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

Dante Update: The Changes I made to round my 8yr old horse

It’s been a long time since I done an update on Dante let alone any progress related posts. We have certainly come a very long way! Dante is now 8… 8 years old!!!! What the Fork!

The last year we have overcome an awful lot of obstacles, from behavioral issues to outbreaks in how we works together as a team, we have changed & tweaked a certain amount of things to get us where we are today.

There is a still a good bit to go, but I can safely say that I am extremely happy with our progress to date. Let me run through some of the things below, from jumping to small tack changes, sometimes you have to power through the storm to see some good results & sometimes small tweaks & adjustments are what you need to do!

Keep reading to read all about us, our journey, the changes, maybe you might pick up some ideas, or maybe you might be in the same boat!


Jumping – This has always been something I have struggled to find the happy medium with. Dante loves to jump, he has so much talent jumping also. I think for me I always had the fear of him taking off on me, therfore I struggled to think that I ever had control of any situation. The last year has changed tremendoulsy. We completed our First Meter Course before Xmas & looking back on the first half of the course, it was truly dreadful. I didn’t know then but Looking at it now I am super proud of that metre course we done, we ackomplished a massive achievement. Pushing yourself is something that you should definately do every once in a while, & it has paid off. I have more confidence now & I think we both trust each other a lot more. I certainly trust him a lot more to get me aroudn a course without me having to interfere as much as I thought I had too.

We have been focusing a lot on strengthening up Dante’s weaker rein. I am aware that Rome wasn’t built in a day so this will also take time, I am happy to see the small improvements as we focus on our training sessions at home. I am 100% jinxing myself but right now I am so happy with him, he jumps with a controlled contained energy behind him instead of exploding off into the distance with me, I am just a super proud HOM. (Horse Mom!) Long may the improvements continue.

Tack Changes – Fluffy nosebands, I honestly thought these were kind of stupid before, that people who used them simply just liked fluff. Who can blame them, they are so flufffffy!! Again, I can hold my hands up & say I was completely wrong on this also, yes I am a judge bitch! I noticed that when out jumping a course, Dante was looking everywhere instead of where he was supposed to, so someone suggested getting blinkers & putting a fluffy cover over his noseband to help him concentrate.

It bloody well worked a treat!! The fluff on his nose helped distract him and kind of had him looking down, so no head in the air, and the Blinkers made him look straight ahead of him where he should of been looking when he was working or when jumping. All these small changes have worked & helped us massively, and Yes my ignorance got the better of me, why didnt I listen a few years ago?

Singular fluff piece is from Holmestead Saddlery

Bits – Dante has always been ridden in a snaffle, he still is from time to time. I noticed that I majorly lacked any control at times or struggled to get him back to me when jumping bigger fences or courses. So with a lot of useless googling done by me, I gave up & went and asked my trainers. One suggested to use a A Copper Cherry Roller snaffle, and the other a Rope GAG bit. (Yass, I have two trainers, They are amazing, #Jer #Sue) I learned that interestingly enough both bits actually seemed to work quite well for him.

I use the Gag mainly when out jumping courses or when doing jumping lessons at home & when I am lunging or doing flat work sessions I use the copper cherry roller snaffle. I have two bridles, so the only torture I have is changing the reins over. These 2 new bits used in coordination with each other have also been a factor in softening Dante in the mouth, in turn it has softened my contact a lot, it’s been a win win situation all round.

Cheltenham Gag, rope cheek pieces from Equijump Ltd.
Copper Cherry Roller Bit.

Flatwork Improvements – We can actually leg yield 4-5 steps now without having a tantrum! I never thought I would ever say that! He reacts to my leg aids extremely well now & His arse is actually starting to move in sync with his entire body, it doesn’t have a mind of its own anymore, I am THRILLLLLED!!!! Honestly though, the difference in the way he holds himself is tremendous. Hard work certainly pays off, I will say I have been wearing spurs on him for the extra back up I need to keep him moving forward. I do alternate between days of riding him with & without them.

