Category Archives: Horse of the Week

Horse Of The Week – Iemke.

iemke-1This is Iemke, a 21-year-old Friesian mare who has been diagnosed with cushings and she is our Horse Of The Week, and her owner, Linda Miller, explains: “I have had Iemke for eight years. She stands at 16.2hh and together we do Western Riding.”iemke-3

“Originally, Iemke was a ride and drive horse, imported from the Netherlands and I bought her from a lovely couple in Stevenage. I rode English for a while, and we competed in Prelim Dressage classes, but then converted to Western Riding. Iemke and I have competed in a few western competitions and we iemke-5achieved 3rd place in the Western Novice Rider Horsemanship 2013.”

“My future plans are to enter more western competitions as iemke-8well as trying some western dressage, but mainly I plan to go trail riding and to do lots of hacking as Iemke really enjoys going out. Iemke’s ground manners are to die for, being very respectful on the ground, she is a gentle mare with a kind eye.”
iemke-4“I have used various other supplements but have found the C-Plus is by far the best as it has helped Iemke in so many ways. The smell of C-plus is lovely, Iemke eats it without turning her nose up and she is a very fussy eater.”

A FREE tub of C-Plus is on its way to Iemke for being iemke-6our Horse Of The Week!

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 penny@feedmark.com .

Horse Of The Week – Tally Ho Tilly.

tally-ho-tilly-19This is Tally Ho Tilly, our Horse Of The Week who is owned by Deborah Fisher. Deborah explains: tally-ho-tilly-7“Tilly is a sixteen-year-old, Welsh Section D. I rescued Tilly when she was six years old, she was unrideable at that time due to her severe headshaking. She is only 14.3hh but takes a 6’3 rug!”

tally-ho-tilly-16“Tilly is my world, and has helped me through my anxiety, depression, and bereavement after losing both my Mum and Dad. I am an only tally-ho-tilly-8child, so Tilly fills more than just a gap. I believe that she rescued me more than I rescued her.”

“Tilly is a Happy Hacker, and also competes in Pony Club and Riding Club events. Tilly excels at show jumping and cross country, and also enjoys Pony tally-ho-tilly-21Club Camp. Tilly recently won her first ever One Day Event!”

tally-ho-tilly-9“Feedmark’s ExtraFlex HA with Rosehips has maintained Tilly’s soundness. We have plenty more Pony Club and Riding Club activities lined up, and I shall certainly keep feeding ExtraFlex HA with Rosehips!”

A FREE tub of ExtraFlex HA with Rosehips is on its way to Tally Ho Tilly for being our Horse Of The Week!tally-ho-tilly-1

COULD YOUR HORSE BE THE NEXT HORSE OF THE WEEK? Each week,
tally-ho-tilly-5the 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 penny@feedmark.com .

Horse Of The Week – Copper.

copper-eveson-roberts-23This is Copper, he is 20 years old, and stands at 11.2hh, his owner Clare Eveson-Roberts explains: “I’ve owned Copper for 18 years he is a Blue Cross rescue pony, he was approximately 2 years old when he came into our care. He was so terrified that when you lifted your hand to scratch your head and would try to bolt through fear. It took a lot of time and patience to gain his trust but eventually he turned into a much more confident and happy boy, although it took many years before he would comfortably let copper-eveson-roberts-22anyone else near him!

 

These days he is a cheeky chappy who loves life… and food!”

“Copper likes to go hacking, and he has won rosettes through competing in local shows and in Horse Ability. Our future plans are for our children to continue riding and enjoying Copper, and for him to take part in more Horse Ability. Copper is a little superstar who has overcome so much in his life.”

“We have used Feedmark’s Benevit Advance for years and copper-eveson-roberts-15editthe results are fantastic. Copper is in fine fettle with a lovely coat, people often remark on how good he looks! As Copper is a little fatty he has to have a restricted diet but we are sure that Benevit Advance is the key to keeping him healthy, as it provides all of the vitamins and mineral he needs on a daily basis.”copper-eveson-roberts-17edit

A FREE tub of Benevit Advance is on its way to Copper for being our Horse Of The Week!

