Frasier Fox and Braided Rug

The Fledgling Foxhunter’s Gift Guide

With a busy shopping week ahead, I thought I would share out some great gift giving ideas for foxhunting enthusiasts just in time for the sales to start over at www.bigdweb.com. There are many items essential to foxhunting that can be really quite difficult to acquire. More specifically, specialty appointments such as vintage stag handled hunting whips, tweed hacking jackets, sandwich cases and flasks. It takes time and skill to find these in good condition. However, time is of the essence and the gift still has to be great. Don’t despair, I’ve put together a hand picked selection of ready to ship items that are sure to be used and appreciated.  A gift guide fill of ideas that will actually contribute to the enjoyment of life before, during and after the hunt.  Shop the Entire Collection Now or read on!

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Breyer Horse Collecting

 

Breyer Horse Collecting

Every one of us has seen the shelves of Breyer Horses in the tack store. Many have bought  at least one of these model horses either for ourselves or for a young horse enthusiast. Some even classify themselves  as a collector. These life-like horses captivated me when I first began riding horses at age 9. I could not have a horse of my own, so I delighted in choosing my favorite Breyers that exemplified my dream horses. I made Christmas lists and saved up my own money to buy that beautiful model of Huckleberry Bey with his flowing mane and animated trot. My father built me a shelf where I displayed them all and kept them meticulously dusted. Breyer Horses hold a special place in my heart. To get these models to their finalized state it takes a lot of work by many people.

After a particular horse is decided on for a new Breyer mold, drawings and photographs  are used to create the perfect position. A wire armature is made to make the position three-dimensional and finalize the pose. Clay is sculpted overtop of the wire in order to make the cast. The sculpture can take around 3 months to complete all the intricate details. Breyer horses are cast in two halves and are hollow inside (with the exception of stablemates which are solid).  The halves are attached, sanded and cleaned. After that, each model is hand painted by multiple artists. Airbrushes are used for base colors and larger details. Small airbrushes and paint brushes help with detailing on eyes, hooves, brands and chestnuts. They are all packaged in a custom made box with information on the model.

Sketch from Breyerhorse.com on the creation of a Breyer Horse
Sketch from Breyerhorse.com on the creation of a Breyer Horse

Since there is so much that goes into each model and so many hands have added details to each horse, it is inevitable that there are differences. Each model is unique. There can be various differences that can cause an individual model to be worth more or more sought after. The quality of the paint job can vary from horse to horse. Collectors look for crisp markings, smooth paint job and no blending where separate colors touch. The eyes should be nicely detailed and glossy. In models that are coated in a glossy finish, collectors make sure it is an even coat with no embedded lint. Most of the models released by Breyer are a matte finish. A few special editions are glossy. Once in a while, a few individuals get sent out with the wrong finish. Sometimes models get changed slightly in the middle of their run, making the older one more rare and valuable.

Breyer Springtime Filly

Some models are created with the intention of variation. The Indian Pony, was released with various colorful painted symbols and some were done with a different base coat. More recently released was the AQHA 75th anniversary model. This model was released in 6 colors and some were more rare than others.  Still available at Big Dee’s is the Springtime filly, a cute red dun pinto filly, who was released in three patterns. This creates more sought after variations of models for collections.

Collectors usually have a theme to what they collect. Some focus on a certain mold (various paint jobs are given to the same mold), breed or color of horses. There are also collectors who participate in shows where they bring models they own, have created a scene with, or have painted or resculpted. These shows can be live or through photographs. Models can be repainted, repositioned, or re sculpted by artists. Other people are casual collectors and have only their favorites. A large amount of horse lovers have (or had when they are young) at least one Breyer horse. They are a wonderful introduction for kids to the world of horses.

Breyer 2016 Holiday Horse

Use this holiday season to gift a wonderful hobby and instill a love of all things equine!

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Early morning view of foxhunting

The Fledgling Foxhunter – First Time Out

Ride along with me, The Fledgling Foxhunter, with each adventure I hope to share with you some insight from the beginners’ perspective of subjects including what to expect while out foxhunting, foxhunting fashion, etiquette in the field, pre-and-post hunt realities and socializing for the anti-social.

