12 things Emily King can’t live without

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  • From “awesome” blue-tinted silver stirrups to stable flooring that feels like “natural turf”, Emily Bevan finds out which 12 bits of kit eventer Emily King simply couldn’t manage without…

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    1. Jin Stirrups

    Emily says: “These stirrups are made from aluminium so they are super lightweight but strong and have really grippy treads. I have a silver and blue-tinted silver (which are awesome) pair but you can get them in all sorts of colours to match your cross-country kit.”

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    2. Marksway HorseHage Blue High Fibre

    Emily says: “We feed all the horses this as it’s dust-free, has the correct sugar and starch content and is not too rich so we can ad-lib as much as we want. The bales are also a really handy size so we can stick one in the lorry and take it away to shows.”

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    3. Bucas Power Turnout rugs

    Emily says: “These rugs fit so well that we turn the horses out in them all winter. They are cut really well around the chest so they don’t slip or rub. They also have a ‘stay dry’ lining which means the horses never get damp or clammy and that helps keeps their skin healthier.”

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    4. Baileys Horse Feeds

    Emily says: “Event horses can be tricky to feed, particularly over the winter when you need to maintain their condition, but Baileys have a wide variety of feeds and supplements to suit all types of horses. Their feeds contain all the nutrients horses need without using artificial ingredients.”

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    5. Veredus Carbon Gel Vento Safe The Sheep Horse tendon boots

    Emily says: “I have several pairs of these boots and they are great as they have a carbon fibre base so they are very light. They give the maximum support and protection without disturbing the joints and we use them at home as well as in competition. It doesn’t matter whether a horse’s legs are clipped or if a horse has sensitive skin, they never slip or cause rubbing. Their cross-country boots are also to die for — I’d never leave the start box in anything else.”

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    6. Racesafe Provent 3.0 adult body protector

    Emily says: “This body protector is lightweight and not bulky, but extremely protective. It fits well and is comfortable. I’d never ride in anything else.”

    BUY NOW: Racesafe Provent 3.0 adult body protector from £209.65

    7. Ogilvy half pad jump

    Emily says: “Ogilvy are a Canadian company who make amazing half pads which have different thicknesses of memory foam in them. They are particularly useful if a horse has a funny shaped back. We use them on all our horses as they fit so well, stop the saddles moving and are also shock absorbing.”

    Price: £179.95

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    8. Mitsubishi Shogun SWB SG2 Commercial

    Emily says: “I absolutely love my car — it’s smooth to drive, it tows well and has a big boot which fits all my kit in. The seats are comfortable and there is plenty of room to fit three people in the back even though it’s only a short wheelbase. It’s good on fuel too.”

    Price: from £27,450+VAT

    9. Equipe EK26 Special Carbon Jump Saddle Double Flap (brown)

    Emily says: “One of my most vital pieces of kit is my Equipe jumping saddle. It is so comfy I don’t think I could ride in anything else. It fits each horse amazingly well because it has memory foam panels which adapt to the horse’s back through a method of body heat. It also has a carbon tree so is very light.”

    Price: £3,900

    10. Equipe Soft Care saddle soap

    Emily says: “This is a fantastic cleansing and nourishing product for all Equipe tack. It makes saddles and bridles super shiny and conditions them beautifully.”

    Price: £17

    11. Stable Comfort

    Emily says: “Stable Comfort feels like natural turf. It’s an innovative, patented shock-absorbing mattress system which provides the ultimate surface for your horse’s comfort and well-being. I have it on all of my stable floors.”

    Price: from £600+VAT

    12. NedzBed Pro

    Emily says: “I love this bedding as it’s very absorbent but not too heavy. It’s made from oil seed rape straw and mixed with a unique organic formula so it’s natural and not dusty and the horses really like it. I use this on a Stable Comfort flooring to provide the ultimate care for my horses.”

    Price: £7-8 a bale

    Among other companies, Emily is sponsored by Mitsubishi and Baileys Horse Feeds

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