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Ginkhana’s equestrian themed gin is hot to trot!

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There was a particularly hazy and embarrassing period in my life (aka my early 20s) where I used to drink wine. Wine and I get on like a house on fire, and as fast as a naked flame rips through an empty building, just a few sips of wine hitting my blood stream can make me feel invincible in minutes! I am RIDICULOUSLY susceptible to the grape and as much as that makes for a cheap night, I would (on balance) prefer to remember what happened in the morning!   Having pegged wine as my kryptonite I looked for alternatives…

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VIP saddle pad review for Very Important Ponies

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For all my horses in the past I’ve predominantly used a thin saddle cloth and sheepskin half pad set up to make sure that they are as comfortable as possible across their backs, and that the saddle fit isn’t compromised by too much bulking out. When my saddler on a recent fitting check suggested I look at buying a VIP saddle pad for both the boys because she’d “heard good things about them” I got Googling to see what was so very important about these pads. First of all they are made from a fabric called Akton Visco Elastic Polymer Gel…

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Grass mats for your horse’s paddock – Godsend or gimmick?

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Since Dustry had his kissing spine operation, and because he really doesn’t like being stabled he now lives out 24/7 with a field shelter instead. This lifestyle is great for him, but it’s not that great for the grass as the regular walking in/out/around the shelter by him and his field buddy means that the field in that area very quickly got boggy and churned up. To try and prevent his paddock getting “poached” we bought grass mats to lay outside the entrance to the field shelter to make a flat dry “yard” area. You can get grass mats for…

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WIN a personalised jacket from Harry Hall.

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One lucky bod is going to win a personalised Casares Softshell jacket from Harry Hall, and it could be you! Simply enter the competition below. Being slightly coat obsessive when this jacket arrived in the post I was more than a little excited. For starters I LOVE the colour, for years everything horsey came in navy, and it was so boring but now it seems grey is here to stay. I also splashed out on a pair of super smart grey breeches in the summer, and this jacket looks great with them. My matchy matchy game is strong, and that…

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Protexin Gut Lix Review & Prize Giveaway

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Roll up, roll up I’ve got another great competition for you!!! My sponsor Protexin have given me 5 probiotic starter kits to giveaway to 5 lucky GHE readers. I’ve had my horses on Protexin products for about…9 years on and off. Generally flipping between the Gut Balancer and Acid Ease products depending on the horse and situation. Their Quick Fix paste has also been a grooming kit essential for me and I often give Dustry some after plaiting and before loading and then again on arrival at a comp to settle his stomach and nerves. So if you’d like to…

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Badminton 2017 – Shopping, Scoffing & Jaw Dropping!

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Wednesday Badminton is getting busy! It seems that people have cottoned on to the fact that the BE90/100 competition days provide all the same shopping opportunities minus the huge crowds and as such it seemed decidedly busier this year compared to last. With no particular shopping list except ‘lunch’ in mind we set off moseying round the stalls, with our usual plan of shop – lunch – watch some xc – more shopping – maybe a sweet treat – home. Typically the first stall we came across was brilliant (so we did the browse-and-make-a-mental-note-to-return-later-stall-sweep walk) Will Bees Bespoke. I love it,…

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No more jumping over the lorry partition with these new anti-jump lorry modifications!

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When a horse tries to jump over the breast bar partition into the Groom’s area it is quite frankly bl**dy terrifying and not an experience I (or Mummy Groom) ever wish to go through again! If you missed the drama first time around click here to read up on Bolly’s lorry leaping escapades!! To prevent the little bouncing beast from attempting this ever again we took our lorry to local coach-builders Trevett & Smith near Salisbury for some modifications. Dustry loves the lorry and has never even hinted at thinking about jumping over the breast-bar into the open Groom’s area…

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A scoop, is a scoop, is a scoop, right? wrong!

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Not when a scoop is a SKUP! Emma from Huf Designs the brains behind this new feed scoop design got in touch to see if I would like to trial the SKUP and review it. To be perfectly honest at first I thought, well…. how much better than an old milk carton cut into a scoop, or the battered old Stubbs round scoop I have can this thing really be??? Putting scepticism to one side, there was only one way to find out so Emma popped my Skup in the post! Straight away you can feel that this Skup will…

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Something lovely made by These Fair Hands

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Dustry aka Captain Calamity is very unhappy at the moment, being ridden in walk for 20mins really isn’t cutting the mustard for this little workaholic. Add to that the fact that ‘the hairy marshmallow’ aka Bolly came back last weekend gloating about his foot perfect cross country and 1st place, and he’s got a bad case of ‘the blues’. Thankfully something just arrived in the post to cheer up the old sad sack, and if this doesn’t work it will have to be ‘Pony Prozac’ The crafty peeps at These Fair Hands got in touch to see if I would…

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Lovestruck fallen for a monoflap

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For quite a while now Dustry’s jump saddle hasn’t really been fitting either of us very well. For him because he has muscled up and developed a good top line its curved tree is no longer a very good fit, so I’ve had to pad it up with a half sheepskin and saddle cloth. For me because I am long from hip to knee but short from knee to ankle it doesn’t really allow me to ride as short as I would like to for jumping because if I raise my stirrups any more my knees will be off the…

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