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

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.

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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

No Bucking Way Tries: POLO

I think I have found my calling in life. Last summer I put on my brave pants, bit the bullet and gave Polo lessons a go.

A few friends of mine worked in The Polo club and ever since they began to bring me along to Polo matches in Wicklow, I gained a rather soft spot for the sport… who cannot fall in love with a polo pony?!

Keep scrolling to find out all about my Polo journey…


About Polo

A quick explanation about a game of Polo – the game consists of six periods called chukkers. They last seven and a half minutes with each including a halftime period also.

Each team has four players who in turn can bring/swap between 6-8 horses per game. Players usually change horses either in between chukkers or halfway between chukkers depending on how tired the horses get.

Now Let’s get into more detail from the ins & outs of my lesson. Polo is quite technical but once shown its quite hard not to forget.

My instructor on the day was Leo, he is an Argentinian Polo Rider, what an absolute talent. Playing off a handicap of 2, (I know right a handicap? Could this be golf on horseback?) Leo has experience playing all over the world.

The most important thing he shared with me was that you don’t need any riding experience to start Polo, great for any newcomers out there reading this, or anyone who has always wanted to give it a go! With me having the experience, being able to ride a horse that is, it made a huge difference to our lesson, it made things easier for Leo it meant he could teach me how to play polo & not focus on the basics of riding a horse.

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Holding The Reins Correctly

In polo, they ride using the western way of riding. You always hold your reins with your left hand, and the polo Mallet in your right hand.

How to Hold the Reins Correctly:

  • You Hold your left palm out flat
  • Place both reins on top and close your hand around them
  • Use your index finger between both reins to shorten & lengthen your reins for control

It takes some getting used to, but after a while it becomes second nature.

In The Saddle Polo Tips

I could not get over how reactive the horse was at first. Steering was done through the reins, & not through a contact with the horses mouth. Using the reins, leaning them up against the horses neck to steer in the direction you want to go.

The horses were so reactive to the movement of my body, I did spent a good 10 minutes playing around with this novelty!

To stop, you simply lift both reins up and sit back in the saddle. The horses reactions were almost immediate, it was very refreshing. Do prepare yourself though I bolted forward a few times – when you want them to stop they literally stop!

GRIP WITH YOUR KNEES! Something Leo constantly had to keep reminding me to do. The idea of this was to hold yourself in place to give you the freedom to move your body around in order to tackle players during a game. Your lower leg should also hang free & loose giving it the freedom to swing back, all while keeping your toes pointed inwards!

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Holding & Using The Mallet

Getting used to riding a Polo horse came fairly naturally. As I got the picked up the basic, we moved fairly quick into the proper technique on how to hold the Polo mallet (the large Stick!) and the correct way to hit the ball.

Holding The Mallet Correctly:

  1. You always hold the mallet in your right hand
  2. Hold your right hand out straight, loop the handle over your thumb
  3. Flipping your hand over, twisting the handle slightly for grip, you finish by placing the polo stick (with the number facing outward) into the palm of your hand.
  4. The end of the polo stick should lie on the end of your palm just before your wrist starts.
  5. Once you have a good grip you must then hold the stick with the end facing upwards and with your elbow tight in by your right side. See pics below!

It is a lot to take in, trust me. It took me a while to grasp it, Prepare for jelly arms!!

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Let The Games Begin

There are 4 types of swings that Leo showed me. The forehand, backhand, neck, and tail. We focused on the forehand swing, one of the most common and easiest out of the 4.

In walk we began practicing by hitting the ball. It is quite petrifying to begin with, there is a fear of trying not to land on your face anytime you go to hit the ball. It wasn’t too long before I began to realised that keeping your eye on the ball and not in the horses legs gives you a better chance of actually being able to hit the ball.

One thing Leo did comment on was not to hit the ball as if I was holding a tennis racket, that was down to more practice being needed by me to get used to proper polo techniques.

As I got the grips with things, we began to hit the ball in canter. Dear Lord it was a million times harder. I did manage to hit the ball a few times, but there were also times where I nearly whacked the poor horse straight in the face…. I honestly don’t know how horses had the patience for me!

Tackling

You almost forget that during a polo match you are playing against an opposite team trying to win the ball for points. The tackling part of the sport is something that will take a little longer for me to get used to.

When Leo went in for a tackle the first time pushing me & my horse away from the ball using his upper body, I literally stopped the horse dead and let out a scream. As we practiced more, my competitive streak began to show & I improved quite rapidly….. apparently you’re not allowed use your elbows… its a foul if you do!

We finished up shortly after this, I was just about able to breath, the fitness behind a polo player is phenomenal. I definitely have a new found appreciation for the sport that’s for sure.

The Verdict

What an amazing experience, one that I will most definitely never forget & one I always look back on with a fire in my stomach to get back on board & learn more. I do hope to start back up again this summer. You never know, you might see me playing my first official polo match in The Phoenix park yet!

A big thank you to Palo Alto & The All Ireland Polo Club who I organised this lesson with last year. Have anyone of you tried playing Polo? Let me know in the comments below. I do apologise if my Polo Terminology is not spot on, I’m am after all a beginner!

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Want to see how my lesson really went? Check out the video below!

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

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