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Equestrian Holiday Gift Ideas 2021 Edition

Phew!! 2021 is about to end. We are excited about the upcoming WEF 2021-2022 circuit. It has been a busy summer. We have seen a tremendous interest in all things “airbag”. It is all about Safety. Just like helmets, the “airbags” are essential for safety. For all things equestrian, safety can not be over-stressed. With that in mind, we present to you, the 2021 version of our Holiday Gift Guide for Equestrians.

  1. Freejump Airbag 2021 Vest NF Safety Certified

How do you make an excellent product even better?

2. Helite Zip In 2 Airbag Vest

Safety, Safety and Safety! Especially, when you have a product that is proven to protect you. We have been selling the Helite Airbag vest for 2 years now.

3. KISMET Ultra Light High Waisted Show Jumping Breeches “Chante”

Simple, classic and functional. This one checks all the boxes. You have been asking for high waisted breeches in a lighter fabric. We have got them for you! This has quickly become our #1 bestselling riding pants. Super Comfy and Stretchy at the same time. We have them in 6 different colors!

4. KISMET Ladies Light Regular Rise Show Jumping Breeches “Tammy”

You spoke, we listened. You wanted a regular rise pair of riding pants that comfortable and stylish, while at the same, affordable. The “Tammy” riding breeches checks all those boxes. Launched in mid-2021, this has quickly become a favorite for our Wellington clientele. Priced at just $159, these pants are literally flying off the shelves. Make no mistake, “Tammy” gives other higher priced pants a serious run.

Why limit yourself to just Black and Navy? These pants are going to be available in Steel Blue, Moss, Anthracite and Rust colors soon!

5. Dada Sport Technical Sweat Shirt Horse Themed “Chalou”

Looking for a tasteful gift without going overboard? Here is an idea: The Dada Sport Technical Sweat Shirt/Sweater is horse themed.

6. Technical Riding Socks by Dada Sport

Not sure what to get for your rider friend? These socks are a rider’s BFF!

7. Lightweight Breathable Cover Vest For Your Airbag Vest by Dada Sport

Dada Sport has been on the forefront of producing beautiful airbag-compatible clothing. This cover serves 2 very important purposes: Protects your airbag vest from everyday use scuffs and marks, Makes the airbag seem almost invisible

8. Show Shirt that doubles up as a Show Jacket

Following in the same vein as Dada Sports, Kismet has introduced this beautiful lightweight shirt that is designed for use with Airbag vests. With this shirt, it will appear as if you have a show jacket on even when you do not. This has been a quick favorite of all our customers. Made In Italy, this shirt is lightweight and extremely breathable.

9. Miss Shield Matt Trim Helmet Collection by Samshield (Limited Edition)

Back by popular demand, this helmet combines elegance, beauty and safety all in one. There are several trims/versions of this helmet, we present below. If you are in the market for a new Miss Shield helmet, you will not go wrong with this one. Keep in mind its a limited edition, so quantities are extremely limited. All the helmets in this collection are available in Black as well as Navy.

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Samshield Limited Edition Matt Just In Time For The Holidays

While the last 2 years have been tumultous for supply chain in general, we do have some good news to report! The full Limited Edition Matt Trim Collection by Samshield has just landed. Without further ado, we present to you these beautiful helmets.

What Is Different About The Limited Edition

There are about 10 different helmets in this new collection. While the fit and comfort of these helmets remains the same, the matt trim adds a more nuanced look. The trim is the metallic centerline on the top of the helmet along with the front blazon. The Matt Trim does add another level of elegance to an already classy helmet collection.

The helmets are available in Black and Blue. If you are in the market for a helmet, we suggest placing your order immediately. These helmets do tend to sell much quicker.

We should add that the combination of the matt trim along with glossy and suede textures does give the helmets an ultra-chic look.

Wide Brim Choices

Regular Brim

Black, Blue, Suede, Glossy, Matte, Leather ….oh so many choices!

The real beauty of this new collection is the fact that it caters to everyone. Whether you are a matt person or prefer suede or love the glossy, there is a helmet for everyone. No other helmet combines the different textures in the same helmet so artfully. This new Matt collection from Samshield is a work of art.

