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erm-X is launching a new special offer pack of Verm-X Pellets for Horses & Ponies which includes a voucher for two free worm counts worth over £18.00. The 750g pack contains an exclusive voucher for the free faecal egg count kits, courtesy of Westgate Laboratories. Said Philip Ghazala of Verm-X: “This exciting offer provides new and existing customers with the opportunity to see, in black and white, the benefits of Verm-X for horses and ponies. “We are pleased to be working with Westgate Laboratories and fully support a scientific and intelligent approach to equine management.” The pelleted form of Verm-X for Horses & Ponies makes Verm-X easy
to add to feeds or to feed directly from the hand. The natural and herbal ingredients in Verm-X provide vitamins, minerals and trace elements that contribute to overall health and wellbeing, in addition to intestinal hygiene control. The 750g pack of Verm-X Horse Pellets has RRP of £31.50. The offer
Petplan Equine races to the rescue
etplan Equine, the UK’s specialist equine insurer, has donated nearly 15 tonnes of free feed to Redwings Horse Sanctuary following an incredibly successful Facebook campaign. The insurance company pledged to donate 1kg or a scoop of feed for every person who clicked ‘Donate’ on their Facebook page, and an astonishing 14,721 people obliged. Representatives from the company visited the charity’s new Aylsham centre in North Norfolk this week to hand over the feed and find out more about how it will be used. Redwings Chief Executive Lynn Cutress said: “We were so thrilled to receive this generous donation from Petplan Equine, it couldn’t have come at a better time. After such a cold winter, with so little sunshine, the grass just hasn’t grown as it normally would and so lots of our residents are still relying on feed and forage. Thank you so much to everyone who clicked and helped spread the word about this campaign. With 1,300 mouths to feed, you can bet every last kilogram will be very gratefully received!” Isabella von Mesterhazy, Head of Marketing for Petplan Equine said: “We’d like to echo Lynn in extending our thanks to all those facebook followers who have taken the trouble to get involved in this initiative. As the UK’s largest
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Does my horse need a passport? A brief guide to the Horse Passport Regulations 2009 This article provides an overview of The Horse Passport Regulations 2009 (“the Regulations”) only, due to the complex nature of this topic.
very horse owner should be aware that they are required to have a passport for their horse but many may not know that from 1 July 2009 all foals and horses not previously identified have to be micro chipped when applying for a passport in accordance with the Regulations. Since 2005 all equines (including donkeys) are required to have a passport. A foal has to be micro chipped and have a passport before it is 6 months old or by 31 December in the year that it is born, whichever is later. If the intention is to sell the foal before it reaches the required age for a passport, you have to obtain one before sale. If a horse is brought into England and it does not already have a passport, one has to be applied for within 30 days of entering the country. If the horse is staying in the country for less than 30 days a passport does not have to be applied for. If your horse already has a
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passport that was issued before 30 June 2009 you do not need to get a micro chip. However, if you have to apply for a replacement passport you may be required to have your horse micro chipped. In any event, it is beneficial to have your horse chipped as it will assist with identification if the horse is ever lost or stolen. You can be fined up to £5,000 if you don’t have a valid horse passport.
Proof of ownershiP and travelling
The majority of people who have horses with passports are under the mistaken impression that possession of the passport is sufficient evidence to prove they are the owner. The Regulations state that the passport is to confirm the identity of the horse and to record if the horse is meant for human consumption. As the Regulations require the passport to travel with the horse the person in possession can be anyone from a delivery driver to a vet to a stable hand. If a horse is loaned out, the loanee will require possession of the passport. To ensure you can prove ownership of a horse you should microchip it and keep records to establish a paper trail. Items such as a purchase receipt from the previous owner, vets invoices and photographs of you with the horse will greatly assist in proving you are the owner. Do not rely on the fact you are in possession of the passport to prove ownership.
The Regulations also place an onus on the buyer of a horse to register it with a passport issuing organisation within 30 days of obtaining new ownership. There are numerous passport issuing organisations and a full list is available at www.gov.uk/horsepassport/apply-for-a-horse-passport or by telephoning the Defra helpline on 08459 335577. In addition the buyer must notify the passport issuing organisation of the sale for registration of the new ownership and the seller only has to give the passport to the buyer at the time the transaction is carried out. The passport has to travel with the horse at all times except when stabled or out hacking. Even moving the horse a short distance you are required to carry the passport unless it is for emergency welfare reasons. If the passport cannot be presented when requested it has to be made available without delay. does the vet need the PassPort?
The Regulations were designed to monitor and control the movement of horses and to stop unsuitable animals entering the food chain. As a result all treatment administered by a vet should be recorded and certain treatment has to be recorded in the passport. If certain veterinary medical products are used for treatment and not recorded in the passport, a vet can be guilty of an offence under the Regulations. All vets are required
to ask to see the passport before administering treatment. Some medication administered to horses such as phenylbutezone (bute) is toxic to humans and if a passport has section ix medicinal treatment completed, the horse cannot enter the food chain.
It is relatively easy to apply for a duplicate or replacement passport. However, if a person applies for a passport and they have no right to do so, they can be guilty of an offence under the Regulations. The penalty under the Regulations is a fine but that is based upon proving the person trying to obtain a copy of the passport is not the actual owner of the animal. Finally when a horse dies the owner is required to notify the passport issuing organisation and return the passport to them within 30 days of death along with confirmation of the date of death. At the time of writing this article Defra has agreed to overhaul the equine passport system and is currently in consultation with relevant equine organisations. This review is considered necessary in light of the horse meat scandal. Upon completion of the consultation there is likely to be new, more stringent laws issued. For more information on the services DWF offers, please contact Keith by email at keith.howell@ dwf.co.uk or by telephone on 0845 404 2523. www.equiads.net
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Protect your horse from harmful rays W
hile summer is a season that every horse owner looks forward to, warmer weather doesn’t come without its problems for our equine friends. As well as coping with flies, some horses are prone to getting sunburnt, in particular those with areas of pink skin. Thanks to Nettex Sun Block your horse can be well protected from the sun’s harmful UVA and UVB rays and avoid the painful cracking and blistering of the skin that sunburn causes. Simply apply the cream liberally to the muzzle and any other vulnerable areas to protect your horse in the field, out hacking or during long show days. This high-factor sun block contains Aloe Vera and Tea Tree Oil making it kind and soothing for even the most sensitive skin. One application of Nettex Sun Block will provide all-day protection for your horse and it’s water resistant, too, so it won’t get washed off during spring and summer showers. Safe to use on yourself, you can venture off for a long day in the saddle knowing you are both protected. Part of the Nettex Fly Control range, Nettex Sun Block is part of the newly designed Nettex range of equine products. It’s the same great product as before just with a fresh new look, and is a must-have for every caring horse owner’s tack box this year. RRP: £15.50 for 300g For stockist information, visit www. nettexequine.com or call 01634 257150.
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isible identification is always going to ward off thieves more than a method of identification that is invisible. Thieves want an easy life and stealing a horse or pony bearing a freeze mark is going to make their lives very complicated. Everyone is aware of this and yet it never fails to amaze Mary Awre of the company Freezemark when owners say to her – “I don’t need a freeze mark – my horse is microchipped! “It is amazing that people think that something that cannot be seen will stop a horse from being stolen”, says Mary. However, as Mary states – “As soon as a horse or pony is stolen in an area, owners suddenly decide they must have a visible deterrent and want their horses freeze marked immediately. Often we can organise to carry out the work quickly, but there are times when this is not the case as we are booked elsewhere or do not have enough horses in the area to set up a day. Therefore, we impress upon people to plan ahead. It helps them and it helps us and most important of all – it can save their horses from theft! Call Freezemark on 01295 788226 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for details. Information can also be found at www.freezemark.biz Freezemark is presently offering a 10% discount!
