Due to the current global situation regarding Coronavirus, here at Houghton Country, we have made some changes to our working practice. We want to keep you updated with what we are doing, some changes you won’t notice, others you might. We are implementing all changes to protect our staff, couriers and customers and hope that we can do our bit to keep everyone safe and well.
We are processing and dispatching orders as usual with DPD and Royal Mail. Our picking, packing and dispatch team is working to ensure there is a minimal delay in processing orders as possible, currently, we are dispatching same day up until 3 pm.
As part of our efforts to protect our staff, our customer care team has been reduced, we take social distancing very seriously and with normal staffing levels, this would not be possible in our office. It may take more time than usual for our team to respond to you via email and the phone may ring for longer. Please be patient, we will endeavour to help you with your query.
Our couriers DPD and Royal Mail are working tirelessly to process parcels through their systems, we do apologise if delivery times vary from the norm but your parcels will be with you as quickly as they can be.
Royal Mail has also reduced some tracking services to speed up the transit of parcels, please do not be alarmed if tracking numbers don’t appear to work.
Royal Mail is also not taking calls regarding items that are not medical/essential items, we are unable to assist with lost parcels with Royal Mail over the phone. For lost or undelivered items, please be aware that once a claim for an undelivered parcel has been put in by us to Royal Mail and DPD they require 28 days to try to resolve. Again, please be as patient as you can in this difficult time.
We have relaxed our usual 28-day rule for items purchased since March 2020, as part of this we ask that if you are returning an item that you send us an email within 28 days of purchase to make us aware that you are intending to return.
We are processing returned items as quickly as we can however this may be slower than usual due to our reduced staffing. Please be patient.
As part of our terms and conditions, you are responsible for the cost of the postage to return to us. We do not charge extra postage for an exchange item to be posted back to you. You can use any method you wish to return the item to us. As postage can be expensive especially on heavier items we offer two returns label options which may be cheaper.
We are currently unable to offer DPD returns labels as DPD are not currently running their drop-off shop service. Update June 2020 - DPD has reopened 75% of their branches for drop-off please check if a branch near you is open before purchasing.
Please be aware Royal Mail labels are not sent via an automated system a member of the customer care team must create and send them to you. The label, once processed, will be emailed by Royal Mail to the email address provided on the order with all instructions for printing the label.
We are continuously in discussion with our suppliers to ensure that we can resolve issues as quickly as possible. However, some of our suppliers are closed or running reduced staff so it may take longer than normal to resolve. We are doing all we can.
How to report a fault to Houghton Country
Please contact us via email with your order reference number (this starts WEB) it is found at the top of your invoice or on your email confirmation. Attach clear images of any fault, include a description of the fault in your email and please include any supplier codes on the garment or item. These will be sent to our supplier for their reply.
Please do not throw the item away - Be aware that some suppliers require the faulty item to be destroyed to an unusable state with images showing this. If you do not feel comfortable destroying the item then we will arrange returns label for the item to be sent back to us and destroy it for you.
Other suppliers require the item to be sent back to us for collection or direct to them so they can examine the fault and use the information gathered to improve their quality control and manufacturing methods, returns labels will be sent to you once this has been agreed.
As a business which provides essentials for horses, dogs and other animals to our local customers we have been open throughout lockdown to allow you to purchase essential items such as feed and medical supplies to ensure the continued health of your animal. As lockdown is beginning to be lifted (June 2020) we have opened more of our store for browsing however we are not operating a full fitting service for hats, body protectors and boots.
We ask that while visiting our store you wear a face covering.
We ask all customers to abide by social distancing guidelines and discourage all customers from touching items they do not intend to purchase to minimise contact. We are encouraging card payments at the till rather than handling cash.
We have reduced our store opening hours temporarily.
We are currently open:
Monday – Saturday: 9am - 5pm
We have expanded the horse feed and bedding items on our website to better reflect the products we usually have in stock. You can buy feed and bedding on the website via click & collect.
We ask that you load your own car and if you use a trolley to bring it back to the doors. We are cleaning all our trolley’s every time they are used.
If you do not feel comfortable entering the store, please come to the shop doors. We will ask for your order number, we may ask to see your email order confirmation and proof of ID. Our staff will bring your order to you.
Why can’t we deliver your feed/bedding?
Unfortunately, due to weight restrictions with our couriers, we are unable to deliver feed. Therefore, it is only available to purchase instore or collect in-store during opening hours.
We are aware that the reduced opening hours may impact some of our customers please get in touch with us and we will try to find a solution for you.
What about hat and body protector fittings?
Updated 30/9/2020 - We are not offering traditional our hat and body protector fittings. It is not possible for our staff to maintain social distancing when fitting these items however our staff can advise from a safe distance.
We are limiting the number of riding hats a person may try to 3 maximum, this is to reduce contact.
Please check on our website so you can select a style you would like to try. Before coming into store please use a soft tape to measure your head so you have a rough idea of which size you may need to try as our staff cannot use tapes in the store. Please check we have the size(s) in stock. Many safety equipment manufacturers have had their factories closed during lockdown or are working with a reduced staff we are awaiting deliveries to return to normal stock levels. Our website is stock controlled so what you see online is what we have in store.
If you require a replacement hat, like for like, we encourage you to check the website to ensure the style and size is in stock. This item can then be purchased online or in-store.