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Can you really own one pair of stirrup irons that work for all riding disciplines?

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We believe that the answer to this question can be yes! If you have a larger budget, then there are certainly stirrup irons for all eventualities - some are shaped, ergonomically contoured, or simply a heavier weight, and different riders prefer different irons, depending on their stirrup preferences. However a well-made pair of stirrup irons that are comfortable and shock absorbing can certainly be used for the various disciplines you may ride your horse or pony in. Let’s have a think about what we want the stirrup iron to offer us. The jumping disciplines require the rider to sit further...

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What is a balance strap? Are balance straps just safety aids, or useful for improving our horse riding?

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Balance straps are for beginner riders, aren’t they? WRONG! Balance straps are useful for everyone. A balance strap is a leather strap that fastens to the D ring on the front of saddle; they are well-placed for the rider to grab onto, if needed. They actually help create a safe, secure seat when riding your horse or pony. A balance strap is, in essence, a rider safety aid that's ideal if you're riding young, hot headed / naughty ponies or horses. A balance strap is great for new riders training on the lunge, or working without stirrups to improve their...

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Summer showing - for horses and ponies. (In-hand, M&M, ridden show horses & ponies, working hunter)

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  There are some lovely horse shows running up and down the UK currently that are offering showing classes for horses and ponies. We know that many of our customers enjoy showing, so have detailed some of the main classes available... visit The British Show Horse Association and The British Show Pony Society for more info. Equine showing classes In-hand Whether it’s a fun show or an affiliated one, the majority of horse and county shows have 'in-hand' classes, which may include young-stock, broodmare and some stallion classes, veteran, coloureds, mountain and moorland, hunters, and those aimed at specific breeds....

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Why choose a stud girth? (Horses / ponies / showjumping / XC)

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Horse studs are used to aid grip when jumping and riding across country, allowing riders to, as FEI vet John Killingbeck describes on the International Eventing Forum website: “Get a little bit quicker, jump a little higher and [go] a little bit faster.” However, these protruding studs, which screw into the horse’s front shoes, can cause cuts to the horse's girth area, and so stud girths are often used to offer important protection of this sensitive area of the horse or pony’s belly. They include a wide mid-section called a kicking plate which protects the area in between the legs...

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Hunting for the perfect hunter bridle? A Hunter bridle is designed to compliment the look of a hunter horse (or pony)

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Hunting for the perfect hunter bridle? Have you ever wondered about the origins of the Hunter bridle? Let’s look at its main use - the show ring. Many horse and pony riders enjoy showing classes, and the Show Hunter class is one of the most popular. As the name suggests, the equine hunter should possess qualities that are recognised in the hunting field. These include good manners, ground-covering movement and, if competing in working hunter classes, a bold jumping style. Show hunter horses are divided into three weight sections; lightweight, middleweight and heavyweight. A lightweight hunter typically measures in at...

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