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RightRein Issue 1

Emma Rowbotham What’s next for this up and coming rider?

May 2011

Step-by-step lesson guide: Flatwork

Free with this issue: Body Condition Scoring Chart

Pretty in pink or back to beige? We look at how rider fashion is evolving.

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Editors Letter Welcome riders, to our May edition of RightRein which is focusing on what’s to come over summer. We’ve also cause controversy this month by broaching the subject of pink! I hope you’re all enjoying the beautiful weather we’ve been having and I’m sure there’s plenty more to come! Both my ponies had their first bath this year and stayed clean for all of five minutes before they rolled! I hope you all have more luck with your horses first baths especially if you’re preparing for shows! Be sure to check out pages 14 and 15 where you will find a gorgeous fleece to keep your horse clean and warm after a bath, or just to look classy at a show! I’ve treated my girls to fly masks this year to give them some relief Masta Fleece, Page 14 from the flies.You can read top tips on how to help your own horses battle the flies on page 122. That’s it from me! Be sure to get out in the sun and enjoy your horses. See you all next month.

Contents Cover Stories Body Condition Scoring Chart. Page 2 Free with this issue.

Pink Vs Beige Page 8 RightRein gets your views on pink.

Interview with Emma Rowbotham Page 10 Emma lets us into her equine world.

Laura xxx

Regulars

Features

Spotlight on Livery. Page 4

Summer Focus: Advice Page 12

This month, we’re in the beautiful hills of West Wales.

How to beat laminitis and sweet itch.

Step by Step lesson guide Page 6

BSHAI Instructor Shelley Buffery teaches a young horse to accept the contact.

Preparing for shows Page 13 With feeding advice from Baileys experts.

Shows in your region Page 13 Where will you be showing this year?

Rider fashion Page 14

Time to relax with some retail therapy.


Spotlight on Livery

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his month RightRein focuses on a livery yard nestled in the hills of the Snowdonia National Park (West Wales). Gilfach Y Gog (which translates as ‘The Cuckoos Retreat’), is situated above the tiny village of Llanegryn. Husband and wife Shelley and Neil Buffery set up the livery yard in 2001. They initially started the project for their own horses but after several inquiries decided to open the yard up to

The all weather arena was renovated in 2009. intermediate which means the course can accommodate complete beginners to advanced riders. Lightweight training jumps are available for use in the arena, and two full sets of show jumps are reserved for shows. They

Shelley and Neil’s newest two stable block. livery horses. In 2001 they built an L shape 5 stable block with a tack room and they now have stables for up to 22 horses, and additional grass livery for 7 horses. A year after they opened, they built an all weather 20 by 40 metre arena which was then renovated in 2009. In the same year they built a 20 jump cross country course including a water jump. The jumps range from minumus to

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Lightweight training jumps.


yard also holds annual shows which include something for everyone from dressage, show classes, show jumping and cross country. In addition to this, they organise charity rides, fun rides, day trips (to places such as Robinsons), trips to Horse of the Year, and social evenings. Future plans for 2011 include installing a lunge pen, extending customer car parking, introduction of portable cross country jumps. Lessons are available from Shelley Buffery BHSAI INT SM, who is also a UK CC International level two coach with 20 years experience in all equine disciplines. Stable manager, Neil Buffery said: “Unlike many yards, all our clients get on together and we all find it easy to socialise. There’s always people riding together in the arena, or going out on a hack”. The location of Gilfach allows for some of the most picturesque hacks and scenery in the Picnic area, and common room locality. with one set of show jumps in Facilities for customers include background. a common room, small kitchen, toilet, a rug room, and a secure tack room. Each customer gets individual storage and feed rooms, plus an allocated saddle

tailored plans for rehabilitation, veterinary rehearsals, schooling and breaking, clipping service and horse training in all three Cross country jump. disciplines. Hay, straw, bedding and feed is taken care of by Neil and Shelley and added to their monthly livery bill. They are always on site for help and advice and the kettle is always on. For more information call 07920094100

Shelley giving a lesson in the all weather arena.

