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Following on from our recent post on social media about our beautiful pony that was foot sore, we wanted to go through some more details about the tips and tricks we have learned along the way.

Recapping the social post: About a week ago our beautiful pony was foot sore, and after a few days, we were concerned that the Spring Grass had affected his feet. Laminitis at this time of year in Australia is prevalent, and it is something that we are conscious of (especially with a heavy horse with a naturally cresty neck).

As soon as we realised this wasn’t muscle soreness from work, we put the Greenguard grazing muzzle on him. We really wanted to decrease his ability to access grass (particularly in the daytime).

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The Greenguard grazing muzzle is an excellent tool to help reduce the amount of grass intake in the height of daytime grazing. What other things should you know?

 

  1. Digital Pulse – do you know how to take your horses digital pulse? Horses are just like us in some ways, when we have had a hard day on our feet, at the end of the day we have ‘throbbing feet’. The stress we put on our feet translates in to blood pumping to them – and the same with horses – the stress that laminitis puts on their feet firstly translates in to a ‘bounding digital pulse’. If you check this regularly, even in times of no laminitis signs, then you have a good base line to work from.
  2. Hard neck – the neck on a horse can be naturally cresty, and some horses are more prone than others, say a Shetland vs a thoroughbred. Our haflinger is cresty through the neck, so we check to ensure it is soft/wobbly, a sign of changes in your horse can be a hardening of the crest.
  3. Day time grazing – grasses create sugar during daylight hours, early morning hours (before 11) are ideal, and avoid grazing when grass has been in direct sunlight for long hours. If you can, use a Greenguard grazing muzzle for daytime grazing, or graze your horse at night.
  4. Ice therapy – if your horse is tender footed and you suspect a laminitic episode, icing the foot (you can stand them in a bucket of ice, or use an ice boot that comes to the coronet band. This will help reduce inflammation in the hoof and open the shunts which allowing toxins to exit.

The best advice you will get is from your Vet, these hints and tips do not cover everything, and each horse will be different.

When we had done all of these things and our horse was still sore, we sought out our vet immediately. While he was not displaying a hard neck or bounding digital pulse, we wanted to check every box and get expert advice. Luckily it was a case of being foot sore from extra work on abrasive surfaces (sand arena), and a set of new shoes has him back to normal!

Wow! I mean, there are no words for what is happening in the world right now. In Australia, we have seen the cancellation of all events (horse related or not) that attract crowds of over 500 people. What does that mean? Pretty much all horse events for the next 6 weeks (at least) have been cancelled.

It is a sad time for horse riders that have been preparing for events and for the organisers of those events. Everything from dressage to eventing, hacking to royal ag shows have been cancelled. Not postponed, cancelled.

Continue Reading “Coming Together In Trying Times”

December is here – how did that happen! We simply blinked and 2019 disappeared. This year has been adventure filled, and as we look back on the events we have done over the last 12 months, it absolutely boggles how much we have achieved.

Two of our favourite trips in Australia this year have been in Queensland. Firstly, Jimboomba to have a fabulous in store event with Horse N Rider, then later in the year to the Tom Quilty Endurance event to see over 300 pairs of custom Performa Ride on display.

Continue Reading “2019: The Year Of Travel”

It was 5 years ago, riding in the heat of the Australian spring (about 32°C) that we decided to start designing something that we could wear that would not be so bulky and hot to wear in summer.

We started with samples immediately, and had friends and family testing them from the start, with our first collection launching a few months later. Our first collection had an elastic waist band, was made from lycra and had no pockets. We quickly evolved, adding pockets, a wide waist band and a new less shiny fabric.

Continue Reading “Team Performa Ride…where did it all begin?”

Congratulations on representing Australia in the Mounted Games! You have been selected to represent Australia in Belgium. You have just received a letter telling you that you are 1 of only 5 horse riders selected to travel to Belgium to represent Australia in Mounted Games.

Siena Jackson received this letter a few months back, and she was over the moon that at just 17 years of age, she had the opportunity to represent her country. Just 5 years prior to that moment, Siena tried Mounted Games for the first time and was hooked instantly, after trying many other disciplines. Continue Reading “Let’s get Siena to Belgium!”

Performa Ride were so very excited to be attending the American Endurance Ride Conference in Reno Nevada. It was a trade event we had contemplated for a little while after hearing about it from our friends at Scoot Boots Australia.

We have been to a number of endurance events in Australia, everything from the 50th anniversary of the Tom Quilty, to the 5km intro ride at Wingello. These events are something that we talk about, a lot, at every event we go to. Endurance competitors, organisers, and spectators are an actual community. They camp together over night, socialise at length, and help each other through their rides. Performa Ride has always felt welcome at endurance events.

Continue Reading “A debrief: American Endurance Ride Conference”

Performa Ride customers have been showing their amazingly generous side over the last few weeks. We asked for our Performa Tribe to send in jodhpurs, so that we can re-home them to people in need, and in return we would send out a 50% off voucher.

We reached out to RDA (NSW) to understand their needs, and to connect our customers’ generosity with those needs. Performa Ride is excited to update you soon on where your jodhpurs are being used in the coming weeks. But first, a little on RDA (NSW).
Continue Reading “Performa Ride Teams Up With RDA”

Before a ride, I have a little checklist in my head, mostly covering off my outfit + one for the pon.
* Riding tights
* Sunsafe shirt
* Matching saddle pad

These are the only things that really ever change when I ride. But without fail, there is one thing I forget to think about, and inevitably grab in a mad rush before I ride… socks! Of the last 2 days of riding, I have worn two different pairs (obv), and with absolutely no thought about which to wear or why. But after todays horsey time, I will not make that mistake again…
Continue Reading “Last Thing You Think About Before A Ride”

Performa Ride was born out of a need…. Our need to be comfortable when riding….
Performa Ride are genuinely made to help Australian riders for Australian conditions. It is impossible to turn your horse out for 3 months of the year to avoid the heat, so what do you do when it is 30+ degrees out, and you still have to ride? Continue Reading “Performa Ride Horse Riding Tight Heat Test”

If you are anything like us, you have a few pairs of Performa Ride, so you know that you are comfy in top performing riding tights. What about your bra?

You might be surprised to know that you are not alone in looking for the perfect bra, you know, the one that is comfy and supportive! In our quest for the best, we hear about Q-Linn sports lingerie, and so we incorporated it into our recent photo shoot.

Continue Reading “Testing Q-Linn Bras: Worried You Might ‘Pop Out’?”

Before we started Performa Ride, the thought of purchasing jodhpurs made us break out in a nervous sweat. It’s the kind of shopping trip that we would avoid at all costs, we would be ‘fixing the fences’, ‘cleaning the stables’, and even ‘washing our hair’ (ha! As if! Dry shampoo on a good day).

Continue Reading “Performa Ride – What is all the fuss about?”