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Horse & Hound

Horse & Hound

16-Jan-2020

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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IN THIS ISSUE

1 min.
change for good

AS fires rage on in Australia, climate change is rightly under focus. At a recent parent-teachers association meeting — yes, I am now secretary, so if I haven’t asked you for a raffle prize you are in the minority — we discussed replacing the classic tea towel emblazoned with all primary children’s self portraits for a shopping bag, because “these kids are all about the turtles”. It’s obviously right this message has sunk in — children don’t want plastic straws now. As Attenborough’s polar bear on shrinking ice was the message of my generation, so this era’s could be Australia in flames. If any good can come of this tragedy, may it be further cultural shift and keenness from all to do their bit to help reduce our carbon footprint…

4 min.
obesity pilot aims to change behaviour and save lives

THE aim of a new and different initiative aimed at tackling equine obesity is to help save horses’ lives. The British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA) is launching a six-month pilot of its scheme, developed using knowledge from the behavioural insights team (BIT), a government think tank working on behavioural economics and psychology. The idea is to use routine vaccination visits as a chance to assess equine body condition, and use a traffic light system of vaccination reminder stickers on the front of horse passports. A green sticker indicates an animal in healthy condition, amber is for those with too much fat, advising that moderate action must be taken, and red means the animal has excessive fat, which is putting it in “morbid danger”. BEVA president elect Lucy Grieve, who is on the association’s obesity…

2 min.
experts reassure owners following herpes deaths

OWNERS are being encouraged to maintain good biosecurity owing to an outbreak of equine herpes virus (EHV-1), but are reassured the threat to the wider equine population is likely to be low if the outbreak is contained. Cases of the virus were confirmed at Crofton Manor, Hampshire, on 7 January, and one at Liphook Equine Hospital where a horse was managed under isolation conditions on 6 January, returning to Crofton on 8 January. As of 13 January, four horses at Crofton had been put down after contracting the neurological strain of the disease (EHM). David Rendle, specialist in equine internal medicine and member of the British Equine Veterinary Association’s health and medicines committee, told H&H EHV-1 is “very common”. “Many horses will carry the virus without developing disease. Some strains are more likely to…

1 min.
horses

VERDADES US dressage rider Laura Graves’ championship medal-winner has retired aged 18. “Diddy” is ranked seventh in the world and the combination were the first US pair to reach world number one. CAROUSEL QUEST Oliver Townend’s 2009 Burghley winner, owned by Andrew Cawthray, has died aged 25. He was produced by Cressy Clague-Reading, who came fourth with him at Burghley, and had three more top-10 CCI4* finishes. ALL STAR 5 Thomas Straumann’s 17-year-old European team gold medal-winning stallion has retired to stud. Under Ireland’s Denis Lynch, he jumped at championships, World Cup finals and had numerous CSI5* wins.…

1 min.
the aht recommend owners attending events take the following biosecurity steps

• Routinely take horses’ temperature twice daily and record these in a diary. It should then be obvious when an animal “spikes” an abnormally increased rectal temperature (usually above 38.5°C). A horse with a temperature should be promptly isolated. • Do not move horses off premises where infectious disease has been recently diagnosed, as seemingly healthy animals may be incubating the disease. • At events, avoid close direct contact between horses or indirect contact arising from sharing feed or water buckets, and tack such as bits or bridles. People going between horses should apply appropriate hand hygiene measures. • Quarantine horses returning to premises after attending events where they may have acquired an infection and might act as a source of that infection for resident horses. • Quarantine periods of at least two weeks…

2 min.
new medical and social media rules for eventing

ENHANCED medical and social media policies are among rule changes announced by British Eventing (BE) for 2020. BE now recommends event doctors have up-to-date certificates in a recognised trauma course, and events have paramedics in attendance 30 minutes before the start of the dressage — both of which will be mandatory from 2021. BE CEO Jude Matthews told H&H there is a “difficult balance” between best practice and minimising risk, and ensuring it is viable for organisers to provide appropriate medical cover. “This is why some changes this year are not mandatory, because there will be associated costs to organisers in some cases,” she said. “For some, there will be no requirement for change; a lot have medical cover in compliance with the new rules anyway.” Ms Matthews added the findings of the Australian inquest…