Absolute Horse - August 2019

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More Eco-Friendly with Zoe Kiff from Honest Riders


Rhea Asks - Do You Need a Little Extra Support?


NEW: Paul Herbert’s legal advice - Keeping a Horse at My Property - What Do I Need to Know?


Samantha Hardingham Introducing Uur 20-Day Squat Challenge - Are You Up For It?


Event and Reader Reports


Classifieds/Vets Directory


Agroco-sponsored Showdates Diary

Though every attempt is made to ensure accuracy, PCD Media Ltd cannot be held responsible for the opinions expressed in the magazine. The opinions and technical information in the articles are those of the authors.

Herbs, Leaves, Berries, Roots and Seeds Explained


Donna’s American Dream


Nutrition - Why Feed a Mash?


Ten Practical Ways to Take Control of Your Horse’s Weight


Buyer’s Guide


What’s On


Saddlery & Tack


The Professionals - including Harriet Morris-Baumber and Camilla Kruger

FEATURES 8 Careers, Education and Training - including freelance writer Emma Stenhouse, Equiboodles’ Victoria Bodey, BRS student Reece Saunders and we meet the team behind Horseshoe Hearts


British Breeding Update


Health & Welfare - including VetWatch by Rossdales on Osteoarthritis in the Horse, Rossdales Veterinary Surgeons celebrating sixty years; Complementary Therapies; and Dealing with Injury


Health & Welfare - 10 Ways to Make Your Life

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he month of June saw two exciting firsts for the Absolute Horse. At the start of the month the magazine was included in a subscription box for the very first time. Launched in May by founder Stephanie James, ‘The Tack Box’ showcases a variety of products from recognised brands. At the start of each month The Tack Box is mailed to subscribers where they get to enjoy a special selection of gorgeous horse and rider products. One lucky recipient of June’s The Tack Box was popular You Tuber Georgia Kavulok from LilPetChannel, who vlogged about opening it. With over 8.5 million views on her channel and 67,000 subscribers, Georgia has a large online audience who avidly watch her weekly videos. The vlog, entitled ‘My Boyfriend and I Care For All The Animals’ had amassed 15,000 views at the time of going to press, and the Absolute Horse Magazine is seen during the video being admired by Georgia. www.youtube.com/user/lilpetchannel www.thetackbox.co.uk



uffolk-based equestrian-bedding specialists, Phillips Brothers, are celebrating after winning the ‘Family Business of the Year’ award at the Suffolk Business Awards event that was held at Milsoms, Kesgrave Hall, recently. “It is such an honour to receive this award,” said MD Jane Knapp. “Being in a family business we rarely recognise our own achievements, so to have this outside recognition is so good for our family and team.” The company are this year celebrating 125 years of business. www.phillipsbrothers.co.uk


Competition winners: Cavello: Cate Last - Suffolk; Suzanne Ashley - Norfolk. Global Herbs: Diana Cook Norfolk; Lisa Wilshire Suffolk; Mel Kelso - Essex; Julie Chick - Suffolk. Lycetts Festival of Hunting: Deborah Smith Essex; Elle Wilby - Suffolk; Johanne Butler - Beds; Katrina Blower - Norfolk. Mountain Horse: Nicola Broadbent - Suffolk.


quilab, the app and social network for equestrians, has partnered with world-famous film music and sound library, De Wolfe Music to allow a hitherto-unknown horse the chance to achieve celluloid immortality by providing a short recording of a horse noise which will potentially be used in movies for decades to come. Equilab is asking equestrians to submit a high-quality recording of their horse - neighing, whinnying, snorting, or nickering - via a sound recording feature within the free-to-use Equilab app. A panel of Judges consisting of Adam Torkelsson, CEO and co-founder of Equilab, Janine De Wolfe, Director of De Wolfe SFX, and Nic de Brauwere, Head of Welfare and Behaviour at Redwings, will select the winning noise from the submissions. Equestrians wanting to submit their horse’s sound effect can download the Equilab app for iOS and Android or follow the instructions on the page. www.equilab.horse/hollywood_stardom



ocal girl, Eve Corrigan, 11, visited Bransby Horses Rescue and Welfare recently to present a very special cheque for £150. Eve has been raising money in memory of her own horse, Bracken, who passed away earlier this year. From cake sales to odd jobs, Eve has raised this money for the charity, so that neglected and mistreated horses and ponies can be cared for. www.bransbyhorses.co.uk



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o celebrate the launch of its sponsorship of the British Riding Clubs Intermediate Winter Championships 2020, HorseHage and Mollichaff is searching for a brand ambassador. Said Chris Tar of HorseHage: “We are looking for an amateur rider to support. The chosen person would receive £500 worth of HorseHage and Mollichaff products along with a branded saddlecloth, rug and training jacket. “The person we are looking for would need to be an active member of British Riding Clubs (BRC) and can be any age, competing at any level and discipline within BRC, and be keen to promote our brands in a positive light whilst out and about competing or on the yard. “The chosen person would be our brand ambassador for one year and would have a rider blog spot on the HorseHage and Mollichaff website and will feature in regular posts on our Facebook page.” For full terms and conditions please visit: www.horsehage.co.uk



ritish Breeding are delighted to announce a new celebration for British breeders at the end of the 2019 season. The British Breeding Celebration Ball will be held at Grittleton House, Wiltshire, on 9th November. In the beautiful setting of this historic country home, the event will recognise the achievements of participants in the British Breeding Baileys Horse Feeds Futurity series and Equine Bridge in a fun packed evening of dining and dancing, with a fundraising auction. British Breeding Director Rachael Holdsworth explains, “We are very excited about this new event, which will provide an uplifting finale to the breeding season, as well as giving us the opportunity to recognise the many wonderful achievements of British breeders.” Jane Buchan, Marketing Manager of Futurity sponsor, Baileys Horse Feeds, says, “We are very much looking forward to supporting the new event.” Tickets to this ball will be sold at £100 per person. www.british-breeding.com See pages 56 and 57 for more British Breeding updates...



ndurance GB has named its Senior Squad of nominated entries submitted to the FEI for the team that will take part at this summer’s 160km European Championships at Euston Park in Suffolk on 17th August. The squad includes seven riders from whom a team of five combinations will be selected to represent Great Britain after a final selection weekend. The combinations include: Lauren Mills, 25, from Suffolk, with HS Jamal; Nicola Thorne, 48, from Norfolk, with LM Bolena.



he Traditional Gypsy Cob Association (TGCA) is taking its goal to ‘Give a cob a job’ one step further this summer. In conjunction with its welfare arm, Cob Care, the TGCA is in the process of setting up an equine therapy centre near Canterbury in Kent. Cobs in need will be rescued and once fully back to good health will have a job to do at the therapy centre. Andrea Betteridge, the founding director of the TGCA has set up this new venture to give more traditional gypsy cobs a job and in doing so, encourage better breeding choices which will result in giving these animals a higher value and a retail market. Andrea said: “We plan to rescue cobs and give them a job at our therapy centre once they are fully rehabilitated.” This year is also the first time the SEIB Search for a Star series is holding a class for pure-bred traditional cobs with a Horse of the Year show championship for solid coloured and piebald and skewbald traditional cobs. www.cobcare.co.uk Colin, the first cob to be rescued by the Cob Care Equine Therapy centre



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am a freelance writer, small business owner, mother of one very energetic and beautiful daughter, and am passionate about horses. “From studying for a degree in Equine Science, to riding across Easter Island, flying around the

Emma trekking to 1,700m above sea level

racetracks of New Zealand, and learning the trails of the Sierra Nevada mountain range, my love of horses has certainly shaped both my career and my personal life. “It was inevitable that I would end up studying horses at

university, and I completed my degree at Hartpury College. This gave me a fantastic grounding in many different areas, and knowledge that I still use every day. While at university, I volunteered at the on-site Equine Therapy Centre. This was an invaluable experience, allowing me to understand the process of rehabilitation. “After graduating, I found a lack of jobs in the equine sector, so went on to study for a Masters in Applied Marine Science at Plymouth University. Of course, I couldn’t be without horses, so I also worked at a showing yard where I met my horse, Trifle. I then worked for a District Council in Devon, before backpacking through Latin America, Australia, and New Zealand. “I decided to move to New Zealand, and met my future husband here. We lived on the South Island, where I worked at the New Zealand Marine Science Centre, and a Harness Racing stables. I trained as a junior driver, attended

race meets, and started the horses under saddle. “We moved to the UK for three years where I worked as a Secondary Science Teacher. My inspiration to teach was to pass on some of the experiences that I had gained and inspire some budding scientists, unfortunately the stressful reality of the job hit hard… tough gig that teaching business!

Emma winning Best Riding Horse at Liskeard Show before relocating to Spain



t’s a well-known fact that behind every successful company lies a team of inspired, creative and innovative employees. Global Herbs has recently appointed a new member to their Eastern region sales team, David Hopkins, plus announced an in-house management promotion for Technical and


Quality Control Manager, Louise Scott. David Hopkins has joined the sales team as the Eastern Area Sales Manager. “A horse’s wellbeing is key to me and our products help to support that wellbeing. Working with the fantastic team at Global Herbs, I now get to share that message with both my retailers and

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rittle University College (WUC) is celebrating a transformation. Following £1.5 million investment in equine facilities, WUC has also refreshed its yard management team. The University College’s new equine resource manager is the internationally well-regarded Dan Cook. During his twenty year career within the sector, Dan headed highly-respected professional yards in his home country of Australia, overseeing 100+ horses and up to forty staff. After arriving in the UK, Dan ran his own international bloodstock company, buying and selling horses all over the world from the UK, Europe, the USA, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, and Australia. He then worked at a senior managerial level for two children’s charities. These inner-city organisations transform the lives of young people living in disadvantaged communities in the UK,

our end customers,” said David. Louise Scott joined the company almost two years ago and has recently been promoted to Technical and Quality Control Manager. Since joining the company, Louise has developed the quality systems. Based at the head office in Chichester, Sussex, Louise is on hand to assist with technical queries. www.globalherbs.co.uk

by providing them with the opportunity to access, ride and be around horses. Dan is now working for WUC, the only University College in the UK to offer a fully operational stud in addition to equestrian facilities. Dan Cook is joined by an updated team with strong equestrian backgrounds. Assistant stud groom, Emily Southwick, holds a master degree in veterinary physiotherapy. Assistant yard coordinator, Hannah Bentley was the yard manager at Maple Pollard, before working with Oldencraig Equestrian Centre and the Hallingbury Hall team. The most recent addition to the staff, yard manager, Clare Jacobs took up her post in spring 2019. Clare has been riding since the age of five and holds a BSc in equine science, a stage 3 in complete horsemanship (BHSAI) and recently completed her stage 4 senior coaching exam. www.writtle.ac.uk

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“So, when a good friend offered me the job as a trek leader for her centre in Andalucía, I jumped at the chance! This was a dream job – being out on a horse all day in some of the most amazing scenery was bliss. “After our daughter was born, I needed a job where I could be at home more. This was when I started working as a freelance writer. Luckily, my scientific background helped me to find work, and I now write for a range of digital and print media outlets, focusing mostly on canine and equine content. “Our other business, Ghost Saddles Spain, came about when I was looking for a new saddle for my horse, Trifle. She and I both loved the saddles, so it made sense to become the Spanish stockists for this fabulous brand. “It can be a challenge balancing work and home life, as any of us who works at home surrounded by a small child and animals can attest to! Despite this, I love the freedom that my work brings me. I can be saddle fitting one day, riding my horse the next, and working on an article in the evening!” www.emmastenhousewrites. wordpress.com/




Victoria Bodey


unning a tack shop, if you’re horsey, has to be one of the best jobs out there – but it’s not one that should be seen as a hobby – if you want your business to thrive, you have to treat it seriously. “We have huge amounts of fun, especially when it comes to product selection; deciding which brands to stock is a big thing – and not just the brands, but the pieces within the collections. With brands like Euro-Star and Pikeur for example, they have two seasonal collections each year. We love the new collections as the colourways are on trend and

Victoria Bodey in Vixen


reflect the season so they’re a great way of keeping the store fresh and introducing new colours to our customers. And we do love putting together the displays in store with the different ranges; we see displays as a form of art! “We are constantly seeking out new products our customers will love. We want to provide our customers with the new lines we see, but they have to fit with everything else we do here. “We’re really picky about what we take on and we spend a lot of time learning about the range and talking about it with our customers. If we don’t know what we’re talking about or why a product is good, we can’t pass that on. “We also only sell products that we as a team like and/or use. We regularly have discussions


about products between ourselves. We only sell products that we believe in. New products are taken on and then trialled by us too. This allows us to really help customers with their queries and offer advice we know is correct, because we’ve experienced it! “I’ve just launched two pieces from our exclusive Equiboodle range – which is incredible – it’s been a dream of mine for as long as I can remember to have my own product range. So it had to be good quality, well designed, and really speak to our customers… and now we have the Vixen and Supastar – a sweatshirt with high collar and leopard print Equiboodle logo, and a t-shirt with a gorgeous gold glitter logo in the middle. “We also strive to hold as much stock as we can to ensure our customers leave with what they want rather than have to order it in. Because we know how annoying that can be! We love seeing customers try on new collections, admire the new colours and so much more.

“There’s one area when running a shop that is a money can’t buy ‘thing’ and something that is a big deal for us. And that’s customer service. We want to ensure that every customer leaves feeling that they have been well looked after. “It’s important to know why people come to you - ours is approachability. We have a policy to ensure that everyone who walks through our doors or visits us online is treated with kindness and respect whether they’re a five star event rider or a new pony owner. To us every customer matters and their needs and wants do too.” www.equiboodle.co.uk

Reece MY CAREER: Saunders


re you an avid reader of Absolute Horse with the dream of working with horses? But you’ve never even touched a horse so why on earth would you consider an equine career? That’s exactly how Reece Saunders felt until his friend told him about the Apprenticeship in Racehorse Care at The British Racing School in Newmarket. We caught up with Reece, 19, in his final week of a 14-week residential course at The BRS to find out how he was turning a dream into reality… “I’m a city lad, I live in Exeter and although I loved watching the racing on TV, football and boxing were my sports, they were accessible, horses just weren’t to somebody like me. That was until Nathan Smeath (who attended the BRS in 2018) showed me a Youtube video of Gavin Ashton, a normal lad with no experience of horses at all who did the Apprenticeship course and is now riding

winners as an Apprentice Jockey. This made me realise that I could do the same, so I applied. “Without any experience the BRS put me on a 1-week Introduction course, an opportunity to see if I liked racing and whether I was right for racing. The result? It was a yes to both. I was immediately signed up to a 14-week course. I graduate next week and can honestly say, it’s been long and hard but really enjoyable; I’ve grown as a person and learned loads, not just about caring and riding racehorses, the other educational parts of the course have been hugely beneficial too. I failed English at school but have re-taken it at The BRS and passed, I wouldn’t have achieved this without this course. “Once I’ve graduated I’ll be heading out in to my first job in racing, and it’s my dream job, I’ll be working for Richard Hannon Racing.

