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26 September 2016
"Without horseytalk we might as well all dig a hole and jump into it."
- Maureen Comber
HORSES SEIZED IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT BY BAILIFFS ACTING FOR BRIGHTON AND HOVE COUNCIL
"Who comes creeping in like a thief at 1am if their legal business is legitimate??!!" - Illawarra Flame
A few times over the past three years the Stanmore Horses stables have been visited by the RSPCA following anonymous complaints. They have never found any substantial issues, once or twice they pointed out minor problems, these were immediately treated with veterinary assistance if needed.
The Animals Act only provides for removal of horses with the 'occupier's consent', which they did not have,
PREMISES AND STABLES BARRICADED
Says Danny Cross, Stanmore Horses
I was awoken to be told all of my 38 horses had been taken Apparently this was done from 1 am, in the middle of the night, with a Police Officer present.
As one of the horses is nearly blind and several do not trust people they do not know, I can only assume they were drugged in some way to help catch them & put head collars on them.
The only contact I had was a voicemail message from Guy Streeter (Savills) saying they had taken my horses, I have had no other contact from them or anyone else. The premises have now had concrete bollards put up to bar entry and being guarded by security. The first communication I received from GRC Bailiffs was an email sent to my partner on Wednesday 21st September saying how to 'claim' my horses back. I find this both strange and annoying as both the council and smithsgore/savills have my email and postal address, which they happily use when it suits them.
On advice from solicitors I have submitted claims for the horses which I have paperwork for (about 15). Unfortunately for the rest I concentrated on looking after them rather than worrying about paperwork.
There have been lots of nasty statements and rumours, such as two of the horses have already been shot; it will cost £5,000 per horse to get back; the horses were partly taken as a welfare issue; the council will not return any horses to me as they consider I am not fit to keep them; they will not be sold but rehomed with charitable institutions.
GRC bailiffs, who have not told me where my horses are, have acknowledged my claims & say they are 'validating' them.
Some of these horses need regular medication & some have trust issues due to previous abuse, but they were taken anyway & I do not know where they are or how to get them back.
I would really appreciate any help I can get, to save these horses.
"Danny's love and dedication goes far beyond anything I have ever seen or witnessed before and I doubt I will ever again , horses are his heartbeat and the air he breathes , he has only wanted the best for his horses . Danny is loved by us all at the yard and the villagers of Stanmer and most importantly by his horses"
"I find it strange that the police became involved with civil proceedings, may I inquire into whether or not PC Richard Hall was given directions by a senior police officer and what statement was given in support to enlist police attendance."
Tony Barnett writes to Chief Constable Bernie O'Reilly
"I wish to bring to your attention a most despicable low lowlife act by one of your colleagues ... "
Tony Barnett writes to the Chief Executive of Brighton and Hove Council, Geoff Raw
I just love the first page of horseytalk
Tony Barnett has done amazingly with the forestry commission fight
Please pass my congratulations to him
Interesting Idea - a Horse Bike
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
Horses rescued from drowning in Knott End, Lancashire
One of the horses rescued from the rising tides
Two horses have been saved from drowning in rising tides near Fleetwood, Lancashire.
The horses got stuck in mud as they were being ridden on a beach by the slipway near Quail Holme Road, Knott End at about 10:30 BST on Sunday.
The Fleetwood-Knott End ferry and two kayakers helped with the rescue operation along with RNLI, coastguards and Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service.HM Coastguard Fleetwood said the horses were rescued "in the nick of time".
The coastguard said on its Facebook page the ferry to transport the rescue team over the river "saving a good 30 minute dash".
It added: "After a huge effort both horses were saved from drowning.
"Excellent multi agency teamwork, 2 relieved riders and 2 very excited horses when they were reunited."
The mother of one of the owners said they were "terrified"
The horses were rescued "in the nick of time" said coastguards
One of the coastguards said: "I will be shouting the horses name in my sleep tonight. It was unbelievable the sound both horses made when they met afterwards they were very pleased to see each other to say the least."
Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service warned of the dangers of the riding by the edge of the water.
It said: "We don't want anyone going riding out there because it's extremely soft sand."
Sue Carr who said her daughter owns one of the horses thanked emergency services involved in the rescue on Facebook.
