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Me modeling my new Samshield Helmet

Samshield for the Win

Saturday dawned cold and raining. Ugh. But luckily I had another barn hop scheduled with Jess from Riding Rainbow, so I dragged myself out of bed and hit the road. I arrived in time to help tack up Lexi (which means I fed her endless carrots while Jess did actual work. I’m an excellent aunt, haha!) There was some… commotion going on in the ring, but for the most part Lex handled herself well. And once they got going, she really relaxed and stretched down. I have to say, even in the short time they’ve been in Ohio, Lexi is looking really, really good. She’s coming right along in her training, and even I see a difference when I watch her go!
Jess and Lex

After Lexi finished off her bag of carrots, we visited Mr. Miles. Jess brought along her brand new (and ridiculously gorgeous) Ogilvy jumper pad for me to try. And let me tell you, in my brief experience, these pads live up to the hype! I love the close contact feel of my new Prestige, and this pad didn’t take that away; it just felt like a thin pillow under the seat of my saddle. Miles really liked it too, he had some great transitions, and really gave an awesome effort at the trot, giving to the bit and tracking up underneath himself.

I untacked, put Miles back in house and we headed to the tack store to browse consignment and try on helmets. Unfortunately we didn’t see much in consignment, although Jess and I did try on some tall boots, but alas our monster calves didn’t fit in them. So we picked out some cookies for Lexi and got my head measured. Apparently I have a huge head (but really, I’m funny-shaped everywhere else, so why would my head be a normal size or shape?!)

I tried on a Charles Owen GR8 first, and it just didn’t work. The first size was too big, and the size down was too small. Jess can attest to the fact that I looked like a clown. So next I tried on a Samshield Shadow Matte, which was conservative enough for my traditional (read: old) trainer, but cheaper than a GPA. As soon as I put it on, I was in love. It fit great, felt like a cushion on my head and looked like it was made for me. So I bought it! Yay for new helmets!!

First ride in my new Samshield Shadowmatt Helmet
Miles is REALLY EXCITED about the new helmet…. not.
Miles is REALLY EXCITED about the new helmet…. not.


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24 thoughts on “Samshield for the Win

  1. New helmet looks great! I will have to try these new Samshields, everyone is RAVING about them (and now I can see why)!

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