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Horses for courses

Choosing a riding discipline can sometimes seem very black or white – do you want to jump, or do you prefer flatwork? If you don’t fancy going round in circles or spending hours training for a 90 second chance to jump clear, you don’t have to feel left out. From horseball to endurance, go beyond the traditional.

High-stakes Horseball

With all the adrenaline of chasing a ball at full gallop, horseball offers a way to combine your love of super-speedy riding with some spectacular stunts. Played in teams of four, horseball is principally similar to other ball sports, with players passing between each other to score in a hoop defended by the other team. If the ball’s dropped, a rider must pick it up without dismounting – you best be flexible for this one! Games are played for 20 minutes with a three minute break in the middle, so it really is a game for the fast and furious. You don’t have to ride your own horse – although many people do, there are plenty of riding schools who offer clinics on their own horses to help you get involved.

Exhilarating Endurance

Whether it’s a friendly five-mile ride with friends, or a monster, 100-mile competition you’re after, endurance offers every level you could want. Running over 100 events per year, and aiming to provide opportunities for riders of all levels and ambitions, endurance could be the perfect discipline for you. Rides are divided into sections called legs or phases, which, at the higher levels, are separated by veterinary inspections to ensure your horse is sound and fit to carry on. Events run all over the country and offer huge variety in terrain depending on where you go – natural obstacles such as banks, rivers and ditches will become a familiar thrill in no time. Endurance offers a real sense of adventure with which many equine disciplines simply can’t compete.

Polocrosse perfection

Another thrilling team sport, polocrosse is played across the world and offers riders the chance to put their control, speed and nerve to the test. Played in two teams of three, who each play alternate rounds, or chukkas, of eight minutes each, polocrosse follows similar rules to polo, and the season runs from May to September. At international level a pool of horses are used to play, however you can ride any horse at the lower levels – you’ll find everything from Thoroughbreds to Haflingers on the pitch! There’s even an award for retrained racehorses that play polocrosse, so there’s no excuse not to give it a go.

Pick your passion

With alternative disciplines becoming ever more popular on the circuit, there’s never been a better time to have a go at something new with your horse. Consider both of your strengths – be it speed, agility or toughness – and what it is you want out of an event – a team feel, thrill ride or test of your nerve. Take a look at the national organisations for your potential new discipline and get talking to some existing members – you might just make some friends for life.

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Time-Saving Tips for Winter

With the dark evenings closing in and the weather taking a turn for the wet, fitting everything into your busy schedule can feel like an impossible task. Luckily, there are plenty of ways you can save a few minutes on the yard and stay on top of your chores.

Turn back time

Efficiency is key when it comes to good time management, so think outside the box and you’ll find those extra hours add up in no time…

  • bulk buy feed and bedding with other liveries to benefit from discounts and cheaper delivery
  • fill haynets in advance where possible
  • use one end of the day to ride, and the other to get jobs done. This puts less pressure on you to get your ride over and done with quickly
  • if you have two horses, have a crack at riding and leading – make sure you get comfortable in an enclosed space before you get out and about

TOP TIP

When riding and leading, it’s often best to ride the slower horse, as encouraging him forward will likely be easier with you on board.

  • reuse plastic bags to make up feeds in advance, and add water or soaked elements before feeding
  • ask your yard owner whether you can set jumps up in the morning ready for a schooling session after work – or vice versa – giving you more time to ride
  • if you work close to the yard, use your lunch break to lunge your horse, clean tack or plait up ready for an evening competition
  • use leftover drinking water to soak haynets or to wet your horse’s feeds, saving time and reducing waste
  • if your yard has one, make good use of a horse walker by popping your horse on to warm up him before a ride while you tackle other jobs
  • team up with another livery to share jobs – you could feed and turn out their horse in the morning, and they could put yours to bed in the evening
  • give your tack a wipe over after you ride, and use the weekend to give it a more thorough clean and condition

TOP TIP

While cleaning a your tack doesn’t have to be done every day, make sure you clean the bit after you ride and invest in some good-quality leather conditioner to keep your tack looking its best.

  • leave feed or your haynet to soak while you muck out or ride
  • speak to your yard owner about co-ordinating group physio, farrier and vet visits, saving time and money on callout fees

Winter doesn’t have to mean rushing around to fit everything in before it gets dark. With some forward planning and being organised, you’ll have plenty of time to get everything done – plus a little extra for some down time.

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Bridleway’s 2019 Christmas Gift Guide

Treats for Teens

If you’re seeking inspiration for gift ideas that your pony mad teenager will love, we’ve got a few items that are sure to be a hit!

