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Showjumper Ben Maher’s former top horse Robin Hood W has been on the sidelines for a couple of years with a niggling leg injury. But the 15-year-old Animo gelding is now back in full work.

“We’re not in a rush — I’m really hoping it will work this time,” said Ben. “We’ll go slowly, hopefully starting to jump in the next month, but nothing substantial until the end of the summer. He’s not under pressure.

“It’s been so frustrating, as it’s a minor ligament injury that some horses can carry on competing with, but he’s one that lets you know if he’s feeling any pain.”

This news story was first published in Horse & Hound magazine (11 April 2013)