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October 2000

This section will keep you up to date with all the changes that are taking place. Please let us know what you think, your feedback is always appreciated,

horse Your Feeding Questions Answered
by the nutritional experts at Dengie Main Ring.
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31st October 2000
horse Gallop East
An on-line shop for Equestrians.
At GALLOP EAST we are constantly searching for new, interesting and unique items for the horseperson. We work hand-in-hand with our suppliers to make sure that the designs are authentic and pleasing, not just horsey.
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31st October 2000
A Horse, of Course
with Don Blazer
Trim the foot so it is balanced and short.
Shoe the horse frequently.
Set the shoe full, allowing the foot to expand.
Keep shoeing as simple as possible.

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30th October 2000
horse HRH The Princess Royal to Open ILPH Annual Seminar
Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal has kindly agreed to give the opening address at the International League for the Protection of Horses’ (ILPH) Annual Seminar on Thursday 9th November at Tattersalls, Newmarket
.Her Royal Highness will be heading a distinguished list of guest speakers from both the Veterinary and Sport Horse World as well as from the ILPH.
Subjects as diverse as the riddle of grass sickness, today's racehorse, ILPH training work in El Salvador and the cost implications of the disposal of dead horses, will be covered.
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30th October 2000 Equine Research Centre's Reproduction Workshops on Transported Semen, Frozen Semen and Artificial Insemination
December 1st, 2nd and 3rd, 2000 at Glengate Farms in Campbellville, Ontario
The successful ERC reproduction workshops are expanding to Glengate Farms to provide participants the opportunity to work in an industry laboratory. Participants will view first-hand the operation of a state of the art breeding facility that stands seven stallions and houses over 75 mares. "It is an excellent environment to learn the techniques of reproduction," said Debra Ottier, reproduction researcher at the Centre.
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29th October 2000
horse Free ‘n’ Easy Saddle Company
Saddle Fitting Clinic goes South

There are still a few places remaining on a Saddle Fitting Clinic at Oaklands College Riding Centre in St Albans on Friday 10 November 2000 at 7.30pm.
The Clinic is organised by Free ‘n’ Easy who have spent the last 5 years searching for a perfect saddle and found the answer in a unique, innovative flat panel construction which results in the only saddle in the world which is fully adjustable across the width and length of the horse’s back - as well as in the location of the stirrup bar. It is this which both ensures maximum freedom of action for the horse and encourages a natural, correct and balanced position for the rider.
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29th October 2000 Help us preserve the Last of the Wild Horses in Northern New Mexico.
This recently discovered herd of wild horses within the Carson National Forest have been positively identified as descendants of the Spanish horses brought to the Americas by Juan de Onate in and around 1598. Blood tests done by the University of Kentucky have verified the Spanish Markers found in some of these horses. These horses are in danger of being removed to the point of extinction through mismanagement by the El Rito Forest Service. It is our belief that this action is in conjunction with a few cattle permittees who want to eliminate these horses to enable them to run more privately owned cattle on the legally designated wild horse reserve.
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28th October 2000
horse The British Equine Event.
4th & 5th November 2000 - Don't Miss It!
You can now purchase your Tickets Online please click here
If you are unable to visit the event in person, you will be able to check up on the days activities with - keep an eye on this page!
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28th October 2000 £1,000 fine and 7 Year ban on Keeping Horses
Friday 13th was definitely not a lucky day for Carl Dicker, owner of a DIY Livery Yard at Mottram-St-Andrew near Wilmslow, Cheshire. Because on Friday 13th October at Macclesfield Magistrates Court he was fined £1,000 with £521 costs and banned for keeping horses for 7 years following the death through starvation of his 3 year old bay pony gelding.
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27th October 2000
A Horse, of Course
with Don Blazer
There's got to be a better way. I guess one horseman or another has been saying that since man first tried to ride the horse and quickly discovered, there's got to be a better way. Every time I see riders (sometimes calling themselves, trainers) spurring, whipping, jerking, pulling and punishing, I say, there's got to be a better way.

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27th October 2000 Splendid races on Sunday, October 22, at San Siro, Milan
Splendid Sunday afternoon races at San Siro with two group 1 events, both won by horses trained in England.The Gran Criterium, for 2 y.o., metres 1600, wide track, was won by Count Bubois (B. Marcus, 56 Kg), trained by W. Haggas for the Wentworth Racing, after a strong wrestling in the last furlong with the technical favourite, the Irish King’s County (M. Kinane, 56 kg), chosen by the trainer Aidan O’Brien to defend the colours, already famous, of the forecast Mrs. Magnier / Mr. Tabor
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26th October 2000
horse Brindle Horses
The Brindle pattern consists of a watery or drippy looking striping (sometimes just partial striping) over the body of an animal. It is more commonly seen in dogs or cattle. In horses, the pattern is extremely rare.
