Saddle Pad Collection

I have written a few reviews of some saddle pads but have decided to show you my saddle pad collection. It isn’t very versatile at the moment but here it goes:


1. Cavalleria Toscana Technical Saddle Pad:

I have 2 of these in both white, and Navy which I have reviewed previously. Both were purchased from Cavalos Equine Care & supplies and I absolutely love this saddle pad as it is lightweight, antibacterial and cooling. I use the Navy most of the time (sorry it’s a little dirty as it needs to be washed), and the white, I obviously keep only for shows 🙂

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2. Veredus Jumping Pad:

This saddle pad has also been reviewed previous, and is one of my favourites. I use it mostly for the cooler months as it is a little thicker, but it does have moisture wicking properties that do work. It grips well and doesn’t allow the saddle or the pad itself to slide.


3. Horze ChooZe Saddle Pad:

I used to use this for shows before I got my CT pad. It was a sudden purchase as I needed a white pad and it did not disappoint. It is very thin and sturdy, but has no special features, however, it is well worth the price.

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4. Anna Scarpati Jumping Pad:

This is the first saddle pad I ever purchased. I used to use it on a daily basis for the first 6 months and it did hold up somewhat okay. The material is a little heavy and clumsy for my liking, and scrunches up a lot. I absolutely love the colour and design though.


5. Fouganza Schooling Pad:

Very simple saddle pad for a great price which I have reviewed previously. This is an all purpose pad, but I found that it is a little small for jumping saddles with forward flaps as mine is. I do like this as an extra pad, but i don’t use it often anymore.

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6. Bridleway Jumping Pad:

To be honest, I have literally only used this once! I love it, and the way it looks, but I cannot speak for durability or performance. It is a thin pad that has wither clearance with sheepskin protection for your horse. I got it custom made with Tofino’s name as you can see below.

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So as you can see, I am into very neutral colours for Tofino, however, I am eyeing the Cavalleria Toscana Red Hot saddle pad ❤

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What’s your favourite saddle pad?

Cavalleria Toscana Competition [HAUL] ft. Cavalos

As many of you know, I am luckily sponsored by Cavalos Equine Care & Supplies for Reverdy Feed (Adult Specific brown bag), which both Tofino and I are absolutely loving 😍 !!

I was at their store this weekend and could not help but get, yet again, a few Cavalleria Toscana items 😭.  

  1. Cavalleria Toscana Technical Jumping Saddle Pad
  2. Cavalleria Toscana Cross Belt Elastic
  3. Cavalleria Toscana Riding Gloves

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You can purchase these items and more at Cavalos Equine Care & Supplies. You can give them a call at 00971-50-476-4676 or email them at  info@cavalosuae.com. They are a super friendly team and always willing to assist you 😀

Cavalleria Toscana Haul ft. Cavalos

Back in early September, I mentioned the  Abu Dhabi International Hunting and Equestrian Exhibition that Cavalos Equine Care & Supplies participated in (click here for post). Thankfully, I got to getting a few goodies from Cavalos that were on sale!

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Cavalleria Toscana Technical Jumping Saddle Pad:

It is a very dark navy colour, with black and red binding 😍.

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I am absolutely in love with this pad, not only due to its elegant look, but also the technology behind it!

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Cavalleria Toscana really put their thoughts into their products as their attention to detail is impeccable ❤

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Cavalleria Toscana Lightweight Water resistant Hoodie:

Winter is just around the corner and i cannot wait to be able to wear this! It not only looks great on for riding, but also casual wear with two discreet front pockets.

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This is a slim fit jacket, even though i am always an XS in CT, I went for the S to give me freedom whilst riding. The stretch on the wrists and and the sits of the hip makes it a little more of a custom fit if need be.

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Again, their attention to detail makes the jacket all the more elegant and beautiful ❤

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Cavalleria Toscana Team Sweater Hoodie:

I am obsessed with hoodies, and this one is so comfortable! It isn’t fleece lined, which i personally prefer. It is a front zip, making it easier to put on and take off without having to remove your helmet.

