Q & A replies

Hello lovely people!
So a few of you managed to send through some questions which I greatly appreciate  As promised here are my answers:

How old is Tofino? 16. Born 2000

How long have you had your horse? Since 2011

Did you have experience with horses before getting Tofino? Yes and no. I had a few lessons at riding schools but it is completely different owning a horse, than just going for lessons. I would suggest leasing first or making sure you have someone with you who knows what they’re doing. I was lucky to have @popthepony by my side .

What got you into horses? I’m not so sure, once I hopped on, I couldn’t see it any other way. And I love the fact  that there is no age limit, there is no gender separation when it comes to competing too. It is more than just a sport, it is a relationship with your horse ❤

Why did you chose to continue after your accident? It’s a passion, and if you’re passionate about something, you don’t allow any obstacles to get in your way.

Would you buy another horse? Not yet. I still have a lot to learn, and a lot to overcome with regards to my injury. Perhaps in the future, but I would rather ride for someone to be honest.

Why did you start your website? I wanted to share the information and knowledge I have within the equestrian world, and include reviews on different products to be able to help riders out there to invest on items that are worth it as everything is so expensive when it comes to horses >_<

Do you do any other form of exercise outside or riding? Yes, I try to workout at least 3x a week, be it power walking, or strengthening exercises such as push ups, pull ups, lunges, squats etc. This helps keep myself balanced.

Do you consider riding cruel? Yes, and no. I am against many many things in the equestrian world that’s for sure, but it all depends on the rider, how they treat their horses and listen to them.

What are your goals for this season? Honestly, just to try our best at shows every now and then and have fun doing so. Although I cam very competitive with myself, I don’t want to push Tofino unless I completely feel like he’s up for it, especially with him losing his vision we have to take it slow.

Favourite brand? This is a tough one!
Clothing: I love Cavalleria Toscana and Kingsland Equestrian as they have classic designs. I also like Equine couture as they are cheaper, and mimic other brands and are innovative with their breeches.
Tack: Prestige Italia
Horse items: Veredus

Favourite equipment? I’m a little obsessed with Saddles 😛

Favourite discipline? I personally love jumping and dressage, but I also love watching western riding.

Favourite Show jumper/idol? Also tough! I love how Michel Robert really tries to educate and teach, I love Marcus Ehning’s riding, he’s so gentle; and  I love Luca Moneta’s relationship with his horses.

Favourite riding breeches? Kingsland Equestrian.

What boot would you recommend for barn chores? Ariat Barnyard belle h2o boots. I wrote a review on them and I love how durable and tough they are.

Would you ever sell Tofino? NO! He’s my baby boy worth more than a million dollars.

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If you have any more questions I would be happy to add them to the post 🙂

 

Q & A

Hey guys 

I just thought of writing a post to keep it open for anyone who wants to ask any questions with regards to Tofino, me, riding, a product anything at all. 


You can simply comment below as yourself or as anonymous or through Instagram @TofinoTack

I will later make a post of the questions and answer them one by one hopefully. 

Cheers✌🏼️

Importance/Benefits of Grooming your Horse

Grooming your horse not only allows them to be clean, but also allows you to better understand their personality and behaviour.

I have an essentials to keeping your horse clean post written a while back which may help you if you wish to have a sparkly pony!

Naturally in the wild, horses groom each other. Domesticated horses that don’t have that option specifically need more attention in that sense. Horses are social animals and love the contact.

Here are some dot points as to why grooming is beneficial:

  • Increase blood flow around your horses body
  • Increase the bond between you and your horse
  • Helps to decrease skin conditions
  • Helps you to notice any changes in your horses body or any injuries
  • Increases your horses comfort
  • Remove sweat stains
  • Your horse looks great after
  • Great exercises for you!

Grooming doesn’t take so long on a daily basis, but I would recommend at least once a week to treat your horse to a “spa day” and really take your time with them.

Make sure you always brush your horse after they are dry from a ride in order to avoid sweat stains that allow their coat to clump up.

