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Warning after animal traps found
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Warning after animal traps found on riding and walking trails

The traps have been left on popular trails used by walkers, cyclists and horse riders at Caerphilly Mountain

The block of wood with nails sticking out of the top was found on Caerphilly Mountain

Lives are being put at risk on popular off road trails after traps were found on Caerphilly Mountain .

Walkers, cyclists and horse riders are being warned to be on the look out for the deadly traps.

Warning after animal traps found on riding and walking trails Pictures of the implements that could cause serious injury have been circulated as a warning.

The trap Now, police are warning walkers, cyclists and horse riders to be on alert after finding metal traps placed on tracks on Caerphilly Mountain.

Officers tweeted photographs of the traps which appear to be made of metal with long spikes sticking out of them.

It is not the first time that there have been concerns about traps and obstacles being placed at popular spots.

Last year cyclists warned about dangerous obstacles such as logs and stones being placed across trails in one of the most popular spots for the sport near Cardiff.

One cyclist even had to pull barbed wire from around his throat after it was stretched across a bike path.

A spokeswoman for Gwent Police said: "A block of wood with exposed nails sticking out of it was located by a member of the public on Caerphilly Mountain on Wednesday.

"Officers attended the area but the item had already been removed. Further enquiries are now being undertaken in relation to this.

"Anyone with information is asked to call 101 quoting log 306 19/01/17."

Local resident Jamie Faulkner, who raised the concern on social media, said: "As a dog walker and mountain biker in the area seeing traps like this scare me.

"Even if it's aimed at a certain group of people, elderly or even kids can get hurt badly and I dread the injury to dogs or horses. It's time the police starting to treat these incidents seriously."

Former Secretary for State for Wales Ron Davies was accused of putting rocks and logs on an unofficial path used by bikes on Caerphilly Mountain in September last year. Mr Davies denied this and had said he was clearing the path.

Robert Campbell, Mountain Bike Manager for Natural Resources Wales (NRW), said: "Sabotaging woodlands is incredibly dangerous and puts people at risk. If anyone sees evidence of dangerous behaviour or activity please contact the police to report it.

"Mountain biking is a great way to enjoy the outdoors, and get healthy in our forests.

"We manage over 200km of trails in the woodlands in south east Wales for people to go walking, running and mountain biking.

"These trails are inspected and maintained to a national standard and we encourage people to use and enjoy them."

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Says Steve YandallThis sign is illegal

Equestrians are entitled to use this route - legally.
There are thousands of other illegal signs all over the country banning equestrians.

THEY MUST BE REMOVED

Horses are made to leap through FIRE at Spanish religion festival… with one father clinging on to his son while he rides through the flames

- Every winter the village of San Bartolome de Pinares, near Madrid, holds the festival of Las Luminarias

- The religious festival, which dates back 500 years, involves horses being made to jump through bonfires

- Animal rights campaigners say: 'There is no superstition or belief that should justify an act of such cruelty'

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The BHS and Maureen Comber

How the BHS treats somebody who has been a loyal, dedicated and hard-working member for over 50 years.

DAY 930

It is now 930 days since the BHS shamefully dismissed Maureen Comber after more than 50-years of dedicated and hard-working service.

Maureen ComberStill no regret.

Still no sympathy.

Still no apology.

What is more they have still not paid her back the outstanding money they owe her.

How long can the BHS continue to behave in this disgraceful manner?

Other hard-working BHS members and volunteers beware. This is obviously the way you are going to be treated one day.

"We're backing Maureen"

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That Inauguration: How they prepared the horses for the parade

Steve McCarronSays Steve McCarron

What is the point of the OPEN SPACES SOCIETY if it does not act to preserve open spaces ..............
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Horses v snakes. Which is the more deadly?

Dr Ronelle Welton says her study challenges stereotypes about AustraliaDr Ronelle Welton says her study challenges stereotypes about Australia

Horses. They killed more people in Australia in recent years than all venomous animals combined, research has shown.

The University of Melbourne's Dr Ronelle Welton examined hospital admissions data and coronial records.

From 2000 to 2013, horses were responsible for 74 deaths.

Bees and other stinging insects were the next most dangerous, causing 27 deaths, followed by snakes, which also claimed 27 lives but landed fewer people in hospital.

Spiders were not responsible for any deaths during that time, the research showed.

Challenging stereotypes

Dr Welton said the study, published in Internal Medicine Journal, challenged stereotypes around Australia's venomous animals.

The main focus of her study was animals that bite and sting, but she uncovered the number of horse-related deaths in the process.

"Australia is known as the epicentre of all things venomous," Dr Welton told the BBC.

