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Contents June 2012



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Perfect Posture Case study for a happy Barefoot horse Spotlight – Elizabeth Evans COVER STORY Solution for bit evasion Francesca Sternberg – Smart Like Valentino Garden of England Festival of Western Riding Planning your Riding Arena Hickstead Preview An exciting year for British Breeding Assisted Breeding COVER STORY Arundel Riding Centre Fodder Solutions

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News Regional Roundup The Diary of Figaro Flyer Sarah Millis’ diary Laura’s Diary British Showjumping News Localrider Magazine SE Club Leagues Tried & Tested – Summer Clothing Pony Club News Tried & Tested – Fly Rugs & Masks Feed News COVER STORY Show Dates

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Father Figure – Graeme McCracken Classifieds The trials & tribulations of Oli Lawrence Reader of the Month – Lauren Carmichael Coming Next Month

Show Reports 34 Mount Mascal Stables – May Day Show 35 East Sussex and Romney Marsh Hunt Point to Point 42 Preston Farm Stables Open Day 59 Cricklands Showjumping 60 Warlingham & District Easter Showjumping Show 62 Brickfields Horse Country Championships 64 Sevenoaks Riding Club Hunter Trials 66 South Downs EGB Ride 68 Arundel & District RC Showjumping Show 70 Horsham & District RC Hunter Trial 72 Goodwood Pony Club Eventers Challenge

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fter the wettest April on record, events and competitions have been cancelled up and down the country including Badminton Horse Trials. If you missed the pictures of Badminton under water, I highly recommend taking a peep at their website. Equestrian Centres with indoor arenas benefitted massively during this period and whilst not ideal Ian Bareham of Golden Cross was still able to run his two day Derby Show in early May. Localrider Magazine sponsored the 95cm class and it was a delight to see some familiar faces as well as meeting some less familiar competitors (full report next issue). We also had a chance to browse the wonderful stock in Debbie Vincent’s new tack shop upstairs in the indoor arena at Golden Cross. The sun shone on 8th May as Claire Lomas completed her London Marathon in aid of Spinal Research. There was a raw emotion as she completed her 16 day journey and broke the finish line to be the first person ever to complete the Marathon in a robotic suit. More picture on page 10. As summer finally arrives we are looking forward to the Hickstead Derby Meeting, our stand has moved slightly this It was a privilege year to 79A (next to the Organisers Office) and we look forward to to join Claire meeting lots of you there. And there is no excuse for not attending, as Lomas on the there are two free entry tickets for Thursday or Friday on page 51. final day of her Look out for the July issue when we will have two free tickets for the London Marathon Royal International Horse Show, so if you miss us at the Derby come and see us there. As always there will be lots of competitions and prizes on the stand and if you can’t wait until then, turn to page 44-45 to find the wonderful prizes we have up for grabs in this issue. With the ground drying up and the outdoor event season finally getting under way, remember to let us know if you have a good result to share. Good Luck!




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Andrew Gould Lecture Demonstration at Merrist Wood Top International dressage rider and trainer Andrew Gould is set to visit merrist Wood College in Guildford, Surrey to hold a lecture demonstration. The evening event will take place on Wednesday 11th july 2012 starting at 7.30pm. Andrew will ride a selection of his top competition horses to show different training methods and exercises he uses to produce a dressage horse and progress them through the levels. The event will also be supporting the charity Saddle up for Spinal Research with a fantastic raffle offering great prizes including feed, boots and supplements. Tickets are £18 in advance and can be purchased via the website

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urther to their declaration of continued support to the uK dressage scene earlier this year, on-line retailer Dressage Deluxe are proud to announce another sponsorship deal with dressage rider, trainer and List 3a BD judge jane Lavington. The association follows jane’s continued success on Boston Deluxe, the companies very own dressage cob and as Alison nyeWarden mD at Dressage Deluxe explains, the support will also hopefully reflect the company’s acknowledgement that customer’s horses come in all shapes and sizes! “We chose jane, because her hard work, talent and ability have really shone through her partnership with our own wonderful Clydesdale Boston. jane has taken Boston from being a very green five-year-old to now working at elementary level and being placed in good company. We recognise that our customer’s horses are very diverse, which is why we carry stock and styles to suit all. We look forward to supporting jane and Boston on their continued journey up through the levels.” jane Lavington and Boston Deluxe were most recently placed second in the Petplan elementary Open Championship at the nAF Winter Dressage Championships.

New Shop at Golden Cross Equestrian Centre Liston equestrian is extremely proud to announce the opening of the new shop at Golden Cross equestrian Centre, and can be found on the first floor viewing gallery of the indoor arena. Stock has been carefully chosen from France, Belgium, Italy and Germany and includes Passier, Dy’on, ekkia, LAS Helmets, Fleck Whips, Freejump boots, chaps and stirrups, Waldhausen leatherwork and accessories just to name a few. The aim is to provide not only extremely high quality products, but products with a difference and an edge that we know you’ll fine both exciting and refreshing. Debbie Vincent says: “As well as our new range and our wood pellets products we also stock a large range of Cavalor supplements and offer free consultations to anyone who is unsure about their horses specific needs. We will endeavour to be open on all show days, and also regular days during the week. Please feel free to call us for private group visits, or to find out when we are open. We look forward to welcoming you to the new shop.” Debbie Vincent (Director, Liston Equestrian) 01825 872948, 07967 171126

Jumping Clinics with Alex Hua Tian Olympic event Rider, Alex Hua Tian, will be running afternoon and evening jumping clinics at Pachesham equestrian on Wednesday 20th june and monday 16th july. Clinics will take place on 52m x 70m rubber arena in small groups of a similar ability. Sessions will be one hours at a cost of £30 per rider. To book please email including details of your jumping height and a phone number.


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Perfect posture

Below: As a rider, your posture when riding is critical for control and influence over the horse. It also sums up the difference between being a rider and a passenger! This rider looks very effective

By George Gorman, inventor of the RS-tor rider safety aid

As a rider, your posture when riding is vital. The ability to hold an upright and balanced rider posture at all times is critical for control and influence over the horse. It also sums up the difference between being a rider and simply someone who is along for the ride! Why is posture important?

Firstly, when you get on your horse you have immediately lost all sense of gravity and support. The stability of the ground has gone and now you are at the mercy of your horse’s movement. Your horse also weighs around ten times more than you so complete body control is imperative. The smallest shift in the rider’s centre of gravity may result in a loss of proper alignment and will compromise the rider’s control of the horse. Take the sport dressage for example; here, it is essential for the rider to allow the horse its own self carriage. To gain influence over your horse, a strong and correct posture is key; this helps to maintain the core strength that is needed to control your horse and communicate cues to the horse.

Modern life conspires against good posture

Above: Maintaining a good posture for non-professional riders can be hard; it is all about symmetry. This rider could benefit from exercises to improve both her balance and her upper back posture

Assessing weak postural areas In the discipline of yoga, it is possible to concentrate on a certain area that needs improving. The Yoga Journal provides a simple technique to assess your weak postural areas as follows: You can assess your spinal curves by standing against a door frame. When you stand with your heels very near the frame, you should have contact at your sacrum (the upside-down triangularshape bone a few inches above your tailbone), the middle and upper back (thoracic spine), and the back of your head. With normal spinal curves, your lower back and neck won’t touch— there should be about an inch of space between the door frame and the vertebrae of your lower back. Once you have identified any areas of weakness, yoga can help to re-build your posture with certain exercises and techniques. Yoga helps to create a healthy alignment that is right for you. It will help you feel simultaneously strong and at ease, which can then be transferred to your horse. Read more about the benefits of yoga by visiting

Ideally, you should maintain good proper posture at all times. In an ideal world, if your posture is correct when you are sitting at your desk, out walking or during everyday activities, you wouldn’t have to constantly think about your posture when riding – you could concentrate solely on your discipline. However, maintaining a good posture for non-professional riders can be hard, because we don’t enforce it into our ‘normal’ jobs, or everyday lives. Modern life conspires against good posture. Riding is all about symmetry, so unless you are a truly gifted ambidextrous person, you will have a left or right sided strength, which will mean you will naturally lean to one side when riding. The best thing to do is develop a good posture from targeted exercises. Yoga is a great discipline to take up if you want to develop good core strength and a flexible back and pelvis. Yoga helps create a good posture that you can incorporate in to your everyday life. To function efficiently, your skeletal structure needs to be aligned vertically; when you are standing, your ears should be over your shoulders, your shoulders over your hips, and your hips over your knees and ankles. When any body part falls out of this vertical line, other muscles will try to pick up the slack and therefore feel unnecessary strain. This is such a common problem for many of us! You may be wondering, why all this interest in postural techniques like yoga? Well, as the inventor of the RS-tor rider safety aid, I am passionate about preventing falls. The RS-tor could be seen as your last chance of fall prevention, once the wheels of a fall have been put in Developing core strength and balance will help motion – but we would keep you safer and more stable in the saddle encourage all riders to work hard to develop core strength and balance, as we see them as part of your safety arsenal – they are tools to keep you safe, just like your riding helmet, and will help keep you safer and more stable in the saddle. JUNE 2012 Localrider 11

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A case study for a happy barefoot horse By Lucy Nicholas of Trelawne Equine, distributors of barefoot boots


n May’s issue of Localrider, we looked at what to expect when your barefoot horse is trimmed; we advised that only the hoof material that would wear away naturally, or needs to be removed to strengthen or prevent pathology, should be filed away; we also discussed the fact that your hoofcare practitioner should discuss with you how the hoof works, what common ailments might appear and why, in the barefoot horse. Hopefully it was useful, and a few readers will have started researching the barefoot option in more detail! There’s no denying that the transitional stage from shod to bare is a potentially bumpy process, so it pays to research the management of barefoot horses thoroughly first. One of the nicest things about working within the field of natural horsecare is the feedback we get from horse owners that have made the change from having their horses shod, to going barefoot. We do make a special effort to support to help people making the change, even if it is just answering emails with queries about hoof boots, which are often used during the transitional process – so it is nice to hear really positive success stories, like the one below. Hopefully it will inspire others to consider the barefoot option.

Case study “I have owned Bapsford for nine years – he has been barefoot for a year, at the time of writing. He has been fairly accident prone since I have had him; on two occasions he damaged the medial suspensory ligament of his left hind leg, and required lengthy periods of box rest. Each time, it has then triggered lameness problems relating to his hips and sacro-iliac joint.

Bapsford and his owner mostly hack; many barefoot horses excel at pleasure riding, as their feet experience different terrain, and become strong

This shows the pyramid of success for barefoot trimming, indicating that diet and exercise are the foundations of soundness - the trim is the last part of the puzzle

I read an article about going barefoot; it seemed that this could be something that could help him. At first I thought it would not be possible, as surely his feet would not be able to cope with the amount of roadwork I needed to do; we have very little off-road hacking? But the more I started to research, the more I realised that I had nothing to lose by trying it; he was not sound enough to ride properly with shoes on anyway. I am a vet in small animal practice and am shocked about how little I knew about the proper function of the hoof and how horse shoes prevent this. When I told my farrier (of 20 years) what I was planning, he said, ‘Well of course it is better for their feet if you don’t shoe them, but I’d be surprised if you can do that much road work’; however he is used to me trying to prove him wrong and has remained supportive! When I told my equine vet why he’d not seen us for lameness issues for some time since going barefoot, he was pleased, and said he knew of more people that were not shoeing now. Bapsford and I do mostly hacking, and since last summer we have started doing horse agility. Last month we did our first Trec training session, where he excelled himself. Since going barefoot, I have also gone bitless, and have found the confidence to start a bit of jumping again. Bapsford’s typical, flat Thoroughbred feet have transformed into nice, neat upright feet with improved grip – so no more slipping on the roads. I am also no longer paranoid about the hard ground knowing that he has proper, natural shock absorbers protecting his legs now. Obviously it is cheaper than being shod which is a bonus. Overall, I have a much happier horse.” Bapsford’s Mum.

Further reading This and other case studies can be found in the book: ‘The Barefoot Horse - An Introduction to Barefoot Hoof Care and Hoof Boots’ by Lucy Nicholas. ISBN: 978-0-85131-987-2. Price £15.9. Available from good bookshops and equestrian retailers, or call CBS: 01892 837171 with enquiries. june 2012 Localrider 13

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Solution for bit evasion? By Stephen Biddlecombe of

As a retailer of Bombers sweet iron bits, we often get asked advice regarding bitting options for horses. Here we share a recent email query from a local horse owner:


My 18-year-old loan mare sometimes shakes her head when schooling. She’s had her back and teeth checked and her tack fits. i ride her in a loose ring French link snaffle and my dressage instructor says the horse is simply evading. What bit may suit her? M Ellis, Uxbridge


Your horse may just have a sensitive tongue, as headshaking is a classic symptom, and is a way of avoiding pressure; horses with sensitive tongues may also put the tongue out, or over the bit. Because horses are flight animals, they do not yield to pressure or pain, but instead move away from it. You are right to work with relevant experts to help solve your mare’s problem – presumably neurological issues have also been ruled out. You could try her in a sweet iron bit, as they oxidise easily, encouraging salivation and acceptance. one potential bit is the elliptical loose ring, pictured above right, from Bombers equestrian equipment Bits. The bit features a 45 mm lozenge in the centre; it has a small surface area, so a horse that uses its tongue as a means of pushing against the bit will draw back to a better point of control. This bit retails for £55.26. Bombers Equestrian Equipment Bits were launched to the UK via distributor Equine Management Ltd in 2011, when they launched the world’s first ‘design a bit’ service online. Customers can specify one of seven mouth piece sizes and one of twelve cheek piece styles on an enquiry form, and after its submission, will be contacted via email with a price for the bit and turnaround time for its hand-made production. If there is a requirement for a size not detailed on the website, customers can write this information in the description box, for a completely bespoke service. Each bit is then hand-made by Bomber Nel, a South African equine expert, and shipped to the UK. (A wide range of off-the-shelf Bombers bits is also available for fast despatch at the site.)

