HORSE OF THE WEEK
"I've had Maisie since she was a foal. She's a Welsh x ISH sports horse, standing at 15hh and is skewbald. We broke her in at 4 and then gave her a break when I sadly had to deploy out of the country with the RAF as a medic. Upon my return, we began her training gently, emphasising groundwork and voice commands. Everything progressed smoothly, so we transitioned to ridden work. We quickly discovered that her flat work was exceptionally good and she seemed a natural. After much schooling, with minimal supplements or feed, we started attending local shows. In her first season, she performed brilliantly, securing numerous trophies, rosettes, and sashes, and quickly became a local favourite.
Following this success, we focused on dressage training at home, with aspirations to compete both for the military and within BD. Over the years, she surpassed all our expectations and currently competes at Elementary/Medium level dressage. However, we faced challenges. Three years ago, Maisie exhibited symptoms of ulcers – she was very girthy, bloated, and had loose stools. Always eager to work and extremely resilient, I felt I owed her the best care possible. Like many concerned horse owners, I researched extensively online, on social media, and consulted friends for advice. While I won't list all the supplements we tried, rest assured, many were tested, which took a toll on my finances. It was disheartening when nothing seemed to help. Growing increasingly desperate and with a feed room full of ineffectual products, I consulted a vet. After scoping Maisie, no ulcers were found, but the vet hypothesised a hindgut issue.
After administering omeprazole as a precaution, I continued my online research. During one particularly distressing session, I stumbled upon Equinectar. The scientific backing seemed solid, and the user reviews were positive. I solicited feedback on Facebook, and by that evening, after perusing their website, I was convinced it was worth a shot.
The first week of administering Equinectar was slow, but by the second week, signs of improvement emerged. Her stools normalised, and her dressage girth fit properly again. A month later, her coat gleamed, bloating reduced, and she appeared much more comfortable. Her appetite increased to the point where she'd eagerly await her meals.
Now, six months in, I can't imagine stopping this supplement. It's not only made my beloved horse more comfortable and happy, but it's also economical. If humans benefit from good pre/probiotics, why shouldn't our equine companions? Maisie's daily intake costs just £1 a day, compared to the £2/3 I spend on my daily Kefir yogurt – it's a no-brainer. In fact, I've joked about trying the supplement myself!
We're on an upward trajectory, having been chosen for the BD England Nationals Team this month – a monumental achievement – and the UKAFEC military senior Dressage team. I'll continue to champion this product. I empathise deeply with horse owners who face similar challenges, and I want to share this potential solution.."
Mel, Maisie's owner
EquiNectar® is a natural feed supplement, that is scientifically proven to:
- Re-balance your horse’s gut bacteria
- Help your horse maximise benefits from its feed
- Improve your horse’s condition
EquiNectar® is produced by Tharos Ltd in the UK. It is a natural source of digestive enzymes and contains only the following ingredients:
- Our patented enzyme rich malt extract
- Medium chain triglycerides (from coconut oil)
- Potassium sorbate
For more details of the enzymes within EquiNectar® take a look at the ingredients and enzymes page.