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  • Interesting facts about cats Image

    The independent, ever so slightly secretive nature of cats is what we love about them as a species, so there’s nothing more fascinating than learning more about their unique personalities and behaviours! Here are some fun facts about cats that you might not know: A group of kittens is called a kindle, and a group of adult cats is a clowder. C...

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  • Horse Microchipping Law Image

    A new law, introduced as of 25th June 2018, requiring all horses, ponies and donkeys to be microchipped by October 2020, should improve welfare and help deter theft, says DEFRA. With the RSPCA rescuing almost 1,000 horses last year (2017), many of which were not microchipped and therefore not traceable, this new law should help reunite lost or stol...

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  • Understanding your cat's personality: part 1 Image

    Anyone who knows cats will recognise what curious creatures they are, driven by slightly odd behaviours at times. While it is common for cats to exhibit the same set of behaviours, such as kneading, racing around the house, sleeping in strange places etc, some cat personalities and environments in which they live will incline them towards more spec...

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  • What is GDPR and how will it affect me? Image

    What is GDPR? In simple terms, the General Data Protection Regulation is a reform to the 1995 Data Protection Directive, and aims to strengthen laws on data protection, ultimately safeguarding the rights and freedoms of you and other EU citizens, and giving you control over your personal data. These rights ensure your personal data is only processe...

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  • 6 things we LOVE about our pets Image

    We’re a nation of animal lovers and over 12 million of us share our homes with pets - that’s a whopping 44% of UK households! Whether it’s dogs, cats, rabbits or goldfish, they’re all part of the family. But what is it about pets we all love so much? Maybe we should be asking what it is we don’t love so much! Of course...

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  • 9 things horse owners love about spring Image

    The weather might be cold, wet and miserable, but with spring just around the corner, it’s not all doom and gloom! The light at the end of the tunnel is visible at long last as we power through March and start enjoying longer days with lighter mornings and evenings. For those of us with horses, there’s surely nothing better than the her...

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  • Alabama Rot: What you need to know Image

    Having said goodbye to 2017 – the UK’s worst year for cases of the deadly disease, Alabama Rot – we are faced with two new incidences in North Devon and North Yorkshire this January. Sometimes referred to as ‘Black Death’ disease, the official name is Cutaneous and Renal Vasculopathy (CRGV). Last year, Alabama Rot was...

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  • 5 things pet owners love about winter Image

    When it comes to winter, it can be difficult finding positive things to say about the season (except for Christmas, of course). The days are shorter, the weather is cold, wet and unpleasant, and it can make some of the activities we love doing with our pets that much harder to do. But even so, winter does deliver some positives, and it’s wort...

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  • 10 things horse owners love about winter Image

    For many of us, the words ‘love’ and ‘winter’ don’t really seem to go together. We tend to remember the muddy, waterlogged fields, frozen taps, miserable weather and darker days of last winter with a sad, sinking feeling, knowing it’s all about to start again. That said, there is still much to be positive about w...

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  • Christmas Gift Guide for Horses & Riders Image

    The countdown to Christmas has started, which means the gift buying can commence! It’s time to think about how you’re going to spoil your horse this festive season (and yourself!), as our Christmas Shop has a great many things for both horse and rider. Our gift ideas come in a range of prices too, so there is something for every budget!...

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