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It is made of Bi-Stretch material, making it easy to move your arms comfortably. If you pay attention, you will notice that even the zipper is the CT logo!

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The elastic on the wrists and the bottom makes it easier to ride with as you can place it over the belt and it will still stay in place.

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You can purchase these items and more at Cavalos Equine Care & Supplies. You can give them a call at 00971-50-476-4676 or email them at  info@cavalosuae.com. They are a super friendly team and always willing to assist you 😀

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 😍

Current Tack Cleaning Box TOUR + Mini REVIEW

Regardless of the quality of your tack, keeping it clean and soft is important, not only for your horse’s comfort and health, but also for maintenance, in order to gain the most out of your tack. As you will see below, I have a number of tack cleansers/conditioners that I have purchased over the years:

I keep them all in my Waldhausen Grooming Box that I got from Al Sakb Equestrian. I used to use this as my original grooming box for brushes, but ended up getting the Decathlon Grooming Case as it is stronger, bigger, and can be used as a stool to stand on.

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I will go through each item and explain the use and give you a small review of each 🙂

Zwipes Microfiber Wax Polishing Kit: 

An automobile cleaning item? What?!.. YES. I picked this up from Ace Hardware as I thought it may be easier to clean my boots with. And it IS! They retail for 20AED/5.45USD and work great in my opinion for boot cleaning. I use 1 sponge for cleaner, 1 sponge for conditioner, and the microfiber cloth for buffing. I would recommend you try a kit.

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Belvoir Tack Cleaner & Conditioner Spray:

I brought this from Dubai Pet Food because I heard good things about it, especially since they’re advertised to be anti-fungal. However, it did disappoint me. The cleaner leaves a blotchy residue and the conditioner doesn’t spread too well. I am not sure if I got a faulty set but they are not cleaners I would recommend.

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Belvoir Tack Cleaner Wipes:

This comes in a pack of 15 and was pretty expensive for tack wipes to be honest (49AED/13USD)! I got them the same time as I got the cleaner and conditioner (dubaipetfood) as I thought they could be useful to keep in my tall boot bag and just wipe my boots once I am done riding. I use them more for shows where I would walk around more in my boots as I change into sneakers at home when not riding and use the Tucci Cream instead. I would recommend them for show use as it is convenient, however, I would also suggest you condition your boots once you get home to  get rid of the residue and to avoid drying.

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Lexol Cleanser:

I usually use the LEXOL Dressing as it doesn’t change the colour of your tack (e.g.. make it darker). But there was no stock and I needed a cleanser at the time that I purchased this. I prefer using this cleanser over the Belvoir as it spreads easy and leaves tack soft without residue. I actually sometimes use this without conditioner. If you have black tack, I would recommend this. However, if it’s brown, I would suggest the LEXOL Dressing.

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Tucci Boot Cream:

Absolutely  love this! Since I have Franco Tucci boots (Cavalos UAE), they work well together and leaves them shiny and looking new. It is not tinted which means you can use it on both brown or black tack. I have not tried it on other items, only my boots. So if you have Tucci boots, I would recommend this for sure.

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Veredus Curium Balsam:

I actually received this, also from Cavalos UAE, with my Franco Tucci boots as the Tucci cream did not arrive at the same time. I do use this on my Vereuds boots and my bridles. I feel like it is absorbed well and makes my tack more subtle, yet not flimsy. I would highly recommend this and I am planning on purchasing another tub once it’s finished.

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Prestige Leather Balsam:

As I have mentioned many times in earlier posts, it is always best to use balsams and conditioners of the brand you tack is from. That way, you don’t accidentally use on that makes your tack darker, or flimsy, or too oily etc. I got this from Al Mandara (in Ajman), which is also where I ordered my saddle. It does come with a sponge inside which is super convenient. I haven’t used this yet as my saddle, as it has not yet arrived, however, my friend does use it on her LUX prestige and it does look like it helps to maintain the grip, look, and feel of the saddle. I will update you more on it once I try it but I would recommend getting it if you have a Prestige Italia saddle.

