Hi! I’m Terisé Cole, the blogger behind Breeches and Boat Shoes—an equestrian lifestyle blog that follows my adventures in, you guessed it, breeches and boat shoes—and a full-time editor in the equine media and publishing industry in Massachusetts. The star of my blog is my Oldenburg gelding, Southern Axcent, who I purchased in August of 2013 after leaving my beloved first pony at home when I went off to college. Together, Ax and I have had many adventures, including attempting the hunters and equitation at horse shows around New England.
I’d say my style is very monochromatic—black, white, and grey are my favorites—and classic. Aside from the occasional lazy day, I like to have my horse and I looking put together and somewhat organized. Because I am a lover of shopping and spending money on my horses, I’ve acquired quite a few things, so picking only five was pretty difficult.
Happy Mouth Loose Ring Snaffle
Ax is a sensitive guy, especially about his face (fun fact: he loves to go bitless!). After four years of trying what felt like every bit possible, he is most comfortable in a double-jointed loose ring from Happy Mouth.
Ogilvy Baby Pad
Trust me when I say that Ax has some big withers—they resemble those of a buffalo—and these are the only saddle pads I’ve found that fully clear them. Because of that, I’ve acquired quite a collection and hardly use anything else. They hold up well, look beautiful, and give Ax’s buffalo hump plenty of breathing room.
Roeckl Roeck-Grip Gloves
I used to be anti-glove, but now I can’t ride without them, specifically my Roeckls. I have a few pairs of these and they are my absolute favorite because of how grippy and long lasting they are.
Stubben Soft Touch Spurs
While he isn’t lazy about going forward, Ax doesn’t always willingly give his gaits the impulsion I’d like and he isn’t shy about blowing off my lead change cues every now and then. These roller ball spurs are perfect as he’s quite sensitive but still needs a little extra nudge sometimes.
Breeches and Boat Shoes
Obviously. You can’t have a great ride without a good pair of breeches—my current favorites are my trusty Tailored Sportsman Trophy Hunters and the SmartPak Hadleys—and if my tall boots aren’t on, then my Sperry Topsiders are.