We are delighted to announce the launch of our NEW low calorie fibre feed for horses prone to gastric ulcers – Dengie Ulser Lite. Developed by Dengie’s team of nutritionists, Ulser Lite has been formulated to supply plenty of fibre for good-doers to maintain gastric health without promoting excessive weight gain.

“There has been an significant increase in the number of enquiries to the Dengie Feedline relating to good doers with ulcers” explains Katie Williams M.Sc.(Dist) R Nutr, Technical & Product Development Manager at Dengie. “Originally, gastric ulcers were thought to be an issue primarily affecting sports and performance horses and horses with ulcers tended to be underweight and in poor condition. Now more vets have gastroscopes, ulcers are being found in a wide range of horses and ponies including good doers. When we talk to owners of these horses, their biggest challenge is feeding enough forage to promote and maintain gastric health without promoting weight gain. Ulcer Lite has been developed with these individuals in mind”.

Dengie Ulser Lite provides a lower calorie alternative suitable for good doers, overweight and obese horses. It has been formulated as a straight feed with no added vitamins and minerals to maximize its flexibility. This means that any amount can be fed according to the horse’s requirements alongside a source of vitamins and minerals such as a balancer or powdered vitamin and mineral supplement to provide a balanced diet.

Ulser Lite Group

Dengie Ulser Lite is naturally high in fibre but low in calories (8MJ/kg), sugar (6.5%) and starch (2%). It is made from a soft, tasty blend of chopped grasses and high-quality oat straw to provide plenty of chew time in the diet without additional calories. This increases saliva production which is the way the horse regulates acidity in the digestive tract. “Feeding straw can be very beneficial particularly for good doers” adds Katie. “Recent studies have shown that using straw as part of the ration, up to 50%, does not increase the risk of gastric ulcers and provides a valuable source of low calorie fibre. The inclusion of grass and herbs alongside the straw in Ulcer Lite aids palatability and ensures the feed is soft and tasty”.

Alfalfa pellets are also included for natural buffering due to their high levels of naturally occurring and bioavailable calcium. Studies have shown that alfalfa is a safe and beneficial ingredient to use for horses with ulcers and this was reiterated at the recent European Workshop on Equine Nutrition conference held in the UK in August. Independent studies by researchers in France showed that feeding 1.5kg of alfalfa a day to horses in race training with reduced levels of cereals to reduce starch in the ration had no negative impacts on performance. Studies are really starting to bust the myth that high levels of starch are needed even for horses in hard work.

Jo Burns Firth and Freddie

As always, new Dengie feeds are trialled extensively before launch. Joanne Burns-Firth is a big fan already having tested it for Dengie with her horse Freddie. Joanne was worried about gastric ulcers due to Freddie’s competition lifestyle. Even though he is in a lot of work, Freddie is such a good doer. After a visit from Dengie Performance Horse Nutritionist Claire Akers, Jo started Freddie on the Dengie Ulser Lite alongside the Performance Plus Balancer. “Freddie has lost the excess weight he was carrying and is looking and performing the best he ever has!” explains Joanne. “Freddie can be crabby and argumentative, but we have seen real improvement in his behaviour since changing his diet. He has more energy, is more forward going off the leg, and appears less grumpy”.

Protexin In-Feed Formula is included in Ulser Lite which provides prebiotics and yeast to promote gastric health. FOS prebiotics have been shown to stimulate lactic-acid utilizing bacteria in the horse’s stomach which helps to regulate acidity. The unique blend of herbs including oregano, cinnamon, ginger, rosemary and thyme that are successfully used in Healthy Tummy is also included in Ulser Lite to enhance palatability.

Dengie Ulser Lite is free from molasses, artificial flavours, preservatives and binders. It is made from UK grown, non GM fibres and rapeseed oil, keeping feed miles as low as possible and meaning every bag can be traced back to the field it was grown in. Dengie Ulser Lite joins Dengie’s Healthy Tummy, Alfa-A Oil and Performance Fibre as products which are independently approved by BETA for horses and ponies prone to Equine Gastric Ulcer Syndrome.

Look out for the new Dengie Ulser Lite which will start appearing in stores from October!

October 2022 Competition

Win 30 bags of Sun-e-bed plus £50 of Dengie Feed Vouchers!

Sun-e-bed makes mucking-out, easy! This highly absorbent pelleted horse bedding speeds up mucking-out without compromising on bed quality or comfort.

Made from 100% British straw, Sun-e-bed is a soft pellet that easily breaks down in the stable to form a fluffy, comfortable bed. You don’t even need to water it!

