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30.10.18

The Madrisa Fleece by LeMieux has Landed


After tempting us with a limited edition launch at the LeMieux National Dressage Championships the Madrisa Fleece has now landed with LeMieux's exclusive retailers and stock is limited! Here are the reasons why you need to get your hands on one...

  • The Madrisa Fleece is available in three gorgeous colours; black, blackcurrant and ice blue.
  • LeMieux take 'matchy' seriously and both the blackcurrant and ice blue are a perfect colour match to their autumn/winter range of horse and rider wear.
  • The Madrisa Fleece is a modern day, performance fleece with a super soft micro-fleece lining. It feels great on your skin and absorbs sweat keeping you dry and comfortable. 
  • Available in sizes XS-L - I am a size 8/10 and wear a small. The fit is slim and flattering, and the smooth four way stretch fabric gives full freedom of movement, whether you're lunging, riding or doing yard chores. 
  • From the outside, you'd be forgiven for not realising the Madrisa is a actually a fleece. The smooth outer shell is wind (hay, straw and shaving) repellent, I've also worn it clipping and the hair easily brushes off! 
                           
  • And finally...the attention to detail. From the contrast of the grey stitching to the smart silver LeMieux logos on the front, back and right arm of the fleece. The band around the waistline to keep the warmth in and the perfect front zip for when you get too hot. As always, it has been designed for equestrians, by equestrians, which is why I love LeMieux.


Click here to select find your stockist.
RRP £49.95.

Thank you for reading,
Jessica
Gee Gee and Me



16.10.18

The Blouson Jacket Just Got Better - Rydale Ripon III Equestrian Jacket Review

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I grew up wearing a blouson style equestrian jacket to the horses and I always have one lurking in the depths of my car boot. Why...? Because they're the most practical jacket you will find. Rydale have recently updated the design of their best-seller to create the perfect one, so it's out with the old and in with the new!

The Rydale Ripon III Equestrian Jacket is the perfect blouson shape, pulled in at the bottom by an elastic waist for a snug, high fit that doesn't get in the way. The fabric is waterproof with a hood secretly concealed within the collar for the wet weather days. The jacket is lined with soft fleece for warmth and comfort, without being heavy or bulky, so you can layer up/down as appropriate. Available in sizes 8-18, I wear a size small.


Then there is the attention to detail. The Ripon III Jacket is available in seven smart and practical colours, something to suit every personality - being 'Safe Sally' one of my nicknames I am less fond of, I chose navy. It has two outer pockets that have tabs of fabric over them to avoid things falling out if you fail to zip them closed and a zipped inside pocket too. The front and outer pocket zips and poppers are chrome or gold - gold for navy - with contrasting embroidery and a faux-leather arm patch for a stylish finish. The inside has a galloping horse ribbon for decoration and the packaging it arrived in felt high end and luxurious, wrapped in Rydale tissue and beautifully presented. Hard to believe it costs just £45!

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After wearing the Ripon III Jacket on horseback for a few weeks, it came with me as my only coat on a recent jolly to Ireland. I wore it to travel in with my jeans, with base layers and jumpers on the blustery wet days when we viewed horses out in the elements on the Wild Atlantic Way and as I toured the city of Galway. A true reflection of how smart and versatile the Ripon III Equestrian Jacket is, you can view the range by clicking here. Happy shopping...

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Connermara ponies...I'll take them all please.

Jessica
Gee Gee and Me





8.10.18

Why You Need A Zerofit Base Layer In Your Winter Wardrobe

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Early October and I have already scraped the frost from my car windscreen of a morning...but I am not complaining. Cold, crisp, autumnal days with bright blue clear skies are my favourite. They have also given me the perfect opportunity to put my new Zerofit Base Layers through their paces that were kindly sent to me in September.

The parcel contained two items from the range; the Heat Rub Ultimate and the Heat Rub Move. Founded in Japan, there has to be a very good reason for a Worldwide launch, a gap in our marketplace and the demand is clearly there so I was really excited about the delivery. Zerofits promise is...



