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ith another Christmas come and gone our thoughts quickly shift towards the lighter nights and drier days to come, at least that’s what we all hope for! We are thrilled to start 2016 by congratulating our Freelance Journalist, Amy Bennett on her engagement over the festive period. We are now over halfway through the dull and wet weather of the winter and before long the warmer air will be heading our way. Although, for the most there’s been no real frost yet this year, the horses hand have still been rugged up to the ‘hilt’ to keep them protected from the continual wet conditions. With this in mind we decided to take a look at the latest bibs and vests available to help keep those rugs fitting snug and to help stop the rub! Olympia saw in the end of yet another successful year, seeming as

Everything Horse magazine is a free monthly publication featuring the latest equestrian news, rider features and health articles. The magazine is available in print and as a digital publication. Check out our website for more information on subscribing, publication dates and past issues. busy as ever with crowds flocking to the ringside of the arena to watch the latest in Dressage and Showjumping Grand Prix action, Scurry Driving, performances and more. The show ended a little bitter sweet, when the news broke almost immediately after the last class that rider, Bertram Allen had been disqualified when FEI officials found blood on the horses flank. Ever the professional, John Whitaker donated his winnings back to the rider stating ‘None of us really won’ following the class finale. You can read the full event report from Amy Bennett over the following pages. As usual we have packed the magazine with great features, horse health articles and great training advice. From all the team here at Everything Horse magazine, we wish you a happy and successfull 2016!



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. Olympia 2015 Event Report

Having spent the week at Olympia, Amy Bennett shares the highs and lows on this year’s event as well as leaving her thoughts on the 'bitter sweet' unexpected finish.


.Equestrian News

Dates announced for the 2016 SEIB Trailblazers series, online equine education information and more equestrian news.


. British Dressage Report

Daisy Jackson interviews Holly Bates following her success at Addington.



. Sharon May-Davis

Lindsay Holden lets us into the fascinating world of horse health expert, Sharon May-Davis and announces the dates of her UK tour.


. New Year New You!

Check out the latest in equestrian fashion from must have boots to ear warmers from Tweed trend setters Timothy Foxx!


. Treat the Pony

life in 2016.

Great goodies to buy for the pony or horse in your


. NEW for 2016! A Day in the Life Of...

We kick start our brand new feature for 2016 with a day in the life of a British Eventing Photographer, and who better to fit the bill? Freelance photographer Mike Bain.


. T&T This month we enjoyed getting 'stuck into' Patricia Pitt's new book, The Crystal System at the same time as keeping our legs and feet toastie with Hottogs socks and thermal leggings!


. Homeopathy

Susan McBane is back with her focus this month on Homeopathy for the horse and rider.

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. It's All in the Eyes

Brand New series from Louise Cleland on Iridology. Fascinating look into the horse’s eye and how it can tell us what's going on inside the horse.


. Restarting the ExRacehorse

Renowned Ex-Racehorse Retrainer Victoria Bax joins us this month to give an insight into how she restarts the ex-racehorse by using methods such as long reining and lunging.


. First Aid

First Aid Advice for the horse from the online retailer team,


. Real Life Stories "Miniatures are just as

fun as big horses" - Meet Sherralee and her miniature horse, Rosie, to learn about their tale in overcoming adversity, dealing with tragedy and success in the show ring at long last.


. Vaccinations

Is your horse up to date with vaccinations, or are you a little confused with what to vaccinate against and when? Hannah Briggs BVetMed MRCVS gives us the low-down on available prev entative measures we can now vaccinate our horses against.

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. Exercise Sheets

We take a look at the latest exercise sheets available and give our thoughts on the brand new Amigo 3 in 1 Competition Sheet from Horseware


. Stopping the Rub

A quick overview on bibs and vests available to help keep your horse or pony more comfortable this winter


. Sponsored Rider Update

Catch up with EHUK Sponsored riders Daisy Jackson and Steph Gumn


Image: Carl Hester riding Nip Tuck credit Kit Houghton


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EVENT REPORT: Olympia International Horse Show 2015

Olympia 2015 Becomes a Vintage Year… but Ends with a Bitter Taste. Written by Amy Bennett


s soon as The London Horse Show at Olympia starts, that’s my cue to start celebrating Christmas, but this year with the abundance of action I barely had time to walk through the shops! As always, the merriment is balanced out with the sheer amount of work there is to do throughout the week of competition, but I wouldn’t miss this iconic event for the World. The week started off with two phenomenal nights of dressage, setting the scene for the rest of the show to come. With reigning Olympic, World and European champion, Charlotte Dujardin taking the Grand Prix special on the first night on board Carl Hester’s 14 year old stallion Uthopia, she was then upstaged by “grandad” Hester himself the following night in the Kur, riding Jane De La Mare’s promising WEG gelding, Nip Tuck – making a PB for the pair in the process. “The horse is trying so hard all the time, last year he found it difficult to go around the edge let alone do the test, it’s amazing what a year can do.” Carl said of the enormous bay who has taken time to mature into his job. The rider showed enormous gratitude to his mount, saying “there is a huge improvement and this horse has, and continues to teach me never to say never.” Carl Hester and ‘Barney’ gave the maximum capacity crowds an absolute master-class in technical dressage to music, just one fumbled canter to passage transition marred an otherwise flawless test, to give them a winning score of 83.75%. This was the first time the British crowds had seen this new floor plan and were swept away with the degree of difficulty shown throughout, “I think the first five minutes of the test was on the center line!” President of the ground jury, Stephen Clarke, quipped. Once the partnership have had a few more attempts at this in the ring, we will

only see them improve further as they aim for Rio.

Image: Charlotte Dujardin riding Uthopia credit Kit Houghton

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Come On Sunshine! The Alltech Christmas Puissance on the Thursday night produced a classic mix of supreme jumping skills from some of the best riders in Europe and some absolutely heart stopping moments for the eager crowds. The most noticeable combination in the field was 16-yearold dual Hickstead Derby winner Loughnatousa WB and his Irish rider Trevor Breen; the pair made it to the fourth round but unfortunately couldn’t make it all the way to the final round. On the fifth and final round, the class was jointly won by Germany’s Hilmar Meyer and the young showjumper Jos Verlooy from Belgium, who both cleared the red brick wall at a massive 2m15 – one of the highest this class has ever seen. The Belgian rider adopted a unique style as he progressed through the rounds riding the 9-year-old Sunshine, only allowing his horse to canter on the left lead and then trotting in the corner before the wall - apparently to ensure the horse stayed straight and to allow the rider to regroup before tackling the iconic mass of bricks. Even more oddly, Jos then aimed the chestnut gelding at the FEI World Cup Qualifier on the Sunday afternoon and the Olympia Grand Prix on the Monday night, but unfortunately couldn’t produce a clear round on either evening. It certainly takes a special kind of horse to be bold enough to take on a puissance wall as well as have the athleticism and sensitivity for a Grand Prix track. Hilmar Meyer travelled his horse Continuo over from Germany for their first visit to this show solely to compete in this class, “I came over many years ago as a groom and have watched it on the TV since, now I have a horse good enough to ride here,” he said of the 13-year-old gelding. “I found the horse by luck. A friend of mine saw him and told me I must have him – he’s also been jumping well in six bar classes,” he added. Unfortunately, the two Brits in the class didn’t make it particularly far in the competition, Guy Williams (Depardieu van T Kiezelhof) reached the second round before taking a brick with him on landing, while Laura Renwick (Roller Coaster) made it to the third round before the gelding maxed out. Gaudiano Gallops to Victory. The Longines FEI world Cup qualifier left the audience on the edge of their 8

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Image: Jos Verlooy riding Sunshine credit Kit Houghton

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seats as two of Britain’s top showjumpers were in contention to win with very fast clears against the clock in the jump off. But they were totally awe struck when rank outsiders Emanuele Gaudiano and Admara produced a blistering round against the clock that just could not be beaten. The 29-year-old Italian and his 10-year-old gelding left the other 16 competitors in the jump off in their wake, with a fearless gallop to the last and some incredible displays of agility by the horse to leave the poles up at such acute angles. The remaining top-class contenders were at least a second behind the pair, with Ben Maher taking the runner-up title with Diva ll ahead of Michael Whitaker and Viking in third, world number one Scott Brash and Hello M’Lady in fourth and Guy Williams and Titus taking fifth place, having set a fast clear very early on. In just his second visit to the event, Emanuele certainly gave his team a Christmas to remember but the modest rider, who wasn’t short of delivering the goods in the arena, was a little more reticent with his words afterwards, “to win here is very nice for me because Italy can only send one rider to an FEI World Cup class and I chose to come here as I Image: Ben Maher riding Diva credit Kit Houghton


