Review: Millbrook Stirrup Leathers

I bought a pair of these stirrup leathers not long after they first “came out and were a thing” – I say it like that because are they still a big “thing”?

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made by pravins, sold by millbrook (in NA)

I was intrigued by the width for more then one reason – the added stability is always a bonus, but also because I hated the feel of normal stirrup leathers under my leg. That feeling of a thin(width) but still bulky thickness of most normal stirrups leathers were not enjoyable.

So once these popped up on my radar, I had to try them. The problem is is that I am too damn cheap to buy things that we don’t carry in the store. Honestly. If you see me buying something that IS NOT at the store – it’s because it is on a mega deal or we can’t get it in.

So what did I do? Made the boss order them in of course. LOL.

Out of the box these things are ugly. They are STIFFFFFFFF. They come curled up in a pair and to uncurl them is a hassle. It’s leather, it shouldn’t be THAT stiff. And I swear I used half a bottle of oil on them to supple them up and make them more pliable.

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The first ride in them was a bit uncomfortable. They felt bulky because of how stiff they were and they did not lay very nicely on my saddle. But after that first initial ride they wore in and I no longer noticed them.

They do what they are supposed to in terms of keeping your leg steady. My leg was never unsteady, but when my horse has a bobble, I could feel how much of a difference they did make. I haven’t ridden in anything else since I bought them so at this point it is a bit hard to say how much they’ve actually helped.

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when we used to jump

I am now riding in them with a longer leg since I am in a Dressage saddle vs. the jump saddle I WAS in…that should attest to the fact that their recommended size guide is a bit off. They would probably be okay for someone with a normal leg length vs. their height but my upper body is long, whereas my legs are shorter.

Pro’s

  • The added width adds stability.
  • They have a sleek feel under the leg.
  • They are holding up really well.
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you can see the weird color here, which has never been helped by oil

Con’s

  • They are $$$.
  • The color has faded weirdly in spots.
  • Size guide is a bit off.
  • You cannot run your stirrups up.
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saving my butt a bit in a deep spot. I miss jumping

Overall, I do like this leathers. They do have some faults, and I would suggest NOT buying them at regular price, but if you are looking for a different feel under you leg and some added stability – go for it…when they are on sale.

The most important thing for me is that they are lasting, even with my abuse and constantly sliding my Freejumps off of them before and after every ride. I don’t think a normal leather would allow for that and stay in one piece.

In the end, I’m going to give these about a 3.75 out of 5.

 

(I purchased this with my own money, and have not been compensated in any way to write this honest review. Everything here is my own opinion.)

Review : Rambo Flymask Plus

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Like anything I buy for Luna, I had a problem with finding a fly mask that had ears that fits. Going up a size in other fly masks meant that the rest of the fly mask was just WAY too big! Enter this fly mask…

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because no one likes bugs in their face

The Fit : If you have a horse that is usually on the small side of being Full/Horse, you definitely need to go down a size. But for us, the full fit pretty good, even a little BIG in the ears! There isn’t a lot of adjust-ability in the traps at the chin and throat so you do need to make sure you are getting the right sizes if you want to keep this on your horses face. I did find that with the extended nose piece, it was much longer then I wanted…and it wouldn’t stay on. Which I think is because it is too long. She doesn’t have a white nose so it just stays off.

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somehow this happened once too

The Longevity : This is our third or fourth season using this, and I am only just starting to see some wear and tear on it, which is from her trying to rub her face from the looks of it. The straps are holding up amazingly and the velcro is still super sticky – haven’t had to take a brush to it at all. Other than the slight rub spot on the hoop, there aren’t any snags or tears in it at all.

The Design : The obvious, in your face design feature is the hoop that is integrated into the mask to help keep it from caving in on the eyes. No one likes scratchy fly mask material digging into eyes! This is definitely doing its job incredibly well and I haven’t really had any issues with it caving in. Sometimes under the hoop will push in a little bit but not anything that would be bothering her eyes. I also like the two strap closures it has, I find that most other fly masks either have one, or two poorly placed straps and never stay on her face – there has only been one instance of a missing fly mask when I have gone out to get her.

 

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your horse will also look this goofy

Overall, I really like this fly mask. It does its job of keeping the bugs off of her face and out of her ears and fits her quite well. It is also still in one piece and looks great!

Definitely gets two thumbs up from us!

 

 

 

Sensitive Pony Problems.

Luna has ’em. ALL of them. And I am not quite sure where they came from or why they decided to show up at this point in her life !

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who me?

These sensitivities seem to have started around when she had a mysterious swelling in front of her udders….that still hasn’t been solved. The vet has looked at her 2-3 times now and she appears to be completely normal to them. Maybe just chunky. I am really starting to think something is going on. But at the same time, I think it would be showing up in other ways if she was unhealthy ! The vets been out more than once to see her and we have ultrasound-ed and found nada.

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Saddle fit has always been an off an on issue, and I think we finally have that fixed. But then last spring we had the scratches which was new. Then her bridle was rubbing her face. THEN she did not like my girth anymore. THEN she had face warts NOW the Back on Track saddle pad is rubbing her AND the boots I bought seem to also be rubbing her legs. There is no winning with this horse.

So now we are on the hunt for MORE new things to buy to appease Ms. Sensitive Pants and her sensitivity !

The saddle pads are covered – I usually ride in Ogilvy saddle pads, but wanted the BOT one for when it is really cold. Back to strictly Ogilvy I go.

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half of my collection

The bridle is proving to be a not so easy fix. When you have giant moose ears, a bone-y face and weird measurements, finding something already made is hard. She used to like her Micklem, and it never seemed to cause any issues. But then it started to bother her. If I could keep the minimalistic overall feel of the Micklem, without having a flash type piece I could keep her happy….I think?

Girths are the other big issue. There aren’t many boarders at my barn, and even less that have dressage saddles. She had a forward girth groove, and if I don’t have a shaped girth on her, it pulls the saddle forward. Well The TSF girth makes her SO girthy because of its uneven pressure. The Jaguar girth doesn’t seemed to be shaped enough. My old one just rubs her. I recently ordered a  Collegiate Anatomic Dressage Girth from Rideawaythat I have only had 2 rides in and am unsure of….hopefully it works out.

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how am i beginning to feel

But if that doesn’t work out, do I go to a fleece/sheepskin girth? What if it is slippy? Then I am stuck with a girth my horse hates and I have to continue the money spending. I also do NOT want to spend $400+ on a girth. This Stubben girth looks and sounds like it might solve the problem a bit – but no way I am spending that much money on it ! Why are these things so expensive jk horses.

I got rid of the boots already.  I have my eyes set on the Majyk Equipe Dressage Boots , in purple of course. But before I order those, I definitely want to measure her up to see what size she needs. And hopefully that ends boot shopping. But knowing our luck…..I doubt it.

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Spending money….I am realllllllly good at it, are you!?