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This week Carl Hester takes charge of the dressage special issue of Horse & Hound magazine, out on Thursday 27 March — read his views on various topics, including features on top-priced dressage horses, how riders use social media and we discuss if saddle pads are necessary, plus more. We also talk to Harry Meade about his eventing comeback, plus read all the news and reports from the week.

What’s in Horse & Hound magazine: 27 March 2014
Dressage special
  • Pricey equines: does it guarantee a ticket to the top?
  • Top riders online: how they make social media work
  • Horse care and fitness: how best to prepare
  • Dressage legends: what they did next
  • Padding: are we obsessed with leg and saddle pads?
Feature
  • H&H interview: Harry Meade on his comeback
Reports
  • Eventing: Gatcombe, Great Witchingham and more
  • Eventing starting box: Swalcliffe Park and more
  • Foreign show in focus: ’s-Hertogenbosch
  • Showjumping: Gleneagles and round-ups
  • Brits abroad: Showjumping
  • Showing: BSPS Area 2b and Mid Shires Spring
  • Showing comment: Stuart Hollings
  • Racing: Newbury, Lingfield and The Curragh
  • Racing comment: Daryl Jacob
  • Hunting: Belvoir and the Harborough hunt ride
  • Point-to-point: news and reports
  • Point-to-point comment: Darren Edwards
  • Team chasing: Worcestershire
News
  • Equine crime at all-time high
  • Calls for new eventing dressage tests
  • Brits volunteer to help at the World Equestrian Games
Regulars
  • Letters: have your say
  • Vet clinic: are we overtraining our horses?
  • Subscription offer: sign up today for huge savings
  • The moment: Carl Hester

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