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Outfits From Ariat – Our Top Autumn/Winter Picks

And just like that, autumn is here! Are you ready for cosy campfire catch ups, early morning hacks and late evenings at the yard? Here to make sure your wardrobe is up to the rigours of the season ahead, take a look at the latest and greatest Ariat autumn arrivals! From jackets and coats to tights and boots, there’s something for everyone…

Ariat Reflective Collection

Ariat Autumn - Volt 2.0 Reflective Jacket

Ariat Volt 2.0 Reflective Jacket

Get ready for a game-changer! New for this season, the Volt is back. And believe it or not, it’s even better than ever before! Perfect for autumn around the stables, this AriatTek Cold Series jacket is designed to keep your core warm. Boasting a cosy lining, Primaloft Black Recycled Poly Insulation, stretch fleece side panels, a high neck collar, hand pockets and a two-way zip, it ticks all the boxes. Saving the best until last, have you spotted the brand new reflective patterned featherweight shell? Of course you have! Stay safe, be seen this season.

Ariat Autumn - Prevail Insulated Full Seat Tights

Ariat Prevail Insulated Full Seat Tights

It’s not just the jacket turning heads. Complete the look with a pair of Ariat Prevail Insulated Full Seat Tights! The latest addition to the AriatTEK Cold Series, they’re manufactured using compressive tek fleece for a sleek, streamlined outer and a soft, insulating inner. Packed with the pioneering Ariat technologies we’ve all come to know and love, they offer Moisture Movement Technology and an Ariat Grip full seat. More than just a technological showcase, these practical pants also feature dual hip pockets and reflective panelling to improve visibility.


Join The Ariat Team

Ariat Autumn - Ideal 3.0 Down Jacket Team

Ariat Ideal 3.0 Down Jacket Team

Join the team this season! Treat yourself to a best seller. Built to block out the elements, we know you’ll love the new Ariat Colourblock Ideal 3.0 Down Jacket. The perfect blend of lightweight and insulating, the high neck collar and ethically, respectably sourced down filling help to maintain your bodies optimal temperature. Ideal for chasing off the chill, it’s an equestrian essential.

Ariat Team Logo Full Zip Sweatshirt

Ariat Team Logo Full Zip Sweatshirt

Conquer the cold with a marvellous midlayer. Oozing quality, the Ariat Team Logo Full Zip Sweatshirt is manufactured using organic cotton-blend stretch fleece. Created using materials and methods with a low environmental impact for better sustainability, this gorgeous garment comes guilt-free! Featuring a full zip front, cosy peached inner, high-funnel neck and large kangaroo pockets, it’s a real winter wonder!


Ariat Wet Weather Wear

Ariat Autumn - Sterling Waterproof Insulated Parka

Ariat Sterling Waterproof Insulated Parka

Specially designed to do a sterling job of keeping you warm and dry, you’d have to be barking mad not to love the Ariat Ladies Sterling Parka in Banyan Bark! Boasting Cool Climate Insulation, an EcoDry finish, a full inner lining, sealed seams, a removable hood, zip pockets, a two way front zipper and zip up saddle slits, what more could you need this season!

Ariat Autumn - Coastal Waterproof Jacket

Ariat Coastal Waterproof Jacket

Ready for rain? Ride out any storm with the Ariat Coastal H2O Jacket! Earth-friendly, it’s made using Bluesign fabric, coated with an  EcoDry waterproof finish. For effective protection with minimal environmental impact, it’s free from harsh and damaging chemicals. Built for rough and rainy days, its duel layer construction traps heat for defence when you need it most. Not only for around the yard, it features handy side vents to prevent it catching on the cantle of your saddle.


The Ariat Countryside Collection

Ariat Wythburn Tall Boots

Ariat Wythburn Tall Boots

Ready for a re-boot? Meet your new favourite footwear, Ariat Wythburn Waterproof Boots. A brand new take on an Ariat countryside classic, we simply can’t get enough of this terrific tall style. Packed with fantastic features, they offer a PRO™ construction, full-grain leather and suede upper, warming faux shearling lining, padded collar and Duratread stirrup friendly outsole.