Cross country jumps. and bridle rack. There is also a pinic and barbeque area, with separate smoking area. A tie up area is available on the yard for customers without stables, and during the hot summer months a space is allocated for bathing horses. Neil and Shelley run a bespoke service as to what the customer requires from their livery. They can also organise

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Cover Story

Step-by-step lesson guide:

Flatwork Shelley Buffery teaches Annesophie and Casper how to get the horse to accept contact and work straighter through his body and making him more obedient. << Shelley watched Annesophie warm up Casper for ten minutes to assess horse and riders way of going so she could get a clear picture of their bad habits. As you in this picture, Casper runs on the forehand and Annesophieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s position is not helping the situation. The reason for this could be lack of balance in the horse and rider riding downhill, pushing more weight onto the forehand.

Here from the other side you can see how her hands cross over the neck causing the horse to fall out through the shoulder and go crooked through his body which causes tension in the mouth, head, neck and back. >>

<< Here Shelley corrects positional faults to encourage the rider to sit straight and more balanced in her position so that the horse can then balance itself without having to worry about the rider being crooked as well and as Casper is a young horse he needs to find his own balance and not be held together by the rider.

In this picture, Shelley is teaching Casper and Annesophie turn on the forehand which encourages the horse to balance and move away from the leg as straight as possible without moving forward and you can see from the picture the crossing of the hind leg under the horses body which later encourages horses to step through from behind. >>

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<< In the walk Annesophie is asked to push Casper more forward into a steady contact and keep him straight through his body whilst carrying her hands and not allowing him to fall onto the forehand.

After 45 minutes of exercises, Casper is happily accepting the contact moving forward with a good rhythm and is more balanced and starting to use his back properly. Annesophie is now riding from leg to hand which is helping Casper as opposed to hindering and as you can see this creates a much better picture than the start. Annesophie finished the lesson by walking Casper on a long rein for 5 to 10 minutes to cool off and give him a reward. >>

Step by Step Step 1) Warm up for ten minutes (walking, change of rein, trot and canter). Step 2) Start gentle exercises and encouraging the horse to work through from behind into a steady contact. Step 3) Start using school movements to make the horse work laterally. Step 4) Work on improving transitions and vary tempo within each gait (e.g. Working trot to medium trot). Step 5) Cool off for ten minutes (walking, allowing the horse to stretch and help the horse to recover from exercise). Shelley says... Warm up and cool down are as important in a lesson as the lesson itself as horses need to warm up their muscles, get the blood flowing around the body, loosen up and chill out ready for hard work. I was pleased with Annesophie and Casper as they both worked very hard and had a very good result. RightRein Page 7. May 2011


Cover Story

Pretty in pink or back to beige?

RightRein investigates how rider fashion has been changing over the past decade. By Laura Clarke

