International Women’s Day

Posted on March 08, 2019 by Customer Service | 0 comments

In the equestrian industry, women break stereotypes.  

We partake in one of the very few sports where men and women compete alongside one another. Where women are dominant – over 90% of the industry is female – riders, owners, trainers, breeders, business owners and more.

Women are kicking ass.

So, on International Women’s Day, we wanted to take a moment to toot our own horn, and profile one badass business owner, boss, momma and the fearless leader here at The Carousel Horse: Kim Sasse

An equestrian since childhood, Kim grew up riding and horse showing, and into adulthood, working alongside her sister to manage a boarding facility in Butler, PA. After marriage and kids, Kim knew she needed to take a step back from the hands-on environment of farm management, but certainly wanted to keep rooted in the equestrian industry.

Putting to use her Business Management degree, Kim started a small, online retail business in 2008, selling equestrian apparel and tack via her website and eBay, sending out shipments from her basement with the help of a few part-time employees. When she began her journey, Kim was looking to give riders in Western Pennsylvania and across the country an option to purchase quality equestrian products at affordable prices.

Her business grew immensely over the years and she expanded rider apparel and horse wear options for various disciplines, bringing on new brands and vendors.

The Carousel Horse outgrew the confinements of her basement, and in the Fall of 2015, Kim took a leap and opened the store’s brick and mortar location in Cabot, PA, just minutes outside of historic Saxonburg, which was quite the labor of love! The space was crafted with a boutique feel in mind, and driven by a love of all things equestrian. Around every corner there is something that catches your eye.

With the store now open six days a week and a staff of nine full and part-time employees, Kim finds herself BUSY balancing the craziness of owning a business with the joys of being an active boy mom.

And despite big-name competitors, The Carousel Horse continues to GROW. The solid foundation Kim built this company on 11 years ago has given it strength to expand and evolve in new directions, and we are all excited to see where it will go!

So on this day, and EVERY DAY, we give big props to all those ladies out there (like Kim) who have a dream and chase it, wear multiple hats, take on new challenges, and work so hard to better themselves and those around them.

You. Are. Badass.

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Semi-Annual Clearance! Lonely Hearts Sale!

Posted on February 06, 2019 by Customer Service | 0 comments

The Carousel Horse invites you to join us for our Semi-Annual Sale - Lonely Hearts Event! It is too cold to actually be outside under a tent, so we're keeping the deals inside, filling both floors!

Join us February 7-9, at our retail store located in Cabot, PA!

•ALL Clearance items are Buy One, Get 2nd at 50% Off the marked down price!
•Up to 75% off seasonal apparel, footwear, horse clothing, accessories and more!
•Enjoy our Hot Chocolate Bar and Valentine cookies!

EVERYONE is encouraged to tag us in your pony-loving photos on Facebook and Instagram using #CHTPonyLove!


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An Equestrian Christmas - 2018 Holiday Gift Guide

