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Horse & Hound 23-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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for sale...

WE are working hard to make Horse & Hound “the” place to advertise your horse again, starting with humans on the end of phones to help anyone who isn’t happy placing an advert through a website, and relaunching horseandhound.co.uk/horsesforsale, with a slicker search for those who would rather do this at 5am. At the advent of online advertising — we’re going back a decade — behaviours changed and people opted to search for a horse any time rather than waiting for the postman with great anticipation on Thursday. But, readers tell me they miss having pages of quality horses to search through. Riders and producers tell me they miss planning their week around the phone ringing on Thursday and the first person coming to try the horse that Friday and it…

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the welfare and mental health issues of hoarding

EQUINE hoarding is a major problem that is poorly understood, experts have warned. The topic was among those discussed at the Scottish Welfare Conference on 17 May. The definition of hoarding is important, said mental health nurse Bronwen Williams, adding object hoarding is different to animal hoarding, which can get out of control very quickly. “Hoarding occurs when a number of animals are not cared for adequately,” said Ms Williams. “Keeping a large number of animals is not indicative of hoarding, the bar is lower than we might think. It doesn’t have to be hundreds, there could be 12.” Ms Williams said hoarders can fall into categories including “overwhelmed care-givers”, if an owner may have undergone a major life change including redundancy or bereavement, or people who are “mission driven” and rescue many animals. “If we…

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the social media issue

SOCIAL MEDIA is a “force for good” but can bring great challenges, World Horse Welfare CEO Roly Owers warned, as a rise in “free to good home” horses adds to the hoarding problem. “There is a growing trend in people advertising unwanted horses where they are often rehomed to unregistered sanctuaries or taken in by individuals who often become the overwhelmed care giver or rescue-mission-type hoarders,” said Mr Owers. “In some cases, social media has fuelled this trend by providing nationwide reach for these individuals and amplifying the belief that they are the solution to rescue unwanted animals who are being failed by the large welfare agencies and charities. These are never simple situations.” Mental health nurse Bronwen Williams said people should check the credentials of individuals or unregistered charities who claim to…

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facebook acts to block horses for sale adverts

FACEBOOK is clamping down on horses for sale adverts in a move that has shaken the marketplace. The social media giant has had a long-term policy that animals may not be advertised on its site, but this was rarely enforced. But an update to its “community standards” dated April 2019 has tightened up its rules and the company is now actively removing adverts and pages featuring horses for sale. It says animal welfare is the reason for the ban, as it “cannot always ensure their safety in a peer-to-peer transaction”. But the site says it will still allow adverts posted by “brick-and-mortar entities, animal rehoming, and adoption agencies and shelters”. H&H has contacted Facebook for clarification on what “brick-and-mortar entities” means, and on the “report” option, it states it does allow “businesses that sell…

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horses in the news

DESIGNER 10 German Olympic team gold medallist Dirk Schrade will ride Bettina Hoy’s campaigner in Luhmühlen’s CCI4*-S (formerly CIC3*). He has taken over the reins owing to Bettina’s other commitments. BALLYCASEY The grey has retired from racing aged 12 following a successful career. Owned by Susannah Ricci, the Willie Mullins-trained gelding ran at four Cheltenham Festivals and two Grand Nationals, winning 11 of his 43 starts. MALIN HEAD CLOVER Lissa Green’s 2017 Badminton ride is to enter a BE90 with Lissa’s head girl, Lydia Harrison. “Ali G”, 17, is continuing to have an active life and has also enjoyed team chasing with Lydia this spring.…

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defeat of motion to ban trail-hunting welcomed

THE defeat of a “pointless” motion to ban trail-hunting in Essex should act as a lesson to anyone with similar ambitions, the Countryside Alliance hopes. At a meeting on 14 May, Essex county councillors voted against Lee Scordis’ motion to ban trail-hunting on council-owned land. The Labour councillor told colleagues the sport is often a “guise to flout the law”. And although no one connected with any of the Essex hunts has ever been charged with an offence under the Hunting Act, Cllr Scordis said the League Against Cruel Sports (LACS) had “had 282 reports of illegal hunting” in the most recent season. He claimed 85% of the UK and 81% of people in rural areas are against foxhunting, although he did not cite the sources of these figures, and said he had…