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26 March 2017
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- Maureen Comber
Pregnant Mare Trapped in Water-Filled Ditch Saved by Team Effort
The mare was struggling to move and appeared to have been trapped for some time
World Horse Welfare Field Officer Chris Shaw was at the centre of a dramatic rescue when a pregnant mare had fallen and become trapped in a water-filled ditch near Wellingborough earlier this month.
Chris was making routine checks on a group of horses along with RSPCA Inspector, Polly Underwood, when they noticed the group looking in the direction of a nearby ditch. On closer inspection, they found a heavily pregnant mare stuck chest high in a ditch filled with water. Chris said:
"The poor mare was struggling to move and appeared to have been trapped for some time in the icy cold water as she was shivering and clearly very distressed. We called the Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service for assistance and they arrived swiftly, plus a vet from local practice, Swanspool Vets, came out to assist.
"Her temperature had plummeted to 34 degrees so it was imperative that we work quickly"
"We were eventually able to pull the mare out and begin the process of drying her off and helping warm her up. Her temperature had plummeted to 34 degrees so it was imperative that we work quickly and thankfully Polly from the RSPCA had a bundle of bed sheets and towels in her car which were on their way to the charity shop!
"The vet treated her with antibiotics, multivitamins and painkillers and we were able to feed her some hay which is another way to help raise her temperature. Her owner arrived soon after and transported the mare to a safe, warm stable for the night where she could recover. I then visited her the next day and she was doing really well.
"This was a great example of team working with a successful result. If it wasn't for everyone's quick response and fast actions then this mare may not have made it but thankfully it is a happy ending for everyone involved."
I just love the first page of horseytalk
Tony Barnett has done amazingly with the forestry commission fight
Please pass my congratulations to him
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This 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
What it's like when your horse decides to bolt
Equine welfare - the World
UK equine charities unite for worldwide welfare action
UK equine welfare charities Brooke, The Donkey Sanctuary, SPANA and World Horse Welfare announce their first formal coalition.
Formed specifically to put policy into practice, the coalition aims to advise, motivate and support the implementation of the first ever global welfare standards for working horses, donkeys and mules. These landmark standards were approved by the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) in May 2016 following advocacy and technical support from Brooke and World Horse Welfare.
This is the first time all four major charities have formally joined forces. Although not law, these landmark changes finally give legitimacy to calls for equine welfare to be improved around the world.
Petra Ingram, CEO at Brooke, who spearheaded the formation of the coalition and will be its Chair for the first year, believes that it's the right vehicle to bring the standards to life: "A respected champion of change can be the difference between success and failure when it comes to implementation. Our message to countries is: let us help; equine welfare is an ally of humanitarian issues."
With 180 OIE member states now acknowledging the importance of working horses, donkeys and mules, the time is right for coordinated action to implement the standards around the world.
Chief Executive of World Horse Welfare, Roly Owers, said "We know that horses, donkeys and mules are essential to hundreds of millions of human livelihoods, and it is heartening that the world is now recognising their versatility and importance.
"World Horse Welfare looks forward to working in partnership, bringing our influencing skills and 90 years of practical expertise gained helping equines around the world. The scale of the challenge to help 100 million working animals is so large that we must work together to get them the recognition and support they desperately need."
As world-leading experts in equine welfare with a combined geographic reach covering the major populations of the world's working equines, the four UK-based charities will provide a unique resource.
The coalition's goal is to share a wealth of professional expertise and technical know-how by jointly developing training resources and working with governments, academics, communities and professionals to help put the standards into practice within the contexts of different countries, cultures and economies.
Geoffrey Dennis, Chief Executive of SPANA, said: "It is very encouraging that there is now international recognition for the working equines that play a fundamental role in supporting the livelihoods of millions of families worldwide.
"Through veterinary treatment, education and training for animal owners, SPANA works to improve the welfare of these vitally important horses, donkeys and mules across many countries. We are looking forward to working in partnership to ensure that the new standards are translated into practical support and action that makes a tangible difference to working animals and the communities that depend on them."
The coalition's work will use the skills the four organisations have in welfare assessment training; building capacity in equine owning communities; equipping service providers (including farriers, saddlers and vets) with the skills and tools required to provide affordable quality services. It supports universities in curriculum development, and postgraduate vets with continuing professional development; as well as raising awareness of the importance of working equids to human livelihoods with policy makers.
