Can horses cope with sudden cold weather?
Horses can survive and even thrive in what we consider to be very inhospitable conditions, but they do need plenty of feed to fuel them and keep them warm.
It's in the most challenging years that we learn the most and we've certainly learnt a lot in 2022!
Our trusted growers have experienced a perfect storm this year, with unprecedented rises in costs and the worst Europe-wide drought for 500 years. Our long-standing relationships have meant that these problems have become opportunities. With some lateral thinking, we've managed to secure all our supply, at the quality we expect.
We've analysed crops more than any other harvest and furthered our understanding of each of our key ingredients and their response to severe drought. No two summers are the same, but the more we can predict the crops and their analysis in the more extreme summers, the better.
The summer's challenges have also had a knock-on effect to your grazing and hay. As such, our Feed Line have been assisting customers more than ever, adapting their horse's diets through autumn and into winter. We're always here to help so please do keep a note of our number - 01728 604 008 - just in case you need us.
Our team has grown in 2022, with four new faces - welcome to Liane and Stacey who are doing an excellent job delivering our feed, and to Melody and Hannah who are part of the head office team.
Our drivers and warehouse staff have had a very busy run up to Christmas, doing their best to get feed to your horses as quickly as possible. Couriers have been overloaded, and we thank any customers who have experienced delays for their patience and understanding.
We've been getting back to the things that stopped through COVID. Your Horse Live was our first big show for three years, it was fantastic to meet so many customers, old and new, face-to-face once again. We look forward to being out and about, meeting more of you in 2023.
We have been blown away by all the kind words from our customers this year. All of your positive feedback is wonderful to hear - it really is greatly appreciated. Thank you.
Pictured above are just some of the animals we've fed in 2022 - including two of our 'biggest' customers this year, Asian elephants, Camela & Lakshmi. We will continue to move forward, offering the very best feed we can for your horses, ponies, farm and zoo animals.
A sincere thank you to every single one of you, from all of us.
Wishing you a very Happy New Year!