My new love- the Pivo

I’m so, so lucky to have put the Pivo on my birthday wish list this year. Because now I can film all of my rides! *happy dance* I’m now able to review my rides instantly and have these for my reference for as long as a I need. I haven’t had the Pivo long, but already I’m picking up on little details with my riding and aiming for little improvements. Not to mention, knowing the camera is rolling is teaching me to relax more and not feeling like getting a video is a ‘big deal’!

First of all, the best feature of the Pivo – you now don’t need anyone to film your rides anymore!

Since posting a few of my videos I’ve had a fair few questions relating to my new love, Pivo.

Just so you know I’m not affiliated with Pivo at all, I just really enjoy sharing the things I like with you! If something helps me with my training, I’m all for sharing it.

I have the silver Pivo it was part of a bundle with the tripod – so helpful! It also depends on what phone you have. I have an iPhone 11 Pro max. So, I think the quality of the video depends on how great your camera quality is.

The settings I use are:

  • Ai Centred
  • Auto Tracking
  • Auto Zoom
  • Predictive follow- only if inside the arena
  • Fast
  • Beta Horse
  • No tracking exposure

The videos automatically save to my camera roll, but they are also available on the Pivo Gallery which you can download onto your camera roll.

I have a few little tricks that I’ve figured out along the way.

  • Make sure the sun is behind the Pivo – doesn’t like the sun in his eyes!
  • Use the back camera on your phone – has the best quality!
  • Wear a white saddle cloth, bright coloured shirt and/or horse boots. This helps Pivo follow you.
  • I use the whole arena and get worried about riding around it when it’s in the arena. So, I found it best to put at E or B.
  • I airdrop from my phone to my MacBook to edit in iMovie.

My useful links!

I’ve also found the Facebook group for the Pivo Horse riders super helpful! You can find the group here

If you are wondering where to buy this from you can visit the Pivo store here, don’t stress, it is in USD and it arrived to me in no time!

My little video edit

Small clip of our training this month, highlighting the different positions the arena with my new toy the Pivo! 

Why Lunging is Important

Who else likes lunging!?

I recently put a post-up on my Facebook page, I had a fair few questions come through about it.

Now, I’m not talking about that thing we do in the gym 🙂

I’ll always be honest; you may not believe me as you always see me talk about lunging in my training. But I used to hate lunging- gasp! I never saw the purpose of lunging. I only saw it as an exercise, literally just that. To tire your horse down before you got on.

Now days, it’s one of my favourite tools. Coming back from holidays, injury and also as part of my weekly training program to help strengthen and condition.

I guess like many aspects of the equestrian world I’m always striving to ‘do better’ be a better rider, have better horsemanship skills for my horses. Always trying to improve myself to bring out not only the best in me as a rider but my horses.

For me, the change in my belief was seeing the transformation of Arnie in front of my eyes. Arnie being a Standardbred coming from a purpose bred racing background transitioning into a ridden horse. I was always looking for ways to help make little improvements and one of those was lunging. Getting him to be able to use his body better, shift and take more weight on the hind end, sharpen the transitions and strengthen his core. Best off all being able to see it with my eyes on the ground.

Our bodyworker Nicole from Equinic Performance Therapies who treats our horses on a regular basis was the one who introduced me to the wonderful Equisystem – which I now recommend to almost every person I teach!

This has been a bit of a game changer, the purpose of the Equisystem is to make the horse remember they have a hind end and how to use it.

I love using mine when I’m lunging, I’ve also used it in ridden work with Arnie especially when I have those canter days where I’m asking him to sit and wait more with the hind end. It really helps to encourage and gives him confidence in our canter work.

What my usually lunge days look like:

  • 15-20 minutes total
  • Lots of transitions, walk, trot, canter
  • Transitions within the gait, bringing the trot in and a little smaller and then asking it to be bigger
  • Adding poles to our work either 1, 3 or 4 poles
    • Aim is to get them to use their core, when they lift through their back

I bought my Equisystem through Vicki Wilson NZ page directly you can find the link by clicking here.

I’ll be honest, I’m in no way associated with this product, I’m purely plugging a product I have tried and tested successfully with my own horses.

Happy training!

Why quality matters

Like most people at times I do like to try and do things on the cheap, but like most people, we can agree it sometimes falls apart! Well- maybe not literally. You just end up wishing you spent that few extra dollars, waited those few extra days or weeks for something a little different, something with a little more quality.

