My story so far…….
This is me and my horse Glen. We’ve been together for about 8 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 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 even some professional riders. I had a lovely horse, I gave him the best I could but there was a problem. 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.
Glen in 2013 at a local fun ride following 12 months on CalmHealthyHorses Premium, GrazEzy and Alleviate C alongside ad lib hay and the simple bucket of plain chaff, salt, linseed and copra.
When I met Jenny Patterson (Calm Healthy Horses New Zealand) I was 80% there in terms of sorting Glen out. I had completed several Equine Nutrition courses, read widely and completed my own research to discover how to address Glens Grass Affected issues. I knew the answers lay in enhancing my approach to each dimension within ‘The Four Pillars of Horsemanship”. So I had improved his environment, adjusted his diet, removed his shoes, addressed teeth back and body work and continued to practice restorative training.
luckily I have like-minded friends, our horses live on the grass free Paddock Paradise track system. They have ad lib hay and are fed a small simple bucket of plain chaff, linseed, vitamins and minerals, salt and sometimes copra. But back then Glen still wasn’t right. He had improved, and somedays looked much better than others, but overall he was well short of his best and I still wasn’t able to compete because his soundness was too intermittent.
Then I found out that Jenny was coming to the UK and we met up. Jenny opened my eyes to aspects of horse nutrition that most in the industry tend to ignore. Adding the Calm Healthy Horses thinking and products to my existing knowledge and management has brought Glen back into full form and most importantly likely to stay that way into old age.
Now I really enjoy working withe Jenny and helping others solve similar problems with their horses. I’m learning 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! I know from my own experience how confusing and daunting it can be when you are struggling to help your horse. Its from my own experience with my horses and the feedback from so many of our customers who have also succeeded that I know by following the basic protocols we recommend and feeding the Calm Healthy Horses products you can really get your horse to be his best. If you follow the protocols they do work and once you’ve tried it you won’t look back. Like me you’ll be too busy enjoying time with your horse.
Glen back in 2012 when I first met Jenny. Not quite there on ad lib hay and a simple bucket of plain chaff, linseed, vits and mins plus copra.
Glen leading the BravePants, Cotswold 2017 Team Chase. My first ambition when I brought Glen as a 7 year old, acheived 7 years later at 14 years old !