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Pony Success with Mollichaff Donkey!

Missy (Small and Handy) at Hickstead

Missy (Small and Handy) at Hickstead

Although Mollichaff Donkey has been formulated as a complete fibre feed for donkeys, it is also a fantastic low energy choice for horses and ponies too, as young rider, Thalia Nuttall, can testify to.

12-year-old Thalia from Lincolnshire grew up surrounded by donkeys as her father is award-winning beach donkey owner, John Nuttall. She started riding the donkeys at a very young age and moved onto ponies when she was just five years old. Her parents soon realised she was naturally talented and she quickly progressed to show-jumping, having success with her starter ponies, Victor and Cruise, including winning the Under-10 Style & Performance at the Pony of the Year Show 2016 on Another Victory.

Just Ozzie qualifying for HOYS

Just Ozzie qualifying for HOYS

In August 2015, her father purchased a coloured pony called Ozzie – a little skewbald mare standing at 126cm – from Ireland. At eight years old, Ozzie hadn’t really done much and was quite buzzy so not a typical child’s ride. The Nuttall’s decided to let Ozzie settle in for a month or so as Thalia was still only nine years old herself but the pair soon bonded and became friends, forming a close partnership.

Thalia worked hard with Ozzie and they were registered to jump affiliated with British Show Jumping in February 2016, with Ozzie showing promise with her bold jump and character. Over the following two years the partnership had amazing success, qualifying for the Great Yorkshire Show in 2017 and partnering up with Chloe Smith for the Mini Majors class. This achievement was repeated in 2018 and Thalia competed in the Mini Majors again, this time with Nigel Coupe. They also qualified for the Royal International Horse Show (RIHS) at Hickstead; the Graham Heath Equestrian Final at the Scope Festival; the Silver League Final at the British National Championships (finishing in 7th place). But the icing on the cake was winning the Horse of the Year Show (HOYS) qualifier at the British Show Jumping Welsh Home Pony Show at the David Broome Event Centre in July 2018. It was Thalia’s dream to qualify for HOYS on a pony she had produced herself. Sadly she didn’t get the result she hoped for but it was a great experience and a marvellous achievement to produce her own pony to this standard.

Thalia’s other pony, Missy, also qualified for the Great Yorkshire Show; Scope Graham Heath and the Silver League Final as well as the RIHS at Hickstead where they were placed 10th.

Both Thalia’s ponies are fed on Mollichaff Donkey (as are John’s beach donkeys) as it provides a palatable fibre feed which is low in sugar and starch but high in fibre.

Said Michelle (Thalia’s mum) “Mollichaff Donkey provides a good, balanced feed which includes all the vitamins and minerals they need plus soya oil. Both ponies are highly strung and we prefer to feed a fibre-based feed rather than concentrates.  The ponies are also fed on High Fibre or Timothy HorseHage as they have lower energy values and are handy to take to our stay-away shows as the highly compressed bales are easy to fit in the lorry and the ponies love it.”

Thalia with her father John

Thalia with her father John

Mollichaff Donkey is made from a balanced blend of dried grass, fibre pellets, oat straw and soya oil with camomile, mint and lemon balm. It also contains a broad spectrum vitamin and mineral supplement which includes limestone for additional calcium and magnesium as this is often deficient in UK soils. It is low in sugar, starch and energy and is safe to feed to equines that are prone to laminitis. When fed at the recommended levels, there is no need for further supplementation other than good quality forage, and it can be used as a partial hay replacer.

Thalia is currently coming to the end of her time competing in 128cm classes as she will be 13 years old in May next year so has to move on to the 138cm ponies. She has had an amazing few years with her two lovely ponies, Ozzie & Missy and is currently producing her next pony. So fingers (and hooves!) are all crossed for some good results next season.

Mollichaff Donkey

Maintain Weight in Winter with Mollichaff Condition Complete

Mollichaff Condition Complete

With the possibility of a hard winter ahead and forage prices increasing, you can provide additional high quality digestible fibre by feeding a fibre-based feed in place of cereals.

If you have an underweight horse or pony or one that tends to lose weight over the colder months and then struggles to put it on again, Mollichaff Condition Complete may be the ideal feed choice.

Mollichaff Condition Complete is a highly digestible, high fibre, high oil and low starch blend in a single bag. It can be fed as a complete concentrate feed alongside good quality forage, when fed at the recommended levels, and contains a broad spectrum vitamin and mineral supplement. This makes life easier for you as you don’t need to shop for anything else to feed other than good quality forage, because it contains all the dietary requirements your horse or pony needs.

It is made from a balanced blend of alfalfa, dried grass, oat straw, fibre pellets, barley, soya flakes, soya oil and mint, plus Yea-sacc® – a natural live yeast culture – and a prebiotic to help maintain a healthy digestive system.

Essential fatty acids are provided by the soya oil to help maintain healthy skin and encourage a glossy coat.

Winter feed

Kelly Marsden’s horse, Mr Anderson (or Neo as he is known at home), a 15-year-old, 16.2hh Kinsky horse (a Warmblood that originated in the Czech Republic) was purchased by her as a scruffy, unbroken seven-year-old when she was living down in London and was looking for a ‘project horse’. She started feeding him on Mollichaff Condition Complete five years ago as she was looking to build him up ready for the show season.

Said Kelly: “Neo absolutely loves Mollichaff Condition Complete and it really has improved how he looks as well as his energy levels, but without the fizziness. It suits him so well and I feed him on it all year round.”

