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Please note before you read this article …. the riders in these images are not beginners and are not in anyway linked to the content of this article they just had the appropriate images of horses and behaviours that we needed. If you spend any time in the equestrian world or on social media, you’ve read or heard stories about horses and ponies that were sold to someone as “suitable for a novice ” and then, within a few months they started bucking their riders off regularly, became hard to handle, stopped doing things they used to do peacefully, rearing and bolting etc. Credit Allen Breen Frequently the new owner posts to complain that the previous owner must have drugged the horse, because they don’t understand any other way that the calm, mellow horse or pony they tried out has now turned into a nightmare. No one is saying that the drugging of sale horses doesn’t go on, but it is more rare than all the stories would have you believe. But, generally, this is what happens when a very mellow calm pony (or any other kind of horse!) is sold to a beginner home and things don’t go well — and the only drugs involved are the painkillers the New Owner ends up needing to take! 1. New Owner changes the horse’s entire lifestyle. He was living out 24hrs a day in a field , and now he’s living in a stable with maybe an hours turnout . He goes from eating unlimited quantities of grass and plentiful hay to the typical livery yards 2 or 3 flakes a day. Then, when he starts to lose weight, New Owner compensates for the lack of hay by adding more and more hard feed . Doesn’t really matter what kind – even senior feed can and will crank up a horse’s energy level. Also, lots of hard feed and not enough quality forage combined with stabled life can cause ulcers to flare up. 2. Old Owner had horse on a serious exercise programme. The horse got ridden most days, hard enough to work up a sweat. As a result, anyone could hop on him. New Owner doesn’t really want to pay for a groom or exercise rider and thinks he can just ride the horse himself, but he misses Wednesday because of Janes’s birthday party and Thursday because he has to work late, and Sunday because his buddy comes to town unexpectedly. And so on… Because the horse is now stabled, the horse stands in a 12 x 12 box getting progressively more irritated. Credit Angela Naysmith and her daughter Erin 3. New Owner comes to yard to ride. The horse doesn’t want to pick up his foot, so after a struggle, New Owner decides that hoof does not really need to be picked. The horse starts to get pushy to lead, because he’s been in the stable for 2 days and he’s eager to move. New Owner permits the pushiness; the horse stops leading nicely and starts circling around New Owner or dragging him around like a kite. New Owner goes to tack up the horse and cranks up the girth tight all at once, something Old Owner, who was more experienced, knew better than to do. Horse flies...read more
We ask a lot from our ‘hard working’ competition horses – who are usually in a rigorous weekly routine of schooling exercises (building elastic, strong muscles AND mental focus), fitness (cardiovascular), as well as requiring them to travel, compete, and then repeat, throughout the competition season. Like for any athlete (equine, human or otherwise!), creating a diet to support this demanding workload is so important – and when a few extra points earned, or seconds saved, can mean the difference between first and fifth, it is understandable why Maestro has become a product of choice for so many of our competing customers. Maestro is the ultimate ‘slow release energy’ competition feed – designed to meet the increased energy demands of a hard-working horse (especially over multiple-day competitions), whilst providing a nutritional package specifically designed to:• aid muscle repair and recovery so your horse can work consistently• support muscle growth• aid mental concentration with quality ‘brain food’• assist blood flow and circulation for faster recovery times after exertion• provide more energy for an increased workload, whilst being non-heating• be gut friendly, with low feeding rates (for those horses who lose their appetite when their fitness increases!) Utilising the latest advancements in nutritional science and formulated by collaboration of some of the most respected nutritionists in the world, Maestro provides a high spec nutritional package delivered in a highly digestible form. A simple solution to achieve the very best performance from your horse or pony. Maestro is used and trusted by the World’s top riders: High-spec cool competition mix for horses in medium to hard workSuperior digestibility with maximum nutrient absorptionLow sugar, optimal starchStabilised rice bran provides non-heating on-demand energyAdded Protexin® Pro-biotic for improved gut healthContains Beetroot – a natural source of nitrate for muscle functionOmega 3 rich through the use of cold-pressed rapeseed oilSimply feed with fibreAdd Key-Plus for extra condition as required Full Datasheet Purchase Online Request