Whole Health for Your Horse This Summer W
e have put together some helpful hints and tips from Karen Ruggles at Ruggles & Stopitall Ltd – the online website for natural supplements and skincare products inspired by Mother Nature – to get your horse through the summer – without any harsh chemicals! Choose an effective, longlasting yet natural fly-repelling product to keep biting insects away – preferably a water and oilbased mix which won’t wash off in the rain. The fly repellent allows your horse to ‘get naked’ and enjoy some rug-free turnout in the sunshine, which, in turn, is critical to help boost vitamin D levels. Your horse should always have some form of shade to stand under when turned out, whether a tree, tall hedge or field shelter, to protect him from the sun. Try spraying some old rags with your fly repellent and hang from the rafters to make your stable a bug-free zone. If your horse is itchy, look for a natural product to simultaneously soothe those irritated areas and kill any eggs. Products with harsh chemicals or even tea-tree can often make things worse. Choose a soap-free shampoo for bathing your horse for a show as it won’t matter if you miss any areas when rinsing off. If you have a horse or pony with severe skin problems/itchiness, you may also need to boost his health from the inside. Try a probiotic supplement to fortify the immune system, but avoid those that contain cereal fillers – look for ‘pure’ probiotics. This also applies to stressed animals or those that have recently been on antibiotics. If your horse or pony is, or has been, suffering from laminitis, consider a fast-acting supplement such as intensive Green Lipped Mussel, which has powerful Omega 3 properties to help support stressed bones and mobility. Omega 3 is proven to be a very important element in a body’s ability to self-heal quickly, so also useful after injury too. Often skin issues and stiffness can be diet-related and so look at exactly what your horse or pony is eating to ensure there is no relation or allergy that could be causing any problems. There are many differing beliefs about what should and should not be fed to horses, ie. garlic, cereals, molasses, but it is up to you to read the research and make your own sensible judgement. For further information or to purchase health-supportive natural products online visit www.karenruggles.co.uk or call 01823 259952. www.equiads.net
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f your horse or pony suffers from poor hoof growth or crumbling/split hooves, then this can make it diﬃcult to keep shoes on during the summer months. Aloeride is a pure organic and natural aloe vera supplement, which with its unique blend of nutrients could help improve your horses’ feet. By rebuilding hoof wall integrity, unwanted water ingress is halted whilst beneficial hydration that should stay in, stays in. Ideal for problem shoeing, as well as for barefoot horses. Aloeride is an easy to feed ‘taste-free’
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Starch levels are also extremely low, at just 1.5 per cent, because the feed is completely free from cereals or grains, which are the main source of starch in mixes and cubes. These low levels of sugar and starch – less than any other complete fibre feed on the market – make Healthy Hooves Molasses Free the safest option today for horses and ponies that are prone to laminitis. As with all Dengie feeds, it features a high-fibre content, which is ideal for promoting eﬃcient gut function. It also provides plenty of energy for horses and ponies at rest or in light work and should be fed at the recommended levels to promote improved hoof growth and quality hoof horn. Healthy Hooves Molasses Free is available in 20kg bales, with an RRP of £12.19 to £12.89. For further information on nutrition and a healthy fibre diet, telephone the Dengie Feedline on 0845 345 5115, log on to www.dengie.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
supplement, which offers horse owners additional support. Clinical trials have shown that aloe vera can boost hoof growth by more than 50% over a four-month period – and the unique spectrum of nutrients within Aloeride can bring even better results. And don’t forget that in supporting hoof growth, you’re also supporting the growth of healthy skin and hair too, in one small daily sachet of Aloeride. RRP: £55.20 (1 x months supply) www.aloeride.co.uk 01858 464550 www.equiads.net
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Win! free Baileys feed for a year Aoife Clarke - Baileys’ sponsored rider The long hard winter took its toll on many horses and, even though the spring grass has finally appeared, many owners are still having to supplement their horses’ diets in order to promote the condition and muscle tone they need for their summer activities. Baileys Top Line Conditioning Cubes are an obvious choice to provide nonheating calories and quality protein for outstanding results. New Alfalfa Plus Oil is also a great way to ensure a horse is getting plenty of digestible fibre, slow release calories and quality protein, if forage quality is questionable. For those who “get fat on thin air”, Baileys Lo-Cal balancer plus a little Light Chaff is the perfect combination to provide essential nutrients, without the calories associated with a mix or cube. Working out what to feed can be a headache but Baileys’ new web site
has an easy to use Product filter with lots of info about each individual product to help narrow down your choice. Feeding Answers tackles frequently asked questions on a wide range of feeding topics, whilst the new Nutrition Library is nice and easy to search for articles giving practical advice. There are also profiles of Baileys-sponsored riders and events plus an easy-to-use Stockist search facility and the latest News and Facebook feeds. One lucky reader will win a consultation with a Baileys nutritionist and a year’s supply of feed for one horse, while two runners up will each receive £50-worth of Baileys feed. If you can’t find the answer to your feeding questions on Baileys new web site, ring the Nutrition Team on 01371 850247 (option 2) to talk through your options.
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fit or fat – how does your horse stack up? Dr Derek Cuddeford, Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, University of Edinburgh
eauty is in the eye of the beholder! And in the heart and mind of the keeper, so this creates an impossible situation in that how can the keeper ever have an objective eye!! Another pertinent saying is to “see ourselves as others see us”. A simple exercise to determine the truth of this is to look at oneself in a mirror; the tendency is to be deceived into thinking everything looks OK. Then get someone to take a natural photograph of you when you are unaware and not posing and study the image. It will be apparent that all is not perfect, with parts of your anatomy going south together with a few bulges that did not seem apparent when viewed in the mirror. Muscles come and go, flab lasts. How you feel and how you look are subjective self-assessments whereas how you weigh is an objective measure. The scales never lie! You might feel and look good but you can still be fat. The reason I spend time talking of the human experience is because humans will be involved in determining how a horse stacks up in terms of fitness or fatness and thus subjectivity can be an unwitting partner to such assessments. How does one avoid this and objectively assess fitness and fatness? As I have already noted the “scales never lie” but our four-legged friends require something more substantial than a set of scales. Not everyone has access to a suitable weighing device or can get their horse along to a public weighbridge so we have an immediate problem, how do we discover the weight of our horse/pony? fortunately there
are a number of strategies available to us for little cost if any. There are weigh tapes available from feed manufacturers which are based on measuring heart girth but instead of actually giving a value in cms you can directly read off the weight in kgs. The tape must be placed around the barrel of the animal immediately behind the elbow and withers in order to correctly measure heart girth. However, not all weigh tapes are equal. It has been shown that the accuracy for one tape was 113% (overestimation) for an animal <15hh whereas another tape estimated weight with an accuracy of 99% (underestimation) when compared to weighbridge values. for animals >15hh the respective values were 103 and 92% thus showing that accuracy of weigh tapes were affected by the height of the animal measured. It is also possible to estimate the weight of a horse by measuring your horse’s heart girth and length (point of shoulder to tuber ischii) both in cms using the formula: weight (kg) = heart girth2xlength/11877. for horses <15hh this formula was nearly 100% accurate but less so (95%) for horses >15hh compared to real weights. Not surprisingly the “eye of the beholder” was the least accurate method (<90%) for estimating weight which proves the point that we need objective methods of assessing weight. Another means of assessing fatness or fitness is by condition scoring or as some prefer to say, fat scoring on a scale 1 to 5; some scoring systems use a scale of 1 to 10. Body scoring is claimed by some to be the most practical method of assessing
a horse’s weight. However, I totally disagree with this since the system only requires you to “feel” the horse in certain areas (neck, back and ribs, pelvis) in order to determine, in your view (very subjective), the extent of fat cover. The extent of fat cover cannot determine weight! Others propose a combined approach using both scoring and a weigh tape to try to estimate if their animal falls
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Xxxxxxxxxx Feeding within the ‘normal’ weight range for its height. However, the latter is not very useful since weight ranges can be as great as 80kg! for example, the range quoted for a 16hh Thoroughbred is from 480 to 560kg. Racing Thoroughbreds are often weighed regularly because trainers recognise that individual horses have optimum racing weights and what is the relevance of fat scoring for these animals? One might also question the application of this system to dressage horses with their welldeveloped muscle blocks. They do not really fit into the proposed schemes and in fact this is clear when one looks at the proposed normal weight ranges for different horse types. for example the 16.2hh range is from 520 to 590 (Thoroughbred), 590 to 650 (sport horse) and from 650 to 720 (draught horse). By analogy, in the field of human endeavour there are huge contrasts both in terms of body shape and muscling. Comparing the physique of an Olympic swimmer to that of a 10,000 metre runner, a weight lifter, a gymnast or a Tour de france cyclist reveals these differences that are particular to the disciplines. In the same way, a dressage horse could not compete in a 160km endurance race against an Arab horse.
