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Show-Jumping Competition Ready Part 2 – Your Horse

Now that you’ve read Show-Jumping Competition Ready Part 1 – The Rider, it is time to get your horse looking the part too! Did you know show-jumping is one of the highest risk competitions to take part in? That’s why it’s important to ensure your horse is kitted out with all the necessities. Stay safe, look your best, perform well and bring home those rosette’s!


Bridle

Horseware®
Rambo® Micklem® Diamante Competition Bridle Black
 £149.95

When it comes to choosing a bridle perfect for show-jumping, it really is personal preference and what you find works best for you and your horse! Many show-jumping competitors opt for a simple style bridle that offers comfortable and little, to no, poll pressuring elements. It is also common for competitors to use a flash for their horse; to keep control and stop their horse trying to retain control of the bit. However, not all horse’s need a flash, so find what works best for your horse when jumping.

The Horseware® Rambo® Micklem® Diamante Competition Bridle (£149.95) is a show quality anatomical bridle. It has been designed to comfortably fit the shape of the horse’s skull, to avoid pressure on sensitive areas. Also been approved by the FEI for all disciplines. It features soft padding on the headpiece, browband, noseband and cheek pieces to ensure maximum comfort for the horse and offers silver coloured metal fittings. Comes with tongue protection bit clips and 2 sets of bit straps. 

Bit

Again, choosing a bit for your show-jumping competition is all down to your horse and what works best. Ensure your chosen bit is correctly fitted and causing no pain or aggravation for your horse. The British Showjumping Association states, “Gag’s are permitted. [And] only Pelhams/Kimblewicks and Weymouths may use a correctly fitted curb chain. Metal chains are not permitted on any other type of bit.”

*Read our blog – ‘Which Bit For My Horse | Naylors Guide’ to find the best suited bit for your horse, Here!

High-Grip Reins

 Collegiate Flexi Grip Reins (£29.99)

Choose reins that provide the ultimate grip and hand-comfort for show-jumping. Keeping control or your horse when jumping will not only improve your performance, but also your improve your’s and your horse’s safety.

The Collegiate Flexi Grip Reins (£29.99) are made from the finest quality European Leather and is fitted with stainless steel fittings giving you optimum quality and durability. The Flexi Grip reins also feature a hook and stud billet attachment for extra durability and security whilst offers superb grip and are extremely flexible.

Breastplates and Martingales

Breastplates and martingales are highly common for show-jumping competitors. Designed to provide control of the horse’s head height and to ensure your horse doesn’t throw their head up. The only martingales permitted are standing and running styles. Breastplates are used to help hold the saddle in place and prevent it from sliding back or forward when jumping.

The Kincade Breastplate (£71.99) is made from quality leather and features durable fastenings. The Leather Breastplate features elastic inserts and a removable martingale attachment. The 5 Point Breastplate attaches to the the D-rings, the girth straps and the girth.

Show-Jumping Saddle

Whitaker Overton Jump Saddle (£845)

Conventional show-jumping saddles are designed to offer height and lift for when it the jumping position, but also offering close-contact elements to keep your balanced and secure in the seat. With wide and short saddle flaps, it encourages support and knee comfort when jumping.

Ideal for jumping, the Whitaker Overton Jump Saddle (£845) is not only comfortable but practical and low maintenance to keep!
The Overton Jump Saddle has been specially designed for jumping activities due to the forward cut design and the large staggered padded knee rolls which helps to keep your leg in position – ensuring you stay comfortable and stable at all times!

Saddle Pad

LeMieux Carbon Mesh Close Contact Square Saddle Pad (£47.95)

When jumping, your horse experience feel more pressure on their back from jumping and their rider. Therefore, choosing a saddle pad/numnah that provides comfort, support and moisture control is important.

Ensure your horse looks stylish whilst feeling comfortable with the LeMieux Carbon Mesh Close Contact Square Saddle Pad (£47.95) from their Carbon Mesh Air Range.The Carbon Mesh Saddle Pad features a unique blast foam core created by a process of hot air being forced through the memory foam to create an extraordinary breathable yet supportive, comfortable and lightweight perforated material.

