Wednesday, September 28, 2016


Horse of the Year Show is the highlight of the showing calendar. This year it is being held on 5th - 9th October at the NEC in Birmingham; a five day equestrian spectacle and Absorbine sponsored Jo and Holly Bates are there with five horses.

We caught up with them to see who they are taking to HOYS 2016.

Elusive, a large hack owned by Suzanna Welby, has had a successful season and successfully qualified for HOYS at Hickstead Derby Meeting where he was first in his class and reserve champion.
In July, Jo won the hotly-contested SEIB Racehorse to Riding Horse class aboard Sophie Tranter’s  Bang on Trend, securing their HOYS ticket.
Jo with Volatis Oriana 
Jo took on coloured mare Volatis Oriana last year and  qualified her for HOYS at North of England Summer Show. Volatis Oriana will contest the Non Native Coloured Horse class with owner and rider Lucy Bridgewater. 
Gallifrey SWS, owned by lady Benton Jones, will contest the Large Non Native Horse Coloured class. He qualified at CHAPS South East and was also crowned Supreme.
Lowmoor Windsor, owned by Ann Drabble, earnt this HOYS ticket at Midland Counties winning the Middle Weight Hunter class and was champion.
We wish Jo, Holly and the rest of the team the very best of luck at HOYS. If you are heading to HOYS, the very best of luck to you too and don’t forget your ShowSheen!

Monday, September 19, 2016

Absorbine riders at Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials

On the 8th September - 11th September McNab Dougall Eventing headed to Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials. Kevin McNab contested the CCI*** with Wonham What Next (Sparky) and Emma was riding Fernhill Tabasco (Toby) in the CIC***.

The team got off to a good start with Emma and Toby getting a 39.2 in dressage for the CIC*** 8/9 year old class and Kevin and Sparky also did a great test in the CCI***. The following day was torrential rain making for slippery conditions on the cross country course but both riders made it round with Emma only picked up 6.8 time faults.

A day of show jumping followed with  Emma and Toby taking 4th in the CIC*** 8/9 year olds class. Well done from the Absorbine UK team  to the whole team, what a fantastic result!

Looking after your horses hooves with Absorbine 

One of the many challenges facing horse owners is that of keeping their horse’s hooves healthy. Maintaining healthy hooves is essential to keeping your horse happy and sound, and every horse owner knows the old saying, "No foot, no horse" is as true today as ever.

We rely on farriers to help improve our horse’s hooves, help keep them sound and moving well but horse owners can make a contribution too. You should check your horse’s feet regularly for any sign of cracks or damage, shoe wear or raised clenches. Leading show producer and dressage trainer, Jo Bates, reminds us, "You should check your horse’s feet carefully for any signs of cracking and loose clenches, and ensure that your farrier visits regularly to keep them in good shape. We use Hooflex Original Liquid Conditioner which is excellent to help maintain hoof condition between farrier visits." 

We as horse owners should do everything we can to make the experience of the farrier coming run smoothly and safely for everyone. Here are some tip for your next farrier visit:

  1. Teach your horse to pick up his feet. This may seem obvious but it’s one of the biggest complaints from farriers – horses who don’t pick up and or hold the leg up to be worked on.

  2. Clean out the hooves so the farrier can see what he or she is working on and doesn’t have to spend time picking them out.

  3. Make sure your horses legs are clean and dry when the farrier arrives. The last thing your farrier wasn’t to see is you dragging your horse in from the field with wet and muddy legs.

  4. In the summer months, apply some fly spray so your farrier doesn’t get kicked because of an annoying little insect. Try Absorbine’s UltraShield for ultimate protection against flies.

  5. Give your farrier a clean, safe, and well-lit place to work. This will make it easier for your farriers to do their best work.

  6. Hoof conditioner will make trimming easier. Apply Hooflex Original Liquid Conditioner or Hooflex Natural Dressing and Conditioner regularly as it helps to maintain the correct moisture balance and fight infection while supporting healthy hoof growth from the coronet band.

  7. Don’t apply it half hour before the farrier is due to arrive– no one wants to try and hold onto a freshly-oiled hoof!

  8. Pay your farrier. Let’s rephrase that – pay your farrier when and how they ask to be paid. You’ll be more likely to see them again in 6 weeks!

  9. Once you find a good farrier for your horse, stick with him. He’ll learn to understand you and your horse’s needs better the longer he works with you. Remember – it’s a team effort between you, the farrier and your vet.