With two gorgeous colours to choose from, the Children’s Keswick Gilet, available in sizes XXS – XL, is a year-round wardrobe essential. Its warm fleece fabric is perfect for layering and adding extra warmth to any riding or casual outfit. (Don’t worry, if you fancy one for yourself, the Keswick is also available in Ladies and Gents sizes too!)

Like the Keswick Gilet, the Maple Winter Riding Tights are perfect for extra warmth when riding in winter. Your teen will love them because they’re ultra-comfortable, thanks to the flatlock seams and soft fleece lining, and feature a grippy full silicone seat! You’ll love them because black fabric shows stains far less than beige jods…

For bonus parent points, treat your teen to a stylish matchy-matchy outfit. Pick and mix a base layer and coordinating hat cover, like the Mint Luna Long Sleeve Base Layer and Bertie Hat Cover, to create a desirable matchy look. Why not add some socks to complete the coordinated look?

Presents for Pampered Ponies

Does your horse deserve something special this Christmas? Here are some fabulous suggestions:

A luxurious leather headcollar is a classy and attractive gift that’s also perfect for travelling. Available in Black or Havana, these headcollars are adjustable and padded at the nose and poll to keep your horse comfortable. For an extra special touch, choose a headcollar with an engravable nameplate.

While it may not sound the most glamourous of Christmas gifts, the Multi-Purpose Girth, with its two interchangeable linings, is super practical and will be appreciated by your horse. The neoprene lining is non-slip and shock absorbing, and the soft synthetic sheepskin lining improves airflow, reducing the risk of chafing.

Finally, could the perfect gift for the perfect horse be a bridle customised with them in mind? To build your bridle, start with our signature Lavello Bridle Crown, then choose one of our six styles of noseband, a browband and your preferred size of reins. Then all that’s left to decide is which of the two colours of this gorgeous Italian leather will suit your horse best.

Colourful Christmas Choices

Do you have an equestrian pal who adores bright, multi-coloured Christmas decorations? Then these presents might be right up their street…

A Bridleway bestseller, our over-reach boots come in nine fantastic colours that brighten up any hoof. Perfect for matchy-matchy enthusiasts, or horses with a tendency to remove them when turned out – the bright colours make them easier to spot amongst the mud/grass!

New for 2019, these lunge lines make a fantastic stocking filler. Padded for comfort, they feature a practical hand loop and an easy to attach swivel trigger clip. Choose from three bright colour combinations – Navy/Yellow, Blue/Red, or Pink/Grey. They’re so pretty, we’re tempted to replace our tinsel with them this year…

With fun designs and three colours to choose from, these comfy headcollars will certainly add a splash of colour in winter. They’re also fully adjustable, with fleece padding at the nose and poll. Comfy and colourful, what more do you need?

Stocking Fillers

Looking for handy little gifts that make a perfect stocking filler? We’d recommend:

Something different…

If you’re looking for something that’s a bit more personal, making your own gifts can be a great way of showing you care. Why not bake some goodies for your pals and their ponies – if you need some inspiration here’s our tried and tested recipe for horse treats, with a festive cinnamon twist!

Recipe for homemade horse treats

1 cup grated carrot

1 cup flour

1 cup apple purée (unsweetened)

1 cup oats

1 tsp ground cinnamon (optional)

Add all your ingredients into a mixing bowl and combine with a wooden spoon until you’ve formed a thick paste.

Spoon your mix onto a lined baking tray in dessert spoon sized balls. For a more festive treat, we used cookie cutters to shape our mix – but be aware that they’ll spread as they bake.

Pop into a pre-heated oven at 180°C and bake for 20 minutes, or until golden.

Once they’re out of the oven, place them on a rack to cool down. Wrap them up in some tissue paper, or pop in a mason jar with a festive gift tag to gift to a friend. Or, feed straight to your pony for a tasty treat this Christmas!

 

Tip-Top Tack Tips

Taking good care of your tack seems like a no-brainer – we all know how much it costs! So, here are a few recommendations to help keep your tack in tip-top condition.

