Cavalleria Toscana Show Shirt REVIEW ft. Cavalos

A while back, I went to Cavalos Equine Care & Supplies and treated myself to a Cavalleria Toscana Long Sleeve Show Shirt. Cavalos is the official retailers for Cavalleria Toscana in the UAE.

The show shirt came in a Cavalleria Toscana zip-lock bag, along with 2 extra buttons. I did purchase these in the size XS and as you can tell, in the Navy colour. It is button down all the way through (which I personally prefer), but only 4 buttons are visible. It has nice white contrasting and a Cavalleria Toscana logo on the collar.

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The Show Shirt consists of 2 different fabrics;
Navy Area: 72.5% Polyamid, 27.5% Elastane
White Area: 96% Cotton, 4% Elastane
This makes the consistency of the show shirt lightweight, breathable, and does not cling to your skin.

Surprisingly enough, unlike other brands, Cavalleria Toscana does not have specific names for their products, only codes. The code for this particular show shirt is: CAD029/JE002 as seen below:

After using this for 3 shows, with no exaggeration, this show shirt is one of the most comfortable and well fitted that I have ever worn. It is on the pricey side, nonetheless, it is definitely worth the investment! It is not only elegant, but also has a number of useful features:

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Note: I do send this to the dry cleaners after every use as I do not trust my ability to wash them with care.

The only issue I would say with this is that it is a little short. It does tuck into my breeches, but I do find that at the end of the day, one side is often just about out of the breeches. This is due to the cut, as it is curved on the sides:



Pros:

Cons:
•   Elegant

•   Full button down

•   Stretchy

•   Sizing range

•   Anti-Bacterial

•   Anti-UV

•   Breathable

•   Comfortable

•   Lightweight material

•   On the pricey side

•   A little short

 

Verdict: I absolutely love this show shirt ❤ I am so happy that I purchased it and I would definitely recommend it to anyone!

Do check out Cavalos for more Cavalleria Toscana items.

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Equine Magnetix HAUL

I have been wanting a magnetic rug for Tofino for a while now. I did have the Veredus one, however, it seemed to be too hot to use in the summer, and therefore, ended up selling it.

I looked into other brands that sell magnetic products for horses, and they were either much too expensive, or did not have enough GAUSS strength for moderate penetration.

I am super excited to have gotten some products from Equine Magnetix, at a great price (THANK YOU ❤ ), which include: Horse Rug, Neck piece, and Brushing Boots. I have not tried any of them yet as they just arrived, but I will be sure to review them with time.

According to Equine Magnetix: magnetic therapy has tremendous benefits and can be used on horses simply for general well-being, to improve your horse’s performance or for specific injuries and conditions. 

Magnets work by increasing blood flow around the body helping to promote healing and speed up the recovery process. They are also used to relax your horse’s muscles prior to work and after cooling down to prevent injuries.

Conditions and injuries which benefit from the use of magnetic therapy include arthritis, fractures, muscles injuries, tendon and ligament injuries, general stiffness, sore or bruised feet, poor hoof growth, navicular disease and laminitis. 

Magnetic Therapy Treatments Table

Below is a list of recommended magnetic products from Equine Magnetix, which are best suited for treating certain conditions and injuries.

