Entering your horse into a competition, no matter the level of it, is a big experience for the both of you. You’ll be spending so much more time riding and in the stables. After all, it is not just the day of the show that’s the most important one but the time leading up to it and the aftermath. You need to ensure you’re looking after your horse every step of the way. Read more
With the night’s drawing in and the days becoming colder we turn our attention to our horse’s winter feeding routine. Colder temperatures will put extra demands on the horse’s metabolism, pasture will have little nutritional value, water buckets will freeze and forage intake will decline as less time is spent grazing, therefore it is important that we reconsider our horse’s diet during this time. Here Words by Llinos Owen MSc, BSc (Hons), Dodson & Horrell Nutritional Advisor and Catherine Rudenko Dodson & Horrell Consultant Nutritionist explain the five key elements to keep in mind while feeding this winter. Read more
Shires Equestrian turns 50 this September. From humble beginnings, the company has evolved into a trusted household brand. Malcolm Ainge, founder of Shires Equestrian, started the company in 1968 with only a small loan of stock to sell at cattle markets and racecourse auctions. Now the company has approximately 1,800 stockists worldwide and recently won BETA’s award for Trade Supplier of the Year for the second year in a row. Read more
KM Elite Products are delighted to announce that they have been appointed as exclusive distributors for Peter Horobin Saddles in the UK. StrideFree by PHS has taken performance saddles to a whole new level, taking saddle fitting back to basics, by creating convenience for the customer and focusing on equine back health. PHS have developed an extensive saddle range for racing, dressage, jumping and endurance disciplines with the StrideFree racing tree winning the BETA Innovation Award in 2014. Read more
As our country continues to bask in an unusually long heatwave, our horses health and welfare continues to be at the forefront of our minds. But how well do they cope in the heat? Equine Scientist and Haygain consultant Andrea Ellis investigates. Read more
The imaginative team at Likit Products have come up with a scrummy new Mango and Raspberry Likit, just in time for the summer months. Designed to be used in conjunction with the popular Boredom Breaker and Likit Holder stable toys, this limited edition flavour has two fruity layers and is sure to be a big hit with inquisitive equines.
There’s nothing more annoying than opening your stable door on the morning of a show to find your horse or pony covered in stable stains, after you spent the previous afternoon bathing him ready for the show ring.
Fiebing’s Green Clean spot and stain remover contains tea tree oil to clean and condition the hair and coat. Read more
Watching the amazing horses competing at Badminton makes you realise what complete, all round athletes they truly are. With the balance and suppleness of dressage, the speed and power of cross country followed by the precision and effort of the show jumping phase these horses are, certainly, the triathletes of the equestrian world. Dr Hilary Bentley of EquiAmi how all of this can be helped with the EquiAmi Lunging aid. Read more
Hemp horse bedding firm Aubiose Ltd have announced the sponsorship of two riders for the first time.
Hampshire based grassroots eventer Nicki Strong and Kent based professional showjumper and producer Biba McCaul will be flying the flag as ambassadors for Aubiose throughout 2015.
Aubiose UK Sales Manager, Sparsholt College graduate Juliette Connor said; “Over the past year sales have been really picking up as more people are experiencing the benefits and spreading the word. Supporting our two chosen riders seemed a great way of giving them a leg up in achieving their equestrian goals this year, as well as helping to raise even more awareness of our product.
Horse Owners Needed for Ground-Breaking Equine Grass Sickness Vaccine Trial
As the high risk season for Equine Grass Sickness fast approaches the Animal Health Trust, one of the UK’s leading veterinary charities, is urging horse owners to take part in the second year of its ground-breaking nationwide EGS vaccine trial.
A debilitating and often fatal disease affecting horses, ponies and donkeys, Equine Grass Sickness (EGS) occurs predominantly in Europe, with Britain experiencing the highest incidence worldwide. In 2014, 59 cases of EGS were reported through the EGS Surveillance Scheme, but it is likely that this represents only a fraction of cases occurring annually throughout Britain.