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Escaped horses gallop past cars on motorway 

This is the bizarre moment a group of horses ran loose on a motorway.

Stunned motorists watched on as six or seven horses were seen on a motorway Police confirmed that the horses escaped from a farmer's field near Bredbury In the clip, the horses could be seen running close together as drivers watched

Around 'six or seven' horses escaped from a farmer's field near the M60 and could be seen running through traffic.

Police said the horses were reported at around 4.15pm on Saturday and they were rounded up in a car park after exiting the M60 at Bredbury, Greater Manchester.

The horses were seen running down the outside lane, avoiding the majority of the traffic. In the footage, the animals were running close together, almost single file in parts as shocked drivers looked on.

Greater Manchester Police Inspector Matt Bailey-Smith said: 'It looks like there have been six or seven horses that have had a bit of a wander.

'It looks like they managed to escape from a farmer's field near the motorway through a fence.

'They have now been contained within a car park in Bredbury and we have contacted the owner.'

Danny Langley posted on Twitter: 'Just some horses having a trot on the M60. They're headed westbound at Bredbury (albeit via the e/bound carriageway).'

Sonia Gee also posted: 'Horses on the M60 going towards the traffic about 5 of them I saw them going towards junction 23.'

Greater Manchester police confirmed that they had rounded up the horses in a car park near Bredbury and contacted their owner +2 Greater Manchester police confirmed that they had rounded up the horses in a car park near Bredbury and contacted their owner

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Two horses killed in barn fire†

Inside the blaze hit barn

Two horses were killed and four vehicles destroyed when a barn was engulfed by fire.

The blaze started at the site off Hinckley Road in Sapcote, Leicestershire.

The owner of the horses, who did not want to be named, said he burned his hands trying to get the animals out, but the fire was too intense.

Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service is due to investigate the cause of the blaze.

The barn with a fire engine

Toni Evans, a neighbour, said: "We heard a few bangs and came round to see the barn on fire.

"All I could see were flames, there was nothing we could do.

"They tried to save the horses, but the fire was too much. The owners are devastated."

About 14 firefighters tackled the blaze and used cutting equipment to try and release the horses.

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Former professional flat jockey, Charlotte Mitchell has joined the SPILLERS® team

Former professional flat jockey, Charlotte Mitchell has joined the SPILLERS® team

Charlotte Mitchell has joined the SPILLERS® team as Thoroughbred Nutritionist for the East of the UK. She brings to the company a wealth of knowledge and practical understanding in this important sector of the equine feed market.

Charlotte was a professional flat jockey for 11 years. In the UK and UAE she rode 50 winners from around 1,000 rides. Prior to this she gained an Equine Science (BSc Hons) Degree at Hartpury College and used this education during her time working in both Racing and Stud yards.

Being heavily involved in the industry, Charlotte is passionate about Thoroughbreds and has re-homed two ex-racers – one of whom she raced on. Both horses have been retrained, with one now turning her hand to eventing and the other show jumping and showing. Charlotte also has a spotted British miniature that she shows.  

Charlotte said: "It is extremely exciting to be joining such a sought after feed company, that has exceptionally strong team members and high class scientific research. I can't wait to start helping trainers and studs with their Thoroughbred nutrition needs."

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Life on the road - One man and his horse

John lives the life of a nomad, travelling the country in his wagon pulled by his horse, Barney.

He rejected the "rat race" when he was 16, and is still living the life 24 years later.

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World Horse Welfare Belwade Farm Highlights Urgent Need to Rehome

Belwade rehoming

World Horse Welfare Belwade Farm is urging anyone thinking of getting a horse or pony to consider rehoming in order to help free up space for the many more horses and ponies in desperate need of the charity's help.

Belwade Farm Rescue and Rehoming Centre in Aberdeenshire currently has more than 25 horses and ponies looking for homes on its rehoming scheme – some of which have been waiting to find their forever home for more than a year. From children's riding ponies to youngsters and loyal companions, Belwade Farm has a wide range of equines looking for rehomers and last year found new homes for almost 60 horses and ponies.

The farm, which is one of World Horse Welfare's four UK Rescue and Rehoming Centres, is currently overstocked due to high numbers of welfare cases needing the charity's help so finding new homes for equines who have undergone rehabilitation is more important than ever. Belwade Farm Centre Manager, Eileen Gillen, said:

"The harsh weather conditions and lack of nutritious natural food sources at this time of year can often mean more horses and ponies are at risk of suffering welfare problems so it's imperative that we have the space to take them in and give them the care they so desperately need.

"As well as freeing up space for those in need, rehoming also gives the horses and ponies who have undergone rehabilitation the chance to fulfil their potential and enjoy the dedicated love and attention they deserve from a new home.