Thus, the assessment of fitness or fatness is more complicated than seems at first sight. Weight estimation by weigh tape is clearly affected by horse height. Ideal weight range is affected by horse type and condition is affected by both horse type and activity. The degree of fatness is affected by energy intake and activity levels since, for example, you can feed most racehorses in training bucketfuls of concentrate and they will never get fat whereas a pony on unlimited grazings will easily become obese. Each individual horse has an ideal weight but what is the exact relationship between weight, ideal weight, fatness and fitness. for example a horse could have an ideal weight or be within the “ideal” weight range but be totally unfit but not fat! As we have seen body weight is affected by a number of factors including height, gender, age, body frame and body type. Being in a healthy weight range is no indicator of fitness. This can only be assessed by measuring heart rates and blood lactate during a standard exercise test (SET) on a treadmill or on a track and the recovery rates monitored following exercise. It is relatively easy to measure the degree of
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fatness by running your hands over key areas of your horse’s body but it tells you nothing of its fitness or weight come to that. Is a Sumo wrestler fit or fat or both? Whilst I have condemned the subjectivity associated with personal appraisal, an experienced rider onboard a horse fitted with a heart rate monitor can get a fair impression of how fit their horse is when they work it and, if this is coupled with a time trial over a measured distance, then more reliable information will be acquired. However, this measures only one type of fitness and it is important to remember that the horse/pony should be fit for purpose. Racing fitness would be inappropriate for a child’s pony. for example, there are different aspects of fitness involved in activities that demand stamina, speed or flexibility or combinations of these features. Most importantly monitor your horse’s well-being in terms of attitude, appetite and the appearance of the coat, subjective I know but in this case important. It should, of course, be remembered that the definition of being fit means that the horse should be sound both physically and mentally. unfortunately some very fit horses can become a little mad and hard to handle not unlike some owners…
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eeding less than the recommended quantity of a low energy mix, cube or fibre feed will deprive your overweight horse of essential nutrients needed for health and well-being whilst still providing some calories that he doesn’t need. The fact that he is dull and lack lustre may not be so much to do with lack of energy in his diet but with a lack of vitamins and minerals. An ideal solution here is to choose a feed balancer, like Baileys Lo-Cal. This provides a very concentrated source of nutrients without extra calories and enables you to feed a balanced diet to ensure your horse is receiving all the nutrients for overall health and body maintenance. With correct work you should be able to encourage weight loss, whilst the protein content of the balancer will help promote muscle tone. So on a fully balanced diet, and losing some weight, your previously dull good doer should develop a brighter outlook on life! Be prepared to change what you are feeding throughout the year though, to suit the changing weather conditions, routine and work load. for the exceptionally good doer, Lo-Cal balancer may be an excellent year round solution whilst for others, once the weight is lost, you may find that as work load increases and the nutrient content of the grass drops off in late summer, you need to reintroduce some calories by choosing a low or medium energy mix or cube. Remember that keeping things balanced is the key to optimum health or performance – if you don’t need the full amount of compound feed, top the ration up with LoCal to ensure your horse is getting all his vitamins and minerals. For advice and information contact Baileys Horse Feeds on 01371 850247 (option 2) or visit www.baileyshorsefeeds. co.uk.
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competed at Badminton Horse Trials. Tom relies on WINERGY Equilibrium® for his fast, hot-headed and highly talented ex-racehorse Dry Old Party. He explains: “It keeps him quiet but gives him the energy he needs to do top level eventing. It has also helped him gain weight, put top line on and given him a brilliant shine to his coat.” Traditionally cereals have been used as the main source of energy for competition horses but the downside is that their high levels of sugar and starch can result in unwanted fizz. Starch may also contribute to fractious behaviour if it is fed in excessive quantities as it can overwhelm the digestive system, causing acidity in the hindgut and subsequent discomfort. Hannah Briars, WINERGY® nutritionist, said: “Supplying extra energy from fibre and oil rather than cereals, allows the energy to be released and used more slowly, helping to reduce the risk of excitable behaviour. By fine tuning the fibre and oil blend you can deliver exactly the right type of energy your horse needs, when he needs it. This approach to feeding will also improve your horse’s health and quality of life.” WINERGY Equilibrium® feeds are formulated using a healthy, natural and highly palatable blend of fibre and oil. They contain over 20% of long fibre to encourage chewing and extend eating time. They supply safe, balanced and controlled nutrition for horses and ponies in every discipline and at every level, all conveniently from a single bag. WE and you keep your horse in great shape. Find out more by calling 01908 576777, visiting www.winergy.com or www.facebook. com/winergyfeeds.
The Healthy way to feed for Energy and Strength F
eeding starchy hard feeds comes with an array of downsides, and some horses will continue to fatigue in spite of what you feed. If you are looking for a way to improve stamina, strength and fitness without causing short lived fizz, increasing unwanted body fat, or giving feed that is detrimental to gut or muscle health, then Nupafeed have a unique solution. Nupafeed Staying Power is an L-Carnitine based liquid supplement that improves energy turnover and specifically targets the use of fat as an energy source. Staying Power helps to increase the utilisation of fat stores, improves energy production, reduces fatigue and speeds recovery, without the concern of added calories, temperament difficulties or problems associated with the gut or muscles. L-Carnitine also acts as a trigger for muscle growth allowing the horse to develop stronger, leaner body mass. Nupafeed Staying Power is uniquely developed to allow absorption of the L-Carnitine into the muscle tissue where it is required and is formulated to include MAH® magnesium. This magnesium content allows healthy relaxed muscle function and supports correct glucose metabolism, particularly in the brain, to help natural energy production and concentration. Staying Power is easy and flexible to feed and can either be given daily to improve energy levels and fitness, or on days of extra work or competition to help prevent fatigue and improve recovery between bouts of exercise. Provides the ideal solution for horses/ponies prone to Laminitis, Equine Metabolic Syndrome or those that require a high fat and fibre diet. For more information or to order please contact Nupafeed UK: Tel: 01438 861 900 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.nupafeed.co.uk
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nsuring your horse or pony has an adequate diet without causing excess weight gain (or fatness) can be a delicate matter. Firstly you need to ascertain exactly what level of work your horse or pony is in. If they are ridden 2 -3 times per week and mainly hacked they will have very diﬀerent nutritional requirements from those who school, jump or compete regularly. The most important factor to consider is ensuring that they have a nutritionally balanced diet that will support gut health and allow them to be in the best condition possible. Ensuring that they receive the correct levels of vitamins, minerals and
Rowen Barbary Senior Support
enior Support is a specialist veteran mix for older horses at rest or in low level work, with elevated nutrients to meet with the higher nutritional needs of the veteran. The high oil content will help ensure excellent overall condition is maintained while the high fibre levels will help encourage slow rates of digestion. Every 2kg of Rowen Barbary Senior Support provides 4g of Glucosamine Hydrochloride to help support joint mobility, which is equivalent to that supplied by some joint supplements, and 5g of Yeasacc 1026. Yeasacc will help support optimum fibre and mineral digestion within the hind gut and help maintain gut health Extra Biotin is added to help maintain healthy hooves along with super high levels of Vitamin E to help support the immune system and maintain healthy antioxidant levels. Additional Lysine and Methionine are also included for optimal protein balance and protected bioplex Selenium, Zinc and Copper for improved availability. Consisting of small sized particles, it is ideal for older horses that chew and digest less efficiently and also contains natural herbs spearmint and garlic. For more information contact Rowen Barbary Horse Feeds on 01948 880598 or visit www.rowenbarbary.co.uk
nutrients is essential for optimum health and this is where Blue Chip’s range of balancers can have a real impact on your horse’s health. Blue Chip Original contains the optimum level of vitamins, minerals and nutrients required on a daily basis along with a complete hoof and respiratory formula. The probiotic yeast can help to double the digestibility of the fibre in the diet, allowing your horse or pony to extract twice as many nutrients from it, to help aid condition. Also included in all the Blue Chip balancers is a natural, fruit derived form of Vitamin E, which is a powerful anti-oxidant and is 4-6 times more easily absorbed than other synthetic forms more commonly found in feed. Nucleotides are also
included in all the Blue Chip balancers. These are the building blocks of DNA and RNA and are beneficial in all horse’s diets, but especially those who are in harder work or are competing. Nucleotides can reduce recovery rates, increase oxygen transportation to muscles and improve stamina. If you find that your horse or pony is a good doer or puts weight on a bit too easily, then Blue Chip Lamilight is the perfect feed balancer. Whilst still ensuring a nutritionally balanced diet, the level of probiotic yeast included will not encourage any unwanted weight gain. If your horse is in hard work, Blue Chip Pro is the answer. Along with an elevated level of vitamins, minerals and nutrients, Pro includes a blood building formula designed to assist the equine athlete. All the balancers in the Blue Chip range are whole-cereal and molasses free, making them very low in sugar and starch. For more information on Blue Chip balancers please visit www. bluechipfeed.com or call 0114 266 6200
Senior Support Containing high levels of oils & Glucosamine HCL Senior Support helps joint mobility & condition in older horses. • 2gm of Glucosamine HCL per kg • High oil for condition & weight gain • Extra Biotin for healthy hooves • Small sized particles • Fully balanced including antioxidants & digestive enhancers
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nsuring your horse is fit, sound and healthy whether he is competed regularly, hacked occasionally or retired to pasture is very important to most horse owners. Many of us turn to nutritional supplements to help support our horse’s mobility, but which ingredients should we be looking out for and why? Joints are complex structures comprising bone, tendons, ligaments and cartilage, all of which are vulnerable to wear and tear. Horses of all ages can suffer from joint problems but it’s often as they get older that their joints become more vulnerable to damage. This can be especially true when they are exposed to some of the more physical riding activities in less than ideal conditions, such as jumping or fast work on hard ground. However, just because your horse is less supple than he was in his younger days doesn’t mean that his ridden career is over. In many cases careful management and advice from your vet can mean that your horse can still be ridden happily and even competed. There are also supplements that you can feed to your horse to provide him with the best possible nutrition to help support his joints. It is not only older horses who can suffer from joint problems, growing horses can suffer too. There are many developmental orthopaedic diseases young horses can experience and supplementing their diet along with veterinary advice may help support their joint health.
