Ecolicious De-Stress Treatment REVIEW

As promised in my Ecolicious Equestrian haul, i will be doing a review on each of the products i purchased, starting with the DE-STRESS Intensive Restructuring & Detangling Treatment

So i managed to try this treatment out on Tofino’s very tangled tail and it was strange to spread the oil with my hands rather than using a spray as i am used to the ShowSheen Hair Polish & Detangler spray. I decided to switch to ecolicious after reading the ingredients, which are all natural unlike the showsheen spray. The De-Stress consists of the following: Certified Organic Hemp Oil, Coconut Oil, Apricot, Wheat Germ, Tea Tree, Sunflower Extract and Olive Oil

Now the showsheen does its job very well, however, one cannot compare natural products with chemical products, especially when used on live species whether it’s on our horses, our pets or ourselves (yes ecolicious products can be used on humans too. yay!).

When applying, you first shake the bottle (as natural ingredients clump up), then pour  little in the palm of your hands, rub your hands together and apply on horses tail/mane. I did need to do this around 3 times to cover the full tail. Once you apply it all over your horses tail, hold the tail and start brushing using a tail brush from the bottom and continue upwards.

I realized that Tofino’s tangles straightened rather quickly without much effort which i was happy about.

Once i brushed his mane and tail, they both became super soft and shiny! Here are some pictures below after the treatment (click to enlarge):

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Pros:

  • Natural
  • Smells great
  • Easy use
  • Quick fix
  • Don’t need much of product for it to work
  • Shiny mane & tail (lasts approx. 4 days)
  • Less frizzy (yes, his mane gets frizzy due to high levels of humidity here)

Cons:

  • Not spray
  • Need to use hands (therefore, need to wash them after treatment)
  • Detangling doesn’t last more than a day for the tail only (but still shines)

Would i purchase again? YES
I really like what ecolicious equestrian products stand for and how eco friendly they are 🙂

Micklem Competition Bridle REVIEW

The Micklem bridle was designed “from the inside out”, from the shape of the skull itself. The reason for the design is to avoid any pressure of the facial nerves and discomfort on a horses face. It avoids the projecting cheek bones and the upper jaw molar teeth making it more comfortable for the horse.

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The Micklem bridle avoids the sed, both facial nerves and the sensitive tissues lining the cheeks inside the mouth.The key motive for this is clear to see when looking at the skull of a horse as top jaw is much wider than the lower jaw.

Therefore, with a conventional bridle, the inside of the cheeks are squashed, bruised and torn between the outer edge of the upper jaw teeth on one side and the flash noseband or bitless bridle pressing inwards on the other side.

The Miclem also avoids pressure on the delicate and fragile bones at the end of the nose which can break easily with a tight bridle.
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It also provides a good solution for horses who tend to resist a lot due to pain around the commonly damaged bars of the mouth, or simple dislike too much pressure on the tongue.

In addition to that, the weight of the bridle is taken comfortably on a wide and padded headpiece, rather than having all the weight on one narrow noseband strap.

I have been using the Micklem bridle for approximately 6 months on Tofino. As I mentioned in my earlier bridle post, Tofino hates the normal noseband/flash bridle and prefers the grackle. I first ordered a Cob size, which Tofino usually is in all halters and bridles, however, the bridle turned out too small to even close the strap around his jaw. I ended up exchanging it to a horse size and still, i can only use the first hole on the chin strap, but i wouldn’t get any bigger as he has a short face. So i would suggest buying a size up.

When i first tried the Micklem Competition bridle on him, he kept raising his head too high, i am not sure whether that was because he was not used to the feel or simply because the Micklem is similar to a drop noseband, but not too low.

After a couple of rides he got used to the feel and lowered his head down the same way he would do so with a grackle.

Personally, i don’t see a big difference when using the Micklem to using the grackle, however, i still use it as it is after all designed from the inside out of a horses skull, and therefore, even if i don’t feel much of a difference, i am sure it still does it’s job by avoiding main nerves and fragile areas on a horses face.

Here are a few shots of Tofino with his Micklem (click to enlarge):

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Now i must admit, it is not very flattering on his face, nonetheless, you can see in the first picture the veins that go through a horses face and how the Micklem avoids them.

The bridle does come with bit clips which avoid added pressure on the tongue. I did try them but Tofino absolutely refused to go on the bit. Maybe because he likes to chew and play with his rubber bit.