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"If you are thinking of getting a horse, rehoming really is a great option. Not only will you receive a fully open and honest assessment of the horse's character and behaviour, but also the charity retains ownership giving you the reassurance that if your circumstances change or things don't work out you can return the horse to us at any time.

"We have a wide variety of horses and ponies looking for homes from companions to youngsters to driving ponies and children's ponies – there is something for everyone! I would urge everyone to visit our website today and find out how they can give a rescue horse or pony a second chance at the happiness they deserve."

Find out more about rehoming at: www.worldhorsewelfare.org/rehoming

A selection of the horses and ponies at Belwade Farm currently looking for homes can be found below:

Bourbon rehoming

Bourbon – Belwade Farm's 'Loneliest Pony' - Pretty 14hh, 6 year old Bourbon has been looking for a home as a companion since November 2016 and has only received one application in that time. She is a wonderful, friendly pony who does need firm boundaries setting but will make a loyal best friend. Bourbon came into World Horse Welfare's care in March 2015 as part of a group of horses and ponies who were all underweight and not receiving the care they needed. Bourbon was emaciated and suffering a lice infestation.

Jumping jack flash

Jumping Jack Flash - Jack is a 13hh, 5 year old gelding looking for a home as a youngster where he can continue learning about the world and developing his education. Jack can be nervous so will need a confident rehomer who can help build up his trust but he could potentially be backed to ride or drive in the future. Jack came into World Horse Welfare's care in May 2016 in need of urgent veterinary treatment.

Pumpkin rehoming

Pumpkin - 13.2hh, 8 year old Pumpkin is a fun-loving pony who is looking for a home as a ridden pony where she can develop her talents for jumping and take part in all riding club activities. Pumpkin needs a confident rider who can help give her reassurance but will go far in the right home and has a lot of love to give. Pumpkin came into World Horse Welfare's care in July 2015 as part of a group of horses who were not receiving the care they needed.

Nemo rehoming

Nemo - 12.3hh, 5 year old Nemo is a handsome gelding who is looking for a home as a riding pony. He was backed last year and is confident in walk, trot and canter and has schooled loose over jumps. Nemo needs a small lightweight rider who can continue his education and with the right experience will make a lovely child's pony. Nemo was born at Belwade Farm when his mother came in as part of a welfare case.

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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

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thrown from horse

Pope sends gift to police woman thrown from horse

The police woman, whose horse was startled during Pope Francis' visit to Chile, is recovering in hospital.

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 1323

It is now 1323 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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Helping out with the haying in the yard!

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

China to boost donkey breeding to combat world protests at increasing imports  

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

BHA launch racehorse aftercare survey

BHA launch racehorse aftercare survey

The British Horseracing Authority will be launching a survey to better understand the aftercare of thoroughbreds.

The voluntary survey, which asks for trainers to share their own experiences of aftercare for racehorses, forms part of ongoing work towards an overarching equine health and welfare strategy currently being developed by the BHA.

The focus will be on life after horses finish their racing career and follows on from news of 30 day foal notification which will help to form a more accurate picture of racehorses' lives before they enter training.

The survey will be open for two weeks allowing trainers the opportunity to share the high standards of aftercare received by racehorses, but also will allow the BHA to gain greater clarity regarding the latter stages of racehorses' lives.

Trainers have been sent the survey by e-mail and have been asked to complete it by Friday 2 March.

David Sykes, Director of Equine Health and Welfare at the BHA, said:

"British Racing's duty of care to its racehorses extends beyond the end of their racing careers.

"As part of our work towards an equine welfare strategy which encompasses the post-racing life of a racehorse, we need to get a fuller picture of what happens to horses after they leave the track.

"Asking for trainers' help to do this will allow us to understand the current landscape from those who experience it first hand, and we are looking forward to seeing the results."

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

Charity's worst surviving rescue has finally found a home

The video shows Buddy's progress from rescue, through rehabilitaion to rehoming.

In January 2011, staff at equine rescue centre, HorseWorld worked around the clock to save the life of a young cob who arrived at the charity's welfare department weighing just a third of his ideal body weight. Now, four years later, he is fully recovered, fully grown and has finally found a family and a home to call his own.

HorseWorld Groom, Kayleigh Macleod helped to give Buddy the care and medication he needed when he was so emaciated and ill. "He looked ready to die and was so weak that his head had to be supported by grooms.

Buddy shortly after arriving at HorseWorld

It took a drip and six blood transfusions to give Buddy the strength to support his own weight. He had to be lifted to his feet every two hours day and night for the first two weeks."If he laid down, he was unable to get himself back up again and became distressed that he couldn't get to his food. He couldn't be left laying down for too long. In his efforts to get up, he would rub sores on his shoulders, hips and head where his bones protruded through his fragile skin. Buddy's bed had to be very deep with huge banks of straw around the edges for him to push against while we were lifting him."

