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Eight people injured after horse bolts through crowd at County Show

Five people, including a 12-year-old boy and 83-year old man, have been taken to hospital after a horse bolted during a farming show.

The horse, which was in competition at the Pembrokeshire County Show, threw its rider and broke loose into the crowd before it went "on a rampage".

Eight people were injured after being knocked to the ground at the show in Withybush, near Haverfordwest.

Organisers said there would be a full review into the incident.

The air ambulance was also sent to the scene but was not required.

Parts of the showground were closed off as a result of the incident on the second day of this year's event. The horse has since been captured.

Speaking soon after the emergency services arrived at the scene, Jonathan Twigg, who witnessed the event, said: "A horse, presumably a show jumping horse, seemed to break free from the area it was being held and just went on a rampage.

"It bolted up the avenue through the crowds here and took maybe a dozen people out of the way as it just ran straight into them."

The crash happened on Uttoxeter Road, near the junction with Jolpool Lane
The air ambulance was called after a horse bolted at Pembrokeshire County Show

The annual show, which attracts around 100,000 visitors a year, was first held in 1784.

Mike Davies, chairman of the Pembrokeshire Agricultural Society's Trustees, which organisers the event, said: "At the moment our thoughts are with those who were injured.

"We also want to thank the emergency services who were on the scene very quickly and assisted the injured."

The crash happened on Uttoxeter Road, near the junction with Jolpool Lane
Emergency services were sent to the scene

One eyewitness, who did not want to be named, said: "The horse was out of control, jumped out of the ring, through the crowd and in between some of the stands.

"I've been showing horses for 35 years, and I've never seen anything like this before. Everyone's in shock."

Another eyewitness said he was surprised more people were not hurt.

"The huge horse ran through a really crowded part of the show, and hit six people," he added.

"It was a show jumping horse, it ran through right past where I was standing. It was quite scary."

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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

Unbelievable.
Horse SUES former owner for neglect

Unbelievable. Horse SUES former owner for neglect

Justice is an 8-year-old American quarter horse who used to be named Shadow. And when he was named Shadow, he suffered. At a veterinarian's exam last year, he was 300 pounds underweight, his black coat lice-ridden, his skin scabbed and his genitals so frostbitten that they might still require amputation.

The horse had been left outside and underfed by his previous owner, who last summer pleaded guilty to criminal neglect. And now Justice, who today resides with other rescued equines on a quiet wooded farm within view of Oregon's Cascade mountains, is suing his former owner for negligence. In a lawsuit filed in his new name in a county court, the horse seeks at least $100,000 for veterinary care, as well as damages "for pain and suffering," to fund a trust that would stay with him no matter who is his caretaker.

The complaint is the latest bid in a quixotic quest to get courts to recognize animals as plaintiffs, something supporters and critics alike say would be revolutionary. The few previous attempts – including a recent high-profile case over whether a monkey can own a copyright – have failed, with judges ruling in various ways that the nonhumans lacked legal standing to sue. But Justice's case, the animal rights lawyers behind it contend, is built on court decisions and statutes that give it a stronger chance, particularly in a state with some of the nation's most progressive animal protection laws.

Unbelievable. Horse SUES former owner for neglect

"There have been a lot of efforts to try to get animals not only to be protected but to have the right to go to court when their rights are violated," said Matthew Liebman, director of litigation at the Animal Legal Defense Fund, which filed the suit in Justice's name. Those "haven't found the right key to the courthouse door. And we're hopeful that this is the key."

These efforts have been made amid broad growth in legal protections and advocacy for animals. Three decades ago, few law schools offered courses in animal law; now, more than 150 do, and some states have created animal law prosecutorial units. All 50 states have enacted felony penalties for animal abuse. Connecticut last year became the first state to allow courts to appoint lawyers or law students as advocates in animal cruelty cases, in part because overburdened prosecutors were dismissing a majority of such cases.

These developments count as progress, animal rights lawyers say, in persuading lawmakers and courts to expand the traditional legal view of animals – as property – to reflect their role in a society in which dog-sitting is big business and divorces can involve cat custody battles.

