Not Inspired?… Clever Purses and Dixie Midnight Pads

Well, I’m kinda wondering why no one watched the SPRING INSPIRATIONAL VIDEO (this is an embedded Quicktime version) I posted on Wednesday.  Lots of people read the post but no one watched the video.  Hmmmm.  Was it the name?  Did it not load well?  Was Wednesday a communal busy day for everyone who read the blog?  Dunno.  But, I decided to rename it “At Liberty Jumping” and make the file smaller so it loads faster.  Anyway, this is an experiment.  I’m re-posting it embedded here and as a link to You Tube.  We’ll see if anyone looks at it this time.  The back story is we filmed this at Arizona’s Cowboy College.  This gal rode her horse, at Liberty, no saddle/no bridle and no restraints, over several jumps and it is awesome and awe inspiring to watch!  So, here is is again, click here (this is via You Tube).

OK, back to the usual fare…


I saw this very nice recycling idea. You send your old cowboy boots to this inventive gal at Diamond 57 and she fashions a purse.  Or, if you don’t have any boots, there are lots of yummy ready-mades to choose from on her site.  These certainly are unique and a great recycling idea!  One design was very sentimental — as a memorial to her cowboy Dad — one woman asked to have a purse created from his boots!  But, like I said, you don’t have to have an old pair of boots already, I found several that I coveted from the designers website selection.  And, even though I’m not a Western Gal, I liked them and thought this was a very clever idea and a great re-use of leather.  The detail is cool, too.  If you look closely, all the parts are from tack.  Think of the possibilities!

She makes backpacks, wallets and other items, too.  I scoured the site and they even have a “Sale” page.  So, if you like deals, go get one!  Evidently, lots of celebrities have these…  I think the best part is that not any two purses could possibly be alike!  There are so many boot designs out there, and you can use anything as detail or as a handle.  Some people use reins or bridle parts, other use rawhide or rope —  or you can use any leather handle.  So, sky’s the limit!  Anyway, I thought this was very inventive.


This item is a “must” in my tack room.  It was designed as a pad to go under your pad to keep it clean while at the same time, keeping your horse’s back more comfortable and cool.  I love it because it works.  I use it under my padded saddles and I’m good to go.  I don’t use another pad except for a Tacky Tack when needed.  No worries, I can ride for hours!  My horses are comfortable, there are no pressure points, my tack stays clean and I don’t have a high-rise under my saddle.  Of course, your saddle has to fit your horse for this to work…  It is a great innovation!

I’ve attached a photo.  It doesn’t look like much — but it is!

Here is the science:   (OK, I did steal all of this from the website but I felt they could say it better than I could.)

What It Does
•    Prevents horse sweat from reaching your saddle pad.
•    Allows your horse to sweat freely and naturally without restriction.
•    Prevents infections, fungus, mold,and bacteria caused by a dirty saddle pad.
•    Keeps your horse’s back cooler.
•    Prevents saddle pad icing in winter weather.
•    Exclusive heat-sensitive fibers soften at your horse’s body temperature and conform to any horse’s back and won’t crease or lump up.
•    Keeps your saddle pad dry, regardless of what you ask from your horse.
•    No-Sweat™ vent pads are guaranteed to perform as described or your money back.

Why It Works

•    No-Sweat™ vent pads are made of interlocked large-diameter polymeric fibers, which are loosely pressed together.(But they can’t unravel.)
•    This design creates thousands of air spaces.
•    The air spaces let the air flow over your horse’s back, keeping the horse cooler, even under a very fuzzy saddle pad.
•    In the greatly enlarged photo of a No-Sweat (at left) you can see the interlocked fibers, and how smooth and comfortable they are.
•    The warmer the No-Sweat gets, the SOFTER it bcomes.  At your horse’s working temps, the No-Sweat is soft, and very comfortable!

Anyway, I noticed that he is running a sale right now!  So, if you want one, now is a good time.  And, the owner is really nice.  He will answer all of your questions.  I have three of these pads that I’ve cut to fit a few different type of saddles.  I totally love this technology!

HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND and check back for Saturday’s PhoBlog day!

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