The Ultimate Allrounder; LeMieux Grafter Brushing Boots

Gift  -  Official Blogger for Horse Health
I was kindly sent the Grafter Brushing Boots in October '18.
I am under no obligation to feature them on Gee Gee and Me. 
Horse Health give me as much time as I need to trial, test and provide feedback.
My review features my own personal thoughts on the product and I would not feature something I would not be willing to spend my own money on.

This week Horse Health have chosen the Grafter Brushing Boots as their 'Product of the Week' making it the perfect time to showcase them on Gee Gee and Me as they are discounted by 10%. I have had these boots since October and have used them throughout the process of backing baby Arnold, to riding him away so it is safe to say they've been put through their paces...

The LeMieux Grafter Brushing Boots are appropriately named, they've created a durable, soft, lightweight and breathable boot that will withstand daily work, without costing you the earth at £21.50 per pair. LeMieux have kept it simple; an inside panel for protection, secured in place by strong velcro tabs. Available in sizes Small to XLarge, and as always my Connemara ponies wear Medium all around. They're perfect for turnout, schooling, hacking, fast work and competition, coming in a range of colours whether you prefer the classics of black, brown and white or you like to match your saddle pad or XC silks. 

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Arnold has worn them from being long lined, to learning how to carry a human for the first time and popping his first jump. They have given me huge peace of mind he is adequately protected, from the occasional stumble in the early days as he figured out what his legs were doing, to more recently when he gets excited and leaps with enthusiasm and joy. I know there are a lot more innovative and exciting products out there, you only have to look at the Horse Health website. But for me having a boot that I can wash off with the hose pipe, whip off and throw on the floor guilt free after a muddy hack is perfect for everyday use and my tack room wouldn't be complete without them.

Much love,
Gee Gee and Me


Why My Collection of Honest Riders Clothing is Growing...

I have been bursting with excitement to share my Honest Riders splurge with you all and I can't think of a better time than now, following the founder Zoe Kiff's appearance on Rhea Freeman's Small and Supercharged Podcast this Wednesday. 

Making a clothing purchase from Honest Riders declares you a rider on a mission because a percentage of every sweatshirt, t-shirt and vest goes to one of three wonderful equine charities:
  1. Retraining of Racehorses
  2. Pablos Horse Sanctuary
  3. World Horse Welfare
I purchased my first Sweatshirt last spring, opting for the humorous 'No Scope, No Hope' slogan. I remember being stopped at Badminton Horse Trials by someone who had seen the design and wanted to know how they could purchase one of their own. That's the thing, they look equally as stylish away from the yard, as they do with your breeches. My collection has recently grown, and now includes a Limited Edition 'Two Hearts' Sweatshirt and a 'Centre Line' t-shirt, spring I am ready for you...

The material used for the clothing is organic cotton from Fair Wear certified factories, it is beautifully soft to wear and there is a fit to suit every shape and style preference whether you're a Warmblood or more of a Thoroughbred. The meticulous attention to detail continues all the way through to the brands selection of hand picked Horse Care Products, also available on the website. These promise to be free from  chemicals and animal testing, and include a brand Gee Gee and Me already love; Topline Naturals plus many more we want to try. These standards are complimented by a zero plastic policy and 100% recyclable packaging.

If you're not part of the fan club yet, I hope my adoration for Honest Riders and its exemplary ethics encourage you to click here and listen to Zoe's compelling interview via Podcast with Rhea if you haven't listened already. 

Much love,
Gee Gee and Me


Want to See Inside the Hihi & Co - Be All You Can Be Gift Bag?

My last blog post ended on a cliffhanger...and now the contents of my gift bag from the amazing Hiho & Co - Be All You Can Be Event is revealed...

I will start with the first product I pulled out of the gorgeous purple gift bag that channels my passion, or should that read my OCD? I adore keeping everything - with the exception of my farming chic Land Rover - squeaky clean and sparkling, so I was excited to get my hands on an Albion Leather Soap and Balm Duo Pot. Founded in 1985, Albion are a truly British brand and their name means Old England. The company are dedicated to their equestrian roots, recognised and known for their leather and how to care for it. 

The soap element is gentle and perfect for cleaning excess sweat and mud from leather. This is complimented by the balm, a 200 years old Swiss formula, originally developed to care for leathers exposed to extreme conditions, to nourish and protect against the elements. I have often admired the product on show trade stands at events because the packaging of the larger pots is so stylish, they'd add class to any tack room and are something I would invest in following my taster pot. This week I've used it on my bridle, breastgirth and boots...its fabulous!

A Blackdown Shepherds Hut Wooden Board was included, because we all know this is how tea and biscuits should be served. A simple, stylish and a beautiful hand crafted reminder of our perfect location for the day. I now dream of having a Blackdown Shepherds Hut in the garden!

A day with Fairfax and Favor wouldn't be complete without tassels and a Premium Handbag Tassel was inside. I popped it straight on my car keys and it works just as well as a keyring as it does a handbag accessory. I adore the Fairfax and Favor brand, their dedicated team, the marketing, products, ethics...everything, I wish I had more of it in my wardrobe - if only the ponies didn't take up so much of my money, something I am sure those reading will empathise with. 

Hiho Silver pulled out all of the stops and spoilt each of us with personalised Silver Letter Roller Bead Necklaces. My roller bead has engraved a big J a little j and is looped onto a pretty silver chain, presented in the most amazing purple boxed packaging. I won't lie I am a little bit in love with it, something I would buy as the perfect gift but never splurge on for myself, it filled me with delight to receive it. 

I touched on Chris from Mackenzie and George making the stylish lanyards in my last post and they were just a taste of what was to come. A Premium Leather Luggage Tag from their Travel Collection; handmade in their workshop embossed with each of our initials...yes, another wow moment. Can I use this as an excuse to book a holiday...?

A refreshing change from my usual coffee and earl grey addiction, Cupsmith's provided a taster of their Garden Mint Tea. The companies brand statement "for the finer drinks in life" suits this tea, it is naturally caffine free and the pyramid bags are biodegradable, happy to end their life on our compost heap. Served hot or cold from the fridge, this is delicious and a welcome change from the norm.

Finally the Joules Tiewell Embroidered Neckerchief got my Mumma and I in the mood for spring; bright, polka dot and jolly, Mrs C definitely models it better than I do! A classic, every wardrobe needs one, casual or formal it works and comes in red, yellow and navy. 

Not forgetting the inspiring cards from Rhea Freeman and Sophie Callahan that are now positioned around the house for me to glance at daily; #girlpower and the discount for a Dressage Anywhere test, that could possibly be Arnold's first competition?!

Writing everything down makes me realise how much thought, hard work and generosity went into the event and the gift bags we were given to take home. I am incredibly grateful and feel like I have relived the day all over again. Now, until the next one...

Jessica & Oscar
Gee Gee and Me