COULD YOUR HORSE BE THE NEXT HORSE OF THE WEEK? Each copper-eveson-roberts-7week, 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 penny@feedmark.com .

Horse Of The Week – Percy.

percy-3Our Horse Of The Week is Percy. His owner, Dawn Taylor-Hawkins explains: “Witchcombe Purple Rain is now aged 10. Also known as Percy and at home, PP and “Perfect Percy” quite a lot of the time too! We have owned Percy for just over 2 years. I own Percy, but his Rider is my son Elliott Taylor-Hawkins aged 18 as of 17th September.”

“Percy is mostly Thoroughbred, a quarter American Paint percy-10Horse and a quarter Shire. We feel the Thoroughbred gives him his stamina and speed for a great Cross Country round within the optimum time. The American Paint Horse gives Percy the nobility and amazing presence he has. The Shire within him perhaps gives him the bone and percy-18sure footedness; continual soundness (touching Wood); possibly the marvellous “Teddy Bear” temperament; reliability; steadiness; and above all, the most incredible good attitude to work. Percy is black and a good 17 hands high. Lovely big fronted Event type.”

“An absolute Gentleman of a horse, his old owner contacted us just over 3 years ago, feeling percy-17that Percy would be the right horse for my son then aged 15 to start Eventing on, she felt the combination would be perfect. We turned her down at first as at 17hh, I personally felt he was too big for a teenage lad, we were looking for 16.2hh no bigger. A year later Elliott grew so much, it was clear at just over 6ft we would be needing a horse of Percy’s size after all! Elliott started riding at age 11, and he joined his local Pony Club, The Dartmoor Hunt. He did Triathlon, and all the usual wonderful Pony Club things including in the early days Mounted Games which was terrific fun on his little speedy pony. Percy was purchased with the view that he and Elliott would start off their percy-4Eventing career together, Percy had not competed significantly and was used as a Hunter before having a break when his Rider emigrated to New Zealand.”

“Percy has a natural air of nobility about him, the most beautiful black horse with just one tiny white sock. We really have found our very own Black Beauty! Percy loves everybody, he adores children and makes a big fuss of the Yard Cats. Mischievous in personality, playful Percy likes to make his presence known at all times, demanding attention and being so gentle and loving, he really is like a big, soppy, black percy-2Labrador!”

“After a bit of a settling in period, Elliott got to work on Percy, introducing him to flatwork, finding out very quickly that Percy’s least favourite discipline really is flatwork!

“We quickly found out that Percy has a really scopey jump as percy-6promised, but he lacked the basics, taking huge leaps and removing strides etc. So, Elliott and his instructor worked very hard taking things right back to the beginning. The dreaded trotting poles and grid work, including low poles to improve his basic technique. Cross Country is the real area Percy excels in, he is bold and fearless, he likes to get into a lovely natural rhythm, covering the ground easily with a super big stride. He is always focused, with an eye on the next viewable jump, helped no doubt by his early days Hunting on Dartmoor in all terrains and conditions. So, after percy-8months of preparation Elliott and Percy had their very first Event, a BE90 at Launceston in Cornwall. Being placed 6th gave them the encouragement to keep going, they were placed 3 times in 5 outings last season. Percy and Elliott also competed at the National Pony Club Championships at Cholmondeley Castle in August 2015, their Novice Eventing Team being placed 8th. What a wonderful, proud day for all, including the Mums!”

“This 2016 season, they have progressed within British Eventing to BE100 level. Five outings so far this season has seen them placed every time after consistent Double Clears! The highlight percy-15being 6th place at Bicton International. Whilst Percy still needs work on his Dressage, his Showjumping skills are very good and the hilly terrain, beautiful flowing course and technicality of the Cross Country at Bicton really suited him.”

