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The anticipation is palpable as the eventing season calendar is now live and the countdown is on. If you haven't already started, now is the perfect time to kick off your horse's fitness plan, ensuring they are in prime condition for the upcoming events. The following 12-week fitness programme is designed to transition your horse from a winter break to their first event of the year. Please note that this plan assumes your horse has not been turned away due to injury; consult your vet for a tailored program if that's the case. Week 1-3: Coming Back from a Break Week 1: Begin with around 30 minutes of roadwork walking each day. Week 2: Increase walking time to 45 minutes on the road daily. Week 3: Progress to 60 minutes of walking on the road, incorporating more hills. Note: If your horse has been in light work post-season or engaged in other activities, you can join the program at this stage. Week 4-6: Building Up the Pace Week 4: Introduce short spells of trotting (two minutes at a time) during hacks on suitable surfaces. Week 5: Extend trotting time and incorporate more varied terrain. Introduce 20 minutes of flatwork during a 60-minute hack. Week 6: Start a rotated exercise program including hacking, hill work, flatwork, and some jumping. Week 7-8: Adding Intensity Week 7: Increase hill work and slow cantering. Week 8: Introduce more jump training and extend slow canters to three or four minutes on varied ground. Note: If your horse has been in regular work in other disciplines, such as hunting or showjumping, you can join the program at Week 8. Week 9-11: Discipline-Specific Training Week 9: Introduce faster work and stronger canters on a slight incline. Include a dressage or small jumping show. Week 10: Cross-country schooling with a focus on discipline-specific training. Maintain cantering and hill work. Week 11: Varied week including hill work, strong canters, discipline-specific training, and relaxing hacking. Week 12: Preparing for Competition Week 12: Your horse should be ready to compete. Listen to your horse and adjust your riding accordingly. Expect heightened adrenaline during the first event; use it to settle them into work for the season ahead. By following this structured 12-week plan, you'll ensure that your equine partner is not only physically prepared but also mentally ready for the exhilarating challenges of the eventing season. Happy eventing!...

Research conducted by Riders Minds, has revealed that 76% of equestrians have been bullied, with a further 85% saying that they have witnessed bullying within the industry. Of those equestrians who have been bullied a staggering 77% felt unable to speak out. The shocking survey results have been released in conjunction with Anti-Bullying Week, with this year’s theme being ‘Make a Noise About Bullying’. Victoria Wright, Founder and Chair of Riders Minds said, “The results of the recent survey are staggering, to see around 80% of people have experienced or witnessed bullying within an equestrian-related environment is a bitter pill for the industry to swallow. With the launch of our anti-bullying campaign, we hope to target the issues physically or over the internet, by creating a movement that the industry can follow. In response to people needing mental health support more than ever, Riders Minds has extended the services that we provide with instant online counselling support, one-to-one sessions, new self-help content online and the continuation of our 24/7 helpline. We are proud to be one of the few mental health charities to be able to offer this service.” Mental Health Coach and Riders Minds Consultant, Sylvia Bruce said, “The effect of bullying on mental health is more far-reaching than many realise. It’s not only the direct effect on the bullied who can experience emotional, physical, physiological, thoughts and behavioural change, often with devastating effects including suicide, but also the ripple effect on those loved ones supporting the person being bullied, the witnesses, those handling bullying cases, and even the equines if the bullied person’s behaviour and responses change. We must come together - bullying has no place in equestrianism.” In response to the statistics, Riders Minds has launched a bullying resource on the website with information detailing what bullying is, advice on what to do if you are being bullied, or are witnessing bullying, and support for those affected. To find out more about Riders Minds and to access the live chat go to https://ridersminds.org/. If you would like to talk to someone call the helpline on 0300 102 1540, or text 07860 065 202. All of the Riders Minds services are free, 100% confidential, and accessible 24 hours a day. For more information on Anti-Bullying Week go to: https://anti-bullyingalliance.org.uk/....

