Hunter Original tall wellington boots

Manufacturer says

Available in a great choice of colours the Original tall wellington boot is as popular as ever

Available in a great choice of colours the Original tall wellington boot is as popular as ever

First introduced in 1956, the Original Tall boot is handcrafted from 28 parts and built for exceptional fit and comfort. This iconic style lies at the heart of the Hunter Original brand. They’re waterproof with a durable and grippy outsole, plus an adjustable strap to enhance the fit. The Original boot is available in an array of great colours too.

Price £90 *

Tested by YH Horse writer Amy Moore

Hunters might be a countryside stereotype, but I love mine! I have them in red and my last pair have lasted me well over two years. These wellies have seen me through countless muddy fields and mucking-out missions and I don’t really know what I’d do without them!

I know they’re not technically walking boots, but I’ve worn mine around numerous three-day events and out walking the dog and find them so comfortable. They’re also really waterproof (as a wellie should be) – having used them to fish a lost sheep out of a lake, I can most definitely vouch for that.

Their initial cost might seem expensive, but they last such a long time that you really get your money’s worth.

* Price correct at time of publishing

Requisite Quilted jacket

Requisite quilted jacket

Manufacturer says

A lightweight fit thanks to a polyester rich construction for total comfort, complete with a quilted outer design. This women's jacket sports two press-stud pockets to the sides and is complete with the Requisite motif to the chest and back of the neck.

Price £49.99 *

Tested by YH writer Amy Moore for eight months

I originally bought this jacket for those chilly mornings in the spring, but it’s proved itself to be a winter wardrobe staple. It doesn’t look or feel very thick, but it really keeps you very toasty, even when you only have a t-shirt on underneath.

I love the fit of this jacket as it’s slim enough to fit under my body protector when I go riding without making me look like a Michelin man! It also has a flap at the back, giving you a bit more room and movement in the saddle.

The only drawback with this jacket is that it's not waterproof, so you'll need a lightweight waterproof coat to slip on over the top for those rainy days.

* Price correct at time of publishing

Woof Wear Waterproof riding gloves

No more wet hands thanks to the Waterproof gloves from Woof Wear

No more wet hands thanks to the Waterproof gloves from Woof Wear

Manufacturer says

This Waterproof Riding Glove has been designed specifically for riding. Minimum bulk around the fingers gives maximum feel on the reins - allowing you to ride whatever the weather.

Price £30 *

Tested by YH associate editor Allison Lowther

If you’re on the hunt for a pair of gloves that’ll keep your hands warm and dry look no further than these waterproof winter gloves from Woof Wear. They’re designed with riding in mind and have a synthetic suede palm for a great feel and grip on the reins and a thermal lining for warmth. They're not too thick, so you can move your fingers without restriction for all those tasks at the yard. I've tested whether these gloves are waterproof on numerous occasions, from removing ice from a water trough in the field to washing off muddy hooves. Although you can begin to feel the cold, my hands haven't got wet inside. Definitely worth the investment to keep your hands warm and dry. 

*Price correct at time of publishing.

 

Masterclip Showmate trimmers

Masterclip Showmate trimmers

Manufacturer says

Lightweight and very quiet trimmers perfect for nervous horses, suitable for light to medium density coats. Two rechargeable batteries.  A fully charged battery will give approximately 30 minutes trimming time, four comb guards.

Price £59.99 *

Tested by YH associate editor Allison Lowther

These trimmers are a good weight and felt balanced in my hand. They trimmed around the chin and features of fine coated horse neatly and quickly. The noise from them is minimal so both horse’s I used these trimmers on were more than happy to stand quietly while they were trimmed. The battery lasted for 30 minutes and I easily got all my trimming done in that time. The shape and short body of these trimmers made them easy to manoeuvre around tricky areas. Very good trimmers at a very good price. 

*Price correct at time of publishing.

Order online at www.masterclip.co.uk

Rambo Dry Rug

Rambo Dry Rug

Manufacturer says

With a smart hide-away hood, this Quick Dry rug dries your horse in record time, absorbing moisture to leave a high gloss and a smooth finish. Roll up the hood to dry mane and neck, and roll back into a hide-away pocket. Elasticated cross surcingles and an adjustable multi-fit front ensure a close contact fit. A must have for busy yards.

