The clocks went back last night and for horse owners across the country the dreaded dark nights are here. Dark nights mean less time to enjoy your horses and ponies in the daylight and what can sometimes seem like a daily race agains the clock to beat the onset of dark!
We have got 5 ways to help you beat the clock this Winter.
1. Make all your haynets for the week made up at the weekend if you can, saving precious time during the week.
2. Another way to save time is to meal prep, you might be used to doing this for yourself but have you ever considered making a week's worth of meals for your horse?
3. Bank up their beds. If you can, and your horse isn't going to trash or eat the extr...
What a competiton we have witnessed over the last few days of the Landrover Burghley Horse Trials.
After a tough XC phase, the final show jumping phase had the nation on the edge of their seats as all of the top three riders had a pole down. Pippa Funnell walked away with the highly coveted trophy with her horse MGH Grafton Street, a massive 16 years after her last win at Burghley.
Both she, Piggy French (who came second with Vanir Kamira) and Oliver Townend (third with Ballaghmor Class) all had a pole in the final phase as the competition went down to the wire!
Pippa’s initial response to her win was both self-depreciating and analytical: “I’m really embarrassed by that round and i...
Every bank holiday the nations crosses it's fingers for a hot bank holday weekend - this August bank holiday is a scorcher! For many of our four legged friends the increase in temperature can be an unwelcome addtion to their day as they struggle to keep cool.
Here are our top tips for keeping your horse cool as the temperature rise.
1. Choose cooler turnout times. If your horse is normally stabled at night and out during the day, consider reversing their turnout times to avoid the hottest temperatures and the worst of the flies.
2. Provide shade. Try and provide relief from the sun, a field shelter or trees are a great source of shade.
3. Give your horse a shower. A wash o...
For most children across the country the summer holidays are here and for the next six weeks parents will have their patience and ingenuity tested finding ways to keep the kids entertained and amused.
Dont worry Equetech is here to help and we have five great ideas to keep those pony mad kids entertained this summer!
Pony Club Camp - are you members of a local Pony Club? If not this could be worth looking in to, local pony clubs have camps and clinics throughout the year, and a chance to meet other pony mad kids and make life long friends in the process.
Fun Rides - what fun rides have you got happening in your area? These often range in distances, some will have jumps and others just well sign posted routes...
If you've owned horses for any length of time the chances are you've had to deal with a horse with colic or you know someone who has. Colic can affect horses at any time of year but it does seem to be more likely to occur during the winter months. This is mainly due to three things; reduced water intake, reduced movement and increased feeding of concentrates.
Colic is the term used to describe abdominal pain - it can indicate a problem with the gut itself or other organs within the abdomen. There are many causes, ranging from simple indigestion to a twisted gut. Prevention is essential and, by following simple management techniques, the risk of a horse getting it can be reduced.
Here are a few tips to help reduce your horse'...
Obesity in horses and ponies is a problem many horse owners find themselves dealing with. Horses and ponies are becoming overweight to the point where they are susceptible to medical problems such as laminitis.
What can we do to help manage our horses weight more effectively? We have pulled together a few things horse owners might find useful when managing their horses weight.
Weight and condition
No two horses are exactly alike in shape, size and type. Breeding, history and recent general management all influence their body condition. The perfect weight is best gauged by considering the horse’s overall fitness and body condition.
Like humans horses and ponies sho...
We have all done it, got to a competition, maybe even running late, and we have started looking for something we 'need' only to realise we have left it at home! Often we can find someone parked up nearby that is kind enough to lend us whatever it is we have forgotten to pack, sometimes it's a quick last minute dash to the on site tack room, but don't get caught short again - check out our list of 20 essentials every Horsebox should have packed in it!
1. First Aid Kit. A well stocked first aid kit for both you and your horse is a must, hopefully you will never need to use it but just incase it's better to be safe than sorry.
2. Fresh water and water buckets. For washing off your horse after your competition and of c...
Mud Fever is a common term used to describe an infection of the skin found mainly in the lower legs of our horses. As the name suggests, this infection caused by bacteria or fungal organisms, also known as pastern dermatitis, is more likely to occur during wet and muddy conditions. The recent wet weather has created muddy fields and most horse owners will start to worry that the dreaded mud fever might make an appearance. However, mud isn't the only cause of mud fever.
Common Causes of Mud Fever:
Washing your horses legs too often and not drying them
Standing for long periods in deep mud or water.
Soggy wet bedding
Sharing grooming equipment or tack
Hairy legs that aren't dried properly can also be a bree...
Horses are flight animals and anything unexpected can startle them. Each horse will vary on how they respond to fireworks (just like us humans), but reactions can be pretty severe and potentially dangerous for both you and your horse.
Equetech have come up with some tips to help you and your horse survive the firework season over the next couple of weeks, as we know fireworks night might officially only be one day, but fireworks are likely to be going on for a few weeks, here's our guide to a stress free firework season.
1. What events are going on nearby where you keep your horse? Check out local newspapers, shop notice boards or a local radio station to find out where the displays will be in your area.
2. Where possible, tell...
Hello, Laura here, one of the Equetech Real Riders. This weekend Mikey and I headed to our first dressage show this year, in fact it was my first dressage post my back operation last November and the last time we did some dressage was last June; so it had been a while! We headed out with a goal in mind, to get a last-minute qualification to the Chiltern and Thames Rider Dressage Championship in a few week's time, we needed a score of more than 60% and to place 1st or 2nd, after a bit of a wobble in my practise session on Friday evening I was beginning to think I had bitten off a bit too much and maybe putting unnecessary pressure on myself, however, we set off for the show with the goal of doing our best!
I don't mind sharing wit...