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How the Cheltenham Festival Will Be Different This Year

How the Cheltenham Festival Will Be Different This Year

By on Mar 1, 2021 in Blog, Equine Bedding |

As the premium supplier of equine bedding, P.H Winterton regularly deal with horse owners, plus some who could be involved in this year’s Cheltenham Festival. The flagship event for racegoers was one of the last mass participation events before the first Coronavirus lockdown last year, and this year will certainly be different with no crowds at Prestbury Park being the main difference. For this blog, we will explain the ways the Cheltenham Festival will change in 2021. How Attendances Will Be Restricted Plus Other Changes Attendance will be restricted to staff who are essential to the care of the horses and the smooth running of the racecourse plus vastly reduced media presence. Reduced entourages will be allowed for each runner but this does not extend to the bill-paying owner. Biosecurity measures will also be implemented surrounding those challengers travelling over from Ireland, with special zones created adjacent to the racecourse stables where every groom, trainer and jockey must stay while not exercising or racing their horses. The final casualty will be the absence of amateur riders which means that the National Hunt Chase, the Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Chase and the Hunters’ Chase (no longer the Foxhunters’) will all now feature professional jockeys. The programme will also change, with the novice handicap chase disappearing from the Tuesday card, with the Mrs Paddy Power Mares’ Chase from Friday replacing it. The Leading Suppliers of Equine Bedding Whether you are racing at the Cheltenham Festival or not this year, you will still need the best equine bedding for your horses – which is where PH Winterton and Son can help. We have three ranges of equine bedding that will suit any budget or specific requirement. Contact us if you have any questions about horse bedding or any of our other products, such as biomass fuel. Our team of specialists will be more than happy to help with any...

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How to Deal With Equine Obesity

How to Deal With Equine Obesity

By on Jan 28, 2021 in Blog |

Weight loss for horses and ponies can be difficult, with a number of factors making it a challenging task. Restricting the feed intake of an animal that spends most of its time eating can lead to colic and gastric ulcers; the key to success is a balance of feed intake with calorie restriction. Here at P.H Winterton, we understand the importance of keeping your horse healthy, which is why we only supply the finest equine bedding. For this blog, we are going to give you some tips to help avoid equine obesity. Tips to Avoid Equine Obesity Weighing Your Horse Regularly checking your horse’s body weight helps you to keep an eye on their waistline and allows you to address any issues sooner rather than later. Combine weigh taping with body condition scoring which helps to determine your horse’s ideal condition. If you cannot easily feel your horse’s ribs, they are overweight. Weigh Your Horse Feed It can be easy for feeding portions to creep up without you noticing, especially when feed is distributed in scoops. Not all horse feeds are equal in weight, so it is crucial to know how much your scoop holds. Knowing how much you feed your horse, including forage, means you can start a dieting regime that does not instantly change their feed amount. For dieting horses and ponies, you will need to gradually restrict their intake to 1.5% of their current body weight. Avoid Extras In Your Horse Feed If you are the owner of an overweight horse or pony, you will need to assess whether they need extra little bits of mix and cubes in their feed. These extras provide a number of calories, whereas it could be far better to provide something that has a longer chewing time, to help with behavioural and digestive health. One of the additional issues of adding sprinkles of mix or cubes is your horse will be missing out on vital vitamins and minerals. An alternative that would make your horse’s feed more appealing would be a feed balancer. Think About Forage In some instances, haylage provides too many calories and if your yard provides it as the sole forage source you need to consider an...

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Why Buy Thoroughbred Shavings From P.H. Winterton and Son?

Why Buy Thoroughbred Shavings From P.H. Winterton and Son?

By on Dec 29, 2020 in Equine Bedding, Horse bedding in Derbyshire, Horse bedding in Staffordshire, Shavings |

