The Power of Feeling Confident: A book for horse riders

Stuck for a gift, or do you struggle with your confidence around horses? This book might just be what you're looking for to give you those first few nuggets of confidence back. 

Reviewed by Your Horse Writer Stacey Carter

If you've ever struggled building your confidence up after a nasty fall or a accident with your horse, then this book may help. 

Faye Low is a qualified Performance Coach specialising in Confidence Coaching.

She has provided workshops for British Dressage, Showjumping and the BHS over the years, so she has experience in dealing with people who struggle with their confidence.

The book establishes the difference between confidence and fear first and formost, then moves onto visualisations and the power of words. 

This book is interesting if you want to know the science behind building confidence, but it's more about the theory of it, rather than the actual practise, which could be a little tricky if you have specific problems that you want to tackle. 

The book goes into in what way the brain processes information and how these habits can be altered.

Easy to read and short, it's the perfect buy for anyone wanting to understand what goes in your brain when your faced with confidence worries. 

Mother's Day gift ideas

With Mother's Day just around the corner we've put together a selection of gifts that any horsey mum would love. 

Sophie Allport Horse bag

Horses Big Bag

This great looking bag can be used as a shopping bag, book bag, gym bag, beach bag or swimming bag. Perfect for family outings to the beach or pony club events! The design features jumping and trotting horses on a pale stone coloured background. It's a stylish and practical bag and would make a great gift for any horse riding fan!

Price £28*

Order online at www.sophieallport.com


Musto Snug gilet

Musto Snug Gilet

The Women's Snug Gilet takes the classic Snug Blouson template and adapts it to a gilet, making it the perfect thermal mid layer for any rider. The showerproof shell will help to keep you dry and the ocean inspired high collar is perfect for keeping the wind out. The added ribbed hem and fleece lining provides a comfortable fit and warmth all year round;

Price £99.99*

For more information visit www.musto.com


Emma Bridgewater heart mug

Emma Bridgewater pink hearts mug

What’s not to like about this great mug? It’s too good to use at the yard, but what better way to treat your mum to her morning cup of tea than in this lovely mug.

Price £17.99*


HiHo Silver Friendship bracelet

Hiho Silver Snaffle Friendship Bracelet

This lovely bracelet has an 18ct rose gold plated sterling silver snaffle in the centre, which is attached to strong, soft woven cord each side to create the bracelet. The bit is flagged by rose gold plated beads, and it’s finished with an adjustable 18ct rose gold plated toggle too, which makes the piece highly adjustable so one size fits all. The bracelet is available in turquoise, chocolate brown and black.

Price £45*

To order visit www.hihosilver.co.uk


Moorland Horse Stuff bag

Moorland Rider Horse Stuff Big Bag

A fun and practical bag which has many uses. The bag is made from cotton canvas, and inside the smaller bag is a much larger one to store and carry all your horsey bits and bobs.

Price £10.50*

For more details visit www.moorlandrider.co.uk


Musto country shirt

Musto Women’s Country printed shirt

This classically styled shirt is available in three new colours to brighten up those cool spring days.  You can chose from Daisy blue, kingfisher and spring blue. The wicking material will help you stay cool, dry and comfortable all day long. The Country inspired patterns complement Musto's ladies tweed jackets.  

Price £69.99*

For further information visit www.musto.com


The Spanish Boot company Valverde jodhpur boots

The Spanish Boot Company Valverde Jodphur Boots

These gorgeous suede boots are sure to brighten up your day. They’re leather lined and an elasticated section allows you to slip them on and off with ease. This are the perfect boots to team up with your favourite pair of jeans. The boots are available in seven different colours – you’ll be spoilt for choice.  

Price £165*


Pixley breeches

Bridleway Pixley breeches

These jean style technical breeches look super slick with their eye-catching details. Sparkle silicone gel on the knee patches give you amazing grip without bulk and the stretch ankle inserts eliminate any bulk inside your long riding boots. The hardwearing fabric wicks moisture away and retains its shape. Available in navy, grey and white

Price £51.95*

Go online to order www.bridlewayequestrian.com


Anorak Kissing Horses toiletry bag

Anorak Kissing Horses box toiletry bag

Available in three different sizes, these useful bags can store all your make-up and other toiletries for those weekends away.

Price From £13*

For more information visit www.anorakonline.co.uk


Sophie Allport mugs

Two great designs that you'll love, if you can't decide which one to buy - why not treat your mum or yourself to both?

Trot On! Horse mug 

This fun horse mug will brighten up every cup of tea or coffee. Sophie's illustrations of trotting brown horses cover the white fine bone china mug. 'Trot On!' is written on the inside rim in Sophie's signature handwriting.

Hold your horses mug

This mug features trotting and jumping horses with 'Hold Your Horses!' written inside the rim in Sophie's signature handwriting.

Price £11* each

To see the full range and order visit www.sophieallport.com


The Trail of Painted Ponies colouring book

The Trail of Painted Ponies

You can while away the hours and unleash your inner artistic talent with this adult colouring in book. The first in a series of books, this one has 26 designs of the most popular painted pony figurines rooted in Native American lore.

Price £10.57*

*prices correct at time of publishing

KBF99 grooming kit

Can you ever have enough grooming products? We think not! Which is good news because we love this awesome grooming kit from KBF99.

