Horse Advice

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

Prepare Equine Skin For Winter

With horses soon being wrapped up warm for winter, you may worry about their coats rubbing and creating bald patches. Use the following food supplements in their diet to help maintain a healthy coat: Groomers Equine Supplement With Royal Jelly Royal Jelly contains high levels of natural proteins, fructose and sugars, usually used in nature to develop larvae and feed Queen Bees, who need much more nutrition than usual. These properties help enrich the coat and improve hair texture, restoring the strength and shine. This feed supplement is rich in... 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

Halloween Horse Biscuits Recipe

Treat your equine friends this autumn with this easy to follow recipe for apple-flavoured treats: Apple Horse Biscuits Ingredients: 220g margarine 140g plain flour 200g brown sugar 100g bran 160g diced carrots 160g diced apples 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda 280g rolled oats, try quick-cook 2 eggs Directions: Preheat the oven to 180°C. In a large mixing bowl, cream the margarine and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs to the margarine mixture. Stir in the flour, bran and bicarbonate of soda, and then mix in the oats, carrots... Read More

Top 5 Winter Turnouts

1. The Bridleway Whistler Winter Turnout Rug includes a detachable neck set, ideal for use in winter weather to provide extra protection. It is lightweight, featuring a 600 denier waterproof outer layer in rip-stop fabric and a 220g filling. The rug includes headcollar loops to easily attach reins or lead ropes when necessary. 2.  The Funnell Middleweight Turnout Rug offers comfort and protection with a 600 denier outer layer with a rip-stop waterproof shell and a 250g cotton lining. Neck Cover sold separately. 3. Try the Shires Stormbreaker Combo Rug... Read More


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.