Key Equestrian Events in 2017

Whether you fancy competing at a local or national level or attending as a spectator, it’s always good to plan well ahead.  We have compiled our own list of dates of local, and national, equine events which you might like to put in your diary.  Scroll down for links to other websites with details of even more horsey events including BE listings.

Equestrian Events in 2017

April

5th – 9th Blue Chip Showjumping Championships Hartpury, Gloucestershire
6th – 8th Grand National Meeting Aintree, Liverpool
12th – 16th Winter Dressage Championships Hartpury, Gloucestershire
12th – 17th London Spring International Horse Show ExCel, London

May

3th – 7th Badminton Horse Trials Gloucestershire
6th – 7th 1,000-2,000 Guineas, Flat racing Newmarket
10th – 14th Royal Windsor Horse Show Windsor
12th – 14th Chatsworth Horse Trials Derbyshire
14th Radnor and West Hereford Hunt Show The Leen, Pembridge, Herefordshire

June

2nd – 3rd The Derby Meeting Epsom, Surrey
8th – 11th Bramham Horse Trials West Yorkshire
16th – 18th Royal Three Counties Show Malvern
20th – 24th Royal Ascot Berkshire

July

 TBC Hay Horse Show Hay on Wye
8th Inkberrow Show Inkberrow, Worcestershire
24th – 27th The Royal Welsh Show Builth Wells
25th – 30th Royal International Horse Show  Hickstead, West Sussex
29th Pembridge Show and trotting races Pembridge, nr. Leominster

August

3rd Burwarton Show Burwarton, Shropshire
4th – 6th Festival of British Eventing Gatcombe, Gloucestershire
6th Herefordshire County Fair The King George V Playing Fields, Hereford
8th – 13th British Showjumping National Championships Stoneleigh, Warks
18th – 22nd Pony Club Championships Cholmondeley Castle, Malpas, Cheshire
26th Kingswood Show Kingswood, nr Kington

September

31st Aug – 3rd Sept Burghley Horse Trials Stamford, Lincs
9th Kington Horse Show The Ovals Farm, Kington, Herefordshire
13th – 17th Blenheim Horse Trials Woodstock, Oxon
8th – 10th National Driving Championships Cirencester, Gloucs
14tth – 17th National Dressage Championships Stoneleigh, Warks
29th Sept -1st Oct Festival of Endurance Builth Wells, Wales

October

4th – 8th HOYS NEC

December

12th – 18th Olympia Horse Show London
26th King George VI Steeple Chase Kempton

Check out the following websites contain details of lots of other events not listed above:

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Whether you are a happy hacker, or competing at the highest level on the showing, showjumping or eventing circuits, we at The Horse Boutique pride ourselves in being able to kit you, and your horse, out to the highest standards.

From top quality new, and used saddles, bridles, show slips, show jackets, riding hats and body protectors through to bits, brushes, plaiting gear and specialist shampoos we have it all. In addition our experienced, qualified, staff are always on hand to help and advise. Take a look at our online product range by clicking the menu above or visit our shop in Kingsland, Herefordshire.

Competition: Win a Pair of Ariat® Boots

We are thrilled to be teaming up with Ariat to offer this substantial prize this spring!  To enter the competition all you need to do is come down to our shop in Kingsland, Herefordshire and try on a pair of Ariat boots – it’s as simple as that!

We have long been fans of this fantastic brand, which focuses on quality and performance.  They view riders as athletes and create footwear that works for your busy equestrian life.

The competition runs from Tuesday 14th March – Saturday 29th April 2017 and we’re open Monday – Saturday 9 am – 5 pm so there is ample time for you to enter!

If you fall in love with the boots you try on and decide to purchase them, we will still enter you into the draw and if you are the lucky winner we will offer you a voucher to the value of £350 to spend in store on Ariat products!

Come down to the Horse Boutique soon and enter our fantastic competition by trying on a pair of Ariat boots.

Find out more about Ariat or explore the Ariat products we have for sale online.

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Ariat Competition Terms & Conditions

1. If the winner has purchased a pair of Ariat boots from The Horse Boutique during the competition period (14th March – 29th April 2017) they will be offered a voucher to spend on Ariat products at The Horse Boutique to the value of the competition prize.

