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23.9.17

A Thank You Note to Leroy and Bongo


To write a thank you note is one of my favourite things to do. Nothing gives me greater pleasure than to get out my pretty note cards and poshest pen to personally express my humble thank you's.

My heart did a little flip when I received the stylish pink, blue and grey note cards from Leroy and Bongo. Their stylish note cards are equally as suitable for the equine obsessed and those that are not in your life.

Produced on beautiful card, your ink cartridge is guaranteed not to bleed. With every last detail perfected, right down to the matching self-seal envelopes.

A must have for every home - available here.

Jessica and Oscar 


28.8.17

Nifty Pet Equine Sunblock and Aftersun Scores in Summer Sun


Once again I find Oscar having better skin care products than me, as this Summer he has been trialling and testing Nifty Pet Equine Sunblock and Aftersun. We've had some seriously hot days and like humans some horses are more sensitive to sun than others. We wouldn't leave our own skin unprotected on such days, so why would our equines pink bits be any different...?

The 'Nifty Pet' range is by Ruffle Snuffle, a British brand who made Oscar's beloved Stable Pop Horse Ball. Created by Sarah White, an animal behaviourist and trainer who is passionate about positive reinforcement. It is clear that all creatures great and small are at the heart of her range.


Nifty Pet Equine Sunblock overcomes all the application challenges I usually have when using sunscreen on Oscar. Containing a sponge - resembling a make up applicator - once dampened and dipped into the 100% mineral powder sunblock, it forms a paste. Designed to be applied to unpigmented skin, it is safe for use on eyes, noses and genitals providing UVA and UVB protection. Containing zero grease, chemicals or fragrance it is safe to lick and won't irritate or inflame the skin. This unique application method has been proven over the last few months, it clings to the natural oils in the skin. Still on hours later when I return to the yard and perfect on competition days because it whitens and brightens the skin, ideal for greys like Oscar!

Safe to be applied daily...at £4.95 I'll be purchasing another pot in 2018!


Whether you missed a bit...or it's the end of a long hot day the Nifty Pet Equine Aftersun is a wonderfully soothing gel. Safe for equine use, on more than one occasion I have wanted to massage into my shoulders too! Created using aloe vera and seaweed extract for their antioxidant properties and lavender essential oils for healing and calming effects. Applied with your fingertips, once massaged into the skin it is quickly absorbed without leaving a sticky residue and smells heavenly!

Ruffle Snuffle recommend dipping the Sunblock sponge into the Aftersun prior to the mineral powder to offer a 2 in 1 aftersun with sunblock - £3.95 for 100ml a perfect product for your equine health box.

Here is to an Indian Summer...

Jessica & Oscar

21.8.17

LeMieux Schooling Boots Branded The Best by Mr Hester


Who doesn't love schooling boots? Especially when they're as smart as LeMieux's latest release. A purpose built boot, contoured to fit equine joints and tendons. With a polycarbonate strike proof shell that is integrated between shock absorbent lining.


Highly practical, they're quick and easy to whip on and off and totally up for the job. Be that training at home or in the competition warm up. Proven to withstand the demands of lateral work, they're a must have for dressage riders. Don't believe me...ask Mr Hester himself!

"The best schooling boots I've ever
put on my horses"
Carl Hester

1 moulds...2 flexes...3 supports...


The science is covered up by a leather outer shell, available in black and white. Trust me you'll want both and fastening securely with Velcro tabs. Like a magnet, they mould to the leg, strong and flexible they're up to the job, never restricting the movement. Once the work is over, any surface dirt can be easily wiped clean to return them to their original splendour.

Already a tack room treasure for Gee Gee and Me...with a white competition set on our wishlist.
Available from horsehealth.co.uk - £39.95 for two.

Jessica & Oscar

15.8.17

Beautiful Bespoke and Personal


My Horse Box are the best at seeking out the hidden treasures our equine world has to offer. Inside the subscription box from December I unwrapped a delightful dandy brush. March, a beautiful body brush and for June, a perfect mane and tail comb. 

Each lovingly hand crafted by Bespoke & Personal just for My Horse Box subscribers, they’re really special and it is about time Gee Gee and Me shared one of them!

