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Why Use A Riding Hat Camera?

More and more equestrian riders are increasingly using helmet mounted camcorders to capture the thrill and excitement of their sport. Your skills at show jumping, eventing and even having a good old gallop along the beach can all be recorded for you to watch again and again! It allows you to capture all the sights and sounds of your riding exploits. Get a rider’s eye view of exactly how you and your horse tackle a course. Get your trainer to wear the camera when you’re having your lesson. Riding with a visible hat camera while on the roads can act as a deterrent to uncourtious and sometimes ignorant drivers. Introducing The Equisafety Riding Hat Camera? It’s lightweight and features an adjustable belt attachment Fully waterproof so perfectly at home in the rain and the wind Single button control – simply press once and off you go It records until your memory card is full It takes 2 x AAA batteries – rechargeable ones can be used Features AVI video formatting There’s a built in microphone with a 12ft range It has a 360 degree rotation To view your recorded footage, simply plug the camera directly into your computer via the supplied USB connector, or you can put the memory card into a card reader and download your clips. The good news is that for a limited time only, you can save 20% on the RRP of £89.99. That means you only pay £71.99…a saving of £18!

The Healthy Horse?

It's important that you can spot signs of sickness in horses early, not only to prevent any problem from worsening, but also to avoid the potentially spiraling costs of vet bills. In order to determine when your horse is unwell, you need to observe them when they’re fit and healthy. It’s good practice to keep a record of the resting pulse, temperature and respiratory rate for your horse as this will help to identify when they’re not 100%. These are your horse's individual vital signs, known as TPR. The ‘normal’ vital signs for a resting horse are: Temperature – 36.5-38C Pulse – 30-40 beats/min Respiration – 8-12 breaths/min If you're not confident with carrying out the measurements of these vital signs alone, your vet should be happy to help. Maybe ask them to help you next time they’re visiting  your horse to give him his flu/tetanus jab.How To Take… Temperature: This should be taken using either a mercury or digital thermometer. Stand to one side of your horse and holding his tail, insert a lubricated thermometer into the rectum, holding it to one side so that that the thermometer sits against the rectal wall. Hold it there for one minute before removing it and reading and recording the temperature. Care should be taken when doing this as a horse may kick out so ideally the horse should be held by someone. Pulse: It’s worth practising taking your horse’s pulse, so that both you and your horse become used to it. The most common place to take the pulse is just where the facial artery passes under the lower jaw. A light pressure applied over the artery with two fingers should allow you to locate the pulse. Once located, count the beats for 15 seconds, then multiply by 4. Respiration: This can be observed by watching the side of the horse behind the last rib. Watch the side move in and out as the horse breathes and count how many times it does this in a minute. Alternatively, you can watch the nostrils or place a hand in front of the nostril to feel the air as the horse breaths out. Any deviation to these ‘norms’ may indicate that your horse is unwell, particularly if any combination of two of these signs are abnormal. For example, if your horse has a high temperature and an increased pulse.Signs Of Good Health Hooves/Legs - your horse should be capable of standing squarely with its weight evenly on all four feet. Resting a hind leg is normal, but not a fore leg. There should be no excessive heat or signs of swelling. Eyes – these should be bright, fully open and clean. Any sign of unusual discharge or a glazed, dull appearance should be looked into. Hydration – the average horse drinks between five and ten gallons (about 1.5 to 3 buckets) of water a day, although this obviously varies depending on other factors such as weather conditions and exercise regimes. To assess if your horse is dehydrated, take a pinch of skin on the neck area and if it takes longer than about a second, this could indicate dehydration. Manure – this should be firm and not loose or contain undigested grains. Any change from the normal amount should be investigated. Nostrils – these should be dry and clean. Excessive mucus could suggest that your horse is unwell. Condition – the coat should be sleek and shiny. Appetite – a healthy horse should have a good appetite and any deviation from this can often be one of the first indicators of illness. A loss of appetite may be affected in horses with teeth problems so check that your horse is not dropping large amounts of food as it chews. All of these indicators are only a guide. If your horse is behaving unusually or you are concerned about his health then trust your gut instincts and if in doubt, call the vet. 

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We often issue promotions in the form of either ‘a percentage off’ or ‘£ savings’ and these are offered to customers via emails, advertisements or on-site banners. They can be redeemed online only by using the promotional code provided. There’s no cash alternative and unless stated, discounts are only applicable to full price items - sale and clearance items are not included. How to Use A ‘Promotional Code’ When using a promotional code, the code provided should be inputted into the ‘Promotional Code’ box at the bottom of the 'shopping trolley' page.  Some promotions will be subject to a minimum spend threshold – please refer to the original source of the promotion. Wherever a minimum spend threshold applies, the minimum spend does not include delivery costs. Once you’ve selected all of the products you wish to purchase, enter the promotional codeyou wish to use into the ‘promotional codes’ box at the bottom of the 'shopping trolley' page. Click ‘Apply’ and you will see the discount appear on the right. If it’s a free delivery offer you will need to calculate your shipping & delivery before applying the promotional code. Once you’re happy that the promotional code has been applied to your order, you can continue by clicking on ‘Proceed to Checkout’. If Your Promotional Code Doesn’t Work Have a look at the terms and conditions as well as the validity period of the promotional code you’re using. If the code is valid, your order is eligible and it’s still not working please contact our friendly customer service team on 0844 573 1001 and they’ll look into the problem for you. Expiry Dates & Exclusions All promotions will have a ‘valid until’ or ‘expiry’ date. Please refer to the original promotion source for this information. Please note that promotional codes cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer and they cannot be applied retrospectively to previous orders. The Usual Small Print www.robinsonsequestrian.com reserves the right to cancel or change any promotion or discount without prior notice, at any time.