Keeping it clean

Tack often picks up a lot of grease and sweat, particularly if autumn temperatures stay mild. Keeping your tack clean will both protect it and keep your horse more comfortable. So, make sure you…

  • thoroughly scrub your horse’s bit and wipe your girth off after every ride (whether it’s synthetic or leather) – to prevent rubs and sores, as well as to help protect the girth itself
  • give all your tack a wipe off with warm water to remove any grease or dirt, then, using a dry sponge, apply a layer of saddle soap at least weekly.
  • ensure you don’t apply soap to a dirty bridle, – the soap won’t be able to get into the leather and work its magic.
  • double check with either your saddler or saddle manufacturer, to ensure your soap is suitable. Some soaps have the potential to stain or fade the leather.
  • cover the buckles of your synthetic girth with a thick bag to prevent damage, and put it in your washing machine to freshen it up.
  • try a metal polish to give any buckles and martingale rings a real shine

Take good care

Looking after your tack and storing it appropriately is just as important as keeping it clean. By keeping your tack stored somewhere dry, such as in a tack room or your house, you will help prevent the growth of mould, which thrives in damp conditions and can cause damage and staining. Ensure you always store your saddle on a purpose-built rack, this will prevent the tree from being damaged, and try to keep your bridle hung up on a peg to keep it both clean and supple – many people loop the reins through the throatlash and twist the noseband around the rest of the bridle to keep it neat and secure.

We also recommend:

  • using a saddle cover to help keep your saddle clean and prevent scrapes to the leather
  • checking the stitching on all of your tack regularly to ensure it’s safe to use

TOP TACK TIPS

  1. If you use a hard saddle soap, wet it very slightly to make application easier. Make sure you don’t let it lather, though, as this can leave a white coating on the leather.
  2. Use a cocktail stick to poke through the holes in your bridle and stirrup leathers to prevent a build up of soap – this will make it easier when you come to do the buckles up, too
  3. Don’t oil your tack too often as it can weaken and distort the leather.
  4. Strip and clean your tack immediately after riding in the rain, as this will prevent the leather from fading or being weakened.

Once you’ve got on top of taking care of your tack and worked out a routine, it’s easy to stay ahead of the game. Spending a little extra time giving it some TLC can save you money in repairing or buying new kit, ensuring your tack lasts longer.

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Walk this way

An often overlooked part of competition day, there’s no doubt that course walking is a real skill. However, you don’t have to jump as many rounds as a Whitaker to learn the tricks of the trade.

Finding your feet

Walking your course gives you a great opportunity to take a good look around the arena before you start focusing on what you’re jumping. It’s important to physically walk your course, rather than just point out the fences in order.

Work out any areas where you can save time – reducing the risk of time penalties, or handy in a timed section or jump-off – and spot places where you should take a wider turn to get the perfect line. Similarly, if your horse is green it’s handy to look out for any banners or particularly spooky fillers, as you may need to give him a little reassurance.

TOP TIP: Bear in mind that the more you worry about fillers, the more likely your horse is to have a look. Ride positively, but try not to panic on the approach.

When the going gets rough

While many venues are fortunate enough to have surfaced arenas to hold their jumping on, you won’t be so lucky everywhere you go. Walking the course gives you a super opportunity to get to grips with the ground and any undulations on course, so you’ll be prepared to adjust your horse’s canter where needed. Fences approached downhill will need a more contained canter than those ridden uphill, for example.

Where your round has been preceded by inclement British weather, you’ll likely find the going will get deep in places. You might need to take a different line, perhaps jumping slightly off centre, to avoid the mud. Walking the course is the prime opportunity to consider this.

TOP TIP: Set out two poles with three of your steps between them. If your horse canters through comfortably, this is the length of his stride. Play around with the distance between the poles until you find the perfect length for your horse so you’ll know how a distance will ride when you walk courses in future.

Double trouble

On course, a one-stride double will walk on eight of your strides, and a two stride should walk on 12. This accounts for two of your strides on both take-off and landing, too.

If the combination walks slightly shorter for your horse, you’ll need to ride a more contained canter to meet the second part in the right place. Equally, a short-striding horse may need some encouragement to move on over the ground. Consider the type of fences that make up the combination, too. An upright first element and an oxer out of the combination will require a contained canter in, then positive riding through the middle. However, the opposite will need a powerful, but not rushed, approach and for you to encourage your horse to shorten his stride to jump out clear over the upright.

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Mark it up!

Get to grips with your dressage test and give your marks a boost with our tips

This month, we help you find the key to riding a quality dressage test and giving your marks a leg up. Whatever’s giving you trouble, we’ll cover all angles to get a great dressage test out of you and your horse.

