When it comes to riding hats there’s no denying that regardless of the occasion safety should always come first. After all, we don’t wear them because they look cool! Saying that, in recent years hat designs have come a really long way. We’re no longer limited to boring blacks and basic blues because thankfully, safety wear just got stylish! Are you ready to be the star of the show? With this stunning selection, you’ll soon have the perfect sparkling safety wear for in the saddle this season.
Sparkling Safety – Top Picks
X-Air Dazzle Plus
Dare to dazzle? In an X-Air Plus Riding Hat you’re sure to turn heads! Effortlessly blending style and substance, it offers crown comfort padding, a lightweight injection moulded shell, an incorporated air flow system, a shock absorbing expanded polystyrene inner, a durable synthetic suede outer and a soft 4 point padded harness with rear laces for a customisable fit. Meets safety standards:
Let’s be honest, traditional skull caps are hardly glamorous but this one’s an exception to the rule! Feast your eyes on a sparkly safety wear sensation, the glitzy, gorgeous, gold Charles Owen Adult Pro II Plus. Designed for cross country this triple-standard, precision-fitting skull cap meets safety standards:
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Features include front and rear ventilation, a soft GRpx technology harness, a sized anti-microbial lining, a washable and replaceable headband and a free of charge ventilated hat silk. Also available in Black and Silver.
Charles OwenYR8 Sparkle Riding Hat
Pretty, practical and perfect for every day riding! The YR8 is one of Charles Owens most popular riding hats and it’s now available with added bling! Features include front and rear ventilation, an adjustable nylon harness, microfibre suede side panels and special sparkle fibre centre panel. Double safety standard approved, it meets:
We could all use a guardian angel in times of trouble, right? Meet the next generation performance riding helmet – The Halo! Created to celebrate 110 years of Charles Owen, it displays everything we love about the brand, combining safety and style. Make a statement in the show ring with the smooth outer and exclusive brushed metallic ring. Prioritising comfort it features a 360° ventilation system, slim and low-profile styling, a flexzone peak, a washable headband, padded neck support, an antimicrobial lining with silver ions and a leather harness. Perfect for competitive use it meets three safety standards:
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We hope you love these sparkling safety wear top picks as much as we do! For more information or advice when choosing a new riding hat please take a trip down to one of our stores or contact our customer service team on 01706 507 555.
This BETA Feed Awareness Week we’re here to help you separate the wheat from the chaff, providing world class advice straight from the horses mouth (so to speak)! We’ve been talking to SPILLERS Horse Feeds who’ve been sharing their top facts, tips and myths to avoid. Take a look…
Did You Know….
Ponies living out at grass 24 hours a day can consume up to 5% of their bodyweight in grass alone. In terms of calories, this equates to around three- quarters of a bag of SPILLERS Conditioning Cubes! Not to mention, this provides them with up to 2.6kg of simple sugars!
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For good-doers this can result in rapid weight gain, loose stool and an increased risk of laminitis. Precautions such as grazing muzzles, restricted grazing, night time turnout, soaked forage and increased work load can all be implemented as a preventative measure.
SPILLERS Myth Busting
Lite Balancers are not lower in calories.
With the exception of stud, young stock and competition balancers, the recommended amount of ‘lite’ balancer is not significantly lower in calories than any other balancer. The additional benefits of choosing a ‘lite’ balancer will vary between manufacturers so if you’re unsure, it’s always better to contact their helpline for advice.
Balancers are not ‘conditioning’.
Balancers are nutrient intensive, providing vitamins, minerals and trace elements to prevent deficiencies. In general, they should be given to all horses and ponies, whether they’re a lean thoroughbred or a easy keeping cob. Compared to other feeds, they’re designed to be given at a low rate. There purpose isn’t energy. So, they actually contribute a negligible amount of calories to your horses total diet.
Cut calories not nutrients.
SPILLERS Balancers – Cutting Calories Doesn’t Have To Mean Cutting Nutrition
Just like people, horses become over weight when they’re consuming more calories than they’re burning off. In this scenario the temptation can be to stop giving hard feeds like balancers but the key to healthy weight loss is actually to cut calories, not nutrition!
