Horse Of The Week – Tigger.

tigger-8This 12-year-old gentle giant is Tigger, who is owned by Anita Vernalls. Anita told us: “Tigger stands at 17.3hh, and he is tigger-3Hanoverian cross Irish. I have owned him since 2006 when I bought him as a two-year-old from Hereford. Tigger is a multi-purpose, family horse who my partner also rides. I use him for show jumping and showing, and my partner uses him for cross country and for trail hunting.”

tigger-14“Tigger has won many firsts in show jumping and is a perfect lead horse in the hunting field. On the road, he is a perfect gentleman whom tigger-1-editis good when out alone but is also a very good lead for young or nervous horses.”

“In the future I would like to do more dressage and showing with Tigger and to improve his groundwork. He is always enthusiastic towards work and acts like a youngster in the field with our others. Tigger always has plenty of confidence, whatever discipline he is doing, from dressage to cross tigger-16country.”

“For the past ten years Tigger, along with all my other horses, has been fed Feedmark’s Benevit Advance. tigger-6They always look very well and no matter what time of year, they always have a glossy, shiny coat. I think Benevit Advance keeps Tigger’s feet in excellent condition, as he keeps his shoes for a good eight weeks.”

A FREE tub of Benevit Advance is on its way to Tigger for tigger-11being our Horse Of The Week!tigger-18

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2016 Endurance Season Round Up – Katie Bedwin.

I cannot believe it’s already the middle of October, 1151 successful kilometres ridden this season, but where has the time gone! I’ve been very fortunate to ride some very special horses this year; Elayla, Burfield Goodie Two Shoes, Penhwnllys Samala De Mons and Nahzira bint Chantanz. They all had very different goals this year, but they have all been achieved, and then some.


Burfield Goodie Two Shoes, has defied all odds and is qualified for the 2017 World endurance championships for young riders in Italy, after completing her two CEI 2** 120km rides, with a 1st at Kings Forest and 8th at Euston Park. She has also had good placing’s/grading’s in all of her other competitions this season, including her first ever Red Dragon experience, where she was 8th in the Little Dragon 80km class.

Layla’s season plan has been the most difficult this year, at times it felt like every ride I entered was cancelled/changed! But she had a brilliant run at Royal Windsor CEI 2** 120km, where she placed 22nd, the 3rd GB combination home and I was the first young rider home. Layla also went on to win the 80km National race at Kings Forest in the summer, she led from the start and it was one of those races, where everything seems to go to plan – and this doesn’t happen often!  Layla has also been instrumental in taking my young horses out this season, she is a brilliant confidence giver and has gained the top grading, even though she thought it was boring being a nanny!


Nahzira bint Chatanz has been with us since she was 6 months old, but it is still daunting when you enter their first ever endurance ride. I had no need to worry because Izzy has taken her three novice rides in her stride, and the atmosphere did not bother her in the slightest. She has now upgraded to open level for 2017, and has her first 40km qualifier under her belt, to start her pathway to FEI.


I am very fortunate to have the ride of Penhwnllys Samala De Mons, a mare who I backed at three years old and has subsequently returned to me to complete her first few longer rides. Marley has a lot of potential, and her owner was keen for her to fulfil this, so we started her on the FEI ladder after completing her last 80km qualifier. She was 2nd in the CEI 1* at Kings Forest, and this was a great start to her FEI career. Unfortunately, the CEI 2* we had aimed for was cancelled, so we will have to wait till 2017 to obtain her next qualification.


I could not ask any more from my horses, but I equally could not achieve what I have without my support team and sponsors. Every one of my horses benefits from a diet aided by Feedmark supplements, and it is instrumental in their performance.


So, whilst I watch the horses grazing in the field, on their winter breaks, my thoughts turn the 2017 season. Now I will never make ‘plans’, horses know about ‘plans’! But there is no harm in looking at the competition calendar…


Horses generally have a low rate of cancer. However, their commonest type of cancer or tumour is a sarcoid which is a type of skin growth. Cancer sounds so serious, what does this mean? Cancer is a purposeless multiplication of cells which creates an abnormal mass or lump. It can be devastating because it can damage normal working parts of the body by squashing them, destroying them or altering their function. This all sounds very sinister, so we need to be sensible, lumps and growths should not be ignored.  Simplistically small ones are easier to deal with then large ones. But now for some better news: equine sarcoids, unlike some other types of cancer, very rarely spread to other organs in the body, so it is also extremely rare for them to be life threatening. But they can be a major inconvenience and on occasion stop a horse from working.


