Prestige SADDLE FOR SALE!

Prestige Italai x Michel Robert saddle for sale


Specs

  • 17″ seat
  • Tobacco brown with contrast stitching 
  • Shoulder free technology
  • Adjustable (to narrower or wider) 
  • Latex panels (lighter, form to any horse, and do not need to be reflcoked)
  • 33.5 width but can be adjusted
  • LUX leather (thick and tough) 
  • Mint condition no wear and tear 

Contact me for additional info at either of the following:

HUGE GIVEAWAY! ft. Eddiesgun91 + Cavalos + eQuestri

Hi guys!
So Lauren (@eddiesgun91) and I are doing a huge giveaway all thanks to eQestri and Cavalos UAE !
More than one winner will be chosen and get to pick their prize from what our generous sponsors are offering 😉

Rules:

1. Follow ALL 4 instagram accounts: @TofinoTack + @Eddiesgun91+ @CavalosUAE + @myeQuestri

2. Repost this photo and hashtag #eddiesgun91tofinotack

3. Write the most difficult thing you faced in riding

Competition ends in a week and is OPEN TO ALL (national & International)

Prizes:

   

Good luck! and thanks again to our amazing sponsors @myEquestri + @CavalosUAE 😀

 

Stretch Your Horse App

As important as stretching is for us after exercise, the same goes to horses.
Stretching your horse’s muscles will enhance performance and reduce the possibility of an injury.
I have previously written a post on “Warming Up &  Cooling Down you Horse” in order slowly get your horse moving before and after proper riding. In addition to warm up and cool down, you can also help your horse to better their performance by following multiple stretching techniques. These are carefully written and recorded by an application called Stretch Your Horse which is designed to teach viewers how to safely and effectively stretch their horse’s muscles anytime and anywhere.
Note: Stretching should only be done on warm muscles.  If you warm up your horse in the saddle, this means you should stretch your horse after you ride.


Benefits of Stretching:
  • Enhances sensory nerve endings (for muscles, tendons, ligaments, joints) 
  • Prevent injury (reduce risk of muscle & tendon injury) 
  • Increase suppleness & elasticity
  • Improve circulation
  • Relieve pain, inflammation, muscle spasms
  • Avoid stiff/sore muscles
  • Relieve joint (as you extent contracted muscle to their position it relieves stress off ligament that is attached to joint) 
  • Promote relaxation

[For more information, check out: Stretching your horse benefits and guidelines]


Stretch Your Horse App features the following:
  • No internet connectivity or cell service needed after the initial download  
  • Each video is downloaded separately and resides on smartphone
  • Download on wi-fi to avoid data plan usage and charges (strongly recommended)
  • Cost effective because rider only downloads specific stretch videos their horse needs
  • Great for riders of all experience levels and non-riders too
  • All stretches done from the ground

  


The application is very easy to navigate and has numerous videos on a wide range of sections that cover your horse’s body. The app comes with 3 free videos.  You are able to review each video and give your feedback.  There is a small purchase fee ($1.99 USD) for each video. This is easy on the pocket and enables the rider to customize purchases based on their horse’s specific needs.  Personally, I would rather buy all 22 videos at once for convenience, but not everyone would want to do that.

  


The images and writings are very clear and straight forward, making it accessible for those with no scientific background with regards to horses.  The loading time does depend on your internet speed, but once it is loaded it saves into the app which allows you to access it anytime without having to use data again.

  


You can purchase the app for just $2.99, and get 3 free videos.  Most of the other videos cost only $1.99.  Customize your video purchases.  Buy only the stretches your horse needs.

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​ App and download to your iPhone.  (You must do this from your phone.)

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Click image to preview App and download to your Android phone.  (You must do this from your phone.)

HorZe Blaire Long-Sleeved Functional Show Shirt [REVIEW]

Looking for affordable sophisticated riding shirts that are functional and breathable is pretty difficult until I came across the HorZe Blair Long-Sleeved Functional Show Shirt and fell in love!

They can be purchased from DubaiPetfood or TackShop.ae for only 150AED and come in a number of great  colours:

Features:
  • Breathable high quality show shirt
  • Can be converted to a more casual training shirt
  • Nanotex® fabric has UV protection SPF 30+
  • Metal press buttons at chest and cuffs
  • Piping lined inside
  • Crisp white collar for show when neck area is closed
  • Fitted sides and arms for a custom fit

Main fabric: functional 100% polyester Nanotex® fabric, UV protection UPF 30+. Mesh details: polyamide/elastane, woven details: 100% cotton.


I have been using my Blaire shirt for training for the past few months and absolutely love it. It not only looks neat and elegant, but is also breathable and lightweight. The material has UV protection, making it great for the summer. The arms are very slightly too long and a bit baggy, but I prefer to have that freedom of movement. I do find the top to be slightly short, coming out when tucked in while wearing low rise breeches. They are fine on mid or high-rise breeches though.

  
Worn with the B Vertigo Kimberly breeches


The detailing and structure is impeccable, with pearl like buttons on the cuffs and an elegant cut. The collar can either be worn as a high neck for shows or a collar for training. This versatility allows for the usage of the shirt in the show ring or riding arena. The inside of the collar has blue lining for all the shirt colours. I am personally a big fan of the metal press buttons rather than the traditional ones as these are much easier to open and close.

  


The inside of the arm is includes a mesh material which allows for air flow and quick dry. I have been using this for months and the mesh is still very intact. The good thing is that the mesh is hidden and barely shows unless someone is really paying attention. This I find is positive as it gives it a more professional look. That being said, sweating is inevitable in UAE’s heat so even though this does keep me cool, sweat marks still show on the baby blue colour but not the navy.


