History. Heritage. Hoggs of Fife! New To Naylors

History. Heritage. Hoggs! New To Naylors.

Proud to support family owned British businesses, we need your help to give a very warm welcome to a new brand! Quite possibly Scotland’s best kept secret… Say Hello to Hoggs Of Fife!

Hoggs of Fife History

You can’t put a price on experience, right? Preparing to celebrate 134 years of trading, Hoggs of Fife were founded in 1888. It all began in the small village of Strathmiglo, when Andrew T. Hogg sold his very first pair of hand welted footwear. Thanks to their quality, durability and comfort, word about these brilliant boots spread fast. Taking a short break during the Great war, Andrew dedicated himself to making boots capable of withstanding the trenches. Once the war was over, it wasn’t long before Hoggs of Fife was known all over the country!

Hoggs of Fife Today

That’s all history, right? Wrong! While some things have inevitably changed, to this day they remain owned by the Hogg family. Dedicated to upholding the values of their founder, they’re still making hand-made leather boots, rubber boots and practical country clothing. With three distinct ranges to meet the needs of every outdoor, there really is something for everyone…

Hoggs of Fife Field Pro

Field Pro

Technical high performance clothing and footwear, specifically created for long days hunting and shooting.

Hoggs Of Fife Country Lifestyle

Country Lifestyle

Classic, comfortable clothing and footwear, perfect for enjoying life in the great outdoors.

Hoggs Professional

Hoggs Professional

Performance garments and boots, manufactured to meet the needs of modern agricultural and horticultural workers.

Top Picks From Hoggs of Fife

Hoggs of Fife Country Boots

Country Boots

Harping back to where it all began, Hoggs country boots are at the very heart of their range. To this day, each pair is bench made, using the very highest quality materials. From brogues to dealers, there’s a style for every occasion and budget. Take a look…

Hoggs of Fife Country Clothing

Country Clothing

Whether you’re out hunting, walking the dogs or down at your local pub, do it in Hoggs. Carefully engineered for rural and countryside life, they’ve got you covered from head-to-toe. From wax jackets and cable knit crews to gilets and shirts, take a look at their full clothing range for her and for him…

Hoggs of Fife Country Accessories

Country Accessories

The devils in the detail! Here to make sure that you’re not left disappointed by shoddy socks or haggard hats, Hoggs accessories are the perfect way to finish off your stylish, sophisticated look!


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


Trailer Towing – What’s New?

Trailer Towing - Our Guide

We all love a good day out with our horses, right? If you’re here, there’s a good chance you already know that the rules around towing a trailer will soon be changing. So, the bigger question is, what do the changes mean for you? If you passed your driving test after 1st January 1997, keep reading to find out.

What You Need To Know About Towing

As part of a move to tackle HGV driver shortages from Autumn 2021 you’ll no longer be required to take a test before towing a trailer up to 3,500kg MAM (the weight of a vehicle or trailer including the maximum load that can be carried safely when it’s being used on the road). Once the law has officially changed the DVLA will update your driving licence record. This will happen automatically, so there’s no need to contact them.

When Will The Changes Happen

Officially, the date for these changes has not yet been confirmed. However, if you plan on making use of them be sure to sign up for email alerts to be the first to know when they’ll happen. Don’t be tempted to jump the gun – You can be fined up to £1,000, be banned from driving and get up to 6 penalty points on your driving licence if you break the current law. If you wish to practice before the changes come into place, be sure to have L plates displayed and be accompanied by a category BE qualified driver, who is at least 21 years old.

Our Top Towing Tips

1. Lessons

Lessons aren’t all about passing a test! Helping to develop your confidence and skills, we’d always recommend getting some lessons before you head out on the road! After-all, towing a trailer can be daunting, even without your horse on board! Designed to make sure you’re all clued up and prepared for any challenges you may face, lessons will ensure that you:

  • Have the correct licence to drive the combination of vehicle and trailer.
  • Know how to check that your trailer is suitable and legal for use on the road.
  • Are aware of any speed and motorway lane use restrictions.
  • Are insured to drive the combination of vehicle and trailer.
  • Have a vehicle that is capable of towing the trailer and understand the manufacturers recommendations.
  • Know how to find the ‘nose weight’ and how to check that this is safe for your cars tow bar.
  • Can safely and correctly couple a trailer to a vehicle.
  • Know how to carry out the correct safety checks.
  • Know how to brake, slow down and stop.
  • Are aware of any additional blind spots and how to use additional mirrors.
  • Are able to overtake safely.
  • Understand how to make allowances for the extra length of the vehicle with the trailer, particularly when turning or emerging at junctions.
  • Can safely and correctly uncouple the trailer from the vehicle when it’s no longer needed.
  • Are able to reverse the vehicle and manoeuvre with the trailer attached.
  • Understand how the trailer may affect the handling of your vehicle.

