March 2013 News Headlines

Note. All links to news items are to external websites

New foals at World Horse Welfare
Two foals were born at rescue centre Penny Hall just before Easter. Their mothers, Thistle and Tiggy, came to World Horse Welfare thin and undernourished at the end of 2012, as part of a welfare case from Yorkshire. Having been nursed back to full health they have produced two lovely foals - a filly and a colt.

28 March, 2013  •  World Horse Welfare  •  Full story

Barefoot hoofcare survey
A survey conducted by Trelawne Equine has shown that the main concern of owners about 'going barefoot' is that other people would judge them negatively. However, the majority of those surveyed who already use barefoot hoofcare switched because they felt there were welfare benefits for their horse.

08 March, 2013  •  Trelawne Equine  •  Full story

Checklist for Equine Health launched
A Checklist for Equine Health was launched at the National Equine Forum in London this week. The aim is to clearly list the essentials of horse care (nutrition, safety, vaccination, parasite control, disease prevention and transport). The list is A3 sized so it can be laminated and displayed on the yard.

07 March, 2013  •  Horse & Country TV  •  Full story •  Download the Checklist

Want to ride at Burghley?
A 12km leisure ride on the final day of the Burghley Horse Trials in September gives riders the chance to view the huge fences of the cross country course. The minimum sponsorship donation is £30 per rider and all monies raised will go to equestrian and local Stamford charities.

07 March, 2013  •  Ian Scott  •  Full story

Hoof angle link to lameness
Researchers at the Royal Veterinary College, Hertfordshire have found a link between hoof conformation and certain injuries. The external and internal (measured by X ray) angles of the hoof can indicate whether a horse is likely to be lame due (for example) to deep digital flexor tendon issues.

06 March, 2013  •  The Horse  •  Full story

Grey horse genetics
Grey horses are born dark (brown, black or chestnut) and become whiter with age. It is similar to greying in humans but happens quickly - grey horses are usually completely white by the age of 8. The mutation for greying with age has been identified and comes from a single horse born thousands of years ago.

04 March, 2013  •  HorseTalk  •  Full story

Moonwalking Shetland to go viral?
Mobile network Three's new advert of a Moonwalking Shetland pony (called Socks) looks set to go viral and win awards. Socks 'dances' to the music of Fleetwood Mac. Three have even produced a pony mixer (a dancing-pony-remixing tool) so you can make the pony dance to different music.

04 March, 2013  •  Huffington Post  •  Full story •  Pony mixer

Performance horse ulcer survey
Richard Hepburn MRCVS is seeking horses registered with British Dressage, British Eventing and British Showjumping to take part in the first large-scale survey of ulcers in performance horses. Horses will be selected randomly for gastroscopy at a nominal cost. The survey should help vets' to better understand equine ulcers.

03 March, 2013  •  Horse & Hound  •  Full story

Get fit with Trot to be Trim
Fitness campaign, Trot to be Trim, promotes the health benefits associated with riding and involvement with horses. It is part of the British Equestrian Federation's olympic legacy campaign to get more people riding. An hour's schooling session can burn off 360 calories - so get riding!

02 March, 2013  •  Horse & Country TV  •  Full story

Dung - the forgotten vital sign?
A horse's vital sign are temperature and heart and respiratory rates but dung could als be considered a vital sign as it gives information about a horse's health. Dung that's too wet can indicate infection or disease; to dry could indicate lack of available water; no dung indicates an impaction. Knowing the normal appearence and frequency of production of your horse's dung can help you monitor his health.

01 March, 2013  •  The Horse  •  Full story