On the other hand, I realized there was a difference in size with my Navy and my Baby Blue colour. The baby Blue came somewhat wider and bigger than the Navy even though they are the same size.

  


This makes the baby blue colour more a more boxy shape and a bigger fit than the navy. This is disappointing honestly as it shouldn’t be the case. Especially when it comes to riding, you feel every difference in riding and moving around. Generally I wouldn’t mind, but it really does feel less comfortable and the fitted navy especially on hot humid days.


Pros: Cons:
  Elegant

  Affordable

• Breathable (mesh)

  Durable

•  Comfortable stretchy material

•  Great detail

•  Multipurpose

•  Metal press buttons 

•   A little long on the arms

•  A little baggy on the arms

•  Size is not consistent 

•  No dark colours available (eg. black, maroon, grey)

Verdict: I would recommend this shirt as it is truly great value for money. Absolutely love it and I am planning on getting them in additional colours. HOWEVER, I would suggest trying them on before purchasing, even if you already know your size.

Hope this helps 🙂

B Vertigo Kimberley Breeches [REVIEW]

I got these breeches last year, first time trying B Vertigo, so I was hesitant but the detail and fabric won me over.

The B Vertigo Kimberely Breeches come in both knee patch and full seat, however, I will only be reviewing the knee patch as it is the pair I have.

Features:

  • 4-way stretch
  • Contrasting leg stripe
  • Elegant back pocket embroidery
  • Quality-made for durability and long lasting use
  • Breathable
  • Moisture-wicking material

BV Cool-Power Fabric: Materials: 79% Tactel, 16% Coolmax, 5% Elastane.


I did find that they are true to size. They are on the pricey side, however, you can get them on sale at certain times. They can be ordered either from www.TackShop.ae or www.DubaiPetFood.com

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The breeches fit very neatly and feel super comfortable on and off the horse. They have two front pockets and back pockets which are all deep enough to fit your phone. The detailing is so precise and beautiful. I am in love with the contrast stitching. There is a double hook button closure on the waist, a medallion on the front belt loop, and a metal logo plate on the belt loop (which can’t be seen here but is shown in the pic above).

  


The belt loop width is around 2″ which I find very comfortable. That being said, I do only own 1.5″ belts but it still looks fine. The material is breathable and super comfortable especially in this heat and humidity. I see no sign of wear and tear so far, and they have not stretched or shrunk.


The knee patch is not functional and is only there for design. I do find that the breeches are loose starting from under the knee. I am not sure if this is due to me having smaller calves and ankles than normal or other’s have the same issue.

They have a sock bottom which most modern riding pants have, but I personally prefer velcro as I can adjust the tightness.


Pros: Cons:
  Breathable 

  Durable

•  Super comfortable

•  Good fit

•  Great detail 

•  Functional pockets

•   Pricey side

•  Loose from knee to ankle

•  Sock ankle ( I prefer adjustable velcro)

Verdict: I would definitely recommend these breeches as they are really comfortable and durable which is surprising for Dubai’s hot sticky weather. Although they do not fit me well from knee downwards, I still love them heaps!

West Nile Virus [IMPORTANT!]

This virus has come to my attention due to the fact that one of the horses in our stables has the symptoms for West Nile Virus.

West Nile Virus (WNV) causes an inflammation of the central nervous system. Both humans and animals can get infected from a mosquito that is carrying the virus. WNV occurs mostly in the late summer or early autumn.


SYMPTOMS

Those infected may show zero signs of illness, however, if the virus reaches the central nervous system, it can cause encephalitis (brain swelling). For horses, the symptoms can take 5-15 days to show, which include the following:

  • loss of appetite
  • depression
  • fever
  • weakness of hind limbs
  • paralysis of hind limbs
  • impaired vision
  • ataxia (weakness)
  • head pressing
  • aimless wandering
  • convulsions (seizures)
  • inability to swallow
  • walking in circles
  • hyperexcitability
  • coma

TREATMENT

There is no specific antibody to counter attack the virus, therefore, depending on the affect the virus has on each individual horse, a treatment plan should be developed.

  • Control fever if present.
  • Ensure horse receives sufficient fluids and feed. Oral or intravenous feeding may also be necessary for horses unable to eat.
  • If mobility is compromised, slinging is recommended 2 to 3 times per day to aid in circulation and to try to prevent pressure point sores (bed sores).
  • If horse keeps collapsing, head and leg protection will be necessary.
  • Treating secondary events if noticed. These may include joint and tendon infections, sheath infections, pneumonia, and diarrhea, all due to overall weakness and lack of mobility.

Horses can improve within 5 to 7 days after showing sings of the virus, however, 20-30% can show severe neurological deficits for a few weeks. Moreover, mortality rate is around 33%, whereas full recover is around 50%, and relapse or incomplete recover is around 17%.


PREVENTION

There is a vaccination that requires two doses, given 3-6 weeks apart. That being said, the protection will not develop until around 4-6 weeks after the second dose.
Note: 36 hours rest post vaccination for horses

Try and keep the stables clean and free from mosquito breeding habitats which include tires, wheelbarrows, old buckets, etc.),. Roof and gutters should also be cleaned constantly.

  • Keep horses indoors during active mosquito times (dawn/dusk)
  • Use fans
  • Use flysheets
  • Flyspray
  • Insecticide mist
  • Turn off lights that attract mosquitoes at night, or use fluorescent lights, which do not attract mosquitoes.
  • Keep an eye out for dead birds around the stables

It is very crucial to get your horse vaccinated, of if they are, continue to give them boosters when necessary.

Keep safe! Hope this helps