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Mental Health Awareness Week
October 4, 2021 | Health & WellbeingHorseOutdoors
Mental Health Awareness Week

Mental Health Awareness Week 3rd – 9th October 2021   As it is Mental Health Awareness Week, we thought it was important to focus on how horses can help your mental health. Millions of Americans are living with mental health…

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An English Saddle Pad Buying Guide
October 1, 2021 | HorseHorse TackRiding
An English Saddle Pad Buying Guide

An English Saddle Pad Buying Guide Did you know that the equipment you choose can greatly affect the comfort of your horse? If you choose the wrong equestrian accessories, you risk exposing your horse to more strain, friction, and other injuries while…

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Why Use Tendon Boots for Horses?
September 19, 2021 | HorseRiding
Why Use Tendon Boots for Horses?

Why Use Tendon Boots for Horses? There's nothing like riding a thoroughbred through an open field of wildflowers. And if you've never had the chance to, you can at least imagine the glory of an open sky and a field…

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Sustainable September
September 17, 2021 | Business NewsHorseStyle
Sustainable September

Sustainable September Sustainable September: putting the environment first. The environment and climate change is a topic of priority for most retailers – and rightly so.  Fast fashion is one of the largest contributors to C02 emissions globally. Everyday, tons of…

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Meet Amanda Shirtcliffe, our Great British Sponsored Para Dressage Rider
July 8, 2021 | EventsHorseOutdoorsRiding
Meet Amanda Shirtcliffe, our Great British Sponsored Para Dressage Rider

We have proudly been sponsoring Amanda Shirtcliffe for several years now and have seen her develop into an International Para Athlete and gain a place on the World Class Squad. We would like to introduce you to Amanda in more…

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Flex-On Stirrups – The Equestrian Brand Taking the World by Storm
June 18, 2021 | HorseRidingStyle
Flex-On Stirrups – The Equestrian Brand Taking the World by Storm

The hype surrounding these unique stirrups is well deserved. Favored by professional and amateur riders alike, they truly are a revolutionary product. Backed up by scientific research and made with innovative technology and materials, Flex-On stirrups are designed to aid…

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Eight Tips for Safe Herd Behavior in Turnout
March 8, 2021 | Horse
Eight Tips for Safe Herd Behavior in Turnout

Horses are the happiest and healthiest when they can roam outside, but it is not always possible to give them the time and space they need. Just like humans, horses need to socialize, exercise and spend time outdoors for their…

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Four Ways to Ensure a Safe Exercise Routine for Your Horse This Winter
February 12, 2021 | HorseOutdoors
Four Ways to Ensure a Safe Exercise Routine for Your Horse This Winter

As the winter months grow colder in some parts of the globe, you may be wondering how to ensure that your horse maintains proper exercise. Colder temperatures and snow or rainy conditions, coupled with icy footing, may make it difficult…

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Cold Comfort – Feeding Your Horse in Winter
January 22, 2021 | Horse
Cold Comfort - Feeding Your Horse in Winter

Depending on how cold the climate is where you live, feeding your horse during the winter months can require a good deal of attention. On the positive side, that attention means routine visits with your horse to monitor its condition.…

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Understanding Equestrian Judges’ Scores
January 11, 2021 | HorseRiding
Understanding Equestrian Judges’ Scores

Any time you earn a blue ribbon in hunter or equitation disciplines, you probably don’t think about how the judges evaluated your performance. You may feel the same way about a red… unless you feel you did your very best…

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On Firmer Ground – Winter Hoof Care
December 23, 2020 | Horse
On Firmer Ground – Winter Hoof Care

Depending on where you live, winter can require varying degrees of adjustment to your hoof care routine. The colder and snowier the climate, the more there is to consider.   Of course, if the weather is too harsh, your horse…

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Healthy Stables for The Holidays
December 11, 2020 | Horse
Healthy Stables for The Holidays

When we think of stabling our horse in winter, it’s natural to think of it as “sheltering.” But the same winter blues that can affect us when weather keeps us indoors can affect our horse in its own way.  …

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Caring For Your Horse in Winter
December 7, 2020 | Horse
Caring For Your Horse in Winter

In the same way we gear up for winter weather with different wardrobes and schedules, we need to change our routines for horse care. Depending on your climate and stabling situation, this may be a slight adjustment or a major…

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Choosing A Saddle Pad
November 18, 2020 | Horse
Choosing A Saddle Pad

Saddle pads can be a crucial element of equestrian gear. There is an abundance of colors, shape styles and sizes available. It can be daunting trying to choose the right saddle pad and riders might use one for months before deciding to buy another.…

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Equine First Aid – Being Prepared
October 21, 2020 | Horse
Equine First Aid – Being Prepared

