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Lincolnshire’s Ros Canter and Allstar B at the 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games - see page 55 for report. Photo: Jon Stroud Media / BEF

REGULARS 4 News 5 Ariat Saddle Snaps 7 Sophie Callahan, Equine Blogger - My Shoot of the Month 44 Catch Up With...Gaby Lucas 45 Rhea Asks...Promotions for an equestrian business? 55 Reports 62 Vets Directory/Classifieds 64 Showdates

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

COMPETITIONS, GIVEAWAYS & OFFERS 24 Special Offer - Equerry 25 Special Offer - TopSpec 43 Toggi 44 Equitheme 49 Liverpool International Horse Show tickets FEATURES 6 Special Feature Thoroughbred Club Careers Course 8 Special Feature - Broomfields Farm...A Decade On

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NEWS OVER £10,500 RAISED

FOR EACH

(L-R) Vicky Matthews, Corporate Fundraiser, EACH; Jonathan Tewson, Partnerships Manager, Newmarket Racecourses; Emma Wood, Partnership Business Development Executive, Newmarket Racecourses

Newmarket Racecourses has announced that racegoers who attended the Moët & Chandon July Festival helped to raise a total of £10,576.03 for local children’s charity and chosen charity partner, East Anglia's Children's Hospices. Graham Butland, EACH Chief Executive said: “All the money collected will be going towards the care of 360 children with life-threatening conditions across East Anglia, and support for their families.”

STOP PRESS...

The Mark Davies Injured Riders Fund’s white Chausson Flash09 camper van (similar to this picture) registration WA57 FRD was stolen from the A38 Travel Lodge Northbound on route to Burghley along with all their stock. Rosemary Lang Administrator and Fund Co-ordinator said: “Burghley is one of our bigger events and the van had all our stock, stand and personal items in. We would appeal to everyone to keep an eye out for our van.” Call Police: 0300 123 4455.

RESCUED PONY IS TOP OF THE CLASS IN NEW HOME

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Zowie with new born foal Stardust in May 2016

mare rescued from Haddiscoe, Norfolk is among six horses from Redwings Horse Sanctuary to find a loving new home at the Royal Alexandra and Albert School in Surrey. Redwings Zowie has been rehomed to the School’s riding centre. Eight-year-old, 14hh, piebald cob Zowie was rescued following a call from a concerned member of the public. Zowie, who herself was very underweight, and her foal Bowie were seized and taken to Redwings’ Horse Hospital. Four months after the rescue, Zowie gave birth to another foal, named Stardust.

Competition Winners: Alltech Hayley Parr, Cambs, India Malyon, Essex; Julia Hicks, Suffolk. Equerry Christine Sheldrick, Essex; Hollie Davy, Essex; Jade Schofield, Essex, Marion Brown, Essex; Sarah Tyrell, Essex; Trudie Underwood, Suffolk. Equisafety Linda Pullen, Surrey, Emma Matthews, Suffolk. Equitheme Jane Hastie, Essex. Silvermoor Treatsies Alisha Whittingham, Suffolk; Chantelle Harrison, Norfolk; Donna Wibberley, Norfolk; Emily Petts, Suffolk; Katie Hull, Suffolk; Judith Sheldon, Norfolk; Louise Burrell, Suffolk; Lynda Clarke Knights, Suffolk; Phillippa Parkin, Suffolk; Tanya Hutchby, Essex.

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YOUNG MARKETER

OF THE YEAR Katie Oswald, Marketing Executive at specialist broker, SEIB, was presented with the award for the category of Young Marketer and PR Person of the Year at the Insurance Post Insurance Marketing and PR Awards. Held at the London Marriott Grosvenor Square in London on the 12th September this glamourous awards evening paid recognition to the top creative minds in the UK Insurance industry, and over 200 people were present at the awards. Jonathan Swift, content director, at the Insurance Post presented Katie with her award. He commented on how her entry made clear her commitment and passion for her role at SEIB. Katie said: “I am overwhelmed to have won this award. I was up against people with more experience from bigger firms so to have come out on top is just brilliant.” SEIB’s Finance Director Bipin Thaker said: “Katie is a true asset to the SEIB team and we are delighted to be bringing home an award from this high-profile awards ceremony. ” University of Essex graduate Katie has worked for SEIB for eighteen months. Katie continued: “I am lucky to be able to combine my passion for all things equine with my career and we have plenty of exciting new ideas that we are working on.”


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SPECIAL FEATURE Hamilton Hill

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WHY NOT EXPLORE YOUR OPTIONS AT THE THOROUGHBRED CLUB CAREERS COURSE? he Thoroughbred Club is the social, educational and professional club set up by the TBA for young people looking to further their career in racing and breeding. This year the club is running a two-day Careers Course, to help those with a passion for horses explore the large range of career and training opportunities available within the thoroughbred breeding and racing industry. The unique course, which is open to both members and non-members of the club, will take place at Tattersalls Park Paddocks, Newmarket on 13th and 14th November. Both days will include a number of workshop style talks with a fantastic line-up of speakers from a variety of roles. Talks will focus on the speaker’s current

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role and background, and will also give an overview of the sector in which they are involved in. Delegates will be able to select these workshops based upon their own areas of interest, meaning that there is something for everyone. The course, which is supported by Weatherbys, the TBA and The Racing Foundation, will also include behind-the-scenes visits to leading industry establishments to give attendees the opportunity to

apply what they have learnt in the talks in a practical setting. The first day will focus on the practical roles available within the stud industry and its supporting services, with talks directed at those who are interested in working on a stud farm, from entry level to managerial roles. This also includes the office-based roles involved with stud work and

supporting services roles such as a thoroughbred nutritionist and equine veterinary nursing. Workshops included as part of the day: • Stud management • Sales preparation • Bloodstock agency • Nutrition • Racing/Stud secretary • Equine veterinary nursing • Roles on a stud • Stallion handling Attendees will also have the choice of visiting either Cheveley Park Stud, which is the home of eight top class stallions Evening drinks recption at the Jockey Club Rooms


including Pivotal and Ulysses, or world-renowned specialist veterinary centre, Newmarket Equine Hospital. In the evening, delegates are invited to the historic Jockey Club Rooms for a drinks reception and evening speaker, giving the chance to view some spectacular pieces of horseracing history and art whilst socialising with fellow delegates, speakers and industry professionals. The second day will cover the industry specific higher education training options and the racing industry and its supporting services. Topics covered during this day include those on: • Training racehorses • Rehabilitation • Bloodstock journalism • Auctioneering • Bloodstock insurance • Continued professional development • Racing industry overview Included as part of the day’s itinerary is a visit to Amy Murphy’s Southgate Stables or a tour of Godolphin’s state-ofthe-art rehabilitation yard at Hamilton Hill Stables. The course is free of charge for all members of The Thoroughbred Club (membership starts from just £25 a year) and will be open to non-members at a cost of £50 for both days, and alternatively at £30 for one day. To book your place or for more information on the course and club, please visit thethoroughbredclub.co.uk or email Melissa Parris on info@thethoroughbredclub.co.uk

Sohf othoet Month

Rhea Freeman with Marilyn and Gu

f you follow my vlog or social media channels, you will most likely have seen that a couple of weeks ago, I travelled up to Worcestershire for a very special shoot. Rhea Freeman is my business coach/PR guru/well connected rural fairy godmother/good friend (*and Absolute Horse magazine columnist! See page 45). And at Christmas, a small group of her regular PR and coaching clients got together to organise her a special gift hamper. I added a photoshoot voucher, for her horses Marilyn and Gu. We wanted to thank her and I know I can speak for the other ladies too, when I say that Rhea goes above and beyond in every single way, for the people she works with. Rhea has owned 22-year-old Marylin, the smaller of the two horses, for eighteen years and bought her from her now mother-in-law. So Marylin is actually responsible for Rhea meeting her hubby!

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Marylin has had a few medical problems, but Rhea says she is a real fighter, the kindest soul and a total sweetheart. She is, however, a typical mare. If she’s on your side, then you’re winning, but if she’s not… good luck with that. Lol! I absolutely fell in love with this little mare. Marylin is also the proud Mummy to Rhea’s other horse, Gu. Gu, who’s real name is Monty (which turned to Montague and then to Gu… I know, I couldn’t get there myself either, lol) is 14-years-old and by Mill Law. Apparently he is a little complicated, but is also very, very low mileage, seeing as Rhea also has twin boys and a business to run. But he and Marilyn live a life of riley in their spacious field, with very little work to do between them. Rhea, if you're reading this, you’re a total super hero and the best cheerleader anybody could wish to have at their back. And I can’t tell you how much we appreciate you! But I hope this goes a little way to showing you, instead.

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SPECIAL FEATURE of view, riding hats and body protectors have greatly improved so that you can now buy items that not only protect but offer style as well.”

BROOMFIELDS FARM

A DECADE ON...

ongratulations Harriet on reaching the ten-year anniversary milestone at Broomfields Farm Equestrian & Country Store! How did you came to open the store in the first place? “Thank you! I have had ponies and horses from a young age. I currently have a cob called Toby and a Shetland for my children called Abbie. I don’t get to ride as much as I would like as with two young girls and a business, there are never enough hours in the day! “The idea to start Broomfields Farm came when I wanted to run my own business and combine my love of horses. I had previously worked as an

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accounts assistant and although I enjoyed the work most of the time it wasn’t going to be a career for me. I saved every penny I had and started with a small log cabin and put the rest of my money into stock and it’s gone from there. The hours can be long as we are open seven days a week and I don’t get to take many holidays, but it has been very rewarding to see the business grow.”

Broomfields as an outlet has also changed over the last ten years – what developments have you made and do you have any plans to expand or develop more in the future? “From the log cabin where I started, the shop has now grown and is split over two levels in a much bigger building. We have a great range of products, a second hand area that is filled with items for sale and we have a much improved self-serve feed area where we are able to stock a vast range of feeds and bedding. We have also added a café in the log cabin where the shop started and this is open everyday too. “For the future who knows, I just

What changes have you noticed in equestrian retail over the last decade? “The growing trend of ‘matchy matchy’ has been the most noticeable change since I opened. Also, from a safety point

Top: Broomfields Farm Staff L-R - Assistant Manager Sam, Emily, Proprietor Harriet Hull, Sam, Kim. Above: In store

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want to keep up with what our customers need and offer the best products and service that we can.” What’s a ‘typical’ day? “We have a mini staff meeting every morning so we all know what is new in and what needs to be done. After that orders are placed and deliveries arrive every day so there is always plenty to be done before assisting customers with their purchases.” What does reaching this milestone means to you? “Looking back on the last ten years I would not have predicted the shop to be where it is today. I am always grateful to my loyal customers for continuing to shop at Broomfields Farm and to my team of dedicated staff who work so hard to keep our customers happy and the shop looking great!” Are you holding any special anniversary events? “On weekend of 17th and 18th November we have a Big Birthday Weekend planned! We have a whole host of big name brand suppliers here with offers and a huge prize draw where you can win a rug, body protector and many other prizes!” www.broomfields-farm.co.uk


CARE OF t h e c t V Wa VETERAN VETERAN SPECIAL

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he health needs of your horse or pony change as they reach their veteran years. A horse is generally referred to as a veteran when it reaches the age of 16 and a study has shown that a quarter of the UK’s equine population is aged 16 and over, with many horses competing at the age of 20 or older. Many of us will know of veteran horses and ponies living well into their twenties or even thirties. The most important factors in this increased longevity are likely to be better health and veterinary care, together with improvements to equine nutrition. As with humans, the ageing process results in some irreversible changes in a horse’s body. Outlined below are some important factors to consider.

20-year-old ex-racehorse Prince still enjoying an active life and winning red rosettes with owner Josie Pestryy.

alone, with some cases requiring nerve blocks and x-rays to definitively diagnose. Treatment is based on relieving the associated pain, usually in the form of non-steroidal antiinflammatory drug (NSAIDs) such as phenylbutazone (commonly referred to as ‘bute’). In more serious cases or for Musculoskeletal those that are non-responsive to Disorders NSAIDs your vet may suggest Strength and flexibility injecting corticosteroids inevitably decrease with old age (‘steroids’) into the affected and most geriatric horses will joints. Corticosteroids are potent have some degree of anti-inflammatory drugs and osteoarthritis (OA) in their when injected into joints can joints. Despite the high have an effect for several prevalence of OA, it is a relatively months. However injection of poorly understood disease that corticosteroids into joints is not is, at present, irreversible. OA can without risk, with laminitis and manifest as a general stiffness or infection being rare a more obvious lameness and is complications. often diagnosed based on the Most elderly horses benefit from horse’s history and clinical signs consistent, low level exercise so

there is merit in keeping them comfortable enough to allow continued work. Despite the widespread use of joint supplements, which usually include glucosamine and/or chondroitin sulphate, there is limited and even conflicting scientific evidence relating to their effectiveness in horses. Although some owners are convinced of their benefits, it is important to bear in mind that oral supplements are not licensed pharmaceutical products and consequently are not regulated with regard to their safety and efficacy. Dental Health Most elderly horses will have a degree of dental disease and unfortunately this often goes untreated. A study by the University of Liverpool in 2012


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showed that almost all of the elderly horses surveyed had dental abnormalities, yet less than half of the owners were aware of them. Horses have hypsodont teeth, which means that unlike humans their adult teeth continually erupt from the gum line throughout their life. The grinding action of their teeth against each other during chewing prevents them from becoming overgrown. As horses get older, they effectively run out of tooth below the gum line, which can result in loose teeth. When a tooth is eventually lost the opposing tooth no longer has a surface to grind against, resulting in overgrowths which can make eating difficult. Other problems include gaps between teeth (diastema) and sharp enamel points, all of which can This image shows a geriatric horse that has lost some of its incisor teeth, which meant dietary changes were required to facilitate eating and help prevent weight loss.

be extremely painful and prevent your horse from meeting its nutritional requirements. Signs of dental disease include dropping food (quidding), foul smelling breath and nasal discharge. If left untreated, these can lead to weight loss, colic, and general ill-health. Regular dental check-ups (at least once a year) are therefore imperative in the geriatric horse. Many horses will require a small amount of sedation in order for a thorough oral examination to be performed in a safe manner, especially if there are painful abnormalities present.

Nutrition Older horses may require dietary changes to facilitate eating; for example providing them with short-fibre roughage rather than normal hay, or adding water to

VET PROFILE

By Mark Grant

their hard feed to form a mash. Adding an equine yeast probiotic that stimulates the population of beneficial fibredigesting microorganisms in the horse’s digestive system can be useful in cases where fibre intake is limited. When formulating a ration for a veteran horse, it is important to determine what he is eating and assessing fibre content of the feed. Your vet or a qualified nutritionist will be able to offer advice.

Pituitary Pars Intermedia Dysfunction Around 20% of horses over the age of 15 will have pituitary pars intermedia (PPID), commonly known as Equine ‘Cushings’ disease. PPID is a neurodegenerative disease and results in the release of excessive amounts of certain hormones into the bloodstream. These hormones act on different parts of the body to produce symptoms such as abnormal coat shedding and abnormal hair coat, muscle wastage and abnormal fat distribution, fat pads around the eyes, increased drinking and urination, excessive and patchy sweating, lethargy, recurrent infections, slow wound healing and, arguably the most serious clinical sign, laminitis. Continued overleaf...

