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Equi-Ads serviced a readership of amateur and professional equestrian owners, breeders and competitors for over 20 years. Our readers liked our no-frills, no waste policy and describe Equi-Ads as the grown-up Equestrian magazine, which they kept for future reference, rather than flick through and discard.

The magazine is, alas, no more but the website remains until the hosting runs out in a few years’ time. You can still browse through back issues to find useful information on all sorts of things from gastric ulcers and hoof care to dressage and eventing there are interesting things to find.

Equido – Bells And Whistles…

By Morag Higgins WESI MRPCH BHSAI HNCES There has been a lot of press recently about the misuse of nosebands and debates as to how tight they should or should not be.  I personally do not like to see a noseband on any horse however I would be the first one to put a...

Bitting concepts and how bitting horses has changed

We talk to Abbey Bits and Hilary Vernon about the changes in bits and new innovations over the years. Historically horses were a mode of transport and a necessity, and consequently you could say were worked and fed more naturally.  Hours of work each day in most cases...

Personality Profile

Alasdair Govan - A qualified Vet from Montrose This month we interview the man on our front cover - Alasdair Govan. A qualified Vet from Montrose, Alasdair spends most of his time now training and driving his collection of horses. He competes in carriage driving with...

Ownership

by Lindsay Watt How do you know you own the horse you cherish and love? You have a passport for it, but the Horse Passport (Scotland) Regulations 2005 says nothing about whether a passport provides evidence of ownership. It only says that you may be prosecuted if you...

Competing in England by Beverley Ferguson

I qualified for the Trailblazer Dressage Championships on Piper by gaining over 58% in two Prelim tests at Inchcoonans Equestrian Centre.  The finals were to be held at Stoneleigh Park down in Warwickshire (360 miles away), so it was quite a big decision to actually...

The role of diet in the formation and prevention of gastric ulcers

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New grazing muzzle research shows how grass length can affect grazing behaviour

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‘Five Minutes With….’ Multiple paralympic gold medallist and 5-time European Champion, para rider, Natasha Baker.

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Tips on Caring for Older Horses

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Horse behaviour – Can it be a health problem?

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Keeping Calm Before A Dressage Test – Top Tips with Gary Foggon

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Utilising your torso

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Bolesworth Day Four – Round Up

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A Flying Start for Sarah Billington

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Here Come The Girls at Bolesworth International

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Marion Repeats Winning Performance

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Dermott Salutes Loughview Lou Lou

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Scorching Competition at Super Saturday Bolesworth International

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Sun Shines on Theo Simpson

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Francois Gallops to Success at Bolesworth International

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Puissance Spectacular at Bolesworth International

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Jay Halim riding Warners King

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Willberry Wonder Pony Sets Hearts Alight at Bolesworth International

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5 minutes with… International event rider Gemma Tattersall

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Impact of feed on behaviour

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‘Five Minutes With….’ Laura Renwick

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Brazil Score a Hit at Bolesworth International

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An Owners Guide to Arthritis

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How Good Are Your Horse Management Skills?

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How to restrict grass intake

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ARENA : MENAGE : SCHOOL

We asked Jocelyn Riley, Managing Director of Equestrian Direct Surfaces for her views on arena construction and maintenance. Alongside her business, Jocelyn also runs a busy yard of event horses so well constructed arena surfaces requiring little maintenance are...

USING FEAR TO TRAIN HORSES

Alison Averis HERE are some things I have been told by fellow owners and riders who have observed me re-training my little cob Peter, a pony who has an over-reactive fear response as a result of bad early experiences with people: 'Don't let him get away with that!'...

Nasal discharge The snotty nose!

Joe Ivey BVSc MRCVS, Rosevean Veterinary Practice If you have been around horses for any period of time you will have seen a horse with nasal discharge at some time. Nasal discharge can result from inflammation or bleeding in any part of the respiratory tract. The...

The horse health check

Ben Sturgeon, Bsc, BVM&S, Cert EP, MRCVS Every horse owner should be able to check a horse’s condition for signs of illness, injury, or fatigue.
The health check is critical with competitions, and it is very useful
in day to day management. Many potentially...

Advances in equine dentistry

Equine dentistry is an area of medicine and surgery that, on the whole, has remained very basic and neglected for many years until relatively recently. All of us are aware of the requirement for routine treatment of horses’ teeth to reduce sharp points that can cause...

