Monthly Archives: June 2015

Helping your horse cope in the heat

iStock_000004195929_SmallThe current heat wave is a godsend for most of us after months of dreary, dull weather, but for your horses sudden excessively warm weather can be very detrimental, leading to dehydration or heat stroke if you don’t look after your horses correctly.

WATCH OUT FOR HEAT STRESS  If your horse is exposed to too much heat, and they cannot cool down sufficiently then they may suffer from heat exhaustion, which left untreated will lead to heatstroke.  This can be due to exercising in hot weather but can also occur when horses are standing in overheated stables, trailers or horse boxes.

Signs of Heat Stress include:

  • High temperature
  • Rapid pulse and breathing- often panting
  • Signs of dehydration
  • Usually horses will be dripping with sweat
  • Horse may appear stiff, with abnormal gaits due to fatigue
  • Restlessness or Lethargy

iStock_000001292631_SmallIf you think your horse is suffering from heat stress act quickly.  Move them to a cool, shady, well-ventilated area.  Remove any tack, and apply cool water, either using a hose or a sponge and bucket.  Pay particular attention to the groin where skin is thinner, and neck which has many large veins.  Short slow walks can also help your horse’s muscles to cool down.

If your horse has been suffering from heat stress and it is left untreated it can lead to a more serious condition, known as Heat Stroke.  Signs that your horse may be suffering from this include:

  • High temperature
  • Skin is usually dry and warm to the touch
  • Horses may be staggering around, and may even fall
  • They can be unaware of their surroundings, and this can make them a danger both to themselves and to others.
  • Failure to treat can lead to very serious complications

HEAT STROKE CAN LEAD TO SEIZURES, COMAS OR DEATH. IF YOU SUSPECT YOUR HORSE HAS HEAT STROKE PLEASE CONTACT YOUR VET IMMEDIATELY.

By following a few simple rules while the weather is hot you can significantly reduce the risk of your horse suffering with problems due to the heat:

  1. PROVIDE PLENTY OF WATER! Having access to fresh, clean water is vital all year round, but as days get hotter horses will lose more water from their bodies in the form of sweat to keep themselves cool.  This causes them to drink more, so make sure your horse has plenty of water available to them, and check troughs and buckets daily to make sure that the water source is clean.
  1. ALLOW ACCESS TO SHADE AT ALL TIMES. If possible, turn out in fields with shelter from the sun, or if stables are cool bring horses in during the day, to avoid the midday sun
  1. PROVIDE SALT! Even non-ridden horses will need access to a salt lick during the summer, as the hotter weather will mean they lose more body salts.  If your horse is being ridden and sweats a lot, provide electrolytes to ensure that all important body salts are being replaced.
  1. RIDE DURING COOLER PERIODS.  If at all possible do not ride during the hottest part of the day; instead try to ride early in the morning or late at night to avoid the heat, or if you have to work your horse when it is hot, keep to low intensity exercise, and cool your horse slowly after you finish working them.

5.   WASH DOWN: Sponging off your horse after riding is particularly important in the summer       when they are likely to sweat more, it helps the horse to cool down, and the dried sweat      attracts flies.

  1. APPLY SUNCREAM! If your horse has any delicate pink bits of skin, applying sun cream to these areas will stop the skin burning.

Olivia Colton MSc

Nutritional and Technical Coordinator,

Feedmark

Turmeric – the cure for all evil?

Turmeric

What is it about this bright yellow-orange spice that has caused such a stir throughout the human and equine world?

 

 

The use of Turmeric began in Indian Ayurveda. It harbours many properties which account for its use as one of the earliest food preservatives.  Other traditional Ayurvedic uses included topical use to help maintain healthy, clear skin, and orally as a reproductive tonic, to cleanse the blood and help with digestive issues.

Turmeric is now very widely used in horses and is a seemingly safe spice commonly found in equine supplements. The reasons people feed it is very wide spread, but most commonly Turmeric is fed to horses to encourage a healthy skin and coat, and to aid mobility and digestion.