  1. Absolute accuracy

Many riders throw away marks by not being accurate, so ensuring you are is a great way to stand out and put yourself above the competition. Any movements performed at a marker should happen as your shoulder passes it. This might mean you need to start asking a little earlier if your horse is behind your leg, or half halt to balance him beforehand. Practise this by riding transitions at your markers until you can be sure your horse will respond as soon as you ask him a question, as this will help you ride exactly as the test dictates, gaining you those handy extra marks.

  1. Walk this way

A pace that’s often forgotten, your horse’s walk is still an important part of your dressage test. Encourage him to march on, taking the rein forward even when you’re warming up or cooling down, as this sets the precedent for all your work. With double marks available for the free rein walk, make sure you allow your hips to swing with your horse’s movement and gradually loosen the rein to push him forward and stretch down. If you drop the rein too quickly, you’ll find his stretch will be inconsistent, and he may throw his head up. Then, make sure you don’t lose any of that impulsion when you then pick him back up again. He should track up and seek the contact in all three of his paces, so be disciplined and maintain that dedication whatever the gait.

  1. Give and take

Introduced at even the lowest levels of dressage, a good give and retake can be a tough trick to tackle. Initially, you’ll only be required to give one rein, and you may find it easier to practise on the long side to start with. You could ride a 10m circle first to help him use his hocks and come off the forehand, then proceed up the long side and have a go at your give and retake. Get used to riding him off your leg and seat, alternately giving your reins at random during your schooling session. You’ll quickly learn when you need to put a little more leg on or stay a bit quieter in your seat to maintain that steady outline. Gradually build up to trying on a circle, ensuring that your horse can maintain the bend by himself using your inside leg. This will then ensure that your horse is between both your legs when you go on to give and retake both reins.

Practising at home and implementing this tips throughout your test are super ways to boost your marks this competition season. Discipline is key with whatever you’re doing, so get used to riding a quality walk and create those good habits now. There’s nothing worse than feeling unprepared by a brand new movement you haven’t seen before, so practise your give and retakes throughout your sessions so they become second nature.

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Your guide to show rugs and coolers

Our guide to show rugs and coolers will ensure you’re kitted out for the competition season.

The world of rugs is vast and full of options, but our guide will have you show-ready in no time. From super-smart show rugs to lightweight coolers, find the ideal rug for you and your horse’s needs.

Show Rug vs. Cooler

Both show rugs and coolers offer great practical benefits for you and your horse:

Coolers:

  • Highly efficient at wicking moisture and sweat away
  • Made with lightweight technical or mesh fabric
  • Breathable
  • Quick drying

Show Rugs:

  • Wicking
  • Lightweight coverage
  • Smart style
  • Multipurpose
  • Protection against dust and flies
  • Perfect for layering on cold days

Coolers

As their name suggests, coolers are designed to help your horse cool down, so they’re perfect for your horse post-workout. Just as you need time to catch your breath without getting chilly after exercise, your horse needs a little help to prevent him from cooling down too quickly. Even in the summer, a cooler can be a great help for maintaining your horse’s ideal body temperature, whether on the journey back from competing, after a fast hack, or a visit to the gallops.

Whilst the materials used may vary, coolers all have one thing in common – breathability. They’re expertly designed to wick away moisture without your horse cooling down too fast. This prevents muscles from getting stiff or sore from tensing against the cold.

Mesh Scrim Coolers:

Mesh fabric is super lightweight and great for cooling your horse on warmer days. It wicks away moisture and dries quickly too, regulating your horse’s temperature and preventing chilling.

Waffle Coolers:

Waffle fabric is hardwearing and designed to provide a buffer against the cold, while wicking away moisture. This makes waffle coolers a practical choice for travelling.

Show Rugs

Show rugs help keep your horse looking neat and tidy as you travel and prepare for your latest competition.

Usually made of a light material, show rugs offer a balance between warmth and style. A good quality rug will be hardwearing enough to withstand use while travelling, but soft to keep your horse comfortable.

If your horse is prone to ruining all the hard work you put into plaiting his mane, choose a smart show rug with a detachable neck for additional protection.

Sheets

Ideal for keeping your horse spotless. They’re hardwearing and light enough to prevent over-heating but provide a little warmth for those chilly summer evenings or when he’s freshly bathed.

Fleece Rugs

Lightweight and smart, fleece rugs are not only great for shows and travelling, they’re useful for cooling, drying and stable wear too. The soft fleece fabric wicks away sweat to keep your horse dry and comfortable.

Quilted Rugs

With thermal properties, quilted rugs are ideal on colder show days. Soft to touch with a bonded lining that wicks away moisture, these rugs are also ideal for travelling, drying and stable wear.

