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22.6.17

My Favourite Summer Breeches by LaValencio


Like most, if not all of us life is busy. My horse is at a livery yard which means I don't bother with outfit changes. Once I am up, dressed and out of the house that is it for my days spent away from the office, wearing my breeches and as much as I hate to admit it, sensible footwear. Funny looks as I dart through town and around the supermarket dressed this way have become the norm.

My current favourite pair of are by La Valencio. A brand renowned for the comfort and wear-ability of their breeches and we are lucky to have Equissentials Dressage a number one stockist in the U.K. With each fresh season I look forward to their new collection. Year after year adding to my wardrobe.

The Spring/Summer Guardian Denim Breeches are perfect for Summer riding (and errand running), the denim is soft, thin and flexible with super sticky knee patches for security and a smooth, elasticated ankle to reduce any bulk under close fitting boots. Not only are the Guardian Denim Breeches amazingly comfy to wear, they also look great. A gorgeous shade of denim blue, high waisted (I have to wear a belt), four pockets and a glittery LV logo on the bottom. During the recent heatwave they've been perfection to ride in because a full seat can just be too thick in hot weather.


Purchased from Equissentials Dressage for £80 they are currently offering a 15% discount, £68 making me want to buy another pair all over again...buy here.

Jessica and Oscar


19.6.17

LeMieux Comfort Fly Shield Review


Oscar was wearing his fly mask in April, he is sensitive to all insects, bugs and critters, both big and small and even when the sun is only peeking through the clouds his eyes will water in irritation. Yes, the joke continues...how can my hardy native be so soft and sensitive? Because of this I was overjoyed that as an Official LeMieux Blogger for Horse Health Gee Gee and Me were asked to review their Comfort Fly Shield.

As with all LeMieux products, they have designed their range of Comfort Fly Shield's with the horse in mind, 'comfort' being their top priority and we have come to expect no less from the trusted brand.


The Comfort Fly Shield is constructed using a protective UV mess and lined with soft strips of black merino lambswool across the brow and nose to avoid rubs and wick away moisture on super hot days. The lambswool also doubles up as a benefit by providing a good stand off from the face. Teamed with the strong, structured mesh designed not to cave in it gives me total confidence the shield will stay in place. This is complimented by an elasticated velcro chin strap that allows the horse freedom of movement to chew and graze. The lightweight and breathable grey fabric also has a stretch to it and feels like it should wash well.

 "I am happy to add that I am yet to find it 
discarded in the field by Houdini himself"

Chosen for Oscar was the Comfort Fly Shield with breathable and midge-proof ears and a nose shield - which you can opt to have without - these features are especially useful to protect sensitive or pink skinned horses against sunburn.
Oscar wears a medium size and is available from Horse Health for £19.96

Jessica & Oscar

10.6.17

Lucy Reynolds - Equine Sports Massage Therapist


Oscar has always been looked over by a qualified massage therapist three to four times a year with very few areas of concern. After the diagnosis of arthritic changes in Oscar's right fore pastern last year I knew that equine massage was an area of treatment I wanted to build into our healthcare routine because I had real concerns he might be over loading his other limbs, especially his right fore shoulder to compensate for the weakness. I knew a professional would be able to feel any tension, knots or soreness and intervene before they became a bigger problem.

I was then faced with the challenge of time...I work 9-5, which is realistically 8-6 making my current arrangements difficult to squeeze in more regular treatments which were during the day. This is how I met Lucy Reynolds, a qualified Equine Sports Massage Therapist based in Leicestershire. Lucy instantly offered evening visits and we arranged our first for a dark, cold Winters evening, early 2017.

Lucy's initial consultation requires permission for your vet and Lucy will ask for their contact details - then do the leg work for you - this is common practice and you should only ever be alarmed if an equine therapist doesn't ask this. Once obtained a date can be put in the diary, Gee Gee and Me's initial consultation lasted two hours and cost £35:

