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Keeping Up With The Unicorns - LeMieux Tail Tidy

I am often asked how I keep Oscar so dazzlingly clean? The answer is rather boring, it takes a lot of hard work, dedication and there is definitely no quick fix the night before a show with a grey...keeping on top of it is key!

The LeMieux Tail Tidy bag helps me to do exactly that. Made from a waterproof fabric with a drawstring closure, you simply plait the tail, pop it in the bag and neatly fold over, securing with the velcro through the plait. This maintains a neat tail and can be used when stabled, turned out, or travelling in the battle against stains.

Oscar has tried and tested the LeMieux Tail Tidy bag in all of these situations, it has always stayed in place and protected his tail. It isn't something I use all of the time because I like Oscar to be very much a horse, pinning his ears back and swishing his gorgeous tail evilly at his friends is one of his favourite past times therefore wouldn't wish to take it away, but the night before a show, or during a busy week, it's an invaluable piece of protection and at only £9.95, would be silly not to own one.

Jessica and Oscar


Likit Starter Kit Review

When I first bought Oscar home, he ate his feed then licked his bowl and the slices of chopped apple and carrot clean...does he not like fruit and veg I pondered? Never one to be deterred I continued to ‘dangle the carrot’ so to speak. Eventually he understood and it’s fair to say he hasn’t looked back since, therefore when Haynet asked whether Oscar and I would like to try the Likit Starter Kit, I jumped at the opportunity to learn more…

The Likit Starter Kit is fabulously packaged in a fun and colourful box complete with animated instructions on how to un-wrap the Likit’s, piece together, hang in the stable from the rope provided and includes the following;
1.       x1 Likit Holder
2.       x3 Likit’s apple, cherry and carrot
3.       x1 bag of mint and eucalyptus Likit Snaks
4.     x1 bag of apple and cinnamon Likit Snaks

Because of Oscar’s native breeding and natural tendency to be a good-doer I am always conscious of the sugar content in his diet and the recent removal of his back shoes has only heightened my awareness. On the other hand I also understand that horses have evolved as herbivores, eating grass and other pasture plants that are naturally high in sugar, meaning sugar is a normal component of a horse’s diet and not something to be dismissed. With this knowledge in mind I delved into researching the Likit brand…

Firstly I congratulate Likit for making no secret of the sugar content in their product range, openly sharing recommended daily allowances on their website, plus for those completely adverse to sugar providing a range of salt, sport (electrolyte) and ice (Himalayan Rock salt) Likit’s.

Likit offer low, medium, high and high+ products in their unique Challenge System range that bring wellbeing benefits to the stabled horse by promoting licking, chewing, mimicking grazing behaviour, diverting attention away from stable vices and relieving boredom. This enriches the environment and the Likit Starter Kit is the perfect introduction, graded as low level.

My Likit Starter Kit arrived last Saturday and Monday welcomed the start of a very wet week. This saw Oscar stabled without turnout offering the perfect opportunity to test my Likit…I chose to try Apple first!

The Likit Holder was simple to put together and the plastic around the Apple Likit easy to remove. As per the instructions I assessed the structure of Oscar’s stable, grabbed a mounting block and hung the rope around one of the rafters before clipping the Likit Holder on. If you don’t have a beam to hang it from Likit recommend baler twine/rope hung across a corner of the stable to create a beam and hang the Likit from the middle. The benefit being the Likit moves making the reward a boredom busting challenge.

Proud of my handy work I waited…it was a tentative start and I had to unclip the Likit and place it under Oscar’s nose for him to get the idea. He soon realised how tasty it was and stood quietly playing, biting, licking, twisting and swinging the Likit as I skipped out, groomed and changed rugs.
Since my Likit has been out twice a day as I do my yard chores, successfully diverting Oscar’s attention from being stabled and feeling like a real treat. Something he twitches his nose with joy at when he sees coming.