On arrival at HorseWorld Buddy weighed just 108kg and his frail skeletal frame was hidden beneath his thick, matted winter coat. If he had been cared for and healthy, he would have weighed around 280-300kg. He was also suffering from severe diarrhoea that was full of redworm.

Now, four years on, Buddy is fighting fit and giving no clues to his traumatic start in life. HorseWorld's team of specialist trainers worked with the young pony to train him to be ridden so he could find a new home on the charity's loan scheme where he would receive all the love and one-to-one attention he deserves. Buddy's new loaner, Harriet Champion said,

"I'm so excited to give Buddy a new home. He will be being ridden by my two nephews and niece where they can all grow up together and learn together as a team. I'm looking forward to being able to give all the team at HorseWorld updates on how he's doing after the bad start in life he had."

Buddy's medical care cost over £2,600 in the first three weeks alone. Vet fees and feed costs continued to accumulate throughout his rehabilitation. Manager, Jerry Watkins commented "This is one of the worst cases of neglect HorseWorld has seen in a long time, the fact that Buddy kept fighting was enough inspiration for us to fight just as hard to save his young life. Now, seeing him start his new life as a riding pony with a family that love him makes it all worthwhile.

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

Survey highlights dental disease in UK horses

Survey highlights dental disease in UK horses

Zoetis UK announced that results from the latest National Equine Health Survey show that dental disease is a significant problem for horses in the UK. Of the horses included in the survey 5.4% were suffering from trouble with their teeth and dental disease was the sixth most frequently recorded individual disease syndrome in the survey.1

The results suggest horses in the UK commonly have dental abnormalities and reiterate the importance of raising awareness of equine dental disease. In another veterinary study, dental abnormalities were detected in a huge 94% of geriatric horses yet only a quarter of these animals were reported by the owner to have a dental problem. Although this may in part be due to historical abnormalities detected at examination, the authors suggested that dental disease may be under-reported by owners.2

NEHS is an annual snapshot survey, conducted by Blue Cross in conjunction with the British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA). 5,235 people took part in the 2017 survey and returned records for 15,433 horses. A total of 841 of these horses were recorded as having problems with their teeth, with 54% treated by a veterinarian and 46% receiving attention from an equine dental technician.1

The horse has up to 44 teeth, set in a powerful jaw. As herbivores, horses munch their way through on average 2.5% of their bodyweight in forage and feed every day to maintain their weight – that's 12.5kg (dry matter) of food chomping for a 500kg horse. This is why it's so important to keep your horse's teeth in good working order.3

Just like humans, horses can have many problems with their teeth such as loose or broken teeth, excessively worn teeth, infections and gum disease. It's crucial to identify problems early, preferably before symptoms occur, to minimise discomfort and maximise chances of successful treatment. The 2017 survey showed that 92% of horses received regular dental checks with approximately two thirds receiving annual checks and one third receiving checks every six months.

Dr Wendy Talbot, equine vet at Zoetis commented: "It is tricky to know if a horse has dental problems because you can't see inside the mouth and often there won't be any obvious symptoms. This is why regular check-ups are so important. It's reassuring to see that a high percentage of horses are receiving regular dental checks. Ideally your horse's teeth should be examined by your vet or qualified equine dental technician every 6- 12 months."

It is often best for your horse to be lightly sedated before a dental examination as this allows for a safer and more thorough procedure with minimal distress for your horse. Only your vet is qualified to sedate your horse.

Zoetis has recently supported an equine dentistry roadshow with Chris Pearce MRCVS, founder of the Equine Dental Clinic, to help vets develop their knowledge and practical skills in equine dentistry.

For further information on equine dentistry, worming and many other aspects of horse care visit www.horsedialog.co.uk.

References

1National Equine Health Survey 2017

The top five disease syndromes recorded this year were:

  • Skin diseases 31.1% compared to 25.5% in 2016 (17.2% in 2015, 18.3% in 2014, 14.6% in 2013 and 15.2% in 2010-12). Sweet itch and mud fever were the most frequently reported individual syndromes within this category and made up 6.1% of all returns (6.8% in 2016).
  • Lameness (including laminitis) 23.4% compared to 32.9%in 2016, (24.4% in 2015, 21% in 2014, 19.2% in 2013 and 12.9% in 2010-12). Overall, as in previous years, if laminitis is excluded from the analysis, lameness due to problems in the limbs proximal to the foot was more common than problems in the foot.
  • Metabolic diseases 8.1% with PPID ('Equine Cushing's disease') accounting for 73.4% of this figure, consistent with previous NEHS findings.
  • Eye problems 7.6% with ocular discharge (weepy eye) accounting for 54.2% of all ocular syndromes recorded.
  • Gastrointestinal problems 7.5% with gastric ulcers accounting for 39% of this figure and 3% all syndromes recorded (2.7% in 2016).