Riders perspective of Foxhunting
First time foxhunting – Chagrin Valley Hunt –  October 2014

My first soiree with foxhunting was a single ride two years ago. The second first time was SO much easier, but since this is all about the first time out I will openly admit that I had no idea what to expect. I luckily found an acquaintance that had hunted before and she put me in contact with The Chagrin Valley Hunt. I sent a cordial email to the main email address, requesting permission to ride along. I eagerly awaited a response that would assure my participation, and was invited to an “open day” by Joint Master Laura Mock. I was so excited to hear back with a date, time and a “fixture” which is the land on which the meet takes place. Some fixtures are regarded as more beginner friendly, if you can’t make it to an open day, be forthcoming with the masters or secretary about your level of experience and make arrangements to ride a fixture that is most suitable for your first time out. I inquired back as to the appropriate attire and turnout for an open day and was instructed that casual riding attire was expected (think clinic attire), tall boots or paddocks and half chaps, helmet, any sort of saddle and a clean unbraided horse.

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The Chagrin Valley Hunt

The Fledgling Foxhunter – Transformation

The Chagrin Valley Hunt
Masters and staff of The Chagrin Valley Hunt www.thecvhunt.org

Ride along with me, The Fledgling Foxhunter. With each adventure I hope to share with you some insight from the beginners’ perspective of subjects including what you can expect the first time out, foxhunting fashion, etiquette in the field, pre-and-post hunt realities and socializing for the anti-social.

As a suburb dwelling, horse obsessed, pre-teen in the early 90’s, the classic hunt scene prints found in most any antique shop were about as close as I could get to a horse. At the age of 12 my family moved to a small 5 acre plot of land and naturally, when my mother took me to the local interior design shop to pick out wallpaper for my new bedroom, I instantly fell in love with a hunting series by Ralph Lauren. For nearly 15 years my days started and ended surrounded in warm brown tweed, hunt scenes and a pattern of rich brown saddles and crops covering my walls. It was not until two years ago that I finally found the courage to live out my teenage dreams in the world of horses and hounds. My first experience foxhunting was every-single-thing that I had dreamed it could be. It was all I could talk about for weeks, and though I loved it with every part of my being, my horse was young and I had other competitive ambitions to tackle before succumbing to the addiction that is fox hunting.

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Clipping Horses in Winter Months

When Should You Clip Your Horse?

Big Dee's Tack & Vet SuppliesWinter horse care does present certain challenges: from feeding properly and ensuring proper intake of water for your horse, to simply completing common barn chores that seem so much more difficult when it’s only 10 degrees outside.  One area that can be neglected is preparing your horse for exercise in these frigid temperatures.

In northeast Ohio, temperature change occurs gradually over the fall months, so most of our horses are able to naturally acclimate to the cold.  Most horses grow thicker coats which will help trap air and insulate them from the cold.  However, not all horses can grow nice, thick coats, and sometimes, those coats actually work to make our horses colder.

Big Dee's | Clippers & BladesIf you are exercising your horse, in any discipline, during the winter months, you should consider clipping your horse.  There are a variety of clipping styles to choose from, including trace clipping, blanket clipping, hunter clips, and a full body clip.  While shortening your horse’s coat during the winter months seems counter-productive at first, the advantage is in the cool down period after exercise.  According to Marcia Hathaway, PhD and Krishona Martinson, PhD, both from the University of Minnesota, horses should be exercised and turned out winter months to prevent stocking up.  However, leaving hot, sweaty horses in a cold barn can very easily lead to illness.  Clipping a horse drastically shortens drying time after exercise, or in the event that a horse gets wet during turnout.  Check out the Lister Star, Lister Liberty (with portable power pack) or Oster Clipmaster for some heavy duty clippers that have the power needed for body clipping.  Remember to keep your clipper blades cool and well lubricated while clipping.  Plan on purchasing an extra blade or two and make sure your horse’s coat is clean before you start.

Big Dee's CoolersWhile clipping your horse will help reduce drying time after exercise, consider purchasing a cooler as well if you do not already have one.  Covering a hot, sweaty (or just wet) horse with a cooler will help keep it warm while it dries, and a cooler will also help wick moisture away from the horse and shorten drying time even further.  Clipped horses, and horses with short coats will require blanketing as well.  Blanketing horses begins early for some people.  In fact, once the night temperatures start to fall below 60 degrees, some of us start the blanketing process.  Always be sure that if you are turning your horse out, your horse has a sheet or blanket designed to be wind, water, and weather resistant.  Using a stable blanket for turnout will only lead to a soaked blanket and horse – so keep the stable blankets for inside the stable!

