A burning Barbury, and other things the horse world talks about

  • 1. Fearsome competition at Barbury

    Waking up to a “Barbury tan” (meaning a sunburn that makes it look like cooked lobster) is a well-known experience throughout the eventing community. This year’s event gave spectators the chance to carry on the tradition, as the fine weather provided exceptional conditions for watching top-level events in this beautiful natural Wiltshire amphitheater. And the high temperatures weren’t the only thing scorching as Mollie Summerland and Charly Van Ter Heiden bounced back from the disappointment of leaving the Badminton cross-country course to post a superb dressage score – 18.7, the best at level by a British rider since 2014 – allowing them to jump over and pick up 14 cross-country time penalties, while maintaining a 3.1 penalty cushion on Pippa Funnell and Billy Walk On in second.

    Find out who else impressed at the Keyflow Feeds Barbury Horse Trials

    2. When is it too hot to ride?

    With the abnormally high temperatures looking set to stay here in the UK for the next week, how to keep our horses healthy is a popular topic of conversation on livery yards, on social media and elsewhere. When is it too hot to ride? Is your horse better off with or without a fly rug? Is staying in the barn or in the field the right choice when temperatures rise? Here are some expert tips to help you decide…

    How to keep your horse – and yourself – safe in the heat

    3. Essential Budget Riding Boots

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    Why is it that every time you try to tighten your belt and be frugal is the time when you can be sure that an unexpected vet bill will arrive or a key piece of your kit or your horse will abandon the ghost? Well, if this item happens to be your trusty riding boots, then we’re here to help. Check out our guide to long and short riding boots that won’t break the bank. We’ve found a selection of the best riding boots on a budget – under £100 for long riding boots and under £50 for short boots – for you to choose from

    Riding Boots That Won’t Scare Your Banker

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