If you have been following our journey over the last few years, you will know that FOMO is gaining popularity amongst novice and professional riders alike, with our award-winning flagship product, the FOMO FAZE body protector.  Perhaps you’ve seen us at a local stockist or a national event like Blair or Blenheim, or maybe you’ve even been following one of our numerous ambassadors on their eventing journey.   So it may surprise you to know that despite our increasing notoriety, FOMO is a very small (but dedicated) team, meaning that as a small business, we have to cover all the bases that larger, more established brands do, with a much bigger workforce.  Running a small business is a multifaceted endeavour that demands a willingness to take on a multitude of roles, so what does that mean at FOMO HQ? Product design?  Yes, we often collaborate as a team to bring our collective experience (Sports Engineering and Fashion Design to name a few!) together to create innovative products and try out new ideas.  Safety, innovation and sustainability are at the heart of everything we do, so this is always a massive consideration in anything that we manufacture, whether it be investigating new more eco-friendly materials or repurposing post-production off-cuts from our protector manufacturing process to reduce our contributions to landfill, whilst still offering innovative products for riders of all abilities. Manufacturing? Yes - although we were originally working with a small production unit at the beginning of the very first lockdown, we decided that in such uncertain times, we should invest in our production room to bring everything in-house.  This not only means that we can be in control of our manufacturing but it also means that we can quickly develop prototypes when we have a great idea about a new product.  All our protectors are made to order right here in our head office in Glasgow, Scotland. Quality Control?  You guessed it, we do that too!  When our head of production Rachel isn’t overseeing the production of our protectors or horsewear, she is meticulously checking the quality of each and every item that leaves our HQ.  Of course, we do have annual external re-tests to ensure all our protectors, materials and components comply with the Beta Level 3 and CE Mark safety-testing standards.   We are proud to perform above and beyond the industry standard, meaning that when you buy a FOMO FAZE, you can ride with the assurance of unparalleled comfort and safety. Sales?  Absolutely- you will find Carmen, our intrepid MD on stand with stockists at lots of events throughout the season, she loves to meet new customers and help them get the absolute best fit from our protectors – with a massive size range (size 6 -18) and 3 body lengths in each size, we can cater to most body types.  What’s more, we have a teenage range coming out very soon and a children’s range in development too!   As well as being out and about at lots of events across the country, we also offer a virtual fit session via our website www.fomoprotection.com - we can send you a complimentary fit pack, and set up an online meeting to help guide you through the fit process to find your perfect size. Customer Services?  Definitely!  Being such a small company, we pride ourselves on knowing our products intimately, this means that no matter how you get in touch, whether that be in person, over the phone, by email or via any of our social media channels, you will always be speaking to the most knowledgeable people about our products – us!  Social Media?  Yes, yes and yes!  Again, this is quite a collaborative effort, social media management is a job in itself that encompasses photography, graphic design, sales and promotion, all to keep our community up to date with all our latest news, we love getting out on photoshoot days to find great ways to showcase our flagship protector FAZE, our sustainable and innovative horsewear, not to mention our great FOMO team wear. As an equestrian safety company, we feel it’s really important to communicate with our followers how seriously we take making quality products that are rigorously safety tested. Social media is also a great platform for us to host informative chats with our brand ambassadors and industry experts alike, helping to deliver great training tips and advice for riders of all abilities and disciplines.  You can find previous reels on our Instagram page, or check out our previous blog posts for lots of helpful information. So you can see, it’s not just riding hats we wear at Fomo, as a small but formidable team, we have to wear many hats to keep FOMO running smoothly day to day!  Managing a small business certainly isn’t without its challenges, but we think it’s worth it to see you all #flyinginfaze! Rachel x Head of Garment Design & Manufacturing...

