Absolute Horse Magazine - April 2020

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FEATURES 8 Show Time - including details of this year’s biggest equestrian events, local qualifiers and updates on leading shows, and advice from Jo Bates 16 Careers, Education & Training 18 Buyer’s Guide

Rider Wellbeing Health & Welfare including Seasonal Allergic Rhinitis, wound management and PEMF Therapy Laminitis Special Nutrition - including golden rules of feeding, Redwings’ Moses poses up a storm, ingredients on the label explained, and how the supplementation of various ingredients can help with joint issues Love Dogs Stables, Yards and Paddocks Saddlery & Tack



52 54 REGULARS 4 News 24 Samantha Hardingham Rider health: how to be kind 25 NEW: Ashley Rossiter - 5 Social media tips 27 Rhea Freeman Asks - So what about keeping it real? 40 Donna Case Equine Nutritionist - Being weightaware 59 Lisa Spence - Lisa’s Life blog 62 Classifieds



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he animal charity RSCPA is suggesting horse owners speak to friends with horses about buddying up to help each other in the event of illness or self-isolation in the wake of the Coronavirus outbreak. Dr Mark Kennedy, equine specialist at the RSPCA said: “We know the horse community is amazingly supportive and that owners often pitch in to help each other out. “It’s probably a good idea for horse owners to have a chat with their horse owning friends and put plans in place to cope if someone falls ill or needs to self-isolate. “If someone is unwell or asked to self-isolate the last thing they need is the stress of worrying about who is going to look after their horses, so a quick chat with friends now could reduce that worry.” While there’s no current evidence to suggest that animals can be carriers of Covid-19 or can become ill from it themselves, your horse


and other pets may be impacted if you or any members of your family test positive for the virus or are asked to stay at home and self-isolate.

Tips to keep your horses happy and healthy • If you haven’t tested positive or been asked to self-isolate then continue to interact with your horses as normal, but good advice at any time, not specific to the Coronavirus situation, is to adopt good hygiene practices including washing hands thoroughly with soap and water before and after touching them and any shared yard items such as wheelbarrows, brooms and forks. Avoid being licked by your horse. • Ensure you have sufficient supplies of feed and any medication needed. • Although you won’t be able to take your horse beyond your land if you’re self-isolating, aim to ensure your horse is kept happy with sufficient exercise and stimulation, if possible increasing turnout,

amending feeding accordingly and try providing any existing stable toys to keep his mind occupied as much as possible. • Speak to your vet or doctor for more advice. General Note: There are many different types of coronavirus and some can cause disease in different species of animals. These are NOT the same as Covid 19 and

do not spread to, or cause disease in people. These different coronaviruses can cause disease in the specific species they infect, usually this manifests gastrointestinal signs which can be managed with supportive treatment. There is no risk to humans or other species. Information correct at time of going to press.

If you have been diagnosed with Covid-19 Inform your local health protection team that there is a pet in the household. They will liaise with the relevant animal health authorities. Current advice is to restrict contact with pets as much as possible as a precautionary animal health measure. If you do need to interact with your pet, wash your hands before and after any interaction with them and wear a face mask if possible. If your pet shows signs of ill health, please do not take them to the vet. Contact your local health protection team for advice. Remember these are precautionary measures and there is currently no evidence that pets can spread coronavirus or become unwell.

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INTERNATIONAL EVENTING FORUM COMES TO AN END Eleanor Jones and Nigel Oakley receiving the Sir Colin Spedding Award, presented by HRH The Princess Royal, President of the National Equine Forum

igel Oakley, tireless protector and promoter of the Suffolk Punch horse and Eleanor Jones, the Horse & Hound journalist with a passion for equine welfare, were announced as the joint winners of the Sir Colin Spedding Award at the National Equine Forum (NEF) on 5th March. Nigel Oakley is dedicated to the cause of safeguarding and promoting the Suffolk Punch horse, including owning, breeding, training, working and showing the horses, as well as being a Heavy Horse Ambassador for the Rare Breeds Survival Trust. Having always had an interest in the Suffolk horse, when time and finances allowed, Nigel started his own stud. During the past forty years he has bred thirty-four foals of his own and around fifteen for other people. Currently he has nine Suffolk Punches, working them on the farm, ploughing through to cutting the corn with the binder. Nigel has been a trustee of the Suffolk Horse Society for around thirty-five years and is a past President. He is also on the Executive Committee, and Breeding Committee and is Chairman of the Spectacular Committee. He carries out training days for the Suffolk Horse Society at home and teaches equine driving to both urban and rural certification standard, both pairs and singles. He has been involved in five Countryfile programmes and the horses have been used regularly for films and country show displays. The Suffolk horse is a Category One rare breed and he supports the RBST by carrying out presentations at county agricultural shows. Nigel said: “The Suffolk horse is my passion and I am delighted to have won The Sir Colin Spedding Award in recognition of my work to safeguard this magnificent breed.”


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ince the inaugural date in 2004, the International Eventing Forum has grown into a ‘must attend’ preseason fixture for both Eventing coaches and riders. However, after seventeen years of world class education, and one of the most successful IEF’s yet, the organising committee has decided to call it a day, with the 2020 Forum now being the last. Every year the forum offered attendees access to a wealth of knowledge and information on how to train better, safer and smarter, for the improvement and development of our sport.

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nternational showjumper Will Whitaker, equestrian YouTuber This Esme and Olympic dressage rider Charlotte Dujardin are supporting Brooke’s MyHackathon challenge, which returns for the fourth year. The challenge, which runs until October, calls upon riders across the UK and beyond to get out and hack 100 miles in 100 days and raise £100 for Brooke. There’s no registration fee and riders can sign up simply by visiting Brooke’s website and

then setting up a JustGiving fundraising page. All participants who complete the challenge and raise £100 will receive a certificate and pin badge, with additional incentives for those who raise over £250. Brooke Ambassador This Esme took on the challenge last year and shared her journey with her viewers. This year she’s urging even more of them to get involved. She said: “I’m so excited to be supporting MyHackathon this year. Casper and I had a great time taking

part last year and it was brilliant to know that we were helping less fortunate horses, donkeys and mules around the world. I visited Brooke’s work in Senegal last year and saw first-hand the amazing difference that donations can make. It’s really easy to sign up, so start building up those miles!” Brooke’s Global Ambassador Charlotte Dujardin is also showing her support for the challenge once again this year. She said: “I’m thrilled to be continuing my support for Brooke’s MyHackathon this year. It’s a great way of keeping fit and spending time with your horse whilst also making a difference to the lives of working equines who need our help most.” Riders can join Brooke’s official MyHackathon Facebook group to share their tips and progress with hundreds of other hackers across the country. Each month, Brooke will select a Hacker of the



his year for the first time, spectators can start the day in style with a mouth-watering champagne breakfast at Bolesworth Castle. With private access to the estate and valet parking, once you are fully satisfied after breakfast, and ready to watch some of the world’s leading riders in action you will enjoy a luxury transfer service to the showground to enjoy top class competition. The ‘Castle Champagne Experience’ from £90. www.bolesworthinternational.com


Month from the group and award prizes including a branded tote bag, tabard and body warmer. This year also sees the return of My Mini Hackathon, which gives small children or ponies the opportunity to take part by completing 10 miles in 100 days and raising £100. All money raised from the challenge will go towards Brooke’s work across Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Latin America, bringing lasting change to the lives of working animals. www.thebrooke.org/ myhackathon

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he SEIB Redwings Show is returning this year with a new date, venue and even more classes for 2020. The popular event, organised by Redwings Horse Sanctuary and kindly sponsored by SEIB Insurance Brokers, will be held on Sunday 12th July (a move from its usual May date) and at the new location of Trinity Park, outside Ipswich and with the addition of a new Fun Dog Show! All proceeds from the day will be donated to Redwings to support the 1,500 rescued horses, ponies, donkeys and mules currently in the charity’s care. Now in its eleventh year, the Show will include over sixty showing classes across five rings, with horse owners having the chance to compete in traditional Ridden and In-hand classes, as well as Working Hunter, Veteran and Heavy Horse classes. While, new for this year, those with horses or ponies over the age of fifteen will also be able to compete in the Senior Showing and Dressage League (SSADL) first round qualifiers, the exciting first step towards gaining a place in the grand final held at Olympia International Horse Show in London in December. Plus, the Donkey Breed Society affiliated classes will return so these lovable long-eared creatures and


their owners can enjoy their moment in the ring too. Those who care for a horse or pony rehomed from a registered charity will also be able to compete in the Best Rescue classes, both In-hand and Ridden, to celebrate their transformations and showcase the amazing accomplishments of rescued equines. There will also be a dedicated Novice Ring for those horses and riders who are new to showing and wish to gain experience at a friendly and encouraging event, plus a ‘Just for Fun’ ring with classes including Best Turnout, Handsomest Gelding and My Best Friend, perfect for those of all ages looking for an enjoyable day out with their four-legged friend – with the added bonus of a rosette or two up for grabs! For the first time, the SEIB Redwings Show will also be hosting a Fun Dog Show, kindly sponsored by Pooch's Dog Treats, with twelve classes including Best Rescue, Waggiest Tail and Best Pawshaker! All competitors will have the chance of walking away with a rosette and a pack of Pooch’s treats. www.redwings.org.uk



We have teamed up with leading animal nutrition company, Alltech to giveaway two pairs of tickets to The Al Shira'aa Hickstead Derby Meeting (25th28th June). The tickets up for grabs gain entry to the event on any day between Thursday and Saturday. 2020 once again sees Alltech provide support for a number of showing classes at the meeting which is also celebrating the 60th anniversary of the iconic Hickstead Derby and the opening of The All England Jumping Course. Showing was introduced to the schedule 45-years ago and has since become an integral part of the meeting with some of the top horse and rider combinations heading to West Sussex to compete. There will be a number of Horse of the Year Show (HOYS) and CHAPS (UK) qualifying tickets on offer across the Alltech sponsored classes. The Lifeforce Range of all-natural, daily digestive aid supplements from Alltech is designed to benefit horses of every stage of life, from breeding stock to pleasure and performance animals. www.lifeforce horse.co.uk *All travel and accommodation arrangements are the responsibility of the winner. The tickets allow entry for any day of the event except Sunday 28th June, The Derby Day. Entries must be 18 years and over.

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he SEIB Insurance Brokers Burghley Sponsored Ride will take place on the final day of Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials on Sunday 6th September. This will be the twentieth running of the ride which over the years has raised in excess of £270,000 for good causes. Thanks to Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials, riders will be able to enjoy riding on the parkland turf of a large section of the world’s toughest 5* eventing cross country course and see the huge fences up close on horseback. The ride course takes in famous Burghley feature fences such as the Trout Hatchery, Cottesmore Leap and the Rolex Combination.


The SEIB Burghley Sponsored Ride is 12km long and takes in all these famous fences and many of the tracks and pathways of the vast Burghley estate. The ride is suitable for all ages and abilities and there are strict policies in place to ensure that riders travelling at a leisurely pace are not disturbed by those wishing to go a little faster. All riders are required to remain in walk and trot when on the cross-country course. The charitable action at Burghley on the 6th September continues later in the afternoon, after the ride has finished, with the SEIB Horseless Burghley Fun Run. This event, over a distance of 3.5 or 8km is aimed at runners of all ages and abilities and takes place over some of the ride course. Details of the fun run are available on the ride website. Ride organiser, Ian Scott said: “We will be raising vital funds for charities including the British Horse Society, World Horse

Welfare, Cob Care and the Burghley charity of the year, Alzheimer’s Research UK.” SEIB Insurance Brokers are in their sixth year of generously sponsoring the SEIB Burghley Sponsored Ride. SEIB’s contribution combined with the support of Stamford XT, Burghley Horse Trials and Burghley Estate ensures that all set up costs of the ride are covered and so 100% of the money raised goes directly to charity. The 2019 ride raised £19,900 for charity. Nicolina MacKenzie, SEIB’s Marketing Manager said: “The SEIB Burghley Sponsored Ride is one of our favourite events as it combines a great experience for participants with raising much needed funds for charity.” The SEIB Burghley sponsored ride guarantees a great day out for groups such as riding clubs, livery yards and teams, families and friends. The ride is open to all riders over 5-years of age and with runners welcome too, the

day is even more of a perfect family event. Everyone completing the course will receive a memento of the day and there are some wonderful prizes for the participants raising the most money for charity. The 2020 SEIB Burghley Sponsored Ride will be run in line with 2020 British Eventing regulations regarding equine flu vaccinations. These regulations require that any horse entering the Burghley Estate must have had a flu vaccination within six months prior to, and not less than seven days before, the 6th September 2020. This regulation will be stringently enforced on the day and horses and ponies that do not comply will not be allowed on to the Burghley estate. www.burghleysponsored ride.co.uk

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mongst other ticket packages, and returning by popular demand, is the Mountain & Moorland Package, designed for dedicated showing fans. This great value deal gives you access to the show all day on Wednesday 7th and Thursday 8th October 2020, encompassing the Mountain & Moorland Open Ridden and Working Hunter classes. The package also includes an overnight stay for two people, making it the perfect getaway for HOYS fans this year and rooms can be upgraded to include additional nights. www.hoys.co.uk/tickets/packages



lltech, is delighted to continue to provide support for the showing classes at The Al Shira’aa Hickstead Derby Meeting. Over the four days of competition, there will be a number of HOYS and CHAPS (UK) qualifying places on offer across the Alltech sponsored classes. Championship classes will be judged and presented in the famous Longines International Arena providing winners with their moment of glory in front of packed stands. www.lifeforcehorse.co.uk



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RACEHORSE TO RIDING HORSE o rode the stunning Grandeur to be crowned HOYS SEIB Racehorse to Riding Horse Champion in 2019.


Grandeur won an impressive ten times on the flat during his racing career, earning over £500,000 in prize money.

What is the appeal of having an ex-racehorse and re-training it? “There are some beautiful thoroughbred racehorses and it’s great to see them do other jobs. They are intelligent and seem to enjoy the training, so it’s a rewarding process for them and for me. It is hard work but incredibly satisfying.”

Is it difficult for them to adapt to a different yard environment? “It can be but it is the same as everything you do with racehorses, everything must be gradual, and you learn what makes them tick. In our yard it took us five stables to find which one Grandeur (Grandy) liked. He didn’t like being on one side of the barn because the windows had to be closed when it was windy. On the other side there was a particular stable he immediately settled in to because the window was open, and he could hang his head out - that was his relaxation. “We spend a lot of time adjusting their environment to make sure they are happy. For example, if they don’t eat their hay we put the hay net right by the door so if they hang their head over the door they have the net there and eat the hay while they are looking out. Little details like that are so important to their welfare, but that is the same for any of the horses regardless of its breed or background.”

Where do you start when retraining a racehorse? “The first thing I do is a complete MOT including teeth check, being re-shod because they will have had plates on, and I make sure they are not sore anywhere or have any aches and pains. “As they have been ridden before you don’t have to get them used to the weight of a rider, but you do have to get them to accept How long does rein contact in a different way. I lunge them, it take to reand I might drive them a little bit and spend train a time teaching them to engage their hind quarters and become lighter in front. We start off slowly and try to explain it Grandeur aka Grandy in a way they can easily understand. Some learn quicker than others in the same way any animal would. If they are older, they can be more set in their ways and may be stiffer in their joints, which is going to influence how you change their muscle structure. The younger ones have more malleable brains and are generally more accepting of change.”


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MULTIPLE HOYS CHAMPION, PRODUCER OF TOP SHOW AND DRESSAGE HORSES AND AMBASSADOR FOR ABSORBINE, JO BATES GIVES US AN INSIGHT INTO RE-TRAINING AN EXRACING HORSE FOR THE SHOW RING. racehorse for showing? “It took me just under two years to re-train Grandy, he was a complex character but once Continued overleaf...

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you got through to him and he trusted you he would walk through fire for you! Racehorses have spirit but that spirit has to work with you not against you.”

Do you do lots of hacking and what is the benefit? “I do a lot of hacking and usually on my own. Hacking helps them understand that it isn’t an exciting ride up to the gallops and is supposed to be relaxing. “To begin with Grandy was nervous, in a strange place and didn’t know what was going on. “I interspersed hacking with schooling and gradually increased the distance we went out each time until he really enjoyed it. “The first time we loose schooled Grandy (we do quite a lot of this for their relaxation) it was very exciting! He galloped round and we thought he was never going to stop. But it didn’t take long for him to learn that loose schooling was enjoyable, and he could play.