The bedding is highly absorbent, and easy to manage. Wet patches clump together for easy removal and lock away the ammonia smell. You won’t need to remove much bedding each day, which will keep your muck-heap small.

Just six to eight bags of Sun-e-bed are required to start a stable from scratch, followed by one or two bags a week to top the bed up. So, 30 bags could last you six months, enough to get you through the worst of this winter.

The lucky winner will also receive £50 of Dengie Feed vouchers to go towards their horse or pony’s feed bill this winter!

Dengie Competition - October 2022

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If you would like further information on any of the Dengie products or a personalized diet plan for your horse please call our feedline on 01621 841188 or click here to fill in our feed advice form.

Terms & Conditions: This competition will close at 11.59pm on 31st October 2022. One entry per person. One lucky winner will be selected from the correct entries and be notified via email within 7 days of the competition closing. Prize consists of 30 bags of Sun-e-bed plus £50 of Dengie Feed vouchers. The 30 bags of Sun-e-bed will be delivered on a pallet to a UK mainland address. No cash alternative available. Entrants must be aged 18 or over. Open to UK mainland residents only.  Click here for full Terms & conditions

 

We are delighted to announce our highly popular Healthy Tummy fibre feed is the latest product in the range to have a packaging makeover. Healthy Tummy will still be easily recognisable in its distinctive green packaging, but will now be in a larger 20kg bag featuring FJK Over & Out aka ‘Rambo’.

Alicia Wilkinson & Rambo

Rambo is a 5-year-old, 16.2hh, Irish Sports Horse bred by Kilcarroll Stud and owned by Sue Helliwell and produced and ridden by CCI 4* event rider Alicia Wilkinson. He and Alicia have qualified for the NexGen Eventing Series and Burghley Young Event Horse finals. They also enjoy hacking and beach rides, all of which he does on an entirely fibre-based diet! Alicia was worried about gastric ulcers due to his competitive lifestyle so the Healthy Tummy is a great option to help keep him performing at his best while keeping his digestive system healthy.

Dengie Healthy Tummy is a nutritionally balanced, pure alfalfa, high fibre feed containing high specification ingredients to promote digestive health. The blend of chopped and pelleted alfalfa with a rapeseed oil coating helps to build and maintain condition, provides slow-release energy and also helps to promote healthy skin and coat shine. Alfalfa is a widely recognised ingredient for promoting digestive health due to its natural buffering properties. The added ADM Protexin In-Feed Formula supplies prebiotics to promote a healthy microbial population that is vital for fibre digestion and gut health. Healthy Tummy is approved by BETA for horses and ponies prone to Equine Gastric Ulcer Syndrome.

Healthy Tummy Group

Dengie Healthy Tummy contains a broad spectrum of vitamins and minerals to provide a nutritionally balanced diet for a horse or pony when fed at the recommended quantity of 500g per 100kg bodyweight per day.

Look out for the great value 20kg revitalised Healthy Tummy packaging which will start appearing in stores from September 2022.

For more information about Dengie’s Healthy Tummy or for help and advice on all aspects of feeding call the Dengie Feedline: 01621 841188 or complete our Feed Advice Form.

Pony on Pack Competition

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We’re searching for the new face of Dengie Healthy Hooves Molasses Free with MSM! Does your horse or pony love Healthy Hooves Molasses Free 100% – then we want to hear from you!

One lucky owner and their horse or pony will WIN a photoshoot where one photo will be chosen to feature on the new pack design of Healthy Hooves Molasses Free, plus they will receive £100 of Dengie Feed Vouchers!

How to enter your horse or pony

Simply create an Instagram Reel sharing with us the reasons why you and your horse or pony love Dengie Healthy Hooves Molasses Free with MSM and how it has helped them! Make sure you feature your horse or pony in the reel enjoying their dinner of Healthy Hooves Molasses Free!

Don’t forget to tag us in the Instagram reel using @dengiehorsefeeds PLUS use the hashtag #DengiePonyonPack so that your entry is counted!

So, ask your horses and ponies to put their best hoof forward and get creative!

Entries close at midnight on the 02.10.22.