Lunging – Yes people I use training aids. And to all you people out there that don’t agree with them or troll people that do use them, there are more important things in life that trying to voice or force your opinion about something that is not relevant to you. #BeKind.

I have found the magic ingredient to getting him lunging nicely, relaxed & more importantly something that helps & encourages him to stretch his giraffe neck down. Something he is so bad at may I add. The Reinrite lunge. I try to lunge him once a week and try focus more on transitions & maintaining steady rhythms through out our work. It all seems to be translating into our riding, something that you cant help but be happy with.

The ReinRite Lunge, their newest product! Full review coming soooooon!!

The Riders Journey – Well considering I haven’t left the yard since before Xmas, cabin fever is beginning to set in big time, not having a box was a big factor to this, but…… I am also thrilled to say that I have recently just purchased a new horse box! I am over the moon & still quite shocked that I have one. I have a list as long as my arm of places I need to get back to, the Curragh Water Treadmill being one, This place is just a godsend for horses. If you haven’t been I advise you get your horse there now, Hettie & co, I will over in a few weeks!! Some Big plans need to be set in motion for Summer 2020 ASAP!!

I am also dying to get over to Carlanstown for some XC, Amy Smyth I am not forgetting those insta plans to meet up over there soon!!

I do shamefully need to start looking after myself a bit better, I am not getting any younger & my back certainly is beginning to take the blunt of some of the things I do. It is quite hard to find time to go to the gym between work, the horse & being a mom time is of an essence so maybe I will just have to start doing some home exercises again, my core needs a lot of work!! Anyone any suggestions??

What The Future Holds – Some plans are being put into motion, we are hopefully going to make The RC spring league, along with the festival & SJ Championships in the summer. I also definitely want to move up a class in RC & do some more SJI show. And yes you heard it here first, this year I am going to try do some dressage tests…. he has good movement & potential I just need to get myself some more patience!

Ohh & lastly, I want to go on a horsey trip with Dante, I’m thinking maybe some of you could come too? Il start by Throwing the idea out there….


Some hardcore Dante reminiscing right there, it’s good to sit down & write or even think about your accomplishments to date with your horse. It certainly helps to put some things into perspective.

Patting yourself on the back from time to time & telling yourself you’ve done a good job is also needed.

For now, it’s back to some proper work with Dante, this shitty weather in Ireland has me pushing the pause button every 2nd day. I am counting down the days until Summer!!

Talk soon,

Darielle

A Survival Guide To Winter Riding – 7 Top Tips

If I had a euro for every time I heard an Equestrian say those dreaded lines, “the evenings are getting darker” or “Im not riding its raining” I would have myself a nice sum of money thats for sure!  Not many of us are fond of the winter weather, but unlike other hobbies us Equestrian put the head down and carry on with things no matter the consequence.

If Dante could mix his own feeds & exercise himself I’d let him at it…. But what if I told you there were a few tricks for some winter riding balance? Like getting the important things done but on a shorter schedule than normal..  

I have put together a list of 7 winter riding survival tips not only to shorten your time out in the cold but to also get some benefits to that dreaded winter riding….   

1. Lunging

When it comes to shortening up your evening in the yard one word comes to mind… LUNGING.

As much as we make ourselves think we want to ride 5 days a week in the Baltic weather conditions, who are we actually kidding? At least once a week I roll up to the yard forcing myself to brave the cold with Dante to only find myself hopping back in the car to go home!

Well this is your easy way out. If it’s just to stretch your horses legs or getting the freshness out of them after a few days off, lunging is simply perfect to implement into your winter riding routines. What better way to see progress than looking at your horse moving from the ground!

2. Variety

Most of us work 4-5 days a week. If you work any less than that and can still afford a horse please do look into giving me a job!! Daylight hours are so precious racing down to the yard on your day off to ride in normal light is a very rare occasion!

