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When we begin to switch our central heating systems on and pull out our winter jumpers, many of us horse owners begin to worry about our equine friends outside. While horses are impressively tolerant of cold conditions, as they approach their senior years their natural defences can weaken during the winter months. Here at Country & Stable, we know it is important to get into a good winter care regime to ensure your horse stays warm and healthy. There are a number of things you need to keep an eye on in the cold weather, such as your horse’s body condition, body temperature, their weight and more. You need to consider things like horse rugs, diet and existing health issues that could potentially worsen at this time of year. Do you know the signs of mud fever during wet weather? Do you know what to do to prevent your older horse losing weight when it’s harder for them to maintain body heat? If you don’t, or you do but would like more information, take a look at our handy infographic to get some vital tips on winter care for old horses…     Thank you to Remus Memorial Horse Sanctuary...

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Exciting news! Rambo Turnout Trade-in is back for another year at Country & Stable! Here is your chance to own a Rambo turnout. Country & Stable have teamed up with Horseware Ireland to offer you this unique opportunity. For a limited time only, you can trade in any cleaned and used turnout to receive £50 off the purchase of a Rambo turnout.* Want to take part in this offer but don’t live near us? No problem – simply give us a call and we will arrange for a freepost DPD label to be sent to you. You just need to drop the turnout rug off to your nearest DPD drop-off point. As soon as your rug is back with us we will send out your Rambo to you. How do you go about taking up this excellent offer? Follow these simple steps below: Step 1 – Register for your voucher at http://tti.horseware.com/voucher Step 2 – Once registered, email us info@countryandstable.com or call us on 0800 054 2205 with your Horseware code to gain your unique £50 off voucher code. Step 3 – Now shop for your perfect Rambo turnout at our Rambo turnout rug page or call us to place your order. Step...

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During the warmer summer months, it’s normal for most people to take precautions to prevent their skin from getting burned by the sun’s harmful UV rays. However, it is not as commonly known that the sun can be just as damaging to livestock as well, including horses. Many horses have patches of skin that lack pigmentation or have areas of white skin that is more susceptible to burning. So if you own horses that graze outdoors for prolonged periods in the summer months, you will find the following article highly useful. Below we outline various sunburn prevention methods, as well as available treatments if your horse is prone to sunburn. Prevention Preventing sunburn to your horses should be something taken very seriously. Prevention is the key to keeping your horses happy and healthy. Follow these 5 tips below to prevent sun damage: 1. Field Shelters Placing a mobile field shelter for your horses in their paddocks, will provide an excellent method of creating effective and flexible shaded areas to protect vulnerable horses skin from harmful UV rays. As they are not permanent structures, they can be easily moved to different locations as and when needed making them ideal for all...

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  With the warmth and comfort of summer comes a lot of sunshine, and that unfortunately brings rodents and insects looking to make a home to breed within your stables. Being able to control pest problems can be a real nuisance, but there are a number of steps that can be followed to help deal with this common issue. Unfortunately, pest and insect infestations can cause plenty of problems including food contamination meant for livestock. You do not want your horse food being wasted or having your feed contaminated through urination, feces, and hair, so it’s a good idea to keep them well away from your stables. Within this article, high quality makers of stables and mobile field shelters Olson Timber Buildings discuss ways to help prevent this common problem for horse owners. 10 suggestions to prevent pests and rodents from entering your stables Many people may not even be aware that they have a rodent issue. There are warning signs that you may notice such as chewed wires, droppings, gnawed wood and the sounds of feet scurrying through the walls of your stalls. Follow these 10 suggestions below to treat pest problems as described: 1. Remove Manure Daily The...

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Here at Country & Stable we’re never shy of celebrating the royals, and The Queen’s (official) birthday this year seemed like the perfect opportunity to appreciate her incredibly rich and varied life. What we decided to do was build a part of our website where you can enter your age (or any age you like) to find out what The Queen was doing at that age. You can take a look at it simply by clicking the link below: https://www.countryandstable.co.uk/celebrate-the-queen/ It’s full of fascinating facts that you’ll be unable to uncover as you browse through it. Did you know that Queen Elizabeth II first met her husband-to-be, Prince Philip, at the tender age of 8? At the age of 15 she appeared in her first pantomime, Cinderella, alongside her sister, Princess Margaret. It wasn’t until the age of 49 when she sent her first email, and it was 67 when she fired her first machine gun at a shooting centre in Surrey. She also met Marilyn Monroe aged 30, dined with John F. Kennedy and Jackie Kennedy at Buckingham Palace when she was 35 and had an encounter with Mother Teresa at the age of 57. It’s fair to say...