Here is what I thought...

Zerofit Heat Rub Ultimate (grey): as it says, this really is the ultimate base layer. It provides protection against extreme cold by sealing in body heat. The unique fibres on the inside of the base layer rub against the skin as you move, creating frictional heat. The material feels soft, cosy and instantly warm against my skin, it almost looks like wool, without the itchiness of it. The outer fabric is slim fitting and flattering, long enough to tuck into my breeches - and stay there.

I slightly underestimated the Heat Rub Ultimate when first wearing it. I saw the frost on my car windscreen and reached for it one morning, underneath a gilet and a coat. I was almost sweating after getting the horses in from the field and tacking up, to ride I had to take off my coat. All around me thought I was mad, or coming down with a cold. I can assure you, I was neither "its the base layer!" I promised! The warmth is comparable to a coat and twice as toasty as your average jumper. 

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Zerofit Heat Rub Move (black): I have to start this with the words 'cold sweat'. You all know what I mean when I say it. You've completed your fast work or your blood has been up, maybe been a little nervous. As you cool down your horse, remove your body protector and start with post ride chores, the wind has blow and you are chilled to the bone. Nothing but a hot shower and pyjamas will solve the situation. And this is what makes the Heat Rub Move so special...

The unique 'LABO' fabric quickly removes sweat away from the skin and places it on the outer shell of the base layer where it dries ultra fast. A thinner base layer than the Ultimate this is made for movement and has zero bulk. Again I wear a size small and on a recent trip to Ireland, where it was cold and drizzly I wore it whilst viewing horses and stayed comfortable all day long.


At £50 the price at first glance is more than I would typically pay for a base layer, but after recently wearing both the Heat Rub Ultimate and Move I can confirm they're worth every penny. Whether you ride, run, work outside or simply enjoy being outside whatever the weather I recommend them and guarantee I'll live in mine over winter.

Jessica
Gee Gee and Me 

23.9.18

TurmerAid by The Golden Paste Company


The memories of summer 2016 are clear in my mind. Oscar wasn't right and everyone thought I was going crazy, seeing something that wasn't there. But I was certain I saw the occasional pottery stride in the field and XC schooling one day Oscar went from being a machine to the refusal of a jump. Time to visit the vet. 

Thankfully we are only a short drive from Oakham Veterinary Hospital where Oscar had x-rays to MRI scans and was given the diagnosis of degenerative joint disease...aka arthritis in just one of his front pasterns. The option of repeatedly injecting the joint was given to me, with a warning of steroid induced laminitis or long term management of the inflammation in the joint. 

I opted for the latter and have had a huge overhaul of our lifestyle. Our XC days might be over, with the exception of jumping a fallen down tree or log out hacking. But we enjoy dressage training and low level competitions, local showing classes - ground dependant - and lots of hacking to keep fit, walking up hills with zero trotting on the road or uneven surfaces and lots of cantering at a controlled pace when the conditions are right. I must say Oscar is feeling fabulous two years on and I never take a single ride for granted. 


Part of Oakham's recommendation was a joint supplement that Oscar continues to this day, but the drought like conditions the summer left me wanting more this year. The benefits of turmeric are hard to ignore; claiming to reduce pain, inflammation and stiffness relating to rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis in both humans and animals, but had been put off by the idea of a home made mix that would leave me with orange stained fingers. Often visiting the yard in my work clothes - yes, guilty as charged - I didn't need any more hazards than there already are to not arrive in the office clean, tidy and hay-free. Shortly after I walked past a new delivery of TurmerAid by The Golden Paste Co. in my local feed store and I purchased my first 2kg tub for £18.99.


The turmeric pellets smell delicious and are a blend of turmeric powder, linseed oil, black pepper, apple cider vinegar and yucca, a palatable blend even for fussy eater Oscar who continues to lick his feed bowl clean with one small scoop of the pellets added to his daily ration. The ingredients are specifically targeted to support healthy joints whilst promoting well-being and general good health. We're now on our third tub and after the concrete like ground conditions as of late I credit Oscar's wellness this summer to the TurmerAid.

