Horse&Rider magazine June 2013

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  • 10 H O R S E & R I D E R

    After 45 years, Bransby Home of Rest for Horses has changed its name to Bransby Horses to better reflect the work carried out by the charity. www.bransbyhorses.co.uk

    This month, eventing, county shows, polo, festivals and more

    Diary datesSee horses in a different light at the Inspired by Horses exhibition at

    The Gallery at Parndon Mill, Harlow, Essex. Including paintings, drawings, prints, sculpture and photography, this exhibition gives an insight into how different artists approach equestrian art. www.parndonmill.co.uk

    See horses in a different light at the Inspired by Horses exhibition

    The Gallery at Parndon Mill, Harlow, Essex. Including

    23 May 30 June

    Pink rubber matting, anyone? Last year, Davis & Co, manufacturers of Equimat, produced a limited edition pink stable mat to raise awareness of breast cancer and pledged to donate 1,000 to Cancer Research UK. Recently, they officially handed over the cheque. Haley Vaughan-Riley from Equimat says: We wanted to raise awareness and help save lives. Each year, more than 48,400 women and 370 men are diagnosed with the disease. www.equimat.co.uk

    Not just portraitsEventing in IrelandTouted as a fun, family weekend, the Tattersalls International

    Horse Trials and Country Fair, Ratoath, Ireland, combines the thrills of eventing with food, bars, shopping and free childrens entertainment. www.tattshorsetrials.iewww.tattshorsetrials.ie

    Equestrian sport is returning to central London with the Global Champions Tour.

    To be held in the Olympic Park, the showjumping extravaganza will see our gold-medal winners battle it out for a record total prize pot. www.globalchampionstour.com

    The Mattingley Horse Trials is making an exciting return to the eventing calendar for 2013.

    Held near Hook, Hampshire, the event will support a range of classes and a special star section. www.britisheventing.com/fi xtures

    Returning trials

    Prepare with Parelli

    Eventing in IrelandTouted as a fun, family weekend, the

    Horse Trials and Country Fair

    30 May 2 June

    Move up a level at competition with the Parelli Preparation for Performance course at Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire. Aimed at students who have already completed the foundation levels one to four of the Parelli programme, this fi ve-day course focuses on level four riding skills. www.parellinatural horsemanship.com

    Prepare with ParelliMove up a level at competition with the

    Parelli Preparation for Performance course

    3-7June

    Equestrian sport is returning to central London with the

    6-9June

    Theexciting return to the eventing calendar for 2013.

    Returning trials7-8June

    Olympic legacy

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    horse world

    The Donkey Sanctuary headquarters in Devon now has a wedding licence, so you can have your wedding or civil ceremony in a formal garden or cosy stable. All profits will go to The Donkey Sanctuary projects worldwide. www.thedonkeysanctuary.org.uk

    The new Equestrian Festival for Students, announced by Student Equestrian, is held in conjunction

    with British Dressage (BD), British Eventing (BE) and British Showjumping (BS) at Hartpury College. Students can compete in BD up to Medium, BE up to Novice and BS up to 1.10m. www.studentequestrian.co.uk

    The new StudentsEquestrian, is held in conjunction

    11-13 June

    Young rider Vika Engel and her pony, Sparkle, are tackling a 100-mile, six-day ride from Borth on the Welsh coast to Hay-on-Wye on the English border. The ride is to raise funds in memory of her brother, Laurie, who died from cancer aged just 13. The fund, set up by his family, has already raised over 1m towards a new teenage cancer unit at Birmingham Childrens Hospital. To donate, visit www.justgiving.com/bchlaurieengelfund

    tackling a 100-mile, six-day ride from Borth on the Welsh coast to Hay-on-Wye on the English border. The ride is to

    cancer aged just 13. The fund, set up by his family, has already raised over 1m towards a new teenage cancer unit at www.justgiving.com/bchlaurieengelfund

    Step up, students

    Derby drama

    Always hotly anticipated, MINT Polo in

    the Park brings the sport of kings to the

    capital. Hurlingham Park in Fulham, London, will play

    host to world-class polo, a variety of international food

    outlets and a luxury shopping village.

    www.polointheparklondon.com

    Always hotly anticipated,

    the Park

    capital. Hurlingham Park in Fulham, London, will play

    7-9June

    Polo in the capital

    The largest two-day agricultural show in England, the Royal Norfolk

    Show, Norwich, has over 100 equine classes across a range of breeds. With showjumping, cart and heavy horse classes, there will be something to tickle every equine taste. www.royalnorfolkshow.co.uk

    www.polointheparklondon.com

    England, the Showequine classes across a range of breeds. With showjumping, cart and heavy horse classes, there will be something to tickle every equine taste. royalnorfolkshow.co.uk

    A highlight of every

    showjumping season, the British Jumping Derby

    Meeting, Hickstead, is a

    must-see for showjumping

    fanatics and adrenalin seekers.

