Thursday, June 30, 2016

Tack Review: Highland Browbands

First off, I want to thank everyone for you kind words regarding meant so much to me to see the support online through Facebook, IG and blogging. This is why I love the community. I felt so much less alone and more comforted knowing you all knew how I felt/am still feeling.

That being said, I need to put my big girl panties on and move forward, She will always be on my mind, but I am not allowing myself to wallow anymore. 

So without further ado, I bring you my first ever official tack review on this here blog. 

Besides that adorable red face (that tends to cut itself every other day...and is still lame) you might notice the wonderfully blue and sparkly bling browband adorning my sweet delicate flowers' face.

Oh yes, I went bling. I never thought I would do it, but I couldn't pass up this browband. I mean, look at it! Such bling. Very sparkle. Many shine.

Before I get too excited and jumble all my coherent thoughts together, I would like to say that the hardest part about ordering a custom band was picking the colors!! Did I want red, white and blue for America? Did I want straight white for extra bling? Did I want to go full teal (fav color) or did I want to mix up the blues?

I obviously decided on the mixed blues, and went along with the curved style. I LOVE how this fits B's giant forehead and it matches my bridle perfectly. I was a little nervous since it has a little bit of chestnut on the padding, but the havana color mixed right in. If you have a large boned horse I recommend the curved browband for sure.

In addition to custom browbands, the store has pre-made brow bands, rider accessories and items on consignment! Head over to the website to check it out! I also perused their IG for color ideas because I had such hard time deciding; highlandbrowbands

Looks good even on giraffe's

Additionally, the customer service is top notch. I am a huge stickler for prompt acknowledgment of any orders, questions and or concerns I might have and the owner was quite quick in getting in touch with me...also quite tolerant of my many questions. 

Shipping was also prompt and well within the timeline I had perceived to be acceptable. I was stunned at how quickly she got my order together and how well made and lovely it was when it arrived.

I was literally like a kid at christmas when I opened the lovely wrapping, and greeting card they sent along with the browband. I resisted running through the house shouting, "its here, its here!" because I am an adult. Instead I rushed to the barn and forced Bacardi to stand for a photo shoot.

The leather itself was buttery soft and already shaped for the bridle, no oil soaking needed. I've only ridden a few times in it, sadly because of B lameness, but after a few uses its broken in even more and fits like a dream! The crystals haven't budged and the craftsmanship is quite lovely. I can tell they took their time in creating my piece for me.  Only thing I am nervous about is cleaning it once my sweat machine goo's it all up, since I don't want to ruin the crystal sparkle (this is my only 4 our of 5 rating!) I will be ordering more of these though for sure, despite Bacardi's pleads against bling. Sorry buddy, my rules! Yankee too, isn't safe against the bling. BLING FOR EVERYONE.

Speaking of ordering more, you know how I am a tack whore on a budget and I wouldn't be caught dead spending an arm and a leg on custom tack. Starting at $50, these brow bands are not only gorgeous, they are affordable too. If you're interested, use my code "MONICA15" for an additional 15% off until July 31. 

In summation;
Quality: 4/5
Customer Service: 5/5
Craftsmanship: 5/5
Shipping: 5/5

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