Our Equine Winter Checklist – 10 Tips to Winter Well!

October 28th, 2014 by Sammi


The weather is renowned for being unpredictable and never more so than during autumn and winter months, when you can experience anything from crisp sunny days to frost and snow! This makes it even more difficult to be prepared for winter horse care, with no guarantee of what kind of weather you will get. Winters are now also becoming milder and wetter, and this has bought about new problems for horse owners so take a look at our top 10 tips for helping you to get prepared for the changeable winter weather and winter events.


1. Fireworks – These are a real problem for some horse owners and they aren’t just restricted to Bonfire night, with many fireworks displays taking place for New Years celebrations too, so it is crucial to be prepared for fireworks at this time of year. If your horse is particularly frightened and affected by fireworks then there are some steps you can take to help keep your horse safe and comfortable. Take a look at our previous Bonfire Night Blog for some great tips!


2. Clipping – The weather may not be particularly cold at the moment but it has been and no doubt will be, so many horses will have started to grow a nice warm woolly coat for winter, and many owners have already decided to clip. If you are still undecided remember to take into account whether or not you will be riding and if your horse really needs to be clipped to stay comfortable during winter.


3. Worming – It is important to have an effective winter worming program to keep your horses safe from the threat of worms, including Tapeworm that need treating in autumn and spring, and Encysted Small Redworm that should be treated in late autumn early winter. Be sure to visit an approved local retailer such as our Country Stores across Lincolnshire or your Vet to buy the correct wormers to treat these dangerous worms.


4. Hoof care – You need to have a good hoof care routine all year but in particular during the changeable winter weather when conditions can go from mild, wet and muddy to frost, snow and ice over night. Common winter hoof concerns include abscesses and thrush, caused by the wet and muddy conditions when the hoof doesn’t get chance to dry out and be clean and also bruising of the sole when the ground is very hard and icy, so pick your horse’s feet out daily and allow them to get clean and dry on a regular basis and check for any signs of problems.


5. First Aid Kit – You will need a range of things for general first aid care throughout winter so it is worth having a check of your first aid kit and re-stocking it with essential winter care items such as a poultice boot, poultice dressing, bandages, antibacterial wash/cleanser and mud repellent to keep your horse protected from the harsh wet winter conditions.


6. Rugs – The wet and mild winters have brought lots of rain, and with that horses are having to spend a lot of time in wet conditions that can lead to health care problems such as rain scald and mud fever. Prevention of these problems is much better than having to cure them so keeping your horse rugged up and ensuring they have a place to shelter from the weather will help to prevent these problems from occurring. It is also important to keep your horse well rugged up if they have been clipped too, making sure you replace the insulation that would normally come from their winter coat and there is often a need for various rugs to cater for milder and colder days, and to alternate once wet.


7. Feed – Many horses need extra feed during the winter, due to a number of things including being stabled, lack of grazing, to maintain condition and to give them the energy they need to perform in competition etc. Make sure if you are feeding your horse over winter that you have enough feed in over Christmas and during bad weather, and also that the feed is suitable for your horse’s individual needs.


8. Stabling – Many horses are stabled for all or part of the day during winter due to being ridden, to help rest grazing, to help maintain condition or perhaps other health care reasons. If your horse is stabled make sure you have a suitable bedding, taking into account any dust allergies or health concerns, and make sure you are stocked up ready for any spells of bad weather.


9. Safety – This includes safety around the yard and safety when riding. The shorter days and darker nights bring out the need for torches and as much florescent clothing as you can for riding on the roads, with dull grey days making visibility poor. Reflective or florescent clothing should always be worn when riding on the roads but never more so than in the winter, so make sure you are seen and safe. It is also important for you to prepare for ice and snow around the yard. In these conditions your stable yard can become a lethal ice trap, so get in a bag of rock salt to de-ice the yard and keep it safe and wrap up the outside tap to help stop it from freezing.


10. Lighting – Now the dark nights are upon us check that all crucial lights work such as those in the tack room and hay barn, so that you don’t have to stumble around in the dark to get your chores done. Keep a few light bulbs handy so that you can get them changed quickly and keep a torch in the tack room for any emergencies.


The key to helping your horse to winter well is being prepared for all kinds of winter weather including wet and muddy or snowy and icy conditions, as well as adopting good general care routines to help prevent many common winter health concerns. We hope these top 10 things to remember for winter will help you to get through these often tough and difficult months well.


What’s On Equestrian – November 2014

October 21st, 2014 by Emma


8 – 9th, Your Horse Live Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire

Your Horse live is a fantastic event in the equine calendar. This year there will be a demonstration from world renowned dressage rider Carl Hester MBE, demonstrations from top event rider Paul Tapner and the rising star Ben Hobday. In addition a number of top trainers, coaches and producers will be there including: Lynn Russell, Rosie Jones, Jason Webb and Alison Kenward. Melie Philippot will also perform with her 8 year old pony stallion Luma the Lion. Her routine includes dressage and Liberty work and in addition to Luma the show will include four donkeys and a draught horse.