I’ve set myself a two year goal to finish my apprenticeship and obtain my Apprentice Jockey Licence. BRS Graduate Tom Marquand, now a professional jockey, rides out for Richard Hannon Jnr so I hope to learn from him, follow in his footsteps and one day be a professional jockey!” If you’d like more information on the Apprenticeships and courses offered by The British Racing School head to their website www.brs.org.uk or email careers@brs.org.uk


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ere at Horseshoe Hearts we are in love with nostalgia, old things and creating new from something old. We love old barns and forgotten places that whisper their stories. I think that old horseshoes whisper too of the memories held within them, thrills, spills, tears and triumphs held within the humble horseshoe. “It was this, together with a love of horses, that has compelled us to create all sorts of Horseshoe Keepsakes, Gifts and Homeware. Mr HH, Barry, has been a farrier all his life and removed his first

shoe when he was just 6-yearsold. I, Faye, am an artist with a passion for books, poetry and of course, horses. “It began when Barry forged a heart from my own pony’s shoe and gave it to me one Christmas. Of course, as any horse crazy person would be, I

was thrilled. I loved that the heart was still recognisable as, and forged from, one whole horseshoe. Over time we perfected the clean, simple lines of our Horseshoe Heart that we are so very proud of. Our range has grown and we now offer functional items such as horseshoe hooks, hoof-picks, bottle and glass holders, as well as more decorative items like candle holders, fairy doors and gorgeous wall art. Our Horseshoe Hearts often appeal to those looking for wedding gifts. They make a fantastic twist to the traditional gift of a lucky horseshoe to a bride on her wedding day. Only used horseshoes are considered lucky as the horse is said to strike in the luck with every foot fall. We can even hand stamp names, dates or even phrases onto horseshoes and hearts for a really bespoke piece. We are currently working on a wedding hire range that we are so excited to be able to offer soon – watch this space! “Creating sentimental keepsakes has become a large part of what we do too. Customers can send us their own shoes for us to work our magic with. To create a


unique piece that means so much to a client, often from a horse that has sadly passed away, never ceases to be very humbling. To be trusted with these precious shoes and have a hand in keeping a special fourfooted friend’s memory alive is a real privilege. “We supply our upcycled horseshoe products in environmentally friendly packaging which has at times involved much late-night


research! Who knew we would be wistfully looking at automatic gummed paper tape machines at midnight! Our favourite addition has been our Jute Gift Bags that orders are sent out in. They are ethically sourced and being made from a natural fibre they are compostable too. Though we hope our customers will find them useful to reuse, perhaps for plaiting kit or grooming brushes, or even keeping carrots fresh! (We think that will be your pony’s favourite!) Jute seemed the perfect choice as Barry remembers his father, who was also a farrier, having large sacks of horseshoes delivered to their home when he was a child – so it evokes fond memories for him as well as being another nod to the good old days of jute rugs! “We are based in small village in the gorgeous Hertfordshire countryside with our three cats Merlin, Morgaine and Ranna and two rescue staffs Luna and Ruby. We dream of one day owning our own smallholding in somewhere over hill or dale where we would love to keep our ponies, two Arabs, three Welsh and a Dartmoor Hill Pony at home with us. I would love to have some goats, it’s a dream of mine to milk them and make goats cheese! Barry would love a large stone forge to carry on his blacksmithing dream as well as a stone barn to keep as many anvils of different ages, makes and styles as he could.. one can never have too many anvils!” www.horseshoehearts.co.uk



n equestrian sport, we have coaches and instructors that help us to perform at our peak, and while it’s not exactly unheard of in business and branding circles to have a coach, it’s a little less common in equestrian and country circles… but it can be hugely valuable. I’m not quite sure where coaching in business started, but I for one have seen first hand the value that a coach can have; both as the coach and as the coached. I work with a business coach who quite regularly pushes me beyond my comfort zone, and the amazing business owners, bloggers and riders in my group coaching community achieve incredible things inside and out. I find that so rewarding. But how do you pick the right person to work with? Well, it’s just like finding a riding instructor or any other kind of coach. Do they have form? Do they know what they’re doing? Do they have experience and expertise? Have they got any kind of results? And, and this is a biggy – will they ‘get’ you? If there’s one thing I’ve learnt through coaching it’s that there’s no one size fits all. And even in a group coaching setting I am very aware of this. So some of the challenges set within the group are perfect for some of the participants at this time, but others will participate in a quieter way and perhaps do the legwork but not complete the challenge… and you know what? That’s absolutely fine.


We’re all at different stages and as a coach, you have to put a lot of the responsibility in the hands of the person you’re coaching. They need to do the work. I guess it’s the difference between paying for an instructor to teach you and paying for a professional rider to ride your horse. You don’t need to have any input to get the horse going well if the rider is in the saddle, do you? They’ll be making the adjustments and improving the horse’s way of going from the second their bum hits the saddle. But conversely they can tell you to half halt until they go blue in the face but if you don’t do it, it’s not happening. So can businesses benefit from coaching? 100% yes IF they find the right coach and they are prepared to put in the work. As for the kind of coaching, there are a few different variations like membership (which is rolling month on month) and programme (which covers a set number of weeks or months), but there’s generally group or one to one. The latter can be great for really specific issues that you might want to discuss in private, but the group idea also has massive benefits, particularly for sole traders and for people who can feel a bit isolated in their business. The community formed within the group coaching system can also be incredible, and I have seen the small businesses in mine really flourish from working together too.

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steoarthritis (OA) is a term that is widely used in veterinary practice and is most commonly, but not exclusively, associated with aged horses. OA can present in a variety of different ways and will depend on the progression of the disease and the joint/s it affects, but most frequently will be associated with lameness. OA is progressive in nature with veterinary intervention based on slowing the advancement and managing the clinical signs, rather than a cure. Joint anatomy To completely understand OA, it is essential to briefly review the generic anatomy of the equine synovial joint (figure 1). These synovial joints allow articulation between relatively rigid bones, allowing transferal of forces and also flexibility and motion within the limbs. Another role of the synovial joints is, to some degree, shock absorbing. Viscous synovial fluid located within the joint acts as a lubricant between the two bony surfaces with a synovial capsule encompassing the non-bony margins. Articular cartilage lines the surface of the bone; the bone in this location is


Figure 1: Diagrammatic 2D representation of synovial joint depicting the main anatomical landmarks

termed subchondral bone, within the synovial cavity. There are also a multitude of soft tissue structures within and surrounding the equine joints, which vary between each joint and have a plethora of different roles stabilising the mechanical structure. The causes The synovial environment is a complex balance of multiple molecules, ensuring a healthy setting for all of the components involved. Small alterations in this

relationship can result in a cascade of inflammatory changes, with cytokines playing a central role in the development of OA. OA develops over a period of time and can be initiated by a variety of different factors but most frequently there is a mechanical imbalance. A few common causes include trauma, joint loading changes or overuse, although there are many more potential factors. The overuse theory is more widely accepted especially in



By Sam Offord BVSc, MRCVS



cases of OA identified in younger athletic horses. All joints will remodel in normal conditions in response to changes in load. However, overloading, particularly when changed quickly, potentially will not allow the anatomical structures, especially the bone, to adapt adequately. In some cases this can result in bone fracture; this is most frequently associated with racehorses and these can present as stress fractures. Overuse of a joint can result in changes to the cartilage and subchondral bone, with some sclerosis (increase in density) of the subchondral bone, which

contributes to the development of OA. Excessive exercise will result in cartilage damage and fibrillation, which is another factor resulting in the development of OA. Ultimately there is degradation of joint cartilage, and in more severe cases cartilage loss, which will result in the subchondral bone not being protected. This boneon-bone contact will be very painful and represents more end-stage OA. Veterinary investigation As alluded to previously, OA predominantly presents as lameness in the equine

population. Often, but not always, there will be clinical signs associated with an osteoarthritic joint, including synovial effusion (production of more synovial fluid when in an inflammatory environment) and in severe cases bony remodelling may be palpable on clinical examination. These findings may not be present or appreciable depending on the joint involved and the current stage of the disease. To localise where the lameness is originating, diagnostic local anaesthesia (nerve/joint blocks) may be used to identify problematic areas and Continued overleaf...


Sam Offord BVSc, MRCVS Sam joined the team of ambulatory veterinary surgeons at Rossdales Hertfordshire earlier this year, having spent the past four years working at our hospital and diagnostic centre in Newmarket. He spent the last two years working alongside Rossdales partner Andy Bathe, a specialist sport horse clinician and surgeon, and was primarily involved with lameness and poor performance assessments of competition horses. Sam graduated from the University of Bristol Veterinary School in 2013 and subsequently worked in a mixed practice in Oxfordshire, where he was involved in both equine and farm work before joining Rossdales.

Figure 2: X-ray of right hock with arrow indicating osteoarthritic change within the distal intertarsal joint

Figure 3: Oblique X-ray of right fore pastern showing new bone formation at the joint margin, as indicated by the arrow

Sam sees a wide variety of horses and ponies and is particularly interested in poor performance and lameness investigations. He is also an FEI Permitted Treating Veterinarian.



Figure 4: Multiple radiographs showing before (left), shortly after with cast still applied (middle) and a few months following (right) surgical pastern arthrodesis using a plate and screws.

joint. This can help guide the prognosis and define the treatment and management options available for each individual case.

Unfortunately, as with most treatments, there are risks to joints, especially in cases where intra-articular medications, clinical indicators are lacking. predominantly joint infection, and when using corticosteroids, Radiographs laminitis. Imaging changes associated Treatment and There are other therapies, such with OA are most commonly management as bisphosphonates, which act seen on radiographs (x-rays) and Treatment varies depending on to reduce the overactive bone will depend on the disease the site of pathology and the remodelling that occurs in OA progression but can include severity of the associated clinical and specifically inhibit bone bone sclerosis, bone loss also signs. The mainstay of treatment resorption. known as bone lysis and new is to reduce the inflammation A variety of products, both bone formation. Figures 2 and 3 within the joint, which is injectable and oral promote show radiographs of distal normally associated with pain healthy joint environments and intertarsal joint and pastern joint and lameness. There are many can be beneficial as adjunctive OA respectively. Radiographic different anti-inflammatory therapies. These can often be findings can sometimes be drugs that can be used but used in conjunction with intradramatic but must be corticosteroid is the most articular medications, or in cases incorporated into the clinical frequented type to manage where this would be picture and don’t always equine osteoarthritis. There are a contraindicated, for example in correlate with the clinical few corticosteroids that we can horses with an increased risk of findings. use and the drug choice will steroid-induced laminitis. Radiographic changes allow the depend on the type of joint Systemic non-steroidal antiveterinarian firstly to identify the being treated; predominantly if inflammatory drugs can be joint involved, if not already it is a high- or low-motion joint, useful in managing lameness known, and to assess how and whether a short- or longassociated with OA. In more advanced the OA is within that acting corticosteroid is required. severe cases, often when other Continued from previous page...

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treatment options have not been successful, arthrodesis is employed to immobilise the joint. Surgical or chemical arthrodesis can be used in lowmotion joints such as the pastern and distal hock joints, as seen in figure 4. Immobilising these joints will reduce the pain from the bony surfaces rubbing against each other. Conclusion Although OA is a relatively common joint disease and is widely associated with lameness, with thorough investigation, appropriate management and treatment horses can often continue with relatively normal and happy lives. However, some cases can be more problematic and either more aggressive veterinary intervention is required or a reduction in the exercise load can sometimes be the only options available if other therapies have been exhausted.


Peter Rossdale

Mike Shepherd


elite performance horses, to heavy horses, riding ponies, miniature breeds and donkeys ONE OF THE LARGEST INDEPENDENT EQUINE VETERINARY and every one of our equine PRACTICES IN EUROPE, IS CELEBRATING SIXTY YEARS OF SERVICE patients receives the same high standard of care.” ossdales was The practice operates from four for the practice and for Rossdales Equine Hospital and established in sites in Newmarket, Exning, Rossdales Laboratories, the Diagnostic Centre has been Newmarket in 1959 by Hertfordshire and Lambourn. respected diagnostic laboratory designated ‘Outstanding’ in four Peter Rossdale. His vision was Rossdales’ Managing Partner service which was established RCVS Practice Standards Scheme for an equine veterinary Mike Shepherd said: “We are more than fifty years ago. It is (PSS) awards. Rossdales’ practice based on scientific very proud to be celebrating our also the base for our dedicated ambulatory service in principles, evidence-based Diamond Anniversary. The team of ambulatory vets who Newmarket has achieved the medicine, and a personalised practice has grown enormously serve a large number of sport same ‘Outstanding’ status, service to his clients and their over the years and our and leisure horse clients making Rossdales the second horses. Sixty years on, those commitment to continually throughout the Eastern region – practice in the UK to have principles and qualities are still invest in our facilities and in new this is an area of our practice achieved all five RCVS PSS integral to the ethos of the technologies has enabled us to that continues to expand.” awards. practice as it celebrates its recruit some of the best The internationally-renowned In recent years Rossdales has Diamond Anniversary. clinicians in the world. They in Rossdales Equine Hospital and further expanded its services by Today, Rossdales has fifty turn are supported by excellent Diagnostic Centre is situated in opening two branch practices, veterinary surgeons, more than teams of technicians, yard and nearby Exning and sees more the first in Hertfordshire in 2012 one hundred support staff and office staff.” than 3000 horses annually from and the second in Lambourn at an international reputation for Mike continued: “Our stud and across the UK for diagnostic, the beginning of 2017. Both providing world class racing veterinary teams offer medical, surgical and practices have dedicated ambulatory, referral and one of the largest Thoroughbred reproductive referrals. Mike veterinary teams who provide laboratory services. The ambulatory services in Europe explained: “Our specialist teams comprehensive ambulatory veterinary team is led by RCVS, from our practice at Beaufort at the hospital and diagnostic services to their clients. European and American Cottage Stables in the centre of centre see horses from all www.rossdales.com recognised veterinary specialists. Newmarket – the original site disciplines and breeds - from





NEW RESEARCH: Good Vibrations


orse owners have long recognised the benefits of investing in noninvasive equine therapy and treatments to help boost their horses’ performance and wellbeing, but now Niagara Healthcare, the company behind Equissage Pulse, has invested in research into the effect of cycloidal vibration on equine locomotion when applied to the thoracic spine and hindquarters. The fascinating results were published in the Journal of Equine Veterinary Science in November 2018. The aim of this study, which was carried out by an independent expert team of professionals from Centaur Biomechanics,


vibration therapy. Both groups were equipped with eight inertial sensors and assessed in trot. The study, which took nearly two years to complete, showed that the group which received Royal Veterinary College, vibration therapy by means of Woolcroft Saddlery and positioning a roller on the Sparsholt University was to horse’s back together with a establish the immediate effect a hand held unit housing a unit roller containing a unit providing delivering cycloidal vibration, cycloidal vibration therapy had an immediate effect on the positioned on the thoracic spine, horse by altering thoracic range had on locomotion, muscular of motion, thoracolumbar development and pelvic musculature, and pelvic symmetry in a group of nonsymmetry thus increasing range lame horses. of motion. However, in the A sample of thirty horses, all placebo group, which followed aged from 6 to 12-years, were the same protocol excluding used in the trial and prior to the receiving any vibration therapy, trial all underwent a veterinary no changes in any measured assessment to check for parameters were observed. soundness. The horses were then The study’s coauthor Russell randomly assigned into two Guire of Centaur Biomechanics groups: a treatment group which points out that although there received a 20-minute cycloidal have been many claims made vibration therapy, and a placebo about the use and effectiveness group that did not receive any of therapy products over the

years, there remains a lack of evidence to support them. “Horse owners seek solutions to help improve their horse’s performance and provide some level of protection against injury,” says Russell. “Equissage came to us looking for an independent study to be carried out to investigate the effect that their product has on whole horse locomotion,” he explains. “We’re interested in carrying out research on anything which is related to improving the welfare, soundness and performance of the ridden horse. We were impressed with Equissage and their passion to gain objective evidence to support or disprove their claims. “Excitingly, horse owners, veterinarians, therapists and riders are looking for objective evidence to support the many claims made in the industry. This is a great thing as it is raising the bar of products available to horse

owners. “Proactive companies are keen to commission projects in an attempt to gain independent evidence on their products use and benefits. This can only be a good thing for the industry, providing evidence based information on various products.” The study’s research team used the Equissage Pulse roller on the horses’ backs positioned in the region of T10-T13 and the results showed that vibration therapy increased whole horse locomotion, as well as increasing the horses’ muscle dimensions at T13. “We tested the horses immediately after the treatment,” explains Russell. “This study only looked at the immediate changes. However, it’s likely that these benefits would be long term however, although our study didn’t investigate this.” This was a controlled blinded study using state-of-the-art measuring systems to objectively analyse the horse locomotion pre and post treatment. The research team noted the changes and improvements in range of motion which were seen in the treatment group, whereas in the placebo group no changes were found. “From our previous work we have shown that this area [T10T13] is associated with improved gait features when pressures created from saddles are reduced,” explains Russell. “It’s an area that has considerable muscular attachment aiding locomotion and stabilisation of the back.

“Over the past ten years we have been researching the horse’s thoracolumbar region (back) in respect of the interaction of the horse, saddle and rider. This study has shown that there is increased range of motion of T13 and that the epaxial musculature increased in its dimension as a result of vibration therapy – this is super cool.” How it works Research has shown that Equissage Pulse delivers not only enhanced performance, but successful rehabilitation for a range of injuries and is proven for use as daily maintenance in warming up and cooling down pre and post workout as it improves local blood circulation, lymphatic drainage, relaxation and joint mobility. The Equissage unit delivers powerful cycloidal (three-way) vibrations to the whole body, and is scientifically proven to help in rehabilitation from a multitude of injuries or persistent conditions. “The demands on the ridden horse are ever increasing and the risk of injury to the horse is ever

apparent,” says Russell, who bought the Equissage system himself after analysing all of the data and since then his three horses have worn the cycloidal vibration roller every day pre and post exercise. “There are many products available however a paucity of evidence on their effectiveness and benefits. I would strongly advise all horse owners who are looking to invest in a system to do their own research and ask for evidence to support any claims being made in any marketing campaigns. I believe owners are becoming more curious as to how things work, and why, and are looking to see objective evidence.” Russell points out that the therapy world is receiving more scientific attention which he says ‘is exciting’. “We need more companies to follow in the footsteps of Equissage to provide objective evidence to support and further develop their products in order to offer the best and most beneficial system to the horse.” www.niagaraequissage.com

By Donna Rae Walls ECBS



rookedness! The enemy of equitation. So what do we do about it? We might do the mother of all straightening exercises – shoulder-in. We might try to supple the horse’s hips with some travers. But sometimes the horse, or rider cannot be straightened by exercises. If an exercise causes pain, the muscles will lock further to protect themselves. The Bowen Technique may help in many cases, such as wrong leads, headshaking and hollowing the back. Similarly, if a rider’s pelvis is rotated they may struggle to get a correct canter lead or to maintain the canter. As a riding coach, Bowen has made me view the horse and rider as one entity - with energy flowing uninterrupted between the two. The technique is very gentle. A practitioner uses rolling moves with thumbs and fingers over specific areas allowing fascia to release and hydrate; allowing muscles to find their original blueprint. Bowen does not force the body into any outcome. It merely makes a suggestion. Or if you like, invites the body to realign itself. After all, the body knows how it should be, and will always try to go back to it’s original blueprint; just like a rubber band.