Here is a video of how to groom your horse if you are not sure what steps to take:

Hope this helps 🙂

Oster Grooming Kit [REVIEW]

I never personally had a full grooming kit from one brand, as I use to mix n match, before getting this Oster 7 Piece Grooming Kit. Although it is pricy, I luckily managed to get it on sale for half price. This kit is included in my Essentials to Keeping your horse clean.

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  • 7-Piece: stiff grooming brush, soft finishing brush, coarse curry comb, mane and tail brush, mane and tail comb, hoof pick, and a bag
  • Rubber control-touch handles for added comfort and better grip for hands of all sizes
  • Great for grooming horses, whole bodies

I’ve been using this for just over a year now, and the brushes have held up rather well. although to be honest, I only use about 3 of them. The stuff brush, the mane and tail brush, and the curry comb for massaging sometimes. I will get into more details below with each brush.


The stiff body brush is what I use the most, on a daily basis. It helps with removing sweat marks or stains and keep the coat smooth. The bristles have held up I would say very well for the past year, and is still usable. The handle is comfortable and gives you sufficient grip.

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The other brush I use a lot is the mane and tail one, which is my favourite to be honest. It had a long handle, allowing your hand to comfortably hold on with good grip. There is no wear and tear on the bristles so far. I never brush Tofino’s tail without a conditioner or a tail oil/cream in order to avoid breakage.

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This curry comb doesn’t really do much, but I use it to help massage his body every now and then. He seems to like the feeling of it. If Tofino were to have a thick coat, then perhaps this would actually work but i always clip him. As for the comb, I honestly only use it for plaiting the mane and it helps with sectioning off his hair. It also has a good long handle for better grip.

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The soft brush is a good finishing touch especially with a longer coat. I only use this in the winter when Tofino has a longer coat in order to soften it up and keep it shiny and clean. I wish the bristles were longer on this though.

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Lastly, the hoof pick does its job of picking the hooves comfortably, however, I personally prefer picks that come with a small hard brush on the other side as it is easier to rotate rather than grab another brush.

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Pros: Cons:
  Grippy

  Comfortable

•  Comes with a bag

•  Comes with necessary items

•  Good quality

•   Expensive

•  Curry comb too soft

•   Soft brush bristles too short

•   Hoof pick doesn’t have a brush

Verdict: All in all, I am glad I had the chance to try this set. I would recommend IF you would use all the brushes as they are good quality. However, if you just need 2 or 3 then you can get them separately. 

I am thinking on doing a GIVEAWAY for a brand new Oster grooming set,,,would you guys be interested??

Al Sakb Equestrian Figure 8 Bridle [REVIEW]

A while back I wrote a post on the different noseband types in a bridle, and Tofino goes well in a Mexican/figure 8 bridle.

I got ours from Al Sakb Equestrian here in the UAE 5 years ago and I am still so in love with it ❤ Sakb does make other bridles too, that come in different sizes; Tofino is Cob size.

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The bridle is of local make, therefore, a lot cheaper than well known international brands. That being said, it is of great quality which is surprising to be honest. It is padded on the poll and figure 8 lines, as well as having fleece in the middle for comfort.

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The contrast stitching gives the bridle that fancy, classic look, making it perfect for shows. It did come with rubber reins, however, I replaced them a while back, not because of the quality, but because I prefer webbed reins.


The colour is a beautiful brown that is always shiny, giving it a constant clean look. The bridle is anatomically shaped, giving space to the horses ears. Nowadays the side rings of a figure 8 are padded, I do hope that Sakb starts to incorporate that into their products, although, the rings have not even rusted thankfully or caused any rubbing.

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As it is a classic looking figure 8/Mexican bridle, the headpiece is not so wide. I personally prefer wider headpieces in order to even out pressure. As more brands have become innovative, I hope Al Sakb decides to do the same and recreate some bridles as their work is impressive.

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Pros: Cons:
  Affordable

  Local make

•  Great quality

•  Classic look

•  Padded & Anatomical 

•  Comes with reins

•  Size options

•   Old style only

 

Verdict: I really don’t have any negatives and I would definitely recommend this to anyone looking for an affordable bridle.

Confidence in Riding

“You’re crazy for getting back on!” …
“You still ride after what happened to you?” …
“Just give up already”…
“How do you still do it?”

