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Arctic Crown Chills Out With Mollichaff Calmer Complete

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Arctic Crown, a mischievous six-year-old part-bred Arab, has the stable name of Rowan but his nick-name of ‘Foaly’ seemed to have stuck because of the time it took for him to start maturing and get going properly.

His owner, Louise Cumming, had quite a few problems with him as a tricky youngster who was a nightmare to break in and she had several falls and injuries.

Foaly stands around 16.3hh and Louise describes him as being ‘hugely intelligent’. He discovered at an early age how to open his stable door, despite Louise trying out various clips as well as a combination padlock, to secure the bolt, but he even managed to take that off!

She had tried several calming supplements over the years but they didn’t seem to have any effect, but then heard about Mollichaff Calmer Complete– a complete fibre-based feed formulated for horses and ponies that are prone to nervousness or excitability.

It contains a balanced blend of fibre pellets, oat straw, dried grass, herbs, soya oil, vitamins, minerals, limestone and trace elements including magnesium. It is suitable for all horses and ponies, including those prone to laminitis, as it is low in sugar and starch, providing limited controlled energy from high quality, digestible fibre and oil-based ingredients.

Within a few weeks of starting Foaly on Mollichaff Calmer Complete, he started to make progress and dealt with moving yards nicely and in a couple of months he was finally broken in and was being ridden away.

Said Louise: “He recently had two weeks off work and was turned out in the field, so because he wasn’t working, I didn’t give him his hard feed. When I brought him back in to ride, he was straight back into his old flighty habits, being unpredictable and producing a display of bucking suitable for a rodeo arena! As I had been recovering from a small operation, I decided to hold fire on riding him whilst he was misbehaving as I didn’t want to be injured, and put him back onto the Mollichaff Calmer Complete. After a few days I was able to calmly school him. He’s the type of horse that always wants to be busy and the combination of being on Mollichaff Calmer Complete and being in regular ridden work has produced an amazing transformation in him and he is much easier to deal with!”

Foaly recently competed at his first ever competition where he won both the dressage and the combined training, so he has now earned his ‘grown-up’ name of Arctic King, thanks to Mollichaff Calmer Complete!

HorseHage to Sponsor SEVA Symposium 2017

SEVAWe have signed up for a second year to support the Student Equine Veterinary Association Symposium for 2017.

This year the exciting event will be hosted by the University of Glasgow School of Veterinary Medicine on 4th – 5th February.

The symposium offers a diverse range of equine-centred lectures, seminars and practical demonstrations to interested veterinary students with a variety of topics to ensure it appeals to students at every stage of the veterinary courses.

Said Chris Tar of HorseHage, “We are delighted to have this opportunity to reach out to the next generation of equine veterinarians. HorseHage is a unique product which is often mistaken for ordinary haylage but is produced quite differently, which gives it some very beneficial properties, such as a very low sugar content and high digestibility and palatability. It has BETA NOPS certification and because we make four different varieties, we know there is an option to suit all types of horses and ponies, including those prone to laminitis.”

Said Simon Woods, BVSc MRCVS, of Lower House Equine Clinic in Shropshire: “As an equine vet, I often recommend the High Fibre variety to my clients and we feed it to all the in-patients at my equine veterinary clinic. We find it to be a universal forage that is suitable for all types of ponies and horses. It is high in fibre, whilst low in protein and energy and so is suitable for horses and ponies prone to laminitis or those that are going through a period of convalescence.”

“Modern forage can vary tremendously in terms of quality and composition. Some batches of hay can contain large amounts of energy and sugars, far more than some haylage. With High Fibre HorseHage, the quality of forage is always reliable and is high in fibre and low in energy, making it consistently suitable and safe for laminitis-prone horses and ponies.”

In addition to the health benefits, HorseHage is also very easy to use too. It splits easily into wedges and never requires any soaking or steaming. The bales are a handy size as they are highly compressed to around half their original size. They look smaller than some bales on the market, but in fact still weigh around 22kg.

 

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December 2016 – Father Christmas is on his way!

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December 2016 – Father Christmas is on his way!

BD National Veteran Dressage Championships

The first and most important thing I have to share this month is that my little sister, Tory, and the legendary Spotty Pony only went and WON the BD National Veteran Intro Championships!  They got a prize and a sash and got to do a lap of honour.  I am not sure who cried more, me or our Mum!  Sooooooo proud of Tory.  Spotty had three months off for a fractured splint this year and qualified at Intro as part of her rehab in just two tests.  Zero to hero!  They were even in the BD magazine.  Beau and I could only manage 12th in our section (average), but I was really pleased with how he went – and more importantly with how we worked as a team and finally trusted each other enough to combat scary judges’ tables (2), people opening the door into the gallery then letting it slam shut (1), and the swags on the walls (millions).  He was a very good boy and I was a very good girl :D .

