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Why Equitus Alpha is the Bridle Of The Year

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

There has been a recent trend towards anatomic bridles, particularly in dressage. Dressage is the most nuanced of all equestrian disciplines. Controlled and accurate movements require precise timing and co-ordination between horse and rider. Small details come into play and become bigger factors.

One such not-so-small detail is the comfort of your horse’s neck, ears, facial nerves. If the horse experiences excessive pressure on its ears, neck or facial nerves, the ride will not be smooth. In fact, you may not even know the reason why after seemingly doing all the right things and training aids, you are not getting optimal performance.

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

Look closer and you may find the issue. Your horse may be feeling excessive pressure on its facial nerves or neck. That may explain why it is not performing to its fullest potential. This is where anatomic bridles comes in. The term “anatomic” has been somewhat misused to imply as if it solves all the problems.

Not too long ago, PS Of Sweden introduced its own line of anatomic bridles. They have been very successful and our customers have been quite pleased with them. Read Pressure Relief with PS Of Sweden Bridles 

New for this season, is the new line of anatomic bridles from Schockemoehle Sports. These bridles have been designed from the ground up. Schockemoehle Sports has a deep expertise in the design and production of bridles. Their forte has traditionally been dressage bridles. This year, the Anatomic line by Schockemoehle Sports is a novel approach to solve the problems centered around the comfort of the horse. The idea is that if the horse is comfortable and fully relaxed, then it will perform at its highest level without too many training aids.

See for yourself in the picture below how the Equitus Alpha bridle delivers on all its promises.

Schockemoehle Sports Anatomic Bridle Equitus Alpha - Black/Silver
Schockemoehle Sports Anatomic Bridle Equitus Alpha – Black/Silver

What makes the bridle “anatomic”?

The big factor in this equation is the bridle. Schockemoehle Sports Anatomic Bridles all have the following features:

  • Softly Padded Headpiece with Anatomic Shape
  • Curved Caveson bypasses the main facial nerve
  • Curved Browband allows full movement of eyes and ears
  • Flashstrap position enables un-restricted breathing

Not only has Schockemoehle Sports delivered a hit product with real useful application, the quality of the bridles is top notch. From carefully selected leather to accurate stitching, it is hard to find a fault in these bridles. With so many happy and pleased customers, this is a testament to the reputation of Schockemoehle Sports’ leather work.

Explore the Full Line of Anatomic Dressage Bridles by Schockemoehle Sports

If you are interested in further research on the topic, check out the details of each of the 8 anatomic dressage bridles from Schockemoehle.

Feedback

So far, the anatomic bridles from Schockemoehle have been received very well in Wellington (and all over United States). One look at the bridle and you can see how it benefits your horse and ultimately your riding experience. No need for bulky nosebands that restrict breathing. No need to rig up your existing bridle with solutions that may only worsen the situation. What do you think? We want to hear from you. Leave us a comment. Do you own one of these bridles?

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Spur to a new level with Flex On Interchangeable Spurs “No Spur Straps Needed”!

Flex On Eper On Interchangeable Spur - Blue

We have all observed the evolution of spurs over the last 2 years. The interchangeable spurs have made a big splash on the riding circuit. These spurs allow the rider to not carry a multitude of individual spurs for different horses. Instead, the interchangeable spur ends provide all the spurs you need. With different spur-ends, you can easily switch back and forth between different mounts. Whether the attachment mechanism is magnetic (for example the Mandtis Spur Set) or its screw-on (for example the Makebe Spur Set), changing spurs has become a lot easier than before.

The objective of this article is to educate you on how the Flex On Interchangeable Spurs work. By the time you finish reading this article, you will have all your questions answered. You will be able to compare the various options available for Interchangeable Spurs, whether it be the Mandtis Spur Set or Makebe Spur Set or Flex On Interchangeable Spurs.

Spur Revolution : Who needs spur straps?

The Flex On Interchangeable Spurs are one of a kind, in that they do not require spur straps. The clean minimalist design seems so obvious now. Why do you need Spur Straps when you can just snap them on? No more marking your boots with the rubbing of the spur straps or the buckle digging into your ankle!

Questions and Answers

How do I know what size to order?

The spurs are sized according to boot sizes.

The Spurs come in 4 different sizes to accommodate different foot sizes:

  • Small (for shoe sizes EU36-EU37, USA Women’s Sizes 6.5 – 7)
  • Medium (for shoe sizes EU38-EU41, USA Women’s Sizes 7.5 – 10, USA Men’s Sizes 6 – 8)
  • Large (for shoe sizes EU42-EU44, USA Women’s Sizes 10.5 and up , USA Men’s Sizes 8.5 – 10.5)
  • Extra Large (for shoe sizes EU 45-EU46, USA Men 11.5 and higher)

How Do The Flex On Interchangeable Spurs Work?

The Flex On Spurs are meant to be slipped onto the back of your boots. Once you get used to slipping them on, you will notice the time savings vs traditional spurs.

