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our weeks have flown by and its only marginally warmer at the end of the school holidays than at the beginning. The first Scottish British Eventing event at Auchlishie has just been completed, although I would imagine a bit stressful for organisers, snow which would not remove itself until days before and then a downpour of rain, but the event went ahead and many pupils I know had a very successful and rewarding start to the season. A special mention must go to Laura Landale from Comrie , a schoolgirl at Ardvreck who has just been placed at her first intro and winning the ROR section. An amazing achievement for a new combination at the end of last year and after having only ever done basic Livery • Trailers pony club activities up to 75cm on a previous pony. Her horse “Pedro” was sent to me last Spring to get fit by previous owners Conta Henderson Livery •• Trailers Livery Trailers who did well with the ex racehorse up to BE90. I was pleased to see that many pupils who visited us prior to the event did well in the cross country section, proving that some pre competition training paid off. As the schools return today we have just finished our busiest, and this year 2 BE Intermediates and was placed 6th in transitions within the pace, especiall coldest, month of teaching. Full days were booked by pony clubs from all Photo by Adam Fanthorpe 2 CCI**. Zebedee is aiming to move up within the canter. This is good for ge over Scotland and it was good to see so many clubs bringing a wide range to 3placed star level next year. This year Oliviathe pace, ready to jump as well. Like everyone 22 BE Intermediates and was 6th in transitions within especially ofPhoto riders some younger members having a go at cross country for BE Intermediates and was placed 6th in transitions within the pace, especially by especially Adam Fanthorpe Presentation at 2012aiming Grass Fund Hunter Photo by time. Adam Scottish Fanthorpe Tetrathlon taught by myself and Jennifer Burnett had wasSickness ranked up 72 on the riderTrials rankings. I feel aforbitgetting rusty so after my horses h 22 CCI**. within the first CCI**. Zebedee Zebedee is is aiming to to move move up within the the canter. canter. This This is is good good for getting She is based just outside East Kilbride been back into to 3 star level next year. This year Olivia ready to jump as well. Like everyone else pupils from clubs north and south with an enthusiastic 34 riders eager to first place with a double clear his class, jumping confidentially calmly atwork for a week or so to 3 star level next year. This yearinOlivia ready to jump as well. Likeand everyone else andrankings. is trained by Ian IStark Davidso after my likehorses to do some work without stirrup was ranked 72 aaand bit rusty wasfirst ranked 72 on on the the rider rider rankings. I feel feel bitStallion rusty soKaiser after my horses have have get going. We were very fortunate with the cold weather in hindsight , only his competition. Emma Cook and her pony continuing Gatherer. She has received helpinto from for athe flator initially. Then I progress to g She based just East Kilbride been She is istheir based just outside outside East Kilbride been back back into work work for a week week or so so II losing 24 hrs on the course due to light snow since the beginning of March, with winning ways with a very successful two days at Ingliston bringing Sport Scotland through horsescotland the dreaded lunge lessons for me w and is trained by Ian Stark and David like to do some work without stirrups on and is trained by Ian Stark and Brother David Matthew like toisdo some work without stirrups on although bitterly cold it was at least dry. My first clinic including dressage home a handful ofreceived rosettes. now growing stronger over thefrom years and has been sponsored stirrupstoand and reins! Gatherer. She has help the flat initially. Then I progress getting Gatherer. She has received helpfluency from and producing the flat initially. Then I progress to BS getting and cross country was on 10 March followed by another full day on 17 March isSport riding Pandora with by more resultsmeat Topspec Feed Balancer since some 2002. good the Sport Scotland Scotland through through horsescotland horsescotland the dreaded dreaded lunge lunge lessons lessons for for me without without with 27 pupils for cross country and 11 dressage, it was an early start and shows. Olivia is a UKCC coach and one ofreins! the Before jumping I use pole exercises over the years and has been sponsored stirrups and over the years and has been sponsored stirrups and reins! U18 regional forto Scotland. into the swing of things. On with many layers of thermal wear and hot drinks we braved the cold air and the next month we turn our coaches attention preparations forget theback hunter by For by Topspec Topspec Feed Feed Balancer Balancer since since 2002. 2002. my favourite Olivia on is aSunday UKCC coach and in oneaid of of theEquine Before jumping I use poleofrange exercises to exercises is 5 poles fun was had by all apart from Debbie Mcgregor who decided a cold swim trials 19 May Grass Sickness. Classes from Olivia is a UKCC coach and one of the Before jumping I use pole exercises to wings at each end on a 15m cir U18 regional forOlivia’s Scotland. getand backlead intorein the swing ofwith things. One in the water jump would ensure she hangs on for the rest of the season! The mini approx.coaches 50 cm suitable forBlog first timers the course will U18 regional coaches for Scotland. get back into the but swing ofthe things. One distance of We my favourite exercisesfor is 5jump poles between each pole in th BHS Knockhill training day was well represented by a high standard of riders have a stream crossing up to approx. 90cm. are also looking of my into favourite exercisesmiddle is 5 poles here wewith are again back January 3 yards, the inside 2 yards Olivia’sso Blog with wings at each end on a 15m including one group all at BE Novice polishing up their skills whilst another judges if you can notSosupport an entry we would appreciate anyiscircle, Blog with wings at each on a 15m circle, 4 yards. The purpos Olivia Wilmot will be writing a training herself. Cool Dancer Olivia’s won Ballindensik hope you all (and your horses) had a end and theinoutside the distance between each pole the group had first throughout 2013, here is some volunteers for helping. Lets hope the sun shines and we look forward to the distance between each pole in the is to ensure you have CCI** 2010 and wasSo placed well-earned rest and middle are nowisraring to the inside of the exercise here at weBramham are again back into January 3 yards, 2 yards So here we are again back into January middle is 3 yards, the inside 2 proper yards jumping canter. It is ha Son James has competed at two winter BSPS shows winning cradle stakes seeing you over the forthcoming season. background on her career so far 2011 and 2012, he is now aiming go! good Olivia Wilmot will be writing a training herself. Cool Dancer won Ballindensik hope you all (and your horses) had a and the outside 4 yards. The purpose Olivia Wilmotclasses will beon writing a training Cool Dancer won Ballindensik hope (and your horses) had a and the outside 4 yards. than The purpose and throughout M&M his new pony Sidan, although he iswas still learning how 2013.well-earned Olivia 28 years oldherself. and has competed for Badminton Oliviayou alsoallhas initially blog 2013, here is is some CCI** 2010 and placed at Bramham rest and are now raring to of the exercise is to ensure youit have a seems and I particula blog throughout 2013, here is some CCI** 2010 and was placed at Bramham well-earned rest and are now raring to oftothe exercise is to ensure have a as it really makes th A New and Exciting Full Livery Yard Now Opening at to ride a very different type of pony to Frostie. To become an all round at so 5 CCI**** including Burghley this he is nowproduced horse The events we intendgood compete in have likeyou this background on her career far 2011 and 2012, aiming her other advanced go! proper jumping canter. It is exercise harder background on her career so far 2011 and 2012, he is now aiming go! good proper jumping canter. It is harder Drummawhance Farm, Auchterarder, Perthshire horseman he has two pony clubfor days good enthusiasm and since he was a 3 year on Cool Dancer, apolo horse shewith has Zebedee De Foja been identified so it’s nowittime to work focus. You have to make sure y Olivia is 28 years oldattended andyear has competed Badminton 2013. Olivia also has than initially seems andrider I particularly Olivia is 28 years old and had has since competed forand Badminton 2013. Olivia has thanwe’re ithorses initially andbasis I particularly Katy Cepokincluding is now opening her stable doors to accommodate full livery at the family a 5 year old produced old.also This season he had 3events wins backwards to makePerthshire sure allonfitaseems horse is inthe front of your leg and you his first chukka. Perth Hunt were unfortunate to have had to cancel atplayed 5 CCI**** including Burghley this produced her other advanced horse The we intendSurrounded to compete in have like this exercise as itfarm really makes farm in Auchterarder. by the beautiful countryside, the is situated at 5 CCI**** including Burghley this produced her other advanced horse The events we intend tofrom compete intohave like thisandexercise asfrom it really the legs to turn and not r 4 miles off the A9, Gleneagles Equestrian Centrefocus. 20You minutes orsure Stirling. and ready go, so showjumping andhave aremakes using your year on Cool Dancer, a horse she has Zebedee De Foja since hecross was acountry 3 year been identified so3 miles it’s now time to work rider to Perth make your Hallyburton but put on a very good novice show jumping and year on Cool Dancer, a horse she has Zebedee De Foja since he was a 3 year been identified so it’s nowdressage time to work rider focus. You have to make have been justand onsure youryour reins. It often takes sev had since a 5 year old and produced old. This season he had 3 wins including ‘We sure will provide fun, friendly and family environment where backwards to make we’reaall fitoutings horse isplanned. in front of yourtheleg you daysince resulting in aold win a sixth for James. Keyshe (Beau) into had a 5 year andand produced old. Secret This season had 3jumped wins including backwards to make sure we’re all fit horse is in front of your leg and you

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ofHere both the owner areIatlike theto core what we do’attempts to get it right! The main thi arehorse aand fewand exercises dooflegs to and ready to go,wellbeing so showjumping are using your to turn and not rely and readywill to include: go, so showjumping and are using your legs to turn and rely are riders not looking Facilities get myself and my horses going. My gonot wrong dressage outings have been planned. just on your reins. It oftenthat takes several • 12 bright and airy stables dressage outings have been planned. just on your reins. It oftenand takes severalahead quickly enough; everyone attempts else’s aretoa get bit fresh focusing • 24are hr a onfew site supervision Here exercises Ihorses like to like do to it right! The main things Here are atofew exercises I likeI’m to do totooinstructor get it right! The main things • Access coaching / instruction from BHSI on site to and not keen attempts on being bucked using your legs to guide the horse ro get and my horses going. go wrong riders looking • myself Fenced play including 25mMy x 45m outdoorthat surfaced arena. Aare 20m x 40mnot grass dressage get myself andpaddock my horses going. My that gothe wrong are riders not looking off, so it’s important to get horses and horses drifting through the outs arena, of show arena and on grass) along with ahead a some cross country style not horses likea selection everyone else’sjumps are a(inbit fresh and focusing quickly enough; horses likewill everyone else’s are a bit fresh andStraight focusing ahead quickly enough;Once not you have got it you jumps also be available listening from the start. away I shoulder! and I’m not too keen on being bucked using your legs to guide the horse round • Access to too hourskeen of road off road hacking and I’m not onand being bucked using your legs to guide really the horse round like to do transitions, not just the obvious feel the difference and how we off, so it’sFor important to get the horses and horses drifting through the outside more information or tohorses come and see us, please give us adrifting call; Katy 07775 995680 off, so it’s important to get andhalt horses the outside trotthe- walk - trot trotOnce and you thenthrough can canter! It really helps listening from the start. Straight away I but trot shoulder! haveyour got ithorse you will listening from the start. Straight away I shoulder! Once you haveget gothorses it you will working well from behind like to do transitions, not just the obvious really feel the difference and how well like to do transitions, not just the obvious really feel the difference and their how hindquarters well underneath th trot - walk - trot but trot halt trot and then your horse can canter! It get really helps to trot - walk - trot but trot halt trot and then your horse can canter! ItAfter reallyyou helps tohappy you can raise th feeland get horses working well from behind get their horses working well from behind and middle pole, I normally raise it to aro get hindquarters underneath them. get their underneath them. 50cms even for advanced horses. I After youhindquarters feel happy you can raise the After you feelI happy youraise can itraise the middle pole, normally to around middle even pole, for I normally raise it to around 50cms advanced horses. I do it 50cms even for advanced horses. I do it

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o eventing season is well under way and hopefully no events will be lost with this terrible weather we have had! My main horses have all now been to 3 events with varying degrees of success! LiveryI hate hearing the expression but horses are great levellers and especially in eventing if only I had to get 2 phases right in one day not all 3! I had an exciting phone call after my last event, I was overjoyed to hear from Badminton to say that I was in, off the wait list. My top horse inute sessions Cool Leaving the ground a long 9 Dancer (Axil) after was number Olivia Wilmot will be writing a training on the wait list which isskills basedfor onSJ FEI s, including a winter and Developing blog throughout 2013, here is some points wonthe at 3her star level over the rides. & XC with overall aimso tofar build background on career last 2 is years. Hopefully Olivia 28 years old andhe haswill competed confidence for competition in pick the up ofseason. FEIincluding points this year so at 5lots CCI**** Burghley thisthat xercises coming for nextayear doesn’t yearBadminton on Cool Dancer, horseheshe has can use to get wait on the had put sinceona the 5 year oldlist. andBeing produced season’s As the progress the courses wait listweeks is a funny situation - it takes will develop from indoor arena years to get yourself and your horse fit training sessionsfor where riders ready andtoqualified Badminton. eparing a list can had prepare outdoor season I’ve Axilfor forthe 5 years and have realised that the smallest thing can r the coming ahead, with confidence. Livery make a difference as to whether or plan their Photo by Adam Fanthorpe

not you make it there. Getting to the event fit, ready and sound is an achievement in itself; and being on the wait list adds to the anxiety! My excitement and happiness when I got that phone call is tinged slightly because someone else has had some bad luck and had to withdraw. I can’t help but feel for that person. Axil’s 3 prep runs at Lincoln, Burnham Market and Belton have gone well. As always there are good points and not so good points needing attention! Over the last 6 instructors appreciate the weeks I havewill gradually beenthat increasing herself. Cool Dancer won Ballindensik Axil’s work and since Burghley I have `chat` is always very entertaining! CCI** 2010 and was placed at Bramham really tried tothey focus what areas In addition, planning to 2011 and 2012, heare is on now aiming need improved. Axil gets bored for Badminton 2013. Club; Olivia also haseasily launch Greenfields membership and switches off soadvanced I try rates to vary produced herdiscounted other horse will include forhis work - I De useFoja hillwork andwas going to Zebedee since he a year school hire; club competition 3nights the not just as a 3“pick up” old. beach This season he had winsme including and free trialsbut days for thetodisciplines type of work actually improve throughout comingwithout year. him his dressage,the especially thinking he is doing dressage! I can It isa bit hoped that the weather year be superstitious so if I’vethis done something a particular in the will allow riders to trainway across the past andJumpCross he has gonetracks well atand an these event XC and

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2 BE Intermediates and was placed 6th in 2 CCI**. Zebedee is aiming to move up to 3 star level next year. This year Olivia was ranked 72 on the rider rankings. She is based just outside East Kilbride and is trained by Ian Stark and David Gatherer. She has received help from Sport Scotland through horsescotland over the years and has been sponsored by Topspec Feed Balancer since 2002. Olivia is a UKCC coach and one of the U18 regional coaches for Scotland.