"Our Legislature acknowledged that people care a lot about animals, and that's something that's evolving and increasing," said Jessica Rubin, a University of Connecticut law professor who serves as an advocate in that state's cruelty cases. "The law, hopefully, is catching up to where our morals are."

Unbelievable. Horse SUES former owner for neglect

But expanding the protections for animals is quite different from granting them legal standing, which courts have not been willing to do. In 2004, a federal appeals court shot down a suit in the name of the world's cetaceans, in which President George W. Bush and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld were sued over the U.S. Navy's use of sonar. In 2012, a U.S. District Court dismissed a suit filed on behalf of five SeaWorld orcas, which argued that their captivity was a violation of the 13th Amendment's prohibition on slavery. This spring, a federal appeals court ruled that a crested macaque that took its own photo could not sue for copyright protection, saying "this monkey – and all animals, since they are not human – lacks statutory standing under the Copyright Act."

In New York courts, a group called the Nonhuman Rights Project has for several years sought writs of habeas corpus for captive chimpanzees, arguing that they are "legal persons" – a term that can apply to corporations and ships – and have a right to freedom. While judges have occasionally praised the effort, they have ultimately rejected it, saying chimpanzees cannot bear the duties and responsibilities required of legal persons.

Against that backdrop, Liebman says Justice's case is "more reasonable" than the others. It does not involve the Constitution or historically weighted concepts such as slavery or a writ of habeas corpus. It's not as, well, silly-sounding as copyright for a monkey.

Instead, he and colleagues say, it is a logical next step. Their argument goes like this: While some state cruelty laws were written to protect animal owners or public morals, Oregon's anti-cruelty law makes plain it is intended to protect animals, which it calls "sentient beings." What's more, state courts have ruled that animals can be considered individual victims. And because victims have the right to sue their abusers, the lawsuit says, Justice should be able to sue his former owner.

Justice, of course, has no idea he is suing. Sarah Hanneken, an Animal Legal Defense Fund attorney in Portland, says Justice's ignorance of the lawsuit is irrelevant.

"This whole idea of somebody who has been injured by the acts of another and not being able to speak for themselves in court, so having an adult human do it for them, this is not new," Hanneken said. "Children are allowed to bring lawsuits, because we recognize that children have interests that laws protect."

According to court filings, Justice's former owner, Gwendolyn Vercher, surrendered the horse to a rescue organization in March 2017 at the urging of a neighbor in Cornelius, west of Portland. In a letter to law enforcement, an equine veterinarian who examined the horse at the time said he was "severely emaciated," lethargic and weak. That poor condition probably contributed to a lasting problem – the animal's penis had prolapsed, and his inability to retract it led to frostbite, trauma and infection.

"When I got him, he was a lot worse than I anticipated," said Kim Mosiman, executive director of Sound Equine Options, which takes in and finds homes for about 100 horses each year.

Justice, whom Mosiman fondly describes as "like a grumpy old man," has gained weight and become more social. On a sun-soaked afternoon at the dusty farm in Estacada, he nibbled grass alongside a retired racehorse named Flick and used his nose to nudge the notebook of a visiting reporter. But the lawsuit says his penis may require partial amputation and that his medical conditions will demand long-term care.

"I'm trying to find someone who wants to adopt him," Mosiman said. "But if they find out they're going to have to be financially responsible for him, he's never going anywhere."

Some animal law experts warn that Justice's lawsuit is extreme, even dangerous. Richard Cupp, a Pepperdine University law professor who has been critical of the chimpanzee personhood cases, said he thinks the horse case has even more radical implications.

Allowing Justice to sue could mean any animal protected under Oregon's anti-cruelty statute – a class that includes thousands of pets, zoo animals and even wildlife – could do the same, he said. (Livestock, lab animals, hunting targets, rodeo animals and invertebrates are exempted.) If this approach were adopted elsewhere, Cupp said, a stampede of animal litigation could overrun courts.

