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hovis’ friday diary: i’ve scared them, haven’t i?
dear diary,my name is hovis and i am holy. well my hoof is. i am sir hovis of the holey hoof; with a name sake to bread and a foot resembling swiss cheese all i need is some pickle and i’m the quintessential british sandwich. mind you, since mother is always in a pickle and to many viewed as a sandwich short of a picnic then maybe we’re already there?!so, what has caused me to have a newly religious foot? well cool new shoes man came to visit at the beginning of the week and isn’t happy still with my foot — you must remember the abscess was so deep and the excavation so cavernous that potholers kept arriving to have a look. he’s convinced that the abscess itself is healing but my foot is still a bit yucky and he’s loathe to cover it up lest my foot sweat, rot and then fall off. which would, to be fair, induce a day of national mourning of the like only seen when wrong direction went their separate ways…so, in a fit of cunning brilliance (or drug induced madness) he’s put a breathing hole in my hoof: sort of the podiatry equivalent of a whale’s blow hole. mum looked somewhat aghast while i, personally, do have concerns that mice may view this as the height of luxury accommodation and move in. he assures mother this was in fact a stroke of genius and that no he hasn’t been sniffing the kevin bacon again. and by that i do mean the hoof ointment and not the actual kevin bacon; although to be fair, with cnsm you can never be entirely sure…the new foot hole me...
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h&h question of the week: do i need to add salt to my horse’s feed?
spillers’ equine nutritionist clare barfoot provides one h&h forum user with some helpful advice on how whether adding salt to feed is necessary and why table salt is preferable to electrolytes as a source of sodiumq: “should i add salt to feed? i was reading an article the other day that was recommending adding salt to feed even if horses have a salt lick. so i’m wondering if people do and if any improvements are seen? both of my horses have free access himalayan salt licks, and they use them. one of them can get through a 4kg one in a matter of weeks (two weeks was her record) and the other isn’t far behind her. with them being such enthusiastic consumers i’m not sure if adding salt to their feeds is the way to go for us. what are the benefits and drawbacks of feeding salt and do i need to add more into my horse’s feeds? thanks.” a: firstly although everyone knows feeding salt is something to do with hydration, its role is often misunderstood. in basic terms, salt is the most common source of electrolytes, comprising sodium and chloride which alongside magnesium, potassium and calcium, are responsible for maintaining water balance within the body and play a vital role in nerve and muscle function.when a horse sweats they obviously lose water from their body, but also a considerable amount of electrolyte. this is why you need to replace them in the diet. however for most horses in light work, providing a salt lick either in the stable or field is sufficient to ...
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emily king launches crowdfunding campaign to buy ‘horse of a lifetime’
eventer emily king has launched a crowdfunding campaign to buy a horse she believes could take her to “badminton, the olympics and beyond”.the rider hopes to raise £40,000 before the end of this month to buy six-year-old langford take the biscuit. by this afternoon (24 may) she had already secured more than £13,000 on her justgiving page.emily has only had the ride on “hobby” for a short time, during which the combination have finished fourth in a be100 at mount ballan and eighth in a novice at tweseldown, but said his owners need to sell as she is relocating.“i’m desperate to keep the ride as he’s a top-class young horse,” she said.“he has a very good movement, fantastic jump and i haven’t ridden a horse quite so talented cross-country. all the ability and class to make a top four-star horse.“i am desperately looking to find owners/ syndicate members to enable me to keep the ride on hobby as he really is a horse of a lifetime.”emily has asked her followers on social media to contribute “anything” to allow her to keep the ride, in return for which contributors will be “part of his amazing journey”.“if i can attract just 2,000 of you to put in £20 each we’ve got him!” she said, adding that she has a company “interested in sponsoring his running costs”, so the initial payment would be the only one.continues below…from “awesome” blue-tinted silver stirrups to stable flooring that feels like “natural turf”, emily bevan finds ...
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lucinda green’s view plus action test
horse & hound’s eventing editor pippa roome takes her “sports pony” to try out slades farm, a new cross-country schooling course in surrey — and gets lucinda green’s verdict on the facilities there are plenty of perks to working at horse & hound, but when our features editor suggested i go and review a new cross-country schooling course, i knew i’d hit the jackpot. take my horse and ride him over some nice new cross-country fences, in the sun, rather than sitting at a desk and answering emails? oh, i expect i could just about manage that.when i say “my horse”, i really mean “mum’s horse”. alfie arrived last october, after a long search. he is her pride and joy. he’s barely allowed out of her sight. “will it just be you or is your mum coming?” asked rachel lewis, who was setting up my visit to slades farm. oh mum will be coming. there is no way alfie would be allowed to jump solid fences without her in attendance. and frankly, if he was, who would take the videos? reader, you know you want to see videos.i call alfie the sports pony or the sports cob because he’s a connemara, 15.1hh and up for a bit of anything. mum thinks this is vaguely insulting, but i mean it as a compliment. who doesn’t want a sports pony?the sports pony had had a few quiet weeks before this outing. mum had been away and i had been a touch busy with that little event called badminton. but because he’s an obliging sports pony, alfie accepted his role as a prop in an h&h fea...