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n the 31st of December 2012, I was lucky enough to take Balanced Horsemanship on an adventure of a lifetime; to set off on a journey of approximately 9000 miles to the Eastern Cape of South Africa to back some young sports horses. My first stop was just outside of Hogsback at Grasslands Farm. Grasslands is predominantly a cattle farm but also operates a small stud and has about 20 horses, including three broodmares. The Village of Hogsback received its name because one of the three peaks that overlook the village, resembles a hog’s back. The farm is set on the side of a hill, up a long, steep, winding dirt road in the centre of forestry. The weather was warm, but not too hot, and the views were stunning. The perfect peaceful setting to be working with young horses. So I didn’t feel homesick, my first three students were of Scottish breeding; a three year old colt by Dramiro and two, two year old colts by Secundus. My second port of call was a Warmblood and Appaloosa stud near Cathcart. Africa’s Sport Horse Stud is set in the heart of the Elandsberg Mountains, nestled within 5,500

hectares of stunning countryside. At Africa’s Sport Horse Stud the horses are reared as naturally as possible; kept in herds in camps (fields) of up to 100 hectares. Here I had six horses to work with; five of which were homebred and a Friesian cross brought in to be used as a trail riding horse. One of the homebreds, Whistle, was rising seven and had two unsuccessful attempts at being backed before. In the past he had been excessively lunged and chased to try and tire him out. This had made him very nervous and always in fear that he was going to be chased away. Due to this, I did lots of in hand, ground work with him; gaining his trust and confidence. We then did a little basic long lining but mainly used another horse to lead him from. With the lead horse he was able to take comfort in having a sturdy friend and also stopped associating humans with being chased when they were sitting on another horse. This worked amazingly well and within two weeks, Whistle was hacking out with Braveheart, his lead horse all around the farm. My final place of work was Assegai Sport Horse Stud, set in

Supernova walking with his first rider

the splendour of the Highlands Mountains just outside of Grahamstown. The stud is home to almost 70 horses including their imported Dutch Wramblood stallion Rico. At Assegai, I worked with seven, three year old Warmbloods and a Lusitano filly. At Assegai the emphasis is on getting the horses going forwards. So as soon as they were backed in the round pen they started hacking around the farm, firstly led from another horse and then off the lead. The farm had some great hills and a variety of terrain to help the youngsters find their feet and balance. Before long, it was time for me to return to Fife. I managed to do some sightseeing in this beautiful country and was lucky enough to

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he Dressage phase of the Gleneagles Summer Combined Series took place in the Outdoor Arena and judge Heather Carstairs saw some very nice tests throughout the classes. The Preliminary class was greatly reduced in size by last minute withdrawals but the very worthy winner was Bethany Peat riding Mayfields Minnie Quest who produced a flowing smooth test that was a pleasure to watch and they scored 75.4%. In second place was Pamela Scott riding her very able William, they finished on 72.1% from in third place Wendy Brown riding Flynn who scored a very creditable 69.2%. Four riders came forward to contest the Novice Class and fresh from her success down at Rowallan Activity Centre in the Scottish Farmer Finals Chloe Peat and her very striking Bonny Prince Charlie stole this show and produced a score of 73.8% from in second place well known show jumping rider Laura Hutt riding Alexia; they finished on 71.9% from in third place Fern Ainsworth with Banyara and a score 66.53%. Only one rider came forward to ride the Elementary Test 30 and this was Rebecca Bond with her lovely coloured mare Peggy Sioux and they produced a test which scored 58.1%.

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The show jumping phase they started with Class 1 where the fences were up to 80cms. Eleven riders came forward to contest this one and the eventual winner was Liz Fincher riding her very speedy Ivor who seemed to be enjoying himself. Second place went to Chloe Peat with Bonny Prince Charlie and in third place was her sister Nicole riding a very new member of the Peat team called Marley Maybe. The winner of the Combined Training Preliminary Class was Pamela Scott and William they finished the two phases on 173 points from in second place Mharie Wilson riding Nick who finished with 155 points. In third place on 151 points was Arianne Holland riding Erinvales Prince Caspian. The fences were raised for Class 2 and the final rider to go was Sophie O’Neil riding the evergreen Dublin who just seemed to skim round the course making it look so easy to win the class from in second place Bethany Peat with Mayfields Minnie Quest putting up a spirited performance to give Sophie a run for her money. Third place went to Becky Starkey riding Abby, she was making a welcome return to competition after being off for some time with an injured foot. The awards in the Combined Training

Novice Class were in first place Laura Hutt with Alexia; they scored 187 points from Fern Ainsworth and Banyara in second place on 173 points and in third place Becky Starkey and Abby on 164 points. Four riders jumped in Class 3 where the fences were set at a metre. First in this class once again was Sophie O’Neil with her amazingly talented partner Dublin who shaved even more off the time they set in the Novice Class. In second place was Becky with Abby from in third place Stephanie O’Neil riding her very young Osa and in fourth place was the only entry in the Elementary Combined Training, Rebecca Bond with Peggy Sioux. The next show takes place on Thursday 9 May 2013”

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for the first time at Inchcoonans was Lea Allen. In the Intro class Alison Oakes and Craggan Red won the red rosette with 66.95% but the win wasn’t quite good enough to get the trophy for the overall league champion, that went to Hannah Cormack and Falcons Dancing Cormack. Both prelim classes saw high entries and a variety of percentages but the highest of 69.16 in Prelim 14 was awarded to Louise Andrew and Midnight Blue Diamond who finished considerably higher than 2nd place Catherin Patterson and Warchant (65.75).

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Louise had to settle for 2nd place in Prelim 18 as Emma Cheape and O’sullivan posted a score of 69.58 to take the class. 3rd place in Prelim 18 went to the overall Prelim winter league winner, Lizzie McFadzean and Tilly. In the Novice 30 class Emma managed another win this time improving her percentage to 71.15%, the highest of the day. Let’s hope for some better weather as we head into the summer leagues!

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nimals that undergo surgery cannot usually eat normally for a period of time and may temporarily starve. The extent of time that the animal is without food or that it under eats depends on the seriousness of the intervention and which body systems are compromised. Clearly, abdominal surgery that involves the gastrointestinal tract will have a greater impact on the nutritional status of the animal than arthroscopy of a knee joint. Horses that fail to rapidly regain nutritional competence after surgery are susceptible to increasing malnutrition in a situation where the body is already in a stressed postsurgical state. Postoperative fluid and electrolyte management may be required although large volumes are usually necessary. This can be adequate for meeting minimal short-term nutritional requirements postoperatively. If a return to oral intake is delayed essentially the animal will starve unless other means can be found to support the animal’s metabolism. Obviously a horse with compromised nutritional status is more at risk from morbidity and mortality. When energy and nutrient intake falls below that necessary for maintenance then the animal becomes catabolic. This means it starts breaking down body tissues to make good the shortfall in energy and nutrient supplies. The body “eats” itself. anyone who has had a relative or themselves in hospital for major surgery will have witnessed firsthand how quickly “condition” is lost in spite of what appears to be adequate food inputs furthermore, nobody gets fat on grapes or flowers! Bodily fat starts to disappear and then this is soon followed by protein breakdown. unfortunately protein is not stored in the body like fat so essential tissue is lost and in serious cases of starvation, muscle wastage occurs and organ tissue is lost that can ultimately lead to organ failure. in most cases following surgery, “starvation” is a very short term issue because re-alimentation can begin quite quickly in contrast to the starved horse which has undergone chronic underfeeding and can be in a bad way. The guide to feeding post-surgery is relatively straightforward. oral surgery such as removal of teeth etc can compromise the animal’s ability to ingest and masticate food. These changes may be temporary or permanent. The simplest approach is to rehydrate good quality grass pellets. The extent of rehydration will govern the form of the final product which can range from a soft “fluffy” mix to a green slurry that the horse can slurp up. This type of food is also good after abdominal surgery as it will “flow” easily through the digestive tract. Remember, the horse is used to consuming wet food since grass can contain up to 87% water just like milk. nothing is better for the horse than grass! if parts of the gut have been removed then those parts remaining will dictate what is fed. instead of the horse having two distinctive areas that you can feed, the small intestine for hydrolysable carbohydrates, proteins and fats and the large intestine for fibrous feeds, the horse may be left with much reduced capability in one of these regions. There are no dietary changes required for a horse having undergone surgery in which no part of the small intestine or less than 50% of the jejunum and/ or duodenum or the caecum is removed. Horses recovering from surgery generally should, as a rule, be fed high-quality, highly digestible feeds in small, frequent meals as soon as they are back on their legs. offer the horse about one-quarter of its normal ration, increasing to its maintenance ration over several days. fresh water should always be available and those horses that have “lost” some of their large intestine will have a higher requirement since water re-absorption is compromised. you can walk the horse in hand and allow it to graze fresh grass for short periods. following removal of part of the large intestine, horses are usually fasted for up to 24 hours in order to aid healing and to preventing over stretching of the gut. However, not feeding for more than 72 hours can result in less effective wound healing and an increased risk of infection and diarrhoea. Thus, it is necessary to reintroduce solid feed to prevent gut tissue from becoming damaged. Horses can eat small amounts of high-quality feeds (alfalfa or alfalfa/grass mixes) over the first month after surgery. extra protein (12% or more) and phosphorus (0.4% minimum) should be fed together with limited amounts of structural fibre (< 28%) because the animal is less able to digest and absorb nutrients after surgery. if large sections of the colon have been removed such horses may need to remain on an altered feeding programme for the rest of their lives. Horses in which only small parts of the left colon and/or caecum have been taken out usually regain the ability to absorb

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Xxxxxxxxxx Feeding nutrients and can revert to normal maintenance feeding. Removal of parts of the small intestine means that cereal or starch-rich feed should not be fed. High quality fibre feeds and those containing a lot of fermentable fibre can be used whether as straights (beet pulp) or in compounds. significant supplementation may be necessary to compensate the impaired digestion of starch, fat and protein and the reduced absorption of vitamins and minerals. The large intestine can, to some extent, make up for the loss of small intestinal functionality. in contrast to the foregoing, the chronically underfed horse can be either mildly malnourished or seriously catabolic. The first thing to do with an apparently starved horse is to have it undergo a full veterinary exam. obviously teeth must be oK, the animal must be free from parasites and not suffering from any medical condition before you start re-alimentation. avoid the temptation to give lots of goodies as you may kill the horse! nutritional rehabilitation is a slow process and is best achieved by providing increasing amounts of good quality forage. alfalfa hay has been shown to be the best material to use providing protein, little starch and essential minerals. The addition of oil does not provoke an undesirable insulin response but effectively it dilutes the protein and mineral supply. for the first 3 days of re-feeding a

horse that should weigh 500kg should be fed between 500 and 700g alfalfa every 4 hours. on days 4 to 5 feed 1kg alfalfa every 4 hours providing the horse remains well and does not become diarrhoeic. gradually increase the amounts of alfalfa fed at each meal to 2kg and aim to decrease the meal frequency to once every 8 hours by day 10. Continue increasing the amounts until the animal is eating ad libitum by day 14. should alfalfa feeding prove unsuitable because of diarrhoea, substitute grass or grass hay. avoid the temptation to introduce concentrate too early, preferably waiting until 4 weeks are up and then start with handfuls and not bucketfuls! a 12% protein concentrate introduced very slowly would be alright but not exceeding 1% of liveweight. There are some high oil/high fibre/low starch concentrates available for purchase and these are very good for rehabilitating horses. feed refusal can be a problem so only the freshest cleanest material should be offered. fresh grass will often be consumed if all else fails. succulents and bran mashes may help to tempt the horse to eat. in conclusion, in both cases of feeding following surgery or of rehabilitation of a starved animal, the great temptation to feed cereals/ concentrates in quantity should be ignored. Based on investigations to date the key ingredient in both recovery situations is high quality forage.


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portly ponies Love Likits T he winter weather may have clung on for longer than expected but the problem of spring grass and obesity will still see many equines heading into summer on restricted rations. Ensuring such animals obtain sufficient nutrients is easy with the Paddock Likit; the long lasting formulation containing quality vitamins and minerals plus garlic, Biosprint live yeast and the Happy Hoof formula. Where any concentrate rations are fed, Likit’s snak-a-Ball can be used

to extend feeding times by delivering small amounts of food onto the floor, a process that also encourages natural foraging behaviour. Whether used for horses that bolt their feed or to reduce stable boredom, this robust feeding ball slows consumption rates - which is beneficial for digestion - and ensures those meagre rations aren’t gone in a flash. For further information call Likit Products on 01655 750523 or visit

t is estimated that gastric ulcers affect up to 40% of leisure horses, around 60% of competition horses and 90% of racehorses in training and can result in a lack of condition, reduced appetite, behavioural changes, mild colic as well as poor performance. for horses that are prone to gastric ulcers it is important to keep fibre at the forefront of the diet. ad lib hay should be available when the horse is stabled but it is important to allow as much turnout as possible, if possible reduce the amount of cereals in the diet, feed frequently and try to minimise the amount of stress in your horse’s routine. for horses that require condition ReadyMash extra helps supply additional oils and milk powders alongside a very high fibre content to help ensure controlled weight gain. Made out of high digestible fibre, ReadyMash extra helps to encourage slow rates of digestion throughout the hind gut and is particularly valuable for horses requiring a diet that is sympathetic on the digestive system. This helps to avoid the possible onset of gastric ulcers and colic in competition horses on a high cereal ration. glucose powders are also added to help to aid reduced recovery time after strenuous work or any illness and ReadyMash extra also contains essential vitamins, minerals and trace elements providing the horse with all the essential nutrients for a fully balanced diet. For more information on ReadyMash Extra please contact Rowen Barbary Horse Feeds on 01948 880598 or visit

feeding after surgery or starvation I ntroducing feed into the horse’s diet after surgery or periods of starvation needs to be handled carefully. Any sudden changes in the diet can cause digestive upsets and health implications. Although it is tempting to give your horse or pony a large feed it is vital that food is introduced very gradually. The horses digestive system is designed to work on a ‘trickle’ basis, meaning that they will get the most out of their diet if fed in small amounts on a regular basis, feeding large amounts of feed will have an adverse effect as the feed will move through the digestive system quickly and the nutrients cannot

be absorbed as efficiently. When feeds are offered to horses after surgery or starvation it is important to feed a nutrient dense feed that contains probiotics, prebiotics and nucleotides. Blue Chip pro contains an eu approved probiotic which can help to double the digestibility of fibre and will allow your horse or pony to get twice as many nutrients out of the fibre in their diet. There are two types of prebiotics commonly used in equine diets; fos and Mos. The prebiotic fos, is a long chain of sugar molecules, providing a feed-source for the beneficial micro-organisms in the gut. However, if the digestive system is already compromised through the stress of surgery or starvation, there could be a large population of ‘bad’ bacteria in the gut. Whilst the ‘good’ bacteria may start to thrive, the harmful bacteria will still cause an unhealthy gut and negatively affect the general health of the horse. Blue Chip pro contains the superior prebiotic Mos, which prevents the harmful bacteria binding to the gut wall, and instead binding to the Mos molecule. once the harmful bacteria have bound to the Mos, they cannot be released, and so they are rendered useless and ‘flushed out’ of the digestive system – this promotes the overall health of the digestive system, so the beneficial bacteria can thrive. nucleotides are at the forefront of modern nutrition and are molecules that make up the structural units of dna and Rna. They are found naturally in the horse’s diet, however at low levels. all horses and ponies can benefit from the inclusion of nucleotides in their diet, but performance horses or those with health issues have a greater requirement. nucleotides support the immune system and facilitate the immune cells, which help to fight viral and bacterial infections. nucleotides can have a positive effect on horses and ponies that have had digestive upsets, have been starved or are post surgery. in summary, feeding horses or ponies that have been starved or are post surgery should be done very gradually and with a nutrient dense feed balancer such as Blue Chip pro to ensure optimum digestive health. To find out more about the Blue Chip range visit www.bluechipfeed. com or call 0114 266 6200. 12 | May 2013

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“Nemo came to the ISPCA National Animal Centre following a complaint by a member of public about a number of horses in poor condition. An ISPCA inspector, with the help of the authorities, succeeded in removing Nemo and a second horse to safety. On arrival Nemo was severely emaciated, anaemic as a result of a massive lice burden and had numerous lacerations to his legs. After a month of vet treatment, a special diet and lots of TLC Nemo improved but still was not thriving as we would have expected. At only 3 years old Nemo should have gained condition and strength but something just was not right. As we have had such great results with Blue Chip Lamilight for our laminitic ponies I decided to contact Blue Chip for advice.

