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A simple Spur solution

For the busy rider there is nothing more frustrating than having to change kit between horses, wasting valuable time and effort and increasing time spent on the ground instead of being productive in the saddle. The latest innovation to hit the Performance Rider shelves provides a simple time saving solution to this conundrum and the forward-thinking company are proud to introduce the TUSS Ultimate Spur Set to their portfolio of performance related products.

ImageThe Tuss Ultimate Spur Set is a simple concept that provides a rider with a smart pair of top quality spur bodies, complete with leather straps and interchangeable spur heads. These varying spur heads allow riders to quickly switch the spur attachment without having to remove the spur body each time. The result is a spur that suits every horse and a far more efficient use of time for the rider.

This novel idea means that all riders can have the spurs they need in an instant without having to keep track of multiple pairs. Tuss Ultimate Spurs are ideal for those competing, riding several horses per day or simply for owners of changeable horses or ponies that require different spurs dependent on the discipline and mood.

The Tuss Ultimate Spur Set is available in two different varieties; the General Purpose Set and the Advanced Set, each provided in a smart and durable padded zip case. With four different heads to choose from in each set, the spur attachments simply place into a rectangular hole in the back of the spur body and are held into place with a slim rubber “O” ring allowing you to seamlessly change tactics in seconds!

There is a spur for all occasions in the Tuss Ultimate Spur Set. The General Purpose Set includes a 25 mm (1″) hammerhead, a 25 mm plain head, a 25 mm ball head, and a 15 mm (1/2+”) ball head, making them ideal for eventing, jumping and everyday use. The Advanced Set is designed for more established riders, particularly for dressage, and contains a 30 mm (1+”) swan neck head, a 35 mm (1½”) blunt rowel head, a 35 mm ball head, and a 15 mm ball head.

The TUSS Ultimate Spur Set is made from high quality 316 stainless steel which offers corrosion resistant properties, a high resistance to pitting and excellent forming and welding characteristics providing the rider with flexibility and long lasting durability.

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Handcrafted Excellence

We are constantly on the look out for top end products that offer good value for money and offer ease of use for busy riders! Having spoken to competitors on the circuit and realised there is a demand for high quality English leatherwork – without the excessive price tag – we are very excited to have now become the first online stockist to offer the beautiful range of MJM Leatherwork.

ImageHandcrafted in Cheshire by Michael J Marren, Master Saddler and Master Craftsman, MJM Leatherwork represents a cornerstone of traditional skill, which spans 45 years. In that time the bridles, breastplates and martingales have been tried and tested by riders at the top of their game all reaping the rewards of ‘buying British’ and prompting repeat business time and time again.

The MJM Bridle offers unrivalled quality, value and performance. Made solely from superb quality English Leather and equipped with solid brass buckles, clips and rings, the MJM Bridle is built to perform and provide a durable, robust and stylish bridle suitable for every day work and competition use.

For the busy rider having a versatile bridle is imperative and MJM Leatherwork understand that head shapes vary and don’t always conform to a specific size. For this reason the MJM Bridle can be ordered in a range of headpiece, cheek piece and nose band sizes to make sure equines are wearing the perfectly fitted and balanced bridle. With a choice of Mexican Grackle, or traditional Flash, customers can inter-change the correct noseband to suit their horse simply and easily. These customisation choices are available at no extra cost and enable riders to create a virtually bespoke bridle.

Used by professional riders spanning the length and breadth of the country the MJM Bridle costs just £99.99, is available in black or brown leather and comes complete with a pair of excellent quality rubber buckle reins.

Coming soon to the collection… breastplates, martingales and much more…

View and buy online at or call us on 01483 346011 for more information.

Soothe it with silver!

We all hope that our first aid kit doesn’t get brought out too often, however the reality is that horses and ponies are often getting into scrapes! We now provide horse owners with a simple, effective and easy solution to treating minor ailments, in the form of AGSilver Max Strength CleanBalm.

