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ll of us have either had a horse or pony that refuses to load or we’ve witnessed somebody else with the same problem. Your horse may take the “planted” position and refuse to move a hoof! Or he may be a bit more dramatic and include a bit of rearing and thrashing about. There’s also the kicker – often accompanied by a lot of tail swishing and eye rolling!

Time is often against you on a show day. All that last minute rushing about. Blaming each other for not getting haynets ready or cleaning the tack, the list goes on. So now you’re running late and the horse won’t go into the trailer. Tempers rise, adrenaline up, voices shouting the whole situation can turn into a full-scale battle. Not a good way to start the day. If things go really bad, you may receive help from on-lookers. These usually take the role of including brooms, whips, buckets of water etc. Eventually he may go on the trailer, the ramp is thrown up, and everyone jumps in and takes off for a day of fun! And this is where many people think that the horse has “being shown who’s boss” (By the use of a broom across his back-side?) and therefore you have won, the horse has lost and he has shown you respect! I don’t think so. Lets look at the scene from the horses’ point of view. A horse’s instinct tells him to avoid dark, enclosed spaces. Especially those that are surrounded by lots of people full of tension and anticipation. “What is in that place?” he may ask himself. “All those people seem very upset by that dark box – so maybe there is a dragon or wolf inside. Best I stay here!” The horse may wish

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to smell the ramp to see who has been there before, can he smell the scent of a wolf ? (You never know!) At this point he may receive a hearty slap across his hindquarters, instead of encouraging the horse forward this could have the effect of sending the horse back down the ramp. So the horse has now received pain from going on the ramp- “Maybe they don’t want me near it” the horse thinks to himself and backs off the ramp obligingly. More hitting, pulling etc will probably follow with a thoroughly confused horse as the result. The person at the head of the horse is often holding him on a tight rein and staring angrily at him – in a horses world this is very aggressive. “Eyes on eyes” means go away, so, back down the ramp he tries to go. But, what is this? A sharp sting of pain across his hind legs. His head is held so tight that he has to twist his head and roll his eyes in an attempt to see what monster is attacking him. But all he can see is his owner’s friend brandishing a whip looking pretty angry! OK, wonderful he’s finally gone into the box.” He has to show you respect and do as you say!” You are told. Well I for one would not have one dot of respect for anyone that whipped and beat me. I would just see them for the big bully they are! I always want my horses or any that I work with to load out of trust not respect. There maybe people in your life that you respect, but how many do you really trust; with your life? If you want a successful loading session you need to set up a situation in which the horse feels relaxed, unthreatened and happy to trust in you and what you are asking of him. Here are a few tips that could help with your loading problems: • Make sure you give yourself plenty of time. (Not the morning of a show). You always practice your dressage or jumping before going to an event, so why not make time to practice loading as well? • Ensure the trailer/box is safe, all catches, hooks etc are safely out of the way. • Is the trailer light and airy? And the floor safe? • Park the trailer by a sturdy fence. (Not a wire one). And use straw bales on the other side as wings. • Put some bedding from your horse’s stable in the trailer and on the ramp. The scent of something is very important to a horse, if it smells familiar he will be more relaxed. • Please ensure you always wear a riding hat and gloves and a long rope for working with. GOOD LUCK AND HAPPY LOADING!

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n major developments agreed with the Government, representatives from across the horse sector welcomed a commitment from Owen Paterson, Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, on a number of measures to help protect the food chain and provide greater protection for horses.

Representatives from the Equine Sector Council for Health & Welfare, which includes among its members the British Equestrian Federation, the Thoroughbred Breeders Association, Local Government Trading Standards, the British Equine Veterinary Association and horse welfare charities attended the urgent meeting called by the Secretary of State. There they agreed on the need to overhaul the system for equine identification, to take steps to restrict unnecessary movements of horses across borders and improve traceability in the light of the horse meat crisis. Defra Minister Lord de Mauley and other senior officials were also present at the 90-minute meeting where a radical overhaul of the

nation’s horse passport system was agreed to ensure that the rising number of horses slaughtered in the UK for human consumption were indeed safe to eat, after the recent requirement for testing all equine carcasses ends. Random tests conducted in recent years showed that 2-5% of horse carcasses tested positive for the drug phenylbutazone, a drug that is banned from entering the human food chain. “We are very encouraged that Defra have recognised the inherent weaknesses of the current passport system and by their open-minded approach to exploring practical solutions” said Jeanette Allen, chair of the Steering Group of the Equine Sector Council for Health & Welfare. “We need to seize this moment to implement radical changes to the whole system of equine identification in the UK that is both proportionate and easy to enforce.” Under EU law, all horses must be issued with passports which record whether they have received medication which would make them an


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unsafe to eat. However, there has been mounting evidence that the UK’s current unwieldy passport system, with 75+ authorised issuing organisations providing varying standards of documentation, was easily open to fraud and abuse. “For the system to work, it must have the understanding and confidence of horse owners, veterinarians and the general public,” said David Mountford MRCVS. “We need to change the system, but we also need to re-establish its integrity with greater compliance and appropriate enforcement.” As there is little scope to change the EU Regulation requiring horse passports soon, all parties agreed the focus must be on changes to its implementation to deliver the widest possible benefit to the equine sector. This will be an enormous task as it will require fundamental behaviour change among the country’s 500,000 horse owners as well as for Local Authorities, veterinary surgeons and dozens of Passport Issuing Organisations (PIOs). It was agreed to jointly develop proposals over the next six months for rapid implementation. A reinvigorated central database of all horses in the UK was also agreed as a necessity for any effective system of horse identification to work. “The need for the UK to have one central database where horses can be identified and located is immensely important to the equine industry which contributes £7 billion per year to the economy,” said Andrew Finding of the British Equestrian

Federation, the National Governing Body for Equestrian sport. In a further development that could protect the welfare of thousands of vulnerable horses each year, the Secretary of State agreed to Ministerial support for negotiations to amend the Tripartite Agreement which permits the free movement of horses without health certification between the UK, Ireland and France. Since the agreement, which originally applied only to sport horses, was extended to cover all horses in 2005, movements of lower value horses and ponies between the three countries increased dramatically. This has created a number of welfare problems for the vulnerable horses being transported, opened the door to infectious disease and appeared to make horse trading an attractive cover for criminal activity. The sector council had been pressing for the agreement to revert to its original scope to apply only to racing, Thoroughbred breeding and elite sport horses – a position the Government supports. Roly Owers of World Horse Welfare, a charity that had long pressed for restrictions to the agreement extended in 2005, called the promise of Ministerial involvement “proportionate to the risk this current free-for-all poses to horse welfare and health, and will no doubt remove the attraction of horse dealing to criminals. There is no benefit to this destructive, reckless trade, and so much protection we should be offering to these poor horses.”

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in the world. This youngster might have an easy going, calm, amiable nature, happy to please and willing to do whatever is asked of him. He might be so good and willing that he is backed and ridden away easily and everything is great and everyone likes

him. Because of his nice nature he is treated well and this kind treatment makes him like people even more and makes people like him and so on and so forth. There is a loop of positive rewards being formed between this horse, the people who work with him and his attitude to life in general. In most cases these horses go through life being well looked after, in great homes and loved by everyone who knows them. We can all relate to this as we will all have met horses like this in our lives and thought or said “what a sweet little horse, he is brilliant”. The horse may not be a superstar in any particular discipline but his positive outlook has created an environment where if he is fortunate only good things will happen. Even if there are glitches along the way, maybe he is injured by accident or mistreated at some point, but his core personality of seeing the best in people usually allow these horses to cruise through potentially traumatic situations with little or no hang ups or issues. This is a clear situation where his actions (being friendly, willing, calm and easygoing) have created his environment (how he is treated, how people relate to him etc). Now this isn’t always the case.

Lets look at another youngster. This boy is a bit shy and nervous a more anxious type that lacks confidence in themselves and their ability. They might be a little more cautious about trusting people and so are reluctant to be willing to please. This could easily be mistaken for stubbornness or ill temper and may result in punishment or harder handling. This treatment will then reaffirm to the horse that he must be on his guard and protect himself. He may become defensive, threatening people so they keep their distance and don’t hurt him. This could be interpreted as aggressive and narky and so people are rougher with him and quick to react to any behaviour that might lead to a bite or kick. Again a loop is formed, through no fault of his own the horse has inadvertently created an environment that feeds his insecurities and so makes things worse. These are the horses that no one really likes and very few kind words are said about them or to them. More often than not they end up being treated harshly and are largely unloved. Now you all have to be honest here and admit that there have been horses that you just didn’t like and would do anything to avoid being near. Now

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Stud this horse might get lucky and at some point in his life might get kinder more sensitive treatment, however, depending on how deep set his behavioural patterns are will depend on him being able or willing to change his outlook on life to improve his situation. Of course the reality is not as black and white and most horses are a mixture of the two extremes. What we as trainers see is that most horses who come to us as troubled have been in difficult situations which they have fed by their behaviour. These horses might have been given the chance by their new owners to break this cycle of behaviour and they come to us for help. It can take some of them a long time before they make the decision to try to change and we are there with them every step of the way to help and support where needed and guide them into a more positive outlook and positive future. There are however some horses who understand that they need to change but either do not want to or simply cannot and in these cases they might never be 100% but can at least be managed in a more sympathetic environment. What is interesting to us as trainers is that as we worked with the horses we also began to realise that people often fall into the same traps. Now, humans are more complex in their social behaviour because they hide their true feelings or intent.

This can make it harder to read or understand what a human is really like (this is why we use horses as mirrors in our corporate training). People find looking at themselves really difficult and would rather blame everything and everyone around them for any misfortunate or bad luck instead of looking at the real cause. There are some people who are open and willing, calm and easygoing trying to do well and please. These people will find themselves surrounded by like minded souls who also want to help and get along. This tends to feed an environment of positive energy and good things tend to happen around such people. Now, everything is not plain sailing but when things get a bit rough these people can cope and get through challenges because they immediately look to themselves and see what they can do to change to make things better. They understand that they need to be constantly adapting to situations around them in a positive and constructive way as this will create the positive environment they are looking for. They don’t blame others or things for their misfortune they simply pick themselves up and get on with it. Then you get the people who are perhaps a bit negative in their mindset. They might be unkind to others either in actions or words and this tends to attract again like minded people who are also negative in their behaviour.

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This begins to create an environment where things seem to keep going wrong and bad luck is always following them. Instead of realising that the only way to change things is by looking inside themselves and seeing what they need to do to change their outlook they simply blame everyone and everything around them for creating their misfortune. The truth of the matter is you create your own future by your actions and words here and now. Again, everything is not plain sailing but every so often a negative person will be given a chance to change and improve their life, however, like the horse it is up to them to make that change. Then there is the third scenario

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Station riding Danny Boy and local rider and leader of the points league, Katy Cepok riding her mother’s Storm. In the show jumping phase of the competition Katy and Storm had one fence down in the jump off which placed them 6th in that phase but they were clear in the first round which meant they finished the Combined event on 135 points which was four points ahead of the second placed rider who was Zoe Abbott riding Fiona Laing’s Boysie, they had made the journey from Humbie in East Lothian. In third place was young rider Ellie Bryce riding her herself. Cool Dancer won Ballindensik very consistent Keyhouse Houdini, CCI**finished 2010 and at Bramham they onwas 125placed points. The very 2011 andwinner 2012, he is now aiming worthy of the show jumping for Badminton 2013. Olivia also has phase was Connie Giannandrea produced her other advanced horse from Auchterarder riding Anne Zebedee De Foja since he was a 3 year Robertson’s Dazzling old. This season he hadDillon 3 wins who including

made the job look really easy, they finished double clear a time of 6th in 2 BE Intermediates andinwas placed 28.68 seconds from Ellie Bryce andup 2 CCI**. Zebedee is aiming to move Keyhouse Houdini who were to 3 star level next year. This yearalso Olivia double clear72and timerankings. was 31.61 was ranked on her the rider She is based just outside EastRebecca Kilbride seconds. In third place was and is trained byDanny Ian Stark andthey Davidwere Duncan riding Boy; Gatherer.clear Sheinhas received help from double 34.86 seconds. Sport Scotland through horsescotland After the calculator did its job over the years and been sponsored adding the pointshas won at this by Topspec Feed Balancer since 2002. show to those accumulated for the Olivia is a UKCC coach and one of the Combined throughout U18 regionalTraining coaches for Scotland. the winter, the presentation of the trophy Olivia’swas Blogmade to Katy Cepok and Storm who came out on top So here are again January with 18we points fromback Ellieinto Bryce and hope you allHoudini (and yourwho horses) had a Keyhouse finished well-earned rest andwon are now raring to on 10 points and the trophy go! the highest placed junior rider. for Third equal place went to Tara Barge The events we intend to compete in have with Cracker and Rose MacPherson been identified so it’s now time to work on Rainstown Cracker and in backwards to make sure we’re allfifth fit equal spottowere Suzanne Roberts and ready go, so showjumping and and Craigieburn Heledd Megan dressage outings have beenand planned. Sheret Trigger. Here areand a few exercises I like to do to getHannah myself and my horses Lane’s lovely going. big bayMy horses like everyone are adressage bit fresh Alexandros won theelse’s Novice and by I’manot too keen being bucked test point fromon Eva Sheppard off, so important to getArrow the horses and herit’svery consistent they listening from Straight away I produced teststheofstart. 66.1% and 65.7% like to do transitions, not just the obvious respectively. Third place went to trot - walk - trot but trot halt trot and then Camilla Mazzoni riding her own Alfie who scored 65.4%. The show jumping phase proved to be nail biting to the end when Eva Sheppard and her speedy accurate chestnut gelding Arrow flew round double clear in 28.27 seconds she could not be beaten. Second place went to Kirsty Adamson and Blue in a time of 33.21 and in third spot was Claire Balfour with her own Weed and their

time was 34.45 seconds. Eva and Arrow wonwithin the Novice transitions the pace,Combined especially Training on 171 points, Hannah within the canter. This is good for getting Lane Alexandros were secondelse readyand to jump as well. Like everyone on 168 points in third placehave was I feel a bit rusty and so after my horses been backMazzoni into workwith for aAlfie weekfinishing or so I Camilla like158 to dopoints. some work without stirrups on on theEva flatSheppard initially. Then to getting andI progress Arrow picked thethe dreaded lunge for mefor without up trophy andlessons red rosette stirrups reins! their 17and points in the league from in second place on 15 points Hannah Before jumping I use pole exercises to Lane andinto Alexandros. thirdOne place get back the swing ofInthings. was Hermione Bell with Vasco Gold of my favourite exercises is 5 poles Rush on 8 at points; 4thon place oncircle, seven with wings each end a 15m points was Jennifer the distance between Cushnie each pole with in the middle isSie 3 yards, inside 2 yards Diablo and inthe fifth equal place andsix thepoints outsidewere 4 yards. TheBalfour purpose on Lorna of theDarcy exercise is to ensure you have aon with and Emma Buchanan good proper jumping canter. It is harder Venus Eclipse. than it initially seems and day I particularly The final class of the saw two like this exercise as it really makes the riders forward to ride the Elementary rider focus. You have to make sure your test. Balfour riding Darcy horseLorna is in front of your leg and you took the red rosette with a of are using your legs to turn andscore not rely 65.6% in second only just on from your reins. It oftenplace takesthe several rider taking part in theThe fullmain combined attempts to get it right! things that go wrong areBroad riders not looking training, Annie riding her and focusing ahead quickly enough; ROR registered Lymepark who not using your legs to guide thejumping horse round scored 64.6%. The show and horses drifting through the phase was well supported andoutside once shoulder! you have it youcame will again Eva Once Sheppard andgot Arrow really feel the difference and how well out on top in a time of 29.34 with your horse can canter! It really helps to Hannah Alexandros in behind secondand get horsesand working well from place on 31.15 from in third place get their hindquarters underneath them. Alice Jenkins ridingyou Oliver whothe After you feel happy can raise finished in aI time of 32.48 middle pole, normally raise itseconds. to around Annie Lymepark won 50cms Broad even forand advanced horses. I do it the Combined Training with a score of 207 points and were joint first in the Points League with six points. They were also presented with their Retraining of Racehorses first place rosette. Also at the top of the League were Julia Craig with Dante, Joanna Wilkie with Piper and Sam Campbell with Razzamachas.

