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FEATURES 6 Christmas Gift Guide 16 Women in Business 19 Health & Welfare - including a ‘Day in the Life’ of the Equine SQP of the Year and VetWatch by Rossdales Hertfordshire discussing Respiratory Problems in the horse

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REGULARS 4 News 18 Rhea Freeman Asks - Is it time to shift your mindset? 23 Samantha Hardingham How to protect YOUR skin this winter 23 Paul Herbert’s legal advice Lien on me 33 Daisy Bayliss’ Herbal Answers - Herbs to help stabled horses 36 Donna Case Equine Nutritionist - Is it time for your horse’s dietary MOT?

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Nutrition - including new product launches from Simple System, British Horse Feeds and Spillers; Claire Burrow asks what is really in your meadow grass; Baileys Horse Feeds discuss treats for your horse; HorseHage asks what makes a horse fussy; and TopSpec provide top tips for feeding the fussy eater Equestrian Property Showcase - with Emily Cooper-Reade Saddlery & Tack - Stop the thief Special RDA feature Training & Development including advice from Lisa Spence, Harriet MorrisBaumber, Pippa Allen and Caroline Powell

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new exhibition at Palace House in Newmarket will explore George IV’s legacy as not only a great patron and collector of art, but also as prominent and, at times controversial, patron of horse racing. King George IV: Royalty, Racing and Reputation explores this colourful monarch’s fascination with horseracing and offers us fresh insights into the life of a man who defined an era. All but one of the 42 artworks featured are lent by Her Majesty The Queen from the Royal Collection. www.palacehousenewmarket.co.uk





eadlining the 2020 International Eventing Forum are eventing legend Andrew Nicholson and Grand National winning jockey Robbie Power. These two equestrian legends will come together for a demonstration and discussion on the development of ‘Horsemanship’ when jumping cross country, showjumping and in racing. Taking place at Hartpury Equine, Gloucester on Monday 3rd February, the day is a must attend event, whether you’re a trainer or rider. Tickets are £45 if purchased before the end of December. www.international eventingforum.com


njoy a festive day out at Redwings when the charity hosts its first ever ‘Traditional Christmas Fayre’. Held in the beautiful rooms and marquee of Caldecott Hall, at Redwings’ Caldecott visitor centre in Fritton near Great Yarmouth, everyone is invited to come along on Sunday 8th December, between 10am and 4pm - entry is free! Browse a wide variety of stalls showcasing unique goods – from artisan food to jewellery, from local artwork to children’s toys – providing plenty of Christmas gift inspiration. www.redwings.org.uk Esther the donkey will be making an appearance at Redwings' Traditional Christmas Fayre

reland’s Castle Leslie Estate has welcomed a new head trainer and equestrian business manager to its base - Emma Hobson BHSAI. Emma, a Dressage Ireland List Six Judge, ParaDressage Judge, working mum and holder of three degrees of higher education, is excited to be joining the world-renowned team. Coming from horsey stock, with parents who were both riding instructors, Emma is known for her dressage prowess and has competed or ridden in almost every equestrian discipline. “Castle Leslie Estate is such a special place, and I am thrilled to be joining the team,” she says. “The venue is a true horsey haven, providing not only top-class horse riding, but also luxurious facilities and cuisine. We have a yard full of top-class rides of all sizes, ready to welcome guests, no matter what their chosen riding discipline.” www.castleleslie.com


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incolnshire-based equine rescue and welfare charity, Bransby Horses, has a number of great events and activities planned for the festive season. The charity is holding their annual Christmas Fair on Saturday 7th December, with plenty for families to see and do. There will be a wide variety of craft and gift stalls which offer a perfect opportunity to get some very special gifts for loved ones. www.bransbyhorses.co.uk


October Competition Winners: Cavalor: Angela Tuck, Suffolk; Christine Sjeldrick, Essex; Hannah Vickers, Essex; Julia Prentice, Suffolk; Marilyn Hussey, Suffolk; Marion Brown, Essex. Liverpool Int Horse Show: Denise Lawry, Essex; Vikki Hyde, Essex. TopSpec: Annie Francis, Suffolk; Dot Creasey, Suffolk; Jane Hastie, Essex; Joanna Jacketts, Suffolk; Lorraine Skinner, Essex; Louise Burrell, Suffolk; Rachel Pearl, Suffolk; Sarah Henderson, Essex. Tricklenet: Jenni Revilles, Norfolk; Ruth Keen, Norfolk.



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CHRISTMAS GIFT GUIDE Caralarga Erizo earrings. RRP: £64. www.caralarga.com.mx Sterling Silver Rope Circles Two Tone Bracelet. RRP: £170. www.hihosilver.co.uk

r e H r o F Terrace Vest. RRP: £95. www.ariat.com/gb for stockists

The Melford Trilby in Black. RRP: £95. Safari Cow Hide Clutch Bag. RRP: £55. Both www.hicksandbrown.com Lyon jacket. RRP: £114. www.penelope-store.com

Grub’s Alston Boots. RRP: £264. www.grubsboot.com Glam Bling Belt. RRP: £35. www.mountain horse.se for stickists.

Luxurious Grand Prix Gift Box. Includes three items from Hiho Silver, Frank & Grace and Evemy & Evemy. Choice of style options. RRP: from £214. www.hoovesandlove.co.uk Winterburn Coat. RRP: £249. www.kathmandu.co.uk


Copford Top. RRP: £25. www.thefinerhorse.com

Cashmere Scarf – Daub Carousel. RRP: £169. www.albionengland.co.uk

Ladies Kimberley Jacket. RRP: £425. www.butler stewart.co.uk

Exclusive Cherry Roller Necklace with CZ Roller Bead. RRP: £150. www.hihosilver.co.uk

Jemima Tweed Jacket in Gooseberry. RRP: £385. www.timothyfoxx.co.uk

Illusion Hat. RRP: £25. www.mountain horse.se for stickists.

Crew Neck Sweat top. RRP: £40. www.aztecdiamond equestrian.com

Wythburn H20. RRP: £170. www.ariat. com/gb

The Suffolk Fedora in Black, Guinea & Pheasant Wrap. RRP: £95. www.hicksandbrown.com

Bridles Infinity Scarf. RRP: £9.95. www.equetech.com

Caralarga Mantarrya Necklace. RRP: £55. www.caralarga.com.mx

Safari Cow Hide Printed Belt. RRP: £55. www.hicksandbrown.com

Eskdale Fur. RRP: £180. www.ariat.com for stockists

Green Coffee Oil with Mandarin and Lime Body Scrub. RRP: £25. www.tammason.co.uk

Silk-lined Classic Red Leather Gloves. RRP: £65. www.fioriblu.co.uk




Angel Earrings. RRP: £34.95. www.annabel brocks.com


Navy rainbow bag. RRP: £175. www.annabel brocks.com

discover new beauty products that don’t harm another creature. RRP: £19.95. ere at Honest Riders, www.thecrueltyfree we’re making sure that all of the products we beautybox.co.uk sell have a reduced impact 4. Half Pass Friesian on the planet. So here’s our Sweatshirt second edit of eco-friendly Made from the best quality gift ideas... organic cotton and recycled 1. Unicorn Scrubbies polyester, this dual-purpose These eco sponges make a sweatshirt is glam enough to great replacement for the wear to the bar and practical plastic ones most of us use enough to deal with the yard. every day. 100% RRP: £60. biodegradable, they can be 5. Stojo Collapsible Coffee used for everything from Mug washing dishes to cleaning Made from food grade tack and make the perfect silicone, this cup is spill-proof, stocking filler. free from BPA and dishwasher RRP: £6 for a pack of 2. safe. RRP: £9.95. 2 World Horse Welfare All available from Honest Riders Essential Gift unless otherwise marked. WHW have a variety of www.honestriders.co.uk essential gifts that directly contribute to help rehabilitate, provide treatment and loving care for horses and ponies around the UK and worldwide. Prices from £5. www.worldhorsewelfare.org

Bomber Jacket. RRP: £275. www.annabel brocks.com


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Silver Radiance Horseshoe Necklace. RRP: £40. www.pegasusjewellery.net

Cashmere Scarf. RRP: £100. www.sepjordan.com

Purple Cartridge Handbag with Pink Interchangeable Strap. RRP: £245. www.scarlettwoods.com

Lindsell Dress - available in 3 colour/fabric options. RRP: £65 (corduroy option) or £95 (tweed option). www.thefinerhorse.com

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reat your friend, partner or family to a post-Christmas break at Ireland’s Castle Leslie Estate. The new holiday packages include three or five nights’ B&B accommodation, three 45 minute daily riding lessons, one consultation with a sports physiotherapist, a daily spa ritual (e.g. massage), use of the sauna and outdoor hot tub, one 70minute reflexology or reiki treatment, and two sessions of yoga or pilates. The trips also include a daily light lunch and two-course evening meal.

(Three Day Package from € 1,205pps (per person sharing); Five Day package from € 1,775pps).

Exclusive Cherry Roller Snaffle Bangle with Champagne CZ Bead. RRP: from £155. www.hihosilver.co.uk

Equiboodle Kit Bag. RRP: £22.99. www.equiboodle.co.uk

Cashmere and Faux Fur Pom Pom Bobble Hats. RRP: £75. www.annabelbrocks.com Cavallo Oddi Zipped Jacket. RRP: £119. www.zebra products.co.uk

Denver cashmere/wool cape. RRP: £350. www.annabel brocks.com

Solace horse hair bracelet with sterling silver butterfly bead. RRP: from £51. www.gemosi.com

Leather Hip Flasks. RRP: £39. www.lifeofriley online.co.uk


CHRISTMAS GIFT GUIDE Equetech Signature Knit Headband. RRP: £10.75. www.equetech.com

Solitaire Stock with Crystal Embellishment. RRP: £23.95. www.equetech.com

EOS Tights. RRP: £75 (knee patch), £80 (Full seat). www.ariat.com/gb for stockists

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Cavallo Onna Jacket. RRP: £139. www.zebraproducts.co.uk

Equetech Performance Training Socks. RRP: £11.95. www.equetech.com

Monroe Jacket. RRP: £120. www.backon track.com/uk

Babsy Bodywarmer. RRP: £107. www.euro-star.de/en/ for stockists.

Diamond Belt For Life. RRP £60. www.aztecdiamond equestrian.com

Cadence base layer. RRP: £85. www.ariat.com/gb for stockists


Ella Riding Breeches. RRP: around £115. www.hv-polo.com for stockists.

Norton Blue cross country shirt. RRP: £49.99. www.hardy etc.co.uk



Dianella Top. RRP: £44. www.hv-polo.com for stockists.

Equi Team Jacket (Ink Navy). RRP: £165. www.hollandcooper.com

SXC Snake Grip Gloves. RRP: £29.99. www.superxcountry.co.uk

Uvex Sumair Gloves. RRP: £34.99. www.zebraproducts.co.uk Equetech Inferno Long Quilted Coat. RRP: £194.95. www.equetech.com

The Annabel Brocks Pelham Gilets is a wardrobe essential. Designed to be longer in length than a standard gilet to keep you warm. With tab side closure on the outer it produces a much more flattering fit and with a fixed faux fur collar it is perfect to keep you cosy. Easy to wear and with colour ways that are practical and stylish. Available in a faux suede or British wool tweed. www.annabelbrocks.com

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8-sided octagonal showjumping pole. RRP: £65 per pole. www.showjumps.com

Bespoke saddle with Diamonte and Ostrich options. RRP: from £4,320. www.childericsaddles.co.uk

Super Xtra Clean range. RRP: £9.99 each. www.superxcountry.co.uk

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ShowSheen Polish & Detangler. RRP: £16/946ml. ShowSheen Stain Remover and Whitener. RRP £9.80/591ml. www.absorbine.co.uk

Patent Line with Patent Padded Leather Head Collar: RRP: £244.76. www.albion england.co.uk

Winter Warmer. RRP: £7.50. www.hawkinsorganic.com

Golly Galoshes. RRP: from £26.99. www.gollygaloshes.com

Christmas Sprinkles - A delicious blend of fruit and vegetables, 100% natural ingredients with nothing added. RRP: £3.50/300g. www.rowen barbary.co.uk


Charlotte Dujardin MultiColoured Collection. RRP: from £29.99. www.equisafety.com

Limited Edition - PS of Sweden Xmas Collection. RRP: Saddlepads £70. www.equissentials dressage.com

Veredus Fly Fringe. RRP: £58. www.zebraproducts.co.uk

The Total Impact Equestrian 6-Saddle Tack Trunk. RRP: £1,295. www.totalimpactequestrian.co.uk


Flying Change Snaffle bridle. RRP: £350. www.psofsweden.com

COLD FEET! Never suffer again!

Equitector’s Climate Control Technology Prevents cold feet even at minus 20c! Other features: • Hoof Proof toe protection • Waterproof leather • Stirrup foot balance system • Rot proof soles and uppers • Super comfortable • Long lasting quality

Fleck’s Economy SilkTouch Crystal Jumping Bat. RRP: £22. www.zebra products. co.uk

Kensington Grooming Tote. RRP: £15. www.shadow horse.co.uk

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Leather Care Kit. RRP: £47. www.albion england.co.uk

MagicBrush – Limited Edition Union Jack set. RRP: £13.50. www.zebra products.co.uk

Crystal Plaiting Bands. RRP: £6.95. www.equetech.com

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SuperShine Black and Clear Hoof Polish & Sealer. RRP £13/273ml pot. www.absorbine.co.uk



Eventing Cotton Cosmetic Bag. RRP: £16. ‘Day in the Life’ cotton tea towel. RRP: £10.50. www.kcillustrations.co.uk

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Bespoke handmade horse leg Christmas stocking. RRP: £15. www.etsy.com/uk/ shop/EllieEquineDesigns

Stirrup Book Ends in polished nickel. RRP: £55. www.ladidaandover.com

Personalised Stocking. RRP: £18. www.hooves andlove.co.uk

Chocovert Unicorn hot chocolate spoon. RRP: £4. www.chocovcert.com Tweed hanging hearts. RRP: £8.99. www.timothyfoxx.co.uk Small Fox Door Knocker. RRP: £11.99. www.abbeyengland.com

Artisan luxury SLOJO relaxing eco-friendly candle. RRP: £65. www.jogbliving.com

Polo riding hat wine cooler. RRP: £65. www.ladidaandover.com

Ellie Equine Bespoke Horse/Pony with details needle-felted to ensure a perfect match to your horse or pony. RRP: £32. www.etsy.com/uk/shop/ EllieEquineDesigns


New Feather Tea-Lights. RRP: from £10. www.pluckingfabulous.co.uk

‘Day in the Life’ fine art print. RRP: from £30 to £85. www.kcillustrations.co.uk

Kathy Shayler’s Vintage Equestrian Linen Cushion. RRP: £47. www.keylimedesign.co.uk

Virtual Gift - Dinner Time - 2 weeks supply of nutritious food for working horses of North Africa. RRP: £20. www.spana.org/shop

Create professional-quality photo books, calendars and cards, straight from photos on your phone, computer and tablet. RRP: from £6.99. www.motifphotos.com/en-gb