People say racehorses can be quite hot, how do you keep this in check and teach them not to be fidgety? “Hours and hours of patience, taking them to shows and riding them round. Racehorses think they should be on the move all the time. I would take Grandy to shows with others on the lorry and ride him round and stand there for hours - everywhere I went he came along. I used ear plugs so it wasn’t quite so noisy and that made a big difference. You can’t get stressed; you have to stay calm otherwise the horse feeds off your energy. It took

time but Grandy was exceptionally beautiful and I knew he was worth it. “Grandy hated big crowds and at HOYS last year, accepting the prize, I had to switch my mind off and not feed from his anxiety. He trusted me to look after him and this helped him relax. “To racehorses big crowds equal hype and flight and here you are, asking them to be calm and collected. It is all about learning their characters, getting inside their brains and having lots of patience!” www.absorbine.co.uk

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ABSORBINE LAUNCHES ULTRASHIELD GREEN AND REVEALS NEW PACKAGING bsorbine launched the latest product to join their range, UltraShield Green, an all-natural body spray, at BETA International 2020. With a fresh, herbal aroma to comfort and soothe horses during the warm summer months, it comprises a mix of seven aromatic oils, including thyme, cedarwood, lemongrass and citronella. UltraShield Green is an effective and non-irritating formula that offers a safe alternative to chemical-based sprays. The product is presented in an all-new refillable bottle with revolutionary nozzle technology for a more even and targeted application. The updated shape offers a large capacity of 946ml with an ergonomic grip for ease of use and helps to reduce hand fatigue. Absorbine’s premium products, ShowSheen and UltraShield Insecticide are still the same trusted formulas but are now also presented in the new revolutionary, refillable bottles. UltraShield Insecticide keeps its distinctive black bottle, but with the addition of a unique shield shape to match UltraShield Green, forming a range to bring comfort and care for horses during the summer months.



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t the Annual Apprenticeship National Awards ceremony, which took place on 3rd March, the British Racing School won the award in the Agriculture, Environmental and Animal Care Apprenticeship Provider of the Year sector. The Awards are hosted by AELP (Association of Employment


and Learning Providers) and FE Week. The Ceremony was held in Birmingham in front of the new Secretary of State for Apprenticeships and Skills, Gillian Keegan MP. The awards look to recognise providers offering outstanding world-class apprenticeships. This year there were 350 entries - an increase of 20% on previous years – spread across fifteen


categories. Grant Harris, BRS Chief Executive said, “The BRS is open 365 days a year offering training and education to young people from all walks of life, preparing them for a career in horseracing. “To win a national award for apprenticeship provision is recognition of the dedication and amazing work of all BRS staff.”


Small & Supercharged Mastermind is an online group supporting small equestrian and rural businesses and, as such, is bursting with amazingly knowledgeable people with lots to share. Each month we’ll be asking them a question and members will be sharing their top tips. This month we’re focusing on careers…


Amanda Marshall, 3 Donkeys Clothing: “My top tip is to always listen, as advice it is often given for the kindest reasons and gained from others’ own experiences (it is your choice to use it). Have self belief but also be your biggest critic. Most of all enjoy the journey because it will be amazing!” www.3donkeys.co.uk

n investigation by Hartpury University has uncovered multiple causes for the staffing crisis within the UK horseracing industry. The in-depth study, carried out in affiliation with the British Racing School, analysed the views, opinions and concerns of junior and senior racing staff and racehorse trainers in an attempt to provide some clarity about why the current problem exists. Inadequate management training for senior staff, the departure of employees aged over 25, and difficulties in finding a work-life balance, all emerged as major concerns. A perceived lack of work ethic from younger workers by older members of staff and trainers, the view that racing is ‘a way of life’ rather than a job, and that an increase in race fixtures was proving challenging for staff, were also cited as having an

Donna Case, The Horse Feed Guru: “Take advice and work hard but don’t let people stamp on your dreams. When I was fourteen, I declared I wanted to be a nutritionist and I was advised against it as there weren’t many at all. Back then there were only three or four major feed manufacturers. Now the market is completely different, plus social media has opened up many opportunities. The landscape is ever changing. Work hard, dream big, set goals and everything is possible.” www.thehorsefeedguru.com


The research was carried out by graduate Elizabeth Juckes (above), supported by Dr Jane Williams and equine programme manager and lecturer Emma Davies

impact on employee retention. The media’s portrayal of the industry as being in a state of crisis and that it was a hard and lowly paid job were having a negative effect according to the study. Despite more than half of the thirty participants in the study stating they had considered leaving racing, 83 per cent would still encourage young people to enter the industry. “The British Horseracing

Industry has been experiencing a labour shortage since the 1970s,” said Elizabeth. “An opportunity exists for the racing industry to consult with all stakeholders to formulate and implement a strategic plan to address the underpinning themes identified by the study, to improve the long-term perspective, and safeguard the future of racing and staff who work within it.”

Ruth Chappell, Dressage Anywhere: “For anyone in a full-time job with a side hustle – yes it is possible to do both, but be really careful of not spreading yourself too thin. You might start to resent one or the other when you’re worn out from burning the candle at both ends. When thinking about making your side-hustle your main gig, preparation and planning is key! Work out when your side-hustle might be able to support you financially, save as much money as you can from your current job in order to build a buffer to live off for a while, set a deadline and go for it!” www.dressageanywhere.com

Faye Harlequin, Horseshoes Hearts: “Having a great concept or product as well as great customer service is a must but you do need to have faith in you! Running your own business can be hard. One of the biggest obstacles we can face is our own inner dialogue. Working on your own mindset, your resilience and reminding yourself of why you started in the first place - that goal, aim or ideal that was your burning ambition - can spur you on when things get tough.” www.horseshoehearts.co.uk Nicola KinnardComedie, NKC Equestrian Training: “If you have any interest in teaching take some BHS qualifications. You might not wish to be a trainer forever but these are recognised throughout the world and will be very useful if you wish to work abroad. “There are so many possibilities for an equestrian career, and the horse world loves a trier. Find a mentor, keep going and remember if you don’t ask you don’t get.” www.nkcequestrian.com To find out more about the Small & Supercharged Mastermind group, see www.rheafreemanpr.co.uk

Zoe King, Performance Veterinary Physiotherapy and BungeeBand: “My love of science combined with my love of horses to forge a career as a Veterinary Physiotherapist. I was ’late’ to the profession, qualifying in my late 20s, having previously attained two degrees, a masters qualification and a very successful career in the agrochemical industry. One day I decided I didn’t love my job, and as you spend most of your life working, this had to change. “If you are looking to change career paths, do a lot of research into the education provider you choose. There are many unscrupulous individuals and cheap online courses, who take your money but give you very little in terms of support or actual qualifications. “I would recommend a minimum of both the Masters qualification, and the Advanced Diploma if looking at a serious career in Veterinary Physiotherapy; whilst the Masters covers more theory, the AdvDip is a lot more hands-on, and that is equally, if not more important, in refining your skills.” www.bungeeband.co.uk


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Rope Circles Collection. RRP: Necklace £360, Bracelet £170, Ring, Pendant, and Earrings are all under £50. www.hihosilver.co.uk

The Chelsworth Fedora in Olive Green. RRP: £124. www.hicksandbrown.com

Epiq Down Jacket. RRP: £149.99. www.kathmandu.co.uk

Eastthorpe Dress. RRP: £105. www.thefinerhorse.com


Merino Loose Fit jumper. RRP: £139.95. www.schoffelcountry.com

Divine Equine Sweater. RRP: £45. www.rowberton.com

Sofia Hat in Tan. RRP: £59.95. www.schoffelcountry.com

Limited Edition Canvas Tote with neon yellow contrast. Made in the UK. RRP: £175. www.annabelbrocks.com

Saddle Friendship Bracelet. RRP: £45. www.hihosilver.co.uk

Cotswold coat. RRP: £79.99. www.jackmurphy.ie

The Suffolk Fedora in Maroon with Gamebird Feather. RRP: £89. www.hicksandbrown.com Liberty Alpine Leather Ankle Boot. RRP: £135. www.muckboot company.co.uk Lauren wax jacket. RRP: £159.99. www.jackmurphy.ie

Malvern coat. RRP: £89.99. www.jackmurphy.ie

Sasha jacket. RRP: £199.99. www.jackmurphy.ie

Pamela coat. RRP: £244.99. www.jackmurphy.ie

Explorer Boot in Oak and Mahogany. RRP: £425. www.fairfax andfavor.com





came from. “We moved back to UK in 2018 and this is when I decided to go for it and launch Georgian Dollar. It was a true labour of love and I was driven by a passion to create jeans that offered ultimate comfort, durability and quality, on or off the horse. Whenever I see anyone riding in the Sieta or Regalita Jeans, it makes my heart sing!”

What makes your equestrian jeans different from others on the market? “I honestly believe it is down to the quality of the denim and also the design. The denim is supremely soft and comfortable, meaning that the jeans always maintain their shape. “I always wanted to design jeans that were flattering on any woman and I honestly think the Sieta or Regalita jeans look fantastic on anyone! This is what I am the most proud of, as I want every woman to feel truly fabulous when they wear them.”

What/who inspired you to create your own equestrian Jeans? “I have ridden my whole life but I didn’t get the opportunity to buy my own horse until I was 40-years-old and that was when Tita came into my life over seven years ago. white denim. We also currently “We were living in Dubai at the sell a GD Baseball Cap and we time and being that I wear jeans recently launched our first line all the time in my day to day life, What testing did you do of Polo Belts. I struggled to find a comfortable before choosing your “I am passionate about making pair of equestrian jeans to ride in final product? jeans that look and feel good on and this was where the idea

Georgian Dollar

launched Georgian Dollar in July 2019 and we currently sell two jean lines, the Sieta Jeans, which are denim blue and the Regalita Jeans, which are

or off the horse and do not compromise on style. “Both the Sieta and the Regalita Jeans are made using the highest quality, softest denim and are designed for absolute durability in or out of the saddle. “I have four horses at home and I was keen for them all to be part of our journey, so I named the brand after my daughter’s pony, whose show name is Georgian Dollar! I also have three ex-Polo Ponies, so the Sieta Jeans were named after one of my horses called ‘Macho’, who’s full name is ‘Sieta Machos’ and the Regalita Jeans are named after my youngest horse ‘Regalito’.”

The Equetech Hack-A-Mac comes in both junior and ladies sizing and is a lightweight water repellent jacket which easily packs away into its own chest pocket, with a clip to attach it to your saddle or belt loops when not in use. Designer details include inset stretch mesh panels to the underside of the sleeves for complete ventilation and movement. Beat those sudden showers while riding, undertaking yard duties, walking the dog or even riding your bike! Prices start at £36.75 For Junior Sizes. Ladies: RRP: £47.95 XS – XXL www.equetech.com


“Tita is now retired, so I joined forces with my ever-patient Macho to ensure the jeans were supremely comfortable to ride in. Being an ex-polo pony, he is brilliant at figure eights, so I really put him through his paces when testing the jeans. “When I had finalised the design, I spent over two months riding in them, washing them and riding again. I remember one day, I had to try a few different samples, which were all the same design but different types of denims and Macho was so patient with me, although I think by the end of it he’d had enough of doing figure eights! “I really wanted to make sure that the rider had free movement when wearing the jeans but that they also stayed in place and held their grip.”

Did you have a particular discipline in mind when designing these jeans? “I designed the jeans with all disciplines in mind, as every equestrian needs to be able to throw on a comfy pair of jeans and ride! Then jump off the horse and get on with their day, whether it’s mucking out or

Rita Transparent Rain Jacket. RRP: £33. www.zebraproducts.co.uk

popping to the shops. “I did have polo players in mind when it came to the Regalita Jeans, as being that I own three ex-polo ponies, I have many friends who play polo. However, I have since had lots of people comment on how the Regalita jeans are also perfect for showjumping or dressage.”

How long was the process from being an idea, to becoming reality? And how difficult was it? “The whole process took so much longer than I anticipated! I am a perfectionist by nature, so I knew this was not going to be easy. I first had the idea over five years ago but it wasn’t until 2018 when I started to pull the ideas together and make them a reality. “The whole process took 18months from start to finish and it was a hugely complicated and stressful process to get to the design that I was happy with. I went through a few different manufacturers, so it was a huge relief to find a manufacturer who could really deliver my vision. This is when I really felt that all my hard work and

SXC Rainmac is perfect for warming up at shows and events, as well as for day to day riding when the weather is less than ideal. Lightweight, waterproof and see through, it has a handy secure zip pocket, two way zipper so it’s comfortable to ride in, fold up hood and SXC branding on the zip and the chest. RRP: £24.99. www.superxcountry.co.uk

sleepless nights had been worthwhile! “Now the business is up and running, I am learning so much as I go. I have never run a clothing business before, so it has been challenging but it has been worth it, as I feel extremely lucky to be able to own a business doing something that I feel so passionately about.” www.georgiandollar.co.uk



Founded by Sophie Robbins, a passionate equestrian with a solid pedigree in fashion design, Rowberton Great Britain neatly fills the gap between riding apparel and everyday clothing. The brand has created a collection of equestrianinspired casual clothing for adults and children, including tshirts, hoodies, sweatshirts and base layers,. Sophie spent twenty years designing clothes for highprofile brands such as Miss Selfridge, Warehouse and Next. Sophie loves to spend as much of her day as possible around her horses but yearned for clothing that featured horses in the patterns and style, but still looked stylish. The brand’s designs are crafted from sustainable and organic materials, making them perfect for people who are on the hunt for horsey clothing but also looking for ways to minimise their own environmental impact. www.rowberton.com


COMPETITION WEAR The new Equetech Alpine Breeches are high-waisted breeches, designed to give a flattering outline across thighs, tums, bums and hips. The careful seam placement and hidden support help lift and shape with a focus on freedom of movement and comfort a priority. The perfect leisure or competition legwear for all seasons. RRP: £91.95. www.equetech.com

Equi Breeches and Equi Competition Breeches. RRP: £125. www.hollandcooper.com

Flora Tech Tights. RRP: £69. www.mountainhorse.co.uk

Covalliero Techno Riding Breeches. RRP: £86. www.zebraproducts.co.uk

Königs Springtime Offer...


re you in need of a new pair of riding boots? Königs has a brilliant offer running for a limited time, so don’t miss out as Zebra Products has offered all their Königs retailers free of charge fitting for each of their customers that place a Königs order, between now and 15th April. This means you can have your dream, made to measure pair of Königs boots without the added cost of a fitting charge. Popular models in the Königs boot range include the Königs Favorit Dressage boot loved for both daily use and at competitions, the Königs Excelsior boot that


offers style, comfort and durability for all riders from Prelim to Grand Prix, whilst the Königs Palermo boot will have you sitting pretty in the dressage arena, set to impress the Judges. Known for their individuality, Königs offer a great range of customisation options from embroidered to Swarovski crystal initials to the extensive range of coloured leathers, every pair of boots is truly unique. König boots are the number one choice for top riders, including Carl Hester, Charlotte Dujardin and Isabell Werth. www.zebraproducts.co.uk

Core Collection Black Breeches (above). RRP: £29. Beige Competition Breeches (left). RRP: £29. www.justjodz.co.uk

Equetech Ameilia Sleeveless Polo. RRP: £28.95. www.equetech.com

Königs Boot Bag. RRP: £62. www.zebraproducts.co.uk


HOW TO ‘BE KIND’ And support a friend in need HEALTH AND WELLNESS COACH SAMANTHA HARDINGHAM IS QUALIFIED TO HELP HER CLIENTS BUILD A LEAN, STRONG, HEALTHY BODY AND MIND THROUGH BOTH EXERCISE AND NUTRITION. RUNNING ONLINE COMMUNITY GROUPS SUCH AS ‘THE BODY MIND COACH GROUP’, AS WELL AS HER WEEKLY BOOT CAMPS, SPORTS MASSAGE, AND ONE-TO-ONE TRAINING/NUTRITION SESSIONS, SAMANTHA EDUCATES, TRAINS AND TEACHES HER MEMBERS TO FULFIL THEIR HEALTH AND FITNESS POTENTIAL BY OFFERING DAILY INSPIRATION, MOTIVATION AND SUPPORT TO ALL. • Getting easily upset and/or irritable • Less communication/social than normal • Can’t be bothered, wanting to give up • Lacking interest and energy • Sleepless nights and/or increased tiredness • Can’t seem to focus or concentrate • Abnormal eating behaviours • Irrational feelings e’ve all had friends or family that have needed support when they’re going through difficult times but what’s the most constructive way to help them? There’s an estimated 300 million people worldwide that suffer with some form of depression. Whilst the symptoms vary, here are a few warning signs to look out for. • May seem a bit ‘off’ • Tearful and sad



Let your friend know you’re there for them. You could start the conversation by asking, “It looks like you’ve been having a hard time lately, what’s on your mind?” If they’re willing to talk, engage in active listening techniques, such as asking questions and validating their feelings by commenting, “that sounds tough, I’m sorry to hear that.” Refrain from giving advice/judgement on medication. Encourage them to seek

professional advice, supporting them to keep regular appointments and showing interest in their progress. However it’s important to practice self care as it’s very tempting to be available to them 24/7. Let your friend know what the boundaries are in your friendship. For example, let them know they can contact you in the evening rather than at work etc. It’s very easy to feel frustrated and ‘on demand’ when a friend or loved one is depressed. However if their symptoms seem to worsen with increased mood swings, risky or dangerous behaviour, it might be time to intervene, ask them to call their medical professional/therapist whilst you’re with them or ask if you can do it for them. To benefit from Samantha’s health and wellness advice: www.facebook.com/ ItsTheBodyMindCoach/ www.instagram.com/ samanthahardingham


quine photographer Laura of Laura Fiddaman Photography has set up a foundation to help support those struggling with their mental health. Having been through a difficult few years of her own, she started talking to fellow equestrians about the problems they were experiencing. It became clear to her that there are still a huge number of people suffering in silence, or who just simply don’t know where to turn. “The project is very much in its infancy, and will develop over the coming months. It’s all about helping you come into your own by taking part, whilst encouraging and supporting others to do the same,” says Laura. It’s not just about mental health, all life experiences are welcomed to join the project. “We have already made a positive start and have a variety of ‘invisible’ equestrians involved. From anxiety to strokes, childhood


irborne allergens expert and creator of HayMax allergen barrier balms, Max Wiseberg, offers some simple advice for horse riders this spring. “Around 20% of us get hay fever in the UK, and it’s more common in younger people.




