A quick sneak peek behind the scenes as Mary’s staff prepares for our annual Tent Sale. Don’t miss it! Tent Sale is Feb 17-19 2017!
Mary’s annual Tent Sale turns 30! Every February, we host an amazing 3-day sale that has become THE event of the year! The store is scoured, rearranged and a huge, (120 feet long by 40 feet wide!) tent is set up to squeeze in thousands of sale and clearance items.
- The Deals!
Mary’s Tent Sale has discounts store-wide to help make room for new styles and items! From fly spray to bridles, items are red-tagged everywhere you look! Literally months in advance the Mary’s team plans to find you deals so great, it’ll make you dizzy! While seasonal items like apparel and blankets, will also be at markdown pricing, Sunday there will be select extra discounts. in a few chosen departments to save even more. And don’t forget, Saturday is Double Bucket Saturday – each family that spends $100 or more will get two free buckets on their way out (while supplies last).
2. The Prizes!
Each year, Mary’s offers grand prizes for you to win! Last year Mary’s gave out 5 Grand Prizes; this year we have 8!
Three $500 Ariat shopping sprees, a Kensington $500 shopping spree, a Romfh outfit a Charles Owen helmet and a 1K Bling helmet!
That’s not your only chance to win! Each Tent Sale customer receives a ‘scratcher’ card for chance to spin the Prize Wheel and win an instant prize! There are 250 winning tickets which will be handed out over the weekend with prizes including a set of Veredus carbon gel horse boots, an Ovation schooling outfit and Tech stirrups!
3. Fabulous Vendors and Reps
Manufacturer representatives fly in from all over the country (and the world) to come to the Mary’s Tent Sale and educate customers on their products that Mary’s carries. It’s a wonderful opportunity to compare product and brands to determine what will work best for you and your horse. Come armed with questions! Some may even have samples or extra coupons to share with you!
4. Free Food!
Shopping builds up your appetite and Lunch is on us! This year, you can look forward to Pegasus Rising Horse Rescue behind the grill, preparing hot dogs, and serving up some refreshing cold beverages.
5. It’s like a party!
We have so many loyal customers who come from far and wide (some even planning vacations around our sale) to join us for the weekend. Barn buddies, neighbors and trainers… It’s fun to watch so many old friends reunite under one roof! There’s a very special vibe that goes along with the crescendo of voices exclaiming, “Oh my goodness! Hiiiiiiiiiii! How are yooooooou?!”
Be sure to clear your calendars
This year’s Tent Sale dates are:
- Friday, February 17th, 9:00am-5:00pm
- Saturday, February 18th, 9:00am-5:00pm
- Sunday, February 19th, 9:00am-4:00pm
*Mary’s will be CLOSED Thursday, February 16, to prepare for the sale.
FREE PARKING is located next door, at Del Mar Horse Park. Shuttle service will be provided by Mary’s for your convenience.
** First 200 customers Friday or while supplies last, limit 1 per household. Minimum purchase requirements for Saturday Double Buckets. Also while supplies last.
With wildfire season now classified as year round here in Southern California, Mary’s recommends that you be prepared for any and all emergencies — whether you own pets or horses.
- Along with your regular vaccination schedule, you may want to have your pets and horses micro-chipped if they aren’t already. Micro-chipping can increase the chances of being reunited with your lost companion, should you ever be separated. In most cases, horses can also be freeze branded with a unique identification mark that will be visible to the naked eye, unlike a microchip which must be scanned. Have recent photos of your horse and pets to send to shelters or rescues to help locate them after the emergency if they do become lost or separated from you.
- Always have evacuation plans in place and posted at your barn so everyone knows what to do when disaster strikes. Who is in charge of moving the horses? Who is in charge of stocking and hooking up the trailers? Where will the horses be transported? What route will be taken? If Plan A isn’t possible, what is Plan B, Plan C, Plan D, and so forth? Have emergency contact numbers clearly outlined in your plans.
- If you own a horse or livestock trailer, be sure that the trailer has regular safety checks, whether it is used consistently or stored. In the event of an evacuation, you want your trailer to be in safe, reliable condition to transport your animals to safety. Along with safety checks, your trailer should be stocked with plenty of spare halters, lead ropes, hay nets, buckets, water, and Hydration Hay. Mixed with water, hydration hay swells up into generous portions of Grass and Alfalfa hay that will ensure your horse receives some hydration if they’re not drinking water.
