The week that was: seven days in the horse world

  • Owners warned to be on the alert for fatal parasite

    A new video has been created to alert owners to the potential fatal effects of encysted small redworm.

    The animation explains the life cycle of the small redworm, and the life-threatening damage it can do to horses. Watch the video…

    Team Skelton vs. snow — and when Big Star was met with eight inches of the stuff

    While much of central England ground to a halt after Sunday’s “snow bomb” dumped several inches of the white stuff, in a Warwickshire field a certain bay stallion was having an absolute whale of a time.

    Nick Skelton’s double Olympic gold medal-winning ride Big Star, now enjoying a very happy retirement from competition at the age of 14, couldn’t contain his excitement at being met by knee-deep snow when he was turned out. How an Olympic champion enjoys the snow…

    ‘Glimpses of Valegro’: Charlotte Dujardin’s aim for 2018 WEG

    Charlotte Dujardin can see “glimpses of Valegro” in her up-and-coming ride Mount St John Freestyle, who she is aiming at next year’s World Equestrian Games.

    Charlotte rode the eight-year-old by Fidermark in a demonstration at Olympia. After the masterclass, Charlotte spoke about the mare.

    ‘Protests won’t help’: rider’s open letter to drivers goes viral

    A rider who was thrown into a hedge in a road collision has written an open letter to car drivers.

    Photographer Ami Robertson was inspired to write the blog post after a fatal collision in Surrey last month. ‘We need to see things from others’ points of view’

    Major eventing nation backs compulsory frangible fences for cross-country

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    Equestrian Australia (EA) has introduced a new eventing rule making the use of frangible devices on cross-country fences compulsory.

    The rule will come into play in February next year. Read more here

    Life ban for owner of pony found crawling with maggots *warning: distressing video*

    The owner of a pony found with a maggot-infested open wound has been given a suspended prison sentence and banned from keeping equines for life.

    Welsh section A stallion Tiddles’ suffering was so bad he had to be put down immediately. Read more here

    Snow stops play for equestrian sport

    Equestrian sport was brought to a standstill as swathes of the country were covered by inches of snow, causing serious disruption on both major and minor roads.

    The Met Office’s weather warnings for widespread snow proved accurate, leading to the cancellation of race meetings and equestrian events alike. Were you affected?

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