Chondroitin Sulphate as mentioned above is a glycosaminoglycan which is a structural protein found within the joint. It is also popular in equine, human and dog joint supplements and is often included in combination with glucosamine.
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Feeding • Healthcare Xxxxxxxxxx connective tissues such as tendons and ligaments. It has long been known that vitamin C is depleted in the arthritic joint and therefore supplementation may be beneficial. Vitamin D
Vitamin D is also known as the ‘sunshine vitamin’ as humans and horses require sunlight in order to synthesise it. Vitamin D is important in promoting the healthy production of bone. Children who are deficient in it are likely to develop rickets (a softening of the bones leading to bone deformities and fractures). It has been shown in many studies that humans who are deficient in vitamin D are more likely to suffer with rheumatoid arthritis; therefore supplementation may be useful where joint health is a concern. Silica
Silica is an important dietary mineral for bone formation and for bone and connective tissue health. It is believed to be involved in collagen formation. In horses, silica supplementation in yearlings showed some positive bone effects. HERBS FOR JOINT HEALTH Boswellia
Boswellia, also known as frankincense, has been used for centuries for its many different properties, one of which is as an anti-inflammatory - hence its use in arthritis. Rosehips
Rosehips are rich in antioxidants. Even though studies with rosehips in humans are conflicting there has been some research in horses showing enhanced antioxidant effects, which may help to support joint health. You may have even seen some horses nibbling these in the hedgerows surrounding some horse paddocks, as they tend to enjoy eating them! Devil’s Claw
Devil’s Claw is commonly found in equine joint supplements due to its perceived pain relieving and antiinflammatory effects. If you are concerned about your horse’s joint health then it is worth looking for a joint supplement with some or all of the ingredients discussed here. It is very difficult to advise on the optimum levels of ingredients, as there is so little evidence to call upon. It is also difficult to advise on how long you
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should feed a joint supplement before you notice a difference as all horses are individuals. The best option is to do your own research about what you think your horse needs in terms of ingredients and then give a suitable supplement a try. For more information on the T.E.N. joint supplements check out our website – www.tensupplements. co.uk or contact us on advice@ tensupplements.co.uk or call 01908 311010 (Mon-Fri 9am-5pm, excluding bank holidays).
Superflex, five Star Joint Treatment
uperflex has full veterinary approval. The unique ‘totally natural’ Superflex formula has been developed by vets using pharmaceutical grade ingredients, including nutrients proven to support joint health and flexibility, supported by a unique combination of powerful, naturally sourced ingredients which are ‘scientifically verified’ to have antioxidant properties. The antioxidant content sets Superflex apart from other joint supplements. Why? The antioxidants effectively ‘mop up’ the excess toxins that may accumulate around the joint and safely excrete them from the system. It must be remembered that often minor strains and traumas, which occur as part of daily work and training, often become a more serious issue due to the proliferation of toxins around the area. For more details please call the NAF Freephone Advice Line: 0800 373 106 or email email@example.com. www.naf-equine.eu/uk
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ou can protect your horse’s joints by using a high quality joint supplement such as Blue Chip Joint RLf. This will help to ensure your horse’s joints are nourished and protected. Joint problems can often occur from excessive activity on hard ground; this can lead to the production of poor quality synovial (joint) fluid. The joint relies on this fluid for lubrication and protection from wear and tear ensuring the longevity of the limb. Blue Chip Joint RLf can help maintain the viscosity of synovial fluid. This revolutionary product not only contains Glucosamine, MSM, Hyaluronic acid, Yucca and Manganese, which all help to nourish the joint, but also contains a rosehip extract, Rosa canina (more commonly known as the Dog rose). Rosehip has been proven to be 40% more effective than glucosamine* and this specific extract of rosehip has been shown in published scientific studies to be a powerful natural nutraceutical. Rosa canina contains a special glycoside that helps maintain joint comfort by limiting the number of white blood cells allowed into the joint. All the ingredients in Joint RLf are 100% natural and contain no banned substances. RRP Blue Chip Joint RLF £44.95 per 1 litre bottle. *Reported in the daily telegraph 19/05/09
TopSpec 10:10 Joint Support
opSpec 10:10 Joint Support contains an excellent specification of nutrients to help the development and maintenance of healthy joints. Synovial joints are stabilised by a complex network of tendons, ligaments and muscles in and around the joint, and by the joint capsule itself. In ideal circumstances this enables joints to function smoothly and comfortably. TopSpec 10:10 Joint Support is designed to help support joints subject to excess trauma and/ or repeated wear and tear. It is particularly suitable for horses working hard and elderly horses. TopSpec 10:10 Joint Support can be fed at a maintenance rate (half the recommended) to support healthy joints. TopSpec 10:10 Joint Support contains a generous combination of Glucosamine (10g/500Kg horse/day) and MSM (10g/500Kg horse/day). It also contains an antioxidant blend of vitamins C, E, beta-carotene and natural tocopherols which help combat excess free radicals around the joint. 1.5kg TopSpec 10:10 Joint Support £29.95 For further information please contact the Multiple Award-Winning Helpline on 01845 565030 or visit www.topspec.com
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Richard Knight BVetMed MRCVS
t’s time to think about feet again! As the old saying goes “no foot, no horse” and just because its summer (and hopefully dry and sunny) it doesn’t mean that your horse’s feet are less susceptible to problems. Over the summer your horses’ hooves can go through the wars. For a start their exposure to long dry days along with heavy dewy mornings can play havoc with the moisture content of the hoof. Hacks and turnout on hard ground can also lead to bruising and cracks developing which can both be a pain (no pun intended!) to treat. Horse’s hooves are made of a structure called Keratin. Keratin is a specially designed protein which is produced at the level of the Coronary Band and slowly grows down to the floor. The rate of growth of horses’ hooves varies a little between horses, but in general takes between 9-12 months to grow a new hoof. Studies have shown that this rate is faster in younger horses and slows down once horses reach their ‘teens. Healthy hoof Keratin relies on a good supply of Amino Acids, vitamins and minerals from a healthy diet. Amino Acids are the building blocks of proteins. The best analogy is to think of proteins as walls, with the amino acids being the bricks. You can’t get one without the other! The good news is that if your horse is being fed a good quality diet they are very unlikely to be deficient in any of the Amino Acids, vitamins and minerals they require. The only supplement I sometimes recommend is Biotin. Biotin is an important component in many reactions in the body and is particularly useful in the production of Keratin. Horses who are low in biotin will commonly suffer from poor quality, flaky horn. Studies have shown that most horses will benefit from low level supplementation, with hoof hardness and quality improving. Biotin will not affect hoof growth rate. Over the summer, horses and riders both enjoy being out in the sun resulting in more work and exercise. This is great for keeping your horse slim and fit but can cause damage to their feet. I will discuss my three most common foot ailments seen in the summer below; Cracks Hoof cracks, while uncommon, are
Hoof Grass Crack
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both painful and difficult to fix. There are two main types of cracks which are traditionally called either Sand Cracks (which start at the Coronet Band and spread down) or Grass Cracks (which start at the sole and spread up). Cracks develop when stress on the hoof capsule exceeds the strength of the bonds between the Keratin fibres. Cracks are normally preceded by another problem with the foot, most commonly foot imbalance. Foot imbalance causes uneven loading of the hoof, stressing some aspects more than others. This can cause the splitting of Keratin fibres at the sole, or worse, damage to the delicate structures of the coronet band which produce the hoof. If the coronet band is injured the cells producing Keratin can be damaged meaning they produce low quality hoof, or worse destroyed. Other causes include stones and hard ground fracturing pieces of hoof off, poor farriery, abscesses or trauma to the coronet band. Once a crack has started it will immediately become a weak-point in the foot. The two sides of the crack will move independently causing pain and making the crack spread further. If this is not stopped quickly small cracks can grow rapidly, massively increasing the time taken for healing. If your horse develops a crack it is important to ring your vet and farrier straight away. Together they can assess the foot for conformational defects and poor balance, provide pain relief, take X-rays if needed and adjust shoeing accordingly. Cracks if left to progress can condemn a horse to months of pain, or even permanent lameness if deeper structures are damaged because of the crack. The most important aspect of correcting a crack is to completely immobilise it, as a moving crack will never stop growing. Due to this, restricting turnout to flat surfaces for short time periods is also advised. Techniques to immobilise cracks will vary depending on the size and location of the crack, but most will require stabilising using a Quarter Clip shoe or Bar Shoe. Once the foot has been stabilised the crack can be remodelled using a Dremel to prevent it from spreading further. The Dremel is used to burr a small circle or inverted triangle into the top of the crack to spread the stress from the crack into the surrounding hoof. Having done this the crack will cease growing and can be trimmed out over time. Most farriers will also use either metal staples or hard plastics to pin and stabilise the crack. Bruises Bruising is a very common cause of lameness in shod and unshod horses.
