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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. 

27.5.18

Keeping Up with the Unicorns - Off the Cuff from Horse Health


We all know that however careful you are, whatever clothes you wear, when washing your horse or pony water will go everywhere! Trickling down your wrist, elbow, armpit and beyond! Something I mind less so in summer, but in winter it gives me a real chill and I have been known to take a change of top when heading to the yard before bath time.

Off the Cuff's simple, yet genius design prevents these involuntary soakings. A flexible rubber cuff that stretches over your hand and catches water, diverting it back to where it came from! Used with the Lava Burst Shampoo from Horse Health, it is my winning combination!


Buy yours now here for £12.50.

Jessica
Gee Gee and Me - expert in keeping grey horses clean. 

19.5.18

Why I Advocate Acavallo from Horse Health


You could say I advocate Acavallo. I purchased my first gel pad from the brand back in 2013 and I now have a collection of them that even includes a tail bandage. With the latest addition to my haul being the Respira Air Release Soft Gel Pad.

My first impression of the Respira Pad was that it is much softer, more flexible and lightweight than any other Acavallo pad I own. The weave of the gel reminds me of a woven bamboo basket, with a multitude of bulging squares and lateral holes. This clever 'weave' directs air circulation horizontally generating a flow of refreshing air, keeping the back of the horse perfectly dry, whilst maintaining Acavallo's trademark shock absorption benefits.

I decided to use the Respira Pad on our new thoroughbred, who has recently come out of racing on his first ride. His job this summer is to relax, learn how to be a pony and most importantly have fun! As you can imagine, when they've been off the track less than a month this is easier said than done...



The Respira Pad helped keep everything square and in place whilst the new addition leapt around - misunderstanding the request to stand - and dry under his saddle patch. The weather has been on side recently and whilst other areas can become a little hot and bothered, where the Respira Pad has been and I team it with a LeMieux Work Pad. The new addition has been at home with us four weeks now and the pad is an essential part of tacking up, especially as he is still in a racing saddle. The Respira Pad even helps with the little things like giving the saddle a little more security when mounting a fidget bottom who has only even know his jockey to be thrown abroad...

I have noted some gel pads getting bad press recently on social media, I use them in-between a saddle pad and saddle and not directly onto the horses back. I also trust Acavallo and their research. They're the top of their game and this innovate new pad is proof. When purchasing from Horse Health, they're experts and more than happy to offer advise by phone, email or social media.

And if you're still unsure, next time you're at a show with a Horse Health stand, go and have a squeeze of them! They hang each Avacallo pad out on display for you to touch, feel, squidge, sit on, smell...whatever! Do it! They're a great tool to have in your tack room...

Thank you for reading,
Jessica
Gee Gee & Me

30.4.18

Organic Horse Care from Topline Naturals

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Topline Naturals are a brand I feel the need to shout about. From the products to the packaging I am in awe of their ethos and can't wait to share three exciting items that we all need in our tack rooms!
  1. Organic Soft Mouth - I always use a balm on the corners of Oscar's bit and mouth. I do this for prevention more than cure because of the rubber snaffle he wears, especially at this time of year when his coat is changing. I also know plenty of riders whose horses are thin skinned all year round that his would be perfect for. My Soft Mouth balm lives just outside Oscar's stable, so it is conveniently to hand. It replenishes lost moisture, encourages repair and is highly palatable too, Oscar loves licking the delicious peppermint balm once applied. 99% of the ingredients are organic and a must if you have a young horse when teaching them to accept and relax into the contact.
  2. Nourishing Shampoo - looks like golden honey and smells deliciously fresh! Owning a grey, I get through a lot of shampoo. I found it reassuring that this product promised to gently remove dirt, sweat and everyday stains whilst cleansing the coat instead of stripping it of natures goodness. Made from 75% organic ingredients, both Oscar and I loved it and a shampoo I would certainly stock up on! It lathers up nicely, refreshed Oscar's mane, tail and coat leaving him gleaming!
  3. Leather Balm - regulars will know I have a teeny weeny bit of OCD. I wipe my boots over after each ride...and my saddle and bridle maybe every other?! Everything has a place and everything is left as I'd like to find it. So Leather Balm is always welcome in my tack room. Opening the pot, I dipped my sponge straight in. The tallow and beeswax give it a beautiful texture, not too hard so you have to dig, equally not to soft you get too much. The scent of citrus and oregano is bright and the balm glides effortlessly. Promising to help your leather maintain softness, pliability and strength whilst gently nourishing and protecting and 99% organic.
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The Topline Naturals website opened my eyes. I was blissfully unaware that the law enables cosmetic manufacturers to stamp their goods as 'organic' even if as little as 1% of their products are exactly that. Where possible Topline Naturals use certified organic and sustainably produced resources. Safe to humans, animals and our environment, made here in Great Britain. I admire the brands transparency, reassuring me I am doing a little bit of good for the environment, you'll hear a lot more about them on Gee Gee and Me I am elated to have found such a brand!

Thank you for reading,
Jessica & Oscar
Gee Gee and Me