"Any case that could lead to billions of animals having the potential to file lawsuits is a shocker in the biggest way," Cupp said. "Once you say a horse or dog or cat can personally sue over being abused, it's not too big a jump to say, 'Well, we're kind of establishing that they're legal persons with that. And legal persons can't be eaten.' "

Cupp emphasized that he supports Oregon's progressive animal cruelty laws and rulings. But legislation is a more reasonable way of expanding animal protections, he said. Justice's case, for example, could be addressed through a law requiring an abuser to cover an animal's future care.

"This would not be bad for society," Cupp said. "We do need to evolve. We're not doing enough to protect animals."

Cupp points to a Connecticut law as one that maintains an important distinction between animals and people. It focuses on "the interests of justice," not the animals' interests.

Geordie Duckler, a Portland animal law attorney who represents Vercher, said he views the horse lawsuit as a publicity stunt, one he does not expect Oregon courts to take very seriously.

"There's a massive chasm between saying a thing is a victim and saying now it must have rights, and the rights are apparently the full panoply of rights, and must include a right to sue," Duckler said. "There's no such thing as a right in a vacuum. ... As soon as you have animal rights, then you'd better have animal jails and prosecutions against animals."

The slippery-slope arguments are familiar to Mosiman, who calls her group an animal welfare, not animal rights, organization. When she considered Justice's long-term needs, though, she had no qualms about signing him up as a plaintiff, she said.

"It was pretty clear-cut: If he wasn't starved, this wouldn't have happened," Mosiman said as Justice languidly scratched his neck and head against a towering pine tree. "It's about him."

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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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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

Church service commemorates eight million fallen warhorses

Church service commemorates eight million fallen warhorses
Warrior was ridden by Gen Jack Seeley in World War One

Eight million horses, donkeys and mules that died in service during World War One have been commemorated in a church service.

Four churches in Coverdale, North Yorkshire, joined to host the open-air War Horse Remembrance Service.

Equine charity Brooke said eight million horses, donkeys and mules are thought to have died between 1914 and 1918.

People, horses and dogs gathered by Pinkers Pond in Leyburn.

The High Sheriff of North Yorkshire, Christopher Legard, and Countess Charlotte Peel were amongst those who took part in the ceremony.

The churches invited local racing stables, pony clubs and hunts, with proceeds from the service going to Brooke.

Hannah Russell, of Brooke's Every Horse Remembered campaign, said horses, donkeys and mules died in the war from shellfire, gas attacks and extreme conditions.

Church service commemorates eight million fallen warhorses
Warrior and Gen Seely met Queen Mary, the wife of George V

"It's so important that we honour the contribution of animals of the past in order to ensure a better future for the horses, donkeys and mules of today," she said.

In 2014, World War One warhorse Warrior was awarded an "animal Victoria Cross" to mark the contribution of all animals that served with British forces.

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For any business professional, combining work commitments with a passion for your chosen sport and wanting to be the best you can be is never easy.  

Here we talk to Nina Barbour, president and founder of both the Liverpool International Horse Show and the Equerry Bolesworth International Horse Show about her recent success at the Longines Global Champions Tour London.

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Lifeboat Horse 'swims' for Norfolk coast art trail

A horse sculpture that is revealed by the outgoing tide now welcomes visitors to a Norfolk harbour.

The Lifeboat Horse, created for a 17-piece summer sculpture trail in Wells-next-the-Sea, was made by Rachael Long for her master's degree at the Norwich University of the Arts.

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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

Terrified rescue horse was 'skin and bones' before making friends with a dog named Molly

Terrified rescue horse was 'skin and bones' before making friends with a dog named Molly

- Miniature horse Sammy arrived at Carolina Equine Rescue weighing 200lb

- Molly the Labrador has a special job on the farm gently comforting sad animals

- The pair are now good friends and Sammy is starting to recover from his ordeal

Details ......

