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'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 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’—

Saturday, November 10, 2018

#ROOTD: My Kingsland Takeover

Hi everyone, happy Saturday!! One week ago, by this time, I was wearing this #ROOTD and making Insta Stories on Kingsland's Instagram account. That was one of the best experiences I've ever had - I met many people, shared my day with a huge audience and even got to answer some really fun questions.
As promised, today I'll share the outfit I wore, as well as Gali's! Everything is from Kingsland.

 Starting off by the jacket, it is called Buffy. The only "winter" jacket I already had from Kingsland was the classic unisex jacket and although it is very cosy, it doesn't have the most feminine silhouette - I know there's also the ladies' version of that jacket but, some years ago, when I convinced my dad to give me that jacket as a birthday present, the tack store only had the unisex version and I couldn't miss the opportunity! HAHAHA. Now this one is a totally different story, I love its cut, I love the colors and it is so lightweight. There's something I don't understand though, how can such a thin fabric keep me so warm? I would risk saying that the classic bomber will keep you warm if you are wearing many layers and this one doesn't force you to do that! If you see this jacket at a tack store, please try it and tell me if you feel the same.

The V-neck is called Binky and it is a dream come true, I needed it! I have lots of polo shirts, lots of t-shirts but when it comes to long sleeves (or long sleeves that I like to wear to ride) what I have is close to nothing, why?!?! 
This is the first ever knit I own from an equestrian brand and it was a superb addition to my closet. It is classy and the fabric feels soft. Sometimes I have some trouble with this type of shirts, they start getting looser and I stop loving them (even after just one wash I can feel it) but so far so good with this one. Another thing I'm loving like crazy: the patches on the elbows!

After buying my princess breeches earlier this year, I finally found the model of Kingsland breeches that suits me the best: the Kadi model. They are high waisted, have a larger waist band and I think  this is what makes them look really good on me (modesty aside!!!).
This season's design of the Kadi model is the one I'm wearing. I totally forgot to take pics of their belt loops which have a tiny crystal on each one and their back that has the loveliest embroidery - sorry everyone!

Next up is Gali's outfit. He got the prettiest matching set: Fully black and sparkly. My heart melt the first time I saw him wearing it!!!

The fly hat is called Lucinda. This was Gali first time wearing a soundproof fly hat. I was a bit concerned that he wouldn't get used to it as he is very picky with what goes on his ears but he behaved like a perfect young man and didn't find anything strange!
Although some people use fly hats on a daily basis, I only wear them at shows and sometimes Gali gets a bit distracted with noises so I'll have to see if this will help me!

Last but not least, here's a pic of the matching saddle pad, its name is Martha. As I've told you in my video, and besides its beauty that I've already mentioned a hundred times, the best thing about all the Kingsland saddle pads I own is their quick dry effect. 
I try to save the most gorgeous saddle pads I own for shows and there have been shows where I ended up using the same one on both days, this technology allows me to do it without worrying about it being wet on the next day. 
Also, last week I used this saddle pad on Gali, and yesterday and today I used a different one. I realised that I worry very much about his withers - I will literally move the saddle pad as many times as I have to until I get to a point where I'm satisfied with how it is sitting on his withers. It could be luck but last week I got it right on my first attempt and today it took me 3 times until I was happy enough, ugh!

Ps.: If you saw my takeover, you'll know this was the moment Gali bit my finger! πŸ˜‚

See you on the next post,
Carolina πŸ’•

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Online Tack Stores I Love

Hey, everyone!! Last week I received my order from Epplejeck and a friend asked me if I could share my favorite tack stores here on the blog. I thought it was such a good idea that I've been thinking about it the entire week!
I've selected five stores, with four of them being European and one American. However, these all offer worldwide shipping and that was my tie-breaker because there are other stores that I like but they don't ship to a huge variety of countries like these do. So here we go:

1. Epplejeck

This store is currently my favorite! My last purchase was at this store. 
They have a great variety of products and although they don't carry all the brands I wish they did, they do carry many that are really well known and some that aren't but are as good as the fancy brands. They also have their own brand and there is a new promotion almost every week.
Regarding my personal experience: I found everything I needed (and more), I thought the prices were fair and the website is user friendly. I placed my order on September 30th by the end of the day and although I didn't receive my tracking number as they said I would on an email, it arrived on October 8th which I thought was quick.

2. Divoza Horseworld

Divoza has a special place in my heart as it was the first equestrian megastore I visited in my life and it is also the one that marked the beginning of my tradition of visiting a tack store in every country I visit. Just like Epplejeck, Divoza is also a Dutch store and offers a great variety of products. They also have their own brands (Pagony and Mondoni) and sell brands that match every budget and style.
My experience: I'm not talking about my visit to their store (you can read about that here). Last year I ordered a pair of breeches and a salt lick from their website. I don't remember exactly how much time it took to get here but I remember that it didn't take much. I had to return the breeches because I didn't enjoy their fabric and the process was super easy and the refund was quick - they are very professional.

