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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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Emily King’s Latest Blog

“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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Spencer’s Latest Blog – January 2018

 Spencer

It’s been a nice quiet time for me and the horses over December. I had a short holiday in the USA visiting my girlfriend’s family and then spent Christmas at home in Lincoln with my family.

I’m heading out to Spain at the beginning of next month to compete in the Sunshine Tour (Circuito Hipico del Sol) in Vejer de la Frontera, Andalusia and will be over there until mid-March. This competition brings together riders from all over the world for both show jumping and dressage and there will be around 1500 horses taking part.

I will be taking seven horses with me to compete on so we’re currently looking for another groom to assist my head groom whilst we’re there. We’ll be driving and so will need to take both lorries, and along with all our kit plus the horses’ tack, feed and HorseHage, it’s quite a logistical challenge! We’ll be using Ryegrass HorseHage as it offers a little more in energy levels and I can use it confidently, knowing it’s dust-free and has BETA NOPS certification.

Coming along will be Wonder Why (Disney), my very experienced five star horse who is now 15, and Chaccomo Agostini (Chacco), a 12-year-old Oldenburg stallion owned by myself and Mr Darren Hardy. I’ll be aiming both these horses for the Grand Prix classes and hoping for good results to help get me noticed for Nations Cup team selection.

Spencer Roe Wonder Why

Wonder Why

I also have couple of relatively new rides – Esunja, a nine-year-old KWPN mare owned by the Morris Group Stud and Merlin’s Montana (Monty) – a five-year-old stallion who I purchased last summer and part-own with Mr Harry Whall.
Esunja


Esunja

My younger horses, KWPN stallion, Hero VD Akkerhoeve (Hero), Gambler B (King) and Gusto (Gus) will be aiming for some good results in the six and seven-year-old classes.

Hero

Hero

Gambler-B

Gambler B

Gusto

Gusto

I always enjoy this competition as it’s great to get away from the British winter weather for five weeks and to be jumping outdoors and it’s also the horses’ first show of the season so is a good opportunity to get them up to speed for the season ahead.

Best wishes,

Spencer.

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Twister – A Donkey’s Tale

At this time of year, with the Christmas story in people’s minds, donkeys often feature on Christmas cards and calendars and are a much-loved part of every Nativity scene and play.

Here’s a heart-warming tale about a little donkey belonging to John Nuttall, whose award-winning donkeys can be seen on the Lincolnshire beaches of Skegness and Cleethorpes and now Mablethorpe.

Help from the family

The little donkey was due to be born in August 2017 and the Nuttall family was very excited at the forthcoming arrival of a donkey foal from one of their favourite donkey mares and their coloured jack donkey, Tyson. Donkey mares are pregnant for a long time – around 11 to 14 months and so this foal had been eagerly awaited. The stable was ready for the birth and a camera was set up so they could keep an eye on things. But once the foal was born and checked over, John soon realised there was a problem. The foal’s front legs weren’t straight and bent round so he was unable to walk and stand properly. This meant that he couldn’t stand up to suckle from his mother and in a newly born foal, this is a serious problem.

John realised he would have to hand rear the little chap, who the family named ‘Twister’ and knew that in the middle of the seaside donkey-ride season, this would be no easy task.

Feeding time

John had to milk Twister’s mother and bottle feed Twister by hand around every three hours, including three feeds through the night. At the same time John was also working all day at the beach and was exhausted. There never seemed to be enough bottles so he had to improvise using plastic soft drinks bottles with a teat on, but little Twister soon got the hang of it.

Improvised feeding bottles

In addition to the hand feeding, there was also the actual problem with Twister’s legs to address, so veterinary help was called in straight away. The problem was confirmed as retracted tendons and special padded splints were applied to hold Twister’s front legs in the correct position and to keep them straight enough for him to be able walk on his toes. This allowed his tendons to stretch so that eventually the problem would be corrected. The padded splints had to be applied very carefully so they were supportive but not too tight and needed to be removed and assessed regularly to avoid pressure sores occurring and so, of course, this added to the list of tasks to be done.

The splint on Twisters legs

A couple of dealers John knew through the donkey business thought he was crazy, taking on a deformed colt that was worth nothing and suggested he just let him die and buy another, but John was determined that Twister would survive and wanted to try his very best for him.
He worked hard to tend to Twister and kept up with the feeds through the height of the summer season with help from his family, and his commitment paid off. The pair now have a very special bond with each other and thankfully, Twister responded really well to the treatment and three months on, he is growing into a healthy and strong, young donkey, who can now gallop around the fields just like the other donkeys.

Getting used to his new legs

All John’s donkeys are fed on Mollichaff Donkey which is a fibre-based complete feed specially formulated for donkeys and is low in starch and sugar. When fed at the recommended level, it needs no further supplementation other than good quality forage or it can be used as a total forage replacer. It contains a broad spectrum vitamin and mineral supplement which includes magnesium and limestone, and is made from a balanced blend of dried grass, fibre pellets, oat straw and soya oil with camomile, mint and lemon balm. Donkeys can eat adult food from around a month old but still require their mother’s milk which contains vital nutrients and Twister already enjoys tucking into his Mollichaff Donkey each day.

Twister with his mum

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