Don’t worry, we’ve all been there!

All things in the horse world aren’t cheap, owning horses in general isn’t a financial gain! Is that how the saying goes, ‘how to be a millionaire with horses, be a billionaire first’.!? So true! We all spend cash willingly on our 4-legged equine friends for a new rug, boots, bridle and of course the necessities – feed! Like most equestrians, I’m sure you’ll agree that we don’t like to actually spend our hard-earned cash on ourselves, it’s always the horse!

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So, when we do spend money on ourselves, give ourselves a special little gift from time to time we want to make sure it’s quality. I’m the first to admit, I’m a bit of a diva. I always like to (well try to) have the latest things and seem well, trendy. I’m not talking ‘high end’ sell a kidney material, but good quality goods come with a little price tag.

That’s why when I launched the design aspect of Dressage Dreamers I wasn’t going to skimp out on any little detail. I’ve invested in equipment that is of good quality which will last and be able to be used again, again and again without any issues. But it’s not only the equipment, it’s also the investment in the actual shirt materials. Being able to source the best quality tees for my fellow equestrian friends.

Finding quality material is most definitely trial and error. Goes hand in hand with finding a reasonable supplier for the material! But when the stars align and both boxes are ticked you know you’re on the right track.

I can proudly say I know my shirts are of the best quality, they are not shirts you will find on sale in the local shops that I’ve printed on! I take pride and joy in making each and every shirt knowing that they are going to be worn by a fellow likeminded equestrian.

Throughout my travels, I have released several designs that are stock standard here at DDE. Which you can browse through the store here. Also, I have had requests of a more custom, personalised designs, such as logos for the stable team.

These requests are more than welcome, I have dedicated a page Custom Design, which you can read the details of what I can offer you!

I would like to thank each and every person who has supported me in my design journey in 2019, it means so much to me. I cannot wait for 2020!

The Ultimate Christmas Guide

It’s not that long until Christmas, it still amazes me just how quickly the year has flown! In saying that, I thought to put together a ‘go to’ Christmas gift guide to help out every partner, family member or friend this coming Christmas season!

Because let’s face it ladies, we can be hard to buy for! I know my partner (bless him!) struggles at times to try and buy me a present every birthday and Christmas!

So, take note, I’ve put together a few things from my own collection but a fair few of these are actually on my own Christmas wish list!

 

KEP ITALIA

I absolutely LOVE my KEP helmet, it amazes me how many different styles these can come in. I personally, have a super PINK one! LOVE IT! As you might tell from all my riding posts. Yes, I know, I know, I can’t compete in it, but it’s one hell of a cool training helmet!

Mine was a gift from my partner which was purchased through HUFGLOCKEN – they have several helmets already in stock, or if you are like me and want something a little different, they offer a complete custom service. Keep an eye out because they have some amazing specials from time to time, especially leading up to Christmas!

My Pink KEP helmet from Hufglocken

 

HAAS BRUSHES

Ok, I’m going to be honest, it wasn’t until recently when I attended the National Dressage Championships with a few girlfriends, I didn’t really know how these brushes worked or let alone how amazing they are! These are actually on my own Christmas wish list (guys… take note!). If you haven’t seen these amazing brushes before you need to add these to your stable ASAP, I know I want too! These brushes are available through IPPICO.

Picture Credit: IPPICO Website

 

KASTEL SUNSHIRT

Another amazing purchase of my own, I recently bought this Kastel shirt from HORSE IN THE BOX when I attended the National Dressage Championships. They come in a variety of colours including plain if you are not quiet daring enough for something a little different (unlike me! But hey, it matches soooo well with my helmet!). They are the perfect stocking filler and you can never have too many especially leading into this summer. With the lightweight material you can literally not only wear it in summer but can layer it during the cooler months.

My beautiful Kastel Shirt from Horse In The Box

 

DRESSAGE DREAMERS EQUESTRIAN

Yep, totally plugging myself on this Christmas post! Because some friends and family are ending up with some new tees! I have some amazing tees available which are perfect stocking fillers and can be worn not only in the saddle, but also casual with a pair of jeans or shorts while grocery shopping. AfterPay available! Can check them out HERE

Gold and Silver!… Sorry wine not included!

