Monday, April 15, 2019

Riders Are Athletes | Kingsland Summer '19


Hey, everyone! I'm so, so, so excited to write about this riding outfit! I feel that I keep saying this but here it goes again: I'm the biggest fan of Kingsland...which literally means that every time they announce a new collection I see the catalog over and over and over! It has been like this ever since I discovered the brand and I feel that it only gets worse, hahaha. πŸ˜…πŸ˜‚
This year's Summer collection is probably one of the sportiest they have ever done and the outfit I'm wearing was definitely created for athletes.


Let me talk about the Isla training shirt first, I don't remember Kingsland ever doing something like it in the past. Isla is probably one of the sportiest t-shirts an equestrian brand has ever designed. I absolutely love its cut and the contrasting side panels - so, so flattering! 


The light blue fabric is really soft (I don't know its name) and although it is sort of "elastic", this is a structured shirt that won't stick to the body. As you would expect, it has a quick dry function.
On the back of the shirt, there is a mesh panel so there is a lot of air coming in. I took these photos on a ridiculously hot Spring day (30ΒΊC+) and after not moving for a few minutes I started feeling cold. I am so sure that this is the only thing I will want to wear for Summer rides that I am even considering buying myself the navy version!


As for the side panels, Kingsland used a technique called burnout - I didn't even know this had a name, I'm always learning new things - and the little dots with the light blue underneath tied everything together.
Let's be honest though, the one thing that is stealing the show it the back pocket!!! Can you see how big it is? But at the same time it is so discrete that only the most attentive people will notice it. KINGSLAND, YOU GENIUS! 


Moving on to the breeches, these are the real meaning of "the best of both worlds". Forget riding leggings (unless I'm only going to the barn to lunge Gali or to spend some time with him), pull on breeches are the real deal!!! These are the Katja E-Tech Pull On Breeches.


I must confess that I thought pull on breeches and riding leggings were the same - they're not!
Their fabric is the same we find on traditional Kingsland breeches and pretty much all the details make them look exactly like breeches but there are no buttons and no zippers, just a large elastic waistband!
I prefer them over leggings purely because of the fabric. Typical breech fabric is the only thing that will make me feel perfect, not that I don't like riding in leggings but breeches will always be my first choice. 


These feature the new knee patch design, the previous one had KL written instead of Kingsland, in my opinion this one is more feminine.
I absolutely love the pockets with small zippers and the golden detailing, as well as the embroideries give the Katja breeches the elegant Kingsland look I adore. 


Hope you enjoyed this #ROOTD!
Ps.: If you're a fan of Kingsland Equestrian, you might want to follow me on Instagram (here), there will be a surprise this week!
See you on the next post,
Carolina πŸ’•

Sunday, March 31, 2019

#ROOTD: Sunny Weekend


Hey, everyone! How are you?? Time has been flying and it's suddenly Spring! This week I didn't get to ride because I had lots of assignments and also a midterm (I did take a quick break on Thursday afternoon to go give Gali a kiss, ups 😁) so this is last weekend's #ROOTD. 


Last weekend the weather was hot but in the morning I still had to wear a jacket...as usual, because my name is actually "Miss Always Cold". Before going to the barn I knew I wanted to wear this new one I got from Equifield. I've been wearing lots of their stuff lately, I'm so proud that we finally have an equestrian brand in Portugal!


This jacket is very simple but I love how the logo on the right arm stands out. I usually prefer classy logos (like their main logo). However, the bigger one is what makes the difference in this case.
The quality of the fabric is impressive and, most importantly, it is a "Bio Jacket" which means that its materials are organic and certified by Ecocert Greenlife - I've been paying more attention to what companies do regarding Ethics and Social Responsibility because that's one of my college units this semester.


Because I always wear the same color (50 Shades of Blue, hahaha), I had to ask for your help on Instagram as I wasn't sure of which breeches would look good with it. You chose my royal blue breeches from Mr. Castle and it was a great decision!
I bought this pair of breeches last year. I love their fabric and fit, the only thing I think they should improve is the silicone knee patch as it gets weaker every time I ride in them and, therefore, they're not providing as much comfort as other breeches I own do.



As for the shirt and belt I went with Hart Outfitters. I've previously mentioned it on Instagram but I'm more than happy to say it again, their training tee is super AWESOME: the fabric is very lightweight, stretchy and its moisture wicking technology has got to be my favorite thing. I seriously hope they make a baby pink version one day (well, they might be working on it already because the brand has been showing sneak peeks of the new collection on Instagram and I saw something pink... 😍)!

