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Hunt accused of killing fox cancels meets.

Hunt accused of killing fox cancels meets

A hunt has taken the unusual step of cancelling plans to use National Trust land after it was accused of killing a fox.

The Surrey Union hunt, which was established in 1798, said that it had agreed with the charity not to use the Polesden Lacey estate for meets scheduled next week and on January 2.

The highly unusual agreement not to use the land came after animal welfare activists claimed that the Surrey Union's hounds had ripped apart a fox on Saturday.

The Hunt Saboteurs Association said in a statement that the hounds had "rioted" around the village of Peaslake and "came upon a fox in thick undergrowth and killed it". Hunting foxes with dogs has been unlawful since 2005.

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

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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

Pony Rescued from Wandering Streets is Christmas Star

Pony Rescued from Wandering Streets is Christmas Star

A young pony who was abandoned and left to wander the streets with no food, water or shelter has made an amazing recovery since being rescued by World Horse Welfare, and is now the focus of the charity's Christmas appeal.

World Horse Welfare Field Officer Chris Shaw first met Colin in early 2018 when a caller rang the charity's welfare line to report concerns for horses which kept straying onto the roads in the Potton area. Chris visited the location to find Colin in poor condition and although enquiries were made, it was impossible to find an owner. Chris revisited again a few weeks later and Colin's condition had deteriorated, plus he was wandering loose and had been causing problems on the busy roads. Chris said:

"On my most recent visit, Colin was alone with no equine companion and appeared to have no one to care for him, instead just left to his own devices. He was underweight and suffering from a lice infestation, plus he wasn't being kept in an enclosed space so was at real risk of injuring himself or causing an accident. I was told that he had learnt the finishing times of the local school and so would take himself down to wait at the gates each day in the hope of finding food.

Pony Rescued from Wandering Streets is Christmas Star

"He'd also apparently worked out where other horses were kept in the local area and would go to stand next to them – probably for companionship and more than likely to try and share their forage. Colin's hooves were also splitting as they had not been trimmed and given that no owner could be found, we worked with the local council to have Colin signed over into our care.

"When the lorry arrived to transport Colin to safety, it was like he knew exactly what was happening and practically trotted into the horsebox. Since being in the care of World Horse Welfare's Hall Farm he has thrived and made great friends with a number of other youngsters on the farm.

Pony Rescued from Wandering Streets is Christmas Star

"Colin was in such a sorry state when we found him so it's really heartwarming to see him looking so healthy, happy and full of life now – living exactly as a young pony like him should be!

"Seeing horses transformed in the way that Colin has been is what makes my job so worthwhile and keeps me going every day. There are so many horses just like Colin who need our help both at Christmas and all year round so I'd ask anyone who is able to spare a few pounds to donate to World Horse Welfare's Christmas appeal and enable us to change the lives of even more horses and ponies."

Pony Rescued from Wandering Streets is Christmas Star

Donate to help reach more horses like Colin
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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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Marshall Field's fleet of delivery wagons in 1897

Marshall Field's fleet of delivery wagons in 1897

THE BEST BRITISH HORSE RACINGS

THE BEST BRITISH HORSE RACINGS

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

As it was very popular with the royalty of British society, it soon earned the title of "Sport of Kings". With racing taking place in Britain all year, there is always some interesting top-notch events not to be missed.

No matter whether you just want to keep yourself updated or bet on races, by registering at betway.com, you will find everything you need to know about horse racings and many other kinds of sport betting.

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

Temporary. What does it mean?

Temporary. What does it mean?Different inspectors have different meanings
For Chailey, it was 20-years.
For Chobham, it was six-months.
For Odiham, it was five-years x twice ......... read more

Shire foal Papillon takes first steps

Shire foal Papillon takes first steps

An adorable Shire foal has been taking her first tentative steps into the world at Redwings one year after her mother's rescue.

Papillon, now five months old, was born to mother Tortoiseshell at our Norfolk headquarters, where she continues to grow in strength, curiosity and mischief every day.

Her arrival marks the end of a challenging but rewarding year for our vet and equine care teams as they've fought to bring Tortoiseshell and her friends back to health following their rescue in November last year.

Tortoiseshell was part of a group of 19 Shire horses discovered fly-grazing (grazing without permission of the landowner) on a site in Bewdley, near Kidderminster in Worcestershire.