 

MATTES

I have a serious obsession with Mattes, slowly my collection is growing. The options of a saddle cloth are endless, not to mention girths and boots! But if you are after something for your partner (listen up boyfriends and husbands!), a beautiful white Mattes saddle cloth with the binding in your lucky ladies colour will be the most AMAZING gift! She will be able to matchy matchy with her current set up! I have the most stunning Mattes saddle cloth from NEXTGEN EQUINE. I have found them to be the most reasonably priced in the market and my birthday present was purchased through them last year (thanks Mum!)

Picture Credit: NextGen Equine Website

 

REGENT EQUESTRIAN

I have been a follower of REGENT EQUESTRIAN for a while, admiring just how beautiful the sets are, the colours are gorgeous and they honestly really ‘pop’ on the horses. This is on my Christmas list this season, the matching sets are available in saddle cloths, boots and bell boots. If you haven’t checked them out yet, I do highly recommend! They have some amazing colours available. 

Picture Credit: Regent Equestrian Website

 

FLEXIBLE FIT EQUESTRIAN

I absolutely love my FLEXIBLE FIT EQUESTRIAN Bridles; they are top quality and it just amazes me how many different styles are available. Alternatively, if you are after a different noseband or browband you can mix and match with a different style and it will still suit and fit your current Flexible Fit Bridle!

If you are either in the market for a whole new bridle, they have an interactive bridle builder to allow you to see a preview on how it will look on your horse! If your partner (talking to you gentleman!) has ever dropped a hint for a new browband or even reins, this is your place to shop. Top quality products with a variety to choose from! Or you can take advantage of the sale page this close to Christmas!!

All my horses wear Flexible Fit bridles!

 

JGT

Last but not least, something that has been on my list for a LONG time, I’m absolutely in love with the décor from JUST GORGEOUS THINGS. I swear when I went to the stand at Nationals, I could have packed the WHOLE stand up and taken it home. So, this is one HUGE thing that is on my own personal list. Literally just ANYTHING from here would put a huge smile on my face, because just literally, all of it is just stunning! With out a doubt, you cannot go wrong with any purchase from JGT this Christmas time!

 

Picture Credit: JGT Website

 

 

Just to clarify, none of the businesses above have contacted me in anyway to have their products on my Christmas wish list, this wish list is purely from my own shopping list. I wanted to share these amazing products and businesses because I know how hard some fellow equestrians are to buy for 😉

Happy shopping make sure you use your partners/husbands credit card on checkout!! … I know I will be!

Ingrid x

My Top 5 Stable Products

Top 5 stable products

I’m going to be completely honest, I may possibly be described as an impulsive buyer. I mean in this day in age it can be so easy to have multiples of certain types of product. Especially when you’re shopping online, and your eyes light up when you see that After Pay icon!

When your other half asks how much the new rug costs you can easily assure them it was only $50. With that voice inside your head whispering $50 fortnightly repayments.. Or you can just get everything shipped to your work address and they wouldn’t know any better!

But that’s not what this post is all about!

Firstly, I would like to be crystal clear.

The below products I’m discussing I am no way shape or form affiliated with them. I’m recommending them because I honestly love using each and every one of them. I use these products on a daily basis, they are part of my stable and work routine. Sharing is caring, and I have this fascination about what other products people use in their daily stable routine.

 

Therapy Rugs

I’ll gladly admit my rug wardrobe isn’t extensive. It is limited to the basics. A while ago I was doing some research on different therapy rugs. Not that Arnie has any obvious issues, I’ve always wanted to ensure I do the best by him and do everything I can physically do to help him.

I purchased the Rambo Ionic Stable Sheet and honestly haven’t looked back. He wears it at night while stabled and occasionally out in the paddock during the day (when his friends play nice and don’t want to destroy it!!). It’s also the first thing I put on him once I finish working him. Since I purchased the Ionic rug earlier in the year, his work has improved. He is really starting to work beautifully over his back and carrying more weight behind.

Plus, I find it a great rug to put on before warming up at a competition and also in-between tests.

It may not entirely be the rug, but it has contributed towards our improvements! Plus, doesn’t he just look gorgeous in it!?!

Top5 stable products

Magn8 Therapy Boots

Now these boots are an oldie in my stable but a goodie. I use them all the time. Race horses and riding horses. I absolutely love them, literally my rock when it comes to anything. Any slight sign of an issue and I put them straight on.

The magnetic boots are also perfect when stabling during those horrible winter rainy days. It keeps the circulation going to reduce any sort of stiffness or puffiness.  Even travelling to competitions or clinics I put them on.