If your horse is a good-doer forage alone may meet or exceed their energy (calorie) requirements. Unfortunately though, it’s unlikely to provide a balanced diet with appropriate levels of water, carbohydrates, proteins, vitamins, minerals, fats and oils. This can lead to poor hoof condition, a compromised immune system and poor well-being.
Unlike protein and carbohydrate rich grass, balancers provide a concentrated source of vitamins, minerals and protein but a negligible level of calories, starch and sugar. So, before you go cutting down, try soaking forage, limiting grazing or increasing workload.
Energy = calories
When it comes to equine nutrition the terminology can be confusing and complicated! One of the most common misconceptions is that calories and energy are different things. The term ‘energy’ is often associated with performance or behaviour and ‘calories’ with weight but they are exactly the same thing. Unfortunately, this means that it’s impossible to find a feed that is high in energy but low in calories and vice versa. Put simply, calories is a measurement of energy. It is worth remembering though, some energy sources are slow release, great for providing more calories without a heating affect.
SPILLERS Top Tips
Starch & Cereals
Behaviour can be affected by so many things from pain and diet to workload and management. When it comes to feed related excitability, one of the most common culprits is cereal starch. Cereal based feeds are designed to provide the short sharp burst of energy often associated with ‘hot’ horses. To avoid this, base as much of your horses diet around forage as possible with the addition of a feed balancer. If required, increase calories using oils as they are 2.5 times higher in energy compared to cereals but starch free.
Feed by weight not by volume.
We all know that measuring feed is really important, but does it matter if we do this by volume or by weight? Yes! A Stubbs scoop of chaff may weigh as little as 300g whilst on average, a Stubbs scoop of cubes weighs approximately 2kg! It’s not possible to feed in accordance with the manufacturers recommended amounts unless each feed is weighed separately.
Always weigh sugar beet and mashes before soaking!
If your horses feed requires soaking, it can be easy to over-estimate how much you are giving. In fact, a Stubbs scoop of ‘Horse and Pony Cubes’ may be 4 times higher in energy than a scoop of soaked sugar beet! Weigh mashes dry, then add water until they are the desired consistency.
Feeding short chopped fibre extends eating time.
We all know a horse that can devour their meal in 5s flat. But horses are grazers, so this really isn’t ideal! New research has shown that adding at least 15% chaff to their meals significantly extends eating time, supporting digestive health and mental well-being. When feeding a good-doer choose a low calorie, high fibre option to increase the amount of time spent chewing without expanding their waistline!
What goes in, must come out! If you’re not sure what your horse weighs or their usual food intake, tracking progress day to day can be a little challenging, but there’s a way! Counting droppings can be a practical way of monitoring your horses diet, SPILLERS recommend aiming to reduce the number of droppings by a third if trying to encourage weight loss (but never by more than half).
Given the size of a horse and the fact they’re always eating, it’s easy to imagine that they’d have a large stomach, but it’s not the case! A horse’s stomach is small, only about the size of a rugby ball. So, feed no more than 2kg per meal for horses, less for ponies.
Tips for using weigh tape.
Weigh tapes are a great, cost effective way to keep an eye on changes to your horses weight day-to-day. In order to take effective measurements:
Always use the same weigh tape.
Ensure the tape is correctly positioned. It is likely that the weight tape will be on a slight angled line (/). If it is on a vertical line the tape has been positioned too far back and will give an inaccurate reading.
Try to use your weigh tape at the same time of day as changes in gut fill can affect the result (this is why most of us like to stand on the scales first thing in the morning!).
Make sure your horse/ pony is stood as squarely as possible on a level surface.
We hope that you’ve found this advice helpful. If you require any further information please call our customer service team on 01706 507555. Alternatively, call the SPILLERS Care-Line on 01908 22 66 26.
Take away the tablets and pack away the play station, enough is enough! Sunny Summer days are just around the corner and with lockdown set to ease now’s the perfect time for you and your family to go outdoor adventuring! Whether it’s a picnic in the park, feeding the ducks at a pond, building sandcastles at the beach or wandering through woodland, we’ve got a huge selection of Children’s Spring styles to suit every activity.
Peppa Pig Collection
Brand new to Naylors, we’re super excited to introduce the children’s Spring Peppa Pig Collection from Regatta! Combining beloved characters with functional features, your little one will soon be adventure ready in their new puddle suit, coat, fleece or wellies.
