Tuesday, 13 March 2012

Feed Clinic

I never know what my next blog is going to be about but something interesting always seems to come up!
On Sunday, we had a lovely lady, Andrea, from Dengies come to do a clinic for us.  It was arranged by Denes Country Stores and was really interesting.  Andrea bought with her a weighbridge and she also has a life size horses digestive system called "Harry the Gut".  We didn't meet "Harry" this time but hopefully Andrea will bring him to one of our pony club sessions.

Andrea looked at ten of our horses and each one went on the weighbridge, some a little more willingly than others! Regarding the use of a weigh tape it was interesting that on one horse the tape was quite accurate and on another it was 100kg out.  We decided the tape has it use to monitor weight gain or loss but is not necessarily accurate for exact weight.  She then did a visual condition test and gave us advice on which Dengie products would be suitable.  As an old fashioned horsey girl it is hard for me to move away from the traditional cereal feeding but the Dengie way makes a lot of sense and I am going to give it a go.  I will keep you posted on our results.

Many thanks to Andrea and we look forward to reporting on "harry the gut"!