Flying into June with ribbons from Emily!

N R Brown Farriers apprentice Emily Hockney

Emily Hockney wins 3rd place in the 1st and 2nd Year Apprentices at Stafford County Show

It is June already which hardly seems possible!

Following some pretty hideous weather we have had the pleasure of seeing a lot of sunshine in the past few weeks. This hasn’t been without its downside though, as the farmers rejoice watching the grass grow for hay, we have seen a sharp increase in the number of cases of laminitis.

Laminitis is excruciatingly painful and is debilitating. Please do not take it lightly; it is not “a touch of lammi” and they do not “catch it”. Managing a horse or pony prone to laminitis can be difficult. Do speak to Nigel for additional advice on caring for these equines; for nutritional advice it is worth consulting an independent nutritionist or contact one of the many feed helplines offered by the commercial horse feed companies for invaluable, practical advice.

Tom is currently away recovering from an operation to his wrist following a kick-boxing injury. We wish him all the best for a great recovery and look forward to getting him back soon! Harry Meek DipWCF and Alistair Evans DipWCF continue to be an essential part of the team and have provided us with additional support in Tom’s absence. In addition we are utilising the skills of Mike Cooper DipWCF and Sam Snow DipWCF on a freelance basis to help provide continuity of service during this particularly busy period.

Nigel and Claire escaped at the end of May for a short break; our thanks to Emily, Harry and Alistair for manning the fort while we were away.

Emily has been flying the flag at farriery competitions and secured a very good 3rd place in the 1st and 2nd Year Apprentice Shoemaking at Stafford County Show. Both Nigel and Emily are competing this weekend at the Royal Three Counties and Nigel is very much looking forward to the Royal Welsh in July where he will be judging the farrier competition – a very busy three days with a lot of shoes and feet to look at!

Finally, we are delighted to see so many of our clients doing well and it is always great to hear from you. We have noted many ribbons in show jumping, endurance, showing and eventing. Congratulations too to those welcoming new additions; we are fortunate to work for studs producing stars of the future and it is exciting for us to see – and be a part of – them growing and developing.