Brass Horse Shoe Eggbutt Door Knocker. RRP: £30. www.abbey england.com

Vintage Chairs. RRP: £95. www.ladidaandover.com

A range of gifts and cards. RRP: from £3. www.TeresaLewisArt.co.uk Exclusive ‘Boo & Friends’ Tea Towel (above) which features the Sanctuary’s beautiful blind Clydesdale, Boo. RRP: £6. Almost Home Puzzle (left) 500-piece jigsaw puzzle depicting a horse and trap making its way home for Christmas. RRP: £12. Both www.redwings.org.uk/shop

Help a rescued horse this Christmas by treating yourself or a loved one to a Redwings Adoption Gift Pack, including a colourful bag, illustration and pen. Pack shown is adorably dotty pony Cookie, but other Adoption Stars are available. RRP: £30. www.redwings.org.uk/shop

Luxury Candle. RRP: £27. www.albion england.co.uk


WOMEN IN BUSINESS There are also some great interviews, dairies and write-ups by interesting people to read.

really love people and I love helping them too. Grapevine is hopefully doing just that. There are many happy stories I hear Tell us about yourself from members where we have and your background? connected them with what they “I very much have an equestrian are looking for, whether it’s a background, having spent most horse, a job, a house, a perfect of my life eventing. I represented holiday home to rent, a new Great Britain in my younger puppy, car, anything. It’s really years as a Junior, gaining team fulfilling seeing these great silver and team bronze at the results and happy outcomes.” European championships in What can we expect to 1993 and 1994. I have also find on The Grapevine? competed at several top level three day events including “The thing with Grapevine is, Badminton, Kentucky and Pau. you can find literally anything “We have been pretty involved on there. It doesn’t matter what in racing, my mother having you might be looking for, you bred several NH horses including can ask the membership! Champion Hurdle runner-up Members might be selling their Marble Arch and Black Lion who horse, horse box or car. They was the winner of The Becher might be looking for a job or Chase at Aintree and then looking for someone to fill a job fourth in 2017’s Grand National. vacancy like a groom, a nanny or PANDA CHRISTIE HAS BEEN A SUCCESSFUL My mother is married to Trainer a PA. Or they may just be THREE DAY EVENT RIDER, REPRESENTING GREAT Hughie Morrison. My father was wanting to sell their puppies to BRITAIN ON THREE OCCASIONS IN THE LATE a successful business man and nice homes, it doesn’t matter set up St.James’s Place Wealth what it is you need to do, you 1990’S. SHE HAS COMPETED AT SEVERAL TOP can do it on Grapevine. Management. He was a real THREE DAY EVENTS INCLUDING BADMINTON, “Earlier this year we arranged for workaholic and I seem to have KENTUCKY AND PAU. HERE SHE TELLS US MORE inherited that from him!” members to visit the Kings ABOUT HER NEW ONLINE VENTURE Troop headquarters in Woolwich How did the idea for and see their ceremony practise The Grapevine come rapevine is a trusted followed by a tour around the about? network where stables. Everyone loved their “Grapevine came about because members can buy, sell day. It was fascinating.” I felt there was a real market for or promote anything at all What are your plans? having a place where likewithin the trusted network. minded people can go to find, “We want to concentrate on Members can promote or sell building a real go-to brand that sell or promote things within a goods and services to fellow totally trusted network. I feel has a solid reputation and a like-minded members, or that more and more nowadays super efficient service. I would receive them from other like to grow it to cover areas not members. Whether it is horses, people like finding things through recommendation, this just at home but also abroad. animals, holiday houses, enables you to save time and There are lots of plans in the properties to buy or let, energy getting to what you pipeline to make The Grapevine medical matters, might be looking for, renting, or bigger, better and even more organising parties, user friendly.” indeed selling in a much more internships, etc - you'll www.thegrapevineworks.com efficient and safe way. I also find them on Grapevine.


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Unable to even get a new bank account let alone easily source finance, by January 2009 Sarah had secured grant funding from Business Link and started Simply Bows and Chairs Covers, specialising in luxury table linen, chair dĂŠcor and chair hire for weddings and events. The business has since expanded to include ten franchise offices across the UK and is currently recruiting for further expansion. A highly successful step into farm diversification with the creation of eight luxury homes on her family farm followed, as well as business recognition in the form of national awards including winning the Daily Mail NatWest Everywoman Female Entrepreneur of the Year 2015. Interwoven in this story of the recession, in August 2008 success are a myriad of personal Sarah was faced with making a hurdles that again would have new start whilst filing for floored lesser people, including bankruptcy, living as a single mother and surviving on income twice being diagnosed with Malignant Melanoma while support. Whereas lesser people might sit out the storm and wait continuing to build up her business. for easier times to come, Sarah Now, Sarah is yet again forging a faced her challenges head on.



arah Pittendrigh is riding the crest of an entrepreneurial wave that started from the most extraordinary of backgrounds as a bankrupt, jobless single mum. As a Director at an events business that was hit hard by

new path, using her business knowledge and life experience to help others to achieve their goals. Sarah is making her extensive entrepreneurial knowledge, business development skills and passion for success available to those who want to take themselves or their business to new levels in 2020. Whether that is helping a business owner hit new heights, supporting people to achieve their sporting goals or coaching people to achieve their full potential. Her background running successful businesses and managing high value projects paired with the innate ability to find that key gap in the market or hidden opportunity make Sarah a valuable asset to any project. Her specialisms include rural business support, farm diversification and lifestyle coaching. www.sarahpittendrigh.com


n equine training company from Herts has been named one of the best rural businesses in the country after being recognised at the regional Rural Business Award. E-horse from Barkway, Royston was named runner up for the Best Rural Digital, Communications or Media Business Award at the Eastern regional finals of the Rural Business Awards in partnership with Amazon which were held at Trinity Park, Ipswich and regionally sponsored by Openreach and Saffray Champness. E-horse specialises in delivering professional education to horse owners via a series of seminars, practical sessions and online learning. www.e-horse.co.uk



RHEA Asks...




ife isn't about waiting for the storm to pass. It's about learning how to dance in the rain” — Vivian Greene. Are you in a storm at the moment? Maybe you’ve been caught in a bit of drizzle? I hear you. Actually, I defy anyone in the whole world to say that life is full of sunshine and lollipops all the time. And sometimes, when you’re being pelted by all manner of storm related stuff, dancing (as per the quote) couldn’t be further from your mind… so I’d like to share an alternative view, if you wouldn’t mind. Whether your business has had a rough time, your horse is lame, your social isn’t doing what you want it to, your dream job is basically a nightmare, or something else has happened to throw you off course, rest assured that you’re not alone. And also, for me, actually saying to myself ‘yes, this is rubbish’ helps. I love positivity and motivation as much as the next person, but accepting the situation is the best way to rebuild and grow. Because if I’m in denial

about where I am, how can I make a plan? Do you agree? As you read this, I’d like you to think about something you can do NOW to put you on a better path. Lots of people wait for 1st January to change a bad situation or improve, but you can make the decision to make a positive step NOW, you don’t need to wait for a special day/hour or moment, NOW is the moment. Now, don’t think I mean I want you to quit a job you hate with no plan, or get on your horse even if he’s not right, or kid yourself that a bad situation isn’t. I don’t. Maybe you accept the job is rubbish and start to actively look for other roles/update your CV? Maybe you have a chat with a vet/trusted friend to see if you can do anything else to help accelerate your horse’s recovery or see if you can help exercise another horse if you really miss riding. Maybe you take a long hard look at why your business isn’t doing what you want it to and reach out to someone for help? Another thing we can all do – and this sounds a bit woo woo but it really helps - to shift your mindset (well, it works for me!) is to think about what you’re

grateful for. Yes, your horse might be lame BUT he’s improving/you’re enjoying spending time grooming him and connecting in a different way. Yes, your job might be awful BUT you had the courage to try/you now know what you don’t like/you’ve learnt a new skill. Yes, your business isn’t doing what you want it to BUT you got that amazing testimonial from a happy customer/you made someone smile today/you got to spend more time with your family because you were quieter than you expected.

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See what I mean? From this more positive place, you can then create a plan to rectify/lessen the problem/improve the issue. Get a pen and paper and get it all out there. Don’t wait for 1st January. If you start now, you’ll be days/weeks ahead of when most of the world starts trying to improve themselves… and I don’t know about you, but I always like to try and stack the odds in my favour…





he RSPCA advises all animal owners to ensure their pets and livestock stay safe in harsh weather conditions, including periods of wet weather which can lead to flooding. RSPCA inspector Jason Finch said: “Make sure you have a plan so that you know how to get your animals out of danger if the worst was to happen and you found yourself caught up in flooding. “Floodwater can rise very quickly so if there is a flood warning in your area then act early and put

your flood plan into action. “Don’t put your own life or another’s life in danger to attempt an animal rescue and call us for help in an emergency.” RSPCA Top Tips • Plan your escape route and keep contact details of people who can help you move your animals in an emergency; • Ensure you can be contacted in an emergency - if you have horses or livestock in field attach your contact details to gates so you can be contacted; • Put important documents in a

sealed bag incase they get lost; • Move livestock and horses to high ground; • Ensure you have emergency

feed and water supplies. www.rspca.org.uk/adviceand welfare/seasonal/floods

BRANSBY HORSES LAUNCH EMERGENCY FLOOD CRISIS CAMPAIGN ince devasting floods hit Bransby Horses’ site in Lincolnshire on Friday 8th November, the Charity has been overwhelmed by the public support. In response to this the charity has been developing their Emergency Flood Crisis Campaign (EFCC). Jo Snell, Chief Executive, explains: “As many will have heard and seen in the media, Bransby Horses has been working hard, day and night to maintain the health and safety of the 450 horses we have here at Bransby. We’ve lost 40% of our grazing land due to the flooding, and are dealing hour by hour with the hazards of having up to four feet of contaminated flood waters in our fields and yards.


“This is understandably exhausting for our teams, however the public support we’ve received since the story hit the news and our social media channels has been incredible, and has kept our spirits high. As part of our Flood Response Strategy we’ve been working on developing our Emergency Flood Crisis Campaign. This campaign will continue to run long after the floods subside, for anywhere up to 18 months. “There are lots of ways our supporters can help right now, and so we’ve drafted a Ways You Can Help Guide, and published this on our website.” www.bransbyhorses.co.uk/ flooding-at-bransby-horses-how-you-can-help/





o you notice a decline in your horse’s health over winter? A drop in weight or performance, colic, loose droppings and behavioural issues could all be signs of a gut imbalance. It is easy to dismiss these health concerns and blame the colder weather or change in routine but a horse with a healthy balanced hind gut should be able to cope with the challenges winter brings. Making changes without the facts can be costly at best but also further compromise health if there is an underlying issue which is not addressed correctly. To find out exactly what is going

on in your horse’s hind gut, the EquiBiome Test Kit is available to all horse owners to enable microbial analysis of the hind gut, simply by collecting a faecal sample. Knowing what type and how many of the good and the bad bacteria, gives valuable insight into the type of diet that can help, and the type of pro and prebiotic that will suit the biome. Many of the bacteria within the list of pathogens are linked to gastrointestinal upsets such as diarrhoea, inflammation and discomfort. The Equibiome Test identifies them all and gives insight into management.


The test is so accurate that it can identify water contamination (arsenic/nitrate/nitrite), dietary deficiencies, mineral and vitamin imbalances, acidosis, antibiotic resistant bacteria and emerging pathogens. The EquiBiome Test Kit is ordered online and once it arrives follow the instructions and return your horse’s faecal sample for testing. You will then receive a detailed report with recommendations to improve your horse’s gut health. With the right management, based on facts not guess work, your horse’s gut health can be improved. www.equibiome.org


Sensitive Skins


iltaClear by Aniwell was specifically developed for all animals with sensitive skin. It provides antibacterial and environmental protection in a hypoallergenic base to areas likely to experience exposure from wind, rain, mud, sun and sweat. Many horses kept in work over the winter are clipped or even if rugged and stabled are clipped for comfort. Clipping can expose sensitive white legs (nonpigmented skin areas) and skin to the rain and mud or


reventing the spread of infection is a hot topic as once a wound becomes infected it can be costly and time consuming to treat. When tending to a horse with an injury it is vital that the person responsible for carrying out the task doesn’t inadvertently contaminate the wound. Regardless of the type of injury good hygiene is important and hands should be washed and dried thoroughly before touching the wound. It is also advisable to wear suitable disposable gloves to help avoid infection. As well as first aid essentials, Robinson Animal Healthcare has a number of products that should be a staple of any first aid kit to help ensure good hygiene at all times. Readigloves disposable gloves are ideal for having around the yard to avoid wound contamination in a first aid situation. The Readigloves range includes nitrile, latex and

the skin experiences tiny abrasions or clipper rash. These tiny abrasions can allow the area to be vulnerable to attack from opportunistic bacteria. FiltaClear is an ideal protective barrier to prevent skin breakdown while the skin is in this state. Applying FiltaClear prior to turnout on pasterns, heel and hock areas will provide a protective barrier to assist with preventing the skin from becoming saturated, weak and breaking down. The key to keeping the winter woes at bay regarding your horses’ skin is prevention. Check daily for rubs, nicks, cuts or bites and then clean and treat them quickly. Thoroughly drying legs and body after exercise, washing



vinyl disposable gloves, providing excellent barrier protection against a range of biological organisms. Nytraguard and Cyraguard, Robinson Animal Healthcare’s range of nitrile and latex gloves, are extremely durable and unlikely to tear, making them perfect for the demands of life on the yard. Activ Scrub antibacterial wash can be used diluted as a hand wash prior to inspecting and cleaning a wound. It is supplied in a conveniently sized 500ml

pump bottle for ease of use, especially in colder conditions but remember to use biocides safely and always read the label and product information before use. www.robinsonanimal healthcare.com

or coming in from the paddock. When legs are particularly muddy, allowing them to dry first then using a soft brush to remove the dried mud can be more beneficial than washing. Prolonged saturation of the skin can cause it to become macerated and more likely to breakdown therefore allowing bacteria to invade. Luckily there are still some beautiful sunny days in winter, however that is when sparsely haired, pink skinned legs and pasterns can be exposed to dew-burn (dew/water refracting off the grass onto the heel area causing a ‘winter sun-burn’). Again, applying a barrier cream to those areas prior to hacking out or paddock turnout can help prevent a skin breakdown occurring. Protect, prevent breakdown and promote healthy skin all winter long. www.aniwell-uk.com








ominations are now open for the first ever SEIB Insurance Brokers Livery Yard and Riding School of the Year Awards which will be presented at the glamorous British Horse Foundation dinner at the Leonardo Royal London City Hotel on the 11th January 2020. SEIB has set up these awards to celebrate the best in riding schools and livery yards throughout the UK in association with horse care and supplements company NAF. To nominate your favourite livery yard or riding school, visit www.seib.co.uk/awards


hese winter months can wreak havoc with your skin creating dry, chapped, cracked, itchy hands and ruddy looking faces. Prevention is better than cure so here are a few top tips on how you can prevent your skin from ageing this winter...