She said: "Can't thank you enough. We were so terrified. That horse is my daughter's baby. Endlessly in your debt."
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 816 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.
Watch & Learn!
Says Steve McCarron
What is the point of the OPEN SPACES SOCIETY if it does not act to preserve open spaces ..............
FEI CELEBRATES DRUG FREE GAMES
Denmark's Stinna Tange Kaastrup and Smarties, double bronze medallists Rio 2016 Paralympics, grade 1b (Liz Gregg/FEI)
The FEI is proud to announce that all human and equine samples taken during the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games have returned negative, making for back-to-back clean Paralympic games for para-equestrian sport, from both London 2012 and Rio 2016.
This follows the recent announcement by the FEI of back-to-back clean Olympic Games for the Rio 2016 and London 2012 Games.
A total of 38 equine samples were taken during the Games and sent for testing at the FEI's Central Laboratory in Newmarket (GBR), one of the five FEI Approved Laboratories worldwide.
Human testing, which is conducted by the IPC during the Paralympic Games, also returned 100% negatives for the equestrian athletes that were sampled.
Six days of top level competition at the Rio 2016 Paralympics saw Team GB continue its unbeaten Paralympic record with another team gold, with members Sophie Christensen (grade 1a) and Natasha Baker (grade II) becoming 2016 triple gold medallists when successfully defending their London 2012 titles.
Belgium's London 2012 champion Michèle George (grade IV) also successfully defended her Individual Freestyle gold, with Ann Cathrin Lübbe (NOR) topping the grade III Individual Championship, and Lee Pearson (GBR) winning yet another Individual Freestyle grade 1b. Sanna Voets (NED), Individual Freestyle grade III, Sophie Wells (GBR), Individual Championship grade IV and Pepo Puch (AUT) Individual Championship grade 1b, all topped the 2016 podium.
The Games also saw Uruguay field a para-equestrian athlete for the first time, and the host nation won bronze in the Individual Freestyle grade 1a with Sergio Olivia, the first Paralympic equestrian medal for Brazil since 2008.
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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
Multi-agency operation to microchip ponies of Bodmin Moor a great success
An ambitious four-day operation (12-17th September 2016), developed by Redwings in collaboration with the Bodmin Moor Commons Council, saw over 160 ponies rounded up for passporting and microchipping.
Led by our Head of Welfare and Behaviour Nic de Brauwere and funded by the Elise Pilkington Charitable Trust, the project involved colleagues from the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) and Bodmin Moor Commons Council, as well as Blue Cross, Bransby Horses, British Horse Society, RSPCA and World Horse Welfare coming together to formally identify the ponies on the Moor in order to secure their future welfare.
"The fundamental aim of this project," explains Nic, "was to formally identify the ponies of owners who have rights to graze on the Moor through microchipping and issuing passports. This safeguards the future of the ponies both by ensuring all the owners adhere to their responsibilities to their animals' care and by preventing any unscrupulous individuals seeing the Moor as a dumping ground or opportunity to fly-graze their horses."
The plight of the ponies on Bodmin Moor has been well documented; indeed, this operation sees our third visit to the area this year
A lack of formal identification of horses and a lack of enforcement of identification laws has led to ponies being abandoned or illegally grazed. This overcrowding (in particular a high population of stallions), coupled with poor grazing as a result of adverse weather conditions, has made life for the ponies of Bodmin Moor particularly difficult.
The work of the animal welfare charities and Commons Council in helping the horses of Bodmin Moor has also attracted the support of MP for North Cornwall Scott Mann, who has championed the microchipping operation and attended on Thursday 15th September. Scott Mann MP said:
"We had a number of people contact our constituency office with concerns for the ponies on the Moor, particularly during the spring months. I felt the welfare of the ponies was an important issue to take on and so this project was something I was eager to be a part of."
In total, over 160 ponies were rounded up for processing during the operation. Sixteen unclaimed ponies – some of which required urgent veterinary attention and others whose condition was such that they will not survive the winter – were rescued from the Moor and brought back to Redwings. The Mare and Foal Sanctuary and the RSPCA also offered homes to ponies, and pledges for more homes were made by Bransby Horses and Blue Cross.
As well as distinguishing ponies that are legally and illegally grazed, this operation was also designed to assess the health and condition of the ponies. The ponies on the Moor are largely feral and unhandled so all those rounded up received a full health check and worming.
