Things Are Looking Up For Annie Joppe!

Watergate Endurance is back!

It is now nearly three weeks since we (Robert, Kiwi, Fantom and I) drove up to Keysoe where we met up with our third crew member, Jo.  This was the culmination of a rather large amount of strategic training with Fantom to get him totally ‘racing’ fit to contest the FEI 2* race.  When I look back over the weeks of preparation involved to just get to this stage after such a devastating summer with ‘the cough’, I cannot believe how we’ve managed to turn it around although the Clarity which both Fantom and Dilmun have been on has restored their respiration efficiency and well and truly seen off the last remnants of the cough.
We arrived at the College Equestrian Centre early afternoon after a 7 hour drive.  Fantom was installed in his corral, which works better for him than stabling, crew tents were erected, the vetgate crewing areas were set up and we duly checked in.  After Fantom had stretched his legs, had something to eat and naturally rolled, we tacked him up and I took him for a stroll over the first part of the course where I could check the going and the marking.  On return the pre-ride vetting which passed without incident and we were fit to start the next morning.Annie Joppe 2

A civilised start time of 7.30 am and it had been light for ages!  Kiwi fed Fantom at approximately 6.00 am and commenced walking him out in hand.  We tacked up at about 6.45 and Kiwi and Jo continued walking him.  I climbed on board about 20 minutes before the start so that I could work him in at all three paces to ensure that he was thoroughly warmed up, supple and, most importantly, listening to me!

After so much preparation the start was something of an anti-climax.  Was everybody afraid of the start line?  We went off in front, allowing a couple of others to catch up but shortly after the start there was a slight blip when we missed a marker and went the wrong way letting someone else take over the lead.  However during that loop we gradually overhauled the leader and Annie Joppe 3passed them at a crewing point.  Three of us went on together to the first vetgate after this 40 kms loop.

Fantom presented first, but only just, so we left the vetgate in the lead but continued on with the other two until one lost a shoe and fell behind a bit until a shoof (temporary hoof boot) was fitted.  Into the second vetgate Annie Joppe 4after another 40 kms loop and again we presented first but with another rider close behind. The horse and rider who were just behind us at the vetgate failed the recheck for lameness which meant that we would be on our own for the next two loops.

The thought of riding alone for the next two loops was not appealing but, as luck would have it, the leaders of the 80kms race ride were leaving for their last loop at about the same time so I tagged along with them.  This was a much shorter loop, only 20 kms and it flew by, albeit with me going a little faster than I would have liked at this stage of the race, but we made it safely back to the vetgate and vetted through quickly and efficiently also passing the vet check just before heading out on the last loop.
This time we really were alone and it was mentally tough for both of us having to repeat the Annie Joppe 5Esame loop and maintain a steady rhythm throughout.  Nevertheless we did just that and even managed a little burst to cross the finish line.  Vetting at the end of a race was, as ever, a tense affair and the feeling of relief on passing was fantastic, quickly followed by euphoria.


The following weekend was the turn of HS Chiara and Wizard as her nanny.  This was a rather different occasion, low key, local and surprisingly relaxed.  Chiara loaded and travelled well with Wizard and, after some 45 minutes we arrived at the venue.  Eyes on Stalks!  Little Chiara could not believe all the horses, trailers and people all over the place when she arrived.  Wizard just appreciated the lovely grass in the venue field while Chiara got over her initial excitement.  Off we went to vet which just comprised a trot up as this was a pleasure ride.  What a good little girl she was and even stood fairly still to be tacked up afterwards and allow me to climb aboard.

The route was mostly quiet lanes with a short stretch over the moors.  I spent most of the time trying to keep Chiara in a slow steady trot and our speed down.  On the moors there were some extreme hazards: sheep which popped up all over the place and strange dark shapes in odd places (boulders) which Chiara found rather daunting.  Just where the photographer was standing was a particularly scary boulder and we found ourselves heading off at speed towards a Bodmin Moor bog just when we were having our picture taken!Annie Joppe 1

Chiara again was good at the vetting and loaded perfectly back into the trailer afterwards.  All in all, a pretty successful first outing.  Wizard, I think, was rather frustrated by the lack of cantering and the fact that he had to go behind most of the way.

