My mare really likes the Salox material in this bit. She needs a very slim bit for her tiny, tiny jaw space. At 12mm and in this design, she seemed happier than in any other snaffle we’ve tried. Of course it comes in thicker versions too.
Soft, very lightweight double jointed loose ring snaffle with less tongue pressure than most.
Dressage On A Dime Tip: Get it on Ebay! 🙂 Ordered from the UK, arrived impeccable, and a day early! At a steal.
These beauties can be had for a steal at Amazon right now.
Yep, they’re Romfhs. And grey, which makes them all so much better. Although you can get them in White, Black, or Black with White as well. Very short in the wrist as seen above – they’re warm weather gloves after all.
Flexible and grippy! There is a lighter material between the fingers for breathability in addition to your average perforations. Rein reinforcement in all the right places, but I have no idea of durability yet.
If your regular glove size is really tight, go up one size in these. Delish!
Update on the ThinLine Trifecta Half Pad with Sheepskin rolls.
This pad, still going strong after long past 2 years. The original review post on the Cotton Trifecta with sheepskin rolls is still getting clicked on, so it’s time for a quick follow-up.
This is a great alternative if fitting in a fair amount of fluffy sheepskin under your panels is, well, too tight a squeeze. Or, if you want the foofoo sheepskin look, and yep – the ability to add shims, without the Mattes price tag.
I’ve washed this pad twice. (During 2 years, eeek! With a square pad underneath it stays surprisingly clean.) It’s held up well with heavy use as my only go-to half pad. Some brushing on the rolls, and it’s good to go!
All you other little hoof picks should just go home.
As if they would listen…
Best Dressage On A Dime Hoof Pick Tip: The Ultimate Hoofpick!
Yes, it costs more than that little plasticky thing with a silly brush on the end, that either bends during winter or the brush wears out in less than a year. And yes, it also costs more than that fingernumbing slim metal hoof pick that still isn’t sharp enough for deep, packed, mud in the hooves.
But you only need to buy one, once, and it’ll pick hooves easier and quicker than anything before, forever.
I never really cared too much about hoof picks. (You know, really, how exciting can they be?…) Until there were 24 hooves or so to pick in a row. And it was cold. And every hoof was shod. And it took forever to get it all out with that other little stubby joke of a hoof pick…
Best little hoof pick ever. It’s all true – it doesn’t bend, doesn’t break, and best of all, does not have to be replaced.
My original one has now been joined by the Junior version. Comes in blue or pink, same design, but smaller fit, for us with smaller hands.
I got the opportunity to test this all natural fly spray, and have used it in all sorts of conditions for several weeks now.
There’s no oily residue, it smells absolutely fantastic, and it’s citronella free – for horses where that’s important. I really like that it’s all chemical free, and it will not hurt the tack in any way.
We don’t have heavy flies at the farm. Only 5 horses, mostly living outdoors, very dry conditions and fly predators to keep the population down somewhat. I also keep my mare on a feed through product for 2 or 2.5 months to help keep fly numbers low even more.
Still, the flies are there, and they’re pesky! For us, an all natural product like this is not strong enough to do as good as the “oil based” ones like Pyranha etc. And for those biting, tiny gnats that live where there’s grass and like to eat inside the ears, it does nothing.
Instead, I mostly use this spray during grooming time in the cross ties, and before a ride in the covered arena, where flies are always really light.
Great for use on a grey horse – no ugly sticky buildup at all! If you have to go all natural, this is a good choice. Just be ready to reapply often.
Little tackified wonders that won’t break the bank –
The Ready To Ride gloves by Noble Outfitters are just that! Well made, tackified and, yes, they fit like a glove.
See, no silly frizzly seams!
Noble Outfitters Ready To Ride (Yep, find them at the link right there.) is a great budget version of a tackified everyday schooling glove. I grabbed them on special – but the price is always Dressage On A Dime approved! Since someone has to make a stand and be difficult and refuse to ride in black gloves, I get the brown ones.
Black just get lost in the dark tackroom or other strange places I tuck them into….
This is my 3rd pair – I like the fit and they are reasonably durable. The wrist strap is a bit short. I have very slim wrists and can still barely fit it to cover all the velcro in my glove size. Probably not an issue for most.
While riding, I never think about them, which of course is just what you want! An occasional quick dunk in a bucket with soap is all the TLC they get and since they’re synthetic they’ve done just fine with that.
I still really enjoy the Heritage Premier Show Gloves, and they have been my go-to show gloves, (They come in so many color choices too, love!) but the Ready To Ride gloves are really great too!
These two last shots best represent the blown color:
Now, over to you – favorite high-tech designed glove below the Roeckl budget? You can tell I go through too many gloves per year 🙂