Absolute Horse - October 2019

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Twenty-four year old chestnut cob Dolly is both Redwings’ oldest and longest-serving Adoption Star. See page 12 to read Dolly’s story.


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considerations for Veteran Horses, and a Day In The Life of Equine Nutritionist Laura Hoey Saddlery & Tack - including Q&A with SMS Qualified Saddle Fitter Bea Blakeman and Poppy Webber’s latest column On The Marker - Property Showcase Stables, Yards and Paddocks - including Biosecurity for Horses, and Positioning of Your Muck Heap Rider Profiles - we meet Emma Blundell of Mount St John Equestrian and Hunting Ambassador Charlie Higson



FEATURES 8 Special Report - British Breeding Baileys Horse Feeds Futurity event at Writtle University College 10 Rescue Success Stories 12 Hello Dolly! 14 Buyer’s Guide 18 Health & Welfare - including details of the new Equibiome Test, update on the latest Equine Herpes Virus survey results, advice for Planning a Diagnostic-led Worm Control Programme, information about Autumn Parasite Control and everything you need to know about Preparing Veteran Horses for Winter 30 Nutrition - including feeding


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ide High, a charity in Milton Keynes that uses horses to transform the lives of disadvantaged children, will showcase its members’ artwork alongside that of the English painter George Stubbs at a world class exhibition at MK Gallery this autumn. Stubbs is one of the UK’s greatest artists. Best known for his paintings of horses, he was the first artist to eloquently depict the close relationship between horses and people. Ride High members are recreating some of Stubbs’ most iconic work for display in their very own exhibition ‘Ride High Take on Stubbs’ in the MK Gallery Project Space from 9th October, sponsored by RB Equestrian, Shoosmiths and WSA The Communications Agency. www.ridehigh.org


rittle University College (WUC) is delighted to announce a new scholarship opportunity. Over the next three years, The Racing Foundation will fund the full £9,250 fees for five WUC students on the new, one-year Certificate of Higher Education in Thoroughbred Stud Operations course. Racing is worth £1.1bn to the UK economy, with the stud sector accounting for £189m. Despite the obvious career opportunities, many of the large and well-known studs are in need of appropriately qualified and skilled staff. WUC’s one-year course aims to create work-ready graduates. Students will develop transferable skills and learn to apply theoretical and scientific knowledge in a hands-on setting. Interested applicants are urged to apply without delay. Email Caroline.Flanagan@writtle.ac.uk




o you have an equestrian blog or vlog that’s centred around horses or an equestrian passion? If so, The Equestrian Blogger/Vlogger Awards 2019 want to hear from you! The Equestrian Blogger/Vlogger Awards is your opportunity to put the spotlight on your blog or vlog and gain international recognition. Powered by equestrian PR and social media marketing agency MirrorMePR, in association with Haynet, the original creators of the awards. The categories will be judged by Sam Hobden, MD of Haynet and Ashley Rossiter, MD Of MirrorMePR. Entries are now open, and you can submit your blog or vlog entry by emailing: equestrianbloggeroftheyearawards@mirrormepr.co.uk or visit website for details. www.mirrormepr.co.uk


orseDates, the popular website that connects competitors and events, and that has published over 2,500 events listings throughout Eastern England in 2019 alone, is now offering any show or event organiser of a Charity or Not-For-Profit event the opportunity to add all their show dates to the HorseDates website free during 2020. HorseDates commented, “These types of events are under increasing financial pressure. Equally Pony Clubs, Riding Clubs and similar Organisations and Societies promote riding to various age groups and this should be encouraged, so we want to help by allowing them to add their events to our website free.” If you think your organisation qualifies go to HorseDates, click ‘Add Events’ and apply for a FREE 2020 Event Subscription. www.horsedates.co.uk




LOCAL RIDERS REPRESENT GREAT BRITAIN IN FRANCE Four members of Saffron Walden & District Riding Club took their horses to France recently to represent Great Britain at the World Club Tournament and have returned home with Gold medals! See page 56 for their full report.


n an exciting new development, Horse & Country and leading show centre, Arena UK have agreed a partnership to live stream major competitions from the Lincolnshire venue. Well-known for hosting a fantastic series of top-level events, the team at Arena UK, headed by Teresa Stratford and Lauren Humphries run competitions across the disciplines and has a busy schedule of showjumping and showing planned for the autumn and winter months. Said General Manager, Teresa: “It is very exciting to have the Horse & Country team live streaming from Arena UK and bringing the many shows we run to a wider audience. We have top-class action at the venue throughout the year.” Subscribers can watch the live stream action exclusively on horseandcountry.tv and on Horse & Country’s web and mobile apps and streaming devices, Apple TV, Android TV, Amazon Fire and Roku. www.horseandcountry.tv



n East Anglian company is in the running to be named one of the best rural businesses in the UK after being shortlisted for two regional Rural Business Awards for the second year running. E-horse Equine CPD has been shortlisted in Best Rural Start Up and Best Rural Digital, Communications or Media Business at the 2019/20 Rural Business Awards, held in partnership with Amazon. The local company will battle it out against fellow rural businesses, entrepreneurs and enterprises from across the region for a place at the national final. Formed in 2017, E-horse specialises in delivering professional education to horse owners via a series of seminars, practical sessions and online learning. Their aim is to help horse owners to grow their equine skills and knowledge via short CPD sessions. www.e-horse.co.uk


Competition Winners: Equerry: Amanda Harrison, Cambs; Diane Deller, Norfolk; Donna Wibberley, Norfolk; Eleanor Simmons, Essex; Julie Lumsden, Suffolk; Leanne Young, Essex. Grubs: Sarah Carpenter, Essex. HorseHage: Ali Sherwin, Suffolk; Emma Browne, Suffolk; Lyndsey Cooper, Suffolk. TopSpec: Helen Murphy, Essex; Jo Willmott, Essex; Jodie Miller, Suffolk; Karen Baria, Lincs; Kathleen Studd, Suffolk; Melanie Fines, Norfolk.



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Judy Savage’s 6-week-old colt Charlie


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STUDENTS TAKE THE TOP SPOT AT WRITTLE rittle University College was the venue for the Baileys Horse Feeds/British Breeding Futurity foals to 2-year-old evaluations on 1st August. In total twenty-two young British bred horses and ponies from foals to 2-year-olds were assessed over the course of the day. The Futurity Evaluation series aims to identify British bred young potential sport horses and ponies destined for careers in dressage, eventing, showjumping or endurance. It may even find the stars of the future who will go on to compete at World Championships or become Olympic Champions. Writtle hosted a great day for all participants involved and it was a superb showcase for their own breeding programme. The university runs their own stud and the students were involved in the showing their mares and foals. There was a strong entry of dressage horses, with twelve horses forward for evaluation. The highest score of the day



went to Liz Ball of Bramble Stud, who achieved an Elite premium with her 6-week-old colt Ravello. The colt is by premium Danish Warmblood dressage stallion, Revolution, who broke the record for all German stallion auctions at the Hanoverian licensing in Verden in 2015 with a winning bid of €1.2 million. Ravello is out of Liz’s 15-year-old mare, Limoncello, by Londonderry. “She has had a number of good quality foals and last year we decided to try Revolution as he had done very well at the World Young Horse Championships. We looked at the conformation of the stallion and we looked at the conformation of Limoncello and we felt the pair would make a good foal,” said Liz. “Ravello is very ‘quirky’ but once he understands what is being asked of him he is always well behaved. I knew as soon as he was born he was going to be a special one.” Bramble Stud work very closely with Baileys Horse Feeds and Liz added, “Baileys visit the yard every three months to ensure that we are on the right track.

Every season is different for the mares and the foals and we use Baileys guidance as each foal grows at a different rate. “It doesn’t just stop with the nutrition. We sometimes have the farrier every two weeks for the foals. Often, their feet can need micro-management so the vet, the farrier and the nutritionists at Baileys all work together to help us produce the foals to this standard.” Henrietta Edwards from the nutrition team at Baileys was present as every horse was

vetted during the day at Writtle. “My first impressions of this foal at the vetting today was that he has a perfect body score. Just the right amount of weight whilst still being able to see the ribs very slightly. He is growing very evenly. This is what we like to see in a foal of his age,” she explained. The highest score in the eventing section was Judy Savage’s 6-week-old colt, Charlie, by the renowned eventing stallion, Chilli Morning, formerly competed at top level by William Fox-Pitt, out of a mare by Oscar. The colt earned a score of 7.975 achieving a silver premium. In the Showjumping section it was an exciting day for Writtle University College as their own 12-week-old Lordships Bear Necessities, by the stallion

Writtle University College’s 12-week-old Lordships Bear Necessities

Liz Ball’s 6-week-old colt Ravello

Balou For Pleasure and out of a Now Or Never M mare, took the second Elite score of the day on a very impressive score of 9.2. Emily Southwick, Assistant Stud Manager at Writtle, said, “Balou has bags of personality as you could see on the livestream but he is extremely good to do in every way. “It is great for the students at the College to see what you can achieve with British Breeding; it really helps their education. All of the students play a small part in the foals’ care so it is great that we can all celebrate the success as a team.” Caroline Farr, Equine lecturer at Writtle told us a little bit about the breeding programme. “We try to breed two or three of our own every year. We have a dressage mare, a showjumping mare and an eventing mare so we are trying to breed across the board on each discipline. Most of the students are studying here for three years so they get to experience every part of the breeding process from selection of the stallion up to the foals starting their early days of work. “All of the foals bred at Writtle

Delaney. "This is a very promising colt. His full brother was also awarded a higher first under the previous scoring system of the Futurity and is currently in training to run in Arab races in 2020. The plan with Heritage Valentino is for him to be backed in Newmarket and then attend the Futurity as a 3-year-old. Eventually he will be a dualpurpose horse for my daughter who is currently competing in British Eventing.” are for sale as this helps us fund The day at Writtle also included an opportunity to view the our breeding activities, but we are very much ‘in-touch’ with all latest models of yard machinery from sponsors, Avant, and they the current owners or riders of were on hand to answer any the youngstock we have bred enquiries or questions. here.” British Equestrian Federation Megan Carlton’s 10-week-old Arko’s King Of Hearts also scored Director Lottie-Olsen also attended the day. “We at the highly in the showjumping BEF are very keen to support section. The colt is by the legendary stallion, Arko III, who British Breeding. It is great to see such high quality was the number one youngstock coming through. showjumper in Europe in 2004, The Futurity series provides 2005 and 2006, with earnings excellent feedback to breeders over £1.2 million to date. The dam, Warovola, is by the KWPN and it shows that with the right management from the stallion, Heartbreaker. Arko’s beginning and with responsible King Of Hearts took home a breeding there is no reason that score of 8.95, earning a gold Britain cannot produce top premium at their first futurity event. Megan plans to keep the quality sports horses”, she said. The 2019 Futurity evaluations foal to compete for herself. run nationwide from the 27th A single entry in the Endurance section achieved a high score of July to the 31st August. 8.8, earning a gold premium for Futurity scores are used by many breeders as a credible marketing the 2-year-old colt from Jane tool for their young horses, Marson’s Heritage Coast Stud. adding value to a young horse Heritage Valentino, owned by whilst it is still too young to Jane and her mother, Hannah Skepper, is by former Arab racing have achieved a performance stallion, Vadeer, whose progeny record. For more information, visit includes numerous FEI endurance winners, out of their www.british-breeding.com homebred mare, Heritage Silver




lympia, The London International Horse Show, together with its 2019 Official Charity, The Tim Stockdale Foundation, debuted the ‘Olympia Riding Academy’ recently. Working closely with The Urban Equestrian Academy, the initiative provides an opportunity for children to meet professionals who work in the sector and receive advice on their future careers. Eight children from The Urban Equestrian Academy attended the day, the highlight being a riding lesson from rising show jumping star Joseph Stockdale, son of Olympic rider Tim Stockdale who passed away last year. Students were given the opportunity to spend time with a nutritionist, farrier Nigel Turner, as well as the staff who run the Stockdale’s yard of twenty-three international horses. Attendees were also able to ask questions about career paths and gain a further understanding of what each job entails. www.olympiahorseshow.com






onies Buttercup and Fydlyn Kenen (Clyde) have been so successfully transformed since coming into the care of World Horse Welfare that they were awarded Champion and Reserve Champion Rescue Pony at Equifest this year – an incredible achievement given the ponies’ condition a year ago. Equifest is the biggest rescue competition of the year and for the ponies to reach the final is in itself a huge achievement. A field of twelve deserving ponies qualified for the evening championship so to win was a triumph for all concerned. Piebald mare Buttercup came into the charity’s care in June 2018 and is amongst the worst cases that staff at Penny Farm Rescue and Rehoming Centre had ever seen. She was severely emaciated and dehydrated, yet somehow still gave birth to a tiny filly foal. Penny Farm Yard Supervisor Karen Wright said: “It’s incredible that Buttercup and her foal both survived, given the terrible condition that Buttercup was in. She needed urgent treatment and was far too weak to care for her foal herself, so the team had to hand-rear the foal, Frieda. “It took months of dedicated care from the team to get Buttercup strong enough to even be turned out in the field, but


she’s gone from strength to strength since then. She’s really blossomed this summer and loves attention, so we thought she should have a trip to Equifest to take part in the rescue classes. Seeing her win Rescue Pony Champion is incredible – a real testament to the team’s dedication and care over the last year.” Black gelding Clyde came into the charity’s care in May 2018 after being found in a field, severely emaciated and with overgrown

Above: The ponies with their grooms after winning at Equifest

Clyde shortly after arrival at Penny Farm

Clyde before Equifest

Buttercup with groom Mandy after winning

Buttercup shortly after arrival at Penny Farm

chipped feet. He was covered in lice and had chunks of hair missing from his coat where he had tried to rub to ease the irritation. Clyde was very lethargic when he arrived, with sunken eyes and no real will to survive. The team at Penny Farm worked hard to make him more comfortable, treating his skin condition and using a duvet under his stable rug so that his protruding bones didn’t rub and create sores. Karen said: “Clyde was in such a poor condition on arrival that it took weeks of dedicated care and attention before he started to become interested in his surroundings and really respond to treatment. He has come on in leaps and bounds since then and although he can still be a bit wary of new people his confidence is growing fast. He’s turned into a very handsome pony and we were really proud to show him off at Equifest. “For Buttercup and Clyde to be transformed into showing champions in just over a year is a great tribute to the team’s hard work, given how poorly they were on arrival. We’re very proud of both ponies and Buttercup is doing really well with learning to drive, so we hope that she will be ready to rehome very soon.” To see horses and ponies who are currently looking for new homes visit: www.worldhorsewelfare.org/ rehoming

escue horse, Tinto, is celebrating being crowned World Horse Welfare Rehomed Horse of the Year 2018 as well as winning the ‘Best Friend’ category thanks to his amazing bond with rehomer, Fiona. Tinto or Il Tintoretto as he is formally known, came into World Horse Welfare’s care in 2005 with a group of horses who were not receiving the care they needed from their owner. Tinto underwent rehabilitation at the charity’s Belwade Farm Rescue and Rehoming Centre before he was ready to be rehomed. Fiona explains how she came to meet him: “I was considering buying a horse, but my friend had rehomed from World Horse Welfare so persuaded me to consider doing the same. We went to Belwade Farm to look at two other horses and whilst I was there I looked up to see Tinto standing at the top of a hill, almost as if he was saying ‘Look at me!’” Fiona’s experience, patience and affection for Tinto, who had been backed for just six weeks when she rehomed him, enabled them to build a unique bond and for Tinto to develop into a lovely all-rounder. Together they have embarked on showjumping, cross-country and dressage, with regular trips to the beach where they love unwinding together. Fiona says: “We’ve had an amazing amount of fun together. Tinto has given me more than any horse I’ve ever owned.”