Large ulcerated malevolent inner thigh sarcoid.

There are many types of sarcoid and also other types of skin tumour too. Sometimes samples will need to be taken so that a lump can be identified, because different types of growth need different treatment. Some types of sarcoid your vet will be confident to identify just on it’s appearance and advise accordingly. Sarcoids are commonly found around the eyes, sheath, mammary glands, inner thighs and between the front legs. These are sites commonly frequented by flies. One of the commonest supported theories is that sarcoids are caused by a cattle wart virus (bovine papilloma virus) which is spread by flies. Research is ongoing to try and clarify this virus theory.



Sarcoids are classified as six types:


Occult Sarcoid – flat areas often found on the face, sheath or inner thighs.

These often start as hairless or depigmented (pale) areas mimicking ring worm or tack rubs. They can thicken and may become crusty or bleed. They are subtle lesions and can be difficult to spot.


Nodular Sarcoid – raised and firm spherical lumps usually covered by normal skin.  Photo of nodular sarcoid in hairless groin area. Often found between front or back legs, on the ears or sheath and may be single or multiple.  These can frequently be lifted clear of underlying structures. They can turn into fibroblastic sarcoids if traumatised.


Verrucous Sarcoid – flat areas of wart-like appearance often found on the ventral abdomen (under the belly), face, sheath or groin. They are often grey in colour and may look warty or flaky. Can become more aggressive if interfered with. Single or multiple.

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 Fibroblastic Sarcoid – have fleshy, ulcerated appearance so bleed easily. May occur at the site of wounds as well as on the face and legs. They can look like an ulcerated “bunch of grapes”. These often enlarge at speed.



Malevolent/malignant Sarcoid – aggressive – may spread along the path of veins or lymph vessels. May appear as cords of tumours. Malevolent sarcoids are the most aggressive type. They rapidly spread over large areas and appear as a mixture of nodules, warts and ulcerated areas, often large bundles. Sometimes these can be so severe they are untreatable, fortunately they are rare.


Mixed Sarcoids –




An individual horse may have just one type of sarcoid, whilst another horse may have a mixture of several types. They are commoner in geldings than mares and most cases are initially seen in horses aged 3-6years.

So if sarcoids are not life threatening why treat them?

There are many reasons:

  • to prevent deformities and the disruption of the function of important structures, e.g., sarcoids around the eyes can cause eyelid deformities which interfere with eyelid function and tear distribution. Rarely the resulting irregularity of the eyelid can cause corneal ulceration.
  • to prevent interference with tack e.g. girth, martingale or bridle, which would lead to discomfort or bleeding.
  • to stop the spread of sarcoids on this horse
  • to also stop the spread of sarcoids to companion horses via flies,
  • to prevent the discomfort of the tumours e.g. between the hind legs,
  • to reduce fly annoyance by removing the bleeding sarcoid – some of which can become infected and unhygienic
  • to improve the appearance of the horse


Treatment options

Sarcoids can mimic more sinister tumours and vice versa, so biopsy (taking an actual sample of the mass and sending to the laboratory for analysis) may be necessary.

Also, sarcoids can mimic sweet itch, ringworm, traumatised and thickened skin and vice versa.  With such a large range of different appearances of actual sarcoids (and other skin diseases) it is not surprising that a huge range of treatments has also emerged. No single treatment is 100% effective. Ask your vet for the best advice on an individual case, please don’t dabble with treatments as this often just delays an effective treatment and may actually make the condition worse eventually costing more money to treat. Often the location and type of sarcoid will dictate the best treatment.

Wilful neglect. Sometimes a vet may advise just to monitor a single occult or nodular sarcoid.  If the sarcoid changes or enlarges further veterinary advice should be sought. Rarely an isolated sarcoid may shrivel/fall off presumably due to the horse’s own immune system ‘rejecting’ the tumour.

.Nodular sarcoids, which can be lifted clear of underlying tissues, can often be simply treated by ligation with a rubber ring. This can be very successful as the sarcoid is starved of a blood supply, withers and dies.


Many creams have been used and a full discussion is too large for this article. However, Liverpool Cream is probably the most frequently used, this cytotoxic (cell killing) treatment has been very successful but needs multiple applications by a vet. It is dangerous and will damage normal skin on you or your horse, so great care is required.  Horses tolerate its application better if pain relief is provided before the area swells and becomes sore.


