If you regularly uses studs to provide your horse will a little more grip you'll know how time-consuming and often frustrating the process of using them can be.
To help make the whole process stress-free there's a new stud on the block. Easy Stud is a revolutionary patented thread that goes in straight every time and is impossible to cross-thread.
This gets around the continual problem of getting frustrated when you're trying to put studs in ready for a competition.
The Easy Stud has a bigger, blunter thread which automatically lines itself up straight every time. It cannot cut a new track and will always follow the thread put in by your farrier - making them impossible to cross-thread!
The starter kit contains everything that you need including 16 studs including keeper studs, a tap and spanner, plus two farrier taps - he'll need this to thread the hole in your horse's shoes.
To buy visit www.easystud.co.uk
*price correct at time of publishing
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With warm sunshine comes the nuisance of flies, bothering your horse and making his life a misery. With warm sunshine comes the nuisance of flies, bothering your horse and making his life a misery.Read More
Tired of the usual black or blue hat silk? Well you can now jazz up your riding hat with a Fronstfinch hat silk.
These British made hat covers are available in a wide range of colour and design options. There's something for everyone, you can choose from sparkles, flames, roses and hearts. Any of these designs are sure to brighten up your everyday riding wear, or make you stand out from the crowd when you're riding cross country.
Price £20 to £35 depending on design*
*prices correct at time of publishing
This practical and smart backpack has lots of uses, and will make stroring and carrying your horsey bits and bobs hassle free.
It has numerous handy compartments to store all your valuables and five outer pockets to store your riding hat, whip and drinks bottle. Inside you'll find two inner compartments to safely store even more kit.
To make carrying the bag comfortable it has a padded back and adjustable shoulder straps. It also has a relief area positioned at the neck which spreads the load to avoid discomfort and makes it easier to carry.
*price correct at time of publishing
This new headcollar is made from tough, densely woven nylon. It has a shimmering effect and a soft anti-chafing feel. It has an adjustable headpiece, noseband with buckles, and quick release throatlatch with snap.The anti-chafing lining is made from synthetic nubuck with nice nickel plated metal buckles. It's available in super stylish navy/burgundy colour and in sizes cob and full.
Price £21.50 *
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.
If your horse can be a little reluctant to be caught turning him out in a head collar can make this daily task a little easier. However, turning him out in a head collar isn't ideal as you may be worried about him getting caught on fencing.
You can worry no more, thanks to the new Hy Fieldsafe head collar. This head collar features quick release touch tape on the head piece and nose band. There’s also another break point around the throat lash so the head collar is able to break when pressure is applied to three separate areas releasing your horse if he gets caught up. A trigger hook at the throat can be fastened to either a brass ring (for when you are leading your horse), or a plastic ring attached with touch tape (for when your horse is out in the field). To ensure your horse is comfortable the nose and head piece is cushioned.
The Hy Fieldsafe head collar has an RRP of £19.90
For more information visit facebook.com/Hy-Equestrian
Tested by: Your Horse Gear Guide Editor, Allison Lowther
I’ve had this massage pad for approximately seven years, I’ve had to replace the battery a few times but other than that it’s still in great condition.
It runs through a set 30-minute massage programme. You have a choice of three programmes, each of varying intesnsity. I’ve mainly used the first two as a way of warming up or cooling down before and after work.
After using the pad my mare Wish seems freer and softer through her back, which can take some time if I don’t use the pad.
You can wipe it clean and it’s easy to use away from the yard too so I take it with me to competitions and lessons.
*Price at time of publishing - April 2016
The Noble Outfitters Guardsman fly mask not only keeps flies away, it’ll protect your horse from the sun too. For comfort the fly mask has fleece lining on the crown and nose and the removable nose attachment protects this delicate area from the sun.
Price from £19.95 (no ears) £21.95 (with ears)*
*Correct at time of publishing
Comes with free instruction DVD. A unique training headcollar featuring an adjustable double noseband so it can be used as normal, for starting young horses or for overcoming handling problems humanely.
Size/ colour: Small(red), Medium(black) Large(blue)
Stockists: 0148871300 or www.intelligenthorsemanship.co.uk