Elms Farm Equestrian Centre, Caythorpe

Elms Farm is under new management and is back up and running as a Lincolnshire show venue. They will be holding a variety of shows throughout November as you will see from the list of dates below.

Sunday 2nd – Unaffiliated SJ (UK Riders Qualifier) & Combined Training

Saturday 8th – Have a go Jumping Clinic with Amy Stacey

Sunday 16th – Unaffiliated Dressage including UK Riders

Sunday 23rd – Unaffiliated Showjumping including fun classes

Saturday 29th – DCUK@ELMSFARMEC Camp + Belvoir PC rally

Sunday 30th – DCUK@ELMSFARMEC Camp + Unaffiliated Dressage


For more information please see Elms Farm’s website

Sissons Farm Equestrian Centre, Peterborough

Sunday 2nd – Laura Ridlington give it a go Dressage Clinic

Saturday 8th – Peter Hales Show Jumping Clinic

Sunday 9th – Christmas Show-Ho-Ho Jumping

Saturday 22nd – Peter Hales Show Jumping Clinic


For more information please visit Sissons Farm Equestrian’s website

Hill House Equestrian Centre, Market Rasen

Saturday 1st – Daniel Moseley Demo in aid of the Air Ambulance

Sunday 2nd – Unaffiliated Show Cross

3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 10th, 11th, 17th, 18th – Show Jump practice days

Monday 3rd – Clare Hare Clinic group Show Jumping and Flatwork Sessions

Wednesday 5th – British Show Jumping Senior Show Cat 2

Thursday 6th – Jo Burns Show Jumping Clinic

Friday 7th – HLMDRC Show Jumping

Sunday 9th, Saturday 28th + Sunday 29th – Unaffiliated Dressage with Trailblazer, David Broome and UK Riders Qualifiers

Monday 10th – Dressage Test Riding Clinic

Wednesday 12th – In Boards Training and British Dressage

Thursday 13th – In Boards Training + Unaffiliated Evening Dressage Winter League

Friday 14th – In Boards Training

Saturday 15th – Main Arena Hire Day + Trudy Clark Flatwork Clinic

Sunday 16th – Unaffiliated Show Jumping with BS Club open to all

Tuesday 18th – August Pimblott Clinic

Wednesday 19th – British Dressage Regional Training Open to All

Thursday 20th – Jo Burns Firth Show Jumping Clinic

Friday 21st – HLMDRC Dressage

Saturday 22nd – Sunday 23rd – BS Area 24 Show

Friday 28th – Unaffiliated Evening Show Jumping Winter League


For more information please see Hill House’s website

We hope that something has caught your eye and you and your horse will be able to make one or several outings this November!

Wrap up Warm for Winter – Our Pick of Winter Coats!

October 14th, 2014 by Sammi

The cold weather is bringing out the need for our winter coats and you may find your winter coat is a little worse for wear after a summer in storage. If you are in need of a new autumn/winter coat for this season then take a look at our pick of the new coats for 2014/15 from some of the most popular equestrian and country brands.

Toggi Shelly Ladies Country Coat

The Toggi Shelly Ladies Country Coat is waterproof and breathable, with taped seams and a quality brushed polyester outer that provides a stylish finish and is durable enough to withstand the elements.


Toggi Shelly Ladies Country Coat

This practical coat has an elegant cut with a flattering fitted waist and studded back vents making it perfect for a range of country pursuits yet stylish enough for a trip into town. It is thigh length so will keep out the wind and rain around the top of your legs, and the stylish faux fur collar will keep your neck warm but it can also be removed on a milder day. The Toggi Shelly Ladies Coat is very versatile and comfortable, with a durable waterproof and breathable outer and handy zip front pockets which make it the perfect country coat!


Key features:

• Durable brushed polyester outer
• Waterproof and breathable
• Taped seams and DWR coating
• Cosy removable faux fur collar
• Feminine fitted waist
• Studded back vents
• Zipped front pockets
• Thigh length – extra warmth


Joules Holthorpe Women’s Padded Jacket

The Joules Holthorpe Women’s Padded Jacket is stylish and warm, perfect for cold and windy days out and about. It features a cosy feather and down filling with a tall neck-hugging padded collar that conceals a handy hood, great for keeping out the chilly winter wind. The Holthorpe also features some of the signature Joules details with the subtle Joules Hare embroidery and quality metal fasteners, including a sturdy full front zip and popper closure.

Joules Holthorpe Country Coat

This warm and cosy winter jacket has quality finishing touches with soft suede-feel trim, zip pockets and Chevron quilt detail on the back. The curved hem and elastic detail at the waist on the back of the jacket offers a flattering and snug fit, perfect for keeping out the cold and rain in style. The Joules Holthorpe is a very versatile winter coat, ideal for walking the dog on a chilly morning or a trip to the yard but is also very fashionable so could just as easily be worn for a trip to town.


