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  • While expectations run high every year at the Horse of the Year Show no one could have predicted the success of Scottish exhibitors at this year's event which was impressive by any standard.

  • This late summer BHS Scotland has some particular welfare and safety concerns to contend with and, as usual, the answer to most of the questions we ask is education, but we also need clear enforceable policy.

  • It was good to see more Scots than ever take part in this year's Horse of the Year showjumping held at the Birmingham NEC arena and although a red ticket proved elusive, there were plenty of placings and prize money heading north.

  • Renowned judge and member of both NPS and BSPS panels, Sheila Clark, of Upper Bolton, Haddington, was given a bouquet of flowers and a sash at the Morris Equestrian Centre recently as a thank you for a career spent judging the length and breadth of the UK, including judging the M and M supreme ridden at HOYS in 2012.

  • The Scottish National Equestrian Centre just outside Broxburn always offers a good selection of shows and classes for Scotland's show jumpers.

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Dressage

Veterinary

Veterinary

  • WE ARE on colic watch after seeing seven horses with gasey colic over a three-day spell.

  • 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.

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  • While expectations run high every year at the Horse of the Year Show no one could have predicted the success of Scottish exhibitors at this year's event which was impressive by any standard.

  • It may be affectionately known as the 'Wee County' but Clackmannanshire became centre of the universe at the World Equestrian Games (WEG) held in France earlier this month, when Joanne Eccles, from Tillicoultry, took the individual gold medal in the women's individual vaulting competition.

  • 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.