HAYM8

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This clever piece of kit will transform the way you hang up haynets, making it super quick and easy. Using the HAYM8 will mean no more tying fiddly knots to hold your haynet safely and securely in place. It uses the same principle as the  MAGLOC dog lead connectors, which featured on BBC's Dragons' Den in September 2015. The HAYM8 is made up of two parts that join magnetically and lock together, saving you time and effort when you're putting up a haynet in you horse's stable or horsebox. 

Price £14.99 *

*Price correct at time of publishing

To find out more about how the HAYM8 works watch our video below.

Airowear Flexion body protector

Airowear Flexion body protector

The tailored fit of the Flexion gives a sleek and slim profile while also ensuring you can move freely. The easy to use self-adjustment makes sure you get the best possible and the quilted out gives a classic country look. The protective foam moulds to your body shape and is flexible too, so you forget you're wearing it and concentrate on your riding. 

The Flexion is available in black or navy and is certified to BETA 2009 Level 3.

Price from £153.60 *

* Price correct at time of publishing

Charlotte Dujardin Mercury Jacket from Equisafety

The Mercury jacket in normal light

The Mercury jacket in normal light

This exciting new range of hi-vis clothing includes waistcoats and jackets. All the designs are right on trend, so they're really is no excuse not to wear it to ensure you and your horse are safe and clearer visible when hacking out. 

The Mercury jack is a close-figgie sale and it's cut to flatter your body shape. the material is lightweight and, thanks to the four-way stretch fabric you'll be able to move without restriction. This outer is also waterproof and breathable. 

When artificial light hits the fabric it shines silver

When artificial light hits the fabric it shines silver

the soft grey fabric is highly visible in normal daylight, but in sunlight, or when headlights hit it, the material comes to life and changes to an illuminating silver colour - sure to get the attention of all road users. 

The Mercury is available in orange or pink. 

Price £110 *

* Price correct at time of publishing

Find out more at www.equisafety.com

The Dengie Story

Horse in a meadow

Their commitment to the nutritional care and well-being of horses will always be the main reason you can rely upon Dengie. However, a lot goes on behind the scenes that the team wants to share with you - they believe it's what sets them apart from the rest! Read on to discover their story...

From Field to Feed

At Dengie we grow as many of our own ingredients as possible and source as locally as we can to keep our 'feed miles' low. We are owned by a group of Essex Farmers and it is our policy to support UK agriculture and other industries whenever we can.

Experts in the Field

Founded in 1968 as a farmers' cooperative, Dengie has steadily grown so that we now harvest over 5,000 acres of British alfalfa and grass. Our farmers have been growing crops for Dengie horse feeds for more than 40 years and they select only the finest seeds for planting, nurture their growth so they are ready for harvest at the optimum time. The alfalfa and grass is grown in the fields close to Dengie's production sites and carefully traced through the production process, meaning every bag of Dengie can be traced back to the field it was grown in.

Working with Nature

Our British grown grass from the meadow fields of Lincolnshire is 100% natural and free from pesticide residues. The meadows are harvested between the months of May and October and high temperature dried to produce a consistent and clean source of highly digestible fibre. Every ingredient is supplied by nature with minimal processing to retain as much natural goodness as possible. 


Dengie Meadow Grass with herbs

Lincolnshire's finest meadow grasses are dried, chopped and lightly dressed with cold-pressed rapeseed oil from Aberdeenshire. Topped with a unique blend of herbs including liquorice root, fennel, mint, chamomile and aniseed.

  • High in fibre and highly-digestible
  • Ideal partial or total hay replacer
  • The inclusion of grass pellets provides interest and texture
  • Naturally sweet - tempting fussy feeders
  • Free from artificial flavours, preservatives, molasses and straw
  • Non-GM

Dengie Grass Pellets

Simply 100% naturally grown meadow grass with no added sugar.