Colour Grey with silver/black

Price £82 *

 

Tested by Your Horse reader Vanessa Lowther

I've used this rug for around 12 months now and I'm really impressed with it. The Rambo Dry Rug really does live up to the manufacturer's claim drying a horse with a thin coat in around 20 minutes. It means I can wash my horse off after riding, pop this rug on and I know she won't catch a chill. The rug is lightweight and made from a super soft micro fibre toweling cloth that not only dries your horse in super quick time, but polishes the coat to a high sheen. It also has a smart hide-away hood, which you can roll up your horse’s neck to dry his mane and neck, and roll back into a hide-away pocket if it’s not needed. Elasticated cross surcingles and an adjustable multi-fit front ensure a close contact fit to allow the rug to work at its best. The rug is available in small, medium and large - so check which size relates to your horse's usual rug size before you buy. This rug does need to fit snuggly to do the job. 

 

* Price correct at time of publishing

 

Cavalor NorPlus

Manufacturer says

Cavalor NorPlus

Cavalor NorPlus is a skin friendly, gentle shampoo that removes stains and produces an illuminating shine for all coat colours. It works very well on those difficult areas, like white legs. It's pH neutral and contains a mixture of vegetable extracts that clean without irritation.

Price £17 for 475ml*

Stan before his bath using Cavalor NorPlus

Stan before his bath using Cavalor NorPlus

Tested by Your Horse reader Jools Long on her grey horse Stan

Definitely read the instructions before you start using this shampoo as you have dilute a certain amount of the product in water before you can start bathing. The solution felt quite oily but was easy to apply to Stan's coat with a sponge. As it was massaged into the coat you could all the dirt lifting out of his coat with very little effort.

Stan looking super clean after his bath using Cavalor NorPlus

Stan looking super clean after his bath using Cavalor NorPlus

Rinsing proved quick and easy, and when dry Stan's coat looked and felt clean. He also seemed to dry quicker, perhaps this was due to not having to use lots of water to rinse. 

You may look a the price and think it's a little pricey, but if you follow the manufacturer's instructions it works out that one tub will make nearly 24 buckets at a cost of £1.40 per wash, making it, in my opinion very good value for money.

* Price correct at time of publishing

Microcurrent therapy for horses

Microcurrent therapy

With a file full of positive case studies and six years of treating horses with microcurrent therapy under her belt, human and equine therapist Dawn Rothwell is keen to spread the word about this non-invasive treatment.

“I was first introduced to the benefits of microcurrent using Alpha-Stim technology after meeting with veterinarian Ava Frick who runs a highly successful pain clinic treating horses and dogs using the device in the USA”, says Dawn. “After using the Alpha-Stim myself I’ve managed to develop various methods of using it with horses that have all been successful.”

How MET works

An MET machine like the Apha-Stim unit produces two sequences of minute, cell-specific electrical currents that work at the same level as those that naturally occur in your horse’s body. The electrical currents enhance cellular processes, which can initiate and sustain the chemical and electrical reactions that occur in the healing process. MET has been proven to restore full function to damaged structures in a fraction of the usual time, reducing scar tissue and resulting in a far better outcome.

 

 

 

 

What can MET help

Here are just some things this therapy can help with

  •  Reduces healing time of open wounds
  •  Calms horses and reduces stress
  •  Disperses swelling, bruising and inflammation
  •  Reduces and eliminates pain
  •  Reduces inflammation and improves circulation
  •  Repairs bone, nerve and soft tissue damage
  •  Breaks down scar tissue
  •  Disperses lactic acid helping to prevent the onset of Azoturia (tying up)
  •  Reduces and prevents muscle soreness
  • Boosts soft tissue performance
  • •Boosts the immune system
  • Kick-starts and accelerates regenerative healing in internal and external tissue
Stormy Lady was successfully treated with Microcurrent therapy

Stormy Lady was successfully treated with Microcurrent therapy

It really works!

From her extensive file of success stories Dawn shares just a few of them, proving how amazing MET is.

Stormy Lady was suffering from arthritis in both hocks, and her owner, Sharon Hoyle, had been told there was also arthritis in her shoulder. Her vet had recommended that Stormy Lady should be put to sleep. After just one MET treatment Stormy Lady was sound. This was followed up with a further two treatments and she’s now back in full work. Following this amazing result, Sharon has bought her own Alpha-Stim to manage her other two horses - one with kissing spines, the other with ligament damage.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ikke is back out competing thanks to Microcurrent treatment

Ikke is back out competing thanks to Microcurrent treatment

Ikke was a trigeminal head shaker and was admitted to Leahurst equine hospital for tests and treatment. The vets described him as one of the worst they’d seen, recording his head shaking 60-80 times per minute. The owner Mrs M Morris was desperate and asked Dawn to take a look. After only one treatment the head shaking appeared to have stopped. This was followed up with daily treatments for 4 days and Ikke still shows no signs of head shaking. He’s now back in full work and competing regularly.

To book an appointment, call Dawn Rothwell on 07825529054 or Shaun McGrath on 07887977977.

