Shires Equestrian Celebrates 50th Anniversary

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Shires Equestrian turns 50 this September. From humble beginnings, the company has evolved into a trusted household brand. Malcolm Ainge, founder of Shires Equestrian, started the company in 1968 with only a small loan of stock to sell at cattle markets and racecourse auctions. Now the company has approximately 1,800 stockists worldwide and recently won BETA’s award for Trade Supplier of the Year for the second year in a row. Read more

New distributor for Peter Horobin Saddlery – StrideFree Saddles in the UK

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KM Elite Products are delighted to announce that they have been appointed as exclusive distributors for Peter Horobin Saddles in the UK. StrideFree by PHS has taken performance saddles to a whole new level, taking saddle fitting back to basics, by creating convenience for the customer and focusing on equine back health. PHS have developed an extensive saddle range for racing, dressage, jumping and endurance disciplines with the StrideFree racing tree winning the BETA Innovation Award in 2014. Read more

Lunging the event horse

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Watching the amazing horses competing at Badminton makes you realise what complete, all round athletes they truly are. With the balance and suppleness of dressage, the speed and power of cross country followed by the precision and effort of the show jumping phase these horses are, certainly, the triathletes of the equestrian world. Dr Hilary Bentley of EquiAmi how all of this can be helped with the EquiAmi Lunging aid. Read more

Aubiose Announce Rider Sponsorship for 2015

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Hemp horse bedding firm Aubiose Ltd have announced the sponsorship of two riders for the first time.

Hampshire based grassroots eventer Nicki Strong and Kent based professional showjumper and producer Biba McCaul will be flying the flag as ambassadors for Aubiose throughout 2015.

Aubiose UK Sales Manager, Sparsholt College graduate Juliette Connor said; “Over the past year sales have been really picking up as more people are experiencing the benefits and spreading the word. Supporting our two chosen riders seemed a great way of giving them a leg up in achieving their equestrian goals this year, as well as helping to raise even more awareness of our product.

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Horse Owners Needed for Vaccine Trial

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Horse Owners Needed for Ground-Breaking Equine Grass Sickness Vaccine Trial

As the high risk season for Equine Grass Sickness fast approaches the Animal Health Trust, one of the UK’s leading veterinary charities, is urging horse owners to take part in the second year of its ground-breaking nationwide EGS vaccine trial.

A debilitating and often fatal disease affecting horses, ponies and donkeys, Equine Grass Sickness (EGS) occurs predominantly in Europe, with Britain experiencing the highest incidence worldwide. In 2014, 59 cases of EGS were reported through the EGS Surveillance Scheme, but it is likely that this represents only a fraction of cases occurring annually throughout Britain.

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3,000 Horse and Pony Owners Needed In Fight against Laminitis

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3,000 Horse & Pony Owners Needed To Participate In Fight against Laminitis

More than 3,000 horse and pony owners are needed to collaborate on a new web-based research project, named ‘CARE (Creating Awareness and Reporting Evidence) about laminitis’, that aims to help all horse and pony owners reduce the threat posed by equine laminitis.

The four-year study, being undertaken by the Animal Health Trust (AHT), in partnership with the Royal Veterinary College (RVC), and generously funded by World Horse Welfare, is being conducted by PhD student, Danica (Dee) Pollard, based at the AHT. It will take a closer look at management factors which may contribute to the development or recurrence of laminitis within the British horse and pony population.

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Mild Winter May Increase Small Redworm Risks

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Mild winter may increase small redworm risks warns Zoetis.

Early spring is the high-risk time for larval cyathostominosis, a potentially fatal syndrome caused by the mass emergence of small redworm from their dormant, encysted state. Worming experts at Zoetis are warning that this year, the risk of disease may be higher than usual, following the UK’s exceptionally mild, wet winter.

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