GIVEAWAY ft @alya_meshar_almheiri + @equestriansolutions

Hi guys!

So decided to do a giveaway in honour of Tofino’s happy retirement, featuring @alya_meshar_almheiri and @equestriansolutions

RULES❗

1️⃣ follows all 3 accounts: @TofinoTack + @alya_meshar_almheiri + @equestriansolutions

2️⃣ Tag 3 people

3️⃣ Repost this photo on your account

4️⃣ Use #TAEgiveaway

🔒 ends 16 March 2018.

🔓 open only to UAE residents sorry 🙈

❗big thanks again to the giveaway sponsor @equestriansolutions

Good luck 😄

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.

078399-310-001-1

  • 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.

img_9559  img_9561  img_9569


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.

img_9562  img_9564


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.

img_9571  img_9570


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.

img_9568  img_9560  img_9567


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.

img_9566


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??

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.

guanti-roeckl-solar_1 IMG_9295

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.

IMG_9297  IMG_9302


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.

IMG_9306  IMG_9305


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):

IMG_9299  IMG_0552
IMG_9301  IMG_0555


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.

IMG_0229  IMG_0566


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.

Surviving the Summer Heat

Summer in the middle east is completely different than that of the rest of the world. It is not only hot, but humidity levels are insanely high, making it difficult to continue regular riding sessions.

I have a few tips below to help get though the summer, along with some signs you should watch out for with regards to heatstroke:

1. Water 24/7: Access to clean cool water for your horse is so important in order to avoid dehydration.
horse_drinking_water


2. Fan/AC: Keep the air moving round by placing a fan or having your stable Air Conditioned to avoid overheating.
Hi Hopes Farm in Weddington, North Carolina uses 3 different Big Ass Fan models for specific purposes throughout their successful horse farm.


3. Choose cooler turn out/ riding times: Make sure you check the weather forecast on a daily basis to insure temperature and humidity levels.


4. Electrolytes: You can use a lick, powder or liquid salt form. If your horse is sweating too much, you can place some electrolytes in their water. (importance of salt in your horses diet).
supplement-in-container


5. Clipping: Even though the coat tends to adjust to the seasons, it would be cooler to clip your horse short (clipping machine review).1845-ecw_v01


6. Sunscreen: For those who have horses with pink skin, make sure you apply sun screen lotion or spray on those areas in order to avoid a sunburn.
sunscreen


7. Less work: Your horse won’t be able to continue regular exercise in the heat so make sure you lower your workload and extend the after riding cool down time.


8. Reduce feed: Due to less exercise, it is best to reduce your horses feed to avoid weight gaining and overheating.

Tofino is sponsored by Reverdy feed from Cavalos UAE


9. Hose down: Run water over the horse’s chest, the jugular grooves of his neck, and the lower legs. These areas have many superficial blood vessels that can be rapidly cooled by the water and will carry the cooled blood to the interior of the horse.


10. Go for a swim: Take your horse to the beach or lake, but again, make sure you check the weather forecast to insure humidity levels and wind.IMG_9474  IMG_9715

 ft. @Eddiesgun91


Some horses take a while to adjust to the summer heat and therefore, it is crucial to know your horse and the signs of heatstroke.

When your horse can’t handle exposure to heat, their body starts to sweat, their breathing becomes heavy, and their pulse increases. This can happen at while riding, turn out, stall rest, or even in a trailer too.

SYMPTOMS OF HEATSTROKE:

  • An elevated heart rate that does not return to normal in a reasonable period of time;
  • Excessive sweating or lack of sweating;
  • Temperature that persists above 39°C / 103°F;
  • Depression and/or lethargy; and
  • Signs of dehydration: dry mucous membranes, poor capillary refill, and poor skin turgor.

Knowing the horses vital signs range: Adult Horse (resting values):

  • Temperature: 37.2-38.3°C  (99-101°F)
  • Pulse: 28-42 beats per minute
  • Respiration (breathing rate): 8-16 breaths per minute
  • Mucous membranes (gums): Moist, healthy pink colour

Hope this helps 😀

Tekna Ergonomic Girth [REVIEW]

After selling my Prestige a10 Girth due to it being big on Tofino, I managed to get my hands on the Tekna Ergonomic Girth which was meant to be a quick temporary solution, but I ended up loving it!

The Tekna ergonomic girth is a leather look girth made from a superb synthetic material for ease of care. This Tekna girth is anatomically shaped with elastic at both ends for even tension, with straps for draw reins or a martingale or other aid. The underside of this synthetic tekna girth is waffle for increased comfort and airflow. Roller buckles make it easy to fasten. Tekna leatherwork is made with the design and attention to detail you would expect from top quality leather tack, but with the convenience and lower price of modern synthetic materials. Easy to care for, tekna synthetic tack just wipes clean!

