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WWI Horseshoe Hearts Tribute

WWI Horseshoe Hearts Tribute

Eight million horses, donkeys and mules lost their lives in World War One and countless more continued to support families and businesses back home whilst the fighting went on. 

To mark the centenary of World War I, talented sculptor Tom Hill has crafted 100 stunning hearts from horseshoes kindly donated by the King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery which serve as a beautiful and poignant tribute to the memory of all these horses who were part of the war effort.

A name tag of an individual horse was tied to each heart to commemorate their life, with many of the horses' stories coming from our supporters who very kindly sent in their personal family memories of relatives who had ridden or taken care of the horses during the war.

The war was a tragic event, which took away many horses' lives as well as the lives of millions of soldiers, and countless livelihoods. The horses taken away from family members or those needed on working farms left households devastated and some fighting for survival. 

This period of time not only affected those on the front line but also those trying to make a living at home. It is estimated that 16 million people and over 8 million horses, donkeys and mules died during World War I and many of the horses who survived were left in the countries they fought in, leaving families in Britain without a horse for support. It was a terrible time and one that was fraught with welfare issues that saw countless lives lost.

WorldHorse Welfare founder Ada Cole saw first-hand the incredible loyalty and dedication of the many horses, donkeys and mules who played a role in the war efforts and 100 years on WHW wants to create an enduring and fitting tribute to them all. 

Together, through horseshoe heart tribute, we remember the equines who lost their lives as well as those who were lucky enough to return home. 

The hearts were displayed at Ascot Racecourse in September and October, and then at Hall Farm in Norfolk in early November, to share this beautiful tribute with as many people as possible.

 If you would like to purchase one of the horseshoe hearts to be a lasting tribute in your own garden to the memory of all the horses, donkeys and mules whose lives were changed forever by the war, you can do so here.

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Remembering those who lost their lives!

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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

Terrified mare rears up as she tries to jump the stable door to escape the sound of fireworks

- Robyn Barclay, 35, filmed her scared horses during fireworks on Saturday night

- Two mares had to be comforted during 20 minute display in Sittingbourne, Kent

- Ms Barclay said the 'petrified horses' have been 'nervous wrecks' since incident

Details .....

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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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THE BEST BRITISH HORSE RACINGS

THE BEST BRITISH HORSE RACINGS

Horse racing is one of the most ancient sports of all time.

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.

This prestigious bookmaker also rewards its players from the first time they start wagering.

Temporary. What does it mean?

Temporary. What does it mean?Different inspectors have different meanings
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For Chobham, it was six-months.
For Odiham, it was five-years x twice ......... read more

The War Horse, 1914 - 1918

The War Horse, 1914 - 1918

I was pulled from my field, from my work, from my play,
Ne'er again to see England, in lands far away,
Through death and destruction, through blood sweat and tears,
I carried my master, along with my peers,
So I ask you to remember a while,
Along with the soldiers, in smart rank and file,
Remember our beauty, the strength of our kind,
As we galloped through danger, without care to mind,
For we were the horses thrust into war,
And we gave up our lives for your peace evermore.

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Alltech ® - Signs of Old AgeA horse or pony would normally be classed as a veteran once they reach the age of 15, however with advances in veterinary care and better education, horses and particularly ponies are living much healthier, active lives well beyond this milestone.

Some horses will start to display the signs of old age much earlier than others.

So, what are the signs to look out for that age is catching up with your horse, indicating they might need a little extra support?

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HORSE & HOUND AWARD WINNERS†

CAPTAIN MARK PHILLIPS RECEIVES† LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

CAPTAIN MARK PHILLIPS RECEIVES  LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

The announcement of his name as the winner brought many people at the Awards to their feet in a spontaneous standing ovation and Captain Phillips said he was  "overwhelmed". 

His children, the 2006 eventing world champion Zara Tindall and Peter Phillips, were both present to witness his triumph.

