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Equine Care

Reduce Worm Burdens in Horses

Follow our advice on how to reduce the number of worm larvae your horse is exposed to: Poo pick twice a week or as often as possible. Rest the pasture or rotate the pastures systematically to help break worm lifecycles. The minimum recommended period of time to rest a pasture is three months. Use inedible bedding to reduce the risk of ingesting parasites. Keep feed hay in nets or mangers to reduce the number of parasites crawling in. If possible, keep pasture stocking levels to a minimum; ideally one or... Read More

Equine Winter Sale

Our huge Equine Winter sale is currently taking place. New items are being added, so be sure to have a look at our offers while you can. Here is a selection of our favourite products: Bentley Whisk Dandy Brush This dandy brush is now half price, and is ideal for removing mud and dirt from coats. It features stiff, natural bristles made from Mexican Whisk and a sturdy wooden back. Bridleway Ladies Premium Jodhpurs These premium jodhpurs feature a contoured fabric seat and are made from 95% cotton. Choose from three flattering... Read More

Quick Christmas Horse Toy

Treat your horse this festive season with a fast and easy to make toy: Healthy Christmas Treat Decoration You will need: Twine Apple Corer Knife Ingredients: A small number of horse-friendly fruit or vegetables such as swedes, parsnips, bananas or cucumbers. We used the following items for a festive look: 2 turnips 2 pears 4 apples in red and green Directions: 1. Cut the turnips in half to produce four equal pieces. You may wish to cut either end off in you prefer. 2. Core the apples, pears and the... Read More

Top 10 Winter Hoof and Leg Care Tips

    Keep horse’s hooves and legs healthy by following this helpful advice: 1. Pick out feet every day with a hoof pick. 2. Check shoes for wear and tear regularly, and have the farrier trim every 5-6 weeks. 3. Consider putting over reach boots on, to help prevent shoes being pulled off. 4. Apply oil such as Veredus Golden Oil regularly to prevent split hooves and to help protect from bacteria. 5. Apply grease to the bottom of the hoof to help avoid build ups of compacted ice and snow.... Read More

Equine Clipper Essentials

Include these vital items in your grooming kit: Clippers: For a two-speed clipper with a wide blade, try the Andis Super Speed Horse Clipper. This quiet blade is fast and is ideal for trimming around face, ears and fetlocks. The Lister Liberty Field Pack includes the heavy duty Liberty clipper as well as vehicle leads, power pack and a charger for easy recharging outdoors. The clipper itself has an overload switch, a ventilated head and lasts for 2.5 hours when fully charged. Ideal for the mobile groom. Try the Moser Avalon Horse... Read More

10 Tips for Equine Winter Grooming

  Keep equine grooming simple this winter with our helpful advice: 1. Brush the horse off daily and check for any nicks or cuts hidden by mud. 2. If grooming outside and the horse is mostly clipped,  leave the rug folded over the horse’s quarters while you work. 3. Use turnouts with deep cuts and neck covers to keep the horse as clean as possible. If not clipped, use a lightweight rug which gives the same coverage. 4. For stubborn stains use water-less shampoos like Groomers Quick Wash Equine Shampoo for... Read More

Winter Worming Guide

Warmer winters mean that larvae are now more likely to survive than in previous years. Ensure your horse is well looked after with these tips: Seek out a vet to advise you on the most appropriate worming treatment for your horse and stick to the worming programme for effective treatment. Be aware that some worms may already have a high resistance to certain wormers. Treat horses regularly with wormers to maintain low levels of worms within the body. In recent years, over-use of the same wormers has caused drug resistance.... Read More

Preventing Mud Fever

Prevent Mud Fever this winter with our helpful tips: Keep horses away from muddy ground by fencing off these areas, particularly gateways and spaces with standing water. Exercise paddock rotation. Ensure all bedding is clean and dry. Avoid hosing down legs as this may create damp areas where bacteria can grow. Allow mud to dry and then remove carefully with a dandy brush. If this is not practical, wash legs with a low pressure hose and an anti-bacterial wash like Hibiscrub. Dry legs thoroughly after washing. Apply a barrier cream... Read More

Horse Tips for the Firework Season

Keep horses calm this Bonfire Night with our helpful advice: Prepare. Discover if there are displays nearby. Bonfire Night is on a Wednesday this year, so celebrations could take place on either weekend before or after the 5th of November.  Stable if possible. If your horse is used to being kept in, bring him in if there is a display nearby. If displays are some distance away he should be fine out, although double check all fencing and gates. Do not turn out in a strange field over night in... Read More

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Horse Rider Safety Tips

Horse riding will always carry a certain degree of risk – but there are a number of precautions you can take for a safer ride. Some may seem obvious, but the basics are always important to reinforce.