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aiding specific areas, include the Poll Cover, Bonnets or Saddle Pads, designed for use during exercise or competition. For legs, the Royal Quick Leg Wraps offer multi-functional usage as stable or travel boots, particularly beneficial following hard exercise, competition or a day’s hunting, helping to reduce swelling and aid muscle recovery. Adds Michael Eilberg, “We find that the Quick Wraps offer great protection and breathability both in and out of the stable. If we use these before exercise, the horses are much happier and easier to warm up and get started. Additionally, they provide great comfort to the horses during periods of rest or after events.” The Back on Track range offers clothing and accessories for humans, horses and dogs to support suppleness throughout muscles and joints. www.backontrack.com/uk

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heraPlate UK have announced the results of two independent clinical trials conducted by Mississippi State University. The studies investigate the effects of the Theraplate on muscle thickness and bone measurements of stable kept horses. The Theraplate is an advanced therapy platform which uses patented Wave Vortex Therapy with zero vibration, harnessing a centrifugal force to support sports conditioning and rehabilitation. The two studies investigated the effects of the Theraplate on four horses who used the Theraplate twice a day for five days a week and compared to four control horses, who were kept the same, but did not use the Theraplate. The first study investigated


t is estimated that roughly 50-60 million people each year experience a traumatic brain injury. Research has shown that depression is common after suffering an acquired brain injury (ABI) with many patients displaying reduced social integration and higher levels of isolation. Often, patients suffering from an ABI can also suffer from a lack of motivation. Encouragingly, studies into Animal Assisted therapy have shown it can improve emotional engagement for those suffering with ABIs. This can significantly impact patient outcomes, as motivation and mood are key factors in determining success of the


CLINICAL TRIALS RESULTS muscle thickness, measured using ultrasonography. Highlights of the results include a significant increase in muscle thickness, notably a 30.9% increase of the Extensor Carpi Radialis in treatment horses and an 8.9% increase of the Longissimus Thoracis, also in treatment horses – the control group which did not use the Theraplate, saw an 8.4% decrease of this muscle. The Longissimus Lumborum also presented a 7.7% increase, compared to just 2.9% in control horses. Both the Longissimus Thoracis and Longissimus Lumborum muscles are associated with supporting the thoracic and

lumbar regions, which are greatly relied upon for equine athletes. The second Background: study focused The Theraplate, a product of over thirty years on the effect of research and development, is a totally unique the Theraplate therapy platform which utilises advanced, on certain bone patented Wave Vortex Therapy. Theraplate is parameters. also used for sports conditioning and recovery of Measurements all shapes and sizes of horses, as well as humans of the Cannon and animals. The advanced Theraplate doesn’t Bone found vibrate and is impact and concussion free, that horses in making it ideal for rehabilitation, recovery and the treatment sports conditioning. group had an increased nutrient foramen thickness and to the distal limb, as well as circumference compared to the offering other benefits control group. An enlargement associated with bone density in nutrient foramen thickness and health. Interestingly, the can enhance nutrient blood flow percentage area change of the

cannon bone for the control group decreased by 30%, whereas the treatment group remained the same. With an aim to support equine performance and wellbeing, the findings of these two studies promise to further inform effective sports conditioning, recovery and rehabilitation of equine athletes. www.theraplateuk.com


BRAIN INJURY PATIENTS rehabilitation process. Specialist teams at Priory Burton Park and Priory Grafton Manor have recently welcomed two new recruits, Alfie the therapy pony and Isla, the therapy donkey. Occupational Therapists (OT) are already noticing the difference in patients’ mood and social interactions. Priory Burton Park and Priory Grafton Manor provide highly specialised neuro-behavioural rehabilitation, for a diverse range of patient groups including those with an acquired brain injury (ABI), such as traumatic

brain injury (TBI), stroke, or a progressive neurological condition (PNC). Jocelyn Plante-Bekenn, Senior Occupational therapist at The Priory’s Burton Park comments; “We found that Alfie and Isla had an immediate and significant positive impact on everyone. They provided a meaningful form of engagement that was accessible to all and created a positive atmosphere.” Extensive evidence has also supported the use of AAT in the rehabilitation of patients with progressive neurological

conditions, including cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis and spinal cord injuries. In addition, research has shown that animal therapy can improve patient outcomes for those who have difficulty with verbal

interactions. Success may be due to the tactile nature of animal therapy sessions and the ability of animals to communicate nonverbally and in a non-evaluative manner.


HEALTH & WELFARE: COMPLEMENTARY THERAPIES Abingdon, Oxfordshire, having studied up to three years at postgraduate level attaining an MSc or Post Graduate Diploma in Animal Manipulation, the only validated course of such a level within Europe. Graduates are able to offer animals chiropractic treatment based on the original McTimoney technique and approach and all MAA practitioners work closely with vets to ensure a safe, appropriate and effective treatment is carried out on all individual animals. For each and every patient, the the musculoskeletal system. The treatment focuses largely on veterinary surgeon of an animal must provide consent before any optimising the alignment of an form of McTimoney chiropractic animal’s spine and pelvis, with the objective of restoring correct treatment is administered. The McTimoney approach begins by function of the skeletal system, nervous system and surrounding taking a detailed case history, whole body static and dynamic soft tissue. A non-invasive technique, the treatment aims to assessment of the animal, resolve dysfunction and balance enabling a complete assessment. This process is essential to an animal’s musculoskeletal distinguish areas of dysfunction, system, to restore health and asymmetry and patterns of movement, soundness and movement. performance. Practitioners use their hands to All members of the MAA are administer the treatment and qualified following training at the whilst the technique is The McTimoney College in




he McTimoney Animal Association (MAA) is the professional body representing fully qualified McTimoney Animal Practitioners, ensuring ongoing training, support and insurance for it’s members. Gaining it’s name from chiropractor John McTimoney – who created and developed the technique on humans during the 1950s, later adapting it for use on animals – the McTimoney treatment is a form of chiropractic manipulation used to treat pain and dysfunction of

gentle, the movements can be adjusted to become lighter or smaller accordingly, dependant on the individual. Once treatment has been given, muscle tension, discomfort and nerve impingements are released, allowing the body to move and function at its optimum level. Personal aftercare plans are designed to ensure that an animal’s body is supported during the immediate weeks post-treatment, dependant on the individual’s regime and to assess whether further treatment is required. The McTimoney Animal Association is responsible for setting professional standards for its members and for maintaining a professional code of ethics. All members are required to carry full indemnity insurance and are required to maintain their level of expertise by undertaking continuing professional development after they have qualified. www.mctimoneyanimal.org.uk

Orange proves his zest for life...

Photo: Stu Jenkins


Maddy Taylor and Orange Houghton May 2018


vent rider Maddy Taylor, and her horse 12-year-old Throughbred chestnut gelding In A Piccle (Orange), have been aided by McTimoney Animal Practitioner Jenny Lewis MSc, BSc (hons), MMAA. Following a nasty accident which left Orange lame and Maddy with two broken ribs, the pair went on to compete at Blenheim Horse Trials in September last year. In 2018, Maddy and Orange had a nasty fall at Wellington, resulting in a full rotational fall. Recalls Jenny, “Orange was initially very lame. Maddy’s vet and I spent the following three weeks treating the horse; myself with laser, McTimoney and massage therapy, and the vet with anti-inflammatories. The vet had to stop the drug-based treatment relatively quickly due to withdrawal times, but I was able to continue with McTimoney right up until the pair left for Blenheim. I am also qualified to treat humans with my laser therapy, so was able to give Maddy some sessions to help her with pain relief and to speed up healing time with her rib fractures. Luckily, the vet gave the final OK the day before they were due to travel up for the initial inspection, and off they went to their event.”


Rose Kimberley....


y name is Rose Kimberley and I hold a BSc in Equine Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation. Postgraduation I qualified as an Equine Body Worker (EEBW) which involved 300+ hours of hands-on massage experience. “I am based in Woodbridge and practise in Suffolk and Essex. Of all the massage techniques, I prefer the Myofascial Release approach. This relaxes the horses I work on which promotes their acceptance of my attention and achieves extremely positive results. I also use stretching in my sessions and suggest exercises that clients can do with their horses in between my regular visits. “I offer Kinesio Taping for the rehabilitation of horses who are in need of extra support.” Contact Rose by phone: 07773 694931.

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Dealing With Injury



etplan Equine Ambassador Charlotte Wadley has her hands full with her three horses; Teddy, Oggie and Neeco, who is owned by Rachel Chapman. Charlotte currently competes in dressage and eventing with Oggie who is a 6-year-old Warmblood cross Thoroughbred and Teddy who is a 12-year-old Sports Horse. Charlotte has had great success with Teddy, competing consistently at BE100 level before moving up to Novice. Charlotte and Oggie are just beginning their eventing career and are hoping to head out competing at BE80 and BE90 level. Like most equestrians, Charlotte


has had few setbacks with her horses, including a knocked forelimb in the field for Oggie and lameness issues with Neeco and Teddy. Here, Charlotte talks to us about how she dealt with her horses’ injuries including how she dealt with her own psychological barriers of getting back into the saddle after time off. “In 2016 Teddy and I had our most successful year eventing yet,” begins Charlotte. “We moved up to Novice level, gaining our first few points when we came third at Gatcombe Park. A couple of weeks later we headed to Calmsden, Ted was jumping a great showjumping round until

four fences from home where we took off on a very unusual stride and kicked a pole out in front of us. Up until this point, Ted had been jumping his best round at that level yet, it was a very uncharacteristic mistake. I pulled up, trotted a circle, and carried on as he felt sound, we finished the round clear. We were eliminated because I jumped the same jump twice, but we were able to run cross country. With the blip in the showjumping on my mind, we ran cross country. I was very prepared to pull up if Ted didn’t feel right, but he sailed round clear in his usual fashion. I jumped him at home a week later and he didn’t miss a beat but as a couple more weeks passed, I felt he wasn’t quite on the ball. My vet had a look at him and agreed the same, it seemed Ted’s eventing days were over. “In addition to this, my lovely young horse, Oggie has had a number of issues, all of which have kept us off the competition circuit. We have also battled lameness issues with Neeco who we had back up and running temporarily in the dressage arena but we have recently retired him.

“This period of bad luck has been a two-and-a-half-year slog for me, and it has been physically, mentally and financially draining but we are now starting to come out the other side,” comments Charlotte. “I have learnt a number of things from having to deal with these injuries and hopefully now we can carry on and enjoy the season together.” Surround yourself with the right people “This is really important,” explains Charlotte. “You have to have support and a good team of people for both you and your horse - vet, farrier, physio, instructor etc. You need to choose the best and most experienced professionals that you can afford.” Explore all of the options “There are lots of products and therapies available and a little bit of research into these could help you find something that will aid your horses’ recovery. Acupuncture and working on a water treadmill have been fantastic for Teddy,” adds Charlotte. Be patient “You need to expect setbacks but try and stay positive. Horses are individuals and recovery from any sort of injury or illness will vary in timescale and there will almost undoubtedly be setbacks. “When getting back in the saddle there are a couple of things to bear in mind,” explains Charlotte.

Building you and your horses’ fitness “When you are faced with an injury and a period of time off it’s really difficult to stay motivated, however, try and keep yourself in shape, this will help you feel better about things. Join a Pilates group or take up running and try to find another horse to ride to keep you in the saddle.” Follow your rehabilitation plan “Having a plan with milestones will help give some focus and aid motivation,” comments Charlotte. “Depending on the injury sustained, you may be

positivity to start pushing forward. Set yourself some realistic targets that will be easy for you and your horse to achieve, this could be a longer hack, a harder schooling session, a lesson or a small competition.”

walking your horse out in-hand or under saddle for weeks or months. This can be testing, especially if your horse is on box rest and is fresh. Try to recruit a friend with a sensible horse to act as a nanny, or an experienced person on the ground to walk with you initially.”

Stepping up the workload “This has been the scariest stage for me!” exclaims Charlotte. “When you have been hit hard by injuries and issues with your horse you can actually become afraid to start progressing with their training. You become fixated on what could go wrong and may lack confidence and

Mindset “You may have a perfectly fit and healthy horse but without the right mindset you will struggle to get going again,” admits Charlotte. “Whether you have suffered a bad fall, or your horse has had injuries leading to a period of time away from riding, it is not unusual to face psychological barriers that will hold you back. You may be able to get yourself back on track by having a good support network, however if you are really struggling, a sports psychologist can be helpful and is something that I have personally found invaluable,” concludes Charlotte. www.petplanequine.co.uk




ew light has been shed on an ancient and crippling hoof disease in horses thanks to multidisciplinary research led by scientists at the University of Nottingham. The study by experts in maths, physics, stem cell biology and equine medicine reveals new clues about the causes and potential treatment of specific hoof diseases. This includes the ‘Aladdin’s slipper’ conformation of the hoof and the potential onset of laminitis The research reveals new evidence on the mechanobiology of the hoof and challenges traditional perceptions that horse weight is necessarily a significant risk factor. The research team carried out analyses of the hooves of horses using cutting edge 3D ‘Synchrotron’ imaging techniques, histological

sampling and stem cell biology, as well as a field study of 129 horses to provide the most detailed picture of the structure, biology and physical dynamics of the hoof ever produced. Research collaborator Professor Patricia Harris, Head of Equine Studies Group at Waltham Centre for Pet Nutrition who provide the science behind the Spillers and Winergy brands, said: “While we know that obesity may increase the risk of laminitis we also know that laminitis can affect lean animals, usually those with insulin dysregulation. Genetics obviously has a role to play but the conundrum remains that some horses with one or more predispositions do not get laminitis while others do, and this is why the study is so interesting; it provides an alternative angle to consider.”

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Keeping a horse at my property. What do I need to know? By Paul Herbert


he prospect of keeping your horse at home can be very appealing. Buying a suitable property for yourself and your equine comes with additional expense and a number of considerations which need to be addressed. Your conveyancer will need to check that all planning regulations have been met including those required under the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 (TCPA 1990) which relate to the use of the land. Where the local authority considers there has been a ‘material change in use’ of the land from agriculture to the keeping of horses for recreational purposes, permission will be required. Agricultural use generally includes the breeding and keeping of livestock and the use of land as grazing land. If you use your field only as grazing land, planning permission will not be required. However, the horse must only be on the land for the primary purpose of grazing, not riding/exercising. If you intend to give supplemental feed and keep your horse in the field for

exercising and accommodation, the predominant use of the land may not be deemed as agricultural. Where the property has a field shelter it will also have required planning permission. Some shelters are mobile and may not need such permission but this should be checked with the local authority. You will also need to consider how manure is stored and removed as this can contaminate surrounding land and waterways. You might need additional permission and or licences to store or remove. Buying a new house without equine facilities can be a costly exercise but the addition of stables, fencing, water troughs and fields can dramatically increase your post purchase costs. You should check the condition of the above very carefully. Fencing can cost an average of £25 per metre to replace, so you could be faced with an unexpected cost. You should give careful consideration to appointing a suitable solicitor to carry out your conveyancing. Our conveyancers are experienced in dealing with equestrian properties.

Dispute resolution solicitor Paul Herbert is Burnett Barker Solicitors’ equine specialist and has over 25 years’ involvement in the equestrian industry. He can help with issues including sale/purchase disputes; trainer fee disputes; veterinary negligence claims; foal share agreements and syndication agreements. www.burnettbarker.co.uk




he Animal Health Trust (AHT) has confirmed that the number of laboratory confirmed outbreaks of Equine Influenza (EI) in Great Britain has now exceeded more than 200; this is compared to just two outbreaks reported in 2018. Dr Richard Newton, Director of Epidemiology and Disease Surveillance, at the Animal Health Trust, said, “Alarmingly the number of outbreaks of

Equine Influenza continues to rise and are likely to continue week-on-week for the foreseeable future. The effect of increased horse movement and mixing of horses at events in the summer is a contributing factor. “We applaud those horse shows and events which have made vaccination mandatory, have arrangements to check passports and enforce the rules. “We encourage organisers of horse shows and events in the future to make vaccination

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mandatory, and to ensure this decision is communicated in plenty of time ahead of their event to allow owners the time to properly vaccinate their animals.” The advice to all horse owners from the AHT remains the same. Remain vigilant to the clinical signs of flu, boost the horse’s vaccination if it was given more than six months ago and importantly isolate new arrivals on the yard and those returning from shows. It is important that horseowners also practice good biosecurity at their yard and when out competing. www.equiflunet.org.uk www.aht.org.uk



yreSafe has issued a cautionary reminder to motorists that it’s in the summer when more tyrerelated incidents are reported. On average, August is the busiest month, with traffic on some countryside routes increasing by 25%. It is vital that you check tyres: Start with a visual check, looking at the overall condition of each tyre; Check air pressure of each tyre using an accurate gauge; Check the tread of all tyres.