These are only a few comments I get every now and then when it comes to riding. I was asked a couple of days ago how I got the courage to continue riding after my major accident from back in 2012. Even though the pain is still there, my passion conquers my fears and pain.

Although it may seem so, Tofino has not been an easy horse to deal with, especially when it comes to show jumping. This, even prior to my accident was difficult to overcome.

Being my first horse, I was nervous to even canter. I took the time however, to sit with him in the paddock, in the stable, observe his actions and reactions to his surroundings to better get to know him. That in turn helped me understand his behaviour for riding.

  

Confidence is not consistent. You will gain it and it will disappear at times, whether from a fall, a buck, an injury, a spooky horse etc. The key, as I wrote in a post previously, is to keep moving forward. When you are scared but do it anyway, that is when you become brave. There is a fine line between bravery and stupidity however. If your horse is dangerous to ride then don’t do it yourself, ask for help.

To this day I get nervous going over obstacles but as soon as i’m over the first, my adrenaline kicks in and I get eager to continue and go further. Here are some tips that help me, and hopefully help you:

  • Start slow
  • Observe and get to know your horse
  • Talk to your horse
  • Make sure you’re physically capable of riding
  • Breathe. It may sound simple, but we all tend to hold our breath a lot while riding.
  • Relax your body and mind but always keep a contact
  • Ask for help
  • Keep learning
  • Every step counts, even baby steps, so don’t take it hard on yourself
  • Don’t slack off either, try to push forward
  • You will have fallbacks and that’s okay
  • Nothing is perfect, just do your best
  • It’s never too late, whether you decide to get back on after a year or even 10, this sport has no age limit
  • Find inspiration in other riders that have overcome difficult situations, and don’t be afraid to speak to them
  • Don’t compare yourself to others
  • You are not alone
  • You will be okay
  • You can do it
  • Just do it

Your horse can only be as brave as you are.

p.s. If your horse is spooky and hot make sure they’re on a proper diet as it can have an affect on their temper. (This may help) We personally use Reverdy feed from our generous sponsored Cavalos UAE.

Hope this helps 🙂

Roeckl Solar Summer Gloves [REVIEW]

I’ve been waiting for a while to review the solar summer gloves from roeckl as I did read a few bad reviews already. I have been riding in them for about 1.5 months now, and although that’s not long enough to truly see the quality, there are a few things I have noticed already.

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The Tan Thru® material developed by Solar guarantees makes sure that the backs of your hands are evenly tanned. The material feels light and airy, fits snuggly like a second skin, is elastic and yet durable. We think ahead: to ensure a seamless tan, we moved the fastener to below the palm. The palm itself is made from MICRO-AIR, a very comfortable, thin and lightweight material. Thanks to the micro-perforation, this exclusive material is particularly breathable, making it ideal for the summertime. 

Sizes: 6 – 8.5
Backhand: Solar Tan Thru®
Palmhand: MICRO-AIR
Attributes: COMFORT CUT, palmhand belt with careless closure, TOUCHSCREEN COMPATIBLE

I got a size 7 which is the size i get for other gloves and it seems to fit well. The gloves are made of a very thin mesh material which allows for great breathability on top, and the same grip on the inside as any other reockl glove. It has a thick velco closure making it easier to wear.

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The index and pinky finger are reinforced with the grip material on the side. I find that the grip is great with roeckl gloves, although the material does stretch quick. The gloves are touch screen compatible with no issues.

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The solar gloves do feel delicate, and do scrunch up when you remove them, but they have held up nicely without any tears. Below, you can see the stretch in a period of 1.5 months (left is first use, right is post 1.5months):

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Although the solar gloves are advertised as tan free, I actually still got a major tan line from them surprisingly enough. It is rather disappointing because the sole reason why I purchased them was to avoid tan lines while still having a good grip.

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Pros: Cons:
  Breathable 

  Good grip

•  Touch screen compatible

•  Thin

•   Stretches quickly

•   Still gives tan line

 

Verdict: If you use gloves in the summer anyway, you would get a tan line, so I would only recommend the solar gloves for breathability purposes only.