Author: Helen Stock

Helen Stock Head of Operations

Helen is Head of Operations. Making sure the website and membership runs smoothly, whilst developing new ideas and initiatives.

The Animal Welfare Foundation (AWF), is calling for researchers to submit funding bids for research projects that will enable the veterinary and animal welfare community to: – “Better understand the long-term impacts of breeding on Animal welfare. Find out more here at BVA with applications in by 29 September.

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The British Equestrian Federation is seeking a suitably experienced organisation to undertake research to help understand its environmental sustainability baseline. From the BEF: “Across sport, there is a growing awareness of the collective responsibility to the environment. British Equestrian is acutely aware of both its environmental and social responsibilities and understands changes may be needed to ensure the equestrian way of life is as environmentally conscious as possible.” “Project aim: The project is designed to address the negative environmental impact of the equestrian industry, and to inform and educate those involved about our responsibility to the planet. The project would be…

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We are excited to have booked Dr Barbara Murphy to talk to us about Chronobiology and how lighting and exercise cue equine health and performance. David and Barbara had previously discussed how light affects horses and not many people, including international riders who travel their horses worldwide do not necessarily understand the dramatic effects it can have on our horses, their well-being and performance. So, after catching up with Barbara at the recent ISES conference at Hartpury we managed to pin Barbara down and book her in for a webinar in early September. So, don’t miss your opportunity to find…

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ICEEP Poster Presentation – A preliminary exploration identifying differences in rider-determined warm-up routines over time – M. Chatel and J. M. Williams Introduction: In order to compete successfully in equestrian sports, horse riders must prepare their horses physically and mentally for competition; this requires regular training sessions where the cardiovascular and musculoskeletal systems of the horse are put under physiological stress (Munster, 2013). https://vimeo.com/743023482

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ICEEP Poster Presentation – Relationship between workload and injury risk in Dutch mounted-police horses – C. Munsters, B. Kingma, L. Linssen, J. U. van Baardewijk, A. van Kampen, M. Sloet van Oidruitenborgh-Oosterbaan, M. Catoire Introduction: The use and welfare of mounted-police horses in under discussion. The acute:chronic workload ratio (ACWR) takes the load history (chronic workload) and acute workload (fatigue) into account and is used to assess injury risk and preparedness for work. The ACWR may be used to support optimal use and welfare for mounted-police horses. https://vimeo.com/743003820

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ICEEP Poster Presentation – Could saddle knee-block design influence limb and thoracolumbar spine kinematics in sport horses? – Russel MacKechnie-Guire, V. Fairfax, M. Fisher, R. Murray. Introduction: There is a growing body of evidence that saddle fit and design can have an effect on equine locomotion and equine back health and function. There is a paucity of evidence for the effect that saddle surface design features can have on rider kinematics, and consequently the locomotor apparatus of the horse. https://vimeo.com/742704113

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If you’re not aware of the current flu vaccine shortage then please don’t worry BEVA have compiled a set of guidelines to help vets deal with the situation. BEVA has developed guidelines designed to help minimise the impact of the vaccine shortage on disease risk and equestrian activities for the next 10 weeks. The guidance will be regularly updated. Simple Key Points: Vaccinate according to risk and assess the risk on a horse-by-horse basisExtend 12 month booster intervals to 15 months for horses at low risk of transmitting / catching clinical disease. (Subsequent booster interval = 9 months.  No increased cost /…

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The FEI Tribunal has issued its Final Decision in the matter of FEI Official Veterinarian Mr Marc Juul H. Schelkens (FEI ID 10050129/BEL). In November 2021, it was brought to the attention of the FEI that Mr Schelkens failed to implement the biosecurity measures as required by the FEI Veterinary Regulations and the EHV-1 By-Laws while officiating in his capacity as Veterinary Delegate at the Bonheiden and Lier (BEL) Events in the second half of 2021. Among others, at the Lier Event in November 2021, no rectal temperature check was performed on the horses at the Examination on Arrival and falsified rectal…

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ICEEP Poster Presentation – Effect of treatment type on return to work in horses with impinging dorsal spinous process – R. Brassington, R. Hady and Tracey Bye Introduction: Impinging dorsal spinous processes (IDSP) area a common cause of pain and loss of performance in sports horses. Conservative management methods aim to reduce localised pain, whereas surgical methods aim to rectify the impingement. This study aims to identify any relationship between treatment choice and the likelihood of returning to previous level of performance for competition horses diagnosed with IDSP. https://vimeo.com/736529759/8a639c5389

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ICEEP Poster Presentation – Does gluteus medius activation in horse riders affect rider pelvic function, saddle movement and locomotion? – Russel MacKechnie-Guire Introduction: There are several factors as to why a saddle may slip consistently to one side. From the growing body of evidence, the horse is the primary cause of the saddle slip and factors such as hind limb lameness and movement asymmetry being cited. Despite a growing body of evidence, the rider is often cited as the primary cause. The Gluteus Medius muscle has a major role in stabilizing the rider’s pelvis. In riders with weak GM, it…

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