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Three photos of sarcoid pre-treatment, during treatment and after treatment.

Cryosurgery – involves cycles of freezing and thawing tissue to destroy it. It can be effective on small lesions, but recurrence rate seems to be high after this treatment.

BCG injection (BCG is a human vaccine for tuberculosis) – this can be injected into nodular lesions on the face every week for three treatments.  Horses must be monitored for an hour after treatment for an allergic reaction so it is time consuming but very effective for facial nodular and fibroblastic sarcoids. It should not be used on lesions elsewhere on the body. Good cosmetic results.


Photo of pony during BCG treatment.  This resulted in no scar.

 Other forms of chemotherapy, radio therapy and traditional surgery have all been tried with varying success.

Currently surgical laser removal of sarcoids is becoming popular and backed up with scientific evidence.  The laser cuts and burns tissue providing a margin of dead tissue around the sarcoid as it is   removed.  This leaves a large area which heals slowly with scarring.  In a recent research paper, 82% of sarcoids removed by laser did not recur.


Photo of post treatment scarring.


Small lesions are easier to treat than larges ones. Extensive lesions will need more aggressive treatments. Not all treatments are successful; recurrence is common. Trauma to a sarcoid will aggravate it, this may be surgery or cream application, so a treatment plan is required. All horses can suffer sarcoids, even donkeys and zebra.


Photo of donkey with extensive nodular sarcoids.

No two sarcoids are the same so an individual treatment plan and monitoring is required. Sarcoids can be frustrating to treat.  Many horses have a mixture of types, often in different locations. Every sarcoid should be assessed by your vet and monitored/treated as advised.

Please feel free to look on our website or contact me for further details.

Helen Whitbread BVetMed CertVR MRCVS, Deben Valley Equine Vet Clinic, Birds Lane, Framsden, Suffolk IP14 6HR.  (01728) 685 123.



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Horse Of The Week – Romeo.

romeo-8This is Romeo, our new Horse Of The Week who is owned by Alison Taylor. Alison explained: “Romeo was born in 2001 in Ireland. Sire was Tullibards Shakespeare, a coloured eventing stallion, whose foals were bred for temperament as well as athleticism. Romeo is a registered ISH gelding on a blue passport. He was gelded in 2010, the year before I romeo-13bought him, and had sired lots of foals – one of which I have managed to trace, also called Romeo!”

“Our Romeo is a 16.1hh skewbald with a lovely laid back attitude, but I knew when I bought him we would have to be careful about his tummy, so I put him on Feedmark’s Original Balancer. Before I romeo-9bought him he had hunted and jumped and since we have had him he has done pleasure romeo-4rides, jumped, hunted, shown and competed in dressage, but due to ill health hasn’t done much in the past year.”

“Over the past couple of years he has had various serious health problems, including loss of an eye. We have stuck with Original Balancer the whole time, and I am sure the ingredients in it have helped to prevent hind gut issues and to romeo-3help him back to full health. He is now jumping and schooling again despite losing his eye, he has healed and is looking really well again.”

“He is a horse in a million, despite all he has been through over the past year he is still romeo-5lovely and laid back and very popular with the ladies (both horse and human). He will have to wear an eye mask when turned out, with 6 monthly eye checks on his remaining eye, but it is a small price to pay. My daughter goes off the University this week so I will be taking over riding him again, so hope to get out on some pleasure romeo-10rides and maybe do some dressage throughout the winter.”

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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.”

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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

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Annie Joppe – Another Good Result!

Another good competition result!  This time it was Chiara’s turn.  Whilst concentrating on Dilmun last month, Chiara’s training was perhaps less than I would have liked.

Although fitness work was complete, there was insufficient time to pay detailed attention to all the other things Chiara needed to perfect.  During fitness training I found that it was quite simply impossible to slow Chiara down when cantering using her hanging snaffle.  This was whilst working on our own so I dread to think how it would be when cantering in a group.  Rather reluctantly I reverted to her Dutch gag with the reins on the middle ring.  I truly hate using a severe bit but accept that sometimes it is necessary and when it is respected minimal pressure is needed for the desired result.

OK, so now I have the essential brakes BUT drinking en route is also essential and Chiara was still having some difficulty drinking with a bit in situ.  Of course it would, in theory, be possible on a relatively slow ride to periodically jump off, unclip the bit and let her drink but it is far from ideal and when we move onto race riding next year it would be impossible.  The issue is not getting her to drink but either giving her the confidence to try with a bit or to provide something so delicious that she will persist in trying to drink until she has cracked it.  With that in mind, I have changed the sugar beet I use to the molassed type in her sugar beet tea and this has definitely increased desire if not necessarily perceived ability.

