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

5 Equestrian Products I Am Obsessed With

Remember me? It sure has been quite a while since I put some keyboard to interweb! I am back and what better way to re-enter the horse blogger world than to give you a list of my top 5 Equestrian products I am obsessing over at the minute.

Keep reading to find out, be warned, I am a bargain hunter with some things, I love a good bargain and a good long standing product… get the credit cards ready!

Toggi – Sticky Butt Jods

How was I so late to this trend?How Have I been secretly missing out on the amazingness that is sticky arse riding jods? They are the best thing since sliced bread. If you dont have a pair of sticky butt riding jods, go buy a pair ASAP!

I got mine out of curiosity shopping in Holmstead, I have been going through that “I dont feel safe” in the saddle phase and thought I would try out a pair to see if they helped me feel that bit more secure whilst riding. Holy Mother of god they done just that. I dont think I can ever go back to riding without them.. Now I also dont think its correct to suggest you need these jodphurs to feel safe when riding, but as you get older you will try cling to the hope of something keeping you that bit safer when you ride… its all about those false sense of securities for me, they keep me sane!

Toggi have produced a fantastic product for just €59.99,They are comfortable, affordable, dont give you a camel toe and are very pleasing on the eye to look at a fine product for us equestrians, Being the first time I have worn the brand Toggi I am quite happy to now invest all of my money into their products going forward!

Available to buy Here

Packhorse.ie Mane & Tail Silk

I think I have gotten my point across quite aggressively with this product over on my Instagram the past few weeks. Dante mane is just gross. It is a big huge afro bush that I struggle to maintain half of the time, until this beaut came along. I was kindly gifted this product, but if It didn’t work or if I felt it wasn’t worth the money it certainly would not of made the list!

For €8.99 and for the amount you use at a time, this product is a grooming kit must have. So easy to use, I dabble it on my Penny’s hair brush and whisk it threw Dante mane one or two times a week, depending on his state, But It lasts and keeps that mane shiny for days.

Available from Packhorse.ie

Decathalon Synthetic Riding Boots

I absolutely hate spending “big bucks” on those essential riding items. It just destroys my soul and I have no idea why. Riding boots are something I wear every single day without them I cant begin to image how a, stupid I would look and b, the damage I would do to my feet.

After a lot of research and trying to find the cheapest riding boot available to buy online, some dodgy things did appear on my search bar.. anyways I have always shopped for essentials in decathlon but riding boots was never a thing that came into my mind when I thought of them… until I tried a pair on one day in their Dublin store.

Not only were they comfortable and not too awkward on the eye the cheap price label kind of put me off buying them for a number of week.But I couldnt get the thought of them out of my head I just said F*ck it, whats the harm, I will buy them and if there shit I will use them for something around the yard, for €60 I just couldnt go wrong

Jesus lads, I bagged myself a bargain, they are perfect. They wash well, havnt marked as of yet and they are comfortable. My teeny tiny calves fit into them also, and on bad days when my leg are feeling chunky the zipper has a wide elasticated side so I can squeeze the legs in and still walk around and ride in absolute comfort.

I cant recommend these enough, and people are quite pleasantly surprised when I tell them where I got them and how cheap they where. Add it to the Christmas wish lists lads.. omg did I just say that?

Available to purchase HERE

Equisoc Socks

If Equisoc have them, I want them. I am obsessssed. This review doesn’t take much as these socks are top class quality. And not to mention the gorgeous fun prints tend to bring out the young horsey girl vibes in me, they just cant go wrong with anything in my eyes.

We were gifted socks here at NBW, but if I didn’t like them I wouldn’t wear them. I am a fussy betch when it comes to socks, Anything too chunky, my boot doesn’t close, anything not long enough and I get all weird thinking my socks are falling down inside my boot… yes I am weird.

Equisoc socks just hug your legs in all the right places, not to mention the cushiony sole to keep your tootsies riding and walking around on little foot pillows. (yes i did just say that) If you haven’t got a pair yet, what is wrong with you? They start at €9.99 for a two pack pair, super cheap, super affordable.

