During the seventies the late Mark Westaway became increasingly concerned about his event horses persistently coughing. His veterinary surgeon expressed the view that the coughing was dust related and that since hay was the major dust source, the problem would continue unless someone could come up with a dust free forage designed specifically for the horse.
So from a chance but significant remark the idea for HorseHage was born.
The original Ryegrass HorseHage has been joined by High Fibre HorseHage, Timothy HorseHage and the specialist product, Alfalfa HorseHage.
HorseHage is also well-known for the Mollichaff range of high fibre chaffs and complete feeds.
A Royal Warrant was awarded in 1983 after the Queen’s horse, Burmese, was fed HorseHage when suffering a respiratory problem. He is one of tens of thousands of ponies and horses, from Shetlands to Thoroughbreds, that have benefited from HorseHage’s dust-free properties. HorseHage is used by the Animal Health Trust in Newmarket and has been supplied to the British Equestrian Teams at every Olympic Games from Los Angeles in 1984 through to London 2012.
Mark Westaway gives two main reasons for the success of HorseHage. “Firstly it is a natural product with no additives and is the nearest thing you can get to grass in the field. Secondly, it not only benefits a horse’s respiratory system but its digestive system, too. Over thirty years of production has given us all the knowledge and experience we need to make a top quality product, and our sales prove this.”