3. Hope Valley Saddlery

My big secret that  isn't a secret at all, Hope Valley Saddlery!!! When I need something nice but I don't feel like spending too much money, this UK based tack store is my solution. I've never seen a store that has so many products on sale and, believe me, you will want to check them because there are a lot of discounted products from big brands like Kingsland! Besides the brands we all know, they also sell many brands from the UK (Joules, Caldene, John Whitaker and so on).
My shopping experience: I have - obviously - bought a pair of Kingsland breeches from them a few years ago. They were much cheaper than their usual price so I thought it was a bit suspicious. I believe I ordered them around Christmas time and as they were taking a bit to arrive, I emailed them and got a quick reply. They arrived a few days later and the breeches were in perfect condition, YAY!

4. Dover Saddlery

I have never bought anything from Dover's website but because I loved their service when I went to one of their stores in the US and because I know international shipping is an option, I had to include this store. Regarding variety, this store offers a huge selection and if you live in Europe and don't know it yet, be ready to find amazing things that you have never seen in Europe - that is always the best part for me!!
If you are American, Smartpack is obviously an option for you and you are very lucky!!!

5. Equishop

This is the store I visit when I want to check new collections and products from big brands that are harder to find in other stores (Samshield, Equiline, Prestige, etc.). I have never bought anything from them (yet!!) but I'm sure I will in the future.

6.  Oops, I just remembered another one that I must share!!! Horse Store PrivΓ©

This is a different type of store as you have to be registered to have access to the sales and it is written is French. Every week they offer products from different brands and the prices are lower than those you would find on regular stores. However, we have to be quick because their quantities are limited. The only things I don't like are: sometimes they sell brands that aren't horse related and they only ship to a few countries outside the EU.
My personal experience: I have bought a clipper from them and it was a great deal. Although the website is French, it was easy for me to understand everything and the delivery was fast.

Do you want to share other stores with me? Leave a comment below!
See you on the next post,
Carolina πŸ’—

Sunday, October 7, 2018

Equi-Spa: Grapefruit Coat Refresh

Hey everyone!! I'm back to show you another fab product from Equi-Spa, I've been using them like crazy and I'm honestly so amazed by their quality! My last post was about the "Fairy Tails" conditioner - ps.: I've added a photo of Gali's tail after using it to my Instagram highlights (the one that says Gali) - and today's blog post is about Equi-Spa's spot remover, the holy grail of grey horse owners!

Until I got Equi-Spa's Grapefruit Coat Refresh, I've always used spot removers from huge brands like Carr&Day&Martin and although they do their job just right, I know they have chemicals because Gali's coat looks blue-ish after I use it - does this happen to you as well?? - so having a spot remover that is 100% natural makes me feel more confident in using this type of product more often.

These photos were taken last Friday and someone must have told Gali that I was going to show you his new spot remover because when I arrived at the barn he almost looked like a pinto... 😱 But moving on, I always do the same routine: I start with a curry comb, then I use a brush and the spot remover enters the scene after that. To apply it, I use a wet towel and spray the product on it.

Just like it says on the product description, this is a relatively effortless process and the magic starts happening immediately. However, this wouldn't be a fair review if I didn't show you a before and after, right?! Here it goes:



What else can I say after these photos?! I think it's safe to say that I am more than satisfied, I'm so glad I have a huge bottle of this Grapefruit Coat Refresh, phew!!! πŸ˜…πŸ˜

What's your go to spot remover?
See you on the next post,
Carolina πŸ’—

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Equi-Spa: Fairy Tails Review

Helloooo everyone, happy Tuesday!! How is your week going?! Yesterday I went to the barn after school to organize all my tack after this weekend's show and to lunge Gali! While I was doing my usual grooming routine with Gali, I realised that I still hadn't shown you a few products that came with me from the US (ps.: can I go back already?!) and today is the perfect day to do it because I only had classes in the morning and I'm spending the afternoon at home - that's rare!!!

The first product I want to write about is Fairy Tails by Equi-Spa. While I was in NYC, this brand kindly sent me a few products and I have been testing them for a almost a month. From those three products Fairy Tails is my absolute favorite and if I could only buy one product from them in the future, this would be my first choice!

Fairy Tails is very different from regular mane & tail conditioners. Besides the fact that it is 100% natural (made from botanical extracts, essential oils, minerals and amino acids), its formula is very oily and has a super intense but relaxing smell. Instead of spraying it directly onto Gali's mane and tail, I like to use my hands because I feel I use less product and I get better results.