Captain Phillips said: "It's a privilege to have had so many great people and horses in my life, from winning 26 medals as coach to the US team, to those who rode on British teams with me, to those who helped me."

Captain Phillips is an Olympic team gold and silver medallist in eventing and won Badminton Horse Trials four times and Burghley once. He is now one of the world's leading cross-country course-designers and was responsible for the track at this year's World Equestrian Games. He is also a renowned coach.

Other winners at the third Horse & Hound Awards last night included Charlotte Fry, the under-25 European dressage champion, who took the Saracen Horse Feeds Young Rider of the Year award, and double world eventing gold medallist Ros Canter, who was named Neue Schule Professional Rider of the Year.

There was an emotional moment when Jane Felton was given the Horseware Groom of the Year award — Jane works for Irish eventer Jonty Evans, who spent six weeks in a coma after a fall earlier this year, but managed to attend last night's Awards.

"She has run my yard in my absence and kept my business afloat," said Jonty.

Horse & Hound Award winners 2018:

  • Horse & Hound Lifetime Achievement Award: Captain Mark Phillips
  • Absorbine Inspiration of the Year: Daisy Sadler
  • Feedmark Horse of the Year: Arctic Soul
  • Saracen Horse Feeds Young Rider of the Year: Charlotte Fry
  • Neue Schule Professional Rider of the Year: Ros Canter 
  • Pikeur Amateur Rider of the Year: Katie Preston, 
  • Horseware Groom of the Year: Jane Felton Griffin 
  • NuuMed Memorable Moment of the Year: The Price phenomenon — Jonelle wins Badminton and Tim wins Burghley
  • Evetdrug Vet of the Year: Alastair Field
  • HorseDialog Club of the Year: Aberdeen Riding Club
  • Balanced Horse Feeds Volunteer of the Year: Keith Watkins

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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

Everyone must take the responsibility and time to improve equine welfare

Everyone must take the responsibility and time to improve equine welfare

"Everyone must take the responsibility and time to improve equine welfare," was the take home message from World Horse Welfare Chief Executive, Roly Owers, speaking at the charity's 2018 Annual Conference which took place in London.

A diverse range of speakers from across the international equine sector discussed and debated the topic of 'Changing Times' at the event which was attended by around 400 guests and hosted at the Royal Geographical Society.

Roly began the day's proceedings by focusing on a number of ways to cope with and make the most of the changing times affecting the equine sector in the UK and around the world. He said:

"We need to reach out to the world to better understand the horse-human partnership and to appreciate its relevance, its importance and its benefit to society. We must strive to make what was once impossible, possible.  We have seen how technology and the wider political, economic, and social environment is in flux, reshaping and tearing down some boundaries whilst creating others.  But if we aim high, and we work together as one, I believe that we can change the world for equines."

Executive Director of Animal Nepal, Utam Kaphle, then spoke about the charity's partnership work with World Horse Welfare which uses the approach of helping people in order to help their working horses. He said:

"By reaching out to the whole community, we address various aspects of livelihoods which all have a direct impact on the welfare of the horses. By improving the socio-economic situation of the community through income generation training which helps communities to find alternative sources of income, reducing the workload for the equines and increasing income which not only benefits families but also benefits their animals."

Olympic dressage rider and World Horse Welfare Trustee, Richard Davison, then turned the focus towards equestrian sport – the good, the bad and the ugly – looking at how rules and sanctions protect welfare in the sport world. He questioned the media's presentation and coverage of sanctions and also discussed new research and approaches to training methods. He concluded:

"There is endless protection from regulations. We don't need more regulations; we just need them to be clear, unambiguous and relevant to modern times and current knowledge. And if you do seek rule amendments, then do it through the correct process by lobbying your national federation."

Andrea Betteridge, Founder of the Traditional Gypsy Cob Association (TGCA) spoke about the organisation's work to raise the status and standard of the breed type and the importance of promoting their versatility. She said:

"If an animal has a job, it has a value. We have to think of what they can do and put disciplines in place to showcase cobs' adaptability, plus give something for everyone to do and compete – regardless of their level. We need to give a cob a job."