Key features:

• Warm feather and down filling
• Tall neck-hugging collar
• Concealed hood in the collar
• Signature Joules Hare embroidery
• Quality zip and popper front fastening
• Soft suede-feel trims
• Zip pockets and Chevron quilt detail
• Machine washable


Harry Hall Malton Ladies Padded Waterproof Jacket

The Harry Hall Malton Ladies Padded Jacket is warm and waterproof with lots of great features that make it the perfect winter jacket for horse riding and other outdoor pursuits. It has taped seams and a detachable hood making it perfect for those cold and wet winter days, keeping out the wind and rain to help you stay warm and cosy whilst out and about. The two-way front zip gives you freedom of movement, which is handy when riding and seated on the saddle, along with ventilated underarms to help keep you at a comfortable temperature.

Harry Hall Malton Ladies Padded Waterproof Jacket

It has a flattering fit with a half elastic waist on the back of the jacket, sitting at hip height to offer a practical everyday jacket. The Harry Hall Malton Jacket also features a snug inner ribbed high collar that will keep out the cold and wind, with the option of the waterproof hood when needed. This versatile waterproof jacket is perfect as a winter riding jacket and also for walking the dog on rainy days.


Key features:

• Waterproof jacket with taped seams
• Warm and padded
• Handy detachable hood
• Reflective details
• Tall inner ribbed collar
• Warm double placket front
• Two way zip and zip pockets
• Flattering half elasticated waist
• Ventilated underarms
• Machine washable



Horze Alessa Women’s Long Coat

The Horze Alessa Women’s Long Coat is warm and cosy with a water-repellent and windproof outer that will help to keep you protected from the elements during the changing winter weather. This long coat will wrap you up and keep you cosy when it’s cold outside, ideal for all kinds of country pursuits from walking the dog to popping out on the school run. The Alessa Coat can also be used for riding with the handy popper fastened rear vents and two-way front zip, which allow for extra freedom when sat in the saddle. It features a detachable hood with detachable faux fur trim, giving you the option to wear the coat in a variety of ways.

Horze Alessa Women's Long Coat

The Lycra inner cuffs help to keep out the wind and rain further, whilst the two handy side zip pockets and two chest zip pockets provide a secure place to keep your phone, keys and other small belongings. If you are looking for a fashionable yet versatile warm winter coat that would look great for a trip to the shops or at the stables then the Horze Alessa ticks all the boxes.


Key features:

• Water repellent and windproof outer
• Long cut and warm padding
• Two way front zip
• Popper fastened rear vents
• Handy detachable hood
• Detachable fur trim on hood
• Lycra inner cuffs
• Two side and chest zip pockets



We hope that you have seen a winter coat that you like but if you haven’t found what you are looking for then just come and visit us in store to see many more styles, with a range of tweed and wax coats, as well as more warm and waterproof coats like the ones above. Make sure you stay warm and cosy this winter with one of this seasons stylish winter coats.


To stable or not to stable, that is the question

October 7th, 2014 by Emma

It is the time of year when the temperature is dropping and horses are starting to have their rugs back on. As we head into Autumn whether or not to stable becomes a big question. It is often weather dependent and we all know how hard that is to predict! Breathing concerns are also of great importance as some horses seem to get on better wintering out rather than in. We have compiled a few reasons for and against, please have a read and hopefully it will help you to decide.


To Stable:

  • Warmth – a stable offers shelter and protection from the elements. They can be wrapped up in rugs and kept warm.
  • Maintaining weight – it is easy to feed hard feed from a manger in the stable. Similarly ad-lib forage can be fed and the amount your horse is eating and drinking can be easily monitored.
  • Hoof quality – although shavings can dry out the feet, boggy mud can cause the feet to swell and eventually splay. Wet muddy conditions can lead to other problems such as mud fever.
  • Cleanliness – as the fields become boggy and churned up a lot of time can be spent washing and grooming. Keeping your horse in all of the time or in at night and out during the day will help to keep them cleaner.
  • Allow the fields to rest – a lot of grazing becomes churned up in the winter. If horses are constantly turned out and the paddocks are not allowed to rest it will affect the quality of the grazing in the spring and summer. Sometimes it is necessary to minimise grazing for a short period of time to increase the quality of the grazing.
  • Keep joints warm – Rugs, bandages and leg wraps can be worn in the stable to keep joints and muscles warm.
Stabling has many benefits.

Stabling has many benefits.