Thoroughbred horses are just one of a wide array of horse breeds that you may own or find yourself looking after. Due to their agility, if you’re a racer, they’re likely to be your most regularly encountered breed. Whether you’re training, preparing for a race or you’ve only just invested in a horse, it’s important to get their stables in order. Here at P.H. Winterton and Sons, we’re huge supporters of horse racers and their upcoming events. Thanks to our renowned status in the equestrian market and sponsorships of the Royal Windsor and Olympia horse shows, we’re a trusted source to buy your thoroughbred shavings from. Cheshire Choice Equine Bedding Cheshire Choice Equine Bedding is our most premium, high quality choice, guaranteed to provide the ultimate comfort to your horse. As one of the only types of horse beddings in Staffordshire that’s made of 100% soft wood shavings, we can provide you with the highest quality without having to travel too far. In a lot of bedding guides, it’s suggested that absorbency is a vital feature to keeping your horse comfortable and clean. With the absorption capabilities of Cheshire Choice, these shavings will give your horse a comfortable night’s sleep and have it raring to go for its next race. It’s ability to adjust temperature will also keep your horse warm in the Winter and cool in the Summer. We are confident in saying that buying Cheshire Choice Equine Bedding is the best decision with regards to the comfort, happiness and health of your animals. We also keep it free from chemicals and dust to prevent any respiratory problems developing in you and your horse. Economy-Bale Equine Bedding If you’re after another option that won’t break the bank, you can’t go wrong with Economy-Bale Equine Bedding. This bedding is also safe for the airwaves of you and your horses thanks to being double dust extracted. This also ensures that it’s hygienic from the start. This option of bedding is made from a combination of soft and hardwood shavings. Therefore, it’s still easy to clean out and can be used alongside rubber mats. New! Zebra Fibre Animal Bedding We are extremely proud to have added Zebra Fibre Animal Bedding to...

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Winter Care Essentials for Horses

Winter Care Essentials for Horses

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

As the winter chill starts to bite, it is now more important than ever to ensure your stable of horses is staying healthy. P.H Winterton and Son are the leading suppliers of equine bedding across the country, and with our years of experience, we know a thing or two about caring for horses. For this post, we have put together some essential tips to help you through the next few months. High-Quality Equine Bedding and other Care Tips Feeding – In terms of feeding, forage should form the basis of every horse’s diet. Forage is especially important during winter when the grass is not readily available or turnout time may be restricted. This also helps keep the horse warm acting as an in-built heating system which creates heat as it breaks down in the digestive system. Feeding in the Field – Additional forage may be needed to feed horses living out, depending on the amount of grass available. When adding extra forage in the field, ensure there are more piles of hay than there are horses to stop any conflicts. Keeping Hydrated – During winter it cannot be underestimated, the importance of your horse having plenty of fresh and clean drinking water. A 16hh horse requires at least 6 gallons of water every day, and some horses can need up to twice this amount. Water is crucial for hydration and digestion. It is also important to check the water troughs twice a day and to break and remove any ice. You may also want to fill containers with water as an emergency supply. For stabled horses, adding some warm water into their buckets prevents the water from freezing overnight which could encourage a horse to drink if they do not like the colder water. Bedding – One of the most crucial parts of keeping your horses happy is giving them the best bedding to rest on. P.H Winterton and Son provide three different types of equine bedding to suit every budget, including our newest product – Zebra Fibre bedding. Got any Questions? Contact Us Now If you have any questions about our range of equine bedding or need any advice about horse care this winter, please do not hesitate...

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Cleaning Equine Bedding from Stalls Effectively

Cleaning Equine Bedding from Stalls Effectively

By on Oct 28, 2020 in Blog, Equine Bedding |

One question we often get asked here at P.H Winterton is, how long does it take to clean equine bedding out of stalls? While it is quite a labour-intensive process it is recommended to do this, in some cases every day. If you are looking to streamline this exercise, take a read of some of our suggestions regarding stall cleaning below. 5 Cleaning Methods for Stalls Invest in Quality Rubber Stall Mats – Rubber stall mats provide a smooth base for efficient cleaning plus they are non-absorbent and easy to disinfect. Thick mats provide cushioning for horses’ legs and feet which is helpful for arthritic horses and those prone to founder or laminitis. Choose Your Bedding Wisely – Finer bedding such as sawdust shavings is the best option. Just be careful how much bedding you use as if you overbed you will spend more time cleaning. Also, you will face an increased potential for dust exposure plus mould and allergens which can lead to respiratory problems. On the other hand, inadequate bedding or failing to clean stalls will increase the risk of problems linked to air quality. Consider Bedding Conditioner/Drying Agent – Equine bedding has a high moisture content that can really hold onto ammonia, especially when combined with humid air can lead to respiratory distress in horses. Consider a dry powder bedding conditioner and drying agent which is designed to keep bedding dry and reduces the potential for bacterial infection. Pick Stalls Regularly – Taking even just a few minutes to pick your horse’s stall before you leave each night can make mucking out much easier. This helps keep your horse happier, healthier and cleaner plus it helps cut back on odours and flies. It is particularly effective for horses that are a bit restless in their stalls and tend to grind manure into the equine bedding. Extend Turnout Time – Fewer hours horses spend indoors, the less time you will spend cleaning up after them. A regular turnout provides a number of benefits too. Equine field antics such as bucking, kicking, rolling, snorting and whining are all-natural movements that help clear respiratory systems and stretch sore and tight muscles. Healthier digestion is another added benefit of more...

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