The mane and tail pulling comb included in June’s 'Show Ready' themed box is of superior quality. The thin comb has metal teeth, which I love because I find the thin combs easier to work with, wrap the hair around and hold. The handle is hand graved and made from high quality wood – as all the brushes have been - with the My Horse Box horse logo.


For the equestrians who choose not to pull their horses’ mane/tail, the Bespoke & Personal comb is perfect for taming tangles, loosening any old hair and separating sections before plaiting up which is exactly how I used it last weekend. The comb gave me precise lines and was the perfect length to measure my plaits by.


My Horse Box will feature their next Bespoke & Personal grooming brush in September’s box...what will it be...?


Jessica & Oscar

10.8.17

The Rhino Plus 0g Turnout Rug Review

This weekend Oscar and I boxed up for a ride around a magical woodland nearby. I parked up to glorious sunshine, the tack went on and off we went. Twenty minutes in the wind picked up, whistling through the trees. Oscar began to spook as the leaves whipped up around him and I tried to convince us both the distant rumble of thunder was a noisy aeroplane. This was until the flashes of lightening were too real to deny!

Be brave...be brave I mumbled as huge raindrops began to thunder on my helmet. I started to sing. After all, nobody but Oscar and the Gods could hear me and Oscar is used to my nervous vocals. "I'm singing in the rain...just singing in the rain, there ain't no rumbles of thunder, please the sun come out again....". This unique rendition lasted thirty minutes as Oscar repeatedly tried to make up his own dance moves by throwing his bottom to the storm and I curled up in the saddle wondering how I would explain my 'fun' weekend to non-horsey colleagues at work?

Thankfully, it passed and we lived to tell the tale. The sun even came out for the latter half of our adventure. Now the above doesn't relate to Oscar's fabulous Rhino Plus Turnout Rug but it is an example of how crazy the weather can and has been recently here in the UK. Rugs need to be technical enough to deal with ever changing conditions and nothing beats Horseware.

The video attached shares the first wear of the rug, early May 2017.

The Rhino Plus is a 0g lightweight turnout rug. The outer layer of 1000 denier polypropylene is a strong barrier which protects the waterproofing and breath ability of the rug. Put to the test, even in the most torrential of downpours Oscar has remained comfortable and dry without overheating when the sun made its reappearance after the storm.

The Rhino Plus also features a Surefit Neck design with a V-front closure to give freedom of movement when grazing. Designed with the horse in mind throughout there are leg arches, reflective strips and liner hoops for when the temperature turns and added layers are required.


The Rhino Plus even helps you to work smarter, not harder because of the shine enhancing polyester lining - this is also anti-static and anti-bacterial too. For those in between days a detachable hood is included in the price.

There is no denying the Rhino Plus rug is in the 'splurge' price range between £160-£190 retailer dependant, the price is justified to have a 0g rug that is 100% waterproof and not just 'light-shower proof' as too many are. Having a grey horse, there are times I need and want to keep him as clean as possible and rugs go a long way in making my life easier.


Now please no more rain until winter...

Jessica & Oscar.

30.7.17

LeMieux Pro Touch Performance Riding Glove


Riding without wearing gloves would be like riding without shoes, I just don't do it. I know plenty of beautiful and talented riders who detest the feeling of them but I am not in their club. I agree however that wearing the wrong gloves can affect your 'feel' and therefore quality, good fitting ones are a must. When I get a good pair, I wear them until they have holes in and buy them in every colour!

My latest pair are the Pro Touch Performance Riding Glove by LeMieux, seriously well designed, I've ridden in nothing else since they arrived from Horse Health HQ!


Beautifully soft, they fit like a second skin and have an excellent size guide here - I am a size 7.5 and wear a Medium in Navy. The finger tips are re-enforced to avoid finger nails wearing through the finger ends - a common glove complaint. Silicone grip points lay in between the fingers and over the index finger where the reins pass over, my favourite feature because it provides so much rein security. I am certain my horse loves the consistency this provides too.

