My name is Azade Apa, I started riding in Istanbul when I was 6 years old, grew up as a showjumper. When I was 16, I started my dressage career and 4 years in a row I was placed 1st and 2nd at Turkish Championships. That opened me the door of internationals and I represented my country at FEI Balkanic Championships. At my early twenties I went back to my showjumping trainings and became an international rider and equine mental skills trainer. Now I am working as a rider and trainer in Kuwait, Turkey and also competing in Europe and studying animal welfare and behaviors.
As much as horses are elegant and strong animals, they are sensitive too. I have been riding more than 20 years in several countries as a professional rider and I've been always trying to improve myself for doing my best to take good care of the horses I've been riding. If my horse had a spur mark or scratch because of me, I would be feeling so guilty because I always care about their maintenance, appearance and conditions. This is a part of good horsemanship that every rider needs to have.
I started using EquiFits Belly Bands a couple of years ago and I found it so useful especially for sensitive horses who can have spur marks easily.
🔸It is very easy to use,
🔸It doesn't have any negative effect on your legs,
🔸It is very helpful to not cause any marks on your horse, and the FEI is getting stricter with spur mark rugulations, it is better to have them.
I believe we need to respect those animals which give us all their hearts and strength, and this is a very easy way to avoid hurting your horse and to have a good physiognomy.