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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.

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KASK Equestrian Helmets: What’s new for 2018

KASK Dogma Star Lady - Anthracite

The objective of this post is to educate the equestrian/rider community on what has changed in the KASK equestrian helmets starting 2018. We hope this will answer all your questions about KASK Equestrian Helmets.

KASK made a big splash in the equestrian scene with the launch of 3 helmet models for the equestrian market. The KASK helmets filled a gap in the helmet market. With top grade safety certifications and a long establish reputation in safety (KASK also makes biking, skiing and snowboarding helmets), KASK quickly achieved a solid second place behind Samshield.

Since then, they have made some improvements to their design. While nothing appears to be changed on the outside, there are some positive changes under the hood.

New Color: Anthracite

Ah, yes! Anthracite/Gray/Charcoal is the new Black. When it comes to a hot color on the 2018 Winter Equestrian Festival, Grey/Anthracite takes the crown. This is not a dark grey, neither is it a light gray. With just the right balance of gray, this helmet become a must-have for those with Grey colored show jackets.

2 Options in Anthracite

Just like the other colors, 2 options are available in Anthracite: Anthracite and Anthracite Silver. The former has a tone-on-tone Anthracite color scheme, the latter add the Silver colored trim.

KASK Dogma Star Lady - Anthracite
KASK Dogma Star Lady – Anthracite

Dogma Chrome Light - Anthracite/Silver
Dogma Chrome Light – Anthracite/Silver

Dogma Light - Anthracite
Dogma Light – Anthracite

The not-so-visible changes

Besides the exterior color change, there are other under-the-hood improvements for all KASK helmets.

Velcro-attachment liner no more

One of the big changes for 2018 is the way the inside padding/liner attaches to the helmet. The velcro style liner has been retired: in its place the new liner snaps into pre-formed holes in the shell of the helmet.

The newer liner is NOT compatible with the original KASK Helmets.

Please do note that we have a very limited stock of replacement velcro liners that are compatible with the original KASK helmets. So if you need a liner for your helmet, please get in touch with us.

New Sizing Chart

Along with the new liner design, there are some changes to the sizing chart of the KASK Equestrian helmets as well. The new sizing allows for 4 sizing shells: Extra Small, Small, Medium and Large (previously only 3 shells).

  • Extra Small Shell – Sizes 51 (6 3/8) through 54 (6 3/4)
  • Small Shell – Sizes 55 ( 6 7/8) and 56 (7)
  • Medium – Sizes 57 ( 7 1/8), 58 (7 1/4) and 59 (7 3/8)
  • Large – Sizes 60 (7 1/2) through 63 (7 7/8)

The original helmets accomodated Sizes 51 through 57 in the Small Shell, Sizes 58 through 59 in the Medium Shell, Sizes 60 through 63 in the Large Shell.

Padded Neck Brace

Also new for 2018, is a redesigned padded neck brace. This optional pieces that attaches to the back/inside part of the helmet is now padded. The cushioned padding enhances the overall comfort.

Fit System Lateral Inserts (for Long Oval Shape)

KASK has come up with a creative way to fit long-oval shaped heads into their helmets. With the help of these lateral inserts (that can be adhered to the sides of the helmet), the same helmet instantly becomes a well-fitted helmet for long-oval shaped heads.

Note on certification

Please note that KASK Equestrian Helmets are fully certified for use in USA under the ASTM/SEI rating.

Questions?

That is all the changes for 2018. If you have questions, please feel free to email us or leave a comment. We appreciate your questions and concerns.

 

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Top Ten Equestrian Holiday Gifts for 2017

In keeping with our annual holiday tradition, we are pleased to present the 3rd successive version of this list. The list contains ideas for gift giving for this holiday season. We pride ourselves on bringing the most innovative products (whether it be helmets, spurs, clothing, boots or other riding gear). There are ideas for both male and female riders. We hope this list will help you determine just the right gift for your spouse, boyfriend, girlfriend or significant other.

Here is the list (in no specific order) :

1 Miss Shield Shadow Matt Helmet by Samshield

This helmet was widely anticipated at the beginning of the last season. As with all things Samshield, this is another beautiful helmet. It has been received extremely well both here in the US and in Europe. You can read about why the Miss Shield is a clear choice for those wanting a wide visor helmet.