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25 fascinating horse facts you may struggle to believe
horses are amazing creatures, and however long you have been riding for, there are some horse facts and figures that still take us by surprise 25 incredible horse facts1. horses have around 205 bones in their skeleton.2. they have bigger eyes than any other mammal that lives on land.3. horses can sleep both lying down and standing up thanks to a special locking system in their legs.4. male horses have 40 teeth when they are adults (usually from around five-years-old) — when they are born, they have baby teeth which are then gradually pushed out by adult teeth as they get older5. female horses have 36 teeth, and their teeth grow in the same way as male horse’s teeth6. horses can’t vomit due to them having a strong band of muscles around their esophagus. this band is so strong that a horse’s stomach would burst before it would vomit.7. horses produce approximately 10 gallons of saliva a day.8. the tallest horse on record was a shire named sampson. he was 21.2hh (7 feet, 2 inches) tall9. estimates suggest that there are around 60 million horses in the world.10. a horse’s brain weighs around 623g, half the weight of a human brain.11. horses don’t have collarbones.12. horses’ shoulders are held to the rest of their skeleton via a sling of muscles and ligaments.13. when foals are born, their hooves are covered with soft tissue to stop them damaging their mother’s birth canal and uterus. names for this tissue include fairy slippers, golden hooves, foal slipper, leave...
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lucinda green’s view plus action test
horse & hound’s eventing editor pippa roome takes her “sports pony” to try out slades farm, a new cross-country schooling course in surrey — and gets lucinda green’s verdict on the facilities there are plenty of perks to working at horse & hound, but when our features editor suggested i go and review a new cross-country schooling course, i knew i’d hit the jackpot. take my horse and ride him over some nice new cross-country fences, in the sun, rather than sitting at a desk and answering emails? oh, i expect i could just about manage that.when i say “my horse”, i really mean “mum’s horse”. alfie arrived last october, after a long search. he is her pride and joy. he’s barely allowed out of her sight. “will it just be you or is your mum coming?” asked rachel lewis, who was setting up my visit to slades farm. oh mum will be coming. there is no way alfie would be allowed to jump solid fences without her in attendance. and frankly, if he was, who would take the videos? reader, you know you want to see videos.i call alfie the sports pony or the sports cob because he’s a connemara, 15.1hh and up for a bit of anything. mum thinks this is vaguely insulting, but i mean it as a compliment. who doesn’t want a sports pony?the sports pony had had a few quiet weeks before this outing. mum had been away and i had been a touch busy with that little event called badminton. but because he’s an obliging sports pony, alfie accepted his role as a prop in an h&h fea...
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dope testing: what is it and how does it work?
what is it?dope testing takes place in all competitive horse sport, and can happen at any time, at any event in any discipline.it’s a serious matter, and fei protocol must be followed. “doping is fundamentally contrary to the spirit of sport,” says the fei, which creates the rules for clean sport in equestrianism.the commission on anti-doping & medication was founded in november 2008, after the high-profile doping cases from the 2008 olympic games. a number of riders appealed to the fei for clearer guidance on doping and medication.any riders competing under fei rules must stick to the global authority’s clean sport regulations, at all levels of the sport. riders competing in british eventing, british showjumping, british dressage and british riding clubs also must adhere to fei protocol when it comes to random testing.“the fei’s testing process is clear and thorough,” an fei spokesman tells h&h. “protecting the integrity of our sport, ensuring it is clean and fair, is vital and even more important when there is an animal involved.“with over 4,600 international events on the fei calendar, it is our responsibility as the international governing body to protect our athletes and our sport.”how does it work?equine anti-doping and controlled medication can take place randomly, not just if you’ve won.testing is always carried out in the same way, and horses may be tested multiple times at the same event.when dope testing, horses are taken to a sampling box, wh...