The active ingredient ‘cucumin’ is thought to be mainly responsible for the health-benefiting properties of Turmeric, and effects of this have been well studied in humans. However, as most Tumeric will only contain 2-3% curcumin, and this is only one of the active components of Turmeric, it is wise not to assume feeding Turmeric or pure curcumin would have the same effects. Studies have shown that curcumin may not be easily absorbed by the digestive system, and that adding in Black pepper, or the active extract  BioPerine® can dramatically increase its bio availability. Some people also choose to feed Turmeric alongside oils, and if you prefer to do this we suggest feeding with linseed oil or Micronised Linseed, as these contain a beneficial Omega-3 to 6 ratio, and so are likely to further aid skin and joint health.

We have been closely monitoring the ‘turmeric phenomenon’ for the past few years with interest. After much research involving testing turmeric from many different sources from around the world and on sale here in the UK we discovered batches containing high levels of heavy metals and other undesirables.

Due to our UFAS (NOPS) accreditation we only purchase our ingredients from approved suppliers enabling us to trace every ingredient to its source.  The turmeric we have chosen for our MeadowBlend range is a human grade spice with approximately 3% curcumin.  To aid absorption we are delighted to announce that we have added BioPerine® to enhance the effectiveness.

 

Bioperine chart

Effects of BioPerine® on serum concentrations of curcumin in human volunteers.

Why have we chosen BioPerine®? While lots of people suggest feeding black pepper with their Tumeric, we have added pure piperine, the component in black pepper which aids the absorption of the active constituents of the Turmeric. Using an extract ensures that your horse gets the same amount of piperine in each feed, as it helps to eliminate natural variation, being already added in to the Feedmark Supplement it makes it quick and easy to feed. BioPerine® is the only product sourced out of piperine to obtain a patented status for its ability to increase the bio availability of nutritional compounds.  Secondly, it is the only source from piperine to have undergone clinical studies in the U.S. to substantiate its safety and efficacy for nutritional use.

According to clinical reports, having BioPerine® “in the right place at the right time” in the digestive tract with supplemented nutrient results in enhanced absorption.

BioPerine® is the only product sourced out of piperine to obtain a patented status for its ability to increase the bio availability of nutritional compounds.  Secondly, it is the only source from piperine to have undergone clinical studies in the U.S. to substantiate its safety and efficacy for nutritional use.

Although Turmeric is an incredibly widely used supplement, and in most cases will have no adverse effects on the health of your horse certain cautions should always be taken when introducing anything new into your horse’s diet. If you suspect your horse has ulcers, is pregnant or lactating or on any form of medication, veterinary advice should be sought.

NEW from Feedmark Turmeric with BioPerine® is a ready to use powder formulation that can be added straight to your horse’s feed bowl.

 

Horse Of The Week – Ollie.

Ollie 1Ollie is a 22-year-old, Thoroughbred cross Irish Draught.  He stands at 16hh and has been owned by Ellie Beatty for the last 13 years.  This Irish Sports Horse is retired from competing, but enjoys hacking and giving ‘schoolmaster lessons’ to students that are studying for their NVQ in Horsemanship.

Ollie has been rather successful at past competitions.  Ellie told us: “He qualified for the National Combined Training Championships at Elementary Level.  He also got to compete at the British Dressage Regionals, and at the BSJA (now British Showjumping) Second Rounds. Not only this, but Ollie has also Ollie 2evented up to BE100. But most importantly, he has been my best friend for 13 years.”

No Fill has been very effective in helping to keep Ollie’s legs supple and normal overnight.  It is much less hassle than bandaging, and has meant that I no longer have to stable bandage his legs each and every night.  I can rest assured now that when the ground is bad and Ollie cannot be turned out, he will not get Ollie 3very fat legs like he used to.  I have just bought another sack load!”

A FREE 1.3kg tub of No Fill is on its way to Ollie for being our Horse Of The Week!