Regatta Kids Peppa Animal Jacket
Dressing up just got practical! Gone will be arguments about getting ready to go, this awesome outer layer will have them rushing to grab their coat!
Get rainy day ready – Peppa and George are off to the woods! Designed to brighten up even the dullest of days, these themed Animal Hood Jackets feature a waterproof Hydrafort fabric, Durable Water Repellent finish and sealed seams. Cute and colourful choose between the Peppa inspired Mist Pink with a pig character hood or the Georges toy inspired Jelly Bean Dinosaur with spikes.
Peppa & George Puddle Wellies
“Jumping up and down in muddy puddles…” If you know, you know! With the Childs Peppa Puddle Wellies your toddling trouble makers will be all set to splash in style. Manufactured using a vulcanised natural rubber with a drawstring gaiter top, there’s no need to worry about soggy socks! Available in shimmery, shining Peppa Pink with pig tail detailing or Georges Rawr-som Dino Green with spike detailing.
Joules Astra Top
Girly and gorgeous the Joules Astra Top features classic hand-drawn character artwork your little one is sure to love! Short sleeved with a crew neck cut, they’re perfect for sunny Summer strolls and magical memory making!
Manufactured using high quality 100% cotton they’re comfortable and hard wearing, sure to last wash after wash. Choose from two stunning styles; Navy Globe Trotter and Pink Unicorn.
Joules Fairdale Sweatshirt
It’s fair to say this stunning sweatshirt is the perfect blend of colourful, comfortable and cosy! Pretty and practical the Fairdale is designed for everyday wear. Ideal for cooler Spring mornings and Summer evenings the funnel neck, long sleeves and BCI cotton fabric defend against the elements, blocking out wind and trapping warmth. Choose between stylish Stripes and feminine Floral.
Joules Childs Roll Up Welly
Roll up, roll up! Pretty and practical, we know they’ll love these brand new tall wellington boots from Joules. Designed for real people, with real kids they’re a staple. Durable, stretchy, flexible and foldable, they come with their own handy storage bag, great for on the go. Available in adorable Light Blue Giraffe and colourful Pink Rain Clouds.
Joules Childs Filbert Polo
Twinning is winning! A must-have for your mini-me, this perfect polo is the child’s version of the Men’s Filbert. Designed to stand out, it features a bold and bright striped pattern, short sleeves, a button down collar and ribbed cuffs.
Joules are now part of the “Better Cotton Initiative”. The soft but sturdy cotton pique fabric used to manufacture this top is more sustainable, meaning it’s better for the people who produce it and better for the environment it grows in.
Joules Childs Ray Glow in the Dark Tee
We think Joules have snailed it with this children’s Spring top! The classic cotton Ray Tee features a great glow in the dark graphic. For hours of fun, simply close the curtains, turn of the lights and watch their t-shirt light up. Smart and stylish, pair it with jeans or shorts for an outstanding outfit.
Aigle Childrens Lolly Pop Rain Boots
You know what they say… If it isn’t broken, don’t fix it! The perfect children’s Spring wellington boot, they’ve been trusted for over 40 years. So, whether they’re popping out to the garden or heading off to the park, Aigle Lolly Pop Rain Boots are the perfect choice!
You can shop all of the products featured in this blog at Naylors.com or why not visit one of our stores in Rochdale, Cannock or Nantwich? To be the first to see what’s arriving, keep an eye on our new page!
Whether your horse is a companion, happy hacker, show jumper or eventer; as owners, we all share one common goal… Keeping them healthy and happy! Unfortunately, given their illness prone nature and complicated biology, it’s not always as simple as it sounds! Part baby sitter, part rider, part waiter, just one of the many things we’ve got to think about is their nutrition. There’s no denying, the feed we put into their bodies really does make a huge difference to their physical and mental wellbeing. That’s why we’re really proud to be supporting BETA Feed Awareness Week 2021 from the 27th March – 4th April!
What is BETA Feed Awareness Week?
We’re glad you asked! Here at Naylors, horse and pony welfare is something that we’re passionate about. Equine nutrition is a tricky business. Myths, speculation and facts often become blurred into a mass of knowledge, which if we’re honest is about as much use as a chocolate tea pot! At one point or another all of us will have found ourselves pulling our hair out trying to wrap our head around choosing a balancer, chaff, supplement or forage source.