Dietary strategies to overcome compromised eating and chewing functions

Dr Derek Cuddeford, Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, University of Edinburgh The only true wild horses are the Tarpan and Przewalski, the remaining non-domesticated animals are feral horses, principally the Mustangs in North America and the Brumbys in...

‘Five Minutes With… Chris Orchard, scurry driver

Chris Orchard is a show jumper turned Scurry Driver. She represents the Orchard Scurry Team, and won her Scurry race at HOYS last year with her ponies ‘Touch’ and ‘Go’, together with groom Charlotte Kenton. Chris says she has many people to be thankful for in the...

Why Steam Hay and Haylage?


Good quality hay can be hard to find. If the nutritional and hygienic quality of the fodder is lower than normal. The lower nutritional value i.e., the energy, protein and mineral contents can be remedied by balancing the diet with bagged fibre feeds such as dried...

What is Equine Herpesvirus?

By XL Equine Equine herpesvirus (EHV) is a contagious viral infection which can cause respiratory disease, abortions and neurological disease in horses. There are two main types of EHV which cause disease: • EHV-4 is very common and causes respiratory disease; • EHV-1...

Marvelous mechanics

by Jenny Richardson BHSAI I am a big fan of so-called mechanical horses, or simulators – they are very useful training systems. An equine simulator can accommodate riders of all levels, from beginners to the most advanced. It can be used to train riders in basic...

Uveitis

By Peter Fenton BVM&, MRCVS Uveitis, also sometimes known as moon blindness, is a painful condition of the eye and can be caused by a multitude of different factors. An initial episode of acute inflammation can lead to the development of equine recurrent uveitis...

Equine Immunology and Vaccination

by Ben Sturgeon, Bsc, BVM&S, Cert EP, MRCVS Any organisms’ ability to withstand infection and disease is dependent upon its immune system. The system provides several layers of protection, both physical and biological, increasing in the complexity as we delve...

Advice for Coping with a Lively Horse

In this issue Equerry Horse Feeds Senior Nutritionist, Louise Jones provides advice for a dressage rider coping with a lively horse. Question I have a 17hh dressage horse competing at Medium level. He easily drops weight in the winter and is also quite a lively ride,...

Feeding the “poor doer”

Dr Derek Cuddeford, Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, University of Edinburgh How you approach this rather depends on why the animal is a “poor doer”. There can be a number of reasons why a horse or pony does not thrive. A lot of them can be due to the way in...

Perfect posture

By Jenny Richardson BHSAI As a rider, your posture when riding is vital. The ability to hold an upright and balanced rider posture at all times is critical for control and influence over the horse. It also sums up the difference between being a rider and simply...

Involving the Physio

by Ben Sturgeon, Bsc, BVM&S, Cert EP, MRCVS I am often asked why equine medicine continues to hold interest? The answer is easy. Medicine in the horse is not just about getting it better; it is about making it perform. For fear of flippancy, an injury to almost...

Two days are never the same…

EquiAds asked JANE SUMNER A.I.R.M.T, E.B.W to give an insight into her day as an Equine Body Worker dealing with Stress Point Therapy, Muscle Manipulation Release and Myofascial Release. Jane told Equi-Ads; Today I left for a 40-mile drive to my first yard, that is...

Why use a McTimoney Spinal Manipulation practitioner for your horse?

A popular saying among soft tissue specialists is, “the muscles hold the bones together, you don’t need to adjust the bones, it doesn’t release the muscles”. This common misconception stems from a misunderstanding about how spinal manipulation actually works. It does...

Prior to purchase examinations

раскрытие мифов о газобетоне By Peter Fenton BVM&, MRCVS There are an enormous number of things to think about when you are considering the purchase of a horse, whether it is your first ever venture into the equestrian world or it is an additional animal into an...

Dietary fat: a versatile ingredient

by Dr Derek Cuddeford, Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, University of Edinburgh When one thinks of fat in the diet it is usually in the context of feeding carnivores or omnivores and certainly not herbivores! It is important to be clear about what fat...

New Organisers for Stafford Horse Trials announced

 Stafford Horse Trials is one of the largest grassroots events on the British Eventing calendar, so members in the region were understandably disappointed when the closure of the event was announced earlier this year.  We are however delighted to confirm that Stafford...

The Scottish Tilting Association demo day!

The Scottish Tilting Association in conjunction with Rockrose Equestrian are running a completely free demo/come and try day at Rockrose Equestrian Centre, East Lothian on Sunday 11th October from 10am to raise the profile of Tilting and get more people [gallery...

