Hopetoun estate, near South Queensferry just a stone's throw from the Forth Road Bridge is synonymous in the equestrian world with eventing but this year for the first time ever, laid on two BS show jumping classes.
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.
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.
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.