As the choice of many riders across the globe, Max Strength CleanBalm treats scratches, skin irritations and helps prevent infection with the use of unique Agion Silver. This super-smart ionic material kills bacteria, viruses and fungi ‘on demand’, helping to increase healing and prevent any further complications in a totally safe and environmentally friendly way.

By tapping into this naturally occurring silver technology’s ability to kill viruses, moulds and fungi, Max Strength CleanBalm is effective at preventing and treating all manner of skin irritations including shallow cuts, nicks, rubs, abscesses, mud fever, rainscald and other external wounds and skin conditions.

The versatile, petroleum-based ointment is easy to apply and with many incidents occurring when away from home, the handy tin is easy to transport and keep to hand so you are prepared for minor accidents and emergencies! An essential for all first aid kits, at home and in the lorry, Max Strength CleanBalm is free from antibiotics and helps to reduce and prevent the growth of bacterial and fungal organisms even in horses with recurring problems.

As the best selling product in the AGSilver collection, Max Strength CleanBalm has a multitude of uses, from soothing cracked mouths, preventing the spread of skin conditions to healing boot rubs. Customers have even reported that the handy ointment has been effective when used on dogs, cats and even themselves!

A little goes a long way, meaning the unique formula is cost effective and can help prevent the development of costly veterinary issues and performance zapping infections. AGSilver Max Strength CleanBalm is available in a handy 1oz or 4oz tin and starts at £13.50. View and buy online at or give us a call on 01483 346011.

Is the weather getting you down? We have something to brighten up your day…

Well here’s our very own little ray of sunshine to cheer you up. We’re offering one lucky person the chance to win our favourite and best selling glove, the Heritage Tackified Pro Air Glove worth £39.95!

Why do we LOVE them so much?
Loads of reasons but the main one you might want to know right now is they give you a perfect grip whatever the weather.
If our love for this glove doesn’t convince you then carry on reading …..The Tackified Pro-Air Glove is our top of the line all leather show glove. This glove has a very modern design with all the best materials and features. An exclusive, all top grade Cabretta leather construction is specially formulated to have a tacky grip on the reins for maximum grip and control during competition. This glove is a favorite of many top riders.


• CABRETTA GENUINE LEATHER increases grip and control of reins

• MICRO VENTILATION HOLES increase grip and comfort



• DOUBLE STITCHED critical outward seams

•WRAP AROUND LEATHER reinforced index finger


• VENTILATED fingers and thumb

• ELASTIC CUFF with adjustable strap


Available in either black or white and UK sizes 6.5 – 9.

If this all sounds good to you, head over to our Facebook page and click on the Contests tab for all the details and for your chance to win! Hurry though – this is only online for one week! You have until 18th May to get  your entries in. GOOD LUCK!

Marvellous May!

It’s May already! The spring season is well underway, even if the weather does still think it is winter! We’ve had our ‘pop up shop’ out and about quite a lot in the last few weeks despite the belief that we should be on an ark rather than in a tent! We went to Wales and West for the first time and really liked it there, we will definitely be going back for the second rounds. We were also at one of our favourite venues, Addington, although we are sad to say the weather did beat us on this occasion. We gave up when we had a river flowing through the stand and a gale threatening to do a ‘Wizard of Oz’ to the tent. Frank really should take his red shoes out with him more often as a precaution! Clocking up the miles again Frank went to Southview for the second time this year, we’ll be back there again for the British Masters. As you’d expect the Kingsland competition rainwear has been selling quite well! We didn’t take the stand to Hartpury’s Winter Show Jumping Championships but Frank did go up to catch our new sponsored rider Mark Bunting win the Grand Prix – he was wearing our first ever Performance Rider saddlecloth – must be a lucky charm!

