Category Archives: Help with your Horse

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.

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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 (http://www.olddairysaddlery.co.uk/horse_grooming.php) 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 (http://www.olddairysaddlery.co.uk/mark_todd_italian_collection_elisabeth_ladies_competition_jacket~p~1458820352.html).

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  • 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.

Don’t Be Left In The Dark! The Importance of Hi-Viz

So, we’ve reached that time of year again! Summer is well and truly over, the weather is becoming increasingly more miserable, the mornings are taking their time to lighten up and the nights are much darker, much earlier.

 

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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: http://www.olddairyblog.co.uk/how-do-i-measure-my-horse-for-a-rug/

 

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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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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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Caring For Your Horses Hooves in Winter

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When the winter’s icy fingers reach across, it’s time for owners and riders to make some adjustments in their horse care routines. And it’s not just a matter of chipping ice out of the equines water buckets and currying globs of dried mud out of their furry coats. Winter has an impact on hooves as well, so find out what you need to know when caring for your horses hooves in the winter.

 

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How Do I Measure My Horse for a Rug?

With any horse rug, getting the fit right is essential to ensuring the safety of your horse. A rug that doesn’t fit correctly can actually have an adverse impact on your horse; too tight and it will restrict movement and may cause chaffing, too big and it could get tangled in your horse’s legs and cause injury.
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What Kind of Horse Rug Do I Need?

Working out which rugs your horse needs and when is essential to making them comfortable and offering them the right protection. Here’s a quick guide to help you work out what you need.

Types of horse rug:

Stable Rug: A stable rug is used unsurprisingly in the stable to keep your horse warm and dry. They are available in different weights for use throughout the year as the seasons change. It’s really important to use a proper stable rug as opposed to a thin turnout rug for indoor use as stable rugs are significantly thinner, allowing more movement than turnout rugs, especially important as horses often sleep in their stable rugs.

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