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a BCs of 5, which occurred between 4-6 weeks in the standardbred group. However, even after the full 12 weeks of dietary restriction, the ponies only dropped from a BCs of 7.1 to 5.9 and the andalusians from 6 to 5.2. Clare Barfoot Rnutr and the research and development manager at spiLLeRs® said: “The ponies and andalusians retained condition on adlibitum hay and were relatively resistant to body fat loss even when hay was reduced to 1.25% body weight. daily exercise also didn’t have much impact on these two groups. However, the standardbreds lost significant amounts of weight and body condition when maintained just on ad-lib hay and subsequently lost weight much more rapidly on the restricted diet. further work is planned to find out whether these breed variations are related to insulin sensitivity or other hormonal differences.” 1Comparison of weight loss, with or without dietary restriction and exercise, in standardbreds, andalusians and mixed breed ponies: s.J. potter, n.J. Bamford, and s.R. Bailey, faculty of veterinary science, The university of Melbourne, victoria, australia, p.a. Harris, equine studies group, WaLtHaM Centre for pet nutrition, Leicestershire, uK

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ockies’ Health Licks provide salt, minerals and trace elements in a delicious, calorie free lick- making them perfect for good doers. This range has recently undergone a rebrand, but the lick inside the stunning new packaging remains the tried and tested formula that equine customers love. it’s available in carrot, cherry, mint, apple and garlic varieties, and is 2kg in size, meaning that the licks will fit into conventional salt lick holders. Health Licks are calorie and molasses free, contain 10 vital minerals and can be offered in a free access manner, all year round, to help ensure that the horse receives the minerals and trace elements he needs without any extra calories. The licks can be used in the stable or in a sheltered position, such as a field shelter, making them ideal for those who live out too! Health Licks are available in 2kg blocks and have a RRp of £2.99. For more information, see, email or call 01606 595025.

new Website for Horse Lovers T he equine-nutrition company T.E.N. Supplements has launched a new website aimed at helping horse lovers find the right supplements to keep their horses fit and healthy. The website features a database of supplement ingredients and an a-to-Z guide which explains what each ingredient does and why you may want to use a supplement containing it. The explanations are detailed but easy to understand even if you do not have a background in nutrition. in addition to the supplement guide, there are articles on subjects such as hoof care and choosing the right vitamins and minerals for your horse. t.e.n. stands for targeted equine nutrition. t.e.n. was the vision of registered nutritionist Clare Barfoot Bsc (Hons), Rnutr. Clare had been searching for quite a while to find better ways of taking care of horses. she teamed up with equine vet pat Harris Ma phd, vetMB, dipeCvCn, MRCvs and then recruited verity Beaton Bsc (Hons) to become team t.e.n.’s product Manager. together they formulated a whole range of supplements to help solve some of the most common problems that horses face. verity’s horse, amilas tomtom, is an honorary team t.e.n. member and a valued part of the family. amilas tomtom has personally eaten lots of feed as part of detailed tests to ensure that all of the supplements are palatable. The t.e.n. supplements team understands that different horses

have different needs. young, growing horses have vastly different nutritional needs to older horses and a performance horse will have different requirements to one that is simply ridden recreationally. Why feed your horses generic supplements when they are anything but generic animals? The new t.e.n. website features all 31 of the supplements offered by the company. They are divided into various categories: joints, digestion, hoof, behaviour, electrolytes, skin and coat, immunity, lifestyle, weight management, muscle, wellbeing and respiratory. supplements are also sub-divided into Challenged, Healthy and senior to help you decide which ones to choose. The Challenged category of supplements is designed to give your horse a helping hand during periods of heavy riding activity or where a challenge is being experienced, Healthy is for day-to-day maintenance and senior supplements are for older horses. view the new website at www. if you need expert advice about which supplements are best for your horse you can speak to one of the t.e.n. equine nutritionists on 01908 311010 or email info@ you can also follow t.e.n. on twitter, facebook and google+. tensupplements, http://www., com/112997401397954086890/ about


t seems that some breeds just want to stay thin while others are much less willing to part with their surplus pounds. A new study has confirmed that different breeds have different capacities for weight loss, with Standardbred horses losing condition much more readily than Andalusians or ponies. The findings will help to improve the effectiveness and safety of weight loss programmes in the future. The study, Comparison of weight loss, with or without dietary restriction and exercise, in standardbreds, andalusians and mixed breed ponies1, was conducted by the university of Melbourne’s faculty of veterinary science in australia, in collaboration with the WaLtHaM® equine studies group. it will be presented at the equine science symposium, new Mexico in May 2013. twelve obese animals, comprising four standardbreds, four ponies and four andalusians, all with body condition scores (BCs) of 7-9 out of 9, were initially kept on ad lib hay for 20 weeks and then fed individually on a restricted diet of 1.25% bodyweight of hay for up to 12 weeks. two from each breed group were exercised daily on a horse walker. dietary restriction was stopped when each horse reached

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protect against Laminitis N ow thought to be an equine form of metabolic syndrome( EMS), laminitis affects a growing number of horses today. However, not all equines that become laminitic have EMS, but the latest study published in 2010 by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine has further developed this concept. As they say, this mimics what is happening in the human population with growing numbers of people overweight and suffering from diabetes. Much of this epidemic is now known to be diet related, and overfeeding is prevalent among people as well as equines. Horses and ponies evolved to live well on a lean diet and to get lots of exercise. shaped by nature to be superb athletes capable of thriving on the marginal diet afforded by their

semi-desert environment, they are not adapted to a rich regular diet and little exercise. too much food not only makes them fat but it also causes an acid imbalance in their hind gut. This contributes to the build up of toxins in their system and the end result, particularly to the more susceptible of horses, is laminitis. The best way to tackle this, to reverse the process is to add Happy tummy® charcoal to their feed. This helps adsorb the toxins thereby reducing gut acidity, and helping to return the horse’s digestive system to its ‘home’ or natural state. Happy tummy charcoal is an inexpensive and effective way of helping to protect your horse from the horrors of Metabolic syndrome and Laminitis. Happy Tummy charcoal can be obtained from www.finefettlefeed. com or call 01600 712496.

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opSpec Lite is the ultimate low calorie feed balancer designed for horses and ponies that need their weight controlled. These are usually good-doers that may be overweight and it is very important that this group of horses and ponies receive their full requirement of vitamins and minerals. topspec Lite provides a generous amount of these micronutrients in a small amount of exceptionally low-calorie feed. The feed balancer will help maintain excellent health and performance whilst improving hoof quality and promoting supple skin and a shiny coat. Long-term trials have shown that horses and ponies on restricted/poor grazing do not gain any additional weight when fed topspec Lite. The unique ‘nograin’ formula is low in sugar and starch and is ‘non-heating’. Lite can be conveniently fed straight from the hand. to compensate for the limited amount of nutrients wellfurnished horses often consume, topspec Lite has the added

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or horses and ponies prone to excess weight gain and laminitis, it is obviously vital that calorie intake is kept to a minimum, however it is also imperative they receive a balanced diet to maintain the nutrients they need to keep a healthy digestive system, shiny coat, strong hooves and develop a strong immune system. Horslyx helps provide these nutrition essentials without the addition of hard feed to the diet, meaning minimal intake of calories, yet maximum health benefits and a happier horse! Horses have evolved to efficiently digest sugar providing the intakes are little and often as they are when grazing, eating hay/haylage or when licking Horslyx. The molasses in Horslyx is used as a palatable carrier for all the essential vitamins, minerals and trace elements required to maintain optimum health, much like a sugar coated human multi-vitamin tablet. Because the molasses in Horslyx is fed ‘little and often’ the nutrients are absorbed in the small intestine and don’t upset the balance of micro flora in the hind gut – which significantly reduces the risk of laminitis. The key to safety when feeding Horslyx is the rate of intake and when fed at the recommended intake of 250g in a 24 hour period (based on an average 500kg horse) the nutrient rich lick will only add 82.5g of sugar to your horse’s diet. in human terms this equates to you having around 2tsp sugar in a 24hr period – which is less than that found in the average eating apple! if a horse or pony is on restricted rations of forage to control calorie intake they may be hungrier which increases the risk of over-consumption – because there is nothing else to eat! try reducing forage nutritional quality, rather than quantity to bulk out his diet and help reduce the risk of digestive upsets. (for example feed hay rather than haylage, or mix hay and clean straw for a lower nutrient value). allowing them restricted access to Horslyx will give you peace of mind that their forage and grazing is balanced, without the risk of adding unwanted calories. after Horslyx has been gradually introduced to your horse or pony’s diet, restriction can be by physically allowing them access for 1-2hrs per day or using the 5Kg Holder with the restrictor bar which allows 24hr access but with restricted intakes. Horslyx is available in four different formulations, original, Respiratory, garlic and Mobility allowing owners to feed specifically to their horses’ requirements in one cost effective, low calorie and easy method. Horslyx is available in 5kg, 15kg and 80kg weatherproof tubs, with prices starting at around £9.95. For further information tel, (01697) 332 592 or visit

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fatal diarrhea is being recorded as resistant in our uK horses and also that this bacteria is zoonotic, or can infect people. Consider that streptococcus equi zooepidemicus, a very common bacteria causing eye ulcers, skin disease and respiratory infections is being recorded as resistant and also zoonotic. Consider that pseudomonas aeruginosa, also zoonotic, causing keratitis is also becoming resistant. Consider whether you have contributed? Have you noticed a decrease in your horse’ symptoms and sometimes stopped administering a drug? Many times, if you stop administering the drug before the prescribed time, there is a good chance that the entire pathogen has not yet been eliminated. Circumstances such as this create ideal conditions that select for drug-resistant organisms. Bacteria that are susceptible to an antimicrobial are killed or put at a competitive disadvantage, while bacteria that have the ability to resist the antimicrobial survive and multiply. additionally, “bacteria can become resistant when resistance genes are passed from a resistant bacterium to a sensitive one. Therefore, antibiotics may increase the prevalence of resistant bacteria among both target pathogens and normal bacterial flora. Money is also cause for concern. Many clients do not have the resources to pay for more expensive antibiotics or follow up treatment or tests to check for resistance that will ultimately alter the health of their animal. vets depend on antibiotics to treat but as more organisms become resistant to more antimicrobials, the problem of treatment becomes more complex. With no change in our present course of action, treatment will eventually become impossible. some telephone calls result in exasperation. Many people call to request a medicine as a precautionary measure for a horse with a cut leg or cough or skin infection and are often offended by my reluctance to dispense the stipulated. it is right and proper that the people discuss the condition with a trained person, for if antibiotics are deemed necessary then an educated guess as to the likeliest bacteria present and so the most appropriate antibiotic required can be given. However, i have often been accused of being “money grabbing” (by suggesting visiting and examining the animal to confirm the picture and apparent necessity) or of “simply being difficult” because i cannot see any reason why the drugs are needed other than to appease the owner. What we do know is that selection for resistance will occur where antimicrobial usage is highest and least controlled, that best practice is critical with correct dosages for the weight of the patient and observance of treatment duration paramount. it is perhaps no surprise that populations around foreign pig farms have high levels of antibiotic resistance and that cheap (read counterfeit) pharmacy imports are creating another opportunity for resistance because of their largely unknown efficacy. Whilst a recent symposium highlighted current evidence suggesting veterinary practices are not a major cause of resistance in bacteria that affect human health, it is a “loop hole” for its development. What i and we do not want to do is end up with restrictions or the removal from our shelves of drugs we presently consider or have considered the norm. Whilst there are obvious differences between a hospital situation, farm or production animal situation and the individual companion animal that is our horses, it has been shown that it is possible to reduce antimicrobial levels without detriment to health or productivity in both human and animal fields. it has even been touted that antibiotics may levy a tax, akin to fuel tax, in an attempt to conserve the range and life span of current antibiotics. Carbon trading was dreamed up to try to conserve oil and reduce its pollutant effects and there have now been a couple of interesting papers suggesting a pigouvian tax – defined as one levied on an agent causing an environmental problem as an incentive to mitigate that problem. for antibiotics the cost of drug resistance is not reflected in the price of the drug. if you consider antibiotic sensitivity as a resource like oil, you may want to maintain that by introducing a tax! so if you think i’m still being money grabbing, please think again, we all need to think again. 24 | May 2013

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equimins itchless Itchless is a liquid herbal tincture, created to help support the skin during biting midge season. The product works to nutritionally support healthy skin and coat and can be added to feed or diluted and used as a body wash. The strong herbal extract contains marigold, dandelion, nettle, garlic and seaweed, and can be fed at a rate of 20 mls per day, meaning that 1 L lasts for 50 days. in addition, 40 mls can be diluted in 500 mls of water and the product can be used as a body wash. itchless works very well with Biting Midge Cream. itchless is available in 1 L bottles which have RRp of £19.25. Biting Midge Cream

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weet itch is a delayed hypersensitivity reaction to insect bites, mainly midges (culicoides) and results from an over vigorous response by the animal’s immune system. In the process of repelling invading insect saliva the horse attacks some of its own skin cells ‘by mistake’ and the resulting cell damage causes the symptoms described as Sweet Itch. For most horse owners the most distressing aspect of sweet itch is seeing the severe reaction their horse can have to the midge saliva, mostly the intense itching exhibited often until they have open bleeding wounds. The other symptoms of sweet itch can include hair loss, thickening of the skin and flaky dandruff. Weeping sores, sometimes with a yellow crust of dried serum may occur and often open sores can become infected and may require antibiotics to resolve the infection. The most commonly affected areas are the mane and tail but other areas affected can also include the neck, abdomen, withers, hips, ears and forehead. Horses with severe sweet itch may have a change in temperament and can become lethargic, agitated or even aggressive when handled or ridden. Culicoides midges mainly live in wet, marshy and wooded areas and are most active in dusk and dawn in calm conditions and they do not fly in strong wind or heavy rain. They are active from as early as March to October. Breeding sites are commonly in wet soil or moist, decaying vegetation therefore making horse stables and grazing fields an ideal place to live and breed. Diagnosing sweet itch is not usually difficult and the time of year and symptoms seen are strong enough to suggest that a horse has sweet itch. There is currently no cure for sweet itch and so it is important to try to minimise contact with midges for horses with sweet itch. There are many commercial products available for horses including feed supplements, herbs, creams and sprays that claim to treat or prevent sweet itch, many of them have limited efficacy and do not work. Prevention of sweet itch is much more important than trying to treat it. To minimise the risk of sweet itch: • Try to avoid marshy, boggy fields and avoid grazing horses next to streams, ponds or areas of stagnant water as these attract the midges. This includes ensuring water troughs are cleaned regularly. • Ensure pasture and all turn out is well drained and away from rotting vegetation such as muck heaps or compost heaps. • If possible, stable the horse at dusk and dawn, when midge feeding is at its peak, and close stable doors and windows or use mesh screens to stop midges entering the stable. • The installation of a large ceiling-mounted fan can help to create less favourable conditions for the midge.

