Taurus Footwear’s Sally Groome Offers Advice on Fitting Children’s Boots

Co-proprietor of Taurus Footwear Sally Groome offers some advice for fitting children’s jodhpur boots.

The right fit is key where children’s boots are concerned. Here are our top tips for ensuring fitting success –

  1. Pull the honeycomb elastic sides before putting them on, to stretch the elastic.
  2. Put the boots on when the child is seated and apply the boot toe first, with a twisting action.
  3. Feel down the back of the boot with your finger to make sure the child’s heel isn’t squashed and sits comfortably at the heel section of the boot.
  4. With your fingers, press down at the front end of the boot to check where the child’s big toe lies – it shouldn’t be touching the toe of the boot.
  5. Gently try to pull the boot off – it shouldn’t easily come off – if it does, it may be too big.
  6. Check that the outside ankle bone isn’t rubbing on the outside of the boot – this could indicate a boot that is too small.
  7. Check that the widest part of the foot is in the widest part of the shoe.
  8. Ask the child to walk in the boots to ensure they’re comfortable and don’t slip off.

Taurus Footwear has a range of boots suitable for young equestrians including the Hampton Boot in all three colours, The Classic and Navy Mucker Boots and our comfy Suede Chaps and smart Leather Gaiters for children.

Visit www.taurusfootwear.co.uk or call 01328 851432 for more info 

What to Wear Out Hunting this Season!

The autumn and winter months bring with them the joy of drag hunting with our equines for many a horseman. This traditional discipline has diversified since 2005 when the fox-hunting ban was put in place but the drag hunting option brings an excellent alternative offering many an exciting opportunity to their ride horses and ponies out with hounds, following a laid scent over a variety of terrain, including jumps all whilst enjoying the beautiful British countryside.

Drag hunting offers a great sense of solidarity between equestrians and other members of a countryside community alongside a partnership and harmony between horse and rider. Our equines think drag hunting is great fun but for some riders the etiquette rules and the dress code can put them off taking part in this exciting autumnal and winter equine activity.

In our latest blog Taurus Footwear aims to provide a simple, easy to understand guide to what to wear out hunting, with of course our suggestions of suitable footwear!

Attire varies according to three main variables—gender, colors, and cub hunting versus formal season.

During cub hunting season there is no real distinction in attire between members. Hacking jackets are worn by both ladies and gentlemen, preferably wool tweed or a linen material and in an earth tone color such as shades of brown or green. Shirts and blouses should be a pastel color and muted striping or subtle patterns are allowed. If a stock tie is worn, it should be colored and/or patterned but not a plain white or ecru formal stock.
Breeches may be beige, buff, rust, or canary. White breeches and dark colors, such as forest green or navy blue, are not correct. Brown boots are considered appropriate to match the tweed attire. Why not check out the Savannah Boot from Taurus Footwear in Brown?

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With the Cubbing season drawing to a close at the end of October we turn our attention to the formal Season.

Once formal season begins, more distinctions apply based on the member’s gender and whether or not he or she has been awarded colors.

All members of the field should wear a hunt-style helmet which is defined as a brimmed cap with a black velvet covering. Safety harnesses are recommended. The appropriate neck-wear during formal season is a white or cream stock tie secured with a gold pin which is worn with a black jacket unless you have been awarded colours and then a red jacket would be appropriate.

Gloves worn during formal season may be brown, either dark or lighter shades such as tan or buff, full leather.

Footwear must be black and a long boot is considered the best type of footwear in formal season.

The Lancer Boot from Taurus Footwear made from quality black full-grain calf leather and featuring elasticated front lacing and a covered elasticated rear panel for an improved fit is ideal for looking the part on the field.

The Dermo dry padded lining has a special anti-bacteria treatment, which absorbs humidity away from the skin and provides a fresh and dry touch. The non-slip rubber riding sole has been specifically designed for good grip in the stirrup, essential for when hunting.

LANCER BLACK

For those lady’s sporting a wider calf the Caballero from Taurus Footwear is a classic, hard-wearing, multi-discipline boot which is now, due to popular demand, available in two width fittings.

The Caballero is also made from quality black full-grain calf leather, and boasts a covered elasticated rear panel for improved fit. A high quality rear zip with rolled edges starts low down for ease of entry, with a elasticated top strap and press stud fastener.
The Caballero also provides the Dermo dry padded lining with the special anti-bacterial treatment which absorbs humidity away from the skin, and provides a fresh and dry touch while the beautiful leather achieves a high-shine.

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A range of equestrian and country lifestyle footwear is available from Taurus Footwear, including the Lancer, the Savanna and the Caballero suitable for the hunting field. Why not visit the website today to find out more at www.taurusfootwear.co.uk 

Taurus Rider Michaela Huntington Shares Invaluable Advice in Coping with ‘The Spook Factor!’

