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e are now half way through the eventing season. It’s definitely been a season of highs and lows so far - Badminton being a definite highlight and I think the low came recently at Tattersalls when I fell with Zebedee at the first fence XC! Fortunately we’re both none the worse for our tumble just a few bruises. My horses (and myself !) are having a quiet week and re planning for the second half of the season. I try to plan in a similar way to the start of the season but I also like to try to think ahead. If all is going to plan, where would l like to aim the horses next spring, so I can make sure they are all qualified. Axil (Cool Dancer) has had the longest break after Badminton. Although I always like to hack them out about a week after their respective 3 day events just to feel that they are fine, I like to take it gently. I start them back in a similar way to the beginning of the season, firstly on the walker and hacking

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Photo by David Murray out, then building up to school work, pole work, hillwork and jumping. As they have only had a short break this process is slightly quicker, taking probably around a month. Varying their work is a key part so they don’t get bored or stale. Having

had a chance to reflect on what has happened at the start of the season I consider how things are progressing not just for each horse but also myself and what areas need to be improved. I feel that I need to make sure I can get the best out of each horse.

With Axil at Badminton the dressage wasn’t quite as good as I’d like, so I’m needing to focus on my own test riding skills. We have already been to the first of several dressage shows! I am also going to continue going to my Callanetics class as it is great for my core strength. To improve Axil I have been lunging him with the chambon. I enjoy watching him and it helps me see how he is moving as Axil has a tendency to go with his head high and back this encourages him to stretch long and low.  With Classy as he is older and sometimes wiser and knows all the tricks I need to keep him happy and supple. He does more pole work, especially the exercise I mentioned previously (5 poles on circle in canter).  He also does a fair amount of hillwork as this is a great way of getting him to work without over working him in the school.  So onwards and upwards, now here’s hoping the second half of the season is better than the first!

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idsummer is here and at last some weather that resembles summer. Highland Show preparations are well underway and it’s always such a long build up for competitors with entries closing in April. Secret Solitair is entered in the HOYS Working Hunter Qualifier but as we thought when entering she has not competed enough in open classes this Spring. Her Burghley Young Event Horse experience as a five year old asked a lot of her last year and we are now consolidating lower key events to gain experience and let her enjoy competing. There is always another year! The two homebred yearlings by Contendros and Sir Shutterfly have really benefited from their experience at the Northern Foal Show in the

autumn and have taken their Highland Show preparation in their stride. We started loading each one individually in and out of the trailer and then into the horsebox, each day progressing another stage and finally both have had a trip with their old campaigner Frostie. James and Rory are most excited about Frosties trip although he won’t get much further than the bottom of the ramp. Small rubber bits were left on in their stable to allow them to settle with the bits before leading them. The event season has had a tremendous run with only one northern event cancelled due to early spring wet conditions. Events have been well supported with many BE80 and BE90 sections full. Burgie Horse Trials have just had a successful event and I believe entries were full, even with over a three hour drive from central Scotland. Agricultural shows have had a good run recently, the most recent Alyth Show providing affiliated BSPS classes for the first time with great success. James rode Sidan with more purpose and came third in the mixed M&M

WHP, First Cradle Stakes and had his first course memory lapse in the Nursery stakes, I think he was too busy watching the fancy dress in the next ring! It’s a learning curve we all have to go through! Rory had his first ride at a show, up and down the lorry park but he was pleased to tell everyone he was fourth, I am working on that one, think I need to train him first is better! Cali Hopkinson and “Gus” won their first outing this season at the Fife Hunt Pony Club ODE, jumping well and proving on target for Blair CCI* later in the year. Gus tends to get a bit flat in his dressage and now he has matured, his schooling in a double bridle has helped enormously, just a shame it’s not allowed at Novice events so Cali is working on her position and deepening her seat without stirrups. The cross country course in now mainly used for lessons and hire to re build confidence perhaps lost at a previous event; young horses being produced and coming on in their training, horses progressing up the

grades and children keen to perfect their cross country skills. Strathearn Pony Club junior and senior camp is being held on the farm with use of the cross country which will provide some entertainment for the children, but not too much I hope! Evening pony club rallies still prove a success every two weeks with nights booked well in advance. It’s now time to end as I have met the publishers deadline, good luck over the summer and I hope to see some of you at the Highland, I will be the one wearing white leading a large dun in the sports horse class, you won’t miss me! Registered Connemara/TB By Castle Gizmo x TB Mare Bay Filly 2008 Ridden around farm for a year, Ready to go on. Gray Filly 2012, well handled. Full sisters. Good natured. From a good jumping family.


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EQUIDO – Travelling in the Tardis Part One By Morag Higgins WESI MRPCH BHSAI HNCES


his is quite a long article this month and I will be continuing the subject next month. Now, for those of you who don’t know what a Tardis is (have you been living in a cave!) it is a spaceship/time machine flown by Dr Who. Now you all know I am a sad person who absolutely loves this show and I know you are wondering what the heck this has this got to do with horses, let me explain. First of all you need to understand

how horses perceive the world they live in. They have highly attuned senses that are much better than ours and a brain that has evolved over many millions of years to be perfectly adapted to survive in the wild. It is often said that horses have an almost photographic memory, everything, good or bad sticks in there, which can make things difficult for trainers of remedial horses because we have to override bad memories or influences with positive ones.

The horse needs this acute memory and ability to analyse their surroundings for survival. It is vital for each individual to be intimately familiar with and in tune with their home territory which for the wild horse can be hundreds of square miles. This ability to have an inbuilt map of their surrounding area is perfect should anything out of the ordinary such as a predator appear. Then they know the best escape routes and danger areas. Also, should

there be a particularly dry summer it is essential that the horse draws upon their mental map of where water sources might be. Likewise in the cold harsh winters they will know where the best shelter and food sources are. In order to collect this information the horse will use all of their senses. The most obvious sense is sight. The horse’s vision takes in a much wider perspective than ours (a bit like cinemascope for us oldies

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who remember such a thing). It is also almost wrap round so the horse can perceive the surrounding area very easily. Their vision is very much in tune with movement and they can see the smallest cue which might indicate danger. Then there is sound, all the time the horse’s ears are flicking backwards and forwards listening to the different noises around them. Always alert for the snap of a twig or disturbed rock that a predator might dislodge. A horse will also be listening to other wildlife, bird song, or the alarm calls of another animal. Their hearing is far more acute than ours so it is hard to say how intricate the map of sound is they are building and

wrapping into their visual memory. Smell goes hand in hand with the act of breathing. As the horse walks he or she is breathing and so taking in the scents around them. It might be of succulent vegetation, water, scent trails of other horses or more importantly the scent trails of predators. The ability to perceive in detail the scent, how long ago it was left and even more precise (especially if it is the dung of another horse) what their nutrition was like; what had they eaten and if they are ready to breed. Taste as well plays a huge role. A horse may well graze as they move along, tasting the nutritional content of the vegetation, selecting only the freshest choicest forage and noting when the grass is sour and over grazed. As a horse travels around their range they will be constantly building up these maps which can be extremely detailed and which might be able to save their lives. All of this takes time obviously so the horse is designed to move at a pace that is appropriate for his senses to gather the information required. Even in

domestication where many of the natural instincts of the horse has been curbed there is still an element of mapping going on. How many of us have horses who will notice the slightest thing out of place or out of the ordinary and react with great suspicion. We all know how they can get upset or agitated should their routine change and they are required to make a new “map” of the situation. Even in these circumstances, if you give the horse time to analyse the information he is receiving he will accept the new picture and relax. How quickly your horse can adjust will depend on how secure they are in themselves and how little the original picture in their mind has changed. The best way to help a horse who may be required to adapt to changes is to give him a constant orientation point such as your self. This requires that you build up a bond of trust with your horse based on consistency. In the wild the horse will orientate with their herd but you will have to take the place of the herd in some situations. We all know the benefits of “letting the horse just walk round the arena a couple of times to relax and

look at everything” before working, this is the same as orientating your horse to the arena and the surrounding area and allowing him time to see what has changed. Your prescience and the familiarity of the school is the stable point from which he will orientate. Now that we understand all of this let us look at getting in the Tardis. Most horsey people have one of these, you will regularly pass them on the road only we call them trailers and horseboxes. We understand how alien to the horse’s instincts and sense of survival these closed boxes are. The horse’s only means of escape

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The facilities are ideal with a covered 80mx30m floodlit sand and rubber surface arena which is also available for hire.

The excellent facilitiessingle coupled A massive thank you to every with Elaine’s equestrian expertise person who supported our Charity and its ideal location makes Arion Stud a fantastic yard to bring your Fun Show and helped to make it a horse to. Katie Barr their resident huge success. Dressage/Jumping instructor She has also been extremely Horses are her passion and over the years she has developed an in-depth understanding of them and their behaviours.

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FencingXxxxxxxxxx • Livery • Paddocks is to run; they can’t run in a closed box. The horse needs to be constantly monitoring their surroundings to allow them to orientate and map out where they are. Inside the box their vision is limited flashing glimpses of the outside world through a window. This image flashes by much faster than their mind is able to process properly. (Ever wonder why horses in trailers are always looking out the back of the ramp? They are trying to orientate themselves to their surroundings). Their hearing is flooded with the sounds of motor engines, road noises, a radio up front in the cab, making it really difficult to listen to what his instincts tell him are really important. Their sense of smell is very limited to the smell of the box, the smell of exhaust fumes and the occasional waft of outside air masked by the fumes of other road users. Their sense of taste is limited to the hay or haylage we provide in the trailer for them (although there are many people who do not provide food whilst travelling and so these horses are deprived of this sense altogether). When the Tardis finally stops the horse finds the world around them

has totally changed. Most horses when they unload stop and stare all around them, usually spinning at least one circle and their eyes take in the new panoramic view. They will breathe deeply sucking in air to add to the information that smell can provide and their ears will be constantly flicking to listen to all the new sounds. Some horses might “hear” something that disturbs them and they want to take flight, this is usually shown by them prancing and being excitable. Often many will try to snatch a few mouthfuls of grass to assess the nutritional standards of this new world they have found themselves transported to. This is what travelling in a box or trailer means to a horse. For some horses it might be a means to transport them to a show or an event where they can have fun with other horses. For others however the only time they step into a Tardis is when they are being moved to a new home where they have to make friends all over again and map a totally new environment. Some horses only travel when they visit the vet so

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not only do they have a sometimes unpleasant experience waiting for them but there can be some degree of trepidation building up before they are even loaded as they might have an inkling of where they are going to end up. It seems logical therefore not to enter the Tardis in the first place and this can be a root of many loading issues. Things that could help the horse would be to spend time building a bond and have the horse see you as their main focus in new or alarming situations. Then, if you work on your loading before you need to travel you can show the horse that sometimes going onto a box is not all that bad and they don’t always transport you to a strange new place every time you enter. It helps for the first time travelling the horse if you just go a short trip and end up back home again. So for the horse nothing has really changed, he was put in the box, shaken around for a bit then got off

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respected. He was also particularly good at bringing on ponies for stalking and with his wife Anne, had planned to breed Highland ponies in his retirement. “Sadly he died in 2012 with just a year to go.  It seems very fitting that GWCT should propose a Fred Taylor Memorial Trophy, to be awarded for the first time this year for the best turned out working stalking pony and ponyman.” Entry for the competition is now open, and estates and deer forests with working ponies are encouraged to take part.

