Monthly Archives: November 2015

Horse Of The Week – Rupert.

Rupert 1This is Rupert, our new Horse Of The Week. He is a 7-year-old, Shire cross, standing at 15.2hh. Lynda Tarpey has owned Rupert for 18 months and together the combination do lots of hacking out. They also school on the flat, and are working towards their first dressage test. Rupert has won several 1st place rosettes for intro and for prelim level dressage, with Lydna’s daughter who trained him.

Lynda explains: “We know Rupert’s history from the last three years, but prior to that we believe that he had a bad start in life. Our dentist says that his tongue has, at some point, been almost severed due to a driving accident or the use of a wire bit. He arrived at a friend’s riding school very head shy and very anxious. Although they had helped him a great deal, and he was apparently a lot less anxious when I bought him than when they did, they concluded that he needed a private home as he couldn’t cope with beginner riders. He was mainly being used to lead hacks and needed bringing on in his schooling as he couldn’t go in a straight line, and was extremely spooky in any school.”

“A couple of months after getting Rupert, I decided to put him on to Steady-Up Advance because I have had good results with this supplement on past horses. It was not really to make him more manageable under the saddle but because he seemed just terrified of everything and I thought if he could just calm down a bit, he may realise that life is not so scary, and regain some confidence. Rupert was on Steady-Up Advance for about 9 months during which he became much calmer and his big unseating spooks lessened. He was still a little spooky but was beginning to listen and learn rather than being stuck in panic mode. I then thought it seemed silly having this stamp of horse on a calmer as I had bought him to be a sensible ride as I grew older, so I took him off of the supplement.”Rupert 2

“I realised after about 2 months, and falls on two consecutive weekends from big unseating spooks, that perhaps I had made the wrong decision. I put him back on Steady-Up Advance and after another 2 months I have back a horse who, though still a working progress, is back to being a generally nice manageable horse. That same type of horse that gave me the confidence to think that he didn’t need a calmer. I think that Rupert and Steady-Up Advance is a long term relationship!”

A FREE tub of Steady-Up Advance is on its way to Rupert 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.

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Horse Of The Week – Princess Aurora.

Aurora 3Meet Princess Aurora, a seven-year-old Haflinger who is used for Endurance, Hunting, and local fun shows. Standing at 14hh, Aurora has been owned by Nicole for four and a half years.

Nicole explains: “We recently won at the Pony Club Championships winning the Senior Intermediate Endurance, where we got the best time achieving 22 miles in 2 hours, 16 minutes. We were also on the winning team for Inter-Regional Endurance Championships, the Eastern region won.”Aurora 4

“I bought Aurora as my first pony and broke her in myself. Due to some behavioural issues, people told me that she would never be rideable and that she was far too dangerous. Years on, I was riding her and jumping her, however I thought she would never compete. We then found Hunting and she took to this like a duck to water. She always kept up with the large hunt horses, and was very responsive always walking or galloping when asked. We then discovered Endurance, however Aurora unfortunately had a very, very slight lameness which was
Aurora 5recognised at the vetting of an endurance ride.”

“After that I decided to introduce Feedmark’s ActiVet to Aurora’s diet. Since being on ActiVet, she has always been given an A for movement at endurance rides. She looks fantastic now, and so does her coat, she looks the best she ever has! She feels so much freer when being ridden and she has much more energy, and this has all been since receiving ActiVet.”

“I cannot thank Feedmark enough, for the help you have given Princess Aurora with just this one supplement. I must recommend ActiVet to anyone who has a horse that is older or even slightly less mobile! The fact that Aurora has won titles, after being on this supplement for only one month is amazing!”

A FREE tub of ActiVet is on its way to Princess Aurora for being our Horse Of The Week!

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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.

Horse Of The Week – Charlie.

5This is Charlie, who came to owner Verity Arbuthnot at four months old as a cruelty case. Verity explains: “Charlie was in very poor condition, and his scurfy skin and coat reflected this. I started feeding Feedmark’s EquiDermis Plus when he was one-year-old, and have continued with it ever since.”4

“Charlie is now five-years-old, 15.1hh, and his coat looks amazing! Everyone always comments on his skin and coat. Along with the EquiDermis Plus, time and TLC has seen Charlie mature in to a fine fellow having shown successfully at county level and taking 3National Hack Champion title as a three-year-old. He was broken last year and has been slowly classically produced with the help of my trainer Nerys Leer. We have recently started competing in affiliated dressage at Novice Level. Our future plans are to continue with Charlie’s dressage training.”1

A FREE EquiDermis Plus is on its way to Charlie 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.

Horse Of The Week – Moth

Moth 2Our Horse Of The Week is now Moth, a 16.3hh, 12-year-old Irish Sports Horse owned by Suzanne Oliver. Moth has been owned by Suzanne for four years, and together they mostly do schooling and hacking currently. Suzanne told us: “our future plans are to hunt and school over the winter, ready for next season. I would like to do some local hunter trials and get ready for the showing season next year, where we will compete in some ridden, working, and in-hand hunter classes at county level. I may also compete in some Dressage classes.”

Suzanne explained “After losing my coloured mare and deciding to get another horse, I found Moth 3Moth and went to see her down in York. As soon as I saw her I knew that she would be coming home with me, before I had even sat on her! Moth had come from Ireland where she had only hunted. She was a little nervous, but I assumed this was only because it was all new to her. Moth took weeks to settle in, but she was still extremely nervous after this time. It got to the point where it was dangerous to lead her out to the field, she would barge through the gates, and even through the stable door. Moth was acting more like a stallion than a mare, her behaviour was awful. It took her months to trust anyone, so I decided to try the trusted Steady-Up Advance. This worked wonders almost overnight, she became a totally different horse! Before using Steady-Up Advance she wouldn’t even tolerate Moth 6being groomed and was a total nightmare. It would take me an hour to get on her, and then once I was on she would just spook at everything, this supplement has changed that! She was also terrible with the farrier, but as you can see by the photo she is no bother now.”