• Use a good quality fly repellent and apply frequently. Such as a permethrin based one such as coopers fly repellent or switch. The best way to protect your horse from midges is to use a good quality fly sheet with face mask and belly flap. The best flysheets are made from material that the midges can’t bite through, so a heavy mesh with larger holes is less suited to this job. The Boett blanket has been specifically designed for the use in horses with sweet itch and had very good results and there are several of this type available now. Always make sure the rug is clean and dry and fits the horse correctly, ideally have a spare rug available so if one rug gets wet or rips you have another to use. The horse will, ideally, wear the rug for 24 hours a day even when stabled at very high risk periods of the year. Some owners will say that their horse will not wear a rug or rips them, persistence will hugely benefit the horse. Turning the horse out in a paddock with electric fencing and soft plastic water buckets instead of wooden fencing and metal troughs will limit the damage a horse will do to the rug and will also limit the trauma a horse with sweet itch can inflict on itself. Some owners find that keeping a horse turned out in an electric fence paddock stops the horse rubbing out its mane and tail and also stops the horse developing sores but it is important to remember that although the horse is not itching, it is still itchy! Cavalesse is a product that is being increasingly used to treat allergic skin diseases in horses. It contains nicotinamide that has been shown to reduce levels of histamine produced and also boost levels of natural fats in the skin therefore improving the skins natural barrier. There is a topical gel in combination with an in feed supplement that can be used on


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affected lesions. Many people have found that their horses have responded very well to treatment with cavalesse often showing dramatic improvement within days. The product is best started prior to the nice weather and turnout usually end of February beginning of March. Exposure to midges during early years of life appears to be important in helping young horses become tolerant to the proteins present in midge saliva. It is these proteins that, if not recognised by the horse’s immune system as being harmless, trigger the hypersensitivity reaction which we recognise as sweet itch. These findings helped researchers to develop ways of tricking the immune system of sweet itch affected horses into believing that midges pose no threat. This re-programming of the immune system, known as immunotherapy has been used in asthma and other human allergies. It involves repeated exposure to small amounts of the proteins that would otherwise trigger the hypersensitivity reaction. Scientists at Bristol University have identified the offending proteins present in midge saliva and work has started to find the most effective way of administering these in a course of immunotherapy. This work should not be confused with the trials of sweet itch ‘vaccine’. This has been available for several years and is actually based on bacterial cell extracts that are designed to modify the immune response. This product is available for oral administration as BioEos Sweet Itch Capsules. It has been reported that some 70% of horses treated with this product show a 50% improvement in clinical signs, with 10% showing substantial reduction in signs and 10% minor improvement. The capsules are given monthly and cost approximately £280 for a year’s treatment. Further information can be obtained from the National Sweet Itch Centre In conclusion, no horse should ever just be dismissed as having a little bit of sweet itch. Severely affected horses become so irritated and restless that they often lose weight and show negative changes in behaviour and demeanour. This can become a welfare issue that should be addressed by the owner as soon as possible. Most horses show a dramatic improvement in general well being when a treatment is successful, which is telling of just how detrimental the condition would be if left untreated. Insectbitehypersensivity.pdf

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HoRse BeHaviouR - Speaking the language part 12 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.) BAULK: ‘Refuse to move forward, usually because of the presence of an aversive object or obstacle (as in jumping). See “Napping” `.

NAPPING, PROPPING: ‘When a horse fails to respond appropriately to the rider’s signals, as in refusing to go forward, running sideways, spinning or running backwards. This conflict behaviour could also result in attempts at rearing.’

Many of the ‘naughty’ movements performed by horses are traceable, according to scientific research into equine behaviour, to confusion in the horse’s mind; this results in anxiety, maybe actual fear and ultimately in some sort of natural, defensive behaviour. sometimes they are triggered by a frightening situation or object in the horse’s surroundings. as always, we need to consider not only how to prevent these behaviours but also, most importantly, why the horse is performing them. Confusion is certainly a cause but also the horse may simply not like the look of what is ahead, or not want to go in the manner the rider is asking for because he can’t do it or he knows it will be unpleasant or difficult, or he might remember something frightening or painful that happened last time he obeyed. We must always consider that the horse is in pain or feels unwell and knows he is not up to doing what we are asking. perhaps he is not fit or strong enough, or is physically or mentally tired. His feet might hurt. His tack could be uncomfortable or causing pain, or his rider could be incompetent. He may just not get on with or trust his rider. accurate judgement of horses and the situations they are in is an essential ability in a rider or trainer. some seem to have a natural ability to ‘read’ horses and sense how they are feeling and, therefore, assess their behaviour, or likely behaviour. other people are not blessed in this way, although with sensitivity and experience they can often develop this skill.

HABITS AND REMEDIES Horses form habits very eAsily and napping can certainly become a habit. Two

repetitions of any behaviour set the horse on the road to a habit, five repetitions make it a habit. Therefore, we need to make habits of the good things the horse does but eliminate the bad ones. Habits can be overcome by asking the horse to do something else whilst he is performing the undesirable movement. Napping can often be overcome by asking the horse to move his forehand sideways, then asking for forward movement maybe in a slightly different direction.

The traditional remedy for napping of having a lead from another horse or person to give the horse confidence and a good experience is recommended, but many riders are either too proud to accept such help or stubbornly insist that the horse ‘has to learn’ to obey his rider, even when the horse clearly doesn’t trust him or her. some will not even dismount and lead. a good way of getting past an awkward place or object in an emergency is to shoulder-in past it, flexing the horse away from it and riding on. However, in equitation science the reins are used, one at a time, to keep the horse’s head facing forwards, and the legs to encourage him to approach. ultimately the horse learns that he has nowhere to go but forward. temperament comes into conflict behaviour as well, sensitive horses being more prone to defensiveness than more phlegmatic ones. an experiment done with police horses showed, interestingly, that some horses who played up when faced with potentially frightening situations or objects did not actually have a raised heart rate (indicating fear) but some who seemed unafraid and kept going forward did have a faster than normal heart rate.

CONFLICT BEHAVIOUR ‘Conflict behaviour’ is a term describing anything a horse does to defend himself when in conflict with what is happening to him or around him. It includes general spookiness (indicating anxiety or fear) or more specific actions. Napping including running backwards is one of them, as are shying, spinning, bucking, bolting and rearing. He cannot be blamed for this as survival is naturally key. Unless the situation is truly terrifying, which sends any animal or human into a blind panic, the remedy or preventative measure at the root of baulking or napping is gradually, correctly and fully to train the horse to respond reliably to our aids for ‘go’, ‘stop/slow/step back’, ‘sideways’ (forehand and hindquarters) and ‘stand still until told to move’ (called ‘park’ by equitation scientists). Meticulous 30 | May 2013

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Confusion may be caused by applying opposing aids at the same moment, such as asking simultaneously for ‘go’ with the legs/spurs/whip and ‘stop’ with the bit, or even with the seat movement, also not stopping the aid as soon as the horse responds. These are widespread within modern equitation. it is well known from reliable scientific research into equine learning processes that horses find it really hard to tolerate this kind of riding. a horse may object in some way, as described above, or eventually descend into a condition called ‘learned helplessness’ in which he has learned that however he tries to escape his confusion, pain, distress or fear he is helpless to do so, and tolerates it, becoming dull and robot-like. an example of a principle widely taught which involves conflicting opposing aids is ‘driving a horse up to the bit’ or ‘into the hand’: the legs create energy to be contained and distributed by the hand, but the horse sees it as being told to go and stop at the same time. ‘Ride forward to halt’ is similar. The legs send the horse forward but the bit tells him to stop, resulting in stiff, poor halts, the rider’s usual response to which is to pull even harder. an even worse example is seen in horses whose riders take an unrelenting, heavy, painful bit contact, using legs/spurs at the same time to create ‘energy’, ‘forward movement’ or extravagant action. The basic ‘either/or’ way of giving aids applies in equitation science and correct classical riding, in which the phrase used is ‘legs without hands and hands without legs’.

BASIC TRAINING Two fundamental principles of equitation science are (1) to use one aid/cue/ signal for one movement and (2) to train your horse so that you have control of his feet. The horse must be stimulated to move by you, not by his environment. If he moves to go and eat grass, for instance, he is not under ‘rider/aid stimulus’ but ‘environmental stimulus’. If he spooks and does not immediately come back under your control when you apply the stop aid, he is not under your stimulus/control but that of his environment. If he naps and does not move forward immediately when you ask, he is not under your control but that of his environment.

(Having your horse under your aid/stimulus control might sound unreasonable but it is not provided you are prepared to take the trouble and time to train him properly. This does not turn him into a zombie but into a calm, contented, obedient partner. from the ground, as a teacher, i can see the relief on the faces and in the demeanour of horses progressing through this training, as though all responsibility has been lifted from their shoulders and they can work co-operatively with a trustworthy rider.) so far as (1) is concerned, an example of using an identical aid for two different movements is to pressure or ‘feel’ both sides of the bit in a backward movement towards the horse’s neck to (a) ask him to slow down, stop or rein back, which are the same type of movement using the same muscle groups, and (b) use the same aid to obtain a round posture of the head and neck. it is unreasonable to expect the equine brain to know which you want. The rounded posture will come as a result of correct muscle development produced by appropriate exercises during schooling, which will enable the horse to go in a reliable horizontal balance and to take more weight on his hindquarters when required. in order to balance himself freely in that posture, he naturally extends his neck and head (his balancing pole) up and out, counterbalancing the rearward shift of weight. so far as (2) is concerned, in-hand or under saddle, your horse must only move when you ask him to. When horses have learned this, either through equitation science and equine learning theory, or correct classical training, it is amazing how much calmer and more confident they become. My clients who achieve it all comment on this. previous conflict behaviours go out of the window, the horse ‘listens’ to his rider and performs much better.

HOW TO DO IT As a starter, here is the equitation science way of teaching a horse to move back in hand – your starting point. With any method, the over-arching principle is to stop your aid/s the instant you get your response so that the horse knows he has made the appropriate response to that aid. This is called reinforcing his response because it strengthens the likelihood of its happening next time you do it.

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Horse Behaviour Xxxxxxxxxx • Training Have your horse in a simple snaffle bridle, a controller halter or a normal head collar. Bring the reins over his head, or clip a lead rope to the jaw ring of the head collar and hold it about 15cm/6ins from the clip. start in his stable or other small, safe enclosure. stand on one side of his head, say the left, facing his tail, at almost arm’s length, holding the reins/rope in your left hand and a long, stiff schooling whip in your right. spend a few moments rubbing the horse’s withers with your right hand and telling him he’s wonderful. Then, without speaking so he can concentrate on the pressure aids rather than the vocal ones for now, with his head in a natural position and without moving your feet, put pressure on the bit or noseband directly backwards towards the centre of the underside of his neck. if two seconds of this do not result in a backward step, keep up the contact and vibrate it with quick little pulls. if necessary, back it up by gently, quickly and clearly tapping the front of his left cannon with the whip. Continue your aids without stopping (and without increasing the pressure, only the speed of the vibrations and taps) until you get your response, otherwise you will surely confuse the horse. some trainers insist that the horse must lift the foot and put it down further back, so you get a small backward step. some (including me) believe that you should ‘reward a try’ so it’s fine for now if he just lifts the foot and puts it down in the same spot, but not forward. When you get a response, which might take several seconds, you must stop your aid/s immediately so that the horse’s brain can connect what he has just done (stepped back) with the release (stopping) of the aid/s. timing is crucial in this, as not releasing aids (known as negative reinforcement) is proven to be another major cause of confusion for the horse. immediately rub him on the side of his withers as a pleasant consequence. Repeat this about three to five times, then again on the other side. Much depends on how the horse reacts. provided you tap and do not hit, are clear and correct, there is usually little trouble. to ask for ‘walk forward’, tap his side where your leg will go when riding and pull the reins/rope straight forward, pressuring the headpiece. Have plenty of little breaks just standing calmly. Continue in the same way, for 20 minutes say twice a day. once your horse goes forward and back reliably and quickly to light aids, in at least five different sites on the yard, this work should be established and you can continue on the drive, a track, the arena or anywhere safe. of course, the above is just the very beginning of this system and i recommend that you look further into it, buy the publications and seek out a suitable trainer (see sources below). Classical riding operates on very much the same principles – clear, simple aids, get control of the feet and legs, and reward often and instantly. Whatever system you use, these are good principles on which to found your training. napping and other conflict behaviours WiLL reduce or disappear if your horse is trained in a non-confusing way to respond accurately and reliably, using a fair system that makes sense to his brain.

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fuRtHeR infoRMation: The Classical Riding Club (, the international society for equitation science (www., the australian equine Behaviour Centre ( and the equine Behaviour forum (www.equinebehaviourforum., 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.) SUSAN McBANE has an HNC in Equine Science and Management, is a Classical Riding Club listed trainer and Gold Award holder, co-founder of the Equine Behaviour Forum and a Practitioner Member of the International Society for Equitation Science. Author of 44 books, she is a co-publisher of ‘Tracking-up’ (see advert this issue). For lessons and clinics in and near Lancashire, ring 01254 705487 or email

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ideally i always suggest feeding aloeride at least 1 month before the start of the warmer weather, but i appreciate that optimal timing is not always possible, as our weather is hardly predictable! We sometimes get an un-seasonally warm day earlier in the year and this is often enough for the midges to come out! Which is why i always recommend that you have a sweet itch rug to hand to put on, as soon as the weather starts to warm up. Whilst many of our customers report back that they no longer require rug protection, i always recommend that you hang onto your rug, as i believe a double ended pronged approach to tackling the condition is always more beneficial, be it a rug or fly/ midge spray used in conjunction

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Pilates and Stretching foR HoRses These two exercises for improving spinal movement are taken from Pilates and Stretching - an exercise index for horse owners, published by Horses inside Out and available from


e have all heard of the phrase, ‘if you don’t use it, you lose it!’ as there is very little movement between the vertebrae it is easy for stiffness to develop. it is important therefore to maintain mobility within the horse’s back. to do this we need to use a full and varied range of movement on a regular basis to help stimulate the production of synovial fluid production and maintain healthy joints.

BACKING UP Aims: • to lift and flex the back. • to strengthen the muscles and structures involved in engagement and carrying the weight of the rider. • to stimulate the sacroiliac area. This is collection in reverse! Pelvis tilts, lumbo-sacral junction flexes and iliopsaos muscles contract

Relaxed back lifts to allow hind legs to step under

Muscles of the topline are correctly recruited Keep the head and neck low Long marching steps backwards

Abdominal muscles contract to lift back

When we study biomechanics we can see that there is most rotational movement between the vertebrae in walk compared to any other gaits. The exercises in this article, extracted from gillian Higgins’ book pilates and stretching for Horses ( encourage greater movement through the vertebrae in walk, as well as having many other beneficial effects.