RESCUE HORSE AND REHOMER CELEBRATE THIRTEEN-YEAR FRIENDSHIP In 2014, Fiona was diagnosed with a very serious illness, but after taking advice from her consultant, she was told she could carry on riding as long as she didn’t jump as any kind of injury would have such serious implications. She says of Tinto: “We continued to have lessons and he instinctively seemed to know he had to take special care of me during that time. It seemed fitting that the first event we took part in after my recovery was the Royal Highland Show doing a demonstration for World Horse Welfare.” At around the same time Fiona decided 23-year-old Tinto was ready for retirement she received a letter inviting her to nominate him for World Horse Welfare’s Rehomed Horse Of The Year. She said: “I thought entering him into the ‘Best Friend’ category was the perfect way of highlighting what Tinto means to me and how much I valued the support he had given me during my illness. I was delighted and amazed that DJ Sara Cox chose him and then to find out he was the overall winner was incredible. We were

so thrilled!” Judge of the Best Friend category DJ Sara Cox said: “Tinto’s experience really sums up how special and rewarding it can be to re-home a World Horse Welfare horse. Tinto has found a loving home and in return has given so much back to his rehomer over the years, from competing at shows to being there for her as she battled illness. I love how it’s now time, after giving so much love, for Tinto to relax and enjoy his retirement. A beautiful bond and an everlasting friendship that deserves to be celebrated!” Tinto has a home for life with Fiona, but now that he has retired she is planning to get a younger horse, but is positive that her old gentleman will be the perfect companion to teach his youthful stable-mate good manners. World Horse Welfare’s 2019 Rehomed Horse of The Year competition will be held in October with three brand new categories and an exciting panel of Judges.




Now entering its fifth year, the TheraPlate UK Liverpool International Horse Show is set to be bigger and better than ever. A major part of the city’s sporting calendar, the show has come of age and is not to be missed during the festive season and run up to the New Year. The afternoon session on Saturday 28th December includes the exciting Ride and Drive, Shetland Pony Grand National, World Ranking Show Jumping, party band ‘The Kings’ and new performance ‘Electric Storm’. With a host of world class dressage, showjumping and equestrian sport, fresh family entertainment and music that will have you rocking in the aisles make sure to book your seat at the M&S Bank Arena on Liverpool’s iconic waterfront, 28th to 31st December 2019! www.liverpool horseshow.com

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t the grand age of twentyfour, pretty chestnut cob Dolly is both Redwings’ oldest and longest-serving Adoption Star after arriving at the Sanctuary twenty-one years ago. Dolly arrived at Ada Cole Memorial Stables, near Harlow, in 1998 (before the charity merged with Redwings Horse Sanctuary). Sadly she had fallen into a ditch where she had been stuck for three whole days before she was discovered, and during that time she sustained terrible injuries to her legs, which included a large wound. She was only 3-years-old at the time. Her owner was unable to pay for the treatment she urgently required and

so she was transported to what is now Redwings Ada Cole where she received the special care and attention that she desperately needed. After arriving at the Sanctuary, Dolly was nursed back to health and thankfully made a full recovery and soon after her loving nature shone through. She later joined the Redwings Adoption Scheme where she has since enjoyed meeting her adoring fans every Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday, as well as updating her sponsors via her online diary and postal updates. Debbie Scott, Redwings’ Head of Fundraising said: “With her friendly nature, it’s hard to believe Dolly

endured such a terrifying incident early on in life. Despite her advancing years, she remains a cheeky girl who loves nothing more than greeting her fans and loves a fuss over the fence. “As Redwings’ longest serving Adoption Star, it’s incredible to think of how many other horses, ponies, donkeys and mules Dolly has helped us care for in the Sanctuary.” Visitors can sponsor one of the scheme’s twenty-five Adoption Stars from just £15 a year, with funds going towards the care of 1,500 horses, ponies, donkeys and mules in Redwings’ care nationwide. Supporters will receive an adoption pack, which includes a beautiful photo, certificate and their Adoption Star’s story, as well as an invitation to their birthday party, access to their online diary and the chance to meet them


edwings was recognised for the valuable contribution it has made in controlling equine Strangles by being awarded PASS Silver Status by SRUC Veterinary Services, which runs the national Premium Assured Strangles Scheme. The successful Redwings Stamp Out Strangles Campaign hub encourages yard managers and horse owners to screen new horses coming on to a yard so that Strangles carriers can be identified and treated. Redwings encourages people to be open and honest about the disease and provides materials with advice and guidance for vets, horse owners and yard owners. So far, their campaign has gained the support of 135 yard owners and more than 500 horse owners who have pledged their support in tackling Strangles.


for free at the centre where they live. Sponsoring a horse or donkey would make a wonderful gift for a friend or loved one this Christmas. For more information about Redwings’ Adoption Scheme, or to sponsor Dolly or another Redwings Adoption Star visit www.redwings.org.uk/ adopting

Right: Redwings’ Head of Welfare and Behaviour Nic de Brauwere with PASS Silver Status



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ocial media is an essential part of any brand’s marketing but knowing what to create, how to get it out there… and how to stop it taking over your life, can be challenging! So I’ve downloaded all my digital knowledge into an online course for riders which will help you improve your social media skills, and promote yourself better to owners, sponsors and potential business partnerships. In the ‘Social Supercharge: Riders’ course I talk you through a range of content ideas before looking at how to capture this content, and how to ‘supercharge’ your social media growth further. In addition, it also looks at the opportunities that growing an engaged social media following can hold. The course is completely digital and can be completed anywhere there’s internet connection. I fully understand the time demands on riders, so I’ve made the course as user friendly as possible and also something people can work through at their own pace. The ‘Social Supercharge: Riders’ course also has a Facebook group to offer course participants further support. I know how valuable this peer support can be as my 1700+ member Small & Supercharged

Facebook group (which was created to support small equestrian and country businesses and brands) is such a supportive place, and I’m confident this will happen for riders too. As a launch offer, the first twenty spaces are being offered at an introductory rate of £99, and that will be increasing after these spaces have been filled. Said Gemma Gilbert, also known as Gem Eventing, “I have an idea for my first Instagram TV inspired by the course. The course has really helped with giving me a boost to do more things that I wouldn’t have done before as I wouldn’t have been as confident to try.” More information about my Social Supercharge: Riders course is available at www.rheafreemanpr.co.uk/socialsupercharge-riders

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e’ve just got a beautiful Working Cocker Spaniel puppy to replace our family Springer Spaniel that we lost at the beginning of the summer from immune mediated thrombocytopenia. The human-animal bond is a strong one and let’s face it some humans love their animals more than their family members! ‘Keeping yourself busy’ though just prolongs the grief process. We need to allow ourselves time to go through the feelings of pain and sorrow. Having lost many horses and pets over the years, it was interesting to see how differently our children dealt with the loss of our dog. There’s no right or wrong way but here are a few ways to help


you at such a time.

No need to rush Everybody’s different. Take time and let the grief process go at it’s own pace. If you don’t feel like getting rid of your animal’s personal items then leave them where they are until you are ready.

Questions If you have any doubt about how your animal/pet died then don’t spend a lifetime agonising over it, see your vet and get your questions answered.

Guilt When you’ve had to make that awful decision, try not to be riddled with guilt after the event. You’re saving your pet from the hard final stages of the dying process. See it as a privilege to be able to

spare them from that.

Celebrate - the life of your animal. If you have children, it’s a great way for them to learn how to deal with the feelings of loss. Whether it’s to plant a tree to commemorate or make a memory box it help work through the pain of grief.

It’s good to talk Find someone you can talk to about your animal grief at length, whether it’s family, friends or a support group, your local vet will be able to help.

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survey of horse owners by Cavalor, has revealed that a staggering 66% of horses have suffered from lameness as a result of joint disease. It’s not just older horses suffering, 36% of horses developed the condition by the time they were 8-yearsold. As well as the welfare implications, joint problems are expensive and horse owners spent an average of £2,104 treating the condition. In addition, over half of those surveyed have missed competitions due to joint disease, and the majority admitted that they would not buy a horse if they knew it had joint problems. However a large majority of horse owners recognise they can help support their horse with a joint supplement, checking them daily and implementing postcompetition care measures. Cavalor ArtiTec is clinically proven to support joint health. Its launch follows seven years of meticulous research to identify the exact mix of ingredients to deliver a highly effective product formula.



Mum and daughter Lucy and Hannah Darch with Hampden Equine Vets vet Peter Fennelly and mare Summer and foal Miffy.

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other and daughter Lucy and Hannah Darch got more than they bargained for when they bought a new horse. Summer, a beautiful bay mare, arrived at the family’s home five months ago after they bought her from a dealer. Unknown to everyone, Summer, was pregnant but not showing any outward signs. However after suspicions grew about her unexplained weight gain, a scan revealed she was indeed in foal – and surprise package Miffy arrived last month! Despite their initial shock, they are delighted with the new arrival and plan to keep Miffy with Summer and Hannah’s other horse Reena.



he Sleep Council is urging people to make the most of their extra hour in bed this National Sleep-In Day (Sunday 27th October, the day the clocks go back). Said The Sleep Council's Lisa Artis: "A regular routine and a good night's sleep can make a huge difference to your general health and wellbeing." The Sleep Council has created The 30 Day Better Sleep Plan to help people get a better night’s kip - see website for hints and tips. www.sleepcouncil.org.uk




ew collaborative work between researchers in equine medicine, maths, physics and stem cell biology has resulted in a clearer understanding of how equine hooves grow and how abnormal hoof shapes may develop. The study entitled ‘Physics of animal health: On the mechanobiology of hoof growth and form’ was conducted by the School of Veterinary Medicine and Science at University of Nottingham in collaboration with the Waltham Centre for Pet Nutrition and the Royal Veterinary College. Evaluation of the feet from live


underweight and obese subjects (assessed using Body Condition Scoring) allowed the influence of body weight on the balances of the stresses affecting hoof growth to be evaluated. The results suggest that being proportionally heavier may promote straighter hoof growth and that being too lean may precipitate poor hoof growth and the development of a hoof with a curved shape. “It should be acknowledged that this study does not take into account the genetic or metabolic influences on hoof growth nor the role of hoof trimming and shoeing in maintaining a mechanically healthy hoof. It is appreciated that the underlying biology of hoof growth remains an essential factor for hoof pathologies,” said Nicola Menzies-Gow. Dr Cyril Rauch commented: “Given that the hoof is a weight bearing element it is essential to untangle the biology from the physics; only then can meaningful biological and/or physical causes be prescribed for particular hoof shape. Removing the cause(s) when physically or biologically possible is essential to resolve hoof conditions.”

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Clipper Rash

easonal clipping can leave your horse or pony with minor skin issues rashes, small cuts and other irritations. Clipping can also leave your horse incredibly itchy and they can quickly rub the closely shaved skin raw. Aniwell’s AMHVet (Active Manuka Honey Vet) is ideal for treating and soothing the common irritations, rashes or small nicks caused when clipping your horse or pony in winter. AMHVet is hypo-allergenic and nonirritating. The antibacterial, antimicrobial and anti-fungal properties in the certified UMF 15+ active manuka honey used in AMHVet will assist to control bacterial colonisation of any skin that has been broken during clipping. AMHVet can be used safely and effectively on all animals, on a variety of injuries bites, cuts, burns, rashes, stings and has a ‘stay in place’ formula, so will not melt and run off. Active manuka honey provides a moist healing environment, prevents bacterial growth even when a wound is already heavily infected, and provides a fast rate of tissue regeneration. Available at Veterinary clinics, equine/pet supply stores, pet pharmacies, on-line stores. www.aniwell-uk.com



op event rider Mary King is helping national pet charity Blue Cross to tackle horse welfare with a new education resource. Mary stars in a new video showcasing the charity’s dedication to improve the current horse welfare crisis. The Blue Cross education programme aims to inspire children and young people to learn about how to care for pets appropriately. “Too many horses and not enough homes mean that UK charities are being swamped with abandoned, unwanted and neglected horses and ponies. We are thrilled to have teamed up with Mary King to help encourage people to understand and engage with the problem to help prevent it from escalating,” said Gemma Taylor, Education Officer at Blue Cross. You can watch the video at www.bluecross.org.uk/maryking




opular Lincolnshire coffee brand, Stokes Coffee and Lincolnshire-based equine rescue charity, Bransby Horses, have teamed up to create a bespoke coffee blend. As the popularity of The Feedroom Café at the Bransby Horses Director Sally Crawford, charity site grows and Rehoming Manager Rosanna Elliott Hart and coffee is the drink of Farm Manager Rachel Jenkinson taste the blend choice for many visitors, the two organisations decided to create their own coffee together. The collaboratively created coffee has been named ‘Free Rein Roast’ and is available to buy from the three Stokes Coffee shops and in The Feedroom and Gift Shop at Bransby Horses. Fifty pence from the sale of every 227g bag will go back to the charity and will help them continue their vital work rescuing, rehabilitating and rehoming hundreds of equines from across the UK. www.bransbyhorses.co.uk


When it’s personal... By Paul Herbert


hether you ride and care for horses on a professional basis or as a past-time, it can be extremely rewarding and pleasurable. However, the equestrian industry is also one of the most dangerous sports of all. Whether or not you are riding or on the ground, there’s a permanent and high potential for injury, with over in 3000 recorded accidents every year. There are many causes for accidents; inexperience, dangerous horses, faulty or badly fitted tack, the weather, a third party and even a momentary loss of concentration. Whatever the reason, many will result in personal injury. The most obvious injuries occur as a result of falls, bites, kicks and most concerning is the rise in road traffic accidents. It is rare that there is no one at fault and most could be avoided. However, if an injury occurs, the result can be devastating and costly to the injured. Whilst horses are potentially dangerous animals in their own right, many of the abovementioned incidents may have a third party at fault. In such circumstances, if you have suffered personal injury, injury

to your horse or incurred losses as a result of an accident, you may be able to bring a claim against the third party. Suffering an injury can have wide reaching implications from who will look after you, who will care for and support your family or horse, to losing your job. Whilst the pain and suffering can be difficult to quantify in money terms, other losses will generally have an easily recognisable value and usually make up the bulk of the claim. If you have been unlucky enough to be involved in such an accident you should contact a personal injury solicitor. They will provide you with advice on your likelihood of success, funding, recording your losses as well as guiding you through the claims process. A solicitor is most likely to carry out the work under a conditional fee agreement which you would enter into. These are often referred to as No Win No Fee and would be clearly explained to you before you instruct your 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




EVA Trust volunteers have helped to make a difference to 1196 horses in the UK over the past four years, as well as hundreds of horses around the world. The BEVA Trust provides opportunities, support and funding to allow BEVA members to volunteer for projects that enhance equine welfare both locally and globally. The BEVA Trust and British Horse Society have worked together for the past four years and in this time have run twenty-five education and welfare castration clinics around the country. So far 181 BEVA members, together with nurses, students, and farriers have volunteered their time and expertise to help a total of 1196 horses. Coordinated

by the British Horse Society, and with practical support from a number of other equine welfare charities, the clinics provide dental care, farriery, worming, microchipping and passporting for horses identified to be in need, as well as castration if required. A total of 547 horses have now been castrated. The clinics have been generously supported by Zoetis, Bransby, Blue Cross, Redwings, World Horse Welfare and the RSPCA. Also thanks to a £50,000 grant from South Essex Insurance Brokers (SEIB) the BHS recently acquired a special healthcare vehicle for use at all future clinics. To volunteer for the BEVA Trust please email leaya@beva.org.uk




Cavalor Equi Wash is a mild shampoo that thoroughly cleans your horse or pony’s coat. The pH neutral shampoo removes dirt and gives a shiny effect while being gentle to the skin. Equi Wash is a highly concentrated and soft (pH 7-7.5) shampoo that has an important cleaning and shining quality. Cavalor Equi Wash is a mixture of anionic tensio-active elements based on alkylarylsulphonates, which are deodorant and vegetal extracts. It contains no acid or solvent. It is infused with Provitamin B5 and glycerine. Provitamin B5 penetrates the hair shaft and helps to improve the moisture content of the coat. Hair that is hydrated appears thicker and more elastic, making it less susceptible to breakage. The glycerine will act as a real coat conditioner giving strength, volume and natural shine to the hair. Cavalor Equi-Wash is available in two size options, a 500ml bottle is priced at around £16. www.zebraproducts.co.uk

Tendon recovery...