Posted on November 21, 2018 by Customer Service | 0 comments

The website and store are filled with amazing gifts to give and add to your personal wish list! From apparel to jewelry, saddles to homewares, we have the perfect little something for every equestrian on your list!
Here are this year's suggestions to give and to get from our knowledgeable staff!
Kim Sasse, Owner:
A gift to give: fox mug. If you’re like me you can’t going without that first cup of coffee and this little guy makes me smile every time I see him. A perfect way to start your morning!
A gift to get: The Ariat Buffalo Plaid Vest because it’s cozy and casual, looks great with jeans and boots.
Emily May, E-Commerce Operations Manager
A gift to give: Mountain Horse Ladies Angie Boot Sock in Grey Melange and the Horseware Oversized Blanket Scarf because they’re around the $50 price range sweet spot for gifting, blanket scarves and boot socks are really popular right now, and these are staple wardrobe items that any girl can use and love at any age! 
A gift to get: The Hot to Trot Favorit Oats Tilly Crossbody Bag for many of the same reasons as my “gift to give”! It’s a staple item that any girl can use and love, who doesn’t love a good vintage grain sack look (?!), and if you aren’t feeling “horsey”, you can totally flip it and get a cute neutral plain leather look! The size of the bag and the design of the pocket spaces inside are other aspects I love about this little purse!
Renee Stearns, Sales Associate
Gift to give: Ogilvy baby pad, we all go through a lot of saddle pads. A new pad adds color to any season. Also, the price of an Ogilvy is affordable for almost any occasion.
Gift to get: Kerrits Sit Tight Windpro breech, because the cold is way less fun after Christmas, but these breeches can help! When you're sick of the cold, but it's time to ride!
Rebecca Weaver, Customer Service Manager:
A gift to give: The Equestrian Prep line has matching shirts and hats!! I think this is such an awesome ( and affordable) gift to give to any horsey friend. Everyone loves ball caps and you can never have too many long sleeve t-shirts! 
A gift to get: Horseware Collete Cowl Neck Sweatshirt. Because I am obsessed with this sweatshirt. It can be dressed up or down and is perfect for the chilly fall or winter days. It’s long enough that it covers your butt and the cowl neck isn’t obnoxiously big.
Laura Mefford, Sales Associate
Gift to give: The Ariat Cruisers are so comfortable and affordable. They also come in many styles to match any outfit. They are perfect for a night out as well as the long horse show days!
Gift to get: I would love the Noble Outfitters Ringside Pack for horse shows. It’s perfect for staying organized and taking the essentials to the ring. Aside from horse shows you can also use the bag for traveling, it’s the perfect carry-on size! The bag is stylish and convenient!
Samantha Mancu, Sales Associate
A gift to give: I would give the Ariat Alessio Heather Sweater. I have worn mine for schooling, for date night or even casual Friday’s at work. It is comfortable, affordable and perfect for these temperatures. 
A gift to get: If your horse has been extra good this year why not reward him with a Veredus Magnetik Rug! This would be perfect to relax your horse’s muscles and joints before and/or after a good ride in these cold temperatures but it light enough that it could also be used all summer long at shows and the barn. 
Kirstie Zoelle, Sales Associate
A gift to give: Ariat Women’s Ashley Vest. Love wearing a vest when I’m riding, just enough to keep warm. And the colors are super cute!
A gift to get: Ariat Women’s Ideal Down Vest. Very warm and cute to wear on any cold day! I’d love to wear it while riding but it would go great with just a pair of jeans and boots too!
And remember, if you just aren't sure what your favorite equestrian would like, gift cards never disappoint!

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What Do You Need for Horse Camp?

Posted on June 12, 2018 by Customer Service | 0 comments

Summer is here, and pony camps are starting! Is your horse-crazy child prepared for everything this fun week might bring? 

Horse camp is so much more than riding! They may be taking part in horse care activities including bathing, feeding and stall cleaning. It is important that they are dressed appropriately and safely for their daily activities. Use our horse camp checklist to make sure your child is geared up and ready to go!

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Posted on November 28, 2017 by Customer Service | 0 comments

Some of our Brand Ambassadors and employees got together to pick their favorites and create this year’s Holiday Gift Guide!

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25 Burdens of Equestrians

Posted on October 17, 2017 by Customer Service | 0 comments

By: Gabriela Reutter

1. Weird tan lines 

-severe farmer's tan
-gloves tan
-helmet tan

2. Early wake ups & long days
-ever heard of a 5:30am wake up to ride a horse before showing?
-we get to see pretty sunrises though!

      3. What social life?
      -between going away for horse shows, long days, and early wake ups, it is hard to keep a steady social life during horse show seasons
        4. Giving up brunch
        -I'd rather go ride my horses though
          5. Trying to stay clean
          -green slobber on a white show shirt
          -boot polish on yourself
          -brown saddle stuff
              6. No money for anything else
              -everything is spent on the horses. everything.
                7. Bad luck
                -barely touched a fence and knocked it all down?
                -had to go first in a 100 rider class? yeah it happens to all of us
                  8. Horse fragility
                  -they look so tough but they are so fragile!
                    9. Shavings everywhere
                    -and hay. and dust. and horse hair.
                      10. Pale legs
                      -because they never see the light of day
                        11. Dealing with people who say riding isn't a sport
                        -"you just have to sit there" umm... you go ahead and try it and THEN try to tell me that again. thanks.
                          12. Trying to find nap places in horse shows
                          -quiet, somewhat comfortable, hidden... 
                              13. The pain in wearing the wrong underwear in no stirrups
                              -if you've done this then you know what I mean.

                                  14. Breaking in new boots
                                    15. Everything is so expensive
                                    -from $300 breeches to vet bills to horse show splits, money is drained from you in this sport
                                      16. Hairnets
                                      -yes, it looks like I work at McDonald's but it looks good with a helmet on, ok?

                                          17.Smelly things
                                          -horse sweat + human sweat = not a good smell
                                            18. Sand everywhere when you fall
                                            -yep, you will find it days after - behind your ears, in your hair, etc.
                                                19. Knocking the first jump down, or worse... the last
                                                -just ugh.
                                                  20. Crowded warm-up rings
                                                  -when "heads up" becomes “really?!”
                                                    21. Awkward faces in pics
                                                    -the "Oh" or the "shit that definitely wasn't the right distance”
                                                        22. Bad falls that shake your confidence
                                                        -we've all been there, but the best is getting up and regaining it!