Coming up is an outing to Dartmoor to act as an escort for the Dartmoor Derby, a 2 day 160 kms race ride in Wales and a mammoth trip up to Boston for a 1* with Dilmun.

Need more condition, a shinier coat, improved health and performance?

iStock_000011938719SmallCondition & Shine may be the right choice.

Condition & Shine provides your horse with an easy to administer and very palatable source of slow- release energy. This high oil supplement also contains anti-oxidising vitamin E and Selenium to stabilise free radicals, which are released during the break down of oil to produce energy. If these free radicals are not stabilised by antioxidants they cause damage to cells, which may lead to muscular issues. Linseed also has an incorrect Phosphorous Calcium ratio, so this has been balanced by the addition of Calcium Carbonate to ensure correct muscle and nerve functions. Naturally occurring amino acids promote topline, which alongside the conditioning, health and exercise related properties of the oil make this an ideal supplement for a wide range of horses, including those that need to gain weight, poor doers, those with reduced appetites, performance horses, older horses, and to prepare horses for the show ring.

Condition & Shine for Weight Gain

For a horse to be healthy and perform well, they must be at their ideal weight. For poor-doers, this means adding calories into the diet. Traditionally, underweight horses were given lots of cereals to help them to gain condition, but we now know that this can lead to other complications, such as health problems and behavioural issues. Instead, a safer way to help your horse gain weight is to slowly introduce oil, or an oil based supplement to their diet. This will provide your horse with a calorie dense, slow release source of energy.

Of course, adding oil, or indeed any additives to the diet is often easier said than done, as many horses that struggle to keep weigh on are fussy eaters. For this reason, Feedmark have formulated Condition & Shine to be an easy to feed supplement, containing highly palatable micronized linseed, and natural mint for pleasant aroma and taste.

IMG_2279Condition & Shine for Performance

Condition & Shine is an ideal addition to the diet of performance horses. The high oil content makes this an energy dense supplement, providing high amounts of calories in a small volume (over 2x as much energy is produced from fats as from carbohydrates in cereals). This allows calories to easily be added to the diet, ideal for performance horses already receiving large bucket feeds.

The high levels of oil are also beneficial for performance in another way. Oils can only be broken down to produce energy where oxygen is available, which occurs during low intensity exercise, such as walk, trot, and slow cantering in fitter horses. In faster work oxygen is not available at a rate to produce enough energy to sustain the movement, so anaerobic (without oxygen) break down of glycogen and glucose occurs in order for your horse to meet their energy requirements.

It has been shown that by gradually conditioning a horse to a high oil diet, they start to use the oil preferentially over glycogen for fuel for aerobic exercise. This means when the horse starts to perform higher intensity exercise, which requires breakdown of fuels without oxygen, they have a ‘full tank’ of glycogen ready to be broken down, allowing the horse to perform for longer and recover faster from intense work.

As well as being high in oils, Condition & Shine provides a good range of essential amino acids, naturally occurring in micronized Linseed and Soya Meal. These nutrients form the building blocks of muscles, and help encourage topline formation in conjunction with correct exercise.

Condition & Shine for behaviour

If you have a highly strung, fizzy type, you will be all too aware than extra feed can result in behavioural issues. Feeding a slow-release energy source, such as Condition & Shine will provide your horse with the extra calories needed for weight gain, without making them fizzy or excitable.


FB GroomCondition & Shine for health

Condition & Shine contains both Micronised Linseed and Linseed oil. This type of oil is considered beneficial to your horse’s health compared to many other oils, including sunflower and vegetable oils. This is because it has a beneficial Omega 3:6 ratio of 4 parts Omega 3 to 1 part Omega 6.

Omega oils are fatty acids which are not made within the body, so they are known as ‘essential’ fatty acids, as in they must be included in the diet. Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids have many roles within the body, so supplying these is very important.

Omega 3 has anti-inflammatory properties, and is important for development within the womb. Even short term supplementation has been shown to help the skin and coat and have anti-inflammatory effects. Long term addition of this to the diet can also helps the respiratory tract, joint health, bone density, and has been shown to increase fertility of stallions, and support the immune system of foals feeding from an omega-3 supplemented mare.