Top left: Horse owner M Ellis rides her 18 y/o loan mare in a loose ring French link snaffle – but the mare does not always seem comfortable. Show jumper David McPherson, from Maidstone in Kent, is an advocate of sweet iron bits. Credit: British Show Jumping Association

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Bomber is renowned worldwide for his bitting expertise, and his bits are widely used within the fields of show jumping and the cross country phase of eventing. They are also popular within the fields of polo, polocrosse, western riding, endurance, racing and dressage. The range is renowned for its blue sweet iron metal, which oxidises easily, encourages salivation, helps bit acceptance, and has a warm, sweet feeling within the equine mouth. The famous blue hue of the bit fades over time, with oxidisation. Show jumper David McPherson, from Maidstone in Kent, is an advocate of the bits. “If ever I have a horse that is difficult in the mouth, I know that Bomber will be able to make something to suit. This is because he has such a great level of understanding, both from the physiological point of view and the rider’s point of view, whilst also understanding the necessity for sympathetic equine control,” says David. “This is what makes these bits stand out against others.” According to David, most horses mouth really well on Bombers sweet iron bits. “There is such a wide range of bits, whether you purchase something ‘off the peg’ from them, or made to order; the collection has been designed with the intricate workings of a horse’s mouth in mind, and is kind and well-shaped,” David says. Bomber is well-known for his dedication to introducing new bitting technologies – his brand’s rotating Petros mouthpieces are a good example, as they prevent the horse taking hold of the bit, and are precisely positioned at 45° in the mouth, to follow the contour of the horse’s tongue. june 2012 Localrider 29

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Darley to Dressage


ince i last wrote, the heavens seem to have opened and haven’t let up! This has put paid to several showing qualifiers i’d hoped to go to at the beginning of May but i did manage to get to Speedgate and oldencraig in april to attempt a couple of novice tests. Speedgate is a new venue for me and due to its position it can be quite windy. Coupled with the rain, this was something that lex as a thin-skinned thoroughbred wasn’t too keen on. However, weather aside, we still received sixth place in the first class which i was pleased with, although i felt tension spoiled the test and was confirmed in the judge’s comments. i was unfortunate enough to have a hail storm during my second test and with tension prevailing once again the second test was somewhat disappointing. My next outing to oldencraig was quite different as i was blessed with the only sunny day in april. lex was in better form on this occasion and we warmed up with lots of very talented horse and rider combinations. our test was in the international arena and despite a calm and forward warm-up the tension bug bit once again. This affected our scores in both tests, although pleasingly, the second test was an improvement on the first. it was good for lex to experience two new venues and i hope next time he will feel more relaxed. i’ll be spending most of May schooling and hacking and will try and cram in as many lessons as the British weather will allow. it’s also that time of year for lex to have a check-up with the chiropractor, saddler and dentist – i’m leaving nothing to chance! our next show will be the Hickstead unaffiliated Dressage Championship at the end of May where we will be campaigning at both Prelim and novice. good luck to those competing, let’s hope the rain relents! emma and lexcen are sponsored by aVTrinity, a Tunbridge Wells based, independent Financial adviser. For more updates on their progress visit

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Francesca and Smart Like Valentino winning in Houston, Texas

Francesca Sternberg Tops NRBC Intermediate Non Pro on Smart Like Valentino F Francesca and Smart like Valentino pictured with their prize haul

rancesca went on to win a further three classes, including the prestigious NRBC Non Pro Challenge aboard her sister’s horse Shiners Chic. This seven-year-old gelding had previously been successful when ridden by Francesca’s niece Jessica Sternberg. The ride became available as Jessica is currently taking her finals exams at The Royal Holloway University, and Francesca was delighted to be able to compete the horse in the interim period. Francesca has now won more than $250,000 in Reining competitions worldwide, making her the highest earning British Reining rider to date. She is part of the Sterling Quarter Horse team based at Bodiam, and has represented Great Britain at the last

three World Equestrian Games. Francesca joked that she has had to improve her performance recently to keep up with her Husband Doug Allen, last year’s Intermediate Open Reserve Word Champion and daughter Tabitha, last year’s AQHA International Rookie of the Year. Said Sternberg “the Heat is on!’ Francesca and Just Like Valentino can be seen in action this summer at the Garden of England Festival of Western Riding held at the Bodiam International Arena in East Sussex. The show takes place from July 18th - 22nd and will include the FEI CRI Reining class, used as a selection for the British Team competing at the FEI World Championships to be held in Italy in October. Further details on the show can be found at

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Garden of England Festival of

Western Riding Situated against a glorious backdrop of the Kent/Sussex border and the famous Bodiam Castle, the Garden of England Festival of Western Riding, held in the Bodiam International Arena, will this year celebrate its tenth anniversary from 18th – 22nd July 2012.


hat started as a humble local show has grown in to a truly unique International show-case. The show spans five days of intense competition, with riders travelling from across Europe to attend the UK’s premier American Quarter Horse and NRHA event, which includes the beauty of the Western Pleasure horses, the accuracy of the trail class and the elegance of the Horsemanship riders, as well as the FEI approved dramatic Reining classes. The majority of horses competing are the amazing American Quarter horses, famed for their unrivalled speed over the quarter mile, but in amongst the European and World Champions there are also a smattering of Paint and Appaloosa horses, and even some ponies in the very popular “Small Fry” classes. The arena is home of Sterling Quarter Horses, who have been producing European and World Champions for more than 20 years, and who will be competing through out the week in a variety of classes. There is something for everyone. The British team hopefuls will be competing for a place to represent Great Britain at the FEI European Championships, later this year in Italy. The young riders will be competing in the same arena as some of the best, and most famous, riders on the planet. Wandering in amongst the trade stands you will often see some well known faces from the silver screen or Formula 1, as the event attracts people from all walks of life, with one common interest, the Western life style. This year, with one week to go before the start of the Olympics you may even see one or two of our local athletes taking a day off, away from the stress of the upcoming games. So dust off your boots put on your jeans and come along to enjoy a wonderful day in the British countryside with a very western feel. With prize money and prizes exceeding $30,000 generously sponsored by companies such as Audi, Castrol, Charles Clark & Co and G Collins & Sons, one thing you can be sure of seeing will be some hot competition!

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No one can perform on an upset stomach

Charlie Marshall gallops to the finish in the 148cm & under section

Ponies join in the fun at Point-to-Point Words by Fiona Taylor


hree pony races were held at the East Sussex and Romney Marsh Hunt’s Point-to-Point Race Meeting at Catsfield on Sunday 15th April. The Marshall family from Brightling had an extremely successful day, securing a first, a second, a third and a fifth over the three races. Izzie (12) took second place in Race 2 (for Racing ponies 138cms & under), closely followed by her brother Alfie (11) in third place. Izzie then went on to finish fifth in Race 3 (for Racing ponies 148cms & under) behind her older brother Charlie (14) who won the race. Both Izzie and Alfie are pupils at Claremont Preparatory School in St. Leonards on Sea and are keen members of the school’s equestrian team.

Full results were as follows:Pony Race 1 - (148cms & under Non-Racing div) 1st Trowswell Saint Etienne William Nunn (11) – East Sussex & Romney Marsh 2nd Bertie Bassett Tabitha Wylie (10) – East Sussex & Romney Marsh 3rd Peanut Cosmo Ball (9) - East Sussex & Romney Marsh Pony Race 2 - (138cms & under Racing div) 1st Stretcholt Hermes George Crate (15) - Surrey Union 2nd Gazza Cruiser Izzie Marshall (12) - East Sussex & Romney Marsh 3rd Goldsborough Moonlight Mist Alfie Marshall (11) - East Sussex & Romney Marsh Pony Race 3 - (148cms & under Racing div) 1st Thereshegoes Charlie Marshall (14) - East Sussex & Romney Marsh 2nd Ruby Roo George Crate (15) - Surrey Union 3rd The Hairy Quaker Delilah Osbourne (12) - East Sussex & Romney Marsh

All three pony races were sponsored by Claremont School which, following the opening of its own Senior School in September 2011, now provides a continuous education from Nursery to A-Level across its two sites (St. Leonards on Sea and Bodiam). The school makes use of excellent local equestrian facilities, supporting pupils who are keen to compete in equestrian events, or who simply wish to learn the basic skills of horse riding and stable management. Scholarships are available to individuals who demonstrate outstanding potential in equestrian pursuits, as well as academic, art, drama, music & sport. Further details regarding Claremont School can be found by visiting the school’s website

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Alfie Marshall collects his third prize for the 138cm section

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Izzie Marshall collects her second prize for the 138cm section

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FEATURE Figgie on one of his hacks out

Racing to Showing with Lynn Russell

Photo by Peter Kelly

For those who are further along with their retraining and maybe thinking of venturing into the show ring for the first time I would recommend that you watch Racing to Showing, with Lynn Russell. Top show producer, Lynn has teamed up with the RoR to produce an informative guide to show preparation and ring craft. Lynn won the The South Essex Insurance Broker’s Racehorse to Riding Horse class at HOYS with Lin D’Estruval in 2007 so its not surprising this DVD is full of top tips.

Figaro Flyer

The diary of

RACEHORSE TO RIDING HORSE On 21st February, Localrider columnist, Alex Kelly, found herself at Ascot Blood Horse Sales, with her hand in the air and the new owner of former racehorse Figaro Flyer. This diary plots Figgie’s transformation from racehorse to riding horse. May 2012 Progress? Yes, there has been progress, but it’s slow progress! Figgie has also let us know that he has another passion in his life besides Polo’s, and that’s mud. Thanks to the wettest spring on record our resident mud lark has plenty to keep him happy. I have explained to him that as he takes part in a monthly magazine column he really should try and stay pristine at all times – he’s having none of it! In between brushing the mud off him he has also had a full MOT. His back has been checked and after one physiotherapy session he is finding it easier to step through from behind. The difference is very noticeable when you ride him, he no longer feels as inflexible as a piece of 2x4 MDF. We also had his teeth looked at by equine dentist, Nick Coles, which has also been a massive

help. The day after Nick’s visit Figgie was much happier with the bit and was mouthing correctly for the first time. The next furlong in Figgie’s retraining is hacking out. Racing yards tend to exercise in groups, I have to hack on my own the majority of the time, but on the plus side all my riding is off the road. Having my mum in ear shot as it pays to be cautious, I take him out of the yard, Figgie is as cool as ever on the track that leads to the fields. I wonder if open fields might be a bit of a test for him, but when his hooves hit the grass he stops. I wasn’t expecting this reaction, he stares for a moment taking in the sights before I nudge him back into a walk and from then on we don’t look back. I’ll admit to a slightly hair raising moment when a deer jumped out and I think Figgie thought he ought to follow, but a scratch on the neck

reassured him that he didn’t need to beat it to the winning post. It’s very much baby steps, I was under no illusion that this would be a quick turn around when I took Figgie on. With the show horses and ponies I feel it takes me a year to have them on song for a show class and I’m sure retraining a racehorse will be no different. As most county show entries close in March and April he does hold some entries at a couple of them. You just never know when a horse will be ready and it’s good to have the option, but I think it might have been a bit premature on my part and we will need to wait a while.

RoR news William Fox-Pitt won the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event (USA) with Parklane Hawk, an ex-race horse from New Zealand, who is proving to be a talented and consistent partner for William, “He’s adapted to Eventing very quickly from racing – he’s an amazing horse.” After last year’s Burghley win Hawks had taken William one step closer to winning the $350,000 Rolex Grand Slam, but sadly with the cancellation of Badminton he has to wait to 2013 to

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attempt winning the final leg. With early showing qualifiers kicking off in April, local riders with retrained race horses have wasted no time in qualifying for Hickstead. South of England Spring Show saw Polly Ruler and Jessica Sneddon win a strong class where Indian Spring and Charlotte Forde stood second.

Local Success story Each month Localrider talks to a reader who has turned a racehorse into a riding horse, this month we talk to Jane Townshend.

Lauren Boyles riding, Mariday for Jane Townshend

Race Horse’s name & age: Mariday (Billy), aged 11.

Racing history: Ran on the flat as a threeyear-old and trained with Lady Herries he then went onto Laurence Wells to run over hurdles. Billy ran a total of twenty five times under rules - flat, hurdles and chase - and completed two point to points. His best result was at Huntingdon when he finished second in a two and a half mile furlong selling handicap hurdle. Beaten by just half a length on good to firm ground after leading from the start and was subsequently claimed by David Pipe.

Pic by Amy Dragoo/FEI

Biggest success so far: Returning home to Jane in October 2010 His biggest success since becoming a show horse was winning the Tattersalls ROR class at Heathfield last year and going Champion.

William Fox-Pitt and Parklane Hawk on winning form at HSBC FEI Classics™ in Kentucky.

Goals for the future: This season he will hopefully have a go at the ROR challenge (jumping) section. He will also be aimed at the HOYS classes for retrained racehorses

Any advice for anyone wanting to retrain a race horse: Take your time, retraining doesn’t happen overnight. Feed your horse a low energy balanced high fibre diet to start with and give your horse plenty of turnout. Take your horse right back to basics as if he were just broken. Nip any bad habits in the bud before they flourish. Would you do it again? Yes I would definately do it again, it’s so rewarding.









Pic by Equi National

Purchased when & where: A homebred horse that Jane ran in a syndicate with friends, Billy was sold and then the syndicate broke up.










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Planning your


Riding Arena

Most riders dream of keeping their horses at home and once they have purchased the stables and land they dream of building the perfect arena, which will allow them to school virtually all year round. There is lots to consider when installing an arena, not least planning permission and we asked Mark Scott of Mark Scott Equestrian Arenas to remind us all of the process involved prior to the first digger arriving on site.


Be cautious

Building an arena is a big investment for most people and it is tempting to go for the cheaper option. Mark said: “Often people know a man up the road with a digger, someone who can get sand, stone , fencing, and ‘he is so much cheaper than other quotes’, who will also do it for cash. These contractors are commonly good machine operators, who have an understanding of soil conditions. Unfortunately their understanding of equine sand, drainage systems and the aggregate that surrounds the drains, along with membrane quality and specifications leaves a lot to be desired. The likelihood of minimal quantities being used at the construction stage can compound with the poor materials and invariably within two to three years or less can lead to disappointment. Usually the surface will ride deep as a result of poor quality sand leading to all the inherent problems that it brings in terms of additional stress on horse’s limbs and feet, together with membrane damage and possible integration of the sand and sub surface. This may also be coupled with poor drainage.” Often the cost of correcting a badly constructed arena can exceed the cost the contractor quoted to build the arena from scratch.