Eat Smart and Stay Hydrated - get enough Omega 3 and 6 Fatty Acids into your system, supplement if it’s easier using fish and/or flaxseed oils. Just because it’s cold you might not feel like drinking the recommended two litres of water a day but why not have hot or warm water with a slice of lemon to keep you hydrated.

Use Technical Fabrics avoid rough wool fibres against the skin as it irritates and

makes it itchy, use breathable fabrics.

when you’re frozen if it turns your skin red it’s too hot and will be stripping your skin of it’s Use a Sunscreen - even in natural oils. Turn the temperature winter you can still get burnt. gauge down - this also applies to Applying a Beauty Booster Cream hand washing. that has a SPF of 35 or above, (I recommend Tropic Skincare BB Turn The Heat Down - if Cream) will stave off those you get in the car and turn the heat up full blast it’s going to dry harmful winter rays. out your hands and legs pretty Hand Cream - yes use it daily quickly, whilst also giving you and after every hand wash. that ruddy burning complexion! Winter Skincare Routine The same goes for your house, - spec up your winter skincare set it to a constant cooler routine by using a more temperature to avoid drying your nourishing richer moisturiser and skin to a crisp this winter. avoid any products with alcohol Wishing you a wonderful festive in them which will dry out your season and a Happy New Year. skin even more. Check the ingredients or use the Think Dirty To benefit from Samantha’s App. health and wellness advice: www.facebook.com/ Take Cooler ItsTheBodyMindCoach/ Showers/Baths - even though there’s a temptation to www.instagram.com/ have a steaming hot shower samanthahardingham

Lien On Me...


MARY KING LAUNCHES NEW HORSE ADVICE VIDEO SERIES lue Cross has launched a new series of ten free horse care advice videos. The short videos, available on the Blue Cross YouTube channel, are part of almost 50 short films which also include essential care advice. Olympic Champion Event rider Mary King said: “The expert team at Blue Cross have put together some invaluable advice around horse ownership, training and welfare. As Blue Cross’s Equine Ambassador and someone who has had over 30 years of experience in eventing, I’m also delighted to share my own tips.” www.bluecross.org.uk


WINTER AILMENT: Thrush Thrush is a very common bacterial infection that occurs on the hoof, specifically in the region of the frog. Horses with deep clefts, or narrow or contracted heels are more at risk of developing thrush. Even if you try to keep your horse’s environment as clean as possible, bacteria are always prominent. Cavalor Dry Feet makes the hoof a less hospitable home for necrotic bacteria thanks to the combination of different active ingredients. Glutaraldehyde has an astringent (drying) and hardening effect, while Benzalkonium chloride makes sure the product sticks to the hoof longer. www.zebraproducts.co.uk

RRP: £18/250ml

hen finances become difficult, it is often the cost of keeping a horse that owners forego. With the price of livery often equal to mortgage payments, a large debt can soon mount up. As the owner of a livery business, you might seek to secure any debt of a client that accrues. As the horse owner, you may wish to remove your horse to a cheaper or alternative yard or even sell the horse. Whichever it is, the yard owner will want to know that they will receive the due amount. This is usually before the horse leaves the premises. Often the yard will claim to have a lien over the horse. This might be a common law or equitable lien and depending on the contract you have with your livery yard, a contractual lien. A common law or equitable lien is a right, arising out of fairness, for a person to legally hold property belonging to another that they are in possession of and whom are owed something from the owner. It is very common with garages. If you take your car to be repaired at the garage, the garage will hold your car until the bill is paid. The same

By Paul Herbert principle applies to horses and livery yards, studs or trainers. Whether a lien exists will depend on the circumstances. A contractual lien forms part of the livery contract. It allows the yard to legally prevent the owner from removing the horse. Unless stated in the contract, there is no right to sell the horse. Contractual liens can be difficult to draft correctly to achieve the desired result and even with such a contract, court action may be necessary. There are a number of problems with liens. Whilst racehorse trainers may well wish to hold a horse worth tens or hundreds of thousands, livery yard owners holding a £2000 pony that could be difficult to sell, might even incur a net loss. A full explanation of liens cannot be achieved in this short article but should you find yourself faced with the threat of a lien or wish to invoke one, you should seek advice from a solicitor. Do you have a question you would like to ask Burnett Barker Solicitors about equestrian law? If so, send your question to office@ahmagazine.com

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



fter years of initial planning and preliminary studies, a unique nationwide field trial for a vaccine for the prevention of equine grass sickness (EGS) began in 2014 and took four years to complete. The trial was coordinated by the Animal Health Trust, in collaboration with the veterinary schools of the Universities of Edinburgh, Liverpool and Surrey, with some logistical and other support provided by EGS-dedicated charity, the Moredun Foundation Equine Grass Sickness Fund. It involved over 1,000 horses and ponies residing on 120 premises across the UK which had been previously affected by a high incidence of EGS cases. The trial aimed to determine the effectiveness of a C. botulinum type C vaccination in preventing EGS, by comparing incidence

between groups of vaccinated and placebo-treated horses and ponies. Scientific evidence suggests that EGS may be associated with the bacterium Clostridium botulinum (C. botulinum) type C, which is found commonly within soil and is capable of producing a range of toxins. It is possible to successfully prevent other similar diseases (such as tetanus and botulism) by vaccination, which suggests it could be possible to prevent EGS by vaccination. Experimental challenge studies are the most commonly used research method to test the efficacy of vaccines for disease prevention. However it is not possible to experimentally reproduce EGS and therefore a field vaccine trial was the only available method of evaluating the effect of vaccination. However, the overall incidence of EGS during the four-year field trial was considerably lower than

anticipated, with just nine confirmed cases occurring amongst the enrolled horses and ponies over the entire trial period. Compared to the placebo-treated group, the risk of EGS was not significantly reduced in the vaccine group. Meaning that, unfortunately, the trial failed to provide evidence of an effect of vaccination in the prevention of EGS. Dr. Richard Newton at the Animal Health Trust commented on the research; “Although the EGS field trial did not demonstrate a significant protective effect of the C. botulinum type C vaccine against EGS, this truly unique research has still achieved a number of things. We now have a greater understanding of equine grass sickness and the trial provided further evidence of vaccine safety under conditions of field use.”

NEW HEAD OF EQUINE ORTHOPAEDICS he Animal Health Trust has announced that Dr Fran Henson has joined the Trust as Head of Equine Orthopaedics, based at the AHT’s Newmarket site. Dr Henson is a recognised specialist in equine surgery (orthopaedics) with over twenty years of experience in treating poorly performing or lame horses. Her appointment will focus on providing a fully comprehensive referral service for the diagnosis and treatment of lameness, back problems and poor performance and continuing to develop her comparative orthopaedic research programme.

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WORLD’S FIRST: HANDHELD LASER HEIGHT DEVICE apaltec Ltd, Belfastbased technology company, has announced the launch of HeightLight, the world’s first handheld laser height measurement device. HeightLight was unveiled at this year’s Horse of the Year Show. The idea for HeightLight came from County Tipperary pony breeder, Michael Grace, who saw an opportunity to bring equine measurement from the analogue age of measuring sticks and tapes into the digital age. Speaking on the launch, Robert Park, CEO at Capaltec stated: “This is a world first innovation


for the global equine market, bringing five years of extensive research and development to create an easy to use hand-held laser height measurement device. For too long, the industry has depended on inaccurate measurements for equine purchasing or competition. “It may seem like a simple idea, but this type of innovation has never been utilised for height measurement, until now, and we’re already seeing the huge demand for this product through our pre-sales. This is just the beginning of our journey with HeightLight, as this type of technology can be

utilised for so many other industries such as medical, construction or DIY.” HeightLight was specifically engineered and designed to bring accuracy and dependability to the process of measuring horses and ponies for passports, competition and sale. The device provides total precision measurement by combining triangulation

technology with proven mathematical theory. Whereas approaching a horse or pony with a measuring stick or handmeasurements can result in an adverse reaction, the compact handheld HeightLight provides the means to measure without distress. www.heightlightstore.com



Kristy spends a lot of time on the phone helping customers to plan their worm control


Kristy Hodgson


’ve loved horses from a young age and worked in a saddlers before joining Westgate Labs in 2009. I’m now Director of Operations, looking after the daily running of our laboratory as well as helping to steer the strategic development of the business. I really love my job and count

Kristy won the coveted title of National Equine SQP of the year 2019


myself lucky to work in such an interesting area of the equine industry and be part of a forward thinking, innovative company which puts such emphasis at being the best it can be. “The day starts with getting my two children ready for school, then it’s off to the farm where

the lab is based in rural Northumberland, picking up the post bags full of poo samples en-route! Along with many of our staff I also keep my 2-yearold Dales pony Fern at work and a definite perk is to watch her grazing from the window. I’m often found making up feeds and haynets at lunchtime and spending horse time at the end of the day. There’s lots of dog walking at lunchtimes too, it’s a lovely environment to work in and makes us a proper extended work family. “The lab is full-on and no two days are the same. Testing the samples is central to everything we do so the weight of the post bag determines a large part of the to-do list. Our small team of technicians take the individual samples through the entire process from post bag to sampling and analysis to deliver same day test results for customers. When it comes to worm egg counts not all tests

On the busy tradestand at Your Horse Live

are created equal! The lab is purpose built and we test thousands of samples every week. “Equines are our speciality but our more unusual customers include alpacas, parrots and even a red eyed African tree frog! “There’s also daily customer orders, retailers, vets and merchants to liaise with, and stock and ordering to manage.

Kristy sits down with International Event rider Sarah Bullimore to plan the worm control for the year for her yard of competition horses

“I routinely give a lot of the advice that we’re renowned for, talking to customers by phone, email and social media about their results and parasite control plans. This often continues into evenings and weekends as concerned horse owners contact us with queries about their horses. There’s so much misinformation out there about worming so we feel strongly that our role should be to educate on best practice and to be a trusted source of support to horse owners. “Westgate Labs has been instrumental in promoting targeted worming practices and the problems of drug resistance and my role is on the frontline of delivering this as well as training and overseeing our in-house team of animal health advisors and laboratory technicians. “Being known as the experts, Westgate often receive specialist and complex queries. I support many customers with pregnant mares, foals and rescue horses and those with underlying horse

health issues such as laminitis, cushings, colic and EMS. There are always new developments to keep up with and I work closely with our in-house vet and industry peers to ensure we’re always giving the most up to date advice. “Now that I’m on the board of Directors I also have more strategic management matters to input into. It’s all about maintaining our unparalleled customer service and making decisions on investments that will benefit our customers. This year for example we introduced a new faecal sand test to help guard against sand colic and a subscription model to make parasite control as easy as possible for busy horse owners. We’ve also invested in our online platform to improve the user experience. “Getting out and about is another part of the role I enjoy and I’ve just returned from working on our busy trade stand at Your Horse Live. It’s so rewarding to put customer faces

to voices over the telephone! “Westgate customers come from all over the UK, Ireland, the Channel Islands and France, all

of them need good parasite control and we test lots of famous horse poo including those of 5* eventer Sarah Bullimore as well as horses at World Horse Welfare and the Royal Veterinary College. “It’s exciting to be at the forefront of research, making positive changes, not just individual horses but for all equines in the future. Given this I was honoured to win the National Equine SQP of the year award recently. We work hard and it’s not always glamorous so it’s amazing to be recognised for everything that goes into it. “Plus at Westgate, we always have great home-made cake!” www.westgatelabs.co.uk



By Sarah Smith BVM&S, MRCVS


Presented by

ROSSDALES HERTFORDSHIRE 13 Weston Barns, Weston Hertfordshire SG4 7AX T: 01462 790221 E: hertfordshire@rossdales.com www.rossdalesherts.com

espiratory diseases are not uncommon in adult horses. Although there are a variety of different causes, they tend to present with similar clinical signs, which may include nasal discharge, coughing and increased respiratory rate and/or effort. Clinical signs for horses with infectious respiratory disease: • Dullness • Poor appetite • Enlarged or painful submandibular lymph nodes (felt underneath the jaw) • Fever (rectal temperature of 38.5°C or more) Clinical signs for horses with either infectious or noninfectious respiratory disease: • Flared nostrils at rest • Poor performance • Increased respiratory rate and/or effort during exercise • Prolonged recovery after exercise • Acute attacks of respiratory distress such as an increased respiratory rate and wheezing If your horse displays any of the above clinical signs, it is important that you seek veterinary advice.


Infectious respiratory disease Infectious respiratory diseases are usually caused by bacterial or viral infections and can spread between horses. In the UK, the most common causes of infectious respiratory disease are the bacteria Streptococcus equi equi (Strangles), equine influenza (‘flu’), and the equine herpes viruses. Diagnosis requires samples to be taken for laboratory testing.

lymph node swelling and/or abscessation. Some horses develop a permanent infection within their guttural pouches and become ‘carriers’ of Strangles. These horses may not show any clinical signs and can silently spread the bacteria. Equine influenza virus often presents with a very high rectal temperature, a dry cough, limb filling, and watery eyes. The horse may have a clear, watery nasal discharge that may become thick and yellow or Strangles is highly contagious green. The virus spreads easily and spread in respiratory through direct and indirect droplets via direct contact contact, and via droplets in the (between horses) or indirect air. Young and old horses are contact (infected tack, buckets, most at risk – which is why it is fences, stables or people). important that older horses are Infected horses may have a thick, vaccinated, even if they are yellow nasal discharge and

A horse with equine ‘flu may develop a nasty cough and a ‘snotty nose’

HORSE PROBLEMS retired or do not leave the yard. Although vaccinated horses can still contract influenza, they will have less severe signs and will shed less virus into the environment. As well as respiratory disease, the equine herpesviruses can cause abortion in mares and a neurological form of the disease. It is important to obtain a veterinary diagnosis so that appropriate management can be implemented. Your vet will collect the necessary samples from your horse for lab testing – these may include blood samples, nasopharyngeal swabs, or guttural pouch washes. Whilst the majority of horses recover uneventfully from infectious respiratory disease, some horses may become very ill and require intensive, supportive treatment and complications can sometimes prove fatal.

samples to be taken and to discuss management. • We recommend that, new horses are isolated from the rest of the yard for a 3-week period. During this time, blood samples should be taken to evaluate whether they have been exposed to Strangles before. New horses should also be monitored for any signs of other infectious disease. • Monitor horses after returning from competitions, particularly if outbreaks of infectious disease have been reported in your region. • If your horse develops a fever, isolate him and contact your vet immediately. • All horses should be vaccinated for equine influenza, regardless of their age or whether they leave the yard. Check your horse’s passport to confirm that vaccinations are up-todate (download the Actions to take: EquiBioSafe App for a handy • If you suspect an infectious vaccination date checker and respiratory disease, it is calculator). essential to isolate your horse • Discuss equine herpesvirus from others and implement vaccination with your vet – this appropriate biosecurity is strongly advised for measures to prevent the spread broodmares due to the risk of of disease. Contact your vet abortion. immediately to arrange for

Non-infectious respiratory disease The most common noninfectious respiratory diseases are inflammatory airway disease (IAD) and equine asthma – previously called recurrent airway obstruction (RAO), chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD), or ‘heaves’. These diseases often require lifelong management and/or treatment, and can result in acute attacks that require emergency veterinary attention. Both diseases are commonly seen in horses that are allergic to dust, moulds or pollens. IAD tends to affect younger horses and they can make a full recovery with appropriate management. Equine asthma is a more progressive disease which can be harder to manage. Over time, there is stiffening of the small airways and increased production of mucus. To diagnose these conditions your vet will need samples from the trachea and lungs via an endoscope, which often can be performed at your yard. It is important that horses with equine asthma have their routines specially adapted to avoid allergens and to slow


Sarah is an ambulatory vet at Rossdales Hertfordshire. She qualified from the University of Edinburgh in 2016 and subsequently moved to Sydney, Australia to undertake a 12-month internship at a busy equine hospital. She stayed on for another 12 months as an associate veterinarian, where she was primarily involved in anaesthesia and racetrack work. Sarah sees a wide variety of horses and ponies and is particularly interested in internal medicine and dentistry. She is currently working towards the Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice. disease progression. Some horses may need medication to help control the disease and keep them comfortable.