Next up was former MP, Tim Collins, who gave his perspective on Brexit and what it could mean for the equine sector. He gave three key take home messages on the subject, urging listeners to take a stand and let their voices be heard through campaigning. He highlighted what he considers to be the most pressing welfare concern with Brexit, saying:

"Border control and waiting times at borders for animals being both imported and exported needs to be the main focus of our campaigning. For me, this will have the biggest impact on animal welfare and must be addressed."

Joe Saxton, Founder and Driver of Ideas at nfpSynergy, spoke on the volatile nature of trust in charities, highlighting the constantly changing levels of trust in different areas of the charity sector. He said:

"Charities must be professional and responsible, but must not appear too professional or they risk alienating their supporters."

A discussion panel of five renowned vets: Julian Rishworth, Ebony Escalona, Gemma Pearson, Sarah Coombs and Ben Mayes, tackled a number of issues including the topical debate about rider weight, the unique role of vets in enhancing equine welfare through working with their clients, the challenges presented by hard to reach communities and the developments in understanding of equine behaviour which raise the question of how we define modern horsemanship.

Finally, the day concluded with World Horse Welfare President, HRH The Princess Royal giving her thoughts on the different presentations and topics. She questioned how the equine sector can deal with change and the huge number of influences which are driving changes. She said:

"Is all change progress? Technology has connected us to huge amounts of knowledge and information – but how do we know there is wisdom behind that knowledge?"

The Princess Royal also spoke about the responsibility which owners take on when they decide to purchase, loan or rehome a horse. She said:

"As an owner you have a 24 hour responsibility for your animal's welfare. Not a responsibility which depends on how interested you feel or how busy you are from one day to the next. One key thing that struck me from all of today's presentations is time. We might be more time poor now but spending time and patience is essential in training our animals. A quick fix is not effective or sustainable.

"Working from an evidence-base, responsibility and time are all themes which have been highlighted today and I hope we all take home thoughts which will help us deal with these changing times."

World Horse Welfare Chief Executive, Roly Owers, closed the conference saying:

"To be able to change, we have to be prepared to change, but need to base change on common sense, experience and evidence."

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 1594

It is now 1594 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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"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

I'm just giving him a bath!!!

Horses are being forced to race with their tongues tied to their jaw

Horses spotted in Melbourne Cup with their tongues bizarrely sticking out of their mouths. - This is why.

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

Blue Cross remembers role of animals in WWI on armistice centenary

On the centenary of the armistice of World War One on Sunday 11 November 2018, pet charity Blue Cross is honouring the role animals played in the war – not just a vital part of the war effort, but as companions with whom soldiers forged unbreakable bonds.

In World War One, horses and dogs were indispensable. Horses were at the heart of the cavalry, carrying gun carriages, wagons, ambulances and munitions trucks, and dogs of war played an important role as lookouts, messengers and carriers of ammunitions, first-aid packs and injured soldiers.

But the animals were also flesh and blood and extremely vulnerable. It was estimated after World War One that almost 226,000 horses drafted into the British Army lost their lives, by 1917 there were 869, 931 horses in active military service.

While the Red Cross brought relief to the human victims of war there was no similar service for the war's animal victims, until the Blue Cross arrived to help them.

Then known as the Our Dumb Friends League, Blue Cross set up veterinary care on the front lines, treating injured and sick horses and dogs involved in conflict. By the end of the war, the charity had treated over 50,000 sick and injured horses, and 18,000 dogs, funded entirely by donations from the public.

Blue Cross also helped soldiers who befriended dogs while posted overseas – they had shared food and fears together and many soldiers could not bear to leave them behind. But the price to quarantine the dogs to bring them home was too expensive for most soldiers to afford, so Blue Cross took over the Carlton Kennels in Shooters Hill, London as a dog quarantine station.

Once dogs had passed the required time in quarantine, Blue Cross reunited the pair – often by packing the dog onto a train to be met by their owner at their destination.