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or many years, opinions on the value of flexion tests in assessing equine lameness have been divided, but now new research looks set to turn what has always been regarded as a subjective process into a wholly objective one. The comprehensive study, recently published in Equine Veterinary Journal’s (EVJ) in partnership with the American Association of Equine Practitioners, has shown that a wireless, inertial sensor-based system can effectively measure the horse’s response to a flexion test. Flexion tests are used routinely in horses with subtle or imperceptible lameness, to exacerbate the problem and make it apparent to the observer. The test involves applying a short period of pressure to the joints of the limb before re-examination, and evaluating any change in gait. However, flexion tests rely on the ability of the observer to identify and interpret changes in the horse’s gait and in that respect these tests are subjective and not necessarily consistent between observers.

for a minimum of 10 strides. The research study was conducted Response to the flexion was blindly by orthopaedic surgeons based at assessed as negative or positive by an the University of Glasgow’s School experienced observer. of Veterinary Medicine1. A total of John Marshall, lecturer in equine 17 healthy adult horses, all in work, surgery at the University of Glasgow, were fitted with sensors before who led the study, concluded: “A being trotted in a straight line. The positive response to flexion resulted sensors measured vertical pelvic in significant changes to objective movement asymmetry for both right measurements of pelvic symmetry, and left hind limb strides and the supporting the use of inertial sensor average difference in maximum and systems to objectively assess response minimum pelvic height between to flexion tests.” right and left hind limb strides. A Professor Jim Moore, North hind limb was randomly selected American Editor of the EVJ, for 60 seconds of proximal flexion, Bedding • Feeding continued: “The introduction of an after which the horse was trotted objective approach to documenting lameness examination will not only Specialty Equine Products Ltd help vets and trainers to investigate BEDTIME for horses equine lameness more accurately. It will also serve as an unbiased Quality, dust-extracted chopped straw method of communicating lameness bedding with lemon-scented tea treeFeeding oil for a lasting fresh smell, and as an examination findings among insect repellent. vets, trainers, farriers and other Easy and quick to muck out, highly professionals.” absorbent, economical, and The next phase of research will bio-degradable. 20kg bales . be to establish cut-off values for For more information, contact objective assessment of other equine Annette on 07830660698 lameness diagnostic procedures,

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How to cope with a horse on box-rest Dr Derek Cuddeford, Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, University of Edinburgh


any horses are kept stabled in loose boxes or stalls throughout the year, extreme examples would be racehorses that are probably in loose boxes for up to 23 out of every 24 hours every day. The Household Cavalry in Knightsbridge Barracks are stalled for similarly long periods of time on a daily basis. Effectively these animals are on boxrest! However, many domestically kept horses are also housed for long periods every day often because their owner is at work. Box-rest refers to keeping horses confined 24/7 although in my view when you consider the above many horses share a remarkably similar situation although mitigated by short periods of exercise. The purpose of box-rest is usually to allow animals to recover from some form of surgical intervention involving the legs or abdomen. Prior to the intervention, horses may have been very active and fed high levels of concentrate feed and clearly this cannot continue. Others may have received little concentrate and be physically unfit. The former type of horse will adapt less well to confinement and the absence of regular demanding physical exercise than a horse that has been inactive. Another point to consider is that the athletic horse has probably been kept in a box as part of its routine management and thus will be familiar with being housed for long periods and is thus possibly well-adapted. However most horses are like young children whose incarceration in the house on a wet day leads them to become hyper and less manageable. It should be clear then that many horses are kept in a box most of each day but that they get out

for brief periods of exercise as part of a fittening programme that allows them to “let off steam”. They thus remain manageable even though fed vast quantities of concentrate and limited amounts of forage. The horse requires energy and nutrients on a daily basis for maintenance purposes and to support work. During box rest a horse only needs enough energy (calories) to maintain itself and thus generally speaking, concentrates are unnecessary since forage should be sufficient. However, it is important to realise that a horse that has undergone surgery of whatever type needs additional nutrients to support repair processes. Most obviously protein will be needed together with antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. Thus, depending on the nature of what has taken place, a low volume balancer may well be necessary to ensure nutrient adequacy. Having established the principle that forage will be the sole provider of energy we must be careful to make sure that it is not energy dense because we will want to ensure that our box-rested horse can be fed forage ad libitum in order to allow it to fulfil some of its normal behaviour. Housing curtails normal activities that include social and locomotor behaviours but there is no reason to prevent aspects of normal feeding behaviour. Obviously it is impossible for the horse to engage in all aspects of normal foraging behaviour. However one can go some way to rectifying this situation by providing mixed forage at different sites in the stable and also concealing some succulents in the bedding (must be clean!).

I would always go for straw bedding as horses will “graze” on it and in this way it adds diversification. It is generally accepted that restriction of feeding time in housed horses leads to the development of abnormal behaviours characterised best I suppose by the oral stereotyped activities such as licking, cribbing, windsucking, etc. So, how to provide ad libitum forage without fattening the horse? To some extent this depends on the nature of the beast. A Cob is more likely to fatten than say a restless, fretting Thoroughbred. Clearly one must know if we are dealing with a “good-doer” or a “hard keeper”. The former requires the selection of very low energy forage and this is not synonymous with poor quality in the terms of hygiene. The highest hygienic quality forage is mandatory for a horse stuck in a box 24/7 because it might recover from the original ailment but could end up with respiratory problems such as Recurrent Airway Obstruction (RAO) following housing.


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Clean straw is the lowest energy forage that is available and this can be mixed in different proportions with a low quality mature hay such as Timothy/Cocksfoot; proportion depending on the type of animal to be fed. Both Timothy and straw are not very palatable (good) and are very fibrous requiring a lot of chewing (good). Haylages tend to be more palatable because they are “wetter” and are also more energy dense on a dry matter base because the material is usually cut at a younger stage of growth. Thus, if you want to feed haylage because of its hygienic quality then you will have to make the horse work hard for it so ultimately it gains less dry matter. Double haynets and those with very small holes can help to frustrate the rapid intake of haylage. If you have pretty good quality forage you can reduce its energy value by soaking it to help remove some of the energy-rich soluble carbohydrate. Remember that you will also leach out some minerals so this must be compensated, perhaps with the use of a balancer. To reduce the stress of housing 24/7 you can walk out your animal providing the vet approves this strategy. Allowing it to pick at some grass whilst on a lead rein will provide a welcome relief to the horse and all consuming boredom to you-it could be worse though since you could be in the box and

only walked out once per day for the odd 20 minutes! Distraction can be provided to the horse in a number of ways. For example an unbreakable mirror attached to a wall will help the horse to imagine it has company. Various devices are available for use in the box. Taking a tip from the Scots who like to go in for such activities as “dooking for apples” at Halloween, why not offer this activity to your horse at other times of the year? A well known Scottish delicacy is the swede referred to locally as a “neep” and is typically consumed alongside haggis. Suspending said swede from the ceiling of the box provides no end of entertainment for your horse and a wacking great bruise on your visage if you forget it is there! There are various stable “toys” available that provide the horse with the opportunity to lick sweetened treats (small amounts provide few calories) and, as they are often not fixed, it can keep them engaged for ages. It has been confirmed that these stable “toys” are beneficial in terms of normalising behaviour. In conclusion, the lot of a horse on box-rest is not that much worse than that of many valuable horses that are kept for commercial reasons. The key to successful management of the box-rested horse is to limit energy intake, secure nutrient intake and provide some distractions..

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aving a horse on box rest can be extremely stressful for both horse and owner. It usually involves more cost through bedding and more time spent mucking out. It can be especially difficult if the horse was fit and in full work and injury has caused him to be on box rest. One minute they are being worked hard every day and the next they are asked to stand in a stable for 24 hours a day! It is therefore no wonder that some horses don’t settle straightaway. Nutrition can play a major role in recovery and ensuring the horse is getting all the essential vitamins, minerals and nutrients in their diet will aid a speedy recovery. If your horse was in hard work, he will probably have been on a high starch diet. Ensuring this is changed to a high fibre, low protein diet will maintain good digestive health, whilst prolonging ‘chewing’ time, thus helping to keep the horse occupied and reduce the risk of stable vices forming. Alongside a high fibre diet, it is recommended to feed a good quality feed balancer such as Blue Chip Original, which contains the optimum level of vitamins, minerals and nutrients, many of which are in a bio-available organic form. Combined with a comprehensive hoof and respiratory formula, Original, as with all the balancers in the Blue Chip range contains a complete respiratory supplement which contains garlic, eucalyptus, mint and antioxidants, all vital in keeping a healthy respiratory system whilst on box rest. The high levels of probiotic yeast in Blue Chip balancers will help the beneficial bacteria in the gut to thrive, helping to prevent any digestive upsets. Some horses can quickly gain weight whilst on box rest if their feed isn’t monitored carefully, so if you

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find your horse is gaining too much weight, swap to a low calorie, low sugar, low starch diet feed balancer such as Blue Chip Lami-light to ensure the horse is still getting the essential vitamins and minerals needed without encouraging weight gain. All Blue Chip balancers are recommended to be fed at 100g per 100 kilograms of bodyweight. To help extend fibre digestion, try double or triple netting your hay so the horse needs to work harder and takes longer over his fibre intake. If your horse is also prone to putting on weight or you think he is becoming overweight, soaking hay to reduce the calorie content can be very useful without having to limit the amount of fibre fed. Hay may be soaked for several hours to reduce the soluble carbohydrate content and therefore the calories. Treats such as swedes can be hung from the ceiling and apples floating in water can also help to keep your horse occupied. A lot of horses may need a calmer whilst on box rest to help keep them relaxed and less stressed whilst being stabled for long periods. Feed a natural calmer that is safe to use on a daily basis, such as Blue Chip Karma, or for instant effect, Blue Chip AppleCalm or CarrotCalm, which all include the superior water soluble form of magnesium that is rapidly absorbed into the bloodstream. Along with the generous levels of magnesium, Karma and AppleCalm and CarrotCalm contain L-tryptophan, which is one of the building blocks of serotonin productiom, a hormone produced in the brain that helps to keep the horse in a settled and relaxed state. For advice on what to feed the horse or pony on box rest visit or call 0114 266 6200.

