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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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Meet the Team
August 13, 2021 | Business NewsEventsOutdoorsRiding
Meet the Team

Who are Country & Stable? We are an independent retailer of quality English, European and American equestrian products, and British Country apparel. Founded in the small English Market Town of Olney, which is home of the hymn Amazing Grace, we…

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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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Four Ways to be a more Sustainable Rider
April 28, 2021 | Riding
Four Ways to be a more Sustainable Rider

Sustainability is more than just a trendy buzzword. It has become a topic of considerable importance globally and has impacted the equestrian world. In 2017, FEI made it clear that they were working towards a more green future and prioritizing…

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No Need to be Tech-Savvy for These Swoon-Worthy Wearables
April 21, 2021 | RidingStyle
No Need to be Tech-Savvy for These Swoon-Worthy Wearables

Some wearables are prominent, such as smartwatches and FitBits, whereas others are woven into the fabric of an article of clothing or equipment. For riders and horses’ everyday use, wearables are more subtle. Each piece’s purpose is designed for better…

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How to Measure for Boots
January 12, 2021 | Riding
How to Measure for Boots

Proper boot fit is easily achieved. Apply the simple measurements detailed below to get the comfort and performance you desire.   For Riding Boots: Wear the breeches or tights and socks you are most likely to wear with your boots.…

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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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Boots Fit For Riding
May 13, 2020 | RidingStyle
Boots Fit For Riding

A well-fitted riding boot is an essential piece to any equestrian’s ensemble. While they tend to be the last piece reached for, essentially pulling the outfit together, they serve a much greater purpose. Riding boots are designed to help you…

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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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Riding Helmets: Heads Up!
January 16, 2020 | OutdoorsRiding
Riding Helmets: Heads Up!

https://vimeo.com/381195551 After your saddle, the riding helmet may be the most overt reference to the sport’s British roots. But make no mistake: It is serious equipment.

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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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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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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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The Best Women’s Jodhpurs, Breeches & Riding Tights
January 17, 2018 | EventsRiding
The Best Women’s Jodhpurs, Breeches & Riding Tights

When riding, there are some items of clothing that are absolutely essential, and a good pair of jodhpurs, breeches or riding tights should be front and center of your equestrian wardrobe. As your legs are in constant contact with your…

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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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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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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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The Best Equestrian Clothing For Your Kids
July 17, 2017 | OutdoorsRiding
The Best Equestrian Clothing For Your Kids

Here at Country & Stable we have a great selection of equestrian clothing for kids that we’re truly proud to offer. We’ve got tops and polos, boots and footwear, jackets and coats and accessories for girls and boys from leading…

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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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What Are The Essential Women’s Clothes For Horse Shows?
March 24, 2017 | Riding
What Are The Essential Women's Clothes For Horse Shows?

When competing, it’s obviously your skills on the horse that’s key to getting a good result. However, your clothing and overall appearance is also incredibly important in upholding standards and putting in a professional performance. Read more: What's the difference between…

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What’s The Difference Between Jodhpurs & Breeches?
March 24, 2017 | OutdoorsRiding
What's The Difference Between Jodhpurs & Breeches?

For anyone with even a passing interest in horse riding, jodhpurs and breeches should be considered wardrobe essentials. Some may claim the two terms are interchangeable, but there are a few subtle differences that make one or the other more suitable…

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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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The Horses Of USA’s Equestrian Competition Of Eventing
November 28, 2016 | Riding
The Horses Of USA’s Equestrian Competition Of Eventing

A Beautiful Mix of Style and Substance Thibaul Vallette aboard Qing du Briot. (Jamie Squire / Getty Images) At the Olympics in Rio, Thibaul Vallette riding Qing du Briot for France has taken the gold in eventing, but no matter…

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Meet The US Dressage Team
November 11, 2016 | Riding
Meet The US Dressage Team

Let’s meet the US dressage team! With all eyes on the upcoming Olympics next month in Rio, the United States is presenting a strong team of veterans and newcomers to dressage in this summer’s games. With four horse-and-rider teams selected…

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6 Steps To Competition Turnout Perfection
October 22, 2016 | Riding
6 Steps To Competition Turnout Perfection

You know what they say: look smart, think smart. Well, we believe that if your horse looks great when entering the ring, you are more likely to ride him like he is the best thing since sliced bread. So for…

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Team USA: Raising The Bar On Personal And Professional Style
September 3, 2016 | EventsRiding
Team USA: Raising The Bar On Personal And Professional Style

One of the most dynamic and oldest equestrian sports, show jumping demonstrates the athleticism and agility on the part of the athletes, and a special partnership with the horse. Team USA Show Jumping Team is coming off a second place…

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