The one purchase which REALLY excited me was this:
A Charles Owen JR8 helmet!!!! Ok, maybe not a big deal to anyone else, but to me, after using the same helmet I've had since I was I dunno... 10 years old, it's a HUGE deal! I've always had this paranoia in the back of my mind about my current helmet not being able to hold up to a fall anymore, because of it's age. I'm not really sure what the life expectance is for a riding helmet, it's never been dropped or anything, but it is 17 years old. I'm thinking if nothing else, this new helmet will have the "modern" technology my current helmet lacks and, hopefully, will put my mind at ease. Plus, it was specifically fitted to me (I have a huge head, 7 1/4!!!). My current helmet was fitted to my 10 year old head and therefore, is a little bit TOO small and feels like it's squeezing my brain!
Rode my pony boy tonight, he was perfect. I can't wait until we get our arena finished so I have a flat place to work. I've decided currently there is not a single flat stop on my property for us to work. It's awesome for hill work (Buck has a weak right stifle) but makes flatwork or anything else virtually impossible. My husband got a phone number for a guy who does work with a bulldozer so I'm hoping he gets ahold of the guy and he can help us out, for a reasonable price of course!