The Pro Touch Performance Riding Gloves have a smart appearance. The upper hand has a mesh fabric that allows ventilation and moisture control with an easy stretch so hands can stay relaxed. Fastening around the wrist with a velcro tab. I have worn on the hottest of Summer days and LeMieux have successfully designed a lightweight, yet durable riding glove.

Now I need in black, brown and white...buy yours for £19.96 here.

Equimins Leather Soap Spray Gets 10/10


A leather cleaning product and sponge live on the same shelf as my riding boots, hat and whip in the tack room, opposite my saddle and bridle. I am convinced this is the secret to good habits; yes I am that rider who wipes over my tack nine out of ten times after I have ridden. This way it is never a big job the night before an event and my leather looks great for it!

I get through a leather cleaning product (and usually a sponge too) every six months, a little goes a long way and I am always excited to try a new product. With thanks to Haynet May saw the arrival of Equimins Leather Spray Soap on the tack room shelf.


After my first use all I could think was “wow, a spray really is so much easier to use” because my last leather cleaning product was a balm and although great, impossible to apply without getting greasy hands. The Equimins Leather Spray Soap being the opposite, clean, convenient and easy to use.

Equimins Leather Spray Soap comes in a 500ml bottle that feels durable and yard friendly with a sturdy spray nozzle. One spritz provides enough soap to evenly wipe over my whole bridle, with boots and saddle only taking a couple more.


I have used on my old Ariat Bromont boots to my new Kate Negus bridle and all leathers in between, with the old and the new being pliable and soft with a rich shine and beautiful finish after just a quick wipe clean, at £6.95 it is one of my favourites.


A 10/10 from Gee Gee and Me.


Jessica and Oscar
Haynet, Cream of the Crop Bloggers.

9.7.17

PINK Hoof Clay by Ecohoof


As many of you know a change in Oscar’s lifestyle led me to explore the benefits of going barefoot. Once I had committed to the change I felt I had been given a new pair of eyes when looking and thinking about equine hoof care. 

The months before the metal came off I prepped and polished like never before. Learning day by day with a heightened awareness of the products I choose to use, their ingredients and the effect they have on our equines.

Naturally this meant love at first sight for Gee Gee and Me and Ecohoof’s Pink Hoof Clay in May’s ‘Go Green’ My Horse Box. The exciting collaboration saw the release of a 250ml Limited Edition tub of the magical Pink Hoof Clay.

The clay can be painted onto the hoof, sole, white line area and frog acting as a barrier to infection and once dry acts as a poultice staying in place for 12 hours, before naturally flaking off and degrading into the ground. 100% natural, eco-friendly and full of essential oils, it smells good enough to eat – but please don’t – and gives hooves a pretty pink glow. I have been generously packing it onto Oscar’s frogs and they look healthier than ever and both his shod and bare foot hooves are thriving on it. 

However it became most useful a couple of weeks ago when Oscar ripped a front shoe, taking half of his hoof with it! I had a lesson booked that evening and was almost tempted to remove the other and begin the rehabilitation of his fronts against my plans of waiting for Autumn. After another coffee, I began to think rationally and decided to pack the crater with the Pink Hoof Clay. I have continued to do this, even once the shoe has been reapplied and thankfully although not a lot of hoof is left on one side, the shoe has stayed put and the damage hasn't spread.

One of my all time favourites from My Horse Box – thank you for discovering it.
If you missed out on May’s Go Green you can purchase a 500ml tub here.

Jessica and Oscar.

28.6.17

Why I Love Layer One - Stierna Equestrian Sportswear


This week I waved goodbye to the tropical temperatures of our recent heatwave and welcomed back the wet British Summers that we are accustomed to. Reminding me of the importance of wearing quality equestrian sportswear. As Stierna advocate; everyday is a good riding day and once we've done it, we're always happier for it. well, almost always.

Stierna Equestrian Sportswear are a Swedish brand, established in 2015. The brand gets its energy from a strong idea, to develop technical equestrian clothes with high functionality for active riders, enabling them to perform optimally regardless of the weather.

