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Can I Ride My Horse During Lockdown?

Can I Ride My Horse During Lockdown?

By on Mar 25, 2020 in Blog, Equine Bedding |

With the latest Government advice for people to stay at home for an extended period due to the COVOD-19 pandemic, many horse riders have questioned whether they can still ride their horses whilst adhering to social distancing guidelines. Here at P.H Winterton, we understand the importance of maintaining the health of your horse during this difficult time, which is why we have put together this handy guide with regards to riding your horse. Guidance from Governing Bodies Whilst no official guidelines have been published by the Government regarding animal care, the British Equestrian Federation have stated the following – “At present, there are no definitive guidelines or restrictions around caring for and riding horses, and we will share anything which becomes available from the Government via the British Horse Council. “It is sensible to avoid any activities that carry an increased risk of injury, such as jumping, fast work and riding a young, fresh or spooky horse. “If you must hack out, be mindful of other people walking, cycling and running, and keep 2 metres distance. Lungeing, in-hand work and turn-out are good alternatives to ridden exercise.” Equine Bedding has Never Been More Important During these unusual times, it is extremely important to ensure your horses have a comfortable home while their usual routines are disrupted. Investing in high-quality equine bedding from P.H Winterton is the best way to ensure they have a good night’s sleep. We offer three choices of equine bedding, designed to suit all requirements and budgets. Our Cheshire Choice horse bedding is our premium range, whilst our Economy Bale is ideal for those riders with a stricter budget plus we recently added Zebra Fibre Bedding to our catalogue. Choose P.H Winterton for Equine Bedding If you are looking to invest in the best equine bedding available in the country, look no further than P.H Winterton and Son. Get in touch today to discuss our range and transform your horse’s stables...

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Maintaining Your Horse’s Health with P.H Winterton

Maintaining Your Horse’s Health with P.H Winterton

By on Mar 17, 2020 in Blog, Equine Bedding |

With the news that this year’s Grand National has been cancelled due to the spread of the coronavirus, it’s more important than ever to maintain the health of your horse. Sporting events are being cancelled for the foreseeable future, with the flagship horse racing event, due to take place on 4th April the latest to be culled. Here is a statement from Sandy Dudgeon, Senior Steward of the Jockey Club, “Public health must come first. “We were working on a plan to stage the Grand National behind closed doors given its importance to the racing industry and beyond but following the new government measures confirmed this evening to help to tackle the coronavirus outbreak, this is not a viable option. “I know this is hugely disappointing news for the many people who work in our sport and the many millions who were looking forward to this year’s event, but very sadly these are exceptional times, and this is the responsible thing to do.” Why Quality Equine Bedding Benefits your Horse With competitions being cancelled, your horses will still need exercise as well as maintaining their health ready for when events start up again. Your choice of bedding goes a long way to ensuring your horse’s get the best night’s sleep possible. P.H Winterton currently provides three different types of equine bedding, aimed to suit your needs and budget. Our current stock includes – • Cheshire Choice Bedding – Our premium horse bedding solution • Economy Bale Bedding – Ideal for those working to a tight budget • Zebra Fibre Bedding – Our newest range of horse bedding has superb absorbency qualities We stock large quantities of horse bedding at our premises in Staffordshire, meaning that we can supply between one and 18 pallets. The British weather can be quite unpredictable, which is why we offer outside storage covers that will protect it against adverse conditions. For More Information Contact Us If you would like to know any more about any of P.H Winterton’s range of animal bedding, please get in touch...

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What is the Biomass Supplier List?

What is the Biomass Supplier List?

By on Mar 13, 2020 in Biomass fuel, Blog |

P.H Winterton and Son are proud to be one of the companies on the Government’s Biomass Supplier List. If you have never heard of this list, we have put together this handy guide to tell you everything you need to know. This scheme ensures that all wood fuel registered on it is from sources that are at least 75% sustainable and 100% legal. Once the applicant’s application is approved, they are provided with a BSL authorisation reference number. It will usually be in the following format – ‘BSLXXXXXXXX-XXXX’. The Biomass Supplier List is a scheme which provides participants of the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) with a straightforward way to demonstrate that their fuel complies with the RHI’s standards. What is the eligibility criteria for the Biomass Supplier List? Suppliers (such as P.H Winterton and Son) registering fuels on the list will be required to verify that the emissions from the cultivation, processing and transport of the biomass fuel achieves a saving of at least 60% against the EU fossil fuel average for heat when used in a boiler which achieves a 70% average seasonal efficiency. This is also calculated using the life cycle assessment methodology set out in the European Commission’s 2010 report ‘Sustainability requirements for the use of solid and gaseous biomass sources in electricity, heating and cooling SEC 2010 65 Final’. How We Process Biomass Fuel P.H Winterton is proud to work with Cheshire-based organic recycling specialists CRJ Services, to assist with the processing of biomass fuel. CRJ Services supplied P.H Winterton with hire equipment to meet shredding requirements with the Doppstadt AK430 High-Speed Shredder, which is recommended by their team to deal with the demand for biomass fuel. Got More Questions? Get in Touch If you have any more questions about biomass fuel, please contact us today. P.H Winterton and Son currently provide biomass fuel in Staffordshire, Cheshire, Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire plus we can plan to deliver to your address if you are further...

