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Horse & Hound

Horse & Hound


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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52 Issues


1 min.
buoyant brits

IT was refreshing to get the news towards the end of last year that an incredible horse, one capable of achieving a medal at Tokyo 2020, was to change ownership into British hands to enable his British rider to have that chance — as opposed to events happening the other way round and causing such heartache. Thanks then to Explosion W’s owners, Charlotte Rossetter and Pamela Wright, who with Ben Maher have ensured the ride stays with Ben for Tokyo. Their doing so allows us all the joy of following a British combination in the build-up to the greatest competition on Earth. In this week’s “Horse hero” (p26) we find out more about this charismatic gelding, establishing that he has the good sense to devour his companion’s haynet before moving on to…

3 min.
legal case over horse death sparks contract warning

A LEGAL battle over a horse who was put down when his owner was absent highlights the need for written agreements detailing yards’ authority in such situations. The 2019 case was brought after the horse was put down, rather than undergoing colic surgery, when its owner was not present. While the vet told the yard owner surgery was an option, she did not advise on the horse’s chance of returning to competition. The yard owner did not pass on the fact surgery was an option to the horse’s owner, who said she would have opted for surgery had she been given more information on the prognosis. The owner took legal action against the vet practice, claiming negligence for failing to advise the horse had a 50/50 prospect of returning to competition after…

1 min.
what to consider

HANNAH BRADLEY of the Equine Law Firm recommends owners consider the following points: • What efforts should be made to contact you if an issue arises in relation to the welfare of your horse? • If you cannot be contacted, can a vet be called without your authority? • Do you wish to put a cap on how much can be incurred on vet’s bills in your absence? Make this decision considering the level of your insurance cover and any exclusions on the policy. If necessary, agree a separate cap for fees that are potentially not covered by your insurance policy. • Do you wish to define how certain important or urgent veterinary decisions should be made if you can’t be reached? It will be difficult to define your wishes for every possible scenario.…

2 min.
dangers of complacency in preventing disease spread

OWNERS who have become too complacent about biosecurity must up their game to combat the real risk of infectious disease. Following the equine herpes virus outbreak in Hampshire (news, 16 January) and more than 219 equine flu outbreaks in 2019, experts agree more can be done to reduce the risk of disease spread — and call for people not to forget about biosecurity when outbreaks are not prevalent. David Rendle, specialist in equine internal medicine and member of the British Equine Veterinary Association’s health and medicines committee, told H&H biosecurity leaves “a lot to be desired” at many yards. “We all are too complacent about the risk of infectious disease,” he said. “People think outbreaks will happen to someone else and that’s why they don’t take the precautions they should. “The biggest risk is…

1 min.
drug tests could mean tokyo changes

THE Tokyo 2020 team showjumping line-up could be set to change following two positive drug tests at an Olympic qualifier. Qatari riders Sheikh Ali Al Thani and Bassem Mohammed tested positive for a metabolite of cannabis, carboxy-THC, at the Olympic showjumping qualifier for Group F in Rabat in October. The case is due to go before the FEI Tribunal and should the positive tests lead to disqualification, Qatar will lose its spot at the Games and it would be reallocated to Morocco. The Qatar news follows two recent changes to the list of nations qualified for Tokyo 2020. Ukraine, which qualified with a winning team score of 41 faults at the group C event in June, did not confirm its Olympic place with a minimum of three riders qualified to take part by 31…

1 min.

ARGENTO The British-bred 18-year-old stallion, who was partnered to glory around the world for 11 years by showjumping legend John Whitaker, has been retired to stud. He won more than 16 grands prix and numerous CSI5* classes. ROARING LION The first foals from the late stallion’s only crop have started to arrive. These include Brightwalton Stud’s colt out of Counterweight and the Qatar Racing-owned Common Knowledge giving birth to a filly at Tweenhills. GOD’S OWN The three-time Grade One winner has joined Retraining of Racehorses’ base at Palace House, Newmarket. He will spend his summer with trainer Tom George, then live with regular work rider Sherrie-Anne Derrick.…