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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...

Great Gift Ideas from Equetech for the Love of Your Life- Your Horse!

Only 21 more shopping days and 3 weekends to go! Some amongst us are more organised with little shopping left to do but others haven't even started! Whichever category you fall into, one thing is for certain we never forget to buy presents for our beloved four legged furries. So if you are looking for a special gift for your special and deserving horse, Equetech has a range of horse wear gifts to suit all budgets. Competition Number Holders Choose from two different types; Bridle Number Holders or Saddle Cloth Number Holders in either white or striking black patent. The number holders can be bought singularly or if you compete under British Dressage rules, as a pair. Exclusive to Equetech®, these unique competition numbers are...

5 Essential Winter Wardrobe Items From Equetech

It's getting chilly out there and with weather forecasters proclaiming it's going to be a cold winter with prolonged freezing temperatures and snow, here's Equetech's guide to staying warm whilst enjoying your horse and the outdoors. Start with a good quality base layer such as the Equetech Arctic Thermal Under Breeches. These under breeches luxuriously wrap your legs in a plush cosy micro fleece lining. They feature a seam free seat, non-chaff leg trim and wide comfort waistband- just heavenly. Worn under jeans, trousers, breeches, leisure or work out wear, the stirrup foot ensures there is no uncomfortable or irritating "riding up." Unisex in design in sizes S/M 24"-30" waist and L/XL 30"-36&qu...

Christmas Gifts for Under £15 with Equetech

Christmas it would seem is soon to be upon us. There are menus to be considered, endless shopping lists, special gifts to be purchased, party plans, wardrobe considerations and so much more, all of which can make this time of year fun, stressful and potentially expensive! However, buying quality gifts doesn't always have to mean expensive gifts. Equetech has a huge range of quality gifts for under £15 which are perfect for any equestrian and country loving friend, colleague, family member or special someone. Under £5 Scrunchies; Equetech stocks a huge range of on trend scrunchies for a pocket friendly price of £4.75. The range consists of designs in vibrant or muted colours in classic or fun patterns. Bun...

Fireworks, Livestock and Horses

I think it'd be fair to say that mostly Fireworks and animals do not mix well. Over the years I have read about and have had personal experience of the devastation fireworks can cause, be it from ignorance, a don't care attitude or a deliberate attempt to injure or worse kill livestock and horses. There have been many petitions sent to Government to try and alter legislation surrounding fireworks and animals but to date the Government has been disinclined to dramatically change legislation to provide more protection towards domestic animals and livestock. However, it is not all doom and gloom. There is legislation in place which goes a little way to help protect animals from the terror of fireworks but to my mind it most certainl...

Is Your Horse a Halloween Sinner or an All Saints Day Saint?

With Halloween just around the corner and All Saints Day falling the day after, I thought it'd be fun to recount a couple of stories about one Saintly pony and one grumpy Warmblood. The Saintly Connemara. Many, many, many years ago, far too many to dwell on, I owned a pony in a million. At just 12 years old my parents bought me a just backed 5 year old Connemara pony, to say this pony was a total Saint is the understatement of the century! I can recount so many amazing stories of our journey together but one of my favourites is due to the fact that three generations on the maternal side of my family are involved in this tale, my grandmother, my mother and me. This particular Connemara was the pony my mother never had as a child...

It's All About The Layers!

I Love layers, really, I absolutely LOVE layers! Layers are an easy way to keep warm or cool down whilst still remaining stylish. Layers afford you the ability to mix and match, therefore creating several different looks with just a few key pieces. This season, Equetech have put together an Autumn/Winter Collection based around a complementary colour scheme using varying fabrics and textures. Each garment has been designed to harmoniously tone or sympathetically contrast within the collection, synthesizing luxurious key pieces with beautifully textured accessories. This season's key colours are classic navy and a sophisticated muted mink with accessories complementing, toning or beautifully contrasting. As a horse owner/rider and...