Recently I have tried to incorporate a weekly outing for Dante instead of running around the same arena we work in everyday. Why not try make it routine that you go out jumping in a winter league, or why not treat your horse to a walk on the beach?

Get yourself and your horse out of that yard (if you can!) it will only do you and your horse all the better, think of it as prep for all those spring summer shows, your horse will get used to travelling they will begin to enjoy the weekly treat of visiting somewhere new.

Make sure to also make use of every single indoor arena rental there is available to you!! God bless anyone with an indoor arena in this weather, spot the jealous Hun Over here…

3. Re-Evaluate your Training Schedule

There comes a time during the Winter, normally hits mid November when you start to think to yourself, why am I breaking my back trying to keep up with such a hardcore training session for my horse? Take a step back and think to yourself, are you competing regularly? Do U need to be training this hard?

I have decided to take a step back and cut my riding days down to 4 instead of 5. In doing this, I found that I put much more energy into getting good sessions over the 4 days rather than struggle to motivate myself over 5!

Don’t be hard on yourself, some weeks when I only ride twice & lunge twice, some weeks when I ride even less. But during each session I pick on one thing to focus on whether it be transitions on the lunge or having a consistent forward rhythmic canter on both reins whilst riding. These small things will make massive differences when you go to pick up a full routine in the Spring.

4. Make Use of What You Have

By this I don’t mean that you are limited to supplies whether it be wings poles or fillers etc. Who else hates pulling and dragging poles in the cold? GUILTY!

Just the other day I went to ride in the arena, when I arrived there was one pole. One pole laid out and yes I will admit I was way too lazy to get down, set something up and so on. The point in this is that I am pushing you to make do with what you have. Let your imagination run wild. Have fun in your training schedule, push the boundaries! Make winter a time to investigate the hidden talents your horse has!

Here’s a simple pole laid out in the arena, see below the many different exercises I done with it. See what I mean? Open your mind & start getting creative.

5. Give Your Horse A Break

Hands up who loves a winter city break? Well guess what…. if you deserve one, so does your horse. Give your horse a week off, a few days off here and there wont hurt either. Winter should be a time for them to recuperate, refresh & to evaluate what they have done and learned over the summer.

You would be surprised what a few days off can do to clear the head. You will have an eager, willing horse when they comes back into work.

This was taken back in September when rug weren’t needed!

6. Cooling Down your Horse Correctly

Its all fun and games riding that amazing training session, having your horse moving forward & working Fabulously only to realise that when you finish you don’t have the time to wait around for your horse too cool off correctly before rugging. Winter time also comes with the dreaded cooling off time…. never forget to schedule time for “THE SWEAT”!!!

Walking your horse around the arena after you ride helps cool them down quicker, a walker can also do this for you as you run around tidying up your bits! Be sure to put a cooler on your horse while there walking to avoid them getting a chill. When stabling be sure to remove the damp cooler and replace it with your heavy rug or stable rug when your putting your horse away for the night.

7. Dress Accordingly

Don’t be the hero. Or should I say don’t be that idiot roaming around in the next to nothing T-shirt in the -2 degrees frost bitten weather. I will not pity the cold or flu you get because going around not appropriately dressed to the weather is your own fault!!

Wearing my Zerofit Ultimate Base Layer

Grab your thermals, grab your base layers, winter is not pretty!! It’s hello rosy cheeks & numb fingers goooodbye bronzed skin & bingo wings… Wrap up well & look after yourself. Your limited enough when it comes to time in the saddle don’t let getting sick get in the way too! I always have a spare pair of gloves & socks at the yard incase I ever need them, be sure to do the same yourself, its a blessing in disguise!


And there you have it my 7 winter riding survival tips. Have I left out any important go to ones? Be sure to let me know.

We are based in Ireland, the temperate is currently 4degrees, with a non stop mixture rain or winds that are so cold they would cut you in half!

