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how to feed your horse for less this winter

feeding your horse during the winter can be a challenge, so we asked the experts how to get the most out of your horse’s feed without compromising their health and performanceforagemost feed companies agree that if you feed good-quality forage, whether bagged or straight off the field, you will need to feed less hard feed, thus saving money.“grass, whether fresh or conserved, represents the best value for money when feeding horses and if they receive it ad-lib you may need to spend less on hard food,” says nicola tyler, nutrition director at topspec equine. “for horses in light to medium work, the addition of a feed balancer to forage is often all they will need.”chris tar of mark westaway & son, which manufactures horsehage and mo...




can you give a lonely pony a home this winter?

world horse welfare is urgently seeking homes as half of its rehoming centres are already over capacity.all four of the charity’s rescue and rehoming centres are particularly full, with two of these over capacity.the charity rehomes around 300 horses and ponies each year and currently has more than 80 equines seeking new homes.it is highlighting eight ponies who have been particularly unsuccessful in their search for a new home — bailey, beau, bren, griff, marge, quaver, roxy and ted.“before the winter has even started, two of our four rescue and rehoming centres are over capacity and the other two are very close to their maximum stocking levels too,” said world horse welfare’s deputy chief executive tony tyler.“it is difficult t...




14 things that make the perfect livery yard

for those of us not fortunate to have space at home to keep our horses, livery yards are key. but what makes a great livery yard? we asked you what you love or dream of on your livery yard and this is what you came up with…1. a livery yard owner manager makes or breaks a yard. you could have all the facilities in the world, but if the person in charge isn’t friendly, understanding and helpful, a nice, big arena isn’t going to make up for it2. having like-minded people on a livery yard is very beneficial. are you a happy hacker or serious competitor? if you’re one thing and the clients on a yard are the other, life with your horse can feel lonely. if you’re all singing from a similar hymn sheet, you can share goals and motivate each...




stiff joints in horses: what are the possible cures? *h&h vip*

how do you feel when you get up in the morning? do you bounce out of bed, or does it take you halfway to the bathroom to lever yourself upright? the answer will depend chiefly on how old you are, but also on what you did the day before, your level of fitness and even how comfortable your bed is.horses aren’t that different from us when it comes to early-morning stiffness. as autumn arrives we bring them in from the field, shut them in a stable for 14 hours each night and then wonder why they pull out the next morning less than supple.the stiffness we see in horses comes from both the muscles and joints, but the underlying cause of each is subtly different. joint stiffness is more age-related, the result of wear and tear. this occurs first ...




7 of the hottest tickets for horse lovers this winter

we have had a summer of spectacular equestrian sport, with weekends packed with top-notch competition in all corners of the country. but with badminton and burghley behind us, the hickstead derby done and dusted and the european championship medals decided, what’s next for spectators? andrea oakes finds out when? 4-8 octoberwhere? birminghamwhat? a packed programme and bustling trade stands make hoys a one-stop shop for some serious spectating and retail therapy. there’s even a £10 “shopping only” ticket available from wednesday-friday for those whose sole aim is spending. with around 250 exhibitors, offering everything from equestrian jewellery to horseboxes, you’ll be spoilt for choice.visit:hoys.co.uk2. for thrill-seekers: cots...




14 things that make the perfect livery yard

for those of us not fortunate to have space at home to keep our horses, livery yards are key. but what makes a great livery yard? we asked you what you love or dream of on your livery yard and this is what you came up with…1. a livery yard owner manager makes or breaks a yard. you could have all the facilities in the world, but if the person in charge isn’t friendly, understanding and helpful, a nice, big arena isn’t going to make up for it2. having like-minded people on a livery yard is very beneficial. are you a happy hacker or serious competitor? if you’re one thing and the clients on a yard are the other, life with your horse can feel lonely. if you’re all singing from a similar hymn sheet, you can share goals and motivate each...




