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horses who survived horrific road crash spark safety campaign

a horrific road accident in which two horses “miraculously” escaped serious injury has sparked positive action aimed at making roads safer for all users.piebald mare patsy was thrown into the air when an oncoming car ploughed straight into her, and chestnut fleur, as they were being ridden in witcham, cambridgeshire, last march.patsy did “loop the loop” and fleur was also knocked down. but while patsy looked “like a patchwork quilt” and “as though she’d walked through a barbed-wire fence” neither mare, nor either of the riders, was seriously hurt.less than a year later, patsy is back in full work and although fleur has been retired, this is due to her age rather than the accident.the yard at which both mares are kept, witch...




8 stallions who stole our hearts in the show ring last season

just because valentine’s has been and gone, doesn’t mean we can’t still appreciate these gorgeous boys who took our breath away last year. check out these 8 stunning stallions who graced the 2017 show circuit.1. gwerniago gethinthe welsh section d gwerniago gethin, ridden by ashley bird, repeated his 2016 successes last year, by standing 2nd at the royal international horse show (rihs) and winning his section of the mountain and moorland (m&m) working hunter at horse of the year show (hoys).2. billy king of the norththe then six-year-old chaps-graded stallion king of the north stood in-hand champion at the north yorkshire showcase of champions with his producer megan hewitt. later in the season he went on to win his in-hand class at t...




rosie fry's eventing blog: thank you and goodbye

i’ve taken refuge on a very wet and windy february wednesday to write what will be my final blog for h&h. i’ve been writing a blog for h&h for the past four years so i must say a massive thank you to them for the opportunity. i hope you have all enjoyed following the ups and downs of my eventing career over these seasons, but it is time to pass over to someone else. i’ve had some great times and, of course, some low times, but i am still just as determined and hungry for success as i have ever been. please still follow my progress on my eventing facebook page, rosie fry eventing. i update it regularly with videos and photos of competition and training.i have a fantastic team of horses to go to war with the season. headed by my main man...




rare suffolk stallion makes his hunting debut

followers of the fernie were treated to a uncommon sight this week when rare breed enthusiast bruce langley mckim debuted his suffolk horse on the hunting field.imposing nine-year-old craikhowhall jensen has been a working stallion for most of his life but was only recently introduced to a ridden career.“he was lunged on a tuesday, sat on on a wednesday and ridden on the thursday — he then blew the stable door clean off its hinges so he went to stud for the summer and came back once we’d got a heavy duty box!” said bruce, who bought the horse last year. “he’s been back in work two-and-a-half months and we’ve been working on getting him fit.”the meet at illston was not only the stallion’s first appearance hunting but also h...




12 equestrian books to bring out your inner bibliophile

whether you’re on the train, on a plane, on the beach or just want to cosy up at home with a great book, then we bring our selection of horsey books that are available on kindlefinding a good book that you can’t put down is a really enjoyable thing, which is why we have put together our selection of equestrian books that will have you hooked. all these books are available on kindle and can be read on any device via a kindle app. all the below prices are for the kindle editions, but you can also buy a hard copy version and some can be downloaded with kindle unlimited (a monthly subscription that allows you to explore more than 1 million titles, thousands of audiobooks and a rotating selection of magazines).nb: the shopping links below are...




pippa funnell launches glorious hacking routes

top eventer pippa funnell has helped launch a series of new hacking trails.the surrey hills board established an equestrian working group in 2016 to promote riding in the area and to educate the public on how to share routes responsibly.full details, including maps and key information on the eight circular rides in the surrey hills, can be downloaded from the surrey hills website.they include routes from 4.5km to 16.5km, with photos and detailed descriptions of each part of the ride.“we are so lucky to live and work in the surrey hills area of outstanding natural beauty, a wonderful asset and so close to london,” said pippa, who is based near dorking.“the hills are perfect for keeping our horses fit and the variety of terrain keeps the...




