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Showing World Shocked as 90 Horses & Ponies Measure Short
(June 21, 2009) Allegations that up to 90 horses and ponies were measured short by a vet in Essex have rocked the showing world. Vet Marc Auerbach has been removed from the Joint Measurement Board (JMB) list of approved measurers, and showing societies and the Pony Racing Authority (PRA) have launched an investigation after the British Show Pony Society (BSPS) raised concerns about the legitimacy of his measuring.
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Source: Horse & Hound
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Riders Fight Wind Farm in South Cambridgeshire (June 07, 2009)
A long-standing battle by horse owners in South Cambridgeshire against a proposed wind farm will go to public inquiry this week. Locals have fought plans for a 13-turbine farm between the villages of Balsham and West Wratting for over two years. And South Cambridgeshire District Council rejected planning for the site in June 2007, because of the detrimental "visual impact on the landscape".
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Views Sought for Eventing Ireland Rider Safety Discussion (May 26, 2009)
Eventing Ireland is inviting people to contribute ideas for a rider safety discussion at Tattersalls on Friday 29 May. Eventing Ireland aims to provide a forum where a large rider grouping can take a more proactive approach to defining the riders' role in solving the problem of rotational falls.
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Source: Horse & Hound
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Horse World Urges Horse Lovers Not to Set up Private Sanctuaries (April 14, 2009)
A well-known horse sanctuary in the West Country is appealing to horse lovers to think twice before starting up their own horse sanctuary. HorseWorld in Bristol has seen a dramatic increase in the number of people setting up their own private sanctuaries and then getting into trouble.
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Don't Breed From Your Mare Plea (March 13, 2009)
Horse owners considering breeding from their mare are being urged to think carefully, especially in light of the current recession. The British Horse Society, sponsored by South Essex Insurance Brokers, has announced plans to launch a Responsible Breeding Campaign later this year.
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Man Charged with Littering as Horse Leaves Manure on the Road (February 27, 2009)
A man from Texas has been charged with "littering" after leaving horse manure on a public road. Ben McClearly was walking his horse Rascal, down a road on Tuesday (24 February) when he was stopped by local police, who had seen dung on the road.
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Source: Horse & Hound
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Horse Always has Three Legs Down (February 24, 2009)
The Peruvian Paso horse has three unique gaits and three feet on the ground at all times, resulting in an unusual ride.
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Source: National Geographic
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Mounted Officer's Warning Over Horse Ownership
(February 14, 2009) A mounted police officer has called on horse lovers to think carefully about the lifetime costs of owning a horse before they buy. Jon Taylor, a Sergeant with the Metropolitan Police Mounted Branch, completed a 10km run in aid of equine charity the Horse Trust at the weekend. He explained that he was a great supporter of the Trust's work in educating people about horses.
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Cruelty Case Woman Could Face Jail After 41 Horses Removed
(February 10, 2009) A judge has warned a Denbighshire woman that she could be facing a prison sentence after being found guilty of three charges of animal cruelty. Anita Ashley, 56, of Coral Springs, Llandegla, had faced 10 allegations of cruelty under the animal welfare act, but after a two week trial was found guilty of three counts on February 6 at Denbighshire Magistrates' Court.
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Source: Horse & Hound
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Wild Cat or Wolf Blamed for Death of Horse in Wisconsin (February 03, 2009)
A wolf or wild cat is being blamed for the death of a horse in rural Wisconsin, America. The horse - a mare - was found dead last week in rural Watertown, Wisoncsin, with injuries to her throat and head. Wildlife experts believe the horse's wounds were inflicted by a wild animal - probably a cougar.
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Does a Horse's Gender Affect their Ability (January 26, 2009)
The battle of the sexes is a long-fought one and researchers at Writtle College have attempted to solve that age-old quandary - do mares or geldings make better competition horses? A sample of results from 2006 of 1,156 event horses across five levels - intro, pre-novice, novice, intermediate and advanced - was analysed.
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Johanna Vardon Receives Merial Meritoire Breeders Award
(January 13, 2009) Johanna Vardon, the founder and owner of the National Foaling Bank, has been recognised for her outstanding services to the British sport horse breeding industry. Johanna was hailed as a "good Samaritan for the breeding industry" on Saturday evening as she was awarded the Merial Meritoire.
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US to Kill Wild Horses as Upkeep Costs Rise?
Thousands of wild mustangs kept in U.S. government holding pens may have to be killed as costs escalate for their upkeep, according to a new federal report released this week. The report, issued by the Government Accountability Office-the watchdog agency for the U.S. Congress-examined long-term options for successfully managing unadoptable horses.
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Source: National Geographic
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Save Horses from the Dinner Plate
Two Scottish women have launched a charity to raise the profile of the French draught breed the Comtois – and stop the horses being slaughtered for meat. As well as rescuing the animals and rehoming them, they hope to set up a new rural skills centre to encourage their use in agriculture and forestry.
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Horses Suffer, Owners Struggle With Soaring Feed Prices
Every day Elle Williams turns away people wanting to give up their horses to her rescue facility outside of Baltimore, Maryland. "It saddens me to have to do that," she said. Williams, who founded HorseNet, an volunteer rescue group, is struggling to care for a hundred unwanted, elderly, and disabled horses. And the economy is largely to blame, she said.
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Source: National Geographic
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Urgent Call to Action for Horse Owners on Equine Grass Sickness
The first reported case of Equine Grass Sickness (EGS) occurred just over 100 years ago, yet horses of all breeds and ages are still dying on a regular basis from this distressing disease, with the highest incidence being here in the UK! The real problem with investigating new strategies for tackling EGS is not a lack of technical expertise, but a lack of basic knowledge about the disease; what are the true numbers of cases occurring each year, and where is most at risk?
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Ginny Elliot to Coach Ireland's Eventing Team for Olympic Games
Ginny Elliot has been appointed high performance manager for the Irish eventing team. "I'm absolutely delighted and really looking forward to it," Ginny told H&H. "I very much enjoy working with up-and-coming riders, and like to do anything I can to help the sport in general." Ginny added: "I'm very pleased to be giving something back to the sport." Former British event rider Ginny Elliot (formerly Leng) won four Olympic medals, three European Championships, a World Championship, five Burghleys and three Badminton Horse Trials. Ginny has been training young and up-and-coming British riders in Britain, and has experience of coaching the Italian and Portugese eventing teams.
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Source: Horse & Hound
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Shetland Isles to Host Week Long Pony Celebration
A group of pony breeders in the Shetland Isles are organising a week-long celebration of Shetland ponies — to coincide with the 2009 Shetland Pony Studbook Society Breed Show. The breed show is scheduled for 22 August 2009, and will take place for the first time in its history on the Shetland Isles. This year the show will be held in August at Bishop Burton College in Yorkshire. Shetland pony breeder and co-organiser Helen Thomson told H&H: "We felt like a lot of people know about Shetland ponies, but a number of people are not aware of where Shetland actually is. "Ultimately we want to attract people here so that they can see the Shetland pony in their native heath."
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Source: Horse & Hound


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