The bridle is very padded and comes in good quality leather. It also avoids pressure behind the ears as can be seen in the pictures below (click to enlarge):

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The Micklem competition bridle CAN be used bitless but with very low control, which i have yet to try. The multibridle has 3 setting options for bitless and can be used as a lunging cavesson. Only the competition bridle is certified to be used in competitions and come with thick rubber reins. I did find that the reins were too heavy and wide for my liking, and therefore i stuck with my brown Decathlon Romeo Grip reins instead.


Pros:

  • Avoids facial pressures
  • Avoids poll pressure
  • Padded
  • Nice leather
  • Bitless option
  • Tongue clip protection
  • Perfect shade of brown with SILVER hardware (i love silver hardware)

Cons:

  • Heavy, thick reins
  • Only one bitless option (competition bridle)
  • Not very flattering
  • Must size up to normal bridle size
  • Would be nice to have a brow band design
  • Chin strap too short + fits weirdly for big jawed horses


Do i regret buying it? NO
I am glad i brought the micklem bridle as i strongly believe in keeping my horse as comfortable as possible while i am as safe as possible. So this is a good compromise.

EcoLicious Equestrian HAUL

Yes! My EcoLicious Equestrian products I ordered have arrived and I am ecstatic to try them out 😀

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For those of you who have not heard of these products before, they are:

Natural Horse Care & Grooming Products that Perform

~ 100% Free of Nasty Chemicals, Silicones & Parabens.
~ Made with Natural and Organic GMO Free Ingredients
~ Biodegradable & Earth Friendly.
~ Sourced from Renewable Resources.
~ Packaged in 100% recycled bottles.

Note: they currently only ship to North America, i used Aramex shop and ship to get it delivered here in Dubai which took about 2 weeks.

I only use natural products on myself and try to for Tofino. When I discovered Ecolicious I was really interested in finding out more. I researched the brand and there was a lot of positive feedback. You can not only use the shampoo, conditioner and de-stress treatment for your horse, but also for yourself, yay!

Here is what I ordered (click image to enlarge):

1. LEAVE ME BE: All Natural Equine Body Spray: Which is a fly spray with UV protection, cooling and healing effects.

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2. SQUEAKY GREEN & CLEAN Shampoo: “It moisturizes, soothes, nourishes and adds gloss. Silk Powder derived from pure Silk Worm Cocoon restores natural luminosity and softness to your horse’s coat.”

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3. SILKY Rinse Out Moisturizing Conditioner for Coat, Mane & Tail: ” It moisturizes and conditions the coat and helps detangle and soften dry, damaged manes and tails.Silk Powder derived from a pure Silk Worm Cocoon helps restore natural luminosity and gives your horse’s coat the ultimate ooh-sooo-silky-to-die-for feeling.”

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4. SQUEAKY GREEN & CLEAN WATERLESS Deep Cleaning Shampoo: “When the weather doesn’t permit or you don’t have time for the deluxe bath treatment, bring on the waterless version of our wildly popular Green & Squeaky Clean Deep Cleansing & Conditioning Shampoo.”

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5. SMEG-U-LATER All-Natural Sheath Cleaner: “Coconut-derived cleansers and soothing Honeysuckle Extract to make sure our precious geldings and stud muffins don’t get irritated down there. We’ve also added essential oil of Lavender known for its calming properties… it can be used for other delicate areas such as nostrils and around the eye.”

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6: DE-STRESS Intensive Restructuring & Detangling Treatment: “It promotes overall scalp health and, along with Rosemary Extract, aids in growth of healthy manes and tails. The cocktail of Certified Organic Hemp Oil, Coconut, Apricot, Wheat Germ and Olive Oil – full of antioxidants and essential fatty acids -“feeds” the moisture starved scalp and tresses. Tea Tree Essential Oil is known to prevent dandruff and Sunflower Extract protects against UV damage.”

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7. COMFORT ME Soothing & Healing Balm: “Natural antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal botanicals Myrrh, Tea Tree and Lavender Essential Oils that aid in healing of cuts, scrapes and minor skin infections; and help treat skin suffering from common fungal problems such as scratches, girth itch, ringworm and rain rot.”

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First impression observations: 

Pros: 

  • Made of recycled materials
  • They smell ah-mazing!
  • Fast shipping
  • Decent Prices
  • All natural & organic
  • Biodegradable
  • Great customer service
  • Products can be used on us too
  • Lockable spray bottles (see picture below)

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Cons:

  • The conditioner and distress treatment are not filled to the top of the bottle as you can see above
  • There is no expiration date on the bottles, however, i did contact them and they replied quickly saying all products expire 1.5-2 years after being opened and left in cool space.
  • Packaging might not have been double checked as only two bottles had tape on them(the ones on the left). Lucky the others didn’t spill, nonetheless one can never be too sure

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Importance of Tendon Boots

When i first got Tofino, i recognized a scar on his suspencory ligament. His previous owner told me it was from when he was younger where he jumped out of the paddock and injured his leg because he had no tendon boots on. He did have surgery and fully recovered from it.

