Guest writer, Nicole Lootsma, has reviewed a subscription service that provides awesome products for you and your horses. Unfortunately, this service is only available in Canada as of right now, so this is a special treat for our Canadian audience!
I remember back to my 10th birthday when my aunt gave me a monthly subscription to Young Rider magazine. It was the highlight of my month and I was barely off the school bus before I rushed over to the mailbox each month to check for my new magazine. Well, no longer are monthly subscriptions limited to just magazines – subscription boxes are popping up everywhere and cater to everyone no matter your interest! There are subscriptions available for cosmetics, healthy snacks, and even wine! And you can rest assured knowing that the equestrian community is certainly not one to fall behind on trends and this monthly subscription service is no exception. Several great companies have popped up recently and offer monthly subscription services to horse-lovers young & old. I absolutely love the concept – it’s like Christmas every month! Who doesn’t love surprises, especially when it comes to horse stuff??
Horse items are expensive and these boxes provide the perfect chance to “try before you buy.” Riding is certainly not a cheap sport and it can be costly to spend money on products that may not measure up to their claims. Subscription boxes give you the opportunity to try a number of great samples so you can decide which brands you love, and which you may be able to pass on. In some cases, companies may even have partnerships with emerging brands which gives subscribers exclusive access to innovative new products. As a blogger, it’s important to keep up with up-and-coming brands and trends and I think these equestrian-themed subscription boxes can definitely give you a glimpse of some exciting new products!
I am a huge supporter of small businesses in the equine industry and so I was very excited when I discovered “Pony Express Girls” on Twitter. Pony Express Girls is one of Canada’s first equestrian subscription box companies based out of Grey Highlands, Ontario. PEG boxes contain many fun surprises including treats, stable & grooming products, horse health care items, new-to-market products for ponies & their people, and other special items just for riders! My favourite part about PEG is that they strive to provide their customers with Canadian–made products, everyday staples, and cult favourites. Pony Express Girls’ boxes will delight riders of any age and any discipline, and there are lots of goodies inside for horses of any size (ie. our 17hh “ponies” will be able to enjoy the surprises as well).
I was extremely excited to receive the March Pony Express Girls box with the theme of “Best in Show”; the girls at PEG even included a great little note with the box, take a look inside at these great items to get you prepped and pampered for your show ring debut:
A Beautiful Scarf – Scarves are without a doubt my favourite accessory! One of the only things I look forward to as summer ends is the fact that fall means cute outfits including boots and scarves. A great scarf is an absolute staple in my winter wardrobe. A good scarf can easily transform a simple top and jeans from drab to fab in no time. Along with looking great at the office, I also rely on cute scarves to polish off all of my favourite #ROOTDs! They are perfectly functional and look great paired with a sweater and vest while riding. As we transition to spring, I am thrilled to stow away my puffy parka and clunky winter boots for another season, but I’m not quite ready to part with my precious scarves just yet. This adorable scarf from Pony Express Girls is a perfect piece for this time of year – it is lightweight, and the cute, colorful pattern just screams “spring.”
EcoLicious Equestrian HANDS ON Therapeutic Barn Hand Repair Lotion – I was probably the most excited to see this lotion when I opened up the box. I’ve tried almost all of EcoLicious Equestrian’s equine products (which I adore), but haven’t yet had a chance to try anything from their human collection. I first tried to lotion at work at my office job, but found the formula to be a bit too thick. While the smell is pleasant, it was quite strong which could irritate some coworkers. Although I may not recommend it as an “everyday” hand lotion, I did try it again at the barn, and it fit the bill perfectly. The weather has finally warmed up enough that I can groom without wearing gloves, but my hands are still prone to dryness. The therapeutic barn hand repair lotion was the perfect remedy!
Socks – My name is Nicole, and I am a sock hoarder. I’m also pretty confident in thinking that I’m not alone. As an equestrian, I’m sure you’ll agree when I say there is no such thing as “too many” boot socks. The cute patterns, colours, and prints are so fun, and I love adding a dash of something silly under my otherwise conservative riding attire. These socks from my PEG box are nothing short of adorable with a great pony print. They’re also made of a cashmere blend to boot (pun intended) so they’re sure to be super soft and cozy. These look like the perfect transition sock from my winter woolies to my ultra light summer socks so I’m excited to test them out now that the weather has started to warm up.
Purina Treats – No sample size here! My PEG box contained a large (1kg) bag of Purina’s Apple Chunks. My horse already eats Purina brand feeds and so I knew right away that the treats would be a quality product from a trusted brand. Riley was my official taste-tester and he gives the chunks two hooves up! I’ve tried other subscription boxes in the past that came with treat samples, but the package only included two or three treats which is not nearly enough to satisfy my hard-working steed. I was pleasantly surprised to see such a generously sized bag when I opened up the box. Riley gives his kudos and thanks to PEG for this one!
Magic Brush – This is the perfect example of PEG boxes bringing exposure to great new products. I had never heard of the Magic Brush before, so I quickly looked it up online and learned that it’s a multi-purpose brush made in Europe. It is quite soft and can be used on all areas of the horse, effectively removing dirt and mud from the legs, body, face, and hooves. It can also be used wet for extra power during shampooing. It is helpful for removing hair from saddle pads and blankets. The Magic Brush is ergonomically designed and is very easy to hold. Additionally, it is gentle enough to use on sensitive areas of your horse. The online comments were quite impressive, and I can echo the rave reviews after I had the chance to try out the Magic Brush myself. The snow is finally melting, and the mud is in full force, so I had the perfect chance to try the brush as I was tasked with the challenge of getting Riley cleaned up for a lesson with our FEI dressage trainer on Sunday. The Magic Brush did not disappoint and lived up to all the claims made online – it worked well to remove dirt, dust, hair and even some dried manure stains. Riley looked super sharp for our ride! The note in the box indicated that they are popping up in tack boxes all over Europe, and I know it’s just a matter of time until they catch on in North America as well. The timing of receiving this brush in my PEG box was perfect as I know it’s going to be a messy spring – thanks girls!
Goodbye Gunk thanks to the Magic Brush
Clover Leaf Charm – I fell in love with tack charms about two years ago when I discovered My Barn Child on Twitter. They are so versatile and adorable. I love this little clover charm that arrived just in time to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day! I clipped the 4-leaf clover charm on my bridle for our lesson this weekend, and it must have brought us good luck because we had one of our best rides of the year! I am definitely going to make sure I have this lucky charm on hand for show season this summer.
Riley showing off his lucky 4-leaf clover charm
Overall, I was completely impressed with the content of my PEG box! Unfortunately they are only available within Canada at this time, but they are kind enough to recommend their friends, www.giddy-upgoodies.com, to any American friends that are interested!
While a regular subscription may be a little pricey for the average young rider (about $50/month with shipping which works out to $600/year), PEG offers the option to buy a one-time gift box for $45 + shipping which I would recommend as a great birthday or Christmas gift for any horse-lover! PEG also offers prize packs or swag bags for barns, clubs, shows, holidays, or any special event so you are certainly encouraged to contact them with your needs and budget and they will be happy to work with you to customize whatever you need.
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They can also be found on their website linked above. If you have a favorite item or brand that you think should be featured in an upcoming box, the PEG girls invite you to send them a message!
Pony Express Girls have graciously offered to give away one of their awesome boxes to one of their lucky readers. Because the service is only available in Canada, giveaway participants must be residents of Canada to be eligible. To enter, please click here.