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olshy, hotting up, fizzy and excitable are names used to describe unwanted behaviour in horses. However, as Emma Hurrell BSc (Hons) equine nutritionist at Allen & Page Horse Feeds explains, whilst this kind of behaviour often has a root in natural instinctive actions used for survival (known as the flight response), the effects can be undesirable. Although feeding cannot change the natural character of the horse, or alter instinctive behaviour, incorrect feeding can often cause exaggerated responses to harmless, everyday situations. Horses and ponies have evolved as trickle feeders, grazing for around 18-20 hours a day, eating small, frequent meals of low nutritional value. Modern management however, can mean that time out at grass is limited and for some horses, the demands of work mean a completely forage based diet will not fulfil their energy requirements. These factors have led to a change in how many horses and ponies are fed. It is now routine to feed two, relatively large meals a day that are high in starch and sugar. Although feeding in this way often proves convenient for owners, it can be detrimental to the horse, resulting in physical problems (for example, gastric ulcers) and/or behavioural issues. High starch and sugar diets When food is digested and absorbed it enters the blood stream and causes blood sugar to rise. This happens after every meal, but diets high in sugar and starch bring out a much greater response than fibre. Starch and sugar are broken down in the small intestines and absorbed quickly into the bloodstream. Sugar circulating in the blood is the most accessible form of fuel for the horse and can be beneficial for horses that need an instant burst of energy. However, there is not enough in the circulatory system to sustain exercise for long periods. When blood sugar reaches

a certain level, the hormone insulin is produced which causes the sugar in the blood stream to be stored in the cells of the body - blood sugar usually peaks around two hours after a meal. For some horses, the sugar contained in the blood can cause excitable behaviour and the greater the blood sugar peak, the more chance there is of your horse showing unwanted behaviour. When we feed our horses limited forage and large meals such as mixes or pellets, the peak in blood sugar can be exaggerated. Unlike high starch diets, a diet high in fibre causes less extreme peaks and troughs in blood sugar, which means there is less available excess sugar circulating in the blood that may cause an increase in excitable behaviour. The reason for this is that fibre is broken down in the hindgut by bacteria much more slowly. Bacteria ferment the fibre, which then releases volatile fatty acids - compounds that the horse can use as slow release energy.




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Too much energy For some horses it is not just a matter of addressing the source of the energy or calories in their diet but how many calories and therefore how much energy they are consuming. For example, feed ingredients such as unmolassed sugar beet and linseed oil are low in starch and sugar but are high in calories/energy. For a horse that does well on very little, feeding diets that contain these high energy/calorie feed ingredients, when they are not needed for weight maintenance or work, means the energy they provide could potentially fuel excitable behaviour.

addressing excitable, fizzy behaviour in horses is the possibility of intolerance to a feed ingredient. For some horses, normally nutritionally sound ingredients appear to cause unexpected and unwanted reactions. Individual horses react differently, often through physical symptoms such as hives, but feed intolerances can also result in unwanted behaviour. Feed allergies in horses are rare, while intolerance to a specific feed ingredient appears to be much more commonplace; intolerances to common feed ingredients such as barley, molasses and alfalfa also seem to be increasing. This is something to consider if a reduction in overall energy/calorie consumption and dietary starch and sugar have been minimised. Feeding will not necessarily solve the problem of unwanted behaviour in horses but with correct feeding, it can become more manageable. For more information on feeding your horse, call the Allen & Page award winning nutritional helpline on 01362 822 902 or visit




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ow to best support your horse when on box rest can be confusing but the experienced, friendly staff at Aivly are happy to help. Feeds formulated to offer essential nutrients to ensure optimal health while avoiding a rich diet include the supplement NAF Slimline which offers vitamin and mineral support for horses on a low calorie diet and can be fed in conjunction with a chaff such as the maintenance basic, Dengie Hi-Fi Good-Doer. Pre-formulated feeds for horses on a low intake ration while on extended periods of box rest or recovering from illness or injury include Dodson & Horrell’s Convalescent Diet. Containing high quality protein, antioxidants and extra B vitamins the diet encourages palatability and condition without excitability and indeed the diet is oat free and contains added magnesium to optimise the horse’s ability to cope with stress. Returning to the supplement shelf and Global Herbs Box Rest offers nutrients to aid recovery and promote calm but you can also look at other avenues to keep your horse entertained. Game-based treats such as hanging mineral licks to trickle-feeding balls are one option while for the complete stable toy, look at the equine play station including mirror - to simulate companionship and a variety of toys for him to nuzzle. Visit Aivly Country Store, Ringwood, BH24 3EA or order at www. or via tel 01425 472341.

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CHALLENGING BEHAVIOUR – Excitability and Laziness Verity Beaton BSc (Hons), Product Manager, T.E.N. Supplements W

e ask our horses to do many things they wouldn’t normally do in the wild such as carrying a saddle and rider, walking into a dark stable, travelling in a confined horsebox, jumping coloured obstacles, riding along busy roads, the list goes on. However all horses are individuals and will not react to these situations in the same way. In the extreme you can have some horses which are so nervous or excitable that every situation is a challenge yet there are others that are so laid back you can barely get them to trot. Pain can be associated with a change in behaviour so it is always a good idea to contact your vet and have your horse checked over. Badly fitting tack can also affect a horse’s way of going, so having your saddle and bridle checked by a qualified fitter on a regular basis is important. In some cases excitable or laid back behaviour can be modified with correct training so it might also be worth discussing your issues with a suitable instructor. It’s also worth considering your horse’s diet as, for example, high starch diets can increase excitable behaviour in some individuals. Furthermore, some horses can become lazy if they become overweight and so it’s best to keep them slim and fit. If you are having behavioural problems with your horse it is worth addressing all these issues before taking a look at the role of calming supplements. There are many calming supplements on the market and even some to increase energy, but why and how do they work? Supplements for Excitable Horses Having a nervous or excitable horse can ruin your enjoyment and interfere with training, schooling and competing. However there may be some ingredients, found in supplements that may help. Magnesium

Magnesium is very much talked about in the equine world where it is believed to help alleviate nervousness. In fact it is now the most common ingredient found in calming supplements and in piglets it has been shown to have a beneficial effect. While there are no relevant scientific studies to support a calming effect in the horse, there are numerous case studies from horse owners who believe that feeding magnesium has helped to support calmer behaviour in their horse. Magnesium oxide, which is often used

as a source of magnesium in supplements, may also act as a buffer in the hind gut by helping to neutralise excess acid, which can sometimes lead to behavioural issues in some horses.

known to be used by people all over the world to treat anxiety and is a common herbal ingredient in calming supplements.


Lemon balm is another commonly used herb in human supplements, taken for its calming effect and to help with sleep disturbances.

Thiamine, a common ingredient in horse calming supplements, is important for the correct functioning of the nervous system. Deficiency in humans can lead to serious alterations in brain function. As yet there are no studies to confirm that thiamine supplementation in the horse can result in calming behaviour but there are case studies of owners who believe it has helped improve their horse’s behaviour. Pyridoxine is important in the production of the neurotransmitters of the central nervous system such as dopamine and serotonin. Neurotransmitters are the chemical messengers of the brain, which are important in modulating behaviour. Folic acid is another important B-vitamin which is involved in many functions within the body but of particular interest is its role in the production of neurotransmitters. Lysine and Arginine

Lysine and arginine are amino acids that have been successfully used in combination in a couple of human studies to reduce anxiety and therefore may have a role in equine calming. Live yeast

Live yeast can have positive effects on the horse’s digestive system, by increasing the population of beneficial bacteria in the hind gut. Horses with digestive challenges can be irritable and show signs of unsettled behaviour so keeping the digestive system healthy could have a positive effect. Chamomile

Chamomile has been traditionally used in herbal remedies for thousands of years and there are some studies showing it has possible calming effects, as seen in humans and also in calves. Passiflora incarnate

Passiflora incarnate is commonly used in humans along with other herbs to help counter difficulty in sleeping, nervousness, and unrest. It is also

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Hops are again used in humans for sleep disturbances and there is some clinical evidence that they have calming properties in humans. Supplements for laid-back Horses

Coming back from a hack a lot more worn out and sweaty than your horse is not ideal, there are a few supplements on the market for energy but how do they work? Ginseng and Gingko

Ginseng and gingko are often taken by students studying for exams with the aim of supporting brain function and focus. They have been shown in human studies to improve blood flow to the brain and hence result in increased brain performance and the feeling of being full of energy. Warning: Iron

In humans it is known that being deficient in iron can lead to tiredness and a lack of energy due to anaemia. On this basis iron supplements for horses are popular; yet they are very unlikely to have any effect as horses are rarely iron deficient. In fact over-supplying iron can lead to toxicity. Challenging behaviour, whether overexcitability or laziness can be very frustrating for us as horse owners and riders but it seems there are supplements out there that might help. However, before you reach for a supplement first make sure you check for sources of pain and look at your horse’s fitness and training. Also remember that all horses are individuals and you may have to try a few different approaches before you find one that works for your horse. For more information on the T.E.N. behaviour supplements check out our website – www. or contact us on advice@ or call 01908 311010 (Mon-Fri 9am-5pm, excluding bank holidays).

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PILLERS® has appointed two new sales and advisory professionals to support demand for their substantial portfolio of horse feeds. Victoria Davies is the new regional sales manager for the North of England and will be joining the sales team offering support to the trade. With a degree in marketing and handson experience of her family’s flat race training and Thoroughbred breeding business in North Yorkshire, Victoria is also a successful amateur jockey who has had four winners to date. She has an excellent understanding of the market, as well as a thorough knowledge of horse nutrition. She said: “SPILLERS® is one of the oldest and most highly regarded companies in the horse feed business and I am very proud to be a member of

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their highly professional team.” Vanessa Macdonald is the new competition nutritionist for the North and East of England and will be joining the nutritionist team who provide free, expert nutrition consultations and support for competition yards. Based in Newmarket and a keen horsewoman, she holds a degree in Equine Science from Warwickshire College and has co-written a number of equine research publications. Vanessa has previously evented her own horse up to advanced level and groomed for event rider Sharon Hunt. Vanessa will be providing expert nutritional advice and will be running weigh clinics for competition yards, livery yards and riding clubs. She said: “I am passionate about my horses

and am therefore particularly looking forward to helping more people improve their horses’ health and wellbeing with the SPILLERS® range.” SPILLERS® competition feeds are the brand of choice for many of the country’s top riders, including Tim Stockdale, Flora Harris, Scott Brash and Jeanette Brakewell. Victoria is one of six sales professionals covering the UK. If you have any questions about the stocking of SPILLERS® products call 01908 222888. If you have a yard of 10 or more competition horses and would like a free visit, ring Vanessa on 07809 340181(North) or Sarah Elphick on 07989 961837 (South). For further information on the brand visit or call the SPILLERS® Care-Line on + 44 (0)1908 226626. You can also join Team SPILLERS® on Facebook.