Quite a few friends were at the Dressage Winter championships, Sarha Harnett my old yard manager from School Farm won the freestyle with Okey Dokey and Vicky Strutton, owner of the cheeky Shetland Chad, came 5th in the Advanced Medium Petplan finals on Sound Barrier (check out her write up in this week’s Horse and Hound after a double win at Cobham Manor). Good to see both Claire Leggat and Fiona Gair, liveries at Heathfield Equestrian where we keep our horses, in action too at the Winter Championships. If you’re a Performance Rider friend and would like your results name checked then drop us a line or post on Facebook!

We’ve been busy working on the website. We realized we’d taken on quite a few new lines and the site was looking a bit cluttered. Hopefully the new layout will help you find stuff more easily. We’ve introduced a new section, Competition Essentials, the stuff that we think is the best and you really need to have in the lorry, and launching this weekend another new section, Saver Bundles. These offers will change regularly so keep an eye on it for our latest and best savings.

Last month we announced that we’d taken on Cavalor, a new range of supplements to sit alongside our popular Horse First range. We’re really pleased with the response they’ve had, so if you’ve any specific issues please don’t hesitate to call us for advice. We’ve extended the Cavalor range this month as well, we now stock the Cavalor Cooling Wash. This natural cooling wash is the ideal way to refresh your horse and revitalize its muscles after exercise. It’s low foam formulation will leave hair and skin thoroughly cleansed, muscles cool and , here is a real bonus in this unseasonably cool weather, horses actually dry quicker than with a normal shampoo/wash! Moisture is evaporated away to speed up drying. Pretty sure this will become a yard essential! Find it on our website for £18 for 500ml bottle or on the trade stand.

It’s also worth thinking about how to keep your horses fit and healthy throughout the competition season, so here is our Top Tip number 2 from Cavalor. (see our March post re Cavalor Resist +Vit C for boosting immune systems when staying away and at coat change time) Cavalor Muscle Fit ensures flexible muscles before and after intensive work by working against lactic acid build up. For horses prone to stiffness after strenuous work you should be able be able to feel a difference in only 2 days. It’s particularly good for use at competitions, we recommend you start using it 2 days before the competition and continue until the end. In extreme cases of muscle stiffness a preliminary 4 week course may be required and then dose as above and extend to one day post the competition. For superb ‘competition’ performance it’s particularly effective if used in combination with Cavalor FreeBute. This is a natural (& legal ) pain killer and inflammation inhibitor which also helps support the muscles and joints of horses that have to deliver optimum performance. Check out our ‘Saver Bundle’ section on our website to purchase both together and save, save, save!

On the riding front our girls are now fighting over Chad, the Shetland. At two years and 1 week Nell’s very definitely learnt to shout ‘NELL TURN NOW’ the moment Evie gets in the saddle. A second pony may be required soon. Nell also had her first of what will be many falls, nothing serious but she won’t hold on to the handle she’s too busy patting him and showing off! It was the gentlest of slips out of the saddle, she cried because I wouldn’t let her get straight back on until she said “YESTH’ to holding the handle. Evie is also mastering our lead rein Chad off the lead. He’s quite cheeky and prances about. She managed to steer him in a lovely trot round the common on the Bank Holiday, which, if you knew Chad, is not as easy as it sounds. Proud Mum moment!

Looking forward to seeing you on the trade stand sometime soon.

Charlotte and Frank

Fit for purpose

Back pain in horses can be a serious problem, causing poor and reduced performance, grumpiness and bad behaviour, not to mention unnecessary discomfort for the horse. It is no secret that one of the most common causes of back pain is an ill-fitting saddle and whilst regular visits from the saddler should alleviate most major issues, horses in work are constantly changing shape, so maintaining a “perfect fit” in between visits can be tricky.

In reality, getting a saddle checked every few weeks is not an option, and particularly with ever-changing young horses, and those who are gaining or losing muscular tone as a result of lifestyle and workload, their body shapes are continuously altering. This is why we have introduced EquiFit’s extensive range of Therapeutic Saddle Pads to our growing portfolio.

