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Foot Perfect for Ex-Racehorses with Mollichaff HoofKind Complete

Two ex-racehorses, owned by Kirsty Holder, were both having problems with poor feet.

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Copper Sound, a 15-year-old chestnut Thoroughbred gelding, had been raced in point-to-points and National Hunt until he was eight years old and then retired due to injury. Kirsty introduced him to eventing, showing and dressage and the pair were very successful, winning and being placed many times. Four years ago he suffered a break in his pedal bone which took quite some time to repair but he is now recovered and enjoys hacking and flatwork with occasional jumping.

Kirsty’s other horse, Raven’s Nest (Bertie), is a nine-year-old bay Thoroughbred gelding who had raced on the flat and over hurdles but retired as a six-year-old as he had no interest in racing. Since being owned by Kirsty, the pair have enjoyed many different disciplines and activities including hacking and flatwork as well as competing at show-jumping, dressage, showing, fun rides and eventing, often returning home with rosettes. They competed at the ROR National Championships at Aintree in 2017 taking home the Reserve Champion title in the Intro Dressage, 9th place in the 75cm Open Show Jumping and 7th in the In-Hand Flat Horse showing class.

However, with both horses having poor feet, it was a constant battle for Kirsty to maintain them. Their feet were very fragile, often splitting and breaking and they were always losing shoes.

Last summer, when Kirsty was visiting the Badminton Horse Trials, she spoke to the team on the HorseHage & Mollichaff trade stand to ask about a calming feed for Copper Sound. When she mentioned the problems she had with both horses’ hooves, she was told about Mollichaff HoofKind Complete.

Mollichaff HoofKind Complete is a complete, fibre-based feed specially formulated for horses and ponies prone to laminitis. It is made from a balanced blend of high quality oat straw, dried alfalfa, fibre pellets, soya oil with added vitamins and minerals, trace elements, including magnesium and natural plant-based antioxidants. It also contains added biotin for strong, healthy hooves.

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It’s low in starch and sugar, high in fibre and does not contain any cereals. It provides a low level but high quality protein and restricted calories to give limited, controlled energy from high quality digestible fibre and oil-based ingredients. When fed at the recommended levels, it can be used as the sole bucket feed.

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Said Kirsty: “I have been using Mollichaff HoofKind Complete since May 2019 and I have to say that I have seen an incredible improvement in both horses’ feet. No lost shoes, no brittle feet and they are now both barefoot. Bertie originally had to go barefoot after pulling a shoe off and damaging his hoof which meant the farrier was unable to attach a shoe. The farrier said it would take 12 weeks before he could be shod but after six weeks he was amazed and could not believe the difference in their feet. The only thing we had changed was their feed to Mollichaff HoofKind Complete.”

Top Up Your Horse’s Forage For The Night Shift!

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As horse and pony owners, we are becoming far more aware now of the importance of forage in our animals’ diets. Recommendations are that up to 100% of the equine  diet should be provided by forage.

The importance of fibre in the equine diet is because the horse’s highly developed large intestine has evolved to use bacterial fermentation to utilise high levels of fibre intake from many hours of grazing. Therefore low levels of fibre or poor quality fibre in the diet puts horses at serious risk of digestive problems.

Many of us turn our horses out during the day when weather permits, but bring them back into a stable at night.  We will feed the horse’s last bucket feed of the day and leave a good-sized net of forage for the horse to nibble on overnight and retire to bed happily, thinking of our animal snuggling down to rest on a warm bed of fresh straw or shavings.

In reality, because horses in the wild will graze for up to 18 hours a day, covering many miles in doing so, and are natural ‘trickle feeders’, by restricting their natural foraging habit by enclosing them in a stable overnight, they are more likely to consume their forage quickly, especially if it is fed from the floor or just a single net. This means they will then be left without sufficient fibre intake for several hours before being fed again in the morning and turned out again.

When we talk about grazing for up to 18 hours a day, this means within a 24 hour period rather than daylight hours, therefore it is very important that enough forage is provided to ensure that the horse is not left ‘fasting’ for more than four hours.

This can be achieved by using slow feeders or more than one hay net and double-netting to extend their natural foraging habit overnight as this is a highly motivated behaviour and will not interfere with the horse’s rest.

Being without forage for more than four hours at a time may also lead to your horse eating his bedding or developing other bad habits such as cribbing or weaving.

