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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....

FOMO is delighted to have recently brought on board Hoofprints Innovations as a supplier of our award-winning body protector FAZE. Donal O’Beirne, the brains behind Hoofprints Innovations, along with his dog Scruffy Joe, has been in the business for many years.  Originally an equestrian photographer and then, after a short spell in project management for Horsewear Ireland, he was forced to take his business in a different direction following a serious accident while out hunting. There’s nothing like a life changing incident to make you take stock and appreciate what you have in life.  Donal decided to ensure that the focus of his new business would be to provide safety advice and products to riders and is now the preferred supplier of safety and performance equipment to Eventing Ireland competitors throughout Ireland. When our MD, Carmen first made contact with Donal, they hit it off with their shared passion for safety and dogs; Scruffy is Donal’s co-pilot and Whisky is Carmen’s second in command.  Following Carmen’s own serious fall from riding, she has created our body protector, FAZE, that is built on the science behind the safety without compromising on comfort or the look.     FOMO is delighted that Donal understands the technology behind our product making it an easier product to sell to his customers.  Having a BETA Level 3 body protector with innovative foam panelling, using our own DION technology, which exceeds the industry standard by up to 65%, and a unique adjustment mechanism providing a comfortable solution without inhibiting movement, ensures that Hoofprint’s customers will not only get the safety they are after but the comfort too. Hoofprints Innovations have only been selling FAZE for a month or so but already has seen great interest with the demand for FAZE increasing week by week.  Attending every show nationwide, we hope that more of the Irish riding community meet up with Donal and hear all about why riding in a FOMO FAZE body protector is the safest way to go. ...

Here at FOMO, we’ve been committed to being more sustainable and reaching our net zero goals, for our planet and our 4-legged friends. THE BACKGROUND In this blog post, we want to share with you the carbon footprint of one of our FAZE body protectors and how we did it. Carbon footprinting is the process of measuring the greenhouse gas emissions associated with a product or service throughout its life cycle. It helps us understand the environmental impact of our products and identify opportunities for improvement. THE CALCULATIONS To calculate the carbon footprint of one FAZE body protector, we followed these steps: - We weighed all the components of the body protector, such as the foam, fabric, zipper, velcro, etc - We identified the materials and their location of manufacture for each component - We used 'The 2030 Calculator', which is an online tool that calculates the carbon footprint of different materials and processes based on industry data and conversion factors - We added the energy required for the manufacturing processes of FAZE - We added up the carbon footprint of each component to get the total carbon footprint of one FAZE body protector Our scope was from material extraction and manufacture to assembly of the finished product.  We did not include the transportation, distribution, use,  and end-of-life stages of the product life cycle (yet). THE RESULT One FAZE body protector has a carbon footprint of 13.82 kgCO2e (carbon dioxide equivalent). To put this into perspective, here are some examples of the carbon footprint of other products: - One pair of Levi 501 jeans has a carbon footprint of  33.4 kg CO2e - One iPhone 13 has a carbon footprint of  64 kg CO2e We want to reduce our carbon footprint further and make our product more sustainable. That's why we are committed to improving our design, materials, and processes to lower our environmental impact. We also want to be transparent about our carbon footprinting process and share our data and methods with anyone who is interested.  We hope by doing this, we can inspire other companies and consumers to join us in stepping up to net zero and fighting climate change. Thank you for reading this blog post and stay tuned for more updates on our journey to net zero. #TeamFOMO   *Sources: https://www.2030calculator.com https://www.levistrauss.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Full-LCA-Results-Deck-FINAL.pdf https://8billiontrees.com/carbon-offsets-credits/carbon-footprint-of-iphone/#:~:text=The%20carbon%20footprint%20of%20iPhone%20is%20estimated%20to%20be%2064,with%20onboard%20storage%20of%20128GB.  ...

I would be lying if I said I had done extensive market research for body protectors before I bought my FAZE. After an 18-year break from eventing, thanks to medical school and anaesthetic training, I have had the great fortune of being paired with a friend’s horse who is significantly more experienced in the sport than I am, and with some very light persuasion, I grabbed a last minute space at Lindores’ Eventing Camp. I vaguely remembered an email from BRC about new body protector standards and thought it prudent to check my trusty old Pony Club number, it would be fine right? Oh god no, it’s not been allowed on a cross-country course since the mid-noughties, oops! So, in a blind panic with 5 days’ notice, I messaged FOMO and Carmen was able to bring one in my size along to camp for me to try/ buy immediately so I could go out on the course. My initial impressions were “jeez that’s heavy” and “god that’s going to make me look massive”, but I didn’t have much choice. I arrived at camp immediately after a 12h ICU night shift and met Carmen as I arrived in the car park. I had an extremely efficient fitting beside my trailer, and once she was happy it fitted well, I leapt on and trotted off to join my XC lesson, leaving Carmen in a cloud of dust and arriving on the course with ten minutes spare to warm up. I honestly have never been so comfortable in a body protector, I kind of forgot I was wearing it if I’m honest, to the point I nearly got caught on my stirrup when I dismounted as I didn’t jump off with the extra wee bit of clearance I normally would with a body protector on. It fits like a glove; I’m quite tall with boobs out of proportion to my waist, so have struggled in the past to find body protectors to fit well. I’m a size 12 but my height is mostly legs, so FOMO’s range of sizes being the same as ladies’ clothing sizes made it really easy to pick and the 12 regular was perfect for me. The extra bit of security from the adjuster was great as well, meaning there was a bit of room to play with the next day when I was back on the course straight after lunch. It’s so secure but not restricting in any way, to the point I’m pretty sure I could go bra-less, and with big boobs and a horse that jogs 98% of the time that is a very significant statement! As an anaesthetist, I have seen a fair amount of horse-riding related injuries in my work in Intensive Care.  The vast majority that end up in critical care are rib fractures or spinal injuries, usually in people who weren’t wearing body protectors. I felt so safe in my FAZE, it has good coverage over all my ribs, no defects in the zip areas, is reinforced over the spine at the back and definitely has better collarbone coverage than my last one. Off the course the fact you can remove the cover to wash it is brilliant (my old one still has gross sweat marks on it), and FOMO will repair damaged covers for free which I love for reducing waste. I feel proud to wear it, especially since it has been designed, engineered and made in Glasgow. So proud in fact that I forgot to take any photos, but here is Captain showing me how it’s done, jacket over my FAZE unfortunately, but I promise it’s there. I hope to never actually part ways with Captain over a course of jumps, but I’m confident that my chest and back will be safe even if I do thanks to FOMO 😊. ...

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