Couldn’t tell you when I purchased these boots! It was many, many years ago. But, the Magn8 boots are the best. I purchased them from Stable8, who also make amazing show rugs.

Precision Equine- Muscle Bars

At times I can be sceptical about different feeds, often hearing conflicting reports. To find out you wasted your money.  But after reading all the reviews, I thought to go all in when I was looking at the Precision Equine site. I purchased the Intense Show Prep Pack. Which consisted of 6 Muscle bars and a packet of Intense Tissue Repair.

Top 5 Stable Products

Haven’t looked back.

Super stoked on how Arnie went on the Intense Show Prep Pack, I’m not the best before and after photographer but I can see a massive difference.

Top 5 Stable Products

I still feed Arnie the Muscle Max Bars, I don’t think I would get out of the stables in one piece if I didn’t! I adjust the amount of the bar to what work he gets. I even purchased my second Intense Show Prep Pack for my young horse, half way into the pack and I can see a big change in her body. Its amazing.

Precision Equine has definitely been one of the main changers in my stables this year.

MP Gloss Products

I’m a bit precious when it comes to shampoos, I do enjoy trying new things and I am heavy handed! Note to self, don’t ever try and dye a horse again ? I always try and get something that not only smells great but also gives a super shine.  Oh and of course a good clean!

Before any competition and everything in between, I always use the MP Diamond Gloss Body Wash. It smells amazing, trust me! Not just smells amazing while your are washing, but still smells amazing the next day!

For the rare occasions I step out in the show ring I also use the MP make up range. I wish I had back in my showing days. Super easy to use and don’t need much at all, so it lasts literally (well for me) a good amount of shows!

Top 5 stable products

Work Boots

Some girls have an obsessive shopping disorder when it comes to fashion and shoes. Some equestrians will admit they have a rug obsession or perhaps a bridle/browband obsession. Mine is boots.

More sparkles the better. They have to be white, blue or green. Maybe not all on the one boot ?

But, they must do the job. I have many boots, draws in fact. I use a few different types of boots pending on what I’m doing and where I’m working the horses.

I purchased my HKM work boots many moons ago, they are still going strong this day. Super easy to tack up, un tack and clean.

I have several tendon boots, each are all different. I love my Maxwell Equestrian work boots. I’m trying to save these pretty white ones for clinics, warm up at competitions. They are super strong and won’t be breaking anytime soon.

Top 5 stable products

Bell boots are probably my weakness! I tend to use ones with the sheepskin, I feel like they are more comfortable for the horse. I love my Woof Wear bell boots the best. Strong, nice and soft around the top for the horses comfort. I’ve been using mine for a fair while now without any damages.

Top 5 stable products

What products do you use part of your daily training routine? Would love to hear them!

Happy Riding ?

PopTop-Part of My Perfect Look

PopTop Review

 

I made my purchase from Sweet Iron Co last year and haven’t looked back. I have been in serious love with my PopTop, I wear it to every single competition. Besides adding to my perfect look, here’s why.

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I have always struggled with finding a decent fitting, smart, durable competition shirt. Not to mention a label that reflects my true size, not XXL! I must admit I am not a slim dressage rider but I do consider myself to be of average size. It always lets the air of out your self esteem going through the clothing rack finding the largest size or even walking away with nothing after all the ‘average size’ people who have beaten you to the shop first.

What I most enjoy is you can actually tuck the shirt in without the fear of having a ‘front bum’. There is nothing worse then having competition stress or nerves trying to remember your test or ensuring all your gear is clean to the find out you have a massive roll once you tuck your shirt in! The PopTop is designed to be flattering no matter what size you are.
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I have received many complements on my PopTop, the navy and white skull is my favourite. With my soft personality the skulls make me feel a little edgy without going all out. But I must admit it’s a never ending favoritism between the navy and my new blue one.
The stylish designed PopTop allows you to wear it at lessons, clinics, t-shirt days and even under your jacket at official events, making it a perfect top for any riding occasion… Or you can be like me, just to ride around a home in!
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The breathable fabric makes it an easy choice for me when I pack for competitions, as much as I don’t like to admit I am a massive sweat machine always needing my jacket dry cleaned after an event! It gives me confidence knowing when I go out into that warmup and competition arena I don’t need to worry about having sweat drip down making me feel uncomfortable.
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But what really stood out to me is the affordability, I hate spending so much on myself (as I usually splurge on Arnie!). For only $49 the PopTop is an absolute bargain, I can literally buy 2 PopTop’s (!!!) for the price of 1 tight, ill fitting shirt that makes me feel self conscious when I take my jacket off after my test. You know those shirts that just highlight your flaws!? I can proudly take my jacket off after my ride and continue to wear my shirt with my breeches around and to the office to collect my tests.

