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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Snap up your Neumann Tackified Gloves whilst Stocks Last!

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The Neumann Tackified Gloves from World Wide Tack are designed to fit riders like a second layer of skin offering optimum comfort and performance. Rapidly selling out these top quality gloves provide a secure grip to aid control in the saddle- whatever the conditions, and factors such as the weather may bring!

The palm of the glove is constructed with a patented formula that permanently ‘tackifies’ the leather palm throughout its fibres for the life of the glove. This tackiness is enhanced during humid conditions and will remain consistently tackified in hot or sub zero temperatures.With no need for spray-on adhesives, a simple hand washing is all that is needed when the gloves get dirty!
Neumann Gloves are widely used and accepted by professionals throughout the sporting industry worldwide!

The Neumann Tackified Gloves are available from World Wide Tack today whilst stocks last- rapidly selling out! Offered now in White, ideal for Dressage, in sizes  XS-L and Brown in XL only! Don’t let you reins get longer and longer when riding or risk being unsafe in the saddle if your gloves let you down at a crucial moment- get a grip with a pair of Neumann Tackified Gloves!

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Treading Carefully…

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Do you give much thought to your stirrups and irons? Maybe they came with your saddle… or you have simply changed your old irons onto a new saddle, with little thought for whether they suit the style and design of the saddle. However here at World Wide Tack we think we should pay the simple stirrup iron more attention!

Your choice of stirrup should depend on your discipline. For example, pleasure riders or endurance riders often like wider stirrups, partly because they may rider in wider boots, but also as they often ride with a longer length, and need the stirrups to take more weight.

Dressage riders generally have a longer, straighter riding position, with a stirrup length that allows the back to become straighter, with the pelvis tilted backwards. The rider’s knee should maintain a bend, as it needs to act as a shock absorber. Dressage riders tend to put more weight into the balls of their feet, as opposed to the heel and ankle – this is because in jumping, the ankle is more of an ‘anchor’, with a closer angle, while in dressage, the leg is longer and closer to the horse’s ‘barrel’.

The showjumper or XC enthusiast sits further towards the back of the saddle than the dressage rider, and keeps the legs in a more forward position, with shorter stirrups. Too-long stirrups may cause the rider to balance on the horse’s neck or reins.

The Royal Rider Stirrups, available to purchase through World Wide Tack and epitomise equestrian technology and performance. The functional, fabulous stirrups are ideal for specialist disciplines where performance is everything! Widely used by top professional horse rider’s the Royal Rider Stirrups offer complete foot stability and improved lower leg position in the saddle.

Available in a variety of different styles the Royal Rider Stirrup selection from World Wide Tack has something to suit every rider and equine discipline.

Designed and made in Italy the Royal Rider Stirrups are made using the highest quality materials and manufacturing controls offering lightweight stirrups with a wider foot bed offering rider’s improved balance and control in the saddle.

The fresh, technical and “sporty” design offers strength, quality and comfort but boasts technological advances such as progressive springs which allow the rider to obtain a higher comfort and providing sensitivity, stability and support when the rider’s weight is suspended in the stirrup.

The range of Royal Rider Stirrups uniquely offer cushioning mechanism integrated into the body of the stirrup allowing a structural level of flexibility and elasticity, whilst remaining secure. This promotes minimal pressure on the joints of the rider unlike conventional stirrups allowing them to remain comfortable in the saddle and protecting them from the physical wear and tear of regular horse riding.

Available in either standard shaped styles or the unique, exclusive design of offset side bars allowing the rider’s leg to sit straighter and provide a safe, “easy-out” feature.

The cheese grater style stirrup tread is ideal for winter when muddy and wet riding boots can slip in standard rubber stirrup treads!

So ride Royal and see the difference a pair of Royal Rider Stirrups can make to your riding today visit the website www.worldwidetack.com to see the wide range available.

 

Staying Safe in the Saddle

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We all know that there is nothing more important when horse riding than our safety and equipment such as body protectors, riding helmets and tack has all advanced hugely over recent years to reflect this. World Wide Tack’s Stephen Biddlecombe talks to us about how we can improve our security in the saddle to help improve safety…

Important safety measures to take when setting your horse up for the Autumn season include-

  • Where possible riding with a friend or trusted instructor and ensuring you feel confident in all scenarios with your equine partner.
  • Supply your horse with appropriate but not excessive levels of feed and always ensure their tack is correctly fitted and fastened and that you are wearing the protective clothing you require.
  • A riding hat is an essential for every discipline, but it is also advisable to wear a body protector and utilise other safety equipment available on the market when jumping or riding cross country.

One of the most important factors when promoting safety in the saddle, especially when jumping is a stable and secure lower leg. A strong lower leg position, alongside stalwart core muscles provide the key to good riding and a safe and independent seat and secure position. When the horse is in motion and particularly when trotting, in rising canter or when landing after a fence, the rider’s weight is transferred from the seat to the stirrups allowing us to absorb the impact through our knees and ankles. The direction of the force can sometimes cause rider’s legs to be pushed outwards and away from the horse’s sides, weakening both our stability in the stable and reducing our communication with the horse.

