That’s a Wrap! [2015]

I can’t believe it’s the end of 2015. It’s been such a long journey this year. We started off at the equine hospital in January due to Tofino having diarrhea and shortly after, I was in the hospital undergoing a surgery.

Weeks of no weight bearing, just to undergo another surgery and then another. This year alone, it has been 3 surgeries, and long bed rest recoveries. Despite all the time in and out of hospitals throughout the years, the website thankfully picked up so many hits which is all thanks to you guys 💙.


Just before the season, after continuously purchasing Reverdy Adult Specific Feed since his diarrhea mishap, we luckily managed to get sponsored by Cavalos Equine Care & Supplies which is more than amazing 😍. They are not only super supportive and generous, but also have a wide range of brands that they represent, e.g, Cavalleria ToscanaFranco Tucci, and more.

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Tofino was taking it easy in the paddocks, with a few gallops here and there; until I got the green light to ride again. Having been on and off for 4 years now due to my injury, it was and still is such a struggle to ride. My pain is continuous so I’m in pain whether I am riding or not, so might as well make it worth 😉 (keep moving forward).

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We managed to do two shows thus far which went surprisingly really well.  I am truly so very proud of us ❤️. Tofino has been super patient with me and I am honestly so lucky to have him in my life.  The time spent not being able to ride has increased our bond immensely (tips on horse bonding).

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I have had a blast riding again and everyday is a new adventure. I am so thankful for of course Tofino,, Cavalos Equine Care & Supplies for their sponsorship and support, and for you guys who take the time to go through my blog. Thank you so much and I hope you all have a Happy New Year 🎉

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GIVEAWAY! ft. EcoLicious Equestrian

A while back I reviewed a de-tangler for the mane and tail from Ecolicous Equestrian, called De-stress which I absolutely love! They were kind enough to send me a free full size bottle for a giveaway for you guys 😍 ; SO I decide to do an end of year Giveaway 🙂

It promotes overall scalp health and, along with Rosemary Extract, aids in growth of healthy manes and tails. The cocktail of Certified Organic Hemp Oil, Coconut, Apricot, Wheat Germ and Olive Oil – full of antioxidants and essential fatty acids -“feeds” the moisture starved scalp and tresses. Tea Tree Essential Oil is known to prevent dandruff and Sunflower Extract protects against UV damage. You’ve gotta see the stunning results for yourself!

Rules:

1. Follow both instagram accounts: @TofinoTack and @EcoLiciousEquestrian

2. Tag 3 people on @TofinoTack competition post(For those who don’t have instagram, just comment tag or share this blog post to 3 people.)

3. Post a picture on Instagram of your horse’s mane or tail and hashtag #TofinoTackEE (If you don’t have an instagram or your account is private, you can simply email me: (TofinoTack@gmail.com)

Competition ends in a week (Friday 25 December 2015) and is OPEN TO ALL (national & International)

Good luck! and thanks again to EcoLicious Equestrian 😀

Reverdy Adult Specific Energy Feed [REVIEW] ft. Cavalos

I never really paid attention to Tofino’s diet until I realized how much of an affect your horses feed has on not only a their energy, but also their behavior, and overall health and body condition.

Beginning of this year, Tofino suffered a couple of weeks of diarrhea and ended up staying in the hospital for a few days. That’s when I realized he cannot continue to stay on the clubs food which is not catered to his age and condition.

I was told to keep him on a low starch diet from now on, so the vet gave me a few bags of Zabeel Low Starch feed. He went well on it with no diarrhea or other problems. The problem with Zabeel Feed Mill is that if you do not receive your bag fresh, it ends up having a lot of dust which is not good for your horse. So since quality was never consistent, I searched and searched until I came across Reverdy where they not only take the time to make sure their feed is of superb quality but also help you understand why they chose specific ingredients. You can check out their catalog HERE.

After reading their brochure we decided to try the Adult Specific Energy Feed (complete Data Sheet) from Cavalos Equine Care & Supplies.

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[Pelleted feed for adult horse subject to tying up and gastric ulcers.]

Composition: Alfalfa 17 (horse), Barley, Extruded linseed, Straw, Chicory pulp, Sepiolite, Extruded soya beans without GMO*, Sodium chloride, Skimmed milk powder, Kaolinite, Prebiotics, Magnesium phosphate, Potato protein, Bentonite, Monocalcium phosphate, Trace elements, Vitamins and Natural Anti-oxidant.

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Cavalos Equine Care & Supplies were kind enough to send us a couple of sample bags after hearing our situation. Tofino had no issues transitioning (how to transition your horses feed) and we were hooked! I continued to purchase it myself for a number of months, even though it is on the pricey side, but you should never cut costs when it comes to your horses diet. Thankfully, Reverdy Feed does not require you to feed your horse in large quantities, therefore, the bag lasts longer.

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Note: Always check your horses weight to ratio the feed amount according to the current working condition they are at.


After a while, thankfully, Cavalos Equine Care & Supplies were so kind as to start to sponsor Tofino for his feed ❤ ❤ . This however, does not alter this review in any way as I had purchased the feed myself for a number of months before the sponsorship.

