Why Choose Snuggy Hoods??

Snuggy Hoods Ltd have been successfully helping horses & ponies with Sweet Itch for over 20 years. Our unique designs have been extensively trialed and tested over the years on thousands of equines resulting in first class coverage for sweet itch prevention, flies, allergies, uv sensitivity, sarcoids, skin conditions, shining the coat & preventing mane loss.  Snuggy Hoods have the great honor of being awarded a Royal Warrant from Her Majesty the Queen in January 2012 which is still currently held.

Why choose Snuggy Hoods?

Snuggy Hoods offer a wide range of sizes from Miniature to Shire along with a made to measure service for those difficult “in between” sizes to ensure comfort and safety for your horse is paramount.

We have a readily available help line for any questions or queries.

01225 783399
sales@snuggyhoods.com

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SUCCESSFUL TRIAL – MESH EYE SWEET ITCH MASK

SUCCESSFUL TRIAL – MESH EYE SWEET ITCH MASK

The NEW @snuggyhoods mesh eye sweet itch/fly mask is currently being trialed by a number of customers. This is a before $ after photo having used the mask for about a month. The difference is great!

Watch this space!!! If you have any questions then please do not hesitate to get in touch.

01225 783399

sales@snuggyhoods.com

Catch up with Natalie Povey’s Latest Blog

Blog for February and March 2018

The last two months we have been busy working on our training as well as having our weekly lessons with Helen. We have been working on Fulltide not being quite so reactive to my aids so we maintain the relaxation, as Fulltide is very sensitive to my aids so I am learning to ask her less so she doesn’t over react to what I am asking. We have also being focusing on the movements within our dressage tests especially the leg yielding and the medium trot as these are what we find most difficult. We have worked hard with Helen with the leg yielding as I was struggling to achieve the leg yielding to the left due to my outside hand been weaker which means that I lose the shoulder so we just end up with a straight diagonal line – with Helen’s patients we are getting there, I just need to remember to support the shoulder with my outside rein (left hand) – it is much better in trot than walk at the moment so we need to perfect the leg yielding in the walk now as our dressage tests requires us to leg yielding in walk rather than trot.

For the medium trot we have been working on a rectangle and collecting for the corners and the short side encouraging Fulltide to collect and contain the energy then asking for a bigger trot along the outside, we haven’t quite asked for medium trot yet as we don’t want to learn her that she can run onto the forehand – this exercise was a challenge to start with as Fulltide thought the bigger trot was needed at all times and found it quite exciting. Our main aim of the exercise is to keep Fulltide relaxed and into the contact in the transitions from the collected trot to the bigger trot and back again and to make sure she is listening to my go and back aids. We have to work on this a little then move onto another exercise as Fulltide thinks it’s rather exciting.

I have also be learning to control Fulltide’s trot as it can get a little onward bound so I have been using my seat and half halts to help maintain the rhythm as well as keeping her soft into the contact and working over her back. I have also been using circles to help with this.

As well as our training to keep Fulltide’s work varied we have also been using trotting poles and small jumps which Fulltide thoroughly enjoys.

Keeping Up with the King’s

It has been all steam ahead from the beginning of January. We are very fortunate to have Becca back with us for a second year, and then we have a new groom called Sophie Benger, who is lovely and settling into the King routine very well. My horses did 3 weeks roadwork, then I started to introduce a bit of schooling. lunging, pole work and then a little jumping at the end of Jan. We have their teeth done by Keith Evans, who is an excellent equine dentist who lives in the Westcountry. We also get Richard Stringer, our excellent vet, to get their ‘flu/tetanus boosters done. Gradually we get them clipped and tidy and looking like real event horses again. Emily and I do these things quite differently! I am old fashioned and like to do a hunter clip with their saddle patches and legs left on, whereas Emily likes hers to be clipped out completely, legs and all. She keeps her horses tails full, and trims her manes with scissors to give a straight square look (influenced by working in Germany in a show jumping yard!). I pull my horses manes and tails…although part of me thinks why on earth do I pull out their hair?…but in fact my 3 enjoy having their manes and tails pulled so I feel its okay!

 
I did quite a bit of teaching in January..2 days at Rectory Farm in Glos, 2 days in Aberdeen and Angus in Scotland, and a single day at Duchy College in Cornwall. Hard work, but the pay is good and I taught some lovely friendly keen riders.
 
Having returned from a fabulous weeks skiing in Les Houches with a bunch of friends (Freddie my son is working there for the season), it was then time to begin the horses canter work. We canter every 3rd or 4th day and are lucky to be able to use a friendly farmers long sloping grass field. Through Feb we start to go to jumping shows, and have booked in for some dressage lessons with Ferdi Eilberg, who has been my trainer for many years. Lecture/demos, 2 River Cottage evenings, yard visits and evening talks are filling up our Feb diary. 
 