But "what was surprising" was that insects caused the most people to seek treatment in hospital, she said.

Dr Welton said the research showed allergic reactions to bites or stings posed the most danger.

Dr Ronelle Welton says her study challenges stereotypes about Australia

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Temporary. What does it mean?

Temporary. What does it mean?Different inspectors have different meanings
For Chailey, it was 20-years.
For Chobham, it was six-months.
For Odiham, it was five-years x twice ......... read more

Lifetime ban for owner of ponies and donkeys rescued from "shocking" cruelty, abuse and neglect

donkey deep litter

A couple from Gomersal, West Yorkshire have been disqualified from keeping equines for life after five donkeys and three ponies were rescued following a joint investigation by The Donkey Sanctuary, World Horse Welfare, the RSPCA and West Yorkshire Police. The prosecution case concluded at Kirklees Magistrates' Court on Thursday 12 January 2017 when the couple collectively pleaded guilty to six charges under the Animal Welfare Act.

The Donkey Sanctuary's video footage shows one of the five donkeys (Timmy) having to be dug out of his stable where he was caged upon five feet of his own faeces. Another donkey, Rosie, was sadly put to sleep after vets were unable to control her pain. Two of the ponies were being kept in a dark stable and one had to be carried out as he was so frightened of the sunlight, having been confined to the stable for quite some time.

donkey manureOne of the donkeys had to be dug out of his stable which was deep in filth

Appearing at Kirklees Magistrates' Court on 12 January, Malcolm Wood (10/08/1950) and Angela Wood (DOB unknown) of Muffit Lane, Gomersal, West Yorkshire both pleaded guilty to a number of offences under the Animal Welfare Act 2006, in a case brought in by the RSPCA.

Angela Wood, admitted causing unnecessary suffering to five donkeys by failing to provide appropriate professional farriery care for their overgrown hooves. She also accepted that she did not investigate the cause of poor body condition of one donkey and that she failed to provide two of the donkeys with a suitable environment. Her husband Malcom Wood admitted failing to provide three ponies with a suitable living environment and failing to investigate the causes of one pony's poor body condition, following five charges against him relating to the welfare of the five donkeys that were dropped. Both defendants were disqualified from keeping any equine for life. They were each sentenced to a 6-month community order and ordered to pay £100 each towards the RSPCA prosecution costs.

overgrown feetSome of the donkeys were suffering from terribly overgrown hooves

The Donkey Sanctuary's Senior Welfare Adviser, Hannah Bryer (who shot the compelling and shocking video footage) said:

"A lifetime ban from keeping equines reflects the severity of this case. Sadly cases like this, highlight the continuing need to protect equines across the UK from abuse, cruelty and neglect."

World Horse Welfare Field Officer, Sarah Tucker had been working to advise Mr and Mrs Wood on improving the standards of care for their horses but it wasn't until a visit along with Senior Donkey Welfare Adviser Hannah Bryer and RSPCA Inspector Samantha Weston in June 2016 that the full scale of the problem became clear. Initially they were only shown three donkeys, but after hearing another bray it became apparent that there were more donkeys on the premises and after querying this with the couple, two more donkeys and three ponies were discovered.

donkeys stable

Hannah Bryer, Senior Donkey Welfare Adviser said:

"Two donkeys, named Tommy and Timmy, were housed next to each other in a barn with an adjoining door separating them.  Both were standing on their own excrement with nowhere clean or comfortable to rest. The faeces were built up so high on Timmy's side that metal bars and wood had been put across the top of his stable door which I can only imagine was to prevent him falling five foot to the ground below. It's horrifying to think of how long he had been shut in what I could only describe as his own personal prison. I just wanted to get them out of there as quickly as possible.''

An independent vet was called to assess the condition of the equines. All the donkeys and three ponies were deemed to be suffering and as such West Yorkshire Police took them into their possession, then The Donkey Sanctuary arranged for them to be transported to a place of safety.

Once the donkeys and ponies arrived at the emergency holding base The Donkey Sanctuary worked with a vet and farrier to alleviate their suffering. Farrier, Chris Adamson who provided expert remedial farriery for these donkeys said:

''When assessing two of the donkeys, Rosie and Timmy, it was obvious from the straight blunt edges of their hooves that they had been subjected to a form of 'do it yourself' trimming. Hooves are complicated structures and without the right experience and training, you can cause a lot more harm than good. I can only describe the condition of these donkeys' feet as nothing short of barbaric.''

donkey outside

X-rays revealed permanent and irreversible changes in Rosie's hooves which despite medication still left her in uncontrollable pain. The vet and farrier agreed that there was nothing they could do and that regrettably euthanasia was the only way to end her suffering.  The remaining four donkeys were given extensive care and attention to nurse them back to health.

