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Man v Horse: Horse wins. Again.

Horse Rheidol Petra, ridden by Iola Evans, won the event with a time of two hours and 30 minutes Horse Rheidol Petra and rider Iola Evans, became the 38th winners of the annual event

Hundreds of people gathered in a Powys town to cheer on competitors in a 21-mile race that saw 650 runners pitted against 60 horses and riders. Horse Rheidol Petra, ridden by Iola Evans, won the Llanwrtyd Wells event in two hours and 30 minutes. The first runner, Owen Beilby, finished the course 20 minutes later.

In 37 years of the Whole Earth Man V Horse race, only two runners have ever emerged victorious - Huw Lobb in 2004 and Florian Holginger in 2007.

The idea for the annual race was born from a bet in the back room of the Neaudd Arms in 1980 after an argument over whether a man could ever beat a horse in a long-distance race.

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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

Heart stopping moment a car collides with galloping horses

Woman who abandoned 20 animals, including two donkeys, is given five-year ban

A woman who abandoned 20 animals - including two donkeys - at a livery yard has been handed a five-year ban on keeping animals.

Nicole Williams, of Grace Road, Leicester, appeared at Mansfield Magistrates' Court where she pleaded guilty to four offences of failing to meet the needs of her animals.

Williams moved her animals to a 'do-it-yourself' livery yard on 24 October last year - but within a week, it became clear that she was not attending to clean and feed them.

The RSPCA were contacted and promptly attended the yard where they found Williams' animals - two Labradors, a German Shepherd and an eight-year-old sprocker, five unnamed eight-month-old kittens and two 14-year-old male donkeys called Bert and Eric - living in poor conditions.

RSPCA inspector Kristy Ludlam said: 'The two donkeys were being kept in a paddock which had no hard-standing ground for them or shelter - two things which donkeys need. They were also being kept in the same paddock as the horses, which we would never recommend as donkeys have different needs to horses.'

The Donkey Sanctuary is committed to supporting donkeys most in need, so when the RSPCA asked if we could care for Bert and Eric while they investigated the case we arranged for them to be housed at our nearest holding base.

Hannah Bryer, senior welfare adviser at The Donkey Sanctuary, said: 'Bert and Eric have certainly grown to enjoy their home comforts and love having a clean, dry straw bed to escape to when the wind and rain sets in. It is a far cry from their previous living environment which was muddy with no hard standing or shelter to protect them from the elements. Since coming into our care last winter we have seen their personalities flourish.

'Although they can still be wary of new people and certain situations, they are much friendlier and are at ease in the company of their grooms. Both donkeys are stallions so we can now arrange for them to be castrated and introduced to other donkeys. We are happy to officially welcome Bert and Eric to The Donkey Sanctuary family and thanks to the generosity of our supporters we able to offer them a safe and secure future for the rest of their lives.'

All of the animals have now been recovered and are either in new homes or have been reserved by new owners. As well as the five-year ban on keeping animals, Williams was also ordered to do 120 hours of unpaid work and told to pay costs of £750 and a £75 victim surcharge.

Rare twin foals Lilly and Tilly

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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Di Lampard awarded an MBE

Di Lampard awarded an MBEll

Di Lampard, the World Class Progamme Performance Manager for Showjumping, has been awarded an MBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours List 2017 for her service for equestrianism. 

Di, a former British Team rider who represented Great Britain on more than fifty occasions and won a World Championship Team Bronze medal whilst also holding on to the Leading Lady Rider title for almost a decade, has worked extensively across the sport in a number roles assisting to develop it into the sport that it is today.  

Whilst still competing on the international stage herself, Di took up the position of Team Coach to the international pony teams before, upon retirement from team duty, taking up the post of Consultant Head of Coaching.  Since then, Di has taken up the posts of chef d'equipe for both youth and senior teams, co-selector of nations cup and championship teams before taking on the current role that she has held since 2015 of Performance Manager for Showjumping. 

On her award Di commented "It's an incredible honour to be recognised in this way and I am both delighted and surprised as a result.  At the end of the day I'm just doing my job in the best way I can and I never expected this for one moment.  I'd really

like to thank my family who have supported me endlessly over the years and also British Showjumping for the support they have always given me within the roles held with them.