her saying publicly that she would love suppose that adorning yourself in all to take part in the 2012 Olympics. This things pink whilst riding your pony is sparked fury in the equine world, going the equivalent to decking out your hen I first as far as a social network page called car with pink seat covers, pink fluffy started rid‘Katie Price Shouldn’t Take Part In The dice, a pink steering wheel cover and a Olympics 2012 Dressage’, with most bumper sticker that says “Powered by ing around people’s views being that she shouldn’t Fairy Dust”. I think the reason I hold 12 years ago, colours on be allowed to take off going all out pink on Krystle is the the yard were part just because she’s fact that I don’t want to humiliate her. fairly basic. already famous, and It sounds mad but sometimes when Buckets came in black that she should work I walk towards her in my pink gilet, and blue, jodhpurs her way up to the top or throw her pink cooling fleece on, I were beige and wellies like the rest of the can almost hear her sighing and rolling were green. My first competitors. her eyes. In an online poll, eighty per ponies show colours cent of people said No to pink horse The pink theme were red and navy wear. Student and keen horse rider started long before blue (Honey), and my Becca Parsons said: “I think pink on Katie Price introduced second ponies colours horses is just a little lame. I think it’s her equestrian range, were maroon and okay for kids and ponies but it’s coming but seems to be getbottle green (Krystle). nowhere NEAR my horses!” I still ting out of hand even At the time these have a soft spot for tradition. There’s by my standards. For were the most excitnothing I like more than seeing a flash instance, pink bits, and ing colours available. of red from the underneath of a show pink stirrup treads. Me and Krystle in her pink head Then gradually things jacket when a rider flies over a jump, One is hidden away collar and lead rope. started to change. or Ellen Whitaker in a pillar box red in the horses mouth, Colours and patterns fitted show jacket. But I also love that and the other is pink got much more exciting. I remember companies like Caldene are cottoning up until the moment you put your my first pair of pale pink jodhpurs, and onto this change in fashion by designing muddy riding boot in it. It’s strange then the next pair, cerise pink and navy a show jacket with diamanté around how although riders may have one or blue check. There’s no mistaking which the collar. Admittedly no one has gone two items in pink (and sometimes only side of the fence I’m on. I’m pro-pink. as far as creating a cerise pink show because it wasn’t available in any other But there are plenty of people in the jacket (and they colour), that no equine world who have not embraced probably never one goes all out these bright bold colours. will) but at least and has everything Most famously, glamour model Katie they are still pink. Not even Price, otherwise known as Jordan, has embracing the me, and I drive a released her own range of horse wear change. I don’t pink car. I would called KP Equestrian. The line isn’t just think pink will be though, I’d even go about pink but it brings a new dimenaccepted in the as far as a pink bit, sion to equestrian wear. Her range ofshow ring anytime or stirrup treads fers denim jodhpurs, velour tracksuits, soon, and I think (which would diamanté bridles and much more. She that goes for Katie match my pink has even released a range of pink trailPrice too. Good diamanté stirers and lorries in collaboration with rider or not it will rups), if it wasn’t More traditional colours Equi Trek. take something for the ribbing I The view of many people is that Katie spectacular to would receive at Price isn’t taking riding seriously. In gain the equine world’s respect. the hands of my livery yard friends. I 2008 her success in dressage led to

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What do you think? Annesophie Tronet, French Teacher.

There are 2 issues here colours and pink! I’ll concentrate on pink! Why do manufacturers always end up producing everything in pink... shopping for a girl under 10 is almost impossible to find something other than pink especially at affordable price. Pink this, pink that... and now it has spread to horses, pink brushes, pink saddles, pink rugs, pink everything. What is wrong with you people? Why pink? What does pink represent? According to KP, it brings glamour into the yard !? oh yes because I can see myself mucking out my stables in those tiny little velour shorts teamed with pink wellies naturally.... Do I have to put false eye lashes, orange fake tan and inject collagen in my lips too? (Don’t even get me started on the fake “I have some disappointing boobs). news. Wearing a KP Polo I think darker colours are more Shirt will not transport you appropriate, for one, into a life of private dresyou get covered in sage lessons.” mud, hair, slob, and secondly, pink is for girlies, not for doing physical work, I’d like to see farmers wife in pink overall! Katie price is a shrewd business woman who saw a gap in the originally conservative equine clothing market what better opportunity than to flood it with Barbie doll sparkly tat. KP knew that she could use her glamorous persona and so called celebrity status to influence sales. Now you’d better sit down I have some disappointing news...wearing a Katie price polo shirt along with pink stitched denim jodhpurs will sadly not instantly transport you into a life of private dressage lessons with Andrew Gould, loose boxes full of shiny horses, a team of grooms on hand 24 hours a day or give you anything else that the KP brand likes to glamorise. I don’t use my horse as a fashion accessory the same way as I wouldn’t put my dog in a poochy pet carrier handbag. There’s a time and a place for glamour and I don’t feel the need to be glamorous when I’m shovelling horse poo or exercising my horse. And I certainly don’t need pink or diamantes to be glamorous!

Sally Clarke, Clinical Nurse Practitioner.