Plus, I’m proud to admit I own 3 of the 4 PopTops, navy, blue and white. With the new purple shirt which I feel isn’t going to be far away from my mailbox!

What I also love about Sweet Iron Co, they are based right here in AUSTRALIA! Which means fast affordable shipping!

Why you need a PopTop in your life like me:

  • Comfortable
  • Well fitted
  • True to size
  • Affordable
  • Stylish
  • SUPER fast delivery

Where can you find Sweet Icon Co?

  • Facebook: here
  • Instagram: here
  • Website: here
  • Most importantly online store: here

And did I mention the socks and caps? I love these too and I’m not a girly girl but I just love this cap!PopTop ReviewPopTop Review

 

 

PopTop Review

 

 

Why I can rely on my HKM boots to deliver

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I love my HKM boots. Ride after ride, day after day, complete maximum usage and they still wear brand new all the time. My HKM boots are the most reliable boots I have had in my tack room. This is why I can rely on them to deliver day in and day out.

I’m absolutely obsessed with new gear for the horses. But I guess what horse person isn’t!? It’s so easy to fall in love with different tack (especially tack that is on sale). However, I honestly haven’t purchased a set of boots in AGES. Want to know my secret? I purchased a GOOD quality set of boots and haven’t looked back since.

18 months ago I purchased my first set of HKM Protection Boots, thinking to myself I finally I have a blue set of boots to work around at home with and I can buy a blue pair for both my horses.  Little did I know at the time just how fantastic and how much of an asset they would become around the stables.

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As you can see they are well loved and they still have the perfect fit and provide the protection I need each ride. Bonus they are easy to tack up on those freezing cold winter mornings.

 

Here are a few reasons why I highly recommend HKM protection boots to be a valuable part of your tack room.

-Excellent fit

-Lightweight and breathable on your horses legs

-Designed to prevent injuries and to support the horses leg

-Fun colour combinations available

-Ridiculously well priced, so you can buy each horse their own pair.

 

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You can shop online while your still at the stables from Equizone Online. Equizone Online is run by dedicated equestrians to provide the very best equestrian gear around the globe.

Happy Shopping ?

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Why we need to spoil ourselves and update our saddle pads: Elysian Saddle Pads

I have recently purchased a beautiful saddle pad designed from Elysian Saddle Pads. I am blown away with the amazing craftsmanship and creativity on my new snazzy saddle pad!

 

I first met Andrea who is the creator behind Elysian Saddle Pads at the very first Brett Parbery Intelligent Riding Retreat in November 2016. Not only did I learn and expand my knowledge with developing my own training system but I also met a lovely group of like minded ladies. Luckily for me I now have a growing obsession with saddle pads!

 

I’m sure all of us have one (or quite possibly more), tack room items we are obsessed with. I for one have always fancied a smashing saddle pad, I have to admit it is not one tack item I have been frequently purchasing. I think it is for the pure fact I can be a little fussy. But creating my new tack room obsession was a simple progress with Elysian. I am more then happy with the end result.

 

Here are a few reasons why I recommend Elysian Saddle Pads:
– Simple and easy process on designing your new saddle pad. With a vast range of colours available it was comforting to know I could get a saddle pad made in my exact stable colours.

– I was sent a mock up image of what my new saddle pad was going to look like. – if you are like me, I am a visual person. This made my decision a lot easier!

– Excellent craftsmanship- the materials are second to none and the detailing is fantastic. Also, with options on different materials to suit the needs for your horse.

– Supporting up and coming Australian made businesses. Most of us (including myself) do what we do because we have passion and dedication in what we are trying to achieve. This is something I truly believe, we need to support each other in our equestrian community.

The only downside is now I have an obsession and want a whole tack room full! ?

But you can see just how beautiful the saddle pad is for yourself, here is my newest addition to the tack room! Photos by Elysian Saddle Pads

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Photo by Elysian Saddle Pads

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Photo by Elysian Saddle Pads

You can get social with Elysian Saddle Pads on Facebook here and Instagram here to see the full range of amazing saddle pads at your finger tips!

Happy Saddle Pad collecting ! 🙂