Iain Graham, Chief Executive for British Showjumping said "I am delighted for Di that her hard work and commitment to the sport since retiring as a British Team rider has been recognised in this way. Di has supported British Showjumping tirelessly from the assisting to deliver our training programmes across our membership through to the role that she is in today where she played an important part in Great Britain's gold medal success at both London 2012 and Rio 2016". 

Jean Clarke joined Evelyn Aitken in the order of companions of honour. Mrs Aitken was awarded an MBE for her services to equestrianism and the Riding for the Disabled Associaton (RDA) in Scotland and Mrs Clarke was awarded the British Empire Medal for her services to the RDA in Northern Ireland. 

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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

Blue Cross backing Horse Healthcare and Castration Project

Blue Cross backing Horse Healthcare and Castration Project

Blue Cross has been actively participating in a series of horse health and castration clinics around the UK. They have been organised by the British Horse Society (BHS), with vets and veterinary supplies provided the British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA), to help horses recognised by Welfare Officers as needing help. 

Members of the animal welfare charity's education and horse welfare teams have joined volunteers from the BHS, BEVA, Redwings and other horse welfare charities to give practical help to horses and to provide a friendly source of advice to their owners on health, welfare and breeding. To date 598 horses and ponies have attended clinics, receiving a combination of passports, microchips, worming and footcare. A total of 302 have been castrated. This year dental health checks have also been introduced.

Blue Cross representatives have attended eight clinics over the past two years helping to handle horses, process paperwork and passports and talk to owners about horse care and welfare.

Blue Cross backing Horse Healthcare and Castration Project

Kerry Taylor, Education Manager at Blue Cross said: "We are proud to be able to help with this brilliant project. Working together with vets, students and other charity volunteers we are beginning to make a real difference to the lives of some of the horses needing help. Longer term, good dialogue with owners is helping to build positive relationships so that they have the confidence to seek friendly advice and support when they need it in the future."

To find out more visit https://www.bluecross.org.uk/giving-horse-home

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World Horse Welfare's Top Tips For Keeping Horses Hydrated In The Heat

world horse welfare top tips watering travelling

This summer, temperatures have already soared into the high twenties.

If you are considering travelling your horse for any reason, read up on our top tips .............. read more

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It's official.

Equestrianism is an Olympic sport.
Tokyo 2020 formats agreed

The FEI President has welcomed confirmation by the IOC that equestrian sport will be in the Olympic programme for the 2024 Games and approval of the Olympic formats submitted by the FEI for the Tokyo 2020 Games. The quota for equestrian at the 2020 Games remains unchanged.

"The IOC's confirmation of equestrian on the Olympic programme for the 2024 Games and approval of the new formats for Tokyo 2020 is a direct acknowledgment of our willingness to adapt and modernise our sport, so all the work to drive change and increase universality has been worthwhile", FEI President Ingmar De Vos said.

"Approval of the formats for Tokyo means that we can now increase the number of flags in equestrian sport in line with the Agenda 2020 recommendations. With more than 30,000 athletes registered to compete in our three Olympic disciplines – and the numbers are growing every year – our new formats mean that athletes from more countries than ever before will now have the opportunity of one day realising their dream of representing their country at the Olympic Games."

The new formats include teams of three and no drop score across the Olympic disciplines (Eventing, Dressage and Jumping) and the use of reserve athletes (horses and riders) for medical reasons. The format changes were approved by the FEI's member National Federations at last year's FEI General Assembly in Tokyo (JPN) following almost two years of consultation.

"It wasn't easy for our community to make such drastic changes to our Olympic formats, but the National Federations knew the importance of this decision and ultimately supported the proposed changes. Their willingness to embrace this change is without any doubt the reason we have got this fantastic news from the IOC today."

Ingmar De Vos also welcomed today's confirmation of the IOC Executive Board's unanimous approval of a working group recommendation that both the 2024 and 2028 Games be awarded later this year. The recommendation will be voted on at an IOC Extraordinary Session in Lausanne (SUI) next month and, if passed, the two Games will then be allocated at the IOC Session in Lima (PER) in mid-September, with Paris (FRA) and Los Angeles (USA) as the two candidate cities.

"We have visited the equestrian venues at Paris and Los Angeles and we're really excited to know that they will be hosting the next two editions of the Games after Tokyo 2020, as they both offer a fantastic opportunity to showcase our sport. We will have an iconic venue in Paris, as equestrian will be staged in the grounds of Versailles, with the chateau as a truly spectacular backdrop not only for the stadium, but also for the cross country. And for Los Angeles we will be in the beautiful Sepulveda Basin, just 15 minutes from the Athletes Village, on the site of an existing golf course.

