“Reprieve is not a careful showjumper but he’s a gun on cross country. It was just the best feeling cantering around the four-star cross country. Then I’ve got a three-star horse called Tulara Chicouve, and he’s a full warmblood so very different to my four-star horse who’s an off-the-track thoroughbred. And then I have a five-year-old big paint warmblood x thoroughbred. He’s going to be a superstar. I’ve only had him around eight months and he’s only done one event. He won on a dressage score of 80 per cent, with a clear on cross country and in the jumping. I’m quite excited about him.
“I would like to get Tulara Chicouve to Adelaide at the end of 2022 in the three-star, and then I’d like to have a crack at the Melbourne four-star long on Reprieve in June. So hopefully the rain doesn’t ruin my plans to qualify. Those two big competitions are the aim at the moment. And then in a perfect world I’d like to get my five-year-old to the one-star long format at Wallaby Hill, which is at the end of the year in December. I’m not stressed about it, but for all those three things to happen, everything’s got to fall into place. I think that’s the hard thing with eventing – you can’t get your hopes up because horses go lame and sometimes you don’t qualify.”
One of the keys to helping things fall into place is having a solid foundation with a horse’s diet and supplements. Being sponsored by Hygain, Hannah has everything at her fingertips to help her horses perform their best. “Hygain’s new supplement range is so advanced,” says Hannah. “If you compare their electrolytes to the other electrolytes on the market, their science and technology behind the supplements now that they’ve all been outdated is just well in front of the other brands. They’ve put so much study behind it. Even with the feeds, there are so many vitamins and salts in them that you don’t always need to give supplements and electrolytes all the time, which is why I don’t give mine Regain every day, so they don’t get an overdose of electrolytes. People just need to read the feed label, read the dosage instructions, because you don’t want to give them too many electrolytes if they’re already getting everything they need in the Hygain feed range. Hygain’s feed is so advanced. The word ‘supplement’ is exactly what it is; you don’t necessarily need it unless you’re taking the sweat and all that out of them. But living in Australia, it’s important to always be aware of it.” EQ
This article was written in conjunction with Hygain. You can read more about their products here.
You can more about hydration in horses in this issue’s veterinary article by Dr Maxine Brain.
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