Friday, 26 November 2010

Equestrian Christmas Gifts: stocking fillers


... for your horse, your children, your friends, yourself!

Our featured product:

2 New Elico Christmas Rein Sleeves
Great present for any horse lover or simply treat yourself (& your horse) this Christmas.
Fun and festive
Approx 12 inches in length.
Bell in the middle of the sleeves to give that festive sound.
Colour: Red with white imitation fur at each end.
Only £1.50 for the pair

Here are some more examples of what's in our shop right now (all under £10):

children's socks £4.99
children's socks £4.99
children's socks £4.99
Ladies socks £3.00
Argyle Socks £4.50
Phone Holder £3.50
Comb Set £1.50
Equerry Wash Brush £5.25

Grooming Glove £2.75
There are many more stocking fillers under £10 - visit our ebay shop now!

Tuesday, 16 November 2010

A ROUND-UP OF EQUESTRIAN BITS

There are many factors that should be considered when choosing which bit is appropriate for your horse, for advice on which is most suitable for your needs, someone with lots of experience who knows you and your horse should be consulted.

Bits work on many different areas of the horse’s head: the tongue, bars, corners of mouth and lips, roof of mouth, side of fact, chin groove, poll and nose.

There are essentially five difference types of bit. All work on different areas of the horse and therefore have a different result. Within the different types, bits have varying severity, for example, in the snaffle family, a Dr Bristol is far more severe than a French Link, even though they are both snaffles. To help explain how this works, we have had a look at the different families of bit to help you decide which one is right for you.


Links: SNAFFLES, DOUBLE, PELHAM, GAGS, BITLESS 


As well as choosing the type of bit, consideration needs to be given to the appropriate material:
  • Stainless steel - safe and easy to clean, stainless steel is the normal material that bits are made from.
  • Copper - is softer and can be used to cover other metal mouthpieces, It can be used to help horses mouth the bit and encourage salivation. Many horses like the taste.
  • Cupro Nickel and German Silver - these bits have a light gold colour and have a unique flavour which can help the horse to soften
  • Sweet Iron – is darker in colour and encourages the horse to salivate, This in turn produces a pleasant taste.
  • Rubber – makes a very soft and very kind bit. Because of the nature of the material, bits made from rubber should always have metal reinforcement running through the centre in case the horse chews through.
  • Synthetic – usually light but very strong. They are also quite gentle on the horse’s mouth.
  • Vulcanite – a type of rubber that is hardened by heat. Vulcanite mouthpieces are often very thick meaning that they gentle on the horse’s mouth.


Link: FITTING & SIZES



Tuesday, 2 November 2010

Do you know the HorseWorld Charity?


HorseWorld was set up in 1952 as "The Friends of Bristol Horses Society" in a campaign to save the lives of working horses who were rapidly being replaced by motorised vehicles in industry. Under the banner of “Retirement Not Slaughter” - for many were destined for the abattoir - we offered a safe haven in Bristol for the big-hearted horses, ponies and donkeys that had worked all of their lives on the railways, in the dockyards, the coal mines, the armed forces and on the roads.

Although almost 60 years later working horses are largely a memory of the past, there is still a very real demand for the charity to rescue, rehabilitate and re-home up to 100 abandoned, neglected and mistreated horses every year.

HorseWorld is now responsible for over 100 horses, ponies and donkeys at their Bristol site and over 300 who have been re-homed throughout the South-West.

If you are able to: re-home a horse.

If you're not able to re-home a horse but would like to adopt one at a distance, how about: Popeye.

Or, if you're just in the vicinity of Bristol, why not spend the day? There's lots to see and do for adults and children. Take a look at their Visitor Centre.