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The 13 Best YouTube Equestrian Videos To Cheer Yourself Up During Self-Isolation

If you're anything like us, our horses are our world, so not being able to see or spend real quality time with our beloved equine friends is going to be tough but necessary. So, to get our horsey fix, we've compiled 11 of our favourite YouTube equestrian videos to help you learn, laugh and enjoy! 

8 TIPS TO HELP YOU AND YOUR HORSE KEEP A POSITIVE MINDSET

With the current government advice, avoiding the crowds will hopefully help stem the coronavirus outbreak. But, what we can do to keep ourselves and our horses entertained, when competing and clinics are off the agender and self-isolation could mean even less physical content with each other at the yard?  In this blog, we share eight ways you can keep busy with a positive focus.    1. Find some new pole work floor plans. There are some great video tutorials on Facebook, IGTV (Instagram videos) and YouTube. Our Pinterest Polework Exercises Board gives plenty of inspiration for riders wanting to inject a new lease of life into their pole work.   2. If you're instructor is unable to come...

Beat the boredom - We may have to self isolate from the Coronavirus!

Staying home will stem the coronavirus outbreak, but what if you’re healthy — bored and an equestrian?  In recent days, many employers have asked employees to start working remotely, or announcing that schools might get cancelled? Will events be cancelled for weeks in light of the Coronavirus?  In many cases, the action is prophylactic — no one at work or school may be sick yet — though with each passing day, more of these decisions are being made in response to the growing number of cases of Covid-19, or the risk that contact with large groups of people could exacerbate transmission of the virus. The closures are a way to enforce social activity, a crucially important public health...

10 ways to spoil your Mum this Mother's Day!

Mothers Day is just around the corner, and sometimes it can be hard to find ways to show our Mums just how much we love and appreciate her!   Let us help you out, with our Top Ten ideas of ways to spoil your Mum this Mother's Day! 1.  Breafkast in bed. Your Mum has probably made you hundreds of breakfasts over the years, spoil her this year and bring her favourite breakfast in bed. If you aren't up to speed with the cooking side of things a hot cup of coffee or cup of tea will still go down a treat! 2.  Give her a call. Does your Mum live further afield or even abroad?  Give her a call - if you can Facetime or video call her, even better as you will get to see the smile on her face when she realises yo...

Perfecting your centre line...

Have you got a dressage test coming up?  Ever received lower marks than you had hoped for?  Over rode or under shot the centre line?  Wobbled your way up to the C marker?   We have been talking with our sponsored dressage rider Rachael Lane, to share her top TEN tips on how to ride the perfect centre line! First and foremost, give yourself time! You have forty-five seconds after the bell has rung to enter the arena, so don't panic; take a deep breath, you've got plenty of time to get round the arena before heading in to ride the test. The next tip has likely been told to you before, so remember to LOOK AT THE JUDGE.  As you enter the arena, fixate on the end of the arena, and ride straight...

The History of the Riding Stock 

The first cravat style stock tie, was originally called the ‘steinkirk’. It was a cravat with long hanging ends loosely twisted together in the late 17th century, worn by men and women. This was a kind of uniform, allowing the upper-class gentlemen to express their wealth in detail. At the same time, another stock tie was also worn, originally by French and German foot soldiers at the end of the seventeenth century.  By the early eighteenth century, this military stock tie had been adopted by civilians and replaced the Steinkirk style cravat.  This military stock, consisted of a piece of white muslin folded into a narrow band, wound once or twice around the neck and fastened at the neck with tap...

Unravelling the Mystery of Tweed

History of tweed Tweed was originally developed in the Outer Hebrides, it was created by crofters that used the wool from their sheep, to shield them from the brutal Scottish winters.  Tweed was exceptionally popular with farmers and land owners when they were over seeing their lands as it was warmer, comfortable and to an extent waterproof.  They would use their ‘Hack’ to ride and check over the estate, hence the hacking jacket. Tweed is in fact a typo made by a Merchant in London, the Scottish actually referred to it as ‘tweel’, which stems from the Scottish word for twill due to the structure and manner in which it was made. But the Londoner had no clue about this and thought the nam...

Staying Warm and Dry in Winter with Equetech 

Fundamentally staying comfortable, warm and dry, whilst riding and doing yard duties in our British climate, is at the top of our list of priorities for most horse riders heading into Autumn and winter! We discuss top tips with British Equestrian Brand designer, Liz Hayman.  "It is simple, but many of us get it wrong!  If you’re heading to the yard, waterproof gear is essential, especially in the UK. Whether you are training or competing, outdoor weather can be unpredictable! Waterproof and breathable fabrics will keep you dry and comfortable, which we can all agree is pretty important in horse riding. With this in mind, we have created a comprehensive guide on waterproof versus water-resistant, as well on tips...

Championship Styling!

In this blog, we glean some tips from Liz Hayman, MD of British equestrian clothing brand Equetech for her top tips on making the right impression when it comes to your outfit, regardless of the equestrian discipline. "Dressage Queen If you're looking to impress the judges as you head down the centre line, then make sure you create a fantastic first impression by having a neat and tidy appearance. A well-fitted jacket not only looks aesthetically pleasing, but it will make you feel more confident and allow you to focus on your riding if it's comfortable and non-restrictive. I spend a considerable amount of time researching technical fabrics for our clothing and competition wear is no exception. I look for fabric p...

Made for Men – Men's Breeches & Jodhpurs Guide

So we asked our Designer Liz Hayman for her tips on finding the best breeches for guys... "Men look great in a competition jacket, shirt or blouson. But all of the above are nothing if your bottom half looks a bit neglected. They are the connection to the saddle, the supportive and protective layer. The most important part of your riding attire… Men’s Breeches." "Essentially, you need great breeches to perform your best in the saddle, and it’s trickier than you might think. To help you get your men’s breeches spot on, we’ve given you our buyers guide on all things breeches, to give you the final word on fabric, colour, quality, fit and discipline. You should never settle for po...