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Tempt Your Fussy Feeder with Tasty AppleChaff

Fussy Feeders Love AppleChaff

If you have a horse or pony that is fussy about his food and needs his fibre levels increased to bulk out his concentrate ration, then AppleChaff could offer a solution.

Delicious AppleChaff is a high quality chaff made from the finest quality straw which has been chopped and dust extracted, then dressed with a unique, low sugar dressing.

Applechaff contains real diced apple pieces as well as apple essence to make it irresistible to even the fussiest of feeders. It is well known that apples are not just a tasty favourite of your four-legged friend, but are a good source of a wide range of natural nutrients, including potassium, calcium, Vitamin C and dietary fibre.

Limestone is also added to increase the calcium levels in the diet and to correct any calcium: phosphorous imbalances that can frequently occur when horses are fed a lot of concentrates or straights.

AppleChaff is naturally high in fibre and is excellent for adding bulk to a horse or pony’s diet, helping to promote good digestion by stimulating the production of saliva and regulating the slow passage of food through the gut.

In particular it will satisfy a stabled horse’s psychological need to chew, requiring up to 8000 chews per kilo to eat compared to as few as 1200 for concentrates.

AppleChaff can be mixed into the hard feed ration, or used as a palatable base in which to add supplements, balancers and medication.

MolliChaff AppleChaff

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Burghley 2015 Blog

HorseHage at Burghley 2015

Here’s our third blog from the show circuit for 2015 written by Kate Perrott from our Equine Sales Team. Kate is based at Fox Feeds Ltd in Hertfordshire – our licensed HorseHage producer for the East of England. 

“It hardly seems possible that Burghley 2015 could have come round so quickly. We all look forward to this show, as Burghley House is such a beautiful setting, with plenty of customers, both old and new, popping onto the stand for a chat.

“We all arrived on the Wednesday to finish setting up the tradestand, making sure everything was ready for the first dressage day on Thursday. Unfortunately the great British weather took this opportunity to remind us that autumn is definitely on the way and the temperature was more than a little chilly the following morning! This didn’t seem to deter people however, and we had a busy day chatting to customers and giving out samples of Mollichaff as well as our ever popular dog bandanas.

“Friday was also a chilly day but after plenty of feeding advice, we all warmed ourselves up by walking round the cross country course before returning to our hotel for a much needed hot meal and glass of wine!

“As usual, Saturday was incredibly busy with a huge amount of people coming to see us before they set off round the course to watch the brave horse and rider combinations tackle what had seemed impossible fences when we’d walked round the night before! It’s always lovely to hear the success stories of customers who come back to tell us how well they’ve got on with our products after speaking to us last year, as well as hearing from new people who haven’t tried our feeds before. After an extremely long and busy day, it was an early night for us all.

“Sunday was show jumping day and the last day of the event. Thankfully the weather decided to be a little kinder and the sun made a very welcome appearance by mid-morning. After speaking to more lovely customers, we packed down our tradestand and all headed off to our respective homes, tired but having had a busy and fun packed week.”

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Spencer’s Latest Blog – September 2015

Spencer at Hickstead

In my last blog I gave you the news that I had been selected to go on a Nations Cup in St Gallen, Switzerland. Unfortunately Disney (Wonder Why) had other ideas and he managed to get his leg caught in his rug strap. Although it did not do any lasting damage and he is fine now, it took us out of the game for 6 or 7 weeks…

Bourg en Bresse
I still went to Bourg en Bresse with Chacco (Chaccomo Agostini), Connor (Con Artist) and Chip (Ballando II); because Disney was out of action Connor had to step up to the 1.50m classes. I was so pleased with how he went, in his first ever 1.50m class he just one fence down but still qualified for the Grand Prix. Chacco also had a good show and was placed on the second day in the 1.45m. I wasn’t sure how he would get on as the class was in the evening and jumped under flood lights, which he has never done before, but he coped brilliantly. Chip was unlucky in lowering a few rails, but he hadn’t been to a show in a while and was drafted in at the last minute due to Disney’s injury.

Bolesworth International
From there we went to Bolesworth International, which was Disney’s first show back. His leg was better and he was feeling fresh and ready to go. He jumped well all week and in Sunday’s Grand Prix just had a pole down coming out of the double. I also took Chacco to Bolesworth – he went clear in the 1.40m the first day and finished the show with another clear in the accumulator. So all in all, a good show for us.

