Naylors Annual Summer Sale – Now On!

Sun Out. Sale On!

As if the glorious weather wasn’t enough to get us jumping for joy this July, we’ve got something even more exciting to announce. The Naylors Annual Summer Sale is now on! Are you ready to pick up some scorching savings? Shop online or in-store now for up to 60% off! Take a look at our top picks for women, men, children and horse.

Women

Summer Sale - LeMieux Spectrum Baselayers

LeMieux Spectrum Baselayers

£32.99

  • Sweat-wicking, anti-microbial fabric.
  • 50+ UV protection.
  • 360 stretch fabric for comfort and freedom of movement.
  • Zip collar.
Summer Sale - Ariat Womens Sunstopper Baselayers

Ariat Womens Sunstopper Baselayers

£34.99

  • Lightweight pique knit material.
  • Sun Protection Fabric.
  • Moisture Movement Technology.
  • Mesh underarms.

Men

Summer Sale - Barbour Fernwood Gilet

Barbour Fernwood Gilet

£79.99

  • Box quilt design.
  • Stand up collar.
  • Two pockets.
Summer Sale - Joules Woody Polo

Joules Woody Polo

£22.99

  • Hardwearing jersey fabric.
  • Classic fit.
  • Available in a range of colours.

Children

Summer Sale - Aubrion Newbury Base Layer

Aubrion Newbury Base Layer

 £19.99

  • Soft mesh panelling.
  • UPF50+ sun protection.
  • Flatlock seams.
  • Concealed zip pocket.
Summer Sale -nAriat Spectator Jacket

Ariat Spectator Jacket

£54.99

  • Earth-friendly EcoDry™ water-resistant finish.
  • Seam-sealed construction.
  • Adjustable hood and cuffs. 
  • Zip pockets.

Horse

Summer Sale - LeMieux Suede Dressage Square Saddle Pad

LeMieux Suede Dressage Square Saddle Pad

£34.99

  • Soft suede outer.
  • Sweat wicking bamboo liner.
  • Sweeping swan neck spine.
  • Friction free binding.
Summer Sale - Shires Tempest Original Ice Cream Fly Combo Rug

Shires Tempest Original Ice Cream Fly Combo Rug

£34.99

  • Tight knit mesh fabric.
  • Lightweight and breathable.
  • Combo neck.
  • 80% UV blocking.
Shop All Summer Sale

On your marks, get set, save! You can shop our full range of products online at www.naylors.com or in-store. Don’t forget, if you make a purchase share your pictures with us on social media by including #NaylorsSnapAndShare on your post for the chance to win a Naylors gift card!

How To Fall Safely Off A Horse – Our Top Tips For Riders

No one likes falling off, right? Sadly, as riders it’s essentially unavoidable! It’s no secret that horse riding has long been labeled as one of the most dangerous sports to participate in. Whether our horse spooks unexpectedly, ducks out at a jump or throws a cheeky buck to keep us on our toes, sometimes sticking in the saddle simply isn’t on the cards! Ironically though, falling off safely is rarely something we’re taught when we’re first learning to ride. There’s a lot of stigma around falling off, but it’s nothing to be embarrassed about, even riders at the top of their game take the occasional tumble. So, instead of hoping that it’ll never happen, it’s time we all got properly prepared! Take a look at our top tips on how to fall off safely to minimise the risk of getting seriously hurt…

Falling Off A Horse Safely

1. Safety Wear

No matter how prepared we are for a fall, we can never completely eliminate the risk of injury. What we can do however, is to reduce the likelihood of it being life-threatening. One of the best ways to do this is by wearing the correct safety equipment. Whenever you work with a horse, we highly recommend wearing a riding hat. This must fit correctly and should also meet current safety standards. If your hat is ever damaged, it will not provide the appropriate level of protection. So, even though replacing it might seem costly, it’s never worth the risk! For activities such as show jumping, eventing, fun rides, breaking in and hunts, we’d also suggest wearing a body protector and an air jacket.

2. Stirrups

It might sound a little odd, but safety stirrups can make a really big difference in the event of a fall. If you’ve ever been in the awful situation of getting your foot stuck in the stirrup when you’ve been unseated, this will come as no surprise! One of the most dangerous types of accident in the horse world, being dragged can lead to a whole range of nasty and even life threatening injuries. Because of this, we’d recommend opting for safety stirrups like peacock irons, bent leg irons or Freejump Soft’Ups. These are specially designed to prevent your foot getting caught! Remember, these will only work as they’re designed to if you’re wearing appropriate footwear. No matter the weather or the occasion, be sure to ditch the flip flops and trainers for riding boots or country boots with a riding sole.