  • High in fibre and highly-digestible
  • Can be fed as a partial hay replacer
  •  Ideal for snack balls
  • Can be fed dry or soaked, making them ideal for older horses with poor teeth
  • Provides additional calories to help with winter weight gain or maintenance
  • Naturally sweet - tempting fussy feeders
  • Free from artificial flavours, preservatives, molasses, straw, binders and fillers
  • Non-GM

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Find out more

For the answer to ALL your equine feeding queries talk to a Dengie nutritionist today. Call the Dengie Feedline: 0845 345 5115 please note: call charges apply, see website for details) or CLICK HERE to visit the website.

Respiratory products

Winter can mean your horse is more prone to coughs and snotty noses. This can be because he’s spending less time out in the field and more time in his stable. This can expose him to a dusty environment from hay and bedding, which may affect his breathing.  There are numerous respiratory supplements that can help keep nasty coughs at bay. We’ve picked five of our favourites.

Netted Air Power

Nettex Air Power Respiratory Boost

Price £12.99 *

A dual-purpose formula that contains menthol and eucalyptus to help soothe irritation and clear your horse’s airways

NAF Respirator Boost

NAF Respirator Boost

Price £29.95 for 1 litre*

This liquid supplement contains natural antioxidants, plus herbs, such as ginger, rosehip and blueberries, to support healthy lung function. Echinacea is also included to support your horse’s immune system.

 

 

Horslyx Respiratory

Respiratory Horslyx

Price From £13.10 *

This lick contains menthol, eucalyptus and aniseed to help keep your horse’s airways clear of mucus. It will also provide your horse with a balanced package of vitamins and minerals, including antioxidants, and vitamin C, to help support and maintain a strong immune system.

Feedmark Clarity

Feedmark Clarity

Price £36.99 for 2kg *

This natural product contains seven herbs that have been specifically selected to help support and soothe your horse’s respiratory tract, as well as clear excess mucus.

Dodson & Horrell Breathe-Free

Dodson & Horrell Breathe-Free

Price £14.78 for 1kg *

Formulated to support the respiratory system, this included an effective mix of carefully selected respiratory herbs.

Global Herbs Airway Plus

Global Herbs Airway Plus

Price £20.50 for 1kg *

Designed to soothe the airways and help maintain normal mucus levels. It’s also great for maintaining a clear chest and soothing throats.

* Prices correct at time of publishing

Choosing the right winter riding clothing

Having the right clothing can make riding out in the winter a pleasure. 

Having the right clothing can make riding out in the winter a pleasure. 

The best way to cope with whatever the winter throws at you is to invest in the right gear to keep you warm and dry. Layering up can help you stay comfortable, cosy and dry. Also, using a layering system means you can remove layers as we move from winter into spring making the clothing you have much more versatile.

 

A base layer, like the Juliet top from Mountain Horse will help to keep you warm

A base layer, like the Juliet top from Mountain Horse will help to keep you warm

Base layer

This first layer needs to be close fitting and comfortable without being restrictive. Its job is to trap warm air close to your body, so it needs to be breathable to keep you at a comfortable temperature.

Thanks to the use of modern materials and designs many base layers can be worn on their own on warm days. You can chose from synthetic material, or natural fabrics such as merino wool or bamboo are popular choices. It’s best to avoid cotton as it soaks up moisture and draws heat away from you body, leaving you cold.

 

 

 

The Caldene Casares softshell jacket is the perfect middle layer

The Caldene Casares softshell jacket is the perfect middle layer

Middle layer

This next layer also provides warmth and insulation. It should be lightweight and breathable too. You have several different choices what you can wear as the middle layer. Fleeces are a popular choice, or you could go for a down or synthetic filled waistcoat or jacket. Whichever you choose, make sure it fits you well and doesn't restrict your movement whether you're mucking out or riding. The beauty of this layer is that you'll be able to wear it in warmer weather too. 

 

A waterproof outer layer such as the Musto Warm Up jacket completes your winter riding outfit

A waterproof outer layer such as the Musto Warm Up jacket completes your winter riding outfit

 

Outer layer

This final layer protects you from the wind and rain. Choose a good quality jacket that’s waterproof, windproof and breathable. Like all of the layers make sure you can fit it over all your other layers comfortably. when you try the jacket on try and wear the layers so you can move about and check it doesn't restrict your movement. Also, look for practical features such as a removable hood, riding vents .