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Tendons are rigid structures that constitute the connections between muscles and bones. Movement is caused by the muscle that the tendons are attached to. During acute overexertion or overstretching, the tendon is damaged and antibodies are transported in fluids, causing a visible accumulation. When muscles are not sufficiently prepared for a heavy workout, or when training is more intense than usual, tears can appear in the muscle fibres. Cavalor Recup Gel is a natural, cooling blue-transparent gel that helps to enhance muscle and tendon recovery. The ingredients help support the cooling down and recovery process and so aiding with preventing muscle aches and stiffness. www.zebraproducts.co.uk

To enter: Visit www.absolutehorse magazine.com and click on the Competitions page. Entries open 1st October 2019 and close 31st October 2019.


HEALTH & WELFARE said they were not aware there was a vaccination available for EHV. 77% of those currently not vaccinating against EHV said they would now do so having learnt more about it. Veterinary advice and rider association endorsement were consistently identified as the disease. In addition, sub-clinical most valued sources of information when it comes to infections can be associated learning about infectious with a syndrome of poor diseases and biosecurity and performance and have a potential effect on the health of making decisions to vaccinate. “The majority of horses are the whole yard. Zoetis ran the two surveys about infected with EHV in the first few years of life,” explained EHV earlier in the year, one Zoetis vet Wendy Talbot. aimed at vets and the other at horse owners. The intention was “Renewed shedding of virus from the nose of infected to gain a better understanding horses, especially during times of veterinary strategies to of stress, results in new control outbreaks and to outbreaks and clinical cases. understand horse owner Virus is also spread by contact knowledge and awareness of with infected aborted foals and EHV, in order to identify the most effective ways to minimise the placenta. Vaccination disease. Around 1300 responses against EHV is important because it helps to prime the were received. More than 55% of horse owners horse’s immune system to



oetis Inc. announced recently the results of two surveys about Equine Herpes Virus (EHV). The surveys, prompted by the recent flu outbreak, have shown that vets and horse owners are keen to work together to actively reduce the risks of this lesser known but common infectious respiratory disease. Commonly referred to as EHV, Equine Herpes Virus is actually a family of different viruses with EHV-1 and 4 being the most common. It is very contagious and can cause respiratory disease, abortion and more rarely neurological

The London International Horse Show takes place between 16th-22nd December


respond faster and more effectively to ward off disease. It helps reduce the severity and spread of the respiratory disease and the frequency of abortion. As with flu, rigorous biosecurity is also imperative to help minimise the risks of EHV spreading.” Almost all horse owner survey participants said they wanted more educational and awareness information on EHV. “It’s in every horse owner’s interests to understand and take action against EHV, to minimise the risks to our horses,” said Dr Philip Ivens, Equine Internal Medicine Specialist. “EHV has potentially serious health, performance and financial implications across every sector of the equestrian industry but by making sure the disease is on everyone’s radar we can help to prevent it. Contact your vet immediately if you think your horse may have EHV.” www.horsedialog.co.uk



n its ongoing commitment to the environment, Olympia, The London International Horse Show, has once again put sustainability as a top priority. The prestigious Olympia London has always been at the forefront of sustainability and waste management, pioneering several initiatives within the UK event industry. Olympia London and the Show have put several initiatives in place including eliminating single-use plastic; offering discounted hot drinks for those vistors who bring their own coffee cups; procuring the

venue’s electricity from renewable sources and all of the venue lighting in the arena and Shopping Village has been replaced with LED fittings; delivering more than 75 tonnes of muck, hay and straw to a local farm where it is composted and used as fertiliser for crops; ensuring more water stations will be available throughout the event. Show Director, Simon Brooks-Ward, said: “We ask guests to bring their own water bottles rather than buying plastics bottles at the Show.” www.olympiahorseshow.com

NEW EQUIBIOME TEST KIT: REMOVES THE GUESS WORK quiBiome is leading the way in equine gut health and providing horse owners with a snapshot of their horse’s internal microbial community which is linked to health, temperament, energy levels, nutrient availability and vitamin production. The test kit is simple to use (collection of a faecal sample) and allows sophisticated analysis of hind gut bacteria using Illumina MiSeq which is the most accurate and up to date technology, preferred by genomic researchers around the world.


This analysis generates a detailed report on your horse’s gut health, along with feeding recommendations to improve good bacteria. Rebalancing the gut is much easier if you know what and where these imbalances are. Scientific research has linked every common gastrointestinal health problem to the gut bacteria. Sharon Smith of EquiBiome said: “The EquiBiome report removes the guess work around what to feed your horse, identifies the bacteria causing the imbalances, and will guide you to improve health and performance by increasing the



unning through long grass and fields makes us all vulnerable to bites from an infected tick which may be carrying Lyme Disease. Lyme Disease is treatable with antibiotics, but left alone can become a severely debilitating illness which affects multiple organs, including joints, heart, brain and other parts of the central nervous system. Ticks are most commonly found in woods or in high grasses. If you/your child is bitten by a tick it should be removed as soon as possible - the longer a tick is attached, the more likely it is to transmit an infection. The book ‘Lyme Disease: Medical Myopia and the Hidden Global Pandemic by Dr Raxlen’ features expert insights and offers ways to stay safe, treat and prevent Lyme Disease. www.hammersmith books.co.uk

good bacteria with management and diet. “Our customers range from racehorse trainers looking to improve performance to owners of retired veterans with digestive upsets, and everything in between. The importance of gut health is often overlooked and our test kit can provide answers as to what is going on in the hind gut. “At EquiBiome we have the largest library of equine data in the world and we use this

information to help us to identify and accurately describe what makes up the healthy biome. The biome is a ‘whole’ community, the bacteria interact with each other, producing benefits and interacting with their host.” www.equibiome.org



all stages of the small redworm life cycle, including the allimportant encysted larval phase. Together, these tests offer a complete worm control programme for common horse worms using diagnostic information, this is known as ‘diagnostic-led worm control’ (see Figure 1 for common worms in horses). Essentially, testing is used to tell you whether your horse needs deworming or not.


By Dr Corrine Austin (Austin Davis Biologics) and Prof Jacqui Matthews (Roslin Technologies)


ll horses are exposed to worms while grazing, but how we control these parasites is essential to horse health and performance. Most horse owners are aware of testing to determine whether their horse needs deworming. The tests comprise faecal worm egg counts (FEC) for redworm/roundworm detection and EquiSal Tapeworm saliva testing to detect tapeworm infections (standard FEC methods are unreliable for tapeworm).

Until now encysted small redworm larvae have remained undetectable as FEC only determines the presence of egg laying adult worms. This has meant that routine winter moxidectin treatment has become recommended practice to target potentially lifethreatening burdens of small redworm encysted larvae. Excitingly a new small redworm blood test is being commercialised* which detects

Figure 1. Common horse worms: Small redworm small strongyles; roundworm - ascarids; tapeworm - cestodes


Figure 2 Seasonal diagnostic-led worm control programme


Why should you use testing to determine whether you should use dewormers or not? Gone are the days of routinely administering dewormers to every horse and hoping for the best. That strategy is out-dated as it has caused widespread drug resistance in worms meaning that worms are able to survive the killing effects of dewormers and remain in place after treatment, which can lead to disease and in

he most important worms that infect horses are the strongyles (redworms), classified as large and small redworm. Large redworms used to be important as they can cause life-threatening colic, but in the UK, these are now uncommon in adult horses as they are very sensitive to the most widely used dewormers, moxidectin and ivermectin. On the other hand, small redworms (cyathostomins) are extremely common and most grazing horses are infected. Healthy adult horses usually have low burdens, but when large burdens (several million worms) occur, horses can develop a fatal colitis which is difficult to treat. For this reason, it is important that large burdens of small redworm are avoided. Unfortunately, small redworms are expert at developing resistance to dewormers, so control plans now need to balance the requirement to ensure horses do not build up extreme burdens with the need to preserve dewormer effectiveness. It is especially important to preserve moxidectin dewormer for strategic

How to plan your horse’s worm control programme Figure 2 illustrates a seasonal diagnostic-led worm control programme that can be put in place for most adult horses in the UK. Tapeworm programme Recently published UK Vet deworming guidelines states that blood or EquiSal Tapeworm saliva testing should be conducted to detect tapeworm burdens. The publication states, “The traditional approach, to routinely treat for tapeworms annually or six-monthly without diagnostic testing, is obsolete.

“Treatment should only be administered to adult horses in response to positive serum or salivary antibody testing.” Figure 2 highlights that testing should be carried out every six months, preferably during spring and autumn. The saliva test provides a low, borderline or moderate/high diagnosis and deworming is recommended for horses diagnosed as borderline or moderate/high. Redworm and roundworm programme FEC analysis should be carried out for measuring worm egg shedding throughout March to October (Figure 2) for detection of adult redworm (strongyles, including small redworm) and roundworm (ascarids). It is recommended that at least three FEC tests should be conducted to monitor for egg shedding in spring and summer periods. Horses with high egg shedding (for example, those excreting >200 eggs per gram of dung) should be treated with a dewormer, ideally effective

use against the encysted small redworm larvae that cause lifethreatening disease as this is the only compound that has a high effect against these larvae. Roundworms (ascarids) are more common in young stock and can be detected using FEC. The most common horse tapeworm, Anoplocephala perfoliata, predominantly attaches to the ileocaecal junction in the gut, a narrow section between the small intestine and the caecum, so it is no surprise that large burdens can cause health problems, including significant gut inflammation and blockages, leading to either acute or low grade recurring colic symptoms. As no new dewormers are being developed for horses in the foreseeable future, control plans must aim to maintain horse health whilst protecting the currently effective dewormers. You should work with your veterinary surgeon or a Suitably Qualified Person (SQP) to design and implement an appropriate worm control plan.

against adult strongyles. The new small redworm blood test can now be used to detect the presence of small redworm (including encysted larval stages) at a time when previously an annual treatment with moxidectin was recommended. The optimum testing period for these small redworm stages is September to December, but if this is missed, testing should still be considered until April the following year (Figure 2). Before the small redworm blood test can be carried out, your veterinarian will assess each horse’s risk of small redworm infection. If signs of active infection are evident, such as previous and consistent high FEC results, or is in a high-risk environment (for example, high herd turnover, high exposure levels and poor paddock management), they may recommend treating with moxidectin without testing. To get your horse blood tested, contact your veterinary practice for advice. They can sign up for the testing service by contacting info@austindavis.co.uk. www.equisal.com www.austindavis.co.uk Note: Moxidectin is the only licenced drug to effectively kill encysted stages. Although 5-day fenbendazole treatment is licensed to kill encysted stages, there is widespread resistance to this product so without knowing the worm population sensitivity status to this type of dewormer, its use would not be recommended. *Commercialised by Austin Davis Biologics Ltd, providers of EquiSal Tapeworm testing, and developed by Prof. Jacqui Matthews’ group at Moredun Research Institute (funded by The Horse Trust).

Photo: David Boughey

worst cases, death. To reduce the risk of further resistance occurring, we need to ensure that dewormers are only used when they are genuinely needed – when testing detects that horses have a worm burden requiring treatment. Regular testing also helps identify horses likely to be more susceptible to infection and thus at risk of disease in the future.

BEVA & AHT CELEBRATE Richard Newton receiving the award from BEVA President Renate Weller.


he Animal Health Trust (AHT) and BEVA are celebrating the longevity and success of their collaboration with Defra to produce the Equine Quarterly Disease Surveillance Reports. The Equine Quarterly Disease Surveillance Reports collate equine disease data arising from multiple diagnostic laboratories and veterinary practices throughout the UK. This provides an exceptional insight into equine disease occurrence on a national scale. It is produced by Defra, the British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA), the Animal & Plant Health Agency (APHA) and the AHT and is distributed to national and international recipients as well as all BEVA members. Sarah Smith, Deputy Chair of BEVA’s Health and Medicines Committee said: “Equine disease has been especially topical this year, given the magnitude and continuation of the flu outbreaks.”




enerally warm wet weather increases parasite activity while extremes of temperature and dry conditions help to stop them in their tracks. With high rainfall and plenty of sunshine we’ve seen counts rise accordingly in horses this summer. Anything that is good for grass growth is generally good for parasites too! We therefore need to be on our guard going into the autumn. The worms we specifically need to be aware of in our horses through autumn and winter are adult redworm, encysted redworm, tapeworm and bots. What to do when will depend a little on your management routine and personal choice.

Test first It’s important to keep a close eye on red worm and ascarid activity with a worm egg count


for each horse. Faecal egg counts can be used to identify the likely 15-20% of horses that need worming and can reduce wormer use by up to 82%. In addition autumn is traditionally known as ‘tapeworm time’ as this was a good point in the year to worm hunting horses coming in from a summer at grass. It can be a useful way to remember to target tapeworm but there’s no reason to stick to this routine if another serves you better – and certainly no point in giving a wormer for the sake of it without knowing if

there are parasites present to treat and if so, which ones? Tapeworm should be targeted twice a year, every six months with an EquiSal Tapeworm test

to determine whether your horse is one of the minority (fewer than 27%) of infected horses requiring treatment. Whether you test now in conjunction with your autumn worm egg count or before your winter encysted redworm treatment depends on your schedule and preferred treatment choices. The results of the tests will inform the treatment choices open to you and your prescriber.