“Elliott, Percy, and their team mates, Dizzy and Jas on their horses, came 2nd in the Pony Club Eventing Intermediate Areas 2016. Sadly, not quite high enough to get to Championships this year, but there is always next year! Elliott hopes by then he and Percy will be competing at Open Level. Elliott’s dream with Percy, is to compete at Badminton Grassroots 100 level, the Grassroots Regional Finals are late September 2016 in Dorset, just the week after Elliott turns 18 years of age. We have everything crossed for them that they will qualify, if not there is always next year!” percy-11

“There is loads of work to be done still with the Dressage, as Eventing success very much relies on a good Dressage score as well as a Double Clear of course. If Elliott and Percy are lucky enough to qualify for Badminton Grassroots they will then go right onto BE Novice level. Their next challenge. We are all so thrilled with Percy “a bit of low level Eventing” we thought! Whatever we ask of Percy he rises to the challenge and beyond. They really are on their way and it’s such early days too!”

percy-13Percy struggles at times with the necessary balance and flexibility at times within Dressage only, not at all visible within any other discipline. Our Physio who works with Percy regularly, recommended Feedmark’s ExtraFlex HA with Rosehips. She has used it with her own horses and has been very pleased with the results. We tried it, and after just a few weeks our Dressage Instructor noticed a real improvement. When we explained that we had started using the supplement she was amazed! We are very percy-1pleased with the results, in fact at one stage we had a gap from using the ExtraFlex HA with Rosehips and we definitely noticed a difference. We wouldn’t use anything else now. Although several people have suggested different brands that they rely on, we like to use the one we have tried and tested for ourselves and have definitely seen results with! The proof is in the percy-7pudding so to speak, after all. Thank you Feedmark!”

A FREE tub of ExtraFlex HA with Rosehips is on its way to Percy for being our Horse Of The Week!percy-9

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 penny@feedmark.com .

Horse Of The Week – Beach Bum.

This is Beach Bum, who is owned by Ashleigh Jukes. Ashleigh told us: “His name is Beach Bum, beach-bum-2but we call him Val on the yard. He is now 15 years old and is a 17hh Sports Horse. We have mostly competed in local events and showing together, but the thing we enjoy the most is galloping on the beach!”

“Val has a past career of showing, but when he came to me three years ago he’d had a couple of years off and needed bringing back into work. He was underweight and seemed quite stressed when in the stable. Val was unresponsive to my leg aids and occasionally reared.”

“I tried Feedmark’s Gastric Comfort and within a few weeks you could see the results. Val is now pretty laid back most of the time (he still has his beach-bum-1moments but that’s the Thoroughbred in him!) and he is in perfect condition.”

“Val is currently having a year off to relax whilst I’m at university, as he has worked so hard the past few years. He really is my best friend and Gastric Comfort has helped to make him the gentle giant that he really is!”beach-bum-3

A FREE tub of Gastric Comfort is on its way to Beach Bum for being our Horse Of The Week!

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Horse Of The Week – Felix.

Felix 1This is Follow The Stars, whose stable name is Felix. Felix is an Appaloosa X Cob and he stands at 16.1hh. He is 7 years old and Emily Catherall has owned Felix for just over a year and a half.

Emily explains: “We bought Felix straight from the breeder as Felix 8a 5-year-old, after he had been backed and turned away. He has been produced slowly by myself since then. So far, we have achieved the following: he has been placed in the top 3 at every Riding Club Felix 9class he has entered, with fantastic comments from judges on his fantastic temperament and looks! Felix has been out competing in Dressage, never scoring less than 65% for Prelim tests and has recently started learning a few Novice level moves! Alongside this, Felix has been to the beach, and has been around farm rides proving incredibly brave over any fence.  He also loves a good hack, but only if we meet an ice cream van that he can poke his head into!”Felix 7

