BY BLOG EDITOR LAUREN MAULDIN
Sometimes when I walk through a hunter/jumper show, I can’t help but crave a little bit of color. Sure, I love the dark hunter green or burgundy barn drapes and muted tones that often dominate the marketing of our sport, but the rainbow loving inner creative person in me craves more when it comes to accessories. Knowing my trainer would disown me if I showed up to the barn in a technicolor saddle pad, I had to turn somewhere else to get my color fix. When I found Art of Liv’in’s Art of Riding collection, I knew I hit the color wheel jackpot.
Offering garment, boot, and bridle bags as well as a saddle cover, the Art of Riding collection pairs with artists around the world to create beautiful, gallery worthy equestrian products. Each item has a tag that shares information about the artist who designed the pattern, and I loved reading the personal story behind my new, colorful designs. A particular favorite is “Flock of Birds,” by Budi Satria Kwan of Indonesia. I love how the modern, happy little birds poke their heads up from my saddle cover.
These products just aren’t about flashy colors though. They’re super functional at the barn as well. Made from thick, high-end neoprene, the fabric is soft, padded and water resistant. Shavings and hay don’t stick to it like they do to fleece, and the neoprene cleans off easily with a quick hosing down.
The Art of Riding collection’s design caters to the typical equestrian — meaning someone that has a lot of stuff! The bridle and boot bag both have multiple interior pockets. These are perfect for stashing hair nets, gloves, horse treats and any of the million other things we need with us at all times.
They’re also super roomy. Since SoCal is so dry, I try to stash all my tack away as much as possible to keep it from drying out. This bridle bag comfortably fits two bridles and one show halter, and honestly there’s room for more. It has three bands of strong velcro straps to hold your crown pieces up top, and since the fabric is a flexible neoprene it can stretch a bit to hold as much as you need. As I look at it hanging in my tack room, I know that not only does the bag give me a pop of beautiful color, but it also stores my bridles away safely.
Rainy Barn days are for taking care of my tack with a deep clean and conditioning. Storing leatherwork in this beautiful @artofridingglobal bridle bag means my tack is safe and clean for future use and my tack room has an amazing pop of color on the wall. Full review soon in @theplaidhorsemag blog! #tack #equestrian #equestrianlife #theplaidhorse #artofriding #artoflivn
The Art of Riding’s three patterns are available for each item in the collection. You can have everything match, or mix it up like I did! When purchasing from Art of Liv’in, not only do you know that you’ll be getting a high quality bag to protect your gear, but also that the company gives back. A portion of every sale supports US and global Pony Clubs, an organization devoted to promoting horsemanship and education.
Whether your goal is bringing a little bit of an art gallery into your barn, or investing in high quality equestrian bags that will last you for years — you can’t go wrong with the Art of Riding products. Look for them today at a retailer near you. All you have to do is follow the color!
About the Author: Lauren holds an MFA in creative nonfiction from the University of California Riverside, and is a lifelong rider and writer. Beyond equestrian journalism, she explores body positivity, mental health and addiction through personal narrative. She enjoys showing on the local hunter/jumper circuit in Austin, Texas.
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