What our products expert is buying in the Black Friday sales

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  • Black Friday has arrived! OK, it’s not the official day yet – that’s tomorrow (Friday, 25 November) – but with so many sales already in full flow, it really feels like it’s here. We’re waiting on a few more sales to drop in the coming days, but the overwhelming majority that haven’t yet launched are set to go live tomorrow morning. We have the inside scoop on most of what’s to come and will be sorting through all the discounts on the day, so be sure to keep coming back to our Black Friday equestrian sales page over the weekend to make sure you get the best deals.

    In addition to finding the best deals for you, the team at Horse & Hound have all been doing a little shopping for themselves, too, of course. We’ve been looking to treat ourselves, our horses, and get some Christmas shopping done – and I can confirm there are quite a few items already in the post on their way to us.

    My friends call me a “professional shopper” as I haven’t really done anything but watch the sale launches for the last few weeks – yes, I know I have a great job. There are plenty of things that have caught my eye, but if I bought every single one I’d be going very hungry next month – my horse wouldn’t, obviously, we equestrians all know that’s how this works. So I’ve picked out a few of my favourite deals below and if I can’t have them all, then I think it’s only fair that you can!

    My favourite Black Friday deals

    Black Friday Buff

    Last year the first item I bought was a merino wool Buff from Amazon, which is a great buy (or gift) for anyone who enjoys spending time outdoors, whether they are horsey or not. I got 45% off and I appreciate it every day, so I’m going to recommend it again. This year you can get the same one for just £1 more (43% off), which I think considering inflation and the cost of living is still a great price, plus it’s a bigger discount than going to Buff direct. There are so many weights and styles to choose from – starting at just £6.99 – and you can find all the Buff Black Friday deals here.

    Rider using phone with gloves on

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    With the colder weather really setting in, I’ve decided it’s time to get some new waterproof gloves to wear at the yard. Good deals on winter items are hard to find because they’re essential buys at this time of year, but I have found one deal so that I think is worth it.

    The Dublin Thinsulate Synthetic Leather Waterproof riding gloves (RRP £36.99) are in the Equus Black Friday sale for £25.34, which saves you 31%. They’re made from a faux leather but have a Thinsulate waterproof lining to help keep your hands warm and dry. The extended cuffs help prevent water getting in and heat getting out – and, best of all, the fingers are touchscreen compatible.

    Dublin Thinsulate Synthetic Leather Waterproof Riding Gloves: Save 31%
    It’s hard to find a deal on winter gloves at this time of year, so 31% off is a big one. Plus they have lots of great features, including a Thinsulate lining and being touchscreen compatible.

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    Heated blanket and control

    OK, this next one isn’t strictly horsey – but I firmly believe that a heated throw is a great buy for any equestrian. I have one and when I come back from the yard in the evening I can’t wait to get on the sofa and turn it on. I can also recommend a heated throw if you work at home as they are much cheaper to run than having the heating on. I’ve found one that’s just £19.99 on Amazon, but I expect heated throws will be a really popular buy this Black Friday and there are loads to choose from, so you can find the perfect colour and size.

    Sherpa Fleece Heated Throw: Save 20% on Amazon
    There are loads of discounts on heated throws out there at the moment, but this one comes in at under £20.

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    Horse & Hound’s Alex Robinson tested the WeatherBeeta Green-Tec on her pony and rated it H&H Approved

    If you’ve read our round-up of the best Black Friday deals for equestrians, you’ll have seen I picked out this deal early on. I don’t need any new turnout rugs this year, but if my friends at the yard were to ask for a recommendation, I’d be suggesting the WeatherBeeta Green-Tec, which comes in 50g, 220g or 360g. My colleague had this rug on test (read her WeatherBeeta Green-Tec turnout review here) and said it was “one of the best rugs she’d ever owned”.

    When these rugs were launched, the 50g had an RRP of £154.99 and three retailers (Viovet, Equus and Ride-Away) have all weights on sale for £89.99, £99.99 and £109.99 respectively. This is great if your preferred retailer sells out in your desired size – and you’ll reach the free delivery threshold with all three. However, I would suggest checking the stock at Ride-Away first because if you use the code ‘WEATHER10’ you’ll get yourself an extra 10% off.

    Turnout rugs aren’t a fashion item – yes it’s great if they look nice, but the function is far more important. It doesn’t matter that this rug was released last year – in fact, it means you get a better price. Plus, WeatherBeeta have a great reputation for designing rugs with technical features – and this one is even made of recycled plastic bottles.

    WeatherBeeta Green-Tec turnouts
    Find big discounts on all weights of the WeatherBeeta Green-Tec turnouts. Check Ride-Away, Viovet and Equus for your size. There are similar deals at all three, but you’ll get an extra 10% off at Ride-Away if you use ‘WEATHER10’.

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    Finally, I wouldn’t be doing the team justice if I didn’t mention the epic discount we have on our subscriptions. We’re offering up to 50% off our print and digital subscriptions, which is our biggest discount all year – you really won’t beat this one. You can also gift unlimited access to the H&H website. I can think of many people who would appreciate this as Christmas gift, and I’m sure you can, too. Treat yourself or a loved one – that’s what I think Black Friday is all about!

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