Magnetic Product Magnetic Rug Magnetic Brushing Boots Magnetic Bell Boots Magnetic Hock Boots Magnetic Ankle Boots
Arthritis Magnetic Rug - Suitable for treating Arthritis Magnetic Tendon Boots - Suitable for treating Arthritis Magnetic Bell Boots - Suitable for treating Arthritis Magnetic Hock Boots - Suitable for treating Arthritis Magnetic Ankle Boots - Suitable for treating Arthritis
Bowed Tendons Magnetic Tendon Boots - Suitable for treating Bowed Tendons
Bucked Shins Magnetic Tendon Boots - Suitable for treating Bucked Shins
Capped Hocks Magnetic Hock Boots - Suitable for treating Capped Hocks
Cold Backed Magnetic Rug - Suitable for treating Cold Backed Horses
Curbs Magnetic Tendon Boots - Suitable for treating Curbs
Foot Abscess Magnetic Bell Boots - Suitable for treating Foot Abscess
Fractures Magnetic Rug - Suitable for treating Fractures Magnetic Tendon Boots - Suitable for treating Fractures Magnetic Bell Boots - Suitable for treating Fractures Magnetic Hock Boots - Suitable for treating Fractures Magnetic Ankle Boots - Suitable for treating Fractures
High Ringbone Magnetic Ankle Boots - Suitable for treating High Ringbone
Kissing Spines Magnetic Rug - Suitable for treating Kissing Spines
Laminitis Magnetic Bell Boots - Suitable for treating Laminitis
Ligament Injuries Magnetic Tendon Boots - Suitable for treating Ligament Injuries
Low Ringbone Magnetic Bell Boots - Suitable for treating Low Ringbone
Lymphangitis Magnetic Rug - Suitable for treating Lymphangitis Magnetic Tendon Boots - Suitable for treating Lymphangitis Magnetic Ankle Boots - Suitable for treating Lymphangitis
Navicular Magnetic Ankle Boots - Suitable for treating Navicular
Osselets Magnetic Ankle Boots - Suitable for treating Osselets
Poor Hoof Growth Magnetic Bell Boots - Suitable for treating Poor Hoof Growth
Pre & Post Exercise Magnetic Rug - Suitable for treating Pre & Post Exercise Magnetic Tendon Boots - Suitable for treating Pre & Post Exercise Magnetic Bell Boots - Suitable for treating Pre & Post Exercise Magnetic Hock Boots - Suitable for treating Pre & Post Exercise Magnetic Ankle Boots - Suitable for treating Pre & Post Exercise
Prior to Physio treatment Magnetic Rug - Suitable for treating Prior to Physio treatment
Sesamoiditis Magnetic Ankle Boots - Suitable for treating Sesamoiditis
Shoulder Injuries Magnetic Rug - Suitable for treating Shoulder Injuries
Spavins Magnetic Hock Boots - Suitable for treating Spavins
Splints Magnetic Tendon Boots - Suitable for treating Splints
Stifle Injuries Magnetic Rug - Suitable for treating Stifle Injuries
Stocking Up Magnetic Tendon Boots - Suitable for treating Stocking Up
Thoroughpins Magnetic Hock Boots - Suitable for treating Thoroughpins
Tightness & Stiffness Magnetic Rug - Suitable for treating Tightness & Stiffness
Travelling Magnetic Rug - Suitable for Travelling

 

Have you tried any magnetic products for your horse? If so, how did you find it?

Kingsland Equestrian Show Shirts for SALE

To view all other items for sale, kindly click here.


EDIT: ALL SOLD

New Kingsland Equestrian (Summer Edition) Short Sleeve Ladies Show Shirt

Size: Small
Composition: 96% Cotton, 4% Spandex
Usage: Never used
Note: Comes with removable white colour, therefore, can be used for schooling too.
PRICE: 200AED/$US55
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Kingsland Equestrian Short Sleeve Ladies Show Shirt
Size:
 Small
Composition: 
95% Cotton, 5% Spandex
Usage: 2x only
Note: Even though this is also small, this is a slimmer fit.
PRICE: 150AED/$US41
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New Kingsland Equestrian (Winter Edition) Long Sleeve Ladies Show Shirt
Size: Small
Composition: 95% Polyester, 5% Spandex
Usage: Never used
Note: These are slightly fleece lined (hence the winter edition) & I do have my name written on the inside.
PRICE: 170AED/$US47
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Or..
You can purchase all 3 at once for 500AED/$US137
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Equine Education Courses ft. Coursera: Education for Everyone

I came across this website through a friend about a year ago, called Coursera, which gives you access to a number of different educational topics, provided by the world’s best education.

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Note: The image above only shows some, but not all associated universities. Click here to view the full list.

I have personally, within the year, took 4 different courses:

  1. EDIVET: Do you have what it takes to be a Veterinarian?
  2. Animal Behavior and Welfare
  3. The Horse Course: Introduction to Basic Care and Management
  4. Equine Nutrition

There is a wide variety of subjects, from sciences, to politics, to engineering, law, computer science, film, art etc.etc. that are taught in a number of different languages (click here).

When you click on the topic of interest, you are provided with an introductory video that informs you of the topics that will be covered in the course. You can also select, from specified options, your start date. Each course has its own start and finish date depending on the duration.

You also do get a list of suggested readings of certain articles, books, and journals that can help you throughout the course.

How it works:

Once you register for a class, you have access to the course interface which includes the syllabus, the team, each weeks course materials (uploaded weekly), discussion forums, surveys and assessments.

As you can see below, once you have finished reviewing the lecture videos, ticks will appear to your left, making it easier to start where you last took off.

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Within each week you will come across the following screen, which shows you the related lecture videos, note slides, quizzes, additional resources, and activities. These are al accessible until the end of the course. Therefore, if you are not able to study for a week, the materials and quizzes are still up and don’t expire until after the course ends. This means that you can choose to view the lectures and do the assignments weekly, or at your convenience.  You may, but not recommended, do all the course work on the week the course ends. This however, will take a while and may be too crammed. Nonetheless, it is possible if you wish to do so.

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Once you have completed the course, you will be given a certificate virtually from the university and professor that provided the subject. If you wish to receive a hard copy, you may do so with some subjects, but for a fee.

