In 2020 we were acquired by Connolly’s RED MILLS, world renowned equine nutrition and feed company who also own supplement company Foran Equine as part of their equine portfolio. The acquisition of Carr & Day & Martin demonstrates their commitment to offering customers the ultimate range of equine care products, putting the horse at the center of everything we do.
Nearly 90 products are now produced all to the same high standard set respectively by Messrs Day & Martin, 1770 and Carr & Son, 1837 and have established Carr & Day & Martin firmly as the Number One horse care brand in the UK, with global appeal.
By 1950, Carr & Day & Martin as it was now known, had re-designed the packaging of their entire product range. Product development continued and Carr & Day & Martin became known for their innovation and during a tin plate shortage in the 50’s launched a general purpose oil in a disposable tube.
By this time they had established world-wide overseas trade and the product range now also included floor polish, harness composition, metal polish and ‘shoe and leather dressings of every kind’.
Mr Day had a flair for publicity and splendid black horses were used to draw the Day & Martin carriages. Apart from the horses themselves, the firm had wonderful stables and equipment. An interest in equestrian products thus ensued and the first equestrian product was made – the Belvoir Bar Soap. It remains the first glycerine bar soap on the market to this day.
It all started in 1765 when Mr Day, a Doncaster hairdresser, met an old soldier who gave Day a recipe for making boot blacking which he had developed to polish the boots of his superior officers. “Make it like this” said Martin the solider “and you’ll make a fortune!” Very quickly Mr Day realised how good the product was and together they opened a little shop at 97, High Holburn, London in 1770.
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