I was tweeting one Monday night on #HorseHour when Haynet asked if I would like to do a product review on the Idolo Tether Tie. I had never heard of Idolo Tether Ties so searched it on the internet and I thought it looked innovative.
I generally use very thin baler twine (easy to break), “you always need to carry spare twine as thin baler twine snaps easily, or tangles like spaghetti . There are a couple of plastic ties on the market which I have tried only to find they don’t work well and perish in the winter months.
I have used quick release ties in the past only to find that my mare escapes. When my mare is tethered she very quickly turns her head just a couple of times from left to right and if she’s tied to an quick release tie then it opens straight away – “it’s doing exactly what it’s supposed to do”.
When the “Idolo” Tether Tie arrived, I found it to light in weight but sturdy. I tied up my mare and she did her usual head nod to see if it would release.......but it held firm! I continued to use the Idolo for the following month and it passed every test with flying colours. The halter rope is passed through the loop where you have two choices of pressure just by turning the tether tie around, therefore if your horse spooked then the tie allows the rope pass over or under the friction bar whilst holding the pressure.
My mare didn’t pull back during testing, but I applied significant pressure to the Tie and it did not break, unclip, release or separate. If your horse spooks then he/she can move freely without feeling restricted. Best practice dictates that you should not leave your horse unattended while tethered using any safety tie. The tether tie is guaranteed for two years, is weather proof and most of all its safe, to me it’s a definite winner.
Written by Helen Last
Please visit: http://idolotethertie.com/
When HUF Designs contacted the Haynet office to review a new feed scoop, you do immediately wonder how a simple feed scoop could make life easier in the stable yard? A scoop is just a scoop after all? Or is it…
When I received the SKUP (super name!) I was immediately impressed by the colour and the design. At last some funky style to brighten up the feed room. My feed scoop I have had for about eleven years now but it was starting to look tired and now almost dated back to the seventies when the new SKUP was placed in the feed bin! The SKUP looks modern and up to date which sadly many stable yard products are lacking these days.
Don’t take these good looks for granted though, this SKUP has something for it teeth to sink into… Yes, your horse feed with ease! With its jagged teeth it is so easy to scoop up chaff, nuts or any mix. The SKUP particularly makes light work of chaff which can be an embedded battle to get out of the bag. Another great feature is that it is marked so you can judge how much feed to give and with its level bottom it sits comfortably on top of any hay bale.
The SKUP would make easy work I think of making up multiple feeds with its quick scoop action and marked outline to judge the different amounts horses have.
I can fully understand why the innovative SKUP impressed BETA last year winning the Horsecare Equipment and Clothing Award. The design and style can pull up any yard to the modern age which is much needed.
So if your feed room needs a little make over, then I urge you to cheer it up with a SKUP! You will not be disappointed.
Please visit: http://www.hufdesign.co.uk/
EQUETECH LADIES VISION BREECHES
AN HONEST REVIEW
Professional Event Rider Penny Sangster
My first impression of the Equetech Ladies Vision Breeches from Ride-Away were that they were incredibly smart and the sizing was perfect. My only criticism was that the legs were slightly short but then I do like my breeches longer. They were a very good fit and looked very smart on.
The first day I rode in them I remembered why I don’t tend to use full seat breeches because I find they rub! However, they kept their shape but riding in them for the first time I did find them a little uncomfortable. I decided to hand them to my girls in the yard to wear them and see what they thought of them. They would wear them on the yard all day and then hand them back to me to wash. Being so dirty I did what you are not supposed to do with decent breeches – I put them on a hot wash and tumble dried them… Each time they came out surprisingly clean and reshaped!
I needed a smart pair of breeches to go teaching with so I put them back on. I was really pleased to find that since being worn and washed several times, they had now softened and were extremely comfortable!
The girls are now not allowed to wear them and I have now saved them for competing. They have definitely stood up to a really tough trial and they are certainly worth the money – in fact I would like to buy another pair!
To Purchase: Ride-Away
Penny Sangster: http://www.pennysangster.com/
Read Penny’s Blog: http://www.hay-net.co.uk/penny-sangster