- It’s also a good idea to also keep in your trailer an equine (and human) first aid kit, along with tubes of calming paste and electrolytes, both in powder form to encourage your horse to drink unpalatable water and in paste form if your horse is too stressed to drink water. If you own pets, be sure to have plenty of days’ worth of food and water stored in your vehicle and any medication if needed.
- If evacuation isn’t possible, it’s not recommended to keep your horses cooped up in a barn or even in a pen if a fire is dangerously near. Put your contact info, such as your phone number, directly on your horse. You can use a waterproof paint marker on your horse’s hooves or use spray paint or Shapley’s Touch Up Coat Spray on your horse’s coat to leave your phone number so it is visible even at a distance. The key is to use a product that will stay on the horse’s coat. In the event of a dire emergency, it is more important that the contact info stays on your horse until rescue. If – in a worst case scenario you have to release your horses because evacuation is impossible – remove halters from your horse, unless it is specifically designed to breakaway, such as a safety halter, and then set your horses loose. As dangerous as this seems, your horse will have a better chance of surviving the disaster given the freedom to move away from the danger.
You can find all the products needed to keep you prepared at Mary’s Tack & Feed in Del Mar, CA. Or visit us online at www.marystack.com or call Toll Free 1-800-551-MARY.
Whether you just purchased a new saddle or bridle from Mary’s or you need to revitalize older tack that has seen better days, here are a few tips and techniques for proper maintenance and care of your leather tack. Regular inspection and cleaning ensures your horse tack and equipment will not accumulate dirt and grime that will weaken the leather and can compromise safety. It also keeps your leather goods looking good and lasting for years and years.
We always recommend that you follow the specific manufacturer’s guidelines for caring for your new tack. The harness leather used for western headstalls does not need the same care and ingredients as does the baby soft French calfskin on a Butet saddle. The leather’s needs can change depending on the tanning process and the finish used on the final product. Purchasing the manufacturer’s branded leather care products is recommended, as the care products are usually blended specifically for that brand’s leather needs. Keep in mind that some manufacturer’s warranties become void if you do not use the appropriate recommended products.
If you are unsure of the brand of tack or if you just want generalized care that will suit most brands, we recommend following these steps.
- Disassemble the bridle or take stirrup leathers off saddle.
- Using a dry rag or towel, gently wipe away any moisture or dust that may have accumulated on the surface and within crevices in the leather.
- Take a damp sponge and rub into a quality glycerin saddle soap, such as Fiebings Glycerin Soap or Stubben Glycerine Soap. Apply the soapy sponge to the leather and work up a light lather. Rinse well and wipe away excess.
- If you don’t like Glycerine soaps, as they do tend to leave a layer of glycerin on the surface of the leather, you can use a pH balanced cleaner, such as Lexol Leather Cleaner or Stubben Leather Soap.
- Apply a conditioner, such as Oakwood Leather Conditioner or Effax Leather Balsam, to the leather using a sponge or cloth.
- Assess if leather is dry and whether it needs to be oiled. Always oil sparingly and start with 1 light coat. Apply additional coats of oil only if needed; over-oiling can damage the stitching and cause your tack to fail or fall apart.
- If the leather needs oiling, place the tack outside in the sunlight for about 5-10 mins to help warm the leather and open the pores. This ensures even absorption of the oil.
- Use an oil purposed for leather use, such as Neatsfoot Oil or Hydrophane Leather Dressing, and apply using a small brush or soft cloth to the undersides of the leather. Do not apply to the finished side of the tack, as the finish will not allow proper absorption and the oil will just end up on you or your breeches the next time you ride. Do not apply too much oil to your saddle’s knee rolls, seat, or panels, as the oil can start to absorb into the padding materials under the leather.
- Tips: If you are oiling to darken tack, use Hydrophane Leather Darkening Oil. If you need to oil light tack and do not want any color change, use Lexol Neatsfoot Non-Darkening Formula.
Revitalizing Old/Neglected Tack:
- Use Leather Therapy Wash for moldy or neglected tack to clean away dirt build-up or mold and mildew.