Here is a video showing you how easy it is to put these spurs on:

The spurs themselves are light weight and very pleasing to look at. The aesthetics of these spurs makes them so much more attractive. The construction of the spurs enables them to stay in place attached to your boots. They are made from anti-slip rubber and plastic composite.

Do the Flex On Spurs work with any boots?

Yes, almost all boots, with the exception of those that do not have a heel. The Flex On Spurs work by attaching the plastic piece below the heel part of the boots. So most traditional boots are compatible with these spurs. However, boots that do not have a well defined heel.

What colors are the Flex On Spurs available?

The Flex On Spurs are available in a variety of colors, including Black, Blue, Navy, Red, Pink, Brown, Light Gray, Dark Grey, Pink and White.

Flex On Eper On Interchangeable Spur - Dark Grey
Flex On Eper On Interchangeable Spur – Dark Grey
Flex On Eper On Interchangeable Spur - Blue
Flex On Eper On Interchangeable Spur – Blue
Flex On Interchangeable Snap-On Spurs - Navy
Flex On Interchangeable Snap-On Spurs – Navy
Flex On Interchangeable Snap-On Spurs - Grey
Flex On Interchangeable Snap-On Spurs – Grey
Flex On Interchangeable Snap-On Spurs - Brown
Flex On Interchangeable Snap-On Spurs – Brown
Flex On Interchangeable Snap-On Spurs - Black
Flex On Interchangeable Snap-On Spurs – Black
Flex On Eper On Interchangeable Spurs - Orange
Flex On Eper On Interchangeable Spurs – Orange
Flex On Interchangeable Snap-On Spurs - White
Flex On Interchangeable Snap-On Spurs – White
Flex On Interchangeable Snap-On Spurs - Red
Flex On Interchangeable Snap-On Spurs – Red
Flex On Interchangeable Snap-On Spurs - Pink
Flex On Interchangeable Snap-On Spurs – Pink

 

 

Are the Flex On Spurs allowed in Hunter Competition?

As far as we know, there is no limitation on the use of these spurs. From dressage to show jumping and hunter riders, everyone has adopted these well. However, each competition and its officiating staff is different. So we would recommend that you check with your technical judges prior to purchase.

Conclusion

The latest innovative product to hit the equestrian market is from Flex On. Completely re-thought from the ground up. Have you used these spurs? What are your thoughts? We would like to know. Leave us a comment below!

 

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Express your individuality with Custom Shock Absorbing Stirrups by Flex On

Flex On Green Composite Stirrups - Black with Pink Elastomers

We all dress differently. We like different colors and styles. That reflects in our choices of clothing, boots, helmets, show jackets, show shirts. If you have ever wondered about custom stirrups, your quest has just ended.

Read about our custom offerings

Custom Dressage Boots by Tucci

Samshield Custom Helmet Designer

Custom Dressage Shadbelly

Customize your Stirrups

Today, we announce the Custom Shock Absorbing Stirrups by Flex On. Flex On has been producing the shock absorbing stirrups for about 3 years. During these 3 years, the stirrups have gained a solid following. From professionals to amateurs, adults to junior riders, the customers are raving about how the stirrups help keep their feet in the right position.

The biggest benefit of the stirrups is for those that have any knee, back, ankles or lower leg pain. If you suffer from any after pain from riding, this stirrups may help you tremendously. They are designed to absorb the shock instead of letting it travel to your lower body. The pain usually emanates from that shock.

We can now offer you full control over the design of your stirrups. You can select the color of the frame, then select the footboard (incline or flat, regular grip or ultra grip), color of the elastomers (shock absorbing bulbs). To top it off, you can select flags or colors for the magnetic sticker inserts that attach to the top of your stirrups.

Now you longer have to guess or fear what your custom stirrups will look like when they arrive. Thanks to our Custom Flex On Stirrup Designer, you can visualize your custom stirrups prior to ordering.

Custom Flex On Stirrups Designer

4 Steps to Customize your Flex On Stirrups

Step 1.

Select the Color of the Frame.

Step 2.

Select the Footrest

Step 3.

Select the Tread

Step 4.

Select the  color of Shock Absorbers

Step 5.

Select the Personalization Stickers. You have choice of different flags (show your national pride) or colored patterns. Download this PDF to see all the possible colors and flags.

 

Examples of Customization

We have done quite a few of these custom stirrups for our customers. Here is a gallery so you can draw inspiration.

Black with Pink Elastomers, Inclined Ultra Grip
Blue with Green Elastomers, Inclined Grip
Black with Green Elastomers and Inclined Ultra Grip
Orange with Black Elastomers, Inclined Ultra Grip

Let us know what you would design for your custom stirrups. Show us your favorite stirrup colors. How would you design your stirrups to match the rest of your gear?

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Questions about KASK Equestrian Helmets

KASK Star Lady Shadow Helmet

General

Question 1. Where are KASK Helmets manufactured/made?

Answer – All KASK Equestrian Helmets are Made In Italy.

Question 2. Are KASK Helmets certified for use in USA?

