The Shed Flower is my favourite new grooming tool, it's shaped like a flower head making it 1) pretty, 2) easy to hold and feather light in weight, it's also fabulously good at doing as it promises...being a Bloom that Grooms as it's suitably sharp plastic teeth do an excellent job of removing dirt and hair - not to mention the amazing horsey scratches it gives!
I have used this often on Oscar's legs and saddle patch to encourage that final bit of Winter coat to shed and after one long stroke it gives you that satisfying collection of hair, easily tapped away to start over again! A must for those of you with woolly ponies!
The Shed Flower comes in a range of cool colours and cost £6.50 from Horse Health, I think it's the most perfect fun present for any horse lover!
Thank you for reading, Jessica and Oscar xxxx
I warned you there would be more of these fly rug reviews to come...? Well, I wasn't fibbing and today I am going to be sharing my experience of using Premier Equine's Super Lite Fly Rug with Belly Flap.
I purchased this rug last Summer when the UK temperatures rocketed and Oscar got too hot in his trusty Mark Todd rug. The main attraction to the Premier Equine Super Lite Fly Rug was it's claim to have been tried and tested in the hottest climates, proving that it's revolutionary fabric successfully protects against sun and heat build up! The material is 100% lightweight nylon, ensuring strength, durability and comfort, whilst protecting against flies and reflecting the sun...it is unlike any other fly rug fabric I'd seen before, almost a bit cardboard like at first and I couldn't decide whether Oscar looked like he was preparing for a trip to the moon or to go in the oven for Sunday lunch?? But I soon didn't care because it worked for Oscar, who stayed cool and comfortable.
Lets move onto the design...top to bottom, the neck, beautifully long ensuring it covers the whole neck even when grazing, lined to reduce any rubbing of the mane - great features. The 2014 design had a velcro chest fastening - I don't know what the official word is but it's where one piece of velcro interlocks between two other pieces, come on, someone help me out - followed by two chest surcingles. ***I will come back to this feature at the end.
Elasticated shoulder gussets, allowing full freedom of movement and lined over the wither and shoulder to avoid rubs, the fit was great Oscar was his usual 6'0 and it was perfect in length, depth etc... The rug comes with normal belly surcingles or a belly flap, I opted for the full flap as Oscar has a whirl that flies love to attack! The belly flap has a gusset on either side so doesn't restrict, it is soft, well fitting and easily adjusted with three velcro tabs, moving onto the back end...leg straps, excellent at keeping everything in place and a generous tail flap with an elasticated tail slot for increased protection.
The Premier Equine Rug with Belly Flap ticked so many boxes, until - please refer back to the *** - I noticed each day the velcro chest clasp would fold back and it was rubbing Oscar's skin...the rug sizing was perfect, the rug was pulled forward and repositioned each morning without fail and taken off for ridden work at night before reapplying and yet it still rubbed...I contacted Premier Equine and returned the rug with photo evidence of the problem, their customer service was excellent and it was disappointing as every other feature to this rug was perfect!
Looking at 2015's stock I can see they've improved their design, I'd love to say this is down to Oscar and I...maybe it is, but I can see they've altered the funny velcro thingy and replaced it with convenient chest clips...and although expensive at £99.99 it is definitely something I would try again so if over heating is your concern, this could be one for you too!
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Thank you for reading, Jessica & Oscar xxxx
My Personalised ProCrush Riding Whip has to be one of the coolest and most thoughtful gifts I have ever received, thanks Mummy C! The whip was from Old Mill Saddlery and is the same whip the Pentathlon riders used during the London 2012 Olympics, alongside it being the choice of many eventers!
I don't often use a whip on Oscar, as he is extremely sensitive and can become really upset but out hacking and across country I find them invaluable, if I'm cantering and I know he'll look at something such as a gateway...mole hill...or invisible monster I will rest it against his shoulder, so he knows it's there and secondly, gates! I rely on my whip a lot when opening and closing gates, and there are a lot around us, I see it as an extended arm!
ProCrush is a patented type of whip and is mandatory for all jump jockeys in the UK and USA, ProCrush has increased safety and humanity standards as it encourages performance without inflicting injury, it can also be used in all other equestrian disciplines and measures 26" inches, the cushioned end being 12" inches. The handle is specially wrapped creating a secure and comfortable grip - this did take some getting used to as it is chunkier than the thinner whips I had been used to riding with - and the stem comes in a huge range of colours to compliment your cross-country colours perfectly!! And finally, your name...you can have whatever personalisation you wish, Mum chose our names, Jessica & Oscar in navy blue ensuring it was discrete in case it wasn't my cup of tea, but I am in LOVE, you can even add a GB flag! Is it wrong to start a collection....?
The whip cost £47.95
Thank you for reading, Jessica & Oscar xxxx