Gel-Eze – Taking the Pressure Off!

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In the past limited research had taken place to assess the forces applied, by the rider and the saddle,  to the horse’s back when ridden but in more recent times this issue has been highlighted by scientists and companies alike! Technology has advanced a great deal in the last twenty years, allowing the equestrian industry to develop some outstanding products and to study the equine sports horse in greater detail and research and development has always been high on the list of priorities for World Wide Tack. 

World Wide Tack’s Stephen Biddlecombe was convinced that an innovative gel product had a place in the equestrian marketplace to help protect horses’ backs and offer shock absorption. The Gel-Eze brand began its development in 1999 and launched three years later after significant research. It is now exported to over 35 countries worldwide!

As the range developed by Stephen has been expanded to include products that include strategically-placed cushions of gel helping saddle fit and balance as well as shock absorbing and protecting the horse’s back. This include such as a wither pad, rear riser, non slip pad and anatomically shaped gel pads to name but a few!

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In addition as a trade leader in sheepskin saddle pads, so it was only a matter of time before the two products – gel and sheepskin – were blended! Stephen says… “We have very successfully combined the Gel Eze products with our range of Stephens Saddle pads. The pads are very popular with owners of big moving horses that do a lot of extension at the shoulder, as the Gel-Eze also stops lateral movement of the saddle, and the resulting pressure points.”

Why not visit the website to see the huge range of Gel-Eze products including the best-selling Stephen’s Pads with Sheepskin today at www.worldwidetack.com 

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Bitting Advice

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With many many different equine bitting choices on the market, making the selection of the perfect bit can prove rather overwhelming. It does sometimes take some experimenting to find the right bit for your horse or pony and the perfect bit for one discipline, i.e jumping is unlikely to be the ideal bit for a different activity such as dressage.

Here, we take a look at the main factors for your customers to consider when determining what type of bit they should use for a horse or pony in our latest blog, and highlight some of the bitting options we have available to retailers from Bombers Bits.

Advice for horse owners-

  1. Firstly the type of bit you need depends on what discipline you and your horse undertake. Your equine may require a stronger bit for hunting or jumping but be perfectly capable of working in a relaxed way whilst hacking and schooling in a simple snaffle. Do remember though if you are a competitive equestrian that if you are competing you must check what bits are permitted for that specific discipline!
  1. A less experienced rider should always stick to a less severe bit such as a snaffle whereas a more experienced rider that does not rely on the hand for balance in any way can utilise a wider range of bit choices, including such as Pelhams or Gag bits.
  1. When deciding on what bit will work for your horse it is vital to also consider the horse as well as yourself, so measuring your horse’s mouth is an important part of finding the right bit. If you need advice on how to measure your equine’s mouth why not ask a trusted friend, your instructor or yard owner?
  1. If you have tried lots of different bits to no avail then Bomber Bits  designed by Peter “Bomber” Nel, professional Polocrosse rider, may provide the solution to bitting conundrums.
  1. The handmade, sweet iron bits have been developed and tried and tested providing the optimum in bitting excellence. Now used in the upper echelons of Eventing, Polo and Show Jumping throughout Europe, these bits are highly regarded by professionals.
  2. Each one is made from blue sweet iron, because it oxidises easily, encourages salivation, helps bit acceptance and is warm and sweet. Bomber’s philosophy is that pressure leads to resistance, and resistance leads to lack of control. So, to get control, you must remove the resistance. Peter explains that the only way to remove the resistance is to remove the pressure and if you cannot remove the pressure, you have to distribute the pressure over a bigger surface area. That is why he designed a bit which distributes the pressure better than many other bits by having a specially rounded shape of mouthpiece.
  1. There is a huge variety of Bomber designed bits including bits suitable for every different type of discipline such as; Snaffles, Full Cheek Bits, Gags, Pelhams and Kimblewicks alongside Bomber’s own developments the Happy Tongue, The Bomber Blue and Petros Williams bits, to name but a few. Bomber bits are able to help with problems such as Head Shaking, Sensitive tongues as well as horses carrying their heads too high or too low.

Retailers – call us today to speak to a member of our team to receive all the advice you require – 01825 840002.