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CROSS COUNTRY COACHING Combination Fences Jenny Richardson BHSAI


n any cross country competition, you will encounter one or more combination fences, which consist of a group of two or three obstacles following on from each other which must be jumped in the correct order. Any combination fence will be marked the same as your other single obstacles with a red flag on the right and a white flag on the left, together with the number of the jump, additionally the first part will have an ‘A’ with the second and/or third elements having a ‘B’ and ‘C’. A combination fence is judged as a single obstacle, giving you only three attempts to clear all the

elements. If you were to refuse at B or C, you may either continue on, re-presenting the horse at the part at which you faulted, or you have the option to start the combination of fences again. Combinations vary in style and can include banks, ditches, drops/steps and water complexes. A coffin fence is commonly used and consists of two rustic fences either side of a ditch, marked A, B and C. You are also likely to meet fences placed off centre questioning your ability to jump two or three fences at a slight angle. Gridwork An excellent introduction to combinations is gridwork, getting your horse used to jumping several obstacles in a row, which can be built at distances and heights to suit you and altered as you become more ambitious. Doubles and trebles are also a good part of your homework, start in a school with wings, blocks and showjumps, graduating to a hired cross country course and concentrating on the more simple options of two plain fences for a first lesson. You will then naturally progress to three in a row, and then add the more unusual elements such as water, ditches, banks, drops and angled fences - be sure that you are well established at these individually before you introduce them as part of a combination fence. Using medium canter It is better to approach your combinations in medium canter as you will need plenty of momentum to jump two or three fences in a row, and ensure your line to the first element relates to all the jumps, giving you the best track to complete the fences easily and economically. Your horse is more likely to steady himself to judge what is ahead of him at a combination, so keep a supportive leg on to

Jenny Richardson BHSAI is Equestrian Centre Business Manager at Ireland’s Castle Leslie Estate, a venue that offers luxurious equestrian riding holidays and training breaks in the heart of Ireland. The team welcomes riders of all abilities and age groups and offers expert tuition, gentle hacks and exhilarating cross-country rides over an extensive XC course. Visit encourage and reassure him of his capabilities. It is an advantage if he is on his hocks at the first part, rather than his forehand, to help maintain a good balance throughout the combination. If your combination includes drops and/or banks, you will be required to stay in balance with your horse as fast as the fences appear, for example going down a drop you will lean a little back, and riding uphill, take your weight off his back and lean forward. The ability to slip and regain your reins quickly and without impediment to your horse must be practised and learned. Because the fences are situated closer together than normal cross country obstacles, you will need to be quick thinking and have the ability to adjust and adapt to fit the situation as it happens. The more combinations you can train over, the more comfortable you and your horse will become, hopefully establishing a trusting partnership based on mutual understanding and enjoyment.

An excellent introduction to combinations is gridwork, getting your horse used to jumping several obstacles in a row.

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Calming • Feeding • Health Care • Wounds

Hickstead Horse Feeds TopSpec Calmer - Cubes versus Mix T L ast month we looked at why horse feeds have become so expensive over the last year. This month we will be looking at which types of ingredients are most suitable for your horse. Of course, we all prefer to look at the colourful ingredients in mixes rather than boring cubes; low energy cubes looking identical to race cubes – a potential problem if they are mixed up! BUT are those attractive ingredients in your mix suitable for your horse? Bright yellow maize has the highest starch content and therefore highest energy level of all cereals. Green peas are not far behind. Barley, the mainstay cereal of mixes is often incorporated at around 25% yet can cause skin allergies and irritate the gut in some sensitive horses. Not appropriate ingredients for an excitable type of horse. Reconsider those boring cubes. At Hickstead Horse Feeds we realise the needs of horse owners requiring a high fibre, low cereal and therefore low starch diet for their horses and we have risen to the challenge. We can guarantee that all our cubes are not only barley free but maize free too. We concentrate on using ‘super-fibres’ such as soya hulls, sugar beet shreds and lucerne (alfalfa). We also add soya bean and soya oil when required. Mixes have become so popular because WE, the horse owner prefer them. They smell nicer than cubes because the sweet coating is added at a higher percentage than cubes. Our message is don’t disregard the humble cube. At Hickstead Horse Feeds we will have a product suitable for your horse. Why not contact us to find out more. For any information on Hickstead Horse Feeds products, or for nutritional advice of any sort, please feel free to contact us on 0845 0250 444. We really are very friendly. Facebook: Hickstead Horse Feeds.

opSpec Calmer is designed to be fed to horses and ponies with anxious temperaments, particularly those that cannot cope with stressful situations such as showing, travelling and competing. Not all horses are anxious for the same reason so TopSpec Calmer has been developed with much more than a ‘single ingredient’ approach. It contains a pure protected yeast, MOS, B vitamins, magnesium, tryptophan and sepiolite clay, which all act in different ways to help calm and relax responsive horses. TopSpec Calmer is a palatable, caramel-flavoured, additive to be mixed into the feed. It can be fed daily to stressed or anxious horses or occasionally to help horses cope with stressful situations eg, competitions, travelling and fireworks. TopSpec Calmer can improve performance by improving focus and reducing the effects of stress. Some ingredients start to work within two hours but maximum effect will be seen within three weeks. 3kg TopSpec Calmer £24.95 For further information please contact the Multiple Award-Winning Helpline on 01845 565030 or visit

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Health Care • Strangles

STRANGLES – A Diagnostic Challenge?

Ben Sturgoen, BSc, BVM&S, Cert EP, MRCVS

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between 10-15 % of horses may remain as symptomless carriers for months to several years. Such carriers probably result from pus remaining in the guttural pouches or sinuses. With time, the pus may solidify to form masses known as “chondroids”. These harbour the bacteria and excrete them intermittently in nasal secretions, acting as a source of infection for other horses. Identifying and treating these long-term carriers is crucial for

controlling the spread of the disease. Until now, the only way of identifying strangles carriers has been by culturing a series of swabs (3 swabs taken weekly) from the nasopharynx, or by examining a swab or better still, a guttural pouch wash for S. equi DNA (a PCR test).

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diagnostic challenge? Perhaps you read that wrong? Perhaps my vaunted clinical acumen is in steep decline? Surely any fool can spot a horse with pus coming down its nostrils and swellings on the side of its head and throat? The answers? No, don’t like to admit it, and yes. But strangles is or has changed. Firstly, that typical “classical” strangles recorded way back in 1251 when the coined name aptly described horses struggling to breath, or actually suffocating, as enlarged lymph glands obstructed the throat; horses that were described with fever, inappetance, pus and swollen lymph nodes. These now appear to be becoming less common, especially in the initial stages of an outbreak. Instead and representing a major shift in the clinical presentation, we are seeing many new or “atypical” strangles cases which are only slightly dull, off their food for only a short period, and have only a mild fever (typically 102°F or 39°C). There is often no substantial swelling of the lymph glands and none, or only a white, nasal discharge with an occasional cough. These early

signs may last for less than 12 hours and can be or are often easily missed. This form of disease is sometimes referred to as ‘sub-clinical strangles’ and is believed to represent the ‘tip of the iceberg’. If not identified and controlled, outbreaks will then develop with appearance of the more severe symptoms in the subsequently infected horses. This shift in the presentation of strangles has not, however, been accompanied by any reduction in its contagiousness. Vets are therefore faced with a disease that is easily confused with other causes of mild respiratory symptoms but which, if not detected early, spreads rapidly causing widespread illness. Strangles, as you will know, is one of the most commonly diagnosed infectious diseases of horses. One reason for this and arguably the most important feature of the disease is the occurrence of clinically normal carriers. Once a horse has recovered from an infection, typically taking 4-6 weeks, most will have mounted a good immune response and so not be carriers. However, it is thought

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SRUC urges horse owners and industry to work together


new, UK wide, health scheme addressing the threat to horses from the disease Strangles has been launched by Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC). The Premium Assured Strangles Scheme (PASS) is designed to protect horses and livery yards from infection and reduce the spread of the disease in local areas. The programme has the support of the British Horse Society, Scotland. The new Strangles health scheme is the initiative of the “SAC Consulting” Division of the Rural College. It has long experience of running health schemes for cattle, sheep and goats.  According to Professor Jill Thomson, Veterinary Manager with SAC Consulting Veterinary  Services: “Strangles has been on the increase, with unexpected outbreaks in many parts of the country, followed by disease spread in local areas. The disease can be carried by healthy-looking horses and then spread by contact with others. A concerted effort is needed to bring Strangles under control and this scheme provides the framework to do this in an organised and transparent way.” Strangles is highly contagious and caused by a bacteria called Streptococcus equi.  It affects the lymph glands around the throat and can be caught from direct horse to horse contact, contaminated water or equipment and from human hands or clothing. Horses with weakened immune systems, or in closer contact with others, as they are in riding schools, livery yards, racing stables or stud farms, can be particularly susceptible.    While not usually fatal, untreated cases can lead to abscesses in the neck which can sometimes enlarge to the point that the windpipe becomes crushed and the horse appears strangled. It is possible for infection to spread throughout the horses’ body. However it can be treated and the recovery rate is good if it is caught early. In a typical case the livery yard owner would apply to join the scheme, following consultation with their horse owner clients and vets. Members are required to blood test their horses annually. If no trace of Strangles is found the yard gets a PASS accreditation. If exposure to the disease is found the affected horse(s) must be isolated and treated to eliminate infection. Only then can the yard be passed. The appropriate veterinary surgeons will be involved at every stage. All scheme members must then follow strict guidelines (STEPS guidelines) to reduce further risk, including that posed by new arrivals or taking horses to shows, events or competitions. It is believed that members will have an enhanced status in their community and amongst potential clients. As more businesses join there will be less risk of the disease becoming established in the local area. “Through this proactive approach,” says Jill Thomson “And with proper regard to biosecurity, the risk of Strangles will be greatly reduced. No one wants their horses to suffer such a terrible disease and together we can beat strangles’’. For further information contact…Professor Jill Thomson or Alistair Cox at SAC Veterinary Services, Edinburgh on 0131-535-3130 or

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confirmation, in reality both may need to be undertaken. Thankfully along with the changing clinical picture, need to identify carriers rapidly, and avoid potential practical and financial difficulties involved in culture and PCR we have evolved too. So secondly, a “Strangles blood test” has been developed. The value of this test is in detecting silent strangles carriers either as a screening tool for any newly arrived animal, or as a method of identifying residual carriers at the end of an outbreak. The strangles blood test measures antibodies to two components of S. equi. Following infection, the immune system produces these antibodies as part of its strategy to eliminate the bacteria. Antibody levels rise during the early stages of infection and remain high for months to years. The test measures these antibodies present rather than the bacteria themselves. The test has a reported sensitivity of 93.3% and specificity of 88.0% with respect to exposure to S. equi within the last 6 months. Without doubt this is a major tool in identifying horses with strangles but it just like the PCR and culture we need to always look at the results of any test in light of a potential or proposed infection. 1. The measured antibodies take

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approximately 2 weeks to form and so if the horse has been exposed to the bacteria within the last 2 weeks the test could show a low antibody response despite the horse having the active disease. 2. Around 1 in 15 infected cases will fail to seroconvert giving a false negative result (this is still a very small failure rate when compared to other tests), and foals less than six months may show abnormally high values due to passive transfer from colostrums. 3. The blood test only shows if the horse has been exposed to the S. equi bacteria within recent history (approx 6 months). After exposure antibodies will persist for months, even years, after the infection has cleared. So horses with antibodies could still be incubating the disease, have had strangles and recovered, or have had strangles and remained carriers. Therefore, if a positive result is obtained it is not possible, on a one off sample, to determine whether the horse is a carrier or just recently infected. In this situation the actual “titre” or value recorded can provide information as to the appropriate course of action. Low Values <100: Rarely carriers and have rarely been exposed. The major caveat to this would be if the horse has been exposed in the last 2-3 weeks. If the horse is currently on a yard where there has been no suspicion of a strangles then in terms of movement testing some livery yard owners would be happy to accept this risk without requesting that the horse be tested prior to moving yards. If there is a suspicion or history of strangles on the yard then the following would be advisable: Close monitoring for any clinical symptoms of S.equi infection in this horse and on any in contact animals on the premises.