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he diary is filling up and the school holidays begin next week, which means juggling children’s activities and shows with teaching, riding and competing. The cross country opened a week ahead of schedule on 4th March due to a glorious dry spell before being halted temporarily half way through our first clinic on 10 March due to a persistent heavy snow shower. Little did I know that all British Eventing events were abandoned in the South and locally many outdoor and even indoor shows cancelled. However two flatwork groups including many aiming for Eden Valley enjoyed sunshine and were even removing jackets. However,

October and is being prepared for I don’t think that was down to the Laura’s first BE 80 at Eden Valley. We tropical weather but perhaps riders have worked on strengthening and working hard. The cross country making him use his hindquarters better started at 11.15 with the first of five which he has adapted to very well groups, some riders having already with his trainable temperament – an benefited from the flatwork, they essential ingredient in the re training realised how some of their problems of racehorses. This is one area of from the flat were emphasised out schooling I really enjoy and do get a on the cross country. We worked on sense of achievement when you see the straightness and control around the results at the end. corners to enable a suitable approach, This week the course has been building confidence through improving popular with riders heading south rider’s positions and how we can to Lincoln and Stephanie O’Neil influence the speed. As we started made the most of the good weather the second group heavy snow showers coming for two days of lessons and passed by and I was amazed how well enjoying a good school on her seasoned behaved the horses were, perhaps they campaigner Mrs. Frost. Emily Ryder have got used to brought her young skewbald mare our moody weather. and joined Stephanie to blow away The afternoon riders the winter cobwebs and heads to the were not so lucky BE100 at Lincoln. but I have managed Back on the yard, Secret Solitair to reschedule most riders in preparation (Solly) has won both of her first two working hunters and is beginning to for the season. I settle and gain confidence in the ring. was delighted to As a five year old last year she qualified see Laura Landale, for the Burghley Young Event Horse local school girl, class and it was a big occasion for a riding Pedro, her ex mare that had very few outings. She did racehorse perform very well but will enjoy less pressure so well, full of this year and compete alongside son confidence and James and his ponies at some working jumping boldly. hunter shows. James and his new pony Pedro has been Sidan have been to two small shows Feeding based here since Feeding

bringing back a handful of rosettes and is beginning to form a great partnership, although we do think he looks more at home in the forward racing position than sitting on his bottom!! We welcome Gus back onto the yard after a well deserved winter holiday. He is joining us to be prepared for sale as Cali is setting up her own business. Cali and Gus were based with me last year and achieved their goal of completing Blair very successfully having only done one novice prior to 2012. Mathew Thompson, member of Strathearn Pony Club has a new pony from Cheshire which seems to be settling in well, whilst Emma Cook is making tremendous progress with her Stallion, Kaiser, now easily jumping 1m courses, her ultimate aim will be the 138cm BS classes. Jumpcross kicks off this weekend with the help of Julia Craig taking the training days which will allow for more evening dates and a competition league. A wonderful introduction to riding out in the open and gaining confidence at whatever level you wish to ride at, pony and riding club days can be catered for outwith the organised days. I will close of now as I am off to the yard to ride as the sun is shining and the afternoon lessons will soon be here. Looking forward to seeing some of you this season.

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hen an elderly pony struggles to eat in the winter, it is a worrying time for any horse owner. Here Chris and Clare MacLennan– Postans, find a solution to get their pony to eat forage.

Horse owners Chris and Clare MacLennan–Postans, live in the remote Scottish Highlands with two ponies Jester and Ishie and three cats. Jester is a 30-year-old Welsh cob, and Ishie is a 20-year-old 13.3 hh Highland pony. The pair regularly hack out in the forest behind their home when the weather allows and they are ridden purely for leisure purposes with the ponies being more like members of the family. Chris and Clare became increasingly alarmed when Jester was

struggling to eat forage. Jester was surviving on buckets of chaff, which although giving him roughage and nutrition, did not last through the cold nights when Ishie was munching away on her hay. Clare takes up the story: “Jester was trying to eat hay or haylage, (I tried both), but would chew, quid, then eventually spit it out and give up. It made me so sad to see. “I initially started soaking hay but winter was looming bringing with it the prospect of frozen pipes and icy hay. I realised soaking hay in these conditions was going to be very hard work so I decided to try and make my own steamer which seemed to work to a very limited degree but was unsatisfactory I certainly would not recommend this!  

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utritionists at SPILLERS® have teamed up with Shires Equestrian to produce a guide on how to use equine grazing muzzles safely and to best effect. The new guide is presented as a swing tag on all new Shires grazing muzzles. The WALTHAM® Equine Studies Group, which provides the science behind the SPILLERS® brand, has been involved with recent collaborative research on the benefits of using grazing muzzles to help with weight management. Clare Barfoot, Registered Nutritionist at SPILLERS® explains: “During part of our research it came to our attention that many horse owners, albeit with the best of intentions, were using grazing muzzles inappropriately, often keeping them on 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. With this in mind we felt we should offer some guidance on their use and Shires were willing to help.” To coincide with the launch of the new Shires Deluxe Comfort Grazing Muzzle, which has a soft, fleece lining, SPILLERS® has helped the equestrian products manufacturer to develop a usage guide swing tag which is attached to every one of the new muzzles.    Clare continues: “The latest research has shown that properly fitted grazing muzzles are one of the best methods of managing grass intake to control weight gain, without significantly compromising natural behaviour. However, it’s important that muzzles are fitted correctly, not worn all the time and that horses wearing them are monitored frequently.” The swing tag includes information on how to adjust and fit the muzzle correctly, important welfare guidelines to make sure your horse or pony’s health isn’t compromised and interesting information about the latest research on the effectiveness of grazing muzzles as a part of a carefully monitored weight management programme. The new Shires Deluxe Comfort Grazing Muzzle, with the SPILLERS® swing tag, is available from local retailers or online at www. For friendly advice on how to manage your horse’s weight call the SPILLERS® Care-Line on + 44 (0)1908 226626, email careline@ or visit You can also join Team SPILLERS® on Facebook.

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Arginine Arginine is another essential amino acid for the horse and it is thought that it has a role in skin and hair health. It is a building block of keratin which is the protein found in hair and skin. Arginine is also found in an important structural protein, trichohyalin which is around the hair follicles. Deficiency of arginine in humans can result in hair loss. Vitamin C Vitamin C is very important in skin health as it is involved in collagen production: collagen is an important structural protein found in skin. Deficiency in humans highlights how important vitamin C is as it leads to scurvy; your horse is very unlikely to ever be deficient as they can make their own vitamin C. However during times of challenge, such as when ill, travelling, competing or in old age vitamin C levels have been shown to reduce and therefore supplementing vitamin C may be beneficial. Zinc Zinc is an important mineral for your horse as it is found in over 100 different enzymes. Deficiency leads to severe impairment of the immune system and in foals it causes alopecia (hair loss). In humans zinc deficiency leads to many different skin conditions such as skin lesions,


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Methionine Methionine is an essential amino acid for the horse. Amino acids are the building blocks which make up proteins and an essential amino acid means the horse cannot make it himself and must rely upon his diet to supply it. Proteins are vital as they make up tissue, enzymes and hormones; in the skin there are many key structural proteins and one you may have heard of is collagen, which is synthesised with the help of methionine.

e all know that a good indication of a healthy horse is a nice glossy coat and this is definitely an advantage in the show ring. There are many skin and coat products available for you to spray/wipe onto your horse’s coat which give a shine but some think this gives an artificial look and the best coat shine comes from ‘within’. The skin is made up of two primary layers; - the outer layer is covered in mainly dead skin cells so it makes sense to focus on the inner layer by providing nutrients in the diet. There are also a few conditions out there which can adversely affect your horse’s coat, such as sweet itch, mud fever and rain scald and horses with these conditions may benefit from supplements in their diet. Your horse’s skin not only surrounds the hair follicles that make up the coat, but it is also a very important organ in itself. The skin is part of the immune system, creating a physical barrier to keep pathogens out and also containing specialised immune cells. As you can see when your horse cuts himself the skin has an amazing ability to repair itself. Your horse’s skin also acts to regulate his temperature by producing sweat to cool him down when hot, or to fluff up his coat when cold. Your horse’s skin is also very sensitive; as you’ll probably have noticed when he is irritated by a fly landing on him! Plus the skin synthesises vitamin D in the presence of sunlight. Therefore if your horse’s skin is not in optimal condition not only might he not be shiny but he might be more prone to skin infections. So what can we do for our horses nutritionally to ensure their skin and coat are in tip top condition? There are some ingredients to look out for, which I’ll discuss here, however if you are at all concerned about your horse’s skin, especially if he suffers from a condition such as sweet itch then you should consult your vet.

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dermatitis (skin inflammation) and delayed wound healing. Biotin Biotin is not just for hooves! It is also important for the skin and coat. Biotin is involved, via enzymes, in fatty acid synthesis and amino acid synthesis which are both required for healthy skin. In livestock biotin deficiency causes severe dermatitis – the most common symptom of a lack of biotin. Omega 3 Fatty Acids Omega 3 fatty acids are important as they can act as anti-inflammatories which are important in skin conditions such as sweet itch. There has been one study in horses so far, which has shown that feeding diets high in omega 3 is associated with a decrease in allergic skin response to the midge bite which causes sweet itch. There are many studies in humans showing that omega 3 supplementation can have positive effects on skin health, psoriasis and dry skin. Herbs for Skin and Coat Condition Chamomile Chamomile has traditionally been used to support skin health, especially when used topically, however there is some evidence that dietary chamomile can help to reduce the itch response in mice which is believed to be due to its anti-inflammatory properties.

Clivers Clivers, can be annoying when they get stuck to your jodphurs as they are very sticky! However they can be useful in supporting skin health as they contain tannins which are thought to be anti-inflammatory and therefore useful in humans with psoriasis. There isn’t any research in horses clivers is commonly found in horse supplements. Nettle Nettles are not simply all pain and no gain; dried they can be easily fed to your horse and they have many benefits. Nettles are full of vitamins, proteins, fats and oils and have been used for centuries in humans; there are now numerous studies showing they have antioxidant, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory and anti-allergy properties, so maybe useful in skin allergies such as sweet itch. There are two aspects to nutritionally supporting the skin, first by supplying some of the building blocks to help generate hair and skin which is on a continuous cycle. Secondly to support the immune system when the skin is injured or irritated due to allergy. The ingredients discussed here may help both elements so whether you are looking for a glossier coat or you have a horse with sweet itch, looking for supplements which contain any or all of the ingredients discussed here are worth a try! For more information on how to keep your horse or pony’s coat as healthy as possible visit or call us on 01908 311010.

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Looking good and feeling great - Love the Skin he’s in!


Af have launched a fresh new premium skin care range for horses. It’s called ‘Love the SKIN he’s in’.

The ‘Love the SKIN he’s in’ products are all totally natural and have been formulated to complement each other in their actions and work from the inside and out to address the increasing number of skin problems that affect

our horses, including lumps, bumps, rashes and irritations, ‘Love the SKIN he’s in’ offers a skin care program that every horse deserves.

‘loVe the sKin he’s in’ sKin WAsh A totally natural, effective wash that offers gentle, yet effective cleansing to damaged and/or challenged skin, however you choose to use it: • As a hot towel wash following clipping or for a deep clean. • A cold wash for a refreshing cleanse to lift sweat, grease and dust from the coat. • Applied directly in concentrated form to the affected area of skin. And the bonus… every 1 litre bottle of ‘Love the SKIN he’s in’ Skin Wash comes with a fREE luxurious Deep Cleansing Towel. ‘Love the SKIN he’s in’ Skin Wash is supported by: ‘loVe the sKin he’s in’ sKin sUPPleMent If your horse’s skin is challenged in anyway at all, feed this unique natural formula, rich in naturally sourced anti-oxidants, especially during times when seasonal irritations are likely to occur.

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‘loVe the sKin he’s in’ sKin sPrAy Gently mist over irritated areas of flaky skin, lumps, bumps and rashes, to soothe, comfort and help relieve any itching sensation. The benefits will be felt by your horse almost immediately. ‘loVe the sKin he’s in’ sKin sAlVe Soothes and comforts irritated areas of skin, itchy flaky patches and minor abrasions. This light water based salve absorbs easily and leaves no superficial residue. Says Emile faurie, Gold medal winning International British Dressage Rider “I cannot sing the praises of ‘Love the Skin he’s in’ highly enough, the products totally transformed Corbiere’s (Charlie’s) skin. following a horrible reaction to clipper oil, he broke out in sore patches, lumps and bumps which caused him a great deal of discomfort and sensitivity all over. We simply couldn’t touch him or even attempt to put on tack or rugs. We made a timely call to NAf for help, as the ‘Love the SKIN he’s in’ range that was being prepared for launch. We used the products in combination - we fed Charlie the Skin Supplement and treated his skin topically with Skin Wash and Skin Spray. The products worked so well that within one month, Charlie’s skin was soft and his coat took on an amazing shine. I was able to ride him again and get him back out to competitions, where he looked and felt great. The results speak for themselves!” The ‘Love the SKIN he’s In’ range will be available from your nearest NAf stockiest from October 2012.  For more details please call the NAF Freephone Advice Line: 0800 373106, email or go to

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iamond Omega is a micronised linseed supplement that helps to promote smooth skin texture and add lustre to the coat in addition to other benefits. The supplement contains ground, micronised, stabilised and fortified linseed that is also enriched with B vitamins, minerals and trace elements. In addition to helping encourage smooth skin texture, it also helps to promote smooth muscle action, works to prevent sand accumulation in the gut, helps to maintain the normal acid balance in muscles, supports good hoof quality and also helps to promote top performance potential. Diamond Omega is available in 2 kg, 5kg and 20kg bags, and prices start from £10.65. Most horses require around 50g per day. itChless Itchless is a liquid herbal tincture that can be added to the horse’s feed and can be used as a body wash when diluted in water. The product has been designed for use during biting midge season and works to nutritionally support healthy skin and coat. The strong herbal extract contains marigold, dandelion, nettle, garlic and seaweed, and can be added to the horse’s feed at a rate of 20mls per day, meaning that 1 L lasts for 50 days. In addition, 40mls can be diluted in 500mls of water and the product can be used as a body wash. Itchless is available in 1 L bottles which have RRP of £19.25. For more information see, email sales@ or call 01548 531770.

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ockies’ Bug:go! provides a great way to supplement your horse’s diet with garlic…and garlic has been used for many years as a natural fly repellent! During the spring and summer, many horses receive less ‘hard’ feed. This can be great for the wallet, but it can make supplementing the diet tricky. The good news is that Rockies’ licks provide an easy answer and, for those who look to supplement with garlic over the warmer months, Bug:go! holds the solution. Bug:go! comes in the form of a 5kg lick that can be used indoors or in a sheltered position outdoors. It contains 10% pure garlic, salt and the recognised benefits of allicin and ajoene in one cost effective lick. Bug:go! has a RRP of £9.25. STOP PRESS- Rockies’ Health Licks have brand new packaging! Look out for the new cherry, mint, carrot, garlic and apple labels in a store near you! Health Licks are 2kg in size and fit into conventional salt lick holders. They contain 10 vital minerals to help replace missing goodness and to promote health. These licks can be used all year round, but are perfect for the summer when less hard feed is fed! For more information, see, email or call 01606 595025.

