Ogilvy Half Pad: When it must be washed

Disclaimer: I put off washing my Ogilvy memory foam half pad for a long time because 1) I am lazy and 2) I was a little nervous to wash it for fear of ruining it.  Thankfully, my fears were unfounded, because I washed it over the weekend and it came out great!

It was also very easy!  Here is what I did:

Step One– Remove memory foam inserts through the Velcro portion at the top of the pad

Step Two- Put the cover in the washing machine, with the washer settings to delicate cycle and cold temperature, add a small amount of non-bleach laundry detergent.

Step Three- Lay cover out flat to dry

Step Four- Put memory foam inserts back into the pad through the Velcro portion at the top of the pad

Step Five- Enjoy clean Ogilvy pad!

The only part of this process that was a little annoying was how long it took for the suede on the top to fully dry out, it took at least a full day for that.  Thank goodness I ordered another custom cover, which makes it nice and easy for me to switch out the covers while I am washing the other one.  The cover dried to perfection, the suede was still exactly the same as it was pre-washing.  Overall- great success!

Rainy day and Daylight Savings Blues: Shopping Edition

This week has been a complete washout- literally rain Tuesday through Thursday, and since Mabou had off Monday to give him a rest day the day after the pace, that means I haven’t ridden him in 5 days now. Ugh!

In addition to this rainy bleary depressing weather, each day the sun sets earlier and earlier.  Since I am a “9-5″er, that means that soon we are reaching the part of the year where I cannot ride in daylight Monday – Friday.  Super sad.  OK, enough negativity for now!  What better way to cheer up than retail therapy?!

 The following are the hot new things that I now have my eye on: 

1. Swanky Saddle– Monogram Saddle Plate

I think this is such a fun change from the traditional brass saddle plates.  I want one for my new saddle!  Monogram all the things.

2. Swanky Saddle– Monogram Bridle Tag

One for each bridle, To match my saddle

3. Sock it to Me– Rainbows Blast Socks

Because these are just awesome and I need them, and I would have ordered them already but they are out of stock.

4. Equestri Lifestyle– SEREIN Custom Belt

They come in a choice of 7 different prints, and the price includes custom embroidery in any color of your choice.  PLUS 10% of sales go to an animal rescue group.  Cute belt for me and helping animals= win-win!

5. Custom Ogilvy Baby Pad

To match the new Ogilvy half pad cover I have coming in a couple of weeks.

6. This- I will also take this.

Product Review: Ogilvy, Personally Preppy & My Barn Child

Today I got to apply my helmet monogram!  I got it from Personally Preppy.  The application was super easy, and it seems to have really stuck on there well. Only time will tell how durable it is. I really like how the shiny black looks on the matte black of my GPA.

I also put my charms from My Barn Child onto my bridles. After seeing these cute charms all over the place, I finally gave in and ordered one when they were running a promo for a free anchor charm with any charm order. I got a sapphire round ball and the anchor charm. They were easy to put onto my bridles and look really nice, I like the little extra bling that they give to my bridles.

Sapphire ball on the Vespucci
Sapphire ball on the Vespucci


I put the Anchor on my hunt and pace bridle hoping it will anchor my horse and keep him calm. Haha

Lastly, I finally gave in to the hype and ordered an Ogilvy baby pad. I ordered it from SmartPak and as usual, it arrived very quickly, even with the custom monogram. The hype is real… it did not disappoint!

I love the way that it is cut, it sits exactly perfect with no adjustment whatsoever.


It is also a great length, as I have found some of my other pads are not as long as I would like under the Ogilvy half pad. It didn’t move at all during my ride, I am sold! Now I can’t wait to get more!

After impatiently waiting most of the day for my digital print downloads to be emailed to me from the photographer website, I sent an email asking for the status and was informed that they will be emailed to me tomorrow! Can’t wait to share!

Last but not least- look how white my horse’s face looked today!!


Bridle Fever


Went for a nice light trail ride last night, since Mabou got his shots on Monday.  He was excellent, really listening and shortening/lengthening his stride as I asked.  I even threw in a few halt transitions too just to make sure he was paying attention.  Of course, since it was dusk we saw a nice variety of deer and turkeys, but he doesn’t care much about such things.


I am seriously getting depressed about how dark it is getting…. soon I will only have Saturday and Sunday to ride in the daylight.

Daylight don’t leave me

This is how dark it was at 7pm on the way back from my trail ride (that’s right you CAN’T SEE ANYTHING) ughhhhh


I was looking in my tack locker today and reflected on the fact that I like to have a bridle set up for each bit that I ride in… so I never have to change bits, I can just grab and go.

Bridles Galore
Bridles Galore

I have my everyday rubber D ring set up on my favorite bridle (the Vespucci), a bridle for hunting with the rubber gag, and another bridle for the rubber pelham.  (can you see the rubber theme going on here?!)  Am I lazy or does everyone do this?!  Not lazy…. I prefer organized!

I am seriously looking at a few new bridles with an eye towards Christmas…. a new show bridle for next season would be lovely.  In a month or so I’ll have to do a post of my extensive Christmas list, so I have a good excuse to drool over everything I want.

Lastly, here is a photo of our ROOTD!  Charcoal TS with black Ogilvy and Lettia pad.  The ONE good thing about the seasonal change is that I am getting my chocolate color horse back, instead of my bleached out brown one.