Dr. Hathaway and Dr. Martinson also state that “…blanketing a horse is necessary to reduce the effects of cold or inclement weather when:

  • There is no shelter available during turnout periods and the temperatures drop below 5°F, or the wind chill is below 5°F
  • There is a chance the horse will become wet (not usually a problem with snow, but much more of a problem with rain, ice, and/or freezing rain)
  • The horse has had its winter coat clipped
  • The horse is very young or very old
  • The horse has not been acclimated to the cold (i.e. recently relocated from a southern climate)
  • The horse has a body condition score of 3 or less”.

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Check out the variety of coolers, stable blankets, and weather resistant turn out blankets we have at Big Dee’s.  I am sure we will be able to find a combination that will help keep your horse warm and dry all winter long.

Do joint supplements have you feeling disjointed?

How do you pick the right joint supplement for your horse?

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As if knowing if and when your horse needs a joint supplement wasn’t hard enough, how about picking one out? With the sea of options out there it is easy to get overwhelmed. To make it easier on you, it is import to understand what ingredients will best suit your horses needs.

Your horse naturally produces joint nutrients that help protect, repair, and strengthen their joints. Though injury, age, genetics, or use may inhibit their ability to manufacture these agents on their own. There are 3 major components to a horse’s joint that provides optimal health for them to continue to take on the work load and remain mobile. They are HA (hyaluronic acid), chondroitin sulfate, and glucosamine. I am sure, you have heard these tossed around the barn or vent with your vet.

So, what do they do? Hyaluronic Acid production in the joint is encouraged by Chondroitin Sulfate– these guys go hand-in-hand. Hyaluronic Acid prevents the breakdown of cartilage in the joint, which is important to warding off arthritis and keeping the joint stable. Glucosamine is your protector in your horses joint. It is important that there is enough Glucosamine in your horses joint to protect and help repair, and it is even thought to help produce new cartilage.

Having this information in your back pocket is key to siphoning out your choice on joint supplements. At Big Dee’s, joint supplements are our number one seller. Our customers understand the importance of keeping their horse’s joints healthy as well as keeping their horses pain free. Our top sellers are Acti-Flex by Cox Vet Labs, Cosequin ASU by Nutramax, and Mega-Flx Plus HA by Spectra.

What sets them apart?

Acti-Flex Horse Joint Supplement

Acti-Flex is available in an alfalfa based powder as well as a liquid. Which is great if you have a finicky that can work around powder. That being said, Acti-Flex is highly palatable and you can see a noticeable different in a few weeks!  The ingredient list on Acti-Flex is impressive too! This product contains per ounce, 8,000mg of Glucosamine, 4,000mg of Chondroitin Sulfate, and 125mg of HA. Also, and added benefit is the presence of MSM and Yucca for inflammation and pain.

Cosequin ASU

Cosequin ASU is also available is a concentrated powder. For an average horse you will need to administer 2 scoops daily for maintenance. Each scoop provides 14,000mg of Glucosamine, and 2,400mg of Chondroitin. Hyaluronic Acid is not present in this supplement, even still it is our 2nd best seller! This is a great product with die-hard fans that have seen great results on their horses.

Joint Supplements | Big Dee'sMega-Flx Plus HA is 3rd on our list of joint supplements and is available in liquid form. This product treats joints and sore muscles congruently. Another highly palatable formula, this product uses a proprietary antioxidant blend to promote greater joint resilience, minimize inflammation, improve mobility, helps to repair and remodel the tissue in the joint, and overall joint protection. Mega-Flx Plus HA contains 150mg per ounce of HA. This is another fan favorite as there is noticeable difference in the overall feel of the horses body and improved mobility.

If you’d like to research more options, check out our impressive selection of Joint Supplements!

Gut Health Tips for Fall

Keep Your Horse Healthy & Happy as the Weather Gets Colder

Grant, one of our Showroom Managers gave us a little insight into how he helps prepare his horses for the colder months ahead.

Big Dee's | Gut HealthAs our temperatures begin to drop, and Autumn (not to mention Winter) sets in, there are a number of things we should keep in mind regarding horse health.  I pay special attention to water consumption during these times.  If your horse’s water consumption tends to wane in the colder weather, your horse will be at a much greater risk of colic.