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Dr Derek Cuddeford, Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, University of Edinburgh


irst of all, what is a sport horse? All horses competing in the Olympic disciplines (dressage, show jumping and three-day eventing) together with horses that are used in endurance events can be classified as sport horses. They form the bulk of horses in this category although there are minor disciplines such as driving and other activities that are events that are held at the World Equestrian Games. What is interesting about the major grouping of sport horses is how much they differ in terms of type, body weight (BW) and in their overall feeding management. Three-day event horses are rather light horses usually containing a high proportion of Thoroughbred in their breeding; endurance horses are of a similar type but often of Arab origin. In contrast, dressage horses are much larger, strongly built animals of a Warmblood type usually well conditioned. Show jumpers are wellmuscled and intermediate in both body type and size. As a consequence of their different activities and nature they are fed differently. Warmbloods tend to be fed lower energy feeds in order to avoid excessive body condition and over excitability as these animals are required to be tractable at all times but particularly in the dressage arena! The eventer and endurance horse have higher energy requirements both because of what they do but also because of what they are. Thus, these animals tend to be fed energy-dense feeds. As ever, the show jumper is intermediate in terms of energy need and thus is fed medium energy feeds. It should be clear from the foregoing that each type of sport horse will require a different feeding strategy for it to be successful. However, it must be remembered that one should always feed a horse in order for it to express its full genetic potential. A donkey will always perform like a donkey irrespective of what you feed it! Often owners in possession of a horse with slug-like tendencies will ask “What can I feed my horse to make it go faster, be more sporty, etc” and apart from amphetamines, the answer has to be nothing. Most horses can be made more excitable

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(DE) comes from starch/sugars and at least 15% comes from fat. Reducing dietary starch and increasing fat also has the benefit of reducing excitability thereby decreasing susceptibility to RER. Sport horses are mostly engaged in aerobic exercise and this can be over extended periods of time and, as a result, they may be prone to large electrolyte and water losses. These can be exacerbated under conditions of high humidity and ambient temperature together with strong solar radiation. In most cases, those animals that have persistently raised heart rates after a competition or during rest breaks give rise for concern as it would seem that all is not well. Some 65% of a horses body weight is water; 325l (215l in the cells and 110l outside the cells) for a 500kg horse. Quite a thought really that only 35% of what you are sitting on is solid. Apart from faecal and urinary losses, 15 to 40% of daily water loss is via the skin and respiratory tract so sweating/evaporation can play a very important role in water balance. under moderate weather conditions a horse that is steadily trotting and cantering can lose 5 to 7l of sweat/hour however under conditions of high heat and humidity sweat rates can double. It is easy to see that a sport horse engaged in prolonged activity can lose a lot of water and electrolytes. Because of the inefficiency of metabolising fat, etc to fuel work, an additional heat load is created within the body that gives rise to an increase in core body temperature (+1to 2C) that triggers sweating. Body mass loss can amount to 3 to 7% by the end of an endurance competition and it is regarded as the “gold standard” for assessing the extent of water loss; 90% of the weight change during an

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hen riding a Cross Country course, it is invaluable to be able to adjust your pace at will. Basic pace adjustment can be learned in the manege, progressing onto riding in open spaces across country both in training and in courses. In any cross country situation, you are likely to encounter a number of questions such as tight corners, changing terrain, light to dark (and vice versa), narrow gaps, overhanging trees as well as unusual fences, such as drops or water which may need to be approached in trot for a novice horse and/or rider. Normal pace will of course be your medium canter.

concentration and obedience, aiming for good work in medium walk, trot and canter and not being too concerned at this point with collecting or extending. Obviously this change of surroundings can affect his rideability, so several sessions of practise may be needed. Progress by including first one cross country fence, and then proceed to stringing several together. If there is sufficient room, train him to come back to trot for a few strides and then pick up canter between fences – eventually it will become merely an adjustment of the canter pace and trot will not be needed. Over-exaggerating your requests will be easier for him to understand in the early stages. If your horse becomes too strong or excitable An oPen AreA over his fences, a good technique is to return to Your horse should be well established and responsive in upward and downward transitions in working on a circle, initially a small one, spiralling to a larger one as you regain control. When a manege or enclosed area, achieved by repetition doing this, be sure to turn away from the next over a period of time. The next stage is to move fence in good time, and do not allow the horse to on to an open grass area or cross country course. approach it; we must not in any way teach him he Repeat your exercises ensuring his continued may stop or run out once he is presented at an obstacle. It is vital to get the foundations of pace As horses generally enjoy correctly set, to achieve a cross country work, it is usually fast, safe XC experience. very easy to encourage a faster ( Japan’s Atsushi Negishi pace but not so easy to slow is pictured.) down! It is therefore vital to get the foundations correctly set to reach the required control needed for a fast, safe experience. Think of your speed as being on different levels; slower paces will be easier to control but ultimately you must aim for that same control in extended canter. Your repertoire must include the ability to halt at any given time. Emergencies can happen on a course and a rider ahead 22 | April 2013

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of you may have had a fall, there could be a loose horse, or even a broken fence. It is important that if flagged down by an official, you are able to come down through your paces to walk or halt until safe to proceed. In a pairs class, or training with another horse and rider combination, again it is important to be completely safe and in control as horses in company can tend to race each other or become more excitable. It is important to work out which horse is best placed as leader, and which should follow. Once all your controls are firmly set, you will be best placed to have the most enjoyable cross country experience and hopefully collect happy, safe, fault free rounds wherever you go. Remember basic safety points such as your back protector, correct headgear and the right tack and boots for your horse.

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n this issue our Society of Master Saddlers columnists provide advice on saddles for eventing and discuss the need for more than one saddle in this exciting sport. Eventing is more expensive than other disciplines in relation to tack and equipment because, ideally, most riders would prefer to have specialist saddles and bridles for each phase. Such a substantial initial investment is often way beyond the means of riders starting out at unaffiliated level or the lower stages of affiliated level with most having to compromise and make do with one saddle in the initial stages, then as riders progress, extend their range of saddles further. When the budget is limited, what are the best options? The Society of Master Saddlers recommends riders never to compromise by buying inferior ‘cheap’ saddles that may involve poor quality materials and low standards of craftsmanship that could impact on welfare, safety, comfort and performance. If the budget doesn’t allow purchase of good quality new saddles, better by far to consider buying a good quality second-hand one. A rider whose budget extends to

two specialist saddles will probably opt for a dressage saddle and one ‘other’. The ‘other’ will apply to jumping – and this is where some decisions need to be made because the saddle that will best assist the rider in the show jumping phase may not be absolutely identical to the one that would be most helpful across country. Because they afford the rider manoeuvrability, close contact saddles are by far the most popular

with the show jumping fraternity! The cross country rider also needs ‘space’ in order to adapt their position if something goes slightly wrong. Because of the diversity of the fences, the rider also adapts his position far more across country than in the show jumping arena. Riding across country, most riders prefer a saddle that incorporates some form of knee roll that adds to their security – and it is also important to consider the shape of the saddle if the rider intends adding an overgirth. Riders starting to event at riding or pony club level will usually choose to use their existing saddle probably a GP of some type. ‘GP’,

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HORSE BEHAVIOUR - Speaking the language part 11 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.) BARS OF THE MOUTH (DIASTEMA)

‘Area of the horse’s mandible between the incisors and the molars that is free of teeth and in which the bit lies.’ I WONDER how long it took those early civilizations which domesticated the horse to come up with the idea that the horse’s mouth is quite well formed to accommodate something passing through it from side to side, to give more control than ropes or hide strips fastened around the outside of a horse’s head? The three main types of animal that have been ridden are camels, elephants and equines (horses, asses and zebras). Of these, by far the most comfortable to sit on are the equines, particularly horses. The combination of a reasonably trainable temperament, strength and speed, a conveniently comfortable back and a mouth which will accommodate a bit has made horses by far the most versatile of work animals, whether that work is ploughing land or winning prizes and everything in between – a versatility which has caused them untold suffering over the six thousand or so years during which they have been domesticated.

The bars (toothless areas of the gums) are the bony branches of the lower jaw and are very thinly covered by flesh, nerves and blood vessels. They have long

been believed by horse people to be the main areas in the mouth on which bits act. We read and hear about narrow jaws and wide jaws, thin tongues and fleshy tongues, thin mouthpieces and thick ones, jointed and unjointed patterns, mullen (half-moon) and ported mouthpieces that are believed to leave room for the tongue, and all sorts of other designs, which are all to be considered when choosing and fitting a horse’s bit.


One of the advantages of rigorously carried out scientific investigation (‘good science’) using modern technology and knowledge is that it can tell us the

truth about situations. Sometimes the truth confirms what we have always believed: sometimes it confirms that we need to rethink our fondly and firmly held traditional beliefs. Research over the past couple of decades, mainly by Dr Hilary Clayton in Canada, has shown, among much else, that the space in the mouth is filled by the tongue, there being no room left for a bit – a revelation indeed. When there is no bit pressure, the bit simply makes a slight groove for itself in the fleshy tongue but when anything other than light pressure via the reins is applied to the bit the tongue is very often squashed between the bit and the bars. This is because the tongue generally overlaps them as there is not enough room for it to fit down between them. It is the tongue that comes in for nearly all the bit pressure. The tongue is a strong muscle well supplied with blood and nerves, used not only for tasting food and other substances but also for manipulating food in the mouth so that it can be chewed and moved to the back of the mouth and swallowed. If the horse is sensitively ridden and wearing a loose noseband, or none at all, he can also use the tongue to manipulate the bit and make it more comfortable, which is as it should be. If, at this point, any reader is thinking that this is an evasion of the rider’s aids, we should consider why horses evade aids anyway. The traditional view is that the horse is unwilling to obey, is lazy, unco-operative, stubborn or in some other way badly-behaved. It is interesting that as the fashion has grown for firm and unrelenting contact and a fixed head position (both counter to ethical equitation), so has the number of so-called ‘problem horses’. So far as bit problems are concerned, the usual means of correction has been for the rider to exert even more pressure on the bit, to tighten the noseband even more or use stronger and stronger bits. Enlightened riders and trainers will take the opposite course of action, and also look to their schooling principles and riding techniques.



Do you remember the Blue Tongue Affair a couple of years ago, or so? It rightly caused a furore but what was most telling was the verbal squirming of the proponents of firm, indeed hard, bit contact, tight nosebands and a fixed head position. They never did manage to evade the issue and it has certainly not gone away because basic biology and physiology cannot be denied. When a harsh bit pressure is applied and maintained, the bit can, in lay terms, cut off the circulation, severely reducing the blood supply to the tongue and producing the now-famous blue colour (of deoxygenated, ‘trapped’ blood in the blood vessels of the front part of the tongue) spotted in the original scenario and others since. Onlookers can only spot the blue colour because the horse is naturally trying all ways to escape the pain in his tongue, which often results in the tongue coming outside the mouth. The poor, old tongue is caught between the devil (the bit) and the deep, blue sea (the bars). Of course, the tongue does not have to be blue for it to be painful. Some of the more devilish bits (and I am tempted to say the riders using them) can actually cut, split and even sever the tongue. It is not unusual to see horses with their tongues outside their mouths when ridden, or with them over the bit, which, if the rider does not feel this or an onlooker spot it, can cause severe injury to the fragile tissues under the tongue. Some horses do this in anticipation of the discomfort or pain which often accompanies being ridden wearing a bit – learning by association indeed. Tightening the noseband to its limit, even until the tissues under it are bruised and injured, is pointless because the mouth can only close so far as the horse’s teeth let it: once they meet, that’s it. If the cheek teeth have sharp edges, they can also then cut the insides of the cheeks and the tongue. Tight nosebands are, as pointed out by the International Society for Equitation Science (ISES), a sure sign of a rider’s and/or trainer’s failings in practice and understanding. None of the above happens if the rider rides with, and the horse is trained to respond to, a light contact, which is the ultimate aim of the best equitation.




Many people, especially today, complain that their horse is ‘hard mouthed’, meaning that he takes a very firm, leaning and/or pushing contact on the bit and does not respond to your rein aids easily or lightly. The traditional view of how this developed was that the rider/s had caused the bars to become calloused due to rough and/or heavy use of the bit, which had injured the bars. 26 | April 2013

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Horse Behaviour • Tack & Turnout There is no scientific evidence that I can discover that confirms that this has ever happened. If a horse has some kind of accident injuring the mouth, the nerves may be permanently damaged, but the modern view is that the horse has become ‘desensitised’ to the aids due to frequent misuse of the bit by the rider. He treats it as ‘white noise’ and incomprehensible. Because we now know that the bars are not the main area subjected to pressure from the bit, the traditional view has been proved to be irrelevant. I know from my own experience that hardmouthed horses can be retrained to become lighter. The state of being hard-mouthed is a psychological one, not a physical one. Such horses need to be taken back to the beginning and taught, by means of vocal aids and physical aids and, crucially important, the correct application of negative reinforcement by the trainer. Although there is no space to discuss this in detail here, I have previously covered it in ‘Equi-Ads’. Basically, as soon as the horse responds even slightly to a bit (or any) aid, the rider or handler MUST stop the aid instantly so that the horse learns that what he just did (turn or stop) is the right response to that particular pressure. The ‘taking away’ of the pressure is confirmation that the horse’s response was correct. The trainer can then very quickly reinforce or strengthen his response (reward him, if you like) by praising him in terms he understands already, such as ‘good boy’ or a rub around the withers. Again, this has to be done within, the scientists say, no more than three seconds so that the horse can connect the reward with his action.

at all and can, particularly with the high levels of contact widely used in modern riding, contact the roof of the mouth, bruise it and cause pain. The horse’s natural reaction to escape the pain is to open his mouth and raise his head but the current fashion for tight nosebands prevents the former and ‘training aids’ may prevent the latter, so the horse cannot help himself. Double-jointed mouthpieces such as lozenge or French link ones are much ‘kinder’ (depending who is on the other end of the reins) and most horses go well in them. Non-jointed mouthpieces of any kind obviously are not as moveable in the mouth as jointed bits (although neither is moveable if the contact is hard). Curb bits are usually not jointed (and jointed curbs cause problems which I hope to discuss in future) and are accompanied by a curb chain or strap that greatly increases the leverage effect of the bit (and can injure the outside of the lower jaw) and, therefore, the potential pain which can be caused. Those with a port, especially but not exclusively a high one, can bruise the roof of the mouth, and the mouthpiece, squashing the tongue on to the bars, can badly injure it. As most riders do not routinely examine the insides of their horses’ mouths, they may be unaware of injuries and continue to ride the horse and use the same bit/s in the same way. Again, training the horse to respond to light pressures is the answer. There is also an increasing body of concerned, knowledgeable horse people (within and without ISES) trying to not only strongly promote correct training and restore lightness to equitation but also ban curb bits.



As we all know, horses respond differently to different mouthpieces. Probably the least suitable bit in general use is the single-jointed snaffle, or bridoon if part of a double bridle. This shape forms a V in the horse’s mouth, does not accord with the shape of the mouth

What on earth are they? Tensiometers are devices developed to enable researchers to measure the levels of tension on the reins and, so, the level of contact on a horse’s mouth. At the 2012 ISES conference a presentation revealed that, during an experiment involving some high-

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Although this is a still picture, we can easily imagine (because we’ve seen it all before) the mobile muzzle and jaw, drawn-back nostrils, tongue movements and general pain and discomfort experienced by this horse as he tries to escape the effects of his tight noseband with flash, too-high bit and unsympathetic bit contact. His reactions are ‘horse language’ for anger and distress. level dressage riders, the high levels of contact the latter exerted went off the scale of the tensiometers! When asked to ride on a looser contact so that the study could continue, some of the riders declined to do so as they said they would not be able to control their horses and would not feel safe. So this is the state to which modern equitation has descended in some quarters, mainly due to lack of understanding but not entirely.


Although this article was meant to be about the bars of the horse’s mouth in accordance with the place of this topic in the glossary, it has turned out to be more wide-ranging so I hope readers do not feel that I have gone off the point. What we now know as misunderstandings about how bits work can be relegated to equestrian history and the new, proven knowledge adopted by those who wish to progress in an ethical, effective way. As a starting point, I strongly recommend those in that category to explore the websites of the Classical Riding Club (www.classicalriding., the International Society

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Pilates and Stretching fOR HORSES These two exercises are taken from Pilates and Stretching- an exercise index for horse owners, published by Horses inside Out and available from www.HorsesInsideOut


hese exercises stimulate reflexes which result in the contraction of core muscles, particularly the abdominal muscles, hip flexors and thoracic sling (see last month’s issue). Care, however, must be taken if you are worried about how your horse will react. If you think he will kick, or dislikes having his girth done up, it is best to avoid these exercises.

