Bonfire Night – Top Tips to Keep Your Horse and Animals Safe!

Top Tips for Looking After Horses and Animals on Bonfire Night and During Fireworks

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Top Tips to Keep Your Horse and Animals Safe on Bonfire Night

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Loud, sudden bangs from fireworks can cause significant distress in some animals and with Bonfire Night just around the corner, it’s worth bearing in mind some best practices for helping to keep your horses and pets calm and safe.
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Advice for Horses

  • Keep horses in a familiar environment as any sudden changes to routine could cause added stress.
  • If kept in a stable, check for anything that could cause injury and ensure items such as haynets are secure.
  • If in a field, check fencing is secure and there are no foreign objects around.
  • Distract them by giving plenty of hay. If stabled, put on a radio to mask the noise (but make sure it’s positioned out of reach!).
  • Do some research to see when local events are taking place and let neighbours know that you have horses so you can be prepared.

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Advice for Cats & Dogs

  • Close windows and curtains to muffle sound and put on some music or the tv.
  • Create hiding places or a quiet space in your home where your pet can feel secure and in control.
  • Keep cats inside and walk dogs during daylight hours to avoid likely times when fireworks could be set off.

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Advice for Small Animals

  • Partly cover outside cages and pens with blankets so the area is soundproofed. Leave at least a small area for the animals to look out of.
  • Provide enough bedding for them to burrow in.

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Bonfires

  • Don’t forget to check bonfires for any animals and disturb them before lighting to allow any animals to escape. Hedgehogs, in particular, like to nest at the bottom.
  • Position bonfires well away from any wooden structures such as stables and always have a fire extinguisher handy!

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CALMERS

Calmers are a useful way to help reduce stress in animals on occasions such as Bonfire Night. We stock a good selection of them in-store and on our website. Take a look on the link below.
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We’ve compiled this advice from the likes of the RSPCA, World Horse Welfare and British Horse Society. Follow the links to their respective pages if you would like to find out more.

Nettex has also produced this useful article on the best ways to keep your horse safe, which is definitely worth a read!


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All You Need To Know About Tentpegging Here

TENTPEGGING

 

On June 17th 2017, Wadswick Country Store will be hosting an exciting Tentpegging display at our Be Safe, Be Smart equestrian fun day. In preparation, we thought we would take a look at what this increasingly popular sport is all about.

 

 

WHAT IS TENTPEGGING?

Tentpegging is the collective name for mounted skill at arms. A mounted horseman or woman rides at gallop using a sword or lance to pierce, pick up, and carry away a small ground target (a symbolic tent peg) or a series of small ground targets. Riders are timed and must meet the optimum time to avoid scoring penalties. The sport tests skill, nerve, speed, accuracy and sportsmanship and a rider needs a good seat, great hand-eye coordination, steady nerves and rapid reactions!

 

Scores are awarded for striking the peg, drawing the peg, carrying the peg over the carry line, and for pace and style.

 

It may seem simple but it’s a tricky skill to master!

 

Tentpegging events include Individual Lance, Individual Sword, Lemons and Peg, Rings and Peg, Team and Pairs events, and Sword, Lance, Revolver.

 

Individual Lance or Sword Pegging: Performed with a lance or sword held in the right hand. At a flat-out gallop, riders take pegs embedded in the ground along a straight line.

 

Pairs and Team Tentpegging: Teams of no more than four riders and horses run single file past pegs in the ground. Each rider must draw his or her own peg with the lance or sword. The aim is for all riders to hit their pegs at the same time and points are awarded for synchronicity and execution.

 

Lemons and Peg: Two sets of fruit are suspended from gallows 2.2m from the ground and 15m apart. At the gallop, riders use swords to slice the fruit from the forehand and then the backhand. At the end of the course, they must take a peg from the ground.

Rings and Peg: Two rings are suspended from gallows. Riders must spear the rings from the gallows using a lance or sword and then take a peg from the ground.

 

Sword, Lance, Revolver: Riders use swords to attack dummies between jumps, then use a revolver firing .38 (9mm) blanks to burst balloons both mid-air over jumps and on the ground. The lance is used on the final element to collect two rings from a pair of gallows and a peg from the ground. This is considered the ultimate Tentpegging competition!

 

WHAT EQUIPMENT IS NEEDED FOR TENTPEGGING?

Lances, swords, blank firing revolvers, and prickers for junior teams and young horses. All the weapons can be dangerous so lances, swords and prickers must have smooth points without any serrations or barbs. Safety first, of course! Also needed are the all-important wooden or plastic pegs (12” x 3” x 1” thick), gallows, rings, jumps, dummies, and sometimes fruit. For the horses, a breastplate to stop the saddle moving is essential and an overgirth also helps to keep the saddle in place and the horse confident when moving at break-neck speeds.

 

DO HORSES LIKE TENTPEGGING?

Horses love the thrill and enjoy galloping unhindered. According to the British Tentpegging Association (BTA), “the majority of horses and ponies can be taught to peg and they love it. Most take to the weapons and drills after a few training sessions.”

