1. Colorful Comfort

 
Paddock boot socks are popular with teen riders. Ice cream striped socks from Sox Trot of Palisades Park, N.J., $7.95

a pair.

2. Steppin' Out
 

 

Val Gal Gifts earring-and-necklace choices include horseshoes and riding boots, $19.95 a set.

3. Steppin' Up

 
 
Joules polo shirts for women in
machine-wash cotton, $49-$110.

4. Hand-Cast Coasters

 
 
Pewter hand-cast wine coasters with horse scenes, $16 each from Horse Lady Gifts.

5. Perfect Portraits

 
 
Local artist Tracey Woodward creates paint or pencil animal portraits with amazing detail, $125-$150 framed.

6. Practical Whimsey

 
 
 
 Waterproof barn boots with a psychedelic twist and soft terylene

lining by dav, $72.

7. All in the Details

 
 
Pewter 1-1/2 inch bracelet cuffs with dressage, jumper and racing designs from Horse Lady Gifts, $19.95.

8. Apres Boot

 
 
Dansko barn clogs, including this poppy design, are comfy when the riding boots come off, $115-$130.
 
Not Horsing Around (Much)
 
Whether it's barrel racing, polo, jumping or dressage, riding is not a pastime for the dollar-squeamish. When you add a thousand-pound animal to a sports equation, basic gear requirements grow. Clearly, the essentials of barn life go beyond bridles and bits. A look around McCauley Saddlery reveals a lighter side. There's fashion involved, sweets for the loyal steed, toys and collectibles, original artwork and fashionista-worthy footwear for slogging around the stalls. Owner Angela Teague, shown left, and manager Shannesa Duke say the pervasive comfort clog/shoe, Dansko, got its start as a barn shoe, and sold out of the back of a trailer at shows. Who knew?
 
McCauley Saddlery, 467 Wards Corner Road, Loveland,
(513) 831-5551, www.mccauleysaddlery.com