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All about browbands – for horses and ponies

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All about browbands – for horses and ponies

Browbands are one of the first elements that we notice on a horse bridle. But what is the browband there for? Do we really need it? And why do equestrian enthusiasts love a blingy or detailed browband? Let’s find out! The browband on a horse's bridle is designed to stop the headpiece (that goes over the poll) from sliding backwards. However, the browband is also a design feature, and can influence how the horse’s head is perceived. Large horses like cobs and draught breeds usually suit plain browbands, as seen on a hunter bridle. Meanwhile, pony breeds, Arab horses and those with...

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Gifts for equestrian enthusiasts and horse owners

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Gifts for equestrian enthusiasts and horse owners

We know it's early! But we're looking ahead to the festive season. Christmas is a lovely time of year, for many reasons – not least because it is a time for spending time with family and friends (and our beloved horses and ponies!) but also as it allows us to give gifts, like the lovely belts pictured below, to show that we care. But why do we celebrate Christmas? We do have the Victorians to thank for our modern Christmas celebrations, as they gave us traditions such as crackers, decorations, Christmas carols, trees, cards and gifts. Meanwhile, December 25this said...

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Take a seat - choosing saddle pads and numnhas

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Take a seat - choosing saddle pads and numnhas

Why do we use saddle pads and numnahs beneath our equines’ saddles? Today’s saddles are more well-fitting than they have ever been; but not every horse is the perfect shape, and saddle pads allow us to enhance the benefits that a saddle gives. A good saddle pad protects the saddle from wear and dirt, and can soak up some of the equine’s sweat, helping to avoid irritation. Saddle pads also help reduce rider pressure, and may spread the ‘shock’ or impact caused by riding. Studies have found that the front part of the saddle rotates in the opposite direction to...

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

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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All about grackle bridles (grackle nosebands)

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All about grackle bridles (grackle nosebands)

Many horse riders heaved a sigh of relief when in early 2018, British Dressage revealed it was now ‘dressage legal’, e.g. within the organisation’s tack guidelines, to compete in affiliated dressage contests in a grackle noseband; the new rules allow all crossed and figure-eight nosebands. But what is a grackle noseband? The Grackle can be considered to be a variation on the much-loved flash noseband, applying pressure evenly and over a large area of the horse’s face. The design aims to help prevent evasion if the horse opens its mouth and crosses its jaw, and the grackle noseband gives more...

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