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TRUST Shoe Polish Set:

This does come with a polish, microfiber cloth, and two brushes. The polish dried super fast and it was black, so can’t be used on another colour. The microfiber cloth peeling for buffing. I got this from Al Sakb Equestrian, and only use the brushes now since they’re also nice for buffing boots. I don’t use this often, only when I really need to deep clean. I would not recommend this as you can use an old dandy/hard bristle brush to be honest.

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Hydrophane Leather Darkening Oil:

I got this from Equestrian Collections for my FreeJump Stirrup Leathers as they were light brown. My tack is Tabacco brown and I needed to make them darker but gradually. This does the trick! It darkens slightly with every coat you put on. That way, you can control how dark you wish your tack to be. I would recommend this if you need to darken your items as it does work well.

I currently have my eyes on the Leovet Foam All in One as recommended by a friend. I have never tried any of their products before (shampoo, fly spray, hoof oil, silver ointment, etc.) but they seem promising.

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Hope this helps! Do let me know if you have any good or bad experiences with either any of these products, or other brands that you have used.

Cheers 🙂

De La Coeur First Impression [REVIEW/HAUL]

It has arrived!! I customized our own ear net a while back from De La Coeur:

De La Coeur is a Canadian-based line of high quality equestrian products for the horse and rider. Based in Oakville, Ontario, De La Coeur began as a family run business – and every fly bonnet is still hand crafted.

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Since they are custom hand-made, and all the way from Canada, they do take about 3-5 weeks for production, and 5-10 days for shipping. You can also purchase ready made bonnets.

My custom order was:

  • Long Tie Down Bonnet
  • Cob Size
  • Navy but with Charcoal Ears
  • 1 Line Silver Sparkle Trim
  • 2 Line White Trim
  • 1 Line Navy Sparkle Trim
  • Charcoal Trim Binding

Note: As you can see in the pictures, I am still not sure how to tie it to the Micklem bridle. The bonnet will be placed better once I can tie it down. I did contact DLC and will update on how to do so soon.

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DLC bonnets have gone through rigorous quality control and testing, with the result being a high end product that will stand the test of time.

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DLC was the first company to innovate sound proof ears, using technical fabric lining to muffle sound and block wind – allowing the equine athlete focus on his job, instead of itchy and uncomfortable ear stuffs.

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I believe these bonnets look stunning on any horse! There are endless customizations to go through which is always great, and also hard to make a decision, but De La Coeur really took their time to help me choose ( thank you Stephanie ❤ ) !

I am keeping this bonnet only for jumping competitions, but I will go back to my figure 8 for Jumping and leave the Micklem for Dressage as the Micklem does not really suit the bonnet well, and Tofino responds the same way in a figure 8 and a Micklem.

I may also consider getting a plain one (which also look so stunning!) for training in the winter months. I would try out the regular square front. It should suit the Micklem too 😀

Equine Book Collection TOUR

Being around horses, you do learn a lot, nonetheless, books offer a more advanced knowledge on a number of topics. I have a collection of 17 horse related books, which I have either brought, or was gifted. I thought it may be time to do a collection and overview of the books, hopefully, giving you an idea of which book would be suitable for a specific subject you are interested in.

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As mentioned above, some I brought myself, and some were gifted, therefore, I cannot list the store they were brought in, thus, I will link them all to Amazon, however, you will find a number of them in Kinokuniya (Dubai Mall), and Borders (City Center), and maybe even Virgin Megastore.