Bots Bots are not worms but the maggot stage of a large fly which is active during the summer months. It lays eggs on the hairs of the horse’s coat that appear like tiny cream or yellow flecks. These eggs are ingested by the horse as it scratches and hatch in the mouth, slowly migrating to the stomach where they can cause mild irritation. Treat with ivermectin or moxidectin after the first frost has killed off fly activity. You could combine this with your winter worming.

Winter worming news Since the inception of targeted worming practices we have always advised a winter dose for the possibility of the encysted redworm, the dangerous larval stage of this parasite that can’t be monitored on a worm egg count. No more! For the first time ever a new blood test is available! Austin Davies Biologics, the laboratory behind the EquiSal tapeworm test, has announced a second innovation into the equine market; a diagnostic service to detect small redworm, including

As responsible horse owners our job is to keep parasite levels in check so that our horses remain healthy and to use the drugs we have responsibly to minimise the build-up of resistance to worming chemicals. This means being aware of which parasites to target seasonally or in specific conditions so there are often a few considerations to take into account.

encysted larvae. The test has been developed by Prof Jacqui Matthews’ group at the Moredun Research Institute (MRI) and primarily funded through The Horse Trust. It is an ELSA blood test that you can request through your vet. A statement from the lab says: “The new test enables accurate detection of all life cycle stages, including the encysted larval phase. Until now it has not been possible to test for encysted small redworm as faecal egg counts only detect the presence of egg laying adult worms. This has meant that a routine winter treatment to target this life cycle phase has become the recommended practice. Now we will be able to test before we consider using moxidectin.” Carolyn Cummins MVB Phd MRCVS, consultant vet to Westgate Labs, commented: “This is a game changer for parasite control in horses. A means of testing for encysted stages of small redworm is going to revolutionise our approach to winter parasite control. For the first time we will be able to rely on evidence based testing all year round, when combined with regular worm egg counts and twice

World Horse Welfare Field Officers with Claire Shand, Westgate Labs




yearly tapeworm tests. This is great news for helping to slow the development of drug resistance.” (See full article about the new blood test on page 26) What to do now... This autumn plan a worm count for redworm and roundworm, EquiSal test for tapeworm and keep an eye out for bots and pinworm activity. If you’re intending to test for encysted redworm then speak to your vet in plenty of time so they can get hold of the new test. This will help you to decide whether any wormer is required. If in doubt please call our friendly helpline to speak to one of our qualified advisors. The Westgate team offer a great laboratory based testing service to help you get the best out of your results and to guide you through what can seem like the worming maze! Don’t be afraid to ask for help via email, phone or even join the wormy chat on our lively Facebook page, no question is too small. www.westgatelabs.co.uk

estgate Labs has forged a successful partnership with World Horse Welfare to tackle the ever present threat of parasite infection in horses. Worm burdens are a significant feature of the nearly 2000 situations that the sixteen World Horse Welfare Field Officers attend annually. Westgate Labs is providing free worm egg count tests to assist in identifying potentially life threatening problems and give meaningful evidence to help officers engage with horse owners. The arrangement kicked off with a visit to World Horse Welfare HQ in Norfolk. Here a team from Westgate introduced the service and provided training for all officers on testing methods and the most up to date treatment protocols, management and husbandry techniques for optimum parasite control. Since then the same day testing facility and advice offered by the lab has proved invaluable to help address the problem of parasite infection in the nearly one-hundred horses tested.




eteran horses are generally categorised as those over 15-yearsold. Approximately 40% of the UK horse population is currently in this age bracket. As a consequence of ageing, certain health issues become more common. Careful management can help us to spot them early, which is essential for the well-being of the veteran horse.

Parasite control Veteran horses need to maintain a healthy condition and may have lowered immunity. It is not necessary to worm horses all year round. Testing and targeted treatment of worms is the best way of managing your horse’s parasite burden.


Vaccination status Two vaccinations are recommended for veteran or retired horses: a. Influenza: the flu virus is able to travel up to 5km. Despite veterans being fully retired or never leaving the yard, consider other horses or visitors moving on and off your premises, or horses in neighbouring fields. b. Tetanus: the bacterium Clostridium tetani is found in soil. Clinical cases of tetanus are rare in countries where vaccines are available. Unvaccinated horses are at risk of tetanus, even having received tetanus vaccines throughout their life, because the level of protection naturally declines over two

Soaked beet pulp is a highly digestible source of fibre. Older horses have reduced digestive function so it may be necessary to increase total feed intake; smaller, more frequent meals are easier to digest and maintain a steady flow of energy. Dental care Veteran horses should have an annual dental examination and may need more regular check ups to manage specific problems. Dental pain can cause quidding and weight loss, and it is important to identify and treat diseased teeth. Hoof care Veteran horses need regular trimming and/or shoeing to help maintain the structure and strength of the hoof wall. Biotin can be given as a supplement to improve hoof quality.

Exercise Arthritis is common in veteran horses. If possible, encourage at least a gentle level of exercise to maintain mobility. If ridden, Weight: condition and allow plenty of time for nutrition warming up and cooling down Veteran horses should be in a for stiff joints and sore muscles healthy condition before Winter to avoid injury. Your veterinarian starts. They require increased may prescribe a low level of daily dietary levels of protein, energy anti-inflammatory medication fibre with vitamins and minerals. to reduce discomfort. years. As such, booster vaccinations should be given every two years.

Keeping warm It is important that older horses stay warm and dry to avoid burning unnecessary calories. Field shelters or windbreaks, together with a waterproof Winter turnout rug, are essential to avoid windchill.

Maintain an adequate health monitoring programme An annual physical examination should be done by your veterinarian. Veterans are at risk of certain diseases. Here are some examples to consider: • Blood tests can be used to screen for early indications of disease, such as liver or kidney disease. • Cushing’s Disease (Pituitary Pars Intermedia Dysfunction, PPID) causes signs such as laminitis and a thick curly coat. A free diagnostic blood test is available. • Certain types of colic, including impactions, and obstructions caused by lipomas or other tumours. • A lower immune system and/or Cushing’s disease mean that veterans may be prone to infections. • Cataracts may cause horses to bump into things or become nervous. A veterinary examination is recommended to assess both eyes and rule out other causes. A consistent environment layout, field buddy and using your voice will help them navigate safely. • Any cough is abnormal. Signs to look for include nostril flare, an increased respiratory effort at rest or a heave line. They may be signs of Equine Asthma or another respiratory disease. www.firstvet.com/uk

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Veteran Plus is designed to help rejuvenate older horses. Aids digestion whilst encouraging metabolisms and immune systems to work efficiently. www.global herbs.co.uk Aloeride is a pure organic aloe vera supplement which helps to support your veteran’s immune system. www.aloeride.com




TopSpec Senior Lite Feed Balancer is a very palatable ‘Non-Heating’ very low calorie feed that contains a multi-supplement including the levels of micronutrients and digestive aids normally only found in high quality specialised supplements. Of particular importance to elderly horses is the inclusion of micronutrients known to help maintain mobility. The scientifically recommended rate of 10 grams of glucosamine/500kg horse/day is a key feature of the mobility supplement included in this formula. Using TopSpec Senior Lite Feed Balancer will help to maintain mobility and will not promote weight gain. TopSpec Senior Lite Feed Balancer helps to maintain a healthy immune system and also includes a highly available source of vitamin C to help maintain healthy lung tissue. www.topspec.com To enter: Visit www.absolutehorse magazine.com and click on the Competitions page. Entries open 1st October 2019 and close 31st October 2019.




By Dr Tom Shurlock

s e s r o H n a r e t e V r o F f you ask anyone over a certain age – and this can be alarmingly young – about their general health, most will reply they are fine, albeit having a few aches, pains and stiffness. These are explained away by referring to the previous day’s activities, a poor night’s sleep or just getting old. What we now understand is that the last explanation is very likely the best. In fact, the scientific


research community have coined a new phrase to encompass this topic – ‘Inflamm-ageing!’ Inflamm-ageing is just as true for horses as it is for any other species, is a perfectly normal occurrence, is present to cope with normal wear and tear, and may just benefit from some targeted nutritional support. Inflammation is part of a natural cycle, where the body recognises dysfunction and sets a series of

events in place. The initiator can be anything from disease and metabolic inefficiencies (such as IR, obesity) through stress to over activity and many catabolic functions, of which ageing is one such factor. The body’s response is to release proinflammatory factors to ‘ring fence’ the problem area so subsequent correction is not flushed away. Once repair, metabolic restoration, etc, has been completed, antiinflammatory factors are released and the affected area returns to normal, any end products being flushed away. In

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some circumstances – such as ageing or chronic disorders – the cues to generate proinflammatory factors stay ‘switched on’ denying the subsequent realignment. It is here where bioactive components may have a role. The veteran horse can be subject to many of the chronic cues. Ageing is accompanied by loss of muscle mass, changes in fat storage and mobilisation, an increase in insulin resistance, and in extreme cases, onset of Cushing’s. Additionally, wear and tear systems – joint degradation, onset of laminitis (exacerbated by the preceding disorders) – cause physical damage. Finally, some decrease in enzymatic efficiency occurs and this may affect absorptive capacity, which can act as a stress factor and also impact on biochemical processes. There are two systems in play; metabolic dysfunction has a direct inflammatory input, whilst physical damage indirectly works through inflammatory cues increasing oxidative damage. Feeding the veteran needs to take these parameters into account, and metabolic stresses can be alleviated by improved

nutrition, such as more digestible protein, and concentrating on hindgut fermentation for energy production, but supplying bioactives that support the normal inflammation and oxidative processes can be an important factor. Equally important is to actually improve the bioavailability of these actives, as they can have poor absorbability and systemic life. TurmerAid addresses these concerns. The major component is turmeric, which contains a range of bioactives from essential oils (terpenes) to polyphenols (curcumin) to sterols; where the terpenes have a direct role in supporting the inflammatory cycle, curcumin is

a powerful antioxidant and their The veteran will slow down, but many of the causes can be interaction is what helps attributed to Inflamm-ageing. support a myriad of processes Targeted nutrition, to support involved in ageing. However, it digestive and is the additional metabolic products in “...The veteran changes will TurmerAid that fully support the will slow down, but support the veteran and, now veteran. Black many of the we understand pepper and apple causes can be Inflamm-ageing, cider vinegar both we can introduce act to increase attributed to products like systemic Inflamm-ageing...� TurmerAid to longevity of complete veteran turmeric, whilst support. yucca improves TurmerAid from The Golden the absorbability of the active Paste Company has been ingredients. Both turmeric and carefully formulated for beet pectin help improve maximum absorption and biohindgut fermentation and availability. The complete absorption, which is beneficial turmeric pellet contains a to the veteran.

minimum 5.1% curcumin, yucca, black pepper, linseed and apple cider vinegar. It supports healthy joints, digestion and promotes a healthy skin and coat. The only pelleted turmeric supplement on the market, TurmerAid remains effective as the ingredients are evenly distributed in each pellet and are only released when the horse bites into them. There is no risk of individual ingredients dissipating inside the tub over time and the horse subsequently receiving an unbalanced measure. www.goldenpaste company.com


TopSpec Explain


here are several factors to consider when feeding an older horse, including his health, activity level and environmental conditions. Whilst your horse remains healthy, you might not need to make significant alterations to his diet. However, as he develops any problems, for example a decline in dental function, his regime will need to change to meet his needs.


Forage Forage is the foundation of any horse’s diet and a constant supply of fibre helps to maintain a healthy digestive system. Maximising turnout can be beneficial, particularly if your horse suffers from joint stiffness or respiratory issues. However, as grass quality and availability reduces, conserved forage will be needed.


His teeth should be checked regularly by a qualified Equine Dental Technician or vet but it is inevitable that they will deteriorate; alternative fibre sources will then be necessary. A soft, short chopped grass can be used as a hay/haylage replacer for a period of time. However, fibre in a pre-ground form rapidly becomes essential. A mash that is high in fibre, soaked fibre cubes and alfalfa/grass cubes, plus, to a lesser extent, unmolassed sugar beet pulp are all possible alternatives to long fibre.

Hard Feeds In most cases elderly horses do best on a diet that is low in sugar and starch and cerealgrain-free, particularly if their fibre intake is compromised and/or they suffer from PPID (Cushing’s). Basing hard feeds on a top specification conditioning feed

balancer will be ideal if your horse needs to gain weight. The high quality protein will help to slow the loss of muscle and topline that can occur with age. This, combined with vitamins, minerals and yeast products, improve the utilisation of the rest of the diet and help to keep feed sizes small. Certain balancers also include a glucosamine joint supplement, which is a very economical solution if your horse is starting to show signs of stiffness. A low starch, conditioning blend can be added to a top specification feed balancer if further weight gain is needed. If your horse’s workload is starting to wind down but he remains healthy, with good

dental function, you might find that he is actually prone to weight gain. If this is the case, using a top specification ‘lite’ feed balancer or multisupplement would be the best approach. If you are not sure what to feed your older horse, we would recommend speaking to an experienced equine nutritionist. Article supplied by nutritionists from the TopSpec Multiple Award-Winning-Helpline. They can be contacted, free of charge, on 01845 565030.


Herbal Answers


QUESTION: “I would like to give my 20-year-old horse a

little extra support. He is just starting to show signs of stiffness and I think when he comes in this Winter he may struggle a little. Are there herbs that you could suggest to help with this and also for general wellbeing?”

