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Horse & Hound 01-Nov-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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winter draws on

IN one week we’ve moved from basking in 21°C to chipping ice off the windscreen. If this winter is as long and cold as the summer was long and hot then our horses and anyone caring for theirs are in for a challenging six months. We start bringing in at night today — though we’re fortunate the fields could take a bit more abuse — ahead of local firework displays. You could argue horses are better off out than in around 5 November. In fact, I’m sure there’s someone on social media doing that right now. To me it’s as good a day as any since I don’t expect mine to be in the least bit bothered wherever they’re situated. But it illustrates a point about how much there is to…

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eventing rules to change again after strong reaction

A STRONG reaction to proposed changes to the eventing flag rule has resulted in the FEI rewriting its suggestion. The original proposal was to scrap the current 50 penalties and instead give 15 in cases where the horse “misses a flag but clearly negotiated the element”, with 20 to those deemed to have run out. This was met with confusion, particularly around what is meant by the “body of the horse” passing or failing to pass between flags. Britain put forward 11 suggestions, stressing the need for more clarification over what is meant by “missing an obstacle”. Germany, New Zealand, Ireland and Switzerland also called for more clarity. The new proposal states: “A horse is considered to have run out (20 penalties) if, having been presented at an element or obstacle on the course, it…

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animals’ sentiency a balancing act for politicians in brexit talks

JUGGLING the welfare of animals with their use in society is the balancing act faced by Parliament as it seeks to define sentience in UK law. The government split the draft Animal Welfare bill into two parts (news, 16 August), sentencing for animal abuse and the definition of animal sentience, which was welcomed by welfare charities and the Countryside Alliance. A media storm erupted in November 2017 after MPs voted not to include the definition of animal sentience as set out in the Lisbon Treaty into UK law. In a statement, Defra secretary Michael Gove assured the nation the vote was against a “faulty amendment” that would not have provided appropriate protection for animals, and “any necessary changes” would be made to UK law to ensure animal sentience is recognised after Brexit. Dr Jonathan…

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early research into calmer efficacy

THE scientist behind an independent trial into the effects of an equine calmer said it showed “significant” results. Dr Andrew Hemmings of the Royal Agricultural University oversaw PhD student Hayley Roberts’ study into anxiety levels and learning behaviour in horses. The project was commissioned by manufacturer NAF, to trial its calmer Magic, and two updated formulas of the supplement, which have been adopted as a result of the study’s results. Dr Hemmings told H&H the trial was effectively a double-blind, as neither Ms Roberts nor, of course, the four horses involved knew whether they were being given a new formula, existing Magic or a placebo substance, and that all horses were tried on all four substances. The trial looked at spontaneous blink rate, which is a good indicator of anxiety levels, and how the…

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horses in the news

WINX The world’s top-rated horse made history as she claimed Cox Plate victory for a fourth time on 27 October with jockey Hugh Bowman. Trained by Chris Waller, this was the seven-year-old mare’s 29th consecutive win. ONE TWO MANY The European team silver medal-winning eventer has retired, aged 16. Owned by Gerry and Mary Kemp and Janine Shewan, he won five CIC3*s and was placed at CCI4* with Nicola Wilson. ASPEN GROVE DUVIE A former ride for Gareth Hughes, the 17-year-old has died after a happy retirement with owner Ann Newton. He was successfully produced to grand prix by Gareth and the pair’s victories included wins at Hickstead CDI3*.…

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international bid to get endurance in line

TWO distinguished British vets, Sarah Coombs and Tim Parkin, have been co-opted on to an emergency FEI committee to “urgently assess” welfare and other issues in endurance. This temporary measure follows the resignation of chairman Brian Sheahan (citing health reasons) and Ignasi Casas Vaque’s leaving the FEI endurance technical committee (see box). FEI president Ingmar de Vos asked the new committee to “identify the most effective way of bringing the discipline back to its original roots of endurance riding as opposed to endurance racing, with horse welfare and horsemanship at its core. “What we need is rules that place greater emphasis on completion, rather than the ‘win at all costs’ mentality that is more and more threatening our sport.” CREDENTIALS DR COOMBS is an FEI endurance and former British team vet, trustee of World Horse…