Answer – All KASK Equestrian Helmets are fully certified by SEI. They bear the ASTM F1163 certification.

Certification

Question 3. What certifications do the KASK Helmets achieve?

Answer – Following is the list of safety certifications awarded to KASK Helmets:

  • VG1 01.040 2014-12
  • ASTM F1163 with SEI mark

Sizing

Question 3. What sizes are KASK Helmets available in?

Answer – KASK Helmets are available in all sizes ranging from US 6 3/8 (EU 51) through US 7 7/8 (EU 63).

Question 4. How does the sizing of KASK Helmets run?

Answer – 3 Shell Sizes are available for KASK Equestrian Helmets: Small, Medium and Large. The Star Lady and Star Lady Shadow Helmets are not available in Large Size (US 7 1/2, US 7 5/8, US 7 3/4, US 7 7/8).

Each shell size allows 3 to 4 different sized inner liners (padding) as shown below.

Size Chart for KASK Equestrian Helmets

Shell SizeSmallSmallSmallSmallSmallSmallSmallMediumMediumLargeLargeLargeLarge
US Size6 3/86 1/26 5/86 3/46 7/877 1/87 1/47 3/87 1/27 5/87 3/47 7/8
EU Size51525354555657585960616263

Example

Say you measure your head and find you are US Size 7 1/8 (EU 57). Then the Small size shell with the 7 1/8 size Inner Liner would be ideal for you.

Features

Ventilation
Question 5. How well ventilated are the KASK Helmets?

Answer – The KASK Equestrian helmets are designed for superior ventilation. They have a ventilation system that enables airflow to the top and back of the head, keeping you cool and dry. From customer testimonials from riders at WEF (where temperatures easily touch 95 degrees), they claim KASK Helmets are simply very well ventilated.

Fit
Question 6. What is the KASK Fit System?

Answer – The KASK Fit System is a special design that enhances the fit of the helmet for all riders. It consists of a flexible brace that cradles the back of the neck/head area. Riders with long hair will find this especially useful. Since the cradle is flexible, it compresses the hair in, reducing any gaps.

Optional Removable Back of Head Support
Optional Removable Back of Head Support

As an additional benefit, it provides extra coverage to the back of the head area.

The cradle can be removed (optionally) if the rider does not wish to use it. Please follow the instructions in the User Manual.

Magnetic Buckle
Question 7. What about the ‘magnetic buckle’?

Answer – All KASK Equestrian Helmets feature a magnetic buckle system. As soon as you hold the buckle close, it self-locks. Be rest assured that the buckle is designed to prevent involuntary release.

Wide Visor “Star Lady” Helmets

Question 7. Does KASK offer a wide-brim helmet like the GPA First Lady?

Answer – The KASK Star Lady and KASK Star Lady Shadow are the flagship wide-brim helmets from KASK. These offer superior protection from the sun. Additionally, they are also very aesthetically pleasing.

KASK Star Lady Riding Helmet in Black
KASK Star Lady Riding Helmet in Black (wide visor)
KASK Star Lady Shadow Helmet
KASK Star Lady Shadow Helmet

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Question 8. What is the difference between the Dogma Light and Dogma Chrome Light Helmets?

Answer – The two helmets are identical with one difference: Where the Dogma Chrome Light helmets sport a “Chrome” (shiny) trim, the Dogma Light Helmets feature a matt tone-on-tone trim. For example, the Black/Silver Dogma Chrome Light Helmet features a Silver trim on a Black Helmet. The Dogma Light Helmet is a top choice for hunter riders.

Dogma Chrome Light Helmet in Black with Silver trim
Dogma Chrome Light Helmet in Black with Silver trim
KASK Riding Helmet in Black
KASK Riding Helmet in Black

 

 

 

 

Have more  questions? Ask Us. Simply type your question in the Comments below or Contact Us. We are always here to help you.

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Dress up your Samshield Helmet with The Swarovski Shield Top

Samshield Custom helmet with Shield Swarovski Option

Samshield introduces yet another exciting way to personalize your custom helmet. Now, you can add the iconic Samshield logo on the back of your custom Samshield Helmet. Click here for the Custom Samshield Helmet Designer tool to start creating your own helmet. If you need inspiration or ideas, check out the gallery of custom Samshield Helmets.

Please note that this option is available on both the Shadow Matte Helmets as well as the Premium Alcantara Helmets. However, please be aware that this option is limited to only those helmets where the top option is Alcantara.

Here are a few examples of what the new option will look like

Samshield Custom helmet with Shield Swarovski Option
Samshield Custom helmet with Shield Swarovski Option in Black/White
Samshield Custom helmet with Shield Swarovski Option
Samshield Custom helmet with Shield Swarovski Option in Blue White

 

Samshield Custom helmet with Shield Swarovski Option
Samshield Custom helmet with Shield Swarovski Option in Red/Blue/White
Samshield Custom helmet with Shield Swarovski Option
Samshield Custom helmet with Shield Swarovski Option in Gold