ANSWER: As with humans, when our horses get older things start to slow down or work a bit less efficiently. Herbs can be a gentle way of helping the body. Curcumin, found in Turmeric, has been seen to be very effective for easing the pain, inflammation and stiffness related to arthritis, as well as having many other benefits such as supporting the immune system, skin, respiratory system and general good health. It is fat soluble and so must be fed with an oil to allow the body to absorb it and fresh black pepper to increase its effectiveness. I would also suggest herbs that help the circulatory system as they will increase blood flow and so help by cleansing, removing toxins and easing stiffness or puffy legs. Nettle, Garlic and Hawthorn are all excellent for this. Nettles are also full of Iron and are high in vitamin C which will help the immune system and they can be used as a tonic. Garlic will also support the respiratory system as it is an expectorant and helps immunity. Sea Kelp is a very rich source of vitamins and minerals. It is great for all-round good health, skin, coat and hoof condition. Brewer’s Yeast is a rich source of B vitamins, and therefore it is beneficial in maintaining healthy skin and coat and supporting the nervous system. It also contains amino acids and is therefore good for balancing gut flora and helping hind gut digestion. If you are concerned about keeping condition on, Fenugreek is nutritious as it contains protein and oil as well as vitamins A, B, C and E and is a good source of calcium. It is known to encourage a fussy eater and put on condition. www.champerenebespoke horseherbal.com






eeding your older horse doesn’t need to be complicated, but when you want to get everything perfect for your faithful friend it is easy to feel the pressure! Here are some steps to consider to help you avoid the common pitfalls when feeding your ‘golden oldie’. Check the teeth. Is he able to chew his feed properly, both hard feed and forage? Check that he is not ‘quidding’ (losing food from the side of the mouth). If he is it may be necessary to consider a hay replacer, rather than just looking at a higher calorie feed. If your horse can’t manage to eat a good amount of forage, he will drop weight quickly, so it is important to sort this first. Check his condition. Is he maintaining his weight nicely? Many horses will drop weight slightly during the colder months. This on the surface is not necessarily a problem and may even still be required if he is a good doer! However, if you are noticing a real difference or sudden loss of condition this needs to be addressed and not ignored. Speak to your vet in the first instance to rule out any other possible factors. Is he bright and alert? Such a simple thing to look for but

keep an eye out for any changes in behaviour, temperament or overall health, such as scouring, or dull coat for example. Most horse owners have a real sixth sense for this so trust your gut and don’t be afraid to seek professional help to manage it. Is he still coping with his work? Is he moving freely and coping well with the work asked of him? Or are you finding he is stiffer and finding it harder to keep up? Again, try and keep tabs on what normal is for him. If he is struggling it may be time to look for a high-quality joint supplement in conjunction with reassessing his hard feed and fitness levels. Consider all clinical history. Certain veteran feeds will not be appropriate for all older horses. The main reason for this is they may be too high in starch. A history of EMS, PPID, Laminitis or Gastric Ulcers will mean you want to keep the starch level very controlled at around 10% or lower. There are many feeds that will be able to support you with this, including certain veteran feeds, but do check that the one you are using is suitable. www.thehorsefeedguru.com

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Premium high fibre quick-soaking Timothy grass for horses and ponies unable to eat hay. Naturally low in sugar and starch, HayCare soaks up to a hay mash suitable for all horses including those with dust allergies and dental issues. www.simplesystem horsefeeds.co.uk

Alfalfa HorseHage is made purely from alfalfa, which is a legume. It has higher levels of protein, digestible fibre, energy, calcium and vitamins. The high nutrient levels make it suitable for veterans who need more from their forage. www.horsehage.co.uk

RRP: ÂŁ14/20kg

Mollichaff Veteran is a high fibre forage mix designed to complement the forage ration where necessary. It is highly palatable and is ideal for elderly horses and ponies and those that are unable to consume long forage. www.horsehage.co.uk

TopSpec Senior Lite Feed Balancer is designed for elderly horses that do not need extra condition. It combines the benefits of a non-conditioning feed balancer and a joint supplement. Includes the scientifically recommended rate of glucosamine in a daily quantity of feed to support healthy joints. This rate is 10 grams of glucosamine/500kg horse/day. www.topspec.com RRP: ÂŁ32.50/15kg

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Ideal for veteran horses, FibreBeet is a soaked feed that is very palatable and easy to chew, even if teeth are poor or missing. Fibre-Beet also provides a good range of minerals, trace elements and amino acids and can also be used as a forage replacer (up to 60% of the daily forage allowance). It has added biotin for hoof quality and it has a low sugar and starch content. RRP: £13.50 - £14.50/20kg. www.britishhorsefeeds.com

HaemoBoost – Formulated to assist picky eaters, older, underweight and recovering animals. This liquid supplement contains vitamins B6, B12, Folic Acid and Iron. A great pick-me-up for your horses when needed. Available in 1lt, 2lt and 4lt. RRP: from £19. www.animalhealth.co.uk


TopChop Grass is a high quality chop that can be fed solely with a TopSpec feed balancer or supplement. Additional feed, for example a TopSpec Blend, can be added if extra nutrients for work or condition are required. It can be used as a hay replacer, especially for elderly horses struggling to maintain condition as a result of poor dentition reducing their ability to chew hay or haylage. www.topspec.com

Dodson & Horrell Sixteen Plus Mix is a conditioning feed specifically formulated to support veteran horse health and is an ideal high calorie solution for your veteran. Providing a source of quality protein and essential amino acids with added L-Lysine to support muscle mass. Containing live Actisaf yeast probiotic to support digestive function and QLC plant-based antioxidants and additional vitamin E to support immune function. Chelated minerals help support absorption and activity in the body, while added glucosamine and MSM supports joint health. RRP: £14/20kg. www.dodsonand horrell.com


Formulated with high levels of protein to promote muscle tone and topline, Equerry Veteran Mix also contains oil and linseed to improve condition and ensure a shiny coat. Made from highly digestible cereals to improve digestive efficiency and including yeast for a healthy digestive system, as well as raised levels of Vitamin E, an important antioxidant. Added vitamins and minerals including magnesium. RRP: £14.50/20kg. www.equerryhorse feeds.com

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Cavalor Hoof Aid Special is a supplement developed to improve the quality of the hoof. Some horses have very bad hoof quality so need much more than only a mixture of simple vitamins such as Biotin. For these horses, Cavalor developed a special high-quality mixture that restores the quality of the hoof. RRP: £72/5kg; £192/20kg. www.zebraproducts.co.uk





eputable manufacturers formulate their feeds so that, when fed at recommended levels alongside forage, the horse gets a fully balanced diet supplying all the nutrients he requires for health and wellbeing, including supporting a healthy immune system. Some of these nutrients, like antioxidants, we may be aware of but some are less obvious.


Dietary protein, for example, is necessary to supply the amino acid components to maintain and repair all body tissues, from muscles and tendons to skin and bone, but it’s also essential to help the body manufacture enzymes and antibodies involved in fighting disease. The harder a horse is working, the higher the requirement for protein, to build and repair muscle and other tissues, so feeds formulated for harder

By Baileys Horse Feeds

work contain correspondingly higher levels of protein to meet this need as well as the additional demands of the immune system. Certain vitamins and minerals also have important roles in helping the body to combat disease. Vitamin A helps enhance the function of white blood cells, some of which engulf and eradicate pathogenic bacteria and viruses and, while it is found in pasture and forages as its precursor, beta carotene, most feeds are supplemented to ensure adequate levels in the overall diet. Vitamins C and E and the mineral, selenium, are most commonly known for their antioxidant properties which help protect body cells from damage by free radicals, produced naturally within the body. If these unstable molecules are not neutralised by antioxidants, they can compromise cell membranes which can potentially lead to disease. Vitamin E and selenium also support the production of antibodies which directly fight disease within the body. Horses at rest or in light work should stay happy and healthy on a foragebased balanced diet. Those in harder work, especially if they are travelling and have a generally more stressful lifestyle, as well as breeding and

youngstock, will all have greater demands placed on their immune systems and will need their diets adjusted accordingly. Increased stress levels result in the body producing more of the hormone, cortisol, which has a negative effect on the immune system making correct nutritional support all the more important. Feeds formulated for performance and breeding stock contain correspondingly higher levels of all the appropriate nutrients but, as with all feeds, will only be effective when fed at the manufacturer’s recommended levels. If they are under-fed, say to control calorie intake, the horse will be missing out on essential vitamins, minerals and quality protein, thereby possibly compromising his immune system as well as his/her ability to meet other physical demands. The quality of the nutrients found in feed is as important as the quantity so those formulated to meet higher demands often contain more ‘bioavailable’ sources of certain nutrients to be sure the horse can make the most of every mouthful. Chelating minerals, for example, attaches them to a protein or carbohydrate molecule so that they are more easily absorbed by the body, while incorporating selenium in Continued overleaf...

NUTRITION Product News... RRP: £24.99/1.5kg (30 days supply).

Continued from previous page... to a yeast culture works in the same way. Good quality protein sources, like soya, are also important as they supply certain essential amino acids which the body cannot manufacture from other dietary components. Digestive health is also important as the populations of beneficial bacteria in the hindgut not only ferment dietary fibre, to release energy/calories, but also help supress pathogenic species as well as producing essential B vitamins, which the horse needs to metabolise other elements of their diet. A healthy gut lining is important as a first line of defence against disease so ensuring optimum fibre intake, to support gut bacteria, will reduce the risk of acidosis which can compromise both good bacteria and the lining of the gut. www.baileyshorsefeeds.co.uk

RRP: £29.95/5kg

Eclipse Recovery is a tonic feed based on wild flower meadow forages and horseradish to support the immune system. Eclipse Recovery is rich in natural minerals, supports gut function and optimises fibre digestion. It is ideal for those with viral issues, on box rest or in recovery from injury or illness. www.simplesystem horsefeeds.co.uk

Providing over 25 key vitamins, minerals and trace elements, together with probiotics and prebiotics, Everyday Vitamins and Minerals help ensure optimum health and performance in horses and ponies on forage-based diets, or low intakes of concentrate feed. www.equine-america.co.uk

Dodson & Horrell Rosehips is a dried herb that provides a natural source of vitamin C for immune support. Rosehips contain natural antioxidants to ‘mop-up’ excess free radicals and support immunity. RRP: £14.61/1.5Kg. www.dodson andhorrell.com

ImmuBoost – A liquid herbal supplement containing Echinacea. This herb has been used for centuries for its ability to naturally aid the immunity, especially the respiratory system. Available in 1lt, 2lt and 4lt bottles. RRP: from £18. www.animal-health.co.uk

RRP: from £14.25/1ltr (1 month supply).

Pro-Pell Plus is a daily tonic, designed to provide vital micronutrients which are important in key areas for optimum health and performance. www.equine-america.co.uk

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RRP: £16.99/3kg (60 days supply).

Turmeric Xtra - help support general health and mobility in all horses and ponies. Turmeric, containing the active compound curcumin, is thought to provide support for joints and mobility, as well as digestion and immune function. www.equine-america.co.uk

HeartBeat – A liquid infusion of hawthorn berries. These berries are known for their beneficial effects on the circulatory system. Available in 1lt, 2.5lt and 5lt bottles. RRP: £21. www.animal-health.co.uk

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s your horse or pony a bit light on condition or are you looking for that extra finish and glossy coat in the run up to the winter season? Throughout October and November there is £2 off Equerry Conditioning Mash at participating retailers and whilst promotional stocks last. 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. Normal RRP £12.95. www.equerryhorsefeeds.com



Laura Hoey


eing an equine nutritionist is a very varied role, with no two days being the same. I get to work with a variety of horses, from racehorses to broodmares and foals, warmbloods to arabs, as well as other industry professionals such as vets and farriers. “I look after the South of England for Connolly’s RED MILLS and our sister supplement and healthcare company Foran Equine, as well as providing technical support to other members of the UK team. I’m often on the road and do regular visits in their areas across the South,

“...Talking horses all day is easily one of my favourite parts of my job...”


Laura with International Showjumper Scott Brash. “Getting to know customers, their horses and building relationships is key, along with the ability to communicate with a wide range of people. “

Bruno! It’s then home for a quick change and breakfast before heading out to meet clients. ensuring all our customers “My day-to-day tasks usually benefit from our nutrition involve problem solving for services. One day I can be in Kent clients, answering questions and looking at foals and the next day creating diet plans. This could be in South Wales looking at for many different types of racehorses; I love the variety horses, from youngstock right that comes with being a through to Olympic competition nutritionist. horses. “My day starts early, riding out “Most of my days are focused on my own horse, a 16hh point-to- yard visits; getting out, meeting pointer called Joey, and we’re people. I encourage yard visits usually accompanied on the wherever possible, as it is much gallops by my dog easier when I’m able to see the horse and to have a good chat with the owner or rider. I can get a much better understanding of any problems they might be

having and give them the most appropriate advice. Even small issues can have a big impact on a horse’s health and overcoming it can have a dramatic improvement on their wellbeing and performance. This can be challenging, particularly with performance horses where their next race or competition is only weeks away. It’s a great feeling when you’re able to problem solve and be a part of a team’s success. “Perhaps surprisingly, listening and asking the right questions is the most important part of my job. Being able to ask a few simple, but relevant, questions can usually lead to a very small adjustments to their current diet

that has huge benefits. However, other situations may need further investigation and research to ensure the correct advice is given. You also have to consider the customer’s personal preferences on how they look after their horses and offer advice accordingly. It is essential to instil confidence in customers and deliver friendly and informative advice. “There is also a lot of work to do when I’m not visiting clients, such as undertaking research, writing up diet plans and analysing forage reports. I write articles for several of our industry partners, relaying any new research and industry trends or promoting solutions to seasonal issues. I also do lectures and presentations to a wide range of audiences, from pony club members to industry experts such as stud mangers, trainers and vets as well as providing training to our own sales reps and stockists. “There is only one downside to being a nutritionist and that is it is definitely not a 9-5 job. I spend a lot of evenings and weekends attending events and doing my paper work as my days are usually filled with yard calls. However, getting to spend my days talking and looking at newborn foals, racehorses, showjumpers and attending some of the best equestrian events more than makes up for it!” www.redmills.com

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opSpec UlsaKind Cubes are very low starch and formulated to provide calories for condition (12MJ/kg) whilst being highly sympathetic to the digestive system, even when it is compromised by extreme acidity. Throughout October and November there is £2.00 off a bag of TopSpec UlsaKind Cubes at participating retailers nationwide, while stocks last. www.topspec.com



Cast Your Votes!


ominations are open for the 2020 Nutritional Helpline of the Year award, which is sponsored by Stubbs England. The accolade is designed to reward a feed company helpline that offers outstanding support and advice to consumers who get in touch seeking dietary and nutritional help. Said Stubbs England managing director Chris Bradwell, “We wholly understand how vital it is for horse owners to be able to access sound, professional advice. We are proud to play a part in reinforcing the essential work carried out by nutritional helplines.” Nominations should be made by 18th November. www.beta-uk.org or www.stubbsengland.com


Trickle Nets are super strong, highly effective slow feeding nets which provide your horse with prolonged and controlled access to forage. This brings many physical and mental health benefits. Grazing keeps your horse happy, and with a Trickle Net they can graze anywhere. Additionally you can expect to save money, as Trickle Net products ensure that there is virtually no waste forage at all! Trickle Net provide slow feeding solutions from feeding small amounts to one pony, to feeding huge amounts to herds. All the products are handmade with top quality materials and are recommended by Vets and Nutritionists for weight management and gut health. So whether you're looking to save money on wasted forage, or to ensure your horse has a constant supply of forage while stabled or when the grass stops growing, a Trickle Net is your answer. www.tricklenet.co.uk

To enter: Visit www.absolutehorsemagazine.com and click on the Competitions page. Entries open 1st October 2019 and close 31st October 2019.