Planning Permission

You will normally require planning permission for change of use of the land and this can be obtained from your local authority. It is at this stage you may discover your land is still classed as agricultural and may need to be transferred to equine use, which can normally be done as a formality. However, planning permission on the whole seems to be taking longer and costing more. Councils are still giving planning decisions to construct within the eight week specified timescale, however it appears that in most cases conditions are stipulated. Each of these conditions has to be addressed and signed off before works can commence. Councils have another three weeks to respond to these condition replies. Some councils are charging a one off fee of £85.00 to discharge, while others are charging £35.00 per condition, all on top of the recent planning fee increase from £265.00 to £330.00. It is wise to allow at least three months for the planning process, when considering building an arena. In conclusion Mark said: “We here at Mark Scott Arenas provide a specialist service reaching out to a wide spectrum of equine pursuits. If you are thinking of installing an ‘All Weather Riding Surface’ please invite professional companies to quote. We currently promote Martin Collins factory mixed surface products for professional riders looking for something more durable than our entry level Quartz Equisand sand and rubber option.” For more information on Mark Scott Arenas visit or call 01580 291328

lanning the installation of a new riding arena is an exciting prospect for most equine enthusiasts. Whether you are building it for personal use, so that you have a dedicated area to school your own horse or whether you are expanding an existing equine business, the initial research both before and at the quotation stage should be the same. The practical realities of getting a professional riding surface installed are far from straight forward. Cost is invariably the big question on most people’s minds. The simple answer to this is you get what you pay for, in terms of both size and quality of surface, not to mention drainage and fencing. It is always a good policy to obtain two or three quotes when you are at this preliminary stage, this should involve site visits from the contractors you have invited to quote. This will give you an opportunity to get a feel for the person who you will eventually be negotiating and working with and ask questions about any areas of the work you are unsure about. The contractor should be able to demonstrate a good understanding of the products he is selling, in terms of quality of equine sand, drainage bed, timber, and methodology. The contractor should also be able to provide you with a list of existing customers who have had the same surface, as you would like. A phone call or a visit to one or two of these customers is recommended in order to gain feedback, both on how the surface rides and also to ask about the project itself from start to finish. Ask if there is anything they would have done differently.

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Premier Arenas


remier Arenas, are running for the whole of 2012 their successful Bronze, Silver and Gold 2012 Arena Offer that was launched in January. The offer is for a 20m x 40m arena and gives customers a choice from one of three surfaces. Bronze – a sand and rubber topping, Silver – a sand and fibre mix topping or Gold – a sand, fibre and rubber topping. Premier said: “These make up Premier Arenas three most popular surfaces and best of all are being packaged with the arena at our best ever prices for the Olympic year. If you’ve been considering an arena and need planning advice or already have planning permission to build one then 2012 is the year to turn your dreams of having your own riding arena into a reality with our 2012 Offer For existing arenas that maybe need a little T.L.C. why not consider a surface replacement and renovation. At Premier Arenas we offer a comprehensive range of surfaces that could soon have your arena riding like new again.” For further details please call 08450 218142 or see our website at

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ndoor school owners could save thousands of pounds in electricity by installing an innovative see-through wall (see advert on p41). While many riding schools rely on plastic rooflights and fluorescent lighting, they can now opt for a more natural, and cheaper, alternative. Highlight - a perforated metal wall sheeting creates a light and airy environment with excellent ventilation and natural daylight, without allowing in wind and rain. “Roof lights often give uneven lighting across a building, with the creation of shadowy areas and strong light beams,” says Ali Dominy, recreational rider and managing director at United Roofing Products in Devon. “Electrical lighting can also create shadows, and is expensive to run, while glass or plastic windows often result in a stuffy atmosphere in the summer.” Highlight’s perforations allow light and air through 25% of the clad area in an even spread, so the building is always light and well ventilated. “However, it doesn’t allow in wind and rain – it is like standing outside but without the weather.” Originally developed to improve health and welfare in livestock buildings, it is now in great demand for equestrian use, including as walling on indoor schools and equine pools.

Case Study:

Rosevidney Livery Stables, Marazion, Cornwall Scott and Verity Perry installed Highlight wall panels at Rosevidney when they built a brand new 22m x 60m indoor school in 2009. “We wanted to make sure we had plenty of light coming in, so that we didn’t have to use the lights as much,” says Scott. “It’s worked really well – we only need to put the lights on when it gets dark. Other yards need to have lights on eight hours a day, so that’s a saving for us of over £1400 a year. The panels were very easy and relatively cheap to install – and also curried favour with the local planning department. At a cost of about £2000 installed, I think it is probably cheaper than timber cladding. It’s light and easy to put up – you can just pick it up with one hand so we literally put it up with a ladder and a few hand tools. It is performing very well and the horses seem to like it – it’s nice and airy inside in the summer, and doesn’t get hot like some indoor schools do,” says Scott. For more information visit or call 01884 839302.

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Laura and Spud having fun cross country


Laura Powell writes... Gutted, absolutely gutted about Badminton being cancelled. To make matters worse I can’t even attempt to qualify for it for the next five years as I’ve previously ridden round an Intermediate course. I had the lorry packed, been out and bought all the supplies for the week, and then had to spend all day Monday unpacking. With the majority of events cancelling, or due to cancel and more rain on the way I made the most of my ‘Badminton’ week and went to find four days of sun! The yard was organised, I didn’t have any lessons booked and the horses would survive four days on the walker. Debbie (who was due to groom for me) and I made a mad dash to the shops to buy bikinis and summer wear and boarded a plane to Majorca. We only went Wednesday to Sunday, but it was a great way to get over the disappointment. However, as soon as we landed in grey England the rain, hail and wind continued. Before ‘the rain’ we had a trip to South of England horse trials. A local event, which attracts loads of big names and you can usually find yourself sharing the practice fence with one the greats! I had Spud and Alf entered for the BE100. Spud finally produced a better test of 33.5 and then went on to produce a lovely double clear, to finish sixth. I was especially pleased with him as the cross country had been beefed up and there was a serious lack of Christmas trees at the edge of all the skinnies. Alf meanwhile warmed up beautifully, until we went into our dressage arena, which was in the furthest corner right next to the main road. We had juggernauts, people walking their dogs and all sorts come past in the six minutes that we were in the arena. We held it together, but it wasn’t pretty - 40 was a generous score! In the show jumping he didn’t even acknowledge the second fence until we went through it. Despite jumping the rest clear we decided not to run him cross country as he was meant to be heading to Badminton and we didn’t want to take our chances! So other than that it’s been pretty quiet. Sooty has gone to a lovely new home in Essex where he will become a professional dressage horse and also jump affiliated. Spud and Alf are entered for Borde Hill which will hopefully be dry enough to run and then we might move up to novice. Until then there are more show jumping shows - on all weather arenas! And the old witch (Daisy) has started her fitness campaign (again). I’ve taken it really slow with her as she tied up again in January. This is my last attempt at bringing her back to competition. I’ve got her turned out at night on a bank to keep her moving and she’s just started cantering. Hopefully by next month we may have been out and terrorised everyone at a show!

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Previous winners of the

Hickstead Derby

Ten of the last 15 Hickstead Derby winners have been based in the counties Localrider Magazine covers and with so many on form combinations heading to Hickstead for the 2012 Carpetright Derby, we are hoping for a ‘local’ win again this year. William Funnell and Peter Charles Guy Williams have both won the Derby Ranked: 5 three times, while Guy D.O.B: 11 July 1971 Williams and Tina Fletcher Lives: Canterbury, Kent Children: Maisie & George will be wanting to be in the Info: Guy won the Hickstead Derby in 2010, a year later he made his debut on number one spot again. a Senior European Championship team, where he was a member of the team that brought a Bronze medal home. Did you know: Guy has some pet black swans that live on a pond next to his kitchen.

William Funnell Ranked: 8

D.O.B: 10th February 1966 Lives: Dorking, Surrey Info: William is married to event rider, Pippa Funnell. In partnership with Donal Barnwell, William and Pippa own the Billy Stud and both can be seen competing homebred horses with the Billy prefix. William achieved a childhood ambition when he first won the Hickstead Derby in 2006 with Mondriaan, who went on to win again in 2008 and 2009.

Peter Charles Ranked: 10

D.O.B: 1st January 1960 Lives: Alton, Hampshire Family: Wife, Tara and children, Harry, Scarlett and Sienna Info: Peter has competed at two Olympic Games, three World Championships and two European Championships. He won individual Gold at the 2003 European Championships. Peter and Corrada won the Hickstead Derby an impressive three years running in 2001, 2002 and 2003.

Tina Fletcher Ranked: 12

D.O.B: 12th June 1965 Lives: Faringdon, Oxfordshire Family: Husband, Graham and children, William and Oliver Info: Tina began her career at the age of four, with a 12.2hh pony called Rocky. With him she competed at the Welsh Championships, Area Pony Club eventing, Area Pony Club Show Jumping and Prince Phillip Cup. In 1991 she was second in the Hickstead Derby a position she repeated in 2010 on Promised Land and a year later the combination jumped the only clear round to win the 2011 Hickstead Derby.

British Jumping Derby Champions 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969 1970 1971 1972 1973


1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011


Goodbye, Seamus Hayes (Ireland) Flanagan, Pat Smythe (GB) Gran Geste, Nelson Pessoa (Brazil) Goodbye, Seamus Hayes (Ireland) Gran Geste, Nelson Pessoa (Brazil) Mr Softee, David Broome (GB) Stroller, MarionCoakes (GB) The Maverick VII, Alison Westwood (GB) Xanthos, Anneli Drummond-Hay (GB) Mattie Brown, Harvey Smith (GB) Mattie Brown, Harvey Smith (GB) Shirokko, Hendrik Snoek (Germany) Mr Banbury (The Maverick VII), Alison Dawes (Westwood) (GB) Salvador, Harvey Smith (GB) Pele, Paul Darragh (Ireland) Boomerang, Eddie Macken (Ireland) Boomerang, Eddie Macken (Ireland) Boomerang, Eddie Macken (Ireland) Boomerang, Eddie Macken (Ireland) Owen Gregory, Michael Whitaker (GB) Sanyo Video, Harvey Smith (GB) Deister, Paul Schockemohle (Germany) Ryan’s Son, John Whitaker (GB) Gabhran, Lt John Ledingham (Ireland) Lorenzo, Paul Schockemohle (Germany) Deister, Paul Schockemohle (Germany) J Nick, Nick Skelton (GB) Apollo, Nick Skelton (GB) Apollo, Nick Skelton (GB) Vital, Joe Turi (GB) Mon Santa, Michael Whitaker (GB) Mon Santa, Michael Whitaker (GB) Mon Santa, Michael Whitaker (GB) Kilbaha, Capt John Ledingham (Ireland) Kilbaha, Capt John Ledingham (Ireland) Loro Piana Vivaldi, Nelson Pessoa (Brazil) Bluebird, John Popely (GB) Gammon, John Whitaker (GB) Lionel II, Rob Hoekstra (GB) Virtual Village Welham, John Whitaker (GB) Corrada, Peter Charles (Ireland) Corrada, Peter Charles (Ireland) Corrada, Peter Charles (Ireland) Buddy Bunn, John Whitaker (GB) Alfredo, Ben Maher (GB) Cortaflex Mondriaan, William Funnell (GB) Cassabachus, Geoff Billington (GB) Cortaflex Mondriaan, William Funnell (GB) Cortaflex Mondriaan, William Funnell (GB) Softrack Skip Two Ramiro, Guy Williams (GB) Tina Fletcher, Promised Land (GB)

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Assisted Breeding

provide information with regards to their competition history. When purchasing semen from abroad I would advocate the use of an agent such as Elite Stallions to buy the semen on your behalf. To import semen into the UK, the semen must comply with certain health criteria for example the stallion from which the semen has been collected must be free of Equine Viral Arteritis (EVA) at the time of collection. It is much easier to allow an agent to make sure all the paperwork certifying the health status of the stallion, the “health papers”, arrives properly with the semen. The agents will also sort out the shipping of the semen to the required location. Communication between vets, owners and semen agents is essential. Many of the problems encountered with the AI routines are due to mares being examined too late in the day to order semen and breakdowns in the lines of communication.

This issue Ed Lyall BVetMed CertEM (StudMed) MRCVS of the Arundel Equine Hospital looks at artificial insemination and embryo transfer in horses. Chilled or frozen?


here are many reasons why people breed horses, some people do it for fun just to enjoy having a foal, some people want to breed from a mare they have enjoyed owning and is retired from ridden work or is having a career break, some people are wanting to breed a serious competition horse for dressage, show jumping or eventing. The assisted breeding technique of artificial insemination allows the use of stallions from all over the world and embryo transfer allows mares to continue in competition and to produce foals without having a career break. This massively widens the gene pool available to breeders. That is not to say the stallions in the UK are of poor quality, it is just that there may be a more appropriate stallion for a particular mare in another country such as Germany or Holland. Many of the modern techniques used by skilled vets are successful and relatively inexpensive. Quite simple routines make breeding for novice mare owners less daunting. Scanning the mare

Semen is either available in chilled or frozen form. There are advantages of both types; chilled semen is ordered the day before the mare is due to ovulate. It is collected to order, chilled to about 5°C and shipped to arrive with the mare within 24 hours of collection. Chilled semen is shipped all over the UK and Europe easily. It is possible to get chilled semen from the USA but is much more tricky. The disadvantage of chilled semen is that semen is only available on the days that the courier will reliably deliver i.e. Tuesday to Friday and possibly Saturday. One of the main advantages of chilled semen is the timing of insemination needs to be less precise and the techniques used for insemination process are less skilled, however I now use a deep intrauterine insemination technique to inseminate mares that have had small volumes of chilled semen delivered from the continent. Also some stallions have better fertility with chilled semen than with frozen semen. The success with frozen semen seems to be stallion dependent. Some stallions are more fertile after the semen has been frozen and thawed than others. However with modern freezing techniques the majority of stallions now have very good fertility when frozen semen is used. The main advantage of using frozen semen is that it is ordered well in advance of when it is required. It is stored at the facility where the mare is to be inseminated and it is available seven days a week. The disadvantages of using frozen semen is the timing of insemination is much more crucial and the insemination techniques, usually deep intra uterine insemination are far more skilled. We aim to inseminate with frozen semen within 4 to 6 hours of ovulation, we use ovulation induction agents that relatively accurately stimulate ovulation approximately 36 to 48 hours after administration, however to get the timing correct still requires 3 or 4 examinations on the day of insemination.

Managing your mare

One of the key aspects to getting mares in foal with chilled or frozen semen is the management of the mare after she has been inseminated. Many mares, particularly older mares, develop a post inseminating endometritis, or inflammatory response within the uterus. Identifying this by ultrasound scanning the uterus 6 to 24 hours after service and dealing with it with sterile saline lavages and

The process

The aim of this article is not to discuss in details routines used for frozen and chilled semen but to show that using AI is a simple option. If mare owners would like to know more about these routines information is available on our website www. As the vet goes through the AI process, of actually getting the mare in foal, the owner of the mare will go through a steep learning curve. Artificial insemination by experienced vets is a very successful and simple way of obtaining a foal. The mare stays at home or locally at a specialist AI centre and the owners are involved in what is happening. In my experience we have experienced higher conception rates with both chilled and frozen semen than with natural service.