Image: Emanuele Gaudiano riding Admara credit Kit Houghton

really love this show”. He did however, speak more freely about his mount who he has had since a two-year-old, “he’s a fantastic horse, very clever and careful, and I love him.” Ben and Diva did a bit of jumping by brail, tapping a few rails as they sped round the track, but most importantly left everything up to slot into second. Try as they might, they just could not catch the impressive speed of the Italian before them - “Emanuele, when he’s clear, it’s impossible to beat him. “Ben said of his successor, “he’s renowned for being a very fast rider but next year, he’s better off being in Italy than here!” he laughed. The class had an unusually large number of entries into the jump off given the level of prestige associated with this Global competition, but as course designer Bernardo Costa Cabral said, “it’s a fine line of balance between making the event sporting and giving the spectators a show.” In this instance, the course walked more difficult than it rode, but with a track not totally up to height, even the restrictive parameters of the Olympia Grand Hall were not going to be enough to produce a satisfactory level of clears in the first round to make EVERYTHING HORSE MAGAZINE • Issue 28 • January 2016

Image: Michael Whitaker riding Viking credit Kit Houghton

the class as competitive as it could have been. Victory Marred by Controversy The final class of the event was the Olympia Grand Prix on the Monday night, and after a truly skilful display of horsemanship, Ireland’s Bertram Allen produced the fastest clear against the clock riding Quite Easy to push Michael Whitaker and Viking down the rankings into second place. However, minutes later an announcement was made that Allen had been disqualified for blood on his horse and Whitaker was now promoted to top the class. Having shot down to the collecting ring at the back of the arena, I was preparing to see a horse with blood in the mouth perhaps, or a flank which had been caught on a jump wing after one of their tight turns. However, what I

was greeted with was extremely difficult to spot without my glasses on – the tiniest nick on the horse’s side where unfortunately Bertram’s spur had rubbed the thin skin of the chestnut gelding. The young rider was visibly distressed as he spoke to the press, who were eager to allow the sympathetic rider the opportunity to give his version of events. “I honestly don’t know how it happened, but I can only think that my leg slid back over a jump because of the fast pace we were going at. I have watched the round again and can’t see where it could have happened.” He said, with his lip trembling as he tried to compose himself, “I’d like to think I’ve a good name, and my horse’s health is my absolute priority,” a sentiment which is echoed throughout the show jumping community. Having spoken with eventual winner

“I honestly don’t know how it happened, but I can only think that my leg slid back over a jump because of the fast pace we were going at. I have watched the round again and can’t see where it could have happened.” Bertram Allen January 2016 • Issue 28 • EVERYTHING HORSE MAGAZINE

Michael afterwards, it was revealed that he had handed over the winning rosette to Bertram, claiming “I didn’t win tonight really, I came second to an exceptionally talented young rider.” He went on further to say, “he will have his day, he has many more Grand Prix ahead of him and he will put this behind him.” This is the first time Whitaker has won this class since 1992, but his victory was tainted as a result of the ruling, “nobody wins today to be honest” he said of his win. Third placed and well renowned German rider Ludger Beerbaum was outraged at the results and in full support of the Irish talent, “I’m pleased with my performance but I’m not happy with the outcome of the jump off, I think we all together have a problem here, and need to work out whether this is what is needed to protect the horse, but this is going a bit too far really,” he said of the FEI mandatory disqualification ruling for blood on a horse. “I wouldn’t like to have the job of the stewards and the judges, but in general I must say, we have a problem here – they were the best combination on the night and the horse didn’t suffer from an injury in any sense. This non contestable rule is one for sure that needs to be reviewed by the FEI. It is unfortunate that such an incredible show, with decades of tradition, that provides us with endless action and entertainment every week preceding Christmas had to end under such a cloud of controversy but overall, this was certainly a vintage year for me.


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Clare Balding Helps Raise £7000 for Mark Davies Injured Riders’ Fund

RockTape UK Launch Equine Movement Taping Course! RockTape UK are excited to announce the launch of their much anticipated Equine Movement Taping course. RockTape have expanded on their industry renowned Fascial Movement Taping courses, taking the same principles of postural correction and injury management and prevention used in humans, and applying them to horses. RockTape equine tutor MariaVerena Weinberger explains the philosophy of kinesiology taping including, how it works, what its’ effects are and how to apply it appropriately. “Horses have highly developed feedback mechanisms from their coat, so the light sensory input of the tape can have a dramatic effect on their movement. RockTape can assist with controlling pain, promoting range of movement, increasing muscle activity, inducing an earlier occurrence of muscle peak torque as well as functional performance enhancement. This can help with injury management and rehabilitation, and correction of unwanted postures or movement patterns.” 12

RockTape’s first Equine Movement Taping course takes place on 12th &13th March 2016 at Equine Therapy Solutions in Oldham. Owner Dawn Rothwell explains why she’s looking forward to hosting the course. “We’re really excited about hosting RockTape’s first Equine course. As a sports therapist for athletes and equines I have seen the benefits of RockTape on both. It can assist in making significant changes to posture, gait and performance. It is something that every therapist can use easily and effectively to ensure correct rehabilitation work is carried out” Places on the course are limited to 8 and can be booked through RockTape’s website www.rocktape. To compliment the course RockTape’s Equine Kinesiology tape has been designed specifically for use with horses, the extra width (10cm) and stronger adhesive enables the tape to stick to the horse’s coat for longer than traditional tape. For full details visit

A spectacular evening at the RAF Club in Piccadilly, London, helped raise £7000 for Mark Davies Injured Riders’ Fund. ‘An Evening with Clare Balding’ saw over 100 supporters of the charity turn out in their splendour to enjoy a delicious dinner prepared by the fantastic RAF chefs, in the stunning surroundings of the ballroom. With the event being held on November 11, it was fitting to be in such a wonderful place and to admire the paintings and tributes to days gone by and those who so bravely fought for our freedom. After dinner guests were treated to an insightful and funny halfhour talk from Clare, where she shared interesting stories from her childhood and more recent sporting events. Ever generous with her time, Clare took questions from the audience before happily signing copies of her book, whilst chatting with supporters. During the evening the charity ran both a raffle and an auction with prizes ranging from a Tuscan holiday, to a ‘Behind the Scenes’ day at Hickstead with Scott Brash and Steven Wilde. Mark Davies Injured Riders’ Fund would like to thank Clare, all their guests and those who donated and bought prizes for making the evening so memorable for all involved.

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Image: Senior Showjumping 75cm, horse and rider; Kirsty Faulkner Jammy Dodger

Dates Announced for SEIB Trailblazers National Championships 2016 We are delighted to announce that the 2016 SEIB Trailblazers Championships will once again take place at the impressive Stoneleigh Park in Warwickshire. The dates have moved to ensure the Championship Finals are within the school holiday period, which varies around the country and fits within the venues schedule of events. The senior and junior Dressage Championships will be on 29 – 31 July, Showing and Working Hunter Championships on 30 – 31 July, senior and junior Show Jumping Championships on 3 – 6 August and Solution Saddles Combined Training Championships on 4 – 5 August. Following the same format as the 2015 SEIB Trailblazers Championships, there will be optional dressage and show jumping warm up days. The dressage finals will be held over the Saturday and Sunday 30 – 31 July. The junior and senior show jumping championships will include optional warm up classes taking place

on Wednesday 3 August and the Championship Finals being held on two out of the three championship days between Thursday 4 – Saturday 6 August. Following the growing interest in seniors competing on ponies, it has been agreed to maintain the 65cm, 75cm & 85cm Senior on Ponies Championships at the 2016 SEIB Trailblazers Championships. There are currently no restrictions on seniors riding ponies in senior Trailblazers first round qualifiers and the change will enable senior riders to compete in 65cm, 75cm & 85cm senior second rounds and to qualify for senior on ponies finals at the Championships. With the superb facilities at Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire, finalists will enjoy that unbeatable big championship atmosphere, the thrill of riding in the grand arenas and the prospect of completing a lap of honour in magnificent style. The popular Masterclass in the Park

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will also be taking place again at this year’s finals. Last year Geoff Billington and Adam Kemp wowed the crowds with their entertaining and informative demonstrations. A full timetable for the Championships is available for download from the Trailblazers Championships website, along with further information on the finals. First round qualifiers have now begun for the 2016 SEIB Trailblazers Championship Finals. A full list of first and second round dates and venues, as well as comprehensive details of the Trailblazers series, is available on the website, www. You can keep up to date with the latest news by following us on Facebook at TrailblazersChampionships, or contact our team in the Trailblazers central office on if you have any other queries.


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Brush up on your skills or learn something new for 2016, education has never been so accessible!