BETA Feed Awareness is all about shedding a little light on the situation. This week we’ll be sharing lots of free, clear, concise advice and information that you can trust. We’ve been working with specialists and manufacturers to help you effectively plan and manage your horses diet. From NOPS and EGUS to weight loss and choosing a brand, we’re hear to ensure your horse gets only the best!
Will you be joining us? keep an eye on our social media, emails and blog for free world class equine nutritional advice, top tips and fun facts. For more information please visit the BETA website, contact your feed manufacturer or call our customer service team on 01706 507555.
Over recent years extensive research has greatly improved our understanding of our horses health and wellbeing, including how their digestive system functions. We now know that some feeding practices can contribute to issues like laminitis, tying up and colic. This has also opened our eyes to a hidden problem… Equine Gastric Ulcer Syndrome. If you own your own horse, it’s pretty likely you’ve heard of EGUS. But understanding what, how and why it happens is something we should all be taking the time to do!
What is it?
Horses are grazers, designed to eat continuously throughout the day, but why? Your horses stomach is approximately the same size as a rugby ball, only accounting for around 8% of their digestive system! This means that it can go from full to empty in as little as 12 minutes. Your horses stomach contains strong gastric acid to break down food, this is produced 24/7, even when your horse isn’t eating. So, what happens to the acid when their stomach is empty? Well… It pools, leaving the lining exposed and at a higher risk of ulceration.
Types Of EGUS
Your horses stomach is covered by two different types of lining, the type of ulcers is determined by which tissue is affected:
Squamous Mucosae: Equine Squamous Gastric Disease (ESGD) affects the top third of the stomach. This area isn’t well adapted to acid exposure. It’s most commonly caused by fasting, lack of access to water, high concentrate diets, poor fibre intake, straw feeding, intense training, extreme routine changes, frequent transport and isolation from other horses.
Glandular Mucosae: Equine Glandular Gastric Disease (EGGD) affects the bottom two thirds of the stomach. This proportion of the stomach is lined with mucus to guard against acid, so the cause of ulceration is much less clear. It is believe this is more likely to be a result the lining failing because of a physiological defect, damage, medication or toxic plants.
Symptoms & Diagnosis
More common than you might believe, it’s one of the most prevalent conditions faced by our horses, seen in an estimated 25 to 50 percent of foals and 60 to 90 percent of adult horses. Common symptoms of ulcers include:
Changes in temperament.
If you suspect that your horse has EGUS, you should contact your vet for diagnosis, grading and an appropriate treatment plan.
Prevention is always better than cure! These simple tips may help to provide protection to keep your horse happy and healthy:
Feed plenty of forage! This increases saliva, a natural acid buffer.
Split their intake and feed little meals as often as possible to avoid leaving the stomach empty.
Use trickle feed nets to ensure hay/ haylage lasts longer.
Avoid cereal based feeds.
Feed alfalfa, a great acid buffer due to it’s protein and calcium content.
Offer a small fibre feed before riding to prevent stomach acid splashing the upper third of the lining.
Avoid excessive exercising by allowing two rest days per week.
Turn out as often as possible.
Manage stress levels.
Feeding A Horse With EGUS
Treating ulcers is one thing, but what can you do to avoid them occurring? A condition commonly attributed to diet, choosing the right feed is vital. Let’s face it, with so many options available it’s never an easy task, let alone when they have dietary related conditions like EGUS! To help combat feeding myths and confusion in 2016 BETA established the Feed Assurance Scheme, specifically to help owners identify feeds suitable for horses and ponies prone to developing gastric ulcers. In order to obtain approval under this scheme products are subjected to a stringent three-stage application process, which includes the examination of ingredients, labelling, marketing claims and independent laboratory analysis. They are also required to fall into one of two categories:
A compound complementary feed that provides a balanced diet when fed at a rate stated by the manufacturer.
A feedstuff typically advised to help manage horses prone to EGUS .
Always keep an eye on packaging, feeds which are deemed suitable will display the EGUS mark, alongside the wording “Suitable for equines prone to gastric ulcers as part of a balanced diet”.
We hope that this blog will help you to keep your four legged friend looking and feeling his best!For more information please visit the BETA website, contact your feed manufacturer or call our customer service team on 01706 507555 .