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saddle adopts the contours of IN THIS ISSUE THE TEAM AT THE SOCIETY OF the horse, if placed on a MASTER SADDLERS DISCUSS THE IMPORTANCE different horse, it could be very OF REGULAR SADDLE CHECKS AND REFLOCKING uncomfortable. When a saddle suffers an accident or when the orses change important part of horse care. horse suffers a fall whilst being considerably over Yes, they cost money. And yes, ridden the saddle should be time. A horse’s ‘shape’ occasionally the saddle fitter examined by a Master or is very dependent on the horse may need to return quite quickly Qualified Saddler. Internal owner’s management. because the horse has changed damage such as a broken tree A horse can change shape for shape so rapidly. This isn’t an can be difficult to spot and, not many reasons. Maybe he is unnecessary expense it is vital to rectified, it may result in enjoying a break from work make sure your horse is complicated veterinary turned out in a field with lots of comfortable. problems. grass. Possibly, the competition A saddle that is too narrow and Use the services of a Society of season is well under way, and he is pinching and exerting other Master Saddlers’ qualified saddle is leaner and more muscled than unwanted pressure - or too wide fitter to undertake fitting checks he was at the beginning of the and pressing down and regularly. Always have a new season. Maybe he is a young restricting the horse’s ability to saddle fitted and recognise that horse and he is going through a use himself correctly - can result it is at least equally importance period of rapid growth and in welfare, veterinary, to have a second-hand saddle development. Maybe his owner, behavioural and performance fitted. SMS saddle fitters have a school over for the summer, has problems. Overcoming the comprehensive knowledge of vastly increased his exercise and resulting problems could be saddle brands and designs. They schooling programme. Or expensive in terms of veterinary, are aware of the rules and perhaps he has lost condition schooling and other professional regulations applicable to tack over winter. services. Meanwhile the horse and equipment used in all the It’s surprising how many owners has suffered totally equestrian disciplines and notice a rug getting tighter but unnecessarily. sports, and offer advice and the fact that the saddle no Recognise that changes in professional services. longer fits well completely exercise and feed regimes have TOP TIP: Remember old escapes them. This is why it is the potential to alter the horse’s saddles can be improved with very important to get saddles shape. Try to stick to the a complete re-flock. checked regularly. principle one saddle should fit


Saddle fitting checks are an


one horse and remember a


Leather Therapy Wash is an advanced leather cleansing formula to gently deep clean without leaving surface residue. Lifts embedded dirt, sweat and grime. Prevents mould and mildew and protects the deterioration of stitching. RRP: £15.90. Horseman’s One Step is an all-in-one cream which simultaneously cleans and conditions. Removes dirt and sweat, prevents cracking and keeps items soft and pliable. Suitable for natural or synthetic leathers. RRP £9.70. Leather Therapy Restorer & Conditioner comprises rich, replenishing oils to soften and maintain leather, alongside inhibiting mould and mildew. Doesn’t darken leather or harm stitching and shortens leather break-in. RRP: £18.90. All www.absorbine.co.uk

Equipe Rubber Reins The smart Equipe Emporio rubber reins are made from soft, Italian leather with solid stainless steel buckles and are finished with a printed Equipe logo. RRP: £43. Equipe Stirrup Leathers The Equipe Stirrup Leathers are made from tear-proof, nonstretchable full-grain hide with a nylon anti-shock inner core. RRP: £140. www.zebraproducts.co.uk

The new K3 Sport Jump was developed by Albion’s creative engineers and features a lightweight monoflap design with modern yet supremely comfortable styling. Built on Albion’s unique Adjusta-Tree, the length, width and fittings of the new K3 Sport Jump will be familiar to all K2 fans. The K3 is available in 17”, 17.5” and 18” seat sizes in seven different standard Adjusta-Tree fittings plus template fittings, in black or brown. As per the rest of the Albion range, the K3 Sport can be customised with colour welts and Glitz fabric. RRP: from £2200. www.albionengland.co.uk/stockists



Saddle Fitter



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asil started bucking in canter. Emma, his owner, admitted they were long overdue a check. Her instructor had told her the saddle fitted – based on sweat marks, some talcum powder, and ‘three fingers’ clearance at the pommel. Unfortunately, the saddle was pinching badly. True story. It got me athinking. How many of you know how to do a basic fit check? When you pop the saddle on, does it feel right? Does it slip nicely into place? The tree head width must mirror the horse’s back. Stand at the shoulder, lift the flap and take a peek. This can take practice – if you’re struggling, ask your fitter to show you. Length is important. Horses can only comfortably bear weight on their thoracic vertebrae


(those attached to their ribs). Here the back is strong. Feel for the end of your horse’s rib cage. Chalk a line to the back of your saddle. It must not overhang the last rib (T18). At the front, the tree must sit clear of the scapula, leaving room for free movement. Check for clearance – everywhere! We’re about twenty years past ‘three fingers’; it can vary greatly. But sufficient clearance is vital. Nowhere should vertebrae ever make contact with panels or tree. Do your girth straps align with the horse’s girth groove? Or will the girth groove pull the saddle forward? If so, try a curved girth to compensate. We’re also yonks past ‘pommel and cantle should be level’ and the ‘balance a coin’ trick. But the

saddle should aid the rider’s balance, not tip them in either direction. It should feel stable and secure. Give the pommel, and then cantle, a gentle push downwards – it should sit still, not see-saw. Contact must be even along the panels. Slide a flat hand between saddle and horse, pressing down gently on the saddle with your other hand. If you feel a gap, it’s bridging. It’s much easier to feel than faff around with talcum powder. Repeat the above with girth fastened. Get your saddle checked by an SMS qualified fitter at least every six months. Even if you, your instructor, and your exboyfriend’s mother’s neighbour think it fits, there’s a reason we spend so long learning our trade. A well-fitted saddle improves performance, preventing soreness and behavioural issues relating to saddle fit. Basil knew better than Emma. Listen to your horse. If in doubt, call your saddle fitter!



QUESTION: My main sport is show jumping, should I choose a close contact saddle? ANSWER: A well-fitting and balanced jumping saddle should give you a strong and secure lower leg position. Choosing a close contact type saddle usually enhances this further as there is less bulk between you and the horse, these saddles generally are slimmer in the panel depth and are often a mono flap design, enabling the rider to gain the best feel. I would recommend riding in one before you make a decision as ultimately it will be down to your personal preference.



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128 Point Clear Road, St Osyth Guide Price: £550,000 “This is an immaculately presented three bedroom bungalow with around 1.3 acres (stms) and equestrian facilities. These include a fenced 20m x40m manège and fenced stable block that has two loose boxes. The garage has been converted for a dog grooming salon and a 32’ outbuilding has great potential for office or annexe subject to planning. Gated access at the rear of the property allows access for hay supplies, manure removal etc, and there is plenty of space for parking a horse box at the front of the property. The bungalow has undergone extensive modernisation to a high standard.”

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o what exactly is Biosecurity? Biosecurity is simply certain practices put in place to manage and reduce the risk of potential introduction or spread of disease. With the outbreaks of equine influenza at the beginning of the year, it has proven that biosecurity is important in helping control these types of diseases and keeping your horse healthy without having to fork out a lot of money to cure your horse if they get poorly. Horse owners will know their horse’s normal habits and behaviours, and anything out of character could be a small sign there may be an underlying issue. More physical signs include a fast heart rate, high temperature, discharge from the mouth or nose, weeping at the eye, lack of appetite, pain or swelling at the throat, loss of body condition etc. If any horse owner is unsure if their horse is unwell, it is always

best to seek advice from your vet. To prevent the spread of disease, everyday biosecurity actions should be implemented: 1. Good hygiene – like washing hands, having clean clothes, regularly cleaning equipment and surfaces. 2. Separate equipment – grooming kits, water buckets, feed buckets etc. Each horse or pony should have their own and not shared amongst other animals. These also should be kept clean – feed and water buckets especially.

working correctly to avoid any escapees going for an explore.

4. Hay and water – these should always be supplied fresh and any old or dirty removed from the stable daily.

6. Vaccinations – make sure the horses on the yard are all up to date with vaccinations and have this information 5. Vehicles – if there is a sick recorded in their passports. horse on a yard restrict access and avoid trucks or cars from 7. Isolation – If there is an

3. Secure – ensure all the stables kick bolts and bolts are



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he average horse will produce around 20kg of manure each day, that’s around 7.5 tonnes of the stuff annually, not even accounting for any bedding that goes with it. This can all add up to a very big headache for any horse owner or yard manager! Location is everything as they say; carefully choosing where to position your dung heap and


managing it appropriately will help to protect the health of your horses and the land. This will: 1. Make it easier to use 2. Help it rot down more quickly 3. Reduce the chance of reinfection from parasites 4. Lower pollution risk 5. Limit areas where insects such as midges can breed

Making it easier to use Site your muckheap for

convenience to the yard, but not so close as to cause possible horse health problems or irritation from flies. Bear in mind that large heaps can be a nuisance to neighbours or people using public rights of way. The area should be easily accessible by large vehicles if you need to have it removed regularly. Another alternative is to tip your muck straight into a trailer for easy


Helping it rot down more quickly It all comes down to good husbandry – a perfectly manicured muckheap is one of life’s goals and there is method in the madness. Sprawling heaps are inefficient and a poor use of space. Try to put your pile against a defined boundary or wall to make it easier to throw the muck on top. Keeping your heap contained and condensed and trampling to reduce the volume will help the decomposition process happen much faster.

Reducing the chance of reinfection from parasites Muckheaps should never be created in fields accessible to horses. Let’s face it, poo picking is hard work and often a temporary muckheap nearer to the source makes the job a lot more palatable! Make sure you’re not wasting all that hard work by

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utumn A APPLICATION aiding parasite reinfection. Larvae from hatching redworm eggs can wriggle up to three metres away from dung piles. If you have a muckheap near the field, fence it off so that horses can’t graze nearby.

Lowering pollution risk Effluent – that’s the stinky black water that leaches from large manure piles - can cause serious pollution if it is allowed to enter watercourses. For this reason the Environment Agency recommends that ‘Temporary field heaps should be sited where there is no risk of runoff polluting watercourses. They should be at least 10 metres from a watercourse and 50 metres from a well, spring or borehole that supplies water for human consumption or for use in farm

dairies.’ Pollution occurs because organisms feed on the watery dung and the nutrient enrichment encourages the growth of aquatic vegetation which has an oxygen reducing effect in the water, lowering water quality. Run off can also detrimentally affect hedgerows because nutrient enrichment encourages the growth of weeds which disadvantages hedge growth. Water contamination is prosecutable under the Environmental Protection Act, 1990, the Groundwater Regulations 1998 and the Water Resources Act 1991.

Limiting areas where insects such as midges can breed Ideally a muckheap, and the area

around it, should be on a solid base, e.g. concrete. This will make it easier to sweep up and keep tidy and for vehicles to get to the heap without churning up the soil. Reducing standing water where insects such as midges can breed helps to lessen irritation and problems such as sweet itch. If we keep horses it stands that we keep parasites too. Worm eggs and the possibility for infection are all around us in the environment. More than ever we advocate testing for the right parasite at the right time of year and, where a wormer is required, selecting carefully and resistance testing to check it’s been effective. A healthy adult horse can follow a very simple plan of testing and dosing. www.westgatelabs.co.uk


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ow and when did you start riding? “I started at the local riding school when I was 7years-old, after a few years of nagging a lot. Fortunately the riding school in Ilkley was run by two sisters who were interested in showing and they introduced us to that and the competition

world. We learnt a lot and got a taste of success before moving the ponies back to our family home. I moved to dressage when I was about 18-years-old, starting off by doing it on my TB x Connemara pony who had also been very successful in the show ring.”

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Emma Blundell


“Never give up - the hardest moments are often when you’re about to have a break through. If you want something enough you can find a way to make it happen” - Emma Blundell

Please tell us about your yard? “The yard at Mount St John is very historical and parts of it date back to when coach horses would drive up to the house. This old yard is next to the house, now mainly used for the broodmares. It also houses the main foaling box and vet room, which is set up for all of our embryo transfer work too. “The new yard opened in 2015. This is a modern, American barn

style which is much more efficient to run and has large airy stables, all with windows, plus a central aisle leading out to the horse’s turnout paddocks. We also have an aqua treadmill which all the ridden horses use at least weekly, sometimes more depending on their individual programme. “The main part of MSJ is the big open fields where many of the broodmares, foals and youngsters can be seen. This comprises around 200 acres of hills, valleys and woodland.” Which horse has been your ‘horse of a lifetime’ so far? “Freestyle – being the first foal we bought for dressage, alongside the first embryo transfer foal we bred – would have to be our horse of a lifetime so far. She took me to my first BD Nationals as a rider in the 4yr class and to win my first Premiere League show in the young horse classes, as well as many national and international titles with Charlotte Dujardin and our first senior team call up and world

medal! Hopefully there is still more to come with her too!”

What are your future plans? “We are hoping for more world medals and also to have more young horses coming up behind Freestyle to follow in her footsteps, both in the Senior and Young Horse World Championships. We also would love to have home-breds achieving the same successes as those we have bought as foals.”

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ithin his role as an ambassador for the Lycetts Festival of Hunting event which takes place annually in Peterborough, Charlie Higson hopes to encourage the next generation of huntsmen and women to engage with the timeless tradition of hunting. In the last year Charlie has started field mastering over a patch of Heythrop country close to where his horses are kept. Charlie is also on the Hunt Supporters’ Committee and actively seeks to be involved with as many hunt fundraisers as time allows. Charlie has been fortunate enough to receive

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much guidance along the way, which has helped him become a key player in the world of hunting. He says: “The best advice I received was when I started field mastering. I was advised to walk the country before a day’s hunting. However well one thinks one knows a piece of country, a day, or even a couple of hours, of scoping the terrain in advance can make all the difference between a good day and an average day.” The age-old phrase ‘never judge a book by its cover’ could never be truer than when it comes to the crowds hunting attracts.


Charlie says: “Quite often nonhunting people think that hunting people are unapproachable and unfriendly. This could not be further from the truth. One of the best parts about it is the colourful collection of people that gather – it’s a very warm and welcoming bunch and a complete cross section of society! We are united in our shared passion for the sport and love nothing more than sharing this with others.” A timeless tradition in a modern world, does hunting still have its place? In Charlie’s opinion, yes absolutely! “The most important thing about hunting in today’s busy, bustling and demanding culture are the local connections and friendships it facilitates. I have met so many people and made so many friends through the sport that I don’t think I ever would have crossed paths with in my day-to-day life. “Likewise, hunting generates and maintains jobs in the rural community and has an incredibly important role to play in supporting the local economy – be it funding farriers and feed merchants, to livery yards and beyond.” The Lycetts Festival of Hunting will take place on Wednesday 22nd July 2020 at the East of England Showground, Peterborough. www.festivalofhunting.com




our members of Saffron Walden & District Riding Club took their horses to France recently to represent Great Britain at the World Club Tournament and have returned home with Gold medals. The club, as 2018 British Riding Clubs 100cm Show Jumping National Champions, was selected by British Riding Clubs to represent Great Britain. The team members were: Sophie Reason from Sible Hedingham, riding Heartstopper (Angelina), Carrie-Anne Adams from Halstead riding The Drover (Dan), Sarah Hamlett from Linton riding Grafique Banta (Banta) and Suzannah Engelmann from Saffron Walden riding Lissin Rocket (Rocky). The temperatures whilst in France were between 38° and 44° which made conditions very



L-R Sarah Hamlett and Grafique Banta (Banta), Carrie-Anne Adams and The Drover (Dan), Sophie Reason and Heartstopper (Angelina), Suzannah Engelmann and Lissin Rocket (Rocky)

tough and the welfare of the horses the team’s top priority. The competition took place over two days and three rounds with best three scores to count in each round. All four riders left all the jumps up in round one to finish on a score of zero along with Chile, France and Morocco. They clocked up another three clears in round two, with just one time penalty to add to finish

in the lead on a score of one, ahead of Italy on eight faults in second with Ireland in third on eleven faults. Going into round two Great Britain were seven penalties ahead and jumping last (reverse order of standings). Italy’s first rider jumped clear, as did Britain’s first rider Sarah. Then came another clear from Italy’s second rider whilst Sophie

jumped well to lower just one pole for four faults. Italy then confirmed their final score as eight penalties with a third clear whereas Carrie-Anne’s horse was unsettled by the rain that had started to fall from an incoming storm and had uncharacteristic fences down. The storm then broke with wind and rain that completely flattened the jumping course and the competition was temporarily halted. As the scores stood the Italians would complete on a score of eight penalties and the British team were carrying five penalties with one rider still to jump. They needed a clear round to win. After thirty minutes the storm abated and competition resumed. It was a long a tense wait for Britain’s final rider who would jump last of the whole competition. Finally, Suzannah entered the arena and to much relief delivered the required clear round to secure the Gold medal for Great Britain with Italy taking Silver and Belgium Bronze. It was such an amazing experience for four regular riding club riders to get to compete internationally. To win for their country and then have a full podium medal ceremony including British National Anthem was incredible and a very proud moment.




