Schockemoehle Melbourne Halter [REVIEW]

I was looking for a new head collar as mine has changed colour (KL halter). When i first saw the Schockemoehle Melbourne Head collar, I knew i had to try it ❤  I managed to purchase it from Equestrian Solutions for 210AED.

It comes in either a Brown or a Navy/cream colour:
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“Schockemoehle Sports Halter Melbourne”
  • Halter made of soft nylon
  • head piece, cheeks and noseband padded with real sheep skin
  • logo-woven label on noseband
  • logo on the buckles
  • size: Pony, Cob, Full, XL

I ordered the Full size, even though Tofino is cob, as I like to have it a little loose, however, these do run small, so I would suggest you size up.  There was also no lead rope with the head collar but I did purchase it separately from Schockemoehle also.

Note: All photos below are by my friend Axelle Talma (popthepony)]

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I reckon it looks super classy and professional. The sheepskin is a little rougher than expected though. The hardware has rusted already a bit, and there are two different types of hardware on a single head collar (shiny and matte) which I am not too fond of. You can see below that the buckle and the cheek area are shiny, but the ring on the jaw is matte which is the one that started to rust.
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Due to the sheepskin, there are no rubs on the face which makes this a good travel halter (5 essential travel gear). I only use it for shows, or as you can see, in a photoshoot, so the sheepskin doesn’t get ruined quickly, and because my other nylon halters became a teal colour, I am trying to avoid it with this.

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Pros: Cons:
 Sleek

• Protective

•  Good for travel

•  Lightweight

•  4 size options

•  Hardware Rusts

•  Hardware not consistent material

•  Doesn’t come with lead rope

•  Not as soft or padded as expected

Verdict: I would recommend this halter to use for special occasions, but not everyday, as every nylon halter changes colour over time under the sun, and the sheepskin would deteriorate. It has a classic clean look that would look good on any horse. HOWEVER, if you are looking for something with super soft and extra padding, then I would recommend you either get sheekpskin rolls added to your current halter, or find one that already has (e.g eskadron).

Back on Track Royal Boots [REVIEW]

Tofino’s back leg tends to swell up after work sometimes, depending on the weather. The hotter, the more swelling. Therefore, I always ice his legs after exercises always.

I was searching for ways to prevent the swelling and came across the Back on Track Royal Boots.

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Back on Track® Tendon Boots, Royal

Back on Track® Tendon Boots, Royal not only provides provide soothing, pain relieving FAR infrared therapy, they offer essential protection for the forelegs tendons, which is particularly important during high energy activities (show jumping, for example) when the hind foot can extend forward, strike and damage the tendon on the front leg. The Tendon Boots combine a hardwearing, nylon laminated TPU outer casing with a thick, soft neoprene inner (perforated for extra ventilation/air flow) and lined with the revolutionary Welltex™ ceramic infused fabric. Designed for comfort and protection, the durable Tendon Boots are easy to apply and the tough elastic straps & brass buckles ensure a secure fit. Their high density effectively distributes pressure and absorbs impact. 

Sizes: 
Cob, or Full

Colours: Black, Brown or White 

I purchased mine fron Doc Horse, they come separately, the front tendon boots (€95), and the back fetlock boots (€56) in the Brown Cob (M) size. They are super light, which is aways a positive as they allow your horse more freedom. I like that the fetlocks are protected both inside and out. I know some riders prefer to only protect the inside as it may affect your horses functionality, but since they’re super light and meant to be therapeutic, the more it covers, the better.


The boots have 3 buckles in the tendon boots, and two in the fetlock, helping secure the boots in place.  I would have personally preferred if the buckle keepers were silver instead of brass to match the front contrast borders which I reckon look pretty awesome.

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There are air vents which helps in preventing the legs from overheating, especially since Back on Track uses infrared therapy. This is great for the leg, but makes it hard to clean unfortunately as sand does get stuck in the air vents. But hey, sometimes you gotta compromise 😉

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On another note, the lining does feel a little flimsy as it always rolls under the boot as circled below. I have to double check when placing them on Tofino so they don’t cause irritation or rubs, so far so good.

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It has also very quickly started to develop some pilling on the edges and inside of the boots. The lining is not durable whatsoever which is disappointing as you are paying good money to have not only the “therapeutic” side but also functionality.

