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Tony Barnett has done amazingly with the forestry commission fight"Without horseytalk we might as well all dig a hole and jump into it."

- Maureen Comber

Scientists pave the way
to aid fracture repair in horses

Dr Debbie Guest, Head of Stem Cell Research
Dr Debbie Guest, Head of Stem Cell Research

In a collaborative project scientists from the Animal Health Trust and the University of East Anglia have made 3D printed scaffolds that can be used to turn induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells into bone in the laboratory.

iPS cells are created by 'reprogramming' an adult cell, such as a skin cell, to turn back into a stem cell state where they can grow forever in the lab and turn into any cell type of the body. They could therefore produce a wide variety of cells to help replace injured and damaged tissues in regenerative medicine approaches.

Bone fractures occur commonly in horses through traumatic injuries and bone overloading. Severe fractures can be difficult to treat due to a horse's need to bear weight on all of its limbs. Surgical approaches to fracture repair are constantly improving and bone grafting is often carried out in human patients to help the repair of the fracture site. However, the harvesting of bone from another site can have catastrophic consequences and it is not commonly used in horses.

In work funded by the Petplan Charitable Trust, Paul Mellon Foundation and Anne Duchess of Westminster Charitable Trust a scaffold was produced that enabled horse iPS cells to be turned into bone to provide a 3D structure. The scaffold material is inexpensive and can be printed to any size or shape, treated to encourage the attachment of cells to its surface and it is transparent, which allowed the scientists to see what was happening to the stem cells over time and determine that they turned into bone cells.

Dr. Guest added "this work paves the way towards the laboratory production of bone constructs that could be used to aid fracture repair in horses; so could ultimately benefit many horses in the future".

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You can read a copy of the study "Biocompatible Three-Dimensional Printed Thermoplastic Scaffold for Osteoblast Differentiation of Equine Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells" published in Tissue Engineering Part C , here

Read more about our fractures research here

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Tony Barnett has done amazingly with the forestry commission fightTony Barnett has done amazingly with the forestry commission fight

Please pass my congratulations to him
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Bring on summer!

Says Steve YandallThis sign is illegal

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

Tangled Wild Horse Freed From Wire on Patagonian Roadside

These men discovered a trapped horse while driving and heroically set it free!

Says Steve McCarron

Steve McCarronWhat is the point of the OPEN SPACES SOCIETY 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.

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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
For Chailey, it was 20-years.
For Chobham, it was six-months.
For Odiham, it was five-years x twice ......... read more

Princess Anne meets riders at new RDA Training Centre

Princess Anne meets riders at new RDA Training Centre

Princess Royal officially opened the first National Training Centre for the Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA), a charity of which she is President.

The centre, located at Lowlands Equestrian Centre in Warwickshire, will be home to the RDA's staff team as well as four exisiting RDA groups providing riding and carriage driving to people with disabilities.

Princess Anne, who spoke to riders and presented rosettes during her visit, said: "RDA has built a world-class reputation on the strength of its expertise, coaching and horsemanship. These are strengths that must remain at the heart of everything we do in the coming years.

"The Lowlands project will ensure we can maintain our high standards and develop our training programmes to ensure the best possible experience for RDA's riders and carriage drivers long into the future.

"As RDA looks forward to the next 50 years, this national training centre will draw on all the experience and strength of community in RDA to create a vital and inspirational focal point for learning of which we can all be proud."

Princess Anne has also been named patron of the training centre.

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The Society of Master SaddlersThe Cream Gene 

What makes Palomino and Cream Dilute horses and ponies so truly striking and totally unique to the average bay, black, chestnut or grey.  

Ever wondered what causes the change? It's all down to the genes and in this issue. 

The British Palomino Society exclusively breaks down the process.

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Could you outrun a horse over 22 miles?

Could you outrun a horse over 22 miles?

The annual Man versus Horse race took place in Llanwrtyd Wells in mid Wales as 650 runners try to beat a horse over a 22-mile course.

The race has been held since 1980, after founder Gordon Green argued in the local pub that a runner could beat a horse over a long distance.

In the previous 39 years, only two runners had beaten the fastest horse - the last occasion being in 2007.

Keeping our country side safe for walkers

Team GBR's Sophie Christiansen supports RDA's 50th anniversary 50 campaign

LTeam GBR's Sophie Christiansen supports RDA's 50th anniversary 50 campaign
Team GBR para-equestrian dressage rider, Sophie Christiansen

This year, the Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA) is marking its 50th anniversary with a campaign that tells the stories of 50 amazing people, including riders, volunteers and supporters, who help to make the RDA the extraordinary organisation it is today.