Available to buy in store at TRI Equestrian or Ladychapel Stores

Enbarr – After Work Bar

I am a sucker for Enbarr products. Not only because they smell delish or that they are environmentally friendly.. the products just simply do exactly what they say on the tin. During lockdown, and during those hot summer evenings, The After Work Bar was the perfect addition to my evening cool down routine after I rode, poor Dante does not do well in the heat.

They have little knobbly heads that get right into the groves of your horse, right into the muscles also contains peppermint which apparently really helps cool down your horses muscles, not to mention that it makes their coats very very shiney. Oh and one last thing, the smell if to dieeee for! Its worth the purchase alone for the gorgeous smell, its not everyday you go home not smelly of horse Sh*t*!

I have it on my list to buy another few bars, mine in down to it last legs!

Available to buy HERE


If you follow us on Instagram I am sure you have already seen the story content of most products mentioned , I just cant get enough of them, literally obsessed… have I said that enough?!!

Have you got any products you just cant live without? Let me know in the comments below… are you even a real Horse Hun if you cant control yourself when it comes to buying new products like all the time?

Until next time buckers,

Darielle

Product Review – Le Mieux Hay Tidy Bag

I am banging out the product reviews lately. I am really enjoying sharing my opinions on certain products I have purchased or received as gifts, most of them were either Christmas presents or Birthday presents, none have been gifted by the brands themselves, so I hope that is some reassurance to our readers that all of our reviews are genuine.

9 times out of 10 the review is good, mainly because I was so invested in the product I was purchasing, done my research & enjoyed the results I put my money into.

Sometimes, it just doesn’t work out…. Keep reading to find out why.


About The Product – Le Mieux Hay Tidy Bag

The Le Mieux Hay Tidy Bag is an essential addition to your yard equipment. It will help in reducing waste and keeping your yard tidy. Designed with durable high quality fabric and reinforced stitching on the feeding panel this hay bag is suitable for all horses. Featuring a large opening at the top, an adjustable strap, and a clip, this hay bag allows for improved filling efficiency and easy tying.

  • Avaliable in Navy and Black.
  • Essential for the yard.
  • Perfect for travelling.

Yes this was copy & pasted from the website I purchased this product from, after reading this I really believed every single word written about the LeMieux Hay Tidy Bag.

Keep reading to find out the harsh reality….

Why Did I purchase?

As you all may be aware, I recently purchased a new horse box. (My timing was impeccable with all the shows cancelled due to Covid19!)

Anyways, upon purchasing the horse box, I wanted to purchase my own haynet. This may sound pretentious of me but I wanted a haynet that I could leave in the horse box so that I could just refill myself when travelling to shows, avoiding using any of the pre-filled haynets that we can use in the yard.

So I searched of course for a haynet or haybag should I say that physically looked nice because sometimes in life we buy things based on appearance… Poor Darielle always seem to find these things out the hard way!

My Opinion

It is good to try new things, but sometimes when you do it makes you see the quality in what you already had.

NoBuckingWay
This is the haybag from my last journey with Dante, barely any hay touched.

The above quote summarizes my experience with this product. This product really aggravated and upset Dante to the extent that when I opened the horse box at the end of a 10 minute journey he was snorting and dancing around the horse box because he physically couldn’t eat the hay from the haybag, yes my horse is always thinking of food & I think this product teased him more than anything, he couldn’t actually eat what was put right in front of him.

It does state in the description of this product that it is perfect for travelling, I can unfortunately let you all know that I believe it is the complete opposite. While the design looks attractive, the opening at the top is well made and does make it easy & efficient for you the human to fill the bag with hay, but the purpose of the product does not live up to its expectations as my horse found it next to impossible to eat hay from the front of the haybag. The holes on the front or the feeding panel of the bag were just way to small!

