|GBerrillEquestrian's brand new product testing assistant, |
the wonderful Image, a 16.2hh, Ex-Eventer, Liver Chestnut
- Just Togs Mizz Switch Riding Hat
- Carr & Day & Martin Horse Treatments
- Various Fly Veils, to stop the summer pests!
- Silver Feet Range Hoof Balm
And that isn't all... as I have recently managed to find myself two wonderful horses to school as a result of joining my local Riding for the Disabled Group, after being inspired by all the charity work I got involved with through DMU Equestrian, I will be using the lovely Gelding, Image to help me test to out different schooling techniques and equipment to help you get the most from your horse or pony.
So keep your eyes open and on my blog, and keep reading and sharing, I wouldn't be where I am today without the fantastic University support from DMU Equestrian and hope to continue my equestrian career, embracing DMU Equestrian wherever I go!
So I am ready to launch my own platform through DMU Equestrian, GBerrillEquestrian, I hope you enjoy my latest product review featured below!
Just Togs Mizz Switch Riding Hat Product Review
Although every rider is different, we all compete in different disciplines, school differently and have alternative aims and goals for our riding, one piece of equipment is always on top.... our Riding Hats. Having a good riding hat is vital for every single equestrian, whether a complete novice or British Eventer, we all need to be safe and enjoy riding comfortably with the best gear possible. Riding Hats today are more varied than ever, with the classic Jockey Skull and Peaked Hats being the most popular choice for the everyday rider on the market today. Brands have revolutionised the way equestrian's view hats, making them more stylish and in a variety of colours and shapes to suit everyone out in todays competitive market. As every hat is different, sometimes you cannot always get the brand you like as it may not fit correctly, so hat shopping can be a bit of a nightmare and is, by no means, a five second decision, but one that takes time and expertise to get the best hat, for the best price.
With my own hat due for an upgrade, I had always been a fan of the Classic Jockey Skull, with its versatility as I was able to add colourful silks for cross country and hacking, and the more pristine velvet silk to compete in BD. However, I made the decision to move to a fixed peak, not knowing where to start I went to a few local tack shops and soon found out that some of the more popular brands, such as the Competition Champion Ventair did not fit my head correctly and were not going to be a safe option to choose, with the Charles Owen Ayr8 being the next best choice, but again was retailing at a much higher price than I was looking to pay for general riding at £148.99.
|The JTE Mizz Switch Hat, with interchangeable |
colour dials, retailing at around £59
TOP RIDING HAT BUYING TIPS:
- Remember to always go to a professional tack store and hat fitter who has attended a BETA hat fitting course to get measured correctly.
- Make sure the hat has the safety BSI Kitemark usually found on the inside of the hat as a British Safety Standard mark.
- If you are unsure about buying online, always go direct to the retailer or reputable online tack shops.
- Remember, finding the right hat takes time, you are better off waiting and searching, than getting one that doesn't fit properly.
- NEVER buy second hand, it may look alright from the outside, but the damage on the inside cannot always be seen, you only get one head, being cheap won't pay off.
- Decide on a style you like and a budget, hats vary from around £20 for very basic, to £200+ for competition hats and more designer brands, be realistic about what you need your hat for.
- ALWAYS go for a brand that is trusted and reputable, if you aren't sure, don't buy!