Product trials! Fun!
Sometimes companies contact me out of the blue to ask if I would try their products…
Is that fun or what?!!…
It is kinda like winning something unexpected.
Usually, as long as the product appears legitimate and potentially beneficial, I grant the request (with glee).
However, I cannot always guarantee a review on the blog… I say this because I really don’t want to give an unflattering internet review that will be around forever.
If a trial doesn’t go well, I rather just be quiet about it.
(I feel totally differently about products I’ve purchased in good faith…)
Anyway, after all of that, I usually forget that anything is coming – until it arrives!
It is kinda like Christmas for me! I love opening packages.
In the last week, I have had two of those kinds of offers!
STANDLEE HAY PRODUCTS
The odd thing about this was that a new Tractor Supply opened up in my area.
Of course, I am already a frequent flyer…
And on one of my recent forays, I noticed several bags of hay. I remember getting down on my knees to read the sticker because I had never seen bales in bags.
It said, Compressed Hay.
I wondered if it was safe to feed? Was it really dry? How do they compress it? What does it weigh?
I ended up purchasing a bagged bale of straw to put in PLLL’s shed. It fit into my car, was not messy and it opened up easily and spread nicely.
That was a Standlee product!
So, when the company emailed and asked if I would feed any of their products to one of my horses for a month, I thought, “Why not…? I’ll try it….”
They are sending gift certificates to me that would allow me a month of one products for my horse. I now have to figure out which product I’d like to try and on which horse…
EQUINELUX SADDLE PADS
EquineLUX just emailed today. They are a saddle pad company for Hunters, Jumpers, Dressage and Eventing.
Yes, I know…
There are sooooooo many saddle pads out there – I have about a tack store of them in my trailer right now…
But, there is so much technology in saddle pads that if you had the money, you could purchase a new one every week.
I’m a bit of a saddle pad junkie…
It is kinda like when you purchase a mattress.
You go to a store and all the technology makes your mind spin (Sleep Number? European Sleep Design? Tempur Pedic? Posture Pedic? Memory Foam? Quilted?…).
You want to try all of it.
Finally, you end up just plopping down and feeling which one works for both you and your significant other (or horse – in the saddle pad scenario).
Anyway, I’m always game to try another.
So I went to the EquineLux site.
What I liked were the words: real wool, sweat wicking and non-slip.
I think they are sending a dressage pad. We’ll see…
A NEW SENSATION SADDLE
I reviewed a Sensation Saddle long ago…
And, to my surprise, the few things that I didn’t love about it have been upgraded.
No one has asked me to demo or write about the Sensation. I called them because a friend of mine showed me hers and it was so totally different than the one I had demo’d, I had to try it again.
So, it is here but I haven’t had time to take it out of the box. In fact, the box is presently being used as an additional surface for all of my tax stuff.
Well, that last sentence made me feel ungrateful and pathetic. So, I took the saddle out of the box…
(The lady who packaged it used NINJA tape. I swear to horsegods, after digging at the box for too long, I finally flipped it over and opened the bottom instead of the top. Much easier.)
Here is the Sensation saddle that I will demo. It is BRAND NEW. Wow!
I’m excited to try it with the seat bolsters and all the new features (which I will talk about once I’ve tried them…).
Gawd. I hate returning brand new saddles…. Yum! I’m glad it is a larger size than what I need or it probably wouldn’t go back…
I really like the feel of the pad. I have to read up on it, but it is heavier duty and has some nice qualities I can see already.
That’s it for today! Back to taxes!
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