It does also state that the haybag “will help reduce waste & keep your yard tidy” I am not too sure what type of selling point this gives to anyone, but I will confirm it is true as I struggled to even pull hay out from the front of the haybag with my own hands…

Going forward I will be sticking to the trust worthy standard haynet for my travels. When travelling Dante I have been using the LeMieux haybag as a way of bringing & storing additional hay with me in the horse box for long journeys, So it still does still have some benefit to me & is was not a complete waste of money!

Purchase Details

The LeMieux Hay Tidy Bag was purchased from Old Mill Saddlery follow the link for the exact page, the price was €22.

Even thought the selling point of this hay bag mentioned nowhere that it was a “slow grazer” or that purpose was to slow down greedy eaters, I would suggest that this product could possibly be ideal for anyone who needs a solution for this matter. It could also be used for a horse on box rest to keep them occupied for a good few hours.

My advice/recommendation to Le Mieux, change the description of the product, So that poor Darielle that has notions of herself with a fancy haynet doesn’t get disappointed!


I hope you as readers understand that this is in no way a bad review to the company LeMieux, but more of an honest opinion on one of their products The Tidy Haybag. This product may work for others, but for me & Dante it just simply did not.

I will always be real in my opinion on a product & for that I commend myself for my own honesty. Too many blogs or bloggers out there are endorsing products they were given for free because they are afraid to give honest opinions, or are recommending them to equestrians for payment, that is quite simply not us!

While this review was honest and probably not what you expected, I do love the brand LeMieux for their numnahs & clothing, so it has in no way tarnished my thoughts on purchasing from the brand again.

I would love to hear from you if you have used this product & what your Opinions are, was it just me?

Thanks for reading,

Darielle

Product Review – Epiony Heatpad and Massage Mitt

Have you heard of the brand Epiony? Well if you haven’t have you been living under a rock? It is the new kid on the block when it comes to essential equestrian must have products.

With everything going on in the world & being out of work and away from the horses it has given us a lot of spare time to start penning our thoughts on the products we have been using. The beauty about these Epiony products is that not only can your horse benifit, you can too!

Want to read more? You know the drill by now, scroll for all the ins & outs!


About The Brand Epiony

Epiony Ltd was founded in 2016 by Emma Easton-Powell BSc (hons), a university student aged 21. Emma started her brand from the ground up at the age of 19 with no previous experience or funding. She started with £200 she had saved up from her birthday and Christmas and started The Massage Mitt in 2014, then rebranded to Epiony Ltd in 2016 and since then has continued to grow into a global therapy brand.

The idea for The Heat Pad came about due to her weak lower back, sometimes after riding or general exercise her back could ache and heat helped ease any discomfort without her having to take painkillers every time. However hot water bottles were impractical to walk around with, were bulky and took time to make so she decided to design a lightweight, portable and flexible Heat Pad that could be used anywhere, not just your back.

Epiony has quite the backround story, to read it in full click this link, it is very inspirational reading how much Emma has grown this company to what it has become today.

The Epiony Heatpad

The Heat Pad runs off a 12 volt smart lithium ion battery with four temperature settings and has been made from a light weight super soft leatherette fabric combined with heat resistant insulation wadding to trap and reflect the heat back onto the muscles to soothe and relax either you or your horse.

It is one of the easiest products to use, turning it on you keep your finger on the button, and to set the tempeture you simply click it to the tempeture you wish. the light indicates the heat intensity, red, orange & green. (green lowest, red highest)

With the heat pad it arrives packed up in a gorgeous carry bag, inside you get two straps, one long surcingle that can be adjusted to size, a neoprene waist belt which is a wider strap that is great for using on your horses neck. Also you get your lithium battery & a charger. It is all safety first when it comes to Epiony, the battery has a special built in thermostat to prevent it from overheating, basically If the battery gets too hot it automatically turns itself off.

For The Human

So anyone following us on Instagram will know that myself (Orla) and Cosmo had a fall when we were jumping a few weeks ago. I landed smack bang on my right shoulder which almost instantly seized up. As with these kind of injuries, I iced it for the first day but after that, the best treatment is heat – enter the Epiony Heatpad. I was in a significant amount of pain after the fall, my neck was extremely sore and stiff and I couldn’t really use my right arm – the heatpad was a godsend. Each evening I’d strap the heatpad on using the straps provided, which are very easily adjusted to fit us humans, and I’d sit with it on for a good hour as it soothed my aches and pains.

