New in Store – Premier Equine Quick Dry Leg Wraps

December 16th, 2014 by Sammi

Premier Equine Leg Wraps
We have the New updated Premier Equine Quick Dry Wraps in store now. These quality leg wraps have been carefully designed to efficiently wick away moisture from your horse’s legs to help keep them more comfortable.

 

Features and benefits of the Quick Dry Leg Wraps!

 

The Premier Equine Quick Dry Leg wraps have numerous excellent features and benefits for your horse including the following:

 

• Shaped for a close and comfortable fit around the fetlock and tendons

• Efficiently wicks away sweat and moisture – keeps your horse dry and comfortable

• Advanced triple layer technology, Polypropylene and Polyester combination to create PremTex

• Sturdy Velcro straps – easy to adjust – put on and take off.

• Stylish quality trim in contrasting colours

• Machine washable – easy to keep clean

• Lightweight and comfortable for your horse

• Range of sizes available

 

The Premier Equine Quick Dry Leg Wraps are ideal for use after exercise, particularly if your horse has become sweaty or wet during work. They can be used to help your horse dry off quickly and prevent your horse from getting cold and uncomfortable, which can cause them to stiffen up and may aggravate any existing problems or encourage the onset of new ones.

 

Quick Dry Leg Wraps are easy to use, fitting like a standard wrap with secure Velcro straps and contoured shape to ensure they stay in place whilst being worn. These very useful wraps are quick to put on and take off and can be put into the washing machine for easy maintenance, keeping them clean and ready for each use. A great pair of boots to keep in the tack room all year round, whether used after exercise on a hot summers day or after a wet hack in winter.

 

Come and visit us in store to see our full range of Premier Equine products.

 

Winter Road Safety – Fluorescent Riding Wear

December 9th, 2014 by Emma


Taking horses out hacking can be fantastic fittening and strengthening work, it also gives them the opportunity to have some fun outside of an arena. Naturally riding on the roads and verges can pose some risk particularly from traffic. If you and your horse are visible traffic is far more likely to slow down and give a wide berth when passing. The saying ‘be safe be seen’ could not be more appropriate than during the winter months when the dark nights often mean we are riding or bringing in later than we would like. At this time of year it can become quite foggy and visibility may be poor, it is important to do as much as possible to make sure drivers and other road users do not struggle to see you or your horse. Fluorescent and reflective clothing can greatly help with this. Please have a think about some of our suggestions to help make sure you and your horse are seen.

For You:

Jackets – We have a great fluorescent jacket from the equi-safety polite range. With the blue and white pattern and black writing this coat really makes people slow down to read it. A number of our jackets have reflective features such as reflective binding and logos which can help them stand out in the dark.

Tabards – Tabards are a perfect way to be seen without having to waste valuable time changing your clothes. They can be thrown on over a coat or a body protector and are available in pink or yellow in various designs.

Hat Bands – Hat bands are available in a variety of bright colours and reflective materials. They can be left on your hat and can be easily seen by other road users.

Leg Bands – Reflective material or snap bands can be used around your legs to increase visibility.

Gloves – We have a variety of reflective gloves available in a range of styles and thicknesses to keep your hands warm whilst riding in the cold weather. Both Mountain Horse and Sealskinz make some brightly coloured reflective gloves that are lightweight, warm and waterproof allowing your hands to stay warm and dry whilst you remain easily seen.

Whips – Roma make some brightly coloured illuminous whips that will stand out on dusky mornings and evenings.

For your horse:

Breastplates – These will be very noticeable to drivers coming towards you because of where they sit on the horse. It is of course also important to have something that is visible to car drivers pulling up behind you.

Boots – Horze make some brightly coloured orange over reach and brushing boots that will make sure your horse is seen on the roads as well as protecting their legs. If bright orange is a bit much Roma make some black brushing boots with silver reflective straps.

Exercise Rugs – Similarly to the boots the exercise rugs are multi-functional they not only help you to be seen but work to keep your horse warm in the colder months as well.

Numnahs – Numnahs can be a plain colour with fluorescent strips or binding or the entire numnah can be reflective. Having a fluorescent numnah will ensure that you and your horse are always seen when you are out riding.

Take a look at our great range of reflective clothing for your horse and you on our website or come and visit us in store to see our full range of reflective and safety wear, and stay safe and seen whilst out hacking and riding on the roads this winter.

