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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!

Chill Out With Mollichaff Calmer Complete!

£2 off Mollichaff Calmer

Is your horse or pony feeling a little fresh and excitable after the long winter? It’s always important to look at your management routine and environment to ensure that any potential stressful situations are kept to a minimum before relying on a change to the diet. Fizzy behaviour may also be due to pain from being ridden in poorly fitting tack or from teeth that need attention so this should be checked out too.

Then make sure you feed your horse the correct amount of feed he needs for the work he is doing. It can be easy to overestimate your horse’s workload and feed a product that’s too high in digestible energy. For example, if your horse is only going for a 30 minute hack two or three times a week, you are likely to experience problems if you are feeding recommended amounts of a cereal-based competition mix! For a sharp horse, a low starch, high fibre product would be much more appropriate in this scenario, and far less likely to result in over-exuberant behaviour.

Mollichaff Calmer Complete is a complete 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.

It 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.

It’s suitable for all horses and ponies, including those prone to laminitis, as it’s low in sugar and starch providing limited controlled energy from high quality, digestible fibre and oil-based ingredients.

Throughout February, March and 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!

HorseHage – Official Forage Supplier at HOYS 2018

Hoys 2018We are proud to continue our role of Official Forage Supplier at this year’s Horse of the Year Show (HOYS), which takes place on 3rd – 7th October at the NEC, Birmingham. HorseHage dust-free bagged forage will be available to all horses and ponies competing there.

A Royal Warrant was awarded to us for HorseHage in 1983 after Her Majesty the Queen’s horse, Burmese, was fed HorseHage when suffering from a respiratory problem. She was just one of tens of thousands of horses and ponies, from Shetlands to Thoroughbreds that have benefited from this dust-free, natural product.

HorseHage is a high quality, dust-free bagged forage available in four varieties –High Fibre, Timothy, Ryegrass and Alfalfa, offering a choice suitable for all types of horses and ponies, including those prone to laminitis. It has BETA NOPS certification and comes with a 100% quality guarantee. Containing no additives, preservatives, mould inhibitors or inoculants, HorseHage is lower in sugar than most hays and is packed into highly compressed bales for easy handling and storage. No soaking is necessary and it splits easily into wedges for netting up.

Said top show jumper, Spencer Roe: “The fact that HorseHage is dust-free and sealed is great for the health of my horses and especially useful as I’m constantly on the road. I also like the fact that there are four varieties to suit different horses’ requirements, so HorseHage is a must for my team now.”

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“I had a great winter spending six weeks training in Germany with the show jumping phenomenon himself – Marcus Ehning. I took Quinn (Jane Del Missier’s six-year-old stallion) out with me and was there for several weeks working as a groom and a rider in return for training.(I was living in the lorry where there was frequently ice on the inside of the windows!) It really was fantastic because I learnt so much about their routine and management as well as the riding side.

Quinn in Germany

Quinn in Germany

Quinn in Germany

Quinn in Germany

“Marcus is such a great horseman. He is always quiet and patient and it’s interesting as he is a very slight build and yet rides a real variety of horses. When you see him riding them, they all appear to work in an identical way. It’s not until you ride them yourself you realise how different they all actually feel! This is an amazing skill to have – to be able to adapt your training to all types of horses but to enable the end result to be the same.

“I came home for Christmas at boyfriend, Sam’s, which was lovely, then travelled back down South in the lorry with Quinn and Brookleigh (who’d been hacking with Sam’s team whilst I was away). Before I left for Germany I spent a month up at Sam’s yard with Quinn, Brook and Amadeus. (He has a very nice indoor school!!). I was looking to sell Amme for his owner and luckily a lovely french young rider came to try him in November, and she fell in love with him, so it worked very well, having him sold before I left for Germany. She was a great rider and I think they’ll have a huge amount of fun together!

“The 2018 event season is nearly upon us and I’m so excited to put my winter training into practice. This year is looking good so far. I have some lovely horses to ride and some exciting young ones.

Marco and Hugo training at home

Marco and Hugo training at home

Marco and Hugo training at home

Marcus and Hugo training at home

“There is Dargun, who did his first CCI 3* last year and will be aimed at some Event Rider Masters (ERM) classes and maybe a CCI4* in the autumn. He has so much ability but is still young so I plan to take it slowly. Brookleigh will hopefully be back mid-season to compete again which will be extremely exciting!  Also, I’d love to aim Quinn for the seven year-old World Championships at the end of the year.

“There will be a huge hole in our team this year down to sadly losing my incredible Granny. Even though it was a huge shock for us all, it was just what she wanted – to die quickly and peacefully. Bless her, she was remarkable, truly one of a kind. My brother is going to have to do lots of filling in as co-lorry driver and cake maker – he certainly has pretty big shoes to fill! So lots to look forward to as always, despite it being a big change without dear Granny. But we shall carry on, and strive to make her as proud as possible!

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