Why Everyone Loves Ariat

Why Ariat?

In recent years you may have been spotting more equestrians wearing Ariat. This poses the question, what makes Ariat products so popular? As a brand, Ariat are dedicated to producing quality footwear, apparel and accessories for those who ride or work outdoors. Ariat see every rider as an athlete, putting both their body and their wardrobe to the test every day. With this in mind, Ariat are always striving to improve the performance of equestrian clothing and footwear.

Ariat products are designed to be fashionable, durable and comfortable. That’s not all, they’re also packed with exclusive, innovative technical features, developed by re-imagining and redesigning traditional items to better suit the needs of modern day equestrians.

Who is Ariat For?

Ariat is a performance brand, catering to the world’s best equestrian athletes. Don’t think this means that they’ve forgotten about every day riders though! Ariat products are split into ranges, focusing on different rider levels, disciplines and budgets. This means they’re able to create products tailored specifically to meet your needs. Whether you’re a Grand Prix Dressage rider or a happy hacker Ariat have just what you’re need!

Ariat Clothing

Looking to add some Ariat clothing to your wardrobe? From jackets and gilets to tops and breeches, Ariat offer a variety of casual, technical and competitive clothing. Each item of Ariat clothing is tailored towards a specific season and use. To find just what your looking for keep an eye out for the features that best meet your needs.

Clothing Technical Features

Cold Series

AriatTEK® Cold SeriesCold series clothing is designed to keep your core warm in cold weather.

 

Heat SeriesAriatTEK® Heat SeriesHeat series clothing is designed to keep you cool in warm weather.

 

 

 

Waterproof Breathable Breathable Waterproof – Breathable waterproof clothing is waterproof, windproof and seam-sealed. The surface fabric repels water and wind but allows your body vapor to escape.

 

CFS

 

CFS™ (Calf Fit system)The Calf Fit system is a unique stretch construction, which provides support at the calf and ankle. It also alleviates pressure points and friction under boots.

 

 

 

CompressionCompression fabric provides a sleek, flattering fit. It also retains its shape.

 

Climate Cool

 

Cool Climate Insulation™Clothes that feature Cool Climate Insulation™ are lightweight comfortable and warm.

 

Core Control

 

Core Control Technology™Core Control Technology™ ensures that your breeches support your core muscles and slim your silhouette.

 

 

EcoDRY™EcoDRY™ is earth-friendly waterproofing. EcoDRY™ technology ensures that your clothes protect you from the elements, without using environment damaging chemicals.

 

MMT

 

Moisture Movement Technology™Moisture Movement Technology™ pulls moisture away from your skin to the outside of the garment, helping it to evaporate quickly. This keeps you dry and comfortable.

 

Performance StretchPerformance Stretch means that clothes are fabricated with just the right amount of flexibility. This helps to increase your mobility and aids all-day performance.

ReflectiveClothes that are reflective have increased visibility for improved safety.

Silicone GripClothes with silicone grip feature a textured surface for improving your grip in the saddle. Additionally, they deliver stretch, breathability and flexibility.

 

SPF®

 

Sun Protection FabricSun Protection Fabric provides protection from sun rays.

 

 

V3 Technology

V3 Fit® Ariat® V3® technology keeps your breeches close fitting and comfortable. An elastic ‘V’ panel built into the back waistband offers superior stretch and recovery to accommodate varying hip angles.

 

Wind Water

 

Wind and Water Resistant – Wind and water resistant clothing employs a thin technological coating on a lightweight surface fabric. This helps to keep you warm and dry by blocking wind and light rain.

 

 

 

Ariat Footwear

Need a new pair of riding boots? Ariat produce a variety of long riding boots, paddock boots and jodhpur boots. These riding boots are a investment, which will stand the test of time. Ariat footwear prices (adult) range from £110 to £430, depending upon the technologies that they feature.  Ariat footwear for children ranges in price from £50 to £180.

Footwear Technical Features

Ariat 4LR

 

Ariat® 4LR® technology – This technology features in Ariat’s entry level footwear. Ariat® 4LR® technology provides your foot with support and cushioning, making these boots perfect for everyday use.

 

 

 

ATS® (Advanced Torque Stability) technology – This technology features in Ariat’s mid-range footwear. ATS® (Advanced Torque Stability) technology offers optimal stability and all day comfort, for performance you can depend upon.

