Teuton Germany Protection Vest [REVIEW]

Riding protection vests are not only used for eventing and cross country, but can also be used for jumping or even beginner riders.

I have been using mine for the past 5 years whenever I am jumping. I use the Teuton Germany Protection Vest which I found years ago in Tack n Track.


Although the vest is bulky, I find that it doesn’t alter my movements while riding. It has velcro on both shoulders and the waist, allowing you to open it on one side or both, making it easier to wear and remove.

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The vest is perforated for better breathability, however, I still do find myself sweating, but nonetheless, never overheating. You can easily remove the lining for washing by opening the velcro on the back and simply sliding it off.

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The vest is in line with the old European standards: EN 13158:BETA2000 which have been stopped in 2011, with the current standards now being EN 13158:BETA2009. However, since I do not do cross-country or eventing, this one suits me just fine for now. If I were to get a new one, I would definitely recommend getting the up do date standards.


Pros: Cons:
  Easy to put on/off and move with

  Great adjustability

•  Easy to wash

•  Lightweight

•   Bulky

•  Currently out of date with standards

 

Verdict: I would definitely recommend this vest, although it is bulky, I have been greatly satisfied with how it held up and how easy and light it is. If you plan on buying a new one though, make sure it the latest standard.

EQyss Survivor Detangler [REVIEW]

Although I like to use the Ecolicious De-Stress , I heard a lot about the EQyss brand and decided to try their Detangler.

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  • Smooths out tangles, mats or knots
  • Excellent for manes, tails, braids, or feathered legs
  • Enhances shine
  • Softens coat, mane and tails
  • Vitamin E protects hair

I have used this for over a month now and I am honestly not liking it. This is a silicone based de-tangler which I find adds a “fake” shine and rigid feel to your horses mane & tail without adding any benefits in the long run.

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After usage, there is minimal positive difference on the tail, and rather a negative one with the time used. I found that it made Tofino’s mane & tail frizzy, brittle, dry and rough. Sure it de-tangles, but it takes a lot of product to do so. With that being said, shine is very minimal and frizz is not tamed. I tried it on both dry and wet tail and it seemed to work better with the tail being wet but only lasts the day.

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The consistency feels silky without being sticky or gooey. The scent is strong out of the bottle, but once on the horse, it cannot be smelt, which in my opinion is good, as I did not like the floral scent.


Pros: Cons:
  Affordable

  De-tanlges temporarily 

•  Silky

 

•   Doesn’t last

•  Minimal shine

•   Silicon based

•   Drying 

•   No long term benefit

• Leaves mane & tail with a plasticky feel

Verdict: This is a big NO for me. As much as I wanted to like this, the ingredients do not help, the results are more on the negative side unfortunately. 

Oster Grooming Kit [REVIEW]

I never personally had a full grooming kit from one brand, as I use to mix n match, before getting this Oster 7 Piece Grooming Kit. Although it is pricy, I luckily managed to get it on sale for half price. This kit is included in my Essentials to Keeping your horse clean.

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  • 7-Piece: stiff grooming brush, soft finishing brush, coarse curry comb, mane and tail brush, mane and tail comb, hoof pick, and a bag
  • Rubber control-touch handles for added comfort and better grip for hands of all sizes
  • Great for grooming horses, whole bodies

I’ve been using this for just over a year now, and the brushes have held up rather well. although to be honest, I only use about 3 of them. The stuff brush, the mane and tail brush, and the curry comb for massaging sometimes. I will get into more details below with each brush.


The stiff body brush is what I use the most, on a daily basis. It helps with removing sweat marks or stains and keep the coat smooth. The bristles have held up I would say very well for the past year, and is still usable. The handle is comfortable and gives you sufficient grip.

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The other brush I use a lot is the mane and tail one, which is my favourite to be honest. It had a long handle, allowing your hand to comfortably hold on with good grip. There is no wear and tear on the bristles so far. I never brush Tofino’s tail without a conditioner or a tail oil/cream in order to avoid breakage.

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This curry comb doesn’t really do much, but I use it to help massage his body every now and then. He seems to like the feeling of it. If Tofino were to have a thick coat, then perhaps this would actually work but i always clip him. As for the comb, I honestly only use it for plaiting the mane and it helps with sectioning off his hair. It also has a good long handle for better grip.

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The soft brush is a good finishing touch especially with a longer coat. I only use this in the winter when Tofino has a longer coat in order to soften it up and keep it shiny and clean. I wish the bristles were longer on this though.

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Lastly, the hoof pick does its job of picking the hooves comfortably, however, I personally prefer picks that come with a small hard brush on the other side as it is easier to rotate rather than grab another brush.