Conversely, Omega 6 is a pro-inflammatory, so it increases inflammatory responses. While this seems negative, some Omega 6 is still necessary in the diet, as this action is needed to heal wounds and battle infection.  It also has other roles in the body, such as with hormone production.

 mpi_ConditionShineWhy add an oil-based supplement gradually?

It takes horses a while to get their bodies used to using oil as an energy source, so gradual introduction is key to the successful feeding of an oil based supplement to your horse. This is because oil is broken down using bile. In humans, the gall bladder stores and releases bile. Horses do not have a gall bladder, as they have not evolved to eat a high fat diet.  Instead, the liver produces a constant trickle of Bile. By slowly adding more oil to the diet, the liver can be ‘trained’ to produce higher levels of bile, to allow a higher fat diet to be utilised by the horse.




Horse Of The Week – Orphan Annie.

Annie 6This is Lunesdale Black Beauty, a Fell Pony who is more commonly known as Orphan Annie. She is 16 years of age, and stands at 14hh. For the last six years, Orphan Annie has been owned by June Pye. Together they are very happy hackers, riding all over Cumbria and also going on various holidays with each other.

Annie hasn’t always had such a lovely life, she was made an orphan after her mother was struck by lightning on the fells at Tebay. Annie was found lying next to her mother’s body in an extremely weak condition. Luckily she was rescued and then hand reared and nurtured back to health.Annie 5

June explains: “Orphan Annie is a very affectionate pony with a really sweet temperament and a slightly cheeky attitude! She will often jump a small electric fence in her paddock in order to reach the verdant sheep grazing pasture on the other side. We are very thankful for the care that she received as a foal, otherwise she would not be with us today.”

Annie 1“Together we have hacked the highest viaduct in the United Kingdom, and have participated in a number of charity rides and sponsored rides. Also, we have won several show awards at local level. Feedmark’s ExtraFlex Ha with Rosehips keeps Annie hacking for miles and miles! Thank you Feedmark. Our aims for the future are to continue hacking and having so much fun.”

A FREE 1.35kg tub of ExtraFlex HA with Rosehips is on its way to Orphan AnAnnie 4nie for being our Horse Of The Week!

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Horse Of Week – Yorkshire Lass.

Meet Yorkshire Lass, a Thoroughbred who turned 29-years-old in April. Yorkie stands at 15.3hh and is now retired from work. “Yorkie has had many achievements in the past, in show jumping and cross country. She has also given me two fabulous foals, one with whom I went on to do Novice level dressage. The other foal from Yorkie, excelled at showing and at jumping” explains Yorkie’s owner of over 25 years, Lynda Hammond-Lawrance.Yorkie 2

“Yorkie came out of racing at three-and-a-half years old, and came to myself at four years old. I worked with her to slow everything down, and to relax her into her new job. This did take some time, but finally we had some success and she was excellent to hack out.  She could often be ‘giddy’ at shows but she did her job well. She just loved cross country, and never let me down at a jump!”

“In the past three years Yorkie has had lots of problems with foot abscesses, fallen fetlocks, Cushing’s, and arthritis. Then, a freak accident on the fence this January resulted in Yorkie having her right eye removed. She has adapted very well, and has always been an excellent patient. We still walk her out in hand, but now her job in life is to babysit the foals.”

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Yorkie, with her friend Robyn. Robyn was her last lightweight rider who still visits her almost every day!

“From almost day one, Feedmark products have helped us along our path in life together. Glucosamine HCl along with Devil’s Claw has helped her to cope with aching joints, getting her through her operation on her eye and all of the other issues that she has had to deal with. She is now on the mend! I still love her to bits after 25 years! Thank you Feedmark, keep it coming!”

A FREE 540g pouch of Glucosamine HCl is on its way to Yorkie for being our Horse Of The Week!



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Coping with confinement!

Over the winter, bad weather can lead to horses being stabled for long periods of time. You may be unable to turn out at all, and often people are unable to ride. Those of us without the luxuries of horse walkers or indoor schools may have to keep our horses stabled, with very little exercise if snow and ice persist. This confinement doesn’t suit horses, who have evolved as wanderers, and are much more suited to live out in massive paddocks than in a 12×12 block! Confinement may have negative effects on the physical and mental well-being of our horses, and we often need to adjust how we look after them to ensure that they stay healthy.