2. Insurance

Unlike horseboxes, getting insurance on your trailer is not a legal requirement. But, that’s not to say it’s not a good idea to have it. Before you go taking out a policy, check your car insurance. This may be of some help, but usually only offers third party cover. Consequently, it can be wise to look for a more comprehensive policy, this may help with the repair or replacement costs in the event of a road accident, fire or theft.

Be warned, even a fully comprehensive policy will not cover your horse. So, you’ll need to make sure you have suitable insurance in place for your four legged friend too!

3. Checks

We’ve all heard horror stories about poorly maintained trailers and horseboxes, right? The fact is, it’s really important to carryout regular checks to ensure they’re safe for both you and your equine companion. So, take a look at what you should be inspecting!

Horse Trailer Checks

Floors

Metal and wooden floors are both prone to decay. It’s a good idea to regularly remove any bedding and the rubber matting, allowing you to thoroughly clean and check the condition of what’s underneath.

Ramps and Doors

Often overlooked, ramps and doors are there not only for loading and access but to keep your horse safe and secure! If you’ve noticed the catches are tricky or the hinges are stiff, these are sure-fire signs that something’s not quite right. As with the floors, ramps should regularly be checked for any ‘spongy’ areas or signs of visible damage that may impair their ability to support your horses weight.

Ventilation

It’s really important that our horses are kept cool and comfortable while traveling. To ensure this, all windows and vents should be regularly opened, cleaned and checked for damage.

Partitions

To keep your horse safe during transit always ensure that the partition and breast bars are securely pinned in place with no potential to cause injury.

Towing Checks

While that covers the specifics of horse trailers, there’s also a few basic checks that you must complete whenever you tow. Before you set off, always ask yourself…

  • Are you properly coupled?
  • Is the breakaway cable properly attached? This is a legal requirement, activating the trailer brakes if it becomes detached.
  • Is your electricity plug/pin connected and do all of your lights/signals work properly?
  • Are the reflectors present and correct?
  • Are your tyres properly inflated, with a tread depth of at least 1.6mm?
  • Does your trailer display the same number plate as your car?
  • Are the mudguards secure and undamaged?
  • Is your exterior spare wheel secure?
  • Is the jockey wheel secure and functioning properly?
  • Do you require towing mirrors for an adequate rear view?

4. Essentials

Traveling light is one thing, but never get caught unprepared! Whether you’re off for a day out, taking your horse to the vets or attending a show, there’s some things you should always have:

Passport

It is a legal requirement that passports are kept with horses while they’re in transit. We’d recommend keeping it in the glove compartment for easy access!

First Aid

Be prepared for any possibility. Ensure your car has a human first aid kit, and your trailer contains one for your horse. We hope that you’ll never need them, but it’s better to have them just in case.

Food & Drink

Unfortunately, sometimes things go wrong! Whether you’re vehicle breaks down, you fall ill or there’s a traffic jam, it’s better to be prepared. We’d suggest always taking something to eat and drink for yourself and your horse.

Hi-Vis

Hi-Vis isn’t just for hacking! If your car breaks down, you may need to stand beside it while you wait for assistance. So, it’s best to have a hi-vis tabard and some lights to hand.

5. Speed & Lanes

As always, speed limits are in place to keep ourselves and other road users safe. Towing can make our cars more difficult to handle and increase the risk of snaking. Because of this, there are additional restrictions in place. Vehicles with a trailer up to 7.5 tonnes are limited to:

  • Built Up Areas: 30mph / 48 km/h
  • Single Carriage-ways: 50mph / 80 km/h
  • Dual Carriage-ways: 60mph / 96 km/h
  • Motorways: 60mph / 96 km/h

When towing a trailer on a motorway that has three or more lanes open for use you are not permitted to use the righthand lane (offside).

6. Reversing When Towing

As if trying to park at the supermarket isn’t embarrassing enough, imagine trying to reverse your trailer! It’s a thought awful enough to put off even the most experienced drivers but with a little practice, it gets easier! Take a look at how it should be done…

Source: Horse & Hound – How to reverse a horse trailer [VIDEO GUIDE] – Horse & Hound (horseandhound.co.uk)

Don’t forget…

This article serves as a guideline only. Please refer to the www.gov.uk website for further information and to check your individual circumstances.