Mark Grant MA, VetMB, BSc, PhD, CertAVP(ED), BAEDT, MRCVS

Mark provides ambulatory veterinary services to Rossdales' leisure horse clients. He qualified from the University of Cambridge in 1997 and worked in mixed large animal and equine practice for many years before joining Rossdales in 2011. He joined the partnership in April 2018. Mark holds a postgraduate certificate in equine practice and a doctorate in genetics. In 2014, he was awarded the RCVS Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice with a designation in equine dentistry. He is one of only seven veterinary surgeons in the UK currently to hold this qualification. He is also a qualified dental technician (having gained membership of the British Association of Equine Dental Technicians (BAEDT) by examination). He is Chief Examiner for the BAEDT in 2018. Mark is invited regularly to lecture and provide practical workshops on dentistry CPD courses, as well as collaborating on research projects with colleagues.

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VETERAN SPECIAL Continued from previous page...

Studies have shown that around 70% of older horses that have an episode of laminitis will have PPID. The disease is diagnosed by a simple blood test and is treated with daily oral medication. Unfortunately once a horse has developed PPID it is a lifelong condition, and so lifelong treatment is usually warranted. Knowing when to say goodbye Owners of ageing horses or ponies often wonder how they

will know when it is time to have their horse or pony put to sleep. Sometimes it is an easy decision to make; for example if your horse has a sudden serious painful incident - a fall, or a severe episode of colic. However, the decision-making process is often not so clear. As a responsible owner, you should ask yourself: “Does my horse still enjoy life?” “Does he/she have more bad days than good days?” If your elderly horse no longer enjoys the things that they used to - being fed, being turned out, being groomed - then it may be This pony with PPID exhibits fat pads around the eyes

A pony with PPID (Equine Cushing’s Disease) showing an abnormal ‘curly’ hair coat.

time to say goodbye. Some owners will worry that their elderly horse may struggle throughout the winter and consequently decide to have them put to sleep in autumn to prevent the discomfort that a winter can bring to some elderly horses. If you are considering euthanasia of your elderly horse or are unsure whether the time is right, please remember that your vet is only a phone call away to offer advice and discuss the options available. Rossdales has a team of experienced ambulatory vets offering routine and emergency services (24/7, 365 days a year) throughout East Anglia and Hertfordshire. Call on 01638 663150 (Newmarket) or 01462 790221 (Herts), or visit www.rossdales.com

Managing a s horses get older their topline often declines. This can be due to a reduction in exercise, musculoskeletal issues, and diseases such as PPID. Muscle consists largely of protein, which itself is made up of chains of amino acids. To maintain and increase topline a horse requires all of the ten essential amino acids in his diet. These amino acids are termed essential because a horse cannot produce them himself. If there are insufficient essential amino acids in the diet, particularly lysine which is the most limiting, protein synthesis and the development of muscle and topline will be compromised. A diet that includes high quality protein, and therefore all ten of the essential amino acids,

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attack. To prevent an attack of equine asthma in the older horse, there are several stable management steps that owners can take. Steaming, for example with a Haygain Steamer, is a proven method for removing the majority of airborne particulates from hay, while careful management of bedding and stable matting is crucial to prevent ammonia build-up. The Comfortstall matting system is not only carefully designed to provide support and cushioning, it also prevents urine soaking underneath it, helping to keep the air in the stable clean and fresh. If a geriatric horse does suffer from repeated

asthma attacks or breathing difficulties, then regular use of a nebuliser either with or without prescription medication can help to clear the lungs of particulates. The Flexineb 2 is a silent, battery operated nebuliser can deliver an aerosol capable of penetrating deep into the lungs where equine asthma develops. www.haygain.co.uk


should be used. To achieve the best results this should also be combined with regular exercise, or at least turnout. In order to slow muscle loss, adlib forage should continue to form the basis of the diet as a horse gets older. Early cut ryegrass haylage or hay, will generally have a higher protein content than other forage so will make a greater contribution to topline. However, this higher sugar forage may not be appropriate for a horse with PPID (Cushing’s) due to the risk of laminitis. As a horse ages their ability to chew hay or haylage effectively often declines due to dental problems such as badly worn or missing teeth. This means that high-fibre conserved forage becomes more difficult to cope with compared to soft spring/summer grass. A reduction in body condition and topline can be seen during the winter months because of this. Loose droppings can also develop due to disruption of a healthy microbial balance in the hindgut. Replacing hay and haylage with a soft, short chopped grass may help for a while. Before long pre-ground

fibre, such as a high fibre mash or good quality fibre cubes, will become necessary. To balance this forage diet, the use of a top specification conditioning feed balancer is ideal. This will usually provide a crude protein level of approximately 25%. Good quality protein sources (e.g. soya) will be top of the ingredient list. Adding an alfalfa or grass chop to the feed balancer will only make a limited contribution to topline due to the small quantity fed. More significant improvements in topline will be seen when adding a blend containing good quality protein at a level of between 13 and 15%. Article supplied by nutritionists from the TopSpec Multiple Award-Winning-Helpline. They can be contacted, free of charge, on 01845-565030.

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Insurance policy also provides cover for treatment recommended by your vet up to the full Veterinary Fee limit you choose with no additional hidden costs. Some policies have additional limits within the Veterinary Fees benefits for things such as diagnostic investigation and MRI scans. There are also sometimes additional limits for complementary treatment such as physiotherapy, acupuncture and specialist farriery which can impact the level of care you can provide for your horse, especially if they are older. It is important to check the cover provided by your policy for all aspects of veterinary care. Petplan Equine also offer a fixed excess with no additional percentage to add. This means that you know in advance how much you need to contribute towards the cost of a claim. Some policies have percentage excesses so the amount you need to pay increases with the cost of the claim which can be quite substantial in the event your horse needs extensive treatment or surgery. www.petplanequine.co.uk

“Good news is that some insurance providers do insure horses for illness as well as injury into old age”

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Please note that terms, conditions and excesses apply. No cover is provided for pre-existing conditions. Petplan is a trading name of Pet Plan Limited and Allianz Insurance plc.

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ome insurance providers class horses as Veterans from 15 or 16 years of age, even though as most horse owners know, horses in their late teens are often still in full work and regularly out competing. Therefore, it is important to double check if your policy provides cover for both illness and injury for your horse as they get a little older. Petplan Equine, one of the UK’s leading horse insurance providers, will cover horses up to their 25th birthday for illness and injury if they are insured before their 20th birthday on their Horse Insurance policy. It is important to be aware that veteran policies do not usually cover illness which means that you may not be covered if your horse should need treatment for conditions such as Colic or Cushings Disease. Older horses can be more susceptible to illness and injury, so taking out Petplan Equine’s Horse Insurance policy could help you cover a wider range of veterinary bills should the worst happen. Petplan Equine’s Horse


IDEAL FOR

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super fibre conditioning feed, Fibre-Beet is a formulated blend containing all the benefits of the original Speedi-Beet product with added high quality alfalfa for optimum condition and to provide quality protein for muscle tone and function. Fibre-Beet is a soaked feed that is very palatable and easy to chew, even if teeth are poor or missing. Fibre-Beet has been carefully designed to help keep the digestive system healthy with a blend of fibre sources that provide gut fill and are easily digested when compared to forage fibre. Fibre-Beet can improve energy intake whilst keeping dietary fibre levels at an optimum. Fibre-Beet also provides a good range of minerals, trace elements and amino acids and it has a low sugar content ideal for horses and ponies prone to laminitis. It has added biotin for hoof quality and can also be used as a forage replacer (up to 60% of the daily forage allowance) when turnout or other forage sources are limited. Fibre-Beet has been awarded the Gastric Ulcer Feed Assurance Mark by the British Equestrian Trade Association and is the first and only soaking mash product to be approved, making it suitable for horses and ponies prone to equine gastric ulcer syndrome (EGUS). Soaked and ready to feed in just 45 minutes using cold water, FibreBeet can also be soaked using warm water and is ready in just 15 minutes, another benefit for keeping your veteran warm this winter. RRP is £12.65 - £13.60 for a 20kg bag. www.british horsefeeds.com

Photo: Claire Dyett, Spillers

A Increased insulin responses... ew research conducted in collaboration with Spillers shows that even healthy older horses have increased insulin responses, compared to younger horses, in response to a starch rich or starch and sugar rich meal. This suggests that older horses, whether or not they have been diagnosed with insulin dysregulation, need an appropriate diet and management plan to help minimise the risks associated with insulin dysregulation such as laminitis. Insulin is a hormone produced by the pancreas. The release of insulin signals cells, especially in the muscle and liver, to take up glucose from the blood. A high level of insulin in the blood (hyperinsulinemia) may or may not be accompanied by insulin resistance (failure of cells to respond appropriately to insulin). This is why a new term insulin dysregulation is now used and refers collectively to excessive insulin responses to sugars, and/or fasting hyperinsulinaemia and/or insulin resistance. Two new studies, conducted by Waltham, who provides the science underpinning the Spillers brand, in collaboration with Michigan State University, aimed to find out more about the relationship between insulin dysregulation, dietary adaptation, and aging to help guide more appropriate feeding regimens for senior horses.

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Both studies investigated tissue insulin resistance and the insulin response in healthy adults compared to healthy senior horses adapted to diets with varying levels and sources of hydrolysable and structural carbohydrate (starch, sugar, and fibre). Results from both studies showed insulin responses tend to increase with age in healthy horses, regardless of the diet they had been fed prior to evaluation. The insulin response, for example, was highest in the senior horses fed a starch rich meal even when they had been adapted to such a diet. Clare Barfoot, RNutr, the research and development manager at Spillers said: “These studies confirm that even healthy older horses can have an increased insulin response compared to younger animals. This suggests that the energy sources used in the diet of senior horses and their effect on insulin dynamics need to be carefully considered. Practically, this means restricting the overall amount of starch and sugar in the diet especially for those horses that already have additional risk factors such as obesity, native breeding or PPID.” These studies are two of a number of exciting Spillers research collaborations aimed at helping to benefit the lives of senior horses in the UK and around the world. www.spillers-feeds.com


Horses that need condition... aintaining condition and nutrient absorption are two of the difficulties faced by most veterans, so making the right choice of feed is vital. 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, Equerry Veteran Mix also includes raised levels of Vitamin E, an important antioxidant. RRP: £13.25/20kg size. www.equerryhorsefeeds.com

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Prone to laminitis... Cushins Crumbles contains Chaste Berry to assist ponies and older horses in supporting their natural hormone level, enabling a more healthy life, particularly if the horse or pony is prone to Laminitis. RRP: £35.99/908g tub (a two month’s supply at maintenance). www.equine-america.co.uk

Health and wellbeing... Veteranaid is the ideal natural tonic for older horses, providing a boost to the immune system and promoting wellbeing. This blend of herbs aids the circulatory and lymphatic systems and supports the liver and kidneys. RRP: £46.99. www.feedmark.com


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Feeding older horses with poor teeth...

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ental problems are common in older horses and frequently result in loss of body condition. Signs that may indicate that your veteran is having problems chewing hay will include ‘quidding’. This is when lumps of partially chewed hay will be spat out and left on the floor. If the lengths of fibres in the horse’s droppings are getting longer, then this is another indication that he is not digesting his fibre properly and the horse should have his teeth checked. Fibre is essential to maintaining a healthy digestive system in any horse, old or young. If your horse is unable to cope with chewing long-stem forage, you may need to offer a more easily chewed form of fibre. Haylage is one alternative as this is usually softer than hay, but if even this is difficult for the older horse to chew, a soft,

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soaked high-fibre alternative could be offered such as Saracen Super Fibre Cubes, mixed with a little chaff and sugar beet, can be offered as an alternative to a hay net. It is very important to recognise that combinations of these forage replacers need to be fed at the same rate as longstem forage to support maintenance of body condition and digestive health. These items can be mixed together and fed in a large bucket in place of hay nets. Forage should form the basis of every horse’s diet. As a general rule of thumb long-stem forage (grass, hay, and haylage) should be fed 1.5% - 2% of body weight per day and should never fall below 1.5% of body weight per day. It is essential that all horses have their forage requirements met and this can easily be done using forage replacers if your horse struggles to consume enough long-stem forage. Super Fibre Cubes are a great way to increase the fibre content of the diet and they can be easily

soaked to form a mash for horses and ponies that have difficulty chewing. The cubes have a low-starch and sugar content and are cereal-free. The highly digestible ‘super-fibres’ included in the formulation ensure the cubes provide a good level of calories to support weight maintenance in the older horse. As horses age the efficiency of their digestive tract begins to reduce resulting in the need for a specifically formulated veteran ration to support maintenance of optimum body condition. The veteran range is formulated on highly digestible ‘super-fibres’ and oils to provide a ration that is easily utilised and gentle on the digestive system. Veteran Mix and Cubes are fully fortified and contain the optimum level of quality protein sources for muscle and tissue repair and development as well as

optimum levels of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants to support health and vitality. In addition, Veteran Mix contains micronised cereals making it suitable for older horses who are still in regular work or those that are more difficult to keep condition on. Veteran Cubes are soft and easily soaked into a palatable mash making them ideal for older horses with poor teeth condition. www.saracen horsefeeds.com


Joint support... ExtraFlex HA with Rosehips - A high specification joint supplement for optimum joint health and support. Currently contains the highest level of Hyaluronic Acid on the market, as well as Glucosamine HCl, MSM, Chondroitin, Rosehips, and Omega 3. RRP: £42.99. www.feedmark.com

Glucosamine HCl and MSM are included in ActiVet for optimum joint health and mobility, as well as Boswellia to soothe and comfort the musculoskeletal system. Vitamin E and Selenium are also included to aid muscle function and recovery. RRP: £42.99. www.feedmark.com

Super Fenn Powder, a safe and natural alternative for joint comfort, ideal for older horses or those in regular hard work. RRP: £27.99/454g. Super Fenn is also available for dogs. www.equine-america.co.uk

Feed Balancer for Veterans... 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. Include 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. RRP: £32.50/15kg sack. www.topspec.com

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aileys have reformulated Meadow Sweet mix and relaunched it as Meadow Sweet with Turmeric. Previously a non-heating low energy cerealbased mix, it is now free from whole cereal flakes, with a low starch content of just 7.5% and sugar of 5%. This puts it firmly on the list of feeds suitable for those prone to laminitis as well as any others for whom a low or controlledstarch diet is recommended. A unique new partnership with The Golden Paste Company sees Baileys Meadow Sweet as the first feed to contain TurmerAid complete turmeric supplement. This contains ingredients to support healthy joints, wellbeing and the horse’s natural defence mechanisms and, when fed at recommended levels, Meadow Sweet with Turmeric will deliver the appropriate daily levels of this popular and carefully formulated supplement. New Meadow Sweet with Turmeric is high in fibre and supplies low levels of slow release non-heating energy to help maintain condition and support horses in up to moderate work. It contains Baileys Light Chaff and is molassesfree, with a light coating of honey and a dusting of mint so it looks and smells delicious! Meadow Sweet with Turmeric is fully balanced with vitamins and minerals and its low starch content, ability to support muscle tone plus the TurmerAid inclusion, make it ideal for older horses in particular. RRP: £13/15kg. www.baileys horsefeeds.co.uk


NUTRITION

HAY SHORTAGE? ‘DON’T PANIC’ SAYS SPILLERS NUTRITIONIST

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ith a swelteringly hot, dry summer following hard on the heels of a cold, wet winter the parched grass has struggled to grow well in many parts of the country. Hay supplies have been used up early, while harvests have been compromised. But there’s no need to panic says Clare Barfoot RNutr, the research and development manager at Spillers, because there are plenty of forage alternatives to choose from. Fibre provided by forage is the mainstay for equine digestive health. Every horse or pony should have a minimum fibre intake of 15g/kg bodyweight (dry matter) per day, which is approximately 9kg of hay or 10.5kg of haylage for a 500kg horse. Ideally horses should be fed fibre ad lib, unless on a specific restricted diet. “As yet it’s unclear as to the extent of any potential shortage of winter forage but it’s likely that quantity and quality may be reduced and prices may go up accordingly,” says Clare. “But don’t worry because there are numerous hay and haylage alternatives that can extend your winter

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forage supply.” Straw: Good quality straw is particularly useful for good doers and overweight horses to decrease the energy density of hay. The type of straw is less important than the hygienic quality, although oat and barley straw are used more commonly than wheat. Straw shouldn’t be used as the sole forage source though as the protein content is very low and the fibre can be particularly indigestible, which can contribute to impaction colic in susceptible horses. Up to 30% replacement is acceptable. Chopped dried grass: Dried grass differs from hay because it is harvested earlier and is dried artificially rather than in the field. It is much greener in colour than hay and is often higher in protein and energy. It’s ideal for poor doers and veterans. Grass nuts: Harvested and dried in a similar way to chopped dried grass, nuts are pelleted rather than chopped. The protein content is higher than hay and the fibre content is lower so they provide more energy per kilo.