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Local show jumper and instructor, Michaela Huntington is sponsored by Taurus Footwear and in our latest blog she shares her advice for the rider when coping with a spooky horse at an indoor venue. Featured in EQ Life- to see the full feature- pick up a copy of the magazine today!

Michaela says…

“Indoor Arenas are less common in the current economic climate, with high building, lighting, maintenance and planning costs for the owners; not to mention exorbitant business rates. Centres have become much more focused on their new superb outdoor facilities which are being used eight or more months a year, after which they accept a virtual shut down over the worst months, leaving us with few and far between places to go in winter. Accordingly, our horses become less used to jumping indoors, and therefore can become more spooky, and less fluent in their jumping.”

Michaela’s Top Tips for Beating the Spook Factor for Indoor Show Jumping

  1. Where possible, try to replicate the objects of fear that your horse would be likely to react to – banners along the sides, pots of flowers, fillers, water trays, etc. Utilise what you have at home, eg. empty feed sacks, tarpaulin etc.
  2. A good tip is to improve your leg yielding skills, so that you are able to get the horse to move sideways off your leg in either direction, as it can be very helpful to prevent and block a spook that you feel is about to happen.
  3. Training on the flat will improve your ability to move forwards or sideways at will, and concentrate the mind-set of the horse on your instructions and his subsequent obedience, rather than his own free thoughts, which may run him into trouble! For example, if there is a scary banner on your right hand side, you should get left bend, so that the horse is not looking at the ‘monster’ on his right. Next, leg yield from left to right, so that you are still riding alongside the foe, where you want to be, but you are in control.
  4. Another option to think about would be sheepskin bridle additions which cover each cheek piece, slightly restricting the horse’s view to a more central line. These are quite legal in British Show Jumping providing they are not too thick; around 3cm is acceptable.
  5. Once again, we must follow the tried and tested methods of training and practice. Identify all possible indoor facilities within an acceptable radius, and attend clear round shows when possible, consider hiring arenas for you own or shared use, and maybe jumping at club nights even at lower levels until confidence has been built up.
  6. At a competition, it is a good idea to enter the ring as early as you can, and ride around the obstacles. You are given a 45 second countdown after the bell goes and before you go through the start, which – indoors – is longer than you think, and can be a real help in settling your horse.

Essex-based Michaela Huntington is sponsored by Norfolk-based Taurus Footwear, who produce competitively-priced, high-quality leather equestrian footwear for all ages, sizes and disciplines. Personal favourites of Michaela are the Lancer Long Boots for competing and the Colorado Boots for yard work. She also loves her Kentucky Jodhpur Boots for everyday riding at home! To see the full range available why not visit the website today at www.taurusfootwear.co.uk 

Taurus Rider Michaela Huntington; A Series of Successes!

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Taurus Footwear sponsored rider Michaela Huntington has been on fire in the competition ring recently. Her first event in a her series of successes saw the return of Drumhowan Cavalier, known as Zac, to the competition area. Reported by Horse & Hound Magazine Micheala took Zac to Arena UK to win the 95cm in the pair’s second show in two years. Micheala said “He was fat in the field with no shoes on, but it’s like he’s never been away.”

Michaela also added “We had a brilliant show Frankie my four year old jumped two double clears in his 4year old classes including the Grand Prix so was joint first!  Zac did three classes and won everyone including his Grand Prix!  Zena was equal first in two 6year old classes and came 13th in her Grand Prix.”

Well done Michaela from Team Taurus!

Michaela, show jumper, riding instructor and trainer wears Taurus Footwear at every equestrian occasion. She competes in her stunning, long black leather Lancer Boots, walks the course in her Holkham Country Boots and works on the yard at home in the functional Colorado Boots! To see the range available including the boots personally selected by Michaela Huntington visit the website www.taurusfootwear.co.uk 

Drumhowen Cavelier, Zac, Rejoins Taurus Rider Michaela Huntington’s String

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Taurus Footwear sponsored rider Show Jumper Michaela Huntington is pleased to announce that the fabulous piebald stallion Zac belonging to Andrea Pearman of the Jays Stud and Equestrian Centre in Sicklesmere, is back with her.

“A while back when Drumhowen Cavelier, or Zac, was here to do some show jumping, we had fabulous success together winning the Amateur Finals at Aintree and the BS Points League and had an amazing record of over 40 straight wins. He then returned home to continue his stud work and showing classes.

Andrea, his owner, now thinks he would rather enjoy another show jumping season and we are both delighted to be reunited. At the Hickstead for the All England Jumping Championships in September he amazed us all by winning three out of four classes, which had entry numbers up to 250 per class.”

