EGO7 vs Roeckl – The Glove Review

Hello Buckers!

It has been some time since I sat down and put some words into a blog for you all! It has been a hectic few months, form riding everyday to jumping almost every weekend, I did struggle to get back into the swing of blogging. I have been quite content on sticking to my Instagram posts, and well frankly I do miss writing down my opinions and putting my thoughts down in writing. Dangerous I know, arn’t you glad I don’t do this with a few drinks on me, god knows what I would come out with!

Anyways, getting back to the point, I have a lovely glove review below! I used to hate wearing gloves, until my hands began to start hating me for being raw and sore and just being full on horrific looking because they weren’t wearing any protection (hehe lol!)

I was gifted my Roekl gloves, as a present and I purchased the Ego 7 gloves out of curiosity, I dont know what it is, but it is extremely hard to find comfortable gloves to ride in… keep scrolling to see my thoughts below!


The Roeckl Glove

About The Roeckl Glove

“Roeckl Sports, premier equestrian glove manufacturer, is a family run business based on Munich, Germany, in their 6th generation of family ownership. Roeckl has a truly unique understanding of the sensitive relationship between horse and rider. While the rider is able to feel the shape and mood the horse is in, the horse also feels the rider. The rider communicates their intention with the body and especially with the hands, which is why riding gloves must never lesson the sensitivity. Top functional materials such as Roeck-Grip were developed by Roeckl for riding. Strong yet very thin, supple and elastic, while providing an excellent grip on the reins.

Roeckl’s excellent product artisanship and superior materials are evident in their riding gloves. They understand the bond that forms between a horse and rider, and so design gloves that foster that bond with exquisite “feel.” Roeckl Gloves fit like a second skin, allowing an elegant appearance, as well as extreme sensitivity on the reins.”

My Thoughts

Name one equestrian who doesn’t rave about the Roeckl glove? Il wait. While they are on the expensive side of riding glove, the price tag is certainly worth the price when you find yourself riding in a pair of these gloves. They seem to just mould to your hand from the minute you put them on, if they are new, old or worn they just fit so snug every time.

The wide variety of styles, colours and sizes as well as gloves for different disciplines is super impressive. Roeckl have really stepped up their game big time compared to their small range that they came out with a few years ago. There is nothing really I can fault massively with this glove, the wear and tear is long standing, I have my pair over a year now and I am only seeing small stretch marks on the side on my gloves which unlike any other glove they are certainly lasting their time.

They are comfortable, the fit is well and they are not too chunky on my hands when I am riding. Its a 10/10 from me. While they are on the slightly higher scale when it comes to the price range, it is an investment worth making! Just don’t loose them and you’ll be flying!

The Ego7 Glove

About The Ego7 Action Glove

“Ego7 ACTION Glove combines top grip technology with a classic fashion look and exceptional functionality. They are made of highly abrasion-resistant, superior vegan leather that provides a second skin effect, maximum grip and suppleness. Critical seams are double-stitched for extra durability.

The branded metal logo flap fastener across the back of the hand, the elasticated wrist ensures a snug, individual fit. These gloves fit perfectly to guarantee a real feel of the reins. Thanks to the innovative touch screen fingertips, they are cell phone compatible, perfect for daily use in schooling, training, competing and pleasure riding.”

My Thoughts

The “Action” Glove as it is described on the TRI website is a stunning glove to be fair, it’s fashionable, looks good and is not bulky and stuffy like many gloves on the equestrian market at the minute. These also go up in a number sizing format, they don’t just have a small, medium or large, which I quite like. It means you can fit your glove perfectly to your hand.

Me, like the awkward hun that I always am, I panic when trying things on in shops and struggle to pay attention to many things. This resulted in me half arse trying the glove on and ending up with a pair probably a size too big for me. And in typical Darielle fashion, she only realised after taking every single tag off and after riding in them thinking her hands would grow into them. Like Honestly, who even am I.

