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Happy new year to Trelawne Equine customers, and to Primrose Hill’s social media friends and followers!

1 Jan

Trelawne Equine would like to wish all of its customers and friends a very Happy New Year – it has been a brilliant year for barefoot horse keeping, with many more owners taking this form of management on board. We are thrilled with the level of awareness and also the media coverage we have helped to gain in the last few years on the subject of barefoot hoofcare. Please keep spreading the word about the benefits of barefoot in 2013! Primrose has loved sharing her social pages with you in 2012, and we look forward to many more friends and followers joining us and sharing the love as this year progresses.

Much love, Lucy Nicholas and the team, and Primrose Hill x

Cal’s story……

3 Dec

My pal Cal is a recent convert to hoof boots – her Mum Laura Pyke looked to hoof boots when Cal was recuperating after laminitis. Here is their story -

“Cal’s laminitis was caused from the concussion of having horse shoes nailed into her feet. With my vet and farrier’s support as we rehabilitated her, I was thrilled to be invited to test some Easyboot wide fit ‘Glove’ hoof boot, which are slightly wider than long.

After discussing my aims for the mare’s rehab, Lucy Nicholas of Trelawne Equine recommended the Glove, as it sits below the hairline, is lightweight, and should fit well.

Lucy knew I had a yard full of horses, so suggested using a fit kit, which includes various boot ‘shells’. The kit arrived, I watched the fitting videos online, and I ascertained the size required.

The next day, I popped her Gloves on and led Cal up the lane the short distance to the lunge arena. She was careful, but eager to move. With each day, she seemed a little happier. We started road walks in hand, only up the road and back, but she was always flowing on better as we returned to the yard. The odd days I led her on the road barefoot, she was noticeably more wary and heading for the grass verges.

The boots have made a big change to her outlook. I began leading her out with company to see if she could keep up, which she did; we’ve been long-reining solo and in company for three-to-four weeks now, increasing the distance, frequency and pace each week. She’s taking on hills and bridleways with a very positive attitude.

We’re just beginning to start lunging again, on grass which she can do barefoot and still show me her big, elastic Arabian trot. She is turned out a little each day, initially with her boots on. Her Gloves haven’t caused any rubs, even on her sensitive white foot, although they have been wet for almost every use.

Hoof boots have helped Cal’s feet and her mind get over the laminitis.

The Easyboot wide fit ‘glove’ hoof boot offers a seamless fit and hugs the hoof; it responds like a natural foot and is flexible and tough, giving the horse added traction and protection to the sole, while allowing a free stride and breakover. RRP is around £68.50 per individual boot. The Wide Glove is available in seven sizes, including half sizes, to buy or hire. Contact Trelawne Equine to locate your nearest stockist on 0844 2578585 or visit www.trelawneequine.co.uk.

WIN Back Country Boots with Showing World magazine

28 Oct










In Showing World magazine this month, four lucky readers will each receive a pair of Back Country Boots from Trelawne Equine. If you receive a copy of the mag, why not enter?! The Back Country Boots are fit for barefoot beauty queens everywhere!


Primrose’s ode to Mum – the accident prone horse!

26 Mar

Ode to Mum, by Primose Hill

I seem to be quite accident prone. Mum worries if I’ll make it home!

First my feet were pretty sore, and then I hurt my neck some more.

12 stitches, count ‘em, in and out. I must have given it a clout!

But earlier this month, this I surpassed. I saw a log and ran straight past!

Off the path I did traverse, and Mum, in hand, was heard to curse.

I headed off in complete fear, Mum’s shouts a-ringing in my ear.

My little bolt went with no hitch, until, quelle horreur, I spied a ditch!

Too late to stop, I did bascule, over the brambles, looking a fool.

I landed with a mighty plop; Mum said at least it made me stop.

But I had landed on my nose; quite silly now, I do suppose.

I had a rest after my disaster, then Mum was armed with sticky plaster.

I was embarrased to be seen – a plaster on a beauty queen?

But she made me feel well everywhere. Thanks Mum, and I will take more care!!



VOTE PRIMROSE! http://www. equestrian social media awards.com /voting – the Equestrian Social Media Awards

18 Jan

Wooppee, I am a finalist in the Equestrian Social Media Awards. There were 8,137 nominations so I am thrilled! My category is Talking Horse.

