I don’t know about you guys, but all year long I have no trouble keeping track of all the brands I love or would love to try, and then when it comes time to actually make my list or do some gift shopping, I can never remember any of them. So for this post, I’ve put together a list of some equestrian apparel small businesses I already love or have been eyeballing that offer cute schooling tops along with a favorite item that has made it onto my list. I’m not usually one to wear horsey stuff outside the barn, but everything I’ve pulled could do double duty in my opinion. I’ve also done my best to find items that are at a good price point for gifting; I love giving gifts at Christmas time, but I also have a pony to feed so gotta find a compromise you know? If there’s a shop you think I’ve missed, feel free to let me know in the comments!
First up is Shop Hunt Club, and I’m sure this one is pretty well known to a lot of you. I’m not one for large branding–if I’m going to be a walking advertisement, why am I paying you?–but a few of their shirts are pretty cute regardless. This one in particular looks really soft, and the color would look good with all of my breeches so it’s a win-win. It doesn’t look quite too horsey either, so I’d definitely wear it outside the barn.
Next up: Vantage Equestrian. Maybe some of you remember my review (which you can find here) of a shirt I got from this shop. It’s still a favorite, and I never did get this other Star Wars themed shirt, so obviously I need it. I maaaybe wouldn’t wear this one around town but who knows!
Spiced Eq is another company I’ve had on my list for a little while, but I’ve just never gotten around to. They have a bunch of cute things, and picking just one was tough, but this pull-over with the jumping ponies just spoke to me. It still says “I’m that girl you went to school with who cantered around the black top” while also being subdued enough that I would totally wear it to work with no shame.
I’ll admit this One Horse Threads pull over is a little on the high end and kind of reminds me of the days when I pored through Wild Horsefeather catalogs (does anyone else remember these?), but it’s also kind of true. J knows if it was the horse or him I’d be single with a pony. 😉 I can also say from firsthand experience, these shirts are comfy and well made!
Finally, Two Socks Designs is actually owned by a lady who shows with our barn from time to time, and she primarily offers custom embroidery and screen printing (which she does wonderfully I might add!). But she also carries some super cute shirts that happen to be the most budget friendly of all these options. I actually have the shirt below I picked up at a schooling show, and it gets a lot of use.
Now I have to go empty my cart of a few things that accidentally, magically appeared there. Wonder how that happened…