Some of you may remember that I received a Vitality bracelet from Pegasus jewellery. These bracelets have become incredibly popular this year and are all other equestrian social media and I have to say, I am so incredibly pleased to have enjoyed this trend! I have been wearing mine all day every day, only taking it off to go on waterslides , so that I didn’t lose it! I love it. It’s light and comfortable so that you don’t realize you are wearing it. Plus I’ve had several compliments around the office.
Firstly, the design of these bracelets is simple and stunning. It’s casual enough to wear with my every day jeans, but still doesn’t look out of place on a night out in my fancy clothes. Lots of the colour options also work well together, so you can collect them and they won’t clash! The silicon straps are also waterproof, so you don’t have to take it off when you go swimming. But they do say that chlorine and salty water could fade the colour or change the appearance.
Lots of Style Options
Not only does the silicon strap come in 10 different colours, but there are also leather and stainless steel options available. Plus they are also coming up with new colours to add to the collection.
You might have seen a previous post, that I am currently a bit obsessed with magnet therapy. These bracelets were designed after watching lame horses become sound with the use of magnet therapy. I personally haven’t notice a change, but most people find it is only when you take the bracelet off and the effects wear off that you realize just how much it does. Plus it’s so gorgeous, I wanted it for how it looked before I even knew about the magnets!
It’s that time of year where loud festivities really ramp up. What with fireworks to noisey Christmas and New Years parties, this time of year can be quite distressing for our pets. However, Pet Remedy believe they have found the perfect way to help your pet survive this party season. I’m pleased to say they sent me one of their Party Season Survival Kits to review for you.
Firstly, I thought I would reintroduce you to my pets and why they would benefit from the party season survival kit.
14 year old Border Collie.
Tally is a bit odd in the sense that she hates the sound of gunshots while out walking, or opening a can of coke too close to her in the house, but doesn’t tend to be bothered by fireworks. However she can find lots of people in the house quite stressful and doesn’t like being alone. She is also very scared of horses, yet insists on coming out to the yard or point to pointing with me!
10 year old Thoroughbred
The biggest fear to most horse owners during this time of year is fireworks. Luckily, Scottie isn’t too bothered by fireworks as a general rule, but I do find that his bed tends to be a lot messier the morning after fireworks.
Scottie’s Firework Test
I chose to test these products on Scottie during our village firework display. This display takes place on the sports field behind our stable block. As I have already mentioned, Scottie tends to be okay with fireworks but he does tend to make a mess of his bed. So I was hoping that the party season survival kit would help keep Scottie relaxed and stop him trashing his bed!
I decided to use the diffuser and spray for this test. For obvious reasons we don’t have plug sockets inside the stable. So it probably wouldn’t be as effective as having it inside the stable, but I made use of the plug socket just outside his window. Since I wasn’t sure how effective the diffuser would be outside the stable, I also put a few squirts of the spray on Scottie’s neck.
The next morning after the display Scottie’s bed was tidier than it had been the previous few nights where people had been setting their own fireworks off. So I do think the Pet Remedy made a difference to Scottie. However, It’s hard to say how well it would work on a nervous horse.
Our horses not too bothered by the local fireworks!
I haven’t had a chance to properly test the products on Tally yet, I am waiting for it to get a bit closer to Christmas when we start to have more guests over, which she doesn’t like! Or maybe even for a day out Point to Pointing! So I will update this once I get a chance to properly test the product on her.
Overall, from my experience and talking to the two lucky winners of my social media giveaway, I do think that this product is good at helping to keep your pets calm during stressful times. However, it may not work for all pets, especially those who get really stressed. But if you have having issues with your pet, I do think it is worth trying this product as worse case scenario, it won’t do anything! Whereas other solutions such as sedation come with risks.
My only other point here is the plug on the diffuser. If I wasn’t careful unplugging it, the plug would start to come apart slightly. Not in a dangerous, wires exposed way. But definitely something to keep an eye on!
Scottie’s month of rest after his vet visit and xrays are up and I am pleased to say that he is sound and the vet has said we can start getting back to work!
I lunged him on the hard this morning and he looked absolutely fine! So I spoke to the vet and he has given me the all clear to start introducing work again. He said to take it nice and slowly and suggested the following rehab programme.
The vet is pleased as there was so little on the xray he was fairly confident that rest and changing the shoes would be enough to improve the problem and solve the lameness. However, he did say that due to his conformation he may well have problems down the line which will be harder to fix. But in the meantime, we can crack on and see what we can do!
We will be keeping a close eye on him and if he does go lame again, we will be investigating again. After all, we can still do more nerve blocks in the hoof to work out exactly where the issue is coming from, and we can MRI scan. Plus, we haven’t really given him much treatment, we have only really rested him and changed his shoes and foot shape. So even if we do go back a step, we still have plenty of stuff to try.
