Summer holidays may be keenly anticipated by children, but parents face them with a little less relish. Here are H&H’s ideas to make the coming weeks go past in a flash

Colic is one of the biggest equine killers, but new research is revealing vital clues about diagnosis and treatment

New Forest hounds meet the public

Andrew Sallis: Maintaining positive PR [H&H VIP]

Andrew Sallis recalls some embarrassing incidents at hound shows and builds up to judging hounds at the Festival of Hunting

Epsom downs oaks 2008

Ralph Beckett: Nothing will change [H&H VIP]

Ralph Beckett discusses the difficulties for trainers and jockeys with clashes of high-profile race meetings on the same day

Dressage Grand Prix - London 2012 Olympic Games

Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro face strong competition for world title [H&H VIP]

Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro may not have been beaten since January 2012, but with top horses returning to form, the world title is not a foregone conclusion

Why are so many young colts kept entire? And why were the prices at the recent Brightwells auction so dismal? Carole Mortimer wonders whether breeders are delivering what buyers want and whether buyers need to readjust their price expectations for a decent sport horse

An odd swelling, scratching or general soreness could be a sign that your horse has been bitten or stung. H&H outlines what to look for and the associated risks

Royal Windsor Horse Show 2013

Stuart Hollings: the ‘lesser spotted’ plain snaffle [H&H VIP]

H&H’s showing columnist questions why some working hunter pony jockeys don’t pay as much attention to the showing phase as they do the jumping

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William Funnell: Where are all the Derby horses? [H&H VIP]

H&H’s showjumping columnist considers what it takes to make a great Derby horse and looks ahead to the Nations Cup in Falsterbo

STEPHANIE CROXFORD riding MR PRESIDENT IV

How to keep an older horse sound: Mr President’s secrets to success [H&H VIP]

H&H asks dressage horse Mr President’s owner and rider Steph Croxford, and vet John McEwen, how he managed to compete succesfully for so long