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Training your Horse Made Simple with Equine Education... Are you struggling to make progress with training your horse? Or do you want to try different techniques to improve the success of your partnership? Are you stuck for ideas as to how to move forwards with your horse? If any of these sound familiar, turning to Equine Education can really help. Equine Education offers a range of online courses to equip horse owners with essential knowledgeable to improve their horsemanship skills. The first course in the New Year series looks at the training of the horse and gives expert advice on the most appropriate techniques to use. ‘Horse Training Made Simple!’ will help demystify horse training by helping you to understand what works, what does not and why with simple explanations, demonstrations and feedback from one of the leading accredited Equitation Science Practitioners in the UK, Lisa Ashton. Lisa is a leading expert in Equitation Science who trains professional riders, amateur competitors and leisure horse owners in the science of riding at all levels across the UK and Europe. Lisa was the first person to embed the science of training horses into the University curriculum and is well known for her ability to demystify horse training so that riders and trainers can fully understand how horses learn. She holds the Equitation Science International Associate Diploma and has spent over 10 years training with Dr Andrew McLean who is world renowned in the area of Equitation Science. This course will run over a period of four weeks and will cover a range of topics including ‘hallmarks of effective 14

training,’ which will outline the way horses learn and the necessary language needed to communicate with them effectively. ‘Training choices’ will focus more closely on the horse’s learning process and explain the choices you have in order to optimise clarity and speed of learning. ‘Stress in the ridden horse’ will delve into more detail about how to cope with difficult situations and deepen your horse training ‘toolkit’. It will enable you to learn the essentials for improving how your horse perceives stress and how you can effective at changing your horse’s behaviour, whilst remaining safe. The final topic ‘Equitation Science in Practice,’ looks at why some trainers are more effective than others and how horses perceive different methods. Are you trained by an Olympian or a local riding school? This topic will explain the effect that different training styles have on the horse, allowing you to find the right one for you. These courses are an excellent way to gain more knowledge from a reliable source without time constraints. Due to the flexible nature of the online course provider, you can work through the information at your leisure and all you need is a computer and internet access. This allows you to fit in learning around your busy schedule. There will be an end of course assessment, which if successfully completed will be rewarded with a certificate. The course starts on 1 February, 2016 and costs £99. For further information and to book a place on a course visit

Equine Careers® is delighted to announce the launch of their new website which now features an extensive library of equine-related college courses. Users can search and compare equine university and college courses at institutes all over the UK, in one place, rather than searching the internet for hours on end looking for their ideal place to study. An equine qualification will provide a valuable stepping stone to your future career in the equestrian or related industry. Equine Careers® founder, Emma Dyer, has a wealth of experience in further education within the Equine Industry and is thrilled with the new equine course platform on the website. Said Emma: “This exciting new development on the Equine Careers® website will enhance our already successful jobs board and recruitment services, making us the one-stop-shop for equine professionals and those wanting a career in the industry.” The exciting new website is optimised for mobiles and tablets and alongside the new course library, it also offers customers looking to recruit, a live vacancy management facility to control and manage their own online adverts. Start your journey today and visit equine-college-courses/ to find your dream equine course.

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New BETA Equestrian Careers Guide If you thought that a career in the equestrian industry had to be handson with horses, think again! There is a diverse range of opportunities available in this challenging and vibrant sector, and a new booklet published by the British Equestrian Trade Association highlights an exciting selection of them. Roles in sales, export, design, business, nutrition, research and development, marketing and saddlery are just some of those featured in Careers in the Equestrian Industry. Each entry features a broad career overview, with qualifications and experience required, along with key training pathways. “There is a general misapprehension that equestrian careers tend to consist of riding and grooming jobs or professions such as farriers, equine dentists or physiotherapists,” said BETA executive director Claire Williams. “In fact, nothing could be further from the truth, as the new guide quite clearly shows. I hope that colleges,

Innovative New Concept for Riding Centres An innovative new concept has been launched which aims to change lives through riding, the Accessibility Mark Accreditation. Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA), in partnership with Hoof, the British Equestrian Federation’s (BEF) participation initiative has launched Accessibility Mark to help riding establishments deliver a high quality experience for clients with disabilities. Following an initial pilot project, 22 centres from around the country have already gained the Accessibility Mark stamp of approval and now the scheme is being opened up so that many more centres can take part.

Look our for Dengie’s fresh, new look in 2016!

universities and those offering careers advice will find the guide a valuable resource, providing plenty of food for thought and helping to set young people on the right path for future employment.” Careers in the Equestrian Industry is available free of charge from the BETA office, telephone 01937 587062 or email, or by ordering from the BETA online shop at Accessibility Mark accreditation allows centres to access ongoing training and advice from RDA to help encourage more people with disabilities to take part in riding activities. If you know or are involved with a riding centre, here are a few great reasons for it to become involved with Accessibility Mark and gain accreditation: • Accessibility Mark provides a new avenue for disabled people to access sport and activities in their local area. • Accessibility Mark offers the chance to welcome new clients. • The centre will benefit from a wealth of experience from RDA qualified staff; this valuable knowledge has been acquired over the 40 years that RDA has been offering lifechanging activities to people with

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Some of Dengie’s favourite fibre feeds have been given a fresh, new look, with a handsome horsey cover star gracing the packaging of five of the brand’s popular products – and more to follow. First off the mark was Hi-Fi Molasses Free with Trickywoo, a handsome piebald owned by Dengie customer Jo Cross, followed by Alfa-A Original with beautiful bay Jason owned by Jodie Green. Next in line will be Alfa-A Molasses-Free, Hi-Fi Lite and Alfafa Pellets. A number of feeds in the Dengie range have now been made available in a more convenient, compact bale with the same 20kg weight but far less of the packaging. The new-look bales follow hot on the heels of Dengie being named the UK’s most popular branded feed in the 2015 National Equestrian Survey commissioned by the British

disabilities. • RDA will provide access to training and support to enable staff to be confident they can provide an outstanding service to both existing and new riders. • Gaining accreditation allows centres to meet the demand for equestrian activities among disabled people in the local community. For information on how to become an Accessibility Mark centre contact Jo Hayward at RDA at uk or call 01926 492915.



Holly Bates thrilled with horse, Brian T

o finish 2015, we focus on top scores that were achieved by Holly Bates at Charles Owen sponsored Addington Manor EC on Thursday November 12, 2015. After achieving two wins at Elementary Open with 73.75% and 75.34% on Ali Fernyhough’s Dorando, aka Brian, Holly was thrilled with his performance especially as it was the 5-year-old’s first ever attempt at Elementary level. Holly previously rode Brian at the National Championships where they came 10th in the 4 year old class. The combination have been together for around a year and a half. Holly also rode her own 17hh 8 year old to victory in their first ever Advanced Medium together. As a 2 year old, Cambridge was bought by Holly and her mother. With the help of their trainer, Henry Boswell, they plan to compete at PSG next year; ultimately Holly aims to compete internationally at Big Tour. It is also exciting to witness younger, talented riders coming up through the ranks and pushing BD for the young generations to come. This being recognized; a brand new system

Image above: Holly bates riding Dorando as a 4 year old at the National Championships

has now being put into place which involves 12-14-year-olds. In previous years this age group would only have the opportunity to compete at FEI on ponies. This rule didn’t allow for those riders who became too tall for ponies and ultimately excluded them

Image below: Holly Bates riding her own 17hh Cambridge


from being able to enter FEI. So the new category is completely separate from Ponies and Juniors and is called ‘‘Children on Horses’’. This new section will take youngsters newly transitioning to horses, from ponies and allow them to work up to competing internationally with a test worked out to be similar to a high-end Elementary test. Next Year there will be an opportunity for the selected 12-14 year olds to compete at internationals and also participate in classes at Keysoe High Profile show, specifically designed for this section. The selection criteria are as follows; eligible for selection are those beginning the year of their 12th birthday through to those beginning the year of their 14th. The horses competing must be 6 years of age or above. 12 year olds are required to have achieved two scores with 70% or above at Novice level to apply and 13/14 year olds are to have scored 70% or higher at Elementary level or above. This must be with two different judges, both at affiliated competitions. Finally, combinations cannot be competing at Junior level at the same time.