Miss Shield Shadow Matt - Black
Miss Shield Shadow Matt – Black

To top it all, the Miss Shield is available in a variety of different styles and options, just like all other Samshield helmets. You can also design your own custom Miss Shield.

Samshield Miss Shield Shimmer Top Helmet - Navy Blue
Samshield Miss Shield Shimmer Top Helmet – Navy Blue

Presenting Miss Shield, Samshield’s wide brim helmet

2 Push Up Show Jumping Breeches by For Horses

These pants have quickly ascended to the top of the bestseller list. Not without reason! These pants are so stylish  (thanks to the generous “push up” effect) and comfortable, that the other brands have now released their own “push-up” and “shape-up” breeches.  However, these original pants continue to be extremely popular with both the show jumping as well as the dressage crowd.

Ladies Push Up Show Jumping Breeches in Beige - Side View
Ladies Push Up Show Jumping Breeches in Beige – Side View

 

FH Ladies Dressage Full Seat Breeches - Misti in Navy
FH Ladies Dressage Full Seat Breeches – Misti in Navy

For Horses “FH” : A revolution in riding breeches

3. Ladies Lightweight show jumping breeches “Remie”

These pants are the most widely used riding breeches across disciplines. Whether it be show jumping, hunters or equitation, these pants are popular mostly part because of their simplicity.

FH Ladies Lightweight Show Jumping Breeches "Remie" - Beige - Back View
FH Ladies Lightweight Show Jumping Breeches “Remie” – Beige – Back View

The full seat version of these breeches has just arrived as well!

FH Light Weight Ladies Dressage Full Seat Breeches "Remie" - Navy
FH Light Weight Ladies Dressage Full Seat Breeches “Remie” – Navy

 

4. Freejump Safety Stirrups Soft Up Pro

If you have ever wanted to go with a safe gift, this is absolutely a great choice. Who does not like Freejump Stirrups? Give the gift of safety to your riding friends and family. They will thank you in more ways than one.  Better still, if they already have these stirrups, you can always buy them a new pair in the new Premium Colors: Gold, Bronze, Bordeaux, All Chocolate.

Freejump Stirrups Soft Up Pro - Bronze
Freejump Stirrups Soft Up Pro – Bronze

5. Freejump Safety Stirrups Soft Up Classic

We are very excited about this new product from Freejump. It is a new take on their wildly popular Freejump Stirrups Soft Up Pro.

Freejump Stirrups Soft Up Classic - Red
Freejump Stirrups Soft Up Classic – Red

6. Kingsland Unisex Classic Riding Gloves

These gloves have been around for a while. Always a reliable staple, you just can not go wrong with gifting these gloves. At $79.95, they are fairly inexpensive and make an excellent stocking stuffer.

7. Equitus Alpha Anatomic Bridle by Schockemoehle Sports

If there was a competition among anatomic bridles, the Equitus Alpha would emerge as a clear winner. With a designed from the grounds up approach, this bridle is popular among both dressage and show jumping riders. The idea is that if your bridle avoids all the pain points on the horse’s ears, neck and head, it will perform at its fullest potential.

If your friend/family member likes tack that is technical without being too overtly complicated, this bridle delivers.

Equitus Alpha : Why it is the favorite anatomic bridle for 2017.

Schockemoehle Sports Equitus Alpha Anatomic Bridle - Explanation of how it works
Schockemoehle Sports Equitus Alpha Anatomic Bridle – Explanation of how it works

8. Flex On Interchangeable Spurs (no spur straps required)

Yes, you read that right. These new spurs from Flex On do not require any spur straps. This comes in handy for those in your family/friend circle with a big collection of spurs. They will appreciate the thoughtfulness.

 

Flex On Eper On Interchangeable Spur - Blue
Flex On Eper On Interchangeable Spur – Blue

Read about Flex On Spurs

9 Custom Show Jacket by Lotus Romeo

This creative brand of riding apparel promises to make you “unforgettable” in the ring. True to its mission, these jackets are designed for making you look different and elegant at the same time. Your look is classic and modern at the same time. Best of all, our customers are delighted by the fabric used by Lotus Romeo. It is even lighter than that of the Big 3 brands, with more structure and better flexibility.

Lotus Romeo Double Leather Collar Show Jacket in Black with Gold Piping
Lotus Romeo Double Leather Collar Show Jacket in Black with Gold Piping

This is a no-brainer for your picky friend/family member that strives to stand out from the crowd.

