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Coping with Sweet Itch

by Central Saddlery, Posted on 1st of August, 2014

For horses and ponies that are prone to suffering from sweet itch, the summer season can prove to be a constant source of annoyance for both horse and owner! Sweet itch “season” usually runs from April to October, and with the early spring and mild weather we have had this year, it is likely that horses prone to the condition will begin to feel the effects of sweet itch sooner rather than later.

If you are wondering what you can do now to take a proactive approach to preventing or minimising sweet itch in your horse or pony, read on for our top tips.

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Fly Control for Your Horse This Summer

by Dr Kaeli Pettigrew, Posted on 11th of July, 2014

Summertime and the living is easy…… or so the song goes. The long wet winter is finally behind us, the horses are out to pasture and we can breathe a long sigh of relief. No more bringing in wet, muddy horses in the dark, no more hosing off legs and treating for mud fever. For some of us, who are lucky enough to have our horses living out during the summer months, it can really seem like a huge weight has been lifted. Obviously horses still need to be attended to each day, with daily checks to both horses and fields, but the workload is cut dramatically.


However, before we all get too complacent, there is a fly in the ointment. Quite literally in fact, with flies being the scourge of our poor horses and ponies during the summer months. They can be a complete pain but fear not – there are plenty of ways that you can help to protect your equine friend from the misery of fly bites.

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Introducing Central Saddlery’s New Electric Fencing Health Check and Installation Services

by Central Saddlery, Posted on 1st of July, 2014

Over the years Central Saddlery has developed quite a bit (as we hope you’ll have noticed!). We’ve tried to adapt and develop to meet our customers’ ever changing needs wherever possible, and one of our latest developments, new for this Summer, is the introduction of our Electric Fencing Check and Installation Services, (for customers that fall within the postcodes covered by our feed delivery services).

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Getting Ready for Showing Season

by Central Saddlery, Posted on 10th of June, 2014

If you are planning on showing your horse or pony this year, it’s time to start thinking about getting them ready! However, if you are squinting sceptically at your hairy, moulting swamp monster and wondering if they will ever be in a fit state to enter the ring, it can be rather disheartening, and hard to know where to start! Before you give up entirely and resign yourself to a summer of hacking out only, read on for some tips and advice about getting your horse or pony ready for their upcoming shows.

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Sarah Fox Blog - Top Dressage Test Riding Tips

by Sarah Fox, Posted on 3rd of June, 2014

For this blog I thought I'd give you some of my top tips on the presentation of your dressage test, and on the actual test riding itself:


Presentation Tips


  1. First impressions always count – despite the fact it's your test that's being judged, don't forget it's human nature to pass judgement (often subconsciously) on appearance. The good old saying of 'Don't judge a book by its cover' is actually a very hard thing to do, and most people will. Therefore, put a bit of 'spit n' polish' into your appearance. You don't have to have the 'fancy' equipment: simply have the correct equipment and make sure it's clean and tidy. 

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