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POLO: Brought to you buy J F Polo Academy, Cheshire


Everything Horse magazine welcomes a new reporting column for 2016, Polo; brought to you by J F Polo Academy husband and wife duo James and Joanna Fielding


olo has been described as a number of things; dangerous, exciting, aggressive and elitist, however it has an enduring appeal, which has made it one of the oldest known sports. However some people. whilst learning to ride ‘the sport of kings’, have been a little too far out of reach to simply ‘just give it a go’ or there hasn’t been a facility available to pay as you go! Thankfully, having recognised this, James Fielding launched the J F Polo Academy in Cheshire back in 2006, not only to help players near and far improve their game, but also to promote the sport he loves to anyone looking to participate, making the academy inclusive for all and not exclusive to the few. The academy is run by husband and wife team James and Jenna whose passion is to encourage people to ‘have a go’ at polo. James, a Hurlingham Polo Association (HPA) qualified instructor, delivers all of the academy lessons developing the individual’s skills and refining techniques; having played polo throughout the UK and around the world for over 10 years, you are in safe hands. Many traditional riders new to our sport have often found it a shock to sit in a saddle without knee rolls, feeling somewhat bizarre and uncomfortable in shorter stirrups not to mention neck reining. It can all be a bit alien at first but riders soon settle and become at ease and marvel at just how simple it is to work with their horse in this sport. Similarly, the equipment used can take a little to get used to. The mallet, for

many of us, looks similar to a croquet mallet but the length of a household broom and contrary to popular belief polo players do not hit the ball with the smaller round end of the stick, as in croquet, but the long side of the mallet. It is little wonder then that many players have nerves of steel having to execute those skills whilst leaning out of the saddle in order to hit the ball with accuracy. This ready position is called the ‘half seat’ and requires players to stand up out of the saddle and learn their body weight over to the right hand side putting tension onto the right stirrup iron. Polo is certainly a sport of experience and not a game you can learn overnight. This is true of most sports but as a discipline that requires all players to be able to maneuver a horse at gallop and also be able to connect and hit a plastic ball no bigger than an apple with a mallet which is not only heavy but then bends and flexes in motion, is a big ask. Once you have tried polo, you will be hooked,! It is a thrilling and adrenaline fuelled sport. Images above and below from the J F Polo Academy

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HORSE HEALTH: Editorial Sharon May-Davis

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Leading the way in academic research

Sharon May-Davis Would you like to know more about the ground breaking research that goes on regarding equine health? If so this article might be just what you are looking for….


haron May-Davis and her protégé, Dr Raquel Butler, have been leading the way with their academic research. But before I continue let me give you a little background on Sharon. Sharon is one of a kind; I am truly blessed to have had the pleasure of learning from this wonderful lady here in the UK and in Australia, Sharon’s home country. Sharon’s experience with performance horses has spanned over 40 years and boasts clients representing Australia throughout multiple equestrian disciplines. Her practical applications have been supported by an array of academic qualifications that have been obtained at Tertiary and University levels in Australia and the United States of America. These include a Bachelor of Applied Science (Equine), a Research and Coursework Masters Degree (4 Equine Theses) and numerous Equine Therapeutic qualifications. Sharon has over eight years in academia and extensive experience in the Australian and Japanese racing industries. Sharon, who is also an equine therapist, has managed elite equine athletes at State, National and Olympic levels in 7 different disciplines


throughout Australia. She is held in high esteem by many top riders. A little about Sharon and her work! Sharon now lectures around the world and is highly sought after for both her dissections and also her biomechanical knowledge. She can interpret, from how a horse is moving and behaving on the outside, what is possibly happening on the inside (biomechanically/ anatomically) as she has dissected hundreds of horses.  Her eye for detail and observations is amazing.  Sharon can often be referred to as ’The bone lady’ or ‘Equine CSI’. From a very young age Sharon has been around horses, and it is clear to see her knowledge and passion through her work. Would you like to learn from this extraordinary lady? Sharon works exclusively through Whole Horse Health whilst in the UK. If you’re looking for a different set of eyes for equine musculoskeletal pathologies, they

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don’t come much sharper than those of Sharon May-Davis. Few people have the razor sharp eye she has for a hidden pathology or condition in the horse. Sharon engages her students with her down-to-earth approach and wicked sense of humour, yet approaches her work very seriously. She carries us through dissection workshops with stories and anecdotes, while maintaining utmost professionalism, and above all, respecting and honouring the life of the horse who now teaches us from the table. It is the lessons from these horses that allow Sharon and her students to improve the lives of the horses still with us.

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The course’s being held in the UK are invaluable for individual horse owners, Vets, massage and body therapists and anyone wanting more in depth knowledge on horse movement and what could be possibly going wrong, why and what you can do to help your horse. Anatomy & Palpation - a journey of discovery 31st-1th April 2016 Areas covered include: • The musculo-skeletal system and discussion on normal to abnormal anatomy. • Palpation techniques - young and old  • Breed variations • Trauma/repetitive strain variations • Fascia  • Scar tissue vs a fascial tear • Muscle tension vs tendon fibres in the muscle • Muscle types (I and IIa,IIb,IIc) By Dr Raquel Butler - Holistic - £200 - 2 days Basic Biomechanics  4th- 5th April 2016 Areas covered include: • Basic neurology • Musculo-skeletal system complete half side of the horse discussing muscle; origin/s, insertion/s, function/s  and relationships. • Joint pathology • Fascia • Ligaments • Palpation and range of motion is also investigated. • On the final day the horse is turned and the joints explored as a comparative to the dexter or sinister side. By Dr Raquel Butler - £200 - 2 days

Integrated Veterinary approach to bodyAssessment 6th-7th April 2016 Areas covered include: • Learn to develop your eye and feel in a non invasive way, highlighting the importance of listening to the horse in your assessment. • You will learn a systematic approach to examining the entire body and gain optimal insight into any underlying issues. • This workshop encompasses biomechanics, complete assessments of the TMJ, teeth and hyoid apparatus, muscles, limbs,  joints, foot balance and key interrelationships within the body. • You will gain a deeper understanding of how an imbalance or problem in one area affects the entire system. • You will also gain a thorough understanding of a veterinary approach to lameness.  By Dr Raquel Butler - £250 - 2 days Advanced Biomechanics 9th-10th April 2016 This is an extension of the Basic Biomechanics course. Limb dynamics are explored further and the vertebral column explained in a range of motion that is easy to understand, but still based on scientific research. In addition, Sharon elaborates

further on domestication, melanomas and muscle type and function. Covering areas deemed to be performance limiting such as dwarfism, atavism and other incumbent issues are introduced and supported by relevant research. Discussions related to current topics based on research such as tendon boots, travelling and the research published by Sharon MayDavis will also be on the table. By Sharon May-Davis -£200 - 2 days Dissection 11th-13th April 2016 Areas covered include: • Basic neurology • Musculo-skeletal system complete half side of the horse discussing muscle; origin/s, insertion/s, function/s  and relationships. • Joint pathology • Fascia • Ligaments • Palpation and range of motion is also investigated. • On the final day the horse is turned and the joints explored as a comparative to the dexter or sinister side. By Sharon May-Davis -£450 - 3 days For further detailed information about upcoming courses or an assessment of you and your horse then I can be contacted on Lindsay Holder t: 07703010044 / 01684 574 888 e: or w: Twitter: @Horse_HealthUK Facebook: Whole Horse Health UK Alternatively to learn more on Sharon May-Davis and Dr Raqual Butler, please visit the Facebook page that has been set up for the courses displayed above. Simply search Facebook for Sharon May-Davis UK courses. Image: Dr. Raquel Butler

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A Day in the Life of British Eventing Photographer

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As we gallop into a new, exciting year we have great pleasure in announcing our new feature for 2016, “A day in the life of” and who better to kick the series off than our British Eventing photographer Mike Bain. We have worked with Mike over the past three years, although he has been practicing equine photography for over 20! During this time we have watched him photograph almost every major BE event there is. If he’s not out working as a photographer, he’s standing in as a Volunteer, often commentating in ‘the box’ at many of the other BE events across the UK! With Mike’s sights now set for the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, it’s a good job we caught up with him now to hear more on A Day in the Life of a British Eventing Photographer! Eventing is one of the most exciting sports imaginable and being a part of it is always a great thrill.  I first became interested in 1989 and Burghley was the first event I attended. This was after I heard course designer Capt.Mark Phillips talking to Gloria Hunniford on the radio.  I really hadn’t a clue what was going on (nothing changes!) but I soon became completely hooked. What started off as an enjoyable way to spend a weekend has now become an obsession which has taken me to some incredible places, allowed me to meet some amazing people and to see some beautiful and talented horses. My interest in Eventing has enabled me to work in Spain for the World Games, Greece for the Olympic