The belt is also from them and it was the easiest decision ever...it matches the jacket, what an obvious choice! Elastic belts are still the ones that work best for me and my favorite thing about this one is that the elastic is thin but still strong and, obviously, its price!

My socks are also from Equifield, you can read more about them in my previous post: here.

Did you enjoy this #ROOTD?
See you soon!
Carolina πŸ’™

Sunday, March 3, 2019

#ROOTD: Riding Gali Again


Hey, everyone! Yesterday was a very special day as I got to ride Gali again for the first time after his surgery! I was super excited but it ended up being much more emotional than what I had anticipated. Our first steps together made me feel incredibly grateful for having the chance to ride him again and I saw my dedication to horses really paying off.
Although we did nothing else besides walking, he behaved like a brave man and I honestly think he enjoyed being ridden again!


However, this blog post is about the #ROOTD I chose to wear yesterday. I knew there would be a lot of photos and videos so I wanted it to have a meaning, that's why I decided to wear clothes from the only Portuguese equestrian brand I know. Equifield wasn't launched too long ago but they are already conquering the equestrian world - like I will do with Gali! 



Although the days are getting warmer, mornings are still cold so wearing a jacket is a must. Equifield's soft-shell jacket has some features that are worth mentioning. It isn't bulky, it cuts the wind and its polar fleece on the inside make it a great option. I like that it is fitted (my fave type of jacket) but still leaves enough room for layering - I'm the queen of layering because I'm always cold.


It has a record amount of pockets, including a huge hidden pocket on the inside - I think I could fit my horse's passport there!!! This works amazing for me because I usually leave my bag as soon as I arrive to the barn and I carry everything from my phone to riding gloves in my pockets. 


Then we get to the best part: we can adapt it to our personal taste. Riders can make it more or less fitted and tighter or looser around the wrist. 
This is also the first jacket I own from an equestrian brand that has a hood, thank goodness!!! I never remind how important hoods are until it starts raining and my hair gets soaking wet!


The jacket's price point is incredibly fair, I don't think I could get a similar jacket for the same price and they have a great color range available.
Before moving on to the next item, I want to finish by saying that I love their logo, it's so classy and delicate. 


The socks are also from Equifield. They came in the prettiest - and sustainable - packaging and they are sold in packs of 3. 
Equifield made a nice job regarding the fabric as it is thin but not so thin that you can see the breeches under them. It looks like they will hold up for a good amount of time! I love that the navy and black combination matches the jacket and, surprise, one size fits everyone! Great, right?!

The sun was killing my eyes here, sorry for the extra weird face πŸ˜‚

As for the rest of the outfit, the base layer is from Horsegloss, the belt is from Horse A Porter and the breeches are from RJ Classics.

See you on the next post!
Love,
Carolina πŸ’™

Friday, February 8, 2019

The Girl on The Dancing Horse by Charlotte Dujardin

Hi, everyone! I finished reading Charlotte Dujardin's book yesterday, it took me a while because I couldn't always find enough time to read but yesterday's flight to Nice was enough to finish it.
I bought Charlotte's book in NYC this Summer, I had almost forgotten she had published a book but I went to Barnes & Noble (looking for horse related books, of course!) and found her book - I had to have it!


As you know, I am a show jumper but since I started seeing videos of Charlotte and Valegro, I became a true fan. Knowing that she's a Kingsland rider that has her own collections also made me consider her a very special person. Her life seemed so dreamy that I was curious to understand how it all happens: Was it luck? Hard work? How did she go from "nothing" to winning all the titles I could possibly imagine?

Immediately after the first pages, I found out that Charlotte's childhood was fun, she was surrounded by ponies, her mom was into horses as well. She describes many of her memories and, seriously, I had a good laugh reading some of her adventures. I don't want to be a spoiler but one of the things I really loved finding out was that Charlotte used to visit my country, Portugal, frequently! 

I thought most of the book would be about Valegro but it isn't. Of course a good part of the book is about him but she also writes about other horses, her friends, Carl Hester, what it is like to go to big shows, her routines, as well as how she found a way to deal with her nerves. However, I loved reading the whole story behind her bond with Valegro and she clearly didn't have a problem telling us that she's not perfect - after reading the book I could finally see Charlotte as a human being, she has the same fears that I have, she hates some things that I hate as well... This book really shows how down to earth she is and I felt I was with her when I read about her experience in the London Olympics (I've watched her  London Freestyle so many times after that).


There are some heavier parts too, like when Charlotte had to deal with depression, lost her boyfriend, thought she was going to lose Blueberry or when she decided she was going to retire him. I must admit those parts made me cry but, overall, the book is super fun, easy to read (even if you don't read that many books in English, like me) and gave me a different perspective about professional riders and their way to the top.