Purchase here from The Golden Paste Co. or visit your local feed store...

Thank you for reading
Jessica 
Gee Gee and Me


16.9.18

3D Mesh Air Pro Grip Saddle Pad Review from the LeMieux Collection


Visiting the fantastic Horse Health trade stand at Badminton Horse Trials back in May, I was spoilt for choice on what to purchase. From the newly released rider range of breeches, base layers and polos to something shiny and new for Oscar. I met somewhere in the middle and purchased Oscar a 3D Mesh Air Pro Grip saddle pad in navy and treated myself to the new LeMieux Competition Socks. Little did I know we were about to embark on one of the hottest summers on record. Making the pads arrival to my tack room perfectly timed...

The 3D Mesh Air Pro Grip saddle pad is a marriage of LeMieux's lightweight foam fabric and their unique Pro Grip technology. The innovative design results in an extremely breathable, stylish and secure saddle pad. Including all of the trademark features we know and love from Lemieux; the underside is lined with beautifully soft bamboo for its natural wicking properties. The velcro D ring tabs are the perfect length, the girth loops fit both double and mono-flap saddles with a reinforced area to protect against the wear and tear of stirrups and boots.




The Pro Grip panels sit either side of the saddle pads spine, in line with where the seat of the saddle rests. The panels are soft to touch, flexible and slim enough not to alter the fit of a saddle. Yet are enough to reduce movement, alleviate pressure points and aid shock absorption. Horse Health always recommend washing their saddle pads before the first wear to soften the fabric and reduce the risk of any rubs, as everything does in the LeMieux Collection it washed beautifully.

Since Badminton I have ridden in the 3D Mesh Aid Pro Grip saddle pad in 30+ temperatures. I have hacked, jumped, been to the gallops, travelled tacked up and even ridden around Burghley Horse Trials 4* XC course - yes, literally around the jumps - and on the hottest of days Oscar has remained dry, happy and comfortable. As the season changes, it will be a great pad to continue using that will make my life easier so that after a fast ride I can rug up and turn out a dry horse, reducing the risk of them catching a chill.  


The range comes in CC/jump fit, half pad design and a dressage square all costing £57.95.
Colours available: white, black, brown and navy.
Oscar wears the CC/Jump in navy and size large - click here to buy.

Thank you for reading
Jessica and Oscar
Gee Gee and Me

3.9.18

Caroline Towning - Contemporary Equine Artist


Caroline Towning is a London based contemporary equine artist, who many of us will relate to because she has been drawing horses ever since she was old enough to hold a pencil. Caroline was also taught to ride before she could even talk and has a deep love and affection towards these spectacular animals. Spending many hours in their stables and sat alongside them out to pasture, studying their beauty and making sketches. For me this affinity is clear to see in Caroline's breathtaking artwork.

Caroline's main focus is large scale horse paintings on canvas, her passion is capturing the essence of the horse. With each painting bringing their powerful presence into the room with the viewer. I learnt of Caroline Towning through her luxurious gift range, that allows an everyday horse lovers like me to have a special piece of her work to call my own and includes:

  • Tote/Grooming Bags
  • Coasters
  • Placemats
  • Cushions
  • Cups
  • Greeting Cards
...I have the White Horse Tote Bag.




The tote is versatile, strong and a great size measuring 50 x 47cm with a 38cm handle and can be used for the grocery shopping, grooming kit and carrying competition essentials...or as mine did this weekend the picnic and prosecco at Burghley Horse Trials, where it got so much attention (the tote, not my picnic)! 


Enter Caroline Towning's wonderful website here to view the totes in three iconic prints of Caroline's work, they cost £35.00 with worldwide delivery available and make the perfect present to yourself, or any horse lover.

Thank you for reading

Jessica
Gee Gee and Me

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. 

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