Reverdy Equine Nutrition 2015 Book

Big thanks to Ludovic from Reverdy Feeds for sending through this complimentary updated Reverdy Equine Nutrition Book. This not only includes their top of the line products, but also additional, very informative information with regards to horse physiology, nutritional requirements, and how each ingredient effects your horse in detail.

I absolutely loved the older version and cannot wait to ready this and add it to my Equine Book Collection. I personally prefer hard copies, but you can now download this book online on their website HERE.

Thanks again ūüėć

Vitamin Functions, Deficiencies, & Toxicities in Horses

Understanding what functions vitamins have on your horses body can help identify whether your horse has either a deficiency, or is possibly overdosing.

Functions and deficiency signs of vitamins (BASF 2000):


Major Function

Signs of Major Deficiency

Vitamin A Vision, mucous tissue integrity, immunity Xerophthalmia, tissue keratinization, polyneuritis, hind leg paralysis, elevated cerebrospinal fluid pressure, ataxia, depressed immune system, reduced fertility
Vitamin D Calcium and phosphorus balance Rickets, osteomalacia, metabolism, bone calcification, immunity
Vitamin E Intracellular respiration, antioxidant, membrane integrity Encephalomalacia, depressed immune status, skin edema, steatitis, jaundice, liver necrosis, anemia, erythrocyte hemolysis, muscular dystrophy, fetal death, reduced fertility
Vitamin K Blood coagulation Prolonged blood clotting, low prothrombin, intramuscular bleeding, anemia, hemorrhage
Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) Metabolism of carbohydrates and proteins, nervous system Loss of appetite, polyneuritis, skin edema, fatty liver, fatty heart, convulsions, cyanosis, gastrointestinal hemorrhage, diarrhea
Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) Antioxidant, H-transfer, ligament integrity Poor growth, shortened bones, curled toe paralysis, fused ribs, dermatitis, poor hair coat, seborrhea, photophobia, cataracts, anemia, stiff crooked legs, fetal death, reduced fertility, collapsed ovarian follicles, diarrhea, anal mucosa inflammation, ulcerative colitis
Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic Acid) Conversion of amino acid groups as coenzyme A, skin integrity Dermatitis in feet and mouth, blindness, goose stepping, demyelinization
of spinal cord, depressed immune system, decreased milk production, embryo detachment, diarrhea, GI ulceration, fatty liver
Vitamin B3 (Niacin) Metabolism of carbohydrates, protein and fats, H carrying enzymes NAD and NADP, skin integrity Bowed legs, diarrhea, general dermatitis of feet and mouth, anorexia, hind leg paralysis, GI ulceration
Vitamin B6 (Pryidoxine) Metabolism of proteins Dermatitis around the eyes, fatty liver, ataxia, convulsions, diarrhea
B Complex (Choline) Methyl donor group, phospholipids Poor growth, fatty liver, enlarged
spleen, abnormal gait, demyelinization of peripheral nerves, depressed immune system, reduced fertility, kidney damage
Vitamin B12 (Cyanocobalamin) Protein metabolism, transport of methyl groups Anemia, poor growth, poor hair coat, fatty kidney, kidney damage, ataxia, uncoordinated hind legs, impaired thyroid, diarrhea
Vitamin B9
‚Ä®(Folic Acid)
Transfer of single carbon units
in activated form for methylation reactions involving methyl donors such as methionine and choline, immunity Poor growth, anemia, poor skin condition, reduced fertility
Vitamin B7 (Biotin) Metabolism of fats, carbohydrates and proteins as coenzyme for
CO2 fixation and transcarboxylation General dermatitis, dermatitis on feet, mouth and eyes, poor hair coat, weak- walled brittle hooves, spasms in hind legs, stiff gait, reduced fertility
Vitamin C Antioxidant, hormone synthesis, conversion of vitamin D3 to calcitriol, essential for bone calcification Poor hair coat, depressed immune system, hemorrhage, delayed wound healing, degenerated enlarged adrenal, scoliosis,

Note: Only add vitamin supplements to your horses feed if need be as there are a number of issues with overdosing.