Repeat blood sample in 2 weeks (minimum) – if there is a stable or falling titre then this is likely a historic exposure, the horse is neither a carrier of the S.equi nor been recently infected (assuming it has been in good isolation since the first test). This individual may have been exposed to the bacteria in the past but it would appear to have successfully mounted an immune response and cleared the infection. A rising titre suggests recent exposure and a potentially active infection or carrier status both of which require isolation and investigation. Perform guttural pouch lavage for PCR and culture. Weak positive values: A similar approach to the above would be taken.

Moderate and strong values: Highly suggestive of recent exposure (within 6 months) to the bacteria and the horse has a potential to be a carrier. Strict isolation should be undertaken and follow up investigation (PCR/ culture/second sample) performed. Again if the titre is stable or declining then we can reasonably assume the horse to be or have mounted an effective challenge and cleared the infection. Without doubt the consideration and following of an effective identification and control action plan for a strangles outbreak or for a screening process for potential carriers is not as simple as you may have initially thought. It is important though to have perspective, whilst many horses are exposed as the AHT (the developers of the test) state, “only a small minority of seropositive horses are likely to be carriers”. For the sake of all our horses it is important not to do what has gone before and simply close a yard until the “disease burns out.” All it could take is one blood test.

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he treatment protocol for a wound can be different for every horse that a vet examines. First the wound must be fully assessed and the vet will take a lot of information into consideration when deciding on the best option to repair a wound as well as the medication required and the follow up treatment needed. Whether or not your vet can repair a wound depends greatly on where on your horse’s body the wound is. It also depends if it is just a tear in the skin or if other structures are involved. For instance leg wounds can often have the involvement of muscle, tendons, ligaments, blood vessels, nerves and joints, these must all be assessed individually before your vet can start the repair process and give you a prognosis for the horse. The size of the wound is important in trying to decide if the area can be sutured back together. If a large region of skin is missing sometimes it is not possible to close all of the wound. Your vet must assess how old the wound is. If a wound is over a few hours old the blood supply to some areas of skin and tissue may have ceased and that area will have begun to die so will need removing. The fresher a wound is the easier it is for your vet to repair. If the wound is very dirty and contaminated, often your vet will choose not to suture the wound closed, as infection and dead tissue will stop the wound from healing so often will choose to leave the wound open to drain. This is often not what an owner expects, as most of the time the wound looks like it can be closed! Horses do not have a lot of extra skin like cats and dogs, therefore making suturing most areas difficult, as there will be tension across the stitches and the wound will ‘breakdown’ (begin to open up again) The type of wound also influences the vets approach to treatment for instance; • a puncture wound such as from a nail on a fence post which although may look small can be very deep and contaminated and may be left open to drain.

• A horse that has caught its leg and ripped a large flap of skin off may require sutures or the flap of skin removing if the blood supply to the area is not adequate. • A wound that is over a joint can be more serious, especially if the joint capsule is penetrated as infection within a joint will require surgery to correct. • a small graze that is only through the skin may be left to heal naturally compared to a deep wound involving skin and the underlying muscle, which may need several layers of stitches As you can appreciate each type of wound will need a different course of action for the best possible results. For some injuries your vet may decided that referral to a specialist hospital is the best option for your horse. Stitching a leg back together in the middle of the field in the dark is never going to give the same outcome as surgical repair at a hospital. Most vets will sedate a horse that needs stitches (unless the horse is very well behaved) this is for their own safety and the horse’s. The hair around the wound may be clipped away and the vet will clean the area. They may trim the edges of the skin or debride dead tissue so that the skin has clean fresh edges to stitch together to allow for the best possible closure. Local anaesthetic may be injected around the wound or your vet may perform nerve blocks so that the area is numb while the stitches are being placed. Antibiotics, either injections or in feed granules, may be required for some older more contaminated wounds depending on how likely the wound is to be infected and depending on the severity and position of the wound, pain killers may also be given. Wounds that are below the knee or hock may heal best having a bandage placed over the area to protect the stitches or stop movement of the wound. The bandage will need to be changed regularly depending on the type of wound, This can be as often as daily if the wound is very infected and has a large amount of discharge. The cost for having a wound treated can vary greatly between cases. Wounds that require bandaging can have bills for hundreds even thousands of pounds to cover the cost of frequent bandage changes and bandage material. Wounds that need a few stitches or staples may be a couple of hundred pounds bearing in mind that you will require two visits from your vet, to place the stitches and then to remove them. Sedation, antibiotics and analgesia can also increase your bill significantly so ensure you have a discussion with your vet before starting treatment so a huge bill doesn’t catch you by surprise! Non healing wounds Sometimes wounds that have been stitched closed or left open do not heal as quickly as expected, there

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earning to politely pick up a foot when requested is an essential part of the young horse’s training and should be done regularly from birth. However, there are some youngsters who miss out on this early training. Some youngsters are born and bred outside, living in mini herds, which is all very nice except that when they are weaned and sold on to future owners they are completely ignorant of what is required of them. Leading in hand is usually the first thing taught, followed by lungeing, backing and riding away. Incredibly the feet are sometimes neglected. I have had one horse brought to my yard as a three year old Warmblood imported from Holland, who had supposedly been backed and ridden away, but it was almost impossible to pick up this horse’s feet and his feet were unshod and extremely long. His owners were under the impression that this was unimportant and that he would lift his feet up when he was good and ready. To me this appeared an appalling state of affairs, since his feet needed urgent farriery attention, not to mention the fact that they were packed full of debris which had been there for a very long time. The health implications of this were obvious; infection and/ or damage from the altered hoof/pastern axis were only a breath away. Every time the owners tried to lift a foot the horse either refused to pick it up or snatched it away, and the owners immediately gave up. I believe that the handler should hold onto the foot if at all possible, moving with the horse as he moves and wait for him to find his balance and stand on three legs. Once the horse realises that it is quite possible to stand still on three legs and does so for a few seconds, then the handler can slowly release the leg to the ground and give much praise. Unfortunately in the case mentioned the owners would not take my advice, saying that they did not wish to stress the horse, so every time he snatched the foot away or moved at all, they let go. The result of this has been that several years on he is extremely difficult to shoe, regularly rears with the farrier and more than one farrier has refused to shoe him. Teaching a horse to lift his feet up does not have to be stressful. To begin

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with the youngster should be familiar with the handler running the hands gently but firmly down each leg, not necessarily asking for the foot to be lifted. This should be done several times a day, ideally in the early days after foaling, but the principle still applies at whatever age. Lifting the Front Feet

When beginning to lift the feet, it’s best to start with a front foot. Speak reassuringly to the horse and stand facing the tail, say on the left hand side. Run your hand down his neck and shoulder, and then down the leg to the fetlock. On reaching the fetlock joint gently put some of your body weight onto the horse to encourage him to take weight off that limb. Be careful not to do this too harshly, just a small weight shift is enough; you don’t want to unbalance him. Using your left hand gently but firmly lift up the fetlock joint, or fetlock hair if he has any, at the same time saying ‘up’. Then take hold of the foot at the toe with your right hand. Less weight will fall on your arm if you hold the foot at the toe rather than the pastern. Hold this position for a couple of seconds (holding the foot in both hands). Then slowly lower it to the floor again. Do not suddenly let go which may well unbalance and frighten the horse. Lifting the Hind Feet

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After verbally reassuring the horse, stand next to his hip, facing the tail. Place your left hand which is nearest to the horse (we will again assume you are on the left side),on his quarters. Run your hand down the back of his leg to the hock. Then put your hand on the front of the hock and run it down the inside of the cannon bone down to the fetlock. Give the command ‘up’ as before and if the horse does not comply gently ease a little weight towards him to encourage him to move his weight away from that leg. As with the front legs, be careful not to overdo this weight transference and do not do it suddenly. Move the joint slightly backwards when the horse raises his foot. Slide your left hand down to encircle the foot, holding it at the toe with your right hand. Do not lift it high nor take it far back. Both these actions could seriously upset and unbalance the horse. Hold the foot for a few seconds before gently replacing it on the ground. Obviously the hind feet can be more dangerous, as some horses, if frightened, will kick out. If you suspect this to be the case then it is best to concentrate on the front feet for a few days. When he is really at ease with picking up the front feet, he should then be much more relaxed with the hind feet. It is worth noting that the closer you stand to the hind limb when picking up, the less momentum the horse has if he should kick out. This is a job for a relatively young and agile person. If you are at all stiff or arthritic you won’t be able to move around with the horse whilst holding the leg, if he dances away on three legs, and more importantly you may not be able to jump out of the way quickly enough if he does kick out. If the horse does kick at first; it is not always because he is being nasty or naughty, it could just be that he is afraid. It is difficult at first for a young horse to learn to balance on three legs, and may be a frightening experience if he has been shouted at or even hit in the past. But persistence and quiet determination will usually win the day. When the horse realises that you are not going to give up the moment he shows resistance, and that when he lifts his foot, he doesn’t have to keep it up for too long, he will start to relax about

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There are three types of muscle found within the body: • cardiac, which is specific to the heart and cannot be consciously controlled • smooth, which is also involuntary and plays a part in the circulatory and digestive systems • skeletal, which produces movement, maintains posture, and stabilizes joints. This muscle type is under conscious control although it will contract involuntarily as a reflex response. More about skeletal muscle

Skeletal muscles come in all shapes and sizes. They respond to motor nerve impulses, are highly elastic, and have strong contractile power. Muscles have a fleshy ‘belly’ comprising thousands of muscle fibres intertwined with connective tissue called fascia. Muscle fibres decrease towards the ends of a muscle, reducing its circumference until only the longitudinally arranged collagen fibres remain in the form of a tendon. This attaches to the bone via a tough fibrous membrane known as the periosteum. Muscles are attached to, and therefore move the skeleton by passing over joints. The points at which the skeletal muscles attach to the bones via the tendons are known as: • the point of origin – nearest to the body centre • the point of insertion – furthest away from the body centre. Skeletal muscles – up close

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Speaking the language part 13 A series by Susan McBane explaining equestrian and scientific terminology in relation to equine behaviour and psychology, and its effects on horses and training . This series is based on a glossary of equestrian and scientific terms presented at the First International Equitation Science Symposium, 2005. The glossary description is given in quotation marks, followed by Susan’s discussion.) BEHIND THE LEG:

‘A horse that lacks self-maintained speed and rhythm requires the rider to continually deliver leg cues with each stride or each alternate stride.’ The term RHYTHM is described in the glossary as: ‘The beat of the legs within a particular gait. In ideal equitation, rhythm is trained to be self-maintained.’ THE main point for a rider or trainer to bear in mind in both these definitions is ‘self-maintained’. The horse should keep himself going in the way the rider has requested until asked to stop or do something else. This is an age-old classical schooling principle also required by riders using the principles of modern equitation science, the two having a great deal in common. It seems to be usual today for riders to be taught to use their legs all the time to keep their horse going or, at least, going actively and energetically. Indeed, I am told by many a new client when I try to teach them otherwise that if they don’t ‘keep at him’ their horse will stop – and he usually does, encouraged by an over-firm bit contact which, of course, he has been taught means ‘stop’. Clients also often tell me that they have been taught to ‘do something at every stride’ to keep their horse up to his game, so confusing him even more by telling him to do what he is already doing. He cannot understand the difference

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and so on. If a horse doesn’t fully understand what we want we can’t expect him to obey, so let’s train him in a way he does understand. Horses of an active temperament often keep going of their own accord but more phlegmatic sorts, from thoroughbreds to ponies, probably won’t. The whole problem can be solved pretty quickly by training the horse, in a way he understands, to maintain his gait and rhythm himself until his rider alters them. Once this ABC of schooling is achieved, we can begin to make progress in teaching him other movements and ways of going. His age and previous experience don’t matter, so long as he is sound and healthy of course. The rider must play his or her part, not least by using a light bit contact that is not telling the horse to slow down or stop!

snaffle bridle and stand him with his right side next to a fence or wall. Stand to his left just in front of his head, nearly an arm’s length away; if he is wearing a bridle bring the reins forward over his head as for leading and use them like a leadrope. With your left hand, exert a gentle but definite vibrating pressure on the rope or reins straight forward so that he feels the pressure on the headpiece. At the same time, tap (don’t hit) him quickly with the end of a long schooling whip on his side, exactly where your leg would go if riding. Keep up the vibration and tapping until he takes a step forward, then immediately stop them, and rub the side of his withers with your right hand to give him a pleasant sensation. It is crucial that you do not stop your aids until he has responded because his confirmation that he has done the right thing is your stopping (or ‘releasing’) them. If you stop before he has responded he has not learnt to go forward to a tap on his side: in effect, you have ‘rewarded’ him for not doing anything. When he does respond as you wish, stop the aids instantly so that he can associate or connect his stepping forward with the release of the pressures, and associate that with the pleasant rub on his withers. After a few moments, repeat this sequence until he walks forwards at once from light aids, which may take about three or four repetitions. Then


You can give your horse this basic lesson by initially checking and training his responses to your aids for ‘go’ and for ‘slow/stop/back’ in hand: this is not essential but will help him to understand your requests more clearly and quicker when he is ridden. The same basic aid is given for slow down, stop and go backwards because the horse uses the same muscle groups to carry out these movements. Start with ‘go’

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Even though a horse’s ‘problem’ is not keeping going, these two requests are, obviously, closely linked and should be taught together. A horse who will go and stop/slow/back is well on the way to quickly understanding moving his forehand and hindquarters sideways on similar principles, so with these four movements you have made him manoeuvrable and have the basics of teaching him anything. This time, you need to pressure the noseband of the headcollar or the bit in his mouth, so you exert your vibrating pressure straight back towards the underside of his neck and tap with your whip on the very front of his cannon nearest to you, not the side of it. Again, keep it up till he takes even a small step back, then release instantly and rub his withers. When you are using these new techniques it is normally best not to speak to your horse, so that he can concentrate on the pressures. As soon as you are getting responses from light aids, you can introduce vocal commands, with which he may well be familiar already and which are invaluable for training. Again, their timing is crucial. Ideally the end of the vocal command should overlap your starting the physical pressures. So, if you want to say ‘walk on’ to get your horse to move forwards (‘go’), start the vibrations and tapping at the same moment as you say ‘on’. For moving backwards, split the command into ‘ba – ack’ so you can apply

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If you have given the in-hand training above, you will find that your horse is already quicker to respond lightly to your leg and whip aids when ridden because he is clear about what you want and will be responding to light aids. If you haven’t done this groundwork, you can still improve matters. Remember the same principles – give vibrating leg aids (with BOTH legs for ‘go forward’) without stopping till he moves forward, then release the aid immediately and rub his withers. The instant you feel the gait starting to slow, repeat the leg aids and keep it up till he is going at the speed you want, then stop the aids again, rub his withers, and sit there enjoying it. Keep on with this till he realises, which he will within one short session, that when he slows down, unless asked, you ask for more energy. When he is going as you wish, DO NOT keep using your legs; just go with his gait with your seat movements to indicate to him to keep it going, which he will quickly learn. Try to give the aid to move up a gait – from halt to walk, walk to trot and trot to canter – with the upper inside of your calf. To ask for more energy in the existing gait, say a more active walk or trot, give the aid with the lower inside of your calf or ankle. These two distinctly different sites on your horse’s sides make it clear to your horse which you want and he will quickly learn them. Don’t let your aids degenerate into kicking with the backs of your heels. If you aren’t getting your response, tap (again, never hit) with your long schooling whip immediately behind your leg, NOT further back on his flank. Be very careful about positioning the whip-taps because the flank is very sensitive and it is easy to cause pain, which has no place in ethical training. Also, logically, the taps must be very close to your leg in order to back it up. Be very careful that your bit contact is light, and not firm enough to indicate ‘stop’ to him, or he will never go at a reasonable speed. In fact, this is one of



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Horse Behaviour • Tack & Turnout the main reasons for horses appearing to be behind the leg: although the legs are constantly telling them to go the bit is constantly telling them to stop. For the same reason, never ‘drive your horse up to the bit’ as this is identical and is a human concept, not an equine one, very confusing to horses. To stop or slow under saddle

Just use a light, vibrating aid on both sides of the bit to stop under saddle, and cease your seat movements. Never use your legs to ‘ride him forward into halt’ as this is very confusing and is the reason, along with a too-firm bit contact, for the stiff, propping, squirming halts seen in dressage competition, and increasingly in showing classes. If you use a light bit pressure, with no leg aids, keep it going till he stops or slows, depending on which you want, and stop the aid the instant you get what you want, then rub his withers and/or praise him vocally, he will stop or slow easily and correctly. In halt, keep your hands still and on a very light contact, or let the reins go completely: this will relax him and keep him ‘parked’ there. If he moves forward, calmly apply the stop aid again, releasing the contact as soon as both his front feet have stopped, and praising him. He will soon learn the right way to stop and stay still.


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his month we talk to the Society of Master Saddlers about the importance of looking after your tack, keeping it clean and in good repair. As we all know, investing in good quality tack is likely to be one of the most expensive and important purchases you make for you and your horse. Once you have the right saddle, bridle and other tack accessories it is then over to you to ensure they remain in good condition and last for years. Your saddle and bridle should be checked each time you tack up and a more in depth look taken when cleaning. In general, leather should be supple and free from cracks. If allowed to dry out, leather becomes brittle and weak, making it prone to splitting. Pay particular attention to straps which are subjected to a lot of stress e.g. girth straps and stirrup leathers. Make sure stitching is secure, metalwork e.g. buckles are not damaged and that holes have not become enlarged. If the tack is in poor condition it can injure you and your horse or cause a serious accident. Checks to tack should be thorough; this will involve turning your saddle upside down to check underneath it and lifting up all flaps. To check a bridle properly it will need to be taken apart as buckles often hide cracks in the leather. Steps to maintain leather must be taken to ensure it stays supple and safe. Ideally tack should be cleaned every time it has been used, but this is not always possible. At the very least, bits should be washed in clean water and dried with a clean cloth after they have been used. Also if tack gets wet and muddy it should not be left or it is

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likely to become brittle or may stretch. Remove mud and dirt with a warm damp cloth and allow it to dry at room temperature, and then apply a leather conditioner. It is advisable therefore to thoroughly clean your saddle and bridle at least once a week. The aim of thorough cleaning is to remove all dirt and grease and then to feed and condition the leather. There are numerous products available on the market for conditioning leather such as sprays, wipes, soap bars, creams, oils and balms. Always read manufacturer’s instructions carefully to make sure the product is suitable for your particular type of leather. Whether you use a sponge, brush or cloth to clean and apply product, make sure it is not too abrasive so that the leather isn’t scratched. To clean metalwork you can use a metal polish, this will leave buckles and stirrups etc looking brighter and clean. Never use polishes on bits though as they may be harmful to your horse. Even

if you think you have washed a polish off it is likely a residue is left behind which you cannot see. Your horse changes shape regularly. The frequency of these changes will relate to his age, training, management and so on. Try to develop an eye to recognise these changes. Viewed on a daily basis, the changes may seem inconsequential but over a period of just a week or so they can be surprisingly substantial. Have your saddle checked regularly and always use a Qualified Saddle Fitter. If a saddle is good quality and well cared for it should last for years, and if it still fits your horse there is no need to replace it. You might like to replace certain parts though such as the girth straps and stirrup leathers. Stitching may also need re-doing on certain parts of your saddle or bridle after a few years. To find your local saddler, who can carry out any necessary repairs or your local saddle fitter visit or contact The Society of Master Saddlers on 01449 711642.

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Field & Stable • Horseboxes • Trailers a couple of times on each rein, I find that once I’ve got the poles mastered it’s very easy with the raised poles. I then raise the poles on either side of the middle pole again to around 50cms. The first day of doing the exercise would be delighted Buckskins) andI Palominos have if I got as far very as 3 poles raised! when become popular andThen it won’t comfortable with 3they polesare raised time to be long before seenit’s widely raise the last 2. Hopefully when you start across the equine world. jumping proper fences and courses you As with will really reapany the popular benefits ofproduct, this exercise.