Flexion of the thoraco-lumbo spine

Flexion of the lumbo-sacral junction

Pelvis tilts


There are a number of reflex points which, when stimulated, can be used to move the horse’s back. The Back Lift exercise makes him use them.

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Some horses do not like these exercises and may kick. Only perform them if you have confidence in your horse.

How to do them: There are two ways of achieving this reflex movement. Different horses favour different methods:

iliopsoas muscles are recruited head and neck lowers in response to the back movement

Method 1 This is best for sensitive horses. Stand to the side of the horse facing his hindquarters. Stroke the top of his tail to relax him. Starting at the top of the tail and working towards the head, apply downward pressure from your fingertips or thumbs to each caudal vertebra in turn. With each application of pressure the horse should increasingly lift and round his back. Hold the position for a few seconds at the point of maximum flexion.

Abdominal Muscles contract to lift the back


Ensure the horse is relaxed and be constantly aware of your horse’s reaction.

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There are a number of reflex points which when stimulated can be used to move the horse’s back. The sternum lift uses one of them.

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***Some horses do not like these exercises and may kick. Only perform them if you have confidence in your horse.*** Flexion of the thoracic spine

Flexion of the thoraco-lumbar spine as the pelvis tilts

Method 2 Warning! This can be too irritable for sensitive horses. Stand slightly to the side of the hindquarters. using your fingertips gently scratch from the top of the hind quarters one hand either side of the spine, down the back of the hind legs. This should result in the horse arching his back. Encourage the horse to hold the position for a few seconds at the point of maximum flexion. Many horses really enjoy the scratching session!

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thoracic sling Muscles are recruited to raise withers

How to do it : Stand facing the girth line. Stroke the horse’s sternum until he becomes comfortable with your touch. As you do this, watch your horse’s wither to see if there has been a reaction. Increase the pressure of your stroke. Often this is enough to stimulate the thoracic sling muscles. If your horse still has not responded, apply upward pressure using your

Abdominal Muscles contract to lift the back

Tips: • Ensure the horse is relaxed, try performing this exercise when the horse is eating off the ground. • Be constantly aware of your horse’s reaction. Good for: • Improving suppleness and flexibility of the back. • Stimulating the thoracic sling and abdominal muscles which are so important in maintaining correct posture.

finger tips. The horse should appear to come up just behind the withers.

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Equine Gastric Ulcer Syndrome Ben Sturgeon, BSc, BVM&S, Cert EP, MRCVS

ast month highlighted the omnipresence of periodontal disease as a plight of our modern horses. A disease with vague symptoms, difficulty L of diagnosis and questions regarding the most appropriate treatment. This

month I’d like to add to the list of “things we need to think about” another condition difficult to identify by its clinical signs as they are not unique and are often subtle. It is however a significant disorder affecting performance, appetite and temperament, not least to say the welfare of the horse: gastric or stomach ulcers. It has been well documented that gastric ulceration is a condition known to affect many racehorses. However, with the greater accessibility of video gastroscopy, (a 2-3m endoscope giving visible access to the stomach) the recognition of equine gastric ulcer syndrome (EGUS) has become more common. So much so it is now known that around 70% of performance horses and approximately 40% of leisure riding horses are also affected by this underrated and under-diagnosed condition.


As highlighted, one of the challenges of this condition is the variability and vagueness of the symptoms, which can include poor performance, reluctance to work, reduced appetite, slow eating, altered temperament (difficult to ride, bucking, refusing at jumps), weight loss, teeth grinding, colic, diarrhoea, crib biting and windsucking, back pain, peritonitis and even death. However it is difficult to attribute these signs specifically to EGUS. To add to the complication, the correlation between clinical signs and the severity of ulceration is also not always consistent. On gastroscopic examination, some horses that have shown relatively few clinical signs have been found to have severe ulceration, whereas others have been found to be precisely the reverse.

Why do ulcers happen?

The horse in its natural environment is a “trickle feeder” spending up to 16 hours per day feeding and grazing within a herd, with the occasional need to move at high speed to evade predators. In contrast, depending on the level of work and yard regime, our modern horse in training is usually stabled with restricted access to food and inability to move freely. An important feature of equine ulcers is that horses secrete gastric acid continuously, whether they are eating or not.   An adult horse will produce approximately 1.5 litres of gastric acid per hour, and with restricted access to food, continued secretion means the pH level can rapidly become very acidic. However, in a natural state the horse’s naturally acidic stomach contents are buffered by copious saliva produced in response to regular eating, and horses constantly eating hay or grass have been shown to have a higher average stomach pH (i.e. less acidic) providing a healthier environment.  The horse’s stomach is effectively divided into two physiological and anatomical regions, the lower ‘glandular’ and upper ‘squamous’. The lower part of the stomach has gastric pits containing the glands that secrete hydrochloric acid. Its lining is less susceptible to acid damage than the upper part being protected by a mucous/bicarbonate layer, rapid cell turnover, prostaglandin and intracellular tight junctions. The upper stratified squamous epithelium region, which has no secretory or absorptive function, lacks these defensive mechanisms and so is susceptible to damage. With normal gentle relaxed movement and feeding, the gastric contents generally are restricted to the lower glandular part of the stomach rather than the upper part lined by stratified squamous epithelium. However, with domestication we have reduced both the time that a horse spends eating and reduced the amount of forage in the diet so decreasing protective saliva production. Additionally, training and the way we exercise our horses also has a significant effect on stomach acid levels. Horses fed the same diet prior to and during training have higher acid levels during the training period and more recent studies have also described the ‘mechanical’ effect where during galloping, pressure from the abdomen causes the stomach to contract, pushing acid from the lower stomach up in to the more vulnerable upper stomach, thus further increasing acid exposure. In addition to the feeding regime and exercise, other factors that can influence the formation of ulcers are stressors such as transportation, frequent competitions and unfamiliar surroundings. The use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, such as ‘bute’, has also been shown to contribute to ulcers. 32 | April 2013

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Diagnosis and Treatment

If a horse is suspected of having gastric ulcers the only accurate method of diagnosis, providing an optimum treatment protocol and monitoring of the condition is by gastroscopy. Patients should be starved for 12 hours before this procedure and their water supply should be removed 4 hours beforehand. Although the most common location for ulcers is the upper squamous region of the stomach, ulcers have been known to develop in other areas, including the lower portion, the margo plicatus division between the glandular and squamous portion, and at the pylorus of the duodenum. Ulceration is graded on a scale of 0 to 4 with 0 being a normal healthy stomach, 1 being mild thickening only to 4 being deep widespread and deep ulceration. Bleeding does not relate to the depth or the severity of the ulcer. The degree of therapy, longevity and likely recurrence are all influenced by the position and grading of the ulcers. Currently, the most effective treatment for EGUS is the acid inhibitor, omeprazole. An oral paste, it is a potent inhibitor of gastric acid secretion and is highly effective in aiding healing gastric ulcers. It takes three to five days for a steady state of acid suppression to be reached and total healing time is usually between two to four weeks, although severe cases, for example in the glandular regions, can take a little longer. A full course of treatment is usually 28 days, with one treatment per day. Where the ulcers are deeper or more widespread, additional treatments such as Sucralphate (a gastric ulcer ‘bandage’) and even antibiotics can be added to the regimen. The horse can be taken out of work during this period, but it is not always necessary, and largely depends on severity, individual circumstances and preference of the owner. 

Re-occurrence and Prevention

Many owners note a significant improvement in their horse, sometimes within days of commencement of treatment. However, once the ulcers have healed, unless changes are made to the horse’s management, training and/ or environment, it’s highly likely that they will re-occur. For a horse in hard work, ulcers can start to reappear as quickly as three to four days after the end of treatment, however even subtle changes to their daily regime can make a difference. Because horses are trickle feeders, try to emulate the horses’ natural environment as closely as possible. Free access to hay, daily turnout – even for short periods – can help significantly. Access to grazing plays a significant role in the prevention. We know that where horses have been turned out for rest for a few weeks, the incidence of ulcers in these animals will be minimal. However once brought back into work, and particularly if stabled full time, a significant proportion will develop ulcers within three to four weeks of stabling and exercise.  In such cases use of corn oil (an anti-ulcerogenic oil), feeding with a fibre diet before any exercise and administration of any hard feed in smaller quantities more frequently i.e. the same total amount given in four instead of two feeds a day can also help prevent and stop the severity from becoming advanced. Where horses are at a high risk of recurrence or normal management changes do not provide enough relief an ongoing preventive dose of GastroGard at a ¼ or ½ dose can often be used to keep them clear of ulceration.

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From the groundAnne Wilson T

he need for a horse to lead well in-hand is obvious. It is the first requirement of obedience and

mutual respect before mounting begins. However, sometimes this phase of a horse’s education is somehow omitted. Some horses are quite malleable and obedient when ridden but seem to revert back to almost an ‘at liberty’ state when on the end of a lead rope. This normally stems from successfully pulling away from their handler, either to reach a nice piece of grass or just to have a gambol around when they feel like it. Once they have done this a few times, it is ingrained in their mind that this is quite an easy thing to do (which it usually is) and is not necessarily bad in any way. Once a horse has gained his freedom, it is very hard to verbally scold him when you manage to catch him, lest he pulls away again. To break this cycle you need to be able to restrain him, for his own good as well as yours. Since horses are the strongest land mammals known to man (pro-rata three times stronger than elephants) it is useless to attempt to restrain a confirmed puller merely on an ordinary head collar. There are many restraining head collars on the market, which put pressure on the nose and poll area when the horse pulls. It is important to choose one which will loosen when the horse stops pulling and the pressure is taken off. This is important, not only for humane purposes, but from the training aspect. The horse learns that as soon as he stops pulling he can be comfortable again. Sometimes a slight jerk on the lead-rope from the handler when the horse shows signs of taking off, is enough to stop a fullon pulling match, but make sure that you release the pressure immediately. If a controller halter does not prove to be successful, then you may have to resort to stronger methods, such as a bit, or even a stallion chain. This is not cruel if used correctly

and pressure only applied in an emergency. To preserve both horse and human life it is necessary for the horse to respect his handler and be reasonably obedient – anything else is just dangerous. Apart from this, the horse will feel more confident and happy in the long-term if he is taught distinct boundaries, beyond which he must not step. Some horses give no warning of when they are likely to take off, but do it suddenly for no apparent reason; usually when they realise that their shoulder is in front of the handler, which normally renders any attempts at control useless. So make sure that you don’t let him get in front of your shoulder whilst walking.

Respecting Your Space

Once the horse has learned that he cannot escape, rush to the nearest clump of sumptuous grass, or otherwise misbehave whilst in hand, he should be taught to walk, turn right and left, halt, back-up, etc; all at a moments notice. This can take the form of an interesting game/ exercise in obedience and should be enjoyable to horse and handler. I would suggest that you begin in an enclosed space, such as a riding arena. If your horse tends to barge around, wanting to go in his own choice of direction, then plenty of halt transitions should be used. In the case of a young horse, it is helpful if this in-hand training takes place before lungeing or backing. He can be taught the verbal commands of halt, walk-on, back, and even turn right, turn left, which can be very helpful when teaching him to lunge as well as combining the voice when teaching the physical aids under saddle. He should be led in hand in the usual way with the handler roughly shoulder to shoulder with the horse – not too close, nor with too much space between the two. The lead rope should be held approximately 2 ft. from the horse’s head. There should be no need

to grip the head collar or otherwise permanently tightly restrain the horse. As previously mentioned, if the horse’s shoulder precedes the handler, then he is much more likely to pull away, and if the opposite occurs and he is too far behind the handler, then in the event of the horse being startled and rushing forwards, there is a danger of the horse colliding with the handler, causing a nasty accident. Every time he starts to barge, halt and ask him to step back a stride. Although reinback under saddle is quite an advanced, difficult movement for the horse; one simple step backwards should not be too taxing and he should be taught this in the very beginning in the stable or yard, at the same time as being taught to move over from left to right or vice versa. This is important around the stable and yard for obvious necessity for farriery treatment, grooming etc. I am not a fan of the practice advocated by some natural horsemanship methods, where the horse is worked on a long line; the line being waved at the horse to ask him to back-up. Because of the fact that this is confusing and therefore stressful to the horse, it invariably results in bad backward steps, performed in a hurried fashion with a raised head and stiffened, hollow back; all of which is physically and mentally detrimental. Instead, the horse should be taught to step back, firstly in the stable or yard


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as previously mentioned, with the handler at the horse’s side, encouraging a backward step by voice accompanied by the hand gently pushing or intermittently nudging on the chest. The whip can be used in the same way as the hand to assist in the horse’s understanding of this, providing he remains calm and is not afraid of the whip (which he should not be). If the horse still finds this hard to understand, then it is sometimes helpful to halt him in front of a wall or gate. He will understand that he cannot go forward and, so long as he is not hassled or frightened, will eventually step back. Immediately upon a backward step, he should be rewarded. DO NOT ASK FOR TOO MANY BACKWARD STEPS AT THIS STAGE – one or two will be

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Health Care • Laminitis sufficient – remember rein-back can be strenuous. Backing-up can be used as a disciplinary punishment, but should not be over-used, as we don’t want him to see it purely as a punishment. When first teaching him to backup, ask immediately for forward movement once he has complied and reward him with a stroke, congratulatory words or a tit-bit. That way, he will want to do it again! However, if he is continually being obstreperous and bargey’ he will soon get fed up with stopping and going backwards, and is much more likely to co-operate. You must also take care that he doesn’t become so used to backingup that he uses it as an evasion. When he will walk calmly by your side without pulling, walking too fast, too slow or generally being

awkward, you can begin to teach him to turn left. for this purpose I am assuming you are leading him from the left. You can give him a little warning of the manoeuvre using whatever words come to mind, such as ‘left turn’ (always use the same words henceforth). What you are aiming at is for him to turn with you, keeping a sensible distance without bumping you or coming near to treading on your feet. To aid in this, it is helpful to carry a whip, to which he should already have been made accustomed. He should definitely not be afraid of the whip. You should be able to stroke him all over with it, and use it to flick flies away, but he should understand its meaning when asked to move away from it. This should also have been previously taught in the stable and yard, when asking him to move over etc.

If he comes too close to you as you turn left, just hold the whip strategically in place to signify the distance beyond which he should not step. You can teach him to turn right when leading him from the right in the same way. You should also accustom him to being led in straight lines and circles in both directions from both the left and right sides. To teach him to turn right whilst leading from the left, use a verbal command, such as ‘right turn’. This time give him a little push on his left shoulder with your hand and hold the whip gently against the left hand side of his neck. You can obviously teach him to turn left whilst leading from the right in a similar way.

If you make good use of verbal, physical or food rewards, this learning process will become enjoyable for you both and usually he will eagerly await your next instruction rather than thinking about pulling away or barging, and he will have learnt what it means to respect your space. 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 email:- annewilsondressage@

A Simple Step in Your Allen & Page Wins Nutritional fight Against Laminitis Helpline of the Year Award


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here are two key hormones associated with laminitis; insulin and cortisol. The reason for this is because insulin resistance and heightened cortisol levels increase obesity, reduce peripheral blood supply and increase inflammatory responses (laminitis is characterised by inflammation of the hoof laminae). MAH magnesium is a special form of magnesium developed for human medicine where its use is booming. It is your key nutrient in the fight against laminitis because it plays critical roles in managing both insulin and cortisol. In human trials not only was MAH shown to be more effective than changes to lifestyle and diet, but incredibly it was more effective than most drug treatments. By helping your horse to regulate insulin and cortisol, MAH helps to improve blood supply to the hooves, normalise glucose levels in the body, reduce systemic inflammation and protect against stress laminitis. MAH is a pharmaceutical grade liquid supplement that is easy to feed. Although often used as a calmer, MAH is not a sedative and will not dull an already settled horse/pony, in fact magnesium’s role in energy production means that MAH actually supports endurance. Please visit our website for detailed articles on Laminitis and EMS, or contact us for information or to purchase. Tel: 01438 861 900 Email: info@

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Two neglected laminitic ponies helped by Blue Chip and the ISPCA. “Molly Mouse hobbled into the National Animal Centre on appalling overgrown hooves. This tiny little girl was left for many years enduring the agony of laminitis and deformed hooves. Our farrier and vet recommended a diet rich in biotin but low in calories to help Molly Mouse recover from her ordeal. Blue Chip Lamilight was fed along with hay and gradually her hooves returned to normal. Molly Mouse now lives with her foster mum who continues to feed her on Blue Chip Lami-light and is delighted with the condition of her hooves and her shiny glossy coat. Laminitis has become a distant memory for this little pony as she kicks up her heels and gallops across her paddock every day.” “Hector was taken into the care of the National Animal Centre as he was suffering from acute laminitis and neglected hooves. Allowed to roam over 40 acres of fertilised grass Hector became obese and developed laminitis.

