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Missing Cats Day

Mar 20th, 2017 - By Hannah Dyball in Pet Discussion

Having a cat go missing can be devastating, especially as they are often so much harder to trace than dogs and livestock. In the UK, it is generally accepted that cats have a ‘right to roam’ as the laws governing the control of dogs and livestock by their owners do not apply to cats. This means they are free to come and go as they pleas...

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Choosing the right bit: Snaffle bits

Feb 9th, 2017 - By Hannah Dyball in Pet Discussion

When it comes to choosing the right bit for your horse, the abundance of choice can make it difficult to decide. With various classes of bit, each with their own subcategories, and then different mouthpieces and cheeks on top of that, it’s easy to lose sight of what you really need. The best thing to do is keep it simple and consider what you...

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Tips on improving top line + rider testimonials

Dec 15th, 2016 - By Hannah Dyball in Pet Discussion

Improving and maintaining top line is an important consideration for many horse owners and riders, especially at this time of year. We've asked some of equestrian sport's leading figures to give us their top tips on improving top line, plus a great video from Lynn Russel in which she highlights the fundamental things to remember. Scott Brash (Show...

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Top 7 reasons why pets are good for children

Nov 23rd, 2016 - By Hannah Dyball in Pet Discussion

If you’re on the fence about whether to give in and get your child a pet, you might want to read our ‘top 7 reasons why owning a pet is good for children’ to help you make up your mind. In fact, there are many, many benefits – 7 doesn’t really cover it! Whether they want a dog, cat, hamster or goldfish, having a pet is...

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What is your cat trying to tell you?

Nov 22nd, 2016 - By Hannah Dyball in Pet Discussion

Do you ever wonder what your cat is thinking? Or ask yourself why he behaves a certain way? Understanding feline behaviour is an art form, and often there’s no rhyme or reason for their extraordinary antics! But there are certain things you can look out for to determine how your cat is feeling and what he is trying to communicate. They may se...

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The British Shorthair

Nov 1st, 2016 - By Hannah Dyball in Pet Discussion

The British Shorthair is the most popular pedigree breed of cat in the UK. It is also one of the most ancient, potentially dating back as far as the first century AD. It’s likely that when the Romans invaded Britain in 55 B.C, they brought with them their domestic felines. These went on to breed with European cats; the result of which became...

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The world's most famous dogs

Oct 31st, 2016 - By Hannah Dyball in Pet Discussion

Dogs have been man’s best friend since records began, and it isn’t hard to see why. Some of the most loyal and courageous animals in times gone by have been our canine companions, and below are four of the most remarkable that history remembers. Sergeant Stubby – a war dog that deserves all the recognition in the world, Stubby spe...

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World records held by cats

Oct 18th, 2016 - By Hannah Dyball in Pet Discussion

Every day countless records are made and broken around the world – but not all of them by people. In fact, many of our world record-breakers are cats, and now is the purr-fect occasion to have a look at some of their amazing achievements and discover why cats remain one of the most popular animals in the world! World’s Oldest Cat &ndash...

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To rug or not to rug

Sep 22nd, 2016 - By Hannah Dyball in Pet Discussion

When it comes to rugs and whether or not to rug in winter, there are two schools of thought. One is in favour of rugging against the elements – particularly rain – while the other believes horses are hardy enough to withstand even the harshest conditions. But surely it depends on many different factors, including the age and health of t...

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How to read your horse's body language

Sep 1st, 2016 - By Hannah Dyball in Pet Discussion

As a horse owner, you may sometimes wish you had the ability to speak the equine language to decipher what your horse is trying to tell you. But actually, understanding their body language is enough, as horses rely on very sophisticated body language to communicate with us and also with each other. There may be the occasional neigh, whinny or snort...

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