Is My Horse Difficult or In pain? Can Facial Expressions be Used to Determine the Presence of Pain?

Left eye has intense stare (PS 2) muscle tension above eye (PS 1) Left ear rotated outwards (PS 1) mouth wide open, exposing teeth tongue (PS 3) left nostril flared with angular sides, wrinkle below the nostril (PS 1) Lower muzzle tense (PS 1)
Veterinary News

There is undisputed evidence to show that owners, riders and trainers have a poor ability to recognise signs of pain manifest as lameness when horses are ridden. Approximately 47% of sports horses in regular work and assumed to be sound have pain-related gait abnormalities. In a dressage horse the early stages of lameness may only be manifest under certain conditions and may be misinterpreted as conflict behaviour, difficulties in learning a movement or ‘one-sidedness’. However, tension, evasions, unevenness in the contact, resistances, spookiness, difficulties with specific movements such as flying changes could all potentially be a manifestation of pain.

Selection Dates for EDS/KWPN Auction at 2017 World Young Horse Championships Announced

Lady Jane, top selling foal at the 2016 EDS/KWPN Auction in Ermelo
Photo © Dirk Caremans
2017 Excellent Dressage Sales

Excellent Dressage Sales (EDS) organises its second auction at the World Breeding Dressage Championships for Young Horses in Ermelo on Saturday 5  August 2017. The first selection day is planned on 30 May 2017. The World Championships auction, supported by the KWPN, offers breeders and owners a unique opportunity of access to a world-class podium.

Angelea Kelly Rides Again On HorseGirlTV With

HorseGirlTV’s live studio set and control room as designed by
Eurodressage Market – Services

The ground-breaking original web series, HorseGirlTV, was founded in 2007 by dressage rider Angelea Kelly and went on to become an USEF award-winning series. Ahead of her time, Kelly’s format blazed the trail for many wonderful equine-centric video podcasts and original web shows. In 2012, she took a hiatus from hosting and producing the semi-monthly episodes to train full-time with her Sir Donnerhall gelding, Hansel. The pair relocated to Holland to train in 2014, Hansel was sold and Kelly returned to the states refocused on her farm and new media career.

Joao Miguel Torrao and Monte Velho’s Equador Shine Bright at 2017 CDI Segovia

Joao Miguel Torrao and Equador at the 2017 CDI Segovia
2017 CDI Segovia

At only the third international competition for horse and rider, Portuguese João Miguel Torrao and Monte Velho’s Lusitano stallion Equador signed for the victory in the Prix St Georges and Intermediaire I Kur to Music at the 2017 CDI Segovia in Spain on 12 – 14 May 2017. The future looks brights for this talented pair which consistently scores over 70%.

Breeders Course with Summer, Sunshine and Beautiful Horses

Photo © Kiki Beelitz
Oldenburg Breeding News

The 2017 Oldenburg Summer Meeting – a Breeders Course where you learn from the best. The Oldenburg Summer Meeting will be held from May, 31st – June, 3rd 2017. In this four days course you will visit world-known stallion studs, get comprehensive support of the Oldenburg Team and gain a lot of interesting inside about the Oldenburg Breed and everything around breeding horses.

RPSI and Westfalen Verband Join Forces to Develop Worldwide Breeders’ Association

RPSI Breeding News

Excellent brands need fans worldwide. Westfalen horses and ponies are well known all over the world, with famous stallions such as Florestan I, Pilot and Cornet Obolensky, and superstars in sport like Damon Hill and Comme il Faut. In North America, the RPSI registry has been inspecting, branding and registering warmbloods and ponies since 1995, and offering the most extensive inspection tour available. Beginning in 2017, the RPSI and Westfalen Verband will join forces to develop a worldwide breeders’ association, inviting more breeders to become a part of the famous horse breed Westfalen.