Misbehaving or misunderstood? Why horses need educated owners

Какаду The question of how we interact with horses, whilst at the same time ensuring horse and human safety and good welfare, is central to all who work with horses. This question is becoming increasingly important as the incidence of equine related accidents rises...

Sixteen nations nominated for the Longines Fei European Eventing Championship at Blair Castle (GBR)

Excitement is mounting for the Longines FEI European Eventing Championship at Blair Castle (GBR) next month (10-13 September) when riders from 16 nations will arrive for the first senior championship to be held in the grounds of the fairytale white Scottish castle. It...

New course revealed for Seib Insurance Brokers Burghley sponsored ride

The SEIB Burghley Sponsored Ride will take place on the 6th September 2015, on the final day of the world famous Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials. This year, participants will be riding round in the direction of the cross county course and will have new, exclusive...

‘Pledge to share your passion’ urges new nationwide campaign

While riders know all about the physical, emotional and social benefits of spending time with horses, a new campaign urges them to share their passion with those who don’t.  Launched by the British Equestrian Federation (BEF) the empowering new campaign is called...

Blue Chip Dressage Sponsorship Competition voting opens

Blue Chip ran a competition to find two sponsored dressage riders to join their elite team, a shortlist has been selected and the voting is now open! The two lucky riders (one from the restricted section and one from the open section) who get the most votes will win 1...

Pony Club says Thank You for Thousands of Valuable Volunteering Years!

The Pony Club kicked off Volunteers’ Week, held June 1-7th to mark the contribution made by millions of volunteers across the UK, with its annual Cubitt Award ceremony. The annual awards are held in honour of volunteers who have given in excess of 20 years to The Pony...

Bolesworth International – Plan For a Great Few Days!

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100  Days to the Longines FEI European Eventing Championship 2015

The final countdown begins for the Longines FEI European Eventing Championship 2015 held at Blair Castle from 10-13 September; this spectacular event in the iconic Scottish Highlands is sure to provide a truly memorable experience for all involved and an event not to...

Is it a good idea to buy a horse complete with tack?

Question I am looking to buy a new horse and see in some adverts horses are sold with a saddle and bridle, do you think that is a benefit or should it be avoided? Answer The Society of Master Saddlers replies: Although at first glance it can appear like a ‘bargain’ to...

Speaking the Language – Part 30

A series by SUSAN McBANE explaining equestrian and scientific terminology in relation to equine behaviour and psychology, and its effects on horses and training (This series is based on a glossary of equestrian and scientific terms published in ‘Equitation Science’ by...

Nutrition Focus

In this feature, we invite experts to answer your burning questions - please email us at nutrition@equiads.com if you have an equine nutrition enquiry. (Your questions may be shortened to fit the available space.) This month, Keith Foster of Fine Fettle Feed shares...

Learning to ride in the classical way – Part 4

Classical Trainer Paul Belasik and rider Francis Peto demonstrate the stability of the classical seat – photo- Black Tent Photography www.blacktent.co.uk How to sit in the saddle Last month we looked at how to mount in a way which gives the least disturbance to...

Classical Horses

by Wendy Newing The classical system of riding and training horses, which deplores the use of force, reached its height in Europe in the 17th and 18th centuries. The dressage we know today evolved from training horses for the battlefield. In classical riding,...

The Bitless Alternative

 Азавак by Wendy Newing Following a severe injury to my horse’s tongue, which was nearly severed, I was left after her recovery with the realisation that I would never be able to use a bit in her mouth again. There are several types of bitless bridle available...

Ensuring You Are Prepared for Your First Foal

Using only the very best bloodlines is key to success for Sara Longworth of Waverley Stud in Warwickshire when it comes to breeding talented future dressage champions. Here she provides advice on preparing for your first foal. The birth of your first foal is...

Feeding the youngster the Morry Stud way

ReTeks If you want to start your horse or pony off on the right hoof, diet is crucial. Growing involves building body tissues, so it is important to support youngstock, as well as the stallion and pregnant or lactating mare, with a balance of nutrients through a...

Key Worming

By Ben Sturgeoan, BSc, BVM&S, Cert EP, MRCVSPolVam Currently there are no new types or classes of wormer on the immediate horizon and the major conclusion of recent research was that “worm control programmes should be designed to be sustainable using presently...

