Having horses and living in the countryside isn’t cheap, so with all the gear you need to enjoy this passion it is sometimes good to know where to spend and where to save!

Here on Haynet we review some of the latest products that come on to the market and test these out for viewers and members to see if its worthy of them opening their purse… If you are a business that would like to highlight your equestrian or countryside product to our wide audience, then please CONTACT US as we can provide quality reviewers for you.

The Wave Fork - A Review

Haynet member and Professional Event Rider Penny Sangster recently reviewed the super stylish and practical Wave Fork from Noble Outfitters. The Wave Fork is an innovative breakthrough in stable management, clean stables with ease using the lightweight customisable fork, which comes complete with a five year guarantee. With Penny's busy event yard, the Wave Fork was put to the heavy test of multiple stables to muck out  - here are her thoughts of this product:-

 

"The brightly coloured Wave fork arrived in two pieces which panicked me at first-  but it was extremely easy to put together. I really like the padded handle and it is extremely light. Using it on a regular basis it is very robust and puts up with being thrown around the yard with the other yard equipment! 

 

I am very fussy about my shavings beds and hate any droppings left while saving as much shavings as possible. The wave fork is not only easy and light to use, it also great to separate the dropping away from the shavings.  The only thing on its downside is that it was not the easiest to turn the shavings bed over as it was difficult to lift up large weights of bedding.

 

I would definitely recommend the Wave Fork to anyone!"

 

To purchase please visit NOBLE OUTFITTERS by clicking HERE

Masterclip Showmate Trimmer

IN THE BOX

Showmate Horse Trimmer

2 rechargeable batteries
Approx 30 mins clip time each battery
Lightweight
Ceramic blades
4 comb attachments
Smart silver carry case

 

FIRST THING TO SAY IS THAT THESE ARE TRIMMERS AND NOT DESIGNED FOR ALL OVER BODY CLIPPING. I DID A SMALL AREA OF GIN TO SEE HOW WELL THEY WORKED!

 

The first thing I noticed with these trimmers is the box, as well as looking sleek and professional it is very sturdy and seem strong enough to put up with the toils and trauma’s before shows and at shows and are very easily transported safely! Gin is still a baby (he is 3) and hadn’t been introduced to clippers or trimmers before and I think these were the perfect pair to start him off. Apart from doing his moustache which took a few attempts and him snapping his head away but we got it done. The motors are fairly quiet and when I first turned them on there was no reaction from Gin or Hero – and the vibration is a firm vibration that doesn’t send your hand or arm numb like some trimmers can. Changing the depth of the cut is easy with a twist motion and without the plastic guards on it gives a very close even cut. The ceramic blades feel to be incredibly sharp and show no sign of dulling even after a fair amount of use.

 

Changing the plastic length combs is easy they just slide on and are easily changeable for any grading, and setting the height is simple and intuitive, but also feels firm and sturdy and doesn’t feel like its going to slip apart.

 

Gin is getting properly clipped soon as he is a sweaty boy so we will take off his chest and tummy, so to show you guys how good they are on  a thick cobby coat I took a square patch off of his chest – now it’s not perfect but these are trimmers not clippers, but in a situation where you needed a quick tidy up or missed or uneven line in a clip these would be perfect.

 

They dealt with his long chest hair and long tummy hairs with ease and I played with them for a good half and hour and the battery was still going strong so I can imagine with both batteries charged you could do a lot of trimming!

 

The only downside is the plastic of the handle doesn’t feel as sturdy as the rest of the construction but saying that I had no issues with them what so ever I would just like for it to feel a bit more sturdy. They are slender in my hands and I have small hands so I don’t think many people would have an issue of them being to big. All in all a well priced set of trimmers I would buy again for show day touch-up and precise small area trimming. I even bit the bullet and used them on my Poodle and they were far better than my other dog trimmers and worked wonders on her too!

 

RESULTS: 5/5

 

Review provided by Just A Cob

 

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The Idolo Tether Tie - A Review

I was tweeting one Monday night on #HorseHour when Haynet asked if I would like to do a product review on the Idolo Tether Tie. I had never heard of Idolo Tether Ties so searched it on the internet and I thought it looked innovative.

 

I generally use very thin baler twine (easy to break), “you always need to carry spare twine as thin baler twine snaps easily, or tangles like spaghetti . There are a couple of plastic ties on the market which I have tried only to find they don’t work well and perish in the winter months.

 

I have used quick release ties in the past only to find that my mare escapes. When my mare is tethered she very quickly turns her head just a couple of times from left to right and if she’s tied to an quick release tie then it opens straight away – “it’s doing exactly what it’s supposed to do”.

 

When the “Idolo” Tether Tie arrived, I found it to light in weight but sturdy. I tied up my mare and she did her usual head nod to see if it would release.......but it held firm! I continued to use the Idolo for the following month and it passed every test with flying colours. The halter rope is passed through the loop where you have two choices of pressure just by turning the tether tie around, therefore if your horse spooked then the tie allows the rope pass over or under the friction bar whilst holding the pressure.

 

My mare didn’t pull back during testing, but I applied significant pressure to the Tie and it did not break, unclip, release or separate. If your horse spooks then he/she can move freely without feeling restricted. Best practice dictates that you should not leave your horse unattended while tethered using any safety tie. The tether tie is guaranteed for two years, is weather proof and most of all its safe, to me it’s a definite winner.