"Without the facilities and handling skills of Redwings and partner welfare organisations we simply wouldn't be able to get close enough to microchip these semi-feral ponies," reflected APHA Veterinary Officer Lorna Stevenson. "The whole operation has been a real pleasure to witness and be part of. It has been carried out in a calm, quiet and professional manner without causing any undue stress to the animals and it has also given us a valuable opportunity to assess the health status of the ponies so we can build a picture of the welfare issues affecting those on the Moor.
"It is also great to see the commoners involved in this operation as ultimately it is the commoners' responsibility to ensure the future welfare of the ponies and they will be able to do so with the guidance and support of the charities."
Echoing Lorna's comments, Commons Council Secretary Julie Dowton said: "This operation is a huge step forward for Bodmin Moor. Problems with formal identification of the ponies and associated welfare issues have been occurring for many, many years, and we simply could not solve them alone, so my heartfelt thanks goes out to everyone involved this past week".
Tips on How to Manage the Winter
Most winters and with very few exceptions, the horses' fields can end up looking like a war zone. Huge puddles and churned up ground can be an owner's nightmare when trying to keep horses clean and mud fever free.
Plaiting your horses or ponies tail into a hunting knot prevents it becoming all knotted and is easier to brush through and it is also worth spraying on product to help keep it tangle and knot free.
Special training courses to tackle loose horses on the roads
The Horse Trust recently ran the first two pilot courses for Highways England which was an extreme success.
Horses loose on road networks are a dangerous prospect, both for public safety and equine welfare so these courses hope to improve the safety of Traffic Officers and in turn the welfare of horses.
This is why The Horse Trust and the British Animal Rescue and Trauma Care Association (BARTA) are developing bespoke courses, tailor made to meet the needs of anyone whose job may cause them to encounter horses in their everyday activities enabling a common approach and understanding.
The Horse Trust will be rolling out training to 1024 Highways England Traffic Officers, who look after the safety of the public, dealing with around 120 horse related incidents on motorway networks each year.
The attendees cover the essential elements of horse behaviour. They then apply these skills practically by approaching and catching loose horses, moving horses that cannot be caught and loading, taking into account the horse's natural instincts and how they learn.
During the courses emphasis will be placed on reducing anxiety and minimising further stress by having an awareness of how horses react during dynamic and frightening situations. Responders can use this knowledge to facilitate ways of calming the situation and controlling the scene in order to resolve it using the skills they have received, coupled with resources and other agencies in place to support them.
This training is a major step forward in organisational planning to resolve the challenges animals place on their staff and safeguard the public and The Horse Trust is proud to be delivering this. This also goes hand in hand with the training already delivered to the Police and Fire and Rescue Service.
The feedback from Traffic Officer's was extremely positive:
"Fantastic day, I am now more confident in handling horses, despite never doing anything with them before"
"Interesting day, an excellent presentation and demonstration from Charlotte"
"Excellent day, I really enjoyed it. I definitely feel more confident in dealing with animals, great practical sessions"
"A very good fundamental course on understanding animal behaviour, prior to our approach to animals on the network. Charlotte was particularly professional and taught at a clear level. The Horse Trust organisation is professional and a perfect host for this course. An excellent course and look forward to further development. Good course, thank you"
The Training Manager Charlotte Launder said "The course was extremely successful, it is extremely important that responders understand how horses behave, particularly when frightened in order to lessen their trauma and to keep those attending them, and the public, safe. It is really rewarding to see the responders grow in confidence when handling and dealing with horses".
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
Scientists discover horses can communicate with humans
- Horses can learn to use symbols boards for communication with humans
- They could indicate if they wanted a blanket put on, taken off or stay same
- Learned the task after training for 10 to 15 minutes a day over two weeks
"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
Environment Secretary Andrea Leadsom plans a free vote to ditch the ban on fox hunting before the next election
The former Tory leadership contender wants free Commons vote on issue
The offer of a vote formed a key part of her campaign during the summer
Aides say she is still able to fulfil the pledge despite losing to Theresa May
Says Steve Yandall
Grazing is always used as an excuse for fencing And fencing creates problems for riders read more
It's a hard life!
