New Year Resolutions
It’s that time of year where many of us have made New Year resolutions, some of us may have already slipped and
how many made New Year resolutions for their horse?
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We have Saturday sales assistant positions available in our Aylesford store.
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Francis Whittington Win Terms and Conditions
Terms and conditions provided for the 'Win a Lesson with Francis Whittington' competition.
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Our Top 10 Winter Yard Hacks
With the evenings now dark, Winter is well and truly on its way. We thought we would share our top 10 yard hacks, to help you save precious time around the yard this winter.
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The clocks have turned back, the days are getting darker and Winter is just around the corner. This usually means a change in routine and management for your beloved pet. We have complied a list of helpful ideas to help you get through the dark nights ahead.
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Many animals find fireworks scary, the sudden loud noises and bright lights can be unnerving and startling. However, there are lots of simple things you can do to help your pet deal with fireworks, here we go through our top tips:
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Halloween stress free Tips
Do you feel like Halloween is a treat–or a trick–for your dog? With lots of scary masks, faces painted, strange costumes, and excited shouting children, it can be a very frightening time for your pet. With the constant opening and closing of the door to trick or treaters, it can be a confusing time for your dog and some may even try and bolt out of the door.
We’ve got some tips here on dealing with trick or treaters and making sure your evening is a treat for your pooch!
If your dog gets over-excited every time the doorbell rings and is getting worn out greeting each trick-or-treater, put them in a quiet room with a few toys until the rush is over.
Keep a supply of doggy treats on hand for your own pets and any four-legged trick-or-treaters who show up at your door. We have a great offer on Adventuros Nuggets and Strips, now just £0.85p.
It’s important to know that chocolate and other candy treats can be harmful to our canine friends, so make sure they have their own doggie-treats and keep the human treats out of reach.
Don’t leave your dog outdoors alone while trick-or-treaters are out and about. Accidents can happen, sweets can get dropped or gates not closed properly.
Top tip for next year!
If your dog likes to greet every doorbell ring with enthusiasm, it is a good idea to work with them before Halloween and have several family members ring the doorbell several times in a row so your dog can get used to the noise.
We hope your Halloween goes as smoothly as possible.
With Winter approaching it often brings a change in routine and management, horses are generally stabled more, with restricted winter grazing and may be ridden less due to the evenings drawing in.
Here at Lillico we understand the added pressure winter can bring not only in terms of routine and management, but also the additional cost of feed, forage and bedding.
We have therefore decided to give you a helping hand this winter with a fantastic in-store competition. We are giving 1 lucky Lillico shopper the chance to win one months worth of feed, forage and bedding.
Our Winter Win forage and bedding bundle includes:
4 bags of Saracen main range feed
4 bales of Hunter Shaving
4 bales of Kent Haylage
This fantastic bundle worth approx £100.00 is aimed to help get your winter off to a positive start.
We look forward to welcoming you in store where you can sign up and enter.
This is a competition for 1 person to win a Winter Win Bundle worth approx £100.00*. The bundle includes 4 bags of Saracen main range feed, 4 bales of Hunter Shaving and 4 bales of Kent Haylage.
-To enter you must sign up in store via the entry form.
-Everyone who has completed the entry form will be entered into a prize draw. Only one entry per person. The winner will be selected at random by an unbiased member of the marketing team.
-Entries close on Thursday 19th October 2017 at 7.30pm BST
-The Prize Draw will be on Friday 20th October 2017 where the winner will be selected at random. The winner will be announced on the Lillico Country Store Facebook page. The winner will also be contacted via Facebook or email. If the winner does not respond or doesn’t accept the prize within 20 days the prize will be forfeited and the prize may be redrawn at the discretion of the marketing team. No cash or other substitute will be given in the place of the prize. There is no purchase necessary to enter or win and any purchase from Lillico Country Store will not increase your chances of winning.
-Lillico Country Store reserves the right to cancel, suspend and/or modify this competition, or any part of it, at any given time. This is determined by and is at Lillico’s sole discretion.