Aim: • to lift and flex the back, hip, shoulder and elbow, stifle and hock. • to strengthen the muscles and structures involved in engagement, hip flexion and pelvic stability. • to improve suppleness and flexibility through the shoulder and elbow, hip, stifle and hock, Lumbosacral junction flexed and sacroiliac area stimulated

Relaxed back lifts to allow hind legs to step over pole

Pelvic stabiliser muscles recruited Flexion at the hip, stifle and hock

Abdominal muscles recruited to help lift back as hind limb flexes

How to do it: • Walk the horse forwards into a positive halt. • By applying gentle pressure on the chest and head collar encourage the horse to step back. as he becomes more practised at this exercise, less pressure will be required. • Keep the head as low as possible to encourage the back to raise. if he has a tendency to hollow, use a carrot to encourage him to keep his head low. • try to avoid the horse reversing with rushed, short, hollow steps. • Back up a minimum of 10 steps to allow the horse to get into a rhythm. Tip: incorporate this exercise into your daily regime by backing your horse up before you ride. to make this exercise harder, try backing up a slight gradient. Good for: Mobilising the lumbo-sacral joint and muscles and stimulating the sacroiliac region.

How to do it: • slowly walk the horse over a pole on the ground. • gradually raise it until it is around knee height. • encourage the horse to lower his head to look at the pole. • This exercise can be performed in hand or ridden. • perform on a daily basis. Tip: Walking over a raised pole requires greater flexion in the horses joints than in trotting. place a raised pole in a location where the horse can regularly walk over it; for example to and from the field. Good for: improving suppleness and flexibility through the shoulder and elbow, hip, stifle and hock.

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Current Affairs Xxxxxxxxxx • Dog Nutrition

Have your say Dear equi-ads, i have picked up a copy of the april 2013 edition of equi-ads, which i enjoy reading regularly. However, i am dismayed to see the images of a horse in poor condition on page 30 being used to demonstrate pilates. Sue Buckley.

Right Weight Manager at World Horse Welfare, Sam Chubbock said: “one of the biggest difficulties with assessing the condition of horses is that it is impossible to accurately assess how much fat a horse is carrying simply by looking at them, either in the flesh or in a photograph. you really need to get your hands on the horse and feel for any fat cover to really know what sort of condition it is in.  Because of this, it is impossible for us to tell whether the horse used in the article is underweight or fit without being able to do a hands-on fat scoring assessment.  However, being able to see ribs on a horse does not automatically mean the horse is underweight and it is better for horses to come out of the winter leaner than they would be at the beginning of the season, as this will allow them to safely gain some weight as the spring grass comes through. you can find out more about why it is important for horses to be at the right weight, as well as how to assess this yourself, through” Readers are invited to add their voices to the discussion. Please send your comments to Subject: Thin Horse or Fit Horse?

Gillian Higgins of Horses Inside Out replied: “The horse is not in poor condition, at this time he was in ideal fit condition. He is rounding his back and contracting his stomach muscles which is why you can see his ribs. Look at the shape of his back to see the alteration in his posture.” Peter Fenton BVM&S, MRCVS it is very difficult to assess body condition accurately on a photo, especially in a grey horse!, but if i had to get off the fence i would say the horse has some body fat over it’s ribs as the outline has a rounded appearance as opposed to a sharp appearance if it were more of a bony creature. overall i would condition score it 2.25 to 2.5, which is the condition score of a thoroughbred in training. i would normally expect a leisure horse in healthy condition to be 2.5 - 3 out of 5 - no matter what the breed. i would always only say definitely if i had been able to feel the horse though!! in short i do not think this horse is too thin from the photo but would only confirm this with an examination and it is certainly healthier than any horse that is overweight! Dr Teresa Hollands BSc(Hons) MSc (Nutrition) PhD R.Nutr Senior Nutritionist/ R&D Manager, Dodson & Horrell commented as follows: Research published at Beva shows that 65% of people are unable to ‘fat score’ their horses visually ie they change their score when they manually palpate them, so it is very difficult to be objective from a photograph except in extreme cases. Horses are like people in that whilst they store fat over set places on their skeleton, they do vary in the areas in which they are most susceptible, thus we do not rely on just one skeletal structure to provide a score. The modified 0-5 takes this individualism into account and scorers allocate a score to each part of the body and this is not added up to provide an average. We also use the term fat score rather than condition score as a fat or thin horse are both in poor condition as neither are ‘fit for purpose’. again difficult to see from the photo, but the horse looks to have a good coat and bright eye, suggesting that his nutrition is fine. The views of his back seem to show adequate fat cover as he has an upside down ‘c’ shape , his hip and pelvis bones aren’t visible and i can’t see his vertebra. from the little i can see of his bum, he seems to be well muscled on his quarters. His shoulder blade is well defined which is preferable in an active horse as it is a disadvantage if there is fat infill as the horse then cannot extend their shoulder properly. i appreciate that your reader is concerned that she can see this horse’s ribs, but that is not uncommon in a fit horse (or person!!); most racehorses and endurance horses will have visible ribs when on the turn and i think from the feedback from gillian (i’ve not done this movement so unsure of its effect) that the manipulation contracts the stomach muscles which brings the ribs into relief. i’ve just stood up and contracted my stomach muscles (found them!!) and it did make my ribs easier to see! PS worth remembering that Cushingoid (PPID) and EMS horses often have very large crests (topline) but their ribs are visible. In this situation, they are not fit but neither are they thin.

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RespeCt - Teaching Your Horse To Have His Mouth Inspected Anne Wilson A

s discussed in the first article of this series (March 2013) respect should be very much a two-way street. When you have shown the horse that he has reason to respect you, and you don’t abuse his respect, he will come to trust you as a reliable leader, capable of protecting him. If you have followed the advice given in my last two articles, you should now be at this stage. By not abusing his respect, i mean that you show him due respect by never scolding him unnecessarily; never shouting nor being impatient when he doesn’t respond instantly to your requests (it may take him several seconds sometimes to understand just what you are asking), and never, ever, losing your temper. This does not mean allowing him to necessarily have his own way; you should adopt an attitude of quiet, calm confidence, with kindness and determination. in this way you show him that what you require him to do is best for him as well as you. This is extremely important when it comes to veterinary procedures, farriery, dentistry, etc. Horses pick up on our moods and attitudes very quickly, so if you are tense and nervous when the equine dentist comes to visit, then your horse is likely to be frightened – you are his leader and if you are frightened, something dreadful must be about to happen! teeth rasping may be slightly uncomfortable at times, but should not be painful nor frightening. if you really cannot control your nerves, maybe you could ask someone more confident to hold him during the process. sometimes the dentist would actually prefer that no-one restrains him, as too much constraint can in itself be frightening. it will be of huge benefit if you can make mouth inspections part of your normal routine. The first step in making mouth inspections a relaxed and ‘no big deal’ occurrence is to do it every day yourself. you don’t need to have in-depth dentistry knowledge just to open his mouth and have a look inside; that is all you need to do the first time. it should be a matter of course that every owner inspects the fit of the horse’s bit on a regular basis; checking for any pinching at the corners of the mouth and for soreness on the bars of the mouth (the gum on either side, where there is a gap in the teeth and the bit rests). Whilst wearing the bridle you can make sure that the bit fits correctly; not too high and pinching the corners of his mouth,

Wolf Teeth Bars of the Mouth

Incisors Canine Teeth

nor too low and likely to bang on his lower teeth. unfortunately, this is something which is all too often neglected these days, but is an extremely important part of horsemanship. if you have a young horse, he may never have worn a bit, so you need to reassure him that having his mouth opened is not a scary thing. start by standing directly in front of him, rubbing the front of his face, using both hands caress him around the eyes and ears – most horses adore this – do it for as long as you like; i’m sure he won’t protest. Then come to the side of his head and gently but firmly lift his lip; first his upper lip, then his lower

lip. Then lift his upper lip at the front of his head to inspect his front teeth, then his lower front lip. This is probably enough for the first time, so go back to rubbing his face and caressing his ears; all the time telling him how good he is. if you experience any resistance, don’t get anxious or upset, but don’t give up. go back to the beginning by rubbing his face again and speak to him reassuringly as you lift his lips. if he steps backwards, then go with him. i’m sure that eventually he will stand still and welcome your advances. follow the above procedure every day for as long

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as it takes for him to be completely relaxed about it. When he is almost bored with this mouth inspection, insert your finger or thumb carefully into the side of his mouth at the bar (where there are no teeth) and gently take hold of his tongue, turn the tip of the tongue very slightly towards you. This will have the effect of opening his mouth to enable you to see further back into his jaw. This is only as a preparation for the dentist. you really only need to look at the incisors (front biting teeth) and run a finger or thumb along the bars of the mouth as far as the first molar (first back grinding tooth), especially in the upper jaw to check for any soreness associated with the eruption of wolf teeth (not all horses develop wolf teeth but sometimes they need to be taken out). iMpoRtant – Be very gentle with his tongue. Make sure you don’t pull it as this could cause a rupture at the base of the tongue and would obviously be extremely painful. don’t Move tHe tongue out too faR. don’t hold onto the tongue for more than a second or two to begin with. in fact never hold onto it for very long at all because this would be extremely uncomfortable. always give your horse plenty of praise and a tit-bit reward is always a good thing after a mouth inspection. When you can follow this procedure in a relaxed manner on both sides of the mouth, your horse will be well on the way to being comfortable with his dentistry treatment. a great advantage of carrying out regular mouth inspections is that you will become au-fait with what his teeth and gums normally look like; thus you will be alerted if there is any change which may be causing a problem. obviously you won’t need to inspect his mouth every day forever more; just about once a week will be fine, unless you suspect a problem. it is amazing how much trust and respect can be built up between horse and human during this type of close interaction. He will come to learn, not only to respect you for his own safety, but that you have his best interests at heart and everything you do is for the best, even though it may be a little uncomfortable at times. This kind of trust should transfer to other veterinary procedures such as injections, blood samples and so on. Anne Wilson is a freelance classical riding trainer, based in Bedfordshire; trained with Sylvia Loch and holder of the Classical Riding Club Gold Award Certificate – Phone 01234 772401 or

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ou are certain to encounter a water complex, even at Novice level, once you begin cross country riding and competition. Practise over different types of water obstacles and jumps is essential, and should be part of standard equine and rider education. Splashing about Water complexes will vary from simple ‘splashes’ with level ground, both in and out, right up to deeper water that may include jumps or steps in and out. You could also be asked to actually jump an obstacle placed in water as part of the task. Usually water would be numbered as a jump, and flags used for you to pass between, both going into and out of the water, incurring elimination for error of course if avoided. A slight hesitation may be allowed, and must be followed by immediately going forward so as not to be penalised for a refusal; a step or more backwards anywhere in the complex will cause you faults. When introducing a young or inexperienced horse to water, it is best to hire somewhere with facilities for easy lessons on level ground with shallow water. An older more experienced horse is invaluable plus an instructor, either mounted or on the ground. The youngster will often be happy to follow his companion and the exercise can be repeated as much as necessary. Much as horses do not have a fear of actual water, their natural fear is being unable to see their footings, and trust must be formed between horse and rider so that he will eventually never question directions. Allowing time It is important to allow plenty of time, allowing the horse to sniff, drink and splash in the water to acclimatise himself, but do beware of him deciding it would be a good idea to roll! If you think this is about to happen, get his head up and kick on, to keep him moving. Once your horse is happy to walk in and out with no hesitation, you then may ask him to be lead horse, or go in side by side. After walking in, trot out and eventually trot in and canter out, until it is all second nature. Steeper gradients are the next stage, then deeper water with a jump out. Before long you should be able to mix and match all aspects of a simple water complex with a companion until you then graduate on to completing the task alone. Different courses are essential until he has no fear of new venues. TOP TIPS If you are intending to spend plenty of time in and out of water, it is a good idea to place plastic sticky tape around your horse’s protective leg boots to avoid possibly losing them. It does come in many bright colours so can compliment your own cross country colours. To begin with when approaching water as part of a course, slow your horse to a trot or walk depending on confidence levels, keeping rein and leg contact 40 | May 2013

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HANKS to education and improved knowledge, most horse and pony owners now recognise the importance of a correctly fitting saddle. everyone looks for a saddle that offers good value for money and that will stand the test of time and it is important that you recognise why some saddles cost £1,000 while others are twice as much. The society of Master saddlers offer advice on what to look for in your saddle when making a new purchase and the best process to go through to ensure an exact fit for horse and rider. it is vital that you have a thorough consultation with your saddle fitter. This may take up to three hours but is time well spent to get the best end result. if required have your trainer and physiotherapist on hand at the same time. When your saddle is ready and finished, don’t simply allow it to be sent in the post, in the hope it will fit, make sure a return visit is part of the buying and fitting process. We all know that old saying ‘you get what you pay for’ and in any walk of life you have to pay

for expertise. When buying a new saddle you should always get it fitted by a society of Master saddlers Registered Qualified saddle fitter, as you are guaranteed they are fully qualified, professional and have a minimum of three years’ experience. Making sure the saddle is created from the highest quality leather from around the world and the craftsmanship behind the saddle is at the top of the skill level helps to result in a superior quality product. When having your saddle made, go for a supplier who can make a saddle where all design features are interchangeable across the entire

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Amy Stovold; “i love the range of shampoos that nettex offers. My horses need to look and feel their best at all times, in order to compete as well as they can, and regular washing is essential. The nettex Whitening shampoo is ideal for making white areas gleam and for removing last-minute stable stains on show days. i also really like the Lavender Wash no Rinse shampoo, which is great for washing horses down after exercise as it helps to soothe tired muscles and effectively removes dried sweat.” nettex offer an entire range to cater for every type of rider from pony club to the professional in a range of ideal sizes for the tack room, show bag or lorry. everything you need to keep your horse or pony looking its best for everyday turnout or show ring condition. amy loves the following; Whitening shampoo 500ml RRp £10.50 Mini version 200ml RRp £4.50 • Lifts the deepest of grass and stable stains from coats, manes and tails • optical whiteners produce amazing colour enhancement for whites, greys & coloured horses, even on solid colour coats • Can be used diluted or neat • Lavender no- Rinse Wash 500ml RRp £5.50 Mini version 250ml RRp £3.99 • nettex no-Rinse washes can simply be diluted in warm or cold water and applied using a sponge to remove sweat, dirt and grease • Remove excess water with sweat scraper and leave to dry naturally removes the need to give a full bath ideal to use to calm and relax your horse after strenuous exercise and to help soothe minor knocks, grazes and bruising

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winter with a number of placings being decided on the final night. In the Cross Pole section it was a win for Charlie Scott with Patchy Boy, closely followed by her cousin Abigail Gladstone and Logan’s Lad. The 12 and Under section was very tightly fought with three riders in the mix coming into the last night, the eventual winner was Kirstyn Beattie riding Misty Meg with Raegan Girvan and Bailey’s Irish Cream runner up. The 15 and under section was a tale of one jockey and two ponies, Jenna Letham held both first and second places with her ponies Sam and Hazel but the results on the final night decided that first prize went to Sam and second to Hazel. The senior section was a very convincing win for Barry Savage and his promising horse Cisco with Susanne Gordon and Charlie runners up.