 

Our Christmas Gift Guide 2014!

December 2nd, 2014 by Sammi

Christmas Gift Ideas
It’s that magical time of year again with lots of excitement mixed with hectic preparation for the big day, and not forgetting the buying of gifts for all your loved ones! Christmas is not far away now and if like me you have left some of your shopping until the last-minute, you may be needing a little inspiration for presents and we have the perfect guide to help you.

 

Take a look at our gift ideas for every budget, whether you have £20 or £200 to spend we have something for you!

 

Gifts £5 – £20

Joules Tweed Key Ring - This fun and charming tweed animal key ring is the ideal gift for any animal loving person, with signature Joules branding and made from quality tweed, it makes a lovely little Christmas present or stocking filler! £6.95

Joules Dreama Slippers - These gorgeous little traditional style slippers made from the beautiful signature Joules materials are ideal for chilly winter days to keep your toes warm and cosy around the house. £ 14.95

Joules Boxers - Something for the Men! The brilliant Joules two pack of men’s boxers are a great novelty present for any man in your life, with the fun slogan “Crown Joules” along the waistband and bright patterned materials. £14.95

Toggi 3pk Bamboo Socks – These quality socks are ideal for anyone whether you are looking for some riding socks, socks for dog walking or just everyday warm and comfortable long socks and they come in lots of brilliant colour and pattern combinations. £16.00

Glööckler Schooling Whip – This beautiful schooling whip is perfect for any rider that loves a little sparkle, glitz and glam, as a whip that can be kept for best of used everyday to add a touch of style to your schooling session. £17.72

Scarves – We have a great selection of fashionable scarves in a range of beautiful patterns to complement your winter wardrobe, from some of your favourite brands including Joules and Toggi. Price range from £11.99 – £25.00

 

Gifts £20 – £50

Glööckler Saddle Cloth – This beautiful glitzy saddle cloth features a faux fur trim and sparkle touches around the edging with signature Glööckler branding to complete the glamorous look, ideal for someone who loves a little sparkle and style. £41.00

Pampeano Polo Belts – These gorgeous belts are made from high quality leather in a range of fashionable hand-stitched patterns and colour combinations, ideal for wearing with a pair of jeans or jodhpurs so great for horsey and non-horsey friends or family. Normally £55.00 but  currently £35.00 so grab a bargain in store!

SSG Gloves – We have a selection of SSG Gloves in store, including smart ones for competition as well as great practical ones for everyday use, ideal for any rider no matter what discipline or level, as gloves always come in handy (excuse the pun!). From £22.00 – £28.00

 

Gifts £50 – £100

Caldene Leather Head Collar - This quality soft leather head collar is a lovely gift for any horse owner, with a small metal plaque on one part of the headcollar allowing you to engrave a name to personalise this lovely gift. £66.67

Toggi Haverhill Padded Gilet – The elegant Toggi Haverhill Padded Gilet is ideal for any country lady, made from durable water-repellent outer material with a flattering fit that is perfect layered over long-sleeved tops or jumpers, an ideal gift. £ 80.00

Glööckler Black Breeches – These gorgeous breeches perfectly combine sophisticated style with some sparkle and glamour, ideal for any rider that likes a little glitz, either for a special pair of breeches or something sparkly for everyday. £85.15

 

Gifts £100+

Joules Montbel Quilted Coat – This stylish long quilted coat is filled with warm feather and down, with numerous quality features, a flattering fit and belted waist it is sure to keep your loved one snug and warm on a chilly winters day! £179.00

Dubarry Straffan Shoulder Bag – The stylish Dubarry Straffan Shoulder Bag is the perfect addition to any country outfit, with a classic style that will never date and signature Dubarry finishing touches combining to make this beautiful bag the perfect gift. £199.00

Mountain Horse Regency High Rider Long Boots – These stylish long boots are the perfect combination of modern performance and style with a classic feel that makes them ideal for a wide range of disciplines and everyday training. £299.00

 

As well as all these gorgeous gift ideas we have many more products in store with a great selection of products for children including boots, gloves, clothing, toys and so much more! We also have a range of Men’s country clothing, boots and accessories, ideal for any outdoor-loving man. If you want to spoil your pet this Christmas then look no further with our great selection of pet toys and treats, you are sure to find the ideal gift for your canine or feline companion.

