Following our appointment as Joint Administrators on 7th March 2018, all Countrywide Farmers Plc – in administration stores have ceased to trade and have now closed.

The Joint Administrators have been successful in concluding sales on a going concern basis for the following 18 stores:

1.Bridgnorth, 2. Crewkerne, 3. Dartington, 4. Helston, 5. Otterham, 6. Raglan, 7. Thame, 8. Wadebridge, 9. Chepstow, 10. Tavistock, 11. Wardle, 12. Twyford, 13. Newmarket, 14. Penzance, 15. Bromsgrove, 16. Liskeard, 17. Cirencester, 18. Taunton

It is anticipated that agents will be appointed shortly / mid June 2018 to market the Company’s remaining freehold properties for sale, these are detailed below, the relevant boards will be placed at each site and particulars will be made available accordingly. Adam Heath at PHD Property on 0797932661 or 0117 3790522 or email [email protected] is scheduling interest, please be assured that no individual or group sales are being undertaken and that those who have expressed an interest on a “property only” basis will have an opportunity to make offers on the freeholds.

1. Abergavenny, 2. Bearley, 3. Bourton, 4. Bridgend, 5. Bromyard, 6. Chipping Norton, 7. Defford, 8. Finmere, 9. Hereford, 10. Evesham, 11. Ledbury, 12. Llanrindod Wells, 13. Leominster, 14. Melksham, 15. Nuneaton, 16. Presteigne, 17. Stockton, 18. Thornbury, 19. Tredington, 20. Upton, 21. Whitchurch, 22. Wrexham

For any other aspects or questions regarding the Countrywide Farmers PLC administration, including details of how to make an unsecured claim, please see the attached link to the KPMG insolvency portal http://www.insolvency-kpmg.co.uk/case+KPMG+PI305B0644.html

Grooming Your Horse

Grooming a horse is one of the most fundamental ways in which you can keep your horse happy and healthy.
Grooming a horse is one of the most fundamental ways in which you can keep your horse happy and healthy.

Grooming a horse is one of the most fundamental ways in which you can keep your horse happy and healthy. There are so many benefits to grooming your horse, from an aesthetic point of view, to making sure your horse is comfortable, as well as for a bonding experience. Our handy how to guide will explain why and how to groom a horse.

Why Should You Groom A Horse?

Grooming horses has many benefits;

  • It keeps them clean and is a good chance to remove any dirt or dust they may have picked up.
  • A bonding experience. It will instil a level of trust in both you and your horse, and can provide an excellent outlet for getting to know your horses’ nature and temperament when you’re not riding them.
  • Understand your horses’ coat, and familiarises you with the texture, density and whether there are any changes in the skin, or coat.
  • Keep a health check. A horses temperature is a good indicator on their health, and a proper groom will allow you to keep an eye on any warm spots that could be injured muscles, or worse. You are also close to their eyes, nose and mouth and will be able to spot any abnormalities.
  • Check on their hooves and shoes. From dirt to stones, and even things like glass, you’d be surprised at what your horses’ hoof can pick up. Grooming can minimise any lasting damage to your horses’ hooves.
There are many brushes that will help in grooming your horse, from dandy brushes; a stiff bristled brush, to body brushes that are made from softer bristles, and more.
There are many brushes that will help in grooming your horse, from dandy brushes; a stiff bristled brush, to body brushes that are made from softer bristles, and more.

Tools You Need To Groom A Horse

  • Water. This is an obvious one, but a bucket of water will help to clean your horse, particularly their hooves when they are caked in mud or dirt.
  • Brushes. There are many brushes that will help in grooming your horse, from dandy brushes; a stiff bristled brush, to body brushes that are made from softer bristles, and more.
  • Hoof pick. A hoof pick is a handy tool to carefully remove and debris or foreign objects from your horses’ hooves.
  • Mane Combs. There are many different styles of mane combs, but plastic is a great choice due to its’ sturdy nature and it’s less likely to break the hairs.
  • Shampoos and products. There are many different types of horse shampoos, conditioners and detangles for their manes. Ensure you use one that is recommended for your horse; often human shampoos are irritating and can leave leftover residue.
  • Towels. A towel can not only wick away excess moisture but can help remove any marks and gives the coat a nice shine after brushing.

How To Groom Your Horse

First thing’s first, when grooming a horse you need to ensure that the animal is both comfortable, and secure. You’ll be getting quite close to your horse at certain points of the grooming process, and ensuring they are securely fastened to somewhere will make your life easier. If your horse spooks easily however, makes sure that whatever is securing them has a breakaway, otherwise they may injure themselves, and you, in the process. If you have multiple horses, use different equipment so as not to cross contaminate.

  • Use a damp cloth or sponge to spot clean their coat, mane and tail
  • Loosen any big pieces of dirt with a curry comb
  • Use a dandy brush to remove the broken dirt
  • Use a soft brush to soften and smooth out hair
  • Brush out the mane and tail. You can always plait their tail. We wrote a handy guide on this here.