After being fortunate enough to meet Stierna's passionate founder Robert Kos at Badminton Horse Trials earlier in the year, I was asked to share my thoughts on a Halo top from their unique three layer system. As soon as it touched my skin, it felt different. Stierna's 'idea' for providing apparel that allows riders to solely focus on the interaction with their horse feels like more like an obsession.

The Halo tops are the foundation of Stierna's system. They are designed to be a functional base layer, worn alone or in a two or three layer system - weather dependent - and in direct contact with the skin. The intelligent fabric is 30% bamboo charcoal that has both a chemical free anti-odour effect and a natural coolness to help regulate the body temperate. The clever properties also spread moisture across the fabric surface for a rapid evaporation or to pass onto the next layer, meaning no chills when the wind blows immediately after dismounting. Brrrr...


I found the Halo 1/2 Zip top a dream to wear. Incredibly soft, the asymmetrical cut of the fabric moved with me as I rode. The design is stylish and understated and is the perfect base layer, be it for hacking and schooling in Dark Navy, going cross country in Lovely Lilac or competing in Snow White under a smart show jacket, the high collar with a short zipper is the perfect base for a stock tie. 

Izzy Taylor, British Eventing's number one female rider expertly explains why she loves Stierna Equestrian Sportwear in the video below. Although it may sound silly to some, I smiled and whole heartedly agreed with Izzy's comments of finding comfort in wearing sleeves when riding, especially when away from home or competing. 


Layer one is only the start of Stierna's story...layer two is a necessity once the temperature drops because it is designed to trap warm air and keep the body heat in cold conditions. The technology allows heat to be evaporated ensuring you remain comfortable, warm, dry and in harmony with your horse.

Layer three provides protection against the wind, rain and cold whilst releasing excess heat and moisture through the active ventilation openings and stretch panels built into the garments. A true shield against the elements, allowing you to perform at your best in all conditions.


The following technology is built into Stierna clothing:
  • Equtex - a fabric based on a membrane technology, used in Stierna's high performance garments, allowing the outer fabrics to be waterproof whilst maintaining high levels of breath ability.
  • 3M Thinsulate - an efficient insulator with a very high warmth-to-thickness ratio enabling Stierna's garments to be designed with less bulk and thus enhance freedom of movement
  • Cool Anti-Odour - a TM of Stierna their bamboo charcoal fabric gives UV protection up the UPF +30 and comes with natural coolness and soft touch to keep riders dry and comfortable at all times.
  • Air Drizz Softshell - apart from loving it's name, 'air-drizz' softshell is a high technology membrane with breath ability, waterproof properties and four way stretch. 
Available to purchase in the U.K. from Royal Berkshire Country and Equine - £49

They say, you had me at hello...
Well Robert Kos had me at the words of British fashion icon, Vivienne Westwood...

"Buy less
Choose well
Make it last"


Jessica and Oscar.

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.

15.5.17

LeMieux Vogue Headcollar Review


Oscar's headcollar is over four years old, a little worn but still does the job. As for lead ropes a few of those have been snapped mid spook, so a little newer and certainly doesn't match! I would definitely be of the opinion "if it ain't broke, don't fit it"...with the exception of saddle pads and bandages, of course!

Well this was until I opened my Official Bloggers parcel from LeMieux and found a piece of Corn Blue perfection staring back at me...


The joy an £18.95 Vogue Fleece Headcollar by LeMieux has bought is unbelievable! Apart from being gorgeous and clean it's designed practically, featuring a padded fleece headpiece, inner cheeks and noseband. Nickle buckles are helpfully on each side to get the perfect fit with a matching leadrope.

The design is available in numerous colours and tartan patterns making it the perfect present and I can't think of a more luxurious gift to your horsey friend than this beautiful LeMieux Vogue Headcollar.

Jessica & Oscar



30.4.17

Keeping Up With The Unicorns - The Ultimate Groomer by Lincoln


For Winter Oscar is always fully clipped - with the exception of this saddle patch and legs - however 2016 was different. With regular visits to the vet through September to February, I couldn't bring myself to do it, although returning to full soundness and in work, what if I tempted fate by doing so...a horse grows a Winter coat for a reason...?