your horse with Are we being Blinded Move by Colour? Fiona Reed By kind permission of John Britter. Bramham ESphotography


e probably all secretly confess to having a favourite horse colour. For many in the show world looking for a Hunter, Riding Horse, Hack or Show Pony top of list is there are people there to fill the likely to be a dark bay with little market areofactively or no white, although many like a There are and shortbreeders video clips this trying to whatever colour nice flashy chestnut with four white exercise on breed my website haddoweventing. appears to be in demand. The socks and white face. Others profess com scientific advancements allowing a passion for a nice dapple grey, reasonably priced DNA testing for whereas others looking for an easier colour and the hereditary tendencies life preparing for a show or event to produce colour has also hugely and would much prefer to steer clear affected the ability to plan and of anything with any form of pale predict the outcome of colour in any colouring. future progeny. When an animal is The old saying of “a good horse tested as Heterozygous to a specific is never a bad colour” is so true on trait (in this case a particular colour) so many levels, as handsome is as it indicates it carries one copy of that handsome does but in ideal world we particular gene and can reproduce would like our perfect horse to also come in our preferred coloured robes. that colour in its offspring, but this is not guaranteed. When tested as It isn’t that long ago that the main Homozygous it carries two pairs colours available were limited to bay, of the gene, thereby guaranteeing chestnut and grey. If you fancied a a specific trait in all offspring strawberry roan it would be likely regardless of the genetic makeup to have a bit of Welsh blood to of the other half of the mating. introduce the colour, or a dun would Therefore when trying to fulfill a be part Connemara or Highland. specific trait, a homozygous stallion The limited choice in Skewbalds or mare is a valuable commodity as and Piebalds would have a high it eliminates doubt of the outcome percentage of gypsy cob blood. for that particular trait, in this case However, over recent years things colour. have changed in a dramatic way, led Having discussed, albeit very mainly by the Coloured (Skewbald and Piebald) lovers. Their popularity briefly, the history behind the demand for colour, and touched has exploded across all disciplines even more briefly on the science, from eventing, show jumping, what about the impact of breeding or dressage, even racing and with the indeed buying, when looking for one biggest impact being seen in the specific factor as the highest priority, show ring. More recently Spotteds or in some cases, the only priority? (either pure or partbred Appaloosas When looking for a specific and Knabstruppers) Duns (or colour, what other qualities would you sacrifice to achieve that aim? Ability for the chosen job? Conformation? Temperament? Type? Soundness? Size? Breed? Price? If you want all your boxes to be ticked, you may well be in for a long, and expensive search. In our desperation for a horse of a certain colour will we ultimately have a horse that does not meet our needs in any other way? Should other criteria be

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paramount and the preferred colour horses anCompetition added bonus if wewere find also it? ‘married up’ with their professional When coloured horses first riders when their Olympic became popular there wereschedules a lot bit tight and 2 around, little ponies ofwere very apoor examples as were transported from their breeders and dealers tried to remote cash to their ownersprice. home for infield on their premium Thea much needed bath! standard of all coloureds has risen hugely since then, with ‘plaited’ types and also the traditionals, Owner Dawn Wallace hasnatives and cobs. This is partially to the transported stallions,due geldings, grading system of the two leading societies governing the colour, combined with breeders meeting the need for improved standards. However, with the sheer numbers being bred and imported there are a lot of poorer quality specimens that still retain a slightly higher value purely because of their coat colour and pattern. Is this trend now likely to repeat itself in the current fashion for palominos, duns and buckskins? With the influx of continental “dilute” stallions, which are colours that will produce palominos from chestnut mares and buckskins from bay mares, there are now more of these colours coming through into horses where previously they were more regularly found only in pony bloodlines. In my opinion, when a stallion stands at stud and is to be used primarily for colour it is essential that it is free from all hereditary disease, has very correct conformation, is a straight mover and has an even

fillies, colts, mares in foal, mares with foals and on one occasion a mare with frozen semen! Breeds vary a lot too with an impressive 18hh warm blood dressage horse, adorable miniature horse temperament. I feel that‘Romeo’ all these and ‘Mickey Mary’ - theimportant mules. qualities are&even more They have transported horses in homozygous stallions as they will to meet athe ferry to Orkney, a who attract wide range of mares, flight to Canada, Monty Roberts may carry a variety of faults but are at Gleneagles Queenbecause at being bred toand thisthe stallion of Balmoral. the guarantee of colour rather than

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Fig 1. The main problem with this horse was not the jumping per se but the lack of ability around the left hind to fully and efficiently come under the horse and the fact the lateral bend

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Jx; 3rd Tracey Newman – Challenge; Grade C inc. Foxhunter (First Round) – 1st Basile Rubio – Wkd Detroit; 2nd Ailsa Black – Clincy Z; 3rd Gillian Donnell – M2 Cruise; 1.25m Open inc. 2 RHS Grade C Wildcard Quals – 1st Douglas Duffin – World Star; 2nd Scott Brash – Hello My Lady; 3rd Craig Hamilton – Vieillefond; British Novice (First Round) – 1st Craig Chadwick – Cheyennes Patches; 2nd Iona Drummond – Silver Dream lii; 3rd Mark Turnbull – Heidi Iv; Discovery (First Round) – 1st Moira Williams – Team Seoige Silvano; 2nd Ian Warnock – Harperland Micky Finn; 3rd Basile Rubio – Buckeye lii; 1.05m Open – 1st Moira Williams – Victors Quest; 2nd James Lamont by Marian McNeil3rd Photography. –Photo Lynnbank Aragorn; Aileen Winner of Class 2 Craig – Olivetti De L’Epinstte; Newcomers (First Round) – 1st Linda Jamieson-Cowan – Jjs Surefly; 2nd Ian Warnock – Harperland Mickey Finn; 3rd Kelsey Smith – Hero li; 1.10m Nat Am Champ Qual (First Round) – 1st Scott Linford – Leen; 2nd Melissa Cadden – Calvarina; 3rd Patricia Lillington – Olynth D Uriat

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Open – 1st Scott Coyle – Riverside Riddler; 2nd Belinda Collington On the 2nd day of competition – 3rd Michell theGarfach Novice Qunine; and Elementary finals McCourt – Becky; ClassFinal 4 Club commenced. The Novice was80cm Open Nadia Benmalek Silverbirch won by–Kirstine Bissett and–Sterling. A Sparky; 2nd Belinda Collington striking KWPN chestnut gelding of 13 – Garfach Quinnie; Class 5 Club years, Kirstine has had Sterling for 3 years. Open Bought–from a dealer for Riding 90cm 1st Nadia Benmalek – Club activities, formally a show jumper, Silverbirch Sparky Sterling showed very early on he had HORSES – Class 7 Unaff 60cm no desire to Jayne continue his–show jumping Open – 1st Allen Pony; 2nd career, getting eliminated at their first Sara McDermott – Fantasia; Class felt Belfour he showed 9show Clubtogether. 80cm –Kirstine 1st Lorna – an aptitude something Harry; 2ndfor Jilldressage, Chapmannot – Double she had3rd planned are now enjoying. Strike; AllanabutTaylor – Dexter BothDe areTroon; trained Class on a regular basis Van 10 Club 90cm by1st Dominique O’Sullivan, but could – Jane Gichrist – Vicander; 2nd contribute today’s success to a recent Jill Chapman – Double Strike; 3rd lesson by Jennie Loriston Clarke, an Karen Donnachie – Sophie; Class 11 exhausting but amazing experience! Club 1m – 1st Nikie Corstorphine – Visage; 2nd Jake Lavery – Cleo; 3rd The Elementary Final was taken in Paula Golder – Cher;riding Class712 Unaff style by Ailsa Gilcrest year 1.10 – 1st Paula Golder Cher;Jack 2nd old Heatley Figaro, bought– from Nikie Corsorphine - Visage

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Snr Amateur British SJ, Kingsbarn EC, Westershieldhill. Tel: 01324 630404. 40th Anniversary Gymkhana & XC, Dalry, Ayrshire. Tel: 07855 375362. Derby Show, Inchcoonans Equestrian, Errol. Tel: 01821 641185. Le Trec Masterclass, Easterton Stables. See Olivia Wilmot Clinics SJ&XC Sessions, Greenfields of Avondale, Greenfields Farm, Drumclog. Tel Nesta on 07775 782296. Equi-Ads Dressage Series, Muirmill EC. See

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True Horsemanship Through Feel & Release Don’t miss Leslie’s Friday Night-Demo August 16 - 6:00pm – 9:00pm Coaching Sat.-Sun. August 17 – 18, 2013 from 9:00am - 6:30pm An Invitation to AUDITORS This is a rare opportunity for horse people who want to learn first-hand about “Feel & Release” Venue – Saughs Farm, Bailey Newcastleton, N. Cumbria /Scottish Borders Contact Sally 01697748346 for places, prices and directions


includes classes for all, WH, SJ & showing Sunday 1st September, 2013 at Stobs Farm, Gorebridge Schedule from Online entries now available

Tel: 01560 830088. Unaffiliated Dressage, Ovenstone Equine (see advert on page 52) Monday 8th July Fortnightly Clear Round Jumping, Wardhouse EC. Tel: 01505 705125. David Gatherer SC Training Day, Gleneagles Equestrian School, Auchterarder. Tel: 01764 694351. Paul Hayler Clinic, Ingliston EC, Bishopton. Tel: 0845 3071010. Tue 9th July Martin Arnott Clinic, Ingliton EC, Bishopton. Tel: 0845 3071010. -10th, BHS Riding & Road Safety Course & Test, Gleneagles Equestrian School, Auchterarder. Tel: 01764 694351. -3rd Aug, FVRC Open Combined Training Competition, Nr Alloa. See Wednesday 10th July Unaff SJ, The Cabin EC, Inverurie. Tel: 01467 624378. David Harland SJ Clinic, Inchcoonans Equestrian, Errol. Tel: 017821 641185. Clear Round Jumping, Ingliston EC, Bishopton. Tel: 0845 3071010.

Achnagearron Show 28th July

Wardhouse Equestrian Centre

Showing and jumping classes for all ages. Trophies for all class winners including Overall Points Champion and Reserve Champion.

Fortnightly Clear Round Jumping

Separate awards for Horses & Ponies.

Start time 6.30pm

Start 9am

Sae for schedule to Paula Smith, Achnagearron, 11 Woodbank Croft, Westfield, West Lothian, EH48 3DL Mobile: 07803 515 616

July 8th and 22nd For more information Tel: 01505 705125

Braco Show


Open Annual Show

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Scottish Coloured Show, Wellbank Mains Farm, Dundee. Tel: 01382 350300. Edinburgh & Districk RC SJ, Stobs Farm, Gorebridge. See North Ayrshire RC, XC Competition Novice, Intermediate, Open, Eglinton Park See events.htm David Gatherer XC Training, Greenfields of Avondale, Greenfield Farm, Drumclog. Tel Nesta on 07775 782296. SJ, Govanhill Equestrian, Montrose. Tel: 07871 300010 Polnoon Castle Riders Association, Open WH/Showing Show, Muirmill EC. See Scottish Connemara Group Show, John Swan Auction Mart, St Boswells, Melrose. Tel: 01875 833341. Dressage Trophy & League, Inchcoonans Equestrian, Errol. Tel: 01821 641185. Polnoon Hunter Show, Muirmill AC, Ayrshire.


Edinburgh & District Riding Club

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Doune & Dunblane Agricultural Show, Keir Mains, Dunblane. See www. -7th, British Dressage (inc Unaffil), The Cabin EC, Inverurie Tel: 01467 624378.