"Both venues provide us with a great opportunity to deliver the Games in a cost-effective way and, as France and the United States have a long and successful equestrian tradition, there will be huge public support for our sport."

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

Attention all eventers Volunteers wanted for safety study 

They're back. Horse trams return with limited service 

Do you compete with British Eventing? Would you be interested in contributing to cutting edge safety research for your sport?

PhD student, Heather Cameron – Whytock of the University of Central Lancashire and Myerscough College, is looking for a limited number of eligible riders to take part in a study of physiological and psychological factors during eventing competition and their effect on performance.

The study is seeking riders over the age of 18 who are currently, and regularly, competing with BE to be observed and wear a heart rate monitor during both training and competition. This is a great opportunity to contribute to safety research within the sport, and potentially see some fascinating data from you and your horse that you wouldn't otherwise get the chance to see. All applicants to the study will be entered into a prize draw for the chance to win a BE Membership and Horse Season Ticket.

All research is approved and overseen by the university ethics committee and British Eventing.

If you are interested in volunteering please fill in the survey on this link: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/ZMT25BD

"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

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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

Road safety

Gary Foggon eager to raise awareness with horse owners and riders - after being involved in an accident

Gary Foggon eager to raise awareness with horse owners and riders - after being involved in an accident

Following a recent collision with a car, leading rider Gary Foggon wants to raise awareness with other horse owners and riders with regards to road safety issues.

On a recent sunny morning ride Gary had been enjoying a pleasant hack on his event horse Charlie. Suddenly, he felt Charlie's legs giving way beneath him, and he quickly realised that a car had collided into the back of them.

Gary and Charlie both fell to the floor and Charlie started galloping off in a blind panic. Fortunately, Charlie responded to Gary's voice and therefore calmed down.

This has prompted Black Country Saddles sponsored rider Gary to take the opportunity to promote road safety issues for all when out riding.

Said Gary: "I would urge all riders to wear appropriate safety clothing even on a hot sunny day.  This accident was really traumatic and obviously upsetting and you always have to consider the possibility of serious injury or indeed permanent damage to yourself or your horse.

"Our roads are usually wide enough for horses to share with cars, but tolerance and understanding on both sides is always an absolute necessity.

"I would encourage all riders to learn basic first aid for both horse and rider.

Gary Foggon eager to raise awareness with horse owners and riders - after being involved in an accident

"I would also recommend that riders carry a mobile phone with them, should they need to use it in an emergency and it is useful to carry written contact details of who can be contacted in an emergency."

Horses are powerful animals that are easily frightened and can panic, especially near fast-moving traffic.

Horse riders should obviously be conversant with the Highway Code – as should motorists of course.

This is a subject that attracts a lot of on-going debate though the ultimate aim is for all those using the roads to be able to do so safely.

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 1077

It is now 1077 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

Camargue horses!

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

London's Hyde Park Police Horses Line Up for National Equine Health Survey

London's Hyde Park Police Horses Line Up for National Equine Health Survey

The Metropolitan Police Mounted Branch based in Hyde Park lined up to take part in the leading national survey on equine health.

From checking teeth, hooves and eyes, to clambering up stepladders to take the vital statistics of the majestic horses, pet charity Blue Cross joined forces with the celebrated Police Mounted Branch to encourage horse owners to take part in the charity's National Equine Health Survey (NEHS).

The National Equine Health Survey (NEHS) is an online snapshot survey that uncovers common health issues in horses, directly from horse owners themselves. Results of the survey help build a picture of the health and disease in the UK and define priorities for future research, training and education. 

Over the past six years the survey, in partnership with the British Equine Veterinary Association, 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.

When:       22 – 29 May 2017

Where: www.bluecross.org.uk/NEHS

Blue Cross Education Officer Gemma Taylor said: "These majestic police horses have taken part in our survey and we hope that they will encourage others to follow suit and be ambassadors for horse welfare.

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 nation's horses healthier."

Last year survey records were returned for almost 17,000 horses, ponies, donkeys and mules and the six most notable disease syndromes identified.

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).