Walk this way

By Jenny Richardson BHSAI There may be times throughout your riding life when you are restricted to a quieter pace. Weather conditions may restrict normal activities; or perhaps you are returning to work after a lay-off of horse or rider, pregnancy or any other...

Feeding Youngstock

Саман своими руками by Dr Derek Cuddeford, Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, University of Edinburgh The word youngstock is a “catch-all” term that includes fillies, colts and geldings less than three years of age so in order to discuss the feeding of these...

Maintaining Arena Performance

Here we speak to an arena expert at Equestrian Direct Surfaces on easy yet effective area maintenance. They also share some top tips on how to maintain and condition different arena surfaces ensuring you spend more time in the saddle.veroxybd.com The after-care and...

Learning to Ride in The Classical Way – Part 3

By Anne Wilson Once we have found a riding school which seems to practice good classical techniques, we must consider what we need in order to make our lessons comfortable and safe. CLOTHING The two absolute essentials are a hard protective hat, preferably carrying...

Why Feed Magnesium to Stressed Horses?

The link between stress and magnesium is very well established. Inside the body, high calcium-magnesium ratios intensify the release of stress hormones (catecholamines and corticosteroids) which also further magnesium loss. Magnesium depletion is both a cause and...

A ‘BIT’ OF GOOD!

Premium retailer Dressage Deluxe are pleased to announce that they have become a ‘Bit Drop Off’ portal for the Gambia Horse And Donkey Trust. Customers can either drop or post their old bits to the retailer’s head quarters in Kent or drop off at their stand at various...

Am I covered?

ir-leasing.ru Having insurance for your horsebox is a legal requirement under the Road Traffic Act, but it is also important to ensure you have the correct cover in place dependent on what you use your vehicle for. If you are operating as a business (e.g. a horse...

Petplan Equine stats turn the spotlight on Equine Grass Sickness

Petplan Equine, a leading UK specialist equine insurance provider, is alerting horse owners to the incidence of Equine Grass Sickness following the release of its latest claims’ statistics. In 2014, Petplan Equine paid out almost £37,000 in Equine Grass Sickness...

Five Minutes with… Show Jumper Paul Barker

Based in Northallerton, Yorkshire, Paul Barker is the son of the legendary show jumper, David Boston Barker, who was a member of Great Britain's Nation Cup Team in the 1960s, and represented his country at the 1964 Olympic Games where the team just missed out on a...

Booting up

By Kathy Carter Equine boots are an essential part of any serious horse owner’s kit. Protective boots help to preserve the delicate structures of the equine lower limb from bumps, scrapes or from hitting obstacles such as jumps, or the horse's own hooves. Limb boots...

A Role for Magnesium?

by Dr Derek Cuddeford,  Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, University of  Edinburgh Without magnesium (Mg) we and our horses would fall apart because it makes up about 0.05% of body mass which is equivalent to 0.25kg in a 500kg horse. Sixty per cent is located...

My horse is strong…

The team at Parelli UK provide advice if your horse gets strong when being led. My horse is strong when I lead him, especially from the stable into the field. Can you help? Horses are innately claustrophobic. Because they are prey animals, their survival is based on...

Get worming right to avoid drug resistance

67% of horse owners believe they are protecting their horses from the rise of resistance however 81% are not conducting the adequate level of FECs (faecal egg counts) that experts say are the only way to prevent the build-up of resistance to wormers. The survey...

Your Horse Total Confidence Live – £15 ticket Deal

HURRY!!!! £15* ticket deal ends Sat midnight - Your Horse Total Confidence Live Have you booked yet for THE horse event of the season? A fun and fab day out there is so much to do… - Live arena demos - Over 100 shopping stands - Meet recused horses and ponies - Top...

BEVA lobbies to secure veterinary funding from new Horserace Betting Right

BEVA is lobbying for the retention of statutory funding for veterinary research, science and education when the proposed Horserace Betting Right is formed to replace the Horserace Betting Levy board. The development of the Horserace Betting Right was announced in the...

Be inspired at new horse show Total Confidence Live!

Finally, the team from the Thoroughbred Rehabilitation Centre (TRC) will be demonstrating some top techniques, perfect for training ex-racers for great results – from checking tack and groundwork with poles to effective ridden work on the flat and over...

Insurance Jargon Busting

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Safety matters

Fortunately, body protectors and their air-jacket cousins are now widely worn and highly regarded - you can’t put a price on safety. With horse riding being potentially 20 times more dangerous than motor cycling, and the majority of riding injuries occurring through...