Not to Stable:

  • Breathing concerns – horses with dust or breathing allergies can benefit greatly from year round turnout as there is less to trigger their allergies in the field than in a stable with hay and bedding and the stable itself all accumulating dust.
  • Movement – when horses stand still for extended periods of time their circulation is not as good as they need to move to allow the frog to work efficiently at pushing the blood back up the leg and around the body. Older horses particularly can end up with swollen legs when they are kept stabled.
  • Hoof quality – depending on your horse’s hooves and how well their turnout drains will depend on whether they prefer being stabled or turned out suits them better. Going from wet turnout fields into shavings can cause rapid drying out of the hooves.
  • Sanity – some horses are calmer and easier to handle when they spend more time in the field than in the stable although naturally some horses also like to be in when the weather is not so good.
  • Bedding and feeding costs – it is likely that grazing will have to be supplemented with forage during the winter although less is likely to be required than for a stabled horse. Similarly unless you can use your own straw the cost of straw and shavings can greatly add up over time.
Some horses are better not stabled.

Some horses are better not stabled.



Hopefully this has offered a few things to think about coming into the winter; naturally for a lot of horses the ideal situation is to be able to spend some time out in the field and some time in the stable.


Handy Accessories for a smooth transition into Autumn

September 30th, 2014 by Emma

Unfortunately the nights are drawing in and the days seem to be flying by more and more quickly. It can be hard to fit horses in around work but there are a number of tools that can help to make this easier. Whether your horse is living out or stabled they will require a care routine. It is likely to be around this time of year that good doers will go back onto hard feed in preparation for the winter and therefore factors such as feed storage must be considered. Please find below a few items we have selected that will help with an easy Autumn/ Winter.


Top Zop – this plaiting comb is very simple yet revolutionary at the same time. We all know how frustrating it is to lose your comb when plaiting particularly if you are stood on a box or steps. Some horses fidget a lot when they are supposed to stand still to be plaited, this increases the chance of the comb falling out. The Top Zop comb allows you to comb, measure and divide all with one handy tool. It will even store your plaiting bands on the end, making them easily accessible. This tool will be extremely useful for winter dressage or hunting.

The simple yet revolutionary TopZop!

The simple yet revolutionary TopZop!


Hooftorch – this hoof pick will make feet picking on dark mornings and evenings hassle free. It is durable as it can be dropped, kicked, trodden on and even dropped in a water bucket. This makes it ideal for leaving at the field if your horse is living out or for being around the yard. It has an ergonomic design and has been tested to ensure comfort for the animal and the user. The torch features 5 LED bright lights and has an average running time of 150 – 180 hours which will allow for a lot of hoof picking!

The very handy Hooftorch!

The very handy Hooftorch!



Stall Guard – stall guards are useful as a temporary barrier for your horse when they are stabled. They make mucking out, grooming and tacking up simpler as you do not have to worry about continually opening and closing the stable door. Some horses are very respectful of stall guards and are safe to be left with their main stable door open for extended periods of time allowing for a light and airy stable.

The standard Roma Stall Guard!

The standard Roma Stall Guard!



Haynet Filler – as a number of horses start to come in after spending the summer out, roughage will be fed in the form of hay or haylage rather than grazing. Haynet filling can be time consuming and this is where a haynet filler can offer valuable assistance. They hold the haynet open allowing you to have both hands free for putting hay or haylage into the net.

The very useful Stubbs Haynet Filler!

The very useful Stubbs Haynet Filler!



Please come into the store to have a look at these products among others that will make Autumn and Winter easier for you and your horse.



What’s On Equestrian and Country – October 2014!

September 23rd, 2014 by Sammi

Take a look at some of this months events from the big international competitions to some of the excellent local venues you could attend, and see if there’s something that you’d like to go along to!





8th – 12th October – Is the date of the renowned Horse of the Year Show at the Birmingham NEC where riders across many different disciplines come to compete in one of the world’s most famous horse shows, and take the title in one of the prestigious classes. Some of the UK’s top riders will be there competing for the many titles in Showing, Show Jumping, Dressage and Pony Club events with the option of watching the fast-paced Scurry Racing, for a great mixture of top-class equestrian events to watch. As well as all the equestrian action you can enjoy a stroll around the Retail Village, with plenty of places to eat and drink should you need a break. Follow the link above to find out more and to see all of the amazing events on offer across the 5 day spectacular.


9th – 12th October – This is the date for Weston Park Horse Trials, the autumn event for 2014 giving international competitors the opportunity to ride around the picturesque ground of Weston Park. Over four days riders from all over the UK and overseas will come to compete in Dressage, Cross Country and Show Jumping from Wednesday where the Horse Inspections take place all the way through to Sunday with the Show Jumping Finale. Keep your energy levels up and refuel and refresh at one of the excellent food and drink stands, choosing from a range of delicious refreshments whilst watching some of the world’s top riders competing to win the title. Follow the link above to find out more information.



