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Tam Thompson’s Final Blog for Mollichaff – January 2017

Amateur rider, Tam Thompson, our first Mollichaff-sponsored rider who won our national competition this time last year, has been providing us with a blog on how she and her horse, Beau, have been getting on in the various disciplines they enjoy along with the ups and downs of the sport. This will be Tam’s last blog for us as her year as our Mollichaff-sponsored rider is almost up. Tam has been a pleasure to work with and has been a great ambassador for our brand and we wish her and Beau every success for the future.

Thanks

January 2017 – Thank you Mollichaff – you made 2016 special x

It’s our last blog post as Mollichaff Sponsored Amateur, and what a year it’s been.  I expect I would have done some of the things I did without being involved with Mollichaff, but it has amazed me how much having a blog to fill has focused my mind on trying to get out and have experiences that I can share.  The only downside to that is that it would be a shame to slow down with no official blog to write.  So…I am going to carry on and do it just for myself.  It will be here:  https://beaubayou.blogspot.co.uk/

You get to the end of the year and think about what you’ve achieved, where you are now compared with where you were then, and it feels as though not much has changed.  Looking back through my blogs, on my 2016 with ponies, shows me though, that actually lots has changed!  I used the bursary to work with some incredibly kind and talented trainers and so my relationship with Beau the legend has gone from strength to strength.  Something as small as just getting on and toddling round the school took forethought and planning this time last year.  Yesterday, I just did it and although the school was frozen so we could only walk, we achieved lots and both me and Grumps came out smiling.  I have also learned lots about my own head, and am going to have to work hard on things like riding as I would at home in dressage tests!

YakponyI need to mention that Beau, Simon’s horse, Parker, and Tory’s horse, Sardra, are doing so well on Mollichaff HoofKind Complete that it’s now our preferred feed – so, Mollichaff, if you got nothing else from my ramblings you got at least three new, loyal customers!

We have had so much fun this year with dressage training, Team Quest, quadrille training and competition, side-saddle, gymkhana games, a spot of jumping, Riding Club camps, Your Horse Live and lots of relaxed hacking.  I am with Churchill (with slight amend) when he said there is nothing so good for the inside of a [wo]man as the outside of a horse.  It’s my spiritual home, and always has been, even though I’ve struggled with confidence and motivation quite a lot over the last few years.  Beau is my therapy.

We also managed to make it to quite a few championships this year which is a first for me, with Tory and Sardra even winning the Veteran National Intro Dressage Championships!  I’ve written about the experiences on the day, it just remains to say how proud I am of Tory, and of myself, and how grateful I am to the patience of ‘megatrainers’ Amanda, Alison, Tracy, Jonathan, Jules and Ginny, and to the support and drive of Tory, Simon and Mrs Whipcracker for making it possible for me to have qualified at all!

Bye

Goals: updated 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  plus the Sidesaddle Association Novice Show in March
  • Quadrille: Lots of theme ideas already bubbling away for 2017, though unless clubs are allowed two teams this year we may not even be going
  • Jumping: A bit more 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….

If you would like to, you can keep in touch with us with my own blog:  https://beaubayou.blogspot.co.uk/ and on Twitter: @BeauBayou

Maybe even start your own blog – and see just how far you’ve come…

Much love, and thanks for sticking with us, Tam and Beau x

 

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Mollichaff Veteran for the Dentally-Challenged!

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Many equines, particularly as they get older, have loose or missing teeth and cannot chew long stemmed forage such as hay or haylage. If you notice bits of partially chewed forage dropping from your horse’s mouth or scattered on the floor, this is a tell-tale sign that he is struggling to cope.

Mollichaff Veteran from HorseHage is a high fibre forage mix that has been specially formulated for older horses and ponies but it is also a great product for those that are unable to consume long forage and require a partial hay replacer.

It’s made from chopped ingredients so it is easy to manage and is very palatable too, making it great for fussy feeders.

MolliChaff Veteran

Mollichaff Veteran contains a balanced blend of dried grass, dried alfalfa and high quality oat straw topped with a unique dressing combining linseed and soya oil with a small amount of low sugar molasses and added vitamins and minerals, plant-based antioxidants, biotin, mint, nettle and salt.

Linseed oil is a rich source of amino acids and essential fatty acids including Omega 3. Antioxidants from a plant-based source are included to help combat free radicals and maintain your horse’s health and nettles are naturally high in vitamins and minerals.

Mint contains flavanoids that act to relax the digestive tract and most horses also find the aroma and taste of mint to be particularly appealing; and salt provides two important electrolytes – sodium and chloride. Mollichaff Veteran also contains added limestone to provide additional calcium and biotin for healthy hoof growth.

Said Helen Quirk from Lancashire: “I have a 32-year-old coloured cob called Jo who became unable to eat hay last year due to deteriorating teeth. After a few false starts trying various hay replacers we have settled upon Mollichaff Veteran.”

“Jo munches her way through a large bucket full every night instead of a hay net and has retained condition amazingly throughout the winter months when she is stabled at night. I think the fact that Mollichaff Veteran is cut shorter than many other veteran hay replacers and that the chaff is very soft, allows her to be able to easily chew and swallow it. The addition of mint and nettles helps to make it more tempting and varied – it’s a fabulous product!”

If you would like further information or feeding advice, please call the HorseHage Helpline on 01803 527274

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Delicious AppleChaff – High in Healthy Fibre!

Has your horse or pony tried delicious AppleChaff yet?

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

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It 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 our four-legged friend, but are a good source of a wide range of natural nutrients, including potassium, calcium, vitamin C and dietary fibre. AppleChaff also contains added limestone to increase calcium levels in the diet.

Like all the products in the Mollichaff range, 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. It’s a good choice for horses and ponies that need their fibre levels increasing and its palatability makes it great for fussy feeders.

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

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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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