2. To qualify to enter the Competition you must be resident in the United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland and/or the Isle of Man. The address you provide with your competition entry may be used to send any prizes so please make sure this is correct.

3. Employees of The Horse Boutique and their immediate families are not eligible to enter the Competition.

5. By entering the Competition, you hereby warrant that all information submitted by you is true, current and complete. The Horse Boutique reserves the right to verify the eligibility of all entrants.

6. Only one entry per person is allowed

7. The prize winner will be chosen at random, from all qualifying Entries within 28 days of the closing date (29th April 2017). In all matters, the decision of the judge(s) shall be final and no correspondence or discussion shall be entered into.

Full Terms & Conditions

About Welsh Cobs – Section C & D

Native ponies existed in Wales before 1600 BC, and a Welsh-type cob was known as early as the Middle Ages. They were influenced by the Arabian Horse, and possibly also by the Thoroughbred and Hackney Horse.

In 1901, the first stud book for the Welsh breeds was established in the United Kingdom. Stock was divided into four sections according to height and type. The Section A Welsh Mountain Pony, Section B Welsh Pony, Section C Welsh Pony (Cob type) and Section D Welsh Cob.  Each Section, or type, has specific characteristics, but all retain the pony character, versatility and excellent temperament of the Welsh breeds.

With the exception of piebald or skewbald any colour is allowed. Chestnut, bay, brown and black are most usual. Greys are rare, but there are a number of duns, palominos and creams.  For a Section C the height should not exceed 13.2 h.h. (137.2 cms). Section Ds should exceed 13.2 h.h. (137 cms), there is no upper limit.

Need a saddle for your cob or moorland type, take a look at these three great general purpose saddles.

Before licensing was introduced in 1918, breeding stock were selected by means of the old trotting matches which took place with a stopwatch over a measured distance on many roads in Wales. Such names as the many Comets, Flyers and Expresses which abound in the early volumes of the Stud Book testify to their speed and prowess. – via www.WelshCob.co.uk

Like the Welsh pony, the Welsh Cob has become more and more popular as it gets better known. It is an “all-rounder” – equally suitable for riding or driving. A natural jumper, it is healthy, hardy and strong, able to live out all the year round. It also has the warm-blooded loveable pony nature – active, kind, intelligent and willing.

Section C: The Welsh Pony of Cob Type

The Welsh Pony of Cob Type, Section C, is the stronger counterpart of the Welsh Pony, but with Cob blood.

Active, sure-footed and hardy, they are ideal for so many purposes both for adults and children. There are in fact few things that they cannot be used for.

Section D: The Welsh Cob

Aptly described as “the best ride and drive animal in the World”, the Welsh Cob has been evolved throughout many centuries for his courage, tractability and powers of endurance.

The general character is the embodiment of strength, hardiness and agility. the head shows great quality with Pony character: bold prominent eyes, a broad forehead and neat, well-set ears. The body must be deep, on strong limbs with good “hard wearing” joints and an abundance of flat bone. Action must be straight, free and forceful, the knees should be bent and then the whole foreleg extended from the shoulders as far as possible in all paces, with the hocks well flexed, producing powerful leverage.

The Welsh Cob is a good hunter and a most competent performer in all competitive sports. In recent years they have had great success in the international driving world. Their abilities in all spheres are now fully recognised throughout the world. – via www.WelshCob.co.uk

Both Sections C and D display the following characteristics;

 

 

 

Three Great General Purpose Saddles for Cob & Moorland Types

Being based on the Welsh border, we at the Horse Boutique regularly come across some lovely Welsh ponies and cobs, in fact Michael Burleigh our Qualified Master Saddler and Saddle Fitter often fits saddles, and supplies, tack and other equipment for them.

