Suspected fractures, unusual prep and first-timers: equestrians get ready to take on London Marathon

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Pictured: Rachel Silcock

Determined equestrians are preparing to tackle the London Marathon for equine charities and other good causes. The 26.2-mile challenge returns in-person on 3 October, following last year’s event being held virtually owing to the pandemic. The virtual marathon will also return, allowing runners from all over the world to take part. Livery yard owner and […]

New rules ‘to stop the horror cases’: Scotland introduces licensing of rescue centres

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EDAH29 Southport, Merseyside, 4th January,2015 UK Weather. RSPCA concerned about Horse Welfare nationally. The Lancashire RSPCA is bracing itself for a big influx in the number of abandoned and neglected horses. Last year was one of the worst on record. Reports of neglected horses tend to peak in the winter when animals that have managed to survive for the rest of the year start to struggle for grazing. Where there is no shelter, bitterly cold weather and freezing rain mean the condition of animals can also deteriorate quickly.

SCOTLAND has become the first country in the UK to introduce mandatory licences for animal rescue centres in a “positive step” for welfare – but challenges have been highlighted around ensuring the appropriate training of inspectors. The regulation, which came into force on 1 September, requires rescue centres and sanctuaries that keep five equines or […]

‘We are making the roads safer’: hundreds take part in Pass Wide and Slow rides

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William Ferris’ PWAS ride in Warrington

AN ANNUAL event aiming to educate drivers on how to pass horses safely has been hailed the “most successful” yet as hundreds of riders took to the roads. The Pass Wide and Slow (PWAS) event took place on 19 September and featured 178 rides across the UK. Many rides received support from councillors, police forces, […]

#ActNow4Horses: new campaign targets ‘window of opportunity’ to improve equine welfare

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Scanning for a microchip and checking a passport

A new World Horse Welfare campaign is targeting a “window of opportunity” for better equine welfare in Scotland and Wales. The charity launched #ActNow4Horses this month following the countries’ parliamentary elections on 6 May. The campaign is asking for Scottish MSPs and Welsh MSs to support a number of pledges set out in five-year manifestos. […]

Do you know an unsung equestrian hero? Nominate them for a prestigious BBC award

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TA789K Icelandic Horse. A riding instructor gives a girl lessons. Austria

Nominations are open for the BBC Sports Personality of the Year unsung hero award 2021. The award honours sports volunteers in local communities who go “above and beyond” to encourage people to participate in physical activity and those who have made a “lasting impact” on their community through sport. Nominees must be 16 or older […]

Plans for New Forest speed cameras to save animals’ lives

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ERB46X New Forest Ponies Grazing At The Roadside In The New Forest Hampshire England UK

Drivers are playing “Russian roulette” with animals’ lives in the New Forest, as calls are made to install average-speed cameras. Thousands of people have signed petitions asking for the cameras to be installed at Roger Penny Way, following a number of fatal collisions involving multiple animals. The first petition, created by Gilly Jones of the […]