The Horse & Hound Podcast: episode 27 – Michael Whitaker | Caring for hunters | News round-up

  • In our 27th weekly episode of The Horse & Hound Podcast, H&H’s showjumping editor Jennifer Donald chats to showjumping legend Michael Whitaker about his outstanding equine partner Monsanta, and finds out what the rider has been up to recently, plus his plans for Christmas this year. Moving on to the week’s top news stories, our news editor Eleanor Jones and news writer Becky Murray join our podcast host Pippa Roome to discuss FEI rule changes and interesting research findings about half pads. Finally, we catch up with vet Helen van Tuyll, who runs through important horse care matters specific to the care of horses that have had a long day out hunting.

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    In episode 27, legendary British showjumper Michael Whitaker talks to H&H showjumping editor Jennifer Donald about his brilliant championship partner Montana, including how the partnership came about and what made the horse so good.

    “He was just so consistent, when you needed him he always came up with the goods” – Michael Whitaker

    H&H podcast host Pippa Roome is joined by H&H news editor Eleanor Jones and news writer Becky Murray to discuss some of the week’s key stories, including FEI rules changes that will be coming in next year, new guidelines around the need to seek veterinary approval for therapists to treat a horse and interesting research findings on the impact half pads have on correctly fitted saddles.

    “The researchers wanted to see what effect a half pad had on a saddle that had been fitted to industry guidelines. The findings weren’t what they expected at all” – Eleanor Jones

    In this week’s advice section we catch up with equine vet Helen van Tuyll of VT Vets about the specific care needs of horses that spend many hours out hunting.

    “A lot of the very famous makes of saddles have not been designed to be sat on for a long period of time, so while they may be highly popular with eventers and showjumpers, that doesn’t mean they are suitable for a long day out hunting” – Helen van Tuyll, BVSC MRCVS

    We hope you will enjoy our latest episode and would love to hear your feedback, so please do send your thoughts to pippa.roome@futurenet.com

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