Some of the precautions I take include watering down my horses’ hay and grain, filling water buckets with warm water, and making use of products such as Purina’s Hydration Hay and Standlee’s Alfalfa Pellets (soaked).  Soaking a forage product is a great way to increase water consumption AND help your horse regulate temperature while providing extra calories.  Remember, forage requirements can increase by as much as thirty percent during the winter months!

Big Dee's | Gut HealthOften horses are stalled more during this time of year than the summer months.  I try to preserve my pasture’s root system by keeping my horses inside during periods of sloppy, wet weather.  While this is great for the pasture, my horses will be under more stress than when they are freely grazing.  One of the ways to combat this extra stress is to toss more hay.  I need to do all I can to keep their forage intake up, which means I need to keep hay in front of them as much as possible when they are inside.  Of course, when they trample all over their hay and waste it, my stress level tends to increase!

One of my solutions is to use slow feed hay nets.  These are incredible!  They not only slow down the rate of consumption, and allow the horse to mimic a more natural grazing rate, the slow feeders also keep the stalls much, much cleaner.

Big Dee's | Gut HealthI also supplement my horse’s diet with Gut Health by Basic Equine Health.  While my show horses are on this product throughout the year, I will add it to my retired and young horses’ diet during the fall and winter months as well.  The product works by simply raising the pH in the stomach and hind gut (where forage is digested).  Gut Health helps prevent ulcers, reduce stress, and build hind gut environments conducive to beneficial bacterial populations.

 

 

Beautiful Equestrian Style

 

Ariat Markham Equestrian Style Collection

Equestrian Style – Get the look!

It’s fall, and we are falling in love with this seasons equestrian style! A look that will take you from the barn to a night out with your fellow barn girls! This outfit screams sophistication. Stepping out into the store you won’t be getting the usual, “what is she wearing?” glances, rather a “where can I get those boots?”  or “I need that jacket!”.  The style of this outfit will surely get you noticed on and off your horse! Let’s get into the pieces making up this ensemble.

Ariat Markham Quilted Ladies Jacket

Ariat Markham Quilted Ladies Jacket

Ariat Markham Quilted Ladies Jacket features an attractive quilting for a stylish yet functional appeal both in and out of the saddle. Wind and water resistant. Lightweight polyfill insulation. $119.95

Irideon Cooldown Icefil Long Sleeve Ladies Show Shirt

Irideon Cooldown Icefill Long Sleeve Ladies Show Shirt

Irideon Cooldown Icefil long sleeve ladies show shirt offers great performace features in a shirt designed to keep you cool, comfortable and looking great in the saddle. Moisture wicking. Lightweight mesh underarm. Exclusive equestrian patterns inside the cuffs and collar. $89.95

Ariat Waverly Ladies Country Boot

Ariat Waverly Ladies Country Boot

Ariat Waverly Ladies Country Boot offers true equestrian style in a chic and elegant boot which elastic side panels for easy fit. This classic boot is ideal with skirts and skinny jeans for a flattering country appearance. $279.95

Kerrits Cargo Kneepatch Ladies Breech

Kerrits Cargo Kneepatch Ladies Breech

Kerrits Cargo Kneepatch Ladies Breech offer classic style in a durable cutting edge fabric that is designed to withstand the elements while keeping you cozy and comfortable. Polartec Windpro exterior shell, brushed fleece interior. Wind and water resistant. Gripstretch suede kneepatch. $106.95

Uvex Suxxeed Active Helmet

Uvex Suxxeed Active Helmet

The Uvex Suxxeed Active Helmet meets the most stringent international safety requirements for personal protective equipment. The Uvex brand provides the ultimate in safety, function, fit and style. This model provides a traditional but unique look with a high-tech interior that works well for the show ring. $349.00

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Should I Blanket My Horse?

Blanketing 101

The days are getting shorter and the weather is becoming colder. The two biggest questions we get at this time of year – “Should I blanket my horse?” and “Which blanket should I choose?”.

Big Dee's | Horse BlanketsQuestion #1: Should I blanket my horse?

Answer – Well, that’s a loaded question. Let us ask you a few first:

What kind of hair coat does your horse have? Does your horse grow hair easily?  The winter horse coat comes in at two different levels – one is a shorter layer for insulation, the next is a longer layer that protects the lower layer from rain, snow and wind.  We’ve all seen those horses that look like woolly mammoths – hair that is so thick you feel bad for the owner that has to shed it out in the spring. Other horses don’t grow as much – if your horse doesn’t have a thick, luxurious coat – he probably needs an extra layer to keep warm.