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28-DAY SQUAT CHALLENGE! Promoting Rider Fitness


id you know that the deciding factor for old people moving into a nursing home is that they can’t get off the toilet by themselves! Yes it’s true! Here at Absolute Horse Magazine we thought we’d help you delay that process and keep you riding for as long as possible so together we’ve launched the Absolute Horse Squat Challenge! Squats are the most amazing all over body exercise with a front squat (holding the weight at your chest) being the best core exercise out there.

What else does the squat do for you? Squats build muscle in your calves, quads and hamstrings, they activate the glutes, back and core muscles. There are many variations of squats that can be used within different energy systems to improve and enhance your riding whilst building your overall strength and fitness if done consistently. In this You Tube video (above) I show you how to do a basic squat suitable for every level of fitness, which you can do in the comfort of your stable, yard or home.

How to do the Absolute Horse 28-Day Squat Challenge: • This challenge will take a total of 28-days that is separated in to four separate weeks. On Day 1 of each week start with 20 squats and increase by five more squats a day, until day 7 of that week equals 50 squats: Day 1 - 20 squats Day 2 - 25 squats Day 3 - 30 squats Day 4 - 35 squats Day 5 - 40 squats Day 6 - 45 squats Day 7 - 50 squats • Steadily add and increase weight with your squats. So each week pick a weight and stick with it for the entire week. Start with no weight, and then increase the weight each week up to 28 days. Here’s an example: Week 1 - Bodyweight Squats Week 2 - add 8kg of weight Week 3 - add 12kg of weight Week 4 - add 16kg of weight You can break up the reps into as many sets as you like (example 4 sets of 5 reps). You Tube video available at: youtu.be/zQ_NIkCuux0



THE BODY MIND COACH We are confident you will see and feel the difference in just 28 days! This is a great challenge to complete with friends and other riders at the yard, so why not get involved and share your progress with us on Instagram! Just follow these three easy steps: 1) Follow both Instagram accounts @absolutehorsemagazine and @samanthahardingham 2) Like any of our Instagram posts entitled #absolutehorsesquat challenge 3) Tag two or more of your besties in the comments to join the challenge and use the hash tag #absolutehorsesquat challenge so we can find you!

Happy squatting!



ow that the heat is well and truly upon us, we will need to protect our susceptible equines while we are out competing, training, hacking or when they are turned out and relaxing. Horses get sunburnt just like people and show similar symptoms: • Redness, skin discolouration from pink to dark red-brown as exposure increases • Tenderness or pain reaction, with some minor localised swelling • The skin then thickens, cracks and peels • If the burn is deep the lower layers of the skin/epidermis will

...and so is the sunburn threat!

become exposed and there could be some oozing.

FiltaClear was specifically developed for animals with sensitive skins, ideal for What type of horse is protecting all white or pink nonprone to sunburn and pigmented skin areas from sun where is this likely to or dew burn, without attracting occur? attention or over-colouring the Any horse with pink/pale area. This translucent feature is pigmented skin under the hair or ideal for use on animals while at in particularly sparsely haired shows, providing maximum sun pale areas - white noses, exposed protection without obvious white fetlocks (clipped or lightly appearance. Even a barely visible feathered), white across the face pale coating of the ‘pale white and around the eye and eyelids. cream’ will still provide Also don’t forget our other sun- protection to the underlying loving animals - dogs and cats. area. Those with pale skins are often FiltaClear can be applied daily to very sensitive and need sun all areas prone to sun burning, protection without getting a with thorough washing of the reaction to the cream. applied area with water or a non-

soapy cleanser every third day to prevent residue build up on the skin. FiltaClear is a total sunblocking, reflective, pale white cream that rubs in to near clear. It has an SPF of 25+, rated superior protection for UVA/UVB. www.aniwelluk.com



More Eco-Friendly




e all understand that our current habits and consumption are damaging the world as we know it. But there are SO many things you could change that would make a difference. Taking the lead in equestrian sustainability here at Honest Riders, we decided to help inspire fellow equestrians to take some small steps to be more eco-friendly. Our 30-day sustainability challenge, run on Instagram and Facebook asks riders to pick five small changes, stick to them for thirty days and challenge friends and family to do the same. By coming together as an equestrian community we really can make a big difference...

1. Ditch single use cups and bottles In the UK, we use around seven million disposable coffee cups every day, which equates to 2.5 billion a year! We really don’t need to. There are hundreds of options when it comes to picking up a drink on the go. Why not take your drink on your commute to work or the yard. Stock up on reusable coffee cups

There really is no plan(et) B, so now is the time to take action. You can share your sustainable changes and join the Honest Riders challenge by using the hashtag

#RidersOnAMission 30

and pour yourself a brew before leaving the house. Pick a double walled one so that it stays hot for longer. Keep a couple of bottles pre-filled with water or your favourite squash in the fridge so that you can grab them quickly before leaving the house. We also recommend keeping one in your horse lorry so that you can use it on show days and save buying single-use bottles from the burger van! Did you know that there is also a big initiative to get Petrol Stations refilling water bottles, instead of selling plastic singleuse ones? Refill is an app you can download to easily find places on your travels to refill your water bottle: www.refill.org.uk 2. Buy recyclable Look out for brands that sell in 100% recyclable containers. We

recommend Mother Bee for their aluminium tins and The Alchemist’s Garden whose products are sold in bottles made from sugar cane (also described as bio-plastic) which is 100% recyclable and has a much lower carbon footprint in production. We’ve worked with Well Gel to offer our customers refills. Once you run out of a Well Gel product, keep the spray part and just order a refill. The main part of the bottle can go in the recycling bin. 3. Switch to plastic-free Paper feed bags were a familiar sight in feed rooms ten years ago, but nowadays many feed companies prefer to use plastic bags as they tend to be more durable. If you’re looking to ditch the plastic, hunt out 100% recyclable paper bags. 4. Swap disposable wipes Sales of disposable wipes have more than doubled in the last three years and according to the Marine Conservation Society an average of 35 wipes are found for every kilometre of beach around the world! Wipes are made from non-recyclable polyester; that’s just more

plastic floating around in our oceans. Plus in order to keep wipes moist they have to be treated with harsh chemical preservatives like parabens, alcohols and triclosan. So we recommend the amazing Scrubbie unsponges - 100% biodegradable and they’re also reusable. 5. Grow your own One of the few advantages of the muck produced from our beloved four-leggeds is that it’s highly fertile. Instead of paying to have it taken away, why not create a veggie patch on your yard to grow your own veg? Horse poo makes the perfect fertiliser, you’ll reduce your carbon footprint by avoiding the supermarket plastic-covered veg AND you’ll save yourself some money too. Win, Win Win! 6. Go cruelty-free Of all the products in your life, it would be fair to assume that your pet care would be among the most animal friendly. This is sadly not so. Some pet product producers are still using horribly invasive procedures to test ingredients and product on animals worldwide. Luckily in the UK there are lots of cruelty-free options you can choose from. We’re proud to stock only cruelty-free brands at Honest Riders. 7. Save the bees Did you know that one-third of the UK’s bee population has disappeared over the past decade and 24% of Europe’s bumblebees are now threatened with extinction? Given that bees pollenate around a third of our

food crop, the implications of their demise are alarming. Perennial flowers, like salvia, any of the mints, coneflowers and daisies, are very good for bees and some of them are frostresistant, so they will continue flowering through late September and October, which in turn will make your yard look very, very pretty. 8. Go au-naturel We made the decision at Honest Riders to only stock horse care that is free from harsh synthetic chemicals. We truly believe that natures own chemicals are as, if not more, effective at cleaning, healing, shining, repelling, than man-made, often toxic ingredients. Having tried and tested every single product we sell on our own horses, we can confirm that they are indeed just as good! 9. Run your electric fence off solar power A solar-powered energiser is an environmentally friendly, energy and money-saving solution. Just make sure you choose the right size energiser for your fencing. 10. Consider second hand tack Next time you need a new bit of kit consider looking for it second hand first. It may save you money (you can quite often find some nearly-new bargains on items that cost a fortune brand new). We highly recommend checking out new online second hand tack marketplace ETackShop.co.uk for your next bargain! www.honestriders.co.uk




ENTER OUR COMPETITION TO WIN A VOUCHER FOR 10 BALES OF HIGH FIBRE HORSEHAGE – WE HAVE THREE TO GIVE AWAY! Choosing the type of forage to feed your horse or pony should be the most important feed decision you make, as up to 100% of the equine diet should be provided by forage. High Fibre HorseHage is a dust-free bagged forage made from a selected mix of grasses that are high in fibre and low in protein and energy levels. It does not contain any chemical additives, mould inhibitors or inoculants and due to the unique fermentation process, the sugar level in a typical sample of HorseHage is considerably lower than other forages. Because it is low in energy, High Fibre HorseHage is generally suitable for leisure horses and ponies, riding club horses and ponies, native ponies, veterans and those that are resting, convalescing or prone to laminitis. It also provides an excellent fibre source for competition horses being fed high levels of concentrates and has BETA NOPS certification. www.horsehage.co.uk

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Fenugreek Seeds


Some research has shown these to help lower blood sugar levels, boost testosterone and increase milk production. Also found to aid digestion and a rich source of minerals and vitamins. www.animal-health.co.uk

Agnus Castus Otherwise known as Chaste Berry or Monks Pepper, Vitex Agnus Castus has traditionally been used to balance female hormones in both humans and animals. It is often used for mares, who become tricky during their seasons, to ease tension and irritability. For this it is recommended that the mare should start having it in her feed about 3-4 weeks before you would expect her to start coming into season, if possible. Agnus Castus has also been seen to be very beneficial for easing symptoms of horses suffering from Cushings. www.champerenebespokehorseherbal.com

Cut Valerian Root

Hawthorn Berries These have been key in Chinese medicines for centuries. They are loaded with antioxidants, so assist the immune system. May help to lower the blood pressure as well as aid digestion. www.animal-health.co.uk

Valerian is a plant that grows in Northern Europe, Asia and North America. The root of this plant has been used for 2000 of years for insomnia, anxiety and nerves. A natural calmer for horses that are high spirited. www.animal-health.co.uk

Turmeric Turmeric’s active ingredient is called Curcumin and it is this that has be found to work as a powerful anti-inflammatory in both humans and animals. It has many uses such easing stiffness and joint pain, soothing itchy skin conditions, keeping flies at bay, supporting the digestive system and even reducing sarcoids. Because Turmeric is fat soluble it needs to be fed with a fat such as linseed meal or oil to enable the body to absorb it. It also needs black pepper as the piperine within it increases the absorbency of the crurcumin and so combining the two increases the effect. www.champerenebespokehorseherbal.com


Mollichaff Herbal A high quality chaff made from top quality oat straw. Contains garlic and a balanced mix of herbs - mint, rosemary and golden rod, plus limestone. No artificial flavours. www.horse hage.co.uk

Milk Thistle Milk thistle seeds are mainly used as antioxidants and for their ability to support and protect liver function. For these reasons it is often used for horses that may have suffered liver damage through either long term use of medication, worm burden or poisoning. It is also commonly used as a spring tonic. It needs to be fed for 5-6 weeks as it takes time to be absorbed by the body. www.champerene bespokehorseherbal.com

Witch Hazel Has been used by native Americans in poultices. The tannins when applied to the skin can help to reduce swelling, broken skin and help fight bacteria. Often found in an infusion which can be applied to the skin. www.animal-health.co.uk

Nettle Nettle can be fed dried and added to feeds or if cut and left to wilt horses will usually help themselves to what they need. They are an excellent source of dietary fibre, a rich source of Iron and vitamin C and also contain sodium, chlorophyl. Traditionally they have been used as a spring tonic, to support the circulatory system as a blood cleanser and to improve the depth of coat colour. Their high levels of Iron and vitamin C make them great for helping with Anaemia. The fact that they help to stimulate the circulatory system makes them good for many conditions where this is beneficial such as arthritis and laminitis. www.champerenebespokehorseherbal.com

Kelp Peppermint We have all felt the effects of peppermint on ourselves, by helping to open up the airways. It is also known for its beneficial effects on the digestive system. Natural astringents help to heal digestive tissues, so could be beneficial for horses that suffer from ulcers. www.animal-health.co.uk

Global Herbs FLYFREE uses pungent herbs secreted through your horse’s skin to repel flying insects, removing the need for topical sprays. Soothes irritation whilst maintaining a healthy coat and skin. Available in 500g, 1kg and 5kg tubs.RRP: from £14.42/500g. www.globalherbs.co.uk

Kelp is a type of seaweed usually fed dried in a powder or granulated. People often feed Kelp to provide a rich source of vitamins and minerals as it contains iodine, calcium, iron, magnesium, selenium, zinc , sulphur, manganese, potassium, phosphorus, vitamins A, B, B12, C, D and E. It’s particularly rich in calcium, making it good for skin, bones and teeth. It's also considerably high in iodine, which is why it is often used for under-active thyroids, however because of this, it is also important not to overfeed it. It can be beneficial for; horses on restricted diets, to give a broad range of vitamins and minerals and for improving skin, coat and hoof condition. Kelp should be introduced gradually to the horses diet as it has a strong smell and flavour and shouldn’t be overfed. www.champerene bespokehorseherbal.com

Echinacea Is a common plant from North America. It is thought that it can stimulate, protect and reinforce the immune system, especially the respiratory systems. As such it is taken by many over the winter months to ward off colds and flu. Some research shows it supports red blood cell health, essential for all horses, but especially competition horses. www.animalhealth.co.uk



Dodson & Horrell Placid A dried herbal blend for nervous or excitable horses and ponies including chamomile, lemon balm and vervain which are renowned for their calming properties, while magnesium helps to encourage an even temperament. RRP: £16.25/1Kg. www.dodsonandhorrell.com

Raspberry Leaf Containing vitamin B, C, potassium, zinc and iron they are a great source of vitamins and minerals. They are mostly however known for their antioxidant properties in their tannins and flavonoids. It is also been used at the end of a pregnancy to encourage and aid a healthy birthing. www.animal-health.co.uk Skratch - Designed to soothe and comfort itching and to help support and maintain skin condition. It discourages insects whilst also aiding the digestive system and can be fed routinely throughout the year for ongoing support. Key ingredients include turmeric and cedar. RRP: from £27.30/1ltr. www.globalherbs.co.uk


Dodson & Horrell Hedgerow Herbs A blend of dried herbs for everyday health, including nettle and mint to support a healthy skin, coat and immune system. Oregano and rosehips are sources of natural antioxidants. Dandelion, thyme and red clover head help to provide variety of diet and promote health and wellbeing. RRP: £14/1Kg.

Lamipro - An advanced formula which supports the feeding management of horses’ laminae. Soothes and shields, perfect for summer grass flushes. Anti-oxidant blend of natural herbs. Aids digestion and feed utilisation while helping to comfort sore feet. Available as a liquid in 500ml or 1ltr bottles, or as a powder in 1kg or 5kg tubs. RRP: from £17.97/500ml. www.globalherbs.co.uk

Pollenex helps soothe irritation and aid respiratory systems, targeting pollen and all other air-borne irritants. Suitable for high pollen counts in summer to soothe the nose, eyes and head. Key ingredients include liquorice and malabar nut. Available as a liquid in 1ltr and 5ltr bottles or as a powder in 500g, 1kg or 5kg tubs. RRP: from £28.27. www.globalherbs.co.uk

Dodson & Horrell Lami-Free A dried herbal blend for nutritional maintenance of the laminae, suitable for horses and ponies prone to laminitis. Nettle and rosehips help to promote healthy circulation and immune function, while seaweed helps provide minerals essential for healthy hoof growth. RRP: ÂŁ17.70/1.5Kg. www.dodsonandhorrell.com

Liquorice root It is thought to reduce swelling, thin mucus secretions helping to clear the airways and reduce coughs. It has also been found beneficial in the treatment of ulcers. www.animal-health.co.uk

Elderberries Are a great natural source of vitamin C, potassium, calcium and phosphorus. A great antioxidant. Many take for the benefits against the common cold and help strengthen the immune system. www.animal-health.co.uk

Eucalyptus leaves There are around 700 species of eucalyptus native to Australia. The essential oil in their leaves has natural disinfectant properties. This oil has been used for years to treat fevers, upset stomachs, loosen coughs and open up the airways as well as helping against joint pain. www.animal-health.co.uk



et me confess it straight away… I love the USA, so I was super excited to be invited to visit Wisconsin and Illinois in June to do my ‘thing’ advising people on how to feed their horses whilst also experiencing every day equestrian life. I think it is fair to say the USA is very much one of my happy places. I mean after all where else can I find Hazelnut Coffee flavoured M&Ms? Just throwing that out there…


So here I was on a cold, dreary June morning at Heathrow Terminal 5, even after being thoroughly prodded and poked (I had SSSS printed on my boarding pass, just google it) I boarded my plane full of ‘kid in a candy store vibes’. Packed in my bag was my trusty weigh tape, folders and a chaotic mix of clothes as it was pretty hard to gauge from the weather apps if I would be entering 28° heat or in fact 15°.