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
Backing for Government's moves
Says Countryside Alliance Chief Executive Tim Bonner
You may have seen reports this week that the Government was 'pushing' for a vote on the Hunting Act. Whilst I am sure that the Prime Minister, the Secretary of State for Environment and most of the cabinet would happily see the back of the ban, I am equally certain that it is not at the top of their agenda.
The Government was elected on a manifesto commitment to hold a vote and that will remain its position, but unfortunately, as we saw again last year when the SNP intervened on amendments to the law in England and Wales, the hunting debate is rarely straightforward, nor does it have much to do with foxes or hounds. Whilst hunting retains incredibly strong support within the Conservative party and from nearly all rural MPs there is an ingrained political prejudice which means that resolving this issue will remain difficult. We will, however, work with the Government to achieve just that.
Meanwhile new figures from the Government show that whilst 48 people were convicted or cautioned under the Hunting Act in 2015 not a single one of them had anything to do with a hunt. Ten hunting people were prosecuted by the CPS, or privately by the League Against Cruel Sports and RSPCA, but not a single one of them was found guilty. Just as we predicted the ban has achieved absolutely nothing other than to waste hundreds of hours of police and court time, and thousands of pounds of taxpayers money as animal rights activists pursue pointless vendettas.
As hounds are out again autumn hunting we can be proud of the resilience and determination which has seen hunts through the dark days of uncertainty when the ban came into force, to the relative calm of another new season. We will never rest until the ban on hunting is overturned, and we can be absolutely confident that hunting will survive for as long as that takes.
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
A third of UK horses are lame reveals horse survey
A third of the UK's horses (32.9%) were recorded as lame during this year's National Equine Health Survey (NEHS). Consistent with previous surveys lameness was shown to be more likely to be caused by conditions such as osteoarthritis in the limb rather than problems in the foot.
Blue Cross carries out NEHS in May each year, in partnership with the British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA). It is sponsored by Dodson & Horrell and Zoetis and supported by the UK's leading equestrian organisations and charities. This year saw a 14% increase in participation compared to 2015, with survey records returned for almost 16,751 horses, ponies, donkeys and mules and 5635 people taking part. Most horses were kept in livery or a private yard and used for leisure and hacking.
Lameness has been consistently seen as the most common syndrome affecting horses in the NEHS results year on year. In the latest survey a total of 32.9% (24.4% in 2015) of horses and ponies were recorded as lame. Overall, as in previous years, lameness in the limb was more common than lameness caused by problems in the foot. A breakdown of the types of lameness revealed that 47.4% were recorded as suffering from proximal limb lameness (the limb above the foot), 31.9% from causes of foot lameness other than laminitis and 20.7% from laminitis. Degenerative joint disease (including foot and proximal limb) was the most frequently reported single cause of lameness (41.2% of all lameness) and the most frequently reported joint affected by DJD was the hock (15.3% of all lameness).
Reports of foot lameness (excluding laminitis) more than doubled this year at 10.5% (4.5% in 2015) of all syndromes reported with pus in the foot being the most frequently recorded problem. This could possibly be attributed to the persistent wet weather during and prior to the survey, which can increase susceptibility to the condition.
Josh Slater from the Royal Veterinary College, who is a member of BEVA's Health & Medicines Committee and analysed the NEHS data, said: "The data gleaned from the Survey remains consistent year on year, confirming the reliability of our findings for benchmarking, referencing and research. This year's increase in overall lameness may be in part attributed to the higher incidence of pus in the foot but may also be because owners are becoming more aware of lameness issues. Ongoing research on lameness has generated significant media coverage over the past year, helping to raise understanding of the importance of accurate diagnosis and treatment both from welfare and performance perspectives."
The six most notable disease syndromes identified in the 2016 National Equine Health Survey are:
Gemma Taylor, Education Officer at Blue Cross said: "The significant increase in participation again this year shows that owners and keepers of horses are really getting behind the Survey and recognising its importance in safeguarding the future health and of the UK's horses. Over the past year NEHS data has been referred to in leading equestrian and veterinary media, showing its credibility as a valuable benchmarking reference."
Further news on the important findings of this year's NEHS will be disclosed as it becomes available. The 2016 NEHS survey results are now available.
