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Pay Day Treats!

26 Feb

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Mother’s Day Treats for a Horsey Mum

17 Feb

Mother’s Day is fast approaching and its time to be thankful for all those horsey mums out there! Whether your mum is always on hand to help you go out competing, watches your weekly lessons through gale force wind and freezing rain or gets up extra early to muck out your pony whilst you get ready for school, this Mother’s Day be sure to treat her and say thanks for all the hard work and dedication it takes to keep these ponies going (and paid for!).  Whatever type of horsey mum you have, here are a few ideas to show how grateful you are with a special gift this Mothering Sunday.

For the Dressage Diva, who perhaps competes and trains herself, our LeMieux Dressage Square Gift Sets make a luxury Mother’s Day gift for an equestrian mum. Choose from a range of colours including this beautiful Benetton Blue.

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If you want your mum to put her feet up this Mother’s Day, why not treat her to the Beautiful Horses book. Beautiful Horses showcases the elegance, strength, beauty and variety of breeds from the gentle giant Shire to The Arabian. Filled full of stunning photography and breed features.  You could even team this book with one of our horse mugs and make your mum a lovely cup of tea with her favourite biscuits on Mother’s Day morning.  That way she might even enjoy a sleepy Sunday!

If you are planning to take your mum out for dinner on Mother’s Day why not opt for a piece of equestrian themed jewellery she could wear. If your mum loves exploring the countryside, the Happy Hack pendant is a firm favourite.  Alternatively the Horse Lovers brooch looks wonderful on a jacket or jumper and any of the horse shoe earrings are delightful for every day wear.

As we head towards the end of another winter every equestrian is starting to feel in need of a spot of pampering. Any of the products from the Naked Horse bath and body range are a lovely way to treat your mum. We have even put together the Horse Lovers Pampering Set which will make mum feel extra special.

Finally if you are looking for something a little different for the horsey mum who has everything, these great equestrian themed Backdoorshoes are perfect for slipping on and off when going to and from the yard. Ideal to wear when popping in and out the equestrian home too!

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We hope you’ll find the perfect gift for your horsey mum from our suggestions above or check out our wider range for further inspiration. Simply team your present with a thoughtful Mother’s Day card and just remember to get up extra early to give your mum a day off from all the mucking out!

 

Horse Gifts for Boys

11 Feb

Every year we work hard to develop our ranges and expand collections to ensure we have what our customers are looking for. For the first time over the festive period we found that we were getting requests for boys equestrian gifts and accessories.  This is something we have wanted to do for a while but struggled to put together a full collection.  However, with demand rising, we are thrilled to now launch our Boys Horse Gifts range!

This collection aims to provide boys equestrian accessories, pony themed clothing as well as horse toys and pocket money treats! Here are a few of our favourite items we hope you and your sons, nephews, grandsons etc will like.

This Bang on the Door Riding Hat Silk is great for boys enjoying their weekly riding lessons. Fits over any size skull cap so great for all ages.

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Boys can keep warm during the winter months or layer up when riding on a cool summer’s evening with this cool Rocky Electric Blue Children’s Hoodie. Ideal for the yard but also looks great with jeans too. Matching T shirt also available for when the weather warms up!

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For boys that love horses but don’t necessarily ride our toy collection of horse gifts mean they can play ponies endlessly in the comfort of their own home. We’d recommend the Melissa and Doug Horse Carrier Set . It’s a great size to play with at home or take away on holiday/ around to a friends.

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For some bedtime reading, the Victoria Eveleigh’s set of horse books are fantastic. Why not opt for Joe and the Race to Rescue or Joe and the Hidden Horseshoe to give your son a horse book that will keep him interested.

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Of course our collections wouldn’t be the same without all the little extras needed to complete the perfect horse gift! Don’t worry we haven’t forgotten these for the boys so you’ll still find some lovely pocket money treats or finishing touches for your boys horse gift.   Why not add an Alex Clark Art Horse Bookmark to your horse book gift or the horsey bouncing ball to your present to cause a bit of havoc in any household!