Reading this book felt like I had Charlotte by my side answering all my questions so if you're curious to learn more about this "separate" world and what it takes to get there or if you're a fan of Valegro, I would recommend this book to you.

See you on the next post!
Carolina πŸ’™

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Gali's New Diet

With Gali's surgery I knew a lot would change, namely he's diet. The truth is that he was already taking a few supplements to prevent colics but after the surgery I knew the supplements would become even more important and he would need more than those he was already taking.


During the first days, the shelf full of so many different packages was very confusing but thanks to the vet who's following Gali, Horse Remedy and Chia de Gracia's teams, everything got easier and I knew exactly what I should do! The photo above is my attempt to show you how I felt during the first days, hahahaha. πŸ˜‚

Let me show you what Gali is eating as I promised on my last blog post:

- Alfa Beet by Dengie Horse Feeds


Gali already knew and enjoyed Alfa Beet. It is made of alfalfa and unmolassed sugar beet pulp and it helps us keeping him hydrated as the pellets are transformed into a mash with water (and it requires a lot of water, which is great). 
Most importantly, Alfa Beet is low in sugar and, after the surgery, laminitis was something we needed to prevent.

- Alfa-A by Dengie Horse Feeds


Alfa-A was suggested by the vet. It is made from pure Alfalfa and it is the only solid he's eating (besides grass). It is important because it is a high fibre feed and, as Dengie explains, it "is proven to aid the digestive health and buffer acidity in the digestive tract". 

- Probioguts from Horse Remedy


I can't express how grateful I am for Horse Remedy's help. As soon as they heard the news, they offered to help me, even sent a couple of supplements for Gali and clarified all my doubts - they rock! Probioguts was one of the supplements they sent. Two of its functions I like the most are that it improves and maintains the balance of the intestinal flora and enhances nutrients and vitamins assimilation. 
It is made of spelt bran that was fermented with a mix of lactobacilli and bacilli (they call these "the good bacteria").


Oh, and the measuring "cup" is the cutest thing ever! There is no room for mistakes and it's easy to save inside the package.

- Vitamin E by Chia de Gracia

It isn't pink. It looks like this because of another of their products that turns pink with water!

I decided to include this on Gali's diet because he's not eating fresh hay (which would provide him this vitamin) and because Vitamin E helps Gali's scars. I put 3 pumps/day on his mash, he doesn't even notice it.



Another great supplement from Chia de Gracia but sent to me by Horse Remedy. Its ingredients are Himalayan salt, mineral salt, beetroot powder and dandelion root - this is the product that turns pink with water.
I've noticed Gali has started drinking more water since I use Electrolyte Up and I'm not even giving him the maximum daily amount.

This is it regarding the supplements. Gali also eats bran mash but we haven't reintroduced his Cavalor feed yet - for now he's good with these. I'm so happy to be giving him 100% natural products and I'm honestly such a big fan of these!!
However, before deciding to give your horse any of these, ask your vets for their opinion. Every horse is different and what works for Gali might not work so well for your horse!

See you on the next post,
Carolina πŸ’—

Friday, January 18, 2019

Gali Update

Ahhhh, I'm finally laying on the couch after two weeks of exams. It feels so nice to have time again!

Today, after my last exam. We can finally spend more time together!

The first few days after Gali came back were hard for me. I was trying to combine productive study days with waking up incredibly early to go to the barn, grooming him, taking care of the suture, hand walking him and prepping the meals for the rest of the day - he's taking lots of supplements and I didn't feel okay with asking anyone else to do it for me but I'm leaving that for another post.
Those days were also hard because I felt it was my first time around a horse, I was afraid of doing everything because the fear of doing something wrong was huge. It felt that anything could go wrong in a second. It also didn't help having so much people trying to take photos with him, Gali needed to be relaxed and there was always someone bothering him.

By the second or third day, Gali didn't want to eat his meals which was incredibly weird because he usually LOVES food. The situation also drove me crazy because he didn't drink water and the mash was the only way to keep him hydrated. So that day was the only day I cried since the vet told me he needed surgery.
However, his appetite came back a couple of days later and everything started getting less weird. At least until he had to have most of the stitches removed because he wasn't accepting them very well, the suture was starting to look so bad.

When Gali lost his appetite

After that, I've been applying a medicine every day. Gali absolutely hates it and has tried to kick me a few times but now I always ask someone to help me. That thing is effective though, it is looking so much better!!! I could post photos but they might be too much for some of you, it's definitely not the most beautiful thing for you to see!