The Art of Unforgettable Style 

10 Long Sleeve Show Shirt for Ladies “Adelaide” by Schockemoehle Sports

Have you ever wanted a classic looking, UV protected shirt that you can wear in any ring. The Adelaide is a no-frills long sleeve shirt made from highly breathable technical fabric that has UV protection built-in.

 

Schockemoehle Sports Long Sleeves Show Shirt with UV - Adelaide
Schockemoehle Sports Long Sleeves Show Shirt with UV – Adelaide

11. Custom Riding Boots by Tucci

If your significant other is picky and you are unsure of what to get them, the Custom Riding Boots by Tucci would make a loving gift. All you have to do is call us to setup an appointment for your friend/spouse/girlfriend and we will take care of the rest. The boots are fully customizable offering a unique look for everyone. The measurement process takes about 1 hour. The boots take about 6 to 8 weeks from order to delivery. The final product is spectacular and beats everyone’s expectations.

If you are still on the fence about these boots, read on.

Navy Crocodile Polo Tucci Boots
Navy Crocodile Polo Tucci Boots

12 CamBox – Under the visor discreet wireless camera for your helmet

For your friends that love gadgets, the CamBox HD camera makes a wonderful and thoughtful gift. The camera is discreet, comes in several colors, stores about 2 hours of HD recording. And that includes audio as well!! We are impressed by the quality of the recordings.

Riders love being able to watch and share their riding experience. This one is a no-brainer.

Cambox ISI2 Black shown on rider
Cambox ISI2 Black shown on rider

13 Flex On Hunter Stirrups : For your hunter friends

So there is finally a shock absorbing stirrup that looks like a traditional hunter stirrup. It has all the advantages of its jumper cousin, but without the flashy look and design. For those of you with any kind of knee, ankle or back pain, this stirrup works like magic. Yes, that is what our customers claim after riding in these stirrups. The inclined foot board helps keep your heel down. The eye for leathers is offset to allow proper positioning. Flex On Hunter Stirrups are designed exclusively for use in the hunter ring.

The best part of the stirrups is the ability of shock absorption. There is not another stirrup in the market with this unique proposition. If you are unsure about these stirrups, give us a call. The stirrups are available on a no-obligation trial for 2 weeks.

 

Flex On Shock Absorbing Aluminium Hunter Stirrups
Flex On Shock Absorbing Aluminium Hunter Stirrups

14 Lemieux Rider Boot Bag – For the rider that has everything

A new boot bag designed from the grounds-up. The LeMieux Rider Boot Bag will make an ideal gift for any rider. It is an economical gift too! It packs plenty of storage compartments, along with a padded interior to keep the boots in place.

Lemieux Boot Bag in Navy
Lemieux Boot Bag in Navy

Lemieux Boot Bag in Navy - Bottom Storage
Lemieux Boot Bag in Navy – Bottom Storage

Conclusion

This list is based on mostly feedback we have received from our customers. These are the “Wow!” products for this season. Do you own any of these products? What are your thoughts on these products? What would you add or remove from this list? Let us know. we would love to read your comments!

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Why Samshield’s new Polo Helmet is a winner

Samshield Shadow Matt Polo Helmet with Guard - White

It is time to admit a hard truth. Polo can be a dangerous sport. Not only are you exposed to the normal risks of equestrian activity, with polo, you have additional dangers posed by mallets and the polo ball.

The sport has seen some horrible accidents recently. One could argue that proper safety equipment could have prevented some of these accidents from being fatal. The most important piece of safety equipment is unarguably the helmet. Yet, there are almost no standards to regulate the use of helmets while playing the sport. In fact, the helmets worn by most players are not even certified by safety organizations such as ASTM, SEI etc.

Samshield Polo Helmet is the complete Polo Helmet with Full Protection

Until now, there really was not a ASTM certified helmet designed specifically for polo use. Thanks to helmet safety awareness campaigns, the KEP Cromo Matt Wide Visor Polo Peak helmet is used often by some of the polo players. While it is a very safe helmet (including certifications from SEI, ASTM and PAS), the KEP Helmet is a general use helmet i.e. it can be used for show jumping as well as polo or any other riding disciplines. In other words, it is not a polo-specific helmet. There is no way to attach a guard cage to the helmet.