I can sadly say that I cant use my phone when wearing this glove, I do have a feeling that this is because they are slightly too big on me, which is a shame cause I am an awful divil for a selfie when on board. In hindsight, they are fully weather resistant, super comfortable and don’t give you that horrible sweaty hand feeling after a long hard training session. They are similar pricing to the Roeckl glove with a set price of €30 per set,

My only con, they need more colours, I would love to see a brown or a navy! I would recommend investing in a pair of these gloves even though one or two of the features mentioned didn’t technically work for me, They are smart, look extremely well in show gear, and their Vegan friendly?! What more can you want!


The Verdict

Up until recently, I would of hand on heart said their is zero comparison to the Roeckl glove, I wouldn’t of even bothered looking else wear or at another brand. But I have to say Ego7 have left me weak. They have set a standard and have delivered on a fabulous product.

Don’t get me wrong, the Roeckl glove will always be a firm favourite in my eyes, but I wont be shy recommending the Ego7 pair going forward, a save of €10 is a good save these days especially if your paying for a product of the same quality!

If you wish to purchase either glove, both are available and where purchased from TRI Equestrian. See links below!

Ego7 Glove – Ego 7 Action Glove (triequestrian.ie)

Roeckl Glove – Roeckl Chester Gloves (triequestrian.ie)

Keep an eye out next for my Flex-on Vs Acavallo Stirrup review, this one has been a hot topic in my IG DM’s!

Darielle

A Bunch of Jumpy Jumps – February Exercise 2

This week I am going to introduce you to a jumping exercise! It did not originally start out like the layout below, but with some great arena help my original grid progressed into quite an interesting workout not only for Dante but for me too. I keep my jumping to twice a week, alternating between grid work and related distance work for the meantime, I certainly killed two birds with one stone with this exercise!

Keep scrolling below to see the layout and “how to” on this weeks exercise.

The Set Up

For this exercise, see the set image below. It can be used as a flat work exercise or a canter pole exercise if you wish, for the brave I suggest you introduce some jumps to the mix! The distances are on the image below, please also take not that the poles without any triangles beside them, were not jumps! I like to keep a variety.

As always, the set up below is made for a horse, measurements may need to be adjusted for smaller horses or ponies. I would 100% recommend having someone on the ground to assist with adjustments for this exercise.

How To Ride This Exercise

  1. As always, I advise that a good warm up is done prior to partaking in any of our exercises. For this exercise I focused on having a forward moving canter in my warm up, keeping an even rhythm around the arena, as this is what I will be looking to translate into this exercise.
  2. This exercise can be ridden in sections first before progressing to the entire exercise. I began firstly by tackling the grid. This is set up with trot poles on approach followed with one stride of canter between each fence. The aim here was to land on the correct lead and to keep a forward even rhythm in the canter as Dante landed. To put it simply no breaking into trot or not taking off in excitement after the second fence.
  3. There were a few times when he was landing incorrectly, this is when the pole at figure number 2 came in handy, and helped assist as the course progressed on. I used this pole as a base for a lead change across the diagonal.
  4. This in turn then set me up perfectly to continue on to ride my related distance. Marked number 3 & 4 in the image below. Here we ran into some rushing problems between the fences. It was a four stride, and there were times we were getting 3… Sitting up tall after the first fence and wrapping my legs around him began to help as we done it a few times. I also found that the more I continued on with fences and poles and the less I brought him back to a walk, or a time out for me, the better he became at flowing easily through the exercises.
  5. Before I introduced the 5th section of the exercise in I wanted to make sure he was travelling more smoothly over part 3 & 4. It was quite a sharp turn into number 5 with yet another lead change as we landed.
  6. Once I was happy with all parts of the exercise, it was time to finally piece it all together. I get fidgety and flappy though corner and in between fences, so this was the aim here to basically sit on Dante and let him travel to the fences, no rider interference! It improved a lot as I rode it a few times, but this is an exercise that I will definitely be doing again, the variety kept Dante always thinking and the sudden turns and changes made me the rider really concentrate.
  7. To test yourself even more as you familiarise yourself with this exercise, after you come over fence number 5, transition down to trot and bring your horse over the grid again, see if your horse really listens and reacts to your direction!