It is also necessary to eat regularly throughout a longer distance ride.  Horses are ‘grazers’ and are designed to munch away for many hours a day.  We humans disrupt this in endurance by asking them to cover large distances over a long period of time therefore we must ensure that they eat as often as possible.  Now Chiara is better at eating with a bit in her mouth than drinking but, unlike most horses I know, she doesn’t automatically try to graze, pick at hedges etc once we have stopped.  Again encouragement is needed in the form of particularly tasty morsels to temp her appetite.  Yes, this works to a degree but horse cannot live on apples alone and more work needs to be done here!

Another thing that really needed practice was loading and travelling.  Unfortunately there was no time to practice this before our next competition so it was on a wing and a prayer that Chiara was loaded to travel to Barbury Castle in Wiltshire for her first 80 km competition.  Luckily she took just 5 minutes to load and travelled the 5 hours to Barbary pretty well even taking some water (and apples!) on board when we refuelled.

Barbury Castle was to be Chiara’s first sleepover; actually the first time in an electrified corral.  She aced it!  She was relaxed and happy alternately grazing and looking around her at all the other horses in their corrals.   After she had chilled out a bit I took her for a good walk to look round the vetting area, the hold area and the really scary cross country jumps near the start and the finish.

The following morning after a leisurely start, I took Chiara off to the pre-ride vetting.  I was hopeful she would be chilled (after our last experience at the Boconnoc ride) but alas it was not to be.  We had arranged to ride together with a friend and her horse who was at the same competitive stage as Chiara so we went to the vetting together;  big mistake.  Chiara saw ‘Norman’ doing his trot up whilst having her heart rate taken and flipped.  As it was a pre-ride vetting the vet kindly allowed us to wait until Chiara’s heart rate went back to normal, then the trot up which felt like flying beside a winged Pegasus!

Within half an hour we were tacked up, mounted, warmed up and ready to start; an exciting start negotiating the dreaded cross country obstacles (and we didn’t even have to jump them!) and attempting to stay cool and calm across the open grassland at the beginning of the course with other horses disappearing ahead into the distance.

Chiara and Norman soon settled down into a good rhythm and speed and the first loop passed fairly uneventfully with Chiara even managing a little sugar beet tea.

chi-at-barary-sept-16On we went to Chiara’s first vet gate.  I had decided in advance that this was all about a good experience for Chiara and not about how quickly we could present to the vet.  It was a very warm day but we had anticipated this and had plenty of ice with us to cool Chiara down (necessary to get her pulse down to below 65 bpm).  She drank a good quantity of water on entering the vet gate after her bit was removed, but was pretty fidgety whilst being cooled so we waited almost 10 minutes to present to the vet.  After the experience of the pre-ride vetting, the horses vetted together resulting in Chiara’s heart rate being acceptable.  Unfortunately Norman managed to strike into himself during his trot up and was temporarily lame so was not allowed to go out onto the next loop.

After eating rather sparingly we tacked up again and set out on the final 40 km on our own.  Chiara was such a little star leaving all the other horses and cantering off past all those scary jumps again.  We overtook several riders, opened and closed gates and maintained a steady pace, eventually catching up with 2 other riders in our class and proceeded steadily to the finish line.

The final vetting was similar to the halfway one with Chiara being fidgety and not really settling and the trot up was again rather on the fast side for my 80 km legs.  However, she passed the vetting and we had completed her first 80 km competition at a good speed and still with a very keen horse!

Chiara then had a good two weeks’ rest which was followed by some gentle schooling.  We now have some access to some large fields close to us now that the crops are off and we can do some canter work. The next competition planned is Chiara’s second 80 km, this time in Wales so hill preparation will be a must.dil-scrumping-sept-16

Meanwhile Wizard has had his shoes restored to him and to say he was delighted would be an understatement; he was ecstatic!  Although Wizard is now 21 he loves to work (not too hard) and, although he won’t be fit enough to do another competitive ride this season, he will do some light hacking and a little dressage.

Dilmun is now on holiday with Fantom and will have his shoes off in the next week or so and has access to much more grass where both he and Fantom can develop rather fat tummies. Both boys are lucky to be in the orchard and have access not only to great grass, but also to as many apples as they can steal over the electric fence.

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

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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!”

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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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