Blue Cross Deputy Chief Executive Steve Goody said: "At Blue Cross we know animals change lives every day, but there is no time we see this more profoundly than in times of war. In World War One animals were a huge part of the war effort, and we have an incredible archive filled with images and letters to attest to it.

Blue Cross is immensely proud of the role it played in WWI providing life-saving care to animals, as well as its work reuniting soldiers with the dogs they fought alongside and went through so much with. We think it's vital to remember the lives of animals who were forced into battles that they had no say in, and to honour the role they played."

Blue Cross has been helping animals since 1897, and last year we helped almost 30,000 pets with veterinary services at our clinics, rehomed nearly 9,000 pets, and supported over 8,000 grieving people who had lost their pets through our Pet Bereavement Support Service.


To commemorate the eight million horses, mules and donkeys who gave their lives in the Great War 1914 -1918.

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

The Godolphin Stud and Stable Staff Awards

Nominations close: November 20, 2018, 5pm

Award Ceremony: February 18, 2019

The Godolphin Stud and Stable Staff Awards, set up to recognise and reward the hard work of British Horseracing's stud and stable staff employees, are now in their 14th year. The awards are run by the British Horseracing Authority, generously sponsored by Godolphin and in association with the Racing Post.

There is more than £120,000 in prize money offered by Godolphin and the winners and runners-up are revealed during an evening awards ceremony held in February at the Jumeirah Carlton Tower Hotel in London.

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

Giddy up: help for plump ponies is fast on its way

Giddy up: help for plump ponies is fast on its way

Help is on the way for plump ponies at risk of the painful, often deadly, condition of founder or laminitis which is the second biggest killer of domestic horses.

QUT Professor Martin Sillence, from QUT's School of  Earth, Environmental and Biological Sciences, said a new veterinary drug related to one used to treat human metabolic syndrome has been found to prevent laminitis in ponies with the equine version of metabolic syndrome. "This is great news for horse and pony owners because until now we have not had a veterinary drug to prevent or treat laminitis which affects up to 20 per cent of ponies," Professor Sillence said.

"Just like humans, ponies, particularly, and also horses, start to get fatter around the middle as they age especially when there is a constant and abundant food supply.

"In humans, metabolic syndrome is a condition where too much glucose enters the blood and the pancreas produces more insulin to cope. Eventually the pancreas fails, and diabetes develops. "Our team discovered that in ponies something quite different occurs which led to the breakthrough finding that this common but mystifying disease was triggered by high concentrations of insulin. "We discovered and that when some ponies over-eat energy-rich pasture or grains which release a lot of glucose, their pancreas pumps out even more insulin and this leads to insulin toxicity.

Giddy up: help for plump ponies is fast on its wayLaminitis-affected hooves

"The toxic levels of insulin break down the connective tissue in the ponies' feet causing lameness and excruciating pain, with a recent overseas study finding a third of animals with this type of laminitis had to be euthanised within a year of developing it."

Professor Sillence said the research team had found laminitis could be prevented by treating ponies that have high levels of insulin with a drug called velagliflozin.

"This drug belongs to a family of drugs developed to treat human metabolic syndrome by the pharmaceutical company Boehringer Ingelheim. "It works by causing the kidneys to excrete more glucose in the urine to take the pressure off the pancreas and lower insulin levels. "We have tested the drug in controlled trials here in Brisbane and now clinical trials are running on farms in Europe. When we have enough cases to prove its efficacy and safety, the regulatory bodies can pass it for use."

Professor Sillence said the team had adapted a common oral glucose test to determine how high insulin had to be before the disease set in, which allowed prediction of which animals were at risk of developing pasture-associated laminitis. "The breakthrough is the culmination of 10 years of QUT research that began when we discovered the cause of laminitis which had been unknown despite having been described 2000 years ago by Aristotle who called it the 'barley disease'," he said. "Our research team has secured $3 million in research funding including three ARC grants and sponsors in Australia, the US and Europe to investigate the cause of and find new compounds to treat and prevent laminitis." Professor Sillence said the first flush of new grass in spring and autumn pastures was the most dangerous time for susceptible ponies and horses.