For all equestrians, safety in the saddle is paramount. An essential piece of safety gear is your body protector, designed to minimise the risk of injury in case of a fall or accident. However, ensuring the right fit for this protective equipment is crucial for its effectiveness. Accurate measurements are key for getting the perfect fit for your body protector. Measuring for Your Equestrian Body Protector To ensure an accurate fit, it's important to take precise measurements. Here's a step-by-step guide to help you measure for your equestrian body protector: Gather the Necessary Tools: Get a soft measuring tape, a pen, and paper. It's essential to have these tools ready before you start the measuring process. Take Chest Measurements: Stand upright and wrap the measuring tape around the broadest part of your chest. Ensure the tape is snug but not too tight. Measure Your Waist: Locate your natural waistline, typically an inch or two above the belly button, and measure around this area. Determine Your Back Length: From the base of your neck, measure down to the point just above your hip bone. Check Your Shoulder to Waist Measurement: Measure from the highest point of your shoulder to just below your waistline passing your last rib at the front  Consult Sizing Charts: Different brands might have varying sizing charts. Once you have your measurements, refer to the specific brand's sizing guide to select the appropriate body protector size. The FOMO sizing charts use centimetres not inches so make sure your tape is the right way round! Virtual Fitting Pack for Accurate Measurements To make the process even more seamless and accurate, we offer a free virtual fitting pack. This pack includes a measuring tape, fabric swatches, and product information. With this pack, you'll also have access to a courtesy video call with our fitting experts. During the video call, our experts will guide you through the measuring process, ensuring precise measurements and offering assistance in choosing the right size and model of FOMO body protector. This personalised assistance will help guarantee that the body protector you select fits you perfectly, maximising your safety while riding. Ensuring the right fit for your equestrian body protector is as important as the protector itself. Our virtual fitting pack aims to simplify this process, providing you with the necessary tools and expert guidance to make an informed decision when choosing your protective gear. Prioritising safety in equestrian sports begins with selecting the right safety equipment, and the correct fit is a crucial aspect of this process. Get in touch with us today to order your free virtual fitting pack and take the first step towards a safer ride! Remember, a well-fitted body protector could be a lifesaver in unforeseen circumstances, so measure carefully and ride with confidence! To order your fitting pack and/or book a free no obligation virtual fitting click here....

Introduction: Join me, Ailz, and my friend Helen, as we tackled this year's Scottish Police Recreational Association (SPRA) equestrian camp in Lindores (on our youngsters!!) Ailie: Last year, I was devastated when my horse became lame just before the camp. But I couldn't bear the thought of missing out, so I borrowed a horse and signed up for this year's camp. Unfortunately, luck was not on my side once again, and I found myself without a rideable horse. However, my FOMO (fear of missing out) drove me to give it another shot with Spinner, an untested horse. Little did I know that Spinner would become an absolute superstar! Spinner, who had never experienced a big truck or jumped over cross-country obstacles, amazed everyone with his courage and adaptability. Together, we faced new challenges head-on, conquering fears and embracing the thrill of the camp. Spinner's fearlessness was a constant source of inspiration, and I couldn't be prouder of our accomplishments. Throughout the camp, my trusty FOMO body protector provided me with comfort, breathability, and peace of mind. It fit like a comfy pair of joggers, and I hardly noticed it while riding. Thankfully, I never had to put it to the test during the camp, which meant I could fully enjoy the experience without any mishaps. As camp came to an end, Spinner and I celebrated our achievements, cherished the friendships we formed, and expressed gratitude to the incredible organizers who made it all possible. Helen: Quinn, the Youngster on the Rise When I decided to bring my 4-year-old horse, Quinn, to the training camp, I questioned my sanity. Little did I know that this leap of faith would be a transformative experience for both of us. My FOMO body protector became my trusty companion, offering the protection and confidence I needed as we trained and rode together. Throughout the camp, I witnessed Quinn's remarkable growth and potential. With each jump and cross-country challenge, Quinn's enthusiasm and skill exceeded my expectations. I marveled at our young horse's progress and reveled in the freedom that my body protector provided, knowing I was fully protected in case of any falls. The camp solidified our bond and ignited a passion for cross-country riding within me. I couldn't help but feel grateful for the camp! Conclusion: We both definitely found solace in our FOMO body protectors!!!...

