RMBelts

I know, I know I have not been posting but I have been super busy. First, the semi-disappointing thing is that I have not been loosing very much weight. In the last two weeks, I have only lost 1.2 lbs. I know it is a loss and I should be happy but come on, yo, I have been working hard and it is not showing. I have another weigh in tomorrow but I have not seen my home scale go down at all so I am not expecting anything good. I really need to start changing up my routine and doing harder workouts.

The thing that has been keeping me most busy though (other than riding and getting out with Finn) is that I have started a small business venture.

Belt Logo

You all know that I am fat, so finding cute, in style, hunter belts has been hard. I love the TS quilted ones but they just don’t fit my fat-ass (actually technically my fat waist). I was so happy when the elastic belts hit the scene but with the most popular brand coming in at $90-100 I could not afford them. I decided to just make my own! They turned out really nice and friends started asking me top make belts for them. I was really surprised at the different reasons that people really liked them. Of course, quality and price as a big one but one that I did not expect was how much kids and parents liked them. I had no idea that a lot of belts do not fit in kids breeches so me offering 1 and 1.5″ options was really exciting to them. The parents also like that since they were both adjustable and elastic there was plenty of room for their kids to grow. The kids really liked the style and some of their reactions were priceless! One kid freaked out because in her words, “it doesn’t feel like I am wearing a belt at all!” She said that her other one poked at her especially while she was jumping. There was also a roar of laughter when one kid yelled from the bathroom, “oh my God this is so easy to go pee in a hurry!” LOL. I even had non-riders purchase them for everyday wear. This little venture has progressed from me making myself belts to I now have a Facebook page where I am selling them to everyone (within the US).

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1.5″ Woven Navy with silver 3-circles clasp 1.5″ Woven Black with silver 3-circles clasp

I have spent months sourcing different elastics and clasps. I have made test after test and had friends try different elastic types. I settled on offering 2 types of elastic, one that is thick and stiffer and another that is thinner and more flexible. Please go check out my page on Facebook, RMBelts. Please like the page so you can receive posts. These are completely custom belts. If you go to the photos section there is a folder Order Options. There you can see the different sizes, descriptions of elastic types, belt widths, colors, and clasps. I am still sourcing more vendors to find new colors and clasps. If there is something someone wants I am more than happy to try to find it. So the big question………how much are these belts???? They are $25 each or two for $45.

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Half Pad Predicament

Well I find myself needing to do half pad shopping again. Bleh! This was not an expense that I was expecting to have in the middle of show season but here I am so I figured I would take the time to re-evaluate my last choice.

Last fall I went from riding beefcake Ace to tiny man T which obviously meant a tack change. I had been riding Ace in an HDR with a Thinline half pad and a riser. This combination suited him. Enter T and I was on a new saddle search. I ended up purchasing a Pessoa GenX Natural XCH (since I lease I HAD to have an interchangeable gullet in hopes that the saddle will fit the next horse too) from Stampy and the Brain. I got a good deal. If you know K she takes care of her things so the saddle was in great condition.

Saddle

Along with that I purchased some calf skin leathers (I can’t remember the brand), Centaur Stainless Steel Jointed irons, and some grippy iron pad covers.

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All of this looked great but……. my Thinline half pad just wasn’t the right fit for the saddle and T. The saddle was a good fit and the combo of it with the Thinline would have worked but there was a small space just south of his withers on each side where there was a gap. I wanted a pad that would fill that space better than the Thinline. I am lucky to have so many friends at the barn willing to let me try their half pads and I narrowed it down to two.

We now enter the great Mattes versus Ogilvy fight….. DING DING DING

And in this corner we have the old school, tried, and true Mattes sheepskin half pad! This pad has been around since I was a kid. Everyone knows the mattes pad with its famous fluffy sheepskin roll at the wither. This pad comes in a variety of colors and can even be customized but only white is acceptable for showing and they don’t make covers therefore if you want a colored pad you have to buy a 2nd one. It is easy to wash as long as you have some Melp on hand. It also comes in a variety of options such as hind roll sheepskin or a shimmable version. The shock absorption of this pad cannot be denied.

Shimmable Mattes Half Pad
Shimmable Mattes Half Pad

And in the other corner we have the new kid on the block that is making quite a popular trend right now the Ogilvy half pad! This pad is best known for its customizable options and many color choices. You have 2 options the memory foam and the gummy, but only the memory foam is able to have shims for a custom fit. I have not washed one but the Ogilvy website makes it seem pretty easy. I do like that you can have a custom color that may not show as much dirt as on white for everyday use but instead of purchasing a whole new pad you can simply buy a white cover for show days.  Has anyone tried the covers? Do they look good over the pad?

These are the exact colors I was thinking too.
These are the exact colors I was thinking too.

Both are great options and again since I am leasing I want to have a shimmable pad so that I can hopefully find a way to use it on the next horse. So what was my last choice? Last winter I purchased a large white shimmable Mattes half pad without the hind roll. I decided on this because 1. I stuck with something I knew was proven to be effective and 2. There is something about the sheepskin roll at the withers that makes me think it is protecting the withers better. Tango has a decently prominent withers so I wanted the soft fluffy sheepskin on it. It has proven to be a good pad but I do fight with keeping it clean and don’t want to over wash it.

Oscar is not too happy to be modeling my previous choice
Oscar is not too happy to be modeling my previous choice

Decision time….. do I stay with my original decision and purchase another Mattes pad or do I switch it up and follow the current fad??????