 

WHAT IS THE HISTORY OF TENTPEGGING?

Tentpegging is a game of ancient origin and has been practised since at least the 4th century BC! It evolved out of cavalry training exercises designed to develop cavaliers’ prowess with the sword and lance from horseback. It was extremely popular in the Army and Navy during the Victorian Era and with the Mounted Police force after the Second World War.

 

WHAT IS THE FUTURE OF TENTPEGGING?

Tentpegging is played around the world and is becoming especially popular in Australia, India, Israel, Oman, Pakistan, South Africa and the UK, where competitions are held regularly. In the future it is hoped that the sport will become a full FEI discipline alongside events such as Eventing and Dressage. There is a hope that one day it will appear at the World Equestrian Games and the Olympics.

 

HOW CAN I GET INVOLVED IN TENTPEGGING?

The BTA hold regular training events, competitions and social events around the UK. Anyone interested in taking up the sport should contact the BTA and they will put you in touch with a registered instructor in your area. Take a look at the British Tentpegging Association website for more information.

 

 

Intrigued? Come on down and watch the Tentpegging demonstration at Wadswick during our fun riding safety day on Saturday 17th June. Display commences at 1.30pm.

Be Safe, Be Smart – Fun Day for Children at Wadswick

Saturday, 17th June

FREE ENTRY

 

Join us at Wadswick on Saturday 17th June for a fun-packed day dedicated to riding safety for children.

 

Enjoy our special Tentpegging display, plaiting and travel/loading demos, a mini Cross Country on foot, craft activities, and more.

 

We’ll have special offers on selected products in store, and our experts will be offering free fit checks for existing riding hats and body equipment. You’ll even have a chance to get your money back on any Racesafe body protector or Champion X-Air Jockey skull purchased on the day, and win some fantastic prizes in our charity draw.

 

With stalls and food on offer, it’s sure to be great outing for all the family and a day any horse-obsessed kids will love.

 

Come on down and join in the fun. We look forward to seeing you there!

Finding the Right Balance

With Spring grass here and Summer on the way, many of us are wondering what to feed our ponies/horses. Research has shown that forage alone (grass/hay/haylage) is unlikely to provide all the nutrients required even for horses and ponies at rest. Good doers often don’t need the recommended amount of compound feed so diets can lack all the key nutrients. This is where using a Feed Balancer comes into play, it provides concentrated nutrition without the calories and helps to balance out a forage based diet.

Feed Balancers are low starch/sugar and contain vitamins and minerals, biotin, quality protein to build and repair muscle/tissue and yeast to maintain a healthy hind gut. Feeding a Balancer instead of a compound feed can help to prevent weight gain and excess energy without compromising health and can ultimately save money!

Feed Balancers are fed in small quantities e.g. (always check bag for feeding rates). 100g/100kg body weight, 300kg pony = 300g per day

Bag sizes can vary – generally 15-20kg, so always check the weight before you work out your cost per day!

Balancers are available for breeding stock, performance horses, good doers and leisure horses.

For more information on Balancers please call Wadswick Country Store on 01225 810700 and ask to speak to Nikki.

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Is it a cape, a poncho, or simply a wrap? Our guide to your perfect winter accessory.

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Autumn has now well and truly arrived. As we settle into the cooler days, we’ve found ourselves searching for the perfect cover-ups to beat the chill.
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Autumn has now well and truly arrived. As we settle into the cooler days, we’ve found ourselves searching for the perfect cover-ups to beat the chill. 

Whether you want to look chic walking the dogs, have a flutter at the races, or simply curl up by the fire with a good book, it’s time to layer up in style!

Ponchos, capes and wraps are the perfect transitional items to take you through the autumnal months and into winter. They are easy to wear and are sure to bring any outfit bang on trend. With so many styles to choose from, we’re here to guide you through and have picked some of our favourite pieces for the season.

CAPES

A real statement, capes are the smart choice for those after a sleek, sophisticated country style. Draped around the shoulders, traditionally they are circular in shape and are either open or fastened at the front making them the perfect outerwear for the chic and stylish. This classic has been around for centuries but the look is far from dated and having made a comeback on the catwalks in recent years, it’s one that’s here to stay. They look great teamed with slim fitting jeans and knee length boots.

Try:

Joules Contessa Tweed Cape, Isla Herringbone

With its faux fur collar and gold trim detailing, this tweed wool cape is definitely on our wish list. It’s a real statement piece that’s warm and practical too.

£249

Dubarry Samphire Cape, Navy

Beautiful soft navy herringbone wool, faux fur collar and centre front toggles adorn this stunning cape from Dubarry. It’s practical, versatile, comfortable and flattering; the perfect choice for both town and country wear.

£399

Barbour Nebit Wool Cape

This elegant cape has a wide roll collar, tasselled hem, button fastenings to the side and features an oversized rework of Barbour’s exclusive Winter Tartan design. It’s brilliant for those relaxed autumn weekends.

£179

Barbour Clover Cape, Cable Knit

A luxurious, soft knitted cape that’s perfect for the smart casual look.

