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Safe and Stylish

Part of Dublin’s new hel­met col­lec­tion, the Chevron is a light­weight model de­signed with both comfort and safety in mind. It fea­tures an easy-to-use dial sys­tem to en­sure proper fit and an ad­justable clip and quick-re­lease buckle for added se­cu­rity. The Chevron’s low-pro­file and matte outer fin­ish make it an at­trac­tive and af­ford­able choice for both school­ing and show­ing in dif­fer­ent dis­ci­plines. The hel­met is ASTM F1163-15/SEI-cer­ti­fied and avail­able in black, dark gray, navy or pur­ple; sizes small–large; $59.99; www.dublin­cloth­ing.com.

Se­ri­ous Sad­dle

An event­ing sad­dle built for com­pet­i­tive ad­van­tage, the for­ward-cut, monoflap Bates Ad­vanta ® is en­gi­neered to pro­vide an ul­tra-close connection. Its low-pro­file Syn­er­gyPanel in­cludes pro­tec­tive cush­ion­ing and shock ab­sorp­tion to re­duce pres­sure on the horse’s back, while the with­er­free­dom de­sign af­fords full-range move­ment over fences. The seat’s “sweet spot” re­port­edly en­hances the de­gree of con­tact and of­fers a seam­less tran­si­tion to the leg. Other fea­tures in­clude Flex­iCon­tour­bloc tech­nol­ogy and er­gonomic stir­rup bars for op­ti­mal rider po­si­tion. Avail­able in clas­sic black, clas­sic brown or Ha­vana brown/clas­sic black; sizes 16.5, 17 or 17.5 inches; $3,595; www.bates­sad­dles.com.

Color The­ory

Horse­ware’s Amigo Evo­lu­tion is a fly sheet that uti­lizes color tech­nol­ogy to de­ter in­sects that pester horses. Since most in­sects can­not per­ceive the col­ors or­ange and aqua, they will avoid land­ing on a horse that is wear­ing gar­ments in those col­ors. Fash­ioned from a light­weight polyester net that is ab­sorbent and boasts sun-re­flect­ing prop­er­ties, this fly sheet is also the first to in­clude Horse­ware’s disc-front clo­sure sys­tem. In ad­di­tion, it fea­tures three straight belly surcin­gles, leg arches and an in­te­grated neck. Avail­able in aqua with or­ange and aqua; sizes 60–84 inches; $130; www.horse­ware.com.

Nat­u­ral Fo­cus

New from Equine Health­care In­ter­na­tional: vet­eri­nar­ian-de­vel­oped EQUI+Fo­cus, a unique mag­ne­sium-free paste created to sup­port a horse’s men­tal fo­cus and con­cen­tra­tion without dulling his ath­letic per­for­mance. EQUI+Fo­cus con­tains a pro­pri­etary amino-acid-com­plex for­mula de­signed to work nat­u­rally with your horse’s sys­tem to re­duce stress and en­sure max­i­mum comfort without caus­ing ex­ces­sive acid pro­duc­tion. Dosage is one tube the night be­fore an event and one the morn­ing of the com­pe­ti­tion. At press time, none of the in­gre­di­ents in EQUI+Fo­cus were listed as pro­hib­ited sub­stances by the USEF, mak­ing this a “show-safe” sup­ple­ment; $21.95; www.ehi-us.com.

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