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HorseHage & Mollichaff Sponsors British Riding Clubs Intermediate Winter Championships 2020

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We are delighted to announce that HorseHage & Mollichaff will be the new sponsor for the British Riding Clubs (BRC) Intermediate Winter Championships 2020.

The championships will take place on Friday 24 to Sunday 26 April 2020, at Bury Farm Equestrian Village, Slapton, Buckinghamshire.

We are delighted to be able to support British Riding Clubs (BRC) through this sponsorship and recognise the importance of this organisation to the grass roots rider. We look forward to working with the team at BRC over the coming three years.

The championship classes will be split over three days, for teams and individuals, including both senior and junior riders.

Friday will include mixed junior and senior 100cm and 110cm show jumping and Novice to Advanced Medium level dressage.

Saturday will include senior 90cm show jumping and Prelim to Elementary level dressage.

Sunday will include junior 90cm show jumping and Prelim to Elementary dressage.

The area qualifiers will get underway in October 2019 throughout the UK, with approximately 550 junior and senior riders qualifying for these championships. Further information on heights, course requirements and horse and rider eligibility can be found in the BRC Handbook.

“We are delighted to be working with HorseHage & Mollichaff for the next three years at BRC Intermediate Winter Championships. These championships are now proving extremely popular with our members, with such a wide range of dressage and show jumping classes, appealing to riders competing at the higher levels.” said Rachael Hollely-Thompson, BRC Manager.

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An Enduring Shine from Mollichaff for Marco Fresco

Fiona Wright and Harley (Marco-Fresco)

Whatever discipline we choose to partake in, we always want our horses and ponies to look their best. Mollichaff ShowShine could be just what your equine needs.

Marco Fresco (or Harley, as he is known at home) is a 15-year-old Arab/KWPN gelding owned by Fiona Wright who is based in Dorset. Fiona and Harley enjoying taking part in endurance and during his first year of competing, Harley achieved the title of Wessex Novice Champion. Since then they have participated in a range of graded endurance rides (GERs).

To be a successful participant in endurance, Harley needs to be fit and healthy as well as having an excellent immune system.

Said Fiona: “He enjoys himself enormously on his rides and really seems to enjoy life.”

Harley has been on Mollichaff ShowShine for the eight years that he has been owned by Fiona.

Said Fiona: “I looked for a feed which I thought he would love to eat but also that contained all the ingredients required for health and vitality. He never leaves a scrap of food and licks the bucket clean twice a day. People are always commenting how well he looks and he receives compliments wherever he travels. He literally shines with health!”

A high-oil chaff for ultimate coat shine, Mollichaff ShowShine is cherry-flavoured, providing a delicious taste and smell to ensure it is highly palatable to even the fussiest of eaters.

Mollichaff ShowShine

It is made from the highest quality oat straw that has been chopped and dust extracted, and it is naturally high in fibre.

To give extra bloom to the coat and added condition, it contains a unique coating which combines high levels of soya oil with a light coating of molasses. Limestone is also added to provide additional calcium for healthy growth and strong bones.

Mollichaff ShowShine will add extra fibre to hard feeds, and can be mixed with concentrates to prolong feeding time and help maintain a healthy digestive system by stimulating the production of saliva. The extra fibre helps prevent horses and ponies from bolting down their feed and reduces boredom while they are stabled. It can also be used in place of hard feed if fed alongside an all-purpose vitamin and mineral supplement or feed balancer.

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Wonky Wows for Bert at Al Shaqab CPEDI3*

HorseHage-sponsored para-dressage rider, Bert Sheffield, who is based in Lincolnshire but rides for Canada, and her 10-year-old, home-produced, part-bred Gelderlander mare, Fairuza (known affectionately as ‘Wonky’ at home), pulled out all the stops at the recent CPEDI3* invitational competition at Al Shaqab in Doha, Qatar, to win the Grade III Freestyle on the final day with a score of 70.167%.

Bert and Wonky’s first warm-up at Al Shaqab

Bert and Wonky’s first warm-up at Al Shaqab

This annual equine extravaganza saw 22 riders from 10 countries invited to compete at the state-of-the-art facility on the Arabian Gulf.  The Al Shaqab equestrian centre covers 980,000 square metres and has a stable capacity for over 400 horses. As well as being the country’s leading equine education resource centre, it is a centre of excellence for equestrian competition and the breeding of Arabian horses. This in itself provided a world of unfamiliar sights, sounds and smells for the inexperienced Wonky who had never travelled out of the UK, let alone competed in such an awe-inspiring, larger-than-life atmosphere.