VOTE PRIMROSE! http://www.equestriansocialmediaawards.com/voting

Please vote for me – all the support I have from my friends also helps to raise awareness of the important issue of barefoot hoofcare. We are passionate about it and are gradually helping more and more horses become healthier and happier through education of barefoot care for equines.

Thanks so much!

Prim x


Primrose Hill meets a pirate

16 Nov

Well, what a week it has been.

I must say, my beautiful nose has rather been put out of joint by the arrival of a new equine. I thought I was the apple of my family’s eye and now there’s another arrival in MY field! The pony has been given the job of looking after my Small Person, who used to take me to the forest, see picture below; I have been assured that said small person still loves me though!

Jiggy is sort of Patchy looking, rather like a mutant cow I suppose; he is not as small as little Truffles, and is around 13hh; that’s small enough for me to boss around, surely? Jiggy is a Dartmoor Pony, which means he must have some super exciting stories to tell. He is surely a real adventurer – descended directly from native travellers that roam our great land, scavenging and moving from place to place. He is a pirate!! Whereas I am a rather more refined princess whose ancestors lived many miles away in the hot Arabian Peninsula.



Jiggy’s lucky to have found a nice home with us. I am tolerating him at the moment, but I may just learn to love him…….

Is Jessie J more glam than Primrose Hill? Prim shares her latest blog

6 Oct

Jessie J with her bandaged foot. Who’s more glam?

Well, what a crazy few weeks it has been, and apologies for not making it to my blog much. It has been hard to type, what with my pawly hoof and dressings on it!
My troubles all started with a little spot on the underside of my front hoof that was an abscess just waiting to splurge out. I didn’t mind as I got to wear my lovely hoof boots – just like wearing your slippers! I had a poultice on to draw out the gunky stuff, which appeared by my frog at the heel, and it was fun to watch Mum change the gross dressings!
But then one night while I was supposed to be resting, some crazy deer ran into our field. The alpacas’ eyes nearly popped out, they were so affronted, and Darius and I decided to scoot around the field chasing the deer in a fun game of tag. Oops…. in all the excitement, I not only lost my boots, but also twanged my tendon a little bit. I was trying to impress the silly deer and look where it got me!
Mum tried some fancy magnetic boots to help my poorly leg, which was a worry – would I get stuck to metal feed bins and gates, I wondered? But no, apart from getting a bit hot in them, it was fine.
But just when I thought I was back to being a glamourpuss again, I went back to being a yuckypuss, as that nasty abscess splurged out some more goo in a different place. Same foot! Honestly, it hard looking glamorous when you have bandaged feet! (Although Jessie J manages it).
Fortunately it is all better now and I am Back To Work. I can’t eek out not working any longer, so Mum has started walking me again. It is so exciiiittttttiiiinnng to be out and about again, and feeling better. I have so much energy! Luckily Mum is taking it slowly as if she’d just jumped on me, I think I may have a had a leetle bounce about!
Anyway, Mum says the most important piece of advice she can take from my escapades is that you must know your own horse… you should really know what leg bumps are there normally, so you know when fresh ones pop up. And if your horse is a little slow when you ride it, or is just feeling a bit off colour, if you are in tune with your horse’s normal demeanour, you will know if there’s something wrong. Don’t forget, while some of us can type, we can’t actually talk and tell you what’s wrong!


Primrose Hill’s ode to the RX therapy boot – the ideal therapy boot for horses that need relief from laminitis

8 Aug

Horse Deals mag has a lovely piece about the Easyboot RX therapy boot, and its uses to help laminitics, in the July issue. If you don’t know about the RX boot, here’s the deal!

The RX boot’s for therapy;

It gives relief, but isn’t heav-ee.

Laminitis, chronically lame?

The RX will help you heal again.

Feet too sore to stand on hard ground?

The RX helps you become sound.

Protects the hoof, fatigue reduced…

Gives travel protection a real boost!

If therapy boots will help you fare,

Choose the RX, from EasyCare.


The RX key points-

  • Lightweight sole – no sharp seams or edges
  • Three air vents provide air circulation to keep the hoof cool
  • Not intended for riding, but can be used for light turnout

Available in 8 sizes: (00-7). Sold Individually. RRP: £48.99. Size guide available.

www.trelawneequine.co.uk is the UK’s dedicated distributor of the Easycare range of barefoot horse boots, which includes Old Mac’s boots and Boa Hoof Boots. In addition to the Easycare range, Trelawne Equine also stocks other carefully selected products, including the Rider’s Rasp.