Gel Pad

Shires Fleece Lined Gel Pad (£48.99)

When jumping, your saddle is more at risk of slipping and sliding around. This could then cause discomfort and/or pain for your horse. Using a gel pad underneath your saddle and above your saddle pad can reduce the risk of the saddle moving. They are also designed to provide that extra comfort and shock absorption.

Featuring a flexible, shaped non-slip gel pad, the Shires Fleece Lined Gel Pad (£48.99) helps aid with shock absorption to provide ultimate comfort when under saddle. The Gel Pad features small perforations to allow for airflow whilst combined with the fleece lining allows for moisture control and reduces the risk of rubbing.

Girths

Shires Anti-Chafe Stud Guard Girth (£44.99)

The best type of girth for any jumping activity/discipline is a stud girth. They are specially designed to prevent your horse from catching their stomach with their hooves whilst jumping. Many are also designed to minimise chaffing and sores.

The Shires Anti-Chafe Stud Guard Girth (£44.99) offers a textured surface which is designed to reduce excessive sweat build up and stop chafing.
The Shires Anti-Chafe Stud Guard Girth is ergonomically shaped with elastic inserts to ensure the girth is the best possible fit whilst remaining comfortable for your horse.

Boots

 Arma Tendon Boots (£21.99)

As horse owners, our horse’s legs are always something we strive to protect! But with jumping, can come risks of injuries, strains, scrapes and scratches. Therefore, it is favoured to show-jump casually or competitively with boots on our horses. From over-reach boots to hock boots, to tendon and fetlock boots; there are many styles to choose from. The most commonly worn boots for jumping are open-front tendon and fetlock.

*To find out the purposes and benefits of the different styles of boots, read our blog ‘Horse Boots 101 – Which Boots Are Best For My Horse?’ Here.

The Arma Tendon Boots (£21.99) offer a protective boot with open straps helping your horse to feel there way.The Arma Tendon Boots feature a flexible, impact resistant hard outer shell which deflects blows on contact. The dense, perforated neoprene lining offers breathable, shock absorbing protection to tendons.

Fly Veil

LeMieux Classic Fly Hood (£25.95)

Fly veils are fantastic for show-jumping competitions. They are designed to not only keep away bugs and flies (perfect for those outdoor competitions), but many also provide noise muffling. This can help keep your horse calm and concentrated, minimising them being spooked or distracted!

The LeMieux Classic Fly Hood (£25.95) is perfect for competitors and leisure riders alike. Designed with a 3 way crochet and braided design, the Fly Hood is complimented with a super soft, lycra ear cover giving your horse as much comfort as possible.

Stirrups

If you’re an avid jumper, you’ll know the importance of having high-grip stirrup’s when show-jumping! There is a risk of your feet slipping and sliding in your stirrups.

Flex-On Adults Green Composite Inclined Extra Grip Stirrup (£174.95).

Increase your grip and stability whilst in the saddle with the Flex-On Adults Green Composite Inclined Extra Grip Stirrup (£174.95). With intensive research, Flex-on has developed a cutting edge stirrup to increase your performance whether out and about at a competition or having fun at home. The Green Composite Stirrup focuses on the shock absorption of the foot whilst in the saddle with the internal steel frame for reinforcement whilst the elastomer springs under the foot perform the stabilising feature Flex-on is known for.

For more information of the rules and regulations of show-jumping equipment for both horse & rider, read the British Showjumping’s Handbook Here.

Are you show-jumping competition ready this year? We hope this show-jumping checklist has helped you get your horse prepped for bringing home those rosette’s this year! Do you have any of your own jumping necessities? Let us know what they are in the comments below!


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Show-Jumping Competition Ready Part 1 – The Rider

Rosette ready?

Entering any show-jumping competitions this year? We are sure you’ve been getting in your jumping practise, but just how prepared are you when it comes to your competing outfit?

Like all equestrian competitions, it all comes down to your performance in order to bring home those rosettes. But looking your best is a great way to feel confident and leave a lasting impression on the judges and spectators! Here we’ve hand-picked our top show-jumping outfit necessities so you can look show-stopping this season.