Actions to take: • If your horse has asthma triggered by dust, avoid or minimise the time he is stabled and maximise turnout. If he must be stabled, ensure Continued overleaf...


HEALTH & WELFARE: VETWATCH omething that many keen equestrians may not know, is that their beloved horses or ponies have evolved to cope incredibly well with a range of temperatures. Their bodies and behaviour adapt to the changes in weather, so that their internal body temperature can remain at a steady 38°C. That means they are perfectly comfortable when we’re chilled to the bone after a day spent at the yard and craving our cosy evenings by the fire. Equines are even designed to put on weight in the summer when food is plentiful so that they have a little spare fat to lose when food is scarcer. A Swedish study showed that most breeds will cope perfectly adequately in the field all winter long, only seeking shelter in prolonged wind and rain. Their hind gut acts as an amazing central heating system, as long-stemmed forage is digested it produces heat that keep them warm from the inside out! But there are several reasons why bringing a horse in for the winter months is the most sensible choice: • Restricted grazing and the slowing in grass growth in winter may mean there simply isn’t enough space in fields with good shelter and enough forage to eat. • Over grazing and moving our four-legged friends in and out of the field leads to mud, and that can then cause mud fever in some horses. • Some non-native breeds may lose too much condition and


Overground endoscopy has revolutionised diagnosis of upper airway disorders

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maximal ventilation and keep as dust free as possible. Avoid straw bedding, soak hay, dampen feeds, and take him out of the stable to be groomed and mucked out. • If the asthma is triggered by pollen, consider stabling when the pollen count is high. • If your horse suffers an acute asthma attack, contact you vet immediately. Injectable medication may be essential to A horse with asthma, fitted with a nebuliser to deliver medication directly to the lungs


your horse’s welfare and recovery. • Some horses require lifelong medication, such as daily nebulisers or inhalers, which deliver the medication directly to the lungs. Upper respiratory tract (URT) functional disorders Horses can suffer from conditions where the URT is not functioning correctly. They often make a noise during exercise, such as roaring, or whistling, and often struggle to perform well due to lack of oxygen. These disorders are particularly significant in racehorses and event horses who are required to gallop at speed. Diagnosis has been revolutionised by ‘overground endoscopy’, which allows the upper airway to be filmed on a endoscopic camera during exercise (see image). Conditions most often

diagnosed in these cases include laryngeal hemiplegia (paralysis of the larynx) and displacement of the soft palate. Many of these conditions require surgical treatment if the horse is expected to continue working at the same level. At a number of equine hospitals, including Rossdales, some of these surgeries can be performed in the standing sedated horse, using local anaesthesia, without the need for a general anaesthetic. Otherwise some of these horses can cope happily at a lower level of work without surgical treatment. Your vet will advise you on an individual basis. Rossdales Hertfordshire provides comprehensive veterinary services across Hertfordshire and the surrounding counties. For more information, visit www.rossdalesherts.com


need the extra warmth indoors or require protection from rain scald. • If horses are in hard work and have a full clip, they may need protection from the elements and more warmth when it is truly cold. That’s why many yards will switch to winter turnout and stable routines when the winter months arrive. Lots of people still turn horses out during the day in winter, which is essential for their good health, but even that might be from 8am to 4pm when the darkness falls again. Add in an hour of exercise and that still means they will be in their stable for around fifteen hours out of every twenty-four. So how can you ensure your horse is happy, healthy and comfortable during a winter spent in the stable? Let’s break it down into three key areas.

Respiratory health Being indoors more means longer periods of time exposed to stable dusts. Straw is a traditional winter bedding in the UK and hay is fed in place of grazing, but a study unveiled last year showed that horses bedded on straw or fed dry hay were more likely to suffer from lower airway inflammation. Bedding horses on dustextracted shavings can help and steaming hay with the Haygain Steamer reduces the incidence of inflammatory airway disease by 65%. Deep litter beds really are a nono, causing a build-up of harmful ammonia which is created when urea and other stable wastes break down. If you’re keen to provide a thick,

supportive bed for your horse then ComfortStall from Haygain could be the answer. This innovative flooring system is sealed so that nothing can escape under the matting and cause a urea build-up, and you don’t need to use as much bedding to provide the same level of comfort.



This Winter

Digestive health long periods of time and being Equines have also evolved to unable to move far can lead to trickle feed forage for up to filled legs and stiff joints, seventeen hours a day. When we particularly in horses suffering restrict their access to grass, we from arthritis. Giving horses as often replace it with several hay much time out of the stable will nets each day. But is this really help them, even if it enough for a horse to stay means being turned out in a happy and healthy? For example, in the evening some horses will have finished their hay net by 9pm and therefore have nothing to eat until the next morning. This can put them at risk of behavioural problems and vices from boredom, or even gastric ulcers. If you can, feed ad-lib forage to stabled horses. If they are prone to weight gain, particularly native breeds, consider cutting out any hard feeds and source lower quality hay (but make sure you steam it!). A horse will be healthier and happier if ABSOLUTE HORSE READERS CAN CLAIM A it has forage to graze on ON ANY HAYGAIN PRODUCT at any BOUGHT ONLINE OR VIA PHONE! USE THE CODE: given time.




lunging pen or school when they aren’t in use. Installing the innovative ComfortStall flooring system from Haygain will also help to promote good joint health in stabled horses. The ‘spring back’ of the cushioned layer massages the frog and promotes circulation and the thermal insulation of the combination of layers prevents legs and joints from exposure to the cool, damp floor under bedding.

You can read more about the innovative Hay Steamers and ComfortStall flooring system from Haygain on their website, which also contains lots of information and tips for keeping horses happy and healthy this winter. www.haygain.co.uk


Joint health The action of walking, including the compression and release of the frog, stimulates circulation in a horse’s legs. Being stabled for


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Airways Solution contains a powerful blend of natural, plantderived essential oils, known for their role in maintaining respiratory function, in a palatable solution with added honey and cider vinegar. Airways Solution should be administered via syringe into the corner of the mouth when the horse’s respiratory system is under challenge, either pre-race or -pre competition, or when there may be a short term environmental challenge. RRP: £16.99/500ml (33 days supply). www.equine-america.co.uk Cavalor Bronchix Pulmo is designed especially to support horses that suffer from severe respiratory and lower airway issues. These issues have been reported in over 90% of active race horses but also with horses involved in sports that demand short, explosive energy like polo, showjumping or 3-day eventing. One of these airway issues can be EIPH (exercise induced pulmonary haemorrhage) or lung bleeding, a progressive disease significantly reducing the horses’ performance. RRP: £116 (box of six tubes). www.zebraproducts.co.uk


Airways Xtra Strength Powder contains a powerful blend of natural, plant-derived essential oils, known for their role in maintaining respiratory function, including eucalyptus oil and peppermint. Airways Xtra Strength Powder should be added to the feed daily for horses stabled for long periods, or those experiencing irritation from dust in bedding and hay. RRP: £18.99/500g (one month supply). www.equine-america.co.uk

Breathe-Free is a dried blend of beneficial herbs for a healthy respiratory system. White horehound, coltsfoot, hyssop and red clover heads are included for the maintenance of airways and lungs. Aniseed and garlic help to promote clear airways and to support immune function. RRP: £14.78/1Kg. www.dodsonandhorrell.com

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Airway Plus helps to keep chests clear, whilst soothing throat irritation. Maintains mucus levels and bacterial balance to support normal breathing and respiratory systems during challenging and dusty conditions throughout the winter months.

Dust-X provides targeted support for horses in dusty stables. It’s soothing and highly palatable blend offers specific help for respiratory worries associated with dust, encouraging horses’ airways to stay open and feel comfortable. RRP: from £28.27.

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QUESTION: “When my horse is stabled over winter he gets a bit of a cough. It usually clears once he is out, but I wondered if you could suggest something to help whilst he is in?”

ANSWER: There are several herbs that you can be very beneficial in supporting the respiratory system. Thyme, garlic and aniseed are all expectorants, which means they will help to get rid of the build up of mucus from the lungs. Aniseed and Thyme are also antispasmodic and therefore will ease a persistent cough. Marshmallow leaf, as well as being an expectorant is also very soothing for a dry cough. Eyebright is great for reducing mucus production and Buckwheat can be used as a natural antihistamine. Good stable management is also very important and if you don't already, try steaming or soaking hay and using a dust free bedding. Turn your horse out as much as possible, make sure you don't get a build up of old bedding that will produce mould spores or excess ammonia from urine. It is important to be sure of the cause and if you have any concerns contact your vet. www.champerenebespokehorseherbal.com

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NUTRITION Georgie Wood, Simple System sponsored rider


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erform & Shine from Simple System Horse Feeds is a new natural and nutritious grass chop. Perform & Shine is made from premium dried chopped grass (Cocksfoot and Timothy) with a coating of cold pressed linseed oil. “Our linseed oil is pressed to order for every batch of product made, ensuring it reaches you in optimum condition without the use of preservatives,” explained Simple System Marketing Manager, Stacey Lascelles. Perform & Shine is high in digestible energy and quality protein, whilst very low in starch. It is a palatable feed which is naturally sweet, without the use of molasses or additives, and is ideal for fussy eaters. Perform & Shine provides horses with all the benefits of spring grazing all year round. The linseed oil provides essential omega 3 to ensure healthy skin and a shiny coat. It is dust free and suitable for use as a partial hay replacer if desired. It is ideal for fuelling medium to hard work the natural way, as well as improving the shape and condition of poor doers. It is suitable for feeding competition horses and is BETA NOPS accredited. Due to the naturally occuring sugars in the grass, we would not recommend Perform & Shine for horses


and ponies prone to laminitis. Stacey continued, “Like our entire range, Perform & Shine is free from cereals, molasses and straw. It contains only 100% natural and functional ingredients.” Perform & Shine is produced in the UK using British grown ingredients. The RRP is £14.80 for 15kg and is available to buy now direct from Simple System or from your local Simple System stockist. The Perform & Shine bag features Simple System sponsored rider Georgie Wood and Hudson – the original image was taken at Chilham Horse Trials in April this year where they won their British Eventing Novice class. www.simplesystem.co.uk




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. www.equerryhorsefeeds.com

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s horse owners we tend to understand the importance of getting our horses teeth, back, saddles, hooves checked and seen to, but how often do we look at our horse’s diet and get it checked by a professional? When I say diet, I don’t just mean the hard feed


element, I mean everything as a whole. This includes taking into account the forage, grazing, hard feed, any supplements, electrolytes and tailoring it to your horse. This also means considering your horse’s condition score, work load, temperament, age, and any clinical conditions. The diet can have such a massive impact, from

contributing to unwanted behaviour, poor performance, health issues, the list goes on, through on the flip side to supporting a happy, healthy horse from the inside out. As such it is important to review the diet and check it is still working well for your horse. Nutrition is not static, so for example your horse’s grazing will fluctuate throughout the year meaning tweaks may need to be made to other areas of the diet to accommodate this. Whilst you should assess the diet regularly, I would also suggest you get a professional to assess it once a year. That professional will probably also give you advice as to the changes you may need to make for your horse in the coming seasons to help you prepare. Many owners I work with have been surprised that they actually save money. Unnecessary supplements can be a big money pit and also vets bills can be costly if a poor diet contributes to ill health. I recently flew to Guernsey to check the diets for individual horse owners. It was an absolute pleasure to support those over there who want the

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absolute best for their horses and to check all is on track. Every owner was left with a folder and report tailored to their horse. We would look at each horse’s grazing so I could really see what the situation was, and each horse took about an hour to complete so extremely comprehensive. Literally one of my greatest joys is knowing I have been able to make a difference even with the slightest of tweaks. Hopefully this has inspired you to get your horse’s diet professionally checked. It will be so worth it, and you are sure to learn so much from the experience too. www.thehorsefeed guru.com

WHAT IS REALLY IN YOUR MEADOW GRASS HAY OR HAYLAGE? Claire Burrow BSc (Hons) from Devon Haylage asks...

ave you ever wondered exactly what species your ‘meadow’ hay or haylage contains? Traditionally it should contain a good mix of native grasses and other wild plants, produced from fields managed appropriately to encourage species diversity. You should be able to see a range of different grass seed heads in your forage. A proper mix should contain species such as fescues, Crested Dog’s Tail, Yorkshire Fog, bents, Foxtail and wild Timothy along with the meadow grass species; Tall, Annual, Smooth-stalked and Rough-stalked. Herbs such


as plantains, Sheep’s Parsley and Salad Burnet for example will ideally also be present. But increasingly, forage is being marketed under the description ‘meadow’ when it may only contain one or two species. Ryegrass fields lose their high productivity when other grasses (predominantly a species of meadow grass) move in and begin to take over. Instead of ploughing such fields up, to replace with more high yielding Ryegrass, some producers will use this opportunity to market the forage as ‘meadow’ when in fact the diversity is very low. There has also been a sharp decline in the hectarage of traditional hay meadows over the years as native grasses are replaced with more productive ones for livestock rearing. Reputable producers should be able to tell you what grass and herb species are present in the forage, along with how it has been managed and the nutritional information should also be available. Many horses benefit from eating forage with a high plant diversity but some species such

as docks are not beneficial and shouldn’t be present in a quality forage. At Devon Haylage we understand what makes a great mixed species forage, our Native Grass and Herb Mix is a beautiful soft blend of traditional grasses

and herbs. Free samples and a complete mineral and nutritional analysis is available on request from claire@devonhaylage.co.uk 01404 813100. www.devonhaylage.co.uk


NUTRITION even more important for those who may be compromised by any underlying issues. Always consult with a vet and/or nutritionist, if this is the case.




here is a plethora of specially formulated and packaged treats for horses but do we ever stop to think what’s in them? Most contain the sort of natural ingredients commonly found in mixes and cubes and those chosen will depend to a certain extent on how the treat is manufactured. Many are simply very large cubes or pellets but some are extruded and have a light crunchy texture, whilst some are baked. Due to their textures, horses may have preferences for certain types of treats as each gives them a different feel in the mouth, which they may/may not enjoy.


