Neville loves the Lik-It

August 23, 2020

Today I took Simon out for a trail ride with Carol Ann. I put Neville in the woods paddock like I usually do when I leave him home alone. The paddock was prepped with two full hay barrels and a nearly new Lik-It hanging from a tree. I also left his halter on which is typical for when I leave him home alone.

When I got home he had green all over his face and his halter, even up on his eye lids. He had nearly finished the Lik-It, and wrapped it around a tree. Simon licked Neville’s nose a few times then trotted over to the Lik-It to go right to the source.

Product Review: LikIt!

September 27, 2018

Simon is still living alone and still bored and into mischief. With this in mind I remembered to pick up a LikIt refill and strung it up from a tree in his paddock.

I didn’t realize he had used it the first day I had him in the paddock. When I moved him back into it he walked right over to the tree and started licking away. That’s when I noticed he had already licked a good portion of it away.

Video of him licking his heart out.

He also enjoyed tossing it around, biting it, and just playing with it in general.

Video of him playing

I give the LikIt two thumbs up!

Review: Shires Feed Ball

September 20, 2018

Simon is one of those ponies that’s always into something. I can’t keep a halter or fly mask on him. He runs around with his feed pan in his mouth. He has been spotted standing partially in the water troth.  He chases his field mate with sticks and I can’t leave anything he can damage out in this field or anything he can reach through the fence.

He is a pony that gets bored very easily and he recently became an only pony so he no longer has a field mate to chase around and force to play with him. This means he has been extra mischievous lately.  He has broken into the hay room twice, rampaging through the hay, and tearing open bags of shavings.  He also started busting out the side of the run in.  I think he enjoys this because he can flap the metal sheets to make a lot of noise.

I was at Tractor Supply on Tuesday and I saw a Shires Ball Feeder in stock for $20. I’ve thought about getting one before and this felt like the right day to give it a try.

I was skeptical at first. Is it a pain to load? Does the feed just pour right out? Is it too difficult to get the feed out? Will my pony have interest?

Time to give it a try:

Last night I put Simon’s dinner into the ball. It poured in super easy. No mess. I shook it so he could hear his dinner inside and I sat it on the ground.

Here is a video of him trying it out for the first time.

He figured it out immediately and got some of his feed out in just a few pushes. He stopped and ate the feed he got out and then went back to pushing the ball around. Sometimes he flipped it quickly to the correct side, and other times it took him quite a few rolls to get just a little bit out.

He spent a good while rolling that ball around and eating his dinner. And his mischievous brain was occupied the whole time.

I found the ball easy to load, the grain came out in different amounts depending on his roll, and it kept him occupied and engaged. I also really enjoyed watching him.

I don’t think it would work in taller grass but it worked well in my small yard paddock where the grass is short.

When I stepped out onto my porch this morning, I found him rolling it around, with what sounded like one single grain pellet inside. I happily put a small handful in and gave it back to him. He was still rolling it around when I left for work a little later.

He did not seem frustrated at all, simply engaged.

I am going to continue giving him his dinner in the Feed Ball. And I am going to pick up some of the large pellet shaped horse treats to load it up with.

I am very satisfied with this purchase!

Product Review: HandsOn Grooming Gloves

February 6, 2018

A friend gifted me a pair of HandsOn grooming gloves this weekend that she picked up at the Pennsylvania Horse World Expo. I immediately gave them a try on my dog Daisy, who enjoyed the massaging effect, and I enjoyed the shedding out it did. But I was very excited to get a chance to try them out on my ponies when I got back home.

Today I gave them a go on Poe, who is just barely starting to shed ever so lightly. My husband just happened to be walking by right as I pulled Poe’s blanket off, giving me the perfect opportunity to snag him as a video operator!

I had used the right hand glove on Daisy at the expo, the left hand glove was fresh and unused. I have to say, the gloves pull the hair right off effortlessly. The little bumps pull the hair off the pony, but also let go of the hair so it doesn’t stay stuck to the glove.

I also tried them on Simon, who has not started to shed at all, and it did not pull hair, since non was shedding. But he did have a little dirt on his legs that the gloves pulled off very easily. I really liked how easy this was. The little leg grooves that some dirt was fitted into were so easy to clean by just running my hand over them. And his face. Simon always wants his face rubbed. He loves his face rubbed with the HandsOn gloves.

I was skeptical, and thought of these as sort of a gimmick. But I am impressed with these gloves. It’s sort of neat to just run your hands over the dirty and or hair areas and get them clean and pull off the hair, just with your hands. Both ponies and Daisy all seemed to really enjoy the massaging effect as well, which was just accomplished by petting.