Cavalos does offer a number of different Reverdy feed but the reason why we decided to try the Adult Specific Energy is because it is low in sugars & starch which I was looking for and it also is high in Omegas and has the right amount of vitamins, minerals, pro/pre-biotics needed without having to add additional supplements other than liquid Electrolytes (currently using Nobile Vet from Cavalos also).

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Tofino is honestly the best he has ever been in a long time. We have tried Cavalor, Havens and Zabeel, yet none of them come close the quality and to how great he goes with the Reverdy. I feel like his energy levels are great, his body condition had greatly improved, his stool is normal and has a good appetite all due to the Reverdy Adult Specific Energy which precisely contains:

  • High levels of fats and oils, fibre and a small amount of slow releasing starch › energy sources selected with the aim of preventing tying up and gastric ulcers
  • Enriched in alfalfa (lucerne) › participates in neutralising gastric acidity
  • Anti-oxidant complex (organic Selenium, Vitamins E and protected vitamin C at reinforced levels, natural SOD) › protects and supports the muscle, the immune and the red blood cells
  • Reinforced levels of Vitamin B9 and B12 › favour the maturing of red blood cells
  • Lactic ferments › secure and optimise the working of the digestive flora
  • Salt (sodium chloride) › to help ensure a sufficient uptake of water and a correct fluid-electrolyte balance in the organism
  • Clays (kaolinite, bentonite) and essential fatty acids (Omegas 3 and 6) › form a protective film on the digestive mucosa against acid secretions
  • Reinforced levels of Magnesium › soothes nervous horses, favours muscle relaxation and supports immunity

Note: Adult Specific Energy suits my horse, but does not necessarily mean it would suit yours. With all feed, it is a trial and error with quantity and food type. P.S. Don’t forget to check out the 10 common horse feeding mistakes!


Passier Breastplate // FreeJump Stirrups // Thinline Half Pad // Cavalleria Toscana Saddle Pad //  Schockemoehle Overreach // Franco Tucci Boots // Cavalleria Toscana Show Shirt // HorZe Helmet ] 


Pros: Cons:
•   Top Quality

•  Low Sugar & Starch

•   High in Omegas, vitamins, minerals

•  Contains Pro/Pre-biotics

•   Contains Clays to protect digestive system

 Only need low quantity

•  No additional supplements needed

•   Pricey

 

Verdict: After being introduced to the Reverdy Adult Specific Feed I think there is no going back. I definitely recommend it to anyone who has to have their horse on a low starch diet, or if your horse has stomach issues. As I mentioned above, cutting down costs should not in any way interfere with your horses wellbeing. So even though it is pricey, it is worth it for sure.

Again, there are other Reverdy Feeds available at Cavalos so if you are interested, be sure to contact them at Cavalos Equine Care & Supplies,  009712-2222-433 or email them at  info@cavalosuae.com ; they would be more than happy to assist you depending on your horses needs ❤

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Keep Moving Forward

For those who have been following me for a while or read “about me“, you would know about my injuries and how some days are better than others, physically.

Regardless, doctors and physiotherapists did give me the green light for riding. Never ever ride or do any physical activity that is not cleared by your doctors. Always listen to your body and give it time to heal. When I wasn’t able to ride I still learnt of ways to bond with Tofino (9 ways to bond with your horse).

Anyhow, I have been suffering from my injuries and surgeries (13 operations in total now, with #14 just around the corner), but I am still, thankfully, very eager to ride and continue to progress even if it is literally one step at a time.

I thought I should write up a quick post just to help those out there that are a little demotivated or think it’s over. The moment after you think of giving up, but still continue, is the most rewarding moment of all. This isn’t only for those with physical disabilities, but also with injured horses getting back in shape or even those difficult to ride horses.

Riding competitively in general isn’t easy. Doing so in pain  makes it that much more harder. But if you have the patience, passion, determination, and the bravery, then you can truly achieve anything.

I was told over and over again that I should give up the sport. Sell Tofino and move on to find something “safe”. Safe? Nothing is safe nowadays. Even the food we eat can harm you. But there are some people that don’t understand the love, the relationship we have with these amazing horses. And when they can’t do something themselves, they want to tell you that you can’t do it. 

I am glad I never gave up. Not on myself, not on Tofino, not on my body. I learnt to be tough. To know my limitations. To give my body and my horses body breaks when necessary, and yet push it when possible.

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[Micklem Bridle // Nathe Bit // Cavalleria Toscana Saddle Pad // Tucci Boots // FreeJump // Kingsland Show Jacket // Roeckl Chester Gloves // HorZe Helmet // Wahl Clipping Machine ]

As Rocky Balboa once said “The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows. It’s a very mean and nasty place… and I don´t care how tough you are, it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently, if you let it. You, me or nobody, is gonna hit as hard as life. But ain’t about how hard you hit… It’s about how hard you can get hit, and keep moving forward… how much you can take, and keep moving forward. That´s how winning is done. Now, if you know what you worth, go out and get what you worth. But you gotta be willing to take the hits. And not pointing fingers saying: You ain´t what you wanna be because of him or her or anybody. Cowards do that and that ain´t you! You´re better than that!”

You never know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have, and thankfully, even though it isn’t much compared to others, we ended up with a wall of awards which I am personally so proud of:

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Stay strong and keep moving forward ❤

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