Unfortunately Hector did not receive the veterinary attention he urgently needed, nor were his hooves trimmed by a farrier for almost two years. As a result this lovely little pony endured much pain and suffering and on arrival it was feared help had come too late for him. Hector however had other ideas. He was immediately examined by our equine vet and started on a course of pain relief and anti inflammatory medication. Of course we also gradually introduced him to Blue Chip Lamilight, which he loves! Less than two weeks later Hector was off medication and sound. Our vet was astonished by the difference in him and our farrier cannot believe how quickly Hector’s neglected hooves are improving. One month later and Hector has been transformed from a crippled overweight sad little pony into a lively, fun loving chap who causes no end of mischief.” Cathy Griffin, Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ISPCA)

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Laminitis causes and treatments

Peter Fenton BVM&S, MRCVS


s spring approaches horse owners and vets thoughts turn to the prospect of turning their horses out on some grazing for an increasing period of time and therefore the impending deluge of laminitis cases. This is obviously reliant on the ground actually drying out enough to turn any animals on it! The thought that this is a disease of the springtime associated with excessive consumption of new grass and its high sugar content is an outdated understanding of the disease which is now known to be a problem 12 months of the year and over 90% of cases have a hormonal and management related cause. The amount of research on laminitis, its cause, treatment, management and prevention is currently massive and international. Therefore there is new information for vets regarding this debilitating, painful condition emerging all the time so that advice for owners and treatment regimens can be improved regularly. Laminitis is a condition that, in its acute stage, can be recognised by a large number of experienced and inexperienced horse owners alike. With its typical rocking back stance and refusal to walk forward, difficulty turning, sometimes increased heat in the hooves and digital pulses that are felt at the back of the pastern. A chronic laminitic is a horse or pony that has had ongoing disease for a long time with permanent changes in the hoof capsule and possibly the pedal bone. This can be either constant disease or repeated shorter 38 | April 2013

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bouts with periods of apparent soundness. Acute laminitis is a veterinary emergency without exception, in my opinion. Treatment or management should not be attempted by the horseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s owner, even for a short period, as the condition will progress quickly and much more treatment and time will be involved in a recovery. This is an extremely painful condition that results from inflammation of the sensitive laminae inside the hoof that supports the horseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s skeleton within the hoof capsule. When this is damaged the support is weakened and this is what results in rotation and sinking of the pedal bone in unchecked cases. The underlying cause of the majority of laminitis cases is imbalance in the metabolism of insulin in animals that are usually overweight and obese. Cases that do not recover very quickly will need xrays of their feet and remedial shoes to provide extra support

during the recovery process. This can be at different time periods following the initial exam depending on the findings of the clinical exam and the time the horse has been lame before the initial examination. The shoes will be fitted with reference to the position of the pedal bone within the hoof and not the shape of the hoof capsule itself and, therefore, should not be fitted without the benefit of these images to an acute laminitic horse or pony. The same shoes are often used for heel support in other situations and these often do not require veterinary attention. Chronic cases can occur for a number of reasons which include: Failure to control the underlying reason, undiagnosed complicating disease e.g. PPID (Cushings disease), poor farriery management and possibly an inappropriate environment e.g. cobbled yard outside stable. These cases usually can be investigated and treated or have changes in their routine management that mean they can have a better life or longer periods of soundness. These cases will often be well managed by the horse owner in conjunction with the farrier and occasional advice from the vet unless they have an acute crisis. There is often a multifactorial management of these cases including use of long term medication and sometimes supplements can be used, these include the likes of Biotin for horn quality and possibly feed balancers and dietary adjustment. Remember that if a chronic case is lame and this is not easily improved with a short period of rest or possibly reshoeing then these will require veterinary attention as they can deteriorate in a similar way to an acute case. Prevention of this disease is, obviously, what we should all aim to achieve and in the majority of cases that I see this would have been possible as the largest proportion of cases are related to obesity. The management of weight in horses is becoming a daily chore for the practice and if this were better understood by owners and anyone they are getting advice from, so many of these cases could be prevented. The ability to objectively condition score a horse and pay less attention to their actual weight is the best way to maintain a fit and healthy horse or pony. We use a scale of 0-5 where a 0 is emaciated and 5 is morbidly obese and a healthy horse will be in the range of 2.5-3 depending on its type of work. The condition score is less to do with the amount of muscle a horse has and more a measure of body fat so 2 horses that look very different can have the same condition score. This is, by far, the most important part to remember and put into practice as a horse owner, as such a high number of these cases occur due to obesity, which is only caused by the management of the horses diet and exercise. Taking an honest and accurate assessment of your horsesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; lifestyle and body condition score on a regular basis and making changes as necessary to maintain a healthy horse will significantly reduce the chance of ever having to deal with this distressing and costly disease. Discuss this with your vet at routine visits for vaccination or dentistry and design a system that suits you and your horse or pony.

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Learning about Laminitis

Joanna Palmer BSc Hons, Nutritionist, Allen & Page


ith the return of spring we can all enjoy a bit of sun and warmth again, but the change in weather also brings with it the flush of grass growth, that without careful management can lead to laminitis in susceptible horses and ponies. However, it is important to remember that there can be many other causes of the disease and whilst ponies, particularly those that are overweight, are most susceptible, it can affect any horse or pony, at any time of the year.

What is laminitis?

Widely recognised as one of the most common causes of equine lameness, laminitis is an extremely painful condition that predominately affects the fore feet, although only one or all four hooves can be affected. Laminitis is characterised by the inflammation of the laminae tissues within the hoof. The laminae form a bond between the hoof wall and the pedal bone, but when inflammation occurs these bonds are weakened. Prompt treatment and careful management means many laminitics make a good recovery. However, in extreme cases the break down of the laminae leads to rotation and sinking of the pedal bone, which can lead to emergency veterinary treatment.


Although laminitis is most often associated with diet, it can also be brought on by: • Hoof trauma which can be caused by trot or canter work on hard surfaces, or incorrect farriery; • Hormonal changes associated with Cushing’s Disease or other metabolic disorders; • Toxaemia (from a retained placenta after foaling); • The administration of some medicines such as

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corticosteroids. Horses have evolved as trickle feeders and have a digestive system that is perfectly designed for high fibre, grass diets. However, modern pastures include grass that is of much higher quality, containing increased levels of fructans (sugar). This coupled with supplementary feeding of high energy, cereal based feeds which are high in starch, can often lead to dietary induced laminitis. When a horse eats excessive quantities of sugar rich pasture, or cereal based feeds rich in starch, food passes too quickly through the gut. This leads to the incomplete breakdown of soluble carbohydrates (starch and sugar) in the small intestine. The excess then passes into the large intestine where it is rapidly fermented and lactic acid produced. The resulting acidic environment kills the beneficial bacteria and damages the gut wall. Endotoxins are then released which enter the bloodstream, activating enzymes in the laminae and triggering laminitis.


The first signs of laminitis can vary greatly between individual animals, however, laminitis should be strongly suspected if: • The horse adopts a ‘laminitic stance’(see diagram), with forelegs stretched forwards to distribute weight on to the heels and relieve pressure on the toes. • The horse is lame and reluctant to move, making only ‘pottery’ strides.

• When walking, the horse puts his heel to the ground before his toe. • The horse appears uncomfortable, shifting his weight from one foot to another. • The horse lies down more than usual in an attempt to alleviate the pain. • A pounding digital pulse is felt in the pastern. • The coronary band feels unusually warm and the sole of the foot is abnormally sensitive to pressure, however these are symptoms common of many other foot related problems, not just laminitis. • The horse appears generally ‘off-colour’, with a raised temperature, pulse and/or respiration rate. Laminitis should always be treated as a veterinary emergency, so call your vet immediately. Early treatment and management of the condition is vital for a successful outcome.


Ensuring horses and ponies maintain a healthy weight is essential as obese animals are far more likely to develop the disease. Diets should be high in fibre, with the starch and sugar content kept as low as possible by avoiding ingredients such as cereal grains and molasses. Horses and ponies at high risk of developing laminitis should be placed on restricted grazing particularly during periods of rapid grass growth. Strip grazing and using a muzzle are useful ways of maintaining a horse’s natural feeding behaviour at the same time as limiting their grass intake. It is also important to note that fructan levels in grass can be high on days that are cold and sunny, particularly in the mornings and so susceptible horses and ponies should not be turned out until any frost on the grass has melted. Soaking hay for 12-16 hours can also be beneficial, as it will remove soluble sugars, allowing overweight animals or those suffering from laminitis to still be fed sufficient fibre without the additional sugars that can be harmful. It is important to remember that once a horse or pony has been diagnosed with laminitis they should always be treated as a laminitic as they will be more prone to the condition in future. For more information on feeding laminitics, call Allen & Page’s friendly, award winning, nutritional helpline on 01362 822 902 or visit

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Tips on avoiding Laminitis N icola Tyler, Nutrition Director at TopSpec provides advice on avoiding laminitis

More often than not several factors are involved when a horse or pony develops laminitis. Some are nutritional, some are not. There are some we can do nothing about, for example a pony may be what is termed ‘insulin-resistant’ because of his breeding; all we need to know is that this makes him more susceptible to laminitis, but there is nothing we can do about his genetics. However by controlling the factors that we can do something about, for example feed and management, we can often prevent the ‘laminitis threshold’ being reached. This threshold is reached when so many internal hoof laminae slide apart that the attachment of the pedal bone to the internal hoof wall loosens and it rotates downwards and points towards the sole, creating damage, inflammation and pain within the hoof, in other words, laminitis. Taking the following action will help to reduce the risk of laminitis: • find the most suitable grazing you can. unproductive grassland such as hill land is ideal, where ponies have to exercise a great deal to eat a moderate amount of average quality grass. Old meadow or parkland grazing is the next best. • Never make rapid changes in the diet e.g. do not suddenly turn out onto good pasture. • Avoid both fertilised and frozen pasture but do not be a slave to predicted fructan levels as these vary enormously according to a multitude of factors. • If necessary to control his weight, increase the amount of exercise you do with your pony in the spring to burn off more calories. • When stabled, base feeding programmes on ample forage (e.g. late cut hay or possibly high-fibre haylage) as limiting fibre intake upsets the hindgut microbial balance. • If extra calories are needed to obtain correct condition, maximise the use of high-fibre, low sugar/starch feeds e.g. alfalfa in various forms or blends, shredded beet pulp (discard the juice or use unmollassed), and cereal-grainfree fibre or cool cubes. • Avoid feeds high in sugar e.g. molassed coarse mixes and straw chops. • Avoid feeds high in starch e.g. cereals or cereal-based compound feeds. • Monitor the digital pulse daily to give you an early indication of imminent lameness. Noting a loosening in droppings may also be helpful. • Avoid unnecessary trauma to feet e.g. avoid stony, uneven ground and minimise trotting on roads. Do not jump on hard ground. Because the diet may be very limited it should be supplemented with a vitamin and mineral supply for general health; nutrients to promote good hoof growth with optimal bonding between the laminae and the hoof wall; yeast products to help maintain a healthy hindgut environment and anti-oxidants to combat excess free-radical production. These can all be found included in one very effective, palatable, pelleted product. Suggested feeds TopSpec AntiLam and TopChop Lite. Free, Multiple-Award-Winning, Helpline 01845-565030 or visit

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Limit your pony’s grass in-take, do not let a pony graze in a large, lush field. During grass growing months, use a muzzle to prevent your pony or horse eating too much, but don’t starve them. If your pony or horse suffers from laminitis, turn out instead into a sand arena, or a paddock with no grass, where they can

walk around to help circulation. Monitor weight gain with a weigh tape, don’t just rely on your eye. feed your pony or horse a high forage/fibre diet. X-Lam Aid Pellets is a complementary feed for horses and ponies, providing comprehensive nutritional support for equines susceptible to, or recovering from, the effects of laminitis. X-Lam Aid was developed with and approved by specialist equine veterinary practices and contains 11 beneficial active ingredients. It contains high levels of Omega 3 to support optimum health, fertility and performance. X-Lam Aid is a non-GM soya free formulation. X-Lam Aid also contains curcumin. Curcumin is the active ingredient of the spice turmeric. It is a natural and powerful antioxidant and supports the normal anti-inflammatory action of the body. A 10.5kg bucket of X-Lam Aid has an RRP of £42.00. Simply mix with your horse or pony’s normal feed. In situations where the equine has lost it’s appetite as a result of it’s poor physical condition, X-Lam Aid Liquid may be used in addition to X-Lam Aid Pellets to provide a palatable energy source and extra anti-inflammatory action. For more information, please visit or call GWF Nutrition direct on 01225 708482.

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o date the Laminitis Trust has provided over £300,000 for ground breaking research into equine laminitis.

We are currently funding projects which are investigating the causes of insulin resistance and Cushing’s Disease; the relationship between obesity and exercise on laminitis and the molecular mechanisms of lamellar separation. The results of all Laminitis Trust funded research is published for all to see: the work continues. Robert Eustace fRCVS, Director of the Laminitis Trust writes; “We are very grateful to all who have made legacies and donations to the Laminitis Trust. Additionally we recognise the efforts of those feed companies, whose responsible attitude to horse nutrition, has enabled the Laminitis Trust feed Approval Mark to become the “gold standard” for safe horse feeds. Lastly, without the support of their customers who buy Laminitis Trust Approved feeds for their animals, the Trust would not have been able to provide these substantial research grants”. Only feeds which carry this logo are approved by the Laminitis Trust which is the only body with an independent scrutineering system for horse feeds. If your feed does not carry this logo it is not approved by the Laminitis Trust. If you wish to help the Laminitis Trust in its fight against this crippling disease please visit or telephone 01249-890784 for further information.

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orses and ponies which are insulin resistant suffer an insidious onset of laminitis. As they become fatter they show a mild lameness, often unnoticed, which results in a gradual change in the shape of their feet; the toes become longer, the heels collapse, blood staining appears in the white line around the toes and the white lines become wider than normal.

Insulin resistance means that the horses’ insulin cannot move the glucose from their blood into the peripheral tissues. The blood glucose concentrations therefore remain elevated resulting in more insulin being secreted. It is the abnormally high blood insulin concentrations which causes the changes in the hooves and laminitis. We now know the mechanism whereby excess insulin causes the hoof

deformation of pasture laminitis AND a solution is available. NoMetSyn not only normalizes the circulating blood glucose and insulin concentrations but also corrects the hoof deformation – no other drug nor product can provide these dual benefits. In addition to using NoMetSyn we advise that haylage feeding be avoided but rather use feeds which carry the Laminitis Trust feed Approval Mark supplemented with formula4 feet. Keep your animals in a lean rather than tubby bodily condition; particularly they should not have fat deposits on their necks. Regular steady exercise is recommended for those animals which do not have laminitis. Do not exercise laminitis cases they need complete box rest on a deep woodshavings bed.

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ow that the grass is growing it’s more important than ever to keep a watchful eye on your horse or pony’s waistline to help prevent serious conditions such as laminitis. A grazing horse or pony can eat more than twothirds of its recommended daily intake in just a few hours but choosing a nutritionally balanced forage replacer, such as SPILLERS HAPPY HOOF®, can help you to keep control of your horse’s diet this spring.