One of the 50 Faces is Team GBR para-equestrian dressage rider, Sophie Christiansen. Without the RDA, she might never have won her 13 World and Paralympic medals, eight of them gold. After being born prematurely with cerebal palsy, a six-year-old Sophie began riding at South Bucks RDA Centre on the advice of a physiotherapist, who believed in the benefits of riding for children with disabilities.

"I guess riding gave me a sense of freedom, I couldn't walk or run like the other children but when I sat on a horse I felt free and it kind of escalated from there," said Sophie. "I was always quite sporty and used to love playing football and hockey but I was rubbish at them and kept falling over. Dressage was the only sport I was good at, so I was determined to see how far I could go."

Read the full story and discover the RDA's 49 other faces by visiting their website.

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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

South Herefordshire Hunt pair found guilty. 


Paul Oliver and Hannah Rose were convicted after throwing foxes to hounds
at a hunting kennels

Two people have been convicted of animal cruelty after foxes were thrown to hounds at a hunting kennels.

Paul Oliver, master of hounds at South Herefordshire Hunt, and kennel maid Hannah Rose were convicted at Birmingham Magistrates' Court.

Evidence was obtained by an anti-hunting investigation team using covert cameras and a tracking device.

Oliver and Rose were given 16-week and 12-week suspended prison sentences respectively.

Oliver, 40, of Sutton Crosses, near Spalding, Lincolnshire, was convicted of four counts of animal cruelty, and Rose, his 30-year-old partner, three counts of the same charge. She was acquitted on a further count.

They were also each ordered to pay £300 in costs and a £115 victim surcharge.

Julie Elmore and Paul Reece pleaded guiltyJulie Elmore and Paul Reece pleaded guilty

A total of four people have now been convicted of causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal.

Julie Elmore, 55, of Brynarw estate, near Abergavenny, Monmouthshire, and Paul Reece, 48, from Itton, near Chepstow, Monmouthshire, pleaded guilty to an allegation that they committed the offence while transporting the foxes, rather than killing them.

Elmore and Reece were given conditional discharges and ordered to pay costs of £50 after the judge said both had been "motivated by consideration" for two fox cubs.

A fifth defendant, Nathan Parry, 40, also of Brynarw estate, was cleared of all charges.

Mr Parry took foxes to kennels but was found not guilty after the judge accepted he believed they would be relocated in the wild.

Julie Elmore and Paul Reece pleaded guiltyPaul Oliver and Hannah Rose have been convicted

Oliver was caught by a hidden camera as he prepared to feed live fox cubs to his dogs in May 2016, the trial heard.

The court was told hidden motion-sensitive cameras were placed at kennels by the anti-bloodsports activists Hunt Investigation Team (HIT) after they received information animal welfare legislation had been breached.

A camera recorded Oliver handling foxes at kennels and dumping the bodies of two cubs in a wheelie bin, the court was told.

Footage showed Oliver, previously a senior member of Cornwall's Western Hunt, using a stick with a noose attached, known as a grasper.

The BHS and Maureen Comber

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

June 16 .............DAY 1,8211

It is now 1821 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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Maureen Comber was treated by the BHS

"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

Unbelievable! 27 horses die
since racecourse opened on Dec 26

Unbelievable 27 horses die since racecourse opened on Dec. 26

A 27th horse has died since Santa Anita, California opened its meeting on Dec. 26 after the colt Derby River sustained a catastrophic injury while training. After six weeks without a death, there have been four fatalities since May 17.

Derby River, an unraced 2-year-old bought in March for $50,000 at a sale in Florida, suffered a fractured shoulder, according to his trainer Ruben Gomez.

The horse was euthanized in Chino, and it's unclear if it would technically be called a Santa Anita fatality since the colt was euthanized off-site. The California Horse Racing Board hasn't recently dealt with a situation like this.

The horse was euthanized at a clinic in Chino so it was unclear whether the death would technically be called a Santa Anita fatality. However, Mike Marten, California Horse Racing Board spokesman, said "in the interest of full transparency, we will be treating it as an on-track training death and do a full necropsy and count it in the statistics."

Gomez was obviously still pained by the incident when contacted on Thursday.

"I sent him to hospital, but there was nothing they could do to save him," Gomez said. "It can be a common injury in babies. He just came up from Florida."