Giddy up: help for plump ponies is fast on its way

"Ponies and horses with metabolic syndrome should not feed on pasture that has been fertilised for fattening sheep and cattle, it is too rich, even though healthy horses seem to be able to manage this type of diet. "But it is not just about the quality of the food they eat it is also about the quantity. If large quantities of unfertilised grass are available they will eat a lot."

Giddy up: help for plump ponies is fast on its way

Professor Sillence said laminitis was more common in ponies such as Shetland and Welsh Mountain ponies that had been bred to survive harsh winters when snow on the ground killed the grass. "When the grass appeared in Spring they would eat like crazy and absorb as much glucose as possible to store for the winter when they would lose weight by using up these fat stores. "But now most domestic ponies do not experience seasonal food shortage and grow plump because they just keep eating and pack on the weight."

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

Olympia Horse Show


Olympia Horse Show

Celebrate the Achievements of the FEI World Equestrian Games™ Medallists

On Thursday 20th Evening our equestrian stars of this year's World Equestrian Games will mark their 2018 success in a medal parade. You have the chance to celebrate with them and show your appreciation for the Team GBR athletes, owners and Chefs d'Équipe.  Medal Parade Line Up Eventing - A fantastic competition saw Gemma Tattersall, Piggy French, Tom McEwenand Ros Canter take team gold with the lowest score in world championship history! Ros Canter held her own to also take individual gold.

Dressage - Reigning Olympic champion Charlotte Dujardin CBE will be celebrating after she and Mount St. John Freestyle won individual bronze in the Dressage Grand Prix Special. Charlotte will be joined by fellow team bronze medallists Carl Hester MBE, Spencer Wilton and Emile Faurie.

Para-Dressage - Adding to the line-up will be Natasha Baker MBE, who took silver in the Grade III Para-Dressage Individual Championship, and Sophie Wells MBE, who will be celebrating her double gold medal in the Grade V Individual Test and Freestyle. Fellow team silver medallists Sir Lee Pearson and Erin Orford will complete the Parade.

Book your tickets for Thursday 20th Evening Performance and join us in celebrating the amazing achievements of our Team GBR athletes! 

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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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Looking After Your Paddocks This Winter 

Looking After Your Paddocks This Winter

Your horse's grazing is important to his health and well-being and provides a huge amount of nutritional goodness.

Advice on keeping your grassland in good condition this winter is available from one of the leading experts, Jonathan Cox of Suregrow.

Explains Jonathan: "If the preparation is right then the maintenance and upkeep of your paddock is easy.

"Year round paddock maintenance is crucial, the more you look after your paddocks, the better they will be.

"Make sure your paddocks don't get over grazed. Regularly rotate your fields to give the grass time to rest. This will help to maintain grass throughout the winter and avoid the paddock turning into soil and mud.

"When spring approaches and the paddocks start to dry, you can begin harrowing them, this is a great way to promote new grass growth.

"Rolling will level out the grassland and restore paddocks that have had a hard winter. It is best to roll when the ground is damp.

Looking After Your Paddocks This Winter

"To replace the nutrients lost over winter, you must add fertiliser. This will encourage grass growth and replenish your grassland. Suregrow Fertiliser is the only product in the UK which can be spread without relocating your horse."

Specialising in the care of grassland for horses and ponies, Suregrow has a range of products including fertilisers, mineral and trace elements and grass seeds specifically selected for horse and pony paddocks, as well as the ultimate in arena and ground care management.

Suregrow products include Suregrow Fertiliser, CSM, Paddock Grass Seed Mix, Fast Grass, Meadow and Laminitics Grass Mix.

For more information on Suregrow please contact Suregrow on +44(0)1423 223045 or visit www.suregrowuk.com

Says Steve YandallSays Steve Yandall

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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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