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What do I need to consider in terms of nutrition as the grass changes in autumn/winter?

As autumn begins, grass growth slows, and its nutritional profile becomes deficient in key vitamins and minerals. Horses tend to spend more time stabled, and as a consequence it’s an important time to supplement their forage ration (grass, hay or haylage). Every horse is an individual, and we should feed according to their condition and workload, but as a general guide 2 to 2.5% of their body weight can be fed daily for weight maintenance. An average 500kg horse could be fed around 10kg to 12.5kg total feed/day, aim for 80% of this to be forage (approx. 8kg to 10kg). Additional forage provision allows your horse to maintain a healthy gut as a trickle feeder, fermentation in the hind gut...

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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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Carnsdale Irish Times WINS Blue Chip & Irish Draught Horse Society (GB) £2000 Challenge

Record entries and a fabulous atmosphere awaited horses and riders at the recent Irish Draught Horse Society (GB) 40th Annual Breed Show, held at Arena UK, Lincolnshire. “I still can’t believe we won” says rider Faye Ludlow, after they took the honours with Michael Lewis’ Carnsdale Irish Times in the Blue Chip & IDHS (GB) £2000 Challenge. Judge Mark Fitton commented "This Championship is the best advertisement for the Irish Draught horse and this years' final was a sight to behold.  It was the best days judging I have had in years." Clare Blaskey, founder of title sponsor Blue Chip Feed, expressed that “Blue Chip are extremely proud to support the Championships and to reward the impressive level that amateurs...

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