The week that was: seven days in the horse world

  • A showjumper turned heads by competing without a bridle in a $10,000 championship class at a major international show.

    Melanie Ferrio-Wise rode Wings, known at home as “Vlad”, in the Washington International Horse Show (WIHS) adult jumper championships with just a strap around his neck for steering.

    Watch the video of the combination’s round…

    Thugs who assaulted a Shetland with a broom handle and left her strung up for hours have been described as “disgusting low-life scum” by the pony’s devastated owner.

    Simon Bilkus’s 11-year-old mare Crumpet has been “dull and quiet” and unlike her normal self since the attack, on 19 October.

    ‘She was sweating from head to foot’…

    A fresh petition has been started calling on the government to ban the sale of fireworks for public use.

    The petition, which was launched on 6 October, has already attracted more than 27,500 signatures.

    How to back the campaign…

    A man who trussed up a colt using a makeshift rope harness has been sentenced to community service after photos of the foal wearing a bit sparked widespread outcry on social media last year.

    Photos of the foal tied up in a tight harness and wearing a bit sparked widespread outcry on social media last year.

    The colt was seized by the RSPCA…

    Photo by David Hartley/REX/Shutterstock

    The 11th Duke of Beaufort has posthumously been announced as the winner of the Horse & Hound lifetime achievement award at a star-studded ceremony tonight.

    The duke, who passed away at the age of 89 at his home at Badminton on 16 August this year, was honoured at the second H&H awards at Ascot racecourse, where his widow Miranda, Duchess of Beaufort, collected the award on his behalf.

    Find out who the other winners were…

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    An equine vet has been suspended from practising for two months for falsifying a horse’s vaccination records.

    The incident happened at Ascot sales in October 2014.

    False entries…

    Credit: Equine Salt Therapy

    Could salt be the answer to keeping your horse in good health?

    Australian Richard Butterworth said he has “no doubt” that within a decade, salt therapy will be a “standard inclusion in the training regime of thoroughbred horse stables across the globe”.

    Find out more…

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