Former British vaulting team member, Rosie Howard, and her team of horses who appear as ‘Galloping Acrobatics’ at shows and events around the country have secured sponsorship from HorseHage and Mollichaff.
The horses are being provided with High Fibre HorseHage – a dust-free bagged forage which is low in starch and energy and high in fibre, and will also be fed on Mollichaff HoofKind Complete during the winter months.
Following her retirement from international vaulting competitions in 2004, Rosie continued to work in alternative equestrianism by riding for the Devil’s Horsemen and then Jive Pony. Along with her vaulting expertise and a degree in Equine and Human Sports Science, this gave Rosie a wealth of experience as a stunt rider and performer and she went on to create her own entertainment act, Galloping Acrobatics, in 2012 which she describes as ‘equestrian razzle dazzle!’
Her team of horses consists of two Warmblood Cross geldings, Tinker and Casper, who both currently appear in her shows and she is also bringing on two eye-catching Austrian Noriker geldings, Max and Moritz, who will eventually join the troupe. All the horses were bought as youngsters and Rosie has trained them herself. She is also a Level Two Equestrian Vaulting Coach and between shows she continues to teach vaulting to people from all walks of life and of all abilities. Galloping Acrobatics shows the amazing bond and trust between the horses and Rosie and her fellow team members, Helen and Imogen, and provides an unforgettable show for all ages.
Said Rosie: “HorseHage is the perfect choice for all my horses as they are on a forage-based diet. HorseHage is dust-free which is really important for my horses’ performance and is highly digestible. They love it and it’s really easy to use when we’re travelling up and down the country to shows. I can store it outside too, if I need to. Because they are good doers, forage is all they require in the summer, particularly the Norikers.”
“During the winter months when the weather is colder, Tinker will need a few more calories but I still prefer a fibre-based diet for them compared to cereals as it’s much more natural and so Mollichaff HoofKind Complete will work well for them. It’s a complete feed so I don’t need to provide anything else other than HorseHage.”
Mollichaff HoofKind Complete is made from a balanced blend of oat straw, alfalfa, fibre pellets with soya oil and biotin and contains all the vitamins and minerals a horse requires as long as it is fed at the recommended levels. It’s low in starch and sugar and provides a low level but high quality protein and is suitable for horses and ponies prone to laminitis.
Said Chris Tar of HorseHage: “We are delighted to be able to support Rosie and her team with HorseHage and Mollichaff and are very impressed with the relationship she has with her horses and the positive way in which she trains them. She is a great ambassador for both vaulting and liberty training.”
To find out where you can see Rosie and Galloping Acrobatics in action, please visit her Facebook page ‘Galloping Acrobatics’.