News and events

Older and Wiser

14 May 2020

Like humans, horses age at different rates and many factors influence the longevity of a horse’s life, including its breeding, the stresses and strains placed on it in earlier years and the standard of care. We always advocate treating every horse as an individual, regardless of their age but, as nutrition influences the health and welfare of all horses and ponies, it’s helpful to be aware of some of the effects of old age in order to establish which feed will meet a particular individual’s requirements.

Summer skin

14 May 2020

While we all look forward to the prospect of long warm summer days and sunshine, for horses, it can lead to a range of ailments and conditions, not to mention the increase in biting insects. Rich Bristow BVet Med CertAVP MRCVS from Pinkham Equine Veterinary Services explains what to look out for and how best to prevent and manage your horses health in the summer months.​

Covid-19 Equine Rescues Emergency Fund

14 May 2020

The Petplan Charitable Trust (PPCT) has joined together with World Horse Welfare and the National Equine Welfare Council (NEWC) to create a Covid-19 Equine Rescues Emergency Fund. The purpose of the fund is to help smaller equine welfare organisations across the UK who are being significantly impacted by the current crisis.

Congratulations to our winners

06 May 2020

We recently teamed up with Robinson Animal Healthcare to give four lucky readers the chance to win a Horse & Rider First Aid Kit. Thank you to everyone who entered and congratulations to all the winners.

Charge of the heavy brigade

30 April 2020

The British Heavy Horse Driving Trials Club was set up about 25 years ago and was largely the brainchild of Rowena McDermott and her husband John. Based in Hampshire, Rowena was born into a family of Percheron enthusiasts. Susan Dunne discovers more about about Driving Trials for the ever versatile heavy horse breeds.

The benefits of synthetic harness

30 April 2020

For years the use of leather for harness has been the industry tradition and often the favourite one; some people still prefer leather today. Synthetic harness, however, has become a very strong competitor to leather for many reasons. Leather looks good and smells nice, but producing and maintaining it is time consuming and expensive. Leather can also be heavy. Synthetic materials on the other hand eliminate these disadvantages. Zilco has been making high quality synthetic harnesses since 1962 and today is recognised as a world leader in the equestrian market for a variety of disciplines such as endurance, carriage driving, racing and harness racing.

Virtual Royal Windsor 2020 receives thousands of entries from around the world

30 April 2020

Following the cancellation of Royal Windsor Horse Show due to COVID-19, the Organisers of the Show have put an innovative solution in place; Virtual Windsor 2020, an online platform that merges virtual competition with ecommerce and social media. Virtual Windsor has already generated an astounding number of entries to its online Showing classes, which are taking place at the same time as the usual competitions at the Show.

Foal born at World Horse Welfare's Hall Farm named after hero Captain Tom

30 April 2020

Staff and grooms at World Horse Welfare’s Hall Farm Rescue and Rehoming Centre were delighted to be met, on the morning of Tuesday 21st April, by a new addition to the team! Mare Winona had given birth overnight to a gorgeous colt foal who was bright and healthy and immediately captured the hearts of everyone at Hall Farm. A social media competition to name the foal was won today by the name ‘Captain Tom’ after Captain Tom Moore, a 100-year old World War 2 veteran who recently raised a staggering £28million for the NHS after walking 100 laps of his garden, aided by his walking frame.

Blue Cross supporters foster horses to help charity during lockdown

30 April 2020

National Pet Charity Blue Cross has been overwhelmed by the equestrian sector’s support to help provide temporary homes for as many horses in need as possible during lockdown. With the charity’s two horse rehoming centres closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic and staffing numbers greatly reduced, several of the charity’s regular support yards have stepped in to help out, taking horses temporarily into their own care.

Hickstead - latest news

30 April 2020

The Directors of the All England Jumping Course have released an official statement regarding the cancellation of both of Hickstead's international fixtures in 2020.