I wish I would have realised the boredom busting benefits of Likit’s Challenge System before now because there is a definite place for them in the life of a stabled horse, be it overnight, due to bad weather or box rest. I am already planning to buy a banana refill once my Starter Kit has ran out and I think this is the start of a colourful collection.

I’d love a Likit Snak-A-Ball – challenge level medium - to fill with the delicious heart shaped Likit Snaks that were included in the Likit Starter Kit. Oscar loves these super cute munchies.

Jessica and Oscar
Written on behalf of Haynet as a Cream Of The Crop Blogger


Equissentials Dressage Instagram Takeover

Gee Gee and Me are busting with excitement for Monday when Oscar and I take over the Equissentials Dressage Instragram account - @EquissentialsDressage #ggandmelovesED

I am a loyal customer to Equissentials Dressage, a business created by two aspiring dressage riders Hayley and Nic, both are forever stylish and have a passion for equestrian fashion, meaning it was a huge compliment to be offered the opportunity to represent their brand for the day.

This week I have featured my favourite pieces from their current collection on Gee Gee and Me's Facebook page;
Imperial Riding Dressage Tendon Boots
Hauke Schmit's A Touch Of Magic Gloves
Rider By Horse Sea Blue Pad & Bandages from S/S 2017
Kingsland...everything, but if I had to pick, which my bank account says I do, 
the Sudbury Sweater and Rider Tights

With a promise to only stock products the founders believe in, that they've tried and tested on their own precious gee gee's and a guarantee to bring you the absolute best, you can't go far wrong shopping with Equissentials Dressage.

Don't miss out on Monday, I promise to banish any back to work blues.
Follow @GeeGeeandMe and @EquissentialsDressage - everything modeled by Oscar and I on Monday is already part of our wardrobe and has not been gifted, supplied or discounted by Equissentials Dressage for the event, we are true advocates of the products featured. I will always state if otherwise.

Jessica and Oscar


Never Underestimate The Basics...LeMieux Fleece Headband

Never underestimate the basics...I am rarely without headgear at the yard and an ear-warmer style headband is my favoured choice...unless it's wet, then my bobble hat wins. My hair rivals Rapunzel's and being rained on equals a tangled mess.

To me the benefits of an head band ear-warmer are...

  1. My hair can be tied up on top of my head, safely out of the way of, not horses zips. I have the empathy of every girl who has ever had long hair here)
  2. No flat hat hair, surely I suffer my fair share of that from my riding helmet
  3. My head doesn't get sweaty
  4. When I wear my head-torch without one the imprint from it doesn't fade from my forehead until midday - not my desired look whilst in an office at work

Made from super soft polar fleece the LeMieux Headband is extremely comfortable, keeps your ears and head warm and snug and can also be worn under your hat, at £9.95 you need one, click here to get yours.

Thank you for reading
Jessica and Oscar


Equisafety Charlotte Dujardin Arret Waistcoat Review

My horse is my best friend, I plan my life around him and more often than not his needs come before mine, like most equestrians I sacrifice holidays, hair and make up and would happily go without if it mean Oscar not having to.

Because of this why would I not want to take every precaution possible to be safe and seen when riding out? Whether it allows the driver of a vehicle an early heads up that we are on the horizon, alerts a farmer working in a field with loud machinery of our presence...or offering a dog walker enough time to recall their canine before our paths cross, I feel the benefits far outweigh any negatives and I hope you would all agree too.

Equisafety would be my go to brand for hi-visibility attire and I am honored to have been sent an Arret Waistcoat from their stylish Charlotte Dujardin range to put to the test...

The Arret Waistcoat is made from a lightweight breathable, waterproof fabric and has a useful two way front zip, two hidden side pockets - essential for iPhone safety - two open back vents and a beautifully soft lining. An intuitive design, the waistcoat stands out with sparkling silver hi-visibility stripes and Charlotte Dujardin's trademark initials on both the front and back. The shape is feminine creating an elegant silhouette, a far cry from the baggy vests that historically made up our hi-visibility wardrobe that in 2017 are far more suited to a building site than equestrianism!

