Identifying Quality Hay

Written by Nia O'Malley on 29 July 2014

Identifying Quality Hay

It’s been a fantastic summer and the best of hay has been made so there should be no trouble in sourcing good quality forage this year for the winter months. Here are a few tips on identifying quality forage. The quality of forage varies considerably, ie its nutritional value. Understanding the factors responsible…

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Copper Crazy

Written by Catherine Rudenko on 22 July 2014

Copper Crazy

Copper is a very important mineral in the horse and perhaps best known for its ability to give a horses coat and skin a really deep healthy shine. But it’s not just a beauty treatment, copper is also important for bone collagen, moving iron stores around the body and elastin synthesis.

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Emily Clarke - Hopetoun CIC*

Written by Connolly's RED MILLS on 08 July 2014

Emily Clarke - Hopetoun CIC*

On Thursday 26th, the lorry was ready to go on our slightly crazy trip to Scotland with Noddy for the CIC* at Hopetoun. Noddy is a homebred 6yo out of my 14h pony by Weston Justice. All was not well on Wednesday though as the trip was put in serious doubt when I came down…

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Sabrina Relives the Hickstead Derby

Written by Sabrina Barnwell MVB MRCVS on 02 July 2014

Sabrina Relives the Hickstead Derby

All the RED MILLS Ambassadors were busy at the weekend but the greatest hive of activity was The All-England Jumping course at Hickstead. Sunday was Hickstead derby day… the infamous track that hasn't changed since Dougie Bunn built it in 1962. Successful national hunt jockey…

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Frollicking Foals

Written by Catherine Rudenko on 24 June 2014

Frollicking Foals

It’s that lovely time of year when most mares have foaled and the new arrivals are out and about enjoying the sunshine. Foals are a pleasure to have and the first few months of life are key to a sound start in terms of muscular and skeletal development. The weather over the winter was unusually…

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Jockeys Risk of Osteoporosis

Written by Alexandra Dobbs on 21 June 2014

Jockeys Risk of Osteoporosis

All athletes, not just jockeys, have to ensure adequate calcium intake. Why? Most processes in life are acid forming, exercise very much so. The body has mechanisms to deal with this acidity to restore balance. Minerals are great buffers, chiefly calcium, magnesium, potassium and sodium.

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Sensational Shanghai GCT

Written by Sabrina Barnwell MVB MRCVS on 17 June 2014

Sensational Shanghai GCT

While mere mortals such as I have been enjoying the rarity that is an Irish sun, the glitterati of the RED MILLS Showjumping Ambassadors have been globe-trotting around the world. The first ever international equestrian competition in China was the Longines GCT in Shanghai. 

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Honest Energy for Jockeys

Written by Alexandra Dobbs on 14 June 2014

Honest Energy for Jockeys

As a jockey, you may feel that you can’t eat anything at all, or that you have to starve yourself all the time. It would be sad if it were so. Luckily, you are actually eating every day even if it’s little and calorie restricted. What matters most is what you eat, not necessarily…

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The Climb of a Lifetime

Written by Nia O'Malley on 10 June 2014

The Climb of a Lifetime

What a great weekend! As I mentioned earlier the weather in Kerry on Friday was horrendous, madness being on a mountain in those conditions but what an experience – one to tell the grandkids alright! Mweelrea in Mayo on Saturday was bliss in comparison, great weather and stunning views.

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Dehydrated? You can't win!

Written by Alexandra Dobbs on 07 June 2014

Dehydrated? You can't win!

As a jockey your body is comprised of up to 70% water. We need to drink roughly 2 litres of water daily to stay hydrated. Thirst sets in around 2-3% dehydration, whilst mental performance is affected even at 1% dehydration. Water helps lubricate your joints to keep them flexible…

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