with the Lite-Lift fork
Set To Revolutionise The Equestrian World!
is a revolutionary new shavings fork specifically designed
to dramatically reduce the strain of mucking out horse stables
invention of horsewoman and animal sanctuary owner, Tish Fearn,
the Lite-Lift is manufactured from polypropylene and aluminium
and is extremely tough and durable, yet is so light it can
be balanced on just one finger! It incorporates a fully adjustable
handle making it suitable for both short and tall individuals
and can be adapted to the user's own personal requirements.
born without a left hand, I found the task of mucking out particularly
arduous and when I started to suffer from debilitating tendonitis
I knew I had to take action," explains Tish.
in conjunction with Sheffield Hallam University, Tish and her team
began using the prototype Lite-Lift in numerous field trails and
were amazed with the results. Mucking out took half the time and
Tish's tendonitis showed signs of improvement within a few weeks.
out is a back breaking task at the best of times and traditional
shavings forks are very heavy and cumbersome which only adds to
the strain on backs, necks and arms. I would urge people to try
the Lite-Lift and experience for themselves the huge difference
it can make," concludes Tish.
Lite-Lift shavings fork goes on sale from 18th September and will
be available from all major stockists. The product is also available
via mail order, Tel: 01937 541555 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
All trade enquiries to Battle Hayward and Bower Limited, Tel: 01522
Eases The Strain For Claire
Turner has worked with Tish Fearn for many years. Back
in 1994, she severely damaged a bone in her thoracic
vertebrae following a fall from her horse whilst jumping
a cross-country fence.
nearly three months I couldn't walk, run, ride cycle
or go to the gym, in fact the only exercise I could
take had to be overseen by my physiotherapist or doctor,"
was prescribed various painkillers and steroids to keep
the pain and discomfort at bay and had to undergo physiotherapy
sessions several times a week to help ease the muscle
spasms caused by my injury."
could only keep away from the horses for so long and,
after 18 months and against the advice of my physio,
I was back at the stable yard doing the job I loved."
out 11 horses with traditional implements would see me in
excruciating pain and would lead to me being laid up as I
could neither sit nor stand because of the pain. When Tish
came up with the idea for the Lite-Lift shavings fork and
shovel, we couldn't wait for the prototype to be made so we
could field test it. I was particularly interested in testing
the Lite-Lift to see if it would have an effect on my back."
the prototype finally arrived I couldn't believe the difference
it made to the task. During the trial period of using the
Lite-Lift I have seen a dramatic change to my routine and
the strain on my back is greatly reduced thanks to the fact
that the Lite-Lift can be adjusted to suit my own individual
requirements. Mucking out also takes half the time it used
spine is still weak, running and other sports jar my back
and can cause severe spasms. I still ride occasionally but
rarely do any jumping. I have had to give up a lot, but I
am very grateful that I am still able to have contact with
the horses in the form of teaching, clipping and turning out
horses for shows - I am even in the process of breaking in
three Newforest ponies!"
out is one of the key tasks involved with keeping horses and
even though it is an arduous task, any time I can spend with
the horses is an added bonus. The Lite-Lift has enabled me
to continue with such tasks and, as I'm not spending so much
time at the physiotherapist centre anymore, I can be outside
with the animals doing the job that I adore," concludes
A Very Horsey History
Fearn was born in South Africa into an animal orientated environment.
At home amongst other family pets, some exotic, some ordinary, she
had a dog that was trained to follow and protect her. At the time
she didn't appreciate the intrusion but she soon learnt to understand
the behaviour between human and animal.
moved to England with her family and as she grew up the family pets
became an important part of Tish's life. Her interest in horses
began in her teenage years and developed further when she had children
of her own. Tish's daughter Tess showed enough interest for Tish
to decide to buy a pony for Tess and a horse for herself.
visits to local livestock auctions in search of a suitable pony
for Tess proved quite harrowing as the inhumane treatment of many
of the horses could be openly witnessed. This caused Tish to return
to the auctions on a regular basis in an attempt to try and improve
the situation and conditions the animals were kept in. At the same
time, Tish also started to receive phone calls and letters from
concerned members of the public wanting to report cases of animal
and more animals came Tish's way and she was determined to actively
fight the scourge of animal cruelty she witnessed on a daily basis.
Therefore, Tish decided to form a registered charity fondly known
as NEDS, the National Equine Defence Society. NEDS is an equine
charity recognised by the National Equine Welfare Council and is
currently home to 11 horses with around 200 animals out on loan.
of the horses Tish took in suffered from Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary
Disease, a form of asthma which meant they could not be bedded down
on straw. Shavings had to be used to relieve the horses' symptoms
and, when Tish and her team had to muck out the stables, they employed
a traditional shavings fork. Shavings forks are heavy and cumbersome
and with mucking out being an arduous task at the best if times,
the job was made doubly difficult with the inadequate equipment
available on the market.
suffered more than most having only one hand to work with and developed
tendonitis because of the increased workload on her good arm. The
problem and pain did not ease and Tish's GP threatened her with
a plaster cast and, worse still, giving up caring for her horses
if she didn't rest her arm. So, Tish put her mind to re-inventing
the wheel by taking a radical approach to re-designing the traditional
shavings fork for the benefit of horse owners everywhere.
realised that the fork had to be exceptionally light yet extremely
hardwearing and contacted Business Link West Yorkshire to find out
about grants for innovative business ideas. She applied for a Micro
Smart Award and won a grant for £8,750 that enabled her to
design and produce the first prototype.
closely with John Allen at Sheffield Hallam University, Tish
also produced a shovel to be used for mucking out stable yards
and paddocks. She and her team used the products in extensive
field trials and were amazed with the results. 10 prototypes
later and the Lite-Lift shavings fork and shovel were born
and Tish and her team would not be without them.
Lite-Lift is so light it can be balanced quite effortlessly
on just one finger. It is fully adjustable so can be used
by both short and tall individuals and personally adapted
to the user so it is totally comfortable to use. The Lite-Lift
is so easy to use it drastically minimises the amount of time
needed to complete mucking out and, most importantly, strain
on the back and arms is almost eliminated.
an innovation, the Lite-Lift is not restricted to the equine
industry but can also be applied to tools used in the gardening,
cleaning and farming sectors. The Lite-Lift is the perfect
solution to tough jobs which would normally induce considerable
muscle strain and is also suitable for the elderly and those
who suffer from back, arm or neck problems.
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