Author: PJ Janssen

Can I wear by bike helmet to ride horses?

Bike helmets and horseback riding helmets are made differently.  You should not wear your bike helmet to ride. Bicycle helmets may seem sufficient for protecting your head and you may find them lighter, cooler and more comfortable. However, bike crashes and falls from horses are not at all similar and therefore the helmet design is drastically different. The results? Bike helmets are not designed to protect your head when you’re horseback riding! The height of a fall from a horse is far greater than the height of a fall from a bicycle. Bicycle helmets are not designed to withstand impact from the height of a horse. Also, bike helmets are designed to Protect the top of the head since most falls from bicycles are forward. Falls from horses occur in all directions and therefore the back and sides of the head are just as vulnerable. These parts of the head are not protected by a bike helmet.* Riding helmets are lighter and cooler than ever.  Many have air vents and come in great colors.  There are many helmet companies out there making ASTM and SEI certified riding helmets specifically designed for a fall from a horse.   We carry a large selection of show and schooling helmets so you can find the comfy great looking one you want. Click here to view our helmets. Riding helmets can be purchased for as little...

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How to wash your riding breeches

Most breeches and jods will have a care tag inside.  Always follow manufacturers directions. If you have leather knee patches or leather full seat riding pants, use a laundry product made for leather like Pepede,  or Leather Therapy Laundry Solution, they will help keep your leather soft and supple.    If your leather gets dry, try Leather Therapy Laundry Rinse and Dressing to keep those knee patches and full seats supple. Some people think it is a good idea to wash your breeches inside out to resist fading. I would be careful if you have dark leather on your breeches. Always hand wash or use gentle cycle and cold water unless your care tag tells you differently.  Do not dry clean.  Turn breeches right side out and immediately hang to dry to reduce bleeding of any dark leather into the fabric. You can roll them in a towel before hanging to get out excess water and reduce drying time A teaspoon of white vinegar in your first wash water can help set the dye in the leather. Many breeches are now coming with silicone knee patches or full seats.  These can be washed and hung to dry without the fear of the silicone losing its grippy feel. White breeches?  Try some Scotch Guard to help keep them clean on show day.  Follow directions on can, do not spray on...

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What is the difference between polo and standing bandages

What is the difference between polo and standing wraps?   Polo wraps are one of the oldest types of wraps for horses and are commonly used in dressage and polo. Polo’s do offer some protection against bumps and bruises that the horse can get while working if he over reaches or bumps himself. Polo wraps are made from a material that conforms to a horse’s leg. When wrapped correctly, they do not bunch or slip like some other boots can when a horse is doing dressage, or other intricate movements. Many people like to match their polo wraps, fly bonnets and saddle pads.     Standing wraps are usually used with quilts or no bows. Standing wraps can be used for protection, to promote circulation, to keep a wound clean, to add support to a horse’s leg or with poultice or topical medicine. When a standing wrap is used without any medication or poultice, it can provide warmth and promote circulation in your horse’s leg. It can also help to keep them from stocking up. When standing wraps are used with poultice, it can help reduce swelling/inflammation. Make sure bandages are wrapped, with even pressure applied throughout, from the inside to the outside of the leg.   Some people will use standing wraps and quilts for shipping instead of shipping...

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Does my horse need a fly sheet?

Does my horse need a fly sheet?   If your horse is turned out in the warmer weather, he/she might. Your horse being bitten by flies and mosquitos could ruin a nice day of turnout for your horse. Help protect him/her with a fly sheet.   Have a dark horse and want to keep him/her from getting bleached out by the sun? A fly sheet could help with that.   Fly sheets can protect your horse from UV rays. Another benefit of fly sheets is that some bugs can carry disease, and use of a fly sheet can help protect against this, as well as protecting against bumps and welts from bug bites. If you are worried that your horse will be too hot in a fly sheet, you don’t have to worry. They are usually light colors and that reflect UV rays. Fly sheets are very breathable as well. With gussets and nice materials, your horse should be comfortable. If your horse gets caught out in the rain, you don’t have to worry about your fly spray getting washed off. Your horse will still be protected from flies by his sheet. Fly sheets can vary in price and materials. With all of the great options out there, it shouldn’t be hard to find the best fit for you and your horse.   Add some fly boots and a fly...

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Clipper Care

Taking care of your clippers.   Take good care of your clippers and your blades and they will last longer.  They should be cleaned on a regular basis. Blade care: Make sure to oil your blades with clipper oil. Lubrication is essential to the blades, they can never be allowed to go dry.   Clean the blades of hair and the buildup, daily. Brush them off, or take a pipe cleaner and slide it under the cutter (side to side) and get the hair from under it,  then use blade wash. If you are doing a lot of clipping, a product like Kool Lube is a must. These products cool the blade.  Remember, you do still need to use oil as there is not enough lube in spray coolants to use them as a base for blade care.  Read and follow the directions on the can. If your blades get rusty, a good cleaning and sharpening may  help. When you take the blades off of your clipper, try to clean the visible hair out the best you can.  Hair can get down in the clipper and make it hard for the clipper to work correctly. Using a product like Show Sheen can help your blades zip through the hair and stay sharp longer. Follow all these steps and your clippers should last longer and cut better. Happy...

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