3. Reins

As riders, there’s very few situations where it’s safer to drop the reins than keep hold! That being said, when we know we’re about to fall off (and we’re not out in the open) it can actually be the best thing to do. By allowing ourselves to loosen our hold on the reins, we avoid getting our hands stuck or tangled. This reduces the chance of you breaking your wrist or fingers, sustaining friction burn or damaging your horse’s mouth.

4. Relax

Easier said than done, we know! One of the biggest mistakes we can make is to brace ourselves for a fall by tensing. Tensing our muscles makes our body stiffer and more rigid, meaning the next bit is almost impossible…

5. Shape

Think tuck and roll! When we’re falling, our first instinct is to put our arms out to ease the impact. Sadly, this increases our risk of damaging our wrists, elbows, shoulders and collar bone. So, while it may go against our natural reactions, it’s a good idea to train yourself to bring your arms inwards. The idea is to place one arm across your body, ensuring that you are looking down with your head angled in the opposite direction. This creates a natural twist, positioning the shoulder blade so that you’re able to roll forward on to it without harsh impact. This works with our momentum to avoid jolting, but most importantly it prevents us landing on our head or neck. Stay tucked up, allowing your roll to continue until you come to a stop naturally.

When riding with others, holding this position is even more important, helping you to avoid being trodden on.

6. Practice

We’re not suggesting you throw yourself off a lot, but this has to become second nature! Falls often happen at high speed, so we don’t have time to think about what’s going on. With this in mind, we have to slow things down a bit while we’re learning.

We’d recommend grabbing your yoga mat or heading into the arena wearing your hat and body protector (providing it has a soft surface). First of all, practice doing a forward roll. This will help with your flexibility and straightness. Once you’ve got it mastered, try bringing one arm across your body and rolling over one shoulder. As you get better, you’ll be able to focus on your head positioning and direction. Just like when we’re working our horses, you should practice this equally on both sides.


While we hope you never fall off you’re horse, every rider should know how to keep themselves safe in the event of an accident, just in case! If you’ve found this blog helpful, be sure to share it far and wide so we can help as many people as possible to stay safe in the saddle.

Studs – Does You Horse Need Them? Our Guide

By design, our horse’s hooves provide traction across a whole range of different surface types. Sadly though, shoeing can really hinder this. When our horses are shod, we introduce a smooth piece of metal between their hooves and the ground. Providing very little grip, this can cause them to slip and slide. This isn’t just an annoyance, but it’s potentially very dangerous, increasing their risk of an injury or worse still, a fall. One of the ways we can avoid this is to add studs to their shoes. Keep reading to find out more about what they are, as well as when and how to use them properly.

What are studs?

Much like the cleats found on football boots, studs are a piece of protruding metal that can be screwed in to horse shoes. The majority of the time studs aren’t necessary for day-to-day riding, even for horse’s that are shod. Generally speaking, they’re only really used for riding on smooth firm surfaces, loose surfaces and in muddy, frosty or slippery conditions.

Providing extra grip by digging down into the ground, studs help our horses to stay steady on their feet, especially on roads, at high speeds and through tight corners. Because of this, they’re most commonly applied for polo, cross country, show jumping, hunting and driving.

Sadly, there are some down sides to using studs. While additional grip can be a good thing, it also means that the limbs aren’t able to slide naturally. As a result, more strain is placed on the tendons, increasing the risk of an associated injury. With this in mind, they should only ever be used if there’s a significant chance of your horse slipping.

How Are Studs Made

Studs are subjected to constant blows, baring the impact of every stride our horse takes. To ensure they’re up to the challenge, they feature a tough tungsten core with an exposed tip. This is the part that provides grip. Around the core is the barrel. The shape and size of this will depend on the type of stud and what surface it’s designed to be used for. The final part is the thread. This secures the stud, screwing into your horse’s shoe. Just like saddles, different styles have different uses. With lots of options available, take a look at which should be used and when…

Which Type Of Studs To Use

Studs - Shires Kit

Road Work and Firm Terrain

Road studs are usually used for hacking or driving. These are hexagonal and relatively short, with a flat body and a tiny exposed tip.

Soft Terrain

Also known as grass studs, soft terrain studs boast a longer body with a rounded end. As the name suggests, these should be used for soft grass arenas and loose sand surfaces.

Soft & Deep Ground

With more of a pointed shape, soft and deep studs are designed to penetrate further into the ground. These are better for thick grass and deep arenas.  

Jump

Designed with a pointed shape, jump studs are great for varying ground conditions, such as those you’d find out on cross country courses. These come in a range of different sizes.

