Before I get into it, I will let you know if you’re interested in purchasing from Kavallerie, they provided a discount code from DE readers! Use code RACHEL10.
Sometimes a review item isn’t that exciting, but solves a problem you run into occasionally that is VERY annoying. The Kavallerie Gel Curb Chain Guard has done just that for me. Is a curb chain going to make you excited to get the package in the mail? No. Is it going to make your life better…and your horse’s life better? Absolutely!
Anyone that uses a curb chain probably knows the irritation of putting on one of these rubber covers. Sure…some horses don’t need them. Some horses do. Spice needed a cover because he was very sensitive and honestly didn’t need that extra sharp aid. Jax is just learning the double, so I think it’s kind to add the protection for him too as he learns what it’s all about.
When I set up my new double for him, I had to recruit my husband…and some tools. Why? Because getting these damned rubber things on is…quite frankly…as difficult as having a baby. I mean…they REALLY don’t want to go on there. (They also really don’t want to come off). Anyways…it took two of us about a half hour to get the stupid rubber protector on there. That cheap rubber cover cost me a few dollars. I should have just cut it off when I took it off…as it took another probably 15 minutes to pull the thing off.
This new one from Kavallerie and I wanted to cry that I had to take the old cover off, but managed it without hurting myself. It took…a couple of minutes and just my fingers to get the new one on. It fits snug, don’t get me wrong…but the material is flexible and squishy so it was easy to put my fingers through it and pull the chain through with a firm few tugs. Yay!
Great. How does it ride? Like a dream. Jax actually went better in it than the other, probably because it gives the curb chain less sharp an action. This guard actually has a decent amount of padding, so it dulls the action of the curb (which is great when you’re introducing it on a sensitive redheaded horse…or honestly any horse). It’s nice and squishy. If I were a horse…I’d much prefer this.
It’s super easy to clean as well, which is great. I think the quality is good and I’m not expecting it to rip or tear quickly…but it probably won’t last as long as the hard rubber ones. We shall see. The price is decent, but not a bargain. I don’t mind paying the asking price, but it’s maybe a hair expensive for what it is! Anyways, like the boots from Kavallerie, I quite like this product and would certainly purchase a replacement when needed.