After 3 days of using it, I noticed a significant improvement in the muscular pain in and around my shoulder and neck. I’ve had similar injuries before and these have easily taken up to a week to see this kind of improvement so I was grateful to have the heatpad to speed up the healing process.

For The Horse

There are many amazing factors this product has for your horse. For one, it is excellent at reducing stress & helps with relaxing of the muscles. A lot of people find it great for using on your horse pre-exercise as it essentially helps warm your horse up & get the blood flowing to those key muscles your horse would be using during exercise.

The Heat therapy also helps decrease stiffness & increase flexibility that in time improves your horses comfort. This would be a great addition to any horse on rest or any that is recovering from injury. From using it on Dante, I found that using it before exercise almost relaxed him a little too much, so I began using it after workouts as more of a reward to help ease his muscles after work. I found it really helped him and loosened him out when I went to ride him a day or two afterwards. I mainly use it on the top of his neck/poll area & the top of his lower back on his Sacroiliac muscle in 20 minute time frames. These areas tend to tighten up more frequently and the heat helps relax the muscles that bit more. It is a great addition to my kit & helps prolong Dante’s physio visits by a few weeks.

The Epiony Massage Mit

The Massage Mitt is suitable for horses, cats, dog and humans. It relaxes tight and tense muscles, increases blood circulation and reduces stress. It is made from a robust polymer and nine 360 degree rotating steel balls. This hand shaped mitt is exceptionally easy to use and works along with the shape of the surface it works on ensuring comfort and relief in both the masseur and the recipient. 

For The Human

The massage mitt is the perfect complementary treatment to the heatpad. I had some serious knots and muscle pain in my shoulder and neck even a few weeks after the fall so when I didn’t have time to sit with the heatpad, the massage mitt was the perfect reliever for my sore, tight muscles. I would regularly try to give myself shoulder massages (as with most riders, I tend to have tight shoulders) but this mitt made it just so much easier. It also allows you to move a bit further down your back, applying even pressure across your muscles as you move. To be honest, Dars is lucky she got it back, I wanted to keep it so it’s definitely on my purchase list!

For The Horse

Again this is another amazing product to loosen & get muscles moving or “awake” prior to exercise. I use it mostly on Dante’s shoulders and around his saddle area. It is normally a quick 10 minute massage before tacking up. It is a super tool to have when you simply don’t have the time to be spending pampering over your horse.

On his days off from work when I have the time to be up grooming he will get an all over body massage. Using circular motions with the mit it really gets the blood circulating in turn releasing tension. It is quite rewarding to see his relaxing expressions when it is being used. It certainly loosens him up thats for sure.

Cleaning The Mitt

I have yet to clean the mit.. sorry Orla, I know you have been using it on your shoulder! So I have copied over the instructions that the Epiony website have given, it is on my to do list once I get back down to the yard!

Our Verdict….

If you dont have one of the above, save up your money & make the purchase. In my opinion it is an essential! It is money well spent or if you want to it would be a good idea to go halves with your horsey friend. Both horse & rider benefit massively from both products, the heatpad was even used by my pregnant sister & she loved it to relieve lower back pain.

They are available to buy direct from www.epiony.com. £139.99 – Heatpad / £10.99 – Massage Mit. Epiony products are definately money well spent if you invest. If you need to save up for a while prior to purchase or if you decide to go halves with your friend, you wont regret it!

We also recommend you keep an eye on their social media accounts, facebook & Instagram, Epiony run regular competitions, you could be lucky enough to win some of their amazing products.


Two super products that I can’t recommend enough for anyone looking to purchase. The heatpad seems a little on the pricier side, but when you look at the benefits it is certainly exceptional value for money.

