Posts Tagged "Equine bedding"

7 Ways to Keep a Stabled Horse Happy

7 Ways to Keep a Stabled Horse Happy

By on Feb 1, 2020 in Blog, Equine Bedding |

Some horses can find being stabled quite difficult, having evolved from travelling up to 100 miles a day and grazing on the go. Here at P.H Winterton, we understand the importance of keeping your horse happy, which is why we provide only the finest equine bedding on the market. For our latest post, we are going to share seven essential tips to help maintain your horse’s health and prepare them for your next big competition. Essential Horse Care from P.H Winterton Standing still for long periods goes against their natural instincts to keep moving so be wary that some horses can react to being confined for long periods. Follow our 7 step guide below to maintain your horse’s happiness. Exercise – As long as your horse has no physical problems, they will need as much exercise as possible. Try to plan ahead and schedule rides out regularly. Other Turnout Options – Consider if they can be turned out in the yard area with some equine bedding and a companion (if possible). Create a Turnout Area – Create a fenced area outside of your horse’s stable, giving them the option to wander in and out at their leisure which helps them feel less restricted. Long Walks – Lead your horse out in-hand but prepare for them to be bouncy. We would recommend wearing a hard hat, sturdy footwear and gloves. Ideally, attach a lunge-line to their headcollar and inform someone where you were going. You could even consider making it a social trip and ask another horse owner to come along too. Change of Environment – If you have a spare loose-box in the yard you could consider putting your horse in there for part of the day for a change of scenery. Meet their Social Needs – If your horse is stabled for long periods of time, they need to be housed next to a friendly horse. Ideally, they should be able to touch and mutually groom each other. If you can’t stable your horse nearby to a friend, consider taking them over for a visit. Entertain your Horse – Horses love to play so having a bit of playtime with toys helps to break up the day. Towels...

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Comparing the Different Types of Equine Bedding

Comparing the Different Types of Equine Bedding

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

We all love getting our 40 winks, and our horses are no different. If you really care about your horses, investing in the best equine bedding is a no brainer. There is a variety of different horse beddings on the market from traditional favourites such as shavings and straw to alternatives such as cardboard and hemp. For our latest blog, we are going to discuss the different choices, and which would be best for you and your horses. Four Different Choices of Equine Bedding Straw – Straw is one of the cheapest options but it is bulky and can smell, with your yard quickly resembling a compost heap. Straw also harbours fungus which can be dangerous for your horse’s respiratory system plus your horse might also eat their own bed. Shavings – Shavings are now the most commonly used horse bedding. Here at P.H Winterton, we offer three types of bedding, which can match your budget and quality requirements. Our Cheshire Choice bedding is our premium brand that is extremely durable with superb absorbency qualities. Economy Bale bedding is our budget range that is a mix of hardwood and softwood which makes it easy to cleanout. Zebra Fibre bedding is the recent addition to our catalogue, which is available in 48-60 bales per pallet and all-weather storage bags. Paper and Cardboard – Usually sold in compacted bales. When it’s time to clear the paper from your yards it is heavy to lift when wet though. Hemp – Hemp is a quite expensive material for bedding and is designed for use as a thick bed which isn’t intended to be disturbed at any time. Based on this evidence we would definitely recommend using shavings as your equine bedding solution. Want to Know More? Contact Us Today If you want to know more about P.H Winterton’s range of horse bedding and place an order, please get in touch...

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Prepare for London Olympia Show with Quality Equine Bedding

Prepare for London Olympia Show with Quality Equine Bedding

By on Dec 10, 2019 in Blog, Equine Bedding |

The equestrian market is getting an early Christmas present, with the fantastic London Olympia horse show just a few days away. P.H Winterton and Son are proud to be sponsors of this illustrious event plus the Royal Windsor Horse Show. For competitors in the Osborne Refrigerators Shetland Pony Grand National, the best way to ensure your horse is fully prepared is investing in some of P.H Winterton’s high-quality equine bedding. This race holds all the excitement of a horse race on a smaller scale, with Shetland ponies and riders racing around the arena at a fast and furious pace; making it a highlight of Olympia. Highlights of the London Olympia Show Here are some of the other highlights of the London Olympia show – Dressage – At Olympia, there are two dressage competitions; the Grand Prix and Kur or Freestyle Test to Music. In the Freestyle to Music, the riders choose the music, choreography and the sequence of movements that have to be shown. Competitors are also evaluated for technical skill and artistic performance. One of the most important things with regards to the artistic part is that the horse can do all the movements in the rhythm to the music. Show Jumping – Considered the most important show jumping event at Olympia is the Longines FEI World CupTM Jumping Leg which takes place on Saturday afternoon. The Cayanne Puissance on Wednesday is also very fun with horses challenged to jump higher and higher. The Christmas Finale – Every year the Olympia finale is created for children of all ages with a bit of singing, a bit of dancing and a very special guest… A New Brand of Equine Bedding Recently, P.H Winterton has started stocking Zebra Fibre animal bedding, which can be used for cattle and horse bedding. With excellent absorbency qualities, Zebra Fibre means minimal risk of abrasions for your animals. We stock Zebra Fibre bedding in 48-60 bales per pallet and store it in all-weather bags ready for purchase. Want to Find Out More? Contact Us Today If you’d like to know more about all of our equine bedding products, please get in touch today. The London Olympia Show 2019 takes place between 16th and 22nd...