 

Written by Helen Last

 

Please visit: http://idolotethertie.com/

 

Modern Colour And Design At Last Hit The Stable Yard!

When HUF Designs contacted the Haynet office to review a new feed scoop, you do immediately wonder how a simple feed scoop could make life easier in the stable yard? A scoop is just a scoop after all? Or is it…

 

When I received the SKUP (super name!) I was immediately impressed by the colour and the design. At last some funky style to brighten up the feed room. My feed scoop I have had for about eleven years now but it was starting to look tired and now almost dated back to the seventies when the new SKUP was placed in the feed bin! The SKUP looks modern and up to date which sadly many stable yard products are lacking these days.

 

Don’t take these good looks for granted though, this SKUP has something for it teeth to sink into… Yes, your horse feed with ease! With its jagged teeth it is so easy to scoop up chaff, nuts or any mix. The SKUP particularly makes light work of chaff which can be an embedded battle to get out of the bag. Another great feature is that it is marked so you can judge how much feed to give and with its level bottom it sits comfortably on top of any hay bale.

 

The SKUP would make easy work I think of making up multiple feeds with its quick scoop action and marked outline to judge the different amounts horses have.

 

I can fully understand why the innovative SKUP impressed BETA last year winning the Horsecare Equipment and Clothing Award. The design and style can pull up any yard to the modern age which is much needed.

 

So if your feed room needs a little make over, then I urge you to cheer it up with a SKUP! You will not be disappointed.

 

Please visit: http://www.hufdesign.co.uk/

For The Doubtful: Supplements For Horses

Up and down the country if you took a peek in the feed rooms of most yards, you would see bins full of horse feeds and most likely a variety of supplements on shelves above. Now the doubters will probably raise an eyebrow and say they are a complete waste of money and just don’t bother…well sometimes I think you have to have an open mind about feeding horses supplements. I have fed a natural supplement to my horse recently…with amazing results!

 

So how do you make sure that your horse is happy and healthy? As with humans, the key to good health is the diet and the nutrients. There are all kinds of different horse supplements that are available to horse owners. The supplement market is vast and it can be a complete minefield in finding the correct supplement for your horse to help its deficiency or ailment.

 

With something so important as your horse’s health and could potentially greatly improve its quality of life - then why not feed supplements to them? My horse was showing symptoms back in the spring which was confirmed after xrays, that he had degenerative arthritis in his front cannon bones and pasterns. When steroids were discounted for a variety of reasons, I looked into feeding a supplement to help him with the crippling pain this condition gives a horse. To be honest it was the only option I had after he did not do well on the chemical painkillers the vet had prescribed him. As the saying goes; no legs, no horse…..

 

After a lot of research on my part I found it was important to find a supplier that has formulated products using up to date technology with pure and natural ingredients. This way you know that your horse will be receiving the best products possible, and also the perfect balance of vitamins and minerals to ensure a balanced and healthy diet.

 

I put my horse on a joint supplement from Science Supplements which had a high percentage of MSM and Glucosamine levels which I saw from only about a week of feeding it to him, there was a great improvement. I also decided to feed him turmeric which has been proven to be a super natural anti-inflammatory and the change within my horse in a month was outstanding. Feeding these two natural substances has changed my horse completely - he would always walk out stiff and a bit gorky. Now he can be hacked out in walk, trot and a little bit of canter work. This twenty year old equine now plays in the field as if he was four again!

 

So have a look into the supplement market with an open mind. Yes some may not achieve the desired results but the percentage of those are low to the improvements it can make to your horses health. As every horse owner knows, your horse is very precious and their wellbeing is priority. Believe me, those months in getting my horse pain free and joint healthy has been paramount in my life this summer! 

 

Written by Samantha Hobden

An Honest Breeches Review by Penny Sangster

EQUETECH LADIES VISION BREECHES 

AN HONEST REVIEW

by

Professional Event Rider Penny Sangster

My first impression of the Equetech Ladies Vision Breeches from Ride-Away were that they were incredibly smart and the sizing was perfect. My only criticism was that the legs were slightly short but then I do like my breeches longer. They were a very good fit and looked very smart on.

The first day I rode in them I remembered why I don’t tend to use full seat breeches because I find they rub! However, they kept their shape but riding in them for the first time I did find them a little uncomfortable. I decided to hand them to my girls in the yard to wear them and see what they thought of them. They would wear them on the yard all day and then hand them back to me to wash. Being so dirty I did what you are not supposed to do with decent breeches – I put them on a hot wash and tumble dried them… Each time they came out surprisingly clean and reshaped!

I needed a smart pair of breeches to go teaching with so I put them back on. I was really pleased to find that since being worn and washed several times, they had now softened and were extremely comfortable! 

The girls are now not allowed to wear them and I have now saved them for competing. They have definitely stood up to a really tough trial and they are certainly worth the money – in fact I would like to buy another pair!

 

 

 

To Purchase: Ride-Away

Penny Sangster: http://www.pennysangster.com/

Read Penny’s Blog: http://www.hay-net.co.uk/penny-sangster