The week that was: seven days in the horse world

  • Legendary dressage horse Valegro has turned his hoof to a new skill.

    On Monday (19 June), Carl Hester posted a picture of the star jumping with his gold medal-winning partner Charlotte Dujardin.

    This time it’s for real…!

    Imagine doing what you think is best for your horse, only to find that your considerate action had got you eliminated from an international competition.

    That’s exactly what happened to Tristan Tucker.

    Read about this controversial rule…

    travelling hot weather

    With the first real heatwave of the summer hitting the UK this week, owners are being served an urgent reminder to make sure they have enough water on board when transporting their horses.

    Owners left ‘helpless’ on the roadside…

    A donkey is having major surgery at an equine hospital next week after attackers cut off his tail.

    The donkey, Eeyore, was left with bone exposed and spinal fluid leaking from his tail after the attack, which took place in the middle of the night.

    Generous contributors raised the cost of an operation…

    Migrants storming the approach to the port of Calais broke the windscreen of a horsebox returning from Luhmühlen.

    A groom travelling home from the CCI4* event on Monday (19 June), encountered “75 to 100 migrants with logs, fires and bricks” in the road.

    ‘I wouldn’t want to experience that too often’…

    glocks grand prix

    A winning formula struck twice in the same class in a remarkable finish to Glock’s CSI5* grand prix.

    Swiss Olympians Steve Guerdat (Corbinian) and Martin Fuchs (Clooney 51) shared the first prize in the show’s feature class after finishing clear and on exactly the same time in a nail-biting jump-off.

    The 11-year-old horses are by the same sire…

    knitted ponies Bramham

    An equine sanctuary “rehomed” almost 300 ponies at the Equi-Trek Bramham International Horse Trials (8-11 June).

    Hope Pastures Horse & Donkey Sanctuary in Leeds specialises in selling knitted ponies to raise money.

    ‘It was wild’…

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