Here is our provisional spring event programme…not long now before the start, WHOOPEE! 🙂
 
MARCH
3rd                Moreton
8th/9th         Tweseldown
16th-18th    Aldon
29th-31st     Burnham Market
 
APRIL
4th                Portman
13th-15th    Belton
20th-22nd   Bicton
28th-29th    Withington
 
MAY
10th             Aston Le Walls
12th-13th    Chatsworth
23rd-27th    HOUGHTON CCI
29th-3rd      TATTERSALLS CCI        

Natalie Povey’s Winter Blog Update

It seems a while since my last blog, we have been very busy. We are also enjoying training in the lighter evenings as spring is fast approaching.

 

Just before Christmas we attended our first ever able bodied competition at a local unaffiliated competition but the classes were judged by a British Dressage listed judge. In the lead up to the competition I was a little worried with how I would cope doing a dressage test with canter in as I had only learnt to canter in October and I had never cantered Tidy away from home so I was a little apprehensive on how she would react in a strange place as she can be a little more forward away from home. I had no need to worry, Tidy was perfectly behaved throughout the day and I was very grateful to my friend Becky for taking Tidy for me. It was Christmas themed which was lovely so Tidy wore her reindeer fly veil and some tinsel around her neck. The venue and people of Oswestry Riding Club were very friendly and welcoming. I warmed up outside and Tidy was listening well to my aids and quite relaxed. For my first dressage test I entered the Intro C (walk and trot) which is similar to my para dressage test so Tidy had chance to look at the indoor competition arena as there was a car for the judge to sit in which is something Tidy hasn’t seen yet with her limited competition experience – as expected she had a little look at the car but soon settled to do a lovely relaxed test to be placed 1st with 74.56% which I was more than happy with. Our next test would be my first ever dressage test with canter in so my plan was to survive and come out together – I knew Tidy would be fine but it was more whether I would be able to get the canter in all the right places and keep my balance. Tidy looked after me and did a very pleasing test, listening the whole way through to be awarded 71.13% and 2nd place – I was so pleased with her, we lost the canter in one part of the test as Tidy was looking after me but we managed to recover the canter. I was so proud of her, she is a pleasure to take out and about, trying her hardest at all times even when she is unsure in a new environment.

 

After the competition our training was put on hold due to snow and ice, then before I knew it was Christmas so Tidy had her planned two week holiday. I think it important for her to have a holiday for some down time and time to be a horse.

 

January was spent focusing on training at home, having our regular lessons with our coach, Helen and also doing so pole work to keep Tidy’s schooling varied. I can’t believe Tidy will have been with me two years this year, she has come so far and helped me get my confidence back as well as achieving my ambition of learning to canter and compete able bodied.

 

Tidy came back from her holiday feeling rather well with a spring in her step so we have been focusing on maintaining a relaxed rhythm as she could sometimes get a little forward using half halts and also keeping her mind occupied in the school varying the exercises. She is always eager to please so sometime tries too hard.

 

WIN 2 X HOYS TICKETS

WIN a pair of tickets to Horse of the Year Show 2016!

Join the equestrian excitement at Birmingham’s NEC, from Wednesday 5th – Sunday 9th October 2016, as Horse of the Year Show (HOYS) fills 50 acres of the site with action, thrills, and world class entertainment. Horse of the Year Show plays host to the most prestigious National Showing and Show Jumping Championships, Virbac 3D Worming Pony Club Mounted Games, International Show Jumping Classes and the Arbonne Dressage Future Elite Championship. With this jam-packed timetable HOYS 2016 is set to impress!

This year, Snuggy Hoods has teamed up with HOYS to offer you the chance to win a pair of tickets to Horse of the Year Show on Thursday 6th October 2016. For your chance to win simply post your best “Snuggy Selfie” onto the Snuggy Hoods facebook page.

Winners will be announced on Monday 26th September.

Tickets are on sale now, visit www.hoys.co.uk or call the box office on 0844 581 8282

Catch up with Snuggy Sooty & Janeys Latest Acheivements.

Sooty and Janey have been very busy since their last video. As well as practicing at home, Sooty has also been having fun at the gallops with Team Holder. His summer coat is now almost through and he is being prepared for his next outing at the Royal Windsor Horse Show on the 14th of May. The best news however is their win at the South of England Spring Show where they won and qualified for the Longines Royal International Horse Show. They also took the mini championship. As the weather has been a little warmer, Team Holder are being very vigilant with his coat ensuring he is covered up all the time. Just one bite could lead to him being very uncomfortable indeed. We look forward to updating you of their successes as the season progresses.

Click here to watch Snuggy Sooty’s Story * Part 1 *

Click here to watch Snuggy Sooty’s Story * Part 2 *

Click here to watch Sooty’s latest update ** New Part 3 **

Reduce Clipping Requirements

The Tedious Task of Winter Clipping

Clipping is a must for many throughout the winter to prevent horses from catching a chill when becoming sweaty after work with a thick winter coat. It can often become quite a chore if you are struggling to find the time, in which case it is important to be aware of possible ways of reducing the amount of times your horse needs to be clipped.