Michaela will be competing Zac in her fabulously smart Taurus Footwear Lancer Boots. The stylish long boots are manufactured from quality black full-grain calf leather and feature an elasticated front lacing and covered elasticated rear panel for improved fit. The Lancer Boots are have dermo dry padded lining for added comfort and a rubber riding sole for perfect grip in the saddle when riders’ need it most!

To find out more about Michaela’s favourite competition boots; the Lancers and the wide range of other footwear such including others of Michaela’s top choices the Colorado and the Kentucky short boots visit the website www.taurusfootwear.co.uk 

Taurus Rider Jemima Gray’s Latest Installment from the British Eventing Field!

Jemima New Lancer Boots Sept 2014

Taurus Footwear supports event rider Jemima Gray who competes her two horses Foxy and Murphy in British Eventing. Taurus provides Jemima functional footwear for riding at home, walking the courses at events and of course, for looking smart at competitions!

In our latest blog Jemima updates us on her recent equestrian adventures including her brand new Taurus Lancer Boots!

Jemima says…

“After Barbury, Murphy and I headed to Homme House and our performance was much improved with a tense dressage mark of 35 but a lovely SJ round, just having the first fence down as we weren’t awake! He then stormed round the XC, picking up a few time faults as I wasn’t pushing him and felt really ill (due to recently diagnosed Coeliac Disease) and he had to look after me, what a saint!

Three days later we took Foxy to Aston le Walls for the 100u18. A nice test of 30.5 and a double clear inside the time for 4th meant that we qualified for Weston u18 Championships in the autumn as part of the Central team, I was thrilled!

Next stop was Milton Keynes with Murphy in the Novice. He started off with a lovely dressage test (even though we were in the arena directly after Izzy Taylor!) to put us in the top ten after the first phase. Warming up for the SJ he was a bit lazy and casual with his legs which is unlike him and I considered withdrawing (always go with your gut instinct!) but decided not to. Murph jumped an average round, picking up 8 faults which I was disappointed with as his show jumping’s improved recently and I wasn’t expecting that!
XC he felt reluctant to move forward, difficult to turn, very unwilling and dazed. We had two really unnecessary stops at easy fences, he just didn’t feel as if he was enjoying it, odd because normally he becomes completely overly excited in the start box!

I knew there was something wrong and when we got back to the lorry, Mum admitted that she tried a new type of calmer just before the dressage…. If I had known we wouldn’t have run. Very annoying as we were in a good position, but also relieved that there was a reason for his lack of performance and enthusiasm, hopefully he’ll be back to his usual self once it wears off!

My Mother is now keeping a very low profile…

After Milton Keynes we were supposed to run at Keysoe a week later, however I haven’t been coping with my Coeliac Disease at all well, and became really ill a few days before, although I was a lot better by the weekend, Mum withdrew me.

It was completely her decision and if it were up to me I would have gone without a second thought!  Unfortunately we were entered for the CIC* at Gatcombe, but the class had over 100 entries, meaning that the chances of us getting in were very slim so we have entered the Novice there instead, very disappointing but hopefully we will get lots more chances to run at a higher level next season!

I also wanted to take the opportunity to say thank you so much to Taurus for generously sending me some new Lancer Boots! The quality of the boots is outstanding and even after using my old boots for over a year, they still look brand new but it was great to have a sparkly new pair for the next season!”

To find out more about the wide range of equestrian and country living footwear supplied by Taurus Footwear, including the Lancer Boots worn by Jemima Gray, visit the website http://www.taurusfootwear.co.uk or Tel: 01328 851 432

 

Complete Your Yard Tasks Colorado Style!

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The Colorado Boots are a personal favourite of Taurus sponsored rider, show jumper and trainer Michaela Huntington.

The robust and generously fitting Colorado boot is made of water-resistant waxy, nubuck leather. The stylish and functional boot is fully lined in Cambrelle to enhance breathability whilst the boots also feature honeycomb elastic side panels allowing ease of fit and include two leather pull loops at the back of the boot.

The sturdy moulded rubber soles are designed for riding but are equally practical in the yard allowing horse riders to stay comfortable on their feet all day and save their long boots just for horse riding.

Offered in black or brown to suit any equestrian wardrobe and priced at £56.95 the Colorado boots are sure to last- whatever the weather brings!

For more details visit the website www.taurusfootwear.co.uk  

Taurus Sponsored Rider Michaela Huntington Shares Her Recent Equine Scare!

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In our latest blog we share with you an extract of recent article in EQ Life magazine where Taurus sponsored rider and local Show Jumper and trainer Michaela Huntington shares with us a disastrous real-life event highlighting the pitfalls of horses and her recent successes with her lovely chestnut mare Zena!

Michaela says…

“Life has a habit of catching you out when you least expect it. There you are, trundling along in your own little world, in your daily routine when the least expected pitfall can open up under your feet!

