We riders are athletes, and so are our horses. Over the past few years, there has been some very interesting research done into the effect that tack (and specifically bridles) can have on the comfort and well being of the horse. The equestrian market is acknowledging this more and more; with innovative, technical and functional product designs, to help ensure that we are comfortable and our horses are happy in their work.
One of the brands stepping up to this plate in a major way in Schockemohle Sports. We have gradually taken on a wider range of their products over the past year or so and we are really impressed with the whole range. Schockemohle’s aim is to design and create products for horse and rider that not only look great but are packed full of fantastic features to ensure excellent levels of comfort and functionality.
Their range of bridles are absolutely stunning and are cleverly designed with the comfort and happiness of the horse as the top priority. There is a vast range of choice, all crafted from beautifully soft leather with a variety of nosebands to suit different horses.
The Equitus Line has been innovatively designed using the conformation of the horse’s head to ensure the straps are carefully positioned to bypass the main facial nerve and to reduce pressure on the sensitive areas of the head. The headpiece is softly padded; designed to spread pressure evenly over the poll and shaped to allow the ears to move freely and comfortably. The browband is curved, to avoid pinching or tightness in the eye and ear area, whilst the cleverly curved cavesson noseband of the Equitus Delta minimises pressure on the delicate nasal bone and avoids the most sensitive areas of the face. The Alpha, Beta and Zeta bridles all feature this same noseband design shape, with the addition of a flash strap which is fixed at each side of the cavesson. This stabilises the noseband and ensures that it does not pull the cavesson down and restrict the horse’s breathing. The cheekpieces are mounted onto the noseband which offers more stability for the bit in the horse’s mouth.
The bridles in the Equitus Line are an excellent choice for any type of horse, but we would specifically recommend them for horses who are unsettled or fussy in the bridle and who may display signs of headshaking or discomfort. We have had fantastic feedback from customers regarding these bridles. They are competition legal, so can be used in all scenarios.
There is also a fantastic range of bridles outside of the Equitus Line, which look more conventional. However, these are still part of the Anatomic range and are designed to be as comfortable for the horse as possible; with specially cut nosebands and browbands, as well as softly padded and shaped headpieces. There are options for different types of nosebands – plain cavesson, flash or grackle. The grackle bridle is particularly lovely, with its smart and classic clincher browband and smartly stitched noseband. Other favourites are the Slimford (cavesson bridle) and the Stanford (flash bridle) – these gorgeous, sporty bridles come with two browbands (one plain and one crystal chain) so that you can add a little bling for the competition arena whilst keeping the fit of your bridle consistent.
Most of the Schockemohle bridles come in either black or brown leather. They are sporty and super smart in design and are certainly suitable for all situations; whether that be training or competition. We stock an excellent range, so give us a call or pop into store to check out the range to find out more information about which one would best suit your horse.
In addition to the bridle range, we also stock a range of Schockemohle’s ingeniously designed and ergonomically cut girths. We are massive fans of these! They are all constructed from softly padded leather and shaped to allow maximum freedom of movement for your horse. We stock a long girth, a dressage girth and a stud guard girth. These benefit from reinforced leather on the centre and side sections, which ensure durability and the even spread of pressure, whilst the elasticated ends allow for ease of fit. These girths are a must have if you are looking for a smart, sporty girth that will keep your horse super comfy and moving with ease.
We have also recently started to stock other products from the Schockemohle collection. We love the smart saddle pads which are shaped and softly cushioned to ensure comfort for your horse without adding unnecessary bulk underneath your saddle.
Also very popular, are the sporty, smart and functional breeches from the range. The gorgeous denim Lyra breeches are perfect for every day wear at the yard and will take you from horseback to the shops easily, with their stylish design. The super comfy and stretchy Eva Hunter breeches are beautifully designed in a flattering fit. Packed full of fantastic technical features to keep you feeling, as well as looking, fantastic – these are a fabulous choice for the hunt field or the competition arena with a simple design and subtle grip knee patches for security in the saddle.
Schockemohle is a brand that has fast become one of our absolute favourites and we are looking forward to adding to our range of stock in the future and seeing what innovative and exciting ideas they come up with next!