I’ve been around horses for most of my life. Started riding at the age of 11 when my Dad won some riding lessons for me. All the girls on the yard had the obligatory cream joddies.....Saddles and bridles were brown, rugs were also brown or black. Ok I might be 49 years old, but I love to see all of the bright new funky colours on the yard these days...Trust me I’ve taken some stick over my lilac coloured jodhpurs and my daughter gets teased over her ‘penchant for pink’, but its “All the girls on the yard fun especially for had the obligatory cream youngsters. We have 2 ponies... one has joddies...” a purple/lilac theme and the other a pink theme, right down to the feed and water buckets! Its become a bit of a standing joke at our yard that my daughter is the ‘pink freak’, but we both just see it as a bit of fun. Of course the beige, cream and black comes out for shows, and I wouldn’t have it any other way but I don’t see the harm in a bit of colour on the yard. I am by no means a Katie Price “I’m sticking to my fanatic and abhor most lilac and to hell with things that she stands for the jibes. I’m not but at least she is trying trying to be Katie to funk things up a little... Price.” even if her main agenda is to make a profit from it. So I’m sticking with my lilac and to hell with the jibes, I’m not trying to be Katie Price, I haven’t got the same ‘attributes’ that she has anyway, I’m just trying to make an enjoyable hobby a little less ‘bland’ and colourless. How can something which brightens the horse world, and provides pleasure for children and adults alike be a bad thing? Its harmless fun and I love it, so bring on the pink. To have your say visit: www.rightrein.co.uk

For more information on Katie Price’s range of equestrian wear, visit www.kpequestrian.com. RightRein Page 9. May 2011


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Emma Rowbotham...

... Shares her equine experiences.

ride. And he games, where he is the star of the taught me show!” Emma rode Wicky until to fall off. I she was eight when she moved on think I went to a Section B Chestnut named to my first Rhapsody. “He was really green.” show when She recalls. “He was only about I was four years old, we “My Granfour. bought him on and I was dad bought then I started comjust in peting on him. Just in me my first Lead Rein classes to pony when start with. Then onto First Ridden classes. I was a I did a bit of jumpweek old!” ing with him, then outgrew him sadly.” wellies and After that, Emma made do with leggings, I loaning ponies and riding other ancashire girl Emma didn’t have peoples as this was cheaper for Rowbotham may only be all the gear. It was just a lo21 years old but has had cal show and all the people more equestrian expewere really nice. They kitrience in that time than some ted me out in jackets and people have in a lifetime. When jodhpurs. When my parents people say they have been riding split up, we put him out on for as long as they can remember, loan and we ended up losing they usually mean they’ve been contact with him. He was a riding since they yearling were a child. But when I Emma really has was born Emma on Rhapsody. been around which horses all of her would life. “My Granmake him dad bought me 22 now so her parents. After this she owned my first pony we thought at a 14hh Arab type, then moved when I was a worst he might onto a Cob. “I went through all week old. It was of passed the different types.” She jokes. a little Shetland away. Then last But what would her ideal horse yearling called month my old be? “My mum has got a Section D Wicky. I started riding instrucand I like the compactness of her, riding him before tor spotted she’s small but like a barrel. I’d like I could walk. him at a loan Irish Draught Thoroughbred Emma riding Wicky. He taught me to cal pony club cross, for eventing. Or a hunter

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type.” Emma admits that although she’s not done any eventing yet, that she would like to in the future. “Mainly because I haven’t done much jumping. I’ve mostly done show classes like equitation classes, cob classes and working hunter.” At home, Emma has two horses which she rides. The first is section D named Lady Polagara. They call her Lady for short but throughout the interview, Emma refers to her as ‘Littlun’. The second is an Irish Draught Thoroughbred cross named Murphy. Emma refers to him as the Big lad, understandably as he’s 16.2hh. She also helps a friend out by exercising her brother and sister pair of Irish Thoroughbred cross named Basil and Bonnie. Emma’s most important role to date is as Captain of the University of Chester Equestrian Team. They compete in the BUCS

