HORSELY Belts [REVIEW]

I was approached by a company named HORSELY, from Australia, at the beginning of this year in order to do a review collaboration.

Firstly, their website, and items are absolutely adorable! They offer equestrian shirts, jewellery, pillow cases, bags, home decor, and of course, belts.

Their prices are very decent, with multiple colour options, and free worldwide shipping ❤


I was sent the following two belts:

Braided Belt Duo Stretch Fit -Blue White 

I chose this belt myself as I loved the subtle colour combo. It is stretchy, but measures to be

  • Length 110 cm
  • Width 3.3 cm

The detail is impeccable. I have not had any loose stitching or wear or tear yet and it has been two months so far.

  


Braided Belt Leather and Rope Duo – Brown Red

This belt comes in different size options and is NOT stretchy. It is made of German leather and wax rope. It is slightly wider coming in at 3.4cm which doesn’t make so much of a difference. I find it sits nicely on any pants without having to readjust as you do with the stretchy material, however, the quality of the ends didn’t feel as sturdy.

There is no contrast stitching it is simple and classic.

  


Definitely keeping an eye out for the black, grey, blue one 😉


Pros: Cons:
  Multiple size options (stretchy or choice)

•  Durable

•  Great quality and detail

•  Affordable

•  Comfortable

•  re-adjust stretchy ones once on the horse as breeches rise up

•  Stretchy ones should come in smaller version too

•  Quality of rope belt is inferior to stretchy belt

Verdict: I love these belts, I think for the price, you really get what you pay for and with the endless colour options and sizes you,re bound to find the style that suits you best. I like them both, but prefer the stretchy only because I felt that the quality was slightly more superior, even though it fits bigger on me.

Big thank you to HORSELY for sending these belts through! Please check them out and share with us your belts ❤

B Vertigo NEW Kimberly Breeches [REVIEW]

Last summer, I reviewed the old version of the Kimberly Breeches., which I never knew were the 2012 model, until  @Bvertigo_UAE contacted me in order to review the newer model which they kindly sent to me 3 months ago.

They currently only come in two colours: Navy or Black.

Specs:

  • 4-way stretch
  • Medium/high waistband
  • Quality-made for durability and long lasting use
  • Improved knee patch shape
  • Breathable
  • Moisture-wicking material
  • Improved calf fitting for great comfort at the bottom of the leg
  • Elegant back pocket embroidery
  • Classic grey contrast stripe at the leg
  • Optimal comfort

Material:

  • BV Opti-Pro fabric: 92% polyamide
  • 8% polyurethane.

The design of the breeches is very simple with some minor details, which I personally prefer. It has a wide waist band, with two vertical buttons. Simple back pocket with Euro Seat, and a metal plate on the belt loop.

  


There is a vertical line on the sides of the breeches which gives it that extra touch. I did realize that the waist is actually lower than the older version. I personally liked the way the older version sat on my waist as it felt a little more comfortable while riding, but not a big deal.

  


Both versions have moisture wicking technology that work well, but this newer version works better as the water droplets stay as droplets and do not seep through even though the material feels lighter and stretchier. (click to enlarge photos)

 


The knee and calf area has definitely been altered to fit better. I had an issue with the older Kimberly where the knee and calf area was too baggy. The newer version is a lot better and fit nicely under my tall boots.


Pros: Cons:
  Breathable 

•  Stretchy

•  Moisture wicking 

•  Lightweight material

  Durable

•  Only comes in 2 colours

•  Mid not high waist as older version

•  Sock ankle ( I prefer adjustable velcro)

Verdict: I would recommend these breeches as they are very lightweight and stretchy. Their moisture wicking is a great asset especially for someone as clumsy as me. I can’t decide which version I like more as the older kimberly was more comfortable on the waist, but not the knee and calf, whereas this new version is the opposite (more comfortable around calf and knee, less comfortable around waist). I guess it depends on your body shape and personal look preference.


Big thanks again to @Bvertigo_UAE for sending through these awesome breeches ❤ ❤ ❤
If you wish to purchase them, you can contact them directly through their instagram account or order through http://www.pets-delight.com

Ogilvy Jump MemoryFoam HalfPad [REVIEW]

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

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:
  Elegant

  Multiple colour options

• Multiple thickness options

  Super comfortable

•  Shock absorbing

•  Great quality

•   Expensive

•  Heats the back

•  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.

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.

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.