High Fibre Most will be based on widely used natural fibre sources, like oatfeed and/or wheatfeed – both by-products of the human

milling industry – which will be flavoured with a variety of extras to give them their tempting smell and taste. Mint is a particular favourite with spearmint having a more subtle flavour and aroma than peppermint. Other commonly used herbs, include rosemary, thyme and fenugreek, all of which have their own distinctive aromas, whilst others, like marjoram, are less pungent.

Herbs and Spices Herbs and flavours are generally only included to make the treats smell and taste delicious. The use of herbs for their health benefits is another subject but, if it is the motivation for their inclusion in a treat, feeding rates should be consulted. Some treats contain added vitamins and minerals and should be fed at recommended rates,

WE ALL LIKE TO REWARD OUR HORSES WITH TREATS FOR GOOD BEHAVIOUR BUT CAN YOU GIVE THEM TOO MUCH OF A GOOD THING? By Baileys Horse Feeds alongside forage, to help provide a nutritionally balanced diet. There are even treats with other additives designed to support healthy joints and hoof growth; these would again need feeding according to directions to help optimise any potential benefits.

Calories Whilst many treats will be formulated to provide lower levels of starch or sugar, in comparison to mixes or cubes, most will provide some calories. Of course, everything is relative and a handful of treats per day will provide negligible levels of these nutrients but, for horses whose intake of these needs controlling, like those prone to laminitis, every little may count! Ensuring the overall diet is balanced is important for the well-being of any horse and is

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Sweet Tooth Of course, many of us choose other things to feeds as treats, like carrots, apples and human sweets, generally mints! Fruit and veg are natural sources of fibre and some vitamins and, like mints, also contain sugar. Luckily, this shouldn’t cause problems with tooth decay as it might in humans, due to the fact that horses produce so much saliva when eating and wash any food residues away. Horses do have a sweet tooth, because grass contains a high proportion of sugar, and sugar lumps have long been given as a reward although they do have a tendency to go a bit sticky in the pocket!

Moderation The rights and wrongs of feeding treats, from a training and behaviour point of view, is up to the individual but, as most treats are designed to smell good, if you’ve got them in your pocket, the horse is likely to sniff them out! Nutritionally, as we’ve discussed, they’re unlikely to cause particular upsets provided they are fed as they should be, in small quantities. www.baileyshorsefeeds.co.uk

Banana Mash - A soft textured mash containing humangrade banana chips that can be fed warm or cold. Herbal Health Mash - A soothing blend of herbs on a high fibre base, suitable for horses prone to laminitis. Both www.rowenbarbary.co.uk RRP: £4.86/400g.


RRP: £4.86/400g.

Cavalor Fruities are a treat for your horse in a delicious forest fruit flavour. RRP: £4.80/750g. Cavalor Crunchies are a great healthy and tasty snack for your horse. Molasses free, the biscuits are rich in fibre with tasty carrot chunks. RRP: £7.20/1.5kg. Both from www.zebraproducts.co.uk

Equerry Minty Treats make the perfect reward for your horse or pony and have a lovely spearmint flavour. A healthy treat option, Minty Treats are fibre-based nuggets, low in sugar and are ‘Non-Heating’ and cerealgrain-free so they won’t cause any problems or ‘fizz’. They can be fed by hand, in a treat ball or added to feed to tempt fussy feeders. RRP: £12.50/20kg. www.equerryhorsefeeds.com

Castle Treats contain mixed herbs and peppermint oil. They’re also high in fibre, low in sugar and contain zero molasses and zero whole grains. Research has shown that feeding your horse treats can be beneficial as a training tool and can be used as part of positive reinforcement, which horses respond well to due to the way they learn. RRP: £3.99/2kg. www.castlehorsefeeds.com


WHAT MAKES A HORSE FUSSY? And how to overcome it....


here are numerous reasons why a horse can become a fussy eater and finding out why is the first port of call in rectifying the situation. Of course, like humans, some horses are just naturally faddy, and this can be a constant frustration for owners. On the other hand, if a horse that usually has a good appetite suddenly goes off his food, the cause needs to be investigated. Because horses are naturally trickle feeders, it’s important that they are continually getting enough fibre through their digestive systems to prevent acidic attacks on the gut wall and so if a horse or pony loses his appetite and stops eating, it can easily become a more serious problem. Firstly consider whether your horse has developed a health condition which may have caused him to go off his food. Gastric problems can cause a lot of discomfort when eating and if you suspect this or any other underlying condition, please

consult your vet. Dental issues can cause pain or make it difficult for your horse to chew and a sign of this is quidding (when you find balls of halfchewed food spat out). In this situation we would always recommend consulting your equine dentist. Stress can be another factor and there can be many causes for this, and this in turn can also be a cause of gastric issues. Has your horse moved yards or fields? Is he missing another horse or pony? Is he being bullied at feed times if turned out with other horses? Has his workload changed? There can be lots of things that we probably wouldn’t consider stressful for our horses or ponies but in reality, sometimes something that seems a very small change to us can be hugely stressful for some horses and ponies. A simple change to a new stable can be enough to put a horse off his food. Look at his daily routine to see if there have been any changes recently and then address them.

Mollichaff AppleChaff is a high quality, appetising chaff made from wheat straw with real diced apple pieces and apple essence. Naturally high in fibre and irresistible to the fussiest of feeders. www.horsehage.co.uk


Of course the answer may be something much more simple such as his feeding regime. If your horse or pony is turned out and there is plenty of grazing, he may simply go off his bucket feed as he will be enjoying the grass. Similarly if he is turned out for longer, he may be filling up on grass. Have you changed feed or feed brands or to a different forage? A change in feeds should always be made very gradually, particularly if you are changing from a molassed feed to one that is unmolassed and even the same type of feed from a different manufacturer can taste slightly different. The same applies to any supplements which you may be adding to your horse’s feed. Horses are greatly influenced by taste, aroma and texture in their food. Feeding a fibre-based diet compared to a cereal-based one is a much more natural way of feeding. Our horse’s saliva helps

to neutralise the acid in their stomach and, unlike humans, horses only salivate when they are physically eating, so the more time we can allow them to eat, the more saliva they will produce. Feeding a high fibre chaff such as Mollichaff will stimulate the production of saliva and slow down the passage of food throughout the gut as it requires up to 8000 chews per kilo to eat compared to as few as 1200 for concentrates. Look for a flavoured chaff to tempt your horse’s appetite. Horses relish the flavours of mint, cherry, apple and herbs as well as molasses. If you are adding succulents such as carrots or apples, make sure to grate them into the feed to prevent your horse from picking them out first. Forage can vary greatly, even from bale to bale and this can be down to hygiene, quality or the types of grass it is made from.

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JustaMint - Finely cut pure herbal spearmint, ideally used as a feed appetiser. JustaMint is suitable for all horses and ponies, simply sprinkle on top of feeds to encourage fussy easters. www.simplesystem.co.uk

RRP: £9.95/1kg.

Look for forage that is dust-free and is consistent in quality such as HorseHage. Forage made from timothy grass can help to stimulate the appetite as it has a different ‘nose’ to ryegrass. Always make sure your feed is stored hygienically and is kept dry and away from contamination, rodents and insects. Feed buckets, bowls and utensils should be washed after every use. Water buckets and troughs should also be kept clean and fresh and in plentiful supply. Really cold water can put horses off drinking, which in

turn can lead to a loss of appetite, so in cold weather it can be useful to be able to warm it slightly. Some horses also prefer their bucket feed to be dampened and it can make it easier for them to chew as well as the warm water making it smell more appetising. Adding medication to a horse’s feed can taint it so try to give any meds to your horse or pony separately from his feed times to avoid him making a connection between the medication and his feed. www.horsehage.co.uk

RRP: £23.50/15kg.

Simple Balance + is a carefully formulated balancer containing high quality functional ingredients for promoting optimum health. Ideal for fussy eaters, Simple Balance + contains pure herbal spearmint and is very palatable. www.simplesystem.co.uk

Feeding the Fussy Eater with Fibre-Beet... A Super Fibre conditioning feed, Fibre-Beet is a formulated blend containing all the benefits of the original Speedi-Beet product, with added high quality Alfalfa for optimum condition and to provide quality protein for muscle tone and function. Fibre-Beet also provides a good range of minerals, trace elements and amino acids and it is high in fibre with a low sugar content, providing slow release energy without the ‘fizz’. Ideal for horses prone to digestive upsets and very palatable for fussy eaters, Fibre-Beet has added biotin for hoof quality and is suitable for horses and ponies susceptible to laminitis. Soaked and ready to feed in only 45 minutes in cold water, or 15 minutes in warm water, Fibre-Beet is also ideal for veterans even if teeth are poor or missing. www.britishhorsefeeds.com




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and probiotics) use a feed balancer or pelleted multi-supplement that provides these ingredients already within a palatable pellet.

Feed palatable fibre sources To maintain a healthy digestive system, forage should form the greatest part of any horse’s diet. The best quality hay or haylage should be palatable and will reduce the amount of hard feed needed. For horses that dislike the hay offered, using different hay, haylage or chopped grass can be tried. For horses that can’t chew effectively, pre-ground fibre in the form of high-quality fibre cubes or a high fibre mash can replace long fibre.

Add flavourings or appetite stimulants If palatability is a problem despite using tasty feeds, try adding different ingredients or flavours such as apples, carrots, mint, peppermint oil and molasses. Additives containing vitamin B12 can also help to stimulate appetite.

here are a number of reasons a horse might be fussy and the most suitable solution will vary according to the circumstances. It is always best to speak to an experienced nutritionist for individual advice. However, there are some general tips that can be followed.

Keep bucket feeds small Splitting the daily ration into multiple, small, meals is better than feeding one large feed. Nutrient-dense products are ideal, as they will avoid over-facing a fussy eater. Basing feeds on a top specification feed balancer improves the utilisation of the rest of the diet, helping to keep meal sizes small.

Avoid powdered supplements and additives When specialised supplements are required (e.g. a hoof supplement, glucosamine joint supplement, and pre


Feed according to preference Some horses prefer certain tastes or textures, e.g. a mash is enjoyed over a cube. Where possible, try to work around this to improve intake.

Feed medication in a separate bucket If medication is needed, feed it separately to avoid putting the horse off their feed. It can be mixed into a voluminous and palatable mash, or a sweeter feed like a mix if appropriate.

Make changes gradually Alterations to feed or conserved forage, should be made gradually to help the horse adjust to different tastes. This also allows their digestive system, and the microflora within it, time to adapt. Article supplied by nutritionists from the TopSpec Multiple Award-WinningHelpline. They can be contacted, free of charge, on 01845 565030.


New TopSpec Performance Lite Feed Balancer is designed for good-doers in hard work that need their weight controlled, perhaps because of good grazing/forage quality. It is very important that this group of horses and ponies receive their full requirements of vitamins and minerals to support hard work. TopSpec Performance Lite Feed Balancer allows performance horses and ponies to receive these micronutrients in a small amount of very lowcalorie feed. It is a very palatable ‘Non-Heating’ feed that contains a multi-supplement including the levels of micronutrients normally only found in high quality specialised supplements. Using Performance Lite Feed Balancer will not promote significant weight gain, but will help to maintain healthy enzyme function, support bone strength, greatly improve hoof quality and produce a supple skin with an exceptionally shiny coat. It may also lead to relaxed behaviour in certain horses and ponies and will help to maintain a healthy immune system. www.topspec.com 15kg - £27.75

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Emily and Phoebe enjoying one of their many activities together.


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ull time student, Emily Hancock, has a great partnership with her grey mare, 17-year-old Phoebe. A Dutch Warmblood, Phoebe is a former showjumper and they have been together for just over a year. The pair now enjoy a variety of activities including crosscountry, dressage, fun rides, jumping and hacking. They also recently affiliated in showing with the Veteran Horse Society and enjoy competing in their classes. At 17-years-old, Emily was keen to ensure Phoebe’s diet was suitable for her age and activity and has followed a specific feeding plan designed the help of the team at TopSpec. Phoebe is maintained on TopSpec Senior Lite Feed Balancer and TopChop Lite over the summer months as she is a good doer and can be hot to ride. Said Emily: “Phoebe is such a special horse and a pleasure to ride; she is very forward though, so I use ‘NonHeating’ products from the TopSpec range, including TopSpec CoolCondition Cubes over the winter when she needs a bit extra in the colder weather.” Emily is in her final year at Hartpury College studying Bioveterinary Science and is looking forward to starting vet school next year. “I feel very lucky to have Phoebe by my side whilst I am studying; we have so much fun together,” added Emily. www.topspec.com



rom the makers of the famous Speedi-Beet and Fibre-Beet mashes, British Horse Feeds has launched their brand new product, Cooked Linseed. British Horse Feeds Cooked Linseed is 100% whole linseed that has been cooked and micronised to provide the highest quality nutrition. This optimises the digestibility and bioavailability of its nutrients for your horse or pony. Linseed is an ideal addition to any feeding regime as it is a key provider for protein and oil to help benefit performance, condition, skin and coat and general health. For adding topline and supporting muscle activity, the quality protein, with an ideal amino acid profile, contained within Cooked Linseed can help as well as being a great source of slow release energy. High levels of omega-3, omega-6 and omega-9 fatty acids gives a real shine to coat condition. British Horse Feeds Cooked Linseed also provides a good source of vitamins, trace elements and contains natural antioxidants. The product is achieved by simply using heat, moisture and grinding to ensure improved nutrient availability, so there are no hidden chemicals and it can be fed straight from the bag. www.britishhorsefeeds.com RRP: £24.99/20kg


ew Spillers Digest+ Conditioning Cubes provide a high level of calories alongside low levels of starch and sugar. The cubes are rich in highly digestible fibre and high in oil to provide slow release energy. They are also free from molasses and have no added sugar, while high quality protein sources support good muscle tone and topline development. Spillers has also launched Spillers Shine+ Conditioning Mix - a reduced starch, high oil mix that has been carefully formulated to promote condition and topline in horses that are prone to weight loss. www.spillers-feeds.com There’s £2. 00 off ever y promotional bag while stocks last!