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come and join in the fun
if you’ve always dreamt of competing at a dressage championship, look no further than the horse & hound festival of dressage, the new three-day unaffiliated championship with classes from intro level up to medium.this exciting inaugural event, to be held on 20-22 july at popular lincolnshire venue sheepgate equestrian, could be the ideal championship for you and your horse to target this summer, whether you’re keen to experience the buzz of a championship, or looking for the perfect opportunity to step up a level with your horse.with a prize fund of approximately £1,000 per championship, including winners’ rugs and top-quality prizes — plus prize money — and all classes taking place on an array of superb all-weather arenas with indoor warm-up facilities, you can be sure that this is a championship worth aiming for.what’s more, this could be your chance to appear in the pages of horse & hound — the show will receive detailed coverage both in the magazine and online, with all champions interviewed by horse & hound reporters.“a large percentage of horse & hound’s readers are successful, keen amateur riders. we know from experience how much anyone who fits that description needs clear goals to maintain focus and motivation. after all, it’s not easy getting up at 5:30am every day before work to keep your horse fit and progressing,” says sarah jenkins, horse & hound content director.“readers and their trainers told us how much they and their clients would v...
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small but mighty: 13.2hh one-star pony set to make eventing history
a mini marvel who stepped up to one-star eventing last year is set to make history next month.lakevale toyman (tommy), a 13.2hh gelding, is the smallest pony ever to be entered in the cci* at melbourne international 3 day event (7-11 june).ridden and owned by australian jackie wright, the 14-year-old was originally bought as a companion, but he soon showed his aptitude for jumping and progressed up the levels.he is now being prepared for the three-day event and jackie has high hopes for his performance.“melbourne is in two weeks’ time and i’m so excited about it,” she told h&h.“tommy is really well. we’ve had some improvements in our dressage lately which led to us qualifying for melbourne, as well as a couple of placings. he’s a star!”tommy has completed two international and seven national one-star events since his debut at the level last april.in march this year he was placed sixth in the cic1* at wandin park in victoria, australia.the diminutive gelding even has his own facebook page with thousands of fans.“i think he’ll get heaps of attention at melbourne,” said jackie.“since my post that we got in we’ve had so many people following us.”jackie, who is 5’3”, started competing tommy at 65cm, as he was “quite spooky”, then stepped up to 95cm events.“i thought i may have reached his limit — i was quite happy with that — but then he seemed to get even bolder so i started doing some 105s on him,” said jackie.tommy went from strength ...
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dressage chief suspended after arrest
the head of the italian equestrian federation’s (fise) dressage department has been temporarily suspended after he was arrested as part of a financial crime investigation.cesare croce served as the president of fise from 1996 to 2008, taking over as dressage head in 2017.a statement from fise said he had been suspended while the police investigation is carried out “in which it is hoped that cesare will prove his own extraneousness”.italy’s financial police department in monza arrested 30 people on 21 may on suspicion of offences including tax and bankruptcy crimes, fraud, money laundering and corruption.the investigation was sparked by a complaint in october 2014, dating back to an incident in 2010 in the town of brianza.on behalf of the local judicial authorities, the police have started investigations into the management of about 40 companies belonging to a corporate group belonging to well-known building contractor giuseppe malaspina operating in the province of monza and brianza.officers are looking into the issue and use of invoices for non-existent transactions by the companies totaling around €95 million, with assets of approximately €234 million.police have seized 28 real estate units, company shares and financial assets, worth a total of €9.3 million, and are aiming to confiscate up to €10million to make up for the amount of tax that has allegedly been evaded.for all the latest news analysis, competition reports, interviews, features and much more, do...
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mark todd: girl power is ruling this season *h&h vip*
it’s been a year of “girl power” — or maybe “mother power” — so far, with jonelle price winning badminton eight months after having a baby, and piggy french kicking off the event rider masters (erm) series for 2018 with her victory at chatsworth. it was an all-female podium that day, and then ingrid klimke took the second erm leg at wiesbaden in germany a week later. the women are certainly dishing it to us so far.piggy’s cross-country round at chatsworth was outstanding and showed what a high-class rider she is. she gives her horses confidence and rides them fast without ever looking like she is hassling or hurrying them, and they respect her for it. with the horse power she appears to have, she is a serious competitor at any big event.i thought ian stark’s cross-country track was a little more friendly than in the past, and that the ground was actually as good as it has been for a long time.my little horse, mc claren, pleased me a lot. he went up through the grades very quickly last year and i had planned to have an easy build-up to the cci3* at saumur, but it didn’t work out like that. he had to go to the cic3* at belton after just one open intermediate run and felt a trifle green there, so when withington was cancelled and he therefore missed another run, i was a little concerned about going straight to the erm cic3* at chatsworth.but he was fantastic there, so heads for saumur. it’s an event i love, and while the ground hadn’t been that good there...