ATS® (Advanced Torque Stability) Pro Technology – This technology features in Ariat’s mid-range footwear. ATS® Pro technology offers you upgraded comfort and delivers heightened performance for reliability in and out of the saddle.

ATS® (Advanced Torque Stability) Luxe Technology – ATS® (Advanced Torque Stability) Luxe Technology offers you an exceptional blend of performance and luxury.

 

 

Ariat Cobalt VX

 

Cobalt™ VX technologyThis is one of Ariat’s premium technologies. Cobalt™ VX technology provides temperature management, advanced support and enhanced flexibility with an engineered fit for optimal performance.

 

 

 

 

 

Ariat Nitro Vortex

 

Nitrotechnology – This is one of Ariat’s premium technologies. Nitro™ technology delivers a lightweight combination of flexibility and engineered support that cushions and stabilises the foot for floorless performance.

 

 

 

Footwear Sole Types

Divino™ – Leather outsole with added durability. This outsole is made with natural leather and offers you a traditional look, slip resistance and rider tested traction zones for maximum grip.

Duratred™ – An exclusive rubber compound. This outsole is made with long-lasting rubber that provides you with maximum wear resistance, whilst still being flexible, durable and resistant to barnyard acids.

Monaco™ – Leather outsole with Duratred™ overlay. This outsole is made with natural leather and offers you a traditional look combined with the added durability and increased traction.

Vortex™ – Lightweight outsole designed for athletic performance. Vortex™ outsoles are packed with technical features;

  • Pedax® frame for stability
  • Duratred™ outsole with rider tested traction zones for maximum grip
  • Shock Shield technology which delivers the shock-absorbency of athletic shoes

 

How To Fit Ariat Boots

 

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We hope that you have found this blog helpful. If you have any additional questions leave a comment or give our customer service team a call.

WIN A Pair Of LeMieux ProCool Cold Water Boots

Your Chance To Win A Pair Of LeMieux ProCool Cold Water Boots

We have a fantastic prize to give away in our latest competition! One lucky winner will receive a pair of LeMieux ProCool Cold Water Boots for their horse. These fantastic boots are great for using after your horse has been working hard or even to help them recover from injury. We’ll tell you all about how these great boots can help your horse below. In the meantime we’re sure you’re desperate to know how you could win a pair for free.

 

WIN LeMieux ProCool Cold Water Boots With Naylors

 

To enter, you’ll need to head to our Facebook page. Either click the button below or search for @naylorsonline and scroll to the LeMieux ProCool Cold Water Boots post . From there all you need to do is like our page, like the post and comment with a picture of your horse working hard. That’s it! Be sure to share the post with your friends or tag them so that they know to enter too.

 


About The LeMieux ProCool Cold Water Boots

These boots are designed to be soaked in cold water. This then activates the unique crystals inside that retain the cold and hold it against the leg. This means they stay cool and sit nice and snug against the legs to offer a more efficient cooling effect to the tendons than just cold hosing. The snug fit of boots is really important and so they have a smart contoured shape to help support the tendons and fetlocks.

WIN LeMieux ProCool Cold Water Boots With Naylors

As mentioned above, these boots are fantastic for aiding recovery in your horse’s legs. They can help both with the recovery of tendon and fetlock injuries but also with recovery after hard work. So you may opt to use the boots regularly even if your horse has no injuries to help your horse’s legs recover after hard work, for example riding cross country or working on hard ground. They can come in handy for a range of leg injuries too such as kicks, bites, splints and anything else that can cause swelling or excessive heat.

 

It is known that using cold water can help to reduce inflammation and swelling. This is because it can decrease the blood flow to the targeted area. It is also believed that cold water can slow down electric impulses. To put it simply, this means it could slow down the signals sent through the nervous system telling the brain that the horse is in pain. That is how the LeMieux ProCool Cold Water Boots can help your horse. To find out more about the science of cold water therapy have a read of our dedicated blog post by clicking here. You can take a closer look at the boots on our website using the button below:

 

20% Off Almost Everything Flash Sale

Save 20% Off Almost Everything In The Naylors Bank Holiday Flash Sale

Here at Naylors we love a good bank holiday weekend! So to celebrate we have a very special flash sale in which you can get 20% off almost everything online and in-store! So that’s 20% off all of our departments, there really is something for everyone. This 20% off almost everything offer must end at midnight on Monday 27th May 2019 so you’ve got to be quick.