My home bred four year old, Frankie, now fully BS registered and proving the most delightful project you could wish for, with an immediate four double clears in British Novice and two in Discovery frightened the life out of himself and all his connections. In the lorry at the end of the day, he was first on board having finished his classes and had calmly eaten his haynet and waiting to leave. All three horses were now loaded and we were minutes away from closing the ramp and setting off for home. The next thing I knew there was a dreadful commotion with all three animals letting me know that something was very wrong. The youngster had managed to squeeze his whole head through the very small gap between the wall and the iron partition and was thoroughly wedged, completely unable to move and terrified.

I was so grateful to the wonderful people who ran to our aid at Codham Equestrian Centre, and was so fortunate Alex Fuller, a local vet just setting up his solo practice in our area was at the show and we were able to get the right drugs immediately into Frankie’s system. He so nearly could have died or at least had a broken jaw but it seems we have all been so lucky to be left with nerve damage and prolapsed muscles on the left hand side of his face, all of which should return to normal given time. I am now resigned to him missing his four-year old season after only just beginning but am grateful things are not a lot worse.

Zena’s success

My chestnut mare, Zena, has collected all her Newcomer double clears for next year and is now working on her Foxhunter classes. She is really settling into her work and I feel we are growing as a partnership.

Michaela, show jumper, riding instructor and trainer wears Taurus Footwear at every equestrian occasion. She competes in her stunning, long back leather Lancer Boots, walks the course in her Holkham Country Boots and works on the yard at home in the functional Colorado Boots! To see the range available including the boots personally selected by Michaela Huntington visit the website www.taurusfootwear.co.uk 

Caring for Nubuck and Suede Footwear

Special care needs to be taken in caring for both and suede and nubuck shoes.  Although no often we cannot see a visible difference between the two types of leather;  suede is in fact sanded on the inner layer of the skin and nubuck is sanded on the outer or exterior  skin. As a generalisation since the outside layer of a skin is tougher, nubuck tends to be harder wearing!

Firstly a good brush is a must for caring for Suede and Nubuck. The fine fibres you see standing up on suede & nubuck is referred to as the nap. A suede brush will keep the nap looking fresh and help remove dust and dirt that gets trapped within the nap. Regular brushing is an easy and an effective way to care for your shoes. For worn down nap, brush vigorously with the middle wire bristles then finish with the nylon bristles.  A suede brush can also be effective in removing some stains!

If brushing your boots does not remove the stains or marks on your footwear using a diluted universal footwear cleaner can provide the method to get rid of oil or grease stains. Remember do not wet the shoes excessively when using a cleaner but simply enough to spread the cleaner!

The best time to protect you suede or nubuck shoes is to waterproof them before you wear them and regularly during their lifetime . Taurus Footwear offers a selection of the widely exclaimed, top quality NikWax Products. Available direct from the Taurus online store are the Waterproofing Conditioner and the Waterproofing Wax! So why not get your boots prepared for the autumn months and the more unpredictable weather today?

Top Tips from Taurus on Waterproofing your Suede or Nubuck:

  • Once waterproofed try not to handle your Taurus Footwear too much as this can reduce effectiveness of the Nikwax product.
  • The waterproofing treatment needs to be used regularly, especially after becoming wet or after using a suede brush.
  • Make sure  your item of footwear is totally dry before applying the product.
  • Remember the waterproofing wax or conditioning will only prevent water and most liquid stains. It will not protect against scuffing so treat your boots kindly!

For more information about the range of footwear and leather conditioning and waterproofing products available from Taurus Footwear visit the website at www.taurusfootwear.co.uk 

 

Congratulations to Taurus Rider Michaela Huntington

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Team Taurus had a thrilling day attending The Longines Hickstead International to watch our sponsored rider Show Jumper Michaela Huntington compete in the Winter Novice Championships.

With fence heights of 1.25m and plenty of fierce competition the class made for exciting viewing. After jumping clear in her first round Michaela made it through to the jump off and completed her round in just 44.94 seconds with just one unlucky pole down resulting in her taking sixth place.

Michaela has only had her stunning mare Alegro Z, known at home as Zena for 9 months and we were very proud of them both at the event. Only the top two placed riders from any qualifying British Show Jumping event go forward to compete in this prestigious championship class at Hickstead highlighting not just the achievement of being part of the event and the top qualifying 25 riders but also putting in perspective the fantastic placing on the day.

Michaela, show jumper, riding instructor and trainer wears Taurus Footwear at every equestrian occasion. She competes in her stunning, long back leather Lancer Boots, walks the course in her Holkham Country Boots and works on the yard at home in the functional Colorado Boots! To see the range available including the boots personally selected by Michaela Huntington visit the website www.taurusfootwear.co.uk 

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