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Spencer’s Latest Blog – February 2016

Spencer’s Latest Blog – February 2016

The past few months have been quiet on the competition front for me. We didn’t have a particularly good end to the season, which was disappointing since it started so well in La Baule. But since then we’ve made a few changes and put a lot of hard work into training and hopefully that will pay off this year.

Henfield, West Sussex…

The new yard

The new yard

In October I was made an offer from a new owner to move to a yard in West Sussex and ride a few of his horses. After much consideration and visiting the new yard, I made the decision to move. So in November we packed up our yard and most of my horses and moved from Lincolnshire down to Henfield. It took the horses (and me) a little time to get used to the change but we have been there for just over two months now and they are settling in fine.

Getting settled in

Getting settled in

The past two months I have spent getting to know the new horses I am riding (I’ll let you know all about them soon) and preparing my youngsters who are now five-year-old horses for their first international show.

Trying out the indoor school

Trying out the indoor school

Spencer and his team

Spencer and his team

Next time…

I now find myself on a ferry from Portsmouth heading to the Sunshine Tour in Vejer de la Frontera. We are taking seven horses with us, including a few youngsters, and will be competing out there until the end of March. I compete out there every year as it’s a great show to get my horses back into jumping and it’s good experience for my younger horses. I’ll let you all know how I’m doing on social media and in my next blog.

Until next time,

Spencer

 

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West Country Equine Fair 5th – 6th December 2015

Here’s our latest blog from Equine Feed Adviser, Rachel Hornby, following last weekend’s West Country Equine Fair in Devon:

“The West Country Equine Fair marks the end of the show season for us, but also the start of Christmas festivities, so its arrival is a bitter-sweet event.

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Debbie, National Sales Manager, and I arrived on Friday morning to set up the trade- stand.  There is always a lovely atmosphere at this event and this year was a particularly colourful set-up day with an amazing array of Christmas jumpers being modelled by various members of staff from other trade-stands.   Our trade-stand soon began to take shape and the Christmas poinsettia took pride of place on the desk.

Saturday had a sedate start but the crowds soon arrived and could be found clustered around the main ring watching the fantastic demonstrations which included a ‘Three-Day-Eventing Master Class’ by Sir Mark Todd. They were also able to enjoy the huge variety of exhibitor stands, many of which were adorned with Christmas lights.   The fair gives a welcome opportunity to partake in an equine-related event without the extreme mud and wet weather encountered by so many horse owners recently.

Sunday was another great day and we were busy from the moment the doors opened.  We had many visits from our lovely stockists and the day soon flew by as we talked to customers old and new.   There was a brief lull late afternoon giving us a chance to enjoy a well-earned cup of coffee and a piece of Christmas cake very kindly provided by Penny who had joined us for the weekend to assist on the trade- stand.  The cheers and frivolity coming from the indoor arena indicated that the Pony Club show-jumping competition was coming to an intense end and so was the show.

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We were soon heading home, participating in our Sunday night Christmas post-event tradition of listening to our favourite Michael Buble Christmas CD.

Thank-you so much to those of you who visited the stand and helped to make this event another memorable one.  We wish you and your equine friends a fantastic Christmas.’

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HorseHage ‘Ask The Vet’ Sessions at Your Horse Live!

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This year at Your Horse Live we have decided to do something a little different. We will be holding two free ‘Ask The Vet’ sessions on Saturday 14th November with equine vet, Simon Woods BVSC, MRCVS.

Simon is a partner at Fyrnwy Equine Clinics – a specialist veterinary practice based in Shropshire dedicated to the horse world, offering a highly experienced ambulatory equine practice and a fully equipped equine surgical facility.

Simon is an official FEI veterinarian and also an ARVS veterinary surgeon and was part of the veterinary team at the London 2012 Olympic Games. He officiates at many BE events and rides a little in his spare time.

We are inviting you to come along to our stand (Hall 1, Stand 6) on the Saturday, if you have any equine feed-related questions you wish to put to Simon. Questions for the morning session will be from 10.30am to 12.30pm and will be by appointment only. To book a slot, please email your name and contact number to becky.tsmltd@btconnect.com by noon on Thursday 12th November. Bookings will close at 12pm. The bookings will be made on a first come, first served basis and we will have limited places only. All applications will be informed that their email has been received and those that are successful will receive confirmation of their allocated time. Only one question per person will be permitted to allow as many people as possible to speak to Simon and no more than 10 minutes allowed per question.

In the afternoon on Saturday we will also run another two hour session from 2pm to 4pm and this will be operated on a first come, first served queuing system and no appointment is required.

We ask that all questions be related to feeding issues only.

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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