It’s a rare horse that never suffers an injury of some kind. Horses are active, curious, and social, which means they can run into hazards or bang into each other.   The following should be at the top of the…

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Horse Boots & Bandages 101
October 6, 2020 | Horse
Horse Boots & Bandages 101

Covering your horse’s legs with some kind of applied protection is common practice and—we would argue—a prudent one. Applying boots or bandages is a personal choice depending on the horse and the discipline. That same conversation can also quickly turn…

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Like A Horse To Water – Horse Hydration Tips
September 14, 2020 | Horse
Like A Horse To Water – Horse Hydration Tips

Like any domesticated animal, providing good food and water for your horse is a baseline of care. Some horses can be surprisingly finicky about their water. What’s more, the level of exercise required of show and event horses places unique…

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Horse Travel Health Tips – Good Rules For The Road
August 27, 2020 | Horse
Horse Travel Health Tips - Good Rules For The Road

Your horse will inevitably have to travel for any number of reasons. Even if all the travel arrangements are made by your stable, you’ll want to know the proper protocols for yourself. There are a couple of reasons for this:…

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Treating Your Horse Like The Athlete It Is
August 20, 2020 | Horse
Treating Your Horse Like The Athlete It Is

Comparisons are regularly drawn between competing equines and professional athletes. But there are actually no human athletes who perform the feats that hunter/jumpers or cross-country eventers do. The physics of a horse’s considerably greater mass change all the calculations for…

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Winning Riders’ Mindsets For Every Discipline
July 22, 2020 | Horse
Winning Riders’ Mindsets For Every Discipline

Show season is back! Between now and the official end of summer, there will be an average of 40 nationally-sanctioned shows every weekend across the country. You may have already competed at one. How did you do? Even if you…

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How to Manage Summer Heat For Your Horse
July 8, 2020 | Horse
How to Manage Summer Heat For Your Horse

Long days of riding, practicing, or competing in the sun can take a toll on your horse. So it’s important to adjust their care to counter the harmful effects of sun exposure. Provide Shade If your horse lives or spends…

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Warming Up and Cooling Down Your Horse
June 29, 2020 | Horse
Warming Up and Cooling Down Your Horse

Any athlete will tell you, the key to making the most of your workout is to warm up before and cool down after. The same goes for your horse. Whether practicing, competing, or just going for a long ride, properly…

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How to Prevent Horse Sunburn
June 2, 2020 | Horse
How to Prevent Horse Sunburn

Everyone loves a little Vitamin D - even horses. With summer fast approaching, warmer and sunnier weather, and longer trail rides are just around the corner. While the prospect of spending more time outdoors bonding with your horse may be…

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First Aid Essentials
May 13, 2020 | Horse
First Aid Essentials

With any emergency, time is of the essence. Much like the importance of having the correct gear on hand for competition season, having the necessary items in your first aid kit for both you and your horse is essential. While…

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Box Rest Tips
April 21, 2020 | Horse
Box Rest Tips

One quick visit from the vet and it’s box rest for your beloved horse. Instead of preparing for early mornings at the stable, you’re now preparing your horse for confinement in hopes of treating an injury or preventing the onset…

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What’s In Your Tack Box?
April 7, 2020 | Horse
What’s In Your Tack Box?

The power of a good tack box should never be underestimated. Keeping the right items on hand will ensure the easiest experience for you and your horse in the stable and in the arena. So, just what should you keep…

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Digging Out of the Mudding Season
March 17, 2020 | Horse
Digging Out of the Mudding Season

We all enjoy the picturesque feel of a field covered in a blanket of snow but unfortunately, the snow eventually melts and leaves behind a muddy, sloppy mess. Mud is not only unpleasant to look at, but also poses problematic…

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Beginner’s Guide to Horse Grooming
February 21, 2020 | Horse
Beginner's Guide to Horse Grooming

Grooming is not only a wonderful chance for a rider to bond with a horse, but it is also a chance for young or inexperienced horses to get comfortable with human interaction. While regular grooming improves the look of your…

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Winter Hoof Care
February 13, 2020 | Horse
Winter Hoof Care

As all riders and horse owners know, keeping on top of hoof care and maintenance is vital in producing a healthy, comfortable and well-performing horse. While the basics of hoof care may not change from season-to-season, there are a few…

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Best Boots for Winter
January 17, 2020 | HorseOutdoors
Best Boots for Winter

Are you ready to elevate your winter wardrobe with footwear that makes a statement? A great pair of boots can add some flair to an otherwise drab outfit while still giving you the support you need.     With so many…

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Riding in the Winter
January 17, 2020 | HorseOutdoorsRiding
Riding in the Winter

