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February 2012

Cassie’s Column – February 2012 Hello! 

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Back in the saddle on Poppy

Mollichaff-Alfalfa-OilI finished my exams and lectures have now restarted. I think we are possibly the only part of the country not to get snow, which I’m really grateful for with my commute to Liverpool. After my exams I spent a few days helping Simon at work – it’s a good way to appreciate the tedious exams! 

Poppy has now finally started work again! So far we have just been lunging, long- reining and now ridden work has also begun. She is currently just walking out on hacks, taking advantage of all the hills that surround us to strengthen her back. I’m building this up every day and, although she was very excited to be back in work, she is coping very well. Poppy is currently being fed on Mollichaff ShowShine. She loves the cherry flavour and it makes her coat gleam beautifully. It has kept her condition while she has been off. When her work load increases she will go onto Mollichaff Alfalfa Oil, which is alfalfa with a generous dressing of soya oil. Once she is fit and competing again, we will put her back to the Mollichaff Calmer which helps prevent her from getting too excited when it’s time to go to a show.

henry-200I’ve struggled to drive David as much as I would like over the last few weeks due to the icy roads and wet fields. To keep him going we often take him down to the local indoor arena to either drive or lunge – with the odd bit of loose jumping thrown in to keep him happy! This winter, I have swapped David onto Mollichaff Alfalfa Oil as we have been a little short of grass and he’s worked regularly. I absolutely love this feed, and David is very grateful that it carries the ‘Hoof Kind’ logo! This means it is suitable for horses and ponies that are prone to laminitis.

Henry really struggled during the middle of January and we were all very worried about him. He now has hardly any teeth at all, and the ones he has left grow very sharp very quickly as they have nothing to wear against. The horse naturally wears down its teeth during the chewing action where the upper and lower teeth meet together. When we looked in Henry’s mouth we found he had a large ulcer from where a particularly sharp tooth had rubbed into his gum which was causing him irritation when eating. After some dental work and pain relief I was pleased to see him back to normal a few days later! 
Veteran Tip!
A-last-ride-on-Ronnie-before-he-is-soldWhen it’s particularly cold, we often add warm water to Henry’s water to encourage him to drink. He doesn’t like ice cold water at all! It’s also a good way of slowing down the water from freezing overnight. Another ‘veteran winter warmer’ is to add warm water to your veteran’s feed. Not only will the warm water help to create a ‘mash’ that is easier for them to chew – the warm feed can act as a good pick me up after a cold day in the field. Not too hot though as they may not be expecting it!

Goodbye to Ronnie
Ronnie had an absolutely fantastic time at Q Sport Horses where they improved his schooling and also did some jumping. Although we were hoping for Ronnie to be here for a while, it has been decided that he will now be sold. This is upsetting for us, but when Ronnie first came he had fractured his pedal bone, so to see him back in work and jumping is a major achievement for myself, Simon and of course our farrier – Forden Farriers. He’s a big softy in the stable but can be a little cheeky to ride at first, but once he’s going he loves his work and I had some great times with him. If I was not at uni and had a little more time (and money!) I would definitely be putting in an offer! One last thing to report is that Simon has just had an interview to work at the Olympics! So fingers crossed we will both be attending together! That’s all for now, take care in the snow and ice with the horses!

Cassie x