Do let us know your Winter tips in the comments below, I would love to hear about the fun secretive winter tricks you swear by in the winter aswell, the more the merrier!

As always, thanks you for reading & watch yourself in this weather, don’t be out there catching colds, Wrap up warm!!

Darielle

October Exercise – Coming Full Circle

It has been forever since we have done an exercise post here at No Bucking Way. We have so many new exciting ideas for our exercises & with the addition of Cosmo to the gang we have really had to think hard going back revisiting & reviving our older “young horse” exercises.

Prepare to be excited & keep your eyes peeled for Orla’s first Cosmo exercise next week, but up first we have one all about Dante. As hard as it is to say, this is an exercise for the older slightly more experienced horse. I can’t believe I am referring to Dante as Experienced…. What has the world come to!

Don’t worry though, I like to keep my exercises extremely versatile & adjustable, as you know Dante can pick & choose is moods, she if you have a young horse, an older horse, experience or unexperienced keep scrolling to find out all about riding our “Coming Full Circle” exercise!

Side Note: I rode this exercise on Dante wearing my Reinrite training aid. You may have noticed this on Dante the past few weeks. A full review is coming next week, I have been trialing this aid in almost every aspect of our training!

The Set Up

For this exercise, you will need 5 poles, & 3 x cavalletti’s stands to raise your poles in the centre of your arena. Clear your arena/field as best you can, removing any obstacles except for what is laid out in the image below. This is so you can make use of the entire arena & give you and your horse as much space as you can get!

The space between your canter poles should be 10 footsteps. I adjusted mine to 12 as I wanted to push Dante in his canter a little bit whilst still maintaining control.

The Benefits Of This Exercise

  • Improving your canter rhythm
  • Maintaing a steady canter rhythm
  • Improving your horses suppleness
  • Great for improving your horses balance
  • Improves your eye for a stride

Steps For Riding This Exercise

Step 1:

  • As per any of our NBW exercises, we recommend a good 15/20 minute warm up prior to beginning. For this exercise, In my warm up I focused on riding figures of 8 & serpentines in trot, this got Dante bending & flexing around my leg, as well as making him listen & think to the aids I was asking him to do.
  • As I moved on to my canter, getting a forward moving canter from Dante was most important. I focused on pushing on the long sides of the arena & holding on the shorter sides of the arena. This not only wakes Dante up, but it gives me the active canter that I am looking for prior to beginning any pole work exercise.

Step 2:

  • Once you are happy with your warm up, starting this exercise piece by piece is key to nailing it when you come to putting the entire exercise together.
  • See the image below to the left, start by cantering your 20m circle or 15m circle over your ground pole at A. You are looking for a consistant canter here from your horse, no rushing to the pole, no rushing after the pole. A Smooth consistent canter throughout.
  • Your position in the saddle should not change either, you should not treat the ground pole as anything different than a stride for your horse. Stay riding forward, keeping your contact on the reins with your leg still firmly on to keep your horse moving forward.
  • Once you are happy with your horses performance over the single pole at A, then can you begin to piece in the pole at C at the other end of your arena as per the image above on the right. Again ride both circles the exact same. if your legs are not starting to ache at this point you need more leg!

Tip: When you are riding your circle, look to the centre holding your inside rein out away from your horses neck. Having your inside rein opened out will direct your horse to where he should be travelling but it will also automatically position your shoulders correctly moving in the same direction with your horse.

Step 3:

  • Once you are happy with the way your horse is moving over both poles positioned at A&C in your arena, you can then move on to your raised poles positioned at B in the center of your arena. Raised poles should not differ from your ground pole with how you ride into them. Everything stays exactly the same!
  • See the image below. When you are approaching your raised poles, remember that you are riding them on a circle, keep your leg on, holding out your inside rein directing you horse over the poles. Your horse may find this slighty difficult as he has to travel over the poles on a bend, but still keep that consistant canter that you had over the single ground pole as above.
  • Do not look at the poles on the ground, remember to always look to where you are going! Don’t worry if your horse rushes over these poles or gets excited the first few times. Practice this circle until you are happy with your horses & how he approaches in & out of the raised poles before moving any further.