EQUINE PHOTOGRAPHER LAUNCHES NEW PROJECT traumas to fertility, and the challenges of pursuing your dreams; we want to create a welcoming network that can respond to an endless list of subjects.” Laura Fiddaman Photography is based in East Anglia and was launched in October 2016. Since then, Laura has survived blood clots, been through crippling anxiety episodes and in June

2019 lost her heart horse. She wants to help others to ensure they are not alone. You don’t have to be based in East Anglia to take part in the project. Laura is scheduling her sessions across the UK. All she asks is that you are prepared to share your story, and help fellow equestrians find their way. www.laurafiddamanphoto. com/the-invisible-equestrian

many trees as possible, and if “Symptoms include sneezing, a you know which tree pollen runny or stuffed up nose, itchy, watery or streaming eyes, nasal you are allergic to plan your congestion and a general stuffed route to avoid these up feeling. Some people also completely. • Apply an organic allergen experience itching around the barrier balm such as HayMax face and mouth, and a burning sensation in the throat.” around the rim of the nostrils and bones of the eyes before Riders can combat the effects: • Time your ride so it’s not when going out riding. HayMax pollen counts are highest traps over a third of the pollen before it gets into the body. during the peak morning and evening periods. www.haymax.biz • Plan your route to avoid as

5 Social Media Tips To Transform Your Business


s a business, you probably already use social media, but are you really maximising your opportunities for connecting with potential customers and helping to convert them into actual customers? content interesting and varied.

3.Under The Influence Working with influencers is a great way to bring your brand into the conversation; however, align your brand with influencers carefully.

1.Create Great Content For Your Audience Experiment with different types of content to see which work well for your followers.

2.Don't Just Sell, Sell, Sell We understand that you want to sell your product; however, continually selling your products through post after post can become dull for your followers, so keep your

4.Develop Your Brand Personality Your social channels should be a reflection of your brand. Your ‘tone of voice’ and content should always be ontopic for your company.

5.Keep An Eye On The Competition Keeping an eye on the competition is essential for any business, but don’t become so transfixed with what they are doing that you lose sight of your own social media strategy.


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RIDER WELLBEING Rory Gilsenan winning Working Hunter Championships at Royal International Horse Show, Hickstead, July 2019


MISDIAGNOSED AS GRIEF he brain tumour symptoms of a top show horse producer were mistaken for grief after his British Olympic showjumper pal died of cancer. Rory Gilsenan, aged 50, was


finally diagnosed with an aggressive form of the disease after his family refused to accept the initial diagnosis and took him to A&E. Following a second operation last year, Rory is now facing an extended period of

rehabilitation to regain his mobility because of a stroke before Christmas last year. His wife Vanessa said: “We first realised something was wrong when Rory started losing his speech and appeared confused. The doctor said he was stressed and grieving after losing his friend Tim Stockdale to stomach cancer in November 2018. But we realised it was more than that and refused to let it go. To be told that he had a brain tumour was earth shattering. “He had an initial operation in December 2018 and, incredibly, he was back in the saddle just five weeks later. He managed to carry on riding throughout radiotherapy and chemotherapy and the tumour was stable for a while but, sadly, we were later told that it was growing again and Rory underwent further surgery in September.” Within days of being discharged from hospital, Rory was able to

attend a pre-Horse of the Year Show event at Addington Manor Equestrian Centre, but soon after that he had problems with speech and his peripheral vision and had a stroke on 20th December. He was back in hospital for a month with some physiotherapy but discharged in mid-January, paralysed down his right side and barely able to speak. The Gilsenan family is working with the charity Brain Tumour Research and shared Rory’s story during the recent Brain Tumour Awareness Month to raise

Rory after first surgery in December 2018

Roy attending HOYS 2019, two weeks after second surgery

Rory hacking out with Charlotte du Jardin in August 2019

Horses looking for new homes...


edwings Horse Sanctuary is urging horse owners to look towards registered welfare charities when searching for a companion horse or pony for their equine. Companions can provide excellent company for those retired from work, as well as young and other non-ridden horses, or can simply make great family pets in their own right. Companions also play an integral role in the wellbeing of horses in work; they can provide them with invaluable friendship when they are not being schooled or in competition and even act as calming travel buddies. Redwings has been rehoming rescued horses and ponies through its Guardianship Scheme for fifteen years, either to be ridden, as unbacked projects or non-ridden companions. Currently, Redwings has about thirty horses and ponies of all sizes looking for new homes now. www.redwings.org.uk/rehoming


awareness of the disease. Rory’s family is concerned he was released without a rehabilitation plan in place and are currently relying on costly private physio treatment. They have been overwhelmed at the support they have received from family, friends, and the equestrian community. Vanessa said: “We have been so touched by the way people have stepped up to help fund treatment and a number of horsey people are donating their time and donating income from riding tuition. We are desperate to get Rory back on his feet and, if possible, on horseback too.” Irishman Rory, who has a yard at Goddington near Bicester and has four children, was diagnosed just weeks after celebrating his first Working Hunter title at the Horse of the Year Show in October 2018. He also took the championship at Hickstead that year despite having undergone months of gruelling chemotherapy. www.braintumour research.org

RHEA Asks...





o you ever get strange accounts follow you? Odd responses to questions on Instagram Stories? Or maybe even messages that you just feel uneasy about? As much as I love social media (and I really do!) this is definitely a downside of it, and one that seems to have grown over the last few months. Here, I’m going to help you manage the situation – how to spot fakes, and how to keep it real. So, the first thing that I want to say is that unless you buy followers (please don’t!) or likes (again, please don’t!), it’s not your fault that these strange or fake accounts follow you. You might have used a hashtag that has attracted them in some way, or given some other ‘signal’

that has allowed them to find you. Don’t overthink it – it’s exhausting and doesn’t help. If you’ve used social media correctly, it’s simply one of those things that comes with it. It’s annoying, you can block them if you like, and that’s entirely up to you. They’re not going to help you through their following if they’re fake and they’ll likely vanish on their own in the not too distant future anyway, but that’s absolutely your call. Now, moving on a bit, let’s look at ‘strange’ accounts, responses and DMs. I’m not talking of abusive comments or trolling here, but more those spammy comments that have no relation to anything you’ve said. I occasionally get people posting about Bitcoin when I’ve posted a picture of my horse, for example. On Instagram, you can swipe

across on the comment, hit the exclamation mark and report as Spam. I do this. More because it just annoys me. I’ve also received odd ‘hello’ or slightly strange messages that are perhaps a little too familiar in my DMs. I usually delete. If it happens again, I block. You might want to go straight for blocking… Last but not least, let’s chat about a more negative side. Trolling. Or, on the lower end of the scale, negativity. If you’ve had a comment on a post that is negative and it’s upset you – delete it. If you are being trolled there are a few ways to handle this. Some people answer troll based comments with factual information, some people delete, block and report the accounts. And if these things escalate and the person becomes threatening, you need to report to the police too. You shouldn’t be afraid to do this. One final thought I want to leave you on – you have the power to control what you see and who you interact with. Don’t be afraid to delete or block or report. It’s up to you what you consume.

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When to act If your horse exhibits these symptoms, it may be suffering from pollen allergies, also known as Seasonal Allergic Rhinitis. To establish what exactly is causing discomfort in your horse, it is best to consult your vet sooner rather than later. It’s important to pursue treatment because, if left untreated, the lung inflammation associated with uncontrolled allergies can make your horse more susceptible to respiratory infections.


A physical examination, together with possible BY DR JESSICA MAY OF FIRSTVET diagnostic tests, will be required to rule out other potential causes as the symptoms of s the sun begins to begin to bloom (although it is seasonal allergic rhinitis are shine, bees become worth noting that similar similar to other ailments, such busier, and flowers reactions can also be caused by as viral respiratory infections. If begin to blossom, one thing is dust mites or mould spores your horse is diagnosed with becoming certain - Spring is year-round). To help spot and pollen allergies, there are steps upon us. treat allergies and irritation, Dr. you can take to reduce the signs, Whilst most of us will welcome Jessica May, the lead vet at video ease your horse’s discomfort and this change in season, vet service FirstVet offers expert have them out and about in no remove microbes and debris, by embracing the longer days that guidance. continuously sweeping irritants time. can be spent outside with our What to look out Typically, the first step in up and out of the lungs. horses, many of us will also be for If your horse’s respiratory system treatment involves avoiding reaching for antihistamines as pollen as much as possible. This Horses’ noses act like an air filter, is sensitive to pollen, it’s likely those pesky pollen allergies containing a layer of sticky the delicate lining of the airways can mean putting specific begin to flare up. measures in place during the mucus and tiny hairs to help will become irritated. The Unfortunately, these allergies parts of the year when these prevent dirt and dust from resulting inflammation will don’t just stop with humans. allergies are likely to occur, often present symptoms such as Pollen irritation is also common entering the lungs. The large between April and September. airways in the lungs also have a coughing, head shaking, in horses, and reactions are As a general rule, I’d advise the protective lining of mucus and lethargy, lost concentration, often more frequently reported following: microscopic hair-like projections, poor performance, behavioural in Spring, as this is the time • Avoid allowing your horse called cilia, which trap and problems, and eye discharge. when many plants and trees



outside during the early hours of the day. Typically, pollen counts are at their highest between 5am and 10am, so if you’re used to exercising your horse first thing, a switch in routine may be necessary. • When outside, protect your horse with physical barriers such as pollen nets or facemasks. These can be worn when out on a hack, and when grazing the field. • Where possible, avoid locations where you know there are particularly troublesome pollens, like Oilseed Rape.

STRANGLES ALLIANCE LAUNCHES NATIONAL WEEK OF ACTION peaking out about Strangles is the focus of a new national week of action announced at the National Equine Forum by some of the UK’s largest equine welfare organisations. For the first time, the Animal Health Trust, the British Horse Society, Keeping Britain’s Horses Healthy, Redwings Horse Sanctuary, Scotland’s Rural College and World Horse Welfare have brought together their experiences and expertise to create Strangles Awareness Week. The aim of the Week, which will run from 4th to 10th May, is to provide an opportunity for horse owners, livery yard managers, vets and professionals, including farriers and equine


BETA SAFETY WEEK RETURNS FOR 2020 When it’s time for medication If you have taken the above measures but notice that your horse’s health still isn’t improving, it’s important to speak with your vet about prescription medication. This may be required to manage their acute respiratory distress or, at a maintenance level, to reduce chronic inflammation. This is especially important during high-risk periods of the year, to improve their health and wellbeing. By speaking with your vet, you will be able to create a treatment plan to help your horse feel better in no time! www.firstvet.com/uk

dentists, to share their stories of Strangles to tackle stigma and prompt more to take proactive action to protect their horses from infectious disease. Details of how everyone can get involved with Strangles Awareness Week will be shared soon!


ETA Safety Week, the annual awarenessraising initiative flying the flag for rider safety and the importance of safety gear that is correctly fitted, fastened and up to standard, is back for its third year. This crucial campaign, running from now until 5th April, is supported by many of the sport’s top riders and organisations, including British Riding Clubs and the Mark Davies Injured Riders Fund. BETA will also be working in collaboration with Air Ambulance UK for the first time to reflect the work that it does among the equestrian community.

BETA Safety Week encourages riders to visit participating BETA retailers for free checks and reliable advice on all aspects of safety gear and equipment such as hi-viz, footwear, riding hats and body protectors.



he 28th National Equine Forum, held in London recently, sparked animated interaction from around the globe. As well as attracting delegates from many of the UK’s leading equestrian organisations on the day, the event was livestreamed in twenty-three countries and generated unprecedented social media engagement. Leading names in the veterinary, charitable and equestrian sectors shared their knowledge and encouraged discussion to help the industry move forward in the best way for our horses. You can watch all the presentations and discussions on NEF’s YouTube channel www.youtube.com/c/nationalequineforum


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The Nature Reserve on the Farm Westgate is based in Northumberland in an area of large scale opencast mining. The largest hole in Europe was once in their back garden! Now restored the mined land has come back to the farm. Rather than see it all put back into the harness of intensive agriculture, they have made the enlightened decision to allow it to regenerate more naturally and establish it as a nature reserve. Fifty acres have been planted with mixed native woodland species including pines in the hope of extending the habitats of nearby red squirrels. A stream opens out in several places to form three large ponds and the remaining acreage is made up of wetland, grassland and thicket areas. Some of the first trees are has always been in the results pushing up above head height and expert veterinary approved and the area is already teeming follow-up advice which is all part with bird, plant and animal of being a Westgate customer. species. Four retail test kits are available Not only is this valuable habitat for horse worm egg counts, but also an important carbon pinworm tests, avian worm sequestration resource that far counts and a faecal sand test for exceeds the four tonnes to be horses to help guard against the offset by current business use. risks of sand colic –that won the Calculations estimate four Judge’s Choice award at the mature trees are needed to




or 21-years Westgate has been leading the field in sustainable parasite control by providing a range of horse health tests to target wormers only where they’re needed. They’ve now taken the next step in environmental responsibility and unveiled a range of retail packs in new compostable pouches featuring a unique zero waste design. You might also want to hear about a seventythree acre nature reserve they’re rewilding on the family farm. Compostable Packaging From April 2020 retail packs of Westgate tests will be available in new compostable packs. The


innovative design enables the company to take responsibility for the journey – and the waste - of their entire product from start to finish. The test kits are supplied in strong paper-based pouches that are re-sealable and become the envelope used to return the samples to the lab. Once processed this material is composted to be used as fertiliser for tree planting on the new nature reserve. Repurposing the pouches, adding a compostable glove and moving information online to a more media rich format means the customer is left with nothing behind. Consumers can also login to the Westgate website to view a full history of their test results. Further intangible value

help support your horse’s health, and the environment.” A video about the new nature reserve is well worth a watch on their social media channels.

offset one tonne of CO2. A public bridleway runs through the site and both staff and locals enjoy walking and riding through the paths that Westgate Managing Director, David Booth maintains on his tractor. He commented: “The environment has always been important to us since we first pioneered our postal worm count service to encourage the sustainable use of wormers. We’re delighted to be able to take these next important steps in our environmental responsibility and continue to do what we can to build a business that really makes a difference. We hope you share our ethos too and choose us to

Doing Good Is Good Business The business ethos is founded on improving the health of horses and other grazing animals. Gold standard parasite control might not be glamorous but they don’t mind. Every day Westgate help hundreds of owners, vets and yard managers to navigate what can be a confusing aspect of their horse’s wellbeing. Being able to make a difference in this way and in turn contribute to the bigger picture of slowing drug resistance and preserving the longevity of chemical wormers is a great thing. Add in their environmental credentials and best practice parasite control should really add to your warm fuzzies! www.westgatelabs.co.uk





recent survey has found that horse owners feel reasonably confident when it comes to managing minor wounds. All owners surveyed had a horse first aid box. The results show that there is room to increase owner confidence when considering what to stock in their first aid box and knowing when to seek veterinary advice. The survey, conducted within online horse owner groups by Vita Animal Health, revealed an overall confidence of 81% when managing minor wounds. The survey found that only 7% of horse owners seek advice from a vet for wounds that they consider to be minor and 44% of horse owners would wait for a couple of days to call a vet if the wound is not healing. The majority of first aid boxes contain topical treatments and the most common treatment option by horse owners for minor wounds is a cream or ointment with 71% applying these. Most also contained antiseptic, bandage and poultice materials, but there was a wide variety in the products that horse owners preferred. Registered vet nurse and head of sales at Vita, Tara Evans, says, “Our survey highlighted that owners are less confident with the best type

Vita are makers of Omnimatrix skin regeneration cream, which is available exclusively through vet practices. The cream can be used during all stages of wound healing, supporting the skin’s natural healing, and providing an antiseptic environment.

of first aid treatments to use. A cream which can be used at all stages of wound healing is important. We would encourage owners to seek veterinary advice about which types of cream to use.” Tara says, “Horse wound healing is prone to complications. We would advise owners to speak with their vet if a wound is not healing rapidly.” Vita Animal Health have put together an owner guide for wound management in horses: www.vita-europe.com/ animalhealth/news/wound-healing-in-horses

Importance of Sterile Wound Care...


ne of the major factors in delaying wound healing is the onset of infection; once an infection becomes established it can be a long road to recovery. The time between an injury occurring and receiving treatment is critical as infection can take hold in as


little as six hours, even in what looks like a relatively minor wound. When treating a wound, it is vital to ensure that all wound care products are sterile to avoid contamination in the process of dressing, especially as they will come into direct contact with the wound. Every first aid kit should contain wound dressings such as Skintact from Robinson Animal Healthcare, which is available in a range of different sizes that are presented in sterile packaging. The size of the dressing should fit the size of the wound to avoid having to cut down to

size, as any unnecessary handling could contaminate the dressing. Wounds are able to heal quicker in a moisture-controlled environment as the new epithelial cells can move around more easily, allowing the damaged tissue to repair, leading to faster healing. Wound hydrogels can both donate moisture and absorb excess exudate providing a more controlled wound environment. They also act by gently debriding wounds and rehydrating necrotic tissue which will then be removed from the wound surface.

