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Managing obesity in horses

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...

20 essentials for your Horsebox!

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...

How to recognise mud fever!

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...

Keep your horses safe this Firework season

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...

Laura's Dressage Outing - March 2018

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...

Best of our British Made Products; Supporting British Manufacturing

British Manufacturing has recorded its highest level of output in 10 years, with latest data showing November as the seventh consecutive month to show expansion. This welcomed growth has been driven by a stronger global demand of UK products, rising commodity prices and a weaker pound. In certain market sectors the UK is renowned for innovation and design and with a strong heritage steeped in traditional practices, unequalled quality. Based in Buckinghamshire, Equetech strives to support British Manufacturing, ensuring quality products for the discerning equestrian. Over 40% of the equestrian clothing range and equestrian accessories range is manufactured here within the UK. Equetech's entire specialist underwear range; ladies Classi...

Mud Fever in Horses

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 prevalent during wet and muddy conditions. As most parts of the UK are currently experiencing incredibly wet weather, which has created horribly muddy turnout fields, most horse owners will have a mud fever worrying nag at the back of their minds. 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 prolonged periods in deep mud or water. Soggy bedding Sharing grooming equipment or tack contaminated by t...

Avoiding Winter Colic in Horses

If you've owned horses for any length of time the chances are you've had to deal with a horse with colic. This much dreaded condition can affect horses at any time of year but it does seem to be more prevalent during the winter months. This is mainly due to three things; reduced water intake, reduced movement and increased feeding of concentrates. Here are a few tips to help reduce your horse's risk of colic over the winter months. Always have fresh water available. An average sized horse needs to drink about 6-12 gallons of water a day as this helps keep the intestinal tract moving and therefore reduces the risk of impaction. So, how do we encourage our horse to drink during the cold weather? Horses are most likely to...

Last Minute Christmas Shopping Ideas from Equetech

The countdown is on! Who hasn't started their Christmas shopping? Who's starting to panic that they haven't finished their Christmas shopping? Who doesn't have a clue what to get their horsey friend, family member or special someone? Panic no more, Equetech will definitely have the ideal gift to suit all tastes, ages and budgets. For small gifts, Equetech's in vogue scrunchies, classic in design or beautifully blingy stock pins teamed with one of our complimenting stocks always make up a stunning gift set or as individual gifts, great stocking fillers. Our British made specialist range of equestrian underwear and winter, performance or everyday socks are a more suitable option than other high street stores mandatory C...

Custom Gifts, Last Minute Orders!

As Christmas approaches, some of us love to add a personal touch to the gifts we send, a thoughtful gift is often better received than a lavish one. For inspiration on equestrian and country lifestyle custom gifts, cushions and clothing, please visit Equetech, be quick though as the last date for custom orders is the 11th December! If you are looking for a special gift for the young people whose excitement over Christmas is contagious, Equetech has personalised Unicorn themed drawstring bags and Personalised Unicorn Christmas Santa sacks. The Personalised Unicorn Drawstring Bags are the perfect gift, measuring 40cm x 28cm, they are ideal for school and sleep overs where the mystical printed unicorn can watch over all the goodies! The Per...