The Benefits of The Exercise

  • Improves your horses canter and adjustability
  • Sharpens up your leg changing aids
  • Stops your horse from Rushing
  • Improves co-ordination

Remember to always finish an exercise with your horse on a good, positive note. Once you are happy with how your horse rode this exercise, finish up, I always tend to leave the exercise up for 2/3 days in the arena and visit it again to see how we have progressed from the first attempt!

I love a good technical jumping session, and now with shows coming back into action over the next few weeks this will certainly keep you and your horse on your toes ahead of entering the show ring!

Be sure to give it a go for yourself & do tag me in any videos you take of you doing this exercise!

Darielle

Focus On The Poles – February Exercise 1

It has been forever since I have had the time to sit down and put together some of the exercises I have been doing with Dante over the past few weeks. Dante is on a 7 day working schedule and for our flat/pole days and likewise on our jumping days I like to be prepared with what I am doing so that our time isn’t wasted in the arena.

For the month of February, I shall be sharing with you guys a weekly exercise, a mixture of flatwork & poles, and some jumping exercises also. We are on lockdown here in Ireland, so I hope it is something you can do or use as motivation to get you through your week with your horse.

Keep scrolling below to see the layout and “how to” on this weeks exercise. There is also a video over on our Instagram page on how Dante rode the exercise, be sure to check it out.

The Set Up

For this exercise, see the set image below. You can use it as a flat polework exercise, or if you are feeling brave or as you progress over a few days you can turn them all into jumps. I never walked the distances out between to outer canter poles, this was in order for me to be able to adjust Dante to the stride I wanted him to do.

The trot poles in the middle are 5 heel to toe footsteps between, with the middle pole raised. These can be adjusted to 4/4.5 steps for smaller horses or ponies.

How To Ride This Exercise

  1. As always, I advise that a good warm up is done prior to partaking in any of our exercises. For this exercise I focused a lot on transition work with Dante very helpful before we began, also making sure he was moving forward from my leg.
  2. This exercise can be ridden in sections first before progressing to one large exercise, depending on you and I guess how your horse is going. I began by getting an active forward trot over firstly the poles on the diagonal, and over the outer poles, getting Dante flexing around my leg in the trot, as we move up into canter this will become extremely helpful.
  3. Moving into our canter, I began by focusing firstly on cantering large circles over the poles at the top and bottom of the arena, focusing on having an even rhythm in the canter, making sure to also land on the correct lead as you move to your next pole.
  4. Once you are happy with this, you can begin to piece all of the 4 outer poles together. As you can see from my video on Instagram, I had a mixture of raised poles and small cavaletti’s as well as flat poles in this exercise. Variety for Dante works, he rushes more as the poles raise, so this was great to get him to approach flat poles the same as small jumps. My aim was to get a steady even forward canter the hole way around the poles.
  5. I haven’t mentioned the raised poles as of yet in this exercise, well let me add them in! They are used in this exercise to aid in changing your rein. I find this much easier to keep the exercise flowing so that you can keep the flow going instead of stopping and starting all the time. (As much as I would rather stop to catch my breath!)
  6. To finish, the entire exercise should ride as follows. Pick up your trot, changing the rein over your raised poles on the diagonal, pick up canter in the corner, ride a circle of canter over all your poles. Change the rein again over the diagonal, trotting over your poles, pick up canter and continue on with your canter over your poles on the other rein. Finish your exercise by transitioning down to trot and over your poles on the diagonal again, and viola, your done!

