Did you know that the team at Sundown have been manufacturing horse bedding for over 40 years!
How things have changed!
Back in the day this was the norm:-
- Most turnout rugs were made of heavy green canvas – if you were lucky they had cross-surcingles rather than just rear leg straps to keep them in place, but either way it felt like a lifetime waiting for them to dry.
- Jute rugs could be found in every tackroom — itchy-looking things made from a sack-like fabric, held on by roller.
- The only 4x4s you saw were Land Rovers, driven by actual farmers.
- Only top professional riders owned (or had access to) a lorry.
- You could ride down country lanes while rarely seeing a car.
- There was no such thing as air jackets. Body protectors were typically a piece of foam held in place with an elasticated belt, which was then replaced by something that more closely resembled those we have today, but with a rather fetching ‘nappy’ attachment that went between your legs before fastening at the front.
- The most popular colour for jodhpurs was beige or black. Anything else was viewed as dangerously exotic.
- You bought your riding gear by sending off a form cut out of the back of a horse magazine/catalogue, with a postal order.
- String or leather girths were the norm. If you turned up at Pony Club with a soft padded cotton girth from Cottage Craft then you were definitely ahead of the curve.
- Showjumping seemed as big as football or rugby, regularly shown on TV (back when it only had three channels) and drew huge crowds – David Broome and Harvey Smith were national heroes.
- Puffa jackets (see above) were the height of equestrian fashion – especially the ones with the candy cane stripes.
Thank you H&H for sharing these memories!