Sugar beet: Soaked sugar beet is a palatable way to add fibre into your horse’s diet. There is some evidence that feeding sugar beet can increase the digestibility of your horse’s hay. Short chopped fibre: These can be a useful option. Some contain vitamins and minerals in addition to chopped straw, grass and alfalfa. Soakable fibre products: Often these can partially replace hay due to their high fibre and low sugar and starch content. High Fibre Cubes: These are a versatile and palatable way of providing additional fibre to the daily ration as a complete compound feed, as a partial forage replacer or as healthy fibrous treats in a snack ball. “So, if the worst happens and hay is in short supply and the prices are high you won’t need to panic because now you know there are lots of other suitable options,” says Clare. www.spillers-feeds.com

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ollowing a long and hot summer, crops of forage have been excellent quality this harvest but the extremely dry weather means that a lower volume has been produced in the second cuts due to the lack of grass growth. This also meant we saw horses and ponies as well as other livestock having to be fed extra forage to supplement their grazing, which normally wouldn’t be required until later in the year. So due to the increased earlier demand for forage, if we happen to have a long, cold or wet winter which sees our animals being kept inside for longer, this demand for forage will increase; as some supplies which had been put by for winter are being used earlier, so it makes sense to look at your horse or pony’s feed now to see how you can add some extra fibre to their diet alongside their forage. In the wild, horses and ponies will graze for up to 18 hours a day, covering many miles in doing so. They are natural ‘trickle’ feeders and have evolved to utilise a high fibre diet, using bacterial fermentation in a highly developed large intestine. Low levels of fibre, or poor quality fibre in the diet puts horses at serious risk of problems so ideally there should be a continuous flow of fibre coming through to help protect the stomach from digestive disturbances. The Mollichaff Complete range offers three fibre-based complete feeds: Mollichaff HoofKind Complete for horses


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and ponies prone to laminitis; Mollichaff Calmer Complete for nervous or excitable horses and ponies; and Mollichaff Condition Complete for encouraging weight gain and condition. When fed at the recommended

amounts, these complete feeds can be used as the sole bucket feed as they each contain a broad spectrum vitamin and mineral supplement and only

require good quality forage to be fed alongside. Being fibrebased feeds, they are a more natural way of feeding. A fibrebased feed will weigh a lot less than cereal and so the recommended feeding amounts may seem like a lot, but it’s important to ensure your horse or pony is getting the correct amount in order for him to get all the vitamins and minerals he requires. In addition to the complete feeds, the Mollichaff range of

high quality chaffs in six tasty options is perfect for adding extra digestible fibre to your horse or pony’s diet and making your feed go further. Our chaffs are dust-extracted and have an open texture, unlike some heavily molassed chaffs which can be sticky and lumpy. By stimulating the production of saliva and slowing down the passage of food throughout the gut, Mollichaff can help maintain a healthy digestive system. In particular it will satisfy a stabled horse’s psychological need to chew, requiring up to 8000 chews per kilo to eat compared to as few as 1200 for concentrates. www.horsehage.co.uk


NUTRITION

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LEADING COMPETITORS SHARE THEIR TOP TIPS eedmark has recently launched ‘The Secrets of my Horse’s Health’, a series of tips on having a happy, healthy horse from its Brand Ambassadors – all rising stars across dressage, showjumping and endurance. The first series of secrets include British showjumping sisters India and Atiya Bussey from Norfolk, who stress the importance of keeping their horses calm, relaxed and confident when competing internationally. Atiya comments: “My top tip for keeping my horses happy and healthy is to treat them all as individuals.” India adds: “We appreciate that every horse is different. Another vital tip that we feel has a hugely beneficial effect on our horses is the relaxed yard atmosphere that we have at Wodehouse, where we allow the horses to be horses! Not to mention the extra little bit of TLC which also goes a long way.”

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Annie Joppe, the internationally renowned endurance rider who competed for Great Britain at the World Equestrian Games in 2014, emphasises the importance of treating horses differently. Annie explains: “Treat each and every horse you have as an individual; a one off, completely unique. “I have four very, very different endurance horses. Their fitness and training regimes are tailored to each horse as is the amount and type of feed and supplement they have. “I have Wizard (23) who is doing light work and loves showing off but has bags of energy. There is Dilmun who has been there and done everything endurance-wise and is pretty laid back but always incredibly grumpy. “There is also Fantom who is a most unusual character (you couldn't write a manual for him!). He has tying up issues and has to be very carefully

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managed, both feed and supplement-wise as well as training and routine-wise. “Then there is Chiara whose brain is directly wired into the ‘mains’. Speed and movement is what Chiara is all about coupled with the appetite of a goat.” For Olivia Oakeley, one of the UK’s most talented international dressage riders, it’s all about variety with her tip for wellbeing sure to help horses perform at their best. Olivia comments: “My top tip for a happy, healthy horse is to vary their training. A horse that enjoys their work is a horse that’ll work better for you.” Katie Bedwin, the leading UK Endurance Young Rider, is a fan of a good routine and adds: “My top tip would be to ensure all horses are in a regular daily routine. By this I mean feeding them at the same time, turning them out at a similar time, and for a set length of time. “It’s not a difficult thing to put in place, but in my experience it’s a huge part of having happy, healthy horses. I also try and implement this daily routine when we

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are away competing as it helps the horses settle more quickly when away from home, ensuring performance is not affected.” After the launch of Formulate! which allows customers to create a bespoke all-in-one supplement just for the individual needs of their horse, Feedmark, are sharing the series of tips to help share insight into wellbeing in horses and show how the different needs of horses can be supported. Emily Smith, Director of Nutrition at Feedmark, comments: “We understand that every horse is different and how important it is to provide tailored nutrition to support their health and happiness which is why we have created Formulate! “Our nutritional experts have been working hard to promote equine health and nutrition and have teamed up with some top riders in the country to help horse owners understand how they can support their horses to keep them in prime condition. The Secrets of My Horse’s Health shares some of these insights to help everyone with the health and happiness of their horses and we look forward to revealing more tips from our Formulate! Ambassadors in the future.” www.feedmark.com


SELENIUM NUTRITION

IN HORSE NUTRITION elenium is an essential trace mineral required by horses and other mammals for incorporation into numerous proteins found in the body. These proteins have major roles in metabolism, immune function, gene expression and fertility. Therefore, selenium is vital for optimum health and performance, ranging from growth in young horses and its influence on heart function during exercise, to reducing the negative effects of oxidation. The horse’s overall antioxidant defence is built up from numerous components within the body. Many of these antioxidants are dependent on selenium for their function. The other major role of selenium is in the proper function of the immune system, which can be severely compromised in selenium-deficient animals. Poor selenium status can lead to an inability to mount a sufficient

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overall response, including response to vaccination. Selenium deficiency has also been implicated in aspects of both male and female fertility. Retained placenta, endometritis, as well as integrity and function of spermatozoa can also be influenced by selenium status. As well as poor fertility, decreased growth, as well as resistance to cold stress are symptoms of impaired thyroid function that can often be related to selenium deficiency. Soils selenium levels will ultimately affect selenium content in forages, cereals and cereal bi-products and these will affect selenium status of an animal. Currently, the National Research Council (NRC, 2007) recommends a daily selenium intake of 0.1mg/kg dry matter to prevent deficiency. However, they accept that the requirement for selenium may be higher for optimal function, such as supporting the immune system. The traditional approach of

naturally found in grains and forages) compared with inorganic forms, the potential for toxicity is far less with the former. Alltech’s Lifeforce contains SelPlex, Alltech’s proprietary organic form of selenium yeast manufactured to mimic Mother Nature and is better absorbed, stored and utilised by the animal By Dr Helen Warren than inorganic selenium. Supported by more than 18 years of research, Sel-Plex adding sodium selenite is useful contributes to healthy for immediate relief but this antioxidant activity, as well as inorganic form of selenium, as helping to maintain a healthy well as other minerals, is poorly immune system. absorbed by the digestive tract Selenium is essential to horses and not readily stored in the and plays important roles in body, resulting in very low, if any, many biological processes, selenium reserves. Selenium that including antioxidant and is absorbed from organic immune function. Recent sources, such as selenium yeast, research has highlighted reduced can be incorporated into proteins antioxidant capacity in cribas storage. This enables the biting horses and indicates a animal to build selenium potential role for selenium in the reserves for times of biological processes of cribphysiological stress, such as biting. Effects of foaling, illness and exercise. supplementation vary with Additionally, due to the source of selenium so it is crucial difference in metabolism and to evaluate selenium sources, storage of selenium from organic not only with regards to efficacy selenium sources (this includes but also toxicity. selenium yeast and selenium www.lifeforcehorse.co.uk

STOP PRESS! EQUERRY SPECIAL OFFER...

Equerry Cool Mash is an efficient quick-soaking mash for horses that need a low energy feed. And throughout October and November there is £2.00 off at participating retailers, whilst promotional stocks last. Designed for horses and ponies in light to medium work Equerry Cool Mash is cereal-grain-free. It has low levels of starch and benefits from a ‘Non-Heating’ formula. Equerry Cool Mash contains highly digestible fibre sources including sugar beet, to benefit your horse or pony. The mash also includes yeast to support a healthy digestive system and added vitamins and minerals including magnesium. Equerry Cool Mash is available in a 20kg bag. RRP £11.95. www.equerryhorsefeeds.com

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HARTPURY EQUINE STUDENTS

PROVIDE FOOD FOR THOUGHT

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A new type of hay net could help reduce stress in horses while they’re eating, that’s according to recent research by two University Centre Hartpury graduates. Amy Palk and Jenna Jarvis, both 21, used their final-year research project to put the HayGrazer Play to the test. Their initial findings showed that the new net encouraged slower feeding patterns while also reducing signs of frustration from the horse. The pair observed horses receiving their evening hay and focused on the amount of hay eaten, the horses’ feeding

motivation and their frustration levels. Amy, an Equine Science graduate, and Jenna, an Equine Management graduate, monitored horses eating from the ground, a small-holed hay net, and the HayGrazer Play. Their research showed that, on average, 46% less hay was consumed within an hour when using the HayGrazer Play compared to hay being fed on the ground. It also highlighted that the horses showed increased frustration using a small-holed hay net in comparison to the HayGrazer.

Keyflow Feeds has been named Nutrition Partner to the New Zealand Eventing Team. The move is a natural progression for the Britishbased company which lists Sir Mark Todd among its directors. www.keyflowfeeds.com

TopSpec Cool Balancer is designed for horses and ponies that need extra topline and condition and that are in light to medium work. Cool Balancer is a ‘Non-Heating,’ cerealgrain-free formula; with low levels of sugar and starch, plus good quality protein to promote topline.

Throughout October and November it is available half price at participating retailers, whilst promotional stocks last. www.topspec.com


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opSpec Calmer is designed to be fed to horses and ponies with anxious temperaments or those that cannot cope with stressful situations such as showing, travelling and competing. Not all horses are anxious for the same reason so TopSpec Calmer has been developed with much more than a ‘single ingredient’ approach. It contains yeast, MOS, B vitamins, magnesium, tryptophan and sepiolite clay, which all act in different ways to help calm and relax responsive horses. TopSpec Calmer reduces anxiety without affecting normal behaviour or reducing presence. It can improve performance by improving focus and reducing the effects of stress. TopSpec Calmer will start to take effect within hours but maximum effects will be seen within three weeks. TopSpec Calmer contains only natural ingredients but no herbs. It is a very palatable, caramel flavoured additive that should be mixed into damp feed. It can be added to any combination of feeds and supplements, TopSpec nutritionists recommend that these are low in sugar and starch. www.topspec.com

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orses can suffer from stress for a number of reasons and neither lifestyle nor age makes them immune from this all too common problem. The lifestyle of domesticated horses is very different from how they evolved to live - they are often housed in an environment for the convenience of humans, rather than how nature intended. Not surprisingly this move away from their natural habitat can increase stress levels which in turn has a negative impact on their digestive system. The most obvious issue facing horses today is the change in feeding regime. As a grazing animal they are often required to adapt to feeding at set times and periods of forced starvation if ad

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lib hay is not fed in the stable. As we head into winter, limited access to turnout can be a significant cause of stress in some horses. In the wild, horses spend many hours leisurely grazing in the safety and company of their herd. When a horse is stabled for long periods he is often denied the chance to exhibit natural behaviour such as foraging and trickle feeding and is isolated, away from companions. Horses can be exceptional athletes in a variety of disciplines that require both physical and mental effort but this coupled with the training schedule and competing commitments can all add up to making the life of a competition horse stressinducing. Some horses adapt well to the

changing environments of competing at different events and thrive on the training routine required to maintain performance, while others will be more affected, throwing their delicate digestive systems out of balance. Breeding can be a stressful period in a horse’s life, with a broodmare having to maintain her own condition whilst providing essential nutrients for foetal development and growth. For working stallions the covering season can prove particularly stressful if their job as a stallion is also combined with competing at top level, both of which can have a negative impact on fertility levels and reduce the rate of conception, often proving time consuming and costly.

Tranquil E - A liquid infusion of Valerian to assist with nervous, anxious, high energy or stressed horses. Given daily to assist with handling these horses. Available in 1lt, 2.5lt and 5lt bottles. www.animal-health.co.uk

A 5kg tub of Lifeforce Elite retails at £120 for a three month supply. www.lifeforce horse.co.uk

Age would not necessarily be the first thing that you would associate with stress but the aging process can place the body under stress, as the immune and digestive systems start to decline in efficiency. Long term exposure to stress can place the horse at an increased risk of developing behavioural problems, a decreased appetite and unhealthy habits such as crib-biting, as well as disrupting the digestive system. Adopting a few simple good management practices can go a long way to reducing stress for horses, whatever their lifestyle: • Ensuring your horse has adequate forage in the stable not only satisfies his natural desire to chew but also helps relieve boredom.