 

We hope our gift guide has given you some inspiration and will help you to find the perfect gifts for your loved ones. Happy Shopping!

 

What’s On December 2014!

November 25th, 2014 by Emma


What's on December

International/National

Olympia the London International Horse Show

Olympia the London International Horse Show, As usual this year’s line up for Olympia promises to be spectacular! Olympia claims to be the best equestrian Christmas Party; no easy claim to make but we think the show will more than live up to its claim. There will be something for absolutely everyone with a wide range of equestrian displays and competitions. Some of the top names in the sport will be there to show off their skills and share their knowledge.
There will be Dressage Master classes from Michael Eilberg and Laura Tomlinson as well as a demonstration by the world’s number 1 Dressage combination Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro. The Shetland pony Grand National promises to be exhilarating and entertaining as does the Markel Champion Challenge. This challenge will involve four jump jockeys including AP McCoy and four flat jockeys including Richard Hughes and will see them compete against one another in a show jumping competition. The current ladies vaulting champion Joanne Eccles will perform both on her own and with her sister and the Ukrainian Cossacks will perform a very impressive stunt display based on their traditional fighting techniques. Don’t forget the dog agility finals that will be taking place throughout the week as well as a number of other displays and demonstrations. If you do not manage to make it to Olympia in person, don’t worry you will be able to see a lot of the show on TV. Please see Olympia’s website for more information.

Local

Elms Farm Equestrian Centre

Arena UK

4th – 7th, Senior British Showjumping Show

For more information please see Arena UK’s website


Arena UK

Elms Farm Equestrian Centre

6th, Have a go Indoor Unaffiliated Showjumping

7th, Unaffiliated Showjumping

13th, Back to Basics Dressage Clinic

14th, Big Christmas Show

28th, Combined Training

 

For more information please see Elms Farm’s website

December is a particularly quiet month for equestrian competitions and training days, with Christmas fast approaching we hope you make it out to a few things in December and enjoy recuperating ready to start the new year in style. If you haven’t considered it before why not think about joining a pony club or riding club in January to meet some new people and perhaps try some different things with your horse.

Banner photo courtesy of Kit Houghton

 

Introducing you to HKM – Our NEW Product Range!

November 19th, 2014 by Sammi


We have recently taken on a NEW brand in store, chosen for the fashionable ranges of quality products they have to offer! The latest brand to feature in our stores is HKM, a high quality equestrian brand based in Germany known for their comprehensive and highly fashionable range of products for both horse and rider. Let’s take a closer look at where they came from and what they have to offer.

A little about HKM

HKM have grown rapidly and become increasingly popular with riders of all ages across the disciplines in recent years. They are renowned for the excellent range of fashionable and stylish high quality products they have to offer, and appeal particularly to young and upcoming riders with their catch-line of “Young and different!”. Although HKM have become recognised in more recent years they were actually founded by Hans Egbers back in 1967 under the name Veno Wäsche, starting out in the industrial sewing sector but making nappies believe it or not! As a family owned business they also had a large riding school and it wasn’t until the late 80′s when the two family interests merged to begin producing equestrian products. Initially these products were sold direct to customers via mail order.

This new direction for the company saw it grow to a size that required larger manufacturing facilities, and so a production site of their own was found in the Far East in the 90′s. In 2004 HKM began to distribute via specialist equestrian retailers and has done so ever-since. They remain a family run company with Hans Egbers’ son, Klaus Egbers now running the company as HKM and they still own the large riding school, which is run by Klaus’ brother (Horse Management Expert) and is where many of the products are thoroughly road tested for approval before production!

Let’s take a look at their products!

HKM have an excellent range of stylish products for both horse and rider, with boots, bandages, rugs, breeches, tops, coats and much more! They also have many different collections to choose from, with various colour combinations and matching products for a complete look that is stylish and fashionable.

Lauria Garrelli

The Lauria Garrelli Collection perfectly combines style and tradition, using fashionable pastel colours and quality materials to create a superior range of products at great prices, for both horse and rider. Our pick of the Lauria Garrelli products we stock is the gorgeous coordinating Champange range for your horse, creating a very stylish look.

The Champagne Collection – This exquisite range of products for horse and rider provides a coordinating look that is classic in style yet smart and practical making them perfect for everyday training. You can purchase Bandages, Saddle Pads, Fleece Rugs, Headcollars and Ear Bonnets in matching colours, with stylish contrast faux suede trims and detail for the perfect finishing touch.