Brindle has occurred in such diverse breeds as Arabians, Thoroughbreds, Mustangs, Quarter Horses, Tennessee Walking Horses, German and Bavarian Warmbloods, Russian Horses, Spanish Horses, and also in Donkeys and Mules. Many people confuse the Brindle pattern with Dun Factor markings (stripe down the back, barring on the legs, and occasional regular-spaced striping down the ribs). At one time, it was thought Brindle was a just a variation of Dun Factor. However, many brindles do not have any Dun Factor markings whatsoever, indicating the two patterns are probably distinct genetically
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26th October 2000 Minister promises action and cash for equestrian access
On 11 October, the British Horse Society's Legal and Technical Officer, John Hall, with representatives of the Byways & Bridleways Trust and the National Federation of Bridleways Associations, met Minister of State for the Environment, Michael Meacher, to push home the need for better equestrian access. It was a positive meeting and the BHS welcomes Mr. Meacher's interest and support.
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25th October 2000 BHS urges Government to give rate relief to established Riding Schools
The British Horse Society has urged government to provide significant rates relief for all riding schools – rather than the selective scheme only for new establishments set up on farms. The BHS, in response to government consultations, has pointed out that riding schools are suffering severe economic difficulties leading to closures.
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24th October 2000 British Equestrian Federation presses government for wider issuing of passports to UK horses and ponies
The British Equestrian Federation has proposed to government that far wider distribution of passports to the UK horse and pony population would benefit the equine industry.
The BEF was responding to a request from the Ministry of Agriculture for views on how it should carry out an EC decision aimed at preventing horses being slaughtered for human consumption which have been administered with certain veterinary medicines in the previous six months for which no Maximum Residual Level (MRL) has been set.
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23rd October 2000
horse The Boulonnais Horse
Boulonnais horses are said to be descended from Numidian horses, brought by J. Caesar to North of France, around Boulogne, in 54 B.C., just when he was planning to invade Britain. But this can be a legend.
The Boulonnais horse is called "the thoroughbred horse among draught horses" because of its great elegance associated with strength.
Energetic and lively, with a splendid gait, adapted to prestige carriage as well as to every work in the fields and even to riding, the Boulonnais horses were especially appreciated since 17th century for the rapid transport of the fresh fish from the Channel coast to Paris, in less than 24 hours. This is now commemorated every two years in a traditional team race called "La route du poisson" (The Fish Route).
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22nd October 2000 Please Help Support the ILPH
Samantha Murden is currently trying to raise money for the charity ILPH (registered no. 206658) – International League for the Protection of Horses, and has undertaken the challenge to raise a minimum of £2000 and to ride a horse across Israel, from the Mediterranean Sea to the Sea of Galilee, to show her support.
The ILPH IS a very worth while charity that is close to the hearts of all horse lovers.
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21st October 2000 Do you know a horse who has suffered from Exertional Rhabdomyolysis Syndrome?
This syndrome is also known as Azoturia, Monday Morning Disease and Tying up
Beth Pestell is an undergraduate student studying Equine Sports Science and is currently doing research on horses with this problem.
. Anyone who has had a horse with this problem can appreciate how hard it is to identify the specific cause or causes, and therefore the most effective management to prevent further episodes. Although there is on-going research into this area, there is still so much about the syndrome that is not clearly understood. It is only by gaining as much information as possible that the direction of future research can be identified.
Beth is looking for people who have got/had a horse with this problem who would be willing to fill in a questionnaire.
If you can help with this research project please click here
20th October 2000
horse New Respiratory Health Video Offered by Equine Research Centre , Guelph, On.
Your horse’s ability to perform is highly dependent on the quality of air he breathes. The Equine Research Centre is pleased to announce a new educational video for horse owners exploring the horse’s respiratory system in health and disease.
Take this 20-minute journey through the horse’s airways to understand its mechanics and how poor air quality contributes to respiratory disease. Included is a review of management practises to improve air quality in your stable.
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19th October 2000
horse The New Forest Pony
New Forest Ponies are for Work, for Play, for Dressage, for Show Jumping, for Cross Country, for Riding Club, for Driving, for Children, for Adults, for Riding and Driving for the Disabled, for Showing, for Family Pony, for Working Hunter, for Gymkhana, for Hacking, for Polo, for Eventing, for Hunter Trialling,
for Western Riding, for Endurance, for Hunting, for Pony Club, for the Experienced, for Beginners, for just about everything a good pony can do but most of all for SHEER PLEASURE !!!