Common Vitamin Overdoses/Toxicity:

  • Vitamin A toxicity is¬†most¬†common with symptoms that include slowed growth, dull coat, depression, alopecia sever bone deformation and eventually death.
  • Symptoms for Vitamin D¬†toxicosis are depression, low appetite, weight loss, stiff limbs. Chronic toxicity symptoms include calcification of kidneys, rarefaction of bone, sever weight loss and death.
  • A Vitamin C¬†overdose can result in diarrhea, iron toxicity, anemia, and liver problems.

Here is a table of the recommended vitamin value per day:vitamins table

I hope this helps ūüôā

Ariat Heritage III Zip Paddock Boots [REVIEW]

The Ariat Heritage III Zip boots have survived quite a while with me, and are still surprisingly going. They were handed down to me from a friend about 4 years ago. So, when I initially got them, they were already put to use. These boots retail for about 440AED/120USD depending on where you purhcase them. They come in two colours:

         Chocolate                                                            Black


The Ariat¬ģ Heritage III Zip Paddock Boots showcase proven versatility and traditional style, this boot is a true favorite among riders of all disciplines!¬† Riders will feel the support and comfort of the 4LR technology and will appreciate the hard-working Duratread sole’s flexible performance.


  • Superior outer¬†that is scuff, stain, and water resistant
  • Moisture-wicking and breathable liner
  • Four Layer Rebound (4LR) cushions and stabilizes the foot for all-day comfort and performance
  • Antiqued brass zipper
  • Elastic twin gore at ankle for comfort
  • Stylish punched toe cap

As mentioned above, I have had these for a very long time, so they do look pretty worn out with wrinkles, holes, and faded green tips, but I still use them daily for paddock/stables and they still fit pretty well, with a nice height (these are higher than other Ariat paddock boots). Nonetheless, their sizing is somehow not unified, so I would suggest you try them on before purchasing as each model fits differently.

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Even though Ariat mentions that the boots are scruff, stain, and water resistant, I don’t quite agree with the water resistance part as I always got my feet soaked when walking in wet grass, or whilst bathing Tofino. They do look decent though and have a punched toe cap, which in my opinion, is hard to see as the boots wear out.

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I started to get some holes on the sides due to excessive wear, which honestly doesn’t bother me too much but it does let more water in. They have also become very wrinkly over the years which is common for boots.

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They have a very sturdy brass zipper which I never had any issues with. The boot insoles consist of a four layer rebound (4LR) which are meant cushion and stabilize the foot for all-day comfort and performance, however, I found that with long wear, the boots do hurt the arch of my foot, therefore, I simply got thin insoles from Aldo Shoes to place inside for extra comfort.

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These boots are made for riding, and have a built in spurt holder which is convenient for those using spurs. However, in my opinion, they do not hold spurs too well as the holder do not protrude enough. The bottom sole of the boots is alright. It does not grip too well on the stirrups though and does wear down. I rarely use/d my Ariats for riding, only sometimes during the summer or unexpected lazy rides, as I would prefer the look and feel of my Veredus or Franco Tucci boots, which I have reviewed already.

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Pros: Cons:
‚Äʬ† ¬†Durable

‚ÄĘ ¬†¬†Affordable

‚ÄĘ ¬†¬†Strong zip

‚ÄĘ ¬†¬†Great height

‚ÄĘ ¬† Side elastics

‚ÄĘ ¬†¬†Not too comfy for long wear

‚ÄĘ ¬† Spur holder¬†not protruding enough

‚ÄĘ ¬†¬†Colour fades

‚ÄĘ ¬† Lack of strong sole grip on stirrups

Verdict: I would recommend these boots for barn work for those on a budget as they do hold up very well. HOWEVER, if you can splurge on a tougher model, then that would be your best best.

You can purchase these boots, and other Ariat models in the UAE from both Tack n Track, and Horse World.

