Mini reviews, round two!
Last weekend while I was working at the Arabian show, I realized I have a problem. It seemed like every person who asked me a question about a brand or item received this reply: “Oh yeah, I have one of those!” My relationship with the employee discount is unhealthy.
Here are a few more products that don’t merit their own post but are worth a mention.
This is a great cooler. The underlayer is moisture-wicking fleece; it extends about halfway down the horse’s side. The outer layer is mesh, making the cooler lightweight and airy. It has a surcingle to help keep it in place as well as a tail cord. I’ve been very happy with it since purchasing it over a year ago. I toss it on Gina when she’s sweaty after a ride or when we’re traveling on cool days. It’s held up well and is easy to fold back up and store in its bag.
Is it worth full retail? Eh…I’m not sure. I’ve always been happy with Weatherbeeta’s quality and construction and this cooler definitely does its job. Most fleece coolers do just fine, though, and you can certainly get something less expensive than this.
Colorful patterns make this halter and lead set stand out, which is always a plus in my book! The lead rope has a panic snap release (you pull downward on the snap to get it to release) and the halter has a throat snap for easy on and off. Unlike many other nylon halters and leads, it’s very soft and supple. All that said, this is not a high-end halter or lead. The hardware is cheap and doesn’t seem super durable. This is completely fine for a horse like Moe who treats equipment nicely; this is not good for Gina, who has broken at least 3 of these halters and leads. Gina’s also broken leather halters, other brands of nylon halters, breakaway halters, and a rope halter, so…
Is it worth full retail? Sure. $16 is ridiculously inexpensive for a halter and lead set. These really are fun colors and patterns, and if you have a horse that can stand tied quietly, you can enjoy a good looking halter for not a lot of money.
Sadly, One K has discontinued the Defender with the sun shield, so you cannot look as cool as I do. I know you’re all very upset. The Defender model has many variations (brocade, glitter, snake, swarovski crystals, etc.), but the plain-jane suede helmet looks perfectly nice. This helmet has great airflow- I can feel the breeze through the front vents when it’s windy! I like the way it sits on my head, too.
Is it worth full retail? Yes. It’s not a cheap helmet, but it’s stylish, well-ventilated, and fits my large round head well. I use it for shows and schooling; I don’t use it for hunting because it’s a little too loud, but I wish I could!
I dislike this bridle. I bought it in December 2014 and paid $198.40 (including shipping) for it. At the time, I thought it was a decent price for an interesting bridle that came complete with reins. Shipping was impressively fast. I was disappointed when I got my hands on it, though; the leather seemed cheap and plasticky and the reins included stops, which I hate. (I ended up selling them to Sprinkler Bandit and purchasing a new pair sans stops.) This is a full-sized bridle, but is nearly too large for definitely-horse-sized Gina. The noseband is too loose when buckled on the last hole and the browband consistently slips down. The keepers frequently slide off the ends of the cheekpieces, too. On the bright side, I really like that the flash attachment is completely detachable, and the snaps for changing the bit are useful. Gina doesn’t seem to care one way or another about its ergonomic features (which I don’t hold against the bridle). I would have gotten rid of this thing yesterday, but it’s nice to have two bridles for each horse and I do like the ability to change bits easily.
Is it worth full retail? My initial reaction is no- I am not jazzed about my bridle. However, PS has apparently improved their leather quality. The bridles also no longer include reins, so for a complete bridle, you’re looking at $275 or so. That’s a bit too much for me, but some of you may disagree.
Have you tried any of these things? What do you think?