Michael has access to lots of different brands of new and used saddles, but highly recommends the following three examples for cob and moreland types;

Ideal Highland and Cob General Purpose Saddle

Ideal Highland & Cob Saddle

With a flat tree that sits very level on ‘table top’ breeds, this is a great all round saddle for native types. The flap is slightly less forward cut but still has generous knee roll for comfort and security. The straighter cut works well with the broader and loaded shoulders often found on native types. This saddle, which is supplied in either black or brown, could also be used for showing and working hunter classes and is available in all width fittings up to XXX/Wide. £1,200.00

Albion K2 General Purpose Saddle

K2 General Purpose Saddle

Riders looking for a comfortable, supportive seat and leg position love the K2. The standard knee rolls are medium size, soft and supportive, fixed in one position under the flap. Suitable for jumping, as well as showing, this saddle is a great option for both horse and rider. Particularly good for cob types with a prominent wither. Available in a variety of sizes and in either black or chocolate. £1,499.00

Kent & Masters Cob General Purpose Saddle

Kent & Masters Cob General Purpose Saddle

This is another great saddle for cob types.  The Kent & Masters General Purpose Saddle has a low profile, flat tree shape and straighter cut slim line panels to minimise bulk between horse and rider. Optimum saddle stability can be achieved via the adjustable girthing options. Comes in either black or brown and 17” or 17 ½ “ seat sizes. £900.00

Getting the Right Saddle for Your Horse

We are passionate about saddle fitting at the Horse Boutique and our proprietor, Michael Burleigh, is a Master Saddler and qualified saddle fitter.  He is very well respected in the area and has fitted everything from first ponies through to top eventers.  He is a true horseman, with over 20 years experience and has helped his clients improve their performance and comfort as well as support the long-term health of their horses.

Michael is also thoroughly practical and understands the demands of budget and time for finding the right saddle; which is something we think is vitally important.

Find out more about our Master Saddler saddle fitting services in Herefordshire, Mid Wales, Shropshire, Gloucestershire and the surrounding areas.

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In addition, the Horse Boutique stocks everything else you might need for your cob in, and out, of the show ring. Particular favourites are the Jeffries and Shires In hand bridles and Filly slips, hand-made brass and alloy Stallion bits and Jefferies hand-crafted hunting weight plain brown show bridles. Wide web white halters are also available.

Want to keep him clean, then look no further than NAF, Absorbing and Quicksilver whitening, brightening and coloured show shampoos, chalks and hoof care treatments.  Showing quality tweed jackets and Fian hats also in stock.

We are based in Kingsland, Herefordshire and our qualified staff are here to advise and help, so if you have any questions or would like to speak to a real human about your concerns or issues then please drop by the shop or contact us on:

Tel: 01568 708280

We’re open Monday – Saturday
9.00am – 5.00 pm

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If you’d like to book an appointment with Michael to discuss your saddle fitting needs, then please get in touch.

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Valentines Gifts for Horse Lovers

Valentine gift ideas for horse lovers

At the Horse Boutique we love horses and people. Our qualified, friendly team regularly help our customers to find the right items throughout the year, but here Siana has compiled a list of potential gifts she thinks you might like to give yourself, your partner or your horse on Valentine’s Day.

Comfort & Performance

Toggi Isis Ladies breeches

We all love to spoil our Valentine on Valentine’s Day, so it’s an added bonus that these great everyday britches are half price in our legwear sale. Call us for details of other ladies, and men’s, styles and brands currently on offer.
The Toggi Isis breeches have a soft feel and super stretch to provide comfort and ease of movement. The breathable fabric will help you remain cool and dry all year round. The Isis breeches have an imitation suede knee patch. Isis is the perfect choice for everyday and competing. Featuring a zip pocket and subtle Toggi branding, and belt loops the Isis provide stylish comfort and ease of use.

£35 (50% OFF, usually £70)

Find out more >> Sale Toggi Isis Ladies Breeches

Albion K2 General Purpose Saddle

Riders looking for a comfortable, supportive seat and leg position love the K2. The standard knee rolls are medium size, soft and supportive, fixed in one position under the flap. Suitable for jumping, as well as showing. Available in a variety of sizes and in either black or chocolate.

£1,499.00

Find out more >> Albion K2 General Purpose Saddle

A Saddle Fitting Appointment

Michael Burleigh, our Master Saddler and SMS qualified saddle fitter, makes sure any saddle he supplies, and fits, is the best for horse and jockey, so the Albion K2 is an amazing gift for both parties.

Find out more >> Saddle Fitting Herefordshire

Safety & Protection

Keeping your loved one safe is a priority, these two items meet all current safety requirements and offer the ultimate in style and comfort. Best to get them fitted properly, which our well trained, qualified staff are always happy to ensure;

Racesafe Adults PROVENT 3.0

Racesafe’s latest body protector, the PROVENT 3.0, launches a new generation of lightweight, flexible & breathable protection. Allowing riders of every level the freedom to perform.