One pony had to be euthanised on site. Two Shetland ponies were transported to the safety of World Horse Welfare's Penny Farm Rescue and Rehoming Centre, where one was suffering from severe laminitis and despite best efforts to treat this painful disease, he sadly had to be put to sleep. The other pony, Rio, has made an amazing recovery and has now found a loving new home through World Horse Welfare's rehoming scheme.

rio arrivalRio, had rarely been out of his dark stable. Thankfully he is now in a loving new home on World Horse Welfare's Rehoming scheme

World Horse Welfare Field Officer Sarah Tucker said:

"This was a very complicated case involving many horses, ponies and donkeys who were not receiving the levels of care they needed. The conditions some of the animals were being kept in was shocking, with one of the ponies having never seen sunlight before due to being kept in a dark stable for long time.  If Mr and Mrs Wood had taken the advice given by myself and the RSPCA, it wouldn't have needed to get to this point but unfortunately our best efforts did not have the desired results. Whilst removing animals from an owner is always a last resort, at least they are all now receiving the care they deserve and I am pleased with the overall outcomes. This shows collaborative working at its very best and I would like to say a big thank you to the RSPCA and The Donkey Sanctuary for their invaluable help and support."

RSPCA inspector Samantha Weston said:

"The state of the poor ponies was awful, but to then make the discovery of the donkeys was shocking - their hooves were some of the longest I've ever seen. One was in very poor body condition and several were riddled with worms. Another donkey had to be dug out of his stable because the combination of filthy bedding and faeces had built up so much, he couldn't even be led out of the door.

"The magistrate imposed a lifetime ban on owning horses for the couple responsible, and I am delighted to hear that the ponies and donkeys that were removed are now doing well in the expert care of The Donkey Sanctuary and World Horse Welfare. This investigation was a prime example of the great rescue and investigation work that our charities carry out together."

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Dinnie GreenwayDinnie Greenway loves riding horses, and she's not letting a little thing like age stop her. The 96-year-old says horseback riding is an addiction that has kept her going her whole life.

Greenway figures she was on a horse before she could walk and even before that, as her mother rode sidesaddle while pregnant with her in 1920.

"I have no idea how many horses I've ridden. I just keep riding them," said the London, Ont., woman, sitting astride a tall chestnut horse in a dirt riding ring  ............. read more

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Rescued horse receives overwhelming response to appeal for Bio-Oil

Rescued horse receives overwhelming response to appeal for Bio-Oil

A horse rescue charity in Bristol has been overwhelmed by the kindness of supporters who donated Bio-oil for a horse with severe scarring. Pilgrim was rescued by HorseWorld along with a young filly called Grace.

The pair were found wandering in the roads on a busy industrial estate in Avonmouth, Bristol. Pilgrim was covered in scars which have taken a long time to heal. It isn't known what caused his injuries in the first place but it was evident he had been subject to a harsh life before his rescue.

The injury to his neck was consistent with being tethered for a prolonged period. Pilgrim was initially reluctant to let anyone touch his scars as they were dry, tight and painful.

The grooms at HorseWorld have tried many different products to make him comfortable but found the only product which has worked is Bio -Oil which has helped heal the scars and make the skin supple again. This treatment will need to continue indefinitely as the scar tissue can dry out easily in the sun or in prolonged wet, cold weather.

The staff at HorseWorld decided to put out a plea on Facebook for supporters to donate any bottles they may have or donate money towards buying some.

Rescued horse receives overwhelming response to appeal for Bio-Oil

"We were overwhelmed with the response." Said Sammie Taynton from HorseWorld 's Fundraising Team. "As Pilgrim will need the Bio-Oil for the foreseeable future, we were really grateful to receive quite a few donations meaning we won't have to buy any for a good while yet.

Thank you to everyone who responded to the appeal and made a donation. "Some supporters prefer to give a donation of a specific item rather than money.

This may be in lieu of a present for a friend or just simply to know exactly howtheir donation will help rescued horses. "If you would like to make this sort of donation, we have set up an Amazon Wish List where you can buy specific items that the horses need and have them sent directly to HorseWorld .

Just click on the button to the left to view the Amazon Wish List. "Every item donated will help give rescued horses a better life."