Sample NUTRITIONAL VALUES NUTRIENTPER KILOCalcium11 gPhosphorus5.3 gManganese88.5 mgCopper53 mgIodine0.8 mgZinc146 mgCobalt0.5 mgChloride6.4gSodium4.3gMagnesium2gPotassium6.6gIron108 mgSelenium0.7 mgVitamin A1280 IUVitamin E423 IUVitamin D31280 IUVitamin B113 mgVitamin B213 mgVitamin B66.4 mgVitamin B120.08 mgPantoth Ac13 mgBiotin0.8 mgCholine0.0 mgFolic Acid8 mgSaccharomyces cerevisiae (NCYC Sc47) 4b17023.25 x 10^9 cfu/kg TYPICAL ANALYSIS ANALYSIS%Energy De (MJ/kg)12.5 Mj/kgProtein13.5%Oils7.3%Fibre14.5%Salt0.4%Starch22%Sugar2.9%Ash7.7% FEEDING GUIDE DAILY FEED (Guide Only)250-350kg400-600kgWORKPONYHORSEModerate1 – 1.5 kg2 – 3 kgHard1.5 – 2 kg3 – 4 kgIntense2 – 2.5 kg4 – 5 kg Feed together with roughage (hay, chaff, chop, other forage or pasture). Where roughage is fed it should be offered at between 1 to 1.5% of bodyweight daily. Fresh clean water must be made available at all times. Daily feeding quantities above are a guide only. Follow us Share...read more
Keyflow® Golden Oldies® is a scientifically advanced, comprehensive balancer mash for horses and ponies aged 15 years and over. Created using the highest quality, concentrated ingredients, Golden Oldies® promotes exceptional health, vitality and condition by caring for all facets of the ageing equines unique nutritional requirements. Golden Oldies® contains sophisticated, scientifically profiled amino acids to combat muscle wastage whilst providing support for joint mobility, muscle suppleness and gut health – as well as promoting optimal function of the immune, circulatory and respiratory systems. Golden Oldies® includes unique ingredients scientifically proven to help manage symptoms of arthritis. This delicious, quick soak mash is ideal for horses with poor dentition and forms a premium, comprehensive nutrient base for any veteran horse or pony. Golden Oldies® can be fed all year round. For best results combine with a high quality fibre source such as Keyflow Pink Mash® or a quality chopped fibre. If extra condition or energy is needed add Keyflow Key-Plus®. Golden Oldies® – a revolution in aged equine care A delicious, golden, easy soak mashContains an outstanding array of quality nutrients for complete health maintenanceIngredients included to manage the symptoms of arthritisScientifically substantiated joint supportHighly concentrated and economical, one bag lasts the average sized horse 30 daysHighly palatable and easy to eatContains DHA Omega 3, a unique source of long-chain omega 3Includes good levels of turmericVery low sugar (2.5%)Low in starch (7%)Gluten free! So is suitable for sensitive types and horses with ulcersContains high-levels of Protexin® Probiotic to stabilise and support hindgut healthConcentrated levels of pre-biotic to bind up and remove unwanted bacteria from the hind gutContains a full spec of vitamins and chelated mineralsSoaks in warm or cold water in just 15 minutes Full Datasheet Purchase Online Request Sample NUTRITIONAL VALUES NUTRIENTEnergy De (MJ/kg)13 Mj/kg%Protein30%Oils9%Fibre11%Sugar2%Starch7%Ash8% FEEDING GUIDE DAILY FEED (GUIDE ONLY) 100g per 100kg of Bodyweight Feed together with roughage (hay, chaff, chop, other forage or pasture). Where roughage is fed it should be offered at between 1 to 2% of bodyweight daily.Introduce Golden Oldies into the diet gradually over a minimum of 7 days – any dietary changes should be made gradually. How to Feed Golden Oldies… Add 1 part Golden Oldies with 2 parts warm or cold water (not hot as it may damage the live pre and probiotics).Allow to soak for 15 minutes- you will visibly see the mash expand and absorb the majority of the water.Mix in with the rest of your feed.Your Golden Oldies is now ready! Fresh clean water must be made available at all times. Daily feeding quantities above are a guide only. Follow us Share...read more
Hello, its been a while since I last blogged. Since then, the world has gone crazy over corona, conspiracy and cruelty. I have embraced social distancing to such a degree that when I interact with people now, I’m left tired. Unlike the lucky few who got furloughed, locked their office doors and moaned about being stuck at home, I continued my work…. as horses and animals still needed feeding and continued to poo. So I was kept in full work throughout. I took any spare time I had to look at my life, where it is currently and where I want it to be in the future and I made some big decisions. One being to take the pressure of sponsorships and media off my back. So, with a sly grin and a little bit of gay abandon, I will admit my age and step aside for the youth of today to take over the reins of entertaining you. I used to get such a thrill out of sharingy experiences and my knowledge, the good times and the bad. I no longer feel the same way. Yes this is our lovely Wayne aka Della No matter what you write or share, someone will always be offended on behalf of someone or something. So I have chosen to reclaim my life for me and spend my time concentrating on my happiness and my animals. Take care all *drops the Mike and walks off, no doubt someone will make a tiktak out of it Follow us Share...read more
