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HorseHage – Flying The Flag For Forage

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Choosing the type of forage to feed your horse or pony should be the most important feed decision you make, as up to 100% of the equine diet should be provided by forage.

Hay can often contain dust and mould spores and soaking and steaming it is time consuming and not always successful. The nutritional quality can vary a great deal too and a typical hay sample can contain around 10% sugar.

Big bale haylage is usually made in large bales which are designed to be fed whole in the field and can be difficult to handle and break up. The quality can be variable and unless you are feeding several horses or ponies, there is the chance of wastage as a bale should be consumed within a week before it goes off.

HorseHage bagged forage offers all you and your horse could wish for in a forage and the company has over 40 years of expertise in producing the highly compressed, dust-free product that has become widely recognised as a premium quality product.

Unlike most haylages, HorseHage is not re-wrapped. It is compressed down to half its size and packed into heat-sealed, double-skinned bags. It goes through a fermentation process that causes the sugars in the grass to break down, reducing the acidity level and giving it a sweet smell whilst preserving the grass. This gives it a much lower sugar content (around 4%) than most other forages.

We don’t add anything to HorseHage. No chemicals, mould inhibitors or inoculants. It’s a totally natural product and has BETA NOPS and FEMAS certifications.

So if you’re looking for a forage that is dust-free, low in sugar, easy to use, totally natural and comes with a guarantee, HorseHage is ideal. It is available in four different varieties offering a choice of energy levels for every type of horse or pony including those prone to laminitis.

But better still….most horses and ponies relish the taste and so there’s no wastage and it may enable you to reduce the hard feed ration by up to a third, saving you money too!

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Pablo’s Horse Sanctuary Gets Support From HorseHage

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We have teamed up with Pablo’s Horse Sanctuary to support two rescued equines at their centre near Melton Mowbray in Leicestershire.

The two animals, Oscar – a 17.2hh Thoroughbred, and Rupert – a 13.2hh Welsh-type pony, will be fed on Mollichaff Condition Complete to help them put on some weight and build up some condition.

Mollichaff Condition Complete is a highly digestible, high fibre, high oil and low starch complete feed which has been formulated to encourage weight gain in underweight horses and ponies and can also help to maintain weight and condition in competition horses and ponies. It contains a balanced blend of alfalfa, dried grass, oat straw, fibre pellets, barley, soya flakes, soya oil and mint as well as Yea-sacc® and a prebiotic plus vitamins, minerals and trace elements.

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The soya oil provides essential fatty acids to help improve skin condition and encourage a healthy, glossy coat and the Yea-sacc® and prebiotic can help maintain a healthy digestive system.

When fed at the recommended level it can be used as the sole concentrate feed as it contains a broad spectrum vitamin and mineral supplement. The only other feed required is plenty of good quality forage.

When feeding a complete feed, it is important to weigh the feed to make sure you are feeding the correct amount. The average weight of a level Stubbs scoop (2.6 litre) of Mollichaff Condition Complete is 0.50kg.

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Oscar came to Pablo’s after his owner sadly died. He is very loveable and really enjoys his food. Because he is a big horse, he will require six scoops of Mollichaff Condition Complete per day, split into two or three smaller feeds plus his usual forage.

Rupert was purchased by his previous owners from a riding school but wouldn’t travel and they found him to be untrainable and couldn’t saddle him, so he was no longer wanted and came to Pablo’s seven months ago. He is very sweet-natured and quiet and gets on with everyone. He will require four scoops of Mollichaff Condition Complete per day, split into two or three feeds, as well as his usual forage.

Both horses are elderly – in their thirties, so feeding a chopped fibre feed is a good option as older horses can struggle with long stem forage if they have dental issues.

Pablo’s Horse Sanctuary is a registered charity (Reg. No.1116394) in Long Clawson near Melton Mowbray and was founded by Carole Fielding and named in honour of a much-loved little pony with a crooked leg. After Pablo’s death, the family was devastated and Carole made the decision to devote the rest of her life to rescuing and caring for horses and ponies. There are currently over 90 horses at the sanctuary and the charity is entirely run by Carole and a team of volunteers to ensure that 100% of every donation is spent only on the horses’ welfare.

Said Carole: “We are delighted to have this support for Oscar and Rupert – they are loving the Mollichaff Condition Complete. Because it’s a complete feed with everything they need in it, it’s so easy to use.”

“We receive no government funding and so we are reliant on kind donations. Like many animal sanctuaries at the moment, we are trying so hard to help these animals but are struggling with escalating feed and vets’ bills which is being compounded by the large numbers of unwanted horses and ponies being abandoned.”

If you would like to find out more about how you can help, please visit www.pabloshorsesanctuary.co.uk

Enoch the Therapy Donkey Retires Age 25!

Over 100 people attended a celebration on 10th June to mark The Donkey Breed Society’s Golden Jubilee and also Enoch the donkey’s retirement at the grand old age of 25, following 17 years of service as a therapy donkey.

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Although it didn’t stop raining, the event was a great opportunity to bring donkey enthusiasts together and Enoch’s guests had a wonderful afternoon meeting him and his fellow therapy donkeys. They were able to learn more about the Donkey Breed Society (DBS) and enjoyed Enoch’s scrumptious cake provided by Mollichaff Donkey. The Chair of The DBS, Rosemary Clarke, gave a humorous talk on 50 years of the DBS and Enoch’s foster-owner, Ann Slater, gave a talk about the wonderful work Enoch has done throughout his career and this was followed by the local vicar blessing all the donkeys.

The raffle and silent auction were well-supported as was the Lluest Horse and Pony Trust stand and The Donkey Breed Society’s stand selling donkey-themed merchandise.