They do have a third product, the Thermal Wand this retails at £169.95, it is a little outside of our price range at the minute, but another product we certainly have our eye on.

Thank you for reading, and if you have any questions regarding both products please do get in contact. This was not a gifted post & my review was based from experience & a great Christmas present!

Until Next Time,

Darielle

Product Review – PlusVital Effivet

Product placement in Tack shops is key to getting noticed. Why do I say this? Well if it wasn’t for a busy day at Lady Chapel Stores, I would not of come across these amazing PlusVital products, the Effivet Farm Liquid & The Effivet Farm Hydrogel. Little did I know that they were exactly everything I needed and in fact they were everything I had been looking for over the last few weeks, realising they were under my nose the entire time is a bit of a sickner!

I am going to run through this product review below but most importunately let you know what I think of the product & the results I got, keep scrolling to find out more!

What Is Plus Vital Effivet Spray?

EFFIVET: A TOPICAL, ANTI-BACTERIAL, ANTI-FUNGAL AND ANTI-VIRAL SKIN CLEANSING LIQUID FOR FLUSHING WOUNDS AND HYDROGEL SOLUTION FOR WOUND REPAIR

Effivet is a potent germ killer containing a patented technology that allows it to mimic the body’s own immune system. Hypochlorous Acid is a weak acid that is released by cells of the immune system to kill bacteria.

It is antibacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal, as well as being very effective at breaking down the cell wall of bacteria and killing the bacteria internally. It is safe to be ingested as it is naturally occurring in the body and is non-irritating.

What Does It Do?

There are a number of great qualities of the Effivet Sprays, I have listed them below:

  • Kills a wide range of germs
  • No rinsing required & horses can ingest safely
  • Suitable for, wound cleaning, dermal cleansing, relief from scratching, skin scrapes, insect bites, burns or scalds, kills fungal organisms to name a few
  • Hydrogel sticks to the site where it is applied which allows the hypochlorus acid get into the wounds or cuts
  • Hydrogel lubricated the wounds and acts as a barrier from dirt or from a general horse environment
  • Both products are dermatologically tested as suitable for sensitive skin (This i can confirm as Dante has the worlds most sensitive skin type!)

I am sure there are some points I have missed but more information is available on their website www.plusvital.com

How Do You Use It?

There is not much to explain about the how of using the Effivet spray. There are two different nozzle settings, one for spraying & one for shooting.

To clean the would, always use the Effivet Farm Liquid spray first, this cleans the infected area & prevents any further infections.

Once the area is clean, spray the Efficvet Hydrogel (this is a spray also not a gel as I thought!) There is no need to rub this in, it gets absorbed into the affected area so allowing it to dry naturally is all you need to do.

An important fact to note, If your horse decides to lick at the gel or liquid it is completely safe, it will not harm your horse!

My Thoughts on The Product

Well, as you all have seen from our Instagram stories, Dante’s back legs were riddled with what I thought was dirt. This was in fact Smegma from his “Bits” brushing onto his back legs. In certain parts it left quite the trail of filth, leading to hair loss in parts & if left longer I would say it would have grown into quite the infection. This is where I was left for weeks on end searching for a product that would help clean the infection, and get rid of any lasting germs that where there in order for me to keep his back legs, his willy & himself in good clean conditions.

This is where the Effivet stepped in. Using the Farm Liquid spray, I cleaned out the infected areas, on one leg in particular he seemed to react a little bit to the spray being put on, but the nozzle on the bottle allows you to either spray up close or from a distance, this helped massively. It also meant that I didn’t get a kick to the face! This spray effectively cleaned the areas of infection & helped stop more infection from arising.

I won’t lie for the first 2 days, I didn’t realise what the hydrogel was for or that they needed to be used in sync. I am sure they also work perfectly fine used separately, but for the purpose of the review I decided it would be better to use both efficiently!

So…. After applying the Farm Liquid spray, I then applied the Farm Hydrogel. You again use the spray nozzle to spray it onto the affected areas. Allowing this to dry naturally was perfect, it meant that when I finished riding, I could put the spray on and was could go straight home!