Soooo… who has already clipped their horses once….twice….three or even four times already this winter. There is a solution to making sure your horse’s clip lasts longer, slowing the hair growth yet keeping a fantastic sheen on the coat. The key to this is to rug your horse with a “second skin”, it is key that this fits correctly to avoid rubbing, they aim to eliminate drafts and chills getting to the skin or under any rugs during both turn out and stabling.

Snuggy Hoods offer a range of items which shall help you protect your horse from the elements, there are a variation of combinations available although the best for this purpose is the Spik & Span Rug teamed with the Weatherproof Turn out Hood.

The Spik & Span Rug

This is the perfect under rug in the colder months to keep your horse or pony extra cosy with a clean and dry belly. The rug has a weatherproof tummy cover which helps the horse retain heat which is usually lost from this area. The are a close fitting rug which is made from a weatherproof fabric, moisture proof, windproof, mud proof …what more could you want!

The Snuggy Hoods Spik & Span Rug with Turn out Hood – Full winter protection!

Weatherproof Turn Out Hood

The turn out weatherproof turn out hood is designed to save the horse owner many hours of grooming time. Those who are sick of bringing in their wet and muddy horses from the field, tack becoming filthy time and time again, this is certainly the product for you. Remove the hood when you are ready to ride and your horse shall be gleaming underneath.

The turn out hood eliminates drafts getting down the horses neck and causing them to catch a chill, the hood helps clipped heads last longer and stunts those horrid guard hairs coming through.

For those of you who prefer to keep your horse’s turn out wardrobe separate to their stable attire then we do also have the answer for this….check out our Jams range designed for the stable which is made from a cosy polar fleece and shall also work for the same purpose.
Jams Fleece Horse Rug

Jams Fleece Horse Hood

Please do not hesitate to get in contact with the Snuggy Hoods team for further information, we are here to help every step of the way. Call us on 01225 783399.

Getting The Perfect Rug Fit For Your Native

Getting The Perfect Rug Fit For Your Native

When buying any rug for your horse to wear, fit is key, and should never be underestimated. If you’ve bought the most amazing rug with a whole range of features it could potentially cause more harm than good if it is ill fitting.

With us here at Snuggy Hoods it is not hard to achieve a good fit, we firstly advise the following before purchasing any rug.

Measure your horse first before you do anything, this can be done with a tape measure. Measure from centre of the chest around the body to the back of the hind leg, to one side of the tail.

It is important to remember that different fabrics have a different amount of stretch and therefore may fit differently. If you are unsure of sizing then it always best to contact the manufacturer first for advise. Snuggy Hoods rugs are made out of a variety of materials.

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Shiny Show Lycra Rugs are very stretchy so choose smaller rather than bigger.

Our weatherproof rugs have a medium amount of stretch so order your horse’s\pony’s usually rug size or the closest size to their actual measurement. This applies to Spik & Span Rug, Sweet Itch Rug, and Bug Body.

Fleece Jams Rugs have a minimum stretch so order your horse’s/pony’s actual rug size or measurement.

Petticoat Rugs have no stretch in the fabric so choose bigger rather than smaller.

Click Here for Our You Tube Fitting Guides

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If you have a pony who is particularity awkward to rug then Snuggy Hoods have all the answers. We advise that firstly you purchase a standard size rug having followed the sizing guide carefully. Upon receiving the rug, firstly try the rug on your horse or pony ensuring that they are very clean. We advise that having a camera at the ready at this time is best, take the following photos to send us via email to sales@snuggyhoods.com.

  • 1 x Landscape photo take from the side with head up.
  • 1 x Landscape photo taken from the side with head down.
  • 1 x Portrait photo of the front of your horse
  • 1 x Portrait photo of the rear of your horse

If you have purchased a hood for your horse and are querying size then send us the following photos:

  • 2 X Landscape photo with your horse only wearing the hood, one with head up and one with head down.

These photos will allow us to assess the fit of the rug/hood on your horse or pony. We are then able to advise on what alterations need to be made to create the perfect fit.

Snuggy Hoods Alteration Service

The alternation service is invaluable and extremely popular with our clients. Snuggy Hoods pride ourselves on our customer service, trying our best to overcome any problems you are experiencing with rug fitting.

A one off alteration fee of £25 includes the return courier service back to you. Alterations are usually returned to the customer within 14 working days unless notified otherwise. For further information please do not hesitate to get in touch, we are always more than happy to help.

Welcome to the new Snuggy Hoods UK Website

Welcome to the new Snuggy Hoods UK website!

We are thrilled to show you our fantastic new website. You will find the new design easy to navigate with stunning new images showing our products in greater detail.

A One Stop Shop For Both Horse And Rider

Choose from a wide selection of horse hoods (both Summer and Winter), rugs, headless hoods and more. Our clothing for horses comes in various size and colour options. It’s easy to choose the variation that’s right for your horse.

We also stock a great range of onesies for children. Super cute fleece all in one’s that kids love. Cosy guarantee included!