Discover our full range of rugs and coolers on bridlewayequestrian.com

 

It’s Show(ing) Time!

Showing Season is upon us! If you’re taking the plunge and entering your first ever show this summer, this blog will help you and your horse feel ready to shine.

Showing is all about preparation – from your horse’s fitness routine and building that all-important top line, to perfect plaits, last-minute touch-ups and ring etiquette. As you get ready for your first show, our top tips and essentials will help cover what you need to know.

Show ring shine

Good health and nutrition is key to having a horse who positively shines, but there’s a whole lot more to good turnout. Unless you’re showing a native type, ensure his mane is pulled or trimmed to a suitable length for plaiting. We’d recommend that you do this at least a week before your show to give the mane time to settle.

The day before your show, treat your horse to a bit of pampering and give them a full bath – make sure you pay particular attention to any white markings! If your horse is prone to rolling, a lightweight sheet will help to keep him clean overnight without overheating. A Universal Sheet or Waffle Cooler are great choices for this as their wicking properties offer safe cooling too. Once you’ve finished cleaning your horse, make sure your your grooming kit is clean and ready to take with you for any last minute touch-ups your horse might need on the day.

Essential Kit list

If you’re able to pack the lorry the night before, you’ll help take some of the pressure off getting ready. Here’s our handy list of things you might need to take:

  • Spare headcollar and leadrope
  • Water container and two buckets (one for drinking and one for washing)
  • Grooming kit, including sponges, conditioning spray and plaiting kit
  • Cooler rug
  • Haynet
  • Saddle (with a close fitting plain coloured numnah if required)
  • Plain brown bridle
  • Tweed or navy jacket (depending on your class)
  • Appropriate standard riding hat with velvet cover and hairnet
  • Beige or canary breeches
  • Shirt and tie or plain coloured stock
  • Long riding boots (keep them smart by using a boot bag)
  • Show cane (if using)
  • Plain coloured leather gloves

Top Tip

Grooming kit bags with lots of pockets are really handy as they keep all your brushes organised and ensure everything is easy to find.

On the day

On the morning of your competition, clean off any stains and section his mane ready for plaiting. The number of plaits will depend largely on the length and shape of your horse’s neck – but 9-11 is a good starting point.

Top Tip

Don’t condition your horse’s mane if you plan to plait as it will make the hair slippery.

When you arrive at the showground, check in with the secretary to collect your number and check which arena your class is in. Allow plenty of time to warn up your horse and get him settled in the exciting showground atmosphere.

When it’s time to go in, remember these etiquette essentials…

  • Always leave one-and-a-half to two horse’s lengths between your horse and the horse in front.
  • Never overtake the horse in front of you. Either ride deep into the corner to create more space or circle away and find a bigger gap amongst the other horses.
  • Keep an eye on the steward so that you’re clear when they instruct you to trot and canter.
  • Wait to be called into line, then watch the other competitors ride their individual show and plan yours – making sure you show trot and canter on each rein.
  • When it’s your turn, step forward from the line before riding a halt transition and saluting the judge.
  • At the end of your show you should also halt and salute before returning to your place in the line up.

Most of all, make sure you enjoy your first showing adventure with your horse!

Best of luck!

10 Years of Bridleway Equestrian

Horses are at the heart of what we do.

Back in 2008, Bridleway Equestrian began as the vision of independent equestrian businesses. They wanted to share their equestrian experience and passion by creating a brand that truly understood the needs of horse and rider. By 2009, the concept was a reality and Bridleway Equestrian has continued to grow and reflect the aims of these retailers for the last decade.

Our Products

Everyone at Bridleway is passionate about horses and this helps us ensure that everything we develop is designed with the equestrian in mind. From over reach boots to winter riding tights, everything we create is designed to meet the needs of horse and rider. Whether it’s for rider, stable or field, we work hard to create and innovate products that serve their purpose well.

Over the last decade we’ve refined our ranges and brought in some great new additions. From our popular print rugs, to our seasonal rider clothing collections, we wanted to highlight some of our favourite things.

Rugs:

Back in 2015 we launched the first of our fun print rugs. Available on turnout and stable rugs, this horseshoe pattern led the way for all of our other exciting prints. Our two 2018/2019 duck prints (Fun Duck and Hunter Duck) proved very popular! Keep an eye out for our next print rugs, which will be released for Autumn/Winter.

Horseshoe print rug – 2015/16

As well the new prints, this year our turnout rugs have also benefitted from the addition of leg gussets. This super practical addition will help your horse move more freely when he’s galloping in the field.