Step 4:

  • Now that you have completed all the above steps, it is time to complete our ” Coming Full Circle” exercise. Please excuse the dodgy diagram for this one! Who knew circles could get so complicated!
  • See the image below. Like in Step 2, begin by riding over your black circle as per the image, ride this no different that you did at the beginning, as you ride out of the black circle, you are then riding up your arena into your second circle, your red circle in the middle.
  • The trick with approaching your middle circle is to anticipate your space, you can make full use of the centre of your arena on your approach to your raised poles. Remember not to look at your poles, when you approach then, but to look ahead of you in the direction you want your horse to go!
  • Finally after you go over your raised poles, ride your circle out on to track moving up the arena again to your green circle at the end of your arena at C.
  • By this stage I found that my body was getting quite fatigued & my legs were aching! So keep your focus & remember as above to keep your forward consistant canter. Look to where you are going always, never at the pole on the ground!

And there you have it! My step by step guide to riding our “Coming Full Circle” exercise. It is tougher than it looks but it is very rewarding once you finish.

If you wish to adjust this exercise for a more unexperienced horse, you can take out the raised poles at B and replace then with a simple ground pole. Or if you wish to make it more difficult you can place 3 raised canter poles at both A & C in your arena instead of the ground poles!

Like I said, it is a very versatile exercise & can be adjusted to meet anyone’s needs. Be sure to give it a try out over the weekend, it is a great winter exercise & extremely simple to set up!

As always, if you have any questions be sure to drop me a PM and I will get back to you asap, but for now fell free to like share & tag your friends, lets get everyone Coming Full circle with this exercise!

As Always, thank you for reading,

Darielle

Product Review – Equitop Myoplast

Over the past year I have found it quite hard to find a supplement to help support Dante and his every growing body. As he is quite the large animal, training him & working his muscles without the proper support was not exactly ideal. We went through spurts where he gained incredible muscle then dropped it quite quickly due to winter months, cold weather & to be honest, not enough physical work to up keep the gains he made.

Dante is a 7 Year old Irish Sport Horse, he is 17.3hh and to be brutally honest I will say that he is quite the slow developer, he is nicknamed the giraffe when it comes to how he works his body, he is yet to piece himself together when it comes to muscle growth & maintaining that muscle mass.

So I set out on a mission to put the head down & focus on Dante’s nutritional needs just like I do with myself when I go to the gym, muscle needs support in order to grow. With a lot of research & with a few test trials on other products, ones that just didn’t suit Dante I came across Equitop Myoplast. I came across this product from word of mouth, and from the ever so popular social media site Instagram.

I reached out to the brand & after a few exchanges over email & a phone conversations later, I was gifted the product to trial on Dante. With the Autumn competition season ahead, getting in shape was something both of us needed. Whilst I hit the gym, Dante was put on his 5 day workout routine adding in our new supplement Equitop Myolpast. We have come up to our 5 week mark with the product.

Keeps scrolling to Find out what we thought, & if we seen any physical changes of the product below!

What is Equitop Myoplast?

Equitop Myoplast is an amino acid high quality feed supplement specifically designed to support lean muscle growth & structure for your horse. It is Created from a combination of 18 amino acids that help support lean muscle growth. Essential amino acids in Equitop Mysoplast include L-Lysine, L-Threonine, DL-Methionine and L-Tryptophan.

Equitop Myoplast is a very compact feed, it is a sugar coated pearl granule making it very easy to feed to your horse.

What Does It Do?