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Unlike humans, running around frantically with their fly swatters, horses do have a pretty handy natural fly swatter at their disposal: their tail. Though, as riders will know all too well, when the heat intensifies horses can be besieged by a range of pesky insects: face flies, insects, mosquitoes, horse flies, stable flies, midges and deer flies, to name just a few. All of them like to descend during those long, leisurely summer days. Outside of the obvious annoyance, they can also bring about some unwelcome outcomes i.e. if, say, your horse gets bitten, in some cases this can escalate from apparently small nicks to painful lumps and potential scabbing. This is where a quality fly mask or fly sheet comes into play. Essentially, fly masks and sheets are there to shield your horse’s sensitive areas: a mask keeps head, ears and eyes under wraps, while a full sheet, in turnout-style, covers the whole body. By wearing them during scorching days, they reduce the chances of biting and blood-sucking. To lend a helping hand as you’re browsing our array of fly masks and sheets, we’ve spotlighted some of our favourites. Everything on our shortlist features non-abrasive fabrics, stress-free designs and...

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If you suffer from any kind of allergies, then you’ll know how annoying they can be. Well it’s not just us who can suffer from them, our horses can too – and of course it’s much more difficult for them to tell us when something’s wrong! Here at Country & Stable, we’ve produced a beginner’s guide to the different types of allergies in horses, with symptoms to look out for and treatment and prevention tips. We’ve looked at the five main types of horse allergies: Airborne allergies Contact allergies Food allergies Insect bite allergies Medication & vaccine allergies Share this Image On Your Site Please include attribution to Country & Stable with this graphic. Text version of infographic Airborne allergens What are airborne allergens? Anything airborne that can irritate your horse, such as dust or pollen. Signs of airborne allergies in horses Can cause skin or respiratory problems, but rarely both at the same time Skin reactions – itching, redness, soreness Respiratory reactions – irregular breathing, coughing, wheezing, nasal drainage Eye problems Lethargy Prevention & treatment of airborne allergies in horses A vet can perform a skin test to identify cause Vaccines or medication may help Fly masks & sheets...

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We might be biased, but the equestrian industry really is a fantastic community to be a part of. Though, not everyone understands just how dedicated we really are and there are some things that only horse owners and true equestrians will understand. Whether it’s naughty horse behaviour – rug wreckers we’re looking at you – or those oddly satisfying mucking out moments, this is our world and we wouldn’t have it any other way.   Here are our favourites…   1. That sinking feeling when your horse rolls in dirt –  after you’ve just cleaned them This is particularly annoying the afternoon before an event. So you’ve spent those previous hours making your horse look splendid and in just one roll, all of your hard work is ruined.   2. The fact you actually enjoy the pungent aroma that is stable / yard smell That heady mix of leather, fresh hay, manure and horse. For us, it smells even nicer than any luxury perfume.   3. It’s inevitable – When you ride, you fall After some time, as a horse rider, you will be both strategic and creative when trying not to fall off your horse. Here at Country & Stable,...

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Whilst it isn’t the official first day of spring for another month, it seems we’re finally coming out of the darkness of winter and welcoming the lighter evenings and mornings. With this in mind, it’s the perfect time to start assessing your wardrobe and building up a capsule collection of clothing for spring. The weather in spring can be unpredictable as the season’s transition from the baron winter into the bloom of summer. Here at Country & Stable, we stock a fantastic range of stylish and practical clothing which is perfect for spring. Discover our favourite pieces! A gilet is an ideal way to stay warm on cooler spring days, without the multiple layers and restrictiveness of jumpers and overcoats. Our collection of women’s gilets includes gilet styles designed by your favourite country wear brands such as Toggi, Horseware Ireland and more! Our Ariat Ladies Conquest Vest is made with AriatTEK cold series which is intended to keep you warm when those outside temperatures are chilly – perfect for wearing around the stables. Perhaps you’re looking for a stylish statement gilet that you can wear out whilst walking the dog? Our Horseware Ladies Eve Padded Gilet is great for layering...

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It can be difficult to know if your horse is feeling unwell. It may be that they do not show any outward signs of distress, but often you can tell they are not feeling themselves. In order to keep your horse healthy and comfortable, it is important to perform regular routine health checks on your horse. Of course, any concerns you have about your horse’s health should be checked over by a qualified vet. However, there are a few checks you can perform weekly for peace of mind that your horse is functioning well, or whether they require further medical attention. Eyes, ears and nose Your horse’s facial extremities are good indicators of how healthy your horse is, and if your horse is mainly turned out in the paddock, the adverse weather conditions and fluctuating temperatures can really take its toll on their delicate skin. Regularly check that your horse’s nostrils are nice and wet, not dry or cracked and free from excess mucus. Ensure that their eyes are not filled with gunk or tearing too much, as any excess fluid could indicate an eye infection. If you notice any blood in your horse’s eyes or nose, call your local...

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