Ogilvy Jump MemoryFoam HalfPad [REVIEW]

Two months ago, I managed to get my hands on the famous Ogilvy Jump MemoryFoam HalfPad¬†finally ūüėÄ

I did try my friends one for about a month before deciding to purchase one of my own as I was not sure if the price ($200) was worth the product.

Ogilvy pads come in different sizes, colours, shapes, and thickness. I personally got mine in the Jumper style, Regular, and 1″ thick.

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Specs:

  • Anti-slip
  • V-Shape: special protection for the withers and the back.
  • Maximum breathability, moisture wicking
  • Superior Shock absorption
  • No rubbing, no friction
  • Distributes pressure
  • Anti-microbial and anti-fungal
  • Stain resistant
  • Improved saddle fit
  • Quick dry

Deciding the colour was hard in itself as the options are absolutely stunning! I tend to go for neutral colours in order to match and our main two are always navy and grey.

This also matches our DLC bonnet .¬†The reason I went with the 1″ thickness is due to the fact that my saddle is custom made to fit Tofino, so I just wanted a shock absorbent rather than a saddle fix. I was nervous that it might be too thick for him as I am used to the very slim Thinline¬†which I had been using for years!

The 1″ seems to fit Tofino really nicely without altering saddle fit.

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The material is so soft and velvety I am in love!! The top-line of the pad has free space for the spine, and velcro closures to put additional shims if needed, or remove the cover for washing or changing to a different cover colour. As for the underside, so far, it only comes in black but is super fluffy. I have been using it for two months straight, and there is no sign of wear and tear. My friend has had hers for a year and still looks as new as mine, thus making the quality is impeccable.

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Ogilvy’s are VERY customizable. The grey colour I chose does not show dust which is a great bonus.¬† You get to choose whether you want a single piping with the price or pay for an additional piping. I chose to stick to the traditional white one that already comes in the price and the navy binding.

I did get mine embroidered with my initials so as to not confuse it with other ogilvy owners. I chose to do it the same colour as the pad so it turns out subtle and barely visible.

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Functionality, I can honestly say that it lived up to my expectations and not only does it relieve pressure off your horses back, but also off the rider! All riders generally have back pain; it is inevitable with the sport. Riding with an ogilvy pad however, felt like riding on a cloud. No joke! the relief and comfort felt was amazing! I could not believe I waited this long to get my hands on one. If it does this for me as a rider, I can’t imagine how Tofino feels haha

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Now down to the more troubling parts. I do find that Tofino’s back does get sweaty after a ride while having the ogilvy on, so I am not sure how the breathability aspect falls into place. It never used to sweat much with my Thinline, however it does so with the ogilvy. I am guessing this is due to the memory foam taking form on the horses back? Not sure,… That being said, he does not have a sore back or sore spots, just sweats. This makes my numnah slip a little.

Although the pad is said to be non slippery, which I do agree on, as it stays in the same position you place it on your numnah, however, the numnah tends to slip due to the sweat on the horses back, which I never experienced before using the Thinline.

So now, I close my girth in a certain way where one strap is outside of the billet straps on the numnah, and one strap is inside.  This tends to secure the saddle pad more.

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Pros: Cons:
‚Äʬ† Elegant

‚Äʬ† Multiple colour options

‚ÄĘ Multiple thickness options

‚Äʬ†¬†Super comfortable

‚ÄĘ ¬†Shock absorbing

‚ÄĘ ¬†Great quality

‚Äʬ† ¬†Expensive

‚ÄĘ ¬†Heats the back

‚Äʬ† Not¬† breathable

 

Verdict:¬†I would definitely¬†¬†recommend the¬†Ogilvy Jump MemoryFoam HalfPad anytime! I can’t believe it has taken me this long to even try it. I love that it is not only fully customizable, but also actually really works for both rider and horse.

HorZe Blaire Long-Sleeved Functional Show Shirt [REVIEW]

Looking for affordable sophisticated riding shirts that are functional and breathable is pretty difficult until I came across the HorZe Blair Long-Sleeved Functional Show Shirt and fell in love!

They can be purchased from DubaiPetfood or TackShop.ae for only 150AED and come in a number of great  colours:

Features:
  • Breathable high quality show shirt
  • Can be converted to a more casual training shirt
  • Nanotex¬ģ fabric has UV protection SPF 30+
  • Metal press buttons at chest and cuffs
  • Piping lined inside
  • Crisp white collar for show when neck area is closed
  • Fitted sides and arms for a custom fit

Main fabric: functional 100% polyester Nanotex¬ģ fabric, UV protection UPF 30+. Mesh details: polyamide/elastane, woven details: 100% cotton.


I have been using my Blaire shirt for training for the past few months and absolutely love it. It not only looks neat and elegant, but is also breathable and lightweight. The material has UV protection, making it great for the summer. The arms are very slightly too long and a bit baggy, but I prefer to have that freedom of movement. I do find the top to be slightly short, coming out when tucked in while wearing low rise breeches. They are fine on mid or high-rise breeches though.

  
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The detailing and structure is impeccable, with pearl like buttons on the cuffs and an elegant cut. The collar can either be worn as a high neck for shows or a collar for training. This versatility allows for the usage of the shirt in the show ring or riding arena. The inside of the collar has blue lining for all the shirt colours. I am personally a big fan of the metal press buttons rather than the traditional ones as these are much easier to open and close.