Gomez said the horse was sent to Chino because he was told the clinic has the best specialists in this area and enhanced radiography.

"I am so sad," Gomez said. "I ride my horses every day and I get so attached to them, especially my babies."

Shoulder and humerus — the bone that connects to the shoulder — injuries are not common. According to data compiled by the CHRB, during the 2016-17 fiscal year, only 10 of the 170 fatalities in the state were in the shoulder-humerus area. In 2017-18, only four of 113 were in that region.

On May 17, Commander Coil also sustained a life-ending shoulder fracture while galloping, which is not considered a strenuous activity.

Statistical oddities have seemed to be a hallmark of this crisis, be it the near 20 deaths in 10 weeks followed by the six weeks without any fatalities.

The latest death could be a blow to Santa Anita's hope of hosting the Breeders' Cup on Nov. 1-2. The Breeders' Cup board meets in Lexington, Ky., during the last week of the month. It's there that it is expected a decision will be made on the host of this year's event.

It could come down to the committee relying on perception, and the possibility that race-week talk will be about horse deaths.

Last year the national average of fatal injuries was 1.68 horses for every 1,000 starts. Santa Anita's was 2.04, behind Churchill Downs' staggering 2.73.

Since the reforms were announced and some put in place in mid-March, Santa Anita has a 1.43 death rate per 1,000 starts. That is based on 2,087 starts. In training sessions, Santa Anita has a 0.015 death rate.

Most states do not report training fatalities and some, such as Kentucky, are difficult to extract data on any fatalities. California has one of the most open policies for reporting on horse injuries.

The death of Derby River was the second for Gomez, who had Derby Treasure, a 4-year-old filly, go down on Jan. 11 in a six-furlong $30,000 maiden claiming race. She was winless in eight starts before that race.

Racing is expected to continue at the Arcadia track for the next three Friday through Sunday weekends. Closing day is June 23.

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

The Retreat Animal Rescue Farm Sanctuary turns out horses for summer

Giddy up the aisle as horse gets church blessing

Giddy up the aisle as horse gets church blessing

A church service in Aberdeen took an unusual turn when a woman brought in a horse to receive a blessing.

It was not quite a steeple chase, more of a gentle trot up the aisle for Olly, a 25-year-old Belgian Warmblood.

The horse received a blessing from Rev Dr Flora Munro at Garthdee Church after the first prayer.

Owner Lisa Watt said she contacted the church after seeing a similar ceremony take place in the US.

She said: "The minister was really up for it. She was so excited and positive and everything and then a few other people couldn't believe I was going to take the horse into the church.

"It's never been done before so they were convinced it wasn't going to happen."

Olly took it all in his stride.

Giddy up the aisle as horse gets church blessing

Ms Watt said: "We had the minister organise the first hymn and he came in during the first hymn, got his blessing, she said a few words about him and then we came out.

"We got group photographs of everyone who was there.

"Being 25 he's quite laid back anyway but I knew he wasn't a complete nutcase or anything."

The blessing of animals is a long-held tradition in Christianity.

People celebrate the feast day of Saint Francis of Assisi, the Patron Saint of Animals on 4 October.

On this day, pets and working creatures are led to churches for a special ceremony called the "Blessing of the Animals".

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

Wild horses released to their former range

BOISE, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK) - About 300 people were on hand as the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) released a first group of 14 wild horses into the Hardtrigger Herd Management Area.

The entire area was burned by the 279,144-acre Soda Fire in 2015. At that time, BLM gathered the wild horses and has been caring for them at the Boise and Bruneau Off-Range Wild Horse Corral facilities since the fire.

The area is capable of handling 66 to 130 wild horses. There are currently 21 horses living on the range and BLM will release 45 more.

Wild horses released to their former range

"We were pleased to offer people this unique and special opportunity to watch this first group of wild horses return to the Hardtrigger this morning," said Boise District Manager Lara Douglas. "We recognize how important it is to manage healthy wild horses on healthy rangelands." 

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

Stray horse rescued from a swamp

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

Melanie Scott appointed in the role of Northern Development Officer 

British Showjumping

Melanie Scott has been appointed in the role of Northern Development Officer, British Showjumping..

Melanie has previously provided Development Officer maternity cover for Scotland and is currently providing maternity cover for the East and East Midlands region.   Melanie will take over responsibility for the Northern region from Wednesday 31st July ensuring a seamless transition from Michelle Clough who will be leaving the post on the 30th July 2019.

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 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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