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How Innovative Hoofwear Helps Keep Horses Healthy

How Innovative Hoofwear Helps Keep Horses Healthy

By on Mar 11, 2020 in Blog, Equine Bedding |

Providing your horses with innovative hoofwear plus the finest equine bedding is the best way to prepare for your next race. For our latest blog, we are going to look at the latest hoof protection which includes a variety of glue-on shoes, hoof boots and orthotics. Understanding Hoofwear Today far more shoeing and hoof care materials and products are available, with your horse being the beneficiary. Pat Reilly, chief of farrier services at the University of Pennsylvania’s New Bolton Centre School of Veterinary Medicine spoke about the advantages of glue-on shoes, saying, “Now glue-on shoes are commonplace; it is amazing that we have made that much progress in my professional lifetime. “I’m not sure we can make horses run faster with different shoes as the equine foot doesn’t flex and have the same energy return as a human foot. But there are innovative ways we can address the interface between the foot and the shoe and get ahead of the injury curve.” The ability to apply shoes without nails has changed the face of farriery and glue-on shoes have been proven to work with many companies getting into the game and changing their shoes. Glue-on shoes are truly useful today with acrylic adhesives being adapted for equine use. Within the glue-on shoe market, there are several types and materials that range from traditional steel and aluminium to non-metallic options such as urethane. Several manufacturers and innovators provide shoes that are not only glue-on but also flexible, which can bend or move with the horse’s hoof capsule. Get Race Ready with PH Winterton Here at P.H Winterton, we understand the importance of caring for your horses and we believe the best place to start is with their bedding. We offer three types of equine bedding that will suit all different types of horses and budgets, contact us for more information. Recently we started stocking Zebra Fibre Bedding, which has excellent absorbent qualities plus it’s available in 48-60 bales per...

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Understanding Coronavirus for Horses

Understanding Coronavirus for Horses

By on Mar 3, 2020 in Blog, Equine Bedding |

With cases of Coronavirus growing by the day, we have put together a handy guide to identify if your horse may have contracted the virus. ECov-, as it is referred, and is considered to be mild with miniature horses said to be at higher risk of infection but with a very low chance of fatalities. The recent Cheltenham Festival went ahead despite fears around the spread of Coronavirus, with extra sanitary measures put in place for visitors and riders. The Symptoms of Coronavirus According to the Equine Disease Communication Centre, ECoV- can spread when faeces from an infected horse are ingested by another horse plus it can also be transmitted when horses make oral contact with surfaces or objects that have been contaminated with infected faeces. Stalls, muck forks, manure spreaders, thermometers, hands and clothing are common objects that carry infection. It is also worth noting that Coronavirus is typically diagnosed in the winter. The shedding period for most horses is still under investigation but based on previous reports the virus is present in samples between 5 and 21 days post-infection. Horses with no clinical signs of the disease can shed the virus but it is still not clear how soon infected horses become infectious. The following complications can occur in rare cases – • Protein loss • Dehydration • Neurologic signs (such as lethargy, depression, loss of body control) secondary to an excess of ammonia in the system • Recumbency that can progress to an inability to stand Keep Your Horses Healthy with Equine Bedding Giving your horses a comfortable place to sleep, is one of the best ways to maintain their health and have them ready for your next event. Here at PH Winterton, we pride ourselves in providing only the finest range of equine bedding for customers right across the country. If you would like to know more about our equine bedding, please contact us...

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How to Perfect your Riding Position

How to Perfect your Riding Position

By on Feb 11, 2020 in Blog, Equine Bedding |

P.H Winterton has been providing the best horse bedding on the market for 60 years plus now, and we have talked to hundreds of riders during this time. Throughout these six decades, we have learned a few things about horse riding and the proper etiquette for riding in competitions. The truth is that very few riders have a perfect position and you will see a variety of riding techniques every time you attend a show. Often a fault can become a habit which makes it harder to correct as time goes by. It is a worthwhile exercise spending a bit more time focusing on what is going wrong until the right way becomes your new normal. Four Rider Issues with an Easy Fix Here are four common issues riders struggle with and how you can fix them. 1. Don’t Look Down – While concentrating on what you are doing in the saddle it can be hard to remember to look ahead. Your head is roughly 10% of your body weight and looking down puts more weight on your horse’s forehand that makes it more difficult for them to maintain balance. One way to rectify this issue is tying a coloured bow or a red ribbon in your horse’s mane and every time you see the ribbon it means you are looking down; which reminds you to look ahead. 2. Sit Up – Tipping forward is sometimes caused by nerves, a poorly fitted saddle or a lack of core stability. You can improve your core by doing Pilates and yoga plus lunge lessons, short bursts of sitting trot and working without stirrups also helps. To adopt a more upright position, lift up through your ribcage and bring your shoulder blades closer together. A common trait of nervous riders is that they tip forward, which makes you less secure. If you suspect your saddle is tipping you forward, you need to get it checked by a professional fitter. 3. Bend Your Elbows – Straight arms result in an inconsistent contact with the horse’s mouth and in too much movement in the rider’s hands. We recommend aiming to create an L-shape with your arms so the upper one hangs vertically by your...

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