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10.8.18

Why Quick Knot Will Give You Plait Envy



Do you ever get plait envy...? When I see a horse with a silky, frizz free mane that has been evenly plaited and smartly rolled into perfect bunches, I certainly do. Oscar is a Connemara Pony, his mane is true to his breed, thick and unruly. Tidy, consistent plaits are no easy task and to get the perfect finish I find they have to be sewn in, because of the extra time this takes I often section and plait down the night prior to an event. Securing everything in place with a lycra hood, fit for a superhero and hope for the best.

For this reason, my ears pricked when I saw Quick Knot's product video on my Facebook newsfeed...



Three seconds to secure a plait...impossible?! Well, it turns out it is possible with Quick Knot and I had to try them. They come in packs of 11, 250 or 500 pieces and cost £24.95 > 99.95 in black, brown, grey and white. I was kindly sent grey for Oscar and they are silver in colour.

The process is to section the mane and plait down, securing with a band as per usual. The plait is the rolled up and secured by a Quick Knot clip, pushed through the back of the plait then bent over to secure the end. It takes seconds and they appear immaculate and just like a well sewn in plait the Quick Knot is invisible once in mane.


I recently used them in a Showing class, an Equifest Qualifier. Having once been scolded by a judge, many years ago for forgetting to remove my stud earrings. I was a little nervous they might notice the Quick Knot clips and make a remark...but nothing and we were placed 2nd in our class. Giving me a huge confidence boost to use them again.


The pictures were taken after our two classes, in sizzling hot temperatures and you can see how secure, neat and tidy they look, even in a less than ideal mane for plaiting.  

Purchase from Quick Knot UK here.

Thank you for reading,
Jessica
Gee Gee and Me

3.8.18

The Unsung Hero, Kevin Bacon


Today I am writing about a product I have used for as long as I can remember, an essential I would be lost without, an unsung hero, that undeservedly has never made it to the bright lights of Gee Gee and Me; my Kevin Bacon Hoof Dressing

It was a general conversation with my farrier that made me realise I had to write this post, he asked if I had seen the Kevin Bacon Facebook post sharing the hoof clipping? At Kevin Bacon HQ they took three fresh hoof cuttings to demonstrate the importance of hydrating hooves and the experiment went like this..
  1. Apply nothing
  2. Soak in water
  3. Apply Kevin Bacon Original Hoof Dressing


They were left in the sun for one hour and the results show how much specimen 1 dried and shrivelled up from the lack of moisture. The experts at Kevin Bacon HQ went on to explain this is why a shod horses clenches seem to rise much quicker in summer, as the hooves shrink when they dry out, leaving protruding clenches. The use of Kevin Bacon's Hoof Dressing daily on both the inside and outside of hooves will help to keep them hydrated, reducing cracks, splits and lost shoes. 

Both gee-gee's in my life have their own pot and I apply it daily. When Bridge came home a stock of Kevin Bacon's Hoof Dressing was on my 'essential' list for him and it is something Oscar is never without. Because both boys have dark feet, I choose the Ash over the Original, the difference being one is black, Ash and the other clear, Original. To create the colour, the magic ingredient is a natural burnt ash giving the balm a dark appearance. This avoids the use of tar and the risk of hooves drying out.


I believe it is thanks to my great farrier and Kevin Bacon that Oscar' feet are as strong and healthy all year around and I don't often say this but, if you don't have it, buy it.

Thank you for reading,
Jessica
Gee Gee and Me

24.7.18

Beautiful Brass Tacks Nameplates

I am incredibly sentimental and Oscar wears the same Horseware headcollar today, as he did the day he came home to live with me, over 5 years ago. I wish I could say the same about the lead ropes, unfortunately we've snapped many of those! I remember choosing it so carefully, I wanted blue because ideally I was looking for a gelding. Cob size, knowing he would be a Connemara and by Horseware because of my trust in their brand.

This is Oscar and my amazing Dad in the Horseware headcollar 
that means so much to me on the day we bought him home. 
It was in March and snow was starting to settle on the ground!!