Equilibrium Vitamunch – More Than Your Average Treat

Equilibrium Vitamunch - More Than Your Average Treat

We all like to give our horses something different to snack on, right? The problem is, all too often treats and licks are packed with hidden nasties. From sugar and artificial flavours to cereals and fillers, they’re a total minefield. But what’s the alternative? Designed to compliment your horses diet (rather than ruining it), more and more of us are turning to Equilibrium Vitamunch blocks. Keep reading to find out why they’re becoming such a popular choice…

Why use a Vitamunch Block?

By nature, horses are grazers. In the wild, they’d spend up to 75% of their time eating. That’s a whopping 18 hours every single day. As owners, we strive to replicate this when our horses are stabled by providing access to hay or haylage. Sadly though, this hardly ever lasts them all the way through to their next feed. This means they’re left with an empty net, and more worryingly an empty tummy.

A great snack to be fed alongside their usual diet, Vitamunch blocks are a boredom busting challenge, well worth putting in the work. Highly compressed into a small bale, they’re impossible to eat at speed. This helps to eek out their food intake to last throughout the day. Not only does this ensure we’re not left feeling guilty, it’s really important for their digestive health. By encouraging chewing, promoting saliva and releasing food slowly, they can help to prevent gastric ulcers. These sometimes occur when horses go too long without food, as unused acid irritates their stomach lining.

What’s inside a Vitamunch block?

Unlike the other options out there, there’s no surprises to be found here! 95% of a Vitamunch block is slow dried Timothy grass, with 3.25% alfalfa. Offering an enriched formula, quality vitamins and minerals have been added for improved nutritional value, meeting around 50% of their daily requirements with just 1 block. The remaining ingredients are flavourings, with each block containing a unique blend of tasty natural plants and herbs for palatability. So, it’s no wonder that nine out of ten horses prefer a Vitamunch block to their usual hay or haylage!

Vitamunch Calmmunch
Vitamunch Calmmunch

Designed to promote a calm and relaxed outlook, Calmmunch is great for nervous and anxious types. Taking an all natural approach, the formula is fortified with magnesium, B vitamins, camomile, hops and vervain.

Vitamunch Heavenly Hedgerow
Vitamunch Heavenly Hedgerow

Ever wondered if horses have a favourite ‘flavour’? They do! In the wild, they’re known to seek out naturally occurring hedgerow herbs, including Rosehips, Hawthorn Leaf and Cleavers. All packed inside this one little block, even the fussiest eaters are sure to love Vitamunch Heavenly Hedgerow.

Vitamunch Marvellous Meadow
Vitamunch Marvellous Meadow

As owners, there’s no thought nicer than being able to turn our horses out in huge wild meadows, packed with palatable plants. Designed to simulate this natural wonder, Vitamunch Marvellous Meadow contains tasty Dandelion, Red Clover and Nettles.

Free Net With 5 Packs

Who is Vitamunch for?

Designed to be a suitable snack for all equines, Vitamunch is high in fibre, low in calories, low in sugar and cereal free. So, it’s even safe for those who are overweight or prone to laminitis. Something we bet you didn’t know, it’s not just for horses and ponies! It can also be given to donkeys, cows, pigs, rabbits and guinea pigs. Due to the high levels of nutrients, it’s recommended Vitamunch is not given to sheep or goats.

How and When To Feed

Vitamunch is versatile, so the options are endless. Dependant upon your horse and their indervidual needs, it can be fed dry or soaked, in either a Vitamunch net or a bucket. Not just for in the stable, they’re a great addition to paddocks with limited grazing, and even to trailers or boxes for traveling and competition.

Equilibrium Vitamunch Net

RRP £3.99

How To Soak


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Better Bedding – Our Horse & Rider Guide

Once upon a time, picking up bedding for your horse was simple. If you were lucky, there was two choices… Shavings or straw. These days however, the options are never ending! From pellets and sawdust to shavings and chippings, it’s daunting! So, we’ve decided that enough is enough. Taking all the stress out of selection, we’ve been doing some digging to find out what, when and how to use each type. Keep reading to discover which is best suited to you and your horse.


Straw Bedding

Straw

When it comes to bedding, it doesn’t get more traditional than straw! In fact, almost all of us will have mucked out a straw bed at some point!

If you’re looking to make a big bed on a small budget, this might be the one for you.

