About Us Page
Welcome to my website, I’m Jackie, owner of Highland Horse Feed, Scottish horse and pet food suppliers. The following is a short profile of my life with horses.
I’ve been in the horse world for 25 years breaking, schooling, show jumping (which I’m still doing) and breeding. I’ve also owned horses for the past 19 years and I currently own 6.
From the first time that I broke in a horse, I’ve been breaking and schooling anything and everything from Cobs to Warmbloods, (as well as show jumping horses for other people - and my own).
I started riding when I was 4 years old. After leaving school I went to work full time with horses at a yard in Doncaster - it was a mixed yard with everything from show jumpers to liveries. After a time the yard progressed into a riding school and I then trained to become a Riding Instructress.
In 1989 I went to work in Newmarket, Suffolk riding for Cliff Lines (which was the overflow yard for Sir Michael Stout) for about 6 months. After that I went on to riding the racehorses for the Forensic Laboratory, which worked alongside the Animal Health Trust.
Working for the Forensic Laboratory gave me an opportunity to see the other side of horses, particularly in the racing industry. I gained a greater understanding of the different types of drugs that vets administer to our horses, along with the side effects that can occur if the horse has an unexpected reaction against them. Whilst working in this environment, I came to wonder what my own vet was putting into my horses. So, if you are in any doubt about what your horse is going to be given, then ask your vet:
- What is the drug?
- What are the side effects?
- How long does it stay in the system?
You will then be informed as to exactly what type of drug is going to be given to your horse.
I then moved to Scotland in 1997, cutting back on schooling and breaking to concentrate on my own horses. This then gave me the time to go affiliated show jumping to places such as Carluke and Blair Atholl as well as jumping events around the Highlands.
In 2002 I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to breed from my cob mare and became very successful in breeding my own stallion (part bred Trakehner by Va Tout).