From £198.00–£228.00

Find out more >> Racesafe Adults Provent 3.0 Body Protector

Charles Owen 4Star Skull Cap from £136.00

Designed for the extreme situation, the 4Star jockey skull is certified to all of the top international standards.
A technically superior helmet, the deep-fitting 4Star is the result of years of advanced computer analysis and incorporates the latest aramid fibers, which are embedded in a tough resin matrix for vastly improved crush resistance. The neat quick release buckle in a high strength alloy fastens the patented GRpx® harness system for the ultimate in stability.

Come for a fitting at The Horse Boutique

Field & Yard

Rug Washing from £6.00

We offer a comprehensive in-house, rug washing and repair service for your horse rugs. Always great to see your horse snug and dry in his clean rug. Why not book your rugs in for a freshen up now or for a full over haul in the spring ready for whatever next winter may bring.

Horse Rug Washing Horse Boutique

Find out more about our rug washing service >>

Le Chameau Vierzonord Neoprene Lined Ladies and Gents Wellington Boots

These boots will keep your loved one’s feet dry and insulated – perfect for those romantic winter walks. Lined throughout with 2mm premium neoprene, the Vierzonord provides first rate insulation against the cold and superior comfort when walking. The gusset and snap-fastening buckle design, exclusive to Le Chameau, eases entry into the boot and tightens around the calf. Practical features and technical materials make the Vierzonord the number one choice for British winters.

£165.00

Find out more >> Le Chameau Vierzonord Neoprene Boots

Headcollars

Headcollars get a lot of use and over time they can get tatty, why not brighten up the yard with a lovely new headcollar and maybe, for Valentines, you need to seek out a red one!

Explore our range of headcollars >>

NAF Horse Treats

While he can’t cook you dinner, buy you flowers or massage your feet, we all know how much our trusty steads mean to us!  Why not show him you love him with some delicious horse treats from Naf.

NAF Horse Treats >>

Still Stuck for ideas?

Horse Boutique Voucher

Let your loved one loose at the Horse Boutique store in Kingland, Herefordshire with a Gift Voucher, the perfect gift for those unsure of what stable or tack needs their horse-loving partner is looking for!  We do £25, £50, £100 and £200 vouchers.


Come down to the Horse Boutique in Kingsland to explore our shelves and discover more of what we have on offer!

If you have other horsey gift ideas which aren’t on our website, do give the shop a call, or visit, and we’ll be happy to help and advise.

Five Famous Horses

All of us with horses in our lives will have a favourite, either historic or current. It could be the first pony we ever rode, a particular character on our yard or at our riding school, a friend’s horse or simply one that we have admired from a distance. Picking out five famous steeds is no easy task, but the following all have a place in popular ‘horse history’ and their courage, loyalty, talent and beauty will resonate with all horse lovers.

Eclipse 1764-1769 – The ‘Father’ of all modern racehorses


Foaled during and named after the solar eclipse of 1 April 1764, Eclipse was an undefeated 18th-century British Thoroughbred racehorse who won 18 races, including 11 King’s Plates. He regularly outstripped his contemporaries by a huge margin, ‘Eclipse first, the rest nowhere’ went the saying.

He was bright chestnut, and although never lauded for his looks, was tremendously strong, sound and fast. He was just over 16 hands and a post mortem confirmed his heart was inordinately large.

After retiring from racing he became a leading sire of his era, siring 344 winners. Today he appears in the pedigree of 95% of all living Thoroughbreds. No other horse has enjoyed such superiority on, and off, the racetrack.

Eclipse died due to an attack of colic on 27 February 1789, at the age of 24. His skeleton is now housed at the Royal Veterinary College, Hertfordshire and the Jockey Club delight in showing off their Eclipse treasures in a lavish catalogue of their collection.

Warrior 1908-1941 – The most famous horse of WW1


Foaled on the Isle of Wight in 1908, Warrior went to war on the Western Front with Winston Churchill’s great friend General Jack Seely in 1914. There he survived all imaginable disasters, was active in many famous battles including those at the Somme and Ypres, was an inspiration to the troops he fought alongside. Despite all odds he came back four years later but tragically eight million others horses and mules did not.

