Are you out in all weathers? Braving the storms to looking after your horses and ride? Well you need waterproofs that will work. Mountain Horse & Equetech have the perfect solutions for you with thier waterproof riding jackets.
It’s heating up out there and most of us are now back in the saddle. So here is a selection of essentials for those of you who love hacking out…
DVR Belt Bags £25
Perfect size for your keys, phone, treats and hoof pick! No more stuffing things down your bra 😉 or boots. These are made from a lovely recycled fabric making them good for the environment too! £25 Available in grey or black.
HiViz T-Shirts £25
Great if you are always having to search for your tabard or find it too hot with anything extra on top.
Available in pink or orange. Breathable & stretchy material.
Georgian Dollar Breeches £92
Perfect for everyday wear as well as relaxing in the saddle. Made from stretchy & soft cotton material.
Breathable SXC Gloves £25.99
These highly functional and cool mesh gloves from SuperXCountry are perfect for all riding conditions and our best seller!
Equisafety Mesh Quarter Sheet £32.99
Help keep the flies at bay but stay super visible & cool too, these quarter sheets are an essential piece for hacking on or off road.
DVR HiViz Ears £22.99
Breathable & lightweight ears. Stay visible and help keep the flies off too.
Fly Off Fly Repellant Bands £30
These actually work! Perfect for 24/7 protection for you and your horse from those nasty flies in the field and out on hacks. £30 starter set.
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I have been using these bands for the last few days on my horse with great results. So i wanted to give you some tips on how to get the most out of your Starter Kit.
1. Decide which tablets to use depending on the time of year. All the flies are out at the moment so i have used one of each in the leg bands (room for up to 2 per leg band).
WINTEA POWER “Contains Gaultheria, Tea Tree & Black Pepper. VERY STRONG antiseptic smell. Most biting insects do not like the smell of these oils & are so strong will mask the smell of CO2 & body odour which attracts biting flies.”
CITRO EXTRA “Contains Citronela, Eucalyptus and Gereniol very nice smelling and strong. Ideal to wear on days you need more protection is thought to repel most flies doesnt repel fruit flies or wasps and is recommended to use alongside Neem EXTRA Tablets. This combination of oils is thought to repel most biting flies and excellent at repeling common flies along with some ticks, lice and mites. ” Fly Off
CITRO POWER “Contains Citronella, Eucalyptus, Geraniol & Citrodol. VERY STRONG lemony smell ideal. Be aware some flies such as midges & fruit flies are attracted to Citro based products whilst other biting flies hate the smell, these inserts are so strong they will help mask smells which attract flies.”
NEEM EXTRA “Neem Oil is an essential oil which is thought to repel most insects including fruit flies, wasps & horse flies. It is very strong distictive smelling not pleasent to the human nose and very bitter in taste. We have also added Lavender and Peppermint to make the smell more pleasent. Also repels fleas, ticks, mites and lice along with most biting flies doesnt seem as effective on common flies as Citro EXTRA tablet or DEET EXTRA Tablet. Wont stain white marking like gel versions. ” Fly Off
BEST PROTECTION TIP “Neem EXTRA & Citro EXTRA are ideal to use together especially on horses or around livestock to cover the widest range of flies. The horse leg bands have been designed to carry two tablets with enough gap so both will be effective at the same time. To use with the Multi Clips you will need two clips. ” Fly Off
2. On the top of the tablets there are little dots sticking out. Pull these off to release more of the repellent. I have taken all the dots out to give the maximum effect.
3. Slot the tablets into the legbands (each one takes 2). Pull them out a bit so that you can see some of the tablet. This helps the repellent smell come out.
4. Attach one to your horse’s front lower leg and one to the back.
5. Give the tablets 10 or so minutes to start difussing the repellent into the air around your horse.
6. Choose a tablet for yourself & pop that into the clip on holder. Attach to your saddle when riding or anywhere on yourself.
For more information about the different scents and the Starter Set click HERE
When you have used all your inserts just order some more of your favourite types HERE
If you want added protection from the flies when riding, have a look at the Equisafety Fly Quarter Sheets which are great for keeping cool, seen & fly free!
