As we head into October - where has the time gone?! - we can thank our lucky stars for a beautiful summer that has allowed most of us to really enjoy our riding, with lots of balmy hacking and events. But just weeks away now is the start of Autumn, and of course the impending clipping and rugging plans for many working horses. The end of September heralds around three months of the Autumn season -[...]
The standard A,K,E,H,C,M,B,F markers are commonly used in a dressage arena but do you know their history? While dressage is thought to have been practised for hundreds and
thousands of years, arena markers were not introduced formally into dressage competitions until the 1932 Olympic Games in Los Angeles, using a 60m x 20m arena.
Although there are several theories regard[...]
We all know that riding gloves are a boon to our horse riding, no matter what discipline we prefer - they improve contact, and also save our hands from being made sore from pressure or slippage! But how do we choose from such a wide range of riding gloves?
Despite there being gloves available for a diverse range of equestrian disciplines, including show jumping, dressage, hunting, eventing, dri[...]
Our customers at The Saddlery Shop know that when choosing boots, you need to establish the right size. Here are our top tips! You should measure your horse''s hooves within seven days of a fresh trim, taking the width and length in mm. Width is taken at the widest point of the horse&rsquos hoof (normally approximately halfway or slightly over halfway towards the heel from the toe). The length is [...]
If your horse is head shaking during ridden work, it is firstly essential to distinguish whether the head shaking is behavioral due to issues like discomfort from the tack or the bit, or whether your horse is suffering with a sinus or tooth issue, or a serious neurological problem. If after a visit from your veterinarian they are unable to detect signs of major damage to the sensory nerves or a si[...]
Most tack stores offer an overwhelming selection of bits for sale - and here at the Saddlery Shop, we certainly have an enviable selection, and our bitting knowledge is extensive. So, knowing the difference between the common bits on the market can help you decide which type of bit is right for your horse or pony.Horses are of course individuals, and this means our equines all have different mouth[...]
We have all seen the high profile cases within dressage competition, whereby a steward has noticed blood coming from a horse&rsquos mouth. But what causes it? Typically, bleeding from the equine mouth is an indication of a wound to the inside of the mouth, or the horse or pony&rsquos tongue.
Sometimes, this situation happens due to the unfortunate circumstance of a stressful incident or accidenta[...]
Lucy Nicholas offers sizing tips, ahead of bit purchase..
If you want to obtain a new bit for your horse, once you&rsquore sure your horse&rsquos mouth is cut free and comfortable, you can then measure the horse&rsquos mouth for the new bit. There are a few methods available that will enable you to measure your horse&rsquos mouth in order to determine the correct size of bit.
Firstly and most [...]
I am very interested in barefoot hoofcare, and know that many readers will be managing their horses barefoot as winter continues.
I&rsquod like to offer my top tips on helping your horse or pony to stay sound and healthy:
Winter Diet For Horses
Diet is key when it comes to equine hoofcare - its especially important in winter! To optimise hoof health, I suggest feeding hay (preferably mea[...]
We thought you may like to hear about a recent bitting issue that Lucy Nicholas helped a customer of The Saddlery Shop with.Question -Dear Lucy NicholasI am desperate to find an answer to my young horse’s bitting problems. He is a 15.2hh Warmblood x pony rising 5yrs.I have owned him since a foal and he is a big, confident character who does like to be in charge of situations. His main problem is t[...]