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July 20, 2022
World Championships-Bound Jumper Considers Elite Equine Athlete Care As Important As Training
Youngest member of the U.S. World Championships Jumping team heads to Hernig with a firm handle on equine respiratory health.
By Kim Miller | Equestrian Writer
Twenty-year-old U.S.show jumper Brian Moggre has been knocking people’s socks off for several years now. That’s been especially true the last two summers soaring on the senior Nations Cup circuit in Europe and just now with news of his spot on the NetJets US Show Jumping team for the World Championships in Denmark next month. He’ll be riding the Oldenburg stallion Balou du Reventon, the USEF’s 2021 International Horse of the Year.
Brian’s rocket ride to top sport is fuelled by a simple conviction. “I realized at a young age that treating a horse like they’re special is what makes them special,” he told the Chronicle of the Horse early this year.
Since stepping onto the international stage, Brian has come to define“special treatment” as treating his horses as elite athletes. “I’ve learned that there is so much more that affects our horses beyond training.”
Deep dives into all aspects of his horses’ health parallels Brian’s ascent and respiratory health isa particular focus. That’s partly thanks to his long-time star: MTM Vivre LeReve.
In early 2021, Brian didn’t know if “Erkel” would ever compete again. The Westphalian gelding suffered a life-threatening lung infection that required several months of intense veterinary care.Brian was completely happy just to have have him back –even if the rest of Erkel’s life would be spent in pasture. A year later, Erkel and Brian were enjoying sustained successes on the Longines Global Champions League Tour.
Easy Breathing For All
Having one horse with severe lung issues catalyzed Brian’s keen interest in equine respiratory health and its effect on the performance and well-being of all his horses. Asking questions of veterinarians and fellow riders on the top circuit, Brian quickly came to Haygain High Temperature Hay Steaming.
“Haygain definitely played a huge part for Erkel,” Brian explains. “And having Balou being 16 and traveling so much, it’s huge for him, too.
“But the biggest thing for me now is knowing that our horses have bacteria and dust free hay wherever we are stabling at a show or laying over. Outside of bringing our own hay everywhere, it’s the only way to keep the hay as consistent as possible and to be reducing the dust, mold and allergens in hay. That is super important to me. There are so many variables when you travel as much as we are, so the Haygain takes one of those variables out.”
“We used to wet their hay, but that washes the nutrients out. Steaming keeps the nutrients in the hay and that is critical for horses at this level of the sport.” Haygain Steamed Hay also tastes good. That’s been proven in studies and Brian sees first hand evidence in a few of his horses who struggle to maintain their weight.
“It’s been great for our picky eaters because they like the hay. We don’t have to keep pumping them with grain to keep their weight on.”
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