A friend's mom runs an embroidery business and I just got my first order! She and I designed a monogram for all my tack bags. She prefers not to embroider directly on items that aren't easily replaced, just in case something goes wrong, and I didn't feel like shipping ALL my stuff back to MN, so we decided to to patches instead. Plus, if I ever want to change the monogram or sell the bags, I can remove the patches. Having matching monogrammed tack bags is one of those "things" I wanted so badly as a kid that it makes me giddy to finally have them! Of course, when I was a kid all my stuff was going to be hunter green and purple.... but I'm very happy with my basic black! I got enough to do all of my bags, and a few extra for bags yet-to-be. I might even put one on his blanket, but we'll see. I'll get them all on before we go to our first show, but I couldn't help but put one on the halter bag right away so I could show it off.
And here's a new video of some showmanship practice. I set up a simple pattern and had TJ stand as judge/final cone. For some reason he started pivoting really poorly so I spent some time re-schooling the pivot after the video and he got better. I have a hard time keeping ME equidistant from his pivot foot and that's probably part of the reason he moves that foot. But like everything else, we just need to practice a lot more.