I am told February is a short month but I don’t believe it – February has felt like the longest month EVER! I don’t know what it is…perhaps its the weather or the final slog to get through the challenging “Winter with horses” lifestyle but to me March sounds much more appealing and positive so roll on next week. In the meantime I think it’s time for a little pay day treat. With lots of new products arriving at The Horse Diva HQ there is plenty to choose from. Here are a few of my personal favourites…
Equetech Empire Ladies Breeches in Petrol. I love the striking colour of these ladies breeches and the paisley pattern on the seat is really pretty whilst being rather handy giving you a slightly grippy seat for those “Spring” moments! They are super comfy with a lovely high waist and soft stretchy material.
My colleague described the Ladies Toggi Fleece Socks as “the best fluffy socks out there” today and I couldn’t agree more. Warm and comforting – these prevent you having freezing toes. These socks are also nice to wear at home at the end of a long day when you need to put your feet up.
I love buying new products for my horse (find me a horse owner who doesn’t!) and as we head towards the end of another winter its a good time to give your equestrian supplies a bit of a revamp. The HyIMPACT range of brushing boots and over reach boots are great for day to day use and brighten up your equestrian wear even on those dull grey days.
I easily get bored of wearing the same equestrian clothing to the yard but an easy way to add a bit of vibrancy without too much expense is to change your riding hat silk depending on your mood. I have been wearing a navy spot one over the winter but I think it’s time for a change. One that will look great with my brown riding boots and riding gloves is the Leopard Design Riding Hat Cover.
My final favourite is The Horse Boy book. I have just started reading it and I am really looking forward to continuing. This is a true story of a father’s journey to heal his son’s autism through his relationship with horses. It’s great to unwind with a good book after a long day at the yard or at work.
With another summer of showing ahead of us its important to have the right equestrian gear so you feel prepared and confident for your classes. Here are a few highly recommended pieces to get you and your horse shown off to your full potential.
When competing preparation is key and making sure your horse looks pristine is essential for the show ring. Start at home with a thorough shampoo with warm water. Depending on your horse’s coat we’d opt for one of the Supreme Products shampoos or the Absorbine Showsheen Shampoo and conditioner for an all round effective wash.
If your horse requires plaiting then we love the Supreme Products Easy Plait to keep your plaits secure on a windy day. Ideal to use if plaiting up the night before with thread. Tried and tested on a variety of manes and it proves to be most effective.
For any last minute stains then opt for the Miracle Groom – perfect if you arrive at the yard in the morning to find your horse has a huge stable stain (surely that doesn’t just happen to me!). Comes in an easy to use spray bottle you can take this to the show with you for any last minute marks and its great if the weather is a little cold.
For manes, tails and extra coat shine we would recommend the Pig Oil spray. This can be used sparingly especially on the coat as you don’t want your horse to become too slippery! Adds beautiful shine to mains and tails that will glisten in the summer sunshine. Also useful for horses with full feather to add shine and condition. Plus to add glimmer to your horse’s hooves the Kevin Bacon Liquid Hoof Dressing is the perfect product to look good and condition hooves at the same time.
In the warmer weather it’s important to ensure your horse stays hydrated and the Wacky Practical Foldaway Bucket is a brilliant product that doesn’t take up too much space. Folds flat for easy storage then expands to hold water for your horse to drink or to wash him down with.
And once your horse is ready it’s time to start on yourself – phew!!! But don’t worry here are just a couple of products that will make you look super stylish in the show ring. The Equetech Kenton Tweed Messenger Bag is a gorgeous bag for ringside use and the perfect size for all your equestrian essentials. Available in two colours so pick the best one to coordinate with your showing gear.
A luxury pair of horse riding gloves are essential to look the part and protect your hands – especially if your horse gets a bit keen on show day! We’d recommend the Carrots Brown Leather Competition Gloves for ultimate comfort and style.
For other products for the show ring why not check out our full show season collection for a little inspiration. And with these goodies in your kit just remember if it all goes wrong on the day at least you will look absolutely amazing! Good luck! xx
After a miserable (weather wise!) Bank Holiday we are busy looking forward to our upcoming buying shows and choosing the final new products for our 2014 Horse Diva gift collections. Whenever possible we try and support British businesses and we thought you might like to know about some of our favourite Made in Britain equestrian products, so here are just a few of Britain’s best buys (in our opinion anyway!).
Our popular horsey gifts from Angelic Hen are hand crafted in their workshop in the grounds of Wyastone Lets, in the Wye Valley. The range of horsey themed products from Angelic Hen includes one of the first products we sourced when launching The Horse Diva – the Gone Riding and Mucking Out Door Hangers and these remain one of our best sellers to this day.
Looking to some of our newer ranges, the fun collection of Coolhorsesocks offers a British Manufactured everyday horse riding sock as well as an equestrian competition sock that has been tried and tested by ourselves in all weather conditions, equestrian disciplines and multiple scenarios. Available in many fun and funky designs and complete in smart packaging the Coolhorsesock range makes a great gift for the female horse owner.
Our beautiful range of horse and pony themed mugs feature many that are made within the UK. You can’t help but smile at the Bean Riding Mug from The Compost Heap. Their coordinating greetings cards also feature similar images and are chlorine free, recycled and printed on pulp from renewable forests as well as being printed using vegetable inks! For other equestrian mug ideas the Splimple range are all best sellers and are all made at Jersey Pottery.
One of our favourite new collections to take on this year is that from Milly Green. Milly is a UK based designer who has recently expanded her range of products to include cosmetics bags, pencil cases, notebooks and more. Beautifully made in the UK each item has this proudly written on the label.