Show-Jumping Jackets

Paulin Show Jacket (£224.95)

In show-jumping, the dress code is relatively more relaxed in terms of ‘standards’ compared to other equestrian competitions. However, a show jacket does play a big part in your over-all appearance. Depending on your competition level, you want your jacket to fit perfectly to you, or be tailored-fit. In show-jumping, you can wear your own preferred colour of jacket, but black or navy is the most commonly worn, then followed by red. In some levels of competition, riders can register their own colours/piping unique to them. This means no other competitor will then be allowed to enter the competition with the same colours. For more information on this, you can visit British Showjumping’s handbook (page 100).

Offering a classic style show shirt, the Paulin Show Jacket (£224.95) offers a flattering, structured fit with slim sleeves. 
The Paulin Show Jacket is constructed from bi-elastic, breathable fabric to ensure optimum comfortability and movement for those all day long competitions.

Show-Jumping Shirt

Aubrion Ladies Short Sleeved Stock Shirt (£23.99).

Again, the rules regarding shirts are minimal. It is required however to wear a show-shirt that has white collars; so feel free to wear a bright pink shirt with white collars should you wish, although plain white shirts are most commonly seen. You can either choose between a long-sleeve or short-sleeve shirt; which you can switch out season to season depending on the weather if preferred. If you are competing without a show-jacket, long-sleeves are permitted.

Look smart whilst in the show ring whilst staying comfortable with the Aubrion Ladies Short Sleeved Stock Shirt (£23.99). Designed with AIR DRI fabric, the Short Sleeved Stock Shirt allows for perfect breathability and comfort whilst helping to wick away moisture – ensuring you stay cool, dry and comfortable all day long.

Competition Breeches

Saddlehugger Breeches (£29.50)

For your show-jumping competition choose white, pale yellow, beige. grey or fawn coloured breeches, although white is most popular. (Black and navy are not permitted). Ensure the fit is tight and figure-hugging to compliment your appearance and reduce any distractions whilst riding!

With a simple yet sophisticated style, the Saddlehugger Breeches (£29.50) features a 4-way stretchy fabric to provide a superior fit and ensures you stay comfortable all day long. With a self-fabric contoured seat, the Saddlehugger Breeches are complete with knee patches, flat front, belt loops and touch close leg fastenings.

Gloves

 Dublin Everyday Mighty Grip Gloves (£15.99)

Although gloves are optional for riding, they are more often than not worn. However, ensuring your gloves provide protection and grip is important, so choosing a good pair of gloves is a must! There are no rules set in place for colour should you wish to wear them; but black, brown, white or navy are the most popular choices.

Equip your riding attire with the Dublin Everyday Mighty Grip Gloves (£15.99)! Featuring the best in performance and style, the Everyday Mighty Grip Gloves are designed from a durable synthetic leather material making them easy to care for and highly effective!

Riding Boots

Ostuni Riding Boots (£175)

You can either wear long riding boots or jodhpur boots for your show-jumping competition. Only black, brown or navy riding boots are allowed in the higher levels of show-jumping. If you choose to wear jodhpur boots, it is best to pair a pair of gaiters/half chaps with them to protect your legs from pinches!

The Ostuni Riding Boots (£175) offers the finest quality leather with exceptional soft and smooth qualities to give the rider optimum comfort. With a subtle elasticated panel down the back of the boot, the Ostuni Riding Boots allows for a snug, yet comfortable fit to allow all day wear with an extra feature of a reinforced leather toe cap to offer extra protection.

Riding Hat

It is best to choose between a black or navy riding hat. As long as it is up to the updated hat standards & regulations. (Read here to find out).

Whitaker Adults VX2 Helmet (£95).

Keep yourself safe whilst sporting the gorgeous Whitaker Adults VX2 Helmet (£95).
Based on Whitakers Victory Helmet, the VX2 features the popular Dial to Fit system allowing you a better fit without the hassle! The dial to fit system will not slacken off over time – giving you a tight fit no matter the use. With three vents on the front of the helmet, the VX2 provides plenty of ventilation whilst the lining has been treated with Coolmax which helps to wick away moisture allowing you to stay cool and fresh all day long.