He's clearly enjoying his meals again!
As for the rest...he's starting to get absolutely crazy, there's so much energy inside of him! Hand walking is getting harder because everything scares him now. Today someone made a noise, he bucked and lifted me off the ground, hahaha. πŸ˜‚

It has been almost a month since the surgery. Hopefully next week I'll get the okay from the vets to start lunging him! 

See you on the next post,
Carolina πŸ’—

Thursday, January 3, 2019

Gali Had Colic Surgery...

Yep...that's right. One of my biggest fears became true two weeks ago. 

On the second day of our last show of 2018 Gali was not feeling okay and it ended up being a colic that required surgery. I honestly couldn't believe it.


The only clinic available to perform that surgery in Portugal is located three ours away from our barn and a big trip isn't exactly what a horse needs in these cases but we got there in time. The surgery went well but Gali had an enterolith inside him that had been growing for some time (you can read more about it here and here).


After the surgery Gali spent two more weeks there and I just got home from the clinic. He looks okay and happy to be home but I can't stop staring at my phone (we have cameras) to see if he needs something. Right now, I'm feeling incredibly happy to have him back but I'm also overwhelmed by the amount of responsibility. It almost feels like I don't know anything about horses!

The enterolith weights 0.5kg.

This is not a post you would usually see on my blog but I think sharing my thoughts might help me dealing with everything or help others in the same situation. During the next months I would like to write a bit more about Gali's recovery, the new routines, the new diet, etc. Don't worry...I'll still be a fashionable equestrian "nurse" so the equestrian fashion posts will continue! πŸ˜„

Thank you so much for your love and support, I am very lucky to have my internet friends! And if you're interested in having a "closer look" at our new journey that has just started, Instagram is the place where you'll find the most so here's my Instagram account: http://instagram.com/equestriantrend/

See you soon,
Carolina πŸ’•


Wednesday, December 5, 2018

#ROOTD: Pretty in Pink


Hey everyone, how's your week going?? Mine is going well but it's being a bit overwhelming because we're in the last two weeks of classes before Christmas break. My list of things to do only keeps getting bigger and bigger, please send help! 😬
I've been dying to show you this outfit from last weekend. I got this jacket for my birthday (October) and I've only started wearing it now...it's so pretty that I don't want to ruin it! 


I'm sure most of you know this jacket - it's the most famous jacket from Equestrian Stockholm! I've seen dozens of photos of this jacket on Instagram and always thought it was beyond gorgeous.
It has such a gorgeous color, although I have to admit I'm the biggest fan of pink, and it feels very cozy while still looking super chic...not to mention the softness of the fabric!!!
Just like the brand refers on its website, it is foam padded and contains 25% of coffee oil in its composition - I didn't even know something like this existed! 
I also love the cut, it is 100% Carolina's style. However, there's something I can't stop thinking about, the jacket is so structured around the body, fits like glove and then you look to the sleeves and it almost makes me think that I bought the wrong size because they're too big. Well, I bought the smallest size so that can be the right answer...that's just how they designed it! I know the sleeves must large enough to accommodate layers but I think the jacket would look even better with tighter sleeves!


I decided to wear my new training top by Hart Equestrian under the jacket. I'm also very impressed by the fabric of this top, it's very soft but with the vantage of featuring a sweat-wicking technology. I have no doubts, this one will be one of my best friends during Summer.
For now, I'm just using it as a base layer and I wish I had a photo of its back because it's definitely the best thing about it but, unfortunately, it was too cold to take the jacket off - I promise I'll show it to you on my Instagram stories!


What could be better than a #ROOTD with two of my favorite colors?! That's right, a #ROOTD with three of my favorite colors! This color looks so good on my grey that I had to get myself a belt that matches one of his saddle pads.
I've said this a thousand times but braided belts are the best for thin girls like me, sometimes I can't find a belt that's small enough but this type of belt always saves me - they fit everyone! Plus, they're  the cheapest belts and have the biggest variety of colors. The one I'm wearing is also from Hart Equestrian.


You already know this pair of breeches, I got them on my visit to NYC at Manhattan Saddlery and they're from RJ Classics. After the Kadi breeches from Kingsland, they're my favorite pair because they're super comfortable and the knee patches give me life! They're so different from what we find in Europe, I wish RJ breeches were sold here...