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 1508

It is now 1508 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

Horse pain study

Vets applaud new method to assess equine performance 

Begorrah. Horse found in back of van

The next stage of the AHT's Dr Sue Dyson's facial expressions and horse pain research has taken place. The behaviour ethogram1 has been put to the test on a panel of vets as a new method for assessing equine performance. How accurately the vets used the ethogram to assess pain in ridden horses during the study day will now be assessed. The participating vets collectively commended the value of the ethogram, which defines 24 ridden behaviours that may reflect pain and lameness in ridden horses.

The study was conducted at World Horse Welfare's centre in Norfolk on 21July. Twenty horse and rider combinations, together with a range of professional practitioners, volunteered their time to support the study, which has the potential to transform the welfare of ridden horses. This research is a crucial step in the verification of the use of a behaviour ethogram to help vets detect low-grade musculoskeletal pain in ridden horses. We hope this study will change the way vets assess horse behaviour and recognise pain, leading to improved diagnosis of musculoskeletal conditions in horses all over the world.

Dr Sue Dyson said:  "The behavioural differences between the lame and non-lame horses in the study were very apparent. I am currently cross-referencing analysis of the volunteers' results with me as the Gold Standard. Early indications show that by giving vets a clear understanding of pain associated behaviour markers they will be better able to recognise pain-related behaviour in ridden horses, which may reflect lameness, and to communicate potential performance problems more effectively with their clients." 

An overview of this study will be presented at the Saddle Research Trust Conference in December.

What happened on the study day?

Initially the horses were assessed by Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Animal Therapy (ACPAT) physiotherapist, Jo Spear. The back was examined to check for any areas of muscle tightness or discomfort. Society of Master Saddlers (SMS) Saddle Fitter, Liz Suddaby, checked the fit, placement, balance and suitability of each horse's saddle. The horses were then given a 15 minute ridden warm-up before executing an 8-minute purpose-designed dressage test.

During the dressage test a team of 10 equine vets, selected from 40 volunteers, scored each horse for the presence of 24 behaviours that may reflect pain.  The tests were filmed so that Dr. Dyson could make a comparison between her own real-time behaviour assessments and video analysis and so that the rider skill level could be scored retrospectively by Dr Anne Bondi BHSI.

The ten equine vets, four men and six women, who varied in their years of experience, collectively said that it was one of the best days of continual professional development that they had ever had and that they would change their procedures for both pre-purchase examinations and investigations of either lameness or poor performance in the future.

Helen Whitbread of Deben Valley Equine Veterinary Clinic summarised: "This system is such a useful tool; most of the factors we were scoring were not a surprise, but by being able to quantify the pain in a way that a client can understand and relate to is priceless.  Too often in the past our suggestions that a horse is demonstrating abnormal ridden behaviour because of pain has been brushed aside as 'it has always done that'. Now I can say, for example: 'Yes, it has scored >8 and is therefore likely to have been in musculoskeletal pain the whole time you have owned it'."  

Read more about this project here and here

Reference

1. Dyson, S, Berger, J, Ellis, A, Mullard, J. Development of an ethogram for a pain scoring system in ridden horses and its application to determine the presence of musculoskeletal pain. J Vet Behav: Clin Appl Res doi:10.1016/j.jveb.2017.10.008

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

 

Owner fights Council plan
to sell pony kept in living room

Grey Lady Too spent two winters inside a house
Grey Lady Too spent two winters inside a house

A pony that was kept in the living room of a house for two winters before being taken into a council's care looks set to have a new owner.

Stephanie Noble first moved Grey Lady Too into her house on Lewis on Christmas Eve 2012 because she said there was nowhere suitable to keep her.

The horse was removed from Ms Noble by Comhairle nan Eilean Siar two years later on welfare grounds.

The comhairle is now close to concluding a sale of the pony.

Grey Lady Too had lived in Ms Noble's semi-detached house for two winters before it was removed.

Ms Noble challenged the local authority's decision to do this.

The pony is in the process of being sold
The pony is in the process of being sold

The comhairle said its actions had always been about the welfare of the animal involved.

A spokesman added: "We're in the process of conducting a sale which we hope to conclude soon."