After this first step, I brush his mane and tail like I would do with any other product. However, I have been noticing some major differences.
Let me be honest with you, Gali's mane is weird. It's thick but at the same time it isn't, then he has a lot of volume in some sections but the others are completely normal so I try to be very careful, otherwise it will start looking like a hot mess! 😬 Fairy Tails has been helping me with this issue because it makes the mane look softer. I also feel his mane and tail have been growing faster and I don't know for a fact that is a consequence of using this product but I'm loving it, especially because it looks healthier.

This was when I tried to apply it directly

However, the best part of it is that Fairy Tails leaves his mane and tail incredibly shiny (ridiculously beautiful!!!) and then while I'm riding I can feel the lovely smell!!
On Equi-Spa's website, they advise us to spray a generous amount of product but I've been using a very small amount each time and I think it is more than enough. At the beginning I thought the 16oz bottle wouldn't last long but now I am almost sure it will last, at least, 1.5/2 more months - I'll let you know!

The only thing that didn't work very well the first time I used the spray was that Gali thought the smell was weird but he always does that when I use something new. After letting him smell it for a few seconds, he got completely used to the smell and even tried to eat the bottle as you can see on this last pic! πŸ˜‚

See you on the next post,
Carolina πŸ’—

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Horse Nutritionists – Let’s talk about Wisium!

Hi, everyone! I’m back from NYC and spending my days at the barn with Mr. Gali has been my routine since I got back. We’re having some hot, hot days here in Portugal and, as I’m sure you all know by now, colics are one of my biggest concerns after last year’s episode. Gali doesn’t drink a lot of water so I always try to make sure his diet is balanced enough and that the supplements I give him are adequate and force him do drink some more water. However, sometimes I still struggle with Gali’s resistance to water (I only have this problem during the Summer) and that makes me wonder if there’s something I’m doing wrong or what is in fact “inside” his food and supplements. 

Because I’m not a veterinarian nor someone that accurately knows what horses should or should not eat, this has become a topic that deeply interests me as I only know the basics. I’ve recently discovered a company called Wisium that focus on creating diets that are tailored for the needs of each horse. I didn’t know any of company like them but I’ve spent quite some time on their website and I’ve discovered that they have a strong worldwide presence, including Portugal which, of course, is a big plus for me!

Wisium is like a business consultant for animal feed! This company helps its customers in several stages of the process: not only individually to create formulas for sport horses, breeding horses, etc, but also on an industrial level making sure every feed is doping free, safe and meets the requirements and goals of its clients.

Although Wisium puts most of its effort on big companies, I would love to give them Gali’s feed and ask them to tell me what’s good, what isn’t and what should I change. Getting advice from experts tranquilizes me but if I’m not able to do it personally, knowing that companies are able to use this service is also great! 

I would love to know if any of you have ever used a service like this one from Wisium or if you already knew them - the horse world is so complex and has way more businesses than I can imagine! Anyway, I will try to find out if the companies that produce Gali’s feed have ever used this type of service!!!

Hope this blog was useful to you!
See you on the next post,
Carolina πŸ’™

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Monday, September 10, 2018

[#ROOTD] Straight from America!

Hi everyone! Have you seen my tack haul from NYC? If you saw it, I'm sure you know that my top is from Dover and my breeches are from Manhattan Saddlery! Although I showed you what I bought, I  still wanted to show you how these look paired together - this has got to be one of my best #ROOTD's!

Although I was planning on buying brands that I could only find in America, I fell in love with this Polka Dot SunStopper shirt from Ariat! I wanted to get a sun shirt from Tailored Sportsman because that is an iconic brand from America but I thought this one was cuter!
There is a women's version of this shirt but the first one I saw was in the kids section and it was way cheaper so I grabbed a large one and I think it looks great.

I love how lightweight this shirt is! I know wearing long sleeves in the Summer is weird but it definitely keeps me cool and the "ultra-fine" mesh panels are great to keep moisture away from my skin. I rode 3 horses yesterday and I felt Ariat's Moisture Movement Technology working!!

Before my flight to NYC I was already sure that I would buy a pair of breeches from RJ Classics. I spent months drooling over their breeches but I wasn't sure of which color I would pick because their website had too many options! However, when I visited Manhattan Saddlery they only had them in navy, black and dove gray which was a but disappointing but I still brought these with me.

These Gulf Knee Patch breeches are already on my list of "the most flattering breeches on Earth" and they are C-O-M-F-Y!!!
During this year I've realised that, in most cases, there is really a difference between "cheap" and "expensive" breeches regarding comfort. RJ breeches are not the cheapest but they are one of the most comfortable pairs I own at the moment. I hope I will be able to buy these in other (funnier) colors if I ever visit the US again!!

Before saying goodbye, my belt is from Horse-A-Porter, the socks are from Kingsland and the sneakers from New Balance. I felt I needed these three items to complete my outfit!!

Hope you enjoyed this #ROOTD!
See you on the next post,
Carolina ♡