I am excited to try them for bathing, which is one of the advertised uses. It’s a bit early in the season to bath the ponies but Daisy is a little in need of a bath…

A quick shot of the gloves after use on both ponies.

Thank you friend for the gift! You know who you are. They are much cooler than I expected. I can’t wait for full blown shedding to start.

Product Review: Enell Sports Bra 

March 8, 2017 

When I went to the PA Horse World Expo last weekend my friend Chrissy and I found a bra vendor.  I assumed these bras were some new, up and coming, high impact bras.  I was half correct, they are high impact, but they are not a new brand.  The bra is Enell brand and is readily available.  

But just because it is not a new design doesn’t mean it wasn’t worth checking out.  So I had the sales rep, Meghan fit me and strapped one over my t-shirt.  I did a horseless sitting trot, some flag reaches, dunks, and some leans, and felt pretty comfortable.  

Chrissy and I laughed.  I bought one.

The next day I strapped in (this time under my shirt) and headed for practice to give the bra a test.  

Now before I go into full out review, let me give you some overly personal stats and background; I am a well endowed lady.  I hang around the 40dd range, a 3 in the Enell, and have experience in high impact bras.  My current top high impact serious bras are from Moving Comfort, and I also have an original and a Gen2 Shefit (“as seen on Sharktank”).  I consider these bras the only real high impact bras I have tried that are worth a damn. 

I have surpisingly high standards for high impact bras.  My ladies need to be held in place and not move around.  Easy.   Or not.  I am always taken back by how many other women with large ladies resort to wearing multiple layers of crap Champion brand spandex “sports bras”. Note the quotation marks around sports bras.   If you have to wear three of them at the same time and your boobs still nearly knock you out if you move too fast, the whole high impact thing becomes an alternative fact.   

Ok so now what did I think of the Enell sports bra?  I love it.  Unlike a lot of other bras, that are basically triangles with straps attached, the Enell is more of a vest.  The back is solid, with supportive criss crossy seams to help distribute the tension, no back boob, no side boob, no underarm boob, none of the boobs squishing out another end. Ugly but efficient and it works.  

Another massive bonus to this vest design, is the straps over the shoulder are super wide.   And the pressure is divided out all over the back.   Often a bra will give me shoulder aches, neck aches, back aches and even head aches from the strain of the shoulder straps.  Even really wide straps like many Moving Comfort and the Shefit brands have.  I did not have any strain or ache when wearing the Enell.  

The bra fastens up the front with hook and loop fixtures, and completely covers the ladies, no cleavage.  Remember I said, no top boob.  Although it’s easy to have a loop unhook as you do up the next and it takes like 5 seconds to fasten it up.  It is in the front, so you can at least see what you’re doing.  I do like a zipper and I think it would work with this design. Although, I have had issues with bras unzipping mid ride (hello Shefit original) – boom, boobs everywhere.  

This design means the fit is a lot less forgiving.  Which is also a common error by bra shoppers.  For high impact you need to make sure the under-boob-band fits snugly.  If it’s too loose it doesn’t mater how awesome the rest of it is, if it doesn’t fit properly, it won’t be able to do it’s job.  

One of the biggest bonuses to this bra, no under boob rubs.  Yeah.  Even a decent bra seems to leave me with underboob rubs after a long sweaty ride.  Now it is March, and I was not working up a summer time style sweat, but I do normally get some minor redness after these practice sessions.  In the Enell I did not. Complete score.  

I did the sitting trot test, you know, doing a sitting trot and seeing how much the girls bounce, and I ride a choppy pony!  There was some bounce but it was minimum.  although the Moving Comfort and Shefit score better on this test, not having the neck, back, should strain, head aches and underboob rubs was worth the small bounce.  I feel like maybe the shoulder could be a tiny bit shorter and it would help with the bounce.  I may try shortening them just a tad.  

End of ride – 4 1/2 stars = happy rider.  

I rode in it again on Tuesday, a lighter impact ride at home doing some flat work, no strain, no red, happy rider.  

And I am about to head out for a conditioning trail ride with it on.  

As of this moment I am sold on this bra 100% and will be buying another.  The $60-70 price point is affordable, especially for high impact, large chest bras.  Not exactly sexy, but boobs knocking you out sucks too. 

I will save your vision and my modesty and not include any self portraits in this post.  So here is a stock photo! 

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