    We dare you not to hold your

    breath every time a partnership

    tackles the infamous Derby

    Bank. www.hickstead.co.uk

    Derby drama

    A highlight of every

    19-23June

    23June

    With classes from little to large, the World Horse Welfare Summer Showing Show is fun for everyone. www.worldhorse welfare.org

    100 chances to win

    The British Carriagedriving (formerly British Horse Driving Trials Association)

    National Driving Trials at the Sandringham estate, Norfolk, offers classes for able-bodied and Para-drivers. Its hoped the international Para-driving class will lead to the Para-drivers World Championship being held on the site in 2014. www.british carriagedriving.co.uk

    Scottish celebrationsTheBritish Horse Driving Trials Association)

    National Driving Trials

    Scottish celebrations28-30 June

    The largest two-day agricultural show in 26-27

    June

    Summer showing

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  • Barefoot enables the horse to work properlyHooves are the horses shock absorbers designed to carry him safely at speed over rough terrain and cover distances of up to 20 miles every day.

    The hoof is designed to fl ex in all directions. Without this, the hoof cannot fully absorb the body weight of the horse as it moves. If you put metal nails into the hoof wall and a metal ring round the bottom, you put the hoof into a cast and compromise this fl exibility.

    Think of it like jumping from a chair and not being able to bend your knees as you land as opposed to jumping from a chair and landing knees and ankles bent.

    Compromising fl exibility also reduces circulation in the hoof, just as winding an elastic band around the end of your fi nger causes the tip to go numb. Reduced circulation weakens the hoof so its more prone to disease and injury.

    The frog should help bear the weight of the horse, but shoes usually raise it up off the ground placing excessive strain on the hoof wall instead.

    These factors combine to severely reduce the shock absorption capability of the hoof. If we also expect the horse to carry our weight, trot on roads and jump fences then it is even more crucial we allow the hoof to absorb as much shock as possible.

    He moves better People often report that their horse moves better barefoot, his stride becomes freer and longer. The weight of shoes alters the fl ight of the limb plus an unhealthy foot lands differently, affecting the action.

    Horses prone to stumbling often stop once barefoot. The horse cannot see where all his feet are landing so he relies on feel (proprioception). This is compromised by shoes, he moves blind which can lead to stumbling.

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    Horse&Rider The big debate

    To shoe or not to shoe?

    Shoeing benefi ts most horses and ponies Horses are shod for two main reasons: to protect against excessive wear and for remedial purposes. In both cases, you trim and balance the foot and limb which is so important then put a shoe on to protect your trim. If you dont put a shoe on then ride the horse up the road, half an hour later the foot will be worn.

    The hoof capsule works very effi ciently to absorb concussion and helps the blood circulate like a pump. When you put shoes on

    horses feet, obviously you compromise them thats why the farrier applies the shoe so it doesnt interfere with this, placing the nails in the front two thirds of the foot. Theres little movement in this part of the foot, most is in the quarters. If you remove a shoe and look at the underside, youll see how worn it is at the heel. The shoe also takes the load off the sole which is not designed to take wear like the wall. The sole can be bruised and compromised, which can cause problems from sore feet to premature pedal arthritis and even laminitis.

    Barefoot enables The frog should help bear

    The barefoot trimmerAngela Corner, AANHCP (Association for the Advancement of Natural Horse Care Practices) Certifi ed Practitioner and endurance rider

    Shoeing benefi ts horses feet, obviously you

    The farrierWayne Upton, Master Farrier and Associate of the Worshipful Company of Farriers

    Healthy hooves = healthy horseIf your barefoot horse can travel over all surfaces including tarmac, rocks and gravel comfortably, then it is safe to assume that his general health is also excellent and that his diet is spot on.

    Barefoot hooves are the indicators to overall health just like our fi ngernails and the perfect early warning system if problems are emerging in your horse.

    Barefoot makes horses saferShoes can be slippy on tarmac. Barefoot hooves have much better grip, making roadwork safer.