“Moth would get herself extremely wound up before, when under pressure. So much so, that you couldn’t get anywhere near her even in the field to put a head collar on and catch her. Since feeding Steady-Up Advance she is just like a dog and follows me around all over, wanting cuddles and of course carrots.”Moth 4

Suzanne told us “I first started using Steady-Up Advance over 20 years ago, on Chester my Chestnut Thoroughbred gelding who was a bit mad to say the least! Sadly I lost him last year, he was 28 years old. This supplement was a god send and made Chester so calm that I even rode him side saddle to my wedding, it made a massive difference to him. Being a rather large 18.3hh, I needed something to help calm Chester down! I am always Moth 1recommending Steady-Up Advance because of all of the amazing results I have had over the years.”

A FREE tub of Steady-Up Advance
is on its way to Moth 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’s Winning Ways!

W2Wow – what a fantastic season. Of course our highlight was winning both Individual and Team Gold at the FEI Young Rider Europeans in Strzegom, Poland. Having won Individual Bronze a couple of years ago on Pioneer Silvie my experience of a championships was very positive. Although Livingstone II was on flying form I was naturally a little apprehensive as it would be hard to better my result from 2013. But boy was I wrong! He’s a very special horse but never has everything ‘clicked’ so well. It was pretty close to being the perfect performance. After leading the dressage on 32.7 I knew that it was mine to lose! I took a couple of long routes on the cross country (one on team orders andW1 the other just to ensure a clear round to put the team in an almost unassailable position.) We still managed to come home with just a handful of time faults to remain in pole position. I had originally hoped to get to Bramham U25s earlier in the year but due to Livingstone having time off at the beginning of the season we had to hold back a little so it was really nice to see people that said he made the track look like ‘a stroll in the park.’ We managed to stay more than 4 penalties ahead of Sophie Beaty in second place so psychologically it was very nice to have a pole in hand. Fortunately enough we didn’t need it and
Livingstone was feeling fresh as a daisy and jumped amazingly. We had done it – won individual and team gold. Huge congratulations to all my Team GB team mates; all 6 of us occupied the top 15 with 3 of us in the top 4. It was a really professional performance by all and we were all very pleased to have done our country proud.

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My 2 very promising 6 year olds Elstar and Esprit have progressed really well having both finished the season at novice level. They have both had some time off to rest, both physically and mentally, then the winter fitness work will commence. We said a sad goodbye to Funny Boy Fortuna to a lovely new home with Josh Moore. A very talented young rider with a good future ahead of him. We welcome Woodlands Be Dignified, a very smart 5yo gelding by Billy Be Cool owned by Lisa and Fred Ford. He’s still green at the moment but is a very fun horse to ride and will be exciting for next year. I had a great week away working at my trainer’s Chris Burton schooling his Le Lion horses whilst he was away in Boekelo – it was a fantastic experience going to someone of his calibre and I feel very privileged that he trusted me to ride them whilst he was away.W4

I’m delighted to have come 4th in the U21 Goldman Cup, improving on my 11th place from last year. Hopefully next year I can push on even more and try and challenge for the top couple of spots. For winning the Europeans and consequently being the best placed British rider I will receive the Sir John Burder trophy at the ERA awards. I have just come back from a fantastic evening at the Animal Health Trust UK Equestrian Awards 2015 where I won the new U25’s Star of the Future category. It was an honour just to be nominated from Eventing and to win against other incredibly talented nominees was very special. It’s nice to have a little bit of rest now theW3 season has finished but horses are starting to come back into walk work and others have been kept in light work so there’s still enough to keep me busy.

I’m incredible grateful to Feedmark for their continued support and I owe a huge part of my success to them as they have been one of my longest serving sponsors. By using the supplements I know that my horses are getting everything they need in their diets and can perform to the best of their ability. Let’s hope that 2016 can be just as successful!

Will

Horse Of The Week – Bella.


Meet Bella, a 14hh Cob. For 22 out of her 29 years, she has been owned by Joanne Baldwin. Joanne explains: “I got Bella as a seven-year-old when I was 14. She was originally a Rag-and-Bone pony, and was tethered up. My parents were not convinced about buying a horse but my riding instructor said, if it did not work out then they would buy her from us for the riding school. I don’t think my parents ever thought that I would still have her after 22 years! Ironically Bella has ended up working in a riding school. For ten years I kept Bella on DIY livery, she then had to move to a working livery place at a riding school. I no longer ride her but she is ridden regularly by novice children, and is also used a lot for RDA. Moving to this yard was a good decision, as twelve years later she is still going strong and we love the yard.”Bella 1

“In her younger days we did a bit of everything, including driving. What we enjoyed the most though, were hunter trials and pleasure rides. I decided to breed from Bella a while back, and she has a ten-year-old son whom I still own.”

“Bella has pulled Santa Claus through a local village; done pony rides for charity; and has been rescued by the fire brigade when she had fallen into a drainage ditch after escaping from her field (not sure if that really counts as an achievement but it made the local paper!). She has taught countless children to ride, and is a firm favourite on the yard.”

“Bella was starting to show her age. I had tried feeding her various different supplements to no avail, before finding ExtraFlex HA with Rosehips. I have been using this supplement for about three years since. Sheis never stiff even after being stabled overnight. She is worked very regularly, not bad for a horse that is almost 30! Bella is my horse of a lifetime, and always cheers me up! I plan to keep her happy and active for as long as possible with ExtraFlex HA with Rosehips.”

A FREE tub of ExtraFlex HA with Rosehips is on its way to Bella 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.