League, which stands for British Universities and Colleges Sports. Each team has a home venue, for Emma’s team, it’s The Wirral Riding Centre. Each University hosts a home match and riders are required to ride that venues horses. Team members chose which horse the are riding at random from a draw. They are judged against each other as to who can get the best out of the horse. “The maximum we jump is 90cm

which is enough on an unknown ous.” horse, you don’t know what I asked Emma what was her most you’re going to get on. The biggest nerve wracking or embarrassI’ve jumped is about a metre. I’m a ing experience. “It was probably bit of a scaredy cat when it comes at a match in Bangor last year. to jumping.” I’m not a very confident jumper Despite being team Captain, because I haven’t done much in Emma hasn’t been able to do the past. But before you can ride, much competthe venue needs to prove that ing this year. their horse is capable of jumping “I’ve stepped a round of jumps. They bought back. It’s hard out the horse I had drawn to ride. enough to It was an ex show jumper and it organise all the whizzed around the course! The matches them- girls I was with said my face went selves without green! I was so scared! I think I riding as well. trotted between all the jumps. But Next year I got a clear round so I was quite there’s more chuffed with that. committee so Emma admits that she still finds I am hoping it scary riding unknown horses. to ride for the “It is scary. Even though I’ve ridteam. den for other people I’ve always The thing people fear most when been used to getting on unknown horse riding is fallhorses. But when “My Mum used you go to a venue ing off, but this isn’t something that worto say that seven they could give you ries Emma. “I’ve had anything.” falls makes a good falls. When people say Despite her equine rider.” to me ‘Have you ever experience, Emma fallen off?’ I say Oh is in her second yeah! Hundreds of year of studytimes! My Mum used to say that ing Geography, and a career in seven falls makes a good rider. show jumping is not on the cards. I’ve had loads more than that. But “I’ve always been told there’s no nothing - touch wood - too serimoney in horse riding. Unless RightRein Page 11. May 2011


you’ve already got money to start with. What’s the next step for this young rider then? “I’d like to get a youngster when I’ve got a job and I’m settled down somewhere. Definitely another Irish Draught Thoroughbred type. I like Thoroughbreds but I like something with a bit more bulk,” Emma enjoys spending her spare time with her horses, but doesn’t do much hacking. “‘Littlun’ is partially blind in one eye so we can only ride her in the field and the arena which we have at home. The Big lad has bad feet so he can’t do much road work. I take Basil and Bonnie out on fun rides but that’s about it.” Although Emma has done some jumping, her favorite discipline is flatwork and dressage. I asked Emma if she aspires to anyone. “I know it’s a cliche but probably Zara Phillips. I love watching

eventing especially at Badminwhere never given it to them on ton even though Zara Phillips a plate, they always had to work didn’t compete this year. Oliver for it.You have to go up the ranks Townend is another of my favorlike anyone else. She just expects ite riders. He’s an eventer too.” to be able to go to the Olympics.” Finally, I asked Emma the quesSo does this mean she doesn’t like tion that has been plaguing the pink? “I don’t understand the vepages of this month’s issue. Katie lour tracksuits, they have nothing Price. What does she think about to do with horses. But the rest of the prospect of the the stuff is fine. It brings former glamour model a bit of colour doesn’t competing in the 2012 it? I say yes to colour. London Olympics. “It What does it matter.” drives me mad if I’m Emma had to leave honest. It annoys me me then, she was off that people can buy to bath “Littlun’ in the their way to the top sunshine. But she left when there’s so many me thinking that she good riders working is a down to earth, hard, holding down a Lancashire girl who will full time job as well as succeed at whatever pursuing eventing cashe puts her mind to. reers. She can afford to buy ‘push button’ horses, she just has to All images courtesy of Emma Rowbotham. sit there. Even the Whitakers

Summer Focus

The mud has dried out and summer is finally here, but not without it’s own set of problems. Read on for RightRein’s guide to avoiding laminitis, rooting out Ragwort, and fly free ponies. Laminitis. If you have a pony that is prone to getting lamintis then you’ll probably spend the winter dreading spring and summer. Read on for expert advice on how to avoid laminitis. The component in grass which causes lamintis is called Fructan, which is a storage carbohydrate. Cold, bright conditions increase the amount of Fructan in grass. To reduce the risk of your horse getting too much Fructan, keep the amount of grass low, (this can be done by strip grazing), turn out when Fructan content in grass is low, and limit the period of time at grass. Vet Debbie Morrison says: “It’s the first lush grass that contains the most sugar so avoid turning laminitis prone horses out on this as even a small increase in sugars can trigger it. My best advice is to keep the paddock small. Another cause of laminitis