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How High Quality Horse Bedding Deals with Allergies

How High Quality Horse Bedding Deals with Allergies

By on Aug 2, 2019 in Blog, Horse bedding in Derbyshire |

Using the highest quality of horse bedding will help combat any allergies your horses may encounter. P.H Winterton and Son are experts in equine bedding with products that balance affordability with a great service. In our latest blog, we are going to look at the most common forms of equine allergies and how to identify them in your horse. Identifying Equine Allergies It doesn’t matter if your horse is a foal, adult or senior, equine allergies affect horses of any age primarily affecting the skin or their respiratory system. Allergic reactions can be triggered by any of the following – • Dust, mould and pollen • Insect bites • Rarely feed substances • Products or chemicals applied or touched by your horse • Vaccinations, drugs and plasma or transfusions Some of the familiar signs of an allergic reaction include: • Hair loss • Regional or body-wide hives • Laboured breathing such as coughing or an intolerance to exercise • Swelling, redness, crusting and/or itching at the contact site – for dermatitis, this will manifest as a sweet itch from the insect bites Treating and Preventing Equine Allergies There are three key areas to assess when treating equine allergies, firstly apply a fly mask sheet to prevent insect bites and the risk of further disturbance to your horse. You could also consider medicated shampoo to help get rid of any insects and treat bites and lastly the most important thing to do is invest in high-quality equine bedding. Our Cheshire Choice Horse Bedding is made from 100% softwood shavings which offer comfortable bedding with excellent absorbency levels. This keeps your stables drier for longer and because of its long-lasting quality is a great long term money saver. Get in Touch to Discuss Horse Bedding Today Here at P.H Winterton and Son we only stock the finest horse bedding in Derbyshire, Staffordshire and Nottinghamshire. If you’d like to know more about any of our products, please get in touch...

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Get the Finest Equine Bedding for Your First Horse

Get the Finest Equine Bedding for Your First Horse

By on Jul 18, 2019 in Blog, Equine Bedding |

Buying your first horse is a big commitment for both your finances and time so making sure you get the best equine bedding is crucial. P.H Winterton and Son offer two different types of horse bedding both with their own unique qualities. Our Cheshire Choice horse bedding is made from 100% softwood shavings with excellent absorbency levels and that keeps your stables dry for longer. Alternatively, Economy Bale horse bedding consists of double dust extracted wood shavings which protect your horse from respiratory issues and injuries such as abrasions. In this post, we are going to look at some essential questions to ask the owner before buying your horse. Questions to Ask about Your First Horse As experienced providers of horse bedding from areas such as Staffordshire, Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire. We talk to plenty of stable owners who ask our team of specialists for tips to keep their horses happy. Here are some questions you should be asking when buying a new horse – Ask if the horse has any ‘track record’? – If the horse doesn’t don’t be too alarmed as it may have the potential to race down the line if well trained. Contact Previous Owners – If the horses you are looking to buy has had multiple owners contact as many as possible to get a well-rounded idea of their history in case, they have any long term issues you aren’t aware of. Request the Horse’s Passport – It’s illegal for a horse to be sold without its passport so make sure you request it from the owner and check the description, age and other details match the horse Welcoming Your First Horse Home Once you’ve decided on the perfect horse you will need to create a welcoming environment in your stables. Spend some time with your horse getting to know the ground. Trust is a big thing for horses so building a bond early will help your relationship. Creating a comfortable stable with top-notch equine bedding will keep your horse healthy, relaxed and ready to begin competition training in the future. We keep large quantities of horse bedding at our site in Staffordshire meaning we can supply between one and 18 pallets; dependant on your...

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