We are delighted to be supporting BETA's Summer of Safety 2023.  Here is the first of our safety-orientated blog series. To measure for an equestrian body protector and ensure the correct fit, you can follow these steps: Equipment: Get a flexible measuring tape and wear lightweight clothing or no clothing that may add extra bulk. Chest Measurement: Stand up straight with your arms relaxed at your sides. Wrap the measuring tape around the fullest part of your chest, just under your armpits. Make sure the tape is parallel to the ground and snug but not too tight. Take note of the measurement in inches or centimeters. Waist Measurement: Locate the natural waistline, which is the narrowest part of your torso, usually above your belly button and below your ribcage. Wrap the measuring tape around your waist, making sure it's snug but comfortable. Keep the tape parallel to the ground and note the measurement. Back Length Measurement: Measure the length from the base of your neck (where the neck meets the shoulders) to the bottom of your spine leaving a hand width of space (approximately 12-14cm) to do this effectively you will need a handy assistant!  Shoulder-to-Waist Measurement: Measure the distance from the tip of your shoulder (where your arm meets your shoulder) to your waistline. This measurement will help ensure the body protector covers your upper body properly. You can then double this measurement to give an indication of your waist to waist if required or to do this accurately separately take from the waist point up over your shoulder passing the fullest point of bust and down to your waistline again at your back (a helper is required to do so). Once you have taken these measurements, consult the sizing chart provided here. Different brands may have slightly different sizing guidelines, so it's essential to follow the specific chart for the product you're interested in. Compare your measurements with the manufacturer's sizing chart to determine the appropriate size for your body protector. Select the size that corresponds most closely to your measurements, keeping in mind that the body protector should fit snugly but allow for comfortable movement. It's crucial to remember that body protectors are designed to fit securely but should not be too tight or restrictive. We all have curves in different places and come in various shapes and sizes. No person is the same! This is why it’s vital you try your size of protector on and ensure you are happy with it before removing any tags and riding....

Keeping horses cool in warm temperatures is crucial for their well-being. Here are ten tips to help you achieve that: Provide ample shade: Ensure your horse has access to shaded areas throughout the day, such as trees, shelters, or run-in sheds. This allows them to escape direct sunlight and stay cooler. Use fans or misters: Install fans or misters in the barn or shelter to create a breeze or cool mist. These can help lower the ambient temperature and provide relief to your horse. Adequate ventilation: Ensure proper ventilation in the barn or stable to promote air circulation. Good airflow can help dissipate heat and reduce humidity levels, keeping your horse comfortable. Frequent water access: Provide your horse with fresh, clean water at all times. In hot weather, horses drink more to stay hydrated. Check water sources regularly to ensure they are full and not excessively warm. Offer electrolytes: In consultation with your veterinarian, consider supplementing your horse's diet with electrolytes. These help to replace essential minerals lost through sweating and encourage your horse to drink more water. Time turnout wisely: Adjust turnout schedules to the cooler parts of the day, such as early morning or evening, when temperatures are lower. Avoid turning out during the hottest periods, typically around midday. Use fly sheets and masks: Fly sheets made of lightweight, breathable material can protect your horse from the sun's rays while preventing flies from bothering them. Fly masks offer similar protection for their sensitive face areas. Regular grooming: Keep your horse's coat clean and well-groomed. Regular brushing removes dirt, debris, and loose hair, allowing air to circulate better through the coat, aiding in cooling. Wet down or hose off: On exceptionally hot days, wet your horse down with cool water or hose them off. Focus on the large muscle areas and the neck, where the blood vessels are closer to the surface. The evaporation of water from their coat will help cool them. Limit strenuous exercise: Reduce the intensity and duration of exercise during hot weather. Instead, opt for lighter workouts or engage in activities that are less physically demanding to prevent overheating and exhaustion. Remember, each horse is unique, so it's essential to monitor their behaviour, water intake, and overall well-being closely during hot weather. If you notice signs of heat stress or any health concerns, consult with your veterinarian promptly....

Some exciting news to share! We are about to launch a new design for our FORM half-pad. The new half-pad boasts significant improvements, including an increased panel size, a larger surface area, and reduced textile material usage. The FOMO team is proud to bring these new and exciting features to our FOMOllowers. ​ ​ ​ ​The first improvement to the half-pad is the increased panel size. A larger panel size allows for more coverage and an increased surface area for pressure distribution. ​ ​The second improvement is a change in foam placement from the bottom of the pad to the top. This change removes any potential pressure points with the aim of improving comfort under saddle. ​ ​ ​The third and most exciting improvement to the half-pad design is the reduced material usage. FOMO Protection is committed to sustainable and eco-friendly practices, and the reduced material usage reflects that. We are repurposing foam offcuts from manufacturing FAZE body protectors to create the new half-pad design. This means that no new materials are needed for production, and the offcuts are being utilized instead of discarded as waste. ​ This focus on repurposing foam offcuts is just one way we are working towards a more sustainable future. ​ ​In conclusion, FOMO Protection's new half-pad design is an exciting innovation that provides increased support, comfort, and sustainability versus our previous design. The larger panel size and surface area provide additional cushioning under saddle, while the reduced material usage reflects the company's commitment to eco-friendly practices. FOMO Protection is taking a significant step towards achieving its sustainability goals, and we can't wait to show what other sustainable and innovative products we have to offer....