Friday, July 1, 2016

Sponsored riders reign supreme in the rain

Summer so far has felt more like a parody of British weather than anything else, but the seemingly constant deluge hasn’t put a damper on Absorbine’s sponsored riders and their show season. Despite an unseasonable amount of mud – who thought we’d be worrying about mud fever in June?! – the Derby Meeting at Hickstead rolled merrily along, with horses, hounds, and dogged enthusiasts braving the elements for a fantastic week of competition.
Jo Bates had a great week, with Lady Benton-Jones’ classy Gallifrey SWS coming fourth in the CHAPS Non-Native Open Ridden Qualifier, and Suzannah Welby’s Elusive taking the Large Hack HOYS Qualifier and placing second in the Supreme Hack Championship.
Jo Bates and Elusive. Photo by Spidge Event Photography.
Jayne Ross left no stone unturned, taking the Supreme Cob Championship and the Lightweight Cob HOYS Qualifier aboard the McCourt’s Cob in Hood, the Small Show Hunter HOYS Qualifier aboard Dianne Stennett’s Hello Dolly, and the Supreme Riding Horse Championship and Small Riding Horse HOYS Qualifier aboard Dianne Stennett’s Casino.
Tackling a pile of muddy laundry after a big show is the last thing anyone wants to think about, but our newly-launched Leather Therapy line will lighten the load considerably. With products available for rugs, numnahs, clothing, and even leather (yes, really – thank us later!), you can chuck your horse’s gear in the washing machine and have one less thing to worry about. Ask for the Leather Therapy range at your local tack shop or country supply store.

Well done to Jo and Jayne from the team at Absorbine UK, and fingers crossed for some summer sun!

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Team Bates headed off to Hartpury at the beginning of April to compete in the British Dressage Winter Championships. On Wednesday, the first day of competition, Cambridge and Holly were 7th in the Advanced Medium Restricted Championship. They were the first to go and a rode a good test with a couple of minor mistakes. Jo said “He was a little underpowered so plenty of room for improvement but it is amazing to think that a year ago he was on box rest due to stress cracks in his feet and we were unsure whether we would ever resolve the situation. He had a year off but we all believed in him and through endless patience and diligence we now have a fabulous horse to train on with and good feet to boot!”

Holly Bates and Chambridge, 7th in Advanced Medium Restricted 
at British Dressage Winter Championship 2016
The second day of competition saw Dorando, owned by Ali Fernyhough, and Holly compete in the Elementary Open. “They did a great test to finish 8th on 69.06. He was incredibly brave and well behaved in the atmosphere and we are very proud of him especially as he is just rising 6 years of age. Still room for improvement but what a clever talented young chap!” Said Jo.
Fantastic results, well done to all the team. 2016 looks set to be an exciting year for Jo and Holly, best of luck to you from all the team at Absorbine UK.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

 Winter Grooming with Absorbine

As we move through February and, hopefully, the last few months of winter weather, you may be feeling as impatient for spring to arrive. This time of year our once luscious green fields have turned into mud baths, and we continue the battle of trying to keep our horses as clean as possible.

As the longer days and greener fields of spring are still a few weeks away, we thought we’d offer some ideas to help your horse beat the winter blues with some winter grooming tips.

Since Christmas we’ve had down pours of rain, sub-zero temperatures, and the odd glimmer of sunshine. The turbulent weather means one thing, mud. Some of the hardy breeds may not require a rug, but it inevitably leads to them rolling in the first patch of mud they find. Even those with rugs, the mud creeps in leaving their coats, manes, and tails a muddy, matted mess. And with the temperatures still hovering around freezing, a wash-down with the hose is simply not an option.

Luckily, Absorbine® has the answer to winter grooming frustrations: ShowSheen Miracle Groom®. A waterless product, ShowSheen Miracle Groom naturally cleans, conditions, deodorizes, detangles, and shines in just one application.

With no need for soap and water, this non-greasy cleaner can safely be used in cold weather. Before you use it, you’ll want to let the mud on your horse dry for best results. Brush off the loose dirt, then lightly spray the area directly or onto a towel.  Rub the product backward through the horse’s coat. You can also use Miracle Groom on the mane and tail, making this 5-in-1 product useful as a cleaner, conditioner, detangler, and deodorizer.

No matter what the weather, it’s important to keep your horse clean and healthy. With Miracle Groom, you’re one step closer to a clean horse without getting your hands wet and freezing cold.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Bigeloil Quilted Hoof Pads are the “no-mess” hoof poultice solution, making hoof care quicker and easier. Unique quilted pockets contain the poultice, allowing for easier, mess-free application and quicker clean-up than traditional poultices. After the dry poultice pad is activated with water, it stays in place for easy wrapping.
  • Application is as easy as 1-2-3!
    1. Soak poultice for 20 seconds 
    2. Apply to hoof 
    3. Cover with wrap
    No heavy tubs or messy residue
  • Easy removal – just take off the quilted wrap and discard 
  • Can be used with warm or cold water 
  • Specialized fiber paper holds dry poultice mixture
  • Uses traditional poultice ingredients: kaolin clay and Epsom salts 
  • Can be used whenever hoof heat, bruising, or general soreness is a concern, or after competition or heavy work

Clean, convenient and easy to remove - just watch this!