Here we take a look at common problems owners face, and how we can help their horses through their box rest.

Q:           My horse goes mad if he has to be stabled for more than a day- he becomes very angry and difficult to handle, is there anything I can do to help him when the weather is so bad he has to stay in?

A:            While some horses are happy living in, for other horses it can be very hard to adjust to 24hr stabling. If your horse is stressed by being confined, they often react by being difficult, angry or bargy. To help to reduce your horse’s stress levels, make sure they always have hay or haylage available, as this keeps them satisfied, and eating gives them something to do! If they are a very good doer, double net small holed haynets to reduce intake! Reduce hard feed, if your horses are fed a chaff, keep feeding this it helps with gut fill and take your horse much longer to eat, and consider using a horse ball and a few nuts to keep your horse occupied. It can help some horses if they can see a friend nearby, and stable mirrors may also help. Try to avoid high sugar licks and treats while your horse is cooped up, and concentrate on slow release energy sources.  If your horse is of a nervy disposition, we recommend that you feed our fantastic calmative Steady-Up Advance to your horse while they are stabled, and when first turned out to reduce stress.

Q:           My horse is prone to colic, and often gets attacks over the winter- how can I help him if he has to be confined?

A:            Horses that are on box rest due to injury or weather are more prone to digestive issues, commonly impaction colic. To help to reduce the risk of this, increase your horses hydration by providing them with clean, fresh water at all times (warm water is shown to help increase drinking when the weather is cold!). Give your horse a rock salt lick in their table, and add table salt or electrolytes to their feed to encourage drinking. Feeding soaked hay and soaked feeds will also help your horse to stay hydrated. As mentioned above, reduce hard feed and provide ad-lib hay or haylage to help keep the digestive tract moving. In addition to this, those with colic worries are wise to add BioPro to their horses feed during and after periods of confinement. This provides your horse with probiotics- the good bacteria needed by the hind gut to digest fibre, and maintain a healthy digestive system, and prebiotics, which are not used by the horse, but feed these good bacteria, helping to maintain the right balance of gut flora in your horse.

Q:           My horse’s legs swell up when they are stabled, is there anything I can do to help?

A:            Filled legs are a common problem when movement is restricted, such as when your horse is stabled for longer than normal periods of time. This ‘swelling’ is due to a collection of fluid, which would ordinarily be pumped around the horse’s body when the horse moved, when the hooves hit the ground. When the horse is unable move around as usual, such as when confined to their stable, this fluid does not get pushed around the body, and the legs become filled. If it is possible, walking the horse (in hand or using a walker) will help to disperse this fluid. However, this is often not an option when the weather is foul. Feeding NoFill to your horse helps to support the lymphatic and circulatory systems, reducing fluid build in the legs, and keeping your horse more comfortable.

Q:           I reduce my horses hard feed when they are unable to be ridden, how do I know that they are getting all the vitamins and minerals that they need?

A:            If your horse is usually fed the recommended levels of a mix or cube, it is usually recommended that this is reduced over periods when they are not being worked, especially if they are stuck in. In these cases we recommend that over the course of a few days you reduce the hard feed, and introduce a vitamin and mineral supplement to ensure that your horse is getting all the nutrients they need- for poor doers or those that would normally receive a relatively large amount of hard feed, we would recommend our Original Balancer, which provides vitamins and minerals, a probiotic and naturally occurring amino acids to help maintain muscles.






Horse Of The Week – Jigsaw.

Jigsaw 4 Meet Longslade Jigsaw, a 12.2hh part bred New Forest mare.  She is 14 years of age, and is owned by Jenny Abery.  Jenny explains: “I do a lot of groundwork with Jigsaw, and she is hacked out and schooled by her lovely sharers.  My four-year-old son now seems to have adopted her for his own too!  I first got Jigsaw 8 years ago and completely retrained her myself, using Intelligent Horsemanship methods.  When I got her she was difficult to catch, she wouldn’t load or stand still toJigsawE tie up.  I took her with me on one of Kelly Marks’ courses and we now have the most amazing bond.”