Local Country Event:


18th – 19th October – The Robin Hood Game and Country Show takes place in the whole of the Newark Showground NG24 2NY with many attractions for the whole family including your canine companion, with dogs very welcome. It is the biggest country show in the whole of the East Midlands with a range of arena events and demonstrations including knights and archers, not to mention the many amazing animals! If it is shopping you are looking for you won’t be disappointed with over 250 trade stands and plenty of amazing foods and drink stalls to choose from, offering a whole host of delicious refreshments for everyone. If you are looking for a fun-filled day for everyone to enjoy no matter what age, then The Newark Robin Hood Game and Country Fair is the perfect country event this October, follow the link above for more information.



Local Events:


Arena UK, Willow Top Farm, Allington, NG32 2EF


Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th October – Senior Dressage International

Thursday 9th October – Unaffiliated Dressage

Thursday 16th October – Monty Roberts

Saturday 18th, Sunday 19th October – BSPS Heritage Championships

Wednesday 22nd October – British Dressage

Thursday 23rd October – Unaffiliated Dressage

Saturday 25th, Sunday 26th October – BD Judges Principal Seminar

Tuesday 28th to Thursday 30th October – Junior Halloween British Show Jumping

Friday 31st October – Senior Halloween British Show Jumping


For more information or to book classes follow this link to the Arena UK website.


Keysoe, Bedford, MK44 2JP


Wednesday 1st October – British Dressage

Saturday 4th October – British Show Jumping

Sunday 5th October – Unaffiliated Show Jumping

Wednesday 8th October – British Show Jumping

Thursday 9th October – Evening Clear Round Jumping

Tuesday 14th October – Unaffiliated Dressage, British Dressage Freestyle, KRC Evening Dressage

Wednesday 15th October – British Dressage, Unaffiliated Evening Dressage

Saturday 18th October – British Show Jumping

Sunday 19th October – Hitchin & District Canine Society

Wednesday 23rd October – Evening Clear Round Jumping

Saturday 25th, Sunday 26th October – Miniature Horse of the Year Show

Tuesday 28th October – Daytime Unaffiliated Show Jumping

Wednesday 29th October – British Show Jumping, Horse & Rider Magazine

Thursday 30th October – Eastern BYRDS Camp

Friday 31st October – Eastern BYRDS Camp


For more information or to book classes find out more by following the link to the Keysoe Website.


Vale View Equestrian, Melton Mowbray, LE14 3LX


Sunday 5th October – Trailblazers Dressage

Saturday 11th October – Trailblazers Show Jumping and Dressage

Wednesday 15th October – British Dressage

Sunday 19th October – Arena Eventing

Wednesday 22nd October – Senior British Show Jumping


There are many more events at Vale View throughout October including many clinics, Eventing and Show Jumping with Caroline Moore, so to find out more follow the link to the Vale View Website.


We hope you have seen something you would like to go to in October 2014, either for a fun packed day out or perhaps to take part in.


Our Pick of Autumn Rugs 2014!

September 16th, 2014 by Sammi

The temperatures are changing and Autumn is well on its way with cooler nights and milder days, so it’s time to think rugs for our horses. You may be able to dig out last years rugs ready for this autumn, but if last years rugs are looking a little worse for wear then don’t fear because we have our pick of this seasons rugs for you to take a look at.


Autumn temperatures may not yet require the insulation of a heavy weight so in this blog we have chosen our two favourite medium weight turnout rugs and stable rug. Take a look and see if there’s the perfect one for your horse:




Weatherbeeta Freestyle 1200D Detach-a-Neck Medium


The Weatherbeeta Freestyle 1200D Detach-a-Neck Medium turnout has many great features, creating a very versatile and durable turnout rug designed to offer superior comfort and protection from the elements for your horse. This rug is ideal for autumn with enough fill to offer warmth during the chilly evenings and mornings, whilst keeping your horse protected should we get some wet weather and the option to pop a fleece underneath if the temperatures drop significantly, for excellent versatility. Take a look at the key features of the Freestyle Detach-a-Neck Medium:


  • 220g of warm polyfill
  • Strong 1200 Denier outer
  • Durable triple weave outer
  • Added night vision strips
  • Breathable and waterproof
  • Taped seams
  • Detachable neck
  • NEW colour for 2014 – Wine/Navy


The collection of Weatherbeeta Freestyle rugs benefits from the same excellent features for the ultimate in freedom, comfort and protection and they include:


  • NEW – Removable Waterproof Snug fit cuff at the top of the neck cover
  • Wither Relief Pad – extra comfort and custom shaped
  • Full Wrap Tail Flap – enhanced protection from the elements
  • Quick Clip Release – quick and easy chest closures
  • Cupped Shoulder Darts – shaped around the shoulder
  • Forward Positioned Gusset – carefully positioned for freedom of movement
Weatherbeeta Freestyle Detach-a-Neck Medium Turnout 2014

