Monthly Must Haves for May
The last month of spring is upon us. With it the weather is warming up, the birds are chirping
Have you heard that scientists have recently discovered that zebra stripes discourage blood sucking flies? Dazzled and confused by the array of black and white stripes, flies find it difficult to land on these popular animals.
A study, recently highlighted by the BBC, saw researchers put zebra-striped rugs on horses to see how many insects landed on them, and compared the results with horses covered in plain, single-coloured rugs. The experiment showed fewer flies landed on zebra-print rugs as they just flew past them or bumped into them and bounced off!
Benefit from a base layer
As the days are getting warmer, it makes sense to start wearing short sleeved tops. A short sleeved polo has a wealth of practical benefits to those who wear them. Moisture management in some polo shirts make them more comfortable to wear as well as keeping you cool and dry. Take your pick from the fabulous selection of colours that are on the market nowadays.
Limit grass intake
If your horse is like mine, he only has to look at a blade of grass and he puts weight on! The grass is really starting to come through now, so restrict grass turn out with temporary fencing or a grazing muzzle before the dreaded laminitis strikes. Using temporary fencing will allow you to move your horse on to a fresh patch when it suits you and him. It’s easy, practical and relatively simple to set up and move.
Using a muzzle may seem unkind but it’s actually not and horses cope better with it than you think. The movement, natural grazing and interaction with field buddies are essential for your horse’s physical and mental well-being. Using a muzzle means that he can still go out with friends without becoming obese or increasing his risk of becoming poorly. The hole at the bottom of the muzzle allows a horse to graze but cuts down considerably the amount of grass he can consume.
Gain the upper hand in the warmer weather
Even when the weather’s warmer, gloves are often an essential for many riders as they can drastically reduce chafing and blisters, especially if you have a horse who pulls or a fatty who snatches his head away to eat grass! However finding a pair that don’t make your hands sweat is often a challenge. The Ariat Air Grip Gloves have a mesh back to allow more airflow, making them super breathable and ideal when the temperature starts to rise.
And finally... don’t get wet when bathing your horse!
The bathing season for horses is upon us. The big question is: how do you stop yourself getting wet when water runs down your arm when you’re hosing your horse? The answer: Get a LeMieux Off The Cuff. This ingenious device stops you getting soaked when hosing your horse. It fits comfortably around your wrist and prevents water from running down your arms when you reach up with a soaked sponge or hose pipe. Use for washing horses, stables, lorries or trailers.