It wasn’t until Day 4 that I started seeing some noticeable results to his back legs. The spray really helped to clear & lift up the grim on his back legs. This also meant that I was able to properly see what damage the long lasting Smegma on his legs had been doing.

A few examples of his legs, we still have a bit to go! But great progress so far.

I have been using the sprays for over 4 weeks now & I can safely say that the difference in his back legs is great. I am Delighted that there is no infections and although the cleanness of his back legs will be something I will always need to have to upkeep it is good to know that having both these sprays will help keep any infections at bay!

Both products definitely delivered with what they said they would do, & whilst I used them quite frequently over the last 4 weeks, both bottles seem very full still, so a little goes a long way with them.

I have since used both sprays on small cuts Dante has gotten to clean them out and then to let then heal over. This stuff is great, highly reccommend!

Purchase Details

Both of these fabulous products are available to purchase from Ladychapel Stores in Maynooth, Co.Kildare. The cost of the Effivet Farm Liquid is €19 & the Effivet Farm Hydrogel is €20.

If you have any further questions, be sure to ask Mark or Clodagh, they have a wealth of knowledge! They also have a wide selection of PlusVital products available instore.

Opening hours of Ladychapel Stores are form 9am – 3pm Monday – Saturday.


If you have gotten this far on my review, thank you for reading! I think both these products are definite bonus items in my grooming kit & something I am super glad I mistakenly came across.

If you have any other questions, or would like any further details be sure to drop me a message & I will help you as best as I can. Be sure to follow Plusvital over on Instagram to keep upto date on everything they do!

And if any of you out there have horses who suffer from the “Smegma Legs” like Dante or have gone through the ordeal of clearing it like I have done, my fellow blogger Natalie O’Keeffe of Inside Track Eventing gave me a great tip in containing the spread & to stop any future mishaps, rub pig oil on your horses back legs! This prevents anything from sticking keeping your horses legs Grime free!

Thanks for Reading,

Darielle

Exercise 3 – Grid Lock ft. Jump Start Showjumps

I am loving doing these exercises, the reaction is just amazing! I am trying to out do myself each time thinking up bigger, better & more exciting schooling exercises for you all.

I have seen a good bit of conversation lately on Grid Work, with that I decided to put together a simple yet effective exercise for you all to try out, one suitable for the experienced or beginner ride, it also comes with a string of benefits too for horse & rider.

We have a special addition to our exercise post this week let me introduce you to Jump Start Showjumps who have kindly gifted us 3 sets of their fabulous new Pole Raisers. I have incorporated them into the Grid Lock exercise, to show you how useful & amazing they are in your everyday training.

Keep scrolling to find out more!

The Set Up

For your set up, your arena does not need to be completely free. If you wish for your horse to be less distracted you can of course set your arena up with just the grid.

Your “Grid” will be set up across the diagonal of your arena. See the image below. You will need 3 sets of your Jump Start Showjump Pole Raisers, and 6 poles. If you dont have your Pole Raisers, you can use blocks yo raise your poles or you can alternatively use wings in their place.

The Distance between your first two raised poles is 10 footsteps. I also stacked two sets of Pole Raisers to raise the second pole a little higher. The distance then to your jump is one stride. To walk this out you will need 8 large footsteps. (This may need to be adjusted for pony strides!)

I also put a placing pole after the jump. This helped Dante with holding himself together a bit better after he landed. I walked out 14 footsteps for this, he has a big stride or 4 large footsteps. This can be adjusted as you jump your grid.

The Benefits of This Exercise

  • Improves your accuracy
  • Improves yours & your horses Rhythm
  • Improves riders confidence with jumping
  • Gives the rider time to put more focus on their position
  • Helps with Straightness

How To Ride This Exercise

As always, I advise that you do a good warm up with your horse prior to partaking in any of our exercises. For this exercise it was all about a consistant rhythm in the canter, whilst creating an active forward canter focusing on getting his hindend underneath him to create that energy I will need before I started on my grid. Once you are happy with how your horse is feeling follow the steps below to get the most out of our “Grid Lock” exercise.