Samshield Shadow Matt Polo Helmet with Guard - White
Samshield Shadow Matt Polo Helmet with Guard – White

Samshield Shadow Matt Polo Helmet with Guard - White
Samshield Shadow Matt Polo Helmet with Guard – White

Samshield Shadow Matt Polo Helmet with Guard - Black
Samshield Shadow Matt Polo Helmet with Guard – Black

Samshield Shadow Matt Polo Helmet with Guard - Black
Samshield Shadow Matt Polo Helmet with Guard – Black

Safety Certifications

The Samshield Polo Helmet has attained full ASTM/SEI certification for use in the United States.

Personalize your Samshield Polo Helmet

You can easily customize your Samshield Polo Helmet. If you would like to pick a different color for the helmet, another for the trim and yet another for the leather/suede visor, that is all possible.

Tell us about your polo helmet. What do you use? Do you have a Samshield Helmet? How do you like it? We would love to hear from you, so let us know your thoughts and feedback in the comments below.

 

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Presenting Miss Shield, Samshield’s wide brim helmet

Samshield Miss Shield Shimmer Top Helmet - Navy Blue

The much awaited Miss Shield Helmet by Samshield has just arrived into the United States. To be precise, it made its landing exactly 2 weeks ago at the end of week 3 of the Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington.To say the helmet is spectacular and breathtaking in the same instant, would be an understatement. While we were not sure from looking at the pictures, this helmet is beauty defined. When it comes to wide-visor helmets, the Miss Shield family of helmets is the new gold standard.
The aim of this post is to educate you about this new helmet from Samshield. We try to answer the most common questions that you may have. If you have other questions, feel free to Contact Us.

What makes the Miss Shield so beautiful?

There have been a few viable options for wide-brim helmets, including the KASK Star Lady Helmet, the GPA First Lady and KEP Cromo Polo Peak Helmet. Both these helmets offer superior sun protection compared to other helmets. The KASK Star Lady helmet is available in a chrome trim as well as a matte trim (KASK Star Lady Shadow). Both the KASK Star Lady helmets have been popular in the jumper and hunter ring. The KASK Star Lady Shadow Helmet is particularly popular among the hunter riders for its plain and matte look. Samshield has previously released a clip-on visor for their existing helmets. The visor is made exclusively for Samshield helmets. It fits on both the Shadow Matt family of helmets as well as the Suede Alcantara Premium family of helmets.

Samshield Miss Shield Shadow Matt Helmet in Navy
Samshield Miss Shield Shadow Matt Helmet in Navy

Samshield Miss Shield Shimmer Top - Black
Samshield Miss Shield Shimmer Top – Black

 

 

Samshield Miss Shield Premium Helmet with Crystal Fabric Swarovski
Samshield Miss Shield Premium Helmet with Crystal Fabric Swarovski

Samshield Shadow Matt Miss Shield with Flower Leather
Samshield Shadow Matt Miss Shield with Flower Leather

The Miss Shield has exceeded expectations on how beautiful a helmet can truly be! Just as we were excited about the new backpack from Samshield, we are equally excited about the Miss Shield. True to its expectation, the Miss Shield delivers on the “simple is beautiful” promise. When other helmets are expanding into adding more “gadgets”, Samshield’s Miss Shield is an example of how simplicity always trumps the bells and whistles.

How does the Miss Shield Fit?

The Miss Shield Helmet is identical in fit to the other Samshield Helmets. If you already own a Samshield helmet, you will be the exact same size in the Miss Shield helmet. So far, the size has been 100% correlated between all the Samshield models.

Does the Miss Shield contain removable inner pads/liners?

Yes, the Miss Shield uses the same removable inner pads/liners as used in other Samshield Helmets.

What kind of models are available in the Miss Shield?

Samshield has made available its entire portfolio of helmet styles in the Miss Shield collection including:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All custom options are available on the Miss Shield helmet, just like with all other Samshield helmets. You can change the trim of the helmet, the front blason that has the embossed Samshield logo, change the top material and color and also print your name on the chinstrap. The Samshield Helmet Design Configurator does not support the Miss Shield Helmets (yet). The custom design capability is in the works. If you need design inspirations for your custom Miss Shield helmet, take a look at our gallery of custom Samshield helmets.

Got more questions?

Do you have more questions for us? Start a conversation with us. Leave a comment below ! Post some pictures of your new Miss Shield Helmet