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I love Coursera and it is absolutely amazing to get free education from top universities around the world. This gives us a lot of opportunities and insight on the available topics.

If you have not tried it before, I suggest you do, since you have nothing to lose, but knowledge to gain. And if you have, comment below on what courses you took/are taking.

DIY Homemade Horse Treats!

On the occasion of Tofino’s birthday (10th of Feb), I have decided to write a post on a number of collected DIY homemade horse treat recipes that I have found.
Yum yum 🙂 !

Earth Muffins – by Michelle N.Anderson

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup ground flaxseed
  • 3/4 cup warm water
  • 1/2 cup organic sugar
  • 2 cups oat flour
  • 2 cups oatmeal
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup frozen seedless berries

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 375°F.
  • Soak ground flax seed in warm water for 10 minutes until it turns a gelatinous consistency.
  • In a mixing bowl, combine flax-and-water mixture with sugar.
  • Stir in oat flour, oatmeal, salt, and cinnamon until well-combined.
  • Pour batter into greased mini-muffin pan.
  • Firmly press one marion berry thick side down into each muffin.
  • Bake 18-20 minutes.

Fruity Chews – by Jennifer Whittle

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cup oats
  • 2 tbsp. honey or molasses
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 apple, finely chopped
  • 1 carrot, finely chopped
  • 1 1/2 tbsp. flour
  • 1 tbsp. brown sugar
  • 5 crushed peppermints

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Mix oats, water, and honey or molasses in a bowl.
  • Microwave for two minutes.
  • Add chopped apple and carrots, brown sugar, crushed peppermints, and flour to the mixture.
  • Microwave for two minutes again.
  • Put mixture in mini muffin pan, and bake for about 15 minutes.

Classic Treats – by Harper Slusher

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups organic uncooked old-fashioned oatmeal
  • 1 cup organic applesauce
  • ¼ cup organic molasses
  • ½ cup organic flour

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Mix together the dry ingredients in a medium bowl.
  • Next, add the molasses and applesauce and stir until well-incorporated.
  • Once mixed, form the thick batter into teaspoon-sized balls and place them close together (but not touching) on a sprayed* cookie tray.
  • Bake the treats for 15 to 20 minutes and then remove from oven.
  • Leave the treats on the tray for 5 minutes to allow time for the treats to cool and harden.
  • Once completely cool, store the treats in an airtight container.

No-Bake Peppermint Thumbprint Cookies – by Shawna White

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1 to 2 tbsp. molasses
  • 5 peppermints

Directions:

  • Mix the oats and water until the oats are damp.
  • Add molasses by the tablespoon until the mixture is sticky.
  • Roll into balls and press peppermint in the middle of each cookie.
  • Put in refrigerator (uncovered) to harden.

WHOA Cakes (With Honey Oats and Apples) – by CapitalCowgirl

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1.5 tbsp. flour
  • 1/2 tbsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2/3 cup unsweetened applesauce

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 300 degrees
  • Combine all ingredients and mix well
  • Drop spoonfuls into greased muffin tin.
  • Bake for 35 minutes.
  • Let cool and serve. 

Cob Cookies (Carrot-Oat-Banana) – by Capital Cowgirl

Ingredients:

  • 1 large carrot, shredded
  • 1/2 cup unbleached bread flour
  • 1/4 cup steel-cut oats
  • 3 tbsp. molasses
  • 1/4 cup water
  • Dried banana chips

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  • Grease a non-stick muffin tin.
  • Combine the first five ingredients in a bowl (the mixture should be runny).
  • Spoon enough into the tins so that the bottom of each well is covered.
  • Bake for 25 minutes.
  • Remove the muffin tin from the oven and let it cool for a few minutes.
  • Turn each “cookie” upside down (the bottom will be softer than the top).
  • Press one banana chip into the softer side of each cookie.
  • Return the tin to the oven for 5 minutes.
  • Place the “cookies” on a clean plate and let cool in the refrigerator for 2 hours.

And finally, the classic Turmeric (Curcumin) horse treats can be found in my older post here

Note: When making treats, spray the cookie trays with coconut oil, but you can substitute this with any spray of your choice or grease the pans with butter.

Happy baking! 😀

Equine Couture Tynsley Breeches REVIEW

As many of you know, I am obsessed with Equine Couture breeches!! I just love the fact that they have MANY different models and are always coming up with new styles.