EMILY COOPER-READE OF ECR PROPERTIES EXPAINS HOW YOU CAN MAKE A START WITH AN EQUESTRIAN PROPERTY deal for those wishing to have an opportunity to keep their horse at home, we are featuring two properties with just under 1.5acres that are currently on our books. “One is just outside Ely already with stables and the other near Beccles is currently a small holding with equestrian potential. “The first property on the Norfolk/Suffolk borders near Beccles has exceptional recently refurbished accommodation which provides superb spacious open plan style modern living. With three large upstairs bedrooms the property has the flexibility of a ground floor bedroom too. “Outside there is a 40x20 block built garage with potential for conversion or adapting for other


uses, plus there are large grounds of around 1.2 acres (stms). This property is on the market with a guide price of £575,000. “The second house on our books is a three bedroom property with stables and unique outdoor space including woodland set in 1.38acres (stms) on a country lane within easy reach of Ely. “This spacious family home presents an excellent opportunity for someone interested in a smallholding, starter equestrian or wishing to enjoy the rural offering of this unique property. “This property also offers stables and a lunging area, plus there is direct access to riding. This

The first property (pictured above and top right) is on the Norfolk/Suffolk borders

house is being marketed at a guide price of £425,000. “To view these houses, plus the many other equestrian, country, rural and lifestyle properties with land that we have on our books, please do visit our website.” www.ecrproperties.com

Property two is on a country lane within easy reach of Ely




YOUR TACK HAS NO DOUBT COST THOUSANDS OF POUNDS AND YOU LOOK AFTER IT WELL, BUT WITH RURAL Be aware of strangers CRIME ON THE INCREASE on the yard THE SOCIETY OF MASTER If you see people on the yard SADDLERS OFFER ADVICE that you do not know, you are in ON WHAT STEPS TO PUT your right to ask politely if you IN PLACE TO HELP KEEP can help them, or who they are looking for. If you are unsure SADDLES AND BRIDLES about the answer, it would be SAFE AND SECURE.



eep saddles and bridles in a safe, secure tack room that can be locked. If your saddles and bridles are kept in a building near the stables or around the yard make sure it has a strong, sturdy door that can be locked securely. It is a good idea to take advice from a professional locksmith who may be willing to undertake an assessment of security around the yard. Buy good quality locks that will last When looking at the yard and tack room buy good quality locks, padlocks and chains that have been tested. Again a local locksmith will have the expertise you require so consider a visit to make sure any investment made is money well spent. Make sure tack room windows are secure It’s not just doors that need consideration, also make sure all windows in the tack room are secure. It is very worthwhile looking at having bars put on


windows as they are an easy point of entry for thieves. Maintenance security checks should be regular and thorough If you have the best and strongest door possible and put bars up at your windows but don’t check for rusty locks and chains, your saddles and bridles will certainly be vulnerable. Keep an eye out for rusted locks, chains, hasps and staples. Cracked panes of glass and rotten frames and sills are all issues that opportunistic thieves look out for, so get them replaced or fixed as soon as possible. Think about access to the yard and stables Having a gate at the entrance to your yard and stables is another way to deter thieves from entering. Make sure that anyone entering and leaving the yard is aware the gates and doors must be securely locked. Only provide keys to approved personnel.

useful to take note of their description and vehicle type/colour/registration.

Keep a list of your tack It is very useful to keep a comprehensive, up-to-date inventory of all your tack, including colour and make and any security markings, with photographs. Consider investing in a tack locker It may also be worthwhile considering investing in a tack locker. These usually hold up to four saddles and are bolted to the floor. Get your tack marked Marked tack is also a good deterrent for thieves. The general advice is to engrave/punch your postcode or

yard postcode followed by the number of the premises onto your saddle - under the flap and bridle. You can buy inexpensive kit to do this yourself from DIY stores, or you’ll often find a tack marking service offered at local shows.

Consider CCTV It would also be advisable to consider installing CCTV, sensory lighting and security systems which once again can act as effective deterrents. Insure your tack Some horse insurance policies also cover tack theft, as do some home insurance policies. Take a look to ensure you are covered. www.mastersaddlers.co.uk


IN THIS ISSUE SOCIETY OF MASTER SADDLERS’ QUALIFIED SADDLE FITTER, HELEN READER, ANSWERS YOUR FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS. QUESTION: How can I tell if my saddle is the correct size for me? A visit by a Society of Master Saddlers’ Qualified Saddle Fitter is always the best starting point. When sitting in the saddle there should be four fingers behind the rider – for example between the rider and the back of the cantle, as a general rule of thumb. At the front of the saddle the rider’s knee should not come over the front of the knee roll or flap, this is a sure sign the saddle is too small and not a correct size. QUESTION: How far back is ‘too far back’ on a horse’s back for the saddle to sit? The horse’s back needs to be carefully looked after whether a leisure horse or one competing at the highest level. It is important that the tree of the saddle must not go beyond the last rib. The panel of the tree can go past this but not the tree.

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f your saddle fits, you don’t need to use a numnah’…. if I had a pound for every time I have heard people say that, I would have quite a hefty collection of pound coins (well, I certainly wouldn’t have to snuffle through my car seats every time I wanted one for the trolley at Sainbury’s). For many years, I saddle fitted without numnahs. None whatsoever. Nada. Zilch.That’s because even the thin cloths absorb some movement, and, as a saddle fitter, we want to see all the movement that happens under the saddle. But… over the years I have learnt that most horses are not used to being ridden with nothing between their backs and the saddle. It can cause a wide range


of reactions, from little nostril wrinkles, all the way through to bucking. Most often they just move differently; perhaps a little more hollow, perhaps humping their back slightly. All signs that we, as saddle fitters, look for as a sign that the horse is uncomfortable in their saddle. So how do we know if they don’t like the saddle and the adjustments we’ve made… or they simply dislike the cold leather on their backs? Also, recently there is a real trend for a whole variety of saddle cloths; mesh ones, air cooled ones, padded ones, silky ones, funky ones, and ones made of large portions of a sheep’s carcass. We can be as snotty as we like about these trends, but they exist


and we can’t pretend everyone uses a plain, thin, cotton numnah under their saddle. If someone uses a bulky memory foam half-pad everyday…. there is no point in me making their saddle fit onto their naked horse. If someone uses a silky numnah under their saddle, there is no point in me announcing it doesn’t slip when I’ve only seen it on their horse’s naturally grippy coat. Numnahs and saddlecloths are not just there to look pretty, and to match bandages - they serve an important purpose they protect the saddle and the flocking from sweat. Leather is permeable and sweat gets through the panel leather and into the flocking. This makes the flocking harden, go lumpy and can cause pressure points. They can also serve an important shock absorbing purpose. Make sure you tell your saddle fitter which numnah you usually use, so they can fit accordingly.


he exciting new moulded range from Bombers Bits has launched with a dressage-legal, flexible mullen mouthpiece. The moulded range is available in popular cheekpiece styles including Loose Ring, Eggbutt, Full Check, Pelham and Drop Cheek. The South African company’s latest development sees a mouthpiece engineered with a rubbery texture that has been shaped and flattened, and can even sustain some chewing. The synthetic mouthpiece is angled at 45 degrees, for soft, evenly distributed mouth pressure, with minimal bar pressure. The moulded mullen range is ideal for small equine mouths and narrow bars, equine mouth conformations that are traditionally difficult to bit. www.bombers.co.za



ed Boggis has been appointed as the new President of the Society of Master Saddlers. Ted has had a successful career running RB Equestrian.

Ted Boggis and Bea Blakeman the new SMS Vice President





lare Balding, Alastair Stewart and racing driver Damon Hill were among the special guests celebrating RDA’s 50th anniversary in the grand surroundings of Draper’s Hall, London, for this year’s Gala Awards. The evening, hosted by Clare, featured an afterdinner interview with Damon Hill and W-Series driver Alice Powell, and an auction led by Bargain Hunt regular Philip Serrell. Each year the RDA Gala Awards celebrates the achievements of its riders and carriage drivers, and the outstanding contribution made by its volunteers and horses. In this milestone year for RDA, the 2019 awards was extra special. As RDA celebrates 50 years as a leader in disability sport, Damon Hill and Alice Powell joined Alastair Stewart on stage to talk about the vital role sport can play in shaping lives. Said 1996 Formula 1 World Champion Damon Hill ahead of

Cracker from Lincolnshire Wolds RDA won the Horse or Pony of the Year at the RDA Gala Awards.

the event. “It’s a fantastic charity that currently enhances the lives of more than 25,000 disabled adults and children, so I’m really looking forward to finding out more about it and to meeting some of the people for whom it does so much excellent work.”

Participant of the Year: Isabella Theophanous Isabella (Bella)’s recent diagnosis as severely sightimpaired has impacted every aspect of her life, and yet she continues to bring a positive, cheerful attitude to her weekly RDA activities. Her nominator, Jess Dunne of Beechley Stables, wanted to ensure the nominee was a group choice – and the group unanimously chose Bella.

Young Volunteer award: TJay Wilson TJay had watched from the rider sidelines from the age of ten, desperately wanting to become a volunteer. Finally achieving his goal a few years later, at age fourteen, he now puts body and

Participant of the Year, Isabella Theophanous

The Young Volunteer Award went to TJay Wilson. This category was supported by the players of the Poscode Lottery

soul into volunteering. As his nominator, Jane Lawrence of Vale Mill Lane Stables, says: “He simply wants to give back all the time.”

challenge – and she’s now in training for a 102-mile Cotswold Way ride.

Horse or Pony of the Year: Cracker Volunteer of the Year: Cracker recently celebrated his Jo Rutherford 20th year with the Lincolnshire Jo is the ‘unsung hero of the Wolds group, and still manages group, and we would struggle to to ‘create a little bit of havoc if do what we do without her,’ he’s in the mood’ according to says her nominee Kady Chatman his nominee, E. Marshall. As a of Saxon Group, adding that Jo registered Fell pony, Cracker’s full is involved at every level of the name is Heltondale Bracken group’s activities, as group V11, and he’s the subject of a coach, group organiser, trustee book written by his proud and fundraiser. Those owner, whom he also took to fundraisers have included a 50- church (as a driving pony) for mile challenge, a 3-peaks her wedding. In addition to achieving driving pony status, Cracker has also helped numerous children to ride, and continues to be unfazed by any rider screaming or throwing themselves about. His nominee says: “Lincolnshire Wolds would simply not be the same without our Cracker.” Volunteer of the Year, Jo Rutherford

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LOCAL VOLUNTEERS: Marking 50 Years of Dedication...

Sally Campbell-Gray MBE


olunteers are the life force behind the amazing work of RDA, and without the 18,000 generous individuals that give up their valuable time, the charity simply couldn’t exist. As the organisation celebrates its 50th anniversary, a few extraordinary volunteers also mark half a century of helping others enjoy the benefit of horse riding for both fun and therapy. Here we meet two local volunteers that have seen RDA transform from its humble beginnings to an inclusive and diverse organisation that challenges disabled people to reach beyond what they believe possible.

Sally Campbell-Gray MBE, RDASC, FRDA, HLVP Sally Campbell-Gray has been volunteering with RDA since 1968, just before the charity was officially formed. Originally helping out at the Chesfield Equestrian Centre and when


this became part of RDA as the Stevenage and District Group she took on the role of instructor and helper. The group catered for pupils at a school for disabled children, a school for children with learning difficulties and a school for children with challenging behaviour. In the 40 years that Sally was a volunteer with the group she has taken on many different roles, including a stint as Chairman and Hertfordshire County Representative.

Gay Redman receiving an award for volunteering from HRH The Princess Royal

As RDA has evolved, Sally has had a keen interest in the training side of the organisation and how instructors could help their rider’s progress. As East Regional Coach she was asked to be a member of the RDA Training Committee and was a pioneer of the now widely used Instructors’ Assessments, as well as being co-author of the RDA Instructors Exam. Twelve years ago, Sally moved to Norfolk and is now a Coach Developer for the Magpie Centre based in King’s Lynn, helping with training and reviewing their coaches and volunteers. For at least ten years Sally was also co-ordinator and Chief Judge for the National Musical Ride Competition which gives groups an aim and interest to a lot of their sessions and provided the Judges with a wonderful view of what goes on in groups around the country. Said Sally: “I have loved my 50 years with RDA and all the people I have worked with, I

have been rewarded by the many achievements and pleasure of so many of our riders and volunteers. “The rewards and awards presented to me by RDA, and indeed the Queen, are much appreciated and are proudly displayed around my house. I could not have done this without the friendship and support of everyone in RDA and the tremendous support of my family who say they are as proud as I am for 50 years well spent.”

Gay Redman Gay Redman was one of a group of young mother’s that formed the North Herts Group, giving up their time every Thursday morning while their own children were at school. As rider numbers grew, Gay ended up being the Group Chairman, instructor and fundraiser: “I found it very rewarding to see how happy it made our participants and to see their progress, which in many ways was all down to the volunteers.” Following a move to Cambridgeshire, Gay took on the role of County Chairman, meaning she got to know all 16 groups in the area, and often helping out instructing when needed. “It was so exciting to see children talk or even walk for the first time as a result of the therapy from their riding sessions,” added Gay. Gay has fond memories of holding a gymkhana for groups

RDA High Performance Coach of the Year: from the whole county with over 100 children attending the event using twenty borrowed ponies, and also holiday camps where children would come and stay for four or five days, something that is trickier today in an era of strict health and safety rules. In 1999, Gay helped form the first RDA Polo group, inspired by a few young adult riders from the Cambs College Group. With support from the Cambridge and Newmarket Polo Club, members of the new group began to learn the rules of polo. The highlight was in 2003 when the group was invited to parade on polo ponies at the Guards Polo Club in Windsor, in front of HRH, The Princess Royal. During the years that Gay has dedicated her time, she has seen the charity go through a number of changes. In 2013 she was appointed East Regional Chairman which brought her into closer contact with RDA UK, seeing for herself how things have moved on. Recently Gay has been involved with young adult para riders and has been inspired by their courage and determination to overcome difficulties to achieve their goals, and giving them a sense of purpose. “None of this is possible without our fantastic volunteers and I think anyone who would like to volunteer and help in any way they can will find it extremely rewarding and enjoyable,” said Gay.

Lizzie Bennett izzie Bennett leads by example, which is one of the many reasons that she has been awarded the RDA High Performance Coach of the Year award for 2019. Lizzie’s involvement with RDA began when she joined Cambridgeshire College RDA as a participant. At the age of 22, Lizzie was diagnosed with Ehlers Danlos Syndrome, which is a genetic condition that affects your collagen and is in about 98% of the body’s cells. Although she was only officially diagnosed with the condition in her early twenties, she had suffered with symptoms all her life. Holder of 12 national paravaulting championship titles, Lizzie turned her sights on coaching and qualified as a vaulting and riding RDA coach and is now the vaulting coach for Cambridgeshire College RDA.


The Judges were impressed by Lizzie’s commitment to the cause, single-handedly reviving vaulting at the group, travelling across the country to gain experience and even buying a vaulting barrel to share with the group. She spends weeks choreographing routines, making videos to help vaulters learn their moves and planning costumes, as well as raising funds to secure the future of the group. Perhaps most important is the impact that Lizzie’s contribution has made to the lives of some of her participants, including one who no longer requires painkillers for her bad back, and another who came second at the RDA National Championships, despite her doctor laughing at the thought of her taking up vaulting. With inclusivity being at the heart of everything RDA does, friendship and camaraderie are

central to the success of Lizzie’s vaulting team. Said Lizzie: “I am so grateful to the RDA for all the opportunities it has given to me. I started as a participant five years ago, was volunteering within a year and moved to coaching over the last two years. “There is something special about coaching, especially coaching vaulters, because we really have to work as a team and so we are especially close. RDA vaulting has been genuinely life-changing for several of us.”