Daily CES treatment with the Alpha-Stim is available from £35 per month and is available from www.alpha-stim.co.uk

The Alpha-Stim M for pain relief retails at £599 excluding VAT.

Wildwash Gentle Shampoo

The manufacturer says:
The WildWash brand, renowned for their natural and healing pet shampoos and cosmetics, have spent the last two years creating an amazing range of 4 horse shampoos. These shampoos showcase the most innovative and ground breaking natural ingredients, which will set new standards for horse care products.

The range includes: Gentle, Medicated, Ultra Shine and Whitening

The Gentle Shampoo contains soothing Aloe Vera, Marshmallow Root and Evening Primrose Oil

The Gentle Shampoo contains soothing Aloe Vera, Marshmallow Root and Evening Primrose Oil

Price per 1-litre bottle: £24.95 (mixing bottle £4.95)

Tested by Your Horse editor, Imogen Johnson.
"I first used the ‘Gentle’ wash in this range for my mare who has very sensitive skin. It comes in a large 1-litre bottle, which is heavily concentrated for use when diluted. With the Shampoo you get an additional mixing bottle. To this you add a little of the concentrated shampoo (you fill to a clearly labelled ‘fill line’) then top up the bottle with clean water.

Using the mixing bottle the shampoo can be dilluted at a 32 to 1 ratio

Using the mixing bottle the shampoo can be dilluted at a 32 to 1 ratio

"The key thing about this product for me is that I was amazed at how little I needed to use and how long the bottle lasted. A little goes a very long way!

"What’s more, I found I could squirt a little of the diluted solution straight from the bottle onto a sponge, then onto my horse which saved water, shampoo, time and mess! It also meant that if I only wanted to tackle a small area, it was easy and meant I didn’t have to drench my horse.

Post wash, over the next few days her coat looked great and any areas of dry, flaky skin (she "suffers form sweet itch) seemed to be much improved.

"All in all this product is easy to use and does a really good job. You might, at first, shy away from the price tag (£24.95) but I felt it was worth it. One bottle seems to last and last."

www.wildwash.co.uk

Racesafe Provent body protector

The Racesafe Provent

The Racesafe Provent

The manufacturer says: This body protector is ultra lightweight and thanks to the 70 independently hinged sections it gives you great flexibility and comfort. The breathable net outer and perforated inner material help to keep your cool when you’re working hard. It also features an elasticated adjustment system for improved movement and comfort.

Price Adult sizes from £198

www.racesafe.co.uk

Tested by Your Horse editor, Imogen Johnson

“If you’re like me and simply hate wearing a body protector then this is the one for you – you quickly forget you’ve got it on!

“As the manufacturer says it is ultra lightweight and even in the warmest of weather I found I stayed cool when wearing it which really impressed me. I’ve also worn this under a lightweight-riding jacket and it was hard to tell I had it on. It doesn’t look bulky or unflattering.

Even when worn under a jacket, the racesafe Provent isn't bulky or unflattering

Even when worn under a jacket, the racesafe Provent isn't bulky or unflattering

"This is the first body protector I’ve had that zips up, which is great. The zip front makes it easy to do up and it’s also easily adjustable if you need to make any tweaks to the fit.

"All the features Racesafe have added for flexibility really do the job as it’s easy to move in and super comfy. There’s really no excuse not to wear it. I can’t fault it!”

WeatherBeeta Airflow Combo

What the maufacturer says:
Made from a durable, lightweight polyester mesh to protect your horse from insects, this rug will also keep him cool on warmer days.

It has an elastic panel at the base of the combo neck for comfort, a full wrap tail flap, removable belly flap and side gussets.

WeatherBeeta Airflow Combo

What our tester says:
This rug has a good, deep fit and stays in place well. The fastenings have lots of adjustment and the belly bib is a good size and a secure fit, though you can detach it if you need to. The neck cover’s a good length and the elastic panel over the withers ensures it doesn’t pull as the horse is grazing.  It covers all the key areas really well, with extra lining at the mane and shoulder area
to stop any rubbing. The generous tail flap provides additional protection.

The mesh is very soft and has a silky finish, but doesn’t move at all. The material’s bright and reflective, helping to keep the horse cool on warmer days. All our test horses were content wearing it and not bothered by flies.

Price: £67.99*
Colours: Smoke/lavender, silver/navy/white
Sizes: 4ft to 7ft 3in

www.weatherbeeta.co.uk

*Price at time of publishing

 

Haas bay/chestnut brushes

Tested by: Your Horse Gear Guide Editor, Allison Lowther

The team at online retailer Eqclusive has put together several sets of Haas brushes to suit different coat colours and I’ve been using the set for bay or chestnut horses.