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19th October 2000 Premio Lydia Tesio
Grade 2 race for fillies 3 years old and upwards. Cappanelle, Rome.
For the full results and analysis of this race, please click here
18th October 2000
horse The Actions of Herbs:
When you first start experimenting with giving herbs to your horse, it’s likely you’ll be assuming that specific herbs treat specific symptoms or illnesses; you’ll attempt to treat your horse on that basis. You will hear that herbs like Garlic or Echinacea are good for treating infection; Celery for fluid retention; Valerian or Hypericum to calm the nerves; and Wormwood for worms, etc. In western herbal medicine, herbs are primarily classified by their action on body processes and not with reference to named diseases. This is the first important lesson.
For example, the action of the herb Vervain might be described as ‘antispasmodic, nervine, tonic, sedative and hepatic’; the action of White Willow described as ‘analgesic, anti-inflammatory, tonic, astringent, antiseptic, and febrifuge’. This is more helpful, since there are only a certain number of these old-fashioned words used to describe actions, and when you become familiar with them, you can begin to develop a picture in your head of each herb in terms of its range of action.
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With Thanks to Robert McDowell, herbalist
17th October 2000
horse "Check with a vet" clinic at the British Equine Event 2000
An interactive vet clinic is being set up at this year’s British Equine Event to give horse and pony owners the chance to talk directly to veterinary surgeons about dealing with common ailments and injuries.
During the event, held at Stoneleigh in Warwickshire on 4-5 November, a team of vets will be on-hand to answer questions informally about routine equine veterinary care without the pressure of having to rush to their next urgent appointment.
And in a series of practical, short lecture demonstrations presented by a team of experienced equine vets, visitors have the opportunity to learn about the latest advances in wound management as well as the application of more routine first aid such as poulticing and hot and cold therapy. The sessions, coordinated by Your Horse magazine and Robinson Animal Healthcare, run through the day and even include some practical demonstrations by vet nurses on a horse patient.
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16th October 2000
horse How did Equine Reiki help Rusty?
Rusty is a 7-year-old thoroughbred type gelding, 16hh. He has been with his current owner for the last 3 years and bought in from a dealer, originally he was going to be brought on and sold but things did not turn out quite like that. He had previously been a case study for the use of calming herbs. Although they had been of some benefit it was not sufficient for the owner to feel that they were worth continuing.
The main problems were: -
1.A very tender back especially in the croup. He would flinch even as a hand was brushed across it or fingers run down the side of the spine. 2.Very difficult to stop between jumps. Well known on the circuit for being a horse no one would dare ride. 3. Head shaking.
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15th October 2000 Clicker Training - Repetitions
There is an aspect of repetition that I think many people miss and which very much needs pointing out. When a trainer such as John Lyons talks about repetition, he is not visualizing an assembly line where exact replicas of the behavior are churned out time after time. Instead, he sees a system where one element of a behavior is focused on for an extended period of time, and in doing so the entire behavior evolves and becomes much more complex. Someone mentioned head lowering, so lets take that as an example. Under saddle you can teach your horse to lower his head by taking all the slack out of one rein, and releasing it the instant the horse even THINKS about dropping his head. If you are starting out with a very high headed, stiff backed horse repeating this request more than once makes perfect sense. It will take more than one pick up and release of the rein to get that horse's head down out of the rafters.
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13th October 2000 Great Millennium Start for HOYS
A record number of competitors and an audience of over 40,000 helped to create a fantastic atmosphere at the Horse of the Year Show 2000, making the first show of the new millennium a resounding success. The show enjoyed near capacity crowds at the weekend and a glittering turn out for the Sunday gala night.
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13th October 2000
horse Animal Crackers
Animal Crackers is a new company set up in the Aberdeen area. It is an Animal Feed Supplier, supplying feed to animals from "horses to hamsters". There is advice, feed information and a delivery service available.
No need to carry your heavy bags of dog feed, horse feed or kitty litter! it can all be delivered to your door with a friendly personal service.
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12th October 2000
horse On-Line Learning Offered by Equine Research Centre
Feed your passion for learning more about horse nutrition with the Equine Research Centre’s new On-line Horse Learning program. Coming this fall to everyone who can access the internet, the program’s first of six modules to be featured is Equine Nutrition.
The Equine Research Centre, with the support of Human Resources Development Canada, has created the on-line learning program based on a wealth of horse education available exclusively to the ERC. The five modules to follow Nutrition will be: Reproduction, Equine Management, Facilities and Design, Exercise Physiology and General Anatomy. Each module is expertly written, researched and designed for web use. The web format is highly user friendly and includes self-tabulating tests and assignments for immediate results and a view of your accumulating scores. There are in-depth course material, chat rooms for students, access to experts, tools and resources, web links and grade analysis. A certificate of completion is issued to students who complete the course successfully.
