We proudly stock Cowboy Magic products from American brand-leaders, Straight Arrow.

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Here are our Cowboy Magic product tips, for customers:

Cowboy Magic Rosewater Shampoo

Problem: Horse’s coat, mane, and tail are dirty and could smell better too.
Solution: Apply Cowboy Magic Rosewater Shampoo directly onto a wet coat, mane, and tail with a sponge and massage into a rich lather. If you’re looking for a more economical use, dilute the shampoo into a bucket of water before grooming. Now your horse is looking good! 

Cowboy Magic Rosewater Conditioner
Problem: Dry and dull, lifeless coat, mane, and tail
Solution: Apply Cowboy Magic Rosewater Conditioner to clean, wet hair. Massage and work it through the full length of the mane and tail, leave in for a few minutes then rinse. Leave a bit of conditioner in the mane and tail for extra conditioning, strengthening, and volume.

*Bonus Tip: Don’t neglect your own hair, use this in conjunction with Rosewater Shampoo for yourself. Rosewater Conditioner helps with detangling, and promotes a healthy look and feel to the hair.

Cowboy Magic Greenspot Remover

Problem: Tough stains on your horse’s coat

Solution: After brushing off excess dirt, apply Cowboy Magic Greenspot Remover directly onto the stained area of your horse’s coat. Massage in product thoroughly. This spray-on, “shower in a bottle,” can be used to spot treat, or save time. It may also be used as a quick waterless shampoo when it is too cold for a full bath. Can be wiped off with a damp towel or rinsed.

*Bonus Tip: “Shower in a bottle” is great for people, too! Also great for dogs who love to roll in the grass, dirt, and manure – perfect stain remover!

 

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Dazzling Grooming Range Joins Stable of Leading Equine Haircare Brands Here at World Wide Tack!

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World Wide Tack is now the exclusive distributor of the Mane ’n Tail equine grooming range in the UK and Ireland. Mane ’n Tail is the flagship brand of the American company Straight Arrow Products Inc, which manufactures equine and human hair and skincare products.

Stephen Biddlecombe, Director of Equine Management and World Wide Tack, is highly regarded for his knowledge of the international equine grooming products market, and is thrilled at the new distribution agreement. “Mane ‘n Tail joins a ‘stable’ of leading brands available from us that includes Cowboy Magic, Absorbine, Quic and more! Mane ‘n Tail is renowned worldwide as a healthy, skin-friendly grooming range that provides proven results. It also includes finishing, first aid and treatment products,” says Stephen of the range, which boasts shampoo, conditioner and detangler as its top-sellers, and is even loved by Hollywood stars that use it on their own flowing tresses. “We look forward to working with UK retailers to meet their customers’ exacting needs for equine grooming products.”

Straight Arrow Products Inc President, Devon Katzev, adds that the products really work. “They make grooming easier, horses healthier and their owners happier.”

Mane n’ Tail will be available to purchase from World Wide Tack soon!

All About Flair Nasal Strips; Available from World Wide Tack

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Many equestrians will have seen the use of Flair Strips in a variety of disciplines. Common in the Eventing world the Flair Strips are veterinarian-developed self-adhesive strips that promote optimum respiratory health of equine athletes at every level of competition. The clever strips reduce airway resistance and improve airflow when your horse needs oxygen most! 

Flair Strips can provide benefits for all horses, including both those competing at top level and leisure horses exerting themselves during occasional weekend competitions or fun, fast hacks!

Let’s take a look at the science behind it! 

Unlike humans, horses can only breathe through their nose.

During exercise when horses begin to breathe hard, the soft tissues overlying the nasal passages are sucked in, reducing the airway diameter. This reduction in diameter causes resistance to airflow into the lungs. The resistance in the nasal passages also causes increased negative pressures within the lung, subjecting the fragile capillary membranes deep in the lungs to the risk of leakage or rupture.