KBF99 grooming kit

Launched by Vale Brothers, KBF99 products will assist in the prevention of infection and reinfection of various diseases -  they've been put through their paces by Coventry University using the standard test for Anti Microbial Activity, tests that resulted in KBF99 material killing 99% of the bacteria test culture - that's good enough for us!

The KBF99 product range has been developed to help protect and safeguard horses from contracting conditions such as strangles, ringworm, E.Coli and Mycotoxin - it's threfore the perfect gift for anyone who loves their horse!

Price £93.60*

To find out more visit www.kbf99.co.uk

*Correct at time of publishing.

The Spanish Boot Company Valverde Jodphur Boots

spanish boot company boots

These Spanish Boot Company Valverde Jodphur Boots are certainly for the bold but, if you know someone who likes colour and quality, they'll make the perfect gift!

In a traditional equestrian style - but in statement red - these boots are great to team with a variety of outfits.

Features:

  • Suede leather upper
  • Leather lined
  • Elasticated gusset
  • Good-year welted leather sole 
  • Made in Valverde del Camino, southern Spain
  • Unisex - for men and women

Price £165*

*Correct at time of publishing.

Kate Negus SR Diamante Browband

Kate Negus diamante browband

Do you have a friend who's mad about bling? If so this gorgeous diamante browband from Kate Negus could make the perfect gift!

With a slight curve for a stylish look this browband features stunning sparkly diamantes (sewn and glued onto the English leather).

The browband is finished with a KN Union Jack Bridle Stud- the ultimate in bling and sparkle!

Price: £85*

* Price correct at time of publishing.

5 brilliant horse books

Get your horse fix, without leaving the sofa by curling up with a great book. Here we review five great horsey reads - a mix of fiction, training and even a memoir - perfect as gifts or just a treat for you!


horse behaviour book cover

Horse Behaviour - Interpreting Body Language and Communication by Barbara Schoning

An easy reference book for equine students and horse owners on equine behaviour. The book discusses how to understand your horse’s body language and its importance in building a bond with your horse. It looks at specific behaviours and provides methods on how to deal with them.


Horses and divorces book cover

HORSES DIVORCES & HISSY FITS by Tina Cryer

A light, funny and so true to life read, this book is about a non-horsey teenager who befriends an abandoned pony where she learns everything horsey. The tone is very youthful with snippets of slang texts messages thrown in for good measure, worth a read.


The horse encyclopedia

THE HORSE ENCYCLOPEDIA

A book to treasure with terrific imagery and a well laid out design. It might not be in depth on any particular equine topic, but it gives a good overview on the equine body, breeds, the history of horses and their management.


Foals and young hroses book cover

FOALS AND YOUNG HORSES - Training and management for a well-behaved horse by Ute Ochsenbauer and Beate Schmidtlein

This book covers how to handle, train and deal with issues relating to feeding, training and management of young horses ranging from the birth of a foal to a three-year-old. Should you be thinking of breeding a foal or already own youngster this book is easy to refer to as it’s laid-out into small sections. The extensive range of exercises to build trust and confidence were simple and easy to understand.


Ride of my life book cover

THE RIDE OF MY LIFE – MEMOIRS OF A SPORTING EDITOR by Michael Clayton

Once you’ve started reading it, this book is hard to put down! Michael’s life as an editor and all he knows about hunting and horses is truly fascinating. His writing simply carries you through the book tale after tale. Highlights for me included; Michael speaking fondly of his mare Josephine and his account of a disastrous crash during the Driving Grand Prix at Windsor. A must read! 


Leroy and Bongo Planner

Leroy and Bongo Planner

Make 2017 your most organised by using a Leroy and Bongo Planner to plan you and your horse's year ahead. The new planners encourage you to set riding and training goals, track your progress and record your results.

With simply laid out sections for all your horse's information, and where you can make a note of any farrier, dentist or vet visits.

You can also record details of any training, competitions, results and contacts, essentially you can keep your entire  horsey life in one place.

The Planners are hard backed and available in 4 colours: aqua, grey, pink and snow. They also include 2 ribbons to help you instantly find the right page! The combination of beautiful design and great quality, teamed with simplicity and practicality will help make 2017 your best horsey year ever!

Price £20 *

The Kramer autumn/winter catalogue is out now!

If you love a bit of retail therapy you must get a copy of the new Kramer autumn/winter catalogue. With over 25,000 products and many of them new for the season ahead you'll be spoilt for choice and you're sure to find a few must haves for you and your horse.  

For you, there's an array of colour co-ordinated clothing that will keep you warm and looking great through the months ahead including the innovative Grip Full-Seat Soft Shell Breeches Carolina and the UltraNova riding hat both from Felix Bühler.

There's also the new  ‘Starlight’, STEEDS’ reflective collection features a range of products for your horse so you have the security of being visible and the stitched on stars light up with light hits them.  

If you're a dog owner you can deck out your horse and dog in matchy-matchy style with Felix Bühler’s colourful dogprint rugs, called ‘Friends’.

You can get your hands on the new autumn/winter 2016 - 2017 catalogue by visiting www.kramer.co.uk, or calling 01803 420125.

Kramer catalogue