£99.95

Annabel Brocks Tweed and Faux Fur Cape

The finest tweed, lined with fleece and with a luxury faux fur trimmed collar for extra warmth on bitter days… Need we say more? This winter cape is a superb choice and is sure to be a talking point.

£225
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PONCHOS

Incredibly popular in the 1960s and 70s, the poncho has once again become a wardrobe staple. Traditionally ponchos were a more triangular shape but now come in a huge array of designs. Generally, spot a poncho by noting the pullover style. They are great over slim fitted t-shirts and with jeans or leggings. If the style suits, add a long necklace for a smarter look.

Joules has some great ponchos this season including the Capability Knight Poncho (£79.95) and the Oriell Knitted Poncho (£69.95). They are fashionable, warm and easy to wear for a fantastic casual look. The Capability Knight has a slightly heavier fabric for even cosier comfort when the weather outside is frightful!

Mat de Misaine offers a great Poncho in three different colourways at a good price.

One of our favourites is the Fur Collar Panelled Poncho from Alice Hannah. Simply styled, the pearl colourway features grey panels with a matching faux fur collar. At a great price of £49.95 this one is set to fly off the shelves. Team with black trousers or skirt for an evening out or jeans for an upmarket day look.

Ariat Liz Poncho

Effortless elegance. At just £34.95 this lightweight poncho with asymmetrical hemline and fringe detailing is the perfect autumn layer. Pull it on over a jumper for instant cosiness.

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WRAPS

Wraps are an easy autumn accessory with styles to suit just about anyone. They are perfect for curling up by the fire or throwing on to meet friends at a country pub. Wear as a shawl or smarten up the look by adding a chunky belt.

Try our Alan Paine Compton Ladies Tweed Wrap

It’s rare to find something both practical and stylish but this luxurious pure wool wrap with attractive gilt leaf pin ticks all the boxes. It comes in a fantastic choice of classic and contemporary tweed colourways and has a handy waterproof outer layer. Pair it with a tweed skirt or jeans for a stunning autumnal outfit. It even works well with breeks for days out in the field.

£119.99

Joules Innis Classic Wrap Scarf

There’s no need to sacrifice style for comfort with this gorgeous wrap from Joules. Practically a poncho, it’s so versatile and stylish, you’ll want the cold weather to stay a little longer. Throw it on as you walk out the door for an instant on-trend style. It has beautiful hand-drawn checks and comes in three colours; burgundy, black and cream.

£44.95

Ariat Fringe Wrap

Wrap up warm in this super blanket-style wrap with fringe detailing from Ariat. It’s sheer comfort.

£34.95

With the chill beginning to bite these won’t be on our shelves for long! With items to suit any budget or occasion, come and take a browse in store or online. Our friendly team are always on hand to offer advice and help you choose your perfect country outfit, whether you want to impress your friends and family, or just swish about in the autumn leaves!
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Friday 28th October – KLRC Fashion Show hosted by Wadswick Country Store at Badminton House

If you haven’t already bought a ticket to the KLRC Riding Club Fashion show then you have just one week left. It promises to be a fabulous evening, located in the beautiful Badminton house with commentary by Michael Tucker and clothing from Wadswick Country Store.

If you would still like to buy a ticket then you can also contact us at the shop on 01225 810700 and we will arrange it for you.

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Wadswick Affinity Cards Have Arrived At Last!

affinity again

After a much anticipated wait we are delighted to launch our new loyalty card system, the Wadswick Affinity Card Scheme.

Our new Affinity Card is open to everyone and enables our customers to accrue Affinity points on the vast majority of our products either in-store or online. This means you can make savings on feed and bedding for the first time. Points can then be redeemed in store on any future transaction.

In addition there are some other great benefits, these include:

  • 20th item free on Wadswick Own Brand Master Cubes, Non-Heating Mix, Waddies Horse Treats and our Himalayan Salt Licks.
  • The Sunflower Cafe is offering a free cup of tea or coffee when you spend over £10 on food in the coffee shop.
  • When you sign up to the Affinity card you will receive a £10 voucher to spend at www.wadswick.co.uk

You can either sign up for your new card in store, or if you prefer we can send you one in the post. Email us your details (Name, Address, Mobile number) to online@wadswick.co.uk and we will send it out to you.

Follow Neil our delivery driver on his bike ride from Lands End to John O’Groats

and they’re off…..our fabulous delivery driver, Neil Young, has started off this morning on his 10 day challenge to cycle from Lands End to John O’Groats. Neil is one of 5 riders from Melksham who are taking on the 874 mile ride.

You can follow their progress here https://www.facebook.com/10-day-challenge-end-to-end-1604673293177812/?pnref=story

Of course it’s all being done in aid of a great cause; the Great Western Air Ambulance. If you’d like to donate then please click here https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/neil-Young7?utm_source=Facebook&utm_medium=fundraisingpage&utm_content=neil-Young7&utm_campaign=pfp-share-mobile

Good luck Neil from all of us from Wadswick!