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lucinda green’s view plus action test
horse & hound’s eventing editor pippa roome takes her “sports pony” to try out slades farm, a new cross-country schooling course in surrey — and gets lucinda green’s verdict on the facilities there are plenty of perks to working at horse & hound, but when our features editor suggested i go and review a new cross-country schooling course, i knew i’d hit the jackpot. take my horse and ride him over some nice new cross-country fences, in the sun, rather than sitting at a desk and answering emails? oh, i expect i could just about manage that.when i say “my horse”, i really mean “mum’s horse”. alfie arrived last october, after a long search. he is her pride and joy. he’s barely allowed out of her sight. “will it just be you or is your mum coming?” asked rachel lewis, who was setting up my visit to slades farm. oh mum will be coming. there is no way alfie would be allowed to jump solid fences without her in attendance. and frankly, if he was, who would take the videos? reader, you know you want to see videos.i call alfie the sports pony or the sports cob because he’s a connemara, 15.1hh and up for a bit of anything. mum thinks this is vaguely insulting, but i mean it as a compliment. who doesn’t want a sports pony?the sports pony had had a few quiet weeks before this outing. mum had been away and i had been a touch busy with that little event called badminton. but because he’s an obliging sports pony, alfie accepted his role as a prop in an h&h fea...
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25 fascinating horse facts you may struggle to believe
horses are amazing creatures, and however long you have been riding for, there are some horse facts and figures that still take us by surprise 25 incredible horse facts1. horses have around 205 bones in their skeleton.2. they have bigger eyes than any other mammal that lives on land.3. horses can sleep both lying down and standing up thanks to a special locking system in their legs.4. male horses have 40 teeth.5. female horses have 36 teeth.6. horses can’t vomit due to them having a strong band of muscles around their esophagus. this band is so strong that a horse’s stomach would burst before it would vomit.7. horses produce approximately 10 gallons of saliva a day.8. the tallest horse on record was a shire named sampson. he was 21.2hh (7 feet, 2 inches) tall9. you can tell if a horse is cold by feeling the base of their ears10. a horse’s brain weighs around 623g, half the weight of a human brain.11. horses don’t have collarbones.12. horses’ shoulders are held to the rest of their skelton via a sling of muscles and ligaments.13. when foals are born, their hooves are covered with soft tissue to stop them damaging their mother’s birth canal and uterus. names for this tissue include fairy slippers, golden hooves, foal slipper, leaves, gills, and fingers.14. the earliest member of the horse family was the eohippus, dating back 55 million years.15. horses drink at least 5 gallons of water each day.16. while humans have just three ear muscles, horses have 10.17. a horse...
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tv presenter risks life and limb to stop runaway racehorse
at the races presenter and former jockey hayley moore was knocked to the ground by a loose horse she stepped in to catch at chepstow racecourse yesterday (22 may).the incident occurred in the 3.15pm, a seven-furlong handicap flat race, which had 12 runners including three-year-old give em a clump.the moment hayley, sister of former champion flat jockey ryan moore, jump jockeys josh and jamie and daughter of trainer gary, stepped out in front of the horse to catch it, was captured on film.hayley moore – take a bow!check this out – unreal stuff from our presenter hayley moore!posted by at the races on tuesday, may 22, 2018give em a clump was in the first furlong when he unseated his jockey. he then completed two laps of the track before hayley decided to take matters into her own hands.as he galloped towards the finishing line, hayley walked on to the course and managed to grab his reins as he passed. she was pulled over and dragged a short distance, but hung on until the horse came to a halt.“it looked like the horse did a funny little jump in the first furlong and then stumbled,” hayley told h&h. “his jockey then came off and his blinkers slipped, slightly obscuring his vision — he was then essentially galloping in blind panic.“i thought if i didn’t try to stop him, when was he going to stop? he could have exhausted or harmed himself and i was worried he would run into something. i just didn’t want him to run another lap scared,” hayley explained.“i coul...
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transgender jockey to make racing history
a rider is set to make history today as she becomes the first transgender jockey to race on a british course.victoria smith, formerly known as vince smith, rode more than 250 winners during a career as a professional jockey between 1983 and 2000 and also enjoyed success as a trainer between 2003 and 2008.victoria, who announced her transition publicly earlier this year, is riding roy rocket in the pertemps network jockey club challenge charity race.the race, at warwick racecourse today (wednesday, 23 may) starts at 5.45pm and is in aid of your local air ambulance, which covers derbyshire, leicestershire rutland, warwickshire and northamptonshire.she rides eight-year-old grey roy rocket for trainer john berry.the pertemps network jockey club challenge charity race in aid of your local air ambulance, wn air ambulance and dlr air…posted by warwick racecourse on tuesday, may 22, 2018in a recent interview with rishi persad on racing uk’s luck on sunday, victoria spoke about her journey.“[every day for a year] i said to myself: ‘i don’t regret anything i have done in my life, but if i don’t do this and i go to my grave tomorrow, would i die regretting [not doing it]’ and every day i said ‘yes’,” she said, adding that her close friends and family have been very supportive.she said telling the first person what she was going through was “like being released from prison”.journalist emma berry, wife of roy rocket’s trainer john, said the race today will be a ...
