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Two arrested after horse collapses in city centre

Two men have been arrested after a horse collapsed on a main street in Cardiff city centre.

The men, aged 21 and 25, are in custody after being arrested on suspicion of causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal.

South Wales Police and the RSPCA were called to Westgate Street.

Whispering Willows Sanctuary, which has taken in the horse, said it was stable and had been drinking water.

Sandra Stolp, from the sanctuary, said the horse was suffering from exhaustion and heat stroke and it "could have been fatal".

"She is OK this morning, and she's been drinking water," Ms Stolp added.

Former veterinary nurse, Jeanette Cook, said she saw the collapsed animal looking "awful" as she drove past.

Two arrested after horse collapses in city centre

"It was breathing really fast," the 38-year-old from Radyr said, adding there was a crowd of more than 50 people gathered near the animal.

A spokeswoman for RSPCA Cymru said: "An officer attended last night after reports of concerns for the welfare of horses in Cardiff."

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Meet Digby the Guide Horse

Meet Digby the Guide HorseDigby is believed to be the UK's first guide horse...

Commuters in a busy English city encountered a strange sight recently as they boarded the underground train service.

While people may be used to standing on two feet on busy shuttles, it's rather less common to see a passenger on four.

For among those on the carriage was a wonderful American miniature named Digby, who is believed to be the UK's very first guide horse.

Digby's journey on the Tyne and Wear Metro was the latest stage in his training as breeder Katy Smith, who runs KL Pony Therapy in North Yorkshire, seeks to prepare this very special and cherished young horse for life assisting someone with sight problems.

"Digby is absolutely thriving and loves his work" The trip on the Metro was designed to familiarise Digby with the sights and sounds of travelling on a transport system. Being comfortable travelling will be important as he is due to be given to Helena Hird – who is partially-sighted and lives and works in London – towards the end of next year. The train journey gave him the chance to experience trains, stations, ticket gates and lifts.

Meet Digby the Guide Horse

So, what inspired Katy to train guide horses?

Katy has been running an equine therapy centre for many years, and found American miniatures to be the perfect animal to take to schools, care homes and other facilities because of their size.

Around eight years ago she became aware of these diminutive horses being used as an alternative to dogs as guides for the blind and partially-sighted in the US. She travelled to New York to visit trainer Alexandra Kirkland and was inspired by 17-year-old mini Panda, who was being schooled as a guide and even travelled around in a car!

"I think I first read about guide horses on the internet," Katy told FEI.org. "I immediately saw it as a great idea. They are ideal for people that can't have a dog. There are a small minority that can't have dogs for allergies or religious reasons.

"Also, these horses can live to be 45 to 50 years of age. So, once trained, these horses are a long-term partner.

"I feel we are offering something different and it means we can make the most of these horses. In many ways they are like a dog with their loyalty and attitude."

Katy was determined that her first guide horse should be one she bred herself.

She wanted to know everything about the animal, being aware of all their experiences and anything that might spook them ahead of a career as a guide.

Digby was born in June 2017 and Katy immediately identified a strong and calm character that would make him an ideal guide.

"He seemed to be very different from other foals I'd bred," she says. "He seemed to be able to adapt very quickly.

"He's so intelligent and he's always been a people's horse. He likes his friends, but he chooses people."

Katy has always put Digby's wellbeing at the forefront, and the horse has so far thrived in the training schedule. As well as travelling on public transport, Digby is able to remember routes, safely cross roads, find post boxes and push buttons.

"We have trust in each other," she says. "He wants to do things well and show people that he can do things. His wellbeing is paramount for me. If there was any sign of distress we would not continue. He calls the shots."

Meet Digby the Guide Horse

Digby's train journey was perhaps his biggest test so far.

Digby's big day out was supervised by Metro staff and throughout the visit he wore a harness, his special 'thunderpants', and a special-set booties to protect his hooves.

"The tube was everything I hoped for and more," Katy says. "He took it in his stride. I knew he wouldn't be scared, but I didn't realise how in charge and calm he would be.

"We went through 10 tunnels and going from the darkness to light didn't spook him. He liked looking out of the window to see where he was going."

Digby's fellow passengers were delighted to share the journey with this wonderful horse.

"We were thrilled to help out Digby the guide horse with his training. We've loved being involved in such a wonderful and heart-warming story, and our customers have loved it too," said Tyne & Wear Metro's Chris Carson.

"We do a lot of guide dog training on Metro, but a guide horse isn't a sight that we've ever seen. It's brightened up everyone's day.

