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Horse & Hound 16-May-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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avoiding disaster

I WAS explaining to a colleague in, another, non-equestrian part of our business the other day the insatiable interest horse owners have in veterinary journalism. “There is just so much that can go wrong with your horse.” We highlight three such threats within the first 12 pages of our magazine this week, with expert warnings over laminitis, atypical myopathy and the overuse of antimicrobials. The latter issue can seem dry, not to mention a world away. But it is agreed that, untackled, it will be responsible for the death of millions. With climate change so firmly in the zeitgeist, we are at least getting into the habit of being rightly concerned and acting accordingly on issues of this enormity, however distant they may appear. And as the owner of a good-doer — happily one…

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equal opportunities in equestrian sport — for all

HOW to ensure men and women have equal chances, on horses and in the wider industry, has become a talking point in equestrianism. While riding is hailed as a leading light in terms of equality — 60% of registered FEI members are women — the FEI is pushing for more in other areas. How the FEI can help riders in countries where they may be overlooked for selection on the basis of gender, and provision for maternity leave in rankings are among key talking points. This follows a change to FEI statutes, which came into force on 1 January, to “encourage and support the promotion of gender equality in sport at all levels”. FEI secretary general Sabrina Ibáñez told the FEI sports forum on 15 April the high number of registered female riders “does…

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laminitis rise: weight and weather to blame

EXCESS equine weight and a warmer winter have been blamed for a rise in laminitis, as experts urge all owners to be vigilant. Vets have seen an increase in both horses and ponies; warning that all equines are susceptible. Tony Kaye, director of Phoenix Equine vets in Devon, said it is important owners pay attention to grass-growth conditions. “If it goes from dry to wet or cold to warm, these conditions are likely to cause grass growth. With the warmer, wetter winter we had a lot of laminitis cases which we wouldn’t normally expect, and now spring has come with a bang and we’re seeing more,” he said. “You can’t say any horse isn’t going to get it. We’ve had more cases than we might expect in bigger horses; often it’s smaller ponies, but…

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badminton director to step down

HUGH THOMAS will retire as the event director of Badminton Horse Trials once his successor is in place. “I have had 31 wonderful years, working with a terrific team of people and I am very confident they are in a good place to take the event onwards and upwards,” said Hugh, who will lead the recruitment process to fill the role. Three-time Badminton winner Ian Stark said: “I remember when Hugh took over from Frank Weldon, who was a hero of mine. It was a big ask, but he has more than lived up to it. Hugh has modernised the sport within Badminton and it gets bigger and better all the time.” Badminton’s current course-designer Eric Winter said: “I was intimidated about working with Hugh when I was first technical delegate at Badminton,…

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horses in the news

TOO SMART Karen Dixon’s double Olympic campaigner has been put down aged 33. The 15.3hh gelding competed at the 1996 and 2000 Games and his successes include second, third and fifth places at Burghley. BASIL DE MULO A horse who was missing for 33 hours at King’s Forest in April has “redeemed himself” by completing Windsor CEI* 80km ride. He was ridden by Richard Allen as owner Karen Greig is recovering from a bilateral mastectomy. SAPHIR DU RHEU The former top racehorse jumped clear across country around Aston-le-Walls’ novice track on his third British Eventing start with Charlotte Alexander. Future plans for the 10-year-old include the novice at Barbury.…

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calls for urgent action on resistance crisis

VETS are backing United Nations’ (UN) calls for “immediate, coordinated and ambitious action” to avert a drug-resistance crisis of “potentially disastrous” scale. A group involving the UN, international agencies and experts warned in a report that drug-resistant disease could cause 10m deaths every year by 2050. H&H has reported that misuse of antibiotics in horses could make a major contribution to the issue, and vets have warned every owner needs to play a part in combating resistance (news, 15 November) to ensure drugs are available to treat people and horses in future. Currently, at least 700,000 people die each year due to drug-resistant diseases, while more and more common human diseases are untreatable. Resistance is increasing in human and veterinary medicine, and few new antibiotics are being produced. This means there is an…