Percy Pig, the tame yard pig!


Waiting for me beyond security and the insanity that is the baggage hall in Chicago was the smiling face of Eileen Fuller SMS Qualified Saddle Fitter of Freedom of Motion Equine and Saddle Service over in Illinois and surrounding states. Eileen kindly hosted me, taking me to meet horses and their owners. From the first time we spoke her passion for horses shone through and she recognised that so many people required greater support knowing how to feed. That is where it all started, my American Adventure! The next day we headed out to a tiny little village called Campbellsport. Passing through the Wisconsin countryside there were elements that were familiar to the UK, but then also crops, structures and sights that certainly were not. Nestled away in the Mid-West countryside I met my first horses. Zion was gorgeous, and so was the old converted white washed cattle barn he was stood in. Talk about a great office to work in! Whenever I look at a horse I always take everything back to the basics no matter where I am. The brands of feed may be different, but the principles and science are still the same. I want to be able to really understand that horse. How old is he? What temperament does he have?

friendly feel and is run by the very talented Polly Hall. The cutest face of all however I think may have come from Percy Pig, their wonderful, tame barn (yard) pig who fits in with humans, horses, dogs and cats! I want a yard pig now! Again, when working on these horses’ diets I made sure I looked at the basics and worked to enhance the nutritional status of the diet for each horse. am in and if that may have a Often it may just be a tweak further implication on that makes all the difference. I electrolyte demand, the spent time discussing the potential difference culturally in difference in effect of fibres and how the horses are worked or oils versus your feeds higher in fed and then of course the cereal starch and how these are different brands that are relevant for different types of available to me. Rather than horses. It was great not only Spillers, Baileys, D&H etc, it is being able to share my more Buckeye, Triple Crown, knowledge but also to learn Purina (the list goes on) in the from others in terms of USA. Yet solid science is solid Equestrianism in their locality. I science, you can apply that strongly believe that every anywhere in the world. experience is a learning After a long and enjoyable day, opportunity (even if you are What is his workload? Does he we relaxed in a lovely, local there as the expert) and every have any clinical history? I then Wisconsin restaurant and tried day is a school day! And in want to assess the condition the famous ‘Wisconsin Cheese answer to my chocolate loving score, take an approximate Curds’. Yum Yum; work hard play tummy, yes, I did bring home weight reading and really go hard as they say. Hazelnut flavoured M&Ms, but through the current diet The majority of my five night more importantly than that I including both hard feed but trip was spent in Richmond, brought home some amazing also very importantly the ‘horsey memories’ and new grazing and forage regime. So, in Illinois seeing horses at Team friends for life. that sense there is no difference Hall Stables. This barn is very large by UK standards with three www.thehorsefeedguru.com in how I assess a horse. What I do have to factor in however to separate individual barn areas, a greater degree, is the climate I yet had a wonderful, family



WHY FEED A MASH? By Becky Knight at Rowen Barbary Horse Feeds


raditionally many horse owners often think a mash should only be fed to older horses or as a warming feed in winter, however mash based products are incredibly versatile and are now becoming more and more popular offering a wide range of nutritional benefits. Super Fibres Generally mashes are a good source of fibre, with many containing ‘super fibres’ like soya hulls or sugar beet pulp which are highly digestible and help support hind gut health. This is particularly valuable for any horses requiring a diet that is sympathetic on the digestive tract, helping avoid the possible onset of colic or for competition horses on a higher cereal ration. Hydration By feeding a mash you will also help improve fluid intake, which is incredibly useful both

during summer months and over winter when horses often tend to drink less. Fed at home or at competitions they are incredibly useful to help ensure a horse is kept hydrated, especially for those that don’t like to drink away from home. A wet mash feed will also help to eliminate irritants being inhaled which may affect the respiratory system for horses that have previously suffered from COPD. Dental One of the key benefits of feeding a mash is that they are much easier to chew and digest for older horses, and for those that suffer from dental problems such as diastemas. By providing a horse with a soft textured mash this will often help improve appetite. For horses that have previously suffered an episode of choke the soft textured mash will help improve palatability, aiding chewing and swallowing. www.rowenbarbary.co.uk

Dodson & Horrell - KwikBeet This fast-soaking, highly palatable, flaked sugar beet provides a tasty source of highly digestible fibre and calories. With a short soaking time of just ten minutes it takes the hassle out of feeding sugar beet. The un-molassed flakes make a great addition to any horse’s diet; providing a tasty and succulent source of highly digestible fibre and calories, and is low in sugar at only 5%. RRP: £11.99/20kg bag. www.dodsonandhorrell.com


ReadyMash Extra With a high level of essential oils and milk powders ReadyMash Extra is formulated to encourage controlled weight gain, helping horses to achieve excellent overall condition. High in digestible fibre it helps provide an excellent source of slow release energy for improved stamina with glucose powders added to help aid recovery from strenuous work. Fully balanced in essential vitamins, minerals and trace elements it takes just 5 minutes to soak to expand into an extremely palatable mash.RRP: £15.48/20kg. www.rowenbarbary.co.uk

Solution Mash With no cereals, no molasses and just 0.9% sugar Solution Mash is suitable for feeding to horses and ponies that require a specialist diet. The high levels of oils promote condition and controlled weight gain while helping to provide an excellent source of slow release energy for improved stamina. Fully balanced in essential nutrients and rich in antioxidants, Vitamin E and Yeasacc 1026 along with natural herbs Spearmint, Garlic and Fenugreek. Fed soaked as a soft textured mash. RRP: £16.78/20kg. www.rowenbarbary.co.uk

TopSpec Linseed Mash Rich in linseed and oatbran this mash contains just 12% starch yet the scattering of flaked maize and flaked peas lends a mix-like appearance. Can be used in those circumstances where extra condition is required. TopSpec High Fibre Mash is a high fibre, low-calorie yet voluminous blend making it an ideal mash for good-doers. The mash is a blend of good quality high fibre ingredients, including oatbran. It is a cereal-grain-free, low in sugar and starch and therefore ‘Non-Heating.’ www.topspec.com

Equerry Conditioning Mash is a quick-soaking 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. Equerry Cool Mash is an efficient quick-soaking mash for horses that need a low energy feed. Designed for horses and ponies in light to medium work Equerry Cool Mash is cereal-grain-free. It has low levels of starch and benefits from a ‘Non-Heating’ formula. www.equerryhorsefeeds.com

RRP: £12.50 - £13.50.

Speedi-Beet is a highly nutritious, quick soaking beet pulp feed with no added molasses, making it 95% sugar-free. Made using only best quality British beet pulp, Speedi-Beet is subjected to a patented cooking process to produce a unique feed which is unlike any other horse beet. It contains a high proportion of soluble fibre, mostly pectins, which means its fibre is more easily digested than forage, e.g. hay. This makes it a great source of non-heating, slow release energy. Speedi-Beet is a BETA-approved soaked fibre, suitable for equines prone to gastric ulcers, as part of a balanced diet. www.britishhorsefeeds.com

Smart Zero Mash is a tasty and nutritious mash with mixed herbs, offering a high fibre, low starch and sugar diet to promote gut health and integrity. Smart Zero Mash is ideal for laminitics, horses and ponies with Equine Metabolic Syndrome (EMS), Insulin Dysregulation, PPID (cushing’s disease), ulcer prone horses and ponies, veterans with reduced chewing ability and horses and ponies with compromised digestive health. RRP: £11.89. www.castlehorsefeeds.com




une saw the start of the past three years. We Sammy 21st birthday have recently started celebrations for competing in British Baileys Lo-Cal Balancer, Dressage. I was excited to with the chance to win be the first prize winner, one of 21 fantastic in the Lo-Cal Horseware prizes in competition, and am special promotional bags. finding the dry rug Every bag contains a card really useful.” “We love the rug, it’s a great fit!” Vicki which, if not a prize winner, Vicki Smith & Smith and Wizard represents £2 off the next Riversdale purchase of Lo-Cal so every Mate aka one is a winner really! Wizard Lo-Cal Balancer was originally (Cheshire) launched as ‘the ultimate low Winners of the calorie, high nutrient Rambo Deluxe forage balancer’, and it Fleece Rug was the first feed of its Vicki says, “I have kind aimed solely at goodhad Wizard for three doers and Native ponies. It years, buying him as a 4has certainly stood the test year-old who had just of time and its tried and been backed. I contacted trusted recipe has just had Tori a Baileys nutritionist a few tweaks, over the who recommended Loyears, with a lowering of its Cal Balancer as I needed a feed that could give starch levels, addition of a dash of linseed him the nutrition he needed without weight and extra biotin, being part of this gain. He’s been fed on it ever since and it has birthday makeover. really helped improve his condition all round, So far, three of the amazing Horseware particularly his brittle feet. We now compete at prizes have been won: affiliated dressage and have recently taken part Jessica Kennedy & Sammy in the PetPlan area festivals!” (Merseyside) Julie Ebrey & Tori (Staffordshire) Winners of the Rambo Dry Rug Jess says, “Sammy is an Winners of the Rambo Stable Rug Julie says, “Tori is a 16.2hh, 16-year-old Dutch 11-year-old Welsh Warmblood who I’ve owned for ten years. She Cob. He’s been on has been on Lo-Cal Balancer for about four years. Baileys Lo-Cal Balancer for We started to feed it because we were struggling to keep her weight down (she is very greedy!) and it works a treat. I do mainly dressage on Tori, competing at Medium level.” There are still 18 prizes to be won! www.baileyshorsefeeds.co.uk/winhorseware-prizes-with-local-balancer




Equerry Cool Mash is an efficient quicksoaking mash for horses that need a low energy feed. And in this issue six lucky winners will each win a bag. Designed for horses and ponies in light to medium work Equerry Cool Mash is cereal-grain-free. It has low levels of starch and benefits from a ‘Non-Heating’ formula. Equerry Cool Mash contains highly digestible fibre sources including sugar beet, to benefit your horse or pony. The mash also includes yeast to support a healthy digestive system and added vitamins and minerals including magnesium. For further information visit www.equerryhorsefeeds.com

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ost overweight ponies, and some overweight horses, are susceptible to laminitis, as are those diagnosed with Equine Metabolic Syndrome, Insulin Dysregulation and/or Cushings. It is far better to do something about your overweight horse or pony before he/she gets laminitis so act now: • Monitor condition daily taking particular notice of the coverage over the ribs and the crest. • Increase exercise if sound and appropriate to do so….even a brisk walk for 20 minutes will help. • Avoid too much hoof being trimmed in one go by asking your farrier to trim little and often. • Reduce grass intake by whatever means suits you e.g. mixed grazing, strip grazing, use of a grazing muzzle, reduced turnout time or turnout in a woodchip paddock. • Consider soaking hay for 3-12 hours

and slow intake using ‘trickle’ nets. • Cut out any unnecessary feed and introduce TopSpec AntiLam mixed with a low calorie, unmolassed chop like TopChop Lite or TopChop Zero.

The low-down on AntiLam TopSpec AntiLam includes a unique 5way approach to nutritional support for horses and ponies prone to, being treated for or recovering from laminitis. It contains effective levels of vitamins, minerals and yeast pre- and pro-biotics. It is very palatable and pelleted, and can be fed on its own or with a low sugar chop e.g. TopChop Lite. Economical to feed, a 15kg sack lasts a 500kg horse for four weeks, or a 250kg pony for eight weeks. TopSpec offer free feeding and management advice from the Multiple-Award-Winning Helpline on 01845 565030.

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TopSpec AntiLam is a pelleted multi-supplement and is used and recommended by nutritionists, vets and farriers. AntiLam is a brilliant formulation combining several supplements with a high fibre, very lowcalorie carrier to make it palatable. Long term trials at Middle Park Laminitis Research Unit showed that horses and ponies on restricted/poor grazing do not gain any weight when fed AntiLam. It can also be used very successfully as part of a calorie-controlled diet when weight loss is required. This unique multi-supplement is so palatable that it can be fed out of the hand to horses and ponies at pasture to provide vital nutritional support. AntiLam should be fed on its own with forage. The forage can be in the form of late-cut hay and/or unmolassed chops e.g. TopChop Lite, TopChop Zero, controlled grazing, or a combination of these, depending on the individual circumstances.

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Ten practical tips




ith rates of obesity thought to be as high as 70% in some populations of ponies, it’s invariably weight loss rather than weight gain that’s needed to keep most of our horses healthy and this means cutting back on the grass. “Recent studies suggest that weight gain more than doubles the risk of horses and ponies developing laminitis,” said Clare Barfoot RNutr, the research and development manager at Spillers. “Excess weight can also have other negative consequences from increasing the risk of insulin dysfunction to poor performance.” Ideally horses and ponies should have healthy body condition throughout the year which means allowing them to follow natural fluctuations in condition; losing it in winter to make way for natural weight gain in the spring. But researchers have found one of the biggest stumbling blocks is that owners are often very poor at recognising that their horse is overweight and also tend to underestimate overall intake, particularly from grass. “Having an objective conversation with your vet or nutritionist about your horse’s weight is a very good start point,” says Clare. “Instead of feeling offended if you are told your horse is overweight, take control of the situation.” Follow Clare’s ten practical tips : 1. Use winter wisely every year and allow your horse to lose weight naturally. Being able to see your horse’s ribs is healthy as you enter spring and will give some scope for natural weight gain. 2. Restrict grazing because grass in its growing stages is highly calorific: · Consider turning out overnight when there is likely to be less water soluble carbohydrate (WSC - sugar and fructan) in the grass. · Strip graze to restrict the amount of accessible grass and consider back fencing to make grazing restriction more effective. · Turn out for longer on sparser paddocks.