Do you body clip in the winter? If you show through the winter or you work your horse regularly and don’t want to dry out a long coat often – you may body clip your horse during the winter. Without that extra hair your horse will need to be blanketed. It’s always a good idea to make sure that your horse is dry before putting the blanket on.

What kind of shelter does your horse have?  While some of our horses stay in the barn during the winter there are many others that get to go out during the day or stay out 24/7. If your horse is one that stays out 24/7, is there a place that he can get away from the precipitation and blustery weather? A horses coat will most often grow in enough to keep them warm – but sometimes they don’t. Depending on the shelter and hair coat you may need an extra layer of warmth for your horse.

How old is your horse and are they in a good body condition? Aging seniors sometimes get chilled, even with thick coats. Staying attentive to their warmth and needs will alert you to whether or not they need an extra layer. Horses that may have compromised immune systems or are recovering from any medical conditions will need extra help staying warm until they are back to their healthy state. Keeping them warm with an appropriate blanket will help them recover faster and safer as well as ease your mind.

Now that you’ve thought about your horse’s coat, shelter, age and body condition – you may be wondering which blanket you should choose.

Big Dee's | Horse BlanketsQuestion #2 – Which blanket should I choose?

Answer – It really depends on your answers from above. If you have  a horse that doesn’t have a thick coat, is outside and you live in the cold Northern states – you probably need a heavyweight, as the temps get warmer going further south you may only need a midweight or simple sheet.

Big Dee’s Country Pride blankets come in a variety of outer-coverings and thicknesses as well as turnout or stable blanket styles.

Turnout Blankets
Big Dee's Tack & Vet Supplies | Turnout Blankets
1680 Denier Turnout Blankets  – These are the some of the toughest, most durable blankets that you can buy. These turnouts have a high tear resistance. They are DuPont Teflon coated for superior wind and water proofing. The material is also breathable.

Many of the 1680D turnouts come with an inner air mesh membrane for extreme breathability and to wick away moisture, like the Ice Shield. Some have detachable hoods like the Olympia and an attached hood like the Rainier. If you’re looking for a bit of extra protection without a full hood, there are also high neck options like the Vortex. Some also come with a double adjustable snap and buckle open front closure with Velcro assist to allow for maximum adjustment like the Arctic Shield. The 1680 Denier blankets come in a range of poly-fill insulation including Heavyweight, Midweight and Lightweight warmth.

Big Dee's Tack & Vet Supplies | Turnout Blankets

1200 Denier Turnout Blankets – Strong, heavy-duty ripstop material. 1200D is the density of the yarn used in the making of the outercovering. DuPont Teflon coated for superior wind and waterproofing. The material is also breathable.

Most of 1200D turnouts come with a smooth, nylon lining that helps to keep the horse’s hair slick and clean like the Glacier.  The Paladin offers an inner mesh membrane to wick away moisture as well as high neck coverage. New, fun patterns can be seen on the Vancouver and our signature classics like the Storm Pro and Snow Ridge are tried and true winter blankets that hold up against demanding winters. The 1200 Denier blankets come in a range of poly-fill insulation including Heavyweight, Midweight and Lightweight warmth.

Big Dee's Tack & Vet Supply | Turnout Blankets
600 Denier Turnout Blankets – Strong, ripstop material. 600D is half the density of the 1200D turnouts. Great for horses that aren’t extremely tough on their blankets. DuPont Teflon coated for superior wind and waterproofing. The material is also breathable.

The 600D turnouts come with a smooth, nylon lining that helps to keep the horse’s hair slick and clean. Miniature horse blankets are available in the 600D with a strong velcro bellyband. The Klondike features a fun new argyle pattern and the Nordic is a turnout favorite. Available weights include Heavyweight or sheet with no insulation.

Stable Blankets
Big Dee's Tack & Vet Supplies | Stable Blankets
1200 Denier Stable Blankets 
– One of the toughest stable blankets you can buy. Available in tight weave Cordura material or Polypropylene. Cordura material stable blankets like the Squall  come in a bellyband style that makes it easy to stay in place with secure velcro. Polypropylene material like the Highland are tough stable blankets that also have gussets for maximum freedom of movement. The Highland also comes in Miniature Horse sizes. Many weights are available ranging from Heavyweight to Lightweight.