Each week, the Feedmark team select a horse of the week from reviews, letters and emails sent to them.  If you would like your horse to feature, then please send your horse’s details in to [email protected] or go online and write a review.

Keeping your horse hydrated

Horse Racing - Steeple ChaseWe all know that we should feed electrolytes after our horse has been sweating a lot, but many people do not know what they are, and why they are important.  Our Nutritionist Olivia Colton MSc explains…

What are electrolytes?

The science bit!

Electrolytes are compounds that when in a solution become charged ions that conduct electricity.  Because of this, they are of high importance as a part of electrical signals within the body, especially those which regulate muscle contractions and nerve transmissions.

The major electrolytes are Sodium, Chloride, and Potassium; Calcium and Magnesium are lost in smaller volumes.  Maintaining the correct amount of these ions is important for many bodily functions.

One example, which shows how certain electrolytes are used in muscle contraction, is the following; in order for movement to occur, muscle fibres need to shorten.  Nerve impulse signals are sent from the central nervous system to the relevant muscle cells.  When this signal is received, channels within the muscle cells open, and sodium ions are funnelled in.

This inwards rush of sodium into the muscle cell signals for calcium to be released from stores within (known as the Sarcoplasmic Reticulum), which results in muscle contraction.  To relax the muscle, the same channel is opened, sodium flows out of the cell, calcium is returned to its stores, and the muscle is prepared to receive further signals.

The role of each electrolyte

The electrolytes present in horse’s sweat are found at approximately the following levels: 56% Chloride, 27% Sodium, 15% Potassium and smaller amounts of Calcium and Magnesium.

Chloride: is a negative ion which is attracted to potassium and sodium.  Lost in greater amounts than other electrolytes, this regulates the acid base in the body.  If chloride levels drop blood pH can be affected, which can drastically impact normal bodily function.

Sodium: regulates fluid levels in the body by having an effect on blood osmolarity.  Sodium is an important electrolyte that helps with electrical signals in the body, which allows the brain and muscles to function.  It is half of the sodium-potassium pump, which keeps sodium in the plasma and potassium inside the cell.

Potassium: maintains turgidity in cells, and is involved with creating impulses which allow brain and muscle function.  Horses will preferably excrete potassium over sodium, so it is important that this electrolyte is supplied to hard working horses.

Calcium: has an essential role in muscle contractions, including those of the heart.  It is also heavily involved with bone formation, the nervous system and blood clotting.

Magnesium: plays a part in over 300 bodily functions including normal muscle contraction and nerve transmission.  Horses with magnesium deficiencies can often exhibit stressed behaviour.

How do horses loose electrolytes?

Electrolytes iStock_000004195929_Smallare lost daily through sweating, in urine and in faeces.  The majority of electrolytes are lost during exercise, as sweat contains high levels of electrolytes.  The horse relies on sweating to control body temperature, by dispersing heat created by working muscles.  For a horse performing low intensity exercise in a moderate climate, these losses can normally be replaced adequately by electrolytes naturally present in the diet.  However, during periods of exertion such as competition and training, electrolyte losses can be considerable, particularly during hot weather.  Even under normal exercise conditions, a 500kg horse may lose 10 litres of sweat during two hours of exercise.  This sweat would contain approximately 60g of Chloride, and almost 30g of sodium!

What happens when the horse doesn’t have enough electrolytes?

iStock_000001292631_SmallWater alone does not efficiently restore bodily functions and performance after sweat loss.

  • Electrolyte loss leads to low blood osmolarity, which inhibits the horses thirst response.  A loss of just 2% body water may have negative effects on performance, and further losses can dramatically impair the health of the horse, leading to dehydration, alongside may other clinical signs- dull coat, sunken eyes, dark urine, poor performance, fatigue, and even death in extreme circumstances
  • Lack of effective thermoregulation- which may lead to overheating
  • Muscle fatigue
  • Sporadic Exertional Rhabdomyolysis
  • Synchronous diaphragmatic flutter (thumps).  This is usually due to low blood calcium but can also be caused by low levels of the other electrolytes.  When an imbalance of electrolytes occurs, the electrical signal that causes the heart to contract is also passed through the phrenic nerve, which signals the diaphragm to contact (usually this makes the horse breathe).  If you look at the horse, you can see the contractions of the diaphragm with every heartbeat. 