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We hope you like our initial boys horse gifts collection! If you spot any further products you think would be a great addition please do get in touch – we are always open to new suggestions! Happy shopping and of course happy riding x

Valentines Gifts For Horse Lovers

23 Jan

If you are feeling anything like me at the moment then Winter with horses is starting to feel like a struggle and you are wishing the Spring sunshine would arrive. We all need something to look forward to and with Valentine’s Day round the corner it’s time to start putting out a few handy hints to your loved one!  Here are a few ideas that might take your fancy…

For something a little different, any equestrian would appreciate one of our brand new gift sets. The Horse Lovers Hamper comes in a modern box filled with equestrian themed goodies including a notebook and pen, love my horse keyring and a horse shaped soap and rose scented lip balm. All beautifully packaged your other half can take the hassle out of Valentines with a gift you will appreciate.  If you are finding your body is a little tired after the endless mucking out then our Pampering Gift Set may appeal.  The brand new wash bag is filled with the very popular Naked Horse Hand and Body Cream and Dead Sea Bath Salts.  Give your body and skin some relief this Valentine’s from the cold weather.

If you would prefer a more traditional Valentine’s gift then of course some jewellery is the obvious option.  What woman doesn’t love a bit of sparkle and if you’re other half knows how much you love your horse then some equestrian themed jewellery is the perfect choice.  For a touch of sparkle our current favourite piece of equestrian jewellery is the Rose Gold Sparkly Hoof stud Earrings. Perfect for nights out and day to day wear! Alternatively if you would prefer a timeless, stunning necklace the Gallop Collection Silver Snaffle Necklace is a beautiful piece which can be worn with a variety of necklines.

If you view Valentine’s Day as more of an excuse to get a practical gift to update your equestrian wardrobe/ accessories then the Classic Grip Leather Horse Riding Gloves are highly recommended for the keen horse rider. Having saved my fingers through freezing early morning rides this Winter, yet not being too bulky for Summer wear, I think these are an essential gloves for anyone who rides whatever the weather! Why not team with some Coolhorsesocks to help keep toes warm too!

So the time has come to plant the seed as to what you would like for your special gift this February 14th!  Start talking about how cold your fingers are out riding, how you need a nourishing body moisturiser, leave a few website pages open on a shared computer and hopefully this year the chocolates and flowers will stay at the garage and us horse lovers will be happily mucking out this Valentines rather than a raged woman with a pitch fork!

 

Winter Equestrian Essentials

13 Oct

There’s no denying the weather is turning and I for one am hanging on to the final few days when the horses can live out 24/7 – all be it well rugged at night! The colder nights have meant earlier clipping for us this year and I have taken the plunge and gone for the full clip, so looking forward to a Winter with no moulting for once – yippee.  If like me you are having a sort out and finding you need to restock on a few key Winter items, let me suggest the following equestrian accessories to ensure the colder Months are easier for both you and your horse…

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Warm Equestrian Gloves and Socks

On those cold, frosty mornings there is nothing worse than freezing finger tips and icy toes.  Of course a good pair of wellington boots and riding boots will stand you in good stead but you will be in need of some toasty equestrian socks. Firstly we’d opt for a knee high length sock which will also help keep your calves warm and are easily worn under boots or chaps. Our firm favourites are the Cool Horse Socks range featuring arch and heel support and a padded food incorporating the Coolmax fabric that wicks away moisture when you are working hard.  For Winter we especially love the Aztec Blue design!

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We all know that so much time with horses is spent out of the saddle so as well as some comfortable riding gloves we also wear some yard gloves for all our horsey chores.  Now although the HY5 Multipurpose gloves are not thick, fleecy winter gloves they are lightweight and close fitting so you don’t need to remove them for any of your yard chores.  No longer am I wasting time searching for the gloves I took off to tack up, do up rugs etc. Actually we find our hands stay pretty warm in these and they help prevent your skin getting too dry and cracking in the cold. Just choose your favourite colour!

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Long hacks in the Winter sun can be beautiful but we’ve all had that point when you are furthest away from home and your finger tips feel like they are going to fall off! We’d be lost without the amazing Bionic Leather Horse Riding Gloves. A quality pair of leather riding gloves that will keep fingers warm though schooling, jumping, hacking etc . Another tried and tested product we love.