“Our plans for the future are to compete in some one day events, the first of which we are doing at Bold EC on the 17th September. I would also love to take Felix to some county shows in the next year or two as a Working Hunter. He is a complete gentleman Felix 3in every way (some may say a princess) and he absolutely adores children! He will stop for any child, wherever we are and stick his head on the floor where they can reach to stroke his nose.”Felix 12

Steady-Up Advance has given us both so much help when we go out competing and when I school at home. Due to Felix’s naturally nosey personality he had a very small concentration span and I found it draining to keep his concentration!
Felix 14Though now we can happily go out to new places every month and he always knows he is there to work. Steady-Up Advance has been a godsend to us and I can’t see myself getting rid of it for a long time! So, a huge thank you to all of the Feedmark team!”Felix 13

A FREE tub of Steady-Up Advance is on its way to Felix for being our Horse Of The Week!

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 Felix 5your horse to feature, then please send your horse’s details in to penny@feedmark.com .Felix 6

Horse Of The Week – Tornado Tilly.

Tornado Tilly 3Meet Tornado Tilly, a 9-year-old Dartmoor Hill Pony. She is 11.3hh and has been owned by Kelly Faulkner and her family for six years. Kelly explains: “Tilly was bought for us by the in-Tornado Tilly 10laws as a project, and she was only semi-backed.”

 

“Tilly is mainly our Show Jumping Pony, but this year my youngest daughter Caitlin has had a lot of success in
Dressage which has won her the points league at Codham Park Equestrian Centre. Tilly and Caitlin have also Tornado Tilly 7had a win in their first ever workers class, and they do well in Young Handler as they are both so cheeky. Tilly has also competed in Jumpcross, and is generally an all-round superstar!”

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“We were recently at the Equine Sports UK Championships, as Tilly and Caitlin had qualified to do the 60cm and 65cm Championship Showjumping. They jumped on the Saturday and qualified for Grand Prix on the Sunday, where they came 3rd and 5th overall. Whilst we were there, Caitlin and Tilly competed in Tornado Tilly 1the Young Handler and came 2nd, qualifying for the Championship where they placed 3rd overall.”

 

“Our future plans are to continue enjoying Tilly as Tornado Tilly 8much as we do now, and getting out to a variety of competitions as often as we can.”

 

“Tilly’s only problem was her disgusting habit of
eating her boyfriend’s poo when out in the field with him. Her Tornado Tilly 17boyfriend is Fudge (aka Jammy Dodger 2), an 11-year-old Thoroughbred cross Trotter. We discussed this with Feedmark, and they suggested that we feed BioPro to Tilly, to help support the bacteria in the hind gut.”Tornado Tilly 16

 

“Tilly has now stopped picking at Fudge’s poo, and is Tornado Tilly 5generally much happier and more settled.”

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A FREE tub of BioPro is on its way to Tornado Tilly for being our Horse Of The Week!

 

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 Tornado Tilly 18send your horse’s details in to penny@feedmark.com .

Horse Of The Week – Jez.

Jez 2Our Horse Of The Week is owned by Jemma Snow, who explains: “This is my flea-bitten grey ex racer, called Slow To Part (aka Jez). Jez is 19 years old and stands at 16.2hh. He ran 47 races under rules, then went in to Point-to-Point, before ‘retiring’ to aJez 1 field for a year. At the time I wasn’t actively looking for a horse, but I was gifted Jez, by a friend, on Valentine’s day four years ago. What better gift could a woman want!”

“At first, Jez was very regimented, only having been on race yards previously. I’ll never forget the first time he spotted a Shetland. Having never seen one before he had no idea what it was! He soon stole my heart and that’s when our story began.”

Jez 6“He is now my best friend and 99% of the time he gives back 100%. Although, being a seasoned ex racer he knows all the tricks in the book, which accounts for the other 1%! He has really helped my confidence and he always makes me laugh with his cheeky ways!”Jez 3

“I started him on ExtraFlex HA with Rosehips a couple of months ago to help with his stiffness, and it has helped tremendously. I would highly recommend this fabulous supplement! It has enabled us to continue to go out competing and attending clinics most weekends.”