Using electrolytes:

To ensure that your horse doesn’t suffer from problems due to lack of electrolytes, I would suggest that you feed regularly if your horse sweats through exercise, is in a hot environment or travels a lot, as with all medical and behavioural problems, prevention is better than cure.

 

Self Selection

iStock_000000609624SmallWe often get calls from customers wanting advice regarding their horse snacking on plants in hedgerows – should they do it, and why are they picking out that particular flower?

Horses are known to self-select, choosing the herbs and plants that will help with particular ailments that they may have, and in the wild this was easy for them to do.  Even 50 years ago, horses were generally kept in larger paddocks with access to wild hedges, but often now horses are kept in small electric fenced turn out paddocks, often unable to get to anything but grass.  If your horse is lucky enough to browse the verges and hedgerows, what are they picking at, and why?

2 Dandelion

Dandelion

Hawthorn – is a known circulatory aid.

Clivers – are high in silica, which is beneficial for skin, hooves and coat.

Rosehips

Rosehips

Rosehips – naturally rich in antioxidants, rosehips have anti-inflammatory effects and horses feeling a tad lame will often reach for these fruits.

Cow Parsley – is a digestive aid, and is thought to help with the healing of wounds.

Dandelion – is a known diuretic, good for the urinary system, and a natural electrolyte.

Nettle – acts as a blood tonic, rich in vitamins and minerals.

Clivers

Clivers

Don’t worry if your horse has no access to these plants, providing your horse with dried herbs from our MeadowBlend range can help combat the deficit of beneficial hedgerow plants.

Our Hedge Herbs blend in particular is designed to replace the good herbs your horse would pick out of a traditional hedgerow, containing Hawthorn, Buckwheat, Nettle and Rosehips

 

 

Horse Of The Week – Marcus.

Marcus is a 14.2hh, New Forest cross, owned by Caroline Skinn.  Marcus is 20-years-old and has been owned by Caroline for 7 years.  Primarily they hack around the local woods together.

Marcus, the New Forset cross.

Marcus, the New Forest cross.

Caroline told us: “Marcus was purchased for my daughter Robyn as her first pony.  This was in January 2008 when he was 13-years-old.  He had previously been a riding school pony and then privately owned briefly, before being moved on.  I am still in contact with his previous owner, and reading in between the lines he’d had his day in the riding school arena.  He was an ‘old school master’ even at that time, and taught Robyn a lot about having to ride correctly, as he gave nothing for free.  He knew his job only too well but always made Robyn work for it!  Marcus was a great all-rounder and enjoyed showjumping, always winning ribbons but wasn’t too keen on schooling which made him really hard work (all those years of kids jumping on and off him in lessons, I think probably the reason).  He is as close to ‘bombproof’ as any pony can be and has Marcus 2an incredible calming influence on other horses, especially those that are young, nervous, or a bit feisty.  He is particularly good for this when out hacking, as he doesn’t react when others are upset.  He is a true gent and looks after whoever it is on board.  Marcus doesn’t have a nasty bone in his body and is a very easy pony to care for.”

“He does have issues however!  He took it upon himself to decide not to load one day, unfortunately for us this was at the end of a show jumping competition which he had won.  It took four adults and four teenagers 2 hours to get him into the trailer by which time it was pitch black!  He isn’t keen on water in buckets and will not drink from one on the yard after working, he will wait until turned out!  His fear of the hose is even worse, and he will demonstrate his own version of river dance if somebody inadvertently brings one anywhere near him.  It has taken me over 6 years to win his trust and allow me to sponge him off, but a bath I think is a few more years off!  Marcus believes that wheelbarrows are out to kill him.  We cannot get clippers near him without sedation from a vet as he actually goes nuts, clipping therefore is a rather expensive exercise.  Despite these small issues, Marcus has impeccable manners and really is an angel.”