How To Use Studs

How To Put Studs In

Stud Holes

Studs are attached directly to your horse’s shoes. So, if you’d like to give them a try, you’ll need to ask your farrier to drill and tap holes into the shoe for studs to be fitted. The holes drilled will have a thread, so you can screw in the stud. Generally, your farrier will suggest two studs per shoe, one either side to keep the hoof balanced. Once you’re ready to put in studs, here’s how:

  • Before you get started, pick out your horse’s hooves to remove any dirt.
  • Use a Wire Stud Brush & Pick to remove any debris from the holes.
  • Use a T-Tap to clean the thread out. This is done by tightening it in to the holes. If this is really tricky, there’s a chance that you haven’t placed it in straight, so remove it and start again. Once fully tightened, unscrew the tap and blow in to the hole.
  • You can then screw in the stud. This can be done by hand to begin with. You will then need an adjustable wrench to tighten the stud. Always support the hoof while tightening to avoid unnecessary strain on your horse’s legs.

How To Take Studs Out

Unlike your horse’s shoes, studs are not designed to be put on and left on. After you ride, they should be removed as soon as possible. Here’s how:

  • Use a wrench to loosen the stud.
  • Continue turning the studs using your fingers until you can remove it fully.
  • Once removed, place the stud in a magnetic bowl to avoid it getting lost.
  • Fit the stud holes with rubber stud hole plugs to prevent them getting clogged up with dirt and debris.
  • Lastly, put them away in a case or secure container.

Stud Girths

If you’ll be using studs for your horse, we’d recommend upgrading their girth too. Unlike traditional styles, stud girths feature a wide protective section, covering the center of your horse’s belly. This helps to prevent the studs puncturing their skin. This is particularly important for fast paced work and essential if your horse has particularly high leg action or will be jumping.


Hoof Care For Horses

We hope you’ve found this blog helpful! If you decide to have a go using studs for your horse, let us know how you get on in the comments below. For more information about hooves and hoof care, take a look at our blogs on Common Hoof Problems and Going Barefoot!

Feed and Supplements – Your Questions Answered

Are you happy with your horse’s diet, weight and overall condition? Inline with BETA Feed Fact Fortnight, this Let’s Chat Tuesday we got talking about nutrition and you certainly gave us some food for thought! So, here we’re going to be taking a look at the feed and supplements you like best, what they do and how they work. We’ll even be answering some of the most common questions around diet. Stick with us to find out more.

Does your horse have hard feed?

Hard Feed

Does your horse have hard feed? 66% of you said yes! If your horse is a poor-doer, we’d bet you were one of them. For those of us with good-doers however, it can feel like we’re spending money to add unnecessary calories, for no good reason! Don’t be fooled though, this simply isn’t true. Hard feed is a really important part of our horse’s diet. This is especially the case when they’re stabled or their food intake is restricted. Keep reading to find out more about the types of feed and how they should be utilised.

What’s in your horse’s feed?

It’s what’s on the inside that matters! We asked you “What products are in your horse’s feed?”. From Alfa A and Conditioning Cubes to Grass Pellets and Low Cal Balancer, almost all of you answered: A balancer, combined with chaff or mash. If you agree, here’s why you’re probably getting it right!

Feed - Balancers
Balancers

Just like it says in the name, these are designed to balance your horse’s diet. Feeding a balancer isn’t about adding calories. Especially formulated to provide vital vitamins and minerals, they’re designed to keep your horse looking and feeling his best.

Feed - Chaff and Chop
Chaff

There are two distinct types of chaff, straw and alfalfa. Straw chaffs are generally made using oat or wheat. More often than not, these are a little less pricey. For good-doers, they’re harder to digest, acting as a great filler, slowing down eating and encouraging chewing. For poor-doers and those prone to ulcers, alfalfa is usually the chaff of choice. This is a highly digestible source of fibre. Creating a natural buffer against stomach acid, it’s scientifically proven to encourage a healthy digestive system.

Feed - Mash
Mash

Soaked feeds are ideal for increasing our horse’s water intake, preventing dehydration. They’re also fantastic for horses with poor dentition. Most adopt a fibre first approach, including Fibre-beet, Fast Fibre and Pink Mash. Some however are high in oil, like Linseed Mash, for promoting weight gain and condition. Mashes should almost always be fed alongside a balancer, they’re not designed to provide enough vitamins and minerals when used alone.

Feed - Mix Or Cubes
Mixes & Cubes

Some of you also told us that you used a mix or cube. From Top Line Conditioning Cubes and Competition Mix to Keep Calm and Youngstock Mix, these feeds are formulated to provide much more targeted nutrition. Different to balancers, not every horse will need or benefit from them. That being said, if you have a horse that requires a more tailored diet, such as those in hard work, breeding or growing, it’s worth taking a closer look at what’s available.

Do you add any supplements and why?

If you’re not keen on using a mix or you like to take an even more granular approach, supplements are a great option. In some cases, these can be used to manage and prevent specific issues. We asked you what you add to your horse’s feed and why. Take a look at some of the answers we received.