SPILLERS HAPPY HOOf® is a specially blended, low calorie, shortchop forage which contains all the vitamins and minerals your horse or pony needs to stay in good health. Approved by The Laminitis Trust, it can be used as a complete feed or as a replacement for hay and is specifically designed to extend eating time. Check out the SPILLERS® facebook page during April and May and you could win one of 40 free bags of SPILLERS HAPPY HOOf® in an exciting new competition. For advice on how to manage your horse’s weight visit www.spillers-feeds. com or call the SPILLERS® Care-Line on 01908 226626. You can also join Team SPILLERS® on Facebook.

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hink Laminitix is perfectly formulated to support the nutritional requirements of horses and ponies at risk to the effects of seasonal grass flushes. The specially selected ingredients provide essential vitamins and minerals along with key nutrients such as biotin and zinc for healthy hooves. A combination of antioxidants, chelated magnesium and cinnamon work in synergy to support a healthy immune system and aid in stabilising blood sugar levels. The palatable, concentrated powder provides fast results with long term support and can be mixed with a suitable high fibre feed.

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orses have been in the headlines recently for all the wrong reasons. Some of this is to do with horses entering the food supply chain without anyone knowing about it, while other questions have arisen as to the sheer number of horses which are “retired”. These issues have led to questions as to what owners will do with their horses at the end of their healthy, useful lives and what happens if they die, or need to be put down.

The National fallen Stock Company (NfSCo) – which works with fallen stock collectors around the country to help organise and promote an efficient, professional collection industry - has commissioned a survey to find out what plans (if any) horse owners have to dispose of a horse which has died or been put to sleep. The survey has had input from members of the Equine Sector Council for Health and Welfare. News reports suggest there is a lack of information or confusion amongst horse owners over the options they have for having their horse put to sleep and for disposing of the body afterwards. This also applies to the disposal options that exist, depending on the method used to put the horse to sleep, or the veterinary treatment individual animals may have received during their lifetime, and how that affects the options. When a horse dies or has to be put to sleep owners are emotional and may not be able to weigh-up their options with a clear head. The survey hopes to find out if owners have considered their options in advance. The survey also asks about the options horse owners have used, or would choose. The survey is open to all horse owners – whether they have had a horse put to sleep or not. The survey can be found at:

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particularly high risk period of spring and the appearance of the new lush spring grass – this will help to prepare his system, and importantly, make sure Laminaze is well established as an integral part of the feed and management regime. Ensure your laminitis prone horse or pony stays one step ahead, make Laminaze part of his daily diet all year round. Sizes & RRP’s: 375g (15 days supply) £18.95; 750g (30 days supply) £30.95 1.5kg (60 days supply) £55.95; 3kg (120 days supply) £100.80 Cost per day to feed: £0.84/day based on 3kg tub Available from your nearest NAf stockist. For correct management and feeding advice please call the NAF Freephone Advice Line: 0800 373 106, email or go to

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pring grass, as we all know, can lead to health problems such as laminitis and also excitable behaviour. This is because it can contain high levels of non-structural sugars and fructans. Typically, as the diagram shows, this sugar can account for 17-20% of the dry content and potentially up to as much as 30%. The total sugar content of Laminitis Trust-approved Speedi-Beet is significantly lower, at around 5%.

The chart also shows that Speedi-Beet, gram for gram when soaked, has more fibre (cellulose, hemicellulose and pectin) than fresh spring grass. It will supply more of the energy needs of the horse, resulting in a lower intake of the grass. The greatest risk to laminitics is the first feed of the day where intake is proportionately highest and the risk of overloading the small intestine with sugars is most likely. Offering a good meal (1.5 – 2.0 kg) of soaked Speedi-Beet before turnout will provide a healthy, low sugar first feed and allow subsequent f your horse or pony suffers from feeding at a lower rate. The rate of passage is slower and there is more time laminitis then feeding can often be for the sugars to be absorbed out of the small intestine and this reduces the a worry. Take a load off your mind by chance of hindgut malfunction. feeding Speedi-Beet or Fibre-Beet from Reducing the daily intake of spring grass by avoiding the time of greatest British Horse Feeds. Both feeds are fructans intake (first feed of the day), Speedi-Beet can help reduce the approved by the Laminitis Trust thanks potentially negative effects of spring grass. to their high fibre, low sugar content. unmolassed, 95% sugar free and approved by the Laminitis Trust, RRP is around £10.25 for SpeediSpeedi-Beet is available in 20kg bags, RRP is around £9.90. Beet and £11.35 for fibre-Beet. Come and see our range of For premium horse feeds. We can discuss best feeds more information contact British Horse Feeds onthe 01765 680300 or for For more information contact visit You can also fi nd British Horse Feeds on Britishyour Horsehorse Feeds on andour there’s the chance to win 3 months supply of one of our products*. see premium andhorse Twitter.feeds. We can discuss the best feeds for 01765Come 680300and or visit www. range of Facebook your horse and there’s the chance to win 3 months supply of one of our products*.


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to clear damaged tissue and this is an “These results show that maggot important adjunctive approach in debridement therapy potentially has equine wound management.” an integral place in modern veterinary 1 wound care. It can be used to treat The use of maggot debridement therapy in 41 many types of lesions, although not equids OM Lepage, A Doumbia, MF Perronthose involving tumours or bone Lepage and M Gangl. EVJ ISSN 0425-1644 sequestration. Associated high costs DOI: 10.1111/j.2042-3306.2012.00609.x Fencing Healthcare • Stabling • Training present a limiting factor•but maggot debridement therapy should certainly be considered for lesions that fail to respond to conventional methods.” Professor Celia Marr, Editor of the EVJ, said “Horses often suffer from non-healing wounds, particularly in the limbs where the skin is under Any good horse trainer will advise that the same brain areas used in continuous movement and there is very that when you are teaching your performing the task were still being little subcutaneous tissue. Although horse something new, you should used by the subjects while resting. at first glance this study might seem take frequent short breaks and When retested, the subjects also counter-intuitive and we might think One of your the two methods for applying the allow horse to rest. We know seemed to incorporate the knowledge of maggots as being the last thing one maggots involved placing a netimproves under the from experience that this from that task better than subjects would want on a clean wound, it shows edges of the wound onto which the maggots training results, but maybe not who were not exposed to a delay.’ were placed. that maggots can be an effective way exactly why.

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come up. He is able to stand with his hind legs more under his body, making them less straight than in picture 1. His abdominals are now shorter and more toned and his head and neck are now held in a more relaxed and rounded position. Picture 1 is taken atPaddy’s the start of says; “Since owner physiotherapy beginning regular physiotherapy treatment you can sessions Paddy’s canter has really see the lack of top improved.  Outneck hacking he now line across the offers canter around willingly, his preferred particularly pace beforearea physiotherapy was the wither and over histrot. In rump. September 2012 always we attempted our first Novice BD class where he gained over 64% and his first three affilliated points, physiotherapy clearly having improved his canter work.”

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(affiliated) and won at county level showing and at affiliated showing both in riding horse classes and Part Bred Arab classes. I was asked to assess Fred following an episode of stress laminitis and a subsequent kick injury. Initially the stress laminitis was treated as an abscess as this is what the owner and vet thought it was. However, following no improvement diagnostic X-rays were performed. X-rays confirmed between 2-3 degree rotation of the pedal bone in the right fore caused by stress induced laminitis. The laminitis was managed in conjunction with veterinary guidance. This included box rest on a very deep shavings bed for support, veterinary medication, farriery to remove shoes and add frog supports. In addition, to ensure Fred did not continue to be stressed he was managed with a sedative gel twice a day for five days. Furthermore, it was important to diet Fred to reduce the weight on his pedal bone. Following 6 weeks of box rest the medication was weaned and repeat X-rays were performed. This indicated no further pedal rotation had developed. Subsequently heart bar shoes were fitted for optimal foot balance. During this period of box rest Fred had become cast and due to the confinement was seen to be kicking is now workfrom in thethe Edinburgh, Lothians and East Lothian areas. the stableavailable walls. 3 for months ReliableFred and prompt, all types initial diagnosis was allowed to shod and all farriery undertaken. For out more and bookings telephone 07858 478465 be turned andinformation commence light work. Unfortunately, at this time he

sustained a kick injury from a field companion to his right thigh area. This resulted in a large haematoma. The vet referred for Physiotherapy assessment and treatment at this time. On Physiotherapy assessment I found significant muscle wastage across the top line (including gluteals, quadriceps, longissimus, trapezius, rhomboids and splenius), tightness was evident in the area in front of the scapulae, the muscles along the base of the neck (brachiocepahlicus), along the back (longissiums) and down the back of the hind legs (hamstrings). The haematoma from the kick injury was evident on the right quadriceps muscle. Gait assessment revealed Fred to be walking on three tracks and he had difficulty bringing the right hind through underneath him. These findings were likely due to the kick injury, the box rest restrictions and the incidence of being cast in his box. Initial physiotherapy treatment included soft tissue massage and trigger point release to longissimus, hamstrings, brachiocephalicus and myofascial release to the scapula area. Pulsed Electromagnetic Therapy was used to treat the haematoma. Due to the significant lack of muscle development following the extreme diet and prolonged box rest Fred was commenced on an exercise programme of long reining including

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We put a few questions to Perthshire Based Rider Stephanie O’Neil... Millridge Aurora’s Diamond

What is your proudest achievement in showing/ competing to date? My proudest moment in Eventing would probably be between winning the Pony Club Open Eventing Championships and being selected for the British Pony Team at Necarne. What is your next ambition in the equestrian world? This would be the Young Rider final trial at Houghton CCI**. This is the final selection trial for the Young Rider European Team which is something I would love to do! What is the thing you like most about competing? It is the enjoyment I get out of doing well with my horses. The more work you put into them, the more you get out of them.   When did you first get involved with horses? When I was 4. My mum would take me to a local riding school for lessons. My family isn’t “horsey” at all but for as long as I can remember I have been obsessed with horses.    Who was your first horse? He was an 11.2hh pony called Twiglet that my mum had found in the local paper. I was surprised with him on Christmas day!! (he was hidden in our garden shed)   Why did you get involved in riding? Really because I fell in love with horses and I only wanted to spend my time with them.   Have you had a favourite horse and how did you meet? Well if I had to say a favourite horse it would be Mrs Frost (Millridge Aurora’s Diamond). She is only little and some would say she is bonkers but for me she is my horse

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of a lifetime. She’s the horse that has taught me how to ride and has given me the confidence that I have now. What is the most fulfilling achievement in your equestrian career so far? For me my most fulfilling achievement in Eventing isn’t a placing or a result. 2012 wasn’t the best year for me as I put my best horse Mrs Frost in foal as the vets had deemed her a “write off ” and when the foal was born she was born with “rhynose” a severe deformity of the nose and mouth. We had no choice other than to have her put down. It was heartbreaking but I have now got Mrs Frost back in full work and we are aiming for the Young Rider Team. I feel this is my greatest achievement because there was many times when I felt like giving up but I and Mrs Frost have pulled through it together.   What is the most dangerous situation you have been in? I have been very lucky in that I haven’t really been in a dangerous situation but we must not forget how dangerous equestrian sports are.   How many horses do you have responsibility for? I am responsible for 12 horses at the moment but 3 of them are small games ponies so they are no bother.   Who do you admire and why? Laura Collett as she has achieved so much for her age and she is an inspiration to watch ride. I would love to follow in her footsteps.   What is your pet hate? People who take their anger out on their horse when it goes wrong. They throw their toys out their pram rather than learning from their mistakes.

Can you see yourself being involved with horses indefinately? Yes I eat, sleep and breathe horses but I wouldn’t have it any other way. I couldn’t see myself doing anything else. What is your biggest worry about the way the industry is developing? That we will lose more of the bigger events in Scotland as there are not many riders competing above intermediate in Scotland compared to the BE80-100 riders where there are hundreds.   What would you like to be doing in 5 years time? I would love to be riding around Badminton on a home produced horse of mine. I can dream right?  If you could visit another yard, which would it be and why? Again it would have to be Laura Collett’s yard. The facilities there look incredible and all of her horses are amazing.   If there was a horse past or present you wished you could own, what would it be? Oh no doubt about it I would have Opposition Buzz in a heartbeat. He is my dream horse!   What is the best lesson you have learned through being involved with horses?

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April Results British Showjumping Senior Amateur Show, Scottish National Equestrian Centre. 23/02/13 70cms Starter Stakes – 1st Gemma Dixon, Gem Equestrian Storm Control. 2nd Elaine Humphreys, Ulano. 3rd Owen Greenhorn, Private Treaty. 4th James Brogan, Amira. 5th Janette Coyne, Woody. 6th Craig Hamilton, Tarkan. 80cms Open – 1st Diane Mcfarlane, Keltica Hope. 2nd Ashley Grant, Verdi Van Het Lindenhof. 3rd Karen Thomson, Le Cheile Courage. 4th Susan Callan, Max the Obscure. 5th Karen Thomson, Casco W. 6th Karen Thomson, Courvoisier Smh. Dodson & Horrell 0.90m Nat. Am. Champ. Qual. (First Round) – 1st Ailsa Noble, Harvey Ix. 2nd Ashley Grant, Verdi Van Het Lindenhof. 3rd Rowan Ball, Bon Ami V. 4th Caroline Mosley, Dunbeggan Diamond Boy. 5th Karen Thomson, Casco W. 6th Scott Linford, All Star. KBIS Insurance Senior British Novive Champ. (First Round) – 1st Linda Stronach, Kengarth Miss Marple. 2nd Scott Linford, All Star. 3rd Caroline Mosley, Dunbeggan Diamond Boy. 4th Caroline Neilson, Browne Boy. 5th Kirsty Matheson, Whitton Edge. 6th James Oakden, Samurai. Dodson & Horrell 1.00m Nat. Am. Champ. Qual. (First Round) – 1st Eva Sheppard, Karabah. 2nd Aylsa Spittle, Rodney Clover. 3rd Claire Mcnaughton, Warhol Wulfselection Z. 4th Ellen Cameron, Hanleen Crown Jewels. 5th Rowan Ball, Bon Ami V. 6th Liz Somerville, Marmaduke Iii. Dodson & Horrell 1.10m Nat. Am. Champ. Qual. (First Round) – 1st Alexander Laird, Ach Jessy. 2nd Aylsa Spittle, Rodney Clover. 3rd Eva Sheppard, Karabah. 4th Rebecca Hamilton, Amadeus Xv. Dodson & Horrell 1.15m Nat. Am. Champ. Qual. (First Round) – 1st Alexander Laird, Big Spender. 2nd Kirsty Aird, Boquhans Angelina. 3rd Claire Mcnaughton, Warhol Wulfselection Z. Strathmore & District Riding Club Winter Dressage League, South Bottymyre, Inverarity. 23/02/13 Intro A ( Judge Marjory Grant) - 1st Julie Dyker, Dylan 64.3%. 2nd Joanne Graham, Inke of Melfort 62.2%. 3rd Gayle Culross, Marrus Morse Code 54.4%. 4th Margo Christie, Guiness 48.3%. Prelim 7 ( Judge Marjory Grant) - 1st Joanne Graham, Inke of Melfort 57.0%. 2nd Julie Dyker, Dylan 55.5%. 24/02/13 Prelim 7 ( Judge Rebecca Chalmers) Novice Section - 1st Lauren Webster, Stumpy 70.00%. 2nd Ruth McLean, Blacklaw Xpresso 66.5%. 3rd Kate Hughes, Rowan 64.00%. 56 | April 2013