‘know your horse’: how simple actions can save your horse’s life

a reminder to owners of the vital life-saving help they can give their horse while waiting for the vet has been highlighted at the british horse society (bhs) welfare conference.redwings’ senior veterinary surgeon nicola jarvis spoke about the simple things owners can do to improve a horse’s chances in several emergency situations while the vet is on their way.“know your horse,” stressed ms jarvis.“from the moment your horse is in some form of distress, if you can prevent deterioration until the vet arrives, you’re going to do such an amazing thing.”she added knowing the normal resting breathing rate of your own horse, his heart rate, the colour of his gums and — if safe to take — his temperature is very useful information ...




why autumn hunting is awesome, plus 8 other useful things you need to know

it might be a month until the opening meet, but autumn hunting is well underway and hounds, hunt staff and followers all over the country are in the thick of one of the busiest times of the hunting year. here’s what you need to know about autumn hunting…1. it happens early. very early. get used to setting your alarm for 5am — and if you ‘snooze’, you lose.2. it’s awesome. fewer people, closer to the hounds, gorgeous misty mornings. of course it plays a serious role in educating hounds, horses and humans, but really we love it because it’s the best bit of the season.3. you can actually do a day’s work as well afterwards. you might not be that productive, but you can sit in the office and fiddle with a spreadsheet, surreptitiou...




joust the job: uk to host us in tilting competition

the uk’s first cross-atlantic tilting contest is to be held in scotland next month.the sport — which is known as “ring jousting” in america — involves using a lance to spear a ring suspended from a gallows, while riding at the trot or canter.the east lothian tilting club will be hosting the event at rockrose equestrian sports centre in october, where they will compete against six ring-jousters who are flying over from maryland, us.east lothian club chairman jan simpson — who runs the elvingston stud and more usually competes at dressage — established the group in august 2016, having been “accidentally” introduced to the sport.“i was visiting my trainer in selkirk where she runs a trekking centre, and the danish had come o...




4 wow-factor equestrian homes up for grabs in wonderful wales

for you: a four-bedroom house in a coastal location with landscaped gardens, complete with a terrace, double garage, separate office, orchard and a greenhouse.for the horses: a stable block with seven looseboxes and about 5...




katie jerram-hunnable: a fun pre-hoys sparkle *h&h vip*

championship shows make the last weeks of the traditional season sparkle — many of us look on these end-of-term finals not just as practice runs for horse of the year show [hoys] but as special occasions.i understand why some riders regard the british show horse association national championship show as the most important date in their season. hoys has a unique atmosphere, but you can’t beat the nat champs — as everyone calls them — for enjoyment and the competition is just as hot.we go hoping to win, but we also have fun. this year was no exception, despite the ... ial rain that meant riders competing outdoors could wring out their jackets. the pairs class brings a smile to every face and it’s great to see riders finding their rin...




daring ‘jockeys’ tackle charity race at aintree

riders including an eventer, field master and a top showing producer will be racing at aintree next month (29 october).the riders will pilot borrowed horses for the charity race, which is part of the third annual aintree countryside day, and will be collecting sponsorship money in aid of the countryside alliance foundation charities – casting for recovery, castaway, fishing for schools and falconry for schools.among the daring “jockeys” taking on the challenge is leading showing producer robert walker.robert has taken 44 horse of the year show champion titles and has 14 horses already qualified for this year’s event. the former master and now field master of the cheshire hunt, has ridden in point-to-points and is brother to flat jock...




the week that was: seven days in the horse world

owners have been warned of the serious consequences of over-rugging their horses.dick vet equine highlighted the issue on facebook after the practice saw an increasing number of horses being rugged unnecessarily this time of year.to rug, or not to rug?a uk car hire company which sparked debate by calling for riders to be fined £1,000 for leaving horse dung on roads said it “plucked the figure out of the air”.valuehire.co.uk stated that “huge piles of horse muck left on public roads are causing chaos for car drivers”.calls for fines…leslie law has thanked all those involved involved in the glittering career of his olympic gold medal-winning ride shear l’eau, who has died aged 26.“stan”, as the horse was known, died following ...




why riders can be so susceptible to mental health problems — and how to take action

with mental health increasingly prominent on the national agenda, andrea oakes finds out why riders can be particularly susceptible to problems — and how to combat the problem 1. winning is rareaccording to sport psychologist michael caulfield, a former pja chief executive and a director of sporting edge, winning is rare in any equestrian discipline. oliver townend triumphed at burghley, but how often does an eventer take a top title? even ap mccoy’s record 4,000-plus racing winners came from four or five times as many starts.“it’s a losing sport,” explains michael. “you get beaten a lot and you start to question everything: ‘am i doing it right?’, ‘am i good enough?’2. a demanding lifestyle“the lifestyle is incredibly ...