Pranay Nama

ranay Nama has been a participant with Chigwell Riding Trust for fourteen years and was first introduced to riding on the suggestion of his physiotherapist. Born prematurely and with left hemiplegia, Pranay has cerebral palsy, left field vision impairment and learning difficulties but his motto is ‘It’s all about your ability rather than your disability.’ When he first began riding he was unable to walk but he felt proud to be riding his first horse called Poppet, who helped Pranay to become physically stronger. At 18, Pranay now has independent lessons. Looking to the future, Pranay would like a career in the media and is currently a student at the Global Academy. “At the moment I am doing my final major project and I have chosen to do an audio podcast on the benefits of riding and volunteering at RDA. I am passionate about the work they do and through sharing my story I hope it will inspire more people to get involved,” added Pranay.




elcome to our monthly update blog. This last month we have been battling the elements with darker nights and rain. However, we have been busy visiting schools across Cambridgeshire, Norfolk and Lincolnshire delivering our Animal Assisted Education and Equine Facilitated Learning. Children have the opportunity to learn about horse husbandry, groom and horsemanship skills, negotiating obstacles with support. From exciting water trays to flapping curtains, Solo our Shetland takes it all in his stride. These lifelong skills and meaningful learning sessions will stay with them into their adult lives. I have had the pleasure of observing pupil confidence increase and accelerate within sessions and over time. Being with equines can teach us much about relationships and successful communication. Paying attention to our body


language and the horses, may lead to a better understanding of our thoughts, feelings and behaviours. Horses don’t criticise, they are non-judgemental, sensitive, and responsive to intent. They can detect emotions and usually provide immediate and honest feedback. Howard Junior School in Norfolk are lucky enough to be visiting my yard later this month to observe all five of our herd having their hooves maintained by our fabulous farrier Nathan Salter. The feedback from our school-based sessions has been fantastic with regular bookings in the diary for the whole academic year. In addition to our Equine Facilitated Learning, Berry Fields

has been busy organising and raising funds for Cancer through a ‘Wear it Pink’ charity carriage drive. In October we raised £467 with the support of our friends. We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who kindly donated to this cause. We have recently had the pleasure of meeting a local charity called Little Miracles that does fabulous work for the community and families. Solo our Shetland will be visiting their charity on the 17th December in his Santa suit. We are now busy preparing for our Christmas visits and celebrations, with Pony Days


By Rachel Hartopp timetabled and Christmas visits booked in. Wishing you a Merry Christmas! If you would like a visit please get in touch. www.berryfieldsanimal assistededucation.co.uk


EQUINE AMERICA BRAND AMBASSADOR LISA CLARKE-SPENCE BHSI SM IS A REGULAR ON THE EVENTING CIRCUIT AND TRAINS HORSES OF ALL ABILITIES FROM HER EQUESTRIAN CENTRE, HEMPS GREEN EQUESTRIAN, IN ESSEX. t’s been a long autumn, and it has certainly brought plenty of ups and a few too many downs. However I am writing this fresh off the back of a great time at the Essex and Suffolk Team Chase, where I had a team entered in the novice bogey time class. We are extremely grateful to fabulous host Mr James Buckle, who provides the best hedge country in East Anglia. I can’t tell you how much we appreciate land owners like him allowing us to run on his land. A great time was had by all.


The Friday preceding the Team Chase I had the pleasure of coaching the winner of the Equine America competition, Jessica Zampi and her 5-year-old horse Pink. Jessica is an experienced mature rider and has competed regularly in all activities. Pink is a reasonably new horse to her.

I began by asking Jessica to warm up as normal and show me a little of how her mare worked. It was evident they had already started to develop a good relationship - I suggested we work to improve the mare’s rhythm and suppleness. I used a 15m circle exercise, with poles outside marking the tangent points of the circle. I like to use circles independent of the perimeter fence, as I feel this encourages the rider to use both legs and ride both sides of the horse. I also find young horses especially like to hang to the fence for support. Jess wants to event her horse so it is important the mare learns to work independently of the rails. In Eventing we neither showjump on the rails nor do we have a surrounding fence in the event dressage, we are often on the side of a hill in the rain, with only a few plastic boards to support us.

I received a lovely message from Jess after her lesson, thanking me for my time and saying how much she got from the session. Nothing pleases me more than being able to help horses and riders move forwards, I would like to wish Jess the best of luck with her mare.

I suggested she allow the mare to work into a longer frame, to ride her more forward and persuade the horse to seek the bit out to the contact. We worked with this through endless transitions, using the walk to help aid the relaxation. Walk and transitions are not used anywhere near enough for me, and submission needs to be encouraged not forced, establishing a good four-beat walk between the other gaits really helps relax the horse. The mare responded delightfully because Jess was a fabulous student and carried out my every instruction, and the mare really appreciated being allowed to cover more ground and liked the slightly longer, more forward thinking frame. I also suggested Jess go slower; she has fabulous desire, and clearly wants to achieve, but time and patience is the key to harmony and submission. I made her think more about the quality of her transitions, the correctness of her posture and how her posture influenced her horse and it’s way of going. We discussed the importance of breathing, and being able to relax our body and mind to show the horse how to. I then introduced the use of trotting poles, moving from our circle diagonally across the

school over a set of poles and returning to our circle on the other rein. Once she had mastered the trotting poles and was confidently moving through them, I put up a small cross pole with a placement pole in front. Jess told me at the start of the session, she had a few issues with her sharpness when jumping, with her being over reactive and stopping last minute. She said on occasions it had resulted in an unscheduled dismount. The mare on cue demonstrated exactly this. Jess and I discussed the use of sitting trot on approach to new fences, and the importance of her lower leg position. We made use of the eyes to help the riders balance and focus, and I told her to make use of the neck strap. A fabulous piece of equipment that I never ride without, it has helped me out of many sticky situations. The improvement was significant. Jess and her horse were confidently popping the jumps on the exercise, she was developing the canter on departure and maintaining it back onto the 15m circle. It was a pleasure to see their progression. I am a big mare fan, I compete a lot of them - obviously the lovely Fidget, and I have purchased myself a new young mare called Heaven, she is super talented, and by the late stallion Groomsbridge May I. My next competition outing will be for the Winter BRC SJ Qualifiers, with five entered so I hope to be reporting good things next month!




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up from,” added Harriet. Having a regular coach will enable you to gently stretch out of your comfort zone with a person you trust, where as someone who is unfamiliar with you and your horse might push you beyond your capabilities which can be damaging for your confidence and your horse. Equally, your coach needs to know when to push you more to ensure that you stay on track within your training plan, which also needs to be realistic and achievable. HMB Equestrian holds regular clinics using Harriet’s facilities at her yard, but Harriet offers a few words of caution about dialogue with both parties being attending too many different able to ask questions and create clinics with different coaches. consistency for both horse and “I have participated in clinics rider. before where riders have had a “A coach that knows you and very good session and their your horse well can see horse has gone really well, yet progression and also little habits they would struggle to go away appearing before they turn into a and replicate the same training major issue. A regular coach can at home as there was no clear see the overall bigger picture and system to follow. Also the same know that your weaker right leg set of instructions may not be sliding back is a work in progress. applicable in a few weeks’ time. Even if an instructor has an The issue may have gone or amazing reputation, during a another appeared and the same one off lesson they have no instructions are no longer baseline in your ability to work relevant.”

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n winning Badminton 2019, Piggy French was quoted as saying: “This shows that if you have a system and work hard, dreams can come true.” This is a philosophy that event rider and trainer, Harriet MorrisBaumber, not only lives by herself but also instils in her clients. “Systematic training, hard work and consistency are the foundations for any successful partnership and once a training programme is developed, it must


be given time pay off,” said Harriet. What is Systematic Training? Systematic training usually involves sticking with the same trainer and is broken down into four phases - work out what needs improvement, come up with a plan, which you put into action and then look at the results. By sticking with a regular coach you will build a relationship whereby you can have an open

A NEW ERA: PETPLAN EQUINE AREA FESTIVALS he popular Petplan Equine Area Festival series hosted by British Dressage (BD) is moving into a new era. The series which is the number one dressage competition in the BD calendar now offers riders all year-round competition with two Petplan Equine Area Festival Championships – a summer and winter Championship and a brand new Petplan Equine Music Area Festival series run alongside some of the summer fixtures.



The main changes include: • The Petplan Equine Area Festivals will take place all year round with a Winter and Summer Championship • Qualification for the Summer 2020 Petplan Equine Area Festivals will start on 1st December 2019 and end on 30th June 2020 • Qualification will be on a points system based on points awarded for scores achieved • There will be 17 or 18 Summer Area Festivals from July to August • Horse and rider partnerships will qualify directly from a Petplan Equine Area Festival to the Petplan Equine Area Festival Summer Championships which takes place in mid-September 2020

Often in clinics or a group lesson it is more difficult to address complex issues but on the plus side, working in a group can be a very good way to educate a young horse. Using the odd clinic once you have an established system can be a good thing, providing a fresh pair of eyes or just using a different environment to train in. Training is an ever evolving process and a truly talented coach should be able to take you on a journey, altering, evolving, and adapting the training as you and your horse progress. Everything from feeding to fitness can be evaluated continually. It’s the small marginal gains that will add up to a big difference in performance! www.harriet-morrisbaumber.co.uk



AND TRUE With Pippa Allen


n the showjumping ring there may be a few obstacles where riders will approach from an angle but most require the horse to be straight to keep balance and have more success in keeping the poles in their cups. Not only for balance, straightness is extremely important to ensure your horse maintains power on take-off to clear the fence and prepare for the next. A common reason for horses to drift on an approach to a fence could be down to the rider’s balance. They could have more strength in one leg or even be stronger or weaker on one rein; similarly the horse could also have a weaker rein.

• The Petplan Equine Area Festival Finals have been removed • Dressage to Music classes from Prelim to Intermediate I will take place at a selection of the Summer Area Festival venues • There will be 10 Petplan Equine Winter Area Festivals spread across the country with qualification taking place from 1st July to 31st December 2020 • The Petplan Equine Area Festival Winter Championship will take place at Hartpury College in April 2021 The Area Festival series was originally launched in 2000 and is aimed at grassroots riders. It has grown from 15 Area Festivals with

To combat this issue, schooling at home is a great way to perfect your straightness. Even certain flat work exercises can aid in improving balance like leg yielding. This move is good in highlighting which side is weaker. Also riding straight lines up the three-quarter line and not sticking to the track along the fence is good practice. When wanting to incorporate a jump into your schooling, the most common exercise used for straight lines is where the poles are placed to form a ‘V’ which guides the horse to the centre and makes the horse use his shoulders. Continued overleaf...

555 tests completed in its’ first year to over 6,300 dressage tests ridden in the 2018/19 series. This new format will provide more opportunities for horse and rider partnerships to qualify including the brand new Petplan Equine Dressage to Music series which will have its Championship at the Summer Petplan Equine Area Festival Championship. www.petplanequine.co.uk/ area-festivals



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It is best to start with the poles forming the ‘V’ to be quite wide as you don’t want to worry your horse first time around, especially with training a young horse. Once they become familiar with the exercise, make the poles narrower. Another tip which is heard in lessons with most instructors because we are all guilty of it sometimes is ‘Look up at where you are going’. If you are focused on what is straight ahead of you, you are more likely to stay balanced. There are also exercises riders can do out of the saddle to help. Core stability is important because it allows you to be in control of your balance and help with communication to your horse. Basic core exercises are extremely effective like the plank and more and more people are doing yoga and pilates which is great for strength. For further information on British Horse Feeds visit the website at www.britishhorsefeeds.com



onfidence is the key when it comes to crosscountry, knowing that you and your horse can do it and have faith in each other throughout the round. When walking the cross-country course it is important to look at the lines to take to each fence and the quickest way to get there safely. Not only will it help you to save valuable time but by presenting your horse well to each fence, when he is balanced and on a good line, trust and confidence between horse and rider will be established and maintained. A good approach to every fence


is paramount in building confidence. The rider needs to keep the horse between hand and leg and the horse needs to know that you want him to jump. When you approach a fence your body language will change and your horse will know there is a fence to be jumped. Sitting up, and using a big positive half halt to bring your horse back together will change his canter making him bouncier, shorter and more in balance to face a fence. Knowing when and where to prepare for a jump will give you a strong basis to tackle any obstacle.

Shifting your weight and telling your horse there’s a jump coming, is important especially when your horse has been galloping. You will need a shorter stride to tackle a technical fence. Making sure you are familiar with the fences and course as a whole is therefore of paramount importance when preparing to ride across country. Many riders have superstitious habits, like having to cross the start and finish gates when walking the course, but starting your course walk in the start box will give you an idea of the distance you have to the first fence and how straight your line

IN THIS ISSUE SUREGROW SPONSORED RIDER CAROLINE POWELL GUIDES US THROUGH WALKING A CROSS-COUNTRY COURSE WITH TIPS AND ADVICE ON HOW SHE PREPARES TO TACKLE TRACKS AT ALL LEVELS. to it can be. Getting a good start over the first couple of fences is very important as it will help you to establish a rhythm and get you and your horse in a good frame of mind. Accuracy is vital, with a good square approach the horse will have less inclination to run out and will focus on the fence. The length of your straight approach depends on your horse’s level of experience; younger horses may need a longer approach to a fence but older more experienced horses may only need a couple of strides to set themselves up. Pick your line when walking the

course, find a marker on the course to turn from and look for a point in the distance to focus on. This will help you to ride straight over and onwards after the fence. When riding combination fences, ride to the last element, still bearing in mind the line you will take over the combination as a whole. If a combination fence features water, be prepared that the horse may slow up, so focus on a good positive forward stride to the last fence and beyond. Stride out related distances to help you decide how to ride them, either on fewer and

longer strides or more and shorter ones. Again, knowing your horse is important; his size, the length of his stride and his level of fitness are all factors to bear in mind. It’s important to see a stride and go for it. Every course is different, and the conditions on the day may be different again. Consider the going and the terrain; is it flat, hilly or undulating? Bear in mind the level of fitness of your horse and the time of your crosscountry round, will the ground have deteriorated throughout the day before your round? Consider these factors when choosing your lines to fences. You should also establish where the most difficult fences are situated and whether your horse will be fresh or tired when he gets to them. When you are close to the end of the course your horse will be getting very tired so it’s even more important to ride positively, get your approach and lines between each fence spot on. When walking a course it is easy to feel nervous about the size or look of the fences. Some fences can look really wide when you walk the course but when you

compare them to the width of a horse’s gallop stride you’ll see that they’re not so bad. Gauge your own strengths and weaknesses, picking the best line for you and your horse will help you save time or give you the best chance of a clear. If you are anxious about a fence walk it again and again to get your lines dead right. I tend to walk larger courses at least three times, so I really know the course, if you are 100% confident in the exact route you and your horse will take you will both feel one step closer to that perfect crosscountry round.