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Enoch was presented with an eye-catching blue bucket full of donkey treats. The wonderful celebration reunited old friends and new friendships were also formed.

Enoch has just five public appearances to fulfil before he starts his full retirement. He will still be saying hello to school groups visiting Bryndafydd but his days of going out to visit are nearly over. He will be at Carmarthen Park on 17th June meeting children at a community day, followed by Llandarog Show on 24th June, to support the donkey classes which they are running for the first time. On 3rd September he is at The Big Cwtch Family Music Festival and will then be flying the flag for senior donkeys in the Veteran Donkey class at Llansawel Show on 9th September. His final public outing will be at the Lluest Horse & Pony Trust Open Day on 17th September, before his relaxation begins in earnest.

Over his career, Enoch, who is fostered from The Donkey Sanctuary, has touched the lives of thousands of adults and children through his visits to nursing homes, hospices, hospitals, schools and youth projects. He will now hand over the reins to fellow donkeys, Polo and Cariad, and miniature Shetland pony, Robbie, at Bryndafydd Animal Assisted Therapy, in Carmarthenshire, Wales, who will continue on with the great work done by the group which is run by Enoch’s dedicated foster-owner, Ann Slater.

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Said an emotional Ann: “I will miss working with Enoch but I’m so looking forward to sharing his retirement at home.”

“He’s my best friend and the most special donkey ever.”

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The donkeys at Bryndafydd Animal Assisted Therapy are all fed on Mollichaff Donkey – a highly palatable, complete feed which is low in sugar, starch and energy and is suitable for donkeys, mules, ponies and horses that are prone to laminitis. When fed at the recommended levels, it needs no further supplementation other than good quality forage, or it can be used as a total forage replacer.

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For further information on Mollichaff Donkey or for advice on feeding your horse, pony, donkey or mule, please call the HorseHage Helpline on 01803 527274

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Mollichaff Donkey Continues Sponsorship at Llansawel Show

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We are to continue our sponsorship of the donkey classes at the annual Llansawel Show for 2017.

The winners of each of the donkey classes will receive a bag of Mollichaff Donkey – a highly palatable, complete feed formulated specially for donkeys and each competitor will also receive a free sample of Mollichaff Donkey for their animal to try.

The Llansawel Show has seven donkey classes this year including the usual breed and fun classes and is a very popular event with all the usual horticultural, craft, cookery and livestock classes and takes place at Llansawel in Carmarthenshire on 9th September 2017.

Many people do not realise that donkeys require a very different feeding regime compared to horses. They are desert animals and in their natural habitat they have evolved to survive in some very harsh environments and will therefore browse much coarser, fibrous herbage than horses, eating little and often. They have a much lower energy requirement than horses and can easily become overweight, therefore lush pasture is best avoided.

Mollichaff Donkey is specifically formulated for donkeys and is low in sugar, starch and energy and contains a balanced blend of dried grass, fibre pellets, oat straw and soya oil with camomile, mint and lemon balm. It also contains a broad spectrum vitamin and mineral supplement which includes limestone and magnesium.

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Donkey Breed Society’s Golden Jubilee Celebration Special Guest

Enoch the Therapy DonkeyThe Donkey Breed Society will be welcoming a very special guest to its Welsh Members’ Golden Jubilee celebration on the 10th June.

Enoch the therapy donkey will take pride of place at the top table in a final public appearance before his well-earned retirement, having made over 250 therapy visits in his lifetime.

Over 25-years-old, Enoch, who is fostered from The Donkey Sanctuary, has touched the lives of thousands of adults, teenagers and children through visits to hospices, hospitals, nursing homes, schools and youth projects. He currently heads up a team of animals at Bryndafydd Animal Assisted Therapy which is sponsored by Mollichaff Donkey – a specialist complete feed formulated for donkeys and produced by HorseHage, the well-known bagged forage manufacturer.

Enoch is now in the process of handing over the reins to fellow donkeys, Polo and Cariad, who will carry on his good work all across Carmarthenshire, West Wales. They will also be assisted by Robbie – a miniature Shetland pony, who is a recent addition to the therapy team, having been rescued from near death by Lluest Horse and Pony Trust. All three equines will now build upon the excellent reputation established by Enoch, enabling him to relax and enjoy his retirement although he will still stay with Ann Slater at Bryndafydd Animal Assisted therapy and continue to greet youngsters taking part in youth projects at their base.

Proud foster owner, Ann, is therefore planning a retirement send-off befitting of this very special donkey.

Commenting on her work with Enoch over the years, she said: “I will miss working with him so much …particularly in very sensitive areas such as ‘end of life visits’ where I’ve been privileged to witness some intensely moving and poignant moments. These have given me great comfort knowing that Enoch has brought such joy to an individual at the end of their life and that really is something very special”.

The Golden Jubilee and retirement celebrations kick off on Saturday 10th June in Llandeilo, Carmarthenshire. Attendees will be able to meet Enoch and Polo and learn more about the Donkey Breed Society; The Donkey Sanctuary and Enoch’s therapy work. The afternoon will also include a raffle and the chance to win a fantastic ‘Donkey Experience for Two with Enoch and Friends’ and the opportunity to shop for donkey-inspired gifts and crafts. Enoch will even have a birthday cake sponsored by Mollichaff Donkey (for his human guests, of course!)

The donkeys at Bryndafydd Animal Assisted Therapy are all fed on Mollichaff Donkey – a highly palatable, complete feed which is low in sugar, starch and energy and is suitable for donkeys, mules, ponies and horses that are prone to laminitis. When fed at the recommended levels, it needs no further supplementation other than good quality forage, or it can be used as a total forage replacer.

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