Less than 2 weeks until Christmas! Time to inspire your Secret Santa with a shopping list with 5 of our favorites
1.Ready to get some business done in the next year?
Check out your new travel buddy from Coco Maison. A handy neoprene Coco Maison tote bag available in khaki green or soft blue. For only €39,99 a lovely present under your Christmas tree.
2. Personalize your horse’s boots.
Veredus Europe now offers a new Sign & Mix booth to create your own personalized front and hind boots. Check out their website or with your nearest Veredus reseller to get your own pair.
3. With or without grip? A new pair of breeches.
Harcour Riding clothes & Horse equipment has lovely winter breeches to get you through the cold days in a stylish way!
4. In need of a comfy seat?
Butet is known for its comfortable saddles and excellent fitting service. Contact one of their sales representatives to find the perfect fit for you and your horse. They also offer a wide range of bridles, saddle pads, martingales and so on.
5. Some stylish outfits! Currently my favorite shop on the show scene must be Imoda Shop. Based at Sentower Park, they have a wide range of stylish outfits, accessories and home decoration. Indecisive? Imoda Shop also offers Gift cards… You’re welcome!
A few weeks ago, I spoke with Mariel Aguirre about her fall earlier this summer. About how it changed her view on safety and her determination to make everyone aware about the risks in our sport. Of course, you can make a bad fall by bike… or by walking down the street.
Unfortunately we can’t live under a glass bell, but we can make people aware of the risks we face and on how to have optimal protection.
I would like to thank Mariel for sharing this with us! Here’s her story…
After my fall in July, I was out of the sport for six weeks due to injuries to my vertebrae, ribs, and lungs. I was never scared to ride again, but I was scared at how quickly everything can change. One second you’re riding a 150 class and the next you’re being helicoptered to the hospital after a fall over a 1 meter jump. Breaking a limb is one thing, but injuring your spine, neck or head, is a whole different ball game. I think those who have had such injuries can say that there’s a moment when you’re very scared that you’re going to be injured for life. It’s one of those things that you think will never happen to you. It was a stupid fall, and one that often doesn’t have consequences. But for me it did. And in reality, the worst falls always happen in the dumbest ways, and all it takes is for it to happen once, for it to be game over.
I began researching back protectors during my time off. In other sports, wearing body protection is a sign that you are going to go in there and give it your all; you protect yourself so you can take all the risks possible to be unbeatable, and the best athletes wear the most protection. However in our sport, which is considered a dangerous sports, wearing protection has a negative image attached to it; it is considered amateur, and the rider wearing protection is probably the “least” capable/most likely to fall. I sadly haven’t had one person tell me otherwise.
I had to make it a habit. Everyday when I put my helmet on, I put my body protector on – to hack, to ride, and to jump. It is not yet a part of our sport, but there is no other sport where the athlete risks so much and protects so little. I felt proud to take action after my injury, but I also felt out of place, uncomfortable, “amateur”. We want to look good, we want to feel comfortable on the horse, we want to look professional, and the reality is that wearing a back protector doesn’t cover any of these categories. I wish I would’ve started wearing it when my parents told me to years ago. I wish I would’ve listened instead of saying no because nobody wears one.
Is it overconfidence in our skills? Is it lack of awareness? Or do we just think it’ll never happen to us? These accidents don’t happen everyday, that’s why they are accidents. But we give ourselves every chance to get injured when they do happen by turning a blind eye to safety.
The reason I’m writing this post is because I want to share my perspective, and the body protectors I’ve found that work for me in and out of the ring. I’m not expecting to change riders’ opinions; Riders still today refuse to wear their helmets at home even though we know so many who have had severe injuries, and fatal injuries, due to ignorance. I do know however, that the conversation around safety in our sport is happening, and I wanted to be a part of it and share my experience.
Don’t hesitate to DM Mariel for more info on the back protectors.
New week. New giveaway.