What started as just 2 helmets from the original collection launched in December 2020 has expanded to 8 different helmets.

We are super excited about this new collection. If you are in the market for a new helmet, definitely check these out. Do you have any of these helmets? How do you like it? We would love to hear from you. Leave us a comment below.

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Flex On Stirrups: Shock Absorbing Stirrups For Everyone And Every Discipline (Show Jumping, Hunter, Dressage, Eventing)

About 4 years ago, a little know brand called “Flex On” from France arrived on the equestrian stirrups scene. Over the last 4 years, we have seen Flex On completely revolutionize the stirrups space. We were proud to introduce this innovative brand to USA.

Flex On’s promise was to relieve the fatigue and soreness often experienced by riders (particularly those that ride 6 to 10 horses daily). However, that group is not exclusive. There are lots of riders with injured ankles, tired knees and backs.

To that end, Flex On has delivered on its promise. We have several customers that attest to the reduction in pain and soreness (in their knees, ankles and lower back), after switching to the Flex On Stirrups.

Initially, Flex On introduced the Composite Stirrups and the Aluminium Stirrups The simplicity of the stirrups was striking, in that they looked like normal and traditional stirrups. However, under the footbed of the stirrups, the specially designed elastomers provided the greatest degree of shock absorption. This was a new concept. It took us about a year or two to educate the consumers about the genuine benefit of this technology. From the start, the early-adopters were sold on this concept because it worked! This was not a gimmick. It was proven and tested science at work.

Next came the Aluminium version of the same stirrups. Everything stayed the same with the stirrups, with the exception of the frame . The frame is constructed of Aluminium versus Composite material. These stirrups are available in 3 different colors: Silver, Black and Grey. The shock absorbing performance of the Aluminium stirrups is the same as that of the Composite Stirrups. The Aluminium vs Composite comes down to personal choice and aethetics.

Hunter Approved Stirrups – Classic Stirrups with Shock Absorbing Technology

Not satisfied with their extremely popular show jumping stirrups, Flex On created the “Hunter” stirrups. Two years ago, they introduced the “Hunter” Stirrups with the same shock absorbing technology.

Shock Absorbing Stirrups for Junior Riders (Children’s)

Flex On has produced an exciting new stirrups for junior riders. This is a one of a kind stirrups. Especially designed for children, these stirrups feature the hallmark shock absorbing technology along with Safety. The stirrups are designed to release in case of a fall or accident. We have them in all Black version. Black Frame with a Black Outer Safety branch.

Custom Shock Absorbing Stirrups

If all Black or Silver stirrups are too boring for you, you can always customize them as much as you’d like. What can you customize?

  • Color of the frame
  • Color of the shock absorbers
  • Incline of the Footplate
  • Magnetic Stickers (Flags, colors, patterns etc)

Personalize Your Flex On Stirrups

Whether you ride for fun or competition, you can easily personalize your existing Flex On Stirrups. For the Flex On Green Composite, Flex On Aluminium Stirrups, Flex On Safe On Safety Stirrups, we offer the full range of magnetic stickers. You can simply replace the magnetic stickers easily.

Questions? We are here to help.

We hope this post has helped you in answering your questions about the full line of Flex On Stirrups. Flex On has quickly become the most innovative name in show jumping (and now hunter) stirrups. It has the biggest portfolio of options to suit everyone’s needs. The best part is the bevy of customization options for their stirrups.

Do you have any specific questions? Do you have any feedback on these stirrups? Own these stirrups, love them? Let us know in the Comments below. We love to hear your feedback.

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Equestrian Airbag Compatible Show Jackets

By now, you have seen riders wear airbag safety vests. More and more riders are wearing these vests. So the obvious question is: What about Show Jackets? In this post, we will go over all the possible options for show jackets. To be clear, we are going to cover options for show jackets that you can wear OVER your airbag safety vests.

Background

Your existing non-airbag compatible show jackets CAN NOT be used over the airbag vest. The reason is that the fabric and construction of those jackets does not lend itself to inflation and deflation. That is why there is a new class of airbag-compatible show jackets.

What makes a show jacket compatible?