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Veterinary Physiotherapy – Optimising Equine Performance Case study series written by ACPAT Scotland members


nya is a rising 5 year old, 15.2 hh, thoroughbred mare who was broken and schooled last year ending the season completing a minimus one day event. The goal for this year is for Anya to compete at BE90 by the end of the season. I was asked to see Anya to devise an exercise plan to support previous musculoskeletal issues and allow Anya to be fit for her intended purpose. Anya had a capped hock as a 2 year old which was successfully treated by vets and thoroughpins. In addition, Anya has had previous issues with locking patella. The locking patella problem makes it vitally important to maintain muscle strength in the quadriceps muscle in particular. When I first assessed Anya she was carrying some excess weight and I scored her with a body condition score of 4. Anya had just been returned to work following 3 months off over the winter. Her gait pattern did not show any abnormality. However her hind limb muscles and abdominal muscles were lacking. An exercise programme was developed to work on: 1) Muscle strength in the hind leg to prevent ongoing patella issues 2) Cardiovascular fitness for her eventing career

Due to other commitments Anya’s ridden work would be limited to a maximum of 4-5 times per week. These sessions were to include schooling sessions, hacking and interval training. Schooling sessions were planned to progress in duration as fitness level improved. In addition the difficulty of the exercises were progressed as appropriate. Various pole exercises, basic lateral work, transitions and rein back were used to facilitate recruitment of specific muscles within the hind limb and abdominals. Further into the programme grid work exercises were introduced. Hacking was included to work on strengthening and eccentric control. Eccentric control is where the muscle slowly lengthens to

control the movement. Eccentric muscle contraction occurs when the horse comes to a sudden stop or when landing following a jump, in these situations it acts like a shock absorber. This is vitally important for working on uneven surfaces especially when going cross country. Therefore while hacking Anya it was important to pay particular attention to changes in pace on a downhill gradient. If the gradient is less than 15% trot, halt, walk transitions can be carried out. Lateral work was also done during hacking sessions. Interval training was to be completed every 4th day on the 8 weeks preceding competition, with the last session no closer than 1 week prior to the event. This is to allow recovery time specifically to repair free radical muscle damage. Anya is now a few weeks into the programme and her owner Ingrid

says “Today I have just had the best canters on her ever! With the pole work, her ability to adjust her stride is improving and so is her balance”. Tara Jamieson, Chartered Veterinary Physiotherapist. B.Sc. (Hons) Equine Science, M.Sc. Physiotherapy, Pg. Dip. Veterinary Physiotherapy, MCSP, ACPAT Cat A. Tel: 07989435560 E-mail: Web: Facebook: Tara Jamieson - Chartered Veterinary Physiotherapist Based in Aberdeenshire, covering Aberdeen City and Shire. For more information on Veterinary Physiotherapy or to find a Chartered Veterinary Physiotherapist in your area go to King Edward, Aberdeenshire Stables & Field shelters Timber Buildings made to your requirements

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EQUIDO – Tack or Training... By Morag Higgins WESI MRPCH BHSAI HNCES W about discomfort (or pain) if the horse does not comply. The level of pain or discomfort can go from virtually nothing to absolute agony that can fracture bones, what is more important is where we would like our horses to be on that scale and what relationship we want with our horse. As most people progress in their training they find that they want to use less and less pressure, wanting to have a horse who works because they want to and most trainers themselves find themselves on this path, always seeking to use minimal force and find a way for the horse to be happy with his partnership. The more advanced the trainer usually the less pressure he or she will use and they will always be seeking to find a softer approach. Not all of us are this advanced or as far along

hen we look closely at how we work with our horses it does become apparent very quickly that we do require “equipment” of some sort to “control” or “direct” our horses. Given the choice and the ability to leave the area, most horses will choose to be free rather than stay with the human (unless they have been trained not to do so). I know that there are many fabulous trainers out there who do fantastic work with their horses free and at liberty, but I guarantee that even they start out using equipment of some sort. I don’t know of a truly wild horse obeying the will of the human freely, but I may be wrong. The point is, before we can move forwards in our partnership with our horses we must acknowledge and accept that we work with our animals by using equipment designed to bring

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on the journey and it can be difficult to find an instructor or coach who is enlightened enough to try to teach minimal pressure. You might also find yourself in a situation where you have a horse who has not had the opportunity of being handled softly and who has learned to look for pressure and some even seek out the pain and discomfort of severe tack because it is all they know and understand. This would be akin to someone who has been abused and prefers to be treated this way because it is what they know and there is an even greater fear of the unknown world of freedom. We all know for example the phrase “he is dead in the mouth”. This usually means the horse has had the nerve endings in his mouth damaged to a point where they have become almost numb.

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he equine/animal practice has gone from strength to strength over the past couple of years, with many interesting cases, clinics being held from Oban to Aberdeen, Angus to Ayrshire..... each animal providing something new. The most common reasons for consultation are general complaints. A horse perhaps has become unwilling to perform on a particular rein, starting to refuse jumps or showing changes in behavior. Other possible causes can be acute and be preceded by sudden injury or accidents, and for reasons often unknown to the owner. Each osteopathic assessment and treatment takes approximately an hour, and is tailored specifically to each animal. The animal is assessed from poll to hoof, checking mobility, tissue quality and texture, looking for heat, swelling, decreased mobility and other pain indicators. Treatment involves a variety of techniques, including deep muscle work, osteopathic adjustment, mobilization, stretching and cold laser therapy.

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Horse A presented with a reluctance to perform on the left rein. This involved uncharacteristic bucking and rearing and a general aversion to perform, especially whilst lunging. On assessment and examination she was found to have a general right side-bending/rotation lesion in the

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lower lumbar spine, with contraction of the muscles on this side. She also had a left poll lesion consistent with this pattern. The treatment she received included cold laser therapy, deep muscle work, an osteopathic de-rotation technique and poll adjustment. After a few days rest she was eased slowly back into work and showed no signs of her previous issues.

Case 2

Horse B was a young horse who had presented 3 months previously with an acute field injury, walking ‘crab like’ and obviously in severe discomfort. The vet had been called at the time and prescribed the appropriate analgesic and rest. I was consulted a few months later as, although the acute symptoms had receded, the owner felt that

she was unbalanced and had a strange bump in her pelvic region. The owner was also keen to start bringing Horse B into work slowly if possible. Horse B’s examination proved to be really interesting. Her main findings were a sacral torsion and severe myositis in the right sacral region, no movement to the left through the lumbar spine, and hyper-stimulated hamstrings on the left. It is highly possible that her previous injury had involved a sacral fracture which had now stabilized. Horse B’s treatment included laser therapy and deep muscle work, mobilizations and a de-rotation technique, as well as appropriate stretching techniques, all aimed at balancing out the compensatory mechanics that had developed and magnified since the initial injury. Horse B has responded very well and has had a couple of follow up treatments at 6-8 week intervals. She will probably always have some form of sacral imbalance, but providing she is maintained and trained in a sensitive way then this can be kept in check and allow her maximize her potential.

These cases are very different, each bringing new insight and information on expected response to treatment. It is also important to mention the importance that other factors have on the health of the horse such as saddle fitting, good shoeing, dentistry and indeed the posture of the rider, all of which have a significant effect on the biomechanics of the horse. As mentioned before, Equine Osteopathy has taken me all around Scotland, but it has also led to the opening a new Therapy Centre for humans at Wardhouse Equestrian Centre in Kilbarchan, Renfrewshire. There is now the opportunity at Wardhouse to treat both horse and rider, which is a fantastic situation to be in. My favorite phrase to end with is ‘listen to your horse, they may not speak but they can tell you things’. For more information or to book an appointment please call 07729301290 or refer to the website Julia Scott B.Sc. ND DO Registered Osteopath and Naturopath

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now he was consistently scoring sevens. Picture 1 was taken on the day of his first physiotherapy assessment. We can see how Paddy is extended though his back and pelvis. His abdominals are in a lengthened position thereby making themcould weaker. Due to his extended This have been caused by

extreme bits and abusive hands on the reins but the situation is still bad for the horse who will find themselves on a downward spiral of increasingly more severe bits which will continue to damage what little nerve endings they have left until the horse has no feeling in his mouth. The tragic thing is that this horse may well have been a soft sensitive horse with a gentle mouth that has been systematically destroyed by ignorance or contempt. This is different from the horse who has become so frightened that they are oblivious to the pain being applied from severe tack. Be under no illusions, there are some bits that can partially or completely sever the tongue. It is said that to educate a horse you need educated hands, this means that to train a horse from the beginning you need to have experience and sensitivity. Continued on page Now, there are many people out there who want to train their own horse but lack the experience necessary and I cannot stress enough that it is vital to seek help from experienced trainers, you cannot just read a book and have a go! I have focused on bits but there are plenty of other extreme pieces of tack which can be equally horrific; types of nosebands, martingales, spurs etc. The question you really need to ask yourself is this; if I need all of this equipment that exerts pain on my horse just to keep control, what has happened in my training, why does my horse need pain to make him listen to my aids? A horse is sensitive enough to feel a fly land on his body, do you

Physiotherapist. BSc Hons Physiotherapy, PgDip spinal posture Paddy had adopted a Veterinary Physiotherapy, MCSP, higher head carriage. ACPAT Cat A. Picture 2 was taken four months after Tel: 07815839790 the initial assessment. In this picture E-mail: we can see how Paddy’s posture has Xxxxxxxxxx Healthcare Web: improved. He is now in a neutral pelvic Facebook: Maeve – Animal position hissharpened thoracic spine has(or “We got him this Grant bit because we are think he and needs spurs

worse electric spurs) to ask him to go forwards? The lack of forward movement is not necessarily due to lack of feel for the leg but rather the resentment in the mind of the horse. Before you start to seek out severe equipment try to readdress your training and your breakdown in communication with the horse. More often than not you will find that some simple re-schooling and honesty with yourself will resolve most issues. Some ‘advanced’ equipment is designed to ‘refine’ the aids to allow for more precision commands. I hear the arguments but don’t agree. A really good rider at advanced level can achieve the results required by “thinking” the commands with very slight shifts in seat and pressure. They do not need to be sticking metal rods into their horse’s sides (try jabbing yourself with a set of spurs and see how you like it). A rider is supposed to be able to control whether or not they apply the spur, however, most riders have little or no control over their lower legs and this usually means the poor horse is jabbed continuously. The bottom line seems to be that some people are either not patient enough or diligent enough to progress their training to a higher level and would rather rely on artificial means to gain results. I do not condemn or condone this way of thinking, that is their issue not mine, but what really angers me is that young riders (even children who are just riding for fun) see the fancy equipment and think they have to emulate their heroes. It is not the first time I have heard a child say

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that applies more pressure than you would like. However, it is possible to going to jump him” the poor pony reduce the pressure as your training is then fitted with a Dutch Gag or progresses and it might be possible to Three Ring Snaffle (which is still a gag bit) and the child who might not actually reduce the equipment over be sensitive with their hands proceed time. This should really be the goal, not increasing pressure. to haul their horse about. They then One of the most disturbing things might find the horse is reluctant to I see daily is the amount of bits and move forwards and so they get a set artificial aids for sale to the general of spurs because he is being lazy. A public through magazines and tack gag bit causes pressure on the poll, shops. Most of this equipment is corners of the mouth and depending sold to people who have no real on what type of mouthpiece is on understanding of what it does or the bit will depend on whether it how to use it correctly. Personally has a nutcracker action pressuring I feel a good trainer does not need the tongue, bars and roof of mouth. any artificial aids to get results, In other words, any pressure on the reins will basically squeeze the horse’s so why sell horrific equipment to uneducated people that will cause head. These types of bit tend to have permanent damage to a horse if a head raising action so the next used incorrectly. It is frightening step in the equipment collection for the number of “problem” horses the child is a martingale to keep the is nowhead available andhave Eastbeen Lothian areas. thatLothians we see that ruined by pony’s down.for work in the Edinburgh, Reliable and prompt, all types and all or farriery undertaken. incorrect overuse of training aids. I watch with interest top riders in shod I know of a saddler who478465 was asked by their various disciplines to see what For more information and bookings telephone 07858 a client to buy a bit in from Germany. the latest fashion is. I have, believe it When it arrived the saddler posted or not, been very impressed by some it right back, called the client and riders who are competing at high told them that she would not sell any level with minimal tack, these are bit like that from her shop. Used the people you should be emulating. incorrectly the pressure this would Now, before anyone gets upset, I do apply would shatter the facial bones understand that you need to find of the horse, good for her! the right piece of equipment that So, what you need to ask yourself suits your horse. As I mentioned is this, do I want to train my horse earlier, you might find yourself in a or do I want to use tack to keep position where you are dealing with a horse that has had previous damage control. One of these options lasts a lifetime, one is a quick fix that will fail or issues. So, in some instances it might be necessary to use equipment eventually. I know what I prefer to do.