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
Pupils at Duchess of Cambridge's old £35,000-a-year college buy their own RACEHORSE
- Pupils at Marlborough College have bought a racehorse for £35,000
- Boys joined forces with their housemaster to buy half share in gelding
- Boys called horse Pack It In after the phrase used by their housemaster
Magistrates Deliver Prison Sentence
For Horse Neglect
A 25 year old man from South Yorkshire was handed an 18-week custodial sentence and a lifetime ban on keeping equines after a group of ponies was removed from his care last winter.
World Horse Welfare was called to a youngster in distress and Field Officer Sarah Tucker attended as a matter of urgency, finding the 6 month old foal collapsed. With the assistance of the RSPCA, Bransby Horses, a vet and the Police, the foal and two other ponies were removed from the field under the Animal Welfare Act (2006). Matthew Groves from Howbeck Drive, Edlington failed to comply with a Warning Notice issued by the RSPCA over the remaining two ponies regarding provision of a suitable diet and so in early January they were also legally removed due to their deteriorating condition.
Sarah Tucker says: "I can only describe the scene I faced last December as tragic. The collapsed foal had clearly been in a distressed state for some time. Because he was so weak we decided World Horse Welfare's closest Rescue and Rehoming Centre was too much of a journey for this urgent case, so we worked with Bransby Horses to take them to the safety of their Lincoln centre."
She continues: "It was a relief to be able to remove the horses; however despite vet Lynn Mabbit's best efforts to save the colt foal, very sadly he died shortly after he was rescued. The sentence reflected the severity of this case and it is reassuring to know that Mr Groves will no longer be permitted to keep horses."
As well as the custodial sentence and lifetime ban, Mansfield Magistrates Court ordered that Mr Groves pay £750 costs and £80 victim surcharge.
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
Be ware of heavy machinery transporter.
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
New Crystal Helmet with a Difference
The new Equit'M Air Microfiber Helmet/Crystal is part of the Air Helmet Range.
Equit'M pride themselves in the look and style of this collection due to the perfect synergy between technology and design.
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With the outer shell made of polycarbonate, ABS composite and EPS skull cap, the hat offers great protection against shocks.
Five stainless steel air vents are situated on the helmet to provide ventilation for the rider.
Inside, the hat has an inner freshness lining in memory foam padded mesh, which is removable so it can be washed.
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With a shiny chromed insert and black air vents on either side, the hat is a great piece of rider equipment.
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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
Professor Stuart Reid was awarded the British Veterinary Association's (BVA) most prestigious scientific award for the distinctive contribution he has made as an exceptional veterinary academic and a gifted researcher at BVA Members' Day in Bristo.
The Dalrymple-Champneys Cup and Medal is presented each year to a member of BVA to mark and recognise the work of outstanding merit which it is considered will encourage the advancement of veterinary science.
The award also recognises Stuart's "outstanding" contributions to the profession, both at the national and international level, including his recent presidency of the RCVS, his senior office at the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges and his chairmanship of the European Committee on Veterinary Education. Stuart has been a Trustee for The Donkey Sanctuary since 1996 and was appointed Chair in 2007. Stuart was the first elected President of the European College of Veterinary Public Health.
Head of Trustees for The Donkey Sanctuary, Professor Stuart Reid said: "It is a huge honour and an enormous privilege to be recognised by the British Veterinary Association; the fact that it is the Dalrymple-Champneys Cup and Medal is truly humbling. The advancement of veterinary science happens in every facet of our profession – the practices, labs, offices, consulting rooms, on farm, in lecture halls and in surgeries…everywhere, home and abroad. I have been fortunate enough to work with colleagues – both veterinary and non-veterinary – in all of these environments and I like to think that if the contributions arising from these collaborations are judged worthy, it is very much a recognition of the collegiate approach and the efforts of the entire team. Our futures will depend upon us advancing veterinary science ever more rapidly in our changing world – the BVA and its cognate organisations have a central role to play and the Dalrymple-Champneys Award speaks directly to this important agenda. I am delighted to be this year's recipient."
Awarding the Dalrymple-Champneys Cup and Medal for 2016, BVA President Sean Wensley said: "It gives me real pleasure to present this award to Stuart. He is a popular and deserving recipient. As his nominator said 'It would be difficult to propose a more illustrious candidate for the Dalyrmple-Champneys award'".
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