  • Discussing the horses history and any presenting problems...my goodness, if there is something horse owners love doing, it's talking about their gee-gee's. Lucy has no doubt heard it all and I probably rambled on about an event two weeks ago on Thursday, the wind blew, his back tightened, then a pigeon flew out and he didn't feel quite right or that he spooked and slipped on a hack last month...can you tell me, did it pull a muscle? Yet throughout our discussion Lucy was compassionate. Actively listening to my neurotic concerns about my sound horse who has slight arthritic changes because he is simply, getting older.
  • Conformation check..."yes, he is by Glencarrig Prince Lucy..you're looking at perfection"
  • Gait analysis...when discussing Lucy's observations she proved she had a sharp eye, even in the dark of a Winters evening - it is useful to have a flat clear area, both on hard and soft surfaces for this part.
  • Saddle fit check...at this point Lucy will honestly say she is not a qualified saddle fitter, yet likes to see it both on and off the horse, girthed up too and even assessed the underside of one of my most used saddle pads. The questions she poised that I was unable to answer I noted ready for my saddle fitting back in March. I am impressed to say her instincts were proven right, she modestly nodded accepting the feedback when I explained my visit to her. 
  • Foot and farriery observations...twelve months ago this would have taken two minutes, yes he is shod every six weeks, seldom looses a shoe, I pick them out and paint them...next question? Fast forward and Lucy might have regretted having this one on the list because shortly after Lucy's first visit Oscar had gone bare behind. Lucy - keeping her own horses barefoot - was a breath of fresh air, throughout the transition, even today I feel trapped between two worlds. Lucy is open minded to both shod and unshod horses and doing what is right for both horse and rider. The conversation we had and continue to have really helps to stabilise my thoughts.
  • Lucy can also asked to see the horse ridden or lunged.

Following this thorough assessment Lucy performs a full body sports massage where soft tissue is manipulated to relieve muscular pain and assist in the prevention of future muscle injuries. The special techniques used are aimed at increasing flexibility and range of movement and Oscar certainly enjoys the whole experience, licking, chewing, yawning and lowering his head throughout. 

The skin deep benefits of Lucy's techniques are clear to see, improved muscle tone and skin texture, a supple horse who uses his muscles at maximum efficiency. The internal benefits being too long to list Lucy's website does an excellent job of this, click here.


Lucy has an expert understanding of equine anatomy and the interaction of bones, joints and muscles. This was the basis of her ICAT Diploma (Institute of Complimentary Animal Therapies). Qualified to BHS Stage 3, Lucy is currently studying towards Stage 4 and is passionate about her self development.

A follow up appointment is £30 and last approximately one hour, Lucy remembered Oscar, and I felt valued as we discussed the case notes from our previous session. Lucy likes to understand your horses lifestyle, your discipline, whether you do it for fun or competitively and tailors her follow up treatment accordingly. Always finishing with stretches and aftercare exercises that are recommended after exercise when your horse is warmed up to work on in-between visits - Oscar's favourite part because Lucy always has mints. Piglet.



To book your appointment with Lucy, contact her via her Facebook Page - Lucy Reynolds - Equine Sports Massage Therapist

Jessica & Oscar

 

8.6.17

Was LeMieux Corn Blue Made For Gee Gee & Me?


Gee Gee and Me make no secret that we love LeMieux and as Official Bloggers were given the honour of modelling the gorgeous Corn Blue LeMieux ProSport Suede Dressage Square and matching Luxury Polo Bandages from their new Spring/Summer 2017 Collection.

Corn Blue needs no introduction, 
the 'IT'colour 
of Spring/Summer 2017

Gee Gee and Me own *blushes* eight LeMieux ProSport Suede Dressage Squares (and the number of Luxury Polo Bandages...I'd rather not count), the quality, design and attention to detail teamed with a stylish colour range and affordability make LeMieux my number one for matchy dressage wear.

Want to know why I love them so much? Read here.
Want Corn Blue...? Thought so, click here.

Jessica and Oscar

31.5.17

My Horse Box Goes Fluorescent Green with The Husk


Road work is inevitable for many equestrians – I included – in accessing the freedom of our bridleways. A huge advocate of being safe and seen, I seldom hack out without hi-viz.

Yet the only hi-viz equine wear Gee Gee and Me have are a tatty old pair of brushing boots with reflective yellow straps. The honest answer to why I don’t own more is comfort. When hacking out I want the flexibility to walk, trot and canter over varying terrain, without the risk of florescent leg bands slipping or a reflective breastplate rubbing.

A common design fault by many companies is the assumption there is only one type of ‘happy hacker’ and The Husk’s Breathe High Viz Tail Bandage included in May’s ‘Go Green’ My Horse Box bucks this trend.

Firstly it is quick and uncomplicated to put on, sliding easily under the tail and securing shut with Velcro. The technology behind The Husk’s renowned fabric allows full air flow meaning no itchy, sweaty tails underneath. As I have come to expect from The Husk the Tail Bandage is feather light and hygienic, simply hose or machine wash and it will dry within minutes ready for the next adventure.

Although small, it is mighty in its design and even on my grey stands out loud and proud when hacking out, if all equine high-visibility was designed like The Husk’s Breathe Tail Bandage with the horse at its heart I am certain we’d wear more!


Thank you My Horse Box, you can buy yours here for £14.00...be safe, be comfortable and be seen.