Advantages: Used for centuries by horse owners all over the world, there’s no denying it has plenty of advantages. Warm, comfortable and cosy, most horses love straw beds, it even helps some to sleep better! There are three main types of straw available, wheat, barley and oat. Most often we use wheat, this is easy to get hold of and thankfully, cheap.

Disadvantages: Sadly though, it’s not for everyone! Straw can be a little rough, dusty and mouldy, causing skin reactions and respiratory irritation. It also carries an increased risk of hosting feather mites, especially concerning for those of us with hairy horses. Perhaps the largest drawback though, it’s relatively non-absorbent. While this means it doesn’t become heavy to muck out, it can result in wet, slippery floors and unpleasant odours. Straw can also be a challenge to bulk buy and store, taking up lots of space and deteriorating in quality.


Wood Shavings

Wood Shavings

Arguably the most popular type of bedding, next in the spotlight is shavings! Specially created as animal bedding, shavings use dust extracted softwood timber. Ideal if your horse is fond of nibbling straw or can be particularly wet, take a look at what you need to know…

Advantages: Is there anything more satisfying than a perfectly banked shavings bed? NOPE! Neat and tidy, shavings undeniably look the part, even when they’re neatly stacked up for storage! More than just pretty though, they’re practical too! Older horses and those prone to becoming cast can benefit from the additional support offered by a firmer, sturdier bed. Highly absorbent, shavings are also fantastic for wet and dirty horses, soaking up large quantities of urine to keep their stable dry.

Disadvantages: Now for the bad bits. Unfortunately, unlike sawdust which is generally a biproduct, shavings are made using virgin wood, which doesn’t come cheap. As a result, shavings can be expensive, and while they come in large bales, an average stable usually requires a minimum of 4. Understandably this can make it tempting to look for the cheapest brand, be wary though. Shavings are notorious for varying in quality, so look for the best you can afford!


Wood/Straw Pellets

Wood Pellets

A new boy on the block, you might not have heard much about wooden or straw pellets, let alone used them. As the name suggests, these are made using highly compressed dried natural materials formed into small pellets. The question is, are they any good?

Advantages: While they may be made from wood or straw, they’re very different to their unprocessed counterparts! During the manufacturing process a higher percentage of their natural moisture is removed. This makes them much more absorbent, capable of soaking up multiple times their own original volume. As a result, these are far more efficient and economical. This also helps them to rot quicker too, great for your muck heap.

Disadvantages: It might seem a little counter productive but pellets require watering before use! Time consuming when laying a new bed, this must be done to soften the fibres and increase the volume. The soaking process requires about 10 minutes, once this is done they can be fluffed up. While this isn’t the end of the world, it’s a little tedious during the winter. As we mentioned before, pellets are highly absorbent. While this might sound great, it also means they’re a real workout to remove when soiled! Saving the worst until last, the initial cost… Requiring on average 6-10 bags they can be expensive. There’s a silver lining though, once established most horses will only need 1 bag per week adding.


Sawdust

Sawdust

The elephant in the room… Sawdust! If we’re honest, most of us have been told to avoid this like the plague, right? However, before you go dismissing it completely, there’s a little more you should know! Take a look at how and when it can be used…

Advantages: Sawdust often gets a bad name. In days gone-by bales of sawdust were little more than leftover bits from a sawmill. This meant they were full of dangerous splinters and hidden nasties. However, this isn’t always the case! Take AW Jenkinson Dry Sawdust – This contains 99% natural wood, passed through a 5mm mesh sieve to remove any large flakes and debris. Incredibly absorbent, when used correctly it makes a great under layer for soaking up urine.

Disadvantages: There’s no getting away from it… After-all, it’s right there in the name. Sawdust can be very dusty. Because of this, it takes a long time to settle. So, realistically, using sawdust as a standalone bedding isn’t ideal. As your horse moves around they agitate the surface releasing dust which can cause coughing. Always avoid using this in enclosed, poorly ventilated spaces.


Hemp Bedding

Last but not least, let’s take a look at hemp! Hemp bedding is made using the woody core of the cannabis plant. While it’s possibly one of the best suited materials out there, it’s pretty uncommon. Find out why!

Advantages: Starting with the benefit, as a bedding, hemp is pretty perfect for most horses. It’s highly absorbent, dust free, comfortable and safe for those who suffer from allergies. Easy to store and neat, it usually comes in small covered bales. So, if it’s so great, why can’t you buy it everywhere?

