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Horse & Hound 19-Jul-2018

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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the weight debate

OUR pages are full of welfare updates. Excellent news that, thanks to World Horse Welfare’s efforts, fewer horses are now subjected to live export, though the aim must be none (news, p9). The FEI reacted to the Badminton furore, where officials said rules did not stipulate for Oliver Townend’s use of the whip, and proposed rules that would (news, p4). And the Great Yorkshire continued the admirable if unpopular endeavour to tackle the problem of riders who are too heavy for their mounts. Kudos to officials for asking known riders to get off, not just amateurs. Rebecca Penny (comment, p74) raises valid points about deterring adults on ponies from competing and, far more seriously, encouraging children away from a healthy diet. The show’s persistence aims to tackle poorly matched combinations, plus the tendency…

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whips and blood in new rule plans

‘The FEI had to tidy it up as it was a grey area’ MIKE ETHERINGTON-SMITH FLAGS, whips and blood are among the major proposed areas of change to international eventing rules for next year. Ground juries will have the power to take stronger actions on those abusing the whip, if these amendments are accepted. The proposals reduce the number of times the whip may be used for any one incident, from three to two, and misuse of the whip can now include multiple excessive uses between fences. The FEI has added that if a horse’s skin is broken or has visible marks, use of the whip will always be deemed to be excessive. It has also changed the rule’s wording, so excessive and/or misuse of the whip is “not limited to” the nine scenarios laid…

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olympic formats

EVENTING • If a reserve combination is substituted in, the team will incur 20 penalties. Reserves are to be allowed if a horse or rider cannot continue, rather than for tactical reasons • Order of phases to remain unchanged — dressage, cross-country, showjumping • Cross-country: 38-42 jumping efforts over c. 5,700m and 10-minute optimum time • For team classification, penalties for not completing a phase: 100 for dressage and showjumping, 200 for cross-country SHOWJUMPING • The reserve is allowed to jump in the training session • Rankings to be involved in starting order, spreading the top-ranked nations across the draw — also for dressage • Individual event run before the team competition • In the team competition, elimination penalty is the number of penalties the lowest-placed combination already has, plus four • Subject to IOC approval, tactical substitutions will be…

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horses in the news

SILVER CURTIS The horse who helped launch European eventing gold medallist Ros Canter’s career has died at 24. He took Ros to her first affiliated event in 2001, her first international in 2003 and her first advanced in 2006. MASAR Godolphin’s Epsom Derby winner has been ruled out of the rest of the season due to a leg injury, believed to have been sustained in training. Connections hope the Charlie Appleby-trained colt will return next year. WESKO The 2014 Luhmühlen CCI4* winner finished second on his return to top-level eventing following two years out after injury. The 15-year-old was contesting the Jardy Event Rider Masters (report, p42) with Tim Price.…

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starting training younger has benefits, study finds

THE right age to start training horses is a subject of much debate, and a new study has found it may be beneficial to start training National Hunt racehorses at three years old. McTimoney chiropractor Rory O’Brien, from Co. Cork, undertook the study to see what effect training at both three and four years old had on a horse’s musculoskeletal system. Mr O’Brien said, as long as the training is “appropriate”, then it may be beneficial for National Hunt horses to start at three, rather than four. Flat horses often start at two. The study found that starting earlier meant, on average, fewer misalignments of the spine and pelvis. Therefore, “training at an earlier age may be beneficial for skeletal symmetry”, which in turn could lead to fewer days off the racecourse due…

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in brief

EQUINE CHARITIES JOIN FORCES THE merger of two equine charities will enable them to help more horses, it is hoped. The Mare & Foal Sanctuary and South West Equine Protection are coming together to create one of the UK’s largest equine charities. It comes as the organisations’ founders, Rosemary Kind and Maureen Rolls, retire, having “fought tirelessly” for equine welfare for more than 40 years. Simon Avery of the sanctuary, whose name will still apply, said the move is an “exciting development”. Mrs Rolls added: “Both organisations believe the same doctrine: no horse or pony is valueless and they all have a right to a life free from pain, fear, hunger and uncertainty.” MORE JUMPING AT HICKSTEAD A SECOND day at the Hurstpierpoint College National Schools and Pony Club Jumping Championships means more riders will have the…