Weatherbeeta Freestyle Detach-a-Neck Medium Turnout 2014


Horseware Amigo Bravo 12 Plus Medium 250g


The Horseware Amigo Bravo 12 Plus Medium 250g turnout is designed with the classic superior Amigo cut, offering premium quality, comfort and protection for your horse. This rug is ideal for autumn with its many excellent features and plenty of warm fill to keep your horse snug during the colder autumnal days, whilst also allowing you to layer with one of the Horseware Liners if needed for additional insulation in extra chilly temperatures. Take a look at the many excellent features of the Amigo Bravo 12 Plus Medium and find out why it is the best selling rug in the Amigo range:


  • Detachable neck cover – included
  • Waterproof and breathable
  • Strong 1200 Denier polyester outer
  • Works with Horseware Liner System
  • Warm 250g Polyfill
  • Classic cut – optimum comfort
  • Double front closures
  • Front leg arches
  • Cross over surcingles – as standard
  • Shine enhancing polyester lining
  • NEW colour for 2014 – Teal with Silver & Red binding
Amigo Bravo 12 Plus Medium 2014

Amigo Bravo 12 Plus Medium 2014




Weatherbeeta Wave Quilt 210D Standard Neck


The Weatherbeeta Wave Quilt 210D Standard Neck Stable Rug is ideal for cooler autumn days, with enough warm fill to provide insulation whilst standing in the stable and the option to layer underneath with a fleece or thin under rug should your horse need a little extra warmth. It has a many great features to ensure comfort and warmth when stabled, take a look at what the Wave Quilt has to offer:


  • Warm 220g Polyfill
  • 210 Denier outer
  • Stylish contrast wave stitch design
  • Nylon lining – keep coat clean and shiny
  • Twin chest straps – quick and easy to fasten
  • Tail flap for extra warmth
  • Low cross over surcingles – security
  • Fillet string to help keep the rug in place
  • Loops for optional leg straps
  • Breathable for comfort
  • NEW colour for 2014 – Wine/Navy
Weatherbeeta Wave Quilt 201D 2014

Weatherbeeta Wave Quilt 201D 2014


Rambo Deluxe Fleece


The Rambo Deluxe Fleece is ideal for the autumn made from quality anti-pilling fleece to offer superior thermal and wicking properties, perfect for cooling your horse down after exercise or to use when travelling for overall comfort. Take a look at the many great features it has to offer and what makes it the perfect rug for this season:


  • High quality double bonded fleece
  • Anti-pilling to prevent bobbling when washed
  • Smart checked inner lining
  • Effective moisture wicking properties
  • Promotes gradual cooling
  • Twin chest fastening
  • Cross over surcingles as standard
  • Removable fillet string
  • Autumn 2014 colours – Black with Tan, Orange & Black – Navy with Beige, Baby Blue & Navy
Rambo Deluxe Fleece 2014

Rambo Deluxe Fleece 2014


Come and visit us in store to take a closer look at the rugs mentioned above and to view our full range of this seasons rugs. Keep your horse warm, dry and comfortable whatever the weather brings!


Field and Stable Licks – Changes in Grazing

September 9th, 2014 by Emma

As the weather changes and the grass receives less sunlight it grows at a slower rate and contains fewer nutrients. It may be necessary to start supplementing your horse’s diet with extra vitamins and minerals. Forage is the most important part of your horse’s diet; however it can be deficient in many of the nutrients a horse requires.


Good do-ers tend to live mainly on forage, and although this provides the lengthy chewing time horses require for healthy digestion, forage alone will not provide the full range of vitamins and minerals required for a healthy horse. This is where licks can be an ideal supplement, they allow your horse to top up their vitamin and mineral intake by trickle feeding when required. There are a range of horse licks available that can be for general well-being and maintenance or for a specific health problem.


Field and stable licks provide not only vitamins and minerals but can also prevent boredom in the stable which can often lead to bad habits and stable vices. A number of licks will act as a balancer to your horse’s diet. They are extremely palatable and as they require no mixing or preparing they are fuss free. In addition they can be a useful distraction when clipping or for vet and farrier visits.


We stock a wide variety of licks – please find a brief overview of some of our products below:



Horslyx licks contain a high specification of vitamins, minerals and trace elements designed to balance out the nutrient deficiencies that are the result of a forage only diet. They are palatable and weatherproof making them ideal for use in the stable or in the field. They have been described as similar to a multi-vitamin tablet and are suitable for all equines from a miniature Shetland to a competitive race horse.

Horslyx have a variety of flavours; in the larger sizes the flavours available are Respiratory, Mobility, Original and Garlic. In the mini hand-held pots the flavours are Original, Garlic, Respiratory and Mint.

The original lick contains a high specification of vitamins, minerals and trace elements designed to support all round health and vitality.

The mobility lick has been trialed and results have shown improved stride length due to the optimum amounts of Glucosamine HCL, MSM, Omega Oils and powerful antioxidant Vitamins and Minerals.

The respiratory lick contains Menthol, Eucalyptus and Aniseed to help keep the airways clear of mucus helping horses to breathe more easily and dramatically reduces stress. The respiratory lick also contains Biotin, Zinc and Methionine for healthy hooves. This lick can be used for any equine although is ideal for horses that are kept specifically for competition and regularly take part in hard or fast work.