Apply the same layering system to your bottom half too and you’ll be ready to face the elements all winter long. A base layer will keep your legs warm, followed by a middle layer - we’d recommend a pair of winter breeches. Complete your outfit with a pair of waterproof over trousers.

Waterproof overtrousers

A must-have piece of kit to keep you clean, warm and dry over the winter a pair of waterproof overtrousers is practical at any time of the years. Here’s three of the best.

Mark Todd Reinga overtrousers

Mark Todd Reinga

Price £79.95 *

Lightly padded for warmth and Taslon panels for durability. These overtrousers are shaped at the knee so you don’t feel restricted when you’re riding. Two-way leg zips make it really easy to put these trousers on and the storm flap offers additional protection. Adjustable tabs at the waist and ankle ensure these trousers fit you comfortably.

 

 

 

 


Toggi Severn overtrousers

Toggi Severn

Price £52.50 *

Lightweight with no padding these trousers can be used all-year round making them really practical. They’re waterproof and breathable to protect you from the weather and they’re also shaped at the waist so they’re higher at the back to keep draughts out. To make them easy to use and put on over your riding boots they have a long zip on each leg.

 

 

 

 


Mountain Horse Polar breeches

Mountain Horse Polar breeches

Price £129 *

These are more than a pair of trousers, they’re a pair of breeches and can be worn with just a thermal base layer underneath and you’ll stay warm and dry even in the coldest temperatures. They’re designed for riding with articulate knees so they don’t restrict your movement in the saddle. They also have an imitation leather seat to give grip while you’re riding.

 

* Prices correct at time of publishing

Tresio Competition boots

Just Togs Tresio boots

If you're on the hunt for a great-looking and super stylish pair of long riding boots that also have a very attractive price tag, look no further than the Tresio Competition boots from Just Togs. 

It's their white contact stitching and piping that make these boots stand out from the rest, but as well as great looks they're super comfy to wear. This is thanks to to the Comfort Support Insole technology and an anti-skid sole.

They also have a rear zip to make putting these boots on and taking them off quick and easy. To complete their stylish look these boots have patent trims too. 

Price £110 *

* Price correct at time of publishing

To find your nearest stockist visit www.justtogs.co.uk

Five of the best barrier creams

At this time of year it can be a full-time battle keeping mud fever at bay. The key to stopping it is to protect your horse’s skin from the wet and mud. Applying a barrier cream to his legs before daily turnout can really help. Here, we’ve selected five of the best.

 

NAF Mud Gard Barrier Cream

NAF Love the Skin He’s In Mud Gard Barrier Cream

Price £12.50 for 1.25kg *

A nourishing barrier cream that will help protect your horse’s skin from the wet and mud. It contains MSM to support healthy skin and hair growth, as well as rosemary to soothe sore skin.


Netted Muddy Marvel Barrier Cream

 

Nettex Muddy Marvel Barrier Cream

Price £8.15 for 300ml *

This antibacterial and moisturising cream will keep your horse’s skin health and protect from the wet.


Aromaheel Aromesse

Equinat Aromaheel Mud & Wet Ointment

Price £16.95 for 200g *

Made from natural ingredients known for their antibacterial and anti-fungal properties. This ointment works as a barrier, softens scabs and soothes skin.


Cavalor MudDoc

Cavalor MudDoc

Price £50 for 400ml

Aloe vera and lavender oil help to eliminate bacteria and protect your horse’s skin.

To find your nearest stockist visit www.zebraproducts.co.uk


Equimins Mud Block Cream

Equimins Mud Block Cream

£8.90 for 500g *

A range of ingredients including tea tree oil and lavender oil help to support your horse’s skin and keep it healthy.

