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Posted by dalewestern on April 24, 2015 at 8:40 AM Comments comments (0)

Received today, very happy, thank you. 




Ra Baariq IBN Ecliptic - For Sale

Posted by dalewestern on April 1, 2015 at 7:45 PM Comments comments (0)





Ecliptic Russian Polish Crabbet, won 6 races in Britain & U.A.E . Was Exported to U.A.E.

IN 1997 TO 2000, RAN 10 Times Won 3, 2nd in 4 Races. Including Winning & Set Course

Record over 9 Furlongs at Jebel Al! Coming Home 4 Lengths to good from French Moussem.

Nadeena Top Level Endurance Horse , Winning FEI 2 STAR 100KM. Also Won 80KM

Junior Championship ran in Germany for Junior team (GB) CEI 120KM 12th Placed

Also Completed CEI 3 Star 146KM at Compiegne France . Also Complete in other ER races

getting placed 3rd 4th 5th over 50/ to 75 miles. Gold at Golden Horseshoe 50 Miles , Has Distance

Award of 1600KM.

RA is 7 years old , broken going nicely needs experience rider to take on should make top

Endurance horse or race horse.

Phone 01803 312997

Mobile 07530040287

£3000. ono



Four Fab Products for First Time Horse Owners

Posted by dalewestern on February 20, 2015 at 10:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Christmas Delivery Dates

Posted by dalewestern on December 5, 2014 at 8:40 AM Comments comments (0)

Ahhh! Christmas seems to be coming very quick this year! 

Please note that after 4pm on Friday 19th December, we cannot guarantee that you will receive your order before Christmas :) 

Have a Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year! 

All the Team @ Dalewestern :D

'Dumb Heros' T.A. Girling

Posted by dalewestern on November 11, 2014 at 6:55 AM Comments comments (0)

There's a D.S.O. for the Colonel,

A Military Cross for the Sub,

A Medal or two when we all get through,

And a bottle of wine with our grub.


There's a stripe of gold for the wounded,

A rest by the bright sea-shore,

And a service is read when we bury our dead,

Then our country has one hero more.


But what of our poor dumb heroes,

That are sent without choice to the fight,

That strain at the load on the shell-swept road

As they take up rations at night?


They are shelling on Hell Fire corner,

Their shrapnel fast burst o'er the square,

And the bullets drum as the transport come

With the food for the soldiers there.


The halt till the shelling is over,

The rush through the line of fire,

The glaring light in the dead of night,

And the terrible sight in the rear:


It's the daily work of the horses,

And they answer the spur and rein,

With quickened breath 'mid the toll of death

In the mud and the holes and the rain.


There's a fresh-healed wound on the chestnut,

The black mare's neck has a mark,

The brown mules now mute, most keep the same gait,

As the one killed last night in the dark.


But they walk with the spirit of heroes.

They dare not for medals or cross,

But for duty alone, into perils unknown

They go, never counting their loss.


There's a swift, painless death for the hopeless,

With a grave in a shell-hole or field,

There's a hospital base for the casualty case,

And a vet for those easily healed:


But there's never a shadow of glory,

A cheer or a speech in their praise,

As patient and true they carry us through

With the limbers on shot-riven ways.


So here's to dumb heroes of Britain

Who serve her as nobly and true

As the best of her sons, 'mid the roar of guns,

And the best of her boys on the blue.


They are shell-shocked, they're bruised, and they're broken,

They are wounded and torn as they fall,

But they're true and they're brave to the very grave,

And they're heroes one and all.


By T.A. Girling


Top Tips for Clipping!

Posted by dalewestern on October 6, 2014 at 9:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Top Tips for Clipping!

Unfortunately, it is that time of the year again where the cold weather is upon us and our ponies are sprouting their fluffy winter coats! Whilst this offers them brilliant protection against the weather, it is not ideal for those that remain in work during the winter months. Their thick coat makes them hot and can be uncomfortable during exercise & they run the risk of catching a chill if they have not fully dried off after being worked. By removing their winter coat you eliminate these problems.

The first clip of the season is generally October, once your horses’ winter coat has come through, however just because you have clipped it off once doesn’t mean it will stop growing, quite often it is necessary to clip several times throughout the season. The last clip should be done before the beginning of February, as it is around this time when their summer coat will start to come through.

