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  1. Horse kit junkie: The ultimate winter essentials

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    Derby House HQ would like to introduce another new blogger, amateur dressage rider and self-confessed horse kit junkie Debbie Summerfield. Debbie has ridden to PSG level and has a line-up of successful pupils. She’s passionate about equestrian kit and gadgets so we asked her to divulge her winter essentials.

    1. My Musto Suffolk long riding coat. Total protection from cold, wind and rain. With its generous skirt it keeps my legs and the saddle completely dry when riding. I wear it with a fleecy headband to keep my ears warm when I’m teaching in all weathers.

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    2. My Laube mini clippers. So quiet that even the most sensitive horse usually accepts them. Great for heads, elbows and all those tricky areas. Powerful enough to clip a whole horse if necessary. They are 20 years old and still going strong!

    3. My Equilibrium massage pad. Excellent value and great for warming up cold back muscles before riding and soothing to relax the muscles after work. Great for human backs too if you lean against it in a chair or in the car seat driving home from a show.

    4. Hot Horse Shower. So much nicer for horse and groom to wash down with warm water in the winter! Runs off butane so you don’t even need an electric supply.

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    5. A  medium weight stable rug and liners of different thickness – all set for whatever the temperature.

    6. A couple of value lightweight NZ rugs to use as top rugs. One for over the stable rug – thus keeping it stain free. One for over NZ’s. Saves having to wash bulky winter rugs so often. Easy to wash in a standard washing machine and will dry overnight. Plus just take the top rug off and horse is looking clean and smart in his main rug.


    7. A Mark Todd Autumner 150g NZ with separate neck cover for wet days. Can always use a liner if chilly or the l/w on top.Screen Shot 2014-11-19 at 10.22.21

    8. A Mark Heavyweight Combi NZ for the thick of winter. I love the design feature that the neck has a gusset where it attaches to the rug so that it stays right up to the ears when the horse has his head down eating. The nylon linings to the MT rugs keep the coat shiny and is really warm to the horses skin. Its lovely to warm frozen hands under the rug over the rump!

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    9. The MT fleece quarter sheet, cosy for hacking and for warming up and cooling down in the school. I also wouldn’t be without my fluorescent quarter sheet which I put over the top when hacking in the Winter. Drivers can see the Yellow Peril at a distance!

     

     

    10. My gorgeous, thick and warm MT Deluxe fleece rug. Great for drying off after washing, for travelling or as an under rug.

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  2. 10 best rugs for winter

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    Welcome to the new Derby House blog!

    I’m the Tack Room Mouse and I’ve been entrusted to run the DH Blog, mainly because I know everything there is to know about equestrian kit but also because the rest of the gang here at Derby House HQ are just too busy sending out orders.

    Seriously, how many rugs does one horse need? *sigh*.

    It’s a question you might be asking yourself this autumn so I’ve taken it upon myself to list 10 rugs you should be considering for your horse’s AW14/15 wardrobe.

    Here goes… shout if I’ve missed anything.

    House mouse standing (Mus musculus)

    1. A standard winter turn out rug

    By now your horse will probably be sporting a standard-weight winter turn out rug (assuming of course he is not a Dartmoor pony with a four inch thick coat). If you haven’t already invested in one, I’d recommend this season’s Derby House rug range as they come in gorgeous autumnal colours and have the softest fleece witherpads.

    standardwinterturnoutrug

    2. A standard-weight stable rug

    Your horse’s pjs don’t have to cost the earth but a stable rug does need to be cosy, comfortable and hardwearing. I’m particularly fond of the new Derby House Essentials rug, which comes in a racy formula one red and is great value at £44.99.

    essentialsstandardstablerug

     3. A fluorescent exercise sheet

    Don’t forget to stay safe on the roads now the days are shorter: our amazing Derby House fluorescent exercise sheet is a steal at £29.99 (was £59.99).

    exercisesheet

     4. A heavier weight turn out rug – with a neck cover or attachment

    A heavier weight turn out rug – ideally with a neck cover or neck attachment – is such a blessing when the temperature drops to Arctic levels and the fields turn to mud. I’m a fan of Mark Todd’s heavyweight neck covers (£69.99), which reduce mane rub in my opinion and ensure your horse stays warm and clean right up to his ears, even when he’s munching grass. You’ll need the matching rug, though (£124.99). Our smart new Derby House heavy combo horse rug with a built-in neck attachment and a 300g is also completely incredible in a blizzard. I love the colour – green – although it won’t stay looking like that for long.

    marktoddheavyweightrug

    5. A waterproof exercise sheet

    Hacking out in the driving rain – or snow, isn’t this mean to be ridiculously cold this winter? – will be a lot more pleasant for your horse in a Coolex waterproof exercise sheet (£97.99).

    coolexwaterproofexercisesheet

    6. A waffle, fleece or cotton under rug

    It’s all about layering at this time of year: a Weatherbeeta waffle (£34.99) or a Derby House fleece (£29.99) adds a whole new level of coziness to a stable rug whilst also providing a sweat sheet after exercising. We’ve also designed a fleece neck attachment for our fleece rug to keep plaits pristine and the neck cosy at winter competitions. See, we’ve thought of everything.

