New development to help owners monitor osteoarthritic pain in horses

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Researchers in the UK have introduced a straightforward questionnaire to help horse owners identify and monitor signs of osteoarthritis pain in their horses. The development aims to enable earlier and more effective treatment to enhance quality of life and improve athletic function. Led by researchers at the Royal Veterinary College and University of Edingburgh, the questionnaire is modelled on the Brief Pain Inventory used to evaluate pain severity and its impact on functioning. The team consisted of Dr. Janny de Grauw, Senior Lecturer at The Royal Veterinary College in the…

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Para Selector and BD judge Juliet Seal passes away, aged 86

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British equestrian organisations are paying tribute following the passing of Juliet Seal. Juliet, one of the most influential figures in the development of Para Dressage in Great Britain, died peacefully at home on 30 January at the age of 86. As a BD List 2 Judge, FEI Para Judge, Para Selector and Chair of Selectors, Juliet’s unwavering support played a key role in shaping and cultivating Para Dressage, leading to successive Championship successes for the British team during her time at the forefront of the sport. In 2015, Juliet received…

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The name’s Bond… James Bond II

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Continuing her incredible breakthrough year, Becky Moody rode to success at Myerscough Premiere League Show in the Grand Prix with her new superstar, James Bond II. The super 10-year-old Desperado x Fidertanz stallion owned by Becky’s longtime supporter, Jo Cooper, sealed his first Grand Prix win in a hot class. After her success with stable mate Jagerbomb at the London International, Becky rode James Bond II to win the class on 70.8%, narrowly ahead of stalwart Emma Hindle on Zippo MI, another exciting new horse. “Clever Mr Bond was determined…

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Contaminated stalls to blame for recent positive equine dope test

In a move that could set an interesting precedent, the FEI have announced that in the case of Chaman Ginn, ridden by Juan Benitez Gallardo to success at the CCI4*-S in Quillota, who tested positive for O-Desmethylvenlafaxine, that there were other causes at play and Gallardo was not negligent in his handling of the horse. It transpires that the banned substance entered the horse’s system by eating contaminated hay after a member of staff urinated in his stall while on medication. While the rider will not incur fines or a…

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BEF announce Charter for the Horse

With equestrian sports very much in the spotlight as welfare claims are pitted against top trainers, news of the BEF’s Charter for the Horse is welcomed. The federation, its 19 member bodies and associated industry leaders have all committed to endorse the highest standards of equine welfare, wellbeing and ethics under a new ‘Charter for the Horse’, launched today.  The Charter for the Horse is to be adopted across the equestrian industry in every facet. Under the six headings of empathy, care, respect, consideration, ethics and learning, the Charter outlines…

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WOAH launches centenary photo competition

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In celebration of their centenary, the World Organisation for Animal Health (WOAH) has launched its 2024 photo competition to highlight the work that animal health and welfare providers are carrying out around the world. The competition has been running for six years, and this year’s theme is ‘Animal health and welfare: looking to the past, embracing the future’. The competition seeks to champion the World Organisation for Animal Health’s major mission: Improving animal health and welfare, ‘A good life for animals’ and ‘Health and Happiness’. The World Organisation for Animal…

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Ben Maher flies the banner for Britain at the Wellington International Winter Equestrian Festival

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It’s been a successful trip to the sunshine of the Wellington International Winter Equestrian Festival for Olympian Ben Maher, with a $200,000 win on the final day of the festival on the 3rd March on board Point Break (Action-Breaker x Balou du Rouet), owned by Charlotte Rossetter and Pamela Wright. Ben’s win comes on week eight of the festival when he topped the leaderboard in the JTWG, Inc. CSI04* Grand Prix. Five combinations jumped the USA’s Steve Stephens and Nick Granat’s challenging course, with Maher, the first to jump clear…

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National Steeplechase Association approve new horseshoe for racing