Ariat Harper H2O Boots

Ariat Harper H2O Boots

Prefer a short boot? How about the Harper?! No matter the occasion, this seasonal essential is always a step ahead! Boasting a chunky, ankle-length design, they’re built for autumn walks, days at the yard, meeting friends and so much more. Crafted using full grain leather with a Waterproof PRO™ construction, padded collar, All Day Cushioning insole, plaid lining and Duratread stirrup friendly outsole, they offer unrivalled comfort and practicality.


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There you have it, Ariat autumn arrivals for every occasion. You can shop all of the products in this blog and many more at www.naylors.com or in-store. Don’t forget, if you make a purchase share your pictures with us in the comments or include #NaylorsSnapAndShare on your social posts for the chance to win a Naylors gift card!


Winter Horse Health – Preventing & Treating Ailments

We hate to be the bearers of bad news, but the British summer time is long gone. Sadly, from the 1st October to 1st May, us equestrians are in for a tough time! While our worries about flies and sunburn are fading into the distance, we’re not out of the woods yet. Unfortunately, cold, wet weather brings troubles of its own. There are many ailments that are particularly prominent at this time of year. But as we all know, the key to riding out any storm is preparation. So, here we’re going to be looking at the common winter horse health problems, how to identify them, treat them and prevent them.

Common Autumn/Winter Ailments

Horse Health – Mud Fever

Perhaps the most common winter horse health concern is mud fever. After-all, with the rain comes mud, with the mud comes mud fever! Officially titled Pastern Dermatitis, mud fever is an uncomfortable and irritating condition, primarily affecting the lower legs. When our horses are exposed to wet pastures for lengthy periods, their skin softens becoming prone to lesions. When their skin is damaged, it allows the bacteria Dermatophilus Congolensis to enter their body. This causes an infection, which results in scabs, lesions and swelling.

As the name suggests, mud fever is most prevalent in wet and muddy conditions. That being said, it can also be triggered by over washing, sweating, incorrectly fitting boots or bandages and dirty bedding. While mud fever often starts small, it doesn’t go away on it’s own. If left untreated, it can worsen rapidly, eventually causing lameness.

Mud Fever Prevention

Prevention is always better than cure. Rather than waiting for mud fever to strike take action now…

  • Avoid your horse standing in muddy conditions for long periods of time by fencing off muddy and boggy areas, adding hardcore to gateways or allowing your horse time in their stable.
  • Always check your horse’s legs daily for cuts and damaged skin.
  • Carefully brush off mud with a soft brush once it’s dried.
  • Invest in turnout boots.
  • Consider clipping feathered legs, these retain lots of moisture.
  • If washing, use an antibacterial soap and ensure the legs are thoroughly dried afterwards.
  • Use a mud block cream applied directly to your horse’s legs before turnout.
  • Ensure your horse has a healthy immune system by adding supplements to their diet where needed.

Mud Fever Treatment

  • Legs must be kept clean and dry for them to heal. So, it may be necessary to stable your horse during treatment.
  • Remove the scabs to treat the infection. This must be done carefully as it can be painful for your horse. It’s best to soak the scabs with warm water and an antibacterial wash like Gold Label Tri Scrub, NAF NaturalintX EquiCleanse or Lincoln Muddy Buddy Scrub to soften them first.
  • Wet legs offer the perfect environment for the bacteria to breed, so always dry them afterwards. To do this, pat the skin down with a towel or use stable boots.
  • Clip away leg hair so you can treat the skin directly, this also speeds up drying and makes it easier to monitor the healing process.
  • Apply a topical cream to aid healing, such as NAF Wound Cream or NAF MSM Ointment.
  • Where possible, expose the legs to air to allow natural healing. Deep cracks and wounds may need dressing.
  • Continue treating your horse at least once a day until the mud fever has completely vanished.
  • If the mud fever does not begin to improve within a week, you should contact your vet.
Mud Fever Prevention

Top Tip: Horses that have suffered with mud fever tend to be more prone to it in the future. So, make sure you keep a close eye on their legs and take preventative steps to make sure it does not return.


Horse Health – Rain Scald

Our next horse health concern is perhaps even more nasty, rain scald! Even if your horse has never had rain scald, there’s a good chance you’ve heard of it before. But what you might not know is that it’s caused by the same bacteria as mud fever, Dermatophilus Congolensis. Unlike mud fever, rain scald affects the neck, back, flanks and hind quarters.

