Don't Settle for the Imitation - Invest in the Real Product One of our favorite products also has unlimited number of knock-offs, but you honestly can't find anything better than the original Mattes Pad. Now, we know you've seen the price tag on this name-brand and your first thought was "that's not Economical". We challenge the competitor or leisure rider to compare quality over quantity on this. The Mattes Pad we tried was a great way to save the horse from serious back soreness if the saddle wasn't quite fitting perfect no matter the discipline. It even has the ability to be thrown in the washer on gentle with the wool detergent once in a blue moon and air dried. We were thrilled that it didn't become matted, gnarled, or stiff after TONS of use. The off-brand of this product just doesn't add up when we looked at the endurance, quality, and overall abuse this product has taken from us. As the photo on the right shows, we've made the black turn blue from so much use! The Mattes Pad just keeps coming back for more. At a price right around $200.00 for the non-customized versions you will be amazed.
Professional Choice Leg Protection. We're big fans of the Quick Wrap boots pictured above. Leg protection is one thing that cannot be compromised when it comes to your horse. There are many different options that ProChoice offers, but the Quick Wrap pictured above are our favorite configuration. What makes these so great? Velcro that sticks, leather lined on the inside of the leg, easy to get on/off, washable, and they support like a polo wrap when applied correctly. At the price of approximately $50.00 for the ProChoice Quick Wraps this is a great way to gallop with a little bit of green.
To learn more about the Quick Wraps from ProChoice visit the Professional Choice site. You might even save a few dollars!
Fleck Germany Dressage Whip
Carry a whip..... Carry a Tool We understand as English riders that our equipment is a tool. The quality of the tool adds to the way it is used, and in some cases might just be a silent piece of our riding wardrobe.
Whatever the case with your horse Fleck Germany Whips offer high quality, durability, and fashion-ability suitable for hack or show. We've been using the Dressage whips for years and won't trade this product for the world. They are well balanced, easy to use, and offer various styles at a great price. With a fiberglass flexible core and well constructed outer shell this tool is something to be proud to carry.
Price will vary depending on style and type of whip you will need, so visit the link above for more information about these and other great products from Fleck Germany.
Fleck Germany In-Hand Whip
German Tradition Rides again... and again... and again...
For the riders who are looking for great products that will last a lifetime look no further. A great addition to your tack box is always a spare set of spurs. Here's a must-have product if you only want to spend the money once, not several times during your riding career. HS Sprenger is a brand that is known and loved by many professionals, and can be yours for a small investment. Below is a photo of HS Sprenger spurs we purchased over 5 years ago. They haven't been cleaned or polished for the photo but have been used regularly. A little spit and polish and they are ready for the show ring. Proof that the products will last for years to come. Sticker shock set in when they were purchased at just over $100.00, but now years later its great knowing that we would have spent the same amount on the inexpensive versions - maybe even more! This is just one product that HS Sprenger has to offer in their vast lines of bits and spurs.
Over the years you hear a million different things about bits. Some claim to be gentle by reducing pressure here and there, while other prove to be contraptions from the stone age which take hours of learning how to use it correctly. Here's another great European product that will stand the test of time and be as simple to use as a pencil. For English riders the type of bit shown here might not be as important as the metal that it is crafted from. One of our favorite bits, the loose ring, is shown here in Augarian metals and made by HS Sprenger. We've tested and tried the many options this bit is available in and have no quams about it's performance. The blend of metals used to form the bit promotes salivation, is soft on the mouth, and cleans up beautifully with a little diamond paste. Although we've heard that severe wear can sometimes be found where the rings run through the mouthpiece we didn't find this was ever an issue in over 5 years of using the same bit. Have you had this happen? Let us know! HS Sprenger has done a fabulous job in revolutionizing the line of Augarian bits they offer, so if you're not a fan of a loose ring check out the other options they offer Here. These bits are another solid investment into your riding career.
Style Meets Horse Budget
Looking for style AND function at a reasonable price? We LOVED this Horze saddle pad. With a nice thickness, appropriate length, and well matched color for the horse the combination couldn't have been better. Don't hesitate to check out www.Horze.com for sale items too. The same day we purchased this classic looking pad we also purchased 3 OTHER saddle pads - none of which were over the $25.00 price point.
With great colors, stylishly simple designs, and a nice inexpensive price tag we're sure that this might just be the best-kept secret out there right now. Check out our other Reviews in Rider Clothing - this brand continues to impress us!
**Tried and True** - we used two of the saddle pads and then took them home to wash.... and they look like brand new again. To our surprise, even the tan one in the photo washed up like it never left the store. Worth purchasing a few more? Absolutely!