Speedi Results for Endurance Horse

Vikki Meikle, based near Crewe, Cheshire has owned her horse Pride of O'Malley for 10 years.

Horse
Pride of O'Malley
Breed
Irish Draught X Thoroughbred
Age
14
Owner
Vikki Miekle

O'Malley, as he is known around the stable, is a 14-year-old Irish Draught X Thoroughbred and they have an excellent partnership which they put to the test by competing in endurance riding.

Although not a typical endurance horse, thanks to a carefully planned feeding regime O'Malley has been on top form.

Said Vikki: "I would have to say O'Malley is not the usual type of endurance horse, but he is living proof that all types and breeds can be successful in the sport. O'Malley seems to really enjoy endurance rides and settles well over the distance, you also get to see some wonderful and remote parts of the countryside."

Vikki started entering endurance competitions last year through the Sport Endurance organisation. This year she progressed to faster and longer rides which meant an overview of O'Malley's feeding regime was needed as Vikki was finding his energy levels were beginning to flag towards the end of rides.

I have been delighted with the results. I've found that his energy levels have improved, giving him more staying power during the ride, without creating any added 'excitability' problems.

O'Malley was receiving feed balancer and an alfalfa based chaff. Keen to maintain a fibre based diet, Vikki decided to try Speedi-Beet to help with energy levels and stamina. The high fibre, low sugar profile of Speedi-Beet was suitable for O'Malley as he is prone to be being a good doer and can often be hot headed.

Said Vikki: "Since feeding Speedi-Beet I have been delighted with the results. I've found that his energy levels have improved, giving him more staying power during the ride, without creating any added 'excitability' problems."

Vikki also uses small amounts of Speedi-Beet in O'Malley's water to encourage him to drink more, both during and after rides which helps to keep him hydrated. In terms of overall condition, Vikki is very pleased that she has been able to maintain his current physique; despite the fact that he finds Speedi-Beet highly palatable!

Vikki and O'Malley recently came second in the 20 Mile Free Speed class at the Sport Endurance Sherwood Pines Extravaganza, where they won a Speedi-Beet voucher. Vikki is now looking forward to future rides this summer including Sandon, Cheshire View and Dee Valley, North Wales.

Speedi-Beet is ideal for endurance horses as it is high in fibre, which helps provide the required stamina for horses to compete over long distances.

It also provides rapid re-hydration for performance horses whilst optimising energy release rate. This is due to the soluble fibre in Speedi-Beet, which has a high water holding capacity increasing the amount of fluid in the horses' hindgut. This reservoir can then be drawn upon during prolonged exercise such as endurance riding to help replace water lost through sweating.

Adding small amounts of Speedi-Beet to water may also encourage difficult horses to drink during events.