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BD National Draught Horse Dressage Championships

The final championship for us this year was the BD National Draught Horse Dressage Championships.  I figured Beau would be the smallest horse there and apart from a couple of lovely Fjords and a Haffy, he was.  The warm up went beautifully.  I can honestly say we have never gone better.  His back was lifted, he was soft in my hand and I wasn’t chucking the reins at him.  Then it went a little awry…  The most gorgeous Shire stallion came into the warm up just as we were called to do our test.  It was about 10 minutes before our time but the timings had gone wrong, and because I know what it’s like to be on the organiser side of the fence, I agreed to go early.  Just as we got to the door between the indoor warm up and the outdoor rings, all hell was let loose! The Shire (stood in the doorway) decided this was the best party ever, and let everyone know with a squeal and some arm waving.  This set off all the horses on the warm up, except Beau who just stood and gawped.  The rider was not pleased, and smacked her horse to get it’s attention, THIS set Beau off! It was a windy day, so seconds later when we rode outside with all the banners round the arena flapping in the wind, I lost his attention, and never quite got it back.  Not our finest hour.  We came last in our section (though not in the class, so others were clearly having a worse day).  The good that came out of that was twofold.  1 – I just smiled, I didn’t get stressed or upset and I wasn’t worried at any point.  A revelation.  2 – there were no more Championships to put ourselves through!!  Relaxez-vous.

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Horse and Hound NAF Riding Club of the Year

The results are in……….. Congratulations to Crown RC who scooped it this year.  For me, Cherwell Valley RC most definitely deserved to win, because it really is the most supportive club.  We take on everything together, and help each other.  For example, we always send supporters and readers to dressage competitions, and we never pressure anyone, but at the same time push each other to be the best we can.  For CVRC it really is about the taking part more than the winning (though it’s nice when we do  ).

Training

One side-saddle lesson is all I’ve managed!  After such an amazing season with three championships to go to (I have never qualified for a championship before this year) Beau and I are worn out mentally and physically.  Plus, work has been v. busy, and with attempting to plan for Christmas, nothing especially interesting has happened training-wise.  I do plan to get back out there in the New Year though and work on our way of going more.

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Your Horse Live

It was so lovely to see Kate and Becky and the rest of the Mollichaff team at Your Horse Live.  Such a friendly bunch, although they did insist on taking photos.  We watched some marvellous talks and demos and shopped until we dropped.  It seemed as though most of Cherwell Valley RC was in attendance too which was great – a friendly face round every corner.

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Gymkhana games hen party

That was so much fun!  We all toddled up to a riding school near Derby to play, and had a brilliant time with some character building moments, and a lovely meal afterwards.  A suitable send off to married life for my best buddy   Here we all are resplendent in purple wigs, jodhs, everything (Simon declined to don a wig) – with the lovely long suffering gymkhana ‘ponies’.

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Twitter

Feedback and suggestions for crazy stuff that we haven’t thought of yet for us to get up to over the winter @BeauBayou.  Interestingly I have picked up more followers since posting a pic of Outlander’s Jamie Fraser than I ever have through posting about horsey derring-do.

Shopping

All Christmas presents.  I love Christmas, so exciting!  I can’t wait for everyone to open their gifts so I can see their faces.  Plus I have ordered some winter riding tights (not sure what that is all about – think they just mean jodhs with no zip) to try and encourage me to ride when it’s cold.  They’re navy so I’m hoping they go with my eBay special cut-away jacket so I can at least do some wonky dressage, even if I have yet to source a full habit.  The thing with that is, do I buy one that’s tight in the hope I lose some weight, or do I buy one that fits me now and then if I do lose weight take it in?  Quandary.

Christmas and New Year resolutions

I stay clear of New year resolutions, knowing full well that they will be forgotten by the second week of January.  Now is as good a time to make a change, why wait?

For Christmas, my list would be:

A good seat

Good hands

The ability to apply what I am hearing and improve more quickly

A happy horse!

And:

A bespoke side saddle habit that makes me look hourglass shaped and skinny

Living installed in our lorry (currently 2 caravan mattresses on the floor)

A lottery win so I can play ponies instead of working, and build an indoor school!

 

Wishing everybody the merriest of merry Christmases, and a super successful 2017 with as much pony fun as possible.  Here’s to raising the level of average!

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Goals: updated for December and for 2017 (NOT resolutions):

  • Dressage:  The main focus is STILL to get 70% in a prelim test unaffiliated !
  • Dressage again:  Having discovered that BD are allowing Team Quest members to compete affiliated at prelim – AND having coughed up for full membership for 2017, I am now aiming for regional festivals at novice – though I am not sure what’s involved in that yet.
  • Team Quest:  For 2017 it has to be regionals again for the Cherwell Valley Charlatans
  • Side saddle: An intro dressage test ridden wonky
  • Quadrille: Lots of theme ideas already bubbling away for 2017
  • Jumping: No progress this month apart from some bimbling about over tidgy XC fences and through water, over banks etc.  Beau is a legend at XC!
  • Posh dressage: Tracy to compete with Beau at Elementary – am looking for classes….

