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The Horse & Hound Podcast: episode 11 – Laura Collett | Equine euthanasia | News round-up

Welcome to the 11th weekly episode of The Horse & Hound Podcast, in which we chat to British five-star eventer Laura Collett about the ponies and horses that have made her into the rider she is today, the recent return from injury of her current superstar Mr Bass, her comeback from a serious fall in 2013 and much more; our news team talk about the recent NAF Five Star British Showjumping National Championships at Bolesworth, the rules surrounding motorway travel in the heat and the return of sport in Scotland and Wales; while vet Ricky Farr MRCVS explains everything horse owners really need to know about having horses put down before facing the situation in real life.

Episode 11 of The Horse & Hound Podcast, our exciting new audio service available exclusively every Thursday morning for our H&H Plus subscribers, is now live. We would love to hear your feedback on this week’s episode, so please do send your thoughts to pippa.roome@futurenet.com

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In episode 11, successful five-star British event rider Laura Collett shares memories of some of her most special ponies and horses of her career so far with our podcast host and magazine editor Pippa Roome. We kick off by hearing about the recent return of Laura’s favourite Mr Bass, who has been off games since picking up an injury at Badminton 2019, before looking back at the “fairy tale” story of the brilliant event pony Noble Springbock, Laura’s relationship with Rayef, who took her to her first Badminton, and a number of other special horses along the way. Laura also talks about what she looks for in an event horse and her comeback from a serious fall at Tweseldown in 2013.

“I don’t remember anything from that day, so when I came around from my coma I didn’t have a clue what had happened. Right from the second I woke up, all I wanted to do was get back on a horse… There was a lot of talk: would I get back on? Would I want to compete again? I thought they were all ridiculous ever even questioning that” – Laura Collett

Pippa is joined by senior news writer Lucy Elder and news writer Becky Murray to chat about this week’s top stories including how the NAF Five Star British Showjumping National Championships went, what rules drivers need to be aware of in case they get stuck in stationary traffic in high temperatures on a major road, and the steps that are being taken to enable equestrian sport to restart in Scotland and Wales.

“There is often quite a bit of confusion about whether horsebox drivers are allowed to use the hard shoulder or not if they are stuck – if you have an emergency situation, then call 999” – Lucy Elder

We also hear from equine vet Ricky Farr MRCVS of Farr & Pursey Equine, who this week is tackling the challenging subject of euthanasia and explains what owners need to know and think about before facing this difficult experience first-hand.

“Owners really need to know what to expect because one day it is going to happen to you” – Ricky Farr, MRCVS

We hope you will enjoy our new episode.

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