With shorter daylight hours and icy temperatures sweeping across the U.S., understanding your horse’s needs is critical to keeping your horse happy and healthy in the approaching winter.     Use Your Head  While horses are better equipped to handle freezing…

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Horse Show Essentials
January 17, 2020 | HorseRiding
Horse Show Essentials

Horse shows can be overwhelming. Being prepared is always a great way to ease some of the stress and tension of show day. From weekend long events to one day only shows, preparation is key in making sure that you…

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Boots & Wraps: On Sounder Footing
January 16, 2020 | HorseRiding
Boots & Wraps: On Sounder Footing

https://vimeo.com/381200448   Whether applying a polo wrap, a brushing boot, or a tendon boot, it’s important to know how each prevents injuries or promotes healing.

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Saddlepads: The Right Connection With Your Horse
January 16, 2020 | HorseOutdoorsRiding
Saddlepads: The Right Connection With Your Horse

https://vimeo.com/381193665 The variety of saddlepad options and materials can be confusing. Different situations call for different equipment.

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Icing Technique: A Stimulating Perspective
January 16, 2020 | HorseRiding
Icing Technique: A Stimulating Perspective

https://vimeo.com/381197256 Adding stimulation when icing your horse’s legs can accelerate the treatment. But there can also be too much of a good thing.

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Brush vs. Mitts: A Handy Guide for Grooming Gear
January 16, 2020 | HorseRiding
Brush vs. Mitts: A Handy Guide for Grooming Gear

https://vimeo.com/381198347 Nothing brings us closer to our horse than pre- and post-exercise grooming. The right kit makes the most of this special bond.

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Top Tips For Looking After Your Horse’s Hooves
September 13, 2019 | Horse
Top Tips For Looking After Your Horse’s Hooves

Your horse’s hooves are impressive things. With a relatively small surface area, their complex structure supports the weight of your horse, and often a rider, which is why they need special care. Luckily, there is plenty you can do to…

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Should You Use A Gel Saddle Pad For Your Horse?
August 8, 2018 | Horse
Should You Use A Gel Saddle Pad For Your Horse?

A good quality saddle pad is one of the most important pieces of tack to ensure your horse’s comfort. And with so many saddle pads available, it can often be tricky to choose which one is best for your horse.…

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What Are The Best Fly Sheets & Fly Masks?
April 20, 2018 | Horse
What Are The Best Fly Sheets & Fly Masks?

While summer is a favourite time for riders for obvious reasons, it’s not always fun and games for our horses. While they don’t have to worry about the cold, the warm weather brings with it its own set of complications,…

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Horse Allergies – Causes, Treatment & Advice
March 9, 2018 | Horse
Horse Allergies - Causes, Treatment & Advice

If you suffer from any allergies then you’ll know just how annoying, and sometimes very serious, they can be. Well you’re not the only one who can suffer from allergies - your horse can as well. Like human allergies, equine…

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How To Choose The Right Saddle Pad For Your Horse
February 23, 2018 | HorseRiding
How To Choose The Right Saddle Pad For Your Horse

As a rider, you’ll know how much different equipment is needed for you and your horse - some of it we probably don’t even need but we buy it anyway! However, one thing that’s essential for your horse’s comfort is…

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How To Introduce A New Horse To An Established Herd
February 13, 2018 | Horse
How To Introduce A New Horse To An Established Herd

Whether you’ve had horses for years or are still relatively new to the equine world, getting a new horse is incredibly exciting. However, it doesn’t come without its complications, and introducing a new horse to an already established herd can…

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Woof Wear – Your New Favorite Equestrian Brand
February 7, 2018 | HorseRiding
Woof Wear - Your New Favorite Equestrian Brand

Here at Country & Stable, we’re huge fans of Woof Wear. Thanks to Louise Woof and her invention of the ‘woof boot’, the first neoprene horse boot, we’re now able to use boots that are much lighter and easier to…

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How To Deal With Pesky Blanket & Rug Wreckers
February 2, 2018 | Horse
How To Deal With Pesky Blanket & Rug Wreckers

Why don’t our horses realise that everything we do is for their own good?! We pop a nice new turnout blanket or stable blanket on them nice and warm and they decide they know best and would rather try and…

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Colic In Horses – Causes, Symptoms & Prevention
January 26, 2018 | Horse
Colic In Horses - Causes, Symptoms & Prevention

Note: This article is for reference only. If you’re worried about equine colic, always seek guidance from a veterinarian. Colic in horses is a very different prospect compared to how it is for humans. A reasonably common condition, there a…

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Essential Winter Horse Riding Tips & Advice
January 11, 2018 | HorseRiding
Essential Winter Horse Riding Tips & Advice

