more blisters, more moleskin—bad things. When I’m breaking in a new pair of tall boots, these gel bands are an absolute necessity. I even wear them under well broken in boots if I know it is going to be a long day with a lot of walking.