Terms & Conditions: Entries close at midnight on 2nd October 2022. One entry per person. One lucky winner will be selected from the entries that use the hashtag #DengiePonyonPack and be notified via Instagram within 7 days of the competition closing. Prize consists of a professional photoshoot in an agreed location in the UK (mainland only) during October 2022 plus £100 of Dengie Feed vouchers. One photo from the shoot will be chosen to feature on the new pack design of Healthy Hooves Molasses Free with MSM. No cash alternative available. By way of entering our competition you agree to allow us to use you and your horse or pony in Dengie’s advertising, print, online, PR, POS and other marketing materials, as well as other Company publications. Entrants must be aged 18 or over, or seek parent/guardian permission prior to entering. Open to UK mainland residents only. Click here for full Terms & conditions

Dengie Healthy Hooves Molasses Free now includes MSM to further enhance the benefits of the feed for the health of horse’s hooves and joints. The addition of Methyl Sulphonyl Methane, commonly known as MSM, provides a source of bio-available sulphur. Sulphur is found in all body tissues but is particularly important for hooves because it is needed to bond keratin fibres together in the unique way that gives hoof horn its hardness and flexibility. Levels consumed naturally by horses on restricted rations are lower than those out on lush green pastures meaning good doers on restricted rations can be lacking. The addition of MSM is another way in which this low-calorie feed can support the health of good doers.

Healthy Hooves Molasses Free with MSMDengie Healthy Hooves Molasses Free is a nutritionally balanced, low-calorie, high-fibre feed containing just 2.5% sugar, which is found naturally in the ingredients used. Starch levels are also extremely low, at just 1.5%, because the feed is completely free from cereals or grains.

The inclusion of alfalfa provides a natural source of calcium and other important minerals known to help improve the structural integrity of hoof horn. A comprehensive range of vitamins and minerals are also included, complementing those naturally occurring in the alfalfa. A full spectrum of B vitamins is included to allow for the fact that good doers are often fed restricted forage rations and so may be producing fewer B vitamins naturally. This helps to provide a balanced diet for the horse keeping them looking and feeling fabulous, and their feet in great condition.

When fed at the recommended rate of 500g per 100kg bodyweight, Healthy Hooves Molasses Free will provide the horse with all the vitamins and minerals they need, including the recommended amount of biotin and good levels of MSM.

Look out for the new Healthy Hooves Molasses Free which will start appearing in stores from September 2022.

For more information about Dengie’s Healthy Hooves Molasses Free or for help and advice on all aspects of feeding call the Dengie Feedline: 01621 841188 or complete our Feed Advice Form.

‘Rushfield Honey Bee’, who is fed Dengie Healthy Hooves Molasses Free, wins The Horse Trust’s Healthiest Body Condition Award in the BSPS Heritage Mountain and Moorland Open Lead Rein Class at the Royal International Horse Show at Hickstead on Thursday 28th July 2022.

Lizzie Finlayson-Briant’s 7 year old Dartmoor pony, who was ridden superbly by Freddie Finlayson-Briant and led by his trainer Gayle Holder, was proudly awarded the prestigious Horse Trust’s Healthiest Body Condition Award, an award presented to a pony in the class that is a healthy fat score and not overweight.

Rushfield Honey Bee

“Winning this award was the highlight for me”, explained owner Lizzie, who recently did a webinar with Dengie on ‘Feeding the Native Pony; From breeding to Showing’. “Dengie Healthy Hooves Molasses Free combined with regular exercise helps to keep my ponies fit and a healthy weight. Keeping them at a healthy fat score is top of our priority list but can be challenging especially with natives. Winning this superb accolade is reward for all the hard work that Freddie puts in, I couldn’t be prouder.”

“At Dengie our research sadly demonstrates that there is still a significant proportion of the equine population that is overweight” explains Katie Williams, M.Sc. (Dist) R Nutr, Technical & Product Development Manager at Dengie Horse Feeds. “Many factors contribute to the problem but this brilliant initiative from The Horse Trust rewards those who produce show horses and ponies at a healthy weight”.

Rushfield Honey Bee is fed Dengie Healthy Hooves Molasses Free, a low calorie, sugar and starch high fibre feed with a light oil coating for healthy skin and a lovely showring shine which clearly worked in this case! It is the perfect feed for achieving the balance between health and results.

For more information about Dengie’s Healthy Hooves Molasses Free or for help and advice on all aspects of feeding call the Dengie Feedline: 01621 841188 or complete our Feed Advice Form.

