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February 4th, 2016 by menken

One of the things we learn very quickly when ordering things online is that shipping is super expensive. It’s not so bad when you live in a big city as there are many options, but as soon as you’re outside of the metropolitan areas the price of shipping goes up very quickly!

For many people this makes online shopping become too expensive… after all – you really want that cute fly veil for your pony, but the fly veil is $42.95 and the shipping is $15. All of a sudden that cute fly veil is out of your price range.

 


That’s why we created the Grand Prix Program – members of this program don’t pay any shipping for a year!.. it’s on us 🙂

 

 

Want to learn more about the Grand Prix Program? Click HERE

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July 28th, 2015 by menken

Kilcoy was lovely as always! Paula and David Hamood clearly put a lot of effort in making sure the grounds were better than last year. Horses-Store.com was present with the mobile store and it was so lovely to catch up with the showjumping crowd again!

The official name of the event is the Glenhaven Park Sunshine Tour 2015 it was a lovely weekend of top class showjumping. Classes ranged from 70/80cm all the way up to Grand Prix (1.5m) level.

Next weekend is the Gatton WorldCup Qualifier and I’m looking forward to meeting many of the interstate showjumpers.

To get you in the mood – this video was taken last weekend:

 

 

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July 3rd, 2015 by Courtney O'Grady

A horse’s muscles make up 60% of their body weight, and muscle activity is responsible for all body functions including, skeletal movement, heart contraction, food moving through the gut, urination, and breathing, among many other bodily functions.

So it’s super important to notice if your horse has sore muscles as it can severely hinder his/her comfort if something isn’t right.

So ask yourself the following…

Does something not feel quite right with my horse? Am I noticing stiffness when I ride? Are they just not moving as freely as they should? Are they not willing to do certain movements that usually should be easy?

Your horse may have sore muscles!

 

Have a look at the video below for some pointers on how to tell if your horse is sore 🙂

 

Early identification and correction of painful back conditions, whether they are primary or secondary in origin, can prevent your horse from reaching that most unpleasant point of telling you in his/her own behavioral way…..“Get off my back!” 

Possible treatments for sore muscles/sore back

  • Equissage treatments
  • Chiropractic work
  • Acupuncture
  • Bowen Therapy
  • Ensuring proper saddle fit
  • Estrone sulfate to help improve muscle tone
  • Extracorporeal shock wave therapy (ESWT)
  • Time off from performance in the case of trauma

 

 

If you have any concerns, always contact your vet first before seeking other treatment.:-)

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July 1st, 2015 by menken

I remember the first time I wanted to buy bell boots for my horse. We started to do some jumping and I wanted to protect his hooves and coronet band from knocks and bumps against the poles.

But where do you start?

 

How to measure your horse for the correct size? And how to choose between the different types?

 

The bell boots (or over reach boots) that we sell are in the following sizes: (please note that this is a ROUGH guide and that your horse might be different as its bigger boned or has skinny legs.. use your own gut-feeling based on the standard guidelines below)

SMALL – this is for ponies (up to 14.1hh )

MEDIUM – this is for cob and small horses (mostly up to 15.3hh) or horses with thin legs

LARGE – this is for horses up to 16.3hh

XLARGE – for larger horses, or horse with broader legs and/or wider hooves.

 

Check out the differences below:

Our bell boots are available in store:

horses-store.com/collections/boots-and-bandages

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June 30th, 2015 by menken

I’ll give you a hint… they are fantastic! 🙂

In this video, we’ll show you the various types of scarfs we carry at Horses-store.com to complement your outfits…

The large scarfs are 1m x 1.8m

The smaller scarfs are 0.4m x 1.6m

 

Each of them made from a lovely light material that is fantastic to wear and is super versatile. The possibilities are endless!

 

To see our selection of scarfs in the store, click on this link:

horses-store.com/search?type=product&q=scarf

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June 21st, 2015 by menken

Thank you everybody that braved the cold and came to the Horses-Store Champagne and Shopping party. The feedback on our new season stock has been super positive… can’t wait to see you all out there in your new gear!