Nutrition focus

In this feature, we invite experts to answer your burning questions - please email us at nutrition@equiads.com if you have an equine nutrition enquiry. (Your questions may be shortened to fit the available space.) This month, nutritional expert, Anna Welch, BVSc, BSc,...

Mixing and matching your training

  By Jenny Richardson BHSAI To produce a strong partnership between horse and rider, there are many exercises to help with obedience and balance. Groundwork is the foundation for all good competition horses at any level, and in any discipline. Pole work plays an...

New to Horses???

Утепление каркасных домов пенопластом By Peter Fenton BVM&S, MRCVS Taking on a horse for the first time can be a big task but if you’ve considered the effort and the costs that go into keeping a horse then you may end up with a great companion to work with, play...

Weight Loss: Common Things Are Common

 Такие разные плёнки by Ben Sturgeon, Bsc, BVM&S, Cert EP, MRCVS An apt subject given perhaps the indulgences this time of year? I’m sure we’re all feeling a little worse for wear? Whilst it is common knowledge as to the dangers of obesity in equids with...

Equine Shiatsu Research Project

by Liz Eddy The Equine Shiatsu Association (tESA) is undertaking a research project which will run from now until the 30th June 15. The project is called MYMOP – Measure Your Own Medical Outcome Profile and has been adapted from to equine use from an existing study on...

How quality of forage affects quantity of hard feed to be fed

The primary consideration when constructing a suitable diet for a horse is to determine its physiological status. One has to ask the question what is the horse doing; is it at maintenance (idle!), pregnant, lactating, working, undergoing rehabilitation, etc? All of...

Grass Sickness still a major threat!

By Dr Jo Ireland BVMS PhD, Cert AVP(EM), MRCVS. Equine Grass Sickness Research Co-ordinator at the Animal Health Trust. Equine grass sickness (EGS) is a debilitating disease affecting grazing horses, ponies and donkeys, with a mortality rate in excess of 85%. Since...

Obese horses and ponies at risk!

SPILLERS®, as part of the WALTHAM® International Laminitis and Obesity Research Consortia, is continuing to support important research on laminitis and obesity, with its involvement in two new PhD programmes during 2015. In some surveys around 50% of leisure horses...

EQUIDO – Keep it simple…?

By Morag Higgins WESI MRPCH BHSAI HNCES In essence working with horses and riding horses is simple and we can often lose sight of this. Horses are naturally balanced, athletic, free moving, and creative animals when running free, it is when humans get involved that...

Ammonia & Respiratory Health

 http://mensclub24.ru/ Ammonia is a colourless gas with a characteristic pungent smell. Horses excrete urea in both urine and faeces and this is rapidly converted to ammonia. Ammonia molecules tend to be deposited in the upper and proximal lower airways where...

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Buckles or Hook Stud Fastenings?

The Society of Master Saddlers takes a look at both buckles and hook stud fastenings on the bridle. Buckles or hook stud fastenings? Which you choose may well come down to personal preference but which is actually best? Found at the bottom of the cheek pieces with...

Choosing the right saddle!

The Society of Master Saddlers offer advice on General Purpose saddles versus discipline specific saddles. FOR many, starting out in horse or pony ownership, a General Purpose saddle provides the ideal choice. Whether you simply enjoy hacking or compete at a lower...

Showing is all about looks and performance!

Rob Cullen and John Hartley of Black Country Saddles provide some advice on what to look for in your show saddle. In the world of Showing it is all about looks and performance, so when it comes to choosing a saddle there is nothing more important than selecting one...

Ladies ride side saddle!

Безопасные SEO эксперименты Riding side saddle is often associated with an era of yesteryear when ladies rode in long skirts and couldn’t possibly be seen astride a horse. One of the most memorable scenes from the first series of the popular period drama Downton Abbey...

LEARNING TO RIDE IN THE CLASSICAL WAY – Part One

By Anne WilsonMountains Photo Unfortunately the choice of riding schools has diminished greatly in the last few years. This is mainly due to the constrictions of the financial recession, but also due to administrative matters such as Local Authority Licences, Council...

Argumentative essay writing tips

To write an essay in an argumentative style is probably one of the most challenging assignments students encounter during their studies.

Talking Tack with Robert Walker

In this issue Black Country Saddles sponsored showman Robert Walker discusses the importance of correct tack and turnout for Show and Working Hunters and provides advice on how to make your horse look his best. First and foremost, it is important to realise that every...

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