I do own a couple of different models from Equine Couture, however, as the title suggests, I will be reviewing the Tynsley Ladies Breeches today. Unfortunately these come in only two colours as seen below:

This sleek design of breech features an innovative styled waistband where a stretch fabric is designed within the breech waistline itself, making for a completely comfortable and form-fitting breech when needed most. White contrast stitching throughout this new style is perfect for that unique, yet classic equestrian look; plus rubber silicone paneling offers an extra advantage, giving you no-slip security in the saddle. – Equine Couture

The composition of the Tynsely consists of the following:

  • 63% Polyester
  • 32% Viscose
  • 5% Elastane

I personally purchased mine back in September 2014,  from Equus Unlimited, as you may have probably seen beforehand in my Equus Unlimited Haul. Thus far, the Tynsley’s have held up really well and are by far one of the most comfortable breeches I have ever worn!

Here are few shots of how they look on, with and without a belt (belt is from AEO):
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They are overall, flattering and have a decent size belt loop which can fit up to 1.5″ belts. Also, surprisingly enough. the cs2 bottoms (ankle part) actually fit my ankle!! I have tiny ankles which is why I normally prefer velcro closures so I can place it at the tightest. These however, fit perfectly! They are stretchy, so if you do have wider ankles they would fit you.


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The fact that they have open back pockets makes it so much easier to place my phone as I walk around the yard. The front zip pockets are large enough to fit my iphone 5 and keep it safe whilst hacking.


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Note the stretch “V” in the waistband, this makes the breeches fit you to form and so comfortable! They are less obvious in the black than the safari colour. Moreover, I generally prefer knee patch breeches to full seat breeches as I enjoy the freedom of movement. The silicon knee patches are not only there for looks, but do work in giving you a nice grip on your saddle.


I truly applaud Equine Couture for going into so much detail for every breech from the buttons, to the stitching, to the knee patch, to the zippers, and the overall design and composition. I love that these are very practical and can be used all year round.



Pros:

Cons:
•   Practical

•   Comfortable (stretch V design)

•   Beautiful design

•   Good fit + 1.5″ waistband

•   Durable

•   Good knee patch grip

•   Size options

•   Fitted cs2 bottoms

•   Pricier than other models

•   Only 2 colour options

 

 

Verdict: I would definitely re-purchase, and recommend these Tynsley breeches! 

Roeckl Sports Madrid Gloves REVIEW

The brand Roeckl Sports has been developing gloves for a number of different uses from sports such as golfing, snow sports, riding, as well as leisure activities.

I ordered my Roeckl Sports Madrid Gloves around 2.5 months ago from Equestrian Solutions here in the UAE. They originally do come in a variety of colours but Equestian Solutions only had the Black. Nonetheless, here are the colour options for the gloves on their website:

Black,                                                                   Mocha,                                       White,

 Marine,                                                          Black/Gold,

 

 

 

 

 

 

Madrid Gloves Specifications:

Sizes: 6 – 10.5
Backhand: Micro mesh, Mesh CX4000
Palmhand: Drytec G5, Slip-Stop patches
Attributes: COMFORT CUT, wrist band with CARELESS CLOSURE, trimmings for curb, TOUCHSCREEN COMPATIBLE

Description (as stated by roeckl):

Why choose between meeting the needs of the German equestrian team and simply combining functionality with a sporty and modern design? This brand-new model developedby Roeckl Sports does both. The Roeckl Sports logo and the discreet piping, both coloredin gold, together with high-quality materials and a sophisticated fastener make for an outstanding performance. The combination of soft, lightweight Micro Mesh on the backhand and the elastic, non-slip palm made from Drytec G5 with Slip Stop trimming makes this glove extremely comfortable to wear and ensures tactility as well as a perfect grip on the reins. Special trimming for the curb provides added strength where needed.

Now getting to my experience with these gloves, they are super comfy that is for sure! So I agree with the comfort cut and love that they have a short wrist cut rather than long, therefore, it does not get in the way of wrist flexion. They are also breathable as the top is made of Micro Mesh.

As for the colour, they look exactly the same as the picture online. Even though it states that the colour is black, the goves are more of a combination of a navy blue and black with silver logo which is very pretty I reckon.

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These are meant to be touchscreen compatible, which they are, nonetheless, it takes several touches on my iphone screen to do the job. They do have good grip on the reins, I have used both rubber grip, and leather grip reins with these gloves with no slip issues whatsoever.

As mentioned above, I have had these for 2.5 months, and only within one months use, they started to deteriorate which was disappointing as they are rather expensive. I started to notice loose threads and wearing and stretching on the fingers of the gloves. This is with riding in them around 4-5x a week in one month.

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Pros:

Cons:
•   Looks good

•   Comfortable

•   Short cut

•   Good grip

•   Colour options

•   Size options

•   Breathable

•   Light/Slim

•   Expensive

•   Not durable

•   Fast wearing

•   Fast stretching/deterioration

•   Not very touchscreen compatible

 

Verdict: I would not purchase these specific model again as I believe they are not worth the price for their durability. I may try a different Roeckl Sports model and do a comparison with time.