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Horse & Hound 24-Oct-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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to vets

A FEW weeks ago, I mentioned I couldn’t say enough good things about vets, who I’ve seen a lot of lately with three horses getting on and now no longer with us. Their ability to deal well with people — more difficult than horses after all — on top of the breadth of their knowledge, astounds me. Their kindness and energy despite gruelling, unsociable hours — I just cannot rave enough about the vets I’ve met. There were a fair few tears when Skippy couldn’t get up last month. Emma Houghton, who came out on an emergency from Bell Equine, has seen it all before, of course. Her concern was making sure my horse was comfortable. She was so reassuring. As a vet, you go to work on weekends knowing you’re…

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feed contamination is in the spotlight again

CONTAMINATION is back in the spotlight with new cases of failed dope tests as a result of feed. French showjumper Fanny Skalli and South African endurance rider Nico-Meyer Le Roux were both cleared of wrongdoing in separate cases, the decisions published on 4 October. Ms Skalli’s ride, Amitie Des Douces, tested positive for the prohibited substance ergonovine at Gorla Minore CSI2* in March. The drug, which can be found in some fungi, is used to treat heavy bleeding after childbirth and has no therapeutic use in equine medicine. Ms Skalli asked the her feed’s manufacturer to test for the substance, which was discovered in tiny amounts. Owing to the quantity she fed, it is plausible this could cause a positive test. Her meticulous practices to ensure clean sport were taken into account by the FEI…

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major study aims to bust horse behaviour myths

A MAJOR new international research project aims to bust myths and provide evidence-based proof of horses’ behaviour and how this evolves. The Equine Behaviour Assessment and Research Questionnaire (E-BARQ), developed by a team at the University of Sydney, follows the same principles as the canine version (C-BARQ). This has data from +85,000 dogs, over 14 years, which has been used in more than 70 research projects. The equine equivalent, a global database of horse behaviour, launched on 18 October and already holds data on some 2,000 horses. The team hopes the project could hold benefits to both horse welfare and human safety. Researcher Paul McGreevy told H&H he hopes this will develop greater understanding of horses’ behaviour. “We are particularly excited about the potential to bust myths assigned to certain types of horse without…

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reassurance on equine joint injections

HORSE owners have been reassured about joint injections after a study indicated they may have more complications than previously thought in humans. Research carried out by the Boston University School of Medicine, and published in journal Radiology, found corticosteroids could speed up disintegration of joints, or cause complications. But British Equine Veterinary Association council member and orthopaedic surgeon Ollie Crowe told H&H that joint disease varies “enormously” between species, and while traumatic arthritis occurs in horses, conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis do not. “While all treatments have some associated risk, the complications reported following intra-articular corticosteroids in osteoarthritis in people does not appear to be seen in horses,” he said. “The evidence of collapse of the bone that supports cartilage has been shown not to occur in equine joints, and progressive deterioration of…

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horses in the news

ENABLE The dual Arc winner will remain in training as a six-year-old, owner Prince Khalid Abdullah has confirmed. The John Gosden-trained mare was pipped to a record hat-trick, and the 2020 Arc is “an important target”. WICKLOW BRAVE The Willie Mullins-trained horse, who proved his talent in both codes with an Irish St Leger as well as Cheltenham and Punchestown Festival wins, was put down after a fall while leading the American Grand National. DRUNKEN DISORDERLY The 2005 Hickstead eventing grand prix winner has been put down, aged 29. The grey contested the 2004 Olympics and two European Championships with Mark Kyle, as well as finishing 15th at Burghley.…

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firework laws are ‘not working’, charities say

FIREWORK laws are “blatantly” not working, welfare charities say, as calls to limit sale and use are considered in an official inquiry. The parliament petitions committee is collating evidence, including a report provided by the RSPCA, after it announced in March it had launched an inquiry into firework legislation. RSPCA equine specialist Mark Kennedy told H&H the charity, which held meetings with the Office for Product Safety and Standards and the British Fireworks Association in July, had provided six recommendations including limiting public sale and use, reduction in firework noise level and further research into the impact of the noise on animals. “We don’t believe the law is working; at the moment it is not preventing or reducing injuries or distress to animals so we are looking for an update,” he said. World Horse…