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 ❤

Battle of the Fly Sprays! ft. eQuestri [REVIEW]

Fly season is still ongoing and two months ago, eQuestri were kind enough to send through 6 different fly sprays to try, test, and review. Big thanks to Jacky (founder of eQuestri) for her great support ❤

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List of fly Sprays in best order:

  1. Veredus Defender Eco-Repellent
  2. Veredus Bio Repel Spray
  3. Veredus Bio Repel Gel
  4. Absorbine Ultra Shield EX
  5. Lincoln Water-based Fly Spray
  6. Veredus Raptor Fly Repellent 

1. Veredus Defender Eco-Repellent

Defender Eco Repellent is a non-toxic, hypo-allergenic formulation that is perfect for both horse and rider. It creates an impenetrable barrier against flies, ticks, horseflies and all other insects found in stables. The innovative solar filter prevents the active ingredients from being degraded by the sun.

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This is the winner for me. Hands down one of the best fly sprays I have ever used. Not only is it non toxic, but also lasts and does the job so well! We normally get attacked by swarm of flies after passing garbage bins on our hacks, but they never followed us with this one which I’m so happy about at they really do bug you the whole way. The major downside to this is that the bottle is small for the price, and the nozzle is horrible it leaks nonstop and is hard to press. I would recommend transferring the content to another spray bottle.

Pros: Cons:
 Repels flies amazingly

•  Non toxic

•  Doesn’t sting or burn the eyes

•  Lasts long

•  Small bottle

•  Leaking nozzle

•  Full ingredients not listed

Verdict: My all time favorite fly spray. Enough said ❤


2. Veredus Bio Repel Spray

A natural and efficient defense against flies, mosquitoes, midges and insects in general.
The well-known fly repellent properties of citronella, geranium and cinnamon create a protective shield over the horse’s coat.
The balanced formula allows frequent use (even several times daily) to renew protection.
BIO REPEL Spray contains only natural extracts and is non-toxic.

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This a great buy for transitioning into and out of fly season. It smells amazing and does the job, but not as much as I would like it do for throughout the season. I kept getting asked what fly spray I use while Tofino was on this as the smell is so good! It doesn’t burn your eyes and is not toxic which is always a positive. It comes in a generous bottle size and great nozzle too.

Pros: Cons:
 Repels flies (but needs to be re-applied often)

•  Natural

•  Non toxic

•  Doesn’t sting or burn the eyes

•  Smells amazing

•  Generous bottle

•  Not for heavy usage

•  Full ingredients not listed

Verdict: I love this fly spray for the transition between season. I would definitely purchase & recommend for that time of the year.


3. Veredus Bio Repel Gel

NATURAL – NON-TOXIC – HYPO ALLERGENIC!
Fly repellent gel, non-toxic and hypo-allergenic, made of citronella, geranium and cinnamon.
Specially formulated for use on delicate and sensitive areas such as eyes and muzzle.

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This is actually the first fly repellent gel i ever tried and so far it has worked really well especially for going on hacks. It gives that extra protection on your horses belly and face without being so strong. It doesn’t have a strong smell and doesn’t leave a sticky residue on your hands, nor does it dry them. It does work well keeping flies away and I have been using it every time we go on a hack as it is too messy for everyday (wish it came in a pump).

Pros: Cons:
 Repels flies

 Non toxic

 Natural

•  Doesn’t dry

•  Not sticky

•  Messy

•  Full ingredients not listed

Verdict: I think this is a great gel, not a staple in the grooming box unless your horse is super sensitive and cant stand sprays. I would recommend this for those looking for a fly repel gel.


4. Absorbine Ultra Shield EX

Weatherproof and sweat-resistant insect repellent formula that is able to provide up to 17 days of protection. Kills and repels biting and nuisance flies, mosquitoes, ticks and gnats and also contains two sunscreens that extend the repellents effectiveness.