Hope you enjoyed this #ROOTD!
See you on the next post,
Carolina πŸ’—

Saturday, December 1, 2018

#ROOTD: HorseGloss


Hi everyone!! I am living for this #ROOTD! You know that a few months ago I discovered my favorite thing to wear on weekends is a good pair of riding leggings so you must imagine how happy I feel for having a new pair in my collection. And to be super honest, I'm even more exited for finally owning a pastel base layer! 
Both the items are from HorseGloss and there are a few things I would like to tell you about them.


The leggings are mid/high waisted and are probably the stretchiest I own which, in my opinion, makes them more comfortable but also causes them to lose a tiny, tiny bit on the support they offer. Nevertheless, I think they gave me a nice figure.
I also love their color, I am not sure if the photos make them enough justice though. They have an adorable chocolate brown color - a great compromise between the usual super dark brown and the overrated beige!


They have a full silicone seat - love the pattern - and I would say they are grippy but won't make me feel like I'm stuck to the saddle. 
However, the absolute best feature of these riding leggings has to be the side pocket that is big enough for my phone and because it is a quite deep side pocket, I never feel the phone on my hip bone (which happens all the time with breeches and hurts me a lot! LOL).


As for the base layer, all that comes to my mind is "it's sooo pretty"! πŸ˜‚ I've spent months visiting the brand's website and trying to decide which color I should pick because I loved most of them. After a couple of months, I still couldn't decide between pink and and blue but buying a pink jacket for my birthday made this decision easier! Also, this blue looks good with 99.9% of my breeches.


Besides the color, I think the zippers are what makes it look so different. I know this is the weirdest thing to say but this shirt would be super boring if it didn't have them!


Lastly and most importantly, I am very impressed with this shirt's fabric because it is very breathable, stretchy and I love the way it "hugs" my body but be careful, the fabric is delicate! 


In my opinion, both of the items are very well priced for their quality.

Have a nice Sunday!
See you on the next post,
Carolina πŸ’™

Sunday, November 25, 2018

Connected Helmet by GPA

Hi, everyone! Today I bring you news about the latest product from GPA. I am talking about the new connected (yes, CONNECTED) helmet they just previewed at Equita’Lyon – how crazy is this?!
There aren’t many photos of this helmet yet but I can already tell you some of its features. It looks just like the new GPA helmets I talked about here but it will have a fall detection system and a bone-conducted audio system incorporated.


The fall detection system will be useful for riders who usually hack alone. In case of fall, it sends the rider’s coordinates and it will be much easier to find the rider.
The audio system seems even more unique to me. The headsets I often see riders using look a bit weird, I know they are super helpful but I would much rather prefer getting the same result without having to carry any extra pieces with me! I’m also loving the fact that the sound is bone conducted, which means the rider will be able to hear everything around him – something that doesn’t happen with the regular systems because earphones block the noise! 

Well, as they say it...safety legend! Hahaha πŸ˜ƒ 

I’m so curious to see riders use this helmet and once I find someone using it, I might have to ask that person if I can try it!! What's your opinion on this? Tell me below!

Have a nice week,
Carolina πŸ’™

Saturday, November 17, 2018

[Recipe] Easy & Delicious Horse Cookies

Hi everyone! Today I'm sharing with you the recipe of the horse cookies I made Gali last week! I never tried doing horse cookies before because I'm always very concerned with Gali's diet so I was afraid of giving him something that could make him feel bad.
However, I recently discovered Chia de Gracia, a Finish brand that has guided me through the process of finding 100% natural products that will help me with Gali's colic prevention.
Right now, I'm already feeding Gali the four "ingredients" you see on the photo below as supplements but last week I thought it would be fun to make an experience and see if I could bake cookies using  these! Gali and all the horses who also got to try my cookies absolutely loved them (Gali was always asking for more, he has a sweet tooth!!).


Ingredients for 12 cookies:
- 6 tablespoons of Mash the Pony;
- 1 tablespoon of Marshmallow Root;
- 2 1/2 tablespoons of Chia;
- 3 pumps of Vitamin E;
- 450ml of boiling water.

Step 1: Pre-heat the oven at 180ΒΊC


Step 2: Mix all the ingredients.


Step 3: Mix the water - you will see a pink/red color.


Step 4: Use a cupcake pan and make little "protections" with aluminium foil (you can also use butter/flour or whatever you wish but I didn't want to use anything else other than ingredients I know that are 100% safe for horses).


Step 5: Divide the mixture into 12 cupcake cases and then put the pan in the oven for 45 minutes.


Now we just have to leave them rest for a few minutes before removing the aluminium foil!


And we're done!!! These look delicious and they are super healthy - but don't give them all to your horse on the same day! 😁

See you on the next post,
Carolina πŸ’—