February 2014 News Headlines

Note. All links to news items are to external websites

Boneco the beekeeping donkey
A donkey in Brazil is believed to be the first to be kitted out with his own beekeeping suit to help his owner tend his beehives. Boneco's owner lives in an area where many people have turned to beekeeping as it is too dry to farm. He carries the honey and is now fully protected from bee stings.

28 February, 2014  •  Horse Talk NZ  •  Full story

Gait mutation spread by humans
Research in Sweden has shown that humans were responsible for the world-wide spread of the genetic mutation which influences the gaited movement of the horse. A smooth gait, in breeds such as the Paso Fino, makes riding much more comfortable. It is also essential in harness racing.

05 February, 2014  •  Horse Talk NZ  •  Full story

Royal Mail issues Working Horses stamps
A set of Working Horses stamps has been issued in the UK. They show contemporary photographs of horses at work in a variety of roles in the modern day, Riding for the Disabled, King's Troop, dray, Windsor Greys (Royal Mews carriage horses), Police and forestry horses are all shown.

04 February, 2014  •  Royal Mail  •  Full story

Miners Frolic, Olympic eventing medalist retires
Eventer Miners Frolic, who won medals at two Olympics as well as at World and European championships, has been retired. The decision came after the 16-year-old gelding suffered from heart fribulation while out hacking. He will now enjoy a leisurely retirement where the condition should not affect him.

04 February, 2014  •  British Eventing  •  Full story

Volunteer to help at 'Total Confidence Live'
Enjoy a horsey day out and get a free ticket to attend on the other day, by volunteering to be a steward. This unique, interactive event is designed to build riders' confidence. It offers the chance to watch top riders and trainers demonstrate their confidence boosting methods and to learn from their experience.

04 February, 2014  •  Your Horse  •  Full story

Winter hoof care advice
With Britain suffering one of the wettest winters for decades, it is important to regularly check the condition of your horse's feet and legs. Spending time in a wet, muddy field can cause very soft feet, possibly leading to more serious problems such as hoof wall separation, thrush and sole abscesses. Read the article for advice on how to cope with these problems.

04 February, 2014  •  The Horse  •  Full story