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Pros: Cons:
  Grippy

  Comfortable

•  Comes with a bag

•  Comes with necessary items

•  Good quality

•   Expensive

•  Curry comb too soft

•   Soft brush bristles too short

•   Hoof pick doesn’t have a brush

Verdict: All in all, I am glad I had the chance to try this set. I would recommend IF you would use all the brushes as they are good quality. However, if you just need 2 or 3 then you can get them separately. 

I am thinking on doing a GIVEAWAY for a brand new Oster grooming set,,,would you guys be interested??

Al Sakb Equestrian Figure 8 Bridle [REVIEW]

A while back I wrote a post on the different noseband types in a bridle, and Tofino goes well in a Mexican/figure 8 bridle.

I got ours from Al Sakb Equestrian here in the UAE 5 years ago and I am still so in love with it ❤ Sakb does make other bridles too, that come in different sizes; Tofino is Cob size.

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The bridle is of local make, therefore, a lot cheaper than well known international brands. That being said, it is of great quality which is surprising to be honest. It is padded on the poll and figure 8 lines, as well as having fleece in the middle for comfort.

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The contrast stitching gives the bridle that fancy, classic look, making it perfect for shows. It did come with rubber reins, however, I replaced them a while back, not because of the quality, but because I prefer webbed reins.


The colour is a beautiful brown that is always shiny, giving it a constant clean look. The bridle is anatomically shaped, giving space to the horses ears. Nowadays the side rings of a figure 8 are padded, I do hope that Sakb starts to incorporate that into their products, although, the rings have not even rusted thankfully or caused any rubbing.

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As it is a classic looking figure 8/Mexican bridle, the headpiece is not so wide. I personally prefer wider headpieces in order to even out pressure. As more brands have become innovative, I hope Al Sakb decides to do the same and recreate some bridles as their work is impressive.

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Pros: Cons:
  Affordable

  Local make

•  Great quality

•  Classic look

•  Padded & Anatomical 

•  Comes with reins

•  Size options

•   Old style only

 

Verdict: I really don’t have any negatives and I would definitely recommend this to anyone looking for an affordable bridle.

Roeckl Solar Summer Gloves [REVIEW]

I’ve been waiting for a while to review the solar summer gloves from roeckl as I did read a few bad reviews already. I have been riding in them for about 1.5 months now, and although that’s not long enough to truly see the quality, there are a few things I have noticed already.

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The Tan Thru® material developed by Solar guarantees makes sure that the backs of your hands are evenly tanned. The material feels light and airy, fits snuggly like a second skin, is elastic and yet durable. We think ahead: to ensure a seamless tan, we moved the fastener to below the palm. The palm itself is made from MICRO-AIR, a very comfortable, thin and lightweight material. Thanks to the micro-perforation, this exclusive material is particularly breathable, making it ideal for the summertime. 

Sizes: 6 – 8.5
Backhand: Solar Tan Thru®
Palmhand: MICRO-AIR
Attributes: COMFORT CUT, palmhand belt with careless closure, TOUCHSCREEN COMPATIBLE

I got a size 7 which is the size i get for other gloves and it seems to fit well. The gloves are made of a very thin mesh material which allows for great breathability on top, and the same grip on the inside as any other reockl glove. It has a thick velco closure making it easier to wear.

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The index and pinky finger are reinforced with the grip material on the side. I find that the grip is great with roeckl gloves, although the material does stretch quick. The gloves are touch screen compatible with no issues.

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The solar gloves do feel delicate, and do scrunch up when you remove them, but they have held up nicely without any tears. Below, you can see the stretch in a period of 1.5 months (left is first use, right is post 1.5months):

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Although the solar gloves are advertised as tan free, I actually still got a major tan line from them surprisingly enough. It is rather disappointing because the sole reason why I purchased them was to avoid tan lines while still having a good grip.

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Pros: Cons:
  Breathable 

  Good grip

•  Touch screen compatible

•  Thin

•   Stretches quickly

•   Still gives tan line

 

Verdict: If you use gloves in the summer anyway, you would get a tan line, so I would only recommend the solar gloves for breathability purposes only.

Tekna Ergonomic Girth [REVIEW]

After selling my Prestige a10 Girth due to it being big on Tofino, I managed to get my hands on the Tekna Ergonomic Girth which was meant to be a quick temporary solution, but I ended up loving it!

