The Joint Administrators and their agents Hilco Capital continue to trade the stores of Countrywide Farmers PLC following our appointment on 7th March 2018. Store performance is reviewed weekly but given the strong trading performance to date the majority of stores will be trading into May which has created an opportunity to seek further going concern sales where available.

Interest in the stores has been strong and we continue to receive interest and offers for a number of stores on a going concern basis. The aim is to conclude these transactions as soon as possible. To date 8 stores have been sold to Wynnstay (Agricultural Supplies) Limited on 30 April 2018 and details of those stores are included on https://www.countrywidefarmers.co.uk/t/store-updates.

There are 11 leasehold stores where progressing going concern offers is proving challenging (either because no acceptable offer has been received, the structure of certain offers or from a deliverability perspective). In-order for all stores to have every opportunity to be sold as a going concern we would like to invite going concern offers on the following stores;

1. Ashbourne, 2. Launceston – B2B, 3. Ludlow – B2B, 4. Penzance – B2B, 5. Liphook, 6. Evesham, 7. Twyford, 8. Witney, 9. Gower, 10. Tavistock, 11. Chepstow

Lease premium interest has also been received with interested parties seeking an alternative use for some of the stores.

For interest in the stores on a going concern basis please e-mail your interest to [email protected] or call 07740894721.

For interest in the freehold properties ('property only' interest) please contact Adam Heath at [email protected]

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.