"Digby took all the sights and sounds of the Metro system in his stride. I hope that the training has been of great benefit to Digby and his owner ahead of his big move to London."

Digby is proving both an able student and teacher as he is now actually showing one of Katy's other horses, a mare, how to ascend and descend stairs as she begins guide horse training.

Katy is confident of Digby's success as a guide when he eventually moves in with Helena, who has decided she wants a horse rather than dog because horses live for much longer.

"So far he is proving that you can train them to guide," she says. "He remembers the route he's meant to be on. If I deviate, he stops, which is the same as guide dog.

"I think the kind of person that might choose a guide horse needs to be a 'horsey' person. They should be an animal lover with a good knowledge of horses. It would not be appropriate if they don't have any equestrian knowledge.

"Digby is absolutely thriving and loves his work. At the moment I feel he was born to do this."

Keeping our country side safe for walkers

Tracey Crouch appointed as an independent member of British racing's Horse Welfare Board

Tracey Crouch appointed as an independent member of British racing's Horse Welfare Board

The MP for Chatham and Aylesford and former Minister for Sport and Civil Society, has been appointed as an independent member of British racing's Horse Welfare Board.

This follows the announcement in March that former President of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons and past Chairman of World Horse Welfare, Barry Johnson, has been appointed as the independent chair of the Board.

The Welfare Board's remit is to develop a new welfare strategy covering the whole racing industry. The strategy will look across the whole lifetime of racehorses, before, during and after they leave the sport.

The Welfare Board will also look at how the sport's welfare standards are communicated and how they are perceived by the sport, the public and other audiences.

Tracey Crouch MP said: "I am thrilled to be joining the board at an important time for the sport and look forward to being able to combine both my passion in animal welfare with my interest in horseracing."

Barry Johnson, Chair of the Horse Welfare Board, said: "I am delighted Tracey Crouch has been appointed to the Welfare Board. Her knowledge of animal welfare issues and integrity will be of enormous value to the sport."

The first meeting of the Horse Welfare Board will take place in the coming few weeks. The Horsemen's Group and the Racecourse Association will both be represented on the Board, alongside the British Horseracing Authority (BHA)'s Director of Equine Health and Welfare, Dr David Sykes.

The Board is aiming to set out its thinking for the future of horse welfare in racing later this year and to make initial recommendations by the end of 2019.

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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

An RSPCA investigation has been launched after footage of a young horse rearing up and then collapsing was posted online. .

The horse, which also appears to be thin and in poor condition, is trapped in the harness of a cart after falling at Deeside retail park in Queensferry, Flintshire, North Wales.

Nadine Williams posted the video to social media last night with the caption: 'Today my sister found a horse tied up around by the Range in Deeside.

'She gave the horse water. The horse had a big gash on its head and sores around its mouth.

'What happened next was so disgusting and heartbreaking. RSPCA were called when meeting them he advised police a vet will be attending.'

The video starts with a close up of the horse, zooming in on its mouth, as a person says: 'We've got a big sore on his lip and you're saying it is because of that thing with the rubber thing and you are going to put it back onto its face.' The video then shows the man appearing to struggle as he puts the bridle on the horse's head. A close-up of the head suggests the bridle has been placed on top of a sore. It then continues to show the man struggling to put on the equipment for the horse to pull the cart, known as a sulky.

The horse is then connected to the sulky, which is typically used for racing. The horse rears up and then falls over backwards. It appears to be tangled up in the sulky and harness. Anne Dunwell responded online: 'The arrogance of this cruelty astounds me and shows what a mockery our animal welfare legal system is.

'Shame on our country that this can go on in public and they know they can get away with it. Well done you brave women for filming and taking a stand.' Tracy Flanagan wrote: 'That horse is head shy. It's been hit many times. I worked for years with horses and it's a dead giveaway if they are beaten around the head a lot they constantly throw back the head like that.' A spokeswoman for North Flintshire Police said: 'In response to public concern, we are aware of an incident at a car park in Queensferry involving a horse. It is being dealt with by the RSPCA and Flintshire County Council.'

The BHS and Maureen Comber

How the BHS treats somebody who has been a loyal, dedicated and hard-working member for over 50 years.

April 28 .............DAY 1,762

It is now 17062 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.

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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

Emergency teams from The Donkey Sanctuary care for 700 donkeys awaiting slaughter for their skins. 

Emergency teams from The Donkey Sanctuary care for 700 donkeys awaiting slaughter for their skins. 

