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Make sure you and your horse are ready for summer horse shows

As competition season gets into full swing, there’s a few things you can do to make sure you’re really well prepared for your next show. Here’s a few tips to help you get the best out of your horse and the event.


Making sure your horse is show ready

  • Horses can lose some fitness during the winter months, so work on building it up again to ensure they’re in peak condition for show season.
  • Get up to date on trimming and grooming, so your horse looks in great condition for show time. If your kit needs an update, we have loads of great products available ( to make certain your horse is looking their best.
  • Practise for specific events. Work on lengthening and shortening strides so that you can comfortably get the right distances between jumps on unfamiliar courses, and always practise on jumps slightly higher than at the event, so both you and your horse are confident on the day. Likewise for dressage, enter your horse into the level just below their capability at home so that they can comfortably perform at the show.

Preparation for the event

  • Make a list of everything both you and your horse will need. For overnight stays you’ll need to factor in bedding, grain and hay as well as all the usual tack and grooming equipment, buckets, first aid kit and show paperwork.
  • Don’t forget to get yourself ready too! It’s easy to focus on what your horse needs and forget about what you need. Make sure you don’t leave it too late when it comes to show attire – if last year’s is looking a bit shabby, invest in new; it’s important to create a polished impression. And not only should it look good, it also needs to fit well and be comfortable to wear. The new Mark Todd Italian Collection is a great option. Stylish, but practical, the fabrics are breathable and machine washable, like this lovely show jacket (


  • And when it comes to packing, it’s a good idea to take a spare set of show clothes, just in case there are any mishaps on the day!
  • The evening before the show, bathe your horse and braid them too, so you’re both ready to get going on the day of the event.

Obviously the best way to ensure your horse is at their best during show season is to look after them well throughout the year. Regular exercise, daily grooming and attention to their tail and mane as well as medical checks should keep them in tip top condition.

Horse Rugs for Winter

28371099_sWhich rugs your horse needs for winter will depend on whether they are stabled or out, what kind of horse they are (for example a thoroughbred will need more than a hardy native), their age and how cold it gets. Getting the right balance is key, as an uncomfortable horse might try to remove their rug which could injure your horse or damage the rug. It’s also essential to get the fit right. See our guide to measuring your horse for a rug here:


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Looking After Your Horse in Autumn

old_dairy_imgAs we head into autumn, it’s a good idea to start preparing for the cooler weather. Make sure your horse is in good health and that you have their rugs ready for when they need them. It’s also a good idea to get your yard and fields sorted, using the last of the warmer weather to get some maintenance and repair jobs done.


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Summer Horse Riding Clothing

Horse Riding Clothing: What Do I Need For Summer?


10368029_sThe summer is finally here and you might be thinking about the type of clothing you’ll need for riding in the warmer months. Obviously, depending on what your plans are, your needs will vary. If you’re competing, you’ll need suitable show attire. But even if you’re just around the yard and out on hacks you’ll need a few basics for that too. Here’s a quick run down of our top tips for summer horse riding clothing:

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Brand in Focus – Gatehouse Riding Helmets

olddairyblogWhen it comes to equestrian wear, there is nothing more important than a correctly fitting hat. We love the Gatehouse range, but before we get into that, here are a few tips on fitting and looking after your hat:

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Essential Stable Equipment

old_dairyAre you new to owning your own horse? There’s so much to consider at first and it can be quite overwhelming to try and get a handle on exactly what you need to care for your horse when you’re starting out. Here we take a look at the essential stable equipment that will ensure you can keep them clean, safe and fed.

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What’s The Difference Between Jodhpurs and Breeches

post_picThis question is asked a lot, and often the two terms are used interchangeably outside of the horse world. Both jodhpurs and breeches (pronounced ‘britches’) are tight fitting riding trousers. The main difference between the two is that breeches are shorter, ending above the ankle, but below the knee, with a fastening to ensure a snug fit, whereas jodhpurs finish on the ankle, with a small turn up.

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Riding Boots for Events

As show season approaches, it’s a good time to take a look at your show wardrobe. Are your boots looking a bit tired? We have a look at the options….


The first thing to remember is that if you’re planning to show, it’s essential to check your discipline’s rules regarding boots before you buy.


Boots for competing are traditionally a long black boot, made from either leather or rubber, falling into one of three main categories: dress, field or hunt. The type of event you’re taking part in has a role in dictating your boot choice, so whether it’s dressage, eventing, show jumping or hunting, there will be a long boot suitable for you.

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Brand in Focus – Mark Todd Horse Rugs

blog_image2.jpgOffering a huge range of rugs, sheets, coolers and neck covers for foals, ponies and horses, the Mark Todd rug collection has just about everything covered.


A household name, Mark Todd was awarded a Knighthood in 2013 and voted ‘Event Rider of the 20th Century’, so when it comes to knowledge of horses, it doesn’t get any better. All of the rugs in his collection are tested and endorsed by Mark and his team, ensuring that every product line offers the best in quality, style, performance and value.

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Weatherbeeta Rugs – What Rug Type is Your Horse?

rugDoes your horse always manage to get their rug off, despite all your best efforts? Or does their rug get rips and tears, where other horse’s rugs last years? Weatherbeeta have put together a tool to help you choose the best rug for your horse.


Weatherbeeta are one of the main players in horse rug retailers. They have a strong progressive focus, always looking to use new technology to develop their rugs to ensure quality, comfort and safety. Extensive research has been undertaken to make sure your horse is protected in all weathers with breathable fabrics and moisture repellent outer layers. So in October 2013 Weatherbeeta took a new step forward and developed an innovative tool to help horse owners select the ideal rug from their range, based on the personality of their horse.

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