• Aqueos – Safe Cleaning For Horses

    With owners being constantly vigilant against diseases such as strangles, finding a disinfectant that works effectively to stop the spread of infection is like finding gold under your pillow from the tooth fairy. However, there’s a British product on the market that claims to do just that.  Aqueos claims to kill bacteria, fungi and viruses in seconds, plus it carries on working after application. About Aqueos The brain child of Tracy Richards, the brand started to take shape in 2011. As with any new product, creating and testing was crucial to begin with, and with a yard of animals at home, Tracy was able to develop the range quickly, leading to DEFRA approval for general orders. The product is based on a revolutionary scientific procedure that makes a water-based disinfectant free from alcohol or bleach. It’s eco-friendly and is produced not just for horses, but for dogs, hens – even alpacas! It’s thought to kill 99.999 per cent of bacteria, fungi and virus, in a solu ...
  • Great British Horse Breeds: Cleveland Bay

    In a previous entry earlier this year, we provided an introduction to Great British native horse and pony breeds. With a total of 13 breeds, 5 of which are horse breeds, in Britain we may have few to choose from but quality most definitely outweighs quantity! Welcome characteristics of British horse breeds include a gentle temperament and a willingness to undertake a variety of tasks. We take a look at our oldest breed of horse, the Cleveland Bay. A Brief History Dating back to a time before records began, the Cleveland Bay breed has had many purposes over the years. The Middle Ages in Yorkshire is when the breed first came to be recognised where they would carry the goods of Chapmen (Travelling Salesmen) and were known as Chapman horses. The development of the name by which they are recognised now came later from their colour (bay) and the Cleveland district of North Yorkshire from where they originate. By the time of the reign of Elizabeth I, the Cleveland Bay was in use ...
  • Horse Owner Winter Essentials

    The nights have begun to drawn in and before long the heating will be on! The wet, cold weather can make caring for your horse hard work but it can be made easier when you are prepped with the right clothing and equipment. Beat the elements with our horse owner winter essentials guide. Layering Essential to keeping warm in the cold months are layers. When caring for your horse, it is also important you are able to move around easily and stay warm and dry. Start with a thermal base layer top and ensure it is long enough to be tucked in. Layer with a close fitting jumper followed by a gilet or waterproof coat depending on the conditions. At Great British Tack Shop we can help you get kitted out. Our thermal underbreeches are a great addition to your winter clothing. A BOBhat protects both your head and ears from the cold and is easy to remove from under hat when out riding. “I feel it in my fingers, I feel it in my toes” As well as keeping your core warm, it's important not to ...
  • British Equine Science update

    Headshaking and Stem Cell Advancements Here in Great Britain we are lucky to have some amazing equestrian research facilities, and some skilled scientists. Each month, the latest findings are published, and as part of our commitment to showcase the best of all that is British within the equine industry on the Great British Tack Shop, we will be bringing you the most up-to-date research on a regular basis. This month we’re looking at headshaking and stem cell treatment for neurological conditions. Headshaking The University of Bristol’s School of Veterinary Science has led the way into new research regarding headshaking. With many similarities to facial pain syndrome in people, they teamed up with neurologists at Southmead Hospital Bristol, to discover if PENS therapy is a safe and effective method of treatment for trigeminal headshaking. This form of headshaking is thought to be caused by over-activity of branches of the trigeminal nerve alongside the face and muzzle. PE ...
  • WOW – A massive 10% saving!

    Great British Tack Shop welcomes you with a massive 10% SAVING on your first order before the end of March. Sign up to our Newsletter and receive this massive discount. Applies to any products in the shop as a welcome to you. ...
  • Great British Native Horse and Pony Breeds – an Introduction

    What’s in your stable? Are you lucky enough to own one of Britain’s great native breeds? As a country with an ingrained and deep history, it’s no surprise our home bred horses are also steeped in heritage. For example, the oldest horse, the Cleveland Bay, dates to the Middle Ages and probably further back still, and has a fascinating and intricate history linked to the Royal Family. How many breeds? Great Britain boasts thirteen breeds in total, 8 ponies and 5 horses, although technically the Welsh breed is broken down into both ponies and horses, as is the Hackney. Bred originally to work the farms, pull the carts, transport the family or work in the military, nowadays they are mostly used in leisure or sport. A few of the heavy horses are still used in traditional farming, and you can still see native ponies free grazing in their natural habitat. The diverse range that cover every size and type have gone on to influence horse and pony breeds worldwide, and are at the ve ...
  • 10% DISCOUNT on everything at Great British Tack Shop