The garlic lick has proven to help alleviate irritation caused by sweetitch. It contains optimum amounts of pure garlic oil together with horslyx high specification vitamin, mineral and trace element package which incorporates the powerful antioxidants Vitamin E and Selenium. This lick is ideal for use in the summer to deter biting insects.



Nettex make a wide range of horse licks. The Horse & Pony Supalyx are available in Original, Easy Breathing, Nimble and Garlic flavours. They are available in 3 kg or 12.5 kg tubs and all contain Protein, Minerals, Trace elements, Vitamins, Diamond V XPls Yeast Culture and Molasses. Like any new feed the supalyx should be introduced gradually and then up to 400g per horse per day may be fed.

The original lyx is recommended for feeding to all types of horses and ponies all year round to top up essential nutrients that may be missing from forage.

The horse and pony easy breather contains a blend of eucalyptus, menthol, plant extracts and essential oils in addition to the original recipe. It can be fed all year round to help maintain a healthy respiratory system. It offers relief from coughs and colds and naturally stimulates the immune system.

The horse and pony nimble contains Glucosamine HCL, MSM, Cod liver oil and Vitamin C for optimum mobility and free moving action.

The horse and pony garlic can be fed all year round to improve the immune system and for its digestive benefits, however it may be particularly useful in the summer to help deter biting insects and parasites.



The Likit products are more of a complementary feed, although they are also a good source of nutrients. They are ideal for preventing boredom as they have a wide range of stimulating products. Horses and ponies are often kept in a routine that suits our lifestyles and this can be extended periods of time in a stable. Having a toy may keep them occupied and therefore happier. We have a variety of likit flavours, holders and treat bars.


These are just a few of our products, we have a wide range of salt and mineral licks as well as a number of stable and field toys for your horse or pony so we are sure to have the right one for you!


Country Days Out for you and your dog this Autumn!

September 2nd, 2014 by Sammi


As summer comes to an end and the calming signs of autumn begin to show there are a host of places that you and your canine companion could go and explore, from beaches that were out-of-bounds for dogs over the peak season, to changing woodland and the beautiful warm colours of autumn all over the countryside. Take a look at our country day out suggestions for you and your dog, and see if there is anywhere that you want to go and enjoy together.    

Having lots of fun at the beach!

Having lots of fun at the beach!


Shows and Events


Maybe you could try taking your dog along to one of the country shows during autumn, perhaps take part in a local event and enter some of the dog show classes. There may be a range of shows in your local area but one of the bigger autumn events would be the Autumn Show & Game Fair on 4th & 5th October 2014, where there will be many events, classes and attractions to showcase farming and the countryside! You could perhaps take your dog for a look around and watch the fantastic events taking place.


For more information on the Autumn Show & Game Fair, South of England Show Ground, West Sussex follow this link. Maybe you could book the tickets early and prepare for a fun country day out.


If you like the equestrian scene as well as your beloved canine friend then maybe you could both go to Burghley Horse Trials 4th – 7th September and enjoy the many tradestands, top-class riding and delicious places to eat whilst walking around the beautiful grounds of Burghley House in Stamford, Lincolnshire. If you’d like to take your dog along for the day then maybe opt for the cross-country phase on the Saturday and make the most of the opportunity to walk the length of the course with your dog, whilst watching the riders in action.


For more information on Burghley Horse Trials follow the link and take your dog along to enjoy a fun packed day out.


Fun at the beach!


Now the peak season has passed many beaches will begin to lift restrictions for dog owners and welcome dogs on more of their beaches and not just at designated times but all day throughout the autumn and winter season. It is worth looking at the rules of your local beach to see if dogs are able to freely visit the beach from September/October onwards, and make the most of what can be a very beautiful time of year to visit the UK’s stunning coastline.


A couple of beautiful local beaches you could visit are as follows:


Heacham (south beach) – allow dogs all year round on the beach

Sutton-on-sea beach – allow dogs on the beach from 30th September throughout winter  

Ingoldmells (south beach) - allow dogs all year round on the beach


Take a look at the Visit Norfolk website to find more brilliant dog friendly beaches and country attractions that you can explore over autumn! You could also check out this great website with the top 20 North Norfolk dog friendly destinations, including pubs, hotels, parkland and more.


Another very dog friendly place is Cornwall with many dog friendly beaches, pubs and hotels, all happy to welcome your four-legged canine companion to enjoy the beautiful Cornwall countryside and local attractions with you.  


Here are a few Cornwall beaches you could visit:


Watergate Bay (Newquay) – 2 miles of beautiful dog friendly beach – dogs are allowed off the lead after September 30th (Must be kept on lead between 10am and 6pm from 21st May to 30th September).