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

Rare Breeds Survival Trust 

These gentle giants were once a familiar sight in every town and village, but are now at risk of being lost forever. Find out how you can help save these iconic breeds

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

Frozen Foal Found Close to Death is Crowned National Rescue Pony Champion

Frozen Foal Found Close to Death is Crowned National Rescue Pony Champion

World Horse Welfare Field Officer Rachel Andrews discovered Frodo in the freezing temperatures of October 2014 after a concerned caller rang the charity's welfare line. Rachel visited the group of horses who had been left in a field in Cheshire without adequate food, water or protection from the bitter conditions and found Frodo almost hidden from view laid amongst a pile of mouldy hay.


Frodo when he was found Oct 2014

Frozen Foal Found Close to Death is Crowned National Rescue Pony Champion
Frodo during the early stages of his rehabilitation

Frodo was tiny and incredibly weak suffering from worms, a terrible lice infestation and didn't have the strength to stand – Rachel described the frozen foal as looking little different to a carcass.

After repeated attempts to trace his owner Rachel removed Frodo with assistance from the RSPCA and the police and took him to World Horse Welfare Penny Farm. 

Frozen Foal Found Close to Death is Crowned National Rescue Pony Champion

Round the clock veterinary care and dedicated work from the team at the farm helped him to make a full recovery and now at the age of four years old, Frodo is completely unrecognisable.

Frozen Foal Found Close to Death is Crowned National Rescue Pony Champion

On his first trip to national showing event Equifest, Frodo took two first prizes with World Horse Welfare Groom Nicolle Walmsley and was last night crowned Rescue Pony Champion in front of huge crowds.

World Horse Welfare Penny Farm Centre Manager, Fran Williamson, said:

"Frodo's transformation in less than four years since he arrived as a tiny foal who was so weak he couldn't even support his own weight, is truly amazing.

"He was rehomed as a youngster where he developed his ground work and education before recently returning to Penny Farm to be backed to ride. He has taken everything in his stride and it is hard to believe that he was once very close to death's door.

"Frodo's incredible recovery is a true testament to the hard work and dedication of the team who cared for him at Penny Farm and we couldn't be prouder to see this once frozen foal now crowned Champion."

Frozen Foal Found Close to Death is Crowned National Rescue Pony Champion

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

Sampson Percheron Horses

Tom Sampson winner of the Ellingham Show BHHDTC Challenge 

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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Says Steve YandallSays Steve Yandall

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Says Naomi Smith

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

Congratulations

Mike Mullis 

Mike Mullis 

British Dressage has  announced the appointment of a new Chairman for the Welsh region. The current Chairman, Steve Arnett, completes his eight year tenure at the end of the year and will hand the leadership of the region to Mike Mullis (pictured) on 1 January 2019.

An ex Regular Army Officer and Police Chief Inspector, Mike learnt to ride in his time with the Army as he took up Modern Penthalon, representing Great Britain at the World Championships in 1973. He developed a love for dressage and has been a member of BD for over 15 years. He shares his passion for riding with his wife and they have five horses together ranging in age from two to 23.

Following a spell with the Criminal Justice System in Wales where he worked with various organisations to 'achieve more with less', he now works in the family business. This affords him the time and opportunity to compete including reaching Petplan Equine Area Festivals, the Veteran Horse and Forces Equine Championships, which he describes as "my Olympics". Mike has been actively involved with the Army Cadet Force for over three decades and is also currently President of the Cadet Force Commissions Board.

On his appointment Mike commented; "I'm honoured to be appointed to this position, and am looking forward to what will face me. My 35+ years in the Cadet Force gives me a lot of experience of operating in a voluntary organisation at all levels, and the importance of working with the members who make up the organisation. I'm looking forward to the challenges of being Chair of BD Wales and getting to meet members, venue owners as well as others who can help us to continue to improve Dressage in Wales for our members at all levels.

"I believe that my career, hobbies and sporting success, will help me understand the ambitions of the members, allow me to help where I can to allow others to achieve their dreams and to do all I can to make the sport fun and enjoyable for all involved as well as those who have not tried our sport."

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