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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Taking Part in Arena Polo

Arena polo is a fast-paced version of polo played outdoors on an enclosed all-weather surface, or in an indoor arena.

Unlike outdoor polo, which is played on a 10-acre field, arena polo is played in a smaller set up allowing more venues to host matches and adding to the excitement of the thrilling game.

The match is played as usual, consisting of four chukkas of seven and one-half minutes each but the ball used is slightly larger.

Arena polo is typically far more financially accessible than outdoor polo. Arena polo is also played year-round, which is attractive to many players because it makes progress in the sport easier and quicker!

So what equipment do you need for Arena Polo?

Rider Wear

Being safe and protected whilst playing Polo is essential, alongside a riding helmet Riding Boots, Elbow Pads and Knee Guards should be worn. World Wide Tack offer their own range of top quality products. Click here to view!

Bandages and Tendon Boots
Polo is a fast and furious game and so your pony’s legs must be protected. Polo players often apply both soft fleece bandages and supportive tendon boots in order to maximise protection. World Wide Tack offers 18 different coloured polo bandages designed specifically with polo in mind with extra length for support and protection.

Bits
World Wide Tack supplies Bomber Bits, a must-have for any polo player! Designed by polo player Peter Nel every Bomber bit is made from blue sweet iron which oxidises easily, encouraging salivation and acceptance. In addition World Wide Tack offer a bespoke service where you can choose your mouth and cheek piece size and order it to be hand made and delivered directly to you; perfect for polo!

Leather Work
World Wide Tack pride themself on their bridle work including bridles, martingales, breastplates and more being made exclusively in the UK from top quality leather. You need a firm holding when playing polo and the security that your tack is going to stay intact for the duration in all conditions so World Wide Tack has a range of high quality leather work, built to last and offering maximum quality!

For more information about the wide range of equipment for polo and other disciplines visit the website www.worldwidetack.com

 

Have you tried high-spec gel accessories to absorb impact under-saddle?

With the Autumn competition and hunting season approaching, many horses are working incredibly hard. 

Back pain is a common complaint suffered by the competition horse and can cause problems such as unsoundness on a circle, bucking, discomfort when lifting the limbs and struggling with transitions, to name just a few. Success at competitions requires the horse to be a true athlete and to perform and train in a way which is both bold and brave. Only too often, the hidden factor holding competing equines back is their own back pain.

Effective and correct training goes a long way to ensuring your equine is working correctly and using his body in a way that will minimize harm. Training with a trusted professional can give you further insight and knowledge and is therefore always advisable.

Crucially when deliberating the cause of back pain it is vital to ensure that your tack fits your horse comfortably and correctly first. If the saddle provides a good fit a supportive saddle pad may be required.

Gel-Eze products offered by World Wide Tack offer the ideal product to help combat the stresses and strains caused to the equine back through their innovative gel accessories which uniquely act to absorb the impact. Their products include fetlock and tendons boots and saddle pads.

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Stephens gel eze sheepskin half pad with comfort cushions, from World Wide Tack.

The Gel-Eze Saddle Pads offer the impact absorption qualities of liquid, yet in a gel form. The saddle pads, placed directly on to the horse’s back reduce the potential for the saddle to slip, reach an uncomfortable position and rub and wound the horse whilst offering a non toxic, reusable product which absorbs the impact subjected on the equine back from both the hard ground and the rider.

Gel-Eze Saddle Pads from World Wide Tack are available in a range of fittings and sizes, including saddle pads which cover the whole back or products which just raise the front or the back of the saddle; so you can choose which item suits your equine the best. In addition the Gel-Eze product is available incorporated into a Sheepskin Numnah, Dressage Square or Half pad so you can look good in the ring, whilst keeping your horse safe, comfortable and able to perform at his best.

World Wide Tack currently offers the Gel-Eze Sheepskin Pad in size small, black/natural colour, for just £45.90. We feel the colour of the fur is slightly more yellow than our main stock, so have discounted it.

For more information about the Gel-Eze range visit the website http://www.worldwide.tack or call 01825 841303 to speak to a member of the World Wide Tack Team.

Help ease back pain

With the competition season in full swing many horses are working incredibly hard. In addition the recent warm weather has resulted in the ground becoming extremely solid and firm, increasing the impact on the equine’s hooves, limbs and their backs.