Bert herself has a wealth of experience competing on the international stage, having competed at Doha before as well as representing Canada at two World Equestrian Games and also the Rio Paralympics in 2016, but it was a totally different story for Wonky who only started working under saddle three years ago!

Wonky was purchased as a semi-feral, unhandled six-year-old straight from a hill herd and had to learn practically everything from scratch. Bert has worked tirelessly with her, using natural horsemanship techniques to get her to this point in her career and is aiming to expand on her international experience throughout this season in the hope of making the Canadian Paralympic team for Tokyo 2020.

As well as her first time competing abroad, it was also Wonky’s first time flying but she took it all calmly in her stride and coped magnificently. In the Grade III Team Competition on 7th March, Wonky was slightly spooked by the sights and sounds of such an impressive venue but pulled things back the following day for the Individual Competition finishing in third place, and going on to wow everyone by winning the Grade III Freestyle on 9th March.

Said a delighted Bert: “I am so proud of how Wonky has handled this whole experience – I really couldn’t be more thrilled. Over the three days here she gradually settled into the atmosphere and really stepped up to the challenge.”

“The music for my Freestyle test was kindly compiled by Rich Neale for the stallion, Bailaor XXXIII who I competed on last season. We had to adapt it slightly for Wonky but after today, I think she deserves her own music to dance to!” added Bert.

Bert is sponsored by us here at HorseHage and Wonky enjoys the Timothy variety of our dust-free bagged forage which contains no chemical additives and has NOPS certification.

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Sonja’s Tribute To Sam

Sam 18th July

Sam was a much loved and adored pony who was welcomed into the Walker family over 11 years ago. Standing at 14hh, this 22-year-old black Dales x Cob was the sweetest natured pony you could meet and charmed everyone who met him by performing his tricks in turn for receiving treats (low sugar ones, of course!).

Said Sam’s owner, Sonja: “He loved to show his smile, flashing his moustache in the hope for an additional treat!”

“Sam and I were a team, supporting each other through the difficult times. Horses do not ask for much – they just want you to show them kindness, love and care for them and show mutual respect and that is what Sam and I had for each other and it was evident for everyone to see.”

Although Sam had never had laminitis, he was the type of pony who could be prone to it, so when Sonja first got him she took advice from a qualified equine nutritionist about what was the best feed for him and how to keep him at the correct weight, thus minimising the risk as far as was reasonably possible. He was a typical cob – a good doer who loved his food and would hoover up all the grass given half the chance! He was on restricted grazing with an electric fence which was extended by a small amount every couple of days. If there was sunshine and rain, then the paddock was reduced to allow for the additional growth spurt of grass. Due to Sam having restricted grazing, Sonja supplemented his diet with Timothy HorseHage, chaff and a low sugar/high fibre beet plus a good quality vitamin and mineral supplement.

Sonja has used HorseHage for many years and was impressed with its excellent quality and any questions she had about it were answered by knowledgeable and friendly staff at her supplier.

HorseHage Timothy

For the first three years Sam was kept at a livery yard and Sonja bought everything in for him as the haylage provided by the yard was not suitable for his needs. Many yards provide regular ryegrass haylage which is simply not suitable for ponies prone to laminitis, a case of one size fits all. Sam was then moved home for his last eight and a half years with Sonja.

Through her research she knew that as horses get older their chances of being diagnosed with problems increased, so Sam’s diet was strictly controlled and he maintained his correct weight well, with Sonja using a weigh tape on a regular basis. However, six months after having colic surgery he went from being a good doer to being the complete opposite. This meant that he required additional calories from feeds that also needed to be low in sugar and starch. Thanks to advice from her equine nutritionist, Sonja was able to achieve this and often received compliments from Sam’s vet about how well he looked and the fact he was never overweight. Ideally horses should be fed little and often and Sonja and her family were in a position to cater for this so between them Sam got fed every
two and a half hours, with either Timothy HorseHage or chaff mixed with the low sugar/high fibre beet. Every morsel he ate was weighed out but Sonja did have a rest at night time!

Sam had his first bout of laminitis in June 2016, but it was low grade and he recovered within a few days. His grazing became even more restricted but in order to
give him as much freedom in his paddock as possible, a gardener friend of Sonja’s used an industrial strimmer to remove as much grass as possible, leaving only bare ground. This idea worked wonders although it was incredibly time consuming, it allowed Sam to have a much larger paddock.

His diet was high fibre and low in sugar and starch which is so important when dealing with a pony that is prone to laminitis.