Introducing Indraneil Ghosh, a.k.a. "Neil", as the Step Up to Net Zero Coordinator for FOMO Protection. At FOMO we are committed to reaching our sustainability goals. To help achieve this, FOMO has teamed up with the Glasgow Chamber of Commerce to bring on board Neil as an intern. As an MSc Product Design Engineering graduate from the Glasgow School of Art, Neil is well-equipped to bring his expertise and creativity to the FOMO team. His passion for sustainability and innovative ideas will play a key role in helping FOMO reach its net zero goals. The primary focus will be to research ways to recycle foam. This will not only help our company reduce its carbon footprint but also allow us to offer eco-friendly products to our customers. In addition, he will be conducting extensive research on alternative more sustainable materials for use in our products. He will be exploring materials that have a lower carbon footprint, are biodegradable, and can be easily recycled. Aside from his professional pursuits, Neil is also an avid guitar player and film photographer. He loves to spend his free time playing some blues and capturing life through his lens. His passion for music and photography showcases his creative side, which he intends to bring to his work at FOMO. FOMO is excited to welcome Neil to the team as its Step Up to Net Zero Coordinator. We look forward to seeing the positive impact he will have on the company and the environment....

So, I’m getting closer to a milestone birthday. And the kids have decided that they have more interesting things to focus on now, such as university, boys, exams and non-horsey life. I’ve decided that is finally my time to get out and do the things I’ve been wanting to do for the last couple of decades, and I now have a bit more time, a little more money (not a lot, I have horses after all) and less associated guilt about disappearing off for weekends. With a new equine Porsche, Darcy, aka the Golden Child, I’m finally out eventing and doing the affiliated competition thing in my late 40s. However, this has coincided with two things, both related to getting old. I’m getting chunky (menopause and a love of wine) and I’m getting windy and a little feared of falling off as it hurts more (aging in general and drinking more wine to compensate). So, getting the right kit to increase my comfort and decrease the likelihood of long term injury after not bouncing off the ground is paramount! I run the local riding club, so it’s important that I’m seen to follow the rules we are meant to uphold, so with a change in the kite for hats and back protection I needed to purchase a new body protector. Now I have to say I’m no lover of body protectors. Why? As a short-assed, chunky woman with a short body, body protection has proven to be difficult to find that fits my dimensions and is comfortable to wear, and let’s face it, I’m trying to avoid looking like the Michelin man. Younger people may need to Google that image to get the point. So, with Christmas on the way, and my husband looking for gift ideas (we are only 26 years in), it was a perfect moment to ask for that most romantic of gifts, a body protector! Well as he says himself every time I ride, ‘don’t fall off’, I think he does worry about me, or perhaps it’s more worrying about my ability to earn if I’m off my feet? I’d tried the FOMO FAZE on at a trade stand while out eventing, and knew it was produced in the UK and was passing the most stringent safety tests for body protection. It also appeared to fit well to my own unique short-bodied shape, and after trying several types I hadn’t previously found any that fitted that well. So, Santa was duly informed and I got my new FAZE before Christmas, unwrapped, Santa didn’t see the point as I knew what it was! The FAZE then had to wait and didn’t get its first run out due to the icy conditions until mid-January at an arena event. I managed to put it on all by myself, and despite it not being worn before, it quickly moulded to my body. It has been said that they look a little bulky, but I didn’t notice this at all when riding, and importantly didn’t feel the need to remove it immediately after riding like my previous protector because I couldn’t breathe in it! The foam layer is soft and malleable and is actually very easy to wear, whilst providing the ultimate protection. And whilst body protectors are by no means ever likely to be the most flattering garment you ever wear on your horse (although white jodhpurs are in my opinion the worst), my FOMO FAZE is one of the most comfortable ways to protect my aging body whilst it pretends it’s in it 20s again! Looking forward to Flying in my FAZE this season! Photography Credit to the fabulous Jamie Agnew https://www.jamieagnewphotography.co.uk/...

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