I will separate the books into 3 sections:

  1. Books for current horse owners/leasers
  2. Books for beginners/new comers to the equestrian world
  3. Other

Books for Current Horse Owners/Leasers:

1. Veterinary Notes for Horse Owners: A comprehensive manual of horse medicine and surgery, this book explains the symptoms and treatment of every disease or injury that the horse owner is likely to encounter. Written in a straightforward manner that will appeal to both novices and experts, the book contains detailed sections on the organ systems, the musculoskeletal system, the reproductive system, infectious diseases, medical and surgical advances, management and husbandry, exercise physiology, the purchase of horses, legal and medical certification, and on the veterinary service itself. There are sections, too, on nutrition, determination of age, proprietary medicines, prohibited substances and notifiable diseases, and this latest revised edition has entirely new illustrations and photographs.


2. The Secrets and Methods of a Great Champion: A new approach to equitation through a quest for harmony and complicity with the horse. Michel devotes most of his book to the rider s mental preparation: attitudes, behaviour, the way one acts and thinks… moving beyond technique with a positive and open mind. A process that favours being honest with oneself, with others and with horses. In this spirit, explore his method based on using wide-angle vision: The physical preparation of both horse and rider, Preparing to jump by working on the flat: having the horse on the bit, a straight horse, one that bends, flying changes, reining back… Working over fences with the approach, the strides… Ideas for training exercises, And his precious advice for being at one s best one competing, both mentally and physically.


 3. FEET FIRST: Barefoot Performance and Hoof Rehabilitation: This ground-breaking book explores the issues surrounding barefoot horses in the UK and looks in detail at how to improve overall hoof health, in both shod and barefoot horses. The book offers a practical, hands-on advice on achieving barefoot performance in a variety of disciplines – from eventing and hunting to endurance – focussing on the essential elements for healthy hooves: diet, environment, exercise and trimming or shoeing. In addition, the book has step-by step advice on rehabilitating problem hooves with case studies of horses with a range of issues, from navicular or tendon damage to metabolic disorders like laminitis and insulin resistance. The authors have successfully ridden and competed their own horses barefoot for many years and have helped many hundreds of their clients’ horses work successfully without shoes.

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 4. Groundwork Training for Your HorseDesigned to help develop a bond between the horse and the trainer which leads to greater trust and the ability to get the most from the relationship. This book includes step-by-step guides on how to improve the horse’s suppleness obedience and education from the groundwork level. It teaches the trainer how to tune in to the subtle body language of the horse and communicate with it in a much clearer way. It also contains techniques developed and applied by top trainers and equine behaviourists.

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 5. First Aid for Horses: How to Cope with Injury and Illness: All common ailments and accidents are covered in a quick-to-reference format with profuse illustrations and clear advice on how to cope and when to call the vet. Written by a leading veterinary surgeon and regular contributor to Horse & Hound this is the essential emergency handbook for every horse owner.

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 6. The Fearless Horse: Bridging the gap between natural horsemanship and competitive riding, this book offers an effective training programme for all riders, especially those who want to compete and succeed, for creating a calm, gentle and happy horse whatever the situation. It shows how to use the horse’s natural behavioural instincts to train with respect and kindness, and resolves stage-fright in an otherwise talented horse, and makes riding safer by ‘spookbusting’ your horse.

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 7. Complete Horse Care Manual: Comprehensive, fully illustrated and up-to-date, Complete Horse Care Manual is a thoroughbred guide to horse care. An excellent working relationship with your horse is based on understanding and communication. These lie at the heart of this practical guide. From day-to-day upkeep, stabling, and grooming, to nursing a sick horse and first-aid techniques, this accessible handbook will appeal to all horse lovers. With over 650 specially commissioned photographs and diagrams, step-by-step sequences tell you all you need to know about caring for your horse. A detailed guide to ailments allows you to recognize common problems and deal with them efficiently. Practical suggestions for daily, monthly, and annual routines will ensure you keep your horse healthy and comfortable throughout the year.