Your Questions Answered

Q. Is it normal for my horse to not like chaff?

A. Yes! Just like ourselves, our horse’s have likes and dislikes when it comes to food. It’s not unusual for some horses to dislike chaff, especially if they’re a fussy eater. As mentioned earlier, there are two types of chaff, straw and alfalfa. Generally, alfalfa chaff is more palatable. While it’s still high in fibre, it’s less stalky, nicer to chew and easier to digest. It’s worth giving this a try if you haven’t already. If you find your horse still isn’t keen but you’d like them to have chaff, you can add palatability enhancers to tempt them. Mint is considered great for this and it can also help calm and settle the digestive system.

Q. My horse is fat, does he still need a feed?

A. Yes! It’s easy to look at a horse that’s overweight and assume they don’t need a feed. The thing is though, if we were to eat loads of chocolate and cake (tempting), we’d gain weight, but there’s still a good chance we’d be missing out on shed loads of important nutrients. This is because we’re eating too much of the wrong things. It’s the same for our horses. If your horse is overweight, opt for a light balancer and a plain straw based chaff or soaked low sugar fibre mash. This will help ensure they’re getting a balanced diet, without adding too many unnecessary calories. Top Tip: Weigh your dry feed and make sure you account for this when you’re measuring their haynets.

Q. Should I feed a supplement or a balancer?

A. Good question! In truth, it depends on your horse and how much you’d like to feed. For either method to work correctly, you must feed in accordance with the manufacturers recommendations. When trying to keep meals small, it’s easier to feed the correct amount of a general purpose supplement. If you are already feeding larger meals however, it’s best to replace some of their chaff or mash ration with a balancer. This is more cost effective and they’ll still have a nice full belly!


Naylors at GO Outdoors – New Stores Opening This Spring

Do you live in Swindon, Coventry or Stockton? You won’t want to miss this! We’re super excited to share the news that so many of you have been waiting for, it’s finally your turn! This April we’ll be opening not one, not two but three brand new Naylors at GO Outdoors Stores. Keep reading to find out where, when and what to expect.

Exciting Announcement

Our new Naylors at GO Outdoors stores in Coventry and Stockton-on-Tees are now open and we can’t wait to see you. Join us this Saturday 23rd April for our grand opening events. What’s happening? We’re glad you asked… Special guests will be opening the stores, there’ll be £20 gift vouchers for the first 100 visitors and 15% off your shop in-store. Did we mention, our brand new state of the art horse riding simulators will be tacked up and ready to ride?!

Naylors at GO Outdoors Coventry

Drum roll please, GO Outdoors Coventry will be opening very soon. Inside you’ll find GO Skiing, GO Running and GO Caravanning. Even more exciting though, Naylors at GO Outdoors! With 7,000sqft of equestrian and country shopping, it’s time you planned your visit! To get to us, use the postcode CV5 6RN.

Naylors at GO Outdoors Stockton

Our final store opening for this month is Stockton Whether you’re a fitness fanatic, outdoor adventurer, keen fisherman or budding biker, this is the place to be! Stocking hundreds of world class brands and boasting a department to suit every sport, it’s sure to have just what you’re looking for. Perfect for us equestrian enthusiasts it will also have a 5,000sqft Naylors. Situated on Ascot Drive, Portrack Lane, use the postcode TS18 2QQ for directions.

Naylors at GO Outdoors Swindon

Now open, be amongst the first to visit GO Outdoors Swindon! Inside, you’ll find everything you need for walking, camping, cycling, climbing and even fishing, that’s not all though, It will also be home to a 6,000sqft Naylors! You can find us at Oxford Road, Swindon, SN3 4DG.

What’s inside?

Each of our new Naylors at GO Outdoors Stores will be stocked with all your favourite brands including Shires, Aubrion,  WeatherBeeta, Dublin, Ariat and Horseware. Horsey heaven, you’ll find everything you could need all under one roof, including:

Equestrian & Country Clothing Riding Boots & Country Footwear Riding Hats & Body Protectors
Feed & Bedding Horse Rugs Tack & Training
 Health & Grooming Yard EquipmentSupplements & Treats

Horse Simulators

That’s right, all three new stores are being fitted with state-of-the-art horse riding simulators! So, now’s your chance to put your riding to the test with a free session. All you’ll need is a riding hat, suitable clothing and riding boots. Riders under 18 must have parental permission. To find out more, head over to our website by clicking the link here.

Opening Hours

Monday – Friday: 9am – 8pm

Saturday: 9am – 6pm

Sunday: 10.30am – 4.30pm

There you have it! We hope you’re looking forward to visiting Naylors at GO Outdoors Stockton, Coventry or Swindon. Don’t worry if we’re still too far from where you live though, there’s another five stores opening over the summer months. Keep your eyes on our social pages for all the latest news, locations and opening dates.