The Benefits of The Exercise

  • Improves your eye for a stride
  • Improves your horses canter and adjustability
  • Sharpens up your transitions
  • Improves flexability

Once you are happy with how your horse is riding this exercise, remember to always leave your horse on a good note, now keep in mind that your horse needs to do what you ask it to do so don’t worry if it takes a few turns to get this exercise right. I normally leave it up for 2/3 days to get it perfected.

I found this exercise super productive & really made me focus during my riding session. Plans really do work once you put them in place, It’s great to have a schedule to focus on and to keep you motivated, especially in this day and age!

Be sure to give it a go for yourself & do tag me in any videos you take of you doing this exercise! Next week I have a lovely jumping exercise that is sure to keep you thinking on your toes!

Darielle

Equisolv – Premium Equine CBD

Next up we have another fabulous Irish brand newly on the market, Equisolv Premium Equine CBD.

I have not used this product (as of yet!) so below is not speaking from experience but from research. From what I have found it is extremely interesting and sounds like a great addition to have in any yard or feed room. Equisolv Premium Equine CBD is a product of two passionate entities coming together to develop a supplement aimed at delivering numerous health benefits and alternative therapeutic solutions to horse health concerns.

Dawn Ward the founder of Elevation Equestrian has played quite a role in the development of this product, alongside the team at Remedy Health Ltd who are existing manufacturers of natural, organic CBD products, so lets get right into it, see below all the key facts you need to know about Equisolv Premium Equine CBD.

Benefits Of CBD For Horses

There are numerous benefits of using Equine CBD or so I am told anyways! Improving health & well-being, managing behavioural issues or as form of therapy. Like in humans, CBD is know to aid and assist with chronic pain, anxiety & stress levels, this has the same effect for our horses. Some additional benefits that caught my eye when reading up on it were the following, alleviating aggression and moodiness, reducing inflammation, promoting good digestive health, boosting the immune system, relieving allergies and is a very powerful recovery aid when given after strenuous work. All these benefits I am sure some of us horsey guys and gals could definitely use in our favour to have an even happier horse between our legs.

What is Equisolv CBD?

To put it simply Equisolv is a practical solution for numerous amounts of equine health concerns. A natural product that is 100% organic with no known side affects. Equisolv is super potent with a very minimal feeding rate required compared to other similar products on the market. It delivers 18000mg of full spectrum CBD per every 600g tub. The powder is milled to a very fine composition making it very easy to administer and is fed according to each individual animal’s requirements. This allows owners to adjust the dosage to suit every horse’s different needs. CBD is totally safe to feed and is not psychotropic as it contains no THC (present in marijuana plants and responsible for giving the famous “high”). It is continuously independently tested for quality and quantity of CBD. 

Below is a very useful chart when it comes to feeding & dosage!


Everything about Equisolv is 100% Irish, the hemp they use is grown and harvested in Co. Wicklow and the processing is completed in their facility in Youghal Co. Cork. It is 100% organic, contains no THC and is independently laboratory tested for the quality and quantity of CBD. Equisolv Premium Equine CBD should not be a replacement for sound veterinary advice but is a powerful natural aid to assist horses in the recovery of illnesses and injuries, for horses requiring relaxation and for when an additional nutritional boost is required.

Dawn Ward, founder of Elevation Equestrian has been instrumental in the development of Equisolv alongside the phenomenal team at Remedy Health Ltd who are existing manufacturers of natural, organic CBD products. The opportunity to collaborate on a quality, highly beneficial equine health supplement was taken and the outcome is a product that we are all extremely proud to stand over. 

Equisolv is certainly making a name for itself on the equestrian market as of late, and for all the right reasons at that too. The word game changer comes to mind, and some have even said miracle powder. They had a very accurate and relevant quote that really stuck in my head on their facebook page, I think as a horse owner it really stands out and makes a statement at that too!

As humans we house, feed and work horses in ways that are not natural to their evolution, Equisolv is our way of giving back to an animal that brings so much to so many of us.

