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Monthly Archives: August 2015

Nutrition Tips: Restricted diets and knock-on negatives

Maintaining a healthy, ideal weight in horses and ponies can be challenging. This case study highlights the potential issues related to restricted diets and what we can do to maintain optimum health. “My Welsh Mountain pony is constantly on a diet because she gets too fat easily. At the moment she is in good, slim condition but she lacks energy and … Continue reading

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Rider Balance: Simple Steps Will Benefit Your Horse

There is always plenty of discussion on rider balance and how it can affect our horses and the way we ride. Here’s 7 important tips to remember: Our horses react to our weight and balance so it’s important we have control of them at all times!   Good posture on the ground will improve position in the saddle, so think … Continue reading

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On Tour in Portugal: Who is Chaccomo Agostini?

Show jumper Spencer Roe will be partnering the talented bay stallion ‘Chacco’ on tour in Portugal next month – we wanted to know more about this up-and-coming superstar… Name: Chaccomo Agostini           Stable name: Chacco Owners:  Mr Darren Hardy & Mr Spencer Roe Age: 9              Colour: Bay         … Continue reading

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Training Tips: 5 Thing Nervous Riders Should Avoid

Struggle with nerves when riding but love it too much to stop? Develop in to a happy and relaxed rider with these confidence building tips: Avoid hacking or schooling a fresh horse. Horses are incredibly sensitive to a rider’s attitude and when fresh may well be over-reactive. If a rider is nervous he may be particularly tight, grip with his legs … Continue reading

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Does Your Horse Suffer with Allergies? These Tips Will Help…

5 Tips to Help Manage Seasonal Allergies Allergies that cause respiratory problems including coughing and wheezing can strike during the summer as well as the winter so good management is key to keeping your horse happy and healthy. Horses allergic to summer dust and pollen are often diagnosed with ‘summer pasture associated obstructive pulmonary disease’ (SPAOPD), which usually involves a … Continue reading

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Autumn Laminitis: What to Watch Out For

• Laminitis can strike in autumn as well as spring, so be vigilant. • Horses and ponies can have their first bout at any age, so don’t assume because your horse hasn’t suffered before that it will be unaffected. • An autumn flush of grass and cold, sunny days can result in high water soluble carbohydrate intakes which can contribute … Continue reading

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Feeding Facts: Know your starch from your sugars and your fibre from your fructans

Carbohydrate confusion? The term carbohydrate (carbs for short) is often used in equine nutrition to describe the non-structural carbs including sugar and starch. But this is incorrect because fibre is also a type of carb. The main types of carbs in UK horse diets are fibre, starch, sugar and fructan. Fibre – main supply is structural, found in forages e.g. … Continue reading

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Supplements and the Dressage Horse: 4 Tips for Success

ReadySupp supplements teamed up with dressage rider and trainer Maddi Burchell to discuss how feeding the right supplements can help keep dressage horses in peak physical and mental condition. 1. Consider where your dressage horse is at in his career and what you need him to do. A good joint supplement will help to support a comfortable, free moving horse … Continue reading

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Chloe Winchester on Her Special Mare and Winning the Queen’s Cup at Hickstead

Suffolk based young rider Chloe Winchester beat a strong field of experienced combinations to take a spectacular win on her debut in the Queen Elizabeth II Cup at Hickstead on the weekend riding her scopey 12 year old mare Avoca Valkyrie. Winchester (21) rode a bold, forward second round after delivering one of only six clears to win and said, … Continue reading

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Feeding Fibre and Why It’s Important

Fibre facts Horses need plenty of fibre in their diets; and not just for bulk!   Here’s some facts about fibre: Horses will work for fibre even when their energy requirements have been fulfilled All horses should be fed no less than 1% of their bodyweight daily in fibrous forage (dry matter) e.g. 5.7 kg (12.5 lb) of typical hay for … Continue reading

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