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HI Spy: What Horsey Items Can You Not Resist?

What's most likely to be your impulse buy at the tack shop?


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Grocery stores are notorious for setting up their customers for an impulse buy. Just when you think you're finished shopping, you arrive at the register only to find candy bars, sugary drinks and gossip magazines all within reach.

As a hardworking horse person, you're probably able to resist the temptation more often than not. Those empty calories will only slow you down, and your money would be better spent on hay than the latest issue of your favorite celeb mag. However, when you're walking out of the tack shop, your defenses aren't so strong.

Some horse owners feel guilty if they leave the feed store without grabbing a bag of treats. Others are addicted to colorful saddle pads. Even if you stay out of the tack store, shopping online can present even more temptations. Who can resist a really good deal on a nice pair of breeches or a sparkly western show belt? You can even justify your horse equipment addictions sometimes. Lead ropes are cheap, and they always get lost, so it only makes sense to buy one in each color, right?

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Jesse    Datil, NM

12/14/2012 6:53:27 AM

Magazines. In my head I'm always like "I'll just get Horse&Rider...or Practical Horseman...ooh look! Dressage Today has a feature on leg yeilding...but Trail Rider has stuff on bits..." lol :)

alyssa    king city, CA

4/8/2012 10:31:09 PM

I cant resist bell boots i like to have my horse looking stylin in the arena! i also cant resist halters,bridels,breast collers,and blankets.when i walk in the tack shop i have some money but when i walk out im broke! :]

Tiffany    Berkerly Springs, WV

3/19/2012 11:58:16 AM

I can not resist horse modles! I have had them since I was very little and still do!

Kylie    Waseca, MN

2/11/2012 11:22:06 AM

My 16 year-old Arabian mare, Angel, insists that she needs to be given a treat every time you come to the barn or you will be shunned!

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