Says Sally Edwards and Jo WareFrensham Common, rrey

Official. The National Trust does not own or have any other interest on the common land apart from the burial mounds .............. read more

Moor ponies are being fatally poisoned by waste from old tin mines, claims charity

- Pond on Bodmin Moor, Cornwall contains nine times the safe level arsenic

- At least 23 ponies have died in Bodmin's East Moor district in the past

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Says Sandra Smith

Says Sandra SmithThe speed required to ensure that a gate closes is greater than the velocity required to amputate a finger, crush a child or the head of a dog, trap a push or wheelchair, or – literally - tear a hole in the side of a horse ......... read more

Rider airlifted to hospital
after falling from horse on beach

RNLI crew and coastguard rescue a woman on Kenfig Sands

A woman has been airlifted to hospital after falling from a horse on a Bridgend county beach.

A Porthcawl RNLI crew with a medic and the coastguard search and rescue helicopter were sent to Sker Beach, near Kenfig Nature Reserve, at 12:50 GMT on Sunday.

Crewman Chris Page said the rider had head injuries and was very cold from lying unconscious on wet sand.

She was treated before being flown to Cardiff's University Hospital of Wales.

Says Steve YandallSays Steve Yandall

Grazing is always used as an excuse for fencing And fencing creates problems for riders read more

Fun in the snow

Says Adrienne Yentis

Says Adrienne YentisA friend of mine recently was riding on the heath
and she came across a group of cattle strung out across the bridlepath with no way through – the only way off was to turn round. Fortunately her horse
remained calm throughout. But you can imagine how a nervous horse might react ........... read more

Upside down trapped horse rescued

Upside down trapped horse rescuedHorse in pool with fire fighter

Firefighters in Bristol have rescued a horse which had become trapped upside down between a wall and building.

The horse is believed to have fallen from a low wall on a farm in Dundry and had become trapped on its back between the wall and a building.

Crews from Bedminster Fire Station attached rope around 27-year-old Becky before using farm machinery to vertically lift her to safety.

The horse was checked over by a vet and reunited with its owner.

Says Linda Wright

Says Linda WrightWe moved to a Shropshire location a year ago having surveyed the local OS map and noted the significant number of bridleways around the property. Sadly the map appears a total fiction. Scarce any of the bridleways are usable ........... read more

What do you get when you cross
snowboarding with a horse?


Snowboarding can be slow work without steep hills to race down, but some thrill-seekers in Russia have found a way around the problem - use a horse!

The snowboarders realised they'd need to be pulled along like a wind surfer if they wanted to get up to speed crossing the area's flat forests and lakes.

After trying cars, motorbikes and snowmobiles, they decided that horse power is best.

With just a snowboard, a harness, and a galloping horse, they've made a whole new sport, and it looks pretty a-neigh-zing!

Says Maureen ComberI have been given an ASBO by the Hampshire County Council for standing up for riders rights.

How many other people have been silenced by Hampshire County Council? ........... read more

Police Scotland's newest police horses named after - a Scottish isle

New police horses Harris and Lewis Harris and his stable-mate Lewis

Scotland's newest police horses have been named after two of the country's most famous islands.

Stable-mates Lewis and Harris are named after neighbouring islands in the Western Isles.

Harris, whose name was chosen by the public in an online vote last week, has been joined this week at Police Scotland's mounted unit by Lewis.

The force described Lewis as "lovely and quiet" and also its smallest horse at about 16.2 hands high.

Always keep your horse insurance details to hand says BEVA

Always keep your horse insurance details to hand says BEVA

Keeping a copy of your horse's insurance certificate to hand can help you to make informed decisions in the event of your horse needing veterinary treatment, and your vet can quickly check the extent of your veterinary cover, even in the middle of the night, advises the British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA).

A serious accident or a severe bout of colic may require expensive emergency surgery and it is important to be able to make swift decisions on how best to proceed and to notify your insurance company accordingly.

BEVA and KBIS have put together some tips to help you be prepared for a veterinary emergency:

  • Read your policy very carefully and make sure you understand exactly what you are covered for and the steps you must follow to ensure any claim is valid.
  • Keep an up-to-date copy of your horse's insurance certificate with your horse's passport and keep these readily available in a safe place at your yard.
  • Check your insurance policy every time it is renewed and note your excess, vets fee incident limit and exclusions.
  • Discuss the proposed veterinary procedure and projected costs with your vet in line with your maximum cover limit and any contribution you are prepared to make if your incident limit is exceeded.
  • Discuss with your vet whether referral to an equine hospital might be necessary before any of the more expensive diagnostic tests have been carried out. This may avoid duplication of the tests and help your insurance cover go further.
  • Contact your insurance company as promptly as possible to make them aware of your potential claim. In some cases your vet may do this for you.
  • Your Insurance Company must be informed before euthanasia is carried out unless emergency euthanasia is required. Failure to do so may invalidate a claim for mortality.