It is also important to regularly check the expiry date on sterile products and discard and replace those that have expired. While the product inside could still be perfectly useable, the sterile barrier within the package may have deteriorated. If infection is allowed to take hold, particularly in the case of a puncture wound, this can lead to much more serious complications as the infection can potentially spread to the bones or joints which can be difficult to treat. www.robinsonanimal healthcare.com


Has Just Got Easier!

ould you like to improve the health and performance of your horse? Well now you can as a new pulsed electromagnetic field (PEMF) therapy is available in the United Kingdom. PEMF therapy is a safe and effective, drug-free alternative therapy that results in performance enhancement, health maintenance and healing. Pulse E.R based at Barcham Farm Stables near Ely, Cambridgeshire is run by certified practitioner Dr Charlie Hicks-Little. Currently, Charlie is the only equine PEMF therapist with a Pulse EQ-XX machine in the country. She recently relocated from the United States where equine PEMF therapy is extremely popular across all equine disciplines. With extensive experience and an unprecedented success rate, Pulse E.R provides equine therapy services specialised to optimise your horse’s overall health and performance. The state-of-the-art system and loop therapy technique utilised by Pulse E.R allows for targeted treatment at varying magnetic field strength and intensity to specialise treatments for your horse. PEMF creates a gently pulsing electromagnetic field which restores the health of


horses at a cellular level by stimulating cell metabolism. Cellular exercise is unique to PEMF therapy, the pulsing magnetic field brings the cells back into electrical balance, increasing nutrient circulation and oxygen flow and allows waste and toxins to be released. The magnetic field is attracted to stressed cells, causing more cellular exercise to take place in areas where the cells are weak. When cells are properly charged and functioning, pain is

reduced, inflammation is decreased, range of motion is increased, stress is reduced, and the body’s healing abilities are accelerated allowing the horse to perform at its best. PEMF is not just for competition horses, every horse will benefit from PEMF by Pulse E.R as it will help any metabolic issue, immune issue or injury. Equine athletes across the world in every discipline are using and benefitting from the phenomenal success of PEMF therapy. Whether the discipline demands power, strength,

speed, stamina or overall conformation and muscle tone regular PEMF therapy by Pulse E.R will help. PEMF can be administered pre-event to prepare for exercise or competition, post-event to enhance recovery and during injury rehabilitation to assist in repair and healing. There are no detrimental side effects of PEMF treatment, horses love it and most riders notice a difference after just one Pulse E.R session. Charlie brings an exceptional level of knowledge, enthusiasm, dedication and experience to her work as a practitioner that makes her treatment plans a success. So, whether your horse is an elite competitive athlete or a recreational pleasure ride, contact Charlie today so Pulse E.R can customise therapy for your horse. www.pulse-er.com


NUTRITION: LAMINITIS • There is unfortunately no absolute information available on what a safe limit of starch and sugar intake is. The best By Deborah advice currently is to soak hay Leabeater MSc, in clean water (changed daily) CBiol, MRIB. ideally for over six hours in cold Nutrition weather or 1-2 hours in warm Consultant at conditions will further reduce Equine America the water soluble carbohydrates • Including a small amount of clean straw may increase chewing time • Use small holed or double nets infection and supporting limb inflammatory laminitis, which is to increase feeding time, and problems can also result in usually rapid in onset. place in different locations to inflammatory laminitis. Practical and encourage movement and Recent studies describe a further Nutritional foraging behaviour cause - endocrine or hormonal Management • Limit or control access to dysfunction, either from • Call your vet! Laminitis from pasture either using a muzzle, Cushings Disease – more inflammatory causes needs or using a track system rather commonly called PPID (Pars prompt action to reduce than strip grazing to Pituitary Intermedia inflammation and pain, and encourage movement Dysfunction), or a range of prevent excessive damage to • Provide essential minerals and syndromes known as Equine the laminae and possible pedal vitamins via a supplement to Metabolic Syndrome (EMS). bone rotation. Similarly, meet key requirements for These disorders are characterised laminitis arising from general health and recovery, by, amongst other symptoms, hormonal imbalances will need without feeding unnecessary obesity and insulin your vet to identify and calories dysregulation (IR) and may have possibly treat the underlying • Consider including additional a genetic basis – with a higher cause dietary supplements such as incidence in native ponies and • A dietary strategy and exercise pre and probiotics to help some draught breeds. programme to help reduce restore a healthy gut The reasons why higher than obesity (if present) and microbiome. normal insulin levels can cause improve insulin regulation is • Discuss a planned and laminitis are not fully required monitored exercise programme understood, but may be • Aim to feed not more than 1.4- with your vet once the horse is associated with higher levels of 1.7% of bodyweight per day. sound. a special protein in the body (A weightape or a weighbridge • There is increasing evidence for which cause blood vessels to can help monitor weight and providing additional plantnarrow, reducing blood supply weight-loss progress) based antioxidant and antito the peripheral circulation, and • Provide a low starch and sugar inflammatory support through especially the hooves. This can diet, with most important carefully selected supplements result in a narrowing and nutrients provided through which may also include folic stretching of the cells in the low specification forage such acid, magnesium and laminae, and which seems to as late cut, stalky (but clean) cinnamon (a natural source of occur gradually, before hay which has lower soluble chromium). symptoms become obvious to carbohydrate levels www.equine-america.co.uk the owner – in contrast to the


istorically, laminitis was thought have an inflammatory cause, arising from sudden excessive intake of lush pasture or overconsumption of cereals high in sugars and starch, much of which ends up in the hindgut and is fermented by microbes, rather than being digested by enzymes in the upper part of the gut. This fermentation of these water-soluble carbohydrates results in alterations in the hindgut microbiome, leading to damaging changes in the internal environment of the gut. Although not fully understood, it is thought that inflammatory responses to these changes in the gut microbiome, ultimately affect blood supply to the feet, via a series of inflammatory chemicals. The damage from free radicals and lack of nutrients from the reduced blood supply causes damage to the cells of the laminae in the hoof, resulting in severe pain, lameness and damage to the hoof structures. Excessive concussion from working on hard ground, retained placenta, systemic





n appeal by the team at Bransby Horses, following a difficult year which saw nearly half of their land under water, has led to TopSpec donating a brand new weighbridge to the charity. Portable weighbridges allow for accurate weight monitoring which is essential for planning feed regimes, monitoring health and also to ensure correct dosage of medication. The team were delighted when TopSpec stepped in and offered to provide this vital piece of equipment for the new site at Barlings. Stef Leversedge, Assistant Farm Manager at the Bransby Horses’ Barlings site said: “When TopSpec donated a weighbridge to us, we were blown away by this generous gift. We would have had to have paid thousands of pounds for this, but they were so kind to offer it to us without cost, saving the charity a

Left to right – TopSpec Business Development Manager, Lizzie Reid; TopSpec Veterinary Nutrition Director, Anna Welch and Bransby Horses Assistant Farm Manager, Stef Leversedge with Trewyn on the new weighbridge

Mollichaff Donkey is a highly palatable complete feed which is low in sugar, starch and energy and is suitable for donkeys, mules, horses and ponies that are prone to laminitis. www.horsehage.co.uk


significant amount of money. “A huge thank you to TopSpec for this gift; it means the world to us!” Added TopSpec Nutrition Director, Nicola Tyler: “When we heard about the difficult time Bransby Horses had faced due to the adverse weather we were happy to step in and provide the weighbridge. “The information gained for each horse and pony when they are weighed is vital for working out a correct feed regime for them to keep them in the best of health whatever their age or condition.” Bransby Horses has been using TopSpec feed for a number of years and work closely with the company’s team of vets and nutritionists, especially when a rescued horse has challenging dietary needs. The correct nutrition is crucial for recovery.

Suggested Products...

High Fibre HorseHage is made from a selected mix of grasses that are higher in fibre and lower in protein. Due to the particular fermentation process, it has a sugar level that is considerably lower than a typical hay sample. Mollichaff Alfalfa Oil is made from pure alfalfa with a generous dressing of pure soya oil. It contains no molasses and provides a medium level of energy. Both www.horsehage.co.uk

Lamigard Advanced Care Pellets deliver a unique approach to the nutritional management and metabolic support for horses and ponies prone to laminitis. Lamigard Advanced Care Pellets are low in sugar and starch, high fibre, easy to feed and suitable for horses and ponies on very low, or no other concentrate feed. RRP: £40.


igh sugar and starch levels in feed and forage are now well known to be linked to chronic and acute episodes of laminitis. Owners of laminitis prone horses (as well as those suffering from other metabolic problems such as EMS) will pay strict attention to feed labels to ensure it contains low levels of sugar and starch. It is also becoming increasingly well known that sugar levels in hay can often be too high for some horses and ponies, resulting in the need to soak to bring sugar down to safe levels. However, without knowing what the sugar levels are in the hay prior to and after soaking, this method is not only time consuming and awkward but can be un-precise and too much sugar could remain in the hay. Often the forage will need to be spun in a washing machine like action to force enough sugar from the fibres. A more specific method would involve nutritionally testing the hay before and after soaking to be sure of residual sugar levels, but this is costly and very difficult when using hay from different sources or batches. Many horse owners have now


WHY OUR TIMOTHY HAYLAGE IS SUITABLE Claire Burrow BSc (Hons) from Devon Haylage explains more...

discovered the wonders of Devon Haylage Timothy for providing super amounts of fibre, with low energy and consistently low sugar levels. Forageplus undertake our annual forage testing and explain that it is the ESC (Ethanol Soluble Carbohydrate) levels in forage, rather than the WSC, which must be scrutinised for laminitis sufferers. ESC’s are the simple sugars which are digested in the foregut and raise insulin levels. High circulating blood insulin results in a higher risk of laminitis. Combining the ESC figure with the starch level, gives a much better idea of the suitability of that forage for laminitis sufferers. The combined ESC and starch should be less than 10%; our Timothy contains just 5.4 % ESC + starch

‘as fed’ and is becoming the ‘go to’ forage choice, providing peace of mind for the owner but also supplying a highly palatable, high fibre, high dry matter forage for the horse which is fantastic for overall health. By simply feeding our Timothy haylage alongside some salt plus a suitable

balancer or adding certain herbal supplements to complement the forage, many owners have found that Timothy is the only feed that they need and even when fed on a free choice basis, horses can be seen to thrive and maintain a steady healthy weight. www.devonhaylage.co.uk

Lamigard TRT Regular Solution is a carefully formulated blend of ingredients to provide nutritional and antioxidant support for horses and ponies, and can be used both at higher levels for short term benefit, and maintenance levels for long term health. RRP £44.99. Both www.equine-america.co.uk



By Dr Tom Shurlock of The Golden Paste Company



one Spavin, Bog Spavin, Bowed Tendons, Capped Hocks, Knee Spavin, Osselets, Shin Splints, Speedy Cut, Sprained Suspensory Ligament, Stocking, Thoroughpin Bursal, Wind Galls…are just some joint problems associated with the horse. Within this colourful language are some consistent and serious conditions, based around dysfunction of the structure of the joints. More specifically, it is


around the joints between long bones and so relating to limb function and mobility. OCD, osteoarthritis and inflamed ligaments broadly cover these conditions and are expressions of the interaction between bone and cartilage maintenance; there is a continuous cycle of degeneration and renewal, which is perfectly normal. However, age, impact, constant wear and tear, and specific joint diseases can all move this cycle

into a downward spiral of decay. To combat this, the body releases pro-inflammatory factors that ’ring fence’ damaged tissue, and then initiates repair mechanisms that effect regeneration. Ideally, once repair is completed, antiinflammatory factors, often related to the pro-inflammatory cues, open up the area, allowing the repair debris to be flushed away. Unfortunately in the case of constantly challenged regions,

such as joints, there is a chronic release of inflammatory factors; the result of exercise, impact and even age, can keep up a constant release of cytokines that cascade down the control mechanisms and inhibit the repair process. At the same time, oxidative factors add to the necrotic processes, both of which contribute to OCD, arthritis etc. Although specific situations may benefit from the supplementation of recognised

ingredients, such as chondroitin – although there are dietary precursors in a normal equine diet, these metabolites need to reach the sites of repair; and so inflammation and oxidation have to be addressed. TurmerAid is a supplementary feed that has been designed to provide the optimal delivery of turmeric bioactives to the body. Presence of pepper, yucca, linseed oil etc, helps both the absorption of turmeric components, but also helps extend their activity within the body. Turmeric contains over twohundred bioactive elements; broadly divided into terpenoids (the essential oils), curcumoids (the characteristic colourants) and the curcuminoids (polyphenols – curcumin). Curcumin, the major curcuminoid, is known as a powerful antioxidant. Not only does it mop up free radicals (destructive oxidative by-products of inefficient metabolism), it also helps reduce lipid peroxidation. Lipid peroxidation is directly involved in suppressing collagen synthesis and encouraging collagen breakdown, both resulting in cartilage destruction, and subsequent OCD. Terpenoids act in a slightly different way. By supporting processes that reduce the release of interleukins and necrosis factors, oxidative stress is reduced and collagen destructive

factor MMP is reduced. As the main action of turmeric is to help optimise the antioxidative and inflammatory interplay, which occurs whenever a horse is being active, TurmerAid is recommended for all breeds and ages. Obviously, some horses are more prone to joint problems, although age-related stiffness is a universal condition. There are other actions of turmeric that impact on many aspects of wellbeing, such as its role in supporting insulin sensitivity and glycaemic suppression of inflammation, and therefore TurmerAid is suitable for all horses at all times. Its interaction with supporting mechanisms that offset chronic inflammation and oxidation make it ideal as a joint support, and it also works with other supplements. Research has shown that the active life of curcumin can be extended with bioactives that are present in TurmerAid. On its own curcumin has a very short active life in the body, but can last for several hours within the matrix of TurmerAid. This means there is no loading dose and, when fed at a minimum of twice a day as a top dressing, will provide a functional level to help maintain normal systems. www.goldenpaste company.com




TurmerAid, from The Golden Paste Company, is a natural turmeric supplement for horses which supports healthy joints, aids digestion and promotes a healthy skin and coat. The only pelleted turmeric supplement on the market, TurmerAid is carefully formulated with key ingredients for maximum absorption and bioavailability. The complete turmeric pellet contains a minimum 5.1% curcumin, yucca, black pepper, linseed and apple cider vinegar. The yucca is added to aid digestion and have positive effects on the microflora that occur naturally in the horse’s gut. RRP: £19.99 (2kg tub). www.goldenpastecompany.com

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ne of the questions I ask when on consultation is how much, weight wise of forage and hard feed, the horse is receiving. Being honest, not many people are able to answer, and at best give me a rough estimate. We are all so familiar talking in cups, scoops, nets or sections that it can come as quite a shock, so don’t worry you are not alone. It really is so important however to know the weight of your forage and hard feed. Not knowing can lead to under or over feeding, which in turn can lead to a whole host of other issues from gastric ulcers through to obesity and various problems in between. What we need to remember is that the volume of feed is very different to weight. A scoop of a short-chopped fibre may weigh 400g or less, whereas a mix in the same scoop may weigh 1kg and a cube equivalent 1.8kg. As you can see from this the volume remains the same,


but the weight can differ massively. Even within similar types of feeds e.g. comparing just cubes this weight could vary. The same is also true of forage. Knowing the weight of the hay or haylage you are feeding will ensure you remain consistent on a daily basis. If you do need to adjust, you have a good starting point to work from and information you can readily provide to your vet if required. Investing in a single spring balance that the whole yard can use is cheap and only takes a few seconds to use each time you fill a net. In terms of hard feed if you are feeding below the recommended amount of hard feed you may need to consider moving to a lower calorie feed you can feed more of or adding a balancer in order for your horse to receive all the necessary vitamins and minerals. Remember that when you weigh the feed to use the dry weight. This is the weight before you have added water, for example in the case of a

mash or sugar beet. Once you have weighed the feed once and know the weight you can continue to use a scoop, however if you change manufacturer or adjust quantities I would always check again. Following these

tips will help you have a more accurate account of what your horse receives to help you support all-round health. www.thehorsefeed guru.com

ISSUE Weighty




orses are highly sensitive to dust and mould particles therefore excessive inhalation of these could lead to breathing problems, both short and long term. The longer the distance travelled, the greater the chance of problems occurring even under the most seemingly ideal travelling conditions. Respiratory conditions can be very damaging to a horse’s performance, so it is crucial that preventative measures are applied with precision and care. Haygain is the only scientifically proven way to purify hay and eliminate 99% of the dust particles, mould, fungi and bacteria that can cause irreversible damage to your horse’s respiratory and digestive health. Therefore, it is recommended to feed Haygain steamed hay at home, on the road and away at competitions. Haygain steamers come in a variety of sizes but it is the HG One that is ideal for riders who frequently travel and stay away at shows. The lightweight and compact design fits

on a lorry with ease and sits neatly outside the horse’s temporary stable making feeding easy. Steamed hay is also incredibly palatable so if your horse can be a fussy eater away at a show then the HG One is a must. For riders who travel to international shows, where they sometimes have to feed local hay, steaming can ensure that there are no contaminants to irritate the respiratory or digestive system. International dressage rider, Louise Bell who recently took her HG One to the VR Classics World Cup Dressage, Neumünster Germany where she was competing in the Grand Prix, commented; “I never leave for a competition without my HG One steamer. My horses travel with freshly steamed hay and I take a few haynets pre-steamed as it lasts for 24-hours. They arrive at their destination hydrated, healthy and ready to compete and Dynamo eats up all his steamed hay during the show too! Haygain is an essential part of our travelling routine.” Haygain steamers are delighted to be able to offer the opportunity to ‘try before you buy’ on their range of steamers. To take advantage of this offer just call the Haygain customer service department on 01488 854005. www.haygain.co.uk




Mollichaff HoofKind Complete is a complete high fibre feed designed for the nutritional support of horses and ponies prone to laminitis. It is made from a balanced blend of high quality oat straw, dried alfalfa and fibre pellets and is topped with a light dressing of soya oil with added vitamins and minerals, trace elements, antioxidants and biotin. Low in starch, sugar, protein and calories and high in fibre, Mollichaff HoofKind Complete does not contain any cereals and provides limited, controlled energy from high quality digestible fibre and oil-based ingredients, making it an excellent feed for good doers as well as those that are prone to laminitis. It contains a broad spectrum vitamin and mineral supplement and when fed at the recommended levels to horses or ponies at rest or in light work, it can be fed as the sole bucket feed and needs no further supplementation other than good quality forage. www.horse hage.co.uk

RRP: Haygain HG One £725

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Best Protein Quality Soya Beans

rotein provided by soya beans has the best amino acid profile of all possible protein sources available for inclusion in horse feed. This is why it is commonly included in feeds for performance horses, for muscle build and function, and for breeding and youngstock, for growth and development. Soya beans are also a rich source of oil and, while they generally do not grow in the UK, some are grown in Europe, and there has been progress with varieties which are more able to flourish in our climate. Soya (beans) can be included in feeds as: - Micronised – the whole beans are cooked, with infrared heat (like toasting), and rolled flat, to improve digestibility. Micronised soya beans provide good levels of oil and energy. - Meal – what is left once the oil has been extracted from the beans and is

il is an excellent way to add energy/calories to the equine diet compared to a starchy cereal-based diet as it is more easily digested.