The Tekna ergonomic girth is a leather look girth made from a superb synthetic material for ease of care. This Tekna girth is anatomically shaped with elastic at both ends for even tension, with straps for draw reins or a martingale or other aid. The underside of this synthetic tekna girth is waffle for increased comfort and airflow. Roller buckles make it easy to fasten. Tekna leatherwork is made with the design and attention to detail you would expect from top quality leather tack, but with the convenience and lower price of modern synthetic materials. Easy to care for, tekna synthetic tack just wipes clean!

Tekna Ergonomic Girth features:
  • Shaped girth with elastic on both ends
  • made of QUIK-CLEAN material
  • stainless steel roller buckles provide more security and ease of use
  • The look of leather, the convenience of synthetic

I have been using this girth for about 8 months now and I am absolutely loving it, especially that it is on the cheaper side (approx 275 AED/ 75$US). It is wide (evens pressure), padded, and has a classic look. The girth however does not have side D rings for those using additional aids.


The inside is a breathable waffle design with great padding. It does get hair stuck on the edges, but it is somewhat easy to clean (I use a pin). Due to its synthetic materials, it is easy to wipe down with water after riding to avoid any sweat or dirt building up.

Tofino sweats a lot and generally gets girth stain after riding but I find that he doesn’t get them as intensely anymore, and I guess it’s due to the air flow.

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The elastics do stretch a bit which is great for when your horse is in motion as it doesn’t restrain. The stretchy part did start to pill though, only on one side. It is only aesthetic and hasn’t disrupted the functionality of the girth.

The buckles are roller buckles, therefore, making it so much easier to tighten the girth. They haven’t shown any sign of rust thus far.


The stitching is very well intact and the quality is honestly surprising, again for the price. There is a small D ring and a buckle for any additional attachments. I personally only use the buckle for my Passier Breastplate. Personally, I prefer carabiner hooks rather than buckles as they are much quicker and safer, however, this does the  job just fine.

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It matches my tack nicely which is always a bonus 😉

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Pros: Cons:
  Great quality 

  Ergonomic + Wide

•  Affordable

•  Durable

• Breathable

• Easy to clean

• Two attachments

• Roller buckles

• Padded

•   No side D rings

•   Buckle closure rather than carabiner

•  Pilling stretch material

Verdict: I would hands down recommend this girth! I did not expect it to last this long whatsoever, yet here we are, still in tact, still tough, and does the job perfectly well. I am really glad I came across Tekna.

Cavalleria Toscana Technical Jumping Saddle Pad [REVIEW]

Cavalleria Toscana is one of my favourite Equestrian brands due to their classic and unique designs. Last year, I managed to purchase 2 of their saddle pads (1 navy, 1 white) from Cavalos Equine Care & Supplies, and I have been using them religiously!IMG_2889

They come in multiple colours, from white, black, red, navy, blue, green, grey, maroon etc. I couldn’t upload a photo as the CT website is down at the moment but will be sure to update as soon as it’s back.

Specs:

  • Anti-Bacterial
  • Anti-UV
  • Breathable
  • Easy Care
  • Fast Drying
  • Bi-Stretch

I have to admit, the material feels very soft and luxurious. It by far has the best “feel” over any saddle pad I have seen. The detailing is simple and sleek with contrast binding border along with billet straps. The stitching is very well except for some parts where it is a tiny bit loose. That being said, I never had anything fall off.

Note: All photos below are taken by my good friend Axelle Talma (@popthepony)

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Tucci Boots // Free Jump // CT Gloves // Thinline // Passier breastplate // EC breeches


The pad only has the CT logo on the left side, leaving the right side free which I personally prefer in case one wishes to customise. The saddle pad is very breathable and never overheats the horse’s back. It is a slim pad, which again, I prefer as my saddle is custom fit to my horse.

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It does tend to scrunch up every now and then on some rides, and I am not sure whether it’s due to the bi stretch material or simply friction, as it only happens when we jump or go up/down dunes. This isn’t a major issue for me to be honest and I still love this pad, especially for hot weather.

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Pros: Cons:
 Breathable

•  Thin

•  Multiple colour options

•   Bi-Stretch

•  Anti-Bacterial

•  Classic Design

•   Expensive

•   Scrunches sometimes

•   Stitching is a bit loose in some areas

Verdict: I think this saddle pad is my favourite alongside the Veredus. I would definitely recommend it in a heartbeat! It is very cooling, lightweight, easy to clean and maintain i absolutely love it!

If you are interested in the Cavalleria Toscana Saddle pad, and other items, be sure to contact them at Cavalos Equine Care & Supplies,  009712-2222-433 or email them at  info@cavalosuae.com ; they would be more than happy to assist you ❤