Marcus 3“You have probably caught on for my love for this old fella, and hand on heart I can say that he changed my life the day he arrived.  I loved horses but was terrified of them, and needed to get my act together to support Robyn and Marcus.  Eight weeks before Pony Club Camp, Robyn broke her collar bone; so I bit the bullet and started riding Marcus to keep him fit and I have never looked back!  After Robyn got her second pony, I could not bring myself to part with Marcus so we had lessons together and even learned to jump.  Together we have won a pony games competition with our local riding club, where we were the oldest combination and beat all of the speedy agile ponies!  After Robyn discovered boys and her second pony had to go, I still couldn’t part with Marcus.  So together we are the veterans on our yard, and I could not imagine life without him.”

Caroline explains: “Clarity is a fabulous supplement, we couldn’t be without it.  Marcus used to head-shake very violently whilst I rode, especially on those days where there was a high pollen count.  His nose also used to run and the rides would be very stressful for us both.  Since being fed Clarity, Marcus is much happier and less stressed.  I am so pleased that we are now able to ride from April to September when we couldn’t before, and it’s all thanks to Clarity”.Marcus 4

A FREE 2kg tub of Clarity is on its way to Marcus for being our Horse Of The Week!

Each week, the Feedmark team select a horse of the week from reviews, letters and emails sent to them.  If you would like your horse to feature, then please send your horse’s details in to [email protected] or go online and write a review.

Will Furlong – off to a flying start!

10It’s been a pretty busy, but successful couple of months for the team at Ingrams Eventing. El limit stepped up to the mark by winning her first BE100 at Munstead UA.  This was then followed by a hugely manic and soaking wet day at Chilham the weekend after.  I had 5 horses competing on one day which was a mission in itself, but the torrential rain all morning did not help matters at all – the damage was done, we were all soaked!  Luckily the weather didn’t seem to affect any of the horses; they all ran really well.  Funny Boy Fortuna won his first BE100 at only 5 years old after winning the 4 year old class there last year.  El Limit also won her section to make it 2 wins out of 2 for her.  Esprit ran really well to come 4th and Elstar ran a bit slower to come just outside the placings.  The highlight of the day was having my top boy Livingstone back out after some time off.  He was absolutely wild in the dressage, very little ‘working trot’ happened as he was feeling a little flamboyant to say the least.  Nether the less it was great to have him back out and feeling so well.

Next stop for the big 2 was Aston Le Walls OIu21.  Pioneer Silvie did a nice test for 30, 1 down sj then a nice slow clear as the ground was on the hard side. L ivingstone was a little distracted by the show jumping next door but managed a 29 followed up by a double clear.  Although the xc wasn’t particularly testing, I was pleased with how both horses ran in preparation for the U21 champs a couple of weeks after.

The 2 6year olds; Elstar and Esprit went to Tweseldown, both contesting the BE100.  Both horses did nice tests for 27 and 28 respectively followed by 2 double clears inside the time. There were a couple of decent enough questions for that level but both made it feel easy and felt very confident within themselves – They ended up 4th and 5th.

9We went up to Houghton on the Wednesday morning  to give the horses plenty of time to settle in and get familiar with their surroundings. Pioneer Silvie was drawn early to go as I was a multiple rider.  I was thrilled with her test of 43 which left her in second place after the first half or so.  Livingstone never really settled properly in his test so I was a little disappointed but he still managed a 47 which was a very respectable 8th after the dressage phase.  The XC walked on the soft side for a 2* but after watching some go on Saturday morning it certainly wasn’t going to be a piece of cake.  We had a lot of rain on Friday which was needed and the ground was very good – I was particularly worried about the time after Livingstone got very tired in the mud after losing a shoe early on last year.  Pioneer Silvie came home clear inside the time with a few seconds to spare.  I was delighted with how well she coped at the first CCI2*.  Livingstone was also great going clear inside the time, which proved not all that easy to make.  He finished with loads of gallop left which surprised me a little as he had missed the first bit of the season due to injury. We were lying 2nd and 6th overnight.