The Donkey Sanctuary recently reported on the dire situation of 700 donkeys kept in an overcrowded holding pen in Brazil

The donkeys had been deposited were destined for slaughter so that their skin could be harvested to produce gelatine for a traditional Chinese medicine, Ejiao.

Given the recent criminalisation of the donkey skin trade in Brazil, however, the donkeys being transported were resigned to holding pens in the absence of open slaughterhouses. One such donkey was Ana.

Emergency teams from The Donkey Sanctuary care for 700 donkeys awaiting slaughter for their skins. 

When their team encountered Ana, a dangerously small and malnourished donkey, they set out fearing for the worst. She had collapsed from exhaustion and appeared unable to move.

In spite of their fears, the team sprung in to action in the hope of saving the donkey's life. Ana was very weak, yet she receptive to the team's help and eventually they managed to raise her to her feet.

Emergency teams from The Donkey Sanctuary care for 700 donkeys awaiting slaughter for their skins. 

Once Ana was up, she was able to start walking with some assistance from our team – an enormously encouraging sign, and a moment of hope within their bleak environment. Vet Omar gave her a closer inspection, and decided that she would benefit from being given fluids via nasogastric intubation.

Omar and Frede carried out the procedure, which was successful. Ana was released, and the team were overwhelmed with joy to see her walking off independently to re-join her friends. With the benefit of youth on her side, she immediately began to eat hay with the others, her condition looking much improved.

Emergency teams from The Donkey Sanctuary care for 700 donkeys awaiting slaughter for their skins. 

Omar says: "This is exactly what we are looking for after performing a nasogastric intubation – a donkey in this condition with no discomfort, and no pain. She can keep eating immediately after the procedure."

The impact of the skin trade: Cavalheiro's story

Eduardo Santurtun, The Donkey Sanctuary's regional director of the Americas, was deeply concerned when he came across Cavalheiro. Like Ana, he too had collapsed, and had sunken into a muddy ditch. When Eduardo got closer, however, the donkey kicked out his legs in fear and started to struggle. He was barely alive, and frightened by the situation - but he hadn't given up his fight yet.

The team had to move fast, so they manoeuvred the helpless donkey into a more comfortable position on the bank in order to assess him. Cavalheiro was, however, too weak to get up or even hold up his head for long without assistance.

Emergency teams from The Donkey Sanctuary care for 700 donkeys awaiting slaughter for their skins. 

Vets Omar and Aline worked quickly and calmly with Cavalheiro. His heart rate was high and his temperature low, with Aline describing him as hypothermic. He was given fluids intravenously, which helped to raise his temperature a little, yet the elderly donkey did not pick up enough strength to eat or drink.

In spite of further administration of fluids, Cavalheiro's heart rate shot up from 80, to 120, to 140. Blood tests revealed that he was suffering from hyperlipemia, a stress-induced condition that can be fatal to donkeys, and it became clear that he was unlikely to recover from the disease.

Emergency teams from The Donkey Sanctuary care for 700 donkeys awaiting slaughter for their skins.

Omar, a vet from Mexico, said: "This donkey is just too bad, so sadly we have to euthanise him. It's best for the donkey, because he will not recover."

The euthanasia was a quick, but terribly sad, process. The team sat around him, speaking softly, and Eduardo held Cavalheiro's head in his final moments.

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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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"My name is Jenny. I didn't run away, I'm just walking. Thank you."

"My name is Jenny. I didn't run away, I'm just walking. Thank you."

Every morning in Frankfurt, Germany, you might catch a glimpse of Jenny, a horse who goes on a long walk every morning, all by herself. She has been taking the same route every morning for 14 years, ever since her owner, now 79 years old, became unable to ride. She enjoys greeting all of the familiar faces along the way, and she stops and gets treats and pettings from some of her favorite humans. The locals treat her like a celebrity and happily clean up after her.

"My name is Jenny. I didn't run away, I'm just walking. Thank you."

A piece of paper is attached to her halter that reads, "My name is Jenny. I didn't run away, I'm just walking. Thank you." But the police get calls frequently from people who don't know about the arrangement. They are very familiar with the horse and the owner, and there have been no incidents in 14 years. A local veterinarian gives her routine checkups and continues to find her to be healthy and showing no anxiety about her unique lifestyle.

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

Horseracing in Britain is among the world's best regulated animal activities.

Responsibility for the care of horses rests with everyone in the sport. From the people who independently govern and regulate racing, through to racecourses, the sport's participants and the 6,000 stable staff whose role it is to care for the 14,000 horses in training at any one time, British horseracing is run by people with a deep love of horses.