Jessica & Oscar

23.5.17

My Never Ending Love Story with Celeris UK


Back in August a fellow equestrian invited me on a road trip to Cobham - or Hamcob as I could only remember it as - to join her voyage for beautiful boots. Being one of those invitations you simply can't decline, no sooner had I accepted I found myself online reserving a fitting with Cate the CEO of Celeris UK - when in Rome. I made a promise to myself I would follow my head and not my heart, easier said than done.

Stepping into the serene studio, I was greeted by a warm welcome and found myself surrounded by beautiful boots, belts and browbands, all hand selected by Cate's stylish eye. With a cup of something lovely waiting, the 115 mile journey long forgotten.

The studio has a fitting suite where Cate carefully takes twelve - yes twelve - measurements from the tip of your toes to the back of your knee, discussing your preference for fit and equestrian discipline. A thorough process I can liken to having a spray tan, when they ask you to stand in various positions to ensure perfection.


Chin up, eyes ahead!

Then on to choosing a boot, a leather - from the mere 48 swatches and growing - a colour, a finish, a popper, a seam, a toe...there is no limit and if it isn't available, Cate will make it her mission to source. Celeris really are makers of truly bespoke boots. The Miss Sensible in my head told me to choose a black dressage boot, whilst my heart wanted the latest Limited Edition leather...Black Cherry. My head won, only because my family were paying the deposit for my birthday and I felt a duty of care to choose a timeless classic. Black Passage boots in brushed black leather were the perfect match to my brief.

I ordered at a hugely busy time for Celeris, a sign of their bounding success meant my boots took the full wait time to arrive. Celeris reacted to this surge as quickly as is possible in such a bespoke business in-which master tradesmen are not born overnight and through hard work have not only cleared their wait-list but reduced the production period to between 8-10 weeks. As Cate, a true expert in the made to measure boot industry put it; "if your only concern is the wait time, what a great place to be".

Once I placed my foot into the elegant Passage boot made to my every measurement and perfect in every way, I understood. I would now echo Cate's comment to anyone if they ever felt this a concern.


My Passage boots are a work of art, the rigid outer structure lengthens my leg, whilst the inner panels of nubuck ensure a squeak free ride. The design of the boot benefits my position and my stirrup leathers have been dropped a hole, they give me the most amazing close contact feel, all whilst appearing timelessly elegant. They were and still are a bit of a wriggle to get into, the cost of my poor conformation, having teeny tiny ankles and bony feet. Yet once on they fit like a second skin, there is no question they are made to measure and although they took zero working in for riding, I still struggle not to walk like a toy solider on foot to the mounting block. Yet this is more for my desire to keep them clean than discomfort.

...my name is Jessica and I am addicted to Celeris boots



The Limited Edition Black Cherry leather recently became reality too, because of paying the deposit upon ordering and the final balance once they've arrived, the whole process I'd put off since my discovery if Celeris in 2014 for fear of lusting after the impossible was suddenly affordable when done this way. Celeris had my measurements, all it took was an e-mail to Cate and my order was whisked across to the team of dedicated craftsmen in Portugal. Within no time at all I was the proud owner of a pair of Diogo boots, made from buttery softer leather, these offer me a more hard-working, everyday boot I will not obsess over keeping immaculate - of course I will.



To me Celeris UK means attention to detail, perfectionism, ancient skill and craftsmanship. Cate and her Personal Assistant Iona are both riders and wearers of Celeris boots, their knowledge is invaluable when discussing your equestrian lifestyle and matching it to the right boot because the idea you walk in with, may not be the one you leave with. This is exactly how I have ended up with two pairs...and a wishlist of others. Thankfully client loyalty is hugely important to the brand and I am sure my Celeris love story will be never ending...

Jessica and Oscar.


19.5.17

Keeping Up With The Unicorns with My Horse Box - Why You Need A Pinny by Supreme Products


My Horse Box arrived prior to an evening of washing, trimming, pulling and plaiting so what better time to try and test the Supreme Products Grooming Apron?

When I first wrapped it around my waist it made me feel like a pro, the Mary Berry of the grooming world...so that would make me super groom Alan Davies?? I am sure I am not alone when I say I often feel like I am doing step aerobics when plaiting up before an event, constantly up and down from my grooming box, the Supreme Products Grooming Apron eliminates this.

With three Mary Poppins style pockets, it is hugely practical and comfortable to wear. A smart and professional design I would happily take and wear when grooming for friends at competitions to make all of our lives easier, and when it gets grubby simply throw in the wash. I love it.

And if you missed out on April's My Horse Box you can purchase here, direct from Supreme Products for £14.99.


I also discovered Supreme Products have a must have mobile app, simply type 'Supreme Products' into your Apple app or Android play store and download it for free. Packed with useful how to guides, product information and how to get that look for your horse or pony...it will as Supreme Products do, revolutionise your turn-out.

Jessica and Oscar.