Mike Baker, CEO of The Donkey Sanctuary, said: "This is a fantastic milestone in global equine welfare standards. Our new coalition will really maximise welfare improvements as we share our skills, resources and experience. Millions of donkeys, horses and mules work extremely hard every day and it will be wonderful to highlight how vital they are for their human owners and communities."
Says Steve McCarron
What is the point of the OPEN SPACES SOCIETY if it does not act to preserve open spaces ..............
Longines Global Champions Tour and Global Champions League of London
Don't miss your chance to witness Great Britain's Olympic showjumping heroes in action like never before at the spectacular destination of Royal Hospital Chelsea for the Longines Global Champions Tour and Global Champions League of London. With the top horses and riders in the world descending on the heart of London in August, this is a premium sporting and social event you won't want to miss this summer.
From 4th – 6th August Olympic, World and European Champions such as Great Britain's Scott Brash will be in action for the 12th leg of the prestigious show jumping series. The 'Formula 1' of equestrian sport brings together the world's top ranked riders to compete in unique locations around the world including Miami Beach, Paris, Shanghai, Monaco, Berlin and Doha for unprecedented prize money. This year will also see the Global Champions League debut in London, with the innovative and dynamic team competition hitting full throttle as teams compete against the backdrop of the iconic Royal Hospital Chelsea for the very first time in the sport of show jumping. New team 'London Knights' - which include Olympian Ben Maher and U25 star Emily Moffitt - will be in action and looking for local support as they battle it out against seventeen formidable teams on home turf.
Friday 4th August will see world class CSI5* action, as well as the first round of the thrilling Global Champions League. Saturday 5th will host the final of the Global Champions League ahead of the Longines Global Champions Tour Grand Prix of London, and Sunday 6th will see further top action from the world's top riders and horses in high octane CSI5* classes.
With a shopping village, refreshment areas and thrilling sporting action packed into three days there will be something for all the family as the LGCT and GCL series raise the temperatures in London. This show promises all the action and entertainment expected of this prestigious show jumping series.
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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
Have Your Cake and Eat It to Help Horses!
World Horse Welfare launches new fundraising initiative 'The Morning Feed'
International horse charity, World Horse Welfare, has launched a new fundraising initiative which challenges supporters to don their aprons, get baking and host their own stable-themed event breakfast brunch, The Morning Feed.
Designed to get friends, family, riding partners, yards, competition teams and colleagues together to have fun and raise vital funds to support World Horse Welfare's work, The Morning Feed asks budding baking stars and kitchen captains to create mouth-watering recipes using ingredients that would even tempt your horse!
A little help has already been offered from some familiar faces such as World Horse Welfare Patron, Lee McKenzie, who has devised a delicious Healthy 'Cool Mix' Granola, Jane Holderness-Roddam CBE LVO who has come up with the ultimate Power Breakfast and fellow World Horse Welfare Patron and Olympic medallist, Pippa Funnell, who has created Healthy Granola Biscuits.
Launched in partnership with Horse & Hound, which has chosen World Horse Welfare as its Charity of the Year for 2017, The Morning Feed is set to become a regular event of the charity's fundraising calendar. World Horse Welfare Director of Fundraising, Emma Williams, explains:
"We really wanted to come up with a new fundraising initiative which would give our supporters the opportunity to get together with their friends and family for a fun event whilst helping raise awareness and vital funds for World Horse Welfare as we celebrate our 90th anniversary.
"Even if your skills with a mixing spoon and pastry cutter are not quite as refined as those of baking legend Mary Berry, we really want to encourage everyone to get involved whether it is through hosting their own Morning Feed event, creating a delicious recipe with an equestrian twist or simply sampling some of the delectable treats at a friend's or colleague's event. We can't wait to see and hear what culinary creations our supporters cook up!"
This is an important year (2017) for World Horse Welfare as the charity celebrates its 90th Anniversary. Founded in 1927 by Ada Cole to stop the live transport of horses to slaughter across Europe, the charity was formerly named the International League for the Protection of Horses. Nine decades on and World Horse Welfare continues to be the voice of invisible horses all over the world from those who suffer neglect and welfare problems in silence across the UK to the many thousands of working horses ignored by Governments and policymakers to those subjected to the torture of travelling hundreds of miles across Europe to slaughter.
