In our 24th weekly episode of The Horse & Hound Podcast, H&H’s dressage editor Polly Bryan chats to dressage legend Carl Hester about his exciting new grand prix ride En Vogue, the top hat verses crash hat debate and his thoughts on social media, among other topics. Our news editor Eleanor Jones and senior news writer Lucy Elder join our podcast host Pippa Roome to discuss the week’s top stories, including Covid-19, the impact of Brexit on transporting horses, and what prompted a call for owners to take responsibility for their older equines. We also catch up with vet Ricky Farr, who outlines the early signs of an impaction in your horse’s gut and explains what to do if you suspect your horse has colic.
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In episode 24, British dressage legend Carl Hester talks to H&H dressage editor Polly Bryan about his exciting new grand prix ride En Vogue, his favourite championship team experience, his views on the top hat v crash hat debate and the impact of social media on the sport.
“I had a nightmare ride [on En Vogue] this morning in the outdoor school – it was like he had never been in it… the first five minutes you literally end up being stop, start, stop, start as he can’t focus on anything apart from what’s going on [around him]” – Carl Hester
Pippa is joined by H&H news editor Eleanor Jones and senior news writer Lucy Elder to discuss some of the week’s key stories including the impact of the first lockdown on yards, the extra hoops you need to be ready to jump through if you’re planning to take horses to Europe after 1 January and what gave rise to a call for all owners to act responsibly with their older equines.
“There is going to be change for everyone… and it’s only seven weeks away. There is likely to be significant disruption on the border from 1 January” – Lucy Elder
In this week’s advice section we catch up with equine vet Ricky Farr of Farr & Pursey Equine, who talks about how to recognise the early signs of impaction colic and what to do if you suspect your horse may be unwell.
“The equine gut is quite a marvel of engineering, but it does have some flaws in it – there are two almost 180-degree bends; the one right at the back is a prime location for impactions to build up” – Ricky Farr MRCVS
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