We hope you like our favourite British designs and will join with us in buying British this year! If you know of any other equestrian products or horsey gifts made in Britain that you think will be suitable for our website please do get in touch, we’d love to hear from you.
As we come to the end of July it’s a chance to look back on the past few weeks and reflect on the happy times we have had in the sunshine with our ponies! How lovely has it been to have a few weeks of glorious summer sun, enjoying those lovely bright mornings and evenings and extra daylight hours spent with your equine friends. I’ve had a lovely month with Skip, including more jumping, hacking and our very first Dressage win together. We’re now enjoying a slightly more restful couple of weeks whilst the weather is so hot. Skip has worked very hard over the last 6 months, making lots of progress and it’s nice to reward us both with a rest and bit of fun before we look towards our next competition.
We’ve had a busy month at The Horse Diva which has been brilliant as we are thrilled to find that you are loving our new product lines as much as we are! It’s also been really lovely to hear from so many of our customers – we truly appreciate your comments so do keep in touch! If you’re looking for a horsey gift, some of our best sellers mentioned below might give you a bit of inspiration for your shopping. We also stock a wide range of equipment on website and our Ebay shop so if you need any equipment for your horse then be sure to check out our online store. Of course our fly sprays, fly masks and shampoos have been super popular given the glorious weather!
Equestrian jewellery had been really popular during July, with the Sparkly Hoof Necklace still being our best selling pendant, but we think the New Happy Hack Pendant will soon over take over! As the warmer weather continues, the ladies polo shirts continue to sell well and are a great gift at £19.95. To keep the little ones entertained the Kids Craft Kit has been popular for a little pony lover and is super useful during the summer holidays. It seems lots of you are enjoying some summer pony parties and we are expanding this range so look out for our new items during the next seven days.
Bentley Brushware continues to sell well (I imagine your horses are enjoying lots of dusty rolls in the field!) and this month’s most popular grooming kit in the Blue Bentley Grooming Set. Lots of you have also made use of our fun greetings cards and gift wrap service so we are able to send your presents straight to the recipient.
The month of July has also seen new ranges join our selections with the funky Coolhorsesocks, Bionic gloves and more stunning Gallop Collection equestrian jewellery. We’re super excited about these new products and sure you will love them too!
And before I go I must remember to remind you to check out our fabulous Horse Diva sale to grab yourself a bargain whilst they last! Enjoy xx
With the weather warming up the flies are out in full force pestering our beloved equines! To help combat the little critters we have a 7 day promotion on our fly sprays (starting 24/06/2014). See our top deals below and take advantage of our special offer whilst stocks last!
Leovet Power Phaser Fly Repellent Spray 500ml – £14.00
Barrier Super Plus Fly Spray – £10.00
Fly Away Max Strength Fly and Midge Repellent – £11.00
Carr, Day and Martin Flygard – £12.00
Fly Away Defleqt – £10.00
Whilst stocking up on fly spray, why not ensure your fully kitted out for summer with the rest of our summer time essentials including sun cream, fly fringes and horse shampoos.
Well what an amazing and inspiring Badminton Horse Trials this weekend! Sadly I didn’t manage to visit the event but I was gripped to the TV – never before have I seen so much action across country! With so many of us getting back out competing now – and okay we are probably not tackling the dizzy heights of the Badminton Cross Country Course – but we still want out horses to be turned out in tip top condition. So here are a few goodies from our new show season collection to help you and your horse shine in the show ring.
To get your horse looking their best, preparation is key and the Supreme Products range of horse grooming goodies will help you with this process. The Supreme Products Blue Horse Shampoo is great to add shine and colour definition to all coats where as we find the Supreme Products Stain Remover particularly useful for greys and coloured when tackling grass or stable stains. Use in combination with the stain remover spray to maintain a clean gleaming coat for the show ring.
For plaiting and quarter marks, the Supreme Products Easy Plait and Quarter Marking Spray are another two handy show essentials making your show preparation a little easier and stop any last minute panics on show day!
To add that extra shine to your equine we have a range of sprays including the popular Absorbine Showsheen, the original show ring shine, hair polish and detangler for horses and ponies. The formula even contains calming Jasmine and Sandalwood to help you and your horse perform at your best. Plus the Kevin Bacon Liquid Hoof Dressing will give a stunning show ring appearance whilst being great for your horses hooves.
Once you and your horse are prepared for the day ahead remember to pack all your essentials into your horse lorry in case you need them on arrival. Be sure to include extra plaiting bands, thread and hoof picks as well as other little extras. We also love the brilliant Wacky Practicals Foldaway Bucket which stores flat then easily expands to hold 7 litres so your horse can happily have a drink. This makes a brilliant gift for a horse owner who is often out competing.
Spring is upon us, the show season has begun and we are welcoming the recent additions to The Horse Diva collections helping to ensure our horses are kept in tip top condition. We try to spread our commitment to style through to our yard equipment and these gorgeous horse grooming kits work perfectly to brighten up any stables. We have recently expanded the range of Bentley Horse Grooming Kits to include stunning designs in pink, purple, navy and black colour schemes. Available in a range of styles, colours and price brackets, you can find the perfect horse grooming kit for yourself or a loved one.
Alongside these kits we also have a range of children’s grooming goodies which include a little sparkle in the Wexford Purple Glitter Grooming Kit or a pink treat with the Children’s Rucksack Pony Grooming Kit.
These grooming kits make fabulous horse gifts for a loved one of any age, or are perfect to have on the lorry ready for horse shows. A stunning treat that both horse and owner will appreciate!