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
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.
Flex-On Balance 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.
For further details and to order visit www.shadowhorse.co.uk
Tekna Flex-Tek 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.
prenger bow Balance 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.
* Prices correct at time of publishing
WeatherBeeta ComFiTEC Classic combo
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
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
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.
Sizes 5ft to 7ft 2in
Price £176 *
For stockists www.bucas.com
Thermo Master turnout rug
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
To order visit www.kramer.co.uk
Fouganza All Weather 200
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.
Sizes 5ft 9in to 7ft 3in
Go on line to order www.decathlon.co.uk
* Prices correct at time of publishing
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
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
This easy to use patch can quickly help to ease stiffness so your horse can move more freely and restore mobility.
Simply apply the patch to any sore or stiff joints and let the combination of ingredients - omega 3, green lipped mussel, hyaluronic acid and menthol get to work. After just 30 minutes your horse should start to feel the benefits.
To find your nearest stockist visit www.lintbells.com
This popular feed from Dengie now displays the new BETA feed mark for equines prone to Equine Gastric Ulcer Syndrome.
When you read recent research which highlights that up to 59% of leisure horses suffer from Equine Gastric Ulcer Syndrome (EGUS) it makes you realise that this condition can effect all horses not just those in hard work.
While there are many possible causes, high concentrate diets and intense exercise have been identified as the trigger in many equines. Feeding more fibre, in particular alfalfa, and reducing cereal based feeds can help and as a general rule your horse's starch intake should be less than 2g per KG of bodyweight per day to reduce the risk of ulcers.
Dengie Alfa-A Oil is suitable for horses in moderate to hard work helping to improve stamina and condition. Fibre diets are also much healthier for your horse as they're more sympathetic to his digestive system and provide slow release energy. Alfa-A Oil is high in calories and when fed at the recommended quantities it has a comparable energy level to a competition/conditioning mix or cube but with, on average, 10-times less starch.
If you think your horse could be suffering from EGUS, as with all equine health issues, Dengie recommend that you consult your vet.
To find your nearest stockist visit www.dengie.com
This new range of rain-proofing products will make soggy saddles a thing of the past, and your precious competition wear can be protected too.
It works by creating a rough surface that's not visible to the naked eye, which repels liquids. The clever substance causes liquid molecules to roll off the fabric or leather it's been applied to. It will provide protection for up to 24 hours, and simply washes out after use.
In the range there's fabric and leather spray, a leather cleaner and a leather balm. All are quick and easy to apply and are sure to be a must-have item in your tack room to copy with our unpredictable weather.
Find out more about this new range at www.facebook.com/equipeluk
With daylight hours in short supply at this time of the year, what better way to brighten up your day and your winter wardrobe with this tweed and vintage inspired floral print scarf from tweed fashion designers Timothy Foxx.
The Bubblegum Tweed Scarf is made from a soft lightweight Scottish tweed on a moss green base with a stunning pink and turquoise plaid. To finish the look off, the scarf is lined with a pretty pink floral and white cotton fabric.
To order visit www.timothyfoxx.co.uk
Winter with horses is never easy but winter with horses and getting wet is even more miserable!
The Equetech Unisex Over Rider Trousers could be just what you're looking for to help you stay clean, dry and warm. They are a must for all those messy, wet and mucky yard chores you have to do. Once you've worn these over trousers you'll wonder how you ever coped without them.
For ease of use they have an outer zip on each leg from cuff to knee and the adjustable elasticated high-back panel waistband make them comfortable to wear. These lightweight over trousers are sure to become your new best friend this winter.
To find out more visit www.equetech.com
The winter months can be challenging to older horses. Colder and changeable weather means less nutrients are avaialble in the grass. Combine this with the fact that your older horses may find it difficult to digest their feed effectively and this could mean he'll struggle to maintain condition.
Feeding a supplement, such as Coopers Gut Support will help the healthy bacteria in the hind gut working properly so they can improve digestion and help maintain body condition.
The Coopers Gut Range contains a mixture of prebiotics and postbiotics, which can assist beneficial bacteria and aid normal gut function.
Coopers Gut Support is a pellet that you can mix in with your horse's feed or it can be fed alone. It's also naturally rich in free amino acids and amino acid derivatives which help maintain optimum condition.
There are two other products in the Coopers Gut Range. Coopers Gut Equalise is a prebiotic and postbiotic oral paste to help maintain digestive function in foals and adult horses during times of stress or digestive imbalance, and Coopers Gut Assist is a prebiotic and postbiotic oral powder for horses, enriched with smectite for use during periods of digestive disturbance.
To find out how your horse could benefit from the Coopers Gut Range this winter, visit www.coopers-range.co.uk
To find out more visit www.coopers-range.co.uk
A great choice to help keep your horse clean or use as an extra layer when it's really cold - here's our pick of our favourite four.
Horzejamz Fleece Hood
This fleece hood will help to keep your horse warm and will wick away sweat. It comes in a range of shiny fabrics for the ear and most section so you can add some colour to his wardrobe. A clever four-loop bib system holds the hood in place and keeps your horse comfortable too.
To order online visit www.horzehoods.com
Shires stretch hood with full face
A hood with a good amount of stretch, this is a great choice if you want to ensure your horses plaits stay in place on the day of a competition. It's made from a multi-way stretch nylon fabric, with shaping on the head and face for comfort. The zip fastening make it quick and easy to fit and a belly strap and girth tab hold the hood in place so there's no rubbing.