- Use Leather Therapy Conditioner and Restorer to bring back the leather to a healthy stable state and to prevent mildew and mold growth.
- If you are storing the tack for a long period of time or want to “waterproof” your tack, apply a coat of Ko-Cho-Line Dressing.
Calfskin or Premium Leather:
Most manufacturers do not recommend cleaning calfskin tack very often. Only clean if needed, and use a calfskin specific cleaner such as, Beval Savon Akene Soap, or a cream based soap, such as Effax Leather Cream Soap. Use a high quality calfskin specific conditioner such as Beval Akene Conditioner or CWD Conditioner. Oil very sparingly!
- Remove bit and stirrup irons and allow to soak in a bucket of soapy water. (Dish soap is fine to use here – but not too much!)
- Scrub with a sponge or small stiff brush to remove any grime or build-up.
- Rinse with clean water and dry with a towel or rag.
- You can use a metal polish like Peek on your irons, but only use Herm Sprenger Diamond Bit Paste on your bits (it’s going in your horse’s mouth after all!)
- Keep some Horse Armour Bit Wipes in your tack trunk to quickly clean your bit after you ride. The wipes also leave a nice flavor that your horse will enjoy!
A few more tips:
- Don’t leave your saddle or tack out in the sun for long periods of time. Put it in the shade or put it away in the tack room or tack trunk.
- Don’t leave your saddle or tack out in the rain. A few rains drops won’t hurt if it starts sprinkling during your class at a show, but the less exposure to water, the better for your tack.
- Don’t ride in jeans in an English saddle. The seams of your jeans can cause excessive wear and tear on your saddle’s seat and the stitching.
- Don’t use household cleaners on your saddle. Most cleaners are not designed for leather and can do some damage.
- Don’t keep or lay the girth across the seat of your saddle. The dirt and sweat from the girth can cause the stitching at the seat to weaken or come apart.
- Keep a dust cover on your saddle when not in use.
Proper care and maintenance of leather is well worth your time and effort. You will prolong the life and safe use of your tack and it will look better and feel better, too.
Learn how to protect your horse during wild fires at our FREE seminar!
Mary’s Tack and Feed will be having a FREE Fire Safety seminar on Saturday, Oct. 10th at 11am-1pm in the Arena at Mary’s Tack and Feed in Del Mar.
Our guest speakers include Dr. Natasha Lefkowitz, DVM from San Dieguito Equine Group and Amy Bilburg and Scott Struever from the Del Mar Racetrack.
The topics that will be discussed include dehydration, smoke inhalation, overall stress on the horse, and evacuation, as well as a general Q&A.
Learn how to best handle an emergency situation in the case of wild fires to protect your horse and evacuate safely.
RSVP today at 858-755-2015. We hope to see you there!
Great summer savings are in store in select departments at Mary’s Tack and Feed in Del Mar. Don’t miss out on our 10% off sale on all new Western Saddles, AND get FREE shipping from Mary’s and a FREE saddle cover with purchase!
Outfit yourself for summer rides and save 15% off on all Heritage Riding Gloves, Mary’s Kastel Cool Shirt, Mary’s Breeches with Comfort Socks, and on NEW Hoof and Woof Paddock Boots and Half Chaps.
All Fly sheets are 20% and Ultrashield EX Fly Spray in 32oz is 15% off, so your horse can have some relief from pesky flies and insects during the hottest days of summer. Or give your horse the gift of a soothing spa day with Vetrolin Shampoo, Eqyss Megatek Rebuilder in pint size, and Mane N Tail Detangler Spray, all for 20% off!
Even more exciting, Dressage Bridles* are now 20% off and Tredstep Raphael Tall Boots are 30% off. But your horse will be more excited about Jolly Balls, regularly $26.99, now on sale for $21.59. Don’t forget a few necessities for the barn, you can get an Amigo Halter and Lead set for only $14 and Horse Health Ivermectin for 30% off.
Mary’s also has a great selection of Red Tag sportswear and casual wear for deep discounts for Ladies, Men, and Kids. These great deals are available in store, online at http://www.marystack.com, and over the phone at 1-800-551-MARY(6279). Hurry, the Mary’s Summer Sale ends September 6th!
*Passier bridles excluded.