Flair Strips gently support the soft tissues over the nasal passages, the narrowest part of the upper airway, so horses breathe easier and perform at their best.

 Flair Strips were developed by a team of veterinarians interested in protecting the respiratory health of hard-working horses.

The introduction of Flair Strips in 1999 created awareness that supporting the nasal passages could improve horses’ breathing and respiratory health. Significant University and private clinical research has shown that supporting the nasal passages improves air flow, allowing horses to breathe easier and resulting in:

  • reduced fatigue
  • quickened recovery
  • reduced bleeding

Flair Strips are a drug-free, simple, cost effective tool for supporting the long-term respiratory health of all equine athletes that perform, in both training and competition!

Flair Strips are available to purchase from World Wide Tack. Click here to visit the website and purchase this innovative, beneficial product today!

Spruce up for Spring!

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Many horse owners are now turning their attention to equine grooming, and giving their equine partner a spruce-up for spring. This important equestrian management task not only ensures your four-legged partners are looking good, but also that their skin and coat remains in optimum condition, especially important after a wet and muddy winter.

Thorough grooming on a regular basis offers care and maintenance of the skin and coat and allows the horse to remain both clean and healthy, preventing the build up of dirt and bacteria in the coat, and limiting the risk of the owner missing skin conditions.

Here are our top tips for grooming-

Pick the feet out daily and always brush the horse off to remove dirt and debris prior to tacking up; use this opportunity to check for sores and skin issues.

Spring time is an excellent time for a bath. When bathing, we advise that using ‘horse friendly’ products to protect a healthy skin pH is crucial.

Dark coats often fade or bleach in the bright spring sunlight; hair cuticles may become damaged, causing a rough feel and a frizzy, tangled mess. So, we suggest providing plenty of shade in the field. Sweat in the coat accelerates fade, so rinse a sweaty horse before allowing him to bask in the sunshine. Products such as QUIC Screen Coat Sunscreen are revolutionary in avoiding this problem! QUIC Screen boasts zero coat fade for eight or more days. In tests, hair that wasn’t protected by QUIC Screen that was exposed to UVB was dry, weakened, and faded.

The bathing process can sometimes dry out the coat, so we advocate using an equine coat conditioner such as QUIC Condition. The intense protein after-shampoo renewal formula from QUIC rejuvenates and detangles just-cleansed hair with superb, rehydrating conditioner.

For the horses that have stray hairs that are a nuisance when plaiting, we like QUIC Braid’s ‘Mane and tail control spray’ which adds perfect grip to hair when wet and dries to soft, natural feel – it combs out or simply evaporates within days.

Alongside regular grooming with top quality products, remember it is essential to provide a balanced diet containing high levels of fibre and the required levels of carbohydrate, protein, fat and vitamins and minerals including Omega-3 fatty acid, to provide optimum skin and coat health!

To find out more about the grooming products available to purchase, including the Quic Range, visit the website www.worldwidetack.com.

 

Rider Q & A on Bitting; T Bar Bits.

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Recent edition of Polo Time Magazine saw bitting expert Stephen Biddlecombe, a retailer of widely acclaimed Bombers Bits and proprietor of World Wide Tack, answer a reader question on bitting.  To read the full article- pick up a copy of the magazine today!

Reader Question

  1. I have seen a few people using T-bar Bits – can you explain what they are, how they function and what the benefits of the T-Bar are? 

Stephen’s Answer

The T-Bar was developed by Bomber Nel especially for Polo. The T-Bar Bits are designed to have a similar affect as a traditional Fulmer, preventing pinching on the sides of the mouth and averting the bit from being pulled through the mouth, however fast and furious the game becomes.

The pins of the T-Bars are shorter than the classic Fulmer design (also widely available and used with varying mouthpieces) and are often used with young, green horses.  The T-Bar helps direct and guide the horse in the direction the bit is facing via it’s shortened pins above and below the bit; it acts simply in a subtle way, which is great for schooling and training. The T-Bar Bits from Bombers have a loose ring fitting, which allows for immediate release when required.