Amino acids are the building blocks of the proteins which form muscles. Unlike many supplements that use a combination of fats and oils to promote weight gain, Equitop Myoplast focuses solely on muscle growth. As mentioned above it contains a complex blend of 18 amino acids, this helps with growing and recovering of your horses muscle tissue. It helps supports & helps develop your horses muscles during intense training periods. It supports suppleness, stamina & muscle growth particularly in your horses topline & hind-end.

While your Horse can produce some amino acids themselves, what is required to help build them up & support their muscle growth must be supplied within their diet. If a horse’s diet is lacking in any amino acids, their performance may take a hit.

How Do You Feed It?

It is recommended that Equiptop Myoplast is fed to your horse for at least 2 months. One scoop is to be fed to your horse twice a day, One during the morning, and one in the evening.

< 500 kg              1 measure (25g)

> 500 kg              2 measures (50g)

Each tub of EM comes with a very nifty measuring tool, so your horse is guaranteed to get the correct amount each time. Equiptop Myoplast mixed in with any wet feed can make it taste quite bitter for your horse. but I can safely say that as Dante is fed wet feed (pulp) twice daily & I have had no problems with him eating it mixed in.

There is also an option to hand feed this supplement to your horse twice a day also if you wish, I have heard of a few people that do it this way.

Who Can Benefit From Equitop Myoplast

It is of course important that you only use it & feed it to your horse if they need it. It certainly benefits no one or any horse if you start loading them up with supplements for the sake of it, everything should have a purpose. Equiptop Myoplast has some guidelines as to when they recommend the use, see them below,

  • During periods of intense training for your horse, where you are in competition
  • Getting your horse back into shape at the beginning of a season or if you are bringing your horse back in to work after a long rest period
  • For horses who have difficulties maintaining condition
  • Brood Mares who are lacking protein
  • During rehabilitation, where you dont want your horse to drop muscle it will help maintain the condition.
  • It is also great for young horse starting off on their training journeys

What Do I Really Think?

It is not very often that you try a product that promises you the world of change in your horse to actually get the exact results it gives you on the tin. With this product I can say it certainly ticked all the correct boxes for me & I think certainly for Dante. I honestly cannot believe the difference not only in Dante’s appearance (see image below) but in his behavior too.

The image on the right is from two weeks on Equitop Myoplast, with the image on the left takes yesterday week 5.

A lot of people have commented that Dante has started to mature in the past 5 weeks, but they also didn’t realise that within the last 5 weeks he has been on Equitop Myoplast. To say it is a coincidence is something but to say it gave us great results is an absolute fact. 

While I really don’t believe in loading your horse up with every supplement under the sun, their regular diet should contain everything they need to maintain balance, but there is no harm in adding in something extra to help build your horse up the way they should be.

Feeding this supplement alone needs to be backed up with regular & proper exercise to help your horse maintain that muscle growth. I would recommend that if using this that your horse is doing a minimum of 4 days exercise per week, pole work & transition work amongst your routines will also no doubt help massively with this supplement.  

I am over the moon with the results I have gotten in this product, not only does he look fantastic, but his is carrying himself so much better now that he has the support of his new found muscles!


Over the past few weeks I have received some great feedback on Dante’s appearance, and unusually I have began to notice myself. As a person who sees her horse 7 days a week, I always find it quite hard to see the difference in my horse when I am forever looking at him but I am certainly beginning to feel it & that to me speaks volumes.  

It could also just be a coincidence, but over the past few weeks Dante seems to have matured, he has calmed down massively & just seems to be so much happier in his work. He is willing to learn, he can carry himself a lot better & he is performing to the best of his abilities. I can safely put my hands up now & say that any errors made in the ring are purely down to the rider at this point!!

I am over the moon with this product and I hope to continue to use it as we come into our winter competitions. I couldn’t recommend it enough not only for the amazing results you will see in your horse but for everything else it does that is not stated on the tin. I have gotten myself a brand new horse out of this supplement so why not try it for yourselves on your horse & get the same result as I have.