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     7. A medium-weight pony rug

    In the dead of winter, even the hairiest of ponies can feel the cold. If you’re looking for something your little monster won’t tear to shreds I’d go for the Mark Todd medium weight pony rug (£52.99).

    marktoddmediumweightponyrug

     8. An under rug

    I used to shove old duvets under my stable rugs when the weather got truly bitter but now there’s the Derby House professional version (£49.99), which goes right up the neck and sits comfortably under your existing stable rug. Also acts as a lightweight stable rug in spring. Bonus.

    derbyhouseunderrug

     9. A heavyweight stable rug

    Stable rugs don’t get any warmer than the JHL heavyweight stable combo rug (£85.00) with its full neck cover. It’s the height of luxury, with 400g filling, shoulder and neck gussets and super soft anti-rub pads at the shoulders and top of the neck cover. I love it in red but it’s also available in navy blue.

    JHLheavyweightstablecombo

     10. Transit rug

    The Comfort Zone transit rug (£79.95) is ideal for travelling to winter competitions: warm, breathable and extremely hardwearing with Airflex pads sewn in to the hip, shoulder and tail area to provide protection while travelling. Maybe one for the Christmas list?

    comfortzonetransitrug

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  3. 10 best rugs for winter… by Tack Room Mouse

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    Welcome to the new Derby House blog!

    I’m the Tack Room Mouse and I’ve been entrusted to run the DH Blog, mainly because I know       everything there is to know about equestrian kit but also because the rest of the gang here at Derby House HQ are just too busy sending out orders.

    Seriously, how many rugs does one horse need? *sigh*.

    It’s a question you might be asking yourself this autumn so I’ve taken it upon myself to list 10 rugs you should be considering for your horse’s AW14/15 wardrobe.

    Here goes… shout if I’ve missed anything.

    House mouse standing (Mus musculus)

    1. A standard winter turn out rug

    By now your horse will probably be sporting a standard-weight winter turn out rug (assuming of course he is not a Dartmoor pony with a four inch thick coat). If you haven’t already invested in one, I’d recommend this season’s Derby House range as they come in gorgeous autumnal colours and have the softest fleece witherpads.

    standardwinterturnoutrug

    2. A standard-weight stable rug

    Your horse’s pjs don’t have to cost the earth but a stable rug does need to be cosy, comfortable and hardwearing. I’m particularly fond of the new Derby House Essentials rug, which comes in a racy formula one red and is great value at £44.99.

    essentialsstandardstablerug

     3. A fluorescent exercise sheet

    Don’t forget to stay safe on the roads now the days are shorter: our amazing Derby House fluorescent exercise sheet is a steal at £29.99 (was £59.99).

    exercisesheet

     4. A heavier weight turn out rug – with a neck cover or attachment

    A heavier weight turn out rug – ideally with a neck cover or neck attachment – is such a blessing when the temperature drops to Arctic levels and the fields turn to mud. I’m a fan of Mark Todd’s heavyweight neck covers (£69.99), which reduce mane rub in my opinion and ensure your horse stays warm and clean right up to his ears, even when he’s munching grass. You’ll need the matching rug, though (£124.99). Our smart new Derby House heavy combo horse rug with a built-in neck attachment and a 300g is also completely incredible in a blizzard. I love the colour – green – although it won’t stay looking like that for long.

    marktoddheavyweightrug

    5. A waterproof exercise sheet

    Hacking out in the driving rain – or snow, isn’t this mean to be ridiculously cold this winter? – will be a lot more pleasant for your horse in a Coolex waterproof exercise sheet (£97.99).

    coolexwaterproofexercisesheet

    6. A waffle, fleece or cotton under rug

    It’s all about layering at this time of year: a Weatherbeeta waffle (£34.99) or a Derby House fleece (£29.99) adds a whole new level of coziness to a stable rug whilst also providing a sweat sheet after exercising. We’ve also designed a fleece neck attachment for our fleece rug to keep plaits pristine and the neck cosy at winter competitions. See, we’ve thought of everything.

    weatherbeetawafflecooler

     

     7. A medium-weight pony rug

    In the dead of winter, even the hairiest of ponies can feel the cold. If you’re looking for something your little monster won’t tear to shreds I’d go for the Mark Todd medium weight pony rug (£52.99).

    marktoddmediumweightponyrug

     8. An under rug

    I used to shove old duvets under my stable rugs when the weather got truly bitter but now there’s the Derby House professional version (£49.99), which goes right up the neck and sits comfortably under your existing stable rug. Also acts as a lightweight stable rug in spring. Bonus.

    derbyhouseunderrug

     9. A heavyweight stable rug

    Stable rugs don’t get any warmer than the JHL heavyweight stable combo rug (£85.00) with its full neck cover. It’s the height of luxury, with 400g filling, shoulder and neck gussets and super soft anti-rub pads at the shoulders and top of the neck cover. I love it in red but it’s also available in navy blue.

    JHLheavyweightstablecombo

     10. Transit rug

    The Comfort Zone transit rug (£79.95) is ideal for travelling to winter competitions: warm, breathable and extremely hardwearing with Airflex pads sewn in to the hip, shoulder and tail area to provide protection while travelling. Maybe one for the Christmas list?

    comfortzonetransitrug

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