When visiting Badminton or Burghley Horse Trials, I would always admire the Brass Tacks trailer. Showcasing their beautiful English leather headcollars and thinking how smart Oscar would look in one, but not  entirely comfortable with the idea of throwing out his trusted Horseware. Then I received a leather headcollar as a gift...

I decided to name it Oscar's 'out out' headcollar and I was recommended by a fellow Facebook friend and Connemara owner - also a fellow Jess - to buy a Brass Tacks Nameplate. I had it engraved with Oscar's Sunday name, this cost £19 including P&P and Jess assured me I could fit it myself. The Brass Nameplate arrived in excellent time, including easy to follow instructions, all I needed was a leather hole punch and it took all of five minutes!


I think you will agree Oscar looks very smart wearing it, I hope it will be another that lasts forever...

Thank you for reading
Jessica
Gee Gee and Me.


1.7.18

Ariat Tri Factor Breeches - when tack, turnout and tweed matter

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My competition clothing dilemmas usually involve finding a jumper slim enough to conceal under my tweed, whether to pack an extra pair of tights and what thickness of glove to go for. Never how not to overheat until last weekend! I took Oscar and his handsome friend Ronnie showing, where tack, turnout and tweed matter more than anywhere else in the equestrian world.

With the knowledge that removing my tweed jacket would be out of the question, I knew it was time to update my breeches. They're older than I'd like to confess to and the seat is a little discoloured from saddle soap, yet I always smile when I slip them on because they still fit me and aren't going anywhere near the rubbish bin for some years yet. But I needed something more technical; my brief...breathable yet classic.

The Ariat Tri Factor Full Seat Breeches came up in my Google search. Made from an innovative compression fabric infused with cooling technology and a full silicone grip seat, to provide in their words 'exceptional grip in the saddle' they were ticking lots of boxes, I read on...

  • Icefil® Xylitol-based cool system reduces skin temperature
  • Moisture Movement Technology™ wicks moisture away from the skin
  • Core Control Technology® provides targeted support for core muscles and slims the silhouette
  • Ariat® V3® elastic "V" panel built into the back waistband for superior stretch and recovery
  • CFS™ Calf Fit System provides custom support at the calf and ankle, alleviating pressure points and friction
Although I was baffled by the science and trademark logos I loved the classic design of the Tri Factor Breeches. The tan colour is the perfect shade, the faux pockets on the back look smart, the thick waistband is a perfect height and the muted Ariat logo on the left thigh meant they ticked so many boxes, I purchased a pair immediately. Knowing Ariat sizes can be a little generous I chose a 26"R and I wear a size 8/10.


The weatherman had got it right and Sunday was hot. Arriving back to my truck and trailer at midday, the thermometer was showing 32 degrees. My Ariat Tri Factor Breeches were a fantastic choice, I was cool and comfortable in the saddle during my classes. With the hot weather set to continue, a good investment made.

Thank you for reading...
Jessica
Gee Gee and Me 




26.6.18

Keeping Up With The Unicorns...Why You Need A Cotton Sheet In Your Wardrobe

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A classic cotton sheet is an equine wardrobe essential. A smart and versatile rug that can be worn in the stable, to travel in, for turnout - even to keep the flies at bay - to cool down after exercise and layer up when the weather turns. They're easy to wash, quick to dry and don't pull back like fleece blankets often can. Oscar's is always kept clean and worn before special occasions as nothing flattens and smooths a horses coat better, whilst keeping the dust away to help them shine.

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My current favourite is the Derby House Pro Standard Cotton Sheet in Wedgewood Blue. I adore the Derby House rugs, they fit all shapes and sizes beautifully, from native Oscar to supermodel Bridge and astonishingly this one is only £19.99! The fabric is a lightweight, breathable cotton, with nylon lining at the shoulder and a soft, fleece integral wither pad. The Wedgewood Blue colour is stunning and complimented by pretty rose gold buckles and surcingles.

Oscar a 15hh Connemara Pony wears a size 6"
Bridge a 16.3hh Thoroughbred wears a size 6.3"

Jessica
Gee Gee and Me

Thank you to Derby House for supplying Bridge with a beautiful Pro Standard Cotton Sheet.