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he British Showjumping National Junior Academy Championships, held at Stoneleigh Park on the 12th and 13th August, played host to the NAF Five Star Finals. Combinations flocked from Nationwide and once again portrayed the successes achieved via the NAF Five Star Performance Awards Programme. The competition was divided into six sections; Horse 1*, 2* and 3* and Pony 1*, 2* and 3* and was marked on the capability of the rider and their influence on the performance of the pony. The rider’s effectiveness, position, balance, feeling, timing, rhythm and impulsion to empower the pony to move and jump to the best of its ability was also judged and it was down to the Judges to make the tough decision on who would claim the winners titles, as well as the NAF rugs and goodie bags that were up for grabs. Following a day of great competition, the section winners were announced and included last year’s winner of the 1* Pony Five Star Award Evelyn (Evie) Bond Smith aged nine from Bawdeswell, Norfolk, who made a successful step up to take first place in the NAF 2* Pony Five Star Final on Clare Bond’s 14-year-old liver chestnut gelding Derrymore Lucky Lad.


Reader Leeanne Crowe writes... “Hollie Crowe, aged 17 of Wetherfield, Essex, had her best result to date at Equifest winning on her new cob High View King of the Ring - taking the Maxi Cob Championship and then with her part-Arab the Equifest Final Ridden title,” explained Leeanne on email.

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he crowd were treated to an impressive display of teamwork by all horse and rider combinations competing in the National Para Equestrian Championship, which took centre stage in the JS Teamwear Championship Arena recently. The Championship consisted of four titles which were awarded to the various grades. The grading system ranges from Grade I, II, III, and IV with grades representative of the competitor’s level of disability. The combination of Ronnie Robinson and In A World Of His Own won the Grade IV Junior after posting a great round, “I’ve only ridden In a World of His Own once before, so I couldn’t be more chuffed with the result of this class.” Ronnie explained that his main goal for the future is to inspire other para riders, to prove that anything is possible.



HELPS GBR’S TEAM LEMIEUX FINISH IN SILVER AT THE PONY EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS rama unfolded at the recent Pony European Championships in Strzegom, Poland with all three medals having to be fought for in a third round jump-off. Having already jumped three rounds, where the best three scores count, Great Britain and Ireland sat at the top of the leaderboard on an equal score of four penalties with France and Germany in equal third on twelve penalties. With medals at stake it meant that all riders, within the four teams, would be forced to come forward and battle it out in a final jump off round to decide the final placings on the podium. First to go were France and Germany, contesting the Bronze medal position. With each rider mirroring each other’s performance as they alternated nations into the arena, it wasn’t until the final rider had jumped that France were declared the Bronze medallists based on a faster cumulative time.


Jump Off for Gold and Silver The big show down between Great Britain and Ireland came after what must have been a nail-biting time for the riders concerned as they watched the Bronze medal position being contested. Having been able to study the course and see where they could push up the pace it was quite an unbelievable jump


off that played out. Ireland were the first of the teams to come forward opening up by an incredibly fast clear by John Mcentee with Little Smithe in a time of 42.28 seconds. Next in was first for the Brits, Shaunie Greig with Casino Royale. Setting off at an incredible pace things got a bit hair-raising when she almost got jumped out the saddle halfway round the course. However she almost miraculously managed to right herself without breaking stride and still finish clear in an even faster time of 40.08 seconds to push GB ahead. Ireland’s second rider Niamh Mcevoy with Ardfry Skye lay down the gauntlet by posting another zero penalty round for Ireland in 46.50 seconds.

Claudia Moore aged 14 with Elando van de Roshoeve looked as determined as ever when she set off. And yet again, she delivered when she matched Ireland by posting a clear in an even faster time of 44.88 seconds to pull the Brits even further ahead. The pressure on Ireland certainly looked like it was taking its toll when their third rider Tom Wachman and Ocean des As had two down to finish on eight penalties loading extra pressure on their final rider to come. For the Brits, it was Lila Bremner with Lapislazuli who came next in what was her first European Championships. Looking like a veteran, she again posted another clear for the team to return home faultlessly within a Claudia Moore Elando Van De Roshoeve

time of 45.76 seconds. As Ireland’s final rider, Max Wachman and Cuffesgrange Cavalidam came forward you could have heard a pin drop around the arena. However, this soon changed when the Irish camp erupted in cheers when they rose to the challenge and managed to claim a lead of just over a second by posting a clear in a time of 40.22 seconds. The pressure on Holly Truelove’s shoulders as she entered the arena with Rexter D’or must have been incredibly intense as she knew that nothing other than a clear in under 43 seconds would secure the win. Taking her time to steady her thoughts and take a final look around the course the Lincolnshire rider then pushed forward on a fast pace with a view to securing the gold and hopefully achieving yet another clear to match the three she had already achieved in previous rounds. Looking like she was going to achieve just this when she turned extremely tight back to an early vertical to shave some time off, it was a few fences further on when a touch of a top pole saw it topple and relegate GB into the Silver position despite her time of 42.07 seconds. Clare Whitaker, Chef d’Equipe for the Pony Team and British Showjumping Youth Team Manager said after the presentation ceremony, “This was an extremely tough competition, one of the hardest I’ve seen, and each and every team member has been quite outstanding.”



eventeen-year-old Antonia Platt was all smiles on winning the Windmill Farm Estate Six-year-old qualifier at the Equitop Bolesworth Young Horse Championships. Based in Essex, Antonia’s winning ride Imerald S is by the legendary Emerald out of a Corland mare. Antonia bought the gelding from Robert Buckley in Ireland a year ago and she is combining studying for A-levels with showjumping. Trained by David Simpson she is thoroughly enjoying the competition circuit and was thrilled with Imerald S’ performance. Said Antionia: “The young horse classes are a great grounding for the future and he went so well in the International Arena. He just keeps improving all the time.” There’s was much delight from the team on the Equitop stand as Antonia is an ambassador for the show’s title sponsor.



ifteen-year-old Matilda Lanni riding the talented mare Dream Du Toultia Z headed the Gaskells Waste sponsored Children on Horses class on the first Matilda Lanni and Dream Du Toultia Z on her way to success. Photo: Spidge day of the Equitop Event Photography Bolesworth Young Horse Championship Show. The unstoppable pair produced a clear round in an impressive time of 34.18 seconds with the Darco mare showing her ability in the Castle Arena. The partnership showcased their strength in the jump-off with a polished performance, a time-saving turn to fence two saw her get the second round off to a fast-paced start. Said the Peterborough-based rider: “I have had Dream Du Toultia Z since November and absolutely love her, she is a star and we really have formed a great bond. “She is seven now and we could have contested the age classes but dad felt we should aim for the Children on Horses classes and I am glad we did. We have had just four fences down in countless rounds this year, she is super careful, a real trier and a natural competitor.”

Antonia Platt receives her award from Dan Wright of Windmill Farm Estate Photo: Spidge Event Photography


n the CSI-Am-A Bronze, sponsored by Equerry Horse Feeds, the winning round went to Ronnie Jones and Premier Diamond. Based in Essex, Ronnie was making his first visit to Bolesworth and heaped praise on the 10-year-old mare he jointly owns with Sue Hume. Added Ronnie: “We bought Premier Diamond very reasonably and she is great against the clock. When we saw her we immediately liked her and she has proved a great buy. Our plan is to eventually breed from her.” Ronnie Jones then moved into Ronnie Jones the International Arena and Premier continuing his fantastic run to Diamond win the Equerry Horse Feeds CSI-Am-A Bronze Two Phase with Premier Diamond on day three of the competition. Keeping a constant rhythm throughout and with a sharp turn into the double, Ronnie and the mare showed their class. A second amateur win for Ronnie, they scorched round in a blistering 29.54 more than two seconds ahead of runner-up Vicky Burns and Denzel II.





HORSEHEATH HORSE TRIALS (2) Photos: Richard Weller-Poley


he weather was up to its usual tricks at PwC Horseheath Horse Trials on 10th-11th August, providing challenging winds for organisers and competitors alike to contend with on the first day. In the run-up to the weekend, ground preparations, which started weeks ago, included irrigating over two million litres of water taken from reservoirs on the estate and equivating spiking small holes into the surface of the ground to lift it. The XC course was designed by BE’s Tina Ure and built by David Carpenter and his team. Over 450 competitors braced themselves to face the wind and partake in the British Eventing affiliated one day event. Prizes of rosettes first to tenth, money and a selection of goodies from Newmarket Equine Hospital, Well Gel, TopSpec, Nags Essentials, Ezyloaders, Devoucoux and Happy Equine were also presented to the winners. Tim Barling, organiser for Thurlow Estate said, “We worked hard to ensure that the ground was perfect in time for the weekend including the irrigating of two million litres of water from our reservoirs. The wind provided challenging conditions on the Friday setting up and also on the Saturday of competition, resulting in a few withdrawals - mainly from competitors from further afield


with trailers - but we ensured everything was secure and pinned down and soldiered on. “We also tried to reschedule withdrawals due to the unprecedented wind so that they could run on the Sunday instead. This enabled us to deliver a wonderful and successful weekend for approximately 450 competitors. “We are very grateful for the fantastic support we receive from our principle sponsor PwC and indeed from all of our sponsors, volunteers and support teams who made the weekend run so smoothly.”

took the win in the BE100 PwC section C on her horse Curolea Mika with a 25.5 dressage score.

Section D NEH BE105 Winners of the BE105 NEH Section D was Joanne Watts riding Deirdre Hunt’s Churchside Reflection with a dressage score of 22. Her owner said, “Churchside Reflection is only ridden by Jo at events, she does a fantastic job producing the results that she does.”


Section G1 Taylor Vinters 4YO Alice Haynes from Newmarket won the BE90 Taylor Vinters Section G1 4-year-old class scoring 31.8 dressage with her horse Emerald Coffey. “It is his first ever event and he has qualified for Osberton.”

Section H Taylor Vinters BE90 Winner of Section H Taylor Vinters BE90 was Katie Hale from Reigate and her horse Clayton Robinia with a dressage score of 25.8 just adding 0.4. She loved the XC and felt it was Section E NEH BE105 an excellent chance to run Catherine Sadler took the BE105 before the Pony Club NEH Section E with her horse Championships the following Royale Messenger with a week. dressage score of 27.3 - she Section I Taylor Vinters The winners... particularly enjoyed the cross BE90 Section A PwC BE100 country and praised the Winner of Section I Taylor It’s a win for Melissa Joannides organisers for the beautiful Vinters BE90 was Lucy Haycock who travelled from West Sussex course. from Colchester and her horse with her boyfriend’s hunter Hay Josephine to win Section A PwC Section F Taylor Vinters Silver Viking with a dressage BE90 score of 21.5. BE100. Her most memorable Sophie Reason from Colne part of the day was ‘battling Section J NFU Mutual against the strong winds’ in her Engaine won the BE90 Taylor BE90 Open u18 Vinters Section F on a 25 dressage test and she was Winner of Section J NFU Mutual dressage score with her horse delighted to win for a second under 18 BE90 was first timer Ballygriffen Buddy. She was time at Horseheath. Henry Dollar from Royston and delighted to get a double clear his horse (inherited from his Section B PwC BE100 against the challenge of the sister) Brosna King with a Naomi Lawrence from Olney in high winds. “It was lovely to get dressage score of 24. He was Bucks won Section B PwC the win at our local event as it is delighted to have beaten his BE100 after a spook in the warm very friendly and well run.” sister Daisy who was also placed up on her 5-year-old resulted in an unscheduled dismount and a Section G Taylor Vinters in the Section. BE90 quick check with the doc. She Section K NFU Mutual took the win with a double clear Clare Dobie from Witham, Essex BE90 won the BE90 Taylor Vinters and 26.5 dressage. Celebrating her second win of Section G with a 31 dressage the weekend was Melissa Section C PwC BE100 score with her horse Kildangan Joannides as winner of Section K Anna Czylok flew in from Calypso. “This is my first BE NFU Mutual BE90. Her horse Portugal at 6am after her event with no time faults on the Woodfield Gold scored a holiday flight was delayed. She

dressage score of 24.3. This was his third BE Event and his second win in a row, after his last win at Chilham Castle.

Section L Saffery Champness BE80 (T) Su Thomalin from Suffolk won

the Saffrey Champness Section M BE80 with 25.8 dressage with Mr Beaujangles who she has owned since a two-year-old. Section M Saffery Champness BE80 (T) Martha Hall from Rotherfield in

Kent won this section with 26.3 dressage and a double clear and no time faults. Section N Saffery Champness BE80 (T) Josephine Gleason from Saxmundham won the Saffrey

Champness Section N BE80 with 27.5 dressage and a double clear. She produced OFS Ruffian herself having owned him from a 4-year-old and this was his first BE after recovering from an injury in 2016.



