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Horse & Hound 17-Jan-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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a force for the good

AS police and welfare charities joined forces to rescue horses found in horrific conditions in Surrey last week (news, p4), we were reminded what animal welfare charities are able to achieve. We occasionally take calls at H&H from members of the public who are concerned a charity they have contacted is not doing enough in a given situation — they’ve seen two lean horses in a field and are taking them hay because the grazing is not sufficient, for example. In most cases, the reality is that the charity is doing all it can within the law — and as long as the public go on feeding and watering these animals, there is little they can do. Only those inside the organisation know the efforts that are being made, and only…

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120 horses removed under welfare act

TWO horses have been put down and more than 100 removed from a farm in Surrey after a large-scale RSPCAled investigation involving a number of organisations. The charity has confirmed that 204 animals were taken away in total, including 123 horses, eight donkeys and 59 dogs, owing to welfare concerns. Two horses who were found collapsed at the site, in Ripley, were put down, as was one goat, but the RSPCA said the rest have been taken to different animal centres. Two people were arrested, Surrey Police have confirmed, a 65-year-old man and a 57-year-old woman, both from Woking. Both were taken in to custody and interviewed by the RSPCA and a police officer, and have been “released under investigation while enquiries remain ongoing”, a police spokesman said. An RSPCA spokesman added: “On Wednesday [9…

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owners urged to be aware after recent flu outbreaks

OWNERS are being reminded about the importance of vaccinating and good hygiene practice following three outbreaks of equine influenza. Outbreaks have been diagnosed in Essex, Cheshire and Derbyshire this month with more reported in Europe. Richard Newton, director of epidemiology and disease surveillance at the Animal Health Trust (AHT), told H&H although the number of outbreaks is “small at the moment”, they have occurred in a short period. “To put the numbers in context, we saw three outbreaks in 2018 and we have seen three in a week in 2019. It is true this may go as quickly as it appeared, but we have to be alert and warn folks this may signal that flu is picking up in horses and we rely on owners and their vets to act as the eyes…

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spring championships venue is set

THE British Showjumping (BS) 2019 spring championships will run at Addington Manor, it has been confirmed, as the venue reopens under new management. New show director Chris Parker’s team is to run the championships (28-31 March), which are in their third year at the Buckinghamshire venue. “Taking over the reins at Addington is something I couldn’t be happier about,” Mr Parker said. “The venue has always been an incredible one for the sport and I want to ensure it continues to be that and more. “Retaining it as a show venue was incredibly important to me and being awarded the spring championships, where the show was initially launched, is the icing on the cake.” The show will feature the grade C, 1.35m, six- and sevenyear-olds’ and children on horses championships, as well as the bronze…

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horses in the news

CASSIONATO Michael Whitaker’s 2016 Olympic ride Cassionato has joined Jamie Gornall and will be aimed for the Europeans and 2020 Olympics. He is owned by Gary and Beverley Widdowson and Jamie’s father-in-law Chris Blundell. STRIKE SMARTLY Tom McEwen and Daisy Berkeley’s former ride has died aged 12 following colic-related complications. Daisy took him to advanced, before Tom took over the reins in 2017, winning two three-stars and completing Badminton. WILLOUGHBY COURT Ben Pauling’s star, who gave the trainer his first Cheltenham Festival win in the 2017 novices’ hurdle, has been put down due to a joint infection. Despite vets’ best efforts, the eight-year-old could not be saved.…

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the importance of having the right fitness programme

RIDERS are being urged to think about their own fitness as much as that of their horses’ – but to remember that “not all exercise is created equal”. With Christmas excesses behind us, and a new competition season approaching, many riders are looking at their fitness. Clare Gangadeen, a fitness trainer with over 20 years’ experience who is also a rider, told H&H we should pick our exercise carefully. ‘Don’t just do it for you, do it for your horse, too’ MARK HEALY “I’ve always been very fit; I run and lift weights and look fit, but when it comes to riding my big Friesian mare, it means nothing,” she said. “I’ve ridden to a good standard but when I was challenged by her, it proved that [the exercise] hadn’t changed my ability…