Once you have clipped your horse it is important to make sure that they are suitably rugged as by removing their coat you have removed their protection against the elements. It is important to remember a cold horse will very quickly lose condition.

Preparing for clipping

Clipping can be a hard and time consuming task and it is important to remember that even the quietest horse can be spooked or unsure about being clipped. It is advisable to have someone to assist you when clipping, to assist if a problem arises & to help clipping difficult places such as between the legs. For your safety, suitable footwear should be worn and ideally a hard hat; clipping can be a messy job and clipping suits can be worn to keep your clothes hair free.

Make sure that you clip in a clear, secure area so that if your horse gets free he cannot escape and you can move without tripping over. Good lighting is key when clipping and if you are not clipping outside, make sure that the lighting is adequate, there is nothing worse than finishing and finding that there are lots of bits that you have missed!

It is important to make sure that your horse is clean before attempting to clip, a greasy or dirty coat is very difficult to clip and will pull as the blades pass through. A good brush or a bath before clipping will make for an easier clipping session.

Some horses do not accept being clipped & in such cases where it might be overly stressful for the horse or dangerous for yourself to do so, it may be worth consulting your Veterinary Surgeon about sedating your horse to make for a calmer, safer experience.

The most important part of clipping preparation is to make sure that you have all the equipment that you need and plenty of time to carry out the task. Clipping is time consuming and there is no point rushing.





Types of Clip

There are several different types of clip, and the one that you choose will depend on the amount of work that your horse does & how warm they get.

The Full Clip – The Full Clip is generally used for horses in fast work, such as eventers or racers, or to improve appearances when showing. With a Full Clip, all of the horses coat is removed, including their face & legs, and so it is important that they are kept warm and rugged.

The Hunter Clip – The Hunter Clip is the other clip most commonly used for horses in hard work. This clip provides more protection against the cold as all of the horses coat is removed except for his saddle patch, to prevent him getting a sore back, and his legs, to protect them against the mud & wet.

The Blanket Clip – The Blanket Clip is popular for horses in medium to hard work, or those that have a very thin winter coat and therefore feel the cold more. The Blanket Clip provides greater warmth as the hair on the back, hindquarters and legs are left, in effect keeping a ‘natural’ rug on him.

The Trace Clip – This clip is ideal for horses in moderate work as you can adapt the clip to the amount of work that the horse is doing by either giving him a low, medium or high Trace Clip. This clip consists or removing the hair on the underside of the horses’ neck and body; the more work the horse does the more hair is removed.

The Chaser Clip – Some horses, such as thoroughbreds, have very fine winter coats and therefore do not sweat much even in hard work. These horses are often given a Chaser Clip which involves only removing the hair from the underside of the neck and the belly.

The Bib Clip or Gullet Clip – This is for those ponies that are in light work or are kept living out all year round, as the hair is only removed from the underside of the neck and the front of the chest.


Check out our WEBSTORE for our range of seasonal & clipping products.

A Short Guide to Saddle Fitting

Posted by dalewestern on July 25, 2014 at 10:30 AM Comments comments (0)

In an ideal world, all saddles should fit both horse and rider; unfortunately this is not always the case. Whilst it is important for us as the rider to feel safe, secure and comfortable in the saddle; it is more important that our horse is comfortable.

Horses come in a range of shapes and sizes and not every saddle will fit every horse because of a number of key physical characteristics.

• Shoulders – If your horse has got large shoulders they must be taken into consideration when fitting a saddle. An ill fitting saddle can restrict movement and for the shoulders into the tree bars causing discomfort. Similarly, if you have a horse with very narrow shoulders this also needs to be taken into consideration as it can cause the saddle to slide forward onto the shoulder blades.

• Length and Shape of the Back – When fitting saddles a longer back is better, horses withshorter backs can find that the saddle skirts sit too far back sitting over their loins and kidneys. Obviously, the conformation of the horses back is very important. Consider if your horse is “rump high”, or if it has an overly flat or narrow back? All of these physical characteristics will influence the type of saddle that will fit.


Fitting a saddle

Ensure that your horse is standing on level ground when fitting a saddle. Place the saddle on the horses’ back at the withers and then slide it back into place. When a saddle is positioned correctly it should fall into place so that the cinch falls about 4inches behind the elbow.