Accessories:

Our best-selling product is our Quick Fit Over Reach Boots. They offer hardwearing, comfortable protection for your horse and are great value too, so it’s easy to see why they’re so popular! Originally only available in four colours, these popular boots and their Fleece Trimmed alternative now come in nine eye-catching colours. Very handy if you’re looking for a pair to go with your favourite matchy-matchy sets!

Quick Fit Over Reach Boots

Visibility

Rider safety is very important and high-visibility gear has always been a key part of our range. What began as a small collection of yellow visibility horse products has developed into a broad range of products for horse and rider.

Bridleway Yellow Exercise Sheet

Following feedback from retailers we decided to take a new direction for our hi-viz range. Research into the effectiveness of hi-viz colours showed that the best colour for standing out against green backgrounds, such as hedges or fields, is orange. So, in 2017 we brought out a new range, Visibility, which had a great range of orange accessories to kit out horse and rider from head to toe!

Visibility Gear for horse and rider

Rider Clothing

Bridleway Equestrian’s clothing ranges are designed with the busy equestrian lifestyle in mind. We understand that you want to look and feel great whether you’re mucking out or schooling your horse.

Our seasonal clothing collections ranges are stylish, practical and have something for every rider. These capsule collections offer coordinated colours and patterns to ensure that riders are comfortable and kitted out to tackle all weather. For our latest collection, mint and lilac colours are paired with a cool dark grey for a colour palette that’s fresh and fun.

Bridleway 2019 Colour Palette

For the 2019 collection, we’ve given our popular baselayers an upgrade. Still made with quick drying fabric and flat lock seams, these new baselayers now feature a short sleeve option, ¼ zip neck and a sporty contoured shape.

Here’s to the next 10 years!

We’re proud of how Bridleway Equestrian has grown over the last decade and we’re excited to continue innovating for the future. We’re already working on our next range of new products for horse and rider so keep an eye out online or at one of our fantastic retailer stores for their arrival.

Welcome to the family

Buying your first horse is an exciting time, but how can you prepare for his arrival? Here are some of our top tips.

You’ve found your perfect horse, and your vet has just called to say he’s passed his vetting with flying colours. Congratulations – the search is finally over and the countdown to your new horse’s move-in date is underway.

With the clock ticking, it’s time to think about what needs to be in place before you unload him in his new home. We’ve put together your ultimate first-time horsey shopping list to help give you and your new four-legged friend the best possible start together.

Food first

Horses spend the majority of their time eating forage – up to ten hours daily, in fact – so enabling this will be an important step in preparing for your new arrival. Find out whether hay is included in your livery package or, if not, ask your yard owner if they can recommend a local hay or haylage supplier.

Even if you plan to change your horse’s bucket feed, ask his previous owner what he eats and stock up on it. Dietary changes need to be made gradually over a couple of weeks to maintain gastric health, so it’s important not to switch to his new ration overnight.

TOP TIP

As with hay, bedding may also be included in your livery package, or you’ll need to make your own arrangements. Check with your horse’s previous owner to find out if he requires a dust-extracted variety.

What’s included?

If your horse comes with tack and rugs, this will reduce the amount of horsey shopping you need to do, although it’s not a bad idea to check all his items over for signs of wear and tear.

If he doesn’t come with tack, you’ll have to get a new saddle professionally fitted by a master saddler.  Ask you yard owner for recommendations, or check the Society of Master Saddlers registry.

If you need to buy or replace rugs, you’ll find a fantastic range on Bridleway’s website, from fly rugs to turnout rugs and coolers.

Did you know?

If your horse’s previous owner is keeping his bridle, why not call out a professional bridle fitter to find his perfect match. For a range of Bridleway bridles, click here.

Bon voyage

The day’s arrived, and you’re ready to pick your new horse up. In order to get him home safely, you’ll need a…

Some new horse owners encounter difficulty loading their horses, but that can be down to having a new handler. Look out for signs of tension, such as high head carriage and attempts to avoid the vehicle, and always be prepared to allow a little extra time coaxing him onto the ramp – rushing a horse who’s showing signs of nervousness rarely ends in your desired result.

Settle down

It can take horse a few weeks to settle in a new yard with new rules, handlers and companions, so it’s important not to put unnecessary pressure on him as he acclimatises to his new routine. It might be that you avoid riding him for a week or so, which may feel frustrating. However, in the future you’ll have all the riding time in the world, so why rush him?

For everything you’ll need for your new horse, visit bridlewayequestrian.com