I am currently looking for waterproof paddock boots to replace these as soon as possible, so either the Ariat Devon Pro VX, or the Ariat Heritage III Zip H2O. Any recommendations?

Which Post Category Do You Prefer The Most?

Hello Readers!

So I am hoping you can help me further develop the site so I can cater more to your favorite topics. It would be greatly appreciated if you could kindly take the time to participate in the following poll:

Note: If you have any new ideas for a specific category, e.g Personal, equestrian diary, updates, etc. Please specify in “other”.


Thank you ‚̧

21 Equestrian Gift Ideas

I thought it may be useful to put together a list of items that one can get for a horse lover/owner.

Note: Links and shops provided below are only examples of items shown. There are multiple suppliers of the following gifts.

1. Monograms

Personally Preppy
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2. Custom Saddle Pad

Trendy Horse Dubai

3. Equestrian Books

(you can check out my equine book collection post here for ideas)


4. Show Luggage Set

(boots, jacket, saddle, bridle, helmet)


5. Grooming Brush Set

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 6. Mini Product Sets

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7. Head Collar/Halter


8. Custom Name Plate / Stall Sign


9. Riding Socks

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10. Engraved Jewelry

(necklace, bracelet, keychain, etc.)


11. Drawing/Painting of Your Horse

12. Photo-shoot Session


13. Custom Photo on Mug/Cup

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14. Custom Phone Case

15. Tack Store Gift Voucher

Online Tack shops/stores  +  UAE Tack shops/Stores


16. Horsey Attire

(hoodies, shirts, dresses, etc.)
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17. Equestrian Attire

(breeches, polos, belts, etc.)


18. Dressage Stock/Pin

19. Horse treats

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20. Custom Fly Veil

De La Coeur

21. Browband


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Happy shopping ūüėÄ

Custom Name Plate for Stall/Stable/Locker [REVIEW]

Some barns here offer name plates for each stable, or printed names. The barn I am at simply prints your horses name and your name and laminates it. Which isn’t bad to be honest, but I just wanted something elegant and pretty.

I came across an engraver shop at Etsy, which is a website dedicated to hand-made or vintage items about two years ago. The seller, Dianne Russel (shop: ENGRAVER1), custom engraves many things, alongside stall plates. I decided to customize a stall plate for Tofino and I, for only 54AED/14.5US$ (excluding shipping), and this is the end result:

I chose the Horse Stall Plates 2×8 listing with¬†Diamond cut-fine line engraving. I decided to go for the Black background, with Roman font top line, and Script font¬†bottom line in Gold, and tape attachment instead of screws, with no plate holder. I was surprised at how light it was which is great, not only for shipping, but also if you wish to attach it to a locker.

The 2×8 size is a perfect fit for the stable, or tack locker. You can get up to 3 lines which I had done so for a friend of mine, and it still looked neat.


There are a number of different options to choose from (Pics from engraver1):

1.Colour                                                              2. Size & Font

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3. Tape or Screw                                              4. Plate Holder

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You can go for a bigger size if you wish to also include your horse’s breed, or health warning, your number, etc. OR you can also for for a smaller size if you just want to have your initials to attach to tack items. You can contact the seller, Dianne,¬†directly, she is super kind and replies in good time.

Pros: Cons:
‚Äʬ† ¬†Elegant

‚ÄĘ ¬†¬†Great price

‚ÄĘ ¬†¬†Fully customizable

‚ÄĘ ¬†¬†Fast shipping + International

‚ÄĘ ¬†¬†Durable, no wearing

‚ÄĘ ¬†¬†Easy to wipe clean

‚ÄĘ ¬†¬†Easy to¬†attach

‚ÄĘ ¬†¬†Lightweight

‚ÄĘ ¬† Literally nothing!

Verdict: I am so glad I was able to find ENGRAVER1 as I have never been disappointed with all the orders I purchased. I brought 3 other stall plates for my friends and a few bookmarks too with no regret. I would definitely recommend these stall plates!