“Initially, Jigsaw was what you might consider a difficult horse. She had a few behavioural problems, and I only took her on with the intention of retraining and selling her on to a forever home.  Eight years on and we are still together, she is now very settled and an absolute joy to own.  In the future we plan to have some fun with Horse Agility and I would also like to teach her to drive.”Jigsaw 3

“I was recommended Benevit Advance by my equine podiatrist several years ago.  I’ve been feeding it to Jigsaw ever since, and consider this the best value for money multi vitamin supplement on the market.  She looks great all year Jigsaw 6round because of it, and I believe she has had improvements in her overall health and well-being since feeding it.”

A FREE 5kg tub of Benevit Advance is on its way to Jigsaw for being our Horse Of The Week!Jigsaw 2

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More French & Sanders than Fox-Pitt and Funnell! India Thomson Blog 10!

I have to start this blog with a warning – I advise you to stop reading immediately if you are anticipating reports of red rosettes, trophies or maybe even medals.  Alas, it would appear the last few months of eventing for us have been more French and Saunders than Fox-Pitt and Funnell!

IMG_2279We started with two trips within a month to Aston Le Walls, our new favourite place apparently, the first requiring a 2am alarm call which is never pleasant.  Our early departure backfired as we were so early that the A14 night closure was still in place, we were diverted round the M25 and so still arrived late, marvellous start!  However it was worth it when both Mr B and Rebel did a good dressage, Mr B followed up with a double clear and Rebel having a pole but giving me a great ride across country in the Novice.  “What are you complaining about?” I hear you say.  Yes I too thought hurrah we are finally getting back on track, things can only improve, we’re on a roll again…

Next trip back to Aston, Mr B obviously got wind of his scheduled intermediate run, duly pulling a nail half out of his shoe and going hopping lame the day before and despite our best efforts of tubbing and icing, he wasn’t sound enough to go.  So off we trundled with just Rebel.  He started the day with what should have been a very good test, just marred by a slight over reaction to kicking some sand at the judge’s box, he is quite the sensitive soul.  He then had two fences down which was disappointing, he is a very capable jumper but is not the easiest in this phase to get to relax and use himself efficiently.  He did then go brilliantly cross country and I think he could have gone round on his own, he got into a lovely rhythm and his ears were pricked the whole way, he was in his element.  Needless to say when we got home that night and trotted Mr B up, he was perfectly sound….

Next on the agenda was Keysoe.  This has never been a happy hunting ground for me and about four years ago I vowed never to return after another bad day there.  However, after Mr B’s self-harming tactics and the dry ground we were getting fairly desperate for a run, so I gave in and entered them, after all it’s been four years, and it can’t be that bad…

The day started well with Ramesses B going double clear in the 90 and coming 10th, his first run since his summer holiday which was really pleasing and he will do a 100 next time out.  Next was Mr B in the intermediate who despite some slightly unnecessary antics in the warm up produced a nice test for a 35, he’s improving all the time at this level and has to work hard to get good marks as he’s not the most natural or flashiest mover so I was pleased.  It was quite a big show jumping track and he got a bit strong and had two rails, including the first fence, which was a shame as he’s generally much more careful now.  I thought the cross country course was quite strong but very well built and presented.  Mr B’s ideal course is a bold galloping track and Keysoe runs over a relatively small area so it’s not the easiest to get going on if your horse is thinking backwards at all, it suits a nippier quick thinking type.  He set off feeling backward from the start and despite my encouragement to get stuck in a bit more he was having none of it and ground to a halt at the ditch, he then threw his toys out of the pram until we got the big E!  He is a very frustrating horse as when he’s on form he feels just amazing, yet when he spits the dummy out I think super nanny would have her work cut out!  Back to the drawing board.