Obtaining an endometrial smear for bacterial culture and cytology

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The starting point when planning a breeding program for a mare is to choose the stallion. Looking in magazines where stallion owners advertise is a good way of starting to look at which stallions are available. The internet has also made selecting stallions much easier, there is so much information available on the net, many of the stud’s websites have video clips of the stallions and the breed societies will 56 Localrider june 2012

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intra-uterine antibiotics is essential. An exciting area of assisted breeding that is developing rapidly is embryo transfer (ET). This is where a donor mare, of value to the owner either for sport or for some other reason, produces a foal without having to carry the foal and have a break in her career. ET can also allow mares with fertility problems such as a damaged uterus or orthopaedic problems such as a damaged pelvis, that cannot carry a foal, to produce a foal that is carried by a surrogate mother. One of the other advantages is that several foals can be produced from one high value mare in a season potentially by different stallions.

Looking for embryos

The mare is inseminated or mated with a desired stallion following the usual process. The uterus is flushed at 7 or 8 days after ovulation, the recovered fluid is filtered and searched through under a microscope for 14 d embryo an embryo. The embryo is loaded into a straw and transferred into a recipient (surrogate mare), whose cycle has been closely synchronised with the donor mare’s cycle. In experienced hands ET can be very successful. The biggest problem is having a big enough group of recipient mares to accurately synchronise 28d embryo with the donor mare. The routine that we have developed in our practice is to flush the donor mare and ship the embryo within four hours to a stud in the midlands, where there is a large herd of recipient mares. The beauty of this routine is that the mare can stay at home and continue with its training and competition, she is just taken away to a facility where we can do the embryo flush for a couple of hours.

Embryos can also be flushed from mares and frozen for transfer into a recipient at a much later date in the future. Embryos do get sold like this and they get sold in recipient mares. The expected success rates with AI and embryo transfer do depend on the experience of the stud vet. The fertility rates with frozen and chilled semen can be as high as 80% per cycle, with a total in foal rate of 95% by the end of the season, however, this will Clearing the be influenced by the fertility membranes from the nose of the mare and the stallion. We aim to achieve an embryo flush rate that is comparable with the expected in foal rate following AI, we usually achieve a flush rate of approximately 80% and a transfer rate of approximately 80% of those embryos taking in the recipient mare. Following freezing the transfer rate can be as low as 45%. As to the costs, most vets do fixed price packages so that you can see what you are likely to pay for both AI and ET. For future improvement of British Sport Horse Breeding assisted breeding techniques are essential. There are many factors that go into producing a successful sport horse such as the training and rider selection, but the starting point has to be the combination of the genes from quality successful mares and stallions by breeding. Using AI, a stallion’s gene pool can be available while he remains in competition. The genes from top quality mares used only to become available when the mare is retired or has a career break. Many people are reluctant to give mares career breaks as they often do not come back into competition as successfully as they did before, this is where embryo transfer becomes so important. We need to promote the breeding from successful mares in competition by embryo transfer to produce the best horses for the highest levels of sport.

The Arundel Equine Hospital stud services BEVA accredited practice for AI- chilled and frozed semen Many years experience Walk in service for natural cover Embryo Transfer CEM accredited lab Mares can be boarded and taken in from all over the south of England Speialised foal care Stallion sub-fertility assessments 24 hour dedicated stud vet emergency call out and hospital care

General services RCVS accredited Tier 3 Hospital Full surgical faclities Bone scan Mobile and hospital based full digital diagnosis On site lab Referrals taken Pre-purchase examinations Sport Horse poor performance investigations For further information please contact the practice on 01903 883050 or click on

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tried&tested Mark Todd Fly Ultra Combo Manufactured in a lightweight, tight-weave mesh fabric, the Mark Todd Ultra Fly Combo is designed to protect against irritating flies and insects, as well as reflecting harmful UV rays to help prevent the horse’s coat from being bleached by the sun. Features include an integral neck cover with Lycra panel at the withers for freedom of movement, plus a broad belly flap, anti-rub shoulder lining, optional leg straps and a generous pleated tail flap. Sizes: 5’6” to 7’0” RRP: £69.99 LR Comment: This is a great combo fly rug. It has elastic fabric at the withers to easy movement and to help prevent rubbing. It is lightweight and all the extras such as belly flap and tail flap are generous in size. An extremely well made rug, which should suit even the biggest hooligan in the field.

The Rambo Flyrider is part of the Fly Buster family and uses a Vamoose treated material. The rug is treated with Permethrin, a man made insect control treatment. The Flyrider is made from unique patented Rambo Protector fabric. Gives freedom of movement and extra protection. Protects sensitive area around dock and top of tail. UV protection. Elasticated closures at top and front of rug. Contoured leg area. RRP: £100.00 LR Comment: This is one of the most innovative products I have seen in a long while. And if you live in an area where you can’t see for horse flies or mosquitoes I highly recommend investing in the Flyrider. It has fluorescent tape on the sides and tail flap, so is perfect for hacking. Also great to throw over at shows.

An economic and effective all in one combo fly rug that will offer all over protection for the horse. The Loveson Fly Rug is made from a light, strong mesh. It is an all in one rug, with a belly pad with two straps, a full neck cover and tail flap, with vents at the shoulder for ease of movement. The rug fits close to the horse preventing flies from getting in under the rug. The front is twin buckled and there are velcro fastenings along the underside of the neck. Sizes: 5’0” to 7’0” RRP: £39.99 Loveson from Tagg Equestrian Tel: 01636 636 135 LR Comment: This is a very lightweight, reasonably priced fly rug. I liked the lining along the neck to stop it rubbing out and another plus is it is possible to attach the face mask to the end of the neck of the rug.

KP Equestrian Fly Rug with Fly Mask Pink mesh fly rug with neck and built in fly mask. Double chest straps, Velcro fastening under the neck and head. Tail flap. Triple surcingle straps under the belly. In a vibrant pink your horse or pony will be super comfy in this rug and be fly free! Sizes: 5’0 – 6’6’’ RRP: £35.00 www. LR Comment: If you like pink you will love this rug. It has a detachable neck and comes with a fly mask, making the whole package exceptionally good value for money. A really fun rug for summer.

WeatherBeeta Airflow Combo with Freestyle Tail Flap The WeatherBeeta Airflow Combo with Freestyle Tail Flap offers fantastic protection from flies. Made from a soft polyester mesh outer and featuring the exclusive Freestyle Full Wrap Tail Flap plus adjustable/removable belly wrap and nylon lined shoulders. The ‘airflow’ weave allows air to circulate - but is tightly woven to provide protection from insects. Head to tail coverage is given by the combo neck. Colour: New Blue Bubbles, Denim and Silver/Navy Size: 5’0” to 7’0” (Blue Bubbles and Silver/Navy) / 4’0” to 7’6 (Denim) RRP: £59.99 (Solid), £64.99 (Bubbles)

No Flies on Me At last we have seen a glimpse of sunshine through the clouds and after such a damp spring, the chances are bugs and flies will be out and about in abundance this summer. This issue we have been testing everything you will need to make them buzz away, from the practical to the quirky there is something for everyone... Derby House Sports Fly Rug Improved Fit! Durable polyester mesh fabric full neck fly rug offering UV protection for your horse. Soft lycra insert over withers to increase stretch and flexibility. Reinforced double buckle fastening with touch and close loop fastenings on the neck. Lined shoulders to prevent rubbing. Features include; shoulder gusset for freedom of movement, large tail flap, three surcingles to ensure a secure fit, leg straps and filet string. Comes with fly mask. Colour: Silver bound Ribbon Red Sizes: 5’6” – 7’0” RRP: £62.99 or Freephone 0800 048 0114 LR Comment: Everything you would look for in a fly rug. Good strong fittings, belly flap and it comes with a fly mask.

Bucas Buzz-Off Cooler This full-neck blanket has been designed with the primary aim of keeping the horse protected from flies whilst out at competitions or shows. Made from the Bucas Buzz Off fly fabric this cooler keeps chills at bay and flies at a distance. Reaching from the ears to below the belly and with a tail flap it is an ideal cover up. It has a padded front for comfort and protection with a metal clasp and additional single Velcro strap for secure fitting. It also has a removable belly strap that keeps it in place when it may be a little breezy. The full neck features three Velcro straps and an elastic head band to attach to a bridle or head-collar. The fabric is Navy, lightweight and helps to ensure your horse is comfortable, cool and bite free. Colour: Navy trimmed with Silver Sizes: Buzz-Off Cooler: S, M, L, XL RRP: £63.00 LR Comment: This is a really clever idea as flies can be so annoying for horses while waiting around at shows. The rug is really well made and I particularly liked the padded front. It is lightweight so easy for a groom to carry and throw over in between classes.

Loveson Light Fly Rug Light

LR Comment: We tested the new blue bubbles design, which is really fun and admired at the stables. This is an extremely well made, good quality rug.

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tried&tested Fly masks, repellents, ointments etc. Horseware Flymask Improved design to protect the eye area whilst ensuring an excellent fit, eye guard to help prevent the mask rubbing the eye area and to allow the mask to maintain its shape, soft comfortable Vamoose treated fleece to deter fly entry under the mask, detachable nose cover to shade the horse from harmful UV rays to help deter flies from irritating this sensitive area, extremely durable materials. RRP: is £25.00 LR Comment: There are two great things about this fly mask. Firstly the innovative design so that it keeps the mask away from the horse’s eyes and secondly the Vamoose treated fleece, helps to deter flies.

UltraShield Brand Fly Bonnet from Absorbine The UltraShield brand Fly Mask is made from new Rip-SheildTM material, and is super-tough and tear resistant, providing protection against all types of flies, mosquitoes and gnats. The see-through mesh has two adjustable safety-release closures to ensure a good fit. The Fly Mask is machine washable and can be dried on a line. UltraShield® brand Fly Masks are available with and without ears in both small or large. RRP: £19.43 www. LR Comment: This is made from really soft, fine fabric and has plenty of fleece in the area under the horse’s throat to stop rubbing. It is heat reflective, UV Protective, fairly indestructible and well priced too.

KM Elite Space Fly Mask

KM Elite Fly Mask

Innovative, spacious design to protect the eyes whilst ensuring an optimum fit, up to 85mm space from the eyes. Two robust Velcro straps, one double locking for extra security. Detachable nose flap protects sensitive skin from harmful UV rays. Soft, comfortable, fleece edging.

New improved for 2012.Designed for protection, comfort and durability. Also provides shade with UV protective mesh. Black mesh with black trim. 50% UV protection. Long nose with ears.

Sizes: Small, Medium, Large RRP: £19.99 Telephone 01403 759659 / www.

Sizes: Small, Medium, Large, XL RRP: £15.99 Telephone 01403 759659 /

LR Comment: This is a great idea. I always worry about the fly mask being too close to my horse’s eyes and this seems the perfect solution.

UltraShield® from Absorbine UltraShield®, is the ultimate insecticide for use around horses to protect against irritating and biting insects. It contains active ingredients Permethrin and Pyrethrin, providing instant “knock-down” when insects come into contact with it, as well as a long lasting protective “shield”. The product offers all-round protection in equestrian premises, stables and barns, and also in dog sleeping quarters. UltraShield® Equestrian Premises Spray is instantly recognisable in its hallmark black bottle, and is available in 946ml spray. RRP: £19.13

LR Comment: This mask provides 50% UV protection. It is elasticated at the poll, to provide extra comfort. A good simple mask at an affordable price.

Equine America Citronella Summer Horse Spray An effective coat conditioner containing Lanolin and Aloe Vera with essential oils including Citronella, Eucalyptus and Cedar Wood. Horse Spray will leave your horses coat and skin healthy and supple with a pleasant Citronella aroma. Available in 946ml bottle. RRP: £10.99 Telephone 01403 255809 /

KM Elite Fly Repel KM Elite Fly Repel with a new improved formulation which contains Lemongrass Oil, Teatree Oil, Lavender Oil, Citronella Extract and Ethyl Buthanol. This innovative natural equine Fly Spray is perfect for the horses that you care about. Specially formulated for horses and ponies, this fly repellent gives superior natural protection from troublesome biting flies and so can prevent the diseases that they carry. Available in 1 litre bottles.

LR Comment: Good value spray, a combined conditioner for the coat with the smell of citronella to keep the flies away.

Equimins Extra Strength Fly Repellent Equimins’ Extra Strength Fly Repellent is an effective fly repellent product that has been tried and tested in the Far East. The fly repellent contains three new active ingredients, two of which are herbal, to deliver outstanding results. It’s been tested in the Far East as they have biting insects all year round there, and if it can excel in those conditions, you can imagine how effective it is in the UK? It’s economical to use as a little goes a very long way and, better still, to date, no adverse allergic reactions have been noted. 500ml bottle.

RRP £14.99

RRP: £13.55

LR Comment: Four trigger pulls cover 1m squared of horse. Quick and easy to use.

LR Comment: I found this bottle easy to hold. A little went a long way and it was fairly effective against the flies and midges.

LR Comment: This is a great summer yard spray. It isn’t just effective against flying insects, but those on the ground too. It is perfect to spray in and around the stables and if you enjoy summer BBQs, it helps keeps outside pests away too.

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tried&tested Fly masks, repellents, ointments etc. Mark Todd Fly Repellent Designed to keep away all flying insects including face flies and midge. The advanced, ready-to-use formula is surprisingly economical and contains a total of nine essential oils and herbal concentrates which combine to produce a highly effective repellent. It also contains Vitamin E; a fantastic natural conditioner to keep the hair and skin in peak condition. RRP: £16.50 for a 1 litre trigger spray LR Comment: Very effective and easy to apply. A good value large bottle, which is great if you have a number of horses.

Rider Fly Whisk Moorland Rider’s Rider Fly Whisk is a valuable addition to summer riding equipment, providing a simple and effective way to help keep horse and rider fly free. It has a rubber grip handle and synthetic hair swish, which can be used to keep flies away during a summer ride. The Whisk can be used on the horse’s head, neck, rump and rider, and it also doubles as a riding crop, meaning only one product needs to be carried. The Rider Fly Whisk is available in black, navy, silver, purple, red and brown RRP: £13.95. LR Comment: This is such a quirky, fun idea, but it works. A good quality riding crop, with synthetic hair to swish the flies away. I love it!

Coopers Fly Repellent Plus Coopers Fly Repellent Plus is the only product licensed to UK standards that kills and repels flies and controls infestations of the biting louse, Damalinia equi. It is the only product on the market to contain Citronellol and Permethrin that allows the product to maintain its fly repellent properties for up to four days while ridding the horse from lice and their eggs for up to three months. In addition to its protecting properties, Coopers Fly Repellent Plus leaves the coat with a glossy finish and a pleasant citrus scent. It also features an easy to use applicator for targeted treatment while reducing wastage and avoiding sensitive areas. The effectiveness of Coopers Fly Repellent Plus cannot be denied, the product is used by professionals including Katie Jerram, the King’s Troop and Household Cavalry. Available from all good retailers, for more information contact 01908 685 685. LR Comment: A silicon based fly repellent that is ready to use for the biting insects and flies. It also acts as sweet itch prevention and controls infestations of the biting louse.With the recent wet weather followed by the heat it has been a perfect breeding ground for annoying insects, I was very impressed with how after applying Coopers Fly Repellent the pesky insects that were buzzing round dispersed. Also, it smells so good you’re tempted to use it on yourself.