    Receive 10% off your first order with Great British Tack Shop when you sign up to the Newsletter.  This BIG discount applies to any products in the shop as a welcome to you. PLUS Receive all the latest offers and exciting new developments first as well as EXCLUSIVE offers and promotions saved only for subscribers. ...
  • The Cheltenham Festival – not just for fanatics

    Whatever discipline you enjoy within the horse world, you can’t fail to be aware of the Cheltenham Festival each year. Every March thousands of race-goers spill onto the Gloucestershire grounds to revere the best national hunt horses from across Great Britain and Ireland. From one hill to another History abounds across Great Britain, which holds true for one of the country’s most spectacular racing festivals. Dating back to 1815, the first recorded race was held on Nottingham Hill. After a three year gap of no racing, it resumed again at Cleeve Hill, overlooking what was to become the modern day track. From flat to jump Due to its overwhelming success, a grandstand was built and the following year saw three days of racing, including the now famous Cheltenham Gold Cup. Originally a flat race of three mile, it changed to a jump race as we know it today in 1924. Making Prestbury proud An arson attack on the grandstand in 1829, fired by strong feelings from anti-race goers, force ...
  • Inside information on Great British Tack Shop

    About Us Great British Tack Shop is run primarily by myself, Sarah.  I live with my husband Simon, and my children Hannah and Jack.  We live on a beautiful farm in Shropshire where my husband manages a 500 cow organic dairy herd. We also have a good bunch of furry and feathery friends; three dogs, two horses, one cat, two chickens and a lot of cows! Why British made products? Great British Tack Shop is all about showcasing British made equestrian products.  Having lived on a dairy farm for the past 10 years and we are proud to buy British produce.  As a family we love the British country side, the beautiful British scenery, and have always enjoyed discovering the many fantastic products created in our own back yard.  We have a strong desire to support our local community and maintain the fantastic talent within Great Britain. This was further underlined when I got the opportunity to work for a British manufacturer.  I can’t under estimate the excitement I got from working ...
  • Great British Riders Dominate the Top Spots

    A British line up hit the top spots in the Longines rankings in eventing, dressage and jumping.  Congratulations go to Scott Brash, William Fox-Pitt and Charlotte Dujardin.  Find out a bit more about these talented British riders below... Showjumping It’s good to be British – if your name is Scott Brash that is certainly the case! Right now he is dominating the Longines show jumping rankings, having held the coveted number one spot for a year now. At 28 this young Scotsman has achieved more than many twice his age, which the string of gold, silver and bronze medals hanging from his neck clearly demonstrates. Son of a builder, he first became involved in riding at 7 when his parents bought him and his sister a pony. By 10 he was competing for the Pony Club, and when the 2012 London Olympics was announced when he was still just a teenager, he vowed to be a competitor. Unbelievingly in 2011, he was offered the ride on the £2m Hello Sanctos, the horse that was to change hi ...
  • Exciting news...Bossy's Bibs now available here!

    We are very pleased to welcome Bossy's Bibs - Effective prevention and cure for rug rubs Truly innovative British made equestrian product Bossy's Bibs are a truly innovative British made equestrian product.  They are a superbly well designed anti-rub vests providing protection for the shoulder, chest and wither. They were initially designed over 20 years ago as a solution to a Mountain and Moorland Working Hunter Pony named Priory Bossy Boots who was suffering from rug rubs.  The results were so impressive that a friend asked the designer to make one for her show pony and and as the Bib was so effective and simple to use, the word spread and the business began! Bossy's Bibs are designed to be worn under both stable and outdoor rugs.  The silky breathable fabric is very effective in keeping the coat smooth and glossy.  The rug glides over the bib leaving the hair undisturbed.  Hair that has already been lost from these areas will grow again once a Bossy's Bib is w ...
  • Bedding choices this winter

    Cooler temperatures and stabling at night go hand in hand. Bringing horses in for winter and mucking out got us thinking about bedding…when it comes to choosing the right bedding for your horse during the winter, how do you do it? Do you opt for traditional or more modern materials to ensure your horse gets a good night’s sleep? In this blog, we have a look at the options… Straw… Traditional straw was THE horse bedding for many years and, although still popular today, many different bedding products now share the market. Pro…straw can create a really comfortable, deep bed that looks clean and ‘proper’ after mucking out. Con…can be dusty, so not a good choice for those with respiratory issues. Shavings… Shavings are easy to get hold of and, like straw, can create a really deep bed, which appeals to many people’s idea of what a ‘proper’ bed should look like. Pro…usually dust extracted (although quality does vary, so do check!), making it suitable ...
  • Equestrian clothing:  Brand of the Month Equetech