HorseHage offers two varieties of dust-free forage – High Fibre HorseHage and Timothy HorseHage – that are low in sugar, starch and energy and high in fibre and which can be safely fed to horses and ponies prone to laminitis. They are also ideal for horses and ponies that are good doers.

HorseHage requires no soaking and splits easily into wedges for easy netting or can be fed from a slow feeder.

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New Design for Mollichaff Range of Chaffs

NEW Chaffs Packaging!

Look out for the brand new packaging on our Mollichaff range of high fibre chaffs! We have kept our cream coloured bags but have updated the front bag image to fit alongside our complete feed range, featuring the outline of the complete feeds’ horse’s head.

The new modern design keeps the same colours so the seven chaff varieties can still be easily identifiable to both stockists and consumers.

The new packaging has now started to roll out on production of Mollichaff Original, Mollichaff Extra, Mollichaff Applechaff, Mollichaff ShowShine, Mollichaff Veteran, Mollichaff Alfalfa Oil and will finally move on to Mollichaff Herbal once stocks of the current bags are used up.

The Mollichaff range of chaffs offers a choice of high fibre chaffs to add bulk and fibre to your horse or pony’s diet. By stimulating the production of saliva and slowing down the passage of food throughout the gut, Mollichaff can help maintain a healthy digestive system. 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.

Talking HorseHage & Mollichaff at Your Riding Club

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These days we have so much information at our finger tips with computers, smartphones and tablets, but nothing beats a face to face presentation with a real person to whom you can ask questions.

We have a wealth of experience in equine feeding and one of our team would be very happy to come to your riding club or equestrian organisation, free of charge, to talk to you about basic equine nutrition and hopefully provide answers to any feeding queries you may have.

They can also tell you about the different products in our HorseHage and Mollichaff ranges, which include high fibre forages, chaffs and complete feeds, and how they can benefit different types of horses and ponies including those prone to laminitis. In addition they will provide free samples of Mollichaff and a raffle prize.

To book a talk for your group, please call the HorseHage & Mollichaff Helpline on 01803 527274.

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Cherry’s The Choice For Fussy Feeder, Brogan!

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Lakeside Brogan, a 17.2hh grey Irish Sports Horse is a fussy feeder and his owner, Lydia Goodband from Dorset, was struggling to find a feed that he really enjoyed.

Seventeen-year-old Brogan is ridden up to six times a week when in full work and Lydia enjoys competing at show jumping and eventing with him. He is turned out all the time during the summer months but is stabled at night over the winter.

She first heard about Mollichaff ShowShine, which is flavoured with cherry and very appetising, when she helped out on the HorseHage trade stand at the Badminton Horse Trials and took a couple of samples home for Brogan to try.

Said Lydia: “He absolutely loved it so I have kept him on it and he has stayed in beautiful condition and, as well as being a great feed to keep his fibre levels up, it also helps to top up his energy levels a little.”

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Mollichaff ShowShine is a high oil chaff and is formulated to provide ultimate show condition. It is flavoured with cherry to give it a delicious taste so is ideal for picky eaters. Many feed manufacturers add flavourings to their products to make them more appetising and when formulating Mollichaff ShowShine, cherry flavouring was chosen following the results published from Kentucky Equine Research* which conducted a preference test on horses to evaluate if the rate of intake of oats could be influenced by the addition of fruit flavours.  The four flavours tested were apple, cherry, teaberry and citrus and it was the cherry flavour that had the greatest influence on palatability.

Made from the highest quality oat straw that has been chopped and dust extracted, Mollichaff ShowShine is naturally high in fibre and contains a unique coating which combines high levels of soya oil with a light dressing of molasses. This gives extra bloom to the coat and that added condition required by some horses and ponies. Limestone is added to provide additional calcium for healthy growth and stronger bones.

Mollichaff ShowShine will add extra fibre to hard feeds, and can be mixed with concentrates to prolong feeding time and aid digestion by stimulating the production of saliva. The extra fibre helps prevent bolting and reduces boredom while your horse is stabled. It can also be used in place of hard feed if fed alongside an all-purpose vitamin and mineral supplement or feed balancer.

*M.A.P. Kennedy, T. Currier, J.Glowaky and J.D. Pagan Kentucky Equine Research, Inc., Versailles, KY.

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