Net-Tex Minis When it comes to beating those pesky flies this summer, be prepared with the Net-Tex fly control collection from the new Mini Range. Their long lasting formulations are blended with conditioners and moisturisers to enhance longevity and keep your horse protected from dawn to dusk. Net-Tex Mini Fly Repellent Spray is available in a handy trigger 250ml spray bottle and offers up to 24 Hours of full fly and insect protection with just ONE application - giving you and your horse peace of mind and a stress free summer. RRP: £4.50 Net-Tex Mini Fly Repellent Shampoo is a low-foaming, easy rinse, conditioning wash designed to repel unwanted insects and flies and to relax your horse. In a 250ml bottle it will pack into grooming kits quite easily for Pony Club Camp and also show bags. £3.99 Net-Tex Mini Fly Repellent Wipes allows for direct application to those tricky facial areas and are ideal

NAF OFF Citronella Wristband for Horses and Riders The NAF OFF Citronella Wristband for Riders is perfect for wearing when riding your horse or working around the stable yard. The funky acid green and hot pink Wristband contains pure citronella oil. It is waterproof and has an adjustable control of level of fragrance, which remains effective for four to six weeks. RRP: £2.99. While you wear the Wristband, don’t let your horse miss out, he should be wearing this summer’s must have accessory for horses – the innovative NAF OFF Tag! The dilemma is how will you ‘Tag’ your horse?... on his bridle?... his head collar?? … attached to his rug? … or, even plaited into his mane? The good news is NAF Off Tags come in twin packs, so, if you can’t decide, you can Tag him in two different ways. Furthermore, you can enter the NAF Off Tag competition – simply go to to find out how. The NAF OFF Tag Twin Pack retails at £9.99. LR Comment: Such a great innovative idea. Great for attaching to your horse’s rug in the stable at night, when all those horrible biting midges are about. Plus buy a wristband for yourself.

for horses that do not like sprays. They have the same effective formula as the Fly Repellent Spray but in a re-sealable tub of 25 handy wipes. £4.99

Net-Tex Citronella Mini Range Net-Tex Citronella Wash 250ml is a non-rinse wash to cleanse the coat and help remove sweat, dirt and grease. It will help moisturise the skin without stripping the coat of its natural oils. With a Citronella base, this product leaves a zesty fragrance on the coat and provides shine and lustre helping to restore and enhance natural coat condition. Ideal for use between competition classes during the summer, for everyday use or after exercise. RRP: £3.99 Net-Tex Citronella Coat Spray 250ml helps promote a healthy shine to the coat, whilst sealing the hair and

repelling dust and dirt. Ideal for use before competition to help keep the coat in pristine condition, before classes or as a refreshing spritz after periods of turnout or stabling. RRP: £4.99 These unique Mini versions from Net-Tex give you the chance to try the products before investing in the larger size. It’s an affordable solution available to everyone, on every budget. Consumers can get a great deal with a buy 5 for £20.00 promotion across the whole product range of 14 items. LR Comment: The Net-tex mini range is fantastic. Not only does it give you the chance to try before you buy a larger version, they are also handy for shows and for children with little hands! The Citronella Wash is great for using after exercise as it doesn’t need rinsing off and leaves a shine to your horse’s coat.

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NAF Off Deet Power and NAF OFF Extra NAF’s two best selling fly repellent formulas are available to you with an unrivalled offer attached for 2012… and that comes in the shape of a freehandy 200ml Mini Spray with every 750ml full size spray. They are also available in a gel formulation. NAF Off DEET POWER is serious about flies. It has an unmatched power to repel flies, a pleasant aroma and it is kind to your horse’s coat. 750ml RRP: 16.99 including free 200ml bottle worth £6.00 The famous ‘pink’ fly repellent, NAF Off EXTRA EFFECT… is totally natural and contains ingredients which work naturally together to have an extra repellent effect to do away with the bother of troublesome, irritating flies. 750ml RRP: 13.99 including free 200ml bottle worth £5.50 LR Comment: This is an exceptionally good offer. Buy one and get a handy smaller one for shows or even to give to a friend. There is no questioning the power of Deet, but personally I love the pink bottle of the Naf Off Extra Effect. Both versions also come in a gel formulation, which is great if your horse doesn’t like the trigger spray and also for the face and more sensitive areas.

Garlic Horslyx Garlic Horslyx offers owners a simple and cost effective method of feeding Garlic, whilst also offering a unique vitamin, mineral and trace element package, which provide multiple health benefits, in just one tub! The high sulphur compounds found in garlic are released through the horse’s skin via natural body secretions such as sweat. This produces an odour which flies find repellent and though flies may still present around the horse, they seldom land on the skin. Every tub of Garlic Horslyx contains the optimum level of pure dried garlic granules alongside a package of nutrients, including Biotin, Methionine and Chelated Zinc to promote healthy hooves, high oil content to improve coat condition and antioxidants Selenium and Vitamin E to support the immune system. Garlic Horslyx is suitable for all equines and offers horse owners a cost effective method of balancing the diet. Garlic Horslyx is available in 5kg and 15kg weatherproof tubs priced at £12.85 and £24.90 respectively. For further information tel, (01697) 332 592 or visit LR Comment: My horse loves the Garlic Horslyx. I have always found horses self regulated the intake, but it is easy to pop the lid back on and remove it from the stable or field if you feel they are becoming addicted. Worth it to see the pleasure your horse has in licking it!

Barrier Animal Healthcare Priding itself on top quality, effective products that you can trust at affordable prices, Barrier Animal Healthcare specialises in a range of entirely natural, non-irritant healthcare products that are not only effective, but are kind to the animal, the user and to the environment. Fully HSE Approved, this super strength 100% natural formula is Barrier Animal Healthcare’s Number ‘1’ selling fly repellent. The strongest of their fly repellents it defies all blood sucking & nuisance flies including midge, bot, horsefly, house, stable and black flies and stops the need to rub. Can be applied to pink, exposed areas to help soothe and calm irritation and the effects of midge bite. Pure Avocado is included known to be high in Vitamins A, D & E to deep condition and nourish the skin. Free from and all prohibited substances under current FEI and HRA rules. Award Winning Super Plus Fly Repellent – HSE Licence No: 8725 (Available in 20L, 5L, 1L, 500ml trigger & refill) Barrier Animal Healthcare – for more information call: 01953 456363 or visit

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Healing Tree Go’Way! All Natural Insect Repellent for horse and rider. It is available in a topical spray and roll-on. It is an emulsified blend of carefully selected essential oils including Port Orford Cedar oil, Peppermint Oil and Citronella Oil. The roll-on applicator is great for areas around the eyes, mouth and face. RRP £14.99 16 oz Spray / £9.75 100 ml roll-on LR Comment: This is great for sensitive skinned horses as it is totally natural. It smells great and comes in an easy to hold bottle.

Healing Tree Equine Sunscreen A unique veterinary-formulated cream, the new SPF20 Sunscreen especially for horses and ponies provides protection against the sun’s harmful rays to sensitive areas, including the nose, face and ears.  This new formula contains a unique blend of top quality ingredients from the best sources possible and is guaranteed. For horses that have already sunburned, this formula should be used with the Healing Tree’s T ZoN Dermal Care Cream to reduce rawness, redness and inflammation.  RRP: £ 8.99 LR Comment: Light and easy to use, it is easy to apply and rub into the horse.

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Fodder Solutions:

The Revolution in Feeding Reliable, consistent, fresh green forage, all year round, whatever the weather.


revolutionary new hydroponic feeding system from Fodder Solutions takes the uncertainty out of providing reliable, good quality feed for horses and livestock. With the price of traditional feeds rocketing the Fodder Solutions system offers a viable alternative, with cost savings and added health benefits. International three day event rider Clayton Fredericks is feeding Fodder Solutions to his horses, including the Olympic hopefuls on his yard, he said: “I wanted something that was cost effective and Fodder Solutions made a lot of sense. Initially it was the cost benefit that attracted me, but I am really impressed with the way the horses are on it.”

How it works

The system is a self-contained thermal unit providing the optimum conditions for sprouting grains. The feed is grown in trays from barley seed and as it grows it forms a mat. Sunflower, lupin or mung beans can be added to the seed mix to add more protein or oil. It takes 6 days from seed to feed and the rotation system is recharged daily to ensure a reliable, continuous supply of fresh green feed. The Fodder Solutions feed is designed to be fed to any type of horse.

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horses twice a day, either in the stable or out in the paddock. Fodder Solutions feed replaces their hard feed and most of their hay. Fodder Solutions sales manager, Liam McGreevy said “Fodder Solutions have taken the time to perfect their system for optimal growing and the results have been fantastic. Our customers are reassured by the fact there is an expert just a phone call away should they have any queries about their system.” For more information, visit or call 024 7660 8088.

Julie Padmore’s, Petley Wood Equestrian Centre is home to some 48 horses and ponies. With only 50 acres of turnout, and the recent hay and straw shortages and rocketing hard feed prices, Julie was keen to look for a reliable and cost effective alternative that would also be better for the horses. “We could not rely on the quality of the hay and it’s often the same with the hard feed. I was attracted to Fodder Solutions feed as it is natural for the horses, and I know exactly what’s in it. I can alter the seed mix to suit certain horses, for example if they need to put on weight. It is very cost effective and the horses love it”, says Julie. “We have a 14.2hh grey mare that was a particularly poor doer. She was skin and bone, but after 3 weeks on Fodder Solutions feed she looked like a different pony.” Julie’s daughter, Nicole, has a show horse, Alcapone, a heavyweight cob that came 6th at the RIHS and qualified for HOYS in 2011. “He was a fussy eater and had lots of supplements to keep his condition. His coat is so much better on the Fodder Solutions diet and he absolutely loves it”. “We vary the amounts we feed depending on the horse. One of the Show Cobs was laminitic and it was difficult to get enough weight on him. With Fodder Solutions we can feed more because there is no starch or carbohydrates to cause problems. He is now getting his shape back and the farrier is very happy with his feet.” “There are huge benefits to health and wellbeing and the Fodder Solutions system is much more cost effective in the long run. It caters for all our needs, from showing and show jumping, 11hh ponies to thoroughbreds. Getting the feeding right before was really complicated. The Fodder Solutions system saves us time as we do not have to mix up so many different feeds.” Julie is delighted that two of the oldest residents are doing particularly well on Fodder Solutions. “Our dear old riding school ponies, Topsy who is 26 and Polo who is even older, are really thriving on it. They have masses of energy and it is so natural for their digestive system.” Petley Wood Equestrian Centre have installed a FS42/350 system and feed the JUNE 2012 Localrider 79

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Below: Whilst ponies and native breeds are particularly prone to laminitis, this spring we have had wet warm weather, which has caused an enormous spurt in grass growth, so whatever breed of horse you own, do be extra careful and make sure you monitor your horse’s grass intake

Feeding for Weight Control & Laminitis

By Sarah Nelson – SPILLERS® Care-Line Nutritionist

Whilst most of us welcome the arrival of spring and are only too happy to say goodbye to dark winter nights and cold weather, many owners are also worried about the risk of laminitis and weight gain. So what can we do to keep our horses safe and in shape as the spring grass arrives? What is laminitis? Put simply, laminitis is an inflammation of the laminae (the soft tissue that attaches the pedal bone to hoof wall), causing pain and lameness. This can range from mild discomfort to in more severe cases, the horse being unable to stand. If you suspect your horse or pony has laminitis call the vet immediately, as early diagnosis and treatment is key to recovery.

Who is at risk? Prevention is always better than cure so it’s important to remember that laminitis can affect any horse or pony at any time; regardless of their breed, age, condition, workload or the time of year. Whilst laminitis is definitely not just a condition that affects fat ponies in spring, the following groups may be considered to be at higher risk: • Ponies and native breeds • Overweight horses and ponies, particularly those with a condition score of 7 or above • Those with a cresty neck (particularly if they also have a condition of 7 or above) • Cushingoid horses and ponies • Previous sufferers Laminitis continues to be the subject of much research and the reason why some horses get laminitis and others do not, is still not fully understood. Despite the many myths and speculation, there is no single measure that can guarantee safety and managing the risk factors associated with diet and weight gain is the best known prevention.

Feeds and Supplements Horses and ponies prone to laminitis need a high in fibre, low in starch (cereals are high in starch) and low sugar diet, which includes the water soluble carbohydrate (WSC ~ sugar plus fructan) found in forage. Choose cubes over mixes and select feeds that contain a maximum of 10% starch unless advised by a nutritionist. You can be assured that feeds approved by the Laminitis Trust are safe, but take care to look for the genuine approval mark. For overweight horses and good-doers, a feed balancer is the ideal way to ensure optimum nutrition without excess calories, sugar or starch. Whilst supplements can help to improve hoof health, it’s

important to be realistic about what they can achieve. Supplements cannot prevent laminitis nor can they make grazing safe!

Forage Forage accounts for the largest portion of the horse’s diet and consequently is the largest contributor of calories and sugar. Recent studies have shown that horses can easily consume 5% of their bodyweight per day living out at grass; far more than the 1.5% needed by most good-doers and overweight horses. Grass can contain up to 7.5% sugar and 50% WSC which means the average 500 kg horse could consume up to 1.9 kg of sugar and 12.5 kg of WSC from grass alone. Grazing muzzles have proven to be very effective and can reduce grass intake by up to 80%. Alternatively, strip grazing or reduced turn out can also help but beware; horses can quickly learn to eat large amounts if only turned out for short periods un-muzzled (close to 1% of their bodyweight in 3 hours). For known laminitics, it may be necessary to consider no grazing during peak growth (typically spring and autumn) and instead provide turnout in a bark paddock or ménage if possible. Hay can be deceptively high in WSC so think about having your hay analysed (less than 10% WSC is recommended). Whilst soaking for 12-16 hours can help, forage analysis is the only way to guarantee safety for known laminitics. Alternatively, consider a low calorie hay replacer approved by the Laminitis Trust.