Linseed oil (also known as flaxseed oil) is used in Mollichaff Veteran. It provides a good source of vitamin E – an antioxidant which can help support a healthy immune system and maintain healthy nerve and muscle function.



Linseed Oil

It is also rich in essential fatty acids, particularly Omega 3 with its anti-inflammatory properties, and Omega 6. These fatty acids are essential for healthy cell membranes and cannot be made by the horse and so need to be provided in the diet. therefore a more concentrated source of protein, rich in essential amino acids, especially lysine. - Hulls – the outer husk of the soya bean, which is a rich source of highly digestible ‘superfibres’, with some protein. - Oil – soya oil is highly palatable and supplies ‘slow release’ calories. It may be included in pellets or cubes or as part of a coating for coarse mixes or chaffs. www.baileyshorsefeeds.co.uk

Linseed oil is also known for its properties as a digestive aid and it helps to promote condition and a healthy, glossy coat. www.horsehage.co.uk

Fibre ibre provides the main ingredient in all Mollichaff products and its importance in the equine diet cannot be stressed enough. In the wild, horses will graze for up to eighteen hours a day, covering many miles in doing so. They are natural ‘trickle’ feeders and have evolved to utilise a high fibre diet, using bacterial fermentation in a highly developed large intestine. Low levels of fibre, or poor quality fibre in the diet puts horses at serious risk of problems so ideally there should be a continuous flow of fibre coming through to help protect the stomach. Fibre is also


important to help satisfy a stabled horse’s psychological need to chew. (In comparison to regular concentrate feeds which can require as few as 1200 chews per kilo, Mollichaff requires up to 8000). This vital fibre can be provided from several sources, depending upon the variety of Mollichaff, and includes the highest quality, dust-extracted oat and wheat straws, dried grass and dried alfalfa. Fibre pellets are also added as another source of fibre to provide a variety of texture for the horse or pony. www.horsehage.co.uk

Micronised wheat

Rich Fibre Sources Oatfeed ssentially the fibrous husks and outer layer of the grain, which are left after oats have been milled for human consumption. It is usually included as a pellet or incorporated into a pellet with other ingredients and is a useful low starch source of digestible fibre. www.baileyshorsefeeds.co.uk



Nutritionally Improved Straw (NIS) Wheatfeed gain, this is left over from the milling of wheat into flour for humans. It was known traditionally as ‘middlings’ and is the outer layer of the wheat grain plus some residual inner grain. Wholemeal and brown breads, considered healthy for humans, still contain these outer parts of the grains. Wheatfeed supplies fibre and protein and provides more energy (calories) than oatfeed as it has higher residual starch content.


traw is a source of fibre but contains a high percentage of lignin, the structural fibre found in mature stems, which is less digestible. To render it more digestible it is ‘nutritionally improved’, and could be termed ‘partially’ or ‘pre-digested’ straw as the process used is very similar to the first stages of digestion. It is treated using natural compounds which leave the lignin softer and more digestible making it a useful source of fibre in lower energy feeds to help maintain overall dietary levels of fibre for healthy digestion. www.baileyshorsefeeds.co.uk


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ea-sacc, which is one of the ingredients of Mollichaff Condition Complete, is a natural live yeast culture based on the Saccharomyces cerevisiae strain 1026. It is used as a feed additive to stimulate the microbial population present in the horse’s digestive system and helps to maintain levels of fibre-digesting bacteria in the hindgut. It can help to aid protein digestion as well as the absorption of phosphorous and calcium, which are particularly important for horses in hard work, young stock and lactating mares. The horse’s digestion takes place through the process of fermentation in the hind gut which is full of naturallyoccurring microbial bacteria which break down the fibre in the horse’s diet. It is important that a balance is achieved between the beneficial and harmful bacteria in order to maintain a healthy digestive system which, in turn, can help to promote a healthy immune system. www.horsehage.co.uk

Readily Digestible Cereals

ereals provide energy, primarily in the form of starch, a complex carbohydrate consisting of chains of glucose molecules packed into granules. The starch in some cereals is more easily digested than in others – oats, for example, are the easiest to digest and are fed ‘raw’, while all other cereals must be cooked (processed) to improve the digestibility of their starch content. Starch provides ‘fast release’ energy because it is readily digested and absorbed, by the small intestine, as glucose. This is the main food for the brain and other organs so is vital to help the competition horse maintain concentration and stamina so a complete exclusion of starch and sugars from the diet is not necessarily a good thing. Glucose is stored in the muscles as glycogen and can be utilised by the horse’s muscles at all work intensities. Different cooking techniques may be used but all work by breaking down the large starch molecules in a process known as gelatinisation. This increases the surface area accessible to digestive enzymes and maximises the chance of the starch being digested and absorbed in the foregut, where it should be. Much of the risk associated with feeding cereals is due to undigested starch reaching the hindgut and upsetting the microbial balance that exists there. This can result from the consumption of un-, or poorly, cooked cereals or over-large meals, which result in feed passing out of the horse’s small stomach before it is properly digested. www.baileyshorsefeeds.co.uk


25% Off TopSpec Performance Lite Feed Balancer


opSpec Performance Lite Feed Balancer is designed for good-doers in hard work. It is very important that this group of horses receive their full requirements of vitamins and minerals. And throughout April there is 25% off at participating retailers nationwide, whilst promotional stocks last! TopSpec Performance Lite Feed Balancer is a very palatable ‘non-heating’ feed that contains a multisupplement including the levels of micronutrients normally only found in high quality specialised supplements. It will not promote significant weight gain, but will help to maintain healthy enzyme function, support bone strength, greatly improve hoof quality and produce a supple skin with an exceptionally shiny coat. www.topspec.com


Micronised barley

RRP: £27.75/15kg

ut health expert, EquiBiome, is a strong advocate for a varied natural diet for horses to improve diversity in the microbiome of the gut which leads to improved health and performance. Over the last fifty years there has been a dramatic decrease in plants and hedgerows due to modern farming methods which have reduced the range of plants to a critical point, the loss of biodiversity means the average horse pasture may well lack important phytonutrients. Owners can take control and reintroduce these important plants to their horse’s diet by researching what might be of benefit, especially if it is a laminitic or has other health issues, and then get planting! Yarrow, Hawthorn, Willow and Milk Thistle are good allrounders to start with and by


simply allowing a pasture to go unsprayed, many plants will return. Some plants will need to be protected from horses until they become established. If you scatter seeds, wild flowers and native grasses may take a year to grow and some of the more popular wild flowers need a poor soil type to thrive and drainage is important for them too. Lots of EquiBiome customers have already improved gut diversity by introducing a variety of plants and herbs, including Wild Mint, Chamomile, Oregano and Basil, to their horse’s diet. Before you start to invest in improving your horse’s diet, the EquiBiome Test Kit will identify a gut imbalance and any other issues so you can then make the most appropriate choices to support your horse. The test kit is ordered online and once it arrives simply follow the instructions and return your

‘GROW YOUR OWN’ FOR A HEALTHIER HORSE horse’s faecal sample for testing. You will then receive a detailed report with recommendations to improve your horse’s gut health and the report will also identify any underlying issues.

A special year for the Original...


his year, British Horse Feeds is celebrating Speedi-Beet’s 21st Anniversary, a huge moment for the brand and a great opportunity to reflect on the product’s success over the years. Back in 1999 they revolutionised the way owners fed beet pulp. Speedi-Beet was created and thanks to its’ unique patented process, horse owners were able to feed a beet feed in just ten minutes. The feed has a high proportion of soluble fibre, mostly pectins, which means its fibre is more easily digested than that found in forage, making it a great source of non-heating slow release energy. British Horse Feeds created the well-

recognised product Fibre-Beet in 2007. A conditioning feed that is a carefully formulated combination of Speedi-Beet, alfalfa and oat fibre supplemented with biotin, sodium and calcium. In 2008, British Horse Feeds was awarded a Queen’s Award for Enterprise in the innovation category, an achievement the company is extremely proud of and was delighted that Speedi-Beet was recognised with this accolade. With no added molasses, Speedi-Beet is 95% sugar free which means the feed is suitable for horses and ponies prone to laminitis as part of a balanced diet. In 2018, Speedi-Beet became the first 10-

With the right management, based on facts not guess work, your horse’s gut health can be improved. www.equibiome.org

minute quick soaking beet pulp product to be awarded the Gastric Ulcer Feed Assurance Mark by the British Equestrian Trade Association, meaning that Speedi-Beet is suitable for horses and ponies prone to equine gastric ulcer syndrome as part of a balanced diet. www.british horsefeeds.com


NUTRITION hours a day, covering many miles in doing so, and are natural ‘trickle feeders’, by restricting their natural foraging habit by enclosing them in a stable overnight, they are more likely to consume their forage quickly, especially if it is fed from the floor or just a single net. This means they will then be left without sufficient fibre intake TOP UP FOR THE for several hours before being fed again in the morning and turned out again. When we talk about grazing for up to eighteen hours a day, this means within a twenty-four hour period rather than daylight hours, therefore it is very orse and pony owners puts horses at serious risk of important that enough forage is are becoming far more digestive problems. provided to ensure that the Many horses are turned out aware now of the horse is not left ‘fasting’ for during the day when weather importance of forage in their more than four hours. permits, but may be brought animals’ diets. This can be into a stable at night. Most Recommendations are that up owners will feed the horse’s last achieved by using to 100% of the equine diet bucket feed of the day and leave slow feeders or should be provided by forage. more than one a good-sized net of forage for The importance of fibre in the the horse to nibble on overnight hay net and equine diet is because the double-netting to and retire to bed happily, horse’s highly developed large extend their thinking of their animal intestine has evolved to use natural foraging bacterial fermentation to utilise snuggling down to rest on a habit overnight warm bed of fresh straw or high levels of fibre intake from as this is a highly shavings. many hours of grazing. motivated In reality, because horses in the Therefore low levels of fibre or wild will graze for up to eighteen behaviour and poor quality fibre in the diet



Equerry Conditioning Mash is a quicksoaking mash for horses that need to gain weight and condition. It is a ‘non-heating’ formula with low levels of starch and has a good level of protein for muscle development and topline. Highly-digestible fibre sources include sugar beet; while oil and linseed promote condition and a shiny coat. A high level of yeast promotes a healthy digestive system, with added vitamins and minerals including magnesium. RRP: £12.95. www.equerryhorsefeeds.com


will not interfere with the horse’s rest. Being without forage for more than four hours at a time may also lead to your horse eating his bedding or developing other bad habits such as cribbing or weaving. HorseHage offers two varieties of dust-free forage – High Fibre HorseHage and Timothy HorseHage - that are low in sugar, starch and energy and high in fibre and which can be safely fed to horses and ponies prone to laminitis. They are also ideal for horses and ponies that are good doers. HorseHage requires no soaking and splits easily into wedges for easy netting or can be fed from a slow feeder. www.horsehage.co.uk

High Fibre Cubes are a very high fibre, low starch and sugar cube offering advanced nutrition to your horse or pony. Designed to support maintenance to light work, whilst promoting optimum hind gut health and integrity, High Fibre Cubes contain XP yeast metabolites to support and promote beneficial bacteria and enhanced fibre fermentation. www.castlehorsefeeds.com



Moses modelling for the Happy Hoof packs with Spillers Brand Manager Kirstie Scott. Right: Moses and his friend Dansak wearing their party hats


pillers is celebrating Happy Hoof’s 20th Birthday with a new and improved recipe for their iconic high fibre feed, and Redwings pony Moses has put on his party hat to join the celebrations. Spillers Happy Hoof and Spillers Happy Hoof Molasses-Free now have an even lower starch and sugar content making them a safer choice for your horse or pony. Redwings’ miniature Shetland pony Moses stars as the handsome face of the new Happy Hoof bags and advertising. Spillers Happy Hoof and Spillers Happy Hoof Molasses-Free are both low calorie, high fibre feeds with less than 10% starch and sugar to produce a low insulin response. They are ideal for good doers such as native ponies like Moses, those prone to laminitis and those in light work. Both feeds have a full blend of vitamins and minerals for a balanced diet, plus 15 milligrams of biotin per 3kg serving, which is proven to support hoof health. They can be fed on their own, alongside a balancer to extend eating time or as a hay

replacer and are approved by the Laminitis Trust. The molasses-free version is especially for those who are concerned about molasses in their horse’s diet. Miniature Shetland pony Moses was born at Redwings Horse Sanctuary after his mum, Ruth, was rescued from common land in Lincolnshire. He has grown into a friendly and loving chap and is now an education pony, travelling to local events to help educate about the importance of equine welfare and raise awareness of the charity’s work. Steph Callen, Communications Manager at Redwings Horse Sanctuary said: “We are all very proud of the work Moses does to help raise awareness of Redwings. He takes everything in his stride and was a perfect model for the Spillers photoshoot!” www.spillers-feeds.com



Celebrating 21-years of being the original and the best, five lucky readers will receive a bag of British Horse Feeds, Speedi-Beet each. Speedi-Beet is a highly nutritious micronized (cooked) beet pulp feed which provides an excellent source of digestible fibre and is ideal for equines prone to laminitis as part of a balanced diet. Due to its unique manufacturing process, SpeediBeet can be soaked and ready to use in just ten minutes and is extremely palatable. It is also starch free and unmolassed, making it 95% sugar free. Feeding Speedi-Beet before turnout can help stabilise the ingestion of sugars present in spring grass. Speedi-Beet is also extremely versatile. It can be fed in small amounts to overweight horses as a carrier for a multivitamin and mineral supplement or in larger quantities to a poor doer for weight gain, or working and competition horses that need extra energy. www.british horsefeeds.com RRP is around £12.50 - £13.50.

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NUTRITION day to the existing feed. This rule also applies to a new batch of hay and fresh grazing. Gradual feed changes lessen the risk of digestive upset or even colic.




s children we are all taught about the ‘golden rules of feeding’ but do you know why these age old guidelines that are drummed into us during Pony Club, are so important to digestive health?

Provide clean, fresh water - Water plays an essential role in digestion and is involved in most of the reactions that break down food; without adequate water, food breakdown and nutrient digestion can be compromised. It also aids the smooth passage of food and digesta through the gastrointestinal tract, such that horses with limited or restricted water intake for extended periods of time have an


increased risk of developing colic.

Feed little and often – As the stomach is relatively small, horses can digest very little starch at any one time. Any excess starch that escapes digestion in the small intestine will overflow into the hindgut, particularly the caecum which can affect the microbial balance.

Feed according to work – Regardless of the workload of the horse, the diet must always start with fibre, even for competition horses that have a higher demand on their energy requirements.

increase stress levels that can have a negative impact on the digestive system, causing it to become disrupted.

Feed sufficient fibre – Fibre should make up at least 60% of the horses total rations and if there is insufficient fibre reaching the hindgut, this delicate microbial ecosystem can easily become upset. Providing adlib hay also relieves boredom during the winter when horses are stabled for longer and satisfies their natural desire to chew. Fibre in the form of grass or hay is vital to a healthy, efficient digestive system.