 

* Prices correct at time of publishing

Five of the best shoulder savers

Even the best fitting rug can, over time, rub your horse's shoulders. To prevent those unsightly bald patches you can use a shoulder saver. Here we show you five of the best to keep your horse's coat in tip-top condition.

Snuggy Hoods silky anti-rub vest

Snuggy Hoods Silky anti-rub bib

This bib can be used with any rug. The silky material and no seam design at the wither helps to prevent rubbing. It attaches securely to your turnout or stable rug via a loop at the chest of the rug.

Price £19 *

To order visit www.snuggyhoods.com


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Masta Deluxe anti-rub vest

This vest is made from fully lined anti-rub satin with a fleece wither pad for additional wither pressure relief. Pass the vest over your horse's head and slide into position. It has a loop at the front which attaches to the chest fastening of your rug.

Price £20 *

To find your nearest stockist visit www.masta.co.uk


Shires Equestrian anti-rub stretch vest

Shires Equestrian anti-rub stretch vest

Quick and easy to fit this vest is a little different as it's made from stretch fabric that creates a second skin around the shoulder area of your horse. It's secured in place with an elasticated surcingle that fastens round you horse's girth area.

Price £29.99 *


Felix Buhler satin shoulder guard

Felix Buhler satin shoulder guard

A deep cut satin shoulder guard which fastens to your horse's rug via a loop that attaches to the breast fastenings. The lightweight material sits neatly under your horse's rug and provides protection to his shoulders and withers. 

Price £11.90 *

To order visit www.kramer.co.uk


Bossy's Bibs Maneguard

Bossy's Bibs ManeGuard

This final bib is a little different, it not only offers protection to your horse's shoulders, it extends up his neck to smooth his mane too.  The design of this bib is very effective at preventing mane loss that can be caused full neck stable and turnout rugs. 

Price from £61 *

To buy visit www.bossysbibs.com

* Prices correct at time of publishing

Keis X10 body warmer

Keis X10 body warmer

This may look like any other waistcoat, but the Keis X10 body warmer contains heat panels to keep you toasty warm. 

It's made from breathable lightweight soft shell fabric, with elasticated side panels, and is available in a choice of sizes, the Keis X10 provides a perfect fit for men and women. Using Micro Alloy Element Technology for comfort and reliability, there are strategically positioned heat panels on chest and kidney areas for maximum effect. 

Supplied with all required wiring and full easy to follow instructions, there are dedicated zipped pockets for cables to keep things tidy and easy to find. 

Price £119 (plus 12V Li-lon battery pack £67.99) * 

Four winter jackets from Rohan

We all know winter weather can be challenging whether you’re a horse owner or not. If you’re looking for a waterproof jacket that you know will do the job look and won't let you down just when you need it look no further than the great selection of jackets available from Rohan.

Not strictly designed for riding in, but the shorter styles will work perfectly well in the saddle, while the longer jackets are a great choice for walking the dog, or spectating at the local point-to-point.

We’ve picked three great looking jackets and a practical gilet that we think you’ll love.

Rohan Guardian jacket

Women’s Guardian jacket

This smart jacket looks and feels great and its ergonomic cut is perfect for active sports and offers unrestricted freedom of movement.

It’s totally waterproof thanks to an advanced 3-layer Barricade fabric which is incredibly tough and light. It’s also breathable and has a modern matte appearance.

Price £245*


Rohan Fall Line jacket

Men’s Fall Line jacket

There are so many features that’ll make this your new go-to winter waterproof. The outer is made from Rohan’s Barricade waterproof technology with fully taped seams. This combination provides a barrier from the wind and will keep you dry in even the wettest of weather.

The hem and sleeve cuffs are adjustable to help you fine tune the fit and keep that all important warmth trapped inside your jacket.

The filling inside is Insuloft, an efficient synthetic insulation, which unlike natural down, doesn’t lose its warmth if it gets wet.

Price £179 *


Cold Harbour coat

Cold Harbour coat

A durable and extremely lightweight winter coat that’s more for wearing about town and not at the yard. This timeless design is made from a warm blend of natural wool and performance fibres. This combination makes it much lighter, quicker drying, crease- and odour-resistant, and – unlike your average winter wool coat – it’s completely machine washable.