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I love the way they look and how they function, I just wish they are able to withstand wear. Nonetheless, they have worked as advertised and Tofino doesn’t get swollen fetlock anymore when wearing them. I only use them for riding, and sometimes keep them on for a while in the paddock after a longer ride for that extra treatment.

back on track boots showBack on Track Royal Boots // Passier Breastplate // Nathe Bit // Freejump // Franco Tucci Boots // Cavalleria Toscana Saddle Pad //  Photo by Tara Hamilton


Pros: Cons:
 Secure fit

• Therapeutic (actually helps with swelling)

•  Ventilated

•  Lightweight

•  Protective

•   Not durable

•   Pricey for lack of durability

 

Verdict: If your horse has swelling issues, I would definitely recommend these boots as they truly have helped prevent swelling post exercise. If you are planning on getting them just for the way they look, then I would say you can go for something else that’s more durable such as the Veredus ones.

Become a Guest writer

Hey guys!

I decided to try something new, where I would place an extra category for guest writers who would like to write up something they would like to share. You can do it anonymously, or link it back to your social media, or simply your name.

The reason I started TofinoTack was to be able to spread my knowledge and experience to others, but why limit it there? So you are welcome to write about anything at all, whether it be a review on a product you have, or some tips, facts, motivational stories, experiences, etc.

If you are interested please contact me at TofinoTack@gmail.com or comment below 👇🏼. 

So who’s in? 😀

 

Equine Taping ft. Lauren Allport (EddiesGun91)

Having had multiple injuries to my body, I have been personally taped a number of times to help with pain, swelling, and mobility. As it works for me, it was interesting to see how it worked on Tofino.

A couple of months ago, Lauren Allport, who’s an Equine Therapist, came to visit Tofino for a check up and maintenance.

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Luckily, he has been in good shape and doesn’t have major problems. Due to the fact that he was slightly sore on his back, she decided to support it, and relieve the muscle tension by taping. I was asked to keep the tape on even whilst exercising. Depending on the brand, it will stay on for about 2-4 days.

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Lauren helped me jot down a few facts about taping:

  •  When taping, the aim is to maintain the mobility of the skin, soft tissue and joint, in order to stimulate healing internally.
  • The tape decompresses tissue and raises the skin to allow blood flow and lymph circulation which is a natural way to heal the body.
  • Decompression of tissue also reduces pressure on pain receptors, therefore, providing pain relief.
  • Taping can have a positive influence on the equine athlete, helping to support, re-balance, and reduce healing time.
  • It can be applied for many reasons, including pain management, swelling, movement restriction, sport injuries, muscle tension, arthritis, lymphoedema, trigger points, spinal issues, and much more.
  • It can also be used to prevent re-occuring injuries.

Do NOT try and tape your own horse without understanding how to do so. There are special techniques, and is different to human taping.

Depending on the injury/problem, there are certain techniques to be used. Make sure you read up on it before trying anything,  or ask your vet/therapist.

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There are a number of different tapes available in the market today that can be used on humans and animals. You can find them at your local pharmacy, or sports store/outlet. I personally get mine from Sun & Sand outlet here in Dubai and use it on my self. I still tape Tofino, but only after shows as he thankfully doesn’t need it as often.

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Have you or your horse ever been taped?

Cavalleria Toscana Gloves [Review]

There isn’t much information on the Cavalleria Toscana Gloves so I decided to write a little review on them as I have had them for over a month. Yes, another glove review ha-ha. Probably the last in a while as I have found my favorites 🙂

These gloves only come in black, with a wide range of sizes from Cavalos Equine Care & Supplies.
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In case you haven’t noticed, I love Cavalleria Toscana ❤ . They are a very classic brand and you can never really go wrong with their items. The gloves are a very simple design, yet a little too bulky, with the CT logo on the velcro closure. They are short cut (which i prefer), giving you the flexibility to easily move your wrist.

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They are made of a thick, yet stretchy material, so I would recommend them for cooler weather. They have a full on grip on the inside which works very well. The gloves do NOT work with touch screen, and they get dirty so quickly, not due to the black colour, but the fabric used. Therefore, I decided to keep them only for shows.

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Noor 1 cT gloves Photographed by Tara Hamilton

Note: I have not been able to test their durability yet as I should give it about 3 months time to determine how well they hold up. But so far so good, and I am pretty hopeful for them as they are a thicker material.

Pros: Cons:
 Really good grip

•  Attractive design

•  Great for competitions 

•   Flexible

•  Affordable

•  Good for cool weather

•  Short cuff

•   Not touch screen compatible

•   Attracts dirt

•   Only comes in one colour

 

Verdict: I really like the way these gloves look, even though they are a little bulky, I feel like they are sturdy and have good grip. Due to the fact that they attract dust and are not touch screen compatible  i would not recommend them for everyday, but I would definitely recommend them for shows.