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3rd Stephanie O’Neil Osa 0/0 29.95 4th Rebecca Bond Peggy Sioux 0/4 22.13 Combined Training 1st Rebecca Bond Peggy Sioux 186

Gleneagles Combined Training Results 11/04/13 Preliminary Dressage Kingsbarn Senior Show, 1st Bethany Peat Mayfields Minnie Kingsbarn EC Quest 181/75.4% 31/03/13 2nd Pamela Scott William   KBIS Insurance Snr British Novice 173.72.1% 3rd Wendy Brown Flynn  166/69.2% 1st Rd (Judge Mary Dryburgh) 1st, Rachel Aiton, Quite Contrary, Showjumping 2nd Stephanie Smith, Toners 1st Liz Fincher Ivor 0/0 23.42 Rococo, 3rd Moira Watson, Crash 2nd Chloe Peat Bonny Prince Bandicoot. Tri-Zone Airlite Snr Charlie 0/0 23.99 Discovery 1st Rd, (Judge Mary 3rd Nicole Peat  Marley Maybe 0/0 Dryburgh) - 1st Vikki Mcmillan, 28.70 4th Laura McCallum Ole 12/0 29.29 Luckie Clover II, 2nd Rachel Aiton, Quite Contrary, 3rd Jennifer Shaw, 5th Rebecca Innes Puddledub Miss Hodise. Print  0/0 31.69 Snr Newcomers 1st Rd ( Judge Mary 6th  Mharie Wilson  Nick                                                       Dryburgh) - 1st Vikki Mcmillan, 4/0 33.96 Luckie Clover II, 2nd Natasha Combined Training Russell, Davina Vant Keidertje, 1st Pamela Scott William 173 3rd Holly Haig, Dubai Cruiser. 2nd Mharie Wilson Nick 155 Kingsbarn 1.10m Open (Judge 3rd Arianne Holland  Erinvales Mary Dryburgh) - 1st James Lamont, Prince Caspian 151 Lynnbank Aragorn, 2nd Daniel Scott, 4th Liz Fincher Ivor 142 Honduraz, 3rd Holly Haig, Zeliki 5th Nicole Peat  Marley Maybe 133 Gogo. Horse & Hound Snr Foxhunter 6th Laura McCallum Ole 120 1st Rd (Judge Mary Dryburgh) - 1st, Douglas Duffin, Senator W, 2nd Novice Dressage Douglas Duffin, Bailande Van De 1st Chloe Peat Bonny Prince Charlie                      Kapel, 3rd James Lamont, Lynnbank 192/73.8% Aragorn 2nd Laura Hutt  Alexia  187/71.9% 3rd Fern Ainsworth Banyara    Rowallan Pony Bonanza 173/66.5% 24/03/13 4th Becky Starkey Abby 164/63.1% 70cm open - 1st Ice Forever  - Amie Showjumping Sloan, 2nd Ultimate Fascination 1st Sophie O’Neil Dublin 0/0 20.12 Charlotte Ash, 3rd My Little Chief 2nd Bethany Peat Mayfields Minnie -  Nicole Lockhead Anderson. Quest 4/0 21.33 80cm open - 1st Romany River 3rd Becky Starkey Abby  0/0 25.67 Tarragon - Connie Gill, 2nd Menai 4th  Fern Ainsworth Banyara   0/0 Chanter - Alison Vailionis, 3rd 29.85 Happy Again - Alison Vailionis. 5th  Stephanie O’Neil Osa 0/0 30.65 90cm open - 1st Bathleyhills Sea Mist 6th  Laura Hutt Alexia 0/4 24.25 - Alison Vailionis, 2nd Kids Sisters Combined Training (The) - Hugh Davies, 3rd Little Star 1st Laura Hutt  Alexia 187 Viii - Sean Henderson. 128/138cms 2nd  Fern Ainsworth Banyara  173 Open Handicap - 1st Glen Hill 3rd Becky Starkey Abby164 Nicole Lockhead Anderson, 2nd Mr J K - Fraser Reed, 3rd Take Your Elementary Dressage Time - Jessica Thomson. Blue Chip 1st Rebecca Bond Peggy Sioux                                        Pony Newcomers/ 1m Open - 1st 186/58.1% Killack King - Charlotte Ash, 2nd Showjumping 1st  Sophie O’Neil Dublin  0/0 19.27 Noahs Lady - Alex Gill, 3rd Pauldarys Miss Money Penny - William Walker. 2nd Becky Starkey Abby  0/0 25.53

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B - 1st digo - Pam Stevenson. Section C - 1st Bellindene Franklyn - Jenny Christie, 2nd Ashley Jubilation - Vicky Campbell, 3rd Fronarth Rio - Sarah Finlayson. Novice 34 - Section A - 1st Barana Moy Boy - Jane Brisbane, 2nd Hydehill Hearns Above - Rachael Snowie. Section C - 1st Bellindene Franklyn - Jenny Christie, 2nd Heddfan Candy - Jennifer Adams. Elem 42 - 1st Prince Lochnager of Moulzie - Rebecca Chalmers , 2nd - Marquis of Gargunnock - Sarah Johnsen, 3rd Heddfan Candy Jennifer Adams. Elem 50 - Section B - 1st Dreamboat - Alison Allan. Section C - 1st Prince Lochnager of Moulzie - Rebecca Chalmers, 2nd Pilgrims Fantasy - Elspeth McDonald, Marquis of Gargunncok - Sarah Jounsen. Medium 63 - 1st Lomonside Toffee - Pat Rennie, 2nd Pilgrims Fantasy - Elspeth McDonald, 3rd Rob Roy of Tifty - Shona Terras. Medium 71 - 1st Dreamboat - Alison Allan, 2nd Rob Roy of Tifty - Shona Terras, 3rd Lomonside Toffee - Pat Rennie.

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Vose, Wholly Smoke 64.78%. 4th Sharon Thomson, Ruby 64.78%. 6th Mandi Johnson, Milo 64.78%. P7 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 1st Jennifer Garland, Norman 69.50%. 2nd Susanne MacCuish, Lowhill Golden Cruise 68.50%. 3rd Ann Greenwood, Passport to Paris 67.50%. 4th Pat Hunter, COMPETITION VENUE Poppy 67.00%. 5th Susan Burr, Molly 66.00%. 6th Zoe Maughan, SYMINGTON, SOUTH AYRSHIRE KA1 5SH Nethercraigs Dark Night 64.05%. P14 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 1st Suzanne McCarish, THIS SUMMER AT MUIRMILL: Golden Cruise 67.05%. 2nd Bethany Keen, Sky 64.58%. 3rd Andrea Hibbert, Just Another Rascal EQUI - ADS DRESSAGE SERIES 64.58%. 4th Janis McLellan, Bouncer

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Clear Rounds, Rowallan AC, Ayrshire. Tel: 01560 600769. Saddlery Series Show, Rowallan AC, Ayrshire. Tel: 01560 600769. Mixed Unaff Eve SJ, The Cabin EC, Inverurie. Tel: 01467 624378. Clear round jumping, Ingliston EC, Bishopton. Tel: 0845 307 1010. Polnoon RC Club Night, West Kype Farm, Strathaven. Tel: 01357 521105. THURSDAy 2ND MAy

Clear Rounds, Rowallan AC, Ayrshire. Tel: 01560 600769. Andrew Hamilton Clinic, Ingliston EC, Bishopton. Tel: 0845 307 1010. Clear round jumping, Inchcoonans Equestrian, Errol. Tel: 01821 641185.

Clear round SJ, Muirmill EC, Ayrshire. Tel: 01563 830088. Dressage with Ailsa Gilchrist, West Kype Farm, Strathaven. Tel: 01357 521105. FRIDAy 3RD MAy

Clear rounds, Muirmill EC, Ayrshire. Tel: 01563 830088. -5th, Showing Show, Kingsbarn EC, Westershieldhill, Falkirk. Tel: 01324 630404 -5th, Adult BS Amateur/Intro, Rowallan AC, Ayrshire. Tel: 01560 600769. SATURDAy 4TH MAy


NERC Team SJ, The Cabin EC, Inverurie. Tel: 01467 624378. SJ Trailblazer, Inchcoonans Equestrian, Errol. Tel: 01821 641185.

BS Junior Academy, West Kype Farm, Strathaven. Tel: 01357 521105. -8th, Andrew Hamilton SJ Clinic, The Cabin EC, Inverurie. Tel: 01467 624378.


Dressage Trailblazer, Inchcoonans Equestrian, Errol.


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Intro to Coaching Training towards level 2 Tuesday 7th May at Busby Equitation Centre

18 May 2013

Classes: Showjumping, Ridden & In hand Showing, M&M, Affil Shetland, Novelty, Clydesdales, Classes for Children, Lead Rein Entry forms and more information from Elaine Watson, Candermains Farm, Stonehouse. Tel: (01698) 793966

Tel: 01821 641185. Muirmill SJ, Muirmill EC, Ayrshire. See Monday 6th May HOYS jumping training per Marjorie McNaughton, Rowallan AC, Ayrshire. Tel: 01560 600769. Bennachie PC, The Cabin EC, Inverurie. Tel: 01467 624378. Jumpcross, Strathearn Eventing, Perth., Tel: 01738 840263. Showing Show, Easterton Stables. See Puddledub Spring Show, Ingliston EC, Bishopton. See

with Sheila Thom - 07989 601293 Lea Allen - 07801 278785

If you would like to advertise in the magazine then why not give us a call on 01738 567700 or email BRECHIN CASTLE EQUESTRIAN

SPRING SHOW Gannochy Saddle Club

invites you to their Show Jumping show

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Profits from this show will be donated to Breast Cancer Care to help support people affected by Breast Cancer Classes from 50cm - 1m

Starting at 10am

Entries will be accepted on the day £5 per Clear round, £8 for two, £8 per height class

For further details see or call 07769 308 425

Friesian Horse Show

Coupar Angus, Perthshire.

29th June 2013 For further information please see or contact Janine Mason 07732263100

Kilbarchan Agriculture Society Show

Main RingMain Programme includes Les Amis d'Onno - Knights of the North Ring Programme includes Quack Commandos Main Ring Programme includes Quack Commandos All the usual classes (allincluding the usualCarriage classes).Driving, Blair Atholl (all the usual classes). Qualifiers,Entries Scottish National Simmental close 5pm, 1st July Show Entriesclose close5pm, 5pm,24th 1st July Entries Junewebsite. For more information see our For more information see our website. email: or telephone Christine Aitchinson on 01575 573222 Charity No:

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Strathallan Castle Auchterarder Classes for M & M In Hand, Ridden and WHP. Riding, Hunter & Part Bred Ponies In Hand; Ridden Show and Hunter Pony; Young Handlers & Dressage. Non-members welcome Schedules: SAE to Mrs A Hay, Blairview, Milnathort, Kinross KY13 0SF

West Perthshire Branch of the Pony Club


Sunday May2012 2013 Sunday26th 3rd June

At Kirkton Farm, Doune Heights from approx 1ft 6” - 3ft Schedules will be on line at Junior Hunter Trial and Training Day Sunday 16th 17thJune June see website for details

Edinburgh & District Riding Club

Drum RDA Horse Show Sunday 19th May

Kirriemuir Kirriemuir Show Show

NPS Scotland Saturday 8th June 2013

Please visit for schedules and entry forms or email

Closing date for postal entries Sat 27th April 2013

Schedule on website at

at East Muirhead of Logie, Kirriemuir on Saturday 14th July 2012 2013 at East Muirhead of Logie, Kirriemuir on Saturday 14th July 2012

Unaffiliated and Qualifying Classes Qualifiers include NPS, CHAPS, VHS ExRacers, Scottish Side Saddle Association Blair Castle Open W/H Pony, BHS Scotland W/H Series New classes added to schedule

Show Jumping Show Sunday 12th May, 2013 at Stobs Farm Gorebridge

3 Monklands Farm, Kilbarchan, Saturday 15th 16th June 2012 Horses (open), Dogs (open), Sheep, Dairy & Beef Cattle, Industrial Classes, Light Horse & Pony, Sports, Jumping & Show Classes including M&M in hand and ridden. Download schedules at For schedules send C5 sae with 1st class stamp to Aileen Russell, Rawsley, Barr's Brae, Kilmacolm, or Tel:07766 221369 PA13 4DE, 07766 221369 email:

email: or telephone Christine Aitchinson on 01575 573222 Charity No: SC023257 Charity No: SC023257

Sunday 5th May 2013

Clear rounds, Rowallan AC, Ayrshire. Tel: 01560 600769. FVRC Open Dressage Competition, Nr Alloa. See Wednesday 8th May Clear rounds, Rowallan AC, Ayrshire. Tel: 01560 60769. Saddlery jumping series show, Rowallan AC, Ayrshire. Tel: 01560 600769. David Harland SJ Clinic, Inchcoonans Equestrian, Errol. Tel: 01821 641185. Jill Grant Clinic, Ingliston EC, Bishopton. Tel: 0845 307 1010. North Ayrshire RC, Scary Fillers, Eglington Park.

Classes- Showing, RC, PC, WH, M&M, S/J, Arabs and many more. Late entries on the day Send SAE to Drum RDA, Drum Estate, Gilmerton, Edinburgh, EH17 8RX Or download from

Gilmerton Horse Show Sunday 9th June Charity No. SC005973

Almond Riding Club Open Showing Show Sun 19th May 2013 Indoors at SNEC Classes for everyone

See for schedule and online entry

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Clear rounds, Rowallan AC, Ayrshire. Tel: 01560 600769. Gleneagles Summer Combined Training Show, Gleneagles Equestrian School, Auchterarder. Tel: 01764 694351. Clear round SJ, Muirmill EC, Ayrshire. Tel: 01563 830088. Fortnightly SJ & Clear Rounds, West Kype Farm, Strathaven. Tel: 01357 521105. Olivia Wilmot Clinics, Greenfields of Avondale, Drumclog. Tel Nesta on 07775 782296 after 6pm. FRIDAy 10TH MAy

Clear rounds, Muirmill EC, Ayrshire. Tel: 01563 830088. -11th, Ayr County Show, The Racecourse, Ayr.

See -12th, Pony BS, Rowallan AC, Ayrshire. Tel: 01560 600769. SATURDAy 11TH MAy

The Cabin EC WH & Ridden Show, The Cabin EC, Inverurie. Tel: 01467 624378. Unaff SJ Competition, Kingsbarn EC, Westershieldhill, Falkirk. Tel: 01324 630404. Muirmill Dressage, Muirmill EC, Ayrshire. Tel: 01563 830088. BS Snr Intro & Club Show, Ingliston EC, Bishopton. Tel: 0845 307 1010. Kilmacolm & Port Glasgow Agricultural Society, 178th Annual Show. See Glenbrae RC Showing/Dressage Show, Kinneil Estate, Boness. Tel: 07738 733533. Working Hunter inc Blair Qualifier,

Easterton Stables. See Unaff SJ Series, Greenfields of Avondale, Drumclog. Tel Nesta on 07775 782296 after 6pm. Jumpcross Training&Competition days, Greenfields of Avondale, Drumclog. Tel Nesta on 07775 782296 after 6pm. Peebles&District RC, SNEC. See Peebles&District RC, Horses Inside Out Evening Demonstration, SNEC. See PDRC SUNDAy 12TH MAy

Unaff jumping, Rowallan AC, Ayrshire. Tel: 01560 600769. Strathearn PC Open Hunter Trials, Gleneagles Equestrian School, Auchterarder. Tel Morag Brewster on 01350 727682.

British Dressage (inc unaff ), The Cabin EC, Inverurie. Tel: 01467 624378. Snr British SJ, Kingsbarn EC, Westershieldhill, Falkirk. Tel: 01324 630404. Spring Showing Show, Inchcoonans Equestrian, Errol. Tel: 01821 641185. Muirmill SJ, Muirmill EC, Ayrshire. Tel: 01563 830088. Clyde RC, Field Day, Jumps EC, Yieldshields, Carluke. See Strathclyde Dressage Group, Sandyflats. See Edinburgh&District RC, SJ. See MoNDAy 13TH MAy

David Gatherer XC Training Day, Gleneagles Equestrian School, Auchterarder. Tel: 01764 694351.

North Ayrshire Riding Club

Haddington Show

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Show Classes for Hunters, Ridden Ponies, M&M, WH, WH Pony, Coloured, Ridden Clydesdale, Retraining of Racehorses, Sport Horses (In-hand and under saddle). Blair qualifiers.

WH clear rounds, Eglinton Park

Entries close 31st May

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Derby, Eglinton Park

16th June

Hunter Show, Eglinton Park Schedules available

Alyth & District Show

Sunday 9th June

Open Show Jumping show at West Kype Farm, Strathaven

Sunday 30th June

Open Dressage at Rowallan Activity Centre, Fenwick

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Saturday 15th June 2013 New Showfield at Bogles Field, Essendy Road, Blairgowrie, PH10 6QU Clydesdale – In-hand/Ridden – Harness classes – Shetland – Highland M & M Open/Novice /LR/FR and Part Bred In-hand Show ponies/Hunter Ponies - Ridden Show ponies In Hand/Ridden Arabs – Veteran - Coloured Hunters – In Hand/Ridden - Local classes – Novelty classes Novice Show Pony, Show Hunter Pony, ISRT and any other Breed. NEW FOR 2013 – BSPS WHP/ M&M WHP & WORKING HUNTER. Qualifiers for BSPS, Equifest, Cherif, Veteran, CHAPS (UK) & Blair Castle.