is your horse being overweight as this puts pressure on your horses feet. The first thing to look out for is your horse being a bit sore when it’s walking. It’s not as obvious as when a horse is lame on one leg as the horse will be sore on all four feet so look out for it carefully and don’t let your horse become overweight.” (See page opposite for information on how to increase your horses weight safely). Ragwort. Debbie suggests that Ragwort has a bitter taste to horses and therefore they will only eat it if they have nothing else to eat. “Over time, Ragwort will cause liver damage but a horse won’t eat it if it has a choice. The only time they may ingest it is when is may be in hay. When it’s dried it doesn’t taste bitter. Check your horses field for Ragwort and also if you plan on making hay the

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following year.” Sweet Itch. Something many horse owners tear their hair out trying to combat. Debbie’s advice is to keep horses away from area’s where there are lots of Nats. Bring your horse in before dusk and avoid fields near water as Nats breed in water. “As it is the Nats bite which causes the sweet itch, the best thing to do is to prevent them biting, fly rugs and masks are effective but I recommend Switch Pour On which contains Permepherin. Pour it over your horse (avoiding the saddle area) and your horse should be fly free for up to a week.” Bot Flies. Most horses will have suffered at the hands of a Bot Fly, but there is new evidence to suggest Bot Flies aren’t as dangerous as first thought. Debbie says: “Bot flies work by laying eggs on the horse.

When the horse grooms itself it ingests the eggs which grow worms inside the horse. However regular worming will treat this. The worms don’t become fully grown until the winter which is the only time they may cause a problem, however if you worm your horse regularly (4 or 5 times a year) it shouldn’t be a problem. The main issue with Bot Flies is the fact that they upset the horse by chasing it around the field relentlessly. Normal fly repellents will help but again I recommend the pour on fly repellent. “ If you are worried about any of these issues, be sure to contact your vet.


Preparing for shows RightRein teams up with Baileys to explain how to get your horse in top condition just in time for the show season. Frequency of feeding.

are also antioxidants.

One of the earliest things you need to consider when preparing for shows is your horses weight. A balanced diet needs to be carefully planned months before show season to ensure your horse is the perfect weight for showing. Baileys feed advisor Minty Knowles explains that lots of small meals is more effective than one big meal. However this is not always feasible for horse owners with a nine to five job. “Too many people try to promote weight gain by feeding more pasture mix or cool mix that they were previously feeding. A much better way to achieve weight gain is to feed Baileys No 4 Top Line Conditioning Cubes or No 17 Top Line conditioning mix.” Says feed expert Minty.

Fizzy horses. A problem arises in trying to add weight to your horse when you have an excitable horse. Adding energy to the diet is required for weight gain but often all this achieves is more energy and very little weight gain. Minty advises feeding cubes rather than a mix. “Cubes contain less starch than a mix and because starch provides quick release energy this needs to be kept to a minimum. A high fibre diet will be good here combined with a high oil “Take extra care supplement to top up the with weight calories.” Minty when showing Baileys No 2 Working Horse youngsters.” and pony cubes which can be fed alongside Baileys Outshine. More importantly for a fizzy horse, is good quality forage. The better the quality, the smaller the amount needed to provide the right amount of nutrients.

Healthy gut. Another thing to consider is to ensure your horses gut is healthy and working efficiently. The use of digestive aids has become more popular recently as gut bacteria “Gut bacteria is is important as it required for a is required healthy immune for breaking down system.” fibre and also helps ensure your horse has a healthy immune system. “Every time your horse goes to the loo, the good gut bacteria is lost from the digestive tract. The excitement of shows or travelling means that your horse may get a bit loose, or go more frequently which disrupts the bacterial population.” A pre biotic supplement such as Baileys Digest Plus will help restore this healthy bacterial population.

Your horses feet. Don’t forget to think about your horses hoofs. This needs to be planned 6 to 9 months in advance of show season as hoof horn takes this long to grow down. The key nutrients which are required for healthy hoof growth are methionine, zinc and biotin, all of which can be found in Baileys Low Cal balancer.