· Try a grazing muzzle remembering to introduce it carefully and not use it for more than twelve hours per day. 3. Assess faecal output daily to check for changes in pasture intake when you have restricted the grazing. The latest research suggests you need to see a decrease of around half to result in weight loss. 4. Don’t use rugs because very few horses actually need them in summer even if it’s raining! Instead allow your horse to naturally shake off a few pounds by keeping warm, as nature intended. 5. Feed alternative forage to horses and ponies at very high risk of laminitis. Ideally remove them from pasture altogether and feed a suitable forage/short chopped fibre. 6. Invest in forage analysis to make sure you know the nutrient and WSC content of the hay or haylage you plan to use for your weight loss programme. 7. Weigh forage before feeding having first discussed with your vet the appropriate percentage bodyweight ration your horse needs to promote weight loss. 8. Increase exercise to a minimum of 25 minutes (15 minutes at brisk trot) five times a week to help keep your horse’s waistline in check and support a healthy metabolism. 9. Provide nutritional support to ensure your horse has a balanced diet. The latest research recommends that a low calorie, protein, vitamin and mineral balancer should always be included in the diet of horses on restricted forage. 10. Monitor your horse’s weight by regularly reviewing your weight loss programme with your vet or nutritionist. Use a weighbridge for accuracy and then assess and record weight weekly using body condition scoring and a weigh tape. www.spillers-feeds.com


hile we may not have seen the sustained scorching temperatures of last summer just yet, the UK is sure to get at least a miniheatwave if not a longer spell of hot weather before autumn arrives. With that in mind, innovative equine health company Haygain examine how hot weather can impact horses and what owners can do to mitigate any negative impact on horse health. Hydration Just like people, horses will lose more fluids in hot weather and need to stay hydrated. There was an old horseman’s myth that a hot, blowing horse should not be offered cold water in case they colic but this has been thoroughly disproven, and horses should never be prevented from drinking water when it is warm. Ensure that horses have access to fresh and clean water at all times and check your water troughs are in good working order when the sun is beating down. Feeding forage such as hay and haylage also helps keep horses hydrated as it contains a large percentage of water that is released into the hindgut during digestion, forming a reservoir that is


called upon when body fluid levels drop. Steaming hay is a great way to increase the water content, help improve hygienic quality and offset dehydration. Earing et al. (2013) found that steaming increased the water content of hay almost three fold! Exercise If the weather suddenly takes a turn for the warm, then consider moving your ridden exercise to very early in the morning or later in the evening to avoid the hottest part of the day. If you need to partake in strenuous exercise in the sunshine, then try to allow the horse some time to acclimatise first. In hot weather ensure you include a proper cool down – at least 10-15 minutes of relaxed walking – into your training regime. Consider feeding electrolytes if your horse has sweated excessively during exercise to ensure they are able to recover properly and as mentioned above never, ever restrict water on hot days. Turnout vs stabling It is quite common for people to restrict daytime turnout when the temperatures rise as they try to prevent their charge being bombarded by flies, overheating in the sun and eating grass right down. The knock-on effect is that horses are then left standing in their stables for long periods of time, where they may


HOW DOES THE HEAT IMPACT OUR HORSES AND WHAT CAN BE DONE TO MITIGATE ANY NEGATIVE IMPACT ON HEALTH? then be exposed to different health risks. Restricted movement in warm temperatures can mean legs begin to fill while dirty bedding getting warm and urine seeping into rubber matting both cause urea to be produced which results in ammonia gas irritating the airway. Dusty bedding and forage can also cause airway irritation and should be considered. If you can ensure plenty of shade, a fly mask and

fresh water (and in the case of pink-nosed horses, some sunscreen) leaving them outside might not be a bad idea. If you have to stable horses, consider using a Haygain hay steamer to ensure forage is free from dust and harmful microbes. The revolutionary Comfortstall flooring system is fully sealed and prevents urine seeping underneath it, stopping urea and ammonia production in its tracks. It also has an incredible

‘spring back’ which boosts limb circulation. Forage If there is a prolonged dry spell then by mid-to-late summer grass growth will suffer and horse owners will find they may need to supplement grass with other forage sources. Hay is the most commonly fed dried forage in the world, but it can cause airway issues for horses. A recent study showed that 88% of the horses examined suffered from Inflammatory Airway Disease (IAD), and one of the main causes of IAD is respirable dust, a major source of which is hay. Using the Haygain hay steamer has been shown to reduce the risk of IAD by 65%, removing dust and killing other harmful microbes. Explore some of the Haygain products on their website to find out more about their wide-ranging benefits to horse health. www.haygain.co.uk


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ARE YOU SITTING Comfortably?


ith so many different styles of breeches and riding leggings on the market, it can be challenging to decide what to wear and what will suit your shape and activity. Liz Hayman is MD and Designer at British equestrian fashion brand, Equetech and in this exclusive feature, Liz shares her tips and advice. Suitable for in the saddle? “This might sound like a pretty silly question to ask, but have they been designed to withstand hours in the saddle and washing? Buying a cheap pair of breeches that look nice, might not be such a fabulous purchase when they start chaffing your skin and splitting at the seams. Look for a quality finish when shopping and check the care label.” Wear and tear “Another aspect to keep an eye on is the design details.


Cheap silicone seats can mark saddles, poorly placed rivets, zips and even crystal embellishment on back pockets can scratch and damage the cantle of your saddle. Cheap zips will also break and watch out for rough hems that once you have your riding boots and socks on will rub your ankles! “We use technical fabrics within our designs and ensure that our breeches and leggings are always washing machine friendly.” What’s your discipline? “Whether you showjump, dabble in dressage or love hacking out, choosing the right riding legwear is going to be crucial for performance and comfort. “Our Riding Tights are perfect for everyday wear and feature four-way stretch, silicon details on the inner thigh, excellent shape retention and smartphone thigh pockets. “We’ve reinvented these lightweight technical riding

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Head to a visitor centre Children can meet rescued horses, ponies, donkeys and mules up close and cuddly at one of Redwings’ five visitor centres across the UK, including two in Norfolk (Redwings Caldecott, near Great Yarmouth



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he Magic Millions Festival of British Eventing has announced that a Military Tug of War competition will take place during the weekend. As well as the Tug of War and other arena attractions the weekend celebrates five British Championships including the Magic Millions British Open; Smith & Williamson British Intermediate Championship, Dodson & Horrell British Novice Championship, the TopSpec Challenge for the Corinthian Cup and the ROR/NTF Retained Racehorse Championship. www.festivalofbritisheventing.com


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ow in its fifth year the National Restricted Novice Championship at The Magic Millions Festival of British Eventing will once again be supported by TopSpec. The TopSpec Challenge for the Corinthian Cup is aimed at true amateur riders and was won in 2018 by Lucy Wheeler and King Creole VD N Ranch. This was a first ever visit to The Festival for Lucy, who had never even been to spectate, let alone compete!

your little ones to expel some extra energy! Each centre has a café where you can enjoy a snack or slice of cake and a warm cuppa, while the gift shops provide a selection of souvenirs suitable for all ages – and all proceeds go towards the work of Redwings. Redwings’ visitor centres are open every Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday, 10am to 4pm, throughout the year.

Redwings Aylsham also has a treat in store for horse carers of the future! The centre has recently opened Red’s Shed – a dedicated area full of interactive displays and educational games where children can learn what it takes to look after a horse.

Enjoy a good read If you can’t make it to a visitor centre, you can sign up to receive one of Redwings’ free biannual magazines for children. Join in holiday fun Mini Reds is an activity book full Every school holiday, the visitor of games and colouring in for centres host a series of special children aged three to seven, activities, including meets ‘n’ while Young Reds is perfect for greets with some of the any animal-mad youngster, Sanctuary’s most characterful aged eight plus, with stories of residents, guided walks and Redwings’ residents and insights even pony or donkey grooming! into the work of the Sanctuary. To find out more about what To sign up, call 01508 481000, activities are taking place at your email info@redwings.co.uk or nearest visitor centre, head to visit www.youngredwings.co.uk www.redwings.org.uk/visiting.


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orse riding has many benefits for disabled people and for those with conditions that effect communication, physical strength and balance. Due to certain conditions riders can at times struggle to grip the reins properly or use the reins to balance, this is where riding centres can take advantage of specialist or modified equipment to ensure the safety of both horse and rider. Wherever possible it is recommended that regular equipment should be used, but there are a number of useful pieces of equipment for those who need them. Correct use of the reins is one of the most important steps in learning to ride in order to communicate with the horse. Most novice riders will use their hands to balance when they first start learning, which can be uncomfortable for the horse; this is even more problematic for riders with poor core strength. There are a wide range of specially adapted reins that can help riders to be more effective with rein control where function, grip, strength and hand and arm position may be compromised. Rainbow reins are one of the most popular choices widely used for riders who lack concentration and are good for teaching the correct contact. The different colours help to achieve even rein length and can improve awareness when trying to prevent the reins from slipping through the hands; they are also easy to pick up when dropped by selecting the same coloured section. Rainbow reins can be used in conjunction


IN THIS ISSUE THE SOCIETY OF MASTER SADDLERS TAKE A LOOK AT SOME OF THE SPECIALIST EQUIPMENT AVAILABLE TODAY FOR DISABLED RIDERS with coloured mounted games equipment such as bean bags, poles and balls. For riders with learning disabilities, the coloured equipment is a simple tool in teaching colours and to follow patterns. Other reins that can be used are ladder reins, looped reins and bar reins. Ladder reins are ideal for riders with poor strength in their hands or riders that need to control the horse with the wrist or elbow joint if hand grasp is nonfunctional. Looped reins have several loops sewn to the inside of plain leather reins, that are large enough for the whole hand to slip in and out easily, meaning that reining can be done the with wrist, back of the hand or elbow. Bar reins provides a means for one handed riders to have improved contact. Other pieces of equipment to help a disabled rider achieve their riding goals include bunny ears and a balance handle which both attach to the D ring on the saddle. Holding the bunny ears or balance strap instead of the reins puts the rider in a better position, improving balance and security in the saddle. www.mastersaddlers.co.uk


hen maintaining a used bridle clean it regularly according to how often it is used. It is much better to give it a quick clean every time it is used but, if you don't have time, a thorough clean once a week for a bridle in daily use should be sufficient. A good way to keep your bridle in good condition is to wipe it off after use using a cloth such as an old flannel or dishcloth dipped in a small bucket of warm water and thoroughly squeezed out. After cleaning the dirt and grease from the bridle, apply a coat of Cavalor Leather Soap. The soap will help to feed the leather, keeping it soft and supple and is the ideal product to clean your leather gently after every use. This glycerinbased soap cleans and nourishes the leather to make it supple without loss of strength. Cavalor Leather Soap includes potassium oleate, a natural soap known for its gentle but deep-cleansing properties. Glycerin is


YOUR TACK MAKING SURE YOUR TACK IS LOOKED AFTER PROPERLY WILL, IN THE LONG RUN, SAVE YOU MONEY. HERE THE TEAM AT CAVALOR PROVIDE ADVICE ON CARING FOR YOUR SADDLE AND BRIDLE. added to make sure the leather is nourished and does not become dry. This is important to keep the collagen fibres inside the leather strong. Should you be caught out in the rain whilst riding, immediate action is required! Dismantle the bridle as soon as possible and clean it in the usual way – then allow it to dry out slowly. Do not be tempted to place it near a heater or a sunny window to speed up the drying process as this will make the leather go very hard - and you may not be able to revive it. In cases where saddles and bridles require intense care, Cavalor Leather Shine is a unique formula that nourishes deeply, keeps the leather

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:I have long girth straps on my GP saddle and my mare is very nippy when I tighten up the girth; my old saddle had short straps and my mare never nipped. Why are some girth straps long and some short? How does it affect the horse? Very few GP saddles are made with the long straps so they may have been added at a later date after manufacture. Long straps are normally fitted to a close contact saddle which is designed with the straps having a thin layer of leather to pass over at the bottom of the panel flaps. Yours may well be thicker in this area thus making a ridge. Also yours will require a dressage girth which will have a padded area under the girth buckles to protect the horse, who might be feeling some discomfort due to this. The main reason for having the long strap is to have a closer leg contact so the girth buckles are below the riders legs. Also the girth needs to be of sufficient length so not to be in contact with the horses elbow.


:I'm going try a Cheltenham Gag on my horse; do you advise leather or rope version, and why? The Gag cheeks in leather are more traditional and look more in keeping with the leather bridle. If these are well made and carefully maintained then the rolled cheeks will last a long time. The rope versions are quite often used in the Polo world and although they do not look as nice they are strong. A word of caution – it is important to keep an eye on the ends where the rope is stitched to the leather parts as stitching can wear through. From the leather or rope version I would personally recommend leather.

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Sprenger recommends that you always check the approval of the bit before using it at competitions.



o get the best out of your horse at a competition it’s important to make the most of your warm-up time. This gives you an opportunity to loosen up your horses’ muscles as well as take the edge off your own nerves. For event horses this means warming up three times for the three different phases, with different factors to consider for each discipline. Event rider and trainer, Harriet Morris-Baumber, uses her warm-up time wisely to ensure her horse is competition-ready when she enters the arena or start box. Said Harriet: “Every horse is slightly different and, although many will share similar needs in their warm-up routine, knowing your horse is key to a truly successful warm up.” Dressage How long should I warm up for? What should I include and not include? These are all questions you should ask yourself in order to give you and your horse the best opportunity to deliver a great performance. You need to know how long it takes to warm up. At home make a note of the time you start working your horse or set the timer on your phone. When your horse starts to feel really good and completely with you, look back at the time – this is how long you should aim to warm up for on competition day ahead of the dressage. Think about what you need to include in the warm-up to get the best from your horse. Some horses benefit from riding

through the test in the warm-up (as well as you can without markers and boards) while others will benefit from just picking certain movements to practise. Knowing what not to include in the warm-up is just as important as knowing what to include. Some horses become wound up and anxious when repeating the same movement over and over again, while others relax with the repetition. Pick a zone or an area that suits you and your horse. This could be a quiet corner or a space as close to the arena as possible. If you have a particularly spooky or buzzy horse, try to avoid the area right next to the stewards as this is where you will get the most ‘traffic’ and have to steer round more people and horses. Showjumping “As a general rule I only start jumping when there are seven or eight riders to go before me. Any more than this and you risk

WARMING UP AT A COMPETITION IS NOT THE TIME TO REINVENT THE WHEEL AND KNOWING WHAT YOU WANT TO ACHIEVE WILL HELP YOU PLAN A PRODUCTIVE WARM-UP. HERE HARRIET MORRIS-BAUMBER OFFERS HER ADVICE ON WARMING UP DURING AN EVENT. peaking too early,” explained Harriet. Warming up for the showjumping phase can be fraught and is often a hot spot for tension, with riders getting uptight. It is import to zone out from what everyone else is doing and focus on yourself, your horse and your own warmup routine. Never be afraid to say you are not ready as there will always be someone desperate to go early. Try to be as disciplined as possible and make sure you apply all the training

techniques you have practised at home. If you know your horse needs to be responsive in the ring, practise this in the warmup. Equally, if your horse is very buzzy you may need to prioritise staying relaxed and rhythmical. If you are lucky enough to have a helper on the ground, brief them on exactly what you want in terms of the practice fence – how big, how high and how you need a ground line. Don’t be afraid of moving the fence if the take-off and landing area has become worn. Continued overleaf....





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Some horses get a confidence boost from only jumping smaller fences whilst others need to knock one down to enter the ring switched on. Ensure you know your horse well enough to save your best for the ring. Cross-Country If you’re warming up for the cross-country phase at a One Day Event the ‘warming up’ of the muscles has well and truly been done by the other two phases, so really there is very little that needs to be done in the warm up before crosscountry. Check how many there are to go before you and then have a pop over one or two fences, maybe angle one if there is a fence on the course that requires it to be jumped from a particular angle and you feel it’s beneficial to practise that in the warm up.


If there is then a big gap and you end up walking around a lot, jump one more jump as the one before you set off and if your horse has a sticky jump be sure to give them a reminder on landing, with the leg or the stick. They must set out feeling positive and taking you to the jumps and away from them. There is no real reason to ‘open the horse up’ in the crosscountry collecting ring, save the petrol for out on the course. As long as they’re in front of your leg they will naturally open up between the fences. While you are walking round, keep going through the course in your mind, each turn, approach, jump, landing, get away. The more times you rehearse it in your head, the easier it will all flow in reality. www.harriet-morrisbaumber.co.uk

ow has the 2019 eventing season been for you so far? Have there been any particular highlights? “I’ve had a slightly slower start to the season than perhaps I had planned. The Bramham CCi4* Long was so very close to being a great result for me, however just one mistake at the second to last fence on the crosscountry course cost us a top ten finish. The highlight of the season so far has been the young horses I’m producing. They are just getting better and better and I’m so excited about what’s to come for them. I also have a new ride arriving next week which is very exciting. It will be a busy second half of the season for me as I chase Olympic qualification and points with my top ride Sam the Man (Biarritz) – fingers crossed!” Where will you be heading Sam the Man on your quest for success? “I’m looking at various 4*s around Europe and we will possibly take in the Millstreet

and Boekelo long format events. I need to be ranked number one or two in my zone so I’m focused on that this season as heading to Tokyo is definitely at the top of my to-do list!” What are your favourite competitions on the eventing circuit? “For local events then South of England is brilliant, Bramham for slightly further afield and then Boekelo for international competitions.” How many horses do you have in your yard at the moment and what does your support network look like? “Well, the numbers certainly seem to be going up! I had planned to have a smaller yard so that I would have a little more time for teaching, but I currently have six in for training and competing plus the new ride arriving next week. There are then three more who live out, my broodmare and foal and a retired horse. I have just one full time groom (Becky Thompson) and one part-time groom (Mairin) so it’s all hands


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ritish Breeding is encouraging owners and breeders of British bred young sport horses to bring them along to the 2019 British Breeding Baileys Horse Feeds Futurity evaluations, which will be held at Writtle College, Essex on 1st August. This highly regarded series for foals and youngstock aims to identify talented horses that will go on to compete successfully in the future. With many Futurity graduates already competing at top level in Dressage, Endurance, Eventing and Showjumping the series offers the ideal opportunity for breeders to showcase their potential stars. The 2019 British Breeding Baileys Horse Feeds Futurity offers sections for foals, yearlings, 2- and 3-year-olds to be shown in-hand to a panel of expert evaluators, with additional opportunities for 4and 5-year-olds to be evaluated under saddle. After a detailed veterinary assessment of soundness and conformation, they will be assessed in a safe indoor environment where the panel will be able to see the youngsters demonstrate their paces. Four- and 5-year-olds will be asked to do a short ridden test. This world-leading linear scoring evaluation system delivers an independent and objective detailed assessment of performance potential and opening opportunities for


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The Futurity is open to foals, yearlings, 2, 3, 4 and 5-year-olds in the disciplines of Dressage, Endurance, Eventing and Show Jumping. All venues offer a safe, indoor environment that breeders have come to expect at Futurity evaluations. This year, the series will take place across eleven locations: 26th August The Grange, Okehampton – Foals – 2-year-olds 27th August Catherston, Stockbridge – Foals – 2-year-olds 28th August Catherston, Stockbridge – 3-5-year-olds

British bred foals and youngsters from all studbooks. The Futurity evaluations offer the opportunity for the 3 to 5year-olds to earn a qualifying score that will allow them to go forward to the British Breeding Equine Bridge. Relaunched this year, the Equine Bridge offers a training and assessment opportunity under the eye of leading riders and trainers. This development programme is organised by British Breeding in cooperation with the Olympic disciplines, British Dressage, British Eventing and British Showjumping, with the aim to put more British riders on British horses. A new grading system has also been announced, replacing the old third, second and first premiums with Bronze, Silver and Gold. This reflects the Futurity’s recognition of the

quality of a wide range of riding horses and ponies, from those suitable for the ambitious amateur to the next generation of international Grand Prix horses. British Breeding’s Futurity Evaluations have developed several unique benefits to breeders. Each participant will receive a comprehensive linear profile and detailed feedback at the end of their evaluation and a copy of their scoresheet which is also recorded in a database for future reference. Professional videography and photography ensure that every entrant has a comprehensive record of their day. Qualification for the newly re-launched Equine Bridge [see opposite], in cooperation with the Olympic Disciplines offers further opportunities for development and working closer with the sport.