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4th Shonagh Lawson, Bridget of Dalbrack 62.00%. 5th Gilly Fotheringham, Quinn 61.5%. 6th Emily Cuthill, Valentine 59.50%. Int Section - 1st Jane Reid, Terence 75.50%. 2nd Suzanne Cargill, Ellie 71.50%. 3rd Donna Webster, Phoenix 70.50%. 4th Susan Geddes, Tommy 69.00%. 5th Loretta Cruickshank, Unicot L 65.00%. Class 3 Nov 27 ( Judge Hazel Stewart) Novice section - 1st Lauren Webster, Stumpy 67.8%. 2nd Ruth McLean, Blacklaw Xpresso 67.1%. 3rd Gilly Fotheringham, Quinn 64.6%. 4th Eve Beveridge, Winnie 63.9%. 5th Emily Cuthill, Valentine 63.2%. Int Section - 1st Donna Webster, Phoenix 70.3%. 2nd Suzanne Cargill, Ellie 69.6%. 3rd Jane Reid, Terence 67.8%. 4th Loretta Cruickshank, Unicot L 67.5%. 5th Susan Geddes, Tommy 65.7%. Open Section - 1st Jane Gilchrist, Victor 73.5%. 2nd Hannah Burns, Tugboat 71.8%. 3rd Mandy Hodnett, Millie 71.4%. 4th Anne Shaw, Bella 66.7%. 5th Jane Smith, Chip 63.85%. El 42 ( Judge Hazel Stewart) Open Section - 1st Jane Gilchrist, Victor 74.3%. 2nd Hannah Burns, Tugboat 72.5%. 3rd Mandy Hodnett, Millie 67.5%. 4th Anne Shaw, Bella 60%. Extreme PowerX, Inchcoonans. 03/03/13 Class 1 50cm x pole class - 1st Brook Walker, Harley Barley Boo. 2nd Topaz Walker, Jinx. 3rd Lucy Fairbrother, Meg. Class 2 60cm - 1st Brook Walker, Harley Barley Boo. 2nd Milly Morrison, Brambles. 3rd Hope Kennedy, Coco. Class 3 70cm 1st Milly Morrison, Brambles. Class 4 80cm - 1st Roslyn Davidson, Chevy Blazer. 2nd Hannah Cuthill, Coco. 3rd Laura Collins, Hadise. Class 5 90cm - 1st Catherin Patterson, Warchant. 2nd Hermione Bell, Vasco Gold Rush. 3rd Zoe Guild, Aragon. Class 6 1m - 1st Sandra Low-Mithchel, Tara. 2nd Hermione Bell, Vasco Gold Rush. 3rd Basile Rubio, Wisecrack. Findon Riding Club Winter Showjumping Series 24/02/13 Class 1. 50 cms - 1st Gosia Ciepiela, Sunny. 2nd Linda Wright, Jasmine. 3rd Gosia Ciepiela, Jeremiah. 4th Loretta McDonald, Rubira. 5th Kat Owen, Balhagarty Master Monty. 6th Tasha Hamilton, Babe. Class 2. 60 cms - 1st Linda Wright, Jasmine. 2nd Loretta McDonald, Rubira. 3rd Lindsay Nicol, Malcolm. 4th Harris Dodds, Valerie. 5th Hannah Lawson, Poirot. 6th

Katrina Kilpatrick, Destine. Class 3. Horse & Hound Derby - 1st Charley Hamilton, Bee Bop a Loo La & Ronan. 2nd Harris Dodds, Valerie & Morven Dodds, Milo. 3rd Melissa Mitchell, Buster & Jade Stewart, Marley. 4th Ashley McDonald, Duke & Jessica Diack, Ernie. 5th Charley

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ResultsXxxxxxxxxx • Tack & Turnout Pairs Relay - 1st Sophie Bultitude, Manhattan Skyline & Kirstin Cranna, Topnotch IV. 2nd Laila Bedawi, Sherbet & Julia Lamont, Toby. Class 6. 90cms - 1st Sophie Bultitude, Manhattan Skyline. 2nd Laila Bedawi, Sherbet. 3rd Lindsay Nicol, Percival. 4th Craig Taylor, Chillout Chester. 5th Abigail Marnoch-Milne, Cheko. 6th Julia Lamont, Toby. Class 7. Masters - 1st Fiona Walker, Patards. 2nd Kerryann Alexander, Robin. Class 8. 1m 1st Sophie Bultitude, Manhattan Skyline. 2nd Lindsay Nicol, Percival. 3rd Rebekka Ashton, Look Again II. Class 8. 1.10m 1st Rebekka Ashton, Look Again II. Hunt Ride 2nd March at Balcarres, Colinsburgh. Results: 1st - Victoria Walton & highest placed BE reg. horse. 2nd - Diana Lindsay & highest placed subscriber 3rd - Alexandra Lindesay-Bethune 4th - Ronnie Bartlett &  highest placed Heavyweight. 5th - Sasha Brunton & highest placed non hunting. 6th - Emma Stewart & highest placed RC member. Under 16yrs Harriet Clarke

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RHS Qual. – 1,Sonas Barney (N Lockhead Anderson); 2,Mitchell Troy Welsh Express (E Crawford); 3, Mr JX (F Reed). Foxhunter/1.10m. – 1, Glenvalley Mirah (M Bruce); 2, Park Avenue II (M Bruce); 3, Sheridans Archankle (R Mason). 17/2/13: 60cm unaffil open. – 1, Until the Next Time (E McClelland); 2, Scarlet (N Lockhead Anderson); 3, Go Mandingo (E Tillbrook). 70cm open. – 1, Kayems Friday Dance (C Hamilton); 2, Park Pepsi (C Nightingale); 3, Bee Bop A Lula (C Hamilton). Tiny Tots 90cm. – 1, Whinney Lass (A Aitken). Pony newcomers/1m. – 1, Antrim Moneypenny (L Blacklaws); 2, Applejack RB (M Thomson); 3,Alisano Dark Chocolate (K Bain). 128/138cm Graham Heath. – 1=,Bellfield Benjamin (S Greig),  My Apache Warrior Boy (A Nairn),  Mr JK (F Reed), Ravensdale Rossi (B Miller) & Loughcutra Lad (B Beveridge). Liz Fox RHS Qualifier. – 1,Larraghmore Martin (F Kerr); 2,Aquenna (P Paterson); 3,Red VIII (F Kerr). 148cm RHS Qual. – 1, Midnight Minuet (PJ Williams); 2, Larraghmore Martin (F Kerr); 3,Sheridans Archankle (R Mason). Tayside Dressage Group Winter League Results 3/03/13 Intro B ( Judge Isobel Ripley) 1st Lucinda Riddell, Kincardine Loachan 68.69%, 2nd Lucinda Riddell, Blacklaw 60.00%. Prelim 4 -  1st Louise Helyer, Ronan 64.95%, 2nd Lucinda Riddell, Robbie 64.09%, 3rd Larisa Cathro, Mr Bean (61.66%). Open Section Lucinda Riddell 62.27%, Kincardine Loachan, 2nd Sarah Griffiths, Ralph 61.36%, 3rd Emily Cuthill, Valentine 59.54%. Prelim 14 1st Carol Magee, Inky 65.83, 2nd Louise Helyer, Inky 65.41%, 3rd Sarah Griffiths, Ralph 65%. Novice 34 (Restricted sction) 1st Emily Cuthill, Valentine 54%. Open Section 1st Mandy Hodnett, Millie 66%, 2nd Rachel Fagan, Zielame 66%, 3rd Carol Magee, Inky 60%. Novice 30 ( Judge Judy Taylor)  1st Jane Gilchrist, Des

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74.23%, 2nd Jane Gilchrist, Victor 71.53%, 3rd Rachel Fagan, Zielame 59.61%. Elementary 49 League Class 1st Anne Mclennan, Mystar 59.66%, Open Section 1st Jane Gilchrist, Des 71.33%, 2nd Jane Gilchrist, Victor 70.33%, 3rd Hannah Burns, Tugboat 65%. Medium 63 1st Hannah Burns, Tugboat, 2nd Eleanor Lothian, Portia 55.86%. Fife Hunt Ride, Balcarres,Colinsburgh. 02/03/13 Results: 1st - Victoria Walton & highest placed BE reg. horse., 2nd - Diana Lindsay & highest placed subscriber, 3rd - Alexandra Lindesay-Bethune, h - Ronnie Bartlett &  highest placed Heavyweight, 5th - Sasha Brunton & highest placed non hunting, 6th Emma Stewart & highest placed RC member.Under 16yrs Harriet Clarke. Gleneagles Winter Combined Training Series 2012/13   RESULTS as follows:  CLASS 1 PRELIMINARY DRESSAGE 1st Lauren Robb - Gold Card, 73.7%, 2nd Sally Duncan - Danny Boy, 2nd 71.0% & Katy Cepok - Storm, 71.0%, 3rd Zoe

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What’s On - April Monday 1st April

Dressage Competition (Scottish Connemara Group), SNEC, Oatridge, West Lothian Tel: 01875 833341 Hunt Show, Rowallan AC, Ayrshire Tel: 01560 600769 Olivia Wilmot Clinic, Greenfields of Avondale, Drumclog. Tel: 07775 782296. Tuesday 2nd April

Eglinton PC Rally, Rowallan AC, Ayrshire Tel: 01560 600769 BE Training, Ingliston EC, Bishopton Tel: 0845 301 1010 Jane Gilchrist Clinic & Ride a Dressage Test Training, Inchcoonans Equestrian, Errol Tel: 01821 641185 Wednesday 3rd April

Jumping Series Show, Rowallan AC,

What’s On

Ayrshire Tel: 01560 600769 KRC Training, Ingliston EC, Bishopton Tel: 0845 301 1010 Mixed Unaff SJ, The Cabin EC, Inverurie Tel: 01467 624378. Riders of the Storm Vaulting Camps. See Polnoon RC Schooling Night, West Kype Farm, Strathaven. Tel: 01357 521105. Thursday 4th April

Angus PC XC Training, Strathearn Eventing, Perth Tel: 01738 840263 Teaching Children CPD Day, The Cabin, Inverurie Clear Rounds, Rowallan AC, Ayrshire Tel: 01560 600769


April Events

Saturday 6 July 2013 Cross Country, Showjumping, Showing For schedules and info contact Jude email - website - call - 07855 375 362 Or find us on Facebook

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Ride a test night Clear Round Jumping Showjumping Show Dressage Show David Harland Clinic BS Club Show Working Hunter Clear Round 20th British Dressage/ unaffiliated 2nd 4th 6th 7th 10th 13th 18th

21st Working Hunter Show 24th Rob Wilson, Rider Physio 26th Friday Nightclub, Showjumping Show 27th BS Amature 28th BS Amature 30th Alex Hargie Clinic


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Saturday 11th May Showing Show at Balcormo

Sunday 5th May 2013

Saturday 8th June Show Jumping Show at Balcormo

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 Closing date for postal entries Sat 27th April 2013 Please visit for schedules and entry forms or email

Saturday 20th July ODE at Kinnaird

Clear Round Jumping, Inchcoonans Equestrian, Errol Tel: 01821 641185 Clear Round SJ, Muirmill EC, Ayrshire Tel: 01563 830088. Dressage lessons with Ailsa Gilchrist, West Kype Farm, Strathaven. Tel: 01357 521105. SJ Demo & Talk with Andrew Hamilton, West Kype Farm, Strathaven. Tel: 01357 521105. Friday 5th April

Clear Rounds, Muirmill EC, Ayrshire Tel: 01563 830088. - 7th SJSS, Ingliston EC, Bishopton Tel: 0845 301 1010 - 7th Adult Amateur BSJ, Rowallan AC, Ayrshire Tel: 01560 600769 Strathblane PC XC Training, Strathearn Eventing, Perth

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Showing Masterclass, Easterton Stables, see advert SJ Trophy & League Show, Inchcoonans Equestrian, Errol Tel: 01821 641185 Monthly Mixed Unaff SJ, The Cabin EC, Inverurie Tel: 01467 624378. & 7th, Fight for the Forgotten Lands Equestrian Theatre Performance. See -7th Equido Dressage Clinic, Muirmill EC. Tel: 07979 741672. Muirmill SJ, Muirmill EC, Ayrshire. See Sunday 7th April

Unaffil S/J, Govanhill, see advert Dressage Trophy 7 League Show, Inchcoonans Equestrian, Errol

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Fife Foxhounds Hunt Ride 2nd June 2013 Fife Hunt “ Pick-A-Fence “ at Craigie For more information see

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Xxxxxxxxxx What’s On Tel: 01821 641185 Strathclyde Dressage Group, Muirmill EC, Ayrshire. Tel: 01563 830088. XC Training with David Gatherer and SJ Training with Aileen Craig, Titwood. See The Cabin In-Hand & Ridden Showing Show, The Cabin EC, Inverurie. Tel: 01467 624378. North Ayrshire RC, Spring Show, Eglinton Country Park. See htm Monday 8th April

Bennachie PC, The Cabin EC, Inverurie. Tel: 01467 624378. Riders of the Storm Trick Riding Camp. See - 11th Showing Camp, Ingliston EC, Bishopton

Tel: 0845 301 1010 Strathearn PC XC Training, Strathearn Eventing, Perth Tel: 01738 840263 Tuesday 9th April

BS Jnr Acadamy, West Kype Farm, Strathaven. Tel: 01357 521105. Riders of the Storm Trick Riding Camp. See - 10th BHS Riding & Road Safety Course & Test, Gleneagles Equestrian School, Auchterarder Tel: 01764 694351 -10th, Andrew Hamilton SJ Clinic, The Cabin EC, Inverurie. Tel: 01467 624378. L&S PC XC Training, Strathearn Eventing, Perth Tel: 01738 840263 SW Scotland Jnr Academy, Rowallan AC, Ayrshire Tel: 01560 600769

L&R Rallies, Ingliston EC, Bishopton Tel: 0845 301 1010 Wednesday 10th April

B.E. XC Training, Strathearn Eventing, Perth Tel: 01738 840263 Jumping Series Show, Rowallan AC, Ayrshire Tel: 01560 600769 David Harland Clinic, Inchcoonans Equestrian, Errol Tel: 01821 641185



Annual Group Show

1st June Ingliston Euestrian Centre, Bishopton

Northern Ridden Camp 3-4 August Mill of Uras, Stonehaven

Trec Training Day

Show Horse to Endurance Horse 27th April Mid Drumloch Farm, Hamilton

Monday 6 May @ Ingliston EC, Bishopton


Thursday 11th April

Combined Training Show, Gleneagles Equestrian School, Auchterarder Tel: 01764 694351 Clear Rounds, Rowallan AC, Ayrshire Tel: 01560 600769 Jill Grant Clinic, Ingliston EC, Bishopton Tel: 0845 301 1010 Clear Round SJ, Muirmill EC,

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Puddledub Spring Show RIHS Qualifiers for Hunters, Hacks, Cobs, Riding Horses plus full schedule of BSPS classes, M&M, WHP, Arabs, Veterans, CHAPS, etc Some classes with evening performances, Blair qualifiers for WHP and Working Hunters Secretary: Fiona Reed, Bankhead, Puddledub, Auchtertool, Fife, KY2 5XA email: Tel: 01592 872717 or 07714 702417

Riders of the Storm Vaulting Camps. See

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Contact Kim Seaton for further information. Email: Telephone: 07931 258334 Kilgraston, Bridge Earn, Perth PH2 9BQ Kilgraston, Bridge ofof Earn, Perth PH2 9BQ Telephone: 01738 812257. Fax: 01738 813410 Telephone: 01738 812257. Fax: 01738 813410 email: email:

Kilgraston School Trust a charity. Scottish Charity Number SC029664 Kilgraston School Trust ais charity. Scottish Charity Number SC029664 Bridge ofisEarn, Perthshire PH2 9BQ

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Xxxxxxxxxx What’s On Ayrshire Tel: 01563 830088. Fortnight SJ & Clear Rounds, West Kype, Strathaven. Tel: 01357 521105. Riders of the Storm Vaulting Camps. See Friday 12th April

Clear Rounds, Muirmill EC, Ayrshire. Tel: 01563 830088. - 14th Pony BSJ, Rowallan AC, Ayrshire Tel: 01560 600769 - 14th Snr BSJ Show, Kingsbarn EC, Falkirk Tel: 01324 630404 Erik Mackechnie Dressage Clinic,

Peebles & District Riding Club at SNEC Saturday 11th May 2013 Venue: International Indoor Arena at Scottish National Equestrian Centre

Open Arena Event 10am to 3pm Classes suitable for all! Heights from 60cm to 1.05m Schedule available online by email training@ or by post please send SAE to Mrs H MacNeil, Greenlaw, Deanfoot Rd, West Linton, EH46 7AX. Please send in your entry early as limited numbers due to the set-up for below!