Price £149*


Rohan Icepack vest

Icepack Vest

This versatile vest is an indispensable layering piece for outdoor and everyday use.

It’s filled with Insuloft, a superbly efficient synthetic insulation to keep you warm throughout the colder weather. It has a water repellent outer that will shrug off showers and it’ll protect you from the wind too. 

Price £97*

 

* Prices correct at time of publication.

Find out more at www.rohan.co.uk

The Coopers Gut range

The winter months bring challenges to the older horse. Colder temperatures and inclement weather mean poorer pasture quality and less nutrients in grass. Older horses may find it difficult to digest their feed effectively and this can result in them struggling to maintain condition. Feeding a supplement, such as Coopers Gut Support, that helps to support the healthy bacteria in the hindgut can improve digestion and help maintain body condition.


Case Study

  • 23 year old gelding (pictured below)
  • Always had trouble maintaining body condition along with periods of digestive disturbance
  • No abnormalities with teeth or worming management
  •  Coopers Gut Equalise was given for 5 days followed by Coopers Gut Support with no other change in diet or management

What is Coopers Gut Range?

The Coopers Gut range

The Coopers Gut range

Coopers Gut is a range of feed supplements containing a blend of prebiotics and postbiotics. They are designed to help maintain a healthy gut flora, which are responsible for the digestion of feed and hindgut function, keeping your horse healthy from the inside out.

There are three products in the range, Coopers Gut Support, Coopers Gut Equalise and Coopers Gut Assist. Each product contains both prebiotics and postbiotics, by using prebiotics and postbiotics to support the healthy gut flora there is no need to supplement with a probiotic (live bacteria).

What are Prebiotics?

Prebiotics are non-digestible food ingredients that act as a food source for the healthy bacteria within the horses’ gut. They selectively stimulate the growth and/or activity of the beneficial bacteria helping to support hindgut function. Prebiotics include gluco-oligosaccharides, xylo-oligosaccharides and fructo-oligosaccharides.


What are Postbiotics?

Postbiotics are beneficial components produced by bacteria during a fermentation process, which have a positive effect on the healthy bacteria within the horses gut.

Postbiotics may help in the following ways:

  • Supporting healthy gut bacteria by contributing to the structure of the cell wall
  • Protecting the healthy gut bacteria against pathogenic bacteria
  • Supporting the gut wall barrier
  • Supporting the gut's natural immune system

Coopers Gut Support

Coopers Gut Support is a prebiotic and postbiotic pellet to be mixed with feed or fed alone. It is also naturally rich in free amino acids and amino acid derivatives which help maintain optimum body condition.

Coopers Gut Equalise

Coopers Gut Equalise is a prebiotic and postbiotic oral paste, which is administrated directly into your horse’s mouth via a syringe. Coopers Gut Equalise can help to maintain normal digestive function in foals and adult horses during times of stress or digestive imbalance

Coopers Gut Assist

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Coopers Gut Assist is a prebiotic and postbiotic oral powder for horses, enriched with smectite for use during periods of digestive disturbance.

Find out more at www.coopers-range.co.uk

Stirrups to improve your riding position

Your pair of stirrups don't just help you feel secure in the saddle, many modern and high-tech stirrups will help improve your leg position in the saddle. Some even support and ease joint pain too. Here's four pairs to consider if you're planning on buying new ones. 

Stubben STEELtec Maxi stirrups

stubben stirrups

These smart and lightweight stirrups are made from aluminium alloy. They have a high arch for safety and large, slightly inclined pyramid tread for a secure grip and comfortable position. 

Price £164.50*


Flex-On Balance stirrups

Flex on stirrups

Ultra lightweight and strong, these moder looking stirrups have an offset and skewed stirrup-leather slot, as well as a carefully designed, inclined footbed to help you maintain a correct leg position with minimum effort. They also have elastomer shock absorbers for comfort, and small studs in the tread grip to hold your boot securely in the stirrup.