Equisolv

If you like what you’ve read be sure to head over to the Equisolv website or check out their Facebook page for even more in depth detail on the product itself.

Available to purchase also from the following outlets – Equissentials , Sean McEntee’s, Equisolv

If anyone has any further questions, be sure to get in contact with Dara, or the team on their Facebook page, they are super helpful.

Darielle

Equisub

In times of trouble, us Irish seem to always find a way to laugh or joke or to have some humourous way around dealing with the hard things. We do often use this as a way of avoiding or dealing with the crazy and troubling times we are facing yet again, can you actually believe it? No. Me neither.

The fabulous Lorna O’Hare from Equestrian Reality recently set up a Facebook page gathering and pulling equestrian retailers together, for some of us our online shopping dreams finally came true, but I thought why not reach out and give some of these Irish businesses an extra push and some extra online recognition. There is nothing more I like seeing than Irish supporting Irish, especially in the equestrian community.

So welcome our new “Supporting Irish Equestrian” featured section on No Bucking Way. This is my way to give back to these Irish companies and to support them in what I can only imagine has been quite a difficult year. Each week I will introduce you to a new business give you details and links to their sites not only in a blog post but over on our social media channels too.


For your Information – So you are aware some brands & companies I have worked with before and have promoted their products.


Let me introduce you to Equisub

How many of you have heard about the brand new offering from Equisub recently? Well if you have been living under a rock please remove it and come back to reality QUICK! So lets get straight into in, see below everything you need to know about the new Irish brand Equisub, not only have they got Subscription box’s but they also have gorgeous horsey Pjs.

EquiSub – Subscription Boxes

Equisub is a new online equestrian subscription box company. From monthly gift boxes, to once off gifts, they even have special children’s versions available, Equisub have something for everyone. To make things a bit more attractive towards your spend, they are super affordable with prices starting from only €35. Things just keep getting better, you receive full sized products from an array of different Irish brands, yes I said full sized. This means you get the chance to try out products in full, I don’t know about you but samples only leave you wanting more.

Orders are to be placed before the 20th of each month in order to secure your subscription boxes to be dispatched on time. All orders can be made here.

Equisub – Pyjamas

Yes there is more to Equisub than subscription boxes. Pyjamas. No regular pj’s at that but horse themed pyjamas! Any horse girls dream. They have a few different styles, from onsies to two piece items they even have toddler sleep suits. I was gifted one of their fabulous onsies at Christmas, which I was super impressed with, so comfortable and the best bit, a flap at the back which means going to the toilet was much easier (no need to strip down!) The most important question of course left until last… They don’t loose shape after a wash, WIN!

Available To Purchase – HERE


The perfect gift for your horsey friend for that special occasion, be it a birthday, anniversary or if your feeling generous as a thank you gift, I don’t think you will go wrong with an Equisub subscription box for that horsey man or woman in your life.

Be sure to check out their website for additional gifts such as horse themed slippers and throw over blankets. Keep up to date by following their socials on Instagram & Facebook

Be sure to check back in next Monday for our next Support Irish Equestrian addition, and for any companies who want to get involved be sure to drop me an email.

Stay Safe & Happy Shopping,

Darielle

A Winter Exercise Staple, Trot N Rock

Finally getting back into the swing of normal again, making a riding schedule and trying to stick to it has now become quite the challenge, I forgot how much I hated the winter. Trying to get on top of our exercises has also been something I have really missed.

This exercise, Trot N Rock was one I done quite a bit through summer months, or during the first lockdown shall I say, it was a great transition exercise as well as one that kept Dante’s mind very busy and occupied.

I always find it hard to plan and think of things to be doing exercise wise in the arena, without a plan in my head of what I need to be doing each day, I often find myself drifting in and out of plans. Creating these short effective exercises certainly helps, it also keeps my riding quick but effective, and well what more could you want now that the winter months are creeping in amongst us.

Keep scrolling for my Trot N Rock exercise, it is definitely one to start with so many benefits not too mention how quick and easy it is to set up.


