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!

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Para Rider Natalie Povey’s Latest Update

Blog for September and October 2017


During September we focused on our training ready for myself and Fulltide’s second competition together, working on areas that we think are our weak spots. As Fulltide has only been with me a short time we are still developing her strength and way of going, however she is a lot stronger and more established in her ways of going now. We practiced lots of centre lines making sure we are straight the whole way down with no noticeable wobbly parts, as well as our halts being straight. I have also been practicing my turns on and off the centre line making sure the flow smoothly with no handbrake turns or sharp corners, so we have been using the feeling of riding a half 10 meter circle which has really helped with my accuracy in turning onto the centreline. I have also been working on the position of my hands as I tend to carry my left hand a lot lower than the right so I have been working on carrying them in the same position to make sure the bit and contact is equal on both sides.

Our next area to work on has been the medium trot which is a working progress and Fulltide still needs to develop her strength and establish that medium trot means to take a bigger stride rather than just going quicker or cantering. To help with the medium trot we have been using two exercises. The first one is riding a square within the school and collecting the trot for the corners then asking for a few medium trot steps on the long side before collecting her back up for the corner, this has helped establish the ‘go’ and ‘back’ aids as well as encouraging her to sit more. The second exercise is to ride shoulder-in riding out of the corners and half way up the long side, then straightening her up and then asking for a few medium trot steps. Both this exercises have helped a great deal.

We have also been working on the leg yielding which we seem to be having a few technical difficulties with moving into my weakest side but with practice it is improving all the time, we just need to take our time and ride one step at a time.

At our second competition, Fulltide was a little more aware of where she was and she was a little excited to be out again, although saying that she was still very well behaved considering it was her second time at a competition. We warmed up indoors were Fulltide was feeling great, I gave her plenty of time to walk around and settle before picking her up, so I used lots of transitions to make sure she was listening and once she was warmed up practiced the test movements that we would be riding keeping in mind what Helen had taught me in my lessons. It was soon our turn to make our way to the outdoor arena where we would be competing. Fulltide was feeling a little on her toes as we entered the arena and was a little frightened of some sand bags which were just outside the arena – the judge very kindly led us past as I couldn’t get her going forwards as she froze on the spot – it is hard without a leg aid and it was the wrong time to back my voice up with a tickle of the whip but she was soon listening again and ready to compete in her first dressage test of the day. In our first dressage test she was a little tense but listened to everything I asked of her and worked very well. Before our second test we had a little time to go through the movements in our next test and to also take the opportunity for Fulltide to relax. It was soon our turn to ride our second test of the day, she was much more relaxed and happy. I was very pleased with her overall attitude and she tried her absolute hardest for me. We scored 69.13% and 69.85% to be placed first and second. I gave Fulltide a few days off after her competition as we had been really busy fitting in as much training as possible.

During October we have had our regular training lessons with Helen and Fulltide is improving all the time. I have also been working on our canter which we learnt last month, before that I had never cantered intentionally. The canter is improving all the time and we are now able to work on movements rather than just cantering down the long side. I have been using the canter work to encourage Fulltide to work from behind which has improved our trot a great deal.

As well as our training and schooling I have been keeping Fulltide’s work varied so she doesn’t get bored of doing the same thing – we have been doing some trotting poles and small jumps which she thoroughly enjoys.

Success at HOYS2017 for Snuggy Hoods

We are now all back and unpacked from a fabulous HOYS 2017, thank you ever so much to all of our customers old and new for visiting us.

We had some superb results throughout the week from the Snuggy Hoods team, family, friends and sponsors.

A HUGE WELL DONE to Snuggy Hoods Managing Director Becky Godfrey-faussett and daughter Janey who rode the gorgeous Snuggy Sooty into 7th place in the Show Pony First Ridden, Cerys Holley took 5th with team Holders high tops dancing bee. Janey then went onto top her 7th place with a 3rd the gorgeous Lolli in the SHP 122cm Open.

Amelia Evans and Woodroyd Toy Boy looked gorgeous in the Show Pony Lead Rein however were sadly not placed, it is such an achievement in itself getting to to this fabulous show and they enjoyed every minute. Woodroyd Toy Boy has been beautifully produced this season by Team Holder and this was his first time at HOYS.

A WIN for Snuggy Hoods sponsored rider Lynn Russell in the Maxi Cob with Snuggy Hoods model Jovian, what a combination!

A WIN for Snuggy Hoods sponsored rider Lucy Eddis in the 153cm Plaited Working Hunter Pony of the Year and a 2nd in the M&M Working Hunter Pony of the Year on Cashel Bay JJ. Susie Eddis and Percy were absolutely incredible at their first HOYS together jumping clear to finish second on the same marks as the winner.

A WIN for Jo Bates and Elusive who regained their 2016 title in the Large Hacks and was reserve champion, Grandeur was 3rd in the racehorse to riding horse and Quintons Ernest was 8th in the lightweight cobs!!

Snuggy Hoods Rachel Perfect’s horses each had foot perfect rounds with Meg Thompson, So Sweet was 10th in the Coloured Non Native Horse of the Year and Inkwell Little Mark was not in the placings in the Coloured Non Native Pony of The Year, yet looked and rode beautifully.

Snuggy Hoods sponsored the West Hants Games Team with some onesies and saddle pads which were extremely handy!! They went onto WIN the stable cup and come 2nd in the Games.

We are so proud of you all….ROLL ON HOYS 2018 we say!!

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

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.