A massive thank you to Warren over at Equiptop Myoplast, I hope to collaborate with you again in the future, but for now to buy your tub check out the link where you can buy online. It is also available in Ireland from Orchard Equestrian.

As always, if you have any comments on this product drop them below, or send me a message.

Thanks For Reading,

Darielle

Dante’s Training Schedule – What We’re Working On

Well, it seems as if it has been months since I have done any Dante updates. I have successfully been doing my weekly lessons with my trainer Jer over the last few weeks, and the difference in Dante has been huge. Dante is ridden 5 times a week, jumped once or twice, 3 days of flatwork/polework & an easy day which may consist of a walk around the field! So it is safe to say he is in proper work at the minute!

Dante has finally began to mature & grow up, he is willing and I can see & feel that he is really enjoying this new learning curve. A lot of people told me that Lux horses take time to mature, and well I can honestly say that is 120% true!

Below I am going to run through some of the aspects of my training schedule, some rider error & some horse, mainly rider! There are a lot of things that need to be fixed but hey, Rome wasn’t built in a day & either was Darielle or Dante! I am hoping our riding routine and some of the aspects of my training will help you guys who are trying to bring along your own horses, a lot of it is fine tuning at its best! 

Flatwork, His Outline & The Trot

Firstly if you have seen one of our recent Instagram post, you will see a massive improvement from what he was! He finally is beginning to carry himself in an outline, with no more gadgets to encourage him down. I will admit, it took an awful lot of time and it was also more of a trust issue with Dante than anything else, he struggled  to trust what my hands where doing or what my legs were guiding him to do. But determination got the best of me, some days I would only ride for 15 minutes, once he done something correctly I would finish up the session, this seemed to really sit in his mind, and soon after he figured it was easier to do things he was asked as it meant less work! 

My legs are also undoubtedly stronger. When it comes to Dante everything is leg based, the less hands the better. If I had a euro for everytime I heard my trainer shout “Stop interfering with your hands let him do his job” I reckon I would have at least an extra €50!! He is a very sensitive horse, and very reactive at the same time to the smallest of touches, as the rider I need to learn to trust him, he’s not going to do any of his stupid carry on anymore.

Riding Gadgets

The two words any old school equestrian hates to hear… Riding Gadgets.

I have started Alternating between riding with spurs or a schooling whip for one or two days a week. This was a suggestion from my trainer to encourage him to move & ride forward in his movements and what a game changer it has been. In the long run this will only help me the rider not have to rely on using so much leg strength to get him moving, some lessons 15 minutes in and my legs would be struggling to cope! So far it has worked, I basically have to sit there and when I feel him slacking he gets a squeeze and were off again! He is quite the clever horse I will admit. Dante gets used to things way to quick, he becomes blind to them after a while.

Keeping things different like rotating days for using spurs, a schooling whip or riding with nothing will be sure to keep him guessing and on his toes! 

Straightness Training

Straightness Training has been our next mission. We began to notice on his weaker rein that Dante was drifting an awful lot into fences on his right rein. This was corrected by putting V poles up on the side of the fence he was drifting into, to keep him straight but we then began to notice he was doing it during his flatwork sessions on the same rein also. To correct this I have linked the exercise below that I have been doing. I won’t lie it was a tough start but now I don’t need to poles as a guide to get him to flex!

With his straightness training, the overall goal for Dante is to focus on his weaker rein to help him build up his muscle correctly to keep it in line with the rest of his body. Watch this space, I am hoping I will begin to see massive improvements in his balance from this exercise alone!

Click here for a more detailed look at the exercise I have been doing!

Canter Work

Dante’s Canter work has reached a hole new level of improvement! I am still quite shocked and in disbelief when I look at videos of him!  We need to focus more on getting a bouncy canter making him work forward, with a lot of work needed on lengthening & shortening his stride, keeping him collected on the short sides of the arena and lengthening him out on the long sides.