Disadvantages: Light bulb moment? While hemp may seem like the best choice, there’s a few issues. Firstly, hemp is a seasonal crop. This means it’s notoriously tricky to get hold of. Not to mention, when you can find it – It’s expensive. So, if you’re planning to use hemp, you may need to buy it in bulk and store it long term.


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Dog Collars, Leads & Harnesses – New From WeatherBeeta

WeatherBeeta Polo Leather Collar

As dog owners, there’s one item almost all of us would be completely lost without… Of course we’re talking about their collar! Here in the UK it’s a legal requirement that all dogs must wear one while out in public. That being said, for both practicality and safety most of us opt to leave them on all the time. With this in mind, choosing the right one is a really important task! Keep reading to take a look at our top picks from the brand new WeatherBeeta Dog Accessories collection…


Dog Collars & Leads

WeatherBeeta Polo Leather Collar

WeatherBeeta Polo Leather Collars

Traditional with a twist, WeatherBeeta Polo Leather Dog Collars are made using a soft and flexible premium tanned brown leather with hard wearing brass fittings. Bold and bright, they feature stylishly stitched patterns, a fantastic way to show off your dogs colourful character while out and about!

WeatherBeeta Polo Leather Collar
WeatherBeeta Polo Leather Collar
WeatherBeeta Polo Leather Collar
WeatherBeeta Polo Leather Collar

WeatherBeeta Padded Leather Collar & Lead

WeatherBeeta Padded Leather Collars & Leads

Prefer padding? A fantastic alternative to single layer styles, a WeatherBeeta Padded Leather Collar is just what you’ve been looking for! Made using a high quality leather outer and padding they’re designed to soften with exposure to your dogs natural oils, making them the very epitome of comfort. Stylish and sophisticated, they feature brass buckles for longevity and an engravable name plate, allowing you to add that personal touch. Don’t forget to pick up the matching lead too!

WeatherBeeta Padded Leather Collar Black
WeatherBeeta Padded Leather Collar Brown
WeatherBeeta Padded Leather Collar Tan

WeatherBeeta Elegance Dog Collar & Lead

WeatherBeeta Elegance Dog Collars & Leads

Running, playing, swimming, sleeping… No matter what your dog gets up to a WeatherBeeta Elegance Dog Collar is the ideal accessory! Designed to be life proof, they boast a durable fabric core coated in waterproof, anti-static and dirt repelling Teflon. Featuring a quick release safety buckle fastening and a tri-glide adjustable slider for the perfect fit, what’s not to love? Harnesses and matching leads also available!

WeatherBeeta Elegance Dog Collar Red
WeatherBeeta Elegance Dog Collar Pink
WeatherBeeta Elegance Dog Collar Blue
WeatherBeeta Elegance Dog Collar Black

WeatherBeeta Rolled Leather Dog Collar & Lead

WeatherBeeta Rolled Leather Dog Collar & Lead

From Akita’s and Afghan Hounds to Pekingese’s and Shih Tzu’s, long hair is sometimes a total pain! Not only does it get everywhere, but it knots and matts far too easily. More often than not, collars really don’t help with this! Thankfully though, the WeatherBeeta Rolled Collar is different! Made using a soft and durable leather it’s been specially designed to reduce rubbing and tangling. Matching lead also available.

WeatherBeeta Rolled Leather Collar Maroon
WeatherBeeta Rolled Leather Collar Brown
WeatherBeeta Rolled Leather Collar Black

Reflective Dog Collars & Harnesses

Coming Soon

WeatherBeeta Reflective Dog Collar & Lead

WeatherBeeta Reflective Dog Collars & Leads

Do you enjoy early morning and late evening walkies with your four legged friend? As the days get shorter and the nights draw in, be prepared! Designed to improve visibility, a WeatherBeeta Reflective Dog Collar is a real must-have. Manufactured using a quality nylon outer with thick, highly reflective nylon stitching and a cosy contoured neoprene lining, they’re both smart and safe! Be bright and stay in sight, pair it with the matching lead and a Hi-Vis Jacket for yourself.


WeatherBeeta Anti-Pull/Travel Harness

WeatherBeeta Anti-Pull/Travel Harness

For many dogs, heading out on a stroll is the best part of their day. So, who can blame them for getting excited? The problem is, traditional collars can cause discomfort and even choking when they start to pull. That’s why this season WeatherBeeta have brought us Anti-Pull/Travel Harnesses. Designed to distribute pressure evenly, they feature wide straps, soft and breathable padding, four adjustment points and quick release clips. Brightly coloured, these head turning options can be used all year-round, even in dim lights.


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