29th August Addington Manor, Buckingham– Foals – 2-year-olds 30th August Swallowfield, Solihull – Foals – 2-year-olds 31st August Newton Rigg, Penrith – Foals – 2-year-olds 1st September Drumcarrow, St Andrews – Foals – 2-year-olds 21st September Solihull Riding Club – 3-5-year-olds 22nd September Solihull Riding Club – Futurity Gala and Mare and Youngstock Show For more information, visit www.british-breeding.com, or follow on facebook @BritishBreedingFuturity.

RE-LAUNCH OF THE EQUINE BRIDGE The October Equine Bridge event will offer activities for ridden 4 to 6-year-old horses and ponies for the disciplines of Eventing, Dressage, Showjumping and Endurance. The event is designed to encourage networking between breeders, trainers and riders to and encourage investors and new owners into the market by offering information and seminars on management, insurance and syndicate opportunities, plus a showcasing opportunity for unridden horses and ponies at 3 to 4-years of age. British Breeding Director, Rachael Holdsworth, says, “We listened to potential buyers of young horses who told us that they would like to be able to see a range of high quality young horses and ponies in one place and who want better information about the future prospects of their investment. The Equine Bridge is ideally placed to showcase the very best of British bred youngstock while also providing objective and trustworthy information.” The ridden Bridge horses will undergo a two day evaluation programme designed to provide helpful support and feedback, as well as an objective and detailed assessment. It will include a detailed veterinary inspection of correctness of

conformation and soundness and nutritional, saddlery and farriery advice from industry experts. The horses and ponies will be observed by a team of three internationally renowned Judges over both days. On day one, the participants will receive training under their usual rider with senior discipline trainers, then on day two, the horses will be presented again under saddle, first with their own rider, and then with one of the disciplines’ test riders who will contribute to the feedback. As well as recognition for having completed the Bridge assessment, British Breeding and the Olympic Disciplines are working together to provide an attractive range of benefits, from reductions on

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ritish Breeding are delighted to announce the re-launch of the newly enhanced British Breeding Equine Bridge, in association with British Showjumping, British Dressage and British Eventing. The Equine Bridge is a programme designed to bring together breeders, trainers, riders and owners to support the very best British bred horses on their journey into the sport and to achieve the ultimate goal of seeing more British riders on British horses representing their country at international level. The first new Equine Bridge event will take place on 14th and 15th October this year at Addington EC in Buckinghamshire and is for horses and ponies aged 4 to 6years that have qualified via the British Breeding Baileys Horse Feeds Futurity Evaluations. CEO of British Showjumping, Iain Graham explains the vision behind the new format: “We have re-designed the Equine Bridge to offer more opportunities for all stakeholders in the industry, from the breeders who need recognition and feedback, as well as the opportunity to place their horses and ponies in competent hands to enable them to achieve their potential, to our riders and owners, who need to find youngsters with the talent to go all the way to the top.”

membership and entry fees, to access to further opportunities designed to offer incentives and support. CEO of British Dressage, Jason Brautigam, says, “Our vision for the Equine Bridge is to create an ongoing programme of support and opportunities. The October event is an important start to a range of activities designed to get the very best British bred horses out there representing their country. We will continue to monitor the progress of all Bridge candidates and offer incentives and support where it is needed. We are particularly interested in ways in which we can provide better information about and accessibility to young horse classes, at national level, as well as for the world breeding championships.” Recruitment to the Equine Bridge takes place via the British Breeding Baileys Horse Feeds Futurity programme.


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From the pool of past Futurity entries, those who achieved a score of 8.5 or above as 3-year-olds and who are aged between 4 and 6 this year are already qualified to go forward for the Bridge programme. Additional qualifying opportunities have also been implemented for this summer. British Breeding Director Dr Eva-Maria Broomer explains; “To provide a smooth transition for young horses and ponies into the Equine Bridge programme, we have taken significant steps to enhance the qualifying process via the Futurity Evaluations. This year, for the first time, we are running separate Futurity assessment days for 3 to 5-year-olds, which will enable us to optimise the evaluations for this age group. In addition to the 3-year-old horses and ponies, we are inviting older candidates of 4 and 5-years-old to come forward, thus providing the opportunity for them to qualify for the Equine Bridge.” These evaluations are open to any horse that meets the criteria for being British bred. For 2019, there are four Equine Bridge qualifying opportunities across the country: 28th August at Catherston Stud in Hampshire, 1st September at Drumcarrow in Scotland, and 21st September at Solihull in the Midlands. Three-year-old entrants are to be presented in-hand and loose and will benefit from a new arena layout designed to eliminate tension and give youngstock a good experience. Five-year-old entrants will be presented under saddle to show some basic work appropriate for their age, as well as without tack for their conformation assessment. Four-year-old entrants will have a choice of being presented loose and in-hand or under saddle. Those interested in taking advantage of this excellent opportunity for British bred horses can enter one of the qualifiers via the online entry system at www.british-breeding.com




ndurance GB’s new Young Rider Champion, Suffolk-based Madison (Maddie) Pomroy, has spoken of her dream of representing her Team GB at next year’s Young Rider European Championships. The teenager landed the title after a strong performance riding Roz Plail’s horse Odie in the 120km class at The King’s Forest Ride near Thetford. Maddie, 17, has been competing in the sport for the past six years after completing her first endurance ride, covering 64km in two days with her pony Milky Way, aged just 11. “My grandmother Jane Girling got me involved as she has been competing in endurance for a long time. I was slightly thrown in at the deep end doing a two-day ride and I kept saying, ‘I’m really tired’, but my grandma wouldn’t let me give up. It was a real eye-opener but I was hooked.” The King’s Forest is a happy hunting ground for Maddie as she completed her first 120km ride there the day before her sixteenth birthday with her grandmother Jane’s horse Zaferan back in 2017. “We train over similar countryside around the forest tracks near the Suffolk coast so Odie has got used to the going in East Anglia having moved here from Devon last autumn,” she says. “It was my first International 2* (120km) ride and I wasn’t sure how we would get on. I misjudged things slightly at the start as we went off quite strongly. But helped by my crew of my grandmother, Jane, my father Chris and sister Ella and with assistance from Bella Fricker who pitched in to help at one of the crew points, he was soon back on track. On the first loop, I was leading the UAE riders but let them go past as Odie was getting wound up. On the second loop I caught them up again. I rode the last loop with Martin McNamara, [the race winner from Ireland], but let him go on ahead as I didn’t want a racing finish and wanted to

make sure we complete safely to secure the title. “Odie is just a fantastic horse and it is such a great opportunity to be able to ride him. I learned a lot from this ride to help us for the future and our plan is to compete next at Euston Park in August and then if things go well, we will try for the British Young Rider team going to the European Championships in Spain next summer.” Odie’s owner Roz Plail said: “A huge thanks must also go to Tim and Sarah Dennis for taking Odie into training at their racing stables in Cornwall, whilst I was pregnant and then poorly, and getting him in such fabulous race ready condition for when Maddie started loaning him in October. All credit to Maddie too for maintaining his fitness levels over the winter months. I am excited to see how they progress over the rest of the season.” Endurance GB Young Rider Chef D ’Equipe Jo Chisholm said: “I have huge admiration for our Young Riders. It is very tough financially and also logistically sometimes. We do have a talented pool of riders bidding for places at next year’s Championships and so Maddie is in great company.”



CI4*-S: The ‘King of Barbury’, Andrew Nicholson (NZL), regained his crown – making it the sixth time he has won at this level at Barbury, but the first time whilst riding Paul and Dizy Ridgeon’s Swallow Springs. Overnight leader Lincolnshire’s Mollie Summerland (GBR), was delighted to put the ghost of Bramham, when her saddle slipped, behind her. She finished second on Charly van ter Heiden, her 7.2 cross-country time penalties just pushing her below the speedy Andrew Nicholson, who is 36 years her senior. “I really want to make eventing my career. The only thing holding me back is lack of

horsepower, but I hope that perhaps someone might notice me now and send me a horse. You never know!” Alex Bragg (GBR) rode two horses in to the top ten. He finished third on the mare Hester and seventh on King of the Mill. Alex was full of praise for event director Alec Lochore’s track, which he has taken over from Capt Mark Phillips. Zara Tindall rose more than 30 places with the fastest time of the day, just five seconds over the optimum time of 6 minutes 33 seconds, to fourth on Watkins. She finished on the same score as Pippa Funnell riding MGH Grafton Street, Zara’s cross-country speed giving her the advantage.

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rdees Prince (we call him Joey at home) is a full Connemara (Cashelbay Prince x Corclough Boy). I bought him at the Clifden Connemara Pony Sales in Ireland as an unbroken 4-year-old in 2016. I’ve produced him entirely myself with the help and support of my coach Caroline Starling. “Joey is now seven and standing at 156.4cm (very tall for a Connemara!), he is therefore not able to compete in Mountain and Moorland classes. “This year we have qualified for the Royal International and Horse of the Year Show in the Intermediate Working Hunter class. We qualified for RI at BSPS Area 15, and HOYS at the BSPS Midsummer Show. This is both of ours first season doing BSPS Working Hunter classes. “Joey is such a fun little horse with the most fantastic attitude to work, always tries his absolute best and without a doubt is my horse of a lifetime. I’m so proud to have qualified for these shows - it’s a bit of a dream to be honest. I can’t wait for us to jump at the NEC and Hickstead!”



incolnshire-based dressage rider, Lara Edwards, has qualified for the prestigious British Dressage National Championships. Lara and Bodyguard Moorland took the Cavalor Inter II Premier League title with a score of 68.29% at Sheepgate Equestrian. Owned by Lara, Bodyguard Moorland known as BG at home, is a 13-year-old KWPN approved stallion and stands at 17.2hh. Currently based in Brigsley near Grimsby, Lara was sent Bodyguard Moorland to bring on and sell. Although he was not the biggest mover, Bodyguard has a very trainable attitude. Said Lara: “I just loved his attitude to work and training so much that I had to buy him myself.” After six years of working with Lara, Bodyguard is now out competing at Grand Prix level. He passes on a lot of movement to his offspring and he has his own KWPN approved son. Winning the Cavalor Inter II Premier League at Sheepgate Equestrian is the duo’s biggest achievement to date. Their ultimate aim is to compete at Olympia. Said Lara: “Winning the Cavalor Inter II Premier League means so much because I have worked so hard training Bodyguard for the last six years. I always knew he was going to be more competitive as he went up the levels. “He is not a big flashy mover but he is exceptionally trainable and has the natural ability to collect and therefore loves the piaffe, passage and pirouettes. This level really suits him and makes you realise all the training is worth it.” Said Simon Middleton of Zebra Products, Cavalor distributor: “Congratulations to Lara and Bodyguard Moorland, the duo went exceptionally well.”




n Sunday 30th June the Mid Essex RDA Group held their second fun day event near Billericay and as before was aimed at RDA riders who would not normally be able to take part in a competitive event. All the ridden classes this year contained an element which made reference to the RDA’s 50th Anniversary. Well done to all the competitors who competed from various groups around Essex including, Rawreth, REACH, Upminster and Mid Essex. “A huge thank you to all the volunteers, including Kath Hatwell the regional coach, who helped on the day. You are all so awesome. We wouldn’t be able to run these days without you. “Thanks also goes to our sponsors MAJER Windows Ltd, Equine Rug Wash, Equine Faecal Egg Count Solutions (E.F.E.C.S.) and Ryder Rosettes. Huge thank you also to Anthony of ARDS Photographic for capturing the memories of the day and to Barleylands Equestrian Centre for allowing us to use their venue and wonderful facilities,” said Louisa North. All the riders who took part received a rosette and some treats. Prizes were presented by Priscilla Holdsworth and Lady Annabel Rayleigh, the Group’s Patron.



nother successful summer show for Lavenham & District Equestrian Club, was held on 7th July in the beautiful grounds of Melford Hall. With more than two-hundred entries and one-hundred competitors over three rings and thirty-two classes, the new format and different venue, from the usual July show, proved to be a massive hit. “We had Show Jumping classes from trot poles up to 80cm, ridden and inhand show classes as well as our forever popular fun classes. We are currently preparing for our next show in August which is a Working Hunter and Showing Show, held once again at Melford Hall, on Sunday 4th August.” Photos: Diss Event Photography




he British Horse Feeds SpeediBeet HOYS Grade C Qualifiers headed East recently to the Royal Norfolk Show. An initial field of thirty came forward with hopes of gaining one of three qualification places on offer for the British Horse Feeds Speedi-Beet HOYS Grade C Championship Final held at Horse of the Year Show in October but it was Sam Ward from Stowmarket, Suffolk who reigned triumphant. Course designer Michael Bainbridge set a challenging first round track that proved to be a thrilling competition with faults occurring all over. Four combinations managed to negotiate their way around the track faultlessly

to go through to the jump off. Sam piloted Michael Bates’ Romany, a 10-year-old British bred gelding by Le Tot de Semilly whom he took over the ride from Billy Twomey in 2016, to a comfortable victory crossing the finish line with a double clear in 49.91 seconds. Alex Bishop rode Matt Pike’s 9-year-old Dutch bred stallion Fres Belles into second place posting a double clear in 51.18 seconds. Keith Doyle took the third and final qualifying ticket of the day with his own Hip Hop L, a 7-year-old Dutch bred gelding whom he has produced for three years. They were the slowest of the double clears crossing the line in 52.03 seconds.

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ssex’s Helen Cowley recently won at the Hickstead Derby Horse of the Year Show qualifier on homeproduced Dragons Den in the hunter class. Helen puts so much hard work in as well as juggling work and three children.

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Competition winner Laura Moore presents the prize for The Alltech Supreme Hack Championship to Jayne Ross riding Forgeland Hyde Park



ome of the country’s top show riders and producers headed down to West Sussex to compete in the showing classes at The Al Shira'aa Hickstead Derby Meeting recently. With a number of Horse of the Year Show qualifying tickets on offer across the Alltech sponsored classes, the competition was fierce, with Jayne Ross proving she is queen of Hickstead. Taking the Alltech Small Hunter and Small Hunter Championship with Church Rock Cashel, Jayne also won the Alltech Small Riding Horse with Casino III before going one better than last year by winning the Alltech Supreme Riding Horse Championship. Her winning streak continued in the Alltech Large Hack this time on board Miranda Wallace’s 8-year-old gelding, Forgeland Hyde Park, with the pair also going on to be crowned winners of the The Alltech Supreme Hack Championship. Stephen Alexander was another rider to retain his 2018 title with Lord Alexander in the Alltech Maxi Cob and Debbie Harrod’s impressive, Bloomfield Valhalla, ridden by Polly Coles once again proved a winner in the Alltech Middleweight Hunter class before taking home the Alltech Supreme Hunter Championship. For a second year running the prize for the The Alltech Supreme Hack Championship was presented by the winner of a joint competition between Alltech and World Horse Welfare. Laura Moore from Bristol was delighted to enter the iconic Longines International Arena to present the prize to Jayne Ross. www.lifeforcehorse.co.uk




he 2019 Prestige Italia Big Star Championship Qualifiers had thirtynine starters head down to the All England Jumping Course at Hickstead during the Derby Meeting week to compete for a Championship Final place. Results are based on clear rounds and the competing combinations do not jump against the clock, therefore all riders were aiming to achieve a treble clear to ensure a qualifying place for the Prestige Italia Big Star Championship Final which will be held during the British

Showjumping National Championships at Stoneleigh Park in Warwickshire 6th – 11th August. Of the initial field of thirtynine, twenty combinations jumped clear over course designer Jason Abbs’ eleven fence first round track. Twelve were then able to jump clear in the second round and six went on to jump that allimportant third clear in the final round. Ronnie Lee Jones from Dunmow, Essex takes forward Interstar B, winner of the Newcomers Second Round at Bicton recently.



e’s had a ten-year hiatus from the sport but Jonathan Egmore was back in winning form at Hickstead, claiming the honours in the Al Shira’aa British FiveYear-Old Jumping Championship with Passilano. “It’s nice – unexpected, but nice!” says Egmore, who runs a horse feed and bedding business. His chance to return to the sport came a couple of years ago, when his girlfriend’s family put together a syndicate to purchase three unbroken 3-year-olds. “We’ve got four horses now, so we’re creeping back in,” he says. “It was all just circumstances – it all just fizzled out, and things ground to a halt. I kind of dropped out of the sport and didn’t bother; I didn’t think I’d come back.” His winning ride Passilano has an unusual background for a showjumper. “He came from a dressage stud,” explains Egmore. “They’d bought a mare, and then discovered that she was pregnant. They wanted to keep the mare to breed from, but he was never really in their plans. We happened to know the girl who produced the stud’s horses, so she asked if I’d have a look at him and see if he had any jump in him. And that was it, really – it’s been upwards ever since. He’s been very good, and he’ll definitely have the scope to go on.”


