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.

 

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!

 

 

National/International:

 

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:

 

TURNOUT RUGS

 

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

 

STABLE RUG and FLEECE COOLER

 

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!