This week we will put 5 Horse & Hunk calendars through our lottery!
How does it work?
LIKE – SHARE – WIN
- Like our Horse & Hunk GIVEAWAY post on Facebook/ Instagram;
- Share it on your page/ story and tag us;
- WIN WIN WIN!!
Tag your friends and spread the love because everyone needs a Horse & Hunk calendar to sheer up their place!
The winners will be announced this Sunday at 5PM.
At Equlifestyle Holiday season has definitely started and we are happy to share these good vibes with you!
Time for a GIVEAWAY with 2 tickets for JUMPING MECHELEN.
Let’s keep it simple, how to win?
- Share this message on your Facebook or Instagram page;
- Tag us and a friend you would love to take with you;
- Show some love to the social media of Equlifestyle and Jumping Mechelen.
We’ll announce the winner soon!!
December. Cold. Short days… needless to say your house could use a little extra coziness.
With the Christmas holidays approaching we sat down with interior specialist Charlotte van den Bosch. Charlotte’s field within her family’s furniture company Habufa is product and style management, so who’s better to advise us for some great interior tips…
Here are 5 cozy tips from Charlotte:
1. To get into that real Christmas feeling use traditional Christmas colors such as red, gold and green.
2. Add pillows to your couch to create a cozy atmosphere. Be generous, the more the merrier!
3. Treat your feet to a nice shag carpet during these cold days. You can even combine two carpets by overlapping them. Super fun!
4. If you don’t have fireplace you can use a nice basket and fill it with wood. Place the basket on a sheepskin for an extra touch of winter, you’re going to love it.
5. LIGHTS! Use little table lamps to create a nice atmosphere or place some Christmas lights in a nice vase or lantern.
Keep an eye on our blog as we will be sharing some more cool items to cheer up your interior!
If you love your horse and happen to be an accessories addict, we have some good news for you!
This summer I got in touch with Caroline Sonneville from Sokiline. Caroline is a true artist when it comes to making the prettiest accessories from your favorite four-legged friend.
I guess my excitement was very contagious as I received a gift voucher from my family…
How does it work?
The procedure basically works in 3 steps;
– Pick your item;
– Fill out the order form;
– Cut some hair!
Pick your item
Scrolling down the Sokiline website you see all types of lovely accessories.
You can pick bracelets, earrings, rings but also luxury items. Anything your heart desires.
Next to accessories that contain horse hair, Caroline also designed a line with elegant accessories that will contain the ashes of your horse.
Fill out the order form
Easy like that… fill out the form and send it together with your horse’s hair by post.
On a side note, you don’t necessarily need to dispose of horse hair as Caroline also offers this in various colors.
Cut some hair
The hair you need would have to be fairly long, so you would need to cut it from your horse’s tail. I took a lock of hair from the middle of the tail. Depending on which item you picked you will have to take more or fewer hair. Caroline specifies this per item.
Your package has arrived!
A week later I received two bracelets which looked even better than I had imagined.
I can only recommend having these elegant accessories as it will give your outfit a very personal touch.
If you would like to learn more about Caroline and her accessories, please visit https://sokiline.com/.
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Weekend is here and so is your horse show… your nerves, your fear of failure? We’re sharing some tips to get you to the ring calm and collected.
Hey! My name is Sofie Luyten, your blogger for Equlifestyle and passionate amateur showjumper so we might share a mutual feeling of excitement and anxiety when a show approaches. Let me share with you some tips and tricks that can make you feel more comfortable for the show.
Prep is your first step!
Preparation is key, if you want to do well at the show you must train during the week. By training I don’t necessarily mean an intense 2-hour workout with your horse. The most important thing for me is that my horse is happy, so during the week I alternate exercising in the ring with nice walks in the woods. Exercising can be working on ground poles, jumping a bigger track or keeping them nice and flexible with some dressage work.
My tip for workouts: Instagram – rafaelcollares
If you scroll down some of his videos you will find some nice examples of how to keep your horse in good shape. Thank you for inspiring us Rafael!