To find your nearest stockist visit www.shiresequestrian.com
Snuggy Hoods Turn Out Hood
Designed for turnout, this durable hood will help to keep your horse clean and protect him from the elements. Made from a water repellent and breathable material with a shoulder lining for comfort, plus a self-fixing surcingle. You can chose from a pull-on style, or with a full zip on the underside of the neck to under the chin which can make putting the hood on and off quick and easy.
Price From £85*
To order online visit www.snuggyhoods.com
Ekkia Neck Protector
This polar fleece full-length neck protector adds a layer of warmth for your horse. It's lined with nylon to help keep you horse clean and prevent rubbing. Around the poll is elasticated which stops it slipping down his neck. This option is a good choice if your horse doesn't like his fact covering with a full hood.
* All prices correct at the time of publishing.
Just in time for the winter months, Dodson & Horrell has launch its Winter Health Mash - a unique and modern take on a bran mash. this warming herbal mash will help support your horse's immune and digestive system, whatever his age and condition.
It contains a number of ingredients to stimulate his appetite, including carrots, and can also be used to help disguise the taste of supplements and medicines.
As well as containing bran, Winter Health Mash all contains a number of herbs, including mint and fennel. Both of these herbs are well known for their ability to help keep your horse's digestive system happy and working efficiently, which is especially important over the winter months when the quality of grass is lower and his main source of fibre comes from dried forage, such as hay. There's also the addition of echinacea, which is known to support and boost your horse's immune system.
Simply soak the mash with hot or cold water and leave it to soak for 10 minutes before feeding. Thanks to those lovely herbs your horse will tuck in, and it will warm him up from the inside. It's also a great way to increase your horse's fluid intake and ensure he stays hydrated.
Added oil will give your horse's coat some shine, and you don't need to worry about the calcium and phosphorus ratio that's traditionally associated with feeding bran as it's all been balanced for you.
Winter Health Mash is designed to be fed as an addition to your horse's usual diet and tin's a complete feed - so your horse will still need to receive his daily dose of vitamins and minerals.
Watch our short video below about this new feed.
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Well known for their range of turnout and stable rugs, Bucas has now added a therapy rug to it's collection. It may look like any other rug, but it's made from a unique material - a very find stainless steel mesh, which reflects the magnetic field created inside your horse's body. This helps to boost his circulation as well as the oxygen flow throughout his body and his back. the effect can also help to reduce inflammation and swelling, and even promote faster healing.
As well as being worn on its own to help warm up your horse's muscles before work, this rug can also be used as an under rug (it cleverly attaches to other Bucas rugs) making it a useful extra layer and keeping your horse comfortable and happy.
A useful addition to your horse's wardrobe, priced at £139 it has a number o uses as it can be used in the stable, during turnout and travelling.
For all those dressage divas out there take a look at the new Dressage Wraps from Woof Wear. A quick and easy alternative to bandaging these neat looking boots are available in a range of great colours - turquoise, white, back and chocolate.
They've been designed to allow your horse to move freely and the breathable neoprene ensures his legs don't overheat. They cost £33 a pair and are the perfect excuse to find a saddlecloth to match.
These flattering breeches feature a flash of colour, you can choose from pink grey or orange, down the thigh to make your legs look longer.
As well a looking great they're mad from a wicking material to keep you comfortable in and out of the saddle. Plus for that extra feel of security when you're riding these breeches have leather knee patches with added silicon technology.
The added splash of colour this winter is sure to brighten up those cold mornings at the yard and the cost of these breeches are just £60.
This great looking jacket is sure to be a hit with many horse owners this winter. It's waterproof and breathable so you'll stay warm and dry whatever the weather.
What makes this jacket a little different is it has reflective fabric panels on the chest, back and hood that illuminate when light hits them.
What more could you want from a riding jacket? Great for riding and yard work, plus it doesn't cost a fortunate, at £80 you'll wonder how you coped without it.
Throughout the year due to the colour of various crops and leaves changing colour wearing yellow high viz doesn’t always stand out well enough to make you clearly visible to other road users.
To try and combat this issue the team at V-Bandz has designed a range of high viz gear for you and your horse that uses a combination of two colours helping you stand out all-year round. The Combi-Brite range is available in pink/yellow or orange/yellow. The range includes a hatband (£7.99), adjustable mesh waistcoat (£23.99) and a mesh quarter sheet (£25.99).
The area under the girth for some horses can be quite sensitive to pressure and discomfort. The new Back on Track Dressage Girth is lined with the Back on Track’s revolutionary Welltex fabric which is infused with ceramic particles. These ceramic particles cause long wave infra-red heat to radiate back towards the body. The body responds positively to the infra-red wave, increasing circulation, which can relieve joint tension, maximise performance and help avoid injury.
The Back on Track Dressage Girth features a clever buckle design at one end of the girth which looks for the hole in the strap when doing up the girth. The buckles are stainless steel which can be fixed or have elastic inserts to help reduce pressure and make tacking up easier. The curved shape of the girth reduces the width of material behind your horse’s elbows helping to prevent pinching.
The new Back on Track Dressage Girth is available in black and in sizes 22”, 24”, 26”, and 28”, fixed or elasticated ends. RRP £49.
This quirky looking fleece cooler rug is ideal to use on your horse for travelling or after he's had a bath. The lightweight fleece with its fun fox print design wicks moisture away from your horse's skin keeping him comfy and dry. An let's face it, who doesn't need a rug covered in bow-tie wearing foxes?
If you really want this fun print is also available on a set of travel boots too.