• Turn him out as much as possible and put the welfare of your horse ahead of your pristine paddocks during winter, even if it is just for an hour each day. Lifeforce Elite from Alltech is specially designed for competition horses and those faced with stressful situations. It supports a healthy immune system, increases the availability of antioxidants and creates a healthy digestive environment. Backed by more than 30 years of Alltech’s scientifically proven, fully traceable technologies, Lifeforce Elite contains cuttingedge ingredients that fully comply with competition standards, where consistency and safety are a top priority. www.lifeforcehorse.co.uk


WORMING: PART2

Autumn

PARASITE CONTROL

arasite control is very much a seasonal game, targeting the right worms at the right time of year to guard against the threat to horse health that comes with infection.

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One theory on this is that the high temperatures and low rainfall brought with it parched pastures that forced grazing horses to crop grass closer to the Generally warm wet soil and piles of weather increases droppings to find food. ...”Autumn is This would increase parasite activity while extremes of traditionally the chances of picking temperature and dry up worm larvae known as hatched from the eggs conditions help to stop them in their ‘tapeworm laid in faeces, tracks. completing the routine and personal choice. time”... lifecycle to re-infect With that in mind the horse. we might think that Test First the long hot summer we The worms we specifically need It’s important to keep a close enjoyed in the UK would play to to be aware of in our horses eye on red worm and ascarid our favour and benefit our through autumn and winter are activity with a worm egg count worming too. Surprisingly we’ve adult redworm, encysted for each horse. Faecal egg seen quite the opposite in the redworm, tapeworm and bots. counts can be used to identify lab with higher than average What to do when will depend a the likely 15-20% of horses that worm counts being recorded little on your management need worming and can reduce

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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


SURVEY REVEALS HORSE OWNERS ARE STILL STRUGGLING WITH WORM CONTROL

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?

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.

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.

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. This will help you to decide which wormer to treat with for your winter dose. 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.

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

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. If in doubt please call our friendly helpline to speak to one of our qualified advisors or chat to your prescriber to plan a best course of action. www.westgatelabs.co.uk

Zoetis Inc. announced recently that results from the latest National Equine Health Survey (NEHS) show that some horse owners are still not up to speed with best worming practice. More than a third of survey respondents don’t carry out faecal worm egg counts (FWECs) at all, while of those that do only 25% do so at the right intervals. NEHS is a snapshot survey, conducted by Blue Cross in conjunction with the British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA) each year. It is sponsored by Dodson & Horrell and Zoetis and supported by the UK’s leading equestrian organisations and charities. Last year 5,235 people took part and returned records for 15,433 horses. Dr Wendy Talbot, equine vet at Zoetis said: “The NEHS results show that there’s still a lack of understanding about the purpose and benefits of FWECs during the grazing season. ”


HEALTH & WELFARE

KEEPING VETERAN RIDERS

FIT & HEALTHY

f you’re not bouncing as well as you used to, or you’ve suffered a few injuries and broken bones in your equestrian life and your body is feeling it’s years, then here are the Top Ten Strategies to keep you riding fit for years to come: 1) Take 10 minutes a day to stretch or invest time going to your local yoga or pilates class that will help maintain and improve your balance, flexibility, mobility and strength. 2) Take a tablespoon of Organic Apple Cider Vinegar (containing ‘the mother’) each day to reduce inflammation and increase sensitivity insulin. 3) Make sure you’re consuming enough Omega 3 oils, eat two portions of fatty fish per week to reduce

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inflammation, plaque in the arteries and maintain blood sugar levels. 4) Vitamin D supplements will help you to absorb calcium needed to maintain bone density that decreases as we age. 5) Vitamin B complex supplement is needed for optimal brain function. 6) 80% of our immune system is in the gut and consuming probiotics help aid healthy bacteria to grow and maintain digestive health as we age. 7) Stick to eating unprocessed foods, aiming to achieve 10 vegetables (especially greens) in your diet per day to optimise your vitamin and mineral content. 8) You may notice that your midriff is expanding

EXPERTS CARRY OUT RESEARCH INTO

WHIP USE BY HORSE RIDERS ew research at University Centre Hartpury is raising important questions about the use of the whip in equine sports. Hartpury’s Dr Jane Williams and Linda Greening are working alongside Dr David Marlin and Dr Hayley Randle to investigate whether riders are employing the most appropriate type of

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whip in the correct manner and for the right purpose. The comprehensive study is examining responses from thousands of riders to a survey about whip use, as well as looking at footage from equestrian competitions to see how riders employ their whip. Dr Williams, an experienced researcher and lecturer, with a passion for enhancing animal

as you age and those few extra pounds round the middle become harder to shift. The yard duties that used to maintain your weight no longer cut the mustard. Our bodies have got used to mucking out etc and we now need to move more or at a more intense pace. Run or walk three times a day for five minutes at a speedier pace to increase metabolism. 9) From the age of 35 bone density starts to decrease, consider resistance training either bodyweight exercises or with weights to strengthen your bones, maintain muscle mass

welfare and equine performance, explained: “One thing we want to find out is how people believe they’re using them, compared to how they’re actually using them.” The FEI, recently put forward proposals to reduce the number of times that a whip can be used and to increase penalties for misuse. A vote about whether the proposals should be adopted will take place at the FEI’s general assembly in November.

BY SAMANTHA HARDINGHAM and slow the ageing process. 10) Be aware of how what you’re using on your skin and try to use products that are free from toxic chemicals especially deodorants.

Bloom & Condition contains premium grade vitamins and minerals also digestive aids fortified with Echinacea and Turmeric. All specially formulated for optimum health and condition. RRP: £24.99/908gm. www.equine-america.co.uk


CASE STUDY: Murielle

Murielle is a Clydesdale Cross, with very sensitive skin on the whole of her white face. Reacting in this area in particular as it has been sun-damaged in the past , her delicate skin is affected by the sun, grass seeds, insect bites and mud. In the past she has had an adverse reaction to many creams, so therefore requires something that doesn't cause her to have an allergic response - redness, inflammation, crusting and peeling of the top skin layers - similar to sunburn. FiltaClear is tolerated well and keeps her sparsely haired nose, pink and soft all year round. Because FiltaClear rubs in to near clear it doesn't stand out when eventing or riding out. Aniwell produce a range of topical skincare products for all animals, specifically for sun, wind, rain and wound protection. Their product FiltaClear is a total sun-blocking, reflective, pale white cream with antibacterial qualities within the cream that rubs in to near clear. FiltaClear has an SPF of 25+ and rated superior protection for UVA/UVB. FiltaClear can be applied daily to all areas requiring protection, with thorough washing of the applied area using warm water or a non-soapy cleanser every third day to prevent residue build up on the skin. None of the ingredients in FiltaClear appear on the FEI Prohibited Substances List 2018. www.aniwell-uk.com


HEALTH & WELFARE

DAISY’S HERBAL ANSWERS... “My horse doesn't have very good hooves and often gets cracks and is always loosing shoes. Is there anything herbal I Daisy Pr ice, can add Herbali st to his feed to help improve their condition?” There are several things you can use to help with his hooves. Sea Kelp is great for all-round good health and particularly for hoof condition due to the fact that it is a rich source of vitamins and minerals including calcium, iron, magnesium, selenium, zinc , sulphur, manganese, potassium, phosphorus and vitamins A, B, B12, C, D and E. Herbs such as Nettle and Hawthorn that improve circulation and increase blood supply to the hooves will also help to improve hoof quality. Clivers are rich in silica so will also be beneficial. www.champerene bespokehorseherbal.com

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FARRIERS MAKING EVERY CONTACT COUNT TO SUPPORT HORSE OWNERS arriers need to work closely with horse owners to spot the subtle signs of the painful condition laminitis, a new study in Equine Veterinary Journal reports. During this unique study researchers from the University of Surrey’s School of Psychology and School of Veterinary Medicine conducted in-depth interviews with farriers and horse owners to understand how their relationship and their approach to equine care can help prevent laminitis. Laminitis is a painful, potentially disabling and fatal disease that affects horses’ hooves. It can lead to a horse being humanely euthanised if the effects become so serious that it is inhumane to continue treatment. Researchers found that farriers who have a holistic approach, place an emphasis on building long-standing, trusting relationships with owners. It is this approach

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and a commitment to the overall health of the horse that can potentially reduce instances of laminitis. The study also found that farriers who are more technically-focused, can work well with owners who have knowledge and understanding of laminitis, but are not providing more welfare-focused support, particularly useful for owners new to caring for horses. Figures reveal that 75 per cent of horses in Great Britain are cared for by their owner, many of whom are new to horse ownership and may not have the knowledge or skill needed to care for horses at risk of laminitis. In such instances, the role of the farrier is invaluable in helping to identify potential problems such as obesity, so that appropriate referrals can be made to equine vets, nutritionists and other equine professionals.

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TAKING THE FRIGHT OUT OF

BLOOD & GUTS!

ith Halloween around the corner, Redwings Horse Sanctuary is helping horse owners take the fright out of dealing with scary wounds and life-threatening colic. All are welcome to attend the charity’s latest evening of free veterinary talks, called Blood and Guts! at its Aylsham Visitor Centre, north of Norwich, on Tuesday 30th October from 6.30pm. Redwings’ Senior Veterinary Surgeon, Nicky Jarvis, will be sharing her essential tips on how to keep a horse’s delicate digestive system in top health to ward against frightening cases of colic, and talking through what to do when a scare arises. Meanwhile, Equine Veterinary Nurse, Louise Gedge, will be explaining why the biggest and bloodiest wounds aren’t always the most serious! She’ll be showing which first-aid techniques can help reduce the risk of infection and make a real difference to a horse’s recovery. To book your free place call 01508 481055.


HELPING THE LAME:

WALK, TROT AND GALLOP AGAIN ene therapy techniques have been used to help cure horses of lameness, a study involving experts at The University of Nottingham has shown.

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By injecting plasmid DNA into the torn ligaments and tendons the researchers were able to see that blood vessels developed within the tissue and the tissue grew back without leaving scar tissue behind. This is essential as it helps the horse to walk, trot and gallop again. This work, which has been published in the journal Frontiers in Pharmacology, has been carried out as part of a collaborative research project between academics in the University's School of Veterinary Medicine and Science and Kazan Federal University and Moscow State Academy. This larger study compliments their work published last year and provides more evidence that these techniques could be used to help horses which have gone lame due to tendon or ligament injury.

the quick recovery period, the pain relief to the injured animals and watching the blood vessels develop to help the tissue repair was amazing. It gave us real insights into how and why these techniques work.” Professor Albert Rizvanov, Kazan Federal University who led the study, said: “Lameness affects not only the ability to walk but also causes pain. This treatment could potentially be used not only for horses but other animals and humans with ligament and tendon injuries. The treatments available at the moment often do not work, or result in relapse in 60 per cent of the cases or take many months to work. It is essential that we used horse genes to create this gene therapy treatment. By using specie-specific genes we ensured that proteins which are being synthesized are natural for horse and won’t cause any unwanted immune reactions.”

Veterinary Surgeon Dr Milomir Kovac, said: “The horses used in our study had gone lame naturally but with the treatment most of them were back to their previous levels of movement Dr Catrin Rutland, Associate Professor of and fitness within a very short time period and Anatomy and Developmental Genetics at The were no longer in pain. In addition we did not University of Nottingham, said: “This innovative see the high levels of lameness reoccurring in work is truly exciting, not just for veterinary our patients.” medicine but also in human medicine. Seeing

VETS SHOW INTEREST IN POLICE

DECONTAMINATION KITS West Midlands Police have received bespoke decontamination kits to improve their response to victims of corrosive substance attacks. However the decontamination kits are proving to be of interest to vets too, for use on horses when they have targetted by an acid attack.

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DSA vet Stephen Ashman captured the Judges’ attention with his stunning image of a pair of wild ponies in the ‘All creatures great and small’ category in the recent British Veterinary Association’s (BVA) Veterinary Photographer of the Year competition. Stephen Ashman said, “I had a great day out photographing these wild grey ponies on a similarly grey January day on the Long Mynd, a heath and moorland plateau in the Shropshire hills. I was simply out on a photo walk to take in the scenery and wildlife, look for a good shot and get a breath of fresh air!”

GIVE YOUR PADDOCK A BOOST THIS AUTUMN...

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HEALTH & WELFARE

WHAT CAUSES A HORSE TO

BECOME FATIGUED? he harder a horse works, the more quickly it is likely to become fatigued, so a racehorse completing a sprint-distance race is likely to be fatigued in just one minute, and an endurance horse completing a 160km race may start to show signs of fatigue after six hours.

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Fatigue can occur in the horse’s brain (its central nervous system), in it’s peripheral nervous system or in the muscles themselves. Muscle fatigue occurs when the brain is sending the correct signals to the muscles, but they are unable to perform that function. The cause of this not fully understood but will likely involve depletion of energy stores such as muscle glycogen or an accumulation of metabolic end products (e.g. lactic acid). Correct muscle function is vital for athletic performance, both to

provide locomotion and also for the airways to function properly. The speed at which fatigue will be present will also depend upon the age, fitness, health and athletic ability of the horse in relation to the task being asked of it and the terrain it is working across.

The role of the respiratory system in fatigue If a horse is unable to get an adequate supply of oxygen during exercise, then it’s muscles will begin to produce lactic acid. Horses with very low-grade respiratory disease were exercised on treadmills for a study which found that they produced lactic acid earlier than healthy horses and therefore began to fatigue earlier.

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lower respiratory disease and an inflammation of the airways may have no outward symptoms, other than reduced athletic performance.