Hickstead Derby Meeting
The following week was the Hickstead Derby Meeting. I put Disney in the Derby Trial and wasn’t sure how he would get on with all the natural fences and him being a little spooky. He took it all in his stride, jumping the double of ditches, the Devil’s Dyke and the small side of the Derby Bank with ease and placing 4th. You never know he might make a good Derby Horse one day!
I mentioned in my last blog that I had entered Connor into the Speed Derby, which he qualified for on the first day. It was the first time either of us had done the Speed Derby at Hickstead, and he was a little unsure of the bank having never seen anything like it. We got down it in the end and finished the course, so hopefully having now done the course, he will be a lot better next year.
In between the big shows I have also been taking my young horses out to shows and my two four-year-olds, Gusto and Gambler B, are looking very promising with them both jumping consistent clear rounds at Discovery level. They were actually placed 1st and 2nd in the Discovery at Weston Lawns recently.

Until next time.
Spencer

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Making the Change from Hay to HorseHage

HorseHage Net

The importance of feeding a high quality forage cannot be stressed enough, for any horse or pony, and the benefits of changing from ordinary hay to a bagged forage such as HorseHage can be many.

Forage accounts for the largest part of the horse’s diet, and as well as providing essential nutrients, the digestion of forage produces heat, so it is a vital tool to help keep your horse or pony warm when the months turn colder later in the year.

HorseHage is absolutely dust and spore-free, which is a vital aid in maintaining a healthy respiratory tract and preventing conditions such as RAO (Recurrent Airway Obstruction). This is especially important when your horse has to be stabled for extended periods of time, and essential for any horse or pony that is competing.

It comes with a 100% quality guarantee on every single bale, contains no chemicals or flavourings, mould inhibitors or inoculants. It has a lower sugar content than most hays and has BETA FEMAS NOPS certification enabling you to feed with confidence.

It comes in four different varieties – Ryegrass, High Fibre, Timothy and Alfalfa. Both the High Fibre and Timothy options are suitable for laminitics.

Most horse owners are aware that when changing their horse’s feed, it should be done gradually over a period of seven to ten days, but many people don’t realise that this also applies to changing forage too.

Sudden changes in forage can significantly upset the balance of microflora in the horse’s gut and if sufficient time is not given to allow the ‘friendly’ bacteria to adapt, they will die and this can cause health problems and/or lack of performance for your horse.

Plan ahead to avoid running out of forage and having to change suddenly and, if and when you do decide to change, do it gradually by replacing a little more of your current forage each day with the new forage over a period of up to ten days, or even longer if your horse is particularly sensitive to dietary changes.

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Special Support from Enoch the Donkey

Enoch the Donkey

As well as our sponsored riders, we also support some smaller organisations which aren’t always so well-known. One of these is Bryndaffyd Animal Assisted Therapy which is based in Wales and uses donkeys to provide therapy to those in need.

Ann Slater, who runs the organisation, is often asked ‘Why do you believe in animal assisted therapy? And this was her very touching answer…

“I took Enoch (my best ‘pal’ donkey) to a nursing home we regularly visit near Carmarthen. After spending some time with his regular friends (residents at the home), we were heading along the corridor to the day room. The nurse asked us to stop by a closed bedroom door. She explained that the gentleman in the room had closed down on his life and had instructed to be left alone for all but essential care. The nurse came out, surprised that this gentleman had agreed to see us.

“Enoch the donkey and I entered his room and the man gestured for me to sit near his bed. He sent the nurse out and requested the door be closed. I introduced myself and Enoch. My – how this donkey knows his job! He came to the side of the bed and stopped just close enough to put his nose into the crook of this man’s neck. After some silent time the elderly gentleman began to speak. He asked me to help his hand and arm hold my donkey’s head close to his face.

As he was head to head and hugging Enoch from his bed, he said: “Since my wife died, my life has had no point. Since my legs and arms stopped working, my life has had no point. Since I need help to do basic life tasks such as eating and going to the bathroom, my life has no point. Since my son moved abroad and all my friends left this world, my life has had no point. In fact, since my wife died, not a single day has had a purpose… not a single day…until today! Thank you!”

“We were both crying.

“After an hour, I asked if he would he like us to visit again?

“Yes please”, he said, “but the thing is, I don’t think I’ll be here much longer. If I should still be waiting to be called , I would gladly spend some of that time with this very special animal.”

“And that’s why we do it! That’s why I believe in animal assisted therapy.”

Said Ann: ““Almost anyone can benefit from donkey therapy, young or old. We have had some especially positive outcomes from young people with autism and older folk with dementia following Enoch’s visits.

“Enoch is currently undertaking an Active Donkey Award which means he has to succeed at eight activities. If he keeps that up for five years, he is short-listed for the prestigious ‘Donkey Ambassador for the UK’ award.”

For further information please visit: animalassistedtherapywales.wordpress.com

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