Games, Poland for the Pony European Championships, Qatar for the Asian Games, France for the World Games, London for the Olympics, Ireland for the European Championships and, of course, all over the U.K.      My interest in photography has grown hand in hand with my interest in eventing.   Having won the Eventing Photographer of the Year in 1998, I soon found myself with Press Accreditation to take photographs at many of the top Events.   The first event I attended with Accreditation was Badminton.   It was an incredible experience having full access to the fantastic facilities in the Media Centre not to mention rubbing shoulders with some of my photographer heroes. A normal day at one of the big events starts very early in the Media Centre catching up with overnight scores, withdrawals and getting my equipment ready for the day ahead.   The biggest day, of course, is Cross Country day with about 160 photographers and about 150 journalists crammed into the Media Centre.   Once out on the Cross Country course, however, the photographers all try to find the best position to get “the shot” of that special moment.   Sometimes you’re lucky and sometimes you miss it by a split a second! Of course the weather is always a very important factor, especially on Cross Country day. Taking a good photograph in torrential rain is always difficult but strong winds or shooting straight into the sun can also create

enormous difficulties. It’s also very important to try to avoid standing right in front of a T.V. camera or a spectator who has paid a lot of money to be there! Over the whole weekend it’s possible to take many hundreds, if not thousands, of photographs.   These all need to be edited and sent off ready for publication overnight. While being out looking at the horses is all very exciting, and it’s great being with the other photographers, I love the editing stage. It’s great fun tweaking the photos to remove a spectator doing something silly in the background or removing a loudspeaker seemingly balanced on Nicola Wilson’s head!   An average day will then finish about 14 hours after it started but you are already looking forward to doing it all again tomorrow!   The comradeship amongst the Press Corps is very refreshing at all BE and FEI Events.   Everybody always seems happy to help if you have a problem and it’s great to get a few tips from some of the World’s top equestrian photographers.   During the dark winter months I always feel a great shortage of events to go to. I attended events on 54 days this year and I’ve no idea how many miles I’ve driven. So a weekend at home is really quite a novelty. My first event in 2016 will be in January at the inaugural Liverpool International Horse Show and it promises to be quite a special year for me too. I just heard, a couple of days ago, some very exciting news. Rio de Janeiro Olympics here we come!

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Written by Susan McBane


F all the complementary therapies, homeopathy must be one of the most controversial. It is also sometimes confused with herbalism which was the subject of last month's article. The two are quite different although they have in common with each other and with other complementary therapies the principle of working to correct the flow of the body's inner energy or life force. This issue of energy, which has different names in different cultures such as qi, chi, prana and others, is a major stumbling block for conventional, western therapists and doctors because not only can energy not be seen but also it has never been proved by western science to even exist. Nevertheless, millions more people around the world are treated and helped by eastern, energy-based medicine than by western medicine, which is largely based, these


days, on synthetic drugs. Having said that, some conventional doctors do believe that homeopathy can have healing effects and might refer patients to a homeopath. Visit www. for details of registered practitioners. There are also numerous veterinary surgeons who are also qualified homeopaths: you can find one through the British Association of Homeopathic Veterinary Surgeons ( As with any complementary therapy, if you want to visit a homeopath yourself you can do so without a referral from your doctor. If you want your animal to be treated by

a homeopath, whether he or she is also a vet or not, by law you need a referral from your vet. And remember that only a vet is allowed by law in the UK to diagnose. East is east and west is west ... Probably another major difference between eastern and western medicine is that the former treats the patient, as an individual, whereas the latter mainly treats the condition or disease, and this is certainly the case with homeopathy. The homeopath will use an initial, and very searching consultation lasting roughly an hour to find out as much as possible about the patient's

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personality and temperament, lifestyle and environment, relationships and how he or she reacts to the circumstances encountered in life. All these are believed to affect the life force in a very individual way, and can unbalance it: therefore, the remedy or remedies chosen for one patient may be different from those chosen for another affected by the same disease or condition. A 'hair of the dog' principle The ruling tenet of homeopathy is 'like cures like'. This means that symptoms caused by an overdose of a substance in a healthy being are the symptoms that can be cured by a small dose of that substance in a being who is sick. This is an ancient principle that was widely followed until the discovery in the first half of the 20th century of synthetic drugs, painkillers and antibiotics when,

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Tracking-up is a non-profit, quarterly magazine. Printed along with copies are £5.30 per issue or £19.10 for a 4-issue herbalism and subscription. Digital copies are £4.00 per issue or £14 for a other therapies, it 4-issue subscription. Clearly print your name and address declined. Modern (and email for digital) plus ‘EH29', on the back of your homeopaths cheque payable to 'Tracking-up' and post it to Anne Wilson, aim to use the Park End House, Robins Folly, Thurleigh, Beds., MK44 remedies to 2EQ. gently stimulate the body's immune system to itself cure the patient while also they may be lost, but on a piece of apple working to restore harmony, balance and or carrot, lightly pressed in with the energy flow. bottom of the bottle. The remedies may The remedies come from animal, also be put in a little sterile water and vegetable and mineral sources. They are squirted under the tongue. prepared by an accepted pharmaceutical process called potentisation that Help yourself produces highly diluted versions of Despite the individuality of homeopathic the substance in different 'strengths' or practice and remedies, there are some potencies. The substances are provided remedies which can be used on a as powders, pills or tiny 'pilules', or self-help or first aid basis, and may be as liquid tinctures. The remedies are available as pills or powders to take very sensitive and delicate, and must internally or as creams or ointments for not be touched by anyone but the topical use. Your practitioner can advise patient, otherwise they can be you on a concise range of remedies for depotentised or weakened. general use, and you can buy them at They must also be stored many chemists, on line or by mail order. away from bright lights Just Google 'homeopathic supplies and strong-smelling remedies'. substances. A big advantage of this therapy is that The practitioner will you cannot overdose and risk harm: if give strict instructions the body does not need the remedy it as to administration: is simply excreted. On the other hand, humans can normally if used correctly and appropriately, it just tip pills into the is gentle and effective, some scientific bottle cap and then into studies backing this up, I understand. the mouth, usually under the tongue for more effective Next month: Physiotherapy absorption. Horses take their remedies best not in their feeds, where

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It’s All In the Eyes! Have you ever looked into the eye of a horse and wondered if there’s a way of knowing what they are thinking? Whilst we may not have an answer, we can reveal there is a way of knowing how they are feeling. Here, Louise Cleland explains what exactly you can see in the horse’s eye...


he eyes are the window to the soul, and they may also hold the key to detecting health issues in your horse. Allow me to introduce you to something amazing called Equine iridology. Past, Present and What is it? Equine Iridology is the study of the iris (the coloured part) of the horse’s eye. Human Iridology is not a new science as both Hippocrates and Philostatust used iridology. Records of iris markings were painted onto stone slabs indicating problems in the liver and kidneys, left by the Babylonians in 1000 BC. Iridology was latterly more scientifically chronicled by Dr. Ignats von Peczeley, a German doctor, late last century. Equine Iridology is a newer science, and history suggests that a form of equine iridology was said to have been taught to a Syd Mercer, by a Stoke-onTrent veterinarian called Stephenson, during the first World War. In the mid-1980s Equine Iridology surfaced as a mainstream addition to aiding equine health, when veterinarians and consultants such as Dr. Dena Eckerdt, began their extensive research and mapped out the equine iris as a way to distinguish between healthy systems and problematic areas in the horse’s body. Equine Iridology is a safe, painless and non-intrusive form of diagnosis via the study of the iris using magnification. Inherited genetic strengths and weakness plus tendencies towards certain organ/ system dysfunctions may be ascertained.

Many illnesses are simply symptoms of an organ malfunction, and equine iridology can reveal the root cause of the illness so that the right treatment is easier and more effective. Professional equine iridologists agree that acute, sub-acute, chronic and degenerative conditions of the body are all reflected in the iris. Amazing Discoveries. Quite simply equine iridology allows you to “discover” what is going on inside the horse, and can pin point the reasons behind behavioural problems and physical problems. Horses are unable to tell you where it hurts or what is wrong, with equine iridology you can see the problem, and/ or the likelihood of a problem occurring due to either old injuries or inherited weakness.

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Louise Cleland is a dual qualified, certified Equine Bodywork, Equine Massage Technician and Equine Iridology Technician based in Cheshire. Louise covers Cheshire, Derbyshire, Greater Manchester, Shropshire, Staffordshire, and the Wirral. She can be contacted at or via her website

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The four main systems There are four systems in the horse’s body that I believe can signal life or death. I call them “tunnels” because they allow nutrition to get in and toxins to get out. These systems are very easy to see in the eye. If there is any discolouration in these areas, it is showing toxicity or a weak area, and that can be a problem for your horse; which will need addressing. The four main systems are:1) Intestinal system You can see this system right next to the pupil in the eye. This system takes up one-third of the eye. The small intestine is on what I call the nasal side (close to the nose). The large intestine is on the opposite side. If you see any discolouration in this area, the horse needs help and/or a change of diet, probiotics, parasite control, etc.

be clear for many reasons, one of which is for the horse’s energy levels.

