Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Ego7 Orion Boots Review

Hi, there!! 😋 As a promise is a promise, I'm here to finally share my thoughts on my Ego7 tall boots. I used my previous boots for longer than 6 years before making the decision of buying these at Salon du Cheval last December. After about 7 months, I am ready to share my thoughts.

I didn't want to buy made to measure boots but I wanted a pair that would fit my leg almost perfectly. I was looking for comfort but I knew I didn't want those weird boots that make your ankle look way bigger than it is. These are called Ego7 Orion and they ended up being the only pair I tried! I loved their shape and, although I hadn't heard much about the brand before, I was almost 100% I would be impressed by their quality.

First and foremost, when I tried them the lady working at the booth measured my legs and then gave me a pair to try. I can't describe that moment very well but I honestly thought there was no way those boots would fit. I almost couldn't zip them and, when I finally did it, it felt like they were a tourniquet cutting off my blood supply - I'm not joking! 😂 I then tried different sizes but the lady kept telling me that the right size was that first one. The truth is that I tried them again, she rubbed the leather and they, unexpectedly, seemed to fit way better! I ended up buying that pair.

The first few times I wore them felt weird. The leather of my old boots was already too thin so, with the new boots, I felt a bit disconnected because the leather was brand new. However, I quickly forgot the feeling of wearing the old boots and got used to the great quality of new. I even thought that I could wear these only at shows and keep using the old pair at home but nope...now the old pair feels terrible!!!

I love every single part of these boots from the small leather protections to the velvet boot trees but the "spur holders" - I honestly don't know what to call them - must be the best feature ever! My spurs are always on the right place.

After 7 months, they look almost brand new and they only show signs of wear on the leather between the "spur holders" and on the sole because my stirrups have studs.

To conclude, the Orion boots are a bit hard to break in but now they feel like slippers and I believe their price, at least here in Europe, is really fair! Therefore, if you are looking for a new pair of tall boots, I strongly advise you to give Ego7 a try!!

I hope this review was helpful!
See you on the next post,
Carolina 💙

Friday, July 20, 2018

Gali's Summer Picks

Hi everyone!! Today I've had a little chat with Gali and he told me he would like to share with his fellow friends - and their humans - some of his top picks for the Summer. This is our favorite season (obviously!!) but we can only enjoy it to the fullest if we prevent certain issues! Therefore, from hooves to the digestive system, Gali's suggestions have got you covered!!

1. Alfa-Beet by Dengie

I know have talked countless times about Gali's colic but it was an impaction colic and, for two weeks, we didn't know if he would make it. After that scary episode, Alfa-Beet has become an important part of Gali's diet. He enjoys the taste of the alfalfa and sugar beet that are dissolved in the water so he drinks (eats) an entire bucket of Alfa-Beet and wheat bran without any effort and drinks the sufficient amount of water to stay healthy. I didn't even know this product before but we've been using it since last Summer and we can tell you that this is definitely a must have!

2. Extra Strength Insect Repellent by Carr&Day&Martin

A few weeks ago I was going to buy a different insect repellent but the tack store owner convinced me to give this one a try. It was the best decision ever!! Not only does it work but it also has the most amazing smell! When I read "extra strength" I could only think of that awful smell some repellents have but I was wrong. This one smells like men's perfume!!! I am aware that smell is completely unnatural to a horse but, if I'm using chemicals on him, I prefer using a product that smells great. However, I would very much prefer to use a 100% natural repellent but they didn't have it at the store.

At the tack store, they only had these shampoos from Carr&Day&Martin's color enhancing line and a couple of other options from some random brands I've never heard of. I'm sure those options would be good too but I'm very careful with the products I use on Gali so, of course, I ended up getting this one. I've decided to include it on this list because it smells divine and surely enhances Gali's color but I'm sure it won't last as long as the previous shampoo I bought - same quantity and it lasted almost 2 years!!!!

4. Moisturising Hoof Balm by Horse Remedy

You can see by its package that I've used this hoof balm countless times. It was given to me a long time ago by Horse Remedy's founder but we still use it (although I need to buy a new one!).
Gali has the weirdest hooves during the Summer. On the inside they're too soft and on the outside they're too dry so I usually apply two different products on them. This hoof balm is the one that has given us the best results so far - I can't recommend it enough!!

What are your Summer essentials?
See you on the next post,
Carolina 💙

Thursday, July 5, 2018

GPA Global Concept

Hey everyone!! Are you familiar with GPA's new "Global Concept"? A few days ago I was talking with a friend about the famous "equestrian tan lines" and I told her that I have one of my helmet straps "stamped" on the right side of my face and she told me that I should see the new GPA helmets without the side straps. I had already seen photos of these new helmets but until I did a little research and read about the technology involved, I couldn't understand how they could remove the strap without compromising safety! If you have the same doubts, this blog post is for you! 😄

Photo credits: Marie Sapin

First of all, this helmet was inspired by the “survival cell” technology that is used in Formula 1 to protect the pilot. This means that the helmet features an ultra rigid but light shell that absorbs the energy of the impact. This is possible because the Global-Concept helmet incorporates multiple layers that include carbon, Kevlar and aramid honeycomb – these materials are used in Formula 1 cars and space stations so I would say that we can definitely feel protected!

Then there is the feature that catches everyone’s eye, the new back retention system without the side straps. This system, among other improvements, contains a rigid chinstrap (“rigid jugular”) which made the traditional side straps completely unnecessary! The new design improves the helmet’s stability on the head while giving our cervical vertebrae extra protection.

But there's another surprise...the visors are removable which means that we can change the style of our helmets without having to buy a new one!!! How cool is this?!

It's hard to give you more details as I have only seen these on the Internet but I'm very curious to try them. Fingers crossed I can find one in a near future...although I don't think that will happen because according to GPA's website they will only be sold by appointment! But don't worry, if I find one I'll let you know!!!

Have you tried them? What's your opinion?
See you on the next post,
Carolina 💙