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I love the bottle of this as it is a great size for price and the nozzle works super without leakage. I found that the Ultra Shield smelt very strong and burnt my eyes while spraying it on Tofino. It is full of chemicals and has so many warning labels on the back. That being said, it does do the job and keeps the fly away, however, within a weeks use, the flies seem to have gotten accustomed to it even though it says it lasts 17 days. I am not sure wether this is because most people at the stables use this or not but it seems to be the reason.

Pros: Cons:
 Does keep flies away (but not 17 days as stated)

•  Good nozzle

 

•   Full of chemicals

•   Burns eyes

•   Flies get used to it quickly

Verdict: I am personally not a fan of this fly spray but I know many who still use it. After trying the others out, I have found a safer alternative (Veredus defender)


5. Lincoln Water-based Fly Spray

LINCOLN WATER BASED FLY REPELLENT is a gentler water-based fly repellent with a powerful long lasting dual action formula. Contains DEET with the new generation fly repellent PMD. Non flammable.

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I hate to be the bearer of bad news but this fly spray did literally nothing to keep the flies away. It was rather disappointing especially as the bottle and the nozzle are SO COMFORTABLE and spray so well. But it had zero effect against the flies.

Pros: Cons:
 Great nozzle & bottle

•  No strong smell

•  Doesn’t work whatsoever!

Verdict: I would not recommend this fly spray for those here in Dubai. It might work well with other types of flies elsewhere.


6.Veredus Raptor Fly Repellent

Fly repellent with total action to protect horses from horse flies, house flies, stable flies, face flies, horn flies, deer flies, gnats, mosquitoes.
The combination of pyrethroids and insect repellent substances repels and kills flies, mosquitoes, fleas, ticks and horseflies.
Extremely efficient formula with sunscreen that prolongs the repellent action.

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This was surprisingly disappointing. After reading the description I thought this would work well, but apparently not. It did repel flies but just barely. Perhaps for an hour max. The bottle is small for the price, and again, the nozzle isn’t great whatsoever. It does smell of chemicals yet doesn’t work so well which makes me continue to think that the flies at our barn got used to the chemical ingredients used in this and the ultra shield.

Pros: Cons:
 none •   Chemicals

•   Doesn’t keep flies away

•   Leaking nozzle

•   Small bottle

Verdict: I am personally not a fan of this fly spray but I know many who still use it. After trying the others out, I have found a safer alternative (Veredus defender)


I hope this helps you guys in finding the right fly spray for your horse. A big thanks again to eQuestri for giving me the great opportunity to test them out 😀

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Eskadron Neoprene Bell Boots [REVIEW]

I have been on the hunt for some protective overreach/bell boots for a while now, and I think I finally found the perfect ones! [IMPORTANCE OF OVERREACH BOOTS]

I reviewed the Schockemoehle overreach, which I love for normal everyday work, but they don’t seem to be very protective for jumping or eventing etc. I was recommended by a friend to try out the Eskadron ones from Gulf Rider Store here in the UAE.

Synthetic Leather outer and lined with soft, smooth 5.5mm neoprene. Double Velcro fastening. Extremely tear proof and hard wearing.

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Firstly, they fit really nicely and are super soft, yet feel very tough. I got the brown colour in medium size. It is lined with black which is actually nice as it can go with black tendon boots too.

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I have been using them consistently for the past 2 months and they don’t show any sign of wear or tear. They do obviously get dirty, but are super easy to clean. They have gone through mud, dirty, desert, puddles and still look really well!

They do bend with your horses movements without causing rubs. Sizing wise, they fit true to size in my opinion as Tofino is always a Medium. Double check the size chart above however for your horse.

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I love how sleek, yet protective they are. They are super lightweight too which is always a plus. Tofino hasn’t gotten any bruises on his hooves since wearing these bell boots. They do retail at a higher price range, but you can get them discounted at sales for about 160aed/ 44US$.

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Pros: Cons:
 Protective

  Lightweight

•  Soft

•  Durable

•  Tough

•  weather resistant

•   Colour + size options

•   Pricey but can be purchased discounted

 

Verdict: I would definitely recommend these overreach boots. I am so glad that I was encouraged to get them as they are super protective and lightweight.