With international dressage set to grace the stage at this year's Equerry Bolesworth International Horse Show - June 14 to 18 – we talk to dressage consultant and Olympic-ace Richard Davison about these exciting new developments ............ read more
Meet the new Budweiser Clydesdale foals
Frensham 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
Could you represent GB in the
2017 FEI Nations Cup series?
The newly appointed Senior Eventing Selection Committee, composing of Dan Hunt (Chairman of Selectors) Sarah Bullen, Jeanette Brakewell, Gill Watson and Nigel Taylor, would like to invite riders who meet the criteria below to apply for the 2017 FEI Nations Cups squads. Combinations for the eventing Nations Cup team will in future be selected by the newly appointed Senior Selection Committee to provide continuity across the selection process while still providing an open and transparent system. If you meet the following criteria please apply via the details below:
Please email your expression of interest to Gemma Harriss Gemma.Harriss@britisheventing.com with the following information:
22 - 23 April 2017 CICO3* Montelibretti (ITA)
17 - 21 May 2017 CICO3* Strzegom (POL)
25 - 28 May 2017 CICO3* Houghton Hall (GBR)
31 May - 4 June 2017 CICO3* Tattersalls (IRL)
30 June - 2 July 2017 CICO 3* Wiener Neustadt (AUT)
8 - 9 July 2017 CICO3* The Plains (USA)
19 - 23 July 2017 CICO3* Aachen (GER)
10-13 August 2017 CICO3* Le Haras du Pin (FRA) (Addition)
22 - 24 September 2017 CICO3* Waregem (BEL)
5 - 8 October 2017 CCIO3* Boekelo (NED)
The GBR eventing teams are supported by the British Equestrian Federation's World Class Programme, funded by UK Sport through the National Lottery. The Programme focuses on identifying talent, developing potential and maximising medal-winning performances on the world stage. The GB Nations Cup team are funded and supported by the World Class Programme, however selection onto a Nations Cup team does not constitute an automatic invitation to World Class Programme training or onto the World Class Programme (selection criteria for this Programme can be found on the BEF website).
"The man at the council offices in the Isle of Wight said that if they stopped adopting/resurfacing bridle paths, the council would need to close down that department" - Tony Barnett
Says Sandra Smith
The 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
Horsewoman is crushed to death after her mount falls and lands on top of her as they took part in a hunt
- Sue Webb, 64, of East Sussex, was thrown from her saddle at a jump and her horse landed on top of her, crushing her to death
- She was riding with the Mid Surrey Farmers Draghounds when she died
- She joined the board of the British Show Horse Association in 2007 where she had a special interest in supporting and promoting amateur owners and riders
The BHS and Maureen Comber
How the BHS treats somebody who has been a loyal, dedicated and hard-working member for over 50 years.
It is now 993 days since the BHS shamefully dismissed Maureen Comber after more than 50-years of dedicated and hard-working service.
Still 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.
Horse for Sale!
Says Adrienne Yentis
A 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
Survey needs YOU
to help give horses a better future.
Health Survey (NEHS) will help make a lifetime of difference to horses. Run by leading charity Blue Cross, in partnership with the British Equine Veterinary Association, NEHS is a unique opportunity for horse owners to give feedback about the health of their horses, ponies and donkeys so that the most common diseases and problems be identified, prioritised and addressed.
Over the past six years NEHS has developed to become one of the UK's most important endemic disease monitoring initiative. The results are referenced in leading veterinary and equestrian publications and papers and are regarded as valuable benchmarks for our general knowledge of horse health.
Last year survey records were returned for almost 17,000 horses ponies, donkeys and mules and the six most notable disease syndromes identified (recorded as percentages of those recorded as suffering from health problems) were:
1. Lameness 32.9% including laminitis (compared to 24.4% in 2015, 21% in 2014, 19.2% in 2013 and 12.9% in 2010-12).
2. Skin diseases (sweet itch, mud fever, rainscald, external parasites, skin tumours and wounds) 25.5% compared to 17.2% in 2015 (18.3% in 2014, 14.6% in 2013 and 15.2% in 2010-12).
3. Laminitis 6.8% compared to 6.4% in 2015 (7.1% in 2014, 4.4% in 2013 and 3.6% in 2010-12).
4. PPID ('Equine Cushing's Disease) 6.6%. This is similar to the high prevalence of PPID reported in 2015 (6.4%) and 2014 (5.6%) and possibly reflects increased surveillance through sponsored testing programmes as opposed to true increases in prevalence from the pre-2014 surveys.
