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Carl Hester: steward checks must be made safer *H&H VIP*

The images of Juliet Ramel’s Buriel KH bolting across the Aachen showground with his bridle swinging down by his legs make pretty harrowing viewing. The horse’s noseband had been undone for the bit check then Juliet’s groom pulled off his ear muffs, causing the headpiece of the bridle to come off over the horse’s ears. I was told by US team trainer Robert Dover that the steward insisted the ear muffs were removed despite the noseband straps being loose and the horse already backing up.