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
The lower limb is one of the most vulnerable areas on a horse with injuries often occurring, whether small external knocks and grazes or more serious internal tweaks to tendons and ligaments, these ailments can reduce comfort and affect performance levels. By offering extensive protection riders can make a conscious step towards optimum leg care and with this in mind Performance Rider are proud to bring EquiFit to the UK Market.
As the ‘Official Performance Horse Boot and Leg Protection of the United States Equestrian Federation’, EquiFit Boots have a wealth of science and technology behind them. Over the years the use of boots to protect horses’ limbs has become more and more prevalent and the ranges on offer have grown extensively. There is however, some fundamental issues with the fit and support that many of these boots offer and it is no longer responsible to simply choose a cheap product which may or may not provide adequate support and protection.
EquiFit have combined revolutionary technology together with years of competitive horse expertise to create an evolution in horse boots. Now chosen by some of the world’s top riders, EquiFit is committed to all horses and riders and actively seeks new and innovative ways of helping improve performance, recovery, comfort and overall, encourage success at all levels, in all disciplines.
What makes EquiFit stand out is the use of advanced technological material, T-Foam. Originally developed for astronaut seating to help reduce pressure points, T-Foam is a shock absorbing material that conforms to each horse’s body for a custom fit, every time and with 100% recovery for the next use.
You have to see and feel T-Foam to really believe it! The neoprene-free material absorbs 97% of shock and vibration under impact helping to disperse any knocks or bangs to the leg and prevent injury occurring. In addition it allows air to circulate which prevents the build up of heat and sweat – helping to keep tendons cool and legs dry.
The removable T-Foam lining is fully washable which extends the lifespan of the boots and can be replaced when necessary without having to purchase new outers. In addition, for riders with more than one horse, linings can be interchanged to help prevent cross contamination. For training purposes, weighted liners are also available to help condition the horse.
EquiFit boots are hand moulded at a purpose built factory in the USA using a unique process and it is the inner T-Foam lining which creates the fit rather than the outer shape, unlike many stiff, injection moulded boots which can be restrictive and cause discomfort. EquiFit Boots are designed to be worn snugly and the T-Foam reacts to body heat and pressure which ensures they follow the contour of each individual horse’s anatomy. This ergonomic fit also means there is minimal risk of dirt and debris building up underneath the boot, which in turn reduces the chance of rubs, chafing and abrasions.