Comet is 20-year-old Welsh x Arab, 13.2 hh, Palomino gelding. He came into Helen White’s care in a very sorry state at the beginning of March 2012.
“Looking at the pictures you can tell how poor Comet was when he arrived,” said Helen. “He was literally crawling with lice and had sore, bald patches on his legs and back where his hair had fallen out.”
Helen quickly treated the lice and clipped the remainder of his coat, completing his makeover with a visit from the equine dentist, introducing a worming programme and arranging for the farrier to take off his shoes and trim his hooves.
Helen decided to try Comet on a Dengie diet after her experience helping out in a friend’s tack shop, The Horse Boutique, a few years ago. “From listening to customer feedback and handling the wide range of horse feed brands I had opted to try my own mare on Dengie. It suited her so well that I decided to feed Dengie to Comet,” she explained.
Around four weeks later, Helen noticed that Comet seemed a little stiff and his hooves were warm, “I was worried about laminitis, I’ve never actually seen the condition and wasn’t sure if this pony was prone to it,” said Helen. “My farrier assured me that Comet definitely didn’t have laminitis, but perhaps he thought he was a little stiff from being rode the day before.
“When I next went to buy feed from my local stockist, I discussed the possibility of laminitis with them and they suggested trying Dengie Healthy Hooves, which I did. Comet is now on two feeds a day of Healthy Hooves and Alfa-Beet, and is turned out in the grass paddock unless the weather is particularly horrendous, in which case, he's stabled with ad lib hay.”
Helen has also been bringing Comet back into work slowly as, understandably, he didn’t have a lot of energy. “He now hacks out once or twice a week and has been doing some jumping. In the picture below he's jumping 85 cm with my daughter Emily which is fantastic!” continued Helen. “He's really given her a lot of confidence and brought her on. This summer Emily and Comet are joining The Pony Club and looking forward to attending their local shows, and weather permitting, they’re hoping to get a few trips to the beach!”