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Rosie Howard and Galloping Acrobatics Join Team HorseHage & Mollichaff.

Rosie Howard and Galloping Acrobatics

Former British vaulting team member, Rosie Howard, and her team of horses who appear as ‘Galloping Acrobatics’ at shows and events around the country have secured sponsorship from HorseHage and Mollichaff.

The horses are being provided with High Fibre HorseHage – a dust-free bagged forage which is low in starch and energy and high in fibre, and will also be fed on Mollichaff HoofKind Complete during the winter months.

Rosie Howard and Galloping Acrobatics

Following her retirement from international vaulting competitions in 2004, Rosie continued to work in alternative equestrianism by riding for the Devil’s Horsemen and then Jive Pony. Along with her vaulting expertise and a degree in Equine and Human Sports Science, this gave Rosie a wealth of experience as a stunt rider and performer and she went on to create her own entertainment act, Galloping Acrobatics, in 2012 which she describes as ‘equestrian razzle dazzle!’

Her team of horses consists of two Warmblood Cross geldings, Tinker and Casper, who both currently appear in her shows  and she is also bringing on two eye-catching Austrian Noriker geldings, Max and Moritz, who will eventually join the troupe. All the horses were bought as youngsters and Rosie has trained them herself. She is also a Level Two Equestrian Vaulting Coach and between shows she continues to teach vaulting to people from all walks of life and of all abilities. Galloping Acrobatics shows the amazing bond and trust between the horses and Rosie and her fellow team members, Helen and Imogen, and provides an unforgettable show for all ages.

Said Rosie: “HorseHage is the perfect choice for all my horses as they are on a forage-based diet. HorseHage is dust-free which is really important for my horses’ performance and is highly digestible. They love it and it’s really easy to use when we’re travelling up and down the country to shows. I can store it outside too, if I need to. Because they are good doers, forage is all they require in the summer, particularly the Norikers.”

“During the winter months when the weather is colder, Tinker will need a few more calories but I still prefer a fibre-based diet for them compared to cereals as it’s much more natural and so Mollichaff HoofKind Complete will work well for them. It’s a complete feed so I don’t need to provide anything else other than HorseHage.”

Mollichaff HoofKind Complete is made from a balanced blend of oat straw, alfalfa, fibre pellets with soya oil and biotin and contains all the vitamins and minerals a horse requires as long as it is fed at the recommended levels. It’s low in starch and sugar and provides a low level but high quality protein and is suitable for horses and ponies prone to laminitis.

Rosie Howard and Galloping Acrobatics

Said Chris Tar of HorseHage: “We are delighted to be able to support Rosie and her team with HorseHage and Mollichaff and are very impressed with the relationship she has with her horses and the positive way in which she trains them. She is a great ambassador for both vaulting and liberty training.”

To find out where you can see Rosie and Galloping Acrobatics in action, please visit her Facebook page ‘Galloping Acrobatics’.

Rocky Gleams In The Ring With Mollichaff ShowShine!

Rocky shows his shine!

Looking to add a little extra shine to your horse or pony’s coat this show season?

Benvarden Rach Two (or Rocky, as he is known at home) is a 15hh, ten-year-old Irish Sports Horse x Connemara owned by Emily Ashcroft.

He is fed on Mollichaff ShowShine – a high oil chaff for ultimate show condition. It is flavoured with cherry to give it a delicious taste and smell, making it highly palatable to even the fussiest of feeders. It is made from the highest quality oat straw which has been chopped and dust-extracted and contains a unique coating made from high levels of soya oil with a light dressing of molasses to give added condition and a bloom to the coat.

It is high in fibre and contains added limestone to provide additional calcium for strong bones and healthy growth.

Said Emily, “I chose Mollichaff ShowShine for Rocky as the cherry flavour really appealed to me as Rocky used to be very fussy, especially with chaff. He always licks the bowl clean now when he has ShowShine and the amazing smell also makes feed preparation time a little more enjoyable for me!”

Emily enjoys doing a little bit of everything with Rocky, from dressage to show-jumping, but their main discipline is showing. The pair are currently competing in Intermediate Show Hunter Pony classes at county level.

Mollichaff ShowShine

“The high oil content of Mollichaff ShowShine has given Rocky’s coat a real shine.” adds Emily.

“We always get complimented on how well he looks. I rarely have to use a coat shine spray – his shine is purely down to Mollichaff ShowShine! He also seems to be able to put 100% effort into his work without being fizzy.”

“Mollichaff ShowShine is so affordable and available to purchase from all my local feed shops. Rocky looks amazing and feeding him doesn’t cost me a small fortune!”

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Tiny Teddy Completes First Official Visit With Team Blackberry Supported By Mollichaff Donkey

Teddy at one of his visitsTeddy, a registered Miniature Mediterranean donkey gelding recently became a fully-fledged member of Blackberry Donkeys when he undertook his first official visit last month to a day centre near Stockton-on-Tees.

Teddy was invited to visit the centre’s clients as part of their ‘Dementia Action Week’ and he completely stole the show. Standing at just 22 inches high, his small stature was complemented by his gigantic personality and the clients at the centre were thrilled to meet him.

Said Emma, one of the team members at the centre: “We absolutely loved Teddy and the centre has been buzzing all day talking about him. He definitely made an impact!”

Teddy was awarded with a knitted forget-me-knot to attach to his jacket and was made a ‘Dementia Friend’.