The National Steeplechase Association has given prestigious approval to an innovative new horseshoe, designed with horse welfare at its very heart. Equishox is a composite rubber-coated aluminium horseshoe designed especially for racehorses that provides shock absorption and reduces the impact on horses’ legs. The innovative shoes are said to reduce the risk of slipping and encourage horses to stride “with newfound confidence.” “We are honoured to have received the endorsement of the National Steeplechase Association,” said former jockey and co-founder Robert ‘Choc” Thornton. “This recognition is a testament to the…

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Have your voice heard at the NEF

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The National Equine Forum (NEF) takes place on 7th March 2024 and a very limited number of face-to-face or live stream tickets are still available, and you can get your voice heard. The event takes place in London and is available on a livestream. The programme and full speaker details are available to view now on the NEF website. Q&A opportunities have been built in at the end of all the main sessions to give the audience and the livestream viewers a chance to engage with the discussions. The BEVA…

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Rob Burrow made patron of MND initiative in racing

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Rob Burrow, the rugby league legend, has become a patron of a horse racing initiative which raises money for motor neurone disease (MND) charities. A club has been formed in the name of the ex-Leeds Rhinos star in association with The Good Racing Company, which fundraises by selling memberships to the Rob Burrow Racing Club. Burrow, who was diagnosed with MND in 2019, was also presented with two cheques, each worth £7,777 in tribute to the number seven Burrow wore in his playing days. Standing at just 5 feet 5…

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Michelle Mone’s horse may be banned from the Grand National

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Michelle Mone and husband Doug Barrowman’s horse, one of the favourites for this year’s Grand National, is at the centre of a British Horseracing Authority investigation following the news that £75m of assets owned by the couple have been “frozen or restrained” by a court order obtained by the Crown Prosecution Service. The BHA has confirmed it is aware of the situation and whether Monbeg Genius, who would be a contender for Britain’s most famous steeplechase, is among the assets in question and consequently unable to run. The horse is…

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Help RVC and You Coul Win £500!

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The Royal Veterinary College (RVC) is encouraging equestrians to track their rides in a bid to understand more about how illnesses travel and infect horses. The research project, which is being run in partnership with the Equine Register, encourages horse owners to track where they take their horses using a Digital Stable app. The recorded data then creates a record that will allow scientists to gain valuable insight. Experts are hoping this initiative helps uncover the transmission and spread of infectious diseases by analysing patterns of data. After signing, owners…

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British Showjumping announce the team for the UAE Nations Cup

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Four riders and their horses will be wearing the Union flag of Great Britain at the CSIO4* Nations Cup in Sharjah, UAE, at the Sharjah Equestrian and Racing Club between 25 and 28 January 2024. Di Lampard’s team consists of Skye Higgin, Joe Stockdale, Donald Whitaker and Jack Whitaker. Skye Higgin is based in France and will travel with Bernadette Lejeune’s 11-year-old mare, Djordania du Tillard. Northampton based Joe Stockdale will compete either Joy Conklin and Laura Stockdale’s 13-year-old mare Equine America Cacharel, or Barbara Hester and Laura Stockdale’s 10-year-old…

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Relaxed horses learn quicker, according to new research

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The researchers used key indicators, such as heart rate and eye temperature when horses were at rest and when they were performing cognitive tasks. 20 horses took part in the study, during which researchers offered two targets. If the horse selected the correct target, they were rewarded with food. Once the horses had learned the task, it was reversed so that the other target was rewarded. The team found that horses with a lower arousal at rest and during the challenge fared better, and had an increased temperature in the…

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The Horse’s Trust tackles obesity in showing

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With the Healthiest Body awards in their fifth year, The Horse’s Trust is aiming to encourage show horse and pony owners, riders and producers to think about body scores and the health and welfare benefits of keeping horses at a healthy weight. The awards, which give rosettes to those showing a horse or pony with a healthy body condition score (BCS), will be at a range of popular shows over the Spring and Summer, including Royal Windsor, Great Yorkshire Show, Hickstead and lower level local shows. The judging is separate…

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