You can watch the webinar on Feeding the Native Pony; From Breeding to Showing on Dengie’s YouTube Channel

Hi I’m Emelia Hazell and I am Head girl and travelling groom for Lucy Jackson Eventing.  I started working for Lucy in January 2014 while I was at Berkshire College of Agriculture  studying Level 3 Horse Management. I was working part-time while I was at college and then started full time in July 2014. Eight years on and I’m still here! I did however take a break in 2019 for 18 months when I went freelance to experience how other yards are run and also to extend my knowledge. This included going to the Sunshine Tour in Spain with Tim and Jonelle Price, working at some other 5* event yards and riding out for a race yard. Here at Team Jackson we have around 18 horses including eventers, racehorses in for retraining and sales liveries. I work alongside Hannah Norvill and a couple of part-time helpers too.

Head Groom, Emelia Hazell

The aspect of the job which I enjoy most is travelling to international events, the most recent of which was Houghton Hall International with one horse in the 2*L and two horses in the 3*L. The weeks leading up to an international competition mainly involve preparation work such as packing, ensuring the horses are fit, happy and up to date with all their needs including flu and EHV vaccinations. We take the horse’s temperatures for 5 days prior to arriving at the showground to be sure they are healthy and we also check their shoes are all well-fitting and have stud holes.

Over the years I have added to my packing list with items that you learn make a difference to the horse’s experience. For example, one of the horses likes to be alone in his own space and so I take a stable banner to provide him with privacy which helps to keep him much more settled. Little adjustments for each individual can make such a difference to their performance and their health and well-being.

Everyone is different with regard to their routine for an event. We tend to travel the day before the trot-up to allow the horses to settle in. When we first arrive  arrive at an event, I take the horses for their vet inspection before settling them in to their stables. Once I’ve unloaded and set up all my kit I take the horses for a walk to allow them to stretch their legs and pick at some grass. The next morning Lucy will take the horses for a good hack and run through her dressage test before I bath and plait them for the trot-up which normally takes place in the afternoon. This allows the horses to have a good look around the venue and settle in before taking to the red carpet!

Lucy Jackson ready for Dressage

Thursday and Friday tend to be dressage days and I will leave trot up plaits in the horses doing dressage on the Thursday and take out the Friday dressage horses depending on their times. Lucy will always take the horses for a pre-test exercise too, maybe a hack or a training session depending on the horse and how they rise to the occasion. At the same time I may potentially lunge another horse. I always make a plan with Lucy the day before, so we work out when the other horses need riding around dressage times. Getting ready for dressage for me is about getting the horse looking as best I can. Once we get to the dressage warm-up arena I will be on hand to take boots off, administer any last minute touch ups, and provide water for Lucy. I’m also there to let the owners know exactly where we are and to video, so that the owners can watch their horses again later.

Saturday for the long format events is cross-country day. Working back from the horse’s times I will feed them in the morning before taking them for a walk around to start loosening them up. We feed a handful of Alfa-A before they go cross-country to try and help reduce the risk of gastric ulcers.

Lucy Jackson ready for Cross Country

Lucy walks the cross country course several times with owners, team mates and on her own. I would go once with her so I know where she is when I listen to the commentary. In preparation for the cross country I will take a wheelbarrow of kit including a first aid kit, spare shoes and studs, water for Lucy, grease to top up if needed after they’ve warmed up and then  buckets and ice for when they get back.

Saturday night can be a long one for me. If the horse has had a knock or gets stiff after a good run, it will be my responsibility to keep walk them, ice legs and feet and work with vets, physios and team members to ensure the horse is the best they can for the next morning.

On Sunday I’m up early trotting the horses up for Lucy to check their soundness and determine if they are fit enough to compete and we make a plan for each horse. A good hand graze, more icing, or a lunge to loosen up are typically what we do to keep the horses happy. We may occasionally lunge or use poles to get the horses moving and loosen up their backs after the trot up. They then get a well earned rest before their last effort over the show jumps. I like to get up early to plait the horses so they have a comfy night on Saturday having gone round the cross country.

We have a routine for the warm up for the show jumping which involves jumping 3 uprights gradually increasing in height then a low oxer, moving on to an ascending oxer which we increase in width and then finally one up to height square oxer. As the horse in front of her goes in to the ring, Lucy will jump one up-to height upright and that’s it. All I can do at this point is watch and keep everything crossed!

Emelia with the horses

Travelling home from an event

Once we have untacked and groomed the horses after their show-jumping, our focus turns to loading the lorry and preparing to travel home. It can be a long drive so we sleep well when we do eventually get to bed. The next morning I will trot the horses up and deal with any issues. If all is well they go in the field for the day and have a well-earned rest. The lorry is then unpacked and re-packed for our next event!

