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Blogs by Laura - Equetech's first Amateur Rider

Hello!My name is Laura Szuca and I am really excited to have been chosen to be the very first Amateur Brand Ambassador for Equetech. I have used some of the Equetech products over the years and have always been impressed with their quality, as well as style. Over the next twelve months me and my horse Mikey will be putting to the test and trying out the Equetech product range, I promise to give your my honest opinions ‐ no holes bared ‐ we will test and try out as many products as we can so keep checking out the Equetech socials to see what we have to say!A little bit about me?I have ridden all of my life and brought Mikey almost 3 years ago, he is my very first horse and its safe to say we have had our fair share of up's and down...

Toasty Toes!

If you are anything like me, your poor feet hate the damp and cold of winter; my sorry feet suffer horribly with the irritating itch and pain of those dastardly chilblains. If I don't manage my feet I can end up with chilblains adorning every one of my toes for most of the winter months! Winter parties can become a bit of a trial as finding beautiful party shoes that hide my now swollen and hideous feet is depressing and nigh on impossible! So, what can be done about this debilitating problem? According to the NHS, if you suffer with this irritating problem then prevention is key. Below are some suggestions to help guard against chilblains: Limit your exposure to the cold. This is sage advice if you don't own dogs or hor...

Mini Me, Mother/Daughter Equestrian Fashion

It seems that daughters wish to grow up so fast, aspiring to be miniature versions of their mothers. As "Little Ladies" they ransack your wardrobe always seeming to dress up in your most expensive clothes and shoes, leaving you praying they'll still be intact when you next go to wear them. Nowadays, fashion brands including equestrian and country fashion brands, design junior versions of their adult range, hopefully alleviating any possible damage to your favourite clothes! One of the most popular pieces in this year's Autumn/Winter range is the Equetech Snaffles Poncho. This beautiful equestrian themed fashion piece is the perfect matching mother/daughter outer garment combining timeless style with the cosy. Featuring...

Just Because We Layer Up To Stay Warm, Doesn't Mean We Should Pile the Rugs on Our Horses!

It's that time of year when the weather is so changeable it becomes a trial to work out what to wear for the day. Luckily, we can layer up and luckily we have the ability to add or remove items of clothing as the temperature increases or decreases ‐ our horses do not have this luxury. So not only are we faced with a wardrobe dilemma for ourselves, we are faced with a wardrobe dilemma for our horses. I know lots of horse owners that believe if they are cold, their horse will be too and conversely, if they are feeling warm, their horse must be too. Unfortunately this isn't always a good way to work out how to rug your horse. Not only do horses and humans have differing body temperatures (humans 36.5 to 37.5 °C, horses 37.5 to 3...

Fashion Week Influences on Equestrian Fashion

It's that time of year again, one of the most important in the fashion diary ‐ the Fashion Weeks from around Europe and New York. The buzz and excitement surrounding the big four; New York, London, Milan and Paris, where the world's top designers showcase their fashion vision for the upcoming seasons, culminates in Milan. The creative visions showcased on the catwalks this Autumn will filter down to the high street for Spring next year. However, let's revisit the trends showcased throughout February/March 2017 for this Autumn and how Equetech have brought these on-trend designs to your equestrian wardrobe? Duvet Coats Having featured heavily on the catwalks was the increasingly popular duvet/quilted coats. We've all ex...

A Penchant for the Pocho

The Poncho has a long and varied history, it is commonly associated with the Americas where we think of a bright patterned garment made from a heavy Sheep wool or Alpaca wool but it was believed to have its origins as far back as 500 B.C., typically worn by the Paracas, Pre-Inca Culture. However, in more modern times the humble poncho was adapted for use by the military in the 1850s and then further adapted to double as an item of waterproof military clothing and a ground sheet for use in WWII. As with all good ideas the poncho has definitely stood the test of time but nowadays is worn as a versatile and beautiful fashionable statement piece. A simple yet stunning garment, the poncho is easy to wear, suiting all body types as one size fi...

Equetech Sponsors Sheepgate BYRDS Under 25 Championship Class

The BYRDS (British Young Rider Dressage Scheme) Under 25 Championships is a very popular and successful competition which has been hosted for the last 16 years by Sheepgate Equestrian Centre, Boston, Lincolnshire. Held every August this prestigious event runs National Championship classes at Prelim, Novice, Elementary, Medium and Advanced Medium, as well as the FEI Team tests at Pony, Junior and Young Rider levels. The UK currently has some exceptionally talented young rider, horse/pony combinations, which was reflected in over 370 combinations from across the UK riding in excess of 1250 tests over 6 days! Equetech is a big advocate of encouraging young riders, so this year, Equetech sponsored the Preliminary Championships which saw 30 o...

Scarves and Headbands - An Equestrians Favourite Accessories!

We are entering that time of year where strong winds cause us to hunch our shoulders against the pervading chill, tease our hair out of its restraints or ruin our carefully coiffed hairstyle and all this before the biting Northerly wind makes its presence felt! As horse riders we are constantly dealing with the aftermath of hat hair and for those that support us either on a daily basis or at an event, time doesn't always allow for beautiful hair and standing at the side lines allows the cold to permeate into the bones. Luckily for those that like to keep their hair out of the eyes, want their ears and necks to remain toasty, hide hat hair or want their hair to look stylish with minimum effort, Equetech has an array of stylish scarves an...

Equetech Trilogy 3 in 1 Jacket

Are you looking for the ultimate waterproof all season's jacket? The Equetech Trilogy 3 in 1 Jacket is a practical yet stylish design concept loosely based around the Rambo Duo rug. After buying her horse the Rambo Duo, Equetech Managing Director, Liz Hayman was struck by the simple yet clever concept of this versatile rug and wanted to rework this concept to design a stylish jacket for equestrians and lovers of outdoor pursuits. Realising that many people do not want a closet full of equestrian jackets; a jacket for the colder winter months, a waterproof for colder wet days, one for the warmer spring weather, a waterproof for the warmer wetter days and so on, Liz explored designing a jacket for all seasons. The Trilogy 3 in 1...

Autumn and Winter With Equetech

September 1st sees the commencement of Autumn- well meteorologically at least. If you are anything like me the onset of Autumn is a good excuse to go shopping for all things cosy! I like nothing more than shopping for rider wear and love poring over new season collections either online or at my favourite equestrian stores. The launch of Equetech's Autumn/Winter 2017/18 Collection sees some old friends and some really exciting new designs. Classic navy and on trend mink feature heavily this season with high street fashion influencing many styles, creating a beautifully symbiotic collection. Combining the all too necessary waterproof and technical Bio- Down™ insulation to stylish jackets with toning or matching scarves and headba...