Trebarwith Strands (Tintagel) – a dog friendly beach all year round with a great local dog friendly pub called The Port William Inn.

Fistral Beach (Newquay) – great place to take your dog for a walk, with amazing views and plenty of amenities close by.  

Perranporth Beach, Cornwall – miles of beautiful coastline and open space for your dog to explore, this is a wonderful dog friendly beach for both you and your dog to visit.


For more great places to visit in Cornwall follow the link to the Visit Cornwall Website and take a look at the wonderful dog friendly places they have to offer.  


Other destinations for autumn!


There are many other destinations you could visit during the autumn months, from beautiful woodland to picturesque country walks across rugged terrain as the whole look and feel of the countryside changes during autumn with rich colours, new smells and a hazy feel that is very relaxing and tranquil.


The National Trust


There are many dog friendly places and beautiful grounds within the collection of National Trust places to visit, so perhaps you could plan a trip to one of them and see all the natural beauty in the very serene and calming autumn light. Here are a few ideas of dog friendly National Trust places to visit:


Sheringham Park – This stunning National Trust Park is home to a variety of landscapes for you to walk around with your canine companion, including woodland, parkland and beautiful coastline. You could get an even better view from one of the viewing towers and take in all the natural beauty of the many acres of varying landscape. There is also wildlife to see with deers, birds, butterflies found roaming the park, so why not plan a trip with your dog.


Clumber Park – Another beautiful National Trust Park to visit with an abundance of countryside to walk around, and more than 3,800 acres to explore. There is a mixture of enchanting heathland, peaceful woodland and stunning parkland for you to walk around all day if you wish, and many other things for you to do whilst you are there, or you could just relax and enjoy the view. 


Take a look at the National Trust Website for many more dog friendly destinations and make the most of this very beautiful time of year in the countryside, as the countryside begins to change around us.


I hope that has given you a few ideas on some great dog friendly places you could visit for a wonderful autumn country day out. Let us know if you have any great suggestions for dog friendly country days out this autumn and have fun!


What do Vitamins and Minerals do for your horse?

August 26th, 2014 by Emma

What are they?


There are a number of vitamins and minerals that humans and animals use on a daily basis. They are required in such small amounts that it is easy to forget how important they are. Vitamins are categorised as fat or water-soluble depending on how they are absorbed and if they are stored in the body.


Fat soluble vitamins are stored in the horse’s liver or fat tissue where as water-soluble vitamins cannot be stored after absorption into the bloodstream. Excesses of water-soluble vitamins are excreted out in the urine, therefore over feeding of vitamins and minerals is ineffective and can actually have adverse affects.


The saying ‘he lives off fresh air’ is common among owners of good doers, although it is important to make sure they are receiving the correct amounts of vitamins and minerals, as grass or forage alone are unlikely to provide the daily requirements. Copper, Zinc and Selenium are most likely to be lacking in a forage only diet. It can be difficult, particularly in the summer months to ensure that your horse receives adequate nutrition without gaining weight. This is where balancers and supplements can be very useful.


Although there are set recommended daily allowances (RDA’s) for vitamins and minerals, these are the recommendations set to avoid deficiency; some vitamins have been proven to be beneficial in increased amounts. This is particularly true of Biotin in horses; elevated levels have been seen to improve hoof health, quality and growth. Vitamin C and E can also be beneficial when fed in elevated amounts. However care must be taken to not feed excessive amounts.


What do they do?


Fat Soluble Vitamins:

A – important for vision, growth, reproduction, bone development and immune function.

D – required for the absorption and regulation of calcium.

E – a  powerful antioxidant that is important for immunity and muscle health.

K – needed for blood clotting and protein synthesis.


Water Soluble Vitamins:

B -complex – required for enzyme components and energy metabolism.

C – an antioxidant required for respiratory and immune health.


Macro Minerals:

Calcium – needed for muscle contraction, regulation of enzymes, cell membrane function, blood clotting and bone and teeth structure.

Phosphorus – required for bone and teeth structure and energy metabolism.

Sodium – a vital electrolyte, necessary for normal function of the nervous system.

Magnesium – needed for muscle contractions, activation of enzymes, energy metabolism and bone and teeth structure.

Potassium – also a vital electrolyte that is important for muscle contraction and nerve function.

Sulphur – important for skin, hair and hoof structure.


Micro Minerals:

Zinc – necessary for enzyme activation, immune function, tissue function and skin integrity.

Copper – important for immune and nerve function, connective tissue structure and the utilisation of iron.

Iodine – required for the production of thyroid hormones.

Selenium – an antioxidant that combines with Vitamin E and is important for immune and enzyme function.

Iron – necessary for oxygen uptake and storage.

Manganese – important for the metabolism of carbohydrates and lipids as well as cartilage formation.

Cobalt – is a component of vitamin B12 which helps to keep the body’s nerve and blood cells healthy.


Hopefully you have found this informative and have learnt something new about vitamins and minerals.