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Need Tack Tips? If you can't find what you're looking for on our tack tips page then let us know and we will see what we can find out for you. Or if you have some handy tips you would like to share with your fellow equestrians then send them in and, if it passes our 'Tack Tip Tests', we will post them.

Hot or Not?

Hot or Not?

Hot or Not

Horses like humans are warm blooded and need to maintain their body temperature.  In conditions that are too hot the horse will sweat and aim to lose heat through evaporation.  In cold conditions, shivering generates muscle movement and heat as a by-product.

The most important thing for a horse is to be kept dry and preferably out of the wind.  A weather tight cover and appropriate shelter will allow a horse to remain dry even in wet and windy conditions; however in the face of continued rain, no rug will remain completely water tight and so will need to be changed.  A wet rug is worse than no rug at all – Bear Grylls removes his clothes on getting out of an icy lake!

Horse hair is also an excellent insulator.  Clipping of this hair removes this insulator.  However, there are good reasons for owners to clip their horses if they are to be worked.  Prevents overheating during intense exercise and allows sweat to cool the body better, it also allows for easy cleaning.

The weight of the rug required will depend on the external temperature, the wind-chill factor and also the amount of insulation (hair) that has been removed from the horse.

To avoid the need for running out and changing rugs every five minutes, a horse should be rugged for the warmest temperature that is expected in the time period between inspections.

The rationale for this is that overheating is a much bigger risk than hypothermia.  An over-rugged horse cannot lose heat effectively through sweating and is markedly less comfortable than his correctly or under-rugged counterpart.

A degree of common sense is required when rugging horses.  If you find that your horse has sweated up underneath his rug, then it’s been over-rugged.  If you find your horse shivering when you visit in colder or wetter conditions, then a heavier rug is required.

Horse Covers

Horse Covers

It is necessary when buying and using your outdoor rugs to bare the following points in mind: 

Fit is all-important. Rugs are usually sized in three-inch increments. The measurement refers from the wither along the body to the rear where you expect the rug to finish. As horses of any given size vary so much in girth and build, it is essential to take these measurements before purchasing your rug. A rug will not stay in place unless it fits properly.

Bits & Bitting

Bits & Bitting The bit is the link that transmits requests from your hands to the horse via the reins. It is essential that this communication is clear so the horse understands what you are asking. For this to occur the correct bit must be chosen.

Different types of Bit

Different types of Bit

There are essentially five different types of bit. All these types work on different areas of the horses mouth and head and so give different results. Also within the different types, the bits have varing severity depending on the different action of the individual bit.

Washing your horse

Washing your horse During warm weather your horse may enjoy a bath, or if he is particularly dirty and weather is warm he may need a bath.

Safety Tips

Safety Tips

Riding can be a dangerous sport, as horses are large unpredictable animals. Here are a few tips to make your riding and handling of horses a little safer.

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