Things I’m Loving In May

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Rambo Plus Fly Mask

Oh So has decided this year that he can’t simply be bothered to wear a fly mask, so I’ve been trying a couple of different brands hoping to find one that will stay on.

I thought for sure the Rambo Plus Fly Mask would be “the one,” but alas, he got it off too! Maybe it’s because he knows he looks so silly in it? Either way, I still like the mask, no matter how dorky it makes him look. You’d think the raised eye area would alleviate any irritation around his eyes and ensure he wouldn’t try to rub it off, but nope! But I still like that it doesn’t sit so close to his eyes. With other fly masks I’m concerned about trapping dirt so close to his eyes when he rolls in mud and it crusts on.

The mask has a detachable nose cover, which I took off when I bought it, but it’s a great idea for horses that tend to sunburn.

The mask runs a bit large, so he wears the cob size. Even then, the ears are a bit large, but it seems it was designed that way. It has two Velcro enclosures under the jaw, one that slips through a keeper and attaches back to itself, but that didn’t help keep it any more secure on him.

I honestly like the fly mask despite that. I think he’s having some help in the field from his friends, so I can’t place the blame on the fly mask!

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Grand Champion Fly Repellent and Show Ring Shine

I got a full size bottle of this with my latest A Horse Box, and I’m glad I did because I was really curious about it.

I like to keep a bottle of fly spray in the trailer, and this is perfect since I can use it as a touch up at shows.

I sprayed it on Oh So this weekend at a dressage show and was immediately blinded by the shine! Wow. It’s an aerosol spray, and the directions say to wipe or brush it into the coat.

It’s made with citronella and lanolin for a soft, shiny coat and pyrethins for fly control.

The spray has a pleasant citronella scent, and seemed to keep the flies at bay for a while.

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Joules Official Badminton Women’s T-Shirt

I picked up this shirt at Badminton, but you can get it online. What’s better than a stylish eventing T-shirt? I love stripes, and that’s Joules’ signature. They had it displayed with an olive green jacket, and I loved the way it was styled, so I’m going to try it with one I have that’s similar when the weather cools down again.

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Product Review: Battling Skin Issues

I recently tested some fungal and anti-bacterial products for COTH’s Untacked magazine!

Oh So actually had a pretty good winter skin-wise, despite living in a horrible paddock of mud. Now he’s starting to get a few knicks and scrapes being in a bigger field, so some of these products have come in handy!

Here’s a few items that have become staple items in my tack trunk.

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Things I’m Loving In April

A lot of blogs I read have monthly posts about products they’ve been enjoying, so I thought I’d try it out! I am definitely a product junkie, both horse and human, so I’m going to try to feature a few items here each month and do quick, mini reviews.

Here goes!

 

ROMFH Champion Breeches

When I passed by a tack store trailer at the Adequan West Coast Dressage Festival this winter, I paused to take a look at a rack of colorful ROMFH breeches. I think I owned a tan pair back in the day, but it’s been awhile since I’ve bought anything from the brand.

I got super inspired by the bright colors, but realized that most of them were the brands’ pricier models. But as I was searching online I came across the more affordable Champion breeches.

They come in more conservative colors, and I’d been looking for a new pair of schooling breeches that I could wear to lessons and not offend my trainers, so the slate blue called me name. They’re $129, which for the quality I think is a very good deal. I do love the lower priced SmartPak Piper breeches, but I’ve been wearing through the crotch/upper thighs on those pretty quickly with certain colors, which is super disappointing.

The Champion breeches are mid-rise, so they don’t require a belt like the Pipers do, and the material is thin enough for summer riding, and also seems to be stain, dirt and water resistant. After I give Oh So a bath or brush him when he’s muddy, the water dries quickly on the breeches and the dirt wipes off.

They have side pockets, which takes some getting used to since I usually put my phone in the back pockets of my Pipers, but overall, I really love them and would like to get a tan pair for showing.

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Product Review: Majyk Equipe Cross-Country Boots and Dressage Boots

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Sporting our Majyk Equipe X Country Boots.

I’d been peripherally aware of Majyk Equipe’s cross-country boots because Boyd Martin had been the face of the brand when they first came out, but I didn’t really pay attention because they seemed like just another pair of black cross-country boots, and I was happy with my Premier boots.

Then they came out with the Elite X Country Boot in colors, including black and red, and I suddenly paid attention!

My Premier front boots were getting pretty beat up, so I knew it was time to try something new.

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Product Review: Jackets and Swackets!

It’s my favorite time of year; light- and mid-weight jacket season! I’m not sure what it is, but I can’t resist a deal on a good barn jacket. I don’t love wearing long, heavy jackets when riding, even though I love my Mountain Horse heavy winter jacket and my Kerrits midweight one.

I just feel a bit restricted and bulky when wearing a winter jacket on top of other layers, so if I’m doing any kind of riding other than hacking I tend to ditch the jacket anyways when I get warmed up, even on the coldest of days.

My go-to for riding is a long sleeve top or fleece with a light or midweight jacket on top, so I’ve gathered quite the collection over the years.

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