They occur when a blunt trauma (such as stones or concussion on hard ground) causes damage to the sensitive soft structures under the sole. This can also cause bleeding from tiny blood vessels. Most cases of bruising result in short duration lameness, but if the bleeding under the sole results in a high pressure pocket of blood the lameness can be more prolonged. If your horse suffers from a bruised sole anti-inflammatory drugs can be given to relieve the pain. Additionally some sole can be pared away by your vet or farrier to lift the the affected area of sole from the floor and prevent weight bearing, again relieving pain. Some bruises cannot be prevented but if you know that your horse has thin soles then you can make efforts to avoid stony or uneven ground. Some owners also like using padding between the sole and the floor and while these can be very effective it is important they are applied properly. Abscesses Solar abscesses are one of the most common causes of acute onset, severe lameness in horses. While abscesses are more common over the winter, when field conditions are wetter and muddier, they can also occur over the summer. I saw many abscesses last year due to the awful weather, so they are definitely not only a winter problem! Abscesses occur when dirt and bacteria infiltrate the foot, either
through a puncture wound or via the “White Line”. The White Line is the border where the hoof the wall meets the hoof of the sole. As it is a junction between these two structures the White Line is slightly weaker than the surrounding tissues. Abscesses are made more likely by poor shoeing and trimming which leads to unbalanced feet, and also by feet being wet for long periods of time. Both of these factors will reduce the strength of the hoof wall and White Line, making it easier for dirt to enter the foot. In addition to lameness, affected horses will commonly have increased heat in their affected foot and an increased digital pulse. If you think your horse has an abscess call your vet or farrier. They can attend, locate the abscess and use hoof knives to open it, thus allowing it to drain. Poultices can then be applied to the exposed abscess pocket to increase drainage. In order to minimise the risk of problems it is crucial that your horse has regular foot care from a qualified farrier. If feet are allowed to grow too long, or if they are trimmed inappropriately, your horse is far more likely to suffer from the conditions mentioned above. Shod horses should see a farrier every 4-6 weeks, and unshod horses every 6-10 weeks. Feet should be picked out every day, and hoof oil applied every other day in the summer will help prevent feet from drying out and cracking. www.equiads.net
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BIOSECuRITY – WHEN ARE YOu GOING TO SMELL THE COffEE? Ben Sturgoen, BSc, BVM&S, Cert EP, MRCVS
n our modern society disease is almost unavoidable. Demographic shifts in world populations, globalisation, air travel, poverty, pollution, climate change and even bioterrorism have or will contribute to disease spread and emergence. In the equine world we have emerging diseases such as Equine Viral Encephalitides, African Horse Sickness and West Nile Virus. You may not have heard of these and I hope we don’t because for example West Nile Virus can kill not just your horse but you too! In 10 years time we may not be worrying if your horse has had an urticarial reaction to a fly bite, we may be saying “we need to blood test this for West Nile.” Then of course we have our common infectious outbreaks – strangles, influenza, herpes, and we can also add E.coli, Salmonella, Campylobacter and Ringworm all of which are zoonotic or can cross infect people. The aim of Biosecurity then is to achieve a set of management practices that are simple routines which may reduce the potential for the introduction or spread of disease-causing agents, not give you a Health and Safety nightmare. There are many possible infectious agents; bacteria, viruses, fungi, protozoa, rickettsia, and parasites both internal and external. Individual infections often have different treatments and methods of management and control strategies, so trying to put a plan in place for each one is difficult and overwhelming. One single aim of biosecurity will largely minimise the risk of a multiplicity of infectious conditions. Maintaining good biosecurity practices will: • Help prevent the introduction and spread of exotic and notifiable diseases. • Control diseases that may occur e.g. strangles or equine influenza. • Keep your horse(s) healthy and reduce costs. A 2009 World Horse Welfare Livery Yard Survey showed some worrying findings: • 61% of stables were not cleaned out between occupants • 48% said there were no isolation facilities • 38% said there were no procedures to exclude horses with disease This suggests that many people are not aware of the risks of serious and contagious diseases spreading. Such diseases, whether clinical or subclinical, significantly reduce the productivity, profitability and long-term financial viability of a horse venue. Biosecurity measures are venue specific and can vary greatly depending on factors like site design, management, cost of implementation and even climate. Importantly we can make it simpler if we know that all infectious diseases of horses result from the interactions between: • the animal and its ability to resist disease (immunity), • an infectious agent (bacteria, fungi, viruses, and parasites) and • the environment. Animal + Infectious Agent + Environment = Disease This relationship highlights opportunities for preventing infectious diseases. for example, you can prevent some diseases by vaccinating to increase immunity. You can also prevent disease by keeping infectious agents from coming onto your yard and by managing the environment of the yard.
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vaccination program. • Avoid purchasing animals from unknown sources or that have mixed with many other horses before sale. Transport purchased horses or show animals in your own vehicle. Start with a clean trailer and clean it out after transporting newly purchased horses. 3. New Arrivals
We can use the acronym PECCS to help assess what measures might be appropriate: • Practical - how practical is the measure? • Effective - how effective is the measure? • Cost - how much will the measure cost to implement? • Capability - does the venue have the capacity and staff capability to implement the measure? • Sustainable - is the measure sustainable? Preventing the Introduction and Spread of Disease
Keeping a closed herd is one way to protect horses. In a closed herd, no horses enter either by purchase or re-entry (including horses that have left the farm for breeding, show, or racing purposes). It is good practice to keep the herd as closed as possible. unfortunately, horse farms are often a hive of activity. Therefore, it may be necessary to create zones that are closed. for example, separate the brood mare band from the show horse group. Keeping a closed herd should not be your only protection against introducing infectious disease. You also need a plan to reduce the chances that a serious infectious disease will come onto the farm. Purchasing New Horses - Eventually, most owners bring horses into their herds. It is important to plan the introduction to minimize the risk. Three factors are important to reducing the risk from infectious disease when you purchase new horses: protection you have given resident horses by proper vaccination; • source of purchased horses, including how they are transported to the yard; and • method you will use to actually introduce the new horse. 1. Resident Horses
Make certain your own horses are vaccinated before bringing new horses into the herd. Vaccinate any foals over 6 months. 2. Source of Purchased Horses
• Bring in only animals from herds where you know the health status. • Bring in only animals from herds with a known
• Even if you follow the initial recommendations for new horses, the most common way infectious diseases spread is via a new horse. Even though the horse may not be showing symptoms it could still be a carrier of disease. Depending on where the horse has originated, the vet may advise tests to rule out infectious diseases. • upon the arrival of any new horse to the property is it advisable to: • Quarantine new animals for 14- 30 days before allowing contact. • Designate a quarantine area, well separated. The degree of isolation determines your success in preventing transmission. To prevent spread of respiratory diseases, do not let quarantined horses share the same airspace with resident horses. To prevent spread of strangles and respiratory viruses, do not allow quarantined horses to touch resident horses. • Ensure personnel change coveralls and boots before moving between barns. • Check the horse twice daily for signs of illness, taking the horses temperature in addition to monitoring food and water intake Attending Activities (Coming and Going)