Now we are all starting to get back into the saddle safety is important as ever. HiViz is on most rider’s raidar but are you really as visible as you think? Here are some top tips to make sure you stay seen and stay safe when out hacking:
Pink is the best colour to wear at this time of year. It shows up much better than yellow in wooded areas. A mixture of colours is the best option so that you are visible in all environments.
When Should I Wear HiViz?
Wear hiviz whenever you hack out, even off road. It is really important that you can be seen even if you aren’t on the road. If you had an accident then you and your horse are much easier to find by a search party on the ground or in the air if you have hiviz on.
Can I Be Seen?
Get a friend to take a photo of you from infront and behind when you are hacking to see if you really can be seen. If your horse has a high head carriage when you are hacking then the hiviz waistcoat or tabard you are wearing is likely to be hard to see from the front. So it is important that your horse wears ears, boots, rein/nose bands & a hiviz martingale to ensure you stay visible to cars infront.
Benefits of the Charlotte Dujardin Range from Equisafety
This range was new for last year and has been very popular since it came out.
The bright colours not only help you stay visible in a range of environments but they also help you and your horse stay cool by reflecting the sun light away from your horse’s coat.
The waistcoat is adjustable with velcro around the back so it can be fitted nicely to your shape and loosened if you want to add extra layers. It also has very useful pockets!
Good Bye Flies
The mesh exercise sheet is also really useful to keep flies off your horse’s back and tummy area.
The range is machine washable to help you keep your gear clean and visible.
All Year Wear
Because the range is a lightweight mesh it is suitable to use all year round & especially useful on horses that aren’t clipped in winter.
If you are looking for a waterproof summer hiviz then our excellent lightweight quarter sheet from Finer Equine is perfect. It also attaches to the saddle which not only protects the saddle from the rain but makes it safer & BD legal.
I am delighted to introduce our new brand Finer Equine. Finer Equine is a small luxury equestrian business run by Sarah Clarke.
Sarah designs and manufactures her products in the UK & has the highest standards for each item.
I caught up with Sarah to ask her a few fun questions about herself & Finer Equine:
1. What made you start Finer Equine?
I had purchased a beautiful new saddle which came with a thin fleece cover, knowing how much it would travel I lined it with a thick faux sheepskin and added girth loops to ensure it was properly protected. Following a nasty fall leaving me unable to ride or work for some time, I decided to take my idea to market and haven’t looked back since!
2. Which is your favourite product from Finer Equine?
This is a tricky one! My Stirrup Covers save the most time spent cleaning tack, especially through the winter when stirrup treads get the saddle so dirty!
I am most proud of our Ride On Exercise Sheet. It is the first design of its kind in the world, keeping your saddle fully covered and protected while riding and is slip resistant too. My summer weight lives in the trailer for those unexpected show showers and is BD legal!
3. Tell us about your horse
Hamlet (also know as the Labrapony) is an oversized Labrador! He would curl up at the end of your bed given half a chance and is extremely food orientated! He is Negro x Jazz and we do dressage together currently competing at Elementary level and hoping to go to the National Championships again.
4. What’s your favourite food?
Cheese, preferably washed down with wine!
5. Tell us a secret!
Not many people know but I was Northern Ireland’s ladies and pairs Figure Skating Champion 5 times in total!
6. If you could have dinner with anyone alive or dead who would it be and why?
I love to laugh so I think Joan Rivers quick and dry sense of humour would be great fun over some cheese and wine!
Finer Equine Products
Saddle Cover: Made with waterproof & breathable material to help prevent mould build up. Faux fur lining to protect your saddle.
Stirrup Covers: Perfect for protecting your saddle from dirt & scrapes. These have a unique design which lets you run the stirrups up even when they are on.
Bridle Bag: Made with waterproof & breathable fabric & a fabulously soft faux sheep skin lining. Makes carrying your bridle around much easier!
Exercise Sheet: A unique design which protects the horse & your saddle. It is slip resistant & attaches to the saddle to make it BD legal! Available in summer & winter weight as well as navy or hiviz.
Find out more about the Finer Equine products by clicking HERE.