You know what’s pretty great? Living 15 minutes from the flagship store for Equus Now. Until they start having amazing holiday specials like this:
Now, the good news is, most of you are safe from this madness because their Christmas 2016 BOGO sale is in-store only. But I live near the store so that doesn’t help me, now does it!?
And with a candle scent like “High End Saddle,” Jen the Saddle Geek couldn’t just ignore that kind of sale. So I took a special trip to Equus Now, to smell all the Grey Horse Candles they have in stock. Including High End Saddle.
So if you’re wondering what the Grey Horse Candles smell like, lemme hook you up with some crazy detailed descriptions below. And spoiler alert: I really liked one of the Grey Horse Candles. And it’s not the one you’re expecting me to like, as someone who runs a saddle blog and a Digital Saddle Fitting Consultation Service.
First, props are due: If you buy a Grey Horse Candle, please buy it from Equus Now, the saddlery that hosted my candle smell-fest.
Ah, Equus Now. They’re my local saddlery, and they’re super nice people. To be clear, they didn’t compensate me for this review; I just showed up one day and was like “Hey can I smell all your candles?” (<—only the eighth- or ninth-weirdest thing I’ve ever said to the staff of Equus Now)
So here’s my no-strings-attached plea: if you decide to buy a Grey Horse candle, please buy your Grey Horse candle through Equus Now, since they were super nice about letting me snarf all their candles. They didn’t ask me to recommend them, and they’re not paying me for it. I just like supporting businesses who are nice to customers, like you and me.
You can buy the candles online through Equus Now’s web store, or if you’re a Luddite, you can call in your order to 1 (877) 740-4959. PS if you want free shipping at Equus Now, there’s two ways to get it:
- Spend more than $100 online or on the phone
- Sign up for Equus Now’s Order by Text Message Program, which gets you free shipping with no minimums. Yes, for real. Also, let me tell you, it is really convenient to be standing in the barn aisle and stroke off a text like “I need more CLAC fly spray kthxbye” and find it in your mailbox a few days later. Read more about Order By Text here.
Now let’s talk about the candles.
High End Saddle: Not very leathery or saddle-y. More like a brand-new turnout blanket, fresh from the bag.
So, how do I know that the High End Saddle candle actually smells like a brand-new turnout blanket? Because I walked from Equus Now’s gift department, where the candle rack was, to their turnout blanket department, to confirm that the smells were the same. Like I said, they tolerate my weirdness at Equus Now.
Anyway, if you’re not sure what a new turnout blanket smells like, here’s another description: it’s like the soft, slightly humid, ambient air in a very clean, non-moldy tack room. So basically, the air in a tack room that exists in magazine catalogs and your dreams.
It’s a good candle, if you can get over the “doesn’t smell like leather” thing. It’s a very subtle, non-intrusive, pleasant smell. But if you’re looking for a candle that smells like actual high-end saddle, you should pass.
Cedar Shavings: Now THAT smells like a barn. Santa, slip this candle under the tree for me!
Yasssssss. If you love the smell of a freshly bedded stall with wood shavings, this candle comes really close to that mark. It’s not just the smell of cedar. It’s that pungent, airy, slightly dusty smell of running your muck rack through a pile of shavings.
Nailed it. 10 out of 10, would buy.
Wash Rack: Gross name, good smell
In short, this candle smells nothing like the actual wash racks in my life. Those smell vaguely of sweat, rubber, and well water that’s laced with sulfur. And horse poop.
This candle, by contrast, has a soft aqua smell. Like a high-end human body wash with a name like Ocean Breeze Soap.
This candle also smells a liiiiiittle tiiiiiiiiny bit like diluted horse liniment. You know that vaguely pleasant smell when you put a touch of Vetrolin liniment in a bucket of water, then sponge off your horse with the diluted Vetrolin liniment? There’s some overtones of that diluted liniment smell. But it’s very, very subtle. If someone didn’t suggest to you that this candle smells a bit like Vetrolin, you might miss that part.
I mean this as a compliment: if I were buying a Grey Horse candle for my bathroom, I’d probably pick this one. Not least because I’d smile every time I saw the words “Wash Rack” in a bathroom meant for humans.
Early Morning Hack: A tiptoe through a lavender field, in candle form.
If your barn is surrounded by a very large lavender patch, and there’s lots of scenic morning dew and fog around it, this candle might smell like an early morning hack.