Returning with Jack Seely to his native Isle of Wight in 1918 he lived on until the grand old age of 33, even winning a point to point four years to the day that he had led the charge at Morepil Wood.

In 2014 Warrior was posthumously awarded the animal equivalent of the Victoria Cross, the PDSA Dickin Medal. It marked not only his courage but also that shown by all the animals who served on the front line in the First World War.

Stroller 1950-1986 – the only pony ever to compete at the Olympics in show jumping


A bay gelding sired by a Thoroughbred out of a Connemara pony mare, Stroller, at just over 14.1hh, was of pony height, but in conformation and temperament he was a miniature, quality horse. He had immense courage and self-confidence.

Stroller was imported as a “job-lot” from Ireland and bought as a junior show jumping pony for a Hampshire farmer’s daughter, Marion Coakes, an outstanding natural rider whose talents proved to be the key to unlock Stroller’s incredible abilities and they forged a fabulous partnership.

“When I came out of juniors at 16, Dad wanted to sell Stroller. It seemed the natural thing to graduate to horses, ” Marion recalls. “Ann Moore tried him, and I pleaded with Dad not to sell him, but to let me start open jumping with him.”

Stroller’s greatest triumph, and near tragedy, was in the 1968 Mexico Olympics where, aged 18, he won the individual silver medal. There were altitude problems, but it was decided to give him painkillers and steam inhalations rather than risk an extraction just before the contest.

The amazing pony was so consistent that he also won the Wills Hickstead gold medal for points gained in major classes, consecutively, from 1967-69. He was leading show jumper of the year at the Horse of the Year Show in 1970, and won Hickstead’s British Championship in 1971, 11 years after he appeared at the first Hickstead show in the Grasshopper Stakes, finishing sixth. In total the combination won 61 international competitions.

Stroller died at the great old age of 36 after 15 years of happy retirement, he is buried at Barton-on-Sea Golf Club.

 

Valegro 2002- Winner of three Olympic Gold medals at dressage

Born in 2002, Valegro is the dressage wonderhorse who, with his rider Charlotte Dujardin, has wowed the world, winning title after title and setting new records in all three types of grand prix.

A dark bay KPWN gelding standing at 16.2hh, his successes include individual and team gold in the 2012 Olympics; the grand prix and grand prix special gold medals at the 2013 and 2015 European Championships; and individual gold at the World Equestrian Games in 2014. At Olympia 2014, he beat his own world record to achieve the highest-ever recorded grand prix freestyle dressage score: 93.4%. Valegro also achieved a Gold medal in the individual dressage at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games with a score of 93.857%

Valegro belongs to Carl Hester, Roly Luard and Anne Barrott. He has lived at Carl Hester’s yard in Gloucestershire since he was a two-year-old. Valegro is by Negro, out of Malifleur (by Gershwin). Carl’s protégée Charlotte Dujardin was given the ride on Valegro as a young horse to bring him on for Carl to ride, but their partnership proved too strong to dissolve. Despite being asked to name their price after the 2012 Olympics, Carl and Roly decided that they wanted to ensure the horse’s future was secure and Valegro is expected to remain at Carl’s for the rest of his days.

Famously, Carl believes that horses should be allowed to be horses, so Valegro receives regular turnout, and is hacked out by 77-year-old Tricia Gardner, a member of the dressage team during the 1988 Seoul Olympics. Valegro’s stable name is Blueberry and his groom is Alan Davies. According to Carl, Valegro’s biggest love is grass. He regularly enjoys a work out on the water treadmill at Hartpury’s Equine Therapy Centre as part of his routine care.

Red Rum 1965-1995 Three-time Grand National winner


Red Rum was bred at Rossenarra stud in Kells, County Kilkenny, Ireland, by Martyn McEnery. His sire was Quorum (1954-1971), and his dam Mared (1958-1976).

A bay gelding, he achieved an unmatched historic treble when he won the Grand National in 1973, 1974 and 1977, and also came second in the two intervening years (1975 & 1976). The Grand National is a notoriously difficult race that has been described as “the ultimate test of a horse’s courage” He was also renowned for his jumping ability, having not fallen in 100 races.