Weight Watching We are surrounded by messages about human obesity and the benefits of eating less and moving more. Equally, a calorie controlled diet and increased exercise is the best way to keep your horses figure in check, so make the most of the better weather and get riding! Condition score you horse regularly, aiming for a score of 5 out of 9. This is the ideal way to monitor if and where he is carrying excess fat. As summer draws to an end and winter sets in, don’t be tempted to overfeed. Allowing your horse lose excess weight over winter helps to prevent obesity in the following spring. For more advice on feeding your horse or pony please contact the SPILLERS® Care-Line o 01980 22 66 26 or visit

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Feeding for weight control and laminitis With the wettest April on record, most horse owners are experiencing unprecedented levels of grass growth in the horse’s fields. Depending on the level of work your horse is in, you can hopefully manage your horse’s grass intake and keep him in good shape throughout the summer. However, if your horse’s waistline is expanding and you are worried about laminitis or your horse’s health in general do speak to your vet. Most of the products here are aimed at feeding the good doer, to ensure his optimum intake of fibre combined with vitamin and minerals, however, a few are also aimed at ponies who have previously suffered with and are prone to laminitis.

You can’t open a page in a magazine today without reading about the benefits of body condition scoring (BCS) and the importance of using a weigh tape to monitor weight fluctuations. The most poignant message however is prevention is better than cure! We are not going to talk about the links between equine obesity and laminitis – but what we are going to touch on is the lesser known, but most common form of Laminitis ‘Endocrinopathic Laminitis’ which is developed from hormonal influences (Johnson et al. 2004) and is not just confined to ponies – all equines are susceptible with poor dietary management and exercise programs. Commonly linked to this crippling condition are: Cushing’s Syndrome; Insulin Resistance or Equine Metabolic Syndrome (EMS). Common to all of these conditions is disturbed glucose & insulin regulation, and, most importantly, the development of insulin resistance. In all laminitis situations veterinary intervention, dietary management & exercise (where appropriate) all feature as routine management – however Saracen Horse Feeds have gone one step further and developed a low intake feed balancer to be used as part of a calorie controlled diet to help maintain a healthy metabolism Shape-Up™ is the result of two years research & development and incorporates some of the most recent and up to date nutritional innovations. Shape-Up™ was formulated specifically for horses & ponies that require a low starch, sugar & calorie diet whilst providing omega 3 fatty acids helping to maintain healthy joints and mobility as well as recommended levels of biotin, bioplexed minerals, essential amino acids and quality protein sources to encourage quality hoof development and growth. Until 31st August - Shape-Up™ is under offer with £3 off per bag. Contact Saracen Horse Feeds today for a free sample by completing this form or call 01622 718 487.

Rowen Barbary Forage ‘n’ Fibre Forage ‘n’ Fibre contains a natural blend of forages and fibres providing the horse with all the necessary nutrients required for overall health and vitality while keeping energy levels to a minimum. With high fibre levels this helps ensure slow rates of digestion throughout the hind gut and helps to maintain gut health. As it contains no cereals and is very low in starch and sugars it is well suited to horses and ponies that are prone to laminitis. For horses in low levels of work, those on box rest and good doers who are often put on restricted grazing Forage ‘n’ Fibre is ideal to use as a sole concentrate feed. This will help to balance the forage given supplying all the essential vitamins and minerals whilst keeping energy and calories to a minimum. It’s natural balance of forages help to make it a highly palatable product, making Forage ‘n’ Fibre ideal for everyday feeding. For more information please contact Rowen Barbary Horse Feeds on 01948 880598 or email

Mollichaff HoofKind Mollichaff HoofKind is ideal for good doers as well as laminitics, as it is a complete low energy, low starch, low sugar, high fibre feed in a bag. It contains a balanced blend of oat straw, alfalfa, fibre pellets, soya oil, vitamins, minerals, biotin, trace elements and antioxidants. It can be fed in conjunction with a high quality forage such as High Fibre or Timothy HorseHage to horses and ponies that are in moderate to light work, resting or laminitic. Each bag carries the ‘Hoof Kind’ symbol to denote that the forage is low in sugar and starch and is suitable for all horses and ponies including laminitics. For further information and advice on feeding, please contact the HorseHage Helpline on 01803 527 257 or visit

Keep Weight under Control with Speedi-Beet Speedi-Beet from British Horse Feeds is a highly nutritious sugar beet feed perfect for good doers that are prone piling on the pounds. It is unmolassed 95% sugar free and provides an excellent source of digestible fibre. Extremely palatable it makes an excellent complementary feedstuff to hard feed as a top dressing and due to its unique manufacturing process can be soaked and ready to use in 10 minutes. Speedi-Beet is approved by the Laminitis Trust thanks to its low starch and high fibre content it provides an ideal fibre source for horses and ponies prone to laminitis. For further information please contact British Horse Feeds on 01765 680300 or visit

Vetrofen® Vetrofen® provides fast, natural, side-effect-free, long-lasting soothing for horses with an inflammatory response associated with laminitis. It contains a blend of two plant extracts, Scutellaria baicalensis and Acacia catechu. Within these extracts are groups of compounds called flavonoids, which are found in vascular plants including fruits and vegetables, and offer health benefits such as anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects when consumed. Vetrofen® is uniquely effective because it utilises SOBF™ (Specially Optimised Bioavailable Formula) technology to work with the body to manage laminitis by assisting the natural inflammatory response to support the metabolites involved in maintaining comfort – thereby keeping horses sound, happy and mobile. This approach is in sharp contrast to masking symptoms with the use of chemical-based alternatives and contains no banned substances. Telephone advice line: 0845 365 00 50.

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FEED NEWS Easy Pack Weight Management programme Easy Pack truly cares about horses’ health. The Weight Management Programme has been designed to help owners access and monitor their horse’s weight and condition, for a healthier horse. Managing weight is about combining the correct feed with the correct exercise, achieving this can greatly reduce disease and the behavioural problems seen all too commonly in horses today.

a high fibre diet is still essential for gut health and soaking hay for up to 12 hours will significantly reduce the calorie content whilst still ensuring adequate levels of fibre can be fed. Many horses or ponies that have succumbed to laminitis will have the associated ‘crest’ on their neck and ‘fatty pads’ on the top of their quarters. The inclusion of high levels of superior quality magnesium in Lami-light has been shown to help reduce these fatty deposits. With the expertise of your vet, farrier and Lami-light you will be giving your horse or pony the best chance of returning to a healthy working life.

For more information on how Blue Chip Lami-light can help your laminitis prone or over-weight horse or pony visit or call 0114 2666200.

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Equine America’s Lamigard®

A MUST HAVE this Spring/Summer from Charlies Products:

The Best Friend™ Deluxe Grazing Muzzle

For managing a restricted diet, whilst allowing your horse the freedom to socialise, exercise and de-stress out in the field. The Best Friend Grazing Muzzle is designed with your horses comfort in mind. For horses with pronounced features there is also the Muzzle Mate and Sheep Skin padding for additional comfort. The Best Friend Grazing Muzzle Deluxe version comes in an all-in-one design with a safety head piece attached.

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Best Friend Have-A-Heart Muzzle

Best Friend Have-A-Heart Muzzle has all the features and benefits of the Best Friend Deluxe Grazing Muzzle plus more: • Noseband can be expanded to reduce potential rubbing. • V-Strap helps keep the muzzle from coming off your horse’s nose. It also helps to position the muzzle and keep some of the weight off the nose to further reduce rubbing. • Smooth padding on the adjustable noseband helps further reduce friction. • The enlarged openings allow for additional air flow. Phone: 0844 809 4655

Equine America’s Lamigard® is a highly effective supplement for a horse or pony prone to Laminitis and can be used at high levels in the short term, and at a maintenance level for long term health. Lamigard® will ensure your horses feet stay healthy all year round and will complement a careful feeding regime. Lamigard® contains powerful ingredients which are understood to help ‘mop up’ excess free radicals which settle in the feet, supporting a healthy enzyme level within the hooves and providing nutrients to the internal sensitive structures, as well as promoting external hoof wall condition. For horses or ponies prone to Laminitis, Lamigard® XXXTREME Paste can be administered over a 14 day period to provide the enzyme balance in the feet. Lamigard® is safe to be administered to the in-foal and lactating mare. Leading Equine Orthopaedic Surgeon Dr David Platt BVSc, PhD, DEO, FRCVS, RCVS says “I am always very cautious about these types of products but I have found Equine America’s Lamigard® to be outstanding”. For further information please contact Equine America Telephone 01403 255809.


LaminShield from Rockies LaminShield from Rockies is available in two formats, as a free access block, and a sachet that can be added to a bucket feed. Both forms of LaminShield contain bioavailable magnesium and Bioplex. This combination is calorie free, and suitable for horses and ponies prone to or at risk of laminitis. It helps to ensure that there is no deficiency in magnesium in the horse, an element that is essential for many of the body’s vital processes.

Perfect for Paddocks The Paddock Likit is the easy way to provide essential nutrients for horses and ponies that are on a forage-only diet or which receive limited concentrate rations. Designed for use in the stable or field, the long-lasting formulation is a cost-effective means of providing quality minerals, plus garlic, oils, Biosprint Live Yeast and the ‘Happy Hoof’ formula. Likit consultant nutritionist, Dr Derek Cuddeford, explains why the product is so versatile: “Horses naturally feed little and often over extended periods of time and the use of the Paddock Likit accords with this natural behaviour pattern as it is available 24/7. Thus, the horse or pony can obtain its daily micronutrient requirements over the 24-hour period rather than all at once in a meal. Free choice also allows the animal to enjoy the Paddock Likit at any time, so reducing the risk of bullying taking place where horses are turned out together.” The Paddock Likit is suitable for all types of horse or pony and is especially useful for good doers and equines whose nutrient intake is restricted. Contact Likit Products on 01655 750523 or visit

Feeding a low calorie, low sugar, low starch feed balancer such as Blue Chip Lami-light is the ideal way to ensure that your horse or pony gets all the vitamins, minerals and nutrients they need on a daily basis without worrying about excess sugar and starch levels. Blue Chip Lami-light is a true nutritional revolution; being wholecereal and molasses free it is very low in sugar and starch making it ideal for laminitic horses or ponies, or those that are on a restricted diet. The EU approved probiotic included in Lami-light will ensure your horse’s gut is working efficiently whilst not encouraging weight gain. The inclusion of a prebiotic will help to remove any pathogenic ‘bad’ bacteria from the gut whilst ensuring a healthy environment for the beneficial bacteria to thrive. Laminitis prone horses or ponies often have poor hoof quality, which is why Lamilight contains a complete hoof supplement, SoundHoof which includes biotin, methionine and zinc. There is also a respiratory supplement, containing the correct balance of Omega 3 and 6 oils and garlic, eliminating the need to feed additional supplements. Feeding


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Turn Out Good Spring can turn out bad for ponies prone to Laminitis. Help his Spring turn out good and protect him with Laminaze.

If your pony has been prone to Laminitis in the past, it is highly likely he will be again this year. Spring is the most dangerous time of year for Laminitics. So, make sure you know how to manage your pony wisely to minimise the risk of him suffering. Remember, improve his diet with Laminaze to give him the advantage of the natural nutritional support he needs at this time of year.

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FEED NEWS Feeding for laminitis and weight control SPILLERS HAPPY HOOF® is a specially blended, low calorie, short-chop forage which can be used as a complete feed as it contains all the vitamins and minerals the horse needs to stay in good health. It is designed to extend eating time and was the first complete chopped fibre feed to be approved by the Laminitis Trust. SPILLERS® High Fibre Cubes are low in starch and high in fibre, with high levels of vitamins and minerals, making them a safe choice for horses and ponies prone to laminitis. They can also be soaked to form a mash for veterans that can’t manage long fibres. SPILLERS® Lite Balancer’s whole cereal-free, low starch, non-heating formulation makes it suitable for good doers, overweight horses and ponies and those prone to laminitis. It’s designed to be fed alongside a suitable, low calorie compound feed or a forage only diet. For friendly feeding advice telephone the SPILLERS® Care-Line on + 44 (0)1908 226626, email or visit www.

TopSpec AntiLam TopSpec AntiLam is a pelleted multi-supplement designed to provide nutritional support for horses and ponies prone to, being treated for, or recovering from laminitis. Most overweight ponies, and some overweight horses, are susceptible to laminitis. TopSpec AntiLam is a brilliant formulation combining several supplements with a high-fibre, very low-calorie carrier to make it palatable. This unique multi-supplement is so palatable that it can be fed out of the hand to horses and ponies at pasture to provide vital nutritional support. TopSpec AntiLam should be fed on its own with forage. The forage can be in the form of late-cut hay and/or unmolassed chops such as TopChop Lite, or controlled grazing, or a combination of these, depending on the individual circumstances. Contact: 01845 565030 /

Marriage’s Laminitic Mix Marriage’s Laminitic Mix has an estimated digestible energy of just 8.5MJ/kg. Not only will low levels of calories, starch and sugar help in the management of laminitis, it will also reduce the stress caused by restricted access to grazing. Laminitic Mix is 22.5% fibre, which crucially increases eating time, encouraging the animal to consume less. It also helps to produce plenty of alkaline saliva to reduce the chance of stomach ulcers. The mix contains a high quality vitamin and mineral package, with added biotin to encourage development of the hoof wall. It is not a cure for the disease or a substitute for veterinary care; it is designed to form part of the management required for this condition. Contact:

NAF Laminaze Improved Laminaze has been reformulated so that the unique, totally natural formula now has increased benefits. Whilst supplying nutrients to support the health of the hoof and those rich in antioxidants to flush excess toxins out from the system, improved Laminaze offers additional nutritional support specifically for the health of the gut. So the good news is, if your horse or pony is prone to laminitis you can make an important contribution towards improving his diet by ensuring new Laminaze is part of his daily feed. Top Tip: If you know your horse or pony is prone to laminitis, NAF recommend you introduce Laminaze into his diet in good time

prior to the particularly high risk period of spring and the appearance of the new lush spring grass – this will help to prepare his system, and importantly, make sure Laminaze is well established as an integral part of the feed and management regime. Ensure your laminitis prone horse or pony stays one step ahead, make Laminaze part of his daily diet all year round. For correct management and feeding advice please call the NAF Freephone Advice Line: 0800 373 106, or go to

NAF Slimline Over 80% of the horse population in the UK are overweight and equine obesity is becoming more and more of an issue. NAF have responded with the development of Slimline - a revolutionary new formula to provide vital nutritional support to horses and ponies who struggle to keep their weight down. Through necessity, horses and ponies prone to weight gain are fed a restricted diet and kept on restricted grazing. Because of this they can frequently lack in essential vitamins, minerals and micro nutrients. Slimline is designed to make up this shortfall, and more… Slimline is formulated from natural ingredients including a Seaweed species known to naturally boost metabolism and, hence, help burn fat; bio available Magnesium for targeted support of the insulin resistant (IR) horse - in that it helps maintain insulin sensitivity and a wide variety of naturally sourced, scientifically verified antioxidants essential to good health and vitality but which are so often lacking in a restricted diet. For best results NAF recommend that Slimline is fed with a ‘calorie controlled diet’, correct management and exercise. For qualified help and advice for your horse or pony please call the NAF Freephone Advice Line: 0800 373 106 or email

The Best Friend Deluxe Grazing Muzzle Best Friend Grazing Muzzles have been established since 1997 and changed the way thousands care for their horse’s diet-related concerns, such as laminitis and obesity. Most people find that the muzzle lasts two or three seasons, depending on how much the muzzle is worn. The Best Friend grazing muzzles are recommended by veterinarians and other horse professionals. Available in three styles and muzzle accessories available too.

