Horses are so much more than just an animal, or even a pet. They can become your best friend, your shoulder to cry on and your teacher. They greet you each day with a whicker, will keep all of your secrets and when you feel like ranting about your day at work will offer a pair of ears and no judgement.
Here’s some reasons we think everyone should be a horse lover.
They keep you humble.
Let’s face it, your horse will tell you when you are doing something wrong, every single time, and you don’t take offence, the same can’t be said when a friend or relative points out your short comings!
They help you make friends
Horse riding is a sociable past time, and for some...
It’s cold, it's wet and it's windy, and for lots of us, keeping motivated though the winter can be tough. We’ve got some tips to help you make the most of your hacking this winter and finish your ride with a smile on your face.
Over the hills and far away
Hills are a great way to get your horse to work and increase both strength and conditioning, walking and trotting up hill are the best paces to improve their strength and allow them to really push from behind.
A little bit left and a little bit right
Leg yielding whilst out on a hack will not only occupy the brain (yours and theirs) but help to build suppleness through the body.
No need to spend £ on hiring a XC course come spring...
Time off work, school or college coming up? Let us help you make the most of it.
We all know the best place for time off – the stables! We’ve put together some ideas for different equestrian activities to keep you, and your horses, occupied this Christmas break.
1. Get creative! Need some last minute Christmas cards? Why not make them! A festive photo of you and your horse will make a personal greeting for this years Christmas cards!
2. Keep warm and keep moving. You could celebrate the season with a Christmas themed gymkhana or musical ride.
3. If the weather isn’t cooperating, (let's face it when does it!) use the time to practice your grooming a...
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...