Thursday, February 16, 2012

I Own Too Many

There are so many ways I could fill in this sentence, especially as it relates to horses. I'm sure Jason is reading this and thinking "she owns too many bridles saddles leather halters saddle pads horse blankets horses. Yeah, if I have to pick ONE thing she owns too many of it would be horses." What I am actually sitting here thinking is I own too many blankets. More specifically I own too many Horseware blankets since that is the only brand I buy.

Yes, I know, the Rambos are expensive and it painful to pay for them but I own a LOT of them. I will also buy the less expensive Horseware brands of Rhino and Amigo if the horse I am buying for is easy on their blankets. Their pasture mates need to be easy on their blankets as well. Both criteria have to be met or I suck it up and buy the Rambos.

I am a self admitted blanket 'ho. I own way too many of them, and of course I buy the expensive ones. I also have a weakness for nice bridles and leather halters. For some reason I can (mostly) control my desire to purchase another bridle or halter that my horses don't need, but I lose all control when it comes to blankets.

The irony of this is that of the 5 equids that I am outfitting, 4 horses and 1 donkey, I hardly ever blanket three of them. Miracle absolutely hates wearing a blanket and has worn a sheet or blanket exactly two times this winter. Sky and Bonnie are also rarely sheeted/blanketed as they just don't need it. Hoffy and Sparky the donkey give their clothes a workout. Regardless of the fact that 3 of the 5 hardly wear blankets at all I will literally lay awake at night worrying if my horses have a large enough wardrobe. "What if Bonnie rips her sheet? Sparky HAS to have a blanket, if he breaks a chest snap he has to have a back-up."

Bonnie got a new wardrobe of Rambo Supremes two years ago. Unfortunately when I was browsing the SmartPak website in their sales section a couple of weeks ago I saw they had Rambo Plus blankets and sheets on sale. She now has a new wardrobe of Rambo Plus turnouts. Given that she's hardly worn the Rambo Supremes even I could not make a rational argument for purchasing new blankets for her but they were on sale . . . and you never know . . . and now I have them just in case . . .

Then my friend Lauren posted on Facebook that Adams had some Rambos in their closeout section. I tried very hard not too look. I sat on my hands for an hour. I did some bookkeeping, answered some emails, tried desperately to forget about the fact that Adams had some Rambo blankets on closeout. Then I thought, "wellllllll, I'll just look. No harm in looking." Like the Horseware addict I am just looking turned into just buying and now Hoffy has a new set of Rambos on the way. They should be delivered tomorrow. Nevermind the fact that he got new blankets in the fall. Since this is in tiny print Jason can't see this part.

I own too many Horseware blankets. I need a 12 step program. I am normally a very smart, logical person and a saver when it comes to money, not a spender. Not when it comes to Horseware blankets. My horses will never be without a blanket or a sheet, even though most of them hardly ever wear them anyway. Makes perfect sense, right??

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Largo and Clayton having a grooming session

Rocky taking a nap

Toledo and Kennedy rolling so close together they bumped into each other

Then they almost had another collision as they were getting up

Rampal and Stormy

Thor, Fabrizzio and Walden

Chili, Sam, Dutch and Wiz

Darby, Lighty and Alex

I took this picture simply because I liked the view

Hoffy and Bonnie

9 comments:

Kate said...

I have a bunch of different blankets too and a lot of them are Rambos - can't beat those for durability. The only thing I don't like about them is the (very easy to put on and off) front closures - the lack of shoulder darts tends to make them too tight in the shoulders for the wider-shouldered horses. But I still mostly buy them because they're the best.

Lauren said...

Bwaaaahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!!!!!!!!!!

Calm, Forward, Straight said...

Adams did you say? Closeout sale?!

Didn't I just post about how Val has barely worn his clothes this winter? Would an x-ray of his overflow wardrobe bin show two new blankets still in the plastic suitcases (that haven't see light of day yet?! Gotta fly...

Anonymous said...

74 AND STILL DREAMING OF LIVING ON A HORSE FARM. JUST A DREAM BUT IT'S ONE I DON'T WANT TO WAKE UP FROM. I BET YOU UNDERSTAND. SO KEEP BUYING THOSE BLANKETS. DOES IT MAKE YOU HAPPY? THEN THIS OLD LADY SAYS HAVE FUN AND SHOP. NOTHING PRETTIER THAN A BEAUTIFUL HORSE.
THANKS FOR SHARING YOUR BLOG.
GRANNY FROM TAMPA

Bif said...

They say admitting you have a problem is the first step.

Let me know how the rest of it goes.


Bwahahahahaha!

Funder said...

I wonder if blanket hatred is a TWH thing? :)

You're not addicted, you're socking away emergency blankets for the boarders. If you buy enough blankets in enough sizes, you will be prepared for an infamous Tennessee April ice storm after three of the boarders have destroyed their blankets!

You're welcome :)

penny33 said...

I'm a blanket addict too! My mare has 5 blankets, 2 sheets, and 2 fly sheets just for her....then last spring she had a foal. Do you have any idea how cute foal blankets are?!?! And they need a new one every month! I live in Iowa it can be warm and then freezing so I have to have blankets for every type of weather. The baby's current wardrobe is up to 7 pieces....and she's just a yearling.

RuckusButt said...

In the last few months I've come to decide there is no such thing as too many blankets. Well, until you can't afford to buy more I suppose.

I swore to myself that I was done buying blankets for this season. But just last night I was thinking I need "just one more." It's been so mild this winter, you see...

jenj said...

I'm sorry, did you say that Adams is having a closeout sale on Rambos? Be right back... if you left any for me!

I mean, Reddums' blanket has somehow shrunk (or maybe he's gotten fatter?) and he clearly needs a new one. And Cash's Rambo is so old (12 years, I think?), I'm sure it should be replaced.

The only (and I mean ONLY) problem with Rambos is that they only come in one or two colors. When you're fumbling around in the dark trying to figure out which blue blanket goes on which horse, it's kind of a pain. BUT! We shall persevere, I'm sure.