My husband has been looking for new equipment for his horse, and he needs just about everything. This Kavallerie Horse Anti-Slip Saddle Pad sounds like it would be good, especially for riding in the summer.
It has all those holes for the air to go through, which will help keep the horse from getting too hot. It is made of thick gel material which provides cushion from the saddle.
The weather set in here right when I got the saddle pad, so we haven’t been able to actually ride with it yet.
We did manage to put it on one of the horses to see if it would slip while lunging.
It did not slip. Then the saddle was put on.
Even after about 15 minutes in the round pen there was no slipping, and the pad did not pull the hair.
The pad has not yet been used with a rider though. It has been way too wet and cold here. No one wants to actually stay out long enough to ride.
I’ll be posting again in the spring when it is warm enough and dry enough for them to actually ride. We will hopefully try it with a western saddle as well as the English.
It seems like a really good saddle pad, and it is easy to clean. I received a free product to review.
The pair I have fits pretty good and fits my husbands bigger hands comfortably too. He does most of the horse grooming so will probably be using them for that.
I may have to get another pair to keep in the house for the dogs. They work really good for getting all the shedding hair off a dog. I ended up with a fair size wad, even with the shedding slowed down for winter.
These gloves are going to be great for spring. They are supposed to be good for bathing animals too but we haven’t tried that yet. They do a good job getting crusted dirt and dust off.
My husbands horse really likes being groomed with these.
There was a small pile of shed hair on her hip after he rubbed down her side.
You can see the white hair on top of the brown if you click on the picture (then click again to enlarge).
My dog really liked being rubbed with the gloves on. She could not be still. She didn’t want me to quit either.
If you have animals that shed then these gloves are great. Or if you just want to be able to groom AND pet your animals at the same time. I really liked that.
I loved not having to hold anything. They are going to be especially nice in the winter. They can keep your hands warm while you take care of the animals. Good deal!
As clean as you can keep a horse in the spring anyway.
Unless you are gonna brush them several times a day, they won’t be clean for long. At least not in this area.
It is really muddy out in the fields right now and the horses seem to love to roll in the worst spots.
Later in the year that could help keep the bugs off them but right now it is just a mess.
My husband says the Hamilton Horse Brush with crimped bristles is a really good horse brush. He has used it on several of the horses, and says they like it too.
It is easy to hold and does a good job on the spots where they have already shed the winter coat. It doesn’t work as well on the thicker spots, except it does help remove the hair.
My husband says this is a good brush for removing dirt and dust, which is exactly what it is made for. This brush would be great for taking along to horse shows. It would give the horses coat a nice shine before they go out in public.
Hamilton also offeres brushes with soft and medium bristles.
The horses love being brushed, and they don’t really care what kind of brush you use. I like this one, and so does my hubby. I expect you would like it too.
You can find more information by following Hamilton Products on Facebook or Twitter. I received a free product to review.
I’m giving away a used copy(I read it – excellent condition) of Monty Roberts book The Man Who Listens To Horses – The Story of a real-life Horse Whisperer.
If you are a horse person, or just want to learn more about horses, you will love this book. Monty Roberts is one of the best known horse trainers in the world, and there is a lot of information about horses in this book.
This is open to US entrants only, because I have to ship it myself. Ends January 29th. Winner will be emailed and will have 24 hours to reply before a new winner is picked.
Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.
Animals are wonderful things. I love animals. Even the ones that bite, and yes I have been bitten by dogs, cats, rabbits, ferrets, hamsters, Guinea pigs, ducks, chickens, and even a lion(a toothless lion but it still hurt).
So when Fulcrum Gallery offered me the chance to review an item from their Animal Art selection I was really excited!
They have LOTS of animals to choose from too. It took me a while. I looked at Elephants, Forest Animals, Kangaroos, and several others and just couldn’t decide.
So I decided to get something for my husband. Which meant horses artwork. He has fallen in love with horses. He isn’t the only one. Horses have a long and illustrious history in art. Starting from caveman times all the way to the present(check out this great article about horses art). That is not surprising as they are beautiful and useful too.
My husband also had a bare wall over his computer which would be a perfect spot for a nice piece of artwork. So I ordered a picture called Running Horses & Sunbeams.
This one is close enough you can see a bit of the color in the frame I picked out. It matches the wall perfectly!
The folks at Fulcrum Gallery did a great job making sure it got here with no damage too. They shipped it in a big box.
That contained another section of cardboard to hold the print in place and pad it.
On the back it has the little hook thingy you need to hang it up and of course the wire.
My hubby did the hanging. I think he doesn’t trust me to get things straight.
He did a good job. It looks great! The picture fits in this room so well…it’s almost like it was made for the room.
I love the frame the print is in. Fulcrum Gallery has a whole lot of frames you can choose from and the little widget shows the print you pick out with the different frames so you can sort of see what it will look like in each one.
And of course it tells you how much that particular frame will cost. I tend to have expensive tastes it seems. All the frames I liked were the more expensive ones! They have many cheaper options too.
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I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.
The farm my husband helps out on has some square hay bales for sale right now. The farm is of course in Arkansas, near Finch and they are charging $3 a bale.
It is the first cutting this year which from what I’ve been told (several times) isn’t usually as good as the second cutting. I’m also told (again several times!) that this is because the second cutting has more Bermuda grass in it.
Those of you who care about this probably already knew that and know exactly what he means. In any case it is supposed to be decent hay but NOT the best hay.
Apparently the first cutting needs to be sold (mostly) to make room for the second cutting. This is because, as my husband has told me (several times!) square bales have to be under cover and the barn out there can only hold so many bales.
The man who owns the farm will be keeping some for his horses but has quite a bit to get rid of.
So if you are in the NE Arkansas area and know of anyone needing some square bales of decent hay…please refer them to this post or the Craigslist posting.
Blaze of Glory is a really good book. It is a Young Adult book but I’m well into my 40’s and I liked it.
It is about a teenage girl and her life. She is a very talented show rider and she and her horse are getting a lot of attention. Then there is an accident.
Her family life isn’t great…there are abuse issues. And then she gets into a romantic relationship with someone she shouldn’t (according to her family at least).
The romace fit in with the whole story well. There were no really hot and heavy scenes. I liked that.
I liked all the parts dealing with horses. I used to read a lot of horse books when I was little. This gives a glimpse into the world of show horses. Not just the glamourouse aspects either…there was mention of cleaning out the barn!
This would be a good book for anyone who likes horses or young adult romance. And if you like both…that’s even better!
From the back cover :
Some fires can consume you.
Last year, I had it all. Two jumpers on the show circuit, a lot of wins, and a lot of attention – the good kind. But now I have nothing. My life is circling the drain. The only spark of light that exists for me is my new, forbidden passion. If my stepfather finds out, he will kill me. My twin brother, my only blood relative in the world, has already begged me not to. But I can’t help myself. If it can’t be horses, it has to be this.
About the Author :
m. garzon rode horses professionally for ten years, until an injury prompted a career change. She returned to school and completed a BSc; then, for good measure, an MBA. After several years of toiling as a business consultant, she turned to writing in a desperate bid to regain her sanity. A mom of two fabulous children, she lives in St‑Lazare, QC and is currently working on the sequel to Blaze of Glory. Her website is mgarzon.ca
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