Gleneagles Equestrian School, Auchterarder Tel: 01764 694351 Grand Slam Dressage, Ingliston EC, Bishopton Tel: 0845 301 1010 Retraining of Racehorse Clinic, Inchcoonans Equestrian, Errol Tel: 01821 641185 Saturday 13th April

Muimill SJ, Muirmill EC, Ayrshire Tel: 01563 830088. GDG BD & Unaff Dressage, The Cabin EC, Inverurie. Tel: 01467 624378. - 14th Grand Slam Showing, Ingliston EC, Bishopton Tel: 0845 301 1010 BS Club & Unaff SJ Show, Inchcoonans Equestrian, Errol Tel: 01821 641185 Sunday 14th April

7th April - Muirmill 12th May - Sandyflats 22nd June - Muirmill 20th July - Maidenhill 22nd September - Sandyflats 19th October - Muirmill 3rd November - Muirmill

NPS Scotland Saturday 8th June 2013

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

Scottish Connemara Group Show Sunday 7th July 2013 In hand, ridden, performance and working hunter classes for very novice to open registered Connemara and registered part bred/over height Connemara ponies.

IMPORTANT VENUE CHANGE TO John Swan Auction Mart, St Boswells, Melrose, Roxburghshire, TD6 0PP For further information contact Mrs. Barbara Darling on 01875 833341 Schedules can be downloaded from the Scottish page at

Details on our website or phone Glenys on 01505 842419

April-May key dates British Showjumping: April 26-28 Senior AP, May 24-26 Adult AP, June 7-9 Adult AP & 22-23 Adult AM, July 12-21 Adult Sunshine Tour inc BN 2nd round, Scope qualifier and NE Champs. British Dressage (inc unaffil): April 20-21, May 12, June 15-16. Showing: in-hand & ridden April 7, new date for WH & ridden May 11. Both include qualifiers. Cabin camp: June 1-2. Monthly clinics with Andrew Hamilton On site stabling

Small selection of quality, Irish horse and ponies for sale Inverurie, Aberdeenshire 01467 624378

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Bennachie PC, The Cabin EC, Inverurie. Tel: 01467 624378. Unaffiliated Dressage League, Gleneagles Equestrian School, Auchterarder Tel: 01764 694351 Clear Rounds, Rowallan AC, Ayrshire


Fantastic family friendly indoor and outdoor facilities

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Thursday 18th April

Competitions—Training—Riding School—BHS/ABRS/PC approved

Jumpcross Training With Julia Craig, Strathearn Eventing, see advert JP Sheffield SJ Clinic, Gleneagles Equestrian School, Auchterarder Tel: 01764 694351 Jumping Series Show, Rowallan AC, Ayrshire Tel: 01560 600769 Clear Round Jumping, Ingliston EC,

Bishopton Tel: 0845 301 1010 Mixed Unaff SJ, The Cabin EC, Inverurie. Tel: 01467 624378. Polnoon RC Schooling Night, West Kype Farm, Strathaven. Tel: 01357 521105. David Gatherer Arena Training, Greenfields of Avondale, Drumclog. Tel: 07775 782296.

Schedules: SAE to Mrs A Hay, Blairview, Milnathort, Kinross KY13 0SF

The largest equestrian facility in the North of Scotland

Wednesday 17th April

JJs on GGs Clinic, Inchcoonans

For details of other PDRC events please see

John Ledingham Clinic, Ingliston EC, Bishopton Tel: 0845 301 1010 Clear Rounds, Rowallan AC, Ayrshire Tel: 01560 600769 Jane Gilchrist Clinic & Ride a Dressage Test Training, Inchcoonans Equestrian, Errol Tel: 01821 641185

Monday 15th April

Please send cheque payable to PDRC with a SAE to Mrs C Mosley, Kirkdean Farm, Blyth Bridge, Peebleshire, EH46 7AJ. Tickets will be limited so get yours early to avoid disappointment!

Tuesday 16th April

Muirmill Dressage, Muirmill EC, Ayrshire Tel: 01563 830088. Care of the Elderly Dog, The Veterinary Physiotherapy Clinic. Tel Lara on 07801 827214

Horses Inside Out Evening Demonstration with Gillian Higgins MMRC using two painted horses to demonstrate the muscles and skeleton in action! These horses will be lunged without a rider and also ridden and jumped with a rider in a skeleton suit! Please see for further information Tickets cost £20 7pm prompt start Tickets must be purchased in advance as NO tickets on the door!

Equestrian, Errol Tel: 01821 641185

OLIVIA WILMOT CLINICS EARLY SEASON EVENT TRAINING 1st April, 24th April, 9th May Indoor & outdoor training DAVID GATHERER ARENA TRAINING 17th April UNAFFILIATED SHOW JUMPING SERIES 28th April & 11 May Class heights: Wobbly riders - 1m Open Rosettes to 6th Place Can be combined with JumpCross Training Sessions

DAVID GATHERER XC CLINIC Fence Heights from 2”3 cm to 3”3 20th April & 16th June JUMPCROSS TRAINING & COMPETITION DAYS Heights from 2” to 3”3 21/28 April &11th May Morning Training sessions max 6 riders, 1.5 hrs Competition in afternoon. Choice of heights JUMPCROSS COMPETITION ENC. YOUNG RIDERS CHALLENGE 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

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Xxxxxxxxxx What’s On Tel: 01560 600769 Andrew Hamilton Clinic, Ingliston EC, Bishopton Tel: 0845 301 1010 WH Clear Round Jumping, Inchcoonans Equestrian, Errol Tel: 01821 641185 Clear Round SJ, Muirmill EC, Ayrshire Tel: 01563 830088. Dressage Lessons with Ailsa Gilchrist, West Kype Farm, Strathaven.

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

Glenbrae Club Glenbrae Riding Riding Club Showing Show Showing/Dressage Show SATURDAY 11TH MAY Kinneil Estate, Boness Schedules from

or contact Heather Macgowan 07738733533 (

Tel: 01357 521105. TREC with Rhoda McVey, Scottish National EC. Friday 19th April

Clear Rounds, Muirmill EC, Ayrshire Tel: 01563 830088. 21st Adult BSJ, Rowallan AC, Ayrshire Tel: 01560 600769 Saturday 20th April

Spring SJ Championship Day, West Kype Farm, Strathaven. Tel: 01357 521105. Muirmill Combined Training, Muirmill EC, Ayrshire See North Ayrshire RC, Richard Telford training, Muirmill EC. See NPS Scotland Spring Show, SNEC,

Oatridge College. See David Gatherer XC Clinic, Greenfields of Avondale, Drumclog. Tel: 07775 782296. - 21st BS Pony Show, Ingliston EC, Bishopton Tel: 0845 301 1010 - 21st Snr Amateur BSJ, Kingsbarn EC, Falkirk Tel: 01324 630404 British Dressage Show, Inchcoonans Equestrian, Errol Tel: 01821 641185 -21st Dressage Aff & Unaff, The Cabin EC, Inverurie Tel: 01467 624378. Kilmaurs Farmers Society 110th Annual Show, Scott Ellis Playing Fields, Kilmarnock. See Sunday 21st April

Show Jumping

7th April • 19th May • 9th June 7th July • 22nd September For entries email: or Tel:07871 300010

Dressage League

21st April • 26th May • 30th June 28th July • 25th August 15th September Entries to: Leona Blacklaws, Mains of Drumhendry, Laurencekirk, Aberdeenshire, AB30 1RN or


Unaffil Dressage, Govanhill, see advert Clyde RC, Field Day, see advert 28th, Jumpcross Training & Competition Days, Greenfields of Avondale, Drumclog. Tel: 07775 782296. Hunter Trials, Gleneagles Equestrian School, Auchterarder Tel: 01764 694351 Working Hunter Trophy Show & League, Inchcoonans Equestrian, Errol Tel: 01821 641185 Special Deal Arena Hire, Muirmill EC, Ayrshire.

See Monday 22nd April

BHS Stage 2 Exam, Gleneagles Equestrian School, Auchterarder Tel: 01764 694351 L&R Team Training, Ingliston EC, Bishopton Tel: 0845 301 1010 Tuesday 23rd April

KRC Training, Ingliston EC, Bishopton Tel: 0845 301 1010

What's on for 2013 The following are open to all shows - including trophies for the highest placed member.

Sunday 9th June

Open Show Jumping show at West Kype Farm, Strathaven

Sunday 30th June

Open Dressage at Rowallan Activity Centre, Fenwick

Sunday 7th July

Open Working Hunter/ Showing Show. New venue for 2013- Muirmill Equestrian Centre, Symington Club nights for dressage, show jumping and games take place on the last Wednesday of every month with further training throughout the year. New members always welcome.

For more details please see or follow us on Facebook!

EQUIDO DRESSAGE CLINIC DATES FOR 2013 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:• Dressage test one • Dressage test two • Dressage test three • Dressage test four The dressage clinic dates for 2013 are:• 6th - 7th April - Muirmill equestrian • 18th - 19th May - ross Dhu equestrian

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British Eventing Eventing classes classes British

OpenBE100; Novice;BE100 Novice; BE100; BE100 u/18; BE80 BE100(TOpen; BE90;PC Novice; Open; BE90; BE80(T), PC); BE90 Novice; BE100; BE100 BE90; BE80(T), BE80Open; (T); BE80 (TPC); BE90BE80 (PC) (T PC); BE90 PC One of the few events in Scotland to hold the BE training class (cross country height 80cms) (cross country height To find out more about the training class80cms) go to British Eventing To fi nd out more about the training class go to British Eventing T website Scotland’s most northerly British Eventing event set in beautiful Highland countryside overlooking the Moray Firth Organiser: Richard Durham, Scotsburn Farm, Kildary, Invergordon,Ross-shire. Entriesto: Lyn Chalmers, Fairview, Dyke, Forres, Moray IV36 2TE. Email: Stabling: Mrs Hilarie Russell, Mounteagle Farm, Ross-shire IV20 1RP. Email: Any enquiries to Jennifer Durham Email:

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EQUIDO CLINIC DATES FOR 2013 The next full two day clinic teaching the innovative and unique Equido ethos will be held on:• 13th - 14th July - ross Dhu equestrian • 14th - 15th September - ross Dhu equestrian • 5th - 6th october - Muirmill equestrian centre Our top team of Equido Instructors will be available throughout the clinics to help you develop your equine skills. Topics to be covered are:• groundwork communication • Working your horse in the round pen • groundwork communication/practical Application • Long lining/trying Something new See Fast • how to Load Your horse Safely and Sensibly Track Course • Basic and Advanced ridden Work on flat Dates on • Basic and Advanced Jumping techniques page XX# • Bareback riding All ages and standard of riding are welcome as are all styles. The Equido Instructors are well trained in both English and Western riding techniques and can offer their assistance in most Equestrian disciplines. To find out more or to book the course Tel:01698 886 492 Mob: 0797 974 1672 Morag Higgins, Ross Dhu Equestrian, Sunnyside Farm, Sunnyside Road, Larkhall, ML9 1RB

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Xxxxxxxxxx What’s On Dressage with Linda Lucey BHSAI judging and Carol Stanley BHSII coaching, Scottish National EC. WEDNESDAy 24TH APRIL

Olivia Wilmot Clinic, Greenfields of Avondale, see advert Unaffil Dressage, Govanhill, see advert David Gatherer XC Training, Strathearn Eventing, Perth Tel: 01738 840263 L&R Rallies, Ingliston EC, Bishopton Tel: 0845 301 1010

Rob Wilson Riders Physio, Inchcoonans Equestrian, Errol Tel: 01821 641185 -25th, Harry Payne Dressage Clinic, The Cabin EC, Inverurie. Tel: 01467 624378. THURSDAy 25TH APRIL

Clear Rounds, Rowallan AC, Ayrshire Tel: 01560 600769 Clear Round SJ, Muirmill EC, Ayrshire Tel: 01563 830088.

Fortnight SJ & Clear Rounds, West Kype Farm, Strathaven. Tel: 01357 521105. FRIDAy 26TH APRIL

Clear Rounds, Muirmill EC, Ayrshire Tel: 01563 830088. - 28th Dressage, Rowallan AC, Ayrshire Tel: 01560 600769 - 28th BSJA Snr Show, Ingliston EC, Bishopton Tel: 0845 301 1010 Strathearn PC SJ Show, Gleneagles Equestrian School, Auchterarder Tel: 01764 694351 SJ Nightclub Night, Inchcoonans Equestrian, Errol Tel: 01821 641185 -28th, British SJ Snr Adv/Prog, The Cabin EC, Inverurie. Tel: 01467 624378. SATURDAy 27TH APRIL

Strathearn Eventing



Muirmill Dressage, Muirmill EC, Ayrshire Tel: 01563 830088. - 28th BS Amateur Show, Inchcoonans Equestrian, Errol Tel: 01821 641185 Unaff Trailblazers 2nd Round, Kingsbarn EC, Falkirk Tel: 01324 630404 SUNDAy 28TH APRIL

Clyde RC, Field Day, see advert Kilgraston Scottish Schools Combined Training Championships, Gleneagles Equestrian School, Auchterarder

Tel: 01764 694351 Unaff Jumping, Rowallan AC, Ayrshire Tel: 01560 600769 Unaff SJ Series, Greenfields of Avondale, Drumclog. Tel: 07775 782296. Canine First Aid, The Veterinary Clinic. Tel Lara on 07801 827214. Edinburgh & District RC, Open Dressage. See Special Arena Hire, Muirmill EC, Ayrshire. See MoNDAy 29TH APRIL

Fast Track Level 2 Equido Clinic, Ross DHU, South Lanarkshire Tel: 01698 886492 Paul Hayler Clinic, Ingliston EC, Bishopton Tel: 0845 301 1010 JJs on GGs Clinic, Inchcoonans Equestrian, Errol Tel: 01821 641185 TUESDAy 30TH APRIL

Sarah Houlden, Dr/XC Clinic, Strathearn Eventing, see advert Clear Rounds, Rowallan AC, Ayrshire Tel: 01560 600769 Martin Arnott Clinic, Ingliston EC, Bishopton Tel: 0845 301 1010 Alex Hargie Clinic, Inchcoonans Equestrian, Errol Tel: 01821 641185


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


Fife Riding Club SPRING HUNTER TRIALS Craigie Farm, Leuchars SUNDAY 21st APRIL 2013 Minimus, Nursery Novice, Novice , Open & Schooler classes, including BHS Qualifiers. Adults & Juniors. Schedules from Linda Gove, 16 Aboyne Gardens Kirkcaldy KY2 6EL (sae please) or see 64 | April 2013

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All events are held at Jumps EC, Yieldshields, Carluke, Lanarkshire, ML8 4QY • Sunday 21st April • Sunday 28th April • Sunday 12th May • Sunday 19th May • Sunday 2nd June • Sunday 16th June • Sunday 30th June • Sunday 4th August • Sunday 11th August • Sunday 23rd August • Friday 7th September

Field Day Field Day Field Day Field Day Showing & Tack & Turnout Field day & Fancy dress Field day – bring back your trophies cleaned and engraved Field day Trophy Jumping & Games Medals Rustic day& Handy pony Presentation night

Along with the trophies and prizes there will be rosettes for ALL riding members at the end of the season.

Classes for Lead Reins, under 10’s, 128’s, 138’s, 148’s, senior pony (riders over 16) and Horses. Also for this year you can share a mount. Open field day’s consist of two jumping classes and four games. Membership Fees cover all events, nothing else to pay!! Horses and ponies £80 Under 10’s £65 Lean rein £40 £40 £80 £65 Parent member £10 Day membership £25 Membership enquiries:- Eileen Pollock on 077 2511 9845

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