Symptoms of this condition include matted hair, hair loss and scabs. When the scabs are removed, the skin underneath will appear pink and sore, often with a yellow/green pus. Rain scald is rife during the winter months. It’s particularly common amongst horses that are unrugged and thin-skinned young-stock. Aggressive and quick to take hold, catching it early is key. Sadly, it won’t go away alone, untreated it will spread along the whole of your horse’s body.

Rain Scald Prevention

If you’re worried your horse may be prone to rain scald, here’s a few preventative measures you can take to keep them safe and well…

  • Invest in a good waterproof turnout rug to help keep your horse dry.
  • Add field shelters or plant safe trees to provide shelter from the rain.
  • Avoid excess brushing and washing to help maintain the natural oils in their coat.
  • Avoid brushing, rugging or tacking up your horse when they’re wet.
  • Stable your horse during extremely wet periods, even if it is only for a few hours to dry out.
  • Ensure your horse is healthy and getting all the nutrients he needs to maintain a healthy immune system.

Rain Scald Treatment

Rain scald is not only unsightly, it can be painful too. So, it’s really important to treat the condition quickly and effectively. Here’s what you can do:

  • Keep the affected area clean and dry.
  • Remove any scabs by soaking the area with warm water and an antibacterial wash like Gold Label Tri Scrub or NAF NaturalintX EquiCleanse.
  • Dry the skin well with a towel or wicking cooler rug.
  • Apply a topical cream such as NAF Wound Cream or NAF MSM Ointment to the affected area.
  • Continue treating your horse at least once a day until the rain scald has completely vanished.
  • If the rain scald does not begin to heal within about a week contact your vet.

Horse Health – Thrush

Horse Thrush

It’s not just people that can get thrush, this is a common concern in horse health too. Thrush is a smelly bacterial infection developing in the sulci, the grooves either side of the frog. The bacteria responsible for thrush thrives in damp, dirty conditions with minimal oxygen. So, during the winter months hooves become the perfect environment. As thrush takes hold, a black discharge develops, and the frog begins to become spongy, detaching from the structures below. Left untreated, this condition becomes both painful and irritating. 

Thrush Prevention

Horse Thrush Treatment

Most of us will have treated a horse for thrush at sometime or another. Easy to contract, preventative measures are really important! Here’s how you can keep your horse’s hooves in tip top condition this season:

Thrush Treatment

While thrush can smell awful, this is often the first sign that it’s time to act! If your horse’s feet begin to display symptoms, here’s how you can treat it quickly:


Horse Health – Colic

Horse Drinking Blog

The last common horse health concern we’ll be looking at… Colic. Enough to make our blood run cold, it’s something we all dread. Colic is the general term used to describe digestive upset and abdominal pain. During the winter, colic cases often begin to rise. This is generally as a result of decreased water intake, dietary changes and reduced mobility. Colic symptoms can vary hugely from one horse to the next, but most will attempt to lie down, look at their flanks, paw at the ground, refuse food, become lethargic and sweat up. Colic should always be treated as an emergency, if symptoms are spotted, contact your vet immediately.

Colic Prevention

There you have it! We hope you’ve found our winter horse health blog helpful. Fingers crossed, with all these handy preventative tips you’ll never need to worry about treatment! You can shop all of the products in this blog and many more at www.naylors.com or in-store. Don’t forget, if you make a purchase share your pictures with us in the comments or include #NaylorsSnapAndShare on your social posts for the chance to win a Naylors gift card!


Equi-Chaps Field & Stable – There’s A Chap For That!

Brushing boots, over-reach boots and tendon boots, we’ve got them all. Let’s face it, horses can be a walking vet bill! So, when it comes to groundwork and riding, we’re quick to make sure they’re all booted up. But, does your horse wear leg protection in their stable or even the field? For many of us, it’s not something we really think about, right? So, when and why else should we be using them? Here we’re going to be taking a look at two seasonal essentials, the Equi-Chaps Stable and the Equi-Chaps Close Contact.

