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Riding your Horse While Observing Social Distancing

Riding your Horse While Observing Social Distancing

By on May 14, 2020 in Blog, Equine Bedding |

With some restrictions of the Coronavirus lockdown eased recently, the position regarding horse riding and training has been amended. As the UK’s leading provider of equine bedding, P.H Winterton understands how difficult this period has been for riders and their horses. For our latest post, we are going to explain the new advice being issued and how it affects you. The British Equestrian Federation Advice Explained Following a meeting, the board of the British Equestrian Federation have stated that riders are encouraged to resume exercising their horses, whilst observing social distancing. Riders are also encouraged to maintain public hygiene plus health and biosecurity measures. Every rider should continue to assess the level of risk associated with horse riding and work within their capabilities and fitness levels. In England, the relaxation on travel for exercises and a return to work for many people means one-to-one training is allowed. Coaches are able to travel to yards and riders to their instructors. Facility hire is now permitted, provided the venue conducts thorough risk assessments beforehand. This situation will continue to be monitored, based on advice from the UK government, as required to ensure the safety of riders and horses. The Future of Competitions The BEF is currently looking at an umbrella plan which will act as guidance for the equestrian sector and all of its stakeholders. This includes working closely with British Dressage, British Eventing and British Showjumping on a coordinated plan. A statement from the BEF said the following, “Wider equestrian activity and some horse sports can adapt well to social distancing requirements and should be in a position to get underway quickly, once conditions permit and the government gives the go-ahead.” Only the Best Equine Bedding from P.H Winterton While it is important to give your horse sufficient exercise time, it is also crucial to give them a good place to rest at the end of the day. P.H Winterton offers three different types of horse bedding to match your expectations and your budgets. We have recently added Zebra Fibre animal bedding to our catalogue, which boasts excellent absorbency qualities. If you would like to know more about any of our products, please contact us...

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Keeping Your Horse Happy without Riding

Keeping Your Horse Happy without Riding

By on Apr 16, 2020 in Blog, Equine Bedding |

Due to the COVOD-19 pandemic, the British Equestrian Federation has advised against riding, meaning you will need to find ways to adapt your daily routine and maintain the health of their horses. Here at P.H Winterton, we understand the importance of keeping your horse happy during these challenging times, which is why we have drawn up some activities you can take part in, without leaving the stable. Six Ways to Keep Your Horses Happy During Lockdown 1. Lungeing – This is a great way to keep your horse exercised, just make sure you wear a hat, gloves and suitable footwear. Before starting lungeing we would recommend reading up on what your horses need to wear and how to lunge if you haven’t attempted this much previously. 2. Long-Reigning – Much the same as lungeing you will need to ensure you and your horse are dressed appropriately plus you can move onto exercises like leg-yielding when you both have had sufficient practice. 3. Grooming Sessions – Take some time out to give your horse a good grooming session getting to know every inch of their body. You may be surprised at the number of small lumps and old scars that have been missed during a daily flick over. Learn how warm each of his legs feels and how filled they are plus how they vary during different times of the day. You can pull his mane and tail if needed, trim his bridle path and heels if appropriate to his type and job. 4. Horse Agility – A basic agility course involves leading a horse through a corridor in the shape of an S without your horse stepping out or touching the poles. Another activity you could work on could be leading your horse through a curtain or a narrow gap or over a tarpaulin. Remember to always assess the risk of trying new exercises, in case your horse is sharp or easily spooked. 5. Assess Your Horse’s Conformation – Pull out your Pony Club Manual of Horsemanship and take a look at your horse and make a critical analysis of his conformation. Now it is time to consider how this impacts on his work and the way you train...

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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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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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