Firstly, equine ulcers are ulcerations and sometimes bleeding of the stomach lining occurring in the horse’s front and/or hind gut. They are caused by prolonged contact of digestive acids with the stomach lining and unlike humans, who only produce digestive acid during eating, horses produce stomach acid 24/7. Which leads to why horses need to graze throughout the day and those that cannot are commonly suffers of equine ulcers. We are understanding Equine Gastric Ulcer Syndrome (EGUS) in horses more and therefore it is more commonly diagnosed with studies indicating the prevalence of equine ulcers to be 93% in race horses, 63% in elite horses, 37% in leisure horses and high percentages in foals from weeks old to post weaning. Let us understand how the horse’s gut works… Horses are hindgut fermenters, therefore meaning that the large intestine is where breakdown of fibre takes place. Fibre is the main component of the horse’s forage which is broken down by microorganisms to produce essential nutrients that the horse absorbs.Because the hindgut is geared for fibre fermentation, it is susceptible to upset due to receiving large amounts of undigested sugars.The ideal balance between these good microbes and harmful bacteria can be easily upset So, what are the common causes of Equine Ulcers? Fasting or intermittent feeding has been shown to induce gastric ulceration in horses. In the wild, horses are continuously grazing (approx. 16-18 hours per day), so the stomach is rarely empty, the food in the stomach neutralises the stomach acid, as well as by saliva which contains bicarbonate and is produced as the horse chews. When a domesticated horse experiences prolonged periods without forage, excessive amounts of acid build up causing ulceration.A high grain diet would also upset the balance within the stomach. Diets high in concentrates have also been proven in clinical trials to induce ulcers. It is important to avoid sudden changes in forage/ feed (7-10 days at least is recommended).Being exercised on an empty stomach is thought to contribute to the development of gastric ulcers. During exercise, blood flow to the stomach is reduced and the pressure in the abdomen is increased therefore forcing the stomach acid up into the sensitive area of the gut. It is suggested that if a horse has been stabled without constant access to forage, or if it has been more than a couple of hours since the horse last ate, you should feed your horse before exercise. However, you should only feed forage before exercising your horse such as hay.Physical stresses such as illness, infection, injury, shock, parasites, travelling, increased stabling may cause ulcers again due to the restricted blood flow to the stomach and an increased acid production.Psychological stress such as being in a stressful situation may cause an increased acid production. It is important to keep the balance of good and bad bacteria exactly right for each individual horse. How can I tell if my horse has ulcers? As vets we hear this question very often and identifying those horses with gastric ulceration can be difficult as early signs can be confused with mild colic. Horses can show many different signs and different horses react at different levels for their ulceration. But as a horse owner you can look out for the most common signs for a quicker diagnosis. Some typical...read more
Thoughts seem to be turning to Christmas! After a disappointing summer with a distinct lack of competitive outings for most we need something to look forward to! There are lots of present idea on www.top-stocks.co.uk – stocks, stock pins and coin purses make great stocking fillers. There are lots of lovely new designs in the stocks – white and cream and Liberty prints have just joined the range. Stock pins are ever changing as vintage unique items. Then there is a fantastic clothing range for competing and casual riding, from Agaso, Coldstream, Findra and DVR. The Coldstream Kimmerston long quilted coats and filets are extremely versatile, cosy and comfortable. There are also matching baselayers and breeches – all made from sports technical fabrics for comfort. DVR Equestrian base layers and show shirts are made from the highest quality Italian technical fabric with recycled polyamide. These have temperature regulating properties and muscle control, so the perfect fit for performance and style. Findra merino sportswear is made for those who love their outdoor adventures in complete comfort. All garments are seamless and made from Italian spun Merino wool – the natural properties of this fibre give temperature regulation and antibacterial control. The neckwarmers are one of our best sellers – available in a myriad of colours! The new headbands and bobble hats are also great stocking fillers for those equestrians you know who have everything. Lastly but definetely not least, is Agaso. These really are the best breeches out there – available in 2 different leg lengths, in lovely everyday and competition colours. They are made from Meryl Actifit system material. Water resistant, durable, soft touch fabric, with full silicon seat, whose natural elasticity mounds to the contours of a rider’s body ensuring optimal movement. Open flat seams ensure ultimate fit against the skin with no rubbing. Mid to high rise with a wide waistband also add to the comfort of these breeches. All the clothing ranges have been carefully selected to match one another to create a fantastic capsule collection. And if you still can’t decide there are gift vouchers! Available in £5, £10, £20 and £50 denominations you can make up the exact amount you want to give. For the rest of October and November there is also a sale on select clothing and stocks, and a free lucky bag gift for sales over £100.00. Follow us Share...read more