  


The inside of the arm is includes a mesh material which allows for air flow and quick dry. I have been using this for months and the mesh is still very intact. The good thing is that the mesh is hidden and barely shows unless someone is really paying attention. This I find is positive as it gives it a more professional look. That being said, sweating is inevitable in UAE’s heat so even though this does keep me cool, sweat marks still show on the baby blue colour but not the navy.


On the other hand, I realized there was a difference in size with my Navy and my Baby Blue colour. The baby Blue came somewhat wider and bigger than the Navy even though they are the same size.

  


This makes the baby blue colour more a more boxy shape and a bigger fit than the navy. This is disappointing honestly as it shouldn’t be the case. Especially when it comes to riding, you feel every difference in riding and moving around. Generally I wouldn’t mind, but it really does feel less comfortable and the fitted navy especially on hot humid days.


Pros: Cons:
‚Äʬ† Elegant

‚Äʬ† Affordable

‚ÄĘ Breathable¬†(mesh)

‚Äʬ†¬†Durable

‚ÄĘ ¬†Comfortable stretchy material

‚ÄĘ ¬†Great detail

‚ÄĘ ¬†Multipurpose

‚ÄĘ ¬†Metal press buttons¬†

‚ÄĘ ¬† A little long on the arms

‚ÄĘ ¬†A little baggy on the arms

‚ÄĘ ¬†Size is not consistent¬†

‚ÄĘ ¬†No dark colours available (eg. black, maroon, grey)

Verdict: I would recommend this shirt as it is truly great value for money. Absolutely love it and I am planning on getting them in additional colours. HOWEVER, I would suggest trying them on before purchasing, even if you already know your size.

Hope this helps ūüôā

B Vertigo Kimberley Breeches [REVIEW]

I got these breeches last year, first time trying B Vertigo, so I was hesitant but the detail and fabric won me over.

The B Vertigo Kimberely Breeches come in both knee patch and full seat, however, I will only be reviewing the knee patch as it is the pair I have.

Features:

  • 4-way stretch
  • Contrasting leg stripe
  • Elegant back pocket embroidery
  • Quality-made for durability and long lasting use
  • Breathable
  • Moisture-wicking material

BV Cool-Power Fabric: Materials: 79% Tactel, 16% Coolmax, 5% Elastane.


I did find that they are true to size. They are on the pricey side, however, you can get them on sale at certain times. They can be ordered either from www.TackShop.ae or www.DubaiPetFood.com

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The breeches fit very neatly and feel super comfortable on and off the horse. They have two front pockets and back pockets which are all deep enough to fit your phone. The detailing is so precise and beautiful. I am in love with the contrast stitching. There is a double hook button closure on the waist, a medallion on the front belt loop, and a metal logo plate on the belt loop (which can’t be seen here but is shown in the pic above).

  


The belt loop width is around 2″ which I find very comfortable. That being said, I do only own 1.5″ belts but it still looks fine. The material is breathable and super comfortable especially in this heat and humidity. I see no sign of wear and tear so far, and they have not stretched or shrunk.


The knee patch is not functional and is only there for design. I do find that the breeches are loose starting from under the knee. I am not sure if this is due to me having smaller calves and ankles than normal or other’s have the same issue.

They have a sock bottom which most modern riding pants have, but I personally prefer velcro as I can adjust the tightness.


Pros: Cons:
‚Äʬ† Breathable¬†

‚Äʬ†¬†Durable

‚ÄĘ ¬†Super comfortable

‚ÄĘ ¬†Good fit

‚ÄĘ ¬†Great detail¬†

‚ÄĘ ¬†Functional pockets

‚ÄĘ ¬† Pricey side

‚ÄĘ ¬†Loose from knee to ankle

‚ÄĘ ¬†Sock ankle ( I prefer adjustable velcro)

Verdict:¬†I would¬†definitely¬†recommend¬†these breeches as they are really comfortable and durable which is surprising for Dubai’s hot sticky weather. Although they do not fit me well from knee downwards, I still love them heaps!

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:
‚Äʬ†¬†Easy to put on/off and move with

‚Äʬ†¬†Great adjustability

‚ÄĘ ¬†Easy to wash

‚ÄĘ ¬†Lightweight

‚ÄĘ ¬†¬†Bulky

‚ÄĘ ¬†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:
‚Äʬ† Affordable

‚Äʬ†¬†De-tanlges temporarily¬†

‚ÄĘ ¬†Silky

 

‚ÄĘ ¬†¬†Doesn’t last

‚ÄĘ ¬†Minimal shine

‚ÄĘ ¬†¬†Silicon¬†based

‚ÄĘ ¬†¬†Drying¬†

‚ÄĘ ¬†¬†No long term benefit

‚ÄĘ 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:
‚Äʬ†¬†Grippy

‚Äʬ†¬†Comfortable

‚ÄĘ ¬†Comes with a bag

‚ÄĘ ¬†Comes with necessary items

‚ÄĘ ¬†Good quality

‚ÄĘ ¬†¬†Expensive

‚ÄĘ ¬†Curry comb too soft

‚ÄĘ ¬†¬†Soft brush bristles too short

‚ÄĘ ¬†¬†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:
‚Äʬ†¬†Affordable

‚Äʬ†¬†Local make

‚ÄĘ ¬†Great quality

‚ÄĘ ¬†Classic look

‚ÄĘ ¬†Padded & Anatomical¬†

‚ÄĘ ¬†Comes with reins

‚ÄĘ ¬†Size options

‚ÄĘ ¬†¬†Old style only

 

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