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“VISIT YOUR LOCAL RETAILER” SAYS TOP RIDER

Now that summer has arrived, it’s time to visit your local tackshop to buy fly rugs, Mary King is telling her fans. “Please take some time to visit your local retailer,” urges the ever-smiling event rider in a new video. “They need your help…” Mary goes on to recommend the Bucas Buzz-Off rug range. “With all this beautiful weather, the flies are really beginning to come out,” she adds.  You can see Mary’s message in this short video clip:

TAKE FOOTWEAR SALES IN YOUR STRIDE

Seeking a new and different line to stock? Look no further… After last week’s downpours, a new pair of all-weather wellies will be on many horse owners’ shopping lists.  Pheasant Game Lady boots from Gateway 1 are clearly at home in the shooting sector. And now they’re putting a spring into the step of the equestrian market. Indeed, these well-balanced boots with their trainer-type footbeds make for effortless walking across the countryside. Other great selling points for horsey customers are...

ACHIEVING GENETIC POTENTIAL…

We only get one crack at feeding young horses to give them the best start in life.  When feeding youngstock, the three main aims are to allow them to achieve their full genetic potential, to minimise the risk of illness and to achieve both these objectives in a cost-effective way, writes Nicola Tyler BSc (Hons), R.Nutr, nutrition director, TopSpec Equine Whether a young horse is home-bred or purchased, every owner wants to give him the best possible start in life and this is usually achieved with grazing or hay/haylage supplemented with...

“IT’S LIKE SOMEONE HAS FLICKED A SWITCH”

Pony owner is ‘truly gobsmacked’ by this product.  It was like someone had flicked a switch on my pony, writes ETN editor Liz Benwell.  My first encounter with NAF Oestress has left me truly gobsmacked.  But to re-wind… My little mare is a good pony; safe, sound and sensible and not at all naughty.  However, as soon as Spring comes, any excuse and her tail goes up, back arched and she’s weeing. She’s a big flirt… When...

SMILE, PLEASE!

A reason to be cheerful as we get back to business.  Doing your bit can be fun too… these new face masks turn the Sprenger logo into a smile when they’re put on. UK distributor Zebra Products is sending out a free pack of five to every Sprenger trade customer placing an order, while stocks last.  Retailers can buy extra masks at £17.50 plus VAT for a pack of five.  German brand Sprenger is well-known for its innovative lorinery including...

KEEP YOUR SOCIAL DISTANCE!

Wearable device lets workers and shoppers know when they’ve crossed the 2m line.  A new wearable device buzzes or flashes when people break the two-metre social distancing rule. Worn on a lanyard or hard hat, Taicer Alert works via Bluetooth technology to help keep people safe in shops, offices, warehouses and, when they resume, conferences.  Produced by North Yorkshire based Intelligent Sport Technologies (IST), it’s designed to support social distancing and boost confidence as coronavirus lockdown measures are relaxed.  The makers...

WHAT HORSE OWNERS REALLY WANT TO KNOW ABOUT FEEDING

Nutritional helplines have been much called upon during the Covid-19 crisis. But what have your customers been asking? The helpline at Dodson & Horrell has been really busy during lockdown, says Amy Nash BSc (Hons), nutritional advisor for the feed manufacturer. Lots of interesting questions have been asked, but one of the main things horse owners have wanted is support and reassurance. Just being there for them has been central to what we do. Quite often, we speak to end-users where it’s simply a case of going through...

THE TROUBLE WITH WEEDS

Ragwort in paddocks can harm horses’ health; while spreading thistles could upset the neighbours.  Many horse owners simply ignore weeds growing in paddocks, letting their animals graze around them. This is not always in the horse’s or paddock’s interests, says Dr Nicola Perry, weed biology specialist for Corteva Agriscience. “Weeds need controlling for many reasons. Some, such as ragwort, are poisonous and potentially lethal to horses that eat them.  “Others, like nettles and docks, will take over if left unchecked, leaving no space for grass to grow. 

TO RUG OR NOT TO RUG?

A cost-effective, all-weather solution is what’s needed. While recent rain has been welcomed for the grass and the going, it’s given your customers a dilemma about whether or not to rug their horses.  A breathable rug – like the Rhinegold Lightweight Torrent Outdoor Rug - is the perfect answer. This 600-denier waterproof rug has no fill, making it incredibly versatile.   Already a best-seller and recipient of rave reviews, the Rhinegold Lightweight Torrent Outdoor Rug has been upgraded for 2020...

FARRIERS ENDORSE NEW HOOF CARE COLLECTION

Well-trialled products are launched tomorrow. Two new applications to provide everyday care for all types of hooves have joined the PROFEET range from NAF.    More than five years’ research have gone into the development of Farrier’s Solution and Farrier’s Dressing. Both products have been trialled by top farriers and their toughest clients. Farriers’ feedback has influenced the new recipes during their development. The end result – which launches tomorrow (4 June) - is a solution to help enable hooves conquer the threats they encounter...
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