Introduce new feed Maintain a routine – gradually – the digestive Horses are creatures of habit and system needs time to adjust to a any change of routine can new feed, adding a little each

Feed good quality forage - the quality of the forage you buy is vital to eliminate exposure to mycotoxins. Whilst we are all aware of the risks of feeding dusty hay on the respiratory system, certain mould growth in hay and haylage can also have a negative effect on the horse’s overall wellbeing. Mycotoxins are produced by certain moulds commonly found in forage and bedding.

Practice good hygiene keep feed, water buckets and feed bins clean. As with feed and forage, mycotoxins can grow in contaminated, dirty bowls and feed bins that haven’t been emptied properly before being refilled. Forage Guard from Alltech is a broad spectrum mycotoxin binder designed to help lessen the damaging effects of mycotoxins on performance and health. It works to bind the mycotoxins in the gut, therefore preventing their absorption from the gut into the horse, without removing key nutrients from the diet, as can be the case with alternative clay binders. RRP: £45/5kg tub (100 day supply). www.lifeforcehorse.co.uk

Suggested Products... Hormonise E – Used for many years by owners of moody or testy mares. A liquid supplement of Chaste Berries, can be used in conjunction with Cushaid. Available in 1lt, 2.5lt and 5lt bottles. www.animal-health.co.uk

RRP: £32.95/4kg

Cavalor Venus is a herbal extract that helps support the hormonal balance in sensitive and moody mares. It supports the regulation of the hormonal cycle, helping to alleviate the effects of irregular ovulation and therefore helps to control the temperament of the mare. Natural active ingredients include Vitex AgnusCastus of which the berry has a harmonising effect on the mare’s hormonal balance, which produces a normal, regular and balanced cycle. Achillea Millefolium helps to relieve cramps associated with the menstrual cycle and Taraxacum Officinale helps the liver dispose of waste produced during the fertility cycle. www.zebraproducts.co.uk

TopSpec All-in-One is a topspecification multi-supplement that contains a broad-spectrum supplement plus many specialised supplements to balance horses forage for up to hard work. Ideal for good-doers to ensure optimum micronutrient status. www.topspec.com

TopSpec 10:10 Joint Support is a caramel-flavoured additive including an excellent specification of nutrients to help maintain health in and around joints. Includes a generous combination of natural sources of glucosamine and MSM. www.topspec.com

RRP: £39.20/500ml.

RRP: £59.50/3kg

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SUPAlyx Horse and Pony range of licks. RRP: £16.50/6kg. www.nettexequine.com

Cavalor Rockies has a nutritional value which ensures the necessary intake of mineral and trace elements. Cavalor recommend the lick is placed where it is freely available to your horse/pony. RRP: £5.70 per stone. www.zebraproducts.co.uk

TopSpec Electrolyes Fabulously flavoured with fruit berries, these electrolytes are designed to help compensate for electrolyte loss after heavy sweating. The supplement has a high salt formula helps to maintain peak performance. RRP: £24.50/3kg. www.topspec.com

TopSpec Calmer is effective for horses and ponies demonstrating anxious behaviour, particularly those that cannot cope with stressful situations such as showing, travelling and competing. Contains a pure protected yeast, MOS, B vitamins, magnesium, tryptophan and sepiolite clay, which all act in different ways to help calm and relax responsive horses. www.topspec.com

RRP: £16.99/2.5kg (80 days supply)

Apple Lytes replace the key electrolytes and encourage drinking to help prevent dehydration. Apple Lytes have an appetising cherry flavour, and should be introduced gradually at home, mixed in feed, building up to the recommended level when required, with fresh water always available. www.equine-america.co.uk

RRP: £22.50/3kg

TopSpec Healthy Hoof Includes the scientifically proven level of Biotin (3mg/100kg bodyweight/day) to improve hoof quality. Plus a broad range of micronutrients that improve the efficiency of the hoof supplement and support light work. Can be added to any feed. www.topspec.com

RRP: £45.99/1ltr (33 days supply)

Fast exercise produces lactic acid in the muscle and as a result, many horses suffer from muscle stiffness or cramps during, or after work, leaving the horses looking ‘tucked up’. Tye-Gard contains highly absorbable human grade Vitamin E and Selenium, which are involved in the health of muscle tissue, allowing the muscle to work more effectively at full capacity. The recommended serving conforms to the EU limits for Selenium supplementation. www.equine-america.co.uk


RRP: £29.95/3kg

TopSpec Digestive Aid is designed to optimise digestive health and stimulate appetite in horses. It contains high levels of a pure, protected probiotic yeast and pre-biotic MOS plus vitamin B12 amongst its ingredients. Particularly effective for horses that are working hard, on high concentrate/low forage diets, and/or stressed. RRP: £30.50/3kg. www.topspec.com

HERBAL ADDITIONSBy Daisy Bayliss, FOR YOUR DOG Approved Herbalist

dding herbs to your dog’s diet can have an amazing impact on their wellbeing. Herbs have many different purposes and can help with issues such as stiffness, skin conditions and digestion to name but a few. There is a plethora of herbs that can be used for dogs and these are just a few of uses that I get asked about. Nowadays feeding raw food is very popular and I often get asked about the best herbs to add to this type of diet to give a good source of vitamins and minerals. The herbs I suggest for this include Sea Kelp, Rosehip, Dandelion and Nettle. Sea Kelp is a great natural source of vitamins and minerals, containing iodine, calcium, iron, magnesium, selenium, zinc, sulphur, manganese, potassium, phosphorus and vitamins A, B, B12, C, D and E. It is particularly good for improving the skin and coat. Rosehips are one of the richest,


natural sources of vitamins C making them great for the immune system. They also contain vitamin A, K, riboflavin and thiamine Nettle is often used as a tonic and to support the circulatory system. It is rich source of iron, making it excellent for anaemia. It contains sodium, chlorophyl, vitamins C and A and is an excellent source of dietary fibre. Dandelion is a rich source of potassium as well as copper, iron, magnesium and vitamins A, B, C and D. All herbs contain various vitamins and minerals, and other combinations can be used. However Sea Kelp is probably one of the best for broad spectrum vitamins and minerals, although it is important not to overfeed as it is particularly rich in iodine. Another common problem that dog owners ask about is stiff joints and for this I recommend herbs such as Turmeric, Devils Claw, Meadowsweet,Hawthorn, Nettle and Comfrey.



irstVet, the UK’s leading provider of on-demand video consultations with local, qualified vets, is making its services available for free to all pet owners and animals across the UK until 30th April, in cooperation with it’s insurance partners Bought By Many, LV= and Waggel. As COVID-19 continues to spread across the world, FirstVet aims to alleviate some of the stress and uncertainty for UK-based pet owners by providing its services without charge over the coming weeks, regardless of the individual’s insurance status. www.firstvet.com/uk

Curcumin, found in Turmeric, has been seen to be very effective for easing the pain, inflammation and stiffness related to arthritis. As it is fat soluble this must be fed with an oil (vegetable, olive, linseed etc.) to allow the body to absorb it and fresh black pepper to increase its effectiveness. Devil’s Claw and Meadowsweet are both used for their antiinflammatory actions. Devil’s Claw is also used for it’s analgesic properties and Meadowsweet is often referred to as a herbal aspirin. Hawthorn and Nettle will both support the circulatory system and improve blood flow to the joints. Comfrey, otherwise known as the healing herb, is widely


known for it’s healing properties. This is because it is rich in allantoin, which stimulates cell production and gives Comfrey it’s ability to heal tissue. Herbs can be used in many ways and can be very beneficial when used correctly. It is important to remember that it can take 4-6 weeks to see the benefits as they work in a gentle, holistic way on the body. If your dog is on medication you should always discuss this with your vet first. www.champerene bespokehorseherbal.com


lthough you won’t be able to take your dog beyond your house or garden for exercise if you’re self-isolating, there are ways to keep your dog happy within the confines of your home: • Play, play, play! Most dogs love to play so set aside some time to have a good game of fetch • Learning a new trick or command is great mental stimulation • Get him sniffing - hide treats around the garden or around the house and send them off in search of them • Remember toilet breaks www.rspca.org.uk



Image courtesy of the Dogs Trust

kennelled dogs very few animals actually play with them. The team, including researchers from the University of Plymouth, Dogs Trust and Nottingham Trent University, wanted to find out whether rehoming centres could encourage play behaviour by adding scents to the toys, making them more stimulating to explore and play with. The study used forty-four kennelled dogs, all aged at least HARTPURY UNIVERSITY one year old that were being STUDY: DOGS CAN BENEFIT looked after at a Dogs Trust rehoming centre. FROM SCENTED TOYS Scents (lavender or rabbit) were of rest and sleep were also more added to toys and the dogs’ he welfare of dogs in behaviour when given these likely to occur. kennels and rehoming scented toys was compared to centres may be improved These behaviours are generally their behaviour around toys that associated with better welfare if they’re able to play with were unscented. scented toys, according to new and there is a possibility that displaying these behaviours may The team found that toys that research by a team that included Hartpury University’s increase the chances of adoption were scented were more likely to be played with, but other from a rehoming centre. Ben Brilot. The researchers found that dogs Being held in a rehoming centre behaviours also changed, with dogs exploring their kennel awaiting adoption can be a were more likely to play with more and resting more at other stressful experience for dogs rabbit or lavender-scented toys times. given the confined spaces, than unscented toys. reduced time for human contact These behaviours are known to Dogs also displayed more be associated with dogs that and loud barking from other positive behaviour around have better welfare. dogs. scented toys, such as exploring One way to reduce stress can be Though the team didn’t their kennel and any other to provide toys, but in studies of measure adoption success, it’s objects within it, while periods


Blue Cross launches The Petcast... adio presenter, TV actress, former Strictly Come Dancing contestant and dog owner, Gemma Atkinson, has teamed up with leading UK pet charity, Blue Cross, to produce a fur-st of its kind podcast series for animal lovers, including horse owners – The Petcast. Launched last month, the six-part podcast series will hear Gemma - along with celebrity guests, expert vets, animal behaviourists, and

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real life pet owners - discussing a wide variety of topics related to pet and horse welfare. Touching upon dogs, cats, horses, hamsters, rabbits, and more, The Petcast aims to empower pet owners with the information, tips and advice they need in order for everyone on two legs and four to live their best lives together! The Petcast is available on Apple Podcast and all other podcast platforms.

also known that people prefer to adopt dogs that are playful and quiet, both behaviours that increased with scented toys in this study. The team found one final curious thing: the dogs that played with toys more weren’t necessarily the ones that showed an increase in other behaviours. This suggests that the presence of the scent might be beneficial in itself, not just because it encourages toy use. Ben, Associate Head of Animal at Hartpury University, said: “Our initial results look very promising, suggesting that adding scent to toys in rehoming kennels might, at least in the short-term, improve welfare outcomes.” Dogs Trust’s Research Manager Naomi Harvey said, “We are always looking for ways to improve the day-to-day experience for the thousands of dogs we care for across our twenty-one rehoming centres in the UK and Ireland. We are pleased to support this research.”

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Limited edition Crufts Dog Drying Coat – with £1 from every sale donated to DOTS (Dogs on the Streets). Sizes: XXS-GMD (special sizes also available). RRP: from £34. www.ruffandtumble dogcoats.com

Bucas Therapy Dog Rug helps to increase blood circulation throughout the body, warm up muscles and reduce swelling. RRP: from £44. www.zebraproducts.co.uk

Fresh Pet deodorant spray is designed to eliminate odours and leave your pet’s coat smelling clean and fresh. With notes of citrus and fresh pink rose, Fresh Pet is a powdery, floral fragrance which stays within the coat for up to three days. www.equineproducts-ukltd.com



CELEBRATES 100 YEARS family-run timber stabling manufacturer has plenty to celebrate as 2020 marks its centenary. Scotts of Thrapston has a reputation of turning timber into a range of products. The business started out producing products such as wheelbarrows and ladders and offered a selection of agricultural buildings, including poultry houses. Nowadays, that product range has grown and consolidated, seeing Scotts become the leading stable manufacturer in the UK, supplying products into the racing, showjumping, dressage and eventing worlds. The company was founded


Above: Three generations of Scotts pictured in 1989; Right: David on show stand


in 1920 by James Scott, and had humble beginnings delivering tools and services to local farmers. The mantle then passed to Douglas Scott and the business is now run by the third and fourth generations, chairman David Scott and his son James, managing director. David said: “Since my grandfather’s time, we have embraced modern technology to become the company we are today. But we are still engrained with the same passion for the beauty of wood.” James Scott is committed to follow in the footsteps of his ancestors and to make his own mark, taking all their knowledge with him, he said: “We understand timber, we are used to working with it. The continuation of merging new technology with traditional craftsmanship to produce products that stand the test of time will help the business thrive into the next 100 years.” The company has been exhibiting stabling at

David and James Scott with new CNC Router in 2018

growing up on the show circuit with his father, most fondly remembering the best part, locking his sisters in the stables! Now with a family of his own, the future is bright to continue this family-run business. The centenary activities and a fresh new corporate identity is The Future 3 generations of Scotts! being led by Annie Scott, who after escaping from the stable Badminton and Burghley for became an event and branding many years, taking pride in expert. The team at Scotts are delighted with the new image, bringing which reflects the fact that the innovative company truly is engrained with show units to a passion for wood. display the www.scottsofthrapston.co.uk latest product developments. James recalls



ow is the perfect time to get in to deep clean mode and Stable Shield can help. Completely gutting the stable, clearing all the bedding, dusting down the walls, and scrubbing off any excess dirt will leave a perfect blank canvas to disinfect. Disinfecting stables helps to reduce the risk of spreading bacteria and Stable Shield’s Disinfectant is alcohol-free but is an advanced surface/multi

aspergillus can be prevented with regular use. Infectious diseases can spread easily, so to minimise the risk, adopt a regular cleaning regime using the new Stable Shield Disinfectant, alongside Stable Shield’s anti-bacterial paint for better-protected yards and stables. surface cleaner and sanitiser that To ensure Stable Shield works to is manufactured to be one of its maximum effectiveness, it’s the most powerful, fast acting, recommended that your stable germ killing products available is correctly ventilated and today, specifically formulated for cleaned regularly, dirt removed equine use. from the stable walls, powerThe disinfectant is effective washed at least every six within 30 seconds and can kill months, and disinfected up to 99.999% of bacteria but monthly. contains no irritants within the In the racing industry, the BHA formula making it completely General Instructions now state safe for horses. that equine specific chemical Common equine infections such disinfectants should be used at as ringworm, strangles and

racecourses and Stable Shield Disinfectant was put forward as one of the approved disinfectants to use. Biosecurity is so important, and as horse owners we are responsible for looking after our animals and protecting the wider equine community. www.stableshield.co.uk

RRP: £65+VAT/5L and delivery.


SADDLERY & TACK • Wear something suitable. Sometimes clients are unsuitably dressed. Jeans and trainers are always inadequate and they certainly aren’t the most comfortable clothes in which to try out short-listed saddles. • The Society of Master Saddlers generally cautions that the well-fitting saddle does not require the addition of anything under it with the possible exception of a thin saddle cloth. There are, however, exceptions to every rule. When there is a valid reason for using a numnah or and provide the ‘right’ facilities gel pad the saddle fitter will for your saddlers visit as this need to allow for the addition. helps the saddle fitter to give the best possible service. Ideally • Have your own stirrup leathers and girth available. The saddle you should fulfil the following fitter will be carrying girths of criteria: various types and sizes but it is • A flat, hard surface where the a good idea to have your own horse can be stood up and run available. Using your own up in-hand. • An area where the horse can be stirrup leathers is generally more comfortable and avoids ridden. Saddle fitting can take the possibility of the saddle a considerable time and the fitter’s new leathers becoming saddle fitter is likely to want marked and therefore difficult the horse owner to ride in a number of short-listed saddles, to sell. The saddle fitter would an essentially important part obviously prefer to preserve the of the fitting procedure. condition of his new saddles • If you are opting for a saddle but, in addition, the marks left designed specifically for dressage, polo or showing it is on the well-groomed horse's back after removal of the saddle very unlikely you will be are significant because they wanting to use the saddle for indicate bearing surfaces and jumping! If you are further identify unwanted considering purchasing a movement. When the horse is saddle that will involve ill-groomed, the marks left by jumping, it is essential to ride the saddle may be blurred or over a few fences. indistinguishable. • Occasionally horses are www.mastersaddlers.co.uk ‘shared’ or ridden regularly by more than one person and, in this case, both riders should be present.




hether buying the existing tack with your new horse, or purchasing brand new tack, the most important point is that it is fits correctly and is checked by a Society of Master Saddlers’ Qualified Saddle Fitter (QSF). If you decide to buy the current saddle and bridle don’t simply accept that it ‘must’ fit well give yourself peace of mind by having a visit from a QSF. Similarly it may fit the horse but as the new rider are the flaps long enough or too long? Is the seat a good size? Will the saddle help both horse and rider to


perform at their best? If budget allows, a bespoke saddle made specifically for the horse and to also suit you, the rider, is ideal. Without doubt the most important aspect is whether you have the budget for a new saddle or only for a second hand one – the fit for the horse is key and must always be the first consideration. A new saddle versus a second hand one depends on the finance available and a correctly fitted secondhand saddle is far better than an ill-fitting new one! It is important to plan ahead

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For horses with mostly short backs and wide ribcages and/or narrow chests Mattes recommend their Crescent Girth. Horses with short backs and wide ribcages often experience girths sliding forwards however expertly designed, the Crescent Girth shape gives room for the bulk of the rib cage and stomach, meaning the girth does not push forward. The upright standing wool fibres can slide against each other, therefore there is absolutely no friction or chaffing, nor rubbing on the horse’s skin.