In The Field

When To Use Turnout Boots

Mud Fever

Is your horse prone to mud fever? This irritating, uncomfortable and unfortunately really common condition can effect any horse! Most prevalent in those turned out over the winter months, it’s caused by the bacteria Dermatophilus congolensis, found in soil. As wet weather and mud take hold, our horses spend longer periods with wet, dirty legs. This causes the skin to soften, leading to tiny abrasions. Bacteria uses these to enter our horses bodies, allowing an infection to take hold.

This results in painful lesions, scabs, swelling and some cases even lameness. But, you know what they say… Prevention is better than cure! The only true way to fully eliminate the risk of mud fever is to stable all winter and let’s face it, that’s not exactly ideal! So, how can we prevent it? One of the best methods is to use a physical barrier.

Equilibrium Equi-Chaps Close Contact Chaps

Equilibrium Equi-Chaps Close Contact Chaps

Breathable, soft and comfortable Equilibrium Equi-Chaps Close Contact are made using perforated neoprene. Offering four way stretch, these fit like a second skin. Unlike other boots, they cover the whole lower leg right from the coronet band to the bottom of their knee, providing comprehensive defence. Perfect for horses that alternate between field and stable, they can be worn for up to 12 hours a day. Practical above all else, these boots can be rinsed off and dried quickly, ready for the next use.

Sold? Before you get yours, be sure to pick the right size. You may have found yourself wondering ‘doesn’t mud become trapped in the boots?’, and it’s a good question! The answer is: Not if they fit! The effectiveness of these boots relies upon them sitting snug against the skin. Because of this, most horses require a size down from their usual boots. With a size to suit everything from a section A to a Shire horse, the right option is out there! To be sure you select the right one, take a look at this handy guide…

Equilibrium Equi-Chaps Close Contact Chaps Size Guide

In The stable

When To Use Stable Boots

For Filled Legs

Does your horse suffer from filled legs? This is a condition that’s common in larger horses and those that are frequently stabled. Our horses are designed to be continuously moving around. The frog acts almost like a second heart, with each step it pushes blood and lymph back from their extremities. However, this means that when they’re still their lower legs have relatively poor circulation. This causes a build-up of blood and lymph. Lymph is part of the immune system, it removes waste products from the cells and contains white blood cells, protecting our horses against disease and infection. This is usually moved away but when stagnant it enters the subcutaneous tissue, causing swelling. Filled legs can be prevented in many ways such as exercise and turnout, but what if your horse must be kept in? This is where many of us turn to bandages or stable boots.

For Mud Fever

While you may think mud fever can only be prevented when your horse is out in the field, there’s more that we can do! Mud fever occurs because wet skin is easily damaged and allows bacteria to take hold. That being said, sometimes getting their legs wet is inevitable. When clean, it’s really important to dry them quickly and gently. When doing this avoid using towels, these can be harsh against the skin causing damage. A much kinder alternative, it’s better to opt for boots with a soft wicking liner.

Equilibrium Equi-Chaps Stable Chaps

Equi-Chaps Stable Chaps

Time to bid a not so fond farewell to traditional bandages? Equilibrium Equi-Chaps Stable feature a smooth, dirt repellent outer and a cosy lining. Like bandages, they help to keep joints warm. In doing this, they aid in effective circulation, which can help reduce filling in the legs. Thankfully, unlike bandages secure touch and close straps make them quick and easy to fit, reducing the risk of uneven pressure. Generously quilted, these can also be used to  protect against scuffs and grazes, extending over the coronet band and heel.

Equi-Chaps Stable Chaps Size Guide

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You can shop all of the products in this blog and many more at www.naylors.com or in-store. Don’t forget, if you make a purchase share your pictures with us in the comments or include #NaylorsSnapAndShare on your social posts for the chance to win a Naylors gift card!


Imperial Riding – New To Naylors

Looking for something new? Something different? Something to help you stand out from the crowd? We’ve got you covered! As equestrians, we’re all for bold prints, bright colours and sparkles, right? After all, there’s nothing worse than blending in to the background! That’s why this season we’re super excited to introduce to you a new brand to Naylors… Imperial Riding!

“We are cooler than ice. Horses are our lives. They are part of everything we do. They are more than a hobby, more than a passion, they are our obsession.”

