Pony Club

Pony Club Camp

Pony Club camp season is well upon us, with hundreds upon hundreds of pony mad kids around the country descending on well-prepared camp venues to learn more about horsemanship, make friends and have a great time! For Pony Club members, the annual Pony Club Camp is often the highlight of the year. Camps can be either residential or non-residential for both members and ponies, depending on the venues and facilities available in a branch’s region.  Camps are often held at racecourses, equestrian centres, farms or even just a green field site, but all have a similar goal – for children to learn whilst having fun with their ponies and friends. …

KBF99 – horse health revolution

Here at Mackeys we’re always looking to bring new and innovative products to the Irish market and when we came across the KBF99 range of grooming equipment, we knew it was something that Irish horse owners and their horses would benefit from. Strangles, Ringworm, E.Coli and Mycotoxin are just a few words which can strike fear into the heart of any horse owner, with consequent discomfort for your horse, large vet bills, missed competitions and in some cases Strangles can even be fatal. How KBF99 can help The KBF99 grooming range brings a revolution to Horse Health Care. Designed to assist in the prevention of infection, KBF99 has been tested …

The National Young Rider Clinic 2015

And the sun shone down on us! The National Young Rider Clinic, which ran from the 5th to 8th April, 2015, was blessed with exquisite weather. Ulster hosted the Clinic this year, and Cavan Equestrian Centre provided the superb facilities and arenas for our aspiring young Athletes and their Coaches. We at Mackey are so proud to sponsor this fantastic training clinic and are so inspired by the talent of Ireland’s up and coming riders. Paul McKenzie, Chairman National Training Committee, gives us a review of the few days: The National Young Rider Clinic, Sponsored by Mackey Ireland, is a residential Clinic for Athletes who have won a Bursary through …

prevention

Hoof issues – prevention is the best policy

In this, the last post in our hoof care series, horse health experts Carr & Day & Martin talk to us about how best to care for our horse’s hooves when conditions are less than ideal… Managing hooves in intense conditions Our horses often spend unavoidably long periods inside in stables or in wet, muddy fields, both of which have a detrimental effect on the hoof capsule. Bedding materials such as shavings, paper and hemp prevent the free flow of air around the hoof capsule. They are also of an absorbent nature and so act to draw moisture out of the hoof. Additionally, some bedding will unavoidably become contaminated with urine. The …