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News

  • AN eight-year-old mare made it two on the trot at the in-hand show of Highland ponies at Blair Atholl Horse Trials, last week, when she lifted the supreme championship for the second year in succession.

  • The Scottish leg of the Home Pony series 2014 hosted by Morris Equestrian Centre, Kilmarnock was certainly one to remember with some wild entertainment described as fun, unusual and at times completely outrageous.

  • The Cabin EC's 10 days of show jumping - the Sunshine Tour - is fast becoming a 'must attend' date in everyone's diary.

  • Is it a hack? Is it a hunter? No it’s a riding horse. It’s not often that I’m stuck for words, however I found myself floundering a bit recently when a friend asked me to explain to her daughter what the judges looked for in a riding horse.

  • BRITAIN'S most northerly trainer, Jackie Stephen, celebrated her 50th birthday with a winner.

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Dressage

Veterinary

Veterinary

  • When I started in equine practice it was pretty safe to assume that four out of five horses presenting with hindlimb lameness would have bone spavin or osteoarthritis of the small hock joints.

  • Summer usually brings relief for horses suffering from allergic respiratory disease - the equine equivalent of asthma caused by dust and moulds in hay and straw bedding that is now called recurrent airway obstruction, or RAO.

  • The ENDOCRINE disorder known as Cushing's disease - named after the American neurosurgeon Harvey Cushing - was something of a novelty in horses when I began working at Glasgow University's veterinary school in the late 1980s.

  • With THE season’s first foals already on the ground, thoughts turn to what this year’s breeding season might hold. 

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  • A RECENT judging trip to Ireland with its border control and foreign currency, brought home to me the need for all of us to concentrate our minds on the impending Scottish referendum.

  • Is it a hack? Is it a hunter? No it’s a riding horse. It’s not often that I’m stuck for words, however I found myself floundering a bit recently when a friend asked me to explain to her daughter what the judges looked for in a riding horse.

  • IN A year when the Royal Highland can justly claim to have staged one of its most successful shows, there was a celebration of British Riding Pony breeding which might have gone unnoticed at this year’s Royal Highland had it not been for the fact that the Thistle Ring witnessed one of the best classes for plaited ponies ever staged in Scotland. 

  • Looking around the gathering of mourners at the recent funeral of well-known show producer Bob Templeton, I was intrigued to see how many young people had made the effort to attend.

  • It IS strange not to be emerging from a ‘proper’ winter although one would be hard pushed to define just what that it is nowadays. Emerging we are and at some pace during the month of March when everything seems to be early including the fields which are noticeably turning green.