When no owner came forward to claim them, powers under the Control of Horses Act 2015 (England) meant ownership of the herd passed into the hands of the landowner, who asked Redwings for help.

With winter approaching, Redwings joined forces with the Blue Cross, Bransby Horses, HorseWorld, World Horse Welfare and the RSPCA to round-up the herd and find them new homes.

Redwings took in six mares and named them after butterflies – Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Cleopatra, Holly Blue, Painted Lady and Swallowtail.

Shire foal Papillon takes first steps
The major round-up of Shire horses in November 2017

However, their recovery at the Sanctuary was not plain sailing. Blood tests and subsequent biopsies revealed that the group were suffering from significant and potentially life-threatening liver damage. While the cause was unknown, luckily they responded well to treatment.

Very sadly, however, Cleopatra passed away during the summer due to a severe and sudden bout of colic, and a second foal, named Empress, was heartbreakingly put to sleep due to complications arising from a blood infection.

Papillon's start to life was also fraught with difficulty; she was born with severely weak tendons in her legs which meant she initially struggled to stand, although happily her legs have strengthened and she now loves to trot around the paddock she shares with her mother.

Shire foal Papillon takes first steps
Papillon with her mother Tortoiseshell

Lynn Cutress, Redwings' Chief Executive, said: "With little provision for their care, it's safe to say that if we had not intervened by rounding-up this large group of Shires last November, their welfare would have been at dire risk – proven by the subsequent discovery of their liver problems.

"Handling such a number of heavy horses is a real challenge, but thanks to the efforts of our teams, these special Shires are now receiving all the care they need and they've already become beloved members of the Redwings family.

"We were truly heartbroken to lose Cleopatra and then little Empress, however seeing Papillon go from strength to strength has lifted our spirits. We've pledged her, and the rest of the Shire group, a safe home with us for life so we'll be there for them every step along the way!"

You can help us provide all the specialist care Papillon and our Shires need. To make a donation, please call 01508 481000 or click here.

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TopSpec Electrolytes

TopSpec ElectrolytesTopSpec Electrolytes are designed to help compensate for electrolyte loss after heavy sweating.

This new additive has a high salt formula, contains wildberry to aid palatability and is recommended by equine veterinary practices and independent nutritionists.

Some minerals are also called electrolytes. This is because when dissolved in body fluids they carry spare ions which give them an electrical charge.

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How you can help with the future of injury prevention in event horses

How you can help with the future of injury prevention in event horses

The Animal Health Trust is working with British Eventing, the British Equestrian Federation and World Horse Welfare to investigate risk factors for injury and illness in horses competing in BE events.

Be is seeking riders and owners of horses who have competed in all levels of BE competition to take part in the online survey:

ENTER SURVEY

To be eligible to take part in the survey; horses must have competed with British Eventing, at any level and in any number of events. If you would like to participate we ask that one survey is completed per horse, and thank you for taking the time to complete it. All information provided is strictly confidential and no details will be passed on to any third parties.

Results from previous studies led by the AHT, with support from British Dressage, the BEF and the FEI, have been used to advise trainers, riders and owners about how to prevent injury in dressage and show jumping horses.

As well as helping injury prevention in event horses, by completing this questionnaire you are also eligible for entry into a prize draw worth over £1000 (entry optional). The prize package includes:

  • A lesson with Richard Waygood MBE, World Class Eventing Performance Manager
  • A lesson with Piggy French, member of the 2018 World Championship gold medal winning team in Tryon
  • A Fairfax Performance Bridle of your choice
  • A Fairfax Performance Breastplate
  • British Eventing rider and horse membership worth over £250
  • Hy Fashion bundle worth £200, includes a jacket, breeches and shirt
  • A framed pastel head study of your horse by acclaimed artist Yvonne Lamden Cooper
  • A pair of Fairfax Calf Stirrup Leathers
  • Back on Track goodies
  • Cool down boots from Premier Equine
  • British Eventing branded saddle cloth from Griffin NuuMed
  • Gift voucher to spend on tickets to the SsangYong Blenheim Horse Trials
  • Bottle of Cool Down from Absorbine

ENTER SURVEY

If you would like further information on the project please contact Carolyne Tranquille at the Animal Health Trust.
Email: carolyne.tranquille@aht.org.uk Telephone: 01638 751908

Keeping our country side safe for walkers

Thieves steal horse stable and shelter

Thieves steal horse stable and shelter

Thieves have dismantled and stolen the bulk of a stable block and shelter from a field in Lincolnshire.