It’s definitely very floral. Very, very, very lavender-y.
It’s perfect for your friends who are into the floral thing. You know, the same ones who adore Fox’s Vanilla Lavender Saddle Soap from Higher Standards Leather Care.
Sweet Feed: Smells like Brach’s Penny Candy in a Jar
A nice candle if you’re after a vaguely gingerbready, butterscotch-y kind of smell. It may come a little closer to the actual “Sweet Feed” mark once you’re burning it, which would mellow out the scent.
I bet it would pair nicely with Cedar Shavings, to create the ambiance of a freshly mucked barn at feeding time.
It would so pair nicely with this next candle, for obvious reasons…
Peppermints for Ponies: Exactly the smell of those cheap cellophane-wrapped peppermints that we feed to horses
I don’t know how Grey Horse got that candy-ish, sugary, syrupy overtone into the peppermint smell of this candle..but they did. It’s the precise, mellow-mint smell of those cheapo peppermints that you buy at CVS, or save from restaurant candy dishes, to feed to your horse as treats.
And I bet when this candle is burning, it’s got that hot-peppermint-breath smell, from when your horse eats a peppermint and then sticks his muzzle in your face.
Beach Ride: Uhh, more like the gift shop near the beach
This was a nice candle scent, but it didn’t literally smell a beach ride. It smelled like a gift shop near the beach—-you know the one, with the seashell magnets and the cheap sarongs and the beaded jewelry.
In short, this candle is a smell that we associate with beachiness, but not the actual smell of beaches.
I wouldn’t buy this for a horsey friend. BUT let’s say I’m at the tack store, and I want to buy an emergency hostess gift for my next unexpected dinner party. Like, possibly a hostess who doesn’t even like horses, so Dark Horse Chocolates isn’t a safe choice.
This is probably the candle I’d buy for that sort of “Hey, I got you something random” gift. It’s a generically pleasant smell that many people would like, without being horse- or barn-specific.
Spring Pasture: What a cross-country course would smell like if my horse threw me into…
…a big jasmine bush. Or maybe a magnolia tree.
Anyway, it’s a very, very floral scent. Because spring, and flowers, I guess?
You already know, based on this description, whether this candle is for you. It’s not my style, but maybe it’s yours.
Apples for Horses: Remember that time you licked your horse’s apple-flavored Lick-It, just to see how that would taste? Yeah.
I had high hopes for this candle. I wanted a delicious, authentic, fresh-off-the-farm apple scent.
But what I got was the deep cloying, slightly acrid smell that wafts off your horse’s apple-flavored Lickit. In candle form.
Possibly, if you love Apple Jolly Ranchers and want your entire room to smell like that, you will like this candle.
Otherwise, pick something else.
Moonlight Ride: Men’s Deodorant, Straight Up.
Basically, it’s what a Moonlight Ride might smell like if you were on this ride with Fabio, on the cover of a romance novel. So, not unpleasant. But very masculine.
If you’re into the smell of Axe Body Spray, Old Spice Deodorant, or Irish Spring Soap…this candle might be your jam. I like woodsy dude-smells, so I was fond of this candle. Buy it for the man (or bachelor) in your life?
Trail Ride: A very shy pine tree
I love pine smell. There’s a pine-scented candle on my desk right now. Yet the pine smell of Trail Ride was so subtle that I could barely identify it. So when it’s burning, I suppose it would smell vaguely woodsy. This one didn’t make a strong impression on me, but it also didn’t bother me. If someone bought one for me, I’d definitely use it.
Freshly Cut Hay: Tropical flowers, not dried grass.
With a name like Freshly Cut Hay, I was expecting the smell of hay, or even fresh cut grass. but instead, I got tiny hints of tropical flower, like the smell of jasmine or tuberose floating by on a cool breeze. A nice candle, but again, don’t let the name throw ya off. It’s less “Fresh Cut Hay” and more “walk through the garden at a California spa, before your noon session of hot yogas and mimosas.”
So, that was fun. Ready to buy some Grey horse candles? Yes, no, maybe so?
Anyway, thanks for humoring my candle-fest. Admittedly, this post is a little off the beaten path for The Saddle Geek.
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And if you find a candle out there that truly does smell like High End Saddle, send me a tip! I would love to have one for my office.