    In today’s blog we celebrate a British brand and talk about some of their equestrian clothing that we don’t always think about … Continue reading to find out more! Our website prides itself on only stocking products of the very best quality manufactured in Great Britain. Our British brand of the month for October is Equetech who have been around since 1992.   They are a fantastic asset to the equestrian clothing world and have indeed ticked all of our boxes: Based in England – Buckinghamshire to be exact Family run Designer Liz  Hayman is a rider herself Considered one of the leading providers in equestrian wear in the UK Describing themselves as ‘reassuringly equestrian’ they are very much known for paying attention to detail and focusing on the technical capabilities of their equestrian clothing. This is of course very important if you are competing as your equestrian clothing can aid your performance. Equestrian Underwear : What’s the big dea ...
  • Five Steps to a Healthy Happy Stable

    There’s a definite nip in the air, and this can only mean one thing…winter’s on the way! All seasons have their positives and negatives. For us, the autumn is about crisp autumn hacks through crunchy leaves, and winter’s about frosty mornings when the world is still asleep and you’re enjoying some quiet time with your horse. On the less positive side of things, autumn and winter also mean mud and mucking out. Most horses spend more time in their stables over the autumn and winter than they do during the summer and spring. Stables might provide the perfect place to shelter from the elements, but they can also create a less than ideal environment for the horse. With dust and ammonia causing their own issues, the need to muck out eating into your horse time, and increased time inside seeing the rise of stable vices, it can be a challenging time…but we’re here to help with our top five tips for healthy happy stables! Dust a dusty environment is not good for you or ...
  • Eazitools - Welcome to the Great British Tack Shop Stable!

    Eazitools is an innovative range of stable and yard tools which have been designed by keen event rider Becky Ball. The company began back in 1999 with the Rag-Fork, a fork designed to dig up ragwort by the roots.  All tools in the Eazitools range feature a unique double cranked shaft designed to minimise the need to bend your back and put your body in a much better posture position. All tools in the range come with a lifetime guarantee. You can see the products we currently stock here : http://www.gbtackshop.co.uk/brand/eazitools ...
  • Brilliant Blenheim!

    Blenheim International Horse Trials starts this week (11th-14th September) and is where the great and good gather to see the world’s elite event riders compete against each other. The horse trials takes place in the stunning grounds of Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, Oxfordshire. Home to the 11th Duke of Beaufort and birthplace to Sir Winston Churchill, Blenheim Palace Horse Trials is more than you average horse trials…even the ‘non-horsey’ frequent the buzzing venue each year to take in the Capability Brown landscaped grounds, the atmosphere and, of course, the impressive shopping village. Blenheim Horse Trials has both CIC*** and CCI*** competitions running across the four days. Despite being called a three day event, Blenheim, like so many other horse trials, lasts for four days as the dressage element usually takes two days. This year’s entry list reads like a who’s who of the eventing scene with may riders fresh from Burghley Horse Trials and the World Equestrian ...
  • Showcasing Innovation; the British way!

    You will notice a very clear theme throughout this website and everything that we do and promote and believe in; quality and innovation. Central to the British equestrian industry, we thought to celebrate the innovation, how about we showcase some of the great products and examples of innovating solutions to problems. The entrepreneurial and engineering spirit is great; when there is a problem, find a solution. This was true for founder of New Equine Wear, Richard Balfry, who developed cutting edge leg support products for horses after his wife’s mare damaged the tendons in her leg. Further research, development and passion has meant that Richard and his company have taken innovation further in order to develop a very unique product; XLF ‘Extensive Life Fabric’. This fabric is revolutionary in that it is so robust, strong and durable that it has also been extensively adopted within the oil and gas industry as well as the equestrian industry. Another entrepreneur with a pa ...
  • Why buy British?

    The equestrian industry is quintessentially British and British riders are well known around the world too.  Currently we have a British rider placed in the top 3 in the World rankings in all three disciplines.  The standard of rider is renowned, as are the products and the brands associated to the riders. British manufacturing is also well known around the world for consistent quality, innovation and superior customer service. On the whole, British manufacturing gets a bad press. Whereas the onus is always put on declining manufacturing in the country, there is no mention of the cutting edge technologies and products developed in the thriving industry that remains. Of course there has been a decline, but arguably, this has been a process which has left very strong brands in the market place and has also increased the quality and innovation standards as a whole. And yes, the brands ARE strong, the products are more INNOVATIVE and the equestrian industry is thriving. Quality i ...
 
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