Ensuring a healthy respiratory system in the performance horse Inflamed airways in the horse are often caused by them breathing in pollen, bacteria and spores that are present in hay, haylage or bedding. Forage is the worst offender, as the horse is actively placing its nostrils into the area where airborne microbes and dust will be present for hours on end as it An unfit horse can be trained to trickle feeds. Choosing the best quality forage is important for a improve its cardiovascular performance horse as is fitness and improve managing other environmental performance, but if a horse is healthy in every other way then sources of dust and allergens, for example allowing a flow of the respiratory system will be fresh air through the stable and the area to focus on to combat choosing dust-free bedding. the onset of fatigue. Haygain’s range of Hay Steamers Even a minor loss of upper or are scientifically proven to lower respiratory function can reduce respirable dust in hay as have a large impact on the horse’s athletic performance and well as killing spores and the early or late onset of fatigue. bacteria, providing highly Upper respiratory issues such as palatable and nutritious forage with a greatly reduced risk of roaring or gurgling should be immediately obvious to the rider allergic reaction and airway inflammation in horses fed it. and can often be addressed by www.haygain.com veterinary intervention, but

Phillips Brothers SoftMix Bale is a mix of dust extracted chopped Straw (70%) and Premium shavings (30%) treated with Salgard which is a eucalyptus scented anti-bacterial solution. “Our straw chopping plant has a sophisticated dust filtration system that successfully filters high levels of dust to produce a cleaner and safer product,” said Jane Knapp of Phillips Brothers. Salgard is a bacterial decontaminating agent to aid in the control of Salmonella, Campylobacter, E-coli and other gram-negative micro-organisms that can be commonly found in straw. It contains propionic acid to assist in the prevention of mould growth. Mould growth and mould spores pose a number of health risks for both you and your horse. Symptoms of mould exposure include sneezing, coughing, wheezing, watery/itchy eyes and skin irritation and rash, possibly leading to severe lung problems and the development of infection in both people and horses with weak immune systems. www.phillipsbrothers.co.uk


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REFURBISH STABLING & BEDDING

YOUR EXISTING STABLE BLOCK

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t’s not long before the competition season comes to an end. When all the rushing around is over, take some time to reflect on your needs for 2019. What changes do you need to make to your yard, and the way it is organised, that will help you get ahead? When you invest your time and money into horses, their safety and security is paramount. Investing in Scotts of Thrapston replacement doors and windows will make a difference to their comfort and reduce the chance of injury. You can undertake some simple

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checks to see if your doors are showing signs that they need repairing or replacing‌ Has the timber deteriorated? Does the timber need a coat of

creating a potential hazard for your horses and their handlers. It may be that the hinges simply need adjusting or perhaps it is time to replace them. Has any metal work split or got sharp edges? As standard, Scotts doors and frames come with rounded edges for the safety of your horses. They also have a deep galvanised steel anti-chew capping to the bottom door and full galvanised metal sheet to the inside. If the doors and windows do need replacing, are they unusual in shape or size? If so, Scotts designs and manufactures to suit your requirements. As well as bespoke stable doors, Scotts also offers sliding barn doors, pony height doors, feed room doors, high security tack room doors and garage doors.

paint or stain? Or are they too rotten to work with?

Are you looking for alternative materials? Scotts standard doors are manufactured in pressure impregnated European Redwood but can be supplied in hardwoods or even composite materials.

Have the doors dropped? Are the bolts hard to operate? If so, they could be difficult to open,

After this long hot summer, now is a good time to consider putting in solid or glazed rear


top doors to provide extra light in the darker months and additional ventilation in the warmer weather. Scotts of Thrapston can supply a range of stable doors and windows, for your stable development, as well as a host of other accessories. Their extensive product range can be purchased off the shelf or specified to your own individual requirements. If you are looking to refurbish existing timber stables, or want to upgrade the quality of finish, Scotts provides a range of premium doors and windows. They are built to complement both brand new buildings in timber or brick and block as well as period stable blocks in brick or stone. You can choose to

colour match with your properties paint work for a cohesive look to your stable and home. Visiting the Scotts website allows users to review the various items, along with providing comprehensive technical details and prices for each standard product. The prices allow users to budget for future purchases, which makes it easy to plan a project over time to fit your cash flow and circumstances. To confirm your requirements

or to obtain a quotation for bespoke doors and windows, please contact a member of the Equestrian Sales Team. For more information, please view the website: www.scottsofthrapston.co.uk, e-mail: equestrian@scottsofthrapston. co.uk or contact Scotts direct on 01832 732366.

Bespoke doors

Product News...

Just Plain Nasty, a gel that has been formulated to strongly discourage all horses from the habit of chewing rugs, fencing, stable doors, gates etc. Also suitable for dogs who are prone to chewing. RRP: ÂŁ14.99/250ml. www.equineamerica.co.uk


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hatever the season, the weather remains unpredictable, so it is important to have a variety of rugs covering light, medium and heavy weight, to ensure your horse is fully protected. The filling of the rug will be shown in grams or ounces, ranging from lightweight with no filling to heavyweight rugs with 400g of filling. It is crucial your horse maintains the correct temperature; common signs that a horse is cold include if he looks uneasy, is shivering or has hair standing on end, with his tail clamped tightly down or has cold ears. If he is too hot, your horse will be sweaty, have an increased pulse and respiration, or may seem anxious.

The breed, age, fitness of the horse and clip needs to be taken into consideration. A competition thoroughbred will need a thicker rug for example than a hacking cob. Layering rugs and adding a neck cover is a great way to ensure your horse stays warm and comfortable. Neck covers are extremely versatile as they can be added or taken off depending on the temperature.

Finding the Perfect Rug With the changeable British winter weather, it is ideal to have a variety of rug weights available for your horse. Alternatively a cost effective solution is to have a medium weight rug, then have a rug lining for those colder days. Try not to simply follow size guides - always measure your horse first. Use the Bucas sizing tape to ensure you get the right

WITH WINTER WELL ON THE WAY, IN THIS ISSUE THE TEAM AT BUCAS OFFER EXPERT RUG ADVICE.

size rug for your horse. The guides usually work from the height of the horse, but the weight of a horse will make a difference on the sizing, therefore a lightweight 16hh horse will need a different size rug to a 16hh heavyweight horse. When looking at turnout rugs it is important to take into consideration the nature of the horse when in the field, so the aim should be to find a rug that lets the horse have the freedom it requires in the field, but remains slip-free. It is crucial to ensure that the rug fits correctly at the withers as this will avoid excessive rubbing and pressure. When ensuring a secure fit for a turnout rug, the front fastening must be secure with a good hold. Bucas rugs use the latest mechanism when it comes to

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fastening rugs and making them quick and easy for owners to put on and take off. The Click ‘n Go system has a magnetic Snap-Lock closure on Bucas’ premium range continuing the technical thinking behind the collection. A second fastening system is the T-bar with magnetic SnapLock closure which again ensures the rugs are securely fastened and helps prevent slip and movement. Also look for rugs that have cross surcingles, as this will eliminate any pressure to the spine. Neck covers are ideal to help keep extra warmth in during those cooler periods, as well as keeping mud off your horse’s neck. www.zebraproducts.co.uk


Product News... The Equit’M 1000 D Stable Rug is made from a 1000 denier Oxford polyester outer and polyfill padding inside, making this rug extremely warm. Available in three different weights. RRP: from £44.90. www.equitheme.co.uk Bucas Irish Turnout 150 has a tough rip-stop outer and silk-feel lining. Keeps coats in good condition and can be used with quilts and coolers. RRP: £108.

By Tara Punter

My Clipping Tips! t’s that time of the year again - as our nights draw in and the temperature begins to drop, it’s time to get the clippers out and battle our fluffy horses (who resemble woolly mammoths) again. Clipping is an essential management aspect of a horse in work, but how can you get it right? Here are my top tips to ensure the perfect clip.

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your horse will be in. Ensure you have your saddle ready so you can use it as a stencil to clip around when you’re doing the horse’s back most would leave the saddle patch on to provide a little extra protection, comfort and warmth over the winter months.

So you’re ready to clip where to start? It’s generally best practice not to Bucas Freedom range is high leave the horses head until last; It’s all about the prep! quality, practical and affordable. The waterproof, breathable and they’re likely to become Preparation starts long before ripstop weight variations are aggravated or restless as you clip you think about donning your suitable for autumn through to so you’ll be pleased to get that waterproofs and tackling the winter. RRP: from £72. out of the way at the beginning. fluff. First it’s essential to make www.zebraproducts.co.uk Like humans, horses too have sure your clippers are correctly sharpened - sending them for an sensitive areas, including their Equithème Tyrex 600D arm pits, bellies and around annual service will ensure the Matching neck cover Turnout Rug is lined with available. their heads. Take extra care and blades function properly and polar fleece and is a seek the help of someone that your clippers can perform breathable, waterproof experienced to hold the head/a the task in hand. Once you have turnout. Made from 600 leg if needs be. Sometimes that your clippers prepared, time to denier ripstop polyester extra pair of hands makes all the with tapered seams. start the horse prep. RRP: £48.90. Shampooing your horse the day difference! www.equitheme.co.uk Do note that some clippers get before is advised - doing so warm as you use them so be removes any unwanted, excess sure to keep an eye on their oils and mud or dirt from the skin and will ensure the clippers temperature as you’re clipping. If they do overheat, run some oil glide smoothly through the Multi purpose Tattersall through the blades and allow coat. Be sure to brush off any Check rug suitable for them 10 minutes to cool down. mud, dirt or stains on the travelling, under rug, etc. Your horse will thank you for it morning of the clip. 100% highbulk acrylic means it is warm without Before you start clipping, be sure later! being a heavy weight. Good luck and here’s to the next to know what type of clip you RRP: £57.50. half a year of clipping and want. There are a number of www.treehouse working out which rug is best! different clips to choose from online.co.uk depending on the level of work

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BUYER’S GUIDE Burghley Bomber wool jackets have a removable faux fur collar. RRP: £275. www.annabel brocks.com

One Horse Race Necklace, Gold Plated. RRP: £165. www.james veale.com Farlows Ladies Loden Cape. RRP: £595. www.farlows.co.uk

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Anna clutch bag in crackle grey buffalo. RRP: £189. www.albion england.co.uk

Reversible Snaffles Poncho. RRP: £37.50. www.equetech.com Trilby Hat. RRP: £129. www.hollandcooper.com Warm and stylish Skyline performance boots. RRP: £99.95. www.grubsboot.com

Hand Embroidered Canvas Bags. RRP: £71. www.sepjordan.com

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Chatsworth 36MM Rose Gold. RRP: £199. www.morris richardson.com

One Horse Race Ring, Gold Plated. RRP: £55. www.jamesveale.com


Greenwich Pembroke Hip Flask. RRP: £229. www.greenwich. design

Equestrian Fashion and Lifestyle Label Hits the UK

Cashmere Scarf. RRP: £145. www.albionengland.co.uk Personalised keyrings. RRP: From £29.99. www.mackenzie andgeorge.com

The Imperial Explorer. RRP: £395. www.fairfax andfavor.com

Isla Jacket. RRP: £335. www.timothyfoxx.co.uk

Covalliero, the leading equestrian fashion and lifestyle label from Germany is now available in the UK. From the Albert Kerbl portfolio, Covalliero brings a fresh new approach for all those horse owners wanting a stylish, good value collection and has been brought to the UK thanks to Zebra Products. Said Simon Middleton of Zebra Products: “The collection is very affordable and includes quilted outer jackets, gilets, sweatshirts, performance tops and shirts as well as a fantastic range of leg wear and accessories.” www.covalliero.com

Mini Windsor bag. RRP: £265. www.fairfaxandfavor.com

Grey & Pink Olive & Pink

AWOL (Active, Work or leisure) sweatshirts. RRP: £65. www.annabelbrocks.co.uk

Multi Stripe Canvas Shopper can be personalised. RRP: £210. www.raefeather.com

Chatsworth Belt in suede. RRP: From £59.99. www.mackenzie andgeorge.com

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BUYER’S GUIDE Fox Necklace in 14ct rose gold vermeil. RRP: £65. www.ladidaandover.com

Norfolk Quarter Zip Sweatshirt RRP: £52.95. www.whaleofatime clothing.com Tweed Poncho. RRP: £119.95. www.equetech.com

Fuse Plus Trainers. RRP: £95. www.ariat.com

Eleanor Coat. RRP: £425 www.butlerstewart.co.uk

Vitality Rings. RRP: from £29.95. www.pegasusjewellery.net

Italian wool felt slippers. RRP: £60. www.aandreassen.com

Alora boot. RRP: £300. www.ariat.com Pollino Boots. RRP: £349.95. www.keith scarrott.co.uk

SXC Young Rider Collection. RRP: from £16. www.superx country.co.uk

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Cheltenham Wrap combines British tweeds and wools trimmed with faux fur. RRP: £145. www.legerandoaks.co.uk

Mini Tweed Pouch in Juno. RRP: £45. www.timothyfoxx.co.uk


WIN!

COMPETITION

LOOK SUPER- STYLISH THIS WINTER WITH AN AMAZING PRIZE - BUNDLE FROM THE TOGGI EQUESTRIAN COLLECTION! PRIZE - BUNDLE INCLUDES: ASQUITH RIDING JACKET, COVINGTON GILET, KIPLING BOBBLE HAT, GRESHAM SCARF AND ROSET TI MITTENS

The Asquith Riding Jacket is waterproof, windproof and breathable. Featuring a two way front zip fastening as well as two zipped back vents, allowing the hem to sit over the back of the saddle. Sizes: 8-20. RRP: £155.

To enter: Visit www.absolutehorsemagazine.com and click on the Competitions page. Entries open 1st October and close 31st October 2018

The must-have mid layer to see you through the season ahead. The Covington padded gilet features stretch side panels for a superior fit and ease of movement. Sizes: 8-20. RRP: £75.

Range available from www.toggi.com

Kipling Bobble Hat has a soft fleece lining for extra warmth. Features a removable faux fur pom-pom. RRP: £27.50.

These fingerless Rosetti Mittens are a warm and practical option for the colder months. Available in a choice of four seasonal colours. RRP: £20. The Gresham cable knitted scarf with removable pom-poms is available in four colours. RRP: £35.

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Catch up with...

GABY LUCAS H i all, we have had a little break from the blog because I have been away, but I’m back and have lots to tell you! I was very lucky to have the opportunity to go away to Gran Canaria for a holiday, which is a rare occasion as it can be quite difficult to take time off. Plus I never want to leave my boy, Zante. Gaby Lucas, Paul Cornish and Gracie Tyte during one of the But, there was no rest for the wicked, and I was soon back in to demos. the swing of things teaching and riding, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. I just love teaching, so much so that I am now working at Woodbridge School as an Equestrian Coach! This really is the perfect job for me as I will be training the pupils and their horses and developing their riding skills. My clients have all been superstars, winning left, right and centre. It makes me really proud and it shows all your hard work is paying off guys! I have also continued doing demos and clinics with Paul Cornish at Newton Hall Equestrian Centre, which prove to be really popular and it is great fun for me to get involved. Next month I’m sure I will have another busy month and shall tell you all about. Until next time…

Uvex Exxential Riding Helmet Conforms to the VG101.040 2014-12 safety standard. RRP £99.95. www.zebraproducts.co.uk The made to measure Königs Palermo Boots are made of top grade side leather. Fully leather-lined with a high dressage bow and the Königs-crown. RRP: £692. www.zebraproducts.co.uk

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Alice Gilet is waterproof and breathable and has a flattering fit. RRP: £50. www.covalliero.com Kastel’s Charlotte Long Sleeve Zip has UPF 30 Ultra Violet protection. RRP: £59. www.zebraproducts.co.uk


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

Helite Air Jackets offer protection for the back, pelvis, chest and neck coverage as well as preventing impact injuries. When not inflated the Air Jacket allows for full body movement. When inflated the jacket supports the spinal column to prevent over flexion of the spine. RRP: £430. www.helite.co.uk or Helite stockists.

Cavallo Carla Grip Breeches incorporate a full seat using Cavagrip technology. RRP: £149. www.zebraproducts.co.uk

HJ300 Commando socks. RRP: £10. www.hj.co.uk

Base Layer top features air vents and mesh panels. RRP: £40. www.aztecdiamond equestrian.com

RHEA ASKS...

I’M RHEA FREEMAN...I’M A PR, MARKETING AND SOCIAL MEDIA CONSULTANT AND COACH WITH A SPECIALISM IN EQUESTRIAN AND RURAL BUSINESS. I WORK WITH A NUMBER OF THE BEST BRANDS IN THE INDUSTRY AND MANY THAT YOU’LL SEE IN THESE PAGES...