Tekna Ergonomic Girth features:
  • Shaped girth with elastic on both ends
  • made of QUIK-CLEAN material
  • stainless steel roller buckles provide more security and ease of use
  • The look of leather, the convenience of synthetic

I have been using this girth for about 8 months now and I am absolutely loving it, especially that it is on the cheaper side (approx 275 AED/ 75$US). It is wide (evens pressure), padded, and has a classic look. The girth however does not have side D rings for those using additional aids.


The inside is a breathable waffle design with great padding. It does get hair stuck on the edges, but it is somewhat easy to clean (I use a pin). Due to its synthetic materials, it is easy to wipe down with water after riding to avoid any sweat or dirt building up.

Tofino sweats a lot and generally gets girth stain after riding but I find that he doesn’t get them as intensely anymore, and I guess it’s due to the air flow.

IMG_9555  IMG_9556


The elastics do stretch a bit which is great for when your horse is in motion as it doesn’t restrain. The stretchy part did start to pill though, only on one side. It is only aesthetic and hasn’t disrupted the functionality of the girth.

The buckles are roller buckles, therefore, making it so much easier to tighten the girth. They haven’t shown any sign of rust thus far.


The stitching is very well intact and the quality is honestly surprising, again for the price. There is a small D ring and a buckle for any additional attachments. I personally only use the buckle for my Passier Breastplate. Personally, I prefer carabiner hooks rather than buckles as they are much quicker and safer, however, this does the  job just fine.

IMG_9553  


It matches my tack nicely which is always a bonus 😉

IMG_7148  DSC_0455Photo by Axelle Talma (@popthepony)


Pros: Cons:
  Great quality 

  Ergonomic + Wide

•  Affordable

•  Durable

• Breathable

• Easy to clean

• Two attachments

• Roller buckles

• Padded

•   No side D rings

•   Buckle closure rather than carabiner

•  Pilling stretch material

Verdict: I would hands down recommend this girth! I did not expect it to last this long whatsoever, yet here we are, still in tact, still tough, and does the job perfectly well. I am really glad I came across Tekna.

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 🙂

FullSizeRender-2  FullSizeRender-9


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.

FullSizeRender


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.

FullSizeRender-3


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.

FullSizeRender-5


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

IMG_8266

What’s your favourite saddle pad?

Cavalleria Toscana Technical Jumping Saddle Pad [REVIEW]

Cavalleria Toscana is one of my favourite Equestrian brands due to their classic and unique designs. Last year, I managed to purchase 2 of their saddle pads (1 navy, 1 white) from Cavalos Equine Care & Supplies, and I have been using them religiously!IMG_2889

They come in multiple colours, from white, black, red, navy, blue, green, grey, maroon etc. I couldn’t upload a photo as the CT website is down at the moment but will be sure to update as soon as it’s back.

Specs:

  • Anti-Bacterial
  • Anti-UV
  • Breathable
  • Easy Care
  • Fast Drying
  • Bi-Stretch

I have to admit, the material feels very soft and luxurious. It by far has the best “feel” over any saddle pad I have seen. The detailing is simple and sleek with contrast binding border along with billet straps. The stitching is very well except for some parts where it is a tiny bit loose. That being said, I never had anything fall off.

Note: All photos below are taken by my good friend Axelle Talma (@popthepony)

DSC_0179
Tucci Boots // Free Jump // CT Gloves // Thinline // Passier breastplate // EC breeches


The pad only has the CT logo on the left side, leaving the right side free which I personally prefer in case one wishes to customise. The saddle pad is very breathable and never overheats the horse’s back. It is a slim pad, which again, I prefer as my saddle is custom fit to my horse.

DSC_0233


It does tend to scrunch up every now and then on some rides, and I am not sure whether it’s due to the bi stretch material or simply friction, as it only happens when we jump or go up/down dunes. This isn’t a major issue for me to be honest and I still love this pad, especially for hot weather.

DSC_0364

Pros: Cons:
 Breathable

•  Thin

•  Multiple colour options

•   Bi-Stretch

•  Anti-Bacterial

•  Classic Design

•   Expensive

•   Scrunches sometimes

•   Stitching is a bit loose in some areas

Verdict: I think this saddle pad is my favourite alongside the Veredus. I would definitely recommend it in a heartbeat! It is very cooling, lightweight, easy to clean and maintain i absolutely love it!

If you are interested in the Cavalleria Toscana Saddle pad, and other items, 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 ❤