Dodson & Horrell Ulca-Tonic Reduced appetite, reluctance to work, low grade colic? Gastric ulcers in horses can have several effects and are a result of an erosion of the stomach lining. If the digestive acids that the horse excretes naturally are not absorbed by a steady forage intake gastric acidity increases leading to the risk of ulcers. As with most things in life prevention is always better than cure! A constant access to forage is essential to absorb the excess stomach acid and the addition of a tonic such as Dodson & Horrell Ulca-Tonic acts to help protect the delicate lining of your horse’s stomach and intestinal tract. Ulca-Tonic is a 100% pure herbal mix containing liquorice root, pumpkin seed, slippery elm powder, comfrey leaf and mint. The Dodson & Horrell Nutritional Team have worked closely with racehorse trainers who have trialed Ulca-Tonic, 80% of the trainers agreed that Ulca-Tonic helped to alleviate the signs of gastric ulcers. For more information and advice about Dodson & Horrell Ulca-Tonic or any other products from the Dodson & Horrell herbal range contact the Nutritional Helpline on 0845 345 2627 or visit

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What is EGUS (Equine Gastric Ulcer Syndrome)

Signs of a horse suffering with ulcers include crib biting

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n recent years there has been an explosion of interest in equine stomach ulcers, also known as EGUS (Equine Gastric Ulcer Syndrome). This has been driven, at least in part, by the development of longer scopes which physically allow vets to reach the equine stomach and see what is going on. What they’ve found is that ulcers are a larger problem than any of us ever thought. There is now a body of scientific evidence behind them, with some papers finding ulcers present in over 90% of horses tested.

What causes horses to have stomach ulcers?

Essentially they’re a by-product of the modern equine lifestyle. Horses evolved to trickle graze and so always have something fibrous in their stomach. This constant supply of fibre would sit like a mat on top of the natural stomach acid, so preventing it sloshing around! Without the protective layer of fibre, the harder the horse works the more the stomach acid will splash around and can splash onto the upper section of the stomach, which doesn’t have the natural protection found at the lower level. It is in this unprotected area of the stomach where we typically see ‘splash ulcers’ forming. Competition horses are those most at risk due to their relatively high concentrate and low fibre diet, their hard work regime, and traditionally a limited access to turnout and grazing. So those of us with working and competition horses should be particularly vigilant for the signs.

What are the signs to look for?

The signs of gastric ulcers vary, but often include those that historically we may have put down to a generally moody temperament that we just have to deal with! Signs of a horse suffering with ulcers include difficulty retaining weight and condition, stereotypic behaviour such as crib biting, box walking or weaving, an untidy messy stable bed. When being ridden signs may be a reluctance to work, an objection to the girth being tightened or hyper reactive behaviour.

What measures should you take to avoid the occurrence of ulcers?

Importantly adjust your horse’s diet and management routine accordingly -feed a high fibre, low concentrate diet, splitting the concentrate element into as many meals as practical. Turn out as much as possible, as grazing stimulates a continuous flow of saliva and food which buffers the acidic nature of the stomach. Try to

ensure that your horse always has something in his stomach when working. This is an interesting measure, but while we would obviously not recommend a large feed is given before work, it is a good idea to give a few of handful of chaff to help provide the mat of fibre required in the stomach. Targeted nutritional support is also recommended. Natural antacids can help to soothe the stomach, and maintain the balance of pH within the gut. However, antacids alone are unlikely to be as effective as especially formulated products. These will combine antacids with antioxidants to flush toxins out from the system and key herbal support for stomach health.

What do you do if you suspect your horse already has ulcers?

If you believe your horse might already be troubled by gastric stress consult your vet. If ulcers are subsequently found to be present follow your vet’s advice. Following veterinary treatment, to support the aftercare prescribed by the vet, look out for a clinically proven nutritional formula that has been proven to offer invaluable help to horses with ulcers. So to conclude, give your competition or working horse the best chance of an ulcer free life as you can by following the advice given and devising a feed and management system that is as ‘natural’ as possible. However, if you believe it is too late for this, the good news is that there are now a number of products available to help your horse. Article courtesy of NAF. For further information or advice please call our Freephone Advice Line on 0800 373106 or email

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GastriAid for a ‘Smiley Tummy’…


atest research is repeatedly highlighting the prevalence of ulcers in horses, and, that’s not just in racehorses but in your horses. nAF have responded in true market leading fashion with the research and development of GastriAid, a leading edge supplement to maintain your horse’s stomach in healthy, happy condition and support an ulcer free environment. Without a gastroscope it is difficult to detect ulcers in the stomach. However, there are ways of assessing that your horse might be prone, or showing signs of ulcer formation in his stomach. Horses who are kept stabled for long hours, eat a high grain diet, work hard and regularly travel are fairly high risk, especially if they are of a stressy, highly strung nature. There are also characteristic behaviour patterns that may indicate the possibility of a stomach ulcer. These habits include: box walking, wind sucking, crib biting, a ‘cold back’ or displaying irritability when being girthed up, a poor attitude or unwillingness to work, whilst a dull coat or loose droppings can also be tell tail signs. new GastriAid is designed to naturally support the absence of ulcers in the stomach by defending the stomach wall from acid build up and help maintain the pH balance in the gut, and thereby, providing daily protection from stress related gastric problems including ulceration. This advanced formulation has been created by world leading veterinary nutritionists. It contains antacids, pre and pro biotics, together with herbal support to provide daily protection and maintenance of the gut, at an affordable cost per day, and give your horse the stomach lining he deserves to be able to work and perform in comfort and to the best of his ability. So, don’t let your horse have a ‘Grumpy Tummy, feed him GastriAid, just what he needs for a ‘Smiley Tummy’. RRP: £29.95 for a 30 day supply. GastriAid is available9/12/11 at your nearest stockist. gastrivet_halfA4_H:0 09:01NAFPage 1 Please ask for details or call the NAF Freephone Advice Line 0800 373 106 for more information to find out stockist details.

Clinically proven GastriVet hits the market… and, its set to clean up the gastric environment


ew GastriVet from nAF is launched with the support of published clinical trials. Its launch is timely as it comes to market at a time when research is repeatedly telling us that ulcers in horses are an increasingly common problem. Consequently the amount of gastroscopic examinations being carried out by vets is on the increase. until now the only choice available to horse owners, following a positive gastroscope result has been that of veterinary prescribed medicine. This is not always a popular option, especially when the horse is a competition horse or when the owner has a reluctance to use to chemically based synthetic treatments. However, as of now there is no need to stress. There is another answer… GastriVet. A totally natural, nutritional formula developed by world leading veterinarians and nutritionists, and, recommended by vets. GastriVet has been formulated to support the natural antiinflammatory processes of the gut, soothe and protect the stomach walls from splashing acid, and to balance the pH levels in the gut. RRP: £75.00 for a 30 day supply. GastriVet is newly launched and is available to order from NAF stockists nationwide. For more details about GastriVet and GastriAid and to find out details of your nearest stockist please call the NAF Freephone Advice Line: 0800 373106.

Does he have the stomach for it? Feed GastriVet and give him a winning constitution. GastriVet Promotes a healthy gastric environment Supports natural anti-inflammatory processes Protects the stomach lining from splashing acid Soothes the stomach wall Helps the balance of pH levels in the gut Ideal for all competition horses including those with a predisposition to ulcers. Feed to support the benefits of veterinary treatment and give him a winning constitution. For more details please go to your local NAF stockist or call our Freephone Advice Line: 0800 373 106 or email

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SHOW DATES Chilham Park Nr. Canterbury Kent CT4 8DB Tel: 01227 730811 Mob: 07979 497716

3rd June Combined Training / Eventers Challenge 4th & 5th August BE Affiliated Horse Trials 9th August Pony Club Area Horse Trials 16th September Unaffiliated Hunter Trial 30th September Combined Training / Eventers Challenge All Details and schedules can be found on our website:


The Surrey Spring Show in aid of the Royal Marsden Cancer Charity and St. Catherine’s Hospice

21st July 2012 at Felbridge Showground Classes include: Ridden and in-hand Showing, Working Hunter, Show Jumping, Bareback Jumping, Chase Me Charlie, Gymkhana and Clear Round as well as Championship classes Hog Roast and bar. Last year’s show raised £17,000 for charity! Photography by DB Images. Call the Show Secretary on 07720 725290.

~ Sponsored by Harwoods Group ~

JUNE 2012

10 June LMEQ, Show Jumping with Lucy

2 June Bedgebury Park, Unaffiliated Show Jumping, Bedgebury Park, Lady Oak Lane, Goudhurst, Kent, TN17 2SH, Enquires email: kerry@bedgeburypark. com,

10 June Hillside Farm, Fun Jumping Show,

2 June Lord Leconfield Branch of the Pony Club, Junior Show (14 years & under), Tismans Common, West Sussex 2 June Romney Marsh Branch of the Pony Club, Tetrathlon, Delmonden, Hawkhurst. Telelephone: 01892 824754. http:/ 3 June Bedgebury Park, Damian Hallam Clinic, Bedgebury Park, Lady Oak Lane, Goudhurst, Kent, TN17 2SH, Enquires email: kerry@,

3 June Chilham Park Combined Training / Eventers Challenge, Chilham Park, Nr Canterbury, Kent, CT4 8DB Telephone: 01227 730811 3 June Southdown East Pony Club Open Events, Open Branch Show, Wivelsden Farm, /southdowneast 3 June Warren Barn Events, Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Pleasure Ride, Each rider who complets the course will receive rosette, riders encouraged to dress patriotic, best dressed horse and rider will win Diane Henchman print. Warren Barn Farm, Slines Oak Road, Woldingham, Surrey, CR3 7HN, Telephone: 01883 650244, 4 June Bedgebury Park, Own a Pony Day, Bedgebury Park, Lady Oak Lane, Goudhurst, Kent, TN17 2SH, Enquires email: kerry@, 4 June Hooks Hall Equestrian Club, Jubilee themed show, Eastminster School of Riding, Romford, Essex, RM12 4EZ Telephone: 07989103201 Email:

Full schedules and entries online at

SAE: Events Secretary, Great Bookham E.C., Dorking Road, Great Bookham, Surrey, KT23 4PZ. Tel 01372 451458 Email

10 June Mid Surrey Branch of the Pony Club, Eventing Level 2, 3, 4. (2’3” to 3’3”). Teams & Individual. Open to all. Pony Club Field, Hurst Road, Walton on the Hill, Surrey, KT20 5BN.Telephone 01483 839057 www. – go to Mid Surrey Branch

10 June The Rockbourne Ride, Endurance Ride, Endurance GB, Tenantry Farm, Rockbourne, Fordingbridge, Hampshire, SP6 3PB, Telephone: 01725 518297 Contact Pauline Beach 01202 825010

10 June Speedgate, Unaffiliated Show Jumping, a variety of classes from Clear Round to Open. All classes & warm-up are held on rubber surfaces. Speegate Farm, Fawkham, Longfield, Kent, DA3 8NJ. Telephone: 01474 888474, Email: events@

10 June Sussex Peggers Riding Club. Inter Club Competition versus a team from NVBW Holland at Ditchling Common Stud

10 June Great Bookham Shows, Sunshine Tour Qualifier, Spring Open Show, Dressage, Show Jumping & Showing, Great Bookham Equestrian Centre, Telephone: 01372 451458,,

10 June Vicarage Farm, Unaffiliated Showing Jumping, Vicarage Farm, Halliford Road, Sunbury on Thames TW16 6DW, Telephone: 01932 765145 Email:

10 June West Kent (Sevenoaks) Branch of the Pony Club, Annual Open Show & Gymkhana, Fish Pond Farm, Hayesden, Tonbridge, Kent TN11 9AA. www.pcuk. org – go to westkentsevenoaks branch

4 June The Rockbourne Ride, Pony Club Show, Wilton Pony Club, Tenantry Farm, Rockbourne, Fordingbridge, Hampshire, SP6 3PB, Telephone: 01725 518297 Contact Fran Lockyear 01725 517735

13 June Golden Cross Equestrian Centre,

5 June Mount Mascal Stables, The Queens Jubilee 2 Day Event Celebration, Cross Country, Approx 30 Jumps, Class1: 1’9-2’, Class 2: 2’3” – 2’6”, Class 3: 2’6” – 2’9” Mount Mascal Stables, Vicarage Road, Bexley, Kent, DA5 2AW

13 June Hillside Farm, Clear Round Jumping,

Clinic, Lodge Farm, Matfield, Kent, TN12 7ET. Telephone: 07595 979372 Email:,

Unaffiliated competitions for everyone from first time through to national qualifiers. Only 5 miles from junc 9 on M25 or 6 miles from A3/junc 10 on M25.

Mini x bars to 2’6” in sandschool – assistance allowed – no eliminations, Fun Friendly Atmosphere. Hillside Farm, Coolham, West Sussex, RH13 8QN, Telephone: 01403 740041,

13 June Bedgebury Park, Equine

6 June Francis Whittington Cross Country


Thompson, Littleton Manor Equestrian Centre, Reigate, Surrey, RH2 8LB call Ruth on 07708 066089 for places.