The culprits also fed horses food that had not been mixed with water, leaving one of the animals needing veterinary treatment.

Tasha Bentley, who keeps two horses on the land at North Scarle, near Lincoln, said wood, nails and plastic were left scattered over the field.

She said: "It was just devastation. I couldn't believe what I was seeing."

It is believed the thieves drove down one of the back lanes, through a farmer's field and over the electric fence to reach the stables in the early hours of Friday.

Friends have started a funding page to raise the £7,000 needed to rebuild the stable to house the horses during winter.

Thieves steal horse stable and shelter

Anyone with information should contact Lincolnshire Police.

"The man at the council offices in the Isle of Wight said that if they stopped adopting/resurfacing bridle paths, the council would need to close down that department" - Tony Barnett

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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

MP pledges support for HorseWorld's Anti-Tethering campaign

MP pledges support for HorseWorld's Anti-Tethering campaign

MP Luke Hall pledges his support for HorseWorld's Anti-Tethering campaign

He visited HorseWorld's welfare yard in Whitchurch, Bristol. Luke is a champion of animal rights and heard about HorseWorld's #BreakTheChain campaign after receiving a number of letters from constituents concerned about tethering.

Tethering is the practice of staking a horse to the ground using a chain around the horse's neck. When used long term it can cause pain and discomfort and doesn't allow the horse to express natural behaviours.

Luke met with HorseWorld's Managing Director, Mark Owen, to discuss the aims of the campaign. Which are to; enforce a limit on the length of time a horse can be tethered to a maximum of 24 hours; introduce a complete ban on tethering in dangerous locations such as on roadsides and in the centre of roundabouts and finally to enforce a policy that states 'if tethering is your only method of keeping a horse, then you should not be permitted to keep that animal.'

MP pledges support for HorseWorld's Anti-Tethering campaign

Luke and Mark also discussed the inability of many local authorities to enforce the Animal Welfare Act 2006. This is because of a lack of council appointed animal welfare inspectors, who are the only people, aside from police, with the power to seize an animal that is suffering and get it the help it needs.

After hearing about the potential dangers of tethering, Luke then met some of the horses at HorseWorld who show the physical and psychological effects of long-term tethering. Luke met Pilgrim; who has scars on his neck from being tethered, the scars are so bad that the hair will never regrow. And Salisbury; who was born while his mother was tethered to the ground and unable to protect him or care for him.

As a result of this visit Luke agreed to support HorseWorld and aims to bring the #BreakTheChain campaign to debate in parliament soon as possible. He said, "As a local man and animal lover who grew up in the local area I want to do everything that I can to protect animals in our community. It was extremely interesting to meet with HorseWorld and listen to their policy ideas to protect these beautiful animals. I am really looking forward to supporting HorseWorld in their campaign.

As a result of this visit Luke agreed to support HorseWorld and aims to bring the #BreakTheChain campaign to debate in parliament soon as possible.

MP pledges support for HorseWorld's Anti-Tethering campaign

He said, "As a local man and animal lover who grew up in the local area I want to do everything that I can to protect animals in our community. It was extremely interesting to meet with HorseWorld and listen to their policy ideas to protect these beautiful animals. I am really looking forward to supporting HorseWorld in their campaign."

HorseWorld hope that with the combined voices of Luke and all the people who've supported their campaign we can make a real difference to the lives of horses and donkeys all over the UK.

For more information please visit: breakthechain.horseworld.org.uk

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 1622

It is now 1622 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"

Click here to read in full the shocking way
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

Skiing With Real Horse Power

Hillside Animal Sanctuary

HAY S.O.S

HAY S.O.S

With over 3000 different rescued animals, mainly horses, cows, sheep and goats, depending on hay as their main food source, you can probably imagine the amount of hay and haylage, and silage for the cows, that we have to provide for them. So, with this year's shortage having led to increased prices (25%), it is going to be harder than ever to maintain this vital supply.