All was not lost though as we still had Rebel in the novice, he’d gone so well at his last two events that I was hopeful of another good run.  Again he had all the makings of a good test but spookiness and tension crept in to prevent him getting a score that reflects his capabilities.  He then didn’t show jump terribly well having three down, which I was really disappointed with as he’s appeared to be improving and very rarely touches a fence at home.  The day then carried on in its dismal downhill spiral when Rebel took exception to two identical fences and a spooky corner on the cross country and I was walking home for the second time!  This was a slightly surreal moment as I don’t think I’ve ever been eliminated twice in one day, I wasn’t sure whether to laugh or cry!  He is another who loves to run and jump and the twisty track just really didn’t suit him, he never got going.  So after yet another appalling day at Keysoe I’m afraid to say I shall be avoiding it at all costs in the future.  Oh and I almost forgot, I managed to fall off Rebel at the walk when he did a very swift 180 at first sight of an enormous champagne bottle in the door way of the indoor school, even better it was in front of about 20 people so that just topped the day off, cue a chocolate fuelled journey home with the promise of a large G and T at the end!

I then had some much needed inspiration in the form of Burghley week.  Things didn’t go to plan for Harry sadly, after doing his best 4* test Xam then didn’t feel 100% in the cross country warm up so couldn’t run.  I was really sad for Harry, after all the excitement and build up it was such a disappointment for him.  It’s so inspiring watching the top riders and this year was no exception, it would seem Michael Jung is some sort of eventing wizard, Tina Cook must have shares in Pritt stick after staying on at the Trout hatchery and maybe William Fox-Pitt is human after all, having a momentary lapse in his sense of direction. Another brilliant Burghley, definitely my favourite event of the year still.

IMG_2641After a good dose of Burghley enthusiasm and a slight change of tactics, Mr B and I headed off to Gatcombe, the ground is always pretty good there and I thought the bold flowing course would suit him so I hoped it would be worth the trip as it’s not exactly next door to Suffolk!  Mr B is not the easiest horse to have at an event when on your own as he doesn’t tie up and for some reason can’t bear being tacked up on the lorry either.  We didn’t get off to a great start.  I looped the rope through the string on the side of the lorry, but didn’t tie him up, whilst I put his studs in.  He duly pulled back but managed to break the head collar before the rope came free, so he’s now trotting around the lorry park (or free schooling as I prefer to call it) minus his head collar and generally causing havoc.  Off I trot in hot pursuit, quite tempted to turn the other way and pretend he’s nothing to with me, to try and catch the feral beast.  By this point he’s been in the dressage warm up and said hello to somebody lunging their horse, there is now quite a crowd gathered to watch this amusing spectacle as every time I get anywhere near him he trots off again.  At times like this I wonder how on earth I passed my pony club A test!  Eventually he gave up and let me catch him, looking terribly pleased with himself, what fun he’s had!  However this is perhaps a tactic I should employ in the future as he went on to do his best test so far at intermediate and score a 32.  His show jumping however was less impressive, he had a tantrum of enormous proportions in the warm up, went in the ring in a fit of rage and white lather and proceeded to boot out 5 rails. 5 RAILS!!!!  IMG_2642I was tempted to take his tack off and set him free again after that performance!!  Having not got very far round the course at Keysoe I think he was just stupidly fresh, finding the excitement of being at an event all too much.  But it got my blood up and I set off meaning business cross country, he duly responded and gave me such a brilliant ride.  When he goes like that he just feels awesome and made quite a decent intermediate feel like a pre novice.  It was really cool to have had a proper run on him again and the euphoria of his cross country just about kept me going for the 6 1/2 hour journey home!

IMG_2702So like I say, not quite the season we’d been hoping and dreaming of so far, after such a promising start we’ve had some fairly character building days but some glimmers of brilliance too and that’s what we cling on to.  As we head into the last part of the season it would seem some of the team are getting ready for winter already, Ramesses is a typical teenage boy and is proving very hard to get out of bed, it’s a daily struggle……

Horse Of The Week – Royal Diamond II.

Smudge 1 50This is the lovely eventer Royal Diamond II also known as Smudge, whom is owned by Mr. Toby Pigott.  He is a 7-year-old Irish Sports Horse by Manor Diamond.  Toby bought the 16.1hh as a 5-year-old from the Little London Stud, in November 2013.