Body Protectors

Champion Adults Ti22 Body Protector (£192)

When competing in show-jumping, it is optional to wear a body protector. However, it is recommended to wear one for safety, or for novice jumpers. To find out more about body protectors, read our blog: Everything You Need To Know About Body Protectors – Our Guide.

Designed to be unisex, the Champion Adults Ti22 Body Protector (£192) is a flexible segment style body protector. The Ti22 is especially durable, featuring heavy duty YKK zips and military-grade outer mesh. Despite its durability, the Ti22 is crafted with ultra lightweight foam so is both lightweight and protective.

Spurs

 Shires Ladies Roller Ball Spurs (£18.99).

At the start of 2020, the British Showjumping Assosiation updated their rules for competing in spurs at any British Showjumping event. To read the new rules & regulations, click here.Only Dummy, Rollerball, Impulse, Rowelled, hammerhead & Prince of Wales Spurs are allowed to be worn.

Shires Ladies Roller Ball Spurs (£18.99). The Shires Ladies Roller Ball Spurs feature a stainless steel ball which gently rolls along the horses sides for gentle encouragement. The Shires Ladies Roller Ball Spurs will not jab or mark the horse if used correctly. The spurs have a 20mm neck.

Stocks and Ties

Thea Deluxe Ready Tied Stock (£23.95).

When it comes to stocks and ties, there is no rule set in place that it is mandatory. Therefore it is personal preference as to which, or neither, you would prefer for your competition. For the higher level show-jumping competitions you may find stocks are more commonly chosen.

Complete your show attire with the Thea Deluxe Ready Tied Stock (£23.95). Featuring a gorgeous hand-made show stock, the one size fits all Thea Stock is ideal for all disciplines and comes complete with Velcro® fastening on the back for a quick and easy fit.

Show-Jumping Whips

LeMieux LeBaton Whip (£19.95).

To see British Showjumping’s new Whips & Spurs Ruling, click here. The standards have been updated, and although many other equestrian sports are yet to set these rules, show jumping now requires specific standards to be met in terms of whips.

Complete your riding attire with this LeMieux LeBaton Whip (£19.95). A subtle training aid for jumping or everyday use. With a shock absorbing gel end for a more humane use the LeBaton Whip is complete with a comfortable grip handle for a secure hold.

Hair Nets

ShowQuest Crystal Hairbow & Bun Set (£19.99)

Although it is not necessary to wear a hair net or scrunchie, it is permitted to have long hair tied back and out of your face. Therefore, wearing a hair net or scrunchie is best to ensure your hair stays out of your face during your competition.

The ShowQuest Crystal Hairbow & Bun Set (£19.99) is perfect for locking away any stray hairs with its built in hair net, plus the pretty bow and crystals will ensure you look elegant and refined in the show ring.

You’re almost ready to enter the ring looking your best and ready to perform your best! But first, make sure your horse is competition ready too! show-jumping Competition Ready Part 2 – Your Horse, coming soon!
Let us know in the comments below where you plan on competing this year, we’d love to know!


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Horse Clipping – Which Clip Is Right For Your Horse?

Horse Clipping

So you’re thinking about clipping your horse? It’s important that you plan ahead and decide how much hair you need to remove. Your horse’s hair is an important tool that helps them to regulate their temperature but it can become a nuisance to horses that are regularly exercised. If your horse has lots of hair they are more likely to sweat when worked and this can become a bigger issue in winter as you don’t want to run the risk of them catching a chill. This is why people clip their horses, to reduce the chance of their horse sweating. This blog is here to offer advice on horse clipping and the different types of clip so you can select the best one for your horse.

 

The Types Of Clip:

For horses in light work:

You’ll want to remove as little hair as possible as and only target the particular areas that get sweaty. Common areas for sweating are the chest, between the front legs and the girth area. If your horse isn’t going to be doing anything too strenuous or if they won’t be working regularly you may want to consider one of the clips below. If you take very little hair off then you can opt for lighter weight rugs throughout winter.

