Tuesday, August 21, 2018

On my way to NYC...

Hi everyone! I'm one day away from traveling to the US - New York to be specific - for the first time and I couldn't be more excited to visit the city that never sleeps! The city has countless attractions but for a horse crazy girl like me, it is obvious that I'm really looking forward to visit at least one tack store. Manhattan Saddlery is definitely on my list as it is near to Flatiron Building but I hope we can rent a car because I would also LOVE to visit one of Dover Saddlery's stores!

At those tack stores, I won't buy anything that I can also find in Europe and although I've spent the last 5 years discovering American brands online, I never bought anything and I don't know which brands are worth my money and which aren't. To solve this problem, I've asked four of my favorite American bloggers what brands or products they would suggest me. I'll share their selection with you on this blog post!

- Andrea from Horse Glam (@horse_glam)

Andrea is gorgeous, stylish and knows how to pose like a supermodel. No one can rock an outfit that includes both breeches and heels like her! And her mare, Chloe, has got to be the cutest mare on Earth!!

 She is a big fan of Le Fash, an American brand that was born in New York, and I may or may not be drooling over the belt Andrea is wearing on the photo above!

Love this show shirt from Le Fash!!!

- Melina from @mpmsporthorses

When I started following Melina's account I instantly knew she was an "easy to love" person. She has the sweetest voice and her long captions about her journey with her horse Caraszini or just about life in general truly inspire me!

Her suggestion matches her sweet personality: A to Z Blonde Bits of Health horse cookies.

- Taylor from The East Coast Equestrian (@theecequestrian)

Donny is one of Taylor's horses and I discovered her account when many of my friends (not one, not two, many of them) started sending me posts from her account asking if that horse wasn't Gali! ๐Ÿ˜‚ Donny and Gali are very different but I have to admit there was one particular photo that made me stop - I honestly thought to myself "who took this photo of Gali?!".
I also love the fact that she shares so many details of her comeback to the sport with us!

I miss him every day. Our path may not have been the easiest one, but I’m proud of sticking it out until my injury prevented me from riding. I think when I couldn’t ride anymore, he fell out of my program and gentle riding methods until I moved him. Some days he would come out great and others he just didn’t want to be told what to do. It was my trainers idea to give him a vacation and let him just be a horse with the hopes he would unwind/relax and come back with his A game. I know it’s what’s best for him, and while it makes me sad not being able to drive over to the barn for a slightly aggressive neck hug or silly treat begging faces, I’m happy knowing he’s truly living the horsey dream. I don’t view his vacation as a setback, but rather a step in the right direction. I’m lucky to be in a program that truly puts the horses first. See you in a few months, D. ♥️
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Here's Taylor's list of American brands I should know: Tailored Sportsman (the first American brand I found online), ร‰ce Equestrian and Charles Ancona.

Ice Fil Shirt by Tailored Sportsman

Show Jacket by ร‰ce Equestrian

- Bethany from My Equestrian Style (@myequestrianstyle)

Ahhh, Bethany is such a gorgeous girl and her outfits always look flawless! Although she has an equestrian fashion blog and wears some very stylish pieces, her outfits remain very practical and functional - that is why I love her work so much. Oh, and her photos are always perfect!!!

Reading Bethany's blog gave me an idea of which brands I would like to buy something from - RJ Classics (breeches) is the perfect example of that!! But she gave me some other suggestions: Riding Sport which is Dover's brand, Mane Jane and Maelort & Co..

It was so fun to chat with these girls (well, ladies, because they are older than I am! LOL). I'm the biggest fan of their accounts! 
Now I have to say bye, the plane to Madrid is waiting!!!
See you on the next post,
Carolina ❤️

Friday, August 10, 2018

Mistakes To Avoid When Buying Your First Horse

Hi everyone! Buying your first horse is a really exciting time for you and your family but it’s important not to get carried away and end up buying on impulse, only to regret it a few months down the line. A horse is a costly investment and it’s not just the initial expense of buying it that you need to take into account. 
Buying the wrong horse can be incredibly costly, not only financially but in terms of your own confidence when it comes to handling animals and your riding skills. If you don’t choose carefully your first horse could end up being your last -  it took me and my family a few months before we actually decided to buy my first horse, Gali, because we needed to be sure that we could provide him everything he needs and that he was the right one! :)

Since I believe this is a very important topic, I got some advice from an interview with Russel of Horseseller in Australia. They recently relaunched their site and I love it. I suggest you check out the huge list of horses for sale on horseseller.com.au. They also have some good sections for equestrian gear too.
Anyway, I really enjoyed the interview with Russell and hope you enjoy. Without further delay, here are some of the key mistakes to avoid when buying your first horse: 
1. Buying a horse that is not trained because it’s cheaper
This is a common mistake among novice riders and those new to horse ownership. They go for an untrained horse because of the lower price, thinking it will be easy to train the horse further down the line. Unfortunately this is not necessarily the case. 
Employing an expert trainer will end up costing more in the long run anyway and there is no guarantee the horse will become reliable. Training it yourself could become dangerous if you are not equipped for the role. Also, training could take months meaning you can’t ride or enjoy your horse straight away.
Always go for a trained horse which you can start riding straight away – that way you can build up your riding experience and your bond with your animal, from the start, making riding and horse ownership an enjoyable experience from the very beginning. 
Here are some further tips you may find useful: https://nearbiz.org/what-to-avoid-when-buying-your-first-horse/

2. Only looking at young horses
Many beginners think they need to go for a young horse because it will live longer and be of more value to them throughout their riding life. However, generally older horses are far easier for new riders to handle. 
Older horses are much easier for beginners to ride and are a lot easier to train – they can also live a long and healthy life so it’s important not to overlook an older animal as a first horse. Starting out with a steady, reliable horse will help to boost your confidence as a new rider.

3. Buying new horses for children
If you are buying a first horse for a child or teenager then it’s even more important to look at an older, steady, trained horse rather than one that is young and inexperienced. Many people make the mistake of thinking they need a young horse to last longer, however it can be unsafe. 
Mixing an inexperienced young horse with an inexperienced young rider can be a potentially lethal combination. It is far better to go for an older steady horse who will know how to cope with younger riders and how to keep them safe for you.

4. Going to a horse auction
As someone new to horse ownership, going to a horse auction is not the best place to find your first horse. There are many tricks which can be undertaken to make a horse seem good on auction day and it will take an expert eye to spot the good from the bad. If you are buying a first horse, unless you are going with a complete horse expert, avoid the horse auctions as it could end up being a very costly mistake. 

5. Buying the first horse you see
When buying a horse it’s important to take your time, shop around and never buy on impulse. Don’t buy the first horse you see – you need to make comparisons until you are completely sure you have found the right horse for you. 
It’s important to spend time with any horse you are interested in, handle it and ride it – never buy a horse that looks great on paper but that you haven’t seen. Take your time to make sure you end up with a horse that is everything you were looking for rather than a costly error.

6. Not spending time with the horse first
Just as you should never buy a car without test driving it, you should never buy a horse without handling it and riding it first. Make sure the horse seems friendly and confident when you approach it and do all of the activities you would expect to be doing, like tacking up, catching him in the field, grooming him, so you can assess how he reacts to everything. 

There are many common mistakes which people make when buying a first horse but hopefully after reading this quick guide, you can avoid them for yourself and take your time to make sure the first horse you buy is a great addition to your family and gives you many pleasurable riding days in the future!!

See you on the next post,
Carolina ♡