Top tips from me would be…

I’ve always dreamt of working for a top Event rider and being very biased I think Lucy is the best of the best. Team Jackson is a family run yard with a very supportive and hardworking boss. Seeing the horses loving their work coming through the cross country safe and sound gives me huge satisfaction.

Team Jackson

August 2022 Competition

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Win Coldstream Clothing for you and your horse plus £50 of Dengie Feed Vouchers!

Coldstream is an equestrian brand inspired by the legendary showjumper Hydrophane Coldstream. The Coldstream range, like the horse, reflects high quality and performance, delivering innovative, technical, and on trend pieces.

Coldstream’s NEW Ednam Base Layers are designed with an eco-friendly innovative textile that is contrived from recycled plastic bottles. Each base layer saves plastic bottles from going into landfill or the ocean and uses a considerable amount less energy to manufacture than a traditional base layer. The recycled plastic fabric provides a luxuriously soft feel against the skin and offers moisture and sweat wicking properties as a result of the capillary action material.

**COMPETITION CLOSED**

If you would like further information on any of the Dengie products or a personalized diet plan for your horse please call our feedline on 01621 841188 or click here to fill in our feed advice form.

Terms & Conditions: This competition will close at 11.59pm on 31st August 2022. One entry per person. One lucky winner will be selected from the correct entries and be notified via email within 7 days of the competition closing. Prize consists of an Ednam Base Layer, Ednam Riding Tights, Marygold Saddle Pad, Marygold Fly Veil in size, cut and colour of the winners choice plus £50 of Dengie Feed vouchers. No cash alternative available. Entrants must be aged 18 or over. Open to UK mainland residents only.  Click here for full Terms & conditions

We are proud to announce that we have achieved bronze status for Investors in the Environment, a national environmental accreditation scheme.

Founded in 1968 as a farmer’s cooperative, Dengie is still run today with the same ethos of supporting the local farming community. At the heart of Dengie is the strong ethos in producing sustainable horse feeds, growing as many of our own ingredients as possible. Our alfalfa is grown within 20 miles of where it is made into the finished feed and so has one of the lowest ‘feed miles’ of any horse feed ingredient and provides the best traceability possible. This means that every bag of Dengie horse feed can be traced back to the field it was grown in.

Alfalfa Harvest

Achieving bronze status with the prestigious Investors in the Environment scheme, requires Dengie to meet certain criteria such as having a recycling scheme in place, a waste reduction plan, and a social responsibility policy. This formalises and builds on initiatives that we instigated as part of our Royal Warrant holder status. Recent achievements include switching to Green Energy which is 100% renewable energy with zero carbon dioxide emissions, introducing hybrid and fully electric cars into our small fleet of company cars, installing solar panels on new office buildings, and introducing the maximum amount of recycled plastic into our packaging.

wind turbines

We are currently using about 60 tonnes of recycled plastic material in our feed bags per year. This equates to approximately 150,000 4 pint milk bottles. Since the solar panels were installed in 2019, the excess energy generated has put enough energy back into the grid to supply the average household with electricity for four years.

Ian Hassard, Managing Director at Dengie commented “Sustainability is inherent in everything we do at Dengie and our recent achievements are a reflection of the importance we place on continually striving to be more efficient. Achieving bronze status with Investors in the Environment is great recognition for all the work the team at Dengie are doing to ensure that we continue to produce the highest quality feeds in harmony with the environment”.

Click here to learn more about sustainability at Dengie. 

July 2022 Competition

**COMPETITION CLOSED**

Win a Summer Horse & Rider Hamper plus £50 of Dengie Feed Vouchers!

If you would like further information on any of the Dengie products or a personalized diet plan for your horse please call our feedline on 01621 841188 or click here to fill in our feed advice form.

Terms & Conditions: This competition will close at 11.59pm on 31st July 2022. One entry per person. One lucky winner will be selected from the correct entries and be notified via email within 7 days of the competition closing. Prize consists of: £50 of Dengie Feed vouchers, Hy Viz waistcoat (size M), Equi-Flector hat cover and leg wraps, Equi-Ping Safety Release, WeatherBeeta Stocking Socks, HyShine Sponge Brush, NAF Cooling wash, Deet Power spray, Silky Mane & Tail D-Tangler, Pro Feet Hoof Moist, Carr & Day & Martin Canter Coat Shine, NAF Blueberry & Banana Treats, Small Holed haynet, Dengie branded baseball cap, bucket cover, neck warmer and weigh tape. No cash alternative available. Entrants must be aged 18 or over. Open to UK mainland residents only.  Click here for full Terms & conditions