The flagship product within the range is the EquiFit Double Thick Non-Slip Contour Pad which has been designed to ease saddle fitting difficulties and help minimise the chance of performance-zapping back pain in horses and, because it has been created using innovative T-Foam, the Pad conforms to the exact contours of both your horse’s back and your saddle shape each time it is used, and returns to shape after.

T-Foam is used in the EquiFit Double Thick Non-Slip Contour Pad because of its superb shock absorption properties and because of its unique construction, which reduces the chance of uncomfortable pressure points. By minimising vibrations from the horse up to the rider, and from the rider down to the horse, a more harmonious feel is achieved leading to greater comfort for both horse and rider. The double thickened material also provides a soft, yet bulk-free layer to support and protect the back and with an open cell structure, it can disperse heat quickly and efficiently to prevent overheating issues caused by many other pads on the market.

The EquiFit Double Thick Non-Slip Contour Pad also helps ensure that no pain or discomfort is caused by the slipping or movement of the saddle with a non slip outer material providing unrivalled saddle stability without the use of untidy straps and fastenings.

The EquiFit Double Thick Non-Slip Contour Pad does not alter the shape of a well-fitting saddle and can be used simply as an extra layer of protection against concussion on the vulnerable back area, or to help bridge the gap between saddle fitting visits. Prevention is better than cure when it comes to maintaining fitness, muscle tone and performance levels, and by purchasing an EquiFit Double Thick Non-Slip Saddle Pad you can help reduce the risk of unplanned interruptions in your competition campaign.

Available in one size only, in black, the EquiFit Double Thick Non-Slip Contour Pad is part of the comprehensive collection of Therapeutic Saddle Pads from EquiFit and costs £170 and is available exclusively in the UK from Performance Rider. View and buy online at or tel: 01483 346011 for more information.

The importance of tack checks… learned the hard way!

I guess we’re all more than a little fed up with the rain and the Noah’s Arks jokes so a little bit of sunshine yesterday was a welcome relief and I remembered I promised you a ‘Laugh at Myself’ story from earlier in the spring when the sun was shining for a couple of days……..

The semi retired horse loves to feel spring sun on his back, I think it reminds him of getting ready for the event season despite being out of it for 5 years! Looking at the cheeky glint in his eye and feeling pretty good myself I grabbed an old pair of reins I’d found hanging up in the lorry when I was doing a bit of spring cleaning (well they’d already got rubber stops on for the martingale and I was in a bit of a hurry) and headed off to do a spot of canter work on the sand tracks on the common. Just for some fun and to blow the cobwebs away!

Oh what a laugh we had, ha ha! He was feeling very well and, I think you’ll find this is a completely acceptable technical description for what happened, he pissed off. Well, I’d half expected it, we’ve been together 12 years and know each other pretty well. So I stood up in the stirrups to do a sharp half halt with a bit of body weight behind it and found myself hanging on to just the one rein as the other had broken at the billet!

What fun… galloping with just the one rein! It was about now I remembered why the reins had been hanging up in the lorry in the first place! Anyway, I thought positively, how fit could a 19 year old semi retired horse be? I found out, he was feeling pretty fit, his adrenalin was up and he had no intention of slowing down!

We left the sand tracks at full gallop and headed up into the woods at some speed with me ducking branches and trees. ‘Woah’ and ‘steady’ seemed to have no effect. We came out of the woods, missed running over a dog and did a strong hand canter along the lane. My attempts at steadying were now becoming more urgent. I thought about jumping off but was worried I might lose him. Was it safer with him or without him? Fortunately he knew his highway code and stopped at the T Junction. I jumped off before he could look left and right and head off again! I tied the broken rein to the bit and headed home.

Fortunately neither of us were hurt. But the point of the story, check your tack and if there is something wrong with it fix it or throw it away, don’t store it just in case! The upside for me is I have now awarded myself some of our lovely ThinLine reins and am enjoying the very soft feel they give me. The boy is very pleased with himself too, particularly the attention his legs got post his work out!

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