As with most outdoor activities, summer is the time that we really get motivated. The warmer, drier weather, longer days - if you’re anything like us then you can spend from dawn ‘till dusk outside with your horse. However, winter…

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How To Keep Your Horse Warm Over Winter
December 22, 2017 | Horse
How To Keep Your Horse Warm Over Winter

It’s winter and there’s a magical scene of frost coating the stable roof; the paddocks have a fluffy layer of snow lying across them; perhaps sections of the pasture have frozen over entirely. When faced with a frosty forecast, the…

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Guide To Buying Stable Rugs For Your Horse
December 15, 2017 | Horse
Guide To Buying Stable Rugs For Your Horse

Protecting your horse from the elements is hugely important and whilst horses spend a lot of time outdoors, it is crucial that they are well insulated when relaxing in their stable. Here at Country & Stable US, we understand that…

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How to keep your yard and stable safe in winter
November 24, 2017 | HorseOutdoors
How to keep your yard and stable safe in winter

Winter can be a truly beautiful season providing hazy, pastel landscapes and an excuse to wrap up warm and sit around the fire. This is without mentioning the excitement of wintertime festivities including Thanksgiving and Christmas! And whilst the wintertime…

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The complete turnout blanket buying guide
September 29, 2017 | Horse
The complete turnout blanket buying guide

It is critical that your horse is well protected from any adverse weather conditions whether it be snowing, lashing with rain or blistering sunshine. In the case of the colder weather that fall/winter brings, a quality turnout blanket is an…

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Horse Boots & Bandages Buying Guide
August 18, 2017 | HorseRiding
Horse Boots & Bandages Buying Guide

Over the course of an average day of training, riding lessons, show jumping and competitive practice, your horse will encounter a huge amount of strain on their legs. It’s only natural that four legs, which support between 400 - 1000…

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How To Safely Transport Your Horse In A Trailer
August 14, 2017 | Horse
How To Safely Transport Your Horse In A Trailer

There are many reasons why you’d need to transport your horse if you’re a seasoned horse owner - perhaps you are heading to a competition or a horse show. Or maybe you’re thinking of buying a horse and wondering what…

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Caring For Your Horse In The Summer Months
August 8, 2017 | HorseRiding
Caring For Your Horse In The Summer Months

As temperatures soar and the level of humidity increases, the heat can really take its toll on horses in the summer months. In these kinds of conditions, it’s important to undertake the right measures to keep your horse comfortable. Whether…

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How to Recognise & Deal With Heat Stress in Horses
July 12, 2017 | Horse
How to Recognise & Deal With Heat Stress in Horses

The image of buying sunscreen for your horse at first might seem pretty surreal. Unfortunately, the same blazing heat that causes us to feel dizzy and our skin to peel also has its fair share of problematic effects for our…

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Top Dressage Tips for Beginners Competing in your First Show
April 10, 2017 | HorseRiding
Top Dressage Tips for Beginners Competing in your First Show

You've put in the hard yards. The hours and hours of practice and training, the falls, the tears, the money spent on the horse show clothes. And now you're taking the plunge and about to compete in your first dressage show.…

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What Does a Fly Mask Do & Do You Need One?
March 31, 2017 | HorseRiding
What Does a Fly Mask Do & Do You Need One?

If you’re new to the world of equestrian and horse riding, then you may have heard people talking about fly masks, or seen them mentioned online, but do you know what they’re actually for? This article is going to tell…

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10 Great Ways To Make The Leap Into 2017
January 11, 2017 | HorseOutdoorsRiding
10 Great Ways To Make The Leap Into 2017

Forget resolutions, they only get broken. Instead, we suggest setting Intentions. Softer and kinder than resolutions, intentions can’t get broken, they won’t make you feel guilty and in the long run, they will actually work, especially if you can find…

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Winter Conditioning For You And Your Horse – From Balance To Blankets
January 2, 2017 | HorseRiding
Winter Conditioning For You And Your Horse - From Balance To Blankets

The Right Balance for You … While we can’t speak for everyone, one of the reasons we fell in love with the equestrian life is that feeling of bliss and calm that comes over us as soon as we enter…

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Five Beautiful Fall Trail Rides In The USA
December 11, 2016 | HorseRiding
Five Beautiful Fall Trail Rides In The USA

There is no better time than now to be out on the trails. The temperature is moderate, streams are full and leaves are turning incredible shades of red, orange and yellow. From Utah and Colorado to the Ozarks and Vermont,…

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We’ve Got You, And Your Horse Covered!
October 25, 2016 | Horse
We’ve Got You, And Your Horse Covered!

Even though the colder weather has left us, mornings and evenings can still have a bit of bite to them, as can the flies once the weather turns hotter! We’ve got you and your horse covered with blankets and turnout…

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