Archive for March, 2018

postheadericon Horse riding trip packing list

Whether you are going on a horseback riding trip through your own country or travelling to a new destination, going for a day trip or an overnight stay, there are certain items that will always be on your packing list.

The most important thing is to make sure that you have the correct equestrian equipment that fits properly. An ill-fitting horse riding helmet or saddle can really ruin an otherwise perfect trip. Tour groups often provide saddles, but if you are an experienced rider you may want to take your own riding saddle along to ensure ultimate comfort.

Equestrian equipment:

  • Light-weight horse riding helmet
  • Jodhpurs / riding slacks
  • Riding boots and chaps
  • Riding gloves
  • Saddle

Other apparel:

  • A hat for when you stop and take breaks and take your riding helmet off
  • Socks
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses

Extras:

  • Insect repellant
  • Wet wipes or hand sanitizer
  • Camera
  • Binoculars
  • A comfortable backpack to keep all of the above in – this should fit comfortably on your back without compromising your comfort in the saddle.

For overnight trips remember the following:

  • Pants – cargo pants and zip off pants work well for being around camp in all weather and are lightweight and easy to pack
  • Flip flops – good for the shower and to wear around camp
  • Swimsuit –always good if you find  a river or dam along the way and want to take  a dip
  • Sleepwear
  • Change of underwear
  • Torch or headlamp
  • Travel sized toiletries
  • Plug adaptors, phone chargers and electronics should your camp have electricity
  • Bird and game books  – if your horse riding trip is in a game reserve this will help you to identify the things you might see along the way

postheadericon The Farrier’s Tool Kit

A farrier’s supplies are essential to their job and without the proper tools it would be hard to care for horse hooves. If you are a horse owner or rider you may have some of the items in this kit among your horse supplies, but here is an overview of what they are and how farriers use them for basic horse hoof care.

Hoof Knife
This is arguably the most important element of the farrier’s supplies. This tool is used to clean out any kind of build-up or debris in the sole and frog areas of the hoof. Hoof knives come in a variety of shapes in order to reach every nook and cranny. The most popular are an oval and curved knife to suitably clean any build-up that may occur.

The knife cuts away excess sole and dead frog to allow the healthy tissue to breathe. This ensures the horse can walk and run comfortably without being hindered by untrimmed hooves.

Hoof Nipper

These act the same way a pair of nail clippers would, only on a much larger scale. They are used to trim the hoof wall and cut off any part of the sole or hoof that has been damaged to reduce the need for additional rasping. They can also be used to trim the majority of the frog on the hoof.

Shoe Puller
This tool looks similar to the hoof nipper, only larger. It is the main tool for pulling horse shoes when it is time for them to be removed and replaced. Once the farrier nails have been taken out with the help of a clinching block the shoe is removed.

Rasp
This is a multi-functional tool amongst the farrier’s supplies. It is basically a very large nail file used to level out hooves once they have been trimmed with the hoof knife. It is perfect for filing down a hoof that slightly overhangs the shoe.

Contact us for all your essential farrier supplies and equestrian equipment. Happy riding!