However, we will only have a year to claim for any further investigation. So even if he is okay coming up for a year from now, I may well still choose to investigate it just so we have all the information while the insurance are paying!
But I am really looking forward to getting back on board and fingers crossed we are past our run of bad luck!
In people, body dysmorphic disorder is a mental condition where someone essentially believes that there is something wrong with a part (or all) of their body and take extreme measures to correct the issue. In layman’s terms, people believe their appearance (or size) is different to what it is in reality. But I am nowhere near qualified enough to discuss this. Instead I am going to discuss what I believe to be a similar condition in horses.
Now, horses do not have the same brain capacity and self awareness as humans. So I am not trying to suggest horses can develop conditions such as anorexia. However, it was the closest human condition I could think of to describe the condition I am about to describe in horses, or more specifically Scottie.
How big am I?
I genuinely think Scottie has issues with recognising just how big he is. He has moments where he feels too big to feel comfortable in small spaces and then he will follow this with a moment of believing he can fit into a tiny space!
For example, Scottie love a good roll. If he has had a few days in the stable he is so excited to get back out in the field to have a good roll. Despite having had some nice sized stables over the years and nice big beds, I have never found any signs of him having a roll in his stable. Yes I can see that he lays down in the stable, but I do not think he rolls at all.
He also occasionally has issues with going into new stables or lorries. He stands at the entrance, almost checking out if he can fit or not. He can get quite upset if he feels you are asking him to go into what he considers a small space. But once he is actually in that small space, he realises there is enough space and is ok.
Scottie the Mouse
Despite Scottie’s belief that he is too big to fit into lots of perfectly sized space, he also regularly puts himself into very tight situations. Including considering climbing into the back of the farriers van, through open car windows and walking into a dead end narrow archway! He also regularly limbos through tiny gaps in electric fencing.
So my experiences with Scottie have led me to believe that perhaps horses can lack the awareness of how big they are exactly. Afterall, we have all heard that cat’s whiskers are there to let them know if their body can fit through a gap. Which surely means cats don’t know how big they are either.
Has anyone else experienced this with their horse or other animals?
Tis the season of gift giving and if you are anything like me, it can be really difficult to find the perfect (or even a suitable) gift for someone. So I have done something I am good at and I have researched some lovely small gift ideas I would be pleased to receive as a horse lover! So if the new wheelbarrow they so desperately need seems a bit too practical as a gift, or if you have simply pulled out a horse owner in your office Secret Santa, here are some lovely gifts to consider! (Or just add them to your own Christmas list!)
Horse ownership is hard. After a grueling evening battling with the bitter winter weather finishing our beloved horse off, most of us turn to booze on our return home. We are not ashamed of this fact! So why not help them celebrate their favourite tipple with a handmade wooden plaque?
As horse owners, we spend much more time than most out in the cold and I don’t think there is much worse than the pain of having cold ears! It’s enough to give you a migraine! So a good headband is a vital part of any horse owners winter wardrobe.
I discovered Hanrose a few years ago and LOVE their candles. Their horsey themed scents are amazing. After all, what horse owner doesn’t love the smell of a tackroom? So why not buy the gift which makes their entire house smell like a tack room?
A few years ago, magnet therapy was the latest trend with products popping up everywhere. Despite research backing up claims of improving various health conditions, I will be the first to admit that while I thought it was something worth trying, I also thought it would be a bit of a fad and wouldn’t last that long!
However, magnets are still a big thing in the equine industry and with Scottie’s recent lameness issues, I feel that trying out some magnet therapy boots can’t do any harm! So for my birthday I asked for a pair of Premier Equine magnetic overreach/bell boots.
Magnets for Navicular
While there has been research suggesting that magnetic boots can improve arthritis in the horses limbs and various other issues. There is very little research into if magnets can help with navicular issues. This is due to how it’s hard for the magnets to get through the hoof. I found one study which found a some improvements with magnetic boots, with boots sat on the coronet band being most effective.
Despite the lack of solid research, I still felt they were worth a try and to me, over reach boots were probably a better option than other boots which sit higher up the leg. So I popped Premier Equine Magnetic Hoof Boots on my birthday list. Since I have been away, I haven’t had the chance to use them properly, as they recommend using for 30 mins-1 hour a day for the first week before building up to 4 hours a day, for a maximum of 12 hours. I need to work out how I am going to do this, I think I am going to have to get into the routine of going up the yard for a 3rd time a day for a while!
A Magnet for Me
So many fellow equestrians I follow wear and love the Pegasus vitality bracelets. I have always thought they were gorgeous and only recently realised they were magnetic! One of these bloggers I follow recently posted about their vitality bracelet and how they never took it off. But how after taking it off for a day or too felt much more sluggish and just generally didn’t feel quite as good. (I can’t remember who this was and have just spent half an hour searching my social media for it!)