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SHOWDATE DIARY Your Showdate listings for....October/November 2019 TUESDAY 1ST OCTOBER SHOWJUMPING Essex: Codham Park EC; Senior British Showjumping. Tel: 07769 907076 SHOWJUMPING Norfolk: Anvil Park Stud: Senior British Showjumping. Tel: 07879 881755 WEDNESDAY 2ND OCTOBER DRESSAGE Suffolk: Topthorn Arena; British Dressage. Tel: 01449 711962 SHOWJUMPING Essex: Wix EC; Evening Showjumping. Tel: 01255 870744 FRIDAY 4TH OCTOBER DRESSAGE Essex: Codham Park EC; British Dressage Petplan Area Festival. Tel: 07769 907076 SHOWJUMPING Essex: Brook Farm TC; Evening Showjumping. Tel: 01708 687550 SHOWJUMPING Suffolk: Topthorn Arena; Evening Novice Showjumping. Tel: 01449 711962 SATURDAY 5TH OCTOBER DRESSAGE Essex: Brook Farm TC; Unaffiliated Dressage Championship Show. Tel: 01708 687550 DRESSAGE Essex: Codham Park EC; British Dressage Petplan Area Festival. Tel: 07769 907076 SHOWJUMPING Essex: Barleylands EC; Unaffiliated Showjumping. Tel: 07545 010770 SHOWJUMPING Norfolk:


Anvil Park Stud: Senior British Showjumping. Tel: 07879 881755 SHOWJUMPING Suffolk: Topthorn Arena; Unaffiliated Showjumping. Tel: 01449 711962 COURSE Cambs: Assessing Saddle Fit Course. 1-4pm Huntingdon, Cambs. E-horse Equine CPD www.e-horse.co.uk SUNDAY 6TH OCTOBER DRESSAGE Cambs: Fenning Farm EC; Unaffiliated Dressage. Tel: 07875 044829 DRESSAGE Essex: Codham Park EC; British Dressage Petplan Area Festival. Tel: 07769 907076 DRESSAGE Suffolk: Topthorn Arena; Unaffiliated Dressage. Tel: 01449 711962 SHOWJUMPING Cambs: Grey Fern Park EC; Unaffiliated Showjumping. Tel: 07879 492068 SHOWJUMPING Essex: Barleylands EC; Senior British Showjumping. Tel: 07545 010770 SHOWJUMPING Norfolk: Anvil Park Stud: Senior British Showjumping. Tel: 07879 881755 SHOWJUMPING Suffolk: Boyton Hall EC; Showjumping. Tel: 07557 091008

708400 SHOWJUMPING Essex: Codham Park EC; Senior British Showjumping. Tel: 07769 907076 SHOWJUMPING Norfolk: Anvil Park Stud: Senior British Showjumping. Tel: 07879 881755 WEDNESDAY 9TH OCTOBER DRESSAGE Beds: The College EC; Affiliated and Unaffiliated Dressage. Tel: 01234 708400

SHOWJUMPING Beds: The College EC; British Showjumping. Tel: 01234 708400 SUNDAY 13TH OCTOBER ARENA EVENTING Essex: Codham Park EC; Arena Eventing. Tel: 07769 907076 DRESSAGE Essex: Wix EC; British Dressage. Tel: 01255 870744 DRESSAGE Suffolk: The Centaur Trust; Affiliated and Unaffiliated Dressage. Tel: 07881 802129

SHOWJUMPING Essex: Brook Farm TC; Evening Showjumping. ENDURANCE Spains Hall ‘L Plate’ Pleasure Ride, Tel: 01708 687550 Finchingfield. Tel 07771 THURSDAY 10TH OCTOBER 770912. DRESSAGE Essex: Wix EC; Unaffiliated Dressage. Tel: 01255 870744 SEMINAR Beds: Understanding Equine Supplements Seminar 79 pm Sandy, Beds. E-horse Equine CPD www.e-horse.co.uk FRIDAY 11TH OCTOBER DRESSAGE Essex: Brook Farm TC; British Dressage. Tel: 01708 687550 SHOWJUMPING Suffolk: Topthorn Arena; Evening Open Showjumping. Tel: 01449 711962 SATURDAY 12TH OCTOBER ARENA TREC Beds: Twin Trees EC; Arena Trec. Tel: 01767 627414

DRESSAGE Essex: Brook Farm SHOWJUMPING Suffolk: The TC; British Dressage. Tel: 01708 Jays; Unaffiliated Showjumping. 687550 Tel: 07759 603120 DRESSAGE Essex: Wix EC; TUESDAY 8TH OCTOBER British Dressage. Tel: 01255 DRESSAGE Beds: The College 870744 EC; British Dressage. Tel: 01234


SHOWJUMPING Norfolk: Lime Kiln Farm EC; Unaffiliated Showjumping. Tel: 07749 951898 ONE DAY EVENT Beds: The College EC; Unaffiliated One Day Event. Tel: 01234 708400 SHOWJUMPING Suffolk: Boyton Hall EC; Give It A Go Showjumping. Tel: 07557 091008 SHOWJUMPING Suffolk: Topthorn Arena; Mini to Meter Showjumping. Tel: 01449 711962 MONDAY 14TH OCTOBER DRESSAGE Essex: Brook Farm TC; Evening Dressage. Tel: 01708 687550 TUESDAY 15TH OCTOBER SHOWJUMPING Essex: Codham Park EC; Senior British Showjumping. Tel: 07769 907076


SHOWJUMPING Norfolk: Anvil Park Stud: Senior British Showjumping. Tel: 07879 881755 WEDNESDAY 16TH OCTOBER DRESSAGE Suffolk: Topthorn Arena; British Dressage. Tel: 01449 711962

SHOWJUMPING Essex: Brook Farm TC; British Showjumping. Tel: 01708 687550 SHOWJUMPING Essex: Codham Park EC; Unaffiliated Showjumping. Tel: 07769 907076

SHOWJUMPING Essex: Brook Farm TC; Evening Showjumping. Tel: 01708 687550

SHOWJUMPING Norfolk: Anvil Park Stud: Junior British Showjumping. Tel: 07879 881755

SHOWJUMPING Suffolk: Topthorn Arena; Mini to Meter Showjumping. Tel: 01449 711962 THURSDAY 17TH OCTOBER SHOWJUMPING Beds: The College EC; British Showjumping. Tel: 01234 708400 FRIDAY 18TH OCTOBER SHOWJUMPING Beds: The College EC; British Showjumping. Tel: 01234 708400 SHOWJUMPING Essex: Brook Farm TC; Evening Showjumping. Tel: 01708 687550 SHOWJUMPING Suffolk: Topthorn Arena; Evening Novice Showjumping. Tel: 01449 711962 SATURDAY 19TH OCTOBER DRESSAGE Beds: The College EC; British Dressage. Tel: 01234 708400 DRESSAGE Essex: Barleylands EC; Unaffiliated Dressage. Tel: 07545 010770 DRESSAGE Essex: Bluegate Hall Dressage; British Dressage. Tel: 07527 482847 SHOWJUMPING Beds: Twin Trees EC; Showjumping. Tel: 01767 627414

Farm and Easton College One Day event, Showjumping and Hunter Trials. 60cm, 70cm, 80cm, 90cm and 100cm classes. Schedules available at www.blackwaterfarm.co.uk or send SAE to David Sayer, Church Farm House, Sparham, Norfolk NR9 5PR.

SHOWJUMPING Essex: Codham Park EC; Senior British Showjumping. Tel: 07769 907076 SHOWJUMPING Norfolk: Anvil Park Stud: Senior British Showjumping. Tel: 07879 881755

SHOWJUMPING Norfolk: Anvil Park Stud: Unaffiliated Showjumping. Tel: 07879 881755

SHOWING Essex: Barleylands EC; Indoor Showing. Tel: 07545 010770

WEDNESDAY 23RD OCTOBER DRESSAGE Beds: The College EC; Affiliated and Unaffiliated Dressage. Tel: 01234 708400

SHOWING Essex: Brook Farm TC; Unaffiliated Showing. Tel: 01708 687550

SHOWJUMPING Essex: Brook Farm TC; Evening Showjumping. Tel: 01708 687550

SHOWJUMPING Suffolk: The Jays; Senior British Showjumping. Tel: 07759 603120

SHOWJUMPING Beds: The College EC; British Showjumping. Tel: 01234 708400

FRIDAY 25TH OCTOBER DRESSAGE Essex: Brook Farm TC; British Dressage. Tel: 01708 687550

SHOWJUMPING Suffolk: Topthorn Arena; X Pole and Mini Showjumping. Tel: 01449 711962

SHOWJUMPING Beds: Twin Trees EC; Mini Showjumping. Tel: 01767 627414

SHOWJUMPING Suffolk: Topthorn Arena; Evening Open Showjumping. Tel: 01449 711962

SUNDAY 20TH OCTOBER ARENA EVENTING Suffolk: Topthorn Arena; Halloween Arena Eventing. Tel: 01449 711962

SATURDAY 26TH OCTOBER ARENA EVENTING Norfolk: Anvil Park Stud: Arena Eventing. SHOWJUMPING Essex: Codham Tel: 07879 881755 Park EC; Unaffiliated ARENA EVENTING Suffolk: The Showjumping. Tel: 07769 Jays; Team and Individual Arena 907076 Eventing. Tel: 07759 603120

DRESSAGE Beds: The College EC; Affiliated and Unaffiliated Dressage. Tel: 01234 708400

SHOWJUMPING Essex: Barleylands EC; Senior British Showjumping. Tel: 07545 010770

DRESSAGE Cambs: Fenning Farm EC; British Dressage. Tel: 07875 044829

SHOWJUMPING Norfolk: Anvil Park Stud: Unaffiliated Showjumping. Tel: 07879 881755

DRESSAGE Cambs: Grey Fern Park EC; Unaffiliated Dressage. Tel: 07879 492068

SHOWJUMPING Suffolk: The Jays; Unaffiliated Showjumping. Tel: 07759 603120

DRESSAGE Suffolk: Boyton Hall EC; Unaffiliated Dressage. Tel: 07557 091008 DRESSAGE Suffolk: Martley Hall Stud; Affiliated and Unaffiliated Dressage. Tel: 07881 802129 ODE, SHOWJUMPING & HUNTER TRIALS Blackwater

DRESSAGE Beds: Twin Trees EC; Dressage. Tel: 01767 627414 DRESSAGE Essex: Bluegate Hall Dressage; British Dressage. Tel: 07527 482847

SHOWJUMPING Cambs: Fenning Farm EC; Unaffiliated COURSE Cambs: Introduction to Showjumping. Tel: Equine Massage for Health 07875 044829 Course 9.30-12.30 pm SHOWJUMPING Essex: Huntingdon, Cambs. E-horse Equine CPD www.e-horse.co.uk Barleylands EC; Junior British Showjumping. Tel: 07545 TUESDAY 22ND OCTOBER 010770 DRESSAGE Beds: The College EC; British Dressage. Tel: 01234 708400 Continued overleaf...





Your Showdate listings for....October/November 2019 SHOWJUMPING Essex: Codham Park EC; Halloween Fun Showjumping. Tel: 07769 907076 SHOWJUMPING Norfolk: Lime Kiln Farm EC; Senior British Showjumping. Tel: 07749 951898 SUNDAY 27TH OCTOBER ARENA EVENTING Suffolk: Boyton Hall EC; Arena Eventing. Tel: 07557 091008 ARENA EVENTING Suffolk: The Jays; Team and Individual Arena Eventing. Tel: 07759 603120 DRESSAGE Essex: Harolds Park Farm; Unaffiliated Dressage. Tel: 07775 516945 SHOWING Cambs: Grey Fern Park EC; Unaffiliated Showing. Tel: 07879 492068 SHOWJUMPING Essex: Barleylands EC; Halloween Showjumping. Tel: 07545 010770 SHOWJUMPING Norfolk: Lime Kiln Farm EC; Junior British Showjumping. Tel: 07749 951898 SHOWJUMPING Suffolk: Topthorn Arena; Halloween Showjumping. Tel: 01449 711962 MONDAY 28TH OCTOBER DRESSAGE Essex: Brook Farm TC; Evening Dressage. Tel: 01708 687550 TUESDAY 29TH OCTOBER DRESSAGE Suffolk: Topthorn Arena; Evening Dressage. Tel: 01449 711962 FUN SHOW Essex: Harolds


Park Farm; Children’s Fun Show. Tel: 07775 516945 SHOWJUMPING Norfolk: Anvil Park Stud: Senior British Showjumping. Tel: 07879 881755 WEDNESDAY 30TH OCTOBER SHOWJUMPING Essex: Brook Farm TC; Evening Showjumping. Tel: 01708 687550 SHOWJUMPING Essex: Wix EC; Very Novice Showjumping. Tel: 01255 870744 THURSDAY 31ST OCTOBER DRESSAGE Essex: Wix EC; Unaffiliated Dressage. Tel: 01255 870744 FRIDAY 1ST NOVEMBER SHOWJUMPING Essex: Brook Farm TC; Evening Showjumping. Tel: 01708 687550 SATURDAY 2ND NOVEMBER DRESSAGE Beds: The College EC; British Dressage. Tel: 01234 708400 DRESSAGE Essex: Barleylands EC; Unaffiliated Dressage. Tel: 07545 010770 DRESSAGE Essex: Brook Farm TC; British Dressage. Tel: 01708 687550 SHOWJUMPING Beds: The College EC; British Showjumping. Tel: 01234 708400 SHOWJUMPING Suffolk: Topthorn Arena; Unaffiliated Showjumping. Tel: 01449 711962 SUNDAY 3RD NOVEMBER ARENA EVENTING Beds: The College EC; Arena Eventing. Tel: 01234 708400

ARENA EVENTER TRIAL Beds: Twin Trees EC; Arena Eventer Trial. Tel: 01767 627414 DRESSAGE Norfolk: Anvil Park Stud: Affiliated and Unaffiliated Dressage. Tel: 07879 881755 DRESSAGE Suffolk: Martley Hall Stud; Affiliated and Unaffiliated Dressage. Tel: 07881 802129 SHOWJUMPING Cambs: Grey Fern Park EC; Unaffiliated Showjumping. Tel: 07879 492068 SHOWJUMPING Essex: Barleylands EC; Senior British Showjumping. Tel: 07545 010770 SHOWJUMPING Essex: Brook Farm TC; Unaffiliated Showjumping Championship Show. Tel: 01708 687550 SHOWJUMPING Essex: Harolds Park Farm; Unaffiliated Showjumping. Tel: 07775 516945 MONDAY 4TH NOVEMBER CAR BOOT SALE Beds: The College EC; Equestrian Car Boot Sale. Tel: 01234 708400 WEDNESDAY 6TH NOVEMBER SHOWJUMPING Beds: The College EC; British Showjumping. Tel: 01234 708400 SHOWJUMPING Essex: Brook Farm TC; Evening Showjumping. Tel: 01708 687550 THURSDAY 7TH NOVEMBER SHOWJUMPING Beds: The College EC; Evening Clear Round Showjumping. Tel: 01234 708400 SEMINAR, Herts: Is My Horse Unlevel? -Identifying Subtle


Lameness Seminar 7-9pm Cottered, Herts. E-horse Equine CPD www.e-horse.co.uk FRIDAY 8TH NOVEMBER DRESSAGE Essex: Brook Farm TC; British Dressage. Tel: 01708 687550 SHOWJUMPING Beds: The College EC; British Showjumping. Tel: 01234 708400 SATURDAY 9TH NOVEMBER DRESSAGE Essex: Brook Farm TC; Unaffiliated Dressage. Tel: 01708 687550 DRESSAGE Suffolk: The Centaur Trust; Affiliated and Unaffiliated Dressage. Tel: 07881 802129 SHOWING Norfolk: Anvil Park Stud: Showing Show. Tel: 07879 881755 SHOWJUMPING Beds: The College EC; British Showjumping. Tel: 01234 708400 SHOWJUMPING Essex: Barleylands EC; Junior British Showjumping. Tel: 07545 010770 SUNDAY 10TH NOVEMBER DRESSAGE Cambs: Fenning Farm EC; Unaffiliated Dressage. Tel: 07875 044829 SHOWJUMPING Beds: The College EC; British Showjumping. Tel: 01234 708400 SHOWJUMPING Essex: Brook Farm TC; British Showjumping. Tel: 01708 687550 SHOWJUMPING Norfolk: Anvil Park Stud: Unaffiliated Showjumping. Tel: 07879 881755

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