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NHS discount now extends to Blue Light Card holders

Blue Chip extends all NHS discounts to cover all Blue Light card holders.  In tough times, Blue Chip are pleased to support frontline staff across all the emergency services and social care. Last week we announced discounts for those working in the NHS, and this now extends to all Blue Light card holders, or those with an online account. Tom Dalby, CEO of Blue Light Card, said: “The Covid-19 pandemic means that the NHS and emergency services are even more stretched than usual, and will be selflessly and tirelessly working to keep us safe, healthy and supported, often going into unknown dangers to do so. It’s times like this we value our blue light community even more.” Blue Chip are...

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Obesity in ponies and horses - A growing concern?

Obesity is a growing concern and the leading health risk for ponies and horses.   What is obesity? When calorie intake exceeds calories burned through movement and exercise. Excess body fat can lead to further negative impacts on a pony or horse’s daily health.   Causes of obesity Over-feeding – especially those who are retired or not ridden Not knowing where the calories come from. The main source of calories in most equine diets is grass Too little exercise Improved care of grazing land Insulin resistance – which can increase blood sugar levels Over-rugging in the winter months, leading to unnatural weight maintenance rather than natural weight loss.   Typical signs of obesity Every horse and breed are different in...

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Laminitis - Think now

What is Laminitis? “Bacteria breaks down undigested material causing acidity in the hindgut, which kills the bacteria that digests fibre. As the bacteria die, they release toxins into the gut, which are then passed into the bloodstream through the gut wall. These toxins provoke a response within the horse that is thought to disrupt blood flow, which, in the feet, can cause laminitis.” The Blue Cross Blood flow to the laminae is disrupted, causing inflammation and swelling in the tissues of the hoof, usually combined with severe pain. Laminitis causes lameness, heat and pain in the hooves, with a strong digital pulse that can be felt in the arteries down the back of the fetlock and pastern. Any horse or...

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Winter feeding top tips for competition horses

Winter feeding top tips for competition horses As horses become stabled for extended periods of time, and are clipped out for competition, you may find excitable behaviour becomes more prevalent. Feeding a low starch, whole cereal free diet can help curb extra enthusiasm. Balancers tend to be low in starch and sugar, and free from whole cereal, using oils and fibre as a form of slow release energy. All Blue Chip balancers are molasses free, helping to curb fizzy behaviour. If your horse has daily turnout, it’s still likely the grass will need supplementing with hay/haylage at this time of year, further supported by a balancer to make sure they continue to receive their daily needs of protein, vitamins, minerals...

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National Quadrille CHAMPIONS 2019 - Sister Act at the Moulin Rouge

"We acted, we sang, we danced and we laughed... ALOT! Taking the win was just the icing on the cake to what has been another epic weekend. Feel so very lucky to ride with these lovely ladies and their gorgeous ponies." Emily Dunstan tells us more about the British Riding Clubs Saddles Direct Quadrille Final 2019 below.  So what is Quadrille? Emily explains "For anyone not quite sure what quadrille is, it's a team of 4 horses and riders who choose a theme and perform dressage to music, although it is not necessarily judged on what dressage moves you ride." How is it judged? 40% is based on your turnout of the horses, your costume idea on how fitting it is...

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