2) Urinary system (kidney/bladder) You will find this system at around six o’clock (the right eye shows a little after six and the left eye shows a little before). This area is a major thoroughfare for the body and needs to run optimally to keep your horse at his best.

When one of these four systems shuts down, it puts extra pressure on the rest. If all four shut down, it can mean death. It is advisable to have the eyes of your horse checked by a qualified and experienced equine iridolgy technician on a regular basis. Think of it as an MOT for your horse as working with a qualified and experienced equine iridology technician can improve his life span and health.

3) Respiratory system We find this system at around nine o’clock in the right eye and three o’clock in the left eye. It needs to

4) Scruff (skin) area The skin is known as the third kidney of the horse. He can absorb into his blood 60% to 90% of what you put on his body. The line surrounding the iris of the eye represents this system.

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In short, information in the horse’s eye can reflect past medical problems, highlight the horse’s susceptibility towards certain illnesses, and show possible future health problems. We often forget that our horses are individuals and that there is no one size fits all when it comes to their health and welfare. Equine Iridology can show and teach us so much about the health of the individual horse. This was truly brought home to me as I learned how to study the equine eye, and how the eye maps out the different internal systems in the horse that can signal life or death. To be able to map out health issues and weaknesses and pinpoint areas of concern that can then be rectified was and is a valuable tool.

horse owners referrals to those experts that can assist with the horse’s health including equine behaviourists, Applied Zoopharmacognosy, Equine Herbalists, Nutritionists as well as the equine vet. I am also an active member of the International Equine Iridology Research Team. People benefiting from the natural science of Equine Iridology are veterinarians, naturopaths, therapists, and of course horse owners and their equine friends. Bringing this valuable modality to horse owners, enabling those owners to help their horses live a healthier and happier life; is for me just the beginning of my work and passion for equine health and well-being.

What does my work involve? Today I travel all over the North West of England and beyond, visiting with horses, examining and photographing the horse’s eyes. My work involves mapping both eyes and thereafter providing a detailed report with findings to the owner and the owner’s veterinary expert. As I have a network of amazing equine professionals I am able to offer

Services: Photo Consultation Complete Equine Iridology assessment with written report from photograph! Photographs should be taken of each eye and emailed as JPEG files, I recommend positioning the horse in a dark stable. Price £30.00 Other consultations and treatments also available. For more information please visit

“The eye of the horse is not limited for seeing the outside world Equine Iridologists use it as a window to see within your horse's body" Don’t forget to read February’s issue, featuring Iridology Part Two

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fter buying an ex-racer, I tend to turn them away and give them a period of time off work in order to relax and just be a horse, as many have skipped that period due to their training starting so early on in their lives. I give them an MOT: Getting their teeth and backs checked before I start any work. Diet is also key and we feed Aloeride which we find really helps support a healthy digestive system, feet and coat – all key factors for thoroughbreds! What to Expect An ex-racer horse will generally be lean, fit and lack muscle along it’s back and top line, so may not even be capable of carrying a conventional saddle and rider comfortably. Because of this lack of strength, following their time off, I will start to long rein them rather than just lunging them with one rein. I find this much more beneficial as you are not restricted

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An ex-racer horse will generally be lean, fit and lack muscle along it’s back and top line Long reining helps them to accept the contact along both reins, introduces steering aids and invites them to work freely and more correctly without any rider constrictions When long reining it is important to maintain an even contact down both reins, as you would when riding. Having one rein looser will teach the horse to become one sided.

rather than forcing the issue. The idea being that the horse accepts this way of going as the "norm", after all horses do not know what it right or what is wrong. All they know is that they are always asked to do something in that way, so it becomes the way they do it. When long reining it is important to maintain an even contact down both reins, as you would when riding. Having one rein looser will teach the horse to become one sided. Moving Forward Ensure that all transitions that you do (whether up or down) are always proactive and the horse doesn't dawdle; meaning the very first step they take should be the same as the 10th or the 50th step. Golly Galoshes are great for seeing a stride and we use them a lot in January 2016 • Issue 28 • EVERYTHING HORSE MAGAZINE


our lunge work so that we can really see these steps and maintain their quality. Similar to ridden work, when the horses takes the rein forward, allow more rein, don't be restrictive as the more forward and down they take their necks, the more they open up over their backs and the bigger step they are able to take. Pole Work Once I have established walk, trot and canter on the long reins I introduce pole work to make things more interesting and encourage the horse to think a bit more about where he is putting his hooves. I start with one pole and gradually build up the number of poles on a circle. This is much harder than poles in a straight line. I place them about 9ft apart so as not to make it too complicated for the first few times (as too many poles placed to tightly together can be rather daunting for the horse) so by allowing some space, it makes it look more inviting. Next, I move the poles and create a "train line" for the horse to work along, it is not always just straight, but can have curves in it too. The key is to play around and be creative with poles so the horse is constantly having to think for itself. I also use these poles to weave in and out of to test out my steering. Another example of pole work is to place 4 poles in a square box in the middle of the arena. I start by long


reining the horse straight through the middle of the box, straight onto the poles. I work through figures of eight, circles and changes of rein all aimed through the box. I then ask the horse to walk into the box over centre of one pole at an angle, then out of the box over the centre of another pole at an angle. I use the coloured section of the poles to aim for different parts of the poles as I move closer towards the corners, until I ask the horse to step straight over one corner of the box; this requires a high degree of accuracy as it is very very easy for the horse to step out to the side of the corner therefore missing the poles completely. I use the box to make full transitions in also so it gives me a specific spot to

aim for therefore making the transition sharper. The next stage would be to introduce a conventional saddle and long rein your horse with that on board. Once I have worked on these exercises in the long reins with the saddle, I move onto the same ridden exercises and always with a neck strap.

With thanks to: Photography by Thoroughbred Sports Photography Aloeride and Golly Galoshes

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HORSE HEALTH: First Aid Advice

First Aid Advice

In this issue the team at provide advice on First Aid through the winter month’s


lthough horses and ponies often receive reduced exercise and turnout during the winter months, this season brings with it the increased risk of various ailments and injuries. This feature gives some advice on the main potential problems to look out for and what you can do to try and prevent them. Winter time can be a trial due to mud fever and rain scald and it is very important to ensure a correct identification before immediate treatment. Anti-bacterial washes and/ or ointments can be used on horses prone to these conditions or for treating the presence of these skin conditions which are caused by a bacterium. You should also be sure to remove all old scabs using an anti bacterial wash and a clean sponge. This will remove existing bacteria held in the scabs and allow new, clean scabs to form.


Most horses will be confined to longer periods in the stable during the winter, which increases laying down frequency and reduces mobility. The combination of these factors can increase the risk of bursal injuries (e.g. capped elbow) and bursal strains (e.g. windgalls). Cold therapy is usually the best treatment for such ailments and is effective in reducing inflammation and fluid retention. This treatment should be applied immediately when the injury occurs and then at frequent, regular intervals for the next 48 hours. However cold water therapy in itself can have its downfalls. Whether using cold water to treat injuries or to wash off

muddy legs, frequent hosing can lead to cracked heels and other skin problems. To reduce this risk, make sure you dry off legs and heels thoroughly using a clean towel. Soft, wet ground can increase the risk of foot abscesses and thrush. If either of these occur, the horse should be brought into a clean, dry stable and the hoof should be thoroughly cleaned before applying a poultice. A sterile poultice will draw out infection and provide a clean environment for healing. It is very important to have a fully equipped first aid box on the yard to make sure you’re prepared for all situations. Make sure you keep a close eye on possible injuries and ailments this winter and keep your horse happy and healthy. For further information visit

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REAL LIFE: Reader’s Story

“Miniatures are just as much fun as big horses!” When Sherralee, Rosie’s owner got in touch with Everything Horse we were intrigued to hear more about her story. The tale of overcoming adversity, finding her perfect pony, tragedy and success....


eet my incredible pony Rosie. Rosie is a British spotted miniature she stands just over 38 inches

tall. I have always loved being around horses and ponies ever since I was 5 years old. I had weekly lessons till I was about 10 years old until I had a bad accident which knocked most of my confidence. After the fall I was terrified to ride a horse again. I panicked every time I sat back in saddle but I didn't want to give up on horses. In the years that followed, I loaned horses from ex race horses (yes mad wasn't I!) to a big fat cob which was still green. None of them managed to help overcome my fear but they did help a bit. I knew my confidence wasn’t going to get any better so I loaned a Shetland called Gem from a friend. I then knew I was happy and found the path I would take. After a few months I wondered if I would be able to afford the keep of a miniature horse of my own so I went on my Facebook account and messaged a few yard owners. A lady got back in touch and her yard was less then four miles away and the livery was a price I could afford to pay. I posted adverts on Facebook asking for a small Shetland or miniature and a lady contacted me and said "I have