But as someone who doesn’t look after myself as much as I perhaps should… (Too much wine, too little sleep and a smidge too much chocolate) I tend to be tired quite a lot, especially first thing in the morning. It can take me quite a while to get going so i thought I would add this bracelet to my birthday list. After all, I love the look of it and any health benefits are just a massive bonus!
I will be reviewing both of these products in time, letting you know how I am getting on with them. I have been wearing the bracelet for 2 weeks now, so will try and get this review done soon so that you can add it to your Christmas list!
Hi everyone, I know I’ve been a bit inactive recently so I thought I would just catch you all up.
Scottie is still on rest after his vet visit. He has had his toes trimmed right back and is still in egg bars and I will be having a proper look at him again next week to see if there is any change. Because I’m not doing much with him right now I have been finding it hard to find interesting things to talk to you about him!
I have also been on holiday! I had a rather spontaneous break last week to Center Parks with the other half. It was really great to get away and it was certainly needed! However, I seem to be having a run of bad luck recently and my car overheated and broke down on our way to Center Parks! So my car is now sat in the garage with a possible gasket issue for now. But luckily my brother is away at University so I have been insured on the family Renault Clio so I can still get around. So it’s not all bad!
Despite all the recent personal drama and media silence from me, I do have a few good blog posts in the pipe line for you. I plan on working on these this week and getting them to you as soon as possible. So keep your eyes peeled for my recent Magnet Obsession and Secret Santa Gift Ideas! In the meantime, I am trying to get myself back into my routine and should be back to normal very soon!
Over the past couple of winters I have reviewed lots of warm winter clothes. Some of these reviews were sponsored by companies and others were just products I had bought myself and was very impressed with. So with the winter weather well and truly here, I thought I would share my winter warmers with you.
I always find my legs suffer the most at the yard. In particular my thighs and bum. I think this is simply due to how easy it is to keep you body warm and how my boots do a very good job of keeping my feet warm. Over the years I have tried several tricks from tights, to leggings to multiple layers of breeches. But none of these things are as comfortable or as warm as purpose made clothing.
So here are my favourite winter warmers to keep your legs warm!
I think these are my favourite thermals for my legs. They are super comfy and this winter will be my 3rd winter with them. Yes they have started to show the wear now, with a small hole in the leg. But for around £15, that works out at £5 a winter! Which I think is pretty great value. Full Review.
These thermals are still incredibly comfortable and have also lasted incredibly well. However, I don’t find them as warm as the other EqueTech thermals I have tried and they are also a bit more expensive. But being a thinner material, they may suit some people better. Full Review.
HKM Thermal Breeches
I think these breeches are a fantastic idea. They are water resistant and fleece lined for extra warmth. However, they do come up quite snug. So much so that despite getting a couple of sizes up, they don’t give me enough movement to be able to school effectively. So they have only really been used for yard jobs and hacking. But they are incredibly warm! Full Review.
I am fairly useless at covering up my top half. I get hot very easily, especially when I am active. So in the past I have tended to go for vests with coats over the top, unzipping the top half when I get hot. But after several winters of mystery chest pain, I have been diagnosed with seasonal asthma and I have realised I need to be a bit more careful and thermal base layers seem to be the way forwards for me!
This has been my favourite base layer. It’s light enough that I am comfortable in it when we have surprisingly warm mornings. But it has also been super warm even on the coldest of mornings. I love the fibre technology which used friction to actually create heat! And despite the £50 price tag, I think all horse owners should look at adding one of these to their wardrobe. Full Review.
Another Heat Rub baselayer, this one also has the mazing fibre technology which generates heat to warm you up. But this one is a bit thicker and aimed at even colder weather. The only issue I have with this baselayer is that it I get a bit too hot in it if I am doing all of my jobs. And while it does a good job at whicking sweat away from my skin, I don’t feel it is quite as good as the Heat Rub Move. Full Review.
I really love the material of this thermal and think the fact that it can still work when wet is fantastic for a horse owner! While we never plan on getting wet, you can’t count on the British weather and you never know when an accident might happen (hunting dunking!) So I think this unusual working while wet feature is fantastic! However, much like the Heat Rub Ultimate, I just feel like it doesn’t quite compare to the Heat Rub move. But it is still a fantastic baselayer! Full Review.
I think all but one of my yard coats are Mark Todd coats. I just think they are fantastic quality coats. One of my Mark Todds is a lightweight waterproof and I have had it for over 10 years now and I wear it all year round. It has lasted incredibly well and I think I will always look at Mark Todd coats before any other brand as I have just had so much success with them. Full Review.
I have had Mark Todd yard boots for the entire time I have owned Scottie. Yes I am now on my 3rd pair, but I have had Scottie over 4 years now, so I don’t feel like that is bad going at all, especially since I practically lived in them while I was University. They are very comfortable and very warm over the winter. I used to get terrible chilblains on my toes but I haven’t had them since wearing these boots through winter! Full Review.