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TC; Evening Showjumping. Tel: 01708 687550 SHOWJUMPING Essex: Wix EC; Evening Showjumping. Tel: 01255 870744 THURSDAY 8TH AUGUST COMBINED TRAINING Suffolk: Boyton Hall EC; Evening Combined Training. Tel: 07557 091008 DRESSAGE Beds: The College EC; British Dressage Eastern Regional. Tel: 01234 708400 DRESSAGE Suffolk: Topthorn Arena; Unaffiliated Dressage. Tel: 01449 711962 FRIDAY 9TH AUGUST DRESSAGE Norfolk: Anvil Park Stud: British Dressage. Tel: 07879 881755 SHOWJUMPING Essex: Barleylands EC; Evening Showjumping. Tel: 07545 010770 SHOWJUMPING Essex: Brook Farm TC; Evening Showjumping. Tel: 01708 687550 SHOWJUMPING Suffolk: Topthorn Arena; Evening Novice Showjumping. Tel: 01449 711962 SATURDAY 10TH AUGUST DRESSAGE Beds: The College EC; British Dressage. Tel: 01234 708400 DRESSAGE Essex: Barleylands EC; Unaffiliated Dressage. Tel: 07545 010770 DRESSAGE Essex: Bluegate Hall Dressage; British Dressage. Tel: 07527 482847 DRESSAGE Essex: Codham Park EC; Unaffiliated Dressage. Tel: 07769 907076 DRESSAGE Norfolk: Anvil Park Stud: British Dressage. Tel: 07879 881755 JUMPCROSS Essex: Codham Park EC; JumpCross Training. Tel: 07769 907076 SHOWJUMPING Essex: Brook Farm TC; British Showjumping. Tel: 01708 687550 SHOWJUMPING Suffolk: Boyton Hall EC; Showjumping. Tel: 07557


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EC; Showjumping. Tel: 01767 627414 SHOWJUMPING Essex: Brook Farm TC; Evening Showjumping. Tel: 01708 687550 SHOWJUMPING Norfolk: Lime Kiln Farm EC; Evening Showjumping. Tel: 07749 951898 SHOWJUMPING Suffolk: The Jays; Senior British Showjumping. Tel: 07759 603120 SHOWING Essex. Dengie Hundred Horse Society. Purleigh Barns Farm, Latchingdon, Essex CM3 6NS. 07896 164837. THURSDAY 15TH AUGUST DRESSAGE Essex: Barleylands EC; Unaffiliated Evening Dressage. Tel: 07545 010770 SHOWJUMPING Norfolk: Lime Kiln Farm EC; Showjumping. Tel: 07749 951898 SHOWJUMPING Suffolk: Boyton Hall EC; Senior British Showjumping. Tel: 07557 091008 ENDURANCE: Euston Park, Thetford: Variety of competitive and pleasure rides, including the European and Pony Club Championships. Tel: 01379 644945 FRIDAY 16TH AUGUST DRESSAGE Beds: The College EC; British Dressage. Tel: 01234 708400 SHOWJUMPING Essex: Barleylands EC; Evening Showjumping. Tel: 07545 010770 SHOWJUMPING Essex: Brook Farm TC; Evening Showjumping. Tel: 01708 687550 SHOWJUMPING Norfolk: Anvil Park Stud: Junior British Showjumping. Tel: 07879 881755 SHOWJUMPING Suffolk: Topthorn Arena; Evening Open Showjumping. Tel: 01449 711962 ENDURANCE: Euston Park, Thetford: Variety of competitive and pleasure rides, including the European and Pony Club Championships. Tel: 01379 644945 SATURDAY 17TH AUGUST DRESSAGE Beds: The College EC;

British Dressage. Tel: 01234 708400 DRESSAGE Norfolk: Easton & Otley College; Afffiliated and Unaffiliated Dressage. Tel: 07881 802129 SHOWJUMPING Essex: Barleylands EC; Showjumping. Tel: 07545 010770 SHOWJUMPING Essex: Brook Farm TC; British Showjumping. Tel: 01708 687550 SHOWJUMPING Essex: Codham Park EC; Unaffiliated Showjumping. Tel: 07769 907076 SHOWJUMPING Norfolk: Anvil Park Stud: Junior British Showjumping. Tel: 07879 881755 SHOWJUMPING Suffolk: Boyton Hall EC; Showjumping. Tel: 07557 091008 SHOWJUMPING Suffolk: The Jays; Senior British Showjumping. Tel: 07759 603120 ENDURANCE: Euston Park, Thetford: Variety of competitive and pleasure rides, including the European and Pony Club Championships. Tel: 01379 644945 SUNDAY 18TH AUGUST DRESSAGE Beds: The College EC; British Dressage. Tel: 01234 708400 DRESSAGE Beds: Twin Trees EC; Dressage. Tel: 01767 627414 DRESSAGE Essex: Harolds Park Farm; Unaffiliated Dressage. Tel: 07775 516945 ODE Norfolk. Blackwater Farm Unaffiliated ODE 60cm, 70cm, 80cm, 90cm and 100cm classes. www.blackwaterfarm.co.uk SHOWING Norfolk: Lime Kiln Farm EC; Showing Show. Tel: 07749 951898 SHOWJUMPING Essex: Barleylands EC; Senior British Showjumping. Tel: 07545 010770 SHOWJUMPING Essex: Brook Farm TC; Unaffiliated Showjumping. Tel: 01708 687550 SHOWJUMPING Essex: Codham Park EC; Unaffiliated Showjumping. Tel: 07769 907076 SHOWJUMPING Essex. Dengie Hundred Horse Society. Purleigh Barns Farm, Latchingdon, Essex CM3

6NS. 07896 164837. SHOWJUMPING Norfolk: Anvil Park Stud: Junior British Showjumping. Tel: 07879 881755 SHOWJUMPING Norfolk: Brampton EC; Senior British Showjumping. Tel: 07824 344072 SHOWJUMPING Suffolk: Boyton Hall EC; Senior British Showjumping. Tel: 07557 091008 SHOWJUMPING Suffolk: The Jays; Unaffiliated Showjumping. Tel: 07759 603120 ENDURANCE: Euston Park, Thetford: Variety of competitive and pleasure rides, including the European and Pony Club Championships. Tel: 01379 644945 MONDAY 19TH AUGUST DRESSAGE Essex: Brook Farm TC; Evening Dressage. Tel: 01708 687550 TUESDAY 20TH AUGUST SHOWJUMPING Essex: Codham Park EC; Senior British Showjumping. Tel: 07769 907076 SHOWJUMPING Norfolk: Anvil Park Stud: Senior British Showjumping. Tel: 07879 881755 WEDNESDAY 21ST AUGUST 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 Norfolk: Anvil Park Stud: Unaffiliated Showjumping. Tel: 07879 881755 SHOWJUMPING Suffolk: Boyton Hall EC; Showjumping. Tel: 07557 091008 SHOWJUMPING Suffolk: The Jays; Senior British Showjumping. Tel: 07759 603120 THURSDAY 22ND AUGUST COMBINED TRAINING Suffolk: Boyton Hall EC; Evening Combined Training. Tel: 07557 091008


SHOWJUMPING Norfolk: Anvil Park Stud: Unaffiliated Showjumping. Tel: 07879 881755 SHOWJUMPING Norfolk: Lime Kiln Farm EC; Showjumping. Tel: 07749 951898 FRIDAY 23RD AUGUST EVENTING Beds: The College EC; British Eventing. Tel: 01234 708400 SHOWJUMPING Essex: Barleylands EC; Evening Showjumping. Tel: 07545 010770 SHOWJUMPING Norfolk: Anvil Park Stud: Unaffiliated Showjumping. Tel: 07879 881755 SHOWJUMPING Suffolk: Topthorn Arena; Evening Novice Showjumping. Tel: 01449 711962 SATURDAY 24TH AUGUST DRESSAGE Essex: Bluegate Hall Dressage; British Dressage. Tel: 07527 482847 DRESSAGE Norfolk: Lime Kiln Farm EC; Unaffiliated Dressage. Tel: 07749 951898 EVENTING Beds: The College EC; British Eventing. Tel: 01234 708400 SHOWJUMPING Essex: Barleylands EC; Junior British Showjumping. Tel: 07545 010770 SHOWJUMPING Norfolk: Anvil Park Stud: Senior British Showjumping. Tel: 07879 881755 SHOWJUMPING Suffolk: Topthorn Arena; Unaffiliated Showjumping. Tel: 01449 711962 SUNDAY 25TH AUGUST ARENA EVENTING Suffolk: Boyton Hall EC; Arena Eventing. Tel: 07557 091008 DRESSAGE Cambs: Fenning Farm EC; Unaffiliated Dressage. Tel: 07875 044829 DRESSAGE Essex: Barleylands EC; Unaffiliated Dressage. Tel: 07545 010770 DRESSAGE Norfolk: Brampton EC; Affiliated and Unaffiliated Dressage. Tel: 07824 344072 EVENTING Beds: The College EC; British Eventing. Tel: 01234 708400 Continued overleaf...




Your Showdate listings for..August/September 2019 Continued from previous page... SHOWJUMPING Essex: Codham Park EC; Senior British Showjumping. Tel: 07769 907076 SHOWJUMPING Norfolk: Anvil Park Stud: Unaffiliated Cash Showjumping. Tel: 07879 881755 SHOWJUMPING Norfolk: Lime Kiln Farm EC; Cash Showjumping. Tel: 07749 951898 TUESDAY 27TH AUGUST DRESSAGE Beds: The College EC; British Dressage. Tel: 01234 708400 SHOWJUMPING Essex: Codham Park EC; Senior British Showjumping. Tel: 07769 907076 SHOWJUMPING Norfolk: Anvil Park Stud: Senior British Showjumping. Tel: 07879 881755 SHOWJUMPING Suffolk: Boyton Hall EC; Evening Showjumping. Tel: 07557 091008 WEDNESDAY 28TH AUGUST DRESSAGE Beds: The College EC; Affiliated and Unaffiliated Dressage. Tel: 01234 708400 DRESSAGE Cambs: Grey Fern Park EC; Unaffiliated Evening Dressage. Tel: 07879 492068 DRESSAGE Norfolk: Brampton EC; Unaffiliated Evening Dressage. Tel: 07824 344072 SHOWJUMPING Essex: Brook Farm TC; Evening Showjumping. Tel: 01708 687550 SHOWJUMPING Suffolk: The Jays; Senior British Showjumping. Tel: 07759 603120 THURSDAY 29TH AUGUST DRESSAGE Beds: Twin Trees EC; Dressage. Tel: 01767 627414 SHOWJUMPING Norfolk: Lime Kiln Farm EC; Showjumping. Tel: 07749 951898 SHOWJUMPING Suffolk: Boyton Hall EC; Senior British Showjumping. Tel: 07557 091008


FRIDAY 30TH AUGUST SHOWJUMPING Essex: Barleylands EC; Evening Showjumping. Tel: 07545 010770 SHOWJUMPING Suffolk: Boyton Hall EC; Clear Round Showjumping. Tel: 07557 091008 SATURDAY 31ST AUGUST ARENA EVENTING Suffolk: Topthorn Arena; Arena Eventing. Tel: 01449 711962 SHOWJUMPING Beds: The College EC; British Showjumping. Tel: 01234 708400 SHOWJUMPING Essex: Barleylands EC; Showjumping. Tel: 07545 010770 SHOWJUMPING Essex: Brook Farm TC; British Showjumping. Tel: 01708 687550 SUNDAY 1ST SEPTEMBER DRESSAGE Norfolk: Anvil Park Stud: British Dressage. Tel: 07879 881755 SHOW Norfolk: Lime Kiln Farm EC; Fun Show. Tel: 07749 951898 SHOWING Essex: Codham Park EC; Showing Show In-hand & Ridden. Tel: 07769 907076 SHOWJUMPING Beds: The College EC; British Showjumping. Tel: 01234 708400 SHOWJUMPING Beds: Twin Trees EC; Showjumping. Tel: 01767 627414 SHOWJUMPING Essex: Brook Farm TC; Unaffiliated Showjumping. Tel: 01708 687550 SHOWJUMPING Essex: Harolds Park Farm; Unaffiliated Showjumping. Tel: 07775 516945 SHOWJUMPING Norfolk: Brampton EC; Senior British Showjumping. Tel: 07824 344072 SHOWJUMPING Suffolk: Topthorn Arena; Mini Showjumping. Tel: 01449 711962 SPONSORED RIDE. Ipswich Horse Society Sponsored Ride. 11 miles approx. Old Hall Estate, Barham. In aid of Street Forge Work Shop.

01449 613923 or 01449 711427. DERBY DAY Essex. Dengie Hundred Horse Society. Purleigh Barns Farm, Latchingdon, Essex CM3 6NS. 07896 164837. MONDAY 2ND SEPTEMBER DRESSAGE Essex: Brook Farm TC; Evening Dressage. Tel: 01708 687550 TUESDAY 3RD SEPTEMBER SHOWJUMPING Essex: Codham Park EC; Senior British Showjumping. Tel: 07769 907076 SHOWJUMPING Norfolk: Anvil Park Stud: Senior British Showjumping. Tel: 07879 881755 SHOWJUMPING Norfolk: Brampton EC; Unaffiliated Evening Showjumping. Tel: 07824 344072 WEDNESDAY 4TH SEPTEMBER SHOWJUMPING Beds: The College EC; British S/J. Tel: 01234 708400 SHOWJUMPING Essex: Brook Farm TC; Evening Showjumping. Tel: 01708 687550 SHOWJUMPING Essex: Wix EC; Evening Showjumping. Tel: 01255 870744 SHOWJUMPING Suffolk: The Jays; Senior British Showjumping. Tel: 07759 603120 THURSDAY 5TH SEPTEMBER SHOWJUMPING Beds: The College EC; Evening Clear Round Showjumping. Tel: 01234 708400 FRIDAY 6TH SEPTEMBER DRESSAGE Essex: Brook Farm TC; British Dressage. Tel: 01708 687550 DRESSAGE Norfolk: Anvil Park Stud: British Dressage. Tel: 07879 881755 SHOWJUMPING Essex: Barleylands EC; Evening Showjumping. Tel: 07545 010770 SATURDAY 7TH SEPTEMBER ARENA EVENTING Essex: Codham Park EC; Arena Eventing. Tel: 07769


907076 ARENA EVENTING Norfolk: Anvil Park Stud: Arena Eventing. Tel: 07879 881755 DRESSAGE Essex: Brook Farm TC; Unaffiliated Dressage. Tel: 01708 687550 SHOWJUMPING Norfolk: Anvil Park Stud: Unaffiliated Showjumping. Tel: 07879 881755 SUNDAY 8TH SEPTEMBER DRESSAGE Cambs: Fenning Farm EC; Unaffiliated Dressage. Tel: 07875 044829 DRESSAGE Essex: Brook Farm TC; British Dressage. Tel: 01708 687550 DRESSAGE Norfolk: Lime Kiln Farm EC; Unaffiliated Dressage. Tel: 07749 951898 JUMPCROSS Essex: Codham Park EC; JumpCross Competition. Tel: 07769 907076 SHOWING Suffolk: The Jays; Showing Show. Tel: 07759 603120 SHOWJUMPING Norfolk: Anvil Park Stud: Unaffiliated Team Showjumping. Tel: 07879 881755 SHOWJUMPING Norfolk: Brampton EC; Unaffiliated Showjumping. Tel: 07824 344072 SHOWJUMPING Suffolk: The Jays; Unaffiliated Showjumping. Tel: 07759 603120 SATURDAY 14TH SEPTEMBER ENDURANCE: Boyton Hall, Lavenham: Competitive and Pleasure Rides including the EGB National Championship. Tel: 07917 206166 SUNDAY 15TH SEPTEMBER ENDURANCE: Boyton Hall, Lavenham: Competitive and Pleasure Rides including the EGB National Championship. Tel: 07917 206166

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