Blackberry Donkeys is based in Hartlepool and is run by 38-year-old Marie Bates. The team consists of Teddy plus four standard donkeys and is licensed to offer donkey rides, meet and greets and educational and donkey assisted therapy visits around the north of England.

Marie is a qualified Primary School Practitioner, NVQ Playwork and Horse Care Assessor as well as being a riding instructor with RDA experience so is well equipped to offer a very professional service.

Teddy visiting the day care centreSaid Marie: “Teddy is already becoming a real favourite within the team as he has such a super personality. He loves people and is a bit of an attention seeker so taking part in donkey assisted activities is a perfect career for him.”

Teddy is fed on Mollichaff Donkey – a highly palatable, complete feed formulated especially for donkeys. It contains a balanced blend of dried grass, fibre pellets, oat straw and soya oil with camomile, mint and lemon balm, along with a broad spectrum vitamin and mineral supplement. It is low in sugar and starch and energy and is suitable for donkeys, mules, horses and ponies that are prone to laminitis. When fed at the recommended levels, it needs no further supplementation other than good quality forage.

Said Marie: “Because Teddy is a young, miniature donkey, I wanted a palatable feed that is low in sugar, starch and energy, whilst providing plenty of fibre plus the vitamins and minerals required for healthy growth, and at a reasonable price. That is why Mollichaff Donkey is my choice of feed for Teddy.”

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Sarah Secures New Appointment at Mark Westaway and Son

Sarah Turnbull

Mark Westaway and Son, head office and regional producer of our HorseHage and Mollichaff brands, has appointed Sarah Turnbull to its sales division.

Sarah will combine her new, part-time role as Sales Representative with working at Kingston Maurward College as a Learning Co-ordinator and Assessor for Equine Apprenticeships. She holds a BSc(Hons) degree in Equine Science as well as BHSAI and Intermediate Stable Management qualifications and has previously worked in yards and further education colleges/private training providers.

She is based in Dorset and has ridden for many years, producing her own horse to Elementary level dressage at home and competing at British Dressage Novice level. She also enjoys competing in Team Quest Dressage with team ‘Piaffe and Go’ and is hoping to introduce her new horse, Rosie, onto the team this season, along with competing in show-jumping and cross-country at riding club level.

Her role within the company will see her visiting wholesalers and stockists throughout the south of England to promote the range of HorseHage and Mollichaff products, as well as running in-store open days and attending events and shows with the HorseHage tradestand.

Said Sarah: “I have previously enjoyed helping out HorseHage and Mollichaff on the tradestand at Badminton and Your Horse Live and am thrilled to now be offered a permanent role with such a great team and company.”

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Mollichaff Calmer Complete Gives Lux Results!

Lux on the beach

Owned by Michelle Byard for three years, Lux is a 17hh, 13-year-old Irish sports horse. When Michelle first purchased him they enjoyed competing together at show-jumping and dressage at their local riding club. However Lux was diagnosed with arthritis and so needed to slow the pace down and so Michelle turned his hooves to showing, where he has had much success as a middleweight hunter.

Michelle found that Lux was prone to choke, a condition in horses where the oesophagus becomes blocked by food and the horse is unable to swallow. After this happened twice, Michelle realised she needed to include more fibre in his diet to slow his feeding down and chew his food properly.

After speaking to our team on the HorseHage & Mollichaff trade stand at the Burghley Horse Trials last year, she found out about the Mollichaff range of complete feeds and chaffs and took a free sample of Mollichaff Calmer Complete for Lux to try, which he loved.

Mollichaff Calmer Complete

Mollichaff Calmer Complete is a complete high fibre feed formulated for nervous or fizzy horses. It contains a balanced blend of fibre pellets, oat straw, dried grass, herbs, soya oil, limestone and trace elements, and it can be used as the sole bucket feed when fed at the recommended levels as it contains a broad spectrum vitamin and mineral supplement.

Mollichaff Calmer Complete includes elevated levels of magnesium along with camomile, lemon balm and mint, to help relax your horse, plus vitamins B1 and B12 which are known to help decrease anxiety by exerting a calming influence on the horse. Michelle opted for Calmer Complete as she hopes it will help Lux cope with some of the big shows he will be attending this season, such as the Royal Norfolk and Equifest.

Like all the varieties in the Mollichaff range, Mollichaff Calmer Complete is full of fibre and by stimulating the production of saliva and slowing down the passage of food throughout the gut, it can help maintain a healthy digestive system. In particular it will satisfy a stabled horse’s psychological need to chew as it requires up to 8000 chews per kilo to eat compared to as few as 1200 for concentrates.

Lux is very sensitive to cereals and high sugar feeds so Mollichaff Calmer Complete suits him very well as it’s fibre-based rather than cereal and is low in starch and sugar, providing limited controlled energy from high quality, digestible fibre and oil-based ingredients. It is even suitable for horses and ponies prone to laminitis and because it’s a complete feed, Michelle no longer needs to add a supplement.

Said a delighted Michelle: “I am so happy to have discovered Mollichaff Calmer Complete for Lux. He is doing so well on it and has had no episodes of choke since being on it. He loves it too and leaves a clean bowl after every feed!”

Until the end of April we have a special promotion offering £2 off a bag of Mollichaff Calmer Complete (in participating stockists, whilst stocks last), so don’t miss out!