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Tack – innovations and traditions

As the role of horses has moved from work to sport and leisure, tack design has shifted dramatically from what horses need to what riders desire. We have a look inside the tackroom to see how much has changed. Tack was traditionally designed to fulfil a specific role – with little room for personal preference….

Summer feeding

With some horses needing restrictive diets and others requiring extra calories, feeding throughout the summer can be tricky but once you have an effective plan, your horse will look better than ever. Horses, particularly hardy native breeds, are naturally inclined to put weight on over the warmer months in preparation for winter. However, with warm…

10 reasons you know it’s a horsey summer…

– Your eau de toilette is more like eau de fly spray – The shorts and jodhpur boots combo leaves you with eye-catching tan lines – What you thought was a tan washes off in the bath – The bruises on your legs show that you really can’t get away with riding in shorts –…

On the road – talking transport

Whether you’re hitching up a trailer, thinking of buying your first lorry, hiring transport or simply getting your vehicle ready for the competition season ahead, this transport special has it covered. How to hire? With the rising trend in hiring horse transport, bear in mind the options and the questions you should ask when considering a potential…

Treats, licks and toys – sugar, spice and all things nice

Designed to promote natural equine behaviour, licks and stable toys can be an excellent way to enrich the horse’s environment and diet. Plus treats can be more useful than you think! Licks are designed to promote natural behaviour in the stable and field whilst in many cases providing nutritional support. For many people, a hanging…

Coat care and grooming – let it shine

As the horse’s largest organ, the skin is a great indicator for overall health, and maintaining a good grooming regime will ensure your horse looks its best, no matter the weather. Made up of two layers (the epidermis and the dermis), the skin provides a protective barrier to wind, rain and dirt, helps to regulate…

Bedding – it’s more complex than you think

Bedding used to be straw, peat, sawdust or maybe shavings, but these days you can choose from shavings of all different sizes, chopped straw, wood pellets, or flax… in fact the choice these days can be bewildering. The wider choice of bedding products is fuelled by an increasing emphasis on the influence of bedding on…

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Horses Take Centre Stage

On Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd April 2017, the East Anglian Game and Country Fair will take place at the beautiful new venue of Euston Estate, by kind permission of The Duke and Duchess of Grafton. Euston Hall is steeped in history and provides a beautiful backdrop to the event as well as a more central location…

Celebrating 75 years at the Animal Health Trust

2017 is shaping up to be a very exciting year for the Animal Health Trust (AHT), the UK’s leading veterinary and scientific research charity, which celebrates its 75th Anniversary this year. The charity dedicated to the health and wellbeing of dogs, cats and horses may only cover 100 acres in Newmarket, but the impact of…