                                                            23. Not being able to be mad at your horse
                                                            -he's just so cute and ahhhhhh!

                                                                24. When you are beaten by 0.000001
                                                                -like seriously?!
                                                                  25. The looks people give you when you wear your riding clothes in public
                                                                  -"umm yeah, I know that my tight grey pants go with my over-my-pants rainbow unicorn socks, white sneakers, pink belt and black polo shirt okay?!"

                                                                      About our guest blogger:
                                                                      Gaby Reutter is a Carousel Horse Brand Ambassador. Gaby is a 21 year old jumper rider from Chile, training for the next Pan-American games. She trains with Chris Kappler. She is a student at NYU and rides in New Jersey. She has three horses at the moment: Juanita, Biallon & Checker 34 and is actively showing in the  Medium & High Amateurs. Check out Gaby's personal blog at 

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                                                                      Day one on horseback

                                                                      Posted on July 21, 2017 by Customer Service | 0 comments

                                                                      Our Brand Ambassador Kippy McLiverty headed to Ireland for a post-graduation riding adventure. Below is an excerpt from her longer blog on her journey across the green countryside. You can read more about Kippy’s adventure in her blog!

                                                                       "Day one on horseback"

                                                                      We start the day with a delicious breakfast in our hotel, all you can eat, which is fine with Felicia and I. Felicia and I are buzzing with excitement as we fantasize about the day we have ahead of us. When 10 rolls by, Mrs. O'Sullivan picks us up and we are off for our first ride. We travel down many winding roads bringing us further and further from Killarney until we finally pull off at the base of a mountain. Our horses were there waiting, all tacked up and ready to go. As we get ready to start our day, we are offered a bottle of whiskey to swig from, as the woman running the show claims that's the best way to wake up. Accepting the fact that we are in Ireland, and must drink as the Irish do, Felicia and I both take a swig laughing and then proceed to clammer onto our horses backs as only two Americans who never get on from the ground can.


                                                                      We start by following our guides, two German girls who are here to work for the summer, further up the steep mountain side road through the mist and rain. As we settle into the trot my mind drifts to home with the idea that riding up the side if a mountain road in the rain at a trot would never be heard of. As we go I take in all the beautiful scenery that surrounds us thinking how none of it looks real, even in the rain. We change back and forth between trotting and walking for about an hour as we climb further into the mountain. The girls with us are very sweet and very friendly, so conversation flows naturally between the four of us. As we reach a fairly flat part of our ride, we break into the canter for the first time down a fairly straight and slightly rocky road. As I laugh from the realization that I'm cantering along the side of a cliff in the middle of an Irish rainstorm, something that I would never have had the courage to do a few years ago. We canter and trot along the winding country roads for another 30 min or so gawking at the country side that is too beautiful for words.


                                                                      The rain and clouds finally parted, and for the next few hours we were lucky brought to have heat and sunshine casting down on us for our ride. When we reach a steep and rocky pasture we enter and proceed to climb the side of the mountain for the next 3 min or so until we reach the top. At the top we are hit with an instant strong, cold breeze that is passing briskly through the gap lying ahead, which we were informed was aptly named the windy gap. As we ride through the gap and down the other side of the steep winding mountain, we see the beautiful ocean and beaches lying ahead of us. The tour guides inform us that tomorrow those are the beaches that we will be galloping across. With the ocean in front of us, and windy gap at our back, we made our way down to the bottom of the mountain where we stop and allow the horses to rest as we eat our lunches.


                                                                      Following lunch, we work our way through more countryside roads, losing our way a bit but eventually finding the right path that brings us to a field occupied with two donkeys that were not too pleased with the intrusion. We all laughed at their mewing as we cantered across their field, through a giant puddle and out to the other side of their enclosure. As we rode for the last hour to the waiting trailers, the sunshine subsided and in true Irish fashion the mist settled back in. After a long hard ride through the mountains, Felicia and I were exhausted and when we reached the hotel, we promptly showered to wake ourselves up a bit. Following our showers, we proceeded to wander the surrounding area of our new town, followed by dinner at the pub located in the hotel. Another short walk after dinner, and we were ready to turn in for the night, thoroughly exhausted and ready for a good night’s sleep to prepare us for whatever tomorrow brings!


                                                                      About our guest blogger: Kippy McLiverty is a Carousel Horse Brand Ambassador. She is a recent Slippery Rock University grad, where she was captain of their IHSA team. 


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