The “airbag-compatible” jackets are made of special fabric and threads to allow the inflation/deflation without damaging the airbag. The seams, the buttons etc are specially designed to work to allow the airbag to function without limiting its performance.

What if I use my existing non-compatible show jacket OVER the airbag vest?

The airbag vests are designed to inflate outward. Your existing non-compatible show jacket will probably rip open from the inflation process. Worse still, the airbag may not inflate fully. This creates a safety hazard.

Please be aware that unless a show jacket is marked as being “Airbag Compatible”, it should not be used.

Can I use my existing non-compatible show jacket UNDER the airbag vest?

Yes! That is the recommended route if you wish to use your show jacket in conjunction with the airbag vest.

Is the Show Jacket only usable once after inflation?

The airbag show jackets are designed for use with airbag safety vests repeatedly. However, please be sure to inspect your show jacket after every inflation. If there are rips or damage to the show jacket, we recommend you not use it again. The “Airbag Compatible” show jackets become part of the safety apparatus.

What other options are available for Airbag Compatible show clothing for Men?

We are pleased to announce the arrival of Freejump (Oscar and Gabrielle) for a full selection of airbag compatible clothing for women and men. This includes not just show jackets and vests, but also a full range of outerwear. We are talking about airbag compatible rain-jackets.

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Equestrian Safety First : Why It Matters?

Freejump Equestrian Airbag Safety Vest "Zip'In 2" Standalone

There has recently been a spat of random accidents of horse riding. Fortunately, most of these incidents have been trivial.

The sport of horse riding (show jumping in particular) has become faster with better horses and better riding ability in general. The bar is being raised constantly. Add to that, the complexity of the variations in the footing. The courses are becoming more and more technical. All these changes add variables that may alter the possibility of accidents.

Lately, there have been some tragic accidents in the sport. While it is hard to say specifically what caused these accidents, what is clear is the critical need for safety equipment. Other active motion sports such as motor cycling and car racing have had safety implements in place for decades now. The stricter safety standards adopted by the regulatory bodies governing these sports have played a positive role in increasing safety overall. There has been a drastic reduction in injuries and the severity of the injuries. You do not see a car racing driver without proper safety gear and equipment. Same goes for football players, motorcyclists etc.

Why should it be any different for horse riding? If no safety options are available, there is nothing to argue. However, we have been selling Safety Stirrups, Safety Helmets for years. Starting earlier this year, we have introduced Airbag Safety Vests that offer body protection from injuries.

The time, cost and energy associated with injuries can be debilitating. It does not have to be. With proper safety equipment, we can all contribute to making the equestrian sport a bit safer.

Safety Stirrups

The top rated safety stirrups were introduced by us to the Americas back in 2013. Since then, Freejump has become synonymous with “safety stirrups”. The branch release system invented by Freejump was revolutionary. Since 2013, lots of other brands have attempted to launch safety stirrups. However, Freejump has been the clear winner. When it comes to foot positioning, balance, shock absorption, the Soft Up Pro Plus and Soft Up Classic

Helmets

With such a large range of helmets, we have difficulty listing even a few. In no way, is this list all-inclusive. WE have listed some of our top safety helmets.

Safety Vests

If you are interested in reading about the details of how these airbag safety vests work, here are a few links:

First, let us clarify what these vests do. They are not meant/designed to protect you from every possible accident. What they do offer is protection for your full spinal column (top of the neck to your tailbone) in the event you are launched off your horse. The airbag safety vests work off a simple principle based on body weight and tension. The lanyard that attaches to your saddle, when extended away and outward with enough body force (exceeding 78 lbs), will deploy the airbag.

Over the last year or so, we have had immense positive customer feedback about these airbag safety vests. While some people were initially hesitant about these vests, most have grown very accustomed to this vest as part of their must-have equipment. Several of our clients have said they now would not ride without these airbag safety vests. Simply, the ability to walk away from an injury is invaluable.

Conclusion

We hope with this post, we have convinced you to at least start thinking about safety. There is equipment that has proven to reduce injuries and downtime. Why not use it ? As always, it is your turn now. Let us know your thoughts, whether related to general safety vs specific concerns about a certain type of equipment. Do you own any of these products? What do you think? Write below in the comments.