Toby explains: “Having previously show jumped as a four-year-old, Smudge has since been produced by myself to event.  He stepped up to Novice Level as a six-year-old with numerous top 10 placings, and also finished 11th in the CIC* Young Horse Championships, Osberton.  In this, his seventh year, he has continued his success with more top ten placings at Intermediate level and coming in at 13th place at Houghton CCI*.  At Nunney Horse Trials, Smudge was the winner of the Rodney Baker Silver Fox Memorial Trophy.”Smudge 2

Due to Smudge having brittle feet, Toby decided to feed him Feedmark’s Hardy Hoof Formula:  “There has been a real difference in the quality of Smudge’s hoof growth, in his horn and especially an improvement in the hoof wall.  My farrier has commented on how the hoof has improved generally and I now feed Hardy Hoof Formula to all of my horses.  I have noticed similar results in all of them, I really could not be without it.”

Smudge 3 SMALLER“Our plans for the future are to continue to establish at intermediate level, and at ** level in 2016.  Specifically, we will be aiming for The 8 and 9 Year Old Horse CIC*** at Blenheim.”

A FREE 5kg tub of Hardy Hoof Formula is on its way to Smudge for being our Horse Of The Week!

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Horse Of The Week – Kinnagoe Bay.

Pete 2This is Kinnagoe Bay, known to his friends as Pete.  He is an exceedingly charismatic, 16.2hh, bay Thoroughbred gelding by Centro (NZ) out of No Less (NZ).  This 21-year-old, veteran 4* eventer was acquired by Dr. Harley Kemp just over five months ago.

Harley explains a little about Pete’s history: “Pete has evented his whole life, to the highest levels.  He has been there, done it, and got the sweat rug!  He has competed at the 4* at Burghley and at Badminton; and has also travelled to Strzegom; Fontainebleau; Le Lion D’angers; and Boekelo to name just a few. The list is literally too long to mention all events!  For the first three seasons of Pete’s career he was ridden by THE Andrew Nicholson.  He then moved to compete with Julian Trevor Roper and other locally well-known eventers, before being sold on.  Competing at CCI/CIC 4* level, he is a horse with an impressive career.”

Pete 1 (poor)

This is how Pete looked when he arrived home with Harley.

“When I arrived to view Pete, I expected to see a semi-retired eventer in good condition, however I did not expect to find him in the extremely poor state that he was.  I was quite shocked and knew instantly that I had to buy him and take him home.  He was rather skeletal and wobbly, but still such a kind and friendly horse.  I suspected he may have some form of dietary issue, potentially gastric ulcers.  I didn’t know whether he would come back to full form or if it was too late to repair the damage.  However, once I got him home I set about gradually introducing good quality fibres and superior quality supplements to support his recovery.  He had lost a great deal of muscle as well as fat, his coat was dull, his skin dry and flaky, and his eyes were runny. He was also quite irritable when grooming around his girth area.  Along with beet and chaff I decided to introduce Feedmark Gastric Comfort and Replenish.   The result has been nothing short of remarkable!  He has eaten everything put in front of him and seems a much happier horse.  I am totally convinced that without such good nutritional support, he would not have turned around.  I will not stop feeding these supplements to Pete and I have also introduced my other horses to the products as I feel the Gastric Comfort has protective qualities for horses that are in training.  Twelve weeks on and I have a horse that looks every part the athletic eventer that he is!”

“I am now training Pete for pure dressage and hope to qualify him for the BD Veteran Horse Championship this year, at Vale View.  He is really enjoying turning his hooves to some pure dressage, and because of his eventing background finds the more advanced dressage movements all too easy!  He especially loves checking himself out in the arena mirrors when training – but who can blame him, he is rather gorgeous!  The whole family adores Pete because Pete 3of his fantastic nature, even my six month old daughter Amelia is totally smitten with him. Thank you for producing such a super, quality product that has helped Pete thrive once again!”

“I aim to keep Pete happy with hacking, competing in affiliated dressage, the occasional jumping class and whatever else he fancies doing!  Although he has retired from eventing as such, I would never rule out competing in an unaffiliated ODE with him.  He is as fit as a fiddle and does love his cross country.  Hopefully he will also teach Amelia to ride, as she already enjoys sitting on him!  Pete really is a one in a million.”

A FREE 2kg tub of Gastric Comfort is on its way to Pete for being our Horse Of The Week!

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