Monthly Archives: November 2016

Horse Of The Week – Rosie.

rosie-2This week’s Horse Of The Week is Rosie, who was owned by Karen Tadd. Karen explains “Unfortunately, Rosie is norosie-1 longer with us, but I would really like to share her story. She was a 15.1hh Irish Draught.”

“We used Steady-Up Advance when Rosie had to be on box rest for 8 weeks. She was always a very stressy mare at the best of times when she was left in, but using Steady-Up Advance was a blessing. It kept her completely calm and rested. Steady-Up Advance helped a lot when bringing Rosie back into work, rosie-3and it kept her calm when she was turned out for the first few times. I was absolutely blown away with the product, I do recommend Steady-Up Advance whenever anyone asks about a calmer. Thank you Feedmark for such a great product! We went on to have lots of fun together, mainly rosie-4hacking and enjoying life!”

If you would like your horse to feature as Feedmark’s Horse Of The Week, please send your horse’s details in to [email protected] .

Horse Of The Week – Alfie.

alfie-3This 16hh Thoroughbred is Alfie, and he is 13 years old. Gaelann East owns Alfie, and has done so for 3 years. Together they do a lot of dressage. Gaelann told us: “Alfie is an ex racer, he raced with a few placings then went off to a home that hacked him out before he came to me to be retrained for dressage. Alfie and I have been placed and have qualified at the RoR National Finals for three years running. alfie-1We came 10th with our Dressage To Music pair at the Riding Club Finals this year. Alfie also took RoR South East Champion in three classes this year.”

“I have lots of plans for Alfie to move up the alfie-6Dressage levels, and in 2017 we will start to work on Elementary moves, and hopefully go out competing in new Elementary Freestyle to Music. Alfie and I have lots of Qualifications to work towards with RoR Dressage and hope to top the points league again.”

“When Alfie came to us his hoof structure was weak and we kept losing shoes, so I started feeding Feedmark’s Hardy Hoof Formula. Alfie is a right fussalfie-2 monster when it comes to food but the small pellets of Hardy Hoof were easily mixed into his feed. Now we have got him to a stage where he maintains a strong hoof structure, we can keep shoes on for 6 weeks, whereas before he was slipping out of alfie-7them rather too frequently. In the summer when Alfie is on a reduced hard feed, we top up his diet with more hardy hoof to support the hoof horn growth rates. I would highly recommend this product for shod or barefoot horses (I have one of each).”alfie-5

A FREE tub of Hardy Hoof is on its way to Alfie for being our Horse Of The Week!

If you would like your horse to feature as Feedmark’s Horse Of The Week, please send your horse’s details in to [email protected] .

Horse Of The Week – Krakatoa.

krakatoa-5This is Krakatoa, a 9-year-old Polish Warmblood standing at 17hh. Krakatoa has been owned by Kerri Ashcroft for the last 5 years. Kerri explains: “Together we do general hacking, long distance rides, cross country, and we compete in local shows and hunter trials.”krakatoa-4

“Kraka was sold to me as an uncontrollable hooligan, he was lead out by two people, one had tight hold of the bridle and the other had the headcollar. They had been honest with me and the owner said she wouldn’t ride him again as she was scared of him. However, despite this I fell krakatoa-6in love with him and decided to take him home. It has been an emotional rollercoaster but we have finally got there, he is still a hooligan but controllable and a very lovable horse.”

“Kraka had been through several homes until I bought him in 2012. It was love at first sight and despite his vices I brought him home, I’ve never looked back. We have had some real ups and downs krakatoa-2over the years; tears, broken bones, dislocated fingers and tantrums (both him and me!) but I will never give up on him. Kraka is full of character and luckily, he has no idea how big he really is. We all love him even though he is far from perfect.”

krakatoa-3“My future plans with Kraka are to get to a higher level of cross country; to do more show jumping and dressage; and to try ridden and in hand showing as he is registered with CHAPs as a bay tobiano, and should do really well.”

