Below is a testimonial we received from Jo, about how Synoflex helped her horse, Jasper:
Jasper, now 20 years old, (TB x ID) after years of hunting and competing he now suffers with arthritis in his hocks, which impacts on his nearside shoulder and nearside front leg as he takes the pressure off his hind legs. We ride out whenever I can fit it in, but he usually only wants to walk.
Here at Day, Son & Hewitt, we love to hear your feedback and success stories. We received this story from Mai Crafack Dinesen of Denmark whose horse, Papaya, had severe canker. She decided to trail Platform® as a canker treatment. Her story is below:
Papaya – Fed Platform®
On the 9th July the vet found canker in the left front hoof. They operated for the first time on the 13th July, but several further operations were then necessary. As the picture shows they had to cut almost half of the hoof away and I was told it would take at least 6 months for the hoof to grow out. (more…)
Hayley Colwell introduces Lenny, our 5 yr old 17.1 hh gelding who came to us at the end of June this year in very poor condition and lacking in not only strength and training but also manners!
On the 10th of October after approximately 4 months on Maximise, Foundation & Synoflex, Lenny long legs (as I like to call him!) was looking semi ready for his first competition. We decided to take him to the BD show at Crow Wood equestrian centre under his show name “Cassius”. Astrid and I thought we would run him in a novice class to see how his training and mental attitude was developing, he went brilliantly and won with over 71% a very good first start. (more…)
In case you missed it, earlier this month we invited Geoff Billington to join us, along with Astrid Bolton, at the Myerscough Equine Arena. (more…)
At the start of October, we made our way down to Birmingham for the Horse of the Year Show 2012. It was great to meet everyone who made it down to the show. One story that we found particularly interesting was Sally’s, author of ‘The Story of Ted‘, her story is below:
This year, Day, Son & Hewitt will be attending Your Horse Live for a weekend of equestrian fun. Alongside the retailers, expect to see a whole host of activities; from celebrity and expert demonstrations to live Q&As sessions.
Your Horse Live will be going ahead this weekend – Saturday 10th to Sunday 11th. With the retailers being open from 9:00 till 5:30 on both days. (more…)
The hoof is put under a lot of different stresses and strains throughout a horse’s life. One major influencing factor on hoof health is the environment. Each year, as we swing between a warm, dry summer to a wet, cold winter, the hooves are likely to suffer.
Over winter, the cold, wet conditions are not the only thing putting strain on the hooves. During winter, the forage we give to our horses is a lot less nutritious than that given during summer and spring, because of this, horses can start to become deficient in key vitamins and minerals – especially if their feed is not balanced.
It is not just nutrition and environment that affect hoof health, other influencing factors include; poor conformation, horses being kept without shoes and horses with a predisposition to hoof problems. All these factors put extra stresses and strains on the hooves and can lead to cracks and damage.
Unfortunately, we can’t change the weather, or a horse’s genetics, but we can change their diet. This is why one of the best ways to deal with those troublesome crumbly hooves is to make sure your horse gets the nutritional essentials from their diet – if not, supplement! (more…)
Bacterial and Viral Infections
The two most serious diseases that fall into this category are equine influenza (viral) and Strangles (bacterial). The nature of bacteria and viruses means that these diseases are highly infectious and can spread very rapidly between horses. It is therefore critical that they are recognised and treated early.
Foals and young growing animals are very susceptible to infectious respiratory conditions so it is essential to monitor them closely and to contact your vet at the first sign of a problem. (more…)
Friday, August 10th, our sponsored rider and four-time national champion, Hayley Colwell (seen below right) got the chance to speak to BBC Radio Manchester’s Heather Stott about the dressage industry. Listen to the interview below. (more…)