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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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#BlueChipGoesGreen Refills Launch!

What are Super Concentrated Balancers? Blue Chip have used the most advanced manufacturing processes to develop a functional range of super concentrated, nutrient dense, pelleted balancers. The super concentrated range contains everything you have come to expect from a Blue Chip balancer including; probiotics, nucleotides, vitamins, minerals and nutrients, alongside full hoof and respiratory supplements. Each super concentrated balancer is functional, containing its own specifically formulated ingredients. A reduced daily feeding rate allows a limited intake of sugar and starch levels, perfect for good doers and those prone to weight gain, without compromising your horse’s nutritional intake. What’s in the range? Calming – 3 powerful natural calmers; magnesium, chamomile and L-tryptophan Ulsa-Cool – Beta glucans to protect the stomach lining and...

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An incredible 1-2 for Daisy Williams in the Blue Chip Pony Newcomers Championship

Daisy Williams made her first time at Horse of the Year Show one to remember, taking both first and second place in the Blue Chip Pony Newcomers Championship with her two ponies, Bermudez BDA and King III respectively. The Lincolnshire-based teenager, who celebrates her 14th birthday next week, got an early birthday surprise when she took to the Andrews Bowen International Arena on day two at Horse of the Year Show. As first to jump in the seven pony jump off, she cleared a textbook round aboard Bermudez BDA. The pair set an unbeatable time of 31.60 seconds, fighting off close competition from the other riders to maintain her lead throughout. With two ponies in the jump off, Daisy was...

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Wessex Shetland Pony Group Show rewards Champions

As Championship season gets underway, we can’t miss a showcase for the versatility of the Shetland pony, with Blue Chip sponsoring their recent Summer Show. For the last 11 years Frank and Carol Hodder, of the Eiger Shetland Pony Stud have organised the Wessex Shetland Pony Group, to unite Shetland pony owners and breeders, and capture their enthusiasm to enjoy and promote this lovely breed. Frank and Carol go on the describe Shetland ponies as “Gentle, good-tempered, and very intelligent by nature. They make excellent children's ponies, and are noted for having a brave and protective character. Frequently ridden by children and adults at horse shows they also excel in driving classes, as well as driving for pleasure outside of the show...

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