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Woman dies in horse-drawn carriage crash

The crash happened on Uttoxeter Road, near the junction with Jolpool Lane
The crash happened on Uttoxeter Road, near the junction with Jolpool Lane

A woman was killed and a man suffered serious injuries when the horse-drawn carriage they were riding in crashed.

The 60-year-old woman, Valerie Ann Gilbert from Stone, Staffordshire, died in hospital as a result of her injuries, the Staffordshire force said. was a passenger in the blue four-wheeled carriage, which crashed in Hilderstone, Staffordshire.

She was airlifted to hospital where she died, Staffordshire Police said.

The driver, a 55-year-old man, suffered serious leg injuries. No other vehicles were involved.

The carriage, which was being pulled by one brown horse, came to a stop near Heath Farm, about 500 yards away from the initial accident on Uttoxeter Road, near the junction with Jolpool Lane.

The horse was not badly hurt, police said.

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Tony Barnett has done amazingly with the forestry commission fightTony Barnett has done amazingly with the forestry commission fight

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Errr - Thought they were for trotting over!

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

Horse pain study

Vets applaud new method to assess equine performance 

Begorrah. Horse found in back of van

The next stage of the AHT's Dr Sue Dyson's facial expressions and horse pain research has taken place. The behaviour ethogram1 has been put to the test on a panel of vets as a new method for assessing equine performance. How accurately the vets used the ethogram to assess pain in ridden horses during the study day will now be assessed. The participating vets collectively commended the value of the ethogram, which defines 24 ridden behaviours that may reflect pain and lameness in ridden horses.

The study was conducted at World Horse Welfare's centre in Norfolk on 21July. Twenty horse and rider combinations, together with a range of professional practitioners, volunteered their time to support the study, which has the potential to transform the welfare of ridden horses. This research is a crucial step in the verification of the use of a behaviour ethogram to help vets detect low-grade musculoskeletal pain in ridden horses. We hope this study will change the way vets assess horse behaviour and recognise pain, leading to improved diagnosis of musculoskeletal conditions in horses all over the world.

Dr Sue Dyson said:  "The behavioural differences between the lame and non-lame horses in the study were very apparent. I am currently cross-referencing analysis of the volunteers' results with me as the Gold Standard. Early indications show that by giving vets a clear understanding of pain associated behaviour markers they will be better able to recognise pain-related behaviour in ridden horses, which may reflect lameness, and to communicate potential performance problems more effectively with their clients." 

An overview of this study will be presented at the Saddle Research Trust Conference in December.

What happened on the study day?

Initially the horses were assessed by Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Animal Therapy (ACPAT) physiotherapist, Jo Spear. The back was examined to check for any areas of muscle tightness or discomfort. Society of Master Saddlers (SMS) Saddle Fitter, Liz Suddaby, checked the fit, placement, balance and suitability of each horse's saddle. The horses were then given a 15 minute ridden warm-up before executing an 8-minute purpose-designed dressage test.

During the dressage test a team of 10 equine vets, selected from 40 volunteers, scored each horse for the presence of 24 behaviours that may reflect pain.  The tests were filmed so that Dr. Dyson could make a comparison between her own real-time behaviour assessments and video analysis and so that the rider skill level could be scored retrospectively by Dr Anne Bondi BHSI.

The ten equine vets, four men and six women, who varied in their years of experience, collectively said that it was one of the best days of continual professional development that they had ever had and that they would change their procedures for both pre-purchase examinations and investigations of either lameness or poor performance in the future.

Helen Whitbread of Deben Valley Equine Veterinary Clinic summarised: "This system is such a useful tool; most of the factors we were scoring were not a surprise, but by being able to quantify the pain in a way that a client can understand and relate to is priceless.  Too often in the past our suggestions that a horse is demonstrating abnormal ridden behaviour because of pain has been brushed aside as 'it has always done that'. Now I can say, for example: 'Yes, it has scored >8 and is therefore likely to have been in musculoskeletal pain the whole time you have owned it'."  

Read more about this project here and here

Reference

1. Dyson, S, Berger, J, Ellis, A, Mullard, J. Development of an ethogram for a pain scoring system in ridden horses and its application to determine the presence of musculoskeletal pain. J Vet Behav: Clin Appl Res doi:10.1016/j.jveb.2017.10.008

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What is the point of the OPEN SPACES SSteve McCarronOCIETY if it does not act to preserve open spaces ..............
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There's always one...

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As it was very popular with the royalty of British society, it soon earned the title of "Sport of Kings". With racing taking place in Britain all year, there is always some interesting top-notch events not to be missed.