Cavallino Marino

The Cavallino Marino range of rider clothing and horse equipment is a classical combination of sophisticated style and comfort, with high quality materials and elegant finishing touches that create this sleek and fashionable collection of equestrian wear. We are yet to receive our collection of Cavallino Marino products but when we do there will be gorgeous matching ear bonnets, saddle cloths, bandages and much more to choose from!


Pro Team

The HKM Pro Team Collection is bright and stylish with a great selection of fashionable yet practical products for horse and rider, in a wide range of fun colour combinations that are right on trend. Quality materials are used to make this selection of sporty riding wear and horse equipment, and one of our favourite products in this range are the Pro Team Soft Shell Breeches.

Pro Team Soft Shell Breeches – have numerous excellent features including the signature Pro Team silicone knee edging for enhanced grip and security in the saddle. These beautiful breeches have contrast detailing and a super comfortable polar fleece lining, with two front and rear pockets.


Glööckler

The Glööckler collection is a combination of glitz and glam, with fashionable yet practical products for both horse and rider, in a range of gorgeous coordinating products that combine sumptuously soft faux fur, some sparkle, bright colours and bold patterns. Our pick of the Glööckler products are the Royal Silver Protection and Fetlock boots.

Glööckler Royal Silver Protection and Fetlock  Boots – these feature double locking Velcro fastenings made from shock absorbing materials, soft padded lining and an anatomical shape that fits to the contours of your horse to provide comfortable protection, combined with stylish silver glitz and signature branding.

For our full range of HKM products come and visit us in store!

How at risk is your horse from Sycamore Poisoning?

November 11th, 2014 by Emma


Horses have been kept in paddocks with sycamore trees for hundreds of years and yet recently cases of sycamore poisoning have greatly increased. Some horses that have been kept in the same field in previous years are for some reason suffering this year. Previously this was a very rare condition without a specific cause and I was completely unaware of it until a couple of weeks ago. With reported cases in the local area, we hope to provide an informative blog to help raise awareness and consider why this condition is becoming more prevalent. Sycamore poisoning appears to have been a larger problem this year, due to the mild wet winter we had last year the sycamore trees produced more seeds and seedlings. Additionally the weather has remained incredibly mild as we head towards winter with just one frost so far leaving far more seeds on the ground than usual.

 

Δ What is Sycamore Poisoning?

 

Sycamore poisoning is the informal name given to Equine Atypical Myopathy. Although a definite link is yet to be established between sycamore trees and Atypical Myopathy in horses, sycamore leaves have been a consistent factor in the fields of poisoned horses. Atypical Myopathy is a highly fatal muscle disease thought to be caused by the Hypoglycin A toxin disrupting muscle fibres. This toxin is present in the seeds and seedlings of sycamore trees. By attacking the muscle fibres if untreated this disease causes failure of the respiratory and cardiac muscles.

 

Symptons:

  • Colic like symptons
  • Sweating
  • Getting stressed
  • Fatigue
  • Shivering
  • Trembling
  • Dark red, muddy coloured urine

 

If your horse seems under the weather and is exhibiting any of these symptons, do not hesitate to contact your vet. Equine Atypical Myopathy has a 70-80% fatality rate and naturally if caught early enough the chances of survival are increased. Foals and Youngsters seem to be at an increased risk from the disease, perhaps they have had less chance to build up immunity to it. It has been suggested by the British Veterinary Journal that animals may also have a certain amount of behavioural resistance to poisoning due to exposure at sub-lethal levels with prior exposure to seeds in the pasture.

 

+ Prevention is better than cure:

 

Horses do not appear to be naturally drawn to eat the sycamore leaves if other food is available and cases appear to be more common in fields with little grazing. Feeding a top up of forage such as hay or haylage will ensure that your horse remains occupied, it is preferable to feed the hay in a feeder or haynet, to keep it away from the floor where leaves might get tangled up with it. It has been suggested that in the last couple of years the worry of laminitis has encouraged us to strip graze our horses and vastly limit their overall food intake. Unfortunately it would appear with some good-doers that boredom and perhaps hunger are factors in why sycamore leaves and seeds have been eaten. It is such a difficult balance with horses that are overweight to feed them enough and keep them occupied without over feeding. The rise in cases this year appears to be due to the weather we have had. It has been incredibly mild, meaning horses have remained living out for longer than in previous years. This has also had an impact on the grazing as a number of fields have been over grazed. Storms and high winds have blown the sycamore leaves around and a number have travelled in streams allowing leaves to often end up far away from the trees they originated from. Allowing enough grazing per horse and not keeping too many together in the same paddock will help to reduce the chance of your horse eating the leaves. Similarly bringing horses in at least overnight will limit their exposure to the leaves. From a practical perspective it is important to check that your equine insurance is up to date.