Eventually I had to clip because Oscar was getting too warm and not wanting to get ahead of myself I opted for a chaser clip. Armed with baler twine and chalk, my OCD at its most heightened with a desire for straight lines and a mirror image I was happy with my halfway house.

Until now...I have white hair EVERYWHERE!

Rugs, saddle pads, me...because of this when shopping for essentials (feed, treats, mane and tail conditioner), I stumbled across The Ultimate Groomer by Lincoln and I love it! Shaped like a window cleaner, its easy to hold and use, with a comb of fine metal teeth to remove dirt, undercoat and loose hair without cutting or damaging the coat leaving it soft and silky. The most satisfying grooming tool I currently have in my KIT, used daily and Oscar adores it, his little nose curls with happiness.



A gold star from Gee Gee and Me - purchased from R&R Country for £12.75.

Jessica and Oscar.

29.4.17

Kingsland Chisasib Leggings Review


I love Kingsland Equestrian above all other rider-wear, the high end brand can be relied upon to be smart, well fitting and functionally designed with real riders in mind, and in recent years have convincingly proven that Kingsland it isn't just for show jumpers!

When I saw Kingsland Equestrian had launched a range of riding tights I put my name down on the wait list at Equissentials Dressage. With numerous designs available I trusted the stylish founders, Hayley and Nic to choose the right line. Deciding to stock the Chisasib Leggings, a riding tight with a full grip seat. This is the exact reason Equissentials Dressage are my go to company, if they don't advocate it, they don't stock it.


When the parcel arrived I laughed...they were teeeny tiny, however I know my size in Kingsland and I also trust Equissentials Dressage would have advised if I should have ordered up a size. Thankfully the laughing was replaced by a big smile, they expanded as I comfortably slipped in my leg into the stretchy material.

True to Kingsland the fit is incredible, they don't slip down and have a thick, high waistband to ensure a flattering fit. I have ridden in them constantly, they're super grippy making my no stirrup work a breeze, plus they're breathable and quick drying and the sleek, shiny Spandex in the material means dirt and loose horse hair doesn't stick to them.


As always my only reservation with Kingsland is the washing instructions because they're never simple. A little scared of my Chisasib Leggings shrinking I wanted to thoroughly test this before writing my review. As per the instructions I washed on a 30 without fabric conditioner and a quick spin afterwards, breathing a huge sigh of relief when they were still a perfect fit!

Most of the Kingsland Collections are limited edition and I love this seasons black and blue Charlotte Dujardin range...I would happily swap my whole equestrian wardrobe for this beautiful collage created by fellow equine blogger Going Dutch Dressage for Equissentials Dressage.



Jessica and Oscar.


10.4.17

Protexin Gut Lix Review


Oscar has to have a lick of some kind, his stable isn't complete without and the flavour of this month is the apple Gut Lix by Protexin.

For those unaware, Protexin are a company who believe nature is an ideal source of effective healthcare solutions to benefit both humans and animals and work closely with leading Universities, hospitals and research centres worldwide from their home here in the United Kingdom. A company always looking to improve their products without compromising their natural basis the Gut Lix is the latest release in the Equine Premium range.



The Protexin Gut Lix is a highly palatable apple flavoured lick containing essential minerals, vital to a healthy horse or ponies diet with the addition of the purest salt from Cheshire and their magic ingredients, Preplex prebiotics. These support and nourish the beneficial bacteria in the gut - you can read more about the science here - and containing no sugar or molasses you can offer without the risk of unnecessary weight gain, making the Gut Lix ideal for all year round use and especially during the hotter, Summer months.

Oscar's Gut Lix is placed into a shallow tub and fed from the floor in his stable with free access, he has had it almost three weeks now and apart from the teeth marks caused when he tried to eat whole at first he soon understood and now goes straight to it after eating his evening feed by habit.


A real benefit to Oscar is that the Gut Lix encourages salivation, something hugely important to me when stabled overnight to help to maintain a healthy gut and at £8.99 for a heavy 2kg lick, I think it will replace Oscar's previous essential of Himilayan salt licks thanks to the science and education from Protexin.

Jessica and Oscar.