Nothing to say? As if! On trend and outspoken, Imperial Riding are all for making a statement! Born to sparkle, it’s in their DNA. Did we mention, they’ve got a secret weapon…Colour!

Meet The Range

Imperial Riding - Women's

All about helping you to enjoy the ride, Imperial Riding create outstanding sportswear for exceptional equestrians. Did we mention, they’re matchy-matchy mad? All Imperial Riding horse and rider styles are specially created to coordinate. Gorgeous, glitzy and glamorous, we can’t keep these equestrian essentials to ourselves any longer, take a look…

Imperial Riding Children's

Stand out, be outstanding! Know a little rider who’s bursting with attitude? Bold, bright and completely brilliant, this collection was created just for them. Stuffed with style and sass with some flare and functionality for good measure, they’re sure to love it!

Imperial Riding - Horse

Let’s face it, whether they’re quirky, cute, cheeky or troublesome, our horse’s are all packed with personality! It’s what makes us fall in love with them, right? So, there’s nothing we like more than letting their colourful characters shine! If you’re looking for kit that’s as unique as they are, you’re in the right place.

Fall Favourites

Hide & Ride

Hide & Ride

Fear less this fall! While this collection may be called hide & ride, there’s no way you’ll want to miss these revamped retro looks! Boasting classy camouflage in a range of unconventional tones, you’ll soon be turning heads.

Flower Bomb

Flower Bomb

Make a blooming statement! Designed just like a flower bouquet, this feminine and floral collection boasts silky velvet fabrics and pretty pinks.


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You can shop all of the products in this blog and many more at www.naylors.com or in-store. Don’t forget, if you make a purchase share your pictures with us in the comments or include #NaylorsSnapAndShare on your social posts for the chance to win a Naylors gift card!


Mud Fever In Horses – Symptoms, Prevention & Treatment

Mud Fever

Rain rain go away, come again another day! With sunny days a thing of the past and dark clouds looming on the horizon, we’ve got a very important question to ask… Are your fields getting waterlogged? Sadly, for most of us the answer is yes. More than just slippery, smelly and bare, boggy pastures pose a real risk to our horses welfare. Let’s be honest, as equestrians we’ve all uttered the words “a little mud never hurt anyone” but strictly speaking, this isn’t the case. Here we’re going to be taking a look at mud fever: what it is, why it occurs, how we can prevent it and in the worse case scenario, how we can treat it.

What is mud fever in horses?

First thing’s first, what is it? Mud fever has many names, including greasy heels, mud rash, mud rot and cracked heels but really, they’re all the same thing. Officially titled Equine Pastern Dermatitis, mud fever is an uncomfortable and irritating condition that can effect horses. Most common amongst those wintered outside, it occurs as a result of wet and muddy conditions. Put simply, when our horses are exposed to wet pastures for lengthy periods their skin becomes infected and inflamed. This results in painful scabs, lesions and swelling. Generally, these symptoms can be spotted in the most exposed areas, found between the fetlock joint and the heel. As owners, it’s important we spot the signs early, if left untreated it can spread further up the legs and can even result in a condition known as cellulitis. So, how do horses contract it?

What causes mud fever?

As the name suggests this nasty condition is caused by something that here in the UK is all too common… Mud! Horses have lots of bacteria that live on their skin all the time, without causing any trouble. Sadly though, problems can occur when the skin becomes damaged. As pastures get churned up they become rough, gritty and even stony. No match for such assaults, this causes microscopic lesions on the surface of our horses skin. Through these little holes bacteria, fungi and other parasites are able to enter their body. Just one of the many hidden nasties found in soil is the one responsible for mud fever, Dermatophilosis Congolensis.

What’s known as a skin commensal this is one of the afore mentioned bacteria that are always found on the skin. However, once inside the body it causes nasty infections. While it doesn’t help those who suffer, thankfully, mud fever is non-contagious. It can’t be passed from one horse to another.

Risk Factors

Feather

If you’re a hairy horse lover, you’re out of luck! While you might expect hair to provide protection, it can actually increase the risk of rubbing and chafing. Not to mention, it holds large amounts of water, staying soggy for longer. This means that those with lots of feather are more likely to suffer from mud fever.