Getting your foot in the stirrup

There are products on the market to help improve lower leg security and one of the simplest ways to do this is by choosing the correct stirrups. Choosing suitable stirrups can help provide a simple solution to improve safety when carrying out all equestrian pursuits, from dressage and hacking to jumping, hunting or riding cross country. A stirrup that has been ergonomically designed could increase grip and stability due to the angle of the stirrups and in turn this can improve flexibility and allow the foot to quickly and easily come out of the stirrup if required.
An advance in stirrup technology

The Royal Rider Jump 25 Evo Action has a fresh technical and “sporty” design whilst retaining the strength, quality and comfort of all of the Royal Rider stirrups. Boasting progressive springs which allow the rider to obtain a higher comfort and providing sensitivity, stability and support when the rider’s weight is suspended in the stirrup.

The Jump 25 Evo Action also uniquely provides cushioning integrated into the body of the stirrup allowing a structural level of flexibility and elasticity, whilst remaining secure. This promotes minimal pressure on the joints of the rider unlike conventional stirrups allowing them to remain comfortable in the saddle and protecting them from the physical wear and tear of regular horse riding.

To find out more about the Royal Rider Stirrup range visit the World Wide Tack website at www.worldwidetack.co.uk to Tel: 01825 841 303 to speak to a member of the team.

Buy at http://www.worldwidetack.com/stirrups-c-17_40.html

Gel-Eze Saddle Pads; The Innovation!

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In 1999, scant scientific research had taken place to assess the forces applied to a horse’s back when ridden, and the benefits of saddle pads were poorly understood; yet equestrian wholesaler 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 that year, and launched three years later after significant research. It is now exported to over 35 countries worldwide by UK-based manufacturer World Wide Tack

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.

Stephen of World Wide Tack says…

“As our range of gel-based under saddle pads has developed, we have been able to add products that include strategically-placed cushions of gel, so the numnah or saddle pad itself is very slim and unobtrusive. For example, our Dressage Numnahwith Gel Eze anti-slip comfort cushions has small gel pads positioned in strategic places at the shoulder area, either side of the horse’s spine, and under the point of the saddle tree. These help protect the horse from the effects of saddle rotation, which is completely normal to a degree, and also the force applied as the rider sits down in the saddle; they are especially useful for horses whose riders do a lot of training in sitting trot,” Stephen says. “A unique selling point of ours has always been that we understand the biomechanics of horse riding, and respond with products that benefit the horse.”

Sheepskin is introduced…

World Wide Tack is also a trade leader in sheepskin saddle pads, so it was only a matter of time before the two products – gel and sheepskin – were incorporated. Stephen from World Wide Tack says… “We have very successfully combined the Gel Eze products with our range of Stephens saddle pads. A popular seller in Europe is theLambswool Saddle Pad with Gel Eze Comfort Cushions, which protects the shoulder area, the point of the saddle tree, and also either side of the horse’s spine. 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.”

Gel Eze products are currently being manufactured in Italy, and undergo strict and vigorous quality controls prior to being packaged and boxed.

Research and development has always been high on the list of priorities for World Wide Tack. Why not visit the website to see the variety of Gel-Eze products including the best-selling Saddle Pads today at www.worldwidetack.com 

Enter our Fabulous Facebook Competition!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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World Wide Tack is offering our fans and customers the chance to win one of these beautiful, luxurious saddle pads.  The “Luxury Sheepskin Pad with Gel-Eze lining” consists of a Gel Eze Non Slip Pad covered in pure Merino Lambskin.

The pad offers the temperature-controlling properties and comfort of pure sheepskin, which sits next to the horse’s skin, while the Gel Eze, which sits directly under the saddle, provides shock absorption and helps prevent saddle slippage.

 

This saddle pad is non toxic, washable and environmentally friendly.

 

To win, simply our Facebook page and tell us on the facebook post, why you would like to win the prize! Sharing this competition isn’t a condition of entry, but we’d be very grateful if you could ‘share the love’ and tell your facebook friends!

 

Choosing the Right Girth

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Choosing a girth can be a bit of a minefield with many different designs and types on the market making it difficult to know how to select the best choice for your horse or pony.

Assessing what girth is suitable for your individual equine is important. Research has shown that the way a girth is cut and what the material it is made from can have an effect on your horse’s well-being and performance.

Whether your horse is easily rubbed, or you need a girth that will look smart in the competition ring, leather or synthetic, dressage or a stud girth there will be considerations to be made. Thankfully the  equestrian market has plenty to choose from! World Wide Tack have a wide range of girths available including Stud Girths, Sheepskin girths covers, Humane Girths and the popular Padded Balance Girths .

Choose Wisely

An incorrect girth, just like poor saddle fit, can result in a host of physical and physiological issues. A poorly designed or ill-fitting girth can cause problems such as girth sores or galls, pinching, rubbing and hair loss, commonly resulting in pain and discomfort.

The cut of the girth also matters; recently equine scientists have been focusing on the impact the girth can have on the overall comfort of the horse in motion. This research can be conducted to assess whether certain types of girth constrict or whether some designs can further compliment equine movement and thus increase stride length, power and willingness to work.

Girth Management

Once you have chosen the correct girth for your horse is it important to address girth management.

Always tighten your horse’s the girth one hole at a time, gradually, whilst giving the horse time to relax between adjustments. After the girth has been tightened simply pull the horse’s front legs forward in order to smooth the skin under and around the girth area but be careful not to overstretch the limb.

But remember correcting the underlying cause of the muscular tightness in the girth area by selecting a suitable girth will enable the equine to move more freely, improve behaviour and increase performance levels.

For more information about the wide range of equine girths available from World Wide Tack visit the website www.worldwidetack.com