Big Dee's Tack & Vet Supplies | Stable Blankets

420 Denier Stable Blankets – One of our most popular stable blanket options.  The Sentinel Channel Quilt is a favorite for it’s durability and quality. It has an open two buckle front for ease and convenience. The Diamond Quilt offers a strong and secure velcro bellyband. The Polarfleece Lined Sheet is a great choice to extra warmth.

Turnout & Rain Sheets
Big Dee's | Turnout Sheets

Turnout & Rain sheets are perfect for horses that need an extra for protection from the elements, but not the poly-fill for warmth. Our large selection found here offers every type of outdoor sheet you may need – from a rain sheet to protect horse and tack at a show to heavy-duty strength for horses that are tough on blankets.

Stable Sheets
Big Dee's | Stable Sheet

Stable sheets are great for keeping your horse protected and clean while in the barn, without the heavy fill and warmth of a stable blanket. We carry many options from cotton to nylon that can be found here.

Coolers & Anti-Sweats
Big Dee's | Cooler

Our large selection of Coolers & Anti-Sweat Sheets can be found here at Big Dee’s Tack & Vet Supplies. Coolers serve a wide range from cooling out, keeping a horse warm by itself or under a blanket and other everyday uses.

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Hopefully this helped you decide which blanket you need. Please call our knowledgeable customer service staff if you have any questions – 800-321-2142 or email sales@bigdweb.com

New Fall Equestrian Clothing!

Big Dee's | Fall Apparel

Fall Has Truly Arrived!

Before the temperature even started to drop, fall began arriving here at Big Dee’s! In our store we have been busy changing over displays and decor to match the fall season. Gone are the tank tops and bright colors of spring, they have been replaced by warm winter coats, cozy pullovers, and fashionable vests in a warm rich color pallet.

Have you ever wondered the process that brings all the fun fall styles into Big Dee’s? Well here is a firsthand account written by one of our buyers (Christie Ferrara)  that will give you some insight into the process from the very beginning stages:

Big Dee's Fall Apparel

Most people don’t realize it, but while you’re thinking spring, we in the purchasing world have bypassed the tulips and blazing heat of summer and moved right into the blistering cold of Winter.  If you have ever thought “Wow, I’d love to purchase at a place like Big Dee’s“, it may not be as easy as you think.  First, you need to bypass your horse loving mentality and move into a practical mode. Let’s face it, when you own horses (like most of us do) you could literally drown in the sea of possibilities to clothe yourself and your horse and have lots of fun doing it.  Going to trade shows and seeing the latest and greatest riding gear, clothes and boots is a shopper’s paradise! So let’s rein it in and talk about the great things we get to see and decide to purchase for our customers.

A trade show is one great place to see all of the latest innovations in riding gear, the latest trending colors and styles of clothing and footwear for a variety of disciplines.  Vendors set up huge booths and talk to you one on one about what is so great about each of the products they carry.  Now you as the buyer must first, think about this:  they are in the business to sell “their” product, so what is it that YOU like about the product?  Secondly, ask yourself these questions: Have your customers asked for something like this? Have you tried a product like this before? Would YOU use this product? What is trending in your industry?  What are the “hot” colors? What are some of the features to you like? What is your customer willing to pay for this? Make some mental notes, jot them down and snap a picture if you can because you’re going to need them!

After a long day of viewing fabulous items the time for buyer collaboration begins. You must now dig out your notes, and catalogs and head to the round table.  Luckily for us, we have a few different perspectives, owners, riders in a variety of disciplines, and industry professionals, which allows us the ability to whittle down the variety of choices and think outside of the box.  This is just a small glimpse of what we do purchasing here at Big Dee’s.  Hopefully, our staff and customers are just as excited as we are about the products we choose.  When we get to read great reviews on some of the exciting new apparel for this season, we know we’ve done something right!

Big Dee's Fall Apparel

Our store staff, (who are horse lovers just like  you) are always excited to see the seasons new  styles as they arrive.