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO DONATE TO THE HAY S.O.S FUND

PLEASE CLICK HERE

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

Mane star

Meet Storm, a female Haflinger

Meet Storm, a female Haflinger horse with a dazzling long mane that has grown over 1m (3.3 ft.) long over the course of 6 years. Amateur photographer Priscilla Gijsberts captured the remarkable creature posing with her owner, Naomi Beckers, in Limburg, in the south of the Netherlands

Meet Storm, a female Haflinger

Meet Storm, a female Haflinger

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

SHOULD I BE WASHING THE MUD OFF
EVERY DAY?

SHOULD I BE WASHING THE MUD OFF EVERY DAY?

Penbode Equine Vets give their answer

We often are asked if horses should have the mud washed off their legs when they come in in the afternoon. After all, mud fever is caused by mud isn't it?.....Well , not quite. Out-wintered horses that spend their days hock-deep in mud rarely suffer from mud fever, and mud fever is rare in wet summers. It seems that it is the constant wetting and CHILLING of legs that is the key predisposing factor. We have shown, by washing just one front leg with a hosepipe and then scanning both front legs with a thermographic camera, that the washed leg remains significantly colder than the unwashed for at least two hours afterwards.

The picture shows a pony that had its legs washed free of mud every day, yet suffered from severe mud fever in all four legs. Once we cleared up the mud fever, on our advice the owner stopped washing and just applied indoor padded leg wraps directly on top on the muddy legs (see photo), to dry and warm them. The legs are never washed, just brushed in the morning. And contrary to what you might expect, it has been completely free of mud fever since.

If you DO decide to wash then it is important to DRY the legs quickly with a DRY towel so that they can warm up quickly. With the exception of heavily feathered horses (where the feathering seems protective) clipping the lower legs (especially the heels) will make drying more efficient and quicker. Waterproofing the lower legs, especially the heels, with an oily barrier (such as Pig Oil or Sudocrem) is also a good additional preventive measure.

PENBODE EQUINE VETERINARY CLINIC, TAVISTOCK, DEVON Telephone 01822 613838.

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

WORLD HORSE WELFARE ANNOUNCED AS OFFICIAL CHARITY OF ROYAL WINDSOR HORSE SHOW 2019

WORLD HORSE WELFARE ANNOUNCED AS OFFICIAL CHARITY OF ROYAL WINDSOR HORSE SHOW 2019

World Horse Welfare, a UK-based charity that improves the lives of horses in the UK and around the world through education, campaigning and hands-on-care, has been announced as the Official Charity for Royal Windsor Horse Show 2019, which will take place in the private grounds of Windsor Castle from the 8-12 May.

Founded in 1927, World Horse Welfare has been operating for over 90 years. Its vision is for a world where every horse is treated with respect, compassion and understanding, which they aim to achieve through working with horses, horse owners, communities, organisations and governments to help improve welfare standards and stamp out suffering in the UK and worldwide.

With several well-known patrons within both the media and the equestrian scene, including: BBC broadcaster and keen rider, Sara Cox; 2006 Sports Personality of the Year, Zara Tindall MBE; and Pippa Funnell MBE, World Horse Welfare has the support of both professional and amateur riders.

Within the UK, World Horse Welfare is the largest horse rescue and rehoming charity. At its four Rescue and Rehoming Centres, horses receive specialist care and rehabilitation in order to restore them to full health. Once the rehabilitation stage is complete, World Horse Welfare then looks to rehome each horse, whether that be as a treasured companion, competition or leisure horse, or anything in-between.

World Horse Welfare's international programme aims to alleviate the suffering of working horses and improve human livelihoods by sharing essential knowledge with horse owning communities in the developing world. Working with local partner organisations in 16 countries across Latin America and the Caribbean, Africa and Asia, the charity currently runs 17 projects within horse-owning communities, giving owners the knowledge and skills to empower them to care for their horses and so better protect the health and welfare of their most important asset.

World Horse Welfare Chief Executive, Roly Owers, said: "We are thrilled to be chosen as the Official Charity of Royal Windsor Horse Show 2019 and are grateful to the organisers for giving us this unique opportunity. This is a truly legendary event covering such a wide spectrum of the horse world, which chimes so well with the breadth of World Horse Welfare's work.

"Intense planning is already underway on a whole host of engaging activities to showcase our work to both new and existing supporters, including a display featuring World Horse Welfare horses and ponies and a new horse sculpture trail, which we look forward to announcing details about very soon."