Dirty Bedding

Whether you’ve got a mucky mare or a gross gelding, beware! Wet bedding can increase your horse’s risk of mud fever. Highly acidic, urine contains ammonia which can further damage the skins natural barrier.

Injuries

From over-reaching to abscesses, open wounds significantly increase the likelihood of your horse contracting mud fever. If you spot a lesion, apply wound cream to kill any bacteria and avoid turning out until it’s healed.

Don’t forget, this condition does not discriminate, it can be picked up by any horse at any time. So, it’s best to be vigilant!

Mud Fever Symptoms

During the winter, we’d recommend checking your horses legs daily for symptoms. Keep an eye out for the following:

  • Redness.
  • Crusty scabs on the skin.
  • Matted areas of hair.
  • Small, moist lesions.
  • Thick, creamy discharge.
  • Deep fissures or ridges in the skin.
  • Hair loss.
  • Heat.
  • Swelling and inflammation.
  • Lameness.
  • Loss of appetite and lethargy.

Mud Fever Treatment

A really common ailment, the first thing to remember is don’t panic! If you’ve spotted symptoms of mud fever, here’s what you can do:

Protection

Where possible, it’s best to cease pasture turnout. To help your horses legs heal, they’ll need to be kept clean and dry. If you’re unable to stable your horse, you can also try using turnout boots to provide protection from further damage and infection.

Trimming

While you may prefer to keep your horse looking natural, we’d recommend trimming their legs if they’ve contracted mud fever. This will enable you to treat the skin directly, while making it easier to monitor the healing process.

Washing

The first step to treating mud fever is to thoroughly wash the skin with warm water and a diluted antimicrobial cleaner. This will soften any scabs so they can be removed, while ridding the area of any harmful bacteria. If your horse finds this process painful, you may need to contact your vet to arrange sedation. It’s really important that once cleaned their legs are carefully dried.

Treatment

In most cases, mud fever is treated by applying a medicated cream. Various options are available, each containing antiseptic ingredients to aid healing. In severe cases, your vet may prescribe antibiotics.

Mud Fever Prevention

As always, prevention is far better than cure! While we can’t eradicate bacteria from the soil, or change the weather, there’s still plenty we can do to prevent mud fever! Take a look:

Turnout

Try to limit turnout in muddy fields. While we all like our horses to have a little freedom you should avoid their legs being left wet and muddy for long periods of time. Where possible, turning out in a dry surfaced arena is a great alternative to pastures.

Boots

Prefer unrestricted turnout? If you’re unable or not keen on keeping your horses in, turnout boots are a great preventative measure. Designed to offer protection from heel to knee (or hock), these form a physical barrier against mud and water. Always apply turnout boots to clean and dry legs to avoid chafing. These should not be left on indefinitely, requiring regular removal so they can be washed and dried.

Barrier Creams

Wile turnout boots are a fantastic option, they aren’t for everyone. Thankfully though, you can also form a barrier between your horse’s skin and the mud using creams or oils. These are made using hydrophobic ingredients, which naturally repel moisture. Always make sure that your horses legs are clean and dry before applying any creams. This is to prevent moisture and dirt becoming trapped against the skin.

Washing

When our horses come in covered in mud it can be really tempting to wash them off. Sadly though, this can do more damage than good! Hosing down the legs actually softens the skin further, increasing the risk of abrasions. Instead, allow the mud to dry off, before brushing it away the next day.

Pastures

There’s no denying, some fields stay drier than others. From slopes and soil composition to natural drainage and the local waterline, loads of factors play a part in this. Although these things are very much out of our control, there’s still things we can do, here’s a few ideas:

  • Add drainage channels around the perimeter.
  • Rotate fields to avoid churning up.
  • Ensure there’s plenty of space for the number of horses.
  • Use matting or concrete around gateways.
  • Plant safe trees for plenty of natural shelter.
  • Fence off areas prone to becoming boggy.
  • Poo pick regularly.

If you have any more questions or suspect that your horse has mud fever but you’re not sure then it is best to contact your horse’s vet.


You can shop all of the products in this blog and many more at www.naylors.com or in-store. Don’t forget, if you make a purchase share your pictures with us in the comments or include #NaylorsSnapAndShare on your social posts for the chance to win a Naylors gift card!


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