 

Horse Clipping
Bib Clip – Just the lower neck, chest & between the front legs is removed.

 

Horse Clipping
Strip/Neck & Belly Clip – Hair is removed from the lower neck, chest and the belly.

 

For horses in medium work:

The above clips may not be enough. Often the neck can get sweaty so it is a good idea to remove hair from that area. Below are some of the options you could go for. The more work they do the more hair you may want to remove. These clips allow you to leave hair on areas that aren’t particularly prone to sweating for additional warmth when needed. With these clips, it’s optional if you want to keep their head unclipped, clip half of the head following the line where the bridle would sit, or even remove all hair from the head. It is advised not to remove your horses whiskers as these help your horse with spatial awareness though some show horses have them trimmed.

Horse Clipping
Irish Clip – Half of the neck, the shoulders and the belly is removed in a diagonal line.

Horse Clipping
Trace Clip – Hair is removed from half of the neck, the shoulders, the belly and a section of the hind quarters.

Horse Clipping
Blanket Clip – The entire neck is clipped along with the shoulders, belly and part of the hind quarters.

For horses in heavy work:

If your horse works hard and regularly you will want to remove the majority of hair. Again, it is up to you if you want to clip the head or leave some hair on. You may want to leave hair on the legs to offer protection when turned out or if you have a traditional cob with lots of feather. If you are doing one of the below clips you should leave a small triangle at the top of the tail to avoid removing any essential tail hair.

Hunter Clip – All body hair is removed bar a saddle-shaped patch. Traditionally legs are left unclipped.

Full Clip – All body hair is removed.

 


Horse Clipping Top Tips:

Unsure when to clip your horse?

Some horses who compete to a high level are clipped all year round. Traditionally, horses are clipped over the colder seasons and then their summer coats are left untouched. People often first clip their horses around the end of September or in October when their winter coats have come through. It is best not to get too caught up on the exact dates and to clip your horse when needed. Some horses will need re-clipping often throughout winter while others may only need doing twice. If you aren’t clipping your horse year-round then you should try not to clip after the end of February so as not to damage your horse’s summer coat.

 

Horse Clipping - Always clip a clean horseAlways clip a clean horse!

Clipping a dirty horse can be tough on your clippers and can make blades blunt. A clean horse will also have less blade lines left in their coat. Before clipping also make sure your blades are sharp by either sending them off to be sharpened or buying a new set.

 

Be sure to wear sensible clothes.

Trust us, unless you want to end the day looking like a hairy monster we’d recommend not wearing fleece! You will get hair on you, that’s pretty much guaranteed, so wear clothes you don’t mind getting messy. Overalls are a great idea for horse clipping. The addition of a scarf or snood can prevent unwanted hair getting down the back of your neck.

 

The area you clip in is very important.

It needs to be light and your horse needs to feel comfortable. You might want to give them a haynet so there should be somewhere to tie this. You’ll need to be able to move around the space easily and not have any wires getting in the way as trip hazards.

 

Horse Clipping - Use small trimmers for tricky areasUse small clippers for tricky areas.

Having a set of small clippers to use on difficult areas are on the head  is a good idea. They are often quieter than big clippers and so are less intrusive around the face. They are also a lot easier to manoeuvre around fiddle areas.

 

Ask someone to help.

A helper can make clipping a lot easier even if you’re a seasoned professional. They can hold manoeuvre your horse and hold legs for you. The can also help to calm the horse if it gets a little nervy.

 

Keep your blades cool.

It is really important that you don’t let your clippers overheat. Be sure to have regular breaks and to oil your clippers on each on. You also want to make sure the blades aren’t too hot against your horse’s skin. If they feel hot when you hold them against the skin on the back of your hand wait for them to cool before continuing.

 

Horse Clipping - brush your horse after clipping to remove hairWhat to do after clipping.