Step 1: Start your grid by doing it in sections. Starting easy & building yourself up to the final hurrah! See the image to the right. Your first task is your two canter poles with one stride into your ground pole. Remember before you approach your grid get a consistant canter if you have to circle a few times, that is ok! On your approach remember that they are raised ground poles, a jumping position is not required. It is up to your horse to get over the poles, you are there to guide them! Remember to keep your contact consitant throughout, not to drop it once you reach the first pole. (yes that is my bad habit!)

Step 2: As you go through the grid a few times, try to focus on getting your horse to land on the correct lead change as he comes over the last pole. If you are having trouble with this, when you reach your corner as you land bring your horse to trot & then straight away ask them for canter on the correct lead. Once you are happy it is time to move on to some proper grid work by adding in some jumps!

Step 3: Leaving your ground poles on your pole raisers adjust your jump up-to a height that you feel comfortable with. Your horse will be used to going down this grid by now, when you ride down your grid again now with a jump being introduced, try to focus on your position in the saddle. Are you sitting up tall between poles, shoulders back? how is your jumping position? Also start to think about your horses straightness through the grid are they are veering to a certain side? Are they struggling to lift their leg over the fence? Well Lets complete this grid by adding in some V poles.

Step 4: The last step is to add in some V poles. I added them in to get Dante lifting his legs properly, and to help improve the shape he makes over a fence. He can be quite lazy at times, V poles make him concentrate that bit more & sharpen up his jumping. They are also great for horses that veer to the left or the right. To set them up simply place them either side of your jump, with the V forming n the middle of the fence as per the image below.

Step 5: Jump your horse down this grid until you are happy with their performance, I tend not to over do it with grids, I also up the height each time I jump down it so that Dante has something different each time. Remember this is a gymnastics exercise for your horse so they will be tired quicker than normal!

If you are having some difficulties with your horse or with their jumping, remember that especially if they are young they are still learning. Their bodies are getting used to all these new muscles & movements so don’t be too hard on yourself or your horse & do try not to over work them. Grid work is a great confidence builder for horses learning to jump or for youngsters. Keep things simple.


About Jump Start Showjumps Pole Raisers

Pole Raisers are a clever, easy to use training tool for you & your horse. They are used to raise ground poles during training session to help improve your horses flatwork. There are a string of benefits that will enhance your horses performance such as helping your your horse understand the placing of their legs, balance, co-ordination & helping them to concentrate during your training sessions. They can be used singularly or you can stack them also for more height if you wish.

The Quality – I can put my hand on my heart & say that the pole raisers certainly stood the test of time , they are 100% weather proof! I am slightly ashamed to say I literally left them out in hail, rain & snow over the weekend and they didn’t disintegrate or soften at all. I found them really easy to carry around the place, they are made from wood so you would expect them to be quite heavy but they are super manageable.

My thoughts on the product – If I had a euro for every time someone in the yard told me they were amazed by this product I would have at least €20 by now! I am super impressed. They are the perfect addition to any pole mad equestrian. They are heavy enough to not move out of place if your horse knocks the pole off likewise their is enough freedom for the pole to be able to roll off when your horse knocks, super important!

The price & purchase information – The value for money is outrageous! for a set of two the cost is €8.50 or if you wish to buy a set of 3 pairs they cost €24. Compared to some plastic items on the market I really couldn’t recommend them more. If you want to place your order get in Contact with John O’Toole by calling 086 7337925 or be sure to drop him a PM on Facebook.


This weeks exercise was one of my favorites yet. Let me know if you give it a go at home or in a lesson by tagging us in your videos, in turn if you have any questions dont hesitate to get in contact! Be sure to also follow Jump Start Showjumps on their Instagram page.

Be sure to head over to our Instagram page to check out Dante tackling this Exercise, He is a superstar!

Until Next Time & if you want to feature in one of our exercises or collaborate be sure to drop us a PM.

Darielle