Much love for now and 2017, Tam and Beau x

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December Blog from Spencer Roe

In my last post I told you I was heading out Oliva Nova (in Spain) for their Autumn Tour, it normally takes us three days to get there from our yard in Lincoln. We started at 3am on the first leg of the trip, our first stop being Reims, then on to Nîmes, finally arriving in Oliva Nova on Saturday…

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Week 1…

Our first week in Spain started slowly, Wonder Why (Disney) and Chaccomo Agostini (Chacco) both jumped clear in the 1.40m and 1.30m classes, jumping well but not being placed. Then at the weekend I jumped them in the two 1.45m ranking classes; Chacco finished on 8 faults which I was pleased with as he was jumping well and Disney just had one unlucky fence down. I also took two of my five-year-olds, Gusto (Gus) and Gambler B (King) – they both jumped in the five-year-old classes each jumping clear two out of three days. I was pleased with how they both went as neither has been to many international shows yet.

Week 2…

Feeling good about how he was performing, I decided to jump Disney in the Grand Prix that coming Sunday, so all he had to do was qualify in Friday’s ranking class, one clear round and a 14th place later and we were in. Unfortunately things weren’t going so well for Chacco; in Thursday’s 1.45m class he had two down again so on Friday I jumped him in a smaller class and he jumped clear. Sadly when we brought him out to exercise the next day he seemed very stiff and on closer inspection we found he had pulled a muscle in his shoulder, which was quite sore. As a result he got himself and nice holiday in the sun for the remaining time we were in Spain!

Gus and King again jumped clear two out of the three days competing in the five-year-old classes and Disney jumped two super clear rounds in Sunday’s Grand Prix to finish 7th. So we had a good end to the week.

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Week 3…

By week 3 I wondered if Gus and King were starting to tire, they aren’t used to competing this many weeks uninterrupted. Gus jumped clear the first day and King just had one time fault. The second day King jumped clear and Gus had one down, then the third day they both had an unlucky rail each. I was still pleased with how they are progressing though.

Disney jumped the 1.45m ranking class on Friday and jumped another super clear round finishing 12th which qualified us for the Grand Prix. He much prefers jumping on grass to indoor arenas. Sunday rolled around and Disney jumped a great clear in the first round but regrettably had a fence in the jump off so we only finished 9th.

Week 4…

We were now at our final week in Oliva Nova which is when they have the five-year-old final. Both Gus and King were clear on Tuesday, but Gus had a fence down in Wednesday’s class. Thursday was the day of the final and was an Instant Jump-Off class. Gus was early to go so I wasn’t sure how fast we needed to go, we took the course reasonably fast and had a double clear. King was last to go, which meant I could push him to go as fast as I thought he could manage, and did a great double clear. Gus finished 5th and King finished 3rd.

Disney’s last week was a little unlucky, having had the last fence down in the first qualifier and another in the second. We still managed to qualify for the last Grand Prix and he went much better, jumping a fantastic clear in the first round. But fate caught up with us and we were drawn first to go in the jump off, not knowing how the other riders would fare, we went for it. We finished with a good time but had downed a fence and ended up placing 7th.

Next time…

I had a really great time at Oliva Nova and was pleased with all my horses; I was very happy with how both of my five-year-olds performed and look forward to taking them abroad again in the new year.

I’m now at home in the UK again and we are winding down for Christmas. Disney and Chacco are having a rest before we bring them back into work in January, ready for the Sunshine Tour in Vejer de la Frontera. I’m still going to be working with my younger horses as I hope to take them to Spain as well. I won’t be competing abroad again until the tour in two months; so I’m looking forward to spending time with my family this Christmas.

Until next time.

Spencer

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Great Value Complete Feeds from Mollichaff

Mollichaff Complete Feeds

The Mollichaff Complete range offers three fibre-based complete feeds: Mollichaff HoofKind Complete for horses and ponies prone to laminitis; Mollichaff Calmer Complete for nervous or excitable horses and ponies; and Mollichaff Condition Complete for encouraging weight gain and condition.

When fed at the recommended amounts, these complete feeds can be used as the sole bucket feed as they each contain a broad spectrum vitamin and mineral supplement and only require good quality forage to be fed alongside. Being fibre-based feeds rather than cereal-based, they are a much more natural way of feeding.

A fibre-based feed will weigh a lot less than cereal and so the recommended feeding amounts may seem like a lot, but it’s important to ensure your horse or pony is getting the correct amount in order for him to get all the vitamins and minerals he requires.

Because the feed is fibre-based it takes longer to eat and more chewing is required, which is good as the horse is a natural ‘trickle’ feeder. By stimulating the production of saliva and slowing down the passage of food throughout the gut, Mollichaff can help to promote good digestion and 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.

All three varieties in the Mollichaff Complete range come in a 15kg bag and we have worked out some average weekly feeding costs below. Levels will vary according to the size of your horse and pony, so please consult the table on the reverse of the bag for your horse’s individual requirements.

Cost per week to feed an average 15.2hh, 500kg horse at the recommended level of 2.5kg per day:

Mollichaff Condition Complete (RRP: £10.50 per bag) = £12.25 per week

Mollichaff HoofKind Complete (RRP: £8.50 per bag) = £9.92

Mollichaff Calmer Complete (RRP: £9.00 per bag) = £10.50

So feeding a complete fibre-based feed can work out to be much better value than feeding several different concentrates and vitamin supplements and is also a more natural way to feed your horse or pony. It is also much easier to store a single bag of feed and no shopping list required!