Image above: Sherralee and Rosie

an appaloosa Shetland for sale called Rosie. I wasn't going to sell her but she seems to tick all your boxes." I then got back in touch and within five hours I went to see Rosie and fell in love straight away. On the way home parts of me said “yes” and parts said “no” because she was quite scruffy looking and had a huge belly and she was a bit bigger then I wanted. But I couldn't stop thinking of her. Knowing that pony could be mine forever and the love I could give her, I discussed it with my

“On the 21st June 2013 my dream came true”

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parents and said I really wanted her. Within 20 hours my dad rang the lady and we bought her. I had 4 days to get prepared for my first ever owned horse! I finished college on the Thursday for the summer and I made sure I had everything I needed for my perfect pony. On the 21st June 2013 my dream came true. The yard owner picked Rosie up for me and we took her straight home. When I was unloading her from the horse box I couldn't believe it was really happening. I had dreamed and wished for my own horse for over 12 years and it had finally come true. I had the full summer to spend time with her trying to get her to tone her belly up and add some weight on and also trying to get her to trust me. She was quite nervous with me at first. 41

REAL LIFE: Reader’s Story She would stand in back of her stable when I put a net in but within 6 weeks she finally settled and trusted me. Over the next 12 months I worked so hard with her; exercising, and ensuring that her diet optimised her health. She slowly started to show signs her belly was becoming less bloated but she still had a big belly. She's had at least four foals from what I understand so I'm not expecting it to go back to the way it would have been before she was a broodmare. In April 2014 I started to take her showing. No matter what placing rosette we got I was so proud of her. Knowing a couple of years ago she would have just been in a field with a foal and to see her bringing a rosette home for me was incredible. Tragedy.... On the 17th August 2014 tragedy struck, I nearly lost Rosie due to colic which formed a blockage as her small intestine


had stopped working. It was 50/50...; All I could think about was. "I’m going to lose her" I have never felt so scared in my life. It happened around 5:00pm and when the yard owner gave her some bute, she started to pick up. I went home around 7:00pm as I thought she was OK but then I got a message from a friend who checked on her for me at 9:00pm "She’s rolling. I cant get her up" I rushed and grabbed my things and the vet came around 10pm that night. She gave her some injections and said they should work and settle her. I stayed with her all night in the freezing cold and I kept setting my alarm every hour to check her. When my alarm went off at 2am the yard dog was right in front of the door waiting for me. Panic hit me as she’s a very smart dog. I ran up to the stable to find Rosie completely flat down and her bed was all flat from her rolling. Her body was covered in straw and I felt sure this time I was going to lose her, I just

“All I could think about was ‘I’m going to lose her’ I have never felt so scared in my life” had this sinking feeling. I rang the yard owner and she came straight over at 2:20 am and we rushed Rosie down to the vets. On the way there my friend and I had to hold her up as she was just going down on us. It was like she was passing out. I was shaking like mad and crying as it looked as if her body had just given up. We arrived at the vets and the vet told me if the flushing with the tube didn’t work it would be either surgery which was over £3,000 (and the chances of it not working are high) or putting her to sleep. I looked at my girl. Why her? Why anyone should have to go through what we did was unbelievable. After 15 hours of waiting for Rosie's condition to turn around I rang the vets and she had managed a bowel movement and to pass urine. “Great news” they said “but its still 50/50.” I prayed and prayed and within 3 days she was allowed home. She is the strongest little pony I have ever known!! I love her with all my heart. The vet said she is a fighter, as she’d even thought I was going to lose her, and I think she is a little miracle and I'm so proud of her. We had a very successful showing season at the local riding club called Aire Valley riding club where we ended our first season taking 1st in pure breeds and 3rd in coloured, new handled and mixed showing at the annual points presentation. We then we were lucky to became sponsored by Image Embroidery for the 2015 season which made me so proud. Knowing someone believed in us and to have kindly sponsored us. Just before Christmas I saw a miniature show that was running in June 2015 on mine and Rosie's 2nd year anniversary; it was a memorial show in memory of a young lady called Vicky. The Vicky Johnson miniature horse show. I asked one of my friends at the yard if she would take me and she said yes. I was so excited but what was I thinking?

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People used to say to me "she won't get far. You won't win any rosettes with her with her being a brood mare" I wanted to prove them wrong. This was a big show for me. I knew I had to clip her out fully just like most miniature horses. I joined a Facebook page called "mini magic" I asked so many questions and the support people gave me was unbelievable. I learned so much from people who show their miniatures at HOYS! The day came and when I arrived I thought to myself "what have I done?" I saw all the miniatures and I couldn't believe what I had got us into. I really thought we wouldn't have a chance. The yard owner and my friend, who took me and her daughter, helped me with Rosie all day! The first class was called which was newcomer to miniatures. We came 1st and won 2 beautiful sashes. We were placed 2nd in veteran and veteran reserve champion. We took 1st for category B mini 4 years and over and took category B reserve champion. We were also placed 3rd for adult handler and spotted breed. We completed our first concourse class and I was so nervous. It took me three attempts at picking a dress and to plan our outfit. We won the class and took Concourse Champion and we won a beautiful back floral garland that was placed on Rosie's back. I couldn't believe it. It really was a dream come true. We competed at the Aire Valley riding club again this year and we came 2nd at the annual presentation awards in both classes we entered. I wouldn't have been able to achieve what I did if it wasn't for my yard owner and my friend. I will always remember that moment for the rest of my life. I look forward to 2016 to see if we can achieve even better but I will always love Rosie and wouldn't change her for the world even if we do come home empty handed at some shows.

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HORSE HEALTH: Vaccinations


Is Your Horse Protected? Confused? We are! Here Hannah Briggs BVetMed MRCVS from Lambourn Equine Vets gives our readers the ‘low-down’ on the latest in vaccinations available.


Written by Hannah Briggs BVetMed MRCVS, Lambourn Equine Vets

urrently only 40% of the horse population is vaccinated for Equine Influenza Virus (flu). Does it matter that the majority of horses aren’t vaccinated? What are the reasons for vaccination, not only for influenza but for other diseases such as tetanus and herpes as well? We are fortunate here in the UK that we have effective vaccines to the ever evolving viruses that threaten the wellbeing of our horses. Other countries such as the USA and Europe have many more diseases, not all of which can be vaccinated against. Equine Influenza Equine Influenza virus is a contagious disease that spreads by aerosol droplets between horses and nasal secretions on brushes, clothing and equipment. The rate of transmission is nearly 100% between an infected horse and those with little or no immunity to the virus. For this reason quick identification and isolation of those horses in contact with the infected horse is essential to stop the rapid spread through the horse population. This year there have been 21 confirmed outbreaks of influenza in the UK. Unvaccinated horses are particularly susceptible to catching the disease. Influenza symptoms develop within 1-3 days of exposure and include pyrexia (fever), inappetance, clear nasal discharge, dry harsh cough and weakness. Clinical signs will last for around 3 days in straightforward cases. Some horses will go onto develop secondary bacterial infections, such as chronic bronchitis, pneumonia or pleuropneumonia, as a result of the damage caused by the virus to the respiratory tract. These will require further veterinary treatment. In these cases, recovery may take several weeks to months and can be very expensive. It is rare for fatalities to occur, however 44

Equine Influenza virus is a contagious disease that spreads by aerosol droplets between horses and nasal secretions on brushes, clothing and equipment. severely immune compromised patients should be considered particularly high risk. Vaccination consists of a primary course of three vaccines, one then one a month later and a third six months after the second. FEI competition horses are required to have had a flu vaccination within 6 months and 21 days of a competition due to the increased risk of transmission associated with transport and mixing horse groups. Lower risk horses would require only annual boosters after the primary course. Tetanus Tetanus is caused by spores from a bacteria (Clostridium tetani) that is found in the soil and gains entry to cause disease through wounds. Horses

are particularly susceptible to tetanus and can be infected via the smallest of damage to the skin, mouth or foot. The clinical signs of tetanus are often not seen until 10-14 days after the wound occurred. The bacteria releases neurotoxins that cause the blockage of neurological signals and the uncontrolled contraction of muscles. Muscular contraction starts local to the wound and then spreads around the body. The resulting disease is extremely debilitating and often results in euthanasia or death of the infected horse due to the intensive nursing required but also due to the respiratory and heart muscles being affected. Horses are at a high risk of tetanus as they are exposed to it from their

