The first was a new set of front Easyboot Gloves. In blue. They came with the wide Velcro straps that Saiph covets (which I immediately sent her a pic of).
This is the third set of boots I have purchased for the front, and as far as I can remember, I put about 300 miles on them. I got them through Rider's Warehouse and paid $120.00. Not bad, considering shoes cost $150 every seven to eight weeks. I haven't tried them on him yet, but that will happen on Saturday when we do our next trail ride.
The second thing I purchased was a fleece cooler from BOT. Brand new, still in the packaging, on ebay for $200. Score. I got it last night.
I wanted this for trailering after our rides.
And for cooling off after an arena ride.
I don't clip, partly because Ashke lives both inside and outside and I want him to be able to regulate his temperature himself. And two, because I am really afraid of my horse overheating and colicking from having a blanket on. That philosophy may change, but we will see. If I can manage his sweat through cooling out and using this fleece cooler, then I won't clip him. The only thing that might be beneficial right now, however, is clipping his girth area. I did that last year and it seemed to make him more comfortable. Last night he was fine, but I will keep an eye on it.