Saturday 27th July 2013

Saturday 20th July 2013

Qualifiers for NPS, BSPS & Ponies UK, CHAPS & Blair WHP Ridden & Working Hunters, Unaffiliated Classes Download schedule at or send A5 SAE to: Aikenhead House, Essendy Blairgowrie, PH10 6QZ

Kirriemuir Kirriemuir Show Show

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

Main RingMain Programme includes Les Amis d'Onno - Knights of the North Ring Programme includes Quack Commandos Main Ring Programme includes Quack Commandos All the usual classes (allincluding the usualCarriage classes).Driving, Blair Atholl (all the usual classes). Qualifiers,Entries Scottish National Simmental close 5pm, 1st July Show Entriesclose close5pm, 5pm,24th 1st July Entries Junewebsite. For more information see our For more information see our website. email: or telephone Christine Aitchinson on 01575 573222 Charity No: email: or telephone Christine Aitchinson on 01575 573222 Charity No: SC023257 Charity No: SC023257


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What’s On Xxxxxxxxxx Thur 11th July Gleneagles Summer Unaff Dressage League, Gleneagles Equestrian School, Auchterarder. Tel: 01764 694351. 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. Andrew Hamilton Clinic, Ingliston EC, Bishopton. Tel: 0845 3071010. Friday 12th July Clear Rounds, Muirmill EC, Ayshire. Tel: 01560 830088. -14th, Adult BS, Rowallan AC, Ayrshire. Tel: 01560 600769. -14th British Dressage, Kingsbarn

EC, Westershieldhill. Tel: 01324 630404. -21st, Adult Sunshine Tour, The Cabin EC, Inverurie. Tel: 01467 624378. SATURDAy 13TH JUly

SJ Trophy & League Show, Inchcoonans Equestrian, Errol. Tel: 01821 641185. BHS Trec Training, West Kype Farm, Strathaven. Tel: 01357 521105. -14th, Ingliston Unaff Grass Roots Show, Ingliston EC, Bishopton. Tel: 0845 3071010. SUNDAy 14TH JUly

Kirriemuir Show, East Muirhead of Logie, Kirriemuir. See Unaff Jumping, Rowallan AC, Ayrshire.

Tel: 01560 600769. Working Hunter Trophy, Rowallan AC, Ayrshire. Tel: 01821 641185. Tue 16th July FVRC Open Dressage Competition, Nr Alloa. See -17th, Scottish Horse Show, Ingliston EC, Bishopton. Tel: 0845 3071010. Wednesday 17th July North Ayrshire RC, SJ Clear Rounds and Flat Work, Eglinton Park See evemts.htm

North Ayrshire Riding Club

Inchcoonans Derby Unaffiliated Dressage David Harland Clinic Clear Round Junping Unaffiliated Showjumping Show 14th Working Hunter Show 20th Inchcoonans Pony Of The Year 6th 7th 10th 11th 13th

21st Inchcoonans Horse Of The Year 23rd Alex Hargie Clinic 26th Friday Night Club 27th BS Advanced Progressive 28th BS Club Show 31st Rob Wilson Rider Physio


COURSE BOOKINGS FOR LEVEL ONE 2013:• 5th August - Ross Dhu Equestrian • 30th September - Ross Dhu Equestrian

Fri 19th July Clear Rounds, Muirmill EC, Ayrshire. Tel: 01563 830088.

4th July, 18th July

Yarrow & Ettrick Pastoral Society

31st July

Saturday 14th September 2013 at Carterhaugh, on the Bowhill Estate.

XC Training (Trish Harvey) XC Competition Novice, Intermediate, Open, Eglinton Park

17th July

SJ Clear Rounds and Flat work Eglinton Park

4th August

Mini Eventing

18th August

Marymass Show, Eglinton Park Schedules available

Due to popular demand Equido are offering an intensive study week to allow students to graduate in Introductory Level, Level 1 and Level 2. We hope that this will allow those students in full time employment to be able to gain their qualification during their annual leave. The study week will be inclusive of all training, examinations, course materials etc. Local Bed and Breakfast accommodation is available a short drive away and we are happy to provide space for tents for those rough, tough hardy types!

Thursday 18th July North Ayrshire RC, Kenny Reid Jumping, Brackenhills. See events.htm Clear Round SJ, Muirmill EC, Ayrshire. Tel: 01560 830088. Fortnightly SJ & Clear Rounds, West Kype Farm, Strathaven. Tel: 01357 521105.

Annual Show

Kenny Reid jumping at Brackenhills

7th July

July Events

Eglinton PC Jumping in Outdoor Arena, Rowallan AC, Ayrshire. Tel: 01560 600769.

(by kind permission of the Duke of Buccleuch)

on the B7009 Selkirk/Ettrickbridge road approx. 3 miles from Selkirk.

Novice and Open Classes: Show ponies, show hunters, working hunters and WH Ponies, Coloured Horse, M&M, Show Jumping, Supreme Horse Championship, Gymkhana Games, Ex Racehorse Schedule and Entry Form at or SAE for schedules to Mrs Anne M Turnbull, Sunrise, Ettrickbridge, Selkirk, TD7 5JL (closing date for entries 22nd August) Strictly no entries on field except for Gymkhana

Tim Stockdale Masterclass

COURSE BOOKINGS FOR LEVEL TWO - WEEK 1:• 22nd July - Ross Dhu Equestrian


£40 £25

COURSE BOOKINGS FOR LEVEL TWO - WEEK 2:• 5th August - Ross Dhu Equestrian COURSE BOOKINGS FOR LEVEL TWO WEEK 3:• 12th August - Ross Dhu Equestrian


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 - Wales • 14th - 15th September - Ross Dhu Equestrian • 5th - 6th October - Ross Dhu Equestrian 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 • How to Load Your Horse Safely and Sensibly • Basic and Advanced Ridden Work On Flat • Basic and Advanced Jumping Techniques • 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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Limited Tickets available PLEASE BOOK EARLY TO AVOID DISAPPOINTMENT! Contact for more information.

12th November 2013, 7pm-10.30pm To book call: 0845 301 1010

Email: or ask at reception

Ingliston Estate, Bishopton PA7 5PA. *Child tickets 16 and under.

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Strathclyde Dressage Group – Prelim – Medium, Maidenhall. Tel Glenys on 01505 842419. BSPS Scotland Summer Show, Rowallan AC, Fenwick. See SJ, Muirmill EC. See -21st, BS Pony Show, Ingliston EC, Bishopton. Tel: 0845 3071010. North East Fife RC, ODE, Kinnaird. See BSPS Summer Show, Rowallan AC, Ayrshire. Tel: 01560 600769. IPOYs Inchcoonans Pony of the Year Show Finals, Inchcoonans Equestrian, Errol. Tel: 01821 641185. SUNDAy 21ST JUly

Fife RC, Mini XC, Club Field, Western Avenue, Glenrothes. See Equi-Ads Dressage Series, Muirmill EC. See Adult BS Amateur/Intro, Rowallan AC, Ayrshire. Tel: 01560 600769. IHOYS Inchcoonans Horse of the Year Show with finals, Inchcoonans Equestrian, Errol. Tel: 01821 641185. World Horse Welfare Show, Brechin Castle (see advert on page 50)

Monday 22nd July Fortnightly Clear Round Jumping, Wardhouse EC. Tel: 01505 705125. Equido Fast Track Level Two Course – Week 1, Ross Dhu Equestrian. Tel: 01698 886492. -23rd, Jill Grant Clinic, Ingliston EC, Bishopton. Tel: 0845 3071010. Tuesday 23rd July Alex Hargie Clinic, Inchcoonans Equestrian, Errol. Tel: 01821 641185. Wednesday 24th July Unaff SJ, The Cabin EC, Inverurie. Tel: 01467 624378. L&R Team SJ, Ingliston EC, Ayrshire. Tel: 0845 30710100. Thursday 25th July Clear Round SJ, Muirmill EC, Ayrshire. Tel: 01563 830088. Dressage lessons with Ailsa Gilchrist, West Kype Farm, Strathaven. Tel: 01357 521105. David Gatherer Clinic, Ingliston EC, Bishopton. Tel: 0845 3071010. Friday 26th July Strathearn PC SJ Show, Gleneagles Equestrian School, Auchterarder. Tel: 01764 694351. SJ Friday NightClyb, Inchcoonans

Equestrian, Errol. Tel: 01821 641185. Clear Rounds, Muirmill EC, Ayrshire. Tel: 01563 830088. -27th, Camp with Corrine Bracken, The Cabin EC, Inverurie Tel: 01467 624378. -28th, Dressage incl PYO Adv – GP, Rowallan AC, Ayrshire. Tel: 01560 600769. SATURDAy 27TH JUly

Arena Event, Easteron Stables. See Combined Training, Muirmill EC. See BS Advance Progressive Show, Inchcoonans Equestrian, Errol. Tel: 01821 641185. Muirmill Summer BBQ & Race Night, Muirmill EC, Ayrshire. Tel: 01563 830088. Braco Show (see advert on page 50)

20th July - Maidenhill

Incorporating the In Hand Series Final and Qualifier, Schedules available to download on-line shortly.

SSH Stallion Grading

Saturday 7th September 2013 Venue: Balcormo Farm, Leven, Fife.,

Tue 30th July Jane Gilchrist Clinic Ride a Dressage Test, Inchcoonans Equestrian, Errol. Tel: 01821 641185. Wednesday 31st July North Ayrshire RC, XC Training (Trish Harvey). See events.htm Rob Wilson Riders Physio, Inchcoonans Equestrian, Errol. Tel: 01821 641185. Polnoon RC, Club Night, West Kype Farm, Strathaven. Tel: 01357 521105. Horse Scotland, Ingliston EC, Bishopton. Tel: 0845 3071010.

Ovenstone Equine Sunday 7th July

22nd September - Sandyflats

Unaffiliated Dressage Competition Classes from Intro to Elementary

Intro - Medium

Saturday 17th August

Prelim - Medium

Sunday 18th August 2013 at SNEC

Monday 29th July -30th, Harry Payne Clinic, The Cabin EC, Inverurie. Tel: 01467 624378.


Lanark RC, Annual Open Showing Show, Maidenhall, Newton Mearns. See Unaff SJ, The Cabin EC, Inverurie. Tel: 01467 624378. BS Club Show & Unaff SJ, Inchcoonans Equestrian, Errol. Tel: 01821 641185. Greenfields of Avondale Summer SJ League, Greenfields Farm, Drumclog.


Showing Show

Tel Nesta on 07775 782296. Dressage League, Govanhill Equestrian, Montrose. Email: Moniaive Horse Show. Tel: 01387 820788. Unaff jumping, Rowallan AC, Ayrshire. Tel: 01560 600769. BSJA Snr Ap, Kingsbarn EC, Westershieldhill. Tel: 01324 630404. Achnagearron Show, West Lothian (see advert on page 50)


19th October - Muirmill Intro - Medium

Sunday 7th September

3rd November - Muirmill

Unaffiliated Show Jumping

Prelim - Medium

All open. Schedules will be on our website

Details on our website or phone Glenys on 01505 842419

Tel:07816 394199

If you wish to present a Colt or Stallion at the SSH Grading 2013, please download the Stallion Grading Pack, Vet Cert, Entry form. Closing date for X-RAYS 24th August Sunday 11th August 2013 at

SSH Mare & Youngstock Gradings Saturday 7th September 2013 Venue: Balcormo Farm, Leven, Fife.,

Donation will be made to Medical Detection Dogs from Show Funds

Following Stallion Grading, at approx 2.30pm.

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