Sam 4 August

Despite him being on a diet suitable for a pony that could be prone to laminitis, his nutritionist re-evaluated his diet to reduce the sugar and starch levels even further. The only part of his diet to remain untouched was his Timothy HorseHage, of which Sam relished every mouthful.

Sonja chose Timothy HorseHage as she was advised that in terms of its analysis, it is the most stable in terms of sugar and starch levels out of any of the forages. Having analysed many batches of hay she found some of the sugar levels to be very high. Although owners are advised to soak hay to reduce the sugar levels, there is a lot of conflicting advice out there as to how long you are meant to soak for and at what temperature. With Timothy HorseHage Sonja got excellent quality and it was easy to use, plus Sam thoroughly enjoyed it. Timothy HorseHage is made from timothy grass which has a different ‘nose’ to ryegrass and is extremely palatable to horses and ponies.

Sonja wanted to tell Sam’s story to help others who may have ponies that are prone to laminitis.

Said Sonja: “I can’t stress the importance of taking expert advice from a qualified equine nutritionist. I have worked with the same one since I got Sam and I could not have managed without her help, advice and support.”

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A Happy Ending For Rescued Shetland Pony, Pearl!

In 2013, Essex-based horse lover, Ellie Ingram, was contacted by a friend who told her she had heard about 25 Shetland ponies on their way to slaughter as they were deemed as ‘wastage’. The friend agreed to take two of the ponies and Ellie agreed to be responsible for their day-to-day care. They named the pair Pearl and Peaches.


Ellie’s friend then moved away to Wales so they decided she would take Peaches with her as a companion for her horse and Ellie agreed to keep Pearl. Ellie had recently lost her 26-year-old son in tragic circumstances and spent a lot of time helping her friend with the horses as it was a real help to her whilst she was grieving, and so Pearl became her life-saver, giving her a reason to go on. Ellie describes her as her very own ‘My Little Pony’, standing at just nine hands high, with her passport name of Banoffee reflecting her beautiful colouring of cream and white Palomino with a flaxen mane and tail.

When they first arrived, Pearl wouldn’t even go into a stable and so had to be kept in the manège. She would compete for food and hay and always had her ears back. The little Shetland had obviously been neglected for some time and had a resistant worm load and many scabs on her skin as well as being overweight.  Her hooves were cracked and splitting and she had lice. Ellie tried many different feeds which were suitable for horses and ponies prone to laminitis but had to keep adding linseed meal and supplements for Pearl’s hoof condition.

Shetland ponies are the Labradors of the horse world and love their feed, grass and forage and Pearl was no different. Ellie was soaking her hay every day to keep her satisfied and trickle-feeding. She also used a feeding muzzle when Pearl was turned out, to slow down her grass intake. Her main problem was sourcing a suitable feed that offered palatability, digestibility and longer satisfaction without high levels of sugar and starch but she didn’t want to reduce her energy levels.

In January this year, Ellie heard about Mollichaff HoofKind Complete – a complete fibre-based feed which is low in starch and sugar and does not contain any cereals. It provides a low level but high quality protein with restricted calories and is ideal for horses and ponies prone to laminitis. Because it’s high in fibre, it takes Pearl longer to chew and so she is more satisfied. Mollichaff HoofKind Complete is exactly that – ‘complete’. It contains a broad spectrum vitamin and mineral supplement and when fed at the recommended levels, it provides all Pearl’s dietary requirements and so can be used as the sole concentrate feed alongside plenty of good quality forage.


Said Ellie: “I have noticed that since Pearl has been on Mollichaff HoofKind Complete she is more satisfied with her feed and seems to enjoy the chewing of it, rather than bolting it down. I no longer need to add any supplements and so it saves time and I am confident that Pearl is getting everything she needs for her energy without the complication of too much sugar and starch, which helps with preventing her becoming overweight and prone to laminitis.”


“She is now a very different pony to the one we rescued. Her hooves, mane and tail are in tip-top condition and her temperament is so calm. She has no stereotypies, comes to call and can be handled, groomed and plaited up by a child in safety. She is currently ridden by my eight-year-old grand-daughter and has been trained to harness as well as doing a little jumping, although as Pearl is now fifteen, this isn’t a regular activity. I hope she can go on to be a great first pony to another child as she’s now in great health and has excellent manners.”

“I would not hesitate to recommend Mollichaff HoofKind Complete as I believe it has made a real difference to Pearl and has been well-researched nutritionally to provide the perfect feed for ponies that are good doers and prone to laminitis.”

Mollichaff HoofKind Complete

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