Offered with a variety of different mouthpieces such as the Buster Roller, Colin Miles, Big Ring, 3 Ring Gag, Elliptical and many more, the T-Bar Cheekpiece is ideal for those horses that are sensitive to any pinching from the bit, or suffer rubs and sores from the bit. In addition, for equines which can be fussy in the mouth, the T-Bar can offer a solution, as it helps to keep the bit stiller in the mouth during ridden work.

The T-Bar design is also useful for those horses that are strong or inclined to nap, as it offers riders an additional directional tool, helping horses and ponies to focus on the game, as well as ensuring the bit doesn’t slip in the mouth at crucial moments when a strong rein aid is needed.

Bombers Bits include hundreds of off the shelf bitting solutions, and customers can even design their own bespoke bit from a selection of mouth pieces, cheek pieces and widths, using a ‘design your own bit’ service. Bombers bits are made from blue sweet iron – the metal oxidises easily, creating a warm, sweet taste in the horse’s mouth. This encourages the horse to salivate.

To find out more about the wide range of Bombers Bits, including the T-Bar why not visit our website at www.worldwidetack.com.

 

Perfect Plaiting!

With show season on the horizon for many after the bleakest part of the winter is finally over, rider’s attention has been turned to sprucing up for show-time and that means plaiting! So in our latest blog World Wide Tack takes a look at plaiting with some top tips!

In yesteryear tradition dictated that horses and ponies should have either seven or nine plaits along the neck and one for the forelock but these days riders can choose however many suit the horse. It is important to strike a balance however as umpteen tiny plaits can look a little fussy and too few thick plaits ones tend to resemble a row of golf balls!

As well as ensuring you look smart in whatever discipline you are taking part in clever plaiting can also minimise some of your equine’s weak points. If he has a weak or underdeveloped neck, setting the plaits on top of his neck can give an illusion of bulk. Whereas if your equine’s neck is heavy it can look better to set them to the side. A horse who is slightly short in the neck will look better with a larger number of plaits. On the other hand, if his neck is too long, using fewer plaits will make his neck look more in proportion.

 

 

 

World Wide Tack’s Top Plaiting Tips

1.) If you want your plaits to stay put, do them as late as possible. Providing your horse is settled prior to competing and you have ample time it can sometimes be wise to wait until the morning or even reaching the show to plait up. If you’re plaiting up the night before put a hood or neck cover on your horse to avoid the risk of the horse rubbing them out or getting bits of bedding stuck to it.

2.) If you can master it sewn plaits are neatest and strongest. If you are currently using bands, why not ask someone who knows how to sew plaits to show you how to correctly sew plaits?

3.) Washing the mane and tail just before plaiting can make things more difficult, as the hair will be more flyaway and harder to manage. Wash the mane and tail (if you wish) a few days before plaiting and use Quic Braid– available from World Wide Tack . The mane and tail control spray offers perfect grip to hair when wet whilst not slick like hair gel or sticky like hair spray. Quick Braid offers super-tight braids and fewer stray hairs. The easy to use spray dries shot and combs out easily providing a must-have plaiting tool!

4.) Section off the mane before you begin, to make sure all of the plaits are the same size and that you don’t have a stray tuft of hair left at the end! If your horse’s mane has been rubbed by rugs this winter you may need to pull your horse’s mane or cut it using a solo comb before plaiting up.

5.) Plaiting itself will not damage the hair, but be careful when you remove the plaits. Unpick the threads or cut the bands out carefully to avoid a choppy or wispy mane post competition!

To find out more about Quic Braid the must-have plaiting tool visit the website http://www.worldwidetack.com!

