5 horsey jobs you must do in June
June is the month when you really start to feel that winter is definitely over and done with for another year. It’s a great month. It reminds us of summer, clear skies and the warmth of the sun. The days are long and the weather's warm which is great for horses and riders.
Look out for Lammy
Laminitis continues to be one of the worst conditions that horses are most susceptible to. Restrict access to lush pasture, particularly during the spring months when the sugar and starch in the grass is at its highest. Rather than reduce or limit turnout, section off the lush part of his field or, even better, set up a Track System.
Be fly ready
As the daily temperatures start to rise, so does the fly population. Make sure that you’ve got everything you need before they become a real nuisance. If you want a good range to choose from, with the best products, you need to start looking now as the recommended ones will sell out, some at EQUUS have already done so ☹.
Get out and about
June usually heralds the arrival of warmer weather and with it the opportunity to get and about, with or without your horse. There are plenty of local shows on in June. Even if you’re not competing, make the effort to go along and support it, so that this quintessentially English event can continue in future years. Alternatively, plan a trip to the beach if one is in striking distance.
Watch Trooping of the Colour
The Queen's annual birthday parade, the Trooping the Colour, is in June. The tradition dates all the way back to King George II who, in 1748, combined the annual summer military march with his birthday celebration—even though he was born in October. Ever since, the reigning monarch has had the option of having an official birthday in the summertime.
Back in the 1700s, the various regiments would show off their flags, so all the troops would recognise their banners during battle. Hence, "trooping" the "colour."
During the parade, the Queen will inspect her troops. For years, she did this on horseback, but since 1987, she has attended in a carriage.
The annual event features not only 1,500 officers and men but also around 250 horses in ceremonial dress.
This year, it’s on Saturday 8th June, and the 1st Battalion of the Grenadier Guards will be trooping.
Now that the warmer weather’s upon us, it’s probably safe to get your winter rugs cleaned and then, once they’ve been cleaned, get all the spares that you need to replace the “broken” bits, such as leg straps. Despite your best attempts to buy a durable, long-lasting rug, some horses just have a way of putting their rugs through that extra wear and tear. Broken a buckle or lost a leg strap? Do your own quick and affordable horse rug repairs with one of our rug accessories. More importantly, don't delay - do them now before you need to use the rug!