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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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The world's most famous cats

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

Anyone with a cat will tell you their kitty is the best in the world, and it’s fair to say that none of them are wrong. But some cats have titles and fame that set them apart from your everyday feline and even put some of us humans to shame! Often overlooked, cats have always been prominent in the history books and are some of the most popula...

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Clean sport: Rio 2016

Jul 27th, 2016 - By Sophie Wilkinson in Pet Discussion

Drug testing is a hot topic going into the Rio 2016 Olympics and the equestrian sports are no exception. The International Federation for Equestrian Sports (Fédération Équestre Internationale, FEI) is the international governing body of equestrian sports and they have a code of conduct designed to protect the welfare of horses...

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