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Worming your Horse

Worming is a vital part of equine management in order to prevent ill health. There are a number of main internal parasites which can affect horses and ponies including; redworm, roundworm, tapeworm, pinworm and botfly larvae to name the most common. There are two main options regarding worming programmes: regular dosing, or targeted strategic worming using faecal egg counts. Lets take a look…

Worming Programmes

1.) Regular Dosing

  • Regular dosing suits large groups of horses that are wormed at the same time, such as at livery yard, and controls specific worms at key times of the year – ensure you follow the manufacturer’s dosing instructions.
  • Many experts advise using a wormer with the same active ingredient throughout the grazing season (April – September), changing to another wormer with a different active ingredient the following year – this is to avoid resistance. An example would be to use an Ivermectin wormer one year and a Pyrantel wormer the next.
  • In addition, within a regular dosing programme, strategic treatments to control encysted small redworms, tapeworms and bots should be given if these parasites are not covered by products given as routine treatments.
  • Tapeworm should be treated in October and in the Spring.
  • Encysted small redworms are usually treated from November – January: either with a five day course of fenbendazole or a single dose of moxidectin – the latter treat bots as well, so if a five day course of fenbendazole is chosen, you will need to additionally target bots from November to January with a macrocyclic lactone-based product, ie ivermectin or moxidectin, given at the appropriate dosing interval.

2.) Targeted Strategic Worming

Targeted strategic worming involves regularly sending a faecal sample for analysis to count the number of adult eggs per gram (epg) – however, the tests do not detect the immature, non egg-laying stages of worms, so in cases where horses may be infected, an annual dose of a larvicidal wormer may still be recommend by your vet even if the tests are clear. It is also possible to have tapeworm antibody blood test taken – ask your vet for advice.

Top Tips from World Wide Tack for Worming and Worming Related Healthcare

1.) Stable new arrivals – never let a new horse graze in a field used by other equines until a full course of worming treatment has been completed.

2.) Dose according to body weight. Weigh your horse using scales or a weigh tape and read the manufacturer’s recommendations closely before dosing.

3.) Synchronise worming – make sure all the horses on the premises are following the same worm control programme and are wormed on the same day.

4.) Understand seasonal risks – make sure you know what times of year your horse is at the highest risk of infestation, from the different worms. Knowing this allows you to use a targeted wormer at the right time of the year.

5.) Keep records – maintaining accurate notes about your worming procedures will help you remember which system was most effective and when you should change your wormer to help reduce the likelihood of wormer resistance.

6.) Rotate the type of wormer – rotate the summer grazing wormer so you are using a product with a different active ingredient on a yearly basis. This will help prevent worms becoming resistant to wormers.

7.) Get a faecal egg count – this is a valuable and underutilised tool, which allows horse owners to monitor worm load and could help in identifying the most appropriate worming programme for your yard.

8.) Look after pregnant mares and young stock – mares must be wormed on a regular basis, especially in the weeks prior to due date. This will prevent the vulnerable foal picking up larvae in the pasture. Foals should be wormed as soon as they are weaned. However take extra care, particularly with dosages, when worming young stock for the first time.

9.) Manage your pasture – good pasture management is vital. Regularly removing manure from your horse’s field will greatly reduce the chance of contracting and/or spreading worms. Activities such as harrowing, rotating and/or resting pasture will also help.

Worming Safely

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Worming can be a stressful process for some horses so why not invest in the Wormabit available from World Wide Tack to make sure worming is hassle free?

Wormabit is a durable, washable, nylon bit fitted to adjustable webbing straps, complete with a quick release buckle for safety. The bit-like mouth piece is placed in the horse’s mouth, as with a conventional bit, and once in place the syringe is inserted in to the open end of the mouth piece. With one smooth action the full dose is delivered to the horse without the usual mess and fuss.

Not only does Wormabit make worming easier and safer, but most importantly, it relieves the stress for your horse. The syringe never has to enter the horse’s mouth – just the nylon bit, which does not feel alien to the animal. The result is a much calmer horse and a much more relaxed handler.

Now ON SALE from World Wide Tack available for just £14.00+VAT. To purchase today visit the websitewww.worldwidetack.com or Tel: 01825 841 303.