“Kraka used to be very noisy and raspy after even the krakatoa-7lightest of work. After 7 weeks on Feedmark’s Clarity we have noticed an amazing improvement in noise, he can work much harder without rasping too badly and recovers much quicker. He has no objections to Clarity krakatoa-1being added to his feed.”

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

If you would like your horse to feature as Feedmark’s Horse Of The Week, please send your horse’s details in to [email protected] .

Horse Of The Week – Pee.

pee-14Meet Pee, our new Horse Of The Week. His owner, Jenny Chapple told us: “Pee is a Welsh cross Thoroughbred, he’s 15.3hh and I’ve been luckypee-3 enough to own him for 10 and a half years. We used to do a lot of showing and competed in some working hunter classes. With his previous owner, he was in the side saddle display team. Pee took me to my first ever county show, he’s such a good allrounder and we’ve had lots of fun doing sponsored rides, jumping, and hacking pee-1out.”

“Pee has a very calming influence, his nickname is ‘Daddy Pee’ and he has looked after many nervous riders and horses, giving them confidence whilst out hacking. pee-6These days he leads a quieter life, and we still go out hacking which we both really enjoy. Pee loves being pampered, and we’re hoping to get out and do some in hand showing next month. Pee also likes to sleep a lot and enjoys a cuddle when he’s pee-8lying down!”

“I started giving Pee Veteranaid when he started looking a bit ‘old’, he had lost condition and his pee-13customary sparkle. Within a few weeks of starting the Veteranaid he picked up, gained a lovely shiny coat and his sparkle returned. I have now been using it for a couple of years and wouldn’t be pee-2without it! I thoroughly recommend Veteranaid for any oldie.”

A FREE tub of Veteranaid is on its way to Pee for being our Horse Of The Week!pee-4

COULD YOUR HORSE BE THE NEXT 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] .

Friends reunited

 

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Nibbet has a pony tale with a happy ending

Twelve years ago, Christine Spiby bought a beautiful Welsh Section B pony called Wicksop Jim Nibbet for her grandson, Joshua. As often happens, Joshua became more interested in football than in ponies and it was decided that rather than see Nibbet become bored, the kindest option was to find him another home.

Inevitably, they lost track of the perky 12hh bay gelding. But earlier this year, when Christine was helping out at a local rescue centre, she learned that a pony was arriving later that day.

“The trailer arrived – and there was Nibbet,” said Christine. “It was a coincidence that I was there that day, but my daughter works there.

“I recognised Nibbet straight away, even though he looked very different from when we had him. He was riddled with worms and it turned out that these had caused liver and kidney problems.”

Christine and her daughter, Danielle Medhust, immediately offered to adopt Nibbet and the pony’s story turned full circle to a happy ending. Seven months after stepping down that trailer ramp, Nibbet is back to his cheeky self and has already amassed an impressive collection of rosettes.

He also has a new rider, as Danielle’s seven-year-old daughter, Lexi, has formed a bond with him. “They started off in lead rein classes at local shows and did working hunter, jumping, games, everything,” said Christine.

nibbet“Lexi rides him off the lead rein at home and at their last show, she did the working hunter class on her own. She loves him and can do anything with him – I’m really proud of her, because she’s so kind and caring, to animals and people. Nibbet loves getting attention from her and happily lets her groom him and pick his feet out.

Nibbet is now 24 years old and is as full of character as ever. “When we first owned him, we fed him Feedmark’s Steady-Up Advance,” said Christine.

This nutritional support has become part of Nibbet’s routine once more. “He doesn’t buck or rear or do anything nasty, but even at this age, he isn’t an easy pony to ride,” said Christine. “He can be spooky, not in a dangerous way but enough to keep you on your toes. He’ll still have a spook at something he’s seen a hundred times before!

Christine is adamant that Nibbet has a home with them for life. Lexi is looking forward to having lots more fun with him and there is even a potential follow-up jockey waiting in the wings.

As this newsletter was published, Danielle’s youngest daughter, Erin, was just nine weeks old. “Hopefully, if she wants to ride, Nibbet will be ready,” said Christine.