8.6.18

Time for a Posh Riding Hat


Back in February, I experienced the best lunch break of all time and it wasn't even food related...I know what you're thinking, it must have been good! I had attended a meeting in the morning and was duly following my sat-nav as it directed me back to the office, when I saw a sign; Classic Dressage.

Without a thought...mirror, signal, manoeuvre and I pulled onto the long driveway. A regular customer of their online shop, I had to say hello in person! I drove past beautiful post and rail paddocks, an impressive infinity ménage and rows of stables to arrive at the log cabin, home to Classic Dressage. Walking inside was like stepping into Aladdin's Cave, beautiful clothes, sparkling gloves and shiny boots. My moment had come to try on a posh riding hat...

A 'posh' riding hat is something I have lusted after for a long time, I am too concious of fit to buy online and a little too impatient to queue and shop for such things as big equestrian events. So it has been forever on my wishlist. My brief was simple; preferably navy and nothing too blingy.

After measuring my head and discussing my current jockey skull cap, I was handed a stunning and affordable Uvex hat with the following features;
  • Push turn dial on the back, to ensure a perfect and secure fit
  • Fast adapting system chin strap for maximum comfort and safety, with a single push button release.
  • 'inmould' technology, which means foam is injected into an impact resistant polycarbonate shell creating a light and stable construction.
  • Excellent ventilation panels with detachable and washable liners.
Uvex pride themselves on meeting the highest safety demands through rigorous quality controls and the use of the best standard of materials available. They meet VGI with a BSI Kitemark.


The hat was the Uvex Suxxeed Active £268, I loved winding the wheel on the back to secure it in place, the fit felt perfect, secure and comfortable. My only question...does it come in any more colours? Only black. I tried it for good measure and although against my brief, I loved it and bought it.

I hope you will agree it looks smart and so far I have loved wearing it! For me it's a superior riding hat at an affordable price. Stylish enough to wear to clinics, lessons and competitions, ticking lots of boxes all round.


Thank you to the team at Classic Dressage for listening to my brief, measuring my head and recommending the right helmet for me.

Thank you for reading,

Jessica & Oscar
Gee Gee and Me



3.6.18

Why every stable needs Fyna Lite tools from Equestrian Co


I am certain for most of us a day rarely goes by without the need to pick up a muck folk or sweeping brush. It is just part and parcel of being an equestrian. My trusted fork has been by my side for 5 years or more, so when Haynet offered me the opportunity to team up with Equestrian Co and discover their fantastic range of forks, shovels and brooms I excitedly accepted! Left wondering how they’d fit through my letterbox...

Fortunately they were hand delivered by a reliable courier. Perfectly packaged by Equestrian Co, the Fyna Lite Aluminium Fork and Fyna Lite Eco-Friendly Corn Broom  arrived in layers of cardboard and bubble wrap. I couldn't wait to show them a stable!


Apart from looking good enough to feature in a game of Quidditch from a Harry Potter movie, I couldn't believe how lightweight the Fyna Lite Aluminium Fork is. It has made mucking out my wood chip bedding a breeze, and is guaranteed to perform on shaving, wood pellets, hemp and paper. Easy to lift and twist with and the straightness of the fork was such a novelty. Over the years I hadn’t noticed but the prongs on my old fork have become bent out of line, making the job cumbersome. I hadn’t released until comparing old with new the difference an upgrade could make.

The Fyna Lite Aluminium Fork is £32.99 from Equestrian Co and comes with the reassurance of their ‘best price guarantee’.  I can’t believe I haven’t invested in a replacement because there is such a noticeable difference and I know my back will thank me this winter when mucking out gets serious again!


If you asked me what my yard essential would be, the answer is always a good quality corn broom and they don’t come better than the FynaLite Eco-Friendly one. They haven’t tampered with the classic design; the head is traditionally stitched for strength and it is made for the job, sweeping effortlessly. Again lightweight and affordable at £19.99, your yard will be immaculate and the old fashioned design has a romance to it...I just have to ignore the broomstick jokes and witches cackle that follow me around in amusement when I use it!

Jessica

Gee Gee and Me.

A huge thank you for Haynet and Equestrian Co for teaming up with Gee Gee and Me to provide the products for this review.