Red Rum’s 1973 comeback victory from 30 lengths behind is often considered one of the greatest Grand Nationals in history.

Red Rum was prepared for a sixth attempt at the Grand National the season following his 1977 win, but suffered a hairline fracture the day before the 1978 race and was subsequently retired. He had now become a national celebrity so spent the proceeding years opening supermarkets, annually leading the Grand National parade and even appearing live on BBC Sports Personality of the Year.

Red Rum died on 18 October 1995, aged 30. His death made the front pages of national newspapers. He was buried at the winning post of the Aintree Racecourse, which is still a destination for his fans. The epitaph reads “Respect this place / this hallowed ground / a legend here / his rest has found / his feet would fly / our spirits soar / he earned our love for evermore”

Eleven years after his death, a survey found he remained the best-known racehorse in the UK.

Obviously, there are many other great horses and ponies in the public domain who have touched our lives and hearts and the above are just a snapshot. Do you have any favourites we have missed off the list?

At the Horse Boutique we cater for all types of equines and their riders, so whether you need a saddle supplied and fitted for your 12 hand first pony or 16.2 dressage or event horse we can help, likewise if you need a new horse rug to keep your horse warm over the winter or need someone to wash and repair his rug. Visit us for riding equipment to keep you and him safe and don’t hesitate to call if there are any other items you need.

Great Christmas Gift Ideas for Horse Lovers

It’s that time of year, so we thought we’d put together a list of items which we feel would be really well-received on Christmas day. We all know what it’s like to buy for a horsey friend or loved one, with so much choice it can be hard to decide.  Here is a snapshot of what we stock at the Horse Boutique; do pop into the shop in Kingsland, or you can order most of these products online.

Horse Rugs

Who knows what weather we’ll get in the 2017 but it’s always best to be prepared. A horse rug can be a fantastic gift, just make sure you do your measurements! Here are a couple of suggestions that come highly recommended at The Horse Boutique, search for more turnouts and rugs on our product pages:

Mark Todd Pony Medium Weight Rug

Michael says “a really good quality rug which is fully adjustable and cut to fit the pony shape”

Mark Todd Mediumweight Pony Turnout Rug

Comfort Zone Lapel Rug

“A great value anti-wicking rug which can be put straight onto a sweaty horse and will soon leave the animal warm and dry”. Reduced to £39.99 while stocks last and available in store at The Horse Boutique, Kingsland or online here.

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Riding Boots & Fabulous Wellies

Ariat Bromont H20 Insulated Long Riding Boots

“Stylish, Insulated, warm and waterproof, this really is the ultimate winter riding boot”

Ariat Bromont H2O Tall Insulated

“Stylish, Insulated, warm and waterproof, the Ariat Bromont H2O Insulated Boot really is the ultimate winter riding boot”

Le Chameau Vierzonord Neoprene Lined Unisex Wellington Boots

Le Chameau Vierzonord Neoprene Lined Wellington Boots

Michael wouldn’t be without his pair of Vierzonord boots “really well made, comfortable heavy duty boots which will keep your feet warm and dry this winter”

Essential Protection

Racesafe Body Protectors for Adults & Children

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Racesafe body protectors for adults and children – latest standard protectors which are lightweight, flexible and very comfortable to wear. Ideal for competitions, on the hunting field or hacking at home. Prices start from £132.00

Champion Euro Deluxe Plus Jockey Helmet

Euro Deluxe Plus Jockey Skull

“This lightweight hat is designed to fit snugly whilst providing ultra protection”

Comfortable Ride

Albion K2 General Purpose Saddles

Albion K2 GP

A dressage biased, all round saddle suitable for jumping and showing, offering superior levels of craftsmanship, comfort and support. Michael says, “This really would be the ultimate gift at any time of year. With our bespoke saddle fitting service, rest assured any saddle purchased at the Horse Boutique would support, nurture and benefit both horse and rider.” £1,499.00

Find out More About Saddle Fitting at The Horse Boutique

Riding Fashion

Toggi Winter Coats

Fashionable and in our clearance sale, stocks are running low so take a look at our selection of Toggi Winter Coats and wrap yourself up for Christmas!

