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[...]
How lovely it was to see Pippa Hutton’s ride Belmondo in Horse & Hound magazine recently - this is an elite dressage horse that is managed barefoot. The gelding, co-owned by Talland’s renowned dressage guru (and Pippa’s mother) Pammy Hutton, allowed Pippa to finish as the best placed Brit in the recent Under 25s team test at the European Championships. “He’s my knight in shining armour and pro[...]
For a one-off bite, apply an ice pack, or bathe with cool, salt water. (You can purchase re-usable gel packs that remain flexible when frozen.)For multiple fly bites, a mild horse shampoo can cool the inflamed skin and will help to remove irritating scurf and bacteria. As they are alkaline, a sting from a wasp (pictured) should be bathed with a dilute acid, such as vineg[...]
The eventing season is in full swing, so here I showcase my favourite bits for riding across country, available at the main site, http://www.thesaddleryshop.co.uk: Ringed ContinentalThis bit – also known as the Dutch Gag or Bubble Gag - is available with three or four cheek rings, in most of the commonly seen mouthpieces, and in several materials. (The French Link is pictured above). It us ofte[...]
Grazing muzzles can be useful management tools. By using a muzzle, your horse can still be moving around the field and socialising, but will be getting limited spring grass that has high levels of non-structural carbohydrates (NSC).Bear in mind that research into the use of grazing muzzles to help with management of weight has revealed that longer grass can be more difficult to graze, causing frus[...]
The concepts of harmonious bitting are the same whatever the horse’s discipline, however it is natural that the faster the horse goes and the quicker the reactions required of him are, the more targeted the bit may need to be.Before we look at what you may need to consider when bitting the showjumping horse, let’s consider some bitting basics:  The bit is simply an aid that passes on requests [...]