2020 has been a difficult year for everyone up and down the country. During lockdown I was fortunate enough to be in a position where I was able to continue to work full time with my horses and also run my dressage yard. This enabled me to have some aspect of normality due to being in a set routine most days. In my spare time it allowed me to reassess everything I was doing, what direction I was heading in with my riding and also my life outside horses (Little did I know 6 months later I would be writing my first blog). Over the last two years and now having recently turned 24, I have discovered the importance of who you surround yourself with in day to day life. Unfortunately, I had to learn this the hard way growing up. I now have a small circle of friends that I trust with my life. A name that deserves more than a mention in this blog is my best friend and now business partner Ashley Howells. Ashely and I reconnected in the gym after not seeing each other since our school days. I train most days of the week as I feel it refreshes your mind and is an escape from the stresses of real life. I am a firm believer that your mentality and work ethic breeds success. I have been so focused this year and my hard work has put me into this position and I am excited for the next chapter. Now you know the type of person I am and what drives me forward every day, I can now finally begin to talk about my life in the equestrian world… Many thanks, Josh Follow us Share...read more
Oils are a great source of energy and when fed correctly, they have a whole raft of added health benefits. To achieve these benefits however, it is extremely important that horse owners recognise the difference between an oil high in omega 6 and an oil rich in omega 3. There is a distinct difference between short chain and long chain omega 3’s (DHA). When fed correctly these omega 3’s have some seriously good health and performance benefits that will affect your horse directly. 5 Things You Need To Know About Feeding Oil1) Omega 3 (especially long chain) is magical stuff – it helps support respiratory systems, coat and skin condition, joint support and fertility.2) Need cool condition? Oil is an excellent, starch free source of slow release calories.3) Introduce oil slowly. Some horses can get loose droppings from too much oil, or oil introduced too quickly into the diet.4) Keep it balanced – use a trusted brand that is blended and balanced specifically for horses.5) Check the oil levels in your current feed. Some already contain high levels of oil, so you may not need to add more. DHA Rich Oils – A Horses Best FriendResults from ongoing studies around the world have provided a wealth of evidence to show how omega-3 fatty acids alter biochemical and molecular processes. The data shows consistent and reproducible beneficial effects for man and animals of omega-3 fatty acids on bone metabolism, bone/joint diseases, gene expression, immunocompetence and disease resistance. Omega-3 fatty acids have a central role to play in maintaining health and also in the management and prevention of many ‘modern’ diseases. Omega 3 oils alter cell wall flexibility, support immune function, control the body’s response to inflammation and provide an additional source of anti-oxidants. When omega 3 oils are returned to the diet, a reduction in cholesterol, clotting abnormalities and blood pressure have been reported in clinical studies in animals and in man. Other studies highlight the importance of Omega 3 fatty acids in reducing pain and inflammation in human patients with degenerative joint disease, rheumatoid arthritis, and osteoarthritis. Omega 3 oils provide an important source of omega 3 fatty acids. Fatty acids form a crucial role in the body, being part of the lipid bi-layer in cell membranes throughout the body.The relative amounts of omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids found in these cell membranes has been shown to be influenced by their relative abundance in the diet.As the Omega 3 content of the diet increases, so does the structural content of cell membranes, which helps mediate their positive physiological effects. Importantly for performance or competition horses, omega 3 oils have been shown to have an impact on the membrane structure of red blood cell walls –increasing their flexibility and fluidity. This is an advantage during exercise as the cells can pass more easily through the narrow capillaries in the lungs and muscles, making oxygen uptake and delivery as well as waste product removal, more efficient. This may also help to reduce pressure in the fine capillaries of the lungs, reducing the chance of exercise-induced haemorrhage (bleeding). Human athletes with omega 3-supplemented diets report improved performance and less delayed muscle soreness with this being attributed to improved oxygen delivery, and anti-oxidant status in association with the protective affect omega 3 oils...read more