Anatomically shaped, the new Spring Summer 2020 Covalliero Saddle Pads feature a quick-drying underside and breathable material. RRP: £34.

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tipping forward onto unspeakable body parts, instead of sitting on your bottom? Or find yourself sniffing their ears after every jumping session? Call your local qualified SMS Saddle Fitter. You may find we Connie blood a mile off just by end up fitting quite a close glancing at their back. contact saddle, one that doesn’t The thoracic (ribs/saddle bearing) have lots of panel at the back to area has a really specific shape to lift you up. Point straps (extra it, it kind of ‘lifts’ up towards the little girth strap at the front) can last few ribs. Usually because they be useful too, to prevent the ear have a good strong back, capable sniffing. It is essential to get the of jumping big hedges/flipping fit right, as having the majority any unwanted passengers into space. This back shape can make a of your weight sitting on their ‘normal’ saddle feel a bit perched scapulas is not comfy for them up there. Combine that with a set and they won’t perform their best. And if you’re on their of ribs like an over-filled barrel, ears… well, that’s even worse. and often not much shoulder or wither… and you get a pony who P.S. Obviously, not ALL tips the rider forward, and tries to Connemaras are the same wear his saddle on his ears. Forget shape. In fact, it’s probably only the ‘ear pressure relief’ bridles… 99.999% of them. If you have get a Connie and you’ll need an the 0.0001% then your saddle ‘ear pressure relief’ saddle. fitter probably did a secret So, what can you do if you have a dance when your back was Connemara, and find yourself turned! www.peeweesaddlery.co.uk



Photo: Abbi Grief Photography

et’s talk about Connemara ponies. Those lovely little versatile ponies, with scrumptiously cheeky faces, broad foreheads and eyelashes that Barbie herself would die for. No longer reserved just for kids ponies, they’re now suitable for everyone. Everyone and their mum. Now, we have ‘traditional’ types, ‘sporty’ types, ‘over-height’ types… and Connemara crosses everywhere. And deservedly so, they’re a fantastic breed. But, what do all these types have in common? They’re a pig to fit saddles to. Even the ones who have Connemara so far back in their family history that they’re a very distant memory. The one thing that follows the blood lines is the awkward little back shape. I can spot a drop of



QUESTION: ‘I have just purchased a horse which is rather short in the back. My 17.5inch event saddle looks very long on him but is a good fit for myself. I am long in the leg. How can I resolve this so that we are both comfortable and safe?’ ANSWER: I would recommend a visit by a Society of Master Saddlers’ Qualified Saddle Fitter in the first instance to assess your current saddle and fit. A shorter saddle would be required, so that it doesn’t sit on the lumber region of the horse. To accommodate your leg the saddle would need to be either more forward cut or have a high knee block which your leg can sit under. This would allow you to remain balanced and secure in the saddle which is obviously important especially when going cross-country. Another area to look at is a saddle with a flatter seat as this can also give the you more ‘room’ in the saddle than a deep seat would. www.mastersaddlers.co.uk





elcome, 2020! I can honestly say I was pleased to see the back of 2019. Not my best year, with the loss of so many of my equine friends, staffing issues, and ill health for some of my owners and their family. The winter has also been tough and the rain relentless, the desire to ride horses in the wet and mud has been difficult for even the most dedicated of us. However spring is on its way! I have been blessed with some super horses for the forthcoming season and the Awesome One, known to all as Fidget, finally seems to have pushed her virus and is finding her previous form. She has won almost every time out BS and stormed round her first BE at poplar this March. I am delighted to report that

Richard Bishop who previously owned Tough Customer has recovered from serious illness after three months in ICU to make it to see our new young TB have her first BE run at Poplar. She posted a 25 dressage, had four faults SJ, and some time pens XC put her out of the running. What a super start to this horse’s career (and Boketto is definitely one to watch for the future). Nicholai is on track to go to the BRC Winter Dressage Championships at both novice and elementary as an individual, accompanied by Guliver in the novice dressage teams. Fidget is going to do the 1.10 teams (after team win and individual win at Wix in the qualifiers), and Guliver is also doing the 90 teams. The Championships are being held at Bury Farm in April.

My long-standing apprentice Ellie King has now completed her level-2 apprenticeship and is staying on full time. She achieved distinction in both her portfolio and end point assessment, which she deserved after her hard work over the year. She is a testament that the apprenticeship scheme works, especially for those whom school didn’t! Hemps Green continues to grow and I can report that after lots of effort I was awarded a scholarship for training and exams fees to continue to further my BHS exams. This spring will see me sit my stage five coach and equitation. And thanks to the bursary I have been going to train with the legendary Pammy Hutton at Talland - it seems after my 25 dressage on Boketto some of her

dressage wisdom may be rubbing off! I am looking forward to returning tomorrow so will be able to report again in my next blog. I was also fortunate enough to be able to ride four of my horses on the Caroline Moore and Ros Canter clinic at Writtle College recently. What a fab opportunity and what a privilege it was to ride with two such super coaches. The benefit to my horses and myself were invaluable. Many thanks to Writtle for the opportunity. As we continue to expand we have rather outgrown our current site, so I hope to report that in my next blog we will be in new premises! Fingers crossed for us it all goes through and I hope you will follow our progress as we go on to develop another site from scratch.

New training opportunities at Hickstead...


or the first time ever, riders will be able to hire a professionally-built showjumping course by the hour at the All England Jumping Course, Hickstead. Following the launch of the huge all-weather cross-country schooling facility in October, Hickstead is now offering another arena for individual and group hire. A course will be set up in the 50m x 100m 2plan Wealth Arena, with hourly schooling sessions bookable until mid-May. The courses will be designed by top level BS and FEI course builders and will be changed regularly. The height of the fences will be set at 90cms, though clients will be allowed to alter heights and distances. www.hicksteadschooling.co.uk



FROM STABLE CLUB TO CAREERS EVENTS - IT’S BEEN A BUSY MONTH! ver this last month we have been promoting our new ‘Stable Club’ and welcomed new children to our yard. Children that attend are gaining horse education, horse husbandry skills, engaging in agility and in-hand horsemanship. Children work towards badges and are assessed on their skills each week. Children have the opportunity to record their new learning within their Berry Fields workbook as a record of achievement. It has been great to teach new skills and educate children from an early age that there is more to horses than simply riding them. Every session is full of smiles and fun. Children love gaining their rosettes and certificates. We have more space available for any other children wishing to attend.


We have also been out promoting our little business and different horse careers to the children of Cambridgeshire. We were lucky enough to be invited to attend a careers fair within Fenland and enjoyed talking to over 200 children about the endless possibilities within the equestrian profession. As a British Grooms Association Ambassador we were keen to promote a wealth of opportunities and resources through this organisation. We also made sure we had copies of the fabulous Absolute Horse Magazine on show and they were given out too. As the weather has improved we have been out and about across three counties delivering our school-based agility and equine facilitated learning. Some of these schools have already received four previous visits and the improvement in confidence has been significant. The children are now confident in the handling and use of horse

language. We will be continuing to visit these schools throughout the academic year. We now have the capacity to take on more school visits so please get in touch if you would like us to visit your school. In addition to our horse-based activities we have been visiting yards as a certified freelancer. This has seen us looking after horses, ponies, chickens and goats. It has been an honour to be entrusted to look after other people’s precious animals. Over the next couple of weeks we will be starting to deliver packages for Alternative Provision. This will see us

By Rachel Hartopp working with a range of children that find school-based learning a challenge. This provision is available for children within the infant phase to end of secondary. We are looking forward to welcoming these pupils to work with us. We are always promoting and engaging in charity work and we are currently walking our ponies and donkeys on a regular basis, counting our steps in aid of Cancer. We are hoping to raise money in memory of the owner that gifted us Robbie, the beautiful Shetland. We look forward to sharing future adventures and visits next month! www.berryfieldsanimal assistededucation.co.uk





or autistic people, making sense of the world around them can be a challenge which can lead to behavioural problems, difficulties with communication, and intolerance to change. The condition can be extremely isolating for individuals who often have a profound lack of contact with other people, make no eye contact and struggle with verbal communication even though they understand language. Horse riding has been shown to have both immediate and long-


term physical, psychological, social and educational benefits for adults and children living with autism. Physical contact with the horse may help to develop other relationships and reduce tactile defensiveness, through touching the horse and interaction with instructors and volunteers. The rhythmic movement of the horse may help calm the distress often experienced when in a strange environment, and resistance to change is improved as autistic children and adults are steadily introduced to new

horses, volunteers and activities. Group lessons provide riders with the opportunity to join in with others introducing the idea of teamwork and appropriate social behaviour such as saying ‘please’ and ‘thank you’. Sessions can also be planned to include an educational element, learning numbers, colours and patterns to help improve memory and concentration. Of the fifty-six Accessibility Mark approved riding centres nationwide, autistic riders make up a large percentage of participants, with centres reporting the calming effect as

the number one benefit of riding. Grove House Stables LLP was one of the first centres to sign up for Accessibility Mark accreditation and teaches a number of autistic riders every week. Owner and British Equestrian Federation Expert Recreational Coach, Andrew Stennett, has seen the benefits of horse riding over many years. Said Andrew, “Having taught autistic adults and children to ride for over twenty years, I have experienced first-hand the many benefits. The tremendous intervention of horses helps to build confidence, improve wellbeing and self-esteem and has become a fundamental part of the lives of individuals and groups, which adds to their education and life skills. “On a personal note, I have taught an autistic rider for two decades and his progress and enjoyment of riding has been inspirational and given so much to the coaches and staff that he works with.” Accessibility Mark status is awarded to a riding centre that has been approved by the RDA following training and assessment. The close link with the RDA means that it can offer continuous support to the establishment to ensure it provides a first-class experience that aims to be hugely beneficial to riders of varying levels of disability. There are currently fifty-six Accessibility Mark-approved centres across the country. www.rda.org.uk




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SHOWDATE DIARY Your Showdate listings for....April/May 2020 WEDNESDAY 1ST APRIL DRESSAGE Suffolk: Topthorn Arena: British Dressage. Tel: 01449 711962 SHOWJUMPING Beds: The College EC; British Showjumping. Tel: 01234 708400 SHOWJUMPING Essex: Brook Farm TC; Evening Showjumping. Tel: 01708 687550 SHOWJUMPING Essex: Brook Farm TC; British Showjumping. Tel: 01708 687550 SHOWJUMPING Suffolk: The Jays; Senior British Showjumping. Tel: 07759 603120 FRIDAY 3RD APRIL DRESSAGE Norfolk: Anvil Park Stud; British Dressage. Tel: 07879 881755 DRIVING Beds: The College EC; Indoor Driving. Tel: 01234 708400 SHOWJUMPING Essex: Barleylands EC; Evening Showjumping. Tel: 07545 010770 SHOWJUMPING Suffolk: Topthorn Arena: Open Evening Showjumping. Tel: 01449 711962 SATURDAY 4TH APRIL DRIVING Beds: The College EC; Indoor Driving. Tel: 01234 708400 DRESSAGE Essex: Brook Farm TC; Unaffiliated Dressage. Tel: 01708 687550 DRESSAGE Essex: Codham Park EC; British Dressage. Tel: 01371 851135 DRESSAGE Essex: Fletcher’s Farm; Unaffiliated Dressage. Tel: 01206 242210

DRESSAGE Norfolk: Anvil Park Stud; British Dressage. Tel: 07879 881755 DRESSAGE Suffolk: Martley Hall Stud; Affiliated and Unaffiliated Dressage. Tel: 07881 802129 SHOWJUMPING Essex: Barleylands EC; Crosspoles Showjumping. Tel: 07545 010770 SHOWJUMPING Suffolk: Topthorn Arena: Mini to Metre Showjumping. Tel: 01449 711962 SUNDAY 5TH APRIL ARENA EVENTING Norfolk: Lime Kiln Farm EC; Arena Eventing. Tel: 07749 951898 DRESSAGE Beds: Twin Trees EC; Quest Dressage. Tel: 01767 627414 DRESSAGE Essex: Brook Farm TC; British Dressage. Tel: 01708 687550 DRESSAGE Essex: Codham Park EC; Unaffiliated Dressage. Tel: 01371 851135 DRESSAGE Norfolk: Anvil Park Stud; Affiliated and Unaffiliated Dressage. Tel: 07879 881755 DRESSAGE Suffolk: Martley Hall Stud; Affiliated and Unaffiliated Dressage. Tel: 07881 802129 DRESSAGE Suffolk: Topthorn Arena: Unaffiliated Dressage. Tel: 01449 711962 DRIVING Beds: The College EC; Indoor Driving. Tel: 01234 708400 JUMPCROSS Essex: Codham Park EC; JumpCross Training Day. Tel: 01371 851135 SHOWING Cambs: Fenland EC; In Hand & Ridden Showing. Tel: 01945 466617 SHOWJUMPING Essex: Harolds Park Farm EC; Unaffiliated

Showjumping. Tel: 07775 516945 SHOWJUMPING Essex: Barleylands EC; Senior British Showjumping. Tel: 07545 010770 SHOWJUMPING Norfolk: Brampton EC; Unaffiliated Showjumping. Tel: 07824 344072 SHOWJUMPING Norfolk: Forest Edge Arena; Unaffiliated Showjumping. Tel: 01760 722616 TUESDAY 7TH APRIL DRESSAGE Beds: The College EC; British Dressage. Tel: 01234 708400 SHOWJUMPING Essex: Codham Park EC; British Showjumping. Tel: 01371 851135 SHOWJUMPING Essex: Wix EC; Very Novice Showjumping. Tel: 01255 870744 SHOWJUMPING Norfolk: Forest Edge Arena; Evening Showjumping. Tel: 01760 722616 WEDNESDAY 8TH APRIL DRESSAGE Beds: The College EC; Affiliated and Unaffiliated Dressage. Tel: 01234 708400 DRESSAGE Norfolk: Easton College; British Dressage. Tel:

01603 732316 SHOWJUMPING Essex: Brook Farm TC; Evening Showjumping. Tel: 01708 687550 SHOWJUMPING Essex: Brook Farm TC; British Showjumping. Tel: 01708 687550 SHOWJUMPING Norfolk: Lime Kiln Farm EC; Showjumping. Tel: 07749 951898 SHOWJUMPING Suffolk: The Jays; Senior British Showjumping. Tel: 07759 603120 THURSDAY 9TH APRIL DRESSAGE Essex: Wix EC; Unaffiliated Dressage. Tel: 01255 870744 FRIDAY 10TH APRIL SHOWJUMPING Beds: The College EC; British Showjumping. Tel: 01234 708400 SHOWJUMPING Beds: Twin Trees EC; Showjumping. Tel: 01767 627414 SHOWJUMPING Cambs: Fenland EC; Clear Round Showjumping. Tel: 01945 466617 SHOWJUMPING Essex: Barleylands EC; Evening Showjumping. Tel: 07545 010770. Continued overleaf...

