Why I Love Mad Barn
I currently use three Mad Barn products, which I believe are important to my mare's success. I use Omneity, Visceral+ and Performance XL: Electrolytes.
I believe that Omneity has promoted our successful career as a barefoot team. The complete mineral and vitamin balance promotes a healthy body and healthy hoof. At the Madawaska Highland Ride of the Canadians in 2016, we completed three 40 km days on rocky terrain, without hoof protection. Take note that at this ride, it was recommended that the horses wear steel shoes with barium pads. We won the novice set speed award for that ride. I trim her hooves following barefoot principles and her hooves are solid despite the mileage that we do in training and competition over sandy and rough terrain.
My mare does particularly well on the Performance XL: Electrolytes too. She was switched to this brand in 2016 on the third day of the the Madawaska Highland Ride of the Canadians 3-day event. Her heart rate dropped a few beats per minutes that day and her recovery rates improved. She has been on Performance Xl: Electrolytes ever since.
I depend on Mariah's daily intake of Visceral+ as ulcer prevention, and to keep her gut happy so that she eats comfortably before, during and after a competition. It's essential that she eats as much as possible during a competition in order to reach the energy intake needed for this endurance sport.
Julie started riding horses at her aunt’s farm when she was 7 years old, where she was trained in the hunter/jumper discipline. She rode on and off throughout her youth and adulthood. 10 years ago, after a bad fall and injury, Julie switched disciplines, learned natural horsemanship, regained lost confidence and started working towards her first endurance ride. Her first-ever long-distance ride was 5 years ago with her Mare, Mariah. They have been doing as many competitions as possible ever since!
- As of September 2019- 1479 competition km as a team within the OCTRA, and 864 competition km as a team within the AERC
- June 2019- Started very first 160km competition
- 2018- 3rd Place: 80 km Coates Creek Challenge (44°C with the humidex)
- 2016- Novice set speed award: 120km over 3 days at the Madawaska Ride of Canadians