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25 fascinating facts about horses (that you will struggle to believe are true...)
horses are amazing creatures, and however long you have been riding for, there are some facts and figures that still take us by surprise 25 incredible horse facts1. horses have around 205 bones in their skeleton.2. they have bigger eyes than any other mammal that lives on land.3. horses can sleep both lying down and standing up thanks to a special locking system in their legs.4. male horses have 40 teeth.5. female horses have 36 teeth.6. horses can’t vomit due to them having a strong band of muscles around their esophagus. this band is so strong that a horse’s stomach would burst before it would vomit.7. horses produce approximately 10 gallons of saliva a day.8. the tallest horse on record was a shire named sampson. he was 21.2hh (7 feet, 2 inches) tall9. you can tell if a horse is cold by feeling the base of their ears10. a horse’s brain weighs around 623g, half the weight of a human brain.11. horses don’t have collarbones.12. horses’ shoulders are held to the rest of their bodies via ligaments only.13. when foals are born, their hooves are covered with soft tissue to stop them damaging their mother’s birth canal and uterus. names for this tissue include fairy slippers, golden hooves, foal slipper, leaves, gills, and fingers.14. the earliest member of the horse family was the eohippus, dating back 55 million years.15. horses drink at least 55 gallons of water each day.16. while humans have just three ear muscles, horses have 10.17. a horse’s heart typically wei...
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protecting people, horses and the sport: why clean sport week applies to you
the equestrian community has pledged its support for clean sport by backing uk anti-doping’s (ukad) week-long campaign.ukad’s clean sport week runs from 21 to 27 may, with the aim of raising awareness of the importance of clean sport and what it actually entails.the british equestrian federation (bef) is among the bodies supporting the campaign.“it is vital that everyone participating within equestrian sport fully understands the importance of clean sport and the rules they must adhere to, at both national and international level,” said newly appointed chief executive nick fellows.“[these rules apply to] both human and equine athletes — as well as ensuring the highest standards of horse welfare.”mr fellows said the bef will promote informative articles online throughout the week.“[these will] highlight where people can find out more information about clean sport, and how riders, owners and teams, can check prohibited substance and controlled medication lists, ensuring the spotlight is placed on the importance of clean sport across both human and equine athletes,” he added.the british grooms association (bga) is urging grooms and riders to familiarise themselves with the rules and to take part in its online “groom clean” course — open to both members and non-members.“with increased focus on keeping clean in equestrian sport we are urging all competitors to put their team through groom clean to help protect their careers,” said bga chief executive lu...
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bolesworth attracts princess to compete at the show
thai princess sirivannavari nariratana will be among the competitors at this year’s equerry bolesworth international horse show, it has been announced.the 31-year-old daughter of thai king maha vajiralongkorn will be competing in the small tour dressage classes at the show, which takes place at bolesworth castle, near chester, from 13 to 17 june.charlotte dujardin and carl hester are to bring their world equestrian games (weg) hopefuls mount st john freestyle and hawtins delicato for the cdi3* classes, which run on the first two days of the show.“bolesworth is one of the most exciting equestrian events in the world,” carl said.“nina and the team are bringing something innovative to our sport and it’s lovely to compete in the beautiful setting of bolesworth castle. charlotte and i will both be riding the horses we’re aiming to ride at weg and there will be plenty of friendly rivalry between us.”british showjumpers due to contest the csi4* showjumping classes include john whitaker, ben maher, laura renwick and amanda derbyshire. those representing ireland include last year’s bolesworth grand prix winner anthony condon, shane breen and conor swail.“we are proud to have some of the world’s top riders with us again at bolesworth,” said show president nina barbour. “we are always trying to stage the best in traditional show jumping alongside new innovations and it’s terrific that some of the biggest names in the sport like what we’re doing.continues belo...
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transgender jockey to make racing history
a rider is set to make history today as she becomes the first transgender jockey to race on a british course.victoria smith, formerly known as vince smith, rode more than 250 winners during a career as a professional jockey between 1983 and 2000 and also enjoyed success as a trainer between 2003 and 2008.victoria, who announced her transition publicly earlier this year, is riding roy rocket in the pertemps network jockey club challenge charity race.the race, at warwick racecourse today (wednesday, 23 may) starts at 5.45pm and is in aid of your local air ambulance, which covers derbyshire, leicestershire rutland, warwickshire and northamptonshire.she rides eight-year-old grey roy rocket for trainer john berry.the pertemps network jockey club challenge charity race in aid of your local air ambulance, wn air ambulance and dlr air…posted by warwick racecourse on tuesday, may 22, 2018in a recent interview with rishi persad on racing uk’s luck on sunday, victoria spoke about her journey.“[every day for a year] i said to myself: ‘i don’t regret anything i have done in my life, but if i don’t do this and i go to my grave tomorrow, would i die regretting [not doing it]’ and every day i said ‘yes’,” she said, adding that her close friends and family have been very supportive.she said telling the first person what she was going through was “like being released from prison”.journalist emma berry, wife of roy rocket’s trainer john, said the race today will be a ...