THE SOUTH SUFFOLK SHOW Ampton, Ingham, Nr Bury St Edmunds

Sunday 10th May 2020

Schedule for British Showjumping (Snr), SSA, P(UK), Private Driving, Donkeys, Suffolk Punch Heavy Horses. RIHS Qualifiers for SHB(GB), BSHA, BSPS, P(UK) & BSPA. Entries close 22nd April 2020

Schedule and E-Tickets are available via www.southsuffolkshow.co.uk or forward C5 SAE to Secretary: Geoff Bailes, 35 Dalham Road, Moulton, Newmarket CB8 8SB Tel: 01638 750879



SHOWDATE DIARY SHOWJUMPING Essex: Codham Park EC; Easter Fun Showjumping. Tel: 01371 851135 SHOWJUMPING Norfolk: Anvil Park Stud; Senior British Showjumping. Tel: 07879 881755 SHOWJUMPING Suffolk: Topthorn Arena: Novice Evening Showjumping. Tel: 01449 711962 SATURDAY 11TH APRIL DRESSAGE Essex: Barleylands EC; Dressage. Tel: 07545 010770 DRESSAGE Essex: Wix EC; British Dressage. Tel: 01255 870744 DRESSAGE Norfolk: Forest Edge Arena; Unaffiliated Dressage. Tel: 01760 722616 SHOWJUMPING Beds: The College EC; British Showjumping. Tel: 01234 708400 SHOWJUMPING Essex: Brook Farm TC; British Showjumping. Tel: 01708 687550 SHOWJUMPING Essex: Codham Park EC; Easter Fun Showjumping. Tel: 01371 851135 SHOWJUMPING Norfolk: Anvil Park Stud; Senior British Showjumping. Tel: 07879 881755 SHOWJUMPING Suffolk: Topthorn Arena: Showjumping. Tel: 01449 711962 TREC Beds: Twin Trees EC; Novice Trec. Tel: 01767 627414 SUNDAY 12TH APRIL DRESSAGE Essex: Wix EC; British Dressage. Tel: 01255 870744 FUN SHOW Norfolk: Forest Edge Arena; Easter Fun Show. Tel: 01760 722616 SHOWING Essex: Barleylands


EC; Showing Show. Tel: 07545 010770 SHOWJUMPING Beds: The College EC; British Showjumping. Tel: 01234 708400 SHOWJUMPING Cambs: Fenland EC; Showjumping. Tel: 01945 466617 SHOWJUMPING Essex: Barleylands EC; Easter Showjumping. Tel: 07545 010770 SHOWJUMPING Essex: Brook Farm TC; Unaffiliated Showjumping. Tel: 01708 687550 SHOWJUMPING Norfolk: Anvil Park Stud; Senior British Showjumping. Tel: 07879 881755 SHOWJUMPING Norfolk: Lime Kiln Farm EC; Junior British Showjumping. Tel: 07749 951898 SHOWJUMPING Suffolk: The Jays; Unaffiliated Showjumping. Tel: 07759 603120 MONDAY 13TH APRIL ARENA TREC Beds: Twin Trees EC; Arena Trec. Tel: 01767 627414 SHOWING Suffolk: The Jays; Showing Show. Tel: 07759 603120 SHOWJUMPING Norfolk: Anvil Park Stud; Unaffiliated Showjumping. Tel: 07879 881755 TUESDAY 14TH APRIL SHOWJUMPING Essex: Codham Park EC; Senior British Showjumping. Tel: 01371 851135 SHOWJUMPING Norfolk: Anvil Park Stud; Unaffiliated Showjumping. Tel: 07879 881755 WEDNESDAY 15TH APRIL DRESSAGE Suffolk: Topthorn Arena: British Dressage. Tel:

01449 711962 SHOWJUMPING Beds: The College EC; British Showjumping. Tel: 01234 708400 SHOWJUMPING Essex: Brook Farm TC; Evening Showjumping. Tel: 01708 687550 SHOWJUMPING Essex: Brook Farm TC; British Showjumping. Tel: 01708 687550 SHOWJUMPING Norfolk: Lime Kiln Farm EC; Showjumping. Tel: 07749 951898 SHOWJUMPING Suffolk: The Jays; Senior British Showjumping. Tel: 07759 603120 THURSDAY 16TH APRIL DRESSAGE Suffolk: Topthorn Arena: Unaffiliated Dressage. Tel: 01449 711962 ONE DAY EVENT Norfolk: Blackwater Farm; North Norfolk PC One Day Event. Tel: 01362 688227 SHOWJUMPING Beds: The College EC; Evening Clear Round Showjumping. Tel: 01234 708400 FRIDAY 17TH APRIL SHOWJUMPING Essex: Barleylands EC; Evening Showjumping. Tel: 07545 010770 SHOWJUMPING Essex: Brook Farm TC; Evening Showjumping. Tel: 01708 687550 SHOWJUMPING Suffolk: Topthorn Arena: Open Evening Showjumping. Tel: 01449 711962 SATURDAY 18TH APRIL CAR BOOT Essex: Wix EC; Indoor Equestrian Car Boot Sale. Tel: 01255 870744 DRESSAGE Essex: Brook Farm TC; Unaffiliated Dressage. Tel: 01708 687550 DRESSAGE Norfolk: Forest Edge Arena; British Dressage. Tel: 01760 722616

DRESSAGE Suffolk: Martley Hall Stud; Affiliated and Unaffiliated Dressage. Tel: 07881 802129 EVENTER CHALLENGE Beds: Twin Trees EC; Arena Eventer Challenge. Tel: 01767 627414 ONE DAY EVENT Beds: The College EC; Unaffiliated One Day Event. Tel: 01234 708400 SHOWJUMPING Essex: Barleylands EC; Crosspole Showjumping. Tel: 07545 010770 SHOWJUMPING Norfolk: Lime Kiln Farm EC; Senior British Showjumping. Tel: 07749 951898 SHOWJUMPING Suffolk: The Jays; Senior British Showjumping. Tel: 07759 603120 SHOWJUMPING Suffolk: Topthorn Arena: Crosspole and Mini Showjumping. Tel: 01449 711962 SUNDAY 19TH APRIL DRESSAGE Essex: Barleylands EC; Dressage. Tel: 07545 010770 DRESSAGE Essex: Harolds Park Farm EC; Unaffiliated Dressage. Tel: 07775 516945 SHOWING Norfolk: Lime Kiln Farm EC; Showing Show. Tel: 07749 951898 SHOWJUMPING Essex: Brook Farm TC; Unaffiliated Showjumping. Tel: 01708 687550 SHOWJUMPING Essex: Codham Park EC; Junior British Showjumping. Tel: 01371 851135 SHOWJUMPING Norfolk: Brampton EC; Senior British Showjumping. Tel: 07824 344072 SHOWJUMPING Norfolk: Forest Edge Arena; Junior British Showjumping. Tel: 01760 722616 SHOWJUMPING Suffolk: The Jays; Unaffiliated Showjumping. Tel: 07759 603120 SHOWJUMPING Suffolk: Topthorn Arena: Unaffiliated Showjumping. Tel: 01449 711962



TUESDAY 21ST APRIL DRESSAGE Beds: The College EC; British Dressage. Tel: 01234 708400 SHOWJUMPING Essex: Codham Park EC; Senior British Showjumping. Tel: 01371 851135 SHOWJUMPING Norfolk: Anvil Park Stud; Senior British Showjumping. Tel: 07879 881755 SHOWJUMPING Norfolk: Brampton EC; Unaffiliated Evening Showjumping. Tel: 07824 344072 WEDNESDAY 22ND APRIL DRESSAGE Beds: The College EC; Affiliated and Unaffiliated Dressage. Tel: 01234 708400 SHOWJUMPING Essex: Brook Farm TC; Evening Showjumping. Tel: 01708 687550 SHOWJUMPING Essex: Brook Farm TC; British Showjumping. Tel: 01708 687550 SHOWJUMPING Suffolk: The Jays; Senior British Showjumping. Tel: 07759 603120 FRIDAY 24TH APRIL DRESSAGE Beds: The College EC; British Dressage. Tel: 01234 708400 DRESSAGE Cambs: Fenland EC; Evening Unaffiliated Dressage. Tel: 01945 466617 SHOWJUMPING Essex: Barleylands EC; Evening Showjumping. Tel: 07545 010770 SHOWJUMPING Suffolk: Topthorn Arena: Novice Evening Showjumping. Tel: 01449 711962 SATURDAY 25TH APRIL ARENA EVENTING Suffolk: Topthorn Arena: Arena Eventing. Tel: 01449 711962 DRESSAGE Beds: The College EC; British Dressage. Tel: 01234

Showjumping. Tel: 07879 708400 Showjumping. Tel: 07545 881755 DRESSAGE Norfolk: Easton 010770 SHOWJUMPING Norfolk: College; British Dressage. Tel: SHOWJUMPING Essex: Brook Forest Edge Arena; Senior 01603 732316 Farm TC; British Showjumping. British Showjumping. Tel: JUMPCROSS Essex: Codham Park Tel: 01708 687550 01760 722616. EC; JumpCross Competition. Tel: SHOWJUMPING Essex: 01371 851135 Fletcher’s Farm; Showjumping. Continued overleaf... SHOW Essex: Barleylands EC; Tel: 01206 242210 CHAPS Show. Tel: 07545 010770 SHOWJUMPING Norfolk: Anvil SHOWJUMPING Essex: Brook Park Stud; Junior British Farm TC; British Showjumping. Tel: 01708 687550 SHOWJUMPING Norfolk: Anvil Park Stud; Junior British Holbecks Park, Hadleigh IP7 5PE Showjumping. Tel: 07879 881755 SUNDAY 26TH APRIL Affiliated BSPA, Equifest, BSJ, BDS, ARENA EVENTING Essex: DBS, Ridden & Working Hunters, Codham Park EC; Arena Eventing. Cobs and Local Hunt Class. Tel: 01371 851135 Schedules available from: ARENA EVENTING Norfolk: Lime or www.horsedates.co.uk Kiln Farm EC; Arena Eventing. Tel: www.hadleighshow.co.uk or send C5 SAE to PO Box 388, Eye, Suffolk IP23 9AQ 07749 951898 Entries close - 24th April 2020 ARENA EVENTING Suffolk: The Jays; Arena Eventing. Tel: 07759 THE EAST ANGLIA HORSE SHOW 603120 CAR BOOT Suffolk: Topthorn 5th April, 3rd June, 20th June Arena: Car Boot Sale. Tel: 01449 Showing classes affiliated & unaffiliated for all levels. 711962 Qualifiers for: BSPA, EQUIFEST, ESUK, National Welsh, NPS, PONIES (UK), DRESSAGE Beds: The College EC; ROYAL LONDON, SSADL, TEAHS, TGCA, TSR, VHS, WPCS BRONZE MEDAL, 15+ THE EAST ANGLIA HORSE SHOW IN MAY INCORPORATING British Dressage. Tel: 01234 THE WELSH BRONZE MEDAL SHOW 708400 DRESSAGE Cambs: Fenland EC; 5th July Unaffiliated Dressage. Tel: 01945 Showing classes affiliated & unaffiliated for all levels. 79 classes & 19 championships. The East Anglia Championship Finals Classes, 466617 Welsh Bronze Medal Classes, In Hand, Ridden, Breed, DRESSAGE Cambs: Fenning Farm Lorry Dog, Evening Performance. EC; British Dressage. Tel: 07875 Qualifiers for: EQUIFEST, ESUK, IMHPS, ROYAL LONDON, TSR, 15+ 044829. Venue: Emneth Showground, 175 Outwell Road, Emneth, Wisbech, Cambridgeshire. PE14 8BG DRESSAGE Norfolk: Brampton EC; Affiliated and Unaffiliated Web:www.theeastangliahorseshow.org.uk Dressage. Tel: 07824 344072 Email:theeastangliahorseshow@aol.co.uk Tel:01354 638800 DRESSAGE: Suffolk: Orwell Arena SHOW SECRETARY, IVY HOUSE FARM, EUXIMOOR DROVE, Dressage, Intro junior & Senior CHRISTCHURCH, WISBECH, CAMBS PE14 9LT sections, Novice to Elementary Open. Incorporating Blue Chip PRE HOYS AUTUMN GALA SHOW QualifiersTel: 07790 204111. 4th October Email: Showing classes to include youngstock, pure bred, part bred and ridden Several Championships in the Evening Performance with music a.thomson716@hotmail.com Venue: Forest Edge Arena. Drymere. Swaffham. Norfolk. PE37 8AS SHOWJUMPING Essex: Facebook:https://facebook.com/event/s/pre-hoys-autumn-gala-showBarleylands EC; Crosspole 2020/485788688956725/?ti=cl Email:PreHOYSAutumnGalaShow@aol.com

HADLEIGH SHOW Saturday 16th May 2020



SHOWDATE DIARY MONDAY 27TH APRIL SHOWING Beds: The College EC; Showing Show. Tel: 01234 708400 TUESDAY 28TH APRIL DRESSAGE Suffolk: Topthorn Arena: Evening Dressage. Tel: 01449 711962 SHOWJUMPING Essex: Codham Park EC; Senior British Showjumping. Tel: 01371 851135 SHOWJUMPING Norfolk: Anvil Park Stud; Senior British Showjumping. Tel: 07879 881755 WEDNESDAY 29TH APRIL DRESSAGE Norfolk: Brampton EC; Unaffiliated Evening Dressage. Tel: 07824 344072 SHOWJUMPING Beds: The College EC; British Showjumping. Tel: 01234 708400 SHOWJUMPING Essex: Brook Farm TC; Evening Showjumping. Tel: 01708 687550 SHOWJUMPING Essex: Brook Farm TC; British Showjumping. Tel: 01708 687550 SHOWJUMPING Suffolk: The Jays; Senior British Showjumping. Tel: 07759 603120 THURSDAY 30TH APRIL SHOWJUMPING Beds: The College EC; Evening Clear Round Showjumping. Tel: 01234 708400 FRIDAY 1ST MAY DRESSAGE Essex: Brook Farm TC; British Dressage. Tel: 01708 687550 DRESSAGE Essex: Wix EC; Evening Unaffiliated Dressage. Tel: 01255 870744 SHOWJUMPING Essex: Barleylands EC; Evening Showjumping. Tel: 07545 010770



SHOWJUMPING Suffolk: Topthorn Arena: Open Evening Showjumping. Tel: 01449 711962 SATURDAY 2ND MAY DRESSAGE Beds: The College EC; British Dressage. Tel: 01234 708400 DRESSAGE Essex: Brook Farm TC; Unaffiliated Dressage. Tel: 01708 687550 SHOWJUMPING Suffolk: Topthorn Arena: Mini to Metre Showjumping. Tel: 01449 711962 SUNDAY 3RD MAY CAR BOOT Suffolk: Topthorn Arena: Car Boot Sale. Tel: 01449 711962 DRESSAGE Beds: The College EC; British Dressage. Tel: 01234 708400 DRESSAGE Beds: Twin Trees EC; Dressage. Tel: 01767 627414 DRESSAGE Norfolk: Anvil Park Stud; Unaffiliated Dressage. Tel: 07879 881755 ONE DAY EVENT Norfolk: Blackwater Farm; Dunston Harriers Hunt Club One Day Event. Tel: 01362 688227 SHOWING Cambs: Fenland EC; In Hand & Ridden Showing. Tel: 01945 466617 SHOWJUMPING Essex: Codham Park EC; Senior British Showjumping. Tel: 01371 851135 SHOWJUMPING Essex: Harolds Park Farm EC; Unaffiliated Showjumping. Tel: 07775 516945 SHOWJUMPING Norfolk: Brampton EC; Unaffiliated Showjumping. Tel: 07824 344072 SHOWJUMPING Norfolk: Forest Edge Arena; Unaffiliated Showjumping. Tel: 01760 722616 SHOWJUMPING Suffolk: The Jays; Senior British Showjumping. Tel: 07759 603120 MONDAY 4TH MAY DRESSAGE Essex: Brook Farm TC; Evening Dressage. Tel: 01708

687550 TUESDAY 5TH MAY SHOWJUMPING Essex: Codham Park EC; Senior British Showjumping. Tel: 01371 851135 SHOWJUMPING Norfolk: Anvil Park Stud; Senior British Showjumping. Tel: 07879 881755 SHOWJUMPING Norfolk: Forest Edge Arena; Evening Showjumping. Tel: 01760 722616 WEDNESDAY 6TH MAY DRESSAGE Beds: The College EC; Affiliated and Unaffiliated Dressage. Tel: 01234 708400 SHOWJUMPING Essex: Brook Farm TC; British Showjumping. Tel: 01708 687550 SHOWJUMPING Essex: Brook Farm TC; Evening Showjumping. Tel: 01708 687550 SHOWJUMPING Suffolk: The Jays; Senior British Showjumping. Tel: 07759 603120 THURSDAY 7TH MAY CAR BOOT Beds: The College EC; Evening Car Boot Sale. Tel: 01234 708400 DRESSAGE Beds: The College EC; British Dressage. Tel: 01234 708400 FRIDAY 8TH MAY DRESSAGE Norfolk: Anvil Park Stud; British Dressage. Tel: 07879 881755 SHOWJUMPING Cambs: Fenland EC; Clear Round Evening Showjumping. Tel: 01945 466617 SHOWJUMPING Essex: Barleylands EC; Evening Showjumping. Tel: 07545 010770 SHOWJUMPING Essex: Brook Farm TC; Evening Showjumping. Tel: 01708 687550 SHOWJUMPING Suffolk:

Topthorn Arena: Novice Evening Showjumping. Tel: 01449 711962 SATURDAY 9TH MAY DRESSAGE Essex: Wix EC; British Dressage. Tel: 01255 870744 EVENTING Beds: The College EC; British Eventing. Tel: 01234 708400 SHOWJUMPING Essex: Codham Park EC; Unaffiliated Showjumping. Tel: 01371 851135 SHOWJUMPING Norfolk: Anvil Park Stud; Senior British Showjumping. Tel: 07879 881755 SHOWJUMPING Suffolk: Topthorn Arena: Crosspole and Mini Showjumping. Tel: 01449 711962 SUNDAY 10TH MAY DRESSAGE Essex: Fletcher’s Farm; Unaffiliated Dressage. Tel: 01206 242210 DRESSAGE Suffolk: Martley Hall Stud; Affiliated and Unaffiliated Dressage. Tel: 07881 802129 DRESSAGE Suffolk: Topthorn Arena: Unaffiliated Dressage. Tel: 01449 711962 EVENTING Beds: The College EC; British Eventing. Tel: 01234 708400 SHOWJUMPING Cambs: Fenland EC; Showjumping. Tel: 01945 466617 SHOWJUMPING Cambs: Grey Fern Park EC; Unaffiliated Showjumping. Tel: 07879 492068 SHOWJUMPING Essex: Codham Park EC; Unaffiliated Showjumping. Tel: 01371 851135 SHOWJUMPING Norfolk: Anvil Park Stud; Senior British Showjumping. Tel: 07879 881755.


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