Buying a Dead Horse

  Sounds like nonsense? If only. When a horse is registered as a foal, that’s the passport he or she supposedly carries for life. There is no nod to future height, weight or build (rightly so), identification is based on the colour, markings (stars, socks, whorls etc) on the horse, and the microchip in the horse. What most horse owners don’t realise is that passports are not in place to...
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Weighing in on weighed in

Some information from a little birdie present at the 120km FEI Endurance ride at Royal Windsor yesterday suggest that nothing much has changed with the UAE mindset, and riders are still firmly digging in their heels regarding cleaning up their act. On the plus side, there was no visible horse abuse. That’s to be expected given the ride was taking place in the UK and heavily scrutinized...
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End of an Era

The current committee at ERF have made the difficult decision to call a halt to the hands-on section of the association. We have tried to find people committed enough to take this on, but have so far been unsuccessful. (If anyone reading this is interested in how to continue what we have been doing, please contact ERF on erfwelfare@gmail.com before the 7th of March. Time and expenses are...
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                          These are the FEI current guidelines on controlled or prohibited substances. Click on the coloured sentences for the appropriate links. This details responsibility, procedures and additional information The 2016 Equine Prohibited Substances List This link contains the search box which will determine the...
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  Apologies for this being a blog of links. There is so much information currently flying about that it’s easier to collate in one place. The EEF have cancelled all races until the 11th February 2016 as a result external pressures from the rest of the world having viewed the appalling scenes and news of abused, exhausted and vanished horses coming from the Dubai ride at the weekend....
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Hugo is still looking!

  Our handsome Hugo still needs to find a new home! He does do smiling, honestly, he was just sleeping in the sun! He will be 21 in May, but is in great shape, and can be ridden. He is about 14hh. His previous posts are below if you want to follow his progress with...
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Endure or Disappear.

  Please watch this video below. This is the end of the 120 km Endurance ‘competition’ at Al Wathba in Dubai. FIVE riders were disqualified for beating horses. One rider/crew wasn’t reported in time for beating his horse, so wasn’t disqualified. There is no further punishment. This is difficult viewing, but it must be seen. One horse is reported as having sustained...
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Enduring Bullwarp

As has been documented elsewhere, despite the FEI short term suspension of the UAE in order for them to clean up their act, nothing has radically changed. At least 5 deaths so far this year. No information forthcoming on what happened to horses attributed the generic FTC, or horses that didn’t reach vet gates and are down as RET, or more remarkably horses that have sustained a...
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Due to changes in the guardians’ circumstances, Hugo needs a new family. He will be 21 next May, but is in great shape, and can be ridden. These photos were taken earlier this year                                               These links are a little bit of his story Hugo...
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Report on fatal horse injury at an Endurance GB race ride event 1 August 2015 (by Angela Corner) There has been much scandal surrounding the sport of endurance riding in the last few years, multiple cases of horse doping, cheating, rule breaking and horse fatalities culminating in the FEI taking the unprecedented step of suspending an entire Nation (the UAE) from international competition. This...
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**WEST NILE FEVER ALERT**

                  France has reported two outbreaks of WNV in horses in the Bouches du Rhone region (OIE, 2015; see map). In one case, a three year old Lusitano horse exhibited neurological signs on August the 11th and was humanely destroyed on the 19th August. Of the sixty horses remaining at the premises, two more are showing suspect clinical signs...
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                                    A huge thanks to Angela Corner for her effort in detailing in italics the frankly incredible statistics below. This is the link to the FEI results of The President’s Cup 13 Feb 2015 she discusses, clearly showing the disqualifications. “Faked Endurance...
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                        Brandy and Phoebus have joined their new friend Princess in a wonderful new setting! We know that their previous guardian was desperately sad to see them go, but we are absolutely sure she will be happy when she sees the photos of them in their new...
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                  Just a quick update to let everyone see the very gorgeous pair happily settled! We remember picking Titos up as a tiny wee donkey from a very unpleasant dealer’s yard a few years ago, you can find the story HERE We wish Titos and Teddy all the best in their new home, and we’re sure they will be showered with love and...
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Happy Hugo!

Hugo’s guardians have very kindly sent us an update on him, with some photos included.                         Hugo has been an ERF horse since the very beginning, and when his first guardians had to give him up a few years ago, he was rehomed directly to Katy and her Mum. He has a lovely home where he has the life suited to his...
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