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ith Black Friday not all that far away, we’re looking at promotions for equestrian business. Everyone likes a bargain, and running a sale can definitely help sales – as in the amount of product that you sell – but as you’ll be making less per item, you need to keep this in mind. Your overheads are still the same, so it’s essential to ensure you’re still actually making a profit on each item you sell, or else you just don’t have a business. The next thing to consider is the message that huge discounts send out. Some businesses are known for their amazing deals and how they’re THE place for discounts– and that’s fine. Often this is on old season or clearance lines. Some businesses do very, very well out of this. But also bear in mind that some manufacturers wouldn’t allow these people to have trade accounts with them if their sole purpose is to slash prices, which could devalue the brand and anger other stockists too. If you want to be known as the place to get the best priced x, then go for it, but also be aware that there are plenty of other attributes your business could become known for instead that could put you out in front. The best customer service, the best returns policy, the best website, the best customer experience. It really isn’t all down to price all the time. These could be some of the pitfalls connected to running big promotions and discounts, but there’s another too… which is kind of a blessing and a curse. What if it goes really well? There have been many stories of voucher code style discounts that have gone viral and a one-man-band or small company has been swamped by orders that they have really struggled to fulfil. They’ve had to take on staff (further adding to their overheads), had stroppy customers because orders are taking longer and so the cycle continues. If you have an amazing promotion, it might be worth making people aware that the delivery time will be a little longer. Communication is key. Continued next month...

PROMOTIONS FOR AN EQUESTRIAN BUSINESS?

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SADDLERY & TACK

GOOD

KEEPING SADDLERY IN

REPAIR!

IN THIS ISSUE THE TEAM AT THE SOCIETY OF MASTER SADDLERS DISCUSS THE IMPORTANCE OF REGULAR SADDLE FITTING CHECKS, KEEPING TACK CLEAN AND IN GOOD REPAIR.

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hen it comes to saddle safety three areas to consider are regular checks to ensure correct fit, good and thorough cleaning and checks for safety and repair. When cleaning saddles and bridles this is the ideal time to check for any loose stitching or corrosion and it is important to get weaknesses mended, stitched and repaired immediately. It is all too easy to be riding along and for a stirrup leather to break or become totally unstitched at the buckle but all can be prevented if checks are carried out and become part of the process for ensuring tack is safe and kept in the very best shape. It’s surprising how many owners notice a rug getting tighter but the fact that the saddle no longer fits well completely escapes them. This is why it is very important to get saddles checked regularly. Saddle fitting checks are an important part of horse care. Yes, they cost money. And yes,

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occasionally the saddle fitter may need to return quite quickly because the horse has changed shape so rapidly. This isn’t an unnecessary expense it is vital to make sure your horse is comfortable. A saddle that is too narrow and is pinching and exerting other unwanted pressure - or too wide and pressing down and restricting the horse’s ability to use himself correctly - can result in welfare, veterinary, behavioural and performance problems. Overcoming the resulting problems could be expensive in terms of veterinary, schooling and other professional services. Meanwhile the horse has suffered totally unnecessarily. Use the services of a Society of Master Saddlers’ qualified saddle fitter to undertake fitting checks regularly. Always have a new saddle fitted and recognise that it is at least equally importance to have a second-hand saddle fitted. SMS saddle fitters have a comprehensive knowledge of saddle brands and designs. They

and tear. Very often in winter we are all guilty of cutting corners to get in a quick ride during daylight hours but with a bit of care and attention it is possible to keep our tack clean, after all, for many it has been a serious investment. Ideally we should all clean our tack and wash off the bit every time we ride, wiping off mud and grease with a damp sponge are aware of the rules and regulations applicable to tack and before using saddle soap, taking care to make sure the underside equipment used in all the equestrian disciplines and sports, is cleaned as well. and offer advice and professional As often as possible give the bridle a thorough clean by services. completely dismantling it, Mud, rain, wind and cold cleaning and inspecting each temperatures, our horses' tack individual piece of the bridle, goes through a lot during the taking the opportunity to also winter months battling the check for worn stitching. elements, not to mention the To prolong the life of your leather sweat produced by the horse work, cleaning your tack should during hard work or a mornings be a regular part of your routine, hunting. not only could it prevent an Quality leather tack is designed to withstand a lot, but with daily accident it could also save you use the leather and stitching can money. become damaged, so time spent www.mastersaddlers.co.uk cleaning our tack is a good opportunity to inspect for wear


ABBEY ENGLAND LAUNCH 2019 SCHOLARSHIP COMPETITION TIME

One of the highlights in the world of saddlery and craftsmanship, the 2019 Society of Master Saddlers’ National Competition continues to bring world-wide attention to the history and heritage so aligned with this much sought after tradition, while encouraging modern techniques and developments. The event brings together highly trained Master Saddlers, to trainees and apprentices just setting out on their exciting journey. The event takes place at Saddlers’ Hall, London on 4th February 2019.

fter the huge success of its inaugural Saddlery Scholarship last year, Abbey England has launched the 2019 award which will see the lucky recipient winning £500 worth of workshop tools. The 2018 winner Rachel Lok has been keeping everyone updated with her progress through her monthly blog. It’s been a busy few months for Abbey’s scholarship winner as she further develops her career. Rachel has since completed the SMS Flocking Assessment and embarked upon the SMS Qualified Saddle Fitters Course. Said Rachel: “As well as the prestige of winning the award and using the £500 for tools and equipment, the win has

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Rachel Lok receives her scholarship award from Richard Brown of Abbey England

also helped to lift my profile in the industry.” Whatever your chosen career in the craft saddlery industry whether you are looking to become a Master Saddler, Master Harness Maker or Bridle craft expert, the Abbey England Scholarship is open to everyone currently on a trainee or apprenticeship programme. Deadline for entering the scholarship search is 30th November 2018. Email your entry to IshbelJohnson@abbeyengland.com marked Abbey England Scholarship.


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After in depth research with the Veterinary University of Medicine Hannover and Sprenger, results found the horse’s mouth is smaller than originally assumed. So Sprenger introduced the KK Ultra with a shorter lozenge and a link that is turned in the front by 45 degrees. RRP: from £128.

KK Ultra Bits are available in a range including Loose Ring, Bradoon, Eggbutt, D-ring, Gag, Kimblewick and Full Cheek.

The new Masterclass Saddle Collection by Amerigo combines technical excellence with a fashion twist to celebrate it’s 20th Anniversary. Features coloured edging between the seat and the panels with discreet colour accents on the flap and on the logo tag.

The Equipe EK-GO lightweight ECarbon saddle core features a laminar saddle tree in carbon and three composite fibres. The shape and thickness can be personalised to suit the horse’s shape, size and conformation. RRP: £4,050.

Sprenger has launched new Flexcite Stirrup Grips – a stainless steel pad that fits into the Flexcite Stirrup. Grips are available in 12cm tread size. RRP: £44.

Premium Hunting Whip. As each product is individually created Fleck guarantee exceptional quality and durability. RRP: £410. The Verdus Biocare Leather care range helps keep leather in excellent working order. Veredus Balsam RRP: £17; Veredus Soap RRP: £17; Veredus Oil RRP: £19. All products from www.zebraproducts.co.uk

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Seven Facts

YOU DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT

ABBEY ENGLAND

Abbey England, a family run business, is known for supplying and producing quality British products to a diverse range of industries, especially for saddlery, leather goods and the fashion industry both at home and abroad. Here we find out some interesting facts about Abbey England. 1. A total of eleven family members across three generations work for the business. 2. Abbey operate three manufacturing units, including a rubber moulding company supplying rubber reins and overreach boots, a lock making unit and a foundry which produces traditional brassware for the saddlery, fashion and gift markets. 3. Abbey produces bespoke solid brass castings for the fashion industry as well as numerous running events and agricultural fairs throughout the year. 4. The company currently exports to sixty-two countries across all continents. 5. Abbey supplies numerous costume departments from some of the largest blockbuster films. 6. Abbey are committed to making British made bits and has over 3,000 patterns suiting all disciplines. 7. In 2017, the company installed an additional larger furnace into their 1832 Foundry. Abbey now produce solid brass sundials and door knockers for the home and garden markets.

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What to Look for in a

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inding the right livery yard can be as stressful as finding the right nursery for your children. Basically you are choosing a home for your much loved horse or pony, so ensuring your decision is right for both you and your horse is vital. There are many factors to consider when looking for a livery yard including location and if the yard suits your level of riding. A yard that is approved by a recognised organisation such as the British Horse Society will be guaranteed to hold public liability insurance and comply with the latest health and safety regulations, providing peace of mind that the establishment is well run and subject to on the spot inspections. Horse welfare should undoubtedly be the number one priority, it could be the most lavish looking yard with immaculate stables but if there is insufficient turnout, your horse is unlikely to be happy. Pristine paddocks might look picture perfect but how often are the yard residents allowed time to let off steam and behave like a horse?

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By Grove House Stables LLP

Turnout is a particularly extreme but this helps both contentious issue for many yards parties to understand what is during winter. All horses should expected of each other and be allowed turnout even during confirms exactly what is and bad weather, even if this is just isn’t included within the livery for an hour a day in an arena. package. Competitive riders will usually Grove House Stables LLP, based be looking for more at Misterton, “A yard that is provides livery extensive facilities, such as access to a approved by a alongside their ménage. Consider established recognised the surface on offer equestrian centre. if you need to keep organisation such They offer livery as the British packages for every your horse fit in winter, where an all- Horse Society will type of rider from weather riding be guaranteed to the serious surface is essential competition rider hold public or an indoor arena to novice or leisure liability even better. riders who prefer to insurance...” Relinquishing keep their horses responsibility for the on working livery. day to day care of your horse can VIP and Standard livery at sometimes be tough but as Grove House Stables LLP many horse owners combine includes a monthly review of caring for their horse with a full- training and development to time job, they have no option help the rider achieve their but to place their trust in the goals, as well as outstanding yard staff. care for your horse or pony by A good relationship between highly trained staff. clients and staff is so important, For busy owners working livery as an owner you need to feel provides the ideal option, that you still have control over particularly for parents of pony your horse’s needs on areas such mad youngsters, that don’t want as feeding and training if the the commitment of visiting the livery package includes ridden stables on a daily basis. work. www.grovehousestables.co.uk Signing a contract might seem

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THE PROFESSIONALS

LGCT LONDON SUCCESS for Nina

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ell us about the two horses you took to LGCT London? “I took Cushlas Reviro who is by my multi-award winning stallion, Ramiro B and AK’s Culcha Candela, an 8-year-old grey mare I have owned since February this year. “Cushlas Reviro, or Bear as he is known at home, is just a 7-yearold and went really well. His sire Ramiro B is ranked fourth event sire in the World this year, and set to rise following the success of his progeny this year. “Bear was third and fourth in the CSI** 1.15m on the Friday and Saturday and coped really well with the atmosphere at the Royal Hospital Chelsea. “AK’s Culcha Candela came from Denmark, where she was produced by young rider Konstantin Deeken, and I think she’s a bit of a superstar! I was delighted with her performance, as this was by far our biggest

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test to date and she was seventh in the 1.40m class on the second day, with a good round in our first 1.45m World Ranking Class on Sunday. “As an organiser and founder of two of the fastest growing international shows in Britain I know what it takes to make them a success and it was brilliant that LGCT London was so well supported over the three days. I am in awe of what Jan Tops has created, and his business and events, together with the media surrounding them, are truly an inspiration.”

Life must be incredibly busy, how do you fit everything in? “Riding and competing is very important to me and I still have the ambition to keep improving and learning, and to keep in touch with the sport at every level. “Competing at International level and being fortunate enough to travel to some of the

best shows in the world, it’s so important to make sure we don’t take our eye off the ball, and everywhere I go I try to pick up a new idea or something we could replicate at one of our events (or sometimes even something we shouldn’t do!). “I try to ride before office hours and keep quite a strict schedule that if I want to go out and compete at the highest level then the work at home has to be done, and I have a great team at Bolesworth to support this.”

We are now on the countdown to the 2018 Liverpool International Horse Show – how’s it going? “We are so excited to be back on sale after a challenging year, and are planning something spectacular for this New Year, and sales are going well. “We have many of the old favourites returning including music from Rick Parfitt Junior and the RPJ Band, the Shetland

COMBINING WORK COMMITMENTS WITH YOUR CHOSEN SPORT IS NEVER EASY. HERE WE TALK TO NINA BARBOUR, PRESIDENT AND FOUNDER OF BOTH THE LIVERPOOL INTERNATIONAL HORSE SHOW AND THE EQUERRY BOLESWORTH INTERNATIONAL HORSE SHOW ABOUT HER RECENT SUCCESS AT THE LONGINES GLOBAL CHAMPIONS TOUR Pony Grand National, Freestyle Motocross, the very best international showjumping and dressage and a soon to be announced spectacular new display, along with plenty of surprises and a stunning finish to 2018 as we see in the New Year in style! “Everyone can get up close to the action and enjoy a glass of champagne whilst watching the top horses and riders warm up pre show, and there really is something for everyone in every performance. “The Echo Arena is a unique venue located in the heart of Liverpool’s Heritage Zone, next to the Albert Dock and the famous Liver Building. If you haven’t been before I can guarantee you’ll fall in love with the city, and of course be stunned by the show that we will be putting on for you.“ www.liverpoolhorseshow.com


Lisa’sLIFE EQUINE AMERICA BRAND AMBASSADOR LISA CLARKE-SPENCE BHSI SM IS A REGULAR ON THE EVENTING CIRCUIT AND TRAINS HORSES OF ALL ABILITIES FROM HER EQUESTRIAN CENTRE, HEMPS GREEN EQUESTRIAN, IN ESSEX.

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he start of August my husband and I hopped on a Ryan Air flight to France to have a short holiday. I hate going away mid-season as it always leaves my head girl with lots to do; I shouldn’t worry though as Pippa Wyncoll, my head girl of five years, coped admirably. My parents have been living in France now for over fifteen years and this was our first visit to their new abode. My husband and I joined them along with my sister, brother-in-law and their two children. The weather was fantastic and I was able to obtain my adrenalin rush via the many theme park rides my 6-year-old niece and 3-year-old nephew dragged me onto! The break was immediately after a good Novice BE run with both Nicolai and Fidget at Smiths Lawn. They both posted good double clears and reassured me that waiting for a bit of rain and some good ground was worthwhile. On return from my

holiday I took them both to Keysoe, I was delighted with another double clear from Nicolai at Novice and even more delighted that Fidget went double clear Intermediate. The ground was perfect, and it is always fun for low level professionals like myself to be working in alongside maestros like Sir Mark Todd and Tina Cook. Fidget is one of the few coloureds at Intermediate level so she doesn’t go unnoticed, I am sticking to believing this is because she surprises them with her ability as not many cart horses jump! I am delighted to say the nice 5year-old I have been playing with went off to her new home, as did a little spotty horse I had on sales livery. We have had a vet student with us for two weeks work experience, but she had initiation by fire and went away having not just learnt how to handle horses, but to ride them too! We took her to SJ

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competitions as groom and to a local show; she was a really good sport and up for anything, but it still amazes me that they only have two weeks on an equine yard to learn how to manage horses. I have put Hemps Green Equestrian forward to take on more vet students in the future, in the hope that we can help those not coming from an equine background to go into their veterinary career with a little more understanding.