5. Recurrent Airway Obstruction 5.6% compared to 6.7% in 2015 (6.9% in 2014, 4.2% in 2013 and 3.6% in 2010-12).
6. Back problems 5.5% compared to 7% in 2015 (7.7% in 2014, 5% in 2013 and 3% in 2010-12).
Blue Cross Education Officer Gemma Taylor said: "Please put the date in your diary now and persuade your friends to do the same. The more data we can collect from the National Equine Health Survey the more robust our results will be, helping us to steer equine awareness, education and research to keep our horses healthier."
Visit www.bluecross.org.uk/NEHS or email NEHS@bluecross.org.uk to register. If you take part you will have the chance to win some amazing prizes such as a pair of Lister Star Clippers and a pair of Burford Ariat Wellington Boots.
To find out more about Blue Cross's rescue and rehoming work with horses and ponies visit bluecross.org.uk
Says Linda Wright
We 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
Father picks up daughter from school - on horseback
I 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
Lansdown Place Wealth Management visit HorseWorld's Discovery Courses
Animal rescue charity, HorseWorld welcomed two members of staff from Lansdown Place Wealth Management Ltd who came to present a cheque for £500 last week.
"It was incredible to see the synergy between the rescued horses and children." Said Nicola "To be able to help the horses and then have them go on to help the children is really something special" HorseWorld's Discovery Courses use horses as a unique tool in a series of highly interactive sessions to provide a programme of multi-sensory teaching, promoting learning and emotional growth.
The courses are aimed at young people aged six to 19 who may be outside mainstream schooling due to learning disabilities or behavioural difficulties (or at risk of under-achieving).
Many, but by no means all, may come from dysfunctional and chaotic backgrounds. Discovery can have particular benefits for young people within the autistic spectrum and those with ADHD.
"We raised the funds for HorseWorld over the last year as the Discovery Courses really struck a chord with us." Said Nicola.
"We have worked with HorseWorld for the past 10 years so we knew quite a bit about their work rescuing, rehabilitating and rehoming horses in need but to be able to see the way these horses work with the children was amazing."
Sharon Howell who runs the Discovery courses introduced Nicola and Steve to some of the horses and the children.
"We are so grateful for this donation." Said Sharon.
"It will help to pay for the equipment needed for the courses and will help to keep the horses healthy."
Implementing Equine Research
GATES 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
NAF Shining Star for January 2017.
Fourteen year-old Amelia Brenna-Vaccaro from York, a bubbly and enthusiastic member of the North Yorkshire Junior Academy, has been awarded the NAF Shining Star for January 2017.
Amelia was nominated for the award by Lead Coach Hannah Barker who said the following about her nominee "Amelia has been a constant member of our junior Area academy. She has two 148cm ponies she brings, which she is bringing on and competing successfully. Recently she has qualified for Blue Chip. Amelia is always smiling and enthusiastic to coach, she listens well and her and her ponies are constantly improving. Amelia totally understands the importance of her flatwork and training. It is great to see her win this award to encourage her enthusiasm"
Amelia began her ridden career on Hamish, the tiny coloured terror whom she rode in the show ring at the tender age of two years-old. From there she progressed, at the age of six years-old, where she would take Tilly the 12.2hh pony that would take on anything but only at a trot. It is was on board Tilly that Amelia learned to jump and in 2014 Amelia joined British Showjumping after being kindly lent a friend showjumping pony. They hit it off straight away making it through to the 128 cm Stepping Stones at the British Showjumping National Championships, finishing in an amazing 8th place.
When she was told of her award Amelia said, "I was so surprised when my mum told me. It is really over whelming to think I have been picked out of all the nominees from throughout the country and that Hannah has taken the time to nominate me! Being a member of the academy has really helped boost my confidence. There is something different to challenge you in each session and it is always something you would not think of doing at home. I want to say a big thank you to Hannah for nominating me and for being such a great Coach!"
We 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
Equi-Thème Star Mesh Sheet
Want a fun new mesh sheet perfect for the warmer weather? Tired of the plain designs? Equi-Thème has created the Star Mesh Sheet to brighten up your horse's rug wardrobe.
This cool design is available in Navy with White stars covering the sheet.
Made from 100% polyester with durable polypropylene low-cross surcingles and tail strap, the Star Mesh Sheet fastens at the front with chromed metal buckles for a secure fit.
Sizes include: 5'3" to 6'6". RRP: £27.90
For more information visit: www.equi-theme.com
Says Steve Yandall
Grazing is always used as an excuse for fencing And fencing creates problems for riders read more
Says Naomi Smith
It 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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