Kelly since moved up to Yorkshire and currently competes on Neo at Elementary level dressage.

“He’s been a dream and is the best horse I’ll ever have the chance to own. He loves the spotlight and now looks wonderful – so different from the ugly horse I took a gamble on!”

Mollichaff Condition Complete is suitable for encouraging weight gain in underweight horses and ponies and can also help to maintain weight and condition in competition horses and ponies.

Because it is a fibre-based feed, it provides a more natural way of feeding your horse or pony compared to a high cereal diet. The addition of mint makes Mollichaff Condition Complete particularly appealing to horses because of its taste and aroma, so your horse should really enjoy it!


Additional Fibre for Fritz from Mollichaff Veteran

Winning In Hand Veteran class in July 2018

29-year-old, 16hh gelding, Fritz, owned by Gwen Findlay from Glasgow for 24 years, has been a faithful companion – a real golden oldie. Over the years, Gwen and Fritz have enjoyed having a go at a variety of disciplines and in later years have had some success at veteran showing, with Fritz qualifying for the Scottish Supreme Veteran Final at the Ingliston Grand Slam showing event in 2014, having been placed Reserve Champion at a local qualifying show. He has kept his good health despite his age and is still ridden four times a week and just this year he won the In-Hand Veteran class at Gwen’s local show.

However last winter, Gwen noticed he was struggling to chew long stem forage and was sometimes quidding (balling up the forage in his mouth and spitting it out). Fritz had his teeth checked regularly by the vet and there was not a problem apart from the age and wear of his teeth, so Gwen decided to put him on to a chopped fibre source to supplement his forage and grazing.


She opted for Mollichaff Veteran – 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.

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

It is made from a balanced blend of dried grass, dried alfalfa and high quality oat straw and is 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 in good 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.

Mollichaff Veteran

Said Gwen: “I am delighted at how well Fritz is doing on Mollichaff Veteran. Several people on the yard have commented on how well he is looking. Despite his winter coat coming through, he has retained a lovely shine which I put down to the linseed and soya oil in Mollichaff Veteran. No need to buy separate linseed oil this winter! I am sure even the fussiest of feeders would not be able to resist this highly palatable feed. Fritz has a large double handful in each feed and has no issues with chewing it, as it’s a lovely soft mix of grass, alfalfa and straw. He cleans his bowl every time!”

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Olivia Joins Team HorseHage & Mollichaff

Fox Feeds Ltd, the regional producer of the HorseHage and Mollichaff brands for Eastern England, has recently appointed Olivia Colton as Quality and Business Development Manager.

Olivia and her horse Sport

Olivia and her horse Sport

Olivia’s role will be to make sure that Fox Feeds meets the exacting quality standards needed for UFAS, FEMAS and BETA NOPS schemes and to ensure its customers get the best quality products. She will be based at Fox Feeds’ main office in Brent Pelham, Hertfordshire.

She has ridden since she was three years old and currently owns two horses – ‘Sport’, an eight-year-old Thoroughbred x Warmblood gelding who she purchased this summer, and she also has an eleven-year-old sports horse mare who has had to retire from work, but who she hopes to breed from.

With an MSc in Applied Equine Science from Writtle College, Olivia has worked within the equine industry for four years, previously for an equine supplement company.

Frances Sheffield

Frances Sheffield

She will be taking over the position of long-standing member of staff, Frances Sheffield, who is due to retire at the end of September from a career with Fox Feeds extending to over 27 years.

Frances joined Fox Feeds in 1991 as Sales and Marketing Manager, and then became Sales Director.  Over time, her role became increasingly office-based as she took over the responsibility for seeing the company through UFAS and FEMAS certification and then BETA NOPS, when her title changed to Technical Director.

Said Frances: “I am looking forward to a future which does not include idleness, as I will have more time to support my daughter, Bert, in her successful career as an international para-equestrian rider.”

“I will also be able to increase the amount of dressage judging that I am able to undertake, so I am going to be kept very busy!”

Said Olivia: “I’m really pleased to have joined the team at Fox Feeds. Frances has done a fantastic job so I have some very big shoes to fill!”

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Bert Sheffield Selected For Canadian Para Team for FEI World Equestrian Games 2018

Bert Sheffield
Lincolnshire-based para-equestrian rider, Roberta (Bert) Sheffield, who is sponsored by HorseHage, has been selected onto the Canadian Para-Dressage team for the FEI World Equestrian Games (WEG) 2018.

This prestigious competition, which is held every four years, will take place from 11th – 23rd September in Tryon, North Carolina, USA and is one of the biggest events in the global sporting calendar combining eight FEI equestrian disciplines.

37-year-old Bert will be riding the wonderful 16-year-old PRE-approved breeding stallion, Bailaor XXXIII (or Buddy as he’s known at home) owned by Morgan Equine and will be competing at Grade III classification.

Bert gained the ride on Bailaor in September 2017 and the pair made their international debut in June this year at the CPEDI3* competition in Somma Lombardo, Italy, winning all three of their tests. They followed on from this at the CPEDI3* at Hartpury with qualifying scores which ensured their place on the Canadian team.

Said a delighted Bert: “I’m so excited to be able to represent Canada at what will be my third major Games. HorseHage is integral to the way I manage my horses. I believe in keeping them in as horse-friendly way as possible. High forage, individually tailored diets are part of this approach and I am very grateful for their support over the years.”

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