Our common objective when it comes to welfare is for a British racing industry with agreed, transparent, world-leading standards of equine care for the whole life of our horses; a commitment to innovate and make ongoing, measurable improvements based on clear evidence; delivered through a coherent, proactive strategy with the full engagement of our sport.

Michael Owen stars in short "Horse Comes First" film which showcases the premier league care received by British racehorses:

"The British horseracing industry is unified in its commitment to the welfare of our animals and we strive for the highest standards, constantly investing in research and education.

We are proud of our record on equine welfare, but we must never stand still when it comes to making our sport safer for our horses and ensuring they receive the best possible standards of care. This should be the case from the moment they are born until well after the end of their racing careers.

The BHA is the sport's independent regulator and is responsible for setting and enforcing the standards that the industry must adhere to. Nothing has a higher priority for the BHA and those involved in British racing"

Nick Rust, BHA Chief Executive

"It must be remembered Britain has the best equine vets in the world, and the BHA's teams of vets on racecourses are fantastic, totally committed. I've found the BHA to be transparent in everything I request of them."

David Muir, equine consultant for the RSPCA

"World Horse Welfare does not accept the claim that horses are unwilling participants in sport. Horses bred to compete will rise to the challenge, as anyone who has ever taken part in equestrian sport knows. This notion that sport is bad for horses needs to be challenged – and challenged forcefully. Yes, sport horses are well cared for, but that is no more than one should expect. However, the sheer amount of investment that flows into the horse industry and the resulting research that is conducted on horse health and welfare has done an enormous amount for horses everywhere."

Roly Owers, Chief Executive of World Horse Welfare

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

Pony Zorbing!

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

Hockey on horseback celebrates 150th anniversary

Hockey on horseback celebrates 150th anniversary

Polo Celebrates an Important Birthday1869-2019

2019 marks a special year for the sport of polo. This year marks the 150th anniversary of the first acknowledged game of polo. 'Hockey on horseback', as it was referred to then was organised by officers stationed at Aldershot, one of whom had read about a form of the game in India, in The Field magazine. Etiquette, followed by rules developed very quickly afterwards, as did the emergence of polo being played at many Clubs, Hurlingham being amongst the first (1874).

With this is mind, Polo150 will be celebrating this momentous occasion throughout 2019 with a series of events and tournaments, including The Chapple Cup Series military matches, International matches and The Poloafrica Tour to the UK hosted by UKAFPA between 17 – 25 June culminating in a weekend of games at Cirencester Park Polo Club for The Warwickshire Cup Day and The Royal Windsor Cup at Guards Polo Club. Polo150 will be inclusive, acknowledging the military origins of the sport, but incorporating all elements and players (past and present) of today's 'global' game. HRH The Prince of Wales is Patron of UK Armed Forces Polo Association Charity (UKAFPA) and supports the Polo150 initiative.

"As Patron of the U.K. Armed Forces Polo Association, I am delighted to support their 'Polo150' initiative to celebrate this significant landmark in the sport's history.

"I do congratulate the U.K.A.F.P.A. for taking on this initiative, and for using it to bring the world of polo together to celebrate a most remarkable sport – from which I still bear the scars! – and send my very best wishes to everyone in the polo world as we celebrate its one hundred and fiftieth birthday."

During the year, Polo150 will be raising money for polo related charities all over the world. Donations can be made through Just Giving or via the UKAFPA website.

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 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

Darrell Scaife 

Darrell Scaife 

Darrell brings to his new role as British Eventing Youth Performance Manager a huge amount of experience in coaching and developing younger riders through his role as Director of Riding at Stonar School and as the Chair of Selectors and Chef d'Equipe to British Junior Squad, along with being a Fellow of the British Horse Society and BE Master Coach.

Darrell has also undertaken the important role of Chef d'Equipe to Zimbabwe Eventing where he led Zimbabwe's first equestrian, Camilla Kruger, to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Since becoming Chair of Selectors and Chef d'Equipe to British Junior Squad in 2014, the GBR team have seen much success taking four team and three individual medals at the Junior European Championships.

On his appointment, Darrell commented; "I'm looking forward to creating a programme which offers a clear arc of progress for athletes as they journey through the BE Youth Programmes. The aim is to continue to deliver medal winning results at European Championships, help to facilitate success at Senior level, and to offer a programme which allows athletes to develop, progress and remain engaged with the sport whether or not they achieve squad selection."

This new role will oversee the British Eventing Junior and Young Rider Programmes following this year's Youth European Championships at Maarsbergen, the Netherlands, from 10 - 14 July.

Find out more about BE's Youth Programmes HERE.

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