 

Naylors Flash Sale - 20% Off Almost Everything

If you’re an equestrian why not bag 20% off a new riding wardrobe or some new riding or yard boots? We have a whole range of equestrian wear on offer for women, men and children so you can kit out the whole family. Of course, there’s plenty on offer that you could buy for your horse or pony too! We have a great selection of saddlery and tack as well as horse rugs, boots and so much more.

 

Now is the perfect time to get everything you need for the spring/summer season no matter your preferred discipline. If your horse has problems with flies in spring this is a great opportunity to bag a new fly rug and/or fly mask. Or if your horse suffers from laminitis or is holding some extra weight this spring why not grab some new haynets or a grazing muzzle while they are on offer.

 

Naylors Flash Sale - 20% Off Almost Everything

If you’re not horsey, don’t fret! There is still plenty on offer for you to get stuck into. We have lots of clothing and footwear perfect for outdoor adventures or more chilled, casual days. Save on big name brands such as Barbour, Joules and Regatta. Once again, no one needs to miss out as we have stock for women, men and children.

 

So what are you waiting for? You’d have to be crazy not to make the most of our 20% off almost everything flash sale! Use the button below to start shopping. You can use the filters to find exactly what your looking for or simply browse to see what bargains you can find. Full terms and conditions and all exclusions can be found by clicking here.

 

 

 

 

Equine Therapy – Hydrotherapy & Cryotherapy

Cryotherapy & Hydrotherapy

We all want to avoid costly vet visits and keep our horses performing at their best, but therapy isn’t always at the forefront of our mind. Although therapy is defined as ‘treatments intended to relieve and heal’ they can also be a great form of preventative care.

We’ve all been advised to cold hose our horse’s legs. This is particularly common practice following strenuous exercise or a knock in the field. The question is, do you know why? Cold hosing is just one example of how we can combine cryotherapy and hydrotherapy. These are potentially the simplest and most effective forms of therapy. Luckily for us, they can also be extremely cost effective.

Cryotherapy

Cryotherapy, also known as cold therapy is defined as ‘the use of extreme cold during medical treatments’. This form of therapy works by decreasing blood flow to the target area. This helps to reduce inflammation and swelling.

Hydrotherapy

Formerly known as hydropathy, hydrotherapy is defined as ‘using water for the treatment of medical conditions’. Water can be used to wash away dirt and debris from lesions. This helps to reduce the risk of infection. It can also be used to cool and massage the treatment area.

The Science

The application of cold water to living tissues results in three main effects; analgesia, hypometabolism and vascular response. Although this sounds complicated it’s not as bad as you might think.

Analgesia

Analgesia is essentially the reduction or eradication of pain. Cold water can potentially decrease nerve conduction velocity. This is a complicated way of saying that it can slow down electrical impulses. Electrical impulses are signals that travel from the site of the injury to the horse’s central nervous system. These tell the horse that they’re in pain.

Hypometabolism

During cryotherapy cold water reduces the metabolic rate of the targeted cells. Basically, the cold decreases the amount of oxygen and glucose that the cells need to survive. This can sometimes help to prevent the effects of oxygen deprivation, known as hypoxic damage.

Vascular Response – Vasoconstriction

Vasoconstriction is a fancy way of saying narrowing of the blood vessels. This occurs when the smooth muscle cells that line the walls of blood vessels tighten. When the blood vessels are narrower less blood passes through them. This process can in some cases help to reduce excess bleeding and oedema.

What Happens? The Natural Process

When a horse injures themselves the natural healing process commences. Damaged cells release a fluid made up of enzymes and proteins. This fluid provides protective cushioning to the injured area and attracts lymphocytes. Also known as white blood cells lymphocytes fight infection. This process also triggers the secretion of prostaglandins. These are the hormones responsible for pain. During this process extra fluid also known as oedema can build up. If this happens it can become difficult for healthy cells to get oxygen from the blood, leading to hypoxia. Hypoxia can cause the previously undamaged cells around the injury to die. The lack of oxygen in the area can also result in a longer healing process.

What Happens? Using Cryotherapy

If your horse injures himself apply cold water to the area as quickly as possible. The application of cold water can cause the muscle cells lining the blood vessels to constrict. This makes the blood vessels less permeable, potentially limiting the build-up of enzymes and proteins. This sometimes prevents additional oedema, helping to ensure that the healthy surrounding tissue receives an adequate supply of oxygen. Additionally, cold water can help to decrease pressure caused by swelling and slow down the electrical impulses to the brain that signal pain.

