In these strange times its the little things that make us feel good. So here are my top clothing tips for surviving the lock-down!
1. Declutter! Clear out your wardrobe & consider selling those items you haven’t worn for ages.
2. Earn Some Money! List your high quality preloved items for sale on Boudica’s Bazaar & earn some pennies! Click HERE to head to Boudica’s Bazaar.
3. Make Your Boots Sparkle! Get your riding boots cleaned by following my cleaning care tips below….
4. Give Your Tack A Clean!
Take this time to clean up your bridle & saddle ready for when competitions can start again.
5. Go Bright!
Wear the brightest clothes you have everyday to cheer you up! Luckily many of our new ranges feature bright pinks & blues. Click HERE to see whats new.
6. Opt For Comfort!
Stay comfortable by wearing leggings like the new Flora Mountain Horse tights or our best selling Equetech Inspire tights. If you prefer the jean look then what about our super stretchy Georgian Dollar Equestrian Jeans. Click HERE to see our range of breeches. Take our quiz to find out which breeches suit your shape.
7. Lose The Bra!
Avoid uncomfortable bras and instead wear a super comfortable vest top like the Mountain Horse tech top. This was a best seller last year and now comes in this lovely black melange colour.
8. Comfy Feet!
Stick to shock absorbing trainers to keep your feet protected & pain free when you are out on your dog walk & yard visit. I live in my Mountain Horse Breeze trainers which now come in pink! Click HERE to find out more.
At Boudica Equestrian I wanted to make throw-away fast fashion a thing of the past & in-turn support sustainable fashion.
I wanted to go further than just stocking high quality & sustainable brands such as Mountain Horse & Equetech so I created Boudica’s Bazaar…..
What is Boudica’s Bazaar?
BB is a facebook group where you can buy & sell pre-loved horse & rider clothing. Items are by high quality brands in excellent condition.
This is a great way to earn some cash & give someone else a chance to own a great quality item.
In order to help you reinvest in quality clothing I will give you a £10 voucher for every item you sell to put towards a great quality item from one of the brands we stock.
I’m well aware that not everyone can afford to buy from high quality brands, so BB not only gives more people the chance to invest in an item from a great brand by buying second-hand, but also helps reduce the amount of clothing sent to landfill.
What can you sell & buy from Boudica’s Bazaar?
🌟Rider clothing & horse wear
🌟Excellent condition (take good photos)
🌟High quality brands only ie Mountain Horse, Equetech, Equisafety, HKM, UHiP, Back On Track.
It’s already the 4th of December & Christmas Day is looming! So it’s time to start thinking about those Secret Santa Gifts & Stocking Fillers!
To make your life a bit easier here are my top Boudica gifts for under £10 & £20, as well as some lovely items from other small business too!
Under £10 Equestrian Gifts
This lovely Kontour Headband is great for keeping cold ears warm & is only £8.95. Available in Khaki & Navy. Click HERE to find out more.
You can’t really go wrong with Unicorn Items! These super cute socks & fingerless gloves are designed for the younger rider but actually fit adults too (i’ve tried!). The gloves are only £8.95 Click HERE to see the gloves. And the socks are £7.25, click HERE to see the socks. Even better, if you buy both you save 10%!
What about some HiViz? The Equisafety noseband/reinband is a really useful & practical gift for your friends and a bargain at £8.99. Click HERE to see more.
Gifts For Under £20
Got a bit more cash to splash?! Well how about this lovely snowflake headband with a bit of sparkle in it too? Only £12.95. Click HERE.
Or the Mountain Horse Tove hat, snood or headband. Available in grey, navy, black & beige. The bobble hat is £19, click HERE. The Tove headband is £17, click HERE and the Tove snood is £19, click HERE
Know someone who’s always loosing their keys or phone & has no place for their horse treats when out hacking? This waistbag as a super piece of kit for them! Great for all year round riding & everyday use. Only £17 click HERE.
What about the gift of warm ears or wrists? These Equetech ear warmers are really popular and great for that person who is out riding in all weathers! Only £14.25 click HERE.
Or these really warm wrist warmers available in burgundy & navy are a smart and useful item at £19 click HERE
For more gift ideas head over to my ‘Under £35’ page, just click HERE
Now onto some more fabulous gift ideas!
Forelock & Fringe are a really lovely small business that not only make subscription boxes for the horse lover but offer one off boxes which make great gifts! Click here for more info. These guys also do a doggy version called Hounds & Hers!
What about some yummy treat for your horse’s stocking? Lovely small business: Grace’s Equine Bakes, make a range of delicious & natural treats for horses which even my fussy horse loved!! Click HERE to find out more!
Don’t forget if you are still stuck for a gift that we have 12 limited edition Hampers available! These come FREE when you order a Boudica gift voucher. Find out more HERE.
What does it all mean?! When buying a new horse riding jacket or trousers you need to know if it is going to be fit the purpose you want.
So is it just semantics or is there an important difference between waterproof, water reistance and water repellant riding jackets?! The short answer is yes, there is a difference. Essentially they denote the extent to which water can get through the fabric.
So here is your guide to buying a waterproof riding and leisure jacket:
This is the lowest level of protection from rain. Essentially the fabric tends to be tightly woven and thus creating a fairly good barrier between your skin/under clothes and the rain. They should keep you fairly dry in a light, short drizzle or shower but won’t keep you dry in heavy or prolonged rain.
This is the next level up of protection from water resistant material. The material will have a special coating on the outside to encourage the rain to pool into big droplets and run off the material. This should keep you dry in a light rain shower for a decent amount of time. However in a heavy shower, when the heavens open (!) or over a long period of time, the pressure of the rain on the fabric will cause it to seep through the material. Softshell materials are usually noted as being water repellant.
If you want to be sure to keep dry when out in the rain for long periods then you will need a waterproof riding jacket. Fully waterproof means that the fabric won’t allow any water through. To be completely waterproof it will also have to have taped seems which prevents the water from getting through the seems in the jacket. As the name suggests a waterproof tape is placed over any seems to prevent water getting through the stitching.
Critically with a waterproof riding jacket you also need it to be breathable. This means that moisure from your body (sweat & heat) can be moved from the inside of the fabric to the outside of the fabric preventing you from getting wet inside the jacket.
So in summary, if you want to stay completely dry inside and out in rain and snow you need a waterproof jacket with taped seams. Living in the UK a waterproof & taped jacket is an essential piece of kit for all horse riders!
If you just want some protection from brief showers then a water repellant fabric will be a good buy.
The Scandinavians are the kings (and Queens) of waterproofs in my opinion! And crucially in this day and age Mountain Horse are my top pick due to thier Sustainability pledges & processes.
My Top waterproof (with taped seems & breathable inner fabric) super lighteright horse riding jacket is the Serenity from Mountain Horse which has also won the Your Horse ‘lightweight Jacket’ award:
Top Pick for a mid length waterproof jacket with a bit of warmth is the Wintertide from Mountain Horse. A lovely warm lining which is breathable and big slits in the sides for riding.
Top Pick for super warm & long waterproof horse riding jacket is from Montar, again a fabulous Danish brand leading the way with fashion & function:
Top pick for over trousers to keep your legs dry & warm! Mountain Horse Tech Cover Pants:
If you would like any further help or advice on choosing a waterproof horse riding jacket please don’t hesitate to get in touch. email@example.com