Once you’ve finished clipping, be sure to brush off any loose hair. Just think, if you don’t want it under your clothes getting itchy, your horse won’t want prickly hair under their rug. It’s a good idea to use a cloth and some warm water to wipe them down to remove any of the last hair or any grease from the coat. Once you’ve finished put your horse’s rug on straight away. Then it’s time to clean your clippers and put them away ready to use again next time.


 

 

Images of the clip types are from Absorbine, you can shop Absorbine products by clicking here. The clipping images are from Clipperman, you can shop Clipperman products by clicking here.

Girths | Choosing The Right One For Your Horse

Like most things when it comes to choosing something for our horse, we’ll either ask for recommendations, Google it or simply just ‘wing-it’. But when it comes to girths, and saddlery in general, it’s important we’re making the right choice for our horse. This is because ill-fitted tack can have a detrimental effect on our horse, whether that’s physically or mentally. And a piece that plays a large part in our horse’s tack is the girth.

There are many factors to consider when it comes to girths, so we’ve put together a girth guide to help you choose the best suited one for you and your horse.

Signs You’re Using The Wrong Girth

When it comes to incorrectly fitting tack it can be difficult to pinpoint what element of the tack is effecting your horse. When it comes to girths, your horse may respond in a negative way when you do the girth up, but this may also be an issue reflecting from the saddle. And so we recommend contacting your vet or saddler for advice.
Here are signs you may be in need of a new girth!

  • Your horse puts their ears back when doing the girth up
  • Your horse swishes their tail or tenses up when you do their girth
  • Your girth is fastened on the 4th, or higher, hole on each side
  • Your horse is tight and restrictive in their front legs when exercised
  • They have girth galls, sores or pinches
  • Your girth is worn-and-torn

Choosing The Size

The size of your girth will depend on two main factors: the type of saddle and the stomach width of your horse.
If you own a dressage saddle, your girth straps will typically lie much lower down against the horses side and so will require a shorter length girth. Alternatively, if you own a jumping saddle, you may find your girth straps sit much higher and so will require a longer length girth.

How To Measure Your Horse’s Girth Size

When you’re looking to purchase a new girth, it is best to re-measure your horse to ensure you’re getting the correct size. This is because your horse’s weight may have changed, the girth may have stretched or the numnah is/was affecting the measurements.

  • Step 1 – Place your saddle and numnah in the correct place on your horse’s back.
  • Step 2 – With your horse standing square, ask somebody to kindly hold your saddle in place with slight pressure on the back.
  • Step 3 – With them standing on the right-hand side of the horse, ask them to hold the end of the tape up against the second hole on the girth strap.
  • Step 4 – Then taking the rest of the tape, lay in down and around your horse’s stomach with it sitting about a hands width away from your horse’s armpit.
  • Step 5 – Ensure the tape is sitting snug around your horse’s stomach. (If you’re unsure on how much pressure to use, simply pull/hold tightly and slip two fingers down the side of the string where you would when checking your girth. This will then give you an indication of the tightness and fit.)
  • Step 6 – Simply bring the tape up to the second hole on the adjacent side of the saddle and make a note of the inch/cm size.

Top tip – if you don’t have any tape, you can simply use some bailing twine and follow the same steps as above. Then simply make a mark on the twine/string. You can then either re-measure the length of twine or take the twine to your local saddlers/equestrian store to use as a guide.

Elasticated Girths

If you choose a girth with elasticated buckle straps, we recommend sizing down a couple of inches. This is because you want the girth still sit on/around the 2nd-3rd hole on the girth strap. Elasticated girths are a convenient choice for horses who tend to fluctuate in weight.

Girth Styles

Girths are now offered with a variety of options; from synthetic to leather, to cotton to neoprene. Here are the different types of girths we offer here at Naylors. Whatever your colour preference, style, discipline or taste – we’ll have just the girth for your horse!

Shires Anti-Chafe Contour Girth with Elastic Black

Shires Anti-Chafe Contour Girth with Elastic Black

The Shires Anti-Chafe Contour Girth is a great girth for the everyday horse. Offering an anti-chafe cushion fabric, it ensures both comfort and breathability. With a contour shape, it promotes freedom of movement and prevents excessive sweating being trapped under the girth. The anatomical shape follows the horse’s natural shape and movement for comfort.