Check the clearance at the withers. It should be possible to place 2 to 4 stacked fingers between the withers and the gullet (without a saddle pad).

To check the clearance at the shoulders you should be able to easily slip your hand between the fleece lining and the horses’ shoulder (with a saddle pad). Ideally, this should also be possible with a rider on the saddle.

Check the fit of the skirts by following the contour of the horses’ back, the back of the skirts should not extend past the horses’ loins.

The balance of the saddle should also be correct. Stand next to your horse and view him from the side, the seat should be level and the fork of the saddle should not be higher than the cantle.



5 Signs of Poor Saddle Fit

1. Behaviour: You know your own horse better than anybody else. An ill fitting saddle can be linked to a number of behavioural issues. If you see any of the following behavioural changes this could be a sign of an ill fitting saddle:

o Reluctance to be brushed

o Objecting to being saddled or cinched

o Unhappy when being mounted. Horse may fidget, tense or refuse to stand.

o Once mounted the horse appears uncomfortable. May be that he is bucking or shooting off (sometimes referred to as being “cold backed”).

o Unhappy when being ridden. Quite often they may become uncooperative and reluctant to undergo certain manoeuvres, he may begin to put his ears back, swish his tail or nod his head, all signs that there may something making him uncomfortable.


2. Pressure Points: A well fitting saddle should evenly distribute the riders’ weight over the horses back. A poorly fitting saddle will not do this, after time you may find areas where the horses coat has been rubbed out and in time the horse may grow back white hairs. Sores, scars and galls may also be signs that the saddle does not fit.


3. Dry Spots under the saddle: After a ride the underneath of the saddle becomes sweaty and wet, this should be reflected evenly on both sides of your horses’ back, with a dry channel down the spine.


4. Saddle Movement: The saddle should not move excessively on the horses’ back. A saddle that tips up at the back is generally a sure fire sign that the saddle tree bars do not fit the horses’ back. A saddle that rocks from side to side can also be an indication of an ill fitting saddle although in this case it is important for the rider to check that they are in balance as this can also be a common cause.


5. Horse feels Restricted: Again, you know your horse better than anyone else. A saddle that restricts your horses’ shoulders will often impact how freely your horse moves. Should you begin to feel that your horses’ movement is becoming restricted this is something to take into consideration.



Top Tips for Competing Dobbin Alone!

Posted by dalewestern on May 21, 2014 at 6:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Top Tips for Competing Dobbin Alone!

For many of us competing alone can be a daunting task, but it is not always possible to get friends and family to go with you, so here are our top tips for going it alone!


Before you go

• Make sure that all of your equipment has a place in the lorry / car / trailer. There is nothing more frustrating than not being able to find something at the last minute!

• Practice loading dobbin and leaving him in the lorry on his own for short periods of time so that he is used to it at the show.

• Consider travelling in your show clothes with some ‘yard’ clothes over the top, this will save time when you arrive.

• When you are given your times, work backwards to work out what time you need to leave the stables. Leave plenty of time so that there is no rush when you arrive.


Once you have arrived

• Once you have arrived at the showground check that dobbin is alright, but leave him in the lorry until you are ready. Horses tied to vehicles while you are not there is NOT a good idea!

• If you haven’t been to the venue before, make sure that you know where everything is on foot before you mount.


Once you have mounted

• Once you have mounted hack dobbin around the showground on a loose rein if possible, competing alone can be quite nerve-wracking and so give yourself and dobbin a few minutes to relax and take in the atmosphere once you have mounted.

• It can quite often be very difficult in the warm-up when you don’t have help. Don’t be afraid to ask for help if you need it! Many of us will have been in the same position at some point and the worst they can say is no!



• It is almost inevitable that dobbin will have to be in the lorry on his own at some point and even the quietest, most well travelled horse can get into trouble. Put ‘In Case of Emergency’ information on the dashboard and in the windows, so that you can be contacted if there is a problem.

• Consider popping ‘In Case of Emergency’ details inside your jacket or wearing a medical armband, so that there is someone that can be contacted to let them know if you have an accident and can arrange for collection of dobbin. Some people also hand these details in to the secretary.

• Breakdown cover is a must. Breaking down with dobbin on board can be a very worrying experience.


'Spring' into Summer

Posted by dalewestern on April 16, 2014 at 9:05 AM Comments comments (0)