No matter whether you just want to keep yourself updated or bet on races, by registering at betway.com, you will find everything you need to know about horse racings and many other kinds of sport betting.

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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

Strangles information pack

Strangles is a prevalent disease, with more than 600 outbreaks recorded on average in the UK each year. But it doesn't have to be this way.

Redwings are striving to protect horses, owners, businesses and the wider equestrian community from the misery caused by this highly infectious disease through their award-winning "Stamp Out Strangles" campaign – and a primary tool to achieve this is their strangles information pack.

Download your copy here.

Drawing upon a wealth of in-house expertise their strangles pack contains practical advice for identifying, preventing and managing strangles in your horse and on your yard.

This second edition has also benefited from being peer reviewed by leading experts in biosecurity and horse owner education, including Dr Andrew Waller (AHT), Jan Rogers (Horse Trust), Professor Josh Slater (Royal Veterinary College), Roly Owers (World Horse Welfare), and has been endorsed by the British Horse Society and the British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA).

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Confidence is the key when it comes to cross-country, knowing that you and your horse can do it and have faith in each other throughout the round.

When walking the cross-country course it is important to look at the lines to take to each fence and the quickest way to get there safely
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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

Animal cruelty maximum sentences will be increased government confirms

Animal cruelty maximum sentences will be increased government confirms

Tougher sentences for animal cruelty move step closer following results of consultation

Animal abusers who commit the most heinous crimes will face up to five years in jail after draft legislation set out by Environment Secretary Michael Gove gained strong support from welfare groups and the public.

Currently the maximum sentence is six months but following a consultation the Government has today confirmed it will legislate to increase that tenfold for serious offences, sending a clear sign there is no place for animal cruelty in England.

The draft Animal Welfare (Sentencing and Recognition of Sentience) Bill was put out to consultation in December 2017.

The consultation also set out proposals to ensure animal sentience is reflected in domestic law when we leave the EU. A summary of responses has been published today and work on this will continue.

But in line with the recommendation from the EFRA Committee, earlier this year, legislation on sentencing will be brought forward separately so courts have the powers available to them.

Animal Welfare Minister, Lord Gardiner said:

This Government is making good on our commitment to make the UK a world leader in the care and protection of animals as we leave the EU.

Our proposals to raise maximum sentences for animal abusers attracted strong support. We will now legislate so courts have the power to punish offenders properly.

We will also continue to work with welfare organisations to ensure that animal sentience is properly recognised in our legislation once we have left the EU.

The Government also supported the Animal Welfare (Service Animals) Bill, introduced to Parliament by Sir Oliver Heald MP. The Bill, which passed its second reading in July, will ensure service animals such as police dogs and horses will be offered greater protection. The proposed legislation will remove a section of the current law of self-defence, often used by those who harm a service animal in the process of committing a crime.

The plans to increase maximum sentences follow a number of shocking cases where courts have said they would have handed down longer sentences had they been available.

These include a case last year when a man trained dogs to ruthlessly torture other animals, including trapping a fox and a terrier dog in a cage to brutally attack each other.

These plans are part of wider programme of reform to cement the UK's position as a global leader on animal welfare. This includes making CCTV mandatory in all English slaughterhouses and taking steps to control the export of live farm animals for slaughter as we leave the EU.

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 1501

It is now 1501 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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Maureen Comber was treated by the BHS

"Well. We all think BHS should apologise to Maureen Comber so there. You're outvoted."

"Well. We all think BHS should apologise to Maureen Comber so there. You're outvoted."

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

Big reduction in number of horses transported long-distance across Europe for slaughter 

Big reduction in number of horses transported long-distance across Europe for slaughter

Latest figures* show the number of horses suffering long-distance transportation across Europe for slaughter has reduced from around 50,000 in 2012 to around 30,000 in 2016.

This is undoubtedly positive news and shows that the campaign is succeeding thanks to your help, but it is still 30,000 too many.

Find out more about the history of WHW campaign and the next steps towards ending this needless trade:

WHW are calling for the European Commission to introduce a short, finite journey limit of 9-12 hours, ending the torment caused by these relentless journeys. Their ition to the Commission already has over 26,000 signatures but we still need more whilst Britain's voice still counts in Europe.

Please sign today

*Figures from TRACES, Eurostat and World Horse Welfare investigations

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

 

British Racing Welfare

Feedmark - Weighing up the value of ponies

Weighing up the value of ponies

Are you a show pony, with fine limbs, elegant lines and natural grace? Or do you have the stamp of a show cob, with a chunky build, powerful stride and the ability to put on weight at the sniff of a crisp packet?