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Grooming Kit Goodies

So your horse is kitted out with new rugs, the mammoth amount of hair has been clipped off and then you look at your 20 year old grooming kit and decide it needs a bit of a revamp! Just a few handy products can make all the difference to your horse’s daily grooming routine.  Firstly we’d be lost in Winter (well all year round really) without the fantastic MagicBrushes. These are so good for manes, tailed, thick coats, clipped coats, mud, feathers etc, etc!  When fighting the daylight to try and squeeze in an early morning ride or late schooling session as the sun is fading this is my go to brush! Don’t waste time getting all your brushes out just grab a MagicBrush, give your horse a quick once over making sure he is clean for his tack and get on and go!

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With many of us working all hours to try and pay for the upkeep of our four legged friends the Winter months can feel like you only ever see your horse in darkness! If this is the case the popular Hooftorch can make your yard life a little easier. Trying to pick out hooves in darkness can be a bit of a mission but this Hooftorch has a bright light on it. Simply press the button on the end when needed and you can pick hooves out with ease. Plus the pick on it is great – we’ve had rave reviews about it!

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Depending on your yard set up and other commitments, it can be difficult to bath horses sensibly in the cold weather. If that’s the case there are a few products to make your life a little easier and keep your horse looking tip top ready for competition. The NAF Shine On Grooming spray is a great finishing product if you’re heading out to a pony party. Plus its handy to use on manes and tails too so no need for your grooming kit to get swamped by bottles of everything! If your horse enjoys a good comfy snooze in his stable then going up to give him breakfast and finding more dreaded stable stains always results in a huge sigh (on a good day!).  To help combat these we’d recommend the Supreme Products Stain Remover. Plus take to shows too for any last minute touch ups.

Nutrition

Last but not least it’s important to get nutrition right for you and your horse during the Winter months. If you need advice or guidance on how to keep your horses weight and energy levels at their best most of the large feed companies offer expert opinions. Be sure to make any changes slowly and keep a close eye on your horse’s behaviour to make sure its suiting him correctly. For yourselves, keep well with lots of fruit and vegetables and the odd treat doesn’t harm anyone! We’re firm believers in a bit of chocolate when needed and what better than this Mad About Horses Chocolate Bar.  Treat yourselves….after all you need a couple of extra pounds to keep warm in Winter right?!!

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Happy Riding x

October Favourites!

30 Oct

As we approach the end of October, we are thrilled to find that you have loved our new Horse Diva ranges as much as we have.  We have now put together our Christmas collections and have some fun new stocking fillers as well as innovative horsey gift ideas for all ages.

Before we get overwhelmed with the festive shopping, here’s a little look back at some of your favourites this month.

The Tyrrell Katz wash bag has been flying out and is a great price at £8.95.  We think its a cute gift for a little pony lover – especially when teamed with a pony shaped soap.

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The Pony Modelling Kit has been so popular its nearly sold out but we’ll have  more available asap! We can see why – a beautifully packaged gift in a tin for under £10.00 which will keep children (and adults!) entertained for hours.

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More for the little horse rider, the children’s Ravensdale horse riding gloves are a bargain at £7.50, keeping little fingers warm and protected during the Winter months.

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Equestrian themed coasters are a great little extra to a horsey gift, and these new country designs are proving just as popular as our other designs.  Thinking forward, they will make great stocking fillers too for a horse owner!

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Brand new to the market, we’re not surprised that these Milly Green pens are flying out so quickly. Available in three funky designs – choose your favourite!

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The most popular design of polo shirt this month has been one of our newest additions – If You Can Read This Please Put me Back on my Horse.  Now the weather is turning, the matching hoodie is also available to keep you warm this Winter.

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It’s always nice to have some special to wear when away from the yard and we have sent lots of these Gallop Horseshoe Bracelets out as gifts this month.  A great price at £24.00, and it comes beautifully packaged too.

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Lots of our products are coordinating and we are thrilled to see you are putting together your own matching horsey gifts and taking the hassle out of your shopping.  We know how busy Christmas can be so to help further we have expanded our gift sets collection and even launched our very own horsey hampers.  We hope you like them and remember we are always here to advise you if you need a second opinion.

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Horsey Gift Updates at The Horse Diva

1 Aug

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.

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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!

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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. 

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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. 

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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!

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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