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  1. I have been an avid fan of Aubiose bedding for a long time, and when I needed bedding for Harry, the obvious choice was to go back to what I knew and loved.... However....

    Juliette, our Aubiose rep had been in to my shop to discuss sales etc and we started chatting about their latest addition, Aubichick, which was developed for small animals and yes, you guessed it, chickens! However the Aubichick has found its way onto the equestrian scene and although not being marketed - yet - as equine bedding, it is rapidly selling through our shop, Kilminsters Equestrian And Pet Supplies, as just that! Having talked about this new selling point I was thrilled to be supported once again and have a bed supplied for me, well Harry actually! 

    So 10 days in and....

    This was the newly laid Aubichick bed:

    New Bed

    Just 8 bales made this lovely deep fluffy bed!

    The first night in his new home Harry made good use of his facilities:


    If there was anything good to say about this, I was at a loss to find it!!

    I certainly had my work cut out with this, being a new bed and not yet settled I felt my heart sink at the prospect of sifting through this, however to my delight after the haylage was lifted out, the actual mucking out was easy. With the Aubichick being a fairly fine hemp it acted in two fabulous ways, firstly when you scooped up the droppings, the clean bedding simply fell through the fork leaving just the droppings to dispose of, the same as wood pellet bedding does, first gold star! Secondly, being hemp and fine, it absorbs so much more wet than standard Aubiose, and that was superb at that job too! So removing any wet has been made even easier. second gold star! 

    This was the actual mucking out from the above picture:


    As you can clearly see, there is very little bedding wasted, and just a small amount to be taken to the muck heap.

    I resisted the temptation to write a blog about Aubichick before I had given it a thorough testing, but 10 days in and I am still loving using it, Harry is a real mucky boy and fairly wet too but the Aubichick has withstood his attempt at mass destruction and kept on performing! 

    Some of the points I really like:

    • Incredibly easy to use
    • No need to damp it down to "activate" it like Aubiose
    • Exceptional value for money
    • Muck heaps are smaller
    • Amazingly absorbent
    • Doesn't travel or stick to horse/rugs
    • Approx £8.00 per bale

    If you are looking for a bedding to try this winter, without a second thought I would say try Aubichick, I am certain you won't be dissapointed!


    Simply because your horse deserves the best.








    While I was on holiday I had some thinking time, those who know me know this can be a bad thing!


    So, what did I think about? Well, I’m a nutshell, I reviewed my career and where it was, where it is currently and where I want it to be, which to cut a long story short meant I realised how much I missed riding, schooling and competing. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve had a ball riding other people’s horses and am very grateful to the owners, but since I lost my beloved rocky in June, I’ve been in no mans land and totally lost. So, during our holiday my ever patient husband endured a week of my ramblings about the afore mentioned, and the decision was made that we should look for our next Equine friend.....


    I had no preconceived ideas of what I wanted, so the challenge was made somewhat harder to find that friend! 


    I basically spent 90% of our holiday perusing the internet, when I actually found signal (!) and seeing where my heart would take me, finally settling on something I’ve had before.... an ex racer. So contact was made to every rehoming place I could find to see what was looking for a new home, and the procedure I would have to follow to get one, which seemed to vary from easy to quite hard, but I know I can give a horse the 5* home they deserve so wasn’t put off by this. 


    A few weeks after the search began, I have to admit I was feeling defeated, with some pages advertising a new arrival and then being homed that very day, I had a change of mind, perhaps a rehoming centre wasn’t the place to look, until purely by chance someone had tagged a Scottish rehoming centre on one of the other pages, which lead me to immediately go check it out! 


    Not expecting anything at all, I looked through the page, saw a few lovely looking ex racers and for reasons only known to me, I messaged the page with my information and a plea for help to find my next best friend. I didn’t expect a response, but after a few moments I found myself chatting away to the person behind the page, Kevin, as I now know, who informed me of a potential that was arriving the following day, Sunday, and he would have more details once the horse had arrived and been assessed, so having heard a similar story what felt like a hundred times, I said ok, let me know, with a sinking feeling of “here we go again” and continued my perusing....


    Monday the horse was up on the page, and contact was made again, I watched some videos and saw pictures, there was something very attractive about this one, I couldn’t tell you what, just “something”, anyway my brain said don’t be stupid, he’s in Scotland, you are in Hampshire, you can’t go and try him, so leave it alone.....


    Meet Harry!!! 

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    Yes, I know, what have I done?! I’ve bought a racehorse who had his last race a couple of weeks ago, totally unseen and a proper gamble, but hey, nothing ventured nothing gained yes? 


    He’s called Mercer’s Row, which is something to do with tailoring, but we thought he looked like a Harry. A 10yr old bay gelding who has spent his life racing on the flat, so I have some work to do to sort out the muscles and put them where they should be! 


    I can’t thank Kevin enough for his help, his organising the transport and putting up with a barrage of questions about harry and his history, think he should have a medal!


    Harry will never replace rocky, but hope he fills a very empty void that he left behind. 


    Can’t wait to start writing some blogs about his progress. X