Buster aka Temple Rexton

I had to forgo my usual Winning team 1m SWDRC shopping trip to Burghley this year to attend the to the world club tournament BRC National Championships in again in France - keep everything September. I had two horses crossed, I would so love to return qualified Buster (Temple Rexton) and see if we can get on to the in the 1m SJ class and Fidget in podium this time. the 1.10m SJ class, both in teams As I am writing this I have just competing for Saffron Walden returned from Burnham Market, Riding Club. To say it was a successful weekend would be an where again I ran Nicolai and understatement! We had a team Fidget in the novice sections. I have sold a share of Nicholai but win in the 1m and team second I still retain some of him along in the 1.10m with Fidget fourth with the ride. He was a credible individually. third after dressage, went Buster lives on the ULS-Gard brilliantly XC, but his unlucky from my sponsors Equine pole SJ and some time penalties America, and Fidget has gone from strength to strength on the pushed him to eleventh. Super Fidget went double clear for Cortaflex. We now Just have to eighth. wait and see if we get the invite

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LOVE DOGS any dogs get excitable, frightened and lose focus for a whole variety of reasons including fear of loud noises like fireworks, travelling in a car, being left on their own or when they are being trained. A good calming supplement can make quite a dramatic improvement to the behaviour of anxious dogs but what ingredients are having this effect and how do they work? Natural ingredients that might be found in effective calmers include tryptophan and certain B vitamins, most often B1

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(thiamine), B3 (niacin) and B6 (pyridoxine). Certain forms of clay can also be found as an ingredient. Tryptophan earns its place in calming supplements because it is a precursor of serotonin (5HT). This means it is a building-block from which serotonin can be manufactured in the brain. Serotonin, which is a neurotransmitter, acts in the brain to reduce anxiety and promotes a mood of happiness, concentration, calm and relaxation. So why not just feed serotonin? Because it cannot pass through the blood-brain barrier.

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There is an intermediary compound produced in the manufacture of serotonin from tryptophan called 5HTP, which does pass through the bloodbrain barrier so would appear at first glance to have potential as an ingredient in a calming supplement. Unfortunately it can irritate intestinal linings when fed at effective levels, causing unpleasant side effects, whereas feeding tryptophan at effective levels does not. Tryptophan has been proven to improve mood by boosting serotonin levels in the brain but care must be taken to administer it correctly for two reasons. Firstly tryptophan is an amino acid. Amino acids are the building blocks of proteins. It might be assumed therefore that to calm a dog all one would need to do is feed a protein source high in tryptophan. However this does not work because tryptophan competes with five other amino acids to cross the blood-brain barrier. So to be effective tryptophan should be given as an additional supplement containing none of the competing amino acids. Secondly the level of tryptophan given must be correct; too little will not have a significant effect and too much will actually promote tryptophan breakdown in the liver. Vitamin B6, often referred to as pyridoxine, helps to catalyse (it is a co-enzyme) the conversion of 5HTP to serotonin and therefore has a potential role to play in calming dogs. Niacin, occasionally referred to as vitamin B3, justifies its

inclusion in a calming supplement for three reasons. The first might seem a ‘backwards’ reason but it is correct thinking nonetheless. It is that tryptophan is used to make niacin, but it is a very inefficient process using a good deal of tryptophan to make not very much niacin. Thus by adding niacin directly in a calming supplement, the tryptophan present is ‘spared’ and therefore more is free to form serotonin and help to calm the dog. Secondly niacin is a co-enzyme for the reaction that converts tryptophan to 5HTP and therefore it promotes the production of serotonin in the brain. Thirdly niacin inhibits the enzyme that breaks down tryptophan in the liver and therefore it again, albeit indirectly, promotes the production of serotonin in the brain. Vitamin B1, commonly referred to as thiamine, is a candidate for inclusion in calming supplements mainly because it plays a direct role in transmission of nervous impulses. There is considerable anecdotal evidence for its effectiveness in reducing anxiety in dogs. It has been demonstrated to improve concentration and reduce excitability in humans and the same appears to apply in dogs. Other B vitamins may have a case for inclusion in calming supplements; in particular a case Continued overleaf...


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Now in its fifth year, the National Pet Show comes back to Birmingham’s NEC on 3rd and 4th November bigger and better than ever. Far from simply showcasing gorgeous dogs and adorable cats, there’ll be a dizzying array of species, from ponies to pythons, chickens to chinchillas and more, all under one roof. www.thenationalpetshow.com

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LOVE DOGS Continued from previous page...

could be made for folic acid, vitamin B12 and biotin. However all the B group vitamins have a myriad of functions and it is important to put any specific role into an overall context. The main role attributed to magnesium when justifying its inclusion in a calming supplement is that it has an important function in the transmission of nervous impulses.The requirement for magnesium may increase under stress and therefore it is prudent to include it as an ingredient in calming products.

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MOS, which is an acronym for mannan oligosaccharides, are the dried cell walls of yeast, and because of their large, ‘spikey’ surface area they bond to pathogenic bacteria e.g. Salmonella species, in the dog’s intestines, taking them out in the faeces. By leaving the beneficial bacteria free to multiply, MOS indirectly helps to maintain a correct gut environment and therefore justifies inclusion in calming products. FOS, which is an acronym for fructo-oligosaccharides, works as a pre-biotic in the dog’s gut. In recent years the use of FOS

CASE STUDY: Evie

nxious and easily distracted, working sheepdog Evie has been transformed thanks to a change in her diet. Owner of the four and a half-year-old Evie, Maggie Devitt noticed a change in her after just six weeks when moving her on to VetSpec Super Premium Dog Food. Before feeding VetSpec, Evie was an anxious and very distracted and very noise sensitive girl, with itchy skin problems. “Once her concentration broke, it was very difficult to get her back on track,” said Maggie. “I used to feed my ponies TopSpec and their feed worked fabulously so last year I called the VetSpec helpline for advice on what to feed Evie.” After calling the VetSpec helpline, Maggie was advised to use the VetSpec Calm & Focused Formula super premium dog food with the VetSpec Coat & Skin Supplement and started feeding them in Spring 2017. “We noticed a difference within six weeks of her being fed on VetSpec,” said Maggie.“I quickly noticed that her attention and confidence grew, the itching stopped and she now has a fabulous glossy coat.”

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has been shown to support gastrointestinal health in dogs in many ways. One of the main reasons is that FOS are selectively utilised by certain beneficial bacterial species e.g. Bifidobacteria, in the gastrointestinal tract. All the ingredients described in this article are natural. Most of them interact with each other and can affect temperament in a complex and sophisticated way that includes feedback mechanisms, so considerable skill and experience is necessary to formulate a successful calming supplement. www.vetspec.com

Maggie was also delighted that they started winning their classes at dog shows as well. The duo competed at Crufts for their first ever time and gained sixth place. Success has continued when qualifying very early in the season for the Crufts 2019 Semi Qualifying round to be held at Discover Dogs in October. Evie has all four award levels of the Good Citizen Award Scheme which range from the Puppy Foundation right through to the highest level which is the Gold Award. “Firework night is not a problem, nor is competing at big buzzy shows. Zero to Hero sums up Evie perfectly!” VetSpec Calm & Focused Formula is wheat-gluten-free with no added colours, preservatives or artificial flavours. VetSpec Calm & Focused Formula complete dog food is available in 2kg (£13.94) and 12kg (£49.94) bags.

THE ROLE

OF FOOD Laura Hill at Stauntonvale Gundogs has been competing in Field Trials since 2005. Her kennel includes four Field Trial Champion bitches. She has qualified for the IGL Retriever Championship an impressive nine times (with her husband Derek qualifying a further three times). Laura breeds and trains working Labradors for the shooting field. Whilst nutrition is important for all animals, for sporting dogs it is critical that they are fed the right foods from an early age, to develop the necessary muscle to support their joints and build a solid foundation for their future development and growth. After extensive research, Laura came across Orijen. “Orijen provides exactly the right mix of high meat protein, moderate fat and low carbohydrate that allow our dogs to thrive. “We ask a lot from our dogs, expecting them to perform in all weathers, working in demanding conditions. For that, they need to be at their peak physical and mental fitness. I've always believed in putting the best in to get the very best out.” www.orijenpetfoods.co.uk


REPORTS

Lincolnshire rider helps Great Britain seal double gold and Olympic qualification at

World Championships

team around us is just phenomenal. They make the dream come true really.” In the team competition, Great Britain headed into the showjumping with an 8.2 penalty advantage – or just two fences - over Ireland, and, after two clear rounds from Ireland’s team riders, the pressure mounted on the final three GBR combinations. After their incredible pathfinding cross country on Saturday, Gemma Tattersall got Britain underway in the showjumping phase, picking up 12 faults on The Soul Syndicate’s Arctic Soul. Tom McEwen was next in for the team and took an unlucky four faults from an otherwise impressive round on his own, Jane Inns and Alison McEwen’s Toledo de Kerser. Their completion score of 32.4 penalties meant that the gap

between the team gold and silver had closed to just four faults with two team riders left to show jump. The penultimate rider for GB, Piggy French, also picked up four faults on Quarrycrest Echo in the final showjumping combination on course, which reduced GBR’s advantage to just 0.2 of a penalty. Ireland’s final team rider, Sarah Ennis, headed into the final phase in individual bronze but an early fence down on Horseware Stellor Rebound dropped them out of the individual medals and also increased the penalty gap between team silver and gold back to four. After Ros’ brilliant clear round the team gold was secured for Great Britain with a score of 88.8, Ireland took team silver on 93 and France bronze with a score of 99.8. Great Britain’s individual

combination, Tina Cook and Elisabeth Murdoch and Keith Tyson’s Billy the Red, rounded off their championships with a clear round which pulled them up to finish in ninth place individually, and second best of the British riders behind Ros on a score of 31.5 penalties. Richard Waygood MBE, Performance Manager for Eventing, said; “It’s been an amazing day in the office, really great team work. They all pulled together, they all went in there for the team and stuck to the system. It was close at the end, but even before Ros jumped the last fence I knew she had it. Our primary objective coming here was qualifying for Tokyo [Olympic Games] and our next objective was to win as many medals as possible, and we’ve achieved both goals.”

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he final showjumping phase – which had to be postponed by a day due to heavy rainfall – caused problems throughout the field and made for an exciting climax to the eventing competition at the 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games in Tryon, North Carolina, USA recently. Rosalind Canter entered the arena as the final rider for GBR with Great Britain in the gold medal position, and individually sitting in silver, on her own and Caroline Moore’s Allstar B. A text-book clear round from the Lincolnshire rider not only secured Great Britain as World Champions, but also confirmed an individual medal for Ros, and team Olympic qualification for Great Britain at Tokyo 2020. Individually, the overnight leader, Ingrid Klimke, had no room for error on SAP Hale Bob OLD and as they approached the final fence it looked like the individual gold was going to Germany, but the crowds’ cheers turned to gasps as a pole on the final fence fell and the individual title went to Ros. A delighted Ros said; “I don't think it's sunk in. I can’t believe it; Allstar B was absolutely amazing, he was an absolute hero, I had an amazing experience in there. I kept saying [to myself] just let him do his job, and I’m so proud, he’s just phenomenal. There were quite a few tears when I found out which isn't normal for me. “It’s just incredible both for me and the whole support team behind Team GBR – it’s just the most incredible feeling. The


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Burghley Sponsored Ride Fun in the sun at the 2018 SEIB Insurance Brokers

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he SEIB Burghley Sponsored Ride took place in blazing sunshine on the final day of the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials Sunday 2nd September. Well over 300 riders set out on the 10km course and their efforts at raising sponsorship money resulted in cumulative proceeds from the 17 rides now totalling over £250,000 for equine and local charities. This year’s ride added £23,000 to pass this landmark sum. SEIB Insurance Brokers are in their fourth year of generously sponsoring the SEIB Burghley Sponsored Ride. SEIB’s contribution combined with the support of Stamford XT, Burghley Horse Trials and Burghley Estate ensures that all set up costs of the ride are covered and so 100% of the money raised goes directly to charity. SEIB also provided each completing horse and rider with a medal and goody bag.

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First riders out on the course, Helen Banks riding Connor, Alex Muir riding Norris and Sally Wiles riding Benson were delighted to be riding on the famous Burghley turf. Helen said: “This is the only chance we have of riding on the Burghley course!” This trio have taken part in plenty of sponsored rides but this was their first time at Burghley. Riders particularly enjoyed the new flyover bridge, riding both under and over this great Burghley innovation. The creation of a separate cantering area was very popular and ensured that everyone could go at their own pace without interfering with anyone else. The Burghley Sponsored Ride proved a wonderful day out for 13-year-old Jemma Marlow. Helen, Jemma’s mother said: “Jemma has had a tough time, she was diagnosed with osteosarcoma (bone cancer) when she was eleven and had to

undergo nine months of chemotherapy. It was great for Jemma and her pony, Sox, to get to Burghley, it is Jemma’s first major outing since her illness. Jemma has now recovered but she has a metal prosthetic bone in her left leg as a result of this illness.” The course also gave riders the chance to paddle through the Burghley Trout Hatchery and disappear from view down in the famous Cottesmore leap ditch. Abby Brotherton who rode her 22-year-old Norwegian Fjord horse, Pumba was delighted to find the Burghley ground absolutely perfect for the ride, she said: “It was great to get out on the course and see the sights.” Each rider had their photograph taken riding in front of Burghley House. For the first time this year, nonriding but sporty family and friends were catered for with the 3.6km SEIB Horseless Burghley Fun Run which took place after the Sponsored Ride had finished.

Everyone had a great time in the run which was capably started by some members of the Gurkha Welfare Trust. Charities benefitting from this years event are World Horse Welfare, BHS, Brandsby Horses, Lincs and Notts Air Ambulance and the 2018 Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials charity, The Gurkha Welfare Trust. Ride organiser, Ian Scott, was delighted with reaching the £250,000 target: “This amount could not have been achieved without the considerable help of the support team from my wife, who deals with all the entries and queries, to volunteers from Stamford XT for the marshals and smooth running on the day, Tower Equine vets providing cover, SEIB Insurance Brokers for their unstinting support to cover our costs and the permission of Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials. When I ran the first ride back in the late 90’s I never dreamed we could achieve such amounts and this success is one all the team is proud of.” The SEIB Burghley Sponsored Ride is scheduled for 8th September 2019. Visit www.burghleysponsoredride.co.uk


quartet of British Junior riders won their respective FEI Jumping Nations Cup Youth Final at Sentower Park in Opglabbeek, Belgium recently. Competing under the title sponsor banner of NAF, the team ensured that the Union flag was aloft after producing some fantastic rounds of jumping. Jodie Hall Mcateer, aged 18, from Borehamwood, Hertfordshire was the team pathfinder with Fantom, a 9-year-old British bred bay gelding owned by Mandy Hall. She was joined on the team by Matilda Lanni, aged 14, from Peterborough, Cambridgeshire with Newbridges Master Brown, a 12-year-old bay gelding owned by Stacey Webb; Oliver Tuff, aged 15, from Totnes, Devon with Darino B, a 10 year-old bay gelding and Jack Whitaker, aged 16, from Whatton, Nottinghamshire with Queen Elisabeth.