Available in pink, red and yellow and sizes XS-XXL.
I cautiously ordered a size up and wear a generous Medium because I wanted to wear all year around over anything from a summer vest top to a puffy winter coat without feeling restricted.

The Charlotte Dujardin Equisafety Collection is the most stylish hi-visibility range I have ever seen and although at a higher cost than your average 'vest' - the Arret Waistcoat is priced at £49.99 - it's a fabulous piece of technical clothing that will never go out of fashion and can be worn year after year, if you enjoy looking smart on a your steed it will be a very worthy investment.

I can't wait for many more adventures wearing mine...staying safe, being seen.

Thank you for reading,
Jessica and Oscar


LeMieux Ringers Over Reach Boot Review

I love new products especially when they're by LeMieux therefore I was giddy to be tasked with reviewing their latest range of over reach boots called "Ringers".

Apart from having an awesome name the LeMieux Ringers Over Reach Boots are a durable boot for turnout, schooling and competition wear, which is what makes them so unique. At first glance they almost look too posh for turnout but the following points mean they're ideal...
  1. firstly they cost just £12.95 
  2. available in "easy to find when trashed in the field" colours of red and, not so much
  3. double lock velcro
  4. super soft black fleece collar, preventing rubs
  5. easy to wash off and clean
  6. manufactured from horizontal rubber rings for a super strong over reach boot
If they can successfully survive a turnout environment that involves leaping, bouncing, playing...mud (!!) wearing the Ringers for protection when schooling and competing would be a breeze, something I put to the test at the canter track on Saturday...

Always game for a jolly, Oscar happily humped his back and set off in 6th gear, zooming around the canter track, the Ringers Over Reach Boots provided all the protection they promised and any traces of arena surface in the fleece collar simply brushed off to leave them looking as good as new.

LeMieux over reach boots are always of superior quality, for me no other brand compares, in February 2015 I documented my love of the Wrap Around Lambskin Over Reach Boot and even further back in October 2014 the Wrap Around Leather Over Reach Boot, both of which are still going strong, I have no doubt the Ringers Over Reach Boots will live up to the same expectations...

Oscar wears size Medium as always in over reach boots, the Ringers come up smaller than other designs and if I ordered an additional pair would opt for Large - see picture for fit, taken post ride out therefore his tootsies are dirty...
Sizes: S - XL

Thank you for reading,
Jessica and Oscar 


Keeping Up With The Unicorns - Horse Health Brite Whites Shampoo

The maintenance involved in keeping up with the unicorns is written into out weekly planner...

Monday - lunge
Tuesday - mane and tail wash
Wednesday - flat get the idea

...because limiting it to before an important date, show or competition is not enough, as many owners of greys or equally challenging coloured horses will confirm it doesn't happen by accident, keeping a unicorn is a lifestyle.

I was overjoyed Horse Health included a bottle of their Brite Whites Shampoo in my Official LeMieux Blogger parcel, an exciting purple shampoo that has been put to the ultimate test of being used prior to a dressage test when Oscar's tail should glitter and his mane be dazzling, yet plait-able after a fresh wash!

I always shampoo Oscar with warm water - cold water does not lift the dirt, whatever the time of year - once I had this prepared I squirted Brite Whites Shampoo into my palms, it's noticeably thick and a vivid purple colour which it kept as I worked it into a lather, amusingly he looked magical...purple really suits him! As instructed I left the shampoo in both his mane and tail for over five minutes before rinsing out the pastel purple soap suds revealing a sparkling white pony underneath.

I am in love with the Brite Whites Shampoo from Horse Health because it works, it is one of the best whitening shampoos I have used to date and there has been a few...a must have in every grooming kit, whether you're tackling a stubborn white sock or a top to toe grey!
Available to purchase from Horse Health - 500ml - £9.95

Thank you for reading
Jessica and Oscar