Unfortunately Pioneer Silvie was sore from a boot rub on the Sunday morning and we made the difficult decision to withdraw her after being held at the trot up.  This meant that it was up to Livingstone to try and defend my title.  He was lying in 5th going into the show jumping which took the pressure off a little but 2nd – 7th were all very tight so I knew a clear round would put pressure on those above me.  Livingstone pulled it out the bag again to jump clear and move up to finish 2nd – I was extremely lucky to have help warming up from Australian Chris Burton who had just come 2nd in the ‘Senior’ 2*.  Although we didn’t quite manage to defend our title, and after the disappointment of having to withdraw Pioneer Silvie, I was very pleased with the end result!

8Mattingly UA was up next – and a first novice for my 6 year old Esprit.  She was a star, doing a 26 dressage leaving her second after the first phase.  Followed up by a nice clear show jumping and clear XC around an educational but testing Novice track to take the win!  She will head off to Stratford Hills next for a nice confidence run at BE100 before going to Brightling for her first BE Novice.  Elstar was also a star winning her BE100 section by 9 points.  She led from start to finish on a 21 dressage and is really starting to get the hang of this eventing malarkey.  She is also going to Stratford Hills before doing her Novice at Brightling at the beginning of July.  El Limit subbed in just to do a dressage test and she did some really sweet work to lead her Novice section on 27.  All in all a very pleasing day out!  It’s a real shame that Mattingly isn’t going to run anymore as it was a really lovely event; everybody was really friendly and there was a good atmosphere.  The XC was beautifully dressed with alternatives at all the more difficult questions which was extremely educational.

After Houghton I was chuffed to be long listed on Livingstone II for the Young Rider Europeans in Poland.  Our final trial is at Aston Le Walls at the end of July – fingers crossed!!

Horse Of The Week – Primo Princess.

Prinni, with owner Katie.

Prinni, with owner Katie.

Primo Princess (stable name Prinni) is a 16.2hh, Irish Sports Horse.  She is 16-years-old and has been owned by Katie Norwell-Hall for the past year.  As well as riding at home, they often go out to compete at local shows.  Primarily these shows will have Unaffiliated Show Jumping classes.  Not only that, Katie also competes with Prinni in Concours D’Elegance classes.

Katie told us: “We competed at The Royal London Show and actually made an evening performance!  Last season we were Overall Champions of the Novice and Intermediate Show Jumping, and we were also Overall Veteran Champion.”

“I came across my girl by chance, and have never looked back! In the year that I have owned Prinni I have learnt so much, with her and from her, and she has given me back my confidence.  She always gives me one-hundred-and-ten percent in everything that we try, and this is why I like to give her back the support that she needs.”

Katie explains: “After being on Performance – Stamina & Endurance for 2 months, the difference in Prinni’s performance and just generally was amazing.  This supplement supports her in so many ways, she feels on top of the world.  It helps to keep her focused at events, whilst

Katie and Prinni often compete in Unaffiliated Show Jumping classes.

Katie and Prinni often compete in Unaffiliated Show Jumping classes.

providing her with all the other valuable requirements for her body and muscles. The results have been fantastic!  She no longer gets stiff and recovers well from a day competing, a lot quicker than before. This supplement helps her to be ready and focused for the day ahead. It is so much easier to feed Stamina & Endurance as one supplement, than to feed eight different ones.”

A FREE 10kg tub of Performance – Stamina & Endurance is on its way to Prinni for being our Horse Of The Week!

Each week, the Feedmark team select a horse of the week from reviews, letters and emails sent to them.  If you would like your horse to feature, then please send your horse’s details in to [email protected] or go online and write a review.