“Jez has even been mistaken for a 4-year-old with his new bouncy ways. We look forward to continuing to enjoy our time together! Thanks Jez 4again for making such a fabulous product.”

A FREE tub of ExtraFlex HA with Rosehips is on its way to Jez for being our Horse Of The Week.

COULD YOUR HORSE BE THE NEXT HORSE OF THE Jez 5WEEK? 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 penny@feedmark.com .

Horse Of The Week – Bas.

Mr Basil B 122-year-old Bas is our new Horse Of The Week, and has been owned by Angie Jones-Moore for the past five and a half years. Angie explains: “My horse Mr Basil B is a 15.3hh, veteran thoroughbred, and a very lively one at that. We primarily hack and take part in low level dressage, and we often have lessons with a local trainer to keep us both switched on.

I took Bas to the beach before he was unwell and it was fabulous. Galloping with no restrictions was the most exhilarating experience, no need to pull up quickly because of gates either! Bas has taken part in eventing in the past, his previous owner took part in an awful lot of dressage when he was younger, he has won all manner of competitions and was supreme champion on one occasion.

Last year Bas had a problem that lead him to be put on box rest.  Unfortunately, after this Mr Basil B 4period his legs would get very fat when kept in; and as he is a very good do-er, I keep him stabled at night all-year-round, to restrict him from feeding his face non-stop!

I took it upon myself to have a look on the internet and I found No Fill, being completely natural I felt confident that I could try Bas with it and even if it didn’t do any good the supplement certainly wouldn’t do any harm. I am always nervous to try new supplements because he is so sensitive, I don’t like to upset his well-balanced gut.

The tub was a lot bigger than I thought and I soon realised why when I opened it, the herbs smell great and are not mashed into powder or granules, they look like dried herbs should. Bas ate the No Fill with ease and I increased the quantity to the recommended amount over a number of days.

Mr Basil B 3After feeding for a month, I have to say I have noticed that Bas’ legs have seemed normal for a while now. I will continue to feed No Fill and I am going to try Bas for a short period in the stable with no leg wraps, to see how his progression goes.

Bas is well loved and part of our family, we became ‘Team Bas’ when he was poorly, my husband and two children are all very good at bandages and leg wrapping now! I see Bas twice a day, every day and we have a very close bond, we ride anywhere and everywhere with no trouble at all. I trust him and he trusts me too.

I am really pleased with the results so far; they can only keep getting better! I am building Bas’ fitness at the moment, we have been restricted to walk for almost a year! I hope to enter some local dressage competitions before summer is over, and with the help of No Fill his legs will be more than up to the job!”

A FREE tub of No Fill is on its way to Bas for being our Horse Of The Week!Mr Basil B 2
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 penny@feedmark.com .

Horse Of The Week – Buzz.

Buzz 1Our new Horse Of The Week is Buzz, a Thoroughbred, who is owned by Kathy Boothman. Kathy explains: “My boy is eighteen years young, and is an ex racehorse. His racing name was Save The Pound, but everyone knows him as Buzz. I bought him as a project, on the end of a lunge line at 3 years old, so I guess he is a long-term project! We have had our fair share of blood, sweat, and tears but I love him to the moon and back.”Buzz 4

“We have done all sorts together, from riding club area competitions to getting placed at riding club championships. We have also competed in a 1* event, which was a dream come true to wear top hat and tails. These days, we compete mainly in ROR jumping classes. This year, we went to Windsor for the final where pilot Buzz 2error cost us a prize, however, we have qualified again and will be back in 2017!”

“I use ExtraFlex HA with Rosehips as part of Buzz’s diet, at his age it can only help and he does deserve it!”

A FREE tub of ExtraFlex HA with Rosehips is on its way to Buzz for being our Horse Of The Week!Buzz 3

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 penny@feedmark.com .