To find out more about Blue Cross's rescue and rehoming work with horses and ponies visit bluecross.org.uk

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

Fly-grazing Donkey Delilah has Secure Future with World Horse Welfare

World Horse Welfare Delilah Donkey

One of World Horse Welfare's more unusual rescue cases recently came in the form of a young donkey who was found fly-grazing at various locations around Middlesex including a supermarket car park and outside of a doctor's surgery, whilst being travelled and 'stabled' overnight in the back of a transit van.

"The first time I was alerted to Delilah, she was less than a year old, very frightened and living overnight in the back of a transit van"

Delilah, as she has been named, is now in the care of World Horse Welfare's Glenda Spooner Farm Rescue and Rehoming Centre enjoying a much more traditional donkey life as she undergoes rehabilitation. World Horse Welfare Field Officer, Nick White, had previously visited Delilah, advising her owners on the care she required and providing forage. He said:

"The first time I was alerted to Delilah, she was less than a year old, very frightened and living overnight in the back of a transit van which she had to jump up into. The van had no ventilation and only rags on the floor with no fresh air and would have been very cold during the winter nights. During the day she was tethered in the car park of a DIY superstore near Heathrow and her owners would not be parted with her, despite my offers to take her into the charity's care.

World Horse Welfare Delilah Donkey

"I continued to monitor her condition and saw her in a number of different locations. On a visit one day in March, Delilah was clearly exhausted and lying on the grass outside of a local doctor's surgery with no water. This is clearly not ideal for any equine, but particularly for donkeys who rely so heavily on companionship and at such a young age too. I knew we had to try and get her out of this situation.

"Coming across a fly-grazing donkey is certainly not a common occurrence in my job with World Horse Welfare but thankfully we were able to save Delilah"

"I met with the people who had been caring for her and it became apparent that her previous owners had moved on, leaving Delilah behind and with no provisions for her care. Her current carers were about to be evicted and could not take Delilah with them so they gladly signed her over into World Horse Welfare's ownership. Delilah was then transported to our Glenda Spooner Farm Rescue and Rehoming Centre where she has since been undergoing rehabilitation and learning all about what the life of an equine should be.

"Coming across a fly-grazing donkey is certainly not a common occurrence in my job with World Horse Welfare but thankfully we were able to save Delilah from this situation and she now has a bright future ahead."

Delilah has been thriving in her new life at World Horse Welfare and is enjoying making lots of new friends with the various horses and ponies at the Somerset Rescue and Rehoming Centre. Delilah's friendly nature and good looks have already proved a hit with visitors to Glenda Spooner Farm and a recent competition to find a fitting name for this furry donkey had over 100 entries.  The winning name was suggested by visitor Kate in honour of her daughter, Delilah, and an official naming ceremony is soon to take place.

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

Milo - The Struggles of a Wild Pony

Last year, Milo, a pony stallion, was brought to the attention of one of our supporters who immediately went out to help him.  She found him lying, badly injured, partly submerged in a pond. 

He was apparently known to the locals near the Welsh common as 'Nelson' because he was blind in one eye and partially sighted in the other. 

He was very thin and covered in kick and bite wounds after being attacked by the other stallions on the common. It looked like he may not survive as poor Milo was so weak that he couldn't even stand. 

He had to be carried into the waiting horsebox and then lifted out again, to a deep bed of straw at our supporter's home.  She called her vet who treated him and later, when he was stronger, removed the damaged eye and gelded him. 

With her unceasing care of the pony, Milo, as he was now properly named, against all odds, came through and was well enough to travel to Hillside. 

While most of Hillside's horses and ponies live in naturally larger herds, we keep special care ponies like Milo in smaller groups where they can live comfortably under the extra watchful eye of our veterinary staff. Below you can see the awful state poor Milo has bravely recovered from and, above, see him now enjoying life at Hillside. 

You may notice that this shelter, which has been in this paddock for over 20 years, is now desperately in need of replacing before next winter sets in. 

A new shelter for Milo and his friends on their special care paddock will cost in the region of £2000.  We thought it would be a nice idea to offer £5 'Planks of Wood' Gift Certificate packs to help fund this much-needed shelter.

This could make an unusual present for Father's Day which is fast approaching on Sunday 18th June.  Thank you for caring

If you would like to donate towards Milo's Shelter, you may do so here

After his rescue, Milo was laid on a deep bed of straw

HIs badly damaged eye was treated and later removed

Being cared for at last and making new friends...

