January 2015 News Headlines

Note. All links to news items are to external websites

Richard Meade, eventing Olympic triple gold medallist, dies
Richard Meade OBE has died of cancer at the age of 76. He won Olympic team gold in 1968 (riding Cornishman) and individual and team gold in 1972 (Laurieston). He won Burghley in 1964 (Barberry) and Badminton in 1970 and 1982 (The Poacher and Speculator III), as well as World and European medals.

15 January, 2015  •  BBC   •  Full story

Control of Horses Bill moves to final stage
The Control of Horses Bill today moved closer to becoming law in the UK. The Bill aims to reduce what Redwings Horse Sanctuary calls the 'misery for horses, landowners, animal welfare organisations and local authorities' caused by fly-grazing. Approximately 3,000 horses are currently being illegally grazed in the UK.

8 January, 2015  •  World Horse Welfare  •  Full story  •  Download the Redwings fly-grazing leaflet

Potential new therapy for headshakers
A study at Bristol University has shown that percutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (PENS) therapy can reduce headshaking. Headshaking (thought to affect 10,000 to 20,000 horses in the UK) can lead to euthanasia as horses can become unrideable and dangerous to handle.

7 January, 2015  •  Horse Talk  •  Full story

Equine respiratory problems
Respiratory problems (heavier breathing at rest and chronic coughing) are common and are given several names - heaves, broken wind, COPD, RAO and SAPD. It is similar to human asthma and usually caused by dust, fungal spores or pollen. Apart from keeping a dust-free environment, omega-3 supplementation may help.

7 January, 2015  •  The Horse  •  Full story  •  Download the omega-3 fatty acids supplemetation fact sheet

The problem with grey horses
Horse & Hound takes an amusing look at the problems of looking after grey horses - 21 things that only owners of grey horses will understand.

7 January, 2015  •  Horse & Hound  •  Full story