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Susan Dawson (ProvideIt UK):
Here is a nice photo of me and my horse Glen at a local fun ride the other day. We’ve been together for about 6 years now, he’s a very clever, bold and patient horse. I brought him with the aim of eventing and we even did a few BE100’s with places at first, but very quickly things started to fall apart and at the time I couldn’t understand why. I now know my story is no different to 1000’s of passionate, seriously dedicated amateur and professional riders. I had a lovely horse, I gave him the best I could but there was a problem. So I got a new saddle, saw the back person, worked with my trainers, vet and farrier but still a list of minor issues resulted in Glen being stiff, sore, uncomfortable and me being worried and frustrated.
When I met Jenny (Calm Healthy Horses / ProvideIt New Zealand) I was 80% there in terms of sorting Glen out. I had done several nutrition courses, read widely and completed my own research to discover how to give Glen a really well-balanced diet.
Also I’m lucky to have like-minded friends, our nine horses live in a herd on a grass free Paddock Paradise track, they have ad lib hay and are fed plain chaff, linseed, vitamins and minerals and sometimes copra. But still Glen wasn’t right, he had greatly improved but well short of his real self (see the other pic!) and I still wasn’t able to compete. Luckily I found out that Jenny was coming to the UK and we met up. I knew there was something not quite right with Glen but I was struggling with what to do about it. Twelve months later Glen is back in full form.
I’ve learned lots along the way, most importantly – how to stick to the plan in-spite of the usual set-backs, including not stressing out too much when carefully prepared feeds are left uneaten! Now I really enjoy helping others solve similar problems with their horses. I know from my own experience how confusing and daunting it can be. But it works and once you’ve tried it you won’t look back because like me you’ll be too busy enjoying time with your horse again.