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.

Review – Mountain Horse Baily Hand Warmer

November 12, 2014

It has not gotten that cold out yet, but there have been a few chilly days.  They were chilly enough for me to try out the new Mountain Horse Baily Hand Warmers.  I picked up a pair in black back in early October from Smartpak.

They are fairly simple, made of thin polyester, about 7 inches long, and tube shaped.  They have the Mountain Horse logo in silver reflective on the top of the hand, and a thumb hole.  That is about it.  They are not lined, and are not bulky.

I am not a fan of gloves.  I will wear them when its really cold out, but they tend to annoy me because of the loss of dexterity.  When I saw these I thought that they might be a good meet in the middle.  They work as a gator, sealing in the warmth that escapes at the end of a sleeve, and cover the top of the hand and the palm.  And they do not restrict the fingers.

I have found them to be extremely comfortable, and as expected, add warmth without adding bulk.  I have been wearing them to do barn work, riding and to work on fencing.  So far they show very little wear.  The photos of them on this post are from today, after a good dozen uses. Although I could see the palms and thumb grooves wearing out eventually.  They are well made and about as durable as fabric this light weight and still warm can get.

All in all, a good purchase for $14.






Custom Saddle Pads

January 27, 2014

This weekend I spent most I my time in my sewing room. It is by far the warmest room in our house, and it’s easy to lock myself away for an entire day, letting my artistic side thrive.

I started this new project a week ago, and I had my revisions in mind. I cranked up the space heater and selected Dexter on Netflix and got my sew on.

I emerged later covered in thread bits and with some brand new saddle pads in hand.

They are quilted in my desired thickness, which is equivalent to a standard square pad. They are cut extra long to accommodate an adult saddle with a fleece half pad, and to still show pad all the way around. I also shaped them to contour to the back and prevent bunching and gaping. The undersides are lined with 100% cotton flannel for a drying medium, the middle is 100% cotton quilt batting and the top is a printed 100% cotton. Of course the pads are also equipped with girth and billet straps to make for a completed professional pad.

To add a little extra fun I designed these pads in a swallow tail fashion. This is not going to be the only design I do. In fact, I started another pad last night in a different shape, that I hope to finish later this week.

For Poe I wanted to go with a black and yellow color coordination and a pirate theme. Ironically I had found some yellow fabric printed with smiling black skulls for this project. It fits me and Poe perfectly. I also appliquéd a smiling skull and cross bones to match the yellow fabric onto one side of the pad, and “Poe” on the other side. I have not appliquéd in a while and my technique could have used a little bushing up and the Poe is a little larger than I would have liked in retrospect. I made a second matching pad (minus the “Poe”) so it can be used as a pairs competition pad too.

Simon’s pad is blue with a super hero theme. It’s very Simon. I appliquéd a “POW” on one side, which really makes the pad. I started to put a “Zoom” on the other side, but was unhappy with the layout of it so choose to leave that side plain.

I did larger quilting on Poe’s pad, an tried smaller on Simon’s. I like show Simon’s came out better than Poe’s so that will become more of the standard. And I still need to practice up my appliqué work a little more to have a more professional finish in future pads. That’s said, I can’t wait to make some more. I am eager to get to a fabric store and stock up on more supplies and let my creativity flow!

Sunday afternoon I fitted both pads to the ponies and was thrilled with the completed projects. Although both ponies were totally uncooperative models, I managed a few ok shots. I would like to try again with their full color coordinated tack, and brushed out coats.










My New Riding Helmet

December 16, 2013

This evening I arrived home just past dark, and sitting on my porch was a box from Adams, with my new riding helmet in it.
*lame post alert*
I put it in, adjusted the chin strap, and sat around on the couch “breaking it in” for a while.

Daisy joined me for a photo op.


SmartPak – Dream Employer?

November 15, 2013

While sitting at work today, working, I daydreamed about working at SmartPak. This is not to say I dislike my current job, or the company I work for, quite the opposite actually. But what horse person has not daydreamed about working for an equestrian company, or in the industry in one fashion or another? Maybe you have fantasized about running a barn, being a professional trainer, owning a tack store, or maybe being one of those guys that travels around showing off Natural Horsemanship type of skills, riding with no saddle or bridle, with one of those little microphones clipped to your collar?

This daydream was sparked off from a Facebook post from SmartPak I saw this morning of a photo of “Stout”, a boxer puppy, who is sitting in his owner’s office chair. The status mentioned that 40+ dogs go into work at SmartPak every day. Sigh. How nice would it be to pat Daisy’s head after answering an email, and take her for a walk at lunch, super-amazing-fantastic-nice, that’s how!

My daydreaming required me to punch up the SmartPak website (which just involves typing “sm” before it auto fills on my browser) where I read the company history, and then about the benefits and perks of working there. Not only are they a dog friendly work place, and offer the usual benefits package, but they also have a program where employees can have a percentage of their board or lease paid in exchange for testing new products. Stop right there. Testing products! I love trying new things and then writing reviews! I have reviewed 85 books on Amazon to date, not to mention my reviews on REI, Title Nine and other companies I make purchases from. I did try and review some stuff on SmartPak in the past and had some issues with the reviews not posting, which I did relay to SmartPak customer service.

I picture myself making the engraved items, like the bracelets, belts and halters, with Daisy sitting next to me. Maybe packing up orders, whistling off-key while I work, receiving incoming shipments, placing orders, I have experience with all that stuff. Or maybe I would answer calls in customer service. I did work for a telephone survey company for about 4 years during school (I even performed the new hire training for a year, so la-de-da). And yes, we did call people at dinner time almost exclusively. I feel I am pretty good at helping people that are upset, not be so upset. “I am so sorry ma’am, I understand why you are unhappy, let me take care of that right now. I’ll personally make sure Brownie’s supplements get out today.” And I would too. Customer service is so important.

This is a strange daydream, right, picturing myself helping unhappy customers over the phone.

But, I am wearing riding pants and a polo shirt through all of it. Yep, I am just going to assume in my daydream that employees can wear riding pants to work every day. In my daydream I have on my black winter Kerrits, the ones with the cargo pockets. A few dog treats in one pocket for Daisy, and my headphones and player in the other.

I bet half the employees’ passwords involve their dog or horse’s name. Or maybe they have a policy against that??

My daydream continued with me being the “Mounted Games Specialist” at SmartPak. Which in my fantasy involves me picking out some colorful pony and pony-riding-adult sized items to add to the SmartPak selection. I would keep ahead of the games fashion curve, making SmartPak the most popular company for the US games rider. The next SmartPak catalog would have the winning MGAA Nationals Masters team pictured in it holding up SmartPak sponsored saddle pads. And there would also be a turn and burn style photo of a games rider with “A, Kerrits Power Stretch Riding Pants pg 23” and “B, SmartPak AP Saddle Pad pg 46” stenciled onto the image. They would be the first US equestrian supply company to embrace mounted games, all with my diligent work and extensive knowledge.

In a year, adults riding ponies would become normal and common place. The too-hot-for-kids 13h pony would have a resale value as equestrians everywhere flock to this “new found sport”. Mounted Games becomes know as the sport for the daredevil and the easy going rider both. And when you say “I mostly play mounted games” other horse people don’t look at you oddly, and say “like little kids in pony club?” or “ok” clearly having no idea what you are talking about.

And everyone lives happily ever after.


I dug back through my Facebook news feed to take a screen shot of the SmartPak post that sparked it all.

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