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Horse & Hound 18-Apr-2019

Published by Time Inc. (UK) Ltd Every week Horse & Hound brings horse lovers up-to-date with the latest news and event reports and provides expert equestrian advice on subjects including training and horse care, the latest equine products and feed. The weekly features inform and entertain inspiring readers to go out and ride to improve their horsemanship in every discipline from eventing to show jumping, dressage to showing, polo and hunting. It is also the must read for anyone wanting to buy or sell a horse.

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horse certainties

LAST year, I was tasked with finding a pony for an 11-year-old that she wouldn’t fall off and that wouldn’t need the vet. Just the two things you can near enough be certain of in purchasing any horse, then. I remember once thinking out loud that I’d not fallen off for ages, to which some bright spark (correctly) countered, “Well that’s because you’re not doing enough with her, isn’t it?” And of course I fell off almost immediately after that. As for vets’ fees, they could join the mantra about death and taxes. Horse buying is fraught, not least because of the emotional investment that goes along with the financial one. It might be crushing when the sale of a house falls through, but who is going to cry if they didn’t get…

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more power to event vets to help improve safety

MORE powers for vets, tighter minimum eligibility requirements (MERs) and improved data collection are among the recommendations put forward by experts to make eventing safer. The suggestions came as part of the FEI eventing risk management national safety officers’ seminar, held in Lausanne from 26 to 27 January, details of which were published this month. One key recommendation was a rule change to give the veterinary delegate a stronger voice at international horse trials. AUTHORITY NOTES from one of the working groups state members believe the veterinary delegate should have “independent authority to stop a tired horse on cross-country”. “The group also agreed the veterinary delegate should have the authority to eliminate a horse during horse inspections if felt necessary, for horses’ welfare purposes,” the minutes state. “The influence of the veterinary delegate wasn’t strong enough…

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positive eu ruling to change after exit delay

THE UK securing listed third-country status is a positive sign — although it will not now necessarily apply to the delayed Brexit date, experts have warned. The government announced on 10 April that EU member states had approved the UK’s application for listed third-country status in relation to movement of animals and animal products. This meant fears of not being able to move horses from the UK to the EU — which would have been the case had we left without a deal or listed status — were quashed. But this agreement only applied to the departure date of 12 April. For the delayed Brexit date of 31 October, confirmed since, EU member states would have to agree a separate application, if a no-deal exit seems likely. A spokesman for the British Equestrian…

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badminton draw — and withdrawals

THE draw for the 70th running of Badminton Horse Trials has been made — as a number of key figures have withdrawn. Pippa Funnell was named pathfinder for this year’s event (1-5 May) on MGH Grafton Street, Majas Hope or Billy Walk On, at a draw on Monday (15 April). Tina Cook will be second on course, with Star Witness or Calvino II, while Emma Hyslop-Webb will make her Badminton debut as the third rider to start. Pippa Funnell, Tina Cook and Oliver Townend still have more than two horses entered, but each can only start on two mounts. Sam Griffiths’ 2014 Badminton-winning ride Paulank Brockagh is among those to have been withdrawn; the Australian rider has decided to take the 16-year-old mare to the five-star (previously four-star) at Luhmühlen (13-16 June) instead, with…

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horses in the news

CUE CARD The National Hunt hero has left trainer Colin Tizzard to start a new career in showing with Katie Jerram-Hunnable. The 13-year-old, owned by Jean Bishop, retired in April after a career featuring nine Grade One wins. BIG ORANGE The 2017 Ascot Gold Cup winner has joined Palace House, the National Heritage Centre for Horseracing and Sporting Art in Newmarket. Museum visitors will be able to meet the recently retired eight-year-old Group One winner until June. WINX The record-breaking Australian racehorse has retired from the track after her 33rd consecutive win. Trained by Chris Waller, the seven-year-old will now head to the breeding sheds.…

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vets and care providers offering subscriptions

VETS and equine care providers are catering for modern society’s demand for subscription services in a bid to help owners manage horse care and their budgets. In an era where Amazon Prime and Netflix are household names, vets are helping ensure peace of mind by taking care of routine horse health in a similar way. CVS (UK) Ltd offers a health programme through its equine practices for £10.99 a month. The idea is to spread the cost of preventative care, helping owners budget and ensuring horses get the necessary routine health care. It includes annual flu and tetanus vaccines and dental treatment, a number of worm counts and wormers (if needed), discounts on treatments and extra savings on long-term medicines such as Prascend, for PPID. Lou Purvis, of B&W Equine Vets which is part of…