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tv presenter risks life and limb to stop runaway racehorse
at the races presenter and former jockey hayley moore was knocked to the ground by a loose horse she stepped in to catch at chepstow racecourse yesterday (22 may).the incident occurred in the 3.15pm, a seven-furlong handicap flat race, which had 12 runners including three-year-old give em a clump.the moment hayley, sister of former champion flat jockey ryan moore, jump jockeys josh and jamie and daughter of trainer gary, stepped out in front of the horse to catch it, was captured on film.hayley moore – take a bow!check this out – unreal stuff from our presenter hayley moore!posted by at the races on tuesday, may 22, 2018give em a clump was in the lead when he unseated his jockey. he then completed two laps of the track before hayley decided to take matters into her own hands.as he galloped towards the finishing line, hayley walked on to the course and managed to grab his reins as he passed. she was pulled over and dragged a short distance, but hung on until the horse came to a halt.“it looked like the horse did a funny little jump on the first furlong and then stumbled,” hayley told h&h. “his jockey then came off and his blinkers slipped, slightly obscuring his vision — he was then essentially galloping in blind panic.“i thought if i didn’t try to stop him, when was he going to stop? he could have exhausted or harmed himself and i was worried he would run into something. i just didn’t want him to run another lap scared,” hayley explained.“i could see as ...
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bolesworth attracts princess to compete at the show
thai princess sirivannavari nariratana will be among the competitors at this year’s equerry bolesworth international horse show, it has been announced.the 31-year-old daughter of thai king maha vajiralongkorn will be competing in the small tour dressage classes at the show, which takes place at bolesworth castle, near chester, from 13 to 17 june.charlotte dujardin and carl hester are to bring their world equestrian games (weg) hopefuls mount st john freestyle and hawtins delicato for the cdi3* classes, which run on the first two days of the show.“bolesworth is one of the most exciting equestrian events in the world,” carl said.“nina and the team are bringing something innovative to our sport and it’s lovely to compete in the beautiful setting of bolesworth castle. charlotte and i will both be riding the horses we’re aiming to ride at weg and there will be plenty of friendly rivalry between us.”british showjumpers due to contest the csi4* showjumping classes include john whitaker, ben maher, laura renwick and amanda derbyshire. those representing ireland include last year’s bolesworth grand prix winner anthony condon, shane breen and connor swail.“we are proud to have some of the world’s top riders with us again at bolesworth,” said show president nina barbour. “we are always trying to stage the best in traditional show jumping alongside new innovations and it’s terrific that some of the biggest names in the sport like what we’re doing.continues bel...
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how to settle a horse into a new yard
whether you’ve just got a new horse or are moving to new stables, knowing how to settle a horse into a new yard is key to make the move as stress free as possible for both horse and owner.“the key to introducing any horse to a new yard is to be organised,” says the british horse society’s head of welfare, gemma stanford. “if the horse is new to you, do a risk assessment of the horse before it arrives, including where the horse is coming from, when was it last wormed, is it up to date with vaccinations and does it have a passport?”new horse checklist1. does the horse have a passport and is it up to date? ensure that the current owner’s details are on the passport before purchasing the horse as it can be a nightmare chasing previous owners. also check that the vaccinations are up to date.2. if the horse is microchipped, get the details transferred into the new owner’s name.3. preparation is key so grooming kits and stables should be fully disinfected prior to the horse arriving. there should be kit that is used solely on the new horse (see more about isolation procedures below).4. when the horse arrives, perform a health check, such as general outlook, skin and hoof condition, droppings, behaviour etc. there is a blood test for strangles that’s available, and it’s also worth taking the horse’s resting pulse, respirations and temperature to check against should the horse fall ill.5. perform a faecal egg count and worm accordingly. you can also do a saliva t...
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a frisky windsor grey — and 5 more horsey moments you may have missed from the royal wedding
the eyes of the world were on prince harry and meghan markle as the happy couple tied the knot at st george’s chapel in the grounds of windsor castle on saturday (19 may 2018). all eyes, that is, except those belonging to equestrians.horse & hound takes a look back at the best horsey moments from the royal wedding…1. the spicy greywell sat to the outrider on the sprightly windsor grey accompanying the newly-wed duke and duchess of sussex.posted by the army in london – hq london district on saturday, may 19, 20182. the spell-binding household cavalry mounted regimenteagle-eyed viewers may have recognised the gleaming horses from the musical ride at the royal windsor horse show the previous week.credit: getty images3. the household cavalry… againbecause you can never have too many photos of the household cavalry — and we’re still feeling mesmerised by that sparkly tack.credit: getty images4. the heroic police horsesthames valley police’s mounted section were out and about, protecting the crowds and the happy couple, with the help of horses and officers from south wales police. we know they’re trained for the job, but staying calm with those patriotic crowds spilling onto every street in windsor would push the calmest of horses to the limits.5. star rider spottingis that top british eventer harry meade accidentally photobombing george and amal clooney? (answer: yes, it is)credit: getty images6. talking of riders…zara tindall makes a seamless transition from j...
