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Horse & Hound 24-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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employment under the spotlight

THE blatancy with which you see a few equestrian employers advertise for staff, with set hours but under the instruction that they are self-employed, suggests that they lack knowledge rather than intend to break employment laws. Either that or they have an incredible disregard for or arrogance about the legal side of business. The most recent survey (news, p6) on this subject verifies what many in the industry already know or suspect — too many grooms in particular are being employed illegally. Any groom who is employed into a permanent role and told which hours they work, but isn’t given employee’s rights because they are informed they are “self-employed” — and yet are not set up as such — will eventually be caught up with by HMRC. As will their employer. The…

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authorities working hard for uk equines after brexit

EXPERTS have given the latest on what is happening to prepare the equestrian world for life after Brexit — deal or no deal. Prime Minister Theresa May’s deal was rejected by MPs on 15 January. This means the country does not yet have a deal with the EU on what will happen when Britain leaves on 29 March. Mrs May will present a new deal on 29 January, which will be debated and voted on by MPs. David Mountford, chief executive of the British Equine Veterinary Association, told H&H the government is working with the industry to ensure veterinary medicines are still available in the event of a no-deal Brexit. “Civil servants seem to be doing their best to ensure the sky doesn’t immediately fall in under a no-deal scenario,” he said. “The existing…

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ketamine a ‘vital medicine’ not party drug, vets warn

TOP vets are urging owners to help spread awareness of ketamine’s vital role in equine and human medicine, to help combat any future issues with its availability. H&H has previously reported on fears over the future of the drug, which has been reviewed by the World Health Organisation over its UN classification owing to concerns over its misuse (news, 19 November 2015). H&H vet Karen Coumbe said “there’s still a concern it might disappear”, as other countries’ concerns over ketamine’s abuse have not diminished. “But it’s an amazingly effective medicine, in horses and humans,” she said, adding that ketamine is used in horses to initiate or induce anaesthesia, after which volatile inhaled anaesthetic agents are used to maintain the condition in longer procedures. Ketamine remains the preferred anaesthetic agent in many shorter field procedures…

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steaming hay reduces airway disease

FEEDING steamed hay reduces the odds of horses developing inflammatory airway disease (IAD) by almost two-thirds, a study has found. Research by Dauvillier et al, commissioned by Haygain and published in The Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine, was carried out over three years, involving more than 700 horses. It found horses with fungal elements in their airways were more than twice as likely to have IAD than those with no fungi present. Horses fed dry hay had 2.6 times more chance of having fungi presence, and 2.7 times more chance of being diagnosed with IAD, than those fed with steamed hay, the study found, while soaking hay did not influence the presence of fungi. Several studies have found that up to 80% of horses have IAD, which can have an impact on performance. “We…

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in the news

ALTIOR The racing legend secured his 17th consecutive victory in the Grade One Clarence House Chase at Ascot on 19 January. Trained by Nicky Henderson, the nine-year-old gelding was piloted to victory by Nico de Boinville. WAULKMILL REDSTART Alison Bromwich’s prolific Shetland has died aged 15. Produced by Julie Barton for most of his career, the chestnut gelding was a multiple Horse of the Year Show, Royal International and Olympia finalist. ROMULUS The former police horse has died aged 19. The part-bred Shire served with Thames Valley Police for eight years, in riots, the London Olympics and providing security to The Queen. He retired to the Horse Trust aged 12.…

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employers and staff are breaking laws, study finds

EQUESTRIAN employers and employees are being warned they are breaking the law if it is found “self-employed” staff are employed after a survey found nearly 20% of respondents were in this position. A British Grooms Association (BGA) survey of self-employed grooms, investigating working practices, earnings and challenges, found 18% were told they were self-employed when, legally, they are employed. “People who fall into this category are losers in two ways,” BGA executive director Lucy Katan told H&H. “They don’t get employee rights and benefits, like paid holiday and tax sorted, and they don’t have the freedom or autonomy a true self-employed person does, so they’re trapped in the worst possible place.” Ms Katan said false self-employment is illegal on the employer’s part, as they are not making their contribution, but also for that…