The brushes are well made and are all I need to keep my mare Wish’s coat clean and shiny.

Each of the brushes in the set has a specific job to do and every pack comes with advice on what order to use the brushes so you get the best results. You use the Millitary brush for removing dirt which it does easily, followed by the Cavalier brush to clean the top of the coat. To complete the look and to really produce an amazing shine there’s the Coat Gloss brush and the super soft Diva Exclusiv which used sheepskin to polish the coat.

I’ve been using these brushes for five months and Wish’s coat looks great and with minimum effort. I no longer need to use hard dandy brushes to get rid of mud, the Millitary brush does this for me. They even remove most stains from her white socks too.

They may be a little more expensive than other brushes, but my grooming kit only consists of these three brushes and a mane and tail comb, that’s all I need.

Price*: £65

www.eqclusive.com

* At time of publishing - April 2016

Haas bay/chestnut brushes

Micklem Competition bridle

Tested by: Your Horse Gear Guide Editor, Allison Lowther

This bridle is designed for comfort and takes into account the shape of your horse’s head. I’ve used it on both of my horses, Wish and Jester, and both seem to like it compared to their conventional bridles.

There are lost of great features on this bridle including the fact that there are no additional straps for the noseband so there’s less pressure over the headpiece. There’s also plenty of scope for adjustment so you can get a good fit.

The headpiece is shaped to go around the back of the ears and a little padding adds to the comfort.

I've been using this bridle for three years now and from the get go I noticed that both my horses seem to accept the contact better and go more consistently in it.

This bridle looks a little different, but for me, comfort comes first and I’ll continue to use it as my horses go really well in it.

Price*: £120

www.horseware.com

*Price at time of publishing - April 2016

The Micklem Competition Bridle

Brogini Toscana paddock boots

Our tester bought these from her local Farmway store. She was looking for a sturdy pair of boots which would give her ankle(previously broken) some support when she was out doing her horses. She said the leather is lovely and soft and took very little breaking in and the zip front makes them really easy to put on and take off. The air pockets inside the heel and soft, cushioned insole makes these boots so comfortable to wear.

These aren’t the cheapest boots, but our tester felt thinks they're worth their pricetag for their great looks and comfort.

Colours Black, brown

Sizes 3.5 to 9

Price £95*

www.brogini.com

 

*Price at time of publishing

Toscana boots

Noble Outfitters Equine Essential Tote

Tested by: Your Horse Gear Guide Editor, Allison Lowther

This robust and smart looking bag keeps all your grooming kit neat and tidy.

As well as providing plenty of room to store all your grooming brushes, it’s also the perfect size and shape to store other bits and pieces such as fly repellent, detangler etc.

The mesh bottom means the majority of dirt and hair falls out helping to keep your brushes cleaner.

Price*: £39.95

www.nobleoutfitters.co.uk

 

*Price at time of publishing - April 2016

 

Noble Outfitters Equine Essential Tote

IceVibe boots from horseware

Tested by: Your Horse Gear Guide Editor, Allison Lowther

These boots cleverly deliver cool therapy and massage which you can use together or individually.

I’ve used these mainly as part of my daily routine as a massage boot which I used before work to try and maintain my horse’s legs. They're great way to start the warming up process before I get on and hopefully avoid injuries.

If the ground is hard I use them again after work with the cool pad on with massage again.

They fit neatly and securely around your horse’s legs. They’re well-made and a great piece of kit to use on a daily basis or have in your tack room to use after hard work or if your horse has banged himself.

Price*: £170

www.horseware.com

*Price at time of publishing - April 2016

IceVibe boots from Horseware

Hawkins Organic Buck Off fly repellent - spray and gel

Tested by: Your Horse Gear Guide Editor, Allison Lowther

I started using this fly repellent last summer (2015) and I’ve was really pleased with the results.

You can buy the spray or gel, or both. I personally like to buy both and to use them together. I use the liquid on my horses' bodies and the gel for around the eyes, ears and other hard to reach areas. The gel is a good option if your horse isn't a fan of sprays.

Both the spray and gel are very effective, plus using only natural ingredients they're good to the environment and your horse's skin.

I've watched both of my horses carefully when out in the field with this product applied and they both seemed to be less bothered by flies. On really warm days I may need to apply it during the day, but I’d definitely recommend it.

A little seems to go a long way making it cost effective to use too.

Price*: £14.95 for 1 litre (Spray), £12.95 for 300ml (gel)

www.hawkinsorganic.com

*Price at time of publishing - April 2016

Hawkins Organic Buck Off fly repellent - gel and spray