2IRELAND J. L., CLEGG P. D. , McGOWAN C. M. et al (2012) Comparison of owner-reported health problems with veterinary assessment of geriatric horses in the United Kingdom. Equine Veterinary Journal, 44 (2012) 94–100

3National Research Council, Nutrient Requirements of Horses 2007 Sixth Revised Edition

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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

BREAKTHROUGH IN STRANGLES VACCINE RESEARCH 

New research shows how scientists have moved a step closer to developing a vaccine to protect horses from Strangles.

World-leading scientists from the Animal Health Trust (AHT), the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, the Karolinska Institute and Intervacc AB, have developed a new protein-based vaccine to protect horses from Strangles. Strangles is caused by a bacteria called Streptococcus equi, which causes horses to suffer from large pus-filled abscesses in their throat and neck. With an estimated 600 outbreaks of Strangles each year in the UK alone, the development of the new vaccine will have tremendous benefits to the health of horses around the world.

"We are delighted to have shown that our Strangvac vaccine protected over 80 % of horses from this dreadful disease," said Prof. Jan-Ingmar Flock, CEO of Intervacc AB, the company that produced the vaccine. "Strangles is a scourge of the equine world and the development of Strangvac has the potential to prevent many thousands of horses from falling ill each year."

"Strangvac is an extremely exciting vaccine" explains Dr. Andrew Waller, Head of Bacteriology at the AHT. "The vaccine was designed using information from sequencing the DNA of Streptococcus equi and highlights the potential that the genome-era heralds for improving the health of animals and people. Improving the health of horses is a core aim of the Animal Health Trust and we are proud to have helped make this vaccine a reality towards finally breaking the hold this disease currently has on our horses."

"Transfer of the manufacturing process and production of commercial batches are underway towards the registration and launch of Strangvac," continued Prof. Flock, "and we anticipate that Strangvac will be available for use during 2020."

The work "Strangvac: a recombinant fusion protein vaccine that protects against strangles, caused by Streptococcus equi" is published in the journal Vaccine and can be viewed here

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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Chill Out With Mollichaff Calmer Complete

Throughout February, March and April there is a special promotion offering £2 off a bag of Mollichaff Calmer Complete (in participating stockists, whilst stocks last)

Is your horse or pony feeling a little fresh and excitable after the long winter? It's always important to look at your management routine and environment to ensure that any potential stressful situations are kept to a minimum before relying on a change to the diet. Fizzy behaviour may also be due to pain from being ridden in poorly fitting tack or from teeth that need attention so this should be checked out too.

Then make sure you feed your horse the correct amount of feed he needs for the work he is doing. It can be easy to overestimate your horse's workload and feed a product that's too high in digestible energy. 

For example, if your horse is only going for a 30 minute hack two or three times a week, you are likely to experience problems if you are feeding recommended amounts of a cereal-based competition mix! For a sharp horse, a low starch, high fibre product would be much more appropriate in this scenario, and far less likely to result in over-exuberant behaviour.

Mollichaff Calmer Complete is a complete fibre feed formulated for nervous or fizzy horses. It contains a balanced blend of fibre pellets, oat straw, dried grass, herbs, soya oil, limestone and trace elements, and it can be used as the sole bucket feed when fed at the recommended levels as it contains a broad spectrum vitamin and mineral supplement.

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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

Congratulations

Nicole Newburn 

Nicole Newburn

Fifteen year old Nicole Newburn from Preston, Lancashire has become the NAF Shining Star for February 2018.

Nicole has shown tremendous dedication as a member of the Lancashire Junior Academy since its launch three years ago and attends training on a regular basis. It is Nicole's commitment and determination which has led to her successful nomination for the NAF Shining Star Award.

Having been put forward by Lancashire Junior Academy coach Andrew Millin, he gave this insight into Nicole's nomination "She is a very dedicated rider who prides herself on her turnout, flat work and all round work ethic. 

She won the NAF 3* Pony Five Star Final in 2017 at the National Inter Academy Team Show at Weston Lawns Equitation Centre but unfortunately had a bad fall shortly afterwards which saw her out of action for a few months. However, she is now fit and well and looking forward to the 2018 season. Nicole shows great ability in the saddle having been partnered with at least five ponies throughout her British Showjumping career to date and it's fair to say that her riding career is in great shape."

Nicole is now moving into her fourth year as a British Showjumping member and in this time she has competed with much success over a wide range of National classes. The classes in which she has competed in so far include many qualifiers and Pony Second Rounds last year. Commenting on the award, Nicole had the following to say "I feel very proud of my achievements so far. After my fall last year, I have had quite a bit of time out of the saddle but with the support of my family and coaches I have overcome any hesitation I may have had to get back to riding and competing. Looking forward to the 2018 season, I have come back with more determination to improve and moving on to jumping bigger tracks."

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