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Hope springs eternal for Blue Cross April

Posted on Tuesday, April 17, 2018 by Heather Dodd

Blue Cross is hoping that April’s namesake month will prove to be her lucky charm. The little chestnut pony was battling the odds for survival when she was taken in by the animal welfare charity as a pitifully underweight, parasite-infested yearling. Now, three years on she has a spring in her step and is ready to find a new home where she can showcase her ability to become a lovely riding pony.


April was crawling with lice and infested with worms when she arrived at Blue Cross back in 2015. With a body condition score of just 1.5 on the 0 to 5 scale she was a tragic sight and was terrified of human contact.


“We had to win her confidence and train her to be caught and handled before we could treat her”, recalls Marie Kavanagh, Horse Rehoming Coordinator at Blue Cross Rolleston. “Her condition was so poor that had she not come to us when she did it’s unlikely she would have survived much longer in the circumstances in which she was found.”


With patience, kindness and care April was eventually ready to be placed in a short-term home to enjoy growing up with other youngsters.  She soon became used to dogs and children and all the usual goings on at a busy yard and learnt to relax for the farrier and the vet.


Maria continued: “April really blossomed in her short term home. It’s put her in good stead for the next phase of her life, which is to find a project home. She is a calm, clever pony and shows every promise of becoming a super riding pony.”


April is one of several ponies at the Blue Cross centre in Rolleston, Staffordshire currently looking for homes. Her friends Beastie and Tristanboth came from Bodmin Moor, where they had never been touched by humans and had to fend for themselves. They are now both very sociable and comfortable with being left alone for short periods so would make excellent companions for a ridden horse.


National pet charity, Blue Cross has two specialist horse rehoming centres at Burford and Rolleston and 11 Centres nationwide.To find out more about the pets needing a home, or to make a donation towards their care, visit

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Hope April now

The Predator Cub II Paddock Cleaner from Kylix UK

Posted on Friday, February 23, 2018 by Heather Dodd

Keeping paddocks clean during the winter months can be a soul-destroying job, but with spring just around the corner, it has never been more important to keep paddocks clean and free from parasites. Kylix vacuum paddock cleaners result in clean, well-kept paddocks for horse owners with no back-breaking work.

Many of the most common internal worm parasites in horses are ingested by eating contaminated pasture, and as the weather improves and horses get more grazing time, their exposure to parasite transmission increases.  With resistance to anthelmintics now a real concern, horse owners are turning to more appropriate worm egg count monitoring, and keeping paddocks clean as part of a parasite control programme.

All paddock cleaners from Kylix are the most powerful in their class,using an advanced, hygienic vacuum system for picking up droppings quickly and efficiently whilst mulching it and aerating the muck allowing faster breakdown and compact storage.

Kylix’s mid-range machine – the Kylix Predator Cub II paddock cleaner is high-powered, lightweight and has an easy emptying device to enable it to be quick and effective. It can be towed by anything froma quad-bike to a ride-on lawnmower and has a simple hitch mechanism.

The Kylix Predator Cub II runs on a powerful 10HP Briggs and Stratton engine with an electric starter and a 6 litre fuel tank gives up to three hours running time. The powerful yet quiet engine is designed for heavy, prolonged workloads and has sustained vacuuming power to avoid the machine becoming blocked when large quantities of wet droppings are picked up.

Designed for use all-year-round, the Kylix Predator Cub II has wide turf tyres to protect the paddock even in very wet conditions. The polypropylene hopper has 0.75m² capacity and the ultra-light pick-up hose is gantry supported.

The Kylix Predator Cub II has a capacity for 1-5 horses and can also be used for picking up leaves and other debris.  By using a vacuum paddock cleaner, horse owners can be confident that their paddocks are free from parasites, reducing the need for costly wormers.  It also ensures less time is spent on chores, allowing more time for riding and training.

Prices start from just£2,995+VAT.

Kylix offer a professional service from consultation and advice on product options through to installation and technical support.

The range of horse friendly products from Kylix UK includes solariums, horse exercisers, treadmills, paddock cleaners and washroom, stable and arena equipment to suit every budget.

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