 

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June 18th, 2015 by menken

We all LOVE how useful bailing twine can be around the stables and even around the home! I for one have a large bag full of twine just in case it comes in handy.

We use it to tie our horses up for quick release, emergency fence repairs, tying down tarps, we braid them into an emergency lead ropes, securing water buckets to horse floats, replacing broken rug straps, …etc. There are so many uses!

People have even turned bailing twine into creative decorative ornaments – have a look!
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Check out some more cool and creative uses for bailing twine below! 🙂
www.silhouettefarm.com/102usesforbaling.html

 

And here!
www.pinterest.com/sarahgray4dnle/baling-twine-uses/

 

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June 9th, 2015 by menken

From May – October  competitive riders are hardly ever home on the weekends… There are many competitions for every discipline around.

Each weekend you can go to a major dressage competition, or a showjumping event and even have to be careful not to double book your entries! (trust me… I’ve done it before and it’s not good!..)

 

When you’re away so much it makes it difficult to stock up on your horse supplies and outfits.

 

HORSES STORE TO THE RESCUE! (queue the wonderwoman music 😉  )

You can shop online and we ship across Australia which is super easy — your products arrive at your home or PO Box.

OR…..

We come to you! Especially when you’re competing in SE Queensland, chances are you’ll see our bright orange car and mobile store at the competition trade village.

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Next time you see us – come in and say hi. And try on some of our cool new joddies.. the fitting room is airconditioned and heated – to give you the best possible experience!

This weekend we are at the Caboolture 2** Dressage competition. We’ll have the store up at the stable blocks:

Horses-Store at QSEC in Caboolture

Come shopping at the QSEC stable block

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June 6th, 2015 by menken

1. Your horse sees most things with only one eye

There are only a few spots where the horse can see with both eyes – it’s the little triangle that is orange on the image below.

Binocular view means “seeing with two eyes”

The rest is only viewed with one eye at the time. Which makes sense as the eyes are on each side of the head.

 

Another way of looking at it:

Know where the blind spots are.. (via www.thinklikeahorse.org/index-3.html )

2. Why your horse raises their head before a Jump

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In wikipedia the use of binocular eye sight is explained as follows:

” A horse will raise or lower its head to increase its range of binocular vision. A horse’s visual field is lowered when it is asked to go “on the bit” with the head held perpendicular to the ground. This makes the horse’s binocular vision focus less on distant objects and more on the immediate ground in front of the horse, suitable for arena distances, but less adaptive to a cross-country setting. Riders who ride with their horses “deep”, “behind the vertical”, or in a rollkur frame decrease the range of the horse’s distance vision even more, focusing only a few feet ahead of the front feet. Riders of jumpers take their horses’ use of distance vision into consideration, allowing their horses to raise their heads a few strides before a jump, so the animals are able to assess the jumps and the proper take-off spots.[14]”  ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Equine_vision  )

 

3. Why your horse might think your finger is a carrot

Right underneath their nose is a blind spot. So your horse can’t actually see what you put in front of their nose – it could be a carrot or an apple stick …. or your finger!

 

How a horse sees the world (via horsehints.org/HorseVision.htm)

The Second blind spot is right behind them – which is why you have always been warned not to approach a horse from the back. Simple reason because they can’t see you and it will startle them when you suddenly touch them!

 

4. Does your horse see in colour?

 

Monty Roberts explains how horses see colour in this video:

 

 

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May 29th, 2015 by menken

What is it?
Pleuropneumonia, or as it is commonly known as ‘travel sickness’,  is a build up of fluid in the lungs and pleura, as well as inflammation. The pleura is the space between the lungs and chest wall.

Horses develop pleuropneumonia from contamination of the lower respiratory tract, their lungs, with bacteria that normally occur in the upper respiratory tract, upper throat and nose.

When horses are transported over long distances they are confined with their head in an elevated position, which is higher than their normal standing position. Read more of this article »

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