6 cool cobs you'll want in your stable

are you looking for a horse that you can do a bit of everything with while maintaining the feeling of being safe? perhaps you are looking for a confidence booster or something low maintenance and straightforward. if so, take a look at our pick of cobs for sale on the horse & hound website this week.take a look at this week’s selection of cobs for sale on horseandhound.co.uk:1. ‘super smart’height: 15.2hhage: sevengender: mareselling points: “an absolute star of a cob — she is of excellent quality and type with good limbs and has done a few shows. she is very quiet to ride — nothing fazes her. she hacks alone and in company and has done both hunt rides and hunted at the rear of the field. a totally genuine sort that is very hard....




jay halim: it’s hard to encourage british investors *h&h vip*

most shows in britain at this time of year are going to be cold, wet and muddy — and keysoe was certainly that. but the great positive about centre owner simon bates is that he looks to the future. he has gravel ready to tidy up the car park and planning permission to build an indoor hospitality area.the staff at keysoe are lovely. from the ladies on reception to the cafeteria and collecting ring, they are a great team and the shows have a wonderful atmosphere. my only critique is that the indoor arena can seem gloomy, but simon says he plans to top it with a lighter surface, which should hopefully brighten it up.the british winter makes it hard to encourage investors into the sport and is one reason why riders like me travel to shows in e...




special £22,000 stairs open up route for riders

a special staircase suitable for horses has been built to open up a bridleway that had become unusable.the bridleway runs along little ouse path in the heart of the brecks on the border between norfolk and suffolk, near santon downham and brandon.norfolk county council collaborated with the british horse society (bhs) to make the former towpath suitable for riders.“the formerly muddy path was sadly steadily slipping into the river and due to the steep concrete steps (pictured, above) was completely inaccessible as a bridle route,” said martin wilby, chairman of norfolk county council’s environment, development and transport committee.“this is the first time i’ve seen horse steps and they are certainly impressive and a very simple ...




jockeys bounce for glory in space hopper challenge

space hoppers may handle a little differently to horses, but that didn’t stop top jockeys from getting competitive in a charity race.some of the leading names in jump racing lined up at plumpton on 12 february to take part in the fiercely competitive grand hop gold cup in aid of the injured jockeys fund (ijf).tom cannon was an early faller — taking a tumble ahead of the start following co-ordinated sabotage by a couple of his weighing room colleagues.wocket woy’s partner in crime mattie batchelor was keen to get going, which nearly caused a false start, but after this initial eagerness the field settled and the flag dropped on a clean start.the race was marked with a high rate of fallers, and several loose space hoppers — and jockeys...




1 legend comes out of retirement and 9 other great bits of horsey social media this week

the king's troop royal horse artilleryalways get to see new things working in westminster. some serious horsepower outside the...




atypical myopathy: study finds charcoal could help sick horses

charcoal could help horses suffering from atypical myopathy, a new study has found.scientists have identified that the substance can help reduce the absorption of the toxin released by certain sycamore seeds, which can cause the condition.there are hopes this could help horses in early stages of the illness and those who may have also eaten some affected seeds but are not yet showing signs of intoxication.atypical myopathy is an often-fatal condition in horses, usually seen in spring and autumn. it can be caused by eating sycamore seeds or seedlings that contain a high concentration of the toxin hypoglyin a.scientists at the university of veterinary medicine in vienna set out to find a substance that could be given orally to horses to bind h...




friday funny: commuting by horse could ‘save you money’

good news, horse owners, you are about to save money – and you might even make a bit back.racing website myracing.com has “crunched the numbers” and determined that it would be cheaper to “ditch the car” and commute on a horse instead.the claims are made based on what it says are average costs (pictured).so apart from the fact we want to find out where you get livery for £1,200 per year, saddle and bridle for £200 and a year’s worth of hay and bedding for £150, not to mention a horse for £1,000, we’re really struck by the £200 on “extras”. that’s less than £17 per month, people, for supplements, rugs, lessons, shows, the physio, competition registration, lorry/trailer costs… hmm.but wait! “a typical 500kg horse ...




