The week that was: seven days in the horse world

  • Owners have been warned of the serious consequences of over-rugging their horses.

    Dick Vet Equine highlighted the issue on Facebook after the practice saw an increasing number of horses being rugged unnecessarily this time of year.

    To rug, or not to rug?

    A UK car hire company which sparked debate by calling for riders to be fined £1,000 for leaving horse dung on roads said it “plucked the figure out of the air”.

    ValueHire.co.uk stated that “huge piles of horse muck left on public roads are causing chaos for car drivers”.

    Calls for fines…

    Shear L'Eau tribute

    Leslie Law has thanked all those involved involved in the glittering career of his Olympic gold medal-winning ride Shear L’Eau, who has died aged 26.

    “Stan”, as the horse was known, died following a long retirement at Leslie’s US base.

    ‘Great memories’…

    Anseanachai Cliste injected Cheltenham

    A trainer and his son have been banned for three years for injecting a racehorse in the stables at the Cheltenham Festival.

    Trainer Stephen McConville and his son Michael, who is the horse’s owner, were both given three-year disqualifications by the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) disciplinary panel.

    ‘An element of premeditation’…

    Blue Circle Boy and Lee Pearson

    The horse with whom Lee Pearson “took on the world” has died at the age of 23.

    Multiple medal-winning para dressage rider Lee has paid tribute to Blue Circle Boy, a “very special dancing partner”, who died on a sunny day at Lee’s parents’ house.

    ‘Show off up there, big man’

    hannah francis one day event

    Photo by Rob Bayes

    The legacy of inspirational teenage event rider Hannah Francis is in the running for a major international award – but it needs your help.

    Hannah’s Willberry Wonder Pony Charity has been shortlisted for the FEI’s solidarity award.

    Find out how to vote…

    naked point-to-point calendar

    Brave point-to-point jockeys have stripped off in the name of charity to raise money for the Injured Jockeys Fund (IJF).

    The riders were inspired to bare all to try to top the amount raised by their male counterparts in a parachute jump.

    ‘Some ground staff got an eyeful!’

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