Lip­pers over­heat­ing? Clip­pers not cut­ting ad­e­quately? Clip­pers not leav­ing a clean fin­ish on your horse? Or is your horse un­com­fort­able while you are clip­ping? If you have ex­pe­ri­enced any of these prob­lems, you may be able to solve them with these handy p

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Iwould like to nom­i­nate my Shet­land pony Kohl for One in a Mil­lion. Af­ter let­ting kids dec­o­rate him with Sa­bella prod­ucts one week, com­pet­ing at Franklin A&P the next, the fol­low­ing week­end he went to Pukekohe Hos­pi­tal and de­lighted the el­derly in­clud­ing bed-rid­den pa­tients. He is so good.

Kohl’s reg­is­tered name is Tul­lam­ore Pur­ple Rain, and he will be started in har­ness train­ing af­ter the cur­rent show­ing sea­son.

You can see pho­tos of him at the hos­pi­tal on the North­ern Re­gion Shet­land Pony En­thu­si­asts’ Face­book page. This is our way of pro­mot­ing the breed in the north of the coun­try. My 22-year-old horse was re­cently di­ag­nosed with Cush­ings, and with that he has some spe­cific di­etary re­quire­ments. One of those is re­duc­ing his sugar con­sump­tion as much as pos­si­ble.

I’ve never fed too many pre-mixed feeds, mostly be­cause I like to know ex­actly what my horse is get­ting, and how much. But since his diet has be­come more com­plex, I started look­ing around at the pre­mixed feeds on the mar­ket, to get ideas for sin­gle in­gre­di­ents I could make my own mix with.

I am gluten in­tol­er­ant and lac­tose sen­si­tive so I’m well prac­ticed in the art of read­ing la­bels. I have a motto sur­round­ing any pack­aged food for my­self that I also bring to my feed­ing of horses: ‘If I can’t read it, I don’t eat it’.

Af­ter spend­ing quite some time re­search­ing, read­ing la­bels, in­gre­di­ents lists and scru­ti­n­is­ing the nu­tri­tional ta­bles on the backs of bags, I was very sur­prised

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