Back pain is a common complaint suffered by the competition horse and can cause problems such as unsoundness on a circle, bucking, discomfort when lifting the limbs and struggling with transitions, to name just a few. Success at competitions requires the horse to be a true athlete and to perform and train in a way which is both bold and brave. Only too often, the hidden factor holding competing equines back is their own back pain.

Effective and correct training goes a long way to ensuring your equine is working correctly and using his body in a way that will minimize harm. Training with a trusted professional can give you further insight and knowledge and is therefore always advisable.

Crucially when deliberating the cause of back pain it is vital to ensure that your tack fits your horse comfortably and correctly first. If the saddle provides a good fit a supportive saddle pad may be required.

Gel-Eze products offered by World Wide Tack offer the ideal product to help combat the stresses and strains caused to the equine back through their innovative gel accessories which uniquely act to absorb the impact. Their products include fetlock and tendons boots and saddle pads.

The Gel-Eze Saddle Pads offer the impact absorption qualities of liquid, yet in a gel form. The saddle pads, placed directly on to the horse’s back reduce the potential for the saddle to slip, reach an uncomfortable position and rub and wound the horse whilst offering a non toxic, reusable product which absorbs the impact subjected on the equine back from both the hard ground and the rider.

Gel-Eze Saddle Pads from World Wide Tack are available in a range of fittings and sizes, including saddle pads which cover the whole back or products which just raise the front or the back of the saddle; so you can choose which item suits your equine the best. In addition the Gel-Eze product is available incorporated into a Sheepskin Numnah, Dressage Square or Half pad so you can look good in the ring, whilst keeping your horse safe, comfortable and able to perform at his best.

For more information about the Gel-Eze range visit the website http://www.worldwide.tack or call 01825 841303 to speak to a member of the World Wide Tack Team.

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Sheepskin; the most versatile fabric!

Sheepskin saddle pads are an incredibly fashionable, attractive item to kit your horse out in for schooling or competing but the use of true sheepskin, as opposed to a synthetic alternative also provides unique health benefits, particularly useful during the summer months.

Often horse owners typically associate sheepskin as a cosy, warm layer that can provide warmth and comfort for our equines during the winter months. Though this is an accurate analogy, in fact sheepskin is exceptional at absorbing moisture and therefore provides a useful item during the winter and summer months alike.

Sheepskin numnahs and saddle cloths made from natural materials are considered one of the highest performing materials. Despite density sheepskin is highly breathable, composed of a mass of softly curled fibres that can hold many microscopic air pockets allowing air to circulate and water vapour to be released.

As well as allowing water to evaporate sheepskin draws water and sweat away from our equine’s backs. Sheepskin wool is able to hold 30% of its own weight in moisture before it begins to feel damp, allowing our horse’s skin and coat to remain drier for longer.
In addition real sheepskin, through its density and structure warms up and cools down, thermoregulating more slowly and effectively than other materials. This reduces temperature fluctuations in the muscles of our equine’s back, which in turn reduces the risk of injury.

World Wide Tack offer a wide range of Sheepskin accessories made from the highest quality Australian lambswool so you can kit your horse or pony out in the best products available.

For more information or to see the wide range of sheepskin products World Wide Tack has available visit the website at: www.worldwidetack.com

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What is all the fuss about Gel-Eze?

Gel-Eze is the original gel accessory product, and forms part of a wide range which includes products for horse riders such as saddle pads and under-bandages.

It offers the impact-absorption qualities of a liquid, in gel form.

We have a huge range of products incorporating the benefits if this innovative Gel-Eze technology, from various saddle pads to leg wraps.

The revolutionary gel can be placed directly on the horse’s back to reduce saddle slippage, and offers impact-absorption.

The Gel-Eze under-saddle range is ideal for show jumpers and event horses, and is non toxic, washable, reusable and environmentally friendly.

Our range also includes leather fetlock boots and tendon boots, for ultimate protection for your horse or pony.

Try Gel-Eze today to see the benefits for yourself! www.worldwidetack.com 

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Featured Products

Gel-Eze “Impression” Non-Slip Sheepskin Pad

£72.75

NEW!

The Stephen’s Gel-Eze range has recently introduced the Sheepskin Saddle Pad with the Gel-Eze Non-Slip technology!

The Gel Eze Impression Non-Slip pad combined with the superb luxurious Stephens lambswool offers comfort with extraordinary non-slip properties.

Available in white cloth/natural sheepskin, black/natural, black/black, mocca/mocca and navy/navy.

One-size – same as our Stephens Medium pads – suitable for 16 – 17.5″ saddles

www.worldwidetack.com