Having been attacked by other stallions, this picture was taken of Milo a few weeks before he was found and rescued from the pond

Hobby horse enthusiasts from all over Finland gathered in Vantaa for annual championships.

This year's event took place in a packed sports hall, attracting around 1,000 spectators.

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

MYHACKATHON

Ride 100 miles in 100 days and raise £100. By getting in the saddle, you and your horse could help reduce the immediate suffering of the world's most vulnerable working horses and donkeys.

Find out about the MyHackathon challenge and how to take part.

CHARLOTTE DUJARDIN JOINS MYHACKATHON

Charlotte Dujardin on a horse in a field
Brooke's Global Ambassador Charlotte Dujardin is supporting #MyHackathon.

"Hacking is really important for horses and riders – it keeps both fit, and for me, it's nice to have some chilled out time with the horses outside of the training arena. I love hacking out into the fields and having a big open space to ride in. With Brooke's MyHackathon, you're also making a difference for working horses, donkeys and mules at the same time, all you have to do is hack 100 miles in 100 days and raise £100 for Brooke. Sign up now."

Charlotte Dujardin, Brooke's Global Ambassador

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ANTHEA TURNER IS TAKING PART IN MYHACKATHON

RICHARD WAYGOOD IS HACKING FOR BROOKE

Major Richard Waygood MBE promoting MyHackathon

"It's for a great cause... for a fabulous charity. So come on ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, let's get out there... and let's go hacking."

Major Richard Waygood MBE

THE CHALLENGE

This year we are asking people to get on their horses, take part in MyHackathon and help raise money for Brooke. The challenge set is to ride 100 miles in 100 days and raise £100. You can either take part alone and ride 100 miles or share the distance with friends e.g. 10 riders get together and ride 10 miles. We are encouraging people to get on a horse, commit to challenging themselves and raise lots of money.

By getting in the saddle, you and your horse could help reduce the immediate suffering of the world's most vulnerable working horses and donkeys.

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Ebony and Francis Albert

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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New Anti-Bacterial Stable Paint from Stable Shield 

New Anti-Bacterial Stable Paint from Stable Shield 

Stable Shield has launched a new range of anti-bacterial stable paint which helps prevent the spread of bacteria by up to 99.8%

Whilst many people will rejoice when they hear we are enjoying milder weather conditions, sadly in the equine industry this is actually causing more problems and creating the perfect breeding ground for bacteria.

Competition horses need the very best environment to live in, keeping them healthy so they can be trained to the best of their ability. It is therefore extremely important to take every possible precaution against the spread of bugs and bacteria.

The team at Stable Shield has approached this by tackling prevention rather than cure. This removes the emphasis on drugs and antibiotics, instead focusing on reducing the initial spread of bacteria within the equine world.

In doing so, they have developed Stable Shield Antibacterial Paint, a water-based non-toxic paint that can be applied to stables to create a fully disinfected yard. The paint prevents the growth of bacteria by up to 99.8% on all applied surfaces. This in turn creates a clean environment which is crucial to help horses with their respiratory system and overall wellbeing.

It is easy to apply on walls and ceilings, and the paint is adhesive to most surfaces including wood, steel, plastic, concrete and brick. Stable Shield is ideal for all yards including stables, tack rooms, feed rooms, newly built yards and hay barns.

For the best results, first use Stable Shield BASE, which offers a high quality, high coverage undercoat for interior application on concrete and stone. BASE then provides the perfect surface for over coating with Stable Shield Paint.

Stable Shield Paint is water-based and non-toxic. It is hard wearing and durable. Not only is it long lasting, but it is easy to apply in the first instance. It is available in white, black and clear.

Stable Shield PLUS has a component A and component B (A is the paint and B is the mixer that makes the paint harder and more durable). Once again, it is water-based and non-toxic. Stable Shield PLUS should be used for damp and extreme conditions as it is extremely hard wearing and durable. Again, it is easy to apply and long lasting. It too is available in white, black and clear

The dry film of Stable Shield Anti-Bacterial Stable Paint and Stable Shield PLUS protects against the spread and growth of harmful bacteria by up to 99.8% and the active ingredients last up to three and five years plus depending on the environment.

For further information about Stable Shield products contact 01386 423999 or visit www.stableshield.co.uk.

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