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23.5.19

Gee Gee and Me Review The Pro-Safe Headcollar by LeMieux


To turn little Arnold out I have to walk through another horses paddock. Whenever possible, said horse’s owner and I time it so that Arnold goes out first and is brought in last; we try to be a finely turned operation. But we’re both realistic to understand life isn't always perfect, nor does it run to plan. For example when the farrier is due, or I ride first thing in a morning, I am then later turning out than normal. 

As Arnold is just 4, and walking through the paddock of a horse that is eager to say hello can be very exciting. Arnold’s friend is a beautiful teenage thoroughbred, who is proof that ‘age is just a mere number’. He loves to frolic, touch noses and squeal with joy in Arnold’s presence. More often than not, Arnold joins in too and the rope has been pulled out of my hands altogether a couple of times and they've enjoyed an enthusiastic canter around the field. As fun as this is, nobody wants divots in their paddock and I needed to make sure I was the one in control, so I ordered a Pro-Safe Headcollar by LeMieux.

The Pro-Safe Headcollar is described as being ‘ideal for lively horses and ponies, stallions and young stock’ and has three settings, each offering different levels of control:

1.     Worn as a normal headcollar, the chain is always present and acts as a deterrent towards negative behaviour without actually being in use.
2.     Using the two rings together exerts an even pressure on either side of the nose for control.
3.     The most effective setting is to use one ring directly; this applies pressure over the nose and underneath the jaw exerting the most control.

The headcollar has a padded, rubber foam noseband and poll cover providing shock absorbing comfort and Mr LeMieux explains the mechanism perfectly in a video on this link here
Sizing - Arnold is turning out to be a little bit bigger than Oscar and I ordered a full size as his current cob headcollar is snug. Arnold is 15hh and the full size fits well on the smallest settings.

Although I have never used anything like this before, I knew if Arnold’s attention wasn't focused on me the situation could become dangerous. For us the Pro-Safe Headcollar is reserved for this one occasion only, and after one use I immediately noticed a difference. I use setting number two to apply pressure to both sizes of the nose. This pressure is only activated when negative behaviour is instigated, for example if Arnold were to pull away from me, once the horse yields to the pressure it is released. I always revert back to Arnold's normal headcollar if he is the first/last in the field, when travelling and tied up on the yard I immediately change the setting, or loop my lead rope is attached to, however this is a useful tool to have in my kit and well worth the investment of £29.95 for extra control when it is needed.

Although I work with HorseHealth.co.uk this product was a purchase I made and not a gift. 

Much love,
Jessica
Gee Gee and Me 

6.5.19

The Isola Gilet by My LeMieux Riderwear


The My LeMieux Riderwear range gets more fabulous with each new release and I was so excited to get my hands on their first ever gilet, the Isola. Available in three stunning colours. navy, khaki and grey, they are guaranteed to match the Spring/Summer '19 Collection of horsewear perfectly and I have spent the last month putting the Isola Gilet in grey through its paces.

April has seen frosts, sleet and snow, gale force winds and the hottest Easter on record. I have worn the Isola Gilet underneath coats for extra warmth, over base layers and with only a t-shirt. It is lightweight, breathable and comfortable to wear, with a raised collar to protect against the elements and beautifully cut. Curving in at the waist for a flattering fit they are available in sizes extra-small to extra-large, I wear a size small and I am a size 10.



The grey Isola Gilet is finished with a lavender double way zipper and two hidden zips are the back, these give total freedom of movement when in the saddle. There are also two lavender zipped pockets for essentials, phone, keys, horse treats. The perfect addition to any equestrian wardrobe and a Spring/Summer must have.

The Isola Gilets are currently in stock and £64.94...now what colour to buy first...?

Thank you for reading,
Much love
Jessica
Gee Gee and Me

Gift  -  Official Blogger for Horse Health
I was kindly sent the Isola Gilet in April '19.
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.