When To Use

Cryotherapy is most effective within 36 hours of an injury or strenuous activity occurring. Cryotherapy is a great way to tackle injuries, which are related to tendons or ligaments. Examples of when it can be used include after kicks or bites, tendon injuries, splints or heavy road work. A good rule of thumb is to check the site of the injury or strain for heat. If the area is swollen, painful to touch and abnormally warm then cold therapy may be an appropriate treatment option.

When Not To Use

Cryotherapy should not be used if your horse is suffering from muscular soreness. If the strained area is muscular and has no abnormal heat or swelling the application of cold may cause more harm than good. In some respects, your horse’s body is just like yours. If your horse’s muscles are aching or tight they can be better treated using heat. Thermotherapy encourages vasodilation. Vasodilation is the widening of the blood vessels. This allows more oxygen rich blood to get to the muscles, aiding recovery.

In some cases, thermotherapy can be applied to older tendon and ligament injuries. It is only appropriate to use thermotherapy once any swelling, soreness and heat has subsided. Once the initial swelling response has been stemmed using cryotherapy the remaining stages of the healing process can be encouraged using heat.

Therapy at Home

If you think your horse could benefit from cryotherapy or hydrotherapy or thermotherapy please consult your vet. If you decide to try it here are some of our top therapy products to help you get started.

LeMieux ProCool Cold Water Boots – £39.95

The LeMieux ProCool Cold Water Boots are great for use after strenuous work or during recovery from an injury. They contain absorbent water reactive crystals, which when soaked help to lower the temperature of the horses lower limb.

Arma Hot/Cold Relief Boots – £35.99

When used for cryotherapy arma Hot/Cold relief boots boots can help to aid recovery after strenuous work, reduce swelling, limit internal bleeding, prevent inflammation and combat heat.

Horseware® Ice-Vibe® Boots – £154.95

Horseware Ice-Vibe Boots are dual action therapy boots, providing both a cooling effect and a massage effect. Ice packs in the boots cool the treatment area potentially reducing swelling while the vibrations encourage increased blood flow to the tendons and ligaments, which may aid the healing process.

Here’s a bit more information about how you can use them day to day.

Arma Hot/Cold Relief Boots – £35.99

When cold the Arma Hot/Cold relief boots can aid recovery after strenuous work, reducing swelling, limiting internal bleeding and preventing inflammation.

When used hot the relief boots can help to improve the circulation of blood in the horse’s lower leg. This can help to speed up the healing process.

Over To You

Have you ever used these therapy methods on your horse? We’d love to hear all about your experiences. If not, we hope this blog has inspired you to try them! Please contact your vet if you’re unsure about the suitability of these therapy techniques for your horse. If you have any further questions please leave us a comment or give our customer service team a call.

Summer Training Destinations

Summer Training Destinations

Are you fed up of schooling in the arena? Rediscover your passion for riding this summer and unleash your inner explorer by stepping outside of your comfort zone and doing something different! We’ve put together a list of summer training destinations. Whether it’s for fun or improvement purposes there are some great places to explore with your horse.

Beach

Who doesn’t love a trip to the beach? The beach is one of our top summer training destinations, not only is it a great place to enjoy the sun with your four legged friend but it can also be a really useful schooling or recovery environment!

Summer Training Destinations

Training

Did you know that 3 times Grand National Winner Red Rum trained daily on Southport Beach? If you can convince your horse to brave the waves it’s thought to have some pretty impressive benefits. Schooling your horse in the water provides buoyancy and supports their limbs. It’s a great way to strengthen their cardiovascular system, muscles, tendons and ligaments in a non-concussive environment as it is thought that this lowers the risk of injury. Working in the sea also encourages your horse to lift his legs up and over the water in a more vertical plane. This action can lead to improved joint flexion. Additionally, working against resistance improves their fitness and encourages more expressive movements when you’re back on dry land.

Recovery

Have you ever considered hydrotherapy for your horse? As you might expect hydrotherapy is the use of water to aid in the recovery of injury. The majority of hydrotherapy machines have been designed to recreate the benefits of seawater. For horses that have suffered an injury or are in strenuous work seawater is a great alternative to expensive rehabilitation options.

The temperature of seawater triggers vasoconstriction, narrowing of the blood vessels. This can help to reduce the amount of fluid build up and bruising in the area, potentially minimising  any swelling. Cold water can help comfort the horse by encouraging a numbing sensation due to the temperature. If you believe your horse would benefit from the effects of seawater consult your vet for additional information.

