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Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Revolutionary headcollar could save your horse's life

The 'Nightwatch' horse headcollar was revealed as being in the late stage of development by biomedical company, Proteguus in Texas.

This 'smart headcollar' is the first innovation to incorporate biometric technology into horse wear. The sensors built into the headcollar to constantly monitor and analyse your horse's biometrics. Any abnormalities or signs of distress will be reported back to the horse owner's smart phone, alerting them to a potential problem with their horse.

For the first time, horse owners can remotely monitor their horse's health, reassured by the 24/7 alert which could detect early signs of colic or other serious conditions. For horses turned out, the horse can wear a safety collar instead of the headcollar.

'Nightwatch' is set to launch in the U.S. and Canada in summer 2016. Watch the product video here.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

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Monday, February 17, 2014

How to make an easy fill hay feeder

Hate filling hay nets? 

This is the one job I don't enjoy. It is dusty, laborious and time consuming. If you have more than one horse, it will take a big chunk of your time. So I decided that I would make an easy fill, super quick hay net feeder for our horses.

This feeder gives you the equivalent volume of 6 large hay nets, but only takes seconds to fill. 
Important Note - All of our horses are barefoot, which is why our nets can hang low. If your horse is shod, please hang the nets higher so that shoes don't get caught in the net.

What you need

  • 2 x metal posts - these could be curtain poles or whatever you have to hand. We bought 1.8m / 6ft oval poles from B&Q something like this. 
  • Fixings: Our hay feeder is secured with bolts and wing nuts. I have since found this a little fiddly to align to fasten the feeder. I recommend that you use a couple of old straps or some brackets to fasten your poles back up again. I will add to the blog soon to show you my modifications.
  • Large haynets x 6 or 6ft x 6ft of hockey net.
  • I cut up my old haynets and tied them together. If you find it fiddly to tie them you could use small tie wraps.
  • A drill / electric screwdriver

What you do

1) Drill two holes in your poles, each 2 inch away from the end. 

2) If you are using old hay nets, you need to cut the nets so that they are flat. Remove the metal rings and any tie rope. Tie together 4 nets so that they are side ways on, giving you more width than height. They should sit together in a grid of 2 x 2, to make a large rectangle.

3) Thread the top of the net net over one of the poles so that it is hanging down. Secure the ends with tie wraps through the drilled holes. This stops the net from moving.

3) Thread the other end of the net (the bottom) through the other pole and secure with tie wraps as before.

4) Take your other two haynets and cut them open so that they lay flat. These are the sides of your hay feeder. Put your poles together so that the net  hanging down forms a bag. You will see that hay will escape from the sides. You need to attach your remaining nets to each end so that the hay stays in the net. Attach the nets length ways so that they give plenty of width so you can open your feeder wide to fill.
You should now have a purse shaped, very large hay net attached to two poles.

5) Take the back / furthest away pole and bolt it to your stable wall / barn wall / field shelter wall.

6) Secure the pole nearest to you with your fixings.

7) The side nets can have rope from your old hay nets threaded through them to tighten up the slack.

There you go, simply unfasten the front bar, open and pile in the hay. Fasten up again and voilĂ ! Your horses will have lots of hay to munch and you will hay to munch and you will save oodles of time every day.

Friday, April 12, 2013

New Healthy Horse Licks

Rockies have launched a new range of flavoured salt licks, which provide a range of vitamins and minerals to supplement the horse's diet. The new 'Health Lick' comes in a choice of 5 flavours:

Tasty treats


Carrot, Cherry, Mint, Apple and Garlic.


Calcium and Phosphorus - for healthy bones and teeth
Sodium and Chloride for body fluid regulation
Iron is for strength
Cobalt required for vitamin B12 synthesis
Copper is needed for connective tissue and iron utilisation
Iodine is a component of the thyroid hormones that regulate metabolism and growth
Manganese is needed for cartilage development as well as for proper utilisation of other trace elements
Selenium deficiency can lead to gait abnormalities and stumbling
Zinc is very important for healthy skin, bone, hoof and connective tissue and for breeding mares

2kg blocks
Retail for around £3 Find a stockist

Horse licks can have advantages as horses in theory take as much as they need, when they need it. It is however, important to read the ingredients on horse licks to make sure that it isn't packed with sweet ingredients such as molasses, especially when you have a greedy horse or pony. Rockies are primarily salt and minerals, unlike many licks which contain molasses. We are awaiting comment from Rockies for sugar content of these new products. Watch this space.

For more information visit Rockies

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Dengie Launch 'Healthy Tummy' Horse Feed

Dengie have recently launched a new complete fibre feed called 'Healthy Tummy'. Dengie recommend the feed for horses who are involved in competition, which can create stress on the gut.

Whats in it?

Alfalfa - low in sugar and starch and a natural buffer to acidity in the stomach
Protexin In-Feed Formula with prebiotics and live yeast - to encourage good bacteria in the gut
Sounds yummy!

The feed also includes high specification vitamins and minerals, making it a complete, high fibre, low starch and low sugar feed for your horse.

How much?

For more information visit Dengie.
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