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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….

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…

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 –…

Yard essentials: tools of the trade

Every horse or yard owner has their own individual thoughts as to what products; tools and care items should be kept around the yard. This differs even more depending on the size of the establishment, the number of horses or the budget. Everyone has a favourite broom they can’t live without, or a bent shavings…

Horse trailer safety: safe travels

Transporting your horse can be a stressful experience, but ensuring your trailer is road worthy and safe will help journeys fly by.  During the course of the year, we see many horse trailers that shouldn’t be on the road. Such trailers are used to carry very expensive horses, someone’s real pride and joy, but in…

In the feed room: reading a feedbag

With eye catching packaging featuring beautiful horses, it is easy to choose a feed based on looks alone, but do we really know what is going into our horses diet? The back of a feedbag contains a wealth of knowledge, telling you not only how to feed and the recommended weights, but also the exact…

Beat the buzz: when flies attack

From Culicoides midges to giant horse flies, the summer may bring sunshine but it also brings these biting bugs out in force! Ask any rider what bothers them most about the summer and flies would be the first thing that comes to mind. Flies are relentless and can cause a range of problems for horses,…

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…

Pasture management: upgrade your grass

Getting the best from your grazing takes time, effort and most importantly a plan. With spring on the way, there is still plenty of time to get jobs in the diary and ensure you have enough grass to see you to next winter. On average, horses spend up to 16 hours a day eating, and…

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…