Beauty and talent comes in all shapes and sizes, whether you're talking about horses or people. And as long as you are fit, healthy and realistic about the type of horse or pony you expect to carry you, you shouldn't feel guilty if you can't fit into a pair of size 8 breeches.

Of course, no one wants to see an animal's welfare compromised. The general advice that the combined weight of rider and saddle should not exceed 20% of the pony's weight is accepted by most; as a rough guideline, that means an up-to-height Dartmoor pony should be comfortable carrying around 69kg in total.

Unfortunately, publicity over policing at the Great Yorkshire Show, where some adult riders were asked to dismount, has had unfortunate repercussions. Some people now have the impression that our native breeds – and not just the Dartmoor, Exmoor,Welsh A and Welsh B, who are amongst the small breeds category -  should only be ridden by children.

There are plenty of adults who are light enough to satisfy the 20% guideline. There are also plenty of individual ponies who are more suited to an adult rider, either because of their powerful way of going, level of experience, or both.

We should also remember that native ponies were bred to do a job, and that job was far harder than the average workload of today's animals.

For instance, the Exmoor Pony Society says the breed "was used by the hill farmers to undertake all kinds of work from being ridden for shepherding to being used in harness for ploughing, harrowing, taking feed to stock and the farmer's family to market and church. Today, their sturdy build makes them excellent family ponies, being small enough for a child but with enough substance and length of stride to make an excellent mount for a small adult."

The Rare Breeds Survival Trust's watch list says that the Dartmoor and Exmoor are endangered. The Fell pony and Highland are vulnerable and the New Forest pony is at risk.

Weighing up the value of ponies

If you're a (reasonably) small adult, please don't automatically "think big" when you're looking for a new equine partner. Small can also mean long-striding and versatile, as I discovered when I fell for a Fell pony. I'm 5ft 6in and 55kg; he's only 13.2hh, but we have huge fun.

Don't automatically raise the bar in your expectations. Lower it, to 14.2hh or below. You won't regret it – and if you're an adult riding a native pony, we'd love to see your pictures!

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

Rare Breeds Survival Trust 

These gentle giants were once a familiar sight in every town and village, but are now at risk of being lost forever. Find out how you can help save these iconic breeds

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

Rehomed pony celebrates 40th birthday

Orphaned foals find new home together

It's not every day that a horse turns 40, but that's exactly what happened last week as Gatewood Ella celebrated the milestone birthday with her rehomer Jo.

Companion pony Ella came to World Horse Welfare Glenda Spooner Farm back in 2008 following concerns for a group of horses near Southampton.  Ella was underweight, covered in lice and generally in poor condition when she arrived.

Sara, a yard supervisor at World Horse Welfare, remembers the day Ella arrived:

"Ella was in quite a sorry state when she came to us. As well as being thin and covered in lice, her teeth were really overgrown which was causing her considerable problems when she tried to eat.


Ella on arrival at World Horse Welfare

"She was quite old even back then but it's amazing how after a few months she was back in good physical condition and was starting to show her real lust for life." 

After spending some time on loan to continue her rehabilitation, she was rehomed in 2010. After spending the first couple of years in her new home going to local shows to take part in the in-hand veteran classes – where she was by far the oldest competitor - Ella is now enjoying her twilight years as a companion.

"She still has moments of cantering around the field with her tail in the air like a two year old!"

Rehomer Jo tells us:

"Nowadays Ella is happy to relax in the field with her two companions. She's very nosey and likes to 'help' with the gardening and feeding the goats and chickens! She doesn't miss a trick and is the cheekiest pony I know!

Sadly, Ella lost her best friend Flick a couple of years ago which caused a spell of grief and adjustment. Thankfully, she came through the other side and with the company of two new companions is back to her old self again.

"Ella is just amazing and doesn't look or act her age at all. She still has moments of cantering around the field with her tail in the air like a two year old! She makes everyone smile – I really wouldn't be without her and she has a home with me for life."

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

Mini Horses celebrate two years of service

When these adorable mini horses were rescued, they hadn't had much love or attention. But their new family helped them become therapy horses who have helped hundreds of people!

Gunner and Sammy are celebrating two years of service — with horse cupcakes and the people whose lives wouldn't be the same without them 

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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The Stubbs Saddle Mate from Abbey England

Saddles are not the ideal shape or structure for carrying around. Why not make life a little easier with the Stubbs Saddle Mate from Abbey England? Made from tough, moulded Stubbythene, it's the perfect solution for transporting your horse's tack and equipment around the yard or at a show.

The Stubbs Saddle Mate from Abbey England

With a large, flat internal area inside, you just need to put your arm through the Saddle Mate, instead of just the saddle, to carry your saddle, bridle and grooming kit all together, which saves you trekking backwards and forwards.

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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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