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We started the Balmoral Equestrian business with a vision to provide quality horse products and gifts to people who are like us. We both have horses and love nothing more than being at the yard doing the chores and schooling or riding out. We compete in show jumping and dressage, we also go on fun rides and generally like being out in the countryside on our horses.
We like to have nice things for the horses of course, but increasingly, we have had an eye on where the products are coming from and how they are produced. We only work with local and UK manufactures to help us provide the best products and gifts for your horse.
We have spent a long time working with our suppliers to ensure they have the same values as we do, all of our products have a sustainable and organic process in their manufacturing, as well as being made with minimal impact on the environment. We only use UK manufactures and our packaging is sourced from environmentally friendly sources. Please feel free to ask us about our recycling processes and the ingredients that are in our horse products.
Our products have been carefully made using only natural ingredients, our packaging is completely recycled and all products are made in the UK
We are both professional people with a real passion for horses, the well being of our horses and our customers horses is very important to us. We are based in Worcestershire and we are regularly competing at local events and riding around the hills and lanes at any opportunity. We have Warmblood horses and they are great fun to be around. Felicity was born in the saddle and is very experienced in all aspects of equine care and management and Nigel is a competent and able rider and loves being around horses and can often be heard having conversations with them about anything and everything.
We believe in sourcing our products from local suppliers who share the same vision as us. We will only use recycled packaging for our products and all our products are ethically produced. We always test them ourselves before we offer them for sale. All our products are manufactured in the UK with care and thought towards the environment. Our services are carried out with passion and a respect towards our surroundings. We feel it is vital to respect the countryside, and treat it properly, as we get so much back in return.
We are very happy with our range of horse products and gifts and we will also arrange for yard visits to demonstrate our range. If you would like to have a yard visit please get in touch and we will happily attend and either wash and groom a horse, OR do some tack cleaning using our lovely products. We can discuss how the products work and answer any questions about the ingredients and how to get the best from them. We will also bring along some drinks and snacks ! There is no charge for us to come out to your premises and we are fully insured to be there.
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We believe in using natural products that are only made in the UK, this is to help reduce our carbon hoof print, and support local business where possible, our relationships with our partners is very important to us and we like to be involved in new products to see what actually goes in to them. We are very careful how we pack our products when we post them, and use as little as possible, this is not a cost saving exercise but we are trying to help the environment and reduce the amount of waste created by over packing items. Everything is made in the UK and we manufacture our products in Worcestershire.
We are members of the Guild of Leather Craftsmen. It is important for us to be recognised as members of the guild. It shows our commitment to fully understanding our products and their benefits to our customers. I attend regular training courses and seminars to ensure i am fully aware of developments in the equine industry.
Can you use human shampoo on horses?
Yes you can, but horse shampoo is specifically manufactured to the correct PH balance. Human PH is 5 and horse PH is 7. Human shampoo can remove the oils in your horses coat that are naturally produced. Balmoral shampoos and conditioners are specially designed for your horse and will rinse off your horse better than human shampoo, so much better if your horse has sensitive skin.
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"What is the best way to actually look after your leather horse riding equipment?" is a question I get asked a lot. The answer is not always that straightforward as it depends how often you ride, how old is your tack? The first thing to remember is you do need to have a cleaning programme with your leather tack in order to protect it, get the most out of it, make sure it is comfortable for you and your horse. Also, inspecting your tack regularly allows you to spot any problems before they get too bad....splitting leather is a problem waiting to happen. Especially on stirrup leathers and bridles.
Tack cleaning - after each ride it is a good idea to wipe down your tack and remove any sweat, dirt, grease and saliva...Use the Balmoral everyday cleaner, its a solution of water based plant and citrus based cleaner in a pump spray..a couple of squirts and a wipe down will hep prevent the build of a dirt.
Remove saddle cloth - Always a good idea to remove your saddle cloth before storing your saddle, heat will continue to transfer from your cloth, sweat is the enemy of leather as it is very corrosive as it dries.
Conditioning leather - Once a month it is a good idea to apply a conditioner to your saddle to help provide a layer of protection and help feed the leather to prolong its life, keeping the leather soft and supple and it makes cleaning the leather easier.
Full grain leather is the best leather you can get, most saddles and bridles are made with this leather and you need to look after it whether it is old or new. The leather is a skin of course and like all skins, it has a PH level that you need to be aware of. Leather has a PH of between 4.5 and 5,5 which puts it in the alkaline range.
Cleaning leather with the wrong products can affect the PH and ultimately create a problem. Any products that are chemical based tend to be in the acidic range, therefore using products like this will have a negative effect on the leather. You need to use PH neutral products where possible.
All our leather care products are PH neutral and are manufactured specifically for full grain leather used in horse riding tack.
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