Chop Chop… feeding a cob!

Feeding a cob can be quite a balancing act. Wanda needs fibre and the right amount of nutrients in order to keep her in tip top condition, but she also can bloat and put on weight very easily. Over the winter there has been little grass available and I’ve needed to supplement Wanda’s diet with a high fibre feed as well as her hay and endurance mix. I normally feed a simple grass chop, but to be honest it looks quite unappetising (from a human perspective) and even greedy Wanda leaves a little bit behind in her bowl. I was introduced by HoneyChop Calm and Shine by a friend and have recently trialled this product with great success.

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HoneyChop Calm and Shine is a blend of high fibre oat straw, dried grass, marigold, nettle, mint, camomile and oil which can help towards a shiny coat and added condition. It is a low sugar dressed short chopped oat straw with added dried grass. Like some products it isn’t sickeningly coated with molasses so is suitable for ponies and those with weight issues. Honey Chop also produces a completely untreated oat straw chop which I have used for the children’s ponies with great success. I’ve found Calm and Shine it a useful addition to Wanda’s feed as it keeps her occupied for longer when eating, which given Wanda’s love for her food is a good thing!

Honeychop Calm & Shine is low in sugar and starch, providing a slow realise of limited controlled energy from high quality, digestible fibre and oil based ingredients, making it an excellent feed for horse and ponies that are easily excited or like Wanda need a slow release feed for maintained energy levels.

About the added Herbs…

The one thing that I really liked about Honey Chop is the addition of herbs. Not only do they make the chop look and smell more appetising to horses but they have nutritional benefits. It is just a bit more than your average chop…

  • Marigolds are known to contain antioxidants, which help against digestive inflammation. They are a rich source of vitamins A and C and are high in oil. This means that not only will your horse or pony benefit from external coat shine, but they will also receive internal benefits from these little yellow flowers.
  • Camomile soothes the nervous system and helps horses or ponies to relax and sleep better. It is great at soothing an upset stomach by helping to relax the muscle and lining of the intestines. Camomile can help with poor digestion and can aid calm muscle spasms. It induces a calming effect which helps relieve stress, tension and settles nerves. Camomile is not only great at calming but it also has an antibacterial property that can help protect against bacterial related illness or infection. It also promotes a healthy coat with its anti-inflammatory and anti-septic properties, and can help in clearing up skin irritations and allergies.
  • Nettle is one of the most natural beneficial herbs, containing protein, calcium, phosphorus, iron, magnesium, beta-carotene, along with vitamins A,C,D and B complex. This means nettle helps promote coat shine and has calming properties.
  • Mint is germicidal and a breath freshener. It takes care of oral health by inhibiting harmful bacterial growth inside the mouth by cleaning the tongue and teeth. Mint is a good digestive aid and an excellent appetiser making it very appealing to fussy feeders.  It gives the chop a really rich aroma and Wanda can always smell her dinner coming!
  • Honeychop Calm & Shine also contains limestone flour which is a calcium supplement for horses and vital for healthy growth, strong bones, teeth and hooves.

In sum, I’ve been really pleased with Honey Chop Calm and Shine and will be continuing to use it. I’ve found a bag lasts quite a while and at approximately £7 for a 12.5kg bag, it isn’t overly pricey. There are other ranges on offer from Honey Chop – with the addition of garlic, apple, herbs and senior specific blends; so something for all horse owners. Honey Chop is also based locally to me in Suffolk, so it’s great to support local businesses while ensuring Wanda gets the best feed for her needs.

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Baileys and British Eventing Jumping and Style

Yesterday Wanda and I were lucky enough to travel to Bury Farm, Bucks to compete in my first Baileys / British Eventing JAS competition.

We had entered the 100 class as this will be the level I will be eventing at this season.

The course consisted of 7 very twisty and strategically placed show jumps followed by another 11 XC style jumping efforts including a corner, 2 doubles and some skinnies. The Competition  is judged on a style mark and then clear rounds and the XC section is timed so time faults can occur.

I was quite confident that Wanda would jump well as she thrives on this sort of challenge. My main worry was not forgetting the course!

I was lucky enough to have the round filmed by my friend Michael from 

I was really pleased with how we performed and really enjoyed myself. You can watch the round by clicking on the link below.

I also filmed things on my hat cam which gives a very different sense of speed and perspective.

I was quite confident that Wanda would enjoy the course as it was right up her street. She was very confident and took the challenges in her stride very well. Our results were very pleasing. We had a style score of 11, which was in the upper band, a clear round but clocked up 6 time faults. The time was tight, I possibly could have ridden tighter lines but was very pleased with a smooth clear round. The time faults knocked us out of the top set but I was very pleased with our progress. Looking back at the videos I have loads to work on, including fitness and shifting baby weight 🙂

In hindsight I could have maybe ridden the 90 class first but feel that she doesn’t respect the fences at this level. It wouldn’t have really been a challenge for her and I’m glad I went in at 100 as this is the level I will event at, without a 90 warm up. Next year I plan to do the Novice and possibly the open.

So all in all a really fun day out and a great way to fine tune our jumping before the season starts.

Big thanks to MDR Photo and to Baileys and British Eventing for putting on such a great series of competitions. We will be back… and faster… next year!