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By Sophie Harris This month has been all about foals. From auctions to presentations, to private photoshoots, they have been on my screen for most of the month and I'm certainly not complaining! These three gorgeous foals were photographed at the Brightwells AES auction.

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Norfolk's Evelyn Bond Smith performs in the NAF Pony Five Star Finals

he inaugural British Showjumping National Junior Academy Championships, that were held at Stoneleigh Park in August, hosted this year’s NAF Pony Five Star Finals. The Finals on Sunday 12th August. They were a great showcase for the successes achieved via the NAF Pony Five Star Performance Awards Programme. The competition was divided into three sections; 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 British Showjumping Coaches Hannah Jackson and Mia Palles-Clark to make the tough decision on who the eventual victors would be. Riders were not only competing for the winners titles, but also for the NAF rugs and goodie bags on offer. Each section was made up of a predesigned course which required a demonstration of flatwork movements, as well as jumping a range of fences depending on the star level the rider has achieved on the NAF Pony Five Star Performance Awards Programme. Competitors with their 1* jumped a 0.70m track, 2* competitors jumped over 0.80m, whilst 3* riders competed over 0.90m. Following an afternoon of stiff competition, the section winners were announced. Eight-year-old Evelyn Bond Smith from Bawdeswell, Norfolk was awarded the victory in the NAF 1* Pony Five Star Final on Clare Bond’s 13-year-old liver chestnut gelding Derrymore Lucky Lad.

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Seasoned campaigners take the final HOYS tickets in the

SEIB Racehorse to Riding Horse Championship he SEIB Racehorse to Riding Horse qualifier at the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials provides a true spectacle in the main arena. Twenty-three thoroughbred ex-racehorses – including one coloured animal – were honoured to be able to take part in this prestigious event on the hallowed turf of the world famous three-day event. Burghley is the final qualifier for the prestigious SEIB Racehorse to Riding Horse championship which will take place at Horse of the Year Show (HOYS) in October. Lizzie Harris and her own, Wild West won the class to earn their HOYS ticket. Lizzie said: “This is the third time Westie has qualified at Burghley. He absolutely loves it here. He is a complete pet and my 2-year-old daughter, Olivia leads him in from the field every day.” Wild West is a true all rounder – he competes in side saddle classes, goes hunting and was the Supreme Champion at the Aintree RoR final in 2017. He was placed several times as a racehorse and was trained by Jonjo O’Neil. He is now in demand and has some celebrity appearances lined up in addition to going to HOYS, Lizzie explained: “Westie took the runner up spot in the Aintree June show this year so he will get to lead the winner of the Topham

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Chase at Aintree in the spring and we have also been invited to parade side-saddle at Blenheim this year.” Runner up, Donna Bamonte and her own, Valentine Jak qualified for their sixth consecutive HOYS appearance at Burghley. This pair have travelled the length of the country from Devon to Northumberland - and all the competitions in between - to earn their qualification. Donna explained: “Jak will now have been to HOYS in the SEIB Racehorse class more times than any other horse. It is his last go at the championship this year, as he is now fifteen. Just to be at Burghley with him today has been wonderful and I am thrilled to have qualified again.” Donna and Valentine Jak’s best placing at HOYS was fourth in 2015. Donna continued: “After HOYS, Jak will have a holiday and then we will compete in a few veteran classes in the future. He is a great jumper and is also frequently ridden sidesaddle.” The SEIB Racehorse to Riding Horse class was not without excitement as the intended winner, L’Amiral David, became agitated during the prize giving and wouldn’t stand which resulted in a last-minute disqualification. This proved a good decision when the horse consequently went backwards through the decoration of one of the show jumps on its way out of

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Wild West and Lizzie Harris

Valentine Jak and Donna Bamonte

the arena. Judges, Jordan Cook (ride) and Ann Hooley (conformation) were unanimous in their decision and both reiterated the importance of good manners in the show ring. Ann said: “We are looking for a

true show horse in this class that has both manners and correct conformation.” Jordan added: “Behaviour is important in every class and safety in the ring is absolutely paramount.” Ann Hooley was ride Judge at the


Jo Jack Free Diamonds

Chris Hunnable and Singing Hinnie

first ever SEIB Racehorse to Riding Horse HOYS Championship. She said: “Over the years the standard of horses entered has improved amazingly. There is a now a lot more emphasis on training the horses. Back when I judged the first championship, there were plenty of big chasing types. In the ring today we saw more hacks and riding horses.” Susan Church’s mare, Free

Diamonds, ridden by Jo Jacks took third place. This mare qualified for HOYS at the Vale View SEIB qualifier. Jo has worked for top showing producer, Katie Jerram for fourteen years now. She said: “I rode for Sue in my first year at Katie’s and it is so nice now to be off to HOYS with her stunning little horse. She has been so good today as she doesn’t like showjumps and she had to be brave to trot past them

in the ring!” Free Diamonds, who is known as Minnie Mouse at home is Spanish bred and ran twice in her native country for trainer Peter Haley. Jo continued: “Minnie Mouse is a pleasure to ride she has the loveliest nature and I am really looking forward to going to HOYS with her.” Charley Baxter riding Rebecca Ward’s, Mandaean took fourth place. This bay gelding was a former Group 1 winner on the flat and last ran in 2013. He was trained by Godolphin and won nearly £200k in prize money before being retrained by Darley Rehoming for a second career. Rebecca had originally intended to ride Mandaean in the class before a last-minute change of plan saw Charley and Rebecca swap rides – with Rebecca riding her father Martin Ward’s horse, Renewed Challenge. Charley said: “This is the first time I have ridden in a racehorse class, I had a great time and Martin - as Mandaean is known as at home – was just brilliant.” Another horse from the Jerram’s yard did well at Burghley to finish in fifth place. Chris Hunnable was absolutely chuffed with Singing Hinnie who is owned by farrier, Rebecca Lowe. He said: “It is all thanks to SEIB for this opportunity to ride at Burghley. I think I appreciate it more than most. The last time I rode here as a competitor was at the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials in 2003 on an eventer called What A Performance.” Singing Hinnie won her ticket to HOYS in the class at the Osbaldeston qualifier back in April. She was trained by Mark Tomkins in Newmarket during her racing days.

Ipswich Horse Society report on their Sponsored Ride

deal weather attracted many riders to Old Hall Estate, Barham for the IHS autumn ride on 2nd September. Riders all commented on the lovely ride and tracks which would not normally be accessible to them and we are very grateful for the hospitality of the landowners in allowing us to route the ride over their farmland. Also, thanks to all the riders who supported this event and the volunteer helpers who acted as marshals. The ride was in aid of Street Forge Workshops, a small charity based in Thornham Magna, providing training and activities for adults with disabilities. At the moment sponsorship raised stands at £643 and the cup for the highest amount raised by a rider was awarded to Beverley Snowball. We also had a visit to the ride by Lynne Mortimer, journalist from the East Anglian Daily Times. Some of you may have read her articles, particularly her very amusing Monday page, and also heard her regular comment slots on Radio Suffolk. She came to write an article about the history of the IHS and how we have donated over £100,000 to local charities. Lynne spent a while with us, chatting to riders and taking photos. Finally Wendy Simmon, our committee member who normally keeps our website updated, is unfortunately in hospital after a fall from her horse a few days before the ride, and she will be out of action for a little while. We wish her a speedy recovery.

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Redwings Hat-trick:

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ehomed rescued ponies from Redwings Horse Sanctuary were awarded the top three places in the Best Ridden Rescue Class at the Aylsham Show recently. In a touching display of what rescued horses can achieve in nurturing homes, New Forest pony Redwings Fern took first place in the popular ridden class, followed by Welsh pony Redwings Thyme in second and cob Redwings Benson in third. Pretty Fern also took home the top prize in the Plaited Show Pony Class and second in the Angels on Horseback Class. Thirteen-year-old Fern arrived at Redwings in 2005 with her mother Forest when she was just 3-months-old and suffering with an eye condition. At the Sanctuary, Fern received the veterinary treatment she needed and grew into a friendly pony and an ideal candidate for the charity’s rehoming programme. She went on to find a new home with her Guardian, Danielle Pye, in March this year. Danielle, whose 5-year-old son

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asked for a better pony. She has been ridden by both my daughters and now they’re growing up, we have a lovely Redwings Fern with 5year-old little girl ride her. Thyme will rider Jayden. always be with us – she’s a part of the family.” Jayden rode Fern at the Aylsham Handsome Benson has lived Show, said: “When we won, I with his Guardian, Sharon Pye, was brought to tears - I was that for twelve years. He was taken in proud of both of them. Fern by Ada Cole Memorial Stables behaved impeccably all day and (before the charity merged with Jayden rode her brilliantly. This is Redwings Horse Sanctuary) in the first big event he’s been to 2003 from a fellow welfare with Fern, but they both took it organisation that needed help in in their stride and stole the rehoming some of its horses. show!” Commenting on the Aylsham Runner-up Thyme arrived at Show, Sharon said: “It was a Redwings in 2004 with a large wonderful day for us, and for group of feral ponies rescued Redwings! Benson has retired from an area of common land in from jumping now, and instead Wales where grazing had has turned into a dressage diva become severely limited due to and loves shows.” overbreeding. Rachel Angell, Redwings’ Her Guardian, Samantha Hayes, Rehoming and Operations who has cared for Thyme for Manager, said: “This shows the seven years, said she is part of fantastic progress rescued the family: “She is an absolute horses and ponies can make pleasure. We could not have with loving Guardians.”

Cambridge's Alice Ellison wins at Brampton EC

lice Ellison seized victory by the narrowest of margins in the Dodson & Horrell 1.05m National Amateur Second Round with Sasha Ellison’s Elsalinda S. Seven reached the jump-off over course-designer Sue Peasley’s 10-fence track for a hot, competitive jump-off, but Alice found a slightly shorter route to win by just 0.04 seconds on Elsalinda S, a 9-year-old Dutch-bred mare she has produced from British novice for the past five years.

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econd round qualification is well underway for the Dodson & Horrell National Amateur Championships on 13th – 18th November, with riders vying for qualification at Brampton Equestrian Centre in Norwich recently. Kim Pearson from Norwich outpaced her rivals in the Dodson & Horrell 85cm National Amateur Second Round to claim victory on Opal III. Eight came forward to the jump-off but Kim had all the answers sewn up to secure the win by 0.59 seconds on her British-bred 13-year-old mare Opal, her consistent partner for the past six years.

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he second rounds to qualify for the Dodson & Horrell National Amateur Championships are underway and riders contended the latest qualifiers at Barleylands Equestrian Centre in Basildon, Essex. Phoebe Jefferies from Maldon, Essex jumped to victory in the Dodson & Horrell 1.10m National Amateur Second Round with Karen Jefferies’ Billy Savoy. Eight posted first round clears over coursedesigner Ian Lewington’s 10-fence track to go forward to the jump-off and chase after the top spot. Nonetheless, Phoebe had all the tight turns sewn up to win on Billy Savoy, a Billy Mexico x Animo 9-year-old that she has competed for the past two years, by an impressive 5.13 seconds.

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Cup Youth Final at Sentower Park in Opglabbeek, Belgium recently. The team made up of Shaunie Greig, Claudia Moore, aged 13, from Essex with Delfip, an 11-year-old bay mare owned by Katrina Moore, Perdita Digby, aged 15, and Nicole Lockhead Anderson, aged 16, put in some strong performances to ensure their place on the podium. Claudia Moore helps Claudia Moore, who had won Individual BS’Team LeMieux Bronze at the Pony European Championships in addition to Team Gold, finish third put in the sole clear for the team returning t was a third place finish for the home on a zero penalty score. Shaunie, British Pony riders, competing under Perdita and Nicole picked up just 4 the title sponsor banner of Team penalties apiece. LeMieux, in their FEI Jumping Nations

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he Pony Club Endurance Championships were held at Euston Park, Suffolk, alongside the HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Endurance Cup Festival UK Endurance Masters in August. The event hosted 51 Pony Club Members. Local results included: Open level – Ella Pomroy (Easton Harriers Hunt) won with 48.65 points riding Suzie Todd and Ella Pomroy Redwings Milky Way. Teams – the Mixed Team of Alex Powell on Brohedydd The Duke, Ella Pomroy of Easton Harriers Hunt riding Redwings Milky Way, Honor Farley on Another Firebird Rising and Georgia Brenton on Townahawe Buster, won with 147.01points.

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Well Done! ve Marson from Sudbourne in Suffolk qualified for the Pony Club Grass Roots Regional Championships that were held at The College Equestrian Centre, Keysoe recently. Eve only recently took over the ride from her sister Ada on the 13.2hh Rolly Rascal. They started their season off with fast scoring rounds to aid the win of the Easton Harriers Hunt Pony Club’s Grass Roots Showjumping team at the qualifying event in June at Isleham. In July, the team competed for the Dressage qualifier and again scored a top result to qualify for the Dressage Champs. However, their top result was in mid-August when they competed at Geldeston for the highly sought after Eventing qualification. Her sister and Rolly had won the previous year so Eve was determined to equal. She and Rolly produced a best ever dressage score of 29 to lead from start to finish. The Cross Country course proved to be very influential but Eve and Rolly cruised round to take the win in their section and qualify as an individual for the Champs. Eve represented the Easton Harriers Hunt Pony Club and rode in the Team as well as an individually at the Pony Club Grass Roots Championships in September. “Eve did really well at the Championships, gaining ninth individual in the Dressage Champs and team ninth. She achieved tenth individually in the Eventing Champs, and also double clear to help take team to sixth in SJ Champs!” explained mum Jane. “Eve is still only 10-years-old - she’s catching up with her sister Ada!”

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SHOWJUMPING Norfolk: Anvil Park Stud; Senior British Showjumping. Tel: 07879 881755 SHOWJUMPING Norfolk: Forest Edge Arena; Junior British Halloween Showjumping. Tel: 01760 722616 SUNDAY 4TH NOVEMBER ARENA EVENTING Suffolk: The Jays; Team & Ind Arena Eventing. Tel: 07759 603120 ARENA TREC Beds: Twin Trees EC; Arena Trec. Tel: 01767 627414 DRESSAGE Norfolk: Anvil Park Stud; Unaffiliated Dressage. Tel: 07879 881755 DRESSAGE Norfolk: Easton & Otley College; British Dressage. Tel: 01603 732316 SHOWJUMPING Beds: The College EC; British Showjumping. Tel: 01234 708400 SHOWJUMPING Essex: Barleylands EC; Senior British Showjumping. Tel: 07545 010770 SHOWJUMPING Essex: Brook Farm TC; Senior British Showjumping. Tel: 07595 023325 SHOWJUMPING Essex: Harolds Park Farm; Unaffiliated Showjumping. Tel: 07775 516945 SHOWJUMPING Essex: Wix EC; Unaffiliated Showjumping. Tel: 01255 870744 SHOWJUMPING Norfolk: Forest Edge Arena; Junior British Halloween Showjumping. Tel: 01760 722616 SHOWJUMPING Norfolk: Lime Kiln Farm EC; Unaffiliated Showjumping. Tel: 07749 951898 SHOWJUMPING Suffolk: Boyton Hall EC; Senior British Showjumping Club. Tel: 01449 744482


Absolute Horse - October 2018  
Absolute Horse - October 2018  
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