This shows how truly fragile a horses tendon is; making horse boots crucial whether it is just for turnout, riding, lunging or hacking. They not only protect your horses tendon but also absorb  the shock impact from when the hooves hit the ground.

I found a video online that is very interesting talking about why a horse should wear boots and virtually shows you what happens to a horses leg when they run without protection:

As you saw, when under strain, a tendon can rupture at the slightest of pressures.

There are a large variety of horse boots in the market nowadays ranging from cross country boots, show jumping, dressage, support boots and your regular turn out boots.

I personally use Hampa Pro open front tendon and fetlock boots from Al Sakb Equestrian for now. They are hard shell with soft cushioning inside which is important:

The traditional boots in the image above are alright for normal work. You would need to look into a more expensive type of boot for better shock absorption and ventilation such as the ones Veredus, Eskadron and Prestige Italia make along with other high end brands.

My dream boots are obviously the brown CARBON GEL “VENTO” Veredus boots with:

• Double ventilation.
• Tendon protection in carbon + nitrexgel.
• Quick-release tip.
• Anatomically-shaped shell.

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Important to Note:

  • When fastening horse boots, be sure to use even pressure on each strap as you work your way down the leg. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions carefully for your type of boots, and be careful not to over-tighten them.
  • Remove boots from your horse’s legs as soon as possible after your workout to allow any accumulated heat to escape and to allow the skin and hair to dry.
  • Keeps the boots clean and free of accumulated dirt, grime and sweat which can be irritating to a horse’s sensitive skin.
  • Bandages are traditionally used for injuries and tendon swelling and do NOT protect your horses tendons enough when in work so please consider getting boots if you do not own any.

Keep safe 🙂 !

Tack shops in the UAE

Here is a list of tack shops (in alphabetical order) in the UAE that I personally know of. Some do ship regionally too. Note: There is a (*) next to the ones I really like

If there is a specific brand you are looking for and not sure where to find it just send me an email or comment below and I’ll try to help you out 🙂

Kingsland Classic Technical Riding Gloves REVIEW

Yes, as you probably have noticed I am a kingsland fanatic, and that is solely due to the reason that their products never disappoint me.

I’ve had these Kingsland Classic Technical Riding Gloves for three years and I absolutely adore them!! They come in either Black or White and range from XXS-XXL.

Specifications:

  • Breathable material with stretch
  • Quick dry
  • Extremely durable
  • Non slip synthetic leather anatomically placed for a better grip
  • Kingsland logo embroidered on velcro flaps
  • 60% Synthetic Leather, 40% Multidirectional Stretch Fabric

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I can vouch for the above specs being true. My gloves are pretty old as mentioned above, 3 years, and i wear them for riding and lunging. Mine are a size S and i normally wear a size 7 in gloves:

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Note: they look shiny in the bottom pictures due to the flash

They retail here for 250 AED ($US 68)  from Al Sakb Equestrian. And honestly, I have tried other brands but these are the only gloves that I felt were the best to the point where i brought an extra pair just incase something happens to the ones i currently have! They do have two small open spaces between the last two fingers for extra breathability. This is not a fault, the holes are intended by Kingsland, and they barely show. It does give you that extra bit of breeze through your hands.

 


Pros:

  • Great grip
  • Elegant
  • Very durable
  • Breathable
  • Washable
  • short cuff
  • Slim
  • Comes in white
  • Touch screen friendly

Cons:

  • Only comes in 2 colours
  • Pricey

 

Kingsland Classic Ladies Tech Show Jacket for SALE

  • Technical soft-shell show jacket in Schoeller 4-way stretch fabric.
  • Water resistant and breathable.
  • Collar comes in red velvet with white binding.
  • Gold buttons and gold Kingsland embroidery on pocket flap.

        Colour: Black
        Size: XXS
        Composition: 74% Polyamide, 18% Polyurethane, 8% Elastane

KL Size Chart:

In mint condition and comes with a water-resistant jacket bag (click image to enlarge):

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Only worn once (click image to enlarge):

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Retail price is 2,825 AED ($769 USD)
SELLING PRICE: 2,400 AED ($654 USD)

*reason for sale: not competing anymore