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environment. However, tetanus is a preventable disease when a suitable vaccination programme is used. This consists of two primary vaccines a month apart followed by a booster the following year and then biannually. Most horses receive a combined flu and tetanus booster vaccination. Strangles Strangles is a bacterial disease caused by Stretococcus Equi that spreads rapidly between horses by nose to nose contact or contamination of equipment with nasal secretions. There is a commercially available vaccine, although its use is not widespread. Herpes virus Herpes virus causes respiratory disease and also abortion and is used primarily in performance horses and brood mares. It is transmitted via direct contact but also through nasal secretions, aborted foetuses and associated fluids contaminating bedding, equipment and clothing. Incubation takes 2-10 days to show after infection with the virus. Another strain of herpes is responsible for the neurological form which has had notable outbreaks in recent years, unfortunately this strain of Herpes can’t be vaccinated for. Herpes virus

is significant in the pregnant mare as infection can cause the mare to abort as late as 12 weeks after contracting the virus. For this reason it is advisable to vaccinate pregnant mares for herpes, this is usually done at 5months, 7 months and 9 months of gestation. Competition horses herpes vaccination programs varies depending on the age and type of the horses involved with boosters every 3-6 months. Extra Precautions for Pregnant Mares Pregnant mares should also be vaccinated for rota virus. Antibodies created in response to the vaccine will be passed to the foal via colostrum when it is born. Rota virus is generally only seen as a disease in young foals (<2months old) and rarely seen in older horses. It causes damage to the intestinal tract and results in profuse diarrhoea. It is extremely contagious to other young foals and can be life threatening due to foals becoming rapidly dehydrated and malnourished. These foals require lots of nursing care and should be isolated from other foals. To provide adequate protection mares are vaccinated at 8, 9 and 10 months gestation. Sadly there are still a significant number of horses not to be vaccinated,

Tetanus is caused by spores from a bacteria (Clostridium tetani) that is found in the soil and gains entry to cause disease through wounds with common reasons being that the horse doesn’t compete, he doesn’t leave the yard or that he is old. All these groups of horses are still at risk of contracting flu, particularly our geriatric patients as their immune systems become less efficient with age. Vaccines for influenza and tetanus should be considered a routine and essential part of health care for our equine companions. We would baulk at the idea of not providing them with adequate food, water and foot care so why should we leave them vulnerable to preventable diseases.

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Exercise Sheets

Check out the latest in Exercise Sheets from the latest innovation to the popular Hi-Viz coverings....

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Amigo 3 in 1 Competition Sheet This month the team at Everything Horse magazine trialled the latest Exercise sheet available from Horseware. Renowned for their value for money, Horseware have again lived up to expecations by providing us with the latest in multifunctional Exercise Sheets. The clever two layer approach provides extra warmth with a thinner waterproof layer on top which proves perfect for those warmer yet wet winter days. The cut-away design fits

comfortably over a variety of different shaped horses. The sheet has a reflective strip to the back with a fillet string to stop the rear end of the rug flapping in windier weather. The sheet is easy to fit and change between the different layers, folds away nicely and isn’t overlay heavy!. Adapt to the weather while out riding as quickly as it changes with this multifunctional competition sheet. Made from a waterproof yet breathable polyester outer, with a removable fleece inner, quick release fastenings allow you to detach the fleece lining from the waterproof outer to give

you a lightweight competition sheet for warm days and a warm and cosy fleece lined version for cold days. The cutaway design allows the riders leg to work effectively. With reflective strips for added safety. Available in Navy with Navy & Gold, sizes S- XL. RRP£74.00

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Be safe and be seen on the roads with this bright fluorescent and reflective exercise sheet. Made from a durable lightweight and breathable mesh fabric, it helps keep flies & bugs away in the summer months. RRP £50.00. Visit


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Back on Track

Exercise Sheet

The Back on Track Fleece Exercise Sheet forms an important part of the horse’s warm-up routine. The exercise sheet fits closely to the horse, ensuring that Back on Track’s revolutionary Welltex™ fabric is in direct contact with the horse and therefore has the maximum opportunity to work at its best. RRP of £132.50. Visit

Thermatex Quarter Sheet

This gorgeous Thermatex Quarter Sheet is ideal for keeping those winter chills at bay at home or at competitions. Styled in an advanced high performance quilted wicking fabric, this sheet combines a unique wool and acrylic blend with a polypropylene insulating layer. Dressage Deluxe embroidery not included RRP: £75.00 Visit


Fleece Exercise Sheet - Cream stripe

A super quality thick double anti-pilling fleece exercise rug from Equi-Theme. The exercise sheet is absorbent, breathable and wicking, making it great for for warming up on cooler days or for wearing out hacking during the Winter months. RRP £28.99 Equiline

Auguste Quarter Sheet

Made from anti-static, hypoallergenic and anti-pilling fleece and can be personalized with trims and piping. It is available in Navy Blue in sizes M (6’2” from withers), L (6’6” from withers) or XL (6’6” from withers). RRP: £81.99 visit www.fearnsfarmpartnership. Shires

When buying an exercise sheet you may find the sizes don’t measure up to the equivalent of a rug. As a rule, you can measure in centimetres from the highest point of the wither to the top of the tail. Alternatively see our handy guide below for approximate sizes. Rug size Ex.Sheet Small

5ft - 5ft6

Medium 5ft9 - 6ft Large

6ft3 - 6ft5


6ft9 - 7ft

Please note these are only rough sizes and they may vary across the different brands

Waterproof High Visibility Quarter Exercise Sheet The sheet fastens to the back of the saddle to prevent slipping. RRP £35.99

Waterproof Exercise Sheet / Rain Rug

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Measuring Up


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THE RUB! Back on Track Shoulder Guard RRP £60.00


Weatherbeeta Stretch Rug £59.99

Prolonged periods rugged up can often cause rubbing over areas such as the shoulders, main and the withers. Often the shape of horse can cause the ‘rub’ although poorly fitted rugs can be to blame too. Rubbing vests are fairly cheap to purchase and can make all the difference to the comfort of your horse or pony over the winter period.

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Sponsored Rider Update Dressage Rider & Trainer, Daisy Jackson I had a fantastic end to an interesting year full of mostly highs. I have taken some time to reflect on 2015 and analyse the good and bad the year has brought. The biggest change was in my training, when I began training with Nicky Barrett and Gareth Hughes. This has had an amazing impact in my success and I couldn’t be happier with my horses’ progression through 2015. I have taken Blackberry from Novice/Elementary to now training at Advanced Medium and competing at Medium in just a year. Tango is now getting much more consolidated in the PSG work and showing promise I almost forgot we had. His scores have improved but the most telling thing is his confidence and ride ability in

the competition arena which due to changing a few vital things in his training and warm up have progressed greatly. The future is looking bright and I feel in the best place I have ever been regarding my horses and their training. I have also enjoyed forming a proper ridden partnership with Tänzer in his first year of ‘grown up’ training. He has developed from a weak, backward thinking horse to one who is working with me and enjoying his education and now thinks forwards. Again, this due to a change in training methods with the results clear to see. December: I have particularly enjoyed being on the other side of the judging box! After going to a judging seminar taken by the inspirational Jennie Loriston Clarke and learning some great tips on judging, I was then very motivated to go on and judge at Woodington Training Centre, which was great fun; I have pledged to do lots more of it next year! Also this month Equestrian Pro TV once again visited our yard to make more training videos of our training program. I absolutely love the website, which is full of informative

Image above: Daisy riding Blackberry

videos and interesting lessons being filmed. Professionals included in the website are Gareth Hughes, Alice Oppenheimer, Becky Moody to name just a few. Along with this it is a great training exercise for me to watch my own training videos back to improve and progress my own riding and the horses’ training. I look forward to their next visit. I would like to take the opportunity of thanking all my wonderful sponsors and owners for supporting me over 2015 and look forwards to working with you again this year including, of course, the brilliant Everything Horse UK team. For more information please visit Photo credits Rebecca Bolton and Sarah Harvey

Showjumper and producer, Steph Gumn It's been a crazy month! Three new horses arrived on the yard, two three year olds and a four year old. All very early in their training/ unbroken. My three year old Cupid is star

of the month as she arrived unbroken out of the field and is already clipped and trotting round the school off the lunge. Can't wait to see this one progress (unless she sells first!!). I

Image below: Steph riding Cupid, days after being backed

managed to have a bad fall off another horse, a bit of a freak accident but it put my back out quite badly. I have had to be good and invest in physiotherapy and chiropractic work to try and get me back in the saddle quickly. Thanks to my DIY livery for helping keep the horses ticking over for me! Very much looking forward to the 2016 season with the horses and working with my super sponsors! Hope you had a great new year!…

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Image: Another of Steph’s new horses enjoying the onsite solarium



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Everything Horse magazine, January 2016  

This month we take a closer look into equine Iridology, homeopathy and vaccinations. Renowned racehorse re-starter Victoria Bax leaves her a...