Why choose Synovium® Horse Health? Synovium® horse supplements are the result of years of extensive scientific and veterinary research into horse health, nutrition and performance by our leading team of vets from Vetmarx BV, The Netherlands. Providing veterinary care at the highest of levels and lead by FEI vet, Drs SHL Donker DVM, Synovium® understands the importance of supporting your horse in all eventualities whilst complying with FEI and Jockey Club anti-doping rules for Clean Sport. With so many horse supplements on the market today is can be extremely confusing to know what to feed and what to trust. Synovium® has been developed on scientific evidence and undergoes strict veterinary trials in all equestrian disciplines to guarantee effectiveness & quality. All our products are quality assured, and our laboratories are GMP+ certified. Our teamwork within the heart of the equestrian industry and share your love and passion for horses. Working alongside horses every day we wanted to provide a go to brand that you can trust. Synovium® Horse Health is well established in Europe and The Middle East since 2006 and was recently launched to the UK market. Used & loved by top riders, trainers and vets. What does Synovium® Mean? The name Synovium® comes from the name, synovial fluid. Synovial fluid is found inside healthy joints of horses which is clean and pure. We aim to pursue this within all our Synovium® horse supplements. Designed for each individual horse The horse is an individual just like you, Synovium® understands every horse is unique. Good feed is of great importance; however, it can never fully meet the needs of the horse as an athlete. Synovium’s vets examine each horse and looks after his athletic ability, whilst providing the best performance with the support of the right supplements. Some supplement companies provide an All-in-One supplement solution, but here at Synovium® we do not believe that this ‘fix all’ works well. Usually the quality and quantity of active ingredients are reduced to create them and therefore does not tackle the individual health issues. Trust What You Feed! Website: www.synovium.co.uk Contact number: 07545132174 (Vicky) Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/synoviumUK Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/synoviumuk Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/synoviumL Follow us Share...read more
by KATE COWELL A few top tips to keep you and your horse out of naughty habits while schooling at home without your trainer Use your training mirrors if you have them and try being videoed. It’s really helpful to see yourself and your horse from a 3rd person viewpoint as you will instantly be able to keep your corrections positive and troubleshoot any issues. Make a note of your observations to keep the motivation and focus. Your position will have a real impact on your horses way of going:concentrate on sitting straight, equal, still and supple. Hints : Wear a striped top to see if you’re crooked in the mirror\video. Compare yourself on both reins in each pace. Be your greatest critic. Practise bridging your reins to keep your hands level and prevent a dominant hand Change your diagonals in trot to improve your balance round the school Keep looking up! it affects the whole of your body. I try to keep the brim of my hat 180°. If you can’t remember pin a note on your fence Focus on your breathing, it will help disable tension and subsequent crookedness **Progressing with your horse: Always go back a step in training if you get stuck on something. You can always come back to it later in the session, and in a different way. And there is always another day! Focus on the basics: rhythm, suppleness, contact, impulsion, straightness and finally collection. Keep your horse in front of your aids, relaxed and happy. Avoid resistance. Don’t be afraid to try something new. Use poles to help you: on a straight line or in a fan shape. Keeps horses interested too! Count the strides in movements to get perfect symmetry on both reins such as the number of steps on a 10 m circle on left rein compared to the right. It’ll tell you a lot! Also use for leg yielding, half pass, walk and canter pirouettes. Practise test movements to maintain and improve your accuracy ** Make the most of technology: Equisense is a brilliant sensor that records everything about your schooling session. You can share i t with your trainer, and be inspired with their exercise App Make the most of online judging, record your test and have top feedback, a great way to check your on track Follow us Share...read more