Forests and National Parks

Did you know that there are 15 National Parks in the UK? National Parks are home to some of the most breathtaking and treasured landscapes in the country. They’re also a great summer training destination to visit with your horse. National Parks contain hundreds of miles of bridleways and hacking routes, so there’s something for everyone! Whether you are looking for a gentle stroll or open space to blow off steam, it’s the perfect place for you and your horse!

Training

Hill Work

We all know that walking up hills is hard work! This is true for horses too. Hill work is a great way to build up your horse’s muscles and improve his stamina. Hill work uses the horses weight to your advantage. Working on a gradient encourages your horse to carry his weight to his hind quarters, engage his core and work over his top line. Hill work is physically demanding for your horse, it should therefore be introduced slowly. Initially, it’s best to work your horse in walk and trot on long hills with a low gradient. Once your horse’s hill work is more established you can progress to short bursts of intense exercise, for example cantering up steep hills. The purpose of working your horse in this way is to increase his heart rate to improve his cardiovascular health.

Hacking

Hacking might sound like an odd approach to training but it has some brilliant health and well-being benefits! For your horse there’s nothing less engaging than riding round in circles in the arena. It isn’t surprising that they can become disengaged and look for ways to cause trouble! Hacking is a great way to engage your horse’s brain, many owners find that their horses are much more forward thinking when they’re out and about. A new environment is highly stimulating and a nice change to your routine. Hacking is also a great tool for weight loss, although it is a low intensity form of exercise it is much more in keeping with a horse’s natural roaming habits. A gentile hack can be comfortably maintained for long periods of time and you’ll be surprised how many miles you cover in just a few hours.

Gallops

Have you ever taken your horse to the gallops? It can be scary but it’s also great fun! Be brave, it’s a great form of training for both you and your horse.

Benefits To Your Horse

For most horses opportunities to blow of steam while under saddle are few and far between! The gallops are a brilliant summer training destination, providing a rare opportunity to take off the breaks without needing to worry about not being able to stop again! Working your horse in gallop is a great way to increase his cardiovascular activity, fitness and stamina using interval training.

Interval training is a common practice amongst athletes. It works by using alternating periods of high intensity exercise and short rests. The aim is to  increase your horse’s heart rate and respiration, then allow it to drop back down to just above resting. The purpose of this is to prevent anaerobic respiration occurring.

Summer Training Destinations - Gallops

Interval Training – The Science

Generally, your horse’s cells get energy using aerobic respiration, a chemical reaction that combines glucose and oxygen. This process creates the waste products water and carbon dioxide. Waste products are then expelled when exhaling.  Anaerobic respiration occurs when large amounts of energy are needed quickly but there isn’t  enough oxygen available.  During anaerobic respiration your horse’s body breaks down glucose without oxygen. The waste product of this chemical reaction is lactic acid. Lactic acid build up causes painful muscle cramps and fatigue.

Interval training allows your horse to better cope with the stress of intense exercise. As the circulatory and respiratory systems adapt they become more effective at delivering oxygen to the muscles. This means that the onset of anaerobic respiration is delayed, preventing fatigue.

Benefits For Riders

No gym trips needed! Did you know that riding a horse in gallop burns approximately 580 calories per hour.

 When working your horse in gallop you should be stood up out of the saddle with your hands lower than usual at the base of his neck. In order to do this you should ride with your stirrups shorter than usual. 

Developing the ability to ride in this way for prolonged periods is a great way to build strength in your calves, thighs and core.

Safety First

For both you and your horse travelling to a new place is very exciting but also a little scary. Unfortunately, this can mean that there is a higher risk of an accident occurring.  Put safety first, by ensuring  that all of your safety equipment meets current standards before you travel. If your equipment is out of date or damaged check out our range of riding hats, body protectors and gloves.  We also stock a range of products to help keep your horse safe, including brushing boots, tendon boots, over reach boots, event grease and more.

Travel Essentials

Before you go, are you stocked up on travel essentials? Make your horse’s journey as comfortable as possible. Browse our range of travel must haves including travel bootsfleece rugs, travel headcollarspoll protection and tail guards.

Where will you visit?

We hope this has given you some ideas for summer training destinations close to you. Do you have any places that you like to visit? Let us know where you like to go with your horse. If there are any places you think we’ve missed let us know, leave a comment below!