Thursday, March 23, 2017

Farm Logo Swag

Last year, I had a graphic artist friend design a logo for our little farm.  I adore it but hadn't made anything with it yet, save a few stickers that I put on our buckets and one of my show trunks.  I had a local embroidery shop do a green jacket for me, but he was sort of weird about doing any (brand new, so clean!) saddle pads that I brought it.  That is fine, since he is not a horse guy, but I kinda gave up and forgot about it.

Of course, now I have had a LOOOONG winter to consider ALL THE THINGS I need want with our logo.  I made an order through Cafe Press but wasn't super impressed and things were printed crookedly despite the fact on the designer it looked correct.  My husband's hooded sweatshirt and the baby's onesies were the only things that looked correct.  The shirts were a wash, but I will say, Cafe Press refunded my money for me at least!

Deciding that I needed an actual human with design experience (imagine that!), I found a great little company on Etsy called Prater Designs owned by a woman named Trish and we set about trying to put together an order.  She was fantastic, easy to work with, and patient with me.  


Everything looks great and came out so well!  I also did a sweatshirt, but forgot to put that out when I staged my photo haha.  My husband has two t-shirts; I have two t-shirts, two long sleeved awesome sports-tek shirts, and a polo shirt; and we have two hats!  Whoot!  

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Lund Saddlery Review

Back at the end of October 2016, I pulled the trigger on ordering a new five point breastplate because I just wasn't thrilled with the way my current breastplate fit Snappy.  It is a Stubben that I bought about six years ago, and while it is overpriced IMHO haha, I saved all that summer to purchase it, because STUBBEN.  

Stubben breastplate not a great fit
I figured a five point would fit her better, yet I wasn't crazy about the HDR or Nunn Finer versions and Stubben doesn't make a five point.  I had seen Lund Saddlery around Facebook and read a few reviews from other bloggers.  It seemed like well made tack for a decent price point, so I ordered it.  

Oddly, enough, though I knew I would have a wait a bit it to arrive...it never did!  I waited...and I waited...and I waited.  Finally in December, I sent an email to Lund and the owner was super apologetic.  Somehow my order had been lost in the shuffle, so he arranged for another one to be shipped.  I finally received it on January 9!  It was worth waiting for though, because I am pleased with the quality.  

The owner of Lund Saddlery was so apologetic that he even offered to send along a matching bridle (what?!) to make up for it.  I assured him that wasn't necessary, because I am aware that things can happen and I am not one to complain.  But he insisted and so we also have a brand new bridle to match!  If that is not the best customer service EVER of ALL TIME, then I don't know what is!

Overall, the English leatherwork (Sedgwick) is outstanding for the price.  All the hardware is stainless and looks to be substantial enough to last.  I admit I am not normally a fan of fancy stitching, but I really love the look of both the breastplate and bridle.  Of course, we have been in the Arctic Freeze for the past few months, so other than fitting both pieces to the mare and riding in them exactly ONCE, I have not put either piece of tack to the test.  I will update my findings later on, once show season begins and I have put hours into the tack. However, I think they both will hold up well and become some of my favorite pieces!

I would definitely recommend checking out Lund Saddlery.  They are a new company, so there is not a ton of tack yet available, but I know he has lots of plans coming along.  I have seen photos of saddle prototypes on Facebook.  Plus, there is a monthly contest to check out and enter! 




It also came with d-savers and a running martingale attachment!