    Horses will invariably play and fi ght at times shod feet

    can cause catastrophic injuries. It hurts less if you get kicked or stood on and because of proprioception, you are much less likely to get stood on in the fi rst place.

    If you want to save moneyBarefoot means no more shelling out for new shoes every six weeks. As your horse will be healthier and move more naturally, you will have fewer vets bills.

    It also makes you less reliant on a farrier no more lost shoes the morning of a competition. No more relying on farriers turning up you can learn to maintain your horses trim yourself and if you need extra protection, you can put on hoof boots yourself.

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    Have your say!What do you think about barefoot trimming vs conventional shoeing? Share your thoughts by emailing lucy@djmurphy.co.uk or visit

    our Facebook page, www.facebook.com/HorseandRiderMag.

  • Shoeing can enhance movementShoeing is not natural, thats absolutely right. But the way we keep horses nowadays is not natural we ride them, jump them, stable them and so on, so if you want to enjoy horses and the sports they are bred for, you might have to shoe them accordingly. Its not natural for us humans to wear shoes, but rugby players dont do the Six Nations barefoot!

    I shoe the limb, not the foot, to set the horse up for the job hes doing. We adapt what we put on horses feet very light, aluminium plates for fl at racing, shoes that improve grip for driving horses and so on. We wear different shoes for different things, so do horses.

    Shoeing also allows you to perform remedial work. If, for

    example, a horse has an imbalanced foot and has the early stages of navicular, hell need proper remedial trimming and shoeing you are really limited if you are trimming alone.

    Im not against barefoot horses If I can leave shoes off a horse, I will. I dont like to shoe young horses too early and its also a good idea to take horses shoes off if theyre not in work. I have six horses at home one of them is unshod and one has just front shoes on. You dont have to shoe horses if their discipline doesnt demand it. But also, not all horses will adapt to going barefoot.

    Historically, horses of course were barefoot, then once they were domesticated and their breeding infl uenced by man, their

    feet eroded subject to abrasion. As the Romans fought their way north, conditions underfoot got wetter and their horses more prone to be footsore. They used Hipposandals with an iron or bronze plate laced onto the limbs. Some of the tribes they encountered were very good smiths, so they started shoeing their horses, preventing wear and giving them an iron rim for grip.

    The shod horse is protected by lawFarriers are regulated by the Farriers Registration Council. The Farriers Registration Act is a welfare act to protect horses, and people should remember that. Farriers can be disciplined and struck off if they hurt horses.

    Theres no legislation controlling barefoot

    trimmers, so if they make a horse lame there is

    no redress. Farriers train for four years as apprentices and also study shoe making and equine anatomy at college, then take a diploma qualifi cation to become a Registered Farrier. Some barefoot trimmers have done a correspondence course.

    Im not saying barefoot trimmers are all bad, but there have been some horses severely compromised by very radical trimming methods and some of the barefoot trimmers are very unscientifi c with their claims, which is worrying.

    There are approximately 18 barefoot organisations. If they cant agree on best practice, what chance has the horse owner?

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    horse worldHorse&Rider The big debate

    To shoe or not to shoe?In recent years, barefoot trimming has been put forward as an alternative to conventional shoeing. We asked practitioners of both to make the case for shoes and shoeless what do you think?

    abrasion. As the Romans fought their

    Theres no legislation controlling barefoot

    trimmers, so if they make a horse lame there is

    no redress. Farriers train for four

    Horse&Rider top tip

    Choose a hoof care professional for your horse

    with great care remember, no foot,

    no horse!

  • Everyone talks wistfully about a balanced horse, but how many acknowledge that there are several balances?

    There is the balance of the young horse, newly backed and not very strong behind. There is the balance of the old stager, who has happily carried children and their parents for years. There is the balance of the racehorse, hunter or jumper and there is all the difference in the world between the balance of the young dressage horse and that of the High School horse.

    Each can be perfect for his particular purpose; each may be woefully imperfect. The latter is generally all to do with the rider. What a responsibility!

    This begs a stream of questions. How many riders recognise what the

    balance should be? How many have suffi cient balance themselves? And fi nally, how many have the ability to change the balance appropriate to what is required of the horse?

    Practice makes perfect The next question is perhaps the most important of all.

    How many riders appreciate that the perfect balance expected of a horse on the aids is actually something most refi ned? Not only does it take years to achieve but, even when attainable, everything is in a permanent stat...