Price £145*

For further details and to order visit www.shadowhorse.co.uk


Tekna Flex-Tek stirrups

Teckna stirrups

These sleek looking stirrups come with the option of two different foot treads (rubber or metal) which allows you to select which one is most comfortable for you while you're riding. they're lightweight and flexible to help ease aching joints and generally keep you comfortable whether your out for a long hack or schooling at home. 

Price £44.99*


prenger bow Balance stirrups

Sprenger stirrups

A popular choice to help you maintain a secure position in the saddle, these stirrups feature Sprenger's System 4 technology. They cleverly stretch four ways to help reduce pressure on your knees and ankles. The bow shape also makes them easy to find - a simple touch of your foot on the stirrups and it turns onto your foot. They also have a wide rubber tread for security.

Price £172*

* Prices correct at time of publishing

Five of the best medium weight turnout rugs

WeatherBeeta ComFiTEC Classic combo

WB classic

A full neck turnout rug made from a waterproof and breathable rip-stop outer material to keep your horse warm and dry when the weather is bad. Side gussets allow your horse to move freely, and a Oxford polyester lining prevents rubbing.

Colours Red/silver/navy, blue/grey/pink

Sizes 4ft to 7ft 3in

Price £64.99 *

To find your nearest Weatherbeeta stockist visit www.weatherbeeta.com


Masta Avante 170g turnout

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This rug is available with a standard neck or full neck. It's 600 denier outer material is waterproof and breathable. It also features an anti-rub lining for additional comfort for your horse. 

Colours Dip-dye blue

Sizes 4ft 6in to 7ft 6in

Price £65 (standard neck), £80 (fixed neck) *

For details of your local stockist visit www.masta.co.uk


Bucas Smartex Medium

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A smart looking rug with a ballistic nylon shell and 150g filling. It features the Bucas Stay-Dry lining which wicks moisture away from your horse so he's stays at a comfortable temperature all day long. The Click'n Go front fastening is quick, easy and secure, plus shoulder darts allow freedom of movement. It's a standard neck rug, but you can buy the Combi Neck to turn this rug into a full neck one. 

Colours Navy

Sizes 5ft to 7ft 2in

Price £176 *

For stockists www.bucas.com


Thermo Master turnout rug

Thermo master

A super strong rug with a 1200 denier waterproof outer. The 100g filling adds just the right amount of warmth and reinforced gussets ensure your horse can move freely and to prevent any rubbing. A generously sized tail flap provides additional protection from the elements.

Colours Cobalt blue, emerald

Sizes 5ft 6in to 7ft 6in

Price £84.90*

To order visit www.kramer.co.uk


Fouganza All Weather 200

Fouganza

A standard neck rug made from a waterproof and breathable 600 denier diamond rip-stop outer material and a 200g filling. It also has shoulder gussets for increased comfort. A great rug for cool winter days. 

Colour Black

Sizes 5ft 9in to 7ft 3in

Price £44.99*

Go on line to order www.decathlon.co.uk

* Prices correct at time of publishing

Magic Tack gloves

Magic tack gloves

These smart gloves from Haukeschmidt are made from a high-tech, breathable, durable PU material that has a high Lycra content to give you a close, comfortable fit. They also offer great feel and grip on the reins so you'll hardly notice you're wearing the gloves, allowing you to concentrate on your riding whether you're competing or riding at home. 

What makes these gloves quite different is the switch-able bling patches on the back of the glove, so you can create your own individual look. You'll not only look great, you'll shine in the arena!

Order online at www.eqclusive.com

Memory foam tendon and fetlock boots

Elico boots

If you're on the hunt for a great looking set of tendon and fetlock boots that mould to the shape of your horse's legs look no further than the Elico Memory Foam tendon and fetlock boots. 

The soft lining conforms to the shape of your horse's legs so he stays comfortable and you get the best possible fit too. 

Both pairs of boots have a toughened outer shell to provide protection from knocks and bumps. 

To find out more visit www.elico.co.uk