Tackle theft, road safety on horseback and other things the horse world talks about

  • 1. Track flights

    Another show center was targeted by saddle thieves, who stole tens of thousands of pounds of gear, including bridles, stirrups and straps, from locked lockers at Arena UK over the weekend. The thefts follow a series of similar crimes, including at the Keysoe High Profile show last year.

    Learn more about ways to keep your gear safe

    2. Dewormer

    Winter is the time to either take a blood test for the encysted little red worm or treat it. Owners are reminded, however, to ensure they choose the correct dewormer – or increase the risk of their horses suffering the effects of a life-threatening disease. Products that specifically target small encysted red worms should be used at this time of year, to treat parasites in their dormant phase.

    “You may think that any wormer will do for the treatment of the dangerous encysted little red worm, but using one that does not specifically treat the encysted stages in late fall or winter may increases the risk of a horse with a heavy load of small encysted red worms developing larval cyathostomiasis, which can be fatal,” said Zoetis veterinarian Wendy Talbot.

    Learn more about the right dewormer to use

    3. Road safety

    Talk of improving crossings following crashes and near-misses on Newmarket’s roads has raised hopes of improved safety for horses and riders in the town.

    Lindsay Devin, Jockey Club Training Grounds Manager, spoke at the Newmarket Council’s Planning Committee and Community Services and Leisure Committee meeting on January 10 on level crossing improvements and a horseback ride.

    The level crossings at St Mary’s Square and Bury Road have been mentioned, as has the Rayes Lane horse walk.

    This is a first step in any process of improving crossings, but news of the improvements has been welcomed by City Council and those looking for improvements.

    Learn more about the proposed improvements

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