"Most insurance companies have a variety of veterinary fee options so that you can choose a policy to suit your personal circumstances. It is essential to check your insurance policy every time it is renewed and keep your insurer informed of any change in your horse's health, or activities," advises Guy Prest, Managing Director of KBIS British Equestrian Insurance. "You should pay particular attention to the excess payable in the event of a claim, the vets fee incident limit and any exclusions on your policy due to pre-existing illness, injury or disease. In some instances you may be able to have certain exclusions removed; your insurance provider will be able to advise you how to get an exclusion reviewed."

It's important to remember that although your vet may be able to indicate whether a claim is likely to be accepted, the final decision rests with the Insurer.

Always keep your horse insurance details to hand says BEVA

For further information see: 
www.beva.org.uk/Home/Resources/Resources-for-Owners/Insurance

Says Tony BarnettGATES OR STILE’S WILL ONLY BE LAWFUL AS LONG AS THE REASONS FOR THE INSTALLATIONS ARE SERVING THE PURPOSE FOR WHICH THEY WERE INTENDED.

ANY STOPPING UP OR CLOSING OFF OF RIGHTS OF WAY SHOULD BE CHALLENGED FOR APPROVAL/CONSENT FROM THE APPROPRIATE MINISTER OF THE CROWN ........... read more

Haddon Training British Grooms Award winners

Haddon Training British Grooms Awardwinners
Janet Willis being presented with her award by Chris Hewlett, Managing Director of Haddon Training – credit image to Craig Payne

The Haddon Training British Grooms Award was awarded to Janet Willis, who was nominated by event rider Willa Newton whose family Janet has worked for in the role as Head Girl for 31 years. Originally in charge of the family's point to point yard, which when that dispersed took on the same role for the event horses ridden by Willa, who said; "Janet's sheer dedication, commitment to the horses and to the Newton family over so many years is simply unsurpassable and her enthusiasm for the job, even at the age of sixty-one has never waned."

Georgie Thomas received the runners-up award in this category being nominated by her employer, event rider, Dani Evans, who highlighted that she is an outstanding team leader and is in charge of the day to day running of her event yard, which ranges from 4* eventers to 3 year olds that require backing, with her positive outlook and continuous smile has made an enormous difference to the feel of the yard.

The Haddon Training Yard Manager Award was presented to Marcelle Tattersall, yard manager to International event rider Gemma Tattersall Nominated by: Martin Bell in collaboration with a group of Gemma's other owners, saying;

"Marcelle Tattersall has made an extraordinary contribution to her daughter Gemma's eventing career that led her to representing GB at the Rio 2016 Olympics Games.

"From being the original 'Pony Club' mum providing an astonishing multi-tasking array of skills that led Marcelle over the years to take on the role of joint travelling Competition Groom with, then Gemma's Yard Manager, Elodie Frost."

In 2015 when injury forced Elodie to take on a less demanding position, Marcelle took on a more direct responsibility for the combined roles. However, perhaps the most striking and frequently noted aspect of Marcelle's contribution is the extraordinary energy and endurance she commits to all her roles in developing good relationships; working with the home team involved with Team Tattersall, the co-ordination of the travelling grooms team, with owners in connection with activities at a specific event, providing a social media news service to owners who are unable to attend events, to her legendary and well-noted horsebox driving stamina, nationally and internationally!

Other award winners on the night were:

Mark Beever, who was presented with the Haddon Training British Equestrian Team Grooms Award.

Mark, who has worked for Nick Skelton for 31 years and in that time has groomed for Nick at five Olympic Games including London 2012 where Nick, riding Big Star won a team gold medal and at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, where the combination won the individual gold medal and it was through the relentless, meticulous and diligence that Mark showed in nursing Big Star back to health from injury that spanned more than two years played a major role in the selection of Big Star for Rio.

The Haddon Training Apprentice Award was presented to Elisabeth Killick who was nominated by her employer, Matt Hicks

Highly commended certificates were awarded to the following people:-

British Grooms Award - Emily Littlejohn, nominated by Bill and Jenny Levett

British Equestrian Team Grooms Award – Amber Dunham, nominated by Anne Dunham

Yard Manager Award – Rebecca Evans, nominated by Oliver Townend

Apprentice Award – Jessica Maidment, nominated by Lucinda Fredericks

Says Linda WrightWe moved to a Shropshire location a year ago having surveyed the local OS map and noted the significant number of bridleways around the property. Sadly the map appears a total fiction. Scarce any of the bridleways are usable ........... read more

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Says Naomi SmithIt is all too possible to round a corner on horseback and come upon a group of cattle with no prior warning -this WILL result in a horse being badly spooked at best, bolting at worst -it is only a matter of time ........... read more

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