Horse to horse or human to horse contact with an infected horse at an event/activity is another common way disease is spread. The simplest things to say is this: don’t share germs. Simple steps at events: • Ensure vaccinations are current. • Take own equipment (buckets, tack and grooming supplies). • Do not share equipment. • Do not use communal water troughs. • Monitor your horses health at the event. • Avoid tying/yarding your horse with other horses so there is minimal direct contact. • Wash your hands if you have touched other peoples horses. • Have a separate area for horses that are continually moving to and from the farm to shows, races and competitions. • Monitor your horses health upon retuning home and where possible isolate for two weeks and avoid nose to nose contact with other horses on your property. • Clean and disinfect your truck, tack, grooming equipment and stable equipment upon returning home. • Do not touch other horses at your property till you have changed your clothes cleaned and disinfected your footwear. Visitors to Your Property or Horse (including you)
So far we have looked at disease spread from horse to horse but many diseases can be spread just as easily from human to horse. Additionally some diseases are spread on equipment, clothing and www.equiads.net
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Feeding • Flies Xxxxxxxxxx • Healthcare boots. Some can even be carried on a person’s body. Animals other than horses can even carry a few horse diseases. Visitors to equine facilities come in many forms, from clients coming for lessons or boarding, to tour groups and school field trips, to people who drop by just to see horses. unfortunately, such movement on and off the yard will play a role in the transmission of infectious disease. Knowing how to handle visitors and the general traffic around the yard can greatly reduce the risk of an outbreak. Other agricultural operations, such as dairy or beef farms, have the choice of running a farm that is closed to visitors and unauthorized personnel. However, as equine businesses depend on visitors (clients for boarding and lessons, buyers for horses, etc.) keeping off-limits is often not an option. Therefore, steps must be taken to ensure the safety of animals, handlers, and visitors alike. General Guidelines
Controlled Entry: Have only one, clearly marked central entrance/exit, and a designated parking area, to keep all visitors entering and leaving in the same area. Not only does this control traffic, prevent easy access to horses, but it allows convenient placement of hand/boot wash stations. Controlled Movement: Be mindful controlling movement of people and animals on the yard. Access to certain areas should be limited or controlled (i.e. foaling areas, quarantine areas, feed rooms etc). “No access” signs and staff presence should be utilized. Signs: use clear signs throughout. Make sure that areas which are offlimits to visitors (i.e. quarantine for sick animals) are clearly posted and enforced. Parking: Maintain a parking area. If you expect regular traffic onto your yard, make sure parking is in one spot, and that drivers do not have to cross manure or feed lanes to get to it. Hand/Boot/Equipment Washing: Wash stations should be located near to the entrance/exit. Alternatively, non-water disinfectant gel or wipes can be provided for hands. Staff : If possible, have staff present, nearby, or available for questions at all times that visitors are at the farm. Dogs: Some people may have dogs (or other pets) that travel with them. Either disallow other animals on your farm, or have specific guidelines for their behaviour. Equipment: If you borrow equipment from other farms, make sure it is cleaned before using on your farm. following these simple guides, and following good husbandry, you will dramatically increase your chances of maintaining a disease free yard, promote your own horse’s health and if I whisper it, even be able to charge for the privilege. 26 | June 2013
Blue Chip Garliq
arlic has been used widely in human food and medicine for over six centuries and was even mentioned in early Egyptian medical manuscripts dating back to 1550 BC. Its unique properties include being anti-parasitic, anti-coagulant, and anti-inflammatory along with a whole host of other medicinal benefits. In equine diets it is used for a variety of reasons, but probably its most commonly known use is as a fly repellent. flies and midges are repelled by the odour from horses that have been fed garlic and it has even been shown to aid worming programmes by deterring tapeworms, pinworms and roundworms. Garlic contains a wide range of minerals including selenium and sulphur. Sulphur has blood cleansing properties and selenium is a powerful anti-oxidant, helping to protect the immune system and aid the healing of wounds and infections. Garlic supports the respiratory system with its anti-oxidant properties and contains a substance that helps to remove mucus from the respiratory tract. It aids digestive health by helping to remove pathogenic bacteria and protects the liver by having the ability to stimulate the lymphatic system. Garlic contains a natural source of MSM (commonly found in joint supplements) and has anti-inflammatory and pain relieving properties. Garlic is one of the most commonly fed supplements in the equine industry; however it is widely available only as a powder or granule. Blue Chip Garliq is a liquid form of this powerful natural supplement, enabling it to be absorbed into the bloodstream faster and more efficiently. It also means less mess and less waste when feeding and horses love the taste. Blue Chip Garliq is made from a superior form of concentrated, pure garlic oil. Garliq can be fed all year round to aid and support your horse’s health. Sold in a convenient, easy to use, twin-neck 1 litre bottle, its concentrated formula will last over 2 months. RRP £14.99
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e all know how trying the summer can be when it comes to flies, midges and other pests. While fly repellents and fly rugs can really help, so can Rockies’ Bug:go!, a salt lick containing 10% pure garlic that supplements the horse’s diet, helping to repel flies from the inside out. The lick is supplied in a 5kg block that is formed using high pressure presses, in the uK, to ensure longevity and prevent crumbling. In addition to garlic, a product that has been used for many years as a natural fly repellent, Bug:go! also contains essential salt and the recognised benefits of allicin and ajoene. Due to the way that Bug:go! is made, it can be used indoors or outdoors in a sheltered position, giving those with horses who live out an easy and effective way to supplement the diet. Bug:go! is available in one size only and has a RRP of £9.25. For more information, see www.rockies.co.uk, email info@ rockies.co.uk or call 01606 595025.
f you are struggling to find an effective deterrent for fly nuisance that doesn’t need to be re-applied or replaced, now is the time to start treating your horse from within using Brinicombe Equine’s Think fly. Now with six years of customer feedback, this ground breaking formulation has become internationally acclaimed with customers as far away as Australia. Brinicombe Equine’s Think fly contains Repel-ExTM a unique blend of fourteen different herbs and spices along with MSM, Zinc and other nutrients for healthy skin. The
specially selected ingredients build up in the system to create an invisible 24 hour shield like effect all over the horse, offering natural protection from all types of flies. Available as an in-feed granular form or as a low sugar lick which also contains a full compliment of vitamins and minerals to support the needs of horses at grass. A 4kg Think fly granules and an 8kg Think fly lick will last a horse for 40 days. RRP £32.99. Larger sizes available. For further information please contact Brinicombe Equine on 08700 606206 or visit www. brinicombe-equine.co.uk
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Win 7 sets of 15kg Garlic Horslyx and 15kg Horslyx Holder worth £42.89 each Garlic Horslyx offers owners a simple and cost effective method of feeding Garlic, whilst also offering a unique vitamin, mineral and trace element package to provide multiple health benefits, in just one tub! Every tub of Garlic Horslyx contains the optimum level of pure garlic oil alongside a package of nutrients, including Biotin, Methionine and Chelated Zinc to support and maintain healthy hooves, high oil content to improve coat condition and antioxidants Selenium and Vitamin E to support the immune system. The 15kg Horslyx Holder gives horse owners a simple and safe way of protecting their Horslyx from wayward hooves, whether in the field or in the stable. The re-usable 15kg Horslyx Holder still offers a totally weatherproof, and cost effective feeding method. TO ENTER simply answer the following question: Name one of the nutrients that Garlic Horslyx contains?
Send your answer along with your name, address and contact telephone number to Horslyx Competition - Equi-Ads Ltd, Office 1, Tayview Estate, Friarton Road, Perth, PH2 8DG alternatively email your answer and contact details to firstname.lastname@example.org - entries close 30 June 2013.
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“My welsh cob gets plagued by flies to the point where he can be a nightmare to ride so I want to put him on Think Fly. Does it contain garlic? He is also a good doer, would the lick be suitable?