Shires Anti-Chafe Dressage Girth Black

Shires Anti-Chafe Dressage Girth Black

The Shires Anti-Chafe Dressage Girth is those with a dressage saddle for everyday use or competition use. Offering an easy to clean fabric, the Dressage girth provides maximum comfort with a padded, anti-chafe cushion. With an anatomically shape, the girth encourages airflow and the ultimate freedom of movement for any horse. This girth also offers clip-rings for training aids.

Prolite GP Girth Brown

Prolite GP Girth Brown

For everyday use or competitions, the Prolite GP Girth is anatomically designed to follow the movement of your horse. Designed to reduce pressure and increase freedom of movement.  the Prolite Girth is four times more resistant to abrasion than leather whilst helping to wick away moisture, regulates temperature and promotes breathability to ensure your horse is always comfortable. Not only is the girth soft and pliable to touch, the Prolite Girth is also antibacterial and hypoallergenic.

Shires Anti-Chafe Stud Guard Girth Long Black

Shires Anti-Chafe Stud Guard Girth Long Black

The Shires Anti-Chafe Stud Guard Girth is ideal for show jumping, leisurely jumping, cross-country or eventing. Designed with a thicker belly pad, this style of girth prevents horse’s hooves or studs hitting their stomachs when jumping a fence. Also with an anti-chafe function, the girth offers comfort, breathability and safety.

Girth Sleeves

Shires Performance SupaFleece Girth Sleeve Brown

If your horse is young, eldery, has sensitive skin or has a skin ailment; a girth sleeve may be a good option! Designed to offer comfort and avoid chaffing, girth galls, soreness, pinching and rubbing.

Keep your horse comfortable and encourage freedom of movement with a girth sleeve for everyday use. Many girth sleeves are made of polyester fur – meaning they are also washable and quick-drying.

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Testing Your New Girth

Noe you have your girth, it’s time to have a play and test out your new tack addition! Before each ride, stretch your horse’s legs forward. This helps the girth sit in the correct position and prevents pinching. Stretching their legs will get the girth to sit in the correct position on the horse’s stomach.

It may take 1-2 weeks for your horse to fully adjust to the girth. They may not show any signs of discomfort straight away, so keep an eye on your horse’s behaviour. If your horse does show any signs of discomfort, we suggest contacting your saddler for their advice.

Which type of girth do you currently use? We’d love to know! If you’re on the look out for a new girth, we hope this article made your choice a little easier!


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Tackroom Organisation 101

Is your tackroom in need of a little sprucing? Whether you’re currently on furlough, planning a full weekend down at the stables or moving to a different yard; here is how you can organise your tackroom easily and efficiently in no time at all!

We’ve put together a guide for every horse owner on how they can get their tackroom in tip-top shape, and keep it that way all year round – hallelujah!


Where to begin…

Whether your tackroom is quite large (lucky you!) or your tackroom is relatively small… the first place to start is by taking all your equipment and belongings out of your tackroom. This will now give you a chance to assess your space to find a way that will work best for the size and shape of what you’ve got to work with.

Now you can start a fresh to organise your tackroom from top to bottom (literally)! Many tackrooms are the hub for all things creepy-crawly, so you most probably have a spiderweb-colony residing on the roof, right? Grab a long handled sweeping brush and brush down all the cobwebs. Once you’ve done this, begin brushing down the walls for any dirt and dust. Lastly, sweep the floor.

Once you’ve banished the cobwebs, dust and dirt, you may want to give your tackroom a lick of paint!

Top top 1 – If you have any spare rubbing matting, lay this on the ground to create a waterproof, solid ground.

Bins

ProStable Dustbin and Lid (RRP £19.50).

Bins will be your tackroom best-friend, trust us! If you typically just use your feed bags, you will know this can cause a lot of mess in the tackroom! Using bins are a great way to keep your feed dry, away from rodents and keep the floors clean. If your tackroom is quite dark, use a lighter colours bin so it’s easier for you to see! Just like the ProStable Dustbin and Lid (RRP £19.50).