OLIVIA WILMOT CLINICS EARLY SEASON EVENT TRAINING 24th April, 9th May Event training, Show jumping on grass DAVID GATHERER ARENA TRAINING 15th May, 12th June SUMMER SHOW JUMPING SERIES Sponsored by Advanced Roller Doors. E.K.

28th April, 11th May & 2nd June 6 Class heights: Wobbly riders (50cm x poles) - 1m Open Rosettes to 6th Place Can be combined with JumpCross Training Sessions Includes FS Rowallan Qualifiers

DAVID GATHERER XC CLINIC Fence Heights from 2”3 cm to 3”3 16th June JUMPCROSS TRAINING & COMPETITION DAYS Heights from 2” to 3’ 3” 28th April, 11th May, 16th June, 30th June Morning Training sessions max 6 riders, 1.5 hrs Competition in afternoon. Choice of heights JUMPCROSS COMPETITION Heights from 1’ 6” to 3’ 3” Saturday 25th May Additional training sessions for groups & Individuals by arrangement.

For schedules & info visit To book call Nesta on 07775 782296 (after 6pm) or email 58 | May 2013

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Close SAE for schedules to Patricia Lawson, Westfield House, 10th May Alyth, Perthshire, PH11 8JX or 2013

Late Entries taken on the day at double the entry fee

Strathearn Eventing


06/05/13 - JUMPCROSS

19/05/13 - HUNTER TRIALS IN AID OF EQUINE GRASS SICKNESS (50cm-1.05m) Come and practice now in preparation, lesson or hire! 21/05/13 - DAVID GATHERER CROSS COUNTRY CLINIC USE OF THE FACILITIES

Hire and tuition (club/group rate discounts) available outwith these dates on a daily basis. Tuition of all ages and abilities by Sarah Houlden EFI Level 2 Coach. Further dates on web. Horses/ponies taken for schooling and livery, competition production or bringing horses back into work after a holiday using the extensive facilities including lunge pen, horse walker, floodlight arena.

Hilton House, Methven, Perth PH1 3QX. Telephone 01738 840 263


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Xxxxxxxxxx What’s On UKCC Bridging Workshop, The Cabin EC, Inverurie. Tel: 01467 624378. JJ’s on GG’s, Inchcoonans Equestrian, Errol. Tel: 01821 641185.

Markus Bauer Clinic, Ingliston EC, Bishopton. Tel: 0845 307 1010. JP Sheffield SJ Clinic, The Gleneagles Equestrian School, Auchterarder. Tel: 01764 694206.



Clear rounds, Rowallan AC, Ayrshire. Tel: 01560 600769. FVRC Open SJ Competition, Nr Alloa. See Jane Gilchrist Clinic, Inchcoonans Equestrian, Errol. Tel: 01821 641185.

Clear rounds, Rowallan AC, Ayrshire. Tel: 01560 600769. WH Clear round jumping, Inchcoonans Equestrian, Errol. Tel: 01821 641185. Clear round SJ, Muirmill EC, Ayrshire. Tel: 01563 830088. BHS TREC with Rhoda McVey, BHSAI. Email equestriancoaching@ -17th, Harry Payne Dressage Clinic, The Cabin EC, Inverurie. Tel: 01467 624378. Dressage lessons with Ailsa Gilchrist, West Kype Farm, Strathaven.


Clear rounds, Rowallan AC, Ayrshire. Tel: 01560 600769. Saddlery Jumping Series Show, Rowallan AC, Ayrshire. Tel: 01560 600769. Mixed Unaff Evening SJ, The Cabin EC, Inverurie. Tel: 01467 624378.

(Any height you like)

Tel: 07979 741672



Clear rounds, Muirmill EC, Ayrshire. Tel: 01563 830088. -19th, BS Snr Show, Ingliston EC, Bishopton. Tel: 0845 307 1010. -19th, Adult BS Amateur/Intro, Rowallan AC, Ayrshire. Tel: 01560 600769. -18th, British Dressage, Kingsbarn EC, Westershieldhill, Falkirk. Tel: 01324 630404.

Grass Sickness Charity Hunter Trials, Strathearn Eventing, Perth. Tel: 01738 840263. Mixed Monthly Unaff SJ League, The Cabin EC, Inverurie. Tel: 01467 624378. P(UK) Showing Show, Kingsbarn EC, Westershieldhill, Falkirk. Tel: 01324 630404. Tayside Dressage Show, Inchcoonans Equestrian, Errol. Tel: 01821 641185. Clyde RC, Field Day, Jumps EC, Yieldshields, Carluke. See SJ, Govanhill Equestrian, Montrose. Tel Pam on 07871 300010.


New Aberdour Show, The Cabin EC, Inverurie. Tel: 01467 624378. WH Show & Blair Qualifiers, Inchcoonans Equestrian, Errol. Tel: 01821 641185. Muirmill Arena Event, Muirmill EC, Ayrshire. Tel: 01563 830088. -19th, Equido Dressage Clinic, Ross Dhu Equestrian.

Strathendrick Riding Club

Sunday 9 June 2013 th


Tel: 01357 521105.


Dressage show

Unaffiliated SundayDressage 5th May Shows RDA Sandyflats RDA Sandyflats Glasgow

(Approx 90 mins)


Come and have a fun day and help us raise funds for Cancer Research UK. We have plenty of parking and a willing assistant to park your trailer if you are not confident! The jumping will be in our all weather arena just in case the ground is wet in June!

• Sun March 31st • Sun May 5th. Sunday 16th June

For full details and directions please visit the Gryffeside Livery website.

and entry forms Inc Schedules Blair 2013 Style and Working Hunter Qualifiers

Sun Summer February Show 24th Mid

Drymen Show Field

Scottish Coloured Show Scottish Coloured Show on Sunday 7th July on Sunday 8th July 2012 at Wellbank Mains Farm, Dundee & Mains RiddenFarm classes for at In-hand Wellbank Dundee Coloured& Horses Ponies In-hand Riddenand Classes for SAE Coloured for schedule to Fiona Stewart, Horses & Ponies Wellbank Mains Farm, SAE for Schedule to Fiona Stewart, Dundee, DD5 3QF Wellbank Mains Farm, or by email from By Dundee, DD5 3QF Tel. 01382 350300 350300 Tel:01382

Fife Foxhounds Hunt Ride Fife Hunt “ Pick-A-Fence“ Competition at Craigie Farm, Leuchars

Doune & Dunblane Agricultural Show 2013 6th July 2013 Keir Mains, Dunblane

Classes for Arabs, Hunters, Riding Horses, Show Ponies, Show Hunter Ponies, Intermediates, M&M (in-hand and ridden), M&M WHP, Pony Club Pony, Coloured Horse & Pony, Private Driving, Shetlands, Highlands, Horses Clydesdale’s (in-hand), Veteran Retraining of (in-hand and ridden), Affiliated and Non Affiliated classes.

SAE (C5 size) for schedule to Mrs Sharon Kinloch, Walton Farm, Cardross, Dumbarton, G82 5EP


2nd June 2013

Schedule on website:


Our two specialist Equido instructors will be available on the first day of the clinic to assist both English and Western riders on developing their dressage skills. The format for day one will be:• Morning group SeSSionS - these will cover what is required to gain maximum points in the dressage manoeuvres. • LunchtiMe Lecture - this covers the concepts of classical riding and what we are trying to achieve. • Afternoon group SeSSionS - these will give all riders a chance to go over their chosen tests and to work through any problem areas they might have.


The format for day two will be competition covering the following:Based within the beautiful Scottish Border countryside • Dressage test one • Dressage test two we offer a wide• Dressage test three • Dressage test four variety of rides with varied terrain and stunning scenery. Dressage clinic will be held on:-

Distances• 18th - 19th May - ross Dhu equestrian vary from 20 km upwards. EveryoneEQUIDO of our events is open to anyone who2013 is CLINIC DATES FOR interested in getting involved. The next full two day clinic teaching the innovative and unique Equido ethos will be held on:-

SCOTTISH ENDURANCE RIDING CLUB GLASGOW BRANCH RIDES 15th May - Irvine beach (evening ride) 12th June - Irvine beach (evening ride) 30th June - Craigengillan 4th August - Maybole (trendurance) 14th August - Irvine beach (evening ride) 8th September - Irvine beach 22nd September - Culzean 20th October - Devilla forest

Ride entries to : Lindsay Laing - 17 Pillans Court , Hamilton, ML3 0QD email : Further details on our facebook page SERC Glasgow Branch and more about the club and other branch rides at

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Entries close 2 weeks before ride

Aikengall—10th February—Pleasure • 13th - 14th July - ross Dhu equestrian Harestanes—17th March—Pleasure, 30km, 40km • 14th - 15th September - ross Dhu equestrian • 5th - 6th october - Muirmill equestrian centre Kelso—21st April—Pleasure, 30,40k Our top team of Equido Instructors will be available throughout the clinics to Eildon—18th/19thMay—Pleasure, 30km,skills. 50km, 60km, 2 day 60km, help you develop your equine Topics to be covered are:• groundwork communication 2 day 80km. • Working your horse in the round pen Lauder—8th June—Pleasure, 30km, 50km • groundwork communication/practical Application • Long lining/trying Something new Selkirk—14th July—Pleasure, 30km See Fast • how to Load Your horse Safely and Sensibly Track Course Camp ride—3rd/4th August • Basic and Advanced ridden Work on flat Dates on page 51 Scottish • Basic and Advanced Jumping techniques Champs—30th/31st Aug, 1st Sept • Bareback riding Auchencrow—15th September—Pleasure, 30k, 40k, 60km, 80km All ages and standard of riding are welcome as 50km, are all 60km, styles. 80km The Equido Fishwick/Charterhall—13th October—Pleasure, 30km,

Instructors are well trained in both English and Western riding techniques and can offer their assistance in most Equestrian disciplines.

Visit findsecretary: out more or to book the course 6 Tel:01698 886 492 Or contact ourToride Rachel Macdonald, low Middleton Mob: 0797 974 1672 Morag Higgins, Ross Dhu Equestrian, Sunnyside Farm, Belford, Northumberland, NE707LN, Mobile: 077770371805

Farm, Sunnyside Road, Larkhall, ML9 1RB

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Equine Express Fife Happy Horse Transport Karen Bell New Super Sonic Equitrek Horsebox For Hire with Driver Give us a call for moving yards, shows ,vets etc Loyalty cards available Tel: 07809549036 Email:

Equido Fast Track Clinic, South Lanarkshire. Tel: 01698 BHS SJ with Fiona Flynn, BHSII. Email equestriancoaching@ TUESDAy 21ST MAy

Clear rounds, Rowallan AC, Ayrshire. Tel: 01560 600769. David Gatherer XC Training PM & Evening, Strathearn Eventing, Perth. Tel: 01738 840263. -3rd Aug, FVRC open combined training competition, nr Alloa. See WEDNESDAy 22ND MAy

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Clear rounds, Rowallan AC, Ayrshire. Tel: 01560 600769. Saddlery jumping series show, Rowallan AC, Ayrshire. Tel: 01560 600769. L&R Rallies, Ingliston EC, Bishopton. Tel: 0845 307 1010. THURSDAy 23RD MAy

Clear rounds, Rowallan AC, Ayrshire. Tel: 01560 600769. Gleneagles Summer Unaff Dressage League, Gleneagles Equestrian School, Auchterarder. Tel: 01764 694351. Clear round SJ, Muirmill EC, Ayrshire. Tel: 01563 830088. Fortnightly SJ & Clear Rounds, West Kype Farm, Strathaven. Tel: 01357 521105. FRIDAy 24TH MAy

SJ Friday Nightclub night, Inchcoonans Equestrian, Errol. Tel: 01821 641185. Clear rounds, Muirmill EC, Ayrshire. Tel: 01563 830088. -26th, BS Snr Show, Ingliston EC, Bishopton. Tel: 0845 307 1010. -26th, Dressage & Dressage to Music, Rowallan AC, Ayrshire. Tel: 01560 600769. -26th, BS Adult Adv/Prog-B, The Cabin EC, Inverurie. Tel: 01467 624378. SATURDAy 25TH MAy

BS Club & Unaff SJ Show, Inchcoonans Equestrian, Errol. Tel: 01821 641185. Snr Amateur British SJ, Kingsbarn EC, Westershieldhill, Falkirk. Tel: 01324 630404. Muirmill Dressage, Muirmill EC, Ayrshire. Tel: 01563 830088. The Scotsburn Horse Trials, Scotburn Farm, Kildary. Email scotsburnhorsetrials@gmail. com Jumpcross competition enc young riders challenge, Greenfields of Avondale, Drumclog. Tel Nesta on 07775 782296 after 6pm. SUNDAy 26TH MAy

BS Amateur Show, Inchcoonans Equestrian, Errol. Tel: 01821 641185.

British SJ Snr Club Show, Kingsbarn EC, Westershieldhill, Falkirk. Tel: 01324 630404. Muirmill SJ, Muirmill EC, Ayrshire. Tel: 01563 830088. Dressage League, Govanhill Equestrian, Montrose. Email: MoNDAy 27TH MAy

BHS Grampian lessons with Pammy Hutton, FBHS. See BHS Grampian Evening Demo with Pammy Hutton, FBHS, Fountain Equestrian. See UKCC Bridging Workshop, The Cabin EC, Inverurie. Tel: 01467 624378. JJ’s on GG’s, Inchcoonans Equestrian, Errol. Tel: 01821 641185.



Clear rounds, Rowallan AC, Ayrshire. Tel: 01560 600769. BHS Grampian Instructor Training Day with Pammy Hutton, Fountain Equestrian. Email Julia Gourlay @ Alex Hargie Clinic, Inchcoonans Equestrian, Errol. Tel: 01821 641185. WEDNESDAy 29TH MAy

Clear rounds, Rowallan AC, Ayrshire. Tel: 01560 600769. Clear Round Jumping, Ingliston EC, Bishopton. Tel: 0845 307 1010. Rob Wilson Riders Physio, Inchcoonans Equestrian, Errol. Tel: 01821 641185. Saddlery jumping series show, Rowallan AC, Ayrshire. Tel: 01560 600769. Mixed Unaff Eve SJ, The Cabin EC, Inverurie. Tel: 01467 624378. Polnoon RC Club Night, West Kype Farm, Strathaven. Tel: 01357 521105. THURSDAy 30TH MAy

Clear rounds, Rowallan AC, Ayrshire. Tel: 01560 600769. Clear round SJ, Muirmill EC, Ayrshire. Tel: 01563 830088. Dressage lessons with Ailsa Gilchrist, West Kype Farm, Strathaven. Tel: 01357 521105. FRIDAy 31ST MAy

Strathearn PC SJ Show, Gleneagles Equestrian School, Auchterarder. Tel: 01764 694351. GDG Training, The Cabin EC, Inverurie. Tel: 01467 624378. Clear rounds, Muirmill EC, Ayrshire. Tel: 01563 830088. -2nd June, Adult BS Amateur/Intro, Rowallan AC, Ayrshire. Tel: 01560 600769.

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