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how to avoid your horse suffering from sunburn this summer
living in a country with a climate as inclement and grey as our own, it’s easy to forget that the sun can be harmful to animals, as well as humans, with horses who live out all through the summer being particularly vulnerable.“the pigmentation in hair and skin protects against the penetration of ultraviolet light, so any non-pigmented horse or an animal with white-skinned areas is prone to sunburn damage,” says dr janet littlewood mrcvs, a specialist in veterinary dermatology.“although the horses most at risk are those kept at permanent pasture in the summer months, it’s important not to forget that sunlight can also be damaging at other times of the year.”the face and heels are most commonly affected because these often have non-pigmented patches and less hair coverage.“it’s not a breed-related problem because nearly all breeds produce horses with white facial markings and legs,” explains dr littlewood, “but owners of animals with a thin coat should be particularly careful.”what harm does sunburn cause?in most horses the only harm caused by sunburn is occasional discomfort, redness and peeling. however, repeated damage can cause significant long-term problems, warns dr littlewood.“it can result in thickening and scaling on the surface of the skin [keratosis], which can sometimes transform to skin cancer — squamous cell carcinoma,” she says.“ultraviolet light exposure also has adverse effects on skin immune mechanisms. hence, horses with white le...
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joanna thurman-baker’s dressage blog: dreams made and hearts broken
i’ve done it — i’ve done my first grand prix!now that i’m writing to you all as a grand prix rider, i want to say a massive thank you to my home team who make everything happen. i’d be lost without the help and guidance and of super mum diane and big sister sam.after the success of keysoe, apollo and i were gearing up for addington premier league. it’s one of my favourite premier leagues — last year i won the prix st georges class here on over 72%. he’s been to addington many, many times, so he’s not spooky in the arenas… or so i thought.friday was the inter 2 class and i was very lucky that my super owner susan armstrong could take me as unfortunately my mum had to go to a funeral. poor susan had to be my mother, driver, groom and trainer and she did a fantastic job.apollo warmed up well but when we went into the ring there was a new judge’s hut that had been erected at b. apollo was totally not expecting it to be there so he had one ear concentrated on it the whole way round. because of this, he was also hyper-aware of every flower pot around the arena! we had a few mistakes and a few rather speedy corners trying to get past said flower pots, but i was still pleased with it, our 66% score and 10th place in a huge class.apollo and i in our first grand prixthe next day was time for the big one — the grand prix. i completely dropped apollo and i in at the deep end, doing our first one at a premier league. but it was fantastic and was so much fun. i hadn...
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‘like an aircraft waiting to take off’: carl hester on the windsor supreme champion
it’s one of the biggest accolades a show horse can take, and this year, a lightweight hunter pinged his way around the castle arena to the supreme champion title on the final day of the royal windsor horse show (13 may 2018).let’s get to know the 2018 victor, view point (aka sean). the now seven-year-old irish-bred bay gelding is owned by gill day. by loughahoe guy and out of quality dame, sean is ridden and produced by cheshire-based showman robert walker and his team. he was bought as a foal from his breeder, sean jones.view point: 2018 royal windsor supreme champion1. he has great geneswhile his own record is certainly an impressive one, view point’s older brother vantage point, also piloted by robert, notched up several successes in the show ring a few years before. vantage point’s tally includes the 2015 hunter of the year title.2. novice successas a four and five year old he took the novice circuit by storm, standing novice champion twice at the british show horse championships and also winning the novice hunters at the great yorkshire show, when he was a five year old.3. he’s a hoys championin 2017, on his hoys debut, view point claimed the overall hunter of the year title. “he performed beyond his years in that arena,” says robert, when the pair won the title. “i thought maybe we had brought him a year too soon, but he’s just got better and better while he’s been here.”4. in the windsor limelightwith 16 other contenders, the supreme championship ...