Coat Condition You’ll also be thinking about your horses coat. Aside from bathing your horse when it comes to show time, you can help your horses coat shine from the inside. Most people increase the amount of oil in their horses diet to increase coat shine but combinations of other nutrients as well as oil can help. Baileys Outshine contains vitamins and minerals such as selenium and vitamin e, which

Shows near you: Wales: Aberystwyth and County Show. Saturday 11th June. Unaffiliated Dressage Competition. Denbigh and Flint. Sunday 5th June. North West: Cross Country Competition. Beacon Riding Club. Lancashire. Sunday 12th June.

Showing youngsters. There are many arguments surrounding the issue of the showing industry encouraging obesity in show horses. It is damaging to the health of an adult horse but even more so in young horses as the extra weigh can cause pressure on the horses limbs. Take extra care with weight when showing young stock as obesity at a young age can affect the health working life of your horse. Baileys Stud balancer contains everything your youngster needs for growth and development. This can also be fed with Baileys Outshine so you can still achieve a glossy coat.

Minty’s Top Tip: “Weigh your feed so you can be sure you are feeding the correct quantities to make a difference.” For more advice on nutrition or to get a diet plan tailored to your horse’s needs, contact Baileys: 01371 850247 or email: info@baileyshorsefeeds.co.uk

West Midlands: Unaffiliated Evening Show jumping. Herefordshire. Wednesday 1st June. East Midlands: British Show jumping A/p Senior. Northamptonshire. Sunday 1st June. South West: British Dressage.

Bicton College, Devon. Saturday 4th June. London and South East: Wimbledon Village Fair and Horse Show. London. Saturday 18th June. Open Show Jumping. Sussex. Sunday 26th June.

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What’s hot this summer?

Fashions for you and your horse. << Caldene Ladies Harewood Show Jacket. £88.00. Rideaway. Cause controversy in the show ring with this beautiful Caldene jacket. Made from polyester, it has contrasting lining and piping and a pink velvet collar.

Katie Price Diamanté Leather Bridle. >> From the Queen of glitz and glamour itself comes this stunning bridle with diamanté across the nose band and brow band. Available in sizes Pony, Cob and Full.

<< Masta Suede Fleece Rug. £28.59, Rideaway. Perfect for cooling off after a show. Velvet feel suede fleece with silver binding, twin front straps, cross surcingles and a fillet string. Available in Rumba Red or Navy.

Rock Fish Rider Reflex 360 Gilet. £54.99. Rideaway. >> Once again Rock Fish combine fashion and practicality with this Hi-Vis gilet. It is lightweight and waterproof and is also machine washable. Cleverly and stylishly cut to flatter any figure.

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<< RightRein Favorite! Mountain Horse Wicked T-shirt £14.99. Rideaway. We’re loving this fabulous T-shirt by Mountain Horse. The gorgeous design is by Swedish airbrush artist Lobelia Barker. This limited edition top is available in sizes from Extra Small to Extra Large.

Katie Price Leather Diamanté Head Collar £39.99. KP Equestrian. >> One again Katie brings a spot of glamour to the yard. This stunning leather head collar comes in black or brown with beautiful diamanté detail across the nose band. Available in sizes Pony, Cob and Full.

<< Zara Phillips Team Jacket £99.99. Rideaway. In honor of the royal wedding and Zara’s impending nuptials and because we all know it still rains in summer and this jacket is perfect for those days. It is lightweight, breathable and waterproof. It has a double ended zip, velcro fastening cuffs and zipped inner and outer pockets. It’s everything you could ask for in a riding coat and worth every penny.

Sherwood Forest Ladies Chester Jodhpurs. £39.90. Rideaway. >> Brighten up the livery yard this summer with these fantastic jodhpurs. They come in Pink, Denim, Black, Brown and Purple and are available in sizes 8 to 18.

All images and information courtesy of Rideaway and KP Equestrian.

Stockists: Rideaway Stillington Road, Sutton-on-the-Forest, York,

YO61 1EH www.rideaway.co.uk info@rideaway.co.uk 01347 810443

Katie Price Equestrian Range Available direct from www.kpequestrian.com and Derby House, www.derbyhouse.co.uk. RightRein Page 15. May 2011


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