News and events

Giving your horse the best chance of loading and travelling safely and calmly

19 October 2020

Loading can be a huge source of stress for horses and a common cause of injury to both horses and their handlers. Horses who don’t load or travel well can be dangerous, so it’s really important to get them used to loading, travelling and unloading safely and calmly.There aren’t any shortcuts to training a horse to load– time, practice and patience really are key, but this will really pay off. Alana Chapman,World Horse Welfare Research and Education Officer has this essential advice

Autumn laminitis

15 October 2020

With the abundance of grass during a mild damp autumn, the threat of laminitis may well raise its ugly head. Baileys Horse Feeds have compiled this health and nutrition guide to reduce the risks whilst maintaining a healthy diet.

How to prepare your animals for fireworks

15 October 2020

With just a few weeks to go until fireworks season kicks off with Bonfire Night on 5th November, the RSPCA is urging pet owners to start preparing their animals.

Equine governing bodies seek to secure industry future in EU-UK Withdrawal Agreement

15 October 2020

Proposed solutions that would secure the future of the European equine industry through safe and expedited horse movement between EU Member States and Britain following the UK’s departure from the EU, have been sent to Michel Barnier, the European Commission’s Head of Task Force for Relations with the United Kingdom (UKTF) and to Lord Frost, the British Prime Minister's Europe Adviser and Chief Negotiator of Task Force Europe.

New film launched supporting equine vet mental health

15 October 2020

Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons Mind Matters and BEVA have created a short film to support equine vet mental health To coincide with this year’s World Mental Health Day, the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) Mind Matters Initiative (MMI) and the British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA) have joined forces to raise awareness of the mental health and wellbeing challenges facing equine veterinary surgeons, and to offer advice and support.

Alfred Munnings: War Artist, 1918

02 October 2020

The war horse is often thought of simply as an officer’s mount or a cavalry charger. However the role of Army horses in the First World War was much more varied. Emma Mawdsley, Head of Collections Development and Review at the National Army Museum explains more. First published in Carriage Driving November 2018

Character, tradition and style

02 October 2020

In the latest issue of Carriage Driving, Lester Dagge continues his insight into people across Europe who participate in Attelage de Tradition events. He meets with three very determined and inspirational women who have discovered the world of Attelage.

Compulsory microchipping won’t stop horse welfare catastrophe, fears RSPCA

02 October 2020

Charity braces for influx of sick and abandoned horses following the pandemic that will cripple resources, despite new microchipping law coming into force As the microchipping of horses becomes compulsory this month, the RSPCA fears it will not be enough to prevent an impending horse welfare catastrophe.

Major Stayplton’s Phaeton Horses - putting to

02 October 2020

​A highlight at Sworders’ upcoming Sporting Art, Wildlife and Dogs Live Online auction on Tuesday 6th October is a painting by Suffolk 19th century artist Alfred Hitchens Corbould (1821-1874). Titled 'Major Stayplton’s Phaeton Horses - putting to.’

Time to check your employer has insurance

01 October 2020

The British Grooms Association is urging all grooms to check that their employers have liability insurance. Following a recent legal case where a groom had a life-changing injury and had to settle on a reduced amount of £75,000, the BGA is encouraging everyone to check that their employers have Employer’s Liability Insurance.