“Both Think Fly granules and Think Fly lick are suitable for horses prone to weight gain. If your horse isn’t receiving any additional hard feed it may be preferable to go for our Think Fly lick as this will also supplement the diet with vitamins and minerals in a low sugar, free access form. Feed trials have shown that garlic alone did not give the results required, so Think Fly contains our unique Repel-Ex™ formula which does include garlic but this is combined with specially selected herbs and plants which work in synergy to provide a more effective approach to fly nuisance.” For more health and nutrition advice contact the EquiClinic on
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HORSE BEHAVIOuR - Speaking the language part 13 A series by Susan McBane explaining equestrian and scientific terminology in relation to equine behaviour and psychology, and its effects on horses and training . This series is based on a glossary of equestrian and scientific terms presented at the First International Equitation Science Symposium, 2005. The glossary description is given in quotation marks, followed by Susan’s discussion.) BEHIND THE BIT: ‘A head and neck posture that is generally described as an evasion and which involves the horse persistently drawing its nose towards its chest, sometimes allowing the reins to become slack. This occurs in training because of mistakes made in negative reinforcement or due to the use of restraining devices (such as draw reins) that force the neck to be shortened. In this situation the horse gives two different and independent responses to one signal (i.e. slowing or dorsoventral flexion) and thus frequently develops conflict behaviour. This posture thwarts the development of impulsion.’ It is, indeed, a funny (peculiar) old world that has brought us to the state in which the posture of ‘behind the bit’, which has always, until very recent decades, been regarded as a serious rider error caused by ‘bad [insensitive] hands’ is now required, demanded and even enforced by less knowledgeable trainers and riders and, it must be said, by some dressage judges although the situation in that quarter is improving. Many people also mistake being behind the bit (whether voluntary or forced) for being on the bit and ‘round’, and promote it for that reason, without understanding. Let’s briefly clarify some of the terms above before discussing ‘behind the bit’ itself, what triggers it in practical terms and how to prevent and correct it, the latter being, as always, more difficult than the former. The term evasion has long been used to describe sometimes quite strong objections by a horse to unpleasant or painful pressure; resistances are less forceful objections. Both terms imply that the horse is the guilty party whereas in reality it is the rider. The horse is naturally and understandably trying to stop those sensations, which could be caused by harsh aids, wrongly applied aids, badly fitted or adjusted tack, an injury, being whipped, pain from teeth or feet, and so on. The horse’s response can be anything from simply going awkwardly and not obeying aids, through head tilting, tossing and twirling,
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This horse is showing an obvious behind-the-bit posture and it is clear from the muscling on his neck that he usually goes in this way. The slack rein indicates that he is adopting this posture voluntarily to try, vainly, to relieve himself of considerable distress caused by the use of his gag-type bit, common in jumping horses and which is adjusted too high in the mouth, which makes matters worse for him. The tight bridle and noseband will be compounding his problems. of today’s trainers and riders for not adhering to those faultless and utterly trustworthy descriptions. The fact is that a horse’s being on the bit comes from his being in self-balance with a fair level of impulsion due to his having been trained and strengthened properly to rise up slightly out of his natural posture on his forehand, take his weight back a little so that he can go in horizontal balance and thrust impulsively forward and up from his hindquarters. This is an early stage of starting to develop actual collection; without it only a sham version of the latter will and can be attained. This training is necessary from a humane viewpoint because a horse carrying the weight of a rider and saddle who goes ‘on the forehand’ is at greater risk of foreleg strain injuries, shoulder and back problems. One who is forced, physically or psychologically, to go behind the bit, with all its associated problems, will be on the forehand to some extent. Therefore, this kind of training is counter-productive and unethical. It is not possible to put a horse on the bit, and certainly not to collect him, by pulling his head and neck in and up with the reins, or strapping them ‘in place’ with some ‘training aid’ or other. That will not make him take his weight back, lift his shoulders and develop extravagance (if that’s what his rider wants). It comes from the naturally assumed head-and-neck carriage of a horse going from the back end and using his natural balancing pole, his head and neck, arched forward, out and, perhaps, up depending on his level of training and strength, to counteract that slight, backward shift of weight. This is what produces the ‘rounded’ posture of a horse with strong, engaged hindquarters and legs, a lifted belly and back, a slightly raised forehand, and balance control due to the head and neck being free, on a light contact, to move as the horse requires. This smoothly curving topline and relaxed, energetic horse who is master of his own body is a very different picture from that shown by many horses today. The common picture is trailing hindlegs which cannot reach forward well under the belly, sagging belly and back, sharp angle and wrinkled skin in front of the withers and in the throat area. There 32 | June 2013
is invariably a forcibly cramped, shortened neck that, along with the head, is clearly fixed in, up and back, and often behind the vertical, by a very firm contact, which produces enough froth to make a designer coffee (a sign of distress and of the horse being prevented from swallowing his saliva). The anguished eyes tell the sad story. The final insult to purity of gaits is forelegs artificially flicking and flinging out as if trying to hail a taxi instead of arching smoothly from the shoulder.
hands during this movement. Do this every single time, and as soon as, the horse goes behind the bit. Then, on your free rein, gently encourage him on with both legs. In time, quicker than you think, he will abandon his faulty posture and you can start to make progress, although he may occasionally revert to it if he is given too firm a contact. The schooling exercises needed to strengthen a horse and encourage/enable him to go in a horizontal balance with good head and neck posture are correctly performed, non-abrupt transitions and careful bending exercises. Transitions should be performed between gaits and within them (lengthening and shortening of stride, maintaining the same rhythm for the gait throughout). Bending exercises can start with large, smooth curves the length of one long side of the school, and shallow corners, progressing to 20m circles, 2-loop serpentines, shallow loops down the long sides of the school and taking it on from there, making sure the horse is competent, balanced and comfortable at each level before asking for more difficulty. You should aim to see the outside corner of your horse’s inside eye and the outside curve of his inside nostril. You can position your outside leg slightly back behind the girth without pressuring it, to discourage him from swinging his quarters out. If asking a horse to go in the way described is new to you, you would benefit from the help of a teacher with correct ideas, and should be able to find one, plus other help, from the following sources. FURTHER INFORMATION: The Classical Riding Club (www.classicalriding.co.uk), the International Society for Equitation Science (www. equitationscience.com), EquiSci for the UK (www. equitationscience.co.uk), the Australian Equine Behaviour Centre (www.aebc.org.au) and the Equine Behaviour Forum (www.equinebehaviourforum. org.uk). Also, follow up the links and publications on each site. (The Equine Behaviour Forum published the full glossary in its magazine ‘Equine Behaviour’. For your copy, send a cheque for £3.50 payable to ‘Equine Behaviour Forum’ to the Editor, Dr Alison Averis, 6 Stonelaws Cottages, East Linton, East Lothian, EH40 3DX.)
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Professional show exhibitors understand the importance of presentation – and they are well aware that when only fractions of a mark separate two animals, it is attention to detail that can make all the difference. A perfectly fitting inhand bridle that complies with all the rules relating to specific class whilst also emphasising the breed type can make all the difference. Made-to-measure means just that. The craft bridle-maker will take all the necessary measurements themselves. When this is not possible due to the distances involved, the bridle-maker will provide clear and detailed instructions that enable the owner to take the necessary measurements. They will probably also suggest the owner provides one or two good quality images of the horse. It’s worth recognising that bespoke bridlework actually represents extremely good value and should be looked on as a worthwhile investment. It removes guesswork and eliminates the need to ‘make do with the best of what’s available’. Good luck with your showing and make choosing a bridle an important part of your show ring preparation. Membership of the Society of Master Saddlers includes craft bridlemakers who are among the very best in the world. For more information visit www. mastersaddlers.co.uk or telephone 01449 711642.
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Understanding the relationship between the skeleton and muscles helps us understand how our horses move.
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This month’s article from Horses Inside Out by Sports and Remedial Therapist Gillian Higgins includes an extract from her book How Your Horse Moves, available from www.HorsesInsideOut.com are lined with hyaline cartilage, which provides a smooth surface between the bones and compresses to act as a shock absorber; for example, when taking off or landing after a jump. This type of joint is the most active, therefore most susceptible to injury. The fetlock is a synovial joint.
• The skeletal system of the horse consists of approximately 205 bones divided into: • the axial skeleton comprising the skull, vertebrae, sternum and ribs • the appendicular skeleton which is made up of the fore and hind limb bones. The number of bones varies as some fuse together as the horse matures and because the number of tail bones varies from horse to horse.
There are two main types of synovial joint:
• ball and socket – the ball-shaped end of the bone sits in its socket and is able to move in almost any direction. Examples are the shoulder and hip joints. • hinge – these resemble an opening door. They allow flexion and extension in one plane only. The elbow and pastern joints are examples of hinge joints.
Functions of the skeleton
The skeleton has five major functions. These are: • to act as support. The skeleton provides a stable and rigid framework for the attachment of muscles and tendons • to assist movement. When skeletal muscles contract, they pull on bones to produce movement • to protect the internal organs • to produce and store blood cells in the bone marrow • to store minerals, especially calcium and phosphorus, which contribute to bone strength.
Cross-section of a synovial joint
What is a joint?