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Llanarth Red Bull by Bauer Media’s Managing Director of Sport, Oswin Grady and SEIB Marketing Manager, Nicolina MacKenzie. Oswin said: “It was lovely to see what a big event this was for the competitors taking part, there was a fun atmosphere with the riders enjoying themselves and the winner looked lovely.” The Champion and Reserve also won valuable prizes donated by horse care company, NAF. Large Breeds Champ Memphis of Millfield Oswin Grady and Nicolina MacKenzie

Llanarth Red Bull with Judges Matthew Lawrence and Sandy Wooderson

Moelview Milky Bar and his rider, Amy Jones. Known as Zorro at home, Moelview Milky Bar is owned by Amy’s mother, Susan Jones. Highland pony, Memphis of Millfield, owned and ridden by Claire Kinsley took the large breeds title. The reserve small breeds title went to Hannah Iddeson and her Welsh section B pony, Mynach Photo: SMR Photos

he second running of the SEIB Insurance Brokers Search for a Star Mountain and Moorland Championship at Your Horse Live at Stoneleigh Park on the 8th November kept the enthusiastic audience in anticipation right to the closing minutes of this popular showing final for amateur riders. The Search for a Star Mountain and Moorland Championship title went to the large breeds runner-up, the Welsh section D, Llanarth Red Bull owned by Dawn Hunt and ridden by her daughter Lois Hunt. As the expert commentary in the Championship - provided by top show producer, Katie JerramHunnable and her Olympic Eventing husband, Chris Hunnable – explained: “A Championship is judged on the animals in the ring and a great performance is needed. Each horse in the Championship is in with a chance.” Judges, Sandy Wooderson (conformation) and Matthew Lawrence, (way of going) decided that Llanarth Red Bull “came alive” in the Championship and was the worthy title winner. The SEIB Search for a Star Mountain and Moorland trophy was presented to Dawn and

The Search for a Star Mountain and Moorland championship was this year divided into sections for large and small breeds. The small breeds title went to Welsh section B pony,

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Party Fun. SEIB Insurance Brokers set up the Search for a Star Mountain and Moorland championship to create more opportunities for amateur riders at a national championship level. The BETA arena at Your Horse Live truly provides a real feel for the big occasion for each of the Search for a Star finalists and there has been some lovely feedback from the competitors at this prestigious event. Amateur riders and their Mountain and Moorland ponies have travelled the length and breadth of the country since the first Search for a Star qualifier back in April in their quest to get through to this hard-fought final at Your Horse Live. A total of sixteen ponies came before

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Small breeds champ Moelview Milky Bar Oswin Grady and Nicolina MacKenzie

when we got into the championship, he had more chance to move and it was brilliant. We have struggled to do a lot this season. I was working as cabin crew at Thomas Cook and in the earlier part of the season, I was away a lot and then recently I have been looking for a job, so to come and do this today has been absolutely great and just the positive conclusion that I really needed following a very difficult time.” Llanarth Red Bull is by Llanarth Old Fashion and out of Kent Church Reward. Dawn has owned him for two-and-a-halfyears, she bought him to show and compete in dressage with. Lois added: “Search for a Star has been brilliant, all the competitors here today have been so nice and helpful, the atmosphere is really positive. If anyone is thinking about doing Search for a Star, I would say ‘just do it!’ It is well organised and the feedback – particularly today – has been great.” Large breeds Mountain and Moorland champions, Claire Kinsley and her own, Highland, Memphis of Millfield are new to showing this season, they qualified for

Search for a Star at their first ever show, at Bury Farm back in June of this year. Claire said: “Today was a really big thing for us, the atmosphere was a whole new thing and we have worked on Memphis’ schooling to do well here. I bought Memphis two years ago. We have his full brother, our 4-year-old licensed stallion, Mannochmore of Millfield. I saw Memphis on a Facebook advert, realised he was the full-brother to Mannochmore and we went and saw him in Cumbria where he was a hack and he came home with us. The Millfield Stud ponies have super temperaments.” Claire has owned Highland ponies for twenty years and has until recently focused on dressage with them. Claire works in water supply regulation. She added: “I have worked in the office for nineteen years now, they are all quite used to me being off to horse shows!” Winning the small breeds championship was Welsh section B, Moelview Milky Bar and his young rider, 14-year-old, Amy Jones. Zorro as the pony is known is owned by Amy’s mother Susan Jones and was bred by Jane Jones of the Moelview Stud. SEIB Marketing Manager Nicolina Mackenzie said: “We are thrilled to be back at Your Horse Live. It gives our finalists a completely unique experience and we have had ever so many positive comments about the wonderful atmosphere here. It was lovely to see that we had three overall winners in the end.”

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Judges Sandy Wooderson and Matthew Lawrence. Sandy said; “Everyone in this championship presented their ponies and themselves well. It is a big achievement to get here! Nicolina and the team at SEIB are amazing in their support of showing. They are responsible for encouraging grass roots competitors – and many future stars of showing.” Matthew Lawrence said: “The performance of the section D was exceptional and he rose to the occasion in the championship. The way of going in this class has improved and the competitors need to keep their focus on their ponies’ frame and transitions, these are the building blocks for what will follow.” Winning the 2019 SEIB Search for a Star championship has brightened up a forgettable few months for Llanarth Red Bull’s rider, Lois Hunt. Lois, from Wigan said: “He went just great in there. He is a big mover and



ddington Equestrian recently played host to the SEIB Winter Novice Qualifier. A large field of seventy-two competitors came forward with hopes of claiming one of two qualifying tickets available for the Championship Final at the Longines Royal International Horse Show, Hickstead next summer. Course Designer Phil Ashworth built a fair track for the first round with twenty-seven of the initial starters producing a first round clear. The jump-off whittled the clears down to seven and the top of the leaderboard proved to be very tight. Brentwood based Michael Fursedonn took the win on board his own Cevins Pleasure, a 5-year-old British bred chestnut gelding by Cevin Z. They topped the leaderboard with a double clear in a time of 38.04 seconds. Just 0.06 of a second separated the top two placings with Helen Rees and her own 6-year-old British bred mare, Bianca Du Rouet, picking up the second qualifying ticket on offer after they crossed the finish line in 38.10 seconds.


EVENT REPORTS time of 41.97 seconds.

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he penultimate set of Dodson & Horrell National Amateur Second Rounds took place recently at Brook Farm in Romford, Essex who played host to all four height sections of the series. All riders were aiming to gain a qualifying ticket to the Dodson & Horrell National Amateur Championships at Aintree Equestrian Centre in Liverpool on 12th – 17th November (see page 61).


Dodson & Horrell 1.05m National Amateur Second Round Half of the initial starting field managed to jump a clear round around the Keith Bristow designed eleven fence track. Ten of those went on to keep a clean sheet meaning all eyes were drawn to the clock and this produced a fierce competition. Ava Donovan (pictured above) from Waltham Cross, Hertfordshire partnered Greg


Gill’s Quainton Shakira, a 10year-old British bred mare whom Ava has been competing since 2015. They produced two foot perfect rounds and stopped the clock in 40.80 seconds to take the win. Flora Murchie rode her own Sligo Douglas Two into second place after producing a 85cm Winner - Lorna Simpson and Rubi VII

Dodson & Horrell 85cm National Amateur Second Round Nineteen of the initial twentyeight starters steered their way successfully around Course Designer Keith Bristow’s first round track. With eight qualifying places available and nine double clears produced in the jump-off, those who put their feet down were the ones rewarded with qualification places. Colchester based Lorna Simpson piloted her own Rubi VII, an 11year-old British bred mare by Randi whom Lorna has competed for the previous four years, to the top spot. Making use of their experienced partnership and taking the shortest route on offer, they crossed the finish line in 32.48 seconds. Hot on Lorna’s heels was Jessica Buxton and her own Marcus Aurelius II. They finished

0.55 of a second behind to take the runners up position. Dodson & Horrell 95cm National Amateur Second Round Ten of the starting combinations pulled a clear first round out of the bag over Course Designer Keith Bristow’s eleven fence track. Four competitors went on to produce double clears with the remaining six faulting early in the jump-off. Eighteen-year-old Phoebe Jefferies from Maldon, Essex guided her own Zipwire, a 6year-old British bred gelding by Zip Phin to victory with the quickest round of the class. They crossed the line in 31.88 seconds with 3.30 seconds to spare over their closest rival, Pacific Vidarri. Pacific aboard her own 13-yearold Dutch bred mare Bilithya, by Memphis, stopped the clock in 35.18 seconds which was good enough to take second place.

95cm Winner - Phoebe Jefferies and Zipwire

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he curtains drew to a close on the 2019 Dodson & Horrell National Amateur & Veteran Championships held at Aintree Equestrian Centre in Liverpool on 12th – 17th November. The six days of jumping saw a record high for entries and spectators had more than enough action to watch including fun classes in the evenings such as the Accumulator and pairs jumping. It was however the Championship Finals that over 400 competitors flocked for and six lucky combinations were crowned. Lorna Simpson from Colchester, Essex claimed the 95cm National Amateur Championship title in the final class of the day on Sunday. Lorna piloted her own Zilver Bling, a 14-year-old grey mare whom Lorna has owned since 2015. Fifty-three competitors came forward to the Championship Final with the hopes of being crowned the 95cm Amateur Champion and twenty-two kept their chances alive by pulling a first round clear out of the bag. Eleven kept a clean slate and the clock played a vital role for the distribution of placings. Lorna and Zilver Bling produced two foot-perfect rounds, stopping the clock in 32.59 seconds. The closest contest came from Jasmine Gill with her own Roundthorn Firebrand who finished in 33.81 seconds which was good enough for second place. After her win Lorna said, “I am so shocked. I have had the best week. I have had two horses here and they have both performed amazingly all week. Zilver Bling won the Qualifier on Tuesday and was placed in every other class. I really didn’t think we stood a chance of winning so I kept telling myself to ride like normal and it seems to have paid off.”




e were recently contacted by reader, Pami Nixon, about her horse Del Rei. Said Pami: “My husband John and I recently moved to Great Henny, Sudbury, Suffolk, and quite by accident met Natalie Coles who fell in love with our lovely Del Rei, aka Sage. “We bought Del Rei as a youngster aged 3-years-old he is now 10-years-old and 17.2hh. He is a pure bred Lusitano by Quialto. “Natalie Coles grew up in New Zealand as her parents, Emma and Gary, emigrated there many years ago. Natalie developed a passion and talent for Dressage. She was The U21 Reserve National Champion at Advanced Med; and was ninth FEI World Dressage Young Rider at PSG in NZ, but she decided to come to the UK by herself aged seventeen to further her passion and talent. “Natalie, who has a demanding job with long hours, comes to ride and train Sage at 6am on weekdays, they also train with Paul Friday. “Sage and Natalie have been together for 18-months and notched up quite a record! They have always been placed and had BD double wins, generally at Wix, Beechwood and Keysoe. They also qualified for The BD Regional Championships at Keysoe. They then won both the Novice and Elementary BD Lusitano Championships at Bury Farm recently.”



SHOWING SUCCESSES CELEBRATED: AT THE 2019 BRITISH SHOWING AWARDS onths of planning, nominations and voting culminated in a glittering night of celebration at the 2019 SEIB British Showing Awards, brought to you by Showing World Magazine. The annual awards ceremony was held on 19th October, at the National Conference Centre, Birmingham. Top riders, producers, industry sponsors, breeders and showing supporters turned out in their hundreds at what is now a firm favourite in the showing calendar. The night included several standing ovations for the well deserving winners and all partied the night away to a DJ and live saxophonist performances, as well as enjoying a sparkling drinks reception, three course meal and photobooth entertainment. There are a number of awards throughout the night, each

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celebrating success within a different element of the showing world where six finalists are selected and invited to join the fun. From the Junior of the Year which recognises the talent and efforts of the future of the showing industry through to the roots of showing with the Breeder of the Year which celebrates the breeding success of many, as well as celebrating top names within the ring at the moment through the Handler of the Year and Rider of the Year. The night also features top accolade awards which are awarded to an individual or group. The SEIB/Showing World Outstanding Achievement Award is the highest recognition presented to people who have dedicated a lifetime to equestrianism and showing. This year Showing World Magazine were honoured that the award was accepted by Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II who

The 2019 Winner Group including Lynn Russell and Rory Gilsenan, centre


Terry Pendry, Katie Jerram-Hunnable and Lizzie Briant collect the SEIB Showing World Outstanding Achievement Award on behalf of Her Majesty The Queen from SEIB Marketing Manager Nicolina Mackenzie. Right: Equinational Special Recognition Award winner Lynn Russell.

has undoubtedly had a long relationship with the equine world. This award is not just given with the expectation that the recipient will accept it. In this case, Showing World had to follow strict protocol to request that Her Majesty, The Queen

consented to being the worthy recipient. The award was collected on her behalf by Terry Pendry, Stud Groom and Manager of the Royal Mews at Windsor Castle along with Katie Jerram-Hunnable and Lizzie Briant. The news of the 2019 worthy recipient was met with a standing ovation. On receiving the award, Terry Pendry said; “We are delighted to receive this award on behalf of Her Majesty the Queen. Horses have been an important part of her life; it is a passion in fact, and she is a very strong supporter of the showing world in all disciplines including the

CLASSIFIEDS ROR. I spoke to Her Majesty and she asked me to say that she offered her sincere thanks for this award.” The Equinational Special Recognition Award was this year presented to a surprised Lynn Russell. Lynn has captured the support of the showing community and has gone above and beyond the imagination when it comes to charity and giving something back. Following her own diagnosis and treatment in 2018, Lynn decided to start her fundraising mission, her initial target was £5000. Following huge support, the target doubled and at the time of going to press, we are pleased to share that this target has been met and indeed overachieved. The current figure on Lynn’s page stands at £10,393. From raffles, through to tack sales, no fundraising stone has been left unturned and all money donated will go to Breast Cancer Now, a charity that funds breast cancer research and care to provide support for today and hope for the future. Lynn commented; “I was delighted to win this award, it was a real surprise. I would like to thank all those who gave to Breast Cancer Care and hopefully all those who give in the future. I will continue to raise awareness and help to those who have been in the same situation as me. Thank you to Showing World Magazine and the award sponsors.” Needing no introduction on the showing circuit, it was muchloved Rory Gilsenan who took the title of Freestep Show Rider of the Year and it was a popular

win. Irish man, Rory is a recognised face within the workers ring, gaining his first HOYS win back in 2018 with Atlantic Slim in the Cuddy Working Hunter of the Year, to go in his trophy cabinet of wins from every major show in the country, including standing Workers Champion at the 2019 Royal International Horse Show with Atlantic Slim. Rory is well respected both in and out of the ring for his bubbly personality and can be seen not only riding, but training, producing and also judging. Rory received a standing ovation upon the news that he had taken the title of Show Rider of the Year and the joy within the room was clear. On winning Rory said: “What a fabulous evening! We had a great night, the people were incredible, it was such a great party. Just to be recognised as a finalist is fantastic, but to win, wow! We all work hard all season long, seven days a week and do every show that we can. To be able to go to an evening like the awards after this hard work is a great celebration. It is our first chance to party after a long year and we really did have a great night.” Nominations for the 2020 SEIB British Showing Awards will open on the 3rd February 2020 and readers are invited to put forward names of showing participants that they think are deserving of recognition at these awards. To view full results visit: www.showingworldonline.co.uk

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