-By participating, Entrants release Lillico’s from any and all liability for any claims, costs, injuries, losses or damages of any kind caused by their participation in this competition.
– Lillico’s are not responsible for any costs incurred by the winner
-Use of Winner’s Name, likeness, etc.: On entering this competition, the winner agrees and consents, without further authorisation, compensation or remuneration of any kind, the use of his/her name, photo, and/or likeness and answers submitted, in any and all advertising, promotion and other publicity conducted in any form or media and with no limits in time (including any time after this feature is no longer in effect).
*Products maybe substituted for products of equal value if required
To Clip or not Clip?
As we come to the end of September and Autumn begins, the nights start to draw in, which means we are coming to that time of year again – clipping season!
Our horses start to grow their thick winter coats, which is perfect for those that live outside to help protect them from the elements. But for those that continue with regular exercise, the winter coat can cause a nightmare, making your horse sweat heavily and us as owners, ensuring they dry off correctly so they don’t catch a chill.
Clipping your horse helps to minimise sweating and will enable him to dry and cool off more effectively and comfortably.
Horses are generally clipped during late September or October, but this depends on the amount of work you do with your horse and the breed, as some horses will grow thicker coats then others.
Types of Clips for your horse
There are many different clips you can do for your horse depending on their workload. Over recent years some people have got very creative and design fun patterns to help them really stand out from the crowd. If you have done a fun design, please share it with us, we would love to see them!
Full Clip - all the coat, including the legs, head and ears are removed. Used for horses in hard competition work with minimal turnout.
Hunter Clip - the majority of the coat is removed except for the saddle area and the legs. This clips provides protection from the saddle and warmth and protection to their legs.
Blanket Clip – as the name suggests, this clip leaves a blanket of coat, over the horses back and half way down his belly from the withers, the neck and half the head is removed but the leg hair remains. Ideal for those in medium work who are still turned out daily.
Chaser Clip – very similar to the blanket clip but also leaves the hair on the top half of the neck to provide additional warmth. Perfect for those in medium/light work who get turned out daily.
Bib Clip – removes the hair from the front of the neck and chest, sometimes the clip is continued under the belly to the girth position. Ideal for horses in very light work, who are turned out throughout the winter.
Careful management of your horse is required to ensure they are appropriately rugged once clipped to ensure that they do not get cold, especially if your horse has a full clip, as the horse will have no protection from the cold, rain or mud.
Before you clip your horse, consider the following things:
Will your horse be stabled or live out?
Will your horse have any turnout over winter
What work will your horse be doing?
Does your horse sweat when you ride him?
Do you have suitable rugs already to protect your horse or will you have to buy them?
Has your horse been clipped before? Does he need to build confidence?
Preparing your Clippers:
Your clippers should be in full working order, we also recommend that they are serviced yearly.
Check the cables, blades and tensioning before clipping.
Your clipper blades need to be sharp and clean, blunt blades can make clipping slow and uncomfortable for your horse.
Have clipper oil and brush at the ready to clean your clippers and blades whilst clipping.
Have a circuit breaker attached to the clippers for safety.
Have a spare set of blades, just encase!
Make sure your clippers and blades are oiled before starting to clip.
Preparing your Horse:
Your horse should be clean and dry – it is a good idea to bath your horse the day before you intend to clip.
If your horse tends to fidget, tying a haynet up may help to entertain them.
Ensure you have a well lit area to clip in which is undercover and out of the wind.
Some people like to mark out their desired clip with chalk, to save time and prevent mistakes.
Use a tail bandage and band the mane to ensure you do not accidentally catch them with the clippers.
Have a grooming brush to hand to brush away stray cut hairs.
Have a clean rug ready to put on your horse once your clip is complete. If giving your horse a full clip or hunter clip you may want to clip one half of his body and cover him up while you clip the other half, this will prevent him catching a chill.
We have a great range of shampoo's in store suitable to use to prepare your horse for clipping, along with a fantastic selection of rugs. From lightweight rugs through to heavyweights for both the stable and the field. We look forward to welcoming you in store.