Jubilee 2 Day Event Celebration, Class 1 Intro A Test, class 2 & 3 Dressage BE90 Test 92 (grass arena), & Show Jumping, Mount Mascal Stables, Vicarage Road, Bexley, Kent, DA5 2AW

6 June Bedgebury Park, Affiliated Dressage, Bedgebury Park, Lady Oak Lane, Goudhurst, Kent, TN17 2SH, Enquires email: kerry@,


Jumping Show at Castle Goring, Telephone: 07805 061682, Janet Shears,

1 June Bedgebury Park, Clear Round, Bedgebury Park, Lady Oak Lane, Goudhurst, Kent, TN17 2SH, Enquires email: kerry@,

4 June Mount Mascal Stables, The Queens

10 June Goring & District Riding Club, Show

6 June Golden Cross Equestrian Centre, Unaffiliated Dressage, Chalvington Road, Golden Cross, East Sussex, BN27 3SS Telephone: 01825 873022 Email: info@, 6 June Romney Marsh Branch of the Pony Club, Mini One Day Event. Baron’s Grange, Iden. Telelephone: 01892 824754. http:/

6 June Vicarage Farm, British Showjumping Pony Affiliated inc Discovery 2nd Round, Vicarage Farm, Halliford Road, Sunbury on Thames TW16 6DW, Telephone: 01932 765145 Email: com

7 June Bedgebury Park, Own a Pony Day, Bedgebury Park, Lady Oak Lane, Goudhurst, Kent, TN17 2SH, Enquires email: kerry@,

8 June Bedgebury Park, Evening Unaffiliated Dressage (Summer Series) & Clear round, Bedgebury Park, Lady Oak Lane, Goudhurst, Kent, TN17 2SH, Enquires email: kerry@,

9 June Goring & District Riding Club, Summer BBQ at Castle Goring, Telephone: 07805 061682, Janet Shears,

Photography Course, Bedgebury Park, Lady Oak Lane, Goudhurst, Kent, TN17 2SH, Enquires email: kerry@bedgeburypark. com, British Dressage, Chalvington Road, Golden Cross, East Sussex, BN27 3SS Telephone: 01825 873022 Email: info@goldencross., Full Course 2’3” to 2’9” can be raised to include gate, wall, planks, water tray and a number of fillers. Hillside Farm, Coolham, West Sussex, RH13 8QN, Telephone: 01403 740041,

15 June Bedgebury Park, Clear Round, Bedgebury Park, Lady Oak Lane, Goudhurst, Kent, TN17 2SH, Enquires email: kerry@,

15-17 June Bedgebury Park, Weekend Adult camp with Janine Lamy, Bedgebury Park, Lady Oak Lane, Goudhurst, Kent, TN17 2SH, Enquires email: kerry@bedgeburypark. com, 15–17 June Juddwood Farm, Residential Horse Camps for Adults, Bring your horse for three days of great fun and excellent instruction. Juddwood Farm, Tonbridge, Kent, Telephone: 01892 871080,

17 June Balanced Horse Feeds Qualifier. Festival of the Iberian Horse, Side Saddle Qualifier. www.

17 June Chequer Tree Farm, In-Hand and Ridden Showing Shows, Collier Street, Marden, TN12 9SB, Telephone: 07711 838319 Email:

17 June Eaglesfield Outdoor Unaffiliated Jumping Show, with Cricklands Qualifiers, Cross Pole to 3’6” Open, Softrack waxed sand outdoor arena, Eaglesfield Equestrian Centre, West Yoke, Ash, Nr Sevenoaks, Kent, TN15 7HT, Contact: Jean Clark, Telephone: 07958 650036 Email:

17 June Goring & District Riding Club, Summer Dressage, at Hangleton Farm, Ferring, West Sussex, Telephone: 07805 061682, Janet Shears,

9 June The Rockbourne Ride, Endurance Ride, Endurance GB, Tenantry Farm, Rockbourne, Fordingbridge, Hampshire, SP6 3PB, Telephone: 01725 518297 Contact Pauline Beach 01202 825010

17 June Mount Mascal Stables,

10 June Bedgebury Park, British Dressage

17 June Newlands Corner Riding Club,

Inter County Teams, Bedgebury Park, Lady Oak Lane, Goudhurst, Kent, TN17 2SH, Enquires email: kerry@bedgeburypark. com,

Unaffiliated Summer Dressage, Intro B, Prelim 7, Prelim 14 & Nov 28) Mount Mascal Stables, Vicarage Road, Bexley, Kent, DA5 2AW Open Unaffiliated Showjumping and Showing Show. Hollister Farm, Nr Guildford, Surrey GU5 9TD Tel: 01483 205049 Lesley Selway

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advertiseat here, call 01892 Park 863062Racecou Racing all yearToround Lingfield or email: All Weather, Flat and National Hunt 17 June The Rockbourne Ride, Open Horse Trials, Wilton Pony Club, Tenantry Farm, Rockbourne, Fordingbridge, Hampshire, SP6 3PB, Telephone: 01725 518297 Contact Fran Lockyear 01725 517735

17 June Rother Valley Riding Club, Novice ODE Sandhole Farm, Westfield, Nr Hastings, Kent,

17 June Rushford Farm Horse Shows, Angel’s on Horseback Dressage, Proceeds to Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, Rushford Farm, Three Cups Corner, Heathfield, East Sussex, TN21 9LR, Telephone: 01435 830440 Email:

17 June Sevenoaks Riding Club, Dressage, Show Jumping & Combined Training Show, Redlands, Sevenoaks, Tel: 01732 461462

17 June Vicarage Farm, British Showjumping Adult Affiliated Advanced, Vicarage Farm, Halliford Road, Sunbury on Thames TW16 6DW, Telephone: 01932 765145 Email:

20 June Francis Whittington Cross Country Clinic, Lodge Farm, Matfield, Kent, TN12 7ET. Telephone: 07595 979372 Email: training@whittingtoneventing.,

20 June Great Bookham Shows, Sunshine Tour Qualifier, Afternoon/Evening, Dressage, Show Jumping, Great Bookham Equestrian Centre, Telephone: 01372 451458, www.,

21 June LMEQ, Show Jumping with Lucy Thompson, Littleton Manor Equestrian Centre, Reigate, Surrey, RH2 8LB call Ruth on 07708 066089 for places.

20 June Sevenoaks Riding Club, Evening Dressage & Show Jumping, Redlands, Sevenoaks, Tel: 01732 461462

22 June Bedgebury Park, Silversand Horsemanship Demo, Bedgebury Park, Lady Oak Lane, Goudhurst, Kent, TN17 2SH, Enquires email: kerry@bedgeburypark. com,

23 June Bedgebury Park, Unaffiliated Dressage, Bedgebury Park, Lady Oak Lane, Goudhurst, Kent, TN17 2SH, Enquires email: kerry@bedgeburypark. com,

23 June Chipstead Riding Club, Show Jumping, Felbridge Showground, Felbridge, West Sussex.

23 June Speedgate, Unaffiliated Dressage,

8 July The Rockbourne Ride, Carriage Driving

JULY 2012

Tonbridge Lions ChariTy horse show

1 July Chipstead Riding Club Summer Show, Pachesham Equestrian Centre, Randalls Road, Leatherhead, Surrey.

1 July South Eastern Arabian Horse

Open Events, Open One Day Event (L4 to L1), to include a Pony Club Young Horse Qualifier, Wivelsden Farm, www. /southdowneast

24 June Walmer Horse & Dog Show, Held in the grounds of Walmer Castle, 2’, novice, pairs, scurry, intermediate, & open jumping, Clear round, bottom hole, beginners, horse & Groom, mini pairs, senior jumping, Young, Junior Handlerm, Family Horse/Pony, Lead Reins Best Rider, Lead Rein Best Pony, Youngstock, coloured Horse/Pony, Mixed Mountain & moorland, Foreigh Breeds, veteran Horse/ Pony, Working Hunter Pony, Horse, First Ridden Pony, Ridden Mountain & Moorland, Cob, Ridden Coloured Horse/Pony, Riding Horse/Pony, British Dressage Prelim Class D1, D2, D3, Fancy Dress,Gymkhana, Walmer Castle,Deal, Kent. Telephone: 07747 746407.

29 June Bedgebury Park, Clear round, Bedgebury Park, Lady Oak Lane, Goudhurst, Kent, TN17 2SH, Enquires email: kerry@,

30 June Bedgebury Park, Affiliated Dressage, Bedgebury Park, Lady Oak Lane, Goudhurst, Kent, TN17 2SH, Enquires email: kerry@,

30 June LMEQ, Show Jumping with Lucy Thompson, Littleton Manor Equestrian Centre, Reigate, Surrey, RH2 8LB call Ruth on 07708 066089 for places.

30 June Southern Horse Trials Championships Qualifier, Mattingley Unaffiliated Horse Trials, Pre Intro (80cms), Intro (90cms), Pre Novice (1m), Blue House Farm, Mattingley, Hook, Hampshire, RG27 8LJ, All enquiries: 01483 767336,,

30 June Sunshine Tour Qualifier, Dressage, Rudgwick Riding Club held at Brinsbury College,

Juddwood Farm, XC Clinic with Francis Whittington. Juddwood Farm, Tonbridge, Kent, Telephone: 01892 871080,

15 July Goring & District Riding Club, Open Showing Show at Castle Goring, Telephone: 07805 061682, Janet Shears,

Over 40 Classes including: 10 July Sevenoaks Riding Club, Two Jumping Rings plus Clear Round Evening Dressage & Show Jumping Redlands, Sevenoaks, Tel: 01732 Working Hunter and Best Show, Rider Championships, 461462 In Hand Classes. 11 July Bedgebury Park, Affiliated Dressage, 1 July Tunbridge Wells Riding Club, Open Bedgebury Park, Lady Oak Lane, Goudhurst, Show, Ridden & In Hand Showing, Show Kent, TN17and 2SH, Enquires email: kerry@ Ring dedicated to ‘12 years Under’ Jumping, Gymkhana, Equifest, TARRA,, Balanced Horse Feeds Qualifers. Crockstead With Leading Rein, Condition and Turnout, Handy Pony,Jumping, etc. 11 July Hillside Farm, Clear Round Equestrian Centre, Halland, East Sussex, Qualifier, Mattingley Unaffiliated Horse Trials, Pre Intro (80cms), Intro (90cms), Pre Novice (1m), Blue House Farm, Mattingley, Hook, Hampshire, RG27 8LJ, All enquiries: 01483 767336,,


15 July Great Bookham Shows, Sunshine Tour Qualifier, Summer Open Show, Dressage, Show Jumping & Showing, Great Bookham Equestrian Centre, Telephone: 01372 451458,,

3 July South Eastern Equestrian Services Burghley Young Event Horse 15 July Eridge Pony Club Show, Qualifiers at Hunt Eridge 01892 783227 Burghley Event Pony Qualifier, Jumping,

Showing, and Fun Classes. Eridge Park. www. – go to Eridge Pony Club Branch

4 July Fiddlers Green Stud Unaffiliated Dressage 07752 712915

15 July Mount Mascal Stables, Unaffiliated Summer Dressage, Intro A, Prelim 12, Prelim 18 & Novice 34, Mount Mascal Stables, Vicarage Road, Bexley, Kent, DA5 2AW

Full Course 2’3” to 2’9” can be raised to include gate, wall, planks, water tray and a number of fillers. Hillside Farm, Coolham, West Sussex, RH13 8QN, Telephone: 01403 740041,


BN8 6PT, Telephone: 07515 718140

1 July Vicarage Farm, Unaffiliated

Showing Jumping, Vicarage Farm, Halliford Road, Sunbury on Thames TW16 6DW, Telephone: 01932 765145 Email:

All proceeds to Local Charities

4 & 5 July South Eastern Equestrian Services Eridge Horse Trials 01892 783227

FERAL CATS MAKE Qualifier. Tunbridge Wells Riding For schedule see: GREAT PEST CONTROL Club Annual Open Show. www. OFFICERS IN STABLES. or send SAE to: Mrs J Williams, Collingham,

2 July Balanced Horse Feeds

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Tour Qualifier, Afternoon/Evening, Dressage, Show Jumping, Great Bookham Equestrian Centre, Telephone: 01372 451458, www.,

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6 July Bedgebury Park, Evening Unaffiliated

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5 July Mid Surrey Pony Club Hickstead Qualifier Bullock and Eclipse Cup www. 01737 358663

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01892 823 590 & 07739 965 943 (before 8pm)

Dressage & Clear round, Bedgebury Park, Lady Oak Lane, Goudhurst, Kent, TN17 2SH, Enquires email: kerry@bedgeburypark. com,


7 July Balanced Horse Feeds Qualifier. RIDE & WALK

Horsham & District Riding Club Show. www. RIDE FOR AFRICA IN AID OF

7 July Bedgebury Park, Unaffiliated Show Jumping, Bedgebury Park, Lady Oak Lane, Goudhurst, TN17 2SH, SUNDAY 30thKent, AUGUST 2009 Enquires email: kerry@bedgeburypark. This 10 mile route starting in Fairlight near Hastings is normally com, inaccessible to the general public and takes participants over some

self a special treat and support a really worthwhile charity that does Event, Tandem Carriages, Tenantry Farm, as itFordingbridge, says and transforms peoples lives. Rockbourne, Hampshire, SP6 3PB, out Telephone: 01725 518297 Check the website Contact James 01725 519322 Great Richard prizes for those raising the most sponsor money

Pickham Farm, Guestling, Hastings TN35 4HX Showing, Dressage, and Show Jumping, Telephone: 01424 813620 Email: Horsham & District Riding Club at schedule and sponsor forms by reply Eastlands, ENTriEs ClosE 25THIn-Hand AuGusT and 8 July Chequer Tree Farm, CHAriTY No. 326901

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8 July Hillside Farm Bigger Fun Jumping Show,

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15 July Chipstead Riding Club Summer, Dressage, Diamond Centre, Carshalton, Surrey.


1 July Southern Horse Trials Championships

FORSunshine ENTRIES SEND SAE to: Tim Jury, Freshwinds, 7 July Tour Qualifier,

24 June Southdown East Pony Club

Elementary & Medium. Speegate Farm, Fawkham, Longfield, Kent, DA3 8NJ. Telephone: 01474 888474, Email: events@


24 June Mid Surrey Branch of the Pony

Open Unaffiliated Combined Training/ Dressage & Show Jumping. Hollister Farm, Nr Guildford, Surrey GU5 9TD Tel: 01483 205049 Lesley Selway

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15 July Bedgebury Park, Riding Club London Clinic with John Smart, Bedgebury Park, Lady Oak Lane, Goudhurst, Kent, TN17 2SH, Enquires email: kerry@bedgeburypark. com,

8 July Speedgate, Unaffiliated Dressage,

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24 June Newlands Corner Riding Club,


Show Jumping & Combined Training Show, Redlands, Sevenoaks, Tel: 01732 461462

1 July Denmead Fun Show, Little

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14 July Sunshine Tour Qualifier, Dressage, Great Bookham Equestrian Centre,

8 July Sevenoaks Riding Club, Dressage,

includes Walk & Trot, Prelim, Novice, Elementary & Medium. Speegate Farm, Fawkham, Longfield, Kent, DA3 8NJ. Telephone: 01474 888474, Email: events@ Club, Open 12 Years & Under Show. Pony Club Field, Hurst Road, Walton on the Hill, Surrey, KT20 5BN.Telephone 020 8668 1274 – go to Mid Surrey Branch

13 July Bedgebury Park, Clear round, Bedgebury Park, Lady Oak Lane, Goudhurst, Kent, TN17 2SH, Enquires email: kerry@,

Event, Tandem Carriages, Tenantry Farm, Rockbourne, Fordingbridge, Hampshire, SP6 3PB, Telephone: 01725 518297 Contact Richard James 01725 519322

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11 July Oldencraig Equestrian Centre Dressage Championships www. 01293 771027/ 07951 121708

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