Contact Trelawne Equine to locate your nearest stockist. Tel: 0844 2578585, email: sales@trelawneequine.co.uk

ARE YOU FEELING LUCKY? Absolute Horse mag offers two pairs of Trail boots up for grabs.

6 Aug

Well, you wait for ages for a great competition to come along, and then two arrive at the same time! You have less than a month to win a pair of Trail boots for barefoot horses with Absolute Horse mag, available from good East Anglian retailers – enter today and keep those tootsies crossed for luck!

Win! A pair of Trail boots

 Two lucky readers will each receive a pair of EasyCare Trail hoof boots for barefoot horses, worth up to £130 per pair. The simple design appeals to those that enjoy pleasure riding, hacking, endurance, sponsored rides and carriage driving, up to 25 miles.

RRPs: Sizes 0 – 6: £54.99. Sizes 7 -10: £64.99.

For stockists, tel: 0844 257 8585. Web: www.trelawneequine.co.uk

Email: advice@trelawneequine.co.uk. Like us at: facebook.com/TrelawneEquine

Enter using the entry form on pg 56 of the magazine, or visit www.ahmagazine.com and click on ‘competitions’, entering the code AHM858. Good luck! Entries close 31/8/2011.

Is your Fabulous Hoofcare Artistry Remodelling Technician doing a good job? Find out more in Absolute Horse

4 Aug

My Mum, Lucy Nicholas of Trelawne Equine, has written a feature in the Aug issue of Absolute Horse magazine, available in East Anglia. The mag has an alternative horsecare section and Mum was asked to share her thoughts about barefoot hoofcare – although it is safe to say that the magazine has some firm views about just WHO should tend to horses’ feet. Apparantly there are some trimmers in East Anglia that are giving barefoot hoofcare a bad name. *Sigh!*.

(I am told by knowledgeable Darius that there are ‘bad eggs’ in all professions…)

Mum of course supports the magazine’s view that some farriers can provide suitable trims for barefoot horses. For us, it is about working with a hoofcare professional, whatever their job title, that understands the horse and its needs - like my very own Fabulous Hoofcare Artistry Remodelling Technician, who keeps my tootsies looking fabulous; befitting of a barefoot beauty queen.

Anyway, here’s Mum’s feature – hope you like it…


A growing body of scientific and veterinary evidence shows the benefits of keeping equines barefoot.

What is barefoot?

Barefoot describes a horse or pony that is able to perform anything the owner would like to do, without permanent hoof protection.

What do the experts say?

“Why not try leaving your animal in its natural state, and simply fit hoof boots when you want to train or exercise? Your horse’s hooves will expand and contract as nature intended.” RF(BngC), MF(IMFA), CE-F qualified Farrier Mike Chawke

The barefoot horse thrives on…

•           Regular trimming by an experienced practitioner

•           A good diet based on food the horse’s body evolved to thrive on

•           Exercise, including natural movement in the field and little confinement

Remember, your horse’s feet aren’t just your farrier’s responsibility! It is important that owners recognise the basics of a balanced hoof. Do research barefoot hoofcare extensively if you are interested in moving to a barefoot regime, so you can provide the diet and management essential to successful barefoot horse care.

When to boot?

Hoof boots help protect the hoof when transitioning from shod to bare, and also boost the hoof’s shock absorption properties on hard surfaces. With correctly fitted hoof boots, horses can still perform normally, including galloping and jumping.

If we are working our barefoot horse above a walk on unforgiving surfaces, there will be elements of concussion, and hoof boots reduce this; comfort pads may also be used within barefoot boots for extra cushioning. Pads help prevent peripheral loading, which occurs on any flat surface (whether the horse is shod or barefoot) and compromises blood flow.

It is vital if you are using a hoof boot that it closely fits the horse’s foot size and shape. Each style of boot suits a slightly different foot shape, governed by hoof measurements, hence it is important to measure each hoof separately.

A close-fitting boot will help to ensure the most natural break over (e.g. how quickly the horse completes a step), and will help prevent tripping. 

If your barefoot horse needs boots constantly to cope with his workload, his dietary requirements and management regime should be addressed. Hoof boots are commonly used to boost the hooves’ shock absorption properties on hard surfaces, or when transitioning from shod to bare.

In-depth information for measuring barefoot horses can be found at: www.trelawneequine.co.uk



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