The Setup

Well, for this exercise all you need for your set up is 3 trot poles, of course an arena or a quiet field would also come in handy. Quite simple. The distance between your poles can depend, for a pony 4 heel to toe footsteps, for a horse I tend to do 4 and a half heel to toe footsteps. Check out the vid below!

Your arena doesn’t need to be fully clear, but I would recommend clearing at least the half of the arena you are using. See below as to where your set up should be done and what it should look like before you start.

The Benefits

  • Helps improve Balance, Suppleness, Rhythm
  • Helps develop hind end muscles and horses core
  • Helps to develop horses eye, and improves his co-ordination
  • Helps keep your horses brain busy, less anticipation of the work he thinks he’s doing
  • Teaches your horse collection

How To Ride This Exercise

Step 1 – Do I need to tell you what step one is, or have you been living under a rock? The warm up is as critical as the exercise itself! No warm up, especially in the winter time will leave you with an accident prone and stiff horse… so be sure to get your 15 minute walk trot and canter in before you “jump” into any of our exercises.

Step 2 – This exercise is so much easier to explain, I feel like I have already made a balls of the images! Start first by picking up your trot, you are looking for a nice rhythm not too fast, once you find it start by going over your trot poles. Do this a few times and be sure to change your rein often. Don’t leave it too easy so that your horse can anticipate the left and right turns. Focus on your turns before and after your poles also, aim for the centre and focus on staying straight through out the 3 poles

Step 3 – Once you are riding smoothly over the poles in trot, adding an element of canter to this exercise is what we shall be doing next, and no you don’t need to adjust them to canter poles. Your poles are placed down the centre of the centre or half way up even, when you are comfortable to progress to your canter, the aim is to canter 3 loops around each trot pole that you have placed down as per the image below. I would recommend practicing this a few times before we piece everything together. Dante looked at the poles strangely when he had to go through them opposed to going over them, you will be surprised on the strange things out horses look at!

Step 4 – You are looking for an active forward canter, your can begin with large circles, starting near the centre of the arena, progressing to the small circle, or you can go the opposite. Whatever suits your horse. Balance and rhythm is something you need to keep focus on, Sitting up straight holding a contact and riding from the leg will all benefit you in keeping the above smooth. Once you have mastered this, it is time to piece all of our above steps together.

Step 5 – Lets piece everything together, starting in trot and finishing in trot. BAM, I surprised you with a twist there! Pick up your forward active trot like in step 2 above, begin by coming over your trot poles in the center of the arena a loop on each rein. As you come over your poles the second time track left, you are now picking up canter in your next nearest corner. Now you are piecing in Step 3 and adding in your canter loops. Continuing until you have your 3 loops around your poles, using the same corner you picked up canter as a marker to transition back down to trot. Keep your forward trot when transitioning down, as you need to finish off by coming over your trot poles one last time and tracking right. In your next corner transition down to walk or straight to halt. Whichever your prefer and Viola, The Trot N Rock exercise is complete!


And there we have it folks, I have always wanted to say that in a room full of people… don’t even ask why! This exercise is so simple yet it has so many benefits that I am sure we can all gain from. You might only do it once and finish there, but you hit all the nails on the head and even manage to get two rein changes in at that too. It is also an exercise that gives you a sense of accomplishment when you finish your ride. I don’t know about you but motivating myself to ride in the winter can be a tough one. The cold is not my friend especially when you have to walk up and down the yard in the dark not to mention having to keep turning on and off lights..

Anyways I want you guys to give this exercise a go, it’s one I will be bringing back into my winter routine that’s for sure. We also love seeing you guys doing our exercises, be sure to tag us in any of your videos if you add it to your winter riding schedules!

Be on the look out for more pole workouts coming your way, it’s going to be a winter pole fiasco, I can just feel it in my bones! Pole work, gives you goal work…

Speak Soon,

Darielle