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Pony Mad

Ezi-Groom Childs Grooming Kit

Ezi-Groom Childs Grooming Kit

NAF Treats

NAF Appy Treats

In the shop in Kingsland, Herefordshire we also stock a range of great stocking fillers and ‘Secret Santa’ gifts such as themed mugs, warm riding socks, 2017 Thelwell calendars, horse treats, hat silks, riding gloves and crops, stocks and stock pins.

Gift Vouchers

If you’re still stuck for ideas, why not give one of our gift vouchers as a present this Christmas. We are only able to offer these in the shop in Kingsland at the moment, so do pop in or contact us to find out more.  They are a great way to give this Christmas!

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5 Great General Purpose Saddles

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The most common saddle is the General Purpose Saddle, used across disciplines this saddle is a great choice for activities such as schooling, hacking, hunting or lower level competitions.

A General Purpose Saddle, or GP Saddle as they are commonly known, has knee rolls although these are smaller than jump models, the panels and flaps are also straighter and the stirrup bars are further forward. A GP saddle should also have a wider waist than saddles used for other disciplines, this is to allow the rider’s weight to be distributed across a greater area and to reduce pressure sores.

The Horse Boutique’s proprietor, Michael Burleigh, is a Master Saddler as well as a Qualified Saddle Fitter so saddles are what ‘we do’. The following provide an excellent snapshot of some great quality, new general purpose saddles currently available at our shop in Kingsland, Herefordshire;

Highland & Cob General Purpose Saddle from Ideal

Jigger & Max
With a flat tree that sits very level on ‘table top’ breeds, this is a great all round saddle for native types. The flap is slightly less forward cut but still has generous knee roll for comfort and security. The straighter cut works well with the broader and loaded shoulders often found on native types. This saddle, which is supplied in either black or brown, could also be used for showing and working hunter classes and is available in all width fittings up to XXX/Wide. £1,200.00

Ideal Highland and Cob Standard Seat General Purpose Saddle
Ideal Highland and Cob Wide Seat General Purpose Saddle

K2 General Purpose Saddle from Albion

Copy of Jigger & Max

Riders looking for a comfortable, supportive seat and leg position love the K2. The standard knee rolls are medium size, soft and supportive, fixed in one position under the flap. Suitable for jumping, as well as showing, this saddle is a great option for both horse and rider. Available in a variety of sizes and in either black or chocolate. £1,499.00

Albion K2 General Purpose Saddle

Cob General Purpose Saddle from Kent & Masters

Copy of Copy of Jigger & Max

Another great saddle for cob types, this one has a low profile, flat tree shape and straighter cut slim line panels to minimise bulk between horse and rider. Optimum saddle stability can be achieved via the adjustable girthing options. Comes in either black or brown and 17” or 17 ½ “ seat sizes. £900.00

Kent & Masters Cob General Purpose Saddle

Falcon Adler VSD from Jeffries

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Sufficiently straight cut to sit behind the horse’s shoulder and allow freedom of movement, this comfortable, stylish GP saddle is great for riders who focus towards dressage. Available in Havana or black and sizes through narrow to extra wide. £1,350.00

Jeffries Falcon Adler VSD General Purpose Saddle

T4 General Purpose Saddle from Thorowgood

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A great option for a middleweight horse this universal fitting synthetic saddle is super comfy and locates the rider centrally for balance and control. Adjustable knee and calf blocks provide great leg support. Flocked in 100% British wool and available in black or brown, 17” or 17 ½ “ seat sizes. £650.00

Thorowgood T4 General Purpose Saddle

Saddle Fitting at The Horse Boutique

Michael is well regarded for his saddle fitting skills honed over many years, and regularly addresses the requirements of high-level eventers and dressage and show horses through to hunt and Riding Club horses, endurance types, Pony Club ponies and hacks. His skills will ensure both horse and rider will see the comfort, health, safety and performance benefits of a correctly fitting saddle.

Supplying a wide range of new and second-hand saddles, Michael is also able to offer a part exchange service and the vital after care needed to keep your saddle working at an optimum level. Call him to arrange a saddle fitting appointment so he can work with you to select the right saddle for you, your horse and your budget.

We supply, and fit, saddles to suit a variety of disciplines and stock them in a wide range of models, sizes and colours.

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