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Horse & Hound 20-Dec-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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channelling greatness

WE will remember this year as the one in which Britain’s eventers, led by the unassuming Ros Canter, cemented their position back at the very top of the sport with double gold at the World Games on top of European gold in 2017. What a moment for them and the sport. Cover-star Ros became a hero, someone every aspiring rider can dream to emulate. Whenever I ask those who know Ros what makes her great, they mention her incredible focus — something coaches talk about a lot. It’s a very unusual human trait, to be able to cut out all the noise and stay in your bubble — in Ros’s case, with Allstar B. It takes some resilience not to be influenced by change to your surroundings, routine or state and…

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crooked riders and saddles affect horses’ movement

MANY riders persist in their equestrian activities with “little consideration” to the effect their position and asymmetry may have on whole-horse biomechanics, an expert has warned. Russell MacKechnie-Guire, equine biomechanics specialist of Centaur Biomechanics, addressed the Saddle Research Trust (SRT) conference on his research into rider asymmetry, on 8 December. He presented his studies on the effect factors such as asymmetry have on equine spinal and limb movement, and rider position. ‘Sadly, many riders are unaware of their asymmetry, and the effect this has’ RUSSELL MACKECHNIE-GUIRE “We must look at rider asymmetry holistically,” he said, explaining that coaches try to correct rider position, but that obvious rider asymmetry may be caused by a saddle that is out of balance, for example. “The saddle can create a huge amount of asymmetry, for horse and rider,” he…

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new tool to help more owners spot lameness

A TOOL developed to assess pain and lameness in ridden horses can be used without training — but even those showing signs of discomfort may be able to enjoy a ridden career. Sue Dyson, head of clinical orthopaedics at the Centre for Equine Studies at the Animal Health Trust (AHT), gave a presentation at the Saddle Research Trust conference on her study into the application of an ethogram (catalogue of behaviours) she and her team have developed. It comprises 24 behaviours more likely to be seen in lame than sound horses, and the presence of eight or more is likely to reflect pain. It was applied to footage of 21 horses by a trained analyst and 10 people who had not had specialist equine behaviour training. Results for the lame horses before and…

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education the key to welfare in sport

EDUCATION and regulation are key to achieving and sustaining high standards of equine welfare in horse sport. David Marlin, a scientific and equine consultant with years of experience, spoke on “challenges to equine welfare and performance” at the Saddle Research Trust conference. Dr Marlin discussed the changing nature of horse sport; historically, it was only available to the rich or the military, whereas now owning and competing horses is far more accessible. “In terms of welfare and performance now, what do we need to think about?” he asked. “Compromises to welfare can be because people are ignorant; they don’t know. “And with social media, the reach of ignorance is greater.” Dr Marlin mentioned an example — people declaring on Facebook that turning wet horses out on hot days can lead to overheating. “Most owners understand, but…

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horses in the news

THE NEW ONE The 10-year-old, trained by Nigel Twiston-Davies, has retired from racing after being pulled up at Cheltenham on 15 December. The hurdler amassed £1,048,354 in prize money winning 20 of his 40 races. UNEE BB Jessica Von Bredow-Werndl’s former top ride has retired from dressage. The 17-year-old helped the German team to European bronze in 2015, won two World Cup legs and finished third at three World Cup finals. CHANTRY HOUSE The four-year-old topped the Tattersalls Cheltenham December sale, selling to Michael Hyde for £295,000. Sold by Cian Hughes, the son of Yeats won a maiden point-to-point in Ireland on his second start on 9 December. MONKERTY TUNKERTY The 15-year-old was crowned Retraining of Racehorses (RoR) horse of the year at the charity’s awards. The gelding, owned by Jess Westwood, was placed at the 2018…

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in brief

DRESSAGE RESULTS ONLINE FASTER DRESSAGE riders can see competition results on their online records within 24 hours, after the second phase of British Dressage’s (BD) new website went live on 4 December. BD venues using the entries platform will be able to upload results on competition day. Results are published as soon as they are verified by head office. Members will no longer have to wait for confirmation of qualifications, as they will show as soon as they have been gained. Details of horses have also been improved with vital statistics listed. Phase three covers membership and is hoped to be launched next summer. The last phase, expected next year, includes features for judges, coaches and officials. NEW LOOK FOR BE TRAINING PASSES BRITISH Eventing (BE) is “simplifying” its entry system for riders competing in BE80(T)…