 

What to do with existing sycamore trees?

 

Unless your horse is exhibiting any of the above mentioned symptons please do not panic. These trees have been around for millions of years and with correct management they can remain in fields close to grazing horses. It is recommended that young sapling plants are removed. For older trees, they can be fenced off and in the Autumn when the leaves are falling, the leaves can be picked up and disposed of safely away from horses. It is the leaves and seeds of the trees that cause the problem, therefore when the leaves and seeds are not falling the trees will cause no problem to horses. It is also important to check your field for leaves and seeds that have been blown in to your paddock from nearby sycamore trees. If you have sycamore trees on your land and they are not protected it may be possible for a tree surgeon to remove them for you. Trees play a vital role in the environment so we encourage you not to remove your sycamore trees too hastily although fully understand the need to keep your horses happy and healthy.

Get the Look! Autumn 2014

November 4th, 2014 by Sammi


It’s time to take a look at some of this seasons fabulous country and equestrian clothing for 2014/15! We have put together four autumn looks that are sure to keep you warm and cosy yet super stylish too, with gorgeous tweed and fashionable wax coats that can be worn with many outfits to complete all kinds of country looks.

LOOK ONE!

In this look we have combined a number of your favourite country brands to create a super practical yet elegant and stylish look for autumn. This simple outfit combines the Caldene Hardcastle Long Wax Coat with the bright and rich honey coloured Joules Halle jumper for a striking combination, finished off with a casual pair of jeans and the signature Galway Dubarry Boots in Mahogany Brown.

We have also added some stylish Dubarry faux fur accessories with the Leopard print headband and boot liners that not only look great but keep you warm too! Although we teamed the elegant Caldene Hardcastle Wax Coat with a jumper you could create a smarter look with a classic shirt.

LOOK TWO!

For our second look we have chosen another practical and stylish wax from the Joules Collection this time, choosing their signature Milbury Wax Jacket to team up with the classic Toggi Dudley Greige Stripe shirt, some casual jeans and the elegantly shaped Dubarry Clare Boots, creating a smart casual and stylish look for country pursuits!

We have opted for a smarter finish wearing the flattering Milbury Wax Jacket over a shirt but if you are looking for something more casual and cosy then a stylish jumper would be the perfect alternative and on a really chilly day maybe you could wear all three!

LOOK THREE!

In this next outfit we have opted for a sophisticated and elegant style that would look great in the country at a smart event yet wouldn’t look out of place for a trip into the city on a cold autumnal day. For this look we put the stunning long tailored Dubarry Hawthorn Coat with the elegant Toggi Sandridge Shirt that features a beautiful neck tie. The outfit was finished with casual jeans and the classic Dubarry Galway Boots.

If you want to refine this look further for a smart occasion then perhaps wear the beautiful Toggi Sandridge Shirt with a pair of smart trousers instead of jeans and a pair of moccasins or the elegant Dubarry Longford boots.

LOOK FOUR!

In this final look for Autumn 2014 we have gone for tweed again with a shorter Jacket from the Dubarry Collection. We have taken the Beautiful Dubarry Bracken Sports Jacket and teamed it with the rich claret colour of the soft textured Toggi Barnet Jumper; which complements the tweed perfectly particularly when worn with the elegant Dubarry Clare Boots.

The finishing touch to this outfit was the sumptuously silky Toggi Swinford Scarf with its beautiful bird print and claret edging. It matches the Barnet Jumper, complements the tweed and was tied around the neck to complete this classy and stylish country look.

Come and visit us in store to see our full range of Autumn and Winter clothing and find the perfect outfit for you!

Our Equine Winter Checklist – 10 Tips to Winter Well!

October 28th, 2014 by Sammi

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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


National

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.

Local

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.