The day of the show
Make sure your horse is groomed properly and feels fit to perform. If you aren’t sure about lines or certain jumps in the ring ask a good friend. I tend to only take advice from a few people that know me and my horse well. Too many opinions might distract you and leave you undecided.
Start to warm up in time and be thoughtful of the others in the warm up, you are not alone.
One good tip I received from Annette Paterakis is to breathe. Focus on you breathing and connection with your horse… that’s already 70% of the stress gone in my opinion. Don’t feel like you have to focus on a lot of things, pick one thing you want to do right that round and stick to it.
So if you feel you could use a little more inspiration for your mental game follow annette_paterakis to get some extra tips and tricks!
In the equestrian world things can always go wrong whether you are at a regional show or at the Olympics. If the results don’t show immediately don’t panic! Good things take time, horses take more time. A successful equestrian takes the time to let his horse process what he’s learned.
I see a lot of people blaming their horse for bad results, however I dare to say that in most cases it’s better to look at what you could have done better. Watch your video or have a pair of eyes on the ground, it will clarify a lot of things. Learn from your results, discuss your setbacks with your trainer or mental coach and keep going. No matter what happens… keep going!
I have been very fortunate to train with a lot of good riders but I think training with Quentin Judge has had the most impact on me. Attitude is more than talent. If you can keep a good attitude to those around you as well as to your four-legged friends you will see life gets much easier. Don’t be afraid to work hard for your goals, try to take an internship with top riders I can assure you it will be a life changing experience.
One last thing before you go into the ring…
“Eyes up and smile”! For some reason it instantly puts you in a positive mood and by keeping your eyes up you focus more. Remember we are all passionate about our sport so enjoy the ride as much as you can.
Do you ever come to the barn thinking… WOW who threw a party in here last night? Is your schedule too tight to keep things organized or do you simply don’t feel like it?
We sat down with Mariel to take our organizational skills to the next level.
Mariel manages her own 5 horses and faithful companion Dela based at Augustsson-Zanotelli Stables. On top of showing, training and keeping everything very organized she also works out before and after riding. Needless to say that “I don’t have time for organizing” isn’t an excuse.
How do we start to get organized?
Baskets, categories and labelling!
The first step is always to take everything out and categorize
the items so that you have a much better idea of what you have.
Clean the space and get baskets and boxes to put your items in.
In a tack room, you have for example one basket for grooming products, one basket for tack accessories like extra martingale stoppers, or extra blinkers, or extra stirrups, one basket for daily wraps and bandages or boots, one basket for creams and products and so on.
Everything has its spot, whether in a basket, box, or shelf. You now know exactly where each item lives.
It’s very important to make it practical. The things you use the most should always be easy to access.
After putting everything back how we want it, I label everything.
This is particularly important for places where you work with other people, such as in an office space or at the stables. By labeling, everyone knows where things are and where things go.
If everyone knows where everything goes, and everything has its place, then things don’t get misplaced or lost.
So many times, people think they lost something and it just got put in the wrong place.
Short hacks for a neat room in no time:
This will make it look a lot tidier instantly. Pick one way of folding and be consistent about it. When organizing a closet, it’s also nice to sort by color.
- Baskets and boxes
You can buy them anywhere and the trick is to not have anything loose, even if it’s only your car keys or wallet on the table. Even a tray will make it look nice!
- Storage box
As riders we usually have extra items such as extra shampoo, vetrap… By placing it in a storage box with a label like “Extra grooming products” or “Extra tack” you will avoid clutter very easily. This box can be put way in the back or at a top shelf where you don’t see it.
Try to dust off things, this way it will immediately look a lot cleaner.
Get a rack for the wash stall so you can store your products for daily use and have easy access. Hubo for example sells these racks. Make sure to keep this area clean!
Want to know more about specific organizing hacks? Follow Mariel on Instagram marielagu.