9 things only a pregnant rider would know

forget what to expect when you’re expecting. this is the only pregnancy guide riders will need... 1. you will need to get off to pee approximately every 10sec. this reduces to around 7sec if you have a horse that is a) over 17hh and b) won’t stand still to be mounted.2. after “congratulations”, the second thing people will say after you have announced your pregnancy is, “but isn’t it dangerous to ride?” to which the correct answer is, “no, it’s perfectly safe — it’s falling off that’s the dangerous bit”. this will be particularly reassuring for mothers-in-law.3. what’s that? “but it’s only a pregnancy, i’m going to be like mary king and keep riding until the day before i give birth! she won a european gold m...




atypical myopathy: study finds charcoal could help sick horses

charcoal could help horses suffering from atypical myopathy, a new study has found.scientists have identified that the substance can help reduce the absorption of the toxin released by certain sycamore seeds, which can cause the condition.there are hopes this could help horses in early stages of the illness and those who may have also eaten some affected seeds but are not yet showing signs of intoxication.atypical myopathy is an often-fatal condition in horses, usually seen in spring and autumn. it can be caused by eating sycamore seeds or seedlings that contain a high concentration of the toxin hypoglyin a.scientists at the university of veterinary medicine in vienna set out to find a substance that could be given orally to horses to bind h...




carole mortimer: let’s urge buyers to shop at home *h&h vip*

to my mind, one of the aspects of the former british equestrian federation (bef) breeding programme that was most needed was the equine bridge. sadly, the scheme — designed to connect young horses, previously identified as talented, with riders — never got off the ground.it was a shame, as any initiative to get more of our lovely british-bred horses teamed up with british riders is welcome if we are to get them and prospective owners to shop at home and not hop on the next plane to the netherlands.while the new elite stallions foal registration tour is a great initiative and i have no idea what will turn up in the any of the proposals to resuscitate the bef breeding programme, it would be good to see something that would highlight young ...




equine recurrent uveitis (moon blindness) in horses: horse & hound

equine recurrent uveitis (eru), also known as moon blindness, is a condition that affects the horse’s iris within the eye. if the iris becomes damaged, resulting in inflammation this is called uveitis. this can occur as a primary disease, as a result of trauma to the eye, or as part of another disease. when the condition happens repeatedly it is called equine recurrent uveitis.the iris is the part of the eye that gives it its colour. in most grey, bay, brown, chestnut or black horses, the iris is a dark nutmeg brown colour. in cream or coloured horses (and occasionally in other colours) it can be a variable blue colour, and there may be different colour distributions in the iris of the same eye.the iris provides a barrier in front of the l...




hovis' friday diary: i am an angel with feathers

dear diary,i am pleased to announce that operation fight back continues to go well. not that this should come as any surprise — i am, after all, the destroyer by day and hoverine by night. although to be fair, the cape and mask haven’t yet turned up which is alarming — i thought the point of being a superhero is no one was supposed to know who you are? mum has been heard commenting that there isn’t enough material in the western hemisphere to hide my bottom but then hello! pot, kettle, black? herman the german needle man actually commented what a great weight i was the other week and how amazing i looked for a horse that hasn’t worked in a year and was staring down the barrel of a gun 12 months ago. i note he didn’t comment on mu...




vet jailed for fraud faces misconduct charges

shamed vet david smith is facing more charges, this time of “disgraceful” professional conduct.mr smith is due to appear in front of the royal college of veterinary surgeons’ disciplinary committee next monday (19 february), in a hearing due to last until 23 march.he will face a number of charges relating to his time in practice at lakeview veterinary centre, kent.the first concerns clydesdale mare grace, whom he was called out to on 14 august 2014.he is accused of failing to perform an adequate examination of the mare and/or “undertake sufficient investigation into her presentation and/or history”.he is also charged with “failing to respond adequately to [her owner’s] telephone report/s that grace had deteriorated and/or faile...




how do i teach my young horse to be a good jumper? horse & hound

q: “how do i teach my young horse to be a good jumper? i’ve just had a horse dropped off for me to ride. he’s a five-year-old and i’ve been told he’s a good jumper with potential. on the flat he’s lovely, just what i’m looking for. we’ve had a go over some little (60/70cm) jumps and it’s hit and miss whether he clears or goes through it. what would you suggest i do for training with him? i have a plan i just maybe want some fresh ideas to consider. i really want this to work and for him to be what i want in a jumper. ideally he’d get round a 90cm/1m course and around 1.25m single fences.”a: i’d put a lot of time into pole work so that your horse develops his confidence and gets his timing right.working over poles will...