french event rider maxime debost killed in rotational fall: horse & hound

a french event rider has died while competing in an international event in chateaubriant, france.maxime debost and his horse qurt de montplaisir suffered a rotational fall at fence 11 of the cci1* cross-country course today (23 september).medics were at the scene immediately, but the 29-year-old’s life could not be saved. the rest of the day’s cross-country competition was cancelled and police and the fei are “conducting a full investigation into the circumstances of the incident”.“this is a really tragic accident and i know i speak on behalf of everyone in the equestrian community in expressing our grief at this terrible news about maxime debost,” said fei secretary general sabrina ibáñez.“maxime was a very experienced rider...




shire horse legacy continues at wadworth brewery

a gentle giant is taking on a special role to replace a much-loved equine who has recently retired.wadworth, one of the last remaining breweries to use shires for its dray deliveries, has welcomed a new horse to its team.goose green’s perfection (sam) started work at the brewery in devizes, wiltshire, earlier this week (20 september).sam (pictured), who hails from wales, is a six-year-old 18.2hh shire.the devizes community had the opportunity to meet him on the morning of his first day of work at the brewery.sam replaces fellow shire monty, who worked at the brewery for eight years and was a well known and celebrated member of the team.monty, 13, was part of the team awarded first place in the pairs trade turnout and first in the single tr...




‘perseverance pays off’: pony defies the odds to return to winning form

a ja showjumping pony has returned to winning form after defying “non-existent” odds to recover from a septic tendon sheath.fourteen-year-old hally iv came in from the field in february last year with a swollen leg, and vets initially suspected a fracture.“she wasn’t lame but the next morning she was on her toe and non-weight-bearing,” explained hally’s owner sue brown, who bought the thoroughbred-connemara cross two years ago for her son harry to jump.“our vet put her on intravenous antibiotics anyway, just to take a ‘belt and braces’ approach, and i think that’s partly what saved her.”after tapping the tendon sheath “just to exclude it”, the infection was discovered, and the mare was taken to western counties vete...




when some of racing's biggest names gave showjumping a go...

frankie dettori, jamie spencer and ryan moore may be champions on the racetrack, but we don’t think scott brash and john whitaker have too much to worry about… just yetfrankie dettori, jamie spencer and ryan moore plus plenty of other stars of the racing world lined up gamely to take part in the clipper logistics racing personality show jumping competition at the 32red newmarket open weekend (16-17 september 2017). and apart from itv racing’s leading lady francesca cumani, who rode an immaculate clear on a 21-year-old 138cm pony to win over the coloured poles, it’s safe to say they shouldn’t give up the day jobs.jockey adam kirby and trainer roger varian battled on, despite some dramatic refusals, while it was a case of “well sat...




5 awesome all-rounders for sale this week

if you’re in the market for a horse to enjoy a range of disciplines with, take a look at this selection of all-roundersfor saleon the horse & hound website this week.1. ‘absolute confidence-giver’height: 16.2hhgender: geldingage: 13selling points: “this wonderful horse has been owned by a girl who has done everything with him, taking her from jumping 80cm to 1.20m classes. he is very easy and sensible to ride, isn’t strong or fizzy and snaffle mouthed at all times. he is brilliant to hack out, excellent on the roads, and to bath, clip, plait, shoe and box, and even a non-hor­sey mum can catch him and put him to bed! he would suit so­meone who is a bit nervous and doesn’t want anything sharp or too forward going, but doesn’t w...




andy austin: some serious flaws in judgement *h&h vip*

last month’s european championships were a missed opportunity for so many reasons, but the decision not to send a british team showed some serious flaws in judgement and revealed how badly our sport is being managed.the performance manager’s job is to select the best team available — sending no team at all shouldn’t even be an option.with our two best riders — ben maher and scott brash — out of the championship equation, for whatever reason, the europeans should have been a chance for some different riders to go. nigel coupe, keith shore and harriet nuttall, to name just three, were all deemed good enough to be selected for the nations cups of aachen and dublin, but they were not on the list of nominated entries for the champions...