Here are some of their favorite picks:

Brendana Coat from Schockemohle Sports | Big Dee'sThe first pick was from Cathy Brogan, here is what she picked, and why – “Love at first sight for me is the NEW Brendana Coat from Schockemohle Sports. It’s very trendy and versatile. Some of the features I really like are the two way zipper, the zipper in the back, and the detachable hood with a stand up collar. The weight of this coat is fabulous, it will keep the rain and wind out without all the extra bulk. You will look good on and off your horse if you choose this style like I did!”

Noble Outfitters Elements Cowl Neck Sweatshirt | Big Dee'sNext up our store manager Tabi Day had this to say about Noble Outfitters Elements Cowl Neck Sweatshirt. “I absolutely love this sweatshirt, the fit is perfect for any shape.  It’s drawstring at the top of neckline allows you to adjust the fit comfortably around your neck. It will keep the wind off your neck without the bulk of a scarf. It is also fitted around the wrist to keep your arms warm and stop a breeze from creeping in. I own this sweatshirt in both colors! If you try it on you will buy one in a new color every fall like I do.”

Pikeur Evita Vest | Big Dee'sEmily’s Pick The Pikeur Evita Vest is the perfect style for the barn! It’s warm, comfortable, and has zippered pockets to keep valuables in. The Faux fur detachable hood adds style and keeps your face shielded from the chilly winter wind.”

 

Ariat Sophia Fleece Jacket | Big Dee'sDanielle’s Favorite “I love the Ariat Sophia Fleece Jacket! it’s perfect for cool fall weather. The fleece is super soft and warm. There are lots of pockets to keep track of your belongings the chest pocket is especially useful. It comes in two color choices the black and teal as well as brown and pink. The black and teal is my first choice, check it out and see which one you like best.”

Goode Rider Military Jacket | Big Dee'sTerri’s Choice “Fall is here and with it comes cool weather. The Goode Rider Military Jacket is my favorite new coat. It features a warm lining throughout the body and lightly lined sleeves that really allow you to move. The removable hood, zippered sleeves and drawstring waistline all help make this jacket look like a custom fit when you wear it. There are lots of convenient pockets to keep your keys phone and other necessities in. Oh, and there is a flap that snaps at the back so you can wear this coat easily in the saddle.”

Ariat Idea Down Jacket | Big Dee'sLauren’s Choice “The Ariat Ideal Down Jacket has to be the perfect piece of outerwear! It’s warm, lightweight and best of all packable.  This cute jacket folds up small in its own baggie to be taken anywhere. I would pack it up for cold horse show mornings,  or cool evening rides at the barn, and if you’re like me pack it in your backpack for misty morning rides.”

Ariat Soft Shell Jacket | Big Dee'sPeyton gave us the guys perspective “The Ariat SoftShell Mens Jacket is a great choice for a cool windy day. It’s internal fleece lining keeps it insulated and comfortable for all day wear. The outside shell is very flexible and keeps me dry I use it mostly at school walking from one class to the next at KSU.”

Ariat Conquest Quarter Zip | Big Dee'sMariah’s favorite “I recently purchased the Ariat Conquest Quarter Zip, and I absolutely love it! It’s perfect for fall weather because it’s super warm but not too heavy. I have had so many compliments on it at the barn as well as other places. I am very pleased with my purchase and am looking for my next one in another color.”

Noble Outfitters Girl Tough Vest | Big Dee'sAshley K’s pick “I like the Noble Outfitters Canvas Girl Tough Vest. It is great for layering to keep you warm when it starts getting chilly all the way to when it’s cold. It is made of a tough material to stand up to daily barn chores. It has a fluffy collar and a very soft inner lining as well!”

 

Ariat Ideal Down Vest | Big Dee'sJen’s favorite “My choice for winter outerwear was Ariat Ideal Down Vest. This vest is packable and easy to take on the go. The vest is not too puffy or overwhelming. It fits perfectly and is the right weight. I chose this vest because it’s not too thick and actually flattered me.”

 

Kerrits Tailor Made Trench Coat | Big Dee'sAshley R’s pick “My choice was easy with the Kerrits Tailor Made Trench Coat. The mid length cut is flattering  and the angled pockets make it easier to access them. Normally mid length cut would be more difficult to move around at times, but this coat has a gusset at the back which help prevent that problem. With it being wind and water resistant, it’s perfect for Fall; whether at the barn or out on a date. Fleece interior makes it cozy for those cooler nights and the zipper allows you to open the bottom or top of the jacket to cool down.”

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