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11th October 2000 Premio Vittorio di Capua
Grade 1 race, metres 1.600, Milano, San Siro; October 8, 2000
For the full results and analysis of this race, please click here
10th October 2000
horse It’s all "horse talk" at the British Equine Event 2000
Horse owners wanting to learn about the benefits of acupuncture and keeping their equines free from travel sickness can find the answers at this year’s British Equine Event at Stoneleigh in Warwickshire on 4-5 November.
The event’s "Talking Horses" seminar sessions have experts on-hand to offer advice on sending a mare to stud, treating travel sickness and the basics of equine acupuncture as well as alternative solutions for keeping older horses fit.
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9th October 2000
horse Gallop to Galilee
An exciting riding challenge through Israel that will take you from the Mediterranean Coast over the mountains to the Sea of Galilee. Going through scenic countryside filled with historic and religious interest. The challenge is not for the faint hearted, it will involve riding Quarter horses on Western saddles for about 30 km a day for 5 days.
The fundraising ride is being organised by the Treborth Riding for the Disabled group. The Trek is an opportunity to raise funds for your own local RDA branch or for the Treborth RDA group. The ride will take place in October 2001, to participate riders need to raise a minimum sponsorship, a proportion of this will cover the travelling and tour costs and the rest will go to the RDA group of your choice.
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7th October 2000
horse Arab Racing
The Arabian horse originated from the Arabian Peninsula where it has been raced for centuries. This breed is smaller in size and more one paced than the Thoroughbred. It is very attractive and intelligent, generally noted for its ability to endure sustained effort over long distances. In January 2000 the Abu Dhabi one-day 100 mile race was won by a 10 year old Purebred Arab gelding, Ben Saloe, at an astonishing average speed of 12.71 mph!
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6th October 2000
horse The British Equine Event 2000
Last year’s event attracted a bumper crowd – the highest yet – with the attendance topping 15,000 over the weekend.
The event has 10 years of reputation behind it and its format of trade stands, seminars and riding demonstrations has it well established as the place to find out what’s new and to learn from the top names in the horse world.
The line-up of stars at the 2000 event (4/5 November) already features top equestrian personalities and the Main Arena programme features…...
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5th October 2000 How does a Horse Learn?
Todays horse is required to learn a wide variety of different tasks, most of which go against almost every instinct that evolution has drilled into him. After all, how often is it that we see feral horses jumping over obstacles in preference to going around them, or chasing a ball around a field. To perform tasks such as these, the modern horse must learn to suppress many of its natural instincts as well as learn to discriminate and respond to a wide variety of new stimuli. Every aspect of an individuals behaviour reveals something about what he has learned during his life and how he has learned it.
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4th October 2000 Dressage Arena Markers
The sequence of letters around a dressage arena remains a mystery to many people. The following acronyms should hopefully help!
For a 20 meter x 40 meter arena
1. All Fat Brown Mares Can Hardly Ever Kick
2. All King Edwards Horses Consume Much Bad Feed
3.All King Edward's Horses Can't Make Big Fences
4. All Kind Elephants Have Cute Mothers, Bald Fathers.
For a 20 meter x 60 meter arena
1. All King Victor Emmanuel's Show Horses Can Make Really Beautiful People Fall.
If you can think of any more please let us know! email
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3rd October 2000
horse The Story of Rocky - a Much Loved Friend
Rocky was 3/4 Welsh mountain and 1/4 Arab (some say the perfect mix in a pony) and stood at 13' 3 hands. As strong as a shire and as fast as any pony, Rocky was well known and much loved throughout owner Sheila's local horse community.
Sheila Brookes lost Rocky her beloved pony and best friend of 10 years through a tragic accident in November 1994.
Sheila would like to hear from other horse owners who have experienced similar loss. Her e-mail address is:

Please click here for Rocky's Story
1st October 2000
horse Shiatsu for Horses
In Japanese shi means “finger” and atsu means “pressure”. Literally translated, Shiatsu means finger pressure - a pressure that gently stimulates the body’s natural healing ability.
The horse’s back is a vital area. It was not created to support a rider and be put under the pressures of jumping or dressage so it is very vulnerable to the stresses that we all put on it.
Contributory factors to a “bad back” are ill fitting saddles, stiff or unbalanced riders, an uncomfortable mouth, poor neck carriage, uneven muscular or skeletal development - the list is endless. In order to maintain the horse’s back in good health and help him remain supple, Shiatsu uses pressure techniques on the horses Bladder Meridian.
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