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 8. What Is My Horse Thinking? The Essential Guide to Understanding Your Horse: Why does your horse try to bite you when you saddle up? Why does he take off the moment your seat hits the saddle? When your beautiful animal bucks suddenly or gallops wildly, curls his lip or shakes his head–understand the reasons why and how to provide the practical care he needs! Get into the equine mind with the help of a horse therapist who was also the award-winning editor of a bestselling equestrian magazine. Whether your horse is in the field or barn; training, riding, or traveling; or even feeling ill, you’ll feel confident interpreting every aspect of his behavior and motivations. The many fabulous color photographs vividly reveal horses’ expressions close up, and show them socializing, raising their foals, “asking” you to stand still, reacting to their surroundings and company, and more.

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 Books for Beginners/New comers into the Equestrian World:

9. Guide to Caring for Your Horse: Covering every aspect of horse care from grooming, exercise and routine maintenance to selecting riding gear and finding the right housing for your horse — KISS Guide to Horses is packed with insider’s tips on equine health and first aid, as well as advice on how to tackle training and competition.

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 10. The Ultimate Encyclopedia of Horse breeds & Horse Care: This indispensable book brings together in one volume a comprehensive reference to the world’s main horse breeds and a practical care guide for all horse and pony owners. The first half of the book introduces a round-up of horses and ponies from all over the world, offering a visually stunning guide to the main breeds. The second part of the book opens with advice on buying, bearing in mind riding ability, time available for care and exercise and, most importantly, what activity you hope to pursue—showing, dressage, driving or just riding for fun. In the following chapters, you’ll find expert advice on: Different systems for keeping a horse; all aspects of stable management; bedding, feeding, and watering information; necessary exercise; grooming, including braiding, clipping, shoeing and tack; health and basic first aid; and more!

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 11. The Horse Riding & Care Handbook: The Horse Riding & Care Handbook is filled with advice and information that will be of use and interest to both the novice enthusiast and the experienced rider. Beginning riders will learn what equipment is necessary for both the horse (bridles, bits, and saddles) and rider (hats, gloves, and boots), and what to look for in a riding school and riding instructor. Intermediate riders will learn how to move from the confines of the school into open-country riding (hills, riding through water, long-distance riding, and handling falls). For the most advanced rider, there is thorough information on competitive riding, including dressage, show jumping, eventing, and endurance riding.

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 12. Riding from Scratch: A riding book for the beginner who wants to learn to ride. The author explains why novice riders should take pains to learn properly, introduces the horse as an animal rather than a machine, examines basic handling and saddelry and discusses the key principles and techniques of riding. This is the first in the “Rider Guides” series, which is intended to be a practical aid for all riders, whatever their standard. Each book concentrates on training the rider and on giving practical assistance to the rider who may be riding a variety of horses.

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 13. Horse Saddlery & Tack: This handy guide provides a comprehensive reference to tack and horse clothing, and considers general and specialized pieces of equipment in all areas of horsemanship for riders at all levels.


14. Horses (DK handbooks): The Dorling Kindersley Handbooks are the most visually appealing guides on the natural world in the book marketplace. Featuring more than 500 full-color illustrations and photographs, along with detailed annotations, Dorling Kindersley Handbooks make identification easy and accurate.

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 Other:

15. Leading with a Little Bit More Feeling: The booklet shows a whole variety of bits, stirrups, and spurs which have one thing in common: they are made of the finest materials available and were all designed to give the best possible feeling and comfort for both horse and rider. Leading with feeling.

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16. Quality Horsefeeds by Reverdy: Besides presenting Reverdy feed range, you will find information on the physiology of the horse, and the nutriments essential for covering their needs. 

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17. Drinkers of the Wind-The Arabian Horse: The almost spiritual relationship between the Arab and his horse and the long-standing fascination the world over for this purest-bred of all animals who serve humanity lie at the core of this work. Tracing the history of the Arabian (or Arab) horse from before the time of King Solomon to the present day, the text by Peter Upton – author, artist and internationally recognized expert on the subject – explains the true origins of the breed and its role in Arab history. At the heart of the book are photographs of the horses themselves, arranged by geographical area. A comprehensive list of Arab horse organizations, registries and societies and a glossary of Arabic terms are included.

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