Joints can be classiﬁed as:
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Professional riders like Kitty King, featured, must hone their ‘eye’ as the fences increase in size, to ensure a safe jump. Credit: www.wowsaddles.com
CROSS COuNTRY COACHING - Seeing a stride Jenny Richardson BHSAI
udging the right stride to a fence is a fundamental building block to successful cross country riding. Seeing a stride to a fence means that you are aware of at least the last three canter strides before the obstacle you are jumping, thus knowing exactly where your take off point will be. It is the rider’s job to present the horse correctly to any fence, and it is the horse’s job to jump cleanly and safely. It is essential to understand the differences between the three different types of take off point: TOO LONG his means that you have taken off too far away, or too early. Your horse may struggle to make a good shape,
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could lose balance, and may not clear the fence. It is often caused by a too fast approach, and an over-long canter stride. It can be uncontrolled and dangerous. TOO DEEP This means that your horse is placed too close to the fence and, again, will struggle to jump it easily. This is often caused by going too slowly with a lack of impulsion on the approach to the fence. The canter stride may be too short and weak, and could cause the horse to back off in front of the fence or refuse. THE PERFECT TAKE OFF POINT Must be mastered with schooling and repetition – it is often created by a medium canter before the fence. An extended canter between fences is encouraged, but you must have the control to adjust your horse’s paces before the fence, in order to create the perfect take off point. To consistently be able to achieve the correct take off point, it is vital you are able to shorten and lengthen your horse’s canter stride at will. For cross country riding, it is best to practise a collected, medium and extended canter either on a cross country course or in similar surroundings with plenty of room. Instil the slower paces first, and the quicker ones will follow naturally. If your horse is more excitable in open spaces, to help maintain your control, you should come back down a gear to trot, or walk if necessary and/or make a circle, reducing it in size until you are again in charge of the situation. One of the best exercises to help you to achieve the right take off point every time is to place three canter poles before a small fence set at the perfect striding distance for your horse. Help on the ground is necessary to adjust these poles, which must first be practised without a fence, to check that the distances are ideal. Start with about three metres between each
pole and adjust to suit. This will give you three even strides and an exact take off point. Repetition will teach you and your horse together what is required, and instil the exercise as second nature. When you feel you have mastered this task, remove the pole furthest away from the jump, then the middle one and finally the one just before the fence. This can be practised in an arena using show-jumps, in a field or on a course, before any of the single cross country obstacles on level ground. Once you can see a stride and are aware of ‘long’, ‘deep’ and ‘perfect’ approach, and can aid the horse in all three situations, you will start to get the feel of the ability to reach the perfect take off point almost every time. Use your knowledge of strides to help you in a cross country course; for example, you would not want to take off ‘long’ at a drop fence – ‘perfect’ or ‘deep’ being ideal for this type of jump. ‘Perfect’ or ‘long’ is better over an ordinary fence on level ground, especially if you are against the clock. You and your horse need to be controlled, flexible and versatile around all courses.
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THE BALANCED HORSE – The Aids by Feel Not Force By Sylvia Loch Published by Kenilworth Press – ISBN 978 1 905693 85 6 (£25.00)
ust when we might think that Sylvia Loch has written all she can on the subject of aids and balance, she comes up with more gems of wisdom and a completely fresh approach. The true art of riding cannot possibly change, unless horses change dramatically in their conformational makeup, or the laws of Nature and gravity change and Newton is proved wrong! Even with intensive selective breeding for competition, horses remain essentially biomechanically the same as they were at least 2,500 years ago. This book brings new enlightenment to old principles by putting the facts in a new and understandable way. It is a prolifically pictorial book and the photographs are amazing. There are many sequences showing stages of particular movements, with captions describing the aids as well as the horse’s movements. The author is the rider in most photos and one can only be enthralled by her faultless position and obvious harmony with each horse. The reader is uplifted by the occasional photo where Sylvia comments on a slight fault of her own or that of the horse. This gives us all hope (human and horse) that we can make mistakes but still go on to greatness! In one shot Sylvia deliberately rides in a way most common in the competition arena; showing the very derogatory effect this has on the horse in extended trot – so different from the other shots of the same horse in this movement. The line drawings are also
wonderfully done and illustrate the text exactly, making it easy to see where things can go wrong and why. It will appeal to novice and experienced riders alike. No matter how experienced or how well read one may be, there are points made clear in this book which many experienced classicists may have taken for granted but never thought deeply about before. It is a very in-depth book, but nevertheless there are very many basic principles which are made crystal clear for the novice. One of the most diﬃcult things to explain is always rein contact, and is especially confusing to the novice. Below is a quote which I think comes the nearest to summing up in a nutshell the many nuances we should all bear in mind:“The amount of contact will vary considerably from horse to horse. It should be constant but allowing with the newly backed horse; firmer with the novice horse – whose balance may be faulty and who will need more support – and grow lighter by stages with the advanced horse. And herein lies the great myth about contact. For dressage, we should not be riding around with washing-line reins except in the stretch or, for a few moments, in a descente de main.” All of the principles are backed up (although there is no need for back-up) by many quotes from the Masters which appear at the end of each chapter. I thoroughly enjoyed these quotes as many are from books which I do not possess and which I would think are now hard to obtain. The other point to be made here is that these quotes are
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FOR the first time ever an exciting new horse wear collection has been launched by British Eventing. This super smart, sophisticated range encompasses the very best materials and will have you proud to arrive at an event or gallop around the crosscountry. Providing excellent quality and simply a ‘must have’ this season, the range includes a luxurious show rug, versatile fleece rug, practical summer sheet, fleece bandages, padded head collar and high wither saddlecloths. Made from a unique navy check 280g fleece, the British Eventing Checked Fleece Rug has cross surcingles, a wither pad, fillet string and navy binding with navy and white cord piping. The British Eventing logo is embroidered on the front of the rug. Visit www.equestrian.com and www.britisheventing.com to view and buy this exciting new range.
GREY MESH WITH BLACK TRIM – SIZES: S/M/L DETACHABLE NOSE
Room with a view!
• IMPROVED for 2013 • Innovative, spacious design to protect the eyes whilst ensuring an optimum fit, up to 85mm space from the eyes
UP TO 85mm SPACE FROM THE EYE
• Provides maximum visibility • Detachable nose flap protects sensitive skin from harmful UV rays • Soft, comfortable fleece edging • Two robust Velcro™ straps, one double locking for extra security • Roomy, soft ear covers • Easily converts to ear-less design, simply cut above the stitched seam
Tried & Tested - Groom Away! C oat Shine & Mud Repeller - This has to be the best one I have ever used - straight forward and easy to use – it left my horse’s coat glossy and soft and made brushing the mud out so much easier - definitely one for the grooming kit! Stain Away - I can’t recommend this enough - It is very effective and removed the grass and poo stains so easily, just simple spay on and brush out...it really works! If you own a grey
pony you will love this product! I certainly will be stocking up on this! Tangle Away - Tested on a Highland Pony with a long thick mane and tail the product worked fantastically. Tangle away was non greasy and left the mane and tail smooth and tangle free. I can’t wait to see the rest of the Groom Away Range. To find out more about the Groom Away Range go to www.flyaway.ltd.uk
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Field & Stable
Planning new stables? Try fresh air and fresh thinking
pring may have arrived late this year but summer is coming. And with it comes the opportunity for many to leave their horses out in the field day and night. Summer turnout gives horse owners the chance to take a good look at their stabling, carry out repairs or refurbishment and in some cases consider replacement. If you’re thinking of replacing your stables or building new ones now’s the time to make plans. Simon Pelly, Group Sales Manager for Barnard Castle based Roundhouse Building Solutions suggests these seven tips for planning new buildings You’ll need planning permission to build new stables, so don’t do a thing until you’ve had a quick conversation with a builder, a planning consultant or your regional planning department. Most will give you guidance on what is potentially acceptable and what’s not. And when you’re ready to submit the application they can offer advice. Horses need shelter from wind and rain, but also need lots of fresh air. Stables with good ventilation can help keep your horse’s respiratory system healthy. Clever design, such as the Roundhouse’s central airflow system can help reduce dust and make sure air constantly circulates throughout the building, without causing draughts. Look for a design that allows horses to see their companions. Some horses find it stressful to be separated from the rest of the herd so if possible choose a layout where horses can see each other. Internal bars instead of walls help air flow and allow horses to see each other. Or consider adding a window to the rear of stables so your horse can look out on both sides. Good drainage will keep smells down, improve the internal atmosphere and reduce the amount of bedding you use. This will save you time when mucking out and keep costs down. Check out new designs as well as traditional stabling. Whether you’re looking at individual boxes or an internal barn system, have a good look at new innovations. The circular Roundhouse design can incorporate a covered horsewalker or perimeter exercise track to make the most of your space. Planning committees will consider the environmental impact of your stables as well as the aesthetics. Check that your chosen supplier is using materials from a sustainable source – or that they can be recycled when you no
longer need them. Allow 6-8 weeks for your planning application to be processed and another 6-8 weeks for preparation and construction of your new stables. If you want your horses living in new stables this autumn now’s the time to act. “We designed the Roundhouse specifically to improve animal welfare. The circular layout means horses can see all around them and can always see their companions. This is important for herd animals with a flight instinct and helps reduce stress levels. And our central vent system creates a natural chimney, drawing fresh air into the building – essential for a healthy respiratory system. “Building new stables is a big commitment and shouldn’t be done in a hurry. Time spent in the planning stage is time well spent. Stable design has come a long way from Victorian style stalls. Keep an open mind and your new yard will keep you and your horses happy for years to come.”
Smug Bags are not just for taking rugs to the cleaners they can be used to carry tack to and from shows, or store tack in the car or horsebox. To order or for more information see
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