Show director, Simon Brooks-Ward added: "World Horse Welfare has fulfilled a vast amount of incredible work for the equestrian world, through education, and also rehoming horses. As a Show which celebrates equestrianism, it is a very fitting partnership, and we are excited for the road ahead."

For more information on Royal Windsor Horse Show visit www.rwhs.co.uk. Tickets will be available to purchase from late November via the website and through Windsor Information Centre.

Says Tony BarnettGATES OR STILE’S WILL ONLY BE LAWFUL AS LONG AS THE REASONS FOR THE INSTALLATIONS ARE SERVING THE PURPOSE FOR WHICH THEY WERE INTENDED.

ANY STOPPING UP OR CLOSING OFF OF RIGHTS OF WAY SHOULD BE CHALLENGED FOR APPROVAL/CONSENT FROM THE APPROPRIATE MINISTER OF THE CROWN ........... read more

Olympia Horse Show


Olympia Horse Show

Celebrate the Achievements of the FEI World Equestrian Games™ Medallists

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

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

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

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

BOOK TICKETS

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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Equipe Soft Oil – RRP: £24.00

Equipe Soft Oil is for the maintenance and conditioning of leather saddles and accessories. It contains a mixture of natural triglycerides and, if used regularly, creates a natural barrier against sweat and dampness, the main cause of leather deterioration. It contains a protective moisturising substance which, with regular use helps to maintain the condition of the leather.

Equipe Soft Grease – RRP: £26.00

The Equipe Soft grease is for the maintenance and conditioning of leather saddles and accessories. The Soft Grease helps to prevent premature ageing caused by sweat, light and heat. The grease protects the leather by creating a natural barrier and a waterproof effect. It contains protective moisturising substances which, with regular use, help to maintain the condition of the leather.

Equipe Soft Clean – RRP: £18.00

Equipe Soft Clean is a none soapy cleaner which removes dirt and sweat from the leather without drying it out.

Equipe Soft Care – RRP: £31.00

Equipe Soft Care is an easily dispensable solution used to clean and condition leather.

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Sheepskin Glove – RRP: £42.00

The Equipe Sheepskin Glove is ideal for applying Equipe leather care products to your leather.

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Featuring Soft Clean, Soft Care, Grease, Soft Oil and a luxuriously soft Sheepskin Glove, it is the ultimate choice for maintaining condition and suppleness.

To ensure that the saddle maintains its aesthetics through time, and for the hide and leather to preserve their characteristic softness and suppleness, extending the saddle's life and its appeal, it is important for hide cleaning and moisturising treatments with specific products to be regularly carried out.

With this in mind, Equipe has created specific Soap, Oil and Grease for its clients, with specific detergent and moisturising substances, to be preferably applied with a lambskin glove or, alternatively, with a plain soft cloth.

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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

David Rendle

David Rendle

BEVA announced that their prestigious 2018 Sam Hignett award has been given for research into a novel treatment for equine Cushing's disease, also known as Pituitary Pars Intermedia Dysfunction. 

The award, made for the best clinical research presentation from equine practice, was presented to David Rendle, for his paper Efficacy of a novel palatable pergolide paste formulation for the treatment of pituitary pars intermedia dysfunction (PPID) in ponies. David is a specialist in equine medicine at Rainbow Equine Hospital, North Yorkshire.

PPID is the most common endocrine disease in horses and the treatment for it, pergolide, is one of the biggest selling equine drugs. Mr Rendle's research investigated a new unlicensed formulation of pergolide as a palatable paste, which was developed for use in horses that do not tolerate, or do not respond to, treatment with the licensed drug.

The paper outlined the difficulties of administering tablets to horses, particularly when the dose is only a fraction of a tablet and also explained that horses might respond better to treatment if smaller amounts of pergolide were administered twice daily rather than once daily. The new pergolide formulation overcomes these issues by allowing accurate administration of very small volume of molasses flavoured paste produced specifically for horses.

This important work is the first to demonstrate that the new paste formulation was effective and was not associated with any side-effects. The concentration of the pituitary hormone, ACTH, came down following administration of the paste and the clinical signs of the treated horses improved.

David Rendle said: "Although pergolide paste is available in the UK through veterinary surgeons it is not a licensed medicine and needs to go through a proper registration process in order to become licensed. This will involve larger and more robust investigations of safety and efficacy to build on this initial pilot study."

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