Stressless Showing by Olivia Colton MSc

WinnerShow season is well and truly upon us and whatever sphere you like to complete in summer is an ideal time to take your horse out and about.  Heat and busy environments can make shows a stressful place for both you and your horse, so here at Feedmark we are sharing our top tips for successful, stress-free showing!

  • If you are going for more than a few hours, make sure you take some forage or high fibre feed for your horse- not feeding enough forage will increase risk of ulcers, colic and other digestive disturbances
  • Often when horses are away from home they can be reluctant to drink. This can lead to dehydration, heat stress, decreased performance, and impaction colic. Take water from home and use your horses normal water bucket to encourage them to drink, and if they won’t accept this, feed soaked hay or a Feedmark fibre block soaked in 5ltr of
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    Feedmark Fibre Blocks soaked in 5ltr of water can help with hydration

    water to ensure some liquid consumption, and provide buffering fibre at the same time- result!

  • If your horse gets stressed and anxious at shows, or when travelling to them, administering a tube of Magnafeed instant calming syringe an hour before travelling/classes can help to take the edge off, making your horse happier and more relaxed, and so more likely to do well!

    MagnaFeed Instant stress busters give 1 hour before stressful situation.

    MagnaFeed Instant stress busters give 1 hour before stressful situation.

  • If your horse can be nervy or stressed all the time, but is worse when out of their normal routine, feeding a daily calmative may be the answer. Try our popular Steady-Up Advance for one month and see if your horse’s behaviour improves.
  • If there are lots of biting insects around, be sure to use Blue Bottle fly repellent to help deter them, and let your horse concentrate on the job in hand.
  • Go out often- if you only go to a show once a year it becomes a big deal- there are so many shows and events available over the summer months get out as much as you can, and you will feel much more confident and comfortable, which will have a great effect on your horse and your riding!

 

Horse Of The Week – Flash.

Flash and Sophie, over a Cross-Country fence.Flash II is a 14-year-old, Dutch Warmblood who stands at 16.2hh. For the last 5 years, she has been owned by Sophie Evans. Primarily, the combination compete in affiliated British Showjumping. It is not only showjumping that interests them though, as Sophie also takes Flash to compete in local dressage classes. Together they have won a few Prelim level dressage tests. Before she was owned by Sophie, Flash had jumped in the Sunshine Tour and went on to win her class.

Sophie told us: “Flash has a very kind temperament, proof of this is in her very large ears! She loves her routine and will definitely let you know that she is not pleased if you change it! She loves her food and will give you kisses for treats and carrots. Flash has taught me a great deal inThe combination often compete in British Showjumping classes. so many ways. We affiliated with British Showjumping just over a year after I got her, and since then we have done very many competitions. Flash really does excel in jumping, taking us to one of our favourite places – Hickstead, and many others too. She has very long strides, ideal for making up a lot of ground in the jump off! Although she is extremely careful and scopey also. For the majority of the time Flash is sleepy and quiet, but she soon wakes up when we are at a competition! She always takes excellent care of me, she is definitely one of a kind.”

Flash 3     “Additionally Flash loves cross country, getting very excited over the fences and especially in the water! She loves the ability to have a good gallop around. Despite this excitement, she knows to be calm and collected during any dressage competitions. She is certainly one clever horse, and I could not have hoped for better.”

Sophie explains: “Flash used to really struggle when the pollen count was high and the summer season came through. She would constantly shake her head. Since I started feeding Clarity it has really helped with her head shaking, not only in the field but also whilst riding”.Flash extra

“I am very glad to have started using Clarity this year. It made a huge difference to Flash in the summer of 2014, so I will definitely be using it this year! “

A FREE 2kg tub of Clarity is on its way to Flash for being our Horse Of The Week!

Each week, the Feedmark team select a horse of the week from reviews, letters and emails sent to them. If you would like your horse to feature, then please send your horse’s details in to [email protected] or go online and write a review.