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george’s great escape: horse’s crashing fall captured on video
a former racehorse has made a remarkable recovery following a terrifying accident last year (17 october).david lloyd george (“george”) was turned out in his field in northampton when something spooked him and he attempted to jump out over a five-bar gate.the gelding fell and skidded several metres across the ground, after which he got back on his feet and galloped to the gate of the yard.posted by clare lewis on tuesday, october 17, 2017he smashed through heavy iron gates and galloped for two miles into kingsthorpe in heavy rush hour traffic.his owner, clare lewis was lunging a pony when she heard george bolting out of the yard.credit: adrian howes photography“something had petrified him — i think he may have been stung under his rug,” she told h&h.“i was driving round for 20 minutes and there was no sign of him. i don’t know what i was thinking, it was just mad and so scary not knowing where he was.”claire contacted police who informed her george had been caught.a member of the public had caught him with a piece of string and put him in their garden.“when i arrived he screamed at me and came running over — he’s never been so pleased to see me,” said clare.“i couldn’t believe he was upright. how he dodged all the traffic, i don’t know. he’d gone through a really horrendous junction.”george was left with scrapes to his legs and shoulder, a deeper cut to a foreleg, and a cut through his frog.george’s crashing fall from the field was captured ...
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mare rescued with severe liver damage sparks ragwort reminder
a leading welfare charity is urging owners to take action on ragwort after a mare was brought into its care with severe liver damage.dolly was found by a world horse welfare field officer in dorset in march 2017 with a foal at foot.the mare was weak and struggling to survive while caring for her foal, named rocket by staff at the charity.“when dolly first arrived she was very thin, with all her ribs and vertebrae clearly visible,” said glenda spooner farm supervisor grace vooght.“when new horses come into our care they are always examined by our vet and routine blood tests are undertaken to ensure they are not suffering any underlying problems.“when dolly’s results came back it became apparent she was suffering from severe liver damage which could have been caused by a number of poisons.“one of the most common causes of liver damage that we see is ragwort poisoning, but without knowing her background, it was difficult to determine what had caused dolly to be in such a terrible condition.“the first step was to wean rocket on to eating more independently so he was less reliant on dolly’s milk, which worked well as he was quite a greedy foal.“this allowed dolly to put what little energy she had into repairing her damaged liver.”ms vooght added that dolly’s condition did not seem to be improving, with blood tests showing little progress in her liver’s healing.rocket now“we continued to monitor dolly and provide her with all the nutrition she needed so sh...
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prolific connemara mare retires to stud after illustrious showing career
one of the most successful ridden connemara mares of all time has been retired to stud at the age of 10.lady sue huntingdon’s double horse of the year show (hoys) winner slieve bloom jill, or hermione as she is known at home, has made the move to ireland to stand as a broodmare with dublin breeder paddy kearns, after an illustrious career under saddle.“i was introduced to her when she was a four-year-old, by my good friend mitch doyle who had just bought and had her on his yard in suffolk,” said sue.“she was in poor condition, with dreadlocks and mites, but she just had the most unbelievable movement with an exquisite head. the main thing i noticed, however, was that she never once put her ears back. she has always been such a happy, talkative mare.”as a five-year-old, the brocklodge buster daughter made her show ring debut in-hand at the east of england connemara show. sue added: “it was an amazing day. she won her class, was champion and then took overall supreme of show — even then she just had that ‘look at me’ factor.”for the three and half years she was shown under saddle, hermione was produced by the berkshire-based ramsey show team and was ably piloted through the ranks by hannah horton.“they just have the most amazing bond. i used to love watching them together,” said sue.during their time together, the duo notched up an enviable tally which includes two hoys connemara class wins, in 2015 and 2016, 2016 hoys reserve mountain and moorland (m&m)...
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a frisky windsor grey — and 5 more horsey moments you may have missed from the royal wedding
the eyes of the world were on prince harry and meghan markle as the happy couple tied the knot at st george’s chapel in the grounds of windsor castle on saturday (19 may 2018). all eyes, that is, except those belonging to equestrians.horse & hound takes a look back at the best horsey moments from the royal wedding…1. the spicy greywell sat to the outrider on the sprightly windsor grey accompanying the newly-wed duke and duchess of sussex.posted by the army in london – hq london district on saturday, may 19, 20182. the spell-binding household cavalry mounted regimenteagle-eyed viewers may have recognised the gleaming horses from the musical ride at the royal windsor horse show the previous week.credit: getty images3. the household cavalry… againbecause you can never have too many photos of the household cavalry — and we’re still feeling mesmerised by that sparkly tack.credit: getty images4. the heroic police horsesthames valley police’s mounted section were out and about, protecting the crowds and the happy couple. we know they’re trained for the job, but staying calm with those patriotic crowds spilling onto every street in windsor would push the calmest of horses to the limits.5. star rider spottingis that top british eventer harry meade accidentally photobombing george and amal clooney? (answer: yes, it is)credit: getty images6. talking of riders…zara tindall makes a seamless transition from jodhpur-clad four-star eventer to glamorous wedding guest, acco...
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