As you know my horse was only included in the ERASA standard weight team 5 weeks before the Walvis Bay Africa Endurance Championship and that she had been resting since SAIC (10 weeks) when we started training. I’ve started giving the TWYDIL products 4 weeks before the ride because I wanted to get my horse in training before I gave her any extra supplements. The products that I’ve used are MSM, Ener-Gee, Amino B, Recharge and from the TWYDIL range I’ve used Racing, Electrolytes, Omegadil, Protect Plus and Vigorade.
My first observation was that it is a lot of powders and that the horse does not eat her food as quickly as usual, but she did clean up her morning and evening food. When she was not working hard she tended to leave some of her concentrates. As I’ve mentioned, we only had 5 weeks of training to the day of the ride and 4 weeks of giving the supplements.
At first I could not see any results but I must mention that when we left for Namibia a week before the ride, during the transportation she transported very well and showed no signs of stress and discomfort. We had 4 horses in the box. When we arrived in Namibia 3 days later, I started to notice that there is a definite change in her coat and attitude for the better.
She never stopped drinking or eating. She actually gained weight during the travel.
I decided that we must approach the ride conservatively because I was worried about her fitness. What happened during the ride is history. She stepped into a hole on the second leg and Jenine fell off and injured her hip , so we lost a bit of time. On the 3rd leg we also lost some time because Jenine could not run as she normally would over the dunes. When they left for the last leg they were 7th. I said to her to ride as fast as the horse can on the last 8 km. She told me that they were travelling at 35 km/h on the hard stretches between the dunes. They finished 4th.
To me that was better than I could wish for, taking into consideration the limited time for training and the fact that the horse has never seen sand before. She was never “hot” , but had a lot of energy + stamina and looked full of “life”.
Our trip back was done over 2 days and with the same easy travelling to Namibia.
She arrived home in a better condition than when she left for Namibia, and is in the best condition she has ever looked after a ride. (The only thing that was different was the Twydil products).
Danie Louw – Perdeberg Endurance and Arabian Stud