Scoops

Shires Feed Scoop Red

Using scoops for your feed bins is a must! Not only are they a great way to keep your floors and hands clean, they’re an excellent way in keeping constancy with the amount of feed you give your horse. Here at Naylors we offer an array of sizes so you can find a size ideal for your horse and their feed-measurements.

Hooks

Add some hook fixtures inside your tackroom. This a great way to hand and store all your belongings and tack correctly and neatly. Stock up on plenty of these, you’ll be surprised just how handy they can be! You can use these for your bridle, headcollars, riding equipment (i.e. martingales, lunging cavasson etc), your coats/jackets and more.

Rug Racks

Shires Blanket Rack (RRP £8.99)

If you’re a rug hoarder like us (guilty), you’ll know the struggle of trying to store them in your tackroom – no matter how big or small our tackrooms are! Grab yourself some (or plenty) of rug racks to store your rugs. These will ensure they’re stored correctly, kept clean and easier to find. A great option is the Shires Blanket Rack (RRP £8.99). These also offer end hooks too for your headcollars/leadropes.

Kit Out On The Essentials

The horse-owner necessities! Stock up on all cleaning/mucking out equipment to get your tackroom fully kitted out with all the essentials! From wheelbarrows to buckets, to brooms to forks and shovels.

Brush Box

Whether you’re a grooming product enthusiast or a ‘only the necessities’ kind of groomer, a grooming box will come in handy for everyone! A way keep your brushes clean and all stored all together is by using a brush box. In here you could add your grooming products, competition bits & bobs, sprays and first-aid essentials in! Horze All in One Groom Box & Seat (RRP ££39.99).

Top tip 2 – Grooming box’s are also a great mounting block for riding!

Buckets & Bucket Covers

Buckets are something us equestrian can never have enough off, and we use them for pretty much everything! Whether it’s for feeding, water, storage, travelling with or bathing with.. they’re a real must-have for everyone’s tackroom! Grab yourself some bucket covers to keep everything clean, dry and tidied away.

Saddle Rack/Carrier

Our saddles are usually the most valuable item in our tackroom, so it’s important to store your saddle correctly in your tackroom. From saddle carriers to saddle racks to saddle covers. If you have a spacious tackroom, the Classic Showjumps Saddle Carrier is a great option. A way to not only store your saddle but to store other loose belongings beneath too. Alternatively, if your tackroom is on the smaller side, opt for a wall hanging saddle rack (either fixed like the Shires Saddle Rack or one that can be folded down like the Shires Pole Type Folding Saddle Rack).

Hat Bags / Boot Bags

You may be on your way to having a tackroom clean and tidy enough to live in, but it’s important to store and look after your equipment too! Grab yourself a hat bag and boot bag to keep your necessities protected. These are always handy for competitions or taking with you on trips out with your horse.

Top Tip 3 – You can hand your hand bag up on a tie ring or hook to keep more room on the ground free.

Haynet Tie Rings

Shires Haynet Tie Ring

Did you think these are only great for tying our horse’s haynets up with? Think again! Us equestrians have to think outside the box when it comes to storing ALL our equipment/belonings. Tie rings are a great way to hang up coats, rugs, headcollars, stirrup leathers/irons, hi-vis and much more.

Organiser Bag

Roma Trailer/Stable Organiser Large Blue

Use organiser bags to store all your small/loose belongings. From brushes to sprays to fly veils to tack accessories. These will be a god send when it comes to getting your tackroom organised. Organiser bags are also fantastic for taking on the go! For day trips out or competitions, simply add your necessities, fold down and store or hang in the car/trailer or horsebox.

Rug Wash, Tack Cleaning & Disinfectants

Now you’ve finally got your tackroom completely organised to make your stable-neighbours jealous, it’s time to deep clean our belongings too! Now is a great time to tackle cleaning our tack, equipment, brushes and rugs. Also grab yourself some disinfectant to keep at-hand in your tackroom to keep on top of it!

Voila! Your tackroom will now be organised efficiently!

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