I found on the lenghteneing of his canter he kept changing his lead onto his stronger rein, instead of bringing him back to a trot I kept pushing him forward. The reasoning behind this was A, he has mastered his leg changes so he had no excuse, and B, he has a terrible habit of switching legs to get out of hard work, pushing him through it as uncomfortable as it may be for him let alone for me, hopefully it will teach him that it is not the way out of work! Once he eventually does switches back to a correct lead, I transition down and reward him. 

Keeping A Consistant Contact

My biggest downfall. It can be so inconsistent at times, no wonder the horse used to get so confused! It most definately throws him off when jumping especially on his landing.

I let my reins slip to easily getting too long & in turn I am not exactly helping him stay balanced. Keeping an even contact is so important, this is something I need to improve ASAP! The other downside to letting my reins get too long, when I go to gather them back up I tend to interfere to much with him trying to do his job. Basically I have to trust him more now, I need to just sit there, keep my leg and and stop pulling at him in fear he is going to take off!! I have to let it go and ride him on.

Enter my trust worthy Branch that has helped a lot with this issue. 

I simply use it as an aid to assist myself with keeping my hands steady & to stop my uneven contact. Give it a go yourself, try riding with a short whip or in my case a branch. Hold your reins like normal, and place the whip across your horses whither’s holding it under your thumbs, It will basically help position your hands in the perfect place & help you forget about thinking what you are doing with them!

Corners & Transitions

When riding in the corners, of the arena, my instructor told me to ride into as much “corner” as I possibly can. Keeping him flowing through them & keeping myself in a good upper body position (not leaning forward, sitting up tall with my shoulders back). Doing this in walk trot & even in the canter, focusing mainly on keeping him moving forward in the contact not breaking out of the gait that he is in. Practicing this will help with his jumping in a sence of his approaches and landing before & after fences with tight corners or bends.

Downward transitions, they are the devil. They need an awful lot of work, especially from canter to trot. I need to stop letting him run through the contact. He is basically plodding down into the trot transition, instead of flowing through it. I need to sit back and hold him together keeping leg on to push him forward. Again, my contact needs to remain consitant!! 

Physio Work

Dante gets a visit from the physio every 3 months, or as close to every 3 months that I can do, he is a big horse. Standing at 17.2hh and constantly growing in muscle mass & strength, my physio recommended more regular visits to keep on top of his muscle gain. On her last visit she was pleasantly surprised with his progress and to say I was happy I was doing something right was an understatement! 

  • Overall appearance – the thumbs up from our physio, massive improvements & muscle gain & growth. He was filling well in his hind end & neck, his topline has improved massively. 
  • Our downside was our saddle. My physio recommended we  get a professional fitter out. We previously had gone to holmstead who unfortunately after 5 saddle tries we were unsuccessful. We need something to give his shoulders & whitters more freedom & space in order to bulk up at the same speed as the rest of his body. 
  • Exercises to continue – raised trot poles, on the straight & across the diagonal, changing between regular & raised trot poles. Canter work incorporate bounces, flat and raised. Transition work is also a massive help in building up your horses muscles.  

Jumping

Dante’s jumping to be fair to him, doesn’t really need an awful lot of work. He nearly has too much talent when it comes to his jumping. Everything at the minute basically comes down to fixing the smaller issues before & after the jump and with some good flatwork over the next few weeks.

It really just goes to show how important your flatwork is for a good jumping foundation. Without your flatwork you have nothing! I do feel like I could still write a full post on our jumping schedule for you all, would this be something you would be interested in?  


Have you training schedules you & your horse are focusing on pre season at the minute? 

I do love to keep things switches up, by bringing Dante out to the field and doing sessions out there, it is great for a change of scenery. Let me know in the comments below, and let me know if you will be attempting our straightness training exercise.

With my lesson scheduled for tomorrow with my trainer, I do hope he is pleased with the results! Until Next Time,

Darielle