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Blue Chip Home Schooling Challenges proving popular

Challenge 5 is NOW LIVE! Now in its fifth week, our Facebook and Instagram based, fun and low-risk weekly challenge event is providing some light relief during stressful times. A winner is chosen each week and they can select a Blue Chip feed product of their choice as their prize! Challenge 3 WINNER: Eden Markl and Patrick. Eden chose Super Concentrated Calming Balancer as her prize. Challenge 4 WINNER: Jean Gill and Romeo. Jean chose Native Feed Balancer as her prize. Each new challenge (launched every Tuesday at 5pm) can be found on our Facebook events and Instagram grid/highlights. Interested in taking part? Watch the video, practice at your own home/yard and when you’re ready film your attempt. Post your...

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How can I keep my horse healthy during the COVID-19 lockdown?

How can I keep my horse healthy during the COVID-19 lockdown? For the majority of horses, grass, fibre and a suitable balancer will be enough to keep them healthy. Feeding a balancer is simple, quick and effective. Diet FEED FORAGE as a base to the diet as always, grass; hay/haylage and quality chaff if needed. As the spring grass comes through, even on forage alone your horse may be consuming plenty of calories, but they need their nutrients too. These can be fed safely with a low calorie diet feed balancer such as Blue Chip Lami Light or a choice from our Super Concentrated feed balancer range. PROVIDE PROBIOTICS to assist the good bacteria in working efficiently, maintaining a healthy...

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A 10 hour trip to your favourite show - The Blue Chip Champs

Emma McCarter qualified for the HAYGAIN hay steamers Diamond Championships back in December, at The Scottish National Equestrian Centre, on her horse Bluefaulds Cleopatra (Echo). Emma and Echo have only been in a